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Zuffa LCC, Shuts Down Another Pirate Website

Written on March 14, 2012 by Clive Wilson

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Zuffa LCC, mother company of UFC, campaigns against piracy and brings down a pirate website

Zuffa LCC, the mother company of the UFC organization, was serious in their advocacy against piracy and has managed to have the pirate website, www.greenfeedz.com, shut down. This pirate website has been illegally streaming all UFC pay-per-view events from UFC 130 to UFC 142.

They have successfully seized all of this illegal site’s records, that includes email addresses, user names, number of events users illegally streamed and the IP addresses of all users who registered to watch pirated UFC events.

Zuffa will be filing a lawsuit against this website.

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Cris Cyborg’s Strikeforce Return, a Done Deal

Written on August 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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“Contract with @StrikeForce SIGNED! Stay tuned for next fight info!” --- Cris "Cyborg" Santos

Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion, Cris “Cyborg” Santos posted a tweet last Thursday, saying that she has re-signed a contract with the promotion. She last appeared on June 2010, wherein she defeated Jan Finney via technical knockout.

Earlier this summer, Cyborg opted to compete in a bout at Brazil and Singapore due to extended inactivity. However, she claimed that representatives from Zuffa called her and agreed to make further negotiations to keep her fighting for Strikeforce.

Now that Cris “Cyborg” Santos is totally back, who do you think should be her next contender?

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UFC Amazon, Set for 2012 Brazilian Return

Written on August 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro fast approaching, UFC has slated its next Brazilian trip in Manaus next year.

With UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro yet to come, the promotion has set its eyes on its next Brazilian trip. Zuffa CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta, announced last Tuesday that UFC is targeting the Amazonas state capital – Manaus – for a 2012 show. The event is expected to go down at the Convention Center of Manaus which has the capacity to hold 100,000 spectators.

As Lorenzo Fertitta said in a press conference:

“The opportunity to bring the UFC to Manaus and to the home of some of our great fighters makes us so excited. Our expectation is that Manaus will set a new attendance record, with 100,000 people watching the show.”

In case the venue indeed sells out, then UFC 129’s live attendance record of 55,000 people at Roger’s Center in Toronto will be shattered.

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Golden Glory: Alistair Overeem Would Sign a UFC-only Deal

Written on August 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Despite having disputes with UFC, Golden Glory would still want Alistair Overeem to get inside the Octagon.

Despite the feud between Golden Glory and UFC – which resulted to contract release of several of its fighters – Alistair Overeem is still interested in signing an exclusive deal with the UFC.

However, Bas Boon cleared out that he takes issue with UFC President – Dana White’s – statement about Golden Glory’s payment policies. However, the management company is okay with Zuffa paying Alistair Overeem, Marloes Coenen, Jon Olav Einemo and other Golden Glory fighters directly.

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Marloes Coenen: Rebuilding Career Despite Strikeforce Release

Written on August 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Marloes Coenen stands by her management despite sudden release from Strikeforce.

A week following her loss against Meisha Tate and sudden release from Strikeforce, Marloes Coenen is still processing what’s undoubtedly a trying time of her life and fighting career. But despite being in the middle of the dispute between her management – the Golden Glory – and Zuffa, the fighter still stands by her team.

Last Tuesday, Marloes Coenen returned home to Amsterdam following her vacation in Table Rock Lake, Minnesota. She is determined to represent women’s MMA through fighting, and is said to be interested in fighting for an October event promoted by Golden Glory. The resurgent ProElite also expressed its interest in inviting Marloes Coenen for a November bout. However, the fighter does not have any specific booking yet.

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Fedor Emelianenko: To Make a Fall Return in Russia

Written on August 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It is not yet the end of the road for Fedor Emelianenko, as he is set to make a fall return in hometown Russia.

While there are speculations that Fedor Emelianenko’s knockout loss against Dan Henderson last July 30 may mean the end of his career, M1-Global revealed that he’s not done yet.

Vadim Finkelstein also added that M-1 Global is currently in negotiation with their Japanese contacts to organize a New Year’s Eve event in Japan — where Fedor Emelianenko will participate as well.

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Three Team Golden Glory Fighters, Released from Zuffa

Written on August 05, 2011 by Lulu

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As the Zuffa vs Team Golden Glory fight heats up, three more fighters from the Holland gym were released from their contract.

The battle between Team Golden Glory and Zuffa is heating up, as three more fighters from the Holland stable were released from Strikeforce and UFC.

Based from a lead trainer named Martijn de Jong – which is the one who first post the said news on Twitter – the fighters that were released from Zuffa are former Strikeforce champion, Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and UFC heavyweight fighter, Jon Olav Einemo. This will be the second move of Zuffa against the Team Golden Glory, following Alistair Overeem’s release.

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Alistair Overeem: Fighting for Glory World Series in October

Written on July 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Alistair Overeem seems like not fighting for Strikeforce next, as he was featured at the Glory World Series' next tourney.

It appears that Alistair Overeem’s next fight won’t be under the Strikeforce banner. The Glory World Series released a poster last Wednesday, with the heavyweight champion featured at the center-front. The news was confirmed by the fighter’s trainer and promoter of Glory World Series, Martijn de Jong. However, no opponent for Alistair Overeem was named.

While no exact date was given, Martijn de Jong said that the next Glory World Series will take place in late October in Moscow, Russia.

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Alistair Overeem Scrapped off from Grand Prix Semis

Written on July 19, 2011 by Lulu

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After winning over Fabricio Werdum at the Strikeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix quarter final, Alistair Overeem was removed to the semifinal match.

Alistair Overeem said on MMA Hour that he may not be able to compete at the Strikeforce World Grand Prix semifinals this September. It is due to lack of preparation, following his vacation to nurse his injuries after he won over Fabricio Werdum for the Strikeforce World Grand Prix quarter finals. The announcement was made on Monday afternoon. However, UFC President – Dana White, who is a Zuffa co-owner – oversees the Strikeforce brand’s announcement that Alistair Overeem is out of the match.

But while other people said that it might be the end of his Strikeforce career, Dana White cleared that he is still employed to the company. Alistair Overeem also discussed the possibility of entering a boxing career in the near future to face one of the world champion, Klitschko brothers. Meanwhile, his return for MMA or boxing is still unknown, though he has a non-exclusive MMA deal that gives him the opportunity to fight overseas.

On the other hand, Daniel Cormier – who have a career stats of 8-0 – will replace him to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The other semifinal match is between Sergei Kharitonov vs Josh Barnett.

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Cris Cyborg, Now a Free Agent

Written on July 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After being unable to come in terms with Strikeforce and Zuffa, Cris Cyborg is now a free agent.

Cris Cyborg is now officially a free agent, which means that Strikeforce was unwilling to properly compensate her, or that Zuffa decided to discontinue promoting women’s MMA under the Strikeforce banner.

According to a source close from the situation, Cris Cyborg’s contract under Zuffa ended last Wednesday. Moreover, Strikeforce and UFC’s parent company failed to come to terms with the women’s MMA middleweight champ before she became a free agent. However, Cris Cyborg was said to be in negotiation with another undisclosed promotion. Gina Carano must have some lucky stars now.

Whether Cris Cyborg comes up with a new contract this weekend, Fighting Insider will keep you posted.

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