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Dana White: I’ve Talked to Kurt Angle, But He’d Get “Destroyed” in MMA
Dana White recently confirmed that he’s again opened discussions with 1996 Olympic gold medalist and WWE/TNA “professional wrestler” Kurt Angle about a possible mixed-martial-arts debut with the UFC. However, White says that Angle would get “destroyed” in the UFC if he doesn’t start working on his MMA skills. LINK
Submitted Jun 19, 2007 10:14PM by aznteabagger - 29 comments
Dana White: Dissolving of PRIDE Fighting Championships a “Possibility”
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, owners of Zuffa LLC (the UFC’s parent company), finalized their purchase of PRIDE Fighting Championships last month, and UFC president Dana White hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the UFC will simply take PRIDE’s best talent and then disband the Japanese-based organization. LINK
Submitted Jun 19, 2007 10:13PM by aznteabagger - 21 comments
Penn’s Got Five Years worth of Payback on His Mind
The morning after. It's when the adrenaline dies down and when reality sets in. On the morning of January 12, 2002, BJ Penn didn't like how his world had changed in the previous 12 hours. After losing a five round majority decision to Jens Pulver the night before, he knew what it was like to be on the other side, and not only didn't he like it, it threw his world into upheaval. HERE
Submitted Jun 19, 2007 1:47PM by szucconi - 11 comments
Diaz Doing the Family Name Proud
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Hours and hours of torturous training, dealing with various aches and pains in muscles you didn't even know existed, pre-fight tension so thick you could cut it with a knife, and then 15 minutes of war with an adversary who has been training to either knock your head into the third row or to twist your arm or leg in directions it was never intended to go in.Being a professional fighter is no joke. But for Nathan Diaz, fighting isn't just the only thing he knows, it's the only thing he could ever picture himself doing. HERE
Submitted Jun 19, 2007 1:45PM by szucconi - 5 comments
CSAC: Gracie's Results Off The Chart.
In the wake of Royce Gracie's (Pictures) positive test for steroids, the California State Athletic Commission released details Monday that the Brazilian mixed martial arts icon showed such elevated levels of Nandrolone, a common anabolic steroid, that it could not be registered by the testing lab. Link.
Submitted Jun 19, 2007 5:57AM by MisFiT - 35 comments
Assembly passes legislation to legalize MMA in Illinois
The Illinois General Assembly passed a legislation Wednesday to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts in Illinois, reports the Chicago Tribune. To finalize the measure, Governor Rod Blagojevich will need to the sign the bill into law. Expect the UFC to promote an event in Chicago as soon as MMA is officially regulated in Illinois, which appears to be early 2008. Local MMA events are currently being held in Illinois via state-approved waivers. LINK
Submitted Jun 18, 2007 10:07PM by aznteabagger - 6 comments
London, England (UK) – After an absence of over five years the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization will bring the world’s most exciting live sports event back to London on Saturday September 8. LINK
Submitted Jun 18, 2007 10:05PM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
Report: Ken Shamrock Confirms Negotiations with UFC
Today’s report that Michael Bisping will face UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at a September UFC card in London was met with a variety of reactions — confusion, frustration and especially some skepticism. And even though the UFC decided not to address the rumored fight at an official UFC 75 press conference earlier today, Shamrock has confirmed that he’s in negotiations with the UFC for a return to the Octagon. LINK
Submitted Jun 18, 2007 10:04PM by aznteabagger - 16 comments
Lorenzo Fertitta: UFC Headed to Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia
Following the success of Saturday’s UFC 72 event in Northern Ireland, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta says that the UFC will head to Germany in 2008, and soon, will also put on events in Italy, Spain and Australia. Fertitta recently discussed the plans with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. LINK
Submitted Jun 18, 2007 4:37PM by aznteabagger - 4 comments
Chuck Liddell is ready for another fight
As odd as it is to hear, the “former” UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck Liddell joined MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio last week for the first time since his disappointing 1st round KO loss to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. LINK
Submitted Jun 18, 2007 9:21AM by aznteabagger - 26 comments
Rumor: Ken Shamrock to replace Matt Hamill against Michael Bisping @ UFC 75
According to the Fight Network Ken Shamrock is coming out of retirement to face Bisping at UFC 75. This is a lot more interesting than Matt Hamil. http://www.thefightnetwork.com/news_detail.php?nid=4088
Submitted Jun 18, 2007 8:01AM by babalu2720 - 39 comments
Who’s Now? It’s got to be 'The Natural'
What makes an Ultimate Sports Star? That’s what ESPN is attempting to find out this summer when it puts together 32 professional athletes from fan nominations, groups them in brackets, NCAA tournament style, and then eliminates them, matchup by matchup, until a winner is crowned. Link
Submitted Jun 18, 2007 6:55AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Tommy Morrison; “I Just Have to Keep Winning”
Last Saturday, Tommy “The Duke” Morrison stepped into the Octagon for the first time ever, but this was not a normal mixed martial arts contest. Morrison drew a lot of criticism for allegedly “changing the rules” at the last minute for his bout with John Stover, which Morrison ultimately won by knockout in the first round. Here, Morrison explains that the fight was never to be anything more than a hands-only stand up striking match. He also refutes the claims by his former “attorney”/agent/publicist Randy Lang that he is HIV positive. Read on to see what Morrison has to say on these and other topics. Link
Submitted Jun 17, 2007 8:54PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
UFC Coming to Montreal — But Without George St. Pierre?
UFC president Dana White says that the UFC will hold a show in Canada — in Montreal, to be more specific — and that it will happen in October of this year. LINK
Submitted Jun 17, 2007 2:22PM by aznteabagger - 14 comments
Blood on the Asphalt: The Hypocrisy of MMA Opponents
link Brandon Garner is a professional mixed martial artist training North Carolina. But the 145-pounder, with a 4-1, record can't compete in his home state. The Tar Heel state's legislature banned MMA after UFC 5 was held in Charlotte back in 1995, deeming it something akin to human cockfighting. Yet there's nothing stopping Garner from heading over to one of the local motor speedways and entering his family car into a completely legal auto race. All he, or anybody else 14-years or older, has to do is sign some papers and pay a small fee. No proof of skill required. Or health. Or anything else, really.
Submitted Jun 17, 2007 10:57AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
Bas Rutten Says Kimbo is a Great Fighter
link Bas Rutten, posting at the Sherdog Forums, says Kimbo is one of the hardest-working fighters he's seen: OK guys, I have to say something here. I am training Kimbo right now, and I have to say that he is one of the BEST fighters I have EVER trained. He really listens to you and does what you say, do you know how hard that it? If he's dead tired, and I tell him five more rounds, he looks at me, but doesn't say anything, he just does it.
Submitted Jun 17, 2007 10:54AM by disorderlyvision - 8 comments
More UFC 72 press conference notes
link Those who will be receiving bonuses include Tyson Griffin and Clay Guida for “Fight of the Night,” Marcus Davis for “Knockout of the Night,” and Ed Herman for “Submission of the Night.” During a post-fight interview with UFC.com, Davis said he’d like to fight Takanori Gomi. I don’t think the match will ever happen, but it’s still interesting.
Submitted Jun 17, 2007 10:50AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
White: Tito didn’t want to fight Forrest
link On Saturday, UFC president Dana White continued his campaign of trying to kill the credibility of one of his biggest draws, Tito Ortiz. According to Iole, White tried to match Ortiz up with Forrest Griffin when they first began putting together the card for UFC. Ortiz declined. “Tito didn’t want to come over here, the big sissy,” White said. Forrest said after yesterday’s win over Hector Ramirez that he would welcome a rematch. For the full article, check out: http://sports.yahoo.com/box/news?slug=ki-irelandnotes061607&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
Submitted Jun 17, 2007 10:48AM by disorderlyvision - 23 comments
Report: Vitale to replace “Ninja” Rua
link Josh Gross from Sherdog.com is reporting that Niko Vitale has been tabbed to replace Murilo “Ninja” Rua to fight Joey Villasenor on the undercard of the Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni main event this Friday. Rua was taken off the card after he was unable to pass a physical that was administered by the California State Athletic Commission. The article quotes Ken Pavia, the manager for Vitale, as saying that the fight will be non-title due to the fact that Vitale is a late addition to the card. Villasenor vs. Rua had originally been scheduled as a five-round bout to declare a winner of the vacant EliteXC middleweight title.
Submitted Jun 17, 2007 10:46AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
Bodog Fight Billionaire Makes UFC President an Offer He Can’t Refuse
link In response to recent comments made by Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White, Bodog Fight founder Calvin Ayre is pleased to extend a once-in-a-lifetime offer to his mixed martial arts rival. White’s unfortunate public diatribe included slanderous comments about the Canadian billionaire, referring to the online gaming mogul as a “criminal”. The notoriously bald UFC promoter goes on to liken Mr. Ayre to a Richard Pryor character, stating “he’s like that guy in Brewster’s Millions who is trying to spend all his money in 48 hours.” With July 14th’s Bodog Fight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Matt Lee marking Ayre’s first event on U.S. soil, the digital entertainment icon is referencing another Hollywood film, The Godfather, by making White “an offer he can’t refuse.”
Submitted Jun 17, 2007 10:43AM by disorderlyvision - 2 comments
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