Goran Reljic is Aquaman
“Actually this is second time that I know Goran saved a life in the water,” [Reljic’s manager, Zoran Saric] recalled. “Two years ago, he jumped into a wild storm near the cliffs in the Adriatic Sea, where a person was swimming and trying to get out the water, but the waves and current were so strong that they were pulling the person back in. I have no idea how Goran managed to pull that person out of the sea, but he did it.”
Ed Soares Comments On EXC Fighter Contracts
The continuing fallout from the demise of EliteXC is still hitting fighters where it hurts the most – in the wallet – and Ed Soares, manager for Brazilian fighters Rafael Feijao and Fabricio Camoes, is hopeful a resolution can be reached soon.
"Basically we want to get out," Soares told MMAWeekly Radio recently. "We sent that 30-day notice that they breeched the contract and they're basically saying they didn't. They're still saying that they are putting on events, but it's hard to believe."
Soares mentioned the financial difficulty for fighters like Feijao, who was supposed to fight on the cancelled Nov. 8 show, and they all want closure to the situation so the fighters are able to move on.
"It's right before Christmas, it's right before the holidays, these guys cancelled the fights," Soares stated. "Rafael Feijao had a title fight on Nov. 8 and it's unfortunate, but on top of all that they're not even going to release them out of their contracts so they (can) sign another deal."
UFC to Hawaii? Not Anytime Soon
According to Dana White, the UFC won't be visiting the Aloha state at any point. If you haven't heard, an onerous tax has been placed on promoters strictly for hosting events. That's keeping White at bay:
White, in town to promote the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Jan. 31 fight between champions BJ Penn and George St.-Pierre, says the chances of holding a UFC event in Hawaii are all but dead.
The reason? It's too expensive, White says.
"We finally get some regulations and they slap this huge tax on us that's out of control, so probably never," White says. "I guess it's their way of saying 'OK, we'll sanction this, but we'll make sure nobody ever shows up and comes and does an event here.'"
Strikeforce - Destruction *Results*
-Eric Lawson def. Tony Johnson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) RD1
-Bobby Stack def. Cyrillo Padilha by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Kurt Osiander def. Josh Neal by TKO at 2:16, RD1.
-Brian Schwartz def. Lemont Davis by KO at 2:22, RD3.
-Scott Smith def. Terry Martin by KO at 0:24, RD1.
-Renato "Babalu" Sobral def. Bobby Southworth by TKO (Doctor's Stoppage) at 5:00, RD1.
-Duane "Bang Ludwig def. Yves Edwards by Unanimous Decision (29-28 on all three cards), RD3.
-Kim Couture def. Lina Kvokov by TKO at 1:44, RD1.
-Joe Riggs def. Luke Stewart by TKO at 2:05, RD2.
-Luke Rockhold def. Nik Theotikos by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:06, RD1.
-Darren Uyenoyama def. Brad Royster by Unanimous Decision (30-27 all three cards), RD3.
-Alvin Cacdac def. Jose Palacios by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:10, RD2.
-Zackary Bucia def. Adam Steele by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:35, RD1.
- PENN TO DEFEND BOTH TITLES IF HE BEATS ST. PIERRE
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder B.J. Penn moves back up to the welterweight division to take on UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre on Super Bowl weekend, Jan. 31, in Las Vegas for the welterweight title. Speculation about what weight class Penn's fighting future would be in if he defeats St. Pierre has swirled since the bout agreements were signed.
Dan Hardy Approached For UFC 95
I am watching Ultimate Talk on Setanta and the one bloke who seems to know what he is talking about said he has just been talking to UFC and they confirmed they have approached Dan Hardy to fight at UFC 95. Obviously I cant post a link as it's on UK TV.
Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi to Compete in ADCC 2009
In the ever expanding "quest for the best" ADCC Championships is proud to announce that two of the World’s top fighters have agreed to compete in the 2009 ADCC event. ADCC is proud to announce that Pride and Affliciton Champion Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered the World’s best fighter and 2008 Dream Middleweight Champion Gregard Mousassi are set to compete in ADCC 2009. ADCC Europe President Marko Leistén confirmed the fighter’s presence after a meeting with the two fighters manager Aby Echteld in Holland 8th November.
Fedor Emelianenko, after conquering the World of MMA, wants to show the World he is also the best Submission Grappler in the World. Fedor want to make history and expand on the pioneer spirit of what Mark Kerr did in the late 90's when he was the Champion of Pride and became the weight and Absolute Champion of ADCC and went on to defend his title in the Superfights for 2 editions.
Mousassi, the winner of the 2008 Dream Middleweight Grand Prix where he defeated former World ABJJ Absolute and ADCC middleweight Champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in the final, also wants to test his ground skills against the top names in Submission Grappling. This sets up some humongous possible match-ups such as a re-match with "Jacare" or facing current ADCC Middleweight Champion and rising U.F.C. star Demian Maia.
Nice to see Mark kerr getting some love, he was an absolute beast in ADCC.
Exclusive: Stankie, in His Own Words
We talked with “Stankie” recently to find out who he is and how he came to be standing next to Big Nog, going on semi-coherent rants about sardines. What we learned is that from working undercover during the Watts Riots, to training Oscar de la Hoya for the Olympics, here is a man who has lead an interesting life. And he was more than happy to tell us about it, in his own roundabout way.
HDNet To Air DREAM, K-1 In '09
The DREAM Will Be In HD. HDNet Fights has extended its existing partnership with FEG USA, Inc., and will continue to air DREAM mixed-martial-arts events through 2009, HDNet today announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. HDNet Fights also today announced it has partners with FEG USA, Inc. to bring the K-1 World Grand Prix and K-1 World MAX tournaments to HDNet. The deal encompasses six events from the 2009 K-1 tournament and six events from the 2009 K-1 MAX tournament.
Jamie Varner free wrestling Seminar at Arizona State Saturday
It's for a good cause, so bring donation money! You'll be able to train with Bader, Dolloway, Aaron Simpson, Gustavo Dantas, and a lot of other guys (a long time coach of the ASU wrestling team and now MMA fighter)
Here is a snippet of the article on UFC.com
“It’s one of the few hospitals in the world where you can go there off the street without insurance and they’ll take care of you,” said Varner. “They pretty much saved my life when I was five years old.”
19 years later, Varner is giving back to the hospital, as he is putting on the “1st Annual Jamie Varner Charity Seminar” this Saturday, November 22nd, at the Sunkist Kids Wrestling / Riches Family Wrestling Facility on the Arizona State University Campus, with two sessions - one from 11:00am-12:15pm (Beginners, Women, and Children) and the other from 12:30pm-2:30pm (Intermediate).
Jake Shields Officially A Free Agent, As Of Today
Former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (22-4-1) has officially reached free agent status after the collapse of his former organization.
Now 30 days after filing a breach of contract against his former employer, Shields told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the company is in breach of contract and that he's excited to test the open market in search of a new home.
"My 30 days is up today," Shields said on Thursday. "Today I consider myself a free agent. EliteXC still has no reply, but as far as the contract goes, I'm a free agent today."
With recent wins over world-class competition in Paul Daley, Nick Thompson, Mike Pyle, Carlos Condit and Yushin Okami, among others, to his credit, Shields will certainly be in immediate demand.
DREAM again slow to pay fighters
Following a recent five-month delay in payment to lightweight contender Nick Diaz, the Japanese-based DREAM promotion has again run behind on compensating its fighters.
The participants in question this time are heavyweight Jimmy Ambriz (13-11-1) and lightweight Todd Moore (9-3). Both U.S.-based fighters participated in September's DREAM.6 event.
"As far as I'm concerned, they pretty much have stiffed us," Moore told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "The fight was Sept. 23, and we're going on into [late November] and they still haven't paid. That's two months. That sucks, man."
Strikeforce Destruction Weigh-In Results
Strikeforce held the weigh-ins last night for it's "Destruction" event airing on Showtime tonight. With the exceptions of Kim Couture and Kina Kvokov, everyone else made weight. Couture agreed to the fight knowing in advance Kvokov wouldn't make weight, which was missed by 3 pounds. Couture missed by 2 pounds.