Babalu vs. Lindland called off Affliction card

Renato “Babalu” Sobral was scheduled to fight Matt Lindland at Affliction’s Day of Reckoning on January 24th. However, according to MMA Weekly, that fight will not be happening.  Instead, Matt Lindland will be facing Vitor Belfort at 185 pounds.   The reason for the change?  Apparently because Babalu just beat Bobby Southworth for the Strikeforce … Read more

Pay me once, own me forever

by:  Jack Bratcher

This is a Holiday 2008 UFC catalog I recently received in the mail.  It contains various UFC products such as T-Shirts, DVDs, hats, etc. that would make nice gift ideas for Christmas.

However, as I looked closer at the cover the other day I noticed the fighter silhouette was none other than our good buddy Frank Trigg.  That head is unmistakeable.

Now, Trigg hasn’t been a part of the UFC since 2005 when he fought GSP at UFC 54 so why are they stilll using his image to advertise their wares?

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John Mahlow wants to destroy Nogueira’s protégé at XFC; dreams of fight with B.J. Penn

When John “The Mulatto Mauler” Mahlow (May-Low) was asked to fight ex-UFC fighter Ryan Roberts, he immediately accepted. He did so even though he was offered the fight with just four hours advance notice and even though he had to drop nearly ten pounds to make weight.

And even though his next fight was an XFC lightweight title defense against Luis “Baboon” Palomino – a rising contender who’s trained and coached by UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira, who considers Palomino his personal protégé and a future world champion.

Mahlow defeated Roberts, by the way: submission victory, 2:10 into the second round.

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Frank Mir: in-depth interview (video)

Here’s a very in-depth interview with Frank Mir and his trainer Ken Hahn. In spite of the somewhat uneducated interviewer (calls the UFC the Ultimate Fighting Challenge) they do cover quite a few topics and Frank talks about why he thinks he can beat Big Nog. There are three parts.

Part 1

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UFC 92 – Ultimate 2008 in-depth preview

On December 27 the UFC will be holding the card of the year featuring Rashad Evans vs. Forrest Griffin for the LHW Title, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir for the Heavyweight Interim Title, and Rampage vs. Wanderlei Silva. Here’s an in-depth look at these three big fights.

Kimbo to K-1?

Despite Pro Elite shutting its doors, the Kimbo Slice experiment appears far from over. Multiple sources point to Kimbo appearing at the K-1 December 6th event at the Yokohama Arena to announce his future with the company.

Slice, the former Elite XC heavyweight and  media darling, could set foot in a K-1 ring as early as March. The original reports were that Slice would rematch Seth Petruzelli on the Dynamite!! New Years Eve card. It is uncertain if Slice would fight under K-1 or MMA rules, however if he fought K-1 rules at least no one has to worry about the promoters paying his opponents extra to keep it standing.

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Chevelle Hallback: World Champion boxer transitions to MMA

by:  Doug Drexler

With the recent influx of crossover athletes migrating to the growing sport of MMA, some have been greeted with a level of skepticism while others have been accepted with open arms. Hardcore MMA fans celebrated former pro wrestler Brock Lesnar’s UFC debut defeat at the hands of Frank Mir, but have largely accepted boxers who have made the difficult transition to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

On Friday, December 5, the sport of MMA will be introduced to a boxer the likes of which they have never seen before.  Chevelle Hallback was not only a boxing champion for four different organizations, but it might surprise you to find out Chevelle is a female.

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Carlos Newton returns at W1: Inception

Carlos “The Ronin” Newton will return to action against fellow Canadian Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib at Warrior 1 MMA’s inaugural show on March 28th 2009. The bout will be Newton’s first appearance in Canada since making his pro debut 13 years ago at Extreme Fighting 2.

Newton (13-13) commented on his return to the fight scene. “I have been away from MMA for some time now and I couldn’t be more excited to be back. It only seems right to make my return in my home country and with a great organization like Warrior One.”

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