Personalities

From Rags to Riches

The Las Vegas Review-Journal gives fans a little glimpse into the life of Dana White and how he went from a bellman at a local hotel to the UFC president.

WEC Benefit Show Update

The WEC has announced a share of the fighters who will be competing on the July 28th Ryan Bennett benefit show. The event will take place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

Urijah Faber vs. Cory Cass (submission grappling super-fight match)
Keith Barry vs. TBA
Sam Morgan vs. TBA
Dennis “Piranha” Davis vs. TBA
Craig “Big Z” Zellner vs. TBA
Thomas Schulte vs. TBA
Mikko Rupponen vs. TBA
Doug “The Rhino” Marshall vs. TBA
Glover “The Brazilian Pit Bull” Teixeira vs. TBA
Nick “The Goat” Thompson vs. JT Taylor
Jake O’Brien vs. TBA
Poppies “Tachi Kid” Martinez vs. TBA
Mike Whitehead vs. TBA
Wes “The Project” Sims vs. TBA

Dana White and Rich Franklin on The O’Reilly Factor

On Wensday UFC President Dana White and UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin were guests on “The O’Reilly Factor” with Bill O’Reilly.

Dana White and Tito Ortiz to Spar

Dana White and Tito Ortiz both hate each other and they’ll both have a chance to settle it in the ring. When Ortiz signed with the UFC last year he made sure that a special clause was added to his contract stating that he and Dana White will spar for three three-minute rounds.

WEC 21 Results

Rob McCullough came away the victor in the main event of the evening when referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight in the first round because of a cut over Ryan Healy’s left eye. Nathan Diaz put Joe Hurley to sleep with a triangle choke, forcing Hurley’s corner to throw in the towel during the middle of the second round. Hurley actually woke up and then proceeded to tap but the fight was already over.

Hermes Franca defended his WEC lightweight title for the last time before going over to the UFC, submitting Brandon Olsen with an armbar. Justin Eilers continued his winning ways has his opponent, Jimmy Ambriz was unable to answer the bell for the second because of a shoulder injury. The ringside doctor quickly found that Ambriz had a torn bicep tendon.

WFA Hires Goldberg as Color Commentator

The WFA has announced that Bill Goldberg will serve as the color commentator for the organization’s upcoming PPV, WFA: King of the Streets on July 22nd. Goldberg has an extensive background in MMA, training in Muay Thai for many years…

No Joe Rogan for UFC 61

UFC color-commentator Joe Rogan will not be part of the broadcast team for UFC 61: “Bitter Rivals” due to a prior commitment to The Comedy Connection in Boston, which he was unable to cancel. Rogan stated that he would be at both of the Spike TV cards in June and hopefully the rest of the pay per views after that.

Randy Couture who is now a permanent fixture on the UFC broadcast team will be filling in for Joe Rogan.

Wes Sims to Fight on WEC Benefit Show

Today the WEC announced that Wes “The Project” Sims has volunteered his services to fight on the WEC Benefit Show. The WEC stated that all fighters will receive one hundred dollars with their travel and accommodations being cover. Sims has waived the one hundred dollars and decided to compete free of charge.

WEC to Host Benefit Show in Ryan Bennett’s Honor

Last week the MMA community suffered a great lost when Ryan Bennett was involved in a tragic car accident that claimed his life and injured his wife and four kids. The WEC has decided to host a benefit show in Ryan Bennett’s honor with all proceeds being donated to Ryan’s wife Tonya.

Ryan Bennett Passes Away

MMA media personality Ryan Bennett died in a car accident on Wednesday at the age of 35. Bennett’s vehicle rolled on a Utah highway and he was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife and two children remain hospitalized. Bennett was the co-founder of MMAWeekly.com and a former UFC broadcaster.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan’s family and friends…

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