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June 2008 MMA News Archive - Page 9

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Cain Velasquez vs Jake O’Brien UFC Fight Night 14 fight official
(mmamania.com)
Over the weekend, the heavyweight showdown between Cain Velesquez (3-0) and jake O’Brien (10-1) was made official for Ultimate Fight Night 14 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 19 Sweet Rumored Fight Card -Anderson Silva (#1 Middleweight in the World)* vs. James Irvin (at Light Heavyweight) -Hermes Franca vs. Frankie Edgar -Reese Andy vs. Brandon Vera -Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns -Nate Loughran vs. Johnny Rees -Cain Velasquez vs. Jake O'Brien -Rory Markham vs Brodie Farber -Dale Hartt vs Shannon Gugherty -Brad Blackburn vs James Giboo
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 7:54PM by Mchubb316 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA LEGAL IN TN
(nashvillecitypaper.com)
AS of about 2 weeks ago MMA was made legal in TN This is the best story I could find talking about it
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 7:08PM by The-Don - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
DreamFighters.com Exclusive interview with Donald Trump
(dreamfighters.com)
DreamFighters.com: Mr. Trump, thanks for talking to me at DreamFighters.com Donald Trump: You are welcome Adam.. DreamFighters.com: Its official, you are a partner of Affliction MMA - How do you feel about this partnership? Donald Trump: I am very pleased to be partnering with Affliction. I believe together we are quickly becoming a force to reckon with in the arena of mixed martial arts.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:44PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Bas Rutten discusses how he would do against Fedor!
(mmayou.com)
n this edition of "Ask the Experts", Bas “El Guapo” Rutten discusses how he would do if he were to go up against Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko. Here is the question that was chosen for Rutten: Written by Jeremiah B Bas, How do you think you would do against Fedor?
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:40PM by MMAcca - 15 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
WCL champion to make MMA debut at Strikeforce
(mmafighting.com)
Chuck Norris' World Combat League champion Raymond "The Real Deal" Daniels will make his mixed martial arts debut at this Friday's Strikeforce event in San Jose. Daniels has drawn comparisons to Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le for his unblemished kickboxing record. But instead of San Shou, Daniels' background is in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. "I still haven't had any challenges or anything like that so I decided to come over to MMA and see how good I really am," Daniels said of the move.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:38PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Pros and Cons: TUF 7 Finale
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Con. Making Evan Tanner fight in Las Vegas. Come on now, you have global expansion and new cards popping up in Minnesota and Georgia and you tell Evan Tanner, perhaps the most addiction-riddled fighter you have, to headline in Las Vegas? Why don’t you just pay him in Crown Royal and casino chips? I’m not saying it is in any way the UFC’s responsibility to protect Evan Tanner from himself, he’ll find a way regardless. If you found out Jason Lambert was addicted to wine and cheese would you put him on the first card in Paris? Oh, breaking news…. EXC is headlining their first ever show in Jamaica. Nick Diaz, phone call on line one. Again, not their faults, there’s just something really funny about it.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:36PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, UFC
 
"Rumble" Johnson unfazed by recent UFC date change
(mmajunkie.com)
No stranger to fighting on short notice, UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was recently forced to adjust his training schedule. The UFC moved Johnson's bout with Kevin Burns from UFC 87 on Aug. 9 up three weeks to the newly announced UFC Fight Night 14. But Johnson says that's just fine; the results will still be the same. Johnson discussed the upcoming bout while a recent guest on TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:34PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Learning From MMA's Money Losers
(mmamemories.com)
Zach Arnold drops the science about important lessons to be learned from companies failing to be successful: 1. Don’t bother promoting MMA shows if you plan on giving up your day job. 2. Promote your product on a local/regional scale and garner national exposure that way. 3. Work with big buildings and co-promote shows with them. 4. Do not paper shows. You’re wasting your time. 5. Don’t be one of the many idiots who thinks that you only have to use the Internet to promote your show. 6. Your internet presence would be more than just a slew of press releases. 7. Build a brand identity and keep it. 8. Big names cost big money. 9. Avoid expensive advertising markets when promoting shows. 10. No one is your real friend in the fight business. The article explains each point in detail and if you are interested in how some facets of the MMA game work...you should read it.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:12PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC 89 (Next UK UFC) Birmingham October 18th
(mmapayout.com)
Fighters Only is reporting that the UFC's next European show will be held in Birmingham, England on Saturday October 18th. UFC VP Marc Ratner made the announcement on the Setanta Television, the UFC's TV partner in Great Britain. The show had been rumored about since UFC 85, at which Michael Bisping intimated in an interview with The Telegraph that he would possibly be on the card in Birmingham. The latest Brit signing Dan Hardy is slated to be on the card. The most likely venue for the show would be The NEC Arena. I posted this originally a few weeks ago, seems like others are starting to report on now too.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:09PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quote of the Day: Guy Mezger Talks Tito Ortiz, Money
(mmayou.com)
"Tito has done a very good job creating a 'Brand' out of himself. He should get paid good money. He was important to the resurgence of the UFC. What that number is the real question. If the UFC is unwilling to pay what Tito wants then he should pursue some of promotion (like he is). Ken and I were paid extremely well for what the market was available. It is not the same as it was then as to what is it is today. That would be like Babe Ruth complaining about what ball players get paid today. The fight business is a tough one inside and outside of the ring. Most guys will not be able to sustain themselves by being a fighter. Sad, but the truth."
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:06PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Forrest Griffin's Story Can Draw Big Numbers
(bloodyelbow.com)
Although The Ultimate Fighter 7 rebounded in its final 4 weeks with strong ratings and better shows, the show truly failed to hype up the upcoming Forrest/Rampage fight. Even at the finale, I got the impression from their interview that they would be carpooling home from the show. The animosity needed to sell the fight in a conventional way is not there. However, this fight doesn't need animosity to sell, if they spend the next two weeks on the most obvious narrative of all: The original TUF winner and perrenial underdog against the guy that knocked out Chuck Liddell in the first round.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:04PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Prater vs. Larson added to WEC 8/3
(octagonbuzz.com)
In what is already shaping up to be a decent card, MMARated is reporting that Carlo Prater (23-6) and Brock Larson (23-2) have been signed for the World Extreme Cagefighting event, which will take place on August 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Below is the tentative card: * Carlo Prater vs. Brock Larson * Carlos Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura (Welterweight title) * Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell (Light heavyweight title) * Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks (Lightweight title) * Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya * Todd Moore vs. Alex Karalexis * Kenji Osawa vs. Scott Jorgensen * Demacio Page vs. Brian Bowles * “Razor” Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone A rumored fight between Micah Miller and Leonard Garcia is in the mix, as well.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 4:03PM by Kpro - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Eddie Alvarez anxious for DREAM challenge
(mmajunkie.com)
With nearly a month remaining before the finals of DREAM's inaugural lightweight tournament, rising star Eddie Alvarez (14-1) has begun preparations for what will be the most formidable test of his young career. Alvarez is slated to face the highly respected Tatsuya Kawajiri in the July 21 semifinal bout in Osaka, Japan. A victory would mean returning later that evening to take on the winner of the night's other semifinal bout between submission ace Shinya Aoki and longtime veteran Caol Uno. Alvarez discussed the task at hand while a guest on a recent edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Well that's why we fight, right?" Alvarez asked. "To see how good we are, and go and compete against the best. When I hired (agent) Monte Cox at the beginning of the year, I told him that there's two things that I wanted to do for 2008. I wanted to fight a lot more because I'm young. I'm 24, and I wanted to get the ring time in, the experience. And I wanted to fight top-notch guys. He's done that for me." The young Philadelphia native will certainly get a chance to test himself against the sport's best, as Kawajiri and Aoki are both generally considered among the top 10 lightweights in the world. Add in the possibility of fighting 30 minutes in one night, and the challenge becomes even greater. Alvarez, however, welcomes the opportunity and feels conditioning will be the deciding factor in the end. "I think a key factor in the finals of this fight is going to be conditioning," Alvarez said. "I think me and Kawajiri present a lot of the same strengths. And I think what he's good at, I'm either equal or a little bit better. So I think what it's going to come down to is more heart and mind and conditioning than skill set. ... I think it's just going to be who prepares properly and who controls the pace of the fight." Alvarez has already proven himself worthy of his final-four status through his performance in the first two rounds of the tournament. Alvarez battled back from an early knockdown in his first round match with Andre Amade to win by knockout, and he then fought valiantly in a decision win over Joachim Hansen -- a fight many consider among the year's best. "It was a flash thing," Alvarez said of the knockdown against Amade. "It was like a quick flash. We were exchanging, and it was right in the middle of an exchange. He came with an overhand right. Honestly, I couldn't even tell you (because) it was so fast. One second I was standing, fighting, and the next second I was on my butt. And I just said, 'I can't stay here. Get up.' And we kept going. "Joachim, yeah, tough cat. There's not a lot of times when I hit someone and they keep coming at me. He's one of those guys, and I hate those guys. I just like for them to stay down after I hit them and make my job a lot easier. ... Joachim is a hell of a dude. We went out. We had dinner a day after the fight. (We) laughed and joked about the fight. He's a great sport and a great character. I really like Joachim, and I'm sure he'll be back in DREAM with the kind of fights he puts on." After withstanding two game opponents, Alvarez knows he'll now need to outlast two more. But for now, his focus remains solely on Kawajiri. "The main thing is to worry about my first-round opponent," Alvarez said. "It's good to scout all of them, but if I don't get past Kawajiri, then I'm not achieving my goal, and that's to win the tournament. I think the main thing is to focus on [Kawajiri], and him mostly. I think the second fight, it really just comes down to your heart and mind." The task is certainly daunting. A tournament victory would take Alvarez winning his fourth and fifth fight in just six months. But for Alvarez, who plans on finally taking a break to get married in September, there's no other way he'd rather live. "I love it," Alvarez said. "I've been training for six, seven straight months with no break. I get maybe 14 days off, then I'm back on the horse again training for the next round of the tournament. So I'm glad they're cramming it all in. If I had to do the whole tournament in one night, and go back, I'd do it that way." Alvarez also discussed how he's been able to stay in good condition throughout this fight-filled year, why he's so popular in Japan, and why this won't be the first time he's had more than one opponent in a night. To hear the full interview, download the June 16 edition of TAGG Radio, available for free in the TAGG Radio archives.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 3:53PM by Twenty20Dollars - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ken Shamrock eyes final fight on his terms
(mmajunkie.com)
Although his performance against Robert Berry in March suggests otherwise, UFC hall-of-famer Ken Shamrock is convinced he has some fight left in him. The 44-year-old Shamrock said he was walking away from MMA following his third loss in as many tries to Tito Ortiz in October 2006, but he came out of retirement in January by signing a multi-fight contract with EliteXC. Had Shamrock beaten Berry at Cage Rage 25 in London three months ago, it's likely he, not James Thompson, would have received the call to fight Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson in the main event of EliteXC's CBS debut last month. Instead, Berry handled Shamrock with ease and knocked him out in the first round. Despite the one-sided defeat, his fifth consecutive loss, Shamrock wants to hear the cage door close behind him once again. "I'd like to get in there one more time and do a big one," Shamrock told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It'll help promote my gym, promote my business and help other fighters on my elite fighting team get out there and make some big fights. That's why I want to do it again, and I want to go out the way I want to go out. ... This is it, this is my last fight and go do it." While Shamrock is currently focused on expanding his Lion's Den brand of gyms – a new facility opened earlier this month in Scottsdale, Ariz. – he expects to resume training in the next couple of months with an eye on that final fight. A bout against his adoptive brother, Frank, has long been rumored. Earlier this year, the younger Shamrock raised capital for the brother-versus-brother showdown with a date in early 2009 in the works. "I'd love for that to happen," said the elder Shamrock. "It's no secret there's been a rivalry between me and my brother and it's been going on for years. He's the one who called me out, and I said 'OK, let's do it.' But, he never stepped up. Forget about the talk and forget about the hype on this thing. 'If you're going to do it, shut up and do it.'" Despite what appeared to be progress earlier this year toward making the fight, Shamrock says he has not seen any action on the part of his brother to line up the match, which would still have enough novelty to generate a measure of fan interest. In the meantime, Shamrock is a free agent. The contract he signed with EliteXC in January expired 30 days after his fight with Berry when the promotion declined to pick up additional bouts. His short-lived stay in EliteXC stings a bit more after Shamrock watched Slice's performance against Thompson. "Now that I saw the fight, I'm very disappointed," he said. "I didn't do what I needed to do to get that fight off. The last fight in England, I should have won it. Things happen, and I didn't win it. They did what they thought was best. It would have been a good match-up, but I have no complaints. I didn't do what I needed to do to get there." As for his assessment of Slice, Shamrock feels EliteXC rushed him into prime time and that the former street brawler is too still green to be considered the future of the sport. "He needs time to grow," Shamrock said. "He can be a good fighter, I think he just needs another year or so to get sharper on the ground and get this cardio better. This isn't like fighting in the backyard. He's got the great look, the great attitude, but he's just not ready." MMAjunkie.com will have more on Shamrock and the growth of his Lion's Den fighting team in an upcoming edition of Fight Biz feature.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 3:50PM by Twenty20Dollars - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC UK: Birmingham October 18th
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC's march thru the UK continues in October ...

The UFC's next European show will be held in Birmingham, England on Saturday October 18th. UFC VP Marc Ratner made the announcement on the Setanta Television, the UFC's TV partner in Great Britain. The show had been rumored about since UFC 85, at which Michael Bisping intimated in an interview with The Telegraph that he would possibly be on the card in Birmingham. The latest Brit signing Dan Hardy is slated to be on the card. The most likely venue for the show would be The NEC Arena.
The plan for Silva/Okami was before this new fight with James Irvin, it is unclear if that is still the idea. Anderson Silva now reportedly wants to fight 5-6 times a year, and they're giving him what he wants because he was so pissed about the Roy Jones fight being shot down
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 3:15PM by juanez13 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 7 Fighter Payouts Revealed
(mmajunkie.com)
The NSAC today revealed the fighter payouts from the TUF 7 Finale. The total disclosed payouts were $410,000 (this assumes Tim Credeur and Cale Yarbrough get their base pay, awaiting word from Keith Kizer) with the most going to Diego Sanchez-$70,000.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 1:42PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
VIDEO: Jeff Monson calls out Kimbo Slice
(dreamfighters.com)
Awesome video of Jeff Monson calling out non other than Kimbo Slice. hard to tell if these two will ever fight, but should be a very good fight.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 10:28AM by kastro_316 - 23 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, General MMA
 
Daniels vs. Metcalf Set for Strikeforce
(mmamania.com)
Undefeated kickboxing superstar Raymond “The Real Deal” Daniels will make his highly anticipated mixed martial arts debut against Jeremiah Metcalf at Strikeforce: “Melendez vs. Thomson” at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, June 27. Daniels has often been compared to Cung Le and won all 16 of his kickboxing fights in dominant fashion.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 9:59AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Ivan Salaverry Retires
(mmamania.com)
After back-to-back losses in UFC, Ivan Salaverry has decided to call it a career. He says fighting is no longer a priority, but he also is dealing with nagging injuries plus a school and 2 kids.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 9:57AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Salaverry Retires From Competition
(sherdog.com)
Middleweight standout Ivan Salaverry (Pictures) has hung up his gloves for good and will no longer compete as a professional fighter. The decision came almost a month following his last bout -- a first-round submission loss to Rousimar Palhares (Pictures) at UFC 84 "Ill Will" in Las Vegas. Salaverry retires with a 12-7 career record. "Basically, I am just not prioritizing fighting anymore," Salaverry told Sherdog.com. "Even though I love fighting and I had a great run and I enjoyed it, I've transitioned to other things. There are quite a few variables as to why I stepped away and not just one. I'm older now; I'm 37 and not 27. I also have some injuries that are just not recovering, too. And within that scope, I have my school and my two kids. Fighting is not just a priority anymore." Salaverry's decision to step out of the spotlight shouldn't come as a surprise. His fight with Palhares was the last under his contract with Zuffa, parent company to the UFC, and the Seattle resident hinted beforehand that his performance against Palhares would greatly influence his next move. Salaverry lost in surprising fashion to the highly touted Brazilian prospect via a deftly executed armbar, though the Chilean-born Canadian cites additional considerations that came into play with his decision to call it a day.
Submitted Jun 23, 2008 9:56AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: Interviews, General MMA, UFC
 
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