Archive for the ‘UFC’ Category

VIDEO EMERGES OF CONFRONTATION BETWEEN DANA WHITE AND TITO ORTIZ FAN

August 13, 2008

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Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports has the story about a confrontation between UFC president Dana White and a Tito Ortiz fan last week.

The incident happened in Minnesota during a fan event to promote UFC 87. “Crazy Corrie,” a Tito Ortiz fan, gets berated by White who, on microphone, calls her “Jenna Jameson” and “Tito’s mother.”

“Crazy Corrie” responds with a number of F-bombs.

GSP WINS AT UFC 87

August 10, 2008

GEORGES ST. PIERRE

Georges St, Pierre, Brock Lesnar and Kenny Florian were all victorious at UFC 87 Saturday night.

St. Pierre didn’t get a knockout against Jon Fitch but was dominant. He did a masterful job of combining his standup and wrestling. The judges had the card 50-43, 50-44, and 50-44 in favor of St. Pierre. Fans are now interested in a GSP matchup against lightweight UFC champion B.J. Penn.

 

BROCK LESNAR

Former pro wrestler Brock Lesnar came up with the biggest win of his legitimate sports career. Lesnar defeated Heath Herring in front of a hometown crowd in Minneapolis. It was a do-or-die effort for Lesnar, a former college wrestling champion, who was coming off a loss to Frank Mir. Lesnar is now the UFC’s most marketable heavyweight.

Also, Kenny Florian proved to be the more seasoned fighter in his unanimous decision victory over Roger Huerta. In what was expected to be the fight of the evening, Huerta proved he may not be quite ready for prime time. Florian won all three rounds for a 30-27, 30-27 30-27 win.

RISKY PR MOVE BY UFC

August 8, 2008

RAMPAGE JACKSON AT YESTERDAY’S UFC 87 PRESS CONFERENCE WITH UFC PRESIDENT DANA WHITE

Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports has an interesting item on his blog today. The Ultimate Fighting Championship actually brought troubled fighter Rampage Jackson to their UFC 87 press conference.

That’s unbelievable considering Jackson recently spent time in a psychiatric ward following his hit and run incident in California last month. Jackson may also face second degree murder charges following the miscarriage of a woman who was in one of the cars struck by Jackson.

For Cofield’s interview with Dana White of UFC check out his blog.

UFC 87 PREVIEW

August 8, 2008

GEORGES ST. PIERRE

BROCK LESNAR LOSING TO FRANK MIR AT UFC 81

UFC 87: Seek and Destroy takes place tomorrow in Minnesota. The card is headlined by Georges St. Pierre who is defending his UFC welterweight championship belt against Jon Fitch.

 

BROCK LESNAR AND HEATH HERRING AT UFC PRESS CONFERENCE

Former pro wrestler and Minnesota native Brock Lesnar is also featured on the card. This might be Lesnar’s last shot at UFC. Coming off a loss to Frank Mir, Lesnar takes on former Pride heavyweight champion Heath Herring.

 

ROGER HUERTA AND KENNY FLORIAN

The best fight of the evening though will probably be Roger Huerta vs Kenny Florian at 155 lbs. Florian is a longtime favorite of UFC management after being discovered for season one of the UFC reality tv show The Ultimate Fighter. Huerta is an articulate, young hispanic fighter who has been groomed for stardom by UFC. Huerta has recently soured on UFC because of an ongoing contract dispute.

ROGER HUERTA

KENNY FLORIAN

TITO ORTIZ NEARS “RECORD SETTING” DEAL FROM AFFLICTION

August 6, 2008

TITO ORTIZ

According to si.com, fighter Tito Ortiz will sign a “ground breaking” deal with the MMA organization Affliction. The Tito-Ortiz-to-Affliction story was first broken by Yahoo! Sports and was updated today by Steve Cofield.

UFC GETS TAKEDOWN OF RANDY COUTURE-IN COURT

August 4, 2008

RANDY COUTURE

According to mmajunkie.com, UFC’s parent company (Zuffa) won the first round of a court battle against fighter Randy Couture. A Texas appeals court refused to grant Couture a summary judgement to let him out of his UFC contract.

Couture has two fights remaining on that contract. He wants to fight fellow heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. That fight is probably not possible in the UFC. The dispute between Couture and the UFC is now likely to be settled by a Nevada arbitrator.

RAMPAGE JACKSON MAY FACE VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES

August 3, 2008

RAMPAGE JACKSON

Troubled UFC fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson may face additional criminal charges for his July 15th hit-and-run accident in California.

The Daily Pilot newspaper in Newport Beach is reporting that a woman, whose car was struck by Jackson, suffered a miscarriage. That opens up the possibility of Jackson being charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of the unborn child.

ROGER HUERTA UNHAPPY WITH UFC CONTRACT

August 1, 2008

ROGER HUERTA

Roger Huerta, who is one of the headliners on next week’s UFC 87 card, has blasted the Ultimate Fighting Championship for paying their fighters so little. He is also apparently unhappy with the way the organization treats him and his current contract.

In an interview with Fight! Magazine, Huerta complained about a recent UFC press tour to Miami, Houston, Los Angeles and London where he was paid only a $50-a-day per diem. Huerta also brought up the fact that his training teammate Keith Jardine received only $10,000 to fight in the main event on a UFC card.

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“The truth is, I don’t really care I fight in the UFC or somewhere else.”

Huerta was the UFC coverboy for their Sports Illustrated feature last year.

 

UFC FIGHTER HAS POSITIVE DRUG TEST

July 30, 2008

JAMES IRVIN

The Nevada State Athletic Commission says James Irvin, who fought in this month’s UFC “Fight Night” event, tested positive for a pair of illegal drugs. Irvin tested positive for methadone and oxymorphone. Both drugs are heroin substitutes. The latter is used to moderate pain.

BIG NIGHT FOR MMA

July 20, 2008

UFC FIGHTERS ANDERSON SILVA AND JAMES IRVIN

Saturday night marked the first time that MMA organizations UFC and upstart Affliction went head-to-head on the same night. To combat Affliction’s “Banned” card (their biggest to date) UFC put a free card on Spike tv to go up against it.

The Affliction card was held before a sold out crowd in Anaheim. Fedor destroyed former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia with a rear naked choke 36 seconds into the first round of the main event. Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski also looked good with a third round knockout. Other winners included Josh Barnett, Nogueira, Matt Lindland, Paul Buentello, Vitor Belfort, Babalu, and Mike Pyle.

UFC’s event was held at The Palms in Las Vegas. Anderson Silva, the UFC’s middleweight champion, moved up to the 205 pound weight class and destroyed James Irvin with a first round knockout. Other fights on the card included  victories by Kevin Burns and Brandon Vera . Hermes Franca and Jake O’Brien were surprise losers on the UFC card.

UFC 87 will take place in Minneapolis August 6th. It features welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. Minnesota native and former wrestling star Brock Lesnar is also on the card. Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta will batlle at 155 pounds as well.

FEDOR: HAD AN EASIER TIME SATURDAY NIGHT