November 2007 MMA News Archive
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All “Illegal Cage Fighting” Charges Dropped Against Din Thomas
UFC fighter Din Thomas, who faced up to five years in prison after being arrested and accused of running an illegal cage fighting event, has had all charges against him dropped.
Jason MacDonald: I’m Fighting in April — in Canada (UFC 83)
The UFC’s long-awaited debut north of the American border will take place in April — in Canada — with Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald on the card. That’s the word from MacDonald, anyway. Last week MacDonald told fans, including some MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) veterans, at a Maximum Fighting Championships event in Edmonton that he was going to fight on an upcoming April UFC card in Canada.
Karo Parisyan: ‘I think I already have a title shot if I want to wait’
Welterweight contender Karo Parisyan has apparently earned a title shot in six or seven months if he wants to wait, according to a recent interview on PunchDrunkGamer.com. “People are talking about that [a fight with Jon Fitch], I don’t know. The deal is I think I already have a title shot if I want to wait. If I wait I can get my title shot I guess in six or seven months from now, which is a long time away, and I don’t want to mess up my plans of getting my title shot. Now I would love to fight Jon Fitch, but if I fight him and god forbid something goes wrong and I lose that fight it puts me all the way back down again and I have to work back up for a title fight. So if I am guaranteed a title fight now, I’ll take the title fight or if I don’t want to wait such a long time I’ll take another opponent who I have a more ‘guaranteed’ win over. I still think I can beat Jon Fitch – Jon’s a very tough guy, but I think that if I am in shape that I can beat him eight out of 10 times. But at this point I don’t want to jeopardize anything leading up to my title fight, so we’ll see what the UFC will offer and what I will take.”
Hallman's Agent Posts Note On Steroid Test
Ken Pavia, agent for MMA fighter Dennis Hallman, has posted a brief message regarding Hallman's recent failed steroid test and subsequent suspension by the CSAC.
Huerta Featured On FHM Website
UFC fighter Roger Huerta, scheduled to appear on next week's TUF 6 Finale, recently was featured on the men's magazine FHM's website. He talked MMA training in a video while using FHM's reporter as an example for his techniques.
Cahoon Counting On Strikes To Stop Sinosic
UK fighter Paul Cahoon, scheduled to face Elvis Sinosic on tomorrow's Cage Rage 24 event, is planning to use his strikes to stop the Australian fighter. Cahoon thinks that Sinosic is weak in ground-and-pound and wants to use that and a standup fight to his advantage.
UFC 80: ‘Rapid Fire’ to air on CBS network … not PPV?
Dave Meltzer from WrestlingObserver.com throws out a juicy nugget in the recent print publication of his newsletter: UFC 80: “Rapid Fire”— not UFC 81 as speculated — could air for FREE on the CBS network rather than pay-per-view (PPV) if a deal can be hammered out in time. It seems that The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike is beginning to reduce the television landscape “to a barren wasteland of reruns and infomercials.”
Herring Training at Xtreme Couture.
Herring has decided on a new camp. He is training with Mark Laimon on the ground and is fighting out of Xtreme Couture. Uh Oh...
Farrar vs. Miller off WEC 31 card
"With three title fights taking place on the upcoming World Extreme Cagefighting show on Dec. 12, the promotion lost one of their undercard bouts as the fight between Chance Farrar and Micah Miller has been removed from the card as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Miller’s training partner, Blake Bowman." Apparently Farrar suffered a hand injury and will be unable to compete. This is unfortunate, I was looking forward to this fight. It would have been a war.
Attention:Anyone awaiting Round 5 MMA figures
If you were part of their mailing list check your email.The figures will not be out for a holiday season release.The company announced some quality issues with the figures,and rescheduled them for a march 2008 release.
UFC Champ Rich Franklin Starring in Weapon
Rich Franklin is going to play a super soldier in an upcoming movie called WEAPON that sounds similar in concept to Universal Soldier. Rich Franklin is a former UFC champion who knocked out many a foe before recently being dethroned by Anderson Silva.
UCF LHW Champion Dragged To Death Behind The Back Of A Truck
UCF light heavyweight champion, Jerid S. Sturman-Camyn, died this past Saturday after being dragged to death behind the back of a truck. According to witnesses, Sturman-Camyn became violent and out of control at a northeastern Washington hunting camp late that night. He allegedly began wielding an axe before having a noose fixed around his neck and being dragged by a truck for nearly 13 miles. The body was dismembered during the dragging according to the Spokesman-Review.
Versus And WEC Announce Outside The Cage
Versus is taking the next step in its extended coverage of World Extreme Cagefighting. The network on Dec. 5 will air the first WEC Outside the Cage special as a lead-in to the Dec. 12 WEC event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. WEC Outside the Cage will feature interviews, fight clips and behind the scenes footage to preview the live event.
Lambert vs Gouveia at UFC 80
UFC.com is reporting that Wilson Gouveia (9-4) will fight Jason Lambert (23-6) at UFC 80: “Rapid Fire,” setting up a light heavyweight showdown that was supposed to happen at UFC 76: “Knockout” back in September.
Sammy Vasquez moved to hospice from hospital, its not looking good
New info from Sherdog, looks like he wasn't discharged, but moved from the ICU to hospice and things are looking very grave.
shonie carter speaks out on the ufc
SC: As soon as I get back, I'm going to see what's up because I know the UFC was tripping about me fighting. I'm like, look, I can't sit around and wait all year and they didn't use me all year. I mean, my rent was due. Even me going to Canada…I mean, the whole story behind me fighting goes beyond the fight. I owed child support and I was paying the mom instead of paying the state. I go to renew my passport and they cease my passport and give me 24 hours to pay it or I'm going to get a knock on the door by the sheriff.
Gray Maynard vs. Dennis Siver at UFN 12
“The Ultimate Fighter 5’s” Gray Maynard will take on German fighter Dennis Siver (11-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at a UFC Fight Night 12 event planned for Jan. 23.
Strikeforce’s Dennis Hallman and Alexander Crispim Test Positive for Steroids
Dennis Hallman and Alexander Crispim, who last competed at a Nov. 16 Strikeforce show in San Jose, Calif., have both tested positive for anabolic steroids. California State Athletic Commission executive Bill Douglas today released news of the failed tests and suspensions. Hallman, a former UFC fighter, defeated Jeremiah Metcalf with a first-round heel hook at the event, which was dubbed, “Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives.” Crispim, a former Gladiators Challenge fighter, defeated Clint Coronel via unanimous decision. Neither fight appeared on the Yahoo! Sports live broadcast of the event, which took place at the HP Pavilion.
Early Odds For UFC 79 - St. Pierre, Silva Favored
The following are early betting lines from BetOnFighting.com for the big year-end UFC 79 "Nemesis" card: Matt Hughes +200 Georges St. Pierre -250 - - Wanderlei Silva -120 Chuck Liddell -110 - - "Lyoto" Machida -130 Sokoudjou Even
BRITISH BARK (Info on Kelly VS Taylor UFC 80)
Mixed martial arts fans will witness the UFC’s first-ever Brit-versus-Brit bout when undefeated Paul Kelly takes on Paul Taylor at UFC 80 “Rapid Fire” on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. A member of the Wolfslair Academy – home to Michael Bisping, light heavyweight winner from season three of “The Ultimate Fighter” – Kelly has signed a four-fight deal with the promotion. Kelly (6-0) began his professional career in 2005, with a match against Nigel Whitear at FX3 “Battle of Britain.” The bout lasted all of 54 seconds. In the two years since, the welterweight has finished off five more opponents. Five of his six wins have come in the opening round. Taylor (8-2-1, 1-1 UFC), meanwhile, has already fought in two of the three UFC shows in the UK and is coming off a submission loss to Marcus Davis at UFC 75 in September.