By Zach Arnold | October 8, 2007
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Regarding the unified rules, a thoughtful Gomi continues, “America is a very rich country, so it seems to me as if their standards are very high. I think the rules in American MMA and the UFC focus more on fighter safety and feel very natural to me. In this way, maybe American MMA is more sports-like, since most of Japanese MMA comes from professional wrestling.”
“It’s necessary, so it’s not really a bad thing,” Gomi says. “You can’t have title fight after title fight after title fight, because most people will not be able to follow it and get involved. You need to have entertainment for those who don’t watch too often or may be watching for the first time to say, ‘Ah, those fights were entertaining. Let’s watch this show again, next time they put on one.’ Besides, doesn’t your country enjoy fighters like Charles Bennett (Pictures)?”
A couple of weeks after Dave Meltzer publicly stated that he was going to spend more time on his writing activities (he had been increasing his writing workload for Fox Sports), Meltzer has now been hired by Yahoo Sports. On the F4W message board, CBS Sports writer Todd Martin stated the following:
He’s leaving Fox for Yahoo. He’s been debating it since at least UFC 75. Yahoo’s really aggressive in stepping up coverage of the sport, but Fox has Alex Marvez who brought Dave on there in the first place.
Dave Doyle told me last weekend he thought Dave might give up the Observer to do regular mainstream stuff.
That would be very bad.
Adam Swift has an article detailing Zuffa LLC’s new capital structure.
“I don’t think world-wide it even compares as far as the top-level professional boxers,” Flores said. “I think it would take MMA another 50 or 100 years to be as deep. You look at the history of boxing and the fighters who have grown up with (the sport).
“The MMA has only been around for the last five, six, seven, eight years. It’s kind of new. I think it will take hold, but right now there are a lot more professional boxers than MMA fighters.”
Melvin Guillard looks to return to action after his cocaine suspension from earlier in the year.
Bonecrunch Fighting has added an Orlando MMA team, the Iron Monkeys. Seth Petruzelli of ATT Orlando is coaching the team.
Brandon Vera thinks that a win over Tim Sylvia makes a statement to everybody. I’m not sure what that statement is now.
Kevin Kay is now President of Spike TV. One of the reasons?
“Kevin has demonstrated incredible leadership, vision, and creativity in the evolution of Spike TV into the vibrant entertainment destination for men it is today,” said Herzog. “His numerous successes thus far, including igniting the UFC-phenomenon by launching ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ are a testament to his foresight in creating brand-defining hit programming for guys.”
An attempt to defend the way UFC handled the PRIDE situation in Japan.
Kurt Otto wants to increase the amount of live IFL shows on TV.
Joachim Hansen’s career is stuck in limbo.
Michael Bisping in his own words:
“Well, of course I did – this is the kind of fight I have been working towards. Rashad is a great guy and a great fighter and someone had to meet him, seeing as Tito Ortiz didn’t have the balls to fight him again.”
Close to 10,000 tickets sold for the Mayweather vs. Hatton closed circuit feed.
There’s room for both boxing and MMA. Bob Arum hasn’t gotten that message, however.
Hatsu Hioki lost again.
The MMA scene is growing on the Cayman Islands.
Setting odds for fights is not easy.
Making the case for MMA being the oldest sport on Earth.