Dana White’s Final UFC 87 Video Blog

Dana White took us on an unprecedented journey with him starting at the beginning of last week all the way through UFC 87 and beyond.  He did a video blog each day highlighting his activities leading up to UFC 87.  This is the final blog of the series and it was filmed the day of the fights in Minneapolis and takes us along as Dana gets ready in his hotel room to go to the fights, then to the fights, the press conference afterward and then finally back to Dana’s hotel room as the day’s festivities come to a close.

It’s a very personal look into the life of the promoter and reminds me of the stories I’ve heard of what the original concept for “The Ultimate Fighter” had been.  White promises that his video blogs will continue for each UFC hereafter so until next time, here’s the man himself, Mr. White:

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Gokhan Saki – K-1 Cinderella Man

by:  Cory Brady

K-1 put on another highly entertaining show Saturday night with the USA Grand Prix from Honolulu, Hawaii. For those unfamiliar with the K-1 GP elimination format it is set up as follows. Eight fighters fight in quarterfinal bouts, the four winners of those matches advance to a pair of semifinals where the winners of those bouts clash at the end of the night in the final.

In the first GP bout of the night, 6’1″ slugger Mighty Mo took on 6’9″ behemoth Justice Smith. This bout was a somewhat sloppy affair that saw Mighty Mo receiving flagrant knees to the groin and headbutts from an extremely akward Justice Smith. Mo seemed frustrated with Smith’s antics and was able to mount enough offense in the form of wild power punches to win a majority decision.

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The Arena VII – Aug 9th, 2008 Wise, VA

by:  Jack Bratcher

The UFC wasn’t the only MMA event happening on August 9th.  The ARENA VII was held this past Saturday night in Wise, Virgina.  One match in particular on that card featured Josh Stepp (who is Greg Maynard’s wrestling coach) from West Virginia faced Andre Boyd from Kingston, Tennessee.  While Dustin Hamm vs. Elmo Jones got Fight of the Night honors, Josh Stepp vs. Andre Boyd came a close second.  Josh got the victory over Boyd and this video will show you what we’re dealing with here.  Clearly, with guys like Maynard winning the Heavyweight Title last week and his good friend and wrestling coach, Josh Stepp putting on performances like this, West Virginia has some great MMA talent on the rise.

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Michael Bisping Training Video

Here’s a rare look at Michael Bisping as he shows a British reporter from The Sun how it feels to spar with an Ultimate Fighter winner. He says Bisping is honestly the strongest person he’s ever met. Bisping shows off some of his patented boxing technique as well as takedown techniques. Pretty cool. Stay tuned to PRO MMA for more Michael Bisping content and be sure to check out the PRO MMA VIDEO VAULT for tons of exclusive content.

Michael Bisping’s next opponent will be Chris Leben at UFC 89 on October 18th in Birmingham, England. Bisping vs. Leben has the potential to go down in history as one of the great wars of MMA. Bisping recently moved down from lightweight to middleweight and after Bisping’s recent comments saying Anderson Silva’s reign will end, could Bisping be the one to take Silva to that place no other man in the UFC has been able? Video is after the jump.

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Dana White at UFC 87 Post-Fight Press Conference (audio)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – UFC 87 was a huge success on many levels from ticket sales to the fights themselves. The Target Center in Minneapolis, where the event was held, set a new record gate of $2.2 million dollars with 15,082 attendees.

Dana said, “Georges St. Pierre put on an amazing performance against a guy (Jon Fitch) who would not quit…he took him down at will…GSP looked unstoppable.

And when your boss says this about you, it’s a damn good day: “When Brock said he wanted to fight in the UFC, I told him this isn’t the place to learn how to fight…but he said he wanted to test himself against the best…Heath Herring has a ton of experience, big fights with some of the best fighters in the world…Brock Lesnar looked unbelievable tonight. I was blown away with how well he looked.”

According to Dana, Minneapolis is the best kept secret in America and maybe the world. That’s interesting…I thought that was Lyoto.

Do you see the fight between B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre being the next fight for them both? “Definitely,” said White.

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UFC 87: SEEK AND DESTROY – AUGUST 9, 2008 – LIVE RESULTS & PLAY-BY-PLAY

by: Jack Bratcher

Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia (middleweight)

Rd.1 – They both come out trading punches. Maia pulls guard. Maia looking for a triangle. Rogan has already called it over. MacDonald is out of the triangle and takes Maia’s back with hooks in. Maia escapes a rear naked choke attempt. Back in Maia’s full guard. Shoulder strikes by MacDonald. MacDonald postures up and lands some shots. MacDonald has a deep guilatine. Maia is bleeding. Maia escapes and takes MacDonald’s back with rear naked choke in. Wow. MacDonald survived! Amazing! Amazing!
Rd.2 – Maia catches MacDonald with a left. Clinched up. Maia throws some knees then takes MacDonald down. Maia is on top and in full mount. Elbows by Maia. Big punches by Maia. Big elbows. Maia still with the ground and pound. Still in full mount for over a minute. MacDonald hanging on from the bottom. MacDonald pops out but Maia has his arm; he’s out. MacDonald on top now in half guard looking to pass as the bell sounds.
Rd.3 – MacDonald lands a punch and Maia gets the takedown. MacDonald reverses and gets on top. MacDonald’s corner told him not to play this ground game with Maia but he still is. Maia sweeps and ends up in full mount. Elbows from the top. MacDonald gives up his back. Maia still striking from MacDonald’s back. Maia sinks in the choke and MacDonald taps, too exhausted to defend I imagine.

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ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series

by:  Kelvin Hunt

ShoXC is an EliteXC presentation that pits developing fighters in tough match ups and is a springboard for future stars and champions of EliteXC.  On Friday, August 15th, ShoXC presents Elite Challenger Series that will air live on SHOWTIME at 11pm ET/PT (delayed on west coast) at Table Mountain Casino at Friant, California.

The main event consists of a re-match between once-beaten light heavyweights, Po’ai Suganuma (9-1) of Hilo, Hawaii, and Jared Hamman (10-1) of San Bernardino, California. Suganuma handed Hamman his lone loss in a controversial fight that lasted all of 15 seconds in the main event last April 5th at the Table Mountain Casino on ShoXC.

Other fights on this August 15th SHOWTIME card include, Fabricio “Morango” Camoes (10-4) of San Diego vs. Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-10) of St. Paul, Minn., at 160 pounds; Muay Thai striking specialist Cyrille “The Snake” Diabate (14-6-1) of France will make his EliteXC debut against ShoXC veteran Jaime Fletcher (9-3) of San Bernardino, California, at 205 pounds; and for the first time ever, EliteXC will showcase a title fight from one of its sister organizations, King of the Cage, when KOTC middleweight champion Keith “KO Kid’’ Berry (7-2) of Las Vegas by way of Murrieta, California, takes on Ray Lizama (5-5) of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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Dream Middleweight Semifinal Breakdown

by: Cory Brady

The matchups for the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix semifinals on Sept. 23 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan have been released at last. In one half of the semifinals Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will battle Zelg Galesic while Melvin Manhoef will take on Gegard Mousasi in the second half. The winners of these two elimination bouts will move on to face one another that evening in the cards main event.

Melvin Manhoef is an extremely aggressive and punishing striker that fights out of Amsterdam. He is a K-1 veteran and he boasts a kickboxing record of 34-4 with 25 of those wins coming by knockout. On the MMA side of things Manhoef holds a 22-4 record and has knocked out 21 of the 22 men he has beaten. Melvin is an absolute whirlwind of violence when the bell rings and has the kind of power in his fists that is reminiscent of a young Mike Tyson. Over the last two years Melvin has dropped two fights by armbar but has compiled a five fight knockout streak with his most recent win coming over submission wizard Kazushi Sakuraba and looks to be back on track.

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Historic MMA Bouts

We’re starting a new feature here at PRO MMA.  With The Ultimate Fighter continuing to draw in fans, with CBS, NBC, Versus, Showtime and HDNET all airing MMA, there’s a lot of new fans coming in to the sport.  More people than ever before have become interested in what many of us have treasured for years.  With the emergence of the newer fans it’s inevitable that most of them will have missed some of the  most important moments in MMA history.  PRO MMA is going to try and help fill you in on some of those significant events with our new segment called HISTORIC MMA BOUTS.  They will be in no particular order and they will have their own category on the site so you can go any time and watch any number of these HISTORIC MMA BOUTS.

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