IFL Names Ken Shamrock Coach of Northern Calif. Team
NEW YORK, November 2 – The International Fight League (IFL) today announced that MMA legend Ken Shamrock has been named as coach of the Northern California-based Lions. The addition of the Lions brings to 11 the number of teams for 2007, with one more to be added shortly. The inaugural IFL season will begin in the first quarter of 2007.
"This is a great day for the IFL and for fans of Mixed Martial Arts in general," said IFL co-founder and commissioner Kurt Otto. "We have been able to bring one of the sports greatest personalities and champions in Ken Shamrock to our organization."
"I am very proud to be joining the IFL, and believe fully in the concept as a big part of the future growth of the sport," Shamrock said. "The athletes in this sport are some of the best in the world, and I am looking forward to working with the organization to take MMA to the next level and help create the game’s next stars."
Originally one of the most popular members of the WWE, Shamrock has enjoyed a 13 year career in MMA and wrestling that has made him one of the fight world’s most recognizable personalities. He has been an MMA trailblazer, beginning in 1993 with the launch of Pancrase in Japan, and quickly emerged as one of the sports early stars. He brought that star power back to the United States, joining the original UFC group to participate in the first-ever “Superfight” (with Royce Gracie in 1993), and went on to become a star of the highly-acclaimed series “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV. He also began his highly successful coaching and training career, founding the Lion's Den, a group dedicated to the training of mixed martial arts fighters. Shamrock returned to professional wrestling during it’s late 1990s success as well, competing in some of the biggest WWE cards ever before returning to MMA again in 2000. He competed first in PRIDE before retuning to the UFC in November of 2002.
In late November of 2005, he was selected by the UFC as a coach for the third season of The Ultimate Fighter and has enjoyed great success as an author, competitor and coach over the last nine years. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2004.
No Contest at Contenders 3
For those of you lucky enough to get tickets for the contenders 3 event, you may have noticed that there was a certain amount of controversy and discussion surrounding the Che Mills V. Paul Taylor bout. The problem arose due to a spectator letting off an air horn which sounded almost identical to the end of round. Both fighters stopped for a split second and Che Mills reacted quickest to get Paul Taylor via a rear naked choke. After having studied the footage and discussed at great length with the judges, the referee and the NFAC representative, the bout has been declared a no contest. Both fighters have been informed of the decision and eagerly await a rematch. Subsequently, through talks with NFAC, it has been suggested that bells be used at all future MMA events in order to stop a repeat of Sunday’s incident.
LIDDELL vs ORTIZ 2
UFC 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ 2
SATURDAY, DEC. 30
LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Tickets Go On Sale Friday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. PST
Las Vegas – In his tenure as UFC® World Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell has sent a legend into retirement (Randy Couture), avenged a defeat (Jeremy Horn), and annihilated his number one challenger (Renato Sobral). But when the man standing across the Octagon™ from Liddell is his former training partner and friend Tito Ortiz, all bets are off. When these two 205-pound stalwarts collide on December 30, the New Year's Eve fireworks are going to begin one day early this year.
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KEVIN RANDLEMAN Faked urine test?
Nevada's State Athletic Commission has charged Pride fighter Kevin Randleman with providing a fake urine sample for his October 21st drug test.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer reports that Randleman's urine sample contained no hormones and is believed to not be either his urine or the urine of a living human being.
If Randleman is found to be guilty, he could be fined, suspended from fighting, or have his fighters' license permanently revoked.
All Business Now for Liddell and Ortiz
It used to be personal between UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, former friends, training partners, and then enemies, who clashed in a memorable 2004 bout won by Liddell.
Now though, as the two prepare for their long-awaited rematch on December 30th, it’s strictly business.
As if there wasn’t enough hype surrounding this fight already, the fighters have now agreed to forfeit both their fees for a winner takes all purse! The bad feeling between these 2 fighters stems from Jake having knocked both of Marvin’s training partners and then Marvin returning the compliment by knocking out Jake’s dad. The extravagant Marvin will have to use every bit of his training to avoid the sheer brutal power of Bostwick. The tension is mounting and both these fighters do not intend to disappoint a sell out crowd with a classic.
K-1 2006 World GP Final Draw
TOKYO, October 2, 2006 -- The K-1 '06 World Grand Prix final eight were determined at the Osaka Elimination tournament last Saturday. Today the fighters participated in a draw to determine first-tier matchups for the December 2 Tokyo Dome Final.
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