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UFC 73 Media Roundup

Here’s a collection of media links focusing on UFC 73: Stacked:

MMA Media:

Sherdog: Evans Confident for the Ortiz Test; Franca Ready to Make His Dream a Reality; “Stacked” UFC Offers Two Title Fights; Sherk to Offer Franca “Eye Opening” Experience; Great Sherdog Debate: UFC 73
MMAWeekly: Sherk Looks to Defend, Franca to Conquer; Fight-by-Fight: UFC 73; Alvin Robinson Wants to Prove He Belongs; Wanting to Show Fans the Real Jorge Gurgel; Tito Isn’t Looking Past Rashad Evans
The Fight Network: Bocek Makes Fighting a Family Affair; Not Just a Match; An Unlikely Champion
InsideFighting: Rashad Evans is Ready to Take on the Best; Kenny Florian: “I am very, very hungry to fight”; Tito Ortiz “Speaks against”; Hermes Franca: “If my heart is still pumping I can win.”; Sherk Enjoys Finally Being at the Top of the Mountain
UFC: Rashad Evans - His Time Has Come; Tito Ortiz - Last Stand or a Rebirth?; Nate Marquardt - The Challenger; Hermes Franca’s ‘Rocky’ American Dream; Losing is not an option for Frankie Edgar; Marquardt to test Silva’s Mettle as Champion
MMANews: Interview with Hermes Franca

US News:

CBS Sportsline: Q & A with Sean “Muscle Shark” Sherk
Denver Westword: A Denver fighter takes on the ultimate challenge
Philadelphia Inquirer: N.J. fighter taking talent to the big cage
OC Register: UFC 73: Stacked preview (with Tito Ortiz video); UFC president Dana White: Meet the Press
Yahoo! Sports: In Hot Pursuit; No pushover; Matchup Breakdown: Silva-Marquardt; Matchup Breakdown: Sherk-Franca
NBC Sports: Word War I: Ortiz, Evans set to rumble

Canadian News:

TSN: Herring ready for 3rd bout with Nogueira; Ready to Fight; Bonnar looks to make a fresh start; Bocek prepares for UFC debut
Sportsnet: No backing down for Sherk; ‘Two cats in a burlap sack’; Sherk’s a workout machine; Stacked fight predictions

UFC 72: Victory Preview

Here is a preview we put together for UFC 72: Victory.

Main Card Bouts:
Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami
Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez
Tyson Griffin vs. Clay Guida
Jason MacDonald vs. Rory Singer
Ed Herman vs. Scott Smith

Preliminary Bouts:
Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan
Eddie Sanchez vs. Colin Robinson
Dustin Hazelett vs. Stevie Lynch

Also be sure to tune in at 3 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.

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Shamrock-Baroni Quotes

MMA legend and former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and foul-mouthed, trash-talking, knockout-artist Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni clash for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight (185-pound) championship in the main event of a spectacular MMA cage fight card on Friday, June 22, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.

If Baroni can fight half as tough as he talks, Shamrock could be in for a long night.

In a second world title fight on a Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor and Murilo “Ninja” Rua will clash for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title.

Other scheduled PPV fights include: EliteXC’s Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela, lightweights; Strikeforce’s Cung Le vs. Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, middleweights and Carter “The Beast” Williams vs. Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello, heavyweights.

Before the PPV telecast, six exciting undercard fights will be streamed live at ProElite.com, a respected, rapidly growing Internet destination for the MMA community. First fight is at 7:40 p.m.
ET/4:40 p.m.

Please be aware before opening this post that it contains a good amount of foul language…

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IFL: Seattle Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for IFL: Seattle.

Tokyo Sabres vs. Portland Wolfpack

Orvil Palmer (233.6) vs. Devin Cole (247.5)
Kazuhiro Hamanaka (185) vs. Matt Horwich (185)
Vladimir Matyushenko (204) vs. Aaron Stark (205)
Antonio McKee (169) vs. Mike Dolce (170)
Savant Young (155) vs. Ryan Schultz (155)

L.A. Anacondas vs. Seattle Tiger Sharks

Benji Radach (185) vs. Bristol Marunde (184)
Chris Horodecki (153) vs. Shad Lierley (153)
Jay Hieron (170) vs. Brad Blackburn (170)
Alex Schoenauer (204) vs. Allan Goes (205)
Krzysztof Soszynski (230) vs. Reese Andy (208)

Event Previews

IFL: Seattle Weigh-In
IFL: IFL Seattle Preview, Part 1
IFL: IFL Seattle Preview, Part 2
Sherdog: Anacondas Canadian Contingent Making Waves
Sherdog: Season Hangs in the Balance for Portland, Seattle
MMAWeekly: Can Lierley Pull Off Big Upset in IFL?
The Fight Network: Building a Foundation

UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson Preview

Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson.

Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs. Quinton Jackson
Terry Martin vs. Ivan Salaverry
Josh Burkman vs. Karo Parisyan
Houston Alexander vs. Keith Jardine
Kalib Starnes vs. Chris Leben

Preliminary Bouts:
Thiago Silva vs. James Irvin
Sean Salmon vs. Alan Belcher
Jeremy Stephens vs. Din Thomas
Carmelo Marrero vs. Wilson Gouveia

Also be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.

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The World is Ready for the UFC - UFC 73 on July 7th

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Tired of paying your hard-earned cash for events packed with hype and little else? Sick of sitting down
for a pay-per-view event and finding out that you’re paying over $50 for just three fights that include a showcase and a mismatch? The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has the cure for what is ailing fight fans, and in a continuing effort to provide what the world is truly waiting for, it is announcing yet another UFC card stacked with at least five fights that include two intense championship bouts and a heated grudge match between two light heavyweight rivals. UFC 73: STACKED features UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva in his first title defense vs. Nate “The Great” Marquardt. UFC Lightweight Champion Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk puts his newly-won belt on the line vs. Brazil’s Hermes Franca. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira steps into the Octagon™ for the first time for a heavyweight war with Heath Herring – and Tito Ortiz intends to put a painful end to Rashad Evans’ perfect 15-0 record. Let the fireworks begin. UFC 73, loaded with UFC superstars, takes place LIVE from ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Saturday, July 7, 2007.

“We have five UFC events lined up now through July in the US and UK, and every one of them is stacked with great fights,” said UFC President Dana White. “No matter where we have a UFC, our goal is always the same – to deliver the best fights between the best mixed martial arts fighters. Our fans know they will always see a good fight, and that’s why the UFC reigns supreme in live sports today.”

White continues, “UFC 73 is one of the best cards we’ve put together this year. It’s going to deliver the one-two punch fight fans want – it has Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans, two all-state college wrestlers, both who dislike each other, settling their differences in the Octagon, as well as title defenses by our two champions Anderson Silva and Sean Sherk. We’re working on more fights right now to pack this card even heavier from top to bottom.”

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UFC 70 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for tomorrow’s UFC 70: Nations Collide which will air on tape delay in the United States and Canada at 9 PM EST on Spike TV…

Mirko Cro Cop (225 lbs) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (243 lbs)
Andrei Arlovski (238 lbs) vs Fabricio Werdum (233 lbs)
Michael Bisping (204 lbs) vs Elvis Sinosic (205)
Ryoto Machida (199 lbs) vs David Heath (205 lbs)
Cheick Kongo (229 lbs) vs Assuerio Silva (241 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (204 lbs) vs Victor Valimaki (203 lbs)
Matt Grice (155 lbs) vs Terry Etim (154 lbs)
Junior Assunaco (155 lbs) vs David Lee (155 lbs)
Dennis Siver (167 lbs) vs Jess Liaudin (168 lbs)
Edilberto Crocota (169 lbs) vs Paul Taylor (169 lbs)

UFC Fight Night 9 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 9 which will air live from Las Vegas at 8 PM EST on Spike TV:

Joe Stevenson (153 lbs) vs Melvin Guillard (156 lbs)
Kenny Florian (156 lbs vs Dokojonosuke Mishima (156 lbs)
Antoni Hardonk (242 lbs) vs Justin McCully (245 lbs)
Drew Fickett (170.5 lbs) vs Keita Nakamura (170 lbs)
Wilson Gouveia (205 lbs) vs Seth Petruzelli (204 lbs)
Rich Clementi (170.5 lbs) vs Roan Carneiro (170.5 lbs)
Kurt Pellegrino (155 lbs) vs Nate Mohr (155 lbs)
Forrest Petz (170 lbs) vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka (170 lbs)
Thiago Tavares (154 lbs) vs Naoyuki Kotani (155 lbs)

UFC 67: All or Nothing Preview

Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC 67: All or Nothing.

Main Card Bouts:
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Eddie Sanchez
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter
Quinton Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman
Roger Huerta vs. John Halverson
Scott Smith vs. Patrick Cote

Preliminary Bouts:
Ryoto Machida vs. Sam Hoger
Tyson Griffin vs. Frank Edgar
Jorge Rivera vs. Terry Martin
Dustin Hazelett vs. Diego Saraiva

Also be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.

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UFC Fight Night 8 Predictions

Here are our predictions for tonight’s event. The setup is a little different than last time – We are listing the winners and things like that but we’ve added a few thoughts as well as the predictions of the newest member of our team that you already met, Bill Reger.

He won’t be undefeated for long folks, don’t worry…

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