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Cro Cop comments on UFC deal
(nokaut.com)
"I'm pleased with my return to UFC, the only global mma organization. Unfortunately, every other organization is far beyond UFC. DREAM cannot compete with Americans in sports or financial terms. The UFC has succeded to become in this sport what PRIDE used to be, maybe even more than that. I will always be grateful to the Japanese fans, that is the country where I became famous as a fighter. But the offer I got from Dream was not a challenge for me. " "I'm sorry that UFC and DREAM argued over me. There was a lot of noise over nothing, I was even called a liar, and I read supposed statement by Dana White that I called him 600 times. Exact number of my calls was - zero. I texted him once and that's all. I wouldn't call anyone 600 times, even if my life depends on that. I don't want to be presented in such a degrading way."
Submitted Jul 18, 2009 8:13PM by cmill21 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bad timing: Thiago Alves knows he can beat Georges St. Pierre
(mmamania.com)
“I have nothing to say, he was better than me that night and now I have to go back to my training and work hard to get this belt. There are a lot of thing in my camp that was a mistake. Now I see the mistakes that I did and I’ll fix them and won’t let it happen again. St. Pierre is a great fighter, fought very well, but I couldn’t find myself in the fight. I learned a lot with this fight, I saw what the best fighter in the world has at his best, seen the best of the best fighter and I know I can beat him…. The only problem that I had in my preparation for this fight is that I wasn’t with my Muay Thai coach, with whom I train for the last three years. He had to go away three months ago and I missed him a lot. I felt out of timing in the fight…. My cardio was good, I was strong, but my timing wasn’t good.” Former number one welterweight contender Thiago Alves talks about what went wrong during his five-round unanimous decision loss to 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100. “The Pitbull” — who still feels he can defeat “Rush” despite the lopsided drubbing — makes no mention of “weighty issues” having any impact on his performance. Instead, he reveals that his striking, which is clearly the most dynamic aspect of his game, was what failed him because his instructor was out of town for the final three months of training. Regardless, Alves will have to get back in line and work his way up the welterweight ladder for another crack at the unstoppable Canadian. Who’s next? His next fight is still up in the air, but perhaps you want to play matchmaker in the comments section below — Jon Fitch, Marcus Davis, Dan Hardy … what showdown do you want to see?
Submitted Jul 18, 2009 7:37PM by SmileR - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Miletich & White Headed For Reconciliation?
(mmaweekly.com)
It would seem that Dana White has really been busy with bridge repairs lately. First the rumors he's made up with Tito Ortiz and now there are rumors similar is in the works with Pat Miletich. Miletich says he's working to arrange a meeting with White in the coming weeks.
Submitted Jul 18, 2009 1:23PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brock Lesnar backlash following UFC 100 antics brims with double standards
(mmajunkie.com)
There have been 61 fighters in UFC history who were pro wrestlers at one point or another. There are nine on the current UFC roster. Of the six fighters in the UFC Hall of Fame, three – Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn and Mark Coleman – dabbled in wrestling. I somewhat agree with this.
Submitted Jul 18, 2009 12:07PM by slapshot - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei Silva honored with the key to the City of Pensacola, Florida (Pic and video)
(mmamania.com)
For more background click here. The “Axe Murderer” was also in town to sponsor the start of Alex Silva Ruas’ — a fourth degree blackbelt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu — MMA gym. One more pic and a video of the ceremony after the jump.
Submitted Jul 18, 2009 8:13AM by SmileR - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 100 competitors test clean for drugs
(mmajunkie.com)
All 13 fighters who were tapped to undergo drug testing at this past weekend's UFC 100 passed their tests. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today emailed the test results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Those undergoing tests were headliners Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, co-headliners Georges St-Pierre and Thiago Alves, and undercard winners Jon Fitch, Dan Henderson, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Mark Coleman, Tom Lawlor, Jon Jones, Dong Hyun Kim, Jim Miller and Shannon Gugerty. UFC 100, which featured a total of 11 fights, took place July 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and aired on pay-per-view. All fighters were tested for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers. Although the NSAC had recently tested some fighters prior to Las Vegas-based events as part of its year-round drug testing initiative, no such tests were conducted for UFC 100.
Submitted Jul 17, 2009 10:48PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rich Franklin in Las Vegas to discuss new UFC deal, UFC 103 slot "still likely"
(mmajunkie.com)
Rich Franklin is currently in Las Vegas to discuss a new contract with the UFC, and the first fight of the deal could be for a main-event bout at UFC 103. The news comes from MMAjunkie.com's Dann Stupp, who posted the update in the Dayton Daily News MMA blog. According to the report, Franklin, who has one fight remaining on his current deal, is meeting one-on-one with UFC president Dana White about the contract, which could be the final one of his career.
Submitted Jul 17, 2009 2:54PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White explains Cro Cop situation
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
After his first round stoppage of Mustapha Al Turk, Mirko Cro Cop was rumored to be departing the UFC for the Japanese based Dream Promotion. Upon hearing the news, UFC President Dana White exploded on the 2006 Pride Grand Prix Champion. “Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White said. “He (expletive) me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he (expletive) me.”
Submitted Jul 17, 2009 11:34AM by emfleek - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight bout set for UFC 104 in Los Angeles
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight bout between long, longtime contender Yushin Okami (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (23-10-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is set for UFC 104. The bout was revealed on the recently launched UFC Japan website. UFC 104 takes place Oct. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and features a main event between UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The Okami vs. Sonnen bout will likely take place on the night's pay-per-view-televised main card.
Submitted Jul 17, 2009 11:26AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
COTE INJURY UPDATE; WELCOMES HENDERSON FIGHT
(mmaweekly.com)
MMAWeekly on Thursday caught up with former middleweight contender Patrick Cote to get an update on his injured knee and get his thoughts about last Saturday’s UFC 100. Prior to the centennial show, the 29 year-old Montreal resident wanted to fight Michael Bisping if he emerged victorious against Dan Henderson. Obviously, that’s changed. MMAWeekly: How’s the knee? Cote: The knee’s doing well. I’m going to see my doctor next week, just to check if everything’s okay and to have the okay to push more. Next week I’ll be fixed for sure.
Submitted Jul 17, 2009 8:25AM by emfleek - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
SHOGUN SAYS PATIENCE IS KEY TO BEATING MACHIDA
(mmaweekly.com)
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua hopes to turn light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida’s greatest attribute – timing – against him when the two square off at UFC 104 in October. It’s the first 25-minute fight in Rua’s career, five minutes longer than his battles in the days of Pride. But that’s not a bad thing. “I get very happy with that, because when you get to the first five-rounder of your career, it means you’re fighting for the belt,” he told MMAWeekly.com backstage at UFC 100. “I take it as a great thing. I always wanted to train for five rounds.”
Submitted Jul 17, 2009 8:24AM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA in the MSM Watch: Britain's Most Respected Paper Covers UFC 100, Makes Huge Glaring Factual Error
(bloodyelbow.com)
I was pretty excited to see that the prestigious Financial Times had a feature article on UFC 100. The text itself is fine enough: Last Saturday’s event is expected to have generated more than 1.3m pay-per-view sales, with each buyer paying $44.95 to watch three tightly contested bouts. It was broadcast live or nearly live in 70 countries.
Submitted Jul 17, 2009 8:22AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tom Lawlor says UFC 100 performance – in and out of the octagon – a sign of things to come
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC middleweight Tom Lawlor (6-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had a good night this past Saturday. And while the Nevada State Athletic Commission reported Lawlor made $16,000 for his 55-second submission win over C.B. Dollaway at UFC 100 – not to mention the $100,000 he received for the evening's "Submission of the Night" – Lawlor recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) it was a third payment that had him truly excited.
Submitted Jul 17, 2009 8:15AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Zuffa Confirms UFC 105: Manchester, England, Likely Free In US
(mmamania.com)
UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik recently confirmed to Versus that UFC 105 in England is set for November 14. It will be held at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England with a main event TBA. In the US, Zelaznik says it likely will air free on Spike.
Submitted Jul 16, 2009 1:47PM by DCRage - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch Celebrates UFC 100 Victory by Getting Engaged
(mma.fanhouse.com)
It's safe to say that Jon Fitch will never forget UFC 100 weekend. First, he defeated the previously undefeated Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision Saturday night. And then he proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Michele Cao, on Sunday.
Submitted Jul 16, 2009 10:48AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Humbled Kimbo Slice Hungry to Prove He's No Fraud In The Octagon
(mma.fanhouse.com)
When EliteXC was in the MMA business, its president, Gary Shaw, had no qualms calling Kimbo Slice the company's "franchise player," comparing his aura to that of Mike Tyson and anointing him as an MMA great. Meanwhile, on the other side of promoter hyperbole, UFC President Dana White would rip EliteXC for its "freakshow" promotion of Slice, and throw an occasional jab at the man himself, saying at one point, "Kimbo Slice would get murdered in the UFC." But when EliteXC closed up shop and Slice needed a new place to ply his trade, people started asking White if Kimbo could possibly find a home in the octagon. White responded that the only way for Slice to join the UFC was by going on The Ultimate Fighter. Slice called his bluff, and as a result, the UFC and broadcast partner Spike TV are privately expecting the largest ratings in the show's history.
Submitted Jul 16, 2009 8:44AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC officials will use proven U.S. blueprint to build fan base in Mexico
(mmajunkie.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a plan to build up its organization in Mexico. It's the same one company officials used to build a fan base in the U.S. UFC president Dana White recently said the keys to Mexico, a southern neighbor that began broadcasting UFC events on network television for this past weekend's UFC 100 event, are exposure, education and one-on-one meetings with MMA's opposition.
Submitted Jul 16, 2009 8:41AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kimbo Slice talks TUF 10, fighting in the house, handcuffs
(demandmma.com)
Kimbo Slice, no stranger to controversy, does not seem like the kind of guy you want to pull a prank on in the Ultimate Fighter house, that's for sure.
Submitted Jul 16, 2009 7:52AM by BrutalKnockOut - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, MMA Personalities
 
Ronnys Torres Off UFN 19, Justin Buchholz Possibly In (Confirmed)
(mmamania.com)
Ronnys Torres is now off UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16 due to an undisclosed injury. He was to have faced Jeremy Stephens. Although the deal isn't finalized yet, Justin Buchholz is in talks to be the replacement. Buchholz is coming off a loss to Terry Etim at UFC 99.
Submitted Jul 16, 2009 7:21AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Royce Gracie Not Fighting...For Now
(mmaweekly.com)
Even when you're away from fighting, you're never really away. Such seems to be the recent case with Royce Gracie: He doesn't need any of the typical motivators for fighting, he seems comfortable being out of the MMA spotlight, but he doesn't seem to have the urge to fight. But if UFC 100 and the Fan Expo was any indication, fans still want to see the original UFC legend back in action at 42. Not now, he says, but of course never say never.
Submitted Jul 16, 2009 6:43AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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