MINORU TANAKA MMA NEWS
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Minoru Tanaka
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Minoru Tanaka
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November 29, 1972
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1994
Ken Shamrock
During a recent interview, Ken Shamrock was asked to compare Vince McMahon and Dana White. The MMA legend stated that it was easier to work for the WWE CEO than it was to work with the UFC president. McMahon and White are both known for being quite eccentric. The belief is that Shamrock chose McMahon because he wants back in with the company.
March 13, 2014
Dixie Carter
After his big MMA fight in May against King Mo, Rampage Jackson will start training for professional wrestling. Bjorn Rebney, the CEO of Bellator, stated that he has hired coaches and trainers to come in and teach Jackson the finer points of being a wrestler. He also noted that he keeps in contact with Dixie Carter, so Jackson will be working with TNA again soon.
March 13, 2014
Brock Lesnar
CM Punk was not the only former WWE star that attended the UFC event in Las Vegas over the weekend. Steve Austin was there as well. He has been frequently spotted at MMA shows, especially back when Brock Lesnar was still fighting. No word yet on whether or not Punk and Austin got together for a discussion that night.
February 24, 2014
CM Punk
While he has largely avoided the public since leaving WWE, it appears that UFC is too much of a draw for CM Punk. The former world heavyweight champion attended the MMA show in Las Vegas this weekend, where he watched it at ringside with UFC president Dana White. Punk was also spotted with Eve Torres and her husband afterwards.
February 23, 2014
Bobby Roode
An opponent for Bobby Roode at the Wrestle-1 Outbreak pay per view has been chosen. He will be stepping into the ring against veteran wrestler Masakatsu Funaki, who is viewed as one of the greatest MMA fighters in the history of Japan. Funaki has had a couple of legitimate fights with Ken Shamrock over the years.
February 21, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
It appears that Chavo Guerrero and Rampage Jackson have formed a close friendship as of late. The two of them live near one another, and their sons play football together. They're actually trying to do business together. Some sources are stating that a reality television show is in the works. A possible MMA related business has been rumored as well.
February 17, 2014
CM Punk
MMA fighters Jason Miller and Phil Baroni are calling out CM Punk over Twitter. The two former UFC stars each posted a message recently about the former WWE star. Miller appears to be joking, as he mentioned that the fight should be in a Dairy Queen parking lot. However, Baroni is more straight forward and stated that the fight can happen in Bellator.
February 16, 2014
CM Punk
Earlier this month, Jason David Frank gained the interest of professional wrestling fans when he challenged CM Punk, who recently walked out of WWE, to an MMA fight, and there's a very slight chance that he might be able to challenge him in person. The two of them are scheduled to be at Comic Con in Louisville in March.
February 9, 2014
CM Punk
While other MMA promotions have already expressed interest in bringing the disgruntled WWE star on board, UFC president Dana White has stated that CM Punk, whom he considers a friend, has never mentioned anything to him about wanting to try his hands at fighting. White was also shocked that Punk walked out on his job recently.
February 8, 2014
CM Punk

Jason David Frank, who is most known for portraying the Green Ranger in the Power Rangers television series, has challenged CM Punk to an MMA fight through his Instagram account. Frank has stated that he respects Punk and his fighting abilities, so he simply wants to test his skills out.

February 4, 2014
Brock Lesnar

In a move that might have been encouraged by Dana White to promote the potential return, Alistair Overeem called out Brock Lesnar after defeating Frank Mir at a UFC event this past weekend. Lesnar is attempting to work with WWE on making his MMA return possible.

February 3, 2014
Bobby Lashley

In a rather interesting move, Bobby Lashley has decided to make his Instagram account private, which means that fans are not able to see his pictures and updates without following his account. The former WWE and current MMA star made the change recently.

January 26, 2014
CM Punk

Since UFC is holding an event in Chicago this weekend, CM Punk has asked for the weekend off to attend. WWE has granted him the request. It is also being said that officials backstage are no longer as vocal about him attending MMA events as they were in the past.

January 24, 2014
Eve Torres

Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and two of their children attended an MMA class taught by former WWE diva Eve Torres and her husband. Some pictures were posted on Instagram and Twitter, where the girls took a subtle jab at Matt Hardy while showcasing a choke hold.

January 20, 2014
Ric Flair

UFC gave Ric Flair the star treatment when the former WWE and WCW champion attended one of their live events this past week. Security made sure to keep fans away from Flair, who sat with former NFL running back Herschel Walker and some other friends.

January 17, 2014
Ric Flair

Ric Flair was not in attendance at the Carolina Panthers game last weekend. However, that doesn't mean that the former WWE champion is avoiding all sports event. Flair was spotted in the audience at the UFC event in Atlanta tonight.

January 15, 2014
Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar was not in attendance at UFC 168 in Las Vegas last night. There were heavy speculations that he was supposed to have been there because of the all the rumors swirling about the part time WWE star making a return to MMA.

December 29, 2013
MVP

MVP competed in the NAGA (North American Grappling Association) tournament in Dallas recently. While he's still open to a return to wrestling, the former WWE star has been doing a lot of mixed martial arts training over the last year. 

December 21, 2013
Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter congratulated Rampage Jackson on Twitter. The former UFC champion was successful in his Bellator MMA debut.

November 16, 2013
Rampage Jackson

Former UFC star and occasional TNA star Rampage Jackson defeated Joey Beltran in his Bellator debut. He won via knockout in the final minute of the first round.

November 16, 2013
Minoru Tanaka

After almost an entire decade working for the company, Minoru Tanaka shocked the wrestling world by opting to leave New Japan. The two sides simply were not able to come to terms on a brand new contract. There are talks that Tanaka could be headed to All Japan soon.

January 31, 2009
Bryan Clark
Since the video game was sweeping the nation, WCW decided to capitalize on the popularity of the Mortal Kombat series by creating wrestling characters that were similar to the ones in the game. Bryan Clark, Ernest Miller, Glacier and Chris Kanyon were given characters that were part MMA fighters and part superheroes.
March 20, 2014
Vladimir Kozlov
A picture of Vladimir Kozlov doing MMA, in case you're wondering what the former WWE star has been doing with his time since leaving the company a couple of years back.
March 13, 2014
Bobby Lashley
When Bobby Lashley made his return on TNA Lockdown 2014, fans immediately began to speculate as to whether it was a one time thing or if the former WWE star was back full time. In this video, the MMA fighter informs fans that he is back on a permanent basis and is hoping to win some championships in the company.
March 10, 2014
Bobby Lashley
There were some speculations about his return to the company because he visited backstage at Monday Night Raw a couple of weeks ago, but Bobby Lashley currently does not have any plans on returning to WWE. He has not ruled out that possibility down the line, but for now, he is still focused on being an MMA fighter.
March 7, 2014
MVP
While a lot of fans are aware that he has been participating in MMA for the last couple of years, very few actually know how good MVP has become at the sport. This picture of him winning the gold medal at the IBJJF Houston Open should help people understand that this is not just a hobby to the former United States champion.
February 23, 2014
Vladimir Kozlov
Since he left WWE a couple of years back, Vladimir Kozlov has been doing a little MMA training and a little acting. Based on his Twitter account, however, it seems like his full time job is living, as he is constantly posting pictures of himself at various social functions. He posted this picture recently of himself and his attractive girlfriend.
February 19, 2014
Vince McMahon
While Vince McMahon does not publicly admit that the two companies are competing for revenue, WWE is currently concerned about UFC, as the two promotions are holding events at the American Airlines Center in Dallas in March. The feeling backstage is that fans might not be willing to attend a wrestling show the night after an MMA show.
February 15, 2014
Rampage Jackson
Rampage Jackson has an MMA fight scheduled for the end of February. While some would believe that Bellator would send him to Impact Wrestling to do some promotional work, there appears to be very little talk within TNA of that happening. The two companies still have a working agreement, but it appears that it is not being utilized as much now.
February 14, 2014
CM Punk
While a lot of wrestling fans are brushing off the possibility of it happening, CM Punk might actually be giving MMA a chance, as the former WWE champion has generated some interest from various companies, such as World Series of Fighting and Bellator.
February 6, 2014
CM Punk

"CM Punk might want to be careful with trying MMA. Those boys aren't getting paid to let him win like they do in WWE. I wish him luck, though."

- Kenny Dykstra explaining to CM Punk that wrestling is not real

February 6, 2014
Brock Lesnar

The widely held belief is that Brock Lesnar would be immediately booked into a rematch against Alistair Overeem if he decides to return to UFC. Overeem was the person that defeated him for the heavyweight championship before he decided to retire from MMA and return to WWE.

February 5, 2014
CM Punk

According to reports, Bellator is interested in signing CM Punk, if he wanted to try changing careers. It has been a well known fact that Punk is a big fan of MMA, where he is frequently seen at UFC events. As many already know, he recently walked out on WWE after some disagreements.

January 30, 2014
Ric Flair

Dana White posted a picture on Twitter of himself with Ric Flair at a UFC event in Atlanta, Georgia.

January 15, 2014
Roddy Piper

Aside from ruining an on screen segment with Chris Jericho, another issue between Roddy Piper and WWE was the fact that the company wanted to restrict his ability to make appearances on other shows, which Piper refused to agree to since it might hurt his son's MMA career.

January 14, 2014
Brock Lesnar

While rumors of his MMA return have died down a little since making his on screen return to WWE, it appears that Brock Lesnar is still in discussions with Dana White about making a return to UFC. Apparently, he's trying to do both industries at the same time.

January 7, 2014
Brock Lesnar

It is being said that one of the things that is preventing Brock Lesnar from making a return to UFC is his deal with WWE. The belief is that Vince McMahon has Lesnar on an exclusive deal, where he would not be able to compete in mixed martial arts during that tenure.

December 30, 2013
Brock Lesnar

With rumors swirling about a potential return to UFC, former world champion Brock Lesnar has become a topic of discussion within WWE, as management is still hoping for him to work a big money match against the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30.

December 27, 2013
Brock Lesnar

Word going around right now is that heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is attempting to make a return to UFC. His body has had time to heal up considerably since retiring from mixed martial arts and only working sporadically for WWE. 

December 26, 2013
CM Punk

Chael Sonnen revealed that his close friend CM Punk has considered leaving WWE to pursue a career in UFC.

November 14, 2013
Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley picked up his tenth MMA victory on Friday night when he defeated Tony Melton in Tulsa.

November 10, 2013
Minoru Tanaka

Minoru Tanaka had a brief stint in TNA, where the Japanese wrestler was a part of Team Japan, a story line that the company ran in 2006. He worked a tag team match on Impact Wrestling and also worked a six man tag team match at TNA Lockdown.

January 26, 2014
Rey Mysterio
While rumors have been floating around that Rey Mysterio has left WWE after skipping Monday Night Raw to take his family to Hawaii this week, there are still talks that he is still with the company. On a leaked script that managed to find its way to the internet, Mysterio is listed on there as being injured. His name still remains on the official talent roster.
April 17, 2014
Brock Lesnar
It was heavily speculated that Brock Lesnar would be taking time off after Wrestlemania 30, and it looks like the rumors are true. WWE has removed him from their list of available performers backstage. There are talks that he could be out until Summerslam 2014, unless management can convince him to work some dates before then.
April 17, 2014
Great Khali
While he worked the battle royal at Wrestlemania 30, the Great Khali is not actively back on the road with WWE after all. The former world heavyweight champion is being given another four weeks off. He is scheduled to return to television in the middle of May. No word yet on why he is being give time off, but there are some rumors that he is injured.
April 17, 2014
Fandango
One of the big reasons why WWE put Layla El with Fandango is because Summer Rae is taking a couple of weeks off of television to film a sequel to the Marine with the Miz. WWE wanted to keep Fandango on television, but they did not feel that his act would be nearly as popular without a female companion. Thus, Layla was chosen to take over the role.
April 17, 2014
Drew McIntyre
On WWE Main Event, Hornswoggle teamed up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, which has caused some speculations to arise. Rumors over the past several weeks have stated that Heath Slater was unhappy backstage because he was not receiving a push. However, his absence on this show was unrelated, as Slater missed the show because he is heading to Saudi Arabia for a tour with WWE.
April 17, 2014
AJ Lee
One of the biggest reasons why WWE opted to put the Divas championship on Paige is because AJ Lee really needed to take some time off from the road. Aside from being stuck in the figurative storm after CM Punk walked out on the company, AJ has been on the road constantly over the last year. Both her body and mind needed the break.
April 16, 2014
Darren Young
Days after disputing internet reports about his injury, it has now been revealed that Darren Young has suffered a torn ACL, which will keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the year. The injury took place at a WWE live event last Saturday night. Since Young wasn't being pushed on television, management does not have to change much.
April 16, 2014
Batista
Even though he is one of the more known performers in the company, WWE is allowing Batista to skip out on the Saudi Arabia tour taking place this week. The belief when the former world heavyweight champion was brought back was that he would help with global marketing due to his history in the company and being a movie star.
April 16, 2014
Sami Zayn
When several of the WWE stars take off for Saudi Arabia this week, Sami Zayn will be joining them. He's the only developmental wrestler going on the tour. WWE wanted to get a better look at him, and some backstage feel that he might have some marketing appeal overseas. There are still rumors floating around that Zayn could be one of the WWE NXT stars to be called up to the main roster in the coming weeks.
April 16, 2014
Brie Bella
Since he is currently on his honeymoon with Brie Bella, Daniel Bryan is not on the list of WWE stars who are heading over to Saudi Arabia this week for a quick tour. Management event allowed him to skip Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week, despite being the world heavyweight champion. He is expected to be be with WWE by next Monday.
April 16, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
After being heavily rumored to be leaving the company after Wrestlemania 30, Vickie Guerrero has continued to be on the road for WWE. This week, she worked the Smackdown taping. Afterwards, the wrestlers got together and threw her a little birthday party once the television taping was done. She turned 46 today.
April 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
The WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony was sent over to On Demand to be aired this past week. However, management opted to make a couple of changes. One of those omissions was the part of the Ultimate Warrior speech where he talked about WWE losing the legal battle against WWF in court. Management did not want that to cause any further legal issues.
April 16, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
During a WWE Business Partner Summit, Stephanie McMahon revealed that the company will be completely shifting over to a new logo, which happens to be the current one used for the WWE Network, by Summerslam 2014. Management has been slowly replacing the logos over the last several weeks and will keep doing so until August.
April 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
WWE has issued a statement touting the fact that a record number of households watched Wrestlemania 30 this year. That total comes from both the WWE Network and traditional pay per view buys. One of the reasons why Vince McMahon wanted to launch the online service was to draw in more people for the pay per view with the lower monthly pricing.
April 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
Since there was still a buzz surrounding the professional wrestling industry, many had expected viewership for Monday Night Raw to increase this week because the company was doing a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior, who died last week. WWE was disappointed to learn that fewer people tuned in this week than for the episode after Wrestlemania 30.
April 16, 2014
Brooke Tessmacher
Since he is one of their more underrated performers, TNA has managed to sign Robbie E to a long term contract extension. Some within the company view that he can be a star down the line, especially since he is still just 30 years of age. There were some questions as to whether or not Robbie was going to stay with the company since the status of his girlfriend Brooke Tessmacher has been up in the air.
April 16, 2014
Batista
Since he was on such a roll, many wondered if Daniel Bryan was actually going to be given time off after his wedding to Brie Bella to enjoy his honeymoon. The WWE champion was not on Monday Night Raw this week, and there are rumors that the Total Divas camera crew were with him on his break. WWE filled in his spot by having Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton reforming Evolution.
April 16, 2014
Gunner
With so many of their performer contracts expiring this year, TNA officials have been busy with negotiations and signings. The latest person to put pen to paper is Gunner, a rising star in the promotion. With the deal, he is expected to remain with the company for a couple of years, and he is also expected to continue on his push since splitting with James Storm.
April 16, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
Throughout the past several months, Chavo Guerrero has been taking in quite a few business meetings, in order to set up his career outside of professional wrestling. It looks like one of those ventures has come to fruition, as Guerrero is now doing a talk show for GeekNation.com, called Where Men Come To Be Men. Rampage Jackson and John Morrison recently filmed an episode with him.
April 16, 2014
Lita
Since they really are best friends in real life, Trish Stratus and Lita have decided to capitalize on that relationship by doing a tour together. The former WWE divas will be hitting up various locations across the country to meet with fans and sign autographs. Aside from generating an income, the two of them will get a chance to spend some time together on the road as well.
April 16, 2014