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Late-Day Mash: IFL’s New Deal, UFC 84′s Official Name & “Semtex” Retiring?

(Is “Semtex” done?)

— Cage Rage vet and current EliteXC fighter Paul “Semtex” Daley has posted on-line that he is calling it quits when his EliteXC contract is over on March 29th.

This is for the fighters, fans, promoters and trolls alike.

As of now i will be stepping down as Cage Rage Champion (British and world), FX-3 Champion and KOTR champion. I vacate all these titles. Futher more i consider my self retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29th. March 29th i will fullfill my contracted commitment for Pro Elite, against a yet un named opponent.

No speculation, No futher annonucments, once i’ve found the path i originally set out on in the Martial Arts, i may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months-Maybe 6 years, who knows.

Who will be the next welterweight CRC champ. FX-3 champ????…


Although this message is put together with a wordsmith’s touch, it’s hard to believe “Semtex” would be bowing out of the sport at this time in his career. 5oz of Pain seconds that backed by personal interaction with the fighter. The guy is 17-6-2 and can command a solid payday in several organizations. Maybe that’s what this is about…drawing a big payday from the dudes willing to “pull him out of retirement”.

— The IFL is adding to its exposure by partnering with the social media network imeem. The organization already has agreements with other media and networking sites such as, YouTube and PalTalk. The IFL’s press release says that imeem’s 23 million users will be able to view and interact with media from the IFL at

The partnership will create an IFL TV channel on imeem where fans can find engaging and fresh media content from the professional mixed martial arts sports league, ranging from match highlights to athlete and coach interviews and instructional segments. The imeem community can also express themselves with their favorite IFL content by creating and sharing custom video playlists with friends on imeem and through embeddable widgets on third party sites across the Web.

So more chances to see our boys Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Matt “Sauve” Horwich in action.

— An update on the state of MMA in the, um, state of Maryland. Today the Maryland Senate went to committee over Senate Bill 649. You’ll recall that the bill proposes the legalization of MMA in the state – amateur and professional. If you want to put in your two cents, go here. Delegate Kirill Reznik (District 39, Montgomery County) has been pushing to make MMA legal in the state and Luke Thomas over at BloodyElbow was even asked to speak to the Senate committee today about the matter. That’s the proactive action MMA needs. Keeping our fingers crossed for you guys.

UFC 84 is now being called UFC 84: Ill Will. Write it down, Bitches!

— Speaking of the UFC, want tickets for UFC Fight Night 13? Buy ‘em on the street because the event is officially sold out. The show is a three-hour, 12-fight event that is one of the deepest UFC cards ever. The show is set for April 2nd in Colorado and will serve as a lead-in for the premiere of TUF 7. Here’s another look at the card, which will see at least six televised fights:

Main Event (televised):
Kenny Florian vs. Joe Lauzon

Main card (televised):
Karo Parisyan vs. Thiago Alves
Matt Hamill vs. Tim Boetsch
Nate Diaz vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Frank Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin

Under card (may not be televised):
Spencer Fisher vs. Din Thomas vs. Josh Neer
Manny Gamburyan vs. Jeff Cox
Clay Guida vs. Samy Schiavo
George Sotiropoulos vs. Roman Mitichyan
Tommy Speer vs. Anthony Johnson

— Anyone see ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption” today? It’s hosted by Washington Post columnists douches Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon and today they did their normal segment called “Toss Up” which is basically a WWYRD between a sport or a sports figure. Today’s “Toss Up” was Kimbo Slice and heavyweight boxer/circus freak Wladimir Klitschko. Although the douchebags admitted Kimbo was tough, they sided with Klitscho, saying things like: “This is the boxing I grew up with…This is the boxing I understand…I cringe when these guys (MMA fighters) get hit…Savagery”. So it was less about the fighters and more about them not being able to stomach MMA and going for the slow-ass pace of today’s boxing. Now I want to punch them, too.

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_lee- February 26, 2008 at 9:38 pm
Is it just me or is the undercard more stacked looking than the fights that are gonna be televised? I mean for fuck's sake, Spencer "the King" Fisher, Josh Neer, Manny Gamburyan, Clay Guida, George Sotiropoulos, Tommy Speer? Maybe it's just me but even though George Sotiropoulos sucks I'd still rather see him fight than Frank Edgar... who the fuck is Frank Edgar anyway? I think they need to re-think that main card...