Archive for June 25th, 2009

Exclusive sneak preview of the UFC Magazine. Pretty slick production. My favourite is Bisping suited and booted next to an Aston Martin facing of a casual Dan Henderson next to some American muscle car.

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The eagerly awaited UFC 100 commemorative edition magazine isn’t supposed to hit the newsstands until June 29th but here at FIGHTNUB.COM we have an exclusive preview and review of the magazine.

The special issue magazine timed to coincide with what is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events in UFC history on July 11, is already 10 deep on the shelves in some grocery stores in China.

How and why  the Chinese get to see this highly anticipated publication before anyone in America or Europe is anyone’s guess, but friend of Fightnub.com “Slip the Jab” the man with his ear to the ground in China bought it, read it, and did this 3 minute review. Cheers Slip

Dana White - Cover Model of The New UFC Magazine

Dana White - Cover Model of The New UFC Magazine

Ok quick update… I wore that badboy out today. I read it from cover to cover and then some… a hilarious photo shoot that shows Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir about to brawl in a casino… obviously it’s a totally pro lit and shot studio shot.

What else… yeah the pics overall are tops.

Oh… mind blowing… just insane…
There is a top down shot of the octagon and so you see it all, the crowd and everything form a birdseye view… and then there are little callouts that show what they have going on… get this… no less than 16 camera men covering each bout from start to finish… insane. The whole thing is what boxing wasn’t. They’ve really notched it up… its just a mad sales piece… whenever Zufa (the Fertitta brothers) and Dana White walk away from this if they do they will be billionaires. They’ve got to be getting close now.

This is what boxing never had… big glitzy layouts explaing all the details and rules and the ins and outs and just letting the fans and punters know what the hell is going on… they called out the press areas and how many people were covering it… they counted out the number of security at the venue for each show… I mean Disney doesn’t even run a ship this tight. Boxing really just can’t compare. They are so behind the curve it’s depressing… and that’s coming from a died in the wool boxing fan.

Oh… and a great little interview with the top UFC cut guy… stuff I want to know about. Damn love this stuff. I think it can only get better if this is the start. Impressed.

The magazine is mad equity in the UFC brand. Even I noticed every interview with every fighter was all about how the UFC made it possible… what it means to be UFC associated… why it’s tits to be in the UFC… how come your grandmothers taint tastes better because of UFC!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Mad marketing I tell ya !

The production quality of the mag and photoshoots is high. Easily on par with the best fight mags out there… maybe even better… certainly shows all the Kung Fu today etc to be the pieces of turds they are in terms of production value.

It can be a bit over the top… but what in the UFC isn’t?

They will turn a profit from the mag at any rate.. because they’re not paying a cent extra for all the fight pics… for the spreads yes… but that’s covered easy and they will have no trouble selling ad space. Of which they already had chock full of ads for protein gear and you name it.

Oh get this…. HAHAHAHAHA!!! They even have car and lifestyle products review. That’s right… sunglasses and lip balm and key chains. And MMA fighters in pro-shot fashion exposes…. no kidding. Not just hack work.. stuff that is lit, styled and shot.

They have semi-serious write ups on muscle cars… its comedy… exterior and interior shots… rimz (what nukka ain’t ridin’ on rims biatch!?)… ROTFLMAO!!

They have hot centerfold honeys as well. Got to say she looks great in the shots they have … not like the usual low end ring girl skank. They’re definitely going up market.

Jeez what else? I’ll think of some more.. but worth checking out. Oh one interesting thing… the shop that had these never carries boxing mags and only one other Aus. based fight/MA mag… yet this premier issue they had NO LESS THAN 10 COPIES!!

There is some cozy dealings going on with their sales reps for sure. If UFC fighters are essentially modern day gladiators… then no doubt the Fertitti brothers and Dana White are some clever ass senators ruling the citizens of the fight world.

FWIW I searched and tried to find a copy of the cover of it to post here… but couldn’t – not even on Amazon… I find it shocking that I have 10 copies here in HK but can’t find a cover shot online. Weird.

Looks like it is set to be a winner, but will they really stop at one edition? Time will tell.







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murray1One of, if not the, most controversial figures in UK MMA “Lightning” Lee Murray was released yesterday from the Moroccan jail in which he was being held for the last three years on charges of cocaine possession.

Murray has always been a controversial figure both in and out of the MMA world. Once regarded as the best UK MMA athlete and the Brit most likely to establish himself at the premier tier of MMA on the world stage, his life outside of the cage has been, if nothing else, interesting to say the least.

Lee Murray, one time UFC fighter, is the alleged mastermind behind the largest bank raid in British history when in 2006 when he and six other associates allegedly stole more than £50 million ($75m) from a Securitas depot.  The depot manager’s wife and eight-year-old son were kidnapped  at gunpoint from their home after they answered the door to men dressed in police uniforms, who falsely informed them that the manager had been involved in a road traffic accident. They were then driven to a farm at which the manager was being held, where he was told at gunpoint that failure to cooperate could put him and his family in danger.

Murray has been a fugitive from British justice ever since, hiding out in Morocco until his incarceration there. Morocco does not have an extradition treaty with the UK and Murray is claiming Moroccan citizenship as his father is Moroccan.

In 2002 Murray was allegedly involved in a scuffle with then-UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz outside of a nightclub in London after UFC 38, in which Ortiz was knocked unconscious.

Lee Murray vs Anderson Silva - Cage Rage 2004

Lee Murray vs Anderson Silva - Cage Rage 2004

Lee Murray (8 – 2 – 1) lost a unanimous decision to current UFC champ Anderson Silva in November 2004 at Cage Rage in London. He had previously submitted Jorge Rivera at UFC46.

In September  2005 Murray was hospitalized after being stabbed in a brawl outside the Funky Buddha club in London at the birthday party of Page 3 glamour model Lauren Pope. Murray suffered a punctured lung and a severed artery. According to the doctor who performed the life saving surgery on Murray he was resuscitated four times during the operation that saved his life.

Murray was arrested in 25 June 2006, in the Moroccan capital Rabat for suspected involvement in the Securitas depot robbery but was subsequently convicted and jailed in Morocco for cocaine possession.

In June 2009, an attempt to escape Sale prison in Morocco was made by Murray. Small saws were found in a plate of biscuits in Murray’s cell by another prisoner who broke into it.

Lee Murray was released last Tuesday 23rd June after judges in the Moroccan Supreme Court upheld his claim that he is a citizen of the North African nation.

Lee Murray’s solicitor Derak Parker said

“I spoke to him last night and he didn’t even know that he was going for a hearing on the extradition. It was a complete surprise. When he arrived to court, they told him, ‘You’re a Moroccan citizen. You can go. He has every intention of fighting again, but I don’t think he’ll be going back to the UK in our lifetime. And the U.S. isn’t high on his list of vacation destinations either.”

Time Inc. Have stated that they would be making a film about Lee Murray’s alleged role in the robbery, called “Breaking the Bank”. In addition to the robbery, the film will also concentrate on Murray’s life, including his mixed martial arts career.

Lee Murray vs Anderson Silva

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