What's Next for Josh Barnett and Why It Matters
1. He lost a lot of money for the Fedor fight and a chance to solidify himself as the top heavyweight fighter in MMA.
This fight was probably one of, if not, the highest-paying fights Josh was ever going to get in his life. Whether you believe the figure is $300,000 or $500,000, that’s a lot of money to make for one fight. He’s not going to get that money anywhere else – not in Japan and not in UFC. ... What Barnett has to hope for is that there is still interest in Japan to book this fight on New Year’s Eve
Antonio Silva Could Fight for Sengoku Heavyweight Title in December, Wants Josh Barnett
Antonio Silva gave Tatame some interesting news regarding the Sengoku heavyweight title picture on Sunday. Here's an excerpt (roughly translated by yours truly) from the post they've got up:
Pezão eyes title fight in Sengoku
Owner of three heavyweight championships (EliteXC, Cage Rage and Cage Warriors), Antonio "Pezão" [Silva] is training to return to Sengoku on September 23rd, and now has even more motivation to win. "I have two more fights in Sengoku, and, winning this fight... I'll fight for the title in December. They're going to create a championship and I'll fight for the title," said the American Top Team heavyweight, who is still without an opponent.
Don't Blame Randy Couture for the Death of Affliction Entertainment
Jonathan Snowden wrote a piece for MMA Payout suggesting Randy Couture killed Affliction. I disagree with the argument, but everyone should take a look for themselves:
"When Couture retired from the UFC in 2007 while still under contract, it was for two reasons: money and a chance to fight the undisputed world heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. Affliction risked everything on the Couture-Emelianenko fight, throwing their business relationship with the UFC out the window for the chance to promote what many thought was the biggest heavyweight fight in the world. Couture was all in, or so they thought. The two stood face to face for an Affliction photo shoot to start getting fans excited about the fight, and Couture made an appearance at Affliction’s first PPV show July 19, 2008. It was all in an effort to get people talking about the next show, headlined in theory by the dream fight between the PRIDE and UFC champions. And then Couture stuck the knife in the back..."
Paul 'Semtex' Daley: 'I'm Still in Disbelief'
British striker Paul "Semtex" Daley was wrapping up nearly nine weeks of training for his Aug. 1 showdown against former IFL champ Jay Hieron when he learned of the Affliction "Trilogy" cancellation.
"I was and I'm still in disbelief," Daley tells FanHouse. "I put a lot of effort into this camp, training and financially. It's left me [expletive]."
Griffin Reacts to Affliction's Demise
It's safe to say that Forrest Griffin will have a job in the UFC for the remainder of his MMA career. The fighter who is largely credited for resurrecting the promotion as a result of his April 2005 fight against Stephan Bonnar on Spike TV should expect nothing less.
LOST IN THE DETAILS, FORREST READY FOR ANDERSON
The principle running through Forrest Griffin’s new-ish book “Got Fight? 50 Zen principles of Hand-to-Face Combat” is one he'll use to defeat Anderson Silva at UFC 101.
Lose yourself in the details.
"If you think about what a bad dude Anderson Silva is, you can (expletive) yourself silly," Griffin explained to MMAWeekly.
DREAM 12 HEADED FOR OSAKA
Japanese MMA promotion DREAM is headed to Osaka for DREAM 12.
The 16,000-seat Osaka-Jo Hall will host the event on Oct. 25, over three weeks away from the conclusion of the promotion’s Featherweight and Super Hulk tournaments at DREAM 11 on Oct. 6.
RING OF FIRE: GUNDERSON SEIZING TITLE SHOT
After continued success in the Northwest fight circuit, John “Quick Guns” Gunderson has found it difficult to break through on the national stage.
Rollercoaster results in the International Fight League (IFL) were followed up by a lengthy amount of time off due to injury, further setting back what had looked like a promising career.
Undeterred, a return to action this year has seen Gunderson go 3-1. He’s on the verge of possibly making the breakthrough into the spotlight with a title shot in the highly respected Ring of Fire promotion on Aug. 1 against tough Chilean fighter Fabian Acuna.
UFC'S BRAD BLACKBURN OUT UNTIL 2010
One fighter who has made the most of his UFC opportunity over the last year is former IFL welterweight “Bad” Brad Blackburn.
Since making his debut for the UFC this past December, he has won all three of his fights for the promotion, turning in gritty, solid performances against James Giboo, Ryo Chonan, and Edgar Garcia.
It is his success that makes the recent news that he will be out for the remainder of the year that much more disappointing.
Report: Heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Frank Mir could meet at UFC 107 in December
A heavyweight matchup between recently defeated contenders Checik Kongo (14-5-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Frank Mir (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is reportedly in the works for UFC 107.
A report earlier this month from MMABay – a U.K.-based website with ties to Kongo's training camp – linked the 34-year-old to the event, and a subsequent posting from Canadian-based Spotsnet.ca indicated Mir is the French striker's tentative opponent.
UFC 107 is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Ortiz vs. Franklin & Henderson vs. Belfort on deck for UFC 103?
Drastic changes to UFC 103 appear to be underway.
Adding fuel to the fire, a newly available fighter such as Tito Ortiz or Vitor Belfort could be seeing action in the Octagon on September 19th as UFC.com has recently removed the previously announced rematch between Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson scheduled to headline UFC 103 in Dallas, TX.
Gray Maynard has a plan: Kick Roger Huerta’s ass on Sept. 16
“I’m trying to learn how I can avoid (getting caught). If I get caught, then I’m an idiot. Because that’s part of the sport: defense. Blocking stuff, movement, which I think a lot of guys don’t do. You see offense everywhere, but if you can just move a little bit, it’s a lot easier. I’m here to win. (I’m not going to say), ‘I think it’s going to be a bloody, an unbelievable throwdown [and] we’re going to get the fight of the night check.’ To be honest, I don’t even want it to be close. I want to kick this dude’s ass. That’s the plan.”
Feud between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal escalates with "Rampage" blog post
A budding rivalry that took center stage earlier this month during the festivities surrounding UFC 100 continues to gain steam two weeks later.
In a blog post on FightHype.com by Quinton Jackson, which the former UFC champion also advertised on his Twitter account, "Rampage" blasts prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
"This punk ass dude 'King Mo' is all butt-hurt because I don't know who the hell he is," Jackson stated. "Straight up, if you're not one of my friends or fighting one of my friends or a potential later opponent, I might not get a chance to watch your fight. So I didn't know who the hell 'King Mo' was and now [he's] crying like a little girl."