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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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From The Mailbag: 2/1/07

Well I guess this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to our newest feature - From The Mailbag. Basically if you send in a question, we will try our best to answer it and post it on the site under this heading. Simple as that…

C Rizzle writes:

If Rampage gets through Eastman and I figure he will, do you see Dana matching him up with Liddell right away? (I see him getting 2 fights before a title bout) If not and you are going to give him another bout before the title fight, I could very well see Dana matching him up with Evans, and in light of Evans comments saying he would “knock Jackson out”, I think this could have some merit to it. Or do you see him fighting a Sobral, Jardine, etc. What are your thoughts?

Basically I think it’s all going to come down to what Dana White decides to do. The Light-Heavyweight division is absolutely stacked, we already know that. The problem is that there is no legitimate number one contender to Chuck Liddell’s belt.

Could Quinton Jackson get an immediate title shot if he beats Marvin Eastman? It’s very possible and only because there isn’t any other fighter that is a step ahead of the rest right now and would be a just challenger.

If Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine are forced to fight or else they are terminated from their UFC contracts, I think the two will fight. If not, another scenario Dana may be visualize is Tito Ortiz vs Keith Jardine and Quinton Jackson vs Rashad Evans. Another thing that may prevent this is the fact that Forrest and Tito are heavily rumored to be fighting at UFC 70.

Michael Bisping is still going to have two or three more fights before he is seriously considered just like the rest of The Ultimate Fighter alumni. Renato Sobral and Jason Lambert are scheduled to fight at UFC 68 so that takes them out of the picture for now…

But where does this leave Liddell? Is he going to have to go through another UFC 57-UFC 62 stretch where he doesn’t fight? Will Dana try to grab Wanderlei Silva again? There’s so many possible scenarios that could happen, it’s too early to really to gage what’s going to happen until some of these fights go down and future matchups are finalized.

Anyway there are my thoughts on the situation. Hope I answered your question well enough…

CKA: Feb 01, 2007

News and Notes

- The Fight Network will be televising the EliteXC debut show live at 10 PM EST on February 10th.

- UFC and PRIDE veteran Kevin “The Monster” Randleman has been released from the hospital after he suffered near kidney failure.

- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alistair Overeem will face off in the ring PRIDE 33: Second Coming.

- Canadian welterweight Jeff Joslin is scheduled to face Kuniyoshi Hironaka on April 5th live on Spike TV.

- Tonight on ‘Inside the UFC’, Joe Rogan will sit down and talk to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his opponent Travis Lutter.

- Be sure to check out our newly created rumors page. We’ve updated the PRIDE 33 card with Overeem vs. Rua.

- Sherdog has announced that they will be going live 3 days a week starting February 12th. The show will run from 1PM - 5PM EST with 2 hour episodes of ‘The Beatdown’ and ‘The Savage Dog Show’. The show will also have updates at the top of every hour. For the users who cannot listen live, there will still be a podcast available through iTunes.

- Elvis Sinosic has signed a new deal with the UFC and it looks like his next fight will be in April. It also looks like Gonzaga will be fighting on one of the UFC cards in April.

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CKA: Jan 31, 2007

News and Notes

- Kevin Randleman has officially been released from the hospital. He has been told by doctors to take some time off and let his body heal up and get back to normal, something he didn’t do after undergoing multiple surgeries last year, thus his body giving out on him earlier this month…

- UFC Fight Night 8 on Spike TV last week drew an overall rating of 1.7.

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CKA: Jan 29, 2007

News and Notes

- Icon Sport has announced that it has signed Renato Verissimo to a multi-fight deal. Verissimo will make his debut at the organization’s February 9th event…

- Jason “Mayhem” Miller is rumored to be on the next WEC card which will take place on March 24th.

- Team Quest member Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has signed a multi-fight contract with Pride. He will make his debut at Pride 33 where he will take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira…

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CKA: Jan 28, 2007

News and Notes

- Rory Markham will not be participating in the Quad Cities Silverbacks’s IFL season opener because of him recovering from laser eye surgery…

“What I had in my eye is what they call a 3% retinal hole,” said Rory. “[They call it 3%] because that’s how big the hole was. It’s impact induced, so it’s from getting hit in the eye over the course of the last couple of months.

It can lead to a retinal detachment eventually, which is a very serious injury that sometimes leads to blindness,” exclaimed Rory. “Luckily I caught it early enough in stage one, that’s the earliest you can catch it.”

Markham continued, “I went in, they welded it up, and the IFL paid for it. They [the IFL] made good on their promise to insure us as fighters, which I can do nothing but thank them for that.”

- Krzysztof Soszynski has pulled out of his matchup against Ben Rothwell next weekend because of an injury he suffered while training last week.

- Kid Yamamoto suffered an arm injury during his 2007 Emperor’s Cup semi-final match and will not be able to compete to make Japan’s Olympic wrestling team…

CKA: Jan 27, 2007

News and Notes

- World Best Fighter has announced the updated card for it’s event on February 3rd - Fearless One - in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The announcement comes at the hands of headliner Tank Abbott dropping out of the fight because of injury. He will be replaced by Justin Eilers…

The updated card:

Justin Eilers vs Ji Hoon Kim
Mike Massenzio vs Okuda Masakatsu
Greg Soto vs Hyun Kyu Lim
Lee Gibson vs Jong Man Kim
Jon Murphy vs Wee Seung Bae
Mike Murray vs Tim Troxell
Lyman Good vs Julio Cruz
Brenden Barrett vs John Doyle
Lennox Chance vs He Teng
Peter Kaljevic vs Dai Shuang Hai
Aaron Miesner vs Ao Hai Lin
David Cummings vs Tai Quan Zhang
Zao Zi Long vs Yu Yang Rae

CKA: Jan 26, 2007

News and Notes

- Last night’s results from UFC Fight Night Live for those that aren’t aware of them:

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UFC Fight Night 8 Live Blog

We are live doing our one of our patented live blogs! Be sure to comment throughout the night…

Also check out our official preview and predictions for this event…

UFC Fight Night 8 Preview

UFC Fight Night 8 Predictions

Tonight’s lineup for those who are wondering -

Televised Fights:
Rashad Evans vs Sean Salmon
Heath Herring vs Jake O’Brien
Hermes Franca vs Spencer Fisher

Swing Bout:
Nate Marquardt vs Dean Lister (will be televised if there is TV time remaining)

Undercard Bouts:
Clay Guida vs Din Thomas
Chad Reiner vs Josh Burkman
Ed Herman vs Chris Price
Ross Pointon vs Rich Clementi

Continue reading "UFC Fight Night 8 Live Blog"

CKA: Jan 25, 2007

News and Notes

- Chris Price failed to make 185 lbs for his fight against Ed Herman as he weighed in at 192 lbs. Herman decided to take the fight even though his opponent could make weight.

- Here is a rundown of what will be on ‘Inside the UFC’ tomorrow night.

* The UFC’s newest addition Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will go one-on-one with host Joe Rogan.
* There will be a feature on the nerves fighters experience before a fight.
* They will take a look at the art of tattoos and their significance to UFC fighters.

- Melvin Guillard has pulled out of his fight at UFC 67 and his replacement will be Diego Saraiva.

- UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture will appear on season two of “Pros vs. Joes” at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

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