By Zach Arnold | October 27, 2007
Chael Sonnen wants to fight Frank Shamrock.
I went to the UFC 78 web site and noticed that the folks at Zuffa sure like the blood splattering effect a lot in their UFC 78 video promo.
Russian MMA has a curious report about Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Gilbert Yvel being booked for the first M-1 Global show this February in Chicago. Chicago is the closest big-market city to Monte Cox’s home district, which is the Quad Cities area. Regarding claims in the report about MMA happening in Illinois and in a ring, that’s nothing new (considering that the IFL has ran in the Chicago area before). What makes this news item interesting is that MMA was recently approved for regulation in the state of Illinois, but sanctioning won’t start until July 1st of 2008.
So, what does this mean for M-1? On paper, the theory would be that M-1 can run their Chicago event under the PRIDE-style rules that they claim they will run under and not have to deal with the Unified Rules that an athletic commission would impose on them. It’s a clever tactic on their part. The other big state in which they could pull off a similar tactic is in Massachusetts, where the Boxing Commission right now isn’t regulating MMA events (so you can run with the rules you want to). As you’ll note in the Sun-Times article, UFC wanted the regulation to be passed by January 1st. I’m sure UFC is even more interested now in seeing an amendment to the legislation to speed up the regulation process.
Blaming Tsuyoshi Kohsaka for not allowing Couture vs. Fedor to happen. Outrageously outrageous.
MMA writers are actually contemplating putting Anderson Silva in the top spot as MMA’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
The NSAC says knees to the head on the ground are not coming any time soon in MMA.
Trying to figure out Andrei Arlovski’s MMA future.