Archive for February 2008

DANA WHITE READIES FOR UFC 82 AND ANNOUNCES BUD LIGHT DEAL

February 29, 2008

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I’ve rarely seen Dana this excited. He has reason to be. I can only imagine he how feels after trying to sell his organization to mainstream sponsors over the years. This is a real breakthrough.  

DANA WHITE:

BUDWEISER VP TONY PONTURO:

Ponturo talks about why Bud jumped on board. He said some of it was grass roots from the chatter of people in the company. Lots of the guys on the floor chattered about UFC over the last few years. 

HEATH HERRING TALKS NOG LOSS AND KONGO FIGHT

February 29, 2008

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Heath is one of the coolest fighters out there. I really pressed him on the fact that he gassed against Antonio Nogueira. He admitted that he didn’t work hard enough before the fight and that he regrets now that Nog is the interim title holder. Herring also gave us good stuff on the fight scene, Fedor and UFC’s competition.  

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JON FITCH TALKS ABOUT HIS CAREER AND THE ROUGH START WITH UFC

February 29, 2008

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If you’re a new fan of UFC, you gotta hear Fitch talk about his near appearance(s) on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. The 170 title contender was very candid about the fight game in general.  Sorry but we never got into Chris Wilson. Not sure a fight breakdown is necessary.

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MMA’S MYSTERY MAN, EVAN TANNER IS BACK

February 29, 2008

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How can you not be a fan of this guy? That beard rules!!!

He is about as atypical as it gets for a fighter. The guy has always to the beat of a different drum. He spoke about his extended time away from the cage. Tanner also breaks down the game of Anderson Silva. And was very honest about several fights where he was undertrained.

Evan was odd though when asked to divulge details on his “adventures” which included his boat sinking. Apparently, he’s pulling a BJ Penn, I needed to go to his website (evantanner.net). You can go to ufc.com (Tom Gerbasi) or yahoo.com (Kevin Iole) for more of the story.

He told UFC.com about the boat…

“I had so many adventures I was getting worn out with that,” said Tanner. “I had a boat out in California, down in the Oceanside area, and I ran into some problems with it. The boat sank, and after that I was thinking ‘it’s probably a sign that it’s time to end these adventures and get back to business.’”

Here’s his first entry after returning to training…

I spent time in Huntington Beach, Las Vegas, Portland Oregon, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Atlantic City, Kauai Hawaii, Bakersfield, Oceanside, Troutdale, Salt Lake City, so many different places. I took cross country motorcycle trips, drove the Land Cruiser cross country. I rode down the coast of Oregon and California, through the Redwoods, across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco, ate clam chowder in Monterrey Bay, saw the wonders of Yosemite, stood beside the Giant Sequouias, watched the sun set over Death Valley, almost fell off the cliffs while hiking the Na Pali Coast of Kauai. Got caught up in some bad things in Huntington Beach, again in Hollywood, ran into some trouble on the ocean when my sailboat sank, ran out of gas in the mountains of California, had countless adventures.

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He’s also a dude with principles as he told Tom Gerbasi from UFC.com

“I’ve been around since near the beginning of the sport,” he explains. “I actually started in the dark ages of the sport when it was really being suppressed by those in power and what I did see when I checked in on the sport is so much commercialization. I saw a bunch of companies that had nothing to do with the sport back in the day and that had nothing to do with getting the sport to where it is now. I saw all these companies jumping on the bandwagon as if they had something to do with it, and that bothered me. What also bothered me was the idea that when I stepped back in I’m gonna have these companies approaching me to wear their logos and that will pay different prices for different placement on my shirts and shorts so I’d go out there like a walking billboard. I’d be representing these companies that had nothing to do with getting the sport to where it is and representing products that I don’t even use. There’s something that just didn’t seem right with that, so I totally cut out all corporate sponsors and worked directly with the fans because back in the day that’s what it was – it was you, your opponent, and the fans watching – and it was really the fans that made this happen.”

JORGE RIVERA BREAKS DOWN THE GAME OF SILVA

February 29, 2008

It pained me to speak to a hardcore Red Sox fan. Here’s hoping Clay Buchholz anf Jon Lester combine for six wins and a 6.00 ERA in 2008!!!!

Rivera, who fought Anderson Silva back in 2006, gave insight on what’s it like in the cage with Silva. He spoke a lot about how deceiving the guy was in terms of his strength. He wouldn’t make an official pick but leaned towards The Spider.  

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MARCUS DAVIS ON UFC 82 AND TALKS POTENTIAL SWICK FIGHT

February 29, 2008

Davis is a good interview. 

“The Irish Hand Grenade” spoke at length about the pre-fight trash talk from his last victim Jess Liaudin at UFC 80. I liked his take on how he re-dedicated himself to MMA after his appearance on TUF. He also said Dan Henderson can win but only if…

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JASON MACDONALD TALKS CANADA EVENT AND UFC 82

February 29, 2008

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“The Athlete” did a good job of breaking down the 185 class. He’s super excited to fight in Canada next month. He also stated he fought passively against Rich Franklin and Yushin Okami. Check his blog for all his UFC 82 picks.  

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