Tuesday, December 29, 2009


You can't read it, but you can see the PICS!! CLICK HERE!!



Have you ever seen Fedor Emelianenko grimace after being punched in the face? Think about it, he does not really ever make any faces after being hit. He rarely smiles or has emotion on his face, it’s part of his Sambo training. So do not be too surprised when you play EA Sports upcoming video game when you hit ‘virtual’ Fedor and he has a “Poker face.”

Gracie Fighter has the scoop on a bad ass story of Fedor being asked by a photographer for the “EA MMA 2010″ game to make a face for pain.

“EA has been wrapping up the photo shoots for their upcoming MMA video game. During the sessions, fighters are asked to make various facial expressions such as a look of suprise or pain. During Fedor’s shoot, the photographer noticed his face stayed the same, devoid of expression. The photographer then asked for Fedor to really try harder at which Fedor replied, “I don’t make faces”, and exited the room while retorting, “we are done here.”

Pretty bad ass, huh?

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Photo by Mark Weber

The Ultimate Fighting Championship made its debut in Memphis Saturday night with UFC 107, an 11-fight event that was headlined by a lightweight title clash between champion B.J. Penn and top contender Diego Sanchez. Penn won in the fifth round by TKO.

The co-main event matched two heavyweights who do not like each other. At Friday’s weigh-in, Cheick Kongo, a 230-pound Frenchman, revealed his distaste – no, disgust – for former champion Frank Mir by turning his back on him during the posed photo-op.Kongo felt that Mir had disrespected his abilities, and Kongo went so far as to suggest last week that Mir considered him a “piece of (expletive).”
That set the general mood for Saturday’s fight, and Mir struck quickly. He sent Kongo tumbling to the canvas with a hard left, then strangled him until he passed out. Referee Herb Dean rushed in to stop the proceedings just 72 seconds into the fight. By the time Kongo woke up, it was over.

In another of the most anticipated bouts of the night, lightweight Kenny Florian defeated Clay Guida with a rear naked choke hold in the second round.
Make-or-break showdown for Florian (14-4), who was pummeled by Penn at UFC 101 in August.By the end of the first round, blood was dripping from Guida’s forehead and covering much of his torso.In the second round, Florian caught Guida, a clear fan favorite, with a right cross that dropped him to his knees. Florian pounced, wrapping his right arm around Guida’s neck. Guida (25-8) had no choice but to tap out at the 2:29 mark.
“This was my night,” Florian said. “I want another shot at the title.”

Struve and Buentello, the first fight broadcast live to a national pay-per-view audience, went all three rounds with Struve (23-3) winning by split decision.
Alan Belcher provided some early fireworks. A native of Imboden, Ark., Belcher had expressed disappointment that he was left off the main card. He took out his frustrations against Wilson Gouveia, a top-flight Brazilian.
Fighting at 195 pounds, Belcher uncorked eight answered punches that dropped Gouveia to the canvas. Referee Herb Dean finally stepped in to stop the bout at the 3:03 mark of the first round.
“We wanted to show that I could finish fights,” said Belcher, who improved to 14-5. “I can knock everyone out in the UFC. I want that belt, baby.”
In other fights:
Welterweight Jon Fitch narrowly avoided an upset loss to relative unknown Mike Pierce. Fitch won by unanimous decision, 29-28 x 3.
Rousimar Palhares won his middleweight bout against Lucio Linhares via second-round tap out.
Johny Hendricks, a two-time national champion wrestler at Oklahoma State, teed off on Ricardo Funch, piledriving him three times and using his face as a piñata before winning via unanimous decision.
In a stand-up slugfest, lightweight Matt Wiman opened up on Shane Nelson in the first round and never stopped punching. Wiman won all three rounds and the fight.
Welterweight T.J. Grant, a 25-year-old Canadian who bore more than a vague resemblance to a lumberjack, stunned Kevin Burns with a strong right hand and then, with 3 seconds left in the opening round, finished him off with several more blows to the face.
After escaping a “Peruvian necktie” (don’t ask), welterweight Demarques Johnson defeated Edgar Garcia with a triangle choke at the 4:03 mark of the first round.
“I can’t really remember too much,” Johnson said, “because he hits so hard.”
By Scott Cacciola
Posted December 12, 2009 at 10:23 p.m. , updated December 13, 2009 at midnight

Sunday, December 06, 2009



LAS VEGAS – Kimbo Slice, who was mocked relentlessly by Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White for more than a year before joining the company, made his statement Saturday by edging Houston Alexander Saturday on a unanimous decision at the Palms in “The Ultimate Fighter Finale.”

It was hardly a classic and the crowd spent much of it booing, hoping for action.

Slice, who was a backyard brawler who gained notoriety by getting tens of millions of views of his fights on YouTube, won by scores of 29-28 twice and 30-27.

Alexander’s strategy was horrendous. A huge puncher who knocked out top light heavyweight Keith Jardine, as well as Alessio Sakara, Alexander appeared intimidated by Slice and circled warily for most of the first two rounds.

Very little action happened in the first, though Slice took Alexander down and inflicted damage on the ground in the second. At one stage, Slice, a man known for his striking, went for a rear naked choke.

While Slice was fighting for rival company Elite XC and becoming a big draw on CBS, White ripped him repeatedly and said the only way Slice would fight in the UFC would be to go on The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC’s reality series. At one point, he said Urijah Faber, a 145-pounder who was then the featherweight champion in the World Extreme Cagefighting, would easily beat the heavyweight Slice.

Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, took White up on his offer and appeared on the reality series, helping it to record ratings. He lost on the show to Roy Nelson, but was such a big draw that he was given the fight against Alexander on Saturday’s finale.

By the third round, both men were dog tired and several times stopped fighting to take a deep breath.

Slice, though, was pleased but conceded his game is a work in progress. He’s worked with the highly regarded American Top Team since filming ended.

“I’m still working on it, (but) it’s not easy,” Slice said of his total mixed martial arts game. “I feel good (to win in the UFC). The house was a good experience. It was more mental than anything.”

In a fight between bitter rivals and former NFL defensive linemen, Matt Mitrione knocked out Marcus “Big Baby” Jones just 10 seconds into the second round. Jones, a jiu-jitsu ace, won the first round, but the problem of his brittle chin caught him in the second.

Jones was being hurt by the few punches that Mitrione landed in the first. As the second opened, Jones went at Mitrione, who landed two big rights. Jones fell face first. Mitrione landed a shot on the ground before referee Josh Rosenthal stopped it.

Matt Hamill scored a victory over Jon Jones in a light heavyweight bout, but it wasn’t what he wanted. Jones was disqualified for throwing an illegal elbow in the first round.

The fight probably should have been stopped earlier, as Jones was blasting Hamill with elbows, but referee Steve Mazzagatti let it go until the illegal elbow ended the fight.

For those that missed it here's the Kimbo Slice vs Houston Alexander Fight courtesy of WorldStarHiphop.com

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Sunday, November 29, 2009


Former UFC champion and MMA pioneer Pat Miletich (29-7-2) is in current negotiations for a summer return to the cage.

Pat reported his desire for a summer bout during his recent appearance on the most recent episode of ESPN.com's "MMA Live."

"I'm in negotiations with a couple different organizations right now," Miletich said. "I think I'll be fighting this summer, a big name guy, and it will definitely be on TV. It'll be exciting."

Miletich did not specify which organizations he was currently negotiating with, but the rapidly expanding Strikeforce organization recently inked "The Croatian Sensation" to a commentating deal.

Sources close to the organization indicated to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Strikeforce may be interested in promoting a bout between Miletich and fellow MMA legend Frank Shamrock.

Both Strikeforce officials and Shamrock denied that they were discussing that matchup when contacted by MMAjunkie.com. Shamrock did indicate he would be open to the possibility.

"I thought [Miletich] was retired," Shamrock said. "Well, tell him if he wants some to come and get it."

Shamrock is currently scheduled for an April 11 main event contest with Nick Diaz for Strikeforce, a bout in which Miletich has been announced as broadcast team member.

Miletich last appeared in December 2008 in a knockout win over Thomas Denny in the main event of Adrenaline MMA 2.

Promoted by Miletich's long-time associate and manager Monte Cox, Adrenaline MMA has a third event scheduled for May 30 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Cox was unavailable for comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com to gauge his interest in booking another appearance for the 41-year-old Miletich.

Miletich's December 2008 bout was his first appearance since a September 2006 loss to Renzo Gracie in the now-defunct IFL.
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 21, 2009 at 7:25 pm ET

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Fedor Emelianenko has undergone surgery to repair a dislocated thumb after his two round hammering of Brett Rogers in last weeks StrikeForce event.

Immediately following the fight, it was reported that Fedor had probably sustained a broken hand, which was then changed to tendon and ligament damage.

Now that damage appears to have been a dislocated thumb the whole time. Emelianenko will apparently be in a light cast for just four to six weeks following an operation to add two pins to his hand. This isn't the first time Fedor has had trouble ith his hands, having broken bones at least twice in the past in this area. Given that he tends to fight every four to five months anyway, this injury shouldn't put back his next scheduled fight by very much.

Saturday, November 07, 2009


Well FEDOR is still the baddest man on the planet like it or not! Brett Rogers was kind of a sore loser and should of congratulated Fedor,but instead made excuses and too much wanting a rematch...I don't think he'll get one cuz Strikeforce has a next heavyweight bout set to determine the next to face Fedor,you know somw will argue it got stopped early, but Breet didn't say that he just said it sucked and went on to say he shoulda let his hands go more ,so in real time people...Brett knew and didn't deny he lost...

CBS Bouts:
- Fabricio Werdum beat Antonio Silva by unanimous decision
- Gegard Mousasi beat Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by second-round TKO (strikes)
- Jake Shields beat Jason "Mayhem" Miller by unanimous decision
- Fedor Emelianenko beat Brett Rogers by second round TKO

Pre lim Results:
- Marloes Coenen beat Roxanne Modafferi by first-round submission (arm bar)
- Shamar Bailey beat John Kolosci by unanimous decision
- Christian Uflacker beat Jonatas Novaes by unanimous decision
- Nate Moore beat Louis Taylor by second-round submission (punches)
- Jeff Curran beat Dustin Neace by first-round submission (injury)

How the MAIN EVENT went as reported by wrestlingimpactcom


-Fedor Emelianenko vs. Bret Rogers
R1- Fedor gets a hold of Rogers early and tosses him to the ground, but Rogers is quick to his feet. Rogers presses Fedor against the cage, but they soon separate. Fedor connects with a big right hand hurting Rogers. Fedor swarms and gets the fight to the ground where he works from Rogers' half guard. Fedor goes for a kimura and Rogers reverses, landing and top reigning down huge bombs. Fedor goes for an armbar, but Rogers slips out. Fedor goes for a head and arm choke, but Rogers is able to slip out and pull full guard. Fedor moves out and swoops back in for a big punch but misses. The round ends with Fedor on top of Rogers.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Fedor Emelianenko

R2- Fedor starts to stalk forward with Rogers backing up
. The two engage and Fedor opens up a barrage of punches, mostly blocked by Rogers and Rogers is quick to fire back. Fedor blasts Rogers with a huge right hand that sends the big man down. Fedor follows up with a few more strikes before referee John McCarthy saw enough to stop the fight.

Fedor Emelianenko def. Brett Rogers by TKO (referee's stoppage due to strikes) at 1:48, R2

AND....for as long as it stays up...the video of the the TKO

Thursday, September 24, 2009


In a move as shocking as one of his body slams, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson decided to retire from fighting. Jackson cited his injuries, blamed the alleged manipulation of Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White, and his pursuit of a movie career as the reasons for his retirement.

“The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them,” Jackson said. “The UFC bought WFA (World Fighting Alliance) to get my contract and they saved my life, so I felt loyal to them. They pushed me into a fight with Chuck Liddell even when I clearly stated I wasn’t ready to fight for the belt, because the American fans didn’t know me, but I took the fight and didn’t complain; and after I won the American fans booed me for the first time which changed the way I saw them and it hurt me deeply.”

Jackson is most bitter about his rift with White, whom he describes in his official website as devious and traitorous. “After I signed the contract, Dana then changes his mind and says I have to fight Rashad (Evans) and even told me what to say in the press and so my fans think I was scared to fight (Lyoto) Machida,” Jackson said. “After all that I still never complained and I did it all.”

Jackson said that he asked White to postpone his upcoming fight with Evans so he could do the The A-Team movie playing the role of B.A. Baracus, the character made famous by Mr. T in the ’80s TV hit show. But Jackson said that White wasn’t on the level with him.

“I called Dana right away and asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so,” Jackson said. “I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the TV show as a kid when my parents where still married…Dana went on the Internet and mocked me because of that and I still did nothing.”

Jackson is one of the most popular MMA fighters in the world. He first gained popularity in the defunct Japan-based Pride FC but never won a championship title until he knocked out Chuck Liddell in UFC 71 for the light-heavyweight belt. Even though Jackson lost the belt to Forrest Griffin in UFC 86 in a highly-controversial unanimous decision, Jackson remained one of the top fighters in the division.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


As was reported earlier this afternoon, Affliction Clothing and the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be joining forces; effective immediately.

This evening the two super-companies made the announcement official through a press release issued to FiveOuncesOfPain.com.

“We are excited about the return of Affliction to the UFC and look forward to seeing our fighters once again walk into the Octagon wearing the Affliction brands,” said UFC President Dana White in the recently released statement. “Affliction is an innovator of mixing fashion with this sport and we are looking forward to working together to promote the sport.”

While the representatives from Affliction stopped short of confirming earlier reports that the company had agreed to cease promoting mixed martial arts events in the future in order to once again become a UFC sponsor, they did report that an agreement had been met that both sides were happy with.

“Our brand is synonymous with the “Live Fast” approach to life and UFC is the perfect venue for us to market our brand,” explained the Co-Founder of Affliction, Eric Foss. “We have come to an agreement with the UFC which we feel will be the best for the sport and will help the UFC continue delivering the highest caliber of fights.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Mixed-Up Martial Hoax Artist
Tulsa man behind false death reports of Ultimate Fighting star

JULY 22--The fabricated claim yesterday about the purported death of a former Ultimate Fighting Championship star was the handiwork of a self-described "Internet troll" with a "weird mind." Beau Taylor, a 31-year-old Oklahoma man, created a thread on a popular mixed martial arts (MMA) web site reporting that Kimo Leopoldo had died in Costa Rica of a heart attack. Taylor told TSG that he selected Leopoldo as the subject of the hoax in light of the fighter's arrest earlier this year on drug charges. "I thought it would be a good fit," said Taylor. The fabricated account of Leopoldo's death leapt beyond MMA web sites and bulletin boards when TMZ.com reported yesterday afternoon that it had "confirmed" the 41-year-old athlete's demise (this confirmation was presumably delivered by one of the gossip site's paid sources). The erroneous story was later yanked from the site, which is now batting .500 on recent death exclusives. For his part, Taylor's eventful week has also included a public intoxication arrest. He was busted early Sunday morning after security officers at a shopping center found him passed out in his car with the engine running, with "an open container of beer in the center console," according to a Tulsa Police Department report. Cops noted that Taylor reeked of alcohol and had difficulty standing. "Taylor said that he had left his house intoxicated in order to buy cigarettes," noted cops, who reported that Taylor said he had consumed three glasses of wine and six beers. Asked about his beaming mug shot, Taylor spoke of trying to strike the right booking photo balance: "You know, I didn't want to look like Nick Nolte," he said. "Or that I was too happy to be arrested." WHAT A DOUCHEBAG!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


IS HE DEAD OR NOT? Various news agencies said Kimo was dead at 41 just today,this evening Kimo's manager said he's still alive..WTF?

Reports of the death of early UFC star Kimo Leopoldo appear to have been premature. Leopoldo’s attorney, Victor E. Hobbs, told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports that “Kimo has surfaced and that’s all I know right now.”

He referred all questions to Leopoldo’s manager, Ron Kort. Kort’s voice mailbox was full and could not accept messages, said the Yahoo! report.

Leopoldo, who became an overnight mixed-martial-arts sensation following his appearance at UFC 3 in 1994, was reported dead Tuesday by numerous websites, including TMZ, the New York Daily News and Orange County Register.

Sunday, July 12, 2009



UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar defeats Frank Mir via TKO (Strikes) RD2
UFC Welterweight George St. Pierre defeats Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision
Jon Fitch defeats Paulo Thiago via Unanimous Decision
Dan Henderson defeats Micheal Bisping via TKO (Strikes) RD2
Yoshihiro Akiyama defeats Alan Belcher via Split Decision
Mark Coleman defeats Stephan Bonnar via Unanimous Decision
Jon Jones defeats Jake O’Brien via Submission (Guillotine) RD2
Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim defeats TJ Grant via Unanimous Decision
Jim Miller defeats Mac Danzig via Unanimous Decision
Tom Lawlor defeats CB Dolloway via Submission (Guillotine) RD1
Shannon Gugerty defeats Matt Grice via Submission (Guillotine) RD1

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia is trying to get on the next season of Bully Beatdown on MTV. He said this to Fighter’s Only:

“I was bullied all through high school, where I was never a big guy. I grew and became a big guy. I still have a chip on my shoulder for all those assholes who picked on me and beat me up. If everything goes right, I will be on the second season of Bully Beatdown. What I want to pitch to them is, bring in one or two bullies that bullied me, and what I want to do is take the money — the ten or twenty thousand dollars you win — and donate it to charity, I don’t need it.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Former UFC Heavyweight champion Tim ‘The Maine-iac’ Sylvia had some aspirations of possibly finishing his MMA career with the organization that has made him one of the top Heavyweight fighters in the world, but following his 10 second knockout loss to former WBO Boxing champion Ray Mercer at this past weekend’s Adrenaline 3 “Bragging Rights” card UFC President Dana White says that Sylvia like Kimbo Slice would have to go through The Ultimate Fighter route to get back into the UFC.

In an article from LatestMMANewsNow.com White was quoted as to saying that Sylvia made MMA look like a “joke” and the only way he can ever make it back to the UFC would be via TUF.
“Are you kidding me, he seriously wants to return to the UFC?” asked White “He hasn’t won a fight in years and when he did he usually put everyone to sleep, the only time he’s in an exciting fight is when he’s getting his [expletive] ass handed to him.”
“Look, he just got beat by a near 50 year old in under 10 [expletive] seconds, how do you expect to be taken seriously after that? he just made MMA look like a complete joke. If he has any hopes of ending his career in (the) UFC he will have to go on TUF, there’s no other way he’s getting in.” said White.

I’m not sure of this, but I would not put it past the colorful UFC President saying that of his former UFC champion, but I just realized right now as to just how out of shape Sylvia was for the fight which it is safe to say that he was probably taking Ray Mercer very lightly and it showed.

Now with that result it has forced Affliction VP Tom Atencio to take Sylvia off the Affliction “Trilogy” card from his bout with Paul Buentello and all I could say about it is: man, I thought Andrei Arlovski had it bad!


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Monday, June 15, 2009


It’s been a tough month for former UFC Heavyweight Champions.

Just as Andrei Arlovski had his boxing debut postponed after being knocked out by Brett Rogers on June 6, fellow Zuffa refugee Tim Sylvia has been scratched from his August 1 Affliction bout against Paul Buentello courtesy of a Ray Mercer knockout last Saturday (June 13).

Affliction Veep Tom Atencio (courtesy of MMA Fanhouse):

“It’s his second knockout in a row, and I don’t want to take a chance on anything. The fight is less than 60 days away.”

“The Maine-iac” stunned the Birmingham, Ala., crowd on Friday with a scale-busting weight of 310 pounds at the weigh-ins for his MMA-turned-boxing-turned-MMA fight against former pugilist powerhouse Ray Mercer.

It only took 10 seconds for “Merciless” to flatten his corpulent counterpart the following night.

Sylvia had been on the shelf since getting steamrolled by Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction “Banned” in July 2008. That’s more than a year of inactivity, which along with his weight, could be have been a factor in Saturday’s fight.

The unsanctioned bout puts Sylvia on a three-fight losing skid. The former UFC headliner has now dropped four of his last five contests. He’ll need all the help he can get to ensure that he breaks out of his slump sooner rather than later.

It just won’t be against “The Headhunter.”

Buentello was last seen using Kiril Sidelnikov’s face as a human punching bag for almost three full rounds at Affliction 2: “Day of Reckoning” earlier this year. He went on to eventually score a late third round technical knockout over the Russian Sambo specialist, who later tested positive for having banned substances in his system after the match.

A search for Sylvia’s replacement is expected to be underway shortly.

Affliction 3: “Trilogy” will feature a main event between WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and top-ranked division player, Josh Barnett. Former Dream middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi is also expected to make his fighting debut on American shores.

Sunday, June 14, 2009



Ray Mercer vs.Tim Sylvia


Tim Sylvia threw one kick then Mercer unloaded a right that connected on Sylvia and he tumbled like a 500 lb tree in the woods, Sylvia fell over and it seemed like it was in slow motion.

MERCER BY KO @ 10 seconds in the first round. This place is a madhouse.


UFC President Dana White has been talking all week about the over the phone deal done with the Croation fighter Mirko Cro Cop to face Mostapha Al Turk on the main card at UFC 99.

In a surprise move, Mirko Cro Cop informs Dana White during the post-fight press conference, that he has already signed a three fight contract with the Japanese promotion DREAM and will not be signing a long term contract with the UFC.

The story of the post-fight action was Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic telling UFC president Dana White he didn’t want to sign with the UFC longterm. Technically he couldn’t because he informed White that he had already signed a three fight deal with DREAM in Japan.

Dana White reacts to the news:

“Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White asked rhetorically after being queried about Filipovic’s deal with DREAM. “He (expletived) me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he (expletived) me.”

“He didn’t keep his word … He talked about honor and all this other [expletive] and he [expletived] me.”

“He fed me this bull [expletive] about wanting to take a run for the title, and what I think he did was, he went out and did this. He turned down every other [expletive] fighter I offered him, because I needed him to fight Cain. He didn’t just poke Al-Turk; he poked me, too.” [Yahoo Sports]

A shady thing to do after talking about making one more run at the UFC title during the pre-fight press conference.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


I guess Kevin Ferguson really wants to be an F-ing fighter after all.

“Kimbo Slice” has apparently inked a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and will debut as a participant on the upcoming tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) according to Yahoo Sports.

Strikeforce recently passed on the contract of the former Elite XC heavyweight after the San Jose-based promotion purchased select Pro Elite assets following the company’s demise.

While there was some initial interest in his services, it was unrealistic to think they would pay him $500,000 (what he got paid for the Petruzelli fight) to bang with middle-of-the-road competition. In the end, the two sides could not find a common ground financially, and Slice officially became a free agent.

Anyone who would have predicted he’d end up on the Zuffa payroll would have gotten a visit from men in white coats at 3am for a long ride in the paddywagon — especially after all the disparaging remarks UFC President Dana White has made regarding the former street fighter and YouTube sensation.

However under all the insults and potshots, one thing White did promise was that Slice could join the UFC ranks if he fought his way into the cage via a stint on The Ultimate Fighter, White’s proving ground for up-and-coming talent looking to make it big.

Here’s a snip from the prez during the UFC 90 post-fight presser:

“What has the guy done to deserve to be in the UFC? Nothing. I don’t consider him a real athlete or anything. He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). The offer is out there if he wants to take it and he won’t win it. I might [put a heavyweight show together just for him].”

I guess Ferguson took that as a challenge, as the bearded bruiser is now set to debut on the Spike TV reality show on September 16.
By: Jesse Holland/mmamainia.com

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Friday May 29 2009

It's easy to think that, just because someone isn't giving Girls Aloud and Lady GaGa a run for their money, well, an artist must be struggling. Wrong.

In the case of Def Leppard -- who broke though in the 1980s with Pyromania, Hysteria and Adrenalize, a trio of albums that have sold more than 30 million copies -- recent years have seen their sales dip drastically on this side of the Atlantic, just as America embraces them once again.

Having spent the last few months deep in the vaults, pouring over demos for special reissues of Pyromania and Adrenalize -- Hysteria having already had an anniversary release -- Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott is perfectly happy to take a walk down memory lane.

Catching up with the Dalkey resident as he prepares for a sell-out world tour, that includes June 12 at the O2, it's plain that the soon-to-be-50 Joe Elliott has got plenty to be happy about.

PAUL BYRNE: For the reissues of 1983's Pyromania and 1992's Adrenalize was it a walk in the park, or did you tread carefully?

JOE ELLIOTT: It's not a case of treading carefully, it's just like looking back over some old photobook, but an audio one. It's a case of opening it up, and giggling at yourself. I mean, sometimes we'd laugh at the trousers, and sometimes we'd laugh at the demos, but I've got to say, I've been blessed working with the people that I've worked with in this band. We've never really written what I would call a shit song.

Going back to these early albums, are you completely happy with them?

I'm enormously happy with those albums -- why wouldn't I be? They both sold over six million copies. There are lots of things on every single album that we've ever made -- including Hysteria, which has sold over 20 million copies -- that I would go back and redo. There are songs that I would leave off, but, that's a personal thing. There are other guys in the band who would disagree with me.

Do you ever get bored with playing those monster hits live?

I get bored s**tless doing Sugar and Photograph in rehearsals, I absolutely do, but not in front of an audience. When you hear a cheer at the beginning of a song, your mind can go into reverse mode, all the way back to the day when someone walked into the room and said: 'I've got this idea for a song'. And you see the song getting recorded, and being released, and becoming a hit.

Do you feel defensive of the newer albums, such as X (2002), Yeah! (2006) and last year's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge?

Yeah, but it depends on which way you want to look at it. If you're looking at it from an Irish perspective, where they didn't get played on the radio so much, yeah, but in the States, they did. Sparkle Lounge went Top 5 in the States, and it's still getting played. When we had Yeah! out in America, the singles, Rock On and No Matter What were No 1 for five weeks and six weeks respectively, on regular Top 40 radio. That album gave us our biggest tour since Hysteria.

So, you never wake up in the middle of the night, screaming: "Frick you, Radio 2!"?

Oh, God no, never, never. There's no point. I'm not a bitter person. Def Leppard are becoming the biggest cult band in the world. I don't really see a downside to that. People start supporting you because you're not being supported by The Man, or the machine. You get a solid foundation, and they do a lot of the groundwork on your behalf, these really die-hard fans.

So, you're a happy man . . .

I'm absolutely at peace. I don't lose any sleep over anything. The O2 is going to be sold out. We're headlining Donington -- or the The Download, as it's called now -- 23 years after we last played there, third on the bill to Ozzy. We've got a tour of the States coming up, 40 dates that are going to be sold out. I don't see anything to moan about.

You've left yourself six days off the current tour for your 50th birthday on August 1. Is that going to be a big deal for you?

Yeah, it is. That's why, you've noticed, we're not doing any gigs around it. I said a year ago: 'I'm not going to spend my 50th in a hotel room in Boise, Idaho, so, don't put me in one. I'm going to be at home and I'm going to have a nice, big, stupid party, and invite all my really close friends -- plumbers, plasterers, some guys on the dole. Some of them are in the music business but most of the people will just be really close friends. We'll have a good time, and if it doesn't rain, we'll have a barbecue, and we'll drink till the sun goes down. And we'll play music, and there'll be some dancing, and there'll be some shenanigans.

- Paul Byrne

Sunday, May 24, 2009



– George Roop beat Dave Kaplan via split decision. The scores were 29-28 Kaplan, 30-27 Roop 30-27 Roop. Reportedly a good fight, but as it went 3 round, it is unlikely to air on the main show unless there is a lot of short matches.

– Yoshiyuki Yoshida beat Brandon Wolff via a guillotine choke in the first round.

– Krzysztof Soszynski defeated Andre Gusmao via knockout in the 1st round.

– Kyle Bradley beat Philippe Nover in the first round via ref stoppage. This was controversial. Nover was taken down and was stunned with a punch, Bradley, however, was missing all of his other punches. The ref, seeing Nover stunned, stopped the fight. The crowd was pissed with the stoppage.

– Tim Hague beat Pat Barry in the first round with a guillotine. Reportedly the best match on the show so far.

– Brock Larson defeated Mike Pyle via an arm triangle choke in the first round.

– Frankie Edgar beat Sean Sherk via unanimous decision

– Chael Sonnen defeated Dan Miller via unanimous decision

– Drew McFedries defeated Xavier Foupa-Pokam via TKO in the first round.

– Matt Hughes defeated Matt Serra via unanimous decision

– UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Lyoto Machida defeated Rashad Evans via knockout in the second round.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko defeated top-ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki in a grappling exhibition match at DEEP/M-1 Challenge in Japan today, besting the crafty and popular Japanese submission specialist with an anklelock. After his victory, the Russian sambo champ - who's defeated the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia and various bears and Yetii in unarmed combat - was awarded the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) lightweight championship belt. "We feel that Fedor's accomplishments as lightweight merit it," said WAMMA executive Joe Bloggerstein. "He's the WAMMA heavyweight champ and now he's also the WAMMA lightweight champ, making him the man to beat in both divisions." Through the aid of a translator, the crestfallen Aoki added: "What's a 'WAMMA'?" by Jim Genia

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Tonights UFC event main event features middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against Thales Leites. In the co-main event Chuck Liddell squares off against Mauricio Rua.

As always The MMA News keeps the spoilers off the main page, for the results click .

The results are as follows:


*Eliot Marshall def. Vinicius Magalhaes via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)L

*T.J. Grant def. Ryo Chonan via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

*Mark Bocek def. David Bielkheden via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 4:57

*Ed Herman def. David Loiseau via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

*Nate Quarry def. Jason MacDonald via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:27

*Denis Kang def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


*Luiz Cane def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

*Cheick Kongo def. Antoni Hardonk via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 2:29

*Krzysztof Soszynski def. Brian Stann via submission (kimura) - Round 1, 3:53

*Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Chuck Liddell via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 4:28

*Sam Stout def. Matt Wiman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

*Anderson Silva def. Thales Leites via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 50-46)

Thanks to mmanews.com

Sunday, April 12, 2009


At STRIKEFORCE last night ....
Nick Diaz defeats Frank Shamrock via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:57 of round two
Gilbert Melendez defeats Rodrigo Damm via knockout (punch) at 2:02 of round two
Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith defeats Benji “Razor” Radach via knockout (punch) at 3:24 of round three
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos defeats Hitomi Akano via knockout (strikes) at 0:35 of round three
Brett “The Grim” Rogers defeats Ron “Abongo” Humphrey via technical knockout (strikes) at 1:38 of round two
Luke Rockhold via Buck Meredith via submission (side choke) at 4:07 of round one
Eric Lawson defeats Waylon Kennel via technical knockout (strikes) at 4:54 of round one
Raul Castillo defeats Brandon Michaels via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:45 of round one
James Terry defeats Zak Bucia via unanimous decision
Shingo Kohara defeats Jeremy Tavares via knockout (knee) at 0:04 of round two

Saturday, April 04, 2009


Not only did WalletPop readers vote his ShamWow commercial one of
the most annoying commercials ever, last month he was arrested for beating a prostitute.

The altercation took place last month in Miami Beach, The Smoking Gun reports. On February 7, Shlomi went back to his $750 room at the heavenly luxurious Setai Hotel where he paid twenty-six-year old Sasha Harris about $1,000 for her "services." During a kiss, Harris reportedly bit Shlomi's tongue and wouldn't let go. Shlomi says he beat her, repeatedly, to make her stop biting. When Harris finally got off of him, Shlomi, bleeding, ran down to the hotel lobby where security called police. The police report says, "Both parties had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from their persons." And Harris, at first, would not cooperate with police, who found $930 in her purse.

ShamWow Guy and Harris were both arrested for felony aggravated battery, but prosecuters declined to file formal charges. Harris told TSG that she's thinking of suing Shlomi. No official word yet on whether she's moved forward to get her hands on his fortune, built by sales of $19.99 ShamWows and Slap Chops. For ShamWow guy's gruesome mugshot, which is no doubt making its way through the blogosphere

Friday, March 20, 2009


WWE superstar Kane has laughed off reports he was involved in a bar room brawl with former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.

Earlier this week, blogs and internet forums were reporting that Affliction fighter Sylvia had suffered a broken nose and black eye at the hands of the Big Red Machine.

They had supposedly traded blows at a venue in Detroit with the 7ft, 320lbs wrestling star, real name Glen Jacobs, said to have come out on top.

However a WWE spokesman immediately dismissed the story, saying: "This is a total fabrication."

Pals of the pair added that neither man had been in Detroit at the time of the alleged incident.

And now, for the first time, Kane has spoken out about the rumours.

Speaking exclusively to SunSport, he said: "I was sitting at home at the time and someone told me – that was the first I’d heard about it.

"I hear I handled it pretty well though. I’m happy with myself!

"I’m pretty sure Tim won’t hold a grudge."

Wondering what would happen if an MMA and WWE fighter did meet under UFC rules, the former world champion added: "Look at what Brock Lesnar’s doing.

"Undertaker trained MMA style and I have to some extent too. I actually got my start as a shoot fighter in Japan.

"Wrestlers are a little tougher than we’re generally given credit for and I think we’d represent ourselves well.

"By the same token, how well would the MMA guys fare in the WWE ring?

"I respect what they do though. They are tough guys and have done a great job marketing their sport."

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Fiveouncesofpain has a billion sources informing them that Affliction is in “preliminary” stages about holding a third event head to head with UFC 100. “Out with a bang,” says one source and it looks like Affliction will be committing suicide on July 11 if they go through with this crazy plan.

A long awaited superfight between Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko is scheduled to be on the card. Affliction will be asking fighters to take pay cuts to save money and they would have to find a basic cable television channel to air the event, as PPV distrubtors aren’t stupid and know that UFC 100 is on the same exact day.

Someone should come to their senses about this and realize this is a dumb idea. The UFC counter-programs because more likely than not, people will tune in to a UFC event because they are the UFC. You can’t counter-program when your competition has one thousand percent more fans than you do.

Like Suicide Rehearsal

Monday, March 16, 2009


According to Yahoo sports, Ken Shamrock has tested positive for steroids and will now serve a 1 year suspension.

The [California State Athletic] commission announced Shamrock’s suspension and $2,500 fine on Wednesday for testing positive for 19-Norandrosterone, 19- Noretiocholanolone and Stanozolol following his first-round victory over Ross Clifton.

Shamrock is slated to fight ex-World Wrestling Entertainment star Bobby Lashley in the co-main event of a March 21 MMA/boxing card in Pensacola, Fla. That fight is almost certainly now not going to happen as a result of Shamrock’s suspension. States are required to honor each other’s suspensions, which means that Florida would not allow Shamrock to fight while under suspension in California…

Shamrock’s suspension runs through Feb. 1, 2010, at which point he would be 10 days shy of his 46th birthday and would not have fought in almost a year.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


From MMAWEEKLY.COM...Charles Lewis Jr., better known to MMA fans as “Mask,” was killed in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night in Newport Beach, Calif.

Lewis was the founder of Tapout Clothing, Inc., and the face of its popular reality show on cable channel Versus. Several sources within the company confirmed his passing.

At 12:57 a.m., a Newport Beach Police cruiser spotted Lewis’ red Ferrari and a white Porsche driving out of control on the southbound side of Jamboree Road, according to Lt. Jim Amormino, a public information officer with the Orange County Sherrif’s Department.

The Ferrari then struck the curb and hit a utility pole, tearing the car in half. After coming to a brief stop, the Porsche fled the scene.

An unnamed female passenger was ejected from Lewis’ car in the crash. Newport Beach paramedics pronounced Lewis dead at the scene.

Newport Beach officers later spotted the Porsche and stopped its passengers, a male and female, who were seen walking away from the vehicle.

Upon further investigation officers determined that the male, Jeffrey David Kirby, a 51-year-old resident of Costa Mesa, Calif., was the driver of the vehicle.

Kirby was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and taken to the Newport Beach Police Department. The female passenger, Lynn Marie Nabozny, a 32-year-old resident of Newport Beach, was arrested for public intoxication and released Wednesday morning.

Kirby’s bail is set at $1 million dollars. The results of a blood alcohol test administered at the jail are forthcoming. No further motive for the accident is known at this time, according to Amormino.

(UPDATE 2:30 p.m. PT / 5:30 p.m. ET)
Tapout later in the day released an official confirmation of Lewis' death, saying, “It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we must regretfully confirm the passing of our beloved friend, brother and co-founder Charles 'Mask' Lewis following a car accident that occurred last night. We are currently in the process of setting up a memorial service in his honor and will release more details as they become available.

"Many thanks to all for the outpouring of blessings and well-wishing during this incredibly difficult time.”

Charles "Mask" Lewis was 45 years old.

Monday, March 09, 2009


The official salaries for UFC 96 were:

* Quinton Jackson ($325,000 - includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Keith Jardine ($55,000)
* Shane Carwin ($32,000 - includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga ($60,000)
* Matt Brown ($16,000 - includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Pete Sell ($12,000)
* Matt Hamill ($40,000 - includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Mark Munoz ($12,000)
* Gray Maynard ($20,000 - includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Jim Miller ($9,000)
* Tamdan McCrory ($20,000 - includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Madigan ($3,000)
* Kendall Grove ($44,000 - includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Jason Day ($5,000)
* Jason Brilz ($10,000 - includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Tim Boetsch ($12,000)
* Brandon Vera ($60,000 - includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Mike Patt ($5,000)
* Shane Nelson ($16,000 - includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Aaron Riley ($6,000)

Sunday, March 08, 2009


The following are the official quick match results for UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine which took place Saturday March 7th in Columbus, OH:

Rampage Jackson defeats Keith Jardine via Unanimous Decision
Shane Carwin defeats Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Matt Brown defeats Pete Sell via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Matt Hamill defeats Mark Munoz via KO (Headkick) Round 1
Gray Maynard defeats Jim Miller via Unanimous Decision
Tamdan McCrory defeats Ryan Madigan via TKO (Strikes)
Kendall Grove defeats Jason Day via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Jason Brilz defeats Tim Boetsch via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Vera defeats Mike Patt via technical knockout (leg kicks) in round two
Shane Nelson defeats Aaron Riley via technical knockout (strikes) in round o

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


DreamFighters.com: Fedor, we want to start out by saying its an Honor speaking with you, and thank you for taking the time to speak to me.

DreamFighters.com: What have you been up to since your Win at Affliction 2, against Arlovski?

Fedor Emelianenko: Well, when I came back from the USA I almost immediately had to start working on the movieproject I’m in. The movie is called the fifth element. Besides this I am training for a Sambo fight in March.

DreamFighters.com: How did that fight go for you? Do you feel Anderi was getting the better of you standing up?

Fedor Emelianenko: No, I don’t. Arlovski is a very good striker but if you watch the fight closely you can see he didn’t hit me that much. I did not feel in trouble at any moment.

DreamFighters.com: Your team said you did not properly train for that fight. Is that correct? Was it a concern for you going into this fight ?

Fedor Emelianenko: Because of the filmproject I didn’t have the time to train as I usually do for a fight but it was enough to get in shape and get focussed. It wasn’t a concern because I felt strong and was confident in an good outcome.

DreamFighters.com: Once again, you are the WAMMA HW champion - How does it feel to wear the WAMMA belt once again?

Fedor Emelianenko: It felt great of course. I think that the opponents I fought were all good challengers for the WAMMA title.

DreamFighters.com: Do you know who you will be fighting next? Josh Barnett? Your manager hinted at Vitor Belfort ?

Fedor Emelianenko: I don’t know yet. I have much respect for both Josh and Vitor.

DreamFighters.com: Will you be fighting on the next affliction Card? Is there been any talks of you fighting Brock Lesnar?

Fedor Emelianenko: Yes, I will fight again on the next affliction card. Besides this me and my management hope to get a chance to talk to Dana White in person in June to discuss a possible fight between me and Brock.

DreamFighters.com: (Fan Question) What are your thoughts on the WAMMA belt and WAMMA system?

Fedor Emelianenko: I think the WAMMA is a professional organization, I also like the system.

DreamFighters.com: (Russian Fan Question) Back in Pride days, can you remember 1 moment with Josh Barnett and Wanderlei Silva that stands out in your mind?

Fedor Emelianenko: With Josh I have very good memories. We sometimes partied after a fight back in the Pride days together with my trainers. I remember Wanderlei mostly for his fights in the ring. I think he was a great sensation in the ring.

DreamFighters.com: (Croatian Fan Question) Fedor, we have a young Croatian here that would like to ask you something: “Hi Fedor, it’s honor speaking with you. Was there any time back in Pride that you and Mirko spent time together, or had some fun? Was Mirko hard to get along with”

Fedor Emelianenko: I never spend time with Mirko outside the ring. We both respected each other. It’s about time we would do something together.

DreamFighters.com: Fedor, out of all the fights you have had, who Punches the hardest, who Kicks the hardest, and who was the best wrestler?

Fedor Emelianenko: Well Fujita is the only one who ever hit me right, and he hit hard! But I can’t really make a good comparison with the other guys.

DreamFighters.com: Fedor, what was your thoughts of kiril sidelnikov’s fight?

Fedor Emelianenko: I think Kirill did a good job, he is only 21 and needs to learn much more. Buentello is a very experienced fighter and was the smarter fighter. But the next time Kirill must listen better to his corner..,

DreamFighters.com: Fedor, we thank you very much for taking the time to speak to us today. We wish you the best of luck. God Bless

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Karo Parisyan has failed his drug test following his win over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Tuesday.

Parisyan tested positive for painkiller ingredients Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone.

Parisyan could face a fine and suspension, which could pull him away from a potential fight against Josh Koscheck at UFC 98 on May 23.

Monday, February 09, 2009


On February 5, 2009, I had the opportunity to talk to Pat Miletich about MMA generally, WAMMA, and the business side of the sport. The following is a transcription of our telephone conversation. It has been edited for readability.

Wimsett: I would like to start by acknowledging the passing of Helio Gracie, one of the sport’s true legends. Did you ever have an opportunity to meet Helio?

Miletich: I did - and it was an honor. Here’s a guy who was a true visionary. He understood jiu jitsu on such a high level. He dissected it and constantly refined it. He showed the world how a little man could beat a big man and he changed the fight game in a very significant way.

Wimsett: We’re a month into 2009 - what’s WAMMA’s priority this year?

Miletich: Gary, the main thing is this - to make sure the highest ranked guys get to fight each other for an undisputed world title belt. It’s that simple. Of course, we want to continue to educate the fans about the importance of having an undisputed world title belt. Look, a lot of organizations have belts, and that’s fine. But MMA needs an undisputed belt. People need to understand that being an organizational champion in no way, shape or form makes you the undisputed world champion. It’s very important for fans to understand that. The athletes need to understand this, too. It’s to everyone’s benefit.

Wimsett: Maybe not everyone’s. My sense is that the fans understand what WAMMA wants to do and they get the idea of an undisputed champion. It’s the UFC that needs convincing.

Miletich: Anyone with one eye and half a brain can see why the UFC’s not interested in a unified belt. It dilutes their brand. The UFC has a lot of the best MMA fighters, but they do not have all of them. They know the WAMMA belt represents something bigger than an organizational belt. Some of the number one, two and three guys don’t fight in the UFC. Those guys deserve the right to fight for the world championship. Just as the UFC fighters deserve the right to fight for an undisputed belt. Look at Fedor [Emelianenko] for example. He’s ranked #1 in the world. The UFC has the 4th or 5th ranked guy. I’m sure Brock Lesnar or Frank Mir would like to fight Fedor for the championship but obviously the UFC’s not letting that happen right now. As a fighter, if I’m not the #1 guy in the world - I at least want a shot at it.

Wimsett: If Zuffa [UFC's parent company] doesn’t get on board, what can WAMMA do?

Miletich: The fans are starting to embrace the idea of a WAMMA belt. The fans love the Affliction shows and some of the great shows put on by the other promotions. Scott Coker’s an incredible promoter. Monte Cox’s Adrenaline is picking up speed. The Japanese promotions have high-level fighters. It’s starting to dawn on people that the UFC does not have all the best fighters in the world. They have a lot of them. But they don’t have all of them. As we see more television exposure for these other promotions, the voice of the fans will grow stronger and the UFC will have to answer. We believe it is just a matter of time.

Wimsett: WAMMA’s now in its second year. What’s its biggest achievement to date?

Miletich: We’re working very hard on simply building relationships with all the existing promotions. We’re proud of the work we’re doing in that area. We’ve traveled the country explaining WAMMA to the media, to promoters, to fighters. It’s an ongoing education campaign but we’re proud of how far we’ve come.

Wimsett: I know that one of WAMMA’s stated goals is fortifying MMA’s legitimacy. I’m curious - does the emergence of a former WWE champion [Brock Lesnar] compromise MMA’s legitimacy at all.

Miletich: Not at all. People need to understand, and I think they do, that most WWE athletes are great athletes. Brock Lesnar was a Division I national champion wrestler. That doesn’t happen by accident. He’s a tremendous athlete.

Wimsett: Do you anticipate any major rule changes in MMA. For example, Sam Sheridan, your friend, and author of “A Fighter’s Heart” predicted the possible return to glove-less fighting?

Miletich: They are doing that in Brazil, I think. But, I don’t see it as a smart move. Guys are going to shatter their hands. Some of the early fighting contests started that way in order to prove which martial art was the best - the Gracie’s set out to do that and they did a great job. But the guys have become so well-rounded and are so good at striking and stopping take downs and inflicting heavy blows on each other that you’d have careers come to a screeching halt because guys will start shattering their hands. In a street fight where you have to defend yourself and possibly save your life you are going to go ahead and punch people. But when you make your living and feed your family with your hands, the longevity of your career is very important. I don’t see that as something that takes off and does well.

Wimsett: Do you anticipate any major rule changes?

Miletich: I really don’t. The guys that have worked on the rules in their current form, they’ve worked hard and they knew what they were doing. The guys in New Jersey who helped write the rules and put in the weight classes, they’ve done good work. John Peretti - the original matchmaker for the UFC, and Nick Lembo, they’ve been instrumental in writing these rules.

Wimsett: Let’s talk about WAMMA and fighter pensions.

Miletich: Again, the main goal right now is to make sure the athletes have the opportunity to fight for the undisputed world title. We want the athletes to make the proper amount of money because of those fights and we want cross-promotion bouts. Those are our priorities at WAMMA. Fighter pensions - that’s a goal. But, as you know, there are a lot of people talking about forming a fighter’s union and that’s something we would hand off to a fighter’s union when and if that comes to pass. Some people think a union is around the corner, some people think it’s further down the road. We’ll see. These kinds of issues will likely fall to those people forming the union. Health insurance is another thing. There are a lot of things that need to happen on behalf of the athletes. They need help. They need to not sign their rights away for a lifetime. It’s wrong. The 360 deals the UFC talk about - I think they’re illegal. They restrict people from being able to make money. I think they’re going to run into some serious legal problems.

Wimsett: I know a lot of people hope those 360 deals don’t happen.

Miletich: Let’s just say this. If fighters sign those contracts, you know the union attorneys will be filing a class action lawsuit.

Wimsett: To be clear, WAMMA wants to work with a fighter’s union? Not be a fighter’s union?

Miletich: We’d work very closely with a fighter’s union. We’re for a lot of the same things that a union would be for. And it basically boils down to fighter’s rights. We want to help the fighters and the fans. And in the end, the promoters are going to make a lot more money, too.

Wimsett: Is there a particular group that WAMMA is looking at as far as a union partner?

Miletich: I have not been contacted by anyone yet regarding a union but I expect the calls will be coming soon.

Wimsett: Let’s talk about the quality of the officiating in MMA right now.

Miletich: Some of it is very good and some of it is very bad. Obviously I’m not going to name names. I think as a rule, the guys that compete in the sport are better at officiating than guys that don’t. This sport is so much more complex than boxing, you have to know when a submission is going to be put on somebody, you have to know when it’s coming so you are prepared to stop the fight when someone’s in trouble. You have to understand when someone’s unconscious - even when the fighter’s eyes are open. I’ve seen guys who were unconscious being choked because the referee didn’t know the guy was unconscious. Little things like that. It’s the same with judging. We’ve seen some bad decisions, sure. Just like in boxing. And it comes from the fact that you’ve got guys judging who have never competed in the sport. People think, for example, when they see a bad decision in boxing that something dirty is going on but I’ve got to tell you, more often than not, it’s because the judges are just in over their heads. They’re contractors or doctors and they’re judging on the weekends. You’re going to get some bad decisions. MMA - man, then you are really scrambling their brains when they’re trying to figure out what’s going on in the cage.

Wimsett: Is this an area WAMMA would like to address organizationally?

Miletich: In the end, it’s really up to the various athletic commissions in the states and some of them are great at it. Some are not. There needs to be some sort of baseline. These refs and judges are holding kids futures and careers in their hands. It’s a big thing. For me personally and the company also, so yes, it’s something we’re looking at.

Wimsett: I know you’re not interested in naming names but is there a referee out there doing a particularly good job you’d like to mention?

Miletich: John McCarthy is probably the best out there. Yves Lavigne is very good. Herb Dean’s gotten a lot better over the years with his experience. Those are just some and there are others.

Wimsett: Tell me about the Ranking Board?

Miletich: We’ve got 30 members on the ranking board right now and they are the very best media guys in MMA in the business. Sam Kaplan chairs that committee. WAMMA is not a part of it. It’s separate. It’s the best system we could come up with and we think those guys are doing a great job. We think it’s a safe system and it’d be foolish for anyone to try to get a hold of those guys and try to sway their opinions. Who’s going to pay-off 30 ranking board members?

Wimsett: Let’s talk about your business partners.

Miletich: We do a lot of conference calls. Fred Levin’s involved with giving his input and guiding the organization. Mike Lynch is obviously another very smart guy who is very involved. With Dave [Szady] being the CEO and President, former FBI/CIA official, he’s a guy whose integrity cannot be called into question. We want to be straight up. Lynch knows about every fighter on the planet and they’re all class acts. We’ve all become very good friends and I enjoy being in business with them.

Wimsett: Fedor’s next fight?

Miletich: Josh Barnett. That’s a huge fight. Right now, they are the two best heavyweights on the planet without a doubt.

Wimsett: Who’s the best non-heavyweight fighter in the world right now?

Miletich: George St. Pierre comes to mind. Anderson Silva is another one. I’ve known those guys for a lot of years. I think that Rob Lawler is going to sneak up on a lot of people. I don’t think people realize how good Rob’s gotten. I don’t care who you are, if you get hit by Rob, you are going to sleep. He’s a guy who I really think could be the best pound for pound guy on the planet.

Wimsett: Who’s the toughest guy you’ve out at the gym in Bettendorf?

Miletich: That’s a tough question. Over the years we’ve had the best of the best come through. I think we’ve had over 85 guys on Pay Per View shows, something like 14 organizational champions. I couldn’t narrow it down.

Wimsett: Proudest moment as a fighter?

Miletich: Holding the title for 3 and a half years - probably. Coming back after having such a tough time healing up my neck after 4 or 5 years. That was pretty big accomplishment.

Wimsett: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself through fighting?

Miletich: It’s a huge growth process when you climb in the ring. You are naked to the world and you have no excuses. You have to go out there and be the man or get beat up. I was a kid that came from a little bit of a rough background. My dad wasn’t always the nicest guy. There’s a lot of guys out there like that and they use that as a crutch. But, it’s no excuse to be a jerk in life. Fighting makes me a better person and helps me deal with my own issues and my demons and you realize it’s not that hard to treat people well. It’s a growth experience for sure.

Wimsett: That’s one of the things I really like about the sport is that after the bout you see that mutual respect the fighters have for each other and that’s very compelling and noble.

Miletich: Absolutely. There is no animosity among fighters. For the most part.

Wimsett: Talk about the difference between training and fighting.

Miletich: Training can be intense. But, when you step into the ring for a fight and the crowd’s there and the lights are shining down . . . there’s nothing like that adrenaline rush. Your senses are all at their peak. And when you start the fight, and for your first few fights, everything is a blur - it’s chaos. It’s an amazing sensation. But after a while, the fight starts to slow down and when you go back and watch the fight it’s like watching it in fast motion again. It’s very strange. But once you’ve been in a few fights, things slow down and you start to see things, sense and understand and anticipate things.

Wimsett: What would you tell to up and coming fighters in terms of mastering a particular fighting style to get a strong foundation.

Miletich: Wrestling. Wrestlers have heart. Strong tendons, good balance. Incredible strength. The hardest part is teaching them the rhythm of stand up. But if they can get that, I’ll take a wrestler any day. Good work ethic. Endurance. It’s tough to find that anywhere else.

Wimsett: What do you think about all the karate dojos advertising “MMA classes” now?

Miletich: It’s kind of funny. It wasn’t that long ago when those guys were telling their students, you can’t go fight MMA, these moves are designed to kill. I find that amusing. But in the long run, it’s probably good. It brings more exposure to the sport. Ultimately, WAMMA and state athletic commissions will need to look at what these dojos are doing and whether there needs to be more regulation so guys don’t get hurt.

Wimsett: WAMMA’s obviously been reaching out to a lot of promotions. What’s the best small promotion that most MMA fans haven’t heard of?

Miletich: Extreme Challenge. It’s the oldest besides the original UFC owners. Monte Cox runs that. He’s been my manager for my entire career and he and I got into the sport together. And he puts on great shows.

Wimsett: How did Jon Wertheim [author of "Blood in the Cage"] get out of Bettendorf without getting slapped around especially after Sam Sheridan took so much punishment?

Miletich: You know, some guys are writers and some guys are fighters. Sam came over to get the fight experience. Jon’s goals were different. They’re both great guys and I think Jon’s book is really good and I hear it’s been getting good reviews. Sam’s a great guy. I wish we were neighbors. He’s got a great sense of humor and he’s just a lot of fun to be around.

Wimsett: What are your thoughts on sports agents entering the MMA space?

Miletich: The innocence of the sport is gone. But, agents are the guys that have the connections to the big sponsor dollars and they’ve negotiated really large contracts so that’s a good thing to have on your side.

Wimsett: Take “fighter X”, in the middle of the pack, does he need an agent?

Miletich: Everyone needs some sort of representation so they don’t get taken advantage of. You need someone who knows what to look for in contracts. Some of these guys have the Nike, Adidas contacts. They can bring more money to the table.

Wimsett: Have you seen the new UFC-branded gyms? Your thoughts.

Miletich: Smart business idea by the UFC. The quality of instruction remains to be seen inside of them. This is a sport where bigger is probably not better. If you can find a hole in the wall gym and learn from a guy who really knows his stuff - that’s a better training environment. But I don’t think those are the guys these branded gyms are really looking for anyway. I think they’re mostly looking for the kids and housewives who just want to get in shape.

Wimsett: What’s the best place for up and coming fighters to train in the United States?

Miletich: Anywhere where they have a lot of good, experienced fighters. No specific places necessarily. Somewhere with a proven track record of putting out great fighters.

Wimsett: How’s WAMMA going to make money? What’s your revenue stream?

Miletich: It comes down to, you know when you watch all the bowl games on TV, and you see the FedEx Sugarbowl for example, the WAMMA belt will be co-branded with sponsors so it’ll be the, for example, the Gatorade/WAMMA heavyweight world title. That’s the model.

Wimsett: Pat, it’s been a pleasure speaking with you this afternoon.

Miletich: Sure thing, Gary. No problem. I enjoyed it.

Interview by Gary Wimsett

Sunday, February 01, 2009


The UFC paid out a hearty $1,252,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for yesterday's UFC 94 event. The figures are below, courtesy of MMA Weekly. Keep in mind that these numbers don't include any undisclosed "locker room bonuses" often given out to fighters for exciting performances, or cuts of the pay-per-view revenue, which Georges St. Pierre reportedly has in his new contract.

– Georges St. Pierre: $400,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
– Lyoto Machida $185,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
– B.J. Penn: $125,000
– Clay Guida $105,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
– Nate Diaz $85,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
– Karo Parisyan $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
– Chris Wilson $80,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
– John Howard $71,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
– Jon Fitch $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
– Thiago Silva: $29,000

– Akihiro Gono: $28,000
– Thiago Tavares $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
– Dong Hyun Kim: $26,000
– Stephan Bonnar $22,000
– Dan Cramer $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
– Jon Jones $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
– Manny Gamburyan: $14,000
– Matt Arroyo: $8,000


UFC 94 Results:

Main Card Bouts:
-Georges St. Pierre def. B.J. Penn by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 5:00, R4
-Lyoto Machida def. Thiago Silva by KO (Punch) at 4:59, R1
-Jon Jones def. Stephan Bonnar by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Karo Parisyan def. Dong Hyun Kim by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Clay Guida def. Nate Diaz by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28), R3

Preliminary Bouts:
-John Fitch def. Akihiro Gono by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), R3
-Thiago Tavares def. Manny Gamburyan by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
John Howard def. Chris Wilson by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Jake O'Brien def. Christian Wellisch by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-29), R3
-Dan Cramer def. Matt Arroyo by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3

Friday, January 30, 2009


PETROPOLIS, Brazil -- There was no tribute, no tears and no speech.

Helio Gracie’s last will was respected by his sons and wife, who buried him on Thursday in his homeland, less than 10 hours after the Brazilian jiu-jitsu founder died at the age of 95 at Beficência Portuguesa Hospital.

“He was sick for a while, and he got caught by a pneumonia the last 10 days,” son Royler said by phone. “Even being so healthy, he was 95 years old and ended up not resisting.”

Four of the Gracie patriarch’s children -- Royler, Rorion, Rickson and Robin -- were unable to reach Brazil in time to participate in the funeral. Like thousands of jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts fans, they planned to pay a final tribute to Gracie on Friday, had the decision been made to bury him then. Instead, his last wishes were granted.

A simple ceremony was witnessed by some 70 relatives, close friends and students. Sons Royce and Rolker led the procession, a kilometer in length, from the chapel to the tomb where Gracie was buried. At the tomb, Royce asked for a round of applause for his father and placed a black belt over his coffin. Afterward, the UFC 1 and UFC 2 tournament champion revealed that his mother called Monday to tell him his father was weak and in the hospital.

“She thought he wouldn’t last long and told me to come to Rio,” Royce said. “I immediately bought the ticket and came. He was just expecting me to arrive. This morning, he passed away.”

Following the funeral, Royce, Rolker and Gracie’s wife, Vera, made the 20-minute trip to Itaipava to receive family and friends. Among them was Mario Aielo, who spoke on Rickson’s behalf.

“Thanks to this man, there are thousands of teachers around the world making a living from jiu-jitsu and thousands of fighters making a living from MMA,” Aielo said. “Without Helio Gracie, Rorion could not have brought Vale Tudo to the US and MMA would not exist, giving jobs to many fighters, promoters and managers and fun to millions of fans around the world.”

Rorion’s daughter, Rose, reflected on her grandfather’s life.

“My grandfather was an amazing man,” she said via phone in the U.S. “He was like a father to us. He never got out of the Gracie diet, never got out of the lifestyle he told others to live. Nowadays kids don’t have the same respect for their parents and grandparents. My grandfather not only had our respect, but he earned it. He would drive far away to come pick us up, and he would honk his horn like a crazy man. We would get in the car, and it was full of fruit and other goods from the Gracie diet. He made breakfast every morning for us and told stories at night.”

One story, in particular, stood out for Rose.

“One time, he said, ‘One day I was swimming in shark-infested water. I had to get through them somehow, so I grabbed one shark and put him in an arm lock. I grabbed another and put him in a Mata Leon,” she said. “I was young, but I believed him.”

Pedro Valente, one of Gracie’s best known disciples, was a third-generation student. He now runs the 600-student Valente’s Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy in Miami, Fla.

“My grandfather was his student, my father was a student and I took lessons since I was 2 years old,” Valente said. “He was a father figure to me. He taught us a way of life, a life of perfection and efficiency -- and not just in jiu-jitsu but everyday life.

“He practiced what he preached,” he continued. “His diet was perfect. That’s why he never got old and never got sick. He was amazing. He was here [at the academy] last year, and he did a pull up.”

Thursday, January 29, 2009
by Marcelo Alonso (malonso@sherdog.com)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield have reportedly agreed to meet for a third time, this time in Abu Dhabi in October.

According to Hydra Properties CEO Sulaiman Al Fahim, the bout, which is likely to be staged in Zayed Sports City Stadium, will be confirmed on February 1.

“We have agreement from everyone needed and will make the official announcement next week,” he told arabianbusiness.com.

”The idea is to stage the biggest ever fight in boxing history and to do it in Abu Dhabi, which would be a great global event for the UAE capital.”

However, Holyfield has already expressed his doubts over whether Tyson, who is rumoured to be currently walking around at 270lbs, is capable of fighting – even if he wants to.

Meanwhile, Holyfield’s manager, Ken Saunders, is also of the opinion that the bout is unlikely to ahead.

Holyfield and Tyson first met in November, 1996 with The Real Deal sensationally stopping Iron Mike in the 11th round of a lucrative WBA title clash.

Their rematch was an infamous encounter, with Tyson being disqualified in the third round for biting Holyfield’s ear.

A rubber match has long been mooted but while Holyfield is still active, and recently failed in his attempt to become a heavyweight titleholder for the fifth time when he was controversially outpointed by WBA champion Nikolai Valuev, Tyson has not fought since being stopped by Kevin McBride in June, 2005.