UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship Purchases WFA And WEC MMA Fighters

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Ultimate Fighting Championship is becoming a 400 lb gorilla which looks to Saturday’s Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz title bout in Las Vegas to end a blockbuster year for MMA.

The Chuck Liddell v Tito Ortiz 2 pay per view fight, with UFC officials hoping for a record MMA 1.2 million pay per view buys, will also set up the new year 2007 to see the mixed martial arts circuit expand.

Dana White, President of UFC, and the UFC pounce when they see weaknesses in the competition. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been busy, rearranging the MMA landscape while repositioning itself to take advantage of the sport’s incredible growth.

World Fighting Alliance was purchased by UFC, snapping up its fighters in a purchase that will see the rival WFA organization stop.

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World Fighting Alliance Rampage Jackson Win Over Matt Lindland

World Fighting AllianceWorld Fighting Alliance MMA Rampage Jackson win over Matt Lindland. The Los Angeles Forum hosted about 8,000 people, I saw Jason “Mayhem” Miller choke his opponent into submission, then show love to his followers (he dubs them “Mayhem Monkeys”) by shouting: “Woo-WOO!” I saw a Dutch man with a Spanish nickname — Bas “El Guapo” Rutten. “El Guapo” means handsome, and when the bald-headed Rutten was asked where he ranks among the fighters, he said: “The best-looking one, that’s for sure.”

Finally, in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s split decision victory over Matt Lindland in Saturday night’s main event, I saw one of the most amazing feats of strength I’ve seen in sports. With Lindland trying to choke him into submission, Jackson was somehow able to get to his feet and toss Lindland off. When asked in the ring if he’d be down for a rematch, Jackson said: “As long as I get paid. Cha-ching!”

As Jackson explained, “A lot of people in my sport are crazy. You’ve got to be crazy to get locked in a cage.”

Among the faces in the crowd: Shaquille O’Neal and Bruce Willis. O’Neal, in town to fulfill his duties as a reserve member of the Los Angeles Port Police, said he was in his hotel room when he heard about the World Fighting Alliance event and decided to come over. O’Neal likes to consider himself a martial arts expert, well versed in his own discipline of Shaq Fu, but he said you won’t find him in the ring.

If you’ve heard of mixed martial arts — in which everything short of eye-gouging, rabbit punches and kicks to the groin are legal — you’re probably familiar with UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship, which pulled an almost $3-million gate and $24-million pay-per-view haul for an event at Staples Center in May and is selling out the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. One sign that mixed martial arts is gaining legitimacy is that one of the most familiar faces in boxing, Marc Ratner, whom you might remember from the Mike Tyson hearings, left his job as executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission to become Ultimate Fighting Challenge vice president of government and regulatory affairs.

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UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship Has Competition WFA

World Fighting Alliance WFAUFC Ultimate Fighting Championship is the world’s best-known mixed martial arts organization, but now has competition of the WFA World Fighting Alliance. The UFC no longer has a stranglehold on the best fighters.

The WFA World Fighting Alliance, co-owned by Las Vegas attorneys Louis Palazzo and Ross Goodman, will host a pay-per-view card July 22 from the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles that features several fighters who have defeated the UFC Ultimate Fight Challenge best.

Goodman, the son of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, said the WFA World Fighting Alliance plans to be a direct competitor with the UFC, an organization so popular that its May 27 pay-per-view show reportedly sold more than 600,000 subscriptions.

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