THE FIRST WORLD BJJ PRO 2009 – ABU DHABI

A new year means the next round of action from the ADCC. The First World BJJ Pro 2009 – Abu Dhabi is slated for May 1st and 2nd.  2009 marks the 9th edition of the ADCC’s.  

Trials for the event will be taking place in mid January for the United States hopefuls, with events on both the east and west coast. Trials in Europe as well as Brazil will also be in January to decide who will be invited to compete in the ADCC’s.

The first ADCC took place in 1998 with humble beginnings and a limited amount of “submission fighters” from all over the world.  Word of mouth quickly spread as fighters returned home and told others about the high standard that was set, the equality of rules, and for the huge purses being paid to the winners.

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“Octagon”- a ProMMA.info book review

If you want a written history on the UFC then this is not the book for you. If you read at a 2nd grade level like “The Mad One”, then this book is a must have.  All kidding aside, “Octagon” is a virtual pictorial documentary of the plethora of legendary MMA fighters both past and current that have bravely graced the Octagon.  

Lorenzo Fertitta provides the introduction and explains how the book started as a project but quickly morphed into a life of it’s own.  Here is a short excerpt from his introduction:

“These photos, whether action or still shots, reflect drama, emotion, the heart and soul of what it takes to be a professional athlete in a sport that can leave you a completely different person, be it physically, financially, or emotionally.  The drama is the main reason why the before and after photos Kevin has assembled are so compelling.   As an active art collector, I can say these are some of the best art photos I have ever seen.”

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Gegard Mousasi and Alistair Overeem win big for MMA in Japan

Many MMA journalists, especially Yahoo Sports’ Dave Meltzer, have chronicled the decline of MMA in Japan. 

Even before Pride was bought out by Zuffa, they experienced a significant drop in their television ratings.  Now the FEG backed Dream promotion has been having trouble drawing an audience as well. 

On top of that, news that native stars, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Satoshi Ishii might sign elsewhere forecasts a bleak future.  However, due to the results from New Year’s Eve, things might be looking up.

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Josh Neer’s manager releases official statement

In reference to Josh Neer’s arrest this morning in Des Moines, Iowa, Mickey Dubberly, manager of Josh Neer and C.E.O. of KO Dynasty Sports Management, gave the following statement to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) this evening:

“We are still looking into the matter as a lot of the facts are still unclear. We back Josh 100% in resolving this issue as quickly as possible, and putting this matter behind us and moving forward. I know Josh on a personal and business level, and he is a great person, fighter, and loving father.”

“We apologize to Josh’s fans, family, friends, and the UFC while we have to deal with this incident. We are very grateful that the UFC has supported Josh throughout his career and has given him the opportunity to be a co–main event. In no way do we ever want to bring any negativity towards the UFC as they have been nothing but great to Josh.”

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Viacom and Time Warner Cable come to terms, SPIKE TV safe

MMA fans worried that they would not be able to watch UFC on SPIKE TV in 2009 can rest easy.

Media giants, Viacom and Time Warner struck a deal agreeing on compensation that would allow SPIKE TV, Nickelodeon, MTV and 16 other channels to stay on Viacom programming.

Viacom originally wanted an additional $39 million on top of the $300 million Time Warner already pays. In order for Time Warner to acquire the $39 million it would be forced to charge subscribers an extra $2.76 annually.

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Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic out for six months

Mirko ‘CroCop’ Flipovic ended 2008 on a relative high note by defeating the Korean ‘Techno Giant,’ Hong Man Choi at the K-1 Dynamite!! New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Saitama, Japan.

‘CroCop’ won the fight with chopping leg kicks; the last collapsing the massive Korean’s leg causing him to fall to the ground.

As many fans saw, Mirko entered the ring with his classic attire of wrestling shoes but also both knees wrapped in braces. The fight itself was short of any major fireworks and we may now know why.

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Josh Neer arrested in Des Moines, Iowa

UFC lightweight, Josh “The Dentist” Neer rang in the new year by celebrating in a Polk County jail cell. Neer was arrested early this morning in Des Moines, Iowa on charges of operating a vehicle while Intoxicated, eluding police, hit and run and other traffic violations.

“The Dentist” was released at 8:26 central time after two separate bonds of $2,000 and $5,000 for OWI and eluding police.

The incident began after Neer allegedly rear ended a car stopped at a red light. The car, after being hit by Neer, struck a police car that had been stopped ahead of it. The Miletich product then drove out into on coming traffic and the chase was on from there.

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“One day you show up and look your age. That’s what happened to Nogueira.” -Dana White

 Dana White appeared on the Carmichael Dave show on Monday, December 29, 2008 to talk about everything that went down at UFC 92, Fedor, and much more.

White talks about the now infamous “shock pen” that got a ton of use in his UFC 92 video blogs where White went around shocking Chuck Liddell, Rampage, Lorenzo Fertitta, and other players within the UFC promotion.

White reveals that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira went into his interim title fight with Frank Mir having just come off a case of staph infection and “other problems.” He also said, “It happens to all of us, one day you just show up and look your age. That’s what happened to Nogueira that night. Nogueira looked horrible.”

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4,465 tickets comped for UFC 92

UFC 92 may have drawn a total of 14,166 spectators this past Saturday, however, not all of them paid for their ticket. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed that 4,465 of fans in attendance received complimentary tickets. The 4,465 fans who did not pay made up thirty one and a half percent … Read more

No more Spike TV for LA/NY cable viewers?

19 million cable viewers in NY and LA are close to losing some of their favorite cable channels, including SpikeTV, which broadcasts UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed, UFC Countdown, and UFC Fight Night.

Viacom claims it has been trying to negotiate a “fair” renewal of its prized cable channels for months and months, but reputedly Time Warner Cable has been unresponsive and “unreasonable” so talks have stalled. The nation’s 2nd largest cable system operator, in turn, claims Viacom is asking for “exorbitant” increases in carriage fees which would have to be passed along to the customer. So now this fight between the two Big Media giants will hurt cable viewers.

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