Kimbo-Tyson More Than a Heartbeat Away
Though Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson still has British bomber James Thompson to contend with at EliteXC's debut with CBS on May 31, it hasn't stopped potential suitors from getting in line for a shot at the Internet legend.
Challengers like Strikeforce heavyweight contender Paul Buentello and boxing implant Eric "Butterbean" Esch have publicly voiced their interest in taking on the rising star.
But a rumored bout between "Slice" and 41-year-old former boxing champion Mike Tyson is not in the works, despite various Web site reports posted Thursday stating that the once-feared pugilist has verbally agreed to square off with Slice, 36, in the EliteXC cage.
Pro Elite On Demand to offer Elite XC, Cage Rage, Icon and other fights
Pro Elite — the parent company of MMA organizations such as Elite XC, King of the Cage, Cage Rage, Icon Sport and others — recently announced that its Web site (ProElite.com) will now feature a video On Demand section.
The upgrade will allow fans to access past fights from each of various promotions, which includes bouts that involve notables such as UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn and many other MMA superstars.
In addition, fans will be able to view under card bouts from Elite XC and other Pro Elite events that weren’t aired on the original broadcasts. Fans will have the option to view single fights starting at .99 cents or entire events for just $4.95.
That’s hard to beat.
Unlimited access will also be available in the form of a “Pro Elite Fight Pass,” which is normally $12.95 a month, but will be on sale for $7.95 a month at an introductory price.
Here’s a snip from Douglas Deluca, Pro Elite executive chairman:
“We have hand picked hours upon hours of high-quality MMA content and provided a compelling online product that is accessible to fans on a global scale. With more than 50 hours of combat currently available and 20 hours added monthly, our Fight Pass offering allows MMA fans to gain instant access to all of the MMA action they can handle.”
Head over to ProElite.com for more information and details.
Affliction VP Atencio Debunks Rumors
After months of hush-hush negotiations and a rumor mill working overtime, clothing company Affliction has stepped out of the shadows to announce its entry into fight promotion.
In an appearance on “Inside MMA” last week, Affliction vice president Tom Atencio announced a card to be held July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., featuring a laundry list of top fighters including the ever-elusive Fedor Emelianenko.
Several published reports have put Emelianenko’s asking price at between $1.5 and $2 million. On top of that, a report on Sports Illustrated’s online magazine put total value of fighter’s purses north of $6 million.
Affliction Not Airing On HDNet
Yet. Despite rumors that HDNet was a possible carrier and had a rumored deal to air Affliction, HDNet executives have confirmed those rumors as false. There is a chance, however, that a deal could be made at some point down the road.
Tito Ortiz: Life After the UFC
***********: Tito, you do a million interviews - and with good reason, you're one of the most popular fighters of all time. So I have to ask...are you sick of giving interviews?
Tito Ortiz: No, you know, it's just part of the job. It's something that comes with the work and it's also something that I do very well. I'm not tired of them - I actually enjoy them. I always give good interviews and I have good answers for the fans.
***********: Have your fans stayed loyal with your impending UFC retirement or have you seen some drop off the bandwagon?
Tito Ortiz: Actually, I've seen my fan base increase. They've seen the true colors of Dana and they've seen that I'm not the only one saying something. Many fighters - Randy [Couture], Tim [Sylvia] - are talking about what Dana has been doing. Fans want to support me no matter where I go.
***********: And on that note, can you tell us what's next for you?
Tito Ortiz: Well, nothing official yet. As soon as this fight is over, I have a 30-day waiting period before I can negotiate.
***********: Which organizations are you interested in?
Tito Ortiz: Definitely EliteXC. Affliction seems to be building up well. And they just started with DREAM in Japan. Any organization that will respect me and promote me as the champion that I am.
Shonie Carter headlines PrimetimeFC1; Clay Guida guest referee
Longtime MMA fighter and UFC veteran Shonie Carter (38-17-7) headlines the Primetime Fighting Championship debut event, "Primetime FC 1," which takes place May 30.
Carter will face Midwesterner Demi Deeds (12-4), who goes for his fifth straight victory.
The event, which also features veteran Ron Fields (22-25-1) vs. Bobby Martinez (12-8), takes place at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind.
UFC lightweight Clay Guida, who competed throughout the Midwest before moving onto larger organizations such as Strikeforce and World Extreme Cagefighting, will serve as a guest referee during the event.
Tickets for the show, which range from $20 to $155, are now available at Ticketmaster.
The full card includes:
* Shonie Carter (38-17-7) vs. Demi Deeds (12-4)
* Ron Fields (22-25-1) vs. Bobby Martinez (12-8)
* Boban Simic (7-2-1) vs. Jason Riley (9-0)
* Steve Kinnison (16-11-1) vs. Dustin Neace (21-10-1)
* Antonio Canas (2-2) vs. Paul Martin (0-1)
* Scott Tuggle (2-1) vs. Tony Marti (0-1)
* Chase Minor (6-0) vs. Brandon Munson (6-1)
* Jesse Chilton (11-3) vs. TBA
* Ramy Daoud (2-1) vs. Christian Neilsen (0-2)
* Jeremy Ashley (2-4) vs. Jon Murphy (3-1)
* Jay Estrada (21-8) vs. Dave Love (9-7-1)
* Said Hatim (0-0) vs. Michael Hampton (0-0)
Nick Diaz vs Hayato ‘Mach’ Sakurai DREAM 5 fight to determine welterweight champion
Nick Diaz (16-7) will fight Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (32-8-2) for the first-ever DREAM welterweight title at the Osakajo Hall in Osaka, Japan, on July 21, accordingly to MMAWeekly.com.
Diaz earned the right to challenge for the vacant strap with a first round technical knockout of Katsuya Inoue at DREAM 3 this past weekend. It was a fight that almost scrapped but was given the green light at the last minute by ProElite officials, which turned out to be a wise decision in hindsight.
He is healthy enough to challenge Muhsin Corbbrey at the Elite XC show slated for the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 14 (a cause for alarm prior to the fight) and he is a possible star in the making overseas — Diaz was involved in a sensational bout with Takanori Gomi … something more than likely still fresh in the minds of Japanese MMA fans.
Sakurai, on the other hand, is coming of a surprise submission loss to David Baron at Shooto: “Tradition 1? earlier this month. “Mach” — who was recently courted by the UFC to no avail — has already competed under the DREAM banner, defeating Hidetaka Monma via technical knockout in the inaugural event back in March.
This should be an extremely exciting fight, which will punctuate the finals of the 2008 Dream Lightweight Grand Prix … what a night for mixed martial arts it is shaping up to be.
JZ Out 3-4 Months With Torn ACL
Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante revealed last week that he has been sidelined with a torn ACL, an injury that likely will keep him out 3-4 months. He hopes to return to DREAM by the end of the year.
DREAM has just signed Kid Yamamoto. Set to fight at DREAM.4
DreamFighters.com's reporter/contributer "MMAPhD" has reported that Kid Yamamoto has just signed a fight deal with DREAM, as is set to fight at DREAM.4
As quoted earlier by Kid Yamamoto"
"I don't know when my next fight is yet, but I'm sure I fight in DREAM and I hope I can fight in Jun or July."
"At first, I want DREAM to have a lighter weight class than the light weight class. 63 to 64 kg is ideal."
Andre Arlovski vs Ben Rothwell at Affliction: Banned
Affliction just announced today that Andre Arlovski and Ben Rothwell will fight each other at Affliction: Banned on July 19.
The “Banned” fight card will be the first show promoted by Affliction and has one of the best fight cards of the year. Both Rothwell and Arlovski are under contract with Adrenaline MMA but are fighting with permission on the Affliction card. Since the inaugural Adrenaline event is just a month earlier, both fighters will not be available for the Adrenaline show. The Adrenaline website does say both fighters are still scheduled to compete on the second Adrenaline fight card on September 6.
Manhoef Goes From Surgery to Dream Fight
Keeping it a secret from Dream officials, Melvin Manhoef fought on the recent DREAM.3 card on Sunday night in Japan, only a couple of weeks removed from surgery.
Manhoef fought and lost by way of knockout to Remy Bonjasky on April 26 in Amsterdam. The bout was part of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008, fought under K-1 kickboxing rules.
On Sunday, May 11, in Saitama, Manhoef then fought under mixed martial arts rules, defeating Korean fighter Dae Won Kim in the first round of their fight at DREAM.3.
In his post-fight interview following the MMA bout, Manhoef revealed, “I didn't tell either Dream or K-1, but I was injured in my last fight against Remy Bonjasky. Because I received a lot of kicks and punches in the ribs, I had to have surgery to take out blood from behind the lung and I was hospitalized for seven days. So, I couldn't fight as aggressively as I wanted, I needed to be patient.”
This explains why he didnt look as impressive or explosive as usual at Dream 3, i hope he has a full recovery and gets the knockout in Manhoef fashion at Dream 4. WAR MANHOEF!
MMA WEEKLY DREAM 3 EVENT PHOTOS
DREAM on Sunday held its second event in two weeks at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan before 21,789 fans.
The focus was on the second round of the promotion’s lightweight grand prix. Caol Uno upset Mitsuhiro Ishida to move on in the tournament, along with Eddie Alvarez and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
In fact, Alvarez’s performance was part of a fight that is already being considered a candidate for “fight of the year.”
After a tumultuous week, Nick Diaz proved his mettle, defeating Katsuya Inoue midway through the first round. He earned a shot at the DREAM welterweight championship. Diaz will now face Hayato “Mach” Sakurai on July 21 at DREAM.5.
MMAWeekly.com’s Scott Petersen was there to capture all of the action.
Three title fights at May 30 American Fight League event
The American Fight League has announced its full card for May 30's "AFL: BULLETPROOF," the first-ever mixed martial arts event to take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
Three titles will be on the line as AFL lightweight champ Diego Saraiva meets challenger Josh Cate, and AFL welterweight title-holder Douglas Lima takes on Brent Weedman.
Additionally, George Lockhart and George Allen meet for the AFL's first-ever AFL middleweight title, and UFC veteran Dan Christison takes on Sam Holloway.
The full card includes:
* Junior Assuncao vs. Torrance Taylor
* Champ Diego Saraiva vs. Josh Cate (for AFL lightweight title)
* Dan Christison vs. Sam Holloway
* Champ Douglas Lima vs. Brent Weedman (for AFL welterweight title)
* George "Loaded" Lockhart vs. George Allen (for first-ever AFL middleweight title)
* Robi Ramey vs. David curby
* Todd Duffee vs. Steve Banks
* Ethan Garrison vs. Willy Smalls
The AFL has also confirmed that two marquee signings will be revealed during the May 30 event. Both fighters will be in attendance.
Up until the AFL secured Phillips Arena, the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission had never approved MMA for the 21,000-capacity arena. The card features a number of Atlanta-area fighters, including Saraiva, a UFC veteran.
Tickets for the event, which range from $27 to $202, are now on sale at Ticketmaster.
Think American MMA Is Brutal? Check Japan
Mixed martial arts has a perception problem in the United States. From the guy who runs CBS saying it was a mistake to sign a deal with EliteXC to athletic commission officials saying there's more drug use in MMA than in boxing to negative stories in the Washington Post and Associated Press, a lot of casual American sports fans are left with the impression that the sport is savage and dangerous.
But the reality is that MMA in the United States is far more advanced than MMA in other countries in terms of taking the health of fighters seriously. Take this from Dave Meltzer's piece about this weekend's Dream.3 show:
Japanese MMA is still a completely different animal than the UFC, because the former has no governmental regulation. There is no steroid testing. Many of the matches are made at the last minute, and in one case, a fighter, Melvin Manhoef, was in the ring just two weeks after taking a knockout in a kickboxing match, something that would never be allowed in a major U.S. commission state.
ProElite.com Introduces MMA Video On Demand
ProElite.com, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) social networking and entertainment Web site, today unveiled its online offering of video-on-demand (VOD). Leveraging their industry-leading library of MMA events, ProElite.com’s VOD features high-quality streaming, top-notch competition, and world-class fight brands.
MMA fans will be able to purchase VOD at ProElite.com on a fight-by-fight and full-event basis starting as low as 99 cents and $4.95, respectively. Fighters include Kimbo Slice, Anderson Silva, BJ Penn, Gina Carano, Jake Shields and more going toe-to-toe in events produced by EliteXC, ShoXC, Cage Rage, ICON Sport and Rumble on the Rock. ShoXC’s undercard footage, featuring the up and comers of MMA, will be offered free of charge.
Additionally, ProElite is introducing the “ProElite Fight Pass,” which provides unlimited access to the entire VOD library and any future PPV event streams for an introductory price of $7.95 per month. Fight Pass is regularly priced at $12.95 per month.