Questions on UFC 117, Werdum-Fedor II top MMA mailbag
Two things will matter in the end: 1) whether or not M-1 can pull it off (they'd be relied upon to produce most of the live event) and 2) will it be cost prohibitive for Showtime (bringing in their entire production crew would likely make it too expensive, but they could ship over three cameras and rely on a local production crew to bring down the price).
Here's what Coker said, so judge for yourself:
"There is possibility of that. I know they have a big event they'd like to throw in Russia. They'd like to feature Fedor. It's a big political summit [in the fall] and they want to showcase Fedor as the athlete in Russia. There's ongoing dialogue about that.
"Being good partners, if [M-1] wanted to do it, we'd do it."
Well, it's true. In the era of tournaments, he never won. His biggest accomplishment was capturing the first "super-fight" belt against
One of the few. I'm not with you. I've got Jones swamping Vlad.
Sure. Mixed martial artists on the amateur level has thus far served as an end-around for promoters to make some cash without having to pay the fighters. Organizations such as CAMO (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization), which was created in 2009 when the California State Athletic Commission delegated it exclusive authority to regulate MMA on the amateur level throughout the state, will provide structure to the amateur ranks, and, eventually, lead to a national amateur system like USA boxing.
Thus far reviews on CAMO are largely positive, and the organization, which is run by former WFA and EliteXC executive
One real early benefit: It's also serving as a proving ground for competent referees and judges, which everyone knows are in short supply on the pro level.
I have. I will.
How many times will it be contested?
I can't see Miller making 170 pounds, so if this goes down -- and Strikeforce is working on it, possibly for CBS in October -- it would be at a catchweight, somewhere between 180-185, I'd guess. Do I think Miller has a chance? Absolutely. Would I pick him to win? Nah. He's strong enough defensively to go the distance with anyone, but I can't see him hurting or submitting Diaz.
This question comes after a comment I made on Twitter that Ken Shamrock's fight with
They hated each other. At a Los Angeles press conference less than three weeks before the fight, the longtime rivals -- who never managed to fight in the UFC -- nearly came to blows. I remember snapping off a photo of Frye dousing Shamrock with water before the two locked up in a clinch and knocked around Japanese pro wrestling giant
Brutal fight. Shamrock was knocked senseless but awoke when he hit the canvas to twist Frye's legs with inside and outside heel hooks. It was all out war, which judges awarded by split decision to Frye. I've taken the time to thank fighters for their efforts maybe three times. This was the first. The next day, as each man struggled to get on a bus in Tokyo that would take us back to Narita airport, I was stunned -- and admittedly upset -- by how beat up they were. Regular folk would be in an ICU. These guys were hardly normal.
Taking place on the UFC's first foray into the U.K. at London's classic Royal Albert Hall (to this day, the most memorable venue I've watched a fight), Freeman fought possessed with the spirit of his father, who, unbeknownst to everyone in the building, including Freeman, lost his battle with cancer the day before the fight. Mir, who was unbeaten in four fights at the time, took an obscene amount of punishment before the referee saved him late in the opening round. Probably the most emotional outpouring from a fighter I've covered in person.
The fight that started Emelianenko's seven-year run at the top of the heavyweight division wasn't especially competitive; the Russian challenger basically manhandled the Brazilian champion for 20 minutes. But there's one moment I'll never forget. Right at the seven-minute mark, from my seat 25 rows up in the Yokohama Arena, Emelianenko landed a punch from his knees, through Nogueira's guard, that sounded like a 12-gauge had gone off. I've shared this story many times, and it conjures up vivid memories. For just a moment, the Japanese crowd was stunned silent, unable to breathe really for a lack of oxygen in the building.
The loudest crescendo I've heard at a fight. When Hughes, recovering from a knee to the groin and punches to his face, turned to his knees, grabbed Trigg, stood, carried the veteran welterweight across the cage and slammed him, I'd never heard a crowd so electric. The volume at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was something I'll never forget. As he did at UFC 45, Hughes took Trigg's back and finished with a rear-naked choke. UFC president
The action was wild and varied on the second-to-last Pride card before the company collapsed a couple months later. Gomi blasted Diaz with punches. Diaz came back and peppered the Pride lightweight champion with shots to the head. At one point, Gomi appeared to be stuck in cement he was so worn out. The finish by Diaz, a beautiful gogoplata submission -- one of the first times a fighter had pulled off such a dynamic choke in a bout of this magnitude -- was ruined when the Nevada State Athletic Commission changed the result to a no-decision after it was revealed Diaz had enough THC in his system to get all of San Francisco high.
I trained a ton from 1997-2002. After getting injured because of a heel hook, which ripped up my right ankle and sprained the MCL in my knee, I basically stopped training Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A cost-benefit analysis suggested I was better off becoming a fat, lazy reporter, which is much easier, really.
Without question training helped my perspective covering MMA. Every reporter -- and fan -- should find a way to make it to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class or two. You'll appreciate the ground game in a much different way if you do.
I'll avoid using the same fighter twice, which makes this a bit more difficult. Also, I'm not sure what you mean by "biggest," so I'll use the "fights that would make