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Round 5 set to release “Versus” series MMA figurines


Release below:

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, July 12, 2010 – Round 5, a leader in producing mixed martial arts collectible figurines, today released images of several prototypes of its “Versus” line, pairs of distinctly new figures highlighting battle scenes from great UFC matchups.  The prototypes were first seen at the Round 5 booth at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas in May.

The “Versus” series includes collectibles representing the following bouts:  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva (UFC 92), 12-27-2008; Forrest Griffin vs. Jackson (“The Ultimate Fighter 7”); Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar  (UFC 100), 7-11-2008; and Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell (UFC 66), 12-30-2006.

The “Versus” line, scheduled to hit Toys“R”Us stores in the fall and other retailers later in the year, will be accompanied by an Octagon segment display.

Round 5 UFC “Ultimate Collector” Series 1 and 2 are now available at leading retailers across North America.  A list can be found at www.Round5MMA.com.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 10:37 am |

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 |

Which UFC Hall of Famer admits steroid use on Inside MMA tonight?


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

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 |


UFC Fan Expo to feature grappling match between Takanori Gomi and Shane Roller


One of the world’s most accomplished mixed martial artists will meet one of the sport’s most decorated wrestlers in a can’t-miss grappling contest just added to next week’s UFC® FAN EXPO™.

UFC President Dana White announced today that UFC star and MMA legend Takanori ‘The Fireball Kid’ Gomi will take on three-time Division I All-American wrestler and WEC star Shane Roller in a grappling superfight slated for Saturday, May 29 at 1PM PT inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

By pairing the explosive Gomi with the relentless Roller, White believes fans are in for an exciting superfight.

‘Takanori Gomi is a legend in Japan and has won numerous grappling championships,’ White said.  ‘Shane Roller is an incredible wrestler and an explosive athlete. This will be an amazing match and we are excited to bring it to our fans at the UFC Fan Expo.’

The UFC Fan Expo also features four other anticipated grappling superfights. On Friday, May 28, ADCC world champion Penny Thomas locks horns with MMA veteran Shayna Baszler in a women’s match, while UFC veteran Hermes Franca grapples jiu jitsu phenom Bill Cooper. Then on Saturday, May 29, WEC contender Javier Vazquez battles 23-time Grapplers Quest champ Jeff Glover, while MMA star Caol Uno meets four-time jiu jitsu world champion Fredson Paixao. All superfights take place at 1pm PT each day inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Roller, a Las Vegas resident who defeated Anthony Njokuani by first-round submission in his last bout on April 24, sees his superfight against Gomi as a way to solidify his grappling credentials.

‘This is a huge opportunity for me,’ Roller, who wrestled collegiately at Oklahoma State University and trains jiu jitsu under the renowned Marc Laimon, said. ‘Some of the best grapplers in the world are competing at the UFC Fan Expo. I’m hoping to show the grappling world my skills and put myself on the map.’

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
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UFC counters Strikeforce “Heavy Artillery” with UFC’s Ultimate Fights


Spike TV presents a special telecast of 2010’s most action-packed mixed martial arts fights, including the heavyweight showdown between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir and the unforgettable slugfest between Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung (aka “The Korean Zombie”) in “UFC’s Ultimate Fights” on Saturday, May 15 (10:00 PM – 12:30 AM ET/7:00 PM-9:30 PM PT).

The hard-hitting bouts featured include the following:
Shane  Carwin vs. Frank Mir
UFC 111 – March 27, 2010

In a battle for the interim UFC heavyweight crown, Shane Carwin showcases his impressive punching power as he knocks out Frank Mir in a little less than four minutes in the first round of their highly anticipated bout.  Carwin will now face Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight crown in July.
Leonard  Garcia vs. “The Korean Zombie”, Chan Sung Jung
Aldo vs. Faber – April 24, 2010

“The greatest fight I’ve ever seen!” declared Joe Rogan.  This epic three-round slugfest and front-runner for “Fight of the Year” featured two of the most promising featherweights in the world.  Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia and “The Korean Zombie”, Chan Sung Jung, traded devastating blows for three grueling rounds, with Garcia winning a close decision.
Mark  Munoz vs. Kendall Grove
UFC 112 – April 10, 2010

In a matchup of middleweight contenders, Mark Munoz survived a big uppercut from Kendall Grove and several near-submissions in the first round before scoring a thrilling TKO late in the second round.  The action-packed bout earned “Fight of the Night” honors for Munoz and Grove.
Terry  Etim vs. Rafael Dos Anjos
UFC 112 – April 10, 2010

In a hard fought contest between rising lightweight stars, Rafael Dos Anjos scores a victory over Terry Etim via armbar in the second round of their bout. Dos Anjos won “Submission of the Night” honors.

Matt  Serra vs Frank Trigg
UFC 109 – February 6, 2010

Two veterans in the welterweight division met inside the Octagon™ at UFC 109, but it was former welterweight champion Matt Serra that emerged victorious.  The acclaimed jiu-jitsu artist opted to stay on his feet, knocking out Trigg with a right hook at 2:23 of the first round, taking home “Knockout of the Night” honors in the process.

Nate  Diaz vs Rory Markham
UFC 111 – March 27, 2010

After years of fighting at lightweight, Nate Diaz made his debut in the welterweight division at UFC 111, and did so in stunning fashion.  Diaz scored a TKO victory over welterweight veteran Rory Markham via strikes at 2:47 of Round 1.

Paulo  Thiago vs Mike Swick
UFC 109 – February 6, 2010

Paulo Thiago took on a major step towards a shot at the UFC’s welterweight crown by defeating Mike Swick at UFC 109.  After a close first round, Thiago dropped Swick with a right hand early in the second round of their contest, and followed it up with a picture perfect arm triangle choke.  The incredibly tough Swick refused to tap, and the fight ended with referee Herb Dean pulling Thiago off his opponent at 1:54 of the second round.  Thiago earned “Submission of the Night” honors for his efforts.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 9:48 am |
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Spike TV to air UFC 115 prelims commercial free


Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC® 115:  LIDDELL vs. FRANKLIN on Saturday, June 12 at 9:00 PM ET/ 6:00 PM PT from the GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The one-hour telecast will run with limited commercial interruption.  UFC 115 will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET.

The first bout scheduled to air on Spike TV is in the lightweight division, and features a former winner of “The Ultimate Fighter,” as Mac Danzig (20-7-1) squares off against Matt Wiman (11-5).  Fighting out Los Angeles, CA, Danzig was the winner of Season 6 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” defeating Tommy Speer to capture the crown.  He most recently defeated Justin Buchholz at UFC 109, and he hopes to make it two in a row by defeating Wiman at UFC 115.

Hailing from Dallas, TX, “Handsome” Matt Wiman appeared on Season 5 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and notched his first win in the UFC at the season finale against Brian Geraghty.  He boasts a 5-3 record inside the UFC Octagon™, with wins over Thiago Tavares and Shane Nelson on his resume, as well as a Fight of The Night battle against Sam Stout.  Widely respected for his toughness, Wiman hopes to emerge from his bout with Danzig with his hand raised, and still “Handsome.”

The evening’s second televised bout is also a lightweight contest, and pits rising star Evan Dunham (10-0) against longtime contender Tyson Griffin (14-2).  Training with Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Dunham has won his first three contests in the UFC against Per Eklund, Marcus Aurelio and Efrain Escudero.  Compiling an undefeated record in the UFC, with only two bouts going to decision, Dunham will be looking to use his effective mixture of striking and grappling ability to take out his toughest opponent to date, his teammate Tyson Griffin.

Tyson Griffin has defeated an impressive roster of opponents en route to his 7-2 record with the organization, including wins over the likes of Clay Guida, Hermes Franca and Gleison Tibau.  With his aggressive striking, he is also widely known as one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, having captured “Fight of the Night” honors five times during his career.  He’ll look to make it a sixth time with a victory over Dunham.

Other bouts on the card might air on Spike TV, to be determined by the length of the fights.

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 at 11:18 am |


UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin ticket info released


The UFC has released the poster to promote UFC 116, which features a heavyweight title unification match between heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin. Check it out below, along with ticket information.

The UFC fight club presale starts Tuesday, May 11th at 10AM PT.

The UFC Newsletter presale starts Wednesday, May 12th at 10AM PT.

Tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, May 13th at 10AM PT.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, May 10th, 2010 at 3:08 pm |

Tito Ortiz arrested for felony domestic violence


TMZ.com is reporting that former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has been arrested for felony domestic violence against his live in girlfriend Jenna Jameson.

Quoted from the story:

We’re told when cops arrived at the couple’s home in Huntington Beach, CA — Jenna Jameson had “visible injuries.”

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
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Hamill and Jardine will main event TUF 11 finale


Just got this info from Spike TV:

New York, NY, April 26, 2010 – Two of “The Ultimate Fighter’s”® most celebrated alumni will finally meet inside the Octagon® in the live finale of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz” on Saturday, June 19 at 9:00pm ET/PT.  Emanating from The Pearl at The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, the “Dean of Mean,” Keith Jardine (Season 2) takes on Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (season 3) in a matchup pitting Jardine’s unorthodox striking against Hamill’s powerhouse wrestling.  The winner will move further up the ranks in the UFC’s ultra-competitive light heavyweight division, with the loser taking a tremendous step back in his pursuit of a title shot.

Hamill (9-2), fighting out of Utica, NY, has won three of his last four UFC bouts including a  recent controversial victory over the previously undefeated Jon Jones last December.  During their matchup, Jones was dominating Hamill in the first round when he was cited twice for illegal elbows to the head.  When Hamill couldn’t continue due to an extreme laceration on his forehead, Jones was disqualified.   Prior to that bout, Hamill bounced back from a loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 88 with wins over Mark Munoz at UFC 96 in March 2009 via knockout, and Reese Andy at UFC 92 in December 2008 via TKO.

Jardine (14-8-1), a protégé of legendary trainer Greg Jackson, fights out of Albuquerque, NM.  Dubbed “The Dean of Mean,” the 34 year-old veteran has an impressive list of victories on his resume, including wins over Chuck Liddell at UFC 76, Forrest Griffin at UFC 66, and Brandon Vera at UFC 89.  Those wins were countered by three consecutive losses heading into his bout with Hamill.  A victory will put him back on the winning path towards a shot at the coveted light heavyweight belt.
Other bouts on the card will be announced at a later date, including “The Ultimate Fighter” finalists.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
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Countdown to WEC: Aldo vs. Faber program schedule


There are lots of time slots here, more then they typically allocate for Countdown to UFC. I guess it makes sense since they are really trying to hype this card up.

Aldo vs. Faber airs live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, April 24 at 10pm ET/7pm PT.

4pm ET/1pm PT on VERSUS (premiere)
7pm ET/PT on MTV2
9:30pm ET on The Score (Canada)
12am ET/PT on SPIKE

1am ET/PT on MTV2
2:08am ET/PT on SPIKE

5pm ET/2pm PT on VERSUS
12:30am ET/9:30pm PT on VERSUS

1pm ET on The Score
3pm ET/ 12pm PT on VERSUS
8pm ET/5pm PT on SPIKE

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 10:04 am |
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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.