Is the MMA Talent Pool Drying Up?
There were 190 middleweights and 81 light heavyweights who showed up cauliflower ears and all in hopes of becoming the next "Ultimate Fighter."
UFC president Dana White called it a low turnout and said he was looking to recruit three or four fighters that day. After season nine's tryouts drew 700 welterweight and lightweights, he was perplexed by the drop-off.
"It's very weird," he said. "You would think right now in these hard economic times... I thought this would be the biggest turnout we ever had."
Randy Couture wants Ricky Hatton to make the jump to MMA
UFC Hall of Famer, Randy Couture talked about wanting British boxing superstar, Ricky Hatton to make the jump to MMA. If interested, Randy says he's willing to help the former boxing world champion with the transition:
"I am a big fan of Ricky Hatton. He is a fantastic fighter. I could get him up to speed on the ground wrestling part of it, while he could take advantage of his boxing talent."
Lift The Ban Watch: MMA Now Very Close To Legal In Massachusetts
In a move that could soon bring the Ultimate Fighting Championship to Boston, Massachusetts state representatives passed a bill earlier this week that calls for the regulation of mixed martial arts. The bill calls for the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission to expand to a general athletic commission and oversee MMA events. It passed 144-10, and because the state senate already approved it the bill just needs the signature of Gov. Deval Patrick.
Pat Barry Really Needed That UFC104 Bonus Money Bad.
It’s nice to see the prelim fighters win the UFC pay-per-view bonus money. They need it a lot more than many of the guys on the main card who are making well into the five, six and seven-figures per fight.
That’s why it was awesome to see Pat Barry — who would have only made $14,000 for his impressive striking display in the second round against Antoni Hardonk — take home an additional $120,000 for winning Knockout and Fight of the Night honors.
Bas, Miletich & More talk Shogun v Machida
Bas Rutten – “Its going to be a great fight! Shogun is the better striker (hands), kicking wise I think he has the same skills as Machida he might kick harder though plus he has those crazy knees. Shogun is wilder than Machida, Machida is great at staying outside the opponents distance and countering the attacks that are thrown at him. The trick to beating Machida is to let him attack you and counter him, since he's a counter fighter you will take that away from him. Machida is more accurate then Shogun with his strikes but Shogun has a wider arsenal of strikes. Difficult one to predict, from what I hear from EVERYBODY who trains with Machida, they can't touch him. If he plays that game (thank God for 5 rounds) and counters the strikes from Shogun, he wins the fight. If one of those crazy combinations from Shogun comes through though, he will win. No prediction from me, I just break down the fights, I suck at predictions! Godspeed and party on!”
Wren thinks Jackson is not a coach
5. It sure looked like Rampage and his coaches gave little support to their fighters after they lost. What was your impression?
Justin Wren – “I absolutely have to agree with you. I heard Rampage saying it was the editing but even though his fighters liked him; look at the last TUF he was on and his record was 1-7. From the day I got there I knew I didn’t want to be on his team and I don’t think it has anything to do with the editing. He really did just ditch his fighters and to be honest he is no coach. I was really fortunate to be on Rashad’s Team.”
Roger Huerta's new trainer.....Mickey Rourke
Roger Huerta is getting some choice instruction in his new life as a fighter/actor.
Almost a month after losing a hard-fought battle with Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 19, Huerta is studying acting with movie star Mickey Rourke and Rourke’s personal acting coach.
Huerta’s manager, Jeff Clark, said his fighter recently flew to New York at Rourke’s request.
“Mickey took him under his wing,” said Clark.
The Pension for Punishment
"The ultimate fighter at 25 has a body with a good temperament for training. He can take repeated abuse and repair himself. He can fight four times a year -- or five, or seven -- if he wishes. If he suffers a significant dent (broken bones, damaged eyes, muscles torn from their adhesive) he’ll be ambulatory before long.
And he gets attention. Lots of attention. From sponsors, from fans who admire his abilities and from women. He can close a nightclub the week of a fight and not suffer the consequences. He makes a decent wage, gets his training subsidized by sponsor money and splurges when bonuses crop up. He’s not a champion, so he can’t afford to buy the Escalade outright, but he can make the lease payments."
Great and much needed read
Vince McMahon says WWE a "more sophisticated" product than MMA
During the peak of what the company refers to as its "attitude era" a decade ago, the WWE's audience was dominated by young men. While its popularity has waned, the fan base has simultaneously grown older and younger with new constituencies, according to audience research. A little more than a third of its audience is female. The audience is ethnically more diverse that most shows: 62 percent of audience is white; 20 percent of the viewership is black and 23 percent is Hispanic — Hispanics were counted as both white and Hispanic. It's the most-watched English-language show on cable among Hispanics, the company said.
With the Ultimate Fighting Championship and mixed martial arts becoming more popular as competitors, it made little sense for the WWE to ramp up the attitude with violence and sexuality, McMahon said.
"You really can't compete with that," he said. "Why not deliver a more sophisticated product and not go to those extremes? If the audience wants those extremes, they know where to go and how to get it."
Going PG has helped the company draw advertisers who might have looked away before. Pepsi, 7-Eleven stores, Mattel toys and the Army National Guard are among the sponsors that have signed up since the shift, the company said.
Comedian John Heffron to host 2009 World MMA Awards ceremony
John Heffron has been tapped as host of the Dec. 30 ceremony for the 2009 World MMA Awards, the comedian today announced via Twitter.
Heffron, a Michigan native who won the second season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" reality-show competition, has been featured in many televised comedy specials and a guest star on a variety of TV shows. He's also toured with UFC broadcaster and fellow comedian Joe Rogan.
The 2009 World MMA Awards, a Dec. 30 red-carpet event, takes place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and airs on Versus.
A live broadcast streams on Versus.com, and a taped version of the ceremony airs on the regular Versus cable station throughout January.
Browning suicide attempt "was not a cry for help"
Junie Browning’s coach Shawn Tompkins says his fighter’s attempted suicide last night was a serious effort and not a cry for help. Browning has lost his UFC contract and faces three charges of battery as a result of incidents at a Nevada hospital following his admission.
Tompkins (pictured) tells Fighters Only he was altered by Browning’s ex-girlfriend that all may not be well with the fighter, so he went over to check.
"His friend and I went over to his place and got him. He was supposed to take one pill a day [of his prescribed medicine], he had taken between 16 and 20. We put him in the truck and drove him to the hospital right away where I admitted him immediately," Tompkins said.
Fight Path: A&E "Intervention" subject and UFC vet Aaron Brink nearing comeback
Aaron Brink had just stepped out of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
"I try to go as many times a week as I can," Brink told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) as he made his way outside to talk.
He murmured to someone that it was alright to talk.
"My sponsor is my head trainer," said the 34-year-old, 39-fight mixed-martial-arts veteran. "I'm attached at the waist with the guy. Without this program I'm going to be a washout again, and this will go nowhere."
This is a normal Monday for Brink, the MMA fighter who has been notable both in the cage for his 21 victories and 18 losses (including appearances in the UFC and WEC and an early-career fight against Rich Franklin that ended in a no-contest) and on television during his recent appearance on the A&E show "Intervention."
On the episode, following the show's theme, family and friends confronted Brink about his addiction to crystal meth that began when he entered the hardcore pornography industry as a performer four years ago. He says he hasn't used crystal meth since the day he is shown under the influence on the show – Dec. 10, 2008.
ACS: MMA's Next Superpower
"TEMPE, Ariz. -- The rise to power of Arizona Combat Sports as one of the top mixed martial arts gyms in the country was slow and steady. This was no overnight emergence.
ACS was started by two twin brothers who had no plans to run a martial arts school as their full-time profession. Todd and Trevor Lally just wanted a place to train after they relocated from Washington’s rain-drenched climate to Arizona’s barren desert."
MMA coming to The Simpsons this Sunday
It looks like mixed martial arts will be coming to The Simpsons for the first time this Sunday evening on Fox.
The show is titled “The Great Wife Hope”, and it appears as though the legendary mom with the blue beehive hair has a serious bone to pick with our beautiful sport.
Lee Murray Partner In Crime Gets 18 Years
LONDON (AFP) - A cage fighter who was involved in a 53-million-pound robbery at a security depot in Kent, was on Monday sentenced to 18 years behind bars.
Last month, Paul Allen, 31, pleaded guilty to three charges of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to possess firearms during the raid on a Securitas depot in Tonbridge in February 2006.
After ADCC, Glover Teixeira focus on MMA
Champion of Brazilian’s selective to ADCC, Glover Teixeira lost to Vinny Magalhaes and got the fourth place in the tournament. Besides coming back without medals, Glover is satisfied. “I liked my participation, specially on the first day. Sunday wasn’t such a good day, I was tired, but it isn’t excuse because everybody also fought on Saturday and I didn’t face anyone that hasn’t. But that’s it, I liked“, said the Brazilian.
The Learning Curve
"The author of “The Tipping Point,” self-help guru Malcolm Gladwell, stirred up lots of press last year when he proclaimed that anyone who wants to get good at anything needs to put at least 10,000 hours of effort into it.
“You can’t become a chess grand master unless you spend 10,000 hours on practice,” Gladwell told an assembly in 2008. “The tennis prodigy who starts playing at six is playing in Wimbledon at 16 or 17 [like] Boris Becker. The classical musician who starts playing the violin at four is debuting at Carnegie Hall at 15 or so.”'