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Around the media horn (10/8/08)

By Zach Arnold | October 8, 2008

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Dana White gets his mafia TV show

UFC boss sets mob drama at Spike. Maybe he could recreate the PRIDE yakuza scandal using old editions of Shukan Gendai. Nah…

A PR push for Chris Leben

From bad boy to coach, UFC fighter Chris Leben grows up

“I still like to have fun, I still like to get my heart rate up, do exciting things. After my last little stint in jail, a lot of things that have happened to me in my life, I’ve realized there’s a lot of situations that are good fun, safe fun, beneficial fun – and then there’s other kinds of fun and situations that I now choose to abstain from.”

Seth Petruzelli’s PR nightmares

Petruzelli fights controversial statement

“I didn’t even think I was saying it that way when I said it,” said Petruzelli. “It was me basically just saying I wanted to have a standup fight, then they offered a knockout bonus to do it, so I took it. I’m sorry that I created this controversy. I didn’t mean to do it at all.”

Rampage vs. Silva III

Rampage vs. Silva likely to be booked on December 27th for UFC’s ‘fattest card ever’

KJ Noons thinks he’s a free agent

“Since I’ve been stripped, I’m no longer the champion and I don’t owe them the fights,” he said. “I owed them fights for being a champion.”

Topics: Media, MMA, Pro Elite, UFC, Zach Arnold | 12 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

12 Responses to “Around the media horn (10/8/08)”

  1. 45 Huddle says:

    The KJ Noons situation is an example why Zuffa never stripped Couture of the belt. Once a company does this, the fighter has massive leverage to say he is no longer with the company no matter how many fights are left on his contract.

  2. Jeremy (not that Jeremy) says:

    “With Showtime in advanced negotiations to purchase EliteXC, the promotion’s future is looking a lot more stable than its $55 million debt currently suggests. Stars will be needed to steer vehicles on Showtime and CBS telecasts to come.”

    Loretta, you no longer work for The Fight Network, you’re not required to just make shit up anymore, so I’m interested in knowing where you got this idea?

  3. Preach says:

    “UFC boss sets mob drama at Spike”

    Dana, we already got that one, it’s called “Brotherhood”…

  4. brashleyholland says:

    How does a company stripping someone of a title mean that fighter is no longer with them?

    While the UFC and co. have clauses that say champion’s contracts automatically extend, if Noons was under an original contact that had fights left, stripping the title is irrelevent.

    If Forrest failed a drugs test and the UFC stripped him, does that mean his contract is over and he is no longer ‘with’ the UFC?

  5. Dedwyre says:

    Sean Sherk was stripped of his title, but he was still under contract to the UFC. Did Noons’ contract specifically state that he had two more fights as long as he was champion, but if he somehow lost the belt, his contract would become void? Because that seems like a dumb idea to make if you’re writing a contract.

  6. D.Capitated says:

    Loretta, you no longer work for The Fight Network, you’re not required to just make shit up anymore, so I’m interested in knowing where you got this idea?

    lol whut? If there’s still some version of EXC on CBS a year from now, I half imagine people pretending it never existed.

  7. Rollo the Cat says:

    Now apparently Benji Radach has said that he knows nothing about any KO bonuses from Elite, despite Lappen saying they are a regular feature in his fighter’s contracts.

  8. D.Capitated says:

    BTW, its interesting to see Meltzer talking about Ishii going to MMA being a total game changer for the sport in Japan. If he brings the kind of ratings he’s talking about, DREAM, Sengoku, or whomever their spiritual successor is will be more than back in business.

  9. Rollo the Cat says:

    So would they put Ishii against Fedor in his first fight? If he loses would that be the end of Ishii as a draw?

  10. Zach Arnold says:

    Ishii’s not doing MMA… this is not a story right now.

  11. Fightlinker says:

    Since when has japan cared about a fighter losing? A lot of the bigger japanese names have TERRIBLE records. I’m just confused as all hell as to if Ishii is gonna be in MMA or not. 50% say yes on NYE, 50% say no way for a while. I’m betting this uncertainty means he’ll be there on NYE.

    And fedor will fight him

  12. Ivan Trembow says:

    Question: What do you call a reality show in which a house is stocked with an unlimited supply of hard alcohol, and then you act surprised in the result that you anticipated, encouraged, and hoped for? Answer: A concept that was trashy, repetitive, and out-of-date in 1999. In 2008, it’s just pathetic. Like a lot of people, I choose to watch The Ultimate Fighter because I enjoy MMA. I don’t enjoy the obsolete 1990s reality show concept of “get a bunch of drunkards in a house, get them wasted, and film the ensuing chaos.” I can’t believe I missed the season premiere of South Park for that garbage.


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