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I think Tito is scared of Dana ROTFLMAO. [Mar. 28th, 2007|09:48 am]

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LOS ANGELES – (March 27, 2007) – Top mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz says he pulled out of a planned boxing bout against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White because he was being asked to enter the risky match without a contract and for no money. He said he is still willing to box White, but only if financial terms are ironed out in advance.

Ortiz, who has held the UFC light heavyweight championship title, had been scheduled to fight former amateur boxing champion White on March 24th in a “grudge match” in Las Vegas. The match was a pre-condition that Ortiz had imposed before he signed a new contract with the UFC last year. Like Ortiz, White had been training for the fight and had received Nevada State Athletic commission approval for the match.

Ortiz explained in a post on his MySpace.com blog that he had already given up time and lost promotional fees to train for the fight against White, but decided against continuing after White and Spike TV declined to sign a contract agreeing to monetary and other terms, such as filming the fight for broadcast on pay per view television.

After canceling several paid personal appearances in order to train for the fight and undergoing routine medical tests, he received a call from Craig (Piligian, Spike TV’s Senior Vice President of Sports and Specials), who said that “Dana (White) says that they are not going to shoot the fight (for PPV) or cover it in anyway. So this was a real lose, lose situation for me. I lost out on money for appearances. Now I was losing out on promotion and big dollars for the PPV. He didn't want to cut me in on the deal. So as a business man I couldn't do the fight.”

Ortiz also said the he has a “very big fight with (Rashad) Evans” coming up on July 7th. “Why would I risk my health and that fight for free?” he asked, referring to the White boxing match. “I wasn't going to make anything for it. I was not going to get taken advantage of as a fighter or a businessman. You tell me if I made the right decision. Hopefully this will get ironed out and will be done right the next time. Just trying to do business.”
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Not to Spam, but for this community, this News is Huge. [Mar. 27th, 2007|09:09 am]

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Live From the PRIDE Press Conference

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sherdog.com's Stephen Martinez reports live from Tokyo, Japan where it is expected that Dream Stage Entertainment will announce at a press conference that it has ceded control of the PRIDE Fighting Championships to UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.

5:27 Tokyo Time: Little movement on stage, which is a miniature version of the production PRIDE was famous for during shows at Saitama Super Arena. More than 1,000 fans are present at the Roppongi Hills Arena, along with a strong contingent of Japanese and International press. There are two big screens featuring PRIDE bouts.

5:44: PRIDE highlights continue to play on the giant televisions. The attitude in the area feels more like PRIDE is saying "thanks for everything" rather than promotion. Fedor Emelianenko's (Pictures) manager, Vadim Finkelstein is here.

5:55: Japanese fighters have begun to arrive. Recent fan favorite Shinya Aoki (Pictures), whose gogoplata victory over Joachim Hansen (Pictures) made the world know it was possible, as well as Ryo Chonan (Pictures), and leglock master Masakazu Imanari (Pictures) have started to file in.

6:02: Virtually all of the Japanese fighters who have participated in PRIDE throughout the organization's decade-long history appear to be here.

6:07: Ultimate Fighting Championship matchmaker Joe Silva has shown his face. He is the first UFC representative to appear at the press conference. This is the first indication that the rumor Sherdog.com first reported on March 19 is indeed true: DSE and Zuffa have agreed to a deal of some sort that would have the companies working together.

6:24: PRIDE CEO Noboyuki Sakakibara is addressing the media. It's heartbreaking. He talks about PRIDE's history and his goals during his tenure of the organization's boss after Naoto Morishita committed suicide on Dec. 31, 2002.

Sakakibara announced his resignation and has just introduced UFC co-owner and Station Casino magnate Lorenzo Fertitta. There is discussion of a mixed martial arts commission, which Fertitta will act as president. PRIDE will be run separately but under the umbrella of Zuffa, which also controls the WEC.

Sakakibara becomes very sentimental and says he will step down following PRIDE 34 on April 8.

6:46: Current PRIDE president Nobuhiko Takada (Pictures) will remain with the new company. Takada has joined the stage, and begins to address the audience. Pride will run separate from UFC but under Lorenzo Fertitta, said the main who fought Rickson Gracie in the main event of the debut PRIDE Oct. 11, 1997.

Fertitta has the microphone and said PRIDE will continue world-wide. He discusses his love for the style of MMA PRIDE promoted, and wants to make the sport of MMA like baseball or soccer. Fertitta discusses a mixed martial arts "Super Bowl" with UFC fighters like Randy Couture (Pictures), Tim Sylvia (Pictures), Chuck Liddell (Pictures), Matt Hughes (Pictures), Diego Sanchez (Pictures), B.J. Penn (Pictures) facing PRIDE stars such as Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures), Wanderlei Silva (Pictures), Mauricio Rua (Pictures), Dan Henderson (Pictures), Shinya Aoki (Pictures), Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures), Takanori Gomi (Pictures) and Hayato Sakurai (Pictures).

6:56: Last year's PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix winner Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic says he wanted to come back and fight Fedor again in a recorded.

UFC president Dana White has come on stage and says that all mixed martial arts organizations are a joke next to UFC or PRIDE. White receives a good reception from Japanese fans. He is now talking about potential dream match-ups becoming a reality:

Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) vs. Randy Couture (Pictures)
Takanori Gomi (Pictures) vs. Georges St. Pierre (Pictures)
Dan Henderson (Pictures) vs. Anderson Silva
Chuck Liddell (Pictures) vs. Wanderlei Silva (Pictures)

Also official PRIDE 34 matches have been revealed:

Jeff Monson (Pictures) vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (Pictures)
Ikuhisa Minowa (Pictures) vs. Don Frye (Pictures)
Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) vs. TBD

7:02: Jeff Monson (Pictures) and Kazuyuki Fujita (Pictures) have appeared on stage and are being billed as the first UFC vs. PRIDE encounter. Fujita promises to crush the UFC.

7:16: The press conference is over. No questions were fielded from the press.
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Woo! it happened and the tourny will take place! [Mar. 27th, 2007|12:23 am]

Monday, March 26, 2007 - by MMAWeekly.com


The Japanese newspapers reported today in Tokyo, Japan that the UFC has bought Pride. Rumors of the sale have been circulating for a while, but the deal now appears to be done. One of the newspapers in Japan, SportsHochi, reported that Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, who own UFC parent company Zuffa LLC, will start a new company, thus disbanding Dream Stage Entertainment, the parent company of Pride. DSE/Pride President Nobuyuki Sakikabara, who brought Pride to the United States and was successful in making the Pride brand one of the most compelling MMA promotions in the world, is reportedly resigning from his position.

The new company that will operate Pride apparently won't be run directly by UFC or Zuffa, but will be its own entity owned by the Fertittas, so that Pride and the UFC will operate separately. It is also being reported that the two promotions will hold a joint super show once per year. SportsHochi reports that Pride 34 on April 8th will be the last Pride show run by DSE.

So, will Pride be a Japanese or a United States promotion? Apparently, Pride looks to continue to do shows in both Japan and the United States. Intentions are to still have the Lightweight Grand Prix starting in May, with the GP consisting of three shows, all taking place in Japan. The annual New Year's Eve show is still in the plans to take place in Japan. There are also plans to do 2-3 more shows in the United States this year.

There will be a press conference held in Tokyo, Japan at the Roppongi Hills Arena on Tuesday, March 27th, which will be open to the press and fans alike.
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The biggest MMA News you will read all day. (From Sherdog.com) [Mar. 23rd, 2007|08:24 am]

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PRIDE CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara informed staff inside the Japanese promoter's Los Angeles office Wednesday that he was stepping down as part of an agreement to sell the company to Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, who own the UFC.

According to a report by Dave Meltzer at wrestlingobserver.com, Sakakibara suggested only minor points separate the deal, which Sherdog.com first rumored on Monday, from reaching its conclusion. No contract has been signed, the report said.

While Sakakibara appears to be leaving a company he's been a part of since its inception in 1997, the man who stepped in as PRIDE CEO after Naoto Morishita committed suicide told his staff that the company would remain intact and autonomous from the UFC, but that hurdles no longer remain between UFC versus PRIDE cards, Meltzer reported.
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WOOHOO! [Mar. 12th, 2007|01:30 pm]

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UFC 70 to be broadcast for Free on Spike TV.

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Some MMA Babble. [Feb. 26th, 2007|09:56 am]

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I find it intriguing that the most entertaining fight of the Pride 33 event was from a former long time UFC competitor.

So many excuses for Wanderlei's performance, that he was sick, that he didn't handle the travel well, that he did or didn't do this or that. The only thing I have heard that is true is the comparison to the expression on 'Wandy's'coming into the ring to that of Rich Franklin before facing Andreson Silva. "Lamb being led to the Slaughter". There seems to be an extreme level of hype around Pride Fighters that is not nessesarily justified. For instance, take Fedor. Yeah he's a brute, can take a punch, can give one as well. But since 2003 had what? 3 or maybe 4 title defences??? UFC fighters have that in a year and a half baring injuries. Pride fighters seemingly can pick and choose for themselves if they want to put the belt up on a fight or not. Imagine if the UFC did that. Hughes, Franklin and Arlovski would be the belt holders. Yeesh Arlovski would never put it on the line, he picks up too many chicks with it!

I read the opinions of the rabid UFC fans and the rabid Pride fans on sherdog and mmaweekly and I have to say there is a great deal of foolishness in it all. The only way to determine the best fighters is an inter-league tournament executing a standardized rule set, done like the olympics, once every two or four years. Below is a cut of the proposed (rumoured) one apparently issued as a challenge by PrideFC to the UFC. If true Dana White would be a fool to refuse. Stealing $20million from a financially strapped competitor is a wise move.

“… Fishman made a public challenge to the UFC to pit each organization’s #1 and #2 fighters in each of four weight classes against each other in a best-of-eight “Winner Take All” format, with both companies putting up $20 million. The first organization to win five of the eight bouts would take home the $40 million prize.”
Further... Fishman said...

“I’ve always known that Pride has superior fighters over the UFC and the fans unanimously agree that Pride puts on a more exciting event. Once I fully acquire Pride FC, I intend to prove we have the best fighters, in what is sure to be the biggest prize, not just in mixed martial arts, but in sports history.”

My personal thought? Fishman's a tool. He doesn't have a clue and is only in this to pack his Casino Interests with Japanese Gamblers. He know fuck from fuckall about MMA and cares little for the fighters beyond thier ability to fight one more fight and fill his pocket.


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Stolen from Sherdog.com [Feb. 20th, 2007|03:34 pm]

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A hilarious and somewhat accurate opinion of the different MMA Promotions.

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I may add that K-1 can at least claim to have the loyalty of one of the great showmen... Genki Sudo.
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MMA Weekly [Feb. 12th, 2007|10:27 am]


I don't know how many of you already know about MMA Weekly, but I thought I'd post a link here. Lots of good info covering just about every major MMA organization around.


(crossposted to UFC_ Fans)

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kind of a fun question [Feb. 10th, 2007|12:31 am]
if you are/were a fighter what is or would be your entrance music?

mine id have to say vendetta by throwdown or anything hatebreed
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UFC Fighter VS others...... [Jan. 25th, 2007|09:14 pm]

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Welp.... Heath Herring just got his ASS handed to him. His excuse, "Well I came to fight not have a wrestling match" or some shit.... DUHHHH Yo Heath.... MMA includes wrestling, ju-jitsu, and a Myrid of other displines. You wanna box and not wrestle or grapple? Guess you better call Don King, cause in UFC you are not going to score a single victory in HeavyWeight if your Ground game sucks.

I dub Heath Herring Triple H


start training dude, or get back to Japan.
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