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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
TEXAS FIGHTER DIES Sammy Vasquez, 35, Becomes MMA’s First Documented Fatality
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed today that Sammy Vasquez, a 35-year-old mixed martial artist from Houston, Texas, died on Friday, Nov. 30. Vasquez’s death appears to be the first documented fatality resulting from a regulated MMA fight. Vasquez (1-2) suffered a third-round knockout loss to Vince Libardi during a Renegades Extreme Fighting bout on Oct. 20 at Houston’s Toyota Center. After the fight, Vasquez was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit, where he began a 47-day struggle.
Submitted Dec 1, 2007 10:25PM by Bemin - 26 comments
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North American MMA Expo schedule for Sunday
Check out a schedule of events for the North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo on Sunday at Anaheim Convention Center.
Submitted Dec 1, 2007 4:33PM by PunchyMcGee - 0 comments
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CBS, NBC Could Soon Televise MMA
CBS and NBC are talking with mixed martial arts promotions about becoming the first major broadcast network to televise the sport. Nothing is official, but television and MMA insiders expect a deal between CBS and the Ultimate Fighting Championship to be announced shortly. UFC president Dana White said he didn’t want to discuss a deal that is still being negotiated, but White did say that UFC 80 on Jan. 19 would be a pay-per-view event. It had been rumored that would be the first CBS show if a deal was reached. MMA insiders believe CBS is looking at a Saturday night prime-time slot. CBS averaged a 4.5 rating in prime time on Nov. 24, a number no UFC event has approached. However, major UFC events such as Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz in 2006 and this year’s Dan Henderson vs. Quinton Jackson Pride vs. UFC title unification match have beaten all network programming in the highly sought 18-34 male demographic despite airing on basic cable’s Spike TV.
Submitted Dec 1, 2007 10:19AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Attention:Anyone awaiting Round 5 MMA figures
If you were part of their mailing list check your email.The figures will not be out for a holiday season release.The company announced some quality issues with the figures,and rescheduled them for a march 2008 release.
Submitted Nov 30, 2007 10:06AM by mrsmiley - 2 comments
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Sammy Vasquez moved to hospice from hospital, its not looking good
New info from Sherdog, looks like he wasn't discharged, but moved from the ICU to hospice and things are looking very grave.
Submitted Nov 29, 2007 11:25PM by Bemin - 6 comments
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Update On Kevin Randleman
Kevin Randleman, recovering from a nasty staph infection, recently gave an update on his recovery. He said he's healing well and the two large holes in his side as a result of the infection have gotten much smaller now.
Submitted Nov 29, 2007 10:27AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: PrideFC, General MMA
GSP To Train With Denis Kang For UFC 79 Fight
Two of the mixed martial arts world’s brightest young superstars have decided to join forces north of the United States border. Georges St. Pierre will train alongside former PRIDE stalwart Denis Kang for the first time, as he prepares for his interim UFC welterweight championship bout against Matt Hughes at UFC 79 “Nemesis” on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. St. Pierre made the revelation Tuesday on Fight Network Radio.
Submitted Nov 28, 2007 5:36AM by CornishMMA - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
MMA Fighter In Critical Condition After KO Loss
After being KO'd in a recent fight, fighter Sammy Vazquez is in critical condition in a hospital and is fighting for his life. His current prognosis is not good. It seems that the inevitable first MMA-related death may be upon us, but hopefully he finds a way to pull through.
Submitted Nov 25, 2007 9:12AM by DCRage - 16 comments
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Jeremy Williams Memorial Trust Fund Created
We are all coming to grips with the story of Jeremy's outstanding life and legacy... but now we also need to start thinking about the future of his kids.
Submitted May 15, 2007 5:11PM by zephead - 13 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
Four blockbuster matchups officially added to Pride 33! Frank Trigg, Nick Diaz, Takanori Gomi, Kazuhiro Nakamura and more!
Four blockbuster matchups officially added to Pride 33! Frank Trigg, Nick Diaz, Takanori Gomi, Kazuhiro Nakamura and more! Four blockbuster matchups have been announced for Pride FC's next show, Pride 33: The Second Coming. The show scheduled for February 24th in Las Vegas, Nevada is already headlined with the "Champion vs. Champion" showdown between Pride Middleweight Champion, Wanderlei Silva and Pride Welterweight Champion, Dan Henderson. Added to the line up is a bout between already scheduled Pride Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi, taking on UFC standout Nick Diaz. Gomi, who is making his debut on American soil. Gomi is in for a tough fight as Diaz is a fighter regularly competing at 170 pounds, rather then 160 pounds. Thus, Diaz has the distinct size advantage going into the fight. Gomi's Lightweight Championship will not be on the line, however if Diaz can get the win, you can expect to see a title match between the two some time down the line. Diaz who has recently signed a two fight deal with Pride(and a different contract with EliteXC) will be debuting in the Japan based organization. Expect for fireworks, as both fighters are very exciting! Former UFC Welterweight Number One Contendar, and current ICON Sport Middleweight Champion Frank Trigg, will be making his return to Pride as he takes on Pride Welterweight Grand Prix winner Kazuo Misaki. Both men are coming off huge wins, with Trigg winning the ICON Sport Championship from Jason "Mayhem" Miller, and Misaki coming off the Grand Prix Championship win over Denis Kang. Trigg, who is a current Pride colour commentator has recently come out of retirement and he hopes to further himself with a win over a Top 5 ranked contendar. Trigg recently commented on coming out of retirement. “I wanted out. They wouldn’t let me out. It’s like the mob,” says Trigg. “I was done. I just wanted to be a broadcaster and help the sport any way I could. But then for like 2 months I got offers every day.” Kazuhiro Nakamura will be returning to the U.S to face off against UFC and IFL standout Travis Wiuff. Nakamura, who recently defeated Travis Galbraith in the U.S during Pride 32, will be hoping to rack up another win infront of the American audience. Wiuff is a seasoned vet with a MMA record of 42-9. He is coming off two straight wins, and hopes to advance him career by getting a win over the Top Ten ranked young judoka. This is a big fight for both men. As previously reported throughout the week, Pride Lightweight standout, Hayato "Mach" Sakurai will be taking on former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion, Mac Danzig. Danzig couldn't be in for a tougher debut in Pride, as he is taking on the #2 ranked Lightweight in MMA. Sakurai's most recent win was over Luciano Azevedo at Bushido 12. "Mach" is 0-1 on American soil with his loss thanks to former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes. Sakurai hopes to make an impression on the American fans, and he wants to show them why he is the #2 ranked Lightweight in the world. Other names that have been off and on for the event are former Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, his kid brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueria, Ricardo Arona, Kazuyuki Fujita, Cung Le, Josh Neer, Joe Doerkson and Wes Sims. Pride 33 will take place on February 24th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas and will air live on pay-per-view in the United States. These four matches, along with the Silva vs Henderson main event, are five confirmed matches for the American show.
Submitted Jan 24, 2007 12:27AM by brownpimp88 - 0 comments
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