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Minowaman receives a Super Hulk championship belt from a nine year-old girl
To the dismay of Minowaman fans the world over, Fighting and Entertainment Group had no official belt to be strapped around the waist of the Super Hulk Tournament winner. No other fan felt the urgency and compulsion to reward the always entertaining Minowaman with a much-deserved belt than "Moeka." Moeka, a nine-year old girl from Saitama, crafted a championship belt emblazoned with the word, "super human" and gifted it to Minowaman.
Report: New York Governor to Endorse MMA Legalization in Budget Proposal This Month
ALBANY - Gov. Paterson is set to propose legalizing ultimate fighting and its controversial steel-cage matches to help wrestle the state's fiscal woes.
MMA Quick Quote: Murilo Bustamante wants to return to fighting in 2010
“Surely it cheers me up. I have got plans of fighting in 2010 and let’s see how it will work. I’m preparing myself, I’m in Brazil also to train and get into the pace. We’re studying proposals and let’s see what happens. There’s nothing set but I have been training to fight whereas last year I didn’t have the time to prepare properly, just training with kimono and giving classes.” -- Former UFC champion Murilo Bustamante is back in Brazil from United States where he has expanded the Brazilian Top Team headquarters.
Quinton Jackson sentenced today to three years probation for July ‘08 Newport Beach rampage
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson can breathe a little bit easier today, after an Orange County judge struck down his felony conviction of evading police for the high-speed hijinks that ensued back in July 2008 in Newport Beach. He’ll do his time via three years probation for misdemeanor reckless driving, instead.
Former NCAA Champ and Lesnar Sparring Partner Cole Konrad has Sights on Early-2010 Debut
Could a former two-time NCAA heavyweight champion be on the verge of crossing over to mixed martial arts? If sources are to be believed, yes. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that Cole Konrad, who finished first in the NCAAs in 2006 and 2007 in the 285 lbs. division and proceeded Brock Lesnar on the University of Minnesota wrestling team, is set to make his MMA debut early this year. And according to sources close to the fighter, his debut could come as soon as this month.
Dynamite!! 2009 Preview: Quote of the Day: Tatsuya Kawajiri Asks the Ref To Be Ready
"Referees, be sure to step in and stop the fight on time tomorrow, because I might get carried away in the moment and my many punches may end up destroying my opponent."
Mousasi says training “Not Good” for upcoming Dynamite! contest
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi recently spoke with the Japanese press about his upcoming fight against Gary Goodridge. When questioned about his training leading up to the fight, Mousasi was very candid in saying that it was “Not good.” Mousasi went on to explain that leading up to the event, he was unsure if the fight would be contested under K-1 kickboxing or MMA rules.
Gary “The Gatekeeper” Goodridge: Gegard Mousasi is a kid, I am an adult
Staying true to form with a long history of booking match-ups at the last moment, the officials from “Dynamite!! 2009” have recently booked a bout between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Gary Goodridge with just a few days leading up to the event.
Couture, Nogueira, Ortiz, Silva, St-Pierre, White attending World MMA Awards
While the 2009 World MMA Awards was already a highly anticipated year-end event, the confirmed list of attendees recently released for the black-tie gala added even more excitement. A star-studded cast of confirmed presenters and award nominees was released Monday, and it included legendary UFC fighters Randy Couture, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva and Georges St-Pierre, as well as UFC president Dana White.
Bas Rutten ‘Living Mixed Martial Arts Part III’
Once a year, PDG talks with Legendary Fighter and Analyst “El Guapo” Bas Rutten and asks him questions regarding the world of mixed martial arts and what his personal opinions are in regards to the year of fighting in review. The following is Part III of a great series of interviews involving the former King of Pancrase, the host of HDNet’s Inside MMA, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion and the man well regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists to enter a cage or ring.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 5:15AM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Fighting a restrictive MMA judging system
When UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida got his hand raised on Oct. 24 after his title defense against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, in a fight where most polls showed about 80 percent of the public believed the title should have changed hands, it set off a series of three straight major-show UFC main events in which judging became a hotly debated issue. But some of the most vehement response has come from a surprising source: the judges themselves, some of whom feel handcuffed and frustrated with the system in place.
2009 World MMA Awards debuts Jan. 6 on Versus
The 2009 World MMA Awards conclude this Wednesday, Dec. 30, with a red-carpet, black-tie ceremony that airs live on Versus.com at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT local time). The event, which celebrates and honors MMA's best of 2009, then airs via delay on the regular Versus cable station on Jan. 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT), Jan. 7 (midnight) and Jan. 9 (2:30 p.m.). Each broadcasts runs one hour. The 2009 World MMA Awards ceremony, a star-studded affair organized by Fighters Only, takes place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to dozens of the MMA industry's top fighters and executives, the awards show also features celebrity presenters and guests, such as MMA fans Holly Madison and Wilmer Valderrama, as well as comedian John Heffron, who hosts the event.
The Case for Fighting Friends in Mixed Martial Arts
Georges St. Pierre airs his apprehensions: "You can say 'Oh I'm going to play football, I'm going to play hockey, I'm going to play baseball.' But you can't say I'm going to play fighting. It's not a game," the UFC welterweight champion told fans last month during a question-and-answer session prior to UFC 105 in Manchester, England. "It's a sport, yes, but it's a full-contact sport. And the way I fight, my so-called friend, if I fight him, it can affect his well-being. "So let's say I'm mounted, on top of my friend, and it's time to land this last big elbow that will probably make a scar in the middle of his forehead and knock him out cold and cause him brain damage," he added, drawing laughs from crowd. "No I'm telling it like it is, if he's my friend, I'm going to think twice before I do it. I won't be able to do that to a friend. So that's the reason why I will never fight a friend. I know a lot of fighters who will disagree with me, but me that's my personal belief."
Brazilian Trainer Marco Jara Murdered
He was kidnapped and shot after being car jacked in Brazil.
Don Frye calls it quits for MMA, wants to act
Chances are that if you’ve been watching television over the past couple weeks you may have noticed the new AT&T ad campaign for its latest Blackberry phones. Shortly after the campaign started, MMA fans began to notice that one of the commercial’s stars looked very familiar. With an unmistakable gruffness, chiseled jaw line, and trademark mustache it became clear that the commercials were the latest foray into acting for former UFC and Pride star Don “The Predator” Frye. “I got lucky, the luck of the Irish,” said Frye of his recent acting exploits. “Michael Mann likes me for some reason. He’s put me to work three times; on Miami Vice, Public Enemies, and then he chose me for the AT&T commercial.
(Premier) Mcguinty has 'Open Mind' on Hosting UFC Matches in Ontario
TORONTO -- Premier Dalton McGuinty is considering allowing the staging of Ultimate Fighting Championship matches in the province. "I've got an open mind to those kinds of things," McGuinty told CTV Toronto earlier this week when asked if he's opposed to the martial arts events being staged here. "I'd want to hear from people who train kids in the martial arts, how popular is it among the younger age group and all those kinds of things. It's not the kind of thing I'd want to drive underground. In other words, I'd want to bring a thoughtful approach to it." McGuinty said he would also want to consult with police and medical officials, adding the issue is not a priority for him. Ultimate fighting has become one of the world's fastest-growing spectator sports. It is a mixed martial arts competition, combining elements of fighting sports such as boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, karate and jiu-jitsu. The UFC recently won a victory when Vancouver's city council voted to legalize mixed martial arts competitions. It has also been recently legalized in Massachusetts. The Ontario Athletic Commission has periodically revisited the issue, but it has continually maintained that mixed martial arts violates Section 83 of the Criminal Code, which forbids unsanctioned prizefighting. The UFC has claimed a UFC event in Toronto could generate $4 million in tax revenue. (I posted the whole article, it's short.)
MMA Fighters Debate the Merits of Fighting Friends
Georges St-Pierre fights for a living and regularly goes up against some of his closest friends in sparring. But the Montreal mixed martial arts star draws the line at facing one of his training partners for real in the cage. That's because he knows if that were to happen, he'd have to hurt them. "You can say 'Oh I'm going to play football, I'm going to play hockey, I'm going to play baseball.' But you can't say I'm going to play fighting. It's not a game," the UFC welterweight champion told fans last month during a question-and-answer session prior to UFC 105 in Manchester, England. "It's a sport, yes, but it's a full-contact sport. And the way I fight, my so-called friend, if I fight him, it can affect his well-being.
Submitted Dec 23, 2009 4:23PM by Gogoplatapus - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities, General MMA, Fight Camp / Team
The Coming Asian MMA "Revolution"
The more any culture or nationality opens up to MMA, the better it will be for the sport. While Japan has not only been open, but also a pioneer in MMA, many other Asian countries have yet to embrace in the sport. There is limited participants from China, Korea's home market has slightly stagnated and while Thailand is faithful to their form of boxing, they aren't about to make Bangkok an Asian MMA capital any time soon. However, if some of the powers that be in broadcasting have their way, that could all be changing:
UFC Vet Harold Howard Arrested in Niagara Falls, Ontario
St Catherine Standard - Police say a 51-year-old assault suspect deliberately crashed his pickup truck through the front entrance of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, ending a pursuit through Niagara Falls city streets early Tuesday morning. Niagara Regional Police say the male had been involved in a dispute at a residence in Niagara Falls in which a male and a female were assaulted with a weapon before he sped off in his vehicle. The male then attended another residence in the north end of Niagara Falls where he collided with a vehicle in the driveway. The male then fled that residence in his vehicle.
UFC Continues Campaign to Sanction MMA in Ontario
Having succeeded in helping re-open Vancouver to mixed martial arts, the UFC continues the fight to get the sport sanctioned in Ontario. That involves a two-pronged approach, with lobbyists working on both the Ontario and federal governments. Having expected sellouts shows in May in Montreal and June in Vancouver should help the UFC cause in Toronto, although privately the UFC acknowledges Ontario has proved to be more difficult than expected.