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Fight Biz: American Fighter growing beyond the fight game/ Affliction II ticket sales on a par with first event
What began as a T-shirt worn by one fighter has evolved into a brand for the fighter in all of us. Rich Franklin was the first mixed martial artist to wear an American Fighter T-shirt after he and Ohio karate school owner Jeff Adler dreamed up the brand that stylistically pays homage to one of the all-time ultimate guy movies, American Pie.
UFC Life Size Stand Up Cardboard Cut Outs: Brock, Georges St Pierre, Liddell, Randy, Forrest
UFC Life Size Stand Up Cardboard Cut Outs: Brock, Georges St Pierre, Liddell, Randy, Forrest including Chuck Liddell, Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre and Forrest Griffin. For only $33.99, you and your friends can hang out with the UFC stars, or beat the crap out of them. Shipping is only available via UPS ground for 15 bucks.
Submitted Jan 11, 2009 9:37AM by scoozna - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Ask the Doc: Dr. Benjamin on MMA, concussions and mental illness
In the wake up the recent deaths of MMA fighters Evan Tanner, Justin Levens and Justin Eilers, many fans are struggling to find a correlation. While there may be none, some people, including researcher Chris Nowinski, see combat sports (and concussions) going hand-in-hand with depression and mental illness in later life. In his latest “Ask the Doc” column, combat-sports specialist Dr. Johnny Benjamin discusses the topic, specifically as it relates to MMA, and why there’s so little relevant information available on it. He also gives two reasons why there’s so much controversy about trying to connect the two. Q. Dave Meltzer recently wrote an article discussing three unrelated deaths of former UFC fighters; two of the fallen fighters were known to suffer from depression. Metzler notes Chris Nowinski’s studies correlating boxing to mental illness later in life. Many fans and fighters feel MMA is safer than boxing. MMA fighters are more likely to suffer a few concussive blows (i.e. knockouts) as opposed to a myriad of “padded” shots as in boxing. Many fights end without any substantial head shots. Is it fair to assume the same long-term consequences in MMA? Steve in Los Angeles A. Steve, you are asking the million-dollar question. Also, my hat is off to Dave Meltzer for even attempting to intelligently discuss this difficult subject. This and apparently many other topics are difficult for the MMA faithful to discuss reasonably without deteriorating into emotional outbursts, personal attacks and worse. Good articles are written to make intelligent readers think not to defame anyone or anything. Do repeated blows to the head make MMA participants more likely to suffer with depression or other forms of mental illness later in life? It’s a great question and one that needs to be investigated and researched now rather than adopting a wait-and-see approach. The current form of MMA is relatively early in its life cycle. We are talking less than 20 years. As major sports go, MMA is still in its infancy. Therefore, I would assume nothing with respect to the potential long-term health consequences. But as you’ve implied, I would learn a few things from the collective experience of other, more mature (older) contact and combat sports. It is also prudent to be proactive when it comes to fighter safety, since it is very difficult, if not impossible, to fully restore competitors’ mental health once it has traumatically been taken from them. Retrospective (looking back after the deed is done) studies of professional athletes involved in boxing, football, soccer, hockey and rugby seem to suggest a link between repetitive blows to the head, concussions (MTBI, which is minor traumatic brain injury) and depression or dementia. This is a very controversial statement for at least two major reasons. First, it is very difficult to prove a direct causal relationship. Did the accumulation of blows to the head directly cause permanent brain injury that led to depression or dementia? Or are the athletes that participate in these sports on the professional level more prone to depression to begin with? Do their inherent, aggressive, possibly somewhat antisocial personality traits allow them to achieve in these sports at a high level? Simply put, they may be a little crazy or unstable to begin with. That’s why they do so well in these contact and combat sports. (Absolutely no disrespect is intended to those that suffer with mental illness.) Second, the powers that govern these major sports fear the cost associated with acknowledging a relationship between participation in these sports and subsequent dementia and/or depression. Simply put, if the sport caused it, somebody is going to have to pay for it. Forget lawsuits and punitive damages (which will most certainly come); just the cost of long-term care would be staggering. No one is prepared to pay that without a serious fight. Professional MMA fighters should assume nothing and be prepared for everything. When your favorite fighters’ careers are over and no one is any longer screaming their names, paying them sponsorship fees and buying their pay-per-view appearances, who is going to pay their medical expenses and provide assistance to their often forgotten caregivers? Your heroes have families too. Again, Steve, it’s a great question but not one anyone can answer definitively at this time. Dr. Johnny Benjamin is MMAjunkie.com’s medical columnist and consultant and a noted combat-sports specialist. He was also recently appointed to the ABC’s medical advisory team and will help review and refine the unified rules of MMA. Dr. Benjamin writes an “Ask the Doc” column every two weeks for MMAjunkie.com. To submit a question for a future column, email him at askthedoc [AT] mmajunkie.com, or share your questions and thoughts in the comments section below. You can find Dr. Benjamin online at www.drjohnnybenjamin.com, and you can read his other sports-related articles at blog.drjohnnybenjamin.com. Check out more UFC News at MMAjunkie.com. This story originally appeared on MMAjunkie.com and is syndicated on Yahoo! Sports as part of a content-partnership deal between the two sites.
Submitted Jan 11, 2009 6:33AM by Rush - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous, Interviews
Referee Steve Mazzagatti insists all is well despite recent criticism
Judging by the fall-out from December's "UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008," longtime referee Steve Mazzagatti did not have his best performance. A perceived slow response to end both the Cheick Kongo vs. Mostapha al Turk and Rashad Evans vs. Forrest Griffin bouts led UFC President Dana White to say Mazzagatti was "a nice guy, but he's not a referee," at the post-event press conference.
Shawn Tompkins Interview Parts II & III
Shawn Tompkins is one of the foremost authorities in MMA on the art of striking and thanks to Jake Hattan, one of his managers at Denaro Sports Marketing, FiveOuncesOfPain.com was recently granted an opportunity to interview the Xtreme Couture striking specialist.
After nearly walking away, Jorge Santiago is now among world's best
Florida-based American Top Team is a camp full of champions. The latest fighter to add a belt to the ATT trophy case -- new Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago (21-7) -- has used a nine-fight win streak to stake his claim as an elite fighter in the middleweight division. Not bad for a guy who nearly walked away from the sport just two years ago.
Shawn Tompkins Interview Part I: “I just can’t see Arlovski winning the fight”
Shawn Tompkins is one of the foremost authorities in MMA on the art of striking and thanks to Jake Hattan, one of his managers at Denaro Sports Marketing, FiveOuncesOfPain.com was recently granted an opportunity to interview the Xtreme Couture striking specialist. In Part I of our interview, Tompkins discussed the preparations he’s current making in getting four fighters ready for Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” on Jan. 24; his thoughts on whether Vitor Belfort has enough left to make a run a major middleweight title; and his feelings about famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach’s assessment of Fedor Emelianenko’s striking.
Eight Winning Losers of 2008
By Danny Acosta Sherdog.com Borrowing from a favorite Karate High School song, fighters can either believe "no one remembers second place" or "winning isn't everything" when they fall short of victory. In a sport where defeat afflicts everyone not named Fedor Emelianenko, it seems wise to believe the latter. Leonard Garcia made his name smiling under a barrage of punches from Roger Huerta at UFC 69, some 19 months before he became known for waylaying Jens Pulver. Every year, a select group of mixed martial artists experiences victory in defeat. Here's the graduating class of 2008.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 9:25AM by AchillesHeel - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
The FireBall Kid Has Lost His Fire
Good article on Gomi's fall from stardom.. What do you guys think has gone wrong? Will he ever be back?
Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva: ''I will fight no more forever (In the United States)''
“I’m absolutely sure that [Silva] didn’t take boldenone or any other prohibited substance. The hearing with the Commission was a joke, they didn’t listen to the evidence. I continue to completely support Bigfoot and I accept any consequence that will come to me, but we’ll continue our fight until the end. Their hearing (on February 10) is to screw us, but we’re going to civil justice against them. It is the first time that this will be done, we’ll go until the end. We’re right and we’re not afraid of them, they’re wrong. They tried to coerce us (not to fight in Japan) and now they sent a letter to Bigfoot. We’re here, we’re not going to run away. If it’s necessary, Bigfoot fights until the end of his life in Japan, that’s not a problem.”
Free Live Stream: M-1 ‘Final Challenge’
Starting at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST on Sunday, tune in as Sherdog.com broadcasts live from Europe with a nine-bout fight card. M-1 Challenge Final Edition Fight Card: Radmir Gabdulin vs. Hoon Kim Toni Valtonen vs. Chang Seob Lee Enoc Solves Torres vs. Seung Bae Whi Ricardo Wondel vs. Sang Soo Lee Bogdan Christea vs. Mikhail Malyutin Romano de los Reyes vs. Erik Oganov Jason Jones vs. Dmitry Samoilov Kamil Uygun vs. Mikhail Zayats Jessie Gibbs vs. Alexey Oleinik
Naked man arrested at Wal-mart looking for a MMA fight
Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested a nude man looking for a fight Sunday at the Wal-Mart on Industrial Boulevard. According to the incident report, Jeffrey Pickett said he wanted to be a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and was looking for someone to battle. Pickett, who undressed in parking lot, said he knew he could find someone to fight with if he were nude.
Submitted Jan 7, 2009 10:25PM by Muay-Thai_Mogwai - 18 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, General MMA
Injured Eddie Alvarez Sidelined
Dream ace Eddie Alvarez will not be able to keep his appointment with ZST standout Naoyuki Kotani in a lightweight contest scheduled to main event Extreme Challenge “War at the Shore” on Jan. 23 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Alvarez (15-2) sustained a leg injury during his brief encounter with submission expert Shinya Aoki at K-1 “Premium Dynamite 2008” on New Year’s Eve and has been forced to withdraw.
Fedor Emelianenko responds to Andrei Arlovski, Freddie Roach, and Dana White
There are just 17 days until Fedor Emelianenko defends his WAMMA heavyweight title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski during Affliction and M-1’s “Day of Reckoning” on January 24 in Anaheim, California. Despite having recorded victories in the past over the likes for former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Arlovski could pose Fedor’s toughest test to date. Fedor’s potential toughest test is also set to occur on the heels of his first loss in the World Combat Sambo Championships in nearly eight years. Fedor responded to the loss by claiming that it had little to no bearing on his career in MMA and that Combat Sambo was merely a hobby for him.
Boy stops pit bull attack with jujitsu choke hold
Boy stops pit bull attack with jujitsu choke hold A 9-year-old Bakersfield boy is being called a hero after he saved a girl and her dog from a pit bull attack. Drew Heredia said he and a friend were walking a small dog Dec. 30 when a pit bull jumped on the dog. The unidentified 12-year-old girl reportedly tried to save her dog, prompting the pit bull to turn on her. I say, give that boy tickets to the next UFC event and he has a bright future ahead of him!
Third Rua Brother to make MMA debut
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua will soon move from being a double act to being part of a trilogy. Their younger brother Marcos Rua is set to make his mixed martial arts debut in Brazil sometime in the coming months.
The ’09 Wish List
Pre-“Ultimate Fighter,” pre-Affliction, pre-state sanctioning, fans will remember the UFC’s modest promotional resolution for 1999: run nine shows. (The campaign was dubbed “9 in ’99,” which is what happens when you can’t afford a marketing department.) A sad testament to the state of the sport at the time: They could only manage six. Ten years on, and the UFC is likely to meet or exceed the 20 programs it ran in ’08. Wishes have become largely extraneous, since most requested matches wind up happening sooner or later. The sport’s devotees have everything they could possibly ask for -- free shows, top talent, capable management. This space, though, works tirelessly to find something to complain about. Some hoped-for events for the New Year:
Yvel, Lesnar, Emelianenko All on Barnett's Mind
Barnett recently told Sherdog Radio’s “The Savage Dog Show.” “In terms of me, whether I’m fighting Arlovski or Yvel –- sure, it would have been a bigger profile fight to fight Arlovski and maybe it would have been in a better fight in terms of the viewing audience too, but I don’t really care. There’s nothing I can do about it, but I do have an opponent and the biggest thing I can say is that on paper, you can think what you want, but when the fight is said and done and the results are in, it’ll be worth watching.”
Ishii Satoshi Makes Appearance At Sengogu In UFC Shirt
Here is the exact words he announced the Japanese audience. “Happy New Year everyone. I am the MMA Fighter, Ishii Satoshi,” says a nervous sounding Ishii to thunderous applause. “I am very honored to be here, addressing you all today. There was a rumor the other day that a certain fighter lost at an MMA event, and people were saying it was me. That’s not true,” says Ishii, perhaps referencing Akihito Tanaka’s performance as Kinniku Mantaro at Dynamite. “Do you folks like MMA? It’s really quite wonderful, isn’t it? I like it a lot,” stammers Ishii nervously, eliciting laughs from the crowd. “In the future, I will fight in US, but I will return to this ring with a big souvenir for you all,” says Ishii. “I see that the Yokozuna, Asashoryu is here today, so I’d like to fight him maybe,” he jokes with a good natured stutter. “Please support me this year,” he closes.
Submitted Jan 4, 2009 1:40PM by TimW001 - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, General MMA, World Victory Road / Sengoku
Kitaoka, Santiago Crowned By Sengoku
SAITAMA, Japan -- Satoru Kitaoka and Jorge Santiago were crowned champions after they finished their opponents by submission at Sengoku “No Ran 2009” on Sunday before some 18,000 fans at the Saitama Super Arena. In the main event, Kitaoka kept true to his word, as he put away Takanori Gomi before the former Pride Fighting Championships lightweight king could do anything of note. Sizing up each other for a tense moment, Kitaoka was the first to act, as he dove for a takedown. Gomi spun out of the way to avoid the shot, but the persistent Kitaoka made another attempt and ate a grazing hook in the process.
Submitted Jan 4, 2009 1:37PM by TimW001 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, World Victory Road / Sengoku