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Report: Ricardo Arona returns for September bout with Marvin Eastman in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
Brazilian submission ace and 12-time PRIDE veteran Ricardo Arono (13-5) is scheduled to fight for the first time in almost two-and-a-half years according to a new report from the Portuguese-language website SuperLutas.com. According to the report, Arona will face five-time UFC veteran Marvin Eastman on Sept. 12 at Bitetti Combat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Submitted Jul 6, 2009 8:18AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Dana White's UFC 100 Video Blog - Episode 1
(demandmma.com)
Check out the first installment in the Dana White video blog series, leading up to UFC 100!
Submitted Jul 5, 2009 10:08PM by BrutalKnockOut - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Pittsburgh's first MMA event draws the attention of UFC, though perhaps not as intended
(mmajunkie.com)
While Still Standing Productions, LLC recently conducted Pittsburgh's first MMA event, the organization may find itself needing to make a few changes before a announcing a second card. The Ultimate Cage Fighting Challenge has drawn the attention of the sport's biggest organization, the UFC, and a copyright infringement claim may be forthcoming. UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner recently told the MMAjunkie.com Radio Network that the UFC was currently looking at potential action against the upstart organization. "We're always happy to see fans, and we love competition," Ratner told MMAjunkie.com. "There's nothing wrong with it. But there's some copyright infringement problems when they call themselves the UCFC.
Submitted Jul 4, 2009 10:41PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Minnesota MAA's Greg Nelson happy in background as Brock Lesnar moves to forefront
(mmajunkie.com)
As the athletes of the UFC continue to gain attention, so, too, do the teams that help them prepare for each bout. While most hardcore fans can run off a quick list of the best trainers and academies in the sport, Minnesota Martial Arts Academy Head Instructor and Owner Greg Nelson's name doesn't always come directly to mind. And though UFC stalwarts Brock Lesnar, Sean Sherk and Brock Larson, among others, call the academy home, Nelson doesn't mind staying in the background.
Submitted Jul 4, 2009 10:39PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
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The Issues of Referee and Judge Certification
(mmapayout.com)
‘Showdown’ Joe Ferraro has an excellent piece up at Rogers Sportsnet that details his experience with ‘Big’ John McCarthy’s referee certification seminar, C.O.M.M.A.N.D. (Certification of Officials for Mixed Martial Arts National Development). The course is broken down into three areas and participants require a passing grade of 90 percent (at minimum in all three) to be certified. As it stands today, the course has a 75 percent failure rate, as participants simply do not make the grade to officiate or judge in MMA. Would-be referees must know and identify over 25 takedowns, 35 submissions, 25 positions and seven sweeps, reversals and transitions. They also must know the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts inside and out. After the identification of the aforementioned moves and keen knowledge of the unified rules, participants are also trained and tested on in ring / cage mechanics. This is comprised of what is required by an official before, during and after a bout. It’s not just about positioning (which is HUGE when refereeing) but dozens of other variables that are key to the safety of the athletes who put it all on the line. All of this knowledge is paramount for one to be proficient in officiating and without it I do not understand how commissions around the world allow men and women to step into the cage/ring and ref without proving they have this type of knowledge. If the four major sports leagues — the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL — mandate that officials are properly trained before being allowed to step onto the playing surface, why doesn’t MMA do the same? If this sport is expected to be taken seriously then this type of certification must be the bare minimum an athletic commission requires from an applicant prior to receiving their license to ref or judge.
Submitted Jul 1, 2009 5:38PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Frank Mir - Accident, UFC, Lesnar & Liddell
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
Frank Mir - Accident, UFC, Lesnar & Liddell The Official Radio Partner of PunchDrunkGamer, TakeDown Wrestling Radio recently conducted an interview with interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. Mir talks with Scott Casber about his training, Brock Lesnar and a variety of issues in mixed martial arts today. AUDIO:
Submitted Jun 30, 2009 5:55AM by nwowolfpack - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Drew Fickett Hits Bottom; Fight With Shannon Ritch Canceled Due to Intoxication
(cagepotato.com)
"The Master" was booked to face prolific submission victim Shannon Ritch at a Rage in the Cage event, and was barred from fighting because he showed up intoxicated. As Ritch explained on the UG: Its True... I showed up to fight, made weight- and waited for Drew. Drew finally showed up, saw him with the DR. Pre fight physcial and YEP- he was a little waisted. Police were out front they gave Drew a breath- a- lizer- I believe I heard them say he blew a .18 (2X the legal limit.)
Submitted Jun 29, 2009 10:01AM by Wolfenstein - 26 comments
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Top Ten Euro Prospects
(sherdog.com)
For the first time in nine seasons, “The Ultimate Fighter” featured a country versus country theme between the United States and the United Kingdom. Even though critics were quick to point out that Team U.S.A might not have been the strongest this time around, two Brits won their weight divisions, proving that MMA has arrived in the Old World as well. The U.K. is, without a doubt, the most advanced territory in Europe when it comes to mixed martial arts fighting at this time. However, there are tons of very promising talent from the other 47 European countries as well. Sherdog.com has compiled a list of the top ten Euro prospects to look out for. Qualification criteria was a maximum age of 23 years and no contract with a major promotion yet.
Submitted Jun 25, 2009 3:38AM by Kpro - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Will Blagoi Ivanov Become the Next Great Heavyweight Fighter in Japan?
(bloodyelbow.com)
Monikered as the "Man Who Beat Fedor", Blagoi Ivanov has an interesting set of tasks to deal with in the coming months. He'll make his MMA debut on August 2nd at Sengoku IX against former PRIDE fighter and pro-wrestler Kazuyuki Fujita after signing a three-fight deal with Sengoku, and he is also rumored as to potentially taking on Fedor Emelianenko's brother, Aleksander Emelianenko, in the new South Korean promotion Fighting Mixed Combative. In typical Japanese fashion, it seems that Ivanov is being thrown to the wolves quite early in his career, but there is a favorable chance that Ivanov could come out on top.
Submitted Jun 24, 2009 1:28PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Mixed Martial Arts and the UFC Doing Well, Still Not in Major Leagues
(bloodyelbow.com)
The crowd of 21,451 that turned out for UFC 97 in April not only set a North American attendance record for MMA, it also topped this year's average home attendance of four Major League Baseball teams. The Washington Nationals, Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics are each averaging less than 21,400 fans for their home games through this past Saturday.
Submitted Jun 24, 2009 1:26PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Is PRIDE-Style Judging Criteria the Answer? Absolutely Not.
(bloodyelbow.com)
Without trying to beat a dead horse on the issue regarding judging, the discussion revolving around the current MMA judging model is definitely an intriguing debate. After The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale's debatable decisions on both the main card and undercard, many fans have realized that some changes need to be made. Kid Nate made the argument that the Japanese judging system might be a better fit for MMA while Joe Rogan seemed to side a bit with its application as well.
Submitted Jun 24, 2009 1:25PM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Richie Whitson Final TUF 9 Q&A
(punchdrunkgamer.com)

8. After watching all of the episodes was there anything of note that didn’t get shown on TV? Richie Whitson – Yes, after me and Jason Pierce got into the argument that you saw on TV. Santino and I were roommates in the house and Pierce decided to put a sign on our door that said “Gingers Only, Queers Only, Please Knock”. So Santino, Frank, Cameron, Demarques, Mark and I sat around thinking of some way to get even with Pierce. We made stick figure drawings with each of the British team members and on each one of the pictures was a picture of Pierce on his knees &^%#$@ &**&. Then we made one more picture with Bisping and the rest of the British coaches doing all kinds of things to defile Pierce. The next morning we got up at like 5 a.m. and put all of the pictures up on the walls of the living room. I went back to sleep and was woke up by the loud laughing of the U.K. team.
Submitted Jun 24, 2009 3:08AM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, The Ultimate Fighter, General MMA
 
Ask the Doc: Why is Dr. Benjamin against five-minute rounds in women's MMA?
(mmajunkie.com)
In his latest "Ask the Doc," feature, MMAjunkie.com medical columnist Dr. Johnny Benjamin answers a question about his fanaticism (or lack thereof) for women's MMA. He also explains why organizations must carefully consider the ramifications of moving from three-minute rounds to five-minute frames for anything but the top-level female fighters.
Submitted Jun 23, 2009 1:28AM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Coming soon: Takanori Gomi Interview
(mmamania.com)
Former Pride FC lightweight champion and posterboy, Takanori Gomi, was a consensus top-ranked lightweight in the world as recently as 2008 — some even branded “The Fireball Kid” the best in the business. That status quickly changed, however, when Gomi dropped back-to-back fights at the hands of Sergey Golyaev and Satoru Kitaoka under the World Victory Road banner. Critics quickly jumped on Gomi, saying he was protected throughout his career when the Japan-based promotion was in its heyday. In addition, it was suggested that he lacked motivation and top-flight competition to still be considered among the world’s best at 160 pounds.
Submitted Jun 23, 2009 1:25AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Lyoto Machida, Randy Couture, Fedor Emelianenko All Possible for EA Sports MMA Video Game
(bloodyelbow.com)
"We are looking obviously at every fighter that we can, that we feel is applicable from a quality level and then analyzing their image rights, and if they're available and we want them -- then we'll get them. If they're not then we'll move on to the next fighter." When asked about fighters such as UFC star Lyoto Machida, Moore added: "Machida? A great fighter. There's plenty of great fighters that have their image rights, and we'll start announcing fighters pretty soon."
Submitted Jun 23, 2009 1:23AM by MMAcca - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
MMA In New York On The Ropes For 2009 - Not Likely
(mmaweekly.com)
A two-week deadlock in the New York senate has put MMA on the ropes. The last day of the legislative body’s 2009 session ended Monday, stranding several bills under consideration including one to legalize MMA in the Empire State. Governor David Patterson on Sunday called a special session for the Senate to break a stalemate brought by a shift in party lines. Democrats have refused to participate in session since two members of its party sided with Republicans in a leadership vote, giving the GOP control of the Senate. Last week, one Democrat returned to the fold, leaving the chamber in a tie. Lawmakers are due to vote on a budget for New York City, same-sex marriage, and a sales tax hike, among others.
Submitted Jun 23, 2009 1:21AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Time to Re-Think MMA Judging?
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Diego Sanchez's split decision victory over Clay Guida at Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter Finale was one of the best UFC fights of the year, but MMA fans have been talking almost as much about the judging of the fight as the fight itself.
Submitted Jun 22, 2009 2:24PM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Fight Biz: UFC conquers North America, but education top priority overseas
(mmajunkie.com)
The crowd of 21,451 that turned out for UFC 97 in April not only set a North American attendance record for MMA, it also topped this year's average home attendance of four Major League Baseball teams. The Washington Nationals, Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics are each averaging less than 21,400 fans for their home games through this past Saturday. Welcome to the new normal in sports, where MLB is struggling to draw fans amid the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, yet the UFC is playing to large, raucous crowds wherever it travels. As recently as earlier this decade, no one in sports would have fathomed the possibility that an MMA event could draw a crowd larger than the average home attendance of one big-league baseball team, let alone four.
Submitted Jun 22, 2009 2:20PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Ricardo Arona Returns to MMA Competition in Brazil on Sept. 12
(bloodyelbow.com)
From Fightbomb's translation of a Portugese interview: Ricardo Arona: Well, what I have confirmed by now is the ADCC in Barcelona, Spain. I'm confirmed to fight in there. It's gonna happen in September 24th. Also I've spoken with Amaury Bitteti who is promoting a large MMA event in Rio de Janeiro, Bitteti Combat. I'm signed with this event, it'll be in September 12nd.
Submitted Jun 22, 2009 2:17PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Carano On Couture: 'He's A Master Game Planner'
(mmaweekly.com)
When it came time for Gina Carano to assemble a fight camp that would prepare her for her toughest career challenge, Randy Couture was a no-brainer. “There’s not a lot of people that can put it straight and organize you like Randy,” she said during a Thursday teleconference promoting her headlining fight with Cris “Cyborg” Santos on Aug. 15 at Strikeforce.
Submitted Jun 22, 2009 2:06PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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