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A Look Back At Japanese MMA In '07
While it looked like 2007 was a good year for MMA in Japan, scandals tainted what could've been a banner year-the Akiyama-Sakuraba controversy, tabloid scandals, and the "death" of PRIDE FC.
Submitted Dec 27, 2007 7:31AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: PrideFC, General MMA
The Year in European MMA
2007 was an outstanding year for European MMA. The UFC returned to the U.K. for the first time in almost three years. Meanwhile Fedor Emelianenko, arguably the strongest fighter to ever grace a ring, was scarce inside the squared circle but still dominated the headlines. Last but not least, there was a tremendous power shift on the European scene when longtime powerhouse promotions Cage Rage and M-1 Mix-Fight Championship were sold to American companies ProElite and Sibling Entertainment Group respectively. Read on for the most comprehensive roundup you'll find on the year in European MMA.
Submitted Dec 26, 2007 12:22PM by madmarck - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, CageRage, M-1 Global
Eight Reasons to be Excited for '08
Multi-colored confetti sprinkles to the ground ringing in the New Year for whiskey-clutching MMA fans. Before a single tear rolls down their cheeks because they may not live up to resolutions of moving out of mom's basement or submitting Dean Lister they should consider these eight reasons, listed in no particular order, as to why 2008 should be an exceptional year.
Submitted Dec 26, 2007 12:21PM by madmarck - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Canadian Charged With Running Illegal Fights
A 24-year-old Nova Scotia man has been charged with apparently running illegal fights in Canada. In Nova Scotia, it’s illegal to promote or host a fight without permission from the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority.
Submitted Dec 22, 2007 9:16AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, General MMA
MMA Talk (12/19)
This week I am going to rank 2 weight classes. Middleweights and Welterweights.
Submitted Dec 20, 2007 3:30AM by ohiostate1016 - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
MMA not immune to steroid issues
With last week’s release of baseball’s Mitchell Report, as well as suggestions for improving the game, it's a good time to take a look at mixed martial arts and how to combat performance enhancing drugs.
Submitted Dec 19, 2007 1:22PM by ohiostate1016 - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Aoki Ready for Calvancante
Current Shooto middleweight champion Shinya Aoki who will face Gesias Calvancante at the Yarennoka! New Year's Eve card supported by M-1 Global, held an open training session at the DEEP Dojo on Wednesday. Though he is known as one of the most dangerous submission artists in the world, today's open training session was held in a rather unique style.
Submitted Dec 19, 2007 9:46AM by madmarck - 5 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, General MMA
MMA Not Immune To Steroids Issues
With last week’s release of baseball’s Mitchell Report, as well as suggestions for improving the game, it's a good time to take a look at mixed martial arts and how to combat performance enhancing drugs.
Submitted Dec 17, 2007 2:31PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
Courture: could fight Fedor in October '08
He was asked at the HDnet fights tonight if it was a possibility and he said that it was, but October of next year would be the earliest.
Submitted Dec 16, 2007 12:39AM by duggy - 16 comments
Filed under: HDNet, General MMA
MMA Talk
Welcome back to MMA Talk. It is time for my second installment of rankings. This time I will go with what I consider the toughest division to rank: Light Heavyweight Division. There is a clear cut number 1 but everyone after that is a jumbled mess.
Submitted Dec 15, 2007 3:02AM by ohiostate1016 - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
CNBC Documentary “Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time” Highlight
Embedded to the right is a full and official sneak preview of CNBC’s “Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time” documentary that premieres tomorrow, December 13 @ 10 pm ET. The original documentary takes “a no-holds barred look at the business behind the nation’s fastest growing sports franchise,” telling the story behind the rise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship as both a business and cultural phenomenon. From the preview video, the program apparently heavily features former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin. The one hour program is reported by CNBC’s Scott Wapner, and re-airs the same night at 1AM ET in case you can’t make the first showing (or you’re a poor soul still stuck without Tivo). Looks worth checking out for sure.
Submitted Dec 12, 2007 5:42PM by Bemin - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Belfort Hoping for Octagon Return
Almost three years have passed since Vitor Belfort last battled in the Octagon. After apparently resurrecting a career that was supposed to have been nothing but great when it began over 11 years ago, Belfort is ready to return to the promotional company that as he puts it, made his legacy. Belfort will meet UFC matchmaker Joe Silva on Wednesday, the Brazilian told Sherdog.com, and is specifically looking to avenge his last bout in the UFC, a split decision loss to Tito Ortiz.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 6:55AM by CornishMMA - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
The first Death in MMA
The death of Sam Vasquez marks the first death as a casualty of a regulated MMA. Sherodg followed this up with a recounting of another MMA death from an unsanctioned MMMA bout http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles.asp?n_id=10270
Submitted Dec 7, 2007 6:11PM by MattHughesFan - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Douglas Dedge: Revisiting The First MMA Fatality
Although Sammy Vazquez was the first MMA fatality in a regulated fight, Douglas Dedge was actually the first known MMA-related fatality although his fight was unregulated. After Vazquez' recent death, Sherdog revisited the Dedge story through stories and interviews from 2003 & 2004.
Submitted Dec 7, 2007 12:23PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
New article about Sammy Vasquez with a little more information than we have had.
Thirteen months had passed since Sam Vasquez stepped into a cage. He couldn't contain himself. Sweat from a pre-fight warm-up provided sheen to the featherweight's face. The music of Richie Valens brought a bounce to his step. Never mind that Oct. 20, 2007, gave the 35-year-old mixed martial artist a special reason to smile -- he would have regardless; it's what he did. Vasquez was a fight fanatic, so immersed in MMA that he adorned his son with the middle name "Rickson." Like others who stepped between the ropes or ducked while passing through a cage doorway, Vasquez lived for this. That is, until he no longer could. In death the MMA community, of which Vasquez considered himself a proud member, met a dedicated father who out of necessity -- and love -- got roadwork in during his lunch break and spent odd hours in quiet, empty gyms.
Submitted Dec 6, 2007 6:14PM by Bemin - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
FOX News Give Sam Vasquez Tragedy, MMA a Fair Shake
Today I appeared on “Studio B with Shepard Smith,” which airs nationally on FOX News, for a piece about Sammy Vasquez, the Houston-based fighter who recently lost his life following an October fight at a Renegades Extreme Fighting Championship show. Mixed-martial arts? The death of a fighter? FOX News? Yes, I fully expected it to be a recipe for disaster. I had about two hours’ notice for the guest spot, so I did a little studying, put out on something other than a Mizzou sweatshirt, and headed to the local TV station ready for battle.
Submitted Dec 5, 2007 6:55AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
No Truth To Rumors Of Texas Outlawing MMA
In the wake of the death of MMA fighter Sammy Vazquez, there were rumors that Texas would move to outlaw MMA. But a member of the Texas Department Of Licensing & Regulations says that such rumors are false.
Submitted Dec 4, 2007 2:26PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
News From Europe: Liaudin Leading MMA Legal Push, Fighters' Futures, More
Among the top news items recently coming out of Europe are a push by UFC's Jess Liaudin to legalize MMA in France, Melvin Manhoef's next fight, and uncertainty about Mirko Cro Cop's future.
Submitted Dec 3, 2007 10:00AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
A Boxing Fan Looks At MMA
Today’s video-game culture and increasingly violent movies have spawned a demand for entertainment that offers clearly-visible mayhem. Meanwhile, boxing is in trouble. Not many sports have a reigning superstar who has won only twice in the past four-and-a-half years and lost three of his last five outings. But that’s Oscar De La Hoya’s recent record. Put the aforementioned realities together and one has an ideal environment for the rise of mixed martial arts as a sports entertainment phenomenon.
Submitted Dec 2, 2007 2:14PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, General MMA
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