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Archive for July, 2006

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Big thinking

Monday, July 31st, 2006

By Zach Arnold The Houston Chronicle reports that UFC will run a show in either Houston or Dallas in early 2007. “Expanding to Texas is a natural,” said Ratner. “Houston and Dallas are major-league cities. When you look at the pay-per-view numbers, there is a big contingent of people who buy out of the state […]

K-1 7/30 Sapporo report

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Today was K-1’s first show on Fuji TV since the departure of chief producer Kunio Kiyohara, who was demoted in the FujiSankei conglomerate due to the yakuza scandal. K-1 drew a reported crowd of 8,390 paid at Makomanai Ice Arena in Sapporo, with Glaube Feitosa defeating Musashi by a unanimous decision in […]

Getting it done right

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Childs Walker in the Baltimore Sun has a very extensive and accurately-written article about UFC, titled UFC Fighting To Be Ring Leader. Outside of the quotes from Jim Lampley and a man that I nicknamed The American Media’s MMA Boogeyman, it’s a very good mainstream media article on MMA. Check it out.

Austin & Ibragimov fight to a draw

Friday, July 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold On Friday night, ESPN2 in America aired an “eliminator” boxing match (IBF Heavyweight Title Eliminator) between Sultan Ibragimov of Russia and Ray Austin from Cleveland. Two heavyweights fighting for the chance at a shot at Klitschko, with the fight taking place at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Hollywood, Florida. More details […]

Source: Calvin Ayre getting involved in MMA

Friday, July 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold An MMA insider is telling us that Calvin Ayre (of BoDog.net fame) is getting into the business, with a tentative date scheduled for November in Los Angeles. Ayre, who is based out of Costa Rica, is expected to be running shows very shortly. He is listed as #746 on the world’s richest […]

UFC on rematches

Friday, July 28th, 2006

By Stephan Marceau Many of us (us includes me, yes) have been complaining that all we have been getting lately in the UFC is rematches, well the UFC itself has posted an article analyzing that very fact. The rematch is a strange beast to figure out. In boxing (with obvious exceptions, of course), it can […]

Is Bob Meyrowitz returning to MMA?

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

By Zach Arnold An unnoticed article in Multichannel News (use this link if the direct link doesn’t load for you) caught my attention. R. Thomas Umstead reported on Monday that Bob Meyrowitz, the founder of UFC, is pitching to several cable networks a new MMA reality show series. Before you get too excited, there’s one […]

The Zuffa Myth – revisited?

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

By Zach Arnold The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an article for their Thursday newspaper on UFC titled UFC traveled bumpy road to mainstream. The article (at the bottom) admits that it’s a re-write of material already written by Andrew Levine in the Washington Post, Ron Borges in the Boston Globe, and information pulled from UFC’s web […]

MMA a threat to boxing?

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

By Stephan Marceau The Boxing press must really feel threatened these days, I keep coming across these types of articles from the boxing world. Check this article out, in it Dan Morgan is trying to rationalize that boxing is not threatened by the growth of the UFC. He should be a little more open and […]

K-1 & PRIDE notes

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Butterbean was announced for the 8/26 Nagoya Aichi Rainbow Hall Bushido show. Minowa and Josh Barnett had a PR session today in Japan, which garnered big attention. What makes the Butterbean announcement interesting is that he is scheduled to fight two weeks before the show, on August 12th. The 300-plus-pound former boxer […]

Wrestling comedy with Paul Heyman

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

By Zach Arnold In an interview with The Sun in the UK, WWE-contracted employee Paul Heyman found himself on the defensive when discussing ECW and its future. The most laughable quote from Heyman in the interview is one that should raise eyebrows: Another thing is we don’t deny the influence of Mixed Martial Arts, which […]

Techno Goliath leaving K-1?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Dong-A Ilbo in South Korea reports that Choi Hong-Man may be negotiating out of his contract with K-1. Money quote: A close associate of Choi commented about his future, “If he dislikes the contract with K-1, he might seek another way.” Choi will start negotiations on his contract at the end of […]

APEX on TSN

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

By Zach Arnold The APEX Championship Fighting promotion issued a press release announcing their new deal with TSN in Canada. This is certainly a step forward for the organization, along with increasing awareness about MMA in Canada. Press release below.

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