Lorenzo Fertitta wants Rickson Gracie to fight in the UFC

David Samuels has a great new interview with Lorenzo Fertitta in The Atlantic. He goes in-depth with the UFC co-owner and talks about everything from fighter salary, to how The Ultimate Fighter got started, and even issues a challenge to Rickson Gracie to get in the Octagon.

The Ultimate Fighter, now winding up its eighth season on Spike TV was a very important turning point in the history of the UFC. Lorenzo talks about how hard it was to even find a television station that was interested in airing the program, “We met with—you name it, MTV, CBS, ABC, ESPN, HBO, Showtime, Spike, USA. We probably met with the Food Channel too. I don’t know. We met with everybody. And to a ‘t,’ every single person said this won’t work. Get out of my office. This is a joke. It’s boring.”

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“Octagon”- a would be book review

A new less expensive Octagon now available

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

If you visit the UFC site, you can still get your hands on “Octagon”, the collectors edition.  At $2700 is it really a shock that they still have it in stock?  The book is huge at 21.5″ x 27″, and weighing in at nearly 50 pounds.

 If you can’t picture just how big it is, take a look at the picture on the right.  Actually the book is now old news and has been fodder for many a keyboard warrior on popular MMA web sites and forums alike.

What is new about the book is that it will be re-released on December 15th for the retail price of $40. The new “trade” edition, is smaller, and was NOT hand-bound in Italy.

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Pay me once, own me forever

by:  Jack Bratcher

This is a Holiday 2008 UFC catalog I recently received in the mail.  It contains various UFC products such as T-Shirts, DVDs, hats, etc. that would make nice gift ideas for Christmas.

However, as I looked closer at the cover the other day I noticed the fighter silhouette was none other than our good buddy Frank Trigg.  That head is unmistakeable.

Now, Trigg hasn’t been a part of the UFC since 2005 when he fought GSP at UFC 54 so why are they stilll using his image to advertise their wares?

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Frank Mir: in-depth interview (video)

Here’s a very in-depth interview with Frank Mir and his trainer Ken Hahn. In spite of the somewhat uneducated interviewer (calls the UFC the Ultimate Fighting Challenge) they do cover quite a few topics and Frank talks about why he thinks he can beat Big Nog. There are three parts.

Part 1

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UFC 92 – Ultimate 2008 in-depth preview

On December 27 the UFC will be holding the card of the year featuring Rashad Evans vs. Forrest Griffin for the LHW Title, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir for the Heavyweight Interim Title, and Rampage vs. Wanderlei Silva. Here’s an in-depth look at these three big fights. Please like & share:

Carlos Newton returns at W1: Inception

Carlos “The Ronin” Newton will return to action against fellow Canadian Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib at Warrior 1 MMA’s inaugural show on March 28th 2009. The bout will be Newton’s first appearance in Canada since making his pro debut 13 years ago at Extreme Fighting 2.

Newton (13-13) commented on his return to the fight scene. “I have been away from MMA for some time now and I couldn’t be more excited to be back. It only seems right to make my return in my home country and with a great organization like Warrior One.”

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Rampage says he was poisoned by PRIDE

Quinton Rampage Jackson recently spoke to UFC.com about the seven defining moments of his career and how he believes Pride officials made sure he lost his debut fight in Japan against Sakuraba. “I remember my stomach feeling like I swallowed a brick,” Jackson recalled in 2007. “I still, to this day, think that somebody poisoned … Read more

Against the odds: the history of Frank Mir’s UFC career

by: Sohail Arif / Jack Bratcher

Frank Mir started his UFC career in 2001 at UFC 34 against a very high level BJJ black belt practitioner in Roberto Traven (Mundial winner and an ADCC champion). Frank Mir was a purple belt at the time and submitted Travern in just over one minute into round one.  It was a very impressive debut and everyone took notice.

In his next bout at UFC 36 Frank was pitted against UFC veteran Pete Williams. Williams had faced the likes of Kevin Randleman, Semmy Schilt and former UFC HW Champion, Ricco Rodriguez.  He had never been submitted in his career, yet Frank Mir in his second UFC bout submitted Williams in just 46 seconds with a very impressive shoulder lock.

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Anderson Silva still hints at boxing career

It seems Anderson Silva had plans to go to Thailand to work on his Muay Thai after UFC 90 but issues with his Green Card have delayed the trip. He also recently got turned away at the Canadian border and denied entrance to the country possibly for the same reasons.

In the meantime while waiting for his documents, Silva has been working on his boxing. Having spent some time with Freddie Roach and also attending the Roy Jones Jr. vs. Joe Calzaghe fight in New York, it’s no secret Silva still has strong leanings toward the world of professional boxing.

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5 Rounds with Mike Straka: Ring of Combat, Dana, Carano, Strikeforce, & Alvarez (Videos)

Mike Straka and his guests from Fox News’ Fight Game discuss some of the major topics from the past week in MMA. In round one they take a look at Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat. Round two discusses Dana White & Lorenzo Fertitta playing “good cop, bad cop.” In Round 3 they discuss Gina Carano’s future. Round 4 is dedicated to the momentum of Strikeforce and Round 5 is focused on Eddie Alvarez.

Ring of Combat

(videos 2-5 after the jump)

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