Davis' change led to success
It didn't take too many occurrences of signing for a $15,000 purse and walking home with just $5,000 to sour Marcus Davis on professional boxing.
He was, he says proudly, a fighter all his life and he was going to find a way to fight one way or another.
But boxing was making him a miserable person and the man known as “The Irish Hand Grenade” finally had gotten fed up.
"I just had so many issues and problems, with management and other things, and I was in and out of court so much with all of that," Davis said. "I pretty much got tired of the dirty aspect of boxing. I'd get half — or less — of what I was promised (in a purse). I wasn't getting the fights I wanted. Things weren't going in the direction I wanted.
"After a while, I couldn't stomach it any more. It was making me sick. Literally. I had to get away from it."
Brandon Vera On His Fight With Tim Sylivia: "I’m ashamed to have been a part of it."
Brandon Vera has seemingly flown under the radar since his unanimous decision loss to Tim Sylvia at UFC 77. Vera revealed after the fight that he broke his hand in the very first exchange of the fight and had to adjust his game plan. MMAWeekly had the oppertunity to sit down with the rising heavyweight star to discuss the fight and his future.
Vera On Breaking His Hand In The Fight:
My thumb got caught and pulled back like a banana. I held my breath and pulled it real hard and it didn’t go back in. I finished the first round, went back to my coaches, who were like ‘(expletive) your left hand, you don’t need it! Use your right hand.’ I was like cool, I won’t use my left hand. I wanted to punch Tim so hard.I should have just kept touching and moving, instead of trying to light him up early. He started hitting me; I couldn’t hit him back. I started throwing short elbows to try and catch him on his way in. I sucked. That was one of the most boring fights ever. I’m ashamed to have been a part of it.
White has UFC as dominant MMA force
You blow your nose with a Kleenex, you Xerox a document. Sure, there are plenty of tissue makers and even more companies producing copy machines, but Kleenex and Xerox achieved the unthinkable — the brand name supplanted the product.
UFC president Dana White would love to see that develop with his company in 2008. He's close to achieving the feat. Many casual fans and non-mixed martial arts media newcomers often tag the entire sport "UFC."
Gary Shaw of Elite XC knows there's a lot at stake this year. He would like to see UFC go the way of America Online. AOL was a juggernaut in the late '90s until the dreaded C-word — competition — reared its ugly head.
In depth interview with Randy
I know many are fed up with Randy and the situation between him and the UFC, but I thought this was a very good interview and Randy touches on a lot of subjects I haven't heard him talk about before. Its a bit long but a good read.
PDG: You began your career as a wrestler and stepped into mixed martial arts when there really wasn’t much to it. Since then it has become the fastest growing sport in the world, and you have become a legend. What is it like for you to be known worldwide and be considered one of the greats of the sport?
Randy: I don’t really think about it, I’m still the same person that I’ve always been. I just kind of do what I do – I like to train in the gym and I like to work with these fighters and I like to fight. I kind of entered this sport on a whim from the wrestling world because it looked intriguing and I saw some other wrestlers doing it and the whole thing kind of just took on a whole life of its own.
There have been a lot of sacrifices. The travel and the time away from family, the celebrity [status], and the demands of this professional sport cost me a marriage. I feel very blessed now to have Kim in my life. My current wife – the love that she has and the support that she has, is amazing. Together we have taken it to another level.
But it’s a little overwhelming to be recognized everywhere you go sometimes. I’ve been stopped in airports, stopped in the grocery store… it doesn’t really matter. It’s just overwhelming at times, but when you think about it it is also kind of cool. The fans are fantastic and they just have a genuine passion and love for the sport – as do I, so we share that. So it’s not bad at all.
UFC Co-Owner Lorenzo Fertitta Speaks with Yahoo! Sports
Lorenzo Fertitta bought the UFC along with his older brother, Frank, and his long-time friend, Dana White, in 2001 because he fell in love with mixed martial arts.
In 2000, White convinced the Fertittas, who were running the successful Station Casinos in Las Vegas, to fly to Louisiana to watch a UFC show. They got hooked instantly and a few months later, wound up purchasing the company.
As the seventh anniversary of the Fertittas' purchase of the UFC approaches on Jan. 15, Lorenzo Fertitta sat down with Yahoo! Sports to talk about the company's success, the growth of mixed martial arts and his thoughts on White's performance as UFC president.
His thoughts about the UFC 78 PPV are especially interesting.
Q&A With Lorenzo Fertitta
As the seventh anniversary of the Fertittas' purchase of the UFC approaches on Jan. 15, Lorenzo Fertitta sat down with Yahoo! Sports to talk about the company's success, the growth of mixed martial arts and his thoughts on Dana White's performance as UFC president.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. Interview on Floyd Jr. doing MMA
Great Interview, he drops the f-bomb about twenty times, but he gets his point across about what he thinks will happen to his son in MMA. Here's a small quote:
"All of this he talking about right now, this martial arts s***, I’m telling you, he about to get broke the f*** up right now. I’m telling you, he could forget all of that stuff being cute and how you supposed to hit somebody with a check hook. Man, them motherf*****’s going to take that check hook motherf***er and squeeze your guts out. I’m just being real with you man."
Machida talks strategy for Soko
GRACIEMAG.com : What will be your strategy to face the explosive and strong Sokoudjou?
Lyoto : I am a strategist. I will compensate his strength with my technique. I am prepared for everything, if he wants to take it to the ground, I am prepared. It will be 3 rounds, the first 2 minutes will be the hardest, so I will have to hold back a little, because he cannot keep the explosion for the whole 3 rounds.
Liddell Aiming for Knockout at UFC 79
Greg Savage caught up with former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (Pictures) to discuss his long-awaited clash with Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) this weekend at UFC 79.
In this exclusive free preview of Sherdog Insider, "The Iceman" talks about the fight he has waited years for and how he feels it will unfold.
1 On 1 with UFC Star Mark Bocek
Read on as Amedeo Vidaic catches up with Canadian BJJ and UFC Star Mark Bocek. Mark talks about his thoughts on the Upcoming UFC 79 card, his preparations for his bout against Doug Evans and much more...
Silva On Ruas Leaving Chute Boxe
The Brazilian magazine TATAME has published comments from UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on his former Chute Boxe teammates, Mauricio & Murilo Rua, leaving Chute Boxe. He offers the Ruas help if they need it and is also somewhat critical towards his former camp.
And yet another "Big" John McCarthy interview
This one is pretty extensive and touches on a lot of subjects so I thought I would post it too. Really good to hear that The Fight Network should be comming to combat sport fans in the States soon. I can't say enough about this channel.
Chris Howie of MMANews.com: This is Chris Howie with MMANews.com and today I am speaking with former UFC head referee and the newest addition to the Fight Network team, "Big" John McCarthy. How are you today John?
"Big" John McCarthy: I'm doing good. Just spending a few days here in Toronto.
MMANews.com: How are you liking the city?
"Big" John McCarthy: Well, they lied to me and said it never snowed here.
Big John Interview
After so many times of imploring mixed martial arts fighters, "Let's Get it On," John McCarthy sought trademark protection on the phrase. For more than a decade, "Big John," was the UFC's choice referee, a figure often referred to as the "Octagon's ninth side." After more than 500 bouts that trace the UFC's evolution, McCarthy retired -- sort of -- last week. Now he'll be getting it on for The Fight Network, North's America's only all-combat sports channel. He recently sat down with SI.com
Josh Koscheck Interview
Josh talks about his upcoming fight with Dustin Hazelett, his thoughts on having an interim champ, the famous sparring session with a heckler, and the possibility of fighting John Fitch.
New Fedor interview
MMAWeekly’s Korea Correspondent, John Evans, recently caught up with Fedor Emelianenko, the man almost universally regarded as the No. 1 mixed martial arts heavyweight in the world.