Manny Pacquiao purchases stake in ONE FC; is MMA debut imminent?

Filipino boxing phenom Manny Pacquiao has officially entered the MMA business after purchasing a stake in Asian MMA promotion ONE FC. Yahoo’s Kevin Iole brings the story: Manny Pacquiao won’t be stepping into the cage any time soon, but he now has a connection to mixed martial arts after purchasing an undisclosed number of shares … Read more

Lorenzo Fertitta talks MMA in New York and why the UFC needs more fights on free TV

In a rare two-part interview with UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, the billionaire mogul gives insight into the legalization of MMA in New York and why the UFC needs more fights on free TV.

Shane Carwin’s top ten MMA journalist rankings

Shane Carwin has turned the tables. Not only on the UFC’s heavyweight division, but now on MMA itself. Carwin’s philosophy is that MMA fighters are always ranked by journalists, now the journalists will be ranked by the fighter. Carwin says on his most recent blog post, In MMA we are ranked by the journalist around … Read more

The Cageside Beat February 4 Recap

In the latest episode of The Cageside Beat, the official radio show of Pro MMA Now, Brian and Mike were joined by veteran sportswriter Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. Iole offered his thoughts on UFC 109 as well some great insight into the backstage scene of a UFC event. This episode was sponsored by Silver … Read more

The Cageside Beat February 4, 2010: Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports

The Cageside Beat is the official radio show of Pro MMA Now.
Join Brian and Mike Thursday night at 10 PM ET for the latest episode of The Cageside Beat, the official radio show of Pro MMA Now. Brian and Mike will be joined by one of the top sports writers in the game – Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. This episode is sponsored by Silver Star: Built for Champions.

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Contemplating the UFC-Abu Dhabi connection with Kevin Iole


MMA insider and Yahoo MMA aficionado, Kevin Iole, sheds some light on the advantages of selling 10% of the UFC to the UAE. He “guesstimates” what the purchase price was and also gives an estimate on the UAE’s net worth.

April’s UFC 112 headlined by B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar is expected to take place in Abu Dhabi. However, no one seems to think this land that apparently flows with milk and honey can come up with a suitable venue.

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Kimbo is back; to appear on TUF 10

Hold on to your hats, the legendary street-fighting legend and Youtube sensation Kimbo Slice will be appearing as a contestant on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON 10 according to a Yahoo Sports exclusive from Kevin Iole published late Monday night.

From day one UFC President Dana White has mocked Kevin Ferguson a.k.a. Kimbo Slice and has stated the only way he would ever be allowed into the UFC is if he won his way into the organization as a contestant on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Did White ever think Kimbo would ever actually take the bait?

It is hard to say, nevertheless, Kimbo will be one of sixteen heavyweight contestants competing for a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Combined with the fact Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Sugar” Rashad Evans will be the coaches on TUF 10, and the season has the potential to garner the highest ratings the show has ever seen.

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