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Archive for February, 2007

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Wednesday workweek notes

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

The story of the day comes from Japan, with an announcement that Gong Magazine (both the wrestling and MMA editions) will likely discontinue after March. Now the question is whether or not they will keep their mobile news service wire going. Also, a report on Sherdog that the PRIDE 33 event drew 8,334 paid and […]

Tuesday tough talk

Monday, February 26th, 2007

MMA Weekly: Pennsylvia state athletic commission preparing to regulate MMA in its state Sherdog: Greg Savage has unkind words for Jerry Millen IFL HP: Dear Don – advice from “The Predator” The Canadian Press (via CBC Sports): The Iceman (Liddell) ready to get back to training, looks forward to Sylvia-Couture Vegas Pop: Star PRIDE (celebrities […]

PRIDE 33 Injury Report

Monday, February 26th, 2007

By Zach Arnold If there is one positive for hardcore PRIDE fans about the Nevada State Athletic Commission, it’s the fact that they do some thorough medical analysis of fighters for safety precautions. And looking at the list of medical suspensions, there are plenty of implications that could effect PRIDE’s future matchmaking. Now that PRIDE […]

Monday morning media quarterback

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Today’s top story obviously is Rulon Gardner and two others surviving a small plane crash. More details here. Bloomberg news reports that the Fertitta Brothers have been successful in making a bid to take Stations Casino private (it was a publicly traded company). The majority of Japanese fight fans did not see PRIDE 33 on […]

Sunday news wrap

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

In the first attendance claim that I’ve seen in any mainstream media outlet, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is claiming 13,180 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center for the PRIDE 33 event. Interestingly, no attendance figures were listed in initial Japanese media reports coming out of the event (as opposed to the 10/21/2006 event, which […]

Fight Opinion Weekly: Disastrous fight results at PRIDE 33

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Comments off PRIDE 33 will go down as an event that, on paper, had a fight card line-up that looked like a turkey but produced some exciting fights. Short-term, the event was successful. Long-term, however, major damage was done to several of PRIDE’s key Japanese assets. There is no turning back to […]

PRIDE 33 – Dan Henderson makes history!!!

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

In a night of upsets, Dan Henderson caps off a historic night by knocking out PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva to capture the MW title. Dan Henderson is also the PRIDE Welterweight Champion. By: Luke Nicholson With all the speculation focused on this show possibly being PRIDE’s last, the fighters let it all hang out […]


Saturday, February 24th, 2007

This an open post. Do running commentary, give thoughts on the event, etc. right here. Here’s some running commentary. Joachim Hansen defeated Jason Ireland in R3 by submission. Frank Trigg defeated Kazuo Misaki by unanimous decision (30-27 on all three score cards). James Lee defeated Travis Wiuff via submission in R1. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou defeated […]

Saturday news snippets

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Your comment of the day from Sherdog writer Mike Sloan: It’s pretty much common knowledge that the some MMA fans here in America aren’t too keen on the growing number of superb fighters born and raised in the Land of the Rising Sun. Now where have I have seen this reasoning of logic before… Onto […]

Liverpool Olympia seminar cancelled

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

By Mark Pickering Only hours after the Ultimate Fighting Championship held a press conference in Manchester, England to the announce the fight card for the organisations April 21st event at the MEN Arena, it has emerged that their assault on the British market has already taken a setback.

Friday media fever

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

UFC signs Fabricio Werdum to fight Andrei Arlovski on 4/21 in the UK. Tough fight for Arlovski. The Werdum signing makes sense considering that he was brought into Mirko’s camp and that Ken Imai would be representing them in UFC (like he did in PRIDE). “PRIDE is in deep trouble. We’ve snatched away half their […]

K-1 signs a new South Korean TV deal

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Report by Yeo Jong-Hoon On Friday, CJ Media announced a new TV deal with FEG (the backer of K-1). The deal starts this year and expires in 2010. CJ Media will start airing K-1 World GP shows (beginning with the 3/3 Yokohama Arena event) on their cable channel, XTM. All four K-1 tour series (World […]

Thursday talking chatter

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A very interesting development today, as Boxing Scene (which syndicates boxing articles to Fox sports) is now adding MMA coverage. I expect a lot of the major sites to start adding more content shortly. It looks like more Wall Street analyst-types are starting to focus on the IFL stock, and like last week’s Bloomberg article… […]

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