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Sherk works on reputation restoration
From his shredded abdomen to his massive trapezius to his cauliflower ears, Sean Sherk looks every bit the wrestler. He’s built like a guy who could pick you up and drive you repeatedly into the mat for the sheer joy of it. It’s pretty much what he did to Kenny Florian when he won the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title at UFC 64 in Las Vegas on Oct. 14, 2006. That raw power is what has helped him to become one of the world’s elite mixed martial artists.
Strange brew: Interview with Dan Miller
If Miller Light was everything you wanted in a beer (and less) then Dan Miller might be everything you want in an MMA fighter (with less hype). Dan’s a down-to-earth guy, and just like his lightweight brother Jim, Dan is willing to take a fight on a moment’s notice. When Dan Miller was trying to get his UFC shot, he told matchmaker Joe Silva he would be ready to go at any time — it didn’t matter if he got a week or two days notice — he would fight for him. He’s apparently a man of his word, living up to the reputation ever since — whenever Joe Silva gives him the call, he’ll say yes. Just like Miller Light, Dan Miller is a good call.
Wanderlei On Anderson: I Want To Fight Him
Wanderlei Silva has another big challenge on his plate when he fights Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany next month. But lately, he’s had his eye on a new, or old, challenge. There could be another Silva on his horizon; that of former training partner Anderson. The two sweated and bled together at Chute Boxe in their formative years, near the apex of Wanderlei’s time in Pride. Office politics put them on different paths, with Anderson leaving the academy in 2005 over issues on the control of his career. But they stayed friendly, at least until recently.
ROUSIMAR PALHARES SUFFERS BROKEN LEG
UFC fighter Rousimar Palhares suffered a fractured tibia in training while wrestling. He underwent surgery on Thursday night at Hospital Miguel Couto in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to a report by Martins Denis on intheguard.tv.
Preview of Dana White on ESPN E60
Catch a sneak peek at Dana's interview on ESPN which airs this Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm EST on ESPN.
Submitted May 8, 2009 7:08PM by BrutalKnockOut - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Hackleman, White War over Liddell’s Future
Chuck Liddell’s recently updated Wikipedia biography refers to him as a “former” mixed martial artist. Not so fast Wiki. To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Liddell’s retirement following his first-round technical knockout loss against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97 last month have been greatly exaggerated. That’s according to the man who arguably knows “The Iceman” better than anyone, his longtime trainer John Hackleman. Hackleman said the 39-year-old superstar is mulling his career options, hasn’t made any decision and is in no hurry to do so.
Regarding TUF 9, How Real is Reality TV?
Check out an interesting write up on this season of the Ultimate Fighter, and the potential bias the camera's are showing us.
Submitted May 8, 2009 4:26AM by BrutalKnockOut - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Miscellaneous
Matt Serra's UFC 98 Video Blog - Episode 2
If you saw the first episode of Serra's video blog, you know how entertaining it is. In this episode Matt gets a haircut, takes a drug test for the UFC, among other things. Check it out!
Submitted May 8, 2009 12:43AM by BrutalKnockOut - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Fight Camp / Team
UFC Undisputed Projected Sales: 2 Million
Bloomberg News has a nice piece up that gives some good insight to the numbers game behind the UFC 2009 Undisputed video game that will be hitting stores soon. The article also gives the first intimations of how the title may do at the cash register: UFC’s male fan base is a main reason Todd Mitchell, a technology analyst with Kaufman Bros. in New York, projects the game will sell more than 2 million copies in nine months. The UFC license runs through 2011 and may be extended, said Julie MacMedan, a THQ spokeswoman. The company is probably paying UFC about 17 percent of sales or a guaranteed minimum, said Mitchell, who recommends the stock and doesn’t own it. “UFC 2009 Undisputed” returns THQ to its expertise making fighting games. WWE titles have brought in $1.5 billion in sales over the past decade. The company spent more than $20 million developing the UFC game and will expense “not quite” as much on marketing, Farrell said. A little quick math pegs the 2 million in sales by the 59.99 list price yields a gross sales figure of $120 million. If we figure the UFC is being paid the license fee off of gross, that would yield the UFC just over $20 million on the deal; if off of wholesale which generally runs 45 to 50% would mean somewhere in the $10 million range. Another interesting figure is the sunk cost they have in both marketing and production. Between the two they are looking at probably a $35 million outlay. This is a good chunk of money, but is the first step in establishing a a franchise title, which THQ hopes the Undisputed title will be. Subsequent years will have a lowered production cost with the engine merely being tweaked, instead of made from scratch. Marketing cost as well will dip due to the brand awareness established during the initial launch.
Shane Carwin Wants Whoever Holds The Belt After UFC 100
Although he would be happy with having to perhaps go through Cheick Kongo first, Shane Carwin recently noted that his end goal is still either Brock Lesnar or Frank Mir-namely the one who leaves UFC 100 with the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship. But Carwin remains willing to do whatever is necessary to get there.
CONFIRMED: SPIKE want “Rampage” vs. Evans/Machida for TUF 10
MMABay can reveal that the roles of season ten “Ultimate Fighter” are set to be offered to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the winner of the UFC 98 light heavyweight title fight between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.
UFC Hall Of Fame To Add Two During UFC 100 Weekend
While who the newest members will be isn't known, it was revealed yesterday that 2 more fighters will be added to the UFC Hall Of Fame during UFC 100 weekend at the UFC Fan Expo. They will become the 6th & 7th members of the UFC Hall Of Fame.
Raising Cain: An interview with Cain Velasquez
Forget everything you ever knew about heavyweight fighters in the UFC. The days of beer bellies and pear-shaped goliaths that once made a spectacle of the most watched weight class in all of combat sports are mercifully, coming to an end. This isn’t MMA. This is MMA 2.0. This is Cain Velasquez.
UFC 99 Comes Under Attack From German Politicians
A public dispute erupted yesterday after the Cologne City Council discussed the UFC's entry into Germany. Event organizers claim that the council is hell bent on foiling the upcoming event. "MMA is not a sport because it legitimatizes death and serious injury. The only aim is to destroy your opponent." Adding further: "I personally find disgusting ... Here one finds the lowest human instincts. "
Rampage may be offered TUF 10 Coaching Spot
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson is being considered for a second run as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter, Fighters Only has been told by a US source. The former light-heavyweight champion was apparently a big hit with Spike TV executives thanks to his charismatic and extrovert nature.
Gonzaga vs Tuchscherer at UFC 102
A heavyweight bout between former contender Gabriel Gonzaga and newcomer Chris Tuchscherer is likely for UFC 102 on August 29. MMAWeekly.com learned of the match-up Wednesday through multiple sources close to the fight, confirming both parties have agreed to the contest. Its funny, I was just thinking the other day that the ufc needs to sign this guy. If you haven't seen him, check out some of his fights
Royce Gracie talks Lesnar vs Emelianenko and no-showing UFC 100 (Video)
Thiago Alves going the extra mile to make Georges St. Pierre pay at UFC 100
“It’s going to be a good camp [in Colorado]. It’s going to be five weeks. We’ve got our house and everything, and all we are going to do is train and sleep and train…. It’s a title shot … I’m going to do everything I can to get there, and Colorado is just another thing that I have to do…. I’m going to look for the knockout. I’m going to make him pay for every mistake. I know he doesn’t make many mistakes, but … I’m going to make him make those mistakes, and he is going to pay for everything.”
BJ Penn video blog for May 5: UFC 101 training
Howard Davis Jr.: Chuck Liddell Should Take a Year Off, Retirement Decision Should Be His to Make
American Top Team boxing coach and Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr. spoke with me about his work with Chuck Liddell prior to his UFC 97 loss against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Contrary to what some people believe, Davis said he really did work with Liddell for about two and a half months, and while he didn’t change his style he did try to add a couple tools to Liddell’s game. Here Davis talks about what Liddell’s recent loss means for his career, and whether he thinks the former UFC champ should call it quits like Dana White is insisting he do. He also touches on the addictive “drug” of being a world champion fighter, and why he thinks Liddell has seemed more vulnerable in recent bouts – and it’s not because he’s getting old.
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