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Bad news, no vuvuzelas at UFC 116

June
30

Press release below

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – As the world prepares for the greatest heavyweight title fight of the past two decades, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® made a stunning announcement today that will undoubtedly have a global impact. UFC President Dana White confirmed that vuvuzelas, pesky noise makers used infamously by South African fans at this year’s World Cup, have been banned at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday.

Thus, when UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar enters the cage to battle interim beltholder Shane Carwin in the most important heavyweight fight since the Ali era, fans will have to rely on their voices, hands, and feet to root on their favorite athlete.

“This decision was pretty simple for me,” White said. “Vuvuzelas make the most horrific sound I’ve ever heard. I’d rather let Brock punch me in the face than hear 15,000 people blow on those things. This is the biggest heavyweight fight we’ve ever done. We’ll make enough noise this weekend when Brock and Shane finally step inside the Octagon.”

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 11:32 am |
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BJ Penn promotes STRIKEFORCE: Fedor vs. Werdum on UFC website

June
24

That’s not really the case, but it will seem that way to the average UFC fan.

The UFC has a widget on their homepage that displays the latest tweets from UFC fighters. If you look closely, you will see a tweet from BJ Penn that links to a photo gallery promoting this weekend’s Strikeforce card:

MMA NEWS “Image Gallery: Strikeforce Fedor vs. Werdum Media Workout” on BJPENN.COM: http://ning.it/bmzDe0

Here is how this happens. BJ Penn has a blog on his website, bjpenn.com . His blog contains a lot of press releases, and some of those press releases come from the UFC’s competition. I am sure BJ could care less about a STRIKEFORCE press release, but will have them posted in an effort to get more MMA related content on his website. This type of content will  drive more traffic and create a higher page rank in search engines. In order to get more attention to his blog, BJ Penn links his blog RSS feed to his twitter account. What does that mean? Every time he creates a blog post, his twitter account will automatically be updated with a link to the blog and all 46,956 (as of 6/24/2010) of his followers have direct access to the blog URL.

Because the UFC promotes UFC fighter twitter accounts on their homepage, BJ Penn’s tweets will appear on UFC.com , and, inadvertently, the UFC and BJ Penn help promote this weekends STRIKEFORCE card.

Gotta love the world of social media!

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
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Looks like Jens Pulver will fight again

June
17

Jens just posted this on his twitter account .

for anyone who care i am gonna fight again aug 14th

No other details at this time.  I don’t see any major MMA organizations with fight cards on August 14th. A little research shows that Cage Rage is putting on a show August 14th, so I would bet that is where Pulver will end up.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
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Ignorance still prevalent in New York Government regarding the legalization of MMA

June
17

A bill to regulate mixed martial arts has passed the New York State Senate and will go to the Assembly next. You can find more info about the Senate passage in a story on LoHud.com.

What I found in that article is continued ignorance from New York  government regarding mixed martial arts.

“We’re not teaching young people how to be adults,” said Sen. William Larkin, R-New Windsor, Orange County. “We’re teaching young people how to be hoodlums. Look what they do on this show: pound one another, kick one another.”

“I don’t think there is anything sporting about Ultimate Fighting,” Savino said. “It is barbarism portrayed on television for people so that they can watch it and be entertained.”

First off, there is no such thing as “Ultimate Fighting”. What Diane Savino is trying to reference in her quote is a sport called Mixed Martial Arts. I find it humorous that these government officials have so little information going into an important vote like this.

As far as there being “no sport” in mixed martial arts, that is ludicrous. Teaching young people to be hoodlums? Really?

I challenge these uninformed Senators to go to any MMA  gym, strap on a pair of boxing gloves and shin pads, and throw some punch kick combinations. Then hit the mats and learn how to apply an arm bar, follow that up with one hundred double leg take downs, maybe a few sprawls. After that workout, tell me how you feel about MMA not being a “sport”. You would realize the discipline it takes to successfully execute these maneuvers, and I don’t see how that would teach anyone to be a “hoodlum”.  Training mixed martial arts teaches you discipline, an acquired character trait that carries over into every aspect of life.

Anyway, the Assembly vote is important. I will be keeping a close eye on this, and hopefully the MMA bill passes there as well.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 10:25 am |
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Which UFC Hall of Famer admits steroid use on Inside MMA tonight?

June
11

Just got this bit of info from an HDNet press release:

ARE STEROIDS AN ISSUE IN MMA?  MMA HALL OF FAMER ADMITS USE AND HALLMAN STUNS PANEL IN A MUST SEE DISCUSSION ON TONIGHT’S “INSIDE MMA”
Fighters make strong revelations about steroid use in the sport and usage during their careers – TONIGHT, Friday, June 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s groundbreaking episode of HDNet’s “Inside MMA” presents a surprisingly frank discussion on a topic rarely talked about in Mixed Martial Arts – steroid use.  How many fighters have used the substances to further their careers and how many are still using them today?

Panel guests are UFC stars Dennis Hallman and Pat Barry and Strikeforce’s Babalu Sobral.

Who could it be?

There are only 8 UFC hall of famers.

Dan Severn – His physique has never hinted at any type of steroid use, so I will rule him out immediately.

Charles “Mask” Lewis – Passed away in a car wreck last year. Ruled out.

Mark Coleman – Coleman did spend a good chunk of his career in Pride, where steroid use was supposedly rampant.  I doubt it’s him, though.

Ken Shamrock – My money is on him. More on that below.

Randy Couture – No way, no how. There wouldn’t be a chance that Couture would still be fighting at his age if he abused steroids earlier in his career.

Royce Gracie – Already tested positive for steroids, and vehemently denied any usage. I doubt he would embarrass the Gracie legacy by openly admitting steroid use.

Chuck Liddell – I doubt he would admit steroid use on the eve of headlining a PPV.

Matt Hughes – This gave me a chuckle because the UFC doesn’t even have him listed as a hall of famer on their website yet. Anyway – no. Hughes has always been a small welterweight.

I’d bet the house on Ken Shamrock. Look at the size of this guy during his stint in the WWE (WWF back then). He also spent a good chunk of his career in Pride. Shamrock has nothing to lose buy admitting steroid use, seeing as his career is all but over anyway.

I guess we will find out for sure tonight.

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
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