The TUF Coaches Countdown Show

by:  Jack Bratcher

Tonight (Fri. Sept. 12), The Ultimate Fighter Coaches Countdown show aired on Spike TV.  The point of the show was to give people an overview of Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the coaches of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which debuts Wed. Sept. 17 at 9pm CST/7pm PST.

It is evident that Frank Mir has enormous respect for Nogueira and referred to him as one of his “heroes.”  He also said that he would not disrespect one of his “idols” by stepping into the cage any less than one-hundred percent prepared.

Nogueira also showed respect for the younger Mir, calling him “a very talented kid.”

One of the most interesting aspects of the Mir/Nogueira fight is that we have PRIDE’s top submission heavyweight facing the UFC’s top submission heavyweight.  Even though PRIDE is no more, this is still one of those big fights we never could have seen just a couple of years ago.

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Ring of Combat XXI- Play by Play and Results

By Denny Hodge

Ring of Combat XXI live on HDNet tonight at 8:30 PM Central.  Stay tuned to promma.info for round by round updates and results.

Jose Rodriguez vs. Marc Stevens  (170 lbs.)

Round 1

Stevens goes for the takedown immediately.  Rodrigues goes for an armbar, and gets slammed for his effort. Back to full guard, with Stevens delivering some big shots to the face of Rodriguez.  Stevens continuing to drop big shots to Jose.  Rodgriguez to his feet, and catches Stevens with a huge knee to the midsection.  Both fighters clinched against the fence, but the fight goes back to the ground within a few seconds.  Stevens in Jose’s full guard working some ground and pound.  Not much action on the ground, and the ref stands them up.  Stevens goes for a shot and catches Jose with a knee.  Jose locks up a guillotine, and locks up stevens in half guard.  Stevens breaks free from the choke and the ref stands them up quickly.  Another takedown by Stevens at the end of round one.  Dominating round for Marc Stevens.

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Trigg set for first pro wrestling bout vs. A.J. Styles

I tuned into TNA last night just in time to catch our buddy Frank Trigg standing in the middle of the ring opposite A.J. Styles. Trigg looks completely natural in there talking smack to Styles. Supposedly they are going to have an MMA-type bout of three five-minute rounds at TNA’s “No Surrender” this Sunday, Sept.14 airing live on pay per view. From what I understand, you can only win by submission in this special rules match. Although Trigg has been appearing on TNA as commentator and advesary to Kurt Angle, this will be his first full-fledged match with the TNA professional wrestling promotion.

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War Machine gets the boot

UFC and TUF veteran Jon Koppenhaver (aka War Machine) has been released from his extensive contract for making some extremely untimely and ignorant comments about Evan Tanner’s death and for his refusal to fight an opponent offered to him by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. War Machine is no stranger to controversy.  As many of you … Read more

Strikeforce “Scores” TV Deal In Canada

Press Release:

Live programming kicks off with Playboy Mansion extravaganza

SAN JOSE, Calif. —World championship mixed martial arts (MMA) federation, Strikeforce, has partnered with one of Canada’s top national sports television networks, The Score, to deliver live programming, beginning with the league’s star-studded affair at the world-famous Playboy Mansion.
The Score’s live telecast of “Strikeforce At The Mansion II” will begin at 10:30 pm ET on Saturday, September 20th. The Score will also carry weekly Strikeforce programming, which will premiere on Saturday, September 6th.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring the Strikeforce MMA product to fans in Canada,” said Strikeforce Founder and CEO, Scott Coker. “The Score has a reputation for being an exceptional sports television platform and we are proud to join their family of programming.”

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The Fertitta Effect

By: Kelvin Hunt

So far the UFC/Zuffa has had another banner year in 2008.  They have accomplished so many things this year that a lot of it flies under the radar.  Things such as:

  • Holding their first ever event in Canada with UFC 83
  • Inking a deal with Bud Light
  • Signing a deal with toy maker JAKKS Pacific

That’s just to name a few things without even mentioning PPV sales so far this year, and gate figures breaking records at almost every new venue they hold an event in.  The majority of all of the things mentioned thus far was accomplished prior to Lorenzo Fertitta joining the fold full time at Zuffa.  However, not to be out done…a couple of BIG things have transpired in the few months that Fertitta has been at work.  Things such as:

Welcome to the Ken & Kimbo show

by:  Jack Bratcher

Elite XC held a media conference call today to help promote the upcoming Saturday Night Fights, which airs live on CBS October 4th and takes place in Sunrise, Florida.  Fielding questions on the call today were main event fighters, Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock, Kimbo’s trainer, Bas Rutten, and Elite XC power player, Jared Shaw.

There were a few thoughts that came to mind as the conference call continued and Ken and Kimbo traded verbal jabs back and forth:  “circus, freakshow, snake oil, WWE, schoolyard, childish, immature, insecurity, tough, legend, street fighter, beard, el Guapo, fun, funny, hilarious, ratings.”  It’s hard to say what sort of impact a fight like this will have on the sport but one thing is for sure, I will be watching.  I imagine the ratings will be just as good as the first CBS event and most likely will surpass it.

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Sengoku 5 card complete with Wiuff vs. Gracie

World Victory Road confirmed that Roger Gracie opponent will be Travis Wiuff. He defeated Kazuyuki Fujita at Sengoku 3. In the Lightweight division, former Welterweight and Middleweight Kiuma Kunioku faces Korean fighter, A Sol Kwon. This now completes the card for Sengoku 5. SENGOKU 5 Date : September 28th, 2008 Place : Yoyogi National Gymnasium … Read more

Dana White post-UFC 88 interview

Many people were left feeling bewildered after UFC 88.  How could The Iceman, the most popular mma athlete in the world and a knockout artist in his own right, get laid out cold by a TUF winner?  How was this possible?  People began to act and speak as if it “shouldn’t” have happened.

Immediately after UFC 88 and following the KO heard around the world in Atlanta, Dana White spoke with ESPN radio where he addressed some of these concerns and a lot more. Here is what the good friend of Chuck Liddell and UFC President, Dana White had to say :

  • In reference to the main event, White states “Chuck Liddell has never been knocked out like that, ever.”
  • He goes on to say that Rashad Evans felt Chuck “was at the end of his career” and was very excited about his match up with the Iceman.
  • White talks about a “changing of the guard” and how The Ultimate Fighter is “the real deal” for bringing in new talent.
  • Now we have TUF 1 winner vs. TUF 2 winner for the LHW title.
  • White says the LHW title fight would have been Rampage vs. Forrest in a rematch but his legal issues screwed the timing up. [Rampage instead will fight Shogun.]
  • Dana discusses his questionable eating habits that were displayed during his video blogs.

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