Sunday, December 28, 2008

UFC 92 ULTIMATE 2008 RESULTS

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Rashad Evans def. Forrest Griffin via TKO (punches) -- Round 3, 2:46
Frank Mir def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via TKO (punches) -- Round 2, 1:54
C.B. Dollaway def. Mike Massenzio via TKO (strikes) -- Round 1, 3:01
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson def. Wanderlei Silva via KO (punch) -- Round 1, 3:21
Cheick Kongo def. Mostapha Al-Turk via TKO (strikes) -- Round 1, 4:37
Yushin Okami def. Dean Lister via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Antoni Hardonk def. Mike Wessel via TKO (strikes) -- Round 2, 2:09
Matt Hamill def. Reese Andy via TKO (strikes) -- Round 2, 2:19
Brad Blackburn def. Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Patrick Barry def. Dan Evensen via TKO (injury) -- Round 1, 2:36

Friday, December 26, 2008

R.I.P. JUSTIN EILERS


Mixed-martial arts fighter Justin Eilers was fatally shot Thursday night in an Idaho home, according to multiple reports.

According to the Web site for Idaho station KIVI-TV, a man was arrested in connection with the shooting near Nampa.
Police were initially called to the home on a report of a domestic disturbance, the Idaho Press-Tribune said on its Web site.

Eilers, 30, competed as a heavyweight and fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Elite Xtreme Combat and had a 19-7-1 record, according to The Fight Network.

12-28 update story as follows:
Former UFC and EliteXC fighter Justin Eilers is dead after being shot in the chest Thursday night. Eilers was reportedly at the home of an acquaintance in Canyon County, Idaho and had argued with an ex-girlfriend who was also at the house, before being asked to leave. Eilers refused and, according to Sherdog, “began throwing dishes and other objects in protest.”

The owner of the home, James Robert Malec, a forty-eight-year-old man believed to be Eilers’ mother’s husband, produced a gun and shot Eilers once in the chest. Emergency medical personnel attempted to save his life when they arrived at the house and found him wounded, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Eilers was thirty years old.

To make matters worse, Eilers’ young son, his mother, and his ex-girlfriend are all said to have been in the room with him when he was shot. Malec was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Fans may remember Eilers for his UFC battles with Andrei Arlovski and Brandon Vera. His last fight was against Antonio Silva for the EliteXC heavyweight title in July, where he lost via second-round TKO.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

REMEMBER WHEN BOBBY HOFFMAN WAS GOIN TO FIGHT FEDOR?



A classic example of Fedor beating his opponent before ever stepping in the ring. No, but seriously this is what really happened. This happened on 8/11/2001 as part of a RINGS tournament. Fedor and Hoffman had both fought earlier that night, with Fedor beating Babalu and Hoffman beating Illoukhine. So Hoffman was injured in his first fight of that night.

As a youtube commentater suggested, watch this video with the sound off, its hilarious! Whats funny is Fedor looks like he is actually preparing to scrap.

The dudes from MMA Scraps said: "Fedor Emelianenko vs Bobby Hoffman Video- This is the Strategy I Would Use Against Fedor " friggin great !! Haaaaaa!

Friday, December 19, 2008

JUSTIN LEVENS UFC COMPETITOR KILLS FAMILY THEN HIMSELF POSSIBLY


A family member discovered Mixed martial arts (Ultimate fighting) competitor Justin Levins and his wife, Sarah Mclean Levens, dead of a gunshot wound in Laguna Niguel California yesterday. Autopsies are pending on the duo, although press reports indicate a strong possibility of murder-suicide. To the LA Times:

Authorities today are investigating the deaths of mixed martial arts fighter Justin Levens and his wife -- discovered shot in bed in their Laguna Niguel condominium -- as a possible murder-suicide, with Levens as the potential the shooter.

Justin Levens, 28, and Sara McLean-Levens, 25, were discovered about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday by McLean-Levens' mother, who had not heard from her daughter in five days, said Orange County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Jim Amormino. The bodies had apparently been in the home for at least a few days.

Autopsies are being performed this morning, in addition to ballistics and residue testing, Amormino said. No suicide note was found, but investigators recovered a handgun at the scene.
"Nothing has been ruled out," Amormino said of the case.

Levens was convicted in 2003 of spousal injury, according to Orange County Superior Court records.

He was a former Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting participant, but hadn't fought since 2006. One of his losses that year was to Evan Tanner, who died on a desert trip this year.

Levens went on to fight in the defunct International Fight League, and MMA website Sherdog.com reports his last fight came earlier this year in Lemoore.
Always when considering this type of fighter, aggressiveness, steroids, alcohol, and drugs should be considered. This report synthesized all including references to the homi-suicide of Chris Benoit and family. Interesting that the MMA competitors seem to meet untimely deaths, as noted in Levens's opponent and even teammate (look like fine upstanding citizens squaring off there below right).
Wrestling is a sport that has brutal action, and often an even more brutal aftermath for fighters. Mixed martial arts, which is becoming a powerful alternative to wrestling, appears to be no different. Drugs, steroids and a bad mental state outside the ring may be just as prominent in mixed martial arts. That may have been the case for former competitor Justin Levens, who is suspected to have killed himself after killing his wife.
According to UPI.com, the murdered bodies of Justin Levens and his wife, Sarah McLean Levens, were found by Sarah's mother at their California home. Police are investigating that the likely cause of death was a murder-suicide committed by Justin Levens.

Levens was a competitor in the UFC and the International Fight League, although his career was on hold. Levens, after going 9-8 in his mixed martial art fighting career, was suspended from competition after testing positive for drugs in July.

Levens tested positive for oxymorphone, which has up to eight times the potency of morphine. He was suspended for six months and fined $1,000, but he was eligible to return to mixed martial arts in January 2009.

It is unclear if Levens, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a Ruas Vale Tudo black belt holder, continued to use drugs and performance enhancements leading up to his death. But Levens has fallen into a huge stereotype of being a wrestler and martial arts performer who died of violent causes outside the ring.

Levens himself had a teammate named Jeremy Williams, who died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound in May 2007.

One of the most famous recent examples of a wrestler in a murder-suicide is Chris Benoit. In 2007, Benoit killed himself after killing his wife and son. Benoit was a former WWE wrestler who had brain damage after leaving the ring, and was suspected to be on steroids during the murders.

Tabloid Edition carries full references of the incident. Levens's nickname was The Executioner, which ends up being pretty eerie. Here is a quote from his facebook entry:

"through the destruction of our enemys.do we earn our salvation"

Saturday, December 13, 2008

MILETICH RETURN VIDEO, THE WHOLE THING !!!



Hey click forward to the last of the video ,,,cuz you only get to see 45 minutes for free then they cut you off ,,,so to see Pat, drag your cursor forward.

Friday, December 12, 2008

PAT MILETICH GETS SECOND ROUND K.O. OVER DENNY


In a performance reminiscent of his glory days, 40-year-old Pat Miletich (29-7-2) dominated opponent Thomas Denny (26-18) in the main event of Thursday night's Adrenaline MMA II in Moline, Ill.

But while "The Croatian Sensation" earned 18 of his first 28 career victories by submission, it was a stunningly quick set of hands that earned Miletich the knockout victory.

"They say the last thing to go when you're old is your power," Miletich told ring announcer Ron Kruck following the bout. "That's all I was looking for was to land heavy shots and hurt him."

Miletich dropped Denny twice in the opening frame, but was unable to capitalize on the position. Denny held Miletich close from the guard, and the hometown favorite was unable to advance his offense.

It wouldn't matter. A series of right hands early in the second frame left Denny dazed, and a final flurry from Miletich in his first fight in over two years left the outcome unquestionable just 50 seconds into the round.

Following the bout Miletich said he was satisfied before the bout ever began.

"It just feels good," Miletich said. "To be honest with you, win, lose or draw I was saying to myself backstage, 'I accomplished something just getting back in to the shape I am.' I'm an old guy, but these young guys motivate me. I love every one of them at my gym."

The bout was Miletich's first since emerging from the second retirement of his career. His first trip back to active fighting was a one-night gig, but Miletich said this time might be different.

"Actually I'd like to fight somebody like Antonio Tarver or 'Winky' Wright from the boxing world," Miletich said.



Top-ranked heavyweight Ben Rothwell (30-6) rebounded from a July loss to Andrei Arlovski by earning a first-round win over Chris Guillen (13-11).

While undoubtedly effective in victory, "Big Ben" was far from aesthetically pleasing. Rothwell worked the fight to the floor quickly, but then passed on any ground and pound opportunities in lieu of a possible submission. Unable to capitalize after taking Guillen's back, Rothwell would eventually lock in a slow-developing arm bar.

Unhappy with the position, Rothwell transitioned out of the hold and began to rain down elbows and forearms to the head of Guillen forcing the smaller fighter to tap out from the punishment. The loss was Guillen's fifth straight.

The crowd seemed apathetic to the effort, and Rothwell pleaded his case after the bout.

"I hope everybody can appreciate the whole aspect of our sport," Rothwell said. "I've got to keep upping my game and bring all aspects -- show that I'm more than just a stand-up fighter.

"I love to get knockouts, but at the same time I've got to make sure I can fight another day. I tried to do this in the most exciting fashion I could. I hope you appreciate some elbows to the head."

Heavyweight prospect and Adrenaline MMA veteran Mike Russow (11-1) wasted little time in dispatching an overmatched Braden Bice.

Russow shot in quickly for a single-leg takedown and Bice tried to leap out of his grip. The result was a gravity defying slam to the mat with the two heavyweights crashing to the floor. Russow moved quickly from side control into North-South control and applied the choke that would force Bice to tap.

Following the bout, Russow told Kruck the bout went according to plan.

"That's my style, and that's what I work hard on everyday," Russow said. "Keep your hands up, get in close, get the takedown and then search for the submission."

Now on a seven-fight win streak, Russow said he hopes next year will be his chance to break into the sport's biggest shows.

"We're hoping next year is the big year," Russow said. "I've just got to keep training hard and just living my dream."

Earlier in the evening Mike Ciesnolevicz (16-3) weathered an early storm from the less-experienced Derrick Mehmen (2-1) en route to a second-round win.

Mehmen opened up with an offensive outburst -- starting with a brief taunt from the opening touch of gloves. The assault continued, and Mehmen held a 20-1 advantage in strikes landed at one point in the opening round. However, the opening flurry took its toll on Mehmen and the tide quickly turned.

Ciesnolevicz went on the offensive in the latter stages of the first round and nearly earned a knockout in the opening five minutes. The win would have to wait for the second stanza, and Ciesnolevicz took advantage of a lazy takedown attempt by Mehmen to lock in a fight-ending guillotine at 1:46.

Following the bout, the IFL, King of the Cage and Extreme Challenge veteran said he was ready for bigger fights.

"I just want to keep fighting and stay busy," Ciesnolevicz said. "I'm ready to fight anybody. There's not a fight out there at 205 pounds that I would turn down."

OFFICIAL RESULTS
Pat Miletich def. Thomas Denny via knockout (punches) -- Round 2, 0:50
Ben Rothwell def. Chris Guillen via submission (strikes) -- Round 1, 3:40
Mike Russow def. Braden Bice via submission (North-South choke) -- Round 1, 1:13
Mike Ciesnolevicz def. Derrick Mehmen via submission (guillotine choke) -- Round 2, 1:46
Dan Loman def. Gabe Lemley via TKO (punches) -- Round 2, 1:54
Ryan McGivern def. Geno Roderick via submission (rear-naked choke) -- Round 1, 1:27
Pat Curran def. Ramiro Hernandez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jesse Lennox def. Ryan Williams via submission (triangle choke) -- Round 1, 3:41
L.C. Davis def. Billy Kidd via submission (side choke) -- Round 1, 2:52
Danny Rodriguez def. David Fuentes via submission (rear-naked choke)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

PAT MILETICH ANSWERS A FEW NEW QUESTIONS


Sherdog says,when you’ve been in the game as long as Pat Miletich has, you need to be either training yourself or training someone else for a fight. If you’re not, you feel like something is not right, that the rhythm of life is disrupted. That’s part of why the 40-year-old Miletich (28-7-2), the UFC’s first welterweight champion and founder of the once-dominant Miletich Fighting Systems camp, took a fight against Thomas “Wildman” Denny. The fight on Thursday night will headline the latest offering from Monte Cox’s “Adrenaline” promotion, which airs live from Moline, Ill., on HDNet.

Two years after a swift loss via guillotine choke to Renzo Gracie in the IFL, Miletich, one of MMA’s most tenured sages, spoke to Sherdog about his return, Brock Lesnar, the illness at UFC 35 that allegedly caused accidents and hallucinations in the cage, and the future of his heralded camp.

Q: What moved you to take a fight now?
A: Well, it’s a couple of different reasons. I’m tired of not competing, something I’ve done since I was five years old. It basically drives me insane to not have goals and not work towards things. I love the adrenaline, love fighting, love the crowd, the fans, things like that. I love the camaraderie of training with a lot of guys and everybody working toward a goal.

Also it’s Monte Cox, who has been my manager for my entire career, doing the Adrenaline shows. It’s nice to be part of that. The show probably wouldn’t have taken place here in the Quad Cities, my hometown, had I not fought on the card. And so that would be one less fight that my guys get. It’s a televised bout, it gives those guys more exposure, so hopefully it will help those guys be seen by more eyes and get some contracts for those guys. They’re all very tough, world-class fighters on the card from my gym. I want to see those guys’ careers move on and do great things.

Q: Why Thomas Denny?
A: It was just something that Monte came up with. He just said, “Thomas Denny’s an exciting guy, he comes out, he gets after it, he sells tickets and puts on a good show, and I think you guys can go out and get after it right away and make the crowd stand up,” and I said that’s fine.

Thomas and I have known each other for years. He and I have always been real friendly toward each other. I never, ever had an issue with him. We always have gotten along real well. As far as his fighting style, I think he’s a pretty well-rounded guy. He got two takedowns on Nick Diaz, which isn’t easy to do. And he slugged with him. That first round was going at a pretty high pace. I’m kind of expecting the same type of thing out of him for this fight, to come out and get after me right away. Which is good, because it will wake me up and make me snap out of my ring rust right away.


Renzo’s a guy that I really, really like a lot. Every time I see him we give each other a hug. He’s just that kind of guy. Punching him was actually … he was one of those few people where you’re like, “I really don’t want to hit this guy.” But with Thomas, even though we get along real well, Thomas is the kind of guy that’s going to stand and trade with you. So I’m not going to have a problem hitting Thomas. And I expect to hit him a lot.

Q: Who are your main training partners these days?
A: Jesse Lennox, Ryan McGivern, L.C. Davis, Junior Hernandez, who is an incredible boxer, really good at grappling. I’ve also had the help of Pedro Silveira and Rodrigo Uzeda, both very good jiu-jitsu black belts who have been coaching me on the ground and grappling with me a lot, getting me back to basically the way I used to flow on the ground. I used to feel like I could hang with anyone on the ground.

I’ve never really had anyone coach me and train me for a fight ever in my career. I’ve just been part of a team basically and kind of led the practices and all that sort of stuff as a coach. Kind of like Paul Newman in the movie “Slap Shot” so to speak, kind of a playing coach, a fighting coach. It’s been nice to actually have people spending the time coaching me. It’s something that I’ve never experienced really in MMA.

Q: What’s the state of Miletich Fighting Systems in the wake of some of its top names leaving, like Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler and Jens Pulver? It seems like its dominance has waned.
A: Well, we just have a second generation of monsters who are coming in now who are very well-rounded, very good fighters. Ben Rothwell, Ryan McGivern, Mike Ciesnolevicz, L.C. Davis, Junior Hernandez, Jesse Lennox. Those are the guys that are going to be the champions of tomorrow. It’s just a rebuilding type process. The younger guys are just taking over as the leaders. I was wondering when that was going to happen. I kind of sat around and I waited for it. I did nudge a little bit and tell guys that they need to step it up and become leaders. They’re doing that now. That’s pretty cool to see.

A lot of the older guys have moved on and gotten financial gain from opening their own places and things like that, which you can’t blame people for, for wanting to move out on their own. I mean those guys, all of them were basically with me for 10 years. I was sad to see those guys go, but at the same time guys have to go out on their own. That’s just the natural process of things, and it doesn’t bother me. Matt (Hughes) and I just e-mailed each other the other day and talked and he’s going to be coming up to the Adrenaline fight here in the Quad Cities and hang out with us and stuff. It will be nice see him and Robbie (Lawler).

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

VADIUM FINKELCHTEIN RESPONDS TO DANA'S " CRAZY RUSSIANS"


For over a year now UFC President Dana White has used an open forum to label the management of Fedor Emelianenko, led by M-1 President Vadim Finkelchtein, as “the crazy Russians.”

For much of that time, White has influenced the United States media to reflect his beliefs, as Finkelchtein tended to urgent matters of business — namely promoting his M-1 Challenge and managing fighters such as Fedor and Aleksander Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi - instead of engaging in a war of words.

However, during a recent M-1 Challenge event, Finkelchtein responded to White’s statements in an interview conducted by M-1 executives Joost Raimond (serving as Finkelchtein’s translator) and Jerry Millen (serving as the interviewer).


Thanks to a three-part YouTube series, members of the U.S. MMA media are finally being presented the other side of the story so that they can form an opinion for themselves.

During the interview, Finkelchtein was asked by Millen what he thinks when he’s referred to in the press by White as a “crazy Russian.”

“Dana White has a tendency towards arrogance and everything not Dana White is either crazy or stupid,” Finkelchtein began to respond through Raimond.

“All this stuff about us not wanting to work with UFC is just utterly and completely untrue,” he continued. “We’ve always been completely open to basically working with anybody, including the UFC, because our goal has always been to put the greatest fighters against each other. And if the greatest fighter is a part of the UFC, fine, let’s put him up against our best guy and see how they do.”

Raimond added that Finkelchtein indicated that the UFC is very protective of their market share but that M-1 isn’t looking to take the UFC’s “pie” away, that his promotion simply wants to share some of it.

Finkelchtein also responded to a question from Millen regarding comments made by White during a November press conference in Toronto to promote UFC 94. In the interview, which can be seen on YouTube, White responds to a question from a fan regarding Fedor fighting for the UFC by stating at one point that he has never even met Fedor.

White’s claim that he has never met Fedor is accurate, but it’s also a situation that Finkelchtein is more than willing to rectify.

“The invitation is right there,” Finkelchtein expressed through Raimond. “If Dana wants to sit down at the table, he can come to St. Petersburg — he is very welcomed here. He can meet up with (me), he can meet up with Fedor. It’s not a problem at all.”

Finkelchtein indicated during the interview that he has traveled to Las Vegas in the past to meet with White. And if White does not have time to travel to Russia, Finkelchtein extended him an open invitation to meet the WAMMA heavyweight champion in Anaheim, California before he competes against Andrei Arlovski on Jan. 24 just prior to Affliction and M-1’s “Day of Reckoning” event.

“We’re not going to eat the UFC pie, but we want to share,” said Finkelchtein. “The invitation stands. They are welcome at any point in time, and definitely at the Jan. 24 event. We’ll talk about it (and) discuss it. We’re open to any kind of deal.”

Saturday, November 29, 2008

“THE CROATIAN SENSATION” , PAT MILETICH'S OUTLOOK ON RETURNING TO THE RING


Source: MMAweekly.com

Pat Miletich, founder and patriarch of Miletich Fighting Systems, is tired of watching all the young whippersnappers having fun. He wants back in the ring.

The Davenport, Iowa native had a stutter step in his last return to fighting, a submission loss against former teacher Renzo Gracie in a 2006 International Fight League appearance, but has not lost the competitive burn he feels makes him a threat to anyone in the welterweight division.

Miletich says he’s done extensive rehab on a longstanding neck injury, and feels it’s time to test himself in action. On Dec. 11, he will dip a toe back into MMA waters, facing Thomas Denny at Adrenaline MMA’s second show, in Moline, Iowa, Miletich Fighting Systems’ back yard.

It’s been a long time since “The Croatian Sensation” ran the two-lane roads of his home state, torturing himself outside the cage to make his fights inside them easy. At 40, he’s seen the first generation of his fighters go on to become world champions, stars in their own right.

Miletich himself lead the charge, becoming the first UFC welterweight championship in pre-Zuffa days at “Ultimate Brazil.” He defended the title twice in the organization’s dark days before ceding it to Carlos Newton at UFC 31. The loss ended a dominant period in Miletich’s career, and after losing again to Matt Lindland in a middleweight contest at UFC 36, he decided to hang up his gloves.

In his gym’s recent past, cornerstone fighters like Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler, Spencer Fisher, and Jens Pulver have slowly moved away from the nest leaving a void in leadership, maybe even in the gym’s spirit. Some of the departures had to do with the business side of the sport, others with fighters’ need to see the world outside MFS walls. Fight teams are ever changing, ever colliding groups of personalities and ideas; they need figureheads and new blood equally to keep them vital.

With over a decade in the fight game, Miletich had seen ebbs and flows in the gym, but never an identity crisis. To the MMA faithful, Miletich Fighting Systems meant work ethic. In a young sport, it was one of the few gyms with an undisputed championship pedigree. There were talented fighters at MFS with years in the game, but they were always overshadowed by the marquee names. Miletich realized he couldn’t be the only role model of the gym’s reputation – he needed to convince the next generation of fighters they were part of its tradition as well.

“Basically, what it was is you need things to wake you up,” Miletich explained. “You’ve got to keep up with the curve. I think it was a phase where the new guys finally realized how good they were and have just started taking over, which was very important. I had been waiting for that to happen and had talked to several of them. The older guys are retiring and moving on and doing this and doing that. (I said), ‘You guys need to step up and become the leaders of the team and be the guys that are the role models of the work ethic, in the void those guys have left.’ They’ve stepped up and done that.”

Somewhere between a kick to the head and the crank of an armbar, Miletich woke up too, realizing he loved competition too dearly to give it up.

He cites fighters like Ben Rothwell, Ryan McGivern, Mike Ciesnolevicz, and LC Davis, all members of his Silverback team from the IFL’s salad days, as the new heart of the gym. Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia also remains, faithful to the man who first introduced him to the world of fighting.

No less than seven of Miletich’s new stars will fight on the Adrenaline card, and the gym appears to be singularly focused on preparation for the event.

In preparation for his fight with Denny, Miletich has re-invested much of his training time into bringing his jiu-jitsu game up to par, working with two Brazilian black belts at the gym.

“I’ve gone back to learning,” he said. “If you ever quit learning, you become so stagnant. And there were times in my career where I had stopped learning, but I sought out and luckily got the help of a couple of very good jiu-jitsu guys. I used to feel that I was real good on the ground, and I’m starting to feel like I flow like that again, which is nice.”

Miletich says the plan, at least for now, is to wear Denny out and finish him in the second round or early in the first. He thinks his championship experience, as well as his daily grind fending off the sharks at the gym, will be the deciding factor. But perhaps because of his last return, he’s a little cautious about making bold predictions.

“I think he’s got a ton of experience, (a) fairly well-rounded guy,” Miletich said of Denny. "(He) looks to slice people with elbows a lot, which I’m not real fold of, but I’ll do my best to avoid. Overall, I think I’ve got better skills that he does, but it’s MMA. You never know what’s going to happen, and upsets are happening all the time in the sport. So I’ve got to be on my toes with him, because he’s experienced enough to do damage.”

As to whether he’s turning over a new leaf in his career, there is equal caution.

“I guess that depends on who offers me a fight,” he commented. “We’ll just take this fight and see how it goes, and work from there.”

One thing he’s certain on, though, is that his time away will not be a factor against Denny.

“Not this time,” he said confidently. “I love to compete, and still feel that if I’m healthy and in shape, I think I can basically hang with anybody out there at 170. So I thought I might as well get out there and have some fun.”

Sunday, November 16, 2008

LESNAR TOOK RANDY'S BELT.


The legendary UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture lost in his comeback to Brock Lesnar in the main event at UFC 91 tonight in Las Vegas, as the younger, stronger man delivered a series of brutal punches and won a second-round TKO.

In the first round, they had a rough, tough wrestling match in which Lesnar spent more time in the dominant position, but neither man did a lot of damage. But in the second, Lesnar landed a brutal punch that knocked Couture down, pounced on him and continued bashing him until the referee had no choice but to step in.

It was the 45-year-old Couture's first fight in 15 months, and he looked rusty, while the 31-year-old Lesnar looked just as big and strong as ever. Lesnar also looked more patient than he had in his previous fights -- he picked and chose his spots and didn't rush into anything.

Couture will always be one of the all-time greats in MMA, but today was probably the last day he'll ever be the owner of a UFC title belt. Couture's record falls to 16-9; Lesnar's record improves to 3-1.

Up next for Lesnar will be the winner of the Frank Mir-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fight at UFC 92. Lesnar's battle with Mir or Nogueira will unify the UFC heavyweight title, and will be one of the biggest fights of 2009.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

NEW BOOK AND CALENDAR FOR DEF LEPPARD!








It's been a while since you could buy any official Def Leppard calendars, and it's been even longer since the band released their first (and only) official book "ANIMAL INSTINCT" (1996's "NONE MORE BLACK" photo book was only released in Japan)…..but that is about to change really soon!

In the next few weeks, DefLeppard.com will start taking orders for "SHOTS FROM THE SPARKLE TOUR", a unique and luxury coffee table book that should be in every true Def Leppard fan's collection! Containing 80 pages of app 300 never-before-seen photos taken during their record-breaking "SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE" Tour, this book gives you an insight on what life on the road with Def Leppard is all about.
All photos are taken by photographer Ash Newell and do not only show Def Leppard doing what they do best on stage, but also show the band and their crew backstage and in other candid environments.

This exclusive book, sized 12"x12", is the perfect gift for any Def Leppard fan and will not be availabe in any shops! It can only be ordered through DefLeppard.com. 500 Deluxe Editions will be printed with 250 personally signed by the band. After these 500 sell out, "standard" editions will be available.

Exact pricing info is not yet available but will be posted here as soon as we accept orders. Furthermore, members of the Def Leppard Fan Club (of which the Fan Club will be relaunched very soon as well) will get access to the presales of the book, for which 100 signed editions have been reserved. "SHOTS FROM THE SPARKLE TOUR" promises to be just as much a rare collectible as the 1992-released "ADRENALIZE MAHOGANY BOX" is nowadays, so make sure you get your copy before it's too late.

Furthermore, the band will also release a 2009 calendar! Ordering and pricing info is not yet available for this great item either, but it will consist 12 pages full of live photos, so every month of the year you'll get a fresh new Leppard thing to look at. The Def Leppard 2009 calendar will also only be available through DefLeppard.com.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

UFC 90 RESULTS

Silva had spent an average of just over four minutes per fight in his seven UFC matches. While Cote lasted longer than any of Silva's previous opponents in the Octagon, he never truly threatened the reigning MMA king.

Silva spent much of the first round dancing around Cote before scoring a huge head kick and busting open the challenger. In the second round, Cote was able to deliver some shots but Silva scored with more kicks and knees, at one point after an exchange on the mat even offering to help Cote up (an offer that Cote promptly refused).

The third round was just getting going when Cote went down, ending the night in disappointing fashion.

"My knee just popped out," said Cote. "I'm so sorry."

With his eighth-straight UFC win, Silva tied the company record for consecutive victories, tying Royce Gracie and Jon Fitch.

In other bouts on the card:

- Thiago Alves (22-4) showed he's ready for a UFC title shot, knocking off Josh Koscheck (13-3) via unanimous decision in a battle of welterweight contenders.

Koscheck, who took the fight on just a few weeks notice after Diego Sanchez had to withdraw, tried to play to his strength - wrestling - but Alves slowed him down all match with vicious low kicks and excellent take-down defence, not to mention a big left hand early in the first round and a booming knee early in the third round. Two judges scored the match 30-27, while one had it 29-28.

Following the bout, Alves made it clear who he wants next: reigning welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. "You guys wanna see that?" Alves asked, drawing roars of approval.

- Gray Maynard (7-0-1) won a unanimous decision over Rich Clementi (40-13-1) in an uninspiring lightweight match-up. All three judges scored the match 30-27. Maynard used his strong wrestling to control the match, never allowing Clementi any openings for his submission game.

- In the upset of the night, Junior dos Santos (7-1) won his UFC debut in spectacular fashion, shocking would-be heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1) with a monster first-round beatdown. Dos Santos landed a right uppercut that effectively ended the match but connected with five more shots on his fallen foe before it was officially stopped just 1:20 in.

- Ex-UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (37-3-1) won a unanimous decision over Tyson Griffin (12-2) in a highly-entertaining pay-per-view opener. Two judges scored the match 29-28, while one had it 30-27. It was a fast-paced affair from the start, with Sherk, a world-class wrestler, showing not only the fitness he's known for but also strong stand-up skills throughout.

MMA NOTES: UFC 90 set a record for the largest gate for any event at All-State Arena, breaking the mark set in 1997 by Wrestlemania 13 . . . Matt Hughes, who was booed Saturday when shown on the arena's screens while sitting ringside, confirmed on Friday that he would be facing Matt Serra in April in a grudge match of former UFC welterweight champions . . . UFC personality Rachelle Leah is the cover girl for the November issue of Playboy, which is available on newsstands . . . Following Saturday's card, the company's next major event is UFC 91 in Las Vegas on Nov. 15, headlined by heavyweight champion Randy Couture versus Brock Lesnar.

ELETE XC IS NO MORE.....

This feature is self-explanatory. The biggest news item of the week goes here, duh!

EliteXC shuts down it's doors

Is this really "the biggest news of the week", or "the biggest DUH of the week"? I mean, EliteXC was literally handing out money to anybody who wanted it. EliteXC put all of their money in this ginormous pot named "Kimbo Slice" and what happened? It was a mess. Oh, you mean a guy who has been training MMA for like 3 seconds can't defeat everyone in the sport? Shocking~! Hopefully other MMA promotion's will learn from this and realize that it takes more than "street fighting" skills to be able to hang with most of the fighters in MMA. EliteXC basically banking their whole promotion on Kimbo Slice was just plain retarded. Not to mention they paid Kimbo $500,000 to kiss the mat at EliteXC "Heat". What?!?! Seriously!?!?! $500,000?!?! Gee, it's a freaking puzzle as to why these guy's went out of business.

I would like to see the UFC pick up Jake Shields, Antonio Silva (when he's available), Robbie Lawler and perhaps Brett Rogers. I'd like to see Affliction add Gina Carano, Cyborg Santos (DUH!), Nick Diaz, Scott Smith, & Kimbo Slice. WHAT?!? Did I just say I wanted Affliction to add Kimbo Slice? Yes I did, now hear me out. If Slice wanted to fight for Affliction at a cheap price (definitely not in the $100,000 range) then I would totally do it if I were them. You could have one potential huge fight for Kimbo.....say Kimbo vs. Fedor (HAHAHA!) and you know people would pay to see Kimbo fight the #1 heavyweight in the World, even if it was for just 8 seconds. Oh man....I love Imaginary Land.

I guess we should all say our goodbyes to Jared "$kala" Shaw, Gary Shaw, and all the other window lickers who ran EliteXC straight into the ground. Pro Elite.....it was nice knowing you.

Friday, October 24, 2008

FEDOR VS ARLOVSKI IN AFLICTIONS 2ND FIGHTS

Fedor Emelianenko will defend the World Association of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight championship against one-time UFC titleholder Andrei Arlovski at Affliction “Day of Reckoning” on Jan. 24 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Affliction kicked off the promotional push for the fight on its Web site this week.

Emelianenko (28-1), widely regarded as the world’s premier mixed martial artist, has rattled off 26 consecutive victories, a 2004 no contest with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira notwithstanding. The stoic 32-year-old Russian stunned the combat sports world in July, when he chopped down and submitted two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in just 36 seconds at Affliction “Banned.” Emelianenko also holds victories against Nogueira (twice), UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman (twice), 2006 Pride open weight grand prix winner Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and 2000 Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland.

Arlovski will enter the match with a head of steam, having posted a five-fight winning streak since his unanimous decision loss to Sylvia at UFC 61. The 29-year-old Belarusian last competed at EliteXC “Heat” earlier this month, when he knocked out International Fight League heavyweight champion Roy Nelson. Wins over Sylvia, Ben Rothwell, Paul Buentello and Vladimir Matyushenko highlight Arlovski’s resume, which includes a 10-4 run in the UFC.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

TAYLOR SWIFT / DEF LEPPARD VIDEO OUT NOW!



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Country teen queen Taylor Swift turns rock chick to sing lead with Def Leppard on the band's '80s classic, "PHOTOGRAPH," in a new video that will begin airing Friday on CMT. PEOPLE.com has a first look at the video, where Swift takes center stage on the tune - a hit six years before the 18-year-old was born. The performance is a preview of the upcoming CMT Crossroads special with Swift and the band that will air in its entirety on Nov. 7.

Swift called the Def Leppard collaboration "a dream come true," and said she was introduced to the band when she was still in the womb by her mother, a huge fan. "I was kind of nervous to meet everybody but we met and hugged and jelled right away," she told PEOPLE of their first rehearsal. "They are the coolest guys on the planet."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UFC AND AFFLICTION "NOT GOING TO WORK IT OUT "

Source: MMAweekly

Affliction Entertainment, the fledgling fight promotion that first splashed onto the MMA scene with its ubiquitous t-shirts, has rejected a bid to partner with the industry-leading UFC.

MMAWeekly.com spoke to multiple industry sources that confirmed that the basics of a deal had been brokered to allow Affliction back into the organization as a major clothing sponsor, including the possibility of UFC/Affliction co-branded apparel.

The UFC banned the clothing company in January of 2008 when they learned of Affliction’s desire to promote MMA events.

In exchange for the formal partnership, Affliction would agree to cease operations as a fight promoter. Select fighter contracts from Affliction’s talent roster would presumably be bought out by the UFC.

A meeting took place between UFC and Affliction executives on Sept. 26, where the idea was first openly discussed. Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio was present, in addition to UFC president Dana White. According to a source, Randy Couture and his lawyers may have attended the meeting as well. Talks were cordial, and Affliction executives agreed to come up with a proposal of their own. All agreed the group would reconvene in a short time period to sort through the issues of a potential deal.

Communication began to deteriorate, though, with Affliction’s ad campaign for EliteXC’s “Heat,” on Oct. 4. The airing of several ads trumpeting Fedor Emelianenko’s return reportedly made UFC executives wary the deal was not being taken seriously.

The partnership was placed further in doubt by Affliction’s lucrative licensing deals with UFC champions Randy Couture and Georges St. Pierre. Couture’s clothing line, Xtreme Couture, is controlled by partners of Affliction, according to court filings from the now-dismissed legal action with the UFC concerning Couture’s employment agreement. Couture has a substantial, but minority interest in the popular clothing brand.

Affliction had also partnered with boxing promoter Golden Boy on Sept. 13, announcing a deal to co-promote four boxing/MMA hybrid cards in 2009.

Two weeks passed since the first meeting with no constructive communication between Affliction and the UFC. Both sides believed the deal was off the table, but on Monday, a conference call took place between, among others, Lorenzo Fertitta and Todd Beard, Affliction’s co-founder.

Though the deal was not formally rejected by Affliction, it was clear that the goodwill between the parties had disappeared. While it’s unclear how the conversation went south, it went south quickly, with both parties directing profanities at one another. Towards the end, Beard reportedly told Ferttita, “you’ve (expletive) with the wrong guy.”

Needless to say, Affliction’s window of opportunity with the UFC appears to be closed.

A resolution between the two companies may have been beneficial for both. The UFC could have counted one less competitor, and potentially picked up fighters like Emelianenko and Arlovski, ensuring a robust future for its heavyweight division. Affliction could have re-established a proven revenue stream and cemented itself with a company that’s rapidly approaching global proportions.

But ultimately for Affliction, the decision that got them kicked out of the organization has kept them from getting back in.

According to sources from within Affliction and CBS, there may be little reason for the clothing company cum fight promoter to mourn the loss. Talks of a broadcast partnership that could place Affliction on primetime television are ongoing.

Few details have emerged on the shape of Affliction/Golden Boy’s first announced co-promotion in January, though Atencio confirmed that the card would showcase only mixed martial arts events. Emelianenko is still the headliner of the show, facing Andre Arlovski for the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight belt on Jan. 24 at The Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

UFC 89 RESULTS




Main Card Bouts:
-Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben by Unanimous Dec. 5.00, R3
-Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera by Split Dec. 5:00, R3
-Luiz Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by TKO (Strikes) 4.15 R2
-Chris Lytle def Paul Taylor by Uninimous Dec. at 5.00, R3
-Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly by Submission (Guillotine) 2:16 R2

Preliminary Bouts:
-Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono by Split Dec at 5.00, R3
-Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain by TKO (Strikes) 1.31 R1
-David Bielkheden def Jess Liaden by Uninimous Dec at 5.00, R3
-Terry Etim def. Sam Stout by Unanimous Dec. at 5.00, R3
-Jim Miller def. David Baron by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:19, R3
-Per Eklund def. Sammy Schiavo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:47, R3

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

YEAH JOE ELLIOTT PUT THE STUPID STANLEY CUP UPSIDE DOWN ,BUT WAS'NT REALLY HIS FAULT.


Def Leppard's website has released a statement from singer Joe Elliott about ever-so-slight breach of Stanley Cup protocol last Thursday:

October 14, DefLeppard.com: "I will, as always, take full responsibility for what happened because I have big pucks. However, someone at the NHL should have known better and informed me first instead of keeping the Stanley Cup under lock and key until the last minute. The practice run the day before with a coffeemaker went swimmingly because it, like every other sporting cup I've ever seen, was wider at the top than the base. Ironic isn't it that after that night's gig, a NHL insider told me that long ago the Stanley Cup was also designed to be put down that way!!! Like most of my fellow Brits, I'd never seen it before until it was handed to me sideways by which time I had a 50/50 chance of getting it right. Whoops......"
The Cup on top of the wider-base trophy was designed to be put down smaller-side first, but the Stanley Cup consists of more than the Cup itself these days...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

NHL + DEF LEPPARD ROCKS


NHL is plugging the heck out of the "Face-Off Rocks" promotion, NHL.com's main page has Def Leppard's "C'mon C'mon" video embedded into the first story that pops up (embedded content good, embedded content with no link bad), Brian Compton has a special blog dedicated to the "Face-Off Rocks" campaign, and Compton asked the Wings about their take on the show:

October 8, NHL.com: "There's a lot of traditionalists that don't want to mess with anything, and I'm kind of one of those to a certain degree," Maltby said. "At the same time, I realize you have to move forward in every aspect of the game, whether it's rule changes, uniforms or the way you kick off the season. You try to draw new people in and keep people interested. It's just another thing. As much as somebody might love hockey, you don't want to see the same thing day in and day out."
Maltby admitted he's not a big fan of today's music and is very appreciative that it will be Def Leppard - which has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide - kicking off the 2008-09 NHL season in North America. Grammy-award winning Alanis Morissette will also be taking part in the event via satellite from Montreal.

"I grew up a big Def Leppard fan," Maltby said. "That whole genre of music, it kind of went away and now it's come back. I really enjoy it, because a lot of today's music doesn't do it for me. I'm glad they kind of went old-school."

McCarty, who is nursing a groin injury, won't be on the ice with the Wings tomorrow night. He said he may head over at some point to the Fox Theatre to check out what will definitely be a raucous atmosphere.

"They're still kicking it hard," said McCarty, who attended a Def Leppard concert during the off-season. "I think rock and roll and hockey go together really well. It's really cool to be associated with these guys."



The identity of the Wings' resident "Guitar Hero," however, might surprise you:

"Derek Meech. He's sick," McCarty gushed. "Did you ever play that 'Rock Band'? It's sick. A lot of the younger guys play. We've got it at home for the Wii. I play with my kids. That's what it's all about. We're the Mac Attack."

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

TAYLOR SWIFT "FRESKS OUT " AFTER SINGING WITH DEF LEPPARD


Taylor Swift and Def Leppard traded hits Monday for a taping of the CMT series, 'Crossroads,' which pairs country stars with artists of other genres for a televised concert. While Swift wasn't even born when Def Leppard broke onto the music scene, her love of the band was already in her genes. Her mom, whom she referred to as "stalkerazzi" while hanging out with the rockers before the taping, has loved their music for years.

"My mom was a huge fan of theirs when she was pregnant with me," Swift told PEOPLE magazine. "So growing up, the music that was playing in my house was Def Leppard. It was music that she liked that I could like too."

'Crossroads' is known for its sometimes unlikely pairings, such as Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris, and Maroon 5 and Sara Evans. But this pairing was all Swift's idea.

"Every time I've seen 'Crossroads' on CMT I've always thought, 'If I ever get to do one of those, it has to be with Def Leppard!" she gushed. "So this is really a dream come true for me. I have been screaming the words to Def Leppard songs for years ... so it's amazing that I'm gong to get to share a stage with them this year!"

Equally exuberant was Def Leppard's lead vocalist, Joe Elliot, who joked to reporters that Swift has as many hits as they do. He says his band is equally honored.

"How cool is this? Country's hottest young star wanting to work with us!" Elliot tells PEOPLE.

There were some humorous moments during the 'Crossroads' taping, including when Elliot sang one particular line in Swift's new single, 'Love Story': "You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess." After singing the line, he deadpanned, "I'm comfortable with my feminine side!"

"This is my childhood dream come true," Swift told the crowd after singing Def Leppard's 'Photograph.' "I'm freaking out that that just happened!"

This isn't Def Leppard's first foray into country. They duet with Tim McGraw on 'Nine Lives,' a song on their 'Songs From the Sparkle Lounge' CD, as well as McGraw's 'Greatest Hits 3' collection.

'Crossroads' with Taylor Swift and Def Leppard premieres on CMT November 7.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

KIMBO SLICE GOT PWNED

Prior to Saturday night, only the most hardcore mixed-martial-arts fans had any idea who Seth Petruzelli was. That all changed 14 seconds into his showdown with Kimbo Slice at Elite XC: Heat.

Petruzelli (11-4), who was a last-minute replacement for MMA legend Ken Shamrock against Slice (3-1), took advantage of his opportunity of a lifetime. Just second in, he scored with a front kick on an incoming Slice and followed it up with a lightning-quick right hand that knocked Slice to the mat. Realizing he had the much-bigger Slice in trouble, Petruzelli pounced, firing off a dozen unanswered shots before referee Troy Waugh stopped the bout at the 14-second mark.

Petruzelli's previous biggest MMA claim to fame was his appearance on Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Now, however, he has much more to brag about - a win over one of the most recognized MMA fighters in the world, although one whose skill isn't equal to his fame.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

VETERANS STILL GETTING SUPPORT FROM DEF LEPPARD'S RICK ALLEN


A conference focusing on female veterans will get a little 1980’s star power from Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen.

Allen will lead one of two healing ceremonies at the conference, to be held on Oct. 2 at the Albuquerque Hilton Hotel. The conference, “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Proudly She Served,” will focus on treating women veterans suffering physically, mentally or emotionally from their military service.

Workshops at the event will help veterans understand their medical and educational benefits at the state and federal levels. Allen, and his wife, Lauren Monroe, will perform a healing ceremony celebrating women warriors.

Allen and Monroe founded the Raven Drum Foundation in 2001 to educate, support, and empower veterans and all trauma survivors.

Allen lost an arm in a car accident while at the height of worldwide fame with the rock and heavy metal band. He still tours with the group. Monroe is a practitioner and teacher of energy healing and massage. The two felt they were able to offer soldiers practical healing tools and personal experience about overcoming trauma. For more information on the day-long conference, call (505) 459-0367.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

AA ON THE NEXT ELITE XC SHOW!!

EliteXC has bolstered its October 4 CBS card with the addition of a solid heavyweight match-up between Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson.

The news -- first reported by Sherdog -- significantly improves the quality of the EliteXC show. Arlovski is widely viewed as one of the Top 5 heavyweights in mixed martial arts, and Nelson (pictured above) is considered to be in the Top 20. Although it's not as big a fight to casual fans, the quality of the MMA on display in this fight will be much better than the quality of the Kimbo Slice-Ken Shamrock main event.

The news is also a big surprise because both Arlovski, a former UFC champion with a 13-5 career record, and Nelson, who is 13-2 and former champion of the now-defunct IFL, are under contract to Affliction. But apparently EliteXC and Affliction think the only way they can ever compete with the UFC is to join forces, and they're willing to co-promote this fight.

For fans, EliteXC and Affliction working together has to be viewed as a good thing. The bottom line is that the October 4 EliteXC show just got better.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

BIG ASSED DIAMOND FOUND, BUT NOT NEARLY THE BIGGEST EVER.


The diamond was discovered in the Letseng Mine on September 8, the company said in a statement. It has been analyzed by experts in Antwerp and found to weigh 478 carats, with very few inclusions and of outstanding color and clarity.

"It has the potential to yield one of the largest flawless D color round polished diamonds in history," the company said.

Letseng is one of the most productive mines in history -- four of the world's 20 largest rough diamonds have been found at the mine, including the three largest found this century.

Before it is cut into gems it is hard to value the diamond, but a spokesman for Gem Diamonds said a similar weight stone with lesser-quality color and clarity had recently sold for $12 million (around 5.5 million pounds).

"Preliminary examination of this remarkable diamond indicates that it will yield a record breaking polished stone of the very best color and clarity," Clifford Elphick, the chief executive of Gem Diamonds, said in a statement.

The minister for natural resources in Lesotho, an impoverished mountain kingdom in eastern South Africa, praised the productivity of the mine, one of the highest in the world at more than 3,000 meters (10,000 feet).

"Once again Letseng has proved its ability to produce extraordinary diamonds and continues to place Lesotho at the forefront of diamond producing countries," Monyane Moleleki said in a statement.

Letseng is 70 percent owned by Gem Diamonds and 30 percent owned by the government of Lesotho.

The world's largest diamond is the Cullinan, discovered in South Africa in 1905. It weighed more than 3,100 carats before it was cut into more than one hundred separate gems, many of which are part of the British crown jewels.

KIMBO IS GOING TO KICK SHAMROCKS BUTT, HE ASSURES US.

UFC heavyweight contender Frank Mir thinks Kimbo Slice is bad for mixed martial arts, but the basic reason I don't agree with that is that despite Kimbo's street fighting background, he's working hard at becoming a legitimate, well-rounded MMA fighter.

"I've worked on punches, takedowns, takedown defense, chokes, armbars, you name it," Kimbo said yesterday at an open workout to promote his October 4 fight with Ken Shamrock. "Anything that Shamrock tries on me, I am prepared for."

Although Kimbo talks about his street-fighting roots while he promotes his fights, he's also taking seriously the training he's getting from his coaches, Bas Rutten and Randy Khatami.

"Bas has done everything he can to help me. Bas and Randy (Khatami) have made me a complete and well rounded fighter," Kimbo said. "My camp has pushed me harder than ever before. I have the endurance and I am prepared to go the distance. I doubt this fight will go the distance, but if it does, I'm ready. ... I'm like a sponge. I pick up something from everyone I work with. If something doesn't work in the cage I will switch it up to something that does. I'll do whatever it takes to win."

Is Kimbo ever going to be as good as Mir? No. But is he improving as a fighter and showing dedication to his sport? I think he is. And I don't think he's bad for the sport.

After the jump, see more quotes from Kimbo, and from Gina Carano, as distributed by EliteXC.

KIMBO SLICE:
"Once again, I'm fighting back in the crib. It feels like the backyard except, in EliteXC, we have a cage. "

"I'm looking forward to beating Ken (Shamrock) and kicking his butt."

"I'll kick his butt and let you guys take names. I'm hoping to see the best of Ken because he'll see the best of Kimbo."

"Nothing is going to stop me once that fight starts. I'll fight with a broken arm if the referee doesn't stop the fight. I will be unstoppable on Oct. 4."

"I've envisioned anything that can happen in the cage. I'm ready for anything that can possibly go down."

"I question Ken's ground game. He's going to try and find a way to make me uneasy, but that's not going to happen. I'm never uptight. "

"Everyday I train it's a serious problem for all the heavyweight fighters out there. Everyday I get better and they should all be scared. "

"LaDainian Tomlinson was a good guy to work out with. That was a lot of fun. "

"EliteXC and CBS are a good thing for the sport. This is making the sport bigger and better. If it wasn't this big, think about what you and I would be doing. "

"Against (James) Thompson I learned that no matter what happens, nothing will hurt me. It's mind over matter. Mentally, I knew I was alright. It may have looked like I was in trouble, but I was fine. It's mind over matter."

"Nothing really scares me, except for myself. At times, I find myself unpredictable. It's a mental struggle. A mental fight. "

"I love training with Bas and Randy. I know how to control my entire game right now."

Friday, September 19, 2008

UFC TO RAISE MONEY FOR TREATMENT CENTER


Associated Press Published: September 19, 2008

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV will host a fight at Fort Bragg to raise money for a treatment center for traumatic brain injuries.
All the money raised will go to a treatment center being built by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in Bethseda, MD.
According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, between 10 percent and 20 percent of Iraq veterans have suffered from the injury.
Spike TV said the three hour fight will air December 10. It will feature celebrity appearances and an all-star lineup of UFC fighters.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

UFC 88 PAID OUTS

MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS

– Rashad Evans ($120,000/win bonus was $60,000) def. Chuck Liddell ($500,000)
*Evans also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 88 Knockout of the Night”

MAIN CARD FIGHTERS

– Rich Franklin ($100,000/win bonus was $50,000) def. Matt Hamill ($10,000)

– Dan Henderson ($250,000/win bonus was $150,000) def. Rousimar Palhares ($7,000)

– Nate Marquardt ($56,000/win bonus was $28,000) def. Martin Kampmann ($15,000)

– Dong Hyun Kim ($46,000/win bonus was $23,000) def. Matt Brown ($8,000)

PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS

– Kurt Pellegrino ($24,000/win bonus was $12,000) def. Thiago Tavares ($13,000)
*Each also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 88 Fight of the Night”

– Tim Boetsch ($16,000/win bonus was $8,000) def. Michael Patt ($5,000)

– Jason MacDonald ($44,000/win bonus was $22,000) def. Jason Lambert ($17,000)
*MacDonald also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 88 Submission of the Night”

– Ryo Chonan ($30,000/win bonus was $15,000) def. Roan Carneiro ($9,000)


UFC 86 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,270,000

UFC 88 AWARD BONUSES
(as disclosed by UFC president Dana White)
Each fighter received a $60,000 bonus for the following awards.

Fight of the Night:
– Kurt Pellegrino and Thiago Tavares

Knockout of the Night:
– Rashad Evans

Submission of the Night:
– Jason MacDonald

DEF LEPPARD NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

EVAN TANNER FOUND DEAD


Evan Tanner, former UFC middleweight champion and one of MMA’s most popular fighters, has been found dead in the California desert at age 37.

Tanner, who had been camping in the Palo Verde area, sent a text message to a friend on Wednesday, September 3, saying he was out of water and needed help. He was officially reported as missing on Friday, and a search began on Saturday when temperatures in the area reached nearly 115 degrees.

Tanner, a blogger for Spike TV, discussed the trip in an entry dated August 16.

“I’ve been gathering my gear for this adventure for over a month, not a long time by most standards, but far too long for my impatient nature,” Tanner wrote. “Being a minimalist by nature, wanting to carry only the essentials, and being extremely particular, it has been a little difficult to find just the right equipment. I plan on going so deep into the desert that any failure of my equipment could cost me my life.”

In a later entry, he downplayed the danger.

“It seems some MMA websites have reported on the story, posting up that I might die out in the desert, or that it might be my greatest opponent yet, etc. Come on guys. It’s really common down in southern California to go out to the off road recreation areas in the desert about an hour away from LA and San Diego. So my plan is to go out to the desert, do some camping, ride the motorcycle, and shoot some guns. Sounds like a lot of fun to me. A lot of people do it. This isn’t a version of “Into the Wild”. I’m not going out into the desert with a pair of shorts and a bowie knife, to try to live off the land. I’m going fully geared up, and I’m planning on having some fun.”

Tanner, who never considered himself a fighter, fought 42 professional bouts in over 11 years.

“I always thought of myself as the poet, the writer, or the philosopher – I never thought of myself as a fighter,” he chuckled. “But here I am. I always had an idea of the flow of my life, but not exactly what I would be doing day to day. And fighting definitely wasn’t something I thought I’d be doing.”

Tanner’s motorcycle was found at a campsite and the body was found nearby by an Imperial County Sherrif’s Department Deputy on Monday.

The cause of death is not known at this time.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

UFC 88 RESLUTS

Rashad Evans, Jason MacDonald, Kurt Pellegrino and Thiago Tavares each earned $60,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at UFC 88.

UFC 88 took place Saturday at Phillips Arena in Atlanta and aired live on pay per view. The bonus amounts were equal to last months awards issued at UFC 87.

The UFC announced the bonuses at the UFC 88 post-fight press conference.

There was large selection of knockouts for UFC brass to consider when picking the best of the night. But despite outstanding performances by Nate Marquardt and Tim Boetsch, no knockout was quite as devastating or meant quite as much as Rashad Evans' dismantling of Chuck Liddell. UFC officials agreed, and Evans took home the bonus in addition to his new-found position in the UFC's light-heavyweight division.

Pellegrino and Tavares shared Fight of the Night honors for their rousing lightweight contest. A back-and-forth affair, both fighters showed flashes of brilliance. In the end it was Pellegrino that was able to earn the unanimous decision.

MacDonald erased the frustration of a UFC 87 loss to Damian Maia by securing the victory over a newly-trim Jason Lambert. A late replacement for fellow-Canadian Jason Day, MacDonald secured the evening's sole submission and the hefty bonus by default.

PRELIMINARY RESULTS

Kurt Pellegrino def. Thiago Tavares via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Tim Boetsch def. Mike Patt via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:0
Jason MacDonald def. Jason Lambert via submission (rear-naked choke) -- Round 2, 1:20
Ryo Chonan def. Roan Carneiro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
FULL RESULTS

Rashad Evans def. Chuck Liddell via KO (punch) -- Round 2, 1:51
Rich Franklin def. Matt Hamill via TKO (strikes) -- Round 3, 0:39
Dan Henderson def. Rousimar Palhares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nate Marquardt def. Martin Kampmann via TKO (strikes) -- Round 1, 1:22
Dong Hyun Kim def. Matt Brown via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kurt Pellegrino def. Thiago Tavares via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Tim Boetsch def. Mike Patt via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:03
Jason MacDonald def. Jason Lambert via submission (rear-naked choke) -- Round 2, 1:20
Ryo Chonan def. Roan Carneiro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

10 CARS THAT SHOULD OF NEVER BEEN BUILT

Some cars are instant classics and remain as popular as ever. Some cars however, aren’t so lucky in either their notoriety or their shelf-life. They are the bane of automotive existence and are shunned by millions. Certainly, people lost their jobs over some of these cars. So here they are: the ten cars that never should have been made. And if you do have one of these, we’re sorry, but it sucks to be you.

AMC Gremlin
This car reminds us of the hot-wheels collection we had when we were kids. Sadly, it performs like them, too. It was the first American compact car, and -- for everyone’s sake -- shouldn’t have been. Popular in its time, it’s widely held as one of the shittiest cars around. And we don’t disagree.

Ford Pinto
Danger, Will Robinson, danger. Any car that you have to worry about bursting into flames in a rear impact isn’t a good one. The worst part was that Ford determined that it would be cheaper just to pay off any potential damages due to lawsuits than to fix the problem. Yikes. Yet another sub-compact car, this POS should have been DOA.

The "New" VW Beetle
Classics are classic for a reason. The old Beetle was a hell of a car, and had a reputation for being easy to work on and loved by its owners. Whatever those drugs did for you, man. But like most classics, the easiest way to ruin something is to make it new again. Popular with young girls and old ladies, the new Beetle should have been exterminated.

Ford Focus
Any car that is only good when you strip everything out of it and start over probably shouldn’t have been made in the first place. While the rally version of the Focus actually rips and wins races, the only resemblance to the original is the body shape and badging. While really not a bad car per-se, it’s all about this question: would you own or drive one? We didn’t think so.

Yugo GV
There’s a reason Serbia doesn’t make many cars anymore. And that reason is -- apart from many years of violent civil strife -- the Yugo GV. It’s small and shitty, which seems to be the trend on this list. The Yugo is no different: it looks like a toy and drives like one, too. Be glad you never had to drive one of these.

Cadillac Cimarron
Yes, this thing is really a Cadillac. Not every car made by a successful car company is a gem. Sometimes they give us a steamy pile of shit. And Cadillac gave us the Cimarron. The trend when this car came out (like most of the cars here) was an attempt at making them smaller and cheaper. Well, no one told Cadillac that a “luxury” car is never small or cheap.

Pontiac Aztek
The first SUV on the list, this “crossover” car/truck/van thing was aimed at the Gen-X crowd. And since no one really takes their SUV off-road, they tried to sell it as a rock-and-roll sport utility. Too bad no one was buying that load of shit. Not only was it too expensive and undesirable to the very people they were selling it to, it was also ugly as sin. It looks more like an angular short-bus than a sleek multi-purposed grocery-getter.

Renault LeCar
It’s hard to believe a company that has actually won a Formula 1 championship made and sold this car. Well, they tried to sell it, that is. The ultimate “mini” of the compact cars, it was up against the Civic and VW Rabbit. No bonus points for figuring out who won that marketing battle. Le Car was Le Shit. It’s really as simple as that. Small, no power and the looks of a stumpy grandmother, it seems they flew better than they drove.

De Lorean DMC-12
Yes, it went back to the future, and yes, the gull-wing doors are pretty sweet and are found on way too many hyper-cars these days. But -- and this is a BIG but -- truth be told, this car is a mechanical pig on wheels. Sure, it may have a cult following, but that’s where the following is and where it should stay. We could go on and on but the nail in the coffin is that it has a stainless steel body. Someone forgot to tell Mr. De Lorean lighter is better. It was bad enough that they just stopped making them. Not a horrible car, but Marty McFly could have gone back to the future in a Lamborghini Countach instead. (Ed. note: Maybe he could have, but the stainless steel frame factored into the Doc's selection of the De Lorean, as it was beneficial to flux dispersal... uh... I mean, yeah, Countaches are sweet.)

Hummer H2/H3
Where to begin with this behemoth? A bastard “little” brother to the full-sized Hummer, this car or truck (whatever the fuck you call it), is supposed to be for “normal” sized people. Yeah. Right. While it is slimmer than the original, it’s actually taller and longer. So it’s still massive and if one ever hits you, you had better hope you are in something just as big, or it WILL fuck you up.

Not only that, but its frame is basically the same as a Chevy Tahoe’s, although they are put together slightly differently, which is a common but widely unknown cost-saving “trick” practiced by auto manufacturers. The sneaky bastards.
And then there’s its gas mileage. Because it weighs over 8500 lbs, the US government does not require it to meet federal fuel efficiency regulations. And that means they don’t have to publish its fuel economy numbers (owners average about 10 mpg for normal use). Maybe they should call it the “Freedom-mobile,” considering all the gas it uses, which our troops are fighting for. Ahem.
And just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do. Under current tax laws business owners can deduct nearly half the cost of their H2s. And if you’re in the highest tax bracket (which you would be if you’re buying a H2), that could mean a savings of almost $10,000. So the government gives gas guzzling polluting death boxes more rewards than electric cars (if there was such a thing).

Last, but not least, there is the Douchebag-owner factor. Most owners think they own the road and think their shit doesn’t stink. Smells like burning gas to us. And while normally we’d be all over a machine that guzzles gas, pollutes, and is a bona-fide killer, this time we have to relent. There actually is such a machine out there. It’s called a TANK. And if you have an H2 you might as well be driving one of those instead.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

LESNAR MAKING FANS....HATE HIM ..LOL

It was announced today that UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture will finally return to the UFC and he will be returning to face former WWE Superstar and UFC newcomer Brock Lesnar on November 15th for the Title in Las Vegas. During the conference call to announce the match up, Lesnar was questioned about the number one ranked heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko and his response was an explosive one. "Who gives a **** about Fedor Emelianenko?" Lesnar started "I'm sick and tired of sitting on the phone listening about Fedor. Who ****ing gives a ****?". With one line, Lesnar could possibly have become one of the most hated men in MMA. Fedor is beloved by fans and quite a few people do give a **** for about the "Last Emperor".

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

COUTURE vs LESNAR FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE !!!! WTF!!!


The legend is back. The five-time UFC champion is back. Randy Couture is back, and he is set to sensationally defend his heavyweight title against Brock Lesnar at "UFC 91"

UFC president Dana White revealed on Tuesday that he would make a huge announcement, and boy has he lived up to his promise.

On November 15, at "UFC 91" in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas - the recognised home of The UFC, Randy Couture will fight The UFC's most controversial new star: Former WWE champion Brock Lesnar.

For anyone who didn't know it, Couture is quite simply legend. A two-time UFC light-heavyweight champion, a three-time and current UFC heavyweight champion, "Captain America's" class is beyond question.

Having already beaten the likes of Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz in his illustrious career, Couture saved arguably his greatest story for "UFC 68", when he came out of retirement aged 43 to beat UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia.

One title defence against Gabriel Gonzaga followed, but since then Couture's MMA career has been put on hold due to a legal wrangle that started with the veteran's resignation from The UFC.

However, almost a year to the day of his last title defence, a resolution has been found that sees Couture fight Lesnar, the powerhouse newcomer who is already rocking the heavyweight division.

Brazilian Antonio Nogueira has been the interim UFC heavyweight champion in Couture's absence, and it is believed the two could meet as part of a reported three-fight contract signed between Couture and The UFC.

Nogueira is set to go head-to-head in a coaching capacity against former champ Frank Mir in series eight of "The Ultimate Fighter", a series that can be seen on September 17.

The conclusion will see the pair face-off, with the victor likely to face the winner of Couture v Lesnar.

Couture's career could then end with the much-hyped showdown against Fedor Emelianenko, although that still requires much negotiating by The UFC.

RANDY COUTURE'S RETURN 1 DAY AWAY ?!!

Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Ultimate Fighting Championship is holding a press conference tomorrow where they are expected to announce the return of disgruntled heavyweight champion Randy Couture.

Couture left the UFC last year in a bitter contract dispute. Cofield says Couture is expected to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 in Portland. That may lead to a Fedor/Randy Couture bout in 2009 under the UFC umbrella.

Monday, September 01, 2008

SMOKIN UP AMERICA TOUR - CHEECH & CHONG



Two of the most famous pot smokers of the 1970s, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, unveiled plans on Wednesday for their first comedy tour in more than 25 years following their acrimonious split.

"Cheech & Chong: Light Up America ..." will hit 22 cities in the United States starting with Philadelphia on September 12 and ending in Denver, Colorado, on December 20. In between they will play Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C. and other places.

"This is a moment that I've been looking forward to for many, many years because we have such a legacy and history together that we couldn't escape it, even if we tried," Chong told reporters at a news conference to announce the tour.

Cheech and Chong were one of the most successful comedy teams of the 1970s with hit movies and chart-topping records based on their brand of marijuana-influenced humor.

They were potheads who appealed to a youth generation steeped in personal freedom spawned by 1960s-era hippies.

Marin said their humor about doing stupid things while being stoned on marijuana should still appeal to today's youth, as well as Cheech & Chong's older fans.

"We've had the younger audience all along. Every time they get to that certain age, they go through that Cheech & Chong period of watching the movies, listening to the records. So, it's almost like a rite of passage," Marin said.

The comedy duo said the tour will be theatrical and will rely on the sizable budget that Live Nation -- the company behind the tour -- can muster. When they toured early in their careers, the duo's props were a bag of used clothes, but the new tour will have large video screens to flash images on.
As they discussed the tour, Cheech and Chong relied on some props in the form of synthetic marijuana plants to win some laughs, as Chong "watered" the plants with bottled water.

Marin, 62, and Chong, 70, spoke about the tour to reporters at the Troubadour, a fixture on the Southern California club scene. Marin said as budding comedians, he and Chong waited in line outside the club for hours for the chance to perform.

Cheech and Chong gained notoriety in nightclubs in the Los Angeles area in the 1970s and released their first album, "Cheech and Chong," in 1971. "Los Cochinos" in 1973 won the Grammy award that year for best comedy album.

In 1978 their first movie, "Up in Smoke," proved to be a blockbuster, raking in more than $100 million at box offices.

They performed together onstage for the last time in 1981, but continued to make movies and records.

The pair split following the 1985 release of their album "Get Out of My Room." Chong said that their break-up -- which was well-publicized and bitter -- was caused by success.

"What happens if you don't have big problems, like trying to make it -- when that's cured when you've made it -- then your little problems become your big problems," he said. "So you start fighting over stupid things."

Marin carved out a career as a television actor in shows such as "Nash Bridges" and "Judging Amy." Chong also did a lot of TV work, including appearances on "That '70s Show."

Chong has long advocated the legalization of marijuana, and in 2003 was arrested and later imprisoned for selling drug paraphernalia.

31 MINUTE WHY RAMPAGE WENT NUTS!!! IT's A GOTTA SEE THING !!!!


WATCH THE INSANE ONE SPEAK!!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

TITO STILL HAS HIC UFC FOOT IN THE DOOR.


I read recently that Tito supposedly is negotiating with UFC again. If that's the case, how did that come about?

As part of his contract, he goes out and ... I don't know, something to do with his contract, but he's still got his foot in the door with his contract. As part of our business practice in this crazy world these days, we — let me think how I can word this to you.

Take your time.

Yeah, probably going to have to.

I always say, we make this thing look a lot easier than it really is, and we're definitely not going to make it easy for anybody else. We're going to make things tough for other people.

It sounds like you're saying basically you have certain negotiation rights with Tito.

Yup, and I'm going take them.

Given what you guys said about each in the months leading up to his last fight, how realistic is to expect Tito to ever fight in UFC again?

Listen, me and Tito didn't say anything worse than what we said before he came back and became a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. Tito and I do not like each other. We do not. It's 100% real, we don't like each other at all, but it doesn't mean we haven't done business together before.

So you have no problem putting aside personal feelings for business?

Sometimes. We did for a lot of years.

RANDY COUTOURE IN UFC 91 !?!?

MMAbay.com said..... there are whispers of a possible return to the UFC for heavyweight champion, Randy “The Natural” Couture, at UFC 91 on November 15th in Portland Oregon

AFFLICTION 3 NEWS


Although the second Affliction show is still over a month away, future plans include a third show that will most likely take place in January of February 2009. One fight that Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is looking at is one that some fans have been talking about for quite some time.

"In terms of fighters we are looking at Jerome LeBanner, he is interested in doing MMA and apparently him and Tim Sylvia have some history between them so that is something that we are looking at right now."

LeBanner has been very critical of Sylvia going back a few years now when he stated that he wanted to fight Sylvia and he did not think Sylvia was any good. He has called the former UFC champ out numerous times in interviews.

"Geronimo" is a fixture in the K-1 kickboxing circuit where he has made a name for himself. He has always been a top contender for the World Grand Prix Championship.

"We are taking things one step at a time but we will see where it all goes." Atencio said of future shows.

Sylvia's stock has dropped quite a bit, losing three of his last four fights albeit being against three of the top heavyweights in the world in Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Randy Couture.

This fight may not be a headliner fight in the MMA world but for the hardcores out there this is one that has been talked about on and off again for years and could be a big draw in a co-main event slot for the company.

Another fighter that Affliction has been actively pursuing is former Pride star Sergei Kharitonov,

"I would absolutely love to bring Sergei Kharitonov on board. He has had some back injuries that have kept him out of action but I would love to have him. I'm a big fan of Pride."

Kharitonov's last bout came almost a year ago when he KO'd Alistair Overeem in the first round of there former K-1 Heroes (now DREAM) bout.

Monday, August 25, 2008

ALL THE RAGE FOR RAMPAGE NOW ...OOHH BOY

Ultimate Fighting Championship star Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has been charged with two felonies in connection with a July incident in which he hit cars and led police on a chase, TMZ is reporting.

He was not, however, charged with causing the miscarriage of a woman whose car he hit; authorities reportedly believe her miscarriage was unrelated to the crash.

According to TMZ, the Orange County District Attorney charged Rampage with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly, one felony count of evading a peace officer, three misdemeanor counts of hit and run, and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving. If convicted he could face up to three years in prison.

UFC has stood by Rampage, saying that exhaustion and a poor diet led him to become temporarily delirious, but that he is now healthy and not a danger to himself or others. Rampage is expected to step back into the Octagon late this year or early next year.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

VIVIAN CAMPBELL SEES A GOOD SIDE TO "FILE~SHARING"


After more than 30 years in the music business, rockers Def Leppard are seeing
their audiences getting younger and younger--but, according to guitarist Vivian
Campbell, that's not because parents who loved Def Leppard as teens are turning
their kids on to the group.

"That's a byproduct of music piracy more than anything else," Campbell said in
his Irish accent. "I'm not saying that as a negative. I think it's very
positive.

"A lot of younger kids get turned on to classic bands because they're trading
files. They have 4,000 or 5,000 songs on their iPod, that's $4,000 or $5,000 on
their iPod, at iTunes' prices, at least. A 12-year-old can't afford that. When
kids trade files, it's actually a good thing for classic bands such as us. It's
not such a good thing for up-and-coming artists who need to sell records."

These days, kids are presumably trading files of Def Leppard's latest album,
"Songs from the Sparkle Lounge," a collection of songs written--where else?--in
The Sparkle Lounge.

"The Sparkle Lounge is our backstage tuning room," Campbell said. "When we're
on tour, adjacent to the dressing room, we have a little room that became known
as The Sparkle Lounge where we set up little practice amps. It became known as
the Sparkle Lounge because our road crew would go in and decorate the room with
fairy lights. We'd go in there, I have a mobile ProTools rig and that runs on a
laptop. We'd bring that on tour with us and we recorded demos as we went
around. It's a very honest title for the album, because that's actually where
the songs were born, The Sparkle Lounge."

The album includes the song "Nine Lives," a tune co-written by country artist
Tim McGraw. The collaboration, a first for Def Leppard, came about through a
personal connection .

"Rick Allen, Def Leppard's drummer, his older brother is Tim McGraw's tour
manager," Campbell said. "So he brought Tim to see us a couple times. Tim got
on stage with us at the Hollywood Bowl and did 'Pour Some Sugar on Me.' He kept
going on about wanting to work with us. He said he had this song idea, this
title, 'Nine Lives.' He and [Def Leppard guitarist] Phil Collen hooked up and
bashed out the tune. We cut the track in Dublin. Phil went to Nashville and Tim
cut his vocals there. It was great to work with him when he was around us. He
has a very high level of energy. He's a lovely guy."

"High energy" is also a phrase that Campbell uses to describe Def Leppard's
live show. Arenas, he said, are the best places to hear his band's music.

"Def Leppard's music was always best sampled in the arena," he said. "People
always say, 'Do you like playing clubs?' My answer is, 'Quite frankly, no, for
a couple reasons.' No. 1 it's always a lot more intimidating to play when
you're that close to your audience. More especially is the fact we're an arena
rock band, and our songs are more natural in that environment."

On this jaunt, Def Leppard--which also includes singer Joe Elliott and bassist
Rick Savage -- is playing 19 or 20 songs, including three from "Songs from the
Sparkle Lounge."

"You can't force your new music on your audience," Campbell said. "As much as
we'd like to go out and play the whole new album, that would bore the majority
of our audience, all but the most diehard. We're very fortunate to have an
absolute truckload of hits. It's actually very difficult for us because we have
to decide which songs to play."

This fall, Def Leppard will veer off its normal path and collaborate once
again, this time with teenage country singer Taylor Swift for an episode of
CMT's "Crossroads." Once again, teenagers are proving to be big fans of the
band.

"We haven't met her yet. Apparently she's a huge Def Leppard fan. It's a
strange kind of a pairing, but we shall see," Campbell said.