SHOOTO PLANS MOVE INTO U.S. MARKET
Having produced some of the best lightweights in the world such as Takanori Gomi, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Joachim Hansen, Caol Uno, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribiero, Shooto now looks to make its way to the United States in partnership with California-based Warrior’s Cup.
Martin Kampmann Interview
One of the rising stars of the UFC's Middleweight division is Denmark's Martin Kampmann. Bloodyknux.Com's Tyler Horton was privleged enough to catch up with Martin recently and discussed everything with him from his adjustments to life and fighting in the US, thoughts about his June bout against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and more.
More on Singer vs. Masterson
I believe this fight has less to do with Singer or Masterson and more to do with another evolution that has to happen in MMA: the development of acceptable scoring criteria. When you combine different sports into one as is the case with MMA, you also import the different scoring criteria and values that underwrite them from each sport. Unfortunately, sometimes those different criteria either conflict or confuse the process.
Proposed MMA Legislation Could Hurt Smaller Shows
Last month the Illinois House of Representatives passed H.B. 1947 by a vote of 96-10. If the bill is approved by the Illinois Senate and governor, promoters of professional MMA shows would be required to obtain a minimum of $50,000 of insurance for each fighter and have at least $10,000 in liquid assets or a surety bond to ensure the show can meet its financial obligations. The bill would also prohibit promoters from also participating as trainers, fighters, referees or judges.
Illinois Boxing Commission spokeswoman Sue Hofer told InsideFighting.com that the purpose of the legislation is to ensure that MMA is carefully regulated in the state and on equal footing with boxing. “We want to treat MMA exactly the same as boxing in Illinois.”
Arlovski gets title shot with UFC 70 win
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will get another crack at regaining the title if he can get past Fabricio Werdum this weekend at UFC 70, according to statements from UFC President Dana White in a conference call yesterday.
UFC 70 preview: Bisping vs. Sinosic
Don’t be fooled by Elvis Sinosic’s 8-9-2 record, he will be a very game test for the promising Brit’ Bisping. When Sinosic met Forrest Griffin in 2005 he gave the reality star all he could handle on the feet until a left hook found a home on his chin. Bisping has a decent ground game (even a rumored submission over Tito Ortiz while training) but he will want to keep this fight on the feet. Elvis will be much obliged. “The King” will bring a lot out of Michael Bisping that we haven’t seen yet. Look for an exciting fight with a lot of crowd participation. Bisping lives forty minutes from M.E.N Arena, if he lived any closer he would be fighting in his own backyard.
RITC SAT APRIL 28TH AT CELEBRITY THEATRE
RAGE IN THE CAGE
Saturday April 28th 2007
Doors open 5:30pm Fight time 7:30pm
Tickets are available at Celebrity Theater Box-Office at
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Josh Haynes Post UFC 69 Interview
Josh took time out to grant StrictlyMMA.com an interview where he discussed his fight with Luke Cummo at UFC 69 and his future plans for himself. He talks about a premature stoppage and how he would like a rematch. He also talks about Team Quest partners Matt Lindland, Thierry Sokoudjou and Devin Cole.
Report: Eddie Sanchez Returns at UFC 72
Eddie Sanchez (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), fresh off a disappointing yet hardly unexpected UFC 67 loss to Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, will face UFC newcomer and Irish native Colin Robinson (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at Belfast’s UFC 72 event, according to the latest rumor posted by MMAWeekly.com.
GFC: Evolution Fight Card Complete
May 19 the Gracie Fighting Championships will be holding an event at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio and scheduled for pay-per-view.
The upcoming event is set to feature a solid selection of fighters, including UFC veteran Jeff Monson, Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, IFL Pitbull middleweight Fabio Leopoldo, TUF 4 cast member Jeremy Jackson, Chris Brennan, and Brandon Lee Hinkle.
Originally scheduled to make his MMA debut was Marcelo Garcia. Recently, however, Garcia pulled out of the card, citing the transition to MMA taking longer than expected.
GFC: Evolution Fight Card
Jeff Monson vs. Wes Sims (main event)
Davis vs Cummo in Ireland?
A Marcus Davis versus Luke Cummo fight is on the table for UCF 72 in Ireland June 16. Davis, nicknamed "The Irish Hand Grenade", told me, "Yeah, I'm fighting in Ireland," but wouldn't confirm his opponent.
Both TUF 2 alum are coming off stoppages at UFC 69 in Houston. Davis won his third consecutive UFC scrap by submitting Pete Spratt by Achilles lock in the second round. Cummo knocked out TUF 3 finalist Josh Haynes in the second round.
On TUF 2, both Davis and Cummo were eliminated by eventual winner, Joe Stevenson. Davis was submitted in the first round on episode four. Cummo lost a unanimous decision in the finale.
A request for comment from Luke Cummo is yet to be answered.
Introducing Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat
Following the overwhelming success of its sophomore series, Bodog Fight changes backdrops for the third installment in its mixed martial arts series. Swapping the frozen tundra of St. Petersburg for the sunny shores of Costa Rica, Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat promises bigger brawls and smaller bikinis.
The first episode debuts this Tuesday, April 17th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION Television, and features six of the most exciting pound-for-pound fighters in MMA.
UFC 72 "Victory" Confirmed For Spike TV On June 16
The official website of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC.com) has confirmed that UFC 72 "Victory" will be broadcast for free on Spike TV on June 16th.
The show will be headlined by Rich Franklin vs. Martin Kampmann and Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez and will emanate from Ireland.
Stick with MMANews.com for updates on UFC 72 "Victory".
K1 WORLD GP 2007 - Hawaii
The updated fight card for the K-1 World GP 2007 on 28th April at the Blaisdell includes:
K-1 USA GP 2007 Tournament:
Mighty Mo (USA) vs. Kyoung Suk Kim (Republic of Korea)
Jan “The Giant” Nortje (South Africa) vs. Julius “Towering Inferno” Long (USA)
Gary Goodridge (Canada) vs. Patrick Barry (USA)
Alexandre Pitchkounov (Russia) vs. Tatsufumi Tomihira (Japan)
K-1 Heavyweight Title Match:
Badr Hari (Morocco) vs. Yusuke Fujimoto (Japan)
Remy Bonjasky (Holland) vs. Glaube Feitosa (Brazil)
Junichi Sawayashiki (Japan) vs. Randy Kim (Republic of Korea)
Hong-Man Choi (Republic of Korea) vs. Mike “Rocky” Malone (USA)
Jerrel Venetiaan (Holland) vs. Peter Graham (Australia)
** Please note that fighters may change due to injury.
All K-1 fighters in this event will be competing for the same goal, the title of K-1 USA GP Tournament Winner, then the opportunity to advance towards the prestigious K-1 World Grand Prix Final and the ultimate title of “King of Kings” in December 2007.
Tickets to the event are on sale through Ticketmaster and priced at $40, $60, $100, $150, and VIP at $500 and doors will open at 5.00pm for a 6.00pm start.