Anderson Silva sits down for a light hearted interview with Karyn Bryant. Silva’s dance moves are showcased.
Referees Big John McCarthy, Herb Dean and Steve Mazzagatti talk some of their most memorable moments while officiating.
New York may be a land of confusion where Zuffa spars with the State Attorney General over the 1997 ban on professional MMA events while underground and amateur shows dot the landscape, but that doesn’t mean the sport doesn’t have its fans here. And it certainly doesn’t mean that those fans don’t appreciate a good gathering. So it was with the fourth annual MMA World Expo, which took up residence at the Javits Center in Manhattan on Saturday and Sunday, and brought with it a plethora of vendor booths, a jiu-jitsu tournament, FILA-sanctioned fights in a cage, and a variety of seminars and panel discussions. There seemed to be something for everyone, and a person could buy anything from a new pair of fight gloves to a photo opportunity with Nate Diaz to a chilled can of Xyience. Perhaps most important of all, though, was that it was an opportunity to soak up some MMA with like-minded individuals, whether they be heavily-tattooed or clean-cut, depressingly athletic or ardent couch-potatoes. Bummed you missed it? Don’t fret. MMAConvert has got you covered.
Former UFC Lightweight Champ Frankie Edgar taught a seminar on the finer points of kicking ass.
Meanwhile, TUF 17 superstar Uriah Hall was mobbed everywhere he went. Here he is staring down a kid who looked at him funny.
For all his new-found celebrity, Hall is still an MMA fan at heart, and he wanted nothing more than anything to meet Edgar. The two met and showered each other with respect and compliments.
FILA-sanctioned amateur MMA involves headgear and a complicated scoring system. Thankfully, it also involves violence.
One of the panel discussions was “The Future of MMA in New York”. Here’s the view from the stage.
And here’s me, sitting on the panel next to famed referee “Big” John McCarthy, who was around when the sport got banned back in 1997.
Some more amateur MMA action.
Bruce Buffer, the legendary voice of the UFC, will be putting out an autobiography this May entitled “It’s Time!: My 360-Degree View of the UFC.”
The book will be available May 14, and is currently eligible for pre-order on Amazon.com for $16.33.
In these pages, I want to tell you about the passion that first led me to bet everything on this sport of ours, way back when MMA was outlawed in half the country and there wasn’t a dime to be made on it. I want to tell you how that passion all started, with my larger-than-life father, a former Marine Drill Sergeant who, by the time I was 10, had taught me to play poker and blackjack, field-strip a Luger pistol blindfolded and recite poetry. He was a man who thought nothing of confronting a group of thugs armed with nothing but his fists—and who expected the same strength and honor from his sons.
Bruce Buffer is also the manager for his brother, Michael, who is one of the most well-known announcers in sports.
The 55-year-old has been with the UFC since 1996 and is a black belt in Tang Soo Do.
Mike Goldberg, the veteran voice of the UFC, will return to his play-by-play duties this coming Saturday night at UFC on Fox 6. Goldberg missed the year-end show, and rumors started flying about his whereabouts.
Goldberg appeared on The MMA Hour Monday to set the record straight.
“I ended up coming home from Brazil with a virus, an upper respiratory infection. I ended up being hospitalized a couple times for it just because they were making sure they could get my lungs open.”
Goldberg added that his asthma, which has effected him since high school, played a part.
I’m not the first guy tom come back from Brazil not feeling 100-percent. It just kind of spiraled. My immune system was never really able to get back in balance, my voice started to go, and I wasn’t able to get the pre-production done. I wasn’t able to get it together for UFC 155.
Goldberg was very out-spoken against the many websites that reported he had a drug addiction and was in rehab, saying, “it was disappointing, it was hurtful.” He did say the support shown to him was “very heartfelt and appreciated.”
UFC veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg will return to the mic this month at UFC on Fox 6.
Dave Sholler, the UFC’s director of communications, confirmed during a conference call Tuesday that Goldberg will be back after missing UFC 155 last month.
Jon Anik filled in for Goldberg next to Joe Rogan for the card.
Goldberg has yet to give a specific reason for his exit from the card, but did confirm reports of a drug addiction were incorrect.
The veteran voice of the Octagon, Mike Goldberg, has finally released a statement concerning his exit from UFC 155 last month.
Goldberg, who typically handles play-by-play duties for all UFC pay-per-view and Fox cards, was replaced by Jon Anik for the late December show.
Once UFC president Dana White failed to set a target date for his return, rumors started to swirl concerning a possible drug addiction for Goldberg. The 48-year-old, who has been with the UFC since 1997, addressed those rumors in a statement to MMAFighting.com.
I’m doing well. Those rumors out there are not true. I’m dealing with a complicated health issue but feeling better and hoping to be back to 100-percent by Jan. 26. See you soon.
That date marks the first UFC on Fox show of 2013 from Chicago. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against John Dodson.
Inside MMA, which has helped provide insight into the world of mixed martial arts since 2007, will shift back to Friday nights later this month.
The hour-long show with hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten will move from Mondays to Fridays starting January 11. The program will begin at 9 p.m. ET.
Rice and Rutten have used their unique styles to offer in-depth reporting from any and all MMA promotions.
Inside MMA airs on AXS TV, which also hosts several smaller MMA shows throughout the year.
Jon and Joe take a look at January 19th’s bout between Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort.
I personally am a fan of these promos. They’re a fun and nice change from Joe Rogan screaming “unbelievable” over an intense song while watching a 30 second highlight reel.