Emelianenko team: More to MMA than UFC
The difficulties that the Ultimate Fighting Championship has in trying to sign Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko can be traced back to one prevailing attitude among his management team.
"The UFC won't be able to control the whole world," said Vadim Finkelstein, the president of Emelianenko's main promoter, M-1 Global.
Fedor Emelianenko Gives No Reason to Think He'll Sign With UFC
The heavyweight champion of mixed martial arts and the sport's biggest promoter appear to have a major sticking point in negotiations that will keep them from coming together any time soon.
Fedor Emelianenko, widely recognized as the best heavyweight in MMA, reiterated at a press conference Wednesday that he does not intend to sign a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship unless the UFC agrees to promote fights jointly with Fedor's promoter, M-1 Global. The UFC has offered Fedor a contract but has steadfastly refused to become business partners with M-1.
MATT LINDLAND ON AFFLICTION, LESNAR & MORE
Like it or not Matt “The Law” Lindland calls it likes he sees it.
Whether it’s his own career or commenting on the world around him, Lindland is not one to sugarcoat things.
So when Affliction recently canceled its scheduled Aug. 1 “Trilogy” show and then less than 24 hours later closed up shop on its MMA promotion to partner back up with its once-scorned business associates, the UFC, Lindland was more than willing to give his thoughts on the situation; among other recent MMA happenings.
BARNETT RESPONDS TO STEROID ALLEGATIONS
A representative of embattled heavyweight Josh Barnett on Wednesday broke her silence after a California State Athletic Commission drug test allegedly flagged him as a steroid user, effectively canceling his bout with Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction “Trilogy.”
Released to the media was a statement from Barnett's manager, Shannon Hooper of Excel Sports Management, which addressed the situation with Affliction and the CSAC.
Paul Daley signs multi fight UFC deal
British fighter Paul Daley (21-8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has reportedly signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and will join the organization's roster of welterweight fighters.
I'm personally looking forward to his debut.
Hieron-Diaz for Strikeforce title
MMAWeekly.com sources on Wednesday confirmed that Jay Hieron has signed a new multi-fight contract with Strikeforce that will put him on the promotion’s Aug. 15 event “Carano vs. Cyborg.” He will face Nick Diaz for the first ever Strikeforce welterweight championship.
Jeff Monson Pleads Guilty to Vandalism
Former UFC title challenger Jeff Monson pleaded guilty Tuesday to malicious mischief stemming from his charge for vandalizing the Washington State Capital, the AP reports.
Monson entered an Alford plea, which means the defendant does not admit guilt, but will accept a sentence as if he had been convicted due to the amount of evidence likely to convict him in court.
WEC AND UFC BACK-TO-BACK LIKELY IN FUTURE
It’s not especially convenient logistically for Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting, to have the two promotions running events on back-to-back nights, but it makes for an enticing weekend of mixed martial arts for fans.
Stephan Bonnar ready to erase memory of Mark Coleman loss, would happily fight Tito Ortiz
We've all heard the rumors of Tito Ortiz's possible return to the UFC.
UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has heard them, too.
Bonnar, who recently dropped a unanimous decision to Mark Coleman at UFC 100, today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he doesn't have an upcoming fight scheduled, but he's certainly willing to head the welcome wagon for "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy's" potential return to the octagon.
UFC legend and OSU grad 'The Hammer' speaks
The list of accolades for Mark Coleman reads like the attendee list at a Harvard alumni dinner:
• NCAA wrestling champion at Ohio State second place in the 1991 World Freestyle Wrestling championships
• seventh place in wrestling at the 1992 Summer Olympics
• first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) champion, UFC 10 and 11 tournament champion, Pride Grand Prix 2000 champion
• UFC Hall of Fame inductee
Los Angeles Times Reporter Sticks to Fedor Emelianenko Report
For a brief moment on Tuesday, the MMA world held its collective breath when news broke that Fedor Emelianenko and the UFC were "finalizing" a deal.
Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reported on the newspaper's Web site that a deal between both sides "is expected to be announced by UFC President Dana White on Friday." However, several hours later, M-1 Global's Apy Echteld told SI.com's Josh Gross, "I can give you a guarantee it's not accurate."
Pugmire, however, is standing by his story. Kind of.
Damacio Page vs. Akitoshi Tamura Added To WEC 43 Fight Card
A bout between two top 10 bantamweights has been signed for WEC 43 on Sept. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio.
FanHouse has learned that Damacio Page (11-4) will take on former Shooto 143-pound champion Akitoshi Tamura (13-7-2) at the event headlined by an interim lightweight title bout between Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson.
Quinton Jackson Feels Threatened by Rashad Evans
So says, not surprisingly, Rashad Evans. In recent comments to FightHype on filming of TUF 10, Evans said the two were basically Tito Ortiz & Ken Shamrock all the time they were together in terms of wanting to get their hands on each other and Rashad thought Rampage felt threatened by him.
U.S. Army Special Forces' Tim Kennedy quits military to focus on Strikeforce career
Veteran middleweight fighter Tim Kennedy (10-2), who recently debuted and signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, has opted to forgo his military career and will now focus solely on mixed martial arts.
The Green Beret's six-year military enlistment ends Aug. 4, and his terminal leave began July 10, according to a recent report from the Army Times.
Last month Kennedy unsuccessfully lobbied the National Guard for assignment to its Elite Athlete Program so he could continue both his MMA and military careers.