MMA Couple's Split Gets Ugly
Very ugly. Female MMA fighter Erin Toughill and her husband, fighter Clark Bevans, have been going through an ugly divorce battle that has gotten uglier thanks to the TMZ website revealing details claiming she beat him up during drug-induced rages and made other allegations against him. The couple came into the spotlight through the MSNBC documentary series "Warrior Nation".
Remembering Eric Armington
Growing up in unforgiving South Boston, Eric Armington knew something about being an underdog in life. Fortunately, he never let that status define him and never let it get in the way of what he wanted to get out of life, a life that was tragically cut short last Saturday in a motorcycle accident in Canton, Massachusetts.
MMA Submission: The MMA/College Wrestling Pipeline
Check out about 30 seconds of any Phil Davis match , and it's obvious why the kid is college wrestling's latest hot MMA prospect. He's a four-time All-American who just won his first national title as a senior. The Penn Stater is an athletic freak, with gi-enormous arms and surprising power for his lanky 197-pound frame. Throw in plenty of personality (he swears he's a sewing addict) and it's obvious why Team Takedown, a year-old organization that "hires" former wrestlers and pays them a salary and living expenses, is after Davis hard. "He's probably our No. 1 target," says TT founder Ted Ehrhardt. "He could be a really good one."
Davis may be the top target, but he's not the only one. Here are two more prospects, according to an informal poll of college wrestling coaches, MMA trainers and fighters with a wrestling background.
J.D. Bergman, Ohio State: He just lost in the NCAA finals. But he's a long, lean heavyweight who moves well for a big guy. Here's a clip of him defeating Davis last year at 197 pounds . Plus, if you saw the NCAA championships this year, he does an amazing Governator. "He would do well," says one coach of a top-five program. "You gotta be mean to make it in MMA. He looks and sounds nice, but I have no doubt he'd be good at punching people in the face."
UFC Referee Dan Miragliotta Recounts Run-In With Fan At UFC 83
Many outlets have erroneously reported that a crazed fan attacked 6-4, 296 pound UFC referee Dan Miragliotta who promptly put the fan in a rear naked choke before other authorities arrived to make the arrest.
Miragliotta recounted his side of the story about his run-in with the fan in an email to Mr. Sunshine:
The only thing, is that he wasn’t going after me he was charging either GSP or the ring. I just happened to be in between him and his targets. I was asked by the UFC to help with security when the 2 fighters entered the ring area. They where more worried about Matt then GSP.
Calvin Ayre Retires, BodogFight Done
Officially putting the presumptive final nail in the coffin of BodogFight, Bodog head mogul Calvin Ayre announced his retirement yesterday. Sources indicate that although the Bodog empire will continue on, likely focusing on gaming, BodogFight-the MMA arm of the group-is now defunct.
Interesting Article on Michael Westbrook
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was early evening at Arizona Combat Sports and the man behind the counter had his feet propped on a desk and his hands folded comfortably behind his head.
A visitor inquired about the whereabouts of Michael Westbrook.
"I'm Michael Westbrook,'' the man said as he stood and offered a handshake and smile.
Those are gestures Westbrook couldn't offer with much certainty or happiness a decade ago in the middle of a turbulent NFL career, when outrageous expectations, eggs bouncing off his front door and rumors about his sexual orientation made life miserable.
As Westbrook, 35, began giving a tour of the mixed-martial arts training facility, he was downright gleeful. Funny, but the writer and photographer he guided are members of the media, a group Westbrook collectively despised when he was playing wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and failing to live up to the lofty expectations that came with being the fourth overall pick in the 1995 draft.
California Moving To Add Amateur MMA
CSAC executive director Armando Garcia is hoping to make amateur MMA legal in California by the end of the year. Currently, only "professional" MMA is legal in the state. The program, if approved, would likely start in December or January '09 with stricter rules for amateur fights.
Korean MMA Star Not Fighting Again For 2+ Years
South Korea's millitary just got a giant commitment...literally. Hong-Man Choi, the 7'2", 350 pound MMA giant, has enrolled in the Korean military for a mandatory 24-27 month period of service, required because he is from South Korea. He had put it off for sometime, but decided to do it now.
Fedor Carries Olympic Torch in St. Petersburg
In a traditional lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, the Olympic torch touched down in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday before heading off to England and France, continuing its world tour.
The torch was taken along a 12-mile route through the wide streets and boulevards of the historical river city by a relay of 80 Russian sporting champions, cultural icons and national heroes.
Triggonomics In The Squared Circie Soon?
That's a possibility. Former UFC & PRIDE fighter Frank Trigg is reportedly in talks with the TNA Wrestling promotion about becoming a full-time announcer with the promotion. Trigg is scheduled to work the promotion's next PPV on April 13.
Rachelle Leah Playboy cover coming soon
That’s right, numerous sources are reporting the former UFC Octagon Girl and current host of “UFC All Access,” Rachelle Leah, will grace the cover of Playboy sometime in the near future.
No exact date is known at this time.
Kim Couture wins in MMA debut
PORTLAND, Ore. – Kim Couture won her mixed martial arts debut Saturday by stopping Jessica Cruz late in the third round during a Full Contact Fighting Federation event at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Ore.
After both fighters experienced long periods of inactivity on the mat, Couture mounted Kruse and began raining down punches until the referee stepped in to save Cruz at the 1:43 mark.
UFC & Spike TV Upbeat on Ratings
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC Fight Night 13 and Ultimate Fighter season seven premiere teamed up with Spike TV’s new original series “DEA” to draw the highest cable ratings of the night from 7 p.m. to Midnight ET/PT on Wednesday night in the valued Men 18-49 and Men 25-34 demographics. The five-hour time slot brought in a 1.42 rating in the Men 18-49 demographic and 1.83 in the Men 25-34 demographic.
Season seven of The Ultimate Fighter scored an overall household rating of 1.3, which averages out to about 1.7 million viewers. The demographic breakdown had the premiere doing a 1.8 with Men 18-49 and 2.21 with Men 18-34.
MMA trading cards: Donruss Ring Kings coming soon
“With the release of Donruss Americana II, Ring Kings will feature some of the top stars in MMA, including three-time UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, reigning UFC welterweight titleholder Matt Serra, World Extreme Cagefighting kingpin Urijah Faber and Canadian superstar Georges St. Pierre. Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin and Dan Henderson will also be included.” .
Green Jackets & Frozen Feet Tougher Than MMA
At least according to Sports Illustrated. They recently rated the 25 toughest athletes in all sports, and the highest-ranked MMA fighter was #3-Anderson Silva, ranked only behind Iditarod champion Lance Mackey at #2 and Tiger Woods at #1. The only other MMA fighter on the list was Fedor at #8.
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.
Rooney gets the most out of MMA fighters
Just holding a black belt in jiu-jitsu will no longer cut it in mixed martial arts. A solid amateur wrestler background won't get the job done, either.
MMA has evolved into a more complex sport. Physical skills and technical know-how might get a fighter into the game, but it won't take him to the top.