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IFL’s got it right in some areas
link The IFL kicks off its relationship with USA Wrestling this weekend at the World Team Trials according to an article at NBC Sports. For all the things wrong with the IFL, aligining itself with USA Wrestling is great for both parties. USA Wrestling gets TV exposure and the IFL will have a talent pool of great wrestlers to draw from. But that’s not the only thing the IFL is doing right. They have the right mindset in terms of educating people about the various facets of the sport. The event this weekend is a demonstration of how wrestling can be translated to the world of MMA. Read on… “Our goal is to not have wrestling overshadowed,” IFL commissioner and co-founder Kurt Otto said. “We want to work with USA Wrestling as a vehicle to educate wrestlers about MMA. The more they come to clinics, they’ll see it’s not human cockfighting. It’s a pure sport.” Not only does it allow wrestlers to see how wrestling is involved with MMA, it lets fans see how wrestling is a huge part of MMA. For those who are just now becoming fans of the sport due to increased media exposure, there are a lot of things to learn. And this is a step in the right direction to educating fans about MMA and all the various martial arts involved. “It’s one more piece to the puzzle as far as taking MMA mainstream,” Otto said. “We feel comfortable working with them.” Exactly. It’s all about making the sport legitimate. Kurt Otto has the correct mindset as far as the sport goes. Educate the people about technique and the sport becomes much more exciting and accepted. This weekend, Matt Lindland and IFL fighter Bryan Vettell will hold clinics to show how wrestling techniques can be applied to MMA. If the IFL was smart, they would tape some of the clinics and air them on IFL Battleground. Educating more people about things other than striking is great for the sport. I have a feeling it will be all for naught, though, considering that the IFL’s financial future doesn’t look so good at this point. Oh well, at least they’re trying.
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:19PM by disorderlyvision - 2 comments
 
Column: Michigan MMA legislation not up to par
link The Grand Rapids Press newspaper has taken a beating this week over an anti-MMA article published by writer Brian VanOchten, who has been ridiculed across-the-board by both MMA writers and fans. However, the newspaper has published a new article today by author David Mayo titled Safety ignored in rush to OK ultimate fighting. Once you get past the use of ‘ultimate fighting’ in the title, the article is very informative.
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:18PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Dope Report: Tim “Big Perm” Persey Test Positive For Methamphetamine
link According to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), Tim “Big Perm” Persey tested positive for Methamphetamine following the EliteXC/K-1 Dynamite USA event at the Los Angles Colosseum on June 2. The CSAC has suspended Persey for six months and he will be fined $1000, 5% of his purse of $20,000. Persey (8-2) fought Jonathan Wiezore in the televised Showtime portion of the event. Wiezore won the fight early in the second round when he flattened out Persey and continuously landed strikes to Persey’s head, referee Herb Dean steeped in and stopped the fight. Also former NFL wide receiver Johnnie Morton was also suspended for refusing to take a post-fight drug test. The CSAC has frozen his whole purse till a hearing on the matter
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:14PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
liddell on letterman video
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Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:11PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Announcement: Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz on WhoopAss Radio
link In one episode of WhoopAss Radio, we spoke with two legends: Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz. I interviewed them both for the newest edition of WhoopAss Radio. The good folks over at MMA.tv are in the process of putting it up on their webpage as we speak. Once everything is set up on their end I'll update this post and link the show for everyone to hear. So how did it go? Well, aside from some reverb in Frank Shamrock's cellphone, pretty damn well. Both interviews went long and covered tons of ground. With Frank we talked about everything from his upcoming fight with Phil Baroni to his thoughts on the UFC buying PRIDE. Same for Tito. He dished on his training camp, Dana White, Randy Couture's "jealousy", Chuck's loss, the bet against Rampage, and most importantly, Rashad Evans. Dear god, does he ever lay into Rashad Evans. I feel like I worked pretty hard preparing for the interviews and doing the show. You never know how it'll be received ahead of time, but I'm hopeful you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it. So please, if you get a moment, send me an email or leave a comment. I'm very curious to hear some feedback, not just about the show, but also with respect to what both men said. Trust me, there's a lot to talk about.
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:09PM by disorderlyvision - 3 comments
 
Tyson Griffin and the Benefits of Short-Term Memory
You’ve heard it a thousand times before, if not more. An athlete loses when he isn’t expected to and then discusses the defeat. “I don’t want to make excuses,” he begins. LINK
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 4:57PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
UFCjunkie.com Update: Diego Sanchez vs. Hayato Sakurai at UFC 75
A rumored UFC 75 bout between The Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight winner Diego Sanchez (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Hayato Sakurai (30-7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) that we first reported yesterday appears legitimate. LINK
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 12:38PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
Leonard Garcia: I’m Fighting Allen Berube on June 23
Within the past few days, we learned that Leonard Garcia (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) would make his much-anticipated return to the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale on June 23. We now know his opponent: Allen Berube (2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the first cast member eliminated from the current season of the Spike TV reality series. LINK
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 9:52AM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
 
Tito Ortiz and Frank Shamrock on MMA.tv's Whoop Ass Radio!
Tito and Frank discuss a variety of topics with the radio hosts. Tito speaks on many topics including fighting Shogun, his training for Rashad, his purchase of Big Bear from De La Hoya. Frank talks Baroni, Renzo, if he would ever consider fighting in the UFC, and lots more. Check it out! Link
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 11:33PM by Gogoplata - 1 comment
 
Lesnar, Gracie, Sakuraba $ Salaries
I can't belive Brock made $500,000 in his debut. Morton gets $100k for losing. Thier pay scales are screwed up !mmaweekly
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 11:16PM by hughesfan1 - 23 comments
 
'Rampage' Jackson Returns To CBS 2 As New Champ
Rampage Jackson paid another visit to our studios at the Studio City Broadcast Center. Jim Hill spoke with the new champ about his recent championship bout against Chuck "Iceman" Liddell. LINK
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 7:35PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
Jens Pulver TUF 5 reaction blog: Episode #10
Courtesy of the UFC and Spike TV, Jens Pulver and InsideFighting receive a copy of each week’s episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" before it airs. Jens then provides InsideFighting readers with his reaction to the episode in his coach's blog which is immediately posted online after the show is done airing every Thursday night. LINK
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 7:29PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
LEONARD GARCIA VS. MONSTAH ON TUF FINALE
With two weeks to go until The Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 23rd in Las Vegas, details of some of the match-ups are coming to light. In addition to the main event pitting coaches Jens Pulver and BJ Penn, Roger Huerta has confirmed that he is fighting Doug Evans. Leonard Garcia has now confirmed that he is matched with The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 competitor Allen “Monstah” Berube on the finale. LINK
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 7:28PM by aznteabagger - 2 comments
 
UFCjunkie.com Quick Hit: Sean Salmon Fights Tomorrow Night in Cleveland
I wanted to pass along a quick note regarding UFCjunkie.com columnist Sean Salmon, who recently announced his temporary departure from the UFC. LINK
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 7:24PM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
 
Roger Huerta to Face Doug Evans at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
Yesterday UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) learned that rising lightweight contender Roger Huerta had been dropped from the UFC 74 fight card and added to The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale on June 23. We now know his opponent: Doug Evans, a team member of The Wolfpack, an Alaskan-based fight team. LINK
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 7:23PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson to Headline UFC 75
Recently crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson (27-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will make his first title defense against PRIDE Fighting Championships welterweight (183-pound) and middleweight (205-pound) champion Dan Henderson (22-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at the UFC 75 event in London, according to an interview Jackson conducted with CBS 2 in Los Angeles. LINK
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 7:22PM by aznteabagger - 7 comments
 
Sanchez v. Sakurai at UFC 74
“Diego Sanchez is ready to return to the UFC stage after suffering his first defeat back in April. Sanchez will has a welterweight showdown on the UFC 74 card in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 25th. He will fight Hayato Sakuri of Japan. Sanchez says if he is victorious he could get a rematch with the only man ever to defeat him … Josh Koscheck.” LINK
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 3:39PM by NME - 9 comments
 
McCrory proving that the Kids with Glasses can Throw Down
Feral cats that nobody takes care of – they eat out of your dumpster and stuff. A friend of ours said that they are pound for pound the most ferocious animals alive.” June 3, 2006 – Tamdan McCrory, 6 foot 4 and 170 pounds soaking wet, enters a ring for the first time as a professional mixed martial artist. He doesn’t look the part, since he wears his glasses into the ring – not as a gimmick, but to see. But when the bell rings, the barn cat comes out. LINK
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 8:01AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
UFC News: Chuck Liddell interviewed tonight on David Letterman's Late Show
link In a high profile moment for UFC, and another mark of it reaching mainstream acceptance, Chuck Liddell was a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS tonight. Letterman said he watches UFC and it frightens him. He said he's afraid that during all the time he's mouthed off to people in traffic, one of them could be a UFC fighter. "When you realize you can beat anybody just physically with your body, that gives you a peace of mind that the rest of us don't have, doesn't it?" Liddell said he doesn't have anything to prove. Letterman asked how it's changed since it began as a renegade sport. Liddell said it's been regulated and sanctioned. He said a few rules have been added, but the style overall hasn't changed. Regarding if it's safer than boxing, he said: "I think it's safer than boxing. Less permanent damage. You don't get hit in the head as much. I've seen pro boxing matches where the guy who won was hit with more power punches than I've been hit in my entire career. I was hurt more in five years of college wrestling than I have been in the last probably 13, 15 years of fighting." Letterman asked if he can legally put people to sleep. Liddell said he can do that if someone doesn't tap out. He said he's never tapped, but he was put to sleep once. He asked him about his title loss. Liddell said he made a mistake and threw a punch when he wasn't supposed to according to his trainer. He said his trainer warned him, and his trainer was right. He said beating Rampage Jackson is still on his to-do list. He said he shouldn't have thrown a wild left hook because it left him open. Regarding how he felt after the right, "Well, it kinda sucked." Letterman asked him if he minded them showing the clip. He was okay with it. They aired him getting KO'd. Liddell explained what he did wrong. Liddell said his strength is being a wrestler and a striker, and most often he stands and strikes. Letterman asked him who the heavyweight boxing champion. He said he doesn't know, but he could name the UFC Heavyweight Champion easily. Letterman showed a picture of Liddell and his eight year son on ESPN Magazine's cover. He said if his son wanted to be an MMA fighter, he'd be okay with it. He agreed that it is America's fastest growing sport. He said it's more fun to watch than boxing because there's so many more aspects to the fights. Letterman said it must be a great feeling to know they could line up a string of guys from the crowd and he could knock them all out easily. He ended with a plug for UFC on PPV and on Spike TV, but nothing specific. Keller's Analysis Liddell came across really well. He was humble, personable, funny, and a good sport. He wasn't dynamic or especially memorable, but he came across how he and UFC would both like him to. He represented UFC well. Letterman was especially good. He's clearly a casual fan, and didn't ask any stupid questions (well, at least not with prior knowledge they were stupid with the intent of being funny).
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 1:14AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
MMA Legalized in MICHIGAN
link On Tuesday, June 5, legislation was approved unanimously by the House Regulatory Reform Committe to allow mixed martial arts matches in Michigan. Rep. Barbara Farrah was the sponsor of both bills and said that it will help bring income to Michigan's economy crisis, as it is the fastest growing sport in the US. Kenny Florian and Marc Ratner (UFC VP) testified to the panel. Go Kenflo! Kenny testified that he was hurt more during soccer than in MMA. Their next concern that will be addressed is the process of establishing quality refs and judges. They may need to participate in several amateur matches before getting involved in a pro fight.
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 1:12AM by disorderlyvision - 3 comments
 
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