Report: Fedor Emelianenko to be featured on re-scheduled Affliction card
Adding to the speculation of Affliction's forthcoming "major announcement," it now appears WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will be featured on the re-scheduled "Affliction: Day of Reckoning."
NBCSports.com reported the addition of Emelianenko to a new Jan. 17, 2009, date after speaking with Affliction Chief Operating Officer Michael Cohen.
Messages MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) left with Cohen and Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio were not immediately returned.
Although Cohen told NBCSports.com that Emelianenko's services are secured, his potential opponent was not yet named.
"It is to be determined," Cohen was quoted as saying. "We are considering changing the combatants. We have not finalized that at this time. That is as a result of the issues to be revealed at the announcement."
AFFLICTION VP TOM ATENCIO ON "RESCHEDULING"
Affliction vice president Tom Atencio spoke exclusively with MMAWeekly.com to clarify his company’s decision to postpone the event.
“We not canceling it, we’re not postponing it, we’re rescheduling it completely,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to do it where we wanted to do it, it’s a positive.”
Sources close to the venue had informed MMAWeekly.com that ticket says thus far have been “abysmal.” Atencio conceded that ticket sales for “Day of Reckoning” were weak.
Short Fuse looking to make a big explosion in Omaha
Some guys are fight made, and some guys are made to fight. In the case of Ed Herman, it’s definitely a case of the latter, but as a hot-blooded 21-year-old bar bouncer looking for a more permanent fistic gig, it didn’t hurt that he walked into a gym in the great Northwest that just happened to have some of MMA’s greatest warriors willing to take him in.
Transatlantic Bisping Confident Ahead of Leben Bout
With world-class training facilities and coaches available to him on either side of the Atlantic, Bisping likes the idea of varying his training, though ultimately he feels there’s no place like home.
“[In some ways], I have no preference,” he said. “When I’m in the States, it’s nice. I do this full-time, so a change is as good as a break. Obviously, the weather’s nice there, and the change keeps you fresh. I do enjoy the experience of working out in different gyms.
“Thinking about it though, you can’t beat training at your own gym with your own teammates and coaches who know how you work,” Bisping added. “Tiki’s great; he coaches stars, but you look forward to getting back to the Wolfslair to start properly focusing on the fight.”
Back in the UK, Bisping paints a vivid picture of what promises to be a brutal training camp leading up to his clash with Leben.
Tanner, According to Those Who Knew Him Best
MMA will never have another Evan Tanner.
To chronicle his compelling life, Sherdog.com turned to some of the people who knew him best, including those who grew up with him and watched him wrestle in high school before he began his fight career inside a rowdy rodeo coliseum in Amarillo, Texas.
A Self-Taught Texan
Deana Epperson grew up across the street from Tanner in Amarillo and kept in touch with him throughout the years: He was a good kid. He really didn’t mess with anybody. He didn’t even wrestle -- he pole-vaulted in junior high. He didn’t even start wrestling until our sophomore year in high school, and we were a big school. We were 5A. By our junior and senior year, he was a back-to-back state champion in wrestling. Texas is no joke with wrestling and for him to have never wrestled till 10th grade and then been a state champion in 11th and 12th grade -- that’s just incredible.
He was such a renaissance man on the most basic level. He didn’t really like to admit this to people, but Evan had a photographic memory, and that’s how the big legend of Evan Tanner was true. He was a big wrestler in high school and he got the Gracie jiu-jitsu videos, and whatever he would watch somebody do, he could instantly put that into his repertoire. He was genetically gifted, he was amazingly smart, and he remembered everything he read and saw. That really explains how a guy who never really went to a dojo till he was 21 was able to do what he did.
He was the first one I ever saw grab wrists to reign down elbows. And later on I saw Tito Ortiz in the corner with one of his fighters yelling, “Tanner elbows! Tanner elbows!” That’s when you know you’re the s---, is when someone is referencing you when they’re cornering someone else.
Faber May Move Up Or Down For Megafights
The latest fighter to express interest in changing weight classes for megafights is WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. He's talking about not only moving up to 155 for a couple fights-namely a Tyson Griffin rematch-but also down to 135 for a couple fights while still making his home at 145.
Top 5 Breakthroughs In MMA
Great fighters are remembered for a collection of moments within a vast library of sights and sounds -- a record of unforgettable victories and their most stinging defeats.
But no moment stands out more than when a fighter distinguishes himself as a true force with which to be reckoned, having blossomed beyond the world of contenders and prospects.
you know this is just a list someone did in there opinion. i like it but if any of you have ones that you think should have made the list feel free to post
Interview with Lyoto Machida
There’s no way to find and opponent now, and I’ll have to wait another event to fight. I don’t know who’ll I face, UFC didn’t say anything yet, only that I won’t fight at UFC 89”, said Lyoto, sad with the scrapped fight. “It’s sad because I was focused, training hard and prepared, but this kind of things happens. I changed my training now, I’m doing more Karate and working out, doing less MMA stuff”, told Lyoto, who has no idea of who his next opponent will be.
BAS RUTTEN & IFL CREW JOIN AFFLICTION
As Affliction picks up steam heading into its Oct. 11 Las Vegas debut, the promotion continues to tweak things its roster, television deals and most recently their broadcast team as well.
Out is the initial pay-per-view broadcast group of Jay Glazer, Frank Trigg and “Big” John McCarthy; in is the familiar former International Fight League team of Kenny Rice, Ron Kruck and MMA living legend Bas “El Guapo” Rutten.
Injury strikes again: "Babalu" off Sept. 20 Strikeforce-Playboy card
A leg injury has forced Renato "Babalu" Sobral (30-7) out of his upcoming bout with Anthony Ruiz (21-11), which was set to take place Sept. 20 at "Strikeforce at the Mansion II."
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today told MMAjunkie.com that Sobral was forced off the card and said the organization is looking for a replacement.
Ruiz was actually a recent replacement for Strikeforce world light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth (9-5), who was forced off the card last month after after suffering a leg injury of his own.
Tanner was at his best with fans
"He was a person, like all of us, who didn't have all the answers but was honest enough to acknowledge it.
And he had the courage to follow his heart's compass even if he wasn't sure where it was leading. Tanner was his own man, a unique and good soul."
Pretty good article IMO
UFC signs top Euro light heavyweight Ivan Serati
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has inked a multi-fight deal with talented Italian light heavyweight Ivan Serati (10-2).
Serati, a Cage Rage veteran, joins a growing number of European fighters who have recently signed with the UFC as the organization continues to expand throughout Europe.
Sources close to Serati told MMAjunkie.com of the signing over the weekend, though terms of the deal were not disclosed
Jon Jones "I call my style of fighting look-see-do".
"I call my style of fighting look-see-do. If I can see it, I can try it. I pull off a lot of stuff that I see so what's going to separate me and hopefully move me up the ladder is my unique style," stated UFC up-and-coming light heavyweight Jon Jones as he talked about his style and what makes him unique. Check out what else he had to say about his recent win over Andre Gusmao, his future plans and more
Ortiz: Ibarra ripped off Rampage
The following is from an interview that Tito Ortiz recently did with Punch Drunk Gamer: PDG: Hopefully, what do you think of him changing trainers and camps from Juanito Ibarra to Team Wolfslair? Ortiz: Let me explain this to you because it really pisses me off that Ibarra has done what he has done, he is a thief. I have been running training camps for seven years up in Big Bear California and the most that my camp has cost a fighter to attend is $35,000. Ibarra was charging Jackson $65,000 to go to Big Bear. I don't understand that!! He was being very disrespectful and taking advantage of 'Rampage'. Including travel, training partners, food and lodging, the most ever was $35,000, maybe if you flew in more trainers...$40K. Where did that extra money go that Ibarra was charging? 'Rampage' is really pissed and he feels betrayed that he was taken advantage of and I couldn't agree more with him. I don't care if Juanito reads this or hears about it anywhere, he already knows that he is blackballed. I don't care who you are; fighters work very hard for the money they earn and I feel slighted for even knowing Juanito. There has been rumors that some funny buisness was going on between Ibarra and Jackson but it looks like Tito has numbers to back up the rumors.
With UFC 88 win, Nate Marquardt anxious for second title shot
Nate Marquardt's destruction of the very game Martin Kampmann (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 88 has put the rest of the middleweight division on notice and cemented his status as a top contender.
It's also got Marquardt (27-8-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) thinking about a potential rematch with current champ Anderson Silva.
Marquardt discussed this past weekend's fight and the possibility of second bout with Silva while a guest on Monday’s edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"I felt good during the fight, confident during the fight," Marquardt said of his win over Kampmann. "I just went in and did my game plan."
Many had predicted Marquardt a favorite over the Danish kickboxer, but nobody could have expected the sheer ferocity and the ease with which the Team Jackson member would finish off such a seasoned fighter. Marquardt, sometimes dogged for dragging fights to decisions, has now earned stoppage victories in three of his past four victories.
"When the opportunity is there, I want to take it," Marquardt said. "I have fought a lot of tough guys, but I think I am getting a lot better at being able to finish fights."
Now a mature 29 years old, Marquardt admits he's become a lot more comfortable and patient in the cage. In the past, at the first sign of blood, Marquardt would sometimes launch into a frantic and wild game plan as he chased his opponents.
"I would hurt them, but I would get so excited and just throw wild punches and not land," he said. "In this fight when I had him hurt, I took my time and tried to land my punches."
With a UFC middleweight division thin on top talent, and with Marquardt's eights wins in his past 10 fights (which included a controversial split-decision loss to Thales Leites earlier this year), Marquardt is again in the thick of the title picture.
Having fought the current title-holder once previously, Marquardt knows exactly what Silva brings to the table. Marquardt was stopped in the first round of their encounter in 2007 at UFC 73. Not fazed by the loss, Marquardt welcomes a rematch and believes this time there would be a different outcome.
"I don’t know what the UFC's plans are," he said. "I feel I am ready for Anderson. I learned my lesson the last time I fought him. I feel like I am twice as good and twice as dangerous as before.
"I think it would turn into a war. Right now I am confident in my skills."
Spencer Fisher vs Shannon Gugerty UFC 90 fight set with Melvin Guillard out
Spencer Fisher (21-4) will take on Shannon Gugerty (11-2) -– not Melvin Guillard as originally planned — at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Ill., on October 25, according to the CEO of K.O. Dynasty Sports Mgt., Mickey Dubberly.
No reason is known at this time for the opponent switch, but it appears on the surface to be a much safer fight for “The King.”
Then again … who really knows in this sport.
Fisher is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale in June. The Miletich Fighting Systems veteran has won two of his last four bouts, including a rematch against Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 10 more than one year ago.
He is a former 155-pound contender. And he’ll need to put together back-to-back wins to prove that he still belongs among the division’s elite.
Gugerty made his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 14: “Silva vs. Irvin,” submitting fellow newcomer Dale Hartt with a rear naked choke in round one. It marked the eighth straight win for the Total Combat promotion veteran who has finished more than 70 percent of his professional fights by way of submission.
In fact, Gugerty has not lost a bout since meeting up with Cub Swanson back in 2006.