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Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee will be available in EA Sports UFC and will be playable from flyweight up to lightweight.
After a week of releasing clues and teasing a ‘mystery fighter’, EA Sports officially announced that Bruce Lee will be a playable character in the upcoming UFC game. Check out an in-game photo of him as seen from EA’s promotional materials:
Unlike most fighters who will only be useable in 1-2 divisions, the movie star and martial arts legend’s digital reincarnation will be available in 4 weight divisions from 125 lbs up to 155 lbs. You can unlock the character in two ways, you either pre-order the game and get him from the start, or you can complete career mode at ‘pro difficulty’ or higher.
Apart from the Bruce Lee announcement, EA Sports has also revealed the cover featuring Jon Jones, and the cover contest winner, Alexander Gustafsson.
The game is expected to be released this June on Xbox One and Playstation 4.
Walter Harris vs. Nikita Krylov Fight Video UFC on Fox 10 Prelim.
Glory has announced their PPV debut. On June 21, they will host Last Man Standing, a one night 8 man Middleweight tournament. Get the details here.
At this past weekend’s Glory 15 Istanbul show, Glory made a big announcement about their summer plans.
On June 21, Glory will make their PPV debut. The show, titled "Last Man Standing" will be live from Los Angeles, and will feature a one night 8 man tournament in the Middleweight division. The following six names were announced as tournament participants:
Joe Schilling – Ranked #2 in Glory, Schilling won last year’s MW tournament at Glory 10, defeating favorite Artem Levin in the finals.
Wayne Barrett (#4) – Barrett is only 4-0, but already holds a win over Schilling, defeating him in a great fight at Glory 12 New York.
Alex Pereira (#6) – Pereira won the MW contender tournament at Glory 14 Zagreb to earn this spot.
Melvin Manhoef (Debut) – Any kickboxing fan (and most MMA fans) know Manhoef. The cult favorite makes his Glory debut here.
Simon Marcus (Debut) – Arguably the best MW in the world, Marcus holds wins over Artem Levin and Schilling, both under Muay Thai rules.
Bogdan Stoica (Debut) – A popular fighter from Romania, Stoica has fought mainly in SuperKombat, and is the brother of Glory 15′s Andrei Stoica.
The final two spots are yet to be announced. Hopefully they get Levin in there, as he is a must. Steven Wakeling would also round out the tournament nicely. The tournament is likely to crown a Middleweight champion, though that has not yet been made official.
Interestingly, according to the Glory 15 announcement, the PPV will take place immediately after Glory 17, a separate show that will presumably air on Spike. This is not entirely unique for Glory, as their shows always included one portion branded as the Superfight Series, and another branded as the numbered Glory show, but it will be interesting to see exactly how they present both "Glory 17" and the "Last Man Standing" PPV on the same night. No word yet on the PPV cost either.
In a surprise move, perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz (17-9) took to social media Wednesday afternoon to ask for his release from the UFC.
"I would like to request to be released from the @ufc. It’s time for me to be on my way .. ?" Diaz wrote on Twitter in a message addressed to both UFC President Dana White and the official UFC account.
Diaz’s announcement comes just days after the UFC matched an extremely lucrative contract offer initially extended to friend and longtime teammate Gilbert Melendez by Bellator MMA.
Diaz, currently the UFC’s No. 5 ranked lightweight, has competed within the promotion since winning The Ultimate Fighter 5 in 2007. He holds a 12-7 record over that time, and fell short in his only title shot, losing a unanimous decision against Benson Henderson in 2012.
Representatives of Diaz’s management did not immediate return messages left by MMAFighting.com.
UFC officials have yet to comment on the situation.
From our local Minneapolis paper…
Former AWA star and WWF wrestler "Rock n’ Roll" Buck Zumhofe faces 12 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually abusing a female relative 1,800 times between 1999 and 2011, when the woman, then age 29, finally left his Cyrus, Minnesota, home.
Slam! Sports reports that the female relative in question is Zumhofe’s daughter.
According to the West Central Tribune, Zumhofe, who has been working as a wrestling promoter in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Wisconsin (Bluestem Prairie reports that he actually promoted this infamous event), allegedly starting having sex with the victim when she was 15, shortly after she moved in with him.
"The abuse began with his touching her breasts and then oral sex. Zumhofe also made her dance in front of him in bra and panties and watch pornography with him," the Tribune writes, citing the criminal complaint. "After about two weeks, the abuse progressed to intercourse two to three times a day. In later years, intercourse took place two to three times a week until the woman left in June 2011."
Last year, the woman told a therapist about the alleged abuse, and it was then reported to police. She estimates she was abused by Zumhofe 1,800 times in the 12 years she lived with him.
According to the complaint, the victim’s mother tried to intervene and remove the girl from the house while she was still a teenager. But Zumhofe said he’d kill himself if she left, so the girl stayed and ended up allegedly enduring many more years of abuse.
The complaint also suggests that others had an inkling about the relationship between Zumhofe and his relative before police got involved.
"Various witnesses were aware of aspects of the relationship while it was ongoing. Some had seen Zumhofe kissing her in public and ‘dirty dancing’ with her at a New London-Spicer High School Dance," the Tribune, citing the complaint, writes. "A college friend was invited to join a threesome but declined. Others allegedly knew the two shared a bed in Zumhofe’s home."
One of Zumhofe’s runs in the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association was cut short when he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 1989. He ended up serving three years in the Stillwater prison.
Ana Julaton, the former super bantamweight boxing world champion, will become a two-sport athlete on May 2 when she makes her mixed martial arts debut on a One Fighting Championship card in Manila.
Trying MMA is no lark for Julaton, a San Francisco native who lives in Las Vegas. She’s considered MMA for a long time and finally decided to give it a try. She is of Filipino descent and said she “is beyond thrilled” to be fighting in the Philippines in her One FC debut.
Julaton becomes the second significant female boxer to try MMA in recent years, following Holly Holm. She isn’t going to give up her boxing career and plans to box on May 29. Her hope is the May 29 bout is for a world title.
Julaton, who has held both the WBO and the IBA women’s super bantamweight title during her boxing career, has trained in the traditional martial arts since she was 10 years old. She has black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo Karate.
“I have the background in martial arts and I’ve always had an interest in the UFC,” said Julaton, 33, who is 13-4-1 with two knockouts as a boxer. “But I started training in Las Vegas and that gave me the chance to go out and watch the fights more regularly. Doing that, I saw how there were so many different options. In boxing, you’re limited to your left and right hands. In MMA, I understand kicks. I understand the ground game. It was so intriguing being able to fight with all these tools, not just my hands.
“I have been around all of the fighting arts for most of my life and this was something that just clicked for me.”
The outgoing Julaton, who has worked as an analyst for The Boxing Channel, said she believes staying active will help her in both MMA and boxing.
Promoted as a boxer by Allan Tremblay of Orion Sports Management in Canada, she was fighting every two or three months on his shows. But when Tremblay had to step aside from promoting for a while to fight prostate cancer, Julaton went a year without fighting.
She’s gone 1-1 since her return, losing to Celina Salazar and defeating Perla Hernandez. The Hernandez fight was on Nov. 1 in Mexico, so it will be seven months between fights for Julaton.
That’s simply too long for her taste. She used to train with Freddie Roach, who loved the fact that she stayed active.
“Freddie would always say activity is the best thing for a boxer, and I really agree with that,” she said. “When Allan had those shows going regularly, I was able to get into and stay in a groove and I was fighting my best. Having two fights in four weeks is going to be good for me.”
She said the success of the women’s division in the UFC and the way UFC president Dana White treated it also made her take notice. Women’s boxing is very popular around the world, but not nearly so much in the U.S. The majority of boxing media in the U.S. ignores women’s boxing.
It was big news, though, as soon as White added women to the UFC and the women’s fights have been covered vigorously. Julaton said she is impressed by what UFC champion Ronda Rousey has done for women’s MMA and said Rousey clearly understands how to promote.
“Everything Ronda has, she has earned and she has worked extremely hard for, and that’s been inspirational for me to watch as a fan,” Julaton said. “She put herself out there and she got involved at the grass roots level. Even before she was in the UFC, she was putting videos on YouTube and just getting people to pay attention to her.
“At the end of the day, that’s what it takes for fighters to get noticed, male or female. Promotion is a part of the job. We have to make people want to see us and entertain them with good, competitive fights when they do.”