Monday, March 31, 2008

WHATS BEEN GOING ON WITH "EL GUAPO" BAS RUTTEN


Myspace.com,Lots of stuff going on in the crazy world from El Guapo, I have been
traveling a lot.
Last weekend I was in Vegas for the IFL, back and the
next day to NY for a meeting, next day back and I shot the Inside MMA
show, now I am in the plane to Mexico for a wedding of one of my
friends, some breathing time in the home of El Guapo.
When I come back I shoot another episode of Inside MMA, the next day a
whole day filming for the new infomercial that I am coming out with, day
later to Tulsa to attend an HD Net MMA show and do a seminar at Dale
Cook's school (great guy), from there to Boston to shoot an opening
scene for Kevin James's new movie, I play a drill instructor, small
part, couldn't take a bigger one due to my schedule.
Back from Boston
and another episode of Inside MMA and so it goes on and on in my life.
I am blessed lately with everything so although I am busy, you won't
hear me complaining.
How many people have their hobby as profession,
good stuff.
Concentrating on my Bas Rutten MMA system courses that I teach.
Thank
God for my head instructor Oneness Fish who helps me out tremendously
with this.
If you are interested to become an instructor, please find
his contact on my website.
The course is tough, I am not "selling" my system.
We did not have many
people pass the first time but when everybody saw that I meant business
they stepped up and the next test was way better and only a few didn't
make it.
Meaning, everybody can do it! If you are a blue belt with me,
you are already going to be really good, and I mean, REALLY good!
I will teach you everything that has to do with MMA, even how to tread
cuts, wrap hands, you name it.
Apparently the NatGeo episode was seen by a lot of people, I had great
feedback.
The kick to the dummy was great to measure the impact, I
wished I could have trained for it because I think I can do way better,
it was all technique now and less power.
I didn't kick for a long time
because of my knees.
Again, if you want to know exactly how to kick like that, or hit, I go
in dept about that in my courses.
Kimbo is getting better and better, for the people who think that he
doesn't train ground, HELLO, you are talking to me.
You think I let him
make the same mistakes that I did? Of course not.
So he trains ground
too and I am sure it will be shown once one of his next fights goes to
the ground.

The IFL is looking great, new teams coming in, individual matches, live
on TV, let's shoot for a great year.
If you never checked out "Inside MMA" on HD Net, please do so on Friday
nights.
It’s a great show and a lot of fun to do, we have great guests
on top of that.
If you don't have a high def TV, get one, I don't know if you ever
watched HD, it’s a whole new world and I believe soon everybody will go
over to HD, why? Because it’s the future.
You can see the individual
hairs on people's head, it’s that sharp!
OK, just checked into my hotel, like El Guapo always says; Godspeed and
party on!

Bas

1.6 MILLION DOLLARS FOR FEDOR, but he sued for 1.55 B(EE)ILLION!


South Korean prosecutors indicted the local chief of a Russian martial arts agency for fraud Monday after he allegedly used the publicity rights of Fedor Emelianenko,
the famed Russian mixed martial arts fighter, without consent.

Emelianenko filed the suit early this month over a "shoddy" honey commercial that went on air on Korean cable television featuring his image. The world heavyweight champion sought 1.55 billion won ($1.6 million) in compensation from the president of Korea Sambo Federation and the head of a local apiculture agency whose honey product the commercial promoted.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office charged that the local Sambo chief, whose name could not be identified because he is on trial, received 22 million won from the advertisers in 2006, claiming that he owned the exclusive right to locally use Emelianenko's identity for commercial promotion. He was only entitled to a one-year negotiation right with Emelianenko and was yet to sign the real contract granting him the fighter's publicity, prosecutors said. The man was indicted without physical detention, said Lee Tae-gwan, a prosecutor in charge of the case.

The beekeeper agency chief was not indicted.



The 19-second commercial starts with a victorious scene of Emelianenko in a wrestling ring, followed by footage of a bee landing on a yellow rape flower. Then the image of a plain, expressionless Emelianenko returns, as he drinks a bottle of the honey and says " Seonyu Honey is good."

In the complaint, his representative said, "Fedor is the sports star who commands the image of being the strongest fighter in the world... The defendants damaged Fedor's image by producing commercials that do not fit his powerful image and were made with shoddy footage."

Besides the compensation, his representative asked the advertisers to run an apology in mass-circulation newspapers in South Korea. (Yonhap)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

CUNG LE NEW CHAMPION OVER FRANK SHAMROCK


Silicon Valley waited nearly 10 years for Frank Shamrock to face off against Cung Le.

When the two fought finally Saturday night in a battle for the Strikeforce middleweight championship, nobody was disappointed.

Le used his kicks to keep Shamrock out of good punching range, and wrestled to stay away from Shamrock’s submission skills for three rounds. The fight was stopped before Round 4 after Shamrock suffered a broken right forearm.

With the win, Le took his former training partner’s title and became the first person to defeat Shamrock by stoppage under modern MMA rules.

THE VID....

M-1 IS NOW ADRENALINE

Most of the MMA blogosphere and mainstream sites received emails yesterday from M-1 Global’s Brian Patton regarding the recent shift of M-1 Global’s American division to a new name. M-1 Global will now be known as Adrenaline MMA, and it also released a press release on two big name heavyweight signings:

Sylvia and Ben Rothwell have signed multi-fight contracts with the newly-formed promotion.
Sylvia (24-4) is a former 2-time UFC heavyweight champion, while Rothwell (31-5) was undefeated in the IFL for the champion Quad Cities Silverbacks.
Sylvia, 6-foot-8 and 265 pounds, has fought 13 times in the UFC and defeated top performers like Jeff Monson, Andre Arlovski (twice), Brandon Vera, Ricco Rodriguez and Assuerio Silva.
“Adrenaline is a new promotion, but it allows fighters to fight for other organizations… that’s huge,” Sylvia said. “I’ve got 3 to 4 years left and want to fight as much as possible, so this is the perfect choice for me at this time.”
Rothwell, 6-5 and 265, has won 13 straight bouts, including all 9 of his IFL fights.
“Adrenaline will give me the chance to take things to the next level,” Rothwell said. “I’m ready to see how I fare against the best heavyweights in the world.”
Sylvia and Rothwell both train at Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa.

The big question here is whether or not Tim will actually have some upside in this small-time promotion. According to Monte Cox, the new promotion won’t be the size of EliteXC or UFC, but it may reach a size equivalent to WEC. It’ll also begin moving into larger midwestern markets with their first show possibly being in Chicago. With such a big market in Chicago, Adrenaline could start out with some profit on a small scale.

For Sylvia and Rothwell, this could potentially be a good deal for them if they manage to get bouts in other promotions that have some legitimate fighters. EliteXC is definitely going to be pursuing a way to grab the recognizable name in Sylvia for their CBS shows. Signing with a promotion that has non-exclusive clauses could work out great for Sylvia, but there still remains two huge problems.

Sylvia’s reputation as a boring fighter that simply uses his size to win is renowned to UFC fans everywhere. He’s booed in nearly every single performance he has even though he wins. Can this change? The consensus is that it’s possible that Sylvia’s style could pick up a step if he fights non-UFC competition in other promotions. Sylvia vs. Antonio Silva or Ricco Rodriguez could be exciting? I’m not exactly convinced, but if Sylvia doesn’t do something to liven up his game, his UFC departure could spell disaster for his career down the road. Then again, Sylvia says he only has a few years left in his career, so maybe he can go out with a substantial amount of cash in his pocket before it is all said and done.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

SILVIA IS OFFICALLY GONE FROM THE UFC

Tim Sylvia Comments On UFC Departure
Posted by Dustin James on 03.29.2008

And look at who he challenges......

Tim Sylvia appearead on "Inside MMA" on HDnet last night and made the following comments:

On his decision to leave the UFC:

"I've pretty much come to a crossroads in my career, and there's a lot of big things happening in the MMA world, and especially outside of the UFC."

On signing with Adrenaline MMA:

"Adrenaline is a new promotion, but it allows fighters to fight for other organizations -- that's huge. I've got three to four years left and want to fight as much as possible, so this is the perfect choice for me at this time."

On where and who he would like to fight next:

"Japan's starting to get some big shows going again, and Affliction show is going to be happening, so I'm looking to fight in all of them. Be real active, fight five or six times a year. And there's a guy out there named Fedor [Emelianenko], who I'd like to fight. And I think the only way that's going to happen is by me leaving the UFC."

QUINTON JACKSON SPEAKS HIS MIND , AIN'T SKEERD OF NO CHUMP MURDERER


UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was a guest on the Opie and Anthony show today. Quinton has been on the show before and has good chemistry with the boys.

I did my best to transcribe some of the interview. It’s paraphrased, but not exaggerated. Quinton discussed the following topics with the boys: “The Ultimate Fighter: 8” , Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Brock Lesnar, Kimbo Slice, getting into fighting shape, and the shady operations of now defunct Pride organization.

Quinton mentioned he was out of shape, probably because he has been filming “The Ultimate Fighter 8” show . He mentioned that if he had to get into fighting shape, he could do it in 8 weeks flat while training around five and a half hours a day.

On being a fan friendly fighter:


After the fight where I knocked Chuck out, I got booed. I was devastated. I am a fan friendly fighter. I noticed after that fight [the Liddell fight] I wasn’t that fan friendly to American fans anymore. I’ve always been an international fighter because I fought in Japan and have been more friend family over there

Jim Norton brings up the topic of fighter styles, and how Rampage lost to Wanderlei Silva two times in Pride.
Rampage made some interesting comments about Pride. He starts of by stating that “he doesn’t know” how much he can say, but he makes suggestions about referees favoring fighters to induce desirable outcomes.


I think that if I fought Wanderlei Silva in the UFC I would have beat him. Wanderlei was the chuck Liddell of Pride. If you were beating Wanderlei on the ground, the referee’s would stand you right up. It happened to me. It happened to other fighters that fought him.

Interesting note. I’d like to go back to some of Wanderlei’s fights to watch for this.

Rampage goes on about potential shady goings on during his stint in Pride:


It’s tougher to fight in Pride . The UFC is ran by regular people… Pride wasn’t. I don’t know how much I can say. The UFC is real. The referee can kind of alter the fight in Pride.

He also mentions how the Japanese government, or “other” powerful organizations, might have favored certain fighters. The Yakuza? Who knows.

More on Wanderlei Silva:


Me and Silva don’t even talk to each other. Silva is the type of guy that thinks everyone should be afraid of him. The way I react around him is different. I am not afraid of Wanderlei Silva. They call him “The Axe Murder” because he destroys people in his fights. They threw him chumps and he murdered them. Look at his record of guys he fought. This guy is “The Chump Murderer”. I speak my mind around him and he looks at me all crazy like I shouldn’t be saying that. I think some of the referees took payoffs in Pride. In Japan, I promise you something was up.

On Kimbo Slice:


I heard Kimbo Slice is calling me out. Hold on dawg, you aren’t even in my weight class! You don’t even fight in my organization! Why don’t you call out the heavyweight champion?

On pro wrestlers and Brock Lesnar:


I think that it’s good that pro wrestlers can come over and do some real stuff. Brock Lesnar came and didn’t bring and WWE with him. He didn’t act a fool or nothing like that. He did a good job, he almost finished Mir.

Interesting side notes: – Says to look out for the “purple nurple” in his next fight, a title defense against Forrest Griffin – Was not the slightest bit phased by the infamous video “Two girls one cup” – Rampage thinks the video is fake.

WOW WTF??????


The Affliction Clothing people have spared no expense in their latest ad. The who's who of the fight world are featured in the 2 1/2-minute spot, including Canada's own Georges St. Pierre. The ad also features Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Couture, Fedor Emelianenko, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and others rocking out to a Suicidal Tendencies tune. To view the full ad, check out the scrapyard blog at canoe.ca.

FEDOR'S A WANTED MAN

It's official: Fedor is a free agent again. The bidding has already begun for Fedor Emelianenko as his deal with M-1 came to an abrupt end. Ever-growing fight club EliteXC is talking to the Russian heavyweight. No doubt the UFC is also whispering in his ear again.

NINJA GOES PRIME TIME

The lineup is coming together for EliteXC's fight card May 31 on CBS. The first-ever MMA event to be aired on prime-time network TV will feature Phil Baroni taking on Murilo "Ninja" Rua. Female fighters Gina Carano and Kaitlin Young will also square off. The main event will feature Kimbo Slice taking on a to-be-determined opponent.

FIGHT'S GONE TO POT

Nick Diaz has pulled out of tonight's Strikeforce/EliteXC event. Sherdog.com is reporting the California State Athletic Commission refused to allow Diaz to fight, citing his medical reports weren't filed on time. Diaz management says the commission has a problem with the fighter's prescription marijuana use to treat his Attention Deficit Disorder. The main event features Frank Shamrock taking on Cung Le. It is available on The Fight Network.

WOW O FUCKIN WOW

Impact notes, WWE star in trouble, tons of drugs in MMA, Fedor free, tons more
By Bryan Alvarez
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- Last night's Impact taping was apparently a disaster live in that hundreds and hundreds of people were turned away at the door. You'd think that with 80,000 people coming into the city for wrestling someone would have thought, hey, maybe we should move the show to a bigger building. You'd think a lot of things about TNA. Tonight's show, head-to-head with ROH, features Sting vs. James Storm in the main event.

- Yes, that was Highlander Robbie at Impact last night. No, WWE was not happy. All of the talent has been told they are NOT to gallivant with any TNA performers over the weekend.

- Big MMA stories of the day include the announcement that Fedor Emelianenko is now once again a free agent, having severed ties with the M-1 promotion, and that Tim Sylvia should announce either today or tomorrow that he will no longer be fighting for UFC.

- Nick Diaz is also off Saturday's EliteXC show. His list of medications submitted to the CSAC included marijuana, and in order for the commission to OK that they have to have a consultation with his doctor, and there wasn't enough time to schedule such a thing. Diaz is threatening legal action, saying even if they'd tested him for the fight he'd have been clean. Jae Suk Lim, who was supposed to face Diaz, will now be facing Drew Fickett, who was supposed to be facing Jake Shields. We'll run down the entire card tomorrow.

- If you didn't see it, the Lance Storm Figure Four Daily is up right now for members. It's a 45-minute show FANTASY BOOKING WRESTLEMANIA~! and discussing Lance's memories of Ric Flair. Fun show. It's the third of four straight Figure Four Dailies, as Wednesday we were joined by Larry Barnes and Larry Sweeney and Thursday by Buddy Wayne. We should have a few audios from Orlando up in the next few days as well. It's WrestleMania weekend and TONS of stuff is happening, so there's never been a better time to sign up!

- Leonard Garcia of WEC was also arrested this week due to allegedly participating in a major Texas cocaine ring. Whoops. Well, he was a flyweight.

- Frank Shamrock will be on Jimmy Kimmell tonight hyping up his EliteXC fight with Cung Le tomorrow.

- Sid Vicious (yes) returns to wrestling for the NWA on April 18th in Rhode Island. He says this is the start of his big comeback. I believe he's 48.

- Mayweather on ESPN radio said he'd be wearing boxing gloves in his match with Big Show, and that tons of dudes would be around ringside.

- Smackdown tonight has MVP vs. Chris Jericho in a US Champion vs. IC Champion match.

- Irv Muchnick with the latest on Benoit

- Hogan wackiness

- National story on Ultimate Fighting expanding to include KIDS

- Fascinating interview with Shawn


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Friday, March 28, 2008

DEF LEPPARD KICKS IT OFF IN GREENSBORO,NC



DEF LEPPARD kicked off its North American tour last night (Thursday, March 27) at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina,A.K.A the above photo....

The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Rocket
02. Animal
03. Let's Get Rocked
04. Foolin'
05. Mirror Mirror
06. Nine Lives
07. Love Bites
08. (Bass Solo)
09. Rock On
10. Two Steps Behind
11. Bringin' on the Heartbreak
12. Switch 625
13. Hysteria
14. Armageddon It
15. Photograph
16. Pour Some Sugar on Me
Encore:
17. Rock of Ages

I was supreised only one "new song" made it in ...they were right when Joe said they have to bring inthe new songs slowly ,,especially since the album isn't due out for five weeks ..even though some of us have a " real copy " not a radio rip of " Nine Lives " itsa awesome ...good song to pick to break em in....I heard all the rest of the songs on Rockline..sounded pretty good but its hard to jam out to songs you've only heard once,,, as for Nine Lives ...I hear it everyday cuz it grows on me ....later...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

UMMM ,..OK WHO DID'NT SEE DON KING COMING ?


Well it was just a matter of time until more news on this huge story broke and here it is. Seems world famous boxing promoter Don King has stepped forward and offered to promote a boxing match between Roy Jones Jr. and Anderson Silva. It seems like Don King has contacted the UFC and made the offer rather then approaching Silva himself, which is probably a good idea because Dana White is bound to be fairly strict on how and where this fight will go down.

With the worlds biggest boxing promoter trying to get this fight to happen it seems like it’s only a matter of time now. There are really only two things that stand in the way of this fight happening. One, Roy backing out due to a pay cut in his match, boxers are paid a amazing amount of money for their fights especially when they are of Jones Calibre. It’s doubtful this would be an issue though because everyone is predicting this to be the biggest PPV event of all time. The other thing potentially standing in the way of the fight happening is Dana White and the UFC, he may be a bit wary of co promoting and dealing with all the problems that come with it, considering the headache that was the pride buyout. More information on this story as it develops.

URIJAH FABER VS JENS PULVER OFFICIAL! OOOOHHH YEAH!!!


World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced Wednesday morning that WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (20-1) will defend his title against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver (22-8-1) on Sunday, June 1st at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

The event will be available on VERSUS, starting at 9 p.m. ET. The announcement means that speculation that the fight would possibly be shown on pay-per-view is incorrect.

Also officially announced is WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres’ first title defense, to take place in a bout against Manny Tapia, 10-0-1. Torres, 33-1, won the title from Chase Beebe following a guillotine choke submission in the first round at WEC 32 on February 13.

Former NCAA amateur wrestling champion Mark Munoz, 3-0, will also make his WEC debut on the card, according to the press release issued by the promotion. The highly-touted Munoz will be moving from light heavyweight to middleweight for his bout. An opponent has yet to be named.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

MORE FEDOR RUMORS - GOOD SOURCES THOUGH


Elite Xtreme Combat has offered Fedor Emelianenko a four-fight, 18-month contract, according to a report by the website Nokaut.com.

According to the report, under terms of the proposed deal, Emelianenko's first two fights would take place on CBS with the final two fights taking place on pay-per-view. Financial terms have not been revealed, but it is believed that Fedor is being offered a portion of PPV revenue.

Officials from EliteXC have yet to comment on the report.

Fedor's true contractual status at this time is uncertain. It was announced in October that he had signed with M-1 Global as its signature star. However, according to a report by Sherdog.com, Fedor never signed a formal contract with the promotion and only signed a letter of intent. M-1 Global vice president Brian Patton was reported to have denied the Sherdog story, claiming that he watched the contract being signed.

It is interesting to note that according to the Nokaut report, Fedor would have to be announced as being from M-1 Global under terms of the EliteXC proposal.

While there is still much uncertainty, it is widely known within the MMA industry that Emelianenko's management has been soliciting proposals from various promotions over the course of the past several months. In addition to EliteXC, the UFC and Golden Boy Promotions/Affliction have reportedly expressed an interest.

We'll have more details as they become available.

Sam Caplan

Lead Writer/Editor - ProElite.com

Monday, March 24, 2008

JOE ELLIOTT INTERVIEW NEW 3-21-08 CRASHED RADIO STATIONS WEBSITE


Here's what was posted on defleppard.com

WMMR INTERVIEWS JOE (posted 03.23)

Markus Goldman of Pennsylvania's 93.3 WMMR wrote in to tell us about an interview he did with Joe Elliott last week that is now available on WMMR's web site. The interview, lasting almost an hour, can be downloaded from this page

Well the demand was so high it crashed thier servers , so if you want to hear Joe tak you gotta new place to get it ...rapidshare its free , but it makes you wait a little ...


clickity click here!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

FEDOR EMELIANENKO INTERVIEW



Complex: You shot a commercial for Affliction clothing last Friday with Randy Couture. Did you two discuss a possible fight between takes?
Fedor Emelianenko: We just took photos and did the commercial. We talked about different stuff - about our families, we invited each other to our homes. Randy talked about how he visited Russia to train one time. That’s about it.

C: Randy’s made it clear that you’re the one person left that he wants to fight. If it never happened, at the end of your career would you feel like you missed out on something special?
Fedor Emelianenko: If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. That’s it. But I think it’s going to take place because I think that everyone wants it.

C: Who do you think wants it more: You, Randy or the fans?
Fedor Emelianenko: The fans want it more.

C: Do you hear it directly from fans?
Fedor Emelianenko: I don’t hear it in person from the fans, but I know it from the questions that the media ask me and from the Internet, so I feel they want me to fight Randy.

C: What would a fight like that mean to you? What would you gain from it?
Fedor Emelianenko: If I win, I would be considered one of the strongest fighters ever.



C: Beside Couture, what other heavyweights you’d like to meet in the ring?
Fedor Emelianenko: (laughs) I don’t know who else would agree to fight me.

C: Would you ever consider dropping down to light heavyweight in order to find a good fight?
Fedor Emelianenko: I would never consider that because I feel comfortable where I am right now. Also, I’d have to diet a lot, and I don’t like that. (laughs)

C: On New Year’s Eve you fought Hong-Man Choi, one of the largest competitors (7′ 2″ and 350 lbs.) in MMA. What adjustments did you have to make to fight someone of his size?
Fedor Emelianenko: I didn’t have any adjustments or anything. Me and my trainer set up a strategy when we saw his fights on television. Then me and my team trained together, and they would try and copy some of his movements and actions.

C: What draws you to this? What got you involved in fighting?
Fedor Emelianenko: When I was little, my mom said, ‘Why don’t you and try (martial arts),’ and I did and I liked it. I fanatically started training and really got into it. It grew and grew each year. That’s how I got into sambo and judo first and then I decided to do MMA after that.

C: What made that decision for you, to go from practicing strict martial arts to actually getting in the ring?
Fedor Emelianenko: I needed money. (laughs)

C: If not MMA, where would you be?
Fedor Emelianenko: Probably I would be still doing sambo and judo. Maybe training younger fighters.

C: Vladimir Putin shows up to your fights on occasion, and the idea of our president showing up to support a fighter seems strange here in America. Have you talked with Putin?
Fedor Emelianenko: Putin once visited me after a fight. Our president is very athletic. He develops and tried to give more attention to sports in Russia right now, which is nice. We did talk.

C: So, would he take out President Bush in a fight?
Fedor Emelianenko: Our president is a black belt in judo and he is also a master in sambo. So if they did that … (laughs) But I think that our leaders should decide their issues in a different way.

C: In between fights, what else are you doing besides preparing for that next match?
Fedor Emelianenko: I have two sambo tournaments including the President’s Championship. The rest of the time, I’m just planning to be with family.

–Interview by Robert Spuhler Complex.com

GOLDEN BOY STEPPING RIGHT UP


The word behind the new Golden Boy Promotions/Affliction MMA organization is that they already have Matt “The Law” Lindland signed to a three-fight contract, and are chasing after a few other big name fighters as well. Fedor Emelianenko has been linked with the new organization, but according to Inside MMA they are also looking to sign Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell and Aleksander Emelianenko.

For those who aren’t aware, Golden Boy/Affliction have the money to pony up and sign all of the aforementioned fighters. The only problem that they are going to run into is whether or not those fighters would be willing to forgo the UFC’s limelight for an up-and-coming organization.

With Oscar De La Hoya at the helm though, there’s no doubt that there will be immediate fanfare and name recognition as soon as they hold their first event.

Rumor has it that they are looking to hold their first event sometime in June in Las Vegas, but obviously they’d have to have some fighters signed before holding an event.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

DON FRYE OUT , PATRICK SMITH IN !


Don “The Predator’ Frye will not be competing in the March 21st MMA event, promoted by Yamma. Here’s the press release:
Don “The Predator” Frye withdraws Due to Injury; Will Provide Commentary for the Fight

New York, March 21, 2008 - Today YAMMA Pit Fighting (YPF), a new mixed martial arts (MMA) organization created by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) founder Bob Meyrowitz, announced that “Masters Superfight” participant Don “The Predator” Frye has withdrawn from the organization’s debut due to surgery on his shoulder. Frye injured his shoulder while training for the YAMMA Pit Fighting April 11 pay-per-view event, in which he was scheduled to face MMA legend Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov. Frye will still attend the fight and will provide commentary.

Frye will be replaced by legendary MMA fighter Patrick Smith, an American mixed martial artist and professional kick boxer. Smith gained notoriety in the early days of the UFC with his commanding wins in several memorable fights, including his defeat of Ninjitsu practitioner Scott Morris in UFC 2. The Denver, Colorado native stands 6 ft 2 in tall and weighs 230lbs., and has won five of his last six MMA fights.

Smith had been scheduled to face Taktarov in the UFC 6 tournament, but had to pull out of the match due to injuries suffered in an earlier tournament fight. Taktarov went on to win the tournament and capture the UFC 6 championship. MMA enthusiasts that have wondered what the outcome would have been had Smith not suffered the injury just may get their answer. On April 11th in Atlantic City, Oleg Taktarov and Patrick Smith will finally meet in a fight 10 years in the making.

“We regret to announce that Don Frye has suffered an injury and will be unable to compete,” said Bob Meyrowitz, Rope Partners. “However, I am happy to say that Don will be joining us on April 11 and will provide expert commentary for the Masters Superfight between Oleg Taktarov and Patrick Smith. We look forward to Don competing in YAMMA Pit Fighting in the future.”

The YAMMA Pit Fighting event, comprised of an eight-man tournament for the title of YAMMA Heavyweight Champion and two ‘Masters Superfights,’ will air live from the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on April 11, 2008. The other ‘Masters Superfight’ will feature Eric “Butterbean” Esch versus Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge. Tickets for the event went on sale March 8 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Trump Taj Mahal Box Office. The live pay-per-view broadcast is available in the United States and Canada through In Demand Networks, TVN Entertainment, Bell ExpressVu, Viewer’s Choice Canada and Dish Network.

The April 11th event will unveil “The YAMMA,” an evolution of the traditional fighting structure that will change how the fight is fought and the strategy the fighters must use to win. This new “ring” has been specifically designed to keep the fighting more explosive and continuous.

For the first time in over a decade, MMA will return to its origins by reviving the hugely popular tournament format, in which fighters will participate in multiple fights on their way to claiming the ultimate victory, the title of YAMMA Heavyweight Champion. The format will test the endurance and skill of each fighter, as victory in each round is rewarded not with extended rest, but with another fight. Tournament fighting has long been a huge draw for dedicated MMA fans due to the non-stop action provided by fight-after-fight formatting.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

WHEN MMA GOES MAINSTREAM ON CBS, ROBBIE LAWLER & KIMBO MAY BE THERE !


CBS and ProElite, Inc. on Thursday announced that the first live primetime mixed martial arts event will be telecast on Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network. CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights will be telecast live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

A number of top fighters are expected to be on the card including a main event featuring Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson against an as of yet unnamed opponent.

One fight that was officially announced for the card is “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler returning to action to defend his EliteXC middleweight title against Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting middleweight veteran Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith.

Additional fights will be announced at a later date.

“We’re excited to introduce broadcast television viewers to America’s fastest growing sport with this prime time event,” said Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime. “EliteXC is putting together a line-up card that showcases the unique personalities, world-class athleticism, and raw power and emotion that characterizes mixed martial arts.”

The announcement about EliteXC’s partnership with CBS came a few weeks back. ProElite Live Events President Gary Shaw has been vocal about his excitement for the opportunity to present mixed martial arts on network television.

“I am very happy for the highly trained fighters, who will finally get the kind of exposure they deserve, and, of course, the viewers, who will get the opportunity to learn that MMA is truly a sport that requires an abundance of skills, both mentally and physically,” said Shaw via a press release on Thursday.

Showtime Sports will handle the production on the CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, which are currently slated at four events per year in the two-hour primetime slot.

More announcements are expected to follow about the show including the broadcast team that will handle the announcing duties for the show.

Monday, March 17, 2008

PAT MILETICH FACT


Pat Miletich. His inspiration was his own uncle Johnny Miletich a member of the US Boxing squad at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Pat trained at the Davenport Boxing Club there in his hometown in Iowa his trainer was Alvino Pena.

MIRCO's DEBUT IN JAPAN AT SATURDAYS DREAM 1

Mirko Cro Cop Filipović VS Tatsuya Mizuno Video enjoy it while you can , no guessing how long before this gets removed ...




Saturday, March 15, 2008

FEDOR VS RANDY ON HDNET ! HOLY CRAP!!!


Todd Yeakle from redsweat.com says the debut of DREAM.1 wasn’t televised in the US, you can look forward to watching the rest of the DREAM events in 2008, live and in high definition.

The director of FEGUSA, Mike Kogan, informed Sherdog on Friday that FEG (Fight Entertainment Group) and Mark Cuban’s HDNet are very close to sealing a deal that would televise a total of six DREAM events from Japan in 2008.

For those of you who missed the DREAM.1 Lightweight Grand Prix don’t fret. If everything goes through with the deal, a delayed broadcast of DREAM.1 could air next week. The next event to air on the high definition network will be DREAM.2 on April 29 featuring the first round of the much anticipated Middleweight Grand Prix. All future events should be "near live" according to Kogan. Although the deal has not been officially signed yet, Kogan says that it is very close to being finalized and that the most important aspects of the deal are already agreed upon.

HDNet is already a huge player in the field of mixed martial arts promotion and is scheduled to air at least 24 live events in 2008. HDNet continues to grow and recently partnered with Strikeforce to air four events during 2008. Other partners that have been acquired by the network include Maximum Fighting Championships and the International Fight League.

HDNet also recently got involved with the UFC / Randy Couture debacle which has grown into a full fledged circus act over the past few months. HDNet sued Zuffa in February and signed Couture to a deal that will begin when his UFC contract expires. Mark Cuban’s plan is to promote a fight between "The Natural" and of course "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko. The earliest the fight could take place would be in the fall.

I will keep you updated on further details. Don’t go far, more MMA news is on the way!

AS REQUESTED BY READERS LYRICS TO "NINE LIVES" BY DEF LEPPARD


(Feat. Tim McGraw)

(Tim McGraw)
Is your luck enough
is your touch enough
c'mon girl
can you keep it up
is your bluff enough

(Def Leppard)
are you tough enough
is your stuff enough
can you start it up
are you sharp enough
let it roll, let em go, let em fly
took a chance on a chance
but the aces were high
get it on, give it up, give it in
you stole the wages of sin
got to be in it to win

Chorus
nine lives, nine times to die
i've been bitten once - Tim McGraw
but i won't be twice shy - Tim McGraw
nine lives, nine times to die
come on and show me your hand
cause it's your time to cry

have you lost your touch
are the stakes too much
did you spin the wheel
and could you close a deal.
Yeah, yeah!
let it roll, let em go, give em style
took a chance on a chance
but the deuces were wild
get it on, give it up, give it in
you stole the wages of sin
cause you're in it to win

Chorus
nine lives, nine times to die
i've been bitten once
but i won't be twice shy
nine lives, nine times to die
come on and show me your hand - Tim McGraw
cause it's your turn to cry - Tim McGraw

Hey! -

Guitar Solo - Phil Collen.

let it roll, let em go, let em fly
took a chance on a chance
but the aces were high
get it on, give it up, give it in
you stole the wages of sin
got to be in it to win

Chorus
nine lives, nine times to die
i've been bitten once
but i won't be twice shy
nine lives, nine times to die
come on and show me your hand
cause it's your turn to cry

nine lives, nine times to die
i've been bitten once
but i won't be shy twice
nine lives, nine times to die
it's russian roulette
with every roll of your dice

and nine lives is all we're gonna get - ?
I said all we're gonna get yeah - ?
nine lives, nine times to die
you've just bitten less than your nine lives.
www.onlylyrics.com

Thursday, March 13, 2008

FEDOR IS A FREE AGENT !!!!!!!!!


This story seems to be on repeat month to month in the world of mma. Yet again, Fedor Emelianenko is officially a free agent. Dana White and the Ultimate Fighting Championship have the chance to right a wrong and sign the greatest heavyweight in mma history. Could we see Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko this year in UFC? Here we go again.

The Couture-Fedor match is more possible today than it was a week ago. Dana White and Fedor’s management have had a public war of words for almost a year. Dana had the chance to sign Fedor several times, yet could not close the deal. Fedor has fought twice since UFC bought PRIDE FC and recently signed a deal with M-1 Global Affiliation. After one fight for M-1, the company is about to go under and Fedor will once again be a free agent.

Dana White needs to make this happen now more than ever. Letting Fedor get away was Dana’s biggest mistake. The agreement between CBS and Elite XC gives UFC some legitimate competition. CBS will air Elite XC fights live on their network. The deal could put Elite XC on more televisions than UFC could ever dream of with Spike or pay-per-view.

Dana White needs to put his ego aside and sign the man that could make the ultimate mma dream match a reality. The dream match in mma has been Couture vs. Emelianenko for some time now. Once UFC couldn’t sign Emelianenko, Couture quit UFC and planned to sit out his contract until he can fight Emelianenko somewhere else. For Couture, it is just as much about time as it is money. Couture can’t wait out this match like Quinton Jackson and Chuck Liddell or Liddell and Wanderlei Silva did. He needs this match made now or within a year.

For UFC, they have no more excuses for not signing Emelianenko. UFC has the money. After they couldn’t sign Emelianenko, UFC signed Brock Lesnar for a seven-figure contract. The only problem is that without Couture, there are no dream matches for Lesnar. Lesnar is going to have to draw on his own. If Lesnar goes 0-2, the freak show has less appeal and the investment in a bomb.

What money matches does UFC have left? None of their golden boys have titles. Two of their golden boys are on the verge of retirement. Tito Ortiz is out after his next fight unless he signs a new deal. Unless Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre change weight classes to fight each other, UFC has nothing on the horizon for 2008. Signing one guy could change everything for UFC.

It is put up or shut up for Dana White. Dana White has to get this deal done. UFC is the hot hand right now, but what do they have for 2009? The future looks like a few great fighters with no serious challengers in line for title shots. The only dream matches that are possible are re-matches, which are tainted with losses in between them. Until UFC signs Fedor Emelianenko, Dana White cannot claim that UFC has the best fighters in the world.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

DEF LEPPARDS NEW NINE LIVES _ HEAR THE FULL SONG NOW !!





LISTEN TO NINE LIVES NOW CLICK HERE!!!!

CRO COP ~ NOT PICTURE WORTHY , BUT ......

Contrary to earlier reports that had Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic taking on Hero’s and Pride veteran Yoshihiro Nakao on March 15 – as the Croatian stated on his personal blog, Dream has announced that Filipovic will face Pancrase veteran Tatsuya Mizuno on its debut card.

Filipovic returns following back-to-back losses, both in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where the Croatian striker made his debut a little over a year ago. In his last fight, at UFC 75, he dropped a listless decision to French striker Cheick Kongo.

He was released from his UFC contract earlier this year, which set the stage for Filipovic to return to Japan, where he will compete for the newly formed Dream promotion. Dream is a partnership between Fight Entertainment Group and former staff members of Dream Stage Entertainment.

He will face off with Tatsuya Mizuno, a disciple of Pride and Hero’s veteran Kiyoshi Tamura, who has competed in Pancrase his entire mixed martial arts career. Mizuno comes off a stoppage victory over former Japanese pro wrestler Masayuki Kono at Pancrase Rising 9.

This will be Filipovic’s first fight in Japan since he won the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix in 2006.

ANDERSON SILVA WANTS TO BOX ROY JONES JR !!!!! NO SHIT !!


Since joining the ranks of the Ultimate Fighting Championship less than two years ago, middleweight champion Anderson Silva has all but cleaned house. He debuted with a dismantling of highly touted Ultimate Fighter alumnus Chris Leben, immediately captured the title from then-champion Rich Franklin, and hasn’t looked back since.

He fended off challenges by Ultimate Fighter season four winner Travis Lutter and seven-time King of Pancrase Nate Marquardt, before once again stopping Franklin. Most recently, at UFC 82, he submitted former Pride champion Dan Henderson to solidify his position as the No. 1 middleweight in the world.

In short, Silva appears unstoppable.

There are still challenges for him to face in the Octagon – Yushin Okami springs immediately to mind and a much touted drop to welterweight to challenge Georges St. Pierre – but he may soon be looking to another challenge, outside of his chosen sport.

“Anderson really would love to fight Roy Jones, Jr. in a boxing match,” says his manager, Ed Soares, confirming recent speculation. “It’s not just talk, we really would like to put that fight together.”

That’s not to say the Silva discounts Jones’ abilities. Both he and Jones, at times, have been regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in their respective sports. But Silva feels that fighters in mixed martial arts are often unjustly criticized as not being as technically proficient as their boxing counterparts, a misconception that he would like to dispel.

“We respect Jones’ boxing ability and think he’s one of the best,” said Soares, “but we’re tired of different boxers saying that MMA fighters aren’t technical. Anderson would love to fight Roy Jones in a boxing match under boxing rules to prove that MMA fighters are technical, too.”

There has been much chatter in the past about Jones stepping into the Octagon to fight; something that he spoke to BoxingScene.com’s Mark Vester about last year, saying, “Now, I can't get on the ground and start wrestling because I know nothing about that. But if I hit him before he gets to the ground, he's not going to get up and have the chance to wrestle."

Unlike many boxers, Jones has actually had a lot of positives to say about the sport, as he told Vester, “UFC is the best fighting the best and that’s what boxing has to do. If you are an ultimate fighter, you are going to fight someone who is going to fight. In UFC, if you lose to a good fighter, you lost, you still know you are good fighter, and you come back the next day and fight again. In boxing, if you lose and that's it. You are done. I lose a few fights, they want to tell me I'm washed up and I don't have it no more."

Thus far though, Jones hasn’t commented about fighting a mixed martial artist on his terms, in his ring. Whether it ever becomes a reality or not, it is a fight that would surely be marquee both for boxing aficionados and mixed martial arts purists alike.

Monday, March 10, 2008

BOTH SHAMROCKS GET TKO'ed IN ONE EVENT!


CAGE RAGE 25 – BRING IT ON Results

Robert “Buzz” Berry def Ken Shamrock via KO R1 3:26
Masakazu Imanari def Jean Silva via Reverse Heel Hook R1 2:30
Rob Broughton def Neil Grove via Majority Decision R3 5:00
Tom Watson def Pierre Guillet via KO R1 2:05
Mustapha Al-Turk def Gary Turner via GNP R1 3:19
Ivan Serati def Roman Webber via KO R1 0:48
Henrique Santana def Michael Johnson via Unanimous Decision R3 5:00
Aisling Daly def Aysen Berik via GNP R1 1:49
Giorgio Andrews def Ryan Shamrock via TKO R1 5:00
John Hathaway def Marvin Arnold via GNP R1 1:32
John Phillips def Jake Bostwick via GNP R1 4:10

My question is how short will the slated KEN vs FRANK not last ...FRANK is still an ANIMAL and hasn't faded much at all in my opinion...!

RAY LEWIS, NFL , UFC , DREAM TEAM STUFF

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."

Saturday, March 08, 2008

NINE LIVES - DEF LEPPARD - NBA - ESPN - ABC

"Nine Lives" -- a new single featuring Def Leppard and Tim McGraw -- will be featured in the opening of NBA broadcasts on ABC through the rest of the season and on ABC and ESPN during the playoffs. The track is the first single from Def Leppard's new album, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, to be released April 29. McGraw and Def Leppard were in Los Angeles last week to shoot video footage for the opening segments. McGraw became friends with the rock musicians after making a guest appearance on "Pour Some Sugar on Me" during the band's 2006 appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. The "Nine Lives" video will debut this Sunday (March 9) prior to the NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns at 3:30 p.m. ET.

HERE IT IS UPDATE !!!!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

FEDOR vs RANDY , ALL OF A SUDDEN IT MAY HAPPEN . M-1 DEAD ?


Apy Echteld, one of Fedor’s agents, told ESPN The Magazine that Fedor could be a free agent as early as next week:

Apy Echteld, one of Emelianenko’s agents, confirmed what a source close to the situation previously told The Magazine: M-1 Global and Emelianenko will part ways some time in the next week, making the Russian a free agent. Divorce negotiations are ongoing right now, with a formal announcement likely for in the next few days. “Officially, yes, Fedor will be a free agent,” Echteld says.

And apparently Dana White is open to negotiation with Fedor and his people again should that be the case:

“Absolutely, 100 percent, in a heartbeat,” says White. “People think he’s the best—I don’t, not even close. But if it’s somehow possible, I would make it happen.”

“I like Randy, I genuinely like to think he’s a good guy,” White says. “As much as we’ve gone back and forth on this, I would sign Fedor and do everything possible to get Randy in the octagon with him. I’d do anything, because a., it’s a great fight and b., I think Randy would smash Fedor.”

I’ll believe all this when it comes to fruition, but don’t you think news like this regarding Fedor should be coming from Vadim Finklestein instead of Apy Echteld? Vadim is Fedor’s main agent and it just seems odd to me that this news isn’t coming from him. It’s nice to have hope, however, and for those of us pining for this fight, this is very good news.

OFFICIAL DEF LEPPARD SPARKLE LOUNGE COVER ART!!


After previously presenting two "teaser" covers (one with just the band logo and album title font, and one with a closed theatre curtain), we can now finally reveal what is behind the curtain and show you the final artwork for Def Leppard's new album "SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE!"
As you can see, the band went for a cover in the style of The Beatles' "SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND", by using a collage of photos of various people who have a connection with the band in one way or another. Apart from a number of pictures of the band members themselves (throughout the years), you'll find their parents, crew members, friends, and some artwork characters from the past.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

DEF LEPPARDS NEW CD OUT APRIL 29TH

March 3, 2008 - April 29th, 2008 will see the release of a brand new Def Leppard album.

Entitled Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, the album will feature 11 new tracks, one of which is a collaboration with Country superstar Tim McGraw.

The unlikely team-up between DL and McGraw began back in 2006 at the band's Hollywood Bowl show where the Country icon joined them on stage for an encore performance of "Pour Some Sugar on Me." They stayed in touch and when the band started writing the song "Nine Lives" they immediately thought of reaching out to McGraw to sing on it. Guitarist Phil Collen flew to Nashville to play it for McGraw who loved it and recorded the song in Nashville shortly after.

The bulk of the album was recorded last year during month-long stints at lead singer Joe Elliott's Dublin studio, the album's title refers to a backstage area called "The Sparkle Lounge" on Def Leppard's 2006 tour where the band would go to write songs.

"The whole record's got a great '70s feel," said lead singer Joe Elliott. "By our standards, it's a very different album as we've been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers. On the album there are classic Def Leppard songs and then there's also tracks that are very new-wave influenced while others sound like middle-to-late '70s AC/DC. There will definitely be some moments on it where anybody that's familiar with our music will go, 'Whoa! I wasn't expecting that!'"



Songs From the Sparkle Lounge Track Listing
Go
Nine Lives
C'mon C'mon
Love
Tomorrow
Cruise Control
Hallucinate
Only The Good Die Young
Bad Actress
Come Undone
Gotta Let It Go

The venerable rockers will kick off a Spring tour of the U.S. to celebrate the release of the new album. Dates of the tour will be forthcoming.

RASHAD EVANS vs CHUCK LIDDELL AT UFC 85


Rashad Evans will replace the injured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to face Chuck Liddell at UFC 85, according to a report from MMAWeekly:

“‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 2 winner, Rashad Evans, has signed on to face Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell as the main event of the upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship show in London on June 7th as confirmed to MMAWeekly.

Evans has long been rumored to face Brazilian light heavyweight Thiago Silva as a part of the May 24 card featuring B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk as the main event. Now Evans will step in to face Liddell.”

“Sugar” Rashad Evans (11-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC) remains undefeated, yet untested according to many in the MMA universe, so this fight should definitely help determine if Evans indeed has a place near the top of the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.

Evans will be giving up a significant height, reach, and experience to Liddell, who will likely be a heavy favorite going into the fight, especially after his recent win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79. Rashad Evans last appeared inside the octagon at UFC 78, where he walked away with a very close split decision win over Michael Bisping.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

UNITED STATES OF AMONEYCA





The U.S. has 469 billionaires and counting--54 more than last year.
Among the 77 new faces: George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees; Mark Zuckerberg, founder of social networking site Facebook; and brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who have clawed their way to billionairehood with their blood-sport business, Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Half the newcomers made their fortunes in finance or investments.
John Paulson and Philip Falcone became wealthy shorting subprime credit.
Returnees include Jones Apparel founder Sidney Kimmel.
Still, 23 tycoons couldn't keep up, including Starbucks (nasdaq: SBUX - news - people ) honcho Howard Schultz and home builder William Pulte.
Roy Disney fell off after divorcing his wife of 52 years, Patricia--and splitting his fortune.

MATTT LINDLAND.....


When Matt Lindland signed with Bodog Fight, he inked a three-fight, one-year deal. That deal expired with two of the three fights remaining.

He spoke with MMAWeekly.com recently about his tenure with BodogFight and his frustrations with the Calvin Ayre-owned promotion's business practices.

Lindland last competed in April of 2007 against Fedor Emelianenko in BodogFight: Clash of Nations in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has spent the last ten months expecting two more bouts and two more paydays. Neither came to fruition.

"I lived up to my end of the bargain," said the Greco-Roman wrestling Olympic silver-medalist. "I haven't fought since April, anticipating two more fights with Bodog.

"I was exclusive with them for that period of time. That's why I hadn't done any negotiations outside of that contract. I was upholding my end of the bargain and dealing with them with integrity and honesty. I was being forthright, but they weren't doing such. It was very difficult."

Explaining his contract situation with Bodog Fight, Lindland said, "My contract was with Sixth Row Productions. Bodog and Sixth Row intermingled funds. I mean, I could go after Bodog Fight, but they have no assets. They set up these shell companies and they're not paying their fighters. They don't honor their contracts. It was very disappointing."

Living up to his end of the contract, Lindland appeared frustrated with the situation. Realizing he wasn’t likely to get the fights promised him, he at least tried to come to some sort of settlement with Bodog Fight.

"Here I am asking them just to at least buy me out of this contract and they didn't offer me a single dollar. They owed me a lot of money. They owed me two more times in the ring too.” He continued, “I said, 'I don't want to just take your money, but if you're not going to put me in the ring could you guys pay me something for sitting out for twelve months?' That's ridiculous.”

Unfortunately, Lindland knows all too well that this sort of corporate behavior isn’t an anomaly.

"I run into that in this industry an awful lot … I used to be in the car business and there were a bunch of scumbags in that industry. I'm sure every industry has just these lying scumbags, but it seems like there's a lot in this business."

Regardless of what stipulations and fine print athletes have written into their contracts, Lindland doesn't believe a fighter can fully protect themselves against promoters.

"I don't think you can protect yourself entirely no matter what," said the Oregonian. "Dealing with the new company I'm signing with, we put in some upfront money and hopefully some guarantees, but I guess you can't (protect yourself). That's corporate America. You can't stop a company from going bankrupt and not having the funds, so it's just hard."

Lindland recently signed a three-fight, one-year contract with a start up promotion rumored to be a partnership between popular clothing company Affliction and Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Productions. The as yet unnamed promotion is expected to debut in June in Las Vegas.

CHUCK LIDDELLL OFF VS RUA SHOGUN!!!!


The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who had been scheduled to make his return to the Octagon against Chuck Liddell on June 7 in London, will instead be returning to the operating room.

Rua has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 85 bout with Liddell due a ruptured ACL in his left knee, the same injury that he had surgically repaired following his loss to Forrest Griffin in October at UFC 76.

The 26-year-old will once again require surgery on the injured knee, but no word is yet forthcoming on when we will be able to return to competition.

“I’ve never seen Shogun so motivated for a fight like this in years,” said Rua spokesman Eduardo Alonso. “This was like a new beginning for him.”

Rua, along with his brother Murilo “Ninja” and former Chute Boxe teammate Andre “Dida” Amade and his brother, formed a new camp of their own in Curitiba, Brazil prior to the scheduling of the bout with Liddell. The Rua brothers and Amade, until recently, were all members of the famed Brazilian Chute Boxe camp.

The promotion says that Liddell’s opponent for UFC 85 at London’s O2 Arena will be announced shortly.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

UFC 84 FIGHTERS ANNOUNCED !


ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP® ANNOUNCES

UFC 84: ILL WILL

UFC® WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

BJ PENN vs. SEAN SHERK

AND

TITO ORTIZ vs. LYOTO MACHIDA

WANDERLEI SILVA vs. KEITH JARDINE

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008

LIVE FROM MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA

Tickets Go on Sale Sunday, March 2 at 10am PST

Columbus, OH (USA) – The time for talking is over, and now UFC® Lightweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn and former champion Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk will have the chance to settle their score. On May 24, both men will step into the UFC Octagon™ to determine, once and for all, who is the undisputed king of the 155 pound division. Also, in back-to-back light heavyweight superfights, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy”, Tito Ortiz, will take on undefeated Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, and “The Axe Murderer”, Wanderlei Silva, will face “The Dean of Mean”, Keith Jardine. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization presents UFC 84: ILL WILL live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, May 24, 2008.

BJ Penn is a gifted athlete with great speed, flexibility and fantastic striking, and Sean Sherk is the best wrestler and likely the strongest fighter in the lightweight division,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Both believe they are the rightful 155 pound champion, and they’ve publicly traded insults about it – Penn has called Sherk a cheater and Sherk has stated he owns the belt – this should be a battle for the ages.”

HOW MUCH CASH WON IN UFC 82 ?? LET ME TELL YOU !


UFC 82: Pride of a Champion Fighter Payouts
Posted: 03 Mar 2008 03:57 PM CST MMA FEVER credits due....

Here are the results of the UFC 82 fighter payday...

Anderson Silva — $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Dan Henderson — $100,000
Silva defeated Henderson via RNC - R2

Heath Herring — $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Cheick Kongo — $30,000
Herring defeated Kongo via split decision

Chris Leben — $50,000 ( $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Alessio Sakara — $17,000
Leben defeated Sakara via TKO - R1

Yushin Okami — $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Evan Tanner — $25,000
Okami defeated Tanner via TKO - R2

Jon Fitch — $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Chris Wilson — $12,000
Fitch defeated Wilson via unanimous decision

Andrei Arlovski — $170,000 ($105,000 to show, $65,000 to win)
Jake O’Brien — $11,000
Arlovski defeated O’Brien via TKO - R2

Luigi Fioravanti — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Luke Cummo — $16,000
Fioravanti defeated Cummo via unanimous decision

Josh Koscheck — $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Dustin Hazelett — $12,000
Koscheck defeated Hazelett via TKO - R2

Diego Sanchez — $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
David Bielkheden — $8,000
Sanchez defeated Bielkheden via submission (verbal bitch tapout) - R1

Jorge Gurgel — $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
John Halverson — $3,000
Gurgel defeated Halverson via unanimous decision

*** In addition to the base payouts, Anderson Silva was awarded bonus monies for "Fight of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" = $120,000

Dan Henderson also received $60,000 for "Fight of the Night"

Chris Leben was awarded the 60K bonus for "Knockout of the Night

Monday, March 03, 2008

TIM SYLVIA AND THE UFC


After hinting that he may opt to leave the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the greener pastures of M-1 Global, Tim Sylvia now may be staying with the UFC after all, if they choose to sign him to a new deal that is.

The news comes from Five Ounces of Pain. Sam Caplan was able to sit down with Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, and discuss the situation.

“My situation with Tim is that we’re looking to re-sign with the UFC,” Cox told Caplan in the report. “We think he performed well against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He got caught but he certainly showed he’s top five in the world right now. We’d like to re-sign with the UFC. But if that’s not possible there are lots of options now.”

One of those other options would obviously be M-1, of which Cox currently serves as President and CEO of the organization. The chance of potentially fighting Fedor Emelianenko would easily draw Sylvia to a new home if necessary.

t was only last month when Sylvia posted some rather stinging comments when it came to his current perception of the UFC via the message forums on his official website.

“I have one fight left on my contract,” Sylvia said in February. “I want to stay with the UFC but I’m going to go where the money is right now. Brock is making more money than me but that has to change. I have a better name than him and I’m the better fighter. My manager runs M-1 so I have a pretty good way of getting in there.”

If Sylvia and the UFC are indeed unable to reach a new deal before the former champion’s next fight, he would become the third high-profile UFC star in recent months to finish their contract with the organization. Andrei Arlovski and Josh Koscheck both became free agents after their respective fights this past weekend.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

UFC 82 RESULTS !!




Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson
Cheick Kongo vs. Heath Herring
Yushin Okami defeats Evan Tanner via TKO (Knee) Round 2
Chris Leben defeats Alessio Sakara via TKO (Strikes) in Round 1
Jon Fitch defeats Chris Wilson via unanimous decision
Andrei Arlovski defeats Jake O’Brien via technical (strikes) in round two
Luigi Fioravanti defeats Luke Cummo via unanimous decision
Josh Koscheck defeats Dustin Hazelett via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Diego Sanchez defeats David Bielkheden via submission (verbal tapout because of strikes) in round one
Jorge Gurgel defeats John Halverson via unanimous decision

Saturday, March 01, 2008

MMA FEVER AREYOU DOWN WITH TITO?...LOL

... a little in the back of my throat when he was giving props to Tito Ortiz's fighting prowess. The Donald redeemed himself in my eyes later on by giving $50,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which was the Charity that Tito was representing after he fired Tito Ortiz from The Celebrity Apprentice show last night.

Someone, please explain to Tito what "exonerate" means because the MMA Fever Hall of Fame Tool doesn't have a clue.Posted by Greg Clark

TONIGHTS IFL RESULTS


Match One: Middleweights
Leopoldo Serao (11-6) vs. Josh Haynes (8-9)
Winner: Josh Haynes, Unanimous Decision

Match Two: Heavyweights
Alexandre Ferreira (15-5) vs. Lew Polley (9-1)
Winner: Alexandre Perreira, submission (standing guillotine) at 0:20 of Round One

Match Three: Welterweights
Jake Ellenberger (16-3) vs. Pat Healy (18-12)
Winner: Jake Ellenberger, Unanimous Decision

Match Four: IFL Lightweight Championship
John Gunderson (15-5) vs. Ryan Schultz (18-9-1)
Winner: Ryan Schultz, Unanimous Decision

Match Five: IFL Heavyweight Championship
Fabiano Scherner (7-5) vs. Roy Nelson (11-2)
Winner: Roy Nelson, TKO at 3:20 of Round One

Match Six: IFL Middleweight Championship
Ryan McGivern (11-5) vs. Matt Horwich (21-9-1)
Winner: And NEW, IFL Middleweight Champion, Ryan McGivern, Unanimous Decision

LOOKS LIKE COUTOURE HAS BEEN STOPPED

Zuffa Responds To Preliminary Injunction Against Couture
By: Kris | Mar 1, 2008
Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has issued an official response to the preliminary injunction issued on Thursday that prevents UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture from promoting competing MMA events due to a violation of his non-compete agreement with the company.

Released via UFC.com:

In a ruling made early last evening, Las Vegas District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti granted the request of Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC, for a preliminary injunction preventing Randy Couture and those acting in concert with him from violating Couture’s contractual commitment not to promote competing mixed martial arts events.

Specifically, Judge Togliatti agreed that it appeared Couture had violated his non-compete agreement with Zuffa by promoting the International Fight League’s (IFL) upcoming event to be staged Friday, February 29, 2008.

Judge Togliatti also granted Zuffa’s request to immediately conduct a deposition examination of Couture regarding other claimed violations of his one year non-compete agreement.

Zuffa attorneys, Donald Campbell and Colby Williams, stated they look forward to examining Couture under oath regarding what they termed “Couture’s chronic and brazen violations of his contractual obligations to Zuffa.”

OK THIS IS FRIDAY NIGHT TKO FIGHTS , I CAN'T UNDERSTAND SHIT , BUT 30 SECONDS INTO THE VIDEO LOOK AT THIS LEG BREAK ...OUCH!!!