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Archive for March, 2006

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UFC expands office

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

By Zach Arnold The promotion has named John Mulkey (from Wall Street) as the company’s CFO. This Review Journal article from May of 2004 points to Mulkey working as a high-yield gaming/casino financial analyst at Bear Stearns. Mulkey is referenced in many media articles in relations to casinos, gambling, Macau, etc. It’s interesting to watch […]

Another victory for MMA

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Special to Fight Opinion By Joey Arsenault The explosion of MMA continues to grow to broader areas by the day. The revolution of the combat sport has now blasted its way into the fringe market of Nova Scotia and is looking to strike briskly over the rest of the Maritimes (Prince Edward Island and New […]

K-1 4/29 Las Vegas card line-up

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

The promotion held a press conference in Japan to announce matches for their 4/29 Las Vegas show at the Grand Ballroom in the Mirage Hotel & Casino. Musashi vs. Semmy Schilt and Choi Hong-Man vs. The Predator were announced. Card line-up (in no specific order): Musashi vs. Semmy Schilt Glaube Feitosa vs. Ruslan Karaev Choi […]

Yoshida & Kohsaka announced for 5/5 Osaka Dome GP

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Photo credit: Livedoor Sports By Zach Arnold DSE announced that Emelienanko Fedor, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko Cro Cop, Vanderlei Silva, Mark Hunt, Josh Barnett, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, & Hidehiko Yoshida would participate in their 2006 Open-Weight tournament, which starts on 5/5 at the Osaka Dome. The timing of the announcement is curious, as it was done […]

Fox Sports Net & IFL sign deal

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

By Zach Arnold As predicted by Dr. J on Friday, the IFL has announced a TV deal with Fox Sports Net. Three TV shows will air on the network in May & June. In the press release, the IFL stressed how they were a national company. Expect a lively debate on next week’s radio show […]

PRIDE Bushido 10 – Preview and Analysis

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

By Al Yu 4/2 Tokyo, Ariake Colosseum card line-up. – Yves Edwards (28-10-1) vs Seichi Ikemoto (11-11-4) Prior to losing a close decision to Joachim Hansen at PRIDE Bushido 9, Yves Edwards was on a seven fight winning streak, defeating Josh Thompson, Hermes Franca (2x), and Dokonjonosuke Mishima along the way. Most recently at UFC […]

Truth serum

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Mainichi Daily News reports that former tabloid writer Takashi Nishizawa will have to testify on Tuesday, April 4th in front of the members of the Diet. As we’ve discussed in the last few days, this could be fun to watch. On a media sidenote, today the press was focused on the upcoming […]

Onita is back in puroresu

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

By Tetsuya Sano “邪道”大仁田がプロレス界に一日限りの復帰。 “Jadoh” Onita is back to puroresu for only one day. ソースはスポーツナビより This story source is here by Sportsnavi 参議院議員の大仁田厚が後楽園に来場し、中村代表、大谷とともに会見を行った。  大仁田は「国のために死んでいった方々に礼を尽くす、記念すべき大会。もし良かったら参加させてほしい」と4月1日の靖国神社大会への参加を中村代表らに直訴。中村代表は「大仁田さんの提供試合として、後輩の田中将斗とタッグを組んでいただきます」と、早速試合カードを提案し、大谷も「よろしくお願いします」と大仁田の申し出に快く応じた。  すでに現役を引退している大仁田だが、「政治家としては微妙なところだけど」と参議院議員として政治的な配慮に気を配りながらも、「奉納相撲があって、奉納プロレスはないのはおかしい」とヤル気満々。当日はFMW出身の田中とともにランジェリー武藤とトリオを組むことになった。対戦相手は当日発表される。

New developments in Nova Scotia

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Tuesday night is when the Halifax City Council debates Councilmember Bob Harvey’s plan to ban MMA in the city. CBC Nova Scotia has more on the story. In the article, Harvey admits that he has received over a dozen e-mails since his proclaimation last week of trying to ban MMA in the area. Meanwhile, The […]

Media round-up

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

3/28 media links: Surprise, PRIDE US PPV customers. 3 of the 10 Bushido fights will air on Fox Sports Net on 4/9, including Baroni vs. Kondo (a fight that definitely could sell some PPV buys). Bushido 10 fighter Denis Kang interviewed on MaxFighting. New Hampshire is ready to host it’s first sanctioned MMA event. If […]

More mainstream media malfeasance

Monday, March 27th, 2006

An article just published on the USA Today web site manages to lump Toughman boxing with MMA. Toughman, Ultimate Fighting, Kage Kombat and other forms of brawling are full of surprises. But the biggest may be that “extreme fighting,” a sport once on the verge of being banned, is enjoying increasing regulatory approval and drawing […]

Alliances & recruitment

Monday, March 27th, 2006

We have reached a deal with the staff of to work together on promoting each other’s sites. This includes exchanges of links, stories, and other content. It’s important to make deals with allies, and MMA Fighting certainly qualifies as a very good independent site. Expect a lot more in the future. Second, I am […]

Wakuda: Testifying is violation of rights

Monday, March 27th, 2006

By Zach Arnold On Friday, we documented the hot political case in Japan over a phony e-mail and how the scandal had tangential connections to the fight industry. We noted that in the phony e-mail case, lawyer Osamu Wakuda was representing Takashi Nishizawa, who is accused to writing the fake e-mail. The reason we noted […]

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