Interview with Rich “Ace” Franklin

UFC former Middleweight Champion, Rich “Ace” Franklin was in Oklahoma this past weekend for the Elite Combat League: Brawl for a Cause event. Here we see Franklin holding class and answering questions about what it takes to make a living as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. Franklin says his all time favorite fight was … Read more

Denis Kang added to UFC middleweight division

It was announced today MMA veteran, Denis Kang has signed a four-fight contract with the UFC.  Kang will be added to the UFC division in most need of new contenders; middleweight.  Thanks to current UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, the division has been cleaned out like a firehose in a birdcage.

The Canadian, Kang, is a former PRIDE FC welterweight grand prix finalist who is both known for his BJJ black belt ground game as well as explosive striking.  Kang has ended his last two fights in the first round due to strikes.  His last victim was Marvin Eastman at Raw Combat on Oct. 25.

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Fights & price for UFC Blu-ray DVD due Nov. 18

We reported to you two days ago that the UFC would be releasing “Ultimate Comebacks” as their foray into the Blu-ray market.  The price of this collection of bouts will be a reasonable $24.98, which is actually very good considering most regular UFC DVDs are priced anywhere from $15.99-$19.99.

“We are very excited to release the ULTIMATE COMEBACKS on Blu-ray, where our UFC fans will have a better viewing experience bringing UFC action right into their living room,” said Don Gold, executive vice-president of Zuffa LLC. “Fans that watch UFC already own Blu-ray and Playstation players, making the ULTIMATE COMEBACKS the perfect Blu-ray ‘must have’ title, and at a competitive price.”

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UFC: Sport or Entertainment?

by: Jack Bratcher

I woke up today a bit confused. After watching a recent video interview with Randy Couture where he says that no one is pretending Brock Lesnar is the number one contender for the UFC Heavyweight Title, but rather it is “about the eyeballs,” it just got me to thinking.

Is the top MMA promotion in the world a sports league? I find myself telling people “MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world” and often I point to the UFC as proof of that. They are being covered by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and innumerable sports news affiliates around the world. So I know I’m not crazy when I consider what the UFC does a sport.

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UFC steps into next-gen with Blu-Ray

On November 18th the UFC in cooperation with First Look Studios will officially step into the next generation by releasing “Ultimate Comebacks”, the first UFC title on Blu-ray Disc.

Pete Sell vs. Scott Smith and Martin Kampmann vs. Drew McFedries are just two of the bouts named to be on this high-definition release.

More than four hours of hardcore Ultimate Fighting footage, much of it never before seen on TV is said to be on the “Ultimate Comebacks” Blu-ray disc. Behind-the-scenes interviews will also be included.

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Could Robbie Lawler be headed to the UFC?

by: Jack Bratcher

Robbie Lawler left the UFC in 2004 after two straight losses, first to Nick Diaz at UFC 47 by KO and then to Evan Tanner (R.I.P.) at UFC 50 by Triangle Choke. At the time he was still fairly young and brash.

Now think about this for a moment, since Robbie Lawler left the UFC in 2004 he has lost, count em’…one fight, that’s right, to Jason “Mayhem” Miller (where the hell is he?). And even that was two years ago.

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Japanese Hip Hop – Memphis Style

by:  Jack Bratcher

It just so happens that Keddren Payne has a brother by the name of Quinton Jackson who is a Mixed Martial Arts fighter and used to fight in PRIDE Fighting Championship in Japan. Keddren used to accompany his brother on his trips to compete in PRIDE. Keddren felt such an affinity to Japan he found himself not wanting to leave.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and his brother are from Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is known for having great Blues music but it is also known for some down and gritty Dirty South Hip Hop.

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Chuck Liddell interview – video

Chuck Liddell was recently in Canada at Xtreme Couture in Toronto.  Our friends over at MMATraining.com spoke with the Iceman about several things including a potential fight with Anderson Silva and his opinion on who the best pound for pound fighter in the world is among other things.  Enjoy.

Anderson Silva will retire in 2009

by: Jack Bratcher

We’ve heard all the rumors and the so-called “mistranslations” but it doesn’t seem to get any more clear than this new interview with Anderson Silva where he says he will retire once his current contract with the UFC is up.  He has six fights on his contract until June of 2009.  Silva says, “everything has it’s time and I believe my time is already over.”

When asked if it had anything to do with the salary he makes from the UFC he assures us it has nothing to do with that and that he has never fought for the money.  The reporter tells Silva that he is sad to hear this and Silva tells him not to be sad because he will be sitting at the side of the Octagon with a fat belly eating popcorn cheering on the fighters.

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