By Zach Arnold | October 9, 2007
According to the IFL’s Web site, both fighters’ exclusions from the tournament resulted from failure to sign contract extensions which would have also locked them in for the promotion’s 2008 season.
“We’re very disappointed in the way this was handled,” Otto told FOXSports.com. “We have to do what’s right for our company. We felt we were being held hostage and we can’t have that.”
We can’t rip on UFC for icing guys like Andrei Arlovski out (due to having one fight left on contracts) and not rip the IFL for what’s happening here. Ben Rothwell means a lot to the IFL, as he’s one of the few stars the promotion has made so far. To put it politely, this is a mess for the IFL. More on the story at Bloody Elbow and Yahoo Sports.
Speaking of the IFL, here’s their latest SEC filing, which is a prospectus supplement. If you’ve followed our site’s IFL updates in the past, there’s nothing new or earthshattering as far as financial information. One thing to pay attention to over the next week is the IFL’s Q3 2007 report and how much money they made or lost in the last three months.
More talk about Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva.
UFC is selling their own brand of MMA gloves.
An interview with Dana White. (Hat tip: Mikeinformer.) Money quote:
“Tell Goldberg to quit fucking crying. Just because I do it bigger and better than everyone else does, doesn’t mean I’m trying to monopolize. This isn’t a monopoly. Everyone who can rub two nickels together is getting into this sport. Mark Cuban just jumped in. I’ll tell you what, there have been other people who have tried to compete with Vince and they couldn’t. there’s a big difference. They couldn’t compete with Vince because Vince would beat their ass every time someone tried to jump into his arena. And I’m doing the same fucking thing. If he’s saying that about me; thank you then, I look at that as a compliment.”
Obviously, the purchase of PRIDE had nothing to do with eliminating competition and creating mega-matchups for UFC to book. No, nothing to see here. Certainly nothing like McMahon’s offers to buy out the territories in the 1980s or else wipe out the competition. That would never happen in the fight business.
Fightlinker has further thoughts on Dana White.
Todd Martin has a new article talking about the history of re-matches in UFC. In short – if you won the first UFC match, your chances of winning the re-match are close to 70%.
The BBC has a video segment on the world of UFC.
Learn this man’s name because you’re going to have to start remembering it for future usage – Siyar Bahadurzada.
Here’s the card information for the next Cage Rage: Contenders event.
Kimbo Slice is coming to ESPN. MMA Analyst says the Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott match is stirring the entertainment vs. prime match-up debate.
Ruben “Warpath” Villareal is back in the win column.
After much speculation that HBO would add Ultimate Fighting Championship’s mixed martial arts, they’ve ended negotiations. Says HBO’s Ray Stallone: “We just could not make a deal.”
Kathy Duva talks about why UFC is more popular than boxing with younger people (in relation to younger demographics and Internet users).
Sid Dorfman in The Newark Star-Ledger writes that if Congress is trying to regulate boxing on a Federal level, why not MMA?
Opposition to McCain and Stearns results from the fear in Congress that their bills will do nothing more than create another expensive bureaucracy, stuffed with patronage.
Meanwhile, Stearns’ bill is more inclusive than McCain’s. He would license judges and referees, along with the boxers, and “protect the sport from the con artists and other fraudsters that have long preyed on these athletes.”
He is including in his bill a provision for “at least five random tests per year per athlete, supported by severe penalties, ranging from a half-season suspension for a first offense to a lifetime ban for a third.”
Such sentiment is fine, but if boxing remains in its sad state, the legislators will have to start aiming at the ultimate fighting disgrace, which is drawing an enlarging patronage who look much the same as the sentimental souls devoted to phony wrestling.
The All-Army combative tournament at Fort Benning this weekend.
Boxer Nate Campbell has some problems.
Eddie Goldman praises HBO for passing on airing UFC events.
Bill Mahood reflects on meeting Vladimir Putin and Hugh Hefner.
Being excited to fight for Mark Cuban’s new MMA promotion.