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Little Nog headed to UFC
(demandmma.com)
One of the few top ten light heavyweights that is not in the Zuffa has apparently signed with the company, according to his brother, Big Nog.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 3:32PM by BrutalKnockOut - 31 comments
Filed under: UFC, PrideFC
 
UFC 102 Far From Sold Out; Economy, Taxes Problematic
(mmapayout.com)
A story that’s seemingly flown right under the radar the last couple weeks is the fact that the UFC is having trouble selling tickets for its 102 event to be held at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The venue holds nearly 20,000 people for an MMA event, but has sold just over 9,000 tickets to date. It’s surprising news for a number of reasons: Randy Couture is an Oregon boy, MMA is fairly popular in the state, and the UFC has built up a tremendous amount of momentum in recent months. When you look deeper, however, it’s not so surprising at all that UFC 102 is struggling to fill its arena. The UFC was actually slated to bring their show to Portland back in November of 2008, but it is believed that the organization cancelled those plans and chose Las Vegas instead due to a combination of the poor economy in Oregon and exhoribidant event taxation in Portland. Fast forward to 2009 and the economy is only getting worse: Oregon’s economy, bad as it is, will get even worse over the coming months, threatening double-digit unemployment and early school closures while sucking billions of dollars from the state budget, according to a forecast released Friday. “We’re falling basically into a pit,” said state economist Tom Potiowsky. He had the unenviable job of telling stone-faced state officials how much — or how little — they can spend on education, aid to the poor and other programs. According to Potiowsky’s forecast, which is used to set state spending levels, the current state budget will come up short by $855 million. For the 2009-11 budget, the gap between projected revenue and the rising cost of state services grows to $3 billion. The sharp drop stems from the same forces that clobbered the nation’s economy: dried-up export markets, tumbling home values, falling stock prices and frightened consumers. “The perfect storm is here,” Potiowsky said. “And Oregon is feeling the recession stronger than many other states.” He predicted Exacerbating the problem even further are the 6% gross receipt taxes levied by both the Oregon State Athletic Commission and the City of Portland for MMA events held in the city - ie., 12%.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 11:21AM by ncordless - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White says Kimbo Slice will be kicked off Ultimate Fighter if he screws up (video)
(examiner.com)
Dana White says that he will kick Kimbo Slice off Ultimate Fighter show if he screws up... yeah, but not until he has brought in 1 millions fans. Kimbo is a huge draw and White knows it, but unlike Strikefarce the UFC does not need Kimbo to survive and is making millions without him.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 9:00AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC notes: White, Silva disagree on chances of fight vs. Machida
(cbssports.com)
As Anderson Silva and Lyota Machida continue to tear through the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, Dana White addressed the possibility of the two champions and friends meeting in the Octagon. "It has nothing to do with friendship," White said. "It's about seeing who's the best."
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 8:57AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Legend Matt Hughes’s Manager: It’s Time For Matt Serra To Move On
(fighters.com)
“There has not been discussion on [a rematch between former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes (41-7) and "Terror” Matt Serra (9-6)]. I really thought all the talking was over after the fight,” Hughes’s manager Brian Patton told Fighters.com Monday night in response to an interview Serra gave to MMA Weekly Monday in which Serra called for a rematch.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 8:56AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC Releases Light Heavyweight Jake O’Brien
(mmafrenzy.com)
Following losses in three of his last four fights, the UFC has released light heavyweight Jake O’Brien, according to Five Ounces of Pain, who confirmed the release with O’Brien’s agent Ken Pavia.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 8:55AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Baroni knew he would return to the UFC
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Lost in the buzz surrounding the Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg women's title fight was the news that veteran Phil Baroni signed a new deal with the UFC. Baroni made his UFC debut at UFC 30 in February 2001, defeating Curtis Stout via unanimous decision. He went 3-5 inside the Octagon, and was released from the organization following his loss to Pete Sell at UFC 51. FanHouse spoke to Baroni via e-mail recently about his surprising return to the UFC. The full interview is below.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 8:26AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Big Nog Talks Long Awaited Bout With Randy Couture
(mmanews.com)
TSN.ca talks to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira about his upcoming UFC 102 bout with Randy Couture. The bout, is one that many fans have wanted to see over the years and although both fighters may not be in their primes anymore, it will be interesting to see how this fight finsihes at the end.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 2:33AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Video: Lyoto Machida Training For UFC 104 Bout With Shogun
(mmanews.com)
Watch a video of Lyoto Machida preparing to fight Shogun Rua at UFC 104.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 2:29AM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Couture on Nogueira, Lesnar and How Long He'll Fight
(mma.fanhouse.com)
It seems almost impossible that, at age 46, Randy Couture is still fighting in the UFC. But in less than two weeks he'll get back into the Octagon once again, taking on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102. In an interview with FanHouse, Couture talked about what kind of opponent Nogueira will be, why he thinks he could beat UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar if he gets another shot at him and whether it's realistic for him to keep fighting into his late 40s. The full interview is below.
Submitted Aug 17, 2009 2:21PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Chuck Liddell Will Be Dancing With The Stars This Season
(news.yahoo.com)
That's right, this time he'll be on the floor instead of watching in the stands. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was one of 16 celebrities announced today as participants on the next season of the ABC show "Dancing With The Stars", where he'll be paired up with a to-be-determined pro dancer for the competition. The season premieres September 21 on ABC.
Submitted Aug 17, 2009 9:03AM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Notable Edits Made During Spike TV's 'UFC 100' Special
(fightline.com)
The UFC countered last night's "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" event by airing a "UFC 100" special for free on Spike TV. The special included three fights from the main card, as well as three never-before-televised preliminary bouts. The Brock Lesnar - Frank Mir heavyweight title fight, Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher and Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping aired from the main card, while Mark Coleman vs. Stephan Bonnar, Shannon Gugerty vs. Matt Grice and Jon Jones vs. Jake O'Brien aired from the preliminary card
Submitted Aug 16, 2009 11:42PM by StorminYourman - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, EliteXC
 
Video: Exclusive Interview w/ Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson
(mmanews.com)
Video interview with Anthony "Rumble" Johnson who is scheduled to fight the ever dangerous Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 104.
Submitted Aug 16, 2009 11:38PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Coleman warns Ortiz: “I won’t be used as a stepping stone by anybody”
(mmabay.co.uk)
“I think that’s absolutely perfect, I’m ecstatic. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I’ve been given this kind of opportunity in the past and this is one I need to take advantage of. This is my chance to take everything he has.” “I think it’s gonna be a hell of a fight, I think it’s gonna be a war. Neither one of us likes to lose, I actually hate to lose. There’s a good chance this fight could end up on its feet and I feel like my stand-up skills will be ready to win in that area. I don’t know if I can knock him out but I definitely think I can beat Tito. I definitely feel like I can win this fight. There are no guarantees in this game but I hit really hard and if I connect I could knock him out.”
Submitted Aug 14, 2009 11:31PM by MMAcca - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Despite reports Tamdan McCrory and Thales Leites, in fact, cut by the UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Tamdan McCrory and Thales Leites have been cut from the UFC, despite reports of the contrary.
Submitted Aug 14, 2009 6:17PM by xphycorx - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Condit vs. Ellenberger on main card, Dollaway vs. Miller completes UFC Fight Night 19
(mmajunkie.com)
With a couple recent changes to the card, September's UFC Fight Night 19 lineup is now complete. The event takes place Sept. 16 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City and airs on Spike TV as a lead-in for the debut of "The Ultimate Fighter 10." A bout between Jake Ellenberger (21-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who was a late replacement for Chris Lytle, and Carlos Condit (22-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) remains on the televised main card, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) had learned, and the addition of a C.B. Dollaway (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Dan Miller (11-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) fight is now official for the night's preliminary card.
Submitted Aug 14, 2009 3:42PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Phil Baroni signs with the UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
It's official: Phil Baroni, a shameless (and effective) self-promoter who's better known as "The New York Bad Ass," is returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. On Thursday the 33-year-old fighter signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC and is heading to the organization's welterweight division.
Submitted Aug 14, 2009 1:58PM by xphycorx - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC reverses course on Thales Leites and Tamdan McCrory, both returning to octagon
(mmajunkie.com)
Thales Leites was stunned on Saturday when he heard that judges had come to a split decision in his fight with Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. He was even more stunned when he came out on the short end of the verdict. But the really shocking news came on Thursday, when he learned he was being dropped by the Ultimate Fighting Championship only four months after competing for the middleweight title. It turns out, though, that Leites still has a job with the UFC.
Submitted Aug 14, 2009 1:23PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Neer and Kurt Pellegrino Comment on Their Fight at UFC 101
(bloodyelbow.com)
Josh Neer: Hey guys I figured I’d come on here and explain my fight a little. 1 thing I wish I would have done is just try to get up. The reason I didn't was because when he stood up, he was waiting for me to do so. Soon as I would of, he would of spun around and take my back. If I had it to do over again I would have just took the risk. I was complaining about the ref standing us up because c'mon he can't stand us up 1 time? But I guess you can't when you’re basically from the same town as my opponent. I watched the same ref being buddy buddy with all the guys on the card from New Jersey. My main problem with Kurt was b4 the fight he talked how it was going to be a war and he was going to leave it all out there and blah blah. Well in my opinion he didn't at all. If you’re going to play it safe and stick to a game plan just say that. Don’t talk like it's going to be a great fight.
Submitted Aug 14, 2009 8:12AM by emfleek - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BJ Penn wants Diego Sanchez sooner rather than later
(mmamania.com)
“It’s gonna happen, hopefully within the next two, two-and-a-half months. I’m 30 now and I’m hoping to get a couple of more fights in. I know they say that in MMA, people peak later, but who knows? My whole career, fighting from age 20 to 30, I’ve gotten into real good shape and gotten out of shape and started getting back into shape again. I don’t want to do that anymore. Here I am. I’m in shape. I want to have fun for a couple of days, take some time off, eat some good food, and then I want to get right back into all that stuff…. [Diego is] really good; he’s really explosive. He’s shown that he has some knockout power and he’s a very good grappler. He’s very hungry; he’s shown that he wants to be a champion someday. This is an important fight…. I’d like to get a fight with St. Pierre again, but now that Diego Sanchez is next, once we get the word from Dana White, that’s what we’re gonna be thinkin’ about.”
Submitted Aug 14, 2009 7:45AM by SmileR - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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