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BJ Penn promotes STRIKEFORCE: Fedor vs. Werdum on UFC website


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 |

Strikeforce/M-1 Global Fedor vs. Werdum ticket presale password


Tickets go on Sale to the public on Friday, May 14 at 10:00AM/PT.

“Strikeforce Insiders” Exclusive Presale Opportunity will take place starting TODAY at 10:00AM!  The special presale passcode is:  STKMMA.

Get your tickets here.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, May 10th, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
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Fedor Emelianenko to make Strikeforce debut on CBS


Fedor, the #1 Ranked MMA Heavyweight in the World, To Be Seen for the First Time by Broadcast Television Audience

The CBS Television Network will return to the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage with STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS. ROGERS, to be broadcast Saturday, Nov. 7 (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT). SHOWTIME Sports® will produce the four-fight event with host Gus Johnson calling the action and MMA legend Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo serving as color analysts.

In 2008, CBS aired the first live MMA fights on network television, with three successful events earning time period-winning ratings in all key young adult and young men demographics.  CBS’s most recent broadcast in October 2008 ranked as the night’s highest-rated program on both broadcast and cable in adults 18-34 and men 18-34, topping all other sports programming in those demographics, including the Major League Baseball playoffs and college football.

On Nov. 7, the world’s Number One-ranked MMA heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, will face undefeated American Brett Rogers of Minnesota in the marquee match up. The fight marks the first bout for the highly coveted Emelianenko since his promotional company M-1 Global signed an agreement with STRIKEFORCE to co-promote major events.

“There’s no question this is a sport that is fast becoming a force in popularity and as a business,” said Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President, Prime Time, CBS Television.  “We’re excited to be the platform that will enable millions more to see the athlete regarded as the very best in his sport. The Number One heavyweight on the most-watched network has a very nice ring to it.”

Simply referred to as “Fedor” by fans around the world, the 6-foot, 235-pound Russian is one of the most dominant fighters in the sport.  He is a master of the Russian military combat system Sambo and boasts a record of 30 wins, one loss, no draws with 16 wins by submission, seven knockouts and seven decisions. The 28-year-old Rogers (10-0) is a massive physical specimen standing 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighing 265 pounds.  He possesses two of the heaviest hands in the sport of MMA, an attribute that has helped him knock out all 10 of his professional opponents.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to bring the STRIKEFORCE brand to CBS,” said Scott Coker, Founder and CEO of STRIKEFORCE.  “We are looking forward to bringing MMA back to the network and to having the world’s No. 1 heavyweight—Fedor—compete for the first time on live network television against one of America’s most promising young, undefeated stars—Brett Rogers.”

STRIKEFORCE has experienced significant growth since it launched its first MMA promotion on March 10, 2006.  After signing a landmark deal to air live events on SHOWTIME® earlier this year, STRIKEFORCE earned the premium network its highest MMA rating ever on August 15 with Carano vs. Cyborg.  Shortly before the live telecast, the main event principals—Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos—were the most searched terms on Yahoo! and Google, while the fight was the most discussed subject on Twitter.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
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Dana White sees the future: Affliction Fighting folds, will now sponsor the UFC


“Affliction will be out of business in 2009. They lost a [expletive] load of money with their first event. We already have these guys signing Ortiz to a broadcasting contract. If they had any hopes at all for the future, Tito would be the last guy that they would sign. 2009 is the year they will be gone.” – Dana White

Looks like Dana White was correct.

In a surprising move, Affliction Fighting has decided to shut it’s doors and be a clothing sponsor of the UFC.

Affliction was to hold its third PPV event, titled “Trilogy”, which was supposed to feature Josh Barnett vs. Fedor Emelianenko; Barnett tested positive for an anabolic steroid earlier in the week and was denied a license. Earlier in the day Affliction canceled the Trilogy event, even though they had plenty of potential heavyweight fighters waiting in line to fight Fedor. Affliction claimed they did not have enough time to promote the fight up to their standards.

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, July 24th, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
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M-1 Global invites Dana White, Brock Lesnar, and Frank Mir to Affliction 3


MMAweekly.com is reporting that COO of M-1 Global is interested in revisiting talks with the UFC in regards to a heavyweight match featuring WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

“I’d like to reach out with an invitation to Mr. Dana White, Mr. Brock Lesnar, and Mr. Frank Mir to come out to our show, the Trilogy show, and I’m sure we can arrange some front seat tickets, and they can watch a real championship fight. Hopefully we can follow up in the same lines as what the UFC has done for Mr. Mirko Cro Cop in a one-fight deal. I think we can make that happen for other occasions, and we’d like to make that happen.” said M-1 COO, Joost Raimond.

That is slightly backhanded. A real championship fight? I can’t wait to see Dana White’s video blog reaction to this.

Dana White has continually bashed Fedor Emelianenko for ducking the best heavyweights in the world, those heavyweights being in the UFC. In the story written by MMA Weekly, Raimond brings up a good point.

I’m not a sucker for statistics, but we did a little bit of homework, and we came up with an interesting fact. If you look at the UFC over history, if you include the interim heavyweight champions, they’ve had 17 champions in total. Mr. Fedor Emelianenko has done eight fights against UFC champions, against five different opponents. If we exclude his fights against Mr. Nogueira, who was a formidable opponent in his time, Fedor spent less than 15 minutes in the ring with these UFC champions and defeated them all.

I think the timing of this challenge is a little coincidental, seeing as this is Fedor will complete his three fight deal with Affliction at Affliction III. Is M-1 Global desperate to get Fedor signed somewhere? Affliction has asked their fighters to take pay cuts in the past, and it is unknown as to whether or not they will bring Emelianenko back for a second deal. Fedor could go to the Dream organization, but there are few notable heavyweights to oppose him there. Strikeforce is another candidate, but seeing as they just acquired EliteXC’s assets, I don’t see them having the extra cash lying around to spend on Emelianenko.

Bottom line is that Dana White doesn’t need to bring in Fedor. The UFC is tremendously successful without him and the high salary he commands.

Fedor’s representatives refuse to conform to Dana White’s contractual stipulations for Fedor, and that has led to problems in the past. I highly doubt White is willing to bend in order to sign Fedor.

Regardless, I am excited to see Dana’s profanity laced reaction to this invitation/challenge.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 at 1:44 pm |

It’s time for Arlovski to start focusing on MMA


For the past year or so, MMA fans have heard a lot about former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski training with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach.

Arlovski has even mentioned that he is anxious to make his pro boxing debut. He was set to do that later this month, but may face a medical suspension after being brutally knocked out by Brett Rogers this past weekend.

Arlovski’s hands are considerably faster since training with Roach, but he has been knocked out in brutal fashion in two consecutive fights. He was controlling the stand up game against Fedor Emelianenko until he threw a sloppy flying knee and ate a cross to the jaw, and this past weekend he threw an inside leg kick without defending his face; in an instant Brett Rogers made him pay for that mistake.

I think Arlovski has to focus on boxing for MMA. He seems to be training so exclusively as a boxer, that he is having problems putting the other parts of his game together.

Boxing for boxing and boxing for mixed martial arts are two different entities. You can take a little more punishment when a sixteen ounce glove slams the side of your face. When a 265 pound Brett Rogers lands a cross/hook combo to your jaw with four ounce MMA gloves, it’s lights out.

Freddie Roach and Michael Moorer are great boxing coaches, but they can’t get Arlovski’s MMA career back on track by isolating his training to boxing only.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 12:17 pm |


Andrei Arlovski meets Brett Rogers at June 6 Strikeforce card


Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski announced Tuesday on his twitter page that he will face undefeated heavyweight Brett “The Grim” Rogers on Saturday, June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The fight will air live on Showtime.

This match will more then likely not go the distance. Both fighters are primarily known for their striking ability. Rogers is 9-0 in MMA competition, winning 8 of his fights by knockout. Arlovski is a former UFC heavyweight champion who is coming off of a devastating knockout loss to Fedor Emelianenko. Up until he got cocky and threw a sloppy flying knee leading to the devastating knockout, he was outboxing Fedor every stretch of the way.

That being said, Arlovski’s stand up game is light years ahead of Rogers’. Arlovski does have a very suspect chin, though, and if “The Grim” can land a clean shot he has very good chances of keeping his undefeated streak alive.

Arlovski has to stay calm, patient, and utilize his speed and technique to prevent being knocked out by Rogers. I believe he can do it, and I think “The Pitbull” will get back to his winning ways on June 6th.

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
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Affliction – Day of Reckoning post fight thoughts


Affliction 2 “Day of Reckoning” was a lot better then Affliction 1. For some reason it was hard for me to get excited about Affliction 1, even though the card seemed pretty stellar on paper.

Affliction 2 had some noticeable differences. The original announce team of “Big” John McCarthy, Jay Glazer and Frank Trigg was replaced by Tito Ortiz, Sean Wheelock and color commentator Jimmy Smith. Tito tripped up here and there but all in all seemed to do pretty well. Michael Buffer was not announcing fights, I don’t know if this was a move to save some cash or if he was announcing the Margarito/Mosley boxing match. I am assuming the latter.

No Megadeth this time. Good move.

Now to the fights that left an impression on me.
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Posted by lvollmer on Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
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Opening bouts for Affliction airing free on HDNet


HDNet Fights Presents: Affliction: Day of Reckoning Opening Bouts

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Vladimir Matyushenko
L.C. Davis vs Bao Quach
Antonio Duarte vs Albert Rios
Brett Cooper vs Patrick Speight.

The rest of the Affliction card is available on PPV. It features the following bouts:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski
Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel
Matt Lindland vs. Vitor Belfort
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Paul Buentello vs. Kiril “Baby Fedor” Sidelnikov
Dan Lauzon vs. Bobby Green

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Posted by lvollmer on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
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Lots of MMA this month


This month is packed with mixed martial arts . UFC 93 was just this past weekend, and there are 3 more high profile events coming your way

PPV Bouts
-Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski
-Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel
-Matt Lindland vs. Vitor Belfort
-Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
-Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
-Paul Buentello vs. Kiril “Baby Fedor” Sidelnikov

Fights airing on HDNET
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
-Jay Hieron vs. Jason High
-L.C. Davis vs. TBA
-Antonio Duarte vs. Albert Rios
-Brett Cooper vs. Patrick Speight

-Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone
-Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver
-Danillo Villefort vs. Mike Campbell
-Jose Aldo vs. Rolando Perez
-Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Njokuani
-Hiromitsu Miura vs. Edgar Garcia
-Dominick Cruz vs. Ian McCall
-Scott Jorgenson vs. Frank Gomez
-Blas Avena vs. Jesse Lennox
-Charlie Valencia vs. Seth Dikun

Main Card Bouts:
-Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn
-Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva
-Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim
-Nathan Diaz vs. Clay Guida
-Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones

Preliminary Bouts:
-Jon Fitch (#2 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Akihiro Gono
-Jake O’Brien vs. Christian Wellisch
-Chris Wilson vs. John Howard
-Manny Gamburyan vs. Thiago Tavares
-Matt Arroyo vs. Dan Cramer

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
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Web programmer by day, practicing mixed martial artist at night, Larry Vollmer Jr. brings the latest news from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the rest of the mixed martial arts world - a fast-spreading obsession on TV and online. These are the bouts - they occur in an octagon-shaped "ring" - that test men's souls.