17 items from 2014
Daily Dead was recently invited to an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour for two of the highly anticipated upcoming mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights- Clowns 3D and The Walking Dead- which was led by John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights.
Both Clowns 3D and The Walking Dead mazes were still being propped and dressed by Murdy’s tireless crew at the time of our sneak peek, but enough components were in place to give us an idea of the mayhem that Halloween Horror Nights has in store for its victims once it opens its doors on September 19th.
When we arrived at Clowns 3D, Murdy discussed how iconic rock guitarist Slash became involved with the maze, lending his musical talents in order to create the overtly creepy score for their upcoming haunt. “I didn’t have an obvious »
- Heather Wixson
Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, having won the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The pro dancer is now in her 16th season on the show, and will be blogging for People about competing with actor and retired mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture for season 19.Preparations for this week have been going amazingly. I've been a fan of my partner, Randy Couture, for years. My dog, Randy Smirnoff, is named after Randy Couture! When I saw he was my partner, I was like, "Oh my gosh, my dad will be so excited. »
- Karina Smirnoff, @Karina_Smirnoff
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The rise of T.J Dillashaw had not been expected by many pundits in 2014. He was considered as one of the better bantamweights in a lackadaisical division. In a popular Team Alpha Male camp, he was one of the lesser publicized fighters. Now six months later, he’s the only champion in the camp and headlining another pay-per-view.
It was his performance against Renan Barao at Ufc 173 that will certainly be the most impressive performance of the year. He outclassed Barao in dominant fashion in every facet of the fight. Now that he’s gotten the top, here comes the greater challenge. The ability to stay on top as champion is far more difficult. Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, Frank Mir, and Forrest Griffin discussed above how much pressure goes into behind holding the belt.
Despite the pressure, Dillashaw is one of the most well-rounded fighters on the current roster. »
- Allen Strk
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
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Telling a fighter to hang up the gloves is never easy. Fighters are a tough bunch, and many of them are prone to go out on their shield – which can be extremely bad for their health. Think of Chuck Liddell at the end of his career, getting knocked out frequently in highlight reel fashion. Dana White had to sit him down and have “the talk” and convince him to retire.
Well, Liddell is far from an isolated case, he just happens to have had a close friend in White who was also his boss. White has stated that he’s reluctant to force fighters to retire, but he will call for it when necessary, and with good cause: it looks poorly on his organization when fighters are entering the cage only to be used as practice dummies, and getting beat up and hurt in the process. »
- Jay Anderson
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Mixed martial arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, both in scope and popularity, and a big reason for that is the sheer excitement caused by two competitors squaring off to throw hands and trade holds. Ufc impresario Dana White is fond of saying that human beings are drawn to fights by nature, that our natural proclivities toward violence have helped make the sport the juggernaut that it is today.
Athletes like Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva and Shogun Rua have given the sport some of its most exhilarating moments in memorable clashes with game opponents. Who can forget epic brawls like Liddell vs. Silva and Rua vs. Henderson? Those are the kind of fights you show to a friend when trying to convince them of the awesomeness of Mma and convert them into lifelong fans.
But for every one of those legendary rumbles, »
- Brad Hamilton
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Ufc 175 is live this Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, with the Ufc selling it as their biggest show of the year. That’s partly true, however, it has fallen short of being a true ‘supershow’, particularly after the storied Sonnen vs Silva feud was pulled from the card due to both men failing drug tests. That weakened the box office lure for 175 significantly, although company celebrity and women’s champion Ronda Rousey should ensure a PPV draw-rate of around 500,000 buys.
Rousey’s main event title defence against Alexis Davis is overwhelmingly one sided in the champion’s favour, but in Rousey you have a star, people will watch just to see her perform. The other main event, and the one expected to close the show, will be the Middleweight Championship defence by Chris Weidman. He is facing an unpredictable threat in Lyoto Machida, »
- Grahame Herbert
Even before EA Sports Ufc hit store shelves just over a week ago there were a worrying number of wacky glitch videos circulating on Youtube from the game’s demo. The demo featured only two playable fighters – Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson – yet was plagued by bugs and glitches which were at times unintentional comic genius. Though these issues were good for a few laughs, the gamers planning on buying a copy clearly hoped that EA would put in some elbow grease to get the game running without error upon release.
We are disappointed to say that it has been abundantly clear since launch day that EA didn’t iron out the demo’s many issues. The game’s physics engine – which had been billed as one of its strengths – is all over the place while fighters inexplicably suffer random knockouts at baffling stages in the fight. These »
- Sam Heard
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Rich Franklin is one of the biggest names in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. He fought Ken Shamrock on the The Ultimate Fighter – 1 finale, and was involved in numerous legendary battles against the likes of Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva.
Recently, my colleague, Ratish Menon and I had the pleasure of talking to the former Ufc Middleweight champion of the world, and the current VP of One Fc. During the course of the interview, we asked Rich numerous questions regarding his personal life, his Mma career and his current status as a fighter.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview.
Ag: With your recent move to One Fc in a business capacity, would you be interested in doing the remaining fight on your Ufc contract?
Rich: When I signed with One Fc, Ufc told me that I didn’t have to retire from my fight contract, »
- Akhilesh Gannavarapu
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When it comes to combat sports, casual fans direct their attention towards the main draws. As much as they value the champions, the main commodities are born through promotion and their actions. The Ufc did that with the likes of Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson, and others. Now they’re somewhat in a transitional stage, with key stars being injured or taking sabbaticals. The pressure is on for them to create new stars. That has led to casual fans looking for answers. They’re wondering who is the next breed of superstars or more specifically most notable personalities?
Chael Sonnen was the latest superstar to have an extraordinary persona. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t adjust to fighting without Trt (testosterone replacement therapy). That drops him off the list of having the best persona currently in the Ufc. There are still a handful »
- Allen Strk
Ray Willmott reviews EA Sports Ufc…
The Mma scene is surging and becoming increasingly popular by the day. Warriors from around the world study the arts of Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, Jiu Jitsu and various other fighting forms and combine them together in an effort to turn themselves into the ultimate warrior. The Ufc is like the premier-league of Mma, where the big money fights happen and major stars go to play. Legends such as Ken Shamrock, Brock Lesnar, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell and Georges St Pierre have all passed through their doors, with even more fresh, dynamic and exciting stars rising through the ranks all the time.
So it only seems fitting that the virtual representation of Ufc should be handled by the upper echelon of sport-gaming development, EA. Acquiring the license from Thq almost two years ago, EA Sports have finally released their first instalment and the »
- Ray Willmott
There have been several unforgettable feuds within the past ten years for the Ufc. It all started with Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock jawing at one another. Ortiz played up his bad boy persona into his personality to annoy Shamrock. That was followed up by his legendary feud with Chuck Liddell. He even went to the extent of angering Dana White to where they nearly fought in a boxing match.
The feuds continued in the late 2000’s with Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar genuinely hating one another. Then Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson was the next feud that ended up being the most polarizing feud in Ufc history. No season of the Ultimate Fighter did better ratings than Season 10 featuring both fighters. While they did receive a boost from Internet sensation Kimbo Slice, the pay-per-view they fought on (Ufc 114) drew over a one million buy-rate.
Now we move into »
- Allen Strk
Some people say his fists should legally be considered "deadly weapons" ... but Ufc legend Chuck Liddell says he won't let that stop him from defending himself in a dangerous situation outside of the ring. The Iceman was out in Calabasas when we asked about the notion that trained fighters should always turn the other cheek in a street brawl because if he fights back ... he could be hit with more serious criminal charges. Fyi -- »
- TMZ Staff
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Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell (21-8) is not only one of the most instantly recognisable celebrities to have ever established themselves in the Ufc but is also a hall of famer and is still an employee of the company, utilising his business degree in his capacity as executive vice president of business development. To say that the actions of Chuck Liddell impact the Ufc would be an understatement. The Iceman is one of but a handful of fighters who have transcended the status of Mma fighters to break into the ranks of general celebrities alongside the likes of Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. Even while he was still fighting, Chuck maintained a relatively active acting schedule with appearances in How High, The Death and Life of Bobby Z and Entourage (as himself).
Chuck Liddell’s distinctive image, undeniable toughness and entertaining brawler-style »
- Sam Heard
The Ufc is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet with its influence spreading to more and more countries each year. Though the reach of Mma is ostensibly growing, this is in spite of the Ufc’s loss of a handful of its biggest PPV draws. The likes of Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and Chuck Liddell who feature on this list of the company’s highest selling PPV events ever no longer fight for Mma’s premier promotion. Indeed, of these 10 massively financial successful PPVs, only three have been in the last three years.
The influence of Brock Lesnar in particular, who was the first major star to bring wrestling fans over to the Ufc, cannot be understated. Despite only having fought in the Ufc a few times, the former heavyweight champion features multiple times on this list.
All of the figures used in this article have been taken from mmapayout. »
- Sam Heard
Although it may not pull in the ratings like it used to, The Ultimate Fighter still serves as a relatively important endeavor for the Ufc. While it hasn’t produced a fighter the caliber of Forrest Griffin or Rashad Evans in a long time, the reality series has introduced people like John Dodson and Kelvin Gastelum to a wider audience. Now, Electronic Arts has revealed that EA Sports Ufc will allow players to run through the Tuf Tournament to determine whether they’re championship material, or just another Kimbo Slice.
Taking the place of the stale career mode present in the Ufc Undisputed series, this game’s version of The Ultimate Fighter will allow customized characters to receive training from Ufc stars that can be used to boost stats and unlock unique attacks, such as Anthony Pettis’ “Showtime” kick. Successfully making your way through the show is a fast track to championship contender status. »
- Eric Hall
There could be another Liddell in the Octagon one day ... Chuck's Daughter ... and the Iceman tells TMZ Sports it's all thanks to Ronda Rousey. Chuck was out at Lax yesterday when we asked how he felt about Ufc honcho Dana White calling Ronda the "new Chuck Liddell."Fyi -- Dana made the comparison because Ronda will "fight anybody, anywhere at any time" ... just like Chuck used to do. Clearly, Chuck was flattered by Dana's comments »
- TMZ Staff
17 items from 2014
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