Sunday, April 30, 2006


IFL Legends Championship 2006 ResultsSaturday, April 29, 2006Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Anacondas (Bas Rutten) vs. Silverbacks (Pat Miletich)
LW - Bart Palaszewski def. John Shackleford by referee stoppage (strikes) in the second round.
HW - Ben Rothwell def. Krysztof Soszynski by referee stoppage (strikes) in the first round.
LHW - Alex Schoenauer def. Travis Wiuff by heel hook submission in the second round.
MW - Ryan McGivern def. Amir Rahnavardi by unanimous decision.
WW - Rory Markham def. Mike Pyle by KO in the first round.
Team - Silverbacks def. Anacondas 4-1.
LW - Jens Pulver def. Cole Escovedo by KO in the first round.
Pitbulls (Renzo Gracie) vs. Tiger Sharks (Maurice Smith)
LW - Erik Owings def. Justin Jones by guillotine choke submission at 2:50 in the first round.
WW - Brad Blackburn def. Gustavo "Ximu" Machado by split decision.
MW - Dennis Hallman def. Delson Heleno by disqualification (illegal upkick) in the first round.
LHW - Jamal Patterson def. Matt Horwich by rear naked choke submission at 2:57 in the first round.
HW - Devin Cole def. Carlos Cline by unanimous decision.
Team - Tiger Sharks def. Pitbulls 3-2.


Well here we are with another Thursday night fight report. The first match of the evening was Michael Bruce (not the club manager) taking on Tim McMeekan. Tim easily slipped around to take the back of Mike and make him tap by rear naked choke in the very first round.

Tony Cavallo was the winner of the second match of the evening against Adam Hass, after being worked over early by Tony from strikes,Adam was counted out as he failed to return to the fight halfway through the first round,victory went to Tony Cavallo

Jared " Pink Passion " Francis took the ever ready to fight Brandon Howlett on a suplex elevator ride to the tenth floor and rock his world, Brandon was stunned, but returned to his feet only to go for another high flying ride , at this point Jared was immediatley declaired the winner,those suplex moves proved to be too much for Brandon on this night ...hell I could'nt of handled them on any night ....damn!

Ryan Cook and Jake Cuzak entered the ring next and the fight ended in the first round as Ryan forced a move to Jakes back and got him with a rear naked choke.Jake has fought here before and I'm sure he'll be back for more.

In the final fight of the night waiting in the shadows , pacing all night from when he first got there Zach Streit was ready to fight ,hoodie pulled up over his head , constantly moving to keep the blood pumping, this guy was ready to fight,...his opponent was Steve Cypret,both men entered the ring fast as they were ready to get it on. Zach stuck hard and fast with hard punishing punches that rocked Steve early.Not much was left after Zach leveled his opponent and hovered over him as the referee had stopped the fight .Winner by TKO - Zach Streit.

Next week we will see the reutrn of a paid main event ,and an addition of having a live band play in the beginning of the show and durnig the intermissions of the fights, this is just another thing we are doing to make the MIDWEST KINGS OF THE RING a place you must come to on Thursdady nights for fun and great fight action!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


(CP) - UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie is Dana White's immediate priority but the Ultimate Fighting Championship president has already mapped out mixed martial arts plans for the rest of the year.
Look for a Tim Sylvia-Andrei Arlovski rematch, Forrest Griffin taking over for the injured Tito Ortiz against veteran Ken Shamrock, Canadian David (The Crow) Loiseau facing a heavily touted UFC newcomer, and major changes to the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Also, Hughes will defend his welterweight title against Montreal's Georges St. Pierre later this year.
White says Arlovski will get a chance to win back his heavyweight crown in a rubber match with Sylvia at UFC 61 on July 8 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Arlovski submitted Sylvia 47 seconds into UFC 51: Super Saturday in February 2005. But Sylvia, a former title-holder who gave up the belt because of a positive steroids test, won the belt back earlier this month at UFC 59: Reality Check when the referee stopped the fight at 2:43 of the first round after Arlovski was floored by a short right.
"Obviously Arlovski wanted (the rematch), but Sylvia wants it bad too," White said in an interview from Las Vegas.
Sylvia wants the rubber match to end the debate over who is the better fighter.
"He says 'I want Arlovski in my rearview mirror as soon as possible,"' White said. "I really respect him for that."
White believes the six-foot-eight Sylvia and his 23-2-0 record may not get the attention it deserves.
"I think a lot of people were counting Tim out. When you really look at the kid's career, he's lost two fights. One of them was to Arlovski and the other one (against Frank Mir), his arm broke.
"He was pulling out of an armbar (a submission move) and his forearm broke. How often do you see that happen? Never."
The Griffin-Shamrock fight will be on the UFC 61 undercard.
Griffin lost a close decision to Ortiz at UFC 59. But a knee injury to Ortiz has derailed a scheduled summer bout with Ken Shamrock, a grudge match between the two coaches in the current season of The Ultimate Fighter reality TV series.
That opened the door for Griffin, a popular alumnus of the TV show's debut season.
"Forrest called me right up and said 'Give me the fight, boss. Give me the fight,"' White said. "This was like days after.
"He's a fighter, man. That kid is a fighter."
The Arlovski-Sylvia rivalry and the popularity of Griffin, a former Georgia police officer who is tough as nails despite an "aw shucks" demeanour, has given White some options during a time where injuries have taken a toll on some of his biggest names.
"We've spent the last year and a half of this company building some new stars, so it's definitely paid off for us," White said.
Light-heavyweight champion Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell, the UFC's biggest star, is recovering from toe surgery. And middleweight champion Rich Franklin, another marquee name, busted himself up in pounding Loiseau for 25 minutes in a lopsided win at UFC 59.
White expects Liddell to be ready to fight in August, probably at UFC 62, with Hughes-St. Pierre later in the year at UFC 63. Griffin has probably established himself as a contender for Liddell's 205-pound title after his gritty performance against Ortiz.
"I think what Forrest really needed was the confidence to know that he can do that, to know that he can hang with these top guys," White said. "And he definitely got that in that last fight.
"I think you're going to see an even more exciting Forest Griffin in his next fight. . . . No doubt about it, he's the man right now. Not only that, people love him."
Loiseau, meanwhile, will face a tough challenge in Anderson Silva, a highly touted Brazilian with a 15-4-0 record coming over from the rival Pride circuit.
"We are working on putting a main event for those two, probably on Spike," White said.
Silva, known as the Spider, already has a win over Canadian Carlos Newton in Pride.
White also confirmed that big changes are planned for the fourth season of Spike TV's Ultimate Fighter, which starts filming in two weeks. Look for the show to feature established fighters this time with some kind of title challenge as the pot at the end of the reality show rainbow.
Asked if Canadians are involved, White would only say: "There could be. There's some good talent coming out of Canada."
Notes: Vancouver's John Alessio has been added to the UFC 60 card, with Diego (The Nightmare) Sanchez as his opponent. The two welterweights were slated to meet at UFC 58, but Sanchez was sidelined by a virus. ... White says the Matt Hughes-Royce Gracie fight is a non-title affair because Gracie did not want to make the 170-pound weight. The Los Angeles card is drawing "tons of celebrity interest," White said. ... Kalib Starnes, a middleweight from Surrey, B.C., in the cast of Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter, tells the Spike TV website he fractured his fibula on the first day evaluations for the show but did not realize it until he visited a doctor weeks later on an unrelated matter. The leg pain was why he got into a beef with coach Shamrock about not training hard in Episode 2.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Posted by Aaron Rift on 04/24/2006 at 02:54 PM

UFC president Dana White recently did an interview with the Carmichael Dave radio show out of Sacremento, California. White let a number of juicy newsworthy items out of the bag, and here's a brief breakdown of them:

-Tito Ortiz pulled out of his scheduled rematch with Ken Shamrock immediately after the Forrest Griffin fight. Dana never gave a reason, but said "it's always something with him" referring to Ortiz's antics when it comes to matchmaking. It's more than likely related to Tito's injuries, but that was never even mentioned by the UFC president.

-Forrest Griffin got wind of the above news, and called Dana White and personally requested the fight against Ken Shamrock and got it. Dana White confirmed the fight is a go for the UFC 61 show on July 8 at the Mandalay Bay.

-The main-event of UFC 61 will be Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski III, for Sylvia's UFC Heavyweight championship.

-Dana White personally scored the Ortiz-Griffin fight 29-28 for Griffin, and even went as far as to say the judge who gave it to Ortiz 30-27 should never judge another fight.

-Dana also disagreed with the controversial Keith Jardine vs. Stephan Bonnar decision from Ultimate Fight Night 4 on Spike TV, saying he thought Jardine won the fight.

-The UFC president said he isn't sure if Frank Shamrock will ever fight for the company again despite his recent full-time return to mixed-martial arts, claiming he's another one of the guys like Tito Ortiz who he just doesn't mesh well with in negotiations.

-Dana said Diego Sanchez suffered some type of virus from eating sushi. Said he cuts from 185 lbs. to get down to the 170 lb. weight-class and fight, and prior to UFC 58 - Sanchez was down below 160 lbs. Sanchez is better now, and will be fighting again soon. Dana never confirmed the story we broke here at regarding the Diego Sanchez vs. John Alessio fight being rescheduled for UFC 60 in May. So that is still a rumor at this point until otherwise confirmed.

-Dana never mentioned the signing of Anderson Silva, so that was likely a decision made just after his victory over UFC veteran Tony Fryklund at Cage Rage in England this weekend. The UFC website even mentioned the Fryklund victory in their initial report on the signing of Anderson Silva to the company.

-Dana White claims the UFC will in some shape or form be on the HBO channel in the future.

-The UFC is looking to put together a Lightweight (155 lb.) title fight in the very near future, to establish a champion in the division.

Monday, April 24, 2006


Another great fight night at the KINGS OF THE RING on Thursday. The first match of the night was a grudge match between 2 guys who actually really didn't like each other it was a very good match for a grudge match and ended up being a win by tapout going to Geoff Bruns. (not Pictured ) The next fight of the night was won with a rear naked choke applied to Brandon Howlett by the very fast and always ready to fight Mike Linquist. Also winning over Jake Cuzakk was Zack Pugh with a very good showing this night, he suplexed his opponext twice high in the air, almost snapping the other guys neck, even Tim Sylvia with his eyes wide open said "Wow did you see that !"the suplex's caught this guy off guard and opened him up to a rear naked choke,winner Zach ! We had 2 girls fight in a boxing match the last only part of the first round when Lindsay Franks called it off in the middle of the first round , giving the victory to Heather Brade. Next match was a crowd favorite fighter who shows up every week looking to fight and thats Rod "the Destroya " Montoya. Rod has a strong following with plenty of fans to cheer him onIn his fight this night he destroyed the crafty Walt Shallabarger in the very first round only 1:22 into the fight.Victory was sweet for Rod who we look forward to seeing again, probably next week !! Our main event of the evening between Ted Renolds Jr taking on Miletich Trained fighter making his pro debut and very popular with the crowd Frank Young. He won his match by making Ted tap due to guillotine choke.Frank also won another fight this weekend in the main event of Bad Blood 1. This guys moving quick, lookout for this guy to make moves !!


The big extra at the fights this night was UFC WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP TIM SYLVIA and UFC WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMP MATT HUGHES showing up. They like to come and check out the scene,and we love having him come hang out. Since Tim just came back from the ass beating of Andrei Arlovski at UFC 59 . We decide to give him a little token of our appreciation and we presented him a plaque to take home and put with all his other things. He is a very nice guy and really seemed to appreciate what we did for him.In the above top pic is TIM and MATT both in white.In the first pic is the club owner, club manager, and me ...way in the back by the microphone writng down the list of fighters left for the night.It's always a great time at the KINGS OF THE RING fight club.....

Sunday, April 23, 2006


Apparently the "face of the PRIDE Fighting Championships" Bas Rutten is once again done with the promotion. After being told originally that it was ok to work with the IFL (International Fight League) Bas was later informed he isn't permitted to work their debut show - after committing to it, because it conflicts with his preperation for the upcoming PRIDE show. Bas had a meeting in Los Angeles a few weeks ago with the PRIDE president, and was told everything is fine, but at the last minute was told he can't work the show. Bas said after the controversy earlier this year that saw him leave the company before ultimately deciding to bury the hatchet and return, that he refuses to go through the same run-around, and has likely called his last fight for the premeir Japanese fight organization. "To say the least, it really pissed me off," said the former 3 times King of Pancrase and UFC Heavyweight champion on the "Beatdown" radio show on referring to his current situation with PRIDE. "I'm still a fighter guys, I don't like to be jerked around." To those wondering if he's really done as this news kind of comes out of nowhere, Bas says "In my mind, I kind of already made it up. Let's give it up, it's over." To keep up to date on Bas Rutten and where he'll end up in all of this, keep up with his official website by logging onto


The UFC has officially signed top ranked Middleweight (185 lb.) fighter Anderson "Spider" Silva. Silva, who has had great success in the PRIDE organization in Japan, enters the UFC Middleweight picture after stopping Tony Fryklund by knockout this weekend in England. No opponent or start date with the company has been released yet, but Silva should rise through the rankings quickly and get a match with current champion Rich Franklin, a fight die-hard fans of the sport have been wanting for a while.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


Miller to introduce self-cooling beer cans next year

We're always keen on technology that improves our beer consumption experience, whether it be coasters and pitchers that signal for help when you need a refill, or mugs that let you share a drink with distant friends. Obviously, then, we were understandably excited to learn that Miller will be the first domestic brewer to utilize Tempra's self-cooling cans for dropping your drink's temperature a minimum of 30º F on command. Self-cooling, and self-heating, technology have been around for awhile, but save for the homemade Peltier Beer personal beverage cooler, this is the first method we've seen to cool down your suds long after the ice in your cooler has melted. Tempra's I.C. Can works by drawing heat out of the beverage with a natural desiccant (drying agent), through a water gel coated evaporator, and into an insulated heat-sink container, once an internal vacuum-seal has been broken. Miller's self-cooled offerings should begin showing up in finer distributors nationwide starting sometime next year, and as you can probably imagine, a sixer of these high-tech brews isn't going to come cheap.


(Photo's courtesy of Randy Harris - Barry Bonds with Tim Sylvia, Brad Penny)

UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, goes backstage to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sylvia met all the big names in baseball including Barry Bonds.

Dodgers’ pitcher Brad Penny takes Sylvia in the Dodgers clubhouse and sees one Dodgers player and one trainer get a choke put on by Big Tim. It's hilarious footage that you will on see only on MMAWeekly TV.

Sylvia then gets the chance to meet the one and only Barry Bonds and you will see their one on one conversation and what Bonds thinks of the UFC and Tim.

Sylvia then is scared half to death to throw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium. Did he throw the ball to the catcher or did he throw a three bouncer in the dirt?


You'll have to forgive Tim Sylvia if he isn't doing backflips over the Ultimate Fighting Championship's new crop of made-for-TV stars.

The UFC heavyweight champ is the first to credit The Ultimate Fighter reality show with catapulting mixed-martial arts to a new level.

But he admits the meteoric rise of the young fighters has led to some resentment from the old guard.

"The show is what's made us grow -- but those guys are like triple A compared to what we are," the 6-ft., 8-in. Sylvia told the Sun.

"A lot of the main level guys like myself aren't too happy with the fact that we had to bust our (butts) to fight in the UFC and these guys get on UFC by being on a reality show."

Sylvia, who reclaimed his title by beating Belarus brawler Andrei Arlovski at last weekend's UFC 59, said one needs to look no further than the undercard of that fight to see the reality-TV-trained media darlings are no match for the veterans of the cage.

At the Anaheim event, the show's Season One winner took on UFC fixture and notorious big-mouth Tito Ortiz in a light-heavyweight match.

After a gruelling first-round clinic and a back-and-forth second and third, Ortiz knocked Griffin back to reality with a split decision win.

Sylvia points out Ortiz, a former world champ who earned his right to fight in the Octagon by climbing the ranks, was the first real test for instant celebrity Griffin. A test Griffin failed.

But despite any animosity that exists between the two schools of ultimate fighting, Sylvia is happy to cash in on the sport's new-found fame.

Last Saturday's event at the Arrowhead Pond -- the UFC's first in California -- was the fastest sellout in the company's history and the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 drew 2.4 million viewers on Spike TV.

With swelling popularity and purses, Sylvia -- who expects a rematch with Arlovski as early as June -- prides himself on not spending like a rock star. His only indulgences thus far: Two ATVs and a few new-release movies every Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


ANAHEIM, CA. – Just like that a short and sweet right uppercut ended the world heavyweight title bout between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovsky in Southern California’s first engagement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship series.

“This is the day we’ve all dreamed of,” said Dana White, UFC president and CEO who finally realized his dream of a California audience.

Former heavyweight world champion Sylvia dispensed with that informal title and grabbed the belt back again with an astonishing right uppercut and a flurry of blows on the downed Belarusian fighter Arlovsky. He was stopped at 2:43 according to referee Herb Dean.

“I work on that uppercut a lot,” said Sylvia (23-2).

The heavyweight title fight was a rematch of a fight that saw Arlovsky down Sylvia with an overhand right a year ago. It happened once again just a minute into the fight.

“I thought shit, déjà vu,” Sylvia said. “He dumped me and I got right back up.”

Arlovsky jumped to the attack but Sylvia was able to escape the ground and get back on his feet. Feeling that he had the taller American hurt, Arlovsky rushed back in to finish him. That was a mistake.

“I felt I was doing well. I underestimated him,” Arlovsky (11-4) said.

What came next was a sneak right uppercut on the point of the chin that dropped Arlovsky just like he dropped Sylvia in their previous fight. Indeed it was déjà vu.

“I think it’s the greatest feeling. It’s unbelievable. I love being the underdog," Sylvia said

by David A. Avila


Maybe Even to Include Two Possible Events in June
The UFC's next live fight special will be the TUF 3 finale and is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 24th. Zuffa has also requested a date for a Spike TV event in the state of Nevada for Wednesday, June 28th. June 28th is a tentative date that has not yet been approved or finalized, and it's not known exactly how that date might be used.

It could be that the UFC plans to tape original fights on June 28th for use on future episodes of UFC Unleashed; it could be that the UFC simply wants to leave its options for the TUF 3 finale and wants to have the ability to have it on the 24th or the 28th (although airing it on the 28th wouldn't make much sense on Zuffa's part); it could be that the June 28th date is for an Ultimate Fight Night event; or it could be that the additional date (June 28th) will simply be cancelled.

In any case, the next UFC pay-per-view events after UFC 60 in California on May 27th (headlined by Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie) are currently scheduled to be UFC 61 on July 8th, and UFC 62 on August 26th.

One final note regarding the UFC's schedule in the coming months and years is that Zuffa's contract with Spike TV actually calls for six live fight specials to air each year on Spike TV, even though the press releases, quotes, and news stories on the subject have specifically said that there will be four live specials per year.

Apparently, when Spike and Zuffa say, "Four live specials," a more precise explanation of what they mean is, "Four non-TUF-affiliated live specials." The contract actually calls for four specials per year that are not Ultimate Fighter season finales. Those live specials are in addition to the live finales for various Ultimate Fighter seasons, including The Ultimate Fighter 4 later in 2006 (featuring UFC veterans), The Ultimate Fighter 5 and 6 in 2007, and The Ultimate Fighter 7 in 2008.

Monday, April 17, 2006


Jeff Foxworthy on Illinois:

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Illinois.

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, you might live in Illinois.

If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Illinois.

If you have ever worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Illinois.

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might live in Illinois.


1. Vacation means going north or south on I55 for the weekend.

2. You measure distance in hours.

3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

4. You often switch from heat to AC in the same day and back again.

5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

6. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.

7. You design your kids Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

8. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

9. You know all 5 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, road construction, and It's Hot.

10. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.

11. Down south means Missouri to you.

12. A brat is something you eat.

13. You go out to a tailgate party every Friday.

14. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

15. You find 0 degrees a "little chilly".

16. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Illinois friends. (What's not to understand???)

Sunday, April 16, 2006


Here it is the first of weekly reports on the Thursday night fight s at the Midwest King's of the Ring.
Our first fight of the night was a submission grappling match between James Halligan and David Nicklaus.Nicklaus pulled off the win with a tap from a rear naked choke.
Next was a boxing match between Shawn Huffman ( not pictured ) and Guadalupe Diaz. Huffman hit hard and strong , with fierce blows dropping Diaz several times. The fight went the distance with Huffman getting a unanimous decision over Diaz.
Louis Roberts took on Brian McFadden in a NHB match that was very fast paced. It ended with Louis Roberts winning by tapout over McFadden early.
Branden Howlett was victorious win in a submission grappling bout with the very game and ever ready James Halligan, his second bout of the night Brandon sealed the deal with a tap from a front choke.
Our most exciting and cheered event was 2 beautiful ladies Cherry and Finess, going the distance in a NHB bout. The crowd was going crazy as the match bounced back and fourth between the two very competitive girls , these girls easily showed the most fierce energy of the evening so far.The match was won with Cherry finishing up the fight with a flurry of punches as her opponent seemed to retire early.
Next bout of the night was a won by DQ for our very feisty fighter Jason Hajostek, also know as "Hillbilly" was awarded the decision when his opponent Shawn VanDerpool forgot to stay within the agreed terms of the fight.
Our main event of the evening Was a tapout victory in a NHB match over Lucas " Luke Duke " by the ever popular an up and coming fighter Rod " The Destroya " Montoya , in very fast and hard hitting action filled main event to conclude the night.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (CP) - Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz scored an unimpressive split decision over reality TV show alumnus Forrest Griffin on Saturday night in UFC 59: Reality Check.
Griffin shook his head in disbelief when the decision was announced, but later blamed a slow start in the first round and a takedown in the third as the reason he lost.
Griffin, a 27-year-old former Georgia police officer, won his six-figure contract to fight in the UFC on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show.
In the co-main event of the mixed martial arts card, former champion Tim Sylvia (23-2-0) upset heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (11-4-0) by TKO at 2:43 of the first round.
Seconds earlier, Arlovski had floored Sylvia with a big right but the big man recovered and floored the champion with a short right hand. The referee stepped in when Arlovski was unable to defend himself.
Arlovski, known as the Pit Bull, had forced Sylvia to tap out after just 47 seconds in their first meeting when he clamped an ankle lock on the six-foot-eight behemoth in UFC 51: Super Saturday in February 2005.
Prior to that, Sylvia had his arm broken in a loss to Frank Mir in UFC 48: Payback in June 2004. After the bout, Sylvia said Mir was his next target.
A six-foot-four native of Minsk, Belarus, Arlovski now makes his home in Chicago.
Saturday's mixed martial arts card was the Ultimate Fighting Championship's first foray into California, with the UFC boasting the Arrowhead Pond event as its fastest ever sellout.
Ortiz, who said he had injured his knee training, was booed after the Griffin win.
"I'm Tito Ortiz and I'm staying here for a long, long time," Ortiz said in response to the boos.
Ortiz took Griffin down early, and cut him with a flurry of elbows to the head. Griffin eventually got to his feet and tried to trade blows but Ortiz took him down again, grinding Griffin's face into a bloody mess.
In the second round, Griffin finally found his groove. He avoided the takedown and swung away.
Ortiz's corner told him in no uncertain terms to take the fight back to the floor for the final round. But the 31-year-old former champion, known as the Huntington Beach Bad Boy, couldn't do it as Griffin kept pushing him off. Ortiz finally took Griffin down with 90 seconds remaining but could not finish him off and Griffin got back to his feet for a final exchange of blows.
"He won it with that takedown," Griffin said.
The win raised Ortiz's record to 14-4-0 while Griffin slipped to 12-3-0.
In other action Saturday:
-Former middleweight champion Evan Tanner (36-7-0) defeated Justin Levens (7-2-0) by triangle submission at 3:14 of the first round. Levens was a late injury replacement for Jeremy Horn.
-: Jeff (The Snowman) Monson extended his win streak to 15 bouts with a dull split decision over Brazil's Marcio Cruz, who defeated former heavyweight champion Mir in UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 in February. The win raised Monson's record to 21-5-0 while Cruz fell to 2-1-0.
-Sean Sherk (29-2-1) won a unanimous decision over a disbelieving Nick Diaz (11-6-0) in a 170-pound bout. Sherk said later he was moving down in weight to the 155-pound lightweight division.
NOTES: UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie is set for May 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with welterweight champion Matt Hughes taking on legend Royce Gracie in a non-title fight. ... Montreal's Georges St. Pierre will meet Hughes for the 170-pound title later this year. Hughes won their first meeting by first-round submission.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Marc Ratner has been a major part of the NSAC since 1984 as an inspector and has served as its Executive Director for 13 years. He will join Zuffa, LLC, the ownership and operating group of the UFC based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He hopes to help the future growth of the UFC and mixed martial arts by bringing his organizational and procedural skills to blend with the promotional talents of the current UFC organization.

But wait, there’s more Mom, it’s a real big business.

Wall Street gaming and lodging analyst John Mulkey has also just changed seats, moving from managing director and senior high yield analyst at Wachovia Securities to assume the post of Chief Financial Officer of the UFC family.

The hits just keep coming.

Obviously UFC owners Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, who also own Station Casinos, know a good thing when they have it. The product that is UFC results in roughly eight pay-per-view shows each year and appearances on Spike TV in addition to DVD and product sales. What fans see now is a far cry from “UFC 1: The Beginning” – the first PPV event which was staged in 2001, the year UFC was born. Are you paying attention Mother?

Fans are.

Worldwide popularity of Mixed Martial Arts has surged as fighters utilize the main disciplines of Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu to win bouts by KO, TKO, Tap Out and Submission. Because of the historical roots of these disciplines, the MMA product appeals to any fan of any one of these individual fighting disciplines. A reality TV series “The Ultimate Fighter” garnered record ratings and, most recently, 14,500 fans turned out to an MMA event in Las Vegas.

Michael Buffer can step aside, UFC has the voice of The Octagon., Michael’s brother Bruce. And now, in Marc Ratner, it also has one of the most respected and well-known men coming from one of the top athletic commissions.

If you haven’t caught on by my now Ma, its’ time for “UFC 59: Reality Check” on April 15. Notice has been served.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Event Name: UFC - Ultimate Fight Night 4
Event Date: April 6, 2006
Event Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Match Results:-Chael Sonnen def. Trevor Prangley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Josh Koscheck def. Ansar Chalangov via Submission (rear naked choke) at 3:29 of Round 1.

Dan Christison def. Brad Imes via Submission (armbar) at 3:34 of Round 3.

Jon Fitch def. Josh Burkman via Submission (rear naked choke) at 4:58 of Round 2.

Luke Cummo def. Jason Von Flue via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Chris Leben def. Luigi Fioravanti via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Josh Neer def. Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Rashad Evans def. Sam Hoger via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).

Stephan Bonnar def. Keith Jardine via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).


Tim Sylvia has heard the talk – it would be hard not to. It gets even louder with each successive victory by UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, Sylvia’s opponent this Saturday night at UFC 59 – Reality Check. The talk? Arlovski is unbeatable. And nothing gets ‘The Maine-iac’ more riled up. “That really burns me,” bristles Sylvia. “He’s not unbeatable. Anyone is beatable in this sport. He’s gonna fight a true number one contender – probably the number two guy in the UFC right now, and that’s me. So it’s gonna be a fight, no doubt about it.” It’s been a long 14 months for Sylvia as he dealt with the mental wounds from his last loss, which came against the same man he’ll be sharing the Octagon with this weekend. In that February 2005 fight, both men came out fast as they sought to secure the interim heavyweight title. Arlovski struck gold first, dropping Sylvia with a flush right hand. After a brief scramble on the mat, ‘The Pitbull’ clamped on an Achilles lock, and at 47 seconds of the first round, Sylvia, a former heavyweight champ who started his career with 16 consecutive wins, had his second loss in three fights, the first coming to Frank Mir eight months prior. “He was trying to ground and pound, definitely,” said Sylvia, describing the closing sequence of the fight. “I defended that and he didn’t hit me once when I was on the ground, and him being a sambo specialist, he’s like ‘hey, there’s a leg dangling in front of me; why don’t I just try to grab it and rip it off?’ (Laughs) And he did, and it worked.” “I don’t want to take anything away from Arlovski,” he continues. “I don’t know if he expected to submit me – he was going for a knockout and that’s what I was going for. I just came back a little too soon; I wasn’t ready for the caliber of fighter Arlovski is that soon after my broken arm. He’s the top dog right now and I wasn’t quite ready for him. I underestimated him a lot and I thought he was a lot easier fight than he was.” When Sylvia lost to Mir in June of 2004, his stubbornness and refusal to tap caused his forearm to get snapped. He rehabbed and jumped right into the bout with Arlovski with no tune-ups, and you saw the result. This is the type of reckless behavior that can sometimes be an asset in business and in life, but in the prize ring, it can also spell disaster. Then again, we haven’t held the heavyweight championship of the world. Sylvia has, for eight months in 2003, and he knows not only what it takes to get the crown, he knows what it feels like to have it slip away. He wants it back – badly. “I just know that it takes a lot of hard work to become champion,” he said. “Being a champion before, I know what it takes, I think I’m doing everything right right now to become a champ again, and if I do become a champ again, I’m not leaving the title. I left it before; I’m not leaving it again. It’s staying around my waist until I retire.” This single minded focus can be a curse though, especially if Sylvia runs in recklessly trying to finish his foe. How does he avoid being overanxious once the bell rings? “If I tell you that, it would give away my gameplan,” he said. “I just don’t go out there and get too excited in the first round. I stay patient in this fight and we’ll come out on top.” Easier said than done, but Sylvia insists that all his t’s are crossed and I’s dotted training-wise, and that he will surprise more than a few people in this rematch. “We’re definitely approaching the fight differently than we did last time,” he said. “It will be a different Tim Sylvia and it will be a different fight.” Small doses of the new Tim Sylvia have been surfacing in his two post-Arlovski UFC wins (he also has a TKO win over Mike Block in an IFC bout), with his high leg kick knockout of Tra Telligman and his varied offensive attack in a decision win over Assuerio Silva being prime examples. “I’m trying to be more of a well-rounded fighter,” he admits. “You have to be. You can’t just sit at home and work on the things that have worked for you in the past. Everybody is changing, the sport’s getting tougher, and you’ve got kids sitting at home on their couches at six years old watching UFC and saying ‘daddy, I like that, I want to start doing that.’ Dad’s a huge fan, he puts his kid in wrestling, the kid starts taking boxing and jiu-jitsu, and the next thing you know, you’ve got these kids that have ten years experience under their belt at 18-19 years old, they get into the sport and become animals. That’s the next generation. I hate to say us old-timers (Laughs) – but us veterans need to adapt or get the hell out of the sport.” And against Arlovski, Sylvia has to come with the type of attack that not only keeps the champion honest, but also keeps him guessing. If he does this and survives Arlovski’s early onslaught, things could get interesting at the Arrowhead Pond. If not, ‘The Pitbull’ will notch another successful title defense and Sylvia will have a hard time getting another shot at the crown as long as the native of Belarus holds it. In other words, this is a must win situation for Sylvia. “To be honest with you, if something freakish happens and I do lose, I don’t see myself going anywhere – I’m sure I’ll still be a top contender in the UFC – but I really don’t know what it’s gonna take to beat Arlovski if I lose this fight because we know we have a great gameplan for him, we’re executing the gameplan in practice, I’m very confident going into this fight that I’m gonna win, and I think if I lose the fight, it’s because I didn’t follow the gameplan or I downright just got caught, which can happen in this sport,” he said. You can break it down on paper anyway you want to, and the answer will come back the same – Arlovski should win his rematch with Sylvia. But every time I hear that, I think of Sylvia’s second pro fight, when he took a hellacious pounding from a fighter named Gabe Beauperthy and still rebounded to win. I ask Sylvia about this fight, and his response is a direct one. “You can’t teach heart,” he said. “Heart is something that you’re born with and blessed with. You can’t teach it, and some guys take an ass whipping and just want to lay down. I don’t lay down for no one.” When you’ve got a fighter like that in the Octagon, all bets are off, because when it’s round four and five and the heat gets turned up, talent goes out the window and it’s the intangibles that will determine a winner. Tim Sylvia’s ready for that type of war simply so he can see if Arlovski’s willing to go to the same lengths to keep his belt as Sylvia will go to win it back. And isn’t that what we all want to see in a heavyweight title match? “I’m looking for a fight,” said Sylvia. “I’m not looking for a sparring match; I’m not looking for a jiu-jitsu match – I’m looking for a fight. I’m gonna rough him up, I’m gonna throw him around, I’m gonna beat him up and I’m gonna see how much heart he’s got.”
story by By Thomas Gerbasi on

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's public intoxication sting program hit the national spotlight in recent days, which has resulted in negative responses from people nationwide. On Friday, TABC put a special link on its website in response to the criticism.

The website says, "some of the coverage has been negative and it has resulted in phone calls and e-mails to our agency." The link also answers questions about being drunk in public. NewsChannel 11 has learned that because of the criticism Texas' House Review Committee will meet with TABC specifically to discuss how the program works and if it could be improved.

The main idea is to stop DWI's before they start, but some say officers going inside bars to arrest people is going too far. However NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire spoke with one local bar manager who says the program is working.

Hundreds of people head to Bleacher's Sports Cafe on a given weekend. Manager Graham Fontes says alcohol and a crowd can spell trouble, that's why they like TABC'S public intoxication sting program.

"Their officers going around to bars in the city, it helps everybody out. It's a win-win for everybody, it keeps customers safe, it keeps us safe, and it keeps them from breaking the law," said Fontes.

In November, NewsChannel 11 went with TABC officers on a public intoxication sting. During the operation, officers go into bars and arrest people who are drunk. Fontes says TABC's presence in recent months has helped patrons become more conscience of drinking too much in public.

The point of the program is to help keep bartenders from over serving. The past couple months at Bleachers they say it's been working.

"Basically, the whole point is we don't want them getting on the road after having too much to drink and hurting somebody else," said Fontes.

In recent weeks, the program has made national headlines, but TABC has received negative comments in response. However, Fontes disagrees with the criticism and says he'd like to see even more TABC presence.

"They're not trying to bust people. They're not the bad guy, they're just trying to keep everyone safe and make sure everyone's obeying the laws," said Fontes.

TABC reports a reduction in DWI's in communities where they've conducted focus operations. In Arlington, DWI arrest decreased from just over 1,200 in 2004, to 996 in 2005. DWI arrest of people coming from licensed places dropped from 324 to 234.

Last fiscal year they issued over 1,100 citations for intoxication offenses. During the same time period this year they've already issued over two thousand.

A TABC statement says, "we have no way to prove these reductions are the direct result of our repeated "SIPS" operations; however, we believe that there is a correlation between our efforts and the decline."

Monday, April 03, 2006


ASADENA, Calif. — Hugh Hefner knows he’s the luckiest man in the world. Many other men think he is, too. But I think he actually has it rough. He lives in a house with virtually no privacy. I can’t even imagine what it takes to find a free bathroom.
During the past year, Hef has had cameras following him around as E! filmed The Girls Next Door, about his dessert tray of girlfriends.
He has — at least — three: Bridget, 32; Holly, 26; and Kendra, 20.
Last week, they, plus seven other bunnies for good measure, turned out to support their show at a party on the winter press tour.
Hefner plopped down on a white couch in a reserved indoor cabana at the Ritz-Carlton while his burly bodyguards fended off the media.
See? The guy can’t even get some quality quiet time with his loved ones.
Hef told me that filming the show is fun but that, unlike other people on reality shows, he has ‘‘a real life."
‘‘I have a lot of other stuff I have to do," Hef said.
Keeping track of birthdays and bra sizes alone must eat up weeks.
Despite being in the porn business, Hef draws the line.
‘‘This isn’t an X-rated show," he noted without a trace of sadness.
At least he gets a little alone time. But then the next minute he is changing from the lounging robe to the going-out robe.
The man’s nearly 80! Although my grandmother continued to travel the world at 80, we never once made her go clubbing.
I asked whether season two of the show would focus on the same girls, and Hef was almost indignant at the implication that he might swap one out. Hef, apparently, believes in monogamy. Or is it polygamy?
My head hurts.
As I sat next to him on the white couch, he devoted his full attention to a bowl of ice cream. I almost felt bad for not wearing a low-cut shirt. (Not that I could compete with the girls or the ice cream.)
The group stayed at the party until almost 10 p.m., sharing intimate moments in their heavily guarded cabana and possibly discussing the delicate situation in the Middle East.
Then it was time for Hef and the 10 hot chicks to leave — finally, some time to themselves.
Yes, being Hugh Hefner sure is tough.