It's a Good Time to Be a Free Agent in Mixed Martial Arts
The Vancouver Sun has a piece up discussing Georges St. Pierre's contract negotiations:
"Before it expires, they'll want to negotiate because they won't want me to be a free agent, let the Japanese get their hands on me," St-Pierre said....
Standing in the way of a more lucrative deal, obviously, is Fitch. St-Pierre will be fighting in the U.S., without the home-field advantage that buoyed him against Serra last April.
That could change soon enough; St-Pierre is hearing rumours the UFC will return to Montreal, perhaps next year, and might even try to fill up Olympic Stadium."
It's a good time to be a free agent, and I think St. Pierre will end up getting a very good deal. With the Affliction salaries floating around, the UFC won't risk losing one of their top stars. St. Pierre is already paid well, but most of it is in discretionary bonuses, and it's in his best interest to guarantee himself that money in the future. If he has good management, he is in a strong position to demand money that would make him the top paid fighter in the UFC. He is one guy they definitely won't let go, and his contract will be another example of how fighters benefit from competition.
Catching Up With Travis Lutter
While it seems like an eternity ago, it’s only been three months since the UFC decided to release Travis Lutter following his disappointing loss to former middleweight champion Rich Franklin in Canada back in May. After a pair of short stints inside MMA’s biggest promotion, Lutter has hit a crossroads in his career.
He’s primarily stayed out of the limelight since his departure - spending time with his family and running his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies in Forth Worth, Texas. However his fans will be happy to hear that Lutter has no intention of hanging up the gloves just yet.
Elite XC and Affliction to SAVE MMA
When you take at look at MMA, mixed martial arts, from an average fans point of view, what do you see? UFC or Ultimate Fighting (Championship)? Besides the hardcore fans of this rapidly growing and emerging sport, few casual sports fans can even comprehend the difference. Often times I myself encounter this blind understanding of the sport we all know and love on a weekly, if not daily, basis. A simply trip to the grocery store in a tapout shirt has often sparked UFC conversations, as though Tapout is the UFC's clothing line. It's almost as though the MMA world is truly monopolized and you might as well call Dana White "Mr. Monopoly" himself, just give him that funny old top hat and a cane as he strolls down Boardwalk or Park Place. However, is the MMA landscape in for a drastic shift of power in the near future?
Found this on MMA Rated and thought it was worth letting others see:
Josh Thomson Interview: The Punk wants The Legend
Coming into his fight against former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Gilbert Melendez, the man they call “The Punk” had a 17-2 overall MMA record with six (T)KO’s and eight submission victories to his credit. Of course, Melendez had certainly earned the high level status that many afforded him coming into that fight; he’d defeated Clay Guida, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Tetsuji Kato during his career.
But when you throw together Thomson’s stellar record and past victories against Duane “Bang” Ludwig, Hermes Franca, and “Razor” Rob McCullough, shouldn’t we all have given him a little more credit as well?
Well, since defeating Gilbert Melendez on June 27th Thomson has certainly earned a higher status amongst MMA fans and a championship belt to go along with it. And if you’re wondering if he has some strong feelings regarding the next fighter he takes on, you better believe that he does.
Phil Baroni scheduled for ICON Sport card on Aug. 2
“The New York Badass” Phil Baroni is slated to return to the ring for ICON Sport promotion on Aug. 2 when he competes during the promotion’s “Hard Times” card in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena.
Baroni will be fighting Ron Verdadero on the card in a 175 pound bout. For Baroni, it will be a quick turnaround, as he fought on July 12 in England at Cage Rage 27. Making his debut at welterweight, Baroni needed just 3:18 into round 1 to knockout Scott Jansen.
ICON, which is a subsidiary of ProElite, Inc., will also be promoting featured fights between Bao Quach and Mark Oshiro for the North American 140 pound title as well as ICON Sport middleweight champion Kala Kolohe vs. Rolando Dominique in a non-title fight contested at 180 pounds.
Diaz still wants to fight Sakurai
One of the feature matches at the previous DREAM 5 card was set to have Hayato “Mach” Sakurai take on Nick Diaz. Due to Diaz’s upcoming fight with Thomas “Wildman” Denny on Saturday’s EliteXC show, the Diaz - Sakurai fight was taken off the show.
Diaz hopes the the fight was merely postponed and not canceled.
I want the Sakurai fight to come about again,” said Diaz, “I think the fight would be an excellent match-up.”
The Diaz-Sakurai fight would be a very entertaining one. Even though Diaz’s main commitment is to EliteXC, he is grateful for the opportunity to fight in other organizations as well. Hopefully, the fight can be rescheduled in the not-to-distant future.
Does a Weak Economy Make For a Strong Fight Game?
"San Diego Union-Tribune has an interesting article linking the rough economic times with a booming combat sports environment." Basically it shows how boxing became popular during the depression and now MMA finds popularity in harder times. It's pretty unique way to look at the sport:
Tom Atencio: Affliction ‘Banned’ PPV buys to top 100,000
Vice President Tom Atencio doesn’t have any final numbers, however he reveals the the pay-per-view (PPV) buys for “Banned” on July 19 will “definitely” surpass 100,000. That’s a figure that may appear to be small at first blush, but it’s important to note that no other mixed martial arts promotion besides the UFC has ever exceeded that number.
Japanese Press Going After 'Kid' Yamamoto
The same Japanese magazine that harrassed PRIDE out of business has now launched a campaign of accusations against top Japanese star Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto.
In the newest edition of Shukan Gendai (a big japanese magazine), the publication has a six-page article with allegations that Yamamoto is involved in “marijuana parties” with a famous actor. The article claims that an undercover policewoman, followed by 10 officers, got a search warrant and checked out a fashion building in Harajuku.
The magazine claims that the room had a sweet herbal smell and that neighbors had supposedly complained about cars in the driveway playing reggae music, and that tattooed guys were regularly hanging out at the place until the early hours of the morning. The article further claims that neighbors had complained to the police about Yamamoto hanging around the area.
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Larry Holmes Voices Concerns About MMA
The former world Heavyweight boxing champion Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes has given his views on MMA. He is not a fan.
Holmes told Florida Today:
"Mixed Martial Arts I don't really like because you can get hurt really bad there because you got kicking and everything else, they throw you down. I wouldn't do it. The popularity is there, they get a lot of people but the fighters don't get a lot of money. And they're fighting much harder."
Holmes ruled the Heavyweight division in the 1980s. The 1970s had been a golden era, with huge names such as George Foreman, Joe Frazier and “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali. Following these legends meant that Holmes did not get the credit he deserved for being one of the most dominant champions in history.
Cage Rage Launch Reality TV Show
The UK is going to get a home grown MMA reality TV show.
Last week there were strong rumours that The Ultimate Fighter may relocate to Britain. Now, the UK promotion Cage Rage have announced that they will be producing their own show: Fighting Hurts.
The series will be screened on Nuts TV. They have put out the following call for contestants:
“If you think you've got what it takes to be a Cage Rage Contender then get your application in for Fighting Hurts. We're looking for the country's toughest men with the brawn, athleticism and fighting potential to succeed in the world of Cage Fighting. Many will try but only one man will be crowned Fighting Hurts Champion 2008!
Successful applicants will go through to the audition stages in London and 16 lucky (brave) finalists will be chosen for the final stages where they'll go through a punishing training regime.
Want proof that MMA fighters are intelligent?
TUF 1 Finalist Kenny Florian once indicated that he believed introspective and intelligent people were drawn to the sport of MMA because of, “the strategy of it, the mental game. Analyzing your opponent, analyzing yourself– your own strengths and weaknesses– and coming up with a game plan and executing it. There’s a tremendous amount of skill and strategy that goes on.”
Enter Nick Thompson.
Measuring the Success of Affliction
As a company, Affliction is already a successful clothing line. From sales to brand power, it’s getting the job done.
Extending that brand to become a premier MMA organization is a whole other matter.
For Affliction to make the splash they wanted to they dished out big salaries to the widey-regarded top heavyweight in the world, along with other big name and former UFC champions. A risky proposition for a newly formed organization. Creating a bigger speedbump was the big kid on the block, the UFC, quickly putting together an event to air, for free on cable, on the same night.
Glancing at the numbers, and given the fan and media reception, it’s likely we’ll see a second event from Affliction.
Affliction, Fedor Prove MMA is Bigger Than UFC
There’s much to be said for selling out. For Affliction, it happens to be a good thing.
The clothing company turned mixed martial arts promoter packed the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday. Nearly 14,000 fans were treated to highlight reel moments of Dominique Wilkins proportions throughout the night. But it wasn’t all fashionable fun in the organization’s inaugural show.
From the try-hard red carpet that ushered VIPs in and out of the arena to the distracting, unnecessary smoke machines that went on through most of the event, Affliction’s presentation had enough plot holes to compete with the latest batch of summer blockbusters...
White: Affliction will go out of business
UFC President Dana White is making a bold prediction in regards to the future of the Affliction MMA promotion.
"After tonight those guys are going out of business and all [their fighters] will be over here," White said Saturday at the UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin post-fight press conference.
Affliction invested heavily in its inaugural "Affliction: Banned" event Saturday to put together arguably the greatest heavyweight card in MMA history.