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Welcome to the fight business

By Zach Arnold | May 17, 2008

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There is some controversy growing about a cancelation of Anderson Silva’s seminar in the Houston area. Jared Barnes has all the details right here. What makes the story interesting is that in a May 5th news update on our site, we posted a link to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel news article titled UFC champions Antonio Nogueira, Anderson Silva partnering on fight academy in downtown Miami. If the accusations/allegations in the Barnes report are true, then the supposed ‘cover’ wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret.

Results from today’s Sengoku event in Tokyo at Ariake Colosseum. More thoughts at the Total MMA web site.

Onto today’s headlines.

  1. Charles Jay: IFL’s Jay Larkin makes some sense with his latest take on MMA
  2. Sam Caplan: Mauro Ranallo invades the blogosphere (some advice, Mauro — have the Rolaids handy)
  3. Sherdog: DEEP, ZST partner up
  4. MMA Weekly: X-1 World Events results & photos
  5. Interview/profile with Sean Sherk
  6. The Shelby Star (NC): MMA – sport fights for respectability as a mainstream, media-friendly attraction
  7. The Boston Herald: UFC’s BJ Penn pounds on Sean Sherk over positive steroid test
  8. The Grand Forks Herald (ND): Which activity offends you more – ultimate fighting or topless dancing?
  9. Fox Sports: Chuck Liddell’s return uncertain after hamstring injury
  10. Luke Thomas: Keith Jardine will defeat Wanderlei Silva
  11. Seattle PI: Winning picks for UFC 84

Topics: IFL, Japan, MMA, Media, Sengoku, UFC, Zach Arnold | 6 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

6 Responses to “Welcome to the fight business”

  1. gcw says:

    why was it cancelled? ufc-related issue?

  2. 45 Huddle says:

    I just watched the majority of the Sengoku II card, and realized I really didn’t care about the majority of the fights.

    Roger Gracie is an interesting prospect, but he was noticably 2 weight classes bigger then Yuki Kondo.

    Santiago really is starting to get some steam but needs to be fighting up a level now, instead of the Yuki Sasaki’s of the world.

    I haven’t seen Barnett/Monson yet, but I have a feeling it might look like a sparing match. Hopefully I’m wrong.

  3. Barnett vs. Monson was exactly that, and it looked as if their own familiarity with one another was a big factor in this one. Barnett did more, but it was mostly a hugging match.

    Roger was enormous compared to Kondo, and it was no doubt a big factor in Kondo being crushed.

  4. Kev says:

    UFC had nothing to do with the Silva cancellation. The allegation is that Silva merely no-showed just so he can host his own party at Miami, where he and Big Nog opened their own gym.

  5. D. Capitated says:

    Gus Johnson has been announced as the play by play announcer for Elite XC on CBS, with Frank Shamrock as analyst and Ranallo as being the third man in the booth on color. Showtime Boxing’s backstage analyst Karyn Bryant will be working behind the scenes. Clearly, the UFC was right, I mean, god forbid a veteran and respected broadcaster anchor an MMA telecast. That would just be ruinous.

  6. natureboy says:

    If Gus Johnson on board means no Bill Goldberg then I’m all for it.


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