January 2008 MMA News Archive - Page 8
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Gary Shaw: UFC Title-Holders Are “Club Champs”
During Wednesday’s media conference call, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw fielded a number of questions about the organization’s Feb. 16 main event between Kimbo Slice and David “Tank” Abbott. However, he discussed a number of other issues, including his recent media feud with UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 3:51PM by Daddyprimetime - 24 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC, StrikeForce
UFC Signs Major TV Deal For England
At today's pre-UFC 80 press conference, it was annoued that UFC and Setanta Sports had reached an agreement to air all UK UFC events over the next few years, including all US UFC live events after July and the "UFC Wired" TV series.
Joe Stevenson: "I'm Not The Underdog"
At just 25 years of age, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson already has more experience and more accomplishments than many fighters will ever get in their entire careers, but on Jan. 19 he will have the chance to win championship gold as he faces B.J. Penn for the UFC lightweight title in Newcastle, England. Training exclusively in Big Bear, Calif. to prepare for this fight, Stevenson has been working alongside fighters such as Gray Maynard, Sam Stout, Tyson Griffin and even grappling legend Marcello Garcia to get him ready for the fight with Penn.
Tank Abbott is close to finishing his autobiography about being an MMA fighter
Tank Abbott is close to finishing his autobiography about being an MMA fighter. During today’s call, he said he’s written 678 pages freehand and is in the process of entering it into a computer. He made no mention of a title, publisher or potential release date but was confident fans would like it. “It’s a real-life ‘Rocky’ story,” he said. Oh yeah there is some other news about Kimbo possibly fighting Sean Gannon, the guy he lost to in one of his Internet Videos, but I thought I would post the real news in this article. I will buy Tank's Autobiography over Hughes any day of the week, in fact I will buy this puppy the day it comes out! The man must have a million stories and is funny as hell to boot! Can't friggin wait
Bas Ruten Interview
Cool Interview with the always candid bas ruten. He talks about kimbo, if he plans on coming back and makes some predictions on the ufc event this weekend. enjoy.
Gonzaga plots rebound strategy vs. Werdum
LUDLOW, Mass. - It's not hard to find Gabriel Gonzaga in this suburb with a large contingent of Portuguese and Brazilians near the Connecticut border. It could be that the beastly UFC heavyweight dwarfs most people on the street, or because he wears a hooded sweatshirt that reads "GONZAGA" on the front and bears the insignia of Gonzaga University. But even if you didn't spot "Napao" in person in Ludlow, you'd know where to find him. In a shop window facing the street next to his training haunt hangs a promotional poster for UFC 70, the event where Gonzaga famously defeated Croatian striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in stunning fashion with a head kick. The poster hangs proudly alongside for-sale "Need 2 Bleed" brand fight gear and jiu-jitsu gis bearing the "Team Link" insignia.
Melendez-Thompson Off Strikeforce
The scheduled Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson fight at StrikeForce on March 29 is now off. Thompson re-aggravated an old shoulder injury and will have surgery Thursday.
Puder Returns To Strikeforce
Although he's gone back to wrestling for now, Daniel Puder's MMA exodus apparently will be brief. He's been added to the 3/29 Strikeforce event headlined by Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le.
McCully Misses Deadline, Kongo Fight?
There have been rumors that Justin McCully missed a deadline for an offer of a UFC 82 fight against Cheick Kongo. There's now word that the deadline has indeed passed and Kongo now will likely fight Heath Herring instead.
WCO Promoter Tells His Side Of The Story
Bruce Bellochi, promoter of WCO, recently took the opportunity to speak out and explain his side of the story that led to the cancellation of the WCO: Babalu vs. Tiger event this past weekend in California.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:04PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
Machida "I want to fight for the belt by the end of this year"
"It was a very big win. I hope people start to recognize that I'm here to stay and I would like to fight for the belt by the end of this year."- Lyoto Machida
Weighty Issues (Sherdog interview with GSP and his Manager)
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy. The first sign that alerted the international community that "Rush" was someone special was when he defeated Pete Spratt (Pictures) in 2003. St. Pierre was already popular around Montreal then, but Spratt was fresh off a win over Robbie Lawler (Pictures) at UFC 42 and was considered a heavy favorite. He drops a few bombshells in this one, sounds like the GSP/Anderson Silva fight could take place in the future, and how about seeing if Chuck can stuff his takedowns. Maybe a bit ambitious but interesting none the less.
Maturing Penn ready to claim crown
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – For years, the word "if" has haunted B.J. Penn. He's heard it so much, it makes him want to scream in agony. If only he would train, the experts would say. If only he would take mixed martial arts seriously, they'd continue. If only he had the desire to be the best like a Randy Couture. Penn has heard it for years and run away from it, trying desperately to be his own man. He would do things his way, on his terms. And though doing that has resulted in a decent career, Penn is hardly a lock to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this stage and there are many who look at him as a disappointment. There has been a lot posted on Penn with the fight coming up, but I thought this was a good interview.
Change Of Plans: UFC 83 NOT In Europe
UFC 83 is not going to be in England anymore. It's been announced that the show will be "relocated" to elsewhere in the US, no official reason given yet. UFC does intend to go back to Manchester. Just not on March 8.
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy.
Surgery Stops Strikeforce's Thomson-Melendez
Josh Thomson will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a damaged shoulder, forcing the American Kickboxing Academy lightweight out of a Showtime-televised Strikeforce title bout against Gilbert Melendez Sherdog.com has learned.
Yahya on Yamamoto
Just back from a vacation in Indonesia, bantamweight Rani Yahya spoke with Sherdog.com about his recent fight with Norifumi Yamamoto. On New Year's Eve the WEC veteran joined a growing list of mixed martial artists who have fallen short against "Kid." The world champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist recounted his experience, and spoke about his future with the WEC.
Update: Baroni to Make Return in Japan?
Though the first formalized bout on the Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium card was announced Dec. 11 by promoter World Victory Road, it remains unsigned. According to the promoter, middleweight Phil Baroni is slated to fight Sanae Kikuta.
Report: Officials Scrap March’s UFC 83 Event in England
A UFC 83 event rumored to be taking place in England could instead take place in the U.S. The news comes from our friend Steve Sievert at the Houston Chronicle, who spoke to a source close to the event for his “Brawl Sports” blog. According to the source, the U.K. location has been scrapped, but the March 8 show — which will likely include Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy and Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin — will go on.
Werdum’s Title Quest Begins with Gonzaga
Ah, how many great stories throughout the history of the world have begun with a woman? Probably too many to count. Well, add the story of Fabricio Werdum to the list, and if one day he ascends to the heights of the UFC’s heavyweight division and straps a championship belt around his waist, somewhere in Brazil, there will be a woman wondering what might have been. Werdum will have no such daydreams though, and in fact, an early embarrassment turned out to be not only the impetus for his jump into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but eventually, mixed martial arts, which has become a pretty nice vocation for the native of Porto Alegre, who faces old rival Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 80 co-feature on Saturday in Newcastle, England.