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College / Levi Wolfensperger staying in Iowa
« on: July 27, 2009, 05:33:51 PM »
Just not for the university you would have guessed.  I hope this is a sign of things to come and not just a one and done deal for coach Penrith.

Sparky you hearing anything else?


Mixed Martial Arts / A slight glimmer of hope for Fedor Brock but...
« on: July 26, 2009, 03:22:14 PM »
Dana will have to bend and we all know how he feels about that.

From Fedor’s management:

    “This is the moment of truth that the UFC has talked about. Fedor and I are here in the States. If they want to come out and fly here, we are ready to conduct negotiations. Of course it still doesn’t imply we are ready to accept any conditions they’ll throw at us. We want to talk to the UFC about having Fedor compete against some of their fighters, but only within the framework of co-promotional efforts with M-1 Global.”

Mixed Martial Arts / I hated the idea of Hendo Franklin 2
« on: July 25, 2009, 06:33:15 PM »
especially so soon after the first one.  IMO it does nothing especially for Hendo.
Good news today from 5 Ounces of Pain as the fight has been pulled off the UFC 103 website and rumors are of Franklin/Tito and Hendo/Belfort match ups instead.  
Love the idea of both of those.


The UFC will never work with Affliction
July 24, 2009 – 6:09 pm by fightlinker

What a difference a few hours makes. Here’s what Kevin Iole was reporting from Dana White regarding Affliction back at 4PM EST:

    White said an Affliction attorney flew to Las Vegas only days after UFC 100 and offered to fold and turn its contracts over to the UFC if the UFC would remove its ban on its fighters wearing Affliction T-shirts.

    “I told him, ‘I hope you idiots stay in business,’ ” White said. “We had a record year in 2007. We had a record year in 2008. And we’re going to have an even bigger record year in 2009. I said, ‘I hope you … stay around in 2010 and burn every dollar you have.’ What they do is of no concern to me.”

Now that fun little speech in his article has been replaced by the following news:

    Later on Friday, Affliction opted to get out of the promoting business and, in a joint statement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced it would become a sponsor of the UFC. The fate of the fighters under contract with Affliction is not known yet.

Now before I go into the obviously bigger deal of Affliction shutting down and returning to the UFC’s warm bosom as a sponsor, I wanted to point out that Kevin Iole just took a quote from Dana saying he’d never do business with Affliction and replaced it when news came out that a deal has been done … without even mentioning that he changed the fucking story!

I don’t even get why, because it’s not like this particular Dana 180 doesn’t make sense. The big rumor floating around was that Affliction was essentially going to merge with Strikeforce in some way. So while you may hate your enemy and want them to die, you still don’t want another competitor to come out ahead on account of spite.

If we want MMA to be considered a "real" sport we need independent media to call people on their crap not change articles to whatever looks better.  Of course with Dana anyone who tries to do this (Sherdog, Gross @ SI, 5 ounces of Pain, etc. etc) get their credentials pulled.

Odessa recently opened the first wagering line on the bout for, tabbing Emelianenko as a -240 favorite, with Lesnar a +190 underdog. Those are roughly 2.5-to-1 odds. For players to wager those numbers, the fight would have to take place by October 2010.

About where I would have guessed as we were talking about it in the other thread Odessa agrees with my logic

“I think Fedor wins the fight and is underpriced at -240, but given Lesnar’s the more recognizable of the two, the bout may draw more action on Brock closer to fight time. People often don’t understand that a good wagering line is one that generates two-way action,” Odessa said. “Everyone loves to see the underdogs win. What’s crazy about this bout is Lesnar is going in as the underdog, and I’d say the majority of the general public thinks he opens his mouth to change feet, evident by his pre- and post-fight disrespect of Frank Mir and the UFC sponsors.”


Mixed Martial Arts / Dana twitter message welcomes back Tito.
« on: July 24, 2009, 09:02:25 PM »
I am going on espn 1100 in vegas at 6pm. I will be talking anything mma. Call in number is 702 364 1100! Oh yea and welcome back tito :)

No shock I guess as Tito has had some similar quotes.

Affliction trilogy has been canceled and now it is being reported Atencio will agree to stop promoting and become one of the UFC's main sponsors.  

Competition is always a good thing and this will only further the UFC's death grip control over fighters.  But it may get us closer to Brock vs. Fedor as well.



College / Jake Ballweg verbals to Iowa
« on: July 08, 2009, 11:55:55 PM »
No surprise there I guess but here is the link to Andy Hamilton's story on it.

Mixed Martial Arts / Lashley Sapp is a freak show but
« on: June 27, 2009, 12:21:48 PM »
I'm interested in Din Thomas vs. Javier Vasquez and Yvel vs. Rizzo interest me some.  Like watching Horodecki fight as well.  Anyone actually going to pay for "Ultimate Chaos" tonight?

Mixed Martial Arts / Dana and the UFC ban more sponors
« on: June 25, 2009, 07:30:26 PM »
Evidently the UFC wants to charge the sponsors $100,000 for the right to be a sponsor!
I know the UFC is the biggest game there is and most have to play by Dana's rules but things like this will lead to guys looking elsewhere or more fighters union talk.  2 big ones that jump out at me are One More Round and Full Tilt Poker. Cote, Ken Flo, Hughes, Danzig, Hendo to name a few are all sponsored by One More Round.  
This seems very shortsighted to me.  Dana and the UFC seem to be looking at money now rather than long term relationships (not that this is anything new).  A promotion like Strikeforce could arguably negotiate a smaller fight purse using the fact they can use whatever sponsors they want.  Fighter makes the same payday and strikeforce has more money to spend on other fighters.

I'm not saying the UFC is going down because of this move but I certainly don't see it being a sound business move.  Do NASCAR sponsors have to pay a fee of some sort to be allowed to sponsor a car?

Did Gray get hurt beating up Jim Miller?  I can't believe he'd have this long of a layoff when the LW class is so stacked.  The Miller fight was in March and if the Huerta does happen at Fight Night 19 that will be over a 6 month layoff.  Fighting twice a year has to make it tough on a guy to make a living regardless of sponsorships.


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