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Georges St. Pierre: I almost had to kill Jon Fitch to win
(mmamania.com)
I was trying to pace myself, because after the first time I rock him and I couldn’t finish him I was like ‘Man, this guy, I’m gonna have to almost kill him to win’. He’s very tough, I give him a lot of props. A big heart, good , amazing guy, very big heart, [I have] a lot of respect for this guy. -UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre talks about trying to finish challenger Jon Fitch during a UFC 87 post fight interview. GSP successfully defended his title after fighting off a very game Fitch for 25 minutes.
Submitted Aug 10, 2008 12:02PM by SmileR - 17 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Lesnar still blames Mazagatti for UFC 81 loss...(w/audio)
(sports.yahoo.com)
The heat is on MMA ref Steve Mazzagatti (pictured w/stache) in this week leading up to UFC 87. The formerly mustacheiod Mazzagatti's competence has been called into question more than few times by media, fans and most importantly Brock Lesnar. Lesnar spoke with ProMMARadio's Larry Pepe and basically called Mazzagatti a clown for his actions early on in the loss to Frank Mir. Lesnar grazed the back of Mir's head with just one punch. Instead of issuing a verbal warning, Mazzagatti stopped the fight with only 25 seconds elapsed and deducted a point from Lesnar. "It's just an consistency in the reffing by that particular referee. Every fight that I ever watch him ref there's a lot of inconsistency. I'm not naming any names."
Submitted Aug 8, 2008 4:16PM by emfleek - 20 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Brock Lesnar video UFC 87: ‘Heath Herring fails under pressure’
(mmamania.com)
This guy is huge! I'm still unsure if he can actually become a legit MMA fighter but he seams to have the right attitude. Lets hope Heath has been training hard!...
Submitted Aug 8, 2008 5:23AM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Brock Lesnar: "I strive to be the best"
(mmaweekly.com)
There has been a lot of speculation that this fight is do-or-die for Lesnar. He believes that he needs a win here to keep himself afloat in the UFC. “For me, I've lost my debut fight and like I said, I'm a sore loser. I don't want to lose. It's going to be gangbusters on Aug. 9 to win. Look at anybody. You don't see anybody hanging around in the UFC with a losing record,” said Lesnar. However, win or lose, he doesn’t plan on quitting anytime soon. “This is my job. I'm here. As long as I'm winning and as long as I'll be a contender in the heavyweights, I'll be around for a while.” The one thing that defines who Brock Lesnar is as a person is his perseverance and his desire to excel at any task. He believes that is why he is the athlete that he is today and why he can set lofty goals for himself. “I strive to be the best at whatever I do. That has never changed. My plan is to one day hold the UFC heavyweight belt. I haven't changed my mind at all.”
Submitted Aug 7, 2008 10:55PM by SmileR - 1 comment
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UFC 87: Georges St. Pierre all business heading into Jon Fitch fight
(bloodyelbow.com)
“The last time I defended my title, I didn’t approach it the right way” (Serra). “ trained to fight an army and there is no way one man can stop me if many cannot.” UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre appeared focused and serious today during the public press conference at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn., to promote UFC 87: “Seek and Destroy,” which is slated for the Target Center Saturday, August 9. “Rush” will look to retain the 170-pound strap for the first time since winning it back from Matt Serra when he takes on number on contender, Jon Fitch, in the main event of the evening.
Submitted Aug 7, 2008 10:53PM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Dana White: "Yes," some WEC weight classes will be folded into the UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
After months of openly considering the move, Zuffa LLC is now committed to folding some of the WEC's heavier weight classes into the UFC, and UFC President Dana White today said the process is already underway. White confirmed the partial WEC-UFC merger while a guest on today's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We're working on that now," White said of the merger. Ever since Zuffa LLC (the UFC's parent company) purchased the organization in December 2006, White has maintained that the WEC would be run as a separate entity -- not a feeder system for the UFC -- with a focus on the sport's lighter weight classes. Although some fighters -- including current WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner, former UFC title-holder Jens Pulver and featherweight prospect Leonard Garcia -- went from the UFC to the WEC, they weren't necessarily demotions. In fact, Pulver and Garcia made the moves so they could fight at 145 pounds (a weight class not offered in the UFC), and Varner joined the WEC with the promise of a title shot. However, the organization has struggled to stock its middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, and rather than pull talent from the UFC, White said the WEC's 205-pound and 185-pound divisions will be folded into the UFC. "The answer is yes, and we're working on that right now," White said.
Submitted Aug 7, 2008 9:30PM by SmileR - 14 comments
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No flash, just fights for Fitch...
(sports.yahoo.com)
By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports Jon Fitch jokes that a family photo which includes his brother, cousins, and father could be mistaken for a semi-pro football team. There are a lot of big men in that shot. And, indeed, Fitch spent much of his life believing he was destined for the NFL. “Little problem with that way of thinking,” Fitch says. “I am way too slow and turns out I’m at least four inches shorter than I thought I’d be.”
Submitted Aug 7, 2008 8:50PM by emfleek - 7 comments
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'Rampage' resurfaces...
(sports.yahoo.com)
MINNEAPOLIS – Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since his July 15 arrest in Costa Mesa, Calif. The highly popular mixed martial arts fighter was arrested by Costa Mesa police following a chase and booked into the Orange County jail on suspicion of felony evading, hit and run and reckless driving. One of the persons Jackson allegedly sideswiped on the 55 Freeway was 38-year-old Holli Griggs of Huntington Beach, Calif. On Aug. 1, her fiance, Bill Krebs, told the Newport Beach Daily Pilot that Griggs, who was 16 weeks pregnant with a boy, suffered a miscarriage.
Submitted Aug 7, 2008 8:48PM by emfleek - 8 comments
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alifornia State Athletic Commission on MMA
(cagepotato.com)
"The California State Athletic Commission takes a lot of heat for its handling of MMA affairs, on every topic from fighter licensing to drug testing." They talk about strikes to the back of the head, point scoring in MMA, etc etc. I am surprised by his competency. I figured CSAC was full of people who ignored MMA.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 7:43PM by rycanto - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews
 
Matt Hughes unsure if Thiago Alves is a top five welterweight (Audio)
(mmamania.com)
Note that he also indicates his knee injury should be healed around January 2009 at which time he intends to take on Matt Serra once and for all.
Submitted Aug 5, 2008 10:04PM by SmileR - 15 comments
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Bas Rutten On The Demise Of The IFL
(mmaweekly.com)
In just a few short years the International Fight League went from ambitious concept to reality to demise. At its best, the promotion helped reintroduce a group of veteran mixed martial arts pioneers to the new era of MMA fans, as well helped jumpstart the career of what would become some of the sport’s best young fighters. One of the promotion’s first and most prominent figures was former King of Pancrase and Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Bas “El Guapo” Rutten. Starring initially as the head coach of the Los Angeles Anacondas, Rutten then transitioned to a commentator role and ultimately ended up as Vice President of Fighter Operations, and shined with the usual El Guapo flair in each position. Still, all things come to an end. As such, Rutten has been released from his contract with the company, and now he looks to transition to other things. Speaking from his adoptive hometown of Los Angeles, Rutten spoke to MMAWeekly about his time in the IFL, his roles in the promotion, and what’s coming down the pipeline for one of MMA’s premier personalities. MMAWeekly: First off Bas, tell us about your recent release from the IFL. Bas Rutten: Well, from what I understand, there is no more IFL, right? We’ve been sold, but there’s still some working going on. Exactly what, I have no clue, but the paychecks have stopped coming in. For me it’s stopped and for all the people I knew in the IFL it’s stopped. I knew the company was struggling. I had gotten emails from people there that had been let go. “Thanks for the great time working together,” and stuff like that. There was a hardcore group left, and once they started getting rid of those people, I knew the end was near. I was aware it was going to happen.
Submitted Aug 5, 2008 7:23AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: IFL, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
UFC Quick Quote: Brock Lesnar would beat up himself … kinda
(mmamania.com)
“If the Brock Lesnar of today would fight the Brock Lesnar from then … I’d win.” –- Brock Lesnar, during the media conference call for UFC 87: “Seek and Destroy,” fields a question about how his game has improved since his submission loss to Frank Mir at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” back in February 2008. Along with Georges St. Pierre’s “training to face an army” quote (“Every time I’m training and I do my sparring, I have a fresh guy coming on me all the time.”), Lesnar’s quote had to be one of the more memorable of the call. It will be interesting to see how quickly Lesnar’s game improves. His collegiate wrestling credentials alone (two-time NJCAA All-American, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Champion, 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion, 1999 NCAA heavyweight runner-up, with a career record of 106-5) are some of the very best in the UFC. Time will tell how well he adapts those wrestling skills to MMA. For now, he gets his second chance inside the Octagon against Heath Herring on August 9.
Submitted Aug 2, 2008 4:10PM by SmileR - 2 comments
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MORE POSITIVE DRUG TEST RESULTS APPEAR LIKELY
(mmaweekly.com)
Though the California State Athletic Commission has already released partial drug test results from Affliction’s debut mixed martial arts event on July 19 and EliteXC’s second edition of CBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on July 26 with only one positive result, neither promotion can plan on clear sailing as the remaining results come in. Of the first eight fighters returning drug test results from Affliction, only Justin Levens tested positive, that being for oxymorphone, a pain reliever related to morphine. None of the results for the first eight fighters tested for EliteXC returned a positive result. The initial test results for the remaining fighters on each show, however, indicate that there are more positive results forthcoming. CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas told MMAWeekly.com that, “Both cards are not out of the woods yet.” He would not identify any of the individuals involved, nor would he indicate how many individuals were involved, but did indicate that initial testing of the remaining fighters’ “A” samples returned more positive results. Each fighter has an “A” sample and a “B” sample for the drug testing procedure. The “A” sample is sent to Quest Diagnostics, Inc. and tested twice to confirm results. The “B” sample is sent to a World Anti-doping Agency approved lab in Montreal for the same sort of procedure in an effort to independently confirm or deny the initial results.
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 3:51PM by SmileR - 0 comments
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Frank Mir: ‘I dont have Fedor being in the top’ P4P MMA rankings
(mmamania.com)
“I don’t have Fedor being in the top … I don’t have him above B.J. Penn, St. Pierre. I think that if all those guys weighed 155 pounds, that Fedor can’t beat B.J., he can’t beat Georges St. Pierre, and that’s what pound for pound means. It means that if they were exactly the same size. I think that some people are a little misunderstanding of that whole idea.” Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir takes exception to the pound-for-pound ranking of Fedor Emelianenko on the recent top 10 list released by ESPN (fan votes were responsible for the order). He argues that the term is often misunderstood among those who attempt to create such lists. For example, Mir feels that a fighter such as WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres — who can compete at several different weight classes and likely be successful — should be top two or three. UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva received 49 percent of the votes to take the top spot and Fedor — who came in second — tallied 40 percent of first place nominations.
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 3:48PM by SmileR - 29 comments
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Shogun Discusses Recovery + December return
(bloodyelbow.com)
Sherdog.com sat down with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Brazil, where he discussed his recovery from knee reconstruction and a December return to the Octagon. Will "Shogun" face UFC hall of famer Mark Coleman in a 205-pound bout?
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 10:13AM by juanez13 - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
CONDIT READY TO UNLEASH ON MIURA
(mmaweekly.com)
While the champion admits that it’s nothing personal before the fight, once that cage door closes, the switch is flipped and he makes it personal. “Before the fight I don’t like to talk a lot of crap about my opponents, it’s nothing personal, when it comes to interviews or anything like that,” said Condit in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “But once I get in there, I make it personal. This is my livelihood, my life is either going to go up or go down depending on what happens right here, so it’s really personal. I make that guy my enemy.” Condit understands the competition involved with mixed martial arts, but he also knows at the core of it all his opponent wants to knock him out or submit him and take what’s his. “He’s going to get in there and he’s going to try to take something from me,” Condit stated. “Not only my reputation, my pride, but he’s going to try to knock my (expletive) in the dirt.” At the end of the day it’s still business, but a fight is always personal. “I’ve got nothing but respect for the guys I compete against, but in the cage it’s a different story,” said the champion.
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 8:31AM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Affliction allegedly going to ask fighters to take a 50% pay cut
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dave Meltzer reported that Tom Attencio will allegedly ask fighters to take a 50% pay cut to work the Las Vegas show in October. Zach Arnold interviewed Josh Barnett, and reports on his reply .
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 11:44PM by telnights - 23 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
 
Carlos Condit: ‘I can deal with any one of those guys in the UFC’ (Audio)
(punch.freedomblogging.com)
On his thoughts about the WEC’s welterweight division and where it fits in with Georges St. Pierre in the UFC and Jake Shields in EliteXC: “There are some tough dudes. They (the WEC) are still working on their roster. They’re still working on filling out their welterweight division. Obviously, they are not as strong as the UFC. But I feel, me being the champion, I can deal with any one of those guys in the UFC and beat quite a few of them and give any of them a run for their money. There are some tough guys (in the WEC). My last three fights have been against pretty legit competitors. This guy I’m fighting on Sunday is very tough as well. It’s not as stacked as the UFC’s welterweight division, but there is some talent.” NOTE: The audio link has the full interview. The other link just gives you a quick outlay of what was asked.
Submitted Jul 30, 2008 3:05PM by SmileR - 8 comments
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Tito Ortiz Not Yet Signed To Affliction
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is not out of the Octagon just yet. Despite several published reports of Ortiz’s whereabouts, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio today told MMAWeekly.com that he has not signed the popular UFC fighter. Atencio claims that Ortiz’s promotional contract with the Las Vegas based company precludes that. “I can’t talk to Tito until after August 3rd,” Atencio says. “Everybody just wants to read into it and put whatever they want on the internet.”
Submitted Jul 30, 2008 8:07AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Ibarra and Rampage Part ways
(cagepotato.com)

With defeat as the impetus, Jackson responded to rough terrain by relieving the trainer of his duties, though “bottom line, somehow, someway it all involves money,” said the fighter’s friend.
Jackson is now out of psychiatric observation and is attending outpatient treatment on a daily basis, but he didn’t seem completely cured after his initial release.

“He would still make comments that were slightly weird,” said Jackson’s longtime associate. “You could tell that he wasn’t all the way there, but each day you could tell he was better…He knows what he went through,” said the source. “He knew he had an emotional breakdown that led to a mental breakdown.”
Submitted Jul 29, 2008 6:52PM by juanez13 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Miscellaneous
 
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