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Saturday update: The road to UFC 74

By Zach Arnold | August 25, 2007

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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. Dana White is also quoted in the article as saying that “there is not a problem with steroids” in MMA.

If you are a member of MMA Predictions, make sure to get your picks in for both the ShoXC and UFC 74 events tonight. Plus, I know there is a BodogFight event in Vancouver (an event in which Mark Weir got injured at). Here is the day one taping results.

The weigh-in results for UFC 74.

Diego Sanchez claims that Georges St. Pierre’s arrival at Greg Jackson’s camp led to him deciding to leave Albuquerque.

Steve Cofield audio interviews: Diego Sanchez | Brandon Vera | Randy Couture | Josh Koscheck | Roger Huerta

There will be a live online chat with Dan Henderson this coming Monday.

A link from our friends at Fighters Only Magazine… Dana White says that Gonzaga ‘pwns’ Mirko at the 16:38 mark.

Onto today’s headlines.

  1. Sherdog: Couture all business on eve of title fight
  2. MMA Weekly: Ryo Chonan will fight Paul Daley on 9/22 at Cage Rage 23
  3. Irish Whip Fighting: Preview of GSP vs. Koscheck
  4. Fightlinker: UFC 74 miscellaneous predictions
  5. MMA Analyst: UFC 74 predictions and thoughts
  6. The Fightworks Podcast: Early video interviews from BJJ Mundials
  7. Grapple Monkey: UFC 74 – comments, predictions, and so much more
  8. MMA Madness: Pre-UFC 74 video footage
  9. MMA on Tap: On tap UFC 74 selections and predictions from top MMA personalities
  10. Yahoo Sports: Randy Couture the underdog at the MGM sports book
  11. Rob King: Another early win lands Roger Hollett MFC title
  12. UFC Mania: UFC 74 quick preview, analysis, and predictions
  13. The Dayton Daily News: Five things to watch for at UFC 74
  14. The Las Vegas Sun (Jeff Haney): UFC 74, Couture vs. Gonzaga – take five
  15. The Edmonton Sun: GSP looking for redemption
  16. The Long Beach Press-Telegram: Main event of Couture vs. Gonzaga worth shouting over
  17. The Washington Post: Couture takes on Gonzaga not for a title, but for ‘fun’
  18. The Times-Herald Record (New York): Brendan Tierney’s Xtreme Combat battle to be aired on Showtime
  19. The Wilmington News-Journal (Delaware): Silvio Braga extols the virtues of BJJ
  20. The Los Angeles Times: Randy Couture says experience will trump enthusiasm
  21. The Los Angeles Times: GSP says he’s back on track
  22. The Edmonton Journal: No sense fighting this
  23. Gambling 911: UFC 74 helps fill voids for online gambling sites
  24. SLAM! Sports: Favorite UFC moments of 2007
  25. The Searcy Daily Citizen (Arkansas): MMA competition slated for tonight at the White County Fairgrounds
  26. The Washington Times: Randy Couture tough enough at 44
  27. The Vicksburg Post (MS): Production crews descend on city to prep for MMA event for ShoXC
  28. Blogging Vegas: UFC 74 – Couture vs. Gonzaga is truly about respect
  29. The Lafayette Daily Advertiser (Louisiana): MMA, boxing share spotlight tonight at “Collision at the Coliseum
  30. RJ Broadhead: In good company in Las Vegas – a crowded bandwagon

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12 Responses to “Saturday update: The road to UFC 74”

  1. UFC Fanboy (45 Huddle) says:

    I don’t know about everybody else, but I’m watching ShoXC tonight instead of the UFC!!!!

  2. Ivan Trembow says:

    Well, that makes at least one of you! Seriously, though, the logic of going head-to-head with the UFC PPV instead of having the ShoXC event on Friday night just doesn’t make sense.

  3. Zach Arnold says:

    On our interview this week with Mauro Ranallo, Mauro stated that the reason the ShoXC event is on a Saturday instead of a Friday is because the building in Vicksburg asked them to move it to a Saturday (it was booked on Friday).

  4. Nic Nichols says:

    Thanks for linking to our little newspaper in Delaware- Braga’s school is a great place to train, and is getting bigger each week. (Too bad our little paper from Delaware can’t get Napao’s name right…)

  5. UFC Fanboy (45 Huddle) says:

    I just finished listening to the interview with Mauro Ranallo. I’m sure he is a nice guy, but boy… He is one annoying commentator. He answers a question with 100 words when it should take 25. The guy can’t just step out of being an announcer and give a legit interview. It is like he is always doing his shtick…. Unless that is how he talks to his friends… Then that is even more scary. I know a lot of the hardcore fan base enjoys his commentary, but he has negative appeal to a casual fan base. Especially with that god awful Canadian Accent. Sorry if this sounds like bashing, but how can somebody be in broadcasting since the age of 16 and not have that accent fixed already? It’s no different then a southern accent in America. Unless you are announcing NASCAR or Bull Riding, it just doesn’t fly. Heck, Bill Walton turning himself from a stumbling idiot (with words) to a respectable announcer for the NBA….. End Rant…..

    As for UFC 74….. Besides the two main events, I’m basically indifferent to the rest of the PPV fights. Nothing really peaks my interest. UFC 75 & 76 are much better cards to me overall. I kind of hope the main card fights all end early so we can see the fights that actually do interest me…. Like Babalu/Heath and Guida/Aurelio…..

  6. Puro_Elitist says:

    You neglected to mention that the top story in the “Related NPR Stories” at the bottom of that page is “Inside the Underground World of Dog Fighting”. You guys here at Fight Opinion really ought to be proud of yourselves if the people at friggin’ NPR write an article like this.

  7. Zach Arnold says:

    I just finished listening to the interview with Mauro Ranallo. I’m sure he is a nice guy, but boy… He is one annoying commentator. He answers a question with 100 words when it should take 25. The guy can’t just step out of being an announcer and give a legit interview. It is like he is always doing his shtick…. Unless that is how he talks to his friends…

    That’s how Mauro talks in real life.

  8. Rollo the Cat says:

    Why the Mauro bashing? He isn’t one of the great announcers like Gordon Solie or Bill Wallace, but he is ok.

    Oh, and, GO CRANE GO!…GO CRANE GO!..GO CRANE GO! Put an end to this clown tonight, please.

  9. Adam Morgan says:

    “Pwns Mirko CroCop.”

    Un-freakin-believable. Did Dana say this right after a session of Halo 2 multiplayer or World of Warcraft?

  10. Sam Scaff says:

    Everyone should take note that on the site you can listen to the NPR piece from the radio, which is decidedly different than the written article.

    The article summarizes the radio piece but misses some significant detail and does not really capture the tone of the piece.

  11. And buys predictions?

    I’d ask the same for Summerslam, but I don’t want to miss Super China Buffet Day.

  12. “Did Dana say this right after a session of Halo 2 multiplayer or World of Warcraft?”

    Seriously you guys, when I heard that I laughed so hard… for like 20 minutes non-stop.

    Gonzaga… pwns Cro Cop…. pffttt!

    Ah this is ridiculous now, I need to stop

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