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Kurt Angle Signs MMA Deal?, Fighting Randy Couture
(wrestlingattitude.com)
Kurt Angle in mma in late 2009.
Submitted Sep 28, 2008 3:24AM by Mungooch - 16 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Is free agency in the future for Gilbert Melendez?
(mmaweekly.com)
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is ready to get back to the top of his weight class, but with only one fight left on his current contract, he is welcoming his upcoming free agency. Melendez has had a very successful career to this point, but the California based fighter has now dropped two out of his last three fights and he’s looking to get the best option for his future. “I have one fight left with Strikeforce. I really do like Strikeforce, I think they’re a great organization and they took care of me,” Melendez told MMAWeekly.com “But I have other goals too, other dreams. I do want to get my payback against Josh (Thomson) and (Mitsuhiro) Ishida, that’s awesome that they’re there too, but I’m just going to make sure I do really good on my next fight and then I’m going to weigh out all my options. “It’s going to feel good to be a free agent after this fight and see what I can do.” The next Strikeforce show is set for Nov. 21, but Melendez says it is up in the air if he will end up on that card or not.
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 7:01AM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Arlovski-Nelson Tapped for CBS
(sherdog.com)
At least two fighters will not sit on the sidelines following the postponement of Affliction’s Oct. 4 “Day of Reckoning” event in Las Vegas. Former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (13-5) and IFL kingpin Roy Nelson (13-2) have been offered a heavyweight bout at EliteXC “Heat” Oct. 4 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The event will be aired live on CBS. Arlovski’s management team would not comment Wednesday on the proposed bout, while Nelson’s attorney, Rod Donohoo, also refrained from remarks. However, Sherdog.com has learned from separate sources that both fighters have agreed in principle to the match and that contracts have been issued for review. The last-minute addition will be presented as an Affiction-EliteXC co-promoted fight, and adds a quite a punch to an already anticipated roster featuring a showdown between former Internet brawler Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock. Female sensation Gina Carano is also on board to take on Kelly Kobald-Gavin in a 140-pound bout.
Submitted Sep 24, 2008 5:13PM by grappler0000 - 32 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities
 
Evan Tanner ‘Into the Desert’ final blog entry found
(mmamania.com)
It’s Tuesday night. Tomorrow I go out into the desert. It has taken over a month to get all the gear together. The preparation for this adventure took far longer than I had expected. I’ve never done this before, so I took my time reading books, studying the land, and researching gear. A few weeks of solitude in the deep desert, and then back to civilization, and back to training.” The entry above is from former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner, who up until his premature death was a regular blogger on Spike.com. The network apparently uncovered the draft post in the dashboard of the control panel — Tanner never published the entry. He was eventually found in the California desert in which he sought solitude, succumbing to heat exhaustion from the searing temperatures that soared above 110 degrees. He was just 37 years old. There is a memorial service in his honor this weekend. Dan Christison provided MMAmania.com with all the details
Submitted Sep 24, 2008 2:34PM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Tito Is Having Twins
(fightticker.com)
Yes everyone, I can officially confirm that Tito and I are expecting twins! I had my second ultrasound today and was greeted by two big healthy babies with pounding hearts. Ahh yes, two Tito heads are better than one.
Submitted Sep 23, 2008 2:50PM by scoozna - 28 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Joe Riggs On Misaki And Close Call With Kimbo
(mmaweekly.com)
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
 
Kongo leaves Ibarra for UK’s Wolfslair
(mmamania.com)
“Quinton had a split from his coach and he knew what a good job we did with [Michael] Bisping so it was a natural move for him. His old management weren’t on great terms with the UFC, but we are very UFC-friendly here and have a lot of time for (UFC president) Dana White so we stepped in. It was the same with Cheick. He was having some problems negotiating his new contract with the UFC and was looking for somewhere to train so it was an easy decision for him to join his mates…. He has been training with Quinton for his last couple of fights, and we know that has not been a happy camp. We think he will be a happier fighter here; he is only a couple of hours from his home in Paris and we will be taking all the other distractions like sponsorship out of his hands.” When it rains it pours … just ask Juanito Ibarra. Cheick Kongo has now bolted from his camp, joining one of Ibarra’s other prized fighters, former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, overseas at the Wolfslair MMA Academy in the United Kingdom. Of course, Michael “The Count” Bisping is also a Wolfslair fighter and more than likely the person responsible for recruiting Jackson to join the gym after his differences with Ibarra emerged. No specific reason was given for the split between Kongo and Ibarra, but the “French Sensation” is now certainly closer to his native France.
Submitted Sep 11, 2008 7:34PM by SmileR - 13 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Tanner, According to Those Who Knew Him Best
(sherdog.com)
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
 
Evan Tanner Death Confirmed in California
(mmaontap.com)

Update 9:28 PM ET: MMA on Tap has been able to confirm through members of Tanner’s camp that the body found in Palo Verde mountain area was indeed that of Evan Tanner. No other details are available at this time and Tanner’s camp has asked that everyone please respect the wishes of his family at this time. Everyone here at MMA on Tap would like to send our condolences to Tanner’s family and friends.
Im pretty speechless, but i will say that ever since i started watching MMA (2005) i have had the utmost respect for this guy. I remember when i first heard that he taught himself jiu-jitsu just by watching tutorial tapes, then he became the champion! Tanner was always a warrior and my heart goes out to his family.
Submitted Sep 8, 2008 9:59PM by Gladiator - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Rich Franklin talks win and weight class
(mmaweekly.com)
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
 
Liddells Top 8 Moments
(sherdog.com)
Zuffa brings its beloved big top to Atlanta on Saturday night for UFC 88. As good hosts, Dana White and Co. are putting their best foot forward in Georgia with an end-to-end burner of a fight card, suitably topped off with MMA's foremost rockstar, Chuck Liddell (Pictures). In a main event some five months in the making, Liddell, now with full hamstring capabilities, meets the undefeated Rashad Evans (Pictures). For the 38-year-old Liddell, the fight is a must-win to secure a December mega-fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (Pictures) and to have one last crack at solidifying his resume as the sport's greatest light heavyweight. On the cusp of boom-or-bust for MMA's favorite San Luis Obispan, here are eight of the finest episodes from "The Iceman." And in the interest of class, only one reference to “Good Morning Texas.” Please no liddell haters right now
Submitted Sep 5, 2008 2:43PM by haggiswashere - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous, UFC
 
UFC will wait for fedor
(sherdog.com)
UFC President Dana White confidently laid out his organization’s plan to acquire the services of Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) for a future matchup with recently returned heavyweight champion Randy Couture (Pictures). The promotion will simply wait, he said during a conference call Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 5, 2008 2:15AM by haggiswashere - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Don Frye undeterred by loss, looking to continue fighting career
(mmajunkie.com)
Although approaching 43 years old, UFC, PRIDE and K-1 veteran Don Frye (19-7-1) continues to ply his trade in the MMA business. However a recent submission loss to Ikuhisa Minowa (40-28-8) has caused many to question the aging veteran's fighting future. Frye recently joined TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to discuss his disappointing loss, and he spoke candidly about his desire to continue to fight despite approaching an age where most choose to retire. "I didn't show up to fight," Frye admitted. "I showed up to just drink beer and ended up looking at the lights at the top of the ceiling. He opened up a can of whoop-ass I couldn't close. "Like a dumbass I thought I could go out and charm my way to a victory because I was Don Frye. Unfortunately he didn’t find me charming." Any time a fighter of Frye's age experiences defeat, questions are immediately raised about their thirst for competition.
Submitted Sep 4, 2008 8:44AM by SmileR - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Kimbo gets some more publicity...
(youtube.com)
I just saw this on tv and i was wondering what other mma fan would think about this. He is getting some more exposure with this new Facebreaker game.
Submitted Sep 3, 2008 8:14PM by jocka - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Brock Lesnar's Wrestling Coach Goes Full Time
(bloodyelbow.com)

Minnesota assistant wrestling coach Marty Morgan is leaving the program, to focus full time on former Gophers star Brock Lesnar's fledgling fighting career. Lesnar is on the rise in the Ultimate Fighting Championship ranks. He was once an NCAA champion heavyweight at the school. Morgan spent 16 years coaching at Minnesota after wrestling for the school himself. He says he will take the next year to concentrate on helping Lesnar train in the field of mixed martial arts before evaluating his career then.
To what extent Morgan understands the specificities of the MMA game is an open question, but adding his knowledge and oversight to the existing squad at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy can only be a good thing. And while Lesnar is a self motivated fighter, having someone on the coaching staff who knows Brock Lesnar is a major plus for the budding heavyweight. This is also a demonstration that MMA is offering financial opportunities beyond the wrestling mat...even to wrestlers who don't fight. Lesnar is a bit of an aberrant case, but his participation in the sport could be the tide that helps lift all boats.
Submitted Sep 3, 2008 3:11PM by juanez13 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Kim Couture Surprised at UFC’s Disregard for Brock Lesnar’s Safety
(cagepotato.com)
And let the shit talking begin: Round 1, Kim Couture.

"“It’s surprising to me, shocking that they’d throw a guy in there with only three fights. I kind of feel sorry for the guy. "
Next step for the UFC....a co headliner Husband and wife fight?
Submitted Sep 3, 2008 12:46PM by rycanto - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
DynaPep Signs Ultimate Fighter Rashad Evans as Spokesman
(prweb.com)
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
 
Sources: Couture versus Emelianenko targeted for early 2009
(mmajunkie.com)
The long-rumored heavyweight superfight between UFC champion Randy Couture (16-8 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko (28-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is currently being discussed for an as-yet-unspecified date in January or February of 2009. Sources inside Couture's Xtreme Couture camp today informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the ongoing negotiations between the UFC and both fighters. The fight is far from a done deal. Many of the same issues that prevented Emelianenko from signing with the UFC during previous negotiations must still be ironed out. But it appears that the UFC and representatives for both Couture and Emelianenko are working towards bringing the two legends together for a Feb. 2 bout.
Submitted Aug 30, 2008 7:56PM by grappler0000 - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Glover Teixera Next Fight To Be In UFC...
(mmamania.com)
Glover Teixera recently (5-2) recently appeared on an episode of tapout featuring his quick KO victory of Jorge Oliveria. Glover Teixera is best remembered for KO's Soko in the WEC, and as Chuck Liddels longtime training partner. Glover Teixera was rumored to appear on the UFC's next installment of the Ultimate Fighter, but it looks as if he will be skipping that route, signing a contract with the UFC... ...
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 8:55PM by F--K_Luck_AuH2O - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
New Interview from Matt Hamill!!!
mmaturf.net
Check out the latest Interviews by Penny Buffington on Here is part of the interview from Matt Hamill: “Yes. He is a really good friend of mine. I helped him with wrestling takedowns. Rich and I we grew up together. We were raised and born in Cincinnati, Ohio. One day he asked me. He wanted some help with his takedowns so I just helped him out with takedowns and we’re still friends. No matter what, inside the ring or outside the ring. We leave friendship at the door. We two are professionals. I know it’s sad. It’s like fighting my brother but I have to do this. I fight for my daughter. I’m getting my name out there. I know he has more experience then I have. I’m inexperienced. My record is 6 and 1 and his record is 25 and 3. So that could be a stepping stone for me. He is a former World Champion that’s got me more motivated. I want to show what I got. I’m getting better every time I fight. So don’t miss my fight Sept 6th because I’m ready!” - Matt Hamill Get the full interview on ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Wow I never knew they were close friends and grew up together...
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 7:18PM by AllKnowin1 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
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