UFC in… Belfast?
Well the reasons for UFC 72 to be in Belfast are there, but you can bet the security forces will be in place too. Lots of Northern Irlanders drinking and watching combat is a recipe for a rough night if you’re on duty. But it’s not likely to be anything they haven’t seen at a football match.
In any case the rumored date is June 16 with the possible return of the popular Brandon Vera, who’s been under the radar for some time while contract and managerial details were settled.
Historic First MMA Event Scheduled for Washington DC
It was only a matter of time! While states like Nevada and California have long seen mixed martial arts as a valid offering and a way to earn income, there are still notable holdouts in major states’ acceptance of the sport. New York has yet to give the green light to MMA, though it’s expected to soon, as Washington DC has recently.
To wit, the first ever mixed martial event in Washington DC will be held May 12th at the DC Armory, after the DC Boxing & Wrestling Commission adopted the unified rules for MMA earlier this year. The event will offer fighters from Chute Boxe, American Top Team, and others, including fighters from local stand out BJJ organizations like Team Balance’s Tim Carpenter and Yamasaki’s Ron Foster.
Art of War Card & Ring of Fire 29 Card
In a press release sent out by the Art of War promotion today, the organization announced some of the upcoming line-up for their May 11th card, to take place in Austin, Texas, at the Austin Convention Center. Headlining the event will be a heavyweight match-up between Wes Sims (18-8-1) and Chris Guillen (8-6). The Gracie Fighting Championship is also scheduled to have Sims compete one week later at their “Evolution” event, on May 19th against Jeff Monson. According to Sims, whom FCF contacted this afternoon, both the GFC and Art of War are aware that he is scheduled to fight twice in 8 days.
UFC Quick Quote: Serra doesn’t like two Miletich boys
“Matt Hughes is an arrogant asshole, jerkoff and bully. He wouldn’t pull the same shit with me that he did to Georges (St. Pierre) on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) because he knows I’d tell him to go **** himself.”
– UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra had some choice words on BubbaTheLoveSponge.com for Matt Hughes today, who will most likely be his first title defense later this year, according to recent statements from UFC President Dana White. He also called Hughes’ training partner, Tim Sylvia, an ogre who thinks he is a big shot. In addition, Serra ripped on Sylvia for his appearance on Blind Date a few years ago.
Uncertain futures for PRIDE fighters
Nikkan Sports has a headline grabber today, claiming that Hidehiko Yoshida will fight at 205 pounds in the future (for a run at the UFC Light Heavyweight division). The article claims that Yoshida’s 5/20 Saitama Super Arena fight will be preparation for him fighting in UFC later this Summer.
Daily Sports has an article claiming that Josh Barnett may work for the IGF 6/29 Ryogoku debut show. From what I have been told directly, Barnett’s status right now as a fighter is in limbo. He is waiting for any and all offers. He has not been contacted by Zuffa in relation to the ‘new’ PRIDE.
Former UFC Fighter Phil Baroni Arrested in Miami (UPDATED)
A couple black guys, one who just did a 9yr stint in federal prison was totally disrepecting Baroni and his girlfriend….Baroni handled his business with the two guys, but ended up in the clink…gotta respect a man who takes up for his chick..
One of the jackoffs, both who were walking and cat calling Baroni’s chick actually just walked up to her on the street and kissed her in front of Baroni and it was on.
Phil is out
Matt Serra to Face Matt Hughes in First Title Defense
Newly crowned UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra (8-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will face former champ Matt Hughes (41-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) in his first title defense, according to UFC president Dana White in Saturday’s post-event press conference.
NSAC Releases Medical Suspensions from UFC Fight Night 9
The full list of suspensions includes:
Justin McCully — Left Elbow
Must be cleared by a doctor or no contest until Oct. 3
Minimum suspension, no contact until May 6
Antoni Hardonk — No Reported Injury
Suspended until May 21
No contact until May 6
Keita Nakamura — Laceration
Suspended until May 21
No contest until May 6
Drew Fickett — No Reported Injury
Suspended until May 21
No contest until May 6
Press Release: Tsunami Fighting Championships Benefit
Hereby we send you the complete and official info about the upcoming "TSUNAMI Fighting Championships" on June 30th and July 1st 2007 in Stuttgart/Germany.
Please note: this event will aid the victims of the horrible Tsunami desaster of December 2004, when app. 300.000 people died. All ticket sales of the "TSUNAMI Fighting Championships" will be collected by the Red Cross!
Amateur MMA On 4/14 In San Antonio, Texas
Texas Amateur MMA Association sent along the following:
Saturday Night @ Nutty Brown Cafe
Fights Start at 7PM
The Texas Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Assocation presents a night of Cage Fights. 10 fights are scheduled at the Nutty Brown Cafe located on Hwy. 290 West. This is the first time Amateur MMA has returned to Austin. The card will feature fighters from across Texas including representatives from Austin Area Schools. Tickets are on sale at Randy Palmer's South Austin Gym for just $20.
For more information call 512-445-2348
brock lesnar interview part two
Late last-week, MMANews.com's own Luis Cruz discussed this and more in an exclusive twenty-plus minute interview with Brock Lesnar. Below is part two of a two-part transcript
Rich Franklin: Nothing Has Been Confirmed
"Absolutely nothing has been confirmed regarding Rich's next fight," J.T. Stewart, Rich Franklin's media contact, told me Saturday in response to rumors of a Franklin versus Martin Kampmann main event at UFC 72 in Ireland June 16
Sports Illustrated article on Lidell
With less than two months until his title defense against Quinton (Rampage) Jackson, Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Chuck Liddell, 37, has headed to the hills of Arroyo Grande, Calif., to train at an outdoor compound known as The Pit.
Striking in Boxing and MMA
As Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) skyrockets in popularity, the resistance of mainstream media outlets (Sports Illustrated and ESPN) has historically probably been due to a fear of pro-wrestling combined with old-school boxing writers lack of understanding. Boxing writers love boxing; and they often feel, correctly, that MMA fighters usually aren’t the best boxers.
New MMA magazine to launch in June
Bluff Media has issued a press release today to announce the forthcoming launch of FIGHT!, a brand new mixed martial arts publication that will hit newsstands on June 26.