THE BREAKDOWN: UFC 73
By Aaron Crecy (email@example.com)
UFC 73: Stacked
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Live PPV: 7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST
On the heels of a desultory June pay-per-view event from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Zuffa LLC is making a spirited effort to right the ship. UFC 73 "Stacked" features a star-studded main card and title fights in both the lightweight and middleweight divisions. In the main event, muay Thai savant Anderson Silva defends his 185-pound belt versus Nate Marquardt, a seasoned veteran with solid stand-up skills and an excellent ground game. In the 155-pound class, incumbent Sean Sherk puts his title on the line against Hermes Franca.
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SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA: UFC HEADED NORTH
UFC WAITING ON THE CANADIENS
“We want to come to Montreal, Canada in October/November 2007!” stated a delighted Marc Ratner of the UFC. “I’ve been talking with the Bell Centre and they want us there, but the Montreal Canadiens hockey team always comes first!” he explained in a jovial voice. “We’d love to have Georges St-Pierre on the card of course, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens on Aug. 25 in his fight against Josh Koscheck at UFC 74.”
“Once the NHL releases their 2007/08 hockey schedule, we’ll be able to sure up a date. I realize TKO 30 is happening in the Bell Centre on Sept. 28, so we’ll try not to go too close to that,” elaborated Ratner.
The NHL schedule is due to be released on July 11, 2007 so hopefully Canadian MMA fans won’t have to wait much longer to hear official confirmation of the UFC’s first show north of the border! Read the rest @ ->
For Greg Jackson, It's Business as Usual
At UFC 73 tonight, world-renowned trainer Greg Jackson will have his hands full with three of his fighters in high profile fights. Included in his stable of fighters competing at UFC 73 are Nathan Marquardt, Rashad Evans, and Mark Bocek. Each fight is very important and represents significant steps in each fighter’s career.
Fitch vs Sanchez
Finally we might have Sanchez's opponet.
Rising welterweight contender Jon Fitch (14-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) could put his spotless UFC record on the line with a fight against Diego Sanchez (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 76.
UFC 73 Weigh in results
Champion Anderson Silva (184.5) vs. Nate Marquardt (182.5) — for middleweight title
Champion Sean Sherk (154.5) vs. Hermes Franca (154.5) — for lightweight title
Rashad Evans (204) vs. Tito Ortiz (205.5)
Heath Herring (259) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (240.5)
Kenny Florian (155.5) vs. Alvin Robinson (156)
Stephan Bonnar (204.5) vs. Mike Nickels (205.5)
Jason Gilliam (171) vs. Chris Lytle (169.5)
Jorge Gurgel (155.5) vs. Diego Saraiva (155)
Mark Bocek (154.5) vs. Frank Edgar (154.5)
Brandon Vera Interview
MMANews.com's own Chris Howie recently caught up with UFC Heavyweight sensation Brandon "The Truth" Vera for an in-depth interview. As usual when we talk to Vera, he was very open and honest and spent a great deal of time with us to talk about all the subjects that fans sent-in emails and forum posts requesting. Below is a complete transcript of the interview which was conducted on Friday, July 6, 2007.
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Marcus Aurelio vs. Tyson Griffin at UFC 76
Taken from Aurelio's MySpace
"Great news my friends! I finally got my first fight in the UFC. I will fight Tyson Griffin who fought at UFC 72. It is the first fight on my contract and it will take place at UFC 76 Terror. I have been training since my last fight in Pride and am ready to go if the fight was tomorrow. I will train hard and put on a show for the American fans.
Check out http://www.betterfitnessproducts.com/ they are my new sponsors, support them because they support me."
This should be a great fight...
Enthusiastic Steele Switching Gears to MMA
No matter what he does with the rest of his life, Richard Steele will be inexorably linked to boxing. But this Saturday, the Hall of Fame referee steps into a new realm when he lends his name to mixed martial arts for the aptly titled Steele Cage Promotions.
Rashad Evans - His Time Has Come
Trash Talk? Rashad Evans has heard it all and it doesn’t faze him one bit. But it’s not the incessant smack being delivered by his opponent this Saturday night, Tito Ortiz, that has hardened the light heavyweight contender. Nah, as one of eight children, Evans learned his lessons in the fine art of gamesmanship years ago, before he even stepped into the Octagon.
Alvin Robinson Wants to Prove He Belongs
It’s been a long time coming for Alvin Robinson as he finally makes his UFC debut on Saturday night against The Ultimate Fighter alumni Kenny Florian. Robinson has built up an impressive resume en route to his UFC debut, coming in with an 8-1 record in MMA including several titles to his credit. Robinson is the current Ring of Fire Lightweight and Featherweight Champion haven defeated UFC veteran Luke Caudillo for the lightweight title and in his last fight defeating Ollie Bradstreet to become the featherweight champion
NATE MARQUARDT: The X-Factor
Nathan Marquardt has many accomplishments to his credit. He has a 25-6-2 professional record. He won three fights in one night to win the fourth Bas Rutten Invitational MMA Tournament in Denver. He was the first ever middleweight King of Pancrase. He is the only seven-time King of Pancrase in the history of the promotion. He is 4-0 in the UFC.
Tito Ortiz - Last Stand or a Rebirth?
Tito Ortiz once stood where Rashad Evans now stands.
Almost a decade ago, ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ was the young gun in the UFC, ready to take on the veteran stars of the Octagon, Guy Mezger and Jerry Bohlander. Ortiz had already suffered a defeat in his career (to Mezger), something Evans hasn’t yet experienced in his 15 pro bouts, but despite his one loss, there was a sense of excitement around the charismatic Californian, of a changing of the guard, something Evans hopes to repeat on Saturday’s UFC 73 card in Sacramento, California.
VOTE NOW: Liddell Takes on Earnhardt Jr. Today in ESPN’s “Who’s Now"
He’s mixed martial arts’ reigning superstar, an athlete known by fight fans for his right hand to the jaw, and by your sister for scaring the wits out of Johnny Drama on HBO’s ‘Entourage’. Even your grandmother probably knows who Chuck Liddell is after he made an appearance to cheer on his friend Willa Ford during her stint on season one of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
Denied Licensure In California, 7-foot-2 Behemoth Eyes Fight In Hong Kong
CHOI TO FACE GOODRIDGE ************************ Hong Man Choi will fight MMA veteran Gary Goodridge in the K-1 World Grand Prix Aug. 5 at the Asia World-Expo Arena in Hong Kong, according to the Fighting and Entertainment Group’s K-1 Web site.
The 7-foot-2, 355-pound Choi was denied a license in the state of California a little more than a month ago when he failed pre-fight medicals for his scheduled main event bout with Brock Lesnar at K-1 “Dynamite!! USA” June 2 in Los Angeles.
The California State Athletic Commission did not release the reason behind its refusal to grant Choi a license, though K-1 representatives told the foreign press the week of the “Dynamite!! USA” show that the denial centered on a tumor found during required medical testing. The same representatives indicated to the press that they did not believe the tumor was dangerous and that Choi could have fought.
Choi’s bout with Goodridge will follow traditional K-1 kickboxing rules and will be contested over three three-minute rounds; a two-round extension will be added if necessary. Inquiries have been made to CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia regarding what impact Choi’s K-1 appearance would have on his future in California.
The K-1 World Grand Prix was moved from its original date (July 29) to Aug. 5 due to conflicts with Upper House elections and Fuji’s television schedule. Other participants scheduled to appear include four-time K-1 Japan Grand Prix champion Musashi and two-time Grand Prix champion Remy Bonjaski.
Unbeaten Canadian eyes UFC debut against Edgar.
BOCEK MAKES FIGHTING A FAMILY AFFAIR
Growing up in Canada most young males dream of making it to the National Hockey League. The dream is fostered by the country’s undying love of its national pastime. Toronto native Mark Bocek’s aspirations, although different from those of many of his childhood friends, required the same dedication and support from his family. Treks in snow and sleet to practices through which less-committed teammates chose to sleep were commonplace for Bocek and his family. They wanted him to succeed in the sport he loved – martial arts.........Read the rest at->>>>