With New York legalization again on table, MMA group hosts Tuesday rally
Less than a mile away from a presser put on by the UFC's well-oiled publicity machine, a grassroots organization continues to advocate for MMA in the Big Apple.
On Tuesday, the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York holds a rally in front of governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office to raise awareness and voice support for bringing MMA to the Empire State.
Additionally, an MMA documentary film festival is scheduled to take place at The Theater Lobby at Madison Square Garden.
The governor's office is located at 633 Third Avenue in New York City. The two-hour rally begins at 11:30 a.m. ET, and the film festival begins at 4 p.m.
Scheduled to appear at the rally is Michael Benjamin, a former New York State assemblyman who co-sponsored a 2011 MMA bill that's been resubmitted for the 2012 legislative session. The bill currently sits in the assembly's Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committee.
Afterward, an open mic will feature business owners and members of the MMA community. Longtime MMA journalist Jim Genia, author of "Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts," is also expected to speak...
Report: Stabbed Bellator heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov in stable condition after regaining consciousness
As a mixed martial artist, Blagoi Ivanov knows how to put up a good fight.
The Bellator heavyweight, who was clinging to life after suffering a severe stab wound late last month, is reportedly in stable condition following emergency surgery, having regained consciousness over the weekend.
The Bulgarian English-speaking news site Novinite has the report:
Ivanov is now in a stable condition and is under a milder treatment regimen, doctors have told the BGNES news agency. The fighter's main problem is with one of his lungs and not with his heart, according to the experts that treat him.
'Kimbo Slice' to host Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter Fridays' debut on March 9
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson – the star of the highest-rated season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in the show's history – is making a return to the reality series. Sort of.
Ferguson will host Spike TV's debut of "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" on March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The weekly three-hour specials counter-program new episodes of "The Ultimate Fighter 15," which also debuts March 9 – on FX, the series' new broadcast home.
Siyar Bahadurzada leaves Golden Glory, cites 'trust issues' for departure
Unhappy with his longtime management company and MMA team, Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is leaving Golden Glory.
In a brief interview today with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), the UFC welterweight cited pay and contract issues for his decision.
"They didn't pay me my money for the Glory World Series that I fought in May 2011, and they're keeping me in the dark about my contract and extended the contract for another five years," Bahadurzada said.
Bahadurzada's move comes two months prior to his UFC debut, which comes at UFC on FUEL TV 2. The former Shooto and Sengoku champion is slated to face Paulo Thiago (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) on the main card of the event, which takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. (Main-card fights air on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights stream on Facebook.)
Representatives for Golden Glory could not be reached for comment.
Bellator Heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov Stabbed In Bulgaria, Fighting For His Life
Bellator heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov was stabbed in the chest in a pub in Sofia, Bulgaria early Sunday morning and despite successful surgery, things are still very dicey for the Combat Sambo world champion. The Sofia News Agency passed along the unfortunate news today:
Bulgarian MMA fighter Blagoi Ivanov, who was stabbed early Sunday morning in a pub brawl in Sofia, is still fighting for his life, announced doctors.
Ivanov has sustained a deep knife wound in his chest that reached to his heard and is currently under artificial respiration at the intensive care unit of Pirogov Hospital in Sofia.
Surgeons have carried out a life-saving operation on their patient, but say his life is still under a real threat.
Sunday night Ivanov and two of his friends had just occupied their places in a bar on Graf Ignatiev Str., when a group of 8 persons armed with bats and knives came in and attacked them.
At 5.10 am police came in to find the attackers escaped and Ivanov with a deep stab wound under his armpit.
Legacy Fighting 10 shakeup: Linderman misses weight, Harris-Davila now co-headliner
Former heavyweight D.J. Linderman (10-2) apparently rushed his move to middleweight too quickly.
The Bellator vet and 185-pound hopeful came in 10 pounds over weight for his Legacy Fighting Championships 10 headliner, and original opponent Gerald Harris (19-4) now will fight Eric Davila (20-11) in the co-headliner on Friday.
Legacy promoter Mick Maynard today confirmed the card's shakeup with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Davila, in fact, was slated to fight Mike Bronzoulis (13-4-1) in a welterweight co-headliner at the event. But Davila weighed 184 pounds for the fight, so he actually proved a better fit for Harris. So despite his opponent missing weight, Bronzoulis has been scratched from the card.
Spike’s New MMA Uncensored Live Debuts Thursday Night
Spike TV debuts its new mixed martial arts magazine show on Thursday night at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The first episode of MMA Uncensored Live features UFC fighter Dan Henderson as the show’s first guest and takes an inside look at the downfall of Pride Fighting Championships in Japan.
The recently re-named MMA Uncensored Live features radio personality Craig Carton as host with middleweight fighter Nate Quarry and mixed martial arts veteran journalist Mike Straka as fight experts. Each 30-minute episode will be broadcast each week from the MTV Studios in Times Square in New York.
Nate Quarry talks MMA Uncensored Live and the next stage of his career (MMAmania exclusive)
Nate Quarry has seen and participated in a tremendous amount of mixed martial arts history throughout his nearly 10 year professional career.
A cast member of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), he was the first participant to actually earn a title shot, although he lost to Rich Franklin back at UFC 56.
He had 10 total fights in the UFC, holding a 7-3 record in the promotion, but at 39 years old and realizing that time was no longer on his side, he's decided it's time to move on and take the next logical step.
Tomorrow night, "The Rock" will be making his debut as an analyst on Spike TV' s mixed martial arts news show MMA Uncensored Live alongside Mike Straka and Craig Carton.
The middleweight veteran spoke with MMAmania.com about his upcoming role in the show, what will help set them apart from everyone else and what fans can expect in this exclusive interview.
Check it out:
Ex-champ Marloes Coenen vs. Romy Ruyssen headlines all-female Invicta 1 card
Former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen (19-5) and fellow 145-pounder Romy Ruyssen (5-1) will meet in the headliner of the debut Invicta Fighting Championships event.
The all-female card takes place April 28 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
Former UFC, Strikeforce and IFL talent-relations executive Shannon Knapp serves as the upstart organization's vice president and co-founder.
Coenen fights for the first time since losing her Strikeforce 135-pound title to Miesha Tate in July, when she surprisingly was cut from the promotion. The Dutch submission specialist now meets French fighter Romy Ruyssen (5-1), who looks for her fifth straight win (and sixth submission victory in six wins).
Currently, no broadcast or streaming plans have been announced, but tickets go on sale Friday and start at just $35.
Jorge Santiago Hoping To Re-Join The UFC With A Good Showing In 2012
Former Sengoku middleweight champ, and UFC vet, Jorge ‘Sandman’ Santiago (23-10) calls 2011 a “nightmare” having lost both of his Octagon appearances, a TKO loss to Brian Stann at UFC 130 and a decision defeat at the hands of Demian Maia at UFC 136.
After his release by the top promotion, Santiago signed a multi-fight deal with the Titan Fighting Championship promotion and is set to debut on March 2nd versus fellow Brazilian Leonardo Pecanha.
Speaking to Tatame.com, Santiago talks about his “nightmare” year and his hopes to return to the Octagon by stringing together a few good wins in 2012.
NY MMA bill clears Senate committee
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today applauded the Senate’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation for approving S.1707A, which would authorize the New York State Athletic Commission to add Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to the list of contact sports that may hold matches and exhibitions in New York, and sending the bill to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business for consideration.
"New York is one of only three states that does not allow professional MMA events to take place within its borders,” UFC Chairman & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “It’s unfair to the millions of UFC fans in New York who want to see matches in person without having to travel out of state, and we hope this is the first step in legalizing MMA in New York in 2012. Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in history – both in fans and in participants. There are literally hundreds of MMA schools and training facilities in New York, and the UFC has contributed to economic development and job creation in scores of communities around the country and across the world.”
Gary Goodridge Diagnosed with CTE/Pugilistic Dementia
Former UFC, Pride and K-1 star Gary Goodridge has a new battle on his hands, but just like his fights in the cage or ring, he won’t go down without swinging.
Goodridge recently visited a top neuro-physician in Canada where he was diagnosed with early onset CTE/pugilistic dementia.
CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) by definition is brain damage caused by repeated head trauma, resulting in degeneration of brain tissue. It’s commonly found in boxers, football players, ice hockey players and other athletes who have suffered repeated traumatic shock to the head.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Confirms Positive Test at UFC 143
Feb 9, 2012 - The Nevada State Athletic Commission has confirmed that someone tested positive for a banned substance in drug testing at UFC 143. What has not yet been confirmed is who that someone was, or what that substance was.
In an e-mail to the media sent on Thursday, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer acknowledged that there has been great sustained interest in knowing what the results of drug tests were at UFC 143, and he confirmed that someone tested positive. But he declined to elaborate further than that.
"Thank you for the many email and phone calls. I am still waiting for all the steroid and drug test results to come back. We did have at least one positive test. I will send out an email later today on that matter," Kizer said in his e-mail, in which the word "many" was bolded.
Showtime Committed to Women's MMA
When UFC parent company ZUFFA bought Strikeforce, quick examination of previous promotion purchases indicated that the UFC was probably going to eat the good parts and leave the rest in the trash. When the UFC bought the WFA, Pride, and even after time the WEC, the best fighter contracts were taken, and the promotion itself ceased.
And the WFA, Pride, and WEC were the lucky ones. Other competitors, like the IFL, Affliction, and EliteXC simply closed the door and turned off the lights.
Many expected the same treatment for Strikeforce, but at least for now, the promotion is going strong. This is due largely to a deal with Showtime Sports. No broadcast partner, no Strikeforce. Now Strikeforce has signed a contract with Showtime, and the promotion lives.
Keith Kizer taking suggestions for the improvement of MMA regulation
Mixed Martial Arts rests on a vast system of regulation that is nearly invisible to the average fan. Unlike all other sports in North America, combat sport, notably MMA and professional boxing, are regulated by the government, at the State, Provincial, Tribal, and Municipal levels.
One of the most influential and respected regulators in the world is the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, and he wants to know what changes you would like to see in Mixed Martial Arts.
You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, he is holding an open meeting to solicit public suggestions at 9:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The official statement calls for a meeting "to solicit comments from interested persons on any matter related to contests or exhibitions of unarmed combat, or any other matter within the jurisdiction of the NSAC."
Report: Satoshi Ishii Suffered Cerebral Edema Against Fedor Emelianenko, MMA Career May Be Over
Fading Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko beat Satoshi Ishii by TKO in the first round at the Dream New Year 2011 event. According to reports coming out of Japan, Fedor did more than finish Ishii in that one fight, he may have ended his MMA career. Fight Opinion has the details:
Japanese weekly publication Cyzo reports that doctors have told Ishii that he suffered a cerebral edema from the NYE beating. As a result, he was warned that any further blows to the head would cause some serious damage. As Cyzo put it, Ishii is facing a retirement crisis. There had been some discussion that he would face Ricardo Arona in late March in Brazil but that fight didn't look to be in the cards. After this latest development, the MMA prospects for Ishii look to be bleak as well.
ONE FC 2 To Be Streamed Live On Facebook, Tape Delayed On ESPN Star Sports
ONE Fighting Championships' second event will happen in Jakarta, Indonesia. Their first event was streamed on Sherdog.com, but now it looks like they're changing it up a bit and will be taking a page off the UFC's playbook by properly utilizing their social media platforms.
According to Rolles Gracie, who is one of the competitors on the ONE FC card, the event will be streamed live and free on the promotion's Facebook page, with a delayed telecast available all over Asia on ESPN Star Sports.
ONE FC will be hosting a press-conference in Singapore on Tuesday and I expect this TV deal, along with the competitors for their March show, to be part of the laundry list of announcements that will be made.
Key bouts on the card in Indonesia include a lightweight bout between Felipe Enomoto and Ole Laursen, who has been named as the #8 ranked lightweight in the 2010 World MMA Scouting Report, and a featherweight bout between URCC Champ, Honorio Banario and Bae Young Kwon.
Old-School Vale Tudo Org IVC Returns with New Rules, Cage
The seminal fight promotion which propelled the careers of Wanderlei Silva and many others is primed to return to Brazil after a 12-year absence.
This week, in an interview with Brazilian TV channel Combate’s “Face to Face” program, International Vale Tudo Championship (IVC) Founder Sergio Batarelli discussed plans to revive the organization he started in 1997.
“I was the first one to bring the UFC to Brazil, and since then, I’ve kept an excellent relationship with the UFC people,” explained Batarelli, 51, who was instrumental in arranging “Ultimate Brazil” in 1998. “They said the UFC needs a top event in Brazil to select fighters, like I used to do in the ‘90s. After talking with them, I got together a group of top sponsors, and the IVC will be back in the middle of the year with a new name, IVC MMA, and new rules.”
Along with the new moniker and as-yet-unannounced guidelines, IVC MMA will trade its vale tudo-era net-lined ring for a cage upon its return.