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Archive for August, 2007

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Saturday surprise: K-1 interested in Asashoryu?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The headline that has everyone’s attention in Japan is a report in Tokyo Sports that K-1 made an offer of one billion yen to Asashoryu for an 8-fight MMA contract. K-1 denied the report. One of the more intriguing stories coming out of Japan is the future of DEEP. DEEP is ran by Shigeru Saeki, […]

Friday flame wars: Barnett vs. White

Friday, August 31st, 2007

“And he’s like, he’s more part of the UFC than part of Yahoo.” — Oliver Copp talking about Kevin Iole, F4W Daily show, 8/31/2007. More information on Oliver here. Copp also said on the radio show that Dana White has heavy influence on the music that fighters use for entrances to the cage. The Texas […]

WWE’s new big drug scandal

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Dave Meltzer sets up the table of information here and here and here. Now, here are the media reports referenced by Meltzer: Sports Illustrated | ESPN | The New York Daily News TJ Quinn became one of Barry Bonds’ worst media enemies for covering the steroids beat, and he could very well become McMahon’s biggest […]

Five things I learned from the UFC 75 conference call

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Luke Thomas wrote-up an excellent summary of the UFC 75 conference call. My first thoughts after reading the summary: Renato Babalu was fired from UFC for holding a choke hold on David Heath for around 3-4 seconds after the referee asked him to let go. Babalu’s firing sounds more designed for Public […]

Thursday trash talk: Jay Glazer is not welcome in Kentucky

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

When I was 13 years old, asking for secret sauce meant the mystery dipping condiment with your french fries. Now, secret sauce has a whole new meaning for 13 year olds. (Hat tip: Mikeinformer.) More reaction to this story can be found here. Plus, more discussion about steroids and UFC fighters. How MMA’s popularity is […]

Whatever happened to… Mark Hall

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

By Zach Arnold If you’re an old UFC and MMA fan, the name Mark Hall brings back some interesting memories. I haven’t heard his name mentioned much in the last few years, but today his name surfaced in a media report — and it’s not great publicity, either. The Press-Enterprise (Southern California) is reporting that […]

Wednesday war room: What’s in a name?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

It is not a good day in the world of Bodog. You, too, can buy Mike Tyson’s poop. If Kevin Iole called his critics last week “keyboard warriors,” I can only imagine what he is going to say after reading this. Luke Thomas has some words for Iole. Both Frank Trigg and Joe Stevenson think […]

Tuesday headlines: Rickson Gracie is returning

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

There is a brand new SEC filing by Pro Elite. Any new information in the filing? I did notice this gem on page 15: The material weaknesses noted were: (1) the Company inadequately maintained accounting records, (2) accounting policies and procedures were not formally documented, and (3) the accounting department did not have sufficient technical […]

UFC plays hardball with Arlovski

Monday, August 27th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Most hardcore MMA fans online generally understand how Zuffa LLC, the parent company of UFC, does business — especially when fighters have one fight left remaining on their contract. So, it should be of no surprise that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva indicated to Steve Sievert of The Houston Chronicle that Andrei Arlovski […]

Monday medical notes: Several fighters at UFC 74 injured

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Quote of the day on ESPN TV: Washington Post sports columnist Michael Wilbon stating that he wants to see Randy Couture take on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, nothing more or nothing less. In other words, Wilbon doesn’t want to see Randy fight anyone else. In a strange and funny way, he may have stumbled onto an […]

Dana White admits that PRIDE is dead

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Update: One point that I forgot to mention in the initial point is that White’s public quote that the PRIDE assets are ‘tainted’ is going to perhaps raise some interest from the Nevada Gaming Commission. If there is one thing that the NGC does not like, it is any sort of connection […]

UFC 74

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Live show reports: The Fight Network | Sherdog | MMA Weekly | UFC Junkie | F4W Online | UFC Mania | MMA on Tap | Irish Whip Fighting | Steve Sievert | The Observer | Yahoo Sports | Alex Marvez Non-UFC note: The Fernando Vargas/Ricardo Mayorga fight has been postponed. Kevin Iole – Renato Babalu […]

Saturday update: The road to UFC 74

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

This is a primer for you to read before UFC 74 takes place. NPR (National Public Radio) did an article on MMA that was… well… it was what it was. The New York State Athletic Commission once again came out against MMA and in favor of boxing. The article also shamelessly parrots The Zuffa Myth. […]

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