Renato "Babalu" Sobral to defend Strikeforce title against Gegard Mousasi on Aug. 15
The first two pieces of the scrambled puzzle left by Affliction's recent demise have fallen into place as Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral (35-8) will defend his title against Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) on Aug. 15.
Sobral and Mousasi, who were originally scheduled to meet at the now-canceled "Affliction: Trilogy," will instead step into the cage at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on the main card of "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg," which airs live on Showtime.
Mousasi will compete on the card with a new Strikeforce contract, Afromowitz said, and not as a loaned commodity from M-1.
NSAC Considering Five Round Non-Title Fights
According to MMA Junkie, the Nevada State Athletic Commission will be looking to fine tune their ruleset when they convene on August 17th. NSAC has provided a copy of the potential changes here. Among the changes, NSAC proposes to increase leniency with regards to length of bouts. Here's the text (bold indicates proposed change):
RICARDO ALMEIDA TO USE UFC 101 AS A STEP TO 170
Ricardo Almeida has had a successful career competing as a middleweight, amassing a 10-3 professional record, but his UFC 101 bout against Kendall Grove will be the Renzo Gracie black belt's last in the 185-pound division. Following the Aug. 8 event at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Almeida will make the drop down to the welterweight class.
Kimbo Slice, Roy Nelson and Wes Sims: Good Guys and Bad Guys on TUF 10
For the first time since the lightweights of season five, I'm really looking forward to the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Part of it is the roster of fighters -- I can't help being intrigued by Kimbo Slice, but I'm more interested in the mix of established veterans and up and coming talent they've put together. I must admit the prospect of seeing several former pro and college football players ads to the excitement.
Brock Lesnar Still Loved in Minnesota
Mike Swick said Brock Lesnar was "probably the most hated man in MMA history." Jesse Ventura said he was "ashamed of his behavior" on "Larry King Live." And Mike Brown wondered if Lesnar's post-UFC 100 antics would attract "hillbilly fans" to MMA.
M-1 Global maintains stance on UFC co-promotion
Fedor Emelianenko will be available to fight for the UFC – but only through a co-promotion, M-1 Global maintains.
Following the collapse of Affliction on Friday and as the result, the cancellation of Fedor’s next fight, M-1 Global on its website Sunday singled out the UFC to potentially foster a renewal of negotiations.
Overeem anticipates October return.
Alistair Overeem’s next fight will happen sometime in October for either Strikeforce, DREAM or Golden Glory.
Overeem (29-11) is currently nursing a hand injury that forced him out of a Strikeforce heavyweight title defense against Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg” on Aug. 15.
Beat Brock? UFC Lists Velasquez, Carwin, dos Santos, Cro Cop, Couture, Nogueira
Who can stop UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar? The UFC's official web site has delved into that question over the past couple of days, and here's the official answer: Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, Junior dos Santos, Mirko Cro Cop, Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Kenji Osawa out, WEC newcomer John Hosman in against Rani Yahya at WEC 42
A foot injury has forced Japanese bantamweight Kenji Osawa (15-8-2 MMA, 1-1-1 WEC) out of his WEC 42 contest with Rani Yahya (14-4 MMA, 3-1 WEC), and WEC newcomer John Hosman (13-4-1 MMA, 0-0 WEC) has agreed to take the contest on short notice.
VERSUS.com was the first to report the change, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the switch.
Tito Ortiz Sees the Writing on the Wall
Tito Ortiz, my man.
I have been an Ortiz fan all my life and say what you will about the Huntington Beach Bad Boy, he’s no dummy.
Ortiz is one of the most intelligent fighters in the world when it comes to business sense and it’s one of the main reasons him and Dana White butt heads so often. The two are actually a lot alike.
Belfort Willing to Fight Anderson Silva
With his “Affliction: Trilogy” fight against WAMMA champ Fedor Emelianenko, ahem Jorge Santiago, officially scrapped, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort is looking to make a move back to the Octagon and make a run at middleweight king Anderson Silva.
“Anderson is a great friend of mine and a big champion but I’m looking for this [fight to happen],” Belfort told OUL Esporte of Brazil. “I cannot comment much on this right now but yeah, I always want to fight the best fighters. Of course it won’t be a pleasure [being Silva’s friend] but there isn’t another way at all in the sport. Kaka and Ronaldinho (Brazilian soccer players) are friends and have faced each other many times. It is part of my work and I need it to afford milk to the children at home.”
Roy Nelson Happy Taking TUF Road
Roy Nelson may be one of the most decorated fighters to ever appear on "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show. The former IFL heavyweight champion, who holds a 13-4 professional MMA record, will be one of the 16 fighters competing for a UFC contract on the tenth season of TUF. The series premieres September 16 on Spike TV.
NSAC To Vote On Rule Changes In August
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will be looking to vote on a handful of proposed regulatory changes when it convenes for a Regulation Hearing on Aug. 19. And while a number of potential changes will be up for vote at the meeting, perhaps most interesting to MMA fans is the potential institution of limited instant replay. If the vote passes, it will be implemented immediately according to NSAC head Keith Kizer.
Jay Hieron: ‘I have a lot of bills and no paycheck’
A perspective that seems to be absent in the wake of today’s cancellation of ”Affliction: Trilogy” is the effect the news has had on the individuals who were preparing to enter the ring on August 1st (and bring home some well-deserved pay in the process). Months spent preparing for now-defunct bouts have ultimately resulted in tolls taken on fighters’ wallets and bodies.
Shogun admits going to the ground may not be the best strategy with Machida
On October 24 the least hit fighter in the history of the Octagon may be up against the most challenging stylistic match-up he has ever faced up until this point in his career.
UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is set to defend his newly obtained championship for the first time when he faces off with a fellow Brazilian, and former training partner in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104.
Gegard Mousasi: ‘It’s all politics and I can do nothing but wait’
Disappointed would be an understatement to describe Dutch-Armenian fighting sensation Gegard Mousasi’s feelings following the recent cancellation of “Affliction Trilogy“.
After years of making his name overseas as one of the most dangerous men on the planet Mousasi finally had his opportunity to show the American public what he was capable of against the most dangerous foe he had ever faced in Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
‘Flo’ Job: An MMAmania.com UFC 101 interview exclusive with Kenny Florian
It’s been roughly three years since Kenny Florian’s first title shot in which he lost a bloody, five round battle to mixed martial arts veteran Sean Sherk at UFC 64.
Needless to say, a lot has changed since that juncture in his career.
Six consecutive victories over top lightweight contenders including Roger Huerta, Joe Stevenson, and Joe Lauzon and Florian once again finds himself in the familiar number one contender spot.
This time around, however, he’s a little older and a little wiser — and some may argue a completely revamped and weakness-free fighter.