'Colossus' Backs Al-Turk For UFC Success
James Thompson is backing former Cage Rage champion Mustapha Al-Turk to make a big impact in the UFC heavyweight division.
Thompson, a fellow Cage Rage veteran, believes Al-Turk will surprise MMA fans in the US that may not have seen him fight before.
“I always like to see nice people who work hard get chances, and that’s what you've got with Mustapha,” he told Fighters Only earlier.
“He is a really quality person and fighter who has worked really hard and is now going to turn plenty of heads."
Thompson’s last fight was a highly controversial loss to streetfighter turned mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice earlier this year.
Angry Jorge Masvidal seeks to erase defeat at Sengoku 5
A controversial loss can sometimes become a motivating factor for a fighter.
Such is the case with Jorge Masvidal (13-3), who will aim to erase the frustration of a June loss to Rodrigo Damm. He returns this weekend at World Victory Road's fifth "Sengoku" event.
While a guest on a recent episode of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Masvidal explained how that controversial loss has impacted his career.
"A lot of angry training, man," Masvidal said of his recent camp. "I'm still mad about my last fight. A lot of angry training."
In that "Sengoku: Third Battle" affair, Masvidal suffered a flash knockdown. Alhough stunned, Masvidal looked to be retaining guard on his opponent. Unfortunately for "Gamebred," the referee felt differently and halted the contest despite Masvidal being clearly awake.
EliteXC, Affliction collaboration could be prelude to Fedor vs. Kimbo Slice
As a single fight, Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson on next month's EliteXC "Saturday Night Fights" show on CBS doesn't do a whole lot for me.
If the "Pitbull" version of Arlovski who battered and stopped Ben Rothwell inside three rounds back in July shows up against Nelson, the bout could be over in a hurry, with Arlovski getting his hand raised and the scene shifting quickly to the next bout on the card.
It's what this fight means for the future of EliteXC and Affliction that has me counting the days to Oct. 4. Affliction's willingness to sublease Arlovski and Nelson puts fans a step closer to seeing, perhaps, the biggest fight to be made in mixed martial arts today – Fedor Emelianenko against Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.
Affliction COO disputes USA Today report about long-term partnership with EliteXC
A report by USA Today’s Sergio Non stated that Affliction COO Michael Cohen had indicated that Affliction and Golden Boy Promotions’ Jan. 24 event would be a co-promotion with EliteXC that could possibly be televised on CBS or SHOWTIME.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted Cohen Thursday morning as a followup and we were informed by Cohen that the USA Today report is not accurate.
“The report by Sergio Non is not entirely accurate,” said Cohen. “The way that the statement was supposed to read is that the event we’re concentrating on right now is the Oct. 4 event with CBS, SHOWTIME, and EliteXC.
“The question that was asked of me was ‘We understand that you have a Jan. 24 event that’s being planned as well. Will this event be aired on SHOWTIME or through CBS?’ My answer again to him was, ‘We’re certainly looking forward to a long-standing relationship or an ongoing relationship with CBS and SHOWTIME as well as Elite. But right now we’re concentrating on the Oct. 4 event and have not inked a deal for any future events.’”
Gilbert Melendez planning to return in 2008
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has had a difficult year. He lost two of his three fights - one to Mitsuhiro Ishida and another to Josh Thomson. Those were the first two losses of his MMA career.
Now, Melendez is preparing to get back in the cage in the not-so-distant future.
“You’ll see me before the end of the year,” said Melendez, “I have a lot to improve in the meantime so you’ll see a much better fighter the next time out.”
At only 26, it is not far-fetched to believe that Melendez will quickly get back into the rankings as one of the best lightweights in the world. He hopes that will happen with his current organization although he stopped short of guaranteeing it.
“I have one fight left with Strikeforce, and I like them a lot,” Melendez said, “Maybe they’ll be in my future, but we’ll have to see.”
Alexander Shlemenko vs Robert McDaniel Elite XC bout added to ‘Heat’
Twenty-four-year-old Russian knockout artist Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (21-3) has been added to the Elite XC: “Heat” undercard in a middleweight bout against Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (11-4).
In his last fight McDaniel defeated Icon Sport Middleweight Champion Kala Kolohe Hose on the undercard of Elite XC: “Return of the King” in Hawaii. The first round submission victory was impressive, but unfortunately for “Bubba” the title was not on the line.
When offered a championship rematch McDaniel respectfully declined, saying the belt belonged around the waist of a Hawaiian.
He’s a King of the Cage veteran who brings a talented submission attack to the cage. In fact, nine of his 11 professional wins have been submissions.
His opponent, however, likes to finish guys with his knockout power. Shlemenko has ended 14 fights with strikes, including four of his last six.
FORMER IFL STAR LC DAVIS SIGNS WITH AFFLICTION
LC Davis is one of the best unsigned featherweight prospects today and has been in negotiations with World Extreme Cagefighting and Affliction. Davis confirmed exclusively to MMAWeekly.com that he has signed a contract with Affliction. The IFL veteran agreed to a non-exclusive three-fight deal that will span a one-year period.
“I decided to go with Affliction mainly for three reasons,” explained Davis. “First, they offered a non-exclusive contract that would allow me to stay active and allow me to jump on big opportunities that may arise. Second, they offered me a one-year deal and weren’t trying to lock me in forever like some other companies. Last, the money was way better. I feel Affliction is making the right steps to become a great promotion.”
Davis left a full-time job to pursue his dream. The Kansas City resident wanted to take his career to the next level and made the decision to move to Bettendorf, Iowa, home to Miletich Fighting Systems.
MANAGEMENT CONFIRMS UFC HEAVYWEIGHT'S INJURY
Following the news on Monday that Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Cain Velasquez had been forced out of a proposed fight due to a knee injury, MMAWeekly.com has received an official update on his condition.
Representatives from Zinkin Entertainment, Velasquez’s management team, informed MMAWeekly.com that the former Arizona State wrestler recently injured his knee in training and required arthroscopic knee surgery.
The injury was nothing severe, but with rehab and training it will keep the fighter sidelined for the next few weeks at the least.
According to the report, Velasquez should be back in action by “February at the latest. We are just waiting to see how rehab goes right now.”
As previously reported, the original opponent for Velasquez, Mustapha Al-Turk, will now face Cheick Kongo on Dec. 27 as a part of UFC 92 in Las Vegas.
NO DISTRACTIONS, GINA CARANO FOCUSED ON FIGHT
The life of a mixed martial arts fighter has changed dramatically since the sports’ inception some years ago. From movie roles to commercials to photo shoots to interviews, the daily routine for a fighter is anything but routine these days and no one knows that better than Elite XC women’s star, Gina Carano.
As a part of the first main stage women’s fight during the Elite XC inaugural show, Carano proved that female fighting can be just as exciting and tough as what the men do.
She also opened up a giant door for more opportunities as soon after her fighting career took off, including her current 2nd job as “Crush” on American Gladiators.
Carano admits that her new found fame and lifestyle are a big switch, but when given the chance to reach out to new avenues in life, who wouldn’t take the job?
“Anybody who gets a good opportunity would take it,” said Carano in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I get a lot of flack from people who are like ‘oh she’s not serious about fighting’ and that’s not it at all. I’m just open minded. I’m not just a fighter, like I’m not just a female. I’m a bunch of things, I have a lot of interests.”
Matt Wiman vs. Frankie Edgar signed for Dec. 10 UFC military event
Lightweights Matt Wiman (10-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Frankie Edgar (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have signed to meet at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops," an event that takes place Dec. 10 at the Fort Bragg military institution in Fayetteville, N.C.
Stephen Rivera, Edgar's longtime mentor and manager, confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) overnight that bout agreements have been signed.
Fiveouncesofpain.com first reported on Wednesday that the fight was close to being finalized.
Wiman returns to competition and goes for his fifth consecutive victory inside the UFC. The 25-year-old suffered a second-round knockout to Spencer Fisher at UFC 60 before joining the cast of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" in 2007. In the exhibition competition, he defeated Marlon Sims in a preliminary bout but then dropped a unanimous decision to eventual show runner-up Manny Gamburyan in the quarterfinals.
However, Wiman has since been on a tear, defeating Brian Geraghty (TKO), Michihiro Omigawa (unanimous decision), Justin Buchholz (submission) and Thiago Tavares (knockout) in regular UFC competition.
DREAM 6 event fallout
The claimed attendance for the DREAM 9/23 Saitama show was 20,929.
: Sports Navigator is reporting that DREAM 6 drew a 9.0% rating on TBS, with the high QH (quarter-hour) mark showing Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Masanori Tonooka drawing a 13.4% rating. Bad numbers, as expected.
Their events are great, they put on great fights, but they just keep doing bad #'s
...hopefully they can make something happen to get their numbers up.
TEAM QUEST FIGHTER IN FOR GRACIE AT SENGOKU 5
Travis Wiuff confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his new opponent for the upcoming Sengoku 5 event in Tokyo this weekend will be recent Team Quest (Murrieta) acquisition Muhammad “Mo” Lawal.
Lawal has an impressive freestyle amateur wrestling background, with accolades including the 2002 NCAA Division II National Championship, and First Place finishes at the 2006 U.S. Open and 2007 Pan-American Games.
Most recently the native Coloradan finished second at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, just missing out on an opportunity to compete in recent Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
This will be Mo’s first MMA bout, as he joins Team Quest (Gresham) lightweight Ryan “The Lion” Schultz on the card.
Ben Saunders vs Brandon Wolff at UFN 16
A welterweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Ben Saunders (6-0-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and UFC newcomer Brandon Wolff (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take place Dec. 10 at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops."
The event will be hosted by the Fort Bragg military installation in North Carolina. It airs live on Spike TV.
Wolff's agent, Ken Pavia, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the bout is being finalized this week.
Fiveouncesofpain.com first reported the possibility of the Saunders vs. Wolff fight earlier today.
Arlovski-Nelson Tapped for CBS
At least two fighters will not sit on the sidelines following the postponement of Affliction’s Oct. 4 “Day of Reckoning” event in Las Vegas.
Former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (13-5) and IFL kingpin Roy Nelson (13-2) have been offered a heavyweight bout at EliteXC “Heat” Oct. 4 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The event will be aired live on CBS.
Arlovski’s management team would not comment Wednesday on the proposed bout, while Nelson’s attorney, Rod Donohoo, also refrained from remarks. However, Sherdog.com has learned from separate sources that both fighters have agreed in principle to the match and that contracts have been issued for review.
The last-minute addition will be presented as an Affiction-EliteXC co-promoted fight, and adds a quite a punch to an already anticipated roster featuring a showdown between former Internet brawler Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock. Female sensation Gina Carano is also on board to take on Kelly Kobald-Gavin in a 140-pound bout.
*NEW* - Crocop: "We will settle our score on NYE"
Mirko showed up at the airport in sunglasses at around 20h. Overeem smashed both of his arcades and he has two stitches on both sides. Scratches are also visible on his forehead and neck, but Cro Cop was in the mood for a short chat and said that he was upset that the match had to be stopped because he was sure that his chance would come if they were to resume.
EliteXC signs Russian middleweight Alexander Shlemenko
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that EliteXC has signed 2005 World Pankration champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko to a multi-fight contract.
Sources have indicated that he will make his EliteXC debut during the promotion’s Oct. 10 ShoXC event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Shlemenko, rated as one of the top middleweights in Russia, is 21-3 and has competed for notable promotions such as M-1 in Russia, BodogFIGHT in Vancouver, and Jungle Fight in Brazil.
His most highly-publicized win in front of U.S. audiences took place during the television taping for the final season of BodogFIGHT last year. Facing Scott Henze in August of 2007, Shlemenko needed just 57 seconds into the fight to win via knockout.
LOUGHRAN VS CREDEUR AT UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS
Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Nate Loughran and Tim Credeur have verbally agreed to fight on the UFC Fight for the Troops event on Dec. 10 on Spike TV.
Both fighters made their official UFC debuts on as part of the July 19 UFC Fight Night featuring a special light heavyweight bout between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and James Irvin.
Loughran kept his unbeaten streak alive by submitting Johnny Rees at that event. In his UFC debut, Credeur also won, defeating fellow Ultimate Fighter Season 7 alumnus Cale Yarbrough by TKO.
Ask the Doc: Dr. Benjamin on foot stomps and good chins vs. bad chins
Q. I have a serious question that I would like to ask you, and I hope that you find the time to respond. First off, I love your column and enjoy reading it. I only wish you posted more than you do. My question is: How do you feel about foot stomps? In my opinion, I think this is really a brutal technique that could cause severe mobility injuries, especially to lightweights who are, of course, smaller framed and highly rely on their mobility as part of their offensive and defensive game plans. It amazes me that I haven't personally heard of any severe injuries coming from this, but I can't help but feel when I see it being implemented against the cage that intense pain is right around the corner for one of the two combatants. (from reader "Purplejitz08")
A. "I think this is a brutal technique." I think you're being far too kind to refer to a foot stomp as a "technique." I refer to it as a desperate measure employed by a desperate fighter. If your go-to move is to stomp on an athlete's foot while in a clinch, I have some advice for you: practice more. Dirty boxing, Muay Thai, judo throws and sweeps are "techniques." Stomping on a foot is a muffled cry for help. Please, please someone recognize my deficiencies and teach me honorable legitimate techniques.
A foot and ankle surgeon once told me that people never think about their feet until they don't work correctly. Let someone stomp your foot and break it, and watch how miserable your next few months (if not more) become. Every step hurts. The foot is an architectural masterpiece. Destroy its integrity and get ready for a potential lifetime of pain.
Ask people with simple foot disorders such as flat feet or plantar fasciits (not to mention a tarsal or metatarsal bone fracture) how happy they are. Ask them how many miles can they run for their cardio or how training is going. And if you were the troll who stomped their foot and caused an injury, I pray that he or she (politically correct) pokes you in the eye and knees you in the groin.
I consider a foot stomp nothing more than a nuisance foul -- like fish hooking, but with potentially far greater consequences. Foot stomps have no place in MMA.
Evan Tanner ‘Into the Desert’ final blog entry found
It’s Tuesday night. Tomorrow I go out into the desert. It has taken over a month to get all the gear together. The preparation for this adventure took far longer than I had expected. I’ve never done this before, so I took my time reading books, studying the land, and researching gear. A few weeks of solitude in the deep desert, and then back to civilization, and back to training.”
The entry above is from former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner, who up until his premature death was a regular blogger on Spike.com. The network apparently uncovered the draft post in the dashboard of the control panel — Tanner never published the entry. He was eventually found in the California desert in which he sought solitude, succumbing to heat exhaustion from the searing temperatures that soared above 110 degrees. He was just 37 years old. There is a memorial service in his honor this weekend. Dan Christison provided MMAmania.com with all the details
Dave ‘Pee Wee’ Herman vs Kerry Schall to headline Elite XC Sho XC event October 10
Elite XC is heading to “The Venue” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. on Friday, October 10 for Sho XC Challenger Series 9, which will air live on Showtime beginning at 11 p.m ET.
The main event will feature undefeated heavyweight fighter Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (11-0) taking on Kerry “The Meat Truck” Schall (21-10).
Herman’s last two wins have both been under the Elite XC banner against Mario Rinaldi and Ron Waterman, respectively. Both victories were by way of stoppage due to strikes.
“Pee Wee” claims that he trains himself out of his own garage. If that’s true, then he is one heck of a naturally talented fighter. Rinaldi remains the only man to survive the first round with Herman. In each of his other 10 professional fights, he’s been able to dispatch the other man before the first five minute bell, usually with strikes.
He’s a big athletic country boy with a strong wrestling base. Rinaldi had a ridiculously tough time taking him down and Waterman — who is a beast — couldn’t hold him there when he did get him to the mat.