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October 2008 MMA News Archive - Page 6

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DAN LAUZON FIGHTS FOR WCF BEFORE HORODECKI
(mmaweekly.com)
Before Dan Lauzon debuts for Affliction against Chris Horodecki on Jan. 24, he will first get the chance to stay sharp in his game as he returns to World Championship Fighting on Nov. 14 to fight Justin Hammertrum in a lightweight contest on their upcoming card. Lauzon was slated to face Horodecki at the Affliction: Day of Reckoning show when it had been slated for earlier this month, but the show was postponed. Opposed to sitting out for several months before stepping into his next fight, the youngest fighter to ever compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship will instead get a tune-up fight first.
Submitted Oct 24, 2008 1:01PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Is the Fertitta Business Empire in Trouble?
(bloodyelbow.com)
Zack Arnold puts together the case: * October 19th - Going private hasn’t saved companies from slump (Las Vegas Review-Journal) * October 19th - Station Casinos will seek some reprieve from its banks, though the company’s debt costs will likely go up (Las Vegas Sun) * October 20th - Station Casinos confident business model will best economic worry (online casino advisory) * October 23rd - Is Station Casinos going out of business? (Fightlinker) When Dana White announced a while back that Lorenzo Fertitta was making a 100% commitment to UFC and moving away from actively managing Station Casinos, it was heralded as a move that was going to forever change the MMA business. Much to the credit of Fight Opinion Radio lead host (Jeff Thaler), Jeff never bought into the initial explanation given as to why Lorenzo Fertitta would give up such a lucrative position in Las Vegas to go to UFC — a profitable company, but nothing close to the money-making machine that Station Casinos had been over the past decade
Submitted Oct 24, 2008 12:59PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quick Quote: Michael Bisping Wants Anderson Silva Before He Retires
(mmamania.com)
Count The Count among those who want to be among Anderson Silva's last 6 opponents. Although Michael Bisping hopes UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva can retire "on a high" when Silva says he will after 6 more fights, Bisping also says he'd like to be able to face Silva in the Octagon while there's still time.
Submitted Oct 24, 2008 10:08AM by DCRage - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Slice’ Wants Rematch, Eyes Japan
(sherdog.com)
Kimbo mentions that he was offered Seth or Frank & didnt want to fight Frank. interesting
Submitted Oct 24, 2008 2:26AM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
EliteXC fighter faces toughest test yet: unemployment
(sports.espn.go.com)
The past few weeks were exciting for middleweight Joey Villasenor. He had prepared vigorously for his rematch with Robbie Lawler. Though Villasenor was stopped in 22 seconds the first time they met, he was confident things would end differently Nov. 8 in Reno, Nev. Villasenor, who turned 33 on Friday, was feeling good. Where to now? Joey Villasenor founds himself without a job after EliteXC closed its doors. In a little more than two weeks, he planned to enter the cage and exact revenge on one of mixed martial arts' top middleweights. Plus, he could earn a much-needed $60,000 -- $30,000 for the fight and $30,000 to win. Just two more weeks and Villasenor would put a few bucks into his savings account that serves as a retirement fund. But two weeks is a long time when the event's promoter is struggling to make ends meet.
Submitted Oct 24, 2008 2:22AM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities
 
ELITEXC INVESTIGATION CLOSED, SUSPICIONS LINGER
(mmaweekly.com)
After a 13-day long investigation into allegations of fight fixing by the now-defunct MMA organization EliteXC, the Florida State Boxing Commission has concluded that no wrongdoing has occurred.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 10:21PM by Wolfenstein - 2 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Brock Lesnar does not want Mazzagatti as referee at UFC 91
(urdirt.com)
Lesnar’s reps claim he was “involved in what we believe was a controversial ruling in connection with the Mir-Lesnar fight.” Lesnar’s reps told Sherdog. ”They asked that Mazzagatti be removed from consideration for the UFC 91 main event to avoid “distraction” and “any further controversy.”
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 9:50PM by Wolfenstein - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor's Manager Vadim Finklestein Addresses Dana White
(fightline.com)
Dana says UFC’s doors are wide open. Maybe they are. But these doors also shut tightly once the fighter signs with the organization. Randy Couture came back to the UFC and what now? Instead of fighting the best in the promotion he has to fight a young upstart with 2-1 pro-record. Couture might not survive all the three contractual fights. I’m afraid that’s being made in order to finish the star which is Randy and not let him fight Fedor.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 9:13PM by Wolfenstein - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
EliteXC’s Top 10 Moments
(sherdog.com)
News of EliteXC’s demise shook the mixed martial arts world on Monday, as an entire stable of fighters suddenly found themselves without a place to work. Any number of reasons behind the 2-year-old promotion’s downfall could be chiseled into its tombstone: Foray into mixed martial arts failed for boxing promoters. Organization walked down the same green mile as the World Fighting Alliance, the International Fight League and Bodog Fight. Promotion unraveled after scandal involving street fighter and UFC retread. While EliteXC offered just as much controversy as excitement, it enjoyed many bright spots during its 20-month run.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 2:36PM by grappler0000 - 42 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities
 
- UFC 90: KOSCHECK GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS
(mmaweekly.com)
The roots of Josh Koscheck’s resurgence in the UFC welterweight division lie in the moments after his loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69. The American Kickboxing Academy regular hadn’t put much energy to his wrestling game to prepare for St. Pierre. He was an NCAA Division I champion; wrestling was in his blood. But after spending most his time under the weight of the then-fallen champion, Koscheck realized he could’ve changed the course of the fight by working on his first stock and trade. “He gave St. Pierre a lot of credit,” longtime training partner Mike Swick says. “I don’t think he fought (St. Pierre) how he really wanted to. The second that fight was over, Josh’s confidence grew as a fighter. He realized that he could have done so much better.” Koscheck admits that his respect for St. Pierre clouded his judgment about how to face fighters in the upper echelon of the division.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 2:18PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
NSAC: Mario Yamasaki To Ref Couture-Lesnar
(mmaweekly.com)
On Wednesday the NSAC announced the officiating crew for the UFC 91 main event of randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar. The judges will be Jeff Mullen, Cecil Peoples, and Tony Weeks. The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 1:33PM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Junie Browning On Junie Browning
(mmajunkie.com)
According to those close to him as well as the fighter himself, Junie Browning is going to be Junie Browning. A punk. A short fuse. And he's not going to change according to his trainer.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 1:28PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jake O'Brien vs. Christian Wellisch in works for UFC 94
(mmajunkie.com)
After suffering the first two losses of his professional career, heavyweight Jake O'Brien (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will look for a return to the win column when he meets Christian Wellisch (8-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 94. Sources close to the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the bout is close to being finalized. UFC 94, which features a UFC welterweight title fight between current 170-pound champ Georges St. Pierre and 155-pound champ B.J. Penn, takes place Jan. 31 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. O'Brien, a former Purdue University wrestler, began his career with 10 consecutive wins, which included a 3-0 mark in the UFC. The 10th win came in a stunning unanimous-decision upset of Heath Herring in the PRIDE veteran's January 2007 UFC debut.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 12:57PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana backs Brock to be No1
(thesun.co.uk)
DANA WHITE reckons Brock Lesnar has all the credentials to become the world's No1 heavyweight fighter. The UFC president has tipped the former WWE superstar to put on a great performance against the legendary Randy Couture when the pair collide at UFC 91. And White reckons 31-year-old Lesnar has what it takes to beat The Natural next month. He said: "It's such an interesting fight because Couture is so good at coming up with plans for finding weaknesses in guys' games and exposing them. "But Lesnar's such a different animal, this guy is so big, so strong and so fast at that weight it's just phenomenal.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 8:30AM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sherk’s shifting fortunes
(sports.yahoo.com)
Sean Sherk has won 32 mixed martial arts fights. He’s lost three: to Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes and B.J. Penn, each an all-time great in the sport. “The best of the best of the best,” Sherk said. At 35 he is an MMA stalwart himself, one of the pioneers of the game who first joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship for UFC 30, when he was “just some farm kid from Minnesota.” Yet he enters UFC 90 in nearby Rosemont on Saturday at the crossroads of his career, dealing with questions about his past successes as much as his potential for future ones. On the humble undercard this time, he’ll fight up-and-coming Tyson Griffin, 24, a guy who could rightfully be called a young Sean Sherk. Griffin even modeled some of his wrestling game from watching Sherk fights back when he was just a fan. Sherk is well aware of the stakes. He was on top of the world 15 months ago, when he outlasted Hermes Franca in a 25-minute test of wills to defend his UFC lightweight championship.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 8:27AM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Davis Predicts Bright Future For Paul Kelly
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Marcus Davis has offered British welterweight Paul Kelly some words of encouragement after submitting him in their UFC 89 fight last weekend. Davis believes that Kelly, 23, has a bright future in the sport and says he told him so right after their bout. "I told him, you're a young kid and you've got a long future in this. You're tough and you're already in the big show, don't let it get you down," he revealed to Fighters Only this week. He praised Kelly's strength and aggression, which he said had forced him to come up with a different gameplan to the one he used against other British fighters such as Paul Taylor and Jason Tan. "My trainer's plan, that he set out after watching tape on Kelly, was to use the same plan that Bisping did that night against Leben," Davis explained.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 8:25AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fisticuffs: Spencer Fisher UFC 90 interview
(mmamania.com)
With 25 professional fights under his belt, Spencer “The King” Fisher (21-4) has been around the block a time or two. The three-year UFC veteran has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Frankie Edgar and Hermes Franca and holds wins over Thiago Alves, Josh Neer, Sam Stout, Matt Wiman and most recently Jeremy Stephens at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale in June. And if all goes according to plan, Fisher could be adding one more name to that list. He faces Shannon Gugerty (11-2) at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” this Saturday, October 25 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Ill. Although Fisher was originally slated to face slugger Melvin Guillard (21-7-2), the Team Miletich member will face a significantly different test in Gugerty, who has eight submission victories to his credit, the last of which came via rear naked choke in round one over previously undefeated Dale Hartt at UFC Fight Night 14 in July. It was both fighters’ UFC debut.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 8:22AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
ALVES PLANS TO KO KOSCHECK & GO FOR THE TITLE
(mmaweekly.com)
While many fighters coming off of back to back wins over top ranked opponents wouldn't be willing to wait for their chance at a title shot, Thiago Alves is more than happy to continue his climb up the ladder towards an opportunity to compete for welterweight championship. In his last two fighters, Alves has knocked out two impossibly tough opponents in former champion Matt Hughes and top contender Karo Parisyan. It looked like he was primed for a title shot, but instead of waiting around for that chance he took another fight against another top ranked opponent in Diego Sanchez. Just over a week ago, Sanchez fell out of the scheduled bout with a rib injury. He was quickly replaced with another top fighter in Josh Koscheck, who stepped in at the last minute. Many fighters would be hesitant to give up the chance to compete for a title in their next fight, but Thiago Alves is even willing to fight another top ranked welterweight on short notice.
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 8:20AM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vinny's TUF 8 blog for Episode 6
(punch.freedomblogging.com)
Here is what Vinny had to say about Delgado's black belt and the Junie-Delgado fight:
Submitted Oct 23, 2008 3:50AM by PunchyMcGee - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
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