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Archive for June, 2006

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Friday, June 30th, 2006

The Sun (UK newspaper) – Lee Murray’s million-dollar mansion — complete with life-size mural of himself and oyster-shell chairs!
Whaledog – Sherdog.com spoils TUF 4 finals
MMA HQ – Who’s next for Rich Franklin?
The Sweet Science – Don’t blame UFC for boxing’s woes
Whaledog – Jeff Thaler interviews WFA CEO Jeremy Lappen (MP3)

K-1 World MAX World Championship Final

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Results from today’s event at Yokohama Arena.

Yodsanklai Fairtex defeated Kamal El Amrani after 3R by a 3-0 judges’ decision (30-26 three times).
Reserve fight: Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) defeated Rayen Simson (Holland) after 3R by a 3-0 judges’ decision.
Tournament: Masato defeated Takayuki Kohiruimaki after 3R by a 3-0 judges’ decision (30-28 three times).
Tournament: Andy Souwer defeated Virgil [...]

Latest UFC show draws 1.4 rating

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
Reuters reports that Wednesday’s UFC show draw a 1.4 on Spike TV, with Blade (the show series being promoted throughout the UFC event) doing over a 2.0.

Lawmaker attempts to stop MMA in Britain

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
24dash.com reports that London Assembly member Bob Blackman (of Wembley, the area which will be hosting Cage Rage this weekend at the Wembley Arena) is attempting to stop “cage fighting” (MMA).
“The ’sport’ of Cage Fighting offers no protection to its participants and it excites the worst sides of human emotion in [...]

1,000 concerned stockholders

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
The first media report (Asahi Shimbun) coming out of the stockholder’s meeting for Fuji TV at the Le Meridien Hotel Grand Pacific on Thursday is that nearly 1,000 stockholders showed up for the meeting at 9 AM. The major issue on the table was how Fuji TV would restructure given the failed [...]

Ultimate Fight Night review

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
Results/reviews: Sherdog | MMA-Snark | Fight Report | MMA Toronto
“Bottom line is that if you’re not winning, you’re not in the UFC. … Maybe he will want to go back to Japan or somewhere where the competition is a little easier.” — Chris Leben, talking about his opponent Anderson Silva on the opening [...]

War between Sapp & K-1 continues

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
On Tuesday, a FAX was sent to the mass media in Japan on behalf of Bob Sapp (through a Japanese lawyer), explaining what happened at the infamous K-1 Amsterdam show and why he didn’t fight Ernesto Hoost. In short, Sapp said that he was threatened. (English summary of Sapp’s argument in [...]

Fuji TV stockholders meeting

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
Shareholders of Fuji TV stock will meet at the TV network’s annual shareholder’s meeting at the Le Meridien Hotel Grand Pacific. The stockholder activist groups are preparing to put the heat on Fuji TV management for several issues, and one activist site (Labor Net Japan) has the PRIDE scandal listed as a [...]

UFC to Sherdog: Go away

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
More information here. In short, Zuffa told Sherdog to leave their public fighter weigh-ins event. Note the word public.
If you are an MMA fan and not a pro-wrestling fan or historian, I strongly urge you to research just exactly what happened to the American pro-wrestling scene in 1985 when Vince McMahon [...]

It’s 1985 all over, again

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
The Ultimate Fighter 3 finale show on Spike TV last Saturday night drew a 2.04 cable rating, blowing away all expectations. The UF3 show was panned for not having enough “star power” with Kenny Florian vs. Sam Stout in the main event, but all criticism was clearly blown away by the strong [...]

Inoki returns

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Sports Nippon reports that there will be a special show on 9/1 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Antonio Inoki vs. Muhammad Ali fight that took place on June 26, 1976. Sankei Sports notes that the 9/1 Budokan show will be a “new kakutougi (MMA) event” for Inoki, [...]

Lee Murray captured?

Monday, June 26th, 2006

By Zach Arnold
Arrests in Morocco in connection to the $90 million USD robbery from last February.
Update: The Guardian reports that Lee Murray was, in fact, arrested. The BBC and The London Times also confirm this report.

Match order for PRIDE 7/1 show

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Pawel Nastula vs. Edson Drago
Yoshihiro Nakao vs. Lee Eun-Su
Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Vitor Belfort
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alistair Overeem
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Evangelista Cyborg
Open-Weight GP 2nd Round: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
Intermission
Open-Weight GP 2nd Round: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Vanderlei Silva
Open-Weight GP 2nd Round: Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt
Open-Weight GP 2nd Round: Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Mirko Cro [...]

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