Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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Fedor Not Fighting On New Year's Eve - Confirmed - 07 Nov 2007 05:23:14am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 11:23 PM CST



By Ken Pishna

Fedor Emelianenko – currently ranked as the No.1 fighter in both MMAWeekly.com's top ten heavyweight fighters and Yahoo! Sports' top ten pound-for-pound poll – has been the subject of much rumor and speculation in recent months.

His signing with the new M-1 Global mixed martial arts promotion put much of that talk to rest, but it all sparked up again when speculation about him fighting in Japan on New Year's Eve started circulating.

That talk can now be put to rest as well. "No. It's not going to happen," said M-1's president and CEO, Monte Cox, of the proposed fight.

"There was an offer. We looked at it. We tried to see if it was possible," he admitted. "But in the end, there just wasn't enough time to pull it off.

"It wasn't a bad idea. It was kind of planned to be a sort of goodbye to Pride fans for Fedor."

Much of the speculation came about due to a letter from Emelianenko to his Japanese fans that was translated to English and posted on Mix-Fight Championship's Russian website.

"We're tentatively thinking February (for M-1's first event and Emelianenko's next fight). Obviously things can change, but that's the plan," stated Cox.

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Youtube to TV...Welcome to the big fight, Kimbo Slice - 07 Nov 2007 05:12:42am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 11:12 PM CST



By Pramit Mohapatra

Search "Kimbo Slice" on YouTube and what you get is a multitude of videos totaling millions of views. To some, Slice (aka Kevin Ferguson) has just made it big as a YouTube celebrity (Think: Leave Britney alone girl or I've got a crush on Barack Obama girl). But when he makes his EliteXC debut Saturday the question he'll answer is: Can the internet superstar make himself into more than a YouTube stunt man in a time when MMA is looking for a new heavyweight celebrity?

While Slice has dominated almost every street fight he was in, the quality of most of his challengers is dubious and street fighting is not the same sport as MMA. His one loss came at the hands of Sean Gannon, a Boston police officer who trained in MMA and later went on to a very brief and rather unimpressive MMA career of his own.

But Slice said he's turned the corner from loving the internet fame to being ready for the real deal. "In a backyard fight, I used to enter those things high," Slice said. "I was smoking before I went out to fight. Definitely it's different. It's not the same. I'm focused. I know something's coming. I know these guys that are fighting me, professionals. I know they're for sure of their game. So I have to bring my A game."

So can he do it?

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Gonzales Replaces Baca On EliteXC Card - 07 Nov 2007 04:05:32am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 10:05 PM CST



By Brian Knapp

EliteXC officials revealed today that Nick Gonzales will face veteran Yves Edwards on the undercard at EliteXC "Renegade" this Saturday at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Gonzalez replaces Edwards' original opponent, Moses Baca.

Gonzalez (13-5) will enter the match with wins in four of his last five bouts, the lone hiccup a submission loss to Strikeforce lightweight championship contender Josh Thomson in June. Gonzalez last fought at a King of Kombat event in September, as he delivered a third-round TKO victory over Jay Estrada.

Known for his lanky build and savvy striking game, Edwards (29-13-1) put together a seven-fight win streak in 2004, which included a split decision win over Hermes Franca at UFC 47 and a highlight-reel head-kick knockout of Thomson at UFC 49. The 31-year-old hit a speed bump in 2005, though, and has lost three in a row and five out of six.

Edwards last competed in July when he lost to Jorge Masvidal by knockout under the Bodog Fight banner. The two are now teammates at the American Top Team.

EliteXC "Renegade" will air live at 10 PM ET on The Fight Network in Canada and on Showtime in the United States.

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Tyson Griffin vs Gleison Tibau At UFC 81 - 07 Nov 2007 03:50:59am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 09:50 PM CST



By Brian Knapp

Representatives from Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts have confirmed UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin will collide with Brazilian Gleison Tibau at UFC 81 on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

An emerging superstar on the 155-pound scene, Griffin (10-1, 3-1 UFC) has reeled off consecutive wins – over previously unbeaten Thiago Tavares and Clay Guida – since suffering his only professional loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 67 in February. The lightweight powerhouse holds a TKO victory over Duane Ludwig and remains the only man to defeat current WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber.

Tibau (15-4, 3-1 UFC), a product of the American Top Team, will enter the bout on a four-fight winning streak. He handed Terry Etim his first defeat in September, as he cruised to a unanimous decision win over the Englishman at UFC 75. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Tibau has earned seven of his 15 victories by submission.

UFC 81
Saturday, Feb. 2
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas

Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir
Tyson Griffin vs. Gleison Tibau



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Frank Mir Speaks On Brock Lesnar Fight - 07 Nov 2007 03:13:55am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 09:13 PM CST



By Frank Mir

Hello everyone.

Hey thanks so much for your interest in keeping in touch.

As you can see or have heard I have signed to fight Brock Lesnar on Feb 2nd for the UFC. I am really looking forward to this fight and would like to first thank Joe Silva and Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita for offering me this fight and making it happen. I have fought for the UFC for years and consider it my home. They provide me with opportunities of a lifetime over and over again.

I would also like to thank Brock Lesnar for signing on for the fight. My roots are in Karate then Wrestling then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so I have huge respect for wrestlers. Top wrestlers have a work ethic that is second to none. Brock is an excellent athlete and had an unbelievable collegiate career where he simply dominated. I am looking forward to the challenge.

I was hoping that I would be offered a fight on the Super Bowl Card since it is a huge event and takes place in Las Vegas. I love fighting at home in front of the people that I know and in front of the fans in Las Vegas. The electricity in the event center is outrageous at the UFC fights where ever they are in the world and especially wild in Las Vegas. There is something about this town that makes people go nuts.

I will be working on my ground game, stand up, and conditioning for this fight.

My opponent is an outstanding athlete so I will have to be prepared for anything and everything. It's MMA. Anything can happen and often times things happen fast so proper preparation is a must.

I will keep up to date on a regular basis.

All the best.

Frank

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Per Eklund Debuts Against Sam Stout at UFC 80 - 07 Nov 2007 02:34:10am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 08:34 PM CST



By Tim Leidecker

Swedish standout Per Eklund will fight TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout on the undercard of the Jan. 19 UFC lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson, Eklund's manager, Manos Terzitane, confirmed with Sherdog.com.

A native of Stockholm, Eklund turns 27 next Monday. He is widely regarded as the No. 1 fighter at 155 pounds in Europe.

Undefeated in 2007, Eklund successfully captured and defended the lightweight title of British promotion Strike and Submit, outpointed Shooto amateur Nordic champion Toni Talvitie and made an impressive North American debut over ATT's Rafael Dias at BodogFIGHT's Vancouver tapings in August.

Eklund (12-2-1) also has a victory over PRIDE veteran David Baron and a pair of four-man tournament wins in Denmark and Finland. In his most memorable battle so far, the jiu-jitsu expert, who is also a professional boxer, was stopped by former Shooto welterweight champion Tatsuya Kawajiri in October 2006.

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Fury FC 5 shall have Brazil vs Japan - 07 Nov 2007 02:07:15am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 08:07 PM CST



The expectations surrounding the release of the card of FURY FC 5 card, which will take place on December 6th, in Sao Paulo. With exactly one month to go till the grand finale of the under 83kg GP with big domestic MMA names, the organization officially releases the first super fight to shake up the city of Sao Paulo: it will be between Rodrigo Ruiz (Brasa), with a record of 12 fights, 8 wins and 4 losses, and Otsuka Takafumi (AACC), whose record shows 9 fights, 6 wins and 3 losses, one of these victories having been conquered at the third FURY FC event.

It's worth noting that tickets are already available for purchase through the site www.furyfight.com or at Ingresso Rapido retail outlets in the states of Sao Paulo, Bahia, Brasilia, Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Parana and Rio de Janeiro by telephone (11) 2163-2000.

The event will also be broadcast via internet by ProElite. Check www.ProElite.com for transmission times and links.

Source: www.graciemag.com

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The overlooked origins of mixed martial arts: Part II - 07 Nov 2007 01:57:15am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 07:57 PM CST



By Todd Martin

With the dissolution of the UWF, key players from the promotion went in different directions. A number of new fighting promotions were created, with varying degrees of reality.

The biggest success was UWF International, or UWFI. The UWFI was a worked promotion built around Nobuhiko Takada, who derided the legitimacy of other Japanese wrestling companies. UWFI also featured young wrestlers Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura, who went on to have great success in mixed martial arts.

Akira Maeda formed his own promotion, RINGS. RINGS was initially a worked promotion, built around Maeda. Over time, it would begin to mix works with shoots. Eventually, it would become an all shoot promotion, featuring major players like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fedor Emelianenko.

While RINGS and UWFI continued to promote worked products, another group of UWF wrestlers decided to create something different. Pancrase was formed, and it became the first widely popular Japanese shoot promotion. Ken Shamrock explains the mentality of the Pancrase founders: "They got tired of putting over guys that were 40 and 50 years old. They were better, but they weren't getting the chance to show they were better. They went in and said they were going to start a real organization where it's a shoot and the real guys are going to win."

Masakatsu Funaki, Minoru Suzuki and Ken Shamrock left the UWF first for Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi, a new pro wrestling company. PWFG was mostly worked, but began to feature shoots. The first shoot fights of PWFG took place on Oct. 4, 1992. Pro wrestlers submitted kickboxers in both bouts, with Ken Shamrock defeating Don Nakaya Neilsen and Yoshiki Takahashi defeating Superman Sattasaba. Those fights weren't presented differently than the other matches on the show, even though the rest of the card was worked. Funaki, Suzuki and Shamrock wanted to have more real matches, and they left Fujiwara Gumi to create Pancrase.

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An Interview With The "Barncat!" - 07 Nov 2007 01:15:10am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 07:15 PM CST



By MMA Junkie

MMAjunkie.com  caught up with McCrory to talk about his early success, life as a professional fighter, and the pressure of fighting in front of family and friends.

MMAJUNKIE.COM: After your June fight with Pete Spratt, what was the reaction from the UFC? Were they impressed? Did they immediately tell you that you'd get another fight?
TAMDAN McCRORY: I signed a contract, so it's just waiting for them to get back to me. It's not like I got out of the ring and they offered a fight right away. But I knew I had another fight coming. I talked to Dana (White) briefly backstage. I assumed they were pleased.

MMAJUNKIE.COM: You were on the undercard of a Fight Night event for that fight. Have you discovered that many UFC fans haven't seen the fight since the Fight Night events aren't released on DVD?
TAMDAN McCRORY: Yeah, it had an effect. I haven't been seen on a national level, so it makes it hard to pull in new fans. I know that UFC-on-Demand has been getting a lot of buys on my fights. A lot of my fans in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York wanted to see how I did on the big stage, and they bought the fight to check it out. But, yeah, I didn't get as much exposure as I hoped I would.

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A Message From KJ Noons - 07 Nov 2007 01:06:54am

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 07:06 PM CST



Hey Everybody,

I've got my title shot. I can't wait. Nick Diaz is a great fighter and I give him a great deal of respect – he's earned it. Come November 10th I'm looking to make this one of the more exciting fights this year and look for the ref to be raising my hand in the end for the win. Thanks to EliteXC and Gary Shaw for giving me this great opportunity. And I won't let them down. Just wait and see.

Check out the EliteXC Renegade on Showtime starting at 10pm ET/PT. In addition to my fight with Nick, you can check out Kimbo Slice's fight with Bo Cantrell. Kimbo is a street legend, an Internet phenomenon, and has been training with Bas Rutten. So now he's yoked and skilled. Also, on the card is Jake Shields and Mike Pyle. This whole event is gonna be huge. Two amazing fighters, both tough as nails, and with technique to spare.

ProElite.com won't be streaming the undercard live, but they will get the undercard fights up later next week. During this week, they will have interviews and all kinds of events around the fight. There will be a live forum chat on Thursday at 1pm PT/4pm ET with some of the fighters. I'll be there. Plus they'll try and pull in the other top fighters.

For more info on the fight and live forum chat, go to: excrenegade.proelite.com

-KJ Noons

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Wallid Announces Jacare’s Return, New "MMA World League" Is Formed - 06 Nov 2007 11:42:38pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 05:42 PM CST



"Jungle Fight has become MMA World League"

Wallid Ismail is in a meeting. Or at war, as he likes to say. Half an hour later, though, he returns GRACIEMAG.com's call. The former fighter from the Amazon asks some questions, praises the Brazilians in the UFC, and then spills the news: "I am finishing up negotiations for my next event. Now Jungle Fight shall be called MMA World League, and it will be a great show. We are working hard to put on the event this year in the USA, that's what I hope, but at the latest the maiden event will be beginning of next year."

According to Wallid, the main fight has already been determined. "Jacare will have his first under 185 pound [84kg] defense of the title he won at Jungle Fight in Slovenia, during December of last year, against a fighter yet to be decided. Jungle always launched countless talents that are now kicking ass all over the world, and with the MMA World League that will certainly continue to be the case," bets the former fighter. Ronaldo Jacare has seven wins, one loss and is coming off two quick submissions in the rings of Manaus, in September and October of this year.

Source: www.graciemag.com

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RIO HEROES 11 - Live Online Tonight! - 06 Nov 2007 10:31:12pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 04:31 PM CST



RioHeroes 11, The Super- Lightweight Championship, is being given away for free on Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. EST. RioHeroes has opened their website, enabling viewers to see all of their past fights and experience vale tudo action in its purest form. See this all only at RioHeroes.com

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Emelianenko in Japan on NYE Too "Tight" for M-1 Global - 06 Nov 2007 10:09:52pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 04:09 PM CST



By Chad Edward

"Fedor Emelianenko fighting December 31 would be pretty tight scheduling," said M-1 Global Vice-President Brian Patton Monday. Patton was responding to an article posted at Mix-Fight Championship's Russian website which began, "Your wishes come true when you ask for them come New Year's Eve."

The article included a letter from Emelianenko to his Japanese fans that read, "I contacted M-1 Global management and received their complete support in my desire to continue the tradition of fighting in Japan on New Year's Eve."

Patton says, "There have been discussions about that night, but we have not committed to anything at this time. We should have an announcement in the next two weeks about Fedor's first fight."

Emelianenko is competing this week in the World Combat Sambo Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. His last mixed martial arts fight was a submission victory over Matt Lindland April 14 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Source: www.nokaut.com

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Kleinbeck Inks Six-Fight Deal With EliteXC! - 06 Nov 2007 09:08:58pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 03:08 PM CST



By Brian Knapp

Heavy-handed middleweight Seth Kleinbeck has agreed to a six-fight contract with EliteXC, according to ProElite.com. Kleinbeck is a practicing physician at the Hazen Family Medical Clinic, just outside of his hometown of Stuttgart, Ark.

A product of West Little Rock Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kleinbeck (8-3) has yet to lose inside the EliteXC promotion. The 34-year-old last competed on the ShoXC "Elite Challenger Series" in August as he defeated Jaime Jara by second-round TKO.

Kleinbeck wields knockout power in both hands, as evidenced by his 15-second KO victory over current UFC middleweight prospect Alan Belcher in an amateur bout. He will square off with Australian Kyle Noke (13-3-1) at EliteXC "Renegade" this Saturday at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The event will air live on The Fight Network in Canada and on Showtime in the United States.

EliteXC "Renegade"

Saturday, Nov. 10
America Bank Center
Corpus Christi Texas

EliteXC Lightweight Championship
Nick Diaz vs. KJ Noons

Jake Shields vs. Mike Pyle
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson vs. Bo Cantrell
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Kyle Noke
Yves Edwards vs. Moses Baca
Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezorek



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Nelson Bound To IFL Through 2008 - 06 Nov 2007 09:14:31pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 03:14 PM CST



By Brian Knapp

The International Fight League has extended the contract of heavyweight contender Roy Nelson through the conclusion of the 2008 season, according to Jerry Milani, public relations manager for the team-based promotion.

Nelson (10-2, 3-1 IFL) will meet Brazilian Antoine Jaoude for the IFL heavyweight championship at the IFL World Grand Prix on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. He defeated Bryan Vetell by third-round TKO in the heavyweight semi-finals Nov. 3. Nelson's only loss in IFL competition came by split decision to Ben Rothwell, the man many believe to be the promotion's top heavyweight.



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UFC 80: Rapid Fire in Newcastle on January 19th - 06 Nov 2007 08:58:08pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 02:58 PM CST



Tickets Go on Sale Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10am GMT

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Hawaiian superstar BJ Penn has waited six years for another shot at the lightweight title that eluded him in 2002. On January 19, 2008, at the Metro Arena in Newcastle, England, "The Prodigy" finally gets his chance for redemption when he challenges Joe "Daddy" Stevenson for the Interim World Lightweight Championship at UFC 80: RAPID FIRE. Also featured on this star-studded card, which was made official today by the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization, is a heavyweight showdown between top contenders Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga and Fabricio Werdum.

"BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson are two of the top lightweights in the world," said Dana White, UFC President. "Penn is the former world welterweight champion and Stevenson is unbeaten in the UFC as a lightweight. Both of these guys are known for their ground games and their will to win, so not only will it be a great fight, but the winner will become the interim world lightweight champion."

Tickets for UFC 80: RAPID FIRE will go on public sale Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10am GMT and will be priced at £35, £50, £100, £150 and £200. Tickets will be available through ticketmaster.co.uk and www.metroradioarena.co.uk.



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Bodog Champ Betting On Himself To Win Strikeforce Tournament - 06 Nov 2007 08:40:54pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 02:40 PM CST



Bodog Fight Middleweight Champion, Trevor Prangley, has something to prove at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Friday, November 16.

"I've been telling everyone that I'm one of the best 185-pound fighters in the world, and winning this competition will show people I'm not just talking sh*t."

The competition the confident South African is referring to is the four-man, single-elimination middleweight tournament that will headline Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives, presented by Bodog Fight.

The winner of the first-ever sanctioned mixed martial arts tournament in the state of California will potentially be awarded the opportunity to challenge Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion, Frank Shamrock.

That very well could be Prangley, who trains at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose and is sure to be buoyed by the pro-AKA crowd.

"Of course, I hope they cheer for me, although I usually only hear the crowd when I walk out," says Prangley. "When I'm in the ring I'm mainly focused on what my corner is telling me. But the crowd can give you a lift, and most fighters feed off the energy."

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Quick Note: Don Frye Out As An IFL Coach - 06 Nov 2007 08:29:56pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 02:29 PM CST



By Sam Caplan

FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that Don Frye will not return as an IFL coach in 2008. He had been serving as the head coach of the Tucson Scorpions, which finished the 2007 regular season with an 0-3 record.

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Marquardt plays the UFC waiting game - 06 Nov 2007 08:16:07pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 02:16 PM CST



By Steve Sievert

This loss is on the trainer, not the fighter.

At least that's how MMA guru Greg Jackson sums up Nate Marquardt's loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 73 in July. The Albuquerque, N.M.-based trainer says the game plan he drew up for Marquardt sunk his middleweight contender.

"This loss was my fault. I based too much on the Lutter fight in trying to get the fight to the ground. We were in too much of a rush, and Nate got caught. But we can work on those things, and we'll be better next time."

The question is when will next time come around for a fighter who was the No. 1 contender going into that July match and who is still considered one of the world's top middleweights? Marquardt hasn't gotten a sniff of another fight since losing to Silva, and his name hasn't even been mentioned in the typical Internet message board chatter about potential fights on the horizon. However, Jackson says it's been business as usual for Marquardt.

"Nate's had a lot of ups and downs in his career, and he's lost before and come back. It's not like he hid in his room for days (after the loss) and didn't come out. We've been training and are ready to go for the next fight."

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Radach Talks Grand Prix Win, Plus Fight Highlights - Video - 06 Nov 2007 08:05:03pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 02:05 PM CST



By Ben Fowlkes

Benji "Razor" Radach came into Saturday's IFL World Grand Prix as the top-ranked middleweight in the league. Known as much for his aggressive and slightly reckless style as he is for his devastating punching power, questions abounded as to whether Radach was really as good as his past performances indicated.

Radach answered those questions in unforgettable fashion against Canadian Brent Beauparlant in the first round Saturday night. In this exclusive video from IFL.tv, watch the highlights from that match and hear what Radach had to say about his performance afterwards.

Radach used his explosive striking skills to pick Beauparlant apart, until finally a vicious left hook thudded against Beauparlant's jaw, rendering him unconscious before he hit the floor.

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Internet hero ready to prove himself - 06 Nov 2007 07:46:21pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 01:46 PM CST



By Brian Fritz

For years, Kimbo Slice has been an Internet sensation for his backyard brawls, battering and bruising complete strangers. Now, fight fans will get to find out if he has the skills to be a true professional.

Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, signed a long-term deal with EliteXC on Oct. 11th. This Saturday night he will make his debut for the promotion on the EliteXC: Renegade show at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The event will also air on Showtime beginning at 10p.m. ET.

Slice was set to fight Mike Bourke who withdrew from the fight after separating his shoulder. Bo Cantrell will take his place, a journeyman fighter who has lost his last four bouts.

For years, Slice has been smashing up opponents in underground street fights, taking on all comers just about anywhere whether it be in a backyard, a basement or simply in a parking lot. He has gained cult-like status for these fights with many of them recorded and put on the Internet on popular sites like You Tube.

Now, Slice has given up his life on the streets and is hoping to make a career out of being a professional mixed-martial arts fighter.

"In a backyard fight, I used to enter those things high," says Slice. "I was smoking before I went out to fight. Now it's different. I know these guys that are fighting me are professionals. So I have to bring my A game."

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Cung Le Fights At Strikeforce - 06 Nov 2007 05:59:08pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 11:59 AM CST



Presented by BodogFIGHT, Strikeforce MMA "Four Men Enter, One Man Survives" will be hosting California's first sanctioned MMA tournament on Friday, November 16th, 2007 at the HP Pavilion. The single elimination middleweight (185lb) tournament will be featuring Bodog's Champion Trevor Prangley (16-4), Jorge Santiago (14-7), Yuki Sasaki (21-13-1), and Falaniko "Niko" Vitale (24-7).

World Light-Heavyweight Sanshou Champion Cung Le (4-0) will be fighting in a superfight against UFC Reality Star Sam Morgan (18-8). Cung Le has successfully evolved into the MMA world and will battle it out against a seasoned MMA fighter. Cung Le's fighter Anthony Figueroa (4-1) will be fighting Darren Uyenoyama, jiu-jitsu specialist out of Fight and Fitness in San Francisco.

Anthony recently knocked out his opponent at the last Strikeforce MMA show at the Playboy Mansion. Heavyweight superstars Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello (23-9) and Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem (25-11) will compete to become the first Strikeforce World Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion.

Tickets $30, $50, $75, $100, $200, $300 are available at Cung Le's in South Bay Athletic Club - SBAC (408)729-4468 or Jane (408)391-6720. Or place your ticket order by credit card online at: strikeforce.strongvon.com. Seats available in Sec 201,101 and 127 while they last!

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The ‘Spider' Speaks - 06 Nov 2007 04:45:17pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 10:45 AM CST



By Gleidson Venga

Sherdog.com recently caught up with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to collect his thoughts on a second win over Rich Franklin, the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking and the future of the 185-pound division, which The Spider has undoubtedly claimed as his own.

Gleidson Venga: Were you expecting to dominate the fight that way?

Anderson Silva: I did what I trained to do. I was well prepared, and thank God my techniques were superior.

GV: But did you have any trouble compared to your first match?

AS: Always. Because there are no cans. Every fighter who steps in the Octagon is well trained, especially a high-class guy like Rich Franklin.

GV: He seemed to be very worried when you were trying to clinch him and unleash your knees.
AS: Those are my strongest tools. This is what I train for everyday, and that was my strategy. That's it.

GV: In the last seconds of the first round, you seemed to knock him out, but the referee waited until the horn sounded. What do you think about that moment?
AS: I think if I had one more minute, I would have finished that fight. But things like this happen.

GV: And now are you enjoying your vacation in Brazil?
AS: I'm not on vacation. I'm wasting my time training in a gi with the guys from the Black House. Next Nov. 4, I'll return to Curitiba to see my family and then I'll go to the United States to continue my wrestling training at a university in L.A. I'll be there for 20 days and then I'll return to Brazil to train in the Black House gym.

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Local boxer/kick boxer is also very cagey - 06 Nov 2007 04:36:02pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 10:36 AM CST



By Jerry Magee

Mixed martial arts suit K.J. Noons. No one involved in combat has ambitions as mixed as his. A boxer and a kick boxer as well as an MMA fighter, Noons, based at Mark Dion's City Boxing gym in Pacific Beach, goes for a 160-pound championship in the Elite XC phase of MMA in Corpus Christi, Texas, Saturday. He is to do battle with Nick Diaz, a veteran from Sacramento. Showtime has the telecast.

Should his efforts in the cage and ring not work out, Noons, a Tom Cruise lookalike, has another option. "I can always fall back on modeling," he said. "That's the thing that is going to make this kid all his money," said Dion. "Very rarely do you find someone in this sport this good looking."

Should Noons win in Texas, Dion said the 24-year-old native of Hawaii intends to begin fulfilling a contract with Main Events as a boxer. Dion, however, said Noons never has trained as strenuously for one of his appearances as he has for his match against Diaz, packing on seven or eight pounds of muscle.

"He looks amazing," Dion said.

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UFC 80: Rapid Fire - 06 Nov 2007 03:16:32pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 09:16 AM CST



UFC 80: Rapid Fire
01/19/2008
Metro Radio Arena, England

Interim Lightweight Championship Match
BJ "The Prodigy" Penn vs Joe "Daddy" Stevenson

Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga vs Fabricio Werdum

For More Information: www.ufc.com



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Cage Wars support more serious fight - 06 Nov 2007 03:03:35pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 09:03 AM CST



By Kirk Penton

Tony Condello is hoping repeated punches to the face, arm bars and rear naked chokes will lead to saving a few lives. The Ultimate Cage Wars promoter will use his next night of mixed martial arts fighting -- a card called X-Factor on Nov. 30 at Winnipeg's Convention Centre -- to raise money for CancerCare Manitoba. The proceeds will be designated for CancerCare's children's unit.

"You're helping somebody," Condello said as the reason for giving back. "Millionaires we'll never be, so what's the difference? It's a good cause. "We're trying to raise as much money as possible."

Ultimate Cage Wars, known as UCW for short, is the only Manitoba promotional company that conducts cards featuring only MMA bouts. Condello said UCW is the third-largest MMA show in Canada. As he has done with previous shows, Condello is once again bringing in a well-known mixed martial artist to sign autographs.

Dan Henderson, of Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE fame, will sign autographs and mingle with fans between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be on hand as well, Condello said.

Other UFC fighters Condello has brought in to UCW shows for autograph sessions include Randy Couture and Bas Rutten. As for the action inside the octagon on Nov. 30, the highlight of the night promises to be Krysztof (The Experiment) Soszynski returning to fight in his hometown.

Soszynski, who last October became the TKO Major League world heavyweight champ, hasn't fought in Winnipeg for a while because he's been under contract to companies like TKO and the International Fight League.

General admission tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster either online (ticketmaster.ca) or by calling 780-3333. VIP tables and tickets are available by calling Condello at 229-9173.

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Mark Kerr Returns At WCO In Hollywood - 06 Nov 2007 02:37:37pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 08:37 AM CST



Xcess Entertainment on Wednesday night presents World Cage Fighting Organization's Havoc in Hollywood featuring a super heavyweight title fight between Ruben "Warpath" Villareal and Jimmy Ambriz.

Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships veteran Mark Kerr faces Stephen Gavin in the co-main event. Kerr will be trying to end a five-fight losing streak and return to the form that earned him multiple UFC tournament titles.

World Cage Fighting Organization
Havoc in Hollywood
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Circus Nightclub
Hollywood, Calif.

Super Heavyweight Title:
Ruben "Warpath" Villareal vs. Jimmy Ambriz

Mark Kerr vs. Stephen Gavin
Mavrick Harvey vs. Marcus Gaines
Tiki Ghosn vs. Brett Cooper
Scott Epstein vs. Sergio Quinoles
Carmelo Marrero vs. Rafael Del Real
Fabio Costa vs. Paul Karsky
Jason Georgianna vs. Todd Guimond
Josh Gaskins vs. Tony Garcia
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Hildred Oliney
David Mejia vs. Greg White
Daniel McWilliams vs. Adam Lehman
Jeff Willingham vs. Bobby Sanchez



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EliteXC President On MMA vs Boxing Pay - 06 Nov 2007 02:25:54pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 08:25 AM CST



By Mitch Bobetz

Since the popularity of mixed martial arts has erupted, the pay scale for fighters has been slowly increasing. Some of the top-level athletes such as Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz have reaped the larger paydays in the six and seven-figure range. Paydays of that magnitude weren't even in shouting range about three or four years ago.

Even with the elevation of pay the last couple years, many fans and critics still believe that mixed martial artists' pay isn't even in the same league as boxers.

Gary Shaw has promoted fights in both boxing and mixed martial arts and believes the disparity is not as big as the critics believe.

"Truthfully, I don't think there is a discrepancy," he said in a recent conference call. "I think that people believe that. But trust me, there's not a discrepancy that you all think there is. Fighters that are starting out that are getting paid a thousand or two thousand a fight are no different than an undercard boxer."

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Nate Mohr vs Manny Gamburyan - 06 Nov 2007 02:19:49pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 08:19 AM CST



By Al Yu

Team Curran fighter Nate Mohr makes his return to the Octagon at Ultimate Fighting Championships 79. Having recovered from a broken right hand, Mohr is set to face "The Ultimate Fighter" season five runner-up Manny Gamburyan.

"I know his strengths, I know he is tough and where he lacks," said Mohr about his opponent. "I feel like he is a good match-up for me.

"I am not going to train differently because I always prepare for wrestlers. I don't mind being on my back, but would rather be standing or on top. Being from Iowa originally, I respect wrestling a lot and I always trained in wrestling."

Mohr earned his first Octagon victory last June with a unanimous decision over Luke Caudillo at UFC Fight Night 10. The Illinois resident suffered a broken hand during the fight. Subsequent healing complications kept him out of a potential match against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 76.

"I feel great and the hand is finally feeling as close to normal as it can be considering what happened to it. I can't wait to get in there and mix it up!"

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Xtreme Couture vs Cobra Kai - Video - 06 Nov 2007 02:05:05pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 08:05 AM CST


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The Allure of Kimbo! - 06 Nov 2007 01:53:02pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 07:53 AM CST



By Lotfi Sariahmed

Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is the latest incarnation of MMA's sideshow trying to make it big in the sport. He debuted by beating up an old and decrepit Ray Mercer in his MMA debut at CFFC 5 in Atlantic City. A fight with Tank Abbott went by the wayside after an investor backed out of CFFC 6. Then Gary Shaw and EliteXC decided to jump on the opportunity and signed the man nicknamed Kimbo to an exclusive multi-fight and multi-year deal. This Saturday he'll make his debut on Showtime taking on Bo "Redrum" Cantrell.

Kimbo's a fighter that, if nothing else, brings a lot of intrigue. Is he a mixed martial artist? No. He beat up a 95-year-old boxer and has a plethora of street fighting knockouts. A mixed martial artist he is not. Does that mean he can't be? Of course not. But Kimbo has received so much hype for doing nothing more than street fighting and it boggles my mind. Among my group of friends I'm the MMA nut. People are afraid to talk to me about MMA or boxing. They're afraid to be sucked into a half-hour dissertation about the sport when all they wanted to know was who I thought would win the Gonzaga v. Couture fight. But more and more, people have come up to me, MMA fans and non-MMA fans alike, telling me about this bearded guy they saw on YouTube that beat the hell out of some other guy. There's a very violent nature in people and for some it's stronger than others. And like Tank Abbott before him, Kimbo satisfies that bloodthirsty desire in a lot of people.

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Owned Entertainment Announces Open Texas Auditions for the MMA Movie "Owned" - 06 Nov 2007 05:25:37pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 11:25 AM CST



AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 6, 2007 -- Owned Entertainment, Inc. announced today the near term schedule for both the company and its upcoming movie 'Owned'.

Nov 7th, 2007 at 8PM EST – Director James Hergott will be interviewed live by 5th Round (www.5thround.com) about the MMA movie 'Owned'. Mr. Hergott's previous interview for the No Holds Barred Show can be viewed at this link: Click Here

Contact Stephanie Johnson (pr@ownedentertainment.com) to set up any additional interviews.

Nov 9th and 10nd 2007 – There will be special screenings of the movie 'All That I Need' in the virtual world redlightcenter.com

Dec 1st and 2nd, 2007 – Auditions will be held in Austin Texas for the movie 'Owned'. For more information go to www.fightingstunts.com or contact Eric Alfio at (eric@ownedentertainment.com).

Dec 1st and 2nd, 2007
– Representatives from Owned Entertainment will be in attendance at the North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo (www.nammae.com) at the Anaheim Convention Centre in Orange County, California. Any clothing manufacturers or other potential business partnerships are encouraged to contact us prior to the event in order to set up a meeting.

About Owned Entertainment
Owned Entertainment, Inc. has emerged as a player in the area of independent film production and distribution, once monopolized by the major film studios. The company engages in investing, producing, and distributing full-length feature films as well as TV projects, video games and other entertainment entities. Along with its controlling equity interest in 'All That I Need,' released in theatres December 2005 and released on DVD February 2006, there are several other projects in the making, including: 'The Other Side' and 'Descendant,' written by Damir Catic and Eric Alfio, the action thriller set in the world of Mixed Martial Arts 'Owned' by James Hergott, 'Brothers' by Tarquin Gotch (whose credits include 'Home Alone,' 'Curly Sue,' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off') and the Reno 911-type comedic take-off on the popular 'The Ultimate Fighter TV' show entitled 'Fight House.' Our mission at Owned Entertainment, Inc. is to produce high quality and highly enjoyable feature films that will be widely distributed in the mainstream media markets. The corporate offices for Owned Entertainment, Inc. are in Austin, Texas with additional offices in Southern California. Owned Entertainment, Inc. has recently announced adding an Interactive Entertainment division to focus on video game development.

CONTACT:
Owned Entertainment, Inc.
James Hergott, President
512-284-7888

james@ownedentertainment.com
info@ownedentertainment.com
www.ownedentertainment.com

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One-on-one with ref "Big" John McCarthy - 06 Nov 2007 01:36:34pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 07:36 AM CST



By Ben Zeidler

"Big" John McCarthy is one of the most familiar faces in MMA. But, he's not a fighter – he's a referee and if it's a big fight, odds are McCarthy is the man officiating the action. MMA Madness' Ben Zeidler caught up with McCarthy by phone late last week.

MMA Madness: You probably have the coolest job in the world. How did you get involved with refereeing for MMA events?
McCarthy: [Laughs] I started because I worked out with Rorian and Royce Gracie before the UFC was ever started. When they did the first one, there were some things that happened that Rorian wasn't happy with, and he asked me to do it.

MMA Madness: Is it true that you were involved in fighting but decided not to pursue that career because you didn't want to fight your friend, Royce Gracie?
McCarthy: Well, they didn't want to put me in there with him. I never had the chance to, which ended up being a good thing. Things worked out better for me the way they went.

MMA Madness: How did you come up with your trademarked phrase, "Let's Get It On!"?
McCarthy: Art Davie was one of the owners of the UFC. Art was talking to me and said he wanted the fights started in a martial arts way. I said, 'Well what you want?' and he said, 'I don't know -- just say something.' I said, 'Well, what do you want me to say?' and he said, 'You have to come up with something.' I figured that with two guys standing on opposite sides of the cage about to beat the hell out of each other, how about 'Are you ready? Let's get it on!' Art said that it was perfect, and that's basically how it started.

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Matt Hughes: Training and iAmplify Video Shoot. - 06 Nov 2007 01:17:21pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 07:17 AM CST



By Matt Hughes

This will be my first week of intense training, I'll train here at home. I've got quite a few guys coming to town to train for their fights and they'll help me out as well. I'll post a list of who those fighters are next week.

This past weekend, a film crew came to town and we did a download project for iAmplify and had a great time. I got along with everybody on the set and we used an old building here in Hillsboro, so it was just a really good time. The video is basically going to be my workout just really watered down for the general public. It's not really designed for fighters, just average people looking to get in shape. I'll have more information on that later.



This weekend, I'm doing an appearance at Dale's Harley Davidson, down in Mt. Vernon, Saturday, November 10th from 2-4 PM. It's a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the actual benefit is from 7 PM to midnight at the Holiday Inn Banquet Room. Proceeds for everything benefit the MDA. You can get more information at www.dales-hd.com. So we'll see everybody there and you'll hear back from me Wednesday after The Ultimate Fighter.

Since this is kind of a short blog, here're some "behind the scenes" photos from the video shoot this weekend: Click Here

-Matt


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Q&A with rising UFC star Houston Alexander - 06 Nov 2007 01:04:18pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 07:04 AM CST



By Gary Herman

Houston Alexander has been in the UFC for a little over five months. During that time, he defeated Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara in very impressive fashion, registering two knockouts and spending less than two total minutes in the cage. Now, Alexander prepares for his next opponent -- undefeated Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva on Nov. 17 at UFC 78.

We recently sat down with Alexander to discuss the upcoming fight, how he rose so quickly in the UFC, and his views on his manager's new M-1 promotion:

Q: What are your thoughts on the upcoming fight with Thiago Silva?
A: It's going to be a very exciting fight. Thiago likes to come out just like I do. He wants to come right at you.

Q: How long do you think the fight will go? Will it be a quick one?
A: I'm not sure. It can go a minute, or it can go three rounds. It all depends on the type of fighter he wants to be. If he wants to go down quick, we can do it quick. If he wants to go down slow, we can do that also.

Q: One of the questions most people have had about your style is: What is your ground game like?
A: A lot of people have asked me that. I have two words for anyone asking -- Bob Shermer. Shermer has one of the top jiu-jitsu teams in the world, and I just happen to be working with him. I also have one of the best wrestling coaches in the Midwest in Curly Alexander. He has been a wrestling coach for 35 years. My ground game is great. It is just as good as anyone's in the UFC. It probably rates a little better then my stand-up. If these guys can get past my first line of defense, they'll get a chance to see it.

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Strikeforce Tournament Card Update - 06 Nov 2007 12:50:43pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 06:50 AM CST



By MMANews.com

The following is the latest official fight card for the November 16th Strikeforce show at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. This is the show that features the one night, four-man 185 lb. tournament.

Strikeforce Heavyweight Title:
Paul Buentello vs. Alistair Overeem

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title:
Bobby Southworth (c) vs. Anthony Ruiz

Tournament Participants (no brackets yet)
Trevor Prangley
Falaniko Vitale
Jorge Santiago
Yuki Sasaki

Other Fights:

Cung Le vs. Sam Morgan
Sean Salmon vs. Dennis Hallman
Lemont Davis vs. Brian Schwartz

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Gary "Big Papa" Shaw Knows What The Fans Want - 06 Nov 2007 12:38:05pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 06:38 AM CST



By Brian Knapp

EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw announced last week that his promotion would be instituting new weight classes at 130, 140 and 160 pounds, along with a super heavyweight division (above 265). The promotion will maintain the traditional welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.

Despite the objections of many inside the MMA industry, most notably UFC president Dana White, those who voted on The Fight Network's latest poll sided with Shaw by a slight margin.

Question: Should Pro Elite, Inc. be allowed to introduce new weight divisions outside the standard five?

51.7% - Yes, more weight divisions are long overdue
48.3% - No, Pro Elite is a newcomer and will disrupt efforts to unify the sport



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Baroni case highlights CSAC flaws - 06 Nov 2007 12:13:51pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 06:13 AM CST



By Dave Meltzer

Phil Baroni says he spent $20,000 to clear his name, lost sponsors, and believed he comes out of his steroid suspension with a damaged reputation.

The MMA fighter had has year-long sentence reduced to six months at the Oct. 31 meeting of the California State Athletic Commision in Los Angeles. Baroni also believes lost one six-figure payday for not being able to fight on the Nov. 16 Strikeforce event.

Baroni noted the case of boxer James Toney, who presented no evidence in his August defense other than saying he didn't take the steroids for which he tested positive. Toney got the same suspension reduction Baroni did. And unlike Baroni, who had never tested positive previously, it was Toney's second violation.

While originally reported as Nov. 13, Baroni's appeal date is in question because they have to find a date where all key parties are available. Hearings for UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, Kazuhiro Nakamura (who tested positive for marijuana on the Sept. 22 UFC show in Anaheim) and Adam Smith (who tested positive for marijuana and cocaine on the September 29 Strikeforce show in Beverly Hills) will be held at that time.

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Super Bowl Showdown Set Between Lesnar and Mir - 06 Nov 2007 12:05:19pm

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 06:05 AM CST



By Thomas Gerbasi

In a classic case of putting your money where your mouth is, new UFC signee Brock Lesnar – who has made no bones about wanting to fight the best the heavyweight division has to offer – will make his Octagon debut at UFC 81 on February 2nd against none other than former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir.

The bout will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on the eve of Super Bowl XLII.

"It's an interesting matchup," said UFC President Dana White. "Lesnar is a great wrestler, a good athlete, and this is definitely gonna be a big test for him. Frank Mir is a former world champion who is coming off a big win over Antoni Hardonk, and he's looking to get his career back on track while Lesnar's looking to walk into the UFC and prove what type of fighter he's gonna be by trying to knock him off."

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Wanderlei Silva says the "best years" are yet to come - 06 Nov 2007 12:12:06am

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 06:12 PM CST



By Elias Cepeda

If you are an American and you have only recently become a fan of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) you've probably wondered what the big deal regarding recently signed UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva is all about. Long time and international fans are likely breathless about Silva fighting the likes of Chuck Liddell to the point of giving their boyfriends/girlfriends, wives/husbands pause so the proceeding explanation isn't needed for them.

But for new fans, all you need to know is that Silva was simply a must have for the UFC after it's ownership purchased "The Axe Murderer's" long time employer, the Pride MMA organization, based out of Japan. Silva is probably the most accomplished and exciting 205-lb fighter in the sport's short history and was arguably the most dominant champion in any weight class while he reigned as the Pride "Middleweight" (205-lb) champ for years.

You know Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, the man who knocked out Chuck Liddell last May to become the UFC's light heavyweight champion, right? Jackson also TKO'd Liddell once before that in 2003.

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Ken Shamrock: "Dana White Wants To Be The Guy!" - 05 Nov 2007 11:41:10pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 05:41 PM CST



By Percy Crawford

UFC Hall of Famer and MMA veteran Ken Shamrock talks about how open tryout have been going for IFL team and shares his thoughts on Randy Couture's resignation from the UFC as well as his own dealings with UFC management and much more. You don't want to miss it!

PC: Were you surprised at the way Randy Couture left the UFC?
KS: Yeah! I was more surprised not at the way Randy left the UFC, but they did that so quickly after what they did to me. It's almost like they feel like no one can touch them. They have this Mike Tyson syndrome that they could do whatever they want. It really did surprise me that they did it that soon after they did it to me. Now, what they've done is basically open everyone's eyes because with me, it was kind of subtle and people were kind of upset it happened, but they just figured it was just another professional athlete that got a problem in the office and things just didn't work out and now he's gone. I expressed my feelings a little bit about what they did to me, but it didn't have the impact that it does now that they've did it to another superstar. The disrespect that that they done to me went unnoticed, but now that it's happened to Randy, it's almost amplified on what they've done; which is good for me. With one person saying it, people listen obviously, but not with the effect of them doing it to another person so quickly after. It just kind of reinforces what I was saying that they did to me because they did it to me. It just kind of shocked me that they would be that stupid to do something to Randy that they did to me so closely to when they did it to me.

PC: I saw a comment you made about no UFC Hall of Famers being involved with the company anymore and I never thought about that before. Can you elaborate on that some more?
KS: It's almost like they want to erase the history. They don't want anything to do with Bob Meyrowitz and the people that helped create the UFC. It wasn't Zuffa or Dana White. It was Bob Meyrowitz that came in and did the production and started this thing. It's almost like they want to erase the history of everything that ever happened prior to that. They came in and did the Hall of Fame, but it was almost like they inducted people into the Hall of Fame, but then they just dropped it. It was almost like a way to just push everything away. It was like here you go and then bye! It just doesn't make any sense to me because in any sports history Hall of Fame or just retired, they all have guys that are involved in some part of the production that gives people comfortable history of their sport. The UFC has erased anything with anybody from the past. Boxing does it with George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Sugar Ray Leonard. These guys are involved with production one way or another because they built the sport. The UFC don't do that. It's like Dana White wants to be the guy. He doesn't want the Hall of Famer getting in there and getting all of the attention; he wants that. It's a scary thought when you look at it like none of the Hall of Famers are involved with the UFC. People that have fattened their pockets are basically being kicked to the curb. It's like, "we're done with you and enjoy your life because this is ours and just because you got out there and got your nose broke, bled and sweated for us, we don't need you anymore."

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Rizzo travels to Netherlands to help Peter Aerts - 05 Nov 2007 11:24:25pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 05:24 PM CST



After a great victory over Jeff Monson, the owner of the heavyweight belt Art of War, Pedro Rizzo took a plane this Sunday at 9pm to the Netherlands where he prepares to help his friend Peter Aerts in his preparation for K-1 GP final. "I will spend three weeks helping Peter and will also improve my Muay Thai. He will first face a Japanese, and if he wins he will face the winner of the fight between Bonjansky and a Thai, while on the other side Glaube Feitosa faces Schilty and Le Banner fights with the Korean giant. I believe in a final between Peter and Schilty. I am sure that if Peter is well prepared, even though he´s 37 years, he has great chances of winning his fourth title", Rizzo analyzed. The brazillian should only return to defend his belt at the end of January or beginning of February against opponent not defined.

Source: www.tatame.com

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"The Machine" Running Steady - 05 Nov 2007 11:00:33pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 05:00 PM CST



By Mike Russell

Thamesford, Ontario native Mark Hominick revealed this week that he is slated to fight on a World Extreme Cagefighting card in February. Although no challenger has been named, Josh Grispi (9-1), South Shore Sport Fighting teammate of Alex Karalexis, has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Hominick, who has two fights remaining on his WEC contract.

"I'm pretty eager to get back in there," Hominick said. "I was back in the gym right away after my last [TKO] fight. I've just got the hunger to get back in the ring. My next fight with the WEC will be in February. I'm back on track, and I'm ready to get back in there and hunt for [the WEC featherweight] title, as well."

In the meantime, the former TKO featherweight champion will compete next at TKO 31 "Young Guns" on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. No opponent has been named for Hominick (14-7).

Taking time out of his busy teaching schedule at Tompkins Muay Thai and Submission in London, Ontario, Hominick left for Chicago over the weekend to help his good friend and training partner Jeff Curran prepare for his upcoming December WEC title match against Urijah Faber. Although he covets Faber's belt, Hominick said that, should Curran win the title, he would never stand across the Octagon from him, no matter the reward.

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Patrick Cote NOT On UFC 80 Card - 05 Nov 2007 10:47:55pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 04:47 PM CST



By Mike Russell

Unsubstantiated reports circulated over the weekend that Canadian middleweight Patrick Cote had announced he would be returning to the UFC in January 2008. Not so, according to Cote.

The Rimouski, Quebec native told TGFN a statement on his Facebook page was taken out of context. Cote said he was only scheduled to appear at UFC 80 if it was held in Canada; the January event has since been moved. Since he was not invited to fight at the replacement show Saturday, Jan. 19 in Newcastle, England, "The Predator" speculated he might be invited to compete on the next card, slated for Saturday, Feb. 2 in Las Vegas.

"I don't know who said [I'd be fighting at UFC 80], but I said that I will probably be fighting in February," Cote said. "I was supposed to fight in January, and now I'm not, then they say I'm going to fight at UFC 81 on Super Bowl weekend. F—k, I didn't say anything like that. I don't know yet when I'm fighting. Maybe I'll get a call now next week."

Cote (11-4) – who upset Kendall Grove, middleweight winner on season three of "The Ultimate Fighter," in August – said the UFC might be making its long-awaited Canadian debut in April, though a date has not been set.



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Through the Past Darkly: IFL Grand Prix - 05 Nov 2007 10:42:55pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 04:42 PM CST



By Ben Fowlkes

I'll admit it: I really didn't believe there was any way the rematch between Bart Palaszewski and Chris Horodecki could live up to the expectations after their first meeting. It just seemed unreasonable.

But midway into the second round, after Horodecki had again been stunned by a punch and had fought his way out of another standing guillotine (this time without slipping through the ropes), I knew I was wrong.

Palaszewski was once more unhappy with the decision and made it very clear in the post-fight press conference.

"I have no idea what I could have done to win a decision against Chris," he said. "He looks like he was in a car wreck and I look fine."

And while it's easy to understand Palaszewski's frustration, I have to admit that it looked as though Horodecki outworked him in the fight and showed tremendous heart in the process. I've always been struck by how calm Horodecki looks in his fights, but when he gets hit a few times that look changes. Then he gets mad, and that's when things get really interesting.

One thing that might have helped Horodecki stay under control, however, is his unique pre-fight routine. According to one IFL employee who witnessed this visualization/ guided meditation session, which he described to me as "some weird Mr. Miagi stuff", it's intended to connect the two halves of the brain and release serotonin and adrenaline before going to the ring.

Whether it really works or not is up for debate, but you can't argue with the results so far.

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Bobby Southworth vs. Anthony Ruiz at Nov. 16 Strikeforce Event - 05 Nov 2007 10:21:28pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 04:21 PM CST



By MMA Junkie

Bobby Southworth (8-4), the 37-year-old who parlayed an appearance on the "The Ultimate Fighter" to a world light heavyweight title with Strikeforce, will likely put his title on the line against Anthony Ruiz (17-10).

The bout takes place Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The event, "Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives," also features the first-ever tournament sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.

MMAjunkie.com learned of the bout from Southworth's camp over the weekend.

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Return of "The Punisher" - 05 Nov 2007 10:04:49pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 04:04 PM CST



By Kelly Thomas

Riding an eight fight win-streak going into the Rashad Evans fight, September of last '06, Jason Lambert looked to have the opportunity to earn a few fans with a win over another Ultimate Fighter alum. The athletic Rob MacDonald being the first, succumbing in just a couple minutes into the first round. Obviously things have a way of working out a little different than what you hope. Rashad would eventually get mount and pound out the Punisher.

That win-streak, with fighters like IFL standout Matt Horwich, MacDonald, Brandon Lee Hinkle, thunder-handed Terry Martin and journeymen Travis Wiuff and Marvin Eastman on it, counted for very little after the loss. It was time to regroup. Lambert would have to make it a hasty regrouping because it was not too long before the UFC called with another match-up. It wasn't a `gimme' to help Lambert get on track though, not at all. How about "Babalu" Sobral after, as if that wouldn't be tough enough, losing to Chuck Liddell and, presumably, wanting to get that taste out of his mouth? Many guys would have shied away at this prospect but we're talking about a guy who fights at 205lbs but probably could make middleweight and has fought heavyweights before, including UFC heavyweights like "Cabbage" Correira and Tim Sylvia. Lambert went for it.

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BJ Penn: "I'm expecting a good fight" - 05 Nov 2007 05:51:43pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 11:51 AM CST



By Dayton Morinaga

Interim or not, Hilo's BJ Penn is ready to chase a shot at mixed martial arts history. Even if it means chasing it a long way from home.

Penn confirmed Saturday night that he will face California's Joe Stevenson for the interim lightweight world championship of the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization in January. The bout for the top prize in the UFC's 155-pound division is scheduled for Jan. 19 at Newcastle, England. It will be the main event of the UFC 80 card.

"I was training hard all this time, but it was tough to get motivated not knowing what was going on," Penn said. "At least now I know I have to get ready for Stevenson if I want that belt." Penn, 28, will be attempting to become the second MMA athlete to win a UFC world championship in two different weight classes. He held the welterweight (170 pounds) title in 2004.

Randy Couture — who won the light-heavyweight and heavyweight titles — is the only other athlete to win UFC world championships in two different divisions. Penn is 11-4-1, and coming off a convincing submission victory over Jens Pulver in June. He is the only MMA athlete from Hawai'i to win a UFC world championship. Stevenson is 32-7, including 5-1 in UFC bouts.

"Stevenson is good all-around," Penn said. "He'll come in shape, so I have to be at my best. I'm expecting a good fight."

Stevenson earned a UFC contract by winning The Ultimate Fighter 2 reality television series two years ago. "He deserves a shot," Penn said. "I have nothing bad to say about the guy."

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For Women, By Women ... Who Kick Ass! - 05 Nov 2007 05:04:26pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 11:04 AM CST



Newly launched site for women fighters offers news, tips and community

Scottsdale, AZ  November 5, 2007 -- Now women fighters and fans will have a place to turn for breaking news, events, fight results, articles, interviews and training tips written and presented by their peers. www.Wfighter.com will provide a virtual community for all things related to women's fighting.

The website covers all fighting styles including women's MMA, boxing, kickboxing, Karate and Muay Thai and is the only site that serves as a one-stop-shop for women fighters. Other websites devoted to women in martial arts offer only chat rooms, though claim to offer more.

For Wfighter.com, several professional women fighters have agreed to provide weekly blogs. Staff writers will interview experts on the latest trends, gear, training techniques and also provide profiles on top women fighters and trainers. The site will also offer a forum, photo gallery, school directory, a calendar of upcoming events, social networking and even allow promoters to post fighting opportunities.

Fighters can set up profiles with photos, stats and contact info, and future plans include an addition of a pro shop selling gloves, wraps, protective equipment and fighting apparel.

"As a female fighter myself, I know we face unique challenges," said Lisa King, co-founder of the website. "We're finally getting to the point where women are accepted and taken seriously in these sports. This site will provide them a true community - a way to connect and network."

Given the rising popularity of women in combat sports, with the first televised women's MMA bout recently featured on Showtime's Elite XC as well as Fatal Femmes Fighting and network shows like Oxygen's Fight Girls reality series, the launch of the site is dead on in it's timing.

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Ready For Shields, Pyle Declines Title Shot - 05 Nov 2007 04:51:14pm

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 10:51 AM CST



By Jeff Cain

When Mike Pyle steps into the EliteXC cage on Nov. 10 to take on Jake Shields it will be the final fight of his contract. At the conclusion of the bout Pyle and EliteXC will part ways.

The main reason Pyle decided to not extend his contract with EliteXC was the organization's lack of promoting him.

"Have you seen any promotion with EliteXC with me?" asked the Xtreme Couture fighter. "I feel that I'm a worthy enough opponent to get that respect and I feel that they really don't think so. I don't think they really know what they have in their hands.

"I had made the decision to not extend the contract because of the lack of promotion with me. It just seemed like it might have been a lack of interest. I don't know what the problem was or if they were just dragging their feet a bit. Whatever it was, I don't have time for that. I felt it's time for me to move on and get noticed."

The fight with Shields was originally planned to be a championship bout, but Pyle declined the title offer, although he still accepted the fight.

"It wasn't presented to me correctly," said Pyle.

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