Fight Camp / Team News - Page 5
Do you have a hot MMA story or news item that you have found and would like to share? Simply read the instructions, then post it to our MMA News Share Forum to have it display here for the community to read on this page.
New Blood for the Heavies - Cain Velasquez makes his UFC Debut
"Ever notice that when a stellar collegiate wrestling star makes his transition into mixed martial arts, striking is never an issue in those formative months of development? Learning jiu-jitsu can be a frustrating chore, figuring out that what worked on the wrestling mat may not work in the Octagon can be equally baffling, but when it comes to punching, elbowing, and kicking, that’s like being a kid who wakes up on his birthday and finds out he got a snow day off from school as well. Heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez most certainly agrees."...
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 6:28PM by F--K_Luck_AuH2O - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team, General MMA
Randy Couture Signs Exclusive Sponsorship With Everlast
The following is provided courtesy of a press release from Everlast: Everlast Worldwide Inc., manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods, apparel, footwear, and other active lifestyle products under the Everlast brand name is proud to announce that they have partnered with Randy “The Natural” Couture with a long term exclusive contract. Couture a six-time UFC Champion and the most celebrated name in the sport was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and was the first fighter to hold titles in both the Heavyweight and Light-Heavyweight divisions. This long-term partnership marks the commitment of Everlast to become the premiere brand in the fastest growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts. The partnership with Couture allows him to exclusively wear Everlast fight shorts, fight gloves, training equipment and training apparel. In addition, Everlast will be the exclusive equipment and apparel sponsor of Xtreme Couture Gyms, in all locations. Together, Everlast and Couture will collaborate on a co-branded line of MMA equipment that will set the standard for equipment and apparel in MMA. Additionally, the partnership will work on developing grassroots programs to teach the youth, and create fitness clinics and retail concept shops.
Submitted Apr 10, 2008 12:33PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, MMA Personalities, General MMA
American Top Team To Be On Display at UFC 86
According to a posting on the American Top Team website, the camp will have at least 4 fighters in action at UFC 86: Gleison (Graison) Tibau, Cole Miller, Steve Bruno, and Ben Saunders. No opponents were disclosed.
Rich Franklin training with Hume at AMC in Kirkland
Rich Franklin is training for Lutter and UFC 83 in Kirkland at AMC Pankration (www.mmawizard.com) with Matt Hume. A friend of a friend just met Hume and Franklin at a restaurant in the Seattle area and confirmed it with a picture. Maybe roll with Barnett? C’mon Rich get Dana to bring Barnett on!!!! Matt and Josh get Rich the win!!!!!
Melendez vs. Marcello
http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=5842&zoneid=13 Masvidal injured, Chute Box Jits coach steps in...
Mark Coleman – “The Hammer” Enters the UFC Hall of Fame
The next time you watch a UFC event and see a fighter score a double-leg takedown, proceed to change position effortlessly and then ground and pound his opponent out, you can rest assured that Mark Coleman had something to do with it. A mixed martial arts pioneer who won the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournaments and became the first UFC Heavyweight Champion in 1997, Coleman – who was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame Saturday night in Columbus during the UFC 82 card – has probably influenced the style of more fighters than anyone ever to grace the Octagon.
Zuffa Wins Preliminary Injunction
Zuffa won the first battle in its ongoing war with Randy Couture yesterday, as Judge Jennifer Togliatti granted the company a preliminary injunction barring Randy Couture's participation in the International Fight League's event Friday in Las Vegas. "Randy Couture is enjoined from engaging in any promotion or production of events or programming related to unarmed combat during the February 29, 2008 event," according to the minutes of the hearing.
Submitted Feb 29, 2008 4:28PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Fight Camp / Team, MMA Personalities
Canadian Fighter Dies After Training
A young Canadian mixed martial artist died after a light sparring session Tuesday evening in Stratford, Prince Edward Island. Rene Ayangma, 20, a member of Team Bueno based out of the Largo Fitness Centre, was preparing for his second MMA fight, scheduled for Extreme Cage Combat in Halifax on March 15.
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 6:42PM by madmarck - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Fight Camp / Team
What's Tickling Mark DellaGrotte's Toes
That first night, as Mark DellaGrotte lay in the floor on a rice mat, trying to sleep and wondering what he was doing on the other side of the planet, he realized that the creatures brushing by his feet were rats. Rats and other things. There was no door to the too-small room in which he was packed with 13 others. Anything could scurry in from the 98-degree night. DellaGrotte himself, for instance. Twenty-four and traveling the world. Had never left the country, then on a plane and off a plane and into the sweltering dark of a different continent. How, again, did he get here?
Submitted Feb 20, 2008 11:46PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Fight Camp / Team, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Grappling Champ Robert Drysdale Joins Xtreme Couture, Readies for MMA Debut
Robert Drysdale, the 2007 Abu-Dhabi Absolute champion, has joined the ever-expanding Xtreme Couture as an instructor and MMA fighter. The Las Vegas-based organization, which is headed by UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, made the announcement on the Xtreme Couture blog. “He is excited to be the newest addition to our Pro Team where he will train in preparation for his MMA debut,” the announcement read. “Robert will be instructing the Pro Team in jiu jitsu and will teach the jiu jitsu classes at the gym.“
The Downfall Of BTT & Chute Boxe
Japan & Brazil first became intertwined in martial arts in 1917, when Mitsuyo Maeda started teaching Kodokan judo to Carlos & Helio Gracie. As the folding of PRIDE has revealed, it unknowingly began what has become the well-publicized falling apart of two of the greatest MMA fight camps in history, Brazillian Top Team (BTT) and Chute Boxe.
Randy Couture Picks Tim Sylvia Over Antonio Noguiera
Randy Couture is, legally speaking, the UFC heavyweight champion. He recently declined an invitation to fight Antonio Noguiera however, stating that he has resigned from the UFC and wished to pursue a fight with consensus number one heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. He has since battled UFC management in an intense, and very public war of words; and now faces a potential legal battle as well. The latest spat between Couture and the UFC has to do with Couture's work as a cornerman at events held by organizations such as the IFL and HCF. Couture has appearently recieved word from UFC officials that making appearences at such organizations is a breach of contract. Couture sat down with The Calgary Sun to discuss the situation in more detail and also weighted in on the upcoming battle between Noguiera and his replacement at UFC 81, Tim Sylvia.
Submitted Jan 27, 2008 12:20PM by grappler0000 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team, MMA Personalities
Nick Thompson Interview on Brock Lesnar
Nice Interview: He briefly touches on his situation with Bodog, elaborates on the fight offer with Jon Fitch, and has a cool story about his training partner Brock Lesnar.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 12:39AM by duggy - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team
Palhares Expected to Sign with UFC
After recently signing Brazilian Top Team's David Bielkheden , the UFC is expected to ink another BTT athlete: Fury GP 185-pound champion Rousimar Palhares, Sherdog.com has learned. A native of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Palhares (7-1) is a prospect who has a chance to reach the top in the UFC. He has won five straight, including first-round wins over UFC veteran Flavio Luis Moura, Pan-Arm jiu-jitsu champion Fabio Negao (Pictures) and Pride Bushido veteran Daniel Acacio. None of these quality fighters were competitive against Palhares.
Chute Boxe Rep Surprised At Statements
When Chute Boxe leader Master Rafael Cordeiro announced plans to open a training facility in Los Angeles and had severed ties with former US rep Roberto PIccinini, apparently nobody told Piccinini until he found out about it through an MMAWeekly article and not through Chute Boxe after 27 years of association.
Thiago Silva Interview
Interview with Thiago Silva, he talks about finding a camp in the United States, his thoughts on his former teamates shogun and wandy, and announces that he will be facing Rashad in May.
Exclusive: IFL Comments on UFC Champion Randy Couture
So, what is Randy Couture's involvement in the IFL Mixed Martial Arts league? Rumors have been swirling around the MMA world regarding the reigning UFC Champion, whose contract dispute or retirement (depending on whose legal analysis you listen to - UFC's or Couture's) has left him in a very interesting situation. Couture, under contract to UFC, appeared at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Chris Horodecki's corner for the main event of IFL's Grand Prix Finals on December 29th, which was broadcast on billionaire Mark Cuban's HDNet. Earlier in December, IFL co-founder Kurt Otto mentioned Couture's name as a possible coach during the IFL's conference call to discuss their plans for 2008, but wouldn't commit to anything in terms of Couture's appearances.
Dida, Ruas Starting New Camp In Brazil
Former Chute Boxe members Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Murilo "Ninja" Rua, and Andre "Dida" Amade have begun the process fo forming their new camp, Universidade da Luta (UDL), which in English translates to Fight University. After considering relocating to North America, the three have decided to stay in Brazil and base the camp in Curitiba.
Palaszewski training with Matyushenko, Arlovski, Curran for rematch with Taurosevicius
By Chris Yucus International Fight League lightweight slugger Bart Palaszewski is leaving Pat Miletich’s tutelage for the Chicago-based IFL team. According to Palaszewski, the team will be affiliated with former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski’s team and trainers and will include former Chicago Red Bear Mark Miller (8-2) and IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko (20-3). [...]Palaszewski (28-10) expects a title shot if he can get past his next fight, which he said will be on Friday, April 4. It will be a rematch of his controversial submission loss to Deividas Taurosevicius (9-2) at the 2007 IFL World Championship last September in Hollywood, Fla.
Chute Boxe Coming To Los Angeles
The famed Chute Boxe camp, based in Brazil and home to some of MMA's top fighters, is finalizing plans to open a branch in Los Angeles sometime in 2008. No location or opening time indicated, but Master Rafael Cordeiro is in final negotiations.