MATYUSHENKO RETURNS AT UFC 103
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday confirmed the return of Vladimir Matyushenko to the promotion, announcing a bout between the Belarusian and Croatian fighter Igor Pokrajac.
They will meet on the undercard of UFC 103 in Dallas, which features a main event pitting Rich Franklin against Vitor Belfort.
Olympic wrestler Cormier training for MMA.
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Aug 12, 2009 at 5:30 am ET
Yet another high-profile amateur wrestler is heading to the world of mixed martial arts.
Daniel Cormier, a two-time Olympian and the U.S. squad's 2008 Olympic team captain, was a two-time JUCO national champion and NCAA Division I runner-up at Oklahoma State University in 2001.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the move from Zinkin Entertainment & Sports Management, a high-profile agency that now represents Cormier.
Cormier, who will train with other collegiate-wrestling champions such as Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck at American Kickboxing Academy, is expected to compete in the light-heavyweight division upon his MMA debut.
Cormier's wrestling accomplishments are in no short supply. Among the feats are three high-school state championships in his native Louisiana, a 117-6 collegiate record that included three-time All-American honors, six U.S. senior national championships and a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
While many fighters compete in relative obscurity early in their careers, Cormier is likely to follow in the footsteps of former amateur wrestling champions such as Ben Askren and "King" Mo Lawal and garner immediate attention.
U.S. OLYMPIAN DANIEL CORMIER HEADING INTO MMA
Two-time U.S. Olympian Daniel Cormier is the next decorated American wrestler to transition to MMA. Management group Zinkin Entertainment announced on Monday that Cormier has signed to join the ranks of a client list that includes Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, and other established mixed martial artists
New Frankie "The Answer" Edgar Interview
The Official Radio Partner of PunchDrunkGamer, TakeDown Wrestling Radio’s Scott Casber recently talked with the UFC’s Frankie Edgar. Scott and Frankie talk about Edgar’s recent win over Sean Sherk, his battle with Hermes Franca and the difference that his background and continued involvement in wrestling has made in his mixed martial arts career so far.
Wolfslair sign merchandising deal with TapouT
Wolfslair co-owner, Anthony McGann told us tonight:
“In another first by the Wolfslair gym and UK MMA, we are proud to announce we have done a major, major merchandising deal with TapouT and products will be available globally in the coming weeks. Check out TapouT.com in the coming days for more details.”
Mariusz Pudzianowski sign with KSW
For those of you who don't know who he is:
"Mariusz Pudzianowski has won more World's Strongest Man titles than any other strongman competitor, winning the event in 2008 for the fifth time. He announced his retirement from the strongman competitions shortly thereafter."
First ever New York MMA Expo helps push for state regulation
Fans in the New York City area turned out in droves last Sunday (August 2) to attend the first ever New York Mixed Martial Arts Expo held at the Uniondale Marriot in Long Island, New York.
Sponsored by the Fighter Warehouse NY, the event helped push for sanctioning of MMA in the state of New York where it is currently unregulated. A full size cage was on hand for live demonstrations from local MMA schools.
Is the UFC Truly Dominant? A Brief Examination of the Boxing vs. MMA Debate
I've always been loudly outspoken in my feelings that there is no "war" between boxing and MMA. Since I was old enough to remember I have been a boxing fan. In fact, I got my start at SB Nation as a writer at BadLeftHook. And I've always been clear that I feel the constant MMA chorus of "boxing is dead" is very much overstated. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to approach the "boxing is healthy" argument and Paul Magno at EastSideBoxing very much takes the wrong approach with statements such as:
ABC says old weight classes just fine, clears up "back of the head" definition and more
The Association of Boxing Commissions recently held its annual conference in New Orleans, and a number of revisions and clarifications to the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts were approved by the attending members.
The revisions, submitted by a committee established in 2008 that includes the heads of some of the largest and most influential athletic commissions in the nation, were intended to establish uniformity across the membership of the association.
Women's MMA reality show
Television producer Lyle Howry is quick to dismiss attempts to compare his new women's MMA reality show to "The Ultimate Fighter," but "TUF"-like success is very much his goal.
"Ultimate Women Challenge" recently began production and will bring together 16 MMA fighters in September to compete for contracts with a yet-to-determined promotion. The show will put the women through three weeks of intense training and, Howry hopes, deliver the same jolt for women's MMA that "TUF" produced for the sport as a whole.
The Case for Cruiserweight
UFC 91. Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar for the prestigious UFC heavyweight championship. “The Natural” has overcome many obstacles in his heralded UFC career including being the “old-man,” but there was just no way he could overcome the sheer size and strength difference
CNBC's "Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars" tonight
CNBC'S "ULTIMATE FIGHTING: FISTFUL OF DOLLARS" will premiere on Wednesday, July 29th at 10PM and 1AM ET.
The documentary will re-air on Friday, July 31st at 1AM and Sunday, August 2nd at 10PM ET.
It's a hit business like no other. And CNBC is ready for a rematch.
Ultimate Fighting Championship – the premiere name in the sport of mixed martial arts.
The Five Rounds Debate: Fighter Safety & Casual Fan Interest
Yesterday, our own Mike Fagan posted an article reporting that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will decide on some new rules for MMA on August 17th. One of the rule changes set to be voted on by the NSAC is to increase rounds within "special events" to five rounds at the discretion of the NSAC. This will most likely be in response to a request from the promotion. The criteria for which a bout falls under the "special" criteria has yet to be mentioned by the NSAC.
Fred Ettish to Return!
Here's one for the veteran Fan. The Long-Ridiculed Cult Figure Hopes to Exercise his Cage Demons, at 53 years of Age.
Maybe they can get Keith Hackney or someone to face him.
NSAC Considering Five Round Non-Title Fights
According to MMA Junkie, the Nevada State Athletic Commission will be looking to fine tune their ruleset when they convene on August 17th. NSAC has provided a copy of the potential changes here. Among the changes, NSAC proposes to increase leniency with regards to length of bouts. Here's the text (bold indicates proposed change):