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Former UFC Middleweight Terry Martin Leaves MMA for Boxing
(bloodyelbow.com)
For now, at least, he's trying his hand at something new:

.Martin, who's from Chicago, has given up his UFC dream for now and will step in the ring as a boxer for the first time Friday night as part of an ``8 Count Productions'' card. Martin will face Ricardo Upchurch at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center in Villa Park in a scheduled four-rounder. He'll fight at the 190-pound cruiserweight level, which should alleviate a problem he had making 185 pounds with the UFC.
Submitted Apr 10, 2008 7:32PM by juanez13 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
The 25 Toughest Athletes (w/ 2 faces you might recognize)
(sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Let's start a barroom argument. Who are the toughest athletes in sports? Well, hang on a second. How do you define tough? The ability to take and deliver a shot or ten? To play hurt and still play well? The utter refusal to give in to pressure, circumstance, or more physically imposing foe? To dominate one's opponents or even one's sport? How about the ability to overcome serious personal setbacks, such as a dire injury or illness, and return to the highest level of performance? How about sheer longevity in a punishing, demanding game? We've considered all of those things while sorting through long lists of worthy candidates. Our Top 25 (in order, says us) contains some surprising choices. We've also put together a list of current notables in the four major pro sports and a photo gallery of the greatest old school toughs -- legends who are no longer active, surely to the relief of their beleaguered foes.
Submitted Apr 2, 2008 1:19PM by grappler0000 - 31 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Miscellaneous, General MMA
 
Dana White Nixes Anderson Silva - Roy Jones Jr.
(fightline.com)
UFC president Dana White has stated, in no uncertain terms, that is no way that there will be a boxing rules match up between Roy Jones Jr. and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The news comes courtesy of Dave Meltzer.
Submitted Apr 1, 2008 7:00AM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Roy Jones Jr. Wants Silva Fight; Dana White Not So Much
(cagepotato.com)
Now that it’s clear both Silva and Jones want the fight, there’s just one question: What does the UFC think? Turns out, they’re not so crazy about it. Not yet, anyway. “We’ve spoken about it,” Soares said. “At first, I think there was a lot of resistance. They don’t seem too into it, to be honest with you. We’ve heard from certain people that there’s just no way that this can happen. But never say never, you know.” Recently the jokesters over at Bodog went ahead and handicapped the bout, despite the fact that it’s only talk at this point, and they pegged Jones as a heavy favorite with a -2800 line. Silva is going off at +1400, which is understandable since he’s never had a real pro boxing match and Jones, you know, has had a few. Soares, who may well be biased, warns us against underestimating Silva. “I think Anderson would be able to put up a good fight against Roy Jones. That’s my opinion. Maybe it’s unrealistic. When you talk to some people and read some of these threads, there’s people who swear up and down that it’s the stupidest thing to believe Anderson would do it, but I don’t know. Maybe I’m tainted. I’m not saying that Anderson’s going to go in there and knock him out, but I think Anderson is that skilled that he could make it a fight.”
Submitted Mar 27, 2008 3:11PM by juanez13 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Arnold Classic Officially Adds Amateur MMA
(mmaweekly.com)
The Arnold Classic, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from Feb. 29 through March 2, celebrates many forms of fitness and martial arts. This year will mark the debut of mixed martial arts at the expo, as an amateur event will take place and champions in multiple weight classes will be crowned. Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the Arnold Classic has always been a home to martial arts and with the growth of MMA throughout the world the amateur tournament this year is nothing short of historical. Legendary martial artist Terrance “Tokey” Hill, who organizes and leads the charge for the martial arts portion of the Arnold Classic, lobbied to have MMA included in this year’s event and now it is a reality. The event will run alongside many traditional martial arts programs at the Arnold Classic including Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and San Shou. MMA will debut with an eight-man tournament represented by fighters and teams from across the world.
Submitted Feb 18, 2008 4:34PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, General MMA
 
Tarded Reality Show Concept of the Day, Part 2
(cagepotato.com)
You think Fighting Fedor is a bad idea? Ho, baby. From a new press release on Reuters.com: Rodrigo and Crosley Gracie have decided to co-produce a reality television show of mixed martial arts, combined with the Gracie Jiu Jitsu flavor, and a little drama. [Ed. note: Rodrigo and Crosley are cousins, and grandsons of Carlos Gracie.]

The reality show is based on true life grudges. Imagine a famous face knocking on your door. He/she shows you a photo. “Do you know who this is?” You know exactly who it is. He/she is the person with whom you have a grudge to settle. Then, without a clue as to where you are going, you are whisked off to an undisclosed location where you will be trained by one of the world famous Gracie Jiu Jitsu family members. Did you know that the person in the photo is also receiving the same treatment? Did you know that now is the chance to “Settle Your Grudge?” “It gives me great pleasure to bring this show to you, despite any controversy that may arise. At the end of the day, we are all humans, we’ve all had grudges, and they all need to be settled to bring closure to real the life drama that leaves us perplexed every day” boasts [executive producer] Stacey “O”. Episodes in production include: Cop vs. Con; Bouncer vs. Bounced; Biker vs. Nerd; Husband vs. x-Boyfriend; Manager vs. Employee; Old Bully vs. the Bullied; Teacher vs. Student; and Old vs. Young.
Submitted Feb 12, 2008 10:17PM by juanez13 - 8 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, Other Combat Sports, MMA Personalities
 
Russian Sambo Championships: Fedor Beats Three Opponents in Under 2 Minutes
(bloodyelbow.com)
Today was the first day of the Russian Combat Sambo Championship and here are the results: As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. None of his opponents in this Russian championship forfeited as it has happened before in world and European championships, to the credit of our fighters. In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent's nose on the 10th second. The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a holddown. Then the fighters ended up in standing position again and the situation happened again - a combination of strikes from the champion, a throw, but this time Fedor finished his attack with a submission and won at 1 minute and 1 seconds.
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 5:30PM by Manfred - 19 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Mark Hunt signs with Hustle Pro-Wrestling
http://mmamanjapan.blogspot.com/2008/02/mark-munt-signs-with.html this links link takes you to a foreign site that supposedly broke the story. I'm a little bummed,but oh well.
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 4:15PM by mrsmiley - 20 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, PrideFC, MMA Personalities, Other Combat Sports
 
Looking at NCAA Wrestling Champions in MMA
(mmajunkie.com)
Brock Lesnar’s notoriety as a World Wrestling Entertainment champion and headliner has created great interest in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on Saturday night against former UFC champion Frank Mir. But because his fame comes from scripted entertainment, many aren’t aware of his successes in legitimate athletic competition. Lesnar was 106-5 in four years of college wrestling, winning the junior college national championship in 1998 and the Division I championship for the University of Minnesota in 2000, both as a heavyweight. High-level amateur wrestling is a great asset in mixed martial arts, as many of UFC’s biggest stars all have a substantial wrestling background, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Clay Guida, Keith Jardine, Roger Huerta, Jake O’Brien, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill, Brandon Vera, Gray Maynard, Corey Hill, Matt Grice and others. But wrestling success is no guarantee of MMA success. For every Couture or Dan Severn, both of whom competed on the U.S. national team in international competition and are among only a few fighters in the UFC Hall of Fame, there are great wrestlers, including national champions and Olympians, who have gone nowhere in MMA.
Submitted Jan 29, 2008 7:10AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
More Pro Wrestling
(bloodyelbow.com)
TNA has made a business deal with UFC regarding promotion of UFC's 2/2 PPV show, and in particular the Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir match. Details aren't known, but it is expected there will be heavy advertising of the next UFC during the TNA shows over the next two weeks. In addition, during the body of the shows will be hype packages to build up the match. Next week's Impact will include a Brock Lesnar training package, as well as a Kurt Angle interview, where he breaks down the Lesnar vs. Mir match. Great idea for UFC, TNA has 1.5 million wrestling fans watching every week. It's hard to say if it means anything for the future, but it may pave the way for that eventual Kurt v. Brock fight that was much talked about in the past.
Submitted Jan 18, 2008 9:26PM by juanez13 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Miscellaneous
 
MMA and boxing finally go head-to-head
(mmaunderdogs.com)
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
 
Davis' change led to success
(sports.yahoo.com)
It didn't take too many occurrences of signing for a $15,000 purse and walking home with just $5,000 to sour Marcus Davis on professional boxing. He was, he says proudly, a fighter all his life and he was going to find a way to fight one way or another. But boxing was making him a miserable person and the man known as “The Irish Hand Grenade” finally had gotten fed up. "I just had so many issues and problems, with management and other things, and I was in and out of court so much with all of that," Davis said. "I pretty much got tired of the dirty aspect of boxing. I'd get half — or less — of what I was promised (in a purse). I wasn't getting the fights I wanted. Things weren't going in the direction I wanted. "After a while, I couldn't stomach it any more. It was making me sick. Literally. I had to get away from it."
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 3:51PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Other Combat Sports, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Angle On IFL, Shamrock Allegations
(mmanews.com)
Former WWE Champion and current TNA Wrestling Champion Kurt Angle recently responded to allegations by the IFL and Ken Shamrock over Angle turning down a fight with Shamrock for a future IFL show, among other topics.
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 8:24AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: IFL, Other Combat Sports
 
The business of MMA in 2008
(sports.yahoo.com)
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
Filed under: General MMA, Other Combat Sports
 
Floyd Mayweather Sr. Interview on Floyd Jr. doing MMA
(fighthype.com)
Great Interview, he drops the f-bomb about twenty times, but he gets his point across about what he thinks will happen to his son in MMA. Here's a small quote: "All of this he talking about right now, this martial arts s***, I’m telling you, he about to get broke the f*** up right now. I’m telling you, he could forget all of that stuff being cute and how you supposed to hit somebody with a check hook. Man, them motherf*****’s going to take that check hook motherf***er and squeeze your guts out. I’m just being real with you man."
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 5:01PM by duggy - 22 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
Good article on MMA vs. boxing with Marcus Davis interview
(maxboxing.com)
From one of the best boxing sites on the net (Maxboxing) is an article about Floyd Mayweather, and boxers' in general, difficulties in MMA. Marcus Davis (the most experienced boxer the UFC has right now) gives a good breakdown of how the sports differ:
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 2:12PM by fullerene - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, General MMA
 
Female boxer breaking new ground in MMA
(msnbc.msn.com)
Elena “Baby Doll” Reid, the current flyweight champion of the world in boxing, makes her debut in the world of mixed martial arts against Tammie Schneider. “I’m a fighter,” explains Reid. “Whether it’s boxing, or MMA, I like to fight.” Reid becomes the first boxing world champion to participate in an MMA bout, beating Riddick Bowe and Floyd Mayweather to the punch when she meets Schneider at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas on Friday.
Submitted Dec 28, 2007 5:48PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Stevenson Doesn't Want Mayweather In MMA
(mmanews.com)
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has said he's thinking about jumping over to MMA. One UFC fighter thinks this wouldn't be good for the sport of MMA-Joe Stevenson.
Submitted Dec 26, 2007 6:15PM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Who is the Y! Sports Boxer of the Year?
(sports.yahoo.com)
Floyd Mayweather Jr., Joe Calzaghe, Miguel Cotto and Kelly Pavlik have combined for a 146-0 record and 111 knockouts.
Submitted Dec 24, 2007 10:09AM by ohiostate1016 - 33 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Ultimate Mayweather
(sherdog.com)
Telling the media that he had "accomplished all that I could as a fighter" following his Dec. 8 bout with Ricky Hatton, Floyd Mayweather intimated that he would be happy to retire with a perfect 39-0 record and the unofficial title of best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet. But if Mark Cuban is to be believed, the 30-year-old pugilist has a prescient sense of history and wants to add one more chapter to his inevitable self-congratulatory autobiography -- Mayweather could become the first boxer in his career prime to risk hyper-extended ligaments in a mixed martial arts contest. Mayweather, Cuban said, will be involved in some capacity with the billionaire's fledging HDNet Fights promotion and will visit MMA gyms in the coming months to gauge his interest in an open-style fight.
Submitted Dec 24, 2007 6:39AM by grappler0000 - 17 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, HDNet
 
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