Gone is Stemm’s Face The Pain (thank God for small favors). Now it’s time to ring in a new era. Who would you like to see handling the UFC’s orchestral moves and grooves?
Phil Baroni is no stranger to stomping someone squarely in the face. With a bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida just two weeks away, the former UFC and PRIDE veteran is ready to get back to the NHB style that Singapore based, ONE Fighting Championship is serving up in their debut show. The fight card will be broadcast in Asian territories via ESPN Star Sports to a rumored 500 million homes, and will stream on Sherdog for those that don’t have access to the televised event. Baroni feels that this fight will be his rebirth in MMA, and that the rules definitely cater to his style of fighting. He states, “When I got into this sport, it was NHB. This MMA wrestling sh*t, you know, holding a guy down and doing nothing is boring and not my style. I’m going to go out there and do whatever I can to get this guy out of there as quick as possible.” He says “I’m coming to show everybody that I’m still a contender, I’m still for real, and I can still fight.” When asked about his opponent, Phil was very complimentary of Yoshida, despite a past reputation for being one of the biggest smack more »
Former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra, is still a very busy man. With a brand new daughter and another location of Serra BJJ opening up soon, he barely has time to make the sauce for his wife’s pasta. One thing he’s not too busy for, is to weigh in on the recent issues of performance enhancing drugs that have plagued all sports, but particularly MMA, of late. When asked his thoughts on the subject, Serra had several things to say: “It’s wrong man, it’s really wrong. Let me tell you something. I got to the title without doing anything. I didn’t use anything. Me and BJ Penn are in that small percentage that don’t do sh*t. There’s a lot of guys that are considered legends, and they’re doing the GH and doing this and that, and it’s obvious, it’s freaking obvious.” Serra went on to say, “It’s one thing if you’re fighting for an hour, but you got 15 minutes in there. There’s certain teams out there that look like they got a freaking chemist assigned to them. It’s not that I want to judge anybody, but hey man, I’m fighting these people. Next thing you know you’re in there more »
This past Saturday’s boxing on Showtime left a bad taste in the mouths of all that were witness to the atrocious reffing that took place in the Mares/Agbeko fight. I spoke with boxing legend, Wayne McCullough, and he gave his thoughts on the situation, and the state of boxing in general. Russell Mora allowed low blows that numbered in the double digits, and even called a low blow a knockdown in the 10th round of the bout. McCullough didn’t advocate the referee’s termination, but he did voice a desire for Mora’s re-education in his chosen profession, and feels that he should be forced to watch the footage from the fight, and count back the low blows. “Until then, he shouldn’t ever be allowed back in the ring” McCullough stated. When asked about the state of boxing, Wayne said that boxing has been in a steady decline for many years. “I think boxing’s been in a bad state for a long time. Once a year, maybe you get a good fight. There’s too many promoters protecting their fighters, and trying to keep their guys undefeated by not letting them fight the best guys out there” Wayne said. The UFC has been more »
Malki Kawa is trying to change the face of MMA management by eliminating the negative stigmas that have come hand in hand with it since MMA started getting mass exposure. He has some standards of representation that you won’t find in practice with most of the current fighter management teams. For instance, he doesn’t believe in locking down his athletes in long term contracts. He feels that if a fighter is unhappy with their management, they should be able to leave on their own terms, and without having to pay an early termination fee. He goes on to say that all of his fighters are signed to the same deal. He outlined the details of signing Jon Jones, amidst some controversy that he may have acted unethically, and stolen Jones from another manager, and denied the rumors, stating, “Jon approached one of my clients, which was Thiago Alves and he asked him who represented him, because he (Jones) wanted the same representation. And that’s how our relationship started. It took a certain amount of money to settle to get out, and I don’t think Jon is ever going to look back again because of the type of work I do more »
TJ Thompson, head of fight operations at Proelite, is a little perturbed with MMA media, and understandably so. Recently, an article on a popular MMA website surfaced, stating: “ProElite is in the final stages of negotiations for a multi-year television deal with Viacom that will see its events broadcast on both Showtime and CBS starting in the first quarter of 2012.” Problem is, TJ states that nothing could be further from the truth, and that statements such as these, are potentially damaging to future negotiations with the broadcast networks they do happen to be trying to get television deals with. He goes on further to state that the responsible party in writing this article didn’t go the extra mile to verify the source of “inside info” by contacting himself or Rich Chou, and that information absolutely did not come from within Proelite. When asked if there were any active negotiations on the table with the CBS/Showtime team, he said “nothing at all for the very near future.” Regarding the availability of Proelite shows to the fans, Thompson said that Sherdog would be streaming their first event, and that extra measures would be taken to ensure a quality more »