UFC Acquires Assets from WFA; Purchases WEC

Zuffa, LLC, the company that owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that it has acquired select assets from the World Fighting Alliance.

The company purchased select fighter contracts and the trademarks and other intellectual property of World Fighting Alliance.

Dana White, UFC President and Zuffa co-owner said, “Zuffa is committed to giving our fans the best fights between the best fighters in the world. This acquisition helps us continue fulfilling that goal.” White also said, “Goodman and Palazzo were working towards building a strong promotion. But bringing the WFA fighters into the Zuffa family is the best thing that could happen for the fighters – and for the fans.”

The WFA will now cease all operations.

The UFC also is in the final stages of buying out the WEC, according to MMA Weekly.

The WEC is expected to serve as a sort of developmental promotion for young fighters that the UFC signs. The WEC will use the offical Octagon and is scheduled at this time to hold it’s first event under the UFC next month…

Update - 11:11 PM
The Fight Network is reporting that UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is among the talents acquired.

Strikeforce: Triple Threat Weigh-In Results

Here are the weigh-in results for tonight’s Strikeforce: Triple Threat event. All fighters made weight…

Jason Von Flue - 180 lbs
Cung Le - 182 lbs
Nam Pham - 154 1/2 lbs
Josh Thomson - 155 12/ lbs
Gina Carano - 150 lbs
Elaina Maxwell - 151 lbs
Vernon ‘Tiger’ White - 205 lbs
Bobby Southworth - 203 lbs
Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig - 170 lbs
Tony Fryklund - 170 lbs
Ronald Jhun - 185 lbs
Eugene Jackson - 185 lbs
Paul Buentello - 255 1/2 lbs
Ruben ‘Warpath’ Villareal- 255 1/2 lbs
Mike Cook - 230 lbs
Daniel Puder - 226 lbs
Kyle Leviton - 273 lbs
Rex Richards - 317 lbs
David Smith - 154 lbs
Sean Basset - 154 lbs
Scott Graham - 194 lbs
Drew Dimanlig - 192 lbs
David Barrios - 131 lbs
Anthony Figueroa - 127 lbs

Cage Rage 19 Finalized Card

Here is the finalized card for this weekend’s Cage Rage event, Cage Rage 19: Fearless…

The only fight that is up in the air at this point is the middleweight bout between Matt Ewin and Alex Cook. Cook sustained a rib injury during training and may not be able to fight on Saturday night. A replacement is currently being sought just in case Cook is unable to fight.

Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs Rob Broughton
Zelg Galesic vs Mark Weir - Cage Rage Middleweight Title
Daisuke Nakamura vs Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro - Cage Rage Lightweight Title
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira vs Tengiz Tedoradze
Elvis Sinosic vs Mark Epstein
Luiz Azeredo vs Paul Daley
Danilo Cherman vs Jean Silva
Alan Murdock vs Dave Legeno
Xavier Foupa Pokam vs Alex Reid
Jess Llaudin vs Ross Mason
Matt Ewin vs Alex Cook
Lee Doski vs Suley Mahmoud

IFL Receives Approval from NSAC

NEW YORK - The International Fight League, the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced that it has received permission from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to conduct MMA events in the state, beginning in 2007. IFL Commissioner and co-founder Kurt Otto and President and co-founder Gareb Shamus met with the commission on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are very grateful that this process is completed, and that the commission has given us permission to move forward and schedule events,” Otto and Shamus said in a joint statement. “It is another important step forward for the IFL as we grow and develop our business model, and its great news for both the fans of the sport and our business partners, since Nevada is the epicenter of all fight sports and the commission is made up of some of the most respected people not only in the fight world, but in all of professional sports.”

The approval by the Nevada commission is the latest in a series of solid business developments for the IFL. Other recent announcements in the last week have included:

. The addition of the 12th and final team for 2007 (the Red Bears based in Chicago)
. The announcement of the full 2007 IFL schedule
. The move to make the IFL a publicly-traded company

The 11 date slate will include events in eight different states and begins with four teams, including the Nevada-based Lions (coached by legend Ken Shamrock (Pictures)) facing the San Jose-based Razorclaws (coached by his brother, world champion Frank Shamrock (Pictures)) at the ORACLE Coliseum on Friday January 19 in Oakland, California. Ken Shamrock (Pictures) recently held an open tryout in Reno for team hopefuls, and attracted over 150 competitors to the half-day event.

The IFL has announced 10 of the 11 sites thus far, and will announce the final site (to be held in mid-June of 2007) in the next week to 10 days.

Buentello-Villareal Rounds Out Strikeforce: Triple Threat Card

After having his scheduled fight against James Thompson cancelled at the last minute, Paul Buentello will now face Ruben “Warpath” Villareal this Friday night at Strikeforce: Triple Threat.

Here is what the updated card looks like for this weekend’s event…

Main Card:
Bobby Southworth vs Vernon White - Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Championship
Eugene Jackson vs Ronald Jhun - Strikeforce US Middleweight Championship
Josh Thomson vs Nam Phan - Strikeforce US Lightweight Championship
Rex Richards vs Kyle Leviton
Daniel Puder vs Mike Cook
Paul Buentello vs Ruben Villareal
Duane Ludwig vs Tony Fryklund
Cung Le vs Jason Von Flue
Elaina Maxwell vs Gina Carano

Raul Castillo vs Jeff Quinlan
Anthony Figueroa vs David Barrios
Scott Graham vs Drew Dimanlig
Sean Basset vs David Smith

Cesar Gracie Quits The World Fighter

Cesar Gracie has stepped down from his post as the matchmaker for The World Fighter and doing so he released the following statement via his website

“I have officialy resigned from The World Fighter organization and have now no affiliation whatsoever with the show.

I was initially approached by the show’s president, Jason Aiello, when he requested that some of my fighters fight on the show. After hearing about the proposed sums of money to be payed to the fighters, I was cautiosly optimistic. My fighters were payed large signing bonuses and I was eventually contracted to work as a consultant and matchmaker for the organization. All of our checks cleared, leading me to believe that the show was a legitimate entity.

In the last couple of weeks there have been statements coming from the organization that I knew were inconsistant and erroneous. The website, is claiming to have a Renzo Gracie vs. Frank Shamrock fight signed for January at the Boardwalk Hall in New Jersey. This fight will not be happening and there is no show set for New Jersey. As far as I know there is not sufficient funding for any future show and my attempts to get financial disclosures were unsuccessful.

I realize that there are fighters that could possibly be turning down legitimate offers while they wait to fight on a show that will not be happening and I refuse to allow my name to be associated with an organization that continues to play a game of smoke and mirrors. -Cesar Gracie”

Introducing Red Light Fights from BodogFight

Ever killed time in traffic watching a sexy girl referee a fight in a ring on the back of a flat-bed truck? We thought not.

Enter the Red Light Fights series, created to generate excitement and promote Bodog Fight’s December 2 mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view event. The Red Light Fights are mobile fighting matches that feature two martial arts experts sparring with each other in real rings attached to a 16-foot box truck!

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WFA Postpones King of the Streets II; Moved to 2007

The World Fighting Alliance’s scheduled December 9th event, King of the Streets 2 II, has been postponed until next year according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The WFA has yet to release a statement concerning the cancellation and a new date has not yet been set…

BJ Penn States Loyalty to UFC

Despite his older brother signing with Showtime to produce MMA events, BJ Penn has released a statement on his website, reaffirming his loyalty to the UFC and his quest to get his hands back on the welterweight title…

Here is the statement off of his website:

With all that recent press about my brother, JD, and his recent business decision, I want all my fans to know that I am committed to the UFC and to carrying out my dream of regaining the title of UFC Welterweight Champion of the World. See you all at the UFC.
-BJ Penn

Showtime to Televise MMA

NEW YORK — In a landmark deal for premium television, Showtime Networks Inc. has partnered with Pro Elite, Inc. to televise live mixed martial arts (MMA) events on SHOWTIME beginning in 2007, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks.

The first event will air live on Showtime on February 10, 2007, with additional events airing on the premium television network through 2009. All MMA events on Showtime will be televised in high-definition.

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