WERDUM VS AA, Forrest vs Lyoto-confirmed who takes it

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madmarck
2/23/07 9:48:38AM
LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!


"By John Lister

MANCHESTER, England, Feb 23---Fabricio Werdum was today announced as the latest PRIDE fighter to jump to the Ultimate Fighting Championship – and Dana White warned “I’m not done yet.”

The announcement came at a press conference to formally introduce the Las Vegas-based promotion’s April 21 event in Manchester, England, at which Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Werdum (9-2-1) will fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski (10-5). The show, set for the Manchester Evening News Arena, will feature Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-4-2) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (7-1) in the headline slot, with Clitheroe native Michael Bisping (12-0) vs. Elvis Sinosic (8-9-2) and Forrest Griffin (13-4) vs. Ryoto Machida (9-0) also signed. Dana White confirmed that should Cro Cop defeat Gonzaga, he will receive a heavyweight title match against either Tim Sylvia or Randy Couture, who fight at March 3’s UFC in Columbus, Ohio.

White said the Werdum signing had only just been finalized. “PRIDE is in deep trouble. We’ve snatched away half their guys and I’m not done yet.” He dismissed another promotional rival more succinctly: “IFL sucks.”

Marshall Zelaznik, President of UFC’s UK division, told a crowd of around 30 media representatives that the promotion was in Europe for good. “I’ve relocated my family here and bought a house. We’re not going anywhere. Unlike the NFL, we don’t have to rekindle interest in our sport in Europe – the interest is already here.”

The promotion will hold between four and six shows a year in Europe, with Zelaznik already exploring smaller venues for future editions of the UFC’s successful “Fight Night” editions, currently running in the U.S. on Spike TV.

Zelaznik also announced two European television deals. The existing contract with Bravo to carry U.S. PPV events on a one-day delay, as well as broadcasting “The Ultimate Fighter” and “UFC Unleashed,” is to be extended. Meanwhile all events held in the UK will be broadcast live on the Setanta pay-per-view network for £14.95 (approximately $30).

According to White, who was clad in a t-shirt bearing the UK flag, British fighters will be an important part of the European expansion. “I’ve been blown away by the growth of UK talent since we last came here in 2002. Wherever the money is, that’s where the talented people go. Young kids who would have gone into boxing will now go into mixed martial arts.”

Although the Manchester event does not require official sanctioning, White said the show would follow Nevada State Athletic Commission guidelines, as well as meeting the medical and safety standards of the British Boxing Board of Control, which regulates boxing in the UK. Having visited the training camp of boxer Ricky Hatton yesterday, White says he feels the two sports can co-exist. “Except for some promoters I’ve fought with, the boxing community has welcomed us. Boxing is big here and in Europe, and it should be big in the US - but Don King and Bob Arum have done nothing to secure the sport’s future.”

According to MEN Arena manager John Knight, the arena will initially be set up for a capacity of 13,700, though extra seats may be made available if the event sells out. Tickets for April 21’s event are listed at £25-£250 ($50-500.) White said he was “praying for a sellout” and admitted that 2002’s UFC 38, held at the much smaller Royal Albert Hall in London, “murdered us financially. Running that show was a mistake.”

White expressed similar sentiments about the boxing match with Tito Ortiz, which he said would take place on March 24. “I wish I’d never said yes. I’m too old and too comfortable to be eating and working out the way I am [for this fight].” "
pv3Hpv3p
2/23/07 9:58:02AM

Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...
madmarck
2/23/07 10:02:26AM

Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...

Link worked fine for me ill post the article.
JimiMak
2/23/07 10:09:19AM
Just saw this myself. I was wondering if we would see Werdum in UFC soon. Looks great, if AA wins he'll prob'ly be put right back in line for a title shot when CC takes it... and Forrest and Lyoto get to show wether they really deserve the hype. I just think none of the four can afford to have a bad fight (i'm not saying lose, I'm saying a BAD fight).
OB_Juan
2/23/07 10:12:38AM
It will be nice to have a crossover fight of 2 ranked HWs. That should really help put the div in perspective.

I really hope Forrest can pull it off. I expect he'll be the dog in the sportsbooks.
OB_Juan
2/23/07 10:16:16AM

Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...



If Forrest was smart he'd take it to the ground. A win is more important to him here than giving the fans a brawl. On paper Lyoto should be a better striker than Jardine is and we all know how that fight went for Forrest.
crimethinc
2/23/07 10:18:02AM
This is stacking up to be an awesome card. I'm really excited about Werdum Vs Arlovski. Forrest Vs. Ryoto has me a little bit worried about Forrest's emotional health. If he get's dominated again, I'm not sure how he will react. We've had posts about how Forrest and Tito need rejuvinating matches to save face and continue making big bucks for UFC from the fans. This definitely won't be easy and will more likely secure Machida's place in the LHW division then Griffin's.
ffforgottenx
2/23/07 10:18:12AM
WOW.. that is great news.. werdum in the UFC is great news.. Griffin vs Machida is a good way to hype machida and get him more exposure, assuming he beats griffin.. im even more psyched for this event now..
pv3Hpv3p
2/23/07 10:19:34AM

Posted by madmarck


Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...

Link worked fine for me ill post the article.



thanks bro, I didn't think there was anything wrong with the link, just the IT people at work get all gestapo on blocking off websites and stuff, I'm lucky I can get on here, can't even got to MMAweekly...
pv3Hpv3p
2/23/07 10:27:56AM

Posted by OB_Juan


Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...



If Forrest was smart he'd take it to the ground. A win is more important to him here than giving the fans a brawl. On paper Lyoto should be a better striker than Jardine is and we all know how that fight went for Forrest.



I don't think he will have much luck on the ground either... Just seems like a bad matchup for Griffen...

Very tough fight to take coming off a pretty devistating loss...
AchillesHeel
2/23/07 10:54:17AM

Posted by madmarck

MANCHESTER, England, Feb 23---Fabricio Werdum was today announced as the latest PRIDE fighter to jump to the Ultimate Fighting Championship


Um... Wow.

Broknmunky
2/23/07 11:00:08AM
Nothing against Werdom but I'm a Pitbull fan----Arlovski by KO!
Machida/Griffin-----------Potential for a good war!
xchickox
2/23/07 11:10:53AM
what happened to tito fighting on this card?
AchillesHeel
2/23/07 11:19:33AM

Posted by xchickox

what happened to tito fighting on this card?


He's currently scheduled to take on TBA.
Greene33
2/23/07 11:36:23AM
tito will probably get Jardine... If Jardine doesnt fight Chuck at UFC 71...

SilentOutlaw
2/23/07 11:40:26AM
This is great news. Thanks for posting the article.
madmarck
2/23/07 12:33:46PM

Posted by xchickox

what happened to tito fighting on this card?


I believe he is still on it. just no set oppent yet. Everyone assumed that since him and Forrest were on teh card they were fighting each other.
nate22
2/23/07 1:27:59PM
And when BK told you guys about this fight 3 or 4 days ago, everyone argued about why it wasn't going to happen.

Thank god it's Forrest - Machida rather than Forrest - Tito, good call UFC.
madmarck
2/23/07 1:32:21PM

Posted by nate22

And when BK told you guys about this fight 3 or 4 days ago, everyone argued about why it wasn't going to happen.

Thank god it's Forrest - Machida rather than Forrest - Tito, good call UFC.


I dont check Bloody Knux Regualry Its just not one of my main info sites. It is pretty good but there are just so many out there.
nate22
2/23/07 1:34:46PM
No, I posted it here and everyone was like NOWAY lol.

BK has the best educated posters anywhere imo, there is alot to learn for anybody reading their MMA forums.
SteedTheDeed
2/23/07 1:36:46PM
sounds like a sweet card, too bad it won't be live
madmarck
2/23/07 1:56:59PM

Posted by nate22

No, I posted it here and everyone was like NOWAY lol.

BK has the best educated posters anywhere imo, there is alot to learn for anybody reading their MMA forums.


Really i must have missed it i dont remember it. and i do post here a lot. I dont doubt you though.
aceprone
2/23/07 2:01:35PM
This is great news! Tim Sylvia is finally going to face some top competition. This is the year for the UFC Heavy Weight Division.
nate22
2/23/07 2:02:55PM

Posted by madmarck


Posted by nate22

No, I posted it here and everyone was like NOWAY lol.

BK has the best educated posters anywhere imo, there is alot to learn for anybody reading their MMA forums.


Really i must have missed it i dont remember it. and i do post here a lot. I dont doubt you though.



It's cool man, this is the first confirmation of the bout anyhow and Forrest - Lyoto is news (great news) to me.
hippysmacker
2/23/07 2:10:18PM

Posted by nate22

No, I posted it here and everyone was like NOWAY lol.

BK has the best educated posters anywhere imo, there is alot to learn for anybody reading their MMA forums.



Well Nate you were right. I admit I was one of the skeptical ones. It just seems strange that the UFC would throw him in with Arlovski immediately to me, but i"m glad I was wrong. This card look's awesome now. I wonder if the rumor about him and Cro-0cop being on the outs is true as well. I want to see that fight too. MMAweekly doesn't have this on the front page but Werdum is listed as fighting Arlovski on the rumors page. Also Assuerio Silva vs Kongo is shown now too.Here's the updated rumored page


-Mirko Cro Cop (#2 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
-Andrei Arlovski (#6 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Fabricio Werdum (#7 Heavyweight in the World)*
-Ryoto Machida vs. Forrest Griffin
-Michael Bisping vs. Elvis Sinosic
-Assuerio Silva vs. Cheick Kongo
-Dennis Siver vs. Jess Liaudin
-Alessio Sakara vs. Victor Valimaki

-Tito Ortiz (#8 Light Heavyweight in the World)* vs. TBA
-David Lee vs. TBA

United States PPV suggested retail price: $39.95

* Based on MMAWeekly Rankings

I'm kinda shocked Sherdog and MMAweekly got beat to the punch so badly on this one.I checked the front pages of both site, and they've got nothing on it. Props to the fight network for confirming it. Machida vs Forrest is huge too
loller90278
2/23/07 2:38:38PM
all heavyweights are gonna go to ufc cuz nobody can beat fedor..

i'll take werdum via armbar 2R
madmarck
2/23/07 2:49:08PM
well hippysmacker MMAweekly usually is on top of the things quickly.

Sherdog however seems just to get it a little late of everyone else and is mostly articles. Not to mention Sherdog in the last little while has had spurts when things are really behind like writers columns and Radios shows.

Got mad love for the fightnetwork for this.

And Nate22 just for you im gonna start checking out Bloodyknux.com more often.
loller90278
2/23/07 2:55:07PM

Posted by hippysmacker


Posted by nate22

No, I posted it here and everyone was like NOWAY lol.

BK has the best educated posters anywhere imo, there is alot to learn for anybody reading their MMA forums.



Well Nate you were right. I admit I was one of the skeptical ones. It just seems strange that the UFC would throw him in with Arlovski immediately to me, but i"m glad I was wrong. This card look's awesome now. I wonder if the rumor about him and Cro-0cop being on the outs is true as well. I want to see that fight too. MMAweekly doesn't have this on the front page but Werdum is listed as fighting Arlovski on the rumors page. Also Assuerio Silva vs Kongo is shown now too.Here's the updated rumored page


-Mirko Cro Cop (#2 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
-Andrei Arlovski (#6 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Fabricio Werdum (#7 Heavyweight in the World)*
-Ryoto Machida vs. Forrest Griffin
-Michael Bisping vs. Elvis Sinosic
-Assuerio Silva vs. Cheick Kongo
-Dennis Siver vs. Jess Liaudin
-Alessio Sakara vs. Victor Valimaki

-Tito Ortiz (#8 Light Heavyweight in the World)* vs. TBA
-David Lee vs. TBA

United States PPV suggested retail price: $39.95

* Based on MMAWeekly Rankings

I'm kinda shocked Sherdog and MMAweekly got beat to the punch so badly on this one.I checked the front pages of both site, and they've got nothing on it. Props to the fight network for confirming it. Machida vs Forrest is huge too



who would rank arlovski @ 6 when he's 10-5 with loses to datsik, sylvia 2x, rizzo and ricco ?)
hippysmacker
2/23/07 3:12:49PM
Well Datsik( in one of the funniest fights ever by the way) was early in his career and seemed kind of a fluke to me. Rizzo was the most feared HVYweight striker in MMA at the time, He also KOed Barnett a year before that. ( 2 of the most brutal Ko's ever to me), and had 2 fight's with Coutre. ( the first of which is a war that could have gone either way) As for Sylvia , that's discussion has been done to death and he did beat him once. Ricco was a UFC heavyweight champ about a year later and took Big Nog to what I thought was a draw. So it's not like, with the exception of the fluke comedy KO from Datsik when he was a kid, he hasn't lost to good fighter's. I rank him 6th and Werdum 7th personally. Just my opinion of course
loller90278
2/23/07 3:26:12PM
well then can't you say pawul nastula is top 10 too with only defeats comin from barnett and (big nog is it??) aleks E
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