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S&P Cuts Zuffa’s Credit Rating, Issues Negative Outlook
Standard & Poor's, a leading financial services company, cut Zuffa's credit rating in a report issued Tuesday. The downgrade from "BB" to "BB-" was the result of the company's weaker than expected performance in the third quarter of 2007. This marked "the second consecutive quarter of operating performance that was meaningfully below [S&P's] expectations."
Submitted Nov 28, 2007 6:15PM by TimW001 - 11 comments
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Anderson Silva Denies Issues With Wanderlei Silva, Believes A Fight Between Them Would Be Unlikely
Anderson denies misunderstanding with Wanderlei Rumors about a misunderstanding with his ex teammate from Chute Boxe, Wanderlei Silva, were denied by the middleweight champion from UFC, Anderson Silva. At an interview to the TATAME magazine subscribers, Felipe Maurer Barros asked Anderson if there was any rivalry between him and Wanderlei and if he would have the intention to face him.
Submitted Nov 28, 2007 12:06PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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GSP To Train With Denis Kang For UFC 79 Fight
Two of the mixed martial arts world’s brightest young superstars have decided to join forces north of the United States border. Georges St. Pierre will train alongside former PRIDE stalwart Denis Kang for the first time, as he prepares for his interim UFC welterweight championship bout against Matt Hughes at UFC 79 “Nemesis” on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. St. Pierre made the revelation Tuesday on Fight Network Radio.
Submitted Nov 28, 2007 5:36AM by CornishMMA - 9 comments
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Nathan Marquardt vs.Thales Leites at 81
Nova Uniao middleweight standout Thales Leites confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he will face Nate Marquardt on Feb. 2 at Ultimate Fighting Championship 81. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt says he signed the bout agreement a couple weeks ago. He currently has two fights left on his contract, including the upcoming bout. “I think Nate is a great fighter,” commented Leites. “He’s very technical and is very experienced.” He was originally scheduled to make his UFC debut against Marquardt on the undercard of Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter. Leites, however, was unable to make it to the U.S. due to complications in obtaining a visa. “At this moment I think this will be the toughest fight of my career,” he commented. Since losing his Octagon debut against Martin Kampmann, Leites has compiled three straight victories. He is coming off of a submission win over Ryan Jensen at UFC 74. Marquardt, a seven-time former King of Pancrase, made his UFC debut at the inaugural Ultimate Fight Night in 2005. The Colorado resident built himself up to title contender status, winning four straight in the Octagon including wins over Ivan Salaverry, Joe Doerksen and Dean Lister. He challenged middleweight champion Anderson Silva in July, but succumbed to the dominant Brazilian via strikes in the opening round. “I don’t think the loss will affect him. He is a professional and will come in 100% for this fight, physically and mentally,” said Leites. Silva is quickly becoming one of the most dominating champions in the UFC today. Many potential contenders wait for their opportunity to challenge for his belt. “It is up to the UFC,” said Leites of a shot at Silva. “I just want to do my job and win my fights. When they think that it is my time, I will be ready. I’m not worried about it; I’m happy to fight in the UFC and I want to take it step-by-step towards the title.” For Thales, a win over Marquardt could very well place the Rio de Janeiro resident into title contention, but he remains humble as ever. “I would like to thank all of my fans for the support. I will always do my best.” The only bout that has been officially confirmed by the UFC for Feb. 2 is the likely main event between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. Bouts rumored for UFC 81, but not yet officially confirmed: -Nathan Marquardt vs. Thales Leites -Tyson Griffin vs. Gleison Tibau -Alan Belcher vs. Ricardo Almeida -David Heath vs. Andre Gusmao
Submitted Nov 28, 2007 2:32AM by cmill21 - 4 comments
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Andre Gusmao vs. David Heath at UFC 81
David Heath (7-2) will look to pull his record inside the Octagon above .500 when he meets up with UFC newcomer Andre Gusmao (5-0) at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” on February 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 11:35PM by jay98107 - 5 comments
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UFC Art Book Entitled 'Octagon'
This is an art book filled with many pictures of the UFC and it's fighters. Now much is known about this book except Dana White will be plugging it wednesday ngiht on CNBC's Conversations with Michael Eisner.
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 6:26PM by TimW001 - 8 comments
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Frankie Edgar Discusses Spencer Fisher & Future
There was speculation by some Ultimate Fighting Championship fans as to whether or not Frankie Edgar would be able to handle Spencer ‘The King’ Fisher’s stand up game and in-cage experience. For those who doubted, they don’t anymore. Almost as quickly as the bout began, the momentum of the fight moved in Edgar’s direction, and it was he who dominated the Miletich fighter through the final bell. For a man who has only eight professional fights, Edgar showed the composure of a much more seasoned competitor.
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 5:13PM by adamsb - 7 comments
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January’s UFC 80 Event Will Air on Pay-Per-View
Jan. 19’s UFC 80 event that takes place in Newcastle, England, will be shown on pay-per-view — not on free television as a Spike TV broadcast. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was told of the UFC’s broadcast plans by a representative from one of the nation’s biggest cable companies, who said a Zuffa LLC representative contacted the company about the pay-per-view broadcast.
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 2:03PM by CornishMMA - 12 comments
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Jorge Gurgel vs. John Halverson Set for UFC 82
UFC lightweight Jorge Gurgel (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who runs a mixed-martial-arts training center just north of Cincinnati, and John Halverson (16-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) have agreed to a bout that will take place at a UFC 82 event in Columbus, Ohio. The show is set for March 1 at Nationwide Arena. A source close to Halverson alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the fight earlier this morning. Gurgel’s camp could not immediately be reached for comment
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 1:57PM by adamsb - 11 comments
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Planet Tapout 11.27.07: Interim Is Not So Bad
Though interim implies makeshift, it's not necessarily the worst thing in the world. In the latest edition of Planet Tapout, 411Mania's Lotfi Sariahmed delves into the interim title bouts at UFC 79 and UFC 80 and tells you why there's a lot more good than bad. All that and more in the latest edition of Planet Tapout!
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 10:51AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Quotes From Monday's UFC Press Conference Annoucing Georges St. Pierre as Matt Serra's Replacement
The following are quotes from Monday's UFC press conference: Dana White: "If this were boxing, the event would've been canceled.I have nothing but respect for these two [Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre] for stepping up. Nobody was knocking down our door to fight Hughes on short notice, except for St. Pierre."
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 10:29AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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Brandon Vera Makes Acting Debut in the Philippines
UFC heavyweight contender Brandon Vera, a Filipino-American-Italian fighter who last competed at UFC 77 in October, recently traveled to the Philippines to test his chops as an actor. Showcasing his fighting skills, the 30-year-old will soon appear on “Kamandag,” a new fantasy Philippine drama that airs on the GMA Network. The show, which debuted earlier this month, is based on a novel written by Carlo J. Caparas. The show is a tale of a half-human, half-snake creature who is forced “to live in the mortal world because of the conflict he brings in his birthplace,” according to an official show description. That main character becomes a hero because of his powers.
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 10:26AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Matt Serra Promises To Return
After all the talk and a reality show that fueled a rivalry, Matt Serra had to drop out of his title defense against Matt Hughes due to a devastating back injury that will keep the Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder out of action at least through his December fight date. He spoke exclusively to MMAWeekly.com about the injury and the upcoming bout between Hughes and Georges St-Pierre.
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 7:52AM by CornishMMA - 3 comments
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"UFC: Best of 2007" Airs Dec. 4th on Spike TV
A three-hour, year-end special entitled “UFC: Best of 2007” airs Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV. The special, which re-airs on Saturday, Dec. 15, features highlights from the 2007 fight season, as well as a handful of never-before-seen match-ups that took place on the undercards of Spike TV fight events.
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 6:36AM by CornishMMA - 5 comments
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Philho's going to help chuck....
The JJ and Judo blackbelt, Paulo Filho will travel December 8th to USA to make his first title defence against Chael Sonnen, at WEC 21, which will happen in Dec. 12th. In an exclusive interview for TATAME, Filho told us his preparation for the fight, and about his invitation to train Chuck Liddell for his fight with Wanderlei Silva. "I would never train an American to fight against a Brazilian. I am not a slut, or a prostitute" said the WEC champion. Translated from: Most know that Brazilians are verrry patriotic, surprised he said it like he did lol.
Submitted Nov 27, 2007 3:47AM by cmill21 - 15 comments
Filed under: WEC, UFC
Gray Maynard Returns at UFC Fight Night 12, Possibly Against Matt Grice
Promising lightweights and former collegiate wrestlers Gray Maynard (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Grice (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will likely square off at a UFC Fight Night 12 event that takes place Jan. 23. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first learned of the potential bout last week from a source close to Maynard. Additionally, while a recent guest on ESPN’s “Between Rounds” radio program, Maynard confirmed with show host Ken Gonzalez that the UFC planned for him to return at the upcoming event, though he didn’t mention an opponent. (ESPN’s “Between Rounds” is a content-partner site of MMAjunkie.com.) Calls to Grice were not immediately returned. If officially booked, the Maynard vs. Grice bout could end up on the televised UFC Fight Night 12 main card, which airs on Spike TV. Maynard, a Randy Couture-trained fighter who’s part of the Xtreme Couture team in Las Vegas, appeared on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The 28-year-old posted victories over Wayne Weems in a preliminary fight and Brandon Melendez in the show’s quarterfinals, but he was halted (via guillotine choke) in the quarterfinals by eventual show winner Nate Diaz. Maynard, who wrestled with Rashad Evans at Michigan State Univerity, was then scheduled to fight Rob Emerson at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale in June, but the fight was ruled a no-contest when Maynard slammed his opponent to the mat. Emerson worsened a pre-existing rib injury and was forced to verbally submit, but Maynard temporarily knocked himself out in the process, prompting a ruling of a no-contest. Maynard, though, rebounded for an impressive nine-second KO of newcomer Joe Veres at UFC Fight Night 11 in September. Maynard’s next likely opponent, Grice, is a former University of Oklahoma wrestler who rebounded from a submission loss to Terry Etim at UFC 70 with a split-decision victory over Jason Black at UFC 77 last month. Grice’s collegiate wrestling career was cut short by injuries he suffered in a car accident prior to his freshman year of college. However, when his health improved, he gave professional MMA shot, and the 26-year-old has now lost just once in 10 pro fights. UFC Fight Night 12 also features bouts between Cole Miller and Jeremy Stephens, as well as Patrick Côté vs. Drew McFedries. Potential headliner Mike Swick is rumored to be fighting Josh Burkman at the event, though Burkman was being considered for an upcoming fight with a UFC newcomer earlier this month.
Submitted Nov 26, 2007 9:48PM by Twenty20Dollars - 2 comments
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UFC confrence call with Hughes, GSP, and Dana
UFC 79 on Dec. 29 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas took a huge hit when UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra was forced to pull out of his fight against Matt Hughes after injuring himself in training on Thanksgiving, but UFC president Dana White quickly bounced back by bringing in Georges St. Pierre to face Hughes for the interim title on Saturday.
Submitted Nov 26, 2007 7:42PM by cmill21 - 4 comments
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AUDIO: Hughes, St. Pierre, White conference call
Listen to the entire conference call with Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes and Dana White talking about the fight at UFC 79. The call is pretty long and its broken into two parts. The first part is about 25 minutes and the second part is about 30 minutes.
Submitted Nov 26, 2007 7:30PM by PunchyMcGee - 3 comments
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Corey Hill to Return at UFC Fight Night 12 Against Joe Veres
Corey Hill (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a promising skyscraper of a lightweight who appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” will make his long-awaited official UFC debut against Joe Veres (4-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 12. Veres’ agent, Ken Pavia, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fight had been offered to Veres and that bout agreements have been signed. UFC Fight Night 12 takes place Jan. 23 and airs on Spike TV. Hill, a 6-foot-4 155-pounder from Brooksville, Fla., appeared on the lightweights-only season of “The Ultimate Fighter” earlier this year. On the reality series, he admitted he lied about his past experience to get on the show. He had just one professional fight, though he told show producers he had a few more. Hill eventually defeated Rob Emerson in a preliminary bout but lost to Nate Diaz in the quarterfinals. Despite the 29-year-old’s inexperience, the MMA world has been abuzz about his potential — thanks largely to what is a 8- to 10-inch height advantage (and major reach advantage) over most of his fellow 155-pounders.
Submitted Nov 26, 2007 6:53PM by babalu2720 - 9 comments
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UFC 82: Josh Koscheck vs. Dustin Hazelett fight in the works (Exclusive)
MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) learned late last week that Dustin Hazelett (10-3) has been approached about taking a fight with Josh Koscheck (9-2) at UFC 82 at the Nationwide Arena on March 1 in Columbus, Ohio.
Submitted Nov 26, 2007 5:27PM by nickcuc547 - 9 comments
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