BodogFight Season 6 is scheduled to be taped on August 24th and 25th in North Vancouver. According to sources at BodogFight, middleweight Steve Byrnes injured his knee in training and will not be able to participate. Scott Henze will replace him and take on Russian Alexander Shlemenko.
News and Notes
- Dana White and company held the official press conference for UFC 74 yesterday. The most interesting thing to come out of it? Probably something that many of us have known for a while now - When asked about Brandon Vera’s next opponent, White responded with “most likely Tim Sylvia.”
Some press conference coverage:
- UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture will be featured on ESPN’s Rome is Burning later today at 4:30 PM EST. Couture is expected to discuss his preparation for his title defense against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74, his bout with former champ Tim Sylvia at UFC 68, and Gonzaga’s brutal knockout of Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 70.
- Wild Bill’s Fight Night has become the latest MMA promotion to earn a television deal:
Wild Bill’s Fight Night, the biggest and most successful MMA event series in the state of Georgia, recently acquired a television deal with Comcast On Demand. Past MMA events from Wild Bill’s Fight Night are available now through Comcast’s On Demand service. All future Wild Bill’s Fight Night cards will be televised on Comcast.
- ION Television has announced that it will no longer be broadcasting BodogFight programming beginning in February 2008. ION stated that MMA is no longer appropriate for the channel’s new style of family programming.
- Apparently George Foreman loves mixed martial arts:
“I love the UFC. I love it,” Foreman said. “If they had had that back when I was coming up, in 1966, it would have been my sport. Man, I love it. And you know what? Nobody would have pulled the rope-a-dope on me.”
- CBS Sportsline writer Sam Caplan has joined the ranks of UFC Junkie.
Roger Sportsnet: Gonzaga on my Mind
MMA Weekly: Randy Couture on Steroids in MMA
Sprawl ‘n Brawl: MMA History Lesson: The Fight That Almost Was
CBS Sportsline: Five Ounces of Pain: Fedor’s next destination should be the UFC
MSNBC: Soft-hearted ‘Rampage’ ready to bring the heat
Fight Opinion: Friday fight notes: A bad week just got worse for K-1
Bodog has announced the matchups set to take place on the sixth season of BodogFight. The taping will take place August 24th and 25th on the Squamish Nation Indian Reserve in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sami Aziz (Sweden) vs. Hiroyuki Abe (Japan)
JR Sims (USA) vs. DJ Taiki (Japan)
Rodrigo Damm (Brazil) vs. Darren Elkins (USA)
Per Eklund (Sweden) vs. Rafael Dias (USA)
Ryan Bow (Japan) vs. Santino Defranco (USA)
Chris Ade (Canada) vs. Koji Oishi (Japan)
Nick Thompson (USA) vs. Mark Weir (UK)
Piotr Jakaczynski (Sweden) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (USA)
Chris Wilson (USA) vs. Ray Steinbeiss (USA)
Diego Gonzales (Sweden) vs. Steve Berger (USA)
Tim McKenzie (USA) vs. Yuichi Nakanishi (Japan)
Kyacey Uscola (USA) vs. TBA
Steve Byrnes (USA) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (Russia)
Antony Rea (France) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (USA)
Mikhael Zyats (Russia) vs. Buddy Roberts (USA)
Assuerio Silva (Brazil) vs. Constantin Gluhov (Russia)
Andrew Pederson (Canada) vs. Scott Lincoln (USA)
Dan Evensen (USA) vs. Dominic Richards (Canada)
Kristof Midoux (France) vs. Brad Morris (Australia)
Megumi Fuji (Japan) vs. Lisa Ward (USA)
Carina Damm (Brazil) vs. Jessica Aguillar (USA)
Rosi Sexton (UK) vs. Julia Berezekova (Russia)
Kelly Kobold (USA) vs. Julie Kedzie (USA)
Tama Chan (Japan) vs. Molly Helsel (USA)
Photo: David M Singer, MMA on Tap
This past Saturday was BodogFight’s first event in the United States. I took the trip to Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ to check it out.
If you’ve tuned into BodogFight on Ion Television, you know it goes through a full round of production before airing. Many camera angles, splashy backgrounds and a full round of editing.
I wondered how this event would be live. Ten fights in one night. A good-sized card taking place with no chance for edits or MTV-style cuts.
Later today John and I will be making the trip to Trenton to cover BodogFight: Alvarez vs Lee.
While we’ve had plenty of live blogs here, it’ll be MMA on Tap’s first on-site event coverage. We’ll make no bones about it, the site is convenient for both John and I, with John living near Philadelphia and me being in Manhattan. As long as we don’t blow Jersey up (not that some wouldn’t thank us), we’re already looking forward to future Jersey events, like the possible UFC show later in the year, and possibly some others outside of the Garden State.
During the fights John will be live blogging and I’ll be posting photos. We should have some follow-up material over the course of the next few days as well.
Besides the fights themselves, we’re wondering what type of production BodogFight will be. First impressions are important, and this will be America’s first look at a live BodogFight event.
Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no live blog descriptions of the BodogFight: Alvarez vs Lee. However, I’m now live here in Trenton, taking photos of all the action. MMA on Tap will make the photos available online as soon as possible.
Matt Lee (168.2 lbs) vs. Eddie Alvarez (170 lbs)
Kelly Kobold (134.6) vs. Tara LaRosa (134.6)
Yuki Kondo (185) vs. Trevor Prangley (184.8)
Amar Suloev (183.2) vs. Chael Sonnen (185.8)
Jorge Masvidal (156) vs. Yves Edwards (155.6)
Branden Lee Hinkle (223) vs. Roman Zentsov (225.8)
Mark Burch (265.8) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi (225.2)
Eben Oroz (143) vs. David Love (144.6)
Dan Hawley (135.6) vs. Blair Tugman (135.2)
James Binky Jones (154.2) vs. Nick Agallar (155.8)
News and Notes:
- Our rumors section has been updated once again…
- Be sure to check back later today when we post a brand new Rock the Vote. An updated MMA on Tap Top 10 is also possible.
- Tonight’s episode of BodogFight: Paradise Lost will feature a bout between Tara LaRosa and Shayna Bazsler at 135 lbs.
- UFC Fight Night 11 will air on September 20th and will precede the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 6. The event will take place at the The Palms in Las Vegas. Mike Swick vs Chris Leben and Din Thomas vs Spencer Fisher are two of the rumored bouts for the event.
- Lightweight Jeremy Stephens has been granted a temporary leave of absence by the UFC in order to fight in smaller shows according to UFC Junkie.
- The third season of The Ultimate Fighter is in stores starting today.
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News and Notes:
- UFC, PRIDE, and Pancrase veteran Ricardo Almeida will be making a return to MMA competition after a three-year hiatus from the sport. Earlier this week, Cage Fury Fighting Championships announced that they had signed Almeida to fight in their next event in September. MMA Weekly is reporting that Dennis Hallman will most likely be Almeida’s opponent.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that they are unable to do anything that would prevent Hong Man Choi from taking on Gary Goodridge in the K-1 World Grand Prix on August 5th because they do not have jurisdiction in Asia:
“I got instructions from legal that we don’t have jurisdiction over them in Asia,” said CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia today during a Fight Network Radio interview. “In other words, if they went over there and had a show there and included Mr. Choi, and then decided to come back, they would not be facing disciplinary action just for that.”
- Phil Baroni has filed a formal appeal with the California State Athletic Commission that will go against the CSAC’s claim that Baroni tested positive for two different types of steroids after his fight with Frank Shamrock last month.
- Kelly Kobold Gavin will replace an injured Laura D’Auguste as Tara LaRosa’s opponent for the first ever BodogFight Women’s Championship bout at next Saturday’s event in Trenton, NJ, BodogFight: Eddie Alvarez vs Matt Lee.
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There’s always a healthy degree of skepticism when it comes to cross-over athletes. A few have enjoyed success, like Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Dennis Rodman (or was he a cross-dressing success?), but remember when Michael Jordan tried his hand at baseball? Yikes.
The world of mixed martial arts is no stranger to two-sport athletes, although the best examples have all left behind their former sports to pursue a full-time career in MMA. Boxers like Tommy Morrison and Ray Mercer, Olympic wrestlers like Bodog Fight’s own Matt Lindland, and pro wrestlers like Brock Lesnar and Daniel Puder.
The 25-year-old Puder won World Wrestling Entertainment’s first “Tough Enough Challenge” in 2004, but he drew the ire of Vince McMahon by straying from the promoter’s plan to have the popular Kurt Angle punish him during a WWE event. Instead, Puder humiliated Angle in front of a live audience by trapping the former Olympic Gold Medal wrestler in a “key lock”. Angle has vowed revenge ever since.
If he wants his reprisal, Angle will have to follow Puder to MMA, but it won’t be easy. Puder is undefeated in four fights heading into his heavyweight bout with Michael Alden on the next episode of Bodog Fight: Paradise Lost this Tuesday, July 3rd at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network.
If you yearn for hard-hitting mixed martial arts action with some of the world’s best MMA athletes, then look no further.
Bodog Fight: Paradise Lost premieres in more than 90 million U.S. homes this Tuesday, June 26th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network.
This week, from the shores of sunny Costa Rica, Nick Agallar (17-4) takes on Ryan Bow (17-8-1) in a lightweight match-up, while newcomer David Avellan (1-0) looks to tame Antony “The Wild Thing” Rea (11-7) in a light heavyweight fight.