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April 27, 2010

Tito Ortiz denies assaulting Jenna Jameson

Mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz said his girlfriend is suffering from the drug OxyContin. Which is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. It’s used to treat moderate to severe pain and it’s habit-forming.

Ortiz held a press conference with his attorney to declare his innocence and to deny he assaulted Jenna Jameson. Jameson's dad Larry Massoli called the police and said his daughter plans to press charges.

 

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April 26, 2010

UFC fighter Tito Ortiz arrested

Tito Ortiz and his wife Jenna JamesonTito Ortiz has been arrested, on a felony domestic violence charge, according to TMZ.

They are reporting that his wife Jenna Jameson had “visible injuries” when the cops arrived at the Huntington Beach Bad Boy's house in California.

Ortiz was recently a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series on Spike TV. He was supposed to fight Chuck Liddell in the season finale. But was replaced by light heavyweight Rich Franklin because of personal issues with his family.

According to TMZ, a 911 call was received today at 9:53 a.m. Ortiz was arrested on domestic violence charges afterward.

Bloodyelbow.com has a video of Ortiz being led out of his house by the police and a video of his girlfriend Jenna very upset.

 AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez

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April 24, 2010

Jon (Bones) Jones brother is a now Raven

The Baltimore Ravens have selected Arthur (Art) Jones a 6-foot-3, 301-pounder defensive tackle out of Syracuse, at the 157th spot (Round 5) of the NFL Draft. Art is the older brother of UFC light heavyweight fighter Jon (Bones) Jones. Jon was so happy for he big brother he posted a video on Yfrog. Congratulations guys.
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April 22, 2010

Dana White not a fan of BJ Penn's new book “Why I Fight”

BJ Penn has been one of the most outspoken and successful fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His book, Why I Fight, written with David Weintraub, is a story about his journey to becoming a mixed martial arts fighter. Penn is quite candid about his relationship with UFC president Dana White. Throughout the book, he talks about White’s selfishness, and favoritism toward some fighters. He also writes about what it took to achieve his goal of winning the most prestigious Brazilian jujitsu tournament in the world.
 
In two chapters, Penn makes reference to his violent upbringing in Hilo, Hawaii. That’s right. The rough and mean streets of Hilo, Hawaii, were a very violent place to live. According to neighborhoodscout.com, Hilo is ranked very high for violent crime.

Penn writes that as a kid he organized fights on his front porch and also spent time having fun. And “fun” meant finding marijuana plants in the sugarcane fields and along the rivers. He wrote that the stupidest thing he has ever done was smoking marijuana in the school bathroom. He said, “Getting caught was a bad thing, but looking back on it, it was just so incredibly stupid to be doing something so obviously immature, and dangerous, in a school.”

As a kid, he loved to fight. And as an adult, that love for fighting remained and not just in the ring, but also in the courts with his legal battles with White and the UFC. White is not happy with this book. He told SI.com that after he learned about the book, he approached Penn and Penn family lawyer, Gary Levitt, with a question: "Why would you put out a book that is 90 percent not true?"

Penn writes about how there would always be the one guy the UFC owners, the Fertittas brothers (Lorenzo and Frank) and White would give a lot of money to. They had their favorite fighters, like Pedro Rizzo and later on Chuck Liddell, who received much larger purses. Penn thought that their backgrounds did not make them good judges of talent. The Fertittas brothers were jujitsu white belts and White was a former aerobic “tae bo” instructor.

Penn also writes about his battles with the Gracie family (mostly Ralph Gracie) and many UFC fighters. Fighters like Sean Sherk, Jen Pulver and Matt Hughes, who he defeated at UFC 46. After he conquered Hughes, Penn wrote, “In Hughes’s corner was Lorenzo Fertitta, consoling him in his defeat, and it also seemed to me Dana White was not very happy that I had just knocked off Hughes.”

At the time, Penn was the welterweight champion and couldn’t work out a contract with the UFC, and had decided to instead fight his next fight in Japan. He alleges White called him up and told him his feelings. Penn wrote that White said, ‘“You [expletive deleted]! You’re [expletive deleted] done! You’ll never fight in the UFC again! You’re finished. You’re scorched earth, [expletive deleted]. Scorched earth. Don’t call me crying saying you want to come back because you’re [expletive deleted] done!” And on and on, like a true professional -- even going so far as to tell me I would never see my face again in a UFC video, promotion, or anything else. He also planned on removing my fight with Hughes from the UFC 46: Supernatural DVD so no one would even know who I was.’

This book is not just about Penn’s fights with the UFC, inside and outside the ring. It’s a look at his life story and dedication to mixed marital arts, his pursuit of perfection and his fight for the little guys. I strongly urge anyone that enjoys MMA and competitive sports to read this book.
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April 18, 2010

Strikeforce had a night of surprises on CBS

Strikeforce held its most important fighting event to date on CBS. Three championship fights were contested with the light heavyweight belt exchanging hands.

But it was the melee that happened after a fight that's making headlines. Middleweight champion Jake Shields had just fought veteran Dan Henderson for five rounds. As Shields was being interviewed in the ring by ringside announcer Gus Johnson after, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, who fought earlier on the card, came into the ring and interrupted the interview.

Mller said to the champion Shields, "Where is my, rematch buddy?" Shields pushed Miller away and the fighting began with Shields' entourage swinging punches at Miller. In the middle of the melee was Nick Diaz, who trained with Shields. Diaz, who has the shortest fuse of any fighters in MMA, once fought at the hospital after seeing an opponent he had just fought in the ring.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White twittered a smiley face :) on his twitter account after the brawl. It's just like White to sink to the level of the competition. Jason Miller wrote on his twitter account "whoops," Clearly realizing this was a huge mistake to enter the ring uninvited.

As for the fights, Shields' win over Henderson had one exciting round and that was the first round. Henderson looked as if he would win by knockout over Shields. But, the champion Shields kept his composure and won the next four rounds for a unanimous decision as he retains his Strikeforce middleweight championship. Henderson said on Bleachreport.com, "Thanks to all the fans for tuning in and watching. I had a good round and a half. I got tired for whatever reason, and Jake did a good job."

Shields' training partner and Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Menlendez retain his belt with a five-round unanimous decision over Japan's Dream champion Shinya Aoki.

Aoki is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in Japan. He said on mmabay.co.uk before the fight, “If I lose this fight, MMA in Japan is over. Japan will become a colony of the USA. He thought the future of Japanese MMA was on his shoulders. And he had to perform well to show the world that Japan has some of the best fighters in MMA. He is the second highly regarded Japanese fighter to fight in America in the last month. Japan's veteran Takanori Gomi loss to American Kenny Florian in Charlotte, N.C., in last month's UFC card on Strike TV.

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal was a huge underdog to the champion Gegard Mousasi for the light heavyweight title. Lawal has just six professional MMA fights compared to 31 fights for Mousasi. At the end of the fight you would have thought Mousasi had won, because Lawal's left eye had swollen shut and his face was heavily bruised. But fights aren't won on appearances. Lawal won 49-46 as he displayed a masterful ground-and-pound game to win four of the five rounds.

Other fights on the card, but not televised on CBS: Ovince St. Preux won by TKO on Chris Hawk, Andy Uhrich won by submission (rear-naked choke) over Dustin West, Jason "Mayhem" Miller won by TKO over Tim Stout, Cale Yarbrough won by TKO over Josh Schockman, Zach Underwood won by decision over Hunter Worsham, Dustin Ortiz won by submission (rear-naked choke) over Justin Pennington and Cody Floyd won by KO (knee) over Thomas Campell.

Who is at fault in the Jason Miller brawl? Strikeforce security, Jake Shields' corner, Miller or someone else? Give me your take.
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April 15, 2010

Dana White has a message for Anderson Silva

Dana White said Wednesday if Anderson Silva acts how he did in the ring during UFC 112, he would cut him from the UFC. Talking on ESPN’s Jim Rome show White said, “I haven’t seen anything that bad not even in all my years of watching boxing.”

White said, “The thing that really upset me was that he (Anderson Silva) felt that he didn’t owe anyone an apology.”

Silva’s next opponent is Chael Sonnen, another fighter that will want to take the fight it to the ground.

Are White and Joe Silva choosing the best opponents that would make for an exciting fight?  

Does Chael Sonnen have a shot at beating Silva or will we see a repeat of the Maia fight or an early knock out?

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April 12, 2010

Liddell and Ortiz will not be fighting in UFC 115

The off-again, back-on-again fight between “The Ultimate Fighter” coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz is off again. UFC.com has Liddell taking on Rich Franklin in a match-up of former world champions at UFC 115. The site doesn’t give a reason why Ortiz is not on the card, but I guess we’ll find out in coming episodes of TUF 11 series.

Also on the card is Mirko Cro Cop going up against Pat Barry in the match-up of heavyweights. Other heavyweights on the card are “Big” Ben Rothwell taking on Gilbert Yvel. Cro Cop and Rothwell were supposed to fight back in UFC 110, but Rothwell pulled out of the fight with an undisclosed illness.

Others that are set to fight are Paulo Thiago taking on Martin Kampmann, Carlos Condit versus Rory MacDonald, Tyson Griffin versus Evan Dunham, Mac Danzig versus Matt Wiman, James Wilks versus Peter Sobotta, Ricardo Funch versus Claude Patrick, and Mike Pyle versus Jesse Lennox.
UFC 115 is taking place on June 12  in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the first time.

With the Liddell-Ortiz fight not happening, does Liddell versus Franklin have any interest to you?

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 8:45 PM | | Comments (3)
        

Who will Anderson Silva fight next?

Most fans and MMA fight observers have expressed their displeasure with Anderson Silva’s show boating at UFC 112. He could have fought Demian Maia 10 times this year and would have beaten him 10 times. He is still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Silva does things that show he’s so far superior to any other fighter, that just knocking out Maia would have been boring. So, during the fight he would punch Maia in the thigh while standing toe-to-toe. No one can do that to a top contender but Anderson Silva.

Muhammad Ali did these things to fighters in his early years. He didn’t follow the game plan that every other fighter followed. Just like Ali, Silva makes his opponents look foolish in the ring. He talks trash just like Ali did. On UFC.com Maia said, "He [Silva] was swearing to me in the middle of the fight."

As far as UFC President Dana White calling Silva out at the post-fight news conference about Silva’s performance and saying on UFC.com that “I will make this up to the fans that brought this [stuff].”  I think he is working a mind game on Anderson Silva trying to get him to go down in weight and fight George St. Pierre. If Silva wants to get back in his good graces he would make the weight and fight GSP. There are no fighters in Silva's weight class that people would pay for him to fight.

Do you see my point or am I’m missing the mark?

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