Friday, February 29, 2008

RAY LEWIS IN THE UFC ? WOW ..MIGHT BE GOOD..


February 29, 2008. First Floyd Mayweather signs with the WWE, now MediaTakeOut.com is hearing whispers that NFL's Ray Lewis is close to signing on to the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts league.

According to a person who works at U.F.C., the Baltimore Ravens star linebacker and the league have been negotiating for months and are close to closing the deal. The insider told MediaTakeOut.com, "Ray Lewis was an All-American wrestler in high school, and he's just an all around bad a**. He'll fit in perfectly here."

And the insider claims that the deal wouldn't interfere with Ray's NFL career. He explained to MediaTakeOut.con, "We're not looking to sign him on full-time, just a match or two a year - and he can handpick the opponent ... He has such a big name that it will do wonders for the sport."

BROCK LESNAR TO FIGHT IN AUGUST INSTEAD OF JUNE


It seems that Brock Lesnar will now fight for the second time inside the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in August instead of an overseas event in June.

The news comes from Dave Meltzer in his latest Yahoo! Sports column, who grabbed the information from the mouth of Dana White at the pre-fight press conference for this weekend’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion.

White also mentioned that Lesnar does not yet have an opponent. However Justin McCully remains the most likely candidate.

McCully, who served as one of three special guests on a recebt episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA, publicly stated that he is currently in discussions with UFC officials concerning a return fight from recent elbow surgery against the former professional wrestler.

“We’ve been talking about fighting this big huge guy that just crossed over from some wrestling promotion,” McCully told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. “Thats in talks right now. We’ll see what happens. I hope it comes through. I really like the fight.”

McCully also mentioned that if the bout didn’t come to fruition for whatever reason, he would still be back in action this summer regardless.

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir withered a barrage of punishment from Lesnar in their fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point earlier this month before submitting the genetic monster with a patented kneebar midway through the first round.

After missing a deadline to accept a fight against heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo, Team Punishment’s McCully opted to undergo surgery to remove a number of bone chips and spurs that gradually contributed to a nagging elbow injury. McCully last won a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9

DEF LEPPARD ALBUM RELEASE NOW SET FOR APRIL 29TH


The release date for Def Leppard’s new album ‘Songs from the Sparkle Lounge‘ has been changed once again. The album is now set for an April 29th date instead of the previously announced May 6th date.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

UFC 84 !!!! ILL WILL....SOUNDS GOOD!

CBS & PROELITE INC ( EliteXC) MMA NOW GOING MAINSTREAM TO EVERY HOME IN THE COUNRTY!


The CBS Television Network and ProElite, Inc., a Los Angeles-based entertainment and media company that produces mixed martial arts (MMA) events, jointly announced a multi-year agreement that will bring the fastest growing spectator sport to a major broadcast television network for the first time.

CBS will broadcast four MMA events per year, produced by ProElite's EliteXC fight division, as two-hour live primetime specials targeted for Saturday nights.

The agreement augments an existing relationship between CBS Corporation and ProElite, which began broadcasting its EliteXC live MMA events on CBS's SHOWTIME premium cable network in 2007. EliteXC events will continue to air on SHOWTIME.

Additionally, CBS Interactive and ProElite's new media division, ProElite.com, will collaborate on generating interactive content for both companies' platforms, including CBSSports.com. The online offerings could include streaming of events, clips syndicated across the CBS Audience Network, and other enhanced content to build an online community around each CBS broadcast and ProElite event.

"Mixed martial arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and a wildly popular entertainment vehicle for upscale, young adult audiences," said Kelly Kahl, senior executive vice president, CBS Primetime. "It's original programming for Saturday night; it's live, creating an event-atmosphere; and it’s something that hasn't been seen on network television, until now."

"This is a pivotal moment for the sport of mixed martial arts now that a major television network plans to broadcast live MMA events during primetime hours," added Douglas DeLuca, CEO of ProElite. "We are delighted to enhance our partnership with CBS to bring American audiences the very best in MMA competition through our EliteXC brand.

"The network television agreement with CBS is an important milestone for ProElite as we continue to implement our growth strategy and develop existing relationships with our international partners."

The industry leader, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, had been working on an upgraded TV deal for months with both HBO and CBS but failed to close things out. UFC preseident Dana White's refusal to give up control over the production and announcers was the deal killer with HBO and may have played a part with CBS.

"Our world-class fighters and the high production value of our events continue to drive ProElite as a global MMA organization that is fortified by the bedrock foundation of a partnership with CBS," said Gary Shaw, president of EliteXC. "Broadcasting our events on CBS will instantly engage a new fan base, as well as provide an opportunity for EliteXC to further establish itself as the world's premier MMA organization."

THIS BUD'S FOR U,... ummm UFC !!!



It was supposedly the next boxing. But the sponsorships touted by the biggest brand in mixed martial arts, Ultimate Fighting Championship, didn't seem to suggest they were the next anything. The biggest names in the Octagon--Xyience energy drink and Amp'd Mobile--both filed for bankruptcy. But things are changing.

In January, UFC signed Harley Davidson Harley-Davidson IncHOG
39.67 -0.23 -0.58% NYSE

[HOG 39.67 -0.23 (-0.58%) to put its name in the Octagon and today, UFC announced a deal with Anheuser Busch Anheuser-Busch Companies IncBUD
48.43 0.92 +1.94% NYSE

[BUD 48.43 0.92 (+1.94%) ,as Bud Light will become the new exclusive sponsor for the UFC. The brand will be featured on the Octagon center mat and on the vertical bumpers beginning with UFC 84 in Las Vegas on May 24.

Now that is huge. First of all, they are the biggest advertiser in sports, spending 80 percent of their total national TV spending dollars ($141 million of $171 million) on sports from January to Sept. 2007, according to Nielsen. And some go as far as to call them the greatest advertiser in all of sports--if you believe the USA Today Ad Meter for the Super Bowl, which they won for the 10th straight time this year.
For all that UFC was--the pay-per-view dollars and the merchandising--it wasn't for blue chip brands. Well, that's not the case anymore. And for all its critics, the bottom line is that this is proof that the UFC got too big to ignore anymore. Especially for two stalwart brands that seem to be in the same boat. The bottom line is that when Harley reported in January U.S. sales were weak and growing beer share, especially of Bud and Bud Light, is a tremendous challenge as people have shifted to craft and international beers.
The bottom line is UFC fans are, at the very least, prospective Harley Davidson riders and Bud drinkers. And the reality is that the UFC provides more annual buzz than boxing does. So it's fitting that Bud Light will first appear in the Octagon in Las Vegas, where boxing has made its name. Mark this date down: May 24. Because of this deal, the UFC finally becomes the next boxing on that date.

Posted By:Darren Rovell 2008 CNBC,Inc.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

NEW DEF LEPPARD ART WORK REVEALED!!!


http://www.deflepparduk.com busts out with the latest news from the Sparkle Lounge withthis new cover for " Nine Lives" w Tim Mcgraw

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

BOB SAPP GOT PUNISHED OR AS MMA FEVER PUTS IT "BOB SAPP IS A BITCH"

Full Results:

-Jan Nortje def. Bob Sapp by TKO at 0:55, R1
-Cory Devela def. Joe Riggs by Submission (Injury) at 1:22, R1
-Maurice Smith def. Rick Roufus by Submission (Kimura) at 1:53, R1
-Eddy Ellis def. Steve Berger by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Jorge Masvidal def. Ryan Healy by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Mychal Clark def. Josh Bennett by TKO (Doctor Stoppage Due to Cut) at 5:00, R2
-Lyle Beerbohm def. Ray Perales by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:19, R3
-Mike Hayes def. Matt Kovacs by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Zach Skinner def. Scott Shaffer by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Nathan Coy def. Dave Corshane by KO at 1:46, R1




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UFC 82 CAN THE FORMER UFC CHAMP MAKE THE COMEBACK? I HOPE SO !


For a time, Evan Tanner (32-6 MMA, 11-4 UFC) was perhaps the most popular fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A clean-cut, intelligent and humble all-American who shattered every preconceived notion of an "ultimate fighter," it was easy to root for him. Even among UFC fighters, he was a role model — the big brother the younger guys wanted to emulate.


When he won the UFC's middleweight title in 2005 — his eighth victory in nine fights — the 37-year-old fighter reached the zenith of his success and popularity. However, he'd lose his title and two of his next three fights, and an unfortunate and all-too-public downhill slide began.

Tanner hasn't competed in the UFC (or anywhere for that matter) since an April 2006 fight with Justin Levens. A well-documented battle with alcohol — one that Tanner himself continually wrote about on his Web site — kept him too busy for any battles in the cage.

As the UFC's middleweight division was slowly depleted of talent, and as new champ Anderson Silva continued to separate himself from the pack, the rumblings began. The fans wanted Tanner back in the octagon.

Rumors of his possible return came and went. Rumored fights even heated up — only to be extinguished by the UFC or Tanner himself.

Then, in November, the Texan announced he had signed a four-fight deal. Now, his long-awaited return is set for the Saturday, March 1 UFC 82 event at Columbus' Nationwide Arena.

He could have competed sooner, but the UFC had a problem: no one wanted to fight him. "They approached four guys about a fight, and all four declined it," Tanner said.

For most fighters, it was a no-win situation. Despite Tanner being a former champ, a victory over him would do little to help a fighter's stock in the division. And a loss could be downright disastrous.

As it turns out, the only fighter willing to step in and take the bout was arguably its top contender: Yushin Okami (20-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC).

Although the fight didn't receive top billing, don't be surprised when Saturday's crowd treats Tanner's return like the night's main event.


Dann Stupp

UPDATE ON YAMMA PIT FIGHTING


Los Angeles, February 26, 2008 – Sam Caplan reports that today YAMMA Pit Fighting (YPF), a new mixed martial arts (MMA) organization created by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) founder Bob Meyrowitz, announced that their first matchup will pit Russia vs. U.S.A, as Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov and Don “The Predator” Frye will go toe-to-toe in the organization’s first live pay-per-view event.
The event will air live from the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on April 11, 2008. Tickets for the event will go on sale March 8, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

This first matchup will witness two MMA legends battle in a totally new and unique arena. The veteran fighters will face off in one of the ‘Masters Superfights’, one-on-one matches that feature some of MMA’s most illustrious and legendary fighters. In addition to the Superfights, the April 11th event will showcase the skill and endurance of eight fearsome competitors in a tournament match for the title of YAMMA Heavyweight Champion. Tournament fighters include: Marcelo “Pato” Pereira, Sherman Pendergarst, Rex Richards, Tony Sylvester, Chris Tuscherer and Travis “The Diesel” Wiuff.

“Don Frye needs to do only two things: fly to Russia and stay there for ten years to study Sambo. Then, maybe he’ll be ready,” said Oleg Taktarov about his upcoming face off with Frye.

Jeff Blatnick will serve as a commentator for both the Heavyweight Tournament and “Masters Superfights.” Blatnick, a retired athlete and cancer survivor, has won ten national wrestling titles and various international awards. He was a member of both the 1980 and 1984 United States Olympic Teams, and is famous for his awe-inspiring underdog win at the 1984 Olympics, after having his spleen and appendix removed due to Hodgkin’s disease. This win made him only the second U. S. Greco-Roman wrestler in history to win a gold medal. Since retiring, Jeff has become a successful television sportscaster and has appeared as an expert analyst on NBC, ABC and ESPN.

Don "The Predator" Frye is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter, actor, and professional wrestler who has fought in UFC, PRIDE and K-1. Frye rose to fame fighting in early Ultimate Fighting Championship events, winning the UFC 8 and Ultimate Ultimate 2 tournaments. He is widely considered one of the first "cross trained" MMA fighters, having a background in multiple disciplines including: extensive collegiate wrestling, a 2nd degree black belt in Judo and a professional boxing record. Frye stands 6ft 1in and weighs 220lbs and has a MMA record of 19-6-1.

Sambo and Judo expert Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov is a PRIDE, UFC and Bodog Fights veteran known for calmness during battle and acrobatic takedowns. Taktarov's MMA record is 13-5-2 and he has never been submitted in a MMA match. He stands 6ft tall and weighs 220lb and recently returned to the MMA ring, winning a decisive victory over challenger John Marsh in November 2007.

YAMMA Pit Fighting will return to the popular origins of MMA by reviving the tournament format, in which fighters will participate in multiple fights on their way to claiming the ultimate YAMMA victory, the title of YAMMA Heavyweight Champion. This format will push fighters to the limits of skill and endurance, as victory in each round is rewarded not with extended rest, but with another fight. Some of MMA’s newest and best emerging fighters will be featured in the Heavyweight Tournament fight card and will include:

· Marcelo “Pato” Pereira - a multiple world and Brazil BJJ champion known for this strong chin and very heavy hands with an MMA record of 5-0-0

· Sherman Pendergarst - a 6'1 230 pound former Collegiate wrestler and State High School wrestling champion with a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Kick boxing with an MMA record of 10-8-0

· Rex Richards – a former lineman for the Indianapolis Colts and Machado BJJ brown belt. Richards is a veteran of Strike Force and Art of War with a professional mixed martial arts record of 4-1-0

· Tony Sylvester – a boxing/wrestling expert who is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming heavyweights in the nation with a MMA record of 10-1-0

· Travis “The Diesel” Wiuff - a UFC, Pride and IFL veteran, and current IFO World Champion with a Mixed Martial Arts record of 47-11-0. He is known for his well rounded fighting style with vicious elbows on the ground

The additional three tournament fighters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

JUSTIN MCULLY TO FIGT BROCK LESNAR IN JUNE AT UFC 85 ?

The following is an excerpt from the news update for today over at WrestlingObserver.com:

Justin McCulley (a former New Japan Pro wrestler and tag team partner of Chyna) was on Inside MMA and said he would be fighting Brock Lesnar at the 6/14 UFC show in London, England. We haven't gotten confirmation of that from UFC. McCulley has done MMA since the mid-90s and his a teammate of Tito Ortiz.

Friday, February 22, 2008

PAT MILETICH TALKS YAMMA AND UNIFICTION OF ALL MMA


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DANA WHITE HAS SUCH A GREAT VOCABULARY,AND SUCH NICE THINGS TO SAY ..


The quote below, was from Dana talking about KIMBO'S (KEVIN FERGUSON) next fight, who we now know is against KEN SHAMROCK... "Another fucking joke from Gary Shaw. This fucker is so clueless that it's laughable. First he thought we protected our guys, which is bullshit. Then he gave us shit for matching up Brock against Frank Mir. Which would he rather us do? Obviously he's in favor of protecting guys since Kimbo doesn't seem to be fighting a good fighter anytime soon. Bo Cantrell? Who the fuck is Bo Cantrell? Tank Abbott? He was never that good, he just looked tough and always got his ass kicked. Now Ken Shamrock? When is Kimbo going to fight a guy who was relevant past 1998? Tito Ortiz, who sucks, destroyed Ken Shamrock three times. It's clear that Gary is going to milk his YouTube cash cow for all he's worth but true fans know that Kimbo is a joke and he would get destroyed against any UFC Heavyweight. Maybe that moron Ken Shamrock will expose Kimbo and he'll go back to fighting guys at the local Burger King. Gary Shaw and his 3rd rate promotion have no fucking credibility."

Thursday, February 21, 2008

STREET CERTIFIED PAYOUTS - KIMBO GOT BREAD!!! FINALLY THOSE KIDS CAN EAT !!!



Kevin(KIMBO)Ferguson ($175,000) def. David Abbott ($126,000)
Antonio Silva ($80,000) def. Ricco Rodriguez ($20,000)
Scott Smith ($12,000) def. Kyle Noke ($3,000)
Yves Edwards ($6,000) def. Edson Berto ($6,000)
Brett Rogers ($4,000) def. James Thompson ($25,000)
Rafael Feijao ($6,000) def. John Doyle ($2,5O0)
Yosmany Cabezas ($2,000) def. Jon Kirk ($2,500)
Dave Herman ($1,500) def. Mario Rinaldi ($2,000)
Eric Bradley ($1,000) def. Mikey Gomez ($1,500)
Lorenzo Borgomeo ($1,000) def. Mike Bernhard ($1,500)
Moyses Gabin ($1)* def. Jirka Hlavati ($500)

Wait a minute ....A DOLLAR????!!!???? WTF?
Can anyone explain this??

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

MARK COLEMAN TO THE HALL OF FAME


MMAjunkie confirmed today that Mark "The Hammer" Coleman (15-8, 6-3UFC) will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at March 1st's UFC 82 in Columbus OH.

Coleman, who first came onto the MMA scene at UFC 10, won the Heavyweight 8-Man tournament and would follow that up with another tournament win at UFC 11. His next fight would be with Dan "The Beast Severn at UFC 12 to decide the first ever UFC Heavyweight Champion. "The Hammer" would win the match via choke in the 1st round.

His next 3 fights would end in losses, decisions to Maurice Smith and Pedro Rizzo and a highlight reel head kick loss to Pete Williams.

Coleman would make the move to the Pride organization in Japan winning the Open Weight Grand Prix of the year 2000. He last fought at Pride 32 in Oct. of 2006, losing to The #1 ranked Heavyweight in the world Fedor Emelianenko.

QUINTON JACKSONS HAVIN A INTERVIEW SEIZURE, LOL!


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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

BOSS OF BOSSES CAUGHT AFTER 20 YEARS ON THE LAMB


Pasquale Condello is led away by Italian police. Photograph: Antonio Taccone

A mafia crime boss has been captured in southern Italy after 20 years on the run, police said today.

Pasquale Condello, a syndicate head known to associates as "the supreme one", was arrested in the centre of the regional capital Reggio Calabria.

The 57-year-old was "one of the last bosses still on the loose", the Italian news agency ANSA quoted a prosecutor, Francesco Mollace, as saying.

Condello is accused of running an extortion network and is regarded as a key figure in trafficking cocaine between Columbia and Europe.

"It is the latest, extraordinary operation against organised crime," the interior minister, Giuliano Amato, said in a statement. "Pasquale Condello was the number one boss of the ndrangheta."

The ndrangheta [honoured society] is the Calabrian equivalent of the Sicilian Mafia and one of the most ruthless syndicates in Italy.

Organised crime agencies estimate the clan brings in around £25bn annually, about 3.5% of Italy's GDP.

The syndicate hit the headlines in August when it shot dead six people outside a restaurant in the German city of Duisburg.

Amato said investigators considered Condello the "Provenzano of Calabria", referring to the notorious mafia figure Bernardo Provenzano. The reputed "boss of bosses" of Sicily's Cosa Nostra was arrested in 2006 after some 40 years as a fugitive.

A prosecutor, Alberto Cisterna, told Sky TG24 television the Condello crime clan was one of the most "ferocious" of the ndrangheta.

Condello had been given several life prison terms for crimes including the killing of a former head of the Italian state railways in 1987.

DESPITE BABALU'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE ORTIZ FIGHT NOT HAPPENING...WE GOT THE DOWNLOW

Chris Fries from the former MMANews.com radio program "The Lights Out Show" sent along the following:

Contrary to Babalu’s comments, Ortiz vs Machida is ON!

In a follow up to an earlier report which stated that Babalu said he “…heard that Tito [Ortiz] is not going to fight him anymore, so they are going to have to find another opponent for [Lyoto] Machida.”, Chris Fries and The JDH of Tagg Radio’s The Lights Out Show personally talked to Ed Soares , Machida ’s manager, to verify the story. He said that he spoke to Joe Silva (UFC matchmaker), and Joe said that there is a signed contract “in-hand” and the fight was a GO. Soares confirms that as well.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

KIMBO to TANK ..."YOU GOT KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT!"




As originally reported from the fight network.
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson def. David “Tank” Abbott – KO (Punch) 0:43 R1
Antonio Silva def. Ricco Rodriguez – Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Scott Smith def. Kyle Noke – KO (Punch) 0:07 R2
Yves Edwards def. James Edson Berto – KO (Knee) 4:56 R1
Brett Rogers def. James Thompson –TKO (Referee Stoppage – Strikes) 2:24 R1
Rafael Feijao def. John Doyle – TKO (Referee Stoppage – Strikes) 2:17 R1
Yosmany Cabezas def. Jon Kirk – Tapout (Rear-Naked Choke) 0:58 R2
Dave Herman def. Mario Rinaldi – TKO (Referee Stoppage – Strikes) 0:33 R3
Eric Bradley def. Mikey Gomez – Unanimous Decision (30-27 all)
Lorenzo Borgomeo def. Mike Bernhard – Tapout (Triangle Choke) 4:11 R2
Moyses Gabin def. Jirka Hlavaty – TKO (Doctor Stoppage – Cut) 2:32 R1

NINE LIVES BY DEF LEPPARD LEAKED ON TO THE INTERNET LAST NIGHT


30 Second Sample Radio Rip of Def Leppards new " Nine Lives" Click Here

this is the best file I found for this so far ...it's 50 seconds of " Nine Lives"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

APRIL FREE " BADASS " FIGHT CARD

The following is the latest fight card for the next UFC Fight Night live special on Spike TV, set to air on April 2nd, emanating from the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado:

-Kenny Florian vs. Joe Lauzon
-Karo Parisyan vs. Thiago Alves
-Spencer Fisher vs. Marcus Aurelio
-Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar
-Matt Hamill vs. Tim Boetsch
-Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin
-Clay Guida vs. Samy Schiavo
-Tommy Speer vs. Anthony Johnson
-George Sotiropoulos vs. Roman Mitichyan

That's basically what you call one bad-ass free television fight card right there.

LOOKS LIKE BROTHER VS BROTHER IS A SIGNED CONTRACT FIGHT NOW, SHAMMY VS SHAMMY

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

AH - HA ! CRO COP IS GONE , HERE's PROOF...


Rumors that Fight Entertainment Group and Dream Stage Entertainment were working together to create a new mixed martial arts promotion were confirmed earlier today as officials from both sides gathered at the Metropolitan Edmont Hotel in Tokyo, Japan to announce the creation of “DREAM”.

The promotion, which will also be run by officials involved with Yarennoka! and promoted by the Tokyo Broadcasting System, will now serve as the official successor for the PRIDE and K-1 Hero’s brands. K-1 announced plans for the discontinuation of Hero’s events late last month.

“Now that PRIDE and Hero’s are gone, we’ve wanted to put on new mixed martial arts shows that would continue the dream that was achieved on New Year’s Eve,” FEG President Sadaharu Tanikawa stated at the press conference. “We wanted to create a show that would be enjoyed by the fans and would make for an exciting live event. We received a petition including over 3,000 signatures from fans who requested that we find a replacement for PRIDE. We’ve answered their calls and we plan to put together something that no one has ever seen before.”

Matchmaker Keiichi Sasahara’s first order of business will be putting together the promotion’s first card, which will apparently feature a lightweight grand prix. The only announced bout for the event was a long-awaited showdown between Shinya Aoki and Gesias Calvancante, who were booked to face each other at Yarennoka!. The bout was scrapped after Calvancante re-injured his recently surgically repaired knee during training.

Additional participants for the tournament that were also announced included the following: Andre Dida, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Caol Uno, Joachim Hansen, Gilbert Melendez, Kotetsu Boku, Artur Oumakhanov, Luiz “Buscape” Firmino, Jung Bu-Kyung, and Kazuyuki Miyata.

The event is currently slated to take place on March 15th at the Saitama Super Arena. Five other events including the remainder of the lightweight grand prix and a middleweight tournament were also announced.

The biggest surprise of the day came when heavyweight star Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was introduced on stage. The native Croatian was recently under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he had lost two of his last three bouts, including a brutal knockout at the hands of Gabriel Gonzaga.

Filipovic assured fans that he was not “running away” from the UFC, but simply doing what was best for his career.

“I had a hard time losing my last two fights in the UFC,” said Filipovic. “ I don’t want anything to think that I’m running away from the UFC but I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with the rest of my career lately and right now I believe DREAM is the right place for me. I never liked fighting in the cage, always in a ring. Japan is also like my second home. Many reasons have brought me back here.”

The UFC has yet to make a public statement about the UFC’s departure. Various rumors concerning Filipovic’s contract status with the promotion have been floating around lately. Some have speculated that the UFC asked the Croatian to either restructure his contract or that they would release him. MMA Weekly reports that sources have said the split between the two sides was amicable.

Aside from Filipovic, a number of potential participants in future events were revealed. Kazushi Sakuraba, Kiyoshi Tamura, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai are all expected to be fighting inside the promotion in the coming months. Royce Gracie and Fedor Emelianenko also appeared via satellite to make their intentions to compete at a future event known.

So how do the weight classes break down?

Surprisingly, they are strikingly similar to those that are currently used in the United States. The heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight classes are exactly the same. Welterweights will compete at a maximum of 168 lbs while lightweight will be capped off at 154 lbs. Plans for lower weight classes are said to be discussed in the future.

GOOD-BYE CRO COP.....


According to Dave Meltzer at the Wrestling Observer Mirko Cro Cop has left the Ultimate Fighting Championship to go back to Japan and fight for K1's as of yet unamed new Mixed Martial Arts promotion, he left mainly because UFC President Dana White wanted him to take a massive paycut because they did not think that he was worth his $350.000 Dollars a fight contract.
I'm gladd he left< I felt like a jackass hyping him up to my friends only to see him fail in the USA, maybe he'd be a good cop for criminals ,,,, they could get away, lol.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

FEDOR BASICALLY SAYS TO DANA WHITE , SAY IT AGAIN AND I WILL BREAK YOU !! PLUS TIM SYLVIA NEWS BLURP


Two interesting reads from the always informative MMA Junkie website.Firstly,

Tim Sylvia is hinting that after his contract is up he may move to M1. Tim's manager Monte Cox runs the show at M1. Tim's beef appears to be that Brock's take home from his last fight compared to his was much less. Brock took home $250, 000 vs. Tim's $100, 000.

Well, I must say that Tim has a point here. I really can't understand how Brock is making that kind of cash. Brock is an unproven commodity however I was certainly excited to watch his fight, although short. If Tim moves over to M1 I am sure that M1 would give him a nice raise, they need more talent. I say do it Tim, this way I don't have to suffer through your fights any longer. Your not the most exciting fighter in the UFC.

THEN I found this .......from another site.....
Former UFC champion Tim Sylvia has posted yet another message board comment, this time clearing up rumors that circulated after his last message.

Sylvia wrote:

"well let me just start off by saying people r f***ed up by saying that i want to leave the ufc. I dont its my home and i would love to be there for the rest of my carear. Second I didnt say i wanted or even was thinking about m1 u guys (forum users) asked about it and I told u my manager runs it thats it, so please dont take shit out of context. Some of u people are going to get me in trouble with the ufc."



Secondly,
the big news from Fedor. Fedor apparently sent an email to Mr. White and cc'ed MMA Junkie.


It reads(roughly translated):

"
Numerous times have I read mister White’s statements on Internet concerning myself. In my opinion, allowing yourself to say those things is not a sign of a gentleman or a grown man at all! If he candidly wants to prove himself right then let my fight with Randy happen or let me face the reigning UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. In the future I wouldn’t want to hear those statements in my address ever again and I won’t tolerate that.

My last fight in Japan proved that I’m ready to fight anybody with any height advantage, skillset or experience. I have fought and still wish to fight the best athletes. The Randy fight is my goal number one right now, he’s a great fighter and this is a very unfortunate situation when too strict and one-sided UFC contracts don’t let this fight happen.

The whole world is eager to see me fight your champions, people don’t want to listen to your press-conferences. I’m signed with M-1 Global and this promotion is ready to organize such fights under our banner or in co-promoted events.

I probably would have left out the part about his last fight in Japan however hats off to Fedor. Fedor is going to piss off Dana White which is great. Dana be a man and agree to just one fight with M1. Long ago you attempted the same with Pride and you were going to allow a fight with Chuck and Wandy. Lets do the same with M1 and Fedor. Let Cantoure go Fedor. Fedor will kick some Can.

UFC'S FASTEST SELLOUT IN HISTORY !


Las Vegas, NV (USA) FEB. 08 — “The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced that the first UFC event in Canada UFC 83: SERRA vs. ST-PIERRE 2 taking place Saturday, April 19 live from Montreal’s Bell Centre is sold out, and that the event ranks as the fastest UFC sellout in history. “Most of the tickets for UFC 83 were sold in the first 24 hours of our UFC Fight Club presale, and the rest were gone within one minute of the public on-sale today,” said Dana White, UFC President. “I’m excited to say that this event is a sellout, and the fastest one in UFC history, so it’s safe to say we definitely will be back in Canada after this inaugural event.”

“We are pleased to host the first UFC event in Canada. We are convinced that the quality of the event will thrill Quebecers who will witness home-province fighters Georges St-Pierre and Patrick Côté showcasing their courage and skills at the Bell Centre,” said Pierre Boivin, President of Gillett Entertainment Group.

More than 21,000 fight fans will gather at UFC 83 to watch Quebec’s own Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, the Interim UFC Welterweight Champion, attempt to become the undisputed champion in a rematch with reigning titleholder Matt “The Terror” Serra.

URIJAH FABER - CLASS ACT - GOOD PEOPLE


Mixed martial arts has been the fastest growing sport in the world for the last two years now. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been the most dominant and largest organization in the sport. Zuffa (the parent company of the UFC) purchased a smaller organization, World Extreme Cagefighting, back in December of 2006. When that transition went through, observers thought the WEC would serve as the minor leagues for the UFC.
To the casual fan, that might be the case. To true fight fans, there isn't anything further from the truth.
World Extreme Cagefighting has a ton of talent and superstars of their own, many of which can hang with the "so called big boys" of the UFC.

The best thing about the WEC is the fact that they have a 135 and 145 pound weight class and the UFC does not. The most exciting fights usually are the faster and smaller guys.

The biggest star in the WEC just happens to be the king of the featherweight division. He also is one of the most dominating fighters in all of the sport no matter what division or organization.

Urijah Faber fights at 145 pounds for the WEC and puts on one helluva show every time he steps into the cage. If you like action, fast pace, and exciting fights, then you need to watch a Urijah Faber match.

Faber is currently 20-1 in his mixed martial arts career. In his last fight, he dominated Jeff Curran to defend his WEC title yet again back in December. He is also easily one of my favorite fighters due to his fast paced style. He's always aggressive and likes to put on a show.

Urijah is currently training and awaiting the announcement for his next fight. One of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts, known as "The California Kid", found time to speak with me.

SS: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me Urijah, how is everything?

UF: Not a problem, I'm actually battling a cold and lost a little weight so I'm just trying to get that back on.

SS: You were a standout wrestler in both high school and college, what made you get into mixed martial arts?

UF: I was always a huge fan. I loved watching fighting and boxing and was really into contact sports. I watched every UFC. It was something I thought I'd be good at, the opportunity presented itself and I went for it.

SS: Who were some of the fighters you liked watching in the early UFC days?

UF: I liked the guys with great technique and the wrestlers, Vitor Belfort, Mark Coleman, Don Frye, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture.

SS: Who will we see you fighting next and when?

UF: The rumor right now is that it will be Jens Pulver in June. In might happen in Sacramento at Arco Arena. I hope that happens, I'd love to fight in my home town.

SS: What kind of game plan would you have with Jens, he's a true veteran.

UF: I would just train with some southpaws and go fight him.

SS: Is there anyone else out there you would like to fight?

UF: All the contenders at 145. There are a bunch of them that the general public is in the dark on. I honestly don't care who I fight, I'm just looking for good competition.

SS: Is there any aspect of your game you feel needs more work?

UF: I'm always working on my standup. You can never stop learning. I work in all areas and blend it all together. If you train right, you'll get better. Technique is the key and you can always work on that.

SS: Any idea of how long you plan on staying in the fight game?

UF: I'm not a big planner , if I was I'd probably be selling mortgages somewhere. No, I plan to do it until I stop enjoying it. I'll listen to my body and heart. As long as I'm still competitive, maybe until I'm 36 or 38, somewhere around there. I'll stack some chips and get out.

SS: I'm really looking forward to your fight with Jens. I really do appreciate your time, I'm a big fan and keep up the great work. Hopefully we can do it again soon.

UF: Not a problem and thank you · By Scott Swerbinsky

Friday, February 08, 2008

DANA FUCKING WHITE & HIS FUCKING PLANS TO SUE EVERY FUCKINGBODY !


LAS VEGAS — Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White announced at a press conference on Thursday plans for the fighting organization and its parent company, Zuffa LLC., to “sue every fucking person on the fucking planet,” as part of an ongoing effort to dominate the American mixed martial arts market. “Men, women, fucking little kids,” White said. “We don’t give a fuck. Every fucking pussy on fucking planet Earth is going to get fucking sued by the fucking UFC.”

The move culminates years of litigation by the UFC and its owners designed to intimidate employees and contractors while bankrupting its competitors. It also expands efforts that already include the company suing its own heavyweight champion over the use of his likeness and several outstanding lawsuits against companies that no longer exist, like the Japanese-based Pride Fighting Championships and Dream Stage Entertainment.

“We fucking own everything,” White said, gesturing to reporters. “That fucking camera? I own it. We have a fucking copyright on whatever you motherfuckers are writing right now.”

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

UFC 85 BIG PAYDAY FOR SOMEONE....MMAFEVER


UFC 85 event set for June 14 in London will instead feature a headline light-heavyweight bout between Chuck Liddell (21-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

HOW MUCH SCRATCH DID THEY MAKE IN UFC 81??




Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ($200,000) def. Tim Sylvia ($100,000)
Frank Mir ($80,000) def. Brock Lesnar ($250,000)
Nate Marquardt ($52,000) def. Jeremy Horn ($25,000)
Ricardo Almeida ($40,000) def. Rob Yundt ($5,000)
Tyson Griffin ($36,000) def. Gleison Tibau ($11,000)
Chris Lytle ($24,000) def. Kyle Bradley ($4,O00)
Tim Boetsch ($12,000) def. David Heath ($6,000)
Marvin Eastman ($14,000) def. Terry Martin ($12,000)
Rob Emerson ($16,000) def. Keita Nakamura ($5,000)

All the winning fighters received pay that awarded 50 percent “to show” and 50 percent as a “win bonus” — except for Lesnar, who would have earned a $200,000 win bonus.
UFC 81 salaries as reported originally by MMAJunkie

Sunday, February 03, 2008

UFC 81 BIG LET DOWNS AND BIGGER WINS


UFC 81 "Breaking Point" From Las Vegas, Nevada
February 2nd, 2008 Results By Matt Boone


QUICK-MATCH RESULTS

Prelim Fights:

-Rob Emerson def. Keita Nakamura via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.

-Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.

-Tim Boetsch def. David Heath via TKO (strikes) at 4:52 of Round 1.

-Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley via TKO (strikes) at 0:33 of Round 1.

PPV Fights:

-Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.

-Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt via Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:08 of Round 1.
-Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn via Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:37 of Round 2.
-Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar via Submission (kneebar) at 1:30 of Round 1.

-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia via Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:28 of Round 3 to become interim UFC Heavyweight champion.

Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar

Round one: Lesnar scored a takedown within five seconds. Lesnar got into half guard and connected with hard punches and elbows, but in the midst of it, hit Mir in the back of the head. Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight and took away a point for the illegal blow. Right after the break, Lesnar hammered him with a right and Mir went down. Lesnar hammered away and Mir nearly caught him with an arm bar. Lesnar tried to walk out of Mir's guard and Mir caught his leg and sunk in a knee bar. It was over as Lesnar tapped out at 1:30 of the first round.

Winner: Mir by knee bar sumbission



Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia

Round one: Sylvia tagged Nogueira with a hard right early. Nogueira pulled guard within the first minute, but Sylvia slipped away and brought the fight back to a standing position. He scored again with a crisp left jab, but Nog answered back with a right. Sylvia hammered Nog with a left hook and Nog went down. Tim followed him to the ground to try to finish, but Nog hung on. Sylvia stepped away and went back to standing, but Nog managed to drag him back to the mat. Again, Sylvia pulled away. You could see their strategies emerging, with Sylvia realizing his edge standing and Nogueira wanting to take it to the canvas. Sylvia was very aggressive in the first round, so the fans had nothing to boo this round. Nog got a takedown as the round expired.

Round two: Nog tried an early takedown, which Sylvia stuffed. Minotauro is having a bit of trouble finding the range because of Sylvia's reach advantage, which is not an unexpected development. Sylvia is doing an excellent job avoiding the takedowns, and Nogueira must be credited for his granite chin. Nog tried to clinch but was denied, then tried a single leg takedown, driving Sylvia against the cage but was denied after 45 seconds of max effort. Sylvia caught Minotauro again with a right hook inside of a minute, and this is another round that should be scored for Sylvia.

Round three: Again, Nogueira started the round with a takedown try, but Sylvia held his ground. A few seconds later, he pulled guard. Sylvia tried to pull out, but Nogueira got a sweep into side control. As they scrambled for position, Nog got the guillotine and just like that, it was over.

Winner: Nogueira via guillotine submission

With the win, Nogueira becomes the first man ever to hold both the UFC and PRIDE heavyweight titles, though it must be noted he was one of only two men to hold the PRIDE belt. (Fedor Emelianenko held the belt from November 2001 until the company was sold to UFC in 2007.