Here is a collection of some of the coverage the media is putting out there in preparation for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton tomorrow night…
Sherdog: Alessio Talks WEC 30, Future Title Shot; Rani Yahya Ready for Title Shot
MMA Weekly: Brian Stann on Quest for Another WEC Win; Fight by Fight: WEC Undercard; Cowboy Cerrone Rides High into WEC Debut
The Fight Network: Friends and Foes
WEC: From 100 Bucks to a World Title, the Journey of Rob McCullough; Rich Crunkilton – A Long Time Coming; Brian Stann – All-American; A Battle-Tested Beebe Defends His Crown Wednesday
Sports Illustrated: Operation Billington
Newark Star-Ledger: Stann to show off improved skills against Billington; McCullough taking title defense personally
Bloody Elbow: WEC 30 Undercard Preview
Ariel Gandulla launched himself onto the WEC scene in May when he defeated Gary Padilla by split decision. Unfortunately for the WEC and fans, that wasn’t the best Ariel Gandulla. Two months earlier, Gandulla injured his elbow when the cage door gave way during his fight with Tom Lawlor at Kick Enterprises in Ft. Meyers, Florida, sending both fighters down and out of the fighting area. Gandulla was injured and unable to continue so the fight was ruled a no contest. “I did not utilize all my weapons with Padilla because my elbow was injured. During my fight with Tom Lawlor the cage door flew open in the beginning of the first round and I fell.”
Hailing from Cien Fuegos, Cuba, Gandulla recently joined American Top Team to further his evolution as a mixed martial artist. In October, Gandulla will face his toughest test to date when he steps into the cage with WEC light heavyweight champion Doug “Rhino” Marshall. “First of all, I’m from Cien Fuegos, Cuba, and I moved to the United States in July 1994. As for my fighting background, my record currently stands at 5-0-1. My team is my family and they have definitely helped me improve a lot.”
Looking ahead to his fight with Marshall, Gandulla provided us with a little breakdown on what he plans to do, “I will exchange punches, and I look forward to securing the big take-down. In this fight I am actually going to utilize judo, that’s my weapon. I feel great, I have been a fighter all my life, yes I am ready, 100%.”
To My Family, Friends, Fans and Sponsors:
Since UFC 74, I have wanted to speak publicly about my fight with David Heath. I waited to do so, however, out of respect for the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Zuffa, Inc. and Dana White. After all, it is their efforts that have legitimized Mixed Martial Arts in the sports world and I realize that my conduct has unintentionally hindered those efforts. For that, among other things, I am deeply sorry.
I have been fighting professionally since 1998. Prior to my fight with David Heath, my professional record was twenty-seven wins with seven losses. Fourteen of my victories came by way of submission. Not once was I ever accused of holding a choke or submission too long. If anything, there has always been and continues to be a great camaraderie between my opponents and I after the fight.
Being a professional mixed martial artist is more than a career to me. It is my livelihood and my way of life. Consequently, I am deeply sorry for any embarrassment that has been brought upon the sport, other mixed martial artists (especially David Heath), my Academy and most importantly, my family.
News and Notes
- Everyone and their mom is reporting that talks between Fedor and the UFC didn’t go so well:
Sherdog: Fedor Reps Say Long Way to Go on Deal with UFC
MMA Weekly: Fedor Still Has Not Signed to Fight
CBS Sportsline: White says Emelianenko meeting ‘didn’t go well’
Five Ounces of Pain: Rumor Killer: Fedor not close to signing with the UFC
Only a couple of links but you get the picture…
- The Fight Network is reporting that Randy Couture’s broken arm is healing well:
X-rays taken on the broken left arm of UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture Friday showed that the 44-year-old’s bone is aligning properly and healing as anticipated.
Doctors informed Couture (16-8) that he had suffered the break during his TKO stoppage of Brazilian Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74 “Respect” Aug. 25 in Las Vegas, Nev. He sustained the injury blocking a right high kick with his left forearm in the opening seconds of the third round. The kick cleanly separated the ulna bone with a “nightstick fracture,” a break common in law enforcement circles. Couture’s arm will likely remain in a splint for at least five more weeks.
- UFC Junkie has found out through Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer that the UFC issued $35,000 bonuses for those fighters that won the UFC’s usual post-fight awards.
Fight of the Night - Randy Couture vs Gabriel Gonzaga
Knockout of the Night - Patrick Cote
Submission of the Night - Thales Leites
- The Sun Herald of Southern Mississippi is reporting that Alan Belcher has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC:
Alan “the Talent” Belcher of Biloxi just signed another four- fight contract with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). His overall record is 10-3, two of which went to a decision). He has had four fights in the UFC within the last year.
- The legal dispute between Brandon Vera and his former manager Mark Dion will finally be settled by an arbiter for the CSAC on September 17th.
- Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin has landed a role as host of a new TV series titled “American Fighter”:
Ultimate fighter Rich Franklin wants to bust out of the ring. The three-time Ultimate Fighting Championship title winner from West Chester Township has shot a half-hour pilot for a TV series, “American Fighter.”
Franklin, 32, a former Oak Hills High School math teacher, will tell inspirational stories about people fighting against the odds, says J.T. Stewart, his publicist. The pilot features Joe Garvey, 21, of Bright, Ind., learning to walk after a crippling ATV accident seven years ago.
I wonder if there is any connection between the show and Franklin’s sponsor of the same name…
MMA Weekly: MMAD Libs II: Writing an MMA Hatchet Piece
Fight Opinion: Sunday media slate: Rizzo remains on his winning ways
UFC: Michael Bisping: England Expects
News and Notes
- Kultar Gill has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Caol Uno in the K-1 Hero’s Middleweight Tournament after suffering a shoulder and neck injury according to The Fight Network. Gill stated that he is unable to live his arm over his shoulder at the moment:
“I finally took off two months from work to train for the first time in my life. I was on a roll and was training super-hard for Caol Uno,” says Gill. “My jiu-jitsu had improved tenfold. Training with Pele has been awesome. I finally have a guy that can strike with me who I don’t knock out. We’ve had some wars. I was looking and feeling so good but now I can’t lift my arm over my shoulder. I can’t even do one push-up. But you know, shit happens.”
- Sam Caplan has heard from a source that contract talks between Fedor and the UFC did not go well on Thursday:
I didn’t hear the show but I’ve read in several places that Tagg Radio reported today that the show heard from a reliable source in Fedor Emelianenko’s camp that he’s been offered a four fight deal worth $2 million per bout that would also allow him to fight in Russia. The reports I am reading suggests that Fedor is close to accepting.
If that story is in fact being reported I can tell you that a reliable source I spoke to from the UFC left me with a completely different impression of Thursday’s meeting. I did not ask the source specifically about Tagg Radio’s report and simply asked about how the meeting on Thursday went. The answer was not good and no indication was given that a deal was even close to being agreed to.
- The CSAC has laid down the law on two more fighters that have tested positive for marijuana.
Ty Montgomery has had his license revoked in the state and has also been fined $2,500. His license revocation is the result of three separate incidents that the CSAC has had to discipline him for - a prior positive test for marijuana in September 2006 and for an altercation with a promotion’s matchmaker in March 2007. Montgomery will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in one year in front of the CSAC.
Mongtomery’s opponent at a recent Galaxy Productions event, Virgil Zwicker has been suspended for three months and fined $500 after testing positive for marijuana as well.
Bloody Elbow: Misreading Your Opponent
Sherdog: Gearing up for “Art of War”
MMA Weekly: Refocused Clementi Enters Steele Cage
UFC Junkie: UFC 75 Weigh-Ins Airing Via Tape Delay
Fight Opinion: Saturday surprise: K-1 interested in Asashoryu?
Fightlinker: The Nandrolone Myth
News and Notes
- We’ve decided to hold off a new MMA on Tap Top 10 until after the events in September.
- Fabricio Werdum has told MMA Weekly that he has joined the Chute Boxe team and has already began training with his new camp:
Werdum stated, “I am very happy with my new training partners and I hope I can get the Chute Boxe spirit and improve my stand up skills. When I first step here, I could see that my training speed wasn’t right. The training here is so much harder, but I am adapting myself and all the coaches and athletes are being like brothers.”
- Former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante has announced that he is reforming the Brazilian Top Team after the depature of the Nogueira brothers and Mario Sperry.
- MMA Weekly is also reporting via sources at BodogFight that the promotion plans to announce a new TV deal when their current contract with ION runs out in February of next year:
Sources at Bodog plan to announce a new U.S. television distribution deal once their current run on ION has ended, although no details were forthcoming at the time of publication.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it will hear the appeal of UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s positive test for steroids on October 31st in Los Angeles.
- Staying on the subject of athletic commissions, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has filed a formal complaint against Renato Sobral for his actions at UFC 74. Sobral will be required to meet with the NSAC at a later date to find out whether he may possibly be suspended or fined. $25,000 of his purse is still being withheld.
- Yahoo! Sports has posted their updated MMA Top 10...
- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia has landed at Xtreme Couture for a two day training session in preparation for his bout against Brandon Vera at UFC 77.
Sherdog: Koubousen Companion: News and Notes from Japan; Travis Wiuff Ready for “Last Shot” in IFO
411 Mania: Your MMA News, My Views 8.31.07
Choke Him Out: Top 10 Nastiest Mixed Martial Arts Cuts
Bloody Elbow: The Muscle Shark IS Innocent, Right?
MMA HQ: Josh Barnett Still in UFC’s Future?
Sprawl N’ Brawl: UFC 75: Kongo v. Cro Cop
Fight Opinion: Five things I learned from the UFC 75 conference call
Fightlinker: This is why I hate Japan
PRIDE middleweight champion Dan Henderson appeared on The Best Damn Sports Show Period to discuss his upcoming UFC light heavyweight title/PRIDE middleweight title unification bout with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Hat tip: UFC Mania
UFC President Dana White hosted a conference call earlier today in preparation for the upcoming UFC 75: Champion vs Champion event set to take place on September 8th from London, England. The fighters featured on the call were UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson, PRIDE Middleweight and Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping, and Matt Hamill through the use of an interpreter.
Today UFC president Dana White announced that Renato “Babalu” Sobral has been released from his UFC contract due to his behavior during his fight with David Heath.
During his fight at UFC 74: Respect, Sobral choked out David Heath and when referee Steve Mazzagatti attempted to stop the fight Sobral refused to left go of the choke saying afterwards, “I just thought that I needed to teach him respect after he showed me so much disrespect.” The Nevada State Athletic Commission withheld half of Sobral’s pay pending a review of his actions during the fight with Heath.
After the fight Dana White went on the record saying…
“I am not happy about it. If you have an arm or leg of somebody in a submission where somebody seriously injures somebody, you’ll never be back in UFC again.”
Babalu and his management will be speaking in front of the NSAC Friday.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former undisputed boxing welterweight champion Zab Judah discuss their respective sports of mixed martial arts and boxing during an ESPN: The Magazine interview session.