BodogFight, the mixed martial arts (MMA) reality television phenomenon and brainchild of digital entertainment mogul Calvin Ayre, will be the official Presenting Sponsor for “Turning Point”, a 10-bout Sportfight mega-card set for Saturday, January 6, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.
“We are extremely excited about this opportunity to work with Randy Couture and Matt Lindland,” says Calvin Ayre, the founder of Bodog.com Entertainment who recently returned from the filming of BodogFight: St. Petersburg. “Randy is an MMA legend and role model for the sport while Matt is an Olympic silver medalist who understands the commitment required to become one of the world’s top competitors. Since combining their athletic and coaching qualities together, it’s no wonder that Team Quest is producing a distinguished list of incredible fighters.”
UFC President Dana White has stated that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre may be fighting Diego Sanchez April 7th in Montreal for the welterweight title. It was originally thought that St. Pierre would rematch Matt Hughes but it’s now up in the air.
It is all but confirmed that PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has signed with the UFC. Look for an announcement to come soon, possibly on the December 30th show.
On the most recent edition of ‘Inside the UFC’, lightweights Jens Pulver and B.J. Penn were introduced as the coaches for season 5 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and also Joe Rogan announced that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would be fighting in the UFC in 2007.
It has been confirmed that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first fight in the UFC will come against UFC and PRIDE veteran Marvin Eastman at UFC 67. This fight was originally scheduled to take place on WFA: King of the Streets II but the fight was cancelled and shortly after the Zuffa LLC purchased the organization.
Randy Couture’s name has reemerged in the media as he stated that if Tito Ortiz beats Chuck Liddell at UFC 66, he’ll come out of retirement to fight Ortiz. “If Tito finds a way to beat Chuck, I’m going to have to come out of retirement and give Tito a whack.”
InsideFighting.com sat down with UFC lightweight Hermes Franca and he stated that he signed a new four fight deal with the UFC and his next fight would be January 25th at the Hard Rock in Miami, Florida.
Be sure to tune into Spike TV Thursday, December 28th, as they will be airing UFC 66: Countdown to Liddell vs. Ortiz II, All Access with Chuck Liddell and of course Inside the UFC with Joe Rogan. That will be followed by Live and Inside at 10 PM on Friday.
Finally remember to tune in live on December 30th at 10 PM EST as I’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’.
Randy “The Natural” Couture fought submission specialist Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Dos Santos to a draw last night at the Professional Submission League.
Also on the card was grappling phenom Marcelo Garcia who made easy work of Jake Sheilds.
Randy Couture will be returning to action on November 17th in Los Angeles in a different style of fighting - He will be fighting in the PSL: The Professional Submission League.
Couture will go up against Ronaldo Souza in a submission wrestling match at PSL: X-Mission
“It’s a fun opportunity for me to get into grappling. I never had the chance to do the competitive grappling stuff because of fighting,” said Couture. “I’m looking at it as something to motivate me to go to the gym, continue to train and just enjoy the competition.”
“Training is going pretty well,” added Couture. “I’m crawling back into shape, getting my sprints in and getting back into competitive shape.”
‘The Natural’ also discussed his opponent and his plans to prepare for the bout in terms of weight issues…
“He’s [“Jacare”] not terribly big, he’s 185-190 pounds. He’s a very accomplished Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. It should be very competitive,” commented Randy. “I’m going to come down to 225 [pounds] for the match. I’m around 230 right now so that shouldn’t be too big of a problem.”
The Fight Network president/COO and co-founder Mike Garrow recently spoke with the Toronto Sun about ‘The Fight Network’ which is Canada’s only 24 hour fight channel.
Garrow made it clear that he has accomplished everything he could in Canada and his next venture will be the States.
“For all intents and purposes, Canada is done, said Garrow, The Fight Network’s president/COO and co-founder. “We got Bell Express Vu this week, with Shaw still to come.
“What I’m focused on now is the United States ... we’ve got three different opportunities we’re looking at. I think you’ll see The Fight Network in the U.S. in 2007 in some capacity. It’ll be the first time a Canadian digital specialty channel goes to the U.S.”
All I can say to the American fans is be ready! I’ve had the pleasure of watching the fight network for the better part of a year now and it is awesome. On top of that ‘The Fight Network’ plans on introducing some new programming in the new year.
The Fight Zone, hosted by Mauro Ranallo, will provide a strong news element with an inside look at mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling. A ticker is also on the way. Up soon is a TV version of radio’s weekly Live Audio Wrestling. And before and after major pay-per-views, Jason Agnew and Dan (The Mouth) Lovranski will have a 90-second segment done in a “shoot” style breaking down matches.
Along with the recent addition of Loretta Hunt, The Fight Network also announced the signing of “The Natural” Randy Couture.
Randy (The Natural) Couture was signed as the lead MMA analyst and company ambassador to add star power.
It seems that Tito Ortiz seems to dislike Renato Sobral these days. Judging by his comments, I think it’s a good observation. Ortiz has been pretty willing to rip into Babalu for his recent performance against Chuck Liddell at UFC 62…
“Renato Babalu is not really as good as they try to make him to be. They kind of painted the picture more of what they think. I think that was a typical fight for Liddell. That fight will go the same way each and every time. The first time went 2 minutes and 30 seconds and this one went 1 minute. Renato Babalu is not really that great a fighter. He’s a great ‘B’ fighter and an average ‘A’ fighter. He’s not at the level of (Randy) Couture or Liddell or myself.”
I wouldn’t go that far Tito. Anyone who takes Fedor the distance and beats Trevor Prangley, Shogun, and Jeremy Horn all in the same night has to be considered among the best fighters out there without question. The main reason why Babalu lost in my opinion is that he failed to execute the proper game plan that could beat Chuck. Babalu must have been dreaming if he thought that he could win the stand-up battle.
It’s the classic mistake that Couture, Horn, and now Babalu have made during their fights with him. All of the fighters had fought him before, all of them had a superior ground game to him, yet all of them decided that they wanted to beat Chuck at his own game and they paid the consequences by getting dropped.
Anyway, enough of my rambling…
After hearing about Tito’s remarks, Babalu has issued a statement through his manager:
Through his manager, Sobral sent the following retort to MMAWeekly.com, “I earned my title shot after my results in the Octagon. I won my way up to the title shot against Liddell and Tito has his fight guaranteed on a contract. I won my way up with 10 wins in a row with the last three being at the UFC by submission. Tito had two victories at his two recent UFC fights with the judges helping him… very controversial results, not convincing!! Even though I believe it’s impossible, I really hope Tito beats Liddell because it will be easier to smash his face and get the title from him instead of Liddell.”
Babalu does make some good points, however I don’t think he will be getting a shot at Tito or Chuck for quite a while…
Last night during ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ Finale, Randy Couture was officially inducted into the UFC hall of fame.