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Archive for August, 2008

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Next round in Zuffa vs. Couture court case

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

This Thursday (9/4), with Randy Couture’s legal counsel asking for a jury trial. This is something that Zuffa has been fighting.

Barry Melrose endears himself to the MMA audience

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

America’s favorite TV hockey personality tells it like it is about the state of the NHL: I think toughness is leaving our game, and I hope that people realize it’s wrong. I hate to mention this, but the fastest growing sport in the world is ultimate fighting. We’ve got that as part of our game. […]

Fight Opinion Radio #89: The state of MMA outside UFC

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Consider this a group therapy session, as we spend this week’s show trying to figure out what the landscape of the MMA business is outside of UFC. Warning: You may get very depressed and fast. We discuss virtually every issue on the table and also talk about which newcomers to the sport have ‘superstar’ potential […]

Article of the Day – NY Times

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Ultimate Branding. I’m bored out of my mind, too. Work with me here.

Report: WEC down to four weight classes

Friday, August 29th, 2008

From the office of Kevin Iole: Zuffa’s decision to trim the WEC from six divisions (light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight) to four by folding its light heavyweight and middleweight divisions into the UFC, however, will make it that much harder to fill cards. That’s particularly true given White’s plan to add pay-per-view […]

The Rampage Jackson media circus at court

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Mr. Jackson plead not guilty today to the charges he is facing. Naturally, Rampage is now doing a media tour to rehabilitate his image publicly. Sports Illustrated’s Ben Fowlkes is not impressed at all: It’s not that I can’t understand the collective desire of the UFC and Jackson himself to put this incident behind them. […]

Why Quinton Jackson was lucky to avoid any further criminal charges…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

… D.A.: Loss of fetus not from crash Speaking of incidents involving a car, here is a sad story about a young fighter who tried to jump from his car.

IFL 10Q report (8/27/08)

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

No real surprises in today’s filing. The main reason I was interested in reading the document was to see if the IFL had indeed sold its assets to Zuffa LLC. I saw no mention of this at all in the filing. Basic financial stats at hand from the filing: Accumulated deficit as of 6/30/08: $35.7 […]

A lot of nervousness right now

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

So, I’m writing an article that will be posted soon at MMA Memories talking about the state of the MMA industry. Nobody has ever accused me of being Mr. Sunshine, but I can’t recall a more perilous situation for MMA organizations outside of Zuffa LLC as I can right now at this moment. A lot […]

Screaming Rampage media headlines, plus Hamill & GSP get ready for their upcoming big fights

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The city of Utica (New York) gave Matt Hamill a big sendoff, as he gets ready to face Rich Franklin in Atlanta on September 6th. All the screaming headlines you want about Rampage are here and here. Here’s some news regarding Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn II being booked for January 31st in Las […]

Antonio Inoki is thinking about creating a new star in Japan…

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

… and I’ll give you one guess as far as who he is thinking about. The only surprise is that Inoki thought of this first instead of (Kazuyoshi) Ishii.

TMZ: Rampage Jackson facing two felony charges

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Report here. AP report here. Felony charges: 1) Evading while driving recklessly 2) Evading a peace officer Misdemeanors charges: 1) Three counts of hit & run 2) One count of reckless driving

Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock signed for October 4th

Monday, August 25th, 2008

It’s now official. 1) Will it attract a lot of interest from casual, mainstream MMA fans in North America? 2) Will it be a competitive fight? It should be noted that Jeremy Lappen, who is running the show at Elite XC, used to represent Shamrock.

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