Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008


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

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

Take your time.

Yeah, probably going to have to.

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

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

Yup, and I'm going take them.

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

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

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

Sometimes. We did for a lot of years.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 25, 2008


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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 15, 2008


Harsh words from UFC President Dana White regarding two time Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylva:

“He’s[Fedor] not the best pound-for-pound fighter, not even close, but he’s one of the four or five best heavyweights,” said White, who undoubtedly would be singing Emelianenko’s praises to the heavens the moment he got the stoic Russian’s name on a UFC contract.

“But we all have to thank him[Fedor] for getting rid of Tim Sylvia. He’d been stinking out the joint the last couple of years and Fedor did everyone a favor by beating him so easily and getting rid of him.”

Sunday, August 10, 2008

UFC 87

My lead source besides me watching it live on PPV were MMAExtreme those guys were first with the results ... heres how it went ...
Georges St. Pierre defeats Jon Fitch via unanimous decision
Brock Lesnar defeats Heath Herring via Unanimous Decision
Robert “Rich Boy Wannabe Thug” Emerson defeats Manvel Gamburyan via strikes in round 1
Kenny Florian defeats Roger Huerta by unanimous decision (domination)
Cheick Kongo defeats Dan Evenson via TKO round 1
Demian Maia defeats Jason McDonald by submission in round 3
Tamdan McCrory defeats Luke Cummo via unanimous decision
Jon Jones defeats Andre Gusmao via unanimous decision
Chris Wilson defeats Steve Bruno via unanimous decision
Ben Saunders defeats Ryan Thomas via Armbar in round 2
Now, my thoughts. Referee Steve Miragliotta still sucks beyond belief. Did he really poke Heath Herring in the eye during the staredown? Give me a break, Miragliotta, how does it feel to be known as the shittiest ref in the sport? In all fairness, I didn’t see the actual eyepoke, I just saw Herring turn away from him, I said “what happened” and then I heard Rogan and Goldberg talking about Dan Miragliotta poking Heath Herring in the eye. WTF.

Also, I noticed Goldberg is keeping more stats on the fighters now. For instance, tonight I learned nobody has ever passed Jon Fitch’s guard in the UFC (prior to tonights fight). Also, GSP has a 80% takedown rate. I think Goldberg even mentioned a takedown defense percentage. Kinda interesting stuff I guess.

Kenny Florian put on a technical clinic for Roger Huerta, and in my opinion, totally dominated the fight.

Brock Lesnar is a giant LNP machine. Ok, maybe thats unfair of me to say, after all, he did try to crush Heath Herring’s ribcage with knees, and he punches like a mule kicks, but was still unable to finish Herring. Props to Herring for being a tough SOB.

I was really hoping to see Manvel Gamburyan break off one of Rob Emerson’s limbs, but oh well, Emerson KO’d him in like 12 seconds. In case you’re not aware, Robert Emerson is the spoiled little rich kid who gangs up on innocent people at gas stations, with 12 of his friends.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


A lightweight bout between divisional contenders Spencer Fisher and Melvin Guillard is reportedly scheduled to take place at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s inaugural event in the city of Chicago - UFC 90

Monday, August 04, 2008


Former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski (13-5) and Josh Barnett (23-5) will collide at Affliction: “Day of Reckoning” at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 11.

WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko was originally expected to defend his title against the “Pitbull” in the main event; however, a hand injury sustained in his win over Tim Sylvia will apparently keep the Russian off the card.

Arlovski and Barnett were victorious in their Affliction MMA debuts at “Banned” from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19. Arlovski stopped Ben Rothwell via third round technicak knockout (strikes) and Barnett exacted revenge against Pedro Rizzo with second round knockout.

Both fighters are riding impressive win streaks — Arlovski has four straight and “The Baby Face Assassin” has got three to his credit. It’s a monster showdown between arguably two of the top five heavyweight fighters in the world. And it will likely determine a number one contender to challenge for Emelianenko’s strap when he is fit to return.

In addition to the main event between Arlovski and Barnett, middleweights Matt Lindland and Vitor Belfort are also expected to clash at the promotions encore event, which is slated to be available on pay-per-view (PPV).

(Thanks to reader “Alberto” for the assist.)

Saturday, August 02, 2008


Drew Smith reporting - It is being reported that a hand injury may hinder the proposed WAMMA heavyweight bout between champion Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski.

The report said Emelianenko has been dealing with the lingering injury and it’s severity makes it very unlikely that the Russian will be ready to compete by the October 11 fight date.

It is not known whether or not his hand was injured before, during, or after his July 19th bout with Tim Sylvia or whether the injury was re-aggravated sometime after the fight.

For now, it seems as if Affliction is going to be replacing the headliner with a bout between Andrei Arlovski and fellow top heavyweight contender Josh Barnett.

Both fighters are coming off impressive victories at Affliction’s debut event on July 19th. Barnett avenged a former loss to Pedro Rizzo with a 2nd round KO and Andrei Arlovski had a great night as well with his 3rd round KO of Ben Rothwell.

Emelianenko had expressed a desire to compete two more times before the end of 2008. With the newly acquired injury concerns surfacing, along with Fedor’s plans to compete in Japan on a New Year’s Eve fight card, chances are the next time the WAMMA Heavyweight champion competes here in the states will be in 2009.