“One day you show up and look your age. That’s what happened to Nogueira.” -Dana White

 Dana White appeared on the Carmichael Dave show on Monday, December 29, 2008 to talk about everything that went down at UFC 92, Fedor, and much more.

White talks about the now infamous “shock pen” that got a ton of use in his UFC 92 video blogs where White went around shocking Chuck Liddell, Rampage, Lorenzo Fertitta, and other players within the UFC promotion.

White reveals that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira went into his interim title fight with Frank Mir having just come off a case of staph infection and “other problems.” He also said, “It happens to all of us, one day you just show up and look your age. That’s what happened to Nogueira that night. Nogueira looked horrible.”

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4,465 tickets comped for UFC 92

UFC 92 may have drawn a total of 14,166 spectators this past Saturday, however, not all of them paid for their ticket. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed that 4,465 of fans in attendance received complimentary tickets. The 4,465 fans who did not pay made up thirty one and a half percent … Read more

No more Spike TV for LA/NY cable viewers?

19 million cable viewers in NY and LA are close to losing some of their favorite cable channels, including SpikeTV, which broadcasts UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed, UFC Countdown, and UFC Fight Night.

Viacom claims it has been trying to negotiate a “fair” renewal of its prized cable channels for months and months, but reputedly Time Warner Cable has been unresponsive and “unreasonable” so talks have stalled. The nation’s 2nd largest cable system operator, in turn, claims Viacom is asking for “exorbitant” increases in carriage fees which would have to be passed along to the customer. So now this fight between the two Big Media giants will hurt cable viewers.

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K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! 2008 New Year’s Eve results

The New Year’s Eve DYNAMITE!! event has come and gone in Saitama, Japan. We have posted the fight videos from this event HERE. There were some incredible fights with some big upsets.

Melvin Manhoef knocked out Mark Hunt in the first round with a big right hook. Shinya Aoki submitted Eddie Alvarez by heel hook in round 1 (just as I predicted) to win the WAMMA lightweight title.

Badr Hari received payback for illegally kicking his last opponent in the head after the ref had stopped the action by receiving a first round knockout from Alistair Overeem. Bob Sapp even defeated a cartoon. Here are the full results:

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K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! 2008 New Year’s Eve (videos)

K-1 Dynamite!! Intro:

Many more DYNAMITE!! videos for your viewing pleasure…

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Melvin Manhoef replaces Jerome Le Banner at K-1 Dynamite!!

Dream’s official website is reporting that K-1 veteran, Jerome Le Banner is pulling out of his scheduled match up with Mark Hunt due to the flu. Stepping into the MMA rules fight will be middleweight, Melvin Manhoef.

Manhoef last donned his MMA gloves as a participant in Dream’s Middleweight Grand Prix back in September. After violently dispatching Pride veteran and Japanese fan favorite, Kazushi Sakuraba, he was defeated via triangle choke by the eventual champion, Gegard Mousasi.

After his defeat, rumors circulated that the Dutch muay thai fighter had retired. German website groundandpound.de reported that Manhoef was retiring to spend more time with his family. This will be his first fight since the announcement. The former Cage Rage light heavyweight champion, who normally competes at middleweight, will be at a tremendous size disadvantage when he takes on Hunt.

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K-1 DYNAMITE!! betting odds

New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan is going to be one amazing night of fights. The K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! event will be going down with 19 big bouts split between K-1 rules and MMA rules.

As always, BetUS.com has all your betting needs taken care of and have given fight fans a number of opportunities to make some money on this event. Seven fights in all are available to bet on through BetUS.com. That is a lot of fights to play with and choose from, especially for a Japanese event.

If you think Hong Man Choi could pull off a win against Mirko CroCop, then +150 odds on Choi would be a nice payout. We’ve seen Shinya Aoki do some amazing things during his career and if he could take down Eddie Alvarez, with Aoki sitting at +110, you would be one happy MMA fan. Here’s the full list of odds:

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Could Hong Man Choi be the next MMA “freakshow” to hit the big time?

Hong Man Choi & Brock Lesnar
Hong Man Choi & Brock Lesnar

Not so long ago many thought that Brock Lesnar was just another MMA sideshow who was brought in to boost pay per view buys and ticket sales.  Now, he has become rather respectable due to his victory over MMA legend Randy Couture.  Those who compared the former NCAA champion to Kimbo Slice have been forced to eat at least a little taste of crow.

Back in the summer of 2007, Lesnar was set to make his debut against another freakish athlete , Choi Hong-man.  Of course, the California State Athletic Commission did not let him fight due to a tumor in his pituitary gland, and Lesnar was forced to debut against replacement fighter Kim Min-soo.  At 7 ft 2 in and weighing over 330 lb, it is safe to say that Hong-man would have provided a much stiffer test.

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THE INFO episode 6 – PRO MMA podcast

The boys of PRO MMA enjoyed Christmas and are back for another edition of THE INFO to discuss UFC 92 and K-1 Dynamite!! Jeff Howard came back for another guest host spot to join Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Monday night. The guys talked about the futures of new 205 pound champion, Rashad Evans, Interim Heavyweight champ Frank Mir, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. K-1’s New Years Eve card was also a hot topic as well as the importance of Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki fighting for the vacant WAMMA Lightweight Title. Despite “The Mad One’s” absence there was a usual reference made about The Hills…

THE INFO episode 6
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THE INFO is the official podcast of PRO MMA – http://promma.info

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MMA promotion for sale

KFC has been putting on MMA events for over 5 years
KFC has been putting on MMA events for years

Ever dreamed of being an MMA promoter? Ever thought about setting up the fights you wanted to see between the fighters you wanted on the card?

Now is your opportunity. Kentucky Fighting Challenge is putting their Bowling Green, KY show on the market. It’s pretty much like you are buying a franchise; everything is already set up and ready to run and the seller will come in and train the new owner on operations.

They already have five shows booked for 2009. $5,000.00 is all you need to get started. Could you be the next Dana White? Here are the full details from the owner, Jimmy McMurtrie:

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