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UFC 70 Observations
link A few thoughts from last night's show: Dana White said recently that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's first UFC fight would be against a big-name opponent this summer. Could he be reconsidering after seeing two of his most marketable fighters get beaten badly by underdogs this month? Upsets make for exciting fights, but is it bad business to have the title belts changing hands as often as they do in the WWE? In 13 MMA fights, Michael Bisping has only once gone to the third round. And he's never gone to the judges cards. 13-0. Nine knockouts and four submissions. Before last night's Nyquil in Fight Form, Andrei Arlovski had only once gone to the judges in his career. In Arlovski's defense, it's hard to blame a fighter for exercising caution, even at the expense of fan boredom. It's a sport where one unlucky punch can wreak havoc on a career. Though the UFC officials say they'd rather see someone fight hard and lose than be cautious and win, they aren't the ones getting punched in the head. And at the end of the day, the win-loss column is the important thing. If it weren't, we'd see Tank Abbott fight every month. There were a lot of commercials during last night's show, but hey, it was free. The Couture-Gonzaga fight might sell better than some people think. The advantage of having your hot new star brutally knocked out on free TV is that lots of people saw it and might be curious as to how Captain America will deal with a monster like Gonzaga. And that was a brutal KO. One of the worst since Tank nearly decapitated Steve Nelmark. By the way, Randy looked huge last night. Was that a bad-fitting suit or has he bulked up? UFC 70: Updates and Fallout A few notes from around the web: UFC 70 drew more than 14,000 fans, with a live gate of $2.6 million, the third-highest in UFC history. "We are doing this fight in the U.K. and then we’re going to do a fight in Ireland and from there we’ll be expanding into Spain, Italy and Germany," Dana White tells the media. More at UFC Junkie. Gabriel Gonzaga says he went into the Cro-Cop fight looking for a knockout. "I was looking for the opportunity and took it," Sherdog reports. Cro-Cop's knee and ankle aren't damaged as badly as first thought. There are some injured ligaments but "It's nothing to worry about," Cro-Cop told Croation media. Source: UFC Mania. Dana White says the Couture-Gonzaga fight is marketable. "Our job now is to sell Couture-Gonzaga," he said. "I can do it." Michael Bisping admits he never saw the knee that knocked him to the ground in the second round of his fight against Elvis Sinosic. "I was like, 'What the **** was that,'" he says
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 12:43AM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
 
CC short interview
http://index.hr/sport/clanak/redir/344730.asp Translation: Only one day after brutal and humiliating KO by Gabriel Gonzaga in Manchester, Mirko Cro Cop came back to Zagreb. Several of his friends, members of the special forces, were waiting for him at the airport. As soon as he got out of the terminal, walking with a limp, reporters gathered around him to hear his opinion on last night's fight, the fifth loss of Mirko's career. Although just 10 hours passed from the KO, Mirko was calm and collected, and if it wasn't for the visible limp, you could never guess it was the same man who lied unconscious last night in the UFC cage. "The fight went the same way I fought it, I didn't deserve any better", analyzed Mirko and continued: "That's seems to be the cross I'm carrying, I fall down every once in a while, I don't know why. I've been two times through such crisis, against Randleman and I came back, against Fedor and I came back. I'll come back after this again. It's part of my carrer, so I should handle it." It didn't take long since last night's defeat for speculations to arise whether Gonzaga's hick-kick ended Mirko's career aswell. But to our question whether he'll continue fighting after this Cro Cop answered: "Of, course, I will fullfil the contract, I have 4 more fights to go." After this short statement Mirko entered his car. Before anything, it's time to recover, and after that he'll start thinking about his next opponent. cheers
Submitted Apr 22, 2007 1:24PM by keith-hackney1 - 10 comments
 
Bisping Beats up Elvis... Elvis leaves the Building Bloodied
link "... a little less conversation a little more action". Well, that was a piece of Elvis Presley's song and also a piece of Elvis Sinosic's entrance song that just about says it all as those few words were all the foreshadowing needed to see where this fight with Michael "The Count" Bisping and Elvis Sinosic was going to end up in front of the action starved Manchester, England MMA fans. Action was plentiful if you had the best seat in the house at the M.E.N. arena like Elivis had who saw first hand, err... fist what it's like to be on the receiving end of the Count's punches and to be 'Counted' out early by referee stoppage in the 2nd round.
Submitted Apr 22, 2007 11:21AM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
 
UFC’s Gonzaga kicks into gear
link MANCHESTER, England - For years, Mirko Cro Cop knocked opponents out in devastating fashion with fearsome kicks to the head. Last night, before a packed house at the MEN Arena, Gabriel Gonzaga gave the Croatian bomber a taste of his own medicine, sending him crashing to defeat with a single right kick to the head in the UFC 70 main event.
Submitted Apr 22, 2007 10:57AM by disorderlyvision - 13 comments
 
Serra, Hughes to Coach TUF 6
Matt Serra and Matt Hughes will coach 16 welterweights during the sixth season of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter, UFC president Dana White announced during the international broadcast of UFC 70 from Manchester, England on Saturday. Click here for more details.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 6:05PM by MMA - 17 comments
 
Six Questions with Chuck Ellison
link An Exclusive Interview with 2006 NAAFS Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Ellison
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 11:24AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
James Irvin vs. Thiago Silva Completes UFC 71 Card
link UFC newcomer Thiago Silva (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face James Irvin (12-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a light-heavyweight bout at next month’s UFC 71 event, according to UFC.com.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 11:18AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
UFC Quick Quote: Couture picks Napao at UFC 70
link “I see Gonzaga bursting through, getting his hands on Cro Cop, and putting him on the ground and keeping him there. He probably submit him from there.” – UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture predicts that Gabriel Gonzaga will defeat Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 70 later on today as told to FightNetwork.com. Couture is slated to face the winner of the bout. you think he is rooting for gonzaga because he doesnt want to fight crocop?
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 11:16AM by disorderlyvision - 8 comments
 
JESS LLAUDIN ON HIS UFC DEBUT
link interview
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 11:05AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Chuck Liddell autograph signing
link Chuck Liddell will be appearing at the Hollywood & Highland Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles on April 25 to autograph copies of his Ultimate Iceman DVD. In order to meet Liddell, fans must purchase the DVD beginning April 20 for a wristband that guarantees a place in line during the signing on Wednesday. The Virgin Megastore at Hollywood & Highland 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:30 – 2:30PM
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 11:02AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Is Arlovski that good?
link I honestly have my doubts. When I first heard he was fighting Fabricio Werdum, I thought he was nuts. Arlovski is a physical sight and very well-rounded, but I've never been convinced he was a championship caliber fighter. He looks good crushing B-level and the occassional respectable fighter, but very rarely earns a win against elite competition.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:58AM by disorderlyvision - 8 comments
 
Where are they now? David Terrell Edition
link Talk about a promising start that had no follow through. This guy was supposed to be the next big thing at middleweight. Somewhere along the line his loss to Evan Tanner combined with a few injuries completely derailed his trajectory.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:55AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
As mixed martial arts popularity grows, so does both the good and the bad of the sport
link As mixed martial arts grow in popularity, the spotlight shows up the bad as well as the good.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:45AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
UFC: British crowds wooed by the ultimate in combat
link From murky origins ultimate fighting now outstrips boxing at the box office. As the sport arrives in Britain tonight Steve Bunce charts its meteoric rise
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:43AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
CSAC News: Sakuraba vs. Royce
link Royce Gracie vs. Kazushi Sakuraba is tentatively scheduled for the June 2 Elite XC/K-1 show at the Los Angles Forum provided that Sakuraba passes his upcoming health exams. Sakuraba was diagnosed with vertebrobasilar damage last year after he collapsed during a training session. The CSAC wants to make 100% sure that Sakuraba is completely healthy for the bout and will only be accepting medicals from the United States in this case. Also scheduled for the show will be Brock Lesnar vs. Hong Man Choi in Lesnar's debut MMA match.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:41AM by disorderlyvision - 3 comments
 
Barnett responds to Dana White comments
link Here is what Josh had to say: "In response to the comments made by Dana White I am completely open to fighting in the UFC and the new Pride Worldwide. I do not have any personal issues with Dana. "I may have my opinions on how an MMA show should be and they may differ with some of the promoter’s ideas out there but I am not one to refuse to do business. Like I have said before, I have no problem fighting in the UFC." So there you have it, one of the most talented heavyweight fighters in the world will continue to fight on the main stages of MMA.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:38AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Week three: In it, to win it
link Brockton native Joe Lauzon, a UFC lightweight fighter and member of the cast of TUF 5, will give exclusive insight to bostonherald.com readers immediately following each week’s episode. Here is his commentary on Episode 3
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:30AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Bodog Fight Airs Cage Rage on ION
link the UK Cage Rage Championships. Bodog Fight will broadcast Cage Rage 21 on April 28th at 9pm-11pm EST - directly prior to the repeat of Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat episode 2.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:27AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Brandon Vera speaks
kink Brandon Vera speaks! After posting on MMA.tv, Vera reveals he's still training and most interestingly, still with Rob Kaman. Notable quote: First and foremost I would like to apologize to all of my friends and fans, coaches and family for being held up for a minute. I know, I know the 1M dollar ?'s are when/who/where are you fighting again. I honestly don't know. I do know whoever I fight next it's gonna be in for a good one. I'm headed to Thailand today and I'm gonna travel from camp to camp. (yes I'm still with Rob Kaman) I actually tried to bring him wiith me, but, his shcedule wouldn't permit. I'm meeting him in Holland after May 2nd. After that Big Bear with Rampage and after that East Coast with Master Lloyd Irvin. Just cuz I don't have a fight lined up dosen't mean anyone is gonna catch me slippin. When he gets to these parts, I'll see if I can set up an interview with him. Also, I was under the impression he split with Rob Kaman vis a vis City Boxing, but apparently not. So if he's still training with elite coahces and improving every element of his game, good on him. Maybe that layoff won't hurt him so bad afterall.
Submitted Apr 21, 2007 10:25AM by disorderlyvision - 2 comments
 
UFC 74: Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck a Real Possibility
link A UFC 74 event is rumored to take place Aug. 25, and based on recent statements and some off-the-record conversations that UFCjunkie.com has had with reliable sources, a main-card bout between former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and rising contender Josh Koscheck could be a real possibility
Submitted Apr 20, 2007 4:59PM by disorderlyvision - 4 comments
 
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