Lightweight GP matchups set for 'Sengoku' 4
World Victory Road announced Thursday Takanori Gomi's opponent and the matchups for the start of its Lightweight Grand Prix at "Sengoku" 4 on August 24.
Gomi will face DEEP lightweight champion Pang Seung Hwan in the main event, as rumored.
As part of the Lightweight Grand Prix, eight competitors will do battle for spots on the November semifinal/final card, where the eventual tournament winner will earn a shot at Gomi for the "Sengoku" lightweight belt. The four opening round bouts are:
Ford-Healy Headlines MFC’s Latest Sellout
Rising prospect Ryan Ford will try to make good on his bid for Maximum Fighting Championship’s welterweight title this weekend as he takes on longtime veteran Pat Healy in the promotion’s latest event at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada tomorrow night.
“I’ve wanted to have Pat Healy in the MFC for some time,” MFC President Mark Pavelich said in a recent press release. “Ryan has never wavered one bit in his confidence and it doesn’t matter to him who he fights for the title. Pat is one of the toughest and most dangerous fighters anywhere. When these two guys collide in the middle of the ring, there is going to be an unbelievable explosion of speed, power and aggression. Our beautiful new title belt will deservedly go to the winner of this clash.”
Babalu Against Ortiz ?
One of the more interesting comments to come from the recent Affliction show was from Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Babalu made it very clear who he wants to fight next.
I told Tom Atencio who the one guy I want him to sign is,” said Sobral, “Tito Ortiz is my dream fight.”
A potential Sobral vs. Ortiz would be a big one for Affliction - mainly because it would mean they have Ortiz under contract. It would also have a lot of appeal to the casual fan because Babalu is a name most people are familiar with from his fights with Chuck Liddell. Affliction could position the winner as its first light heavyweight champion.
AFFLICTION NEARING OCT. 11 DATE IN LAS VEGAS
Despite much speculation about a possible Nov. 8 date for the next event from fledgling MMA promotion Affliction, MMAWeekly.com has learned from multiple sources close to the negotiations that the promotion is instead nearing finalization of an Oct. 11 date for its next event
UFC Veterans Headline XP3 Saturday
XP3 Promotions, will hold their inaugural event this Saturday night, entitled “The Xtreme Pro Challenge”, at the Hofheinz Pavilion on the campus of the University of Houston. The show will feature a total of ten fights and will be headlined by a trio of UFC veterans.
The night’s main event will feature longtime veteran and “Ultimate Fighter 4” cast member Shonie Carter as he takes on infamous fighter Shannon Ritch in a middleweight bout. Carter is currently riding a two-fight winning streak while Ritch last earned a submission of Jasper Lockett in March.
Also taking place on the card will be former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez going up against Jonathan Ivey and multiple-time UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr facing Ralph Kelly.
Baroni-Alfonso Inked for Fall PFC
Fresh off his successful welterweight debut earlier this month, Phil Baroni will attempt to stay undefeated in his new weight class when he faces former World Extreme Cagefighting mainstay Olaf Alfonso at the Palace Fighting Championship’s scheduled “Explosive” event on September 26th.
MMA on Tap confirmed the main event matchup with PFC promoter Christian Printup over the weekend. The card will also feature a number of notable fighters in action including WEC veterans Antonio Banuelos and Charlie Valencia as well as a PFC welterweight title fight between Bryan Travers and Morris Aldaco.
CBS Title Bout Saturday, Bar Exam Monday
Nick Thompson (Pictures) has eaten "chicken, brown rice and spinach to the point of nausea." He doesn’t see his friends, rarely spends time with his family and never goes out on weekends. Vacations? The man didn’t even go on his honeymoon.
This ascetic lifestyle represents only a fraction of the sacrifices professional fighters like Thompson make to compete in the dog-eat-dog world of mixed martial arts.
Training alongside former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures) at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, Thompson pushes his conditioning to the limit day after day with the same type of insane “caveman workouts” that garnered Sherk attention at the Athletic Performance Institute. If you recall the pre-event broadcast for UFC 73 last July, those same drills had Sherk growling and gnashing his teeth like a feral beast.
Sherk caught a lot of flak for his steroid debacle, but his grit cannot be questioned. As Sherk’s training partner, Thompson feels a lot of the “Muscle Shark’s” blue-collar mentality has rubbed off on him, which, in turn, has been critical in transforming him into a consummate professional in everything from training to dieting.
Affliction 2: November 8?
That's the likely plan according to sources close to Affliction. Affliction's VP would only say, however that "When" is the beginning of November and "Where" hasn't been decided upon yet.
"Affliction: Banned" draws 14,832 for $2.1 million gate
This past Saturday's "Affliction: Banned" event drew a total attendance of 14,832 -- a small increase from the night's announced attendance of 13,988 -- for a live gate of $2,085,510.
The numbers, certified by the California State Athletic Commission, were today sent to media members, including MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The debut event for Affliction Entertainment took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Part of the card aired on FSN before switching to pay per view.
Of the 14,832 total tickets, 11,242 were sold, and 3,590 were complimentary and given away.
Although initially announced as a sold-out event, the CSAC reports that 15,572 tickets were available, and 740 went unsold/unused. The majority of those "deadwood" tickets were from the $200 (352 tickets) and $100 (248)sections.
Among the event's 3,590 complimentary tickets, most were for the cheapear seating areas, including the $150 (1,079), $100 (822) and $50 (652) sections. Ticket prices ranged from $45 to $1,000.
*MMATraining Affliction Write up (Funny + Pics)
These guys did a write up that had me laughing pretty hard plus a bunch of pics.
Check it out here
This made me laugh:
1. Megadeath. I mean really ugly. These guys sucked in the 80’s and it turns out they continue to suck. That being said, the crowd seemed in to it… until they realized it really was Megadeath.
DREAM 5 Preview
An absolutely huge weekend for American MMA has overshadowed what looks to be a very solid card from Japan's heavyweight organization, Dream. The love child of Dream Stage Entertainment and K-1's Fighting and Entertainment Group, Dream's efforts have steadily improved with each card. This offering should continue that trend, highlighted by an extremely exciting and relevant conclusion to the Light Weight Grand Prix.
The first semi-final fight pits rising Rubber Guard juggernaut Shinya Aoki with the poular Japanese veteran Caol Uno. Uno surprised the MMA world by defeating the relentless Mitsuhiro Ishida by rear naked choke in the quarter final round. He has an uphill battle, however, with the "Tobikan Judan" who will have a decided size advantage and owns a better grappling pedigree. Aoki enters the bout with victories over American Top Team star Gesias Cavalcante and Japanese wrestler Katsuhiko Nagata.
Alvarez proving himself against the world’s top lightweights
Great interview with Eddie, here's wishing him well tonight!
Eddie Alvarez didn’t get into mixed martial arts intending to be a champion, but the Philadelphia native is a couple of wins away from winning the prestigious DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix and establishing himself as one of the best in the world in his weight class.
A two-time All America wrestler in high school, Alvarez says he was no stranger to the occasional scuffle and figured he may as well get paid to do it.
“In the beginning I was just doing it as a hobby,” Alvarez says.
But it didn’t take long for Alvarez (14-1) to make a name for himself on the New Jersey MMA circuit, utilizing his heavy hands, strong boxing skills and wrestling background. In just his fifth professional fight, Alvarez defeated experienced journeyman Seichi Ikemoto with a second round TKO, one of ten knockouts in his career.
Affliction Pay-per-view Expectations & Bar Sales
The pay-per-view numbers for Affliction: Banned will be among some of the most anticipated and watched of the year. A strong number will be evidence that there is a market for MMA outside of the UFC. A weak number will provide support to the notion that there is no market for MMA, only for the UFC. The obvious question then is: what constitutes a good or a bad number?
Last week, Affliction Entertainment COO Michael Cohen told MMAPayout.com that he guaranteed the event would do above 50,000 buys, while Affliction VP Tom Atencio has publicly stated that it would take 250,000 buys for the show to break even. Based on the fact that no MMA event outside of the UFC has broken 100,000 buys, conventional wisdom around the industry is that anything above that mark would be a success.
MMAPayout.com has learned that bar sales for Banned are believed to have been around 700. For comparison, it is believed that the UFC typically has between 750-1,000 in bar sales. However, it should be noted that it isn’t clear whether or not the Affliction event was offered at a discount to the UFC’s events.
That number may give credence to what appeared to be a growing sense of optimism concerning the event’s chances on pay-per-view within the industry over the last week. Officials at InDemand were also reportedly excited about the events prospects.
The Secret's Out: Fedor's the Best MMA Has
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Going into Saturday's Affliction fight card — billed with characteristic modesty as "the greatest MMA show of All-time" — Fedor Emelianenko was cast as The Russian. There had been reams of copy citing "Rocky" villain Ivan Drago as his spiritual ancestor.