Fedor set to fight Tim Silvia!!!
Top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will fight Tim Sylvia on July 19.
The Russian mixed martial arts champion confirmed the bout to Sherdog. com on Tuesday.
"[Sylvia] is a good fighter, a strong fighter, the former UFC heavyweight champion, which is important," Emelianenko said via telephone from Stary Oskol, Russia. "I am looking forward to fighting him and training hard for this fight.
While Emelianenko was short on details, Sherdog. com has learned through sources close to the negotiations that Fedor-Sylvia would headline a card tentatively scheduled for the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, the home base of HDNet Fights.
HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon declined to comment on the report, however sources indicate the bout will air on the Mark Cuban-owned network and is rumored to be promoted by Affliction, a clothing brand closely tied to MMA.
Affliction had been connected with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, however a June 28 Las Vegas date has since been discarded.
Emelianenko, a 31-year-old sambo practitioner, has faced criticism from media and fans alike after a string of fights against less than stellar competition. Sylvia would represent the Russian's first ranked opponent since his unanimous decision over Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic nearly three years ago.
Widely regarded as the top heavyweight fighter in the world, Emelianenko (27-1-0, 1 NC) was recently freed from a letter of intent binding him to the now-defunct M-1 Global promotion.
Sylvia, 32, is coming off a submission loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in February at UFC 81. After a spirited performance that saw him batter his foe at will with strikes, Sylvia (24-4-0) eventually fell victim to a classic Nogueira come-from-behind performance and succumbed to a guillotine choke early in the third round.
Fedor Confirms Fight with Sylvia
Top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) will fight Tim Sylvia (Pictures) on July 19. The Russian mixed martial arts champion confirmed the bout to Sherdog.com on Tuesday.
"[Sylvia] is a good fighter, a strong fighter, the former UFC heavyweight champion, which is important," Emelianenko said via telephone from Stary Oskol, Russia. "I am looking forward to fighting him and training hard for this fight."
UFC Fighter Hopes To Become A "Pick-Up Artist"
UFC Welterweight and self-proclaimed geek Tamdan McCrory is in the running for a spot on the cast of VH1's reality dating show, "The Pickup Artist 2." McCrory is currently soliciting online votes on the show's casting website. He hopes to be one of eight applicants chosen to appear on the reality show for an eight-week seminar and competition to learn the ins and outs of the dating scene.
Triggonomics In The Squared Circie Soon?
That's a possibility. Former UFC & PRIDE fighter Frank Trigg is reportedly in talks with the TNA Wrestling promotion about becoming a full-time announcer with the promotion. Trigg is scheduled to work the promotion's next PPV on April 13.
Can Serra Do It Again?
The odds seemed insurmountable, the goal unattainable for the challenger at UFC 69.
Georges St-Pierre was the present and future of the UFC welterweight division one year ago. He was universally recognized as the top 170-lb fighter in the world, and among the top three in the game, pound-for-pound.
Lombard Signs With EliteXC
Cage Fighting Championships (CFC) Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard has signed a deal with EliteXC. His deal will allow him to fight in other organizations, including CFC.
Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Tim Sylvia Being Discussed For June
A proposed contest between Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia is currently in discussions according to a source close to the negotiations. Though our source informed us that this fight is a "solid possibility" it should be noted that it is far from a done deal and would require further negotiations if a basic agreement is reached. There are also other names in the works for both fighters should this fight fail to materialize.
The fight, however, if officially agreed to, will be held in Chicago this June under the newly formed Adrenaline MMA banner. The card is also set to feature Jeff Monson taking on Mike Russow in a heavyweight showdown.
Rachelle Leah Playboy cover coming soon
That’s right, numerous sources are reporting the former UFC Octagon Girl and current host of “UFC All Access,” Rachelle Leah, will grace the cover of Playboy sometime in the near future.
No exact date is known at this time.
Leonard Garcia discusses arrest, drug charges
WEC fighter Leonard Garcia, who was recently arrested for his alleged involvement in a major cocaine trafficking ring in Texas, vows his innocence and plans to fight all charges.
Garcia addressed the situation with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) when reached by email.
"I am fighting it because there is nothing but someone saying I was involved," said Garcia, who was released from jail on a recognizance bond and will return to court on May 5. "I hope to have a smile on my face after this is said and done, but I feel like I'm in a fight for my life."
Clementi Has No Love For Stout
Rich (No Love) Clementi is more than a fighter. He's a father, former Navy seabee, fight promoter and owner of the only 24-hour tanning salon in the state of Louisiana.
The 32-year-old mixed martial arts lightweight is also on a bit of a roll recently in the UFC, with impressive wins over Melvin (The Young Assassin) Guillard and Anthony (Rumble) Johnson.
STRIKEFORCE & ELITE XC FIGHTERS TEST CLEAN
The California State Athletic Commission tested every fighter on the recent Strikeforce and EliteXC co-promoted event in San Jose, Calif. for both drugs of abuse and performance enhancing drugs. The CSAC on Monday confirmed that every fighter also came back clean.
MMA Quick Quote: Monte Cox prefers Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell over Fedor
“I’m the CEO, so I’m going to make the matches. Well, they wanted a say. They wanted to be able to say, ‘we don’t like that match … we want to do something else.’ … I couldn’t make money with him. There was just no way we could make money with that kind of overhead. That became apparent. To take all of our investors’ money and put it around Fedor, it just didn’t make business sense…. I think people understand that I tried everything possible to make this happen. In business, sometimes it just doesn’t work. We bounced back, I think, very well. Getting Tim Sylvia is a huge coup for us. Without him, what would we have? We locked onto him. We locked onto Rothwell. Now, I actually feel better about where we’re headed than I did before. I would trade Fedor for Rothwell and Sylvia every day
Report: Shamrock Out At Least 8 Months
Frank Shamrock's broken arm won't keep him from fighting again, but it's going to be a while. How long depends on how fast his body heals up, but initial estimates are he will be out a minimum of 8 months.
Joe Rogan out, Kenny Florian in at UFC 83
Kenny Florian — not Joe Rogan — will be the color commentator alongside Mike Goldberg at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on April 19.
Here’s a snip from “Ken Flo:”
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s not only going to be a tremendous night of fights, but it will be a great experience for me to get in there and commentate and watch these amazing fights real up close and do what I normally do on the couch, and yell and scream, except do it on TV.”
Emerson (not Stephens) vs. Etim booked for UFC 84
British fighter Terry Etim (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will meet lightweight Rob Emerson (7-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) -- not Jeremy Stephens -- at a UFC 84 event that takes place May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The bout was today added to UFC.com's Events page.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, Etim was originally slated to face up-and-comer Stephens. However, we've since been told that Stephens was pulled from the bout to deal with a "minor legal situation," according to a source close to the fighter.
Stephens remains with the UFC and is expected to be added to a fight card this summer.
Etim will return to the octagon for the first time since a unanimous-decision loss to Gleison Tibau at this past September's UFC 75 event in London.
Prior to the loss -- the first of Etim's career -- the 22-year-old Brit made his UFC debut with a stunning comeback over Matt Grice at UFC 70. After getting beaten around for much of the first round, Etim reversed his position and locked in a fight-ending guillotine choke. He earned a $30,000 "Submission of the Night" bonus for the performance.
Monday Morning Reverie: Exactly How Good?
Kenny Florian toppled Joe Lauzon in the main event of UFC Fight Night last Wednesday, a solid event that was the perfect segue to season seven of the hit television series "The Ultimate Fighter."
It was a stellar performance by the inaugural "first runner up" from the first TUF reality series, and the win came against a sturdy, albeit young, opponent. But in the wake of Florian's second-round triumph over "J-Lau," the question remains: Exactly how good is Florian?
Former Pride Owners Sue Zuffa Holding Companies, Fertittas
When Zuffa purchased Pride in March 2007, the MMA world immediately began anticipating the epic battles that would follow. However, the "Super Bowl of MMA" never materialized, and Zuffa ultimately abandoned the Pride brand in October.
Now, one year later, the acquisition appears set to provide the fireworks it initially promised -- only in the court room instead of the cage.
Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Ubon, and Dream Stage Holdings sued Pride FC Worldwide, both the Nevada and Japanese corporate entities, as well as Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta individually on April 2 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.