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Archive for February, 2008

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American presidential politics

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Normally, I hate discussing non-business-related politics on this site. However, given what is happening with the 2008 US election cycle, one of the two finalists in the Presidential race is John McCain. McCain, as all North American MMA fans know, was the main politician to go after UFC during the SEG days when Bob Meyrowitz […]

A DREAM turning into a nightmare

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Gryphon has two news items of interest. First, Kaoru Uno is unlikely to work for the DREAM promotion right now. Second, DREAM backers are in a panic about Bob Sapp losing to Jan “The Giant” Nortje. A panic? Why, our fine fellow readers chided me for making such a suggestion a couple of days ago! […]

Update on UFC vs. Couture lawsuit

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

There was supposed to be a hearing in Clark County court today in front of judge Jennifer Togliatti in regards to a preliminary injunction that Zuffa LLC filed in court (I would assume regarding Xtreme Couture’s team participating in the IFL). According to the Clark County courthouse site, the pleading was amended today with a […]

Klitschko or Kimbo?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

That was the question asked today by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on ESPN. The fact is, amongst the various American sportswriters (for better or for worse), Kimbo Slice is the symbol of MMA. Both Kornheiser and Wilbon called MMA “savagery” on TV. Audio here.

YAMMA 4/11 Atlantic City card

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Press release Los Angeles, February 26, 2008 – Today YAMMA Pit Fighting (YPF), a new mixed martial arts (MMA) organization created by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) founder Bob Meyrowitz, announced that their first matchup will pit Russia vs. U.S.A, as Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov and Don “The Predator” Frye will go toe-to-toe in the […]

Tuesday media takedown (2/26/08)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

The brand new web site for the DREAM promotion is The DREAM web site is basically a modified format from the old DSE web site for PRIDE. The domain name for the web site was registered on behalf of the promotion’s backers by Network Solutions. Card line-up for 3/15 Saitama Super Arena show.

Monday news & notes (2/25/08)

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Jan “The Giant” Nortje makes quick work of Bob Sapp For those of you in the Reno area, supposedly there is going to be an MMA event at the Grand Sierra Resort on April 5th. The promoter is High Roller Productions. Anyone have details on this show?

Spirit MC Ring Girls: Tall, thin, hot.

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Guest column by MMA Weekly South Korea correspondent John Evans If you are looking for legitimate MMA news, skip ahead now, because this article is primarily about tall, thin, hot women, promotion marketing, and me.

Cage Rage 25 ‘Bring It On!’ Preview

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Guest preview written by Adam Underhill Only thirteen days away on Saturday March 8th 2008, in conjunction with the Los Angeles-based entertainment and media brand ProElite Inc, British promoters Andy Geer and Dave O’Donnell present to the mixed martial arts world Cage Rage 25: ‘Bring It On!’ from the Wembley Arena in London, England. An […]

Meet Mini Hong-Man

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The Japanese press calls him “nise Hong-Man,” but his real name is Masayuki Okude and he won his main event fight today on the ZST 16 show in Tokyo at Shinjuku FACE. The swooning is already commencing.

Fight Opinion Radio #77: Court is back in session

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Kimbo Slice proved to be a huge success at the box office and for Showtime’s television ratings. What exactly is driving the Kimbo phenomenon? Is race as big of a factor as it is being made out to be by certain individuals in the MMA community? Court is back in session this week with the […]

Sunday news review (2/24/08)

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Chuck Liddell’s book, Iceman, has slipped to #16 on the NYT Best-Sellers list, but it is the third week in a row that the book has made it onto the list. The Fightworks Podcast: Interview with Robert Drysdale Fightlinker: Who’s the Yoko Ono of MMA? Kim Couture? Steve Cofield: UFC needs to voice stance on […]

Trouble in Tacoma

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Jan “The Giant” Nortje just about finished Bob Sapp’s fighting career tonight. Sapp reportedly was scheduled to fight for the DREAM debut event on 3/15 at Saitama Super Arena. K-1 and DSE cannot be happy about this outcome. I’m starting to regret the fact that I brought up a possible analogy between Bob Sapp and […]

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