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Rampage wins title, Liddell still garners attention
link Hours after UFC 71, I posted at Sprawl ‘n Brawl the reasons why Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is good for the UFC. To summarize, he is naturally marketable. Every interview he does is humorous. And as many have pointed out, he appeals to an African-American market that UFC has yet to tap into. With all that being said, who has the UFC decided to put over? Chuck Liddell. Read on… From a Q&A session with Dana White in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Q Chuck Liddell is among the most recognizable UFC fighters. What impact does his recent loss to Quinton Jackson have on UFC? A It happens in this sport. Guys lose. Chuck is one of those fighters that’s going to bounce back. He’s a tough guy. … You never know who’s going to win. Chuck getting knocked out was the equivalent of Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson. Excuse me? Buster Douglas? Surely, you’re not comparing ‘Rampage’ Jackson to Buster Douglas. Let’s be fair here. Buster Douglas was a 42-to-1 underdog. Didn’t you see the betting odds for the Rampage/Liddell fight? A 42-to-1 underdog Quinton Jackson was not. Not even close. This is an example of pushing the angle that the fight was a fluke victory for ‘Rampage’. Not a single mention has been made of ‘Rampage’ in any of the interviews I have seen with Dana recently. Yet, he repeatedly mentions Chuck Liddell. Most interesting are his comments yesterday on The Jim Rome Show. He says Chuck Liddell is one of the best, if not the best, mixed martial artists in the world. Dana mentioned that Liddell v. Silva would be the biggest fight in MMA history. I would have to argue that the 205 pound double-crown championship fight between Rampage and Dan Henderson could be considered the biggest fight in MMA history, depending on how you market it. White was also still shocked that Chuck got laid out. Apparently, Dana forgot what happened in Japan in 2003. I don’t have anything against Chuck Liddell. I think he’s a great fighter and I love watching him fight. Chuck has done great things for the UFC and helped them get to where they are now, and I am sure Dana is appreciative. However, you have to roll with the punches and embrace your new champion. You have a commodity that is waiting to be marketed in Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. Market him correctly, and he can help you take UFC to a new level. If Jackson beats Henderson, you’ll have no choice but to market him — so you might as well get a head start. C’mon, Dana. Like Rampage would say, “you know the bidness.”
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 12:19AM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
Tom Murphy Interview
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 12:09AM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
Three IFL Athletes To Compete for USA Grappling Team Spots
link NEW YORK, June 7, 2007 - The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, will have three athletes competing this weekend at the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, with the winners going on to the Wrestling World Games in Antalya, Turkey in September. The trio, New York Pitbulls heavyweight Bryan Vetell (Hempstead, N.Y.), Portland Wolfpack middleweight Matt Horwich (Portland, Ore.) and Wolfpack assistant coach Dennis Hallman (Yelm, Wash.), all won qualifying events to reach this weekend’s competition.
Submitted Jun 8, 2007 12:07AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
In a conference call with the media today, Phil Baroni and Frank Shamrock fielded questions about their upcoming headline bout for Strikeforce. In the midst of the banter back and forth between the two, Baroni made a few comments about his future that caught a lot of attention. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 11:08PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
When Spencer Fisher was 15 years old, his foundation crumbled beneath his feet. Within the same calendar year, he lost his parents in separate tragedies – his father to a train accident, his mother to a brain aneurysm. Orphaned before he could legally drive, Fisher soon faced the possibility of being separated from his two sisters. His family was on the brink of collapse before his grandparents stepped in to pick up the pieces. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 7:18PM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
The ninth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 5 drew an overall rating of 1.2 on Thursday, May 31st. The previous week's episode, which was promoted around the street fight between show contestants Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas, drew a slightly higher 1.3 overall rating. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 7:16PM by aznteabagger - 2 comments
UFCjunkie.com Exclusive: Josh Koscheck Discusses Hacked MySpace Account, Dana White Phone Call
UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck, whose MySpace account was recently hacked and used to post a scathing message about the UFC, spoke to UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) today to discuss the fiasco — and his eventual phone call with UFC president Dana White. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 7:15PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
UFCjunkie.com Exclusive: Roger Huerta Dropped from UFC 74, Added to The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
Recent Sports Illustrated cover boy Roger Huerta (17-1-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will next fight at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale on June 23 — not at UFC 74 in August as UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) first reported. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 7:14PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
Jason Black - Filling The Void
Usually the best news comes when you least expect it. Jason Black, a seven year veteran of mixed martial arts, with 22 wins in 25 fights and a reputation among the hardcore followers of the sport as one of the most underrated fighters in the game, had given up waiting, had given up expecting that he was going to one day get that call to fight in the UFC. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 11:58AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
NSAC: UFC 71 Fighters Pass Drug Tests
All six fighters tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after last month’s UFC 71 event passed their tests for steroids and other banned substances. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 11:56AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
Josh Koscheck: The MySpace Bulletin Wasn’t from Me
A bulletin that showed up on the official MySpace profile of UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck — one that ripped into the UFC’s policy for paying fighters — was not actually posted by Koscheck. That’s the word from the American Kickboxing Academy fighter, who posted a follow-up bulletin claiming his account was hacked. The original posting can be found after the “Read the rest of this entry…” link below. It basically states that the UFC is making record revenues while failing to appropriately compensate its fighters. UFC president Dana White was the biggest target in the 400-word diatribe. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 11:55AM by aznteabagger - 2 comments
Fedor to Call Brother's Fight Versus Yvel
To residents of St. Petersburg, Russia,the "Flying Dutchman" will take on a different meaning July 21 when the ship is the backdrop for an international field of mixed martial artists, including wild Dutch fighter Gilbert Yvel (Pictures) and Russian heavyweight Aleksander Emelianenko (Pictures). LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 11:54AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
Report: Sims, Thomas off TUF 5 Finale and out of the UFC
Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas will never be allowed to fight in the UFC, reports Steve Sievert of Houston Chronicle's Brawl Sports. "Not only are they not fighting in the finale, they'll never fight in the UFC. Spike wanted that fight. It ain't gonna happen," UFC President Dana White told Brawl Sports. During the eighth episode of TUF 5, Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas broke into an impromptu fight in the backyard which ended when they shook hands and agreed to face each other like professional athletes in an Octagon. LINK
Submitted Jun 7, 2007 11:53AM by aznteabagger - 9 comments
Parisyan: ‘I would love to fight Fitch’
link Here’s a snip from Parisyan: “I would love to fight Fitch. I’ll fight anybody at 170. I took the Josh Burkman fight. He was ranked top 10 in the world. Anyone who’s top 10, I’ll fight. Even me beating Jon Fitch, and I fight him and I beat him, I don’t gain anything. He’s a tough guy. I’m not underestimating Fitch. But still, I don’t gain anything beating Fitch, but I would fight Fitch. I want to fight for a title.” Fitch will be in action less than one week from today against Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 10 on June 12 at the Seminole Hotel Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. With a win in front of a national television audience on Spike television, it would no doubt do wonders for his name recognition among casual fans. It would also help build an insane showdown between two top fighters at 170.
Submitted Jun 6, 2007 10:57PM by disorderlyvision - 4 comments
Meet Andrei Arlovski at Wild Bill’s in Atlanta on June 8
link at wild bills fight night 9
Submitted Jun 6, 2007 10:55PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
UFC nixes UFCmania.com sponsorship of Jon Fitch
link The headline speaks for itself. We received terrible news recently that the UFC will not approve our sponsorship of welterweight Jon Fitch at UFC Fight Night 10 on June 12, which is less than one week away. No reason was given and the folks who I attempted to contact over at UFC headquarters didn’t respond. The unresponsiveness is not surprising. I’m just a small-time blogger trying to market and support an up-and-coming fighter — not some big-time player with deep pockets. And if the UFC doesn’t agree with that — for whatever reason — then far be it from me to tell them how to run their business.....
Submitted Jun 6, 2007 10:53PM by disorderlyvision - 5 comments
Serra Claims TapouT Lied On Their Debut Reality Show
link The following is a press release sent out by Matt Serra's people: In the recent episode of the television show TAPOUT, several issues regarding Matt Serra's affiliation with the company were brought into question. Matt wants it to be known that his conversation with Charles (aka mask) was edited totally out of context. Matt’s sponsorship by TAPOUT has been always been one of respect and loyalty. Matt was promised by TAPOUT that they would produce a special edition Serra short for his upcoming championship fight. This promise was never fulfilled! The conversation that was aired without Matt's consent had nothing to do with wanting more money nor leaving them for another sponsor. The conversation was simply about Matt wanting to know if they could get the short produced by the time of his fight with GSP. They never would follow through with the shorts they promised. This is what the “real” conversation was about and nothing else! In the end, Matt decided to go with Sprawl after they guaranteed that they would produce the shorts that he wanted for the fight. In addition, most people do not know that one of Matt's jiu jitsu students is affiliated with the Sprawl Company and throughout Matt’s MMA career he remained with TAPOUT. He turned down several lucrative deals so that he could remain loyal to TAPOUT. Everyone who knows Matt personally knows that he is a very loyal and honorable individual who tells it like it is! Matt is very proud to be the UFC Champion and looks forward to providing exciting fights in the future to all the MMA fans around the world!
Submitted Jun 6, 2007 10:50PM by disorderlyvision - 5 comments
UFC 71 Test Results: All Clean
link The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced earlier today that all of the six fighters that were tested for ‘drugs of abuse’, tested negative for any signs. Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Karo Parisyan, Josh Burkman, Alan Belcher, and Sean Salmon were the six fighters chosen by the NSAC at random to be tested after UFC 71. The NSAC announced earlier in the week that all six had also tested negative for performance enhancing drugs as well.
Submitted Jun 6, 2007 10:48PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
IFL: Two spots for four teams
link Understand the battle for a place in the playoffs On June 16 the IFL will reach the final stage of qualifiers for the team competition. As the format of the event is not the most usual in the world of MMA, GRACIEMAG.com decided to make life easier for web-surfers, explaining the chances of qualifying for each of the teams, two of which, the Pitbulls and Dragons, are made up of Brazilians. With the wins last weekend, the Sabres and Anacondas guaranteed a place among the four teams with the best campaign in the first phase, and thus are already qualified. On the coming 16th, four more enter into action and their fates will be decided. Find out below what each one needs to do:
Submitted Jun 6, 2007 10:42PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
Ayre comments on Fedor, Angle, and Lesnar
link I’ve been trying to do some digging lately on the biggest free agent names in MMA right now and have been working the phone (I’d say “phones” but I’m only using one phone) and e-mail. Bodog Fight founder Calvin Ayre was kind enough to respond to some of my questions. I don’t have anything Earth-shattering to report, but thought some of you might still be interested in Ayre’s responses. Here’s the mini-interview: Five Ounces of Pain: First, it’s being reported by several outlets (including the Wrestling Observer) that Kurt Angle will be meeting with Bodog Fight officials this week. Can you confirm those rumors and possibly comment on interest in Angle? Calvin Ayre: There have been conversations between Bodog Fight and Kurt Angle’s manager to discuss the possibility of working together. Kurt would be an amazing asset to our organization as a cross-over athlete with an Olympic wrestling pedigree. At this time, there are only discussions and no formal meeting is set to take place this week. FOP: Second, Brock Lesnar is now a free agent following his win Saturday night for FEG/K-1. Has Bodog contacted his representatives yet? If not, is there interest in talking to him about possibly joining the promotion? CA: Bodog Fight has not contacted Brock’s representatives. Cross-over athletes require a great deal of time to review and assess their performances in a new sport and matching them with appropriate opponents can be difficult. Brock was an incredible wrestler and phenomenal entertainer in the WWE; working together in the future may be a possibility. FOP: Final question; is Bodog currently negotiating with Fedor Emelianenko? CA: Working with Fedor and the Red Devil has been a rewarding experience for our organization. There is considerable interest in several of the Red Devil fighters, Fedor being one of them.
Submitted Jun 6, 2007 10:40PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
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