Ryan Bennett

Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund Reminder


Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.

While there aren’t any items currently up for auction for the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund, remember that you can always donate directly to the fund by visiting it’s official website.

Any fighters that are interested in donating items that can be auctioned off for the fund such as autographed pictures, shorts, gloves, or anything else should contact Randy Harris at tampabayradio@aol.com. Any fans out there that would be interested in bidding on an item from their favorite fighter can contact Randy as well as he will attempt to get an item from that fighter.

Those fighters that are indeed interested in donating items can mail them to this address:

Ryan Bennett Charity Auction
PO Box 1363
Pinellas Park, FL 33780

Remember that all proceeds from the auctioned items go directly to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund.

Ryan was a famed sportscaster and the co-founder of MMA Weekly. He previously worked as a color commentator and post-fight interviewer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

On May 31, 2006, Ryan and his entire family were in a car accident in Fillmore, Utah. Ryan was killed. The Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund was created by a bunch of friends to help his family and to remember the memory of Ryan himself.

CKA: Jan 8, 2008

Above is the latest from The Garv who discusses the newly signed Kimbo Slice-Tank Abbott fight and how dangerous Miami is. I’m guessing that Will Smith is full of crap.

UFC Announces Nakamura-Emerson

The UFC has announced that a lightweight bout between Keita Nakamura and former Ultimate Fighter cast member Rob Emerson for UFC 81: Breaking Point next month.

Nakamura has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to Drew Fickett at UFC Fight Night 9 in April of last year. Nakamura also dropped a decision in his UFC debut against Brock Larson at UFC Fight Night 7.

Fresh off of his second stint in jail, Emerson will be making his first appearance inside the Octagon since his infamous fight against Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale where he tapped out due to a rib injury and Maynard knocked himself out slamming Emerson to the ground.

Kongo-Herring Imminent?

While bout agreements have not yet been signed, both Cheick Kongo and Heath Herring are expected to face off in a heavyweight bout at UFC 82 in March according to a report from MMA Mania.

Juanito Ibarra, one of Kongo’s trainers, has stated that his client is already training in preparation for the bout:

“Kongo’s here at my house already getting ready for the fight,” said Ibarra. “This is going to be his year. Kongo’s got all the talent to be a heavyweight champion real soon, I truly believe that. Heath’s a tough opponent and this is going to be a big test.”

UFC Releases Radev and Hightower

No, there hasn’t been an official announcement by Dana White and company. Instead the news comes inadvertently from Ken Pavia’s journal about his dieting adventure with Luke Cummo via MMA Junkie:

The day needed a pick-me-up so I called UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to check the progress of my guys’ fights. He said he was still working on it but then informed me they would be releasing two of them, Jordan Radev and Richie Hightower.

Apparently Radev has already been booked to fight Hector Lombard at Cage Fighting Championship’s third event on February 15th in Sydney, Australia.

Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund Reminder

While there aren’t any items currently up for auction for the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund, remember that you can always donate directly to the fund by visiting it’s official website.

Any fighters that are interested in donating items that can be auctioned off such as autographed pictures, shorts, gloves, or anything else should contact Randy Harris at tampabayradio@aol.com

Remember that all proceeds from the auctioned items go directly to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund.

Miscellaneous Notes

Marcelo Garcia has joined American Top Team. MMA Junkie is reporting that UFC Fight Night 13 will most likely take place on April 2nd at a site yet to be determined in Colorado. The Nevada State Athletic Commission corrected the attendance and revenues stemming from UFC 79 yesterday. Scott White has a good piece on David Loiseau’s return. John Philapavage tries to revive Mirko Cro Cop’s career.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
2-3 PM EST - The Lights Out Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

As you can see above, Chris Fries and The JDH of MMA News fame will premiere their “Lights Out Show” this afternoon on TAGG Radio at 2 PM EST.

Fightlinker also has the newest edition of The Low Blow out.

CKA: Oct 24, 2007

News and Notes

- Remember that you can always donate directly to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund through this link.

- Evan Tanner is looking for sponsors for his friend Ian Dawe who will be fighting at a couple of upcoming shows later this year, including King of the Cage. Contact him here for information.

- Kalib Starnes posted the real story behind his controversial cut suffered during his bout against Alan Belcher this past weekend at UFC 77 in Sherdog’s forums:

I got hit with an elbow early in the first round. In the second round the ref stopped the action so the doctor could look at the cut. The doctor said “How is your vision?” I said “There’s blood in my eye.” Yves Lavigne said, “If you say you can’t see he’ll stop the fight.” I said, “I can see, there’s no problem, I want to fight.” The doctor spread the cut open with his thumbs and said “I can see his skull, I’m stopping it.” I said “I want to continue” and looked at my cornerman.

My cornerman was staring at my cut and yelling “Why are you stopping the fight?”, “What are you doing?” His comments were directed at the referee, but because he was staring at me, I was confused. That is why I became so angry, because I did not quit, and I thought that he was accusing me of quitting. We sorted things out afterwards. That’s something that bothers me a lot after Ken Shamrock said that I was not injured on that show when I had a serious injury. I still take a lot of heat for that son of a bitches ignorant comments.

- Paulo Filho and Thiago Silva have both joined Team Link.

- MMA News interviewed Brock Lesnar over the weekend who apparently already knows when and who he is fighting in his UFC debut.

- Sam Caplan is reporting that Shad Lierley has signed a deal with the IFL that will keep him in the promotion through 2008.

- 411 Mania makes note that Sean Salmon will serve as the injury replacement for the fighters competing in Strikeforce’s middleweight tournament in November.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

CKA: Sep 27, 2007

I only wish to be as cool as the Hammer House..

News and Notes

- The Fight Network is reporting that UFC veteran Drew Fickett has been added to the inaugural HDNetFights card on October 13th and will take on Anthony Lapsley. Lapsley was originally scheduled to face T.J. Waldburger. No word on why Waldburger is no longer set to compete at the event.

- If you haven’t already, don’t forget to place a bid on the shorts that UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture wore while defeating Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74. The shorts are also autographed and are being auctioned off as part of the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund.

- MMA Junkie is reporting via Brazilian website RPC that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua fought against Forrest Griffin at UFC 76 with a torn ligament in his knee and will be out of action until early next year. MMA Junkie also pointed out at that no mention of the injury was made by the CSAC after a post-fight examination of Rua.

- We already know that MMA is banned in Vancouver, but so is MMA-related clothing too apparently.

- Sam Caplan has received word via Gilbert Melendez that Nick Diaz has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a staph infection and is currently recovering at his home in Stockton, CA.

- UFC Daily has learned that Heath Herring will be returning to the Octagon early next year according to manager Dean Albrecht:

UFC heavyweight Heath Herring will likely to return to the octagon in early 2008 according to his manager, Dean Albrecht, who confirmed the news with UFC Daily earlier today.  According to Albrecht, Herring is taking some time off from fighting while continuing to train for his UFC return.

No definite plans have been established for Herring though there are several rumored UFC events in January and February which could host his return to the octagon from the extended break.

The Rock talks MMA:

“Well, I think that there is still great boxing out there, and there are fights coming up that I look forward to seeing. But mixed martial arts is just phenomenal. It is so hot, and it’s clear to me why it’s so popular. I have a ton of love and respect for those guys. I’ve become friends with a bunch of those guys and they have my support. I think mixed martial arts requires an amazing athleticism, and those guys must put together a strategy and a game plan every single time they go out and fight because it’s not one-dimensional, it’s not so predictable. On any given day, the greatest can go down. I think it’s really exciting to see the success that MMA is having right now. Everything that that sport provides and all the attention that people are diverting to that entity right now is well-deserved, and it’s—well, it’s a big deal and I’m excited about it.”

- Darren Rovell of CNBC ranks UFC President Dana White 80th out of 100
sports executives in terms of power.

Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that find.

- Speaking of Fight Opinion, Zack Arnold is wondering how the Japanese media is going to cover Kazuhiro Nakamura positive drug test.

- Ryan from Fightlinker is impressed with how well UFC 76 did compared to UFC 59 in California.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

CKA: Sep 12, 2007

A news filled Coffee and Kick Ass today folks…

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated…

- Mark Cuban will be holding a press conference and conference call concerning his new HDNet Fights venture. We will have a full report later today.

- If you haven’t already, please check out Randy Couture’s signed gloves from UFC 74 that are currently up for auction by the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund. Bidding ends on Thursday night.

- K-1 Hero’s parent company FEG announced a rematch between PRIDE veterans Sergei Kharitonov and Alistair Overeem at the K-1 Hero’s show taking place on September 17th.

- Duane Ludwig will now face Mario Stapel at this Saturday’s Ring of Fire event after his original opponent, Dragan Baklua, broke his hand during a recent training session. Despite all of this, Ludwig has trained hard and is ready to face whomever is standing in front of him:

“I was getting ready to face a stand up guy, but Mario is much more well rounded,” stated Ludwig. “He is more of a true MMA fighter. I changed my game plan accordingly. For this fight, I tightened up my game by training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. The training was great and I feel prepared for whatever happens. I love fighting at home and can’t wait for Saturday.”

- Jeff Monson, Matt Horwich, and Tara LaRosa all won medals in last weekend’s World Grappling Championships in Turkey.

- Spike TV announced yesterday that UFC 75 was the most watched MMA event in the history of North America:

UFC 75 was the most watched mixed martial arts event ever in North America, drawing 4.7 million viewers, Spike TV officials said in a news release Tuesday.

The Sept. 8 event from the O2 Arena in London, England, featured UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson’s win over PRIDE champ Dan Henderson in a title unification bout. Airing delayed on Spike, the telecast peaked at 5.6 million viewers during Jackson’s battle against Henderson. The show’s ratings were particularly strong among men age 18-34 and men 18-49. For those audiences, UFC 75 beat everything on television, Spike officials said, including ABC’s NASCAR race and Michigan vs. Oregon college football game, as well as ESPN’s Virginia Tech vs. LSU and Notre Dame vs. Penn St. games.

Spike TV said its telecast of UFC 75 had an overall rating of 3.1 (3.0 million homes), including a 5.7 rating for men 18-34 (1.6 million), 4.5 for men 18-49 (2.5 million) and 6.2 for men 25-34 (1.0 million).

- The Honolulu Star Bulletin is reporting that Justin McCully has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Christian Wellisch for undisclosed reasons. Wellisch will now face Scott Junk”

Kailua’s Scott Junk will make his UFC debut Sept. 22 against Christian Wellisch in a heavyweight fight at UFC 76: Knockout in Anaheim, Calif.

“It’s 100 percent going to happen,” Junk said. Wellisch (8-2) was originally scheduled to face Justin McCully.

Junk was notified about the fight yesterday, just 11 days before the event. He has put together six consecutive wins, including a TKO victory over Jimmy Ambriz back in June.

“It caught me off guard, but it’s good because I have been training this whole time,” Junk said.

Touch of gloves to UFC Mania for finding that interesting piece.

- The Governor of Illinois has signed legislation that will legalize MMA starting in 2008

- Michael Bisping’s father was apparently attacked in the parking lot of the O2 arena after the event.

Hat tip to Fight Opinion for that one.

- Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain is reporting via Tagg Radio that Gilbert Melendez will be taking on Shooto’s Tetsuji Kato at Strikeforce’s Playboy Mansion event on September 29th.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
12:30-3 PM - The Savage Dog Show
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
3-5 PM - The Beatdown
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM - Knockout Radio

CKA: Sep 10, 2007

News and Notes

- Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports has a direct quote from UFC President Dana White where White states he is working on an immediate rematch between Michael Bisping and Matt Hamill:

And, while they’re at it, the UFC honchos should mandate a rematch between Bisping and Hamill.

White said the rematch is “a no-brainer and I’m going to be on it right away.”

Having them fight again in a place where an official athletic commission will oversee the affairs is the only way to remove the stench surrounding UFC 75.

However FOX Sports is reporting that Bisping will most likely drop down to the middleweight division. I’m not so sure that Hamill could make 185 lbs.

- Staying with the quotes, it seems that Patrick Cote wants both Chris Leben and Terry Martin and would like to face the winner of their bout in December:

“I just want to prove to everybody that I was robbed last time [against Leben],” says Cote. “I will not leave the fight in the judge’s hands next time.”

“I just don’t like Martin,” says Cote. “He has a big mouth. Terry Martin has said he’s the next big thing at 185 and that he will be champion. He thinks he has heavy hands because he knocked out Jorge Rivera. But if you watch that fight, you see Rivera was already off balance and he caught him. He’s a one-dimensional fighter. He doesn’t shoot for the leg; he tries to trap you against the cage. I can use my reach against him, and I have good footwork and hands. It will be a long night for him if he wants to try and trap me against the cage.”

- The Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund is auctioning off Randy Couture’s autographed gloves from UFC 74. Bidding ends on Thursday.

- MMA Weekly is reporting that Fabio Silva will take on Melvin Manhoef at the September 17th K-1 Hero’s event.

- The British Medical Association is attempting to ban MMA in the country of England. Apparently it’s nothing to worry about as the BMA has also been trying to ban boxing since 1982. That obviously hasn’t worked.

- Mirko Cro Cop has told Croatian reporters that he suffered a broken rib in the first round of his recent loss to Cheick Kongo over the weekend.

- Zach Arnold has found that Hidehiko Yoshida may be appearing at K-1’s annual Dynamite show on New Year’s Eve. Now the big question: Will he fight or just be a guest?

Sankei Sports is reporting that Hidehiko Yoshida is considering an offer to appear at the K-1 Dynamite New Year’s Eve event. Yoshida was quoted as saying that he wanted to fight before the end of the year and that he is leaving any future career decisions to the J-ROCK office to determine. J-ROCK’s stance is that if PRIDE is dead, then Yoshida should be a free agent.

Radio Schedule:

Fight Opinion Radio #62: UFC 75 Review

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

New Items to be Auctioned for Bennett Family

Randy Harris of Talking Sports Radio and Knockout Radio fame has put together yet another new set of items to be auctioned off in order to help the family of the late Ryan Bennett.

Ryan was a famed sportscaster and the co-founder of MMA Weekly. On May 31, 2006, Ryan and his entire family were in a car accident in Fillmore, Utah. Ryan was killed. The Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund was created by a bunch of Ryan’s friends to help his family and to remember the memory of Ryan himself.

The items that are currently being auctioned off at this time are:

- A signed and numbered line of custom made Chuck Liddell prints created by Scott Blair, Evan Shoman, Justin McAllister, and Matthew Kaplowitz.

- An autographed Randy Couture Allen & Ginter style trading card.

- Carlos Condit’s shorts from his recent title defense against Brock Larson, signed by Condit himself.

- An autographed shirt from UFC 74 signed by Clay Guida.

- An autographed shirt from UFC 74 signed by David Heath.

- Patrick Cote’s gloves signed and worn in his victory over Kendall Grove at UFC 74.

- Kendall Grove’s shorts from UFC 74 signed by Grove himself.

Any fighters that would be interesting in donating to the memorial auction can contact Randy at tampabayradio@aol.com. Any fans out there that would be interested in bidding on an item from their favorite fighter can contact Randy as well as he will attempt to get an item from that fighter.

Those fighters that are indeed interested in donating items can mail them to this address:

Ryan Bennett Charity Auction
PO Box 1363
Pinellas Park, FL 33780

You can also make a donation on behalf of the Bennett Family through the official site of the fund as well.

Please remember that all proceeds from the auctions go directly to the Ryan Bennett Family Fund. Also remember to check out the Ryan Bennett Myspace Memorial and the official site of the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund.

As always everyone here at MMA on Tap would like to send our best wishes to the Bennett family.

The Ryan Bennett Memorial Golf Tournament

In a further effort to raise money for the Ryan Bennett family, a golf tournament has been assembled with all of the proceeds going to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund. The tournament will be held on Saturday, August 18 at Chalk Mountain Golf Course in Atascadero, California.

The Ryan Bennett Memorial Golf Tournament is being held on Saturday, August 18 at Chalk Mountain Golf Course in Atascadero, California. The event begins at 8 a.m.. There will be a shotgun start and a best ball tournament. Tickets cost $65 per person or $250 for a group of four. All proceeds go to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ryanbennett.org.

On May 31, 2006 the world lost Ryan Bennett when he was involved in a tragic car accident. Here is a tribute video The Fight Network put together after Mr. Bennett’s passing. Also be sure to check out the excellent tribute made by Ryan’s brother Randall Bennett.

Randy Harris of Talking Sports Radio and Knockout Radio has been a key figure in assembling the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund. Harris is constantly obtaining items to auction off for the Bennett family. Harris is currently auctioning off Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s UFC 73 fight used shorts, Stephan Bonnar’s UFC 73 fight used gloves, UFC 21 Poster, Randy Couture auto’d picture, and a rare Randy Couture trading card.

As always our thoughts and prayers go out to Bennett family.

Wes Sims Speaks on Relationship With Ryan Bennett

Last night UFC veteran Wes “The Whole Show” Sims graced the airwaves of MMAWeekly’s Sound Off Radio to pay tribute to his good friend and MMAWeekly founder Ryan Bennett. When asked about his relationship with Ryan, Wes said:

“Um I don’t really know what you call it, I mean I’ve been thinking all day, I’ve been pondering this over all day. What would Ryan think about “The Whole Show” and his antics here this past year and let me tell you what I’ve come to the conclusion of. Oh and hey keep your mouth shut Trigg. Anyways, I’d have to say he’d be disappointed and why? Because he’d be wanting a dropkick. He’d be wanting a dropkick and I’d be trying to push off that lame attempt out in California at that benefit. I’d try to push that off as a dropkick and he’d say “Wes, I’m not impressed, you weren’t committed. You really didn’t commit yourself to that.” So I’d have to say he’d be kind of disappointed. So I’m going to try to change some things so this might be the last time you hear from “The Whole Show” for a while. And like I said, shut it Trigg.”

They went on to ask Sims about fighting on the Ryan Bennett tribute show instead of fighting Bas Rutten in the WFA and he said:

”Hey I had to do what I had to do. And another thing, if you look at it, put it in fast-forward like I said money is overrated, you’ll always make some money. I’ll be making money long after the WFA is out of business. (laughs) Ohhh the WFA is out of business. Anyways I’m still making money and I had to do it, I gave my word and I felt it was something that had to be done.”

Going a little off topic Damon Martin decided to ask Sims about “The Hero” t-shirt which he had put up on Ebay. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the “Hero” t-shirt, check back to our story titled “Wes “The Hero” Sims Fighting Crime”.

”It’s sold and I’ll tell you something, the guy that bought it should really be arrested. I sold that thing for a whopping $26.”

That shirt is now on its way to the home of yours truly. While on the subject of Ebay, Sims stated he was going to give fans another opportunity to get piece of Wes Sims memorabilia.

“I’m going to give everybody a second last chance. I’m not going to sell the pants, I’ve got something better… Listen depending on which day you catch me and which story I tell you, this is the authentic Vietnam jacket worn by my father. Now he’s a hero too because if he wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here today.”

Jeff Cain asks, “Were you conceived while he was wearing the jacket?”

Sims continues on, “Something like that, like I said depending on which day you catch me. I’ve told you the other story about the time when he rescued me out of the orphanage, dug me out of a pile of baby hands and feet, he leveled the place with a RPG and smuggled me back to the USA and people ask me what’s my heritage.

Anyways, this is the jacket my dad wore when he pulled me up out of that tiger cage where I was stuck neck deep in swamp water fending off river rats with my teeth. You can own it on ebay!”

Candid as always, Sims went on to taunt Frank Trigg in classic Sound Off fashion before closing out the interview with some kind words for The Bennett family.

Today We Honor Ryan Bennett

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been one year since MMA Weekly co-founder and famed sportscaster Ryan Bennett passed away on this day because of a tragic car accident. However Ryan’s spirit continues to live on today through the countless number of lives that he touched during his time with us.

MMA Weekly Radio will have a special two-hour tribute show this evening started at 8 PM EST. Bennett’s co-host Frank Trigg will join Damon Martin and Jeff Cain as several fighters and friends will call in to share their favorite stories and memories of Ryan.

Loretta Hunt of The Fight Network has some words for Ryan at the bottom of her AM Update. The Fight Network homepage also has a video tribute to Ryan as well on the front.

As always we want to remind you about the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund where you can make a donation to help support Ryan’s wife and kids.

Also earlier today Soyo Electronics announced a new line of TV’s sponsored by former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski. Half of the money generated from the sales will be donated to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund by Arlovski himself.

Everyone here at MMA on Tap would like to send our best wishes to the Bennett family. We would also like to let Ryan know that we miss him and wish he would see how much the sport has grown in the last year that has passed.

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