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Fox News goes behind the scenes at UFC 86 (video)
(foxnews.com)
Some people in the MMA blogosphere were dismayed at the lack of UFC 86 coverage from big media outlets like ESPN, but FoxNews.com’s “Fight Game” was on the scene, for what that’s worth.
Submitted Jul 8, 2008 8:50PM by juanez13 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Tim Sylvia on a quest to fight the best
(mmajunkie.com)
Over the past four years, few heavyweight fighters can stake a claim to fighting more top-10 opponents than Tim Sylvia. The 32-year-old "Maine-iac" has fought most of the sport's best heavyweights, and in two weeks, he'll add an opponent that many consider the division's top fighter. Sylvia, a longtime former UFC heavyweight champion, was recently granted his release from the organization. However, he's preparing for a challenging future outside the UFC, where the majority of the top 10 heavyweight fighters in the world now compete.
Submitted Jul 8, 2008 4:31PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Random Ranting: How to fix the judging and rule making process in MMA
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
I don’t think the result of the Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson fight is cause to condemn the current judging system that currently exists in mixed martial arts. Not everyone is going to see the fight the same way. As I said before, I can live with the decision that was rendered and don’t have a problem with people who believe Griffin won the fight. I scored the fight on my own, as it happened. After a round took place, I jotted a score down. I added it up and Jackson came out the winner. My wife sat right next to me and watched the fight on the same television. She thought Griffin won the fight and expressed mild surprise when I told her I thought Jackson should be declared the winner. To each their own.
Submitted Jul 8, 2008 1:42PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC forced Affliction’s jump from clothing company to fight promoter
(mmajunkie.com)
Affliction was perfectly content with being an apparel company. With its fashion-forward T-shirts appearing on the backs of actors, rock stars and mixed martial artists, the Signal Hill, Calif.-based company had carved out a niche for its label in pop culture. In less than three years, the Affliction brand had become synonymous with cool, with its artistic prints spotted at movie premieres, in magazines and on plenty of UFC fighters.
Submitted Jul 8, 2008 1:39PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Report: Fedor To Fight Three Times In The Next Six Months
(dreamfighters.com)
It has been reported that Fedor will be fighting more than everyone thinks this year. M-1 Global president, Vadim Finkelstein has made public that Fedor Emilianenko will be fighting at least three time in the next six months.
 
Michael Bisping: ''Fedor to Fight Tim Sylvia Injured''
(thesun.co.uk)
Russian legend Emelianenko, 31, squares up against former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in a fight for new MMA promotion Affliction on 19 July. But speaking exclusively to SunSport, British star Bisping, 29, claims The Last Emperor will go into the bout with 32-year-old American Sylvia at less than full fitness. Bisping said: "It’s going to be good to see if Fedor is still the man but I’ve heard on the grapevine from inside sources that he could be injured." "But this is time for Fedor to step up. Everyone knows what Tim Sylvia is all about but Fedor’s had an aura about him for a long time." ... But Bisping admitted: "I think the fight will play out similar to when Randy Couture fought Tim Sylvia, but I’m picking Fedor to beat Tim."
Submitted Jul 8, 2008 1:25AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
 
Draggo in Serious Condition
(sherdog.com)
Edson Draggo (Pictures) is in serious, but improving condition following a motorcycle accident on June 25
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 10:53PM by holt8081 - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Frank Trigg signs three-fight deal with WVR
(mmajunkie.com)
Veteran middleweight fighter Frank Trigg (16-6) has signed a three-fight deal with the Japanese-based World Victory Road organization, and as planned, he's agreed to debut with the organization at its Aug. 24 "Sengoku 4" event. Trigg told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he signed the contract on Sunday. However, WVR officials haven't yet decided on an opponent for the 37-year-old's debut fight.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 2:07PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
No Mauro: Affliction finalizes broadcast team for ‘Banned’
(mmamania.com)
Affliction MMA today made the broadcast team official for its debut show, “Banned,” which will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19. And the veteran voice of mixed martial arts Mauro Ranallo -– who was believed to be part of the ensemble -– will not call the fights for the upstart promotion. In fact, according to press release issued just this morning, “television sports reporter and announcer, Jay Glazer, will handle blow-by-blow action” for the pay-per-view (PPV) and Fox Sports Net (FSN) telecasts. Glazer will be shoulder-to-shoulder in the booth with color commentators, Frank Trigg and “Big” John McCarthy. This won’t be the first time Glazer and Trigg have teamed up -– the pair hosted the Pride FC special programs that often aired on FSN.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 2:03PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The Case Against New Weight Classes
(sports.yahoo.com)
Fans have turned to mixed martial arts in large part because of the simplicity of its structure. With five champions in the UFC, there's little dispute of the best in each weight class. Where would be the intrigue if say, Ken Florian or Roger Huerta decided to fight at "super lightweight" instead of lightweight and avoid both Penn at 155 and Georges St. Pierre at 170? These headache-inducing scenarios are no doubt similar to how boxing fans got tired of the absurd number of weight classes and pencil-pushing organizations in their sport. But no, the commissions can't be content with their attempts to kill one sport; they have to try to step in and ruin the best thing to happen to combat sports in a generation while they're at it.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 1:56PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
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What Is a 10-8 Round After All?
(bloodyelbow.com)
Rami Genauer tries to unpack the concept behind the 10-8 round and why it's so hard to decide in close cases what is and isn't a 10-8 round: To combat the vagaries surrounding the requirements for scoring a 10-8 round, FightMetric uses a simple rule, based on data around average round effectiveness differential. If a fighter puts up a score of more than 100 and his score is more than six times his opponent’s score, that round is called 10-8. In that case, Round 1 of St. Pierre-Serra was a clear 10-8, with St. Pierre’s score nearly 10 times that of Serra.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 1:54PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Five Greatest Career Turnarounds in MMA
(sherdog.com)
Nothing gets boring faster than perfection, except for perhaps mediocrity. In the realm of fight sport, the sight of an athlete slipping from one into the other is often the fuel for the theater of the unexpected that MMA has become. While seeing our favorites cast aside after one beating too many is all too common an occurrence, we do occasionally get to see the most moribund of fighters get in touch with their inner "Cinderella Man." With both James Braddock and a certain "TUF" product in mind, we cast our sights on chronicling the five greatest career turnarounds this young sport has ever seen. So load up for a trip down memory lane and don't forget the Kleenex -- this place is gonna be Niagara Falls in a bit.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 6:29AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
IFL’s impact greater than some realize
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
In my weekly article for CBSSports.com, this week I decided to take a look at all the former IFL talent that has migrated into the UFC. Between Mike Dolce, Gerald Harris, and Dante Rivera on TUF 7; from Rory Markham, Brad Blackburn, and Reese Andy on the card for UFN 14; and Andre Gusmao debuting at UFC 87, the UFC has done some pretty big reaching into the IFL well.
Submitted Jul 5, 2008 6:46PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
ABC Passes Revised Unified Rules
(sherdog.com)
MONTREAL -- A revised edition of the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts was passed Thursday by the Association of Boxing Commissions via a majority vote at the ABC's annual conference.
Submitted Jul 3, 2008 8:57PM by Vote4Fedro - 19 comments
Filed under: WEC, Miscellaneous, General MMA, UFC
 
Does Mike Whitehead deserve your respect?
(mmajunkie.com)
At first glance, he appeared to be out of place. In Affliction's first media conference call for its July 19 "Banned" event, the participants were Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett, middleweight/light heavyweight/heavyweight/politician Matt Lindland and -- oh yeah -- Mike Whitehead. Mike Whitehead? Scheduled to fight Renato "Babalu" Sobral on the evening's first pay-per-view bout, "The Ultimate Fighter 2" cast member certainly commanded the least attention from the participating media. The 27-year-old didn't even receive the courtesy of having his correct name used at all times, as he was addressed as "Mark" by at least one reporter. So what was Whitehead doing on the call? Well for starters, the Xtreme Couture-trained fighter hasn't lost in more than two years, and he will take a 12-fight win streak into his bout with "Babalu." But how did a guy whose last fight was a main-event gig against a 2-2 fighter at the world famous "4 Bears Casino & Lodge" in New Town, N.D., end up on arguably the most-talent-laden card in MMA history? "Just working hard and keeping my [head] down and keeping my nose to the grinding stone," Whitehead said.
Submitted Jul 3, 2008 8:20PM by SmileR - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Affliction Update: The next Affliction show and possible Barnett vs Fedor
(dreamfighters.com)
This is great news for many MMA fans, who have always wanted to see Fedor face Barnett. With the inclusion of Donald Trump, we can expect many more shows from this organization.
Submitted Jul 3, 2008 1:43PM by kastro_316 - 26 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Dana White Talks Donald Trump
(sports.yahoo.com)
We stumbled upon the oddest interview with a multi-millionaire we've ever seen. You may not like UFC president Dana White but the guy has a lot of patience. He's willing to sell his sport even in the most strange settings. Now you have to be willing to deal with the weird video quality. White morphs into a robotic, alien character a few times. Think Alien Nation. And there are plenty of fine shots of the walls, the floor and UFC's public relations escorts, Jen and Loren.
Submitted Jul 3, 2008 1:34AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Fighter Salaries: Minimum Fighter Payouts
(mmapayout.com)
The first problem to be addressed is that of the minimum payouts for UFC fighters. I believe the lowest payout figures to be released this year were a few $3000 show/win contracts like the one given to Goran Reljic at UFC 84. Many have been quick to criticize the UFC for these payouts as they question a fighter's ability to make ends meet on such low income. Following yesterday's introduction, the interests of both parties are fairly obvious. A major interest of the fighters is to be able to provide for themselves and their families. And from a business perspective, it's probably within the UFC's interest to provide top-notch fights while also not having to pay anything more than it has to. This article is a MUST READ imo. Very insightful piece.
Submitted Jul 2, 2008 1:48PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Wrestling Icon Dan Gable Teaching "Wrestling for Mixed Martial Arts"
(bloodyelbow.com)
Olympic wrestling legend Dan Gable and United States Olympic wrestling coach Mike Duroe will be holding a “Wrestling for Mixed Martial Arts” seminar Saturday, July 26 in Moorhead. The Seminar will be held at Minnesota State Moorhead‘s Alex Nemzek Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is open to wrestlers and martial artists of all ages. The seminar teaches wrestling applications for use in mixed martial arts.
Submitted Jul 2, 2008 1:15PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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