Arona: ''UFC Rules Were Made For Me
Nearly 16 months have passed since Ricardo Arona (Pictures), a man once universally received as one of the world’s premier light heavyweights, appeared on the mixed martial arts scene. A former open-weight winner at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships, the elusive 30-year-old holds wins over Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) and Dan Henderson (Pictures) and went the distance with Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures).
Arona last fought in April 2007, when he succumbed to strikes against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Pictures) at the Pride Fighting Championships swan song -- Pride 34 “Kamikaze” -- in Japan.
Do Affliction’s numbers smell fishy?
At first glance, it appeared that Affliction’s first-ever pay-per-view on July 19 in Anaheim was a relative success story. It was announced that the Honda Center sold out for “Banned” and Tom Atencio, the company’s Vice President, stated that PPV buys were expected to be over 100,000.
While the 100,000 mark would have been well short of the UFC’s average, it still would have been a milestone for the fledgling company, as it would have represented the highest total in MMA for a non-UFC PPV in the United States.
However, it appears that Atencio may have mis-spoke, as Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports is indicating that early-cable estimates peg the buys in a range between 50,000-85,000. It had been believed that the event would need to do 250,000-300,000 buys to have a chance to break even.
WEC Signs FW Prospect John Franchi
World Extreme Cagefighting has signed undefeated featherweight prospect and one-time IFL fighter John Franchi (4-0) to a five-fight deal.
He's the latest major signing coming out of the New York-based Team BombSquad. Team manager Ryan Ciotoli confirmed the signing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) over the weekend.
Franchi is the latest in a rash of IFL-fighter signings for Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC and WEC.
With the IFL reportedly just days away from officially ceasing operations, a Zuffa LLC buyout announcement is expected soon.
SHIELDS ACCEPTING ALL CHALLENGES, EVEN AT 185
Since signing on with Elite XC in 2007, it was Jake Shields mission to become the company’s first welterweight champion and after a lot of hard work, numerous opponents, going through his first major injury and his debut fight on network TV, he finally got the gold around his waist.
Most fans watching Elite XC knew that Shields was the real deal going into his fight with Nick Thompson, but some still questioned if he could hang with many of the top welterweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the promotion that is home to the majority of the top 170lbers.
Shields answered that question in resounding fashion as he tapped out Thompson, who was previously on a 12 fight win streak, in just over a minute during their championship bout on Saturday night.
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Kala Kolohe vs. Rolando Dominique (Non Title Fight)
- Icon Champ Kala Kolohe fights NFL safety Reggie Tongue's brother, Rolando Dominique. Dominique posts a complete record of 6-1, and is coming off a 1st round KO win. Fight is at catch weight of 180lbs.
Mark Oshiro vs. Bao Quach (140 North American Title Fight )
-Hawaii's "Bantamweight Chuck Liddell" Mark Oshiro steps up to fight streaking, high-ranked vet Bao Quach for the Icon title.
Phil Baroni vs. Ron Verdadero
-Two fighters at career crossroads. Verdadero is an always-game vet who started fighting for Icon when it was still called Super Brawl. Plain and simple...Baroni needs this win, and Verdadero is not a push-over. Fight to be held at 175lbs.
John Alessio Signs With EliteXC
Former UFC & PRIDE fighter John Alessio, who most recently fought in WEC, has signed a 3-fight deal with EliteXC. Terms and whether the contract is exclusive or not were not disclosed.
EliteXC signs welterweight John Alessio to three-fight deal
Veteran fighter John Alessio, who's won four of his past five fights, has agreed to a three-fight deal with EliteXC, sources close to the fighter tell MMAjunkie.com.
Alessio, a former UFC and PRIDE fighter, could become an immediate contender for the organization's 170-pound title, which was won by Jake Shields this past weekend.
Former IFL Fighter Assaulted In Canada
Former IFL fighter Claude Patrick was part of a group of people assaulted in Quebec following an MMA event Sunday. Patrick, who was not on the event card, was reportedly tasered from behind and later placed in a medically induced coma by doctors. He has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home from what appears to be only minor injuries.
Pedro Rizzo Fighting At Affliction 2
Pedro Rizzo’s debute on Affliction wasn’t the way he was expecting. After ten months away from fighting, the Brazilian fighter felt a little the time but didn’t searched for excuses to explain the loss. “It was my fault. I did everything right, trained hard, but didn’t used it on the fight, I got stucked on the ring. I believe it’s because of the ten months without fighting, but I don’t have excuses. I was trained, ready, but didn’t fought well”, said Rizzo, that will fight again at Affliction’s second show. “I’ll fight at October 11th, but I don’t know whom yet. They (Affliction) talked about Paul Buentello, but there’s nothing right yet”, finished the athlete, that is back on trainings for his next fight.
Cro Cop Knows What You’ve Been Saying About Him
"I see many people speaking about me as a washed-up fighter but this is just another boost to my motivation. I’m working hard to get back on track and meeting and defeating strong competitors in the ring is all that I think of nowdays. "
Mazzagatti: "I Almost Disqualified Cyborg"
PRO MMA exclusive with Steve Mazzagatti as he discusses what happened with Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in her fight with Shayna Baszler when at one point Cyborg thought she had won the fight and jumped up on the top of the cage in victory before the fight was over.
Tito: ''I've Made Peace With Shamrock''
MIXED martial arts legend Tito Ortiz may have cut his ties with the UFC, but the Huntington Beach Bad Boy's legacy will be forever etched into the company's history.
Ortiz, 33, made his final Octagon appearance against Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 earlier this year, but suffered defeat to the Brazilian by unanimous decision.
He is now rumoured to be in talks about signing a deal with the newly-launched Afflicition promotion - backed by Ortiz's friend Donald Trump - to prolong his MMA career.
Tito Ortiz Signs With Affliction. Will Debut At Next Event
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has signed with Affliction and will debut with the promotion at Affliction 2 on October 11th against former UFC light heavyweight challenger Renato “Babalu” Sobral, according to Yahoo! Sports:
Sources tell Yahoo! Sports that the Oct. 11 date has been submitted to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and that the first two fights named on the card are Fedor Emelianenko versus Andrei Arlovski, and the Ortiz-Babalu fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Roy Englebrecht will be the licensed fight promoter for the card.
L.C. Davis to replace injured Cub Swanson at Aug. 5 WEC
WEC veteran Cub Swanson (12-2) suffered a broken hand during a recent training session, and former IFL fighter L.C. Davis (10-1) has agreed to serve as his replacement at WEC 35, an event that takes place Aug. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Davis will fight Swanson's originally scheduled opponent, Hiroyuki Takaya (9-5-1).
BARNETT'S BITTERSWEET VICTORY
Josh Barnett has become accustomed to fighting his friends. After the downfall of Pride Fighting Championships last February, the Seattle native has faced a shrinking pool of opponents as the Ultimate Fighting Championship siphoned the majority of top-tier heavyweight talent in the industry. Before his KO victory over Pedro Rizzo in last week’s inaugural Affliction card, Barnett fought former training partners Hidehiko Yoshida and Jeff Monson in the first half of 2008. His sense of professionalism and competition led him past any misgivings that might affect his performance — he still pummeled the two to victory — but it was a bittersweet payday.
The brotherhood of old-guard opponents, something Barnett has talked about often, made his fight with Pedro Rizzo especially hard. Even though Rizzo had knocked him out cold at UFC 30 in 2001, a feat Yoshida and Monson couldn’t accomplish, Barnett regretted the outcome of the fight.
“Before the fight, during the fight, it’s completely destroy everybody mode,” Barnett told reporters after the fight. “But afterwards, I have to be honest, I felt pretty upset… I wasn’t really happy that I knocked Pedro out, because there’s not a lot of people in this world that really have a beautiful soul, and Pedro’s one of them. At the time, it didn’t even matter that he’d beaten me before, it was more about I wish it could have been somebody else.”