Monday, December 31, 2007


The best mixed martial arts fighter in the world, heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, continued his winning streak today in Tokyo with a dramatic first-round submission over the South Korean giant Hong Man Choi.

Emelianenko, who spurned the American Ultimate Fighting Championship because Japanese promotions offered him more money and more freedom than UFC, showed once again that he's got both the strength and the technical precision to dominate mixed martial arts.

The 7-foot-2, 360-pound Choi gave it a game effort and landed a couple of rough strikes, badly bruising Emelianenko's face. But Emelianenko has much better MMA skills, and as soon as they went to the ground, it was clear that Emelianenko was going to win.

Although Choi was on top and landed a few solid strikes to Emelianenko's face, Emelianenko quickly got Choi's arm locked in a textbook submission hold, and Choi had no choice but to tap out.

The fight was part of a New Year's Eve event in Tokyo that has become one of the biggest annual sports traditions in Japan. Emelianenko gave the Japanese fans a good show.

Yarennoka! Results

Fedor Emelianenko def. Hong Man Choi - Armbar Submission @ 1:54 of Rd. 1
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai def. Hidehiko Hasegawa - Unanimous Decision
Shinya Aoki def. Bu-Kyung Jung - Unanimous Decision
Kazuo Misaki def. Yoshihiro Akiyama - KO (Strikes) @ 2:12 of Rd. 1
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Gilbert Melendez - Unanimous Decision
Makoto Takimoto def. Murilo Bustamante - Split Decision
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Luiz Azeredo - Unanimous Decision.
Mike Russow def. Roman Zentsov - N/S Choke Submission @ 2:58 of Rd. 1


WellI didn't realize he was this fuckin big.....FEDOR EMELIANENKO Q: What is your impression of Choi? FE: He's big.

Q: Do you think your punches would reach his face given his height?
FE: I'll have to get in the ring to know that.

Q: Do you have any plans on changing your strategy due to his size? FE: No. I'm going to fight like I trained for in Russia.

Q: Is he bigger than you had expected? FE: He's as big as I had imagined; He wasn't bigger than I'd expected. He smiled at me but I know he'll do his best to beat me once he gets in the ring.

Q: Do you expect any problems with the height disadvantage? FE: No, I don't expect any problems.

Qo you think you will be able to take him down? FE: I won't know without actually fighting him. I might keep the fight standing and make it a striking bout.

Q: What is your impression of K-1 and Yarennoka's collaboration for this event? FE: I've fought fighters who fought in K-1 like Semmy Schilt and Gary Goodridge so I don't feel any different about it.

Q: K-1 Dynamite, Yarennoka, and UFC are all held on December 31. Do you think you are the main attraction for this day? FE: I hope so. I trained to be the main fighter, and I want to give a good showing that would make the fans happy.


It was confirmed during the UFC 79 "Nemesis" post-fight press conference by company president Dana White that the show drew 11,075 fans for a $4.9 million gate.

According to White, that is the largest live gate for any MMA show in the United States for the year of 2007.

Sunday, December 30, 2007


LAS VEGAS -- The Chuck Liddell-Wanderlei Silva fight took years to stage, but the wait was worth it.

Liddell, 38, outslugged Silva in what the Ultimate Fighting Championship's former light-heavyweight champion called a "good old-fashioned, hand-to-hand" battle Saturday night, claiming a unanimous-decision victory in front of a sellout crowd of more than 11,000 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

UFC 79
The fight's excitement outperformed the night's main event, which former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre won in dominant fashion in the second round. St-Pierre twisted ex-champion Matt Hughes' right arm grotesquely into an armbar and Hughes submitted with six seconds left in the round.

The victory gave St-Pierre the UFC's interim welterweight belt and a 2008 date with current champion Matt Serra, who upset St-Pierre in April, then suffered herniated back disks in November while training to fight Hughes.

"Until I get my belt back, I'm not going to consider myself champion," St-Pierre said while holding the interim belt.

Hughes, pummeled on the canvas throughout by St-Pierre, said the Canadian "is the better fighter, nothing I can say beyond that." Hughes also hinted at retirement: "I don't know how much longer I've got in this," he said.

Liddell significantly delayed any retirement talk.

He staggered Silva in the second and third rounds, rallying from a trying majority of the second round as Silva unleashed combination flurries that left Liddell (21-5) vulnerable to a third straight defeat.

"It's good to be back," Liddell said in the Octagon afterward. "He [Silva] had a lot. I hit him with a lot of stuff hard and he kept coming. As I've said for a long time, it would have been a travesty if we hadn't fought."

Two judges awarded Liddell all three rounds, and another gave Silva one round.

Silva (31-8-1), a multiple champion of PRIDE Fighting tournaments, hadn't fought since February when he suffered a stunning loss to Dan Henderson in the final PRIDE show in the U.S. The organization was purchased by the UFC later, and Silva's contract talks with the UFC labored on until the summer, delaying a Liddell showdown again.

The pair were poised to fight in 2003, but Quinton "Rampage" Jackson upset Liddell in Japan, derailing a PRIDE Grand Prix meeting.

The long wait was extended 45 seconds as both spent the early first round waiting for the other to come forward. Liddell threw the more vicious swings, and landed enough, including a left-right combo, to leave Silva's face puffy at the break.

Liddell slipped twice in the second round, and appeared to be knocked down off a Silva right with two minutes left. But the former champion shrugged off Silva's increasing barrage and unloaded his own that backed Silva into the cage.

Liddell then staggered Silva with a big right hand and a late powerful left, and Silva was left bleeding from the right eye.

In the third, Liddell mixed in a scoring back kick and backed up Silva to the cage twice more with liberal use of his powerful right, as Silva gasped for air. Liddell's fatigue was most evident at the closing bell, when he raised his arms in victory.

"I knew it was a big fight for me to get back on track of getting my title back," Liddell said.

Said Silva: "I did my best. Maybe next time."
Silva was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Earlier, light-heavyweight Lyoto Machida stamped himself a legitimate top title contender by placing Temecula's Thierry Sokoudjou in a decisive arm triangle that forced a tapout with 40 seconds left in the second round. Machida (12-0) says he's "ready for the belt now," after first knocking down Sokoudjou (4-2) earlier in the round.

Also on the undercard: Lightweight Rich Clementi forced Melvin Guillard to tap out late in the first round when Clementi positioned Guillard in a rear naked chokehold. . . . Temecula heavyweight Eddie Sanchez scored a third-round technical knockout over Soa Palelei. . . . Hollywood lightweight Manvel Gamburyan (6-3) defeated Nate Mohr by first-round ankle lock, apologizing to Mohr and speculating he broke the loser's right leg as Mohr was carried out of the Octagon. . . . Light-heavyweight James Irvin defeated Luis Cane. . . . Middleweight Dean Lister defeated Jordan Radev by unanimous decision.

Friday, December 21, 2007


The name of the event,YARENNOKA, when DECEMBER 31,2007 NYE where?, in SAITAMA, JAPAN
inside the Saitama Super Arena

-Fedor Emelianenko (#1 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Hong Man Choi

-Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (#2 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa

-Gilbert Melendez (#3 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (#9 Lightweight in the World)*

-Tatsuya Kawajiri (#4 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Luiz Azeredo

-Shinya Aoki (#5 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (#6 Lightweight in the World)*

-Kazuo Misaki (#8 Middleweight in the World)* vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

-Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto

-Ricardo Arona (#9 Light Heavyweight in the World)* vs. TBA

-Aleksander Emelianenko (#10 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. TBA

Main card airs live in the United States on HDNet!!!!

Also, here are the WEC 31 "Faber vs. Curran" card payouts on December 12th:

Jens Pulver ($60,000) def. Cub Swanson ($5,000)

Urijah Faber ($40,000) def. Jeff Curran ($10,000)

Paulo Filho ($56,000) def. Chael Sonnen ($25,000)

Doug Marshall ($10,000) def. Ariel Gandulla ($4,000)

John Alessio ($26,000) def. Todd Moore ($4,000)

Charles Valencia ($12,000) def. Ian McCall ($3,000)

Bryan Baker ($8,000) def. Eric Schambari ($5,000)

Ed Ratcliff ($8,000) def. Alex Karalexis ($8,000)

Brian Bowles ($6,000) def. Marcos Galvao ($5,000)

Total reported pay out: $295,000 not too shabby congrats to Jens, for that super suprise quick sumission.


What’s happening in the world of mixed martial arts now…

By Loretta Hunt

UFC heavyweight Justin McCully has been offered a bout with Frenchman Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 “Breaking Point” on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, The Fight Network has confirmed with McCully’s camp. Currently overseas on a goodwill United Service Organizations tour in Iraq with fellow Team Punishment member Tito Ortiz, the 31-year-old has neither accepted nor turned down the bout, though his answer is expected Wednesday. If he accepts, McCully (8-3-2) would have six weeks to train for the contendership bout.

McCully earned a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk (4-3) at UFC Fight night 10 on April 5 in Las Vegas. Kongo (10-3-1) is riding high after a key victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-6-2) at UFC 75 this past September in London.

The proposed match-up quells talk that Kongo might face Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81. Meanwhile, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia is preparing for the Feb. 2 title bout with Nogueira. The bout will be for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship, according to Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox.

“Tim signed the contract, and we haven’t heard anything else about it -- if Nogueira has signed his contract or what,” said Cox. Cox indicated Sylvia has already begun his training camp for the championship bout.

Randy Couture (16-8) resigned from the UFC on Oct. 11, rescinding the heavyweight crown, two contracted fights and a separate services contract that included a commentator/ambassador role with the organization. The UFC has not recognized Couture’s resignation from the promotion and offered the Hall-of-Famer a title defense against Nogueira at UFC 81. Couture turned down the bout. Attorneys for Couture and Zuffa LLC, parent company to the UFC, continue to discuss the fighter’s two standing contracts with the organization behind closed doors.

On a HDNet Fight’s broadcast Dec. 15, Couture said he intended to wait out his two contracts with the UFC, the last of which ends in October 2008. Couture intends to fight former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (25-1) after that time.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Bill Barnwell talks to the IFL head coach about Corey Hill, Matt Hughes, and how not to lose.

December 19, 2007 - If you were to try and find the greatest mixed martial arts gym in the brief history of MMA, chances are, you'd be going through Bettendorf, Iowa. Miletich Fighting Systems' gyms have spread across the country, but its original gym in Bettendorf is where you'll find Pat Miletich, former UFC Welterweight Champion and, arguably, the best coach in MMA history.

Now the coach of the IFL's Quad City Silverbacks, who will becoming a Miletich-specific team with the IFL's move to camp-based teams as opposed to cities, Miletich's protégés include former UFC champions Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, and Tim Sylvia. Hughes recently left the camp to start his own gym closer to home, which has led to some speculation that the legendary Miletich gym, the only one to ever be featured with its own UFC pay-per-view, might cease to be the powerhouse it's been for a decade.

IGN spoke to Miletich and discussed December 29th's IFL World Grand Prix in Connecticut, the status of Corey Hill, and his thoughts on Hughes leaving his camp.

IGN: How do you feel about the IFL's switch to camp-based teams as opposed to city-based ones?

Pat: I think it's gonna work much better. I think [the IFL] giving themselves the opportunity to work with athletes from a lot of different camps is the most important thing. Being able to sign fighters from wherever they come from is much better.

IGN: Pound-for-pound, who do you think is the best fighter in the IFL at the moment?

Pat: You know, there's a lot of tough guys. I'm not gonna make any calls on that, there's a lot of guys. Nobody ever stands out to me in any organization, everyone's tough.

IGN: Any news on Ben Rothwell and the possibility that he might return to the IFL?

Pat: You know, I'm not sure what he's gonna do. Monte Cox is waiting for the end of the year for Ben's contract to run out. I'm out of the loop on that, I just train him.

IGN: Rory Markham and LC Davis are the Silverbacks fighting on the Grand Prix show December 29th. How are they looking, training and injury-wise?

Pat: In great shape, both of them are looking great in training. They're ready to go.

IGN: Markham's opponent, Brett Cooper, is making his debut on the IFL stage, and is a somewhat unheralded fighter. Is it difficult to prepare for those sort of fighters?

Pat: I think it can be tougher. We know a little about him, he's pretty well-rounded, pretty tough. Sometimes when I fought in the early days, I was glad I didn't see them on tape. There were guys who I'd watch on film after I fought them and I'd be scared! You've got really plan well and train for a guy who's good at everything. Obviously, you'd like to study for people, but in the case of Rory's opponent, we can't do that as much.

IGN: What do you think is the most important thing you instill in your fighters?

Pat: Just the work you do in the gym is what wins the fight. Fights are not won in the ring, they're won in the gym. It's an old Dan Gable saying. It's human tendency look for an easy way to do things, but nothing replaces hard work. The guys who understand that tend to become world champions.

IGN: Over the last decade, there have been periods where certain camps have seemed unbeatable, whether it be the Miletich camp, Greg Jackson's camp, or now, Xtreme Couture. Why do you think that is?

Pat: Things go in cycles. The intensity level that this sport demands can suck energy out of an entire group of guys. You go through ups and downs. When you get on a roll, that's contagious, and you do well, but when you have guys that start to lose, then people start to doubt themselves. You can see it happen if someone loses, those guys suck it up and train harder, and guys become stronger and better fast. For us, 2005 was not a great year by any means, and 2006 was a really good year, but then 2007 was a tougher year. 2004 and 2006 were the best years we had; 2005, everyone was saying my team was done, and 2006 we came back and won everything. It goes in cycles. It's tough to stay at the top.
IGN: Who do you think is the fighter in your camp that's off most MMA fans' radar screens, but has the most potential for future success?

Pat: Corey Hill.

IGN: Oh, from Ultimate Fighter…

Pat: Well, you know, he wasn't 100% truthful to get on the show, so he went in there absolutely knowing nothing about Jens Pulver or me or Jeremy Horn. It's funny because Corey Hill looks at me now and says "You were a World Champion?" And I say "Yeah, I held the title for three, three and a half years", and he says "No kidding." He doesn't know a lot about the sport, but his boxing, kicking, his submission stuff, his positional stuff, he's working on all that, and his wrestling ability and his ability to take people down when he wants to do is unreal. I don't know any 155-pounders out there who could take him down.

IGN: Really? Not even Sean Sherk?

Pat: Sean Sherk would have a lot of real trouble taking down Corey Hill, mark my words.

IGN: Wow.

Pat: There are wrestlers that are tough and ready for this sport, and he's one of the best. He's a rottweiler. No one else has that body type. He's got wide shoulders and a waist like my wife's.

Besides him, LC Davis is fighting for the 145-pound title, he's popping on the scene, everyone knows about Rockwell, Ryan McGivern is just coming into his own, Rory Markham's working a lot on his ground game, there's a lot of guys who have serious potential.

IGN: What were the circumstances that led to Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler, and Matt Pena leaving to form their own camp?

Pat: Money. Money was one of the more motivating factors. They were offered money from a sports agent to start a facility down there using Matt's name. He's been commuting from Hillsborough, which is 3.5 hours away, and he's got kids and a family, so it's not been easy. I couldn't do it, I know that much. He decided that it was time for him and his family and his career to start up a new place closer to him to allow him to train for fights and see his family. I don't blame him.

IGN: Was it unexpected?

Pat: Not necessarily unexpected, they came to me, told me about it, told me they were working on it, and I said "Awesome, do what you gotta do."

In the end, look at Dan Gable. Growing up in Iowa, we all idolized him -- everyone who wrestled across the country idolized him.; but, probably the greatest tribute to Gable is the fact that he has so many guys that were under him who are wrestling coaches that are major colleges across the country. Iowa used to be a national power and now, there are teams that can compete with Iowa.

As I sit in the twilight of my career and I think about the guys I've trained and who have moved on to start coaching, the Matt Hughes' and Jeremy Horn's and Jens Pulver's, I'm sad to see all of them go, I'd love to see it be status quo forever, but nothing ever stays the same, and that's just the way it goes.

IGN: You visited Afghanistan in July, correct? What was that like?

Pat: We went to a couple different forward operating bases, spent some time with them, did some training, hung out with them, just thoroughly enjoyed it and saw what those guys are going through first hand and told them how all the people back home are thinking about them. Every one of them thanked us for coming, but as I was shaking their hand, they had no idea how much it meant to come over and spend time with them and how much we respect them. It's tough to think that they're spending 15 months at a time there, and I spent a week there, and I'll tell you what, to have to spend a year there… they are at the top of my shelf when it comes to respect.

IGN: Do you have any interest in having another fight, or is your neck precluding you from fighting again?

Pat: I've had some offers, but I haven't been able to make the time for it yet. The thing is, everything else in my life departs when I fight, and it'd have to be an offer that's a smart financial move for me. For example, the IFL said they would pay to get my neck fixed, and I haven't even had the chance to get it fixed yet.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Since last fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship almost three years ago, Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has spent time in multiple promotions including Pride, Cage Rage and StrikeForce, but it looks like the Brazilian is hoping for a return to the UFC at some point in the near future.

Belfort recently came on Tagg Radio and confirmed a meeting he had with representatives from Zuffa and while no details were made available he sounded confident with its results and even mentioned who he’d like to fight if he returned to the Octagon.

“We had a meeting it was great,” said Belfort. “Actually what I want, everybody has pride and one thing I have unfinished business with Tito (Ortiz) being the last fight since I won the fight, most people feel I won the fight.”

The last fight between Belfort and Ortiz ended in a split decision win for “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” but the former UFC champion has a new idea for the fight if he and Ortiz meet again.

“Basically what I would like to do is I would like to fight him and I have a challenge for him,” Belfort stated emphatically. “The challenge would be winner take it all.”

Beyond the grudge match brewing with Ortiz, Belfort feels that his return to the UFC is necessary because of his long standing ties with the promotion and that the fighters there now are treading on his territory.

“The UFC’s my house,” Belfort said. “See a lot of guys there, they are at my house. The UFC’s my house, they come into my land. Even Tito, he came after, he came to my house.”

Fans have long clamored for Vitor Belfort’s return, but not the fighter who has struggled in many of his recent fights, they have long been begging for the warrior who blew through competition like Wanderlei Silva and Tank Abbot a few years ago.

“I know the fans want the old Vitor back,” stated Belfort. “I took care of my issues, took care of my problems so now I’m clean and ready to get back into the UFC.”

Belfort confirmed that he is no longer training at Black House in Brazil and now works only with a team of coaches and selective training partners.

Ultimately, Belfort understands the challenge in front of him, but he knows that to face the best fighters in the world he needs to be in the UFC.

“I want to fight with the best so you have to be around the best,” said Belfort.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Randy Couture appeared at HDNet Fights on Saturday night and reaffirmed to fans that he will return to fighting, but not in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as he will stay out until his current contract expires and wait for a fight with Fedor Emelianenko.

“I am not retired,” said Couture at the HDNet Fights show in Dallas, Texas. “I am waiting for my UFC contract to expire. I will fight Fedor Emelianenko.”

Couture’s statement will surely come as a shock to many fans who were waiting to see if the current UFC heavyweight champion would return to the Octagon, but it looks as if now he has decided sit out and wait for the dream match-up with Fedor at some point in the future.

Another embattled UFC heavyweight was a guest at the HDNet Fights show, as former champion Andrei Arlovski was present at the show and post fight press conference.

“I will fight very soon,” Arlovski stated about his fight career.

Sources close to the fighter confirmed to that Arlovski is also waiting out his UFC contract which according to them expires in April and at that time the Belarus native will look to move on to another organization.

Also at the show was former UFC and Bodog Fight middleweight contender, Matt “The Law” Lindland who was brought in by the show’s promoters to commentate as a part of the broadcast team.

While no announcement was made towards his future involvement as a fighter for the organization, Lindland’s promotion, SportFight, will be seen on HDNet next Saturday night as a part of the networks extensive mixed martial arts coverage.

Friday, December 14, 2007


But I still never heard of this guy,all I know is he's a big guy - gonna get beat down ,.,..Representatives of the Yarennoka mixed martial arts event scheduled for New Year’s Eve in Japan on Thursday officially announced that Fedor Emelianenko will indeed fight Korean fighter Hong Man Choi.

The bout had long been rumored, but was only recently finalized.

Yarennoka is a conglomeration of representatives from M-1 Global, K-1, DEEP, World Victory Road and former employees of Pride Fighting Championships.

The card has been slowly coming together and currently includes:

-Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi
-Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
-Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
-Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo
-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
-Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Gilbert Melendez
-Ricardo Arona vs. TBA

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Consider that these fighters get paid 8-10 thousand per fight yet only fight three times per year, have to eat, pay rent, taxes & bills to survive in the pursuit of their dream to one day be the best fighter they can be. Respect to all the fighters, man!

Speaking of heart and respect, check out what Clay Guida got for losing to Roger Huerta on his birthday.

Roger Huerta — $38,000 ($19,000 to show, $19,000 to win)
Clay Guida — $11,000
Huerta defeated defeated Guida via submission (rear naked choke) in round three

Mac Danzig — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Tommy Speer — $8,000
Danzig defeated Speer via submission (rear naked choke) in round one

Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Jared Rollins — $8,000
Koppenhaver defeated Rollins via technical knockout (strikes) in round three

George Sotiropoulos — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Billy Miles — $8,000
Sotiropoulos defeated Miles via submission (rear naked choke) in round one

Ben Saunders — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Dan Barrera — $8,000
Saunders defeated Barrera via unanimous decision

Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Richie Hightower — $8,000
Mandaloniz defeated Hightower via technical knockout (strikes) in round one

Matt Arroyo — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
John Kolosci — $8,000
Arroyo defeated Kolosci via submission (arm bar) in round one

Roman Mitichyan — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Dorian Price — $8,000
Mitichyan defeated Price via submission (ankle lock) in round one

Jonathan Goulet — $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Paul Georgieff — $8,000
Goulet defeated Georgieff via submission (rear naked choke) in round one


Tonights show was a good one very happy to see Pulver prevail at his favorite 145 class, and now it looks to be Faber vs Pulver very soon they had both talkedabout it earlier in the show ..and Faber won his match tonight too, so looks like that fight will be put together very soon ...what a match , Pulver vs Faber ...thats PPV shit !!!

Charlie Valencia def Ian McCall Submission (Guillotine choke) rd 1 3:19
Brian Bowles def Marcos Galvao TKO (Strikes) rd 2 2:09
Ed Ratcliff def Alex Karalexis TKO (Strikes) 2 1:26
Bryan Baker def Eric Schambari Decision (Split) 3 5:00
John Alessio def Todd Moore Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Doug Marshall def Ariel Gandulla Submision (Armbar) 1 0:55
Paulo Filho def Chael Sonnen Submision (Armbar) 2 4:55
Jens Pulver def Cub Swanson Submission (Anaconda choke) 1 0:35
Urijah Faber def Jeff Curran Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 4:34

Fighter links from ...heard his name mentioned tonight by commentator Frank Mir ...who is supposed to be getting ready for Brock Lesnar's intro into the UFC

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


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Dog the Bounty Hunter has been pulled off the air indefinitely by A&E. Advertisers began boycotting the show after Duane “Dog” Chapman was caught on tape making racially charged threats to his son over the phone. The National Enquirer has the details:
But the makers of Sinus Buster capsaicin pepper nasal sprays have pulled their ads and say they won't advertise on A&E until the network cancels Dog's show permanently. In addition, Yum! Brands, Inc. has said it will no longer advertise on the Bounty Hunter. Yum!'s brands include Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. Another of the show's advertisers, Dr. Frank's pain relief, has joined the growing boycott, pulling ads for several of its products.
One of the advertisers even issued a statement that voiced his frustration with Dog:
"They should pull the show completely and never air reruns or anything with Chapman ever again," Wayne Perry, president of SiCap Industries, LLC, makers of Sinus Buster capsaicin nasal sprays says in a press release.
Okay, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, whatever that’s nothing. Minor leagues. But Sinus Buster? Damn. Dog is screwed. I mean Sinus Buster is the capsaicin pepper nasal spray. When you lose that kind of advertising dough your career is over. Talk about the kiss of death.
Note: This post is sponsored by Sinus Buster. The capsaicin pepper nasal spray. If your nasal spray isn’t practically mace, you’re a giant pussy.
Note: Your dad just wrote me a letter. He says he never loved you. Reason? You didn’t use Sinus Buster. The capsaicin pepper nasal spray. Also, you throw like a girl.
Note: Got a phone call from your ex-girlfriend. Says things didn’t work because you were too much of a wuss to use Sinus Buster. The capsaicin pepper nasal spray. Also, you have a vagina and she’s not a lesbian. It was never meant to be.
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Monday, December 10, 2007


This Tuesday at 7pm ET, ESPN will air a new episode of its new documentary show called “E:60.” The show follows a number of different stories involving sports, usually 5 or more stories in one episode. In a previous episode, “E:60″ ran a story exploring Mixed Martial Arts as a sport, highlighting Pat Miletich’s gym in Iowa.
On Tuesday, December 11, “E:60″ will be run a segment featuring Kimbo Slice. From the looks of the preview, the story will explore his upbringing and road to becoming a mixed martial artist. Whether you support Kimbo Slice or not, this should be an interesting segment that is brought from an unbiased standpoint.
Again, “E:60″ is aired on ESPN, Tuesdays at 7pm ET.


Rich just signed a 6 fight deal with the UFC.Franklin, who's a remarkable 22-3 (including 9-2 in the UFC), last competed in October at Cincinnati's UFC 77 event, where he was unable to win back the middleweight title from current champ Anderson Silva. The famed Brazilian first took his title in October 2006.
So what's next for 33-year-old Franklin?
He's been offered a fight with veteran Travis Lutter at UFC 82, which takes place March 1 in Columbus. However, Franklin's currently filming the movie "Weapon," in which he has a starring role with Bruce Greenwood and Tiffani Amber Thiessen. Throw in the holidays, and he may not have enough time to properly train for the March UFC event. In fact, his return could come as late as June, according to his management.

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Without much fanfare, the Ultimate Fighting Championship stripped Sean Sherk of the lightweight championship. Company officials confirmed this information on Saturday before its event in Las Vegas.
Sherk, 34, had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone, more commonly known as Decadurabolin, in his July 7 title defense in Sacramento, Calif. where he defeated Hermes Franca. Franca also tested positive for steroids during the fight. Sherk won via five round decision. The California State Athletic Commission, unlike Nevada, doesn’t have the legal authority to overturn a decision based on a positive drug test.
Sherk had appealed the test result, and on Tuesday the commission cut his one-year suspension to six months, but upheld the $2,500 fine. Sherk is eligible to fight again on Jan. 3.
Because the appeal verdict was that his test result was not overturned, it left UFC officials with little alternative, other than set a dangerous precedent had they not decided to strip Sherk of the championship, for a company that has stated a public hard line on steroid use among its competitors.
UFC president Dana White had already booked B.J. Penn vs. Joe Stevenson for the interim championship on Jan. 19 in Newcastle, England. Had Sherk been cleared, he would have faced the winner at the earliest possible date. Now the Penn-Stevenson winner would be the outright champion.
It has not been confirmed whether Sherk would still get the first shot at the winner.


Confirming speculation running throughout the past week, UFC mainstay "Big" John McCarthy announced during a media conference Friday that he will be stepping down from officiating to focus on a new broadcast career with the Fight Network. McCarthy, a former Los Angeles Police Officer, was enlisted by Rorion Gracie to referee the second Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1994. Since then, he has overseen more than 500 mixed martial arts matches. His last appearance as a contracted employee of a state athletic commission will be Saturday's "Ultimate Fighter 6" finale. Speaking to journalists following the announcement, McCarthy said that his desire to play a more active role in the growth of MMA is what prompted his decision. "The biggest problem is, I can't do both," he said. "I can't referee and take a new step in the broadcast field … [it could be looked upon] as a conflict of interests, so I had to make a choice."


Roger Huerta def. Clay Guida via Rear Naked Choke Round 3
Mac Danzig def. Tommy Speer via Rear Naked Choke Round 1
Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver def. Jared Rollins via TKO (Strikes) Round 3
George Sotiropoulos def. Billy Miles via Rear Naked Choke Round 1
Ben Saunders def. Dan Barrera via Unanimous Decision
Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz def. Richie Hightower via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Matt Arroyo def. John Kolosci via Arm Bar Round 1
Roman Mitichyan def. Dorian Price via Ankle Lock Round 1
Jonathan Goulet def. Paul Georgieff via Rear Naked Choke Round 1


It appears that the “Big Plans” UFC President Dana White had in store for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson do indeed include a stint as coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
White made the major announcement during the TUF 6 Finale earlier this evening.
Joining the light heavyweight champion as the opposing coach is none other than Forrest Griffin, showcasing two of the most colorful and charismatic characters within the organization on national television.
TUF 7, which begins to shoot in January and will debut on SpikeTV sometime in April 2008, will feature 16 up-and-coming middleweight (185 pounds) fighters.
It should not matter that Jackson and Griffin are in the 205-pound class — there’s not a pool of bankable stars at that weight to carry a program that has been struggling in the ratings.Jackson and Griffin should provide the spark (and personality) necessary to get the mixed martial arts reality series back on track.
Both fighters are currently recovering from injuries in their most recent bouts. Rampage hurt his hand training for Dan Henderson and Griffin underwent shoulder surgery after his sensational upset win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
It’s fair to say that both should be fit at the conclusion of the show next year. Also Dana White has promised “Significant and Exciting Changes” to the overall format of the show. It should be interesting to see exactly what changes are in store but until we get the exact details we are left to guess, but hopefully these “exciting” changes will add some life into TUF 7 and the quality of its fights and match ups. One thing we do know is that with Rampage and Griffin as the coaches this next installment certainly won’t be lacking personality. Thanks mmamaina!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


The Ultimate Fighting Championship will finish the 2007 fight season with a bang — and a 10-bout fight card.
The UFC has officially booked and announced a UFC 79 light heavyweight bout between James Irvin (12-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and undefeated UFC newcomer Luis Cane (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A source close to Irvin told ( that the fight has been in the work for the past two months.
UFC 79, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, airs on pay-per-view. Former champs Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre meet in the night’s main event for the UFC’s interim welterweight title.
Irvin will return to action for the first time since a May UFC 71 event. There, the 29-year-old fighter suffered a significant injury when his knee buckled during a loss to Thiago Silva. The Nevada State Athletic Commision originally issued Irvin a medical suspension that ran through November pending clearance from an orthopedic doctor.
The defeat snapped Irvin’s three-fight streak, which included an entertaining second-round TKO of Hector Ramirez at UFC 65.
Cane, a 26-year-old Brazilian, is a perfect 7-0 in his two-year career. Although he’s well versed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he’s finished six of his seven victories via knockout.


Steroids suspension cut for UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk

LOS ANGELES - Sean Sherk's steroid suspension was cut in half, allowing the Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder to compete starting Jan. 6.
The California State Athletic Commission reduced the one-year ban after a hearing in Los Angeles. The UFC lightweight champion was suspended for testing positive for the nandrolone in July.
The UFC already has scheduled a "interim" lightweight title match between B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson for Jan. 19 in Newcastle, England.Steroids suspension cut for UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


IN LAS VEGAS venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

Georges St.Pierre vs. Matt Hughes (Interim ( Phony ) UFC Welterweight Championship Match)

Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei SilvaRameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Lyoto Machida

Manny Gamburyan vs. Nate MohrRich Clementi vs. Melvin Guillard

Tony DeSouza vs. Roan Carneiro

Dean Lister vs. Jordan Radev

Doug Evans vs. Mark Bocek

Eddie Sanchez vs. Soa Palalei

Monday, December 03, 2007


Randy declined the bout against who most forsee as the future Heavyweight Champion, Minotauro Nogueira.Seriously folks, did you buy into the Couture hype thinking he was the best in the world because he won by Unanimous Decision against a crippled Tim Sylvia and TKO'ed a relative nobody who's claim to fame was a Right High Kick to the Left High Kick master in Mirko Cro Cop?Fedor would have put Couture in a coma.From MMAWeekly who broke this story about a 16-8 Can Who Quit.======================================In a meeting with Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White last Tuesday, current heavyweight champion Randy Couture turned down a proposed title defense against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 on Feb. 2, 2008. There was also some fence mending to be done at the meeting. Following Couture’s resignation from the UFC in October, the two went a couple of rounds through the media, disputing the basis of the resignation. With the meeting, Couture said he was able to air out the issues addressed in his decision and looks forward to a cooperative relationship with his employer of eleven years. “We’ve cleared the air, and hopefully we’ll move forward with some sort of relationship,” Couture said. “I’ve got a lot of fighters and a lot of things that hinge around mixed martial arts and the UFC as well. I want to continue to work with them and I think that they want to continue to work with me, so we’ll figure out how that happens.” The magnitude of response to his resignation shocked the five-time UFC champ.“This whole resigning thing took on a life of its own,” he said. “There were 72 media outlets trying to get a hold of me. [I was] on the cover of Yahoo, it was just insane to me. I figured I’d go away quietly, maybe MMAWeekly would cover it, Full Contact Fighter or something like that would do a blurb on it, but it would be confined to the small niche… of mixed martial arts. Truly a testament to how big the sport has gotten by the reaction of me stepping down.”Since then, Couture has been busy taking meetings for multiple film projects he is slated to begin work on in the next year. He still wants to fight No. 1 ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, but says his UFC contract makes it unlikely.“Obviously I have a contractual obligation with the UFC. There’s been some haggling and things going on with all that, and Fedor signing with M-1 made the possibility of that fight very difficult because of that and because of those contracts,” he said. The experience has underscored his need to take a step back from full-time fighting and focus on his personal life. “I think more than anything at this stage of things I want to slow down a little bit,” Couture said. “I’ve been burning it for three or four years now … I want to take some time and go on a vacation, spend some time with my wife. We’ve been married a year now and we’ve been together very, very little in that year; it’s been crazy. It’s been difficult on us. I’ve got a nice house and I don’t even get to spend any time in it hardly, so take a little time now and just smell the roses so to speak.”It appears that a fight for the now-vacant heavyweight title is in the works. It now appears that Nogueira will most likely face Tim Sylvia, who earned his contender slot with a win over Brandon Vera at UFC 77. For Couture, the lesson lies in trusting his internal compass.“I can’t focus on or account for other people and their motivations and their actions,” he said. “I have to focus on myself and just worry about that, and not let the other stuff in … it will drive you crazy.”

Saturday, December 01, 2007


Russian Bear` makes triumphant return to the ringNicknamed the ‘Russian Bear’, Oleg Taktarov has crushed American John Marsh at Moscow’s first ever Russia versus the U.S. mixed martial arts spectacle. The Ultimate Fighting Championship winner, Taktarov is mostly known in Russia as an actor having appeared in movies alongside Robert De Niro and Will Smith.
The actor, self-defence teacher and businessman, Oleg Taktarov has returned to his first love - the ring.The 40-year-old is back on top of the bill at a full contact martial arts event for the first time in almost 10 years.A former two-time world Sambo champion, Taktarov moved to the U.S. in 1994 from the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, with the aim of becoming an actor.However, he got sidetracked into the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which he won in 1995. This victory shot him into the Hollywood limelight. Appearances in movies alongside the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Will Smith followed.But the lure of the mat was too much and after nine years of waiting the Bear is growling again.Californian native and another veteran, John Marsh was his opponent.Despite the tight opening round, the Russian Bear won the clash, securing a five wins, two losses overall record.The crowd at Moscow’s Hodynka arena certainly savoured the end of what was a fine night for Russia.And the man of the moment told RT he has a very simple, yet lucrative plan for the future. “I want to do one big movie and one big fight, one big movie and one big fight,” he said.