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Title: FRANK/RENZO REMATCH,K-1 MAX,GREEN POWER RANGER DOES MMA!!
Post by: supreme illuminati on December 27, 2006, 05:18:37 pm
Drop all ya martial arts stuff in here for us MMA and martial arts enthusiasts,aight? I'm starting it with TITO AND CHUCK II...


It's going down DEC. 30,and it will be good.I told everyone AFTER Tito got knocked out by CHUCK that actually TITO showed the more well-rounded mix of punches and kicks...especially low kicks.If Tito comes out with head movement,footwork,low kicks and hand combos...and closing quickly for UPPER BODY TIE UPS which he would have to work with strikes,then I think Tito would do well.Remember,CHUCK knocked TITO only AFTER Chuck THUMBED Tito...just like he would thumb Randy.If Tito worked the inside low kicks with hands,keeps his head and feet moving away from Chuck's deadly looping right hand,keeps his hands up to block Chuck's strong high kicks and Chuck's strong back kick to the body,then works the body kicks against Chuck (like Vernon White did,who was doing well against Chuck in a losing effort until he,too,was thumbed in the eye--or was it FISTED in the eye? lol) and shoots off of the low kick and off of the push kick to back Chuck up and counter the looping right,then we have a fight.The main key here is to push Chuck from round 1 onward and to basically fire combos off the low kick and push kick,and move or tie up and fire combos off the tie up.Move,low kick,combos (hands and/or feet) and move again,or move,low kick,shoot,upper body tie up,knees and takedowns,fire combos and move again.That's the way to do it,with forward pressure to back Chuck up.This will be very hard for Tito,and he needs to be trained by K-1 guys to effectively be much more of a threat to Chuck.If i were him,I would have trained for this one fight for about 6 months,dedicating about half of my training time against Shamrock in fights Tito-Ken II and III to working extensive standup with the famed Dutch kickboxing crew in Holland that produced Hoost,Aerts,et.al (the Meijiro Gym,I think they are called) and worked my Greco with the US OLYMPIC guys.Seriously,no joke.I would have spent about 30K in training alone,because I would do everything I could to seriously threaten and overtake Chuck.Seriously.Especially with Vanderlei Silva on deck and ready to crush everyone since the UFC went around and bought up the contracts of people like him and from the WFC got people like Rampage,ya know?

Btw,I would looooove to see Rampage and Silva just ravage the UFC guys,really and truly.And I want to see Arlovski come back and rematch Sylva,or cut weight and knock out Chuck,then face Rampage and Vanderlei.

I love Yves Edwards.I wanna see him take a contract with Showtime,along with Frank Shamrock and others.I want to see the Ultimate Fighters get paid what they're worth.I wanna see more Dave Terrel.After he bombed out Matt Lindland,we haven't heard much of anything from him.Where is he?
Title: Re: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Sam Wilson on December 27, 2006, 05:20:43 pm
supreme brother, we both know the best laid plains, once foot steps in ring, can all go to sh*t on any given day.

That being said, Tito best be training with Rampage right know, and have a clear goddamn head and an iron will come fight night.
Title: Re: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on December 27, 2006, 05:31:56 pm
Fo sho,Sam...I still think Chuck has the edge because I don't think that Tito has done ENOUGH of what I said he SHOULD do. I see him giving a good go of it,though...getting to about the 3rd round.If he can push CHUCK farther than Round 3,though...we'll have something on our hands.
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Jenn on December 27, 2006, 06:54:52 pm
I like them both, and I'm rather indifferent to this match. I'm not excited about it at all. I'll catch it if I can, but it's not like it's a "must-see".
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on December 27, 2006, 07:00:47 pm
I like them both, and I'm rather indifferent to this match. I'm not excited about it at all. I'll catch it if I can, but it's not like it's a "must-see".

It's a must see for me,and I really wanna see Vanderlei and Rampage rip these guys before they throw with each other.I wouldn't be surprised to see Arlovsky drop down to this division...
Title: Re: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Sam Wilson on December 27, 2006, 07:16:54 pm
Fo sho,Sam...I still think Chuck has the edge because I don't think that Tito has done ENOUGH of what I said he SHOULD do. I see him giving a good go of it,though...getting to about the 3rd round.If he can push CHUCK farther than Round 3,though...we'll have something on our hands.

Chuck is the better fighter, but tito has youth and fitness on his side.  Personally, I have no feelings either way, I repsect both individuals.  Hopefully this will be an exciting fight.  I will say though, Tito should know goddamn well standing and trading with Chuck is a sure fire way to get beaten a second time, Tito should force Chuck to play his game and Chuck should be ready for that.
Title: Re: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on December 30, 2006, 01:06:32 pm
Fo sho,Sam...I still think Chuck has the edge because I don't think that Tito has done ENOUGH of what I said he SHOULD do. I see him giving a good go of it,though...getting to about the 3rd round.If he can push CHUCK farther than Round 3,though...we'll have something on our hands.

Chuck is the better fighter, but tito has youth and fitness on his side.  Personally, I have no feelings either way, I repsect both individuals.  Hopefully this will be an exciting fight.  I will say though, Tito should know goddamn well standing and trading with Chuck is a sure fire way to get beaten a second time, Tito should force Chuck to play his game and Chuck should be ready for that.


Well,the fight's going down tonight,and I still say that TITO showed a more well rounded game than CHUCK did in their first fight.If CHUCK didn't thumb TITO,this would've been different.I'm not saying that TITO would've won their FIRST fight,but it surely wouldn't've ended in the second round.Furthermore,RAMPAGE--TITO'S friend and (ex?)-teammate---handily hammered CHUCK in their PRIDE fight,and TITO could be planning to use the CRAZY MONKEY defense that so effectively thwarted CHUCK before.Recall that VERNON WHITE was giving CHUCK problems too,and VERNON doesn't have the training partners,the money OR the training time that these guys do. VERNON isn't as strong either,but he managed to ding CHUCK several times in their fight,until CHUCK took him out with a punch directly to or near (don't recall which) his open eye...
Title: Re: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: GrimSkill on December 30, 2006, 09:09:09 pm
Fo sho,Sam...I still think Chuck has the edge because I don't think that Tito has done ENOUGH of what I said he SHOULD do. I see him giving a good go of it,though...getting to about the 3rd round.If he can push CHUCK farther than Round 3,though...we'll have something on our hands.

Chuck is the better fighter, but tito has youth and fitness on his side.  Personally, I have no feelings either way, I repsect both individuals.  Hopefully this will be an exciting fight.  I will say though, Tito should know goddamn well standing and trading with Chuck is a sure fire way to get beaten a second time, Tito should force Chuck to play his game and Chuck should be ready for that.


Well,the fight's going down tonight,and I still say that TITO showed a more well rounded game than CHUCK did in their first fight.If CHUCK didn't thumb TITO,this would've been different.I'm not saying that TITO would've won their FIRST fight,but it surely wouldn't've ended in the second round.Furthermore,RAMPAGE--TITO'S friend and (ex?)-teammate---handily hammered CHUCK in their PRIDE fight,and TITO could be planning to use the CRAZY MONKEY defense that so effectively thwarted CHUCK before.Recall that VERNON WHITE was giving CHUCK problems too,and VERNON doesn't have the training partners,the money OR the training time that these guys do. VERNON isn't as strong either,but he managed to ding CHUCK several times in their fight,until CHUCK took him out with a punch directly to or near (don't recall which) his open eye...


sooooo....what your saying is when Chuck has a Problem with some one....He Just Pokes them in the eye?  ;D ;D :D :D ;)
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Jenn on December 30, 2006, 09:47:47 pm
Close call. Tito fought much better this time...but the road to champion begins and ends with Chuck Liddell.

What was up with Griffin tonight? He acted kinda...well, bitchy.

Is Jardine in the same camp as Rashad Evans? I'd like to see them have a rematch. I honestly thing Jardine was going to kill Evans - he looks like the kind who has bodies in his backyard - but Evans took him. They're both much better than they used to be. A rematch would be nice.
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Sam Wilson on December 30, 2006, 10:03:10 pm
Close call. Tito fought much better this time...but the road to champion begins and ends with Chuck Liddell.

What was up with Griffin tonight? He acted kinda...well, bitchy.

Is Jardine in the same camp as Rashad Evans? I'd like to see them have a rematch. I honestly thing Jardine was going to kill Evans - he looks like the kind who has bodies in his backyard - but Evans took him. They're both much better than they used to be. A rematch would be nice.

Jardine fights out of Diego Sanchez's camp in New MExico.  Griffen was handed a tough loss (but fair) and his rise was set back quite a few steps, enough for anyone to loose composure.  Tito fought better, yes, but not smarter.

Proud of my boy Bispig.  Love that guy.  Rampage looked like he wanted to fight Chuck right then and there...  ;D
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Jenn on December 30, 2006, 10:43:41 pm
What do you think of Sanchez, Sam? You think he's ready for a title shot?
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Sam Wilson on December 31, 2006, 04:58:47 am
What do you think of Sanchez, Sam? You think he's ready for a title shot?

he's in GSP's division? 
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Goat on December 31, 2006, 12:47:11 pm
Sup MA-Hef's!
 
I figured all the Martial Artist here at HEF would gather in a corner sooner or later.  :)

Yep, I won $40 betting on Chucky. (he just looked to be more ready for the fight then Tito)



"Daniel-san! Daniel-san! It okay lose to opponent, must not lose to fear!"

"Better to be a tiger for a day than a sheep for a lifetime."

Title: Re: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 01, 2007, 04:23:21 pm
Fo sho,Sam...I still think Chuck has the edge because I don't think that Tito has done ENOUGH of what I said he SHOULD do. I see him giving a good go of it,though...getting to about the 3rd round.If he can push CHUCK farther than Round 3,though...we'll have something on our hands.

Chuck is the better fighter, but tito has youth and fitness on his side.  Personally, I have no feelings either way, I repsect both individuals.  Hopefully this will be an exciting fight.  I will say though, Tito should know goddamn well standing and trading with Chuck is a sure fire way to get beaten a second time, Tito should force Chuck to play his game and Chuck should be ready for that.


Well,the fight's going down tonight,and I still say that TITO showed a more well rounded game than CHUCK did in their first fight.If CHUCK didn't thumb TITO,this would've been different.I'm not saying that TITO would've won their FIRST fight,but it surely wouldn't've ended in the second round.Furthermore,RAMPAGE--TITO'S friend and (ex?)-teammate---handily hammered CHUCK in their PRIDE fight,and TITO could be planning to use the CRAZY MONKEY defense that so effectively thwarted CHUCK before.Recall that VERNON WHITE was giving CHUCK problems too,and VERNON doesn't have the training partners,the money OR the training time that these guys do. VERNON isn't as strong either,but he managed to ding CHUCK several times in their fight,until CHUCK took him out with a punch directly to or near (don't recall which) his open eye...


sooooo....what your saying is when Chuck has a Problem with some one....He Just Pokes them in the eye?  ;D ;D :D :D ;)

nah,but he HAS poked both RANDY and TITO in the eye on at least one occassion each,and this lead directly to the KO.Now,I'm not taking anything from Chuck in regards to his power,nor the fact that it takes one helluva warrior to get in there and face--much less KNOCK OUT--both TITO and RANDY every time they stepped in the ring with him.Even though I thought that the stoppage at UFC 66 was premature,I thought that the cut over TITO's eye would eventually cause a stoppage of the fight.Tito would have made it through that round,if Mazagatti hadn't stopped it...but the ref is SUPPOSED to err on the side of caution,so I can't get mad at him.Wait...Mazagatti DID ref that fight,right? Or was it McCarthy?
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Goat on January 02, 2007, 01:34:23 pm
I told ya to bet on Chucky..


I think he can defeat Rampage as well,.......... although I wouldn’t put any money on that one!
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 02, 2007, 02:02:50 pm
I told ya to bet on Chucky..


I think he can defeat Rampage as well,.......... although I wouldn’t put any money on that one!

Rampage already beat Chucky,and I hope Rampage DESTROYS Chucky in a rematch.I wanna see a high profile brotha in the UFC for once...
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Sam Wilson on January 03, 2007, 05:21:32 am
supreme, I feel the same way, but Rampage of late isn't the same rampage who beat Chuck.  I hope that Rampage comes back and gives that boy a WHUPPIN' though...
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 04, 2007, 01:43:30 pm
What about my all-time favorite FRANK JUAREZ SHAMROCK? You know that FJS is signed to Showtime and the MMA show they have there,and he's supposed to annihilate Renzo Gracie there.Strikeforce,however,wants him to fight Phil Baroni on THEIR show in April,and says that FJS has a contract to fight his first fight of '07 with them and them alone.Controversy already,lol.I think FJS will win both matches,as I think he as the skill to outstrike Phil and definitely has nothing to fear on the ground against Phil.The problem here is purely RING RUST.I would really like FJS to really spend a good dollar sharpening his firepower,his standup defense (especially his head movement)...and I haven't seen what FJS' chin is like since he fought Bas waaay back during his pancrase days.I do think,however,that he is definitely well-rounded enough to take Phil.I mean,Evan Tanner beat Phil,and frnakly Evan has always shown more HEART than athletic ability to me.FJS is most clearly an athlete on the level of Phil if not greater.Johs Thompson says that FJS isn't that good anymore standup-wise,and that what he did with Phil was really sideways because FJS knew that Phil was under contract with Pride and COULDN'T do the Dec. 8th fight because Pride wouldn't let him.Then why did he say that he could and signed the contract? Maybe he THOUGHT he could...because I don't see why FJS would sign with Showtime KNOWING that he couldn't fight for them until AFTER he fought for STRIKEFORCE.Maybe it's my own lack of knowledge as to how the bizness is run....

But anyway,fight-wise...the top man at 180 is ANDERSON SILVA.I think FJS would need about 3-4 more fights--one of which should be with a guy like Rich Franklin or at least better than Rich--before he'd be ready for a guy like Silva.Unless the UFC starts paying guys more money,I see alotta guys--like TITO ORTIZ--jumping ship to bigger and better funded organizations.I heard that HBO is having a few MMA events too,so now the UFC will be looking at competition that they couldn't outmuscle with their deep pockets and lock on American audiences.This will touch off a seriously interesting scramble...

...and will usher in the ONE THING that alotta guys currently don't want to see.MORE BROTHAS IN MMA.

The biggest underground allure to the MMA is that these guys clearly have to master more skill sets than boxers do,and up until now boxing has been the premier method of recognized combat in the USA.The masses considered the heavyweight champion of the world to be the baddest man on earth.However,this changed with MMA and frankly allowed White guys the go-ahead to feel that here is a discipline wherein they could consistently and reliably beat Black guys in a fight,because Black guys are mostly boxers...not grapplers.

They're RIGHT,too...but NOT FOR THE REASONS THEY THINK THEY ARE.

Put simply,it's the MONEY that makes us wanna go to boxing and subsequently kickboxing.Let fat purses start being the norm for MMA and brothas will dominate that too.Have u noticed that the bigger purses in the UFC have resulted in a surprising spike in the number of Black participants? First off,Dana White shafted YVES EDWARDS because YVES was supposed to be the lightweight champ after he KO'd Josh with a kick to his neck.never happened.Then Anderson was supposed to LOSE to Rich so they could set up a fight with Rich and the winner of ole boy from TUF 3.Anderson CRUSHED Rich instead.On top of that,another brotha...GEORGE ST. PIERRE,who most White folks can't tell is half Black...hammered Matt Hughes (whom I've always liked) and is champ.Now Rampage and MAYBE Vanderlei are coming to the UFC. Chuck CANNOT beat Vanderlei.Not happenin.I hope RAMPAGE destroys Chuck,to be honest.If both Rampage AND Vanderlei come,there will for sure be a 205 pound Black champ.Mirko will annihilate the UFC heavyweights,and what we will have is a situation wherein 3 of the 4 world champs are Black...and suddenly the situation will have changed dramatically.

Same thing with Showtime,although they may attract more brothas right out the gate because it's SHOWTIME and HBO,ya know? I  could see,for instance,Michael Mcdonald or Dewey Cooper retiring from K-1,training in the ground game and wrestling for about a year or two,and then competing MMA.Mcdonald is nearly 40 right now,so he doesn't have much tiem at all to get his act together if he's gonna do MMA at all...

And Cung Le? Nah,he ain't holdin a major belt unless it's with a newly formed federation that will serve him cream puffs.I don't think he really wants a hardcore MMA challenge yet...or EVER.I hope he DOES get in with a real MMA fighter,but who's he gonna fight? FJS? Silva? He's at a major disadvantage,so I see him staying with Strikeforce and fighting MMA there,mabye with K-1 or HBO or somebody down the line.But no A-list MMA guys before he retires.I hope hope hope he proves me wrong...because I think he has potential,but his hand skills and defense are sloppy to me.But he'll kick the crap out of you and slam you and take u down with power.

What do yall think?
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: D- Ruck on January 05, 2007, 07:20:48 pm
I don't know too much about MMA, but I love Tito, especially the way he clowned Shamrock in and out of the cage, but one thing I learned at the end of the day, if a dude can whup your ass, he can basically whup your ass
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Sam Wilson on January 06, 2007, 05:11:52 pm
supreme, that was large dog, give me a few to formulate a response, but for the most part I agree with you 100%...
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 08, 2007, 11:19:39 am
Ayo,do you really think Cung Le might be in February's Pride?
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Sam Wilson on January 10, 2007, 06:53:16 pm
Ayo,do you really think Cung Le might be in February's Pride?

it said so on pride's official web site I believe?  The fight is in Vegas...

Haven't fought San Shou obviously I'm down w/Cung, but he is to old and set in his ways to make an mma splash now, his time has come and gone...
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 12, 2007, 10:16:24 am
Ayo,do you really think Cung Le might be in February's Pride?

it said so on pride's official web site I believe?  The fight is in Vegas...

Haven't fought San Shou obviously I'm down w/Cung, but he is to old and set in his ways to make an mma splash now, his time has come and gone...


Never fought san shou myself,although I sparred with a sanshou guy...pretty tough people.Ummm...I don't know about being "too old",though...Chuck and Randy are older than him,and he has a relatively advanced (for MMA) set of standup skillz,decent wrestling and throwing skillz...it wouldn't take much to turn him into a solid B level MMA guy.I just don't think HE will take the risk.

Cung le v Frank Shamrock.Who wins?
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: ENTER ALL COMBAT ATHLETES/PRACTITIONERS
Post by: Goat on January 12, 2007, 07:37:32 pm
(http://www.cungle.com/sv/html/website/WebSite_8/cung_carradine_150.jpg)

and he's not too old! but David Carradine is!!! LOL!
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: Sam Wilson on January 12, 2007, 08:05:34 pm

Cung le v Frank Shamrock.Who wins?

Cung Le of course, and old as in I think he's to old to rock the MMA world, I don't see another Wanderlei, Anderson Silva, Cro Cop or Fedor coming from him.  I mean, he is in his early 30's, a little on the old side to start an MMA career...
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: TITO V CHUCK II
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 12, 2007, 09:07:39 pm

Cung le v Frank Shamrock.Who wins?

Cung Le of course, and old as in I think he's to old to rock the MMA world, I don't see another Wanderlei, Anderson Silva, Cro Cop or Fedor coming from him.  I mean, he is in his early 30's, a little on the old side to start an MMA career...

I'm taking Frank in this one.I think his overall game is too much for Cung Le.Are they still friends? I know they USED TO BE friends,but...after seeing that 30 minute thing on STRIKEFORCE I think it was when the lead announcer asked FRANK how he'd fight Cung and Frank said that Cung Le had nice standup so Frank would take Cung Le down and "snap a limb".
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 22, 2007, 06:12:20 pm
KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK IN THE IFL: TEAM FIGHTS,JEREMY HORN BEATS VITALE IN THE SUPERFIGHT

The IFL has its first event of the season at the ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. In front of an announced attendance of 5,005, the IFL began its first full season of competition.

Niko Vitale vs. Jeremy Horn

Horn made his comeback to the IFL after an unsuccessful first go around even considering retirement for short time but instead chose to comeback to fighting after sorting out some personal problems. Vitale was coming off his first win in almost two years. Vitale started out well with body shots before being slammed to the ground by Horn. Horn easily moved into the mount but Vitale escaped to his feet. After some clinch work Horn was able to take Vitale down to end the round. The second and third rounds played out the same as Vitale landed solid shots on the feet, while Horn tried hard to get the fight on the ground. Down two rounds to one, Horn came out more aggressive in the fourth as he opened up on the feet and was finally able to get the fight on the ground to end the round. With the fight up in the air in the final round, both fighters came out strong. Horn went for a takedown but Vitale locked on a kimura but Horn was able to escape, going for a takedown and both fighters almost fell out of the ring. Vitale got taken down by Horn but is able to get back to his feet and then got one of his own. Vitale went for a leg lock but Horn reversed with Vitale on his back. The fight ended with Vitale getting back up to his feet. The first score was 48-47 for Horn, the second score 48-47 for Vitale and the final score being 48-47 for Horn giving him the split decision win.

Seattle Tigersharks (coached by Maurice Smith) vs. Southern California Condors (coached by Marco Ruas)

Shad Lierley made his MMA debut against veteran Adam Lynn in a lightweight contest. After a failed takedown by Lierley, he landed a huge right hand that drops Lynn and he finishes him off with strikes to get his first win in his MMA debut, giving the Tigersharks an early lead. 1-0

Antoine Jaoude took on Curtis Crawford as both heavyweights were making their IFL debuts here. Jaoude put on a wrestling clinic throughout the entire fight as he was able to put Crawford on his back. All three rounds resembled each other as while on the feet Crawford would have the advantage but never really got a chance to do any real damage as Jaoude was able to control the fight with his takedowns and ground control. Jaoude took home a unanimous decision getting 30-27 on two cards and 29-28 on the last judge score card, 1-1

The third team fight was an alternate lightweight bout that now counted on the team standings because the welterweight bout was scrapped because of an eye injury sustained by the Condor's Rodrigo Ruas. The Condor's Danny Suarez was able to submit MMA newcomer Tristan Witt with a modified shoulder lock after unsuccessfully trying to lock on a triangle choke, Suarez got the win at 1:28 in the first round to give the Condor's the lead. 1-2

Jeremy Williams made his return to MMA after a four year hiatus to take on the Tigersharks Bristol Marunde in a middleweight bout. Williams wasted no time as he quickly locked on a guillotine choke but was slammed by Marunde. Shortly after, Williams locked on a triangle choke that put Marunde to sleep at 1:13 in the the first round giving the Condors the team victory. 1-3

In a light heavyweight bout, Reese Andy of the Tigersharks used his impressive wrestling skills to ground Justin Levens en route to a unanimous decision victory. Andy was able to takedown Levens at will and he was able to control him on the ground without much offense being offered by Levens. Levens only shining moment in the fight came in the round as he went for a triangle but Andy was able to escape and win unanimous decision with all cards 30-27.  Still, the Condors defeated the Tigersharks overall by the score of 3 to 2.

Nevada Lions (coached by Ken Shamrock) vs. San Jose Razorclaws (coached by Frank Shamrock)

In what was the fight of the night, John Gunderson of the Lions traded submissions with Josh Odom in an exciting lightweight bout. Odom hurt Gunderson early with punches and made him take the fight to the ground. Odom locked on an armbar but Gunderson slammed his way out of it, then going for a heel hook that Odom narrowly escaped. Gunderson was able to mount Odom and lock on a triangle choke form the top, finishing the fight from his back and getting the tap at 3:05 in the first round. 1-0

Roy Nelson made an impressive debut as the Lions heavyweight dispatched of the Razorclaw's Vince Lucero early on the first round. After some exchanges on the feet, Nelson got a takedown then mounted Lucero finishing him with strikes at 1:58 into the first round. 2-0

Another lightweight bout replaced a scheduled light heavyweight contest. Razorclaw's Clint Coronel won a controversial fight in the second round over the Lion's Joe Martin. Coronel go the best of the stand-up in the first round but Martin survived by taking the fight to the ground. In the second round, Coronel landed a right hand that dropped Martin as he rained down blows, Martin defended well but the referee stopped the fight even though Martin was fine. None the less , Coronel scored the TKO win only forty five seconds into the second round. 2-1

Pat Healy was able to use a solid strategy to win his fight over the Razorclaw's welterweight Ray Steinbeiss. He took Steinbeiss down at will for the entire fight, which made for a rather boring fight because once on the ground Healy really didn't do much. Steinbeiss tried hard to get escape but Healy was able to keep him grounded for the entire fight, winning the fight by unanimous decision with all 30-27 score cards in his favor giving the Lions the team win over the Razorclaws. 3-1

Razorclaws middleweight Brian Foster showed dominance over the game Dan Molina. Molina tried hard for takedowns and leg locks, not really having much success with either one. During the first round, the lights suddenly went out for the moment halting the fight while they came back on. In the second round, Foster was penalized a point for holding the ropes. It didn't end up mattering because Foster was able to finish Molina off with strikes form the back mount at 2:05 into the second round. 3-2, the Nevada Lions defeat the San Jose Razorclaws.

Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 22, 2007, 06:14:28 pm
IFL EXPANSION


The International Fight League has reached an agreement to expand its relationship with cable channel Fox Sports Net, while also reaching a deal with network TV channel MyNetworkTV, which is also owned by Fox.

Under the terms of the agreement, FSN has multi-year rights to air 22 one-hour latenight programs starting in the second quarter of 2007 (April, May, or June). This will put the IFL into a more regular, weekly timeslot on FSN, as opposed to the more sporadic scheduling of IFL events in 2006.

The specific timeslot on FSN was not disclosed, but "latenight" from a TV scheduling standpoint generally refers to 11:00 PM or later. The UFC successfully launched on cable television in a latenight timeslot, although it did have something on its side that the IFL won't have: A show with millions of viewers (WWE Raw) as a lead-in.

While a weekly slot in primetime would obviously be preferred over latenight, that is simply not possible due to FSN's structure of local sports coverage on its affiliates. A consistent weekly timeslot is important for any show on TV to establish and build an audience over time.

In addition to the extension and expansion of the IFL’s relationship with FSN, the agreement also calls for the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV to air 22 two-hour IFL-produced programs starting in the summer of 2007. This marks the first broadcast TV deal for any MMA promotion.

In addition to fight footage, the programming on MyNetworkTV will also include more comprehensive coverage on the fighters and their lives, as well as news surrounding the IFL. A specific timeslot was not announced for the deal with MyNetworkTV.

If IFL programming catches on, it could be a tremendous boon for MyNetworkTV, which has struggled to gain any sort of a foothold in the television ratings since it began operations in September of 2006.

Despite its low ratings, the potential for growth in the viewership of MyNetworkTV is sigificant, given the fact that it's a broadcast TV network that is available in over 95 percent of American households (including those that do not have any cable or satellite service).

According to Neilsen Media Research, there are 111,348,110 households in the United States with broadcast TV access, and the majority of those households contain more than one person.

MyNetworkTV was founded in part to help fill the void left on many television stations' schedules when The WB merged with UPN to form The CW Network.

At the very least, the IFL's agreement with MyNetworkTV gives the IFL a much greater audience and a more focused way to reach that audience than it has ever had before. At best, it could launch the IFL’s team strategy into the conscience of the mainstream collective.

In addition to the IFL's presence on Fox Sports Net and MyNetworkTV, FSN will now have “the right to produce related ancillary programming, pay-per-view events, and video-on-demand product.”

The IFL and FSN also will form a joint venture to manage and distribute IFL-related content on the Internet, via broadband video, and mobile outlets. Under Fox’s umbrella are such popular assets as Myspace.com, IGN, and many other resources.

These resources open up many new avenues for the IFL to reach its audience. It is not unrealistic to deduce that the agreement could lead to such new ventures as an IFL-related video game, IFL mobile phone content, an online community tied to the IFL, and more. Not that these are all finite realities, but the resources affiliated with Fox do lend themselves to numerous possibilities.

“This is a historic day for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, and we want to thank everyone at FOX for seeing this great opportunity and making it a reality,” said Gareb Shamus, IFL co-founder and CEO. “This partnership will give MMA in general and the IFL in particular a chance to showcase the personalities, training regimen and great skill and discipline that these athletes and their coaches have to a much wider audience both in the United States and eventually around the world.”

Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 22, 2007, 06:17:10 pm
A few slim years ago the Ultimate Fighting Championship, nary any mixed martial arts organization, couldn’t land a television deal unless they were willing to shell out the bucks to suffocate in the latenight air alongside Tony Little and Ginsu.

Despite many promised deals and miscues, the UFC stuck to their guns and never gave in to the networks that wanted them to pay for air time, believing that they had a product that, once given a chance, could stand on its own in the ever fickle television market. Today the same networks that once shunned MMA can’t seem to get on board fast enough.

The UFC has taken over Spike TV, FSN airs both the International Fight League and Pride Fighting Championships, and the ink is still wet on Showtime’s deal to air the newly formed EliteXC. But this appears only to be the jumping off point for MMA in America.

It has been common knowledge for quite some time that the UFC has been courting HBO, the premier premium cable television network. That relationship now appears to be on the verge of consummation. In comments made to Pedro Fernandez of RingTalk.com, HBO’s Larry Merchant stated, “People look at it [UFC] as real wrestling. And next year HBO and Showtime, they both will test the waters and see if this works. I don't know what Showtime is doing, but we'll do four and see how it goes." Merchant also indicated to Fernandez that if the response is good, HBO was prepared to consider airing more than the initial four broadcasts.

Merchant is a longtime special analyst on HBO Sports’ broadcasts of “World Championship Boxing” and “HBO Pay-Per-View” alongside Jim Lampley and Emanuel Stewart.

When Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC, acquired World Extreme Cagefighting, speculation was rampant that Zuffa would place the WEC on HBO. All the while, UFC president and co-owner Dana White denied those claims, continually stating that a deal with HBO was coming soon and that it would be the UFC on the premium network.

Alongside the confirmation of the UFC on HBO, various independent sources have confirmed to MMAWeekly that the WEC will not renew their deal with Mark Cuban’s HDNet and has instead opted to go with the newly-revamped Versus network. One source close to the situation indicated that the deal calls for six shows over the next year on Versus --- three shows aired live and three tape-delayed shows.

The first Zuffa-owned WEC event is set to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 20th. There was no confirmation as to whether or not the event would be part of the broadcast deal with Versus, but it would only make sense considering the new ownership and the January 20th event's move from Lemoore, California to Las Vegas.

The January 20th WEC event features a headline bout between Kit Cope and “Razor” Rob McCullough for the lightweight title formerly held by Hermes Franca. The contracts of Cope and McCullough were both acquired by Zuffa when they purchased select assets from the now defunct World Fighting Alliance.

Formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network, in its new incarnation Versus bills itself as “an anytime destination for people to satisfy their primal need for competition with in-depth coverage of exclusive live events and original programming including the NHL, America's Cup, Field Sports, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), The Tour de France, Mountain West Conference College Football and more.”

The Versus brand was launched in September 2006, and the network is available in approximately 70 million television households in the United States (as compared with 90 million television households for Spike TV).

Mixed martial arts has long been satisfying people’s primal need for competition, so the WEC should fit in nicely on the Versus network.

HBO, Showtime, FSN, Spike TV, Versus… and the list will surely grow. That sure is a long way from slicing tin cans with a knife
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: Jenn on January 22, 2007, 06:21:38 pm
HBO gets a hold of MMA and we'll never get free coverage again. That's what ruined boxing - putting all the title fights on PPV. How can I follow a sport if I can't afford to watch it? For the last 40 years (if not more), boxing has been dominated by black and brown kids. They can't be inspired by something they can't see, and I fear that MMA will go in that same direction.
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 22, 2007, 07:03:41 pm
HBO gets a hold of MMA and we'll never get free coverage again. That's what ruined boxing - putting all the title fights on PPV. How can I follow a sport if I can't afford to watch it? For the last 40 years (if not more), boxing has been dominated by black and brown kids. They can't be inspired by something they can't see, and I fear that MMA will go in that same direction.

that is a very good point,Jenn...but we also have fights on free TV like ESPN and whatnot.I hope that MMA fights still remain on channels like FSN and SPIKE TV with shows like THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.This should provide ample opportunity for us poorer folks and 'the underclass" in general,lol.What I would like to see is bigger paychecks in MMA...and yeah,they're gonna come.But not for the next couple 5 years,I'd say.hopefully submission grappling gets a boost,too...but that will be a whole heckuvalot longer,because the American crowd doesn't like grappling in general.The masses are too uneducated in the intricacies of the art of submission...
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 22, 2007, 07:04:02 pm
Elite XC Inks Frank Shamrock vs Renzo Gracie for Showtime
By Robert Rousseau, ExtremeProSports.com
When the first Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ) aired back on November 12, 1993, there was a Gracie and a Shamrock on the card. Namely, Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock.

And ever since then it seems that someone with the last name of Gracie or Shamrock has been in the MMA spotlight.

Back on that initial November night Royce Gracie defeated Ken Shamrock via rear naked choke in only 57 seconds. Later in the UFC's first Super Fight on April 7, 1995, the two fought to a draw ( early UFC encounters did not utilize score cards; you either stopped your opponent or there was a draw ).

Perhaps because of that unresolved battle, the public's appetite for another Gracie - Shamrock encounter was never sated. For that reason, it seems that anytime the two names are mentioned together, excitement follows. Such was the case when Ken Shamrock's younger brother, Frank Shamrock, tore through Cesar Gracie in a Shockwave event on March 10, 2006 with a 21 second knockout.

That leads us to the here and now.

In short, a new page to the Gracie - Shamrock saga is about to be written. And even better, it looks as if there's a new mixed martial arts powerhouse on the block that's going to put the pen to the paper. The name of the new MMA organization?

Elite Xtreme Combat ( EliteXC ).


Who is Elite XC?

Elite Xtreme Combat is a new mixed martial arts venue that is coming to us through the joint efforts of Pro Elite Incorporated and Showtime Networks. That's right, mixed martial arts has now made its way to the Showtime Network.

And if you're thinking it's just one event- think again. It appears that Elite XC will put on several events over the next few years in conjunction with Showtime. In fact, in an interview with BoxingTalk.com, President of Elite XC Live Events Division, Gary Shaw, indicated that, "we'll probably put on six events in 2007, eight in 2008, and ten to twelve in 2009."

Word of advice: think up your argument before opening your mouth to the wife about getting Showtime. You may only get one chance.

On hand at the December 14 press conference announcing Elite XC were Shaw, EliteXC.com President Kelly Perdew ( that's right, the winner from season two of the Apprentice ), Chief Executive Officer of Pro Elite, Inc., Doug DeLuca, and Senior Showtime Networks' Vice President / General Manager Sports & Event Programming, Ken Hershman.

If those heavy hitters and Showtime don't sound like enough, consider this. Elite XC has inked wrestling personality Bill Goldberg and former Saved by the Bell cast member, Mario Lopez, to be part of the announcing team.

Impressive, huh?

And we haven't even identified the main event for their inaugural show on February 10, 2007 yet. As was indicated earlier, it will be another epic Gracie versus Shamrock encounter.


Renzo Gracie versus Frank Shamrock at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi.

Unlike the most recent Gracie - Shamrock encounter between Frank and Cesar, this one seems worth the ticket. After all, when Frank Shamrock took on Cesar Gracie, he was in effect battling a man that had never stepped foot into an MMA ring or octagon.

Renzo Gracie has a heckuva lot more MMA experience than Cesar, not to mention a pretty nice resume. Frank Shamrock also brings a ton of experience to this one, and remember: even though he hasn't fought much in recent years, there was a time when people believed Frank Shamrock was the best mixed martial artist on the planet.

Is he still that good? Don't know. However, here is what we do know about this upcoming battle.


Renzo Gracie

What Gracie brings to the table. - Renzo Gracie brings an overall MMA record of 11-6-1 to this bout with two (T)KO's and seven submission victories to his credit. In short, he's a Gracie.

That means he has elite Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu / submission skills.

Along with this, he's only been submitted once during his career at the hands of a great one - Kazushi Sakuraba. What's more, Gracie proved his toughness in that encounter by never tapping ( his arm literally broke and the referee stepped in ). Quitting just isn't in his nature.

Though Gracie's stand up skills are stronger than many might think, they are not upper echelon. However, he's proven to be difficult to stop ( he's only been knocked out once during his career by Dan Henderson ). Reinforcing that point, remember that this is a man that not only managed to avoid being knocked out by legendary striker Maurice Smith; he actually ended up submitting him.

Unfortunately, Renzo Gracie's best days seem behind him. He's lost six of his last eight bouts. However, in his most recent fight on September 23, 2006, Gracie came through against Pat Miletich, via guillotine choke.


Frank Shamrock

What Shamrock brings to the table. - Frank Shamrock brings an overall MMA record of 21-7-1 with two (T)KO's and 13 submissions to his credit. Still, he's only fought twice in the last six years against in mixed martial arts competitions. Further, in those two fights the competition left something to be desired ( Bryan Pardoe and Cesar Gracie ). Thus, when discussing his fighter profile we'll be talking about past successes.

This, of course, could prove to be his downfall.

Still, Frank Shamrock's resume reads like a Who's Who of Mixed Martial Arts. Fighters like Elvis Sinosic ( decision ), Tito Ortiz ( submission strikes ), Jeremy Horn ( submission- kneebar ), Igor Zinoviev ( KO- slam ), Kevin Jackson ( submission- armbar ), Vernon White ( submission- Achilles hold ), and Bas Rutten ( decision ) have fell at his hands. Further, he's won his last ten fights and hasn't been defeated since January of 1997.

Not bad, huh?

When in his prime, Frank Shamrock was one of the best fighters that mixed martial arts has ever seen. He was a physical freak of nature with great power ( if you want to see some of that patented power in action, see his KO slam against Zinoviev ). Further, Shamrock always displayed excellent wrestling skills and outstanding submissions back then.

He was even a better than average striker with nice power.

In other words, Frank Shamrock had it all. Question is, does he still?


In Sum

Elite XC may be about to change the MMA landscape. When you look at the powerful executives involved and factor in the Showtime contract, one has to think that they're going to quickly become a factor in MMA.

So move on over UFC and PRIDE. By signing with a major cable network, Elite XC wants a piece of the pie, and it looks like they have the stuff to get it done.

Inking two legendary fighters to their first main event was the first step. Though it's not like they signed Liddell versus Ortiz, by getting Frank Shamrock to step in and fight an experienced Gracie, Elite XC has said the following.

We may not have a Liddell or Ortiz yet; but we want them.


Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: Goat on January 23, 2007, 07:21:37 am
Goat picks up the phone....

"Hello, Direct tV? yea I would like to order Showtime!"

"ok, thanks!!"


There... my work is done!

:)
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on January 26, 2007, 07:49:48 am
HBO gets a hold of MMA and we'll never get free coverage again. That's what ruined boxing - putting all the title fights on PPV. How can I follow a sport if I can't afford to watch it? For the last 40 years (if not more), boxing has been dominated by black and brown kids. They can't be inspired by something they can't see, and I fear that MMA will go in that same direction.

that is a very good point,Jenn...but we also have fights on free TV like ESPN and whatnot.I hope that MMA fights still remain on channels like FSN and SPIKE TV with shows like THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.This should provide ample opportunity for us poorer folks and 'the underclass" in general,lol.What I would like to see is bigger paychecks in MMA...and yeah,they're gonna come.But not for the next couple 5 years,I'd say.hopefully submission grappling gets a boost,too...but that will be a whole heckuvalot longer,because the American crowd doesn't like grappling in general.The masses are too uneducated in the intricacies of the art of submission...

Fear not...here's a lil' scoop y'all....BET is getting in the MMA game....stay posted.....
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: Mastrmynd on January 26, 2007, 09:39:49 am
i KNEW it, Reggie Reg.
dont ask HOW I knew... i just knew it.

my spidey-BET senses were tinglin'.
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: supreme illuminati on January 26, 2007, 01:37:41 pm
HBO gets a hold of MMA and we'll never get free coverage again. That's what ruined boxing - putting all the title fights on PPV. How can I follow a sport if I can't afford to watch it? For the last 40 years (if not more), boxing has been dominated by black and brown kids. They can't be inspired by something they can't see, and I fear that MMA will go in that same direction.

that is a very good point,Jenn...but we also have fights on free TV like ESPN and whatnot.I hope that MMA fights still remain on channels like FSN and SPIKE TV with shows like THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.This should provide ample opportunity for us poorer folks and 'the underclass" in general,lol.What I would like to see is bigger paychecks in MMA...and yeah,they're gonna come.But not for the next couple 5 years,I'd say.hopefully submission grappling gets a boost,too...but that will be a whole heckuvalot longer,because the American crowd doesn't like grappling in general.The masses are too uneducated in the intricacies of the art of submission...

Fear not...here's a lil' scoop y'all....BET is getting in the MMA game....stay posted.....

OHHHHHHHH SNAAAAAAAAAP!!! OHOHOHO!!! Good lookin out big dawg,fo shiggi-dough!
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: Goat on January 26, 2007, 07:02:34 pm
Goat picks up the phone..
Hello Direct TV! cancel that showtime order..

Just make sure you keep BET on your line up!!

:)

MMA on BET!! WOW!!

what's next? BET NASCAR!? LOL! NO Fricking way!!

OF course a BET sponsored race team with Bill Lester as the driver and an all minorities pit crew wow that would shake the south MAN!!!
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: Mastrmynd on February 05, 2007, 06:04:43 am
goat...stop it.
that would make me too excited.
let's not go down that path of nascar yet.
it makes me giddy just thinkin' about it.
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: Jenn on February 06, 2007, 11:08:00 am
Fear not...here's a lil' scoop y'all....BET is getting in the MMA game....stay posted.....

Hudlin, you better have some REAL MMA brothas up on that sh*t, cuz you know I'm going to clown your ass LOUD AND LONG if you don't. If they've never been inside a dojo, I ain't trying to hear that sh*t. Don't go grabbing mofos just because they're annual winners of the fighting tournaments at Ray-Ray's House of Ribs n'sh*t.
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: KEN V FRANK SHAMROCK,HBO AND SHOWTIME GOES MMA
Post by: supreme illuminati on February 07, 2007, 10:44:29 pm
Fear not...here's a lil' scoop y'all....BET is getting in the MMA game....stay posted.....

Hudlin, you better have some REAL MMA brothas up on that sh*t, cuz you know I'm going to clown your ass LOUD AND LONG if you don't. If they've never been inside a dojo, I ain't trying to hear that sh*t. Don't go grabbing mofos just because they're annual winners of the fighting tournaments at Ray-Ray's House of Ribs n'sh*t.

HAHAHAHAHA!! CO-SIGN!!
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: ALL THE NEWS AND STUFF
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 03, 2007, 10:01:07 am



  - GRACIE EVENS THE SCORE WITH SAKURABA
Sunday, June 03, 2007 - by Ricardo Mendoza (Photos by Scott Petersen)

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – K-1 made their U.S. mixed martial arts debut as they presented K-1 Dynamite!! USA, in conjunction with EliteXC at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif.

In the main event, former WWE star Brock Lesner made his MMA debut against late replacement Min Soo Kim. Lesner immediately scored a takedown and mounted Kim, dropping several punches that forced Kim to tapout at 1:09 of the first round.

The most anticipated fight of the night was the rematch between Royce Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba, who waged a classic ninety-minute war seven years ago. Both fighters received a huge reaction from the crowd as they made their way to the ring. The match would go the distance, but it wasn’t as compelling as the first time they meet. Both fighters were cautious throughout the fight as neither imposed their will on the other, although Gracie later commented, “The fight went exactly as we planned.”

The majority of the fight played out with both fighters clinched along the ropes, waiting for the other to make a mistake that neither fighter would end up making. In the end, Gracie was the aggressor throughout the majority of the fight and that swayed the judges in his favor, taking the fight by unanimous decision.

Hideo Tokoro put on a grappling clinic against former Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion Brad Pickett. Tokoro would secure an early takedown, but was quickly reversed by Pickett who opted to stand back up. Pickett dropped Tokoro with a punch, but just as Pickett pounced, Tokoro went for a heel hook that put Pickett on the defensive. Tokoro regained guard and went for an armbar, flipping Pickett over and finishing it on top at 2:40 of the first round.

In the fight of the night, Dong Sik Yoon and Melvin Manhoef put on an excellent display that had the entire crowd on its feet. Manhoef came out strong as he overwhelmed Yoon with strikes, dropping him quickly. Yoon recovered and made it back to his feet, where the two traded leather before hitting the ground. Manhoef landed some hard shots from the top, but Yoon stayed calm and attacked with an armbar from the bottom that Manhoef nearly escaped. Yoon would then execute a beautiful judo throw, landing in side mount before moving into full mount and again nearly securing an armbar. Manhoef would escape back to his feet where they traded punches to end the round.

Yoon’s right eye was swollen shut to start the second round and he took the fight to Manhoef. Yoon got a takedown and moved into mount before finally finishing Manhoef with a textbook armbar at 1:17 of the second round.

Mighty Mo quickly disposed of late replacement Ruben “Warpath” Villareal, stopping him with strikes. Both fighters clinched to start out the fight, but after they were separated, Mo would unleash several hard punches that downed Villareal, finishing him off with strikes at 1:33 of the first round.

Former NFL player Johnnie Morton had a night he would like to forget – and probably did – as everything went wrong for the former USC athlete, who took on Japanese TV personality Bernard Ackah. Morton came out swinging wildly and Ackah returned fire before defending a Morton takedown. Ackah then ended Morton’s night, knocking him out cold with a huge right hook thirty-eight seconds into the bout. Morton would need the assistance of a stretcher to make his way out of the ring. Post fight, Morton refused to give a doping sample and was immediately suspended by the California Athletic Commission according to Sherdog.com.

Jake Shields made quick work of Israelite Ido Pariente, quickly getting a takedown and imposing his superior ground game on the smaller Pariente. Shields moved into mount dropping a couple of shots before getting Pariente’s back and securing the rear naked choke at 2:06 of the first round.

Jonathan Wiezorek and Tim “Big Perm” Persey kicked off the live telecast on Showtime in a heavyweight bout. From the beginning Wiezorek wanted not part of Persey’s stand-up as he immediately clinched up in an effort to score a takedown. After a brief stall in action they were separated and restarted in the middle of the ring. Persey took advantage by dropping Wiezorek and landing some solid shots before Wiezorek recovered and launched a kimura attempt that Persey escaped.

Persey came out aggressive in the second round, landing a couple of shots before Wiezorek scored a takedown. Wiezorek managed to get Persey’s back, landing shots until the referee stepped in to halt the contest fifty seconds into the second round.

2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Katsuhiko Nagata scored takedowns at will en route to a split decision victory over late replacement Isaiah Hill. Hill came out aggressive to start the fight as he landed several hard blows that bloodied Nagata’s nose. From then on out the same story would play out, as Nagata would score takedowns at will throughout the entire fight. When the decision was announced, the crowd booed the fact that it was ruled a split decision instead of a unanimous decision for Nagata, who had basically dominated the entire fight.

In the opening fight of K-1 Dynamite!! USA, Hero’s 2006 Middleweight Champion Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti faced off with KOTC veteran Nam Phan. JZ wasted no time in ending the fight as he quickly scored a takedown from the clinch then proceeded to land a series of punches that stunned Phan, forcing the referee to stop the fight only twenty six seconds in.

Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: ROYCE AND BROCK LESNAR WIN
Post by: bluezulu on June 04, 2007, 12:43:22 pm
Yo Johnnie Morton got knocked the f*** out. Lol. I dont mean to laugh but yo that sh*t was funny as hell. That fool ran in there with 2 weeks of training and was straight beat to sleep. I wonder what he was dreaming about. One of my boys who said he got knocked out during a football game said the coaches said when they were trying to wake his big ass up that he was saying. "mommy i dont want to go to school today" lol. I might be able to leave boxing alone for this mma stuff if I can be treated to this every week.
Title: Re: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THREAD: ROYCE AND BROCK LESNAR WIN
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 08, 2007, 04:18:57 pm
Yo Johnnie Morton got knocked the f*** out. Lol. I dont mean to laugh but yo that sh*t was funny as hell. That fool ran in there with 2 weeks of training and was straight beat to sleep. I wonder what he was dreaming about. One of my boys who said he got knocked out during a football game said the coaches said when they were trying to wake his big ass up that he was saying. "mommy i dont want to go to school today" lol. I might be able to leave boxing alone for this mma stuff if I can be treated to this every week.

hahaha ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: MMA:ROYCE GRACIE TESTS POSITIVE FOR STEREOIDS
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 19, 2007, 04:20:55 pm
 CSAC CLARIFIES ROYCE GRACIE DRUG TEST
Monday, June 18, 2007 - by Ken Pishna - MMAWeekly.com

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The California State Athletic Commission today released a statement in regards to Royce Gracie’s recent positive test results concerning his K-1 fight against Kazushi Sakuraba. Initial reports indicated that Gracie had tested positive for Nandrolone, a steroid that occurs naturally in the human body, but did not include detailed information other than the positive result.

Today’s statement answered questions regarding the results being borderline or a false positive. According to the CSAC, they contacted the laboratory that performed the testing and obtained specific, detailed information about the test and results.

The statement read that, “A normal person could have a level of 2 ng/mL of Nandrolone that the human body could potentially produce and an athlete that has just completed rigorous physical exercise could have a level of 6 ng/mL.

“We received a written response from the laboratory's Director of Science and Technology confirming the positive ‘A’ sample and positive ‘B’ sample.

Both samples provided by Mr. Gracie had a level of over 50 ng/mL and we were informed that the level itself was so elevated that it would not register on the laboratory's calibrator.”

Following initial reports of the positive results, Gracie maintained his innocence, commenting to Sherdog.com Editor Josh Gross that he had taken supplements that are available at GNC, but nothing else and would not consider doing such.

With all of the speculation since the initial reporting of the result, there has been much speculation. CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia told MMAWeekly, “Yes, the statement [detailing the results] was to answer any question as to whether the test indicated a trace or possibly a false positive.”
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WOW,Royce was on THE JUICE.That's the ultimate slap in the face to traditionalists.Even though I know that stereoids are basically testosterone, and when used properly they AREN'T harmful to the athelte using them,there's no doubt that it gives you a significant performance boost that outstrips other supplements like amino acids,multivitamins,protein shakes and stuff like that.It's main benefits seem to be in recovery time and strength enhancement.

But ROYCE.On STEREOIDS? Man,that's unbelievably disappointing...that's like finding out that somebody ghostwrote TUPAC's songs.
Title: Re: MMA:ROYCE GRACIE TESTS POSITIVE FOR STEREOIDS
Post by: Sam Wilson on June 19, 2007, 05:36:46 pm
fu#@.  Hate hearing that sh$#.  Supreme is right, Royce's entire legend status now comes into question.
Title: FRANK/RENZO REMATCH,K-1 MAX,GREEN POWER RANGER DOES MMA!!
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 19, 2007, 07:45:14 pm
fu#@.  Hate hearing that sh$#.  Supreme is right, Royce's entire legend status now comes into question.

It's obvious that Royce resorted to stereoids in the latter portion of his career,in the wake of the beatdown that he got from Matt Hughes.Now he was going to face Saku who--when healthy--is clearly a superior threat and already broke Royce down once before? yeah,he made a mistake..a bad one.Understandable,bad...and probably forgiveable.
Title: Re: MMA:ROYCE GRACIE TESTS POSITIVE FOR STEREOIDS
Post by: Goat on June 26, 2007, 08:46:11 pm
Dayam!! I didn't even hear about this. till now.!! Man I should  know better! IF I want to keep up with the latest MMA news then the best place to go is HEF and get SI's reports!!! LOL

Tks Supreme, since I stop competing (and got old! LOL) I'm just not up on the insider news within the MA community..  Props to you bro, since you seem to be in the know and take the time to post and fill a dogg in on the info.

As for Mr. Gracie.. this is truly sad to hear.. The guy was already a legend he really didn't have to prove anything more. Sometimes you just need to face the fact that you get older and being the best is a temporary condition. Losing in itself does not evoke dishonor, it is far better to be defeated yet retain your dignity and honor then to be victorious by dishonorable means. A man like Royce Gracie knows this, it is both surprising and dis hearting that he failed to follow a honorable path. I know he is only human but I still find it very disappointing.   
Title: Re: MMA:ROYCE GRACIE TESTS POSITIVE FOR STEREOIDS
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 28, 2007, 09:56:52 pm
No doubt,dawg,anytime I can help us MA'ers keep up with our sport/passion/lifestyle...I will do so.Here's ANOTHER one featuring the ORIGINAL GREEN RANGER.This guy--Tommy,aka Jason David Frank to the government--already had 2 amatuer MMA rules fights,and he WON.This fight woulld've been his third,but....




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SATURDAY June 23, 2007 - Keenan Curry (right) won his first professional mixed martial arts fight Saturday at the Williamson County Pavillion in Marion. Ryan Rendleman ~ Daily Egyptian
 
 

Before his scheduled cage match, Jason David Frank -- formerly known as Tommy on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers -- signed autographs. When it came time to fight, though, he was nowhere to be found.



On Saturday, The Williamson County Pavillion held the Illinois Cage Fighting even, showcasing mixed martial arts and kickboxing.



The highlight of the event was supposed to be a fight between Ron "the badger" McMasters and Frank. Unfortunately, this fight never took place.



Jim Thomas, the president of the Fists of Glory, the organization that hosted the event, said Frank thought he would get booed by the crowd because the fight was a non-scoring boxing event instead of a mixed martial arts competition.



"I tried to tell him to stay around and fight, but he just left and blazed," he said.



Before he left, Frank said he expected to fight with mixed martial arts rules, not just boxing. The reason the rules changed was Frank's opponent, Ron 'The Badger' was only trained in boxing.


Frank said he left for numerous reasons.

First, he didn't like that his fight was changed to hands-only instead of mixed martial arts.

Also, he said it was changed to an exhibition fight, in which both fighters are winners. Frank wanted a win or loss fight.

"Either I win the match or I get my butt kicked," he said. "If I knock someone out and we both win and we both get belts, that's meaningless."

Frank said the promoter blew the event out of proportion by using the Power Ranger celebrity status too much.

"I skipped out on a Power Ranger convention to come out and fight and everything just changed," he said.


Some fans at the arena were upset Frank didn't fight. After all, he was the headliner.



Josh Chilbress, 21-year-old from Marion, said the only reason he attended the event was to see the former TV star.



"I was pissed off," Chilbress said. "I want my money back, man. Back in the day, he was my favorite Power Ranger. He was awesome. This is ridiculous."



The audience did get to see Frank at ringside as a trainer for two of his friends. Both of his friends won their first fights.



Andrew Trammel, a 22-year-old from Kansas, fought for three full rounds in the cage against one of Frank's friends.



Twenty minutes after the fight, Trammel was throwing up in a garbage can. He said he never prepared for the fight until he received a flier on his car about the event.



"I probably could've done better if I had got in shape a little bit, stopped smoking and actually trained a little bit," he said teary-eyed with his face splattered with vomit.



Like most of the fighters, Trammel was an amateur. Many fighters said they would continue to fight in cage matches, even if they lost. Trammel said he wouldn't.



"I ain't in shape for it," he said. "I felt like I was going to pass out and throw up. I was getting dehydrated."



Frank's other friend Jason Felton, 24-year-old from Houston, said he was upset after the fight against Trammel. He trained for the fight for a little less than a year and he runs a martial a school.



"If I had just knocked him out, I'd feel a lot better," he said. "When the last fight was announced, nothing was mentioned about Frank. The main event changed."



Keenan 'Keen Kong' Curry, a 26-year-old from Fort Wayne, was one of the fighters in the main event. He said he grew up watching the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and he owned several of the toys.



"I would've liked to see [Frank] fight. He put Vaseline on my face so he's a cool guy," Curry said. "I wish I could have seen him in action but it's OK. I forgive him."



Daily Egyptian writer Alejandro Gonzalez can be reached at 536-3311 ext. 256 or



agonzalez@siude.com.




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Don S
posted 6/25/07 @ 10:08 PM EST
He seemed like he was upset to have miss the convention, and that if he known all this would happen, then he should've just attended the convention. But I don't blame Frank when he says the fight would have had no point if both would be winners. (Continued…)

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Title: MMA:FRANK SHAMROCK REMATCHES RENZO,THE GREEN RANGER FIGHTS!
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 28, 2007, 09:58:43 pm
Drop all ya martial arts stuff in here for us MMA and martial arts enthusiasts,aight? I'm starting it with TITO AND CHUCK II...


It's going down DEC. 30,and it will be good.I told everyone AFTER Tito got knocked out by CHUCK that actually TITO showed the more well-rounded mix of punches and kicks...especially low kicks.If Tito comes out with head movement,footwork,low kicks and hand combos...and closing quickly for UPPER BODY TIE UPS which he would have to work with strikes,then I think Tito would do well.Remember,CHUCK knocked TITO only AFTER Chuck THUMBED Tito...just like he would thumb Randy.If Tito worked the inside low kicks with hands,keeps his head and feet moving away from Chuck's deadly looping right hand,keeps his hands up to block Chuck's strong high kicks and Chuck's strong back kick to the body,then works the body kicks against Chuck (like Vernon White did,who was doing well against Chuck in a losing effort until he,too,was thumbed in the eye--or was it FISTED in the eye? lol) and shoots off of the low kick and off of the push kick to back Chuck up and counter the looping right,then we have a fight.The main key here is to push Chuck from round 1 onward and to basically fire combos off the low kick and push kick,and move or tie up and fire combos off the tie up.Move,low kick,combos (hands and/or feet) and move again,or move,low kick,shoot,upper body tie up,knees and takedowns,fire combos and move again.That's the way to do it,with forward pressure to back Chuck up.This will be very hard for Tito,and he needs to be trained by K-1 guys to effectively be much more of a threat to Chuck.If i were him,I would have trained for this one fight for about 6 months,dedicating about half of my training time against Shamrock in fights Tito-Ken II and III to working extensive standup with the famed Dutch kickboxing crew in Holland that produced Hoost,Aerts,et.al (the Meijiro Gym,I think they are called) and worked my Greco with the US OLYMPIC guys.Seriously,no joke.I would have spent about 30K in training alone,because I would do everything I could to seriously threaten and overtake Chuck.Seriously.Especially with Vanderlei Silva on deck and ready to crush everyone since the UFC went around and bought up the contracts of people like him and from the WFC got people like Rampage,ya know?

Btw,I would looooove to see Rampage and Silva just ravage the UFC guys,really and truly.And I want to see Arlovski come back and rematch Sylva,or cut weight and knock out Chuck,then face Rampage and Vanderlei.

I love Yves Edwards.I wanna see him take a contract with Showtime,along with Frank Shamrock and others.I want to see the Ultimate Fighters get paid what they're worth.I wanna see more Dave Terrel.After he bombed out Matt Lindland,we haven't heard much of anything from him.Where is he?
Title: Re: MMA:ROYCE GRACIE TESTS POSITIVE FOR STEREOIDS
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 28, 2007, 10:00:50 pm




  - FRANK RESPECTS BARONI, WANTS TO FIGHT RENZO
Thursday, June 28, 2007 - by Jeff Cain - MMAWeekly.com

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Frank Shamrock answered a lot of questions long-time mixed martial arts enthusiasts had concerning his fighting ability against today's fighters, and gave newer fans to the sport a glimpse into the mystic that is Frank Shamrock, when he dispatched of hard hitting Phil Baroni at the co-promoted Strikeforce and EliteXC event Friday night in San Jose, Calif.

Shamrock, now sporting the moniker 'The Legend,' nearly finished Baroni with strikes in the first round before choking 'The New York Bad Ass' out with a Rear Naked Choke in round two.

Following the fight the focus shifted to Shamrock's knee injury suffered while training with Thierry Sokoudjou two weeks before the event. The thirty-four year old former UFC champion told MMAWeekly, "I tore my ACL and MCL, and partially tore my meniscus which apparently is really bad. I probably shouldn't be walking around, but I just put that big brace on it and kept on going."

Asked if surgery would be needed to correct the injury, Shamrock said, "I think so. We're going to wait until the swelling goes down, and then we're going to look at it. I've got like three opinions and two of the three are saying we need to get some tendons and give them to me."

Frank added, "They said don't do anything for a week, and no contact sports, and then they'll look at it. They think I'm a mutant, and I may have torn my ACL years ago, and it may have just never existed. Same with the MCL. They just don't seem to know, but they're going to have to scope it I think."

Pre-fight injuries affect the fighters physically, that goes without saying, but how it affects them mentally is rarely mentioned. "I was worried about the kicking because it hurt when I kicked, and that's usually not good… I was worried about my cardio because I knew I wasn't going to last that long."

Shamrock continued, "I knew it would drain me, and I knew there would be a point where my body would go anaerobic and crash, and I sort of just have to deal with it then. But my theory was that I could damage him more by then, and hopefully I'd be able to finish him even slow and kind of burned out a little bit."

The hype surrounding the match-up was largely fueled by the Internet. There were comments posted on various forums by Baroni, and videos on YouTube.com by Shamrock. It was billed as the classic grudge match, but Shamrock said the feud with Baroni is over.

"I talked to him. It sounded like it was pretty much done. Phil's a stand up guy. He made a challenge and we stepped up, threw down and fought it out."

Despite the online hype and pre-fight smack talk, Baroni gained the respect of Shamrock in the cage. "I knew he'd fight until the end. Phil's a warrior man. I mean Phil proved to me, I thought I would destroy Phil, and he proved to me that he's one of the toughest guys in MMA. He's got the toughest jaw I've ever seen, and he's got meat hooks on his hands. I think he came out huge on this, and my head is misshapened and swollen from getting punched."

Frank went on to say, "He's a brawler. He's a power puncher. He's got incredibly heavy hands. I think he's got the heaviest hands in MMA. His strength is that he'll do it. He's not good at it, but he'll do it, and that's dangerous. He smacked me a bunch of good times. I've never hit anybody in MMA that hard on the chin that many times and they not go down."

Shamrock had his way in the opening round, dropping Baroni with a three punch combination, but shortly after was deducted a point for striking Phil in the back of the head, the same infraction that resulted in a disqualification loss to Renzo Gracie earlier this year.

When asked about the illegal blows, Frank replied, "I was surprised when they stopped me because I didn't realize I was hitting him in the back of the head. I was like, wow. What? Sorry. But as soon as he said it I was like, you know, I was hitting him in the back of the head. Part of me struggles with the fighting because I know that that's how you damage people. And what's he doing with his head down there? My brain just goes to it. I know the rules, but sometimes the excitement of the moment… I know where I'm hitting him, but sometimes in the flow you kind of forget."

With the Phil Baroni match out of the way Frank Shamrock sets his sights on a rematch with Renzo Gracie. Frank commented, "As soon as my knee heals up I want to take care of Renzo. I'll do that one in quick, dramatic fashion… It's definitely a grudge match. There's controversy."

Gracie officially accepted Shamrock's challenge on MMAWeekly Radio, but the question remains where would the fight take place? Both are coaches in the IFL. Both have fought in EliteXC and Shamrock is a staple in the Strikeforce promotion.

Shamrock boasted, "I'll go wherever I want to go and where I'm most comfortable going, but I want to fight Renzo. It doesn't matter where. Where ever we can get it done. It doesn't matter where."

Title: Re: FRANK/RENZO REMATCH,K-1 MAX,GREEN POWER RANGER DOES MMA!!
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 28, 2007, 10:03:15 pm



  - MASATO DEFEATS JZ AT K-1 MAX IN TOKYO
Thursday, June 28, 2007 - by Monty DiPietro (Photos courtesy of FEG)

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TOKYO – Masato won in the Main Event and the three other World Max Grand Champions also came through in convincing style at the World Max '07 Final Elimination.

The do-or-die showdown featuring 18 of the best fighters in the popular 70kg/154lbs K-1 World Max weight class. Held on a hot and humid night at the historic Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo, the one-match format event advanced victorious fighters to October's K-1 World Max eight-man final.

The Main Event featured the '03 World Max Champion Masato of Japan and the defending Hero's mixed martial arts middleweight champion, JZ Calvan of Brazil.

Calvan tripped the light fantastic through a peppy and protracted ring entrance. Then, accompanied by thundering death metal, Masato sashayed in dressed in a fuchsia robe, looking something like a disco druid. Finally it was time to fight. And what a fight it was!

From the bell Calvan grabbed a Masato low kick and held on while pushing forward with a big right overhand punch. Masato answered with a hard low kick, a nice uppercut and a right hook, Calvan stumbling a bit in the middle of all this but staying on his feet before sending back a serious right hook of his own. The second was a veritable slugfest -- a couple of bouts worth of action squeezed into one single round. Calvan with another right hook, adding a jarring left to make this his strongest round; Masato taking it on the chin, spinning in a kick, hammering in a great left hook and right uppercut before grabbing his opponent and throwing him to the canvas. And both fighters barely missing with high kicks. The third round again was electrifying -- Masato's best strikes a right hook and an uppercut, Calvan now finally looking fatigued, but not so much that he didn't launch a flying knee.

In the end, the difference was Masato's stamina and a new killer instinct, which looked good on a technical fighter some had regarded as a bit of a pretty boy. Masato is back -- and surprise, now he's a real badass!

"I trained for this fight with distance running," said Masato in his post-fight interview, "and that helped me stay energetic to the end because it was very hot in the ring. Of course I would have liked to get a KO, but JZ pressed pretty hard, hit me good a couple of times, and anyway the important thing is to win!"

The penultimate match saw defending and two-time World Max Champion Buakaw Por Pramuk of Thailand take on Western European World Max Champion Nieky Holzken of Holland.

With his relentless hard low kicks, surgical punching attacks and preternatural evasions, Buakaw is the man to beat in World Max. But there was a buzz in the air here regarding Holzken, who is billed on his website as "the world's best upcoming talent."

The fighters tested with low kicks and jabs to start. Buakaw got a hard high kick up at the clapper, but Holzken read it and blocked perfectly. In the second they went toe to toe and Holzken snuck a right, Buakaw doing the same soon afterward on a counter. Buakaw steadily asserted himself, now using front kicks to set the distance, blocking and dodging and getting the better stuff in. In the third again Holzken closed with punches, but Buakaw had superior balance and positioning and scored with low kicks and quick counters. Not a bad effort from Holzken, but a better one from Buakaw, who took the unanimous decision.

"Nieky is a very good fighter, he hit me in every round," smiled Buakaw afterward. "I think if he had fought another fighter he probably would have won! I am not fully satisfied with my performance, I have room to improve to make myself a complete fighter, so I will train hard for the October final!"

Albert Kraus of Holland was the first-ever World Max Champion, and made it to the final eight last year. Here he faced fellow boxer and '06 final eight fighter, Virgil Kalakoda of South Africa.

Kraus looked a mature fighter, showing more low kicks and creative combinations than he has in previous outings. Kalakoda got a nice left through in the first, but again in the second Kraus had the edge, smart and speedy with his combinations, connecting with a right hook and a spinning back kick to the midsection. Kalakoda was no slouch, answering most of what came his way, although a high and close guard kept Kraus out of trouble.

Both fighters still had plenty of gas in the tank to make a wild ride of the third -- stepping in to mix it up with the fists, making contact with the jabs and straight punches, but mostly missing with the big artillery. Kraus got a dandy right straight in for the strike of the round, and finished with some dexterous evasions to take the win by unanimous decision.

"I had fractured my right hand four weeks ago in a fight in the UK," said Kraus, "so I was limited somewhat in this fight. But I am happy I could show my critics that I am still a contender for the championship this year!"

The 2005 World Max Champion and runner-up in last year's final is shoot boxer Andy Souwer of Holland. He met Muay Thai fighter Ole Laursen of Denmark, one of several "producer's picks" on the card.

Laursen made with an aggressive start, doing well with the right straight punch and low kicks. Souwer coolly weathered the attacks until he found his chance. Midway through the first, as Laursen threw a left that went wide, the Dutchman abruptly fired a right over his opponent's extended arm, thwacking him on the chin and depositing him on the canvas. Tremendous timing and a tremendous strike, and Souwer had the KO win.

"I had a hard time adjusting to the weather here and had a bit of a flu, so I am surprised and happy that I could get that punch in for the KO," said Souwer. "I'll take a week or two off to rest then hit the gym to train for the final!"

The World Max Japan Champion for the last two years is Yoshihiro Sato. The lanky kickboxer brought a formidable 15cm/6" height advantage to the ring for his bout with the World Max Eastern Europe Champion, muay thai fighter Denis Schneidmiller of Germany.

The two traded low kicks in the early going, Sato with the edge in power, Schneidmiller occasionally stepping in to throw the right straight punch. The distance closed in the second, Schneidmiller quick with the one-two punch combinations, Sato throwing tight low kicks and bringing the knee up. Schneidmiller absorbed a bunch of low kicks in the third, forced onto the defensive and struggling to get strikes through his opponent's long reach. Sato by unanimous decision.

Armenian Muay Thai fighter Drago made it to the World Max semifinals in '06. Here he came up against a little guy with a big punch -- producer's pick Mike Zambidis of Greece.

Zambidis started dancing when the bell rang and remained in motion through the entire bout. The Greek slugger showed excellent evasions and blocking, and was spry and solid on the counter with body blows. Drago had some fancy moves of his own, making partial contact with spinning back kicks and fists, and by the end of the second round the pair were locked in one hell of a battle. Drago did well with the front kicks and knees in the third, but Zambidis was always closing with punches. The crowd cheered with gusto when all three judges scored the fight a draw, adding a tiebreaker round to the thrilling contest.

Again, total commitment from both fighters, Drago throwing straight punches and working the kicks and knees, the intrepid Zambidis once more coming in with the fists, scoring surprisingly with a high kick that caught his opponent on the jaw. Plenty of spirited exchanges and a shame only one man's arm could be raised -- the judges awarding the win to Zambidis.

Another producer's pick, Muay Thai fighter Artur Kyshenko of the Ukraine, stepped in against Asian World Max Champion Soo-Hwan Lee of South Korea.

Kyshenko worked the body blows beautifully from the get-go, also connecting with a high kick and right straight to the chin to dominate his opponent through the first. Lee's front kicks, one-two punch combinations and a decent knee made the second closer, but Kyshenko unleashed a vicious volley of punches in the third to force a standing count, and after resumption laid in with a left hook to earn the win by KO.

In the first of two Superfights on the card, Nigeria's Andy Ologun and Japanese boxer Tatsuji mixed it up. Ologun's lateral movement and right straight served him well through the early going, but Tatsuji rattled him late in the first with a worthy right hook. The Japanese fighter was aggressive from the start of the second, clocking Ologun with a right straight punch, showing good timing to get past his opponent's low kicks and deliver the fists. The third saw Ologun rally some with straight punches, Tatsuji frequently locking him up in the clinch. Tatsuji got some good licks in here as well, although neither fighter managed to put decisive force behind their strikes. One judge called it a draw, the other two liked Tatsuji by a single point each, which was good enough for the win.

The second Superfight featured kickboxers Takayuki Kohiruimaki of Japan and Tsogto "Shinobu" Amara of Mongolia. Kohiruimaki used his 9cm/4" height advantage to fight from outside, repeatedly firing in low kicks to stymie Amara's attempts to close with the fists. In the second the Japanese fighter met his opponent's advances with knees on a couple of occasions, but otherwise again it was all low kicks. As the fight wore on Amara grew increasingly frustrated and Kohiruimaki increasingly cocky, pumping his fist in the air to the delight of the crowd. A convincing and timely performance from the Japanese fighter, who stopped his three-bout losing streak with a comfortable unanimous decision.

In undercard bouts, Farid Villaume of France beat Nonthanun Por Pramuk by decision; Yuji Nashiro of Japan KO'd compatriot Hakuto; and Keiji Ozaki of Japan beat Pak-Wing Heung of Hong Kong by decision. All fights were conducted under K-1Rules (3min x 3R with one possible tiebreaker round).

The World Max '07 Final Elimination attracted a sellout crowd of 12,628 to the Nippon Budokan, and was broadcast live in Japan on the TBS Network. For scheduling information elsewhere contact local broadcasters. As always, visit the K-1 Official Website (www.k-1.co.jp/k-1gp) for complete coverage of this and all K-1 tournaments.


Title: Re: FRANK/RENZO REMATCH,K-1 MAX,GREEN POWER RANGER DOES MMA!!
Post by: supreme illuminati on June 28, 2007, 10:32:04 pm
MURILLO NINJA RUA INTERVIEWED AFTER ELITEXC WINNING ELITEXC CHAMPIONSHIP OVER JOEY VILLASENOR




  - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ELITEXC CHAMP NINJA
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - by MMAWeekly TV

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Many MMA insiders had picked Joey Villasenor to become the first EliteXC Middleweight Champion. Many MMA insiders were wrong. As part of the undercard of the Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted “Shamrock vs. Baroni” event, Murilo “Rua” Ninja TKO’d Villasenor for one of the biggest wins of his career.

Although he goes home a champion, Rua’s first bout in America wasn’t without its rough edges. As recently as one week prior to the event, Rua was announced to be off the card due to not meeting the medical requirements of the State of California.

In fact, just four days prior to the fight, Rua told MMAWeekly’s Ivan Canello, “Tomorrow morning I am going to another doctor to get my license, but unfortunately my fight [with Villasenor] was postponed and I will only fight in September.

“Whoever wins between Joey Villasenor and [Falaniko Vitale] will fight me in the next EliteXC.”

But the results of that doctor’s visit were fortuitous for Rua as two days before the event, his medicals were approved and he was back in the bout that would eventually leave him crowned a champion.

Following the victory, Rua stated, “It is my pleasure to fight in America. I love the American peoples, very much.”