Pat Miletich coaches at a past IFL event. Photo courtesy of IFL.
The trend where athletes call it a career once they get close to the age of 40 is slowly but surely coming to an end.
Now 38, Pat Miletich tells Steve Sievert of The Houston Chronicle that he might not be done just yet.
“I’ve had some offers to fight,” he said. “I’m considering it. I think a rematch with Renzo Gracie would be great, or a fight with Frank Shamrock. Frank’s somebody I’d thoroughly enjoy fighting.”
While I don’t think Miletich would fare very well in a fight against Shamrock, a rematch with Gracie would definitely be interesting, especially since he was doing well until he got caught in a guillotine choke only three and a half minutes into their fight in 2006.
An accomplished member of the renowned Gracie family, Ryan Gracie was found dead today in his jail cell after being arrested on car theft charges yesterday. According to the G1 news site via GracieMag.
Ryan was sent to the 91st PD, after having toxicology exams done at the central IML at around 2:30 am. He arrived at the police station in Vila Leopoldina at 3 am. According to the officer on call of the 15th Police District police officer Daniella Ranna, where the athlete’s case was registered for having tried to steal a motorcycle, he was sent to the 91st DP because it is a traffic station. From there, he would have been seen to the “most recommendable” location.
According to the Secretariat, at around 7am, when policemen at the station were checking the cells with their detainees, they found the fighter fallen in a corner. They entered and confirmed that he was dead. At around 10 am, coroners were already at the location to do the necessary exams and send the body to the institute.
Ryan Gracie was the veteran of 7 MMA fights, all in Pride. He had a 5-2 record with his only decisive loss being to the Gracie Hunter, Kaz Sakuraba. He last fought at Pride’s Shockwave 2004, defeating Yoji Anjo by Armbar. Ryan was the grandson of Carlos Gracie, the founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, , the son of Robson Gracie, and the brother of BJJ/MMA stars Renzo and Ralph Gracie. He was always known to be a bit wild, having honed his fighting skills on the streets of Brazil as well as in the gyms of his family.
We will update this breaking story as more information becomes available.
News and Notes:
- Renzo Gracie recently accepted Frank Shamrock’s request for a rematch on MMA Weekly’s Sound Off:
Gracie was recently on MMAWeekly Radio to responds to Shamrock’s challenge. “I never get invited to a party that I didn’t show up. I’d love to do it again,” Gracie said excitedly. Anyone who knows Gracie knows that he never shies away from a challenge and that he has the heart of a lion. “I want to finish a fight that I never had a chance to finish. I think it will be a continuation of what we had in February.”
- Maurico Rua has stated that his leg injury is not as severe as many media outlets are reporting that he will still continue to train while undergoing physical therapy.
- Jason Gilliam will be replacing an injured Drew Fickett as Chris Lytle’s opponent at UFC 73.
- UFC Junkie is reporting that Renato “Babalu” Sobral will make his return to the Octagon at UFC 74 against David Heath.
- Jess Liaudin has announced that he will be training with Team Quest for his upcoming bout at UFC 75 in September:
“I wanted to go to [Las] Vegas to train with Randy [Couture],” Liaudin said. “I saw his new gym, and it looked great. Not only that, but everyone trains down there. Martin Kampmann offered to rent me his apartment because right now he’s back home having surgery on his knee. The only thing is that his apartment is about a 15-minute drive from the gym, and I don’t drive.”
“We looked around a number of different gyms,” Liaudin said. “I always wanted to go to Team Quest, but I didn’t really want to go to Oregon. Now Dan Henderson has a gym in California. My manager got in touch with them; you can stay in a house with other fighters, they come pick you up and take you to the gym and, for extra money, they even deliver food for us.”
- Justin Levens has signed a three-fight deal with Palace Fighting Championships.
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The IFL has announced that former UFC heavyweight Marcio Cruz has joined Renzo Gracie’s New York Pitbulls.
Cruz will make his debut with the team on June 16th when the Pitbulls face the Toronto Dragons in the IFL season finale. The winner of the match will receive one of the last playoff spots. Cruz will go up against Rafael Feijao in his first IFL fight.
News and Notes
- WEC veteran Cole Escovedo is now suffering from paralysis from the waist down due to a staph infection…
According to a post by Laura Escovedo on MMA.tv and confirmed by Reed Harris of the WEC, Cole contracted a staph infection back in December that went unchecked because he just thought it was a spider bite or something of that sort. By the time he was diagnosed in January with staph, the infection made its way into his spine and paralyzed him from the waist down.
Cole was hospitalized and underwent an operation to alleviate some of the fluid that had built up on his spine due to the infection. He has since been released from the hospital and is now at home with a walker and is set to begin therapy.
At the time of publication, it was unknown whether Cole’s paralysis is a permanent or, hopefully, a temporary condition.
- More news on the whole Kurt Angle situation and who he might be signing with:
With a lighter schedule working with rival promotion Total Non-Stop Action (TNA) and a recovery from numerous health issues, 38-year-old Angle says he’s poised to enter the MMA world in 2007 with a number of suitors courting the former Olympian. At the top of the list, says Angle, is the newly formed Elite XC, which enjoyed a strong debut this past Saturday on the premium channel SHOWTIME.
“It looks like I’m going to sign with them (Elite XC) but then all of a sudden Dana White comes along last week and calls Dixie Carter (President of TNA) and says ‘Why is Kurt going to Showtime? I want to talk to him; he should be fighting for Spike, for UFC.”
Pro Elite’s Gary Shaw issued a “no comment” this morning regarding any contact they’ve had with Angle. Dixie Carter, President of TNA, who would not comment on Angle’s negotiations with any company but did confirm that the wrestler’s TNA contract allows him to do MMA, but only if TNA agrees it is best for him. Inquiries to the UFC were unanswered; while Angle says he’d need at least six to eight months of solid training before entering the cage or ring for a mixed martial arts debut.
“I can’t go in there with just my amateur wrestling skills,” said Angle. “I need to learn every facet of fighting, I need to learn how to protect myself with striking, submission holds, some jiu-jitsu and how to strike a bit better.”
- KOTC Canada’s next event, Capital Chaos, will take place on March 28th at the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull, Quebec…
- Elite XC Head Gary Shaw stated that a rematch between Renzo Gracie and Frank Shamrock will most likely take place this fall.
- Our rumors section has also been updated…
Pro Elite has announced the full card for the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat show. The event will take place February 10th at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Also the show will air live on Showtime starting at 10 PM EST.
Frank Shamrock vs. Renzo Gracie
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira vs. Antonio Silva
David Loiseau vs. Joey Villasenor
Charles Bennett vs. KJ Noons
Gina Carano vs. TBA
Bo Cantrell vs. Tim Persey
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Riki Fukuda
Adriano Periera vs. Javier Vasquez
Mike Pyle vs. Ross Ebanez
John Shackelford vs. Edson Berto
Here are the results from the IFL World Team Championships.
- Erik Owings def. Ed West - Decision (Unanimous)
- Andre Gusmao def. Brent Beauparlant - Decision (Unanimous)
- Reese Andy def. Jamal Patterson - TKO (Punches)
- Mike Whitehead def. Krzysztof Soszynski - Decision (Unanimous)
- Mike Ciesnolevicz def. Aaron Stark - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Ben Rothwell def. Devin Cole - TKO (High Kick)
- Bart Palaszewski def. Ryan Schultz - KO (Punch)
- Ryan McGivern def. Matt Horwich - Decision (Unanimous)
- Chris Wilson def. Rory Markham - TKO (Strikes)
- Renzo Gracie def. Carlos Newton - Decision (Split)
World-class boxing promoter Gary Shaw, president of EliteXC Live Events Division, watches on as MMA pioneers Renzo Gracie (L) and Frank Shamrock pose for the cameras at Thursday’s press conference in Hollywood. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - At a jam-packed press conference Thursday at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Showtime and Pro-Elite, Inc., officially announced the formation of Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC). Beginning Feb. 10, 2007, Los Angeles-based EliteXC will exploit the growing phenomenon of mixed martial arts by staging world-class live events on Showtime.
Legends Frank Shamrock, regarded by many to be the first true mixed martial artist in combat sports, and Renzo Gracie, a prominent member of the most famous family in martial arts, will make history when they collide in the featured attraction on Showtime at the Desoto Civic Center in Mississippi. Their match will mark the first time an MMA event has aired live on premium television.
Among the speakers at Thursday’s historic press conference were Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President/General Manager Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks, Inc.; Doug DeLuca, Chief Executive Officer of Pro-Elite Inc.; Gary Shaw, President of EliteXC Live Events division and Kelly Perdew, the “Apprentice 2’’ winner who is President of EliteXC.com.
It was announced Thursday that former wrestling superstar, (Bill) Goldberg, and enormously popular television personality, Mario Lopez, would be part of the announcing team. It also was announced that Feb. 10 undercard bouts not televised on Showtime would be streamed live at http://www.EliteXC.com.
Below are selected quotes from Thursday’s press conference. To view the conference in its entirety, please go to EliteXC.com.
Showtime and Pro Elite Inc. announced today that Frank Shamrock will battle Renzo Gracie on February 10th at the inaugural event for Elite Xtreme Combat - the MMA creation of the two.
The event will take place at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi and will be broadcast at 10 PM EST on Showtime of course.
No other bouts have been announced but fighters who are currently expected to participate in the event are David Loiseau, Antonio Silva, Edson Berto, KJ Noons, and Tim Persey.
As we found out earlier this year, former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg will serve as the color commentator during the show.
The IFL has announced that CBS’ “60 Minutes” will air a segment on mixed martial arts, featuring IFL coaches Pat Miletich and Renzo Gracie.
CBS’ “60 Minutes” will air a segment on the growing popularity of mixed martial arts, featuring IFL coaches and MMA legends Pat Miletich and Renzo Gracie this Sunday, December 10th at 7 p.m. EST.
The segment, done by “60 Minutes” reporter Scott Pelley, takes an in-depth look at the nuances of MMA and why it has become the fighting sport of choice for America and the world.