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.
Breaking the Rules
There are certain traditions that are expected to be followed during a telecast of any mixed martial arts contest: ring girls putting their surgeon's work on display, labored prefight insults and -- most crucial of all -- commentators audibly musing about how they don't quite understand the rules.
Tim Sylvia on a quest to fight the best
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.
Random Ranting: How to fix the judging and rule making process in MMA
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.
UFC forced Affliction’s jump from clothing company to fight promoter
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.
Michael Bisping: ''Fedor to Fight Tim Sylvia Injured''
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."