Randy Couture Signs Exclusive Sponsorship With Everlast
The following is provided courtesy of a press release from Everlast:
Everlast Worldwide Inc., manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods, apparel, footwear, and other active lifestyle products under the Everlast brand name is proud to announce that they have partnered with Randy “The Natural” Couture with a long term exclusive contract. Couture a six-time UFC Champion and the most celebrated name in the sport was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and was the first fighter to hold titles in both the Heavyweight and Light-Heavyweight divisions.
This long-term partnership marks the commitment of Everlast to become the premiere brand in the fastest growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts. The partnership with Couture allows him to exclusively wear Everlast fight shorts, fight gloves, training equipment and training apparel. In addition, Everlast will be the exclusive equipment and apparel sponsor of Xtreme Couture Gyms, in all locations. Together, Everlast and Couture will collaborate on a co-branded line of MMA equipment that will set the standard for equipment and apparel in MMA. Additionally, the partnership will work on developing grassroots programs to teach the youth, and create fitness clinics and retail concept shops.
Former Pride Owners Sue Zuffa Holding Companies, Fertittas
When Zuffa purchased Pride in March 2007, the MMA world immediately began anticipating the epic battles that would follow. However, the "Super Bowl of MMA" never materialized, and Zuffa ultimately abandoned the Pride brand in October.
Now, one year later, the acquisition appears set to provide the fireworks it initially promised -- only in the court room instead of the cage.
Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Ubon, and Dream Stage Holdings sued Pride FC Worldwide, both the Nevada and Japanese corporate entities, as well as Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta individually on April 2 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.
Lift the Ban Watch: Legal MMA in New York By 2009?
UFC executive Marc Ratner, who gained fame as the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the 1990s, told the Times Herald-Record yesterday that he believes sanctioned mixed martial arts events will be held in New York by the end of the year.
Ratner said he is hiring a lobbyist -- one he expects to name later this month -- to try to convince state politicians to bring the issue to the table in Albany.
Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia allow mixed martial arts, which is enjoying a massive surge in popularity but is banned in New York. A November UFC card held in Newark, N.J., attracted thousands of fans from New York eager to see a live event.
"We have been working on it," said Ratner, the UFC's vice president of government and regulatory affairs. "We want to get to New York and start the legislative process. I find no reason why (mixed martial arts) shouldn't be allowed in New York."
There is no overselling how huge legalizing MMA in New York would be. Madison Square Garden is the home for many of boxing's greatest fights, so for that esteemed venue to then host MMA fights would not only be a triumph of the efforts at legalization, it would also be a symbolic passing of the torch as to which sport - boxing or MMA - is the premiere combat athletic endeavor. Maybe legalization won't make liking MMA and boxing an either/or proposition, but for sure that question of which sport is on top will be raised and there's no question as to which sport has the momentum.
Boxing absolutely has the history and cultural inroads to make a strong case for it's status, but all MMA needs is time and it's got plenty of that
UFC Fight Night 13 Preview
It’s finally here: the 13th installment of the live fight show that is part of what took the Ultimate Fighting Championship to new heights. Returning to Colorado – the birthplace of the UFC – to the Broomfield Event Center is the largest organization in the world. Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon will square off in a lightweight bout to end the night, but this card is packed with 11 other fights, each and every one of them more compelling than the last. The event is going to be three hours on Spike TV, and it will be followed by the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 7, where Forrest Griffin and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be coaches before they fight for Jackson’s light heavyweight title this summer. This will be a great night for any fight fan, and you’ll be sorry if you miss it. Let’s get started with the breakdown.
The 25 Toughest Athletes (w/ 2 faces you might recognize)
Let's start a barroom argument. Who are the toughest athletes in sports? Well, hang on a second. How do you define tough? The ability to take and deliver a shot or ten? To play hurt and still play well? The utter refusal to give in to pressure, circumstance, or more physically imposing foe? To dominate one's opponents or even one's sport? How about the ability to overcome serious personal setbacks, such as a dire injury or illness, and return to the highest level of performance? How about sheer longevity in a punishing, demanding game?
We've considered all of those things while sorting through long lists of worthy candidates. Our Top 25 (in order, says us) contains some surprising choices. We've also put together a list of current notables in the four major pro sports and a photo gallery of the greatest old school toughs -- legends who are no longer active, surely to the relief of their beleaguered foes.
Armando Garcia Talks About Nick Diaz Situation
CSAC executive officer Armando Garcia spoke over the weekend about the controversy surrounding Nick Diaz being removed from the Strikeforce/EliteXC joint card on 3/29. According to Garcia, it was all about timing and medial testing prior to the fight and Diaz not being denied a license to fight or the like.
Iowa Increasing Regulatory Control Over MMA
Mixed martial arts regulation has had its ups and downs in Iowa. Lawmakers attempted to deregulate MMA this past year, but were unsuccessful. In Iowa, MMA, boxing and wrestling are regulated by the Department of Labor.
Last Wednesday a bill was passed that called for more regulation of the sport. According to WFCCourier.com, the bill would require event promoters to apply for a license and pay a fee. Organizers would subsequently report ticket sales, gross receipts and volume of attendees to the state's labor commissioner.
In addition, fighters would have to apply for a permit, as well as submit a fee and undergo both an eye exam and a physical.
"This will go a long way towards professionalizing this sport," stated Representative Jamie Van Fossen.
As the sport continues to gain popularity and grow in Iowa, the need for regulation becomes more apparent every day. The passing of the bill is a step towards the regulation already in place in states such as Nevada, New Jersey, California, and others.
Ultimate Fights Expand to Include Kids
Ultimate fighting was once the sole domain of burly men who beat each other bloody in anything-goes brawls on pay-per-view TV.
But the sport often derided as "human cockfighting" is branching out.
The bare-knuckle fights are now attracting competitors as young as 6 whose parents treat the sport as casually as wrestling, Little League or soccer.
The changes were evident on a recent evening in southwest Missouri, where a team of several young boys and one girl grappled on gym mats in a converted garage.
Two members of the group called the "Garage Boys Fight Crew" touched their thin martial-arts gloves in a flash of sportsmanship before beginning a relentless exchange of sucker punches, body blows and swift kicks...
I for one am sick of ired of the media referring to MMA as Ultimate fighting. they call it MMA later on but it is getting redundant. also, it is funny how uneducated about the sport this journalist sounds. I for one think it is OK to train them as i train an 11 year old in MMA as long as it is supervised (teach a kids class). As for actually fighting i would say i would wait until 16+ to start because i agree that it is a little too dangerous for 11, 12 and 13 year olds participating in MMA matches however i am all for them training in it.
Pat Smith's charges reduced cleared to fight
More alterations have been made to YAMMA Pit Fighting’s debut card on April 11 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has confirmed with Nick Lembo, legal counsel for the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, that Maurice Smith has pulled out of the YAMMA Pit Fighting event due to illness. FiveOuncesOfPain.com announced yesterday that Maurice Smith was tapped as a replacement for Pat Smith after Smith’s legal troubles this past weekend.
Golden Boy walks away from Affliction rumor?
MMAPayout.com has received unconfirmed reports that Golden Boy Promotions has walked away from a rumored promotional partnership with Affliction Clothing due to control issues. Affliction's promotional effort has made a splash in the industry this year, reportedly signing several high profile free agents to lucrative contracts with large signing bonuses in addition to potentially working with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.
Latest Cro Cop Interview
-First of all, welcome back (to Japan)!!
Crocop: Yes, I've come back.
---It's been a while since you last fought in Japan. How was it?
Crocop: It felt good. I didn't really notice before but when I was walking down to the ring, it was like I could hear each person's voice, the cheering hitting my ears, which was a mysterious feeling. The place felt like it was one, an atmosphere that can't be experienced at a UFC arena.
Ken Shamrock responds to steroid allegations
Last week Strikeforce world middleweight champion Frank Shamrock accused his adoptive brother, Ken Shamrock, of being a longtime user of steroids. Today, Ken issued a statement to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to counter the claims, saying they are "absolutely false."
Bidding Wars Coming to MMA? EliteXC Could Use CBS Deal to Add UFC Talent
In the sport of mixed martial arts, UFC is unquestionably the leading organization, and it's not even close. Other MMA promotions exist, but they haven't even come close to reaching the levels of popularity -- or the levels of fighting talent -- that UFC has achieved.
But EliteXC has a chance of challenging UFC, thanks to a deal that will put it on CBS. Even if they do disappointing ratings by network television standards, the fights CBS will televise on May 31 will instantly become the most-watched fights in American MMA history.
And if EliteXC is smart, it will use that to attract top fighters away from UFC.
EliteXC Fight May Hurt MMA More Than it Helps
On May 31st, MMA will debut on CBS primetime. EliteXC will televise their show live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
As a fan I'm excited about the sport finally breaking through to the major networks, but evolution always has a price. The question becomes does EliteXC have the talent to support a show on major network TV. As of right now, the answer is no. Unless the promotion makes significant signings or cross promotional fights, the stable just isn't strong enough.
Jeff Monson Interview
The ones I've signed for are Ricco Rodriguez, Kevin Randleman June 21st, I'm fighting Brad Imes May 17th and I'm fighting Paul Buentello May 31st," stated MMA heavyweight contender Jeff Monson as he talked about all the fights he has signed and lined up. Check out what he had to say about each of his upcoming opponents and you don't want to miss his thoughts on Kimbo Slice, Brock Lesnar, Ken Shamrock, Antonio Noguiera, Tim Sylvia, Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture.
Kevin Randleman Interview
After suffering from one of the nastiest staph infections that has been documented, in at least the MMA world, Kevin Randleman is ready to make his return to action. After suffering from numerous medicals problems that have sidelined him and kept him on the self he will make that return on May 18th at the next World Victory Road show in Japan. Kevin took a few minutes to sit down with MMANews.com own Chris Howie to discuss quite a few different topics in this newest MMANews.com Exclusive.
Maryland State Senate Passes MMA Bill
Despite concerns that the bill might not pass the Maryland senate those concerns were for naught. Maryland's Senate has passed the bill to regulate MMA:
John Rallo, the Canton gym owner who prompted the legalization effort, was thrilled at the vote.
"If we would have tried to get it legalized without supplying the stats and making the experts available to testify, I don't think it would have ever gotten passed," he said. "Education was the best way to get what we wanted, and I believed that all along."
Five Rounds Of News 03.21.08
A decidedly slow week for the UFC means tons of news from the rest of the MMA world. DREAM debuts and looks the most like PRIDE since...well, PRIDE. Elite XC reveals more details on their CBS deal and Fedor fought without a contract. Tons of news, tons of videos, tons of poorly phrased opinions!! Five Rounds!!