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Former PRIDE Producer Found Dead
Former PRIDE producer Hiromichi Momose was found dead in his Tokyo apartment Sunday morning. He was 67. Momose was one of the most powerful figures in the Japanese fight game and put forth the first 50 million yen to begin DSE, PRIDE's parent company.
Submitted Jan 28, 2008 7:23AM by DCRage - 1 comment
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“Fight Science” on National Geographic (A review)
Dr. Cindy Bir wasn’t a fan of mixed martial arts before she started working on the new installment of “Fight Science.“ But after getting to know MMA luminaries Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Tito Ortiz and Dean Lister, the associate professor of biomechanical engineering at Wayne State University started to appreciate their understanding of the human machine and how they came to it. “They learned the hard way,” she said. Bir is one of three researchers at work in the Fight Science studio. Developed to measure the destructive power of so-called traditional martial artists for the first episode of the show, the studio is part laboratory, part gym, and part television studio. Two years after the first special aired, “Fight Science” returns at 8 p.m. ET, Jan. 27 on the National Geographic channel to subject MMA to the same scrutiny. Can't wait to see this, looks to be really interesting.
Submitted Jan 27, 2008 3:24AM by Bemin - 9 comments
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Kevin Randleman vs Jeff Monson

Kevin Randleman, known for his explosiveness and athleticism is set to make a comeback in June fighting grappling wizard Jeff "The Snowman" Monson. After this fight, Kevin says he plans on fighting four to five times in 2008. This may give MMA fans the chance to see a rematch with Fedor Emelianenko. In the first fight with Fedor, Randleman suplexed Fedor onto his head, a move that many thought would cost Fedor the match. Emelianenko recovered quickly, and ended the fight moments later by way of a kimura.
Submitted Jan 26, 2008 6:37PM by NatedawgThaM - 25 comments
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Nevada ups the ante on drug testing, including random testing during the year.
Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on Friday announced that the Commission has expanded steroid and drug testing for licensed fighters and those applying for licenses. In addition to the testing performed on contestants on fight night, the Commission will require licensed fighters and licensing applicants to be tested at other times during the year. In a memo issued to “All Nevada Licensees” dated Jan. 7, 2008, Chairman John Bailey noted that some fighters “...have become very sophisticated in the timing of taking prohibited substances,” which is why the Commission has instituted additional random testing.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 8:10PM by Bemin - 17 comments
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The 10 Greatest Post-Fight Meltdowns
I'm no physician -- barely capable of applying a Band-Aid, even -- but I'm nonetheless going to petition the American Medical Association to consider acknowledging a new phenomenon: PFADS, or Post-Fight Adrenal Dump Syndrome. This debilitating affliction has compelled many a combat athlete into making bizarre proclamations or exhibiting odd behavior in the moments immediately following a bout. Chemically, it's the result of the body unable to deal with the massive adrenaline surge that accompanies a hard-earned victory (and occasionally, a devastating loss). Athletes become manic, unpredictable and perhaps even dangerous to nearby civilians.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 7:57PM by Bemin - 15 comments
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MMA and boxing finally go head-to-head
While I know that most fans have given up the boxing vs. MMA debate, I don’t want to ignore the fact that the two most popular combat sports will be going head to head tomorrow for the first time. On the boxing side, Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38 KO) faces Felix Trinidad (42-2, 35 KO) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout. On the MMA (UFC) side, B.J. Penn (11-4-1) faces Joe Stevenson (28-7) for the Interim UFC lightweight title at UFC 80.
Submitted Jan 18, 2008 4:30PM by ohiostate1016 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, General MMA
411's MMA Roundtable 1.14.08: 2007 - A Year to Remember
Fans would be hard-pressed to find a twelve-month stanza in Mixed Martial Arts history filled with as many memorable moments as 2007. Dubbed by many as "The Year of the Upset", the MMA world would bear witness to multiple "Fight of the Year" candidates, phenomonal individual performances, underdogs overcoming the odds, and countless other memorable moments inside arenas from coast-to-coast. The past year also brought forth the creation of 411Mania's MMA Zone. What started out as a handful of Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts bombarding the board with original content and news bits soon morphed into one of 411Mania's most popular areas. Now featuring fresh submissions on a daily basis from a pool of talented MMA writers, an increasing score of exclusive interviews, and a constantly-updated news section, it stands to reason 2008 should be an even more-successful year.
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 11:33PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC, MMA Personalities, Other MMA Organizations
The Science of MMA
I just saw this, it says its on the national geographic channel so keep an eye out for it. Should be interesting to watch an they have some well known faces on the show. Sorry heres the
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 1:49PM by SmileR - 11 comments
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411 MMA Fact or Fiction 01.12.08
Should Georges St. Pierre really be ranked ahead of Anderson Silva on p4p charts? What kind of edge if any does marijuana provide before a fight? Will Matt Hamill defeat Stephan Bonnar on TUF 7 lead-in show? All of this and more in the latest edition of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction.
Submitted Jan 12, 2008 1:34AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Baroni to Japan - Phil Baroni Takes the World Victory Road
Fledgling Japanese mixed martial arts promotion World Victory Road on Friday announced that Phil Baroni would face Sanae Kikuta at its March 5 event at the Yoyogi National Stadium Gym in Tokyo. The fight marks Baroni’s return to competition following a six-month suspension due to a positive drug test for Boldenone following his June 22 Strikeforce bout against Frank Shamrock. He became eligible to regain his license in California on Dec. 22.
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 3:25PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Tito Ortiz: I Run A Multibillion Dollar Company
That quote from Tito Ortiz during last night's "Celebrity Apprentice" in reference to his Punishment Athletics clothing line. It might be an effort by Tito to stay on the show, rumors are he could be "fired" on next week's show.
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 1:57PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
"World Champion"; What the heck does that mean?
When it came time to put together an MMA “champions” list - http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/7637366 - for FoxSports.com, InsideFighting was happy to help but we also knew that we would just be setting ourselves up for criticism no matter how he structured things. Boxing has had the time to develop international sanctioning bodies that, though decidedly imperfect, simplify who is recognized as a world champion and who is not. The international boxing bodies also provide consistency in weight classes no matter if a fight is happening in New Jersey or Shanghai. MMA, in contrast, has been a product of individual promoters creating organizations, putting on fights and crowning champions on their own.
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 11:35AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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MMA Talk-2008 Predictions
Happy New Year!!! It may be a little late but this is the first MMA Talk of 2008. I ended last year with a Year in Review. I would like to start this year looking ahead. I expect it to be another great year for MMA with exciting fights and great fighters.
Submitted Jan 10, 2008 2:05PM by ohiostate1016 - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
St. Pierre and Faber Join Sherdog P4P Rankings
The first Sherdog pound-for-pound rankings in 2008 deliver a significant shakeup outside the top three. Jumping onto the list is Georges St. Pierre (Pictures), who goes from unranked into the top five. Also joining the list for the first time is featherweight Urijah Faber (Pictures), who defended his WEC belt in December against Jeff Curran (Pictures). Lightweights Gilbert Melendez (Pictures), loser of a tight decision on New Year's Eve, and Sean Sherk (Pictures), inactive while fighting and serving a suspension for steroids, were dropped from the list.
Submitted Jan 9, 2008 12:04PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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The Hit List: Who Stays, Who Goes?
As the embryonic cells of the New Year move into their fetal stages, the landscape of mixed martial arts is littered with dozens of champions, both legitimate and imposturous. Though the number of organizations within the sport are quite numerous, only a select few can lay claim to sporting "true" titles -- the countless minor league titles are just plain meaningless. Big boys like UFC, Shooto, K-1 HERO'S, WEC, Strikeforce and EliteXC are a handful of companies whose gold-plated plastic belts actually mean a hill of beans to the sport. A few fighters who have those titles find themselves in precarious situations, and it's a mystery whether they'll hold onto their prized straps throughout the 2008 campaign. In the following paragraphs, you'll take a gander at a collection of fighters that have been gathered for this column. These men are all "world" champions of a major MMA organization, and this Hit List will determine who will remain a champion by the end of ‘08 and who will not.
Submitted Jan 8, 2008 12:51PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
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The business of MMA in 2008
In 2007, the sport of mixed martial arts garnered unprecedented mainstream sports acceptance, gracing the covers of ESPN The Magazine and Sports Illustrated . Media outlets that one year ago wouldn't have touched MMA were suddenly proclaiming it as the fastest growing sport in the country, and even the replacement for traditional boxing. But the reality is a little different. As this past year showed, the respective ups and downs of the UFC and pro boxing aren't related. Boxing had its biggest year ever on pay-per-view television, and while UFC didn't have the two incredible draws which turned 2006 into its biggest year – Tito Ortiz's matches with Ken Shamrock and Chuck Liddell – business solidified. Of the 15 biggest PPV events of 2007 in North America, UFC had eight, to four for boxing and three for World Wrestling Entertainment (numbers are not yet available for UFC 78 and November and UFC 79 in December, both of which are expected to crack the Top 15). In 2006, those numbers were six each for boxing and UFC and three for WWE. Boxing's record year really consisted of two gigantic fights: Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather-Ricky Hatton. UFC did the most consistent business, and WWE, with the exception of a stellar Wrestlemania and strong SummerSlam, has faded in comparison.
Submitted Jan 7, 2008 5:47PM by Bemin - 0 comments
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8 matchups for '08
Matchmaking, as any good talent relations chair will tell you, involves a great deal more than just coming up with an exciting fight. Like Kasparov staring down a chessboard, matchmaking involves thinking three or four moves ahead, preparing promotional strategies for all possible outcomes and determining what a match result will mean for business a year or more down the road -- not to mention navigating the myriad of contractual, personal and physical issues that can undermine plans. It's a thankless job. Credit for a good fight goes to the athletes, and blame for a somnolent mess falls on the beleaguered matchmaker. (Fun fact: Joe Silva began his UFC career at a sturdy 6-foot-2. True story.) Thankfully, this space doesn't need to concern itself with responsible thinking. To that end, here are eight bouts that would make 2008 a happier new year for fans.
Submitted Jan 7, 2008 7:58AM by Bemin - 4 comments
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Having already named Quinton Jackson as its Fighter Of The Year, Sherdog has now taken the opportunity to recognize 6 other fighters who had great years but were easily overlooked or got little to no attention.
Submitted Jan 6, 2008 10:12AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
GSP ranked #1 WW in the world by MMAweekly and Sherdog
GSP has knocked Serra off the number 1 position FINALLY, I wonder where Serra will rank after he loses to GSP and then Hughes?
Submitted Jan 5, 2008 5:24PM by Tailgunner - 53 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Eight things to expect in '08 (ESPN)
Consider where MMA was a year ago. Who had the better fighters, UFC or PRIDE? Could anybody beat Chuck Liddell? Would somebody stand up and challenge Tim Sylvia? One year later, those questions have been answered. PRIDE guys struggled. Yes, Liddell could be beaten -- more than once, actually. And Sylvia, well, we all remember Randy Couture's stunning comeback to reclaim a UFC belt. So 2007 answered plenty. But 2008 presents a new wave of questions. Here are eight things to expect in '08.
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 1:37PM by Bemin - 28 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC, PrideFC
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