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St. Pierre epitomizes lightning-fast evolution of MMA
(cbs.sportsline.com)
The perfect mixed martial artist used to be a skinny Brazilian with little ability to punch, kick or wrestle. Which means he wasn't perfect at all. All Royce Gracie could do was take his opponent to the ground and twist him into taffy, but that was enough to dominate the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. That was in the mid-1990s. Not so long ago. Only forever. Georges St. Pierre is the perfect amalgam of every MMA fighting style. (AP) Georges St. Pierre is the perfect amalgam of every MMA fighting style. (AP) Since then the sport has become unrecognizable. Royce Gracie in his prime, with his exact skill set from the mid-'90s, couldn't survive today. What was perfect in 1995 has become outdated in 2008. On an individual level, mixed martial artists are growing as fast as their once-underground sport. Maybe faster. Which makes MMA startling and even exhilarating for a traditional sports fan such as myself. And maybe such as yourself.
Submitted Apr 21, 2008 10:03AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Shamrock Sues The UFC
(gerweck.net)
Ken Shamrock filed a lawsuit against Zuffa, LLC, on 4/15 in Clark County, Nevada. Is there anyone not suing the UFC currently?
Submitted Apr 20, 2008 11:38AM by snakeplissken - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Fedor Must Repay 1.5 Mil signing bonus before being officially released
(fighters.com)
Despite “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko’s (27-1) official website claim that he has signed a contract to fight heavyweight “Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia (24-4), the fight is not yet official. Emelianenko must repay the $1.5 million signing bonus to the group that formed M-1 Global in October 2007 before he is officially released from the agreement he made with M-1 Global That M-1 Global group has since formed Adrenaline MMA. Andrenaline MMA’s Vice-President Brian Patton said today, “[Emelianenko and his management] have only paid part of [the debt] and are not released yet.”
Submitted Apr 19, 2008 8:45PM by juanez13 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Josh Gross leaving Sherdog for Sports Illustrated.com
(sherdog.com)
Just announced this on sherdog roundtable radio, its a shame but also as he said goes to show how big the sport has become that sports illustrated wants him to cover mma for them
Submitted Apr 18, 2008 5:08PM by CornishMMA - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Dana White Talks UFC 83, Canada And Everything Under The Sun (video)
(bloodyelbow.com)
Here is a Dana interview lasting about 30 mins.
Submitted Apr 18, 2008 5:00PM by juanez13 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Joe Rogan Not Going Anywhere
(bloodyelbow.com)
One of the more annoying things on the internet is when people make stuff up and report it as news because it's possible that it could happen A good example is a recent article by nutcase Rich Bergeron suggesting that Rogan was leaving the UFC:

.However, chatter coming into the Fight News Unlimited offices point to more than just "unspecified previous obligations" preventing Rogan from lending his comic voice to the Pay-Per-View broadcast, and his absence may not be temporary. Fight News Unlimited received information from a reliable source recently pointing to a possible Carlos Mencia-esque rift between Rogan and UFC President Dana White. No, Dana White's not stealing Rogan's jokes, but rumor has it that White recently mandated that there be absolutely no mention of Randy Couture's name in any future UFC broadcasts. Rogan has been outspoken about Couture and the impact of Captain America's departure on the UFC and the sport of MMA.
Joe Rogan posted today at The Underground that the rumors are "bullshit," and went into more detail on his blog.

There's been a lot of goofy articles written on the internet lately about me missing the UFC card in Montreal this weekend, speculating all sorts of silly reasons why I'm not going to be there, so I figured it would be a good idea if I cleared it up here. The only reason I'm not going to be there is because of a family obligation. I'm certainly not upset at the UFC, and I'm not quitting to start doing commentary for a rival organization. I've also heard some ridiculous shit about me having massive fallout with the UFC president Dana White, which couldn't be further from the truth. Dana is a very good friend of mine, and in the 7 years I've known him we've never even had a single disagreement. .
Submitted Apr 18, 2008 6:50AM by juanez13 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Ortiz tried to hire Belfort for his trains to face Lyoto
(tatame.com)
Carlson Gracie’s black belt, Vitor Belfort, that is training at Minotauro team and at Nova Geração, bet at Lyoto Machida, his ex-train mate, in his next bout at UFC 84 in May, against Tito Ortiz. “Lyoto has the skills to win, but is a tough fight. Two famous athletes, but I believe that Lyoto has more chances, he is at fight rhythm and Tito is star”, tell Belfort that reveal that Toto Ortiz tried to hire him to help at train to the fight. “Tito wanted to hire me with a lot of money, but I said no. I said that money can’t buy everything.
Submitted Apr 17, 2008 5:17PM by grappler0000 - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team
 
Joey Villasenor replaces Ninja Rua against Phil Baroni on May 31
(mmamania.com)
The same day Elite XC issued a press release that the main card was set for “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS we already have a change in the line up. Murilo “Ninja” Rua has been scratched for the show at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on May 31 and has been replaced with Joey Villasenor (25-6) who will tangle with Phil Baroni (10-9) in a 185-pound scrap. No reason was given for the switch.
Submitted Apr 16, 2008 11:59PM by grappler0000 - 13 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities
 
Sherk's "Caveman Training" Workout Program
(mensfitness.com)
Sherk has a pretty intense regiment
Submitted Apr 15, 2008 3:52PM by DoTheMMAth - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
St. Pierre, "I Will Win Or I Will Go To The Hospital"
(mmaweekly.com)
When Georges St. Pierre travels to the Bell Centre in Montreal on April 19 to battle Matt Serra for the UFC welterweight title, he won’t have to venture far, as the fight is taking place in his hometown. He won’t have to look very far for his most adamant supporters; they will surely be in attendance. He won’t have to dig very deep for the motivation to fight the man who beat him for the title almost exactly one year ago. He will now battle for his shot at redemption and a second reign as the 170-pound king of the MMA world. With the rematch between Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra just days away, the current interim welterweight champion, who stated he will not bring the belt with him to the fight with Serra, is focused on the task at hand and excited about fighting for the title in front of his hometown fans. “It pumped me up so much, I can’t believe it,” St. Pierre said about the fight taking place in Montreal. “It’s a dream come true. It’s a great opportunity for me to shine in front of my people by winning the world title, and that’s the guy I’ve wanted to fight for a long time, too, because he beat me. I can’t wait, it’s going to be fun.” Working with St. Pierre for this fight are a familiar cast of training partners including Denis Kang, Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans and, of course, lead trainer Greg Jackson, who will formulate the game plan that is expected to beat Serra. “I’ve been working for my game plan against Serra. Like I said, in (this) fight people will see some stuff that I’ve never shown before,” St. Pierre stated in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “Some stuff people have never seen in MMA. So it’s going to be interesting. Don’t blink because the fight can finish very early, or it can go to the distance, but don’t blink.”
Submitted Apr 15, 2008 11:02AM by grappler0000 - 43 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Randy Couture Signs Exclusive Sponsorship With Everlast
(fightline.com)
The following is provided courtesy of a press release from Everlast: Everlast Worldwide Inc., manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods, apparel, footwear, and other active lifestyle products under the Everlast brand name is proud to announce that they have partnered with Randy “The Natural” Couture with a long term exclusive contract. Couture a six-time UFC Champion and the most celebrated name in the sport was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and was the first fighter to hold titles in both the Heavyweight and Light-Heavyweight divisions. This long-term partnership marks the commitment of Everlast to become the premiere brand in the fastest growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts. The partnership with Couture allows him to exclusively wear Everlast fight shorts, fight gloves, training equipment and training apparel. In addition, Everlast will be the exclusive equipment and apparel sponsor of Xtreme Couture Gyms, in all locations. Together, Everlast and Couture will collaborate on a co-branded line of MMA equipment that will set the standard for equipment and apparel in MMA. Additionally, the partnership will work on developing grassroots programs to teach the youth, and create fitness clinics and retail concept shops.
Submitted Apr 10, 2008 12:33PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Randy Couture: "It's Going To Be Interesting To See How Emelianenko Deals With Him!"
(fighthype.com)
“… we’ll see what happens. I think it’s going to be an interesting fight. Fedor just fought a pretty tall opponent in Hong Man Choi, so obviously he’s been in that mode of dealing with a guy that size, but I think Tim is a little more seasoned fighter than Hong Man has proved to be. But Hong Man wasn’t easy so it will be interesting to see how Emelianenko deals with him and a pretty good indicator for me, having just fought Tim this last year, as to where I stand and how things might go if I finally get the chance to fight Fedor.”
Submitted Apr 10, 2008 12:30PM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
 
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 04.09.08: Cung Le in the Top 10, Karo Parisyan Out of Shape, More
(411mania.com)
Does Kenny Florian deserve another opportunity at the UFC Lightweight Championship? Does Fedor deserve two million dollars per fight? Does Cung Le deserve to be ranked amongst the world's best Middleweights? Those things and more as Dustin James and Lotfi Sariahmed draw swords and prepare to do battle!
Submitted Apr 9, 2008 7:14AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Sorting Out the UFC Lightweights
(sherdog.com)
As Kenny Florian showered Joe Lauzon with punches from the mount at UFC Fight Night, the final pieces of a very muddled lightweight picture were undoubtedly being shuffled for the umpteenth time in the mind of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. With Sean Sherk set to challenge champion B.J. Penn for his former title May 24, Silva will have some time to sort things out after watching four of his most promising 155-pounders secure victories last Wednesday in Colorado. "The lightweight class is stacked," said Florian, highlighting Silva's propitious dilemma. "Look at all the guys who won [Wednesday] night and some of the guys who lost. They are all tough."
Submitted Apr 9, 2008 6:52AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Fedor Carries Olympic Torch in St. Petersburg
(sherdog.com)
In a traditional lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, the Olympic torch touched down in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday before heading off to England and France, continuing its world tour. The torch was taken along a 12-mile route through the wide streets and boulevards of the historical river city by a relay of 80 Russian sporting champions, cultural icons and national heroes.
Submitted Apr 9, 2008 6:50AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Monday Morning Reverie: Exactly How Good?
(sherdog.com)
Kenny Florian toppled Joe Lauzon in the main event of UFC Fight Night last Wednesday, a solid event that was the perfect segue to season seven of the hit television series "The Ultimate Fighter." It was a stellar performance by the inaugural "first runner up" from the first TUF reality series, and the win came against a sturdy, albeit young, opponent. But in the wake of Florian's second-round triumph over "J-Lau," the question remains: Exactly how good is Florian?
Submitted Apr 7, 2008 11:08AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
More headaches for YAMMA organizers (Goodgridge KO'd)
(bloodyelbow.com)
Veteran fighter Gary Goodridge (23-15-1), who was scheduled to fight Eric "Butterbean" Esch (10-5-1) in a "Masters Superfight" at YAMMA Pit Fighting's debut show, suffered a knockout at an event this past weekend. The KO, which came to Mu Bae Choi in South Korea, has also knocked Goodridge out of the April 11 YAMMA event. According to a New Jersey Athletic Control Board representative who spoke to fiveouncesofpain.com, Goodridge will not be cleared to fight at next weekend's event due to concerns over health and safety.
Submitted Apr 2, 2008 3:54PM by juanez13 - 12 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Mark Kerr and Ricco Rodriguez added to YAMMA card
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (27-8) has been added to YAMMA Pit Fighting's eight-man heavyweight tournament, and two-time UFC tournament winner Mark Kerr (15-6) will fight in a "Masters Superfight" YAMMA bout vs. Oleg Taktarov (15-5-2). The full card for the event now includes: MASTERS SUPERFIGHTS Mark Kerr vs. Oleg Taktarov Eric "Butterbean" Esch vs. Gary Goodridge HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT George Bush Alexey Oleynik Sherman Pendergarst Marcelo Pereira Ricco Rodrigiez Tony Sylvester Chris Tuscherer Travis Wiuff
Submitted Apr 1, 2008 6:38PM by juanez13 - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Wanderlei Silva Responds To Comments Made By Rampage Jackson
(fightline.com)
"i'm always watching out for the comments here (in the blog) and in PVT (portaldovaletudo.com.br). for my surprise i saw that someone changed my nickname from Axe Murderer to Chump Murderer, but what i have to say is that the nickname is only aplied to one person because the only chump i fought was Quinton (Jackson).
Submitted Apr 1, 2008 6:56AM by grappler0000 - 31 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Highbrow Brutality
(sherdog.com)
Kenny Florian wasn't supposed to be a fighter. He was a smart kid. Focused, always smiling. His parents, immigrants from Peru, preached hard work and education. That's how his father, Augustin, had become a surgeon. He wanted Kenny to be a lawyer. He also wanted his children to be able to defend themselves, though. The Florians were essentially the lone Latino family in a neighborhood about 25 miles outside of Boston. Augustin had earned a black belt in judo and maintained a fierce loyalty for Latino boxers. Didn't matter if his man was 1-40.
Submitted Apr 1, 2008 6:40AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities, UFC
 
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