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Tuesday headlines: UFC Fight Night

By Zach Arnold | June 12, 2007

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Yes, there is indeed a UFC event on Spike TV tonight. Time for you to predict the rating. Give us your prediction for the cable TV rating in the comments section (and fight predictions, if interested).

Greg Sirb, the commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, has been sued. The lawsuit alleges that Sirb interfered with a contract between a casino (Casino Del Sol in Tucson) and a promoter (Lion Heart Boxing Productions) in the state of Arizona.

Plaintiff’s lawsuit alleged, among things, that Mr. Sirb, intentionally interfered with their contract with Casino Del Sol, improperly tried to induce the casino to breach its contract, illegally tried to prevent the plaintiffs from promoting the June 21, 2007 fight, defamed plaintiffs and also involved himself in a conspiracy to circumvent plaintiffs contractual rights. Ancillary to the actions related to the June 21, 2007 event, plaintiffs also sued Mr. Sirb for host of improprieties spanning a period of six months.

You’ll recognize the name Greg Sirb because of these articles that Charles Jay wrote about him in 2003. (Related: Charles Jay on Fight Opinion Radio.) Check out CJ’s articles (on the BWAA) here and here.

Luke Thomas on the difference between an arm-lock and a kimura. The interesting thing about reading this point is that, to me, it illustrates a real difference between American and Japanese MMA fans. In Japan, you never hear the term ‘kimura’ or ‘Americana.’ Nobody knows what you’re talking about over there when you use those terms over there. But they do know keylock, V1 armlock, etc. I know those, too.

Thomas Hauser on Bob Arum. Also, Calvin Ayre on Dana White. Gambling 911 on Vince McMahon’s ‘death’. WWE claims the death is real, damn real.

For our UK readers: Forrest Griffin, Tyson Griffin, Martin Kampmann and Jay Hieron will be signing autographs at Seven Live in Belfast’s Odyssey Sports Complex (where UFC 72 is taking place) Wednesday night at 7pm.

Another boxer rips into MMA. This time, the boxer is Glen Johnson. He was quoted in today’s Palm Beach Post as stating:

“You see a fight in the parking lot, and it’s close to what a mixed martial arts fight looks like,” Johnson said. “People can relate to it.”

In regards to the latest report about Quinton Jackson in PRIDE, the two people he’s likely referring to are Yukino Kanda and Hideki Yamamoto (the PRIDE US bosses).

Onto today’s headlines.

  1. Fightlinker: Jonathan Goulet burns some bridges
  2. Bloody Elbow: Safety and MMA
  3. Yahoo Sports: Sick, not ill (article on Forrest Griffin)
  4. NBC Sports: With a few more wins, stardom should find Jon Fitch
  5. New York Newsday: This was the fight to save boxing (referring to Zab Judah vs. Miguel Cotto)
  6. MMA HQ: UFC Fight Night 10 preview
  7. UFC HP: UFC Fight Night weigh-in results
  8. The Canadian Press: Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher ready for the re-match
  9. UFC Junkie: Chuck Liddell’s manager denies rehab claim by Vernon White
  10. Yahoo Sports: Personal attack (talkinga bout Phil Baroni)
  11. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Spencer Fisher confident, but Sam Stout is motivated in lead up to UFC
  12. The London Free Press (Canada): City fighter Sam Stout headlines championship
  13. The Long Beach Press-Telegram: Spencer Fisher gets shot at payback
  14. The Grand Junction Daily-Sentinel (CO): Mike Smith likes mixing it up
  15. The Everett Herald (WA): Ultimate Legend – Randy Couture is one of the biggest names in the booming sport of UFC
  16. Fox Sports (Dave Doyle): MMA news and notes
  17. The Miami Herald: Weight and see on Fisher-Stout
  18. The Killeen Daily Herald (TX): Fighter Cedric “Spiderman” Marks’ assault trial postponed
  19. The Baltimore Sun: One-on-one with Chuck Liddell
  20. John Griffin: UFC’s UK potential
  21. The Warriors Way: Modern martial arts – fake or real?
  22. Sean Salmon: Thoughts on winning this past weekend

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32 Responses to “Tuesday headlines: UFC Fight Night”

  1. hbdale309 says:

    1.0 is my ratings prediction.

  2. Sheldon says:

    0.7 I don’t think anyone gives a damn about this card.

  3. chairibofjustice says:

    You should put up the link to the Daily Show segment.

  4. Zach Arnold says:

    It’s linked in the comments section of another post (the ESPN one).

  5. Luke says:

    The ratings might not be that good for this card, but surely everyone is more excited about this than the mediocrity that is UFC 72, no?

  6. chairibofjustice says:

    I’m sort of ambivalent about this upcoming UFN and UFC. Don’t get me wrong, every event that the UFC puts on is another opportunity to make a wager, so I can’t really complain. Additionally, I’m a MMA junkie so unless DJ Hapa or Tommy Morrison are in it, I’ll watch almost anything. Subconsciously, I think I’m saving my valuable Chi energy for the TUF finale and UFC 73.

    I am pretty stoked about the Franklin/Okami fight and Guida/Griffen fight respectively. Those are going to be two quality fights and I’ve got no problem plunking down my cash for it. That being said, UFC 73 and 74 are really going to be off the hook.

    You know there’s nothing wrong with taking a break a charging one’s MMA batteries.

  7. Sam Stout vs Spencer Fisher is as exciting to me as Parisyan vs Sanchez. It’s not gonna end quick either. I bet the ratings are gonna spike (pun intended) as the match goes on and these sluggers pound it out.

  8. hbdale309 says:

    If you by crap, Dana will give you crap – and laugh at you a little bit. UFC 72 is crap. Don’t buy this crap and you won’t have to worry about crap again. namsayin?

  9. Zurich says:

    1.1!

  10. Canson says:

    1.2 or so I would guess.

  11. Mike says:

    Funny that Luke Thomas calls out Kevin Iole for getting the meaning of Kimura wrong, but then doesn’t captialize the K in Kimura. Perhaps Luke doesn’t know it is named for Masahiko Kimura and thus the K is captialized. Rule No. 1 on calling someone else out for getting something wrong: Make sure you get it right yourself.

  12. Jordan Breen says:

    “Funny that Luke Thomas calls out Kevin Iole for getting the meaning of Kimura wrong, but then doesn’t captialize the K in Kimura. Perhaps Luke doesn’t know it is named for Masahiko Kimura and thus the K is captialized. Rule No. 1 on calling someone else out for getting something wrong: Make sure you get it right yourself.”

    That’s pretty nitpicky. Eponymous acts like that typically become non-capitalized just because they get worked into the lexicon. Billiards fans assuredly don’t hit the shift key every time they mention a masse shot.

  13. klown says:

    Re: One on one with Chuck Liddell
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/custom/mma/bal-liddellqa,0,788975.story?coll=bal-sports-headlines

    Interviewing Liddell is like reading out generic UFC talking points…

  14. Randy Rowles says:

    1.0 – The lack of starpower is getting this show underrated. The main event should be da bomb.

  15. […] The PRIDE officials that Jackson mentions are most likely PRIDE USA’s Yukino Kanda and Hideki Yamamoto, according  to Zach Arnold at FightOpinion.com. […]

  16. Mr. Roadblock says:

    Bob Arum should be proud of himself for the Cotto-Judah PPV. The entire card was excellent and the fights moved one after the other with no more than a few minutes between the end of one fight and the entrance for the next. The broadcast was as good if not better than anything UFC has ever done.

    I can’t wait until NY wakes up and legalizes MMA. Fights in Madison Square Garden look and feel epic. I imagine by early next year Eliot Spitzer the new Governor will have the wheels in motion to sanction MMA in the state.

  17. Matthew Watt says:

    1.1

    I think the main event will be alright. but that Fitch-Carnerio fight will be great too.

  18. Adam Morgan says:

    Funny that Luke Thomas calls out Kevin Iole for getting the meaning of Kimura wrong, but then doesn’t captialize the K in Kimura. Perhaps Luke doesn’t know it is named for Masahiko Kimura and thus the K is captialized. Rule No. 1 on calling someone else out for getting something wrong: Make sure you get it right yourself.

    Talk about nitpicking. Not to mention that you’re wrong. Even in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Theory and Technique, Royler and Renzo refer to it as a “Kimura” upon introduction to the technique and from there on out it is referred to as a “kimura,” lower case.

    The fact of the matter is, that isn’t the point. Mainstream media wouldn’t know technique if it hit them in the face.

  19. Zack says:

    What did Calvin Ayre say about Dana? I can’t watch at work.

    I’m predicting a 1.1

  20. Body_Shots says:

    Bob Arum should be proud of himself for the Cotto-Judah PPV. The entire card was excellent and the fights moved one after the other with no more than a few minutes between the end of one fight and the entrance for the next.

    Funny you say that, Arum openly admitted to copying the UFC’s format for Cotto Judah.

    The broadcast was as good if not better than anything UFC has ever done.

    Of course, everything is better than the UFC.

  21. Body_Shots says:

    How to make the Finals relevant again
    If you find yourself writing a sports column and want to know whether anyone out there is paying attention, here’s the quickest way to find out: Write something even slightly derogatory about UFC in particular and mixed martial arts in general.

    Three things you will find out about yourself from reading through some of the hundreds of e-mails: (1) You are either a closeted boxing fan or a boxing fan who is attempting to destroy MMA as a means of keeping boxing alive; (2) you wouldn’t last three minutes in the octagon with the writer of the e-mail, and; (3) you are, dear sir, an ass.

  22. I like how we officially have an internet mob. Kudos.

  23. GassedOut says:

    .944 😉 Frustratingly close, but you can’t round up.

    LOL Body_Shots! It’s true by the sound of it from all the stuff I’ve read and/or wrote myself. I hope I wasn’t that bad, but it could be a mild version of #3 in some cases. Seriously, though…you work for the UFC, don’t you.

  24. Mr. Roadblock says:

    I’m not someone who says everything is better than UFC. But Cotto-Judah was a better top to bottom production. Good matchmaking, good pacing and nobody does fights like the HBO Production team. From the amount of cameras, to the corner talks and the way the shows are lit it’s phenomenal. Usually UFC events are much better than HBO boxing events because HBO lets the promoters run hog wild with their money and put on half assed shows. But when a boxing promoter gets it right, as Arum did Saturday, boxing on HBO is as good as it gets.

    I read weeks back where Arum said he would copy the pacing of UFC shows. He did even better. The fights were on one after the other almost like it was a smoker card. That crowd was super hyped. That’s one thing UFC has to work on, they don’t mic the crowd the right way. Everyone I know that was in Columbus, OH said it was deafening in that building. That didn’t come across on TV. I’ve been to UFC’s where the crowd is bonkers and then watch the show on TV and the crowd sounds muted. Just an observation.

  25. chairibofjustice says:

    “I’ve been to UFC’s where the crowd is bonkers and then watch the show on TV and the crowd sounds muted.”

    That could apply to virtually any sporting event you watch on television really, it’s the nature of the medium.

  26. Mr. Roadblock says:

    Not true. The CBS & FOX does an excellent job of capturing the crowd at NFL games. As I mentioned HBO does the same on boxing.

  27. chairibofjustice says:

    What do you mean not true? As I mentioned, there are plenty of events where the crowd isn’t captured on television.

    Personally, I could careless as long as the fights are good.

  28. Mike says:

    Yes, that was nitpicky about the Kimura. That’s the whole point. If you’re going to call someone else, you better make damn sure you have everything right yourself. Period.

  29. Tomer Chen says:

    Yes, that was nitpicky about the Kimura. That’s the whole point. If you’re going to call someone else, you better make damn sure you have everything right yourself. Period.

    Got a source on the grammatical legitimacy to writing ‘Kimura’ instead of ‘kimura’? I’ve never read that techniques are considered proper nouns…

  30. Canson says:

    Lynchman and I win

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