Matt Hamill The Subject Of A Movie
UFC Light Heavyweight Matt Hamill, the first deaf fighter in the UFC, will be the subject of a movie about his early life and wrestling career. Titled "Hamill", the movie is to be released in 2009 and will star Eban Kostbar as Hamill.
Tito Ortiz: Life After the UFC
***********: Tito, you do a million interviews - and with good reason, you're one of the most popular fighters of all time. So I have to ask...are you sick of giving interviews?
Tito Ortiz: No, you know, it's just part of the job. It's something that comes with the work and it's also something that I do very well. I'm not tired of them - I actually enjoy them. I always give good interviews and I have good answers for the fans.
***********: Have your fans stayed loyal with your impending UFC retirement or have you seen some drop off the bandwagon?
Tito Ortiz: Actually, I've seen my fan base increase. They've seen the true colors of Dana and they've seen that I'm not the only one saying something. Many fighters - Randy [Couture], Tim [Sylvia] - are talking about what Dana has been doing. Fans want to support me no matter where I go.
***********: And on that note, can you tell us what's next for you?
Tito Ortiz: Well, nothing official yet. As soon as this fight is over, I have a 30-day waiting period before I can negotiate.
***********: Which organizations are you interested in?
Tito Ortiz: Definitely EliteXC. Affliction seems to be building up well. And they just started with DREAM in Japan. Any organization that will respect me and promote me as the champion that I am.
Exclusive: Sean Sherk Talks Steroid Allegations, Says BJ Penn “Doesn’t Know What It’s Like” to Train Hard
Sean Sherk isn’t what most would call a fan favorite. Sure, he has his hardcore contingent of supporters, but even when he reigned as the UFC lightweight champ he faced criticism from detractors who found his style of fighting less than enthralling to watch. That criticism reached a fever pitch after a positive steroid test following his title defense against Hermes Franca last summer, which resulted in Sherk being stripped of the title.
“The Muscle Shark” has repeatedly professed his innocence on the steroid charge, filing an appeal with the CSAC and taking repeated polygraph tests to try and clear his name. Now the former UFC lightweight champion talks with Cage Potato about the steroid accusations, his attempts to prove his innocence, and the war of words with current title-holder B.J. Penn, as they prepare to meet in the Octagon at UFC 84.
Paul Kelly talks injury, withdrawal from UFC 85
British fighter Paul Kelly and Canadian fighter Jonathan Goulet had been expecting to face each other when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to the O2 Arena in London on June 7. But before the bout could even be officially announced by the promotion, not one, but both fighters had to withdraw from the bout due to health concerns.
Late last week, Goulet, not disclosing the specifics of his withdrawal, said, “I have to cancel the fight against Paul Kelly for UFC 85 because of health reasons.”
At the same time, Kelly, unaware of Goulet’s problems, had the injury bug bite him. “I injured me finger,” he told MMAWeekly.com.
Kelly actually injured his finger about three weeks ago in training, but tried to work his way through it, but it wasn’t to be. He later discovered that he pulled the ligaments on the back of his finger, which is quite painful and limits the functionality in his right hand.
He is expected to be in a cast for about three weeks or so.
It isn’t something that he could change, but that doesn’t stop Kelly from being disappointed that he will be unable to fight at UFC 85. “I’m feeling a bit guilty,” said Kelly. “I’m a little bit devastated over possibly missing me bonus.”
Tito Ortiz reforming team punishment
In it's heyday, Team Punishment was the top of the food chain in mixed martial arts. Founder Tito Ortiz plans to reform his fight team and return it to its former glory when Team Punishment fighters held the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight and heavyweight titles.
"I have some really, really good guys. I'm really focusing right now on getting back to where I was four years ago, four or five years ago when we had Rampage (Quinton Jackson) and everybody else, Ricco Rodriguez and everybody together," Ortiz told MMAWeekly Radio.
"I'm going to do it again. Ricco is actually training with me now. I've got Mark Munoz from Sacramento training with me right now. I've got Carlo Prater from Texas who is training with me now. I'm going to start focusing on this. I'm going to start doing it. I really feel like I'm getting back to where I was before and surrounding myself with great people, great fighters. I'm going to do this."
Ortiz plans to expand Team Punishment to all weight classes and once again make it one of the premier training camps in MMA.
"I'm going to find a guy in each weight class from 155 to heavyweight, and try to get the best I possibly can. The brand of Team Punishment is a worldwide known brand, and we're known to punish our opponents. You've got to get the best fighters to do that, so I'm going to go across the United States and go across possibly Europe and try to find some of the best fighters and bring them around Team Punishment. I'm going to start the team again."
uk ufc action ... for all brits !!!
Hello guys, if you are like me wondering when a big deal would exchange hands so that the USA UFC events are broadcasted in the UK live on the night, then this could be what we have been waiting for. I have emailed Setanta sports over the last few weeks asking them if there are any plans in the pipe work or securing a deal with the UFC that hopefully gives us live coverage straight from the states.
They cant tell me too much but i did just receive this response ...
Thank you for your e-mail. Please accept my apologies for the delay in response.
Due to exceptional demand for the Setanta Sports package, we have received a high volume of customer enquiries by e-mail and are therefore unable to reply within our usual timescales. We are working hard to ensure that we respond to you as soon as we can.
I'm delighted to inform you that Setanta Sports and The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC) have signed a multi-year deal. From July this year, Setanta Sports 1 will be the exclusive home for all of the UFC’s big UK -and- US fights, plus all other UFC programming, in Britain and Ireland.
I hope you enjoy your viewing.)
... So hopefully this is the deal that gives us live events anywhere in the world !!
thank you SETANTA !!
Tito Ortiz Makes a Fair Proposal: UFC Should Pay Fighters 30% of Revenues
As he prepares for what is being advertised as his last fight in the organization at UFC 84, Tito Ortiz is, as he so often has, talking about his belief that UFC fighters should make more money.
Ortiz told MMA Mania that he thinks fighters should make about 30% of revenues, and Michael Rome of Bloody Elbow crunches some numbers and says that would be a significant pay raise from where they are now.
But while it would be significantly more than they make now, it would be nowhere near as much as athletes in other sports make. Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal reports that baseball players make 51% to 55% of MLB revenues, football players make 59% of NFL revenues, basketball players make 57% of NBA revenues and hockey players make 55.6% of NHL revenues.
That's not an apples-to-apples comparison, though, because UFC pays a lot more of its own costs for things like TV broadcasts than other sports leagues do. No one would suggest that UFC should pay more than half of its revenue to its fighters.
UFC Quick Quote: Wilson Gouveia ‘going in blind’ against Goran Reljik at UFC 84
“I’m kind of going in blind for this fight. I just trained everything for this fight. For [Goran Reljik], there is no information at all. I just have to be 100% for everything. He’s supposed to be a very good jiu-jitsu guy. Every Croatian guy is supposed to be a very good striker. I’m not taking him as just being a jiu-jitsu fight…. To be honest, I pulled four wins in a row. My last fights I won by submission or knockout. I was expecting a real tough (opponent). It’s no problem. I fight anybody they put against me. I want to fight a big name. If I could pick the fights I want right now, I would like to fight Chuck (Liddell) or a rematch against Keith (Jardine). They are the two guys that are in my mind right now. I’m taking this fight very seriously though. I trained very hard. I’m training very much to be the next UFC light heavyweight champion.”
Wilson Gouveia tells MMAWeekly.com that he does not know much about his upcoming opponent at UFC 84: “Ill Will,” Goran Reljik. It sounds as though Gouveia — who has four straight wins and just one loss (Keith Jardine) inside the Octagon — would have been happier with more noteworthy opponent. His fight with Reljik will be televised on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, which means that he might just get his wish next time out with a win or exciting fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Ben Saunders on UFC 86 fight, roster cuts, and upcoming video game
Ben Saunders (5-0-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who last competed in December at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, is best known for his Jeet Kune Do style -- and his constant smiling during fights. Don't let the smile fool you, though; the American Top Team member is very serious about fighting.
MMAjunkie.com (www.MMAjunkie.com) recently had a chance to speak with the 25-year-old as he prepares for a fight against fellow "TUF 6" alumnus Jared Rollins.
Saunders spoke about a number of topics, including the recent UFC roster cuts, the upcoming UFC video game, his future in the welterweight division, and his upcoming fight at UFC 86 on July 5.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: Can you officially confirm that you will be fighting Jared Rollins at UFC 86?
BEN SAUNDERS: <laughs> I 'm never sure when it's OK to say something. I never want to make a mistake and say something I'm not supposed to say, but yeah, I can confirm it now. I'll be fighting J-Roc in July.
In Bisping, Day Gets What He Wants
The day after his surprising dismantling of Alan Belcher (Pictures) at UFC 83 in Montreal last month, Jason Day (Pictures) told Sherdog.com that he wanted Michael Bisping (Pictures) as his next opponent.
Now, three weeks later, he has gotten his wish.
The UFC officially announced last week that the Canadian middleweight will be replacing Chris Leben (Pictures) as Bisping's opponent in London on June 7.
Leben was sentenced to 35 days in jail last Thursday following a probation violation that stemmed from an old DUI charge. With his release scheduled for less than two weeks before the June 7 bout in London, the UFC pulled Leben from the card and inserted Day. v The 29-year-old, who holds a 17-5 record, told Sherdog.com that he feels all of his hard work over the years is finally paying off.
"Everything is falling into place," Day said. "It's just clicking, and I'm loving it."
Lol at the meeting with Eddie Bravo.
Think American MMA Is Brutal? Check Japan
Mixed martial arts has a perception problem in the United States. From the guy who runs CBS saying it was a mistake to sign a deal with EliteXC to athletic commission officials saying there's more drug use in MMA than in boxing to negative stories in the Washington Post and Associated Press, a lot of casual American sports fans are left with the impression that the sport is savage and dangerous.
But the reality is that MMA in the United States is far more advanced than MMA in other countries in terms of taking the health of fighters seriously. Take this from Dave Meltzer's piece about this weekend's Dream.3 show:
Japanese MMA is still a completely different animal than the UFC, because the former has no governmental regulation. There is no steroid testing. Many of the matches are made at the last minute, and in one case, a fighter, Melvin Manhoef, was in the ring just two weeks after taking a knockout in a kickboxing match, something that would never be allowed in a major U.S. commission state.
Gouveia expects a step towards title at UFC 84
“I'm kind of going in blind for this fight. I just trained everything for this fight. For him, there is no information at all. I just have to be 100% for everything. He's supposed to be a very good jiu-jitsu guy. Every Croatian guy is supposed to be a very good striker. I'm not taking him as just being a jiu-jitsu fight.”
Since Reljik is stepping up in competition and exposure, Gouveia feels that can only put more pressure on his upcoming opponent. “I think it's going to be a shock. His fights were in small shows. That's a factor that will be in my favor.”
When Gouveia knocked out Lambert, most would believe that his next fight would be against a top ranked opponent. While Gouveia is slightly disappointed about not getting a top ranked contender, he does not take Reljik lightly. However, he would like to get a really tough fight following this one.
“To be honest, I pulled four wins in a row. My last fights I won by submission or knockout. I was expecting a real tough (opponent). It's no problem. I fight anybody they put against me,” said the American Top Team fighter. “I want to fight a big name. If I could pick the fights I want right now, I would like to fight Chuck (Liddell) or a rematch against Keith (Jardine). They are the two guys that are in my mind right now. I'm taking this fight very seriously though. I trained very hard.”
Winner of Four in a Row, Wilson Gouveia Makes His Move
Light heavyweight is known as the glamour division in the UFC, with the most recognizable fighters in the sport, such as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin campaigning in the 205 pound weight class. Just as these three and a few others are household names in the mixed martial arts world, Wilson Gouveia of Brazil is not, but if he keeps dominating fights the way he has been, he will soon join them.
Gouveia brings a four fight winning streak into his May 24th fight against unbeaten Croatian fighter Goran Reljic as part of UFC 84: Ill Will, with his last win a spectacular knockout over Jason Lambert. Although that impressive victory inched him closer to a title shot, Gouveia admits he’s in better shape for his fight against Reljic than he was for the matchup versus Lambert.
“I feel better than when I fought Jason,” Gouveia said. “In January everyone was away from the gym. They were out traveling for Christmas and New Year’s. Now everyone’s back and my training has been more intense. I know this guy (Reljic) is a tough guy and if I beat him big things are coming up for me.”
Gouveia (10-4) knows he can’t take Reljic (7-0) lightly. The 24 year-old will be making his UFC and United States debut when he fights Gouveia, but the native of Fortaleza, Brazil isn’t looking past Reljic to the “big things” that are right around the corner for him. He knows a loss to Reljic sets him back, and that’s something Gouveia knows he can’t afford to let happen.
Roger Huerta readies for UFC 87
Well rested from what will end up being an eight-month break from competition, UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta is poised for his return to the organization and an upcoming August fight.
DREAM Elite: Dream & ProElite Announce Partnership
At today's DREAM 3 pre-fight press conference in Japan, DREAM and ProElite announced a working relationship between the two promotions that will include sharing of fighters and referees, as well as co-promoted shows in the future. This could also result in both promotions running more shows in Europe, Korea, and elsewhere.