Monday, November 30, 2009

Strikeforce and M-1 Global Announce Record Worldwide Numbers for CBS 'Fedor vs. Rogers'

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (November 24, 2009) - M-1 Global and Strikeforce announced today that the international audience reports from broadcasters all over the world revealed an unprecedented number of viewers for the November 7th "Fedor vs. Rogers" MMA event from Chicago, Illinois.

"We are extremely happy with the preliminary broadcast reports," said M-1 Global CEO Joost Raimond. "The demographics of these numbers were very promising as our network broadcasting partners in the U.S., Russia, and Korea reach an enormous audience alone. Coupled with a dozen other countries and our successful internet stream in Japan and other territories, all early accounts and indications tell us that "Fedor vs. Rogers" delivered worldwide more than any other MMA show in the history of the sport," concluded Raimond.

Scott Coker, founder and owner of Strikeforce and experienced MMA promoter responded "We are thrilled with the tremendous viewership figures that the Fedor vs Rogers event generated overseas. The results clearly demonstrate the appreciation that fans worldwide have for a number of M-1 Global and Strikeforce mixed martial arts superstars including the number one fighter on the planet - Fedor Emelianenko - and his opponent Brett Rogers."

In total, over 25 million MMA fans all around the world were treated to a vintage performance from the world’s greatest MMA fighter, Fedor Emelianenko. The main event of Fedor vs Rogers reached an impressive 5.46 million viewers in the United States on the CBS Network. The fight was also broadcast in Fedor’s native Russia by "Channel 1," Russia's largest television network, and reached 16 million viewers in Fedor’s home country. In addition, "Fedor vs. Rogers" was broadcast to millions of viewers in Korea on SBS, one of the 3 major national South Korean networks, as well as television networks in China, Latin America, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ukraine, Finland, Africa, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Malta. Live internet streams of the "Fedor vs. Rogers" bout generated ground-breaking viewer numbers in Japan and all over the world and these numbers continue to grow through Video on Demand.

'"CBS was proud to be the U.S. broadcaster in a fight seen by millions domestically and by millions more around the world," commented CBS Senior Executive Vice President Kelly Kahl. "Strikeforce and M-1 Global put together a great card, showcasing some of the best fighters in the world. Our ad sales for the fight were strong, especially for advertisers that target young men -- a group with a growing appetite for MMA."

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Full Card confirmed for UFC 105, Manchester

UFC 105 will be aired for free in the United States on SpikeTV. Earlier today, confirmed the completed card.

Main Card
Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera
Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang
Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy
James Wilks vs. Matt Brown
Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley

Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty
Paul Taylor vs. John Hathaway
Nick Osipczak vs. Matthew Riddle
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jared Hamman
Andre Winner vs. Roli Delgado

UFC 105 will be held at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, England. If you are on the other side of the pond visit for tickets.

Tuff-N-Uff Amateur MMA Fights, Paintball Highlights At Mesquite Fundraiser

Mesquite, Nevada - Every day, United States military personnel face a new battle as they return home from combat zones.

Addressing the desperate need to relieve the financial and emotional burdens caused by the physical and mental scars of war, Mixed Martial Arts legend Randy "The Natural" Couture created the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation. With a mission focused on raising money and awareness, the foundation's goal is to help these brave men and women fulfill any of their unmet needs as they return back to civilian life.

"Having spent time in a uniform, it became a personal goal of mine to find a way to give back to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces for the sacrifices they make defending our freedoms. The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation was born out of that desire." Couture explained.

Tapping into his network of current and former MMA fighters, Couture is hosting a weekend fundraiser October 16-18 in Mesquite, Nevada. Xtreme Combat Weekend will include three days of scenario paintball, amateur MMA fights and "Xtreme" parties.

Participants & donors have the opportunity to play paintball against and alongside nationally recognized fighters including Randy Couture, Ryan Couture, Gray Maynard, Jay Hieron, and John Alessio.

The paintball games will be played exclusively at A Pirates Paradise's new field located 5 miles northeast of Mesquite. Owner Tim Andrus has spent the last two months preparing the 40-acre site for this event.

"The property borders and actually extends over the Virgin River. The thick scrub provides so much cover, we've had to plow roads and paths through the field, " Andrus said. "We're really excited to be the host site for Xtreme Combat Weekend. It's a great cause; Randy is an awesome guy, and we're doing something to help the troops."

A highlight of the weekend will come Saturday evening when up-and-coming fighters take center stage at the CasaBlanca Events center for amatuer MMA fights presented by Tuff-N-Uff. A separate ticketed event; seats will range from $20 for general admission to only $50 for ringside. Like all the weekend's events, proceeds support the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation.

Post fight, the public can meet up-and-coming fighters and some of their favorite MMA stars at an after fight night club in the CasaBlanca Hotel. A $15 cover charge applies, and this party is limited to persons age 21 and over.

"This weekend really wouldn't be possible without our sponsors," Andrus added. "Special Ops Paintball, Spyder Paintball, Kee Action Sports, Planet Eclipse and Blackjack Paintball have all thrown their support behind us on this event."

Registration and event schedules are available online at the event's website,

"We hope everyone will come join us for a great weekend including paintball and amateur fights all in the name of our troops," Couture said.

For more information on the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation please contact:

Valerie Haney
Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation
4055 West Sunset
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 616-1022

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lunch Break News Update

We all have busy schedules, so this new segment is meant to take the top news from the previous couple of days and condense it into one, easy to read segment that you can enjoy over your lunch break... or anytime you feel like it.

1. Strikeforce Kennedy vs Cummings results:
*Daniel Cromier vs Gary Frazier - Cormier wins via TKO (punches) R2 M3:39
*Travis Calanoc vs. Thomas Longacre - Longacre wins via Uni Dec
*Zach Light vs. Tyron Woodley - Woodley wins via Sub (armbar) R2 M3:38
*Ray Sefo vs. Kevin Jordan - Sefo wins via Sub (verbal stoppage) R2 M0:24
*Tim Kennedy vs. Zak Cummings - Kennedy wins via Choke (north-south) R2 M2:43

Mike Swick vs Dan Hardy for UFC 105
We reported this yesterday, as Mike Swick confirmed the fight without actually confirming it via his Twitter account. November 14th in Manchester, England Swick will get to take on British bad boy, Dan Hardy.

Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort to fight at UFC 108
Both Brazilians have verbally agreed to fight January 2, in Las Vegas, NV. This will be Belfort's second fight since joining the UFC. He recently beat Rich "Ace" Franklin via TKO at a catch weight of 195#. The men will compete at 185# where Silva will defend his middle weight belt.

Chuck Liddell Does the Tango
For the second week in a row Liddell competed on Dancing with the Stars last night. His Tango was better than last week's Foxtrot & Salsa, but still needs work. Now five weeks into his intense dance training the former lightheavy weight champion is finally shedding his infamous round belly.

Sam Stout to possibly face Joe Lauzon in Jan.
Lauzon has been out since this spring healing his knee. He underwent major surgery to repair the knee after his UFN headlining fight against Jeremy Stephens in February. Ahead of schedule on his recovery Lauzon thinks he can start camp soon and would be ready for a fight against Stout at UFC 108, January 2.

TUF alumni George Sotiropoulos and Jason Dent at UFC 106
Taking place on the preliminary portion of the card, Dent (19-9) will look to break Sotiropoulos' undefeated Octagon record.

To close, a treat for you: KIMBO SLICE on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Monday, September 28, 2009

Swick confirms his fight with Dan a round-about way

Just hours after the rumors started Mike Swick took to his Twitter account to address the newest claims of his next fight. Without confirming not denying, Swick slyly let us all in on who his next opponent would be- Dan Hardy.

Thought to be another bout vying for title contention, the two will meet in seven weeks to see who gets Georges St-Pierre next. At seven weeks out, the pair will likely be on the UFC 105 card in Manchester, England. Good for UK fans because they will be able to support Hardy and give him the "hometown" advantage; also good for American fans because UFC 105 will be aired on SpikeTV for free.

Follow MMAScraps on TWITTER
Follow Samantha L. Johnson on TWITTER

Friday, September 25, 2009

Jason "Mayhem" Miller Freaks out on EA Game Developers

So, it's Friday and we're all ready to get home or have just gotten home- either way, you need a laugh.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller (yes, the same guy who soccer-kick Jacare in their last fight) is one of the growing list of fighters that will be portrayed on EA Sports' EA-MMA game; release date TBD. As part of the process Miller was brought in to get a preview of the game and his character.
When scrolling through the fighter skill screens Mayhem notices that his skills are... well, less than magnificent shall we say. He then continues to question the makers and act similar to a small child being told he can no longer have a bottle.

Watch, laugh, get scared, laugh some more, thank me.

Happy Friday!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Strikeforce announces Fedor vs. Rogers to be Held at Chicago's Sears Centre

Written by Samantha L. Johnson

When Strikeforce initially announced their November 7th show would we headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs Brett Rogers they left a key element out of the press release-where the event would be held. After several locations were discussed and reviewed the organization has finally decided on Chicaco's Sears Centre.

The event, a co-promotion between Strikeforce and M-1 Global- will be Russian, Fedor Emelianenko's fourth time fighting in front of American fans in his almost decade long career. Emelianenko (30-1) will take on Rogers (10-0) in a heavyweight match to determine the new Strikeforce heavyweight champion. Emelianenko, a Pride veteran, has faced and defeated some of MMA's greatest heavyweights. Renowned by many as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Emelianenko is the man with a target on his back and the man Roger's needs to beat if he is to become the best heavyweight in the world...or at least in Strikeforce.

Rogers last fought in June of this year TKO'ing Andrei Arlovski in just twenty-two seconds of the first round. Though he is undefeated, many argue he has yet to face someone of Emelianenko's caliber. A win over the Russian would catapult Rogers to the top of the heavyweight food chain.

Tickets for this Strikeforce event go one sale Monday, September 28 with a pre-sale* beginning tomorrow and rumor has it there may be car donation being made.

This fight, along with three others, will be aired live on CBS November 7, starting at 9EST, delayed on PST.

*A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity will take place for "STRIKEFORCE Insider" e-newsletter subscribers beginning at 10:00 AM, CT tomorrow/Friday, Sept. 25, and ending at 10 PM, CT on Sunday, Sept. 27. STRIKEFORCE Insiders will receive a special e-newsletter tonight with the pre-sale code.

Follow on TWITTER
Follow Samantha L. Johnson on TWITTER

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dana White Ready to Make Fedor vs Lesnar A Reality

The UFC Prez mentioned at the UFC 100 post-fight presser that Fedor vs. Brock will eventually happen.

“This whole Fedor thing has been going on and on and on. I keep saying this and that about him and he keeps waiting. Eventually, Fedor’s going to be here. I want Fedor. I want him to come to the UFC and everything else. [Lesnar] just became the heavyweight champion. We’ll end up getting that deal done. And then we’ll do Brock vs. Fedor, and it’ll be a huge fight.”

I'll believe it when I see it, but any hope that his fight will ever happen is good. I still think Fedor would beat Brock at his point, Fedor wouldn't get stuck like Mir did, his hip movement is way too good for that to happen.

Friday, July 10, 2009

UFC 100 Predictions: Georges St. Pierre vs Thiago Alves

Thiago Alves- What We Know
Alves is an excellent muay thai striker with great defensive wrestling. Matt Hughes was able to get him down only once and he defended very well and Josh Koscheck wasn't able to get him down at all. He also possesses some brutal digging leg kicks that can suck the life out of a fighter. Has nice head movement and is very aggressive. Can take punishment, also has a nasty leg kick-straight punch combination. Can go a full hard 3 rounds(5 rounds we don't know) and totally dominated a high caliber fighter like Josh Koscheck in those three rounds. Is huge for welterweight and sometimes has trouble making weight. Has won 7 fights in a row.

Georges St. Pierre- What We Know
An absolute freak of nature, the consensus best wrestler in MMA even though he has no amateur wrestling background. Faster than most lightweights, the way he passes a fighter's guard is unbelievable. Using simple first-day techniques with such force and speed that even high-level jiu-jitsu players can't stop it. No one has been able to stop GSP from taking them down and its hard to imagine Thiago Alves will be the first. GSP uses tremendous footwork and angles in his striking along with that incredible quickness. He is way past any of the problems in his mental game from previous years. Can go a full hard 5 rounds. Is on the level of Fedor Emelianenko and Anderson Silva.

The Verdict
I like GSP to take Alves down and beat him up from there, eventually stopping him somewhere around the 3rd round. Yoda(Greg Jackson) will lay out a perfect game plan and GSP will not stray from it, I just don't think Thiago is on the level of a GSP yet.

List of Bars Showing UFC 100

List of Bars and Restaurants authorized to show UFC 100.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Faber's Contract Issues - The WEC Better Step Up

WEC is picking up steam and popularity - or maybe just the latter - in more than just hardcore MMA betting circles but as we all know, more money equals more problems.

WEC pulled in a whopping 13,000+ fans at the recent event in Sacramento, which is nothing to sneeze at. Gate revenues reeled in nearly a million dollars.

But an issue that is rearing its head is the battle that a lot of MMA fighters seem to be complaining about: money.

WEC superstar Urijah Faber has only one fight left on his contract and he's been grumbling about the dollars and sense. On one hand, he has lost two of his last three fights so it may not be the best time to renegotiate but at the same time, Faber is truly one of the faces of WEC and without him, the league would take a big blow.

Let's face it: the WEC is not what the UFC is, although they are supposedly the same company. WEC is lighter weight classes and not nearly as popular as its big brother right now. But for the WEC to continue to grow and eventually earn a bigger share of the spotlight, it will have to hop on the back of guys like Faber.

Faber isn't the only star complaining about the dollars and cents in the WEC. Bantamweight Miguel Torres has also made a point of it to dig into the feeble paydays he's been receiving from the WEC. Torres (-300) is the favorite in the MMA betting lines against Brian Bowles (+220) in the WEC 42 event Aug, 9th.

Pride and Elite XC may not be around, but there are still lots of options for a guy like Faber. He's still a top 15 pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world, even if it is a lighter weight class that less people pay attention to, but he still has options in Japan, with Strikeforce or potentially Affliction.

Obviously, those would be the Plan B's in his books as a feasible superstar payday form the WEC would be Plan A.

With one fight left on his contract, let's hope that Faber can first and foremost get back on track with a win and then hopefully the two sides can settle their salary issues.

Wanderlei Silva Should Retire

Ontario, Canada still hasn't opened its doors to UFC, or any MMA fighting of the sort, so it was a nice treat that Wanderlei Silva came to visit Toronto to party on Friday and host a seminar (along with an autograph session) on Saturday.

One thing is for sure: you don't need to see the Axe Murderer up close and personal to know that he needs to retire.

For starters, Silva is a popular figure when sports gambling on MMA and you have to figure that of the many fighters out there who are scared or weary of retiring, he'll be one of the guys that has plenty of options. He can do publicity, he can do seminars and show up at random gyms and he can probably still be a face of UFC after he hangs it up.

But inside the ring, it's blatantly clear that he's in the "I just don't wanna quite yet" phase. Silva has been a great MMA fighter but he is clearly past his prime. He's like Brett Favre or Mark Coleman - he just needs to know where the end is.

Speaking of Coleman, here's a fact for you: Coleman fought in UFC 10 and will fight at UFC 100. And he's probably the only athlete in all of sports to be inducted in the Hall of Fame yet still in the sport. But I digress.

Silva just turned 33-years-old but let's face it, he's an old 33. Sometimes you look at his face and wonder if he is in fact older than Coleman. But if that's not a tell-tale sign enough, then how about his recent performances in the ring.

Sure, he lost a decision to Rich Franklin and looked like he had some dog in him, considering the catch weight and all, but overall that makes losses in five of his last six UFC betting events. And of those five losses, four were by knockout.

Clearly, there's no shame in losing to Dan Henderson, Chuck Liddell (back then anyways), Quinton Jackson and Rich Franklin, but any way you cut it, the losses are piling up.

I know he's still a draw, I know he' still capable of beating the Keith Jardine's of the world, but the axe has dulled for the Murderer. And in sports, too many athletes quite when it's one step too late and Silva is getting to that point. He should have one more fight, get one more win under his belt and then move on.

Something tells me that's not how this script will end.

UFC 100 Betting Odds

UFC 100 - Fight Odds

Below are the current fight odds (as of 11:10 AM PT) for Saturday's UFC 100 event in Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV, courtesy of our partners at BETUS

Heavyweight Title Match

Brock Lesnar (-240) vs. Frank Mir (+190)

Welterweight Title Match

Georges St Pierre (-300) vs. Thiago Alves (+220)

Light Heavyweight Match

Dan Henderson (-225) vs. Michael Bisping (+175)

Other Matches on Fight Card

Jon Fitch (-450) vs. Paulo Thiago (+325)

Yoshihiro Akiyama (-300) vs. Alan Belcher (+220)

Mark Coleman (+250) vs. Stephan Bonnar (-350)

Mac Danzig (+160) vs. Jim Miller (-200)

Jon Jones (-450) vs. Jake O'Brien (+325)

My predictions and analysis later this week.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fighters to Forever be Banned from the UFC if They Take Part in the EA MMA Video Game

This disheartening bit of news first came from Golden Boy at the UG
I hear that all mma managers were informed that if any of their clients not currently under contract with the UFC..... sign to be a part of the EA game.......the will forever be banned for fighting in the UFC.

Sounds like a simple rumor right? Albeit from a pretty reputable source, but then later in the forum post, MMA Uber agent Ken Pavia of says this.
It's true. And they told me want the word out.

In any case, if 100% true, this just plain blows. So let me get this straight, if I am an up and coming fighter fighting for an MMA organization not named UFC. I have to turn down money that I could feed my family with, just for the very slim chance that one day the UFC may sign me to a contract.

Listen this could all be smoke and mirrors or it could be misinterpreted, but we can still discuss. What happens to current UFC fighters that still own their image rights like Randy Couture and Lyoto Machida? This is just mind blowing to me if true.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

UFC and Sony Partnering Up

From my inbox,

To give you a quick snippet of what I’m talking about, the UFC just became one of PlayStation’s newest content partners for PlayStation’s video delivery service. This means MMA aficionados can catch the latest fights right on their PS3 or PSP consoles.

I have emailed back and I am awaiting more details, stay tuned.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mirko Crocop Denies Signing with DREAM

From this Croatian news site, translated by someone on the Sherdog forums.

ZAGREB - The same Saturday night in which Mirko Filipović in only three minutes TKOed Britain Mostapha Al Turk, President of American Organization UFC Dana White without any argument accused the Croatian master of the ultimat fighting for the fraud and hypocrisy.

Ten days ago Dana White and Cro Cop have a phone made arrangements for the duel on the UFC 99 tournament in Cologne Lanxess Arena, leaving open the possibility that cooperation prolongs for the two further tournaments. However, the head of the UFC on Saturday felt fooled because he thought that the Croatian gladiator signed a new contract with the Japanese Dream.

Before we accuse Crocop for hypocrisy, let us see what lays below Dana White's empty phrase of honor. UFC leader is angry because Mirko, just as Fedor Emilianenko, the best MMA fighter in the world, did not agree to perform only twice in the next 12 months.

However, it is not true that Cro Cop signed with Dream. We have learned that Mirko Crocop still did not sign neither with Dream nor with UFC, and that he is ready to discuss any offer. Moreover, Mirko expected after the victory in Cologne immediate talks with Dana White about the new contract and is surprised by the accusations of UFC's president.

"I don’t know why White listened to the roumors instead of talking to me. I hoped that we will talk about a continuing of our collaboration, because the only obstacle was the long period between two fights that has been offered to me. I don’t want to sit at home so long and waiting that someone calls me for a figh. However, I am grateful to Dana White for an opportunity to fight in Cologne and despite his harsh words, I don’t see the reason that we don’t prolong the contract – explained Mirko after returning from Germany.

White gave Crocop the opportunity to fight in Cologne to use his charisma of the most popular European fighter and suggested two more bouts, under the condition that he doesn’t fight for other promotions. Because Dream offered him also three-fights contract, but in the next 6 months, why shouldn’t Mirko take some time to consider what is better to him?

Well who knows what is going on now. Here's hoping they can rectify the situation. I've been reading some of your comments and have some thoughts. To begin with I'm all for DREAM becoming the next Pride and signing big name fighters, but lets be honest, its not going to happen anytime soon. Fedor/Crocop 2 is something I would watch, but its not as intriguing as Mirko taking a run at the UFC title. Secondly, is there a side of me that is rolling and laughing all over the floor that Dana White(possibly) got completely punk'd? Yes, it is a little satisfying. The problem is it is not more satisfying than a career revival UFC heavyweight title run by Crocop.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mirko Crocop Signs Three Fight Deal with DREAM, Dana White is Pissed

Yahoo Sports Breaks the News

Not long after stopping Mostapha Al-Turk in the first round of UFC 99 on Saturday at Lanxess Arena in his first fight in the UFC since back-to-back losses in 2007, Filipovic informed UFC president Dana White that he had signed a three-fight contract with the Japan-based DREAM.

Isn’t that a dirty [expletive] thing to do?” White asked rhetorically after being queried about Filipovic’s deal with DREAM. “He [expletived] me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he [expletived] me.”

“He didn’t keep his word,” White said, who said he’d had a two-hour talk with Filipovic on the day Filipovic texted and asked to be able to return. “He talked about honor and all this other [expletive] and he [expletived] me.

He didn't just screw Dana White, he screwed his fans(me) who wanted to see him go after the UFC title one more time. This just sucks!

I'm sure that lots of wagers will get made at the leading online betting sites, but until he returns to form, I don't see lots of wagers going Crocop's way.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

UFC 99 Conference Call with Crocop and Dana White(Audio)

Click here for the full audio of the conference call from

Notable quote from Crocop
I just think I wasn’t the old Mirko “Cro Cop” that I used to be. I don’t know the reason. I spent so many times thinking about it. I don’t know, maybe I was just empty right after I won the PRIDE Grand Prix, I don’t know. To tell the truth, I don’t know, I don’t know. Maybe I wasn’t adapted for the fight in the cage. Maybe I wasn’t hungry enough, I don’t know. I just couldn’t smell the blood like I did in my previous fights. What switched me on again, I don’t know.

UFC 99 Betting Odds and Thoughts

UFC 99: The Comeback kicks off this Saturday at Lanxess Arena in Germany. Let's take a look at the betting lines and my picks.

Rich Franklin -155 vs Wanderlei Silva +115

Cain Velasquez -200 vs Cheick Kongo +160

Marcus Davis -225 vs Dan Hardy +175

Spencer Fisher -225 vs Caol Uno +175

Mike Swick -225 vs Ben Saunders +175

Terry Etim -250 vs Justin Buchholz +225

Paul Taylor -500 vs Peter Sobatta +300

Mirko Crocop -450 vs Mustapha Al-Turk +275

Paul Kelly -550 vs Ronald Delgado +325

Denis Stojnic -110 vs Stefan Struve -130

Dennis Siver -200 vs Dale Hartt +150

(John Hathaway vs Rick Story has no line yet)

I think there is some real good value betting on Kongo. Cain Velasquez is amazing and one of the most hyped MMA prospects in a long time, but he is still raw. Kongo has a ton of experience and some serious skills to boot. Personally, I think Cain pulls out the victory, but it wouldn't surprise me if the underdog makes you some cash in this bout.

I think Ben Saunders is also a good underdog bet. He is a huge welterweight, undefeated and was ridiculous in his last fight. He may just have the skills to beat Mike "Quick" Swick.

Some other underdogs with a chance- Dan Hardy, Wanderlei Silva and Justin Buchholz. I am not familiar enough with Peter Sobatta or Ronald Delgado to know if its worth taking the risk.

Place your bets over at Betus!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

WEC 41 Faber vs Brown 2 Quick Results

Mike Thomas Brown defeats Urijah “The California Kid” Faber via unanimous decision to remain WEC featherweight champion

Jose Aldo defeats Cub Swanson via technical knockout (strikes) in round one

Donald Cerrone defeats James Krause via submission (rear naked choke) in round one

Josh Grispi defeats Jens Pulver via submission (guillotine choke) in round one

Manny “The Pitbull” Gamburyan defeats John Franchi via unanimous decision

Rafael Rebello defeats Kyle Dietz via submission (rear-naked choke) in round one

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis defeats Mike “The Beast” Campbell via submission (triangle choke) in round one

Antonio Banuelos defeats Scott Jorgensen via split decision

Frank Gomez defeats Noah Thomas via submission (arm triangle choke) in round two

Seth “2 Quick” Dikun defeats Rolando Perez via submission (triangle choke) in round one

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Dana White Audio Interview

Excellent new interview up at The Carmichael and Dave radio show with Dana White talking about all that's been going on the past week. Click the above picture for full audio interview.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dana White to Apologize for Homophobic Remarks on Vlog

UFC Prez Dana White went off on Sherdog's Loretta Hunt in his UFN 18 video blog below, calling her numerous names for a story she reported earlier in the week about fighter managers not being allowed backstage. But, it was using the word "faggot" that has White apologizing, as GLAAD(Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has demanded an apology and apparently will get it.

From GLAAD's Blog.
UFC’s Dana White Will Make it Right

April 2, 2009 by Ted

I just spoke with UFC President Dana White. White expressed remorse for a video blog posted April 1 in which he uttered misogynistic and anti-gay slurs (see here) and said he “never intended to hurt the gay community.”

He will issue a new video on the UFC’s YouTube page shortly in which he will apologize for the incident.

glaadBLOG will post White’s new video blog as soon as it’s released.

I will post the apology video as soon as it becomes available.

Friday, March 27, 2009

FieLDS K-1 World GP 2009 Yokohama Airs Tonight on HDNet

The first event of the highly anticipated K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 kicks off at 4am eastern time tonight on HDNet. The main event features last year's winner Remy Bonjasky taking on the red hot Alistair Overeem. Overeem, an MMA fighter normally, knocked out K-1 resident bad boy Badr Hari to the suprise of the K-1 world last year.

Bonjasky won the grand prix last year after Hari was disqualified for illegal blows. There has been a war of words lately between Bonjasky and Overeem. Bonjasky has the weight of the K-1 world on his shoulders as he is dealt with the task of defending his sport against an MMA fighter.

The Full Card

Main Card:
Takashi Tachikawa vs. Yutaka Sakama
Hiraku Hori vs. Takumi Sato
Mitsugu Noda vs. Yang Rae Yoo
Semmy Schilt vs. Hesdy Gerges
Jerome LeBanner vs. Ewerton Teixeira
Junichi Sawayashiki vs. Glaube Feitosa
Peter Aerts vs. Errol Zimmerman

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal:
Melvin Manhoef vs. Keijiro Maeda
Tyrone Spong vs. Gokhan Saki

Heavyweight Tournament Final:
Winner of Manhoef vs. Maeda vs. winner of Spong vs. Saki

Main Event:
Remy Bonjasky vs. Alistair Overeem

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Din Thomas Tells Rihanna That He'll Kick Chris Brown's Ass

After knocking out Gabe Lemley at last night's "March Badness" hybrid boxing/MMA card with a devastating knee, former UFC contender Din Thomas offered up his services to domestic violence victim Rihanna.

”About that whole Chris Brown-Rihanna situation … it’s not cool to put your hands on a lady. So Rihanna if you need someone to help you, I’ll kick his ass!”

Pop star Chris Brown versus professionally trained mixed martial artist Din Thomas, it's a no-brainer.

(Props MMA Mania)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Affliction MMA is Done: Strong Rumor (Update: Atencio Denies)

Update from Bloodyelbow:
Tom Atencio denies all rumors of Affliction closing its doors. He denies even appearing on the Tom Leykis show or talking with the UFC.

"Things are moving long as people are talking about me I must be doing something right."

It appears that Affliction Clothing Company probably won't be promoting fights anymore. Rumblings around the MMA world are that they are just losing too much money. MMALogic and Michael Rome from Bloodyelbow first heard the possibility.

Affliction MMA is Done.

Tom Atencio will be making an announcement soon.

Everyone is making money here (Trump, Golden Boy, the fighters, etc...) at the expense of Affliction losing millions.

With Affliction footing virtually the entire bill and after PPV distributor: Showtime and Promoter Golden Boy taking their cut - Affliction is left with less than $13 per PPV buy to cover expenses.

Michael Rome update.
Update from Michael Rome: I have been digging at this story for the last 3 or 4 hours since I first heard it. I believe it to be true. I learned in the last hour from someone high up at the UFC that Lorenzo Fertitta was contacted today by Affliction looking for a "beneficial" way out. Realistically, they want back in the Octagon.

The problem for Affliction is they have very little to offer Zuffa. The contracts for their fighters are non transferrable, and the video library has little value. An insider at Zuffa told me, "the only way Zuffa will settle is with some sort of equity stake in Affliction (clothing) the end of the day Affliction does not have a fighter that the UFC needs, just 2-3 that would be nice to have."

This is not exactly a shocker to anyone, of course the big question is where will Fedor go? I summon the MMA gods to make it happen, Fedor in the UFC.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Alistair Overeem in Talks with UFC, Wants Fedor, Lesnar, Bonjasky and Mir

Alistair Overeem is challenging everyone these days and you got to admit he seems to be a much better fighter now then in his Pride days. In an interview with he talks about who he wants to fight(everyone) and the possibilty of fighting for the UFC. What is next for you? UFC, Lesnar, Fedor, what?

Alistair Overeem: Well I chellenged Bonjaksy on k-1 rules and yes Fedor and lesnar or on my list, Mir as well!

Overeem said he is planning on attending UFC 93. Who would you like to fight next?

Alistair Overeem: I am going on a holiday as I really trained hard whole 2008, beginning of february I will start training again, my management is in negotiations now, I might visit the UFC in Ireland on January 17th.

Overeem also discussed his future fighting plans. Have you had any talks with Dana White or the UFC - Any interest fighting for the UFC or Affliction?

Alistair Overeem: My management has been in contact with Affliction as well as the UFC, I am a fighter and i concentrate on fighting, I am very happy with Golden Glory!

The big question with Overeem in his Pride days was his suspect chin, but he seems to be a whole new animal now. He always had good striking, but his ground game has vastly improved over the years. His decision to move to heavyweight really changed his whole career around. Dominating and knocking out one of the best kickboxers on the planet(Badr Hari) at his own game is extremely impressive. Overeem seems to be on the right path to reaching the elite level of fighters.