Is Brock Lesnar turning the UFC into a joke?
Company president Dana White tells ESPN.com that he doesn’t think so whatsoever:
“Probably the most insane thing that I have ever heard about the UFC in my life is that it’s fake…. As far as whether or not one fight makes the UFC a joke — [because of what a guy had to say after his fight] — I don’t see how that makes an entire sport a joke. The reality is that everyone knows how good Frank Mir is — he’s a former world champion who just came back from a terrible motorcycle accident. What Brock Lesnar did in the Octagon [against him] and has accomplished in the Octagon is amazing. The guy is an incredible athlete, whether he came from the WWE or not. He’s an amazing athlete. I cannot explain why he said what he said or did what he did after the fight. But I don’t think it takes away from who he is as an athlete or takes anything away from the sport of mixed martial arts…. He got caught up in the moment … and went a little nutty…. It was a great night of fights. I don’t think anybody is going to be turned off by one guy’s fight and what he said after it. He had a great fight and an amazing performance. I don’t think anybody is going to be that turned off by what one guy says after his fight and never watch mixed martial arts again.”
UFC Quick Quote: Yoshihiro Akiyama a little lost in translation during Alan Belcher fight
“Alan was a very tough fighter. The damage of the low blow in the beginning of the fight was quite strong. I thought that if he hit me there again I wouldn’t be able to continue the fight. I wanted to take a large break but there was confusion during the fight. I misunderstood the referee saying five minutes in English as five seconds, I continued the fight urgently but this took a big toll on the exhaustion of my physical strength. My eye got injured when I got downed on the first round by a left. I felt an abnormality in my eye after the end of the 1st round. One eye was closed so I didn’t know about my sense of distance. Because I couldn’t see any attacks from my opponent’s right side I received a lot of leg kicks from that side. I didn’t continue with the game plan, the only reason I won was my feeling that I really didn’t want to lose this fight. After the fight when I was in the hospital, Dana White came personally and told me first hand that me and Belcher’s fight was elected as the fight of the night. I was very happy…. Alan is the toughest fighter I have faced and I’m proud to have been able to fight him. I will devote myself from now on so please support me.”
Randy Couture: Brock Lesnar's Antics Not What UFC Is About
Former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture was, like almost every mixed martial arts fan I've heard from in the last three days, disappointed in the way Brock Lesnar acted after beating Frank Mir at UFC 100. And Couture sounds like he's angling for a shot at Lesnar himself.
"I didn't really expect him to lose his mind after the fight, but he did," Couture said of Lesnar. "That's just not the kind of thing our sport is known for, those kinds of antics and those kinds of comments."
Aaron Simpson vs. Ed Herman middleweight bout slotted for UFC Fight Night 19
Although he originally hinted at potential fight with Dan Miller, Aaron Simpson (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will instead meet veteran middleweight Ed Herman (15-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 19.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) passed along earlier this month, Simpson posted news of the potential bout with Miller on his Facebook page. However, perhaps jumping the gun, he later issued a disclaimer: "Sorry. That was not official. Still waiting."
Too much, too fast: Weight cut influenced Thiago Alves loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100
“We felt that the way to beat ‘Rush’ was through counter-punching and boxing…. I wanted him to bait St-Pierre, to strike and then counter-punch. Many times you go there with a plan, but your opponent doesn’t allow you to bring it to fruition, and that’s what happened … Thiago did not show his capability of being explosive. He lost too much weight too fast and lost his explosiveness in the process. That’s why he lost the fight. Thiago can beat St. Pierre…. Thiago is a warrior and a tremendous fighter. He lasted the five rounds and he never quit. He’s extremely strong and that’s why he kept getting up. He does have what it takes to beat Georges. He has to keep his head up and know that there will be more opportunities. He’s still very young and that can work for you — and against you. Against you because you may not have the maturity or the perspective of your entire career and the future; or it can work for you, helping you learn from it, and realize how much better you can be, and how much more time you have … we just have to keep moving forward.”
TUF TALK FROM KIMBO: "I'M A FIGHTER"
Kimbo Slice is a free man after being cooped up in a house with fifteen other UFC heavyweight hopefuls.
The 35-year-old sat upstairs last Thursday at the Spike TV booth near the back of the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay as hordes of fans waited below for a glimpse of his beard. The remaining cast members milled about in front of the stage after their public unveiling, signing autographs and chomping at the bit to go home that evening.
The Massive Task of Producing the UFC 100 PPV
Emma May chronicles a little bit of what goes into putting on the show at the Vancouver Sun:
An intricately designed remote camera hung just overhead of the octagon and slid along 18 vertical and horizontal cords turning its long lens on the fighters to capture the overhead angles, while four hand-held camera men stood on tall stools at four corners of the octagon. Crane-mounted cameras filmed the fighter’s walk-ins and still more digital cameras filmed back stage goings on and scenes from the crowd.
UFC president Dana White: "They'll need to kill me" to keep the UFC out of Japan
Despite what he calls extreme opposition, and despite the recent headaches caused by the country's top fight executives meddling in Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's relationship with the organization, Dana White said the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to Japan.
To date the organization has hosted just four events in the country, the most recent of which was "UFC 29: Defense of the Belts," held in Tokyo eight-and-a-half years ago.
Although "dirty, sneaky, bad guys in Japan" allegedly don't want him there, White said they'll need "to kill me" to keep him out.
10 Questions for Lorenzo Fertitta
He’s the majority owner of the most successful fight promotion in the world -- yet Lorenzo Fertitta rarely takes centerstage.
However, to commemorate UFC 100, fans were treated to a special one-hour question and answer session with the reserved billionaire casino owner last Saturday at the UFC Expo in Las Vegas. With the fans at the helm, here are some highlights:
We have “The Ultimate Fighter” for the 155ers on Spike TV, but what about something for the 135- and 145-pounders on Versus?
Fertitta: We talked a lot about developing some sort of reality show for Versus. Now, we certainly don’t want to copy “The Ultimate Fighter” and what we’ve done on Spike, but we have been working on concepts where we can try to find new talent, bring new talent back to the WEC. You will see something happen where we have some kind of a show that will be a breeding ground for new talent to get into the WEC.
There’s an online petition called FedorChant.com, where a thousand people are going to cheer “Fedor” (Emelianenko) during the main event (at UFC 100). Is that going to put more pressure on you, and just the fact that Fedor doesn’t want to sign because of sambo, was that something that you’d ever overlook?
Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal at UFC 103
A middleweight contest between Drew McFedries and Tomasz Drawl is on tap for UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas, MMAWeekly.com has learned from sources close to the fight.
The UFC has yet to make its second trip to the Lone Star State official, but the American Airlines Center is expected to host.
UFC 100: In defense of Brock Lesnar
At UFC 100 on July 11, Brock Lesnar soundly defeated Frank Mir in front of a hostile crowd and millions of viewers at home to unify the UFC heavyweight championship.
The former WWE superstar spent eighteen months preparing for that moment. In fact, since his debut at UFC 81 in February of 2007, Lesnar has done nothing but listen to how green he is.
And how he couldn’t finish Heath Herring at UFC 87 despite the fact that the “Texas Crazy Horse” has no ground game. Or how he was losing to Randy Couture at UFC 91 but scored the win because Father Time robbed “The Natural” of his reaction speed and Lesnar has giant mitts.
Leading up to his rematch with Mir, everything about Brock was how awful he was technically, how preposterous it was that a 3-1 wrestler was championship material. Mir even offered to train him after the event to help him become better.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic Signs Three-Fight Deal With UFC
Heavyweight veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has signed a three-fight contract with the UFC, ending weeks of speculation about whether the popular Croatian fighter would return to the UFC or ink a deal with Japan-based DREAM.
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta announced the signing on Saturday during a Q&A with fans at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas before UFC 100.
UFC 100 was a Flop Outside of the Octagon
Over the last year, Dana White and the UFC spent countless hours and a tremendous amount of money to promote UFC 100 – which was billed as the most important night in Mixed Martial Arts history.
There were countdowns on both Yahoo! and Spike TV leading up to the event. Even ESPN – which had previously given MMA very little coverage in the past – spent all week leading up to UFC 100 promoting the spectacle.
I had waited months to see UFC 100. Yet when it was over I turned to the room full of people I was watching it with and asked, “That was it?”
UFC 100 was no different than any other UFC pay-per-view event. It was a few fights, they showed me Turkish from the movie Snatch sitting in the crowd and then I was given the disturbing mental image of Brock Lesnar mounting his wife.
The new UFC Octagon girl is…
Forty beautiful women spiced up the action inside the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Saturday in hopes of becoming the next UFC Octagon Girl.
After three rounds of judging, including a sultry bikini competition and a sportswear round, Las Vegas resident Natasha Wicks won the contest.
In Search of the Elusive Mainstream
For many fans, mainstream press coverage of MMA is some kind of validation. Having been looked down upon for years for enjoying such a violent sport, seeing it on Sportscenter makes them think everyone else was just late to the party. Going mainstream is now the biggest straw man out there; it's a debate-shifting tactic more than anything else, and bringing it up assumes that going mainstream is actually an option. The idea that ESPN would one day have an "MMA tonight" and anchors of SportsCenter would discuss it alongside football and basketball as an equal was always a preposterous notion. Take away the two most controversial events at UFC 100, and you still have a blood-soaked mat starting the show, a man who couldn't open his eye and could barely walk after his fight, a vicious one-punch knockout, and a main event comprised of one man headlocking the other and beating his head in. After all this, do we really believe it is Brock Lesnar's antics that will keep this sport from going mainstream?