One-on-one with Mark Cuban
Cuban is the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the co-founder of the high definition television channel HDNet. In October 2007, Cuban built upon HDNet's past mixed martial arts telecasts, diving head first into the MMA ring with the start of his promotion, HDNet Fights. I conducted an e-mail interview with him this past weekend in which he discussed everything from entrepreneurship to pro basketball to where the sport of MMA is headed. What follows is the transcript of that interview.
Its interesting what Cuban has to say about the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. It is something that soon the UFC could indeed be made to follow.
Randy Couture’s incorrect proclamation
During a recent HDNet Fights card, Randy Couture publicly announced that he would be free to fight Fedor Emelianenko come October 2008.
UFC President Dana White completely disagrees.
“I expect Randy Couture to honor his contract. He is the heavyweight champion of the UFC. Until he either retires or fulfills his contract, he fights for the UFC,” said White.
White already knows the next fight that will be lined up for Couture.
“Nogueira and Sylvia are fighting for the interim title, and the winner will fight Randy.”
EDIT: i just found another piece of info that i tought was very interesting
this is from bloody elbow
The most notable part comes at the end, when Dana says Randy is still heavyweight champ, and the Nogueira/Sylvia fight is for the interim title.
UFC contracts have "champions clauses" in them that extend the contract by a year or more if the fighter is still champion when the contract expires. Until things are settled or worked out, they won't strip him, because it stops him from fighting for another full year from July.
Telling the media that he had "accomplished all that I could as a fighter" following his Dec. 8 bout with Ricky Hatton, Floyd Mayweather intimated that he would be happy to retire with a perfect 39-0 record and the unofficial title of best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.
But if Mark Cuban is to be believed, the 30-year-old pugilist has a prescient sense of history and wants to add one more chapter to his inevitable self-congratulatory autobiography -- Mayweather could become the first boxer in his career prime to risk hyper-extended ligaments in a mixed martial arts contest.
Mayweather, Cuban said, will be involved in some capacity with the billionaire's fledging HDNet Fights promotion and will visit MMA gyms in the coming months to gauge his interest in an open-style fight.
Karo Parisyan Discusses Possible April Fight Date
Outspoken UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan (18-4 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was a guest on the latest installment of HDNet’s “Inside MMA,” and during the one-hour episode, he shared information on his next possible fight, as well as his thoughts on women competing in MMA.
Salmon's Future In HDNet Uncertain
After being pulled from 2 separate bouts in HDNet fights, the most recent being this past weekend, former UFC fighter Sean Salmon's future with the promotion is very uncertain, according to HDNet executive & matchmaker Guy Mezger.
Miller, Trigg Set Stage for Rematch
DALLAS, Dec. 15, 2007 -- Maybe it was the upgraded fight card, or it could have been the free "Halloween" DVD giveaway that brought in 6,754 people to the American Airlines Center for the second HDNet Fights event.
Either way, there was a special energy as the show came out swinging with a card that did not disappoint.
Andrei Arlovski To Leave The UFC?
Andrei Arlovski appeared at the HDNet Fights show in Dallas, Tx last night. And made a brief statement at the post fight press conference regarding his status.
“I will fight very soon,” Arlovski stated about his fight career.
According to MMAWeekly.com, sources close to Arlovski have stated that they are waiting out his UFC contract which according to them expires in April and at that time will move to another organization.
Mayhem on HDNet Fights
All you HD snobs out there in MMA land will get to see the evolution of Mark Cuban's latest gamble come Saturday on HDNet as well as the ever-growing monkey problem in MMA, mass proliferation of neck-beards and a good old fashioned thug-jitsu seminar.
HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon Preview
A decent preview regarding the fights going on during the HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon event this weekend. Specifically, the article runs through the entire card, and has some insight on some of the more unknown fighters.
WEC 31 and HDNet: Reckless Abandon (Preview)
After an exciting finale to the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) this past weekend, I think it’s safe to say that the state of mixed martial arts is definitely good. Even with some disappointing and sad news in the sport, such as UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk being stripped of his title for testing positive for steroids and MMA’s first death in 35-year-old Sammy Vazquez, the sport is still growing rapidly. And that’s why we are having more and more great events, even outside of the UFC. Cases in point are the two events on the docket this week. First up on Wednesday is the best card in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) history with WEC 31. There are three title fights on this card, plus the debut of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in both the WEC and the 145-pound featherweight division. And then on Saturday, Mark Cuban’s HDNet organization holds their second big event. They have some notable big names on this card, and it seems as though they are growing by the day. Signings of guys like Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Frank Trigg, and Yves Edwards have been huge for this budding company. Here is the preview of the both events, with my picks for each fight.