Witness Randy Couture back in the day with a glorious head of Bon Jovi hair wrestling greco-roman style. Just watching this shit makes me wonder how anyone who did this for years can still have a functioning spine/neck/anything. I took one wrestling class and left a weeping broken shell of my former self. Wrestling is hardcore.
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Sherdog has a very interesting interview with Anderson Silva discussing his decision to retire. Here’s what he said: he’s got six fights left on his contract and he hopes to have them done with by June of 2009. After that, he’s done.
Everyone freaked out a few weeks back when the same general terms came out but I think a lot of people assumed it was just Anderson being a impulsive bitch like so many other fighters are. Unfortunately for us, his retirement is part of a long term life plan – I know … who knew fighters had those? And unlike so many other fighters who’s extravagant lifestyles require the regular infusions of cash provided by prize fighting, I don’t think you’re going to see Anderson Silva running out of money any time soon.
It will be interesting to see if Anderson Silva manages to get six fights in by June … that’s a pace of one fight every month and a half. That signals a pretty entertaining run … let’s just hope they line him up against guys like GSP, Quinton Jackson, and Chuck Liddell rather than more chum like Patrick Cote.
A sign of the shitty economic times or just poor promotions? Last weekend’s Night of Combat 2 card in Vegas had a decent amount of star power but still tanked hardcore at the gate:
“A Night of Combat 2,” a collaborative event led by Superfights MMA promoter Skip Kelp in conjunction with Kim Couture’s KC Concepts, sold 1,063 of the 8,911 tickets available at the Thomas & Mack Center for a gate of $32,405. Tickets were set in a very reasonably priced $15-50 range, and comped tickets brought attendance up to 1,735 spectators.
Xtreme Couture standouts Jay Hieron, Mike Pyle, and John Alessio topped an 18-fighter bill that paid $160,500 in fighter purses.
Add in all the staff costs, venue rental, and 1001 other fees and you’re looking at a pretty significant loss of cash right there.
Roxy vs Tara has been canceled:
“The show is still on, but the AFL pulled the funding for the [Larosa-Modaferri] fight,” Moon revealed.
The Kentucky-based AFL, who made media splashes with the signing of former WWE star Bobby Lashley and the pursuit of free agent Tito Ortiz, signed Larosa to an unprecedented contract in June, which could reach $750,000 over an 18-month span. The promotion then announced late last month that they had loaned out three contracted fighters — Larosa, Modafferi, and hot 145-pound prospect Rafael Assuncao — to Ironheart Crown for their Nov. 8 card.
With their fighters’ sizable price tags, the AFL was expected to pick up the tab on the purses of their three fighters on the Ironheart Crown card. However, difficulties with investors and sponsors led them to pull their support.
“They were a gift to us, and there was never a firm commitment from the AFL, so nobody lied to us,” explained Moon. “They were not obligated to lend us Tara or Roxy. I don’t blame them, either. The AFL put a huge amount of money into my show without getting too much out of it.”
I’m just pissed that they would go ahead and confirm everything and then yank it all out from under us right after. Roxy was already training uber-hard to hit super saiyan levels of asskicking, and we had already set up Team Modafferi and gotten a few bigass boxes full of shirts. We’re still trying to figure out exactly what’s happening now … as soon as we do, we’ll make an announcement.