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Ultimate Fights Expand to Include Kids
(optimum.net)
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.
Submitted Mar 27, 2008 8:13AM by jiujitsufreak74 - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Pat Smith's charges reduced cleared to fight
(http)
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.
Submitted Mar 27, 2008 8:02AM by Porch28 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Golden Boy walks away from Affliction rumor?
(mmapayout.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 26, 2008 4:30PM by Porch28 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Latest Cro Cop Interview
(dreamfighters.com)
-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.
Submitted Mar 26, 2008 4:28PM by Porch28 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Ken Shamrock responds to steroid allegations
(mmajunkie.com)
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."
Submitted Mar 25, 2008 12:31PM by Porch28 - 18 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Bidding Wars Coming to MMA? EliteXC Could Use CBS Deal to Add UFC Talent
(sports.aol.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 25, 2008 7:53AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, UFC, General MMA
 
EliteXC Fight May Hurt MMA More Than it Helps
(bleacherreport.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 25, 2008 7:49AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Jeff Monson Interview
(fighthype.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 24, 2008 1:59PM by Porch28 - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Kevin Randleman Interview
(mmanews.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 23, 2008 9:06AM by Porch28 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Maryland State Senate Passes MMA Bill
(baltimoresun.com)
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." .
Submitted Mar 22, 2008 10:31PM by juanez13 - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Five Rounds Of News 03.21.08
(411mania.com)
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!!
Submitted Mar 21, 2008 10:26AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities, EliteXC
 
Washingtonpost.com bashing MMA and CBS Deal with ProElite
(washingtonpost.com)
Washington Post writer equates CBS/ProElite Deal to televising the Lions killing Christians in the Coliseum. Has some good quotes from a CBS executive and his interest in MMA. It also explains that this is a Deal with the Entertainment branch of CBS not with CBS Sports Branch, but gives a reason for that also. Very good insight what some other sports viewers think of MMA.
Submitted Mar 20, 2008 2:16AM by McBee - 7 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, General MMA
 
Frye Bows Out of Yamma; Taktarov to Face Pat Smith
(sherdog.com)
Don Frye (Pictures) has pulled out of a scheduled April 11 main event against Oleg Taktarov for the debuting Yamma Pit Fighting promotion, Sherdog.com learned Wednesday. Taktarov will instead face UFC 1 tournament entrant Patrick Smith, according to Smith's co-managers Francois Nguyen and Tommy Rojas. A contract is expected to be signed and returned this week. Hurray for the MMA Senior Tour!
Submitted Mar 20, 2008 12:19AM by ncordless - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Rumor: NBC to broadcast MMA
(mmanews.com)
check out link. It's brief enough.
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 10:24AM by babytater03 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Who's No. 2 at 205?
(sherdog.com)
All too often, being No. 2 in the world just doesn't cut it. Go ahead and ask John Kerry or the New England Patriots, two recent examples that second place is really just the first loser. In MMA, however, where the No. 1 light heavyweight spot has been defiantly claimed by a howling, chained figure called Rampage, second best will have to do. MMA debates can rage on for decades -- just ask an old timer: Gracie or Sakuraba? -- and so it only makes sense that with a clear No. 1, the discussion of No. 2 begins. For the fighters, this isn't a discussion of second best (they all think they're the best) as much as it is a discussion of who's in line for the next title shot. With Quinton Jackson the undeniable top 205 pounder in the world, let's take a look at the potential candidates, in no particular order, for No. 2.
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 7:41AM by grappler0000 - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Pele is ‘Nuts'
(sherdog.com)
Such is the belief of Gill, who gave a quick update on Revolution Fight Team member Jose Landi-Jons (Pictures). The Brazilian suffered an abhorrent lower leg injury two weeks ago at TKO 32 that saw both his tibia and fibula break clean through his skin. "Pele is nuts, man!" Gill said with an incredulous laugh. "He broke his leg on Thursday, had surgery, came back in the gym on Monday and he was walking no crutches or nothing. So four days later he was running around, talking Brazilian and yelling at everybody -- he's crazy man." Then Gill said something truly scary about the man who is widely regarded as having some of the hardest leg kicks in MMA: "Before he used to beat the crap out of us, and now he's got metal in his leg like a baseball bat to beat us up with, so I'm not looking forward to that." Wow! I broke my leg when i was about 13/14 an hobbled around like girl for weeks! Pele is hard core!!! Here the rest of the If anyone wants it. Its a pretty good read.
Submitted Mar 11, 2008 10:31PM by SmileR - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
ANDERSON SILVA STANDS ALONE AT MIDDLEWEIGHT
(mmaweekly.com)
1. Anderson Silva The questions regarding Anderson Silva now aren’t so much about whom in the middleweight division can defeat him, but who in mixed martial arts? He has had six fights since entering the Octagon – capturing the UFC championship in only his second bout for the promotion – and he has yet to be taken outside of the second round. Finishing off Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Travis Lutter, Chris Leben, and Rich Franklin… twice, what else is left for him? Yushin Okami is a likely challenger, but now speculation has started that he may soon have to step outside of the middleweight division for a marquee challenge. 2. Paulo Filho Despite rumors of recent bouts with depression, what really counts in MMA is what happens in the cage, and there is no questioning of Filho’s accomplishments there. A training partner of Ricardo Arona and Anderson Silva, he has managed to keep his perfect record intact, to an impressive 16 wins and no defeats. He will rematch Chael Sonnen later this month in defense of his World Extreme Cagefighting championship, but despite early struggles in their first bout, he still found a way to win, as he always has. 3. Rich Franklin The only man to stop Franklin since he emerged in the UFC has been Anderson Silva, and so far, that hasn’t seemed to be anything to be ashamed of, as Silva has been running rough shod through everyone. Franklin has remained a constant contender in the division by defeating everyone else he has faced, including Okami, Jason MacDonald, Evan Tanner, Dave Loiseau, and others.
Submitted Mar 9, 2008 6:39PM by SmileR - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Kim Couture To Make MMA Debut April 5
(sports.yahoo.com)
Kim Couture is set to make her MMA debut on April 5 in Chael Sonnen’s fight promotion, the Full Contact Fighting Federation. Her opponent, Jessica Cruz, will also be making her MMA debut. While this isn't exactly huge news, I thought some people may be interested. I've read on a few forums that people say she is not interested in moving into MMA so here's the proof that she is. Considering what she showed in her smoker fight, this could turn out badly. By the way, If this has been posted before then I apologize. I used the search feature and nothing came up so I decided to go ahead and post it.
Submitted Mar 9, 2008 1:43PM by Silent-Sir - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
 
GIs battle Joes in exhibition fights
(ftleavenworthlamp.com)

A Command and General Staff College student and an Army Reserve Soldier demonstrated their martial arts prowess at a recent sporting exhibition as part of an Army recruiting event. CGSC student Maj. Rob Pickel and 1st. Lt. Joe Proctor, of the 8th U.S. Army, were two of 14 Soldiers to fight in the GIs versus Joes II combative sports event Feb. 22 at the Saint Charles Family Arena near St. Louis. Army Recruiting Battalion St. Louis partnered with Kick International to sponsor the event, which drew about 3,000 people, said an event organizer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Army Emergency Relief fund. The Soldiers did well winning six of the 14 matches, which were divided by weight class, said Pickel, who won his fight in a three-round decision. Mixed martial arts is similar to what is used in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, said Pickel, a Special Forces officer.
what do you guys think about the Army implementing MMA more and more. they said it was a good outreach for the youth of America, do you guys think that is a good application of MMA. and how about their interpretation of MMA, is it accurate enough or does it leave a bad taste in your mouth? I just found this article really interesting and i thought i would share it with you.
Submitted Mar 9, 2008 11:59AM by jiujitsufreak74 - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Fedor a free agent? Not so fast.
(mmaweekly.com)
On Thursday, new cracks appeared in M-1 Global’s façade. Apy Echteld, a co-manager of Fedor Emelianenko and development executive in the upstart promotion, confirmed to ESPN’s Ryan Hockensmith that the top-ranked fighter and M-1 would be separating next week. Emelianenko was M-1’s first talent acquisition when the consortium of Russian and American promoters came together in October of 2007. The report on ESPN.com also stated that both Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White and Echteld would be open to discussions concerning the possibility of having Emelianenko face UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture in the Octagon. M-1 President and CEO Monte Cox, however, was adamant that the Russian superstar is still a part of his promotion. “As of right now, M-1 Global and Fedor are still working together,” he told MMAWeekly.com. Cox declined to comment about the ESPN article, but said M-1’s plans were still underway for its first event on American soil, a June 14 card at the Sears Center in the Chicago area, still expected to feature Emelianenko. The show has been rescheduled from a May 3 date at the Allstate Arena, also in the Chicago area. M-1’s first venture with Emelianenko, a co-promotion with Fight Entertainment Group and other Japanese promoters on New Year’s Eve, was a success according to Cox. Since then, rumors of difficulties between the American and Russian factions of the partnership have persisted. “But as of now, Fedor still belongs to M-1 Global,” stated Cox.
Submitted Mar 7, 2008 5:57AM by Pookie - 9 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
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