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Fedor's Manager Vadim Finklestein Addresses Dana White
Dana says UFC’s doors are wide open. Maybe they are. But these doors also shut tightly once the fighter signs with the organization. Randy Couture came back to the UFC and what now? Instead of fighting the best in the promotion he has to fight a young upstart with 2-1 pro-record. Couture might not survive all the three contractual fights. I’m afraid that’s being made in order to finish the star which is Randy and not let him fight Fedor.
ALBERTO CRANE WINS AGAIN, EYES BIG STAGE
Alberto Crane knows he did poorly in his first shot at MMA’s biggest stage. Two losses in the Ultimate Fighting Championship followed by yet another outside the promotion placed him on the rebuilding track. Wanting to prove that he is more than the sum of three fights, Crane took a hard look at himself and made the decision to dedicate all resources towards having the kind of success at the higher levels of the sport that he did when he initially started out undefeated in his first nine fights. A move to Los Angeles and an expanded training regime have begun to pay dividends, as he has won two fights in a row, including this past weekend’s quick dismantling of Richard Villes for the new Eminent Domain Productions show. “It was awesome fighting back in New Mexico again,” said Crane of Saturday’s bout. “I think it would have been better if (the fight) had gone a little longer, just for the experience of it, but I was happy to get the win.”
Ask the Doc: Dr. Benjamin on the anatomy of choke-outs and body shots
So, let's say you're at a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class, and for whatever reason, decide not to tap out from a choke hold. Just what kind of damage can occur? Also, what is about a nice shot to the belly – perhaps the dreaded liver shot – that creates such excruciating pain? MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) medical columnist and consultant Dr. Johnny Benjamin discusses both topics in his latest edition of "Ask the Doc." Q. Dear Doc: I've been reading your articles ever since you began posting on MMAjunkie.com, and I really enjoy them. They are all very interesting and answer lots of questions I have been wondering. So, I've been doing a lot of rolling in jiu jitsu lately, and I let somebody put me to sleep while I was in a choke because I didn't want to tap. The question I have for you is really just how bad is it for the human body to let somebody choke you unconscious? (From Will Franzke)
Where Elite XC fighters may go via 5 oz of Pain/Sam Caplan
Both 5 oz of pain have made articles. 5 oz of pain's Sam Caplan has a close relationship with Pro Elite and their fighters so I put more weight into his article also it is a much better read.
DENIS KANG TESTING FREE AGENCY WATERS AGAIN
Considered a top free agent just over a year ago, former Pride fighter Denis Kang is back on the market after his most recent deal with Dream expired and he is looking for a new home. The Canadian based fighter will next compete on the Raw Combat card this weekend against Marvin Eastman, but soon after he hopes to sign on with a new organization to call home. "The Dream contract actually expired," Kang said on MMAWeekly Radio Monday. "I got one fight left, but it expired in September and we're negotiating with a few different parties right now." While Kang could not name any of his potential suitors he did verify that "several" of them are based out of North America. During Kang's last free agency period he was adamant about being able to fight in Korea as a part of any contract. While it is sure to still be a point of order, Kang did talk about the possibility of landing with an exclusive contract if the right promotion came along.
Aleks Emelianenko Still Claims to Be Healthy, and He Doesn’t Care What You’ve Heard
You might be wondering to yourself, what ever became of Aleks after he was kicked off the Affliction event amid rumors that he may or may not have Hepatitis B? Well don’t worry. According to Aleks, it was all just a paperwork issue, as he explains to The Fight Network: “I came late, couldn’t get my Visa in time and I was not allowed to fight. I’m healthy.” That’s weird, because just last week M-1’s Raimond Joost said you had “medical issues.” Granted, he also expressed optimism that they could be resolved, but he sure as hell didn’t try and chalk the whole thing up to Visa troubles. Not to mention, if it was just a paperwork snafu, why would the CSAC’s Bill Douglas say this: “The one thing that I can absolutely say is that he (Emelianenko) was not and will not be cleared to fight in California. He is officially denied a license and that will stand for all of the United States of America.” Aleks, I’m getting the sneaking suspicion that you are lying to us, and doing a really bad job of it. Couldn’t you at least think of something more plausible? The strangest comment of the interview, however, was this one: “I have never taken painkillers, I am healthy, and I am preparing for my next fight.” We have no idea what question he is answering here, because The Fight Network doesn’t tell us, but I’d like to assume it was something along the lines of, ‘how are you doing?’ I know that’s how I usually answer that question. I start by denying accusations that have not yet been made, then launch right into what I’ve been up to. You should try it. Really puts you on a whole new level of intimacy with the checker at the supermarket.
Random drug testing Implemented in the UFC
Six UFC 91 fighters, including the event's headliners, have passed pre-event drug tests administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The commission recently enacted year-round drug testing, and the NSAC has been testing fighters approximately a month before fight time. In an email sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed main-event fighters Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar were tested, as were undercard fighters Amir Sadollah, Nick Catone, Jorge Gurgel and Aaron Riley. UFC 91 takes place Nov. 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It airs on pay per view. The NSAC's year-round testing was implemented earlier this year. MMA fighters are subject to drug testing at any time -- for just about any reason -- throughout the year, regardless of whether or not the fighter is scheduled for an upcoming event. However, the testing is usually reserved for scheduled fighters. For more on the NSAC's new procedures, check out our interview with Kizer that followed the commission's official announcement. Additionally, for the latest on UFC 91, including the latest fight card and interviews with the night's competitors, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com. I don't know how many fans realize how big this is or the potential impact but if HGH and others are as rampant as a few fighters have came out and stated they are this could change the balance of fighters in the UFC, Im just glad Randy came back clean! Now all the people that assumed Couture was juicing can shut it.
Jake Shields to UFC ‘has now become a real possibility’
“Jake Shields in the UFC has now become a real possibility.” GracieFighter.com posted this statement mere hours after Elite XC was pronounced dead. Shields is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie who runs the Web site, so even as vague as this comment is, it’s still coming from a very close and reliable source in regard to Jake. Shields — the first and only Elite XC welterweight champion — was pretty vocal over the last few months about wanting to prove himself against the best in the sport. In fact, after defeating Nick “The Goat” Thompson in little more than a minute at “Unfinished Business” in July, he called out the winner of the George St. Pierre and Jon Fitch UFC title fight scheduled for a couple weeks later, saying he wanted a super fight against the UFC champion. At the time it seemed like a pipe dream since the UFC obviously doesn’t believe in cross-promoting and Elite XC had Shields locked up under contract for another year or so. But, now that Elite XC is no more, it appears Jake is a free agent, and would like to be the first — and possibly the best — former Elite XC fighter to join the UFC ranks. Of course, if Shields does end up in the Octagon, he’ll have to work his way up a very long ladder of title contenders that include Thiago Alves, Josh Koshcheck, Diego Sanchez, Karo Parysian, Jon Fitch and many more.
New Rashad Evans Interview!
Rashad Evans ‘Almost Undisputed’ #1 UFC Lightheavyweight Contender ‘Sugar’ Rashad Evans took some time to talk with PDG about his victory over the ‘Iceman’, training for his title shot against Forrest Griffin, his mixed martial arts career and ‘Devil May Cry’.
Submitted Oct 21, 2008 12:36PM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, General MMA
Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller retires from MMA competition … for now
One of the most charasmatic and popular figures in the sport of mixed martial arts today — Jason “Mayhem” Miller (21-6) — announced that he was retiring from the sport during an interview with FightHype.com earlier today. Here’s a snip: “I got plenty of money. I don’t even care. I just do it for fun. I love fighting, but I’m just doing it for fun. I don’t feel like doing it right now, so I’m not going to do it. There’s no need. There’s no need for me to fight, so I’m just happy to have lived such a fun career inside of MMA, so if it ends now, it was fun.”
Another MMA Movie In Development
While the mainstream public was unimpressed with the recent MMA-based movies Never Back Down and Redbelt, based on box office receipts, there will be another such offering in 2009. Filmmaker Gavin O’ Connor is currently in pre-production in Pittsburgh, PA, preparing to move forward with a project entitled Warriors. O’ Connor’s most recent work was Pride and Glory, starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell, which hits theaters this week. MMA Fans may be familiar with the name Gavin O’ Connor, as he was the Executive Producer of the widely acclaimed film The Smashing Machine, which focused on the rise and fall of MMA star Mark Kerr. Smashing Machine is widely regarded as the finest film that focuses on the MMA world to date.
"Lil Nog" to Fight November 1 at Sengoku 6
Rogerio Minotouro has confirmed that he'll be fighting at Sengoku 6 on November 1 at Saitame Arena in Japan. The Brazilian will face Rimbon Moise, who holds 23 professional MMA fights to his name with his most recent win coming in August.
‘Fighting Fedor’ Reality Show in Works
Affliction has partnered with M-1 Global, which is shopping around a reality TV series called “Fighting Fedor” that will feature a 16-man tournament with the winner eventually getting a shot at Fedor Emelianenko on an Affliction card. The partnership was officially announced Thursday at Trump Tower, along with some details on the show. A promo video presented by M-1 Global explained that participants from various countries will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they’ll train at the Red Devil camp and compete in the tournament. The video said the show will be on “American TV,” though it doesn’t have a home yet. “We’re currently having negotiations with many different networks and channels,” said M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein through an interpreter. Finkelchtein said networks are particularly interested because the show will focus on heavyweights. He also noted the international scope of M-1 Global, which through the M-1 Challenge has hosted events this year in Spain, Holland, England, Korea and Japan...
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 4:00PM by ncordless - 20 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, M-1 Global, Affliction, General MMA
*Horodecki vs. Lauzon Confirmed for Affliction 2*
Great fight. Time to try it again. What do you guys think? Who will take this one?
Grappling Star Robert Drysdale Makes MMA Debut
Grappling wizard Robert Drysdale makes his MMA debut this Friday October 17th for the TUFF-N-UFF promotion against 18 year old Josh Musick, who carries a 5-0 amateur record according to mixedmartialarts.com.
MMA and Boxing Events Suffer from Weak Attendance in Las Vegas
From Loretta Hunt of Sherdog: “A Night of Combat 2,” a collaborative event led by Superfights MMA promoter Skip Kelp in conjunction with Kim Couture’s KC Concepts, sold 1,063 of the 8,911 tickets available at the Thomas & Mack Center for a gate of $32,405. Tickets were set in a very reasonably priced $15-50 range, and comped tickets brought attendance up to 1,735 spectators. Xtreme Couture standouts Jay Hieron, Mike Pyle, and John Alessio topped an 18-fighter bill that paid $160,500 in fighter purses. Gary Shaw’s Antonio Tarver-Chad Dawson light heavyweight title fight drew 911 attendees to 1,770-seat Pearl inside The Palms for what was anticipated to be a sellout. Tickets ranged from $150-750 for a total gate of $329,650. Tarver was compensated $1 million for his unanimous decision loss, while Dawson earned $800,000 for the live Showtime-aired event. No other fighter on the bill made above $5,000, though the promotion paid out the maximum $50,000 broadcast tax, signifying it took in at least $3 million from Showtime. It's no secret that the Las Vegas area has been hard hit by falling home prices and a decline in tourism dollars due to a slowing economy. The weak attendance for these two events may be a sign that fans are becoming more selective in their use of lessening disposable income. Even the UFC is experiencing some difficulty:
14 Questions for Marcus Davis
Coming off a loss to Mike Swick in June, Marcus Davis will try to bounce back Saturday against Paul Kelly at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England. “The Irish Hand Grenade” shared some old boxing stories with Sherdog.com, as well as his thoughts on various topics from music to alcoholism to his meeting with Kelly. Sherdog.com: Have you ever been rocked or knocked down during training or ever reconsidered fighting? Davis: Nope. I've never been knocked out ever in my life. A lot of people look at my boxing record and it says TKO on there -- they think it was from a knockout. It wasn't. It was from a cut. I've never been knocked out in sparring or anything. I've never ever once reconsidered fighting. I've always wanted to be a fighter. Sherdog.com: You spent a lot of time in boxing. What are some of those old-time memories? Davis: One that just popped into my head: We were all in the gym one time, and there was this guy that was supposed to come in and spar with Dana Rosenblatt, who was an undefeated Jewish boxer at the time -- and there weren't a whole lot of Jewish boxers period, you know? So bringing this kid in, he was 5-0, and so they come walking in and he's got like this entourage and they’re screaming out, "Mikey D! 5-0 Mikey D!" All cheery as hell. The kid comes in and gets his stuff on. They start sparring. Dana hit him so hard with a body shot that the guy s--t himself. There's just s--t pouring out of this guy's trunks. He ends up crawling out of the ring, and they rush him to the bathroom and he was so embarrassed, he didn't come back into the gym to get his stuff. He left right out of the side door, and they came in and gathered his stuff and they left. Never saw the kid again. I don't even know what ever happened with his career. I never followed him. I probably should have; it'd be funny to hear if he did any well at all. You know, we had lots of different stories like that. A guy came in and was kicking a bag, and back then … you don't kick bags at a boxing school. My coach said, "Don't kick the bag!" The guy kind of looked at him -- he was a bodybuilder, the guy was all beefed up -- and he starts hitting the bag again, kicked it again and my trainer walked over to him and just smashed him right in the face. The guy actually broke down and started crying. Big muscle-bound guy broke down and started crying, looked at my coach and made an apology. We just have so many crazy stories about back then when I was boxing. It was just a different time. It was 15 years ago. You know the stories of scumbag promoters and stuff like that. There's good memories and bad memories.
Submitted Oct 14, 2008 7:14AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities, General MMA, Other Combat Sports
Joe Son Arrested on 1990 Gang Rape Charge
Joseph Hyungmin Son -- better known as UFC veteran Joe Son to diehard MMA fans -- was arrested Oct. 7 in Huntington Beach, Calif., on charges related to a 1990 Christmas Eve gang rape. Son, who was already in custody for an unrelated vandalism charge, was linked to the 1990 crime when he gave a DNA sample to authorities following a probation violation. A second assailant tied to the 1990 crime is still at large. TMZ.com and the Orange County Register were the first to report Son’s arrest. Son has been charged with five felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of forcible sodomy, two felony counts of sodomy in concert by force, seven felony counts of forcible oral copulations, one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and sentencing enhancements for kidnapping to commit sexual assault, personal use of a firearm, use of a firearm during a sex offense, and great bodily injury to sexual assault victim. Say it ain't so, Joe!
Submitted Oct 10, 2008 6:09PM by ncordless - 15 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, General MMA, Miscellaneous
Tito Ortiz back surgery a success
On October 6th 2008 my extensive back surgery was performed in Las Vegas by Dr. Smith. It lasted 3 hours, due to the doctors careful hand and my densely muscled core that had to be separated in order to get to my spine. My doctor was impressed with my quick recovery, and an hour after surgery I was on my feet and walking to the car. This is now the beginning of a new era. There will never be a question again about where my heart lies … and that is with my fans. I am focused on a quick recovery, and I will be back in the cage with a renewed outlook on fighting. I am a new Tito Ortiz … one with a bright fight future … one ready to power through the light heavyweight class and get the belt around my waist again. Mark my words … the best is yet to come.” – Tito Ortiz underwent back surgery on Monday. The procedure was not an easy one and neither was the decision to have it. Nonetheless, he went through with it and is already claiming success in a letter posted on ProElite.com. It’s an interesting read. He covers everything from when the back pain first began, to how it affected him in recent fights and to how he believes the UFC stiffed him on medical insurance to cover the procedure. It’s important to note that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has indicated that he intends to return in as few as six months; however, Nate Quarry underwent a similar spinal fusion procedure and it took him more than a year to recover. All things, of course, are often not equal among individuals when it comes to surgery, healing and overall health. We’ll keep you posted on his progress.
UWC: Confrontation Weigh-In Information and Fight Card (**UPDATED**)
DC Rage, i thought this might be of some help tp you. UWC-CONFRONTATION DC’s Biggest All Pro Cage Fighting Returns Saturday, October 11 - Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia Show Starts at 6:00 PM (* NOTE: Early Start Time) Doors Open at 5:00 PM UPDATES Official Weigh-In - Friday, Oct. 10 – 4:00 PM All Fighters Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel 12777 Fair Lakes Circle Fairfax, VA 22033 Special guest appearances: Urijah “California Kid” Faber and Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit Live Radio Interviews - Friday, Oct. 10 – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM WJFK 106.7 - “The Big O and Dukes Show” 11:00 AM - Antwainn Britt & Marcus Foran 2:00 PM – Urijah Faber Live Radio Broadcast – Saturday, Oct. 11 – 4:00 to 6:00 PM WJFK – “MMA Nation” Host: Luke Thomas 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM VIP Hospitality Room Star-divide Updated Fight Card (October 9, 2008) Fight #1 – 185 lbs Joey Kirwan Kris McCray Clinch Academy Gold Medal Grappling Frederick, MD Woodbridge, VA Pro Debut Pro Debut Fight #2 – 205 lbs Cody Donovan Wade Drake High Altitude Martial Arts Team Ferocity Denver, CO Bowie, MD 2-1 Pro Debut Fight #3 – 170 lbs Levon Maynard Toby Johnson Global Martial Arts Academy FIT NHB Virginia Beach, VA Albuquerque, NM 3 - 2 - 0 6-2-0 Fight #4 – 185 lbs Tony Sousa Ron Stallings American Top Team Team Lloyd Irvin Jacksonville, FL Baltimore, MD 5 - 3 - 0 5 - 3 - 1 Fight #5 – Over 205 lbs Brendan Schaub Johnny Curtis T’s KO Fight Club One Spirit Martial Arts Denver, CO Reston, VA 1 - 0 – 0 1 - 1 - 0 Fight #6 – 185 lbs Chris Reedy Marcus Foran XFC FIT NHB Reading, PA Albuquerque, NM 4 - 3 – 0 4 - 2 - 0 Fight #7 - 155 lbs Kyle Baker James “Binky” Jones MMA Institute Ground Control Harrisonburg, VA Baltimore, MD 3 - 3 - 0 7 - 5 - 0 Co-Main Event Fight #8 – 132 lbs John Dodson Mike Easton Jackson’s Submission Fighting Team Lloyd Irvin Albuquerque, NM Temple Hills, MD 5 - 2 – 0 5 - 1 - 0 Main Event Fight #9 – 205 lbs Terry Cohens Antwain Britt C.C. Corey MMA Institute Jacksonville, FL Norfolk, VA 3 - 1 - 0 5 - 1 – 0 Fight Card Subject to Change