Josh Neer loves punishment

Apparently, Josh Neer did not think his opponent, Mac Danzig, was doing enough damage while laying on top of him at UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Florida last Saturday. So to fulfill his need to feel more punishment, Neer decides to do a little ground and pound TO HIMSELF. How does CompuStrike count this … Read more

The Dana White business model

Since acquiring PRIDE FC back in March of 2007, Dana White and the Ferttita brothers staked claim to being the clear-cut number one mixed martial arts promotion in the world. However, White’s business practices remain scrutinized by MMA fans and pundits.

If it’s firing Jon Fitch for a day because of a video game, cutting Matt Lindland over a t-shirt or airing old Pay-Per-View broadcasts opposite of Affliction cards, Dana’s every move seems to be examined under a microscope.

While his methods may be questionable, there can be no denial that his results remain second to none. Despite the undeniable success of the UFC, one area where White has not prevailed has been signing the number one heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko.

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VASELINE-GATE – an in-depth investigation

Someone has taken a lot of time and effort to put together these videos of the “VASELINE-GATE” story. You may not agree with everything shown or you may feel there is a bit of bias to the videos but they are interesting nonetheless.
PART 1

Parts 2 & 3 after the jump…

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UFC implements new rules for cutmen and corners

Kru Phill Nurse is the Vaseline Master

We here at PRO MMA (http://promma.info) told you about the controversy surrounding UFC 94’s main event and Georges St. Pierre’s corner-man, Kru Phil Nurse, putting Vaseline on his back.

If you have been away from the Internet this past week then you have missed the fallout from that incident with the message boards, airwaves, and chat rooms filled with talk of grease, pre-fight oil baths, and rematches. The story continues to unfold as now the UFC has gotten involved and decided to implement some changes to the rules regarding a fighter’s corner while a bout is in progress.

According to new reports, the UFC has banned all corner-men from handling Vaseline used in between rounds to treat and prevent cuts on the fighters. Instead, the UFC will provide one cut man for each corner during the fight and the handling of the Vaseline will be his job. A maximum of two people are allowed to be inside the Octagon in a fighter’s corner between rounds (including the cut man).

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UFC Fight Night 17 live gate and bonuses

A crowd of 7,596 enthusiastic fans flocked to the USF Sundome to witness the UFC’s first venture into Tampa. UFC Fight Night 17, headlined by Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens, raked in a live gate of $428,000. The final figures should be released by the Florida State Boxing Commission some time next week.

The last major MMA event held in Florida had been EliteXC’s “Heat” at the Bank Atlantic Center. EliteXC’s final card under the guide of Jeremy Lappen and Jared “Skala” Shaw attracted 7,701 spectators to Sunrise, FL. and fetched a live gate of $677,793 and 847 of those seats had been given out as “comped” tickets.

After UFC Fight Night 17 concluded, Dana White spoke to the St. Petersburg Times and informed them that the UFC will return to Tampa in 2010.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 – summary & results

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 took place in Tampa, Florida tonight, Saturday, February 7, 2009.

After last weekend produced a card with not one submission, tonight there were a hand full of beautiful technical chokes and a great armbar by Joe Lauzon in the main event. Lauzon fought a very tough Jeremy Stephens. Stephens was looking to take off Joe’s head but had to settle for just a little blood. Lauzon plays it smart, gets Stephens to the ground and uses his grappling prowess to get the win. Great job Joe!

Here are the results of the entire card and a summary of the televised fights.

UFC Fight Night 17 results:
Matt Riddle def. Steve Bruno by unanimous decision in rd 3
Nick Catone def. Derek Downey by submission (keylock) in rd 2
Gleison Tibau def. Rich Clementi by submission (guillotine) in rd 1
Matt Veach def. Matt Grice by TKO (strikes) in rd 1
Dan Miller def. Jake Rosholt by submission (guillotine) in rd 1
Kurt Pellegrino def. Rob Emerson by submission (RNC) in rd 2
Anthony Johnson def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO in rd 1
Josh Neer def. Mac Danzig by submission (triangle choke) in rd 2
Cain Velasquez def. Denis Stojnic by TKO (strikes) in rd 2
Joe Lauzon def. Jeremy Stephens by submission (armbar) in rd 2

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“Rampage” Jackson joins with Triumph United

A new press release states that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (20-7) is now part of Triumph United, a leading manufacturer of training equipment for Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and Boxing. They will be providing Rampage with all of his training equipment. “We are very excited to work with Rampage, his charisma in and out of the Octagon is unparalleled,” said Triumph United President, Hans Molenkamp.

Rampage is currently training in England at “The Wolf’s Lair”, preparing for his March fight against Keith Jardine. Quinton had this to say about his new sponsor, “I chose Triumph United because training is just as important as the fight. Since I train more than I fight, I need to use the best training equipment. Thanks to my countless hours spent in the gym, I can without a doubt say that Triumph United is the best training equipment I’ve ever used.”

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Trigg weighs in on GSP vs Penn & Vaseline-gate

Our buddy Frank Trigg is back with a follow up to the GSP vs B.J. Penn fight and his take on Vaseline-gate. Trigg brings a great perspective to the issue from his commentary background as well as having fought GSP. Hello to GG in the background. Please like & share:

Fighters make weight for UFC Fight Night 17

All fighters for UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 made weight today although Josh Neer and Rich Clementi both weighed in at 156.5 on their first attempt. The main event will feature Jeremy Stephens vs Joe Lauzon. Lauzon was originally slated to fight Hermes Franca, a training partner of Stephens, until he had to pull out due … Read more

Joe Lauzon UFC Fight Night 17 video blog #2

Here’s episode 2 of Joe Lauzon’s UFC Fight Night 17 video blog series. The crew has checked into their hotel as Joe does last minute photo shoots and interviews before his big night. Bets are made, pranks are played, but the star of this episode has to be Chess Game Fight Gear fighter, Chuck O’Neils … Read more