Coffee and Kick Ass

CKA: Mar 05, 2007

News and Notes

- PRIDE has canceled their 04/28 USA show. This is unfortunate considering how exciting PRIDE 33: Second Coming was but one can definitely assume the organization is in some serious trouble. PRIDE USA President Ed Fishman is in the process of taking legal action against the company. For more information on the situation check out Zach Arnold’s piece at Fight Opinion.

- At the UFC 68 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White, said that UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is currently suffering from pneumonia and he should never have been let on the “Good Morning Texas” show. White was visibly unhappy and he said that he was flying to San Luis Obispo to check on him. The representative that took Liddell to the appearance was from Warner.

- During the UFC 68 post-fight presser, Matt Hughes stated that former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia came into the fight with a bad back that almost forced him to withdraw from the fight.

Sylvia, who dropped to 25-3, said in the ring that he had come into the fight carrying an injury but was beaten “fair and square.” He did not attend the post-fight news conference but Hughes said Sylvia had an injured back and had considered pulling out of the bout.

- Injury or not, Dana White didn’t feel it was an intelligent move on Sylvia’s part to tell the crowd he was injured coming into the fight.

“Even if he did, he should have never said it,” White said when asked of the injury and the comment in the ring. “Tim has an big image problem, you could see it tonight. Tim’s a good guy. He’ll come back. He’s a tough kid. This is going to be a hard one for him. There was no doubt in his mind he was going to beat Randy Couture tonight. He was overconfident.”

- Assuming Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic gets by Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70: Nations Collide, Cro Cop and Couture will face off in a heavyweight title fight some time during the summer. For the first time in a while the UFC will have a very legit and marketable heavyweight title fight.

- Speaking of Cro Cop, according to Canada.com, Cro Cop asked the UFC brass for a fight with Brandon “Truth” Vera but it is currently on hold as Vera and Zuffa are having a very difficult time agreeing on a new contract.

CKA: Feb 21, 2007

News and Notes

- Roger Huerta will fight Alvin Robinson at UFC 69: Shootout in Houston, Texas.

- Kazuhiro Nakamura has been forced to withdraw from his battle against Travis Wiuff at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming.

- PRIDE FC has officially announced that Sergei Kharitonov will face Mike Russow at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming.

- Spike TV will not be airing an episode of ‘Inside the UFC’ this Thursday. No reason has been given but the show will resume next week.

- MMAWeekly.com is hosting a free audio file of their recent interview with UFC president Dana White.

- Remember to cast your vote on our new poll.

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CKA: Feb 20, 2007

News and Notes

- The UFC has announced that Brad Imes will face PRIDE and K-1 veteran Heath Herring at UFC 69: Shootout.

- The Fight Network has received a tip from an anonymous source that the UFC has approached Cage Rage Middleweight Champion Zelg Galesic. It was originally reported that Galesic had signed with PRIDE but it has yet to be confirmed by the organization itself.

- PRIDE USA president Ed Fishman he’ll consider starting up his own MMA promotion if he cannot work out a deal with Nobuyuki Sakakibara to purchase PRIDE FC.

- The DVD for WEC 22: The Hitman can now be purchased online. WEC 22 was an event held to raise funds for the Bennett family. The show brought in an estimated $70,000 and $20,000 in donations.

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CKA: Feb 17, 2007

News and NotesOct. 21 PRIDE participant Kevin Randleman’s license to compete in the state of Nevada was revoked this morning, stemming from a suspect urinalysis submitted just prior to the bout. Though no traces of non-approved substances were indicated in his results, Randleman’s urinalysis was devoid of human hormones. Present at the Las Vegas meeting, an emotional Randleman admitted to replacing what should have been his sample with one provided to him in a bottle. Randleman was also fined $5,000 of his $40,000 purse, and may re-apply for licensure on Oct. 21, 2007. - Gilbert Yvel application for a license to fight in Nevada was denied and he will not be fighting on the upcoming PRIDE show. Yvel was scheduled to fight Sergei Kharitonov. - Kit Cope and Joe Pearson have both received temporary suspensions. Recommended Reads Sherdog.com: DEEP: Chonan Defends, Two New Champs Crowned Sherdog.com: License to Fight: Busy Morning for NSAC

CKA: Feb 16, 2007

News and Notes

- Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will be facing Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 in Manchester, England.

- ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ veterans Chris Leben and Kalib Starnes will clash in the octagon at some point in May.

- UFCJunkie.com is reporting that Team Jackson fighter Nathan Marquardt has been granted at title shot at UFC 72.

- In a recent article on Sherdog.com, Josh Gross reported that Brandon Vera’s final UFC fight will come against heavyweight prospect Jake O’Brien.

I do have it on good authority, though, that Vera will fight Jake O’Brien. All signs point to the UFC doing anything it can to leave a black mark on Vera as he appears headed in another direction.

Weekend Shows

DEEP: 28th Impact - 02/16/07
ROF 28: Evolution - 02/16/07
NAAFS: The Midwest Combat Challenge 2 - 02/17/07
CFC III: Combat Fighting Championship III - 02/17/07
GMC: Cage Force 2 - 02/17/07
Shooto: Professional Shoot 2007 - 02/17/07

CKA: Feb 12, 2007

News and Notes

- Both Ryan Schultz and Aaron Stark of the Portland Wolfpack will not be able to compete at the team’s season debut on February 23rd according to coach Matt Lindland.

Schultz will miss the event because of a medical suspension he received from the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission after his KO loss to Bart Palaszewski at the IFL Championship this past December. Ironically, the suspension will end the following day after the event. Ian Loveland will be Schultz’s replacement for the event.

Stark will also be out of action because of a rib injury. Taking his place will be John Krohn…

- Bob Sapp has signed with Cage Rage and caused a bit of a disturbance at the promotion’s event this past weekend:

It seems like every Cage Rage heavyweight wants a piece of Bob “The Beast” Sapp after the former NFL lineman-turned-fighter signed with the U.K based promotion earlier this week.

Yesterday, the names of two contenders were revealed.

After defeating MMA legend Dan Severn (78-15-7) in a lackluster performance last night, British boxer-come-mixed martial artist Dave Legeno (3-3-0) took the mic and voiced a verbal challenge to the self-described “ripped 400-pound monster.”

Upon hearing the challenge, Sapp rushed into the cage, pushing bystanders and media out of his way, until he stood face-to-face with Legeno, while the audience applauded in approval.

“I’ll sign the contract right now,” said Sapp. “I’ll take you on.”

Before Legeno could answer, another British heavyweight, Robert “Buzz” Berry (10-5-0), climbed over the fence and rushed Sapp, causing a commotion that escalated into a brief minute of chaos. When the dust settled, Berry was holding a microphone, challenging Sapp as well.

“I’ll take you both on,” Sapp told the two British heavyweights. “You’re both going down.”

Once the show resumed, Cage Rage promoters Andy Geer and Dave O’Donnell made a public announcement that “The Beast” will indeed face “an unnamed British heavyweight” at Cage Rage 21 in April.

- In a recent interview, professional wrestler Kurt Angle stated that he is currently in discussions with the UFC and Elite XC on a contract that would allow him to begin fighting later this year…

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CKA: Feb 09, 2007

News and Notes

- The Fight Network will be hosting TKO 28: Inevitable on pay-per-view February 16th at 10 PM EST.

- Former PRIDE play-by-play man Mauro Ranallo has joined the EliteXC broadcast crew.

Weekend Events

TKO 28: Inevitable (2/9/07)
Icon Sport: All In (2/9/07)
AMC: Brawl at the Mall V (2/10/07)
Combat in the Cage: Adrenaline Rush (2/10/07)
EliteXC: Destiny (2/10/07)
Cage Rage 20: Born to Fight (2/10/07)
CFC: Cage Warz II (2/10/07)
Total Fight Challenge 7 (2/10/07)

TKO 28: Inevitable (2/9/07)

Hatsu Hioki vs. Mark Hominick - TKO Featherweight Championship
Sam Stout vs. Fabio Holanda - TKO Lightweight Championship
Jonathan Goulet vs. Thomas Schulte
Samuel Guillet vs. Luke Caudillo
Stephane Dube vs. James Martinez
Chris Clements vs. David Medd
Steve Claveau vs. Jason St. Louis
Dave Pariseau vs. Martin Grandmont
Yves Lemelin vs. Daniel Boissoneault
Bob Landry vs. David Fraser
Jean-Francois Bedard vs. Joseph Paquet
Stephane Pinet vs. Sebastien Gauthier

Icon Sport: All In (2/9/07)

Robbie Lawler vs. Trevor Garrett
Renato Verissimo vs. Kris Fleurestil
Jeremy Williams vs. Derek Thornton
Scott Junk vs. John George
Chico Cantiberos vs. Bronson Pieper
Mark Moreno vs. Sam Jackson
Tyson Nam vs. Devon Chong
Randy Lueder vs. Ron Fields
Mike Balasi vs. Jerome Kekumu
Justin Bucholz vs. Ikaika Choy Fu
Kekoa Baker vs. Kala Kolohe Hose
Sadhu Bott vs. Peni Taufa’ao
Alan Lau vs. Richard Desforge
Nui Wheeler vs. Jay Bolos

EliteXC: Destiny (2/10/07)

Showtime Live Telecast (10 p.m. ET/PT)
Frank Shamrock vs. Renzo Gracie
Antonio Silva vs. Wesley Correira
Joey Villasenor vs. David Loiseau
Charles Bennett vs. Karl James Noon
Gina Carano vs. Julie Kedzie

Internet Live Broadcast of Undercard
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Riki Fukuda
Bo Cantrell vs. Tim Persey
Adriano Periera vs. Javier Vazquez
Mike Pyle vs. Ross Ebanez
Edson Berto vs. John Shackelford

CKA: Feb 08, 2007

News and Notes

- PRIDE USA President Ed Fishman has expressed that he is currently doing everything possible to purchase the PRIDE organization. Fishman feels that the only two people in the running for the organization are the UFC and him.

- Strikeforce and EliteXC have reached a deal which will allow them to co-promote cards on Showtime. Showtime will do a joint broadcast in April when Frank Shamrock and Phil Baroni fight in Strikeforce.

- Tito Ortiz will guest star in NUMB3RS Friday, Feb. 16 on CBS.

- Andrei Arlovski is expected to fight on UFC 70 against Jim York. Mirko Filipovic will also be on the card.

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And what did McCarthy glean from the dangerous kickboxer’s performance Saturday night?

“The Octagon is a bigger surface area,” says McCarthy. “I think Mirko was using the same footwork he’s always used and that caused some problems for him when he tried to cut Sanchez off.”

The motivation to improve appears to be there. Before leaving for his 18-hour journey back to his homeland, Filipovic asked McCarthy for a recommendation to import a cage to him there.

CKA: Feb 03, 2007

News and Notes

- Travis Lutter failed to make weight at the weigh-ins yesterday coming in at 186.5 lbs so the fight is now a three round non-title fight.

- Matt Lindland added another solid win to his record last night when he submitted former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton.

- Tonight UFC 67: All or Nothing will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’. Be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST for blow by blow coverage.

- The odds on Cro Cop vs. Sanchez are unreal. Take a look at this:

At the Mandalay Sports Book, you had to lay down US$1,000 just to make $100 on a Filipovic win. A $100 bet on Sanchez, in contrast, would win you $600.

- Hammer House member Rob Wince suffered a tragic loss on Wensday evening when he found his son dead in the basement of his house. His son accidentally killed himself by playing the ‘choking game’. Our thoughts go out to the Wince family during this tough time.

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CKA: Feb 02, 2007

News and Notes

- The UFC 67: All or Nothing weigh-ins will air live today at 4PM PST on Yahoo! Sports.

- Yesterday the UFC held their pre-fight press conference for UFC 67: All or Nothing. All of the headliners were there except for heavyweight ace Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

- At the press conference, it was mentioned that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva may move to California, possibly to open a branch of his newly-formed Black House gym.

- The Fight Network has signed a multi year deal with Elite XC and they will begin by televising their first event live on February 10th at 10 PM EST.

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