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Dana White: Cro Cop’s Camp Wanted to “Milk” Contract
Dana White: Cro Cop’s Camp Wanted to “Milk” Contract Posted by UFC Junkie on April 24, 2007 at 8:46 am ET Newly acquired UFC heavyweight and former PRIDE champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and his camp wanted to “milk” their contract by putting off a title shot, which led to his upset loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at this past weekend’s UFC 70 event, according to UFC president Dana White. White made the statement to a reporter for an latimes.com story published last night. According to the report, it wasn’t the UFC’s sole decision to delay Filipovic’s potential title shot with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture. In fact, White said the decision came from Filipovic’s camp, which wanted to draw out the contract — probably in hopes that the fighter could score a lucrative contract renewal if he became champion. Rest of article
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 9:46AM by Manfred - 5 comments
 
Tickets on Sale for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
link One small suggestion: If you’re serious about attending this event, purchase your tickets early. The Palms is a fairly small venue — much smaller than the arenas usually used for UFC pay-per-views — and it’s sure to sell out quickly, especially with the much-anticipated rematch between Penn and Pulver. Additionally, the finalists from The Ultimate Fighter 5 — as well as some of the season’s other stars — will compete in the finale.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:30AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 to debut in fall 2007
link Season six of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) will begin taping for six weeks this spring in Las Vegas, Nevada, and premier in the fall, according to UFC.com.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:27AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
UFC 74: Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
link According to MMAWeekly.com, that bout is tentatively scheduled for UFC 74 on August 25.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:26AM by disorderlyvision - 17 comments
 
An Open Letter From Kimo Leopoldo To Tito Ortiz
link a letter from kimo to tito wanting him to join new era fighting
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:23AM by disorderlyvision - 9 comments
 
Boxing In MMA's Shadow
link Observers would scoff at MMA's chances of succeeding boxing only a few years ago. The masses, they said, would never tolerate the ground game. Boxing would remain our premier combat sport, and fighters like Toney and Mayweather would never bother to even comment on the variation. That scenario is changing rapidly, thanks in large part to the free-fight industry refusing to let people wander around with bovine complacency in the matter. National television exposure has altered everything. At the height of the UFC's old-school popularity, a quarter-million pay-per-views were sold; today, that number can exceed one million, despite the increased distractions available via the iPod, the Internet, and a 500-channel cable universe.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:20AM by disorderlyvision - 5 comments
 
THE LONG-AWAITED RETURN OF JAKE SHIELDS
link 2006 was a bittersweet year for Jake Shields. After winning the Rumble on the Rock 175-pound tournament in April, Jake only fought one other time the rest of the year, mired in fight cancellations and promotions falling through. After the frustrations Shields faced last year, things appear to be headed upwards for him after signing a deal with EliteXC and participating in Season 3 of BodogFight on ION Television, which debuted this past Tuesday night. “The fight went pretty well for me,” said Jake of his 90-second win over tough Ray Stienbeiss. “I just came in, threw a kick, shot in, took a single [leg], passed guard and went to mount. I landed a few punches and somehow he rolled out of mount, so I just hopped right to a headlock and jumped to a guillotine and finished it.” For Shields, fighting in BodogFight presented its own unique conundrum with the reality television format the show uses, meaning Jake had to wait months before being able to talk about the win. “It’s hard because you go out and fight, you come back and all your friends want to know about it, but you’re not supposed to talk about it,” explained Shields. “So that’s really weird, and then they show it two months later and everyone’s congratulating you. [Laughs] So it’s kind of unusual, but not too bad.”
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:18AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Mike Swick Moving to Welterweight
link kinda old news, but i guess it is official now.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:15AM by disorderlyvision - 6 comments
 
PANCRASE 2007 RISING TOUR
link Denver, CO Event date: Friday, April 27th, 2007 Doors Open: 18:00, fights start at 19:00 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Japan Fight card: Featherweight: Yoshiro Maeda (Japan/Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Danny Batten (U.K./Bodog) Welterweight: Koji Oishi (Japan/Pancrase-ism) vs. Katsuya Inoue (Japan/WK Tokyo) Middleweight: Hikaru Sato (Japan/Pancrase-ism) vs. Bryan Rafiq (France/Team Jucao/Bodog) Middleweight: Izuru Takeuchi (Japan/SK Absolute/BodogFIGHT) vs. Daisuke Watanabe (Japan/Pancrase-ism) Middleweight: Yuji Hisamatsu (Japan/Wajiu-tsu Keishu-kai Tiger Place) vs. Fabio Nascimento (Brazil/No Limits/Team Oyama/Bodog) Featherweight: Miki Shida (Japan/Pancrase P's LAB) vs. Manabu Inoue (Japan/U.W.F. Snake Pit Japan) Welterweight: Takuya Wada (Japan/SK Absolute/Bodog) vs. Keitaro Yamada (Japan/Team Junkiey) Welterweight: Yukio Sakaguchi (Japan/Team Sakaguchi) vs. Choi Hyungsuk (Korea/Team Tackle) Lightweight: Kenji Takeshige (Japan/Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Shoji (Japan/K.I.B.A.)
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:13AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Has the Pitbull lost his bite?
link I miss the old Andrei Arlovski. You know the guy. He was the one who dropped and submitted Tim Sylvia, knocked the snot out of Paul Buentello and destroyed Justin Eilers, Ian Freeman and Vladimir Matyushenko in less time than it takes to down a cup of coffee. That Arlovski, complete with fang-enhanced mouthpiece, his own theme song and a coat of hair that would make a polar bear proud, embodied what's compelling about MMA and was a dude worth watching.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:09AM by disorderlyvision - 8 comments
 
BUDWEISER EVENTS CENTER ANNOUNCES KICK DOWN 37: "LIGHTS OUT
link Loveland, CO - Ultimate style fighting will return to the Budweiser Events Center on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m. Colorado based promoter, Kick Down will present the 37th installment, Lights Out. The event will feature mixed martial arts and up to16 action packed bouts.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:06AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
White: Let's Make TUF: UK Edition
link UFC President Dana White wants a U.K. version of "The Ultimate Fighter," reports UFC Junkie. "I’m talking with [Bravo channel honcho] David Clarke about TUF U.K. right now," White told a post-UFC 70 press conference. "I’ve been talking to him all night about it. Hear that David Clarke? Let’s close this deal and quit screwing around." Bravo, which broadcasts UFC programming to the U.K., isn't related to the American cable channel of the same name. In past seasons, British fighters like Michael Bisping have flown to America to appear on the show. The sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter starts taping next month and will air this fall.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:03AM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
 
Kenny Florian presents: MMA Summit 2007
link Fresh of his impressive victory over Dokonjonosuke Mishima, UFC Fighter Kenny Florian and his coaching team will present the MMA Summit, a full day of MMA instruction, inspiration and fun on Saturday, April 28th at United States Mixed Martial Arts (USMMA) located in Bellingham, MA.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:01AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
FFI Provides the "Insight" on one of Brooklyn's best Mixed Martial Arts teams- Universal Defense Systems'- Team Insight.
link Straight from Brooklyn where the Warriors dwell is where you will find one of New York City's best MMA camps; Team Insight. Universal Defense Systems has been mixing the martial arts for years, kung fu, stick fighting, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, you name it Sifu Ralph Mitchell has been taking what works and creating his own form of "mixed martial arts" for the better part of 20 years.
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:58PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Jefferson Tank signed for three fight with Elite XC
link Living in Rio de Janeiro for the last three months, the Brazilian Top Team reinforcement has already faced Ernesto Hoost, at K-1 Saitama GP, in 2003 (lost by knockout), and has been overjoyed with his new habitat and his MMA preparations for his Elite XC debut, on June 2.
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:57PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Ninja and Shogun in Germany
link Satisfied with his win over Alex Reid at Cage Rage 21, last Saturday, Murilo Ninja will show a bit of what he knows to those that show up on Sunday, the 29th, at a seminar he will give alongside his brother Mauricio Shogun at the Akxebjj Munich gym, in Munich, Germany. The seminar marks the inauguration of one of the biggest and best structured training centers in Europe and the biggest in Germany. The price for those interested is 60 Euros and more information can be attained from Marcelo Cutback at cutback@hotmail.de.
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:55PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Doctor analyses Cro Cop’s fall
link To the director of the department of medicine and physiotherapy of CBLA, Fabio Périssé, who watched the fight live on television, the UFC fighter could end up on ice from three to six months. “I would like to have seen the way he walked away from the octagon, or the way he stood up. I can't say with 100% surety, but I don’t think anything too serious happened with his leg, maybe just a slight twist of the ankle. The main problem I took note of was his right knee. From the way he fell, there is a great risk that he injured his ACL and meniscus,” said Fabio. “There is a chance, of course, that he is gifted with great flexibility, but I believe he actually tore those ligaments. If he truly suffered a tear to the ACL and decides to operate, which would be the ideal treatment, he will not fight for six months,” said the physiotherapist in his verdict. “If he decides not to operate and to take the conservative approach, which would be less advisable, he could end up not fighting for three to four months."
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:54PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Potential GSP vs. Koscheck bout gaining steam
link UFCJunkie.com was the first to report last week on the likelihood of a future welterweight bout between Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St. Pierre. The initial report is gaining steam, as a new article on The Fight Network has a quote from Dana White saying the match is likely. Here's what The Fight Network said: "White announced that Serra will join Matt Hughes as a competing coach on the next season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series – which begins shooting this Spring for a Fall broadcast - and predicted that St. Pierre would likely face Josh Koscheck in the interim. TUF 6 will culminate with the two coaches squaring off against each other in a title fight some time near the end of the year." You can check out the entire column, "The Great Fight North" at: http://www.thefightnetwork.com/news_detail.php?nid=3695
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:51PM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
 
Possible changes to next WEC card
link According to the rumors section of MMAWeekly.com, it appears there could be some changes to the WEC's next card on May 12. The original main event was lightweight champion "Razor" Rob McCullough vs. Rich Crunkilton for the title. The new listed main event on MMAWeekly.com is Crunkilton vs. UFC fighter Jamie Varner (Varner is also scheduled to face Jorge Gurgel at UFC 72 in June, but that could be scrapped). Also, MMAWeekly.com lists Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Hiromitsu Miura for the May 12 WEC card. While the WEC has not confirmed the addition of Miller to their roster, the Wrestling Observer also reported that Miller will be fighting for the WEC 5/12. Miller is without question one of the top fighters in the world not fighting in a major organization right now. He's fought once in the UFC, losing to Georges St. Pierre. In addition to being an exciting fighter, Miller is charismatic and has the potential to be a huge star. He already has a large cult following, but he has what it takes to become big time with the mainstream.
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:50PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Five Ounces of Pain: Parity in MMA is good for growth
link Many diehard MMA fans around the world have suddenly been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following upsets at UFC 69 and UFC 70. The upsets have also created heated debate within the MMA community as to whether parity is good for the sport, or if the lack of dynasties could cause MMA's popularity growth to plateau. My initial reaction while perusing Internet message boards following Cro Cop's loss was, why is this even an argument? Parity in MMA is good. No, scratch that. Parity in MMA is great!
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:48PM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
 
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