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Report: Donald Trump to Announce Affliction's Signing of Andrei Arlovski
MMARated.com has learned that at tomorrow's Affliction press conference in Manhattan, Donald Trump will be announcing that former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski, has officially signed with the upstart promotion. The Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization and the Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump, Michael D. Cohen, confirmed the news with MMARated.com. Trump will also announce that he has become an equity partner in the Affliction promotion. When asked what percentage of the organization he now owns, Mr. Cohen would only say "a significant amount." Finally, when asked if Trump's relationship with Tito Ortiz would help bring the former UFC light heavyweight champion to Affliction, Cohen said: "Everything that Donald Trump does is the biggest and the best and the "Afflcition: Banned" show will be just that. Due to the status of the Trump mark, and Donald Trump as a mogul business man, Mr. Trump has received dozens of phone calls from fighters who are interested in joining the Affliction family."
Submitted Jun 4, 2008 6:13PM by juanez13 - 4 comments
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UFC action figures: Round 5 MMA series 2 line up
www.round5mma.com has created the first series of UFC action figures, Round 5 MMA series 2 line up announced for fall 2008 release
Video: Vitor Belfort training at Chute Boxe
The athlete Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort held a period of training in Chute Boxe. The fighter was impressed with the structure and the organisation of the group
Submitted Jun 3, 2008 3:04PM by kastro_316 - 1 comment
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Dan Henderson wants to stay at 185 now - Wants Re-match with Silva
Dan Henderson talks about how he wants to stay at 185, and wants one more fight before he goes at it again with Anderson Silva!
CBS Executive Responds To Critics Of MMA Debut
In life and network television, there are tradeoffs. Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President for CBS Primetime television, found out you can’t please everybody, especially when perfection is the standard. On the mixed martial arts message forums mere hours after the conclusion of CBS’s grand MMA experiment, “CBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fights,” Kahl realized that few fans were ready to give his product a ticker tape parade. Much of the feedback was downright nasty. “I thought some of it was fair,” he said. “I think in some cases you have people out there who… basically, if it’s not UFC it’s not credible. “We have a little work to do with the hardcore fans and that’s something we’ll certainly address next time. But I think in terms of getting new people in I think we did a fantastic job.”
DREAM.4 Updates: Alistair Overeem vs Lee Tae Hyun
Alistair Overeem vs Lee Tae Hyun has been official added to the DREAM.4 card.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 2:40PM by kastro_316 - 6 comments
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News: Matt Hughes set to fight Matt Serra after Alves
both camps are now setting negociations that will result in a fight between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. However, Matt Hughes must win against Thiago Alves first.
Dana White: ‘What happened on CBS was horrendous’ with Elite XC (ESPN video)
cant say i didnt see it coming.
Best around: MMAmania.com exclusive sit down with WEC champion Miguel Torres
On one night in February, Miguel Torres went from being a relatively unknown fighter from East Chicago (Ind.), to being the WEC bantamweight champion and being considered one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world. His first real introduction to most casual fans was at WEC 32, when Torres defeated then-champion Chase Beebe via submission (guillotine choke) to win the 135-pound title. However, the scrappy Mexican-American has been beating people up — sometimes grown men who outweigh him by more than 25 pounds — for years in sanctioned and unsanctioned bouts for close to a decade . His nearly perfect professional record (46-1), which includes just about every submission and finishing result in the book, is nothing compared to his unbelievable “amateur” accomplishments. That number might seem different to you because Sherdog’s Fight Finder has Torres listed as 33-1. Torres acknowledges that they were small time fights that were unsanctioned “They were fights that helped build my career,” Torres told MMAMania.com. “They were the ones that got me into the sport. They weren’t weight classed, they were open rules.” Those early fights earned him a cult-like following on the underground Midwest MMA scene, as well as the respect of his peers such as UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) star, Stephan Bonnar. “When we were coming up, Miguel had the entire Chicago scene by the balls,” said Bonnar. “He could sell more tickets than anyone. He turned events into such a show, complete with Mariachi bands and everything.”
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:15PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
MMA Myths Debunked Again
In the mid-’90s, politicians looking to score easy points succeeded in pressuring cable television executives to boot the fledgling sport off cable television. Instead of killing off MMA, it simply went underground When MMA returned to cable in 2001, it was portrayed as a sign of the decline of American civilization. Somehow, the republic survived. When the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s popularity exploded in 2005, it was dismissed as a fad that would soon go away. Three years later, the company is on the hottest sustained pay-per-view business streak in its history.
EliteXC: If It's on TV, It Must Be Good!
Well, this is it, folks. After years of government and media backlash, countless steps back and some memorably disastrous runs at the mainstream, MMA finally makes its major network debut with none other than Gary Shaw leading the way. Hard to believe but EliteXC has made its mainstream push behind an odd assortment like reformed YouTube brawler Kimbo Slice and female MMA superstar Gina Carano. Both will be present and accounted for come 9 p.m. Saturday night on CBS and so should you if for no other reason than to see if John McCain shows up and tries to call the whole thing off. Gotta admit, it would be good for a few laughs.
Submitted May 31, 2008 4:22PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Kimbo not the face of MMA
Kimbo Slice, a one-time homeless man, one-time strip club bouncer, one-time backyard, back-alley brawler turned Internet sensation/big money mixed martial artist isn’t a problem. Only in America, right? He’s said to be a great guy, a boot-strap success story who deserves everything coming to him. I’ve watched him maul “Adryan” a half dozen times alone. You have, or will, too. Kimbo Slice being a street fighter, rather than a Brazilian jiu-jitsu or Muay Thai master, isn’t a problem either. A lot of good points here. I agree with this article for the most part. I do think that the UFC gives fighters easier opponents sometimes to give them wins.
DREAM 4 Update: Hideo Tokoro vs. Darren Uyenoyama - Crocop Confirmed!
K-1 veteran Hideo Tokoro will face off against Strikeforce competitor Darren Uyenoyama on the DREAM 4 card on June 15th at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama.
Submitted May 28, 2008 1:42PM by kastro_316 - 4 comments
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Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings
SHERDOGS NEWLY RELEASED MMA TOP 10 RANKINGS GET EM WHILE THERE HOT!
Mirko CroCop vs. Ralek Gracie in Grappling Match at DREAM 4
DreamFighters.com has learned that Mirko CroCop will fight Ralek Gracie in Grappling Match at DREAM 4, which will not be MMA rules!
Submitted May 26, 2008 5:11PM by kastro_316 - 18 comments
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Bj Penn vs. GSP II very possible: Dana White
Dana White has suggest that BJ Penn vs. GSP II is very possible after his title defense of the wineer of Kenny/Roger right.
Bas Rutten Talks IFL, Grand Theft Auto 4 & More
Three events into a new year and the International Fight League has put in some of the most exciting match-ups in the organization’s brief history. Key to the in-ring success has come at the hands of the matchmaking. Lead by Kurt Otto, in conjunction with Bas “El Guapo” Rutten, the IFL’s change of format to individual fights with champions in six weight classes has proven to be a shot in the arm to the company’s live events. In particular, Rutten has grown into his role as Vice President of Fighter Operations, continuing his transition from fighter to MMA business professional, enjoying every minute of it. Recently Bas took time from his always hectic schedule to speak to MMAWeekly about the current status of the IFL, his foray into the world of video games and his always present endeavors into expanding the Bas Rutten name and brand.
Submitted May 26, 2008 11:58AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Interviews, IFL, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Andrei Arlovski To Hold Press Conference To Announce His Future
Andrei Arlovski will be holding a media day this Tuesday in Los Angeles to announce his plans for the future. Many are speculating that Arlovski will announce his departure from the UFC for either Affliction or Adrenaline MMA. Arlovski will hold the media day at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood where he'll be working on his boxing and conditioning with Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza.
Submitted May 25, 2008 8:01PM by grappler0000 - 18 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, General MMA
Bobby Lashley Next In Line
Bobby Lashley is the next former WWE star to make his way into MMA. He spoke with the Daily Star about it here:
The only two companies doing PPV's in October are Affliction and UFC. I could see UFC bringing him in to face Brock Lesnar, because the marketing potential is very obvious. However, it is also clear that companies like Affliction looking for names to draw would be interested in paying him good money too. It's also possible that Elite XC could try to run a PPV in October if the May debut goes well. Kimbo v. Lashley, anyone? That being said, companies like Affliction and Elite XC should be very wary of signing Lashley to a big contract for his name value. He was never a draw at all in the pro wrestling world, and doesn't have anywhere close to the name value of a Brock Lesnar or Kurt Angle. Without a hype machine like UFC behind his debut, Lashley is not going to draw very much.
HDNet Fights Planning Super-Fights
When Mark Cuban announced his intentions of promoting mixed martial arts, many people were excited about the possibilities the billionaire could bring to the sport. Since the formation of HDNet Fights last year, the Dallas based organization has held two events. It's been five months since they've put on a show, but HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon told MMAWeekly they plan on putting together "super-fights" in the future. HDNet started airing MMA with World Extreme Cagefighting, but has expanded their coverage to showing several regional events from around the country as well as Japanese promotions. "We have the ability to partner with pretty much any organization out there," said Simon. "And when the timing is right, you're going to see us promote again some super-fights." "We're going to be pretty opportunistic when we want to promote ourselves. We're in a little bit of a different position than everyone else. We have our own television network. We have our own arena in Dallas with the American Airlines Center, and we're not into it to just put on fights every month ourselves just because. I think you're going to see when we come back it will be a pretty big fight."
Submitted May 18, 2008 9:14AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: HDNet, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA