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Eddie Alvarez Talks Future & More!
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
Eddie Alvarez 'Waiting for a Fight' Lightweight rising superstar Eddie Alvarez took some time to talk with PDG about the fall of EliteXC, his DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix experience, training and what the future holds for his mixed martial arts career.

PDG: Your scheduled fight against Nick Diaz was canceled when EliteXC went bankrupt last month; what were your thoughts when you got the news? Alvarez: It was very unfortunate as I was about five weeks into my training for the fight. I was really looking forward to that fight and the whole situation just basically sucked. It was very important for me to win a title in America on national television. Shit happens and it wasn't the first time in my career. There was a similar situation when I was fighting for Bodog. I'm looking forward to moving on and signing with another American company that has a television presence.
Submitted Nov 8, 2008 6:59PM by nwowolfpack - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, EliteXC, Dream, Interviews
 
Brocks Big Plan: Be Bigger
(mmamania.com)

I expect to walk in [to the Octagon] about 275, 280. That’s one of the things we took into consideration when we took this fight. We’re younger, we’re stronger, we’re faster and this guy’s on his way out and we’re going to make sure that happens. We’ve watched every single one of Randy’s fights a number of different times…there really are no comparables to me and the rest of the guys he’s fought because none of them have the wrestling credentials that I have. He has trouble with bigger guys, guys [like Barnett and Rodriguez] who knew how to control him. Tim Sylvia and Gabriel Gonzaga didn’t know how to control him. I’m not scared to go twenty-five minutes. As the rounds go longer I have a much bigger advantage because for Randy to have to push around 275 lbs for five rounds and me to push around a guy who if he’s lucky is 230 lbs - I know how to wrestle. These other heavyweights that he pushed around the Octagon were guys that had no clue how to wrestle and how to keep position.
Submitted Nov 8, 2008 10:30AM by juanez13 - 24 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
Couture talks training for "worst-case scenario" (video)
(mmajunkie.com)
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Nov 05, 2008 at 4:25 pm ET As UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture prepares for next week's UFC 91 main event with Brock Lesnar, the 45-year-old fighter is preparing for all scenarios. But seeing how he's giving up 14 years of age, 40 pounds and an inch of height, Couture is preparing for one specific scenario more than others. Couture discussed the fight and his "worst-case-scenario training" while a recent guest of HDNet's "Inside MMA." Thanks to our partnership with the weekly MMA news show, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) now present a clip of the strategy talk. The Nov. 15 main event fight, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, pits a UFC hall-of-famer -- one who's fought for a title in 14 of his 24 professional fights -- against a UFC rookie who owns a mere 2-1 career record. However, Couture knows that Lesnar, a former WWE superstar who was also an NCAA Division I national wrestling champion, isn't your typical three-fight vet. "I've been putting my self in worst-case-scenario training," said Couture, who's filled his Las Vegas-based Xtreme Couture gym with heavyweight training partners. "You've got to be on the bottom. If this guy takes me down, I've got to be able to survive and get up and scramble and get out from underneath him. I can't lie down there and give up rounds." However, the three-time Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling alternate still thinks his bread and butter -- dirty boxing -- can be a viable strategy. "I still feel comfortable in the clinch and using cage tactics. I was there with Tim (Sylvia). They don't get much bigger than Tim, and Gabe (Gonzaga) was certainly a big, strong guy," said Couture, referring to his two most recent victories. "I don't think Brock is any different in that situation. I'm going to feel pretty comfortable putting him there if he gives me the chance to." For more on the fight, and Couture's thoughts on why a fight with former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko is unlikely ever to happen, check out the embedded clip.
Submitted Nov 6, 2008 10:04AM by AchillesHeel - 8 comments
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Dana White Not Happy With New TUF Format
(bloodyelbow.com)
In an article for The Sun, Dana White expressed his displeasure with the next season of TUF. I said from day one I hate the UK v USA idea. It's dumb, I don't like it — it's not USA v the UK, we're looking for the best fighter in the world. We put on a card one time, the USA v Canada, it was f***ing retarded. I don't care if you're from the UK, Croatia or Brazil because at the end of the day, when Michael Bisping comes to America — Americans don't boo him. When GSP comes down and fights in the US more people cheer for him than the guy who's from America! When Tim Sylvia from the United States fought Antonio Nogueira from Brazil, everybody booed Sylvia on the way in and cheered for Nogueira. The reason is because in this sport it's not country versus country. You either like the guy's fighting style or personality — nationality has nothing to do with it. That's the way it used to be with boxing, with the exception of Ricky Hatton because everybody hates Floyd Mayweather! But with the exception of that, you never saw guys from one country cheering a guy from a different country. That's what's changing in what we're doing. We're looking for the best fighters in the world — this country versus that country is irrelevant."
Submitted Nov 2, 2008 12:27PM by juanez13 - 31 comments
Filed under: Interviews, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Chuck Liddell on OTR
(tsn.ca)
Liddell was in Toronto recently and did OTR. The videos are on the right hand side of the screen.
Submitted Nov 2, 2008 10:45AM by crushedbacon - 6 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
A Day with Thales Leites
(intheguard.tv)
An interesting look into a day in the life of Thales Leites as he was preparing for UFC 90.
Submitted Nov 1, 2008 6:06PM by crushedbacon - 0 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
 
Affliction VP Tom Atencio Believes Station Casinos Will Go out of Business Early Next Year
(bloodyelbow.com)

Interestingly enough, Affliction co-founder Todd Beard has recently surfaced to voice his displeasure with the UFC, most notably on a recent appearance on "The Scott Ferrall Show." "They threaten us personally, which is hilarious," Beard said. "Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, they are tough guys. They're old school mafia guys, or wannabe old school mafia guys that their grandfather built their business and they are nothing. They’re nothing." When asked about Beard's comments, Atencio seemingly shrugged them off. "I will always do my fighting in the ring but my partner has just had it with them," Atencio said. During his interview with Ferrall, Beard mentioned that Zuffa co-founders, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, are experiencing some financial trouble with their Palace Station Casino properties. "They put their business five billion dollars in debt," Beard said in the interview."They’re in big touble right now. They are going to go out of business in February. Guaranteed. Station Casinos will go out of business in February for sure." Atencio did not refute this claim. "They want to talk about us being done by January," Atencio said. "Well, I will guarantee you that their Statino Casinos will be out of business by February...I have all the proof I need." Of course, there are two sides to every story but an effort to get a response from someone at Zuffa was unsuccessful.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 5:42PM by juanez13 - 7 comments
Filed under: Interviews, General MMA
 
mattew riddle's tuf 8 blog
(mmaweekly.com)
As for the show, I was going to start cutting down to 155 just so I could beat Junie senseless. After reading Ryan Bader’s blog I realized that Junie might be heading to 170 with Haagen-Dazs as the main sponsor. That and I promised my Mom I would never pick on children with special needs are the only reasons I have not flown out to Kentucky to smash him. I thought it would be impossible to have someone who is a bigger loser then Jeremy May on the show and they proved me wrong........ WAR CHIPPER!!!! I love the junie hate!
Submitted Oct 25, 2008 5:24AM by AnDeRsonDaSiLvA - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
"The Ultimate Fighter 8" ratings improve; Junie Browning to thank?
(mmajunkie.com)
This past Wednesday's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir," which featured controversial cast member Junie Browning's quarterfinal fight with Roli Delgado, scored 1.7 million viewers, an increase of nine percent from the season's first five episodes. Additionally, the Oct. 22 episode had an audience 35 percent larger than the season low of 1.1 million that tuned in for the third episode of the reality series on Oct. 1. Spike TV today sent the ratings information to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via email. With the recent ratings revival, in doubt aided by the antics of Browning, the eighth season of the show is now averaging 1.6 million weekly viewers. The seventh season of the show ("The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest"), which aired earlier this year, averaged 1.3 million viewers for its 11 regular-season episodes. The only basic cable stations that beat Spike TV and "TUF" this week were Comedy Central (with "South Park" and "Chocolate News") and FX ("Son of Anarchy"). Wednesday's episode of "TUF" peaked with 1.9 million viewers for the Browning-Delgado fight, which took place in the final quarter hour of the show. Browning, whose drunken rampages and confrontations with other cast members have resulted in ratings jumps over the past few weeks, recently told MMAjunkie.com that his actions were the result of being locked in the "TUF" house. "You're in Vegas, and you can't go anywhere or do anything, so you let loose a little crazier than I normally would." Browning said. "I don't necessarily act like that at home. I can go out to a bar and drink, but I don't mess with people or anything. Once you're in the house, it's almost like being in high school again. You're around a bunch of young guys, we're all crazy and drinking, and I don't like being messed with at all."
Submitted Oct 24, 2008 3:43PM by grappler0000 - 19 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Jake Shields Wants in With UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
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

"The UFC's the most likely option," he said. "That's where I'm certainly leaning. I haven't had any talks with them yet; I have to get my contract released. That's definitely the number one option I'm looking at. I was on good terms with them before I signed this last contract, so I don't think there should be any problem."
While he won't rule out other promotions as viable contenders, it seems clear where Shields wants to go.

"The UFC's where I've wanted to fight for years, and also the guys ranked above me in the world are there so that's certainly the most logical show to go to."
Submitted Oct 21, 2008 9:52PM by juanez13 - 8 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Anything Goes (Long, but good article about Mario Yamasaki)
(washingtonpost.com)
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.
Submitted Oct 18, 2008 12:04AM by Manfred - 2 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
One on on with Tyson Griffin
(bloodyknux.com)
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....
Submitted Oct 15, 2008 8:38AM by elgigante - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Exclusive: Interview with KJ Noons
(mmanews.com)
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.
Submitted Oct 14, 2008 8:36PM by Porch28 - 4 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, Interviews
 
14 Questions for Marcus Davis
(sherdog.com)
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
(mmascribe.com)
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.
Submitted Oct 12, 2008 2:39PM by metaray - 2 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, Interviews
 
KIM COUTURE interveiw-Acusses Jared Shaw of peeking over Gina Caranos towel- and other EliteXC behind the scenes at the weigh ins stuff
(mmarated.com)
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!
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
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'
(sherdog.com)
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"
(tinyurl.com)
"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
 
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