Friday, June 27, 2008

MARKHAM TO THE UFC


After a year plagued with injury and inconsistency in 2007, former International Fight League welterweight Rory Markham has turned himself around in 2008, and is on the cusp of a major career breakthrough.

Rebounding off a year-ending loss in December by defeating Jay Ellis at the debut Adrenaline event in Chicago just a couple short weeks ago, Markham’s good fortune got even better when the dream call came through saying he’d be taking on Brodie Farber at the upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight Night 14 event on July 19. The main event features UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva making his 205-pound debut against James Irvin.

“This is one of those things where I set a goal for myself when I started my journey down this path and the end result was to be in the UFC, and this is that dream coming to fruition,” said Markham.

Monday, June 23, 2008

TUF 7 BIG BONUS TIME !!

MMAJunkie.com said Dustin Hazelett, Drew McFedries and Josh Burkman earned $20,000 "fight night" bonuses stemming from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale. Hazelett, in fact, won two of the awards.

The bonuses were dished out after Saturday's event, which took place at The Palms Las Vegas and aired on Spike TV.

Hazelett earned both a Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night award (Burkman, who lost to Hazelett, split Fight of the Night honors). The Knockout of the Night bonus went to McFedries.

Hazelett, a Cincinnati-area fighter who trains with Team Jorge Gurgel, secured Submission of the Night honors in what will likely be remembered as his breakthrough win. Hazelett nearly stopped top-five welterweight Josh Koscheck in March at UFC 82 but ultimately suffered a second-round TKO. With Burkman, though, it was one submission attempt after another. The 22-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter finally secured the fight-ending arm-bar in the second round.

He got $20,000 for the submission -- and an additional $20,000 for Fight of the Night. Opponent Burkman also gets $20,000 for Fight of the Night honors.

McFedries, meanwhile, earned $20,000 for his first-round, 68-second TKO stoppage of Marvin Eastman. McFedries dominated the fight from the opening bell and staggered his opponent with a series of power shots.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

TUF 7 FINALE QUICK RESULTS

Kendall Grove defeats Evan Tanner via Split Decision
Amir Sadollah defeats CB Dollaway via Submission (ArmBar) Round 1
Diego Sanchez defeats Luigi Fiorvanti via TKO (Strikes) Round 3
Spencer Fisher defeats Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision
Matt Riddle defeats Dante Rivera via Unanimous Decision
Dustin Hazlett defeats Josh Burkman via Submission (Armbar) Round 2
Drew McFedries defeats Marvin Eastman via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Matt Brown defeats Matt Arroyo via TKO (Strikes) Round 2
Dean Lister defeats Jeremy Horn via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough (Fight Canceled)
Rob Kimmons defeats Rob Yundt via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1

MMA KNOCKOUTS OF 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

WHAT EXACTLY IS ON DANA WHITES MIND NOW ???

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As season seven of The Ultimate Fighter comes to a close, SI.com got a chance to speak with Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White about all things T.U.F., the UFC's laundry list of future endeavors, and even boxing's demise and today's sports heroes and losers. Not surprisingly, the man was rather candid.

Jhabvala: How did season seven of The Ultimate Fighter compare to the last six?

White: I loved this season. I thought this season was a great season and it's not over yet. This Wednesday, it was literally the most shocking ending to any season we've ever done.

Jhabvala: What was the most memorable T.U.F. moment for you this season?

White: [Wednesday]. This Wednesday's show was the most memorable thing out of seven seasons of doing The Ultimate Fighter.

Jhabvala: In your mind, how has T.U.F. changed the face of MMA?

White: It's exposed mixed martial arts to millions of people who didn't know anything about it. You get to look inside and see what great athletes these guys are. Listen, ther's nothing nastier out there than the Diaz brothers (UFC veteran Nick and T.U.F. season five winner Nate). Those kids are so mean and so nasty, it's unbelievable. Nate Diaz told me at the end of season five, 'Me and my brothers used to sit at the end of the couch and make fun of everyone on the show. I will never, ever make fun of anyone on this show again. I can't believe how hard this is, I just had no idea.'"

Jhabvala: How do you feel about the marketability of this season's fighters? Who do you think will be a big name down the road?

White: It's one of those things that's hard to tell. You never know what's going to resonate with fans, or who fans are really going to get behind. It's always interesting to see. At the end of the day, fans are either going to love a guy for his personality or his fighting skills. If we can find a guy that has both, it's a [deleted expletive] homerun.

Jhabvala: Is MMA ever going to be sanctioned in New York?

White: Of course it's going to happen. I've been saying all year that I'm very confident that we'll have it done by the end of this year. Have we ever not delivered? A lot of people can talk a lot of [crap] about the UFC and say this and that, but at the end of the day, we deliver. We always deliver. When have we ever said we're going to do something and not have done it?

Jhabvala: Who do you think is the best presidential candidate for MMA?

White: I'd have to say McCain. I consider John McCain the guy who started the UFC. If it wasn't for McCain I wouldn't be here right now. What people don't understand about mixed martial arts and the UFC is, what [McCain] was saying to the old owners is that you cannot put on fights in states that aren't sanctioned. It's illegal. You can't do it. You have to be sanctioned by an athletic commission, which we agreed with him on 100 percent. John McCain wasn't saying this thing shouldn't happen, or it shouldn't be running. He was saying, if 'You're going to do it, it has to be sanctioned by an athletic commission.' We agree.

Jhabvala: Talk about the new UFC action figures?

White: I'm excited about it, actually, because what we've been working for a number of years on getting the fighters more money while not fighting -- how to get these guys paid while sitting on the couch. And this new merchandising deal that we did with all these guys is a step in the right direction. The action figures -- we did it with JAKKS, which is one of the best action-figure toy companies in the world -- will be in 60 different countries. We're working on our global footprint right now and we're in 170 different countries on some form of television. So, now this deal, it's good for us, it's good for the fighters and it's good for the sport.

Jhabvala: So the fighters get a piece of the action figures?

White: Yeah, they get a piece of their action figures, whatever they sell.

Jhabvala: As a former boxer, do you think boxing is dying and MMA is taking its place?

White: I don't see that were really taking over boxing. Boxing has done what it's done to itself. I'm not out there trying to hurt boxing. I love boxing. The reason I'm sitting in this chair talking to you is because of boxing. I love the sport. But the fighters, the promoters and all the other leeches have destroyed the sport of boxing. And boxing's in big trouble. Unless someone steps up with big money and tries to save it, the way we did with the UFC, then it's going to die. It's going to die on the vine.

When we came in, we shook up the entire industry. We rebuilt this industry, we rebuilt the fight buiness. And we think we have the right plan and the right strategy over the next five years, and I think mixed martial arts and the UFC is going to be the biggest sport in the world. Bigger than soccer, bigger than football, bigger than anything.

Jhabvala: Do you think the UFC will continue to grow at this pace?

White: Even faster. I don' even think we've scratched the surface of the potential for what this thing is. See, everybody tries to talk about how big we are. We're not [deleted expletive] big yet. The biggest means mainstream. If I went out on the Vegas Strip right now and asked everyone 'What's American Idol?' everybody could tell me what American Idol is. Not everyone could tell me what the UFC is. We are not anywhere near mainstream yet. There is so much room for growth not only hear, but globally. Shoot, people talk about how big we are and we're not even sanctioned in New York yet! We just did a big fight up in Montreal and it's the only place you have a fight up in Canada. There is so much work to do.

Jhabvala: What else is on your to-do list in the UFC's future?

White: This list is long. There's not enough time in the day to knock out the things on my list. That's why everyone's been chirping about this announcement. Remember the Bud Light deal? When I announced that Anheuser-Busch was the sponsor of the UFC now, that thing didn't get anywhere near the pop that it should have. You know why? Because the media and the fans don't really understand how [deleted expletive] huge that is, the magnitude of an announcement like that. We couldn't get a sponsor to save our life five years ago. I flew around on a plane and went to all the majors, trying to get them to sponsor The Ultimate Fighter and nobody would touch it with a 10-foot pole. Now the biggest and the baddest sponsor in the world, Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light is the sponsor of the UFC now. And people are like 'Oh, good for you. You got a Bud Light sponsorship and you're going to get money." [Forget] the money. I don't care about the money.

Not only is [Anheuser-Busch] the biggest beer company, they're the biggest sports marketing company on the planet. And it's global. So they're an amazing and strategic partner to help us take this sport to the next level.

The announcement I [made June 18] is so [deleted expletive] huge in terms of what it means to the business side of this thing, what it means to the fighters and where we're going to take this thing in five years. Everyone's looking at "right now." I'm working on things that are going to happen two, three, five years down the road. We're in this thing for the long haul. Remember that I told you this: in the next five to eight years, this thing's going to be the biggest sport in the world -- bigger than the [freakin'] NFL, bigger than Major League Soccer, bigger than World Cup soccer or whatever the hell they call it. Bigger than anything. So remember I told you that.

Jhabvala: What do you think of the Mets firing Willie Randolph at 3:14 a.m. earlier this week?

White: Wow. I don't even have an opinion on that. "That sucks," I guess?

Jhabvala: What do you think of Tiger U.S. Open performance?

White: Awesome, man, awesome. Listen, you will hear me say this in a million interviews, I hate golf. I hate it. I think it's the dumbest game ever [deleted expletive] played, it's a complete waste of land and everything else. I've smashed golf 57 million ways in 57 million different interviews. But I'm going to be honest, I watched every [deleted expletive] minute of that thing. We actually had it on in the office, and, if you knew how much I hate golf, you'd think 'What a hypocrite, that's hysterical,' but I [deleted expletive] love Tiger Woods. The guy's one every major title on the planet, he's got more money than God, when he hits those shots he goes [freaking] crazy. He's so passionate about the game you cannot help but love him. He's one of the classier human beings you will ever meet or speak to.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

UFC FOR THE 19TH - AGAINST AFFLICTION

SAY GOODBYE DANA IT'S TIME TO LEAVE NEW YORK..AND HELLO LORENZO!

New York MMA Sanctioning Not Happening
By: Eric Shapiro | Jun 19, 2008
Remember when people thought that obtaining MMA sanctioning in New York was the UFC’s big announcement? Well that dream is now more defeated than ever, thanks largely to a man by the name of Bob Reilly:

“A measure to legalize Mixed Martial Arts, AKA Ultimate Fighting, or Cage Fighting, is apparently down for the count in the Assembly Tourism committee after it looked like it didn’t have enough votes to move forward this afternoon. Among those taking credit for the knockout was Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie who argued that the state shouldn’t sanction a sport characterized largely by its brutality.

“We ban cockfighting and dog fighting — should we allow humans to enter a cage to knee, kick, and punch each other?” asked Reilly. Last week Reilly had expressed concern that the measure might pass, given the big money and lobbying pressure involved here. But ultimately, the argument against it prevailed.

Ultimate Fighting Championship, the organization that promotes such activities, has been lobbying to get in New York since 2001. It’s currently illegal in over 20 states, including New York, said Reilly.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship said Reilly is wrong, and that the sport is banned in only 10 states: Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.”

Clearly the powers that be do not exactly have a masters understanding of MMA, but at least the battle continues to be fought. Here’s to hoping these policymakers either get replaced by the less closed-minded, or at least receive a proper education as to why MMA deserves its place in the sanctioning universe.


ALSO.......................
Lorenzo Fertitta resigned from his position as president of Station Casinos yesterday. Fertitta stated that his time was being increasingly divided between the family-owned off-Strip Las Vegas casino and the Ultimate Fighting Championship which the family also owns a portion of.

Fertitta’s brother Frank Fertitta will be taking over the full time operation of the Station Casinos while Lorenzo dedicates his time to working at the UFC.

UFC fans are particularly excited about this move as many recognize it as meaning a proven business expert will be having a greater impact on the league. This is potentially an important factor for assisting the UFC president Dana White with operations and building the league out to a more global scale.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

THE FUNNIEST PART ABOUT THE ADRENALINE REVIEW

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — It was difficult for Adrenaline CEO Monte Cox not to smile after his event’s debut performance Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena.

NOW here's the funny part.....

Joe Jordan didn’t make a lot of friends,( NO SHIT ) but showed his experience in out-pointing XFO champ Ryan Williams. Jordan, who got his 42nd win, clowned around throughout but landed the more severe blows to get the victory.

Be nice Joe.....

Monday, June 16, 2008

YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN A CAR ...NOT EVEN CLOSE..LOL

NO SUPRISE THE UFC IS HAVING A SHOW THE SAME NIGHT AS AFFLICTIONS DEBUT, ALSO THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT , PROBABLY AINT GONNA HAPPEN,,OH DANA!


Sources close to the UFC have indicated that they are planning to put together a card July 19th in Las Vegas. Early reports indicate the UFC is planning a main event between Wanderlei Silva and Brandon Vera. It would be Vera’s first fight at LightHeavyweight. This would be an interesting concept by the UFC, as the first ever event scheduled by the Affliction clothing company Affliction: Banned is schedule that night as well.

If true, this is an obvious ploy by the UFC to take fans away from the Affliction card. The Affliction card is one of the most talent filled card in recent memory and has a main event of Tim Sylvia vs. Fedor Emelianenko.

MMAtraining.com has learned that this UFC event may be a free event on SpikeTV.

also.....
Sam Caplan from Fiveouncesofpain.com sent along the following newsbit about Dana Whites big announcement scheduled for tomorrow:

Fiveouncesofpain.com was informed by an anonymous source earlier this afternoon that the committee for Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development of New York held a vote on Wednesday to decide whether the state should regulate Mixed Martial Arts.

According to the source, the bill was voted down in overwhelming fashion.

An anonymous member of a major state athletic commission confirmed the information that was provided to Five Ounces Of Pain by our initial source.

This web site has also learned that the possible legalization of Mixed Martial Arts in the state of New York was the planned announcement that UFC president Dana White had hinted at during an interview that was published on ESPN.com last week.

According to a source, White was confident that the vote was going to pass and believed he had assurances that the proposed bill would be approved by the committee for Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development of New York. However, the proposal was unexpectedly voted down for reasons that are not yet clear. In a strange turn of events, it is believed that the chair of the committee, Assemblyman Steve Englebright, who introduced the proposal, ended up voting against it.

ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA? DID I MISS SUMTHIN?


19/07/2008 This is the Affliction fight card ...ok is Nog not in the UFC ANYMORE ? How is he on this card , oh,, ok , well I was informed it's his brother, read the comments for more explanation ..lol

Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Tim Sylvia
Andrei ArloVski Vs. Ben Rothwell
Josh Barnett Vs. Pedro Rizzo
Matt Lindland Vs. Fabio Nascimento
Renato "Babalu" Sobral Vs. Mike Whitehead
Paul Buentello Vs. Aleksander Emelianenko
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Vs. Vernon White
Vitor Belfort Vs. Terry Martin
Ray Lazama Vs. Justin Levens
J.J. Ambrose Vs. Mike Pyle
Mark Hominick Vs. Savant Young

Thursday, June 12, 2008

ROCK OUT AND GET PAID IN SWEEDEN!!!


A man in Sweden has a rare, but awesome disability: He’s addicted to ROCK!! Roger Tullgren, 42, had his need to rock out to hardcore heavy metal music classified as an addiction and a legitimate mental disorder. As such, he is entitled to benefits from the Swedish government. They are now helping him pay his bills and supplementing his income from his primary job as…(wait for it)…a dishwasher.

Rock on, man. I wonder if they would throw me some cash for my Kenny G.
obsession…

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

SOME FIGHTERS FULL NAMES , IF YA WANNA KNOW


TIMOTHY DEANE SYLVIA
NATHAN JOEL MARQUARDT
CHARLES DAVID LIDDELL
RANDY DUANE COUTURE
JACOB ‘TITO” CHRISTOPHER ORTIZ
DAVID LEE “TANK” ABBOTT
VITOR VIERA BELFORT
FRANCISCO SANTOS MIR III
TYSON LEE GRIFFIN
RICARDO ALVES ALMEIDA
DAVID ALAN HEATH
JAY DEE “BJ” PENN
TIMOTHY A. BOETSCH
KEITH HECTOR JARDINE
JASON ANTHONY MACDONALD
ERIC JOHN SCHAFER
THIAGO ALVES ARAUJO
ANTUN N. “TONY” DE SOUZA
GABRIEL GONZAGA-NOGUEIRA
LYOTO CARVALHO MACHIDA
THIAGO ANDERSON RAMOS DA SILVA
JONATHAN PAUL KOPPENHAVER
SEAN KEITH SHERK
THALES LEITES LOURENCO
JENS JOHNNIE PULVER
NATHAN DONALD DIAZ
JOSEPH E LAUZON, JR.
JEREMIAH COLE MILLER
BRADLEY GRAY MAYNARD
MATTHEW CHARLES WIMAN

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

WHATS THE UFC AND DANA UP TO ?


June 10, 2008 - The UFC's planned a big announcement for this week that, according to president Dana White, will shock the industry. To further the point, White's rented out a location in New York to tell all his employees about said announcement, which could be a red herring, but likely is a true representation of the magnitude of this potential announcement, one that White's said is both "out of left field" and "will change the industry for the next five years".

Of course, there's been heaping amounts of speculation regarding what the announcement will be. We have a poll on the front page of IGN Sports with a mix of realistic suggestions and comical ones (unless you consider Chuck Liddell shaving his mohawk to be serious business), but it's worth seriously analyzing the possibilities and what they might be. We'll name the rumors and put odds on each actually being the big news.

Floyd Mayweather Signing With UFC: This rumor currently leads our poll, and it's easy to understand why. The former boxing champion already diversified his brand by signing with WWE for a match and appearing on "Dancing With The Stars", so he's comfortable going outside of boxing. Mayweather is famously all about the money, and the rumors have pegged him receiving a huge purse and potential stake in the company were he to join UFC. Furthermore, he recently retired in a sudden, unexpected fashion, only months before a huge money fight with Oscar de la Hoya.

It's that fact which makes us believe that Mayweather's not the story. Sure, UFC wouldn't have wanted him to fight de la Hoya if the possibility was that he'd lose, but Mayweather wasn't likely to give up a purse and pay-per-view bonus of $30+ million only to fight in a new sport. Furthermore, who would he fight in UFC that would make a big money fight? That's a topic for another article altogether, but Mayweather would likely have to bulk up to 155 to fight BJ Penn, and even that doesn't seem like a huge money fight. The possibility is there, but we're not biting on it being the announcement. (In addition, shortly after this article was posted, White said on CNBC that the announcement was not a deal with Mayweather.)Odds: 20:1




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UFC Linking Up With WWE: Arguably the most shocking of all the rumors would see WWE buying or establishing some sort of partnership with UFC, a move WWE could see as more enticing in lieu of actually competing against the company for pay-per-view dollars. It would seem impossible, though, that such a huge deal could come out of nowhere. (White also confirmed that this was not the announcement.) Odds: 200:1


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UFC Becoming Licensed In New York/Announcing Show in New York: In addition, it's not entirely clear whether UFC would be able to run a show at Madison Square Garden because of WWE's exclusive deal with the arena that keeps other wrestling companies out -- whether UFC would be subject to that is still up for debate and dependent upon the wording of the WWE's deal.

The UFC hired away influential Nevada State Athletic Commission head Marc Ratner to lobby for MMA (and with it, UFC) to be legalized in new states, and New York was likely the first commission that the UFC targeted. Running New York (specifically Madison Square Garden) gives the company a level of legitimacy and respect amongst "old media" that it craves. Considering that the announcement will be made in New York (granted, it's where the company is headquartered), the odds are that this is the favorite. Odds: 4:1



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A Change In Rounds: A smaller announcement that's been rumored is a move to five-round fights for regular fights and seven rounds for title fights. The argument against this is simple: Kalib Starnes. Odds: 175:1


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A New TV Show: Although the UFC already has The Ultimate Fighter and UFC Unleashed on Spike, there's always going to be speculation that UFC seeks a network deal to supplement that coverage. When you factor in the success of EliteXC's show on CBS, the situation is as ripe as it's ever been for UFC to get a huge television deal. That could be a major network station or a pay station like HBO -- either way, although Dana's denied that it's a network deal, we think he could be lying. Odds: 18:1


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The Signing of Fedor Emelianenko: There's been little talk regarding the signing of Fedor since he was released from his M-1 contract. He's currently contracted to fight Tim Sylvia at the debut Affliction show, but he's still a free agent and could theoretically sign with the company. We think that if that was going to happen, it'll happen after Fedor beats Sylvia, not before. Odds: 33:1

Sunday, June 08, 2008

NEW INTERVIEW FROM JOE ELLIOTT AND PHIL COLLEN OF DEF LEPPARD

UFC 85 RESULTS


LONDON: Thiago "Pitbull" Alves stopped former welterweight champion Matt Hughes 62 seconds into the second round, stunning him with a flying knee and then finishing him with a right to the head for a TKO win at UFC 85 on Saturday.

Alves, a 24-year-old Brazilian who used to earn money as a ballroom dance partner for older women, improved his record to 21-4. Hughes, 34, a fighting farmer from Hillsboro, Ill., who has lost three of his last four mixed martial arts fights, fell to 43-7.

"Please give me a title shot," Alves urged UFC president Dana White after the fight.

In the co-main event at the Millennium Dome, England's Michael "The Count" Bisping stopped middleweight Canadian Jason "Dooms" Day by TKO at 3:42 of the first round.

Day (17-6) never got going, was taken down twice and paid the price the second time with Bisping (17-1) firing punches until the referee stepped in.

In a preliminary fight, Martin (The Hitman) Kampmann stopped veteran Jorge (El Conquistador) Rivera with an early guillotine choke hold to celebrate his return to action from knee surgery.

The Danish middleweight, who is now based out of Las Vegas, took Rivera down early and worked him from above. The guillotine hold forced Rivera (15-7) to surrender at 2:44 of the first round. Kampmann (13-1) had endured two knee operations since his last fight at UFC 68 in March 2007.

The card was plagued with problems from the start. The main event was originally to have featured former light-heavyweight champion Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell against Mauricio (Shogun) Rua, but the Brazilian was shelved because of knee surgery. Rashad Evans was brought in as a replacement, but then Liddell tore a hamstring.

Evans was eventually pitted against James (The Sandman) Irvin, but Irvin broke a foot. In all, eight fighters fell off the card, including Chris (The Crippler) Leben, whose preparation was disrupted by jail time arising from a parole violation.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

TONIGHT IN THE QUAD CITIES AT THE FAIRGROUNDS


Gates open at 5 pm , fights start at 6 pm , yours truely will be announcing this show.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

THIS IS GONNA HURT, TITO'S NEW BOOK AND NEW PAIN IN THE ASS.


The long arm of Zuffa law apparently extends to estranged former champions who write books and wear their belts on the covers.

Tito Ortiz — who just satisfied the final fight on his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) — has been served with a cease and desist because his recently released autobiography, “This is Gonna Hurt,” violates the intellectual property rights of the mixed martial arts promotion, according to MMAPayout.com.

“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” according to the report, needed to get the stamp of approval from the UFC to sport the belt on the cover of the book. And he apparently did not get the green light or overlooked the clause in his contract.

Regardless, the move is just the latest salvo in an ongoing feud between the fighter an organization. Ortiz and UFC President Dana White have an epic, long-running distaste for one another.

This is certainly not going to help the situation.

Ortiz will soon be a free agent and has expressed his intentions of seeking greener pastures (literally) with an organization that can promote him properly, as well as be respectful and professional.

Even if he does it appears that Ortiz can’t break free from the UFC’s Kung Fu grip … for now.

He defeated Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision to earn the vacant light heavyweight title at UFC 25: “Ultimate Japan 3″ back in 2000. Ortiz defended the 205-pound belt five times during a three-year span until he lost it to Randy Couture via unanimous decision at UFC 44: “Undisputed” in 2003.

DONALD TRUMP JOINS WITH AFFLICTION!!


It looks like Mark Cuban won't be the only loquacious billionaire to throw his hat into the MMA ring. Affliction issued a press release yesterday to drum up interest in a press conference that they will hold at noon on Thursday. Interest should be sufficiently drummed up when you catch that the presser will be held at Trump Tower and by this quote from Donald Trump, via MMAFrenzy.

"I am particularly excited to partner with Affliction and become a major player in promotion of MMA; the youngest and fastest growing sport to emerge in the last century."
No specific information is given about what The Donald's involvement might be with the promotion or the July 19th event. It does give Affliction a major publicity shot in the arm to go along with the highly anticipated Tim Sylvia-Fedor Emelianenko main event. If he's truly thowing his hat in the ring it will have a huge impact on the sport.

One thought is that it may impact Tito Ortiz's future in the sport. He's a free agent and is friendly with Trump after appearing on The Celebrtity Apprentice. If Trump is looking to invest in MMA, he'd probably want someone he knows as part of the effort and Ortiz would bring Affliction mainstream star power.

One thing is for sure. If Trump is making a serious play into the world of mixed martial arts, his feud with Cuban will continue and a feud with Dana White will surely erupt down the line.