CKA: Jun 18, 2007

News and Notes

- Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Tito Ortiz turned down an offer to fight Forrest Griffin in a rematch of their controversial split decision bout in 2006 at UFC 72.

UFC president Dana White said he had tried to match Griffin with former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, but said Ortiz declined.

“Tito didn’t want to come over here, the big sissy,” White said.

Griffin, who lost a controversial split decision to Ortiz last year, said he would welcome a rematch with Ortiz.

“Most definitely, it’s a fight I wouldn’t say no to,” Griffin said.

- The official fight card for the Pancrase 13th Annual Neo-Blood Tournament Finals currently scheduled for July 27th at the Korakuen Town Hall Arena in Tokyo, Japan has been released by the promotion:

Daizo Ishige vs Katsuya Inoue - Welterweight King of Pancrase Title
Rikuhei Fujii vs Tomoyoshi Iwamiya - Middleweight Final
Nao ‘Yoshirock’ Yoshida vs Satoru Takadaya - Welterweight Final
Yuichi Ikari vs Koichiro Matsumoto - Lightweight Final
Yuichi Miyagi vs Koji Yoshimoto - Featherweight Final
Jose Aldo vs Shoji
Miki Shida vs Jong Jin Sok

- Bodog Fight: Paradise Lost premieres next Tuesday, June 26th at 11 PM EST. The season will feature fights involving Daniel Puder and Chael Sonnen among others..

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12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
1-3 PM - The Savage Dog Show
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
3-5 PM - The Beatdown
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM - Knockout Radio

Report: Bodog Close to Signing Kang

The Fight Network is reporting that PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Champion Denis Kang is close to signing a contract with BodogFight.

The American Top Team’s Denis Kang is in serious negotiations with bodogFIGHT and could sign with the upstart promotion as early as this week, a source close to the ATT indicated.

Kang (27-8-1), one of the world’s top middleweights, is 20-1-1 in his past 22 fights, the lone defeat a split decision loss to Kazuo Misaki in the finals of the PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix at PRIDE “Bushido 13.” Kang reportedly tore a biceps muscle in the semi-finals but agreed to fight anyway.

This is interesting because it was being rumored that Kang was about to join the UFC. I’m guessing now that some of the PRIDE fighters were able to get out of their contracts or were free agents before Zuffa bought the promotion.

Kang is the only other free agent from PRIDE that I’ve heard of except for a handful of others - Fedor, Silva, and Big Nog. Then again maybe all of the fighters are technically free agents as of right now and it just so happens that the majority of them are signing with Zuffa.

Bodog Fight’s New Welterweight Champ No Longer “Fainting Goat”

Some guys fight over women. Nick Thompson became a fighter just to impress one.

“A few years ago I went to see a mixed martial arts show with my new girlfriend,” recalls the Minnesotan. “I wrestled a little bit in college so to try and impress her I told her I could do MMA. I started training the next week. I was awful, but I was hooked.”

Thompson was in fact so awful he was nicknamed “The Fainting Goat” for his unfortunate resemblance to an animal notorious for losing consciousness when frightened. Knocked out in his first pro fight by journeyman Dan Hart, Thompson would go on to lose three of his first four bouts.

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BodogFight Makes USA Debut in New Jersey

Following unforgettable mixed martial arts events in Vancouver, Canada and St. Petersburg, Russia, Bodog Fight is pleased to announce its American debut.

On Saturday, July 14th, Bodog Fighters will become “Garden State” warriors when they visit the Sovereign Bank Arena on the shores of the Delaware River in Trenton, New Jersey for Bodog Fight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Matt Lee.

After losing his Bodog Fight welterweight championship belt last April to Nick “The Goat” Thompson in Russia, Philadelphia’s Eddie Alvarez (9-1) is looking to get back to his winning ways. The explosive striker will face Boston’s Matt Lee (9-5-1) at this special event, which is scheduled to air in more than 90 million U.S. homes on ION Television at a later date.

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“Cuddles” Looks To Put Squeeze On Bodog Fight Opponent

Nicknames are not uncommon among mixed martial arts athletes. A look at the current roster of Bodog Fighters reveals colorful monikers such as “Red Nosed Pitt Bull”, “Buffalohead”, “The Eraser”, and “The Juggernaut”.

The importance of a good handle has not been lost on female fighters either, with flamboyant Brazilian Carina “Beauty But The Beast” Damm providing a first-rate example.

While most nicknames are designed to intimidate, like Bill “The Butcher” Mahood or Brad “One Punch” Pickett, a nickname like “Cuddles” undoubtedly falls short of such goals. Nevertheless, Ohio’s Jan Finney insists she’s no teddy bear.

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Huntington Beach “Outlaw” Faces “Juggernaut” on Bodog Fight

Much like the Stan Lee comic book character from which he gets his nickname, Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger is often unstoppable when in motion and seemingly invulnerable to all forms of physical damage.

The 21-year-old mixed martial arts athlete has 12 wins in his 14 pro bouts with nine of those wins by way of knockout, earning him praise from one of the best in the business.

“He’s a young talented guy with a great work ethic,” says trainer Matt Lindland. “That’s a rare combination. He even helps out on my ranch in Oregon when he needs some extra cash. I actually named one of my goats after him - Little Jake!”

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Bodog Fight Presents Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day

Bodog Fight is pleased to join forces with the U.K. mixed martial arts promotion Cage Rage to present Cage Rage Championships 21: Judgement Day.

Thanks to a special arrangement, mixed martial arts fans will be able to watch this exciting event free in the United States on ION Television, April 28th at 9 p.m. / 8 p.m. Central.

“We are thrilled to bring the Cage Rage experience for the first time to television audiences in the U.S.,” says Bodog Fight founder Calvin Ayre. “Viewers can expect some fantastic bouts.”

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Royce Gracie Joins Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Announce Team

Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat debuts Tuesday, April 17th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION Television.

The latest series of Bodog Fight promises to be its most impressive effort to date, as Bodog founder Calvin Ayre welcomes mixed martial arts superstars Royce Gracie, Josh Barnett, Phil Baroni and Denis Kang to the beaches of Costa Rica for their insight and analysis.

Joining them will be veteran play-by-play man and World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee “The Colonel” Bob Sheridan. Sheridan will call the fights alongside MMA Broadcaster Paul Lazenby and Bodog Fight Commissioner Jeff Osborne, while former Canadian Super Heavyweight Boxing champion and Battlestar Galactica star Aleks Paunovic conducts ringside interviews.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Gracie will also join the play-by-play team as a special guest commentator. The most famous member of the first family of BJJ, Gracie has been credited by many of today’s stars as their inspiration to enter the world of MMA.

Barnett will be pulling double duty in Costa Rica. A staple of the Japanese pro-wrestling and MMA circuits, “The Baby Faced Assassin” will corner several of Bodog Fight’s Japanese combatants in addition to sharing his wealth of knowledge with the television audience.

Fellow MMA stars Baroni and Kang will conduct pre and post fight interviews, as well as offering up assessments of the fights themselves

Introducing Bodog Fight: Costa Rica

Following the overwhelming success of its sophomore series, Bodog Fight changes backdrops for the third installment in its mixed martial arts series. Swapping the frozen tundra of St. Petersburg for the sunny shores of Costa Rica, Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat promises bigger brawls and smaller bikinis.

The first episode debuts this Tuesday, April 17th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION Television, and features six of the most exciting pound-for-pound fighters in MMA.

In the opening bout, 28-year-old Jake Shields (16-4-1) from San Luis Obispo, California takes on 27-year-old Ray Steinbeiss (8-3-0) from Tempe, Arizona. A student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo fighting legend Cesar Gracie, Shields is one of the best MMA fighters in the world. Will Steinbeiss be able to stop his powerful takedown and submission attempts? The Bodog Fight veteran is up to the challenge as an SWKA Kickboxing champion, Arizona State Wrestling Champion, and IFC Tournament winner.

In other action, 28-year-old Piotr Jakacynski (2-0-1) from Stockholm, Sweden faces 33-year old Steve “The Red-Nosed Pit Bull” Berger (18-15-3) from St. Louis, Missouri. With 37 pro-fights under his belt, Berger is a seasoned veteran with the courage to match his nickname. He admits to getting nervous before his fights, but those nerves quickly become fuel for the coming battle.

Russians Rule Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations

St. Petersburg, Russia - The Russian Red Devils capitalized on their comrades’ support to emerge victorious from Russia’s ICE Palace Arena on Saturday, April 14th in the most anticipated pay-per-view event of the year, BodogFight: Fedor Emelianenko vs Matt Lindland, Clash of the Nations.

The star-studded mixed martial arts card lived up to its billing, with Fedor Emelianenko, the #1 ranked heavyweight in the world taking on the #1 ranked middleweight, Matt “The Law” Lindland, in the main event. In the end, the sold out crowd, which included Russian President Vladimir Putin, got what they wanted, as their beloved champion improved to 26-1 after forcing his brave American challenger to tap out in the very first round.

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