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UFC announcement: Lorenzo Fertitta to work full-time to expand MMA promotion
Network television deal? Nope. Regulation in New York? Nope. Sale to major international investor? Nope. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today revealed the major announcement that will serve as an “indicator of where this business is going over the next five years” via Yahoo!Sports.com: “Lorenzo Fertitta, the president of one of the most successful casino chains in Las Vegas, resigned his position with Station Casinos on Wednesday to work full-time with the UFC.” It’s a move that White feels it is the biggest day in the history of the promotion. And he defends the decision against those naysayers on the Internet who feel it’s much ado about nothing. From White: “The Internet may not consider this huge news, but what the people on the Internet think is huge and what I think is huge are two different things. But you know what? I think I have a pretty good track record. I think this is maybe the biggest day in UFC history. I’m so excited, I can’t begin to explain it to you. This is an historic day for me and this company.”
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 6:28PM by SmileR - 9 comments
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Frank Mir talks about his up-coming UFC HW title shot
Former UFC heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir has been on a tear of late, submitting highly touted fighters, Antoni Hardonk and Brock Lesnar in a combined time of less than 3 minutes. As a reward for these impressive performances, the UFC has given the Las Vegan a chance to fight the current champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for his old title – and Frank can’t wait to get back in the cage. Taking some time out from his hectic schedule, the submission magician recently spoke with Ironlife.com:
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 3:51PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
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UFC 89 - Bisping vs. Leben tentatively scheduled
I’m also glad that the UFC is looking to make the Leben vs. Bisping match actually take place instead of scrapping it altogether (Shogun vs. Chuck anyone?). It’s a fight that is extremely intriguing because Leben has a chin of granite, heavy hands, and a highly underrated ground game. It will be a very good test to see how far Bisping has actually come at the 185 lbs. division.
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 3:00PM by MMAcca - 18 comments
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Fertitta shifts from casinos to cage
LAS VEGAS – Lorenzo Fertitta, the president of one of the most successful casino chains in Las Vegas, resigned his position with Station Casinos Wednesday to work full-time with the UFC. Fertitta, his older brother, Frank III and Dana White purchased the UFC in 2001 for $2 million when it was struggling and on the verge of folding. But in the seven-and-a-half years since, they’ve turned it into one of the great success stories in sports.
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 2:56PM by thatfedorsohotrightnow - 35 comments
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Jeremy Stephens Talks TUF Finale & Future
Fresh off his 22nd birthday, Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens is one of the youngest fighters competing in the UFC. Having won 13 of his first 15 fights, Stephens is looking to emerge as the next young rising star in the UFC's stacked lightweight division. A win over MMA veteran Spencer Fisher this Saturday at the TUF Finale will certainly help him reach his goal. MMARated.com recently spoke with "Lil' Heathen" about fighting a friend and former training partner, his UFC future and more. Jeffrey Lee: First off, Jeremy, how did you get the nickname "Lil' Heathen"?
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 2:50PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
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Bisping And Arlovski Deepen MMA-Boxing Ties
Mixed Martial Arts is a full-on legit sport, not only drawing athletes from judo and wrestling but even exerting a gravitational pull on those less lucrative sports, drawing athletes and even distorting the nature of the game. The one combat sport that has so far most resisted integration into MMA is boxing, the big money, big time showpiece combat sport of the western world for the last 150 years. Those boundaries are beginning to break down. Top-flight cruiserweight David Haye has been talking MMA for a while, now he's training with UFC star Michael Bisping:
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 2:01PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
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Evan Tanner’s just getting started
Tanner's outlook on life historically has been to live it first, fight in it second. That philosophy has fueled an adventure-filled existence for the single 37-year-old. Whether surfing, sailing, four-wheeling in the desert or overindulging, Tanner's life has never lacked for action, and, along the way, he found time to ascend to the top of the UFC's middleweight division. "Fighting was the last thing on my mind my whole career," Tanner told MMAjunkie.com (mmajunkie.com) during a recent break from training for his Saturday main event with Kendall Grove. "I was busy doing other things. They (promoters) would call me up and offer me a fight. In between fights, I had absolutely nothing to do with fighting. I didn't watch fighting. I didn't do any training. I was out doing things, out adventuring, just living my life." While some might have questioned the approach, it worked for Tanner, who started fighting in 1997 and won 19 of his first 20 bouts. He had a shot at Tito Ortiz's title at UFC 30 in 2001, but an early slam by the champion knocked Tanner out in less than a minute. Tanner's second crack at a belt came in 2005, and this time, he earned the middleweight strap with a TKO victory over David Terrell. However, after consecutive losses to Rich Franklin and David Loiseau, followed by a win over Justin Levens, Tanner's typical break from MMA turned into a nearly two-year-long absence from the octagon.
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 12:40PM by SmileR - 2 comments
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Ricardo Almeida: I Don't See Fight Going 3 Rounds
That quote comes from Ricardo Almeida, scheduled to face Patrick Cote at UFC 86. He seems to think it'll be the classic grappler vs. striker type of fight that own't go the distance.
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 12:11PM by DCRage - 9 comments
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Quick Quote: Leben Choked Out Inmate In Jail
Apparently Chris Leben found a short new career path during his brief jail stay on DUI charges-inmate coach. At one point he demonstrated a choke for some inmates, which he revealed as part of his jail experience.
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 12:04PM by DCRage - 7 comments
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AroundThe Octagon.com says fact, not rumor, UFC Sold!
As reported here a few days ago the UFC has indeed been sold and has a new ownership group. A source inside the UFC just confirmed this.Bertelsmann Media has been rumored as the new ownership group. This is the announcement that Dana White is expected to make tomorrow. More on this tomorrow when it is announced.
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 11:52AM by thatfedorsohotrightnow - 21 comments
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Update on UFC's Big Annoucement
Speculation within the MMA industry about the subject of Dana White's major announcement continues to center on the potential sale of the company. In what would fit the bill as an industry changing announcement, MMAPayout.com has learned that Bertelsmann Media, a German based international entertainment company, is rumored to have had advanced discussions about acquiring a controlling interest in Zuffa.
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 2:08AM by thatfedorsohotrightnow - 29 comments
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Affliction MMAs Tom Atencio ‘flattered’ with UFC counter programming
Tom Atencio speaks about the newly added UFC event on July 19th. The same night of Affliction MMA's first event titled 'Banned'.
Submitted Jun 18, 2008 12:28AM by xphycorx - 15 comments
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Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns at UFN 14
MMA Mania is reporting that a welterweight match-up between Anthony Johnson (5-1) and Kevin Burns (6-1) has been signed for July 19th’s, UFC Fight Night 14 .
Submitted Jun 17, 2008 10:44PM by Porch28 - 10 comments
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Dana White to Do National Radio Tour Tomorrow
Sources within the radio industry have told BloodyElbow.com that Dana White will be appearing on large market radio shows across the country tomorrow. In fact, in at least one case, a previously booked UFC fighter was pulled by the UFC in favor of Dana White. No word has been given on what White intends to talk about, but it seems all but certain the "huge announcement" will be part of it.
Submitted Jun 17, 2008 10:44PM by juanez13 - 5 comments
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Interview With Evan Tanner
After making his return to action in March with a loss to Yushin Okami after a near two year hiatus from the sport, former UFC Middleweight Champion Evan Tanner will look to get back on the winning track this Saturday, June 21st, when he goes up against TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove. In this MMANews.com exclusive interview, Tanner talks with Chris Howie about a number of topics.
Submitted Jun 17, 2008 10:41PM by Porch28 - 1 comment
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Vera to fight Reese Andy on July 19th
Anderson Silva is about to make the jump. The UFC middleweight champion has accepted an invitation to move up to the light heavyweight division for a bout with James Irvin at an impromptu UFC event July 19 in Las Vegas. Heavyweight prospect Brandon Vera has also agreed to make a move in the opposite direction -- he'll face former International Fight League rep Reese Andy in a co-featured bout at 205 pounds, multiple sources have confirmed to Sherdog.com. The event, which is being assembled on five weeks' notice, will air live on Spike TV the same night that Affliction Entertainment hosts its first pay-per-view card, "Banned," at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Submitted Jun 17, 2008 9:35PM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
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Jake O'Brien vs. Cain Velasquez scheduled for July 19 UFC card
In a move surely to delight this site's readers, the UFC has re-signed UFC heavyweight Jake O'Brien (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and scheduled him to fight Cain Velasquez (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the recently announced UFC Fight Night 14 -- an event that features a main event of Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin. LINK WORKS NOW
Submitted Jun 17, 2008 8:20PM by Porch28 - 25 comments
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Tim Boetsch Returns Sept. 6th
Boetsch made the following announcement on his official myspace page: Subject: UFC Sept. 6 Atlanta Body: The Barbarian returns to the octagon to take out James Lee on Sept 6. Get your tickets! It is going to be a good show!!!!
Submitted Jun 17, 2008 7:50PM by throwmeahotone - 4 comments
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Referee Herb Dean levied two point deductions against Nate Marquardt in his UFC 85 middleweight bout with Thales Leites, one for an illegal knee and one for an elbow that landed to the back of Leites' head. Dean explained the rule of striking to the back of the head and the point deductions against Marquardt that resulted in Leites winning by split decision. Nate Marquardt landed an illegal knee to the head of the downed Thales Leites during the second round. The knee was intentional, but mistimed, garnering the Top 10 ranked Marquardt an immediate point deduction by referee Herb Dean.
Submitted Jun 17, 2008 7:13PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
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UFC Quick Quote: Luigi Fioravanti knows he can beat Diego Sanchez … is he the only one?
“It doesn’t really bother me that people seem to [overlook] me, because like I said, it motivates me. I think a lot of people are, and they think he’s just going to come in and steamroll me and beat me up. I’m glad I’m the underdog because there’s really not much pressure on me…. It makes me train harder, and for this fight, I have trained harder than I ever have before in my career because I want to go out there and prove people wrong. Of course I want to get that respect, but that respect has to be earned. Of course I think he’s a good fighter. He’s really tough and he’s exceptionally good on the ground. He’s a top-10 welterweight, but I do think he might be overlooking this fight, you know? A win against him would turn a lot of heads. I know I can beat the guy…. I hit harder and I think I have the better standup, so I know I have to keep it on the feet. I know exactly what he’s going to do, too. He will come out and he might throw one punch or even stand a little bit, but then he’ll try and bring the fight to the ground and work his ground-and-pound. That’s his game. That’s what he’s really good at. I just gotta work on my takedown defense and rely on my power and my stand-up, and we’ll see how the fight goes from there.”
Submitted Jun 17, 2008 6:19PM by SmileR - 3 comments
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