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2009 World MMA Awards debuts Jan. 6 on Versus
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 28, 2009 1:58PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The Case for Fighting Friends in Mixed Martial Arts
(bloodyelbow.com)
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."
Submitted Dec 27, 2009 7:33PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Brazilian Trainer Marco Jara Murdered
(sherdog.com)
He was kidnapped and shot after being car jacked in Brazil.
Submitted Dec 26, 2009 3:38PM by RyanC - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Don Frye calls it quits for MMA, wants to act
(mmaweekly.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 24, 2009 4:34AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
(Premier) Mcguinty has 'Open Mind' on Hosting UFC Matches in Ontario
(tsn.ca)
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.)
Submitted Dec 23, 2009 4:28PM by Gogoplatapus - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
MMA Fighters Debate the Merits of Fighting Friends
(tsn.ca)
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"
(bloodyelbow.com)
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:
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 4:32PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC Vet Harold Howard Arrested in Niagara Falls, Ontario
(mmacanada.net)
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.
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 2:16PM by Gogoplatapus - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
UFC Continues Campaign to Sanction MMA in Ontario
(tsn.ca)
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.
Submitted Dec 18, 2009 9:36PM by Gogoplatapus - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Vancouver votes for two-year MMA regulatory trial, June UFC event now likely
(mmajunkie.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's long-anticipated Vancouver event today got a green light. As expected, the Vancouver City Council today voted in favor of a two-year trial for mixed martial arts in the city. UFC president Dana White has long hinted at the possibility of a show in Vancouver, and during this past weekend's UFC 107 event, said a June event would be likely if regulation was adopted.
Submitted Dec 17, 2009 4:17PM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
NSAC's Keith Kizer Clarifies Jon Jones DQ
(mmaweekly.com)
Jon “Bones” Jones was disqualified following three illegal elbow strikes to the face of Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” on Saturday night. The fight was stopped due to a deep laceration to the bridge of Hamill’s nose. There was confusion among spectators and the broadcast team after referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight, wondering whether or not Jones, who dominated Hamill to that point, was the winner. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer fielded questions from the media during the post-fight press conference. He explained why the bout was ruled a disqualification and not a no contest, and confirmed there will be no disciplinary action taken against Jones. “At the end of the day, you had the illegal elbows that cut him up and had to be stopped. The only call you can make in that situation is disqualification,” Kizer told the media. “It was the referee stopping the fight due to the damage to Matt Hamill, to his face. “It was completely the referee’s call.”
Submitted Dec 7, 2009 9:32AM by emfleek - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC
 
Leites Wins in MFC Debut
(tsn.ca)
ENOCH, Alta. -- Brazilian middleweight Thales Leites won a unanimous decision over Dean (The Boogeyman) Lister in a dreary main event at MFC 23 on Friday night.
Submitted Dec 5, 2009 9:30PM by Gogoplatapus - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Other MMA Organizations
 
Steve Mazzagatti: I Won't Let Dana White Beat Me Down
(mma.fanhouse.com)
UFC President Dana White frequently rips referee Steve Mazzagatti, saying he has no business in the Octagon. Now Mazzagatti has responded, saying he's not going to let White get him down.
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 10:45AM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Are Mixed Martial Arts Dangerous?
(bit.ly)
There has been a lot of bad press surrounding MMA fights and the UFC. Many critics say that mixed martial arts are barbaric and gruesome and are nothing more than amateur street brawls. The beginning of the MMA movement in America and the inception of the UFC did not help matters at firs as they promoted the sport as the most violent combat sport available and only helped to further the negative serotype. Originally, MMA fights were banned in many states but after stricter rules were put in place and new UFC owners worked to change the barbaric stereotype, the MMA movement has gained huge popularity.
Submitted Dec 3, 2009 7:32PM by MaxOne - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
 
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira interested in fight with Forrest Griffin
(fiveknuckles.com)
"It would be a good fight. Forrest is an aggressive guy who fights on his feet, and I like that. He also has excellent Jiu-Jitsu and absurd wind. It would be a really good fight." -Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Submitted Nov 29, 2009 8:57PM by TimW001 - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver Goes Berserk at Porn Industry Party
(bloodyelbow.com)
..."This looked like something out of a bad Vince McMahon script as this guy War Machine went nuts and began taking everyone on at this party," The Vizier says. "We're talking multiple assaults and battery with the cops after him." "War Machine’s own agent, Derek Hay, looked to be the primary target with a couple of shots to the head. Mika Tan’s Ex was KO’d as well & sent to hospital." "I never saw anything like it," continued The Vizier. "War Machine was in kill mode. His fists were lethal weapons. Anyone who tried to get between him and Derek got taken down – hard."
Submitted Nov 29, 2009 8:00PM by Gogoplatapus - 34 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
CSAC takes stance on medical Marijuana
(mmaweekly.com)
The California State Athletic Commission recently issued a statement declaring its stance on Medical Marijuana as it relates to drug testing for athletes it licenses. The Commission made it clear that legal use via Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, in California does not negate disciplinary action due to a positive drug test result in relation to events overseen by the CSAC. “The California State Athletic Commission's position is that Marijuana is a banned substance pursuant to Rule 303 and that any positive drug test may result in discipline,” read the statement. The Commission stated that a Supreme Court ruling in the case of Ross v. RagingWire Telecomm “found that an employer may discipline an employee for off-duty medical marijuana use.”
Submitted Nov 29, 2009 4:21PM by SmileR - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Rogers won round 1 and should have finished Fedor on the ground
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
In this MMA Access feature, Mike Reilly from Team Bison (Brett Rogers’ head trainer) talked with PDG about Brett’s main event fight in Strikeforce, the training leading up to the fight and what is next for the formerly undefeated heavyweight.

PDG: You mentioned that before; that even though none of Brett’s fights had gone to the ground you guys had been working on his ground game extensively. Mike Reilly: That is my background and is really the base for a lot of the things that we do during training. Brett has very good round skills, he is extremely difficult to submit and so we weren't surprised at all about how Brett performed on the ground during the first round. We knew that Fedor’s best option was to stay in the half guard because if he made any effort to gain the full mount he would have been reversed. Brett did a good job getting back to the guard, reversing and then landing a couple of good shots. I think part of the problem in this fight was that our game plan consisted more of the standup game and maybe we should have surprised Fedor with more of an emphasis on the ground game.
Submitted Nov 26, 2009 4:07AM by nwowolfpack - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities, General MMA, Other Combat Sports
 
Roger Huerta Is A Free Agent; Interested in bouts with Thomson, Melendez & Aoki
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Roger Huerta is officially in a position where he can entertain offers from promotions outside of the UFC following the completion of his contract with the promotion. According to a recent report from Loretta Hunt over at Sherdog.com, Huerta is now free to speak with other organizations, although the UFC is in a position where they have a right to match any deal offered to Roger through a rival promotion. “We’re free to negotiate with other organizations now, but the UFC has the right to match (any offer),” said Jeff Clark, Huerta’s manager over at NCFC Management. When asked if he has been approached by any promotion’s outside of the UFC, Clark stated, “We’ve had a lot of interest from different parties.”
Submitted Nov 25, 2009 1:40AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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