Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Tito Ortiz will challenge champion Chuck Liddell for the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight crown on Dec. 30 at UFC 66. A rematch of their April 2004 UFC 47 bout -- which Ortiz lost in the second round -- the fight provides Ortiz with an opportunity to recapture the title that he held for over three years from 2000-2003.Born January 23, 1975 in Huntington Beach, Calif., Ortiz endured a very difficult childhood before turning to wrestling in high school -- a decision that he says "saved" his life. High school wrestling success led to a college scholarship and was the vehicle that eventually took him to mixed martial arts and the UFC.Ortiz doesn't shy away from the camera or hesitate to speak his mind on a number of topics. His showmanship and outspokenness have opened up opportunities outside the UFC that make Ortiz arguably the most recognizable fighter -- and possibly the most controversial -- in all of mixed martial arts.Ortiz took time during a break in training Dec. 7 to talk to me by phone from Big Bear, Calif., where he was preparing for the Liddell fight. What follows are the highlights of an interview in which the complete Ortiz is on display, answering a range of questions -- from his childhood to his experiences fighting in the UFC to his relationship with Jenna Jameson to his views on the war in Iraq.
UFC 66 bout vs. LiddellFirst of all, are you training in Big Bear (Calif.) right now?Yes I am.Why do you like training in Big Bear?I've been coming to Big Bear now for the last six-and-a-half years to get away from the city. A lot of fighters take things for granted when they are at home training. They get to be around normal life. Up here we have to sacrifice a whole bunch. Up here there's nowhere to go out [and] friends can't came over to visit. We eat, sleep and train -- that's all we do. The altitude has a lot to do with it also -- we're at 8,000 feet. But I think more than anything, it's really just [about] secluding myself -- it's about training, focusing on fighting and not really worrying about anything else going on in my life.Who do you train with?Actually, from time to time I get different training partners, but one of my main trainers is Saul Soliz from Texas. He pretty much puts everything together that I need to do for the fight: the wrestling, the kickboxing, the jiu-jitsu. But then I bring in training partners for each of those styles. I bring some college wrestlers. Of course, I have this guy Jake [O'Brien] who fights as a heavyweight in the UFC and wrestled for Purdue. I have Raphael Davis, who wrestled for Cal State Bakersfield -- he's up here training with me, along with kickboxer Aaron Rosa from Texas. I try and use guys who are the same size as the guy I'll be fighting. Chuck Liddell is about 6-foot-2, 215-220 pounds "walking around" weight. I try to get guys similar to his body type, striking skills and wrestling ability. I just try to mimic Chuck Liddell in my training.What is your training regimen for this fight?I wake up at 12 p.m. [and] get to the gym by 1 p.m. We do sparring with takedowns, kick, punch and some jiu-jitsu moves for about two-and-a-half hours. I come home, eat a small meal [and then] do my track work -- cardio, sprints. We do sprints on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and [other] running during that time on Tuesday and Thursday. [I then] come back and have another small meal. [I] go to the weight facility after that for about an hour, [and] just focus on one certain muscle per day -- one day would be shoulders, another day would be back, another day we'll do chest, another day we'll do legs and we rotate that throughout the week. And then I come home, have a small meal and go back to the gym around 9 p.m. and do my wrestling and jiu-jitsu. It's pretty much a full-time job – six days a week, anywhere from six to eight hours a day of really putting my body through the grindstone, just really working as hard as I can so that when I fight sometimes the fight [itself] is actually easy.What do you do on your day off?My day off is Sunday. I get to cheat, [meaning I] eat any type of food I like -- pizza, fast food, drink sodas, ice cream -- and just chill. [I might] go to the movies or something, relax and that's pretty much just it. During training days, I'm training from 12:30 p.m. until about 10 p.m. and I don't get really wound down until 1 a.m. I sleep from 1 a.m. to 12 p.m. -- an 11-hour period where my body is resting a whole bunch so I'm able to train like that.How do you feel about your fight against Liddell?I'm really focused on getting my world title back. Liddell is really one of the best fighters in the world right now and I think I [will] have my hands full because of the [UFC 47] loss, but I think I've really matured a lot as a fighter. I'm 31-years-old. I've been in this competition now for 10 years. I think I have a lot more to learn. At the same time, I'm getting better with age. … I want to fight the best and Liddell is the best in the world. He's holding the world title and nothing is better than [getting] the gold back around my waist.You mentioned your UFC 47 loss to Liddell. What did you learn from that loss?It was just a learning experience, [learning] to focus on my game plan and not fighting his game plan for this fight -- not playing into his hands, chasing him down, or trading punches with him because he's a very good striker. I think this time around I'm trying to stick to the game plan the whole fight and my hand will be raised at the end.What are you working on specifically for this fight? Any techniques, anything like that?Well, I think all the same stuff [as the first fight]. Really hard work. If I told you exactly I'd be giving away my game plan and I can't really do that (laughing).You're known for printing up T-shirts after your matches. For example, in your Ken Shamrock fight, the last one, you wore a "Punishing Him Into Retirement" shirt. Do you have a T-shirt ready for this match with Liddell?Of course I have a T-shirt. I have a T-shirt for every one of my fights. Things that motivate me are the things I express on my T-shirts mostly.Any hints as to what it says?You'll have to tune in to pay-per-view to see what T-shirt I put on after I win my world title. It's one of the biggest things going on throughout the United States and the world. It will be recognized and that's as close as I can get about saying anything.
Life as a mixed martial arts fighterWhat do you enjoy most about being a fighter?What I enjoy most about being a fighter is really being an inspiration in people's and kids' lives, knowing where I came from. I came from the streets of Santa Ana, Calif. My parents were drug addicts and I wasn't really supposed to be a person who was supposed to excel in life. And I really went against all the odds and made something of myself. And that was through fighting. When I was in high school, I was a great wrestler and I went to college and got a degree in physical education. I wanted to become a high school coach, [but] it just seemed like teachers weren't making that much money. And of course, coming from a poor family, it seemed like I really wanted money. I wanted things everyone else had like the cars and the houses. You don't really live a luxurious life as a teacher and I wanted that.But I always wanted to help and give back. And as I became a fighter … and became world champion and really exposed myself to the fans who were watching … I felt like I was touching a wider base of kids -- showing the hard work [and that] there are no shortcuts in life and that's just one of the things I learned through fighting. If you take a short cut, it's going to bite you in the butt in the end. I've always worked really, really hard to get where I am.One of those things I really got out of fighting was giving back to the youth, the kids that look for mentors to look up to. There are a lot of kids that come from broken families or from less fortunate families and they feel like they are not as worthy as anybody else. [But] they are as worthy as everyone else as long as they work hard and they keep their dreams high and never stop achieving goals -- [as long as] they keep working.Explain to the average fan what it's like stepping into the Octagon when you fight. What's your attitude as you approach the Octagon? What are you thinking about?There's a lot of emotions that I go through. I'm a very emotional fighter of course. Everything you can think of -- anger, intimidation, fear, excitement. Every single emotion that you can think [of] is what stepping into that ring is about. When I step in, I'm not just fighting for myself, I'm fighting for my fans, I'm fighting for my family, just trying to make sure I'm the best I can possibly be when I step into the Octagon.It's just so overwhelming -- that out-of-body experience of watching myself compete. I'm not the one competing. It's really weird -- because of the three months that I put into training -- we just do rigorous training, over and over and over again, my body just sets it to cruise control. What I did in training is what I'm going to do during the fight. I've been to a lot of concerts, I've been to professional boxing matches and I think [the UFC] is a mixture of going to a rock concert and a boxing match. There's not one particular word to describe it … you have 16,000 people screaming your name, they're supporting you or pulling for you, and millions of fans watching on pay-per-view. It's just great to see that I've achieved a lot in life.You mentioned having a range of emotions when you step into the Octagon. Is one of those emotions fear?There is fear, but I think the fear leaves me by the time I get into the Octagon. Every time I fight, there are tears that come down and I never really realized why I had tears coming out of my eyes when I walked out. I've come to realize that it's the fear leaving my body. So I have no fear when I step into the Octagon. I did all the hard work prior to the fight. I have all these fans screaming for me. [I have a] sense of "I made it in my life and I'll continue making it," and when I step into the Octagon I know I put all the hard work in and now its time to showcase my skills.What are the downsides of being a fighter? Are there any sacrifices you have to make and what are they?There are lots of sacrifices in becoming a fighter of course, especially an Ultimate Fighter. It's the hard work … the road work, the lifting, the boxing, the wrestling, the jiu-jitsu. It's really, really challenging -- not going out with your friends. I have friends who are in a rock band Korn, and they go on tour all the time. It seems like every time they go on tour I'm actually in training camp and I can't go out and hang out with them.My girlfriend would want to go out and go to the movies or go eat dinner at 7 p.m. -- I gotta go train at 7 p.m. I can't eat dinner. I eat dinner at 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. at night. … On the weekends, Saturdays are the days we do our mountain runs and lift weights. I can't leave the mountain to go have a fun time with my son at Disneyland … because I'm training. I spend time away from my son when I am up at Big Bear. He comes up to visit me once every two or three weeks. I have to sacrifice to make sure I'm in the right shape, the right mindset, so when I step into the Octagon I know I'm ready.How old is your son?My son is 4 years old.What's his name?His name's Jacob.So he took your name? Is your name originally Jacob Ortiz?Yes, it's originally Jacob. I got Tito when I was one.
Ortiz's backgroundI read that your parents separated when you were 13 and you moved with your mother and brothers. How did those events shape you as a person?I grew up at a truly young age. … At the age of six, my brothers stayed in Huntington Beach [and] I left with my mother and father and moved to Santa Ana. I [lived through] their drug binges [with] almost six years of [going] in and out of motels, living in cars, living in people's garages, living in little trailer homes, [living] in the back of people's houses and I had to see a lot of really bad stuff at a really young age.At the age of 13, my mother actually took a huge chance [by] leaving my father to give me a better life. She met another man and moved us back to Huntington Beach [to live] with my brothers. It was a hard change for me. I was so used to always moving from town to town when I was with my mother and father that I got a sense of being home when I got back to Huntington Beach -- because I was back with my brothers again. I was at a school where a lot of people knew who I was, they knew who my brothers were and I got the right feeling in my heart. … knowing "I'm home now" -- I'm finally back where I started.I had little problems during high school. It seemed like I was always getting into trouble in summer, going in and out of juvenile hall. [But] I got into wrestling and it saved me. If it wasn't for wrestling, I wouldn't be where I am right now, I don't think. Wrestling really saved me … I kept wrestling and I got better at it. I got the attention that I never got as a young kid -- from the wrestlers' families, from the teachers and from the coaches that really helped out and accepted me as being a great wrestler.What led you to going into wrestling in the first place? Why did you choose that as a sport?I was always a huge WWF wrestling fan and Hulk Hogan was one of my biggest heroes. As a kid growing up, I looked up to how he would [portray] himself on television -- [his catch phrases] "eat the vitamins", "say the prayers" -- I loved that a whole bunch.I got into high school and I heard this thing about wrestling and one of my friends wrestled. I walked into the wrestling room and I asked "Where's the ring?" because I was expecting the same thing as professional wrestling. I really took [a liking] to it. I guess I was a natural athlete. At the end of my freshman year, the varsity season was already over and I went and wrestled around with some of the varsity guys. The coach asked me if I had ever wrestled before and I said "No" and he said, "You may have something here. Why don't you stick to it?" I continued doing it that summer. … I started on varsity my sophomore year and I continued. It was one of those things that I really liked, the one-on-one combat, the competition. …When I lost, it was because of a takedown. I lost because of points, not getting away from a guy. I knew what I had to do to become a better wrestler, which was to work hard. … [If I didn't work hard,] the only person I was cheating was myself -- there was no one else but me, and the hard work paid off. … In fighting you're the only person who's in the gym. You have guys training you but you're the only guy who's pressuring yourself or pushing yourself to get better. That's what I learned through wrestling.Your first big break came in UFC 13, when you were still in college and you fought as an amateur. How did you end up with that opportunity?I was a freshman at Golden West Junior College (Calif.) and I had just won my first state title in wrestling. And there was a guy by the name of Jerry Bohlander who fought in the UFC and he ended up winning the tournament I watched on TV and I said, "That guy looks familiar!" I looked at some of my old records in high school and I had wrestled [Bohlander] in high school in the state meet and I beat him, 10-2, I think it was. I [thought] "I manhandled that guy and he's doing this stuff now?"So I called Tank Abbott [a UFC fighter and friend of Ortiz's] and I go, "Is there any possibility of getting into the UFC?" It was one of the only organizations around for ultimate fighting. He's all, "Yeah, I think I can do that for you."…I trained for four to five months and I got into it.I fought May 3, 1997. I had my first match against Wes Albritton. He was a fifth-degree black belt in karate. It was just a fight to me. I took him down … within 22 seconds. And I fought as a complete amateur just so I could keep my scholarship for wrestling. I wanted to keep competing in wrestling because my idea wasn't really to be a fighter, it was to see what this stuff was about, to have fun -- really, my dream was to make it as a coach.I wanted to be a coach or a resource teacher -- that was my biggest thing … so I …continued to wrestle for two more years. The next year I won the state title again at Golden West Junior College. I then got a full-ride scholarship to Cal State Bakersfield. I wrestled there for a year and I was going through really hard times. I got injured near the end of the wrestling year and ended up not placing for the national meet. It was really hard for me. The coach at Cal State Bakersfield and I didn't really get along and it seemed like why should I be [arguing with] this guy all the time? And all of a sudden the UFC got in touch with one of my friends saying they wanted me to fight again.I took a huge chance. It was either continue to get my degree or fight. I took a chance and I got out of school and I continued fighting. When I fought again, [my opponent] was Jerry Bohlander … I stopped him in 15 minutes and I think a star was born right there. It was something I really loved doing -- being on television. I got my 15 minutes of fame and [fighting] became my career.What is your relationship now with your parents and brothers?I'm really, really close with my brothers. With my mother of course we're really, really close. I haven't spoken to my father in almost five years and I think it's kind of time to bury the hatchet and let bygones be bygones. I think I need to talk to him and just [discuss] what problems I have with him. I still have a lot of hostility toward my father because of the stuff he put us through. My mom … wrote to me about 3 or 4 years ago -- a long letter for my birthday … telling me why everything went the way it went, saying how sorry she was and I forgave her because it takes a really big person to do that and my father really never did that.It was just one of those hard things. And now that I start thinking about it, maybe that was only as well as he thought he could do. Maybe all he knew what to do was what he was doing. But I can really look at it and say, "Am I over it now?" [And the answer is] "Yeah, I think I'm ready to accept it." It's just one of those emotional things that eats me up inside, but I'm sick of being eaten up.On the topic of your father, I wanted to ask you about your heritage, your Mexican heritage. You carry the Mexican flag as well as the U.S. flag into the Octagon. How important is your Mexican heritage to you?It seemed as I got older and as I got more mature, I started realizing that I have to accept where I come from. My father is from Santa Ana. His father is from Mexico City and I went to Mexico City about four years ago and I really looked at my heritage, seeing where my grandfather came from and I just kind of took it to heart. … Why not embrace both heritages? And that's what I do. My father's full-blooded Mexican [and] my mother's full-blooded American, so I grab a Mexican and an American flag. It's what makes me strong when I walk into the Octagon.
Romantic lifeHow did you meet Jenna Jameson?Jenna and I met [on] myspace.com. … She requested me as a friend and I guess she's been a big fan of mine. She's been to a lot of my fights and so forth and we exchanged comments back and forth and e-mails; she said she was going to be at UFC 61 in July and we started talking. After the fight she came to my after-party, we had a few conversations, and we exchanged numbers and a couple of weeks later we went out on a date. It's been since Aug. 20 that we've been seeing each other.In a recent interview, you spoke very glowingly about her. What would you say you admire most about her?God, there are so many things. I just like to see that she's a strong-headed woman, that she's really, really educated on money-making. It's just really cool to see a woman [who did] what she did -- making an icon out of herself. How can I say it? Gosh, there are so many words: charismatic, intelligent – there's just so much to say about her.It threw me for a loop because when I first started dating her, I expected something totally different. And what I got was a diamond in the rough, I guess you could say, or she was already a diamond and just shined it up a little bit. I'm very, very impressed with the type of person she is. She's a really genuine person that I fell in love with.You say you are in love with her. Is she someone you could see yourself marrying?I actually just got over a marriage. My wife and I have been separated now for two years and I was with her for 13 years. I know [Jenna Jameson] is just getting over a divorce herself. So, I don't think that we're thinking of marriage anytime soon. We have really, really fun times with each other. As a friend, I couldn't ask for any more. As a girlfriend, I couldn't ask for anything more. As a best friend, I couldn't ask for anything more. She trains all the time. She works out with me. It's really cool to see she doesn't smoke cigarettes, she doesn't party and it's just one of those really cool things to see someone who cares about their health and cares about what type of person they are, really does the same things I do. I really, really look up to her a whole bunch.
The Marine Corps Ball ControversyHow did the Marines originally approach you to be the guest of honor for the Marine Corps ball?I [received] an e-mail from one of the lieutenants there. I'd been down to Camp Pendleton and talked to the guys a few times. It was one of those things where a lot of Marines just looked up to me as an entertainer, as a fighter, and they see the stuff that I do in the Octagon. … I really care about these guys who are fighting, putting their lives on the line for us.[The lieutenant] got in touch with me and asked if I would be the guest of honor for the ball. I was like: "Wow. Is this really happening right now?" I was really, really excited. [I was told] "You and a date can come and all you have to do is speak in front of a thousand, two thousand people." I was like, "That's cool. I have no problem doing that." I've done motivational speeches before. I said, "Well I'll bring my date Jenna Jameson." He kind of skipped a beat and said, "Huh?" He said, "I gotta check in on this." I guess he talked to a [commanding officer] and then all of a sudden, I got an e-mail back saying "We'd love for you to come, but you cannot bring Jenna Jameson."I was like, OK, that's really disrespectful. I can't go then. There's no possible way for me [to go]. I've pretty much fallen in love with this girl. She's an awesome person. I respect her so much as a person. How can I go there and still respect her? I couldn't do that. … I really stood next to Jenna no matter what. And I think she really was like, "Wow, you're not going because I can't go?" I was like, "Yeah! How could I do that? What if we do get married later on and we look back going I went to that thing without you. How could I respect you?" I could not do that and I wasn't going to do that.And all of a sudden [the Marine Corps] tried to put a spin on [the situation], saying -- why would they have an Ultimate Fighter be the guest of honor of the Marine Ball [and] how could they let him bring his girlfriend, a porno star? That was just [Jenna Jameson's] working field. That was what she did for her business. I beat people up for my business. And then you have 18-, 19-, 20-, 21-year-old kids going overseas to kill people and they have a problem with that? I could not understand that.It really hurt me a whole bunch because all the kids who do this sport, as well as those who fight in the armed forces really look up to me and I think they really [would have accepted] Jenna being there ... because of the type of businesswoman she is and how hard she works. It was an awards thing, man. I would have loved to have been there. I still support the U.S. troops, the Marines too. I support them a whole bunch. I'll do anything for them -- I have no problem at all. But they have to understand that when I am with a person, its not because of what type of line of work they are in, it's the type of person they are. And that's what I looked at in Jenna -- what type of person she is. … She's no longer in that type of work. She hasn't been in it in the last four years. It's just one of those things where how can I respect myself if I can't respect my girlfriend?Has this incident changed your perceptions of the Marines or the fighting men and women of this country?This has not changed anything at all [toward] the way I feel about the Marines or the people who support our country and fight for our country. It was maybe one or two people that made that decision and it had nothing to do with the troops or the Marines. And I do take that into consideration and I do completely understand it.Like I said, I still support them 100 percent and I will always support them 100 percent. It was just one of those things that was bad timing I guess you could say. It was a bad decision on their part, maybe. It wasn't a bad decision on my part, because I had to stand up for what I believed in. And maybe times will change and people will view things differently. That's what I'm hoping.
The War in Iraq You wore a T-shirt after your UFC 51 victory over Vitor Belfort (February, 2005) that said "Bring Home Our Troops." What is your current stance on the war in Iraq?I watch on CNN and I see that they are having a civil war. I believe that we should be out of there by now. We've done what we needed to do by getting Saddam Hussein. There are a lot of things that [the U.S. troops] have conquered and … it seems like they've made a lot of mistakes. I'm not sure of 100 percent of the mistakes, but I see a few of them. Are they just fighting for oil? Are they just fighting for land? I thought we were just there to get rid of all the terrorists. I think they've made their point loud and clear. And I think it is time for them to bring home our troops. And that's just my opinion.Did you vote in the elections that just passed?Yes.Were you happy with the outcome of the elections and do you think the outcome will change anything in Iraq?I was happy with the outcome but [as for] if it will change, I hope it does. I hope it changes a whole bunch. I hope they bring everyone home. I hope the right decisions are made, politically, for them. Everything is in [the U.S government's] hands now. As Americans, we made our decision. Now it's [the U.S. government's] turn to make their decisions.Why did you take the role in the controversial Turkish movie, "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq"?I took that role strictly on the theatrical side of it, trying to build my foundation as an actor. I read the script, the part that I was in, I read the script briefly, and [my part] was a soldier who was coming over to Syria or wherever I was and I was defending the people there as a United States soldier. … It was no more than that.I think [there are a lot of misconceptions with people] thinking I was trying to portray what the movie was about. I was not. I was strictly learning as an actor. I was just doing work. It was just a job for me. [I was not saying] "I'm against this. I'm against that." Not at all. It was strictly a job to me. I was just trying to do my job as an actor. …
Ortiz's Future What is your contract situation with the UFC?I'm starting a new contract with my fight against Liddell. That fight is the first fight of the new contract. And then I have two fights after that. I want to stay with the UFC. I started my career with the UFC. I plan on staying with the UFC. The UFC is doing just so awesome right now -- we're doing so great on pay-per-view. We've taken over boxing. We've taken over professional wrestling. We've pretty much taken over the United States, almost the world of … sports. We're getting crazy numbers on some of the ratings of the shows that we're doing. And the numbers that we are doing on pay-per-view are awesome, man. We're getting Mike Tyson numbers back when boxing was in its heyday.About Mike Tyson, what do you think of his recent deal with Pride?If it's just kickboxing, he'll do a decent job. If it's MMA, he's in trouble. People don't understand … it's a totally different sport. If I got in a ring with Tyson with boxing gloves, I wouldn't last a round. If Tyson got in a ring with small gloves and I was able to take him down and do submission moves, he wouldn't last a round with me. That's just the way it is. [In MMA fights,] there are so many different ways of winning a match that it makes it really hard for a boxer to come in and compete at our level.You've been fighting for a number of years now. How many more years do you think you want to fight?I've been fighting almost 10 years. Actually May 30 [2007] will be my 10-year [anniversary]. I plan on doing it for another five years -- four or five years. As long as my body is able to keep doing what it's doing. I kind of had a scare about two years ago where I had a bulging disc in my back and I couldn't wrestle. I couldn't do a lot of things. This last year, it's healed. I'm able to keep competing as long as my body is letting me compete.When I'm 40 years old, I want to be able to throw a football with my son. It's something I really take into consideration -- make as much money as I possibly can and then get out of it. [I'd like to] go into acting. I love acting. I love doing films, action films, anything I can get into that is produced at a … high level, really use my skills. I've been fighting for so long, I'm so used to being [in front of] a camera, that it's just a really comfortable area for me.What would you like people to say about your MMA career when it's all over?That I was pretty much the [Muhammad] Ali of mixed martial arts. I really put the sport on the map. I'm really articulate when I do my thing -- when I speak on the mic, when I do interviews. I'm a colorful personality.Do you see another Tito Ortiz on the horizon?I really don't think so unless there's a kid who's really mimicking everything I do. I believe I am one-of-a-kind. I've always said that from the very beginning. I'm lucky to be that I think. I hope there is. I hope there's someone I can hand the torch off to, [who will] keep doing what I'm doing … showing what this sport is really about, really having a love for the sport as much as I do.Can we get a prediction from you on the outcome of your match against Liddell?I'm really not a person to give predictions, but one prediction I do give -- it'll be one of the most exciting fights of the year and one of the most exciting fights in UFC history, just because of the history Liddell and I have. I'm willing to make sure that my hand's raised at the end. And that's my prediction -- making sure my hand is raised at the end. And [I predict] an exciting fight so everyone gets their pay-per-view dollar's worth no matter what.

Thursday, September 07, 2006





Wednesday, August 30, 2006


The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship defended his organization's pay structure Tuesday, saying his fighters were happy with their piece of the mixed martial arts pie.
"Believe me when I tell you, brother, people aren't leaving me," Dana White said in an interview Tuesday. While declining to detail UFC's finances, he said his athletes were happy with their take. "We're a private company and our fighters make a lot of money, a lot of money," he added.
UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral card drew 10,419 to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, for a paid gate of $3,040,880 US.
The UFC made millions more off its pay per view, which cost $39.99 Cdn in Canada.
According to information provided Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the UFC paid the 18 fighters on the card a total of $407,000 US - with $250,000 of that going to light-heavyweight champion Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell for stopping Brazil's Renato (Babalu) Sobral in 95 seconds in the main event. Sobral earned $21,000.
White rejected figures from MMAWeekly.com, which follows the sport, that pay-per-view sales for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie generated at least $23.97 million.
He declined to say what UFC's pay-per-view numbers are.
The Las Vegas Review Journal, however, has reported UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta saying that UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell II in April 2005 did 320,000 pay per views, which would translate into more than $11 million US.
Asked about the UFC's profits from such pay-per-views, White said: "Everybody's happy."
"None of us are arguing, none of us are bitching and none of us are fighting. We get along with all of our fighters very well. They feel like they're part of a very happy family. Let me tell you what, I can sleep at night. I'm not in this for the money and I never was.
"We're a real business. We've got this thing rolling and we're thrilled, thrilled that these guys are able to make what they're making."
White cited middleweight champion Rich Franklin, a native of Cincinnati whose UFC deal calls for a basic fee of $18,000 per fight with another $18,000 for each win.
"Him and his wife just bought 15 acres of land and a big fat house that they just moved into," White said.
White also denied being responsible for having the head of the rival World Fighting Alliance ejected from the Mandalay Bay at UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Jeremy Lappen was asked to leave by Mandalay Bay officials, White said, because he had people distributing flyers in the casino for a WFA event.
The UFC president said he "embraced" competition from rival organizations.
"These guys create the talent that's going to end up in my show some day. I've got no problem with these guys."
"I've made more millionaires in this business than anybody else has," White added.
But he said his fighters don't like their paydays being revealed.
"Because when people know what you make, it causes a lot of problems in your life."


Heres the report for August 24 ...as we still continue to move to another site ......

JOSH REIMERS draw with PATRICK GUYNN - Grappling
ELDRED "second to " NUNN def MIKE "The Massive Mexican " PENA - Boxing

Thursday, August 24, 2006


BETTENDORF, IOWA--Bettendorf's Pat Miletich returns to the ring when the former UFC champ fights Renzo Gracie at The Mark on September 23rd.
Meanwhile, Pat's protégé and current UFC champ Matt Hughes will also be fighting that same night, but Matt will be out in California for a UFC event, while Pat takes part in a team IFL event here in the Quad Cities.
The two stars still train together, and are drawing enough interest that CBS's "60 Minutes" was in town.
"I don't think you get much bigger than 60 Minutes, so that's a great feeling for us," Miletich said. "We know that we're making headway in that the sport is finally making the mainstream which is important to us."
I didn't see Andy Rooney or Mike Wallace at Champion's in Bettendorf, but the national recognition is still a big bonus for Team Miletich & the QC.
"It does give me a lot of pride in the face a gym in Bettendorf, Iowa is getting national and worldwide recognition."
Among the fighters that work out at Miletich's gym in Bettendorf is Hughes, Jens Pulver and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Its Official (GSP Is Out And Penn Is In!)- UFC.com

After a groin pull forced top 170 pound contender Georges St. Pierre to withdraw from his September 23rd rematch with UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California today, the UFC was faced with a dilemma. Who could possibly challenge the champ on short notice and still be compelling enough to get fight fans excited?The answer was a no-brainer the last man to beat Hughes, BJ Penn.And as one of the top fighters in the world, pound for pound, Penn eagerly accepted the opportunity to make it 2-0 against the premier welterweight of this era, who, for his part, would like nothing better than to settle an old score with Hawaiis Prodigy.In 2004, Penn, a highly regarded lightweight contender at the time, scored one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history when he rose 15 pounds in weight to tackle and beat Hughes in his first-ever welterweight bout. The end came at 4:39 of the first round when Penn forced Hughes to tap out due to a rear-naked choke.On September 23rd, the rivalry is renewed.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


The lack of pictures is due to being busy constructing a
differet site for reporting that will make it easier to blog.
We will let everyone know when we make the move.
Thanks everyone, and to our fighters, bless you all.



Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Props goes out to BRIAN from www.assdragon.com for the 1400+ photos he took during and after our event, hes a good friend of the KINGS of the RING and THE AMSTERDAM GENTLEMEN'S CLUB, thanks Assdragon.


We passed our first milestone when we had our first championship tournament Saturday August 5th.
We had ring girls, referees, really big crowds, owners, sponsors, volunteers, photographers, and V.I.P.'s.
Our special guest referee was MARK "THE HAMMER" LONG,thanks Mark for doin a great job and keeping things in line and keeping fighters safe.
Also thanks goes out our beautiful ring girls,(ATLANTA pictured ) we loved you all!
Thanks to all our sponsors,QUAD CITY SUZUKI and MOLINE LIQUOR MART-PHILLIPS 66 who without you guys, this event wouldn't be possible, and a shout out to ORIENTAL ARTS who was in the house, thanks to UFC fighter and King's referee JOE JORDAN who set up the fights and ran the show, BRIAN CRUMFELD glove man, our ring side judges, MIKE BRUCE Amsterdam GC club manager, DOUG JEFFORD announcer, and of course the owner of THE AMSTERDAM GENTLEMEN'S CLUB.
This is how it went.
160LB class.
JON SMITH def JAKE KLEMME and WILLE DALE ( had a bi ) to win the 160lb Championship Belt.
180LB class
200LB class
200+LB class
Next tournament is Saturday September 2nd.
Also special shout out's go to UFC Heavyweight Champion TIM SYLVIA, UFC Fighter SPENCER FISHER,and UFC Fighter JUSTIN EILERS and MONTE COX who were all in attendance.

Monday, August 07, 2006

TITO and KENNY 3 ???

As Sherdog.com reported on Friday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been negotiating with Tito Ortiz (Pictures) and Ken Shamrock (Pictures) to promote a third installment of their blood-feud. Apparently the talks went well. UFC president Dana White is quoted in Sunday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal that the trilogy-making bout will take place. “[Ortiz-Shamrock II] had a lot of buildup and a lot of hype and it ended in a minute,” White told Kevin Iole. “Nobody got to see the fight they paid to come to see, so we’re going to give it to them.” Sherdog.com has learned through sources close to both fighters that the show was scheduled for October 10 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and would have aired live on SpikeTV. However, there has been a holdup on securing the venue and the particulars of the event remain up in the air at this time. According to one source, the card has been finalized but no contracts have been sent out to any of the fighters due to the venue issues. It would seem likely that the show could be held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas — where Diego Sanchez (Pictures) fights Karo Parisyan (Pictures) on August 17’s UFC Fight Night — if things are not resolved in Florida. The resort is the newest piece of UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta’s hotel and casino empire.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


According to a report out by Steve Sievert of The Houston Chronicle, The UFC (Ultimate Fighting) has some new plans. Those plans are to host an event and expand into Texas.
The Houston Chronicle quotes Marc Ratner (the ex executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission who recently joined UFC in May) sayong: "We have plans for either Houston or Dallas in early 2007.
Texas is a hotbed for mixed martial arts. We have to find the right time for it, but we are definitely going to bring a show to Texas."
Ratner added: "Expanding to Texas is a natural. Houston and Dallas are major-league cities. When you look at the pay-per-view numbers, there is a big contingent of people who buy out of the state of Texas. To really grow the sport, we don't want to be regionalized in Las Vegas or California. Our goal is to bring it to the Southwest and then the Northeast. We'll have over 20 events next year."


This is the way it went on Thursday August the 3rd, Midwest Kings of the Ring style.


Not all fighters were pictured.


It was less than a month after the International Fight League announced that Bettendorf mixed martial arts legend Pat Miletich would return to the ring against Renzo Gracie at The Mark of the Quad Cities on Sept. 23 that the Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White created a Team Miletich conflict.
White announced July 17 that Miletich’s most powerful welterweight disciple, Matt Hughes, would meet the No. 1 contender for his belt, Georges St. Pierre, the same night, halfway across the country in Anaheim, Calif., in UFC 63. He’s getting ready to announce that another of Miletich’s fighters — 155-pound former UFC champion Jens Pulver — will make his long-awaited return to America’s largest mixed martial arts organization to fight an as-yet-unnamed opponent.
White insists that he has no ulterior motives for choosing the date he did and establishing a tough pay-per-view rival to the IFL’s own pay-per-view show.
“Yeah, like I structure my whole year’s schedule around what the IFL’s doing,” White said with a strong sense of sarcasm and a laugh Thursday. “The IFL’s another one of the small shows in the country that’s helping build the grassroots of this sport. Unless someone tells me the IFL’s doing something, I don’t even know they exist.”
Miletich sees it differently.
“That’s Dana White’s business strategy,” he said Thursday morning. “He’ll keep making enemies and we’ll keep making friends. Eventually, the worm will completely turn. I’m sure he offered Matt a large financial incentive to fight that night. When Matt wins, Jens wins, our team (the IFL entry Silverbacks) wins and I win, everybody’s going to be good.”
White is aware that Miletich interprets the move as a dirty one.
“I’m sure he does think that. Pat’s a paranoid lunatic, and he thinks that the UFC’s always trying to (mess) with him,” White said. “The IFL sells 1,000 tickets. It wasn’t a dig on Pat, but he’ll think it was.”
With Hughes and Pulver expected to be in California for fights, the cheering section for Miletich will be lighter. It’s a situation that Pulver admits is unfortunate and Miletich said Hughes is bummed about.
“It sucks that it’s got to be like that,” said Pulver, who never has lost in seven career UFC fights. “None of us want to miss that. He’s our guy. That’s our coach, but things happen. I’ll be on the phone before and after my fight, ‘How’d it go? What’d he do?’ ”
Lil’ Evil didn’t see getting another call from the UFC. He’s spent the past five years primarily fighting in Japan and last fought in March, his only fight of the year.
“It wasn’t so much a desire to fight in the UFC again. I just figured it wasn’t going to ever happen,” he said. “They moved on and I moved on.
“I’m just getting ready to beat somebody senseless.”
White, like Pulver, isn’t sure how everything straightened out.
“I don’t know what happened. I never had any intention of bringing Jens back,” he said. “I like Jens. I never had a problem with Jens. I always talked to Jens. I’m excited about this. Nobody’s really heard from Jens since he left the UFC.”
During the afternoon Thursday, Miletich and members of the Silverbacks were guests of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. They met with the players and were announced during the game.
“I guess the Cubs were
psyched because they’re huge fans,” Miletich said.
Sean Moeller can be contacted at (563) 383-2288 or at smoeller@qctimes.com.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


A lot of fights this night so lets get the details.....

MIKE ESSARY def ERIC WISELY (not pictured)
And the main event of the evening we saw ROD "THE MEXICUTIONER" MONTOYA put away DEREK "TAZE" WILSON BY ROUND 2.

JULY 20th Fight Report

Blogger is very troublesome at times, somtimes I can load the pics and other times I just cant log in. We are making a different website soon thats easier to use , maybe even a myspace account , we have claimed on all ready just to be ready for anything .We will let you know on here and Amsterdams main website of any changes up and coming.
Why is thyis report so late ...because I couldnt log in and then when I posted it last week I forgot to publish ( save ) the report, CRAP! now I'm doing it all over again !!Sorry for the delays.

There was a DRAW in a submission grappling match between GREG LALLY and ERIC GORGE (not pictured)

Monday, July 24, 2006


Minus bonus money and special deals , here's how it lays out ....
UFC 59Event took place on April 15, 2006 and aired on PPV-Tito Ortiz: $200,000 (defeated Forrest Griffin in co-main event)-Andrei Arlovski: $90,000 (lost to Tim Sylvia in co-main event)-Tim Sylvia: $90,000 (defeated Andrei Arlovski in co-main event)-Evan Tanner: $40,000 (defeated Justin Levens)-Karo Parisyan: $16,000 (defeated Nick Thompson)-Sean Sherk: $16,000 (defeated Nick Diaz)-Forrest Griffin: $16,000 (lost to Tito Ortiz in co-main event)-David Terrell: $12,000 (defeated Scott Smith)-Nick Diaz: $10,000 (lost to Sean Sherk)-Jeff Monson: $10,000 (defeated Marcio Cruz)-Jason Lambert: $8,000 (defeated Terry Martin)-Thiago Alves: $8,000 (defeated Derrick Noble)-Justin Levens: $5,000 (lost to Evan Tanner)-Nick Thompson: $5,000 (lost to Karo Parisyan)-Marcio Cruz: $5,000 (lost to Jeff Monson)-Derrick Noble: $3,000 (lost to Thiago Alves)-Scott Smith: $3,000 (lost to David Terrell)-Terry Martin: $2,000 (lost to Jason Lambert)Gross Totals:Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $539,000Known Event Revenue: $18.77 million to $19.57 million (includes PPV revenue of $16.58 million to $17.38 million; plus live gate of $2,191,450)UFC 60 Fighter SalariesEvent took place on May 27, 2006 and aired on PPV-Royce Gracie: $400,000 (lost to Matt Hughes in main event)-Matt Hughes: $110,000 (defeated Royce Gracie in main event)-Jeremy Horn: $70,000 (defeated Chael Sonnen)-Brandon Vera: $32,000 (defeated Assuerio Silva)-Diego Sanchez: $24,000 (defeated John Alessio)-Mike Swick: $14,000 (defeated Joe Riggs)-Spencer Fisher: $14,000 (defeated Matt Wiman)-Joe Riggs: $12,000 (lost to Mike Swick)-Gabriel Gonzaga: $10,000 (defeated Fabiano Scherner)-Melvin Guillard: $10,000 (defeated Rick Davis)-Alessio Sakara: $10,000 (lost to Dean Lister)-Dean Lister: $10,000 (defeated Alessio Sakara)-Assuerio Silva: $8,000 (lost to Brandon Vera)-Chael Sonnen: $5,000 (lost to Jeremy Horn)-Fabiano Scherner: $3,000 (lost to Gabriel Gonzaga)-Matt Wiman: $3,000 (lost to Spencer Fisher)-John Alessio: $3,000 (lost to Diego Sanchez)-Rick Davis: $2,000 (lost to Melvin Guillard)Gross Totals:Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $740,000Known Event Revenue: $26.87 million (includes PPV revenue of $23.97 million; plus live gate of $2,900,090)UFC 60 Note: The final PPV buyrate for UFC 60 is not yet available because smaller cable companies throughout the United States have not yet reported their PPV sales. Therefore, we are using the "absolute minimum" number for gross PPV revenue, based on the numbers that are known for UFC 60 (see the PPV article for more details). The final buyrate for the UFC 60 PPV will be higher once all of the late buys from smaller cable companies throughout the U.S. have been counted.UFC Ultimate Finale 3Event took place on June 24, 2006 and aired on Spike TV-Kenny Florian: $12,000 (defeated Sam Stout in main event)-Michael Bisping: $10,000 (defeated Josh Haynes)-Kendall Grove: $10,000 (defeated Ed Herman)-Rory Singer: $10,000 (defeated Ross Pointon)-Mike Nickels: $10,000 (defeated Wes Combs)-Matt Hamill: $10,000 (defeated Jesse Forbes)-Kalib Starnes: $10,000 (defeated Danny Abaddi)-Keith Jardine: $10,000 (defeated Wilson Gouveia)-Solomon Hutcherson: $5,000 (lost to Rory Singer)-Josh Haynes: $5,000 (lost to Michael Bisping)-Ed Herman: $5,000 (lost to Kendall Grove)-Ross Pointon: $5,000 (lost to Rory Singer)-Jesse Forbes: $5,000 (lost to Matt Hamill)-Danny Abaddi: $5,000 (lost to Kalib Starnes)-Luigi Fioravanti: $4,000 (defeated Solomon Hutcherson)-Sam Stout: $4,000 (lost to Kenny Florian in main event)-Wes Combs: $2,000 (lost to Mike Nickels)-Wilson Gouveia: $2,000 (lost to Keith Jardine)Gross Totals:Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $124,000Known Event Revenue: $589,214 (includes live gate of $253,214 and TV ad revenue of $336,000)UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5Event took place on June 28, 2006 and aired on Spike TV-Anderson Silva: $36,000 (defeated Chris Leben in main event)-Rashad Evans: $24,000 (defeated Stephan Bonnar)-Stephan Bonnar: $16,000 (lost to Rashad Evans)-Jon Fitch: $16,000 (defeated Thiago Alves)-Josh Koscheck: $14,000 (defeated Dave Menne)-Jason Lambert: $14,000 (defeated Branden Lee Hinkle)-Luke Cummo: $12,000 (lost to Jonathan Goulet)-Rob MacDonald: $10,000 (defeated Kristian Rothaermel)-Mark Hominick: $8,000 (defeated Jorge Gurgel)-Chris Leben: $7,000 (lost to Anderson Silva in main event)-Thiago Alves: $6,000 (lost to Jon Fitch)-Jonathan Goulet: $6,000 (defeated Luke Cummo)-Kristian Rothaermel: $5,000 (lost to Rob MacDonald)-Jorge Gurgel: $5,000 (lost to Mark Hominick)-Justin Levens: $5,000 (lost to Jorge Santiago)-Dave Menne: $5,000 (lost to Josh Koscheck)-Branden Lee Hinkle: $4,000 (lost to Jason Lambert)-Jorge Santiago: $4,000 (defeated Justin Levens)Gross Totals:Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $197,000Known Event Revenue: $358,368 (includes live gate of $134,368 and TV ad revenue of $224,000)UFC 61 Fighter SalariesEvent took place on July 8, 2006 and aired on PPV-Tito Ortiz: $210,000 (defeated Ken Shamrock in co-main event)-Tim Sylvia: $120,000 (defeated Andrei Arlovski in co-main event)-Ken Shamrock: $100,000 (lost to Tito Ortiz in co-main event)-Andrei Arlovski: $90,000 (lost to Tim Sylvia in co-main event)-Frank Mir: $56,000 (defeated Dan Christison)-Joe Stevenson: $24,000 (defeated Yves Edwards)-Jeff Monson: $20,000 (defeated Anthony Perosh)-Drew Fickett: $12,000 (defeated Kurt Pellegrino)-Josh Burkman: $10,000 (defeated Josh Neer)-Hermes Franca: $8,000 (defeated Joe Jordan)-Yves Edwards: $8,000 (lost to Joe Stevenson)-Josh Neer: $6,000 (lost to Josh Burkman)-Cheick Kongo: $6,000 (defeated Gilbert Aldana)-Dan Christison: $5,000 (lost to Frank Mir)-Joe Jordan: $4,000 (lost to Hermes Franca)-Anthony Perosh: $3,000 (lost to Jeff Monson)-Gilbert Aldana: $2,000 (lost to Cheick Kongo)-Kurt Pellegrino: $2,000 (lost to Drew Fickett)Gross Totals:Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $676,000

Thursday, July 20, 2006


The World Combat League, which has a team format (six members for each team including one woman, each in a different weight class), uses a format with one quick three-minute round that emphasizes aggressiveness and the technical aspects of combat.The new format, and a ring designed for better visibility, came from Norris' frustration with other fighting leagues like Ultimate Fighting Championship, where bouts take much longer. The World Combat League is "action at full throttle at all times. You don't really have time to go to the bathroom," Norris said."The fighters tend to pace themselves [in other events]," said Angel Huerta, a fighter with the Houston team, while the WCL penalizes passivity. "This is a sprint."The upstart league has eight teams, two of which are from Texas, and has organized only two events in the last year, but Norris is convinced of its potential. His stated goal is to make combat martial arts "the fourth- or fifth-biggest team sport in America. There are millions of martial arts practitioners."


If you needed any further proof of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ascension to the top of the MMA food chain, look no further than ESPN’s “Hot List,” which the company used as a platform to officially announce that Matt Hughes will be fighting George St. Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Title on September 23rd on pay per view (UFC 63).
Make no mistake about it – this is big news. Not necessarily the announcement of the actual fight, which many insider fight fans knew was coming for months, but the fact that the announcement was made on ESPN. The fact that the UFC is receiving publicity on “The Worldwide Leader” illustrates how far this sport has come in recent years. In fact, appearing on ESPN may have overshadowed what was actually announced!
While the UFC has been discussed on ESPN’s “Hot List” before, they were never allotted such an opportunity to put over the promotion and its individual fighters. Both Hughes and St. Pierre were in studio, and they took turns promoting the showdown. The two fighters came off very well, as they were able to establish a “big fight” vibe for the upcoming matchup, which is critical when given a chance to reach such a large national audience that is still likely unfamiliar with the product as a whole. As we’ve seen in the past, not all UFC media appearances have come off well (i.e. Dana White on O’Reilly Factor).
Now, to touch on the actual fight itself. While many other UFC bouts may have brought more box office luster to the table, Hughes-GSP is the fight that I am most looking forward to in 2006. Both guys are at the top of their game right now, and there may not be a better battle inside the Octagon for MMA fans than this. Throughout 2005/06, Hughes has been unstoppable, winning in dominant fashion over the likes of Frank Trigg, Joe “Diesel” Riggs, and the legendary Royce Gracie. To understand how dominant Hughes has been as champion, take note that none of those top-level fighters have made it past the first round against the Welterweight king. The challenger, St. Pierre, has been equally as impressive over that time frame having also beaten Frank Trigg, not to mention Jason Miller, Sean Sherk, and BJ Penn. The victory over Penn is what resulted in St. Pierre getting his shot at Hughes.
Of course, long time fight fans know that Hughes and St. Pierre have already fought once, with Hughes prevailing via armbar submission at exactly the five-minute mark of the first round. The submission came out of nowhere, and has seemed to motivate St. Pierre ever since. Expect a much more competitive fight this time around.
Hughes is no stranger to publicity and box office attraction, as his last fight against Gracie drew a MMA record 600,000+ buys on pay per view. To put that number in perspective for the wrestling fans reading this, that’s more than both WWE Backlash and Judgment Day – COMBINED!
Other tidbits from the week that was:
While the UFC is reveling in it’s growing amount of television exposure, over in Japan the same cannot be said for PRIDE. Still reeling from being dropped by Fuji TV (due to alleged dealings with the “Yakuza” – that’s the Japanese mob), PRIDE and its parent company Dream Stage Entertainment have yet to really capitalize on the MMA boom in the United States. Last week’s announcement of the semifinal pairings of the Open Weight Grand Prix should have been a bigger story, but with all the UFC coverage, the news seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Another news item, PRIDE’s first ever US PPV – which will take place on 10/21, was able to grab headlines, but really only amongst the MMA faithful.
The Open Weight Grand Prix is an interesting concept, which newer fans may be unaccustomed to. Weight limits are thrown out the window in this tournament, as fighters can actually be paired against other fighters not in their respective weight class. Through the first two rounds of the tournament, weight differential hasn’t been a real factor, as the vast majority of fighters were Light Heavyweights and Heavyweights. Simply put, the standout fighters in PRIDE’s lighter divisions (such as Takanori Gomi) didn’t want to risk a potentially devastating injury in the competition.
Oh yeah, the actual pairings. In one semifinal, it will be Josh Barnett vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and in semifinal #2, it’s Wanderlei Silva against Mirko Cro Cop. If I was a betting man, I’d say to expect a Nogueira vs. Cro Cop final. The other big news for this event is the return of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to the PRIDE ring. Coming off an injury, “Shogun” is still considered one of the world’s premier fighters, regardless of organization.
Speaking of Wanderlei Silva, there still remains a large buzz about his potential showdown with UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell. I still question the timing of President Dana White’s announcement, which occurred on the company’s last PPV over a week ago. Silva has the Open Weight Grand Prix to contend with, and as the only non-heavyweight left in the field, I’m not giving him much of a chance to even make it to the finals. Regardless if Silva wins or not, he is assured the date with Liddell, provided he is not injured. But, what about Liddell? “The Iceman,” must first defeat Renato “Babalu” Sobral August 26th at the next UFC pay-per-view, and be injury-free as well. Needless to say, these aren’t exactly minor details!
However, as fight fans, let’s keep in mind the big picture. This fight is a dream bout in every sense of the term, and the fact that UFC and PRIDE are working in conjunction with each other IS the story of the year. Once again, to put it in perspective for you wrestling fans, imagine Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair – in 1988! I have to imagine that all fans of MMA have to be awaiting Liddell vs. Silva with eager anticipation.
Finally, a name that all pro wrestling fans are familiar with, Bill Goldberg, is also coming to the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Goldberg will serve as color commentator for this Saturday’s WFA: King of the Streets PPV. As of this writing, it is still unknown what exactly Goldberg’s future with the company is. When I spoke with him two weeks ago, he made it known that he is merely subbing for Bas Rutten, who will be competing against fellow legend Kimo at the show. The main event of the 7/22 card is Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Lindland, both of whom are UFC vets. In addition to his tremendous interviews, Jackson is well known for being one of three fighters to own a victory over Chuck Liddell. Liddell has won return bouts with the other two fighters, Jeremy Horn and Randy Couture, but has yet to get a second shot at “Rampage.”

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


SORTING OUT THE UFC LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION by Greg Kalikas @ 2:47:00 PM on 7/18/2006
With the talk of title fights and grudge matches making all of the UFC headlines these days, many of the “newbie” MMA fans may be overlooking what may play out as the most exciting and deepest division the UFC has to offer today. Since the return of the “little guys” in March of this year only one thing has been decided, Yves Edwards is not the UFC’s uncrowned lightweight (145-155lbs.) champion as he and others have declared in the past. After what many considered an upset loss to the hands of Canadian slugger Mark Hominick at UFC 58, Edwards has opened the door for numerous fighters to step up and claim the throne of lightweight king.
The contenders:
Sean Sherk (30-2-1) - A dominant welterweight for the past six years Sherk recently decided to drop to 155lbs and make a run at the lightweight title. Sherk should be a powerhouse as a lightweight with an accomplished wrestling background and underrated striking. His overall strength, agility and past experience will be a major factor for any fighter looking to contend in this division. Rumor has it that Sherk has already been assured to fight for the lightweight title as early as UFC 62 in late August.
Jens Pulver (21-6-1) To this day, Pulver is still recognized as the only UFC lightweight title holder in the thirteen year history of the organization. After a brief stint overseas, “Lil Evil” announced his return to the UFC last month and will likely be back in the Octagon at some point this fall. Already considered a devastating striker, Pulver’s recent professional boxing experience will make him that much more dangerous and packs the resume to compete with anybody at 155 lbs.
Joe Stevenson (25-7) – It’s been a great year thus far for Joe “Daddy” Stevenson who after capturing the TUF 2 welterweight contract on national television, made an impressive UFC debut as a lightweight at UFC 61 against Yves Edwards. In one of the bloodiest beatings in recent memory, Stevenson’s TKO of Edwards in the opening round, vaulted him directly in to the lightweight mix. An improving striker, Stevenson has few flaws on the mat and ranks up with there with Sherk as far as raw strength. Stevenson’s biggest question mark may be his cardio (or lack there of) which will no doubt be tested as he continues to climb the ladder.
Spencer Fisher (18-2) – Another welterweight who recently dropped to the lightweight ranks, Fisher should not be overlooked as a threat to the belt. A disciple of the legendary Pat Miletich, Fisher may be the most well rounded fighter in the division. An accurate striker with KO power, Fisher can also put you away from his back with nearly half of his wins coming via submission. A recent loss to Sam Stout (UFC 58) was a temporary set back for “The King” who will ultimately earn the right to fight for the title should he decide to stay at 15lbs.
On the Bubble:
Kenny Florian (6-2) – Among the most inexperienced fighters in this category, Florian has shown thus far that he belongs with impressive wins over renown striker Kit Cope and his most recent win over Sam Stout. A cast member from season one of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, Florian has shown improvement in each of his last three fights, all wins. However KenFlo still lacks the experience and strength to contend with a fighter like Sean Sherk who is being rumored as Florians next potential opponent.
Yves Edwards (28-11-1) – At one time regarded by many as one of the premier lightweights in the sport, Yves Edwards is hanging on to his UFC life by a thread. Edwards has dropped three of his last four fights and has nearly fought his way out of the UFC picture all together. Edwards has the tools and has won enough in the Octagon to warrant another opportunity which contractually he may get but confidence may now be a factor for the 30 year old founder of Thug-Jitsu. A two or three fight win streak will help cure any confidence issues and may place Yves back in the mix but the clock is ticking.
Sam Stout (9-2-1) – After his biggest career win over Spencer Fisher, a split decision back in March, Stout promptly lost his next fight to Kenny Florian in what was a disappointing performance. A world class kickboxer, Stout’s style of fighting is one that appeals to fans and to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva who will likely bring Stout back for another opportunity.
George Gurgel (12-2) – Originally from Brazil, Gurgel is one of the most accomplished grapplers in the weight class with above average striking to go along with a marketable personality giving him added value to the UFC. Injuries have slowed Gurgel’s progress thus far as the former TUF 2 cast member looks to recover from a recent loss to Mark Hominick. Even with the loss, Gurgel has won four of his last five fights and could be a factor once completely healthy.
Mark Hominick (11-5) – This former Canadian champion has made a big splash in his first two UFC appearances, both wins over Yves Edwards and George Gurgel, but his “play it safe” approach may be a concern for the UFC. Hominick has shown a well rounded game with few flaws but has still not convinced me that he can stay consistent enough to make it to the top of the division. A recent loss outside of the UFC (to Hatsu Hiko at TKO 25) did not help his case.
Hermes Franca (15-5) – A member of the prestigious American Top Team, Franca was considered a top three UFC lightweight in 2004 but times have changed and the rest of division has passed Franca by. Still among the elite submission specialists in the division, Franca should never be counted out but lack of striking and the inability to finish A-level opponents will leave Franca on the outside looking in.
The Sleepers:
BJ Penn (10-3-1) – If Penn decides to stay in the UFC and move back down to his original fighting weight of 155 lbs (that’s a big if), he could easily contend for the lightweight crown. Penn already owns wins over Matt Hughes, Bang Ludwig, Takanori Gomi and two Gracies (Rodrigo and Renzo) but a split decision loss to George St. Pierre at UFC 58 has sent Penn back into hiding with no mention of any future plans. One thing is certain, Penn is one of the world’s premier fighters in any weight class. A healthy and focused BJ Penn is as dangerous as they come.
Takanori Gomi (24-3) – Yes, I said Takanori Gomi. Considered by many as the worlds top lightweight, the PRIDE FC lightweight king had won ten straight fights until a recent stumble to ATT’s Marcus Aurellio who may also be in the UFC’s radar. It may seem unlikely that Gomi will ever step in to the Octagon but after all, nobody thought we would ever see Liddell vs Silva in the UFC either.
Duane Ludwig (13-5) – Ludwig has world class striking to go with a solid ground game and could throw a wrench in any fighter’s plans when he’s on top of his game. Ludwig’s eleven second KO of Jonathan Goulet back in January of this year, reminded fans exactly how dangerous Bang can be. If Duane can commit himself to mixed martial arts, he can certainly be a player.
Waiting in the Wings:
Roger Huerta (14-1) – An accomplished wrestler from Texas, Huerta may be the best lightweight you have never heard of. Rumors are circulating that Huerta may be on his way to the UFC very soon and will be an immediate impact if this is the case.
Tyson Griffin (7-0) – Unbeaten and rising quickly is Tyson Griffin of Santa Rosa, California. Wins over Bang Ludwig and Urijah Faber have put Griffin on the map who normally fights at 145lbs.
Urijah Faber (14-1) – Size may be his only weakness at 155lbs. Faber, who usually competes at around 140lbs is the current King of the Cage lightweight champion and is surging to the top of the class with wins over Ivan Menjivar and Charles Bennett among others.
Jason Dent (18-6) – With wins in five of his last six fights, Dent is on the verge of breaking through. A technical striker with a relentless attack, Dents biggest asset may be his defense particularly on the mat. One or two more big wins may warrant an invite from Joe Silva and co.
With all the talent in this weight class fans can certainly expect to see fireworks while the division sorts itself out in the next few months. I predict that when the smoke clears and all is said and done, we will see Sean Sherk standing on top of the lightweight mountain looking down on a pile of battered and beaten bodies in what may be the most competitive division in the UFC.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Las Vegas, NV – With one second left in the last round, nearly two years ago, a young Canadian fighter named Georges "Rush" St. Pierre found himself locked in an armbar, losing a championship title fight to the now legendary Matt Hughes for the then vacant welterweight crown. Ever since that day, and because of the tremendous athleticism and skill displayed during that fight, UFC® fans all around the world have waited for these incredible athletes to face each other, once again, in the Octagon™. Today, the UFC announced that the time has come, and that the two fighters will square off again -- with the welterweight crown at stake -- at the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization’s UFC 63: HUGHES vs. ST. PIERRE taking place live from the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Saturday, September 23, 2006.

"I hope he’s ready," said Hughes. "No one has been able to stop me yet, and I don’t see myself giving up my belt any time soon. I’m looking forward to a good fight, but at the end of the night I will still be the UFC Welterweight Champion."Hughes and St. Pierre last fought October 22, 2004 at UFC 50: THE WAR OF ‘04 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the time, St. Pierre had a perfect record. But Hughes ended up giving St. Pierre his first career loss, forcing him to tapout at the end of the first round. Since that day, Hughes has maintained the welterweight crown, and St. Pierre has aggressively fought to put himself back in line for the title, defeating former champion BJ Penn, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Frank Trigg and Sean Sherk. Meanwhile, Matt Hughes defeated Frank Trigg, Joe Riggs, and most recently the legendary Royce Gracie, who was previously undefeated in the UFC.Matt Hughes (41-4) 5’9"/170 lbs., fighting out of Hillsboro, Ill., is considered by many to be the greatest welterweight champion in the history of the UFC. He started fighting in 1999, at UFC 22, and spent two years climbing his way up the division. Finally, at UFC 34 (11/02/01) he won the UFC Welterweight Championship by defeating Carlos Newton by KO. From there, he won five consecutive fights, holding the title for three years before losing it to BJ Penn at UFC 46 (1/31/04), succumbing to a rear naked choke at 4:39 of the first round. Matt regained the vacant welterweight crown at UFC 50 (10/22/04) by stopping Georges St. Pierre with an arm bar at 4:59 of the first round, and defended his title at UFC 52 (4/16/06) against Frank Trigg, winning by a rear naked choke. He fought Joe Riggs at UFC 56 (11/19/05) in a non-championship bout and submitted him by Kimura at 3:28 of the first round. Hughes then defeated Royce Gracie by TKO at UFC 60 (5/27/06).Georges "Rush" St. Pierre (12-1-0) 5’10"/170 lbs., fighting out of Montreal, is the Canadian Welterweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion. He is an excellent athlete who combines solid stand up skills with an impressive ground game. After scoring UFC wins over Karo Parisyan, Jay Hieron, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Frank Trigg, Sean Sherk and BJ Penn, St. Pierre is hungry for another shot at world champion Matt Hughes and is ready to prove himself as being the top welterweight fighter in the world.


One of the game’s true superstars, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell has defended the crown he won from Randy Couture in April of 2005 twice, most recently with a second round knockout of Couture in their February rubber match. Sidelined since then due to a toe injury, Liddell knows that a victory on August 26 will set-up perhaps the most anticipated matchup in MMA this year with the San Luis Obispo resident taking on Brazilian superstar Wanderlei Silva.
But Sobral is no one’s stepping stone, as evidenced by his ten fight winning streak since the first bout between the two, won by Liddell in November of 2002. In that almost four year period, Sobral has truly fought his way to the number one contender’s slot, submitting Travis Wiuff,
Chael Sonnen, and Mike Van Arsdale in his last three UFC bouts, and even beating world-class combatants Jeremy Horn, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Trevor Prangley in a single night in 2003. Winning the world title has long been Sobral’s dream, and he has no intentions of letting that dream slip away.
Also announced for UFC 62 is a second meeting between Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar and Forrest Griffin, the two light heavyweights who fought each other at The Ultimate Fighter® Season 1 finale. UFC fans will remember Bonnar vs. Griffin 1 - an epic battle that consisted of three non-stop rounds of fighting that ultimately inspired Dana White to award both light heavyweights a six-figure UFC contract. That fight took place over a year ago on April 9, 2005 with Griffin winning by unanimous decision. Since then, Bonnar has defeated tough opponents including Sam Hoger, James Irvin and Keith Jardine, but lost a three round decision last month to Rashad Evans. Meanwhile, Griffin defeated equally tough opponents including Bill Mahood and Elvis Sinosic, but lost a split decision to Tito Ortiz last April at UFC 59 – a fight that stands as one of the most exciting light heavyweight matchups in the UFC.
Bonnar vs. Griffin 2 promises to be another classic fight, with the winner moving up as one of the top contenders in line for a light heavyweight title fight
The remaining fighters and bouts for UFC 62: LIDDELL vs. SOBRAL will be announced in the near future.


MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.(July 17, 2006) -- Marines actually looked forward to giving up their lunch hour Friday.That's because Randy "The Natural" Couture, Kendall "Da Spyder" Grove, Brandon "The Truth" Vera and Dean "The Boogeyman" Lister, competitors in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, visited Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Friday to meet and greet the troops, exchange fighting tips and get some hands-on experience with some of the Corps' warfighting tools.Arriving in a tricked-out, shiny black Hummer and accompanied with his entourage, San Diego resident and top light-heavyweight contender, Brandon Vera, made his rounds around the desert-camouflaged Marines with handshakes and autographs, alongside Lister and Grove.Vera has been on the fast track to a shot at the UFC's heavyweight championship, currently held by Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia. With three straight wins since his UFC debut, Vera credits his newfound success to his time as an airman."You know that trumpet they play in the morning to wake you up for PT? That's still in my head," said Vera, referring to the sound of reveille. "It's that discipline to get up and run early in the morning that I got in the military, that keeps me training today."Couture, a UFC hall of famer and former two-time heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion, also served his country in the U.S. Army.Wanting to display their own grappling skill set, the Marines of Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, put on a Marine Corps Martial Arts clinic, with two Marines at a time squaring off against each other.The Marines had the luxury of having Lister and Grove in each of their corners. Grove recently won The Ultimate Fighter 3 middleweight champion on the hit reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter."Shouting out similar commands and tips they would normally receive in the octagon, Grove and Lister helped the Marines assume full and side-mount positions, choke attempts and body-softening blows.After wrapping up their visit with the 1st MLG, the UFC fighters headed to the northern part of Camp Pendleton at Camp Horno, where the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment eagerly anticipated their arrival.The UFC, which has recently experienced a surge in popularity thanks to increased cable television and pay-per-view exposure, along with a modest acceptance in mainstream sports, has recently developed a relationship with the military.Tito Ortiz and Andrei Arlovski were the first UFC fighters to embrace Camp Pendleton when they visited Marines and Sailors here before their respective fights at UFC 59 in Anaheim, Calif.Dana White, president of the UFC, hinted at running a UFC event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., during a media conference call in May, and Couture said he is heading to Iraq at the end of the month for 10 days.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


OUR apologies to ZACK BLASCZCYK for not spelling his name correctly in the last photo report.


JAKE KLEMME started us out in a MMA match against LOUIS ROBERTs and JAKE was victorious over LOUIS with a TKO in the 3rd.
ROD MONTOYA got the choke on ANTWON EUELL.
KYLE CONSIDINE won a boxing match against JEREMY DAVIS.
ZACK BLASCZCYK took the victory over DOUG SHELLY.
The main event of the evening was between RYAN " DIRTY " ANTLE and TROY " THE PIT BULL" SALISBURY. This was a very good fight , TROY came out hard and RYAN defended well, then RYAN had a flurry of punches before TROY could make way out of the corner,and after that flurry in the beginning of round 2 TROY seemed to have gassed out and RYAN got him down and submitted him in the middle of round 2 by way of tapout.This was an excellent mian event and we thank both fighters for giving us a great ending to a long hot night.

JULY 6TH report

Apparently the fight report for the week of the 6th never uploaded, i didn't check it , sorry..so here we go.
MIKE CAVANUGH not pictured def THOMAS RICHARDSON due to a tapout from a gilotine choke.
BRYON GROTHUS also won by tapout from KEVIN POWELL.
TRAVIS CHRIST outlasted RYAN WALKER for a victory.
JORDAN beat ALLIE not pictured -in a sumo suit match.
MIKE LINDQUIST won over TORY BOGGUS and last but not least KRISTIE DAU and JESSICA MIX had their MMA match and KRISTIE won that one.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Major UFC vs. PRIDE Show On PPV?, Liddell/Silva, & Much More

More On Vanderlei Silva In UFC, Relationship With PRIDEBy MMANews.com
As announced during the UFC 61 "Bitter Rivals" pay-per view telecast this past Saturday night, UFC president Dana White confirmed Vanderlei Silva will fight for the company. They claim if Chuck Liddell beats Renato "Babalu" Sobral at UFC 62, they will make the MMA dream match, champion versus champion, for November.
Apparently there is a deal in place already, and Silva has as many as three fights in the UFC.
There is a lot more to this one than you would think, as PRIDE has their drama going on in Japan with the Fuji TV/Yakuza scandal, and they're about to debut in the United States in October, literally one week after that month's UFC show (which is also in Las Vegas). Obviously this has something to do with the two mega-MMA companies working together now.
PRIDE Confirms Fujita To Fight In UFC In NovemberBy MMANews.com
According to the official Japanese website of PRIDE, Kazuyuki Fujita will be making his UFC debut in the Heavyweight division this coming November.
PrideOfficial.com reports Fujita will be making his debut for the American-based MMA organization against an unknown opponent at this time, on the same card that the PRIDE 205 lb. champion Vanderlei Silva will meet UFC 205 lb. champion Chuck Liddell (if Liddell gets past Renato Sobral in September).
According to the article, Fujita himself has confirmed his scheduled upcoming participation with the Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Las Vegas, Nevada this coming November.
Phil Baroni To Fight For UFC In November As WellBy MMANews.com
Former UFC Middleweight and current PRIDE Bushido fighter "The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni recently revealed that he will as well be part of the upcoming November UFC card in Las Vegas.
Other PRIDE fighters that are confirmed are Vanderlei Silva (fighting Chuck Liddell if he gets past Renato Sobral in September), and earlier today it was rumored that Kazuyuki Fujita will also be fighting on the same card against a yet-to-be-announced UFC Heavyweight.
Now Baroni, in a post on The Underground MMA forum at MMA.tv, claims he'll be on the November card as well against "a top UFC Middleweight."
Looks like we've got a bit of a UFC vs. PRIDE card in the works. If these three fights come off, it would only take two more to fill up an actual PPV-televised card consisting of all UFC versus PRIDE bouts.
News articles from www.MMANews.com


Age: 39 Birthday: 10-28-1966 Hometown: Centerville, IA Fighting Out Of: Bad Seed Inc. Height: 6'2" Weight: 260 lbs. Record (W-L-D): 35-8-2 Bio: Bobby Hoffman is one punch away from beating any heavyweight in the world and has beat some of the best that the sport has to offer. In his eight year career Bobby has racked up an impressive resume. He is a UFC veteran and has held several heavyweight titles including: Extreme Challenge, Rings, and King of the Cage. Bobby is a wrestler at heart with granite fists and a high pain tolerance. This combination along with an intense will to win makes Hoffman a main attraction where ever he fights. Bobby began his career in Iowa but hasn't faught in his native state for a few years. Now he is back and excited to fight for Mainstream MMA's Heavyweight Title in his home state. ALSO Rod THE MEXICUTIONER Montoya ...who you know from our show MIDWEST KINGS OF THE RING will also be fighting ...lets support ROD !!
Age: 21 Birthday: 12-22-1984 Hometown: Columbus Junction Fighting Out Of: MFS and Midwest MMA Height: 5'11" Weight: 170 lbs. Record (W-L-D): 6-2-0 Bio: I have always been very competetive. I started wrestling in 5th grade and was an above average wrestler,not satisfied with my overall high school wrestling career I decided I needed to do something else to prove to myself I could compete with anybody if I was willing to push myself. I started boxing in Laramie Wyoming, then came back to Iowa and discovered MMA I started training at Militich and currently training with a few different teams throughout Iowa and Illinois. I am willing to do whatever it takes to be one of the best fighters in MMA and only time will tell how far I can elevate myself from where I stand now.

The Main Event of the evening will feature a heavyweight title bout between Chuck "The Reverand" Grigsby and Bobby "Bad Seed" Hoffman. Grigsby is returning with his undefeated record and impressive KO power that was proven in Mainstream MMA's The Calling. Some say that Grigsby hasn't truly been tested yet, but after he fights Bobby Hoffman this will be no more. If Grigsby can overcomes Hoffman this will legitimize his record, add a title to his resume, and prove that he is ready to compete at the highest level. Bobby Hoffman has a reputation that any fighter in the sport must respect if they are going to step in the cage with The Bad Seed. Bobby is back in Iowa after fighting and beating some of the best talent in the world. His experience and brawling style promises to match up well with Grigsby's precision striking and overwhelming size.

Mainstream MMA 3 - Inferno
(Saturday August 12, 2006) Doors open 6pm First Fight 8pm
Official Card
Main Event Heavyweight Title Bout 12. Chuck Grigsby vs. Bobby Hoffman
Co-Main Event Lightweight #1 Contender 11. John Owens vs. Vern Jefferson
Feature Bouts 10. Dennis Reed vs. Brian Green 9. Luke Johnson vs. Allen Hernandez 8. Mike Adams vs. Nick Marin
Undercard 7. Josh Howat vs. Paul York 6. Dan Hutton vs. Eldred Nunn 5. Rod Montoya vs.John Schwering 4. Aron Hingtgen vs. Tom Grubb 3. Mika Washington vs. Cyle Geertz 2. Nathan Kirby vs. TBD 1. Prentice Wolf vs. Sean Forbes

Monday, July 10, 2006


Some post-fight notes and quotes:
Tito Ortiz: "I was three elbows away from finishing him off. I dominated the fight. I think there's no question I won … Maybe next time, if you thought the fight was stopped short, next time you can bring a stretcher and a bunch of doctors and we can have the first death in the history of UFC. Is that what you want?"
Ortiz, on making grave-digging gestures after the fight: "After the first fight, I was respectful to him, and he basically spit in my face. Then after Ultimate Fighter he basically bumped into me with his shoulder, like something out of junior high. He said he was praying to God. I never heard that from him before. Did God have mercy on his soul? I guess, since they stopped the fight quick."
Dana White, on the stoppage of the Ortiz-Shamrock fight: "You have to remember the referees have two people's lives in their hands every time they step into the octagon. Even if I don't necessarily agree with their call, I respect their judgment."
Tim Sylvia: "Andrei has always fed off of being the big bully. I don't think he knows how to react when someone stands up to him. It was like someone standing up to the bully." As for whether the fight was considered boring: "I'm a standup fighter. I'm going to fight my game. I'm not going to go for a shoot."
Dana White was a bit vague in talking about the Wanderlai Silva-Chuck Liddell fight, saying he'd have more details next week. He did say Silva is contracted for three fights and that UFC will be able to use PRIDE footage to promote the show.
When asked about PRIDE, Sylvia said: "Bring 'em on. All I ever hear about is people b---ing that the UFC heavyweight division is weak. I want to take on Fedor, I want Cro Cop, I want Sapp. Fedor has never fought someone my size who's primarily a standup fighter. I think this is great, bring it on."
Arlovski was taken to the hospital after the fight to stitch up his cuts; Shamrock did not show for the press conference.

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Sylvia Outlasts Arlovski; Ortiz Gets Quick Win over Shamrock
By Thomas Gerbasi LAS VEGAS,
July 8 – The rubber match between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski didn’t match the brief and explosive nature of their first two bouts, but Sylvia did enough to outlast ‘The Pitbull’ in their war of nerves before a sold out crowd of 12,400 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Scores were 48-47 twice and 49-46 for Ellsworth, Maine’s Sylvia, who repeated his April 15th win over Arlovski. The Belarus native defeated Sylvia via submission on February 5, 2005. “I definitely saw myself winning,” said Sylvia, 24-2. “Arlovski fixed his chin because I hit him hard many times. He’s a tough, tough guy.” The pace was measured early, with Arlovski working his leg kicks effectively and Sylvia looking for the big bomb. With a little under three minutes left, Sylvia’s first heavy salvo rocked Arlovski briefly, but after a short clinch, ‘The Pitbull’ came firing back and fought with a relaxed ease as Sylvia appeared tense as he stalked the challenger. The heavy punches kept coming in the second round, with Arlovski still scoring, but Sylvia answering by opening a cut on the left side of his foe’s head and the tense drama continued to play out in round three, with Sylvia starting to show the scars of battle via a mouse under his right eye as Arlovski again landed the cleaner blows between sporadic bursts of activity from the champion. The fourth round saw the crowd get restless, and Sylvia responded by picking up the pace and opening up cuts under Arlovski’s right eye and on the side of his left eye, but the final round played out like the previous four, with both fighters having all too brief moments of scoring activity, and leaving the bout in the hands of the judges, much to the chagrin of the packed house. In the UFC 61 co-featured bout, it may be safe to say that the feud between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock is far from over as Ortiz made it two in a row over his longtime rival, stopping the UFC hall of famer with a series of forearm strikes just 1:18 into the first round. The bout was not without its share of controversy though, as referee Herb Dean’s stoppage drew loud boos from the capacity crowd and prompted the Las Vegas police to enter the Octagon to keep an irate Shamrock from getting at Ortiz. “Look at my face,” said Shamrock, 26-11-2 who stated his case to fans after storming from the Octagon. “See, no marks.” But despite the protests, there was little doubt that the stoppage was just, after Ortiz landed five consecutive forearms on the head of Shamrock, who was not defending himself. “I was just doing my job, dropping elbows,” said Ortiz, 15-4, the former UFC light heavyweight champion. “He wasn’t responding or defending himself and Herb Dean did his job.” Shamrock looked to get the job done himself as he came out throwing heavy punches as he bulled Ortiz to the fence. But once Ortiz got his bearings, he picked Shamrock up and slammed him to the mat, leading to the fight ending series of strikes. Ortiz stopped Shamrock in three rounds in their first meeting on November 22, 2002. Josh Burkman scored the biggest win of his UFC career, earning a hard fought three round unanimous decision over Josh Neer in a welterweight bout. Scores were 29-28 twice, and 30-27. The two welterweights fought at a fast clip in the first round, trading strikes, with Burkman (18-3) holding a slight edge due to a knockdown scored with little over a minute left in the frame. Neer (17-4-1) rebounded in the second as he controlled matters at close quarters and on the mat. But midway through the round, it was Burkman rallying with hard punches to the head. Des Moines’ Neer, bleeding from a cut around his left eye, disdainfully called for more, and when it appeared that the momentum was going to swing back to him, Burkman finished the round with a slam to the canvas. Neer pushed the pace in the final round, and after some standup work, he got Burkman to the mat and attempted to lock in a triangle choke. Burkman responded with a thunderous slam and escaped further danger. Neer wasn’t done yet though, as he tried to work submissions on Burkman from the mat, but to no avail as the Salt Lake City native finished strong. Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir won his first fight in over two years, eking out a three round unanimous decision over Dan Christison. All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for Mir, who was sidelined for 16 months due to a motorcycle accident in September of 2004. His first comeback fight, on February 4, saw him get stopped by Brazil’s Marcio Cruz. “I needed my confidence back as a fighter,” said Mir, whose last victory was his title-winning effort over Tim Sylvia on June 19, 2004. The first round was a tale of two halves, as Mir dominated the first 2:30 with strong strikes on the feet as well as a takedown of his foe, and Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Christison roared back in the final stages of the round with an armbar attempt and some solid standup strikes of his own. With Mir at 262 pounds, way over his prime fighting weight, fatigue looked to be an issue in the second for the Las Vegan, and Christison landed some hard point-scoring punches in the round. And once the fight hit the mat, Christison again was the more active of the two, even though he wasn’t in the dominant top position. Perhaps sensing that the fight was slipping away from him, Mir came out aggressively in the final stanza, and once he bloodied Christison’s nose, he pounded away with both hands, looking for the stoppage, but it didn’t come, sending the bout to the judges. Former welterweight Joe Stevenson made a successful jump to the 155-pound weight class with a bloody second round stoppage of Yves Edwards, whose cut forehead prompted a halt to the bout after 10 minutes of spirited action. “I can do anything I want to at this weight,” said Stevenson, 30-7. Showing why the lightweight division is the most exciting in the game, Edwards and Stevenson took turns in controlling the first round, with Edwards’ strikes dropping the Las Vegan to the mat, and Stevenson’s ground and pound piling up points in its own right. Edwards may have taken the round though with a triangle attempt in the final 15 seconds. Stevenson got the first takedown of the second round and pushed Conroe, Texas’ Edwards (29-11-1) to the fence in order to pound away with his left hand, opening a nasty gash on the top of Edwards’ head in the process. After a break in the action for the doctor to inspect the cut, the fight resumed on the mat, with Stevenson firing away but Edwards hanging tough and even making it to his feet before the bell. But though Edwards was ready to continue, the amount of blood from the cut forced referee John McCarthy to wisely call the bout on the advice of the ringside physicians just before the start of the final round. Hermes Franca returned to the UFC for the first time since April 2, 2004, and won his fifth consecutive fight of 2006 with an impressive third round submission win over late replacement Joe Jordan. “He’s a tough kid,” said Franca of Jordan, who replaced the injured Roger Huerta. “I tried to work my standup, and it worked well, but my jiu-jitsu’s better.” Franca (14-5) came out bombing with kicks and almost got Jordan’s back early, but the Iowan hung tough and avoided any more serious damage in the opening round, which drew the ire of the crowd due to the lack of sustained bursts of action. Picking up the pace in the second, Franca’s accurate strikes woke up the fans in attendance and drew a disdainful look from the iron-chinned Jordan (23-10-2). But practically all the offense in the bout was coming from the Brazilian, who potshotted the now bloody nosed Jordan. Looking to end matters, Franca quickly got a takedown in the opening stages of the final round, and after passing on a kimura attempt, a transition into a triangle choke finally produced a tap out just 47 seconds into the round. Olympia, Washington’s Jeff Monson, who caused a stir in the Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd by entering the Octagon to the strains of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, impressively stated his case for a heavyweight title shot as he halted Australia’s Anthony Perosh in the first round. “I deserve a title shot,” said Monson. “Arlovski and Sylvia are tough, but when I get the fight to the ground, it’s over.” After a fairly tame opening two and a half minutes, the two grappling standouts stood and traded on the inside, and Monson (24-5) landed a hard knee and right hand and Perosh (5-2) fell to the mat. A follow-up barrage brought in referee Herb Dean, and the fight was halted at the 2:42 mark. French kickboxing star Cheick Kongo made his UFC debut a successful one as he used a series of knees and uppercuts to stop Phoenix’ Gilbert Aldana via cuts in the first round. The end came at 4:13, as a nasty gash over the right eye of Aldana prompted referee Yves Lavigne to halt the bout after consulting with the ringside physician. “I’m happy to be here and to represent Europe,” said Paris’ Kongo, who lifts his record to 18-2-1. Aldana, who started strong behind two impressive slams to the mat but couldn’t stand with the technically superior striker, falls to 5-2. UFC newcomer Kurt Pellegrino got a rude welcome to the Octagon, as Drew Fickett submitted the Point Pleasant, New Jersey native in the UFC 61 opener. Pellegrino controlled the first round against the Tucson, Arizona veteran, both on the feet with his fast hands and on the ground with a solid but unspectacular ground and pound attack. The less than scintillating pace dipped even more in round two, with neither fighting gaining a decided edge in some uninspired groundwork. Pellegrino opened the third with a loud slam of Fickett, but a lapse of concentration on the ground allowed ‘The Master’ to lock in a rear naked choke that produced a tap out at 1:20 of the final round. “I was biding my time, hoping that I could get his back,” said Fickett, who improves to 30-4. Pellegrino falls to 13-2.