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Tom Atencio Discusses the Fall of Affliction Entertainment
There are still plenty of questions surrounding the demise of Affliction Entertainment and their sudden reconciliation with the UFC. One man who can answer most of them is Tom Atencio. The vice president of Affliction Entertainment was the face of the organization during its short existence.
Submitted Jul 29, 2009 8:26AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: Affliction, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Aleksander Emelianenko: "Vadim Finkelstein Uses Fedor for His Own Business Projects"
In regards to strict terms of UFC contract, we asked Aleksander Emelianenko to comment: "You can deal with UFC, I know that they have flexible contract system. All these talks about "strict" contract terms with signing with UFC, come ONLY from Vadim Finkelstein, who wants to push his owns business projects through Fedor's fights"
Mark Cuban: Affliction Did Right Thing
The demise of Affliction Entertainment will not simply go away after one press release. The fact of the matter is that they had a lot of partners involved. One of those partners was Mark Cuban's HDNet television network, which was scheduled to air the undercard of the now-canceled "Affliction: Trilogy."
Submitted Jul 28, 2009 10:09AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: Affliction, Miscellaneous, Interviews
Forrest Griffin Talks Tito Ortiz Rematch, Pool Tricks and Kenny Powers
When I spoke to Forrest Griffin about his upcoming showdown against Anderson Silva at UFC 101 on August 8, I got the sense that he wanted to talk about anything but that fight. Fine by me. The former UFC light heavyweight champion is one of the most personable and funny fighters in MMA.
‘Flo’ Job: An MMAmania.com UFC 101 interview exclusive with Kenny Florian
It’s been roughly three years since Kenny Florian’s first title shot in which he lost a bloody, five round battle to mixed martial arts veteran Sean Sherk at UFC 64. Needless to say, a lot has changed since that juncture in his career. Six consecutive victories over top lightweight contenders including Roger Huerta, Joe Stevenson, and Joe Lauzon and Florian once again finds himself in the familiar number one contender spot. This time around, however, he’s a little older and a little wiser — and some may argue a completely revamped and weakness-free fighter.
Paul 'Semtex' Daley: 'I'm Still in Disbelief'
British striker Paul "Semtex" Daley was wrapping up nearly nine weeks of training for his Aug. 1 showdown against former IFL champ Jay Hieron when he learned of the Affliction "Trilogy" cancellation. "I was and I'm still in disbelief," Daley tells FanHouse. "I put a lot of effort into this camp, training and financially. It's left me [expletive]."
Griffin Reacts to Affliction's Demise
It's safe to say that Forrest Griffin will have a job in the UFC for the remainder of his MMA career. The fighter who is largely credited for resurrecting the promotion as a result of his April 2005 fight against Stephan Bonnar on Spike TV should expect nothing less.
Mark "The Hammer" Coleman Speaks
Mark Coleman sat down with The Playground Bullies to answer some questions about his family, fighting at UFC 100 and his plans for the future.
Submitted Jul 25, 2009 7:56PM by FlashyG - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Jon Fitch Talks Facial Hair, Brock Lesnar and Who He Would 'Love' to Face Next
The last time we spoke to Jon Fitch he talked about getting engaged the day after UFC 100. But that wasn't the only exciting thing to happen to him that weekend. Fitch won his second fight in a row (and 17th in 18 fights), defeating Paul Thiago via unanimous decision. The victory surely meant a lot to Fitch because Thiago had shockingly defeated his American Kickboxing Academy team member, Josh Koscheck, in February. FanHouse spoke to Fitch about what's next for him and the funky goatee he sported on ESPN.com's MMA Live after the bout. The full interview is below.
Vitor Belfort Talks Possible Fight with Fedor
Check out the video with Vitor Belfort as he talks about a possible fight next week with Fedor, as well as how he is preparing not knowing his opponent.
Submitted Jul 24, 2009 1:06PM by BrutalKnockOut - 1 comment
Filed under: Affliction, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Dave Jansen ready to ‘hang with anybody in the WEC’
one of the most dangerous 155 pound fighters in the world is set to take the the wec’s lightweight division by storm.
One of the most dangerous 155 pound fighters in the world is set to take the the WEC’s lightweight division by storm. Undefeated Dave Jansen boasts an impressive record of 12-0 and trains among the animals from Team Quest Portland. Just ask anyone from his highly respected gym and they will freely admit that Jansen is one of the hardest training fighters they have come across.
Georges St. Pierre: Winning would mean everything against Anderson Silva
“If I fight Anderson Silva one day, if this fight happens, I’m going to take an extra month to make sure that my weight is at 200 pounds minimum. I want to get bigger and I’m going to take some extra time to do that because if I do it I want to do it well. And if I do it I want to win … there is only one thing on my mind. I’m not going to do it just to try. If I do it it’s to win. It depends on the timing — right now is not good timing for me, but maybe one day it will be. “
Fedor Emelianenko talks Affliction, UFC and a superfight with Brock Lesnar (Video)
Dana White Thinks Mazzagatti is the Worst Referee in the Business
Follow the link for a short video of Dana White talking to radio show hosts Opie and Anthony about Steve Mazzagatti, who he believes is the worst referee in the business.
Kimbo Slice: ‘I don’t mind being a gatekeeper’ for UFC heavyweight division
“I guess it’s safe to say I don’t mind being a gatekeeper. Eventually, you got something you want to get. A drive for something, you know what I’m saying? And I guess I’m still searching for that inner me, I’m still searching for something. Until I find it, and until my fire is done, I’m a fighter…. Eventually, you want that title around your waist, that’s eventually the goal. But it don’t happen, just line them up.” Less than confident words from the preseason star of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10, Kimbo Slice. UFC President Dana White shocked the mixed martial arts community not too long ago, announcing that the former bareknuckle Miami street brawler had taken him up on his offer to compete on the tournament-style Spike TV-produced program. His timing may not be the best — TUF 10 features former IFL champion, Roy Nelson, UFC veteran Wes Sims and several former NFL players, among others. So will Slice prove White (who predicted he would never win a TUF show back in Oct. 2008 when he first made the bold offer) and all the other doubters wrong or can he hang with the big boys? Find out on Sept. 16, 2009, at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV. For now, have at it in the comments section below.
Is Brock Lesnar turning the UFC into a joke?
Company president Dana White tells ESPN.com that he doesn’t think so whatsoever: “Probably the most insane thing that I have ever heard about the UFC in my life is that it’s fake…. As far as whether or not one fight makes the UFC a joke — [because of what a guy had to say after his fight] — I don’t see how that makes an entire sport a joke. The reality is that everyone knows how good Frank Mir is — he’s a former world champion who just came back from a terrible motorcycle accident. What Brock Lesnar did in the Octagon [against him] and has accomplished in the Octagon is amazing. The guy is an incredible athlete, whether he came from the WWE or not. He’s an amazing athlete. I cannot explain why he said what he said or did what he did after the fight. But I don’t think it takes away from who he is as an athlete or takes anything away from the sport of mixed martial arts…. He got caught up in the moment … and went a little nutty…. It was a great night of fights. I don’t think anybody is going to be turned off by one guy’s fight and what he said after it. He had a great fight and an amazing performance. I don’t think anybody is going to be that turned off by what one guy says after his fight and never watch mixed martial arts again.”
10 Questions for Lorenzo Fertitta
He’s the majority owner of the most successful fight promotion in the world -- yet Lorenzo Fertitta rarely takes centerstage. However, to commemorate UFC 100, fans were treated to a special one-hour question and answer session with the reserved billionaire casino owner last Saturday at the UFC Expo in Las Vegas. With the fans at the helm, here are some highlights: We have “The Ultimate Fighter” for the 155ers on Spike TV, but what about something for the 135- and 145-pounders on Versus? Fertitta: We talked a lot about developing some sort of reality show for Versus. Now, we certainly don’t want to copy “The Ultimate Fighter” and what we’ve done on Spike, but we have been working on concepts where we can try to find new talent, bring new talent back to the WEC. You will see something happen where we have some kind of a show that will be a breeding ground for new talent to get into the WEC. There’s an online petition called FedorChant.com, where a thousand people are going to cheer “Fedor” (Emelianenko) during the main event (at UFC 100). Is that going to put more pressure on you, and just the fact that Fedor doesn’t want to sign because of sambo, was that something that you’d ever overlook? ...
Coleman has alot of respect for Bonnar
Mark Coleman – The Hammer Talks UFC 100
Submitted Jul 10, 2009 3:30AM by nwowolfpack - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews, PrideFC
Retirement update: Chuck Liddell to sit out until at least April 2010 to heal his brain
“I haven’t personally made a decision one way or the other. Hopefully my brain can heal over time. The shot last fight is something that normally wouldn’t hurt me. I think I need at least some time off from getting hit. I’m going to take time off sparring then. I’ll train still. Still gonna roll. I’ll probably do a little more jiu-jitsu than normal because I like it. It’s fun.” Former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell plans to take a year off to unscramble his brains before making a decision on retirement. “The Iceman” is coming off a technical knockout loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97: “Redemption” from the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, back in April. It marked the fourth loss in his last five fights. Company president Dana White has pressed his good friend and big time money-making machine to hang up the gloves, saying he has made a ton of cash and has nothing left to prove. Liddell — who will be forty years old by the time April 2010 rolls around — clearly needs more time. Sit tight, Maniacs, this one is far from over.
TSN: "OTR", "Next question" and "1 on 1" with Wand (3 vids)
EDIT: OOPS, One more Talks training and the best fighters Soft ball questions as always, but a fun interview to watch. Talks UFC 100 predictions and retirement