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November 2007 MMA News Archive - Page 5

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Patrick Côté: I’m Fighting Drew McFedries at UFC Fight Night 12
UFC middleweight Patrick Côté (11-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) figured he’d next fight in February; instead the fighter will take on hard-hitting Drew McFedries (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 12 on Jan. 23.
Submitted Nov 22, 2007 2:06AM by adamsb - 19 comments
UFC 82: Josh Koscheck to return on Columbus card in March (Exclusive)
Welterweight contender Josh Koscheck (9-2) will return to action at UFC 82 at the Nationwide Arena on March 1, joining American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Jon Fitch on the Columbus, Ohio, fight card. Opponents have been discussed to face the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion, but no bout agreements have been signed at this time. “Kos” is hungry and determined to get back on the winning track after his unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74: “Respect” back in August. His goal is to rattle off a flurry of wins early in 2008 to ensure that his name is among the 170-pound title contenders as soon as possible.
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 7:58PM by babalu2720 - 11 comments
UFC Fight Night 12: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Alberto Crane (Exclusive)
MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) just learned that lightweight grapplers Kurt Pellegrino (10-3) and Alberto Crane (8-1) will go at it on January 23 at UFC Fight Night 12. It’s a showdown that pits two of the top jiu-jitsu fighters in the division against one another.
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 5:27PM by nickcuc547 - 4 comments
Sorting out the Welterweight Division - Part I
For years, the UFC welterweight division was the bastion of predictability. Matt Hughes ruled with an iron fist. Georges St-Pierre was the heir apparent. BJ Penn was…well…BJ Penn. The rest of the division was really nothing more than a bunch of opponents for the ‘Big Three’. Oh, how things have changed. Strange things are definitely afoot in the welterweight division.
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 3:09PM by grappler0000 - 13 comments
Official List Of Fighters To Take Part In NYE Japan Event - Arona, Sakari, And Melendez Added
M-1 has held a press conference in Tokyo today where it was confirmed that Fedor will fight on New Year’s Eve at Japan's Saitama Super Arena. The event is said to be supported by M-1, with the help of former PRIDE staff. Below is a list of fighters that have been officially confirmed for the event:
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 10:11AM by grappler0000 - 22 comments
Jason “Mayhem” Miller -VS- Tim Kennedy - HDNet Fights 15th Dec
Team Quest representatives have confirmed that Jason “Mayhem” Miller will square off with Tim Kennedy in the co-main event at HDNet Fights “Reckless Abandon” on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy (8-1) will replace UFC veteran Sean Salmon, who was medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following his knockout loss to Jorge Santiago at Strikeforce “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” on Nov. 16 in San Jose, Calif. Miller has a history with Kennedy, who defeated him by decision at an Extreme Challenge event in February 2003. An Army Ranger who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, Kennedy has not lost a fight in more than six years.
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 10:05AM by CornishMMA - 4 comments
Strikeforce Leaving California for Feb. 23 Show
The California-based Strikeforce organization will host its next show on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash. It’ll be the organization’s first-ever show outside California
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 9:54AM by CornishMMA - 1 comment
Weak Paydays
Since one of the biggest names of the UFC, Randy Couture, walked away from the his belt last month, citing UFC president Dana White's inability to provide a little respect and a big Russian (Fedor Emelianenko, the only man the 44-year-old Couture wants to fight at this stage of his career) the MMA world has been buzzing. About respect and Russians, sure. But mostly about money.
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 7:55AM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Changes At The Top In IFL
There were some major changes in leadership at the IFL yesterday: Co-founder and CEO Gareb Shamus is out and President & COO Jay Larkin is the new CEO. Revenue was up and losses were down last quarter and the IFL now seems to have enough money for at least the next 8-10 months.
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 7:41AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Former UFC Foe John McCain: "The Sport Has Grown Up"
The following is an excerpt from an article from The Daily Telegraph: Senator John McCain, of Arizona, led the charge to ban these competitions from cable television, describing the events as "human cock fighting''. Now he has revised his opinion, saying: "The sport has grown up. The rules have been adopted to give its athletes better protections and to ensure fairer competition.''
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 7:40AM by CornishMMA - 23 comments
Tavares Training for Return Against Omigawa at UFC Fight Night 12
Thiago Tavares will face Michihiro Omigawa on Jan. 23 at the next UFC Fight Night. "I think he is a good opponent," said the Brazilian lightweight. "I think the guys from UFC are trying to build my name again because I'm coming off a loss. That's why they didn't give me a top opponent. Not disrespecting him -- he is a good athlete, fought at the Olympics and in big MMA organizations. He is a middle-level fighter, not top, but I'm training to face him like it is a title shot. Every single fight is the most important fight of my life."
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 7:06AM by CornishMMA - 1 comment
James Thompson To Fight 16th Dec in the U.K.
The Doncaster Dome on Sunday, Dec. 16, will play host to Ultimate Force and its Festive Fury fight card. Ultimate Force is the U.K.’s leading promotion in the north of England and one that is arguably Tengiz Tedoradze’s hometown event. The promotion has secured a headline bout between Tedoradze and James Thompson in a rematch of their June 2004 encounter.
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 6:28AM by CornishMMA - 16 comments
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The ‘Russian Bear' Returns
Long before Fedor Emelianenko became the best fighter on the planet, another Russian sambo practitioner was causing a sensation in international MMA: Oleg Taktarov Go Oleg!!!
Submitted Nov 21, 2007 4:17AM by ncordless - 9 comments
UFC: Yushin Okami Staying Put with the UFC
Middleweight contender Yushin Okami (21-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who last defeated Jason MacDonald at UFC 77 in October, has re-signed with the organization.
Submitted Nov 20, 2007 9:43PM by adamsb - 13 comments
UFC 82: Jon Fitch to fight in Columbus against possibly Akihiro Gono (Exclusive)
MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) learned earlier this morning that welterweight contender Jon Fitch (15-2) has been approached about fighting Akihiro Gono (27-12-7) at UFC 82 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 1. Fitch will fight on the card; however, Gono is not a lock to be his opponent at this time. Our sources indicate that the Fitch camp is working hard to line up a showdown with Karo Parisyan instead. That fight makes the most sense in terms of clearing up the 170-pound log jam.
Submitted Nov 20, 2007 5:47PM by babalu2720 - 26 comments
B.J. Penn Wants “One to Two Fights a Year for 10 Years
Former UFC welterweight champion B.J. Penn (11-4-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC), who next fights Joe Stevenson on Jan. 19 for the UFC’s interim lightweight championship, says he wants to fight for another decade — but only at a pace of one or two fights per year.
Submitted Nov 20, 2007 5:00PM by tuvok500 - 11 comments
California Fighter Fails 2nd Drug Test, Gets Long Sentence
California fighter Jason Winther became the second fighter in the state to fail a drug test recently. But then he failed a second drug test, prmopting the CSAC to extend his 8 month suspension to 21 months and fine him another $2500. I guess one more and we'll find out if they have a 3 Strikes, You're Out policy.
Submitted Nov 20, 2007 9:17AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Houston Alexander Back in Gym After UFC 78 Loss
After a first-round loss at this past weekend’s UFC 78 event in Newark, N.J., Houston Alexander (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is already back in the gym and training. Alexander suffered a TKO loss to Thiago Silva (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), and as many fans noticed, the Nebraska-based fighter just didn’t seem himself during the loss.
Submitted Nov 20, 2007 7:19AM by CornishMMA - 8 comments
Cole Miller vs. Jeremy Stephens Set for UFC Fight Night 12
Cole Miller (13-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who posted a solid unanimous-decision victory over Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 11 in September, will return at UFC Fight Night 12 to take on Jeremy Stephens (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the fight from Stephens’ camp earlier today. However, contracts haven’t been signed because UFC officials first need to determine the event’s location. UFC Fight Night 12 takes place Jan. 23 and airs live on Spike TV.
Submitted Nov 20, 2007 7:15AM by CornishMMA - 4 comments
Update On Salmon's Condition, Says He's "Doing Good Now"
After stepping in to replace Yuki Sasaki in the Strikeforce "Tournament Series" show and suffering a flying knee knockout loss in the first round to Jorge Santiago (who would go on to win the tournament), it was feared the former UFC veteran Sean Salmon had suffered a seizure in the ring. Following the loss, Salmon was taken to the Valley Medical Trauma Center to undergo a number of tests, including a CT scan. The tests came back negative and it was determined that Salmon had also not suffered any bleeding of the brain, nor a skull fracture.
Submitted Nov 20, 2007 7:08AM by CornishMMA - 7 comments
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