Fedor: ‘I don’t think you’ll see me in the UFC’
When is Fedor Emelianenko coming to the UFC? Well, according to “The Last Emperor” himself, the odds of that happening anytime soon aren’t looking too good. We all know the storyline, The UFC says Fedor’s management is unreasonable, and Fedor’s management feels like the UFC contract is far too restrictive. The king of the heavyweight division recently echoed his uncertainty that he will ever fight in the UFC in the first of a two part interview with Bas Rutten on Inside MMA.
Cro Cop comments on UFC deal
"I'm pleased with my return to UFC, the only global mma organization. Unfortunately, every other organization is far beyond UFC. DREAM cannot compete with Americans in sports or financial terms. The UFC has succeded to become in this sport what PRIDE used to be, maybe even more than that. I will always be grateful to the Japanese fans, that is the country where I became famous as a fighter. But the offer I got from Dream was not a challenge for me. "
"I'm sorry that UFC and DREAM argued over me. There was a lot of noise over nothing, I was even called a liar, and I read supposed statement by Dana White that I called him 600 times. Exact number of my calls was - zero. I texted him once and that's all. I wouldn't call anyone 600 times, even if my life depends on that. I don't want to be presented in such a degrading way."
Bad timing: Thiago Alves knows he can beat Georges St. Pierre
“I have nothing to say, he was better than me that night and now I have to go back to my training and work hard to get this belt. There are a lot of thing in my camp that was a mistake. Now I see the mistakes that I did and I’ll fix them and won’t let it happen again. St. Pierre is a great fighter, fought very well, but I couldn’t find myself in the fight. I learned a lot with this fight, I saw what the best fighter in the world has at his best, seen the best of the best fighter and I know I can beat him…. The only problem that I had in my preparation for this fight is that I wasn’t with my Muay Thai coach, with whom I train for the last three years. He had to go away three months ago and I missed him a lot. I felt out of timing in the fight…. My cardio was good, I was strong, but my timing wasn’t good.”
Former number one welterweight contender Thiago Alves talks about what went wrong during his five-round unanimous decision loss to 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100. “The Pitbull” — who still feels he can defeat “Rush” despite the lopsided drubbing — makes no mention of “weighty issues” having any impact on his performance. Instead, he reveals that his striking, which is clearly the most dynamic aspect of his game, was what failed him because his instructor was out of town for the final three months of training. Regardless, Alves will have to get back in line and work his way up the welterweight ladder for another crack at the unstoppable Canadian. Who’s next? His next fight is still up in the air, but perhaps you want to play matchmaker in the comments section below — Jon Fitch, Marcus Davis, Dan Hardy … what showdown do you want to see?
Lavar Washington Update: Teen Girl Arrested In Connection With Shooting
A 15-year-old girl who is suspected of being involved in an early-morning July 5 shooting that killed one and left Strikeforce veteran Lavar Johnson hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the abdomen has been arrested. According to the report, Laquiria Foreman, arrested this past Friday, is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and participating in a gang. The investigation is ongoing. Still hospitalized as of Friday, Johnson underwent surgery on July 6 and is now healing from initially life-threatening injuries.
Filho Back To Brazil After DREAM
It's not taking long for Paulo Filho to get fights lined up for him. After his matchup with Melvin Manhoef at Monday's DREAM 10, it's back to Brazil to face Alex Schoenauer at Bitetti Combat's September 12 event in Rio. The card features several top other Brazillian fighters including Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and other notable fighters including UFC veterans Pedro Rizzo & Jeff Monson facing off plus Marvin Eastman and Glover Teixeira.
Miletich & White Headed For Reconciliation?
It would seem that Dana White has really been busy with bridge repairs lately. First the rumors he's made up with Tito Ortiz and now there are rumors similar is in the works with Pat Miletich. Miletich says he's working to arrange a meeting with White in the coming weeks.
UFC 100 competitors test clean for drugs
All 13 fighters who were tapped to undergo drug testing at this past weekend's UFC 100 passed their tests.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today emailed the test results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Those undergoing tests were headliners Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, co-headliners Georges St-Pierre and Thiago Alves, and undercard winners Jon Fitch, Dan Henderson, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Mark Coleman, Tom Lawlor, Jon Jones, Dong Hyun Kim, Jim Miller and Shannon Gugerty.
UFC 100, which featured a total of 11 fights, took place July 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and aired on pay-per-view.
All fighters were tested for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.
Although the NSAC had recently tested some fighters prior to Las Vegas-based events as part of its year-round drug testing initiative, no such tests were conducted for UFC 100.
Kimbo Slice: ‘I can’t just come with one dimension; I’ll get smashed’
As the mixed martial arts community prepares itself for the most anticipated season of the highly successful Ultimate Fighter series, much of the attention has been centered around one man.
The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights is set to begin airing on September 16 and will feature a bearded brawler that goes by the name of Kevin Ferguson, more commonly known as Kimbo Slice.
Eager to redeem himself in the fight game following his fourteen second embarrassment at the hands of Seth Petruzelli in October of 2008, Kimbo threw the masses for a curve ball when it was recently announced that he would be part of the upcoming heavyweight TUF cast
Personally the more I hear about Kimbo post Elite XC especially recently the more respect I have gained for him...I wish him the best of luck
Jake Shields calls out Cung Le, Frank Shamrock
Jake Shields (23-4-1) is considered to be one of the top welterweights in the world, however that may end soon as the former EliteXC Welterweight Champion may be moving up to middleweight. As we reported last month, Strikeforce is expected to introduce an interim middleweight championship as the current champion, Cung Le, is busy with his movie career, and Shields is expected to be in the title mix. Shields recently spoke with Rod Moyer of FightLine.com on a variety of topics including Cung Le, his friendship with Nick Diaz, his rivalry with Frank Shamrock and much more....
What do you guys think of this? I think Jake Shields would do pretty good at middleweight. I am a fan of Jake Shields and he has 2 fights left on his contract with Strikeforce. I think if he wins both those fights, wins the middleweight title, UFC should definetely try and sign him.
Rich Franklin in Las Vegas to discuss new UFC deal, UFC 103 slot "still likely"
Rich Franklin is currently in Las Vegas to discuss a new contract with the UFC, and the first fight of the deal could be for a main-event bout at UFC 103.
The news comes from MMAjunkie.com's Dann Stupp, who posted the update in the Dayton Daily News MMA blog.
According to the report, Franklin, who has one fight remaining on his current deal, is meeting one-on-one with UFC president Dana White about the contract, which could be the final one of his career.
First Sengoku 10 Participants Revealed
World Victory Road recently revealed the first participants for what will be it's Sengoku 10 event on September 23. The names include Antonio Silva, Joe Doerksen and Ryan Schultz, but no opponents are set for any of them yet.
Dana White explains Cro Cop situation
After his first round stoppage of Mustapha Al Turk, Mirko Cro Cop was rumored to be departing the UFC for the Japanese based Dream Promotion. Upon hearing the news, UFC President Dana White exploded on the 2006 Pride Grand Prix Champion.
“Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White said. “He (expletive) me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he (expletive) me.”
Randy Couture Wants Another Shot at Brock Lesnar, Has a Game Plan
UFC President Dana White has said the winner of the UFC 104 battle between Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez is likely to be Brock Lesnar's next opponent. But I think if Randy Couture beats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102, a rematch between Couture and Lesnar might be too big for the UFC to pass up. And Couture says that's a fight he wants and a fight he thinks he can win.
"I would absolutely like another shot at Brock," Couture said on ESPN Radio 1100. "I think the first fight was going my way. I thought I had things moving and was doing the things I had trained to do."
Antonio Silva, Joe Doerksen and Ryan Schultz announced for Sengoku 10th Battle event
A trio of former stars from U.S.-based promotions has been announced for World Victory Road's Sengoku 10th Battle event.
Final EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva (12-1), final IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz (20-11-1) and former UFC fighter Joe Doerksen (42-12) have been confirmed for the event, though no opponents were announced.
Sengoku 10th Battle takes place Sept. 23 at the Saitama Community Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
The event is expected to air in North American in HDNet.
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight bout set for UFC 104 in Los Angeles
A middleweight bout between long, longtime contender Yushin Okami (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (23-10-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is set for UFC 104.
The bout was revealed on the recently launched UFC Japan website.
UFC 104 takes place Oct. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and features a main event between UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The Okami vs. Sonnen bout will likely take place on the night's pay-per-view-televised main card.
Bitetti Combat: Jeff Monson vs Pedro Rizzo in the works for Sept. 12
A heavyweight battle between stocky grappling guru Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (30-8) and former WVC heavyweight champion Pedro Rizzo (16-9) is in the works for “Bitetti Combat” from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 12, according to Super Lutas.
The titanic tilt is actually a rematch from their September 2007 fight at “Art of War 3? from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Rizzo dropped Monson midway through the third with a series of punches for what has turned out to be his only victory in his last three fights.
Urijah Faber Has 'No Idea' When He'll Be Ready for WEC Return
All around the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas during UFC 100 weekend, MMA fighters could be seen signing autographs for adoring throngs of fans. It all seemed pretty routine: smile, shake, sign, pose. But one thing was different about the Silver Star booth. The athlete putting his pen to paper there was doing so despite having casts on both of his hands.
COTE INJURY UPDATE; WELCOMES HENDERSON FIGHT
MMAWeekly on Thursday caught up with former middleweight contender Patrick Cote to get an update on his injured knee and get his thoughts about last Saturday’s UFC 100. Prior to the centennial show, the 29 year-old Montreal resident wanted to fight Michael Bisping if he emerged victorious against Dan Henderson. Obviously, that’s changed.
MMAWeekly: How’s the knee?
Cote: The knee’s doing well. I’m going to see my doctor next week, just to check if everything’s okay and to have the okay to push more. Next week I’ll be fixed for sure.