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411 MMA Fact or Fiction 01.26.06
Should BJ Penn be the favorite over Sean Sherk? Will Tito Ortiz's next UFC fight be his last in the organization? Does Fabricio Werdum really deserve the next HW title shot? Should Mike Swick and Josh Burkman have been a draw? All of this and more in the latest edition of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction.
Submitted Jan 26, 2008 3:20PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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Second-Fiddle Tim Sylvia Aims for History
Tim Sylvia may be the world’s largest Rodney Dangerfield. The 6-foot-8, two-time former UFC heavyweight champion simply can’t get respect. On Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, Sylvia will attempt to become only the second man in MMA history to win three major league world championships. Sylvia is attempting to go into the record book behind only Randy Couture, who won his fifth championship when beating Sylvia via decision last year. His opponent in an interim title match, Brazil’s Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, can make a legitimate claim for being the second best heavyweight in the sport’s history. But for all the hype UFC 81 is getting, you’d likely never know either of those things. It certainly never came up at Thursday’s UFC press conference for UFC 81.
Submitted Jan 26, 2008 10:58AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Sherk: Now It's Personal
Sean Sherk has fired the latest salvo in his war of words with new UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn, who he is to face in May for the title. Sherk said "Now it's personal" after hearing comments made by Penn after his win at UFC 80.
Submitted Jan 26, 2008 7:43AM by DCRage - 16 comments
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Tanner vs. Okami Official; Koscheck vs. Hazelett Un-Televised at UFC 82
After weeks of speculation, a UFC 82 middleweight bout between Evan Tanner and Yushin Okami is now official. Additionally, the UFC today revealed that a welterweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 1” standout Josh Koscheck (9-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Cincinnati-based fighter Dustin Hazelett (10-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will appear on the event’s un-televised preliminary card. News of the Tanner vs. Okami has been reported — and re-reported — for the past month. However, Tanner’s camp couldn’t confirm the bout to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and a source close to the UFC told us that UFC executives were “extremely pissed” that news of the fight got out in the first place. In the interview, Tanner also revealed that the UFC had an extremely difficult time finding him an opponent. The bout was offered to four fighters — all of whom turned it down. The UFC eventually booked Okami, a middleweight contender who’s 5-1 in the UFC. He signed a new contract with the UFC after his most recent fight: a UFC 77 unanimous-decision victory over Jason MacDonald.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 6:09PM by juanez13 - 20 comments
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UFN Medical Suspensions Announced
The NSAC has posted the official UFN results on their website, which also reveals the medical suspensions coming out of the event.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 1:51PM by DCRage - 7 comments
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UFC Set To Ban Affliction Gear?
Apparently the UFC is no longer going to allow Affliction to sponsor it's fighters. Affliction affiliated fighters include; Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, Rampage Jackson and Chuck Liddell among many others. According to numerous sources within in the industry, Affliction will be starting it's own promotion and the UFC is unhappy about promoting a potential rival.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 12:24PM by grappler0000 - 35 comments
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The Champion's Carthasis
Since UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture left the promotion, he's gained some attention for taking up poker as a means to raise money and attention for his Xtreme Couture GI Foundation. But he's clearly worn out from the UFC contract situation and again reiterated his future plans: Fedor Or Bust. Bust being likely retiring.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 9:03AM by DCRage - 1 comment
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Top South Korean Fighter Headed To UFC
Top South Korean Prospect Dong Hyun Kim is reportedly set to make his UFC debut in either March or April. The Welterweight is unbeaten in MMA at 8-0-1, last fighting Hedehiko Hasegawa to a controversial draw in a rematch of a fight Kim won.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 7:44AM by DCRage - 1 comment
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News From Japan: Shooto Says Sayonara to Kikuchi, Japanese Fighters At UFC 84, More
Among the latest news items coming out of Japan are Shooto holding a retirement ceremony for veteran Akira Kikuchi tomorrow at Korakuen, Yushin Okami and Kuniyoshi Hironaka's next UFC fights at UFC 84 (Montreal), a Japanese talent heading to Cage Rage, and DEEP unveils it's '08 tournament plans.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 7:38AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous
UFC Confirms New Sponsor, Likely UK Return, Working On TV
Although UFC was rumored to be close to a TV deal with CBS recently, it hasn't yet happened but a TV deal also isn't dead. In a related press conference, UFC also confirmed new sponsorship deals and a likely return to London in June.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 6:37AM by DCRage - 1 comment
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Din Thomas vs. Josh Neer Targeted for UFC Fight Night 13
Finally healed from a knee injury he suffered in a September main-event fight, Din Thomas (20-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will likely return to the octagon to take on Josh Neer (23-6-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at a UFC Fight Night 13 event planned for April 2.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 5:30PM by nickcuc547 - 15 comments
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UFN 12 Fighter Payouts Announced
The fighter payouts from UFN 12 last night have been obtained, the 18 fighters received a total disclosed amount of $232,000. The Fight, KO, and Submission Of The Night bonuses were not revealed.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 2:05PM by DCRage - 14 comments
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Angle Calls Lesnar A "Mental Midget"
Kurt Angle, in a radio appearance promoting TNA Wrestling's upcoming PPV, also briefly talked about Brock Lesnar in MMA. He called Brock a "mental midget" and said he'd win if little to no pressure was on him.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 8:12AM by DCRage - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine II up next?
QUOTE "My next fight will probably be in the summer and I am thinking about Jardine since Jackson is already scheduled to fight (Forrest Griffin). I can’t wait around (for Jackson). I love the sport and I think I have a couple years left in me. I’m a very competitive person. I don’t even like to lose at things I’m not good at." Chuck Liddell reiterates that he wants to rematch Keith Jardine next
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 7:57AM by CornishMMA - 29 comments
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Nick Thompson Interview on Brock Lesnar
Nice Interview: He briefly touches on his situation with Bodog, elaborates on the fight offer with Jon Fitch, and has a cool story about his training partner Brock Lesnar.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 12:39AM by duggy - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team
Palhares Expected to Sign with UFC
After recently signing Brazilian Top Team's David Bielkheden , the UFC is expected to ink another BTT athlete: Fury GP 185-pound champion Rousimar Palhares, Sherdog.com has learned. A native of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Palhares (7-1) is a prospect who has a chance to reach the top in the UFC. He has won five straight, including first-round wins over UFC veteran Flavio Luis Moura, Pan-Arm jiu-jitsu champion Fabio Negao (Pictures) and Pride Bushido veteran Daniel Acacio. None of these quality fighters were competitive against Palhares.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 6:46PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Fight Camp / Team
Drew McFedries - An 'Old Dog' with Bite
Very good read about McFedries.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 4:44PM by JWils - 2 comments
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Lesnar To Headline UFC 86?
The UK newspaper The Sun is claiming that Brock Lesnar will be in the main event at UFC 86 on June 14 in London. The reason is likely Brock's massive popularity he gained in the UK during his wrestling career.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 4:27PM by DCRage - 5 comments
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Another WWE Wrestler Joining MMA
Bobby Lashley is the latest pro wrestler to join the world of MMA. Scrubsports.com is again the 1st to break this news. If you remember they were the 1st to break the news of the WCO show being cancelled. Lashley hasn't appeared on WWE camera's for months now and should've been back a long time ago. Fans wondered what happened to him and just today, I received word that he is done with the WWE and has been training MMA in hopes of landing a contract somewhere. God help us all!
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 3:44PM by tberg420 - 81 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous
Guida Added To UFC's Return To Colorado
Clay Guida will look to return to his winning ways on April 2 in Denver, CO and will face UFC newcomer, Samy Schiavo, in his debut fight as sources close to the fight have confirmed with MMAWeekly.com. While the bout agreements have not been signed, this fight is expected to take place during the UFC Fight Night as a lead in to the 7th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” show featuring Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin as coaches.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 3:25PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
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