BJ Penn Unlikely Source of Info for Hawaii Tsunami News Coverage
As the world watched the terrible news of another horrific earthquake -- this one epicentered in central Chile, and waited for news of a follow-up tsunami expected to hit Hawaii, UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn and his website BJPenn.com became a legitimate news outlet for information.
Penn, who incorporates frequent video blogs as part of his website, live streamed video footage of Hilo Bay on his website throughout the day. His videos were picked up by CNN and Fox News and broadcast to a worldwide viewing audience, and Penn was also interviewed by CNN regarding conditions in his area.
Though the tsunami was first expected to hit at 11 am local time, the islands had not suffered any damage as of one hour later, though there were reports of receding shorelines, an early sign of an impending tsunami strike.
The 31-year-old Penn -- a two-time UFC champion in two different weight classes -- lives in Hilo and is considered one of Hawaii's most famous athletes. He's always been among the more tech-savvy athletes in MMA, promoting his website in interviews dating back to his early days in the UFC.
He recently released an iPhone app that was a bestseller, and just a few days ago launched what he calls the "Penn Global Broadcasting Network" on his site, offering 90 channels of content.
"It's the biggest news in the world and it's coming from our iPhones," a member of Penn's entourage could be heard saying while shooting video of the bay.
Tim Sylvia vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski
Like a 59 car pile up plus a train and helicopter up on the highway.You know you should not look but how can you not when something this awsome comes along.
A matchup between former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and five-time “World’s Strongest Man” Mariusz Pudzianowski is scheduled to headline an April 23 event in Worcester, Massachusetts near Boston, according to the Boston Herald.
The card, co-promoted by Eric “Butterbean” Esch and Korean-based promotion Moosin, is also slated to include UFC veterans Rich Clementi, Yves Edwards, and Houston Alexander
Report: Bully Beatdown Gets 3rd Season
MMA fighter Jason Miller's reality series "Bully Beatdown", which has been airing on the cable network MTV, has reportedly been renewed for a 3rd season by the network. While details about the third season are scarce, the source said Miller returns as the show's host and that the pro-fighter-vs.-bully format will remain largely the same. During each 30-minute episode of the show, which debuted in March 2009, a bully victim contacts Miller, a professional MMA fighter currently under contract to Strikeforce, for help. An MMA fighter then competes against the bully, who receives cash prizes (up to $10,000) for surviving a round of grappling and a round of kickboxing with the pro. MTV has aired 16 "Bully Beatdown" episodes over two seasons, which ran from March to April and August to October of 2009. The show has been a solid performer in the men 12-34 demo, an age range that MTV primarily targets.
Barnett CSAC Appeal Delayed Yet Again
Josh Barnett's appeal to the CSAC of a failed drug test last year-take 4-scheduled for today was delayed for a 4th time because Barnett no-showed. The reason was that Barnett was in Japan to work a pro wrestling event today and wouldn't return to the US in time for the hearing. A final ruling on his appeal is now expected on April 20.
THQ VP: There’s Nothing In EA Sports MMA To Entice You To Buy It
EA, which is a very well known company and who makes big sports games, they couldn’t get our license. They were not fans of the UFC, they were not fans of mixed-martial arts–and they decided to change their business plan and became a “me-too” company and create a “me too” fighter. They couldn’t get what they really wanted, so they tried to create a game that would compete with us. We have a lot of respect for them, but there’s nothing in that game that would entice me or anyone I know that’s an MMA fan to buy it. If you want stars, the best organization, the best graphics, you’re going to stick with what you bought last year because this year’s game is even better. And the fact that we didn’t cheat or cut corners in 2010, I think our fans are going to be very happy.
—THQ Executive VP Don Gold, in an interview with , claiming EA Sports MMA can’t compete with UFC Undisputed 2010
Brian Foster Talks UFC 110 & Childhood
Brian Foster “Ready for Lytle and Australia”
PDG: You had lost your debut with the UFC but most recently beat someone close to the top ten rankings. How do you feel so far with your experiences with the promotion?
Brian Foster: In the first fight I had a lot of jitters – which is understandable, but I should have performed in the first fight like I did in the second. Had it not been for the nerves I probably would have. I knew coming into the second fight with Larson that it was get it or go – if I didn't get it they would have probably ended my contract and I wouldn't have fought for the UFC anymore. It is the biggest organization in the world and I'm happy and thankful to be a part of it.
Are State Athletic Commissions Failing Fans of MMA and Boxing?
Drug testing in professional sports has been a hot topic among fans for years. Following the implication of many professional baseball players in the use of performance-enhancing drugs, the scrutiny from the general public, the federal government, and fans of each and every sport has been on the rise. Most fans feel that throwing money at the problem could eventually bring a halt to the steroid era, but there are others who believe it will only diminish the product, a product that is supposed to be consumed as entertainment.
Lift The Ban Watch: New York To Try Legalizing MMA Again?
It appears MMA legalization will get another chance in New York this upcoming year, as the state budget proposal from NY governor David Patterson reportedly includes a proposal to legalize MMA in the state. The state of New York is currently $7 billion in the hole, and the belief is that major MMA events could bring in between $10 million-$15 million per event.
Hulk Hogan: MMA is spanking the WWE pay-per-view business, brother
"MMA is spanking the WWE as far as the pay-per-view stuff. Dana White and the UFC has done an amazing job, and it's all about timing. The UFC was ready to close its doors, they were losing a ton of money, they were going under, they were getting ready to go out of business, and then they did a reality show called The Ultimate Fighter. They developed the characters; they made people care about the fighters; the people found out who the fighters were; they breathed life into the fighters. That's what I want to do with TNA. They've got the best talent in the world down there, but no one is breathing life into the characters. I have learned a ton of stuff from MMA, watching them. They remind me of TNA. Ton of talent, but no one has put that Frankenstein, shock the monster, breath some life into the characters. I learned a ton from MMA, and I get along great with Dana White -- he's awesome."
Big John is back...but not as a ref!
Dave Meltzer gets the news that the beloved referee Big John McCarthy will be working his first Zuffa event since The Ultimate Fighter 6 finale two years ago. However, McCarthy will be working as a judge instead of a referee at WEC 46 scheduled to take place on January 10th in Sacramento...
UFC Fan Expo Set for Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th-29th
This past July, the first-ever UFC Fan Expo took the sports world by storm, as fans celebrated the past, present, and future of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. So by popular demand, the UFC, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, has announced that the second UFC Fan Expo will take place May 28-29, 2010, back in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
The jam-packed two-day event, occurring during Memorial Day Weekend 2010, will provide fans with the opportunity to experience a number of special events, fighter appearances, autograph signings, and training & development sessions with elite fighters and industry leaders.
Over 200 leading companies are expected to exhibit, covering 200,000 gross square feet of space, and will feature apparel, electronic gaming, food & beverages, fight gear, fitness equipment and supplies, nutritional supplements, lifestyle products, and much more...
Junie Browning Returns To Action, Wins At MMA Big Show
And he's still Junie Browning. The former TUF contestant and UFC castoff beat Scott Cornwell by first-round submission at last night's MMA Big Show event in Indiana, but then showed that he really hasn't changed mentally or emotionally since being kicked out of UFC. After his win, Browning reportedly made deragatory comments to the event's female attendees, who were invited to "line up" for his post-fight celebration. He's also got an arrest warrant out on him for missing a court date related to an October arrest in Nevada, though Browning stated it was a simple scheduling mistake and will be taken care of when he returns to the state.
Eiler's Killer Sentenced
CALDWELL -- A Nampa man accused of killing his stepson last Christmas will spend up to 15 years in prison.
Back in September, a Canyon County jury convicted 48-year-old James Malec of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Justin Eilers.
Eilers was a pro mixed-martial arts fighter and former Nampa High School wrestler.
Deputies say Malec shot Eilers in a disturbance that escalated during a family gathering on Christmas night 2008.
Coolio Replaces DMX In MMA Brawl
Ok first off not tolling here.
Second F'n hilarious.
Coolio will be replacing DMX in the anticipated MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) brawl that DMX backed away from last week.
As reported earlier, DMX was slated to jump in the ring against fighter Eric Martinez next month but the rapper pulled out citing safety concerns.
The promoter for the fight, Thunder Promotions, claimed that DMX wanted the fight fixed and they shot down his request.
According to TMZ, Coolio will now be taking on Martinez in Alabama on December 12th.
Thunder Promotions claims Coolio is taking the upcoming brawl ‘seriously’.
Coming Soon: The First MMA Minor League System
Every major pro sport has feeder systems-minor league baseball, NBDL, AHL, NCAA Football. Soon, MMA will have PMMAL. In an effort to help develop the next generation of MMA stars while providing investors a chance to own their own professional sports franchise, Englebrecht announced Wednesday the launch of the Professional Mixed Martial Arts League (PMMAL). Set to begin play in early 2010, the PMMAL (www.pmmal.com) will award charter ownerships to teams in eight specific areas including six Southern California counties and Las Vegas.
Joe Warren Off Vale Tudo Japan 2009, Cory Grant In (Updated)
A last-minute change has been made to the upcoming Vale Tudo Japan 2009 event at JCB Hall in Tokyo on October 30. A torn knee ligament suffered in training means Joe Warren is off and will not face Rumina Sato. Cory Grant, Warren's teammate a former college wrestler at Michigan, is the replacement.
Update: Warren's manager says the reason for the withdrawal is NOT an injury but being unable to agree to terms for the fight. Warren is not injured.
Salmon Suspended 1 Year, Fined $2500
Former UFC fighter Sean Salmon has been given a 1-year administrative suspension and a $2500 fine by the Ohio Athletic Commission for for "not fighting to the best of his ability" and "conduct detrimental to the sport." The suspension and fine resulted from a Sept. 2 column for MMAjunkie.com in which Salmon, who is author of the site's "Full-Time Fighter" blog, said he allowed opponent Allan Weickert to tap him out a June 6 NAAFS event in Ohio. The suspension is retroactive and ends June 6, 2010, but apparently didn't stop Salmon from beating Yuki Sasaki by decision in Finland this past weekend.