Sunday, October 26, 2008


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

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

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

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

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

In other bouts on the card:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

EliteXC shuts down it's doors

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

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

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

Friday, October 24, 2008


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

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

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

Thursday, October 23, 2008


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

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Source: MMAweekly

Affliction Entertainment, the fledgling fight promotion that first splashed onto the MMA scene with its ubiquitous t-shirts, has rejected a bid to partner with the industry-leading UFC. spoke to multiple industry sources that confirmed that the basics of a deal had been brokered to allow Affliction back into the organization as a major clothing sponsor, including the possibility of UFC/Affliction co-branded apparel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 19, 2008


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

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

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


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

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

Thursday, October 09, 2008


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 05, 2008


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

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

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

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


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

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

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

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

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