June 2007 MMA News Archive - Page 6
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New Five Star Radio
There was so much this week that one show would not suffice, so days before Mike heads to San Jose for Strikeforce, he sits down and previews both that show and the TUF 5 Finale. Plus, we even have a segment on all the world of Japanese pro wrestling and the reading of hate mail~! Five Star Radio is the best MMA related show on the internet today, so says a gay Irishman! Really, can you beat praise like that? Best of all, this one is free so listen, love it, and spread the word. HERE
Head Coach Says Penn Will Be Ready On LW Return.
Even in the usually fascinating world of mixed martial arts, Rudy Valentino stands out as one of its most interesting figures. In addition to his head coach duties for former UFC welterweight champion BJ Penn, Rudy is a former kickboxing champion and professional surfer, a fight historian and he also works full time for the Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation. Link.
Report: Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill Still “Scheduled”
Despite rumors saying Michael Bisping will fight UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at September’s London UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 3 light heavyweight is still scheduled to face his original rumored opponent, Matt Hamill. That’s the word from the ever-credible Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer. LINK
Dana White: I’ve Talked to Kurt Angle, But He’d Get “Destroyed” in MMA
Dana White recently confirmed that he’s again opened discussions with 1996 Olympic gold medalist and WWE/TNA “professional wrestler” Kurt Angle about a possible mixed-martial-arts debut with the UFC. However, White says that Angle would get “destroyed” in the UFC if he doesn’t start working on his MMA skills. LINK
Dana White: Dissolving of PRIDE Fighting Championships a “Possibility”
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, owners of Zuffa LLC (the UFC’s parent company), finalized their purchase of PRIDE Fighting Championships last month, and UFC president Dana White hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the UFC will simply take PRIDE’s best talent and then disband the Japanese-based organization. LINK
Penn’s Got Five Years worth of Payback on His Mind
The morning after. It's when the adrenaline dies down and when reality sets in. On the morning of January 12, 2002, BJ Penn didn't like how his world had changed in the previous 12 hours. After losing a five round majority decision to Jens Pulver the night before, he knew what it was like to be on the other side, and not only didn't he like it, it threw his world into upheaval. HERE
Diaz Doing the Family Name Proud
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Hours and hours of torturous training, dealing with various aches and pains in muscles you didn't even know existed, pre-fight tension so thick you could cut it with a knife, and then 15 minutes of war with an adversary who has been training to either knock your head into the third row or to twist your arm or leg in directions it was never intended to go in.Being a professional fighter is no joke. But for Nathan Diaz, fighting isn't just the only thing he knows, it's the only thing he could ever picture himself doing. HERE
CSAC: Gracie's Results Off The Chart.
In the wake of Royce Gracie's (Pictures) positive test for steroids, the California State Athletic Commission released details Monday that the Brazilian mixed martial arts icon showed such elevated levels of Nandrolone, a common anabolic steroid, that it could not be registered by the testing lab. Link.
Assembly passes legislation to legalize MMA in Illinois
The Illinois General Assembly passed a legislation Wednesday to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts in Illinois, reports the Chicago Tribune. To finalize the measure, Governor Rod Blagojevich will need to the sign the bill into law. Expect the UFC to promote an event in Chicago as soon as MMA is officially regulated in Illinois, which appears to be early 2008. Local MMA events are currently being held in Illinois via state-approved waivers. LINK
UFC 75 BRINGS THE CHAMPIONS TO LONDON SEPT. 8
London, England (UK) – After an absence of over five years the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization will bring the world’s most exciting live sports event back to London on Saturday September 8. LINK
Report: Ken Shamrock Confirms Negotiations with UFC
Today’s report that Michael Bisping will face UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at a September UFC card in London was met with a variety of reactions — confusion, frustration and especially some skepticism. And even though the UFC decided not to address the rumored fight at an official UFC 75 press conference earlier today, Shamrock has confirmed that he’s in negotiations with the UFC for a return to the Octagon. LINK
Lorenzo Fertitta: UFC Headed to Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia
Following the success of Saturday’s UFC 72 event in Northern Ireland, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta says that the UFC will head to Germany in 2008, and soon, will also put on events in Italy, Spain and Australia. Fertitta recently discussed the plans with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. LINK
Chuck Liddell is ready for another fight
As odd as it is to hear, the “former” UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck Liddell joined MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio last week for the first time since his disappointing 1st round KO loss to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. LINK
Rumor: Ken Shamrock to replace Matt Hamill against Michael Bisping @ UFC 75
According to the Fight Network Ken Shamrock is coming out of retirement to face Bisping at UFC 75. This is a lot more interesting than Matt Hamil. http://www.thefightnetwork.com/news_detail.php?nid=4088
Who’s Now? It’s got to be 'The Natural'
What makes an Ultimate Sports Star? That’s what ESPN is attempting to find out this summer when it puts together 32 professional athletes from fan nominations, groups them in brackets, NCAA tournament style, and then eliminates them, matchup by matchup, until a winner is crowned. Link
Tommy Morrison; “I Just Have to Keep Winning”
Last Saturday, Tommy “The Duke” Morrison stepped into the Octagon for the first time ever, but this was not a normal mixed martial arts contest. Morrison drew a lot of criticism for allegedly “changing the rules” at the last minute for his bout with John Stover, which Morrison ultimately won by knockout in the first round. Here, Morrison explains that the fight was never to be anything more than a hands-only stand up striking match. He also refutes the claims by his former “attorney”/agent/publicist Randy Lang that he is HIV positive. Read on to see what Morrison has to say on these and other topics. Link
UFC Coming to Montreal — But Without George St. Pierre?
UFC president Dana White says that the UFC will hold a show in Canada — in Montreal, to be more specific — and that it will happen in October of this year. LINK
Blood on the Asphalt: The Hypocrisy of MMA Opponents
link Brandon Garner is a professional mixed martial artist training North Carolina. But the 145-pounder, with a 4-1, record can't compete in his home state. The Tar Heel state's legislature banned MMA after UFC 5 was held in Charlotte back in 1995, deeming it something akin to human cockfighting. Yet there's nothing stopping Garner from heading over to one of the local motor speedways and entering his family car into a completely legal auto race. All he, or anybody else 14-years or older, has to do is sign some papers and pay a small fee. No proof of skill required. Or health. Or anything else, really.
Bas Rutten Says Kimbo is a Great Fighter
link Bas Rutten, posting at the Sherdog Forums, says Kimbo is one of the hardest-working fighters he's seen: OK guys, I have to say something here. I am training Kimbo right now, and I have to say that he is one of the BEST fighters I have EVER trained. He really listens to you and does what you say, do you know how hard that it? If he's dead tired, and I tell him five more rounds, he looks at me, but doesn't say anything, he just does it.
More UFC 72 press conference notes
link Those who will be receiving bonuses include Tyson Griffin and Clay Guida for “Fight of the Night,” Marcus Davis for “Knockout of the Night,” and Ed Herman for “Submission of the Night.” During a post-fight interview with UFC.com, Davis said he’d like to fight Takanori Gomi. I don’t think the match will ever happen, but it’s still interesting.