10 Fights That Could Have Been
Mixed martial arts remains a very young sport. Despite a short history that dates back less than 20 years, it has produced some remarkable fights -- bouts like Royce Gracie against Dan Severn, Frank Shamrock versus Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against Fedor Emelianenko.
Every longstanding promoter will admit that for every “superfight” made, another fails to materialize because of injury, a contract dispute or promoters failing to cooperate with one another.
Sherdog.com’s Tim Leidecker has compiled a list of the top 10 fights that could have been during the last 15 years.
Tag Team Mixed Martial Arts
From ZST 18 at Differ Ariake in Tokoyo, Japan on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008:
6th Match - GT-F Tag Team Title Bout (total weight 135 kg) Bout 15 min
Hideo Tokoro (Japan / Team ZST) & Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team-ROKEN) vs. Takumi Yano (Japan / Koppou Ugokai Yano Takumi Dojo) & Daisuke Yokoyama (Japan / X-ONE GYM Shonan)
Winner: Hideo Tokoro and Masakazu Imanari by Decision (2-1)
Jake Shields interview - talks about possibility of going to the UFC.the EXC situation, and his gym
Here's a preview of the interview:
PWNT : If you do decide to go to the UFC, who would you want to fight? What would be a good fight to introduce you to the fans of the UFC?
Jake Shields : I would love to go fight GSP, but I don’t think that is realistic. There are a lot of good guys to fight. Go in there against Diego, I think that would be a great first match. Thiago Alves, I would like to go in and fight one of their top fighters. Hopefully go in there fight one fight and win that, be the number one contender.
Interview is from about 3-4 weeks ago.
Franca vs. J-Lau Possible For UFN 17
The rumored UFN 17 card for February continues to come together. The latest fight in the works is Hermes Franca vs. Joe Lauzon. Bout agreements have been sent to both sides although it's not clear if Franca's pending DUI case, stemming from an arrest after UFC 90, would have any effect on the fight happening.
Kenny Florian rides streak to second shot at summit
At first glance, Kenny Florian (11-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) doesn't look like he fits the role of fighter.
Especially in street clothes, Florian passes more for a guy who should be doing your taxes or fixing a PC, not choking out fighters and talking smack to an MMA legend (more on that shortly).
He didn't even look like much of a fighter when he was in the octagon for his first UFC bout in April of 2005. Florian was beaten about as thoroughly as a man can be when Diego Sanchez tore through him in less than three minutes to win "The Ultimate Fighter 1" middleweight finale.
Nate Mohr vs. Dennis Siver set to take place at UFC 93 in January
UFC lightweight competitor Nate Mohr is expected to return from injury to take on Dennis Siver at UFC 93 on Jan. 17 at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the matchup on Monday afternoon with sources close to the fight.
Siver, 12-6, is a native of Germany with a strong amateur wrestling background. He’ll be returning to the Octagon after fighting outside of the UFC last month in Darmstadt, Germany at Mix Fight Gala VII. Siver was victorious after submitting Chas Jacquier with a guillotine at 4:21 of round 1.
Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer added to UFC Fight Night 17
Despite no official announcement from the UFC of the event, a bout between Josh Neer (24-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Mac Danzig (18-5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been added to UFC Fight Night 17.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first learned of the bout from sources close to Neer, and Danzig announced the bout yesterday on his MySpace page.
Manhoef Coming Out Of Retirement...Sort Of
It seems that Melvin Manhoef's "retirement" was merely a break to recharge after losing to Gegard Mousasi in the DREAM MWGP. After just 2 months Manhoef will return to action, but not MMA yet-he has a kickboxing fight coming up at a K-1 event next month then another one in February.
New Strikeforce champ "Babalu" Sobral seeks "dessert" with Tito Ortiz
One time UFC light-heavyweight contender Renato "Babalu" Sobral is undoubtedly one of the top 205-pound fighters outside of the world's largest promotion.
After a TKO win over former champ Bobby Southworth at Friday's "Strikeforce: Destruction" earned the Brazilian the Strikeforce title, Sobral credited sacrifice for his win.
"People just see on the stage, or watching TV, they see good fighters beating up on each other," Sobral said at the event's post-fight press conference. "They don't realize it comes from hard training.
Eddie Alvarez next fight set for Extreme Challenge on Jan. 23
It’s more than likely not a showdown with Nick Diaz or a rematch against Joachim Hansen … but it’s something.
Former Elite XC fighter and 2008 DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix show stealer, Eddie Alvarez (15-1), will make his return to competition at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 23 under the Extreme Challenge banner.
An opponent for the Philadelphia native has not been announced at this time.
Here’s a snip from Alvarez discussing the fight during a recent interview with iGuillotine.com:
Kim Couture Talks First Pro Win
Victory was a long time coming for Kim Couture, and all the more sweet when it arrived at Strikeforce “Destruction.”
In her second professional fight, Couture steamrolled opponent Lina Kvokov, chasing her around the cage with punches and knees. Kvokov seemed to want out from the beginning.
For Couture, who’d sustained a broken jaw in the first strike of her pro career five months ago, Kvokov’s actions didn’t compute.
“I wanted her to come after me,” Couture told reporters after the fight. “It was part of my game plan, so it threw me off a little bit.”
GSP Wants To Be A Legend
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Georges "Rush" St. Pierre won a split decision over B.J. Penn at UFC 58 on March 4, 2006 in a non-title fight. The rematch is set for Jan. 31 and St. Pierre wants to solidify his name as a legend in the sport of mixed martial arts with another win over Penn.
Both are current UFC champions ranked No.1 in their weight classes. Each are considered amongst the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. They're in their primes. This is a mega-fight.
"He's the guy that I want to fight. He's my best challenge right now, and he's the guy that I want to fight," St. Pierre told MMAWeekly.com recently. "I have to fight guys like B.J. to make myself a legend in this sport.
"When you're a world champion you have to set your goal even higher. I don't want to fight to be champion anymore because I'm already champion.
Frankie Edgar Gets His Purple Belt
This past Saturday Ricardo promoted many of his students under the watchful eye of his teacher Renzo Gracie and 30 other very special guest Black Belts in attendance.
New Ricardo Almeida Black Belts:
Congratulations also to the other graduates, including Frank Edgar and Chris Liguori who received their Purple Belts.
Werdum Confirms UFC Release
Although UFC never put out any sort of press release or announcement regarding Fabricio Werdum's release from UFC after his loss to Junior dos Santos, Werdum has now confirmed through the TATAME website that he has been officially released. Werdum claims UFC wanted to cut his pay in half on a new contract, but will now head elsewhere-possibly Affliction or even Japan.