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Friday media frenzy – round one

By Zach Arnold | April 17, 2008

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Expect an amazing amount of MMA-related articles to be published today. I’ll try my very best to keep up with all of the action.

On Saturday, we’ll have a brand new edition of Fight Opinion Radio — this time, with a twist. Josh Barnett and Shayna Baszler will be the co-hosts. Speaking of The Babyface Assassin, here is his latest online posting regarding working out in the gym the right way.

Two interesting US state-related articles on MMA regulation – the first regarding Arizona legislation and the second regarding Rhode Island legislation.

Danny Sheridan in USA Today has his odds on this weekend’s UFC fights taking place in Montreal.

  1. Fight Critic: Iain Liddle and Total MMA lose their credibility (for the record, Iain posts his own articles on this site)
  2. Sportsnet (Canada): GSP vs. Serra – the calm before the storm
  3. Dave Meltzer: GSP’s time to shine
  4. The Canadian Press: Matt Serra puts on a charm offensive ahead of UFC 83 showdown with GSP
  5. Canwest News Service: Supportive Montreal crowd expected to greet UFC’s travelling road show
  6. Jason MacDonald: Pay me some respect, Joe Doerksen
  7. Joe Doerksen: Can Jason MacDonald repeat the magic?
  8. Gauntlet Sports (Calgary): Jason MacDonald — going from fan to fighter
  9. Sportsnet (Canada): Travis Lutter vs. Rich Franklin is about respect
  10. The Dayton Daily News (OH): UFC’s Rich Franklin is not looking past Travis Lutter
  11. The Toronto Star (Canada): Montreal has severe case of fight fever
  12. AOL Fanhouse: GSP vs. Serra is no Anderson Silva vs. Daiju Takase
  13. Eurosport (UK): Matt Serra plays down GSP row
  14. Sherdog: Michael Bisping on Charles McCarthy, move to 185
  15. The Canadian Press: UFC & Dana White celebrate Canadian debut in style
  16. The Edmonton Sun (Canada): GSP, Serra turn up hostilities against each other
  17. The Edmonton Sun: Veteran Alberta MMA fighter Jason MacDonald fasting for fight day
  18. Arnold Lim: UFC 83 is taking Canada by storm and Canada’s MMA scene will change forever

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18 Responses to “Friday media frenzy – round one”

  1. Dave says:

    Of course, I stop going to train with Santos, move out of RI and then they decide it might be a good idea to commision it there. I’m hoping it goes through, though.

  2. Iain Liddle says:

    Such a busy media day and that’s the top headline? It’s not even a well-written rebuttal but rather an almost personal attack from someone who has clearly miunderstood the article in the first place.

  3. Armen says:

    There’s nothing personal Iain. My point is made but the post is short. That’s just how all sports are run and I disagree with you, that is all.

  4. Zack says:

    Both articles sucked, IMO

  5. rainrider says:

    Montreal crowd would be more excited if Joe Silva included “Quebec VS British Canada” bout in the card.

    Cote vs McDonald, Cote vs Dorksen make a lot more sense than Mc vs Dork.

  6. Ivan Trembow says:

    Liddle didn’t write anything in that article that isn’t true.

  7. Pierre-Luc Allie says:

    The UFC hold a weigh in in Montreal, QUEBEC and they couldn’t find anyone able to host it in french and english.

    I’m kind of insulted here…

  8. Sheldon says:

    At least GSP translated his own comments.

  9. The Gaijin says:

    My god – the Quebecois even bitch on the internet. Are you ever not insulted by something that’s not completely catered to you?

    Sorry, but the U.S. doesn’t pander to your whining like the Canadian government does.

  10. Ultimo_Santa says:

    I don’t know what you’re talking aboot! We don’t cater to the Quebecers.

    OK, we do…but the rest of Canada doesn’t like it.

  11. Matthew Watt says:

    Surprise no one has mentioned Josh Gross’ move to Sports Illustrated. Something awesome if you ask me.

  12. IceMuncher says:

    Did you guys hear the fans yell out “Make the weight!” when Lutter went up. I lol’d pretty hard.

  13. IceMuncher says:

    On one of yahoo’s articles about the fight tomorrow:

    “It’s not a problem,” Serra said. “I’m just going to get to feel like Tim Sylvia feels in every city.”


  14. Pierre-Luc Allie says:

    I’m not bitching, it’s just about respect. I cant’t remember the last sport event presented in Montreal in french or in english only.

    It’s not like hosting a weigh in was an enormous job that only Mike Goldberg is qualified to do it…

  15. 45 Huddle says:

    Anybody else not really excited about this card? I just want to see GSP win, and the rest of the card is just average. Lots of great names on the card, just no good match-ups.

    The next UFC in May is going to be awesome on paper, but this one is kind of bland.

  16. Dave says:

    45 — that is how I’ve felt about most UFC cards for a while now. There really isn’t much really exciting me on that card. It feels like the more cards they have, the less enticing they are as they have to spread their big names out. I’m kind of expecting to see a PPV headlined by Kenny Florian sometime soon.

  17. The Gaijin says:

    I’ve been on this card FOREVER about this!

    Gotta give credit to the UFC for recognizing they can penetrate the Canadian market basically on the back of GSP’s name and being the “UFC’s debut”. The rest of the card is crap and there’s really not one exciting fight – they’re giving us a bunch of fights that should be on UFN and telling us its a great PPV.

    I’m in no way excited for this card other than GSP smashing Serra and seeing the Bell Centre crowd, but hats off to the UFC b/c its coming off as being a “huge event”.

  18. cyph says:

    This UFC has a great main event, but the supporting fights aren’t so hot. Lutter VS Franklin would be a marquee fight if only these two had a chance in hell of beating Anderson Silva. I really like Franklin, so it’s really sad how outclassed he was by Silva. Since they don’t, it’s a rather pointless match considering the result has no consequence on the middleweight division whatsoever.

    Then again, my FTA box is working again, and with a bunch of friends and alcohol (a great friend indeed!), it should be a fun night!


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