TNA Wrestling are at a crossroads and president Dixie Carter thinks she has found an answer with MMA fighters. The good news is that Dixie acknowledges that the company needs to develop new talent. The bad news is that she is looking outside of her company to do it. I guess it’s too late to get the money back from the Wrestling Matters campaign.
I’ll give Dixie Carter a lot of credit. Even in the face of criticism she is sticking to her guns. Dixie and TNA are looking for answers after major budget cuts and weeks of inconsistent ratings. Most suggested a change in creative direction yet the president disagreed. Dixie went searching for new talent and what she found were aged, injury-ridden former UFC stars.
Dixie has had a fascination with blending MMA stars into her company for awhile now. Unfortunately it has yet to work. She had the right ..click here to read more
Dixie Carter, Impact Wrestling, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, TNA Wrestling
Bellator MMA announced that their first pay-per-view event is scheduled for November 2, 2013 and the main event will feature Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Tito Ortiz in a light heavyweight showdown. This is probably the best fight you can make outside of the UFC from a name value perspective. That maybe where the buck stops, however, as there are several pros and cons that can either make or break the event – and maybe even the company.
This is a fight we thought would never happen since the friendship between these two fighters is well documented as going back to the dark ages of the sport. When Tito ruled the Octagon, Rampage was slamming his way through the ranks of PRIDE. Both were trained by striking coach Colin Oyama and often had the same people in their entourage such as Tiki Ghosn and Justin McCully. However, this is not a fight that ..click here to read more
Bellator, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz
It’s been a few weeks since Rampage Jackson announced his Viacom dual contract with TNA Wrestling and Bellator MMA. The big question would be Jackson’s commitment to pro wrestling and but Rampage says he is ready to do whatever it takes!
Rampage made news after signing this contract in which he would not only fight in Bellator but learn professional wrestling and compete in TNA Wrestling. Immediately questions were asked by the MMA media regarding Jackson’s head and whether he would put the hard work in to learn wrestling. Jackson told MMAMania.com that TNA has nothing to worry about.
“Well I’ve always wanted to be a pro wrestler since I was a kid, but now that I’m older and have had a lot of injuries, people don’t understand the toll that wrestling takes on your body. I just don’t think I can do that now while I’m fighting, but when I retire ..click here to read more
Impact Wrestling, Rampage Jackson, TNA Wrestling
Who is the big TNA Wrestling free agent signing? That question has probably been answered today. Former UFC champion Rampage Jackson has signed a dual contract with TNA and Bellator MMA for what is being called a “landmark partnership.”
Spike TV broke the news on Tuesday afternoon with a press release. The press release immediately made waves in the social media world with a mixed reaction from both pro wrestling and MMA fans. The deal will also include a reality show which will promote Rampage’s Bellator debut.
“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “The partnership that we’ve created with Quinton is unlike anything that’s ever been done in the sports & entertainment arena and Rampage is the perfect athlete/entertainer to carry it off.”
“Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today,” said Carter. “He is a true ..click here to read more
The UFC has closed the book on another free event on network television and they have to be pleased with the results. Although the broadcast started with some technical issues, and many fans were left complaining when some Fox affiliates switched to re-runs of the Big Bang Theory during the main event of the evening, fans were treated to some exciting fights and brutal finishes throughout the night. Topping it all off is strong ratings results, which peaked at 3.77 million viewers for the broadcast.
Featuring a nasty, bloody and brutally violent ground and pound finish, some of the most scintillating striking on the planet, a Light Heavyweight slugfest and two of the UFC’s fastest athletes battling it out for a full 25-minutes, this card had it all. Let’s take a look at the fights, and see what’s next for each main card fighter.
Featherweight Bout: Ricardo Lamas defeated Erik Koch via ..click here to read more
Anthony Pettis, Demetrious Johnson, Donald Cerrone, Erik Koch, Glover Teixeira, Ian McCall, John Dodson, Joseph Benavidez, Mike Russow, Rafael Natal, Rampage Jackson, Ricardo Lamas, UFC On FOX 6
Free fights, free fights, free fights! The UFC continues it’s 2013 roll with yet another night of free fights, this weekend it’s on major network television as the UFC presents UFC on Fox 6. After some weak ratings during 2012, Fox executives must have told the UFC to seriously step up their games for their Fox offerings in 2013, as this is the second straight UFC on Fox event to be headlined by a title fight. This weekend it’s the UFC’s smallest fighters who take center stage as the UFC Flyweight title will be on the line in the main event as Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson takes on TUF-champion John ‘The Magician’ Dodson.
Light Heavyweight action is slotted for the co-main event as Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is set to make what is expected to be his final octagon appearance against the man he was supposed to battle months ago in Brazil; ..click here to read more
Anthony Pettis, Clay Guida, David Mitchell, Demetrious Johnson, Donald Cerrone, Erik Koch, Glover Teixeira, Hatsu Hioki, John Dodson, Matt Wiman, Mike Russow, Mike Stumpf, Pascal Krauss, Rafael Natal, Rampage Jackson, Ricardo Lamas, Ryan Bader, Sean Spencer, Shawn Jordan, Simeon Thoresen, T.J. Grant, UFC On FOX 6, Vladimir Matyushenko
Happy Holidays, CamelClutchBlog faithful. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed whatever holiday they may or may not have celebrated this year. I don’t think there is a politically incorrect way (and if there is, please tell me) for me to address the arrival of 2013 so I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
Speaking of healthy, I think we’d all like to wish a healthier 2013 for so many fighters who’ve been injured. Yes, there is the purely selfish part of all of us who wants them healthier so they can entertain through this sport we love so much, but they obviously suffer from the lack of a paycheck. Is GSP’s “Camp For Only One Fighter Like In Boxing” approach the answer, as Dana White recently mentioned? I have no idea. If I knew how to stop fighter injuries, I feel like that information would be very valuable to promoters, gyms ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, Anthony Pettis, Bigfoot Silva, Brad Pickett, Brian Stann, C.B. Dolloway, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Cyrille Diabate, Dan Henderson, Demetrious Johnson, Demian Maia, Donald Cerrone, Eddie Wineland, Frankie Edgar, Gabriel Gonzaga, Georges St. Pierre, Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa, John Dodson, Jon Fitch, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos, Liz Carmouche, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Michael McDonald, nick diaz, Phile De Fries, Rampage Jackson, Renan Barao, Ronda Rousey, UFC 155, UFC 156, UFC 157, UFC 158, UFC 159, UFC On FOX 6, UFC on FUEL TV, UFC on FX, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva
The hits keep on coming for the UFC. Just when the dust started to settle from the UFC 151 fiasco, the UFC has another problem on their hands. In a matter of hours the UFC lost both of its top two fights on the upcoming UFC 153 Brazilian event.
If Dana White thought he had it bad trying to find one main-event to save UFC 151, he now has to find two fights to save the upcoming UFC 153. The good news is that the UFC has a month to find replacement fights. The bad news is that the company will have a real hard time satisfying a Brazilian audience now that their champion has been removed from the card.
Word broke shortly after the UFC 152 media call that Rampage Jackson was out of UFC 153. Jackson was set to fight Glover Teixeira in the co-headliner. White tweeted that Jackson was ..click here to read more
anderson silva, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Glover Teixeira, Jose Aldo, Rampage Jackson, UFC 153, Urijah Faber
Anderson Silva is not the first guy to let an opponent get in his head and make fun promises of broken bones and backyard beatings. Here is a look back at 10 UFC rivalries that featured the same kind of fun threats, mockery, and intensity we heard from Silva and Sonnen.
Most UFC fighters try and play the political game of saying all the right complimentary things about their opponents leading up to fights. Why give your opponent added incentive to train and work harder preparing for the fight? However, there are some fighters that don’t care and are quite frank in their hatred and disgust in regards to their opponent. These bitter rivalries have turned general mundane UFC pre-fight promotional pressers into must-read and must-see material. In other words, they are a lot of fun to follow!
I thought it would be fun to go back and take a look at ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Brock Lesnar, Chael Sonnen, Chris Leben, chuck liddell, dana white, Frank Mir, Georges St. Pierre, Jorge Rivera, Josh Koscheck, ken shamrock, Michael Bisping, nick diaz, Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, UFC 148
The UFC 147 headliner featuring Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin 2 has been dubbed by many the worst main-event in UFC history. However, a look back tells us that there have been far less interesting fights sold as UFC main-events.
I am certainly not thrilled about the fight but at the same time I think it is absurd to call this the worst headliner in UFC history. I have watched UFC since the start and I can tell you that there have been far worse mismatches passed off as main-events by Zuffa. This got me to thinking and with a little refresher help from Wikipedia, I was able to easily come up with ten fights that were far worse main-events on paper than the UFC 147 headliner.
Now to be fair not all of these fights were sold on pay per view. Some of these fights were given away for free on ..click here to read more
Andrei Arlovski, Brandon Vera, Demian Maia, Frank Mir, Mark Coleman, Matt Hamill, Mirko Cro Cop, Nate Marquardt, Paul Buentello, Rampage Jackson, Randy Couture, Rashad Evans, Rich Franklin, Tito Ortiz, UFC 147, Wanderlei Silva, Yushin Okami
So it looks like that I am not the only one who thinks that Rampage Jackson never lived up to his potential in the UFC. The UFC president feels the same way and thinks that Jackson could have been a huge star if things played out differently.
If I was going to create a list of UFC stars that wasted potential Rampage Jackson would probably be up towards the top of my list. Jackson came into the UFC with a bang, a big bang when he KO’d Chuck Liddell for the UFC light heavyweight title. Unfortunately Rampage’s greatest moment wound up being his first and last after coming over to the UFC.
“I think he could have been so much better if he applied himself,” White said Tuesday. “He had all the tools. Incredible ..click here to read more
dana white, Rampage Jackson
The UFC is the most powerful promotion in MMA. Yet even with all of that power, they have let several big money fights slip through the cracks. Here are 10 fights that would have drawn money that for one reason or another the UFC failed to make.
This was a tougher list to make than I anticipated. A part of me wants to look strictly at money and what would draw the most dollars at the time of the fight while another part of me looks for the best matchups that never materialized. While they are usually the same for casual MMA fans, hardcore MMA fans may think differently.
I think that the UFC gets a little too cute at times when it comes to their money fights. Several times the company has passed on obvious ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Brock Lesnar, Chael Sonnen, Chris Leben, chuck liddell, Fedor Emelienanko, Frank Mir, frank shamrock, Georges St. Pierre, Josh Koscheck, King Mo, Lyoto Machida, nick diaz, Rampage Jackson, The Ultimate Fighter, Wanderlei Silva