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Archive for May, 2006

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“K-1 & UFC Strong Tag Alliance”

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

By Zach Arnold Today’s Nikkan Sports newspaper has a bombastic article talking about an “aggressive” tag team between K-1 & UFC, with both sides starting heavy co-promotional deals. The article talks about Chuck Liddell maybe working the HERO’s 8/5 Ariake Colosseum show in Tokyo (or the August K-1 Las Vegas show), with Kazushi Sakuraba and […]

Bob Sapp’s side of the story

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

By Zach Arnold The pressure on K-1 has just picked up. Bob Sapp’s side of the story about the K-1 Amsterdam fiasco has been relayed on the MMA Ring Report web site. Compare this report to what the Japanese have been claiming and what Simon Rutz is claiming.

CBC Newsworld – MMA Feature Story

Monday, May 29th, 2006

By: Luke Nicholson CBCNews Sunday with Evan Solomon, had a feature story on Mixed Martial Arts, or as they called it, Extreme Fighting. Throughout the piece they used both terms. It was discerning because “Extreme Fighting” gives it a more rogue sound than Mixed Martial Arts. MMA sounds much more professional. Evan talked about how […]

Nevada state athletic commission in crosshairs

Monday, May 29th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Update: Reid statement on free tickets. Keep your eyes on Technorati (or try this search) to read reaction to this story. The Associated Press reports that the Nevada State Athletic Commission gave Democratic senate leader Harry Reid free ringside boxing tickets in exchange for influencing legislation on federal regulation of boxing. Picture […]

Royce Gracie for Japanese new MMA fan

Monday, May 29th, 2006

By Tetsuya Sano 今更僕が言うまでもなくホイス・グレイシーはマット・ヒューズに敗れた。 完敗、文字通りの完敗。 伝説は現実に全くといっていいほど敵わなかった。 Royce Gracie lost to Matt Hughes, and that was a totally complete defeat. The legend was no match for reality. ブロック・レズナーに血を吐かされたハルク・ホーガンのように敗れたホイスは力無かった。 Like Hulk Hogan spitting blood by Brock Lesnar. だからと言って柔術、そして総合格闘技のパイオニアであるホイスの功績はホーガンのそれ同様全く色あせることはない。 The distinguished service of Royce as the pioneer of kakutougi (MMA) and jiu-jitsu does not fade (similar to Hogan […]

UFC in Canada?

Monday, May 29th, 2006

By: Luke Nicholson  There was an interesting story by Neil Davidson of the CP, talking about UFC coming to Canada. Obviously, as a Canadian, this is very exciting. With the high Canadian dollar, and with MMA’s growing popularity in the Great White North, it only would make sense for UFC to expand beyond their borders, […]

Mach Sakurai makes national headlines

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Mach Sakurai story makes front page of Yahoo Japan HP By Zach Arnold Unfortunately for 30-year Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, he didn’t make national headlines in Japanese news circles because of his great fighting career. Instead, he made the news because police arrested 33-year old construction worker Kenichi Sakayori on suspicion of assault (causing an injury). […]

The price of being mainstream

Monday, May 29th, 2006

By Zach Arnold TV Week has an extraordinary article, talking about various American cable networks jumping on the MMA bandwagon. And, as you would expect with some network executives, their view of what MMA is produces some wacky, but unfortunate results. BET, MTV2, Oxygen and Fox Sports are betting the popularity of ultimate fighting will […]

Online ticket auction

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

We got a note from correspondent Michael Blechman about an auction taking place to help benefit Brian Olsen, the fighter who got stuck with an ambulance bill after Mike Kyle kicked him in the face in their WEC fight. Link to the auction site. For the auction, two cage side seats (Section C, Row 1, […]

Gendai: Fuji TV not to renew PRIDE TV deal?

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold As noted yesterday on the message board, Shukan Gendai came out with a page article in this week’s magazine, proclaiming that their campaign against DSE for being an alleged yakuza group is showing some effects. They claim that the TV deal between DSE/PRIDE & Fuji TV is up in September, and that […]

IFL 5/28 TV report

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Flashback: IFL debut TV show on Fox Sports Net The TV intro package is the same as last week. We see a review of the Silverbacks’ domination of the Anacondas, with tonight featuring Renzo Gracie’s Pitbulls vs. Maurice Smith’s Tiger Sharks.

UFC mania in Japan

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Photo credit: Sankei Sports By Zach Arnold Sankei Sports has two articles today (here and here). The first one talks about the photo-op that Kazushi Sakuraba, K-1 matchmaker Sadaharu Tanigawa, and UFC President Dana White had. The hope is that Sakuraba will work in UFC soon. The second article talks about Ryo Chonan training with […]

Goldberg in MMA?

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Matt Boone reports that MMA Hawaii’s X-2 show in Oakland, California on June 3rd may have a surprise. Boone claims that X-2 is in preliminary negotiations to book Bill Goldberg vs. Tank Abbott.

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