(Video) Must See: The Future of MMa – Is This Child Abuse or Great Parenting?

(Video) The Future of MMA – Child Abuse or Great Parenting?

The future of MMA-is it child abuse or great parenting? They say parents often reproduce themselves, or even live vicariously through their children, and the video below may be a great example of either, depending on your view. So what do you think? At what age should kids be allowed into MMA like the big boys? How is it any different than young kids playing football or baseball. There have been many tragedies where young athletes become injured or even killed in sport due to contact at a young age. Why should MMA be any different? Just have them put the pads on and go at it just like little league or pee wee football. Right? Leave your comments…

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UFC’s Dana White Issues Update On Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin MMA Fight

Updated: Liddell-Franklin Likely for June, White Issues Response: ”

Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The rumblings of the UFC counter programming Strikeforce got much stronger today when it was reported that Chuck Liddell would be facing former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC Fight Night on April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Liddell was originally reported to be facing Tito Ortiz at UFC 115 but according to Fighters Only, Ortiz is dealing with something that may significantly impact his future as a fighter and it’s not an injury.

Update: 2:38 PM: Sherdog.com and MMAJunkie.com are now reporting that the bout between Liddell and Franklin will now take place at UFC 115 in June, not the rumored show for April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Update: 8:00 PM: UFC president Dana White has now posted a response on his Twitter saying, “Not true! We are doing Couture vs. Franklin, not Chuck.” Stay tuned for more.

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Countdown To UFC 104 On Spike

UFC ‘Countdown to 104′ debuts on Spike TV Oct. 19: ” Countdown to UFC 104 will debut Monday, October 19 at 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday, October 24. The hour-long special presentation will provide a glimpse into the preparation and training camps of the fighters set to headline the show, including current light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Also slated for the main card is a heavyweight tilt between rising talent Cain Velasquez and IFL/Affliction veteran “Big” Ben Rothwell, as well as a lightweight showdown between Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk and Gleison Tibau. For those who miss the “Countdown to UFC 104″ premier it will re-air on Thursday, October 22 at 1 p.m. ET and then again on Saturday, October 24 at 6 p.m. ET. Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Saturday, October 24), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on PPV from the Staples Center. To check out the complete UFC 104 fight card click here.”

Infamous Jesse Taylor From TUF To Fight On Strikeforce Card

Luke Rockhold vs. Jesse Taylor Slated For November 6 “Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Gurgel”: “

Luke Rockhold
Strikeforce fighter Luke Rockhold has announced via facebook that he will be Jesse Taylor’s unannounced opponent at the November 6 “Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Gurgel” event in Fresno California, which will air on Showtime. This comes just a day after MMAFrenzy.com reported that Taylor would be taking part in the event.

Rockhold has competed four previous times under the Strikeforce banner, in his six fight MMA career, having earned first round submission victories in all of his bouts with the promotion. He was last in action at the June “Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg” where he defeated Cory Devela. The lone blemish on his record came against Tony Rubalcava in November, 2007.

Taylor last fought in August, losing to Jay Heiron at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, in his promotional debut. Prior to the August loss Taylor had put together a seven fight win streak following his peruvian neck tie loss to C.B. Dolloway at “UFC: Silva vs. Irvin” in July, 2008, including victories over notables Drew Fickett and Dong Sik Yoon.

With the addition of Taylor vs. Rockhold, the November 6 card now includes:

  • Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Gurgel
  • Luke Rockhold vs. Jesse Taylor*
  • Ben Holscher vs. TBA
  • Casey Olson vs. TBA
  • Anthony Ruiz vs. TBA
  • Cole Escovedo vs. TBA
  • Zoila Frausto vs. TBA

* — Not officially announced.

Pictured: Luke Rockhold

Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson Gets Record Number Of Viewers

Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson Draws Record 6.1 Million Viewers: ”

kimbo-slice-ufcA Spike TV-record 6.1 million viewers tuned in to The Ultimate Fighter 10 on Wednesday to watch the anticipated matchup between Kimbo Slice and Roy Nelson, according to a press release issued on Thursday by the cable network:

Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” is the undisputed ratings champ on Wednesday nights. The most recent episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” drew 5.3 million viewers, peaking at a staggering 6.1 million viewers on Wednesday, September 30 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT). Featuring a fight between contestants Kimbo Slice and Roy Nelson, the telecast ranks as the most-watched episode of an original series in the six-year history of the channel* and the most-watched program of any kind in Men 18-34 and Men 18-49.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” was clearly the top-rated program on television on Wednesday with men in all key demographics including Men 18-34, M18-49, M18-24, and M25-34. It also was the most watched program among Persons 18-34 with a 4.7 rating (2.7 million), illustrating co-viewing among young men and women.

The episode also drew more Men 18-34 than anything else on television this week thus far, except Monday Night Football on ESPN. Also of note, only seven series in all of television this fall season drew more men 18-34, despite “The Ultimate Fighter” being in its tenth season.

Overall, the record-breaking telecast drew a 6.9 in Men 18-34 (2 million), a 5.4 in M18-49 (3.1 million), a household rating of 3.7 and 5.3 million total viewers.

The 6.1 million viewership peak at 9:45pm for the Kimbo Slice- Roy Nelson fight trumps any UFC programming ever on Spike TV. The previous mark was 5.9 million viewers for Rampage Jackson-Dan Henderson fight at UFC 75 in September, 2007. Also, the repeat at 11:00pm drew an impressive 1.5 million viewers. Thus, the combined audience of both telecasts reached 6.8 million viewers.

The Ultimate Fighter 10 Coverage

Pictured: Kimbo Slice

(Photo) Demarques Johnson Scheduled For UFC 107

DaMarques Johnson vs. Edgar Garcia On Tap For UFC 107: “

DaMarques JohnsonWelterweights DaMarques Johnson and Edgar Garcia have agreed to square off at UFC 107 on December 12 in Memphis, Tennessee, according to MMAjunkie, which reports that bout agreements for the matchup are expected to be signed shortly.

Johnson (13-7), a runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter 9 who lost to James Wilks in June in the 170-pound finals, had been expected to return to the Octagon against Peter Sobotta at UFC 105 in November, but Sobotta’s military commitments forced the bout to be scrapped earlier this week. Johnson had won seven-straight between 2007 and 2008, before recently dropping back-to-back fights.

Garcia (7-0) debuted in the WEC in January with a first-round knockout of Hiromitsu Miura then transferred to the UFC, where he suffered a split decision loss to Brad Blackburn in June.

UFC 107 is headlined by a matchup between UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez, and also includes Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida, Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir, and Paul Buentello vs. Todd Duffee.

UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez Coverage

(Photo) Roy Nelson Defeats Kimbo Slice On Ultimate Fighter

Roy Nelson Defeats Kimbo Slice on Episode 3 of The Ultimate Fighter 10: ”

The Ultimate Fighter 10 CastWith his matchup against Roy Nelson decided at the end of last week’s episode, episode three opens with Kimbo reflecting on fighting. While Kimbo runs to get in shape for the bout, Nelson is at the gym training and coach Rashad Evans discusses his last of trust in others.

Evan’s teammate, Keith Jardine, shows up at the gym to help the fighters train, but the attention quickly turns to the intensifying feud between Evans and rival coach Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. While “Rampage” feels Jardine is a nice guy, Evans is convinced that Jardine hurt Rampage’s jaw in their March fight, which prompted Evans to fight Machida. James McSweeny, Evan’s top pick, defends his coach and the argument intensifies, but Evans steps in to separate the pair and cooler heads prevail.

The attention shifts back to Kimbo, with “Rampage” discussing the history of his beard and how he’s a likable guy. Kimbo trains on the ground and is able to escape from his heavyweight teammates, but Rampage is concerned that they have no way to simulate Nelson’s “big belly”.

Back at the house, Nelson’s fellow team members are confident he has the skills to beat Kimbo, saying that even if Kimbo starts to connect on the feet Roy should be able to take him down at will and control him on the ground.

Back at the gym, Kimbo and the rest of Team Rampage do conditioning drills but Marcus Jones has to stop midway through the session due to a knee injury. Jones maintains that he wants to fight next, but “Rampage” wants to give him time to allow his knee to recover.

At the house, Jones talks about his passions: comic books and gardening. Despite being one of the self-described most-boring people in the house, he and Kimbo have grown close with the pair joking that they’d be well-rounded if they could combine Kimbo’s striking with Jones’ ground game.

Kimbo and Nelson next weigh-in for their fight, with Kimbo weighing in at 230, while Nelson tips the scale at 264. Dana White says the fight could go either way, with Nelson being the more well-rounded fighter while Kimbo has the power to knock Nelson out with one punch.

At another Team Rampage training session, Kimbo spars with his partners and his teammates are all complimentary of his skills, while Nelson trains one final time with Team Rashad.

It’s fight day and Kimbo and Nelson get prepared and warm up for their fights backstage before making their way to the Octagon.

Nelson reiterates his plan to take it to the ground if he starts eating shots, while Kimbo says he’ll stick stick to his strengths.

There’s no touch of the gloves to start this fight as Nelson throws weak punches and close the distance, while Kimbo keeps his feet moving and chooses his strikes carefully before connecting with a hard leg kick. Slice moves forward and has Nelson backpedaling with his jab. Kimbo connects against the fence, but Nelson avoids major damage before looking for the takedown. Kimbo stays on his feet as Nelson presses him against the fence in the clinch. Nelson keeps up the pressure and finally scores the takedown and is immediately into mount. Kimbo does a good job neutralizing from the bottom, but Nelson passes to side control, where he pins Kimbo under his gut and tees off with short punches to the head. Slice is unable to escape, but despite warnings from the referee makes it to the end of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Nelson 10-9.

Between rounds, “Rampage” warns Kimbo that Nelson won’t want to stand with him and that he’ll need to adjust to his takedowns.

Round 2 opens with tentative punching from both fighters. Kimbo connects with some big punches and Nelson immediately scores another takedown into side control. There’s little action on the ground as Nelson lays on top of Slice, but Nelson eventually manages to create an opening and throws weak punches to the head on Kimbo. Though the punches are far from impressive, with Slice unable to escape, the referee is forced to stop the bout.

The fight’s official result was:

  • Roy Nelson def. Kimbo Slice via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 2:01

“Rampage” says Nelson is like having the moon on top of you and asks “How do you get the moon off you?”.

Dana White criticizes Nelson’s performance, comparing his punching power to that of his daughter, while praising Kimbo for stepping up early in the tournament and suggesting he train hard during the rest of his time in the house, because there could be an opportunity for him to re-join the competition.

It appears that it may not take long for Slice to fight again, as a preview of next week’s episode shows Marcus Jones collapsing at the house and teases Kimbo as a possible replacement.