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CPC Movies: Who Says It's too Late for a 2008 Preview?
2007 turned out to be the biggest year in the history of MMA, and it had some of the best fights in a long time. I dubbed 07 as the “Year of the Lightweights,” with so many great fights coming from the 155-pound division, and we start out this year with a great lightweight fight at the first event of the year. UFC 80 featured Joe “Daddy” Stevenson taking on BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight title. Penn defeated Stevenson in the second round by submission and will now face Sean Sherk at UFC 84 for the lightweight title. We’re already more than a month into the year, but who says it’s too late to do a preview? 2008 should be yet another great year for MMA, and I look for the sport to take even more steps into the mainstream of American and world acceptance. I’ll break down the situation in each of the six major weight classes as well as some of the top stories to look for in the upcoming year.
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 1:21PM by ohiostate1016 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, EliteXC, General MMA
Big Update On "Dream" Fight Card On 3/15
The following are fights and participants tenatively scheduled for the debut show from the new "Dreams" promotion which runs on March 15th at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan: Lightweight Grand Prix (16-Man Tournament) Fights: -Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias Calvancanti Others Confirmed For Tourney: -Gilbert Melendez -Tatsuya Kawajiri -Caol Uno -Mitsuhiro Ishida -Joachim Hansen -Kazuyuki Miyata -Andre Dida -Luiz Buscape -Kourtetsu Boku -Artur Oumakhanov -Jung Bu-Kyung Non-Tournament Fights: -Mirko CroCop vs. TBA -Denis Kang vs. TBA -Marcelo Garcia vs. TBA I'm so Excited !
Mirko Cro Cop discusses possible DREAM opponents and eventual return to UFC (Video)
Submitted Feb 17, 2008 4:36PM by juanez13 - 8 comments
Filed under: Interviews, Other MMA Organizations
World Victory Road thoughts
Should be a good fight for Gomi I love watching him fight. The rest of the card is shaping up nicely as well. I may just book this night off work and drink beer and eat pizza.... WHOS WITH ME?!! If WVR keeps putting out cards like this I think they'll be serious competition for the UFC with in a year or two!
Gomi to face Ludwig - March 5th - Sengoku
Sengoku I Date: March 5th, 2008 Place: National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, Japan Fights: Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Josh Barnett Kazuo Misaki vs. Siyar Bahadurzada Makoto Takimoto vs. Evangelista Cyborg Takanori Gomi vs. Duane Ludwig Ryo Kawamura vs. Antonio Braga Neto Fabricio Monteiro vs. Nick Thompson Kazuyuki Fujita vs. TBA I would have to assume this means Ludwig will not fight on the 2/23 Strikeforce card as has been planned for the past few weeks but who knows. EDITED: Sherdog put the news up so I switched to the Sherdog link instead of the previous one.
BET’s “Iron Ring Fighting” Finale Taped Monday in New Orleans
“Iron Ring Fighting,” an upcoming MMA reality/show competition that debuts next month on Black Entertainment Television (BET), will tape its season finale this coming Monday, Feb. 18, at the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, La. The event will feature competitors from the TV show, which is in its final stages of production. The show, which is set to debut on BET sometime next month, features six teams of fighters that are “managed” by Floyd Mayweather, Nelly, Ludacris and other sports and entertainment notables. Coaches, which include former UFC and PRIDE fighters, are also assigned to each team.
Fujita Signs With World Victory Road, Baroni Off
World Victory Road has signed PRIDE veteran and former IWGP Heavyweight wrestling Champion Kazuyuki Fujita to a contract. WVR also announced the Phil Baroni-Sanae Kikuta fight is off due to Baroni signing with ProElite.
Pit Bosses: Premature Thoughts on YAMMA Fighting
Not since the progeny of singer David Bowie was christened Zowie -- swear to God -- has popular culture suffered a name as patently offensive to good taste as YAMMA Pit Fighting, the latest in the me-too march of MMA offerings. Too harsh by half? Perhaps, but with two months to go before YAMMA makes its official debut at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., there's precious little else about the promotion to comment on. Pit Fighting founder Bob Meyrowitz -- there's one for the résumé -- has been evasive in questions pertaining to the YAMMA fighting surface, alleged to revolutionize how we view the combat sports. No participants have been officially announced, though it's known that Meyrowitz plans on dusting off combatants from the UFC's heyday for a series of "Master" class super fights. The event will also use a single-night tournament to crown champions, a dubious honor awarded more for luck than skill. Couple this with the rumored reunion tour of New Kids on the Block, and you'll forgive anyone who mistakes 2008 for 1994.
Submitted Feb 11, 2008 2:08PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Kevin Randlemen signs with WVR
Kevin Randlemen says himself that he has signed with World Victory Road. Other fighters (rumored) to have signed with WVR are: Takanormi Gomi Josh Barnett Jeff Monson Hidehiko Yoshida Kazua Misaki
Submitted Feb 10, 2008 3:34PM by loller90278 - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous, PrideFC
Icon Sport Strips Lawler of Title (Due to Inactivity)
Icon Sport has stripped middleweight champion Robbie Lawler for failing to defend the crown in a timely fashion. The Hawaii-based promotion announced the decision during a Saturday press conference.
Lauzon Wins in WCF; ‘Upgrade' to WEC Near?
EDIT: I forgot to mention that Dan told me he was "shooting for the end of this year" when I asked him if he wanted back in the UFC
YAMMA Pit Fighting Books Don Frye vs. Oleg Taktarov for April 11
The upstart YAMMA Pit Fighting organization, which was recently founded by UFC creator Bob Meyrowitz, has booked a fight between UFC pioneers Don Frye (18-6-1) and Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov (15-5-2). According to Frye, the fight will take place at the organization’s inaguaral show, which is set for April 11 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. “I hope (YAMMA) made the announcement because I just signed to fight Oleg Taktarov,” Frye said.
HDNet Partners with Strikeforce
HDnet Fights has partnered with Strikeforce to televise four of the California-based promotion's events in 2008. Starting with its first foray outside the Golden State on Feb. 23, live coverage of "Strikeforce at The Dome," headlined by Bob Sapp's mixed martial arts debut in a cage, begins at 10:30 p.m. ET from Tacoma, Wash.
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 1:50PM by madmarck - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Other MMA Organizations
Rage In The Cage XVI
"Wildfire" Johnny Rage returns with his weekly column. In this week's column he tackles UFC 81, a preview of UFC 82, World Victory Road and his thoughts on MMA "Smart Fans" and his thoughts on the Super Bowl.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 2:45PM by tberg420 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous, Other MMA Organizations
Yoshida-Barnett in March
World Victory Road has confirmed that Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida (Pictures) will meet Josh Barnett (Pictures) in the main event of the promotion's March 5 debut card at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1 in Tokyo, Japan.
Two Q&A's with Rogerio Nogueira
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira spent the first part of 2007 dedicating himself to training boxing for the Pan-American Games. The Brazilian did well, capturing the bronze medal and losing only to the champion of his weight class. Now his focus is back on MMA, and he will face Todd Gouwenberg on Friday in Canada at Hardcore Championship Fighting. In two interviews with Sherdog.com, the first in Brazil with Gleidson Venga and the second the day before he fights in Canada, "Minotoro" discusses his return.
Submitted Feb 1, 2008 11:59AM by madmarck - 1 comment
Filed under: Interviews, Other MMA Organizations
European Throwdown: France Comes to the Party
There was a collective sigh of relief throughout mixed martial arts circles in France last Sunday when news broke that the government had legalized the sport after a long struggle. The country was the last of the major European nations that still banned MMA.
Loiseau Excited to be Back in the Cage
It's been eight months since David Loiseau last stepped into a cage, and he just wants to fight. Finally, the popular Canadian middleweight will get his chance on Saturday when he takes on Jason Day at Hardcore Championship Fighting's "Destiny" event at Calgary's Stampede Corral.
Minor Hitches at HCF Weigh-Ins
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 31 -- The upcoming weekend is a telling example of how the MMA floodgates have broken wide open. UFC, Bodog Fight, Cage Rage and a myriad of smaller shows are happening over the next few days, keeping fighters employed and fans entertained. Kicking the weekend off on Friday is Hardcore Championship Fighting. The Canadian promotion has scheduled a compelling lineup that will treat fans to a show of international proportions.
Breaking News: Gomi to World Victory Road
World Victory Road is set to announce the signing of Takanori Gomi, a source has confirmed to Sherdog.com. Gomi, 29, was one of MMA's most prized free agents following the Zuffa buyout of the PRIDE Fighting Championships last year. Gomi has been courted by several promoters in recent months, including K-1 and HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group, as well as UFC and WEC company Zuffa. While the source could not confirm the length of Gomi's deal with WVR, the deal will see Gomi debut for the promotion on their March 5 Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1. The Japanese standout will earn approximately $190,000 USD per bout.
Submitted Jan 31, 2008 5:06AM by CornishMMA - 16 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, PrideFC