Fedor Emelianenko's next fight could be at a summer event in Japan
Although he'll first meet lightweight Shinya Aoki in a special exhibition match at Wednesday's M-1 Challenge event, famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko could next strap up for an MMA fight this summer.
During a press conference today in Japan, Emelianenko's manager, Vadim Finkelchtein, said negotiations are underway for the fighter to meet a "top 10" heavyweight in July or August.
Finkelchtein believes the fight will take place in Japan.
The ’sources close’ to Anderson Silva apparently never told him …
… that he would help prepare former two-time foe, Rich Franklin, for his upcoming fight against his old Chute Boxe training partner, Wanderlei Silva, at UFC 99: “The Comeback” on June 13, according to Tatame.com:
“He didn’t said any word to me about it, but he’s gonna face a Brazilian, so it’s hard that something will happen. I don’t have anything against Franklin either Wanderlei, both are great fighters. In other situation, I’d train with him, for sure. My gym is open for everyone. Whoever goes there can have classes and I won’t have any problems if he decides to go there, that’s the sports’ globalization.”
Joe Stevenson Joins Greg Jackson's Camp, Looking for Change
Joe Stevenson will be leaving Cobra Kai and head trainer Irvin Bounds to join the Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Stevenson makes the decision as he faces a possible "must win" scenario to stay in the UFC when he takes on Nate Diaz on June 20.
“We both agreed it would be better if he moved on and try to change a little bit so he can continue to stay in the UFC,” Bounds said.
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Pat Barry Looking To Stay In His Element
For enthusiasts who want to know what it feels like to get kicked by Pat Barry, the advice is: don’t do it.
The former Sanshou and K-1 kickboxer still gets paid offers to strike suspecting tourists, which he politely declines.
Back in his kickboxing days, a local reporter from his hometown of New Orleans wasn’t so cautious.
Cote Eyes Late Summer Return, Wants Silva
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is currently receiving heavy criticism for his two most recent performances, but at least he is able to practice his chosen craft in front of an audience.
The same can't be said for Patrick Cote, whose most recent bout was a loss to the current champion at UFC 90 last October. He has been out of action ever since.
Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (not Thiago Silva) targeted for UFC 101
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will apparently scrap a UFC 101 bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and top contender Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in favor of a Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (24-4 MMA, 9-0 UFC) match-up.
Sources close to the organization today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a meeting was held last week to discuss the Anderson Silva vs. Griffin bout and that verbal agreements are now in place.
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Michael Bisping Is a Better Coach, Fighter, and Lover Than Dan Henderson
Okay, maybe he hasn't said he's better in bed. But Michael Bisping has been laying into his Ultimate Fighter rival coach Dan Henderson lately, for a number of other reasons. First there was this interesting bit in his new TUF blog for UFC.com:
As you saw in the episode, I made good on my promise to ensure my team were at peak fitness. The footage of us running through Vegas was taken early in the morning. Basically, each team had two sessions in the gym later in the day so, in order to make sure Team UK were getting their cardio in but without affecting their ability to train in the gym, we ran at 8am.
Some people were surprised I was going to the house at 8am to run with them, but that’s the kind of coach I wanted to be. Plus, under the rules, Team UK – or Team USA for that matter – couldn’t leave the house except with me or to be taken to the gym. So if I didn’t run with them, they’d not be running at all. Without me going there and actually getting my guys, they would have no roadwork, and as a coach that wasn’t an option. As far as I know, Dan didn’t take his team out running or doing any cardio except what my team dubbed “Ultimate Frisbee”, which I think says it all. That was Team USA’s cardio training.
Bisping also slammed Hendo's understated television persona and excuse-making:
I respect Dan and what he’s done in his great career, and I understand his gracious sentiment of “I’ll do my talking in the ring” but, ahem, he did sign up for a 12 week TV series. As far as I understood it, talking is kinda an important part of this audio-visual medium we call “television” but if things were left to Dan, TUF 9 would have had to been broadcast as a silent movie.
One of the few times Dan woke up was to moan about his team making weight “three times” for the fight whereas my team had enjoyed two weeks between their eliminator and the first fight. Dan was certainly getting his excuses in early here...ONE member of Team USA — Miller — had to make weight twice close together. One eliminator and one fight makes two times, not three as Dan tried to say.
Nogeuira: ''My Knee Displaced Several Times Against Mir''
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says he will be "100 per cent" fit for his fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102, a far cry from his condition going into his last fight with Frank Mir.
Nogueira was stopped for the first time in his career at UFC 92 in December when he faced Mir, but he was not in good shape going into the bout, which negated his trademark jiu jitsu.
Ten bouts now official for "WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II" in June
The full card now includes:
* Champ Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber (for WEC featherweight title)
* Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson
* Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause
* Josh Grispi vs. Jens Pulver
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-televised)
* John Franchi vs. Manny Gamburyan
* Mike Campbell vs. Anthony Pettis
* Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
* Frank Gomez vs. Eddie Wineland
* Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez
* Kyle Dietz vs. Charlie Valencia*
* - Not officially announced
Bellator Fighting Championships Week 3-4 fighters salaries
The complete payouts included:
Jared Hess: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Daniel Tabera: $10,000
Dave Menne: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Norman Paraisy: $10,000
Damien Stelly: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Andrade: $10,000
Jason Norwood: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. John Kirk: $2,000
Rudy Lindsay: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Wayne Cole: $1,5000
Hector Lombard: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Virgil Lozano: $10,000
Yosmany Cabezas: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Edwin Aguilar: $10,000
Tyler East: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Amedio Viola: $2,500
Marcello Alfaia: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Joey Gorczynski: $2,000
Johnny Eduardo: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Donald Sanchez: $2,OOO
William Albrecht: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Mike Messina: $1,500
Brett Rogers planning to lay on top of Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem
"All I know is (Werdum) loves to stay on the ground. He’ll stand up and try to pretend like he want(s) to fight. As soon as someone hit him- light- he’s gonna want to take you down … If I know for a fact that’s his "A" game down there, I’m not going to want to stay down there and play with him. And I consider myself a ‘C’ if anything on the ground … But I would go down there and lay on top of him. I’ll lay on top of him and bang with him. But I’m definitely not going to try to play that jiu-jitsu game off my back with him.
Silva Wants To Go Big, Before Going Home
The debate on who is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world wages on with only a handful of names considered: Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Fedor Emelianenko, and Miguel Torres. But make no mistake, Anderson Silva, despite recent criticism, still makes a strong case for consideration at the top.
Hermes Franca Talking September Return
Although the exact date isn't set, UFC Lightweight Hermes Franca says he's planning to return at UFC 103 in September, although a DUI case is still pending against him. Franca was to have fought Joe Lauzon in February but the fight was called off due to a Lauzon injury.
If Randy Can Do It, So Can Chuck
John Hackleman, long-time trainer of Chuck Liddell, doesn't necessarily agree with Dana White that Liddell's done. For one, it's Chuck's call-not Dana's. And considering Liddell has one fight left on his current UFC deal, there's a chance he might try and return like Randy Couture did after "retiring" even if it strains his relationship wtih White.