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Jake Shields Wants in With UFC
Almost immediately after the news broke that EliteXC would be shutting down, just about everyone began to speculate what would happen to its fighters. On the top of that list is Jake Shields, likely to be one of the most sought after fighters from the roster. MMAWeekly.com spoke to the first and only EliteXC welterweight champion about his future
While he won't rule out other promotions as viable contenders, it seems clear where Shields wants to go.
Anything Goes (Long, but good article about Mario Yamasaki)
The speed, drama and violence of mixed martial arts have made it the fastest-rising sport since NASCAR. Washington's Mario Yamasaki has been there from the start, breaking heads and saving lives. There is some video too.
One on on with Tyson Griffin
Listen in as Bloodyknux.Com's Tyler Horton talks with UFC LW Standout Tyson Griffin. Tyson talks preparations for his bout against Sean Sherk at UFC 90 , career retrospective, a future art career? and much more....
Exclusive: Interview with KJ Noons
It has been a rocky road between EliteXC and former lightweight champion KJ Noons over the last few months. EliteXC had been adamant about the fact they wanted to see Noons defend his title against Nick Diaz on October 4th when the organization held its third card on CBS but negotiations fell through. The fall out would lead to EliteXC stripping Noons of the belt that he had won from Diaz when it was vacant title, stating that they felt Noons was ducking Diaz for a rematch.
14 Questions for Marcus Davis
Coming off a loss to Mike Swick in June, Marcus Davis will try to bounce back Saturday against Paul Kelly at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England. “The Irish Hand Grenade” shared some old boxing stories with Sherdog.com, as well as his thoughts on various topics from music to alcoholism to his meeting with Kelly. Sherdog.com: Have you ever been rocked or knocked down during training or ever reconsidered fighting? Davis: Nope. I've never been knocked out ever in my life. A lot of people look at my boxing record and it says TKO on there -- they think it was from a knockout. It wasn't. It was from a cut. I've never been knocked out in sparring or anything. I've never ever once reconsidered fighting. I've always wanted to be a fighter. Sherdog.com: You spent a lot of time in boxing. What are some of those old-time memories? Davis: One that just popped into my head: We were all in the gym one time, and there was this guy that was supposed to come in and spar with Dana Rosenblatt, who was an undefeated Jewish boxer at the time -- and there weren't a whole lot of Jewish boxers period, you know? So bringing this kid in, he was 5-0, and so they come walking in and he's got like this entourage and they’re screaming out, "Mikey D! 5-0 Mikey D!" All cheery as hell. The kid comes in and gets his stuff on. They start sparring. Dana hit him so hard with a body shot that the guy s--t himself. There's just s--t pouring out of this guy's trunks. He ends up crawling out of the ring, and they rush him to the bathroom and he was so embarrassed, he didn't come back into the gym to get his stuff. He left right out of the side door, and they came in and gathered his stuff and they left. Never saw the kid again. I don't even know what ever happened with his career. I never followed him. I probably should have; it'd be funny to hear if he did any well at all. You know, we had lots of different stories like that. A guy came in and was kicking a bag, and back then … you don't kick bags at a boxing school. My coach said, "Don't kick the bag!" The guy kind of looked at him -- he was a bodybuilder, the guy was all beefed up -- and he starts hitting the bag again, kicked it again and my trainer walked over to him and just smashed him right in the face. The guy actually broke down and started crying. Big muscle-bound guy broke down and started crying, looked at my coach and made an apology. We just have so many crazy stories about back then when I was boxing. It was just a different time. It was 15 years ago. You know the stories of scumbag promoters and stuff like that. There's good memories and bad memories.
Submitted Oct 14, 2008 7:14AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities, General MMA, Other Combat Sports
Interview with Paul "Semtex" Daley
Paul was nice of enough to take some time to answer a few questions regarding his recent fight with Jake Shields at EliteXC:Heat, what his plans for the future are, his contract status with ProElite and what he thinks about the recent FSAC investigation into EliteXC.
KIM COUTURE interveiw-Acusses Jared Shaw of peeking over Gina Caranos towel- and other EliteXC behind the scenes at the weigh ins stuff
Love her or not, she pulls no punches. I am not sure if she isthe Charles Barkley , or Brenda Warner of mma, but she definitely pulls no punches. Even seems to like tthrowing secrets out there. It wasn't that long ago that she let slip that Kimbo got KOed by Forres in trainint, and now all this info.
Submitted Oct 10, 2008 6:28PM by hippysmacker - 14 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, Interviews, Interviews
Barnett talks AA, Fedor, Slice, Halo & More!
Josh Barnett 'The Watchman' Josh Barnett talks about Andrei Arlovski, Fedor Emelianenko, his fighting future, more video games, movieland, the fall of Kimbo Slice and Randy Couture versus Brock Lesnar. PDG: Since you brought up Kimbo; you have been in the sport for a long time. What are your thoughts on him losing to the first experienced fighter that was not a tailor-made opponent for him? Barnett: I was sitting in the bar and a bunch of people started cheering. The bar had a bunch of other fighters there and everyone was cheering except for me, I was actually upset. I wanted Kimbo to win and I was cheering for him. I wasn't real sure about him fighting Ken Shamrock because I have always been a big fan of Ken. It is really hard for me to watch Ken go out there and under perform like he has as of late compared to when I first started watching him compete. Kimbo is still a relative newcomer to this sport and I don't have any problem with how he has been brought up into the spotlight so fast. I like watching him fight and I wanted to see his ongoing progression fight to fight. I was disappointed because I wanted to see Kimbo do well.
Submitted Oct 10, 2008 1:32PM by nwowolfpack - 4 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, Interviews, UFC, World Victory Road / Sengoku
Noons: 'I’m a Free Agent'
Karl James Noons is looking towards greener pastures, which may or may not include his return to the EliteXC cage, he says. “I’m a free agent,” Noons told Sherdog.com Monday, the result of EliteXC taking back his championship belt. Noons, 25, was stripped of his EliteXC 160-pound title on Sept. 19 after the promotion said he refused to defend his title against Nick Diaz. Noons bested the mouthy Stockton, Calif. native with a first-round TKO on cuts in November 2007. Words between the fighters and their families ensued in the cage, and a rematch loomed. EliteXC attempted to promote said rematch on three separate cards since July. But Noons took umbrage with Diaz’s pay scale, which was nearly three times more than his. Private discussions spilled into the public forum when an EliteXC rep announced Noons had been given a 24-hour deadline to accept the bout. Though Noons was subsequently removed from EliteXC’s champions mantle, he said a piece is missing from the timeline. “We weren’t coming to agreements on the fight, so I gave them written notice that I’d give them the belt back five days prior before they stripped me,” he said, in the hopes of “working something out.” “I didn’t make it public, and I guess to prove a point, or maybe out of ego or whatever they want, they stripped me.” Noons said his contract, of which two fights remain, only pertains to his reign as a titleholder. "Since I’ve been stripped, I’m no longer the champion and I don’t owe them the fights," he said. "I owed them fights for being a champion.” Jeremy Lappen, EliteXC’s Head of Fight Operations, doesn’t agree. "KJ still has two more fights on his contract," Lappen said Monday. “I’m hoping we’ll work something out, but there’s really not much to work out. He’s still under contract with us.”
Submitted Oct 8, 2008 6:20AM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Eddie Bravo: "The Game Has Changed"
"A lot of fighters wanted to sit in half guard and pound them and rain elbows, but never try and pass the guard. When you have that kind of attitude, you're only going to get so far. Your game is going to be so limited and you're going to win some and lose some; you're going to bat .500 and not get very far."
Submitted Oct 6, 2008 1:59PM by scoozna - 20 comments
Filed under: Interviews, Other MMA Organizations, UFC, Miscellaneous
Ed Herman "I would like a rematch with Belcher right away"
Alan is one of the guys I wanted to fight because I thought it would be a good matchup. I thought it would be fun to stand and fight with him. I knew he would fight me…I would like a rematch with Belcher right away if I could, but we'll see what happens," stated UFC middleweight Ed Herman as he talked about his strong desire for a rematch with Alan Belcher. Check out what he had to say about their fight, his performance and much more
Nate Marquardt" I definitely want to fight Anderson...But until then I want to fight Dan Henderson"
I definitely want to fight Anderson. I don't know when I'm going to get that chance, but until then, I would like to fight Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping and anybody else out there that's a contender," stated UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt as he talked about his future plans.
Joe Riggs On Misaki And Close Call With Kimbo
Fight fans, take notice: In a small way, Joe Riggs helped create Kimbo Slice. The year is 2003. Riggs is at least a year away from his UFC debut. He’s fighting for $1,000 a show, good money for him at the time. Slice’s manager, Icy Mike, puts out a challenge to tough guys around the country – come to Florida if you think you can beat up Kimbo Slice. Win, and you get $10,000. Riggs’ manager at the time, Trevor Lally, jumps at the offer. He emails Mike and says he’s got someone for him. He offers to put up $50,000 of his own money as a show of faith. Riggs begins training in earnest and mentally preparing for a fight with Slice. But when Mike finds out about Riggs’ credentials, the door is promptly closed. “I’d of beat the (expletive) out of him,” Riggs told MMAWeekly.com. “It would have been done. No Kimbo. I would have rubbed him out and saved everyone the headaches.” Or Riggs could have videotaped his street brawls, something he jokingly wishes he did. Riggs had other things in store for his future, including a two-year stint in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. There, he met mixed results. He failed to make weight for a title fight with Matt Hughes at UFC 56 then lost the fight decisively. Batting .500 in his four post-Hughes fights, he asked to be released from his UFC contract after a spat with matchmaker Joe Silva. Other than the requisite scraps of a hotheaded MMA fighter, the closest Riggs got to Slice was a post-UFC 57 brawl with opponent Nick Diaz at the hospital where they stayed.
Submitted Sep 16, 2008 6:48AM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC, StrikeForce, Interviews
Frank Mir on Couture return, title fights and "shark" Nogueira
With filming of the eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" complete, former UFC-heavyweight champion Frank Mir is now free to focus on his December UFC interim heavyweight title clash with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Ninja Talks Upcoming Fights & Shogun Return!
Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua Update: ‘Coming to CBS’ EliteXC Middleweight Contender Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua talked with PDG about his victory over Tony Bonello, his upcoming fight against Benji Radach on the EXC-CBS Saturday Night Fights on October 4th and his brother ‘Shogun’ Rua.
Submitted Sep 12, 2008 5:37AM by nwowolfpack - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, EliteXC, General MMA, Interviews
Tanner, According to Those Who Knew Him Best
MMA will never have another Evan Tanner. To chronicle his compelling life, Sherdog.com turned to some of the people who knew him best, including those who grew up with him and watched him wrestle in high school before he began his fight career inside a rowdy rodeo coliseum in Amarillo, Texas. A Self-Taught Texan Deana Epperson grew up across the street from Tanner in Amarillo and kept in touch with him throughout the years: He was a good kid. He really didn’t mess with anybody. He didn’t even wrestle -- he pole-vaulted in junior high. He didn’t even start wrestling until our sophomore year in high school, and we were a big school. We were 5A. By our junior and senior year, he was a back-to-back state champion in wrestling. Texas is no joke with wrestling and for him to have never wrestled till 10th grade and then been a state champion in 11th and 12th grade -- that’s just incredible. He was such a renaissance man on the most basic level. He didn’t really like to admit this to people, but Evan had a photographic memory, and that’s how the big legend of Evan Tanner was true. He was a big wrestler in high school and he got the Gracie jiu-jitsu videos, and whatever he would watch somebody do, he could instantly put that into his repertoire. He was genetically gifted, he was amazingly smart, and he remembered everything he read and saw. That really explains how a guy who never really went to a dojo till he was 21 was able to do what he did. He was the first one I ever saw grab wrists to reign down elbows. And later on I saw Tito Ortiz in the corner with one of his fighters yelling, “Tanner elbows! Tanner elbows!” That’s when you know you’re the s---, is when someone is referencing you when they’re cornering someone else.
Submitted Sep 10, 2008 9:46AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, General MMA, Interviews, Miscellaneous
Jon Jones "I call my style of fighting look-see-do".
"I call my style of fighting look-see-do. If I can see it, I can try it. I pull off a lot of stuff that I see so what's going to separate me and hopefully move me up the ladder is my unique style," stated UFC up-and-coming light heavyweight Jon Jones as he talked about his style and what makes him unique. Check out what else he had to say about his recent win over Andre Gusmao, his future plans and more
Rich Franklin talks win and weight class
It wasn’t an easy job, but former UFC middleweight champ Rich Franklin got it done, stopping former training partner Matt Hamill with a liver kick in the final round of their UFC 88 fight in Atlanta. The onslaught of takedowns Franklin and many pundits expected never came, and as the fight wore on, his kicks made sure of that. His lone stay on the mat was short lived. “I just put myself in the mindset that if I ended up on my back I was comfortable there anyway, it didn’t matter to me,” he said. “I assumed that he would probably have several shot attempts that I just wouldn’t be able to defend, because he’s such high caliber wrestler. Rich franklin talks about mashida later on in the interview. Very good point he makes about having a history of bad luck vs "south paws from chute box" he is a cool guy. i love that he can joke oh my sorry i guess i got caught up in the moment
Submitted Sep 8, 2008 5:56AM by haggiswashere - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
DynaPep Signs Ultimate Fighter Rashad Evans as Spokesman
DynaPep™ announced today that they have officially signed Ultimate Fighter Rashad Evans as their National Spokesman. DynaPep™ is the World's First Supercharged energy micro-shot, manufactured and distributed by Intocell Inc www.dynapep.com . DynaPep™ will be using Evans in their National marketing campaign. Look to see Rashad online plugging DynaPep™ as well as in print and radio ads. "I am thrilled to be the DynaPep™ spokesman" said Evans, "I am looking forward to building the DynaPep brand and being part of the championship team they have assembled." Rashad Evans was born September 25th 1979 in Niagara Falls, New York. Evans is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter currently signed to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). He now trains out of Albuquerque, New Mexico with Jackson's Submission Fighting. Evans won the heavyweight division of The Ultimate Fighter 2. He holds notable wins over Hector Ramirez, Brad Imes, Sam Hoger, Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert, Sean Salmon, Michael Bisping and went to a draw against former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. Rashad is fighting former UFC champion Chuck Liddell in Atlanta on September 6th. DynaPep will be Hosting the after party at Club Pure 2793 Clairmont Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329877.850.7673404. DynaPep™ "The World's First Supercharged Energy Micro-shot is packaged in a liquid 4ml twist off top ampoule. Its time released suspension ensures hours of long lasting energy. "All active ingredients in DynaPep™ are derived from natural sources" Comments Paul Edelman, President and co-founder of Intocell and DynaPep™.
Submitted Sep 3, 2008 10:09AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities
Wanderlei Silva video on next fight, training and more
Wand talks about everything the title says. I love this guy!