Murilo Rua Signs With DREAM
Former PRIDE fighter and one-time EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo Rua has signed a multi-fight deal with DREAM. He's expected to debut at DREAM 8 on April 5 but the promotion hasn't announced anything regarding his participation or an opponent.
UFC Running 2 August PPVs
Portland fans can stop crying now, they're getting their UFC after all. The promotion announced today they will run 2 PPVs in August: UFC 101 on August 8 in Philly then UFC 102 on August 29 in Portland. UFC 101 is tentatively scheduled to be headlined by BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian for the UFC Lightweight Title, while 102 may have Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
GSP - First MMA Fighter in Gatorade Commercial
"Today I shot a commercial for Gatorade - [I'm] proud to be the first MMA athlete to be sponsored by Gatorade, and also proud for the sport - it shows how far it has come. [It's] really an honor for me to be [in] the company of such other great athletes. Tomorrow I shoot the movie "Death Warrior" - I'll write more in a few days when I have some time. Thanks to everyone for all their support! "
Here's a 30-second teaser.
TAKANORI GOMI RETURNS TO SHOOTO
Announced for the May 10 event at JCB Hall is former Pride and Shooto champion Takanori Gomi, according to Japan-MMA.com. He returns to Shooto for the first time in nearly six years to face current Shooto 154-pound champion Takashi Nakakura.
AFFLICTION 3 ON JULY 11, FEDOR LIKELY
July 11 is shaping up to be a busy night for mixed martial arts enthusiasts.
Affliction will counter-program UFC 100 on the summer date with its third event at a location yet to be determined, according to sources close to the situation.
The card is just under a week from the first anniversary of “Banned,” the clothing company’s initial foray into MMA promotion.
UFC 101: No Portland, Possibly Philly
Sorry, Portland, looks like you won't get UFC in August after all. There are now reports that, with MMA now being legal in Pennsylvania, UFC is likely headed back to the tri-state area for UFC 101 in August, and is targeting Philadelphia's Wachovia Center as a possible venue.
UFC Possibly To Detroit Late This Year
According to a recent interview with Marc Ratner, UFC could return to Detroit for the first time in 13 years by either the end of the year or early 2010. The event, which could be held in an arena that could seat up to 25,000, could be headlined by Michigan native and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans.
18 Questions For John McCarthy (Part 1)
In part one of this exclusive interview, the most famous referee in mixed martial arts, Big John McCarthy, discusses the state of MMA officiating and the subjectivity of “intelligent defense.” McCarthy also addresses whether he has been critical of the UFC or of Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Part 2 should be up tomorrow.
Miguel Torres Wants To Move To 155
UFC Lightweights should prepare for the mullet. In a recent interview with Versus, WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres said that, considering it would likely mean bigger fights and more money, he would like to jump up all the way to Lightweight (155) at some point if he can get a 3-fight deal with UFC.
Affliction looking into going head-to-head with UFC 100
Several fighters and managers have contacted FiveOuncesOfPain.com in recent days informing the site that they have been approached by Affliction officials about the possibility of accepting restructured contracts in order to compete on the show.
According to the sources, Affliction wants to reduce it overhead for a potential third event so that it could host it on a network or basic cable television platform, as it would be next to impossible to convince PPV distributors to promote an event that would be in direct competition with the UFC.
Fitch vs. Thiago Now Confirmed For UFC 100
A rumored fight between Jon Fitch and Paulo Thiago has now been confirmed for UFC 100. This fight has a potentially interesting back storyline, as Fitch tries to avenge teammate Josh Koscheck's recent loss to Thiago while Thiago goes for consecutive wins over AKA fighters to start his UFC career.
BJ Penn: ‘We have to defend the (UFC) lightweight title’
We’re looking for a return, we have to defend the lightweight title. It’s been long, it’s been overdue since we defended the lightweight title. I had to heal up some of my injuries that I suffered from the Georges St. Pierre fight. I’m all good now so we’re gonna move forward with my same team, my same camp and we’re gonna make a run to defend the lightweight title — I think it’s either late July or early August.
-UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn talks about returning to the 155-pound division just hours after his hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) regarding the accusations he made about current welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre getting greased up in between rounds of their championship superfight at UFC 94 “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2? back on January 31. While the controversy is far from over, it’s refreshing to hear “The Prodigy” speak about getting back to business in the lightweight division — where a handful of contenders (including Kenny Florian) are eagerly awaiting his return.
Ninja of Love’ Talks Zombie Apocalypse
“Tell me something interesting,” I urge him following our exchange of pleasantries. “Not necessarily about yourself -- could be about anything in the world.”
“Something interesting,” he repeats. After a “hmmm,” he suddenly declares, “Zombies.”
“Yeah, I really believe they could be true,” Denis tells me. “You know, the zombie populace, I can see that being real. I think about what would happen if zombies attacked all the time.”
Demain Maia likes Shogun’s chances against Chuck Liddell
"[Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is] super professional … He’s away from Curitiba (Shogun’s home town) and it’s good for him to get more concentrated. He’s on the right way, but [it is] still far from the fight, still has four weeks. He’ll get to the top now. I don’t know about Chuck, how is his preparation, but I think Shogun is very talented and, well trained, is hard to be beat…. I don’t think that the fight with Coleman was bad. It was a very intense fight, maybe he got tired more, but I think he fought well. He got tired, that’s normal. People forget that Coleman fought with Fedor few time ago and did a great fight, he is very tough… It’s not because he’s 45 that that you have to go there and kill him.”
In an interview with undefeated middleweight contender Demian Maia talks about helping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua prepare for his upcoming 205-pound battle against former division champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 97: “Redemption” on April 18. Maia is perhaps the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist currently on UFC roster, winning all five of his fights inside the Octagon with insane submissions. He makes it look so easy. Might he be showing “Shogun” a thing or two to surprise the “Iceman” on fight night with a ground attack? We will see soon enough.
The Man That Was ‘Mask’
Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr. had all the faith in the world.
It takes nothing less to be the first of your kind, to see opportunity and potential in places where others simply do not. It takes even more to act upon that vision, to put yourself out on a limb in the face of ridicule and failure.
Lewis had faith in the sport of mixed martial arts. Through his Tapout clothing line, he championed it without a hint of hesitation to every stranger, friend, and foe alike.
Charles Lewis was one of the good guys. And that’s why his death in a horrific car crash during the early morning hours of March 11 hit the fight community so hard.
As is the case with those we cherish most, Lewis was gone too suddenly. He was on his way home from the gym with his girlfriend Lacey at 1 a.m., the only time he could fit working out into a hectic schedule. Lewis took pride in his deceiving physique, and many questioned he was really 45 years old, even after officials confirmed it.
That night, Lewis and Lacey had decided to drive by a condominium apartment they had been looking into purchasing over the next few days. It is believed Lewis’ fire-engine red Ferrari occupied the middle lane when Jeffery Kirby and his companion came up along the left side in a white 1977 Porsche. At the scene, black skid marks snake up onto the median’s curb right as the road bends slightly, then drag for 500 or more feet across the three lanes. They indicate Kirby’s car bounced off the road’s island divider before t-boning into Lewis’ vehicle’s backend, sending the Ferrari into a 180-degree spin. The car traveled backwards before the driver’s side wailed directly into a cement light pole, slicing it into two parts.
It was the first time in a few months that Lewis had had the opportunity to enjoy the luxury ride he’d purchased over a year ago. The car had slept at a friend’s showroom until Lewis had been asked to bring it to a photo shoot that day for Dub magazine. High speeds didn’t seem unfathomable under the circumstances, though friends said they couldn’t see Lewis engaging in a dangerous street race for superiority. Lewis didn’t know Kirby, nor was Lewis believed to be drinking at the time. Lewis never touched alcohol, as many will attest, including his best friend and business partner Dan “Punk Ass” Caldwell.
Lewis and Caldwell met in 1992 as sheriffs for San Bernardino County in southern Calif. Both trained in boxing and kickboxing, but soon found a mutual love in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the early UFC events.
The name Tapout was born from the license plate on Lewis’ car. It was a way for Lewis to demonstrate his unadulterated love for the art and he displayed it around town like his badge of honor.
“Especially then, when you would ride down the freeway with ‘Tapout’ on your license plate, people would come up to you and look inside and give you a thumb’s up. That’s how you knew another jiu-jitsu guy,” said Caldwell.
When a license plate wasn’t enough, Lewis went to Caldwell with an idea for a T-shirt