How Does Nick Thompson Do It?
Nick Thompson has a hectic few days at the end of this month. He's in the main event for the CBS-televised mixed martial arts event on July 26, a Saturday night, in Stockton, Calif. And then on Tuesday the 29th, he will be starting the two-day bar examination at the Minneapolis Convention Center. "It wasn't supposed to work out this way," Thompson said. "I had a fight in Tokyo in early June. I was going to take two months off and study for the bar." And then they got the call with the offer: Jake Shields, Elite XC's welterweight title bout, main event on CBS. "You can't turn that down -- not me, anyway. And my wife, Molly, agreed with me."
How on earth he is able to train for a fight with one of the best welterweights in the world while simultaneously preparing for an exam that would license him to practice law in the state of Minnesota is beyond my comprehension. All I can do is wish him good luck and give him a tip of my hat.
How British Boxing Enthusiasts View Mixed Martial Arts
"Boxing is like football," Maloney says. "It has history and has been around forever. I can't imagine a world without boxing. I can easily conceive of one without MMA."
From an albeit limited consensus, it seems the British boxing barometer on MMA is set somewhere between disdain and moderate interest, rudimentary knowledge to perhaps a lack of genuine understanding, acknowledgment and indifference. The latter part of that statement is best summed up by McNeilly.
"Most boxing folk acknowledge its success but fall back on boxing's longevity, even in these days of political correctness descending into farce," McNeilly says. "MMA is a foreign land to most of them -- and not one they want to visit."
Affliction Banned Drawing Heavy Media Interest
More than 250 media credential requests were received heading into today’s deadline, 10 days prior to the event, from numerous foreign countries including Russia, Japan, Korea, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.
Sherdog to Stream Fury FC 6 Saturday for Free *Results added*
Sherdog.com will stream a live broadcast of Fury FC 6 "High Voltage" this Saturday, July 12 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 9:00 p.m. BST, 8:00 p.m. EST, 5:00 p.m. PST.
The live broadcast will be free to view on a first-come basis.
The 110-minute stream will include the first round of Fury FC's lightweight and middleweight grand prixs in addition to two international superfights. Participants will be vying for prize money and a two-year contract with Japan's Dream promotion.
Fury FC has been the stomping grounds for a number of today's Brazilian standouts, including Dream grand prix semifinalist Ronaldo Souza (Pictures) and UFC up-and-comers Thiago Silva (Pictures) and Rousimar Palhares (Pictures).
Lightweight Grand Prix (Under 70.5kg) Opening Round
Vitor Toffanelli def. Paulo Bueno via Decision (Unanimous), R3
Henrique Mello def. Gabriel Veiga via KO (Punch), R1
Eduardo Pachu def. Adriano Goncalves via Submission (Armbar), R3
Mauricio Reis def. Giovanni Diniz via Decision (Unanimous), R3
Middleweight Grand Prix (Under 84kg) Opening Round
Eduardo Telles def. Rafael Sapo via KO (Head Kick), R1
Leandro Silva def. Rodrigo Pimpolho via KO (Punch), R1
Cassiano Tytschyo def. Rodrigo Ximbica via Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1
Jorge Michelan def. Matheus Serafim via. KO (Punch), R2
Fabricio Monteiro def. Yoshitomo Watanabe via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
Fury FC Lightweight Championship
Rafael dos Anjos def. Otsuka Takafumi via Decision (Split), R3
Tim Sylvia Talks About Fedor, Lesnar & More
Affliction has put together an incredible card for "Banned," the biggest mixed martial arts event of the year, which is scheduled to take place July 19 in Anaheim, Calif. Headlining the fight is Fedor Emelianenko, the man who has been considered the top fighter in the world for the past few years. He’s going up against one of the best heavyweights in the world, Tim Sylvia. Sylvia recently left the UFC and become one of the few high profile free agents in the sport. I recently caught up with Sylvia to talk about Fedor, MMA judging, Kimbo Slice, the growth of the sport and more.
MMA Sheds It's Violent Image
It took 11 years for Jonathan Lowell to feel comfortable enough with public acceptance of mixed martial arts to include those words in the name of his business.
Although he opened his business in Satellite Beach in 1997, it was only this year that his studio became Master Lowell's Mixed Martial Arts Academy in its newest location on North Wickham Road.
"It really wasn't exactly acceptable," Lowell said of early attitudes toward mixed martial arts. "I continued to call my school a black-belt karate school because I wasn't sure how parents would accept us."
COMMISSIONS NOT SOLD ON NEW MMA RULES
On July 3, the Association of Boxing Commissions passed a series of amendments to the Unified Rules for Mixed Martial Arts – a blueprint for most athletic commissions that regulate mixed martial arts today – at a meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Drafted by the ABC president Timothy Leuckenhoff, ABC MMA chairman Dale Kliparchuk, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Deputy Attorney Nick Lembo, California State Athletic Commission executive director Armando Garcia, and veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy, most changes served as clarifications to the existing rules, although new amendments were introduced. Chief among those was the expansion of the current weight classes used in MMA, from seven widely recognized weight classes to a total of fourteen, including shifts within the weight requirements of those already in use.
Lindland throws hat into political ring.
By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports
Jul 9, 3:10 pm EDT
If Matt Lindland were a pitcher, he’d be the guy who’d want to protect a one-run lead with the bases loaded and Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz due to bat.
A 2000 Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling silver medalist, Lindland thrives the tougher and the more pressure-filled the situation.
DEWEES SIGNS MULTI-FIGHT DEAL WITH AFFLICTION
Affliction on Wednesday announced that it has signed Edwin Dewees to a multi-fight contract. He will replace Vernon “Tiger” White at the promotion’s July 19 debut event.
White was initially scheduled to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but was recently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the use of a banned diuretic prior to a kickboxing bout. Dewees will now step in to face Nogueira at the Honda Center.
Are pro-wrestling fans ‘graduating’ to MMA?
On this web site in June of 2008, we discussed an interesting topic regarding the ongoing divide in MMA circles involving those who come from the world of professional wrestling and those who have backgrounds in more traditional sports (like boxing). One of the major reasons for this growing divide involves the decline of professional wrestling.
What does professional wrestling have to do with the growth of MMA in Japan and North America? Think: demographics.
State officials weigh in on new weight classes
A wise man once said "to change and change for the better are two different things."
The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) last week found itself toeing that fine line when the group released its newly revamped recommendations for the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. While there were several issues addressed in the new form, only one has caused an uproar: the changing of MMA's traditional weight classes to a new 14-tier system.
Several of the country's most influential athletic-board directors also disagree with the new weight class standards, and a few shared their thoughts with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Former UFC Champ Loses Boxing Match
Former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez lost in a split decision Tuesday night as boxing returned to the Las Vegas Hilton.
Rodriguez looks huge. But not in a good way like Kaspars Kambala. Ricco tipped the scales at 270 pounds.
Let’s put it this way, Ricco doesn’t look very suave.
He had Xtreme Couture boxing coach Ron Frazier in his corner and wore a pair of trunks with a Throwdown logo in an odd homage to MMA.