June 2007 MMA News Archive - Page 3
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Exclusive Interview With ELITEXC Champ Ninja
Many MMA insiders had picked Joey Villasenor to become the first EliteXC Middleweight Champion. Many MMA insiders were wrong. As part of the undercard of the Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted “Shamrock vs. Baroni” event, Murilo “Rua” Ninja TKO’d Villasenor for one of the biggest wins of his career.
Ray Mercer Done With MMA
Mercer is apparently done in MMA, and just wants to box from now on. Good for him, hes a great boxer, but.....
UFC Officially Announces “UFC 74: Respect” Event
The UFC has officially announced “UFC 74: Respect” and its venue, the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Report: Dana White “Not Planning” to Use Ken Shamrock in the UFC
Not only was a recent report of a Michael Bisping vs. Ken Shamrock fight incorrect, but UFC president Dana White says that he hasn’t spoken to Shamrock and has no plans to include him on a future UFC fight card.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale Salaries — B.J. Penn Earns $100,000
UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) has acquired the fighters’ salaries for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale, and B.J. Penn was the big winner with a $100,000 payday.
Gray Maynard: Rematch with Robert Emerson Discussed by UFC
Gray Maynard (2-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), whose fight with Robert Emerson (6-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale ended in a controversial no-contest this past Saturday, has already spoke to the UFC about a possible rematch.
UFC Fight Night 10 Medical Suspensions Include Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher
The Florida State Boxing Commission has issued medical suspensions to five of the 18 fighters from last week’s UFC Fight Night 10 event, and Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout’s three-round, main-event battle resulted in suspensions for both fighters.
Couture And Jackson Nominated For ESPYS
A sure indication that mainstream acceptance is en route for mixed martial arts, ESPN today announced that UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson have been nominated for its ESPY awards. The ESPYs will be televised Sunday, July 15, on ESPN.
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Exclusive interview with BJ Penn
Saturday night inside The Pearl at The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, BJ Penn provided anything but an oasis for Jens Pulver. As Pulver himself said, “There was no getting out of it. I tried, but he was putting it on me.”
Jens Pulver Talks Loss, Future at 145 *Video Link*
Sunday, June 24, 2007 Jens Pulver spoke with the press Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada after his disappointing loss to B.J. Penn in the main event of UFC's TUF 5 finale.
PULVER, HUERTA AND LAUZON INTERVIEWS
Once again the underdog, last night in Las Vegas, Jens Pulver wasn’t turn the tide the way he did five years ago. In fact, he wasn’t able to muster up much by way of a counter to BJ Penn’s tidal wave attack. It was all Pulver could do to escape Penn’s submissions and stay in the fight.
Manny Gamburyan Confirms Shoulder Dislocation
The injury that forced Manny Gamburyan (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to submit in last night’s championship fight in The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale was, in fact, a dislocated shoulder. That’s the word from Gamburyan, who made the announcement in a post-fight interview.
Exclusive Jason DeLucia Interview
I have been trying to contact a lot of the fighters from the older days of the UFC, to see how the scene has changed according to the ones who were there in the beginning. Jason talks everything from Royce, to Steven Seagal; He even calls out Bas Rutten, as theyve had a lot of history and exchanges since their fights in Pancrase. He seems like a very nice guy, and I thought this interview was a decent look into "another" side of the sport. Thanks for reading, guys.
Kimbo Slice's legit debut ends in victory
While the majority of the fight world was focused on the grudge match between BJ Penn and Jens Pulver, a great many fans were still interested to see what would happen when Internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice made his official MMA debut against former world boxing champion, “Merciless” Ray Mercer.
HUERTA & GARCIA: UFC'S FIRST STEPS TO MEXICO?
The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, designed to highlight the lightweight division, has its finale tomorrow night. Ironically, the two lightweights that could most affect the sport in the future were neither coaches nor contestants on the show.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale — Penn Stops Pulver, Diaz Benefits from Gamburyan’s Injury
In a night that may have seen the longtime rivalry between B.J. Penn (11-4-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) and Jens Pulver (21-8-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) come to a close, it was Penn who avenged his loss from the MMA legends’ first meeting from 2002.
Good Nick/Nate Diaz article
Nick Diaz isn't exactly fond of the Ultimate Fighting Championship these days. Those who run the UFC aren't so thrilled with him, either.
UFC on HBO Deal Likely Dead
A long-publicized — and long-awaited — deal between the UFC and subscription-cable leader HBO is now unlikely to happen because of the recent arrest (and subsequent firing) of HBO Chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht last month...
Shamrock Returns with Domination of Baroni
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jun 22 -- Frank Juarez Shamrock (Pictures) will party in the Silicon Valley tonight like it was 1999. For the first time since stepping away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Shamrock reminded old fans what he had and introduced himself to a new generation by sparking memories and planting in minds that he was, in fact, once considered the best mixed martial artist on the planet.