MMA's most beloved, pull-no-punches fighter speaks out days before his long-awaited rematch with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
Amid the ongoing revivalry of UFC vs Pride, a great warrior arises to the challenge. In a match that will avenge the final loss of his adversary, or award him the Light Heavyweight Championship, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (26-6) takes on the man with the dangerous hands, the Champion, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell (20-3), at UFC 71 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. The question is, will Rampage crack the Ice?
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In what’s shaping up to be a landmark fight, former WBO heavyweight boxing champion, “Merciless” Ray Mercer, will face famed street brawler, Kimbo Slice, at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, June 23rd.
Q. First of all, what made you decide to take a fight under mixed martial arts rules?
A. I haven’t boxed in almost two years. This is something I have always wanted to do. I don’t have too much going on right now so I thought I would give it a try. This is Kimbo’s first MMA match too, so I felt it would be a good fight.
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Though he’s won a Bronze Medal at the Pan Am games, worked as a Bouncer in NY, and fought in one of the most memorable matches in UFC Fight Night history, Pete “Drago” Sell (7-2) has just begun to get serious. As he continues to work with guys like Matt “The Terror” Serra, Luke Cummo, and Ray Longo, the Long Island, New York native says his standup game is now on par with his Jiu-Jitsu skills.
Set to step in the octagon with Thales Leites (9-1) at The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Sell is promising to deliver another hard-nosed performance.
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As one of mixed martial arts’ original pioneers, Kimo “Therapy” Leopoldo continues to be an innovator. Spearheading a fresh approach to the business, Leopoldo’s experience and shear tenacity are translating into one of the best opportunities in the country for up-and-coming fighters.
Along with savvy businessman Ron Kort, together they enter the age of New Era Fighting.
Q. I’m very curious Kimo, how did the deal with New Era Fighting come about?
A. The owner, Ron Kort, and I are old friends. We began talking one day and realized we had similar thoughts about the MMA industry. We felt that the sport was becoming too political, and there was no justice for both the competitors or the audience. And honestly, we think they deserve to know the truth. So far, no one else has stepped up and shown they really care about the fighters and the fans.
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Rising star Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (21-6) will take on Vale Tudo stylist and UFC veteran Din “Dinyero” Thomas (21-7) in his second UFC appearance at Ultimate Fight Night 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Thursday.
Two days before the showdown with Thomas, Guida took some time to talk about the the splash he made in 2006, his “accidental” entry into the sport, and his goals for 2007.
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The "California Kid" gets down to business
Defending his title for the first time, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Featherweight (145 lb. limit) Champion, Urijah “The California Kid” Faber (16-1) will take on submission expert Joe Pearson (17-7-1) of the Pat Miletich Camp, on Saturday at The Joint, located in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Fresh from his TV debut as a featured fighter on MSNBC network’s Warrior Nation documentary series, Faber spoke about his new gym, his domination of the 145lb weight class, and growing with the WEC.
Q. How did you feel your piece on “Warrior Nation” came across?
A. Really well. It showed a positive twist for MMA and me. It was a realistic view of my lifestyle. I was happy about it.
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On Saturday, January 20th, 2007, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) will launch it’s maiden voyage in The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will feature two of the best Muay Thai fighters in the business, battling it out for the Lightweight Championship. Facing a formidable opponent in “Razor” Rob McCullough (13-3), Kit Cope (1-3) is out to prove he has the steel to dull the Razor’s edge.
Q. How do you feel about the WEC being taken under the wing of Zuffa?
A.I think it’s great! It’s about time there was a lateral organization to build on. Up until now, the UFC was the only ones who could get the job done right.
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“The New York Bad Ass” sounds off about Frank Shamrock and the fight between the two that is now in jeopardy
Phil Baroni isn’t one for mincing words. In the past, he has used them brazenly to call out opponents and get under their skin and berate anything or anyone that got in his way. Now, he’s simply using them to get a lot of frustration off his chest.
The beginning of 2007 finds “The New York Badass” entangled in one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of mixed martial arts. On December 8th, former UFC middleweight champion, Frank Shamrock, officially announced to 8,700 fans on hand for Strikeforce’s “Triple Threat” fight card in San Jose, California, that both he and Baroni had officially signed agreements to face one another during a Strikeforce card set for sometime in April.
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Rory Singer can put people to sleep inside the octagon and out. Singer already has one year of medical school under his belt as he works towards becoming a nurse anaesthetist. So it is possible that the 30-year-old New Jersey native could be knocking you out in the ring or on an operating table.
"Education was always first and it is something I will always have to fall back on, but right now for the first time in my life I’m a full time fighter." said Singer, who has only been training as a full time fighter for a year. Singer already has an engineering degree from the University of Georgia and was in their nursing school, when he went on hiatus to participate on season three of The Ultimate Fighter.
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Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a sleek first round submission win over Team Quest member Ed Herman. At UFC 66, MacDonald will once again step into the octagon with another Team Quest member, this time Chris "The Crippler" Leben.
Leben will be MacDonald’s biggest test on the biggest stage; as this fight will be the pay-per-view debut for both fighters. Leben, The Ultimate Fighter season one veteran, is 6-1 in the UFC (16-2 overall), with his one loss in the octagon having come at the "knees" of reigning UFC middleweight champion. Anderson Silva.
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