The Gracie Fighting Championship: Evolution, scheduled for January 20th in Miami, has been postponed. No reason was given for the postponement, but the Fight Network has suggested lagging ticket sales are the reason.
From the GFC website
The Gracie Fighting Championships: Evolution event will no longer be held on January 20th. We will be strategically rescheduling our show for another date shortly.
We sincerely regret whatever inconvenience this may cause those of you who have made plans to attend the event. Please stay tuned as we will be back soon, and will produce some of the greatest MMA available in 2007.
The event was supposed to feature UFC vet Nick Diaz vs Thomas Denny, Renato Verissimo challenging Jake Shields as well as a heavyweight main event of Wes Sims against Jeff Monson. Monson was a late replacement for Mario Sperry, who pulled out of the fight earlier in the week.
Loretta Hunt of ‘The Fight Network’ is reporting that PRIDE 33 will be headlined by a rematch between PRIDE champions Wanderlei Silva and Dan Henderson.
Henderson and Silva battled back in December of 2000 where fans saw “The Axe Murder” Wanderlei Silva win by decision.
In 2000, Henderson didn’t draw a favorable straw in Silva for his PRIDE debut, but the wrestler with little formal stand-up training made the most of it, pulverizing the Brazilian’s face to a mangled mesh of purple and red on route to a decision loss with the then unstoppable fighter.
This fight will give Henderson the opportunity to hold a title in two different weight classes.
“As impossible as it seems, I will make him even uglier than he is already,” Henderson promised from his home in Southern California today.
Zuffa, LLC, the company that owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that it has acquired select assets from the World Fighting Alliance.
The company purchased select fighter contracts and the trademarks and other intellectual property of World Fighting Alliance.
Dana White, UFC President and Zuffa co-owner said, “Zuffa is committed to giving our fans the best fights between the best fighters in the world. This acquisition helps us continue fulfilling that goal.” White also said, “Goodman and Palazzo were working towards building a strong promotion. But bringing the WFA fighters into the Zuffa family is the best thing that could happen for the fighters – and for the fans.”
The WFA will now cease all operations.
The UFC also is in the final stages of buying out the WEC, according to MMA Weekly.
The WEC is expected to serve as a sort of developmental promotion for young fighters that the UFC signs. The WEC will use the offical Octagon and is scheduled at this time to hold it’s first event under the UFC next month…
Update - 11:11 PM
The Fight Network is reporting that UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is among the talents acquired.
UFC veteran Frank Trigg has joined ‘The Fight Network’ as an on-air analyst for the network’s ever expanding mixed martial arts coverage.
“I am fired up,” said Trigg. “I never pull any punches when it comes to my views on the sport I love. Now with the multiple media platforms The Fight Network provides at my disposal, all I can say is tune in - there will be fireworks.”
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.
The Fight Network has announced that they have hired Loretta Hunt who will join their news team covering the world of mixed martial arts.
Hunt will be working as the Managing Editor of News content for MMA coverage across all company distribution platforms of television, radio, mobile and web under The Fight Network brand.
“This is an amazing opportunity that I have been presented with,” said Hunt. “When I look back on how the sport of mixed martial arts has grown so much in the last few years, where we now have a service like The Fight Network, that can not only showcase MMA events on a 24-hour basis but will cover it from a news standpoint like no other mainstream media outlet has done before—let’s just say this is very exciting and I look forward to the role ahead.”