Tuesday, November 25, 2008

In the Squeeze: Dale Hartt's "UFC Fights for the Troops" Journal, Part I

In the Squeeze: Dale Hartt's "UFC Fights for the Troops" Journal, Part I
This is a great Blog written by War MMA fighter Dale Hartt. His Signature shirt will be available soon at WarMMA.com

Audio Interview With WEC Fighter Manny Tapia and UFC Legend Pat Miletich.

Next event:

venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Card Fights:
-Miguel Torres (#1 Bantamweight in the World)* vs. Manny Tapia (#7 Bantamweight in the World)*
-Brian Bowles (#3 Bantamweight in the World)* vs. Will Ribeiro (#8 Bantamweight in the World)*
-Akitoshi Tamura (#3 Featherweight in the World)* vs. Wagnney Fabiano (#9 Featherweight in the World)*
-Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez

Preliminary Fights:
-Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
-Johnny Hendricks vs. Justin Haskins
-Mark Munoz vs. Ricardo Barros
-Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik
-Bart Palaszewski vs. Alex Karalexis
-Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
-Blas Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian

* Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings

Main card airs live on Versus from 8:00 PM (ET/PT) to 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fitch is Back!

That was quick!

More on Fitch

UFC drops Fitch, AKA fighters
More detailed article from Yahoo Sports

Dana White speaks out about Jon Fitch’s release during emotional radio interview


Update: UFC Talking with Fitch’s Management

Upcoming Fights:

PFC 11 - All In
Palace Fighting Championship
November 20, 2008
Streaming Live on Sherdog.com!

PFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jorge Oliveira vs. Isaiah Larson

PFC Flyweight Tournament
Ulysses Gomez vs. Rambaa Somdet
Luis Gonzales vs. Pat Runez

Doug Marshall vs. Rafael Real
Jaime Jara vs. Leopoldo Serao
Eddie Yagin vs. Shawn Bias
Dominique Robinson vs. Takumi Nakayama
Phil Collins vs. Kenny Ento
Poppies Martinez vs. Tony Llamas
Mickey Martinez vs. Darren Crisp
Chad Mendes vs. Ralph Lopez
Erin Toughill vs. Jan Finney
Evan Dunham vs. Victor Meza

venue: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
To be broadcast on HDnet

-Scott Smith vs. Terry Martin
-Yves Edwards vs. Duane "Bang" Ludwig
-Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Bobby Southworth
-Joe Riggs vs. Luke Stewart
-Kim Couture vs. Lina Kvokov
-Lemont Davis vs. Brian Schwartz
-Brad Roystervs. Darren Uyenoyama
-Tony Johnson vs. Eric Lawson
-Alvin Cacdac vs. Jose Palacios
-Bobby Stack vs. Cyrillo Padilha
-Zakary Bucia vs. Jaime Rodriguez
-Kurt Osiander vs. Raul Castillo
-Nik Theotikos vs. Luke Rockhold

Now available at WarMMA.com:

Eliot Marshall Signature Shirt

Monday, November 10, 2008

Garcia Resigns from CSAC

Garcia Resigns from CSAC


MMA agents unify in hopes of blocking Showtime-EliteXC contract auction

Fights this weekend:

venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Card Bouts:
-Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar
-Gabriel Gonzaga (#7 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Josh Hendricks
-Joe Stevenson (#10 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Kenny Florian
-Demian Maia vs. Nathan Quarry
-Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone

Preliminary Bouts:
-Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory
-Jeremy Stephens vs. Rafael dos Anjos
-Alvin Robinson vs. Mark Bocek
-Jorge Gurgel vs. Aaron Riley
-Ryan Thomas vs. Matt Brown

Main card airs in the United States on pay-per-view for $44.95

* Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings

TFA Lucky 13
Saturday Nov. 15th at the Long Beach Pyramid
War MMA Fighter Julio Sotomayor will be figting. Here's his promo video for the event:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Paulo Filho misses weight, WEC 36 fight with Chael Sonnen now a non-title affair

Paulo Filho misses weight, WEC 36 fight with Chael Sonnen now a non-title affair

venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Main Card Bouts:
-Urijah Faber (#1 Featherweight in the World)* vs. Mike Brown (#6 Featherweight in the World)*
-Paulo Filho (#3 Middleweight in the World)* vs. Chael Sonnen
-Jens Pulver vs. Leonard Garcia
-Jake Rosholt vs. Nissen Osterneck

Preliminary Bouts:
-Yoshiro Maeda vs. Rani Yahya
-Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone
-Jose Aldo vs. Jonathan Brookins
-Carmelo Marrero vs. Steve Steinbeiss
-Danny Castillo vs. Rafael Dias
-David Avellan vs. Aaron Simpson

Main card airs live on Versus in the United States

*Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings

UFC Flags Leben for Steroid Use

UFC Bolsters Middleweight Division with Signing of Denis Kang

McCarthy Returns as Referee

Monday, November 3, 2008

California Xtreme Fighting

CXF October 30, 2008
By Chuck Davis

I had to fly solo this time and forgot to bring a tape recorder so I wasn’t able to take the pictures of the event and take notes at the same time. Instead of a play-by-play, I’m just going to describe my experience at the California Extreme Fighting event on October 30, 2008.
The venue looked like a large dance hall that just might have been a bowling alley in a former life. The ring was located in the center of the sunken dance floor and there were food and drink services on upper level near the door that ran the length of the room. The fighters prepared for battle in the far corner behind a curtain, next to a mechanical bull.
The promoter was nice enough to get me a folding chair and I staked out a spot next to the judges stool opposite the fighter’s entrance ramp and the stage where the go-go dancers performed in between fights. I must admit that it was about what I expected from a small show in El Monte, CA. However, although the production had a few glitches (they never seemed to be able to get the spot light onto the fighters during their entrances in time), once the fights started, the action in the ring and the overall event did not disappoint.

Although it was challenging trying to capture the action while worrying about lighting, timing, angles and whether I remembered to turn the flash off on my brother-in-law’s digital SLR, every once in a while I would pause to watch the fight and appreciate the fact that I was actually leaning on the mat. At the end of the Grear-McDavitt fight, Toby Grear dropped McDavitt with a punch and pounced on him. The ref looked like he was going to step in so Grear backed off. However, when the ref hesitated and didn’t stop the fight, Toby kicked McDavitt in the side harder than I’ve ever seen anyone kicked, ever. The slap was so loud, it echoed through the entire hall.

Every fighter demonstrated heart and determination in their fight that really doesn’t come across when you watch MMA on TV or from the nose bleed seats (where I usually sit). This was my first time shooting from ring side and this experience gave me a whole new appreciation for the courage that these fighters have. Hearing the thud of each punch and the slap of each kick drives home the reality of the pain they suffer. Hearing them breathe and seeing the expressions on their faces in between rounds humanized the fighters. Smelling the B O of the corner-men was, well, just gross.

The most memorable moment of the night happened during the women’s fight. About half way through the Bagherdai-Hayes fight, my chair split like a wishbone and I found myself sitting on the floor. I heard a united “ooh” from the first few rows behind me, and then some giggles. Like a professional, I got up and continued taking pictures like nothing happened. I slid the chair underneath the curtain after the round ended and spent the rest of the night kneeling on my sweatshirt.
Notwithstanding my embarrassment, overall, the night was a great experience. The crowd was surprisingly respectful and the fights were exiting. Here are the results:

Fight 1
Cisc Rivera vs. Chris Drumm
Rivera by TKO, 46 seconds of round 1

Fight 2
RJ Clifford vs. Daniel Hernandez
Clifford by TKO, 2:37 of round 2

Fight 3
Devin Howard vs. Manno Taha
Howard by UD

Fight 4
Angelo Catsoures vs. Greg Dalton
Catsoures by Triangle Choke, 2:00 of round 1

Fight 5
Andrew Patlan vs. Brian Abram
Abram by UD

Fight 6
Reggie Orr vs. Fernando Bettega
Orr by UD

Fight 7
Sofie Bagherdai vs. Angela Hayes
Bagherdai by UD

Fight 8
Tim Persey vs. Ross Clifton
TKO by submission due to strikes, 21 seconds of round 2

Fight 9
Toby Grear vs. Anthony McDavitt
Grear by TKO, round 3

Fight 10
Jaime Fletcher vs. Nick Braker
Fletcher by Guillotine, 2:41 round 3

To see the photos from the event, check out the War MMA Gallery