Jason Day’s Big Gamble Pays off (Story from Yahoo! Sports)
The story sounds like a Canadian version of the Beverly Hillbillies. Jason Day had purchased a 1992 Volkswagen Jetta, which he endearingly called a piece of crap, packed enough clothes for a four-day trip and headed off with Lee Mein in search of riches in Las Vegas.
Day and Mein weren’t hoping to get rich at a blackjack table or to get hot on the craps table.
They were hunting for a job and had driven 19 hours nonstop with no guarantees of getting lucky.
Luigi Fioravanti: From Iraq to the Octagon
For most fighters, entering the UFC Octagon to face a fierce opponent is the hardest thing they’ll have to do in their lives. Within a few seconds they face their adversary’s full arsenal: punches, kicks, elbows, throws, arm bars, knee locks, triangle chokes, guillotine chokes, and so on. It sounds pretty bad, and tough to most, unless you’re welterweight Luigi Fioravanti. You see, when instead of punches and kicks and elbows, you have bullets and bombs coming at you, the sport of mixed martial arts becomes a very tranquil walk in the park.
War Machine Gets Probation
TUF 6 contestant Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver has been sentenced to 3 years' probation and a $2300 fine stemming from misdemeanor assault charges. The charge was reduced from a felony, which not only spared Koppenhaver potentially serious jail time, it also saved his UFC career-the felony would've voided his 10-fight contract.
Tim Boetsch – From Part-Time to Prime Time
Tim Boetsch has heard the snide remarks before, the snickers when he tells people that he’s a strong proponent (and practitioner) of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do style. They’re remarks borne in ignorance, of not being able to separate Lee’s teachings on actual fighting with his on-screen persona as one of the first true action heroes.
CPC Movies: Who Says It's too Late for a 2008 Preview?
2007 turned out to be the biggest year in the history of MMA, and it had some of the best fights in a long time. I dubbed 07 as the “Year of the Lightweights,” with so many great fights coming from the 155-pound division, and we start out this year with a great lightweight fight at the first event of the year. UFC 80 featured Joe “Daddy” Stevenson taking on BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight title. Penn defeated Stevenson in the second round by submission and will now face Sean Sherk at UFC 84 for the lightweight title.
We’re already more than a month into the year, but who says it’s too late to do a preview? 2008 should be yet another great year for MMA, and I look for the sport to take even more steps into the mainstream of American and world acceptance. I’ll break down the situation in each of the six major weight classes as well as some of the top stories to look for in the upcoming year.
Manny Gamburyan vs. Jeff Cox Added to UFC Fight Night 13
“The Ultimate Fighter 5” runner-up Manny Gamburyan (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will take on Jeff Cox (9-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at an already-stacked UFC Fight Night 13 event.
UFC Fight Night 13 takes place April 2 at the Broomfield Event Center near Denver, Colo., where Kenny Florian meets Joe Lauzon in the night’s main event. As MMAjunkie.com recently reported, Spike TV recently opted to make the event a three-hour broadcast, which will precede the debut episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 7.“
With the Gamburyan vs. Cox fight, the UFC Fight Night 13 card now boasts a total of 12 bouts.
UFC® ANNOUNCES YAHOO! AS NEW DISTRIBUTOR FOR ONLINE PPV
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced Yahoo! will be the new online distributor for UFC live Pay-Per-View (PPV) events, via Yahoo! Sports. Fans can view the next UFC event, UFC 82: PRIDE OF A CHAMPION, on March 1, 2008
Terrell Released From UFC
David Terrell has been officialy released from his UFC contract. He first debuted in the UFC back in August of 2004 where he shocked the MMA world with a vicious knockout win over heavily favored Matt Linland in the early seconds of the 1st round. He then lost a title fight against Evan Tanner and then rebounded by beating Scott Smith in April of 2006.
Unfortunatelty that was the last we saw of Terrell fighting in the Octagon. Plagued by injuries and unhappy with the financial terms of his bout agreements, Terrell sat out the remainder of his contract. Now focused on getting his career back on track, Terrell will be looking to signing and fighting with another organization.
Xtreme Couture Hints at Silva-Jardine Fight, Silva-Liddell Rematch
It looks as if the Silva/Jardine fight is as official as it's going to be until its announced. This article also goes on to say Silva would like a rematch with Liddell around New Years Eve. I don't know about you guys but I'm not sure a rematch is justified unless it's for a title down the road. As for him fighting Jardine, I think Jardine takes that fight.
Brandon Vera vs. Fabricio Werdum @ UFC 85
Heavyweight contenders Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum are slated to square off at UFC 85 on Saturday, June 7 at the O2 Arena in London, The Fight Network has learned. No agreements have been signed, but the bout has been presented to both men, according to a source within one of their camps.
Hendo media day
Dan Henderson held an open workout for the media on Wednesday at his Team Quest Gym in Murrieta.
Here is some of what he had to say:
On Silva being considered the top MMA fighter pound-for-pound in the world by a number of publications and Web sites:
“I think that’s great. I’ve already said my piece about it. I think he is a tough guy and very skilled but I wouldn’t consider him the top pound-for-pound fighter, just because I’ve seen more of his past than what the U.S. crowd has in the UFC. The guys he’s fought in the UFC really compliment his style. I expected him to walk through most of those guys. He’s very skilled on his feet. The guys he’s fought aren’t very good wrestlers.”
On the new DREAM promotion in Japan which was put together by Fight Entertainment Group and former PRIDE staffers:
“I think there are two promotions starting. There’s DREAM and World Victory Road. I think it’s great for the sport. I think a lot of fans miss having PRIDE and that production, not necessarily the fighters and they fights they put on. There are top fighters in most of the organizations now, but the production is what I miss most. It will be good to watch that just as a fan now. I’m in the UFC for a while.”
On the possibility of competing in DREAM’s Middleweight Grand Prix:
“I won’t be fighting in it unless the UFC sends me over. I think that’s good for the sport. It gives fighters another avenue to go out there and make some money and make a name for themselves. It’s tough with so many fighters and only one big organization in the world.
“I’m not overly fond of fighting in tournaments anymore. I’ve been there and done that. My first nine fights were tournaments and multiple fights in a night. A lot of the fights in my career have been tournaments. I’m not fond of those. I’d rather focus on one guy, especially at the point of my career where I am right now. It enables me to really focus on that one opponent. When you fight multiple times in one night, you are not able to be specific to an opponent when you are training. There is a greater chance of losing a fight that way. I’ve got a little bit more to lose than I did in the past. We’ll see. It’s not necessarily about that. It’s about fighting twice in one night that I’m not fond of.”
To check out the entire interview and listen to the audio of the interview, which is about 20 minutes, click this link:
Dana White: Tank Abbott UFC Hall of Fame future inductee
“I think the whole thing was a farce [the EliteXC promotion]. I love Tank. I have nothing but respect for him; he’s always been good to me. But I don’t want to see that again…. Tank Abbott absolutely will be in our Hall of Fame.”
UFC President Dana White comments on the recent spectacle that was Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott at the EliteXC: “Street Certified” show on February 16 from the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. He also reveals that he has a seat waiting for Abbott once he decides to hang up the gloves. That would mean Abbott would be enshrined alongside Octagon pioneers such as Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock and soon-to-be inductee, Mark Coleman.
5 Rounds Part 2
Wildfire & Skippy return to debate questions sent from you. Mirko Cro Cop, Kimbo, Ultimate Fighter Season 7, UFC 83 and Wanderlei are the topics tackled in this column.