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Tito Ortiz numbers don't lie.......Elite XC takes note
(mmamania.com)
Dave Meltzer from Yahoo!Sports.com breaks it down as Tito Ortiz possibly heads into his last fight inside the Octagon against Lyoto Machida at UFC 84: “Ill Will” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 24: “Ortiz has had more fights (21) in the Octagon than any man in history. He was the longest-reigning champion in company history, a three-and-a-half year run as light heavyweight champion from 2000-03.
Submitted May 17, 2008 3:05PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Scott Smith enjoying underdog role
(mmajunkie.com)
As MMA's May 31 network-television debut draws closer, CBS has focused the entirety of its marketing campaign on Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. But the bout that most hardcore MMA fans are anticipating is the EliteXC middleweight title fight between champion "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (15-4) and Scott Smith (13-4).
Submitted May 17, 2008 3:02PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei to murder Jardine's dreams
(setantasports.com)
Wanderlei Silva has predicted a ‘fast knock-out’ when he attempts to shatter Keith Jardine’s title dreams at “UFC 84: ILL WILL”. “The Axe Murderer” is box office, win or lose, as he proved against Chuck Liddell in his last fight – arguably the greatest collision ever witnessed in The UFC (Good, but i'm not too sure that's accurate).
Submitted May 17, 2008 2:59PM by MMAcca - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hamill Calm in the Eye of an Unnecessary Storm
(uk.ufc.com)
As one of the top prospects in mixed martial arts’ most high-profile division, light heavyweight Matt Hamill has proven that being deaf isn’t a handicap, but instead, a mere obstacle to be overcome on the way to bigger and better things.
Submitted May 17, 2008 2:57PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Salaverry Fighting for The Emerald City
(uk.ufc.com)
The sports landscape in Seattle, Washington has drastically changed over the past few months. First, reports surfaced that the city’s professional basketball franchise was considering a move to Oklahoma City. In search of a new arena for Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant and the Sonics, the owners of Seattle’s NBA franchise decided that the coastal port city could no longer harbor basketball hardwood.
Submitted May 17, 2008 2:53PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shane Carwin could be best of the bunch
(mmajunkie.com)
At a time when boxing can't find a heavyweight coordinated enough to step between the ropes without tripping, mixed martial arts is overrun with quality heavyweights.
Submitted May 17, 2008 1:36PM by Porch28 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
BJ Penn confronts Sean Sherk on steroid use prior to UFC 84 fight (Audio)
(mmamania.com)
Here’s an excerpt from the recent UFC 84: “Ill Will” pre-fight press conference call during which BJ Penn questions (antagonizes is perhaps a better word) Sean Sherk directly about his use of steroids: You guys should defiantly listen to this!
Submitted May 17, 2008 10:09AM by SmileR - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Final Chapter
(bloodyelbow.com)
"This guy went on Howard Stern and said he was getting $200,000 a fight,” White said. “That was such a lie. Tito made $5.8 million in 2006. He only fought once in 2007. He made $710,000 for that fight (with Rashad Evans) and that was the third match from the top (on the card). He goes around saying we made $231 million last year. He’s a moron. This guy talks about what a businessman he is, and he was on ‘The Apprentice’ and he doesn’t know the difference between revenue and profit." “There’s not going to be any bidding war,” White said. “Gary Shaw (promoter at Elite XC) should offer him $30 a fight, because we’re not going to match it.” So I think it's safe to say there will be no reconciliation
Submitted May 16, 2008 11:55PM by juanez13 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Luke Cummo vs Tamdan McCrory fight set for UFC 87
(mmamania.com)
Finals are over at The State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland), which means that recent graduate Tamdan McCrory can resume his mixed martial arts career inside the Octagon. “The Barncat” took a brief respite from competition to get his degree after falling victim to one of the most beautiful armbars in recent memory at UFC 78: “Validation,” losing to crafty veteran Akhiro Ghono in round two via submission back in November 2007. He will return against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 welterweight finalist, Luke Cummo, at UFC 87 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9, according to FightTicker.com. Cummo is also looking to bounce back from a loss after dropping a unanimous decision to Luigi Fioravanti at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion” back in March. Prior to the defeat Cummo was on a two-fight win streak after losing back-to-back fights. UFC 87 will feature the heavyweight tilt between Brock Lesnar and Mark Coleman, as well as the number one lightweight contender eliminator match between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta.
Submitted May 16, 2008 11:27PM by SmileR - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 14 Scheduled For September 17th
(mmafrenzy.com)
UFC Fight Night 14 will take place on September 17th and will be aired on Spike TV as the lead-in for the debut episode of The Ultimate Fighter 8, reports MMA Junkie.
Submitted May 16, 2008 10:12PM by Porch28 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ortiz vs. White is UFC’s hottest feud
(sports.yahoo.com)
Whether he wins or loses May 24 in Las Vegas against Lyoto Machida, it certainly appears Tito Ortiz will end his 11-year Ultimate Fighting Championship career. But there will be no televised celebration of his accomplishments when the fight is over. UFC president Dana White will want it to end as quietly as possible, with Ortiz as an afterthought, and the crowning of the undefeated Machida as a new top star. After years of a very public war between the promoter and one of his top stars, the UFC 84 fight essentially determines who gets in the last word. “He’s one of the most dishonest human beings I’ve ever met,” White said. “I put up with him when he was a good fighter. He’s not anymore. He’s done. I’m no longer in the Tito Ortiz business.”
Submitted May 16, 2008 8:26PM by Bemin - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
EliteXC Wants Tito Ortiz
(mmajunkie.com)
To the surprise of probably few people, EliteXC President Gary Shaw is already displaying a bit of a man crush on soon-to-be-free agent Tito Ortiz. With Ortiz' final UFC fight just 8 days away, there is already speculation that EliteXC will make a push to sign Ortiz. Shaw's even going so far as to imagine Tito vs. Kimbo Slice one day.
Submitted May 16, 2008 12:11PM by DCRage - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, EliteXC
 
Sherk still considering action against California
(mmaweekly.com)
The ongoing battle between former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk and the state of California may not be down for the count just yet as the Minnesota native confirmed his focus for now is on B.J. Penn, but he may revisit legal action at some point down the road. “Right now, basically, I was cleared to fight, had a date in mind, had a goal in mind and so I just wanted to first off get this fight out of the way and get my career back on track,” said Sherk during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “And there’s no statute of limitations as far as how long I have to do this thing by, so I’m still talking to my lawyer. We’re still working some stuff out, and after this fight, maybe that’s something that we can go back to.”
Submitted May 16, 2008 8:01AM by SmileR - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Next Stop On UFC World Tour-Germany
(mmaweekly.com)
In a media conference call Thursday, UFC President Dana White announced that, in the wake of an extremely successful debut in Canada, the next stop on UFC's plan to expand internationally will be Germany. No specific time or location announced for an event but Berlin seems to be the likely host.
Submitted May 16, 2008 6:53AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
B.J. Penn: "I'm going to be the bigger man" at UFC 84
(mmajunkie.com)
With one of the year's most-highly anticipated match-ups a little more than a week away, it should be of little surprise to anyone that the always-confident B.J. Penn (12-4-1, 7-3-1 UFC) feels sure he will walk away from his UFC lightweight title bout with ex-champ Sean Sherk (32-2-1, 4-2 UFC) victorious. What may be surprising is how "The Prodigy" feels he will defeat "The Muscle Shark" -- by putting Sherk on his back. Penn discussed the upcoming main-event bout of "UFC 84: Ill Will" while a guest on Thursday's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a content partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'll be able to put Sean Sherk on his back, and from there pass his guard, mount him, and start beating on him," Penn said. A hallmark of Sherk's career has been the ability to utilize superior strength, wrestling and conditioning to control his opponents on the mat, and ground-and-pound his way to victory. The Hilo, Hawaii native doesn't believe that will be the case in this title bout. "I definitely feel that I'm going to be the bigger man when we step in to the ring," Penn said. "I feel I'm going to be a stronger man also. ... I'm not going to let him hold me down and do his thing where he tries to rabbit punch [me] to death." WAR BJ!
Submitted May 15, 2008 11:56PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 19 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
- HUERTA-FLORIAN WINNER IN LINE FOR UFC TITLE SHOT
(mmaweekly.com)
It was recently confirmed that Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will face each other in August at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. UFC president Dana White on Thursday said that the winner of that bout at UFC 87 is likely to be next in line for the winner of next Saturday’s lightweight title bout between current champion B.J. Penn and former titleholder Sean Sherk. During a pre-fight media call for UFC 84, a question arose as to whether or not the winner of the lightweight title next week would move up to challenge Georges St. Pierre in a dream bout of sorts. White said that it was highly unlikely and a premature move for either Penn or Sherk. “I like to see guys clean out a division and there be no doubt who is the best 155-pounder, 170, 185-pounder, etc. You find out who the best is because these guys clean out a division,” commented White. That said, regardless of which fighter walks out of the Octagon with the belt on May 24, he doesn’t believe that Penn or Sherk would have “cleaned out the division” at that point, citing Huerta and Florian. “I think the winner (between Penn and Sherk)... there's another fight between Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian, I think the winner of that fight will fight the winner of this fight and let's say it's B.J. or Sean (who wins that match-up), I would consider that cleaning out the division,” stated the UFC president. “Then I would sit down and talk to them about where they wanted to go from there.” _______________________________________________ makes total since, i can't think of who else would get the shot
Submitted May 15, 2008 11:49PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Photo Blog/Inverview of BJ Penn as he prepares to fight Sherk
(combatlifestyle.com)
This is Tracy Lee's(combatlifestyle) blog on her photo session recently with BJ. Very good read with some interesting interviews too (why I put it under news) and some great photos. Check it out!
Submitted May 15, 2008 6:05PM by Bemin - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nogueira Maps Out ‘TUF' Assignment
(sherdog.com)

Interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) says he will look to bring his style of fighting to the small screen when he and fellow heavyweight Frank Mir (Pictures) become coaches on the eighth season of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter," airing this fall.
Makes me want to move to Florida to train at Anderson and the Nog bros. gym!
Submitted May 15, 2008 5:53PM by ncordless - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua wants Chuck Liddell to wait to fight him
(mmamania.com)
Quoteworthy: “I respect him a lot as a fighter and I think he, besides being a warrior, is top of the category. I’ve been watching him since I started fighting. My fans can be sure I’ll be back at 100 percent. I’d like for him to wait and fight me at the end of the year. If I could choose who I’d fight on my return, it would be him, for sure, and I hope he accepts.” Maurcio “Shogun” Rua — who is recovering from a bad knee injury that required surgery to repair — wants to next fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Both 205-pound fighters were supposed to lock horns during the main event at UFC 85: “Bedlam” at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7. However, injuries to the fighters forced them both off the card. Liddell will more than likely be able to return to action much sooner than Rua because his injury was the less serious of the two (hamstring). Rua plans to return to training in three weeks.
Submitted May 15, 2008 3:22PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 19 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Once laughed at, the lightweights are taking over
(sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Jens Pulver's Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title defense against B.J. Penn in January of 2002 should have been the last time anyone questioned the idea of having 155-pounders headline a pay-per-view event. The belief that undersized fighters could deliver at the till was ludicrous to many. American mixed martial arts fans were so obsessed with heavier fighters and their presumptive knockout power, they argued, that there wasn't time to care about skinny lightweights. Yet there they were, "L'il Evil" and "The Prodigy," overshadowing "The Iceman." And Murilo Bustamante's middleweight-title win over Dave Menne in the Octagon? Just a mere prelude to the evening's main event.
Submitted May 15, 2008 1:41PM by Bemin - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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