By Zach Arnold | November 21, 2007
On this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the States, let us remind you that there is more than UFC on Spike TV. Oh yes, there is.
Boxer Jeff Lacy thinks MMA is a fad and not a sport.
Solar, a channel in the Philippines, has found its request to air UFC programming rejected. The only way UFC will air is if it is ’sanitized.’
Jon Fitch defeated Diego Sanchez last September in Anaheim and surely you would think that this could earn him a UFC Welterweight title shot… or earn him a match against Akihiro Gono. This is an odd match-up and if I was Fitch’s agent, there no way I would accept the booking (zero up-side whatsoever to the match). Furthermore, if it is a true story, what does this say about UFC’s opinion of Fitch overall? They really have not marketed this guy well or even tried to do so, in my opinion.
Plus, Yushin Okami may be returning to UFC.
War of web sites
Over at Sam Caplan’s web site this morning, he has a post titled 5 Oz. EXCLUSIVE: Tim Kennedy to fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller at HDNet Fights. Around the same time this post was added online, The Fight Network posted the following:
Team Quest representatives have confirmed that Jason “Mayhem” Miller will square off with Tim Kennedy in the co-main event at HDNet Fights “Reckless Abandon” on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
Kennedy (8-1) will replace UFC veteran Sean Salmon, who was medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following his knockout loss to Jorge Santiago at Strikeforce “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” on Nov. 16 in San Jose, Calif.
Miller has a history with Kennedy, who defeated him by decision at an Extreme Challenge event in February 2003. An Army Ranger who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, Kennedy has not lost a fight in more than six years.
Sam Caplan is issuing a war cry to all bloggers to unite against lifting of original news material.
Other MMA news and notes
An interivew with Clay Guida.
Sports Illustrated has a new article about fighter salaries in MMA.
Kevin Iole got no reader feedback for UFC 78’s main event, despite him a few days ago proclaiming UFC 78 to be a card worthy of running at MSG. Fightlinker has an observation about Iole’s mailbag post on Yahoo.
What kind of value should be placed on takedowns when judging an MMA fight?
Jay Larkin’s opening statements at yesterday’s IFL conference call.
Inoki clones are invading Japan. (Hat tip: Mikeinformer.)
Pro Elite’s stock price is down to $8 USD/share.
According to The Fight Network, Hiroyuki Kato and Sotaro Shinoda (Sakakibara’s right hand man) are behind the proposed Saitama Super Arena NYE MMA event (although I had heard another name as well behind-the-scenes). Whenever I think about Shinoda, I think about what Bodog did to him on their TV show.
Interestingly enough, a trusted source in Japan is claiming to me that K-1 made an offer to Fedor to fight on their 12/31 Osaka Dome show. The offer was supposedly for $150,000 USD and Fedor’s management team allegedly thought that ‘a zero was missing’ and considered the offer insulting.
An update on Shonie “Suitcase” Carter.
Oleg Taktarov returns to action on 11/30 for BodogFight in Moscow. He will be fighting John Marsh.
A test for HGH is coming soon:
Researchers have told the White House that a reliable test for human growth hormone will be available soon, but Burns did not know if it will be ready before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Boxing news and notes
Boxing story of the day is Frank Warren stating that there are negotiations underway to book a fight between Joe Calzaghe and Clinton Woods, which would be a u-turn from discussion of Calzaghe vs. Bernard Hopkins.
Roger Mayweather is calling Ricky Hatton ‘a high-profile club fighter.’
Ozell Nelson will be Jermain Taylor’s new head trainer.
How does Manny Pacquiao vs. David Diaz sound to you in 2008?