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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DAN HENDERSON BEFORE UFC 82

February 29, 2008

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Henderson was focused for this one. The guy is super confident. He said repeatedly he didn’t believe Silva’s style was going to cut against his game.  

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THIS IS WHY THE KOPPENHAVER ASSAULT IS SERIOUSLY BAD P.R.

February 25, 2008

I enjoy the emails and comments on the Koppenhaver assault story. MMA fans are a little too limited in their viewpoints on the sport. The sport is still in its infancy and 99% of the country still has misconceptions about it.

This from reader Andrew…

I love war machine, i’m glad he was let off. i dont think the ufc should worry about what uneducated people think of mma. they are already making extreme amounts of money and don’t hahve to worry about a few idiots talking trash about them 

Nice logic. But it’s completely off-base on several fronts. The UFC does have to worry about what “uneducated” people think. If UFC didn’t worry about the masses, they’d never get a TV deal. And it’s not a “few idiots” who believe the sport is not a sport.  

Check out this Scottish TV report on STV last week. Kudos to reader Scott for the tip.

“HUMAN COCKFIGHTING” TV REPORT ON MMA

RICH FRANKLIN SELLING HIS “SUPER BOWL RING”

February 25, 2008

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Not quite but close.

Hard to say if UFC saw its former middleweight champ selling the Hummer just two years after he received it as a gift for coaching Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter.

franklinhummer1.jpgFranklin doesn’t strike me as a “Hummer” guy. The proof is in the odometer reading, there’s just 10k on the vehicle.

Looks like a sweet ride. And Franklin is donating 10% of the proceeds to charity.

  From the EBAY page..

As you can see, the Hummer is in excellent condition and has been very well maintained! Here are some other cool things and benefits that you will get if you are the lucky high bidder of this auction!

A day with Rich Franklin!  As a token of his appreciation, Rich would like for you to have either lunch or dinner, depending on his schedule, with him and his wife, Beth.  If you are looking to get some genuine quality time with the champ, then look no further.As a token of appreciation from both Jeff and Rich, you will receive a package of Damage Wear T-Shirts and autographed memorabilia.Most importantly, you will be helping a great cause through the Keep It In The Ring Foundation! Additional Information: If you can not afford to purchase this vehicle, then please do not place a bid.

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