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UFC Signs Major TV Deal For England
At today's pre-UFC 80 press conference, it was annoued that UFC and Setanta Sports had reached an agreement to air all UK UFC events over the next few years, including all US UFC live events after July and the "UFC Wired" TV series.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 2:05PM by DCRage - 7 comments
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Joe Stevenson: "I'm Not The Underdog"
At just 25 years of age, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson already has more experience and more accomplishments than many fighters will ever get in their entire careers, but on Jan. 19 he will have the chance to win championship gold as he faces B.J. Penn for the UFC lightweight title in Newcastle, England. Training exclusively in Big Bear, Calif. to prepare for this fight, Stevenson has been working alongside fighters such as Gray Maynard, Sam Stout, Tyson Griffin and even grappling legend Marcello Garcia to get him ready for the fight with Penn.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 6:52AM by CornishMMA - 18 comments
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Gonzaga plots rebound strategy vs. Werdum
LUDLOW, Mass. - It's not hard to find Gabriel Gonzaga in this suburb with a large contingent of Portuguese and Brazilians near the Connecticut border. It could be that the beastly UFC heavyweight dwarfs most people on the street, or because he wears a hooded sweatshirt that reads "GONZAGA" on the front and bears the insignia of Gonzaga University. But even if you didn't spot "Napao" in person in Ludlow, you'd know where to find him. In a shop window facing the street next to his training haunt hangs a promotional poster for UFC 70, the event where Gonzaga famously defeated Croatian striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in stunning fashion with a head kick. The poster hangs proudly alongside for-sale "Need 2 Bleed" brand fight gear and jiu-jitsu gis bearing the "Team Link" insignia.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:45PM by Bemin - 4 comments
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McCully Misses Deadline, Kongo Fight?
There have been rumors that Justin McCully missed a deadline for an offer of a UFC 82 fight against Cheick Kongo. There's now word that the deadline has indeed passed and Kongo now will likely fight Heath Herring instead.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:09PM by DCRage - 4 comments
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Machida "I want to fight for the belt by the end of this year"
"It was a very big win. I hope people start to recognize that I'm here to stay and I would like to fight for the belt by the end of this year."- Lyoto Machida
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 4:19PM by NatedawgThaM - 23 comments
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Weighty Issues (Sherdog interview with GSP and his Manager)
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy. The first sign that alerted the international community that "Rush" was someone special was when he defeated Pete Spratt (Pictures) in 2003. St. Pierre was already popular around Montreal then, but Spratt was fresh off a win over Robbie Lawler (Pictures) at UFC 42 and was considered a heavy favorite. He drops a few bombshells in this one, sounds like the GSP/Anderson Silva fight could take place in the future, and how about seeing if Chuck can stuff his takedowns. Maybe a bit ambitious but interesting none the less.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 3:11PM by Bemin - 13 comments
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Maturing Penn ready to claim crown
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – For years, the word "if" has haunted B.J. Penn. He's heard it so much, it makes him want to scream in agony. If only he would train, the experts would say. If only he would take mixed martial arts seriously, they'd continue. If only he had the desire to be the best like a Randy Couture. Penn has heard it for years and run away from it, trying desperately to be his own man. He would do things his way, on his terms. And though doing that has resulted in a decent career, Penn is hardly a lock to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this stage and there are many who look at him as a disappointment. There has been a lot posted on Penn with the fight coming up, but I thought this was a good interview.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 2:30PM by Bemin - 3 comments
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Change Of Plans: UFC 83 NOT In Europe
UFC 83 is not going to be in England anymore. It's been announced that the show will be "relocated" to elsewhere in the US, no official reason given yet. UFC does intend to go back to Manchester. Just not on March 8.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 1:35PM by DCRage - 4 comments
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Weighty Issues
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 1:00PM by madmarck - 1 comment
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Report: Officials Scrap March’s UFC 83 Event in England
A UFC 83 event rumored to be taking place in England could instead take place in the U.S. The news comes from our friend Steve Sievert at the Houston Chronicle, who spoke to a source close to the event for his “Brawl Sports” blog. According to the source, the U.K. location has been scrapped, but the March 8 show — which will likely include Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy and Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin — will go on.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:37PM by nickcuc547 - 1 comment
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Werdum’s Title Quest Begins with Gonzaga
Ah, how many great stories throughout the history of the world have begun with a woman? Probably too many to count. Well, add the story of Fabricio Werdum to the list, and if one day he ascends to the heights of the UFC’s heavyweight division and straps a championship belt around his waist, somewhere in Brazil, there will be a woman wondering what might have been. Werdum will have no such daydreams though, and in fact, an early embarrassment turned out to be not only the impetus for his jump into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but eventually, mixed martial arts, which has become a pretty nice vocation for the native of Porto Alegre, who faces old rival Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 80 co-feature on Saturday in Newcastle, England.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:23PM by adamsb - 5 comments
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American Top Team on Monday announced that it has welcomed Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roan “Jucao” Carneiro to the team.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:06AM by madmarck - 0 comments
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On Jan. 19, BJ Penn has the opportunity to become only the second fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship history to hold titles in two weight classes, the other being UFC legend Randy Couture. First he has to face Joe Stevenson, possibly the toughest test the Hawaiian has ever faced at 155 pounds.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:05AM by madmarck - 2 comments
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Employment, Not Promotional, Contract at Center of Zuffa v. Couture
When Randy Couture (Pictures) announced his resignation from the UFC on Oct. 11, 2007, it seemed inevitable that the matter would be settled in court. The inevitable became official on Monday as Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, filed a complaint against Couture and yet to be named co-conspirators in Nevada's Clark County District Court. Perhaps to the surprise of many observers, the complaint makes no mention of Couture's promotional (fight) contract with Zuffa. Instead the company's breach of contract action is predicated on its employment contract with Couture. Very interesting to see the direction that Zuffa is coming at Randy here.
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 8:07PM by Bemin - 11 comments
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UFC 79 Drug Tests: All 12 Fighters Test Negative
The Nevada State Athletic Commission tested 12 of the 20 fighters who competed at last month’s UFC 79 event, and all of the competitors tested negative for drugs of abuse, as well as performance-enhancing drugs. UFC 79, which aired live on pay-per-view, took place Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Hughes in the night’s main event to earn the UFC’s interim welterweight title. Both of the headliners were tested by the NSAC, as were Mark Bocek, Rich Clementi, Manny Gamburyan, Melvin Guillard, Chuck Liddell, Dean Lister, Lyoto Machida, Jordan Radev, Wanderlei Silva and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjo.
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 6:24PM by Bemin - 8 comments
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UFC Inks English Fighter Neil Wain for UFC 83
The UFC has signed English heavyweight Neil Wain (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to a four-fight deal, and the UFC newcomer is expected to make his octagon debut March 8 at UFC 83, which is tentatively scheduled for London, England. Wain’s manager recently confirmed the news in a Cage Warriors messageboard announcement. Wain made his professional debut in November 2006 and has posted four consecutive victories fighting for the U.K.-based Ultimate Force and Goshin Ryu MMA Championships organizations. All four of Wain’s victories have come via knockout — all in the first round. However, Wain’s opponents have a combined record of just 3-12, according to one major fighter database.
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 3:55PM by babalu2720 - 5 comments
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Fighters From UFC 79 Come Back Clean
At a time when national heroes are falling from grace as steroid use is the topic at the fore of the collective sports world, the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that all of the athletes tested at the Ultimate Fighting Championships’ Dec. 29 event have come back clean, both in testing involving performance enhancing drugs (such as steroids) and drugs of abuse (such as marijuana or cocaine). According to the commission’s executive director Keith Kizer, “The NSAC tested Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, Sokoudjou, Rich Clementi, Melvin Guillard, Manny Gamburyan, Dean Lister, Jordan Radev, and Mark Bocek.”
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 8:18AM by CornishMMA - 2 comments
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Cain Velasquez signs with the UFC, debuts at UFC 83
Greg Savage from Sherdog reported on the SDS that the UFC have signed the very exciting HW prospect Cain Velasquez, according to Savage he will debut at the UFC in London in March against an opponent to be decided. Cain (6'2 and 245lbs) trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy and is 2-0 in MMA with quick TKO wins in Bodog and Strikeforce.
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 7:55AM by CornishMMA - 6 comments
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Fedor To Meet With Couture In Person
Fedor Emelianenko and his Russian management team will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., on January 17 to meet UFC heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, “in person.”
Submitted Jan 14, 2008 2:32PM by DCRage - 12 comments
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MacDonald Vs. Doerksen Set For UFC 84
An All-Canada showdown is now set for UFC 84 in Canada, as native Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Joe Doerksen are now set to face each other at the event. This will be a rematch of a fight they had in Winnipeg in '05, which MacDonald won by 4th round submission.
Submitted Jan 14, 2008 2:24PM by DCRage - 1 comment
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