Baroni to Japan - Phil Baroni Takes the World Victory Road
Fledgling Japanese mixed martial arts promotion World Victory Road on Friday announced that Phil Baroni would face Sanae Kikuta at its March 5 event at the Yoyogi National Stadium Gym in Tokyo.
The fight marks Baroni’s return to competition following a six-month suspension due to a positive drug test for Boldenone following his June 22 Strikeforce bout against Frank Shamrock. He became eligible to regain his license in California on Dec. 22.
Brandon Vera On His Fight With Tim Sylivia: "I’m ashamed to have been a part of it."
Brandon Vera has seemingly flown under the radar since his unanimous decision loss to Tim Sylvia at UFC 77. Vera revealed after the fight that he broke his hand in the very first exchange of the fight and had to adjust his game plan. MMAWeekly had the oppertunity to sit down with the rising heavyweight star to discuss the fight and his future.
Vera On Breaking His Hand In The Fight:
My thumb got caught and pulled back like a banana. I held my breath and pulled it real hard and it didn’t go back in. I finished the first round, went back to my coaches, who were like ‘(expletive) your left hand, you don’t need it! Use your right hand.’ I was like cool, I won’t use my left hand. I wanted to punch Tim so hard.I should have just kept touching and moving, instead of trying to light him up early. He started hitting me; I couldn’t hit him back. I started throwing short elbows to try and catch him on his way in. I sucked. That was one of the most boring fights ever. I’m ashamed to have been a part of it.
Jeff Joslin Not Returning At UFC 84
The injury bug continues to pester Jeff Joslin. UFC hoped to have him return at UFC 84 in April in Canada, but Joslin now says he won't be healed form his latest injury in time. He hasn't fought in UFC since a loss to Josh Koscheck at UFN 7.
Jon Fitch Hosting UFC 80 Party
UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch will be hosting a meet-and-greet and UFC 80 viewing party on January 19 in Toronto. The event is ahead of an MMA seminar he will be holding the next day.
White has UFC as dominant MMA force
You blow your nose with a Kleenex, you Xerox a document. Sure, there are plenty of tissue makers and even more companies producing copy machines, but Kleenex and Xerox achieved the unthinkable — the brand name supplanted the product.
UFC president Dana White would love to see that develop with his company in 2008. He's close to achieving the feat. Many casual fans and non-mixed martial arts media newcomers often tag the entire sport "UFC."
Gary Shaw of Elite XC knows there's a lot at stake this year. He would like to see UFC go the way of America Online. AOL was a juggernaut in the late '90s until the dreaded C-word — competition — reared its ugly head.
"World Champion"; What the heck does that mean?
When it came time to put together an MMA “champions” list - http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/7637366
- for FoxSports.com, InsideFighting was happy to help but we also knew that we would just be setting ourselves up for criticism no matter how he structured things. Boxing has had the time to develop international sanctioning bodies that, though decidedly imperfect, simplify who is recognized as a world champion and who is not.
The international boxing bodies also provide consistency in weight classes no matter if a fight is happening in New Jersey or Shanghai. MMA, in contrast, has been a product of individual promoters creating organizations, putting on fights and crowning champions on their own.
Exclusive: IFL Comments on UFC Champion Randy Couture
So, what is Randy Couture's involvement in the IFL Mixed Martial Arts league? Rumors have been swirling around the MMA world regarding the reigning UFC Champion, whose contract dispute or retirement (depending on whose legal analysis you listen to - UFC's or Couture's) has left him in a very interesting situation.
Couture, under contract to UFC, appeared at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Chris Horodecki's corner for the main event of IFL's Grand Prix Finals on December 29th, which was broadcast on billionaire Mark Cuban's HDNet. Earlier in December, IFL co-founder Kurt Otto mentioned Couture's name as a possible coach during the IFL's conference call to discuss their plans for 2008, but wouldn't commit to anything in terms of Couture's appearances.
Dida, Ruas Starting New Camp In Brazil
Former Chute Boxe members Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Murilo "Ninja" Rua, and Andre "Dida" Amade have begun the process fo forming their new camp, Universidade da Luta (UDL), which in English translates to Fight University. After considering relocating to North America, the three have decided to stay in Brazil and base the camp in Curitiba.
Angle On IFL, Shamrock Allegations
Former WWE Champion and current TNA Wrestling Champion Kurt Angle recently responded to allegations by the IFL and Ken Shamrock over Angle turning down a fight with Shamrock for a future IFL show, among other topics.
Tank To Headline TKO Again?
The TKO promotion revealed earlier this week that Tank Abbott vs. Steve Bosse may headline the TKO 33 event in March. Their scheduled fight at TKO 32 in February was postponed due to a Bosse injury.
Alessio Off 2/1 HCF Card
Hardcore Championship Fighting announced Wednesday that John Alessio is off their 2/1 event due to a knee injury. No replacement has been named yet for his fight against Derrick Noble.
Rick Roufus not cleared to fight Mark Kerr at WCO
Rick Roufus will not be facing Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride veteran Mark Kerr at this weekend’s World Cagefighting Organization/Valor Fighting event in San Diego according to the executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, Armando Garcia.
Vera Likely Out Until May
Brandon Vera says he will be out until at least May due to a broken bone in his thumb suffered in his loss to Tim Sylvia. UFC had wanted him to fight at UFC 82 in March.
Interviewing ‘Mixfight M-1’ president Vadim Finkelstein and vice-president Sergei Matvienko
Their impression of Yarennoka!, revealing future plans, potential Fedor's opponents and more
1. Whose idea was it originally to organize the Yarennoka! event?
Vadim: We had the idea a long time ago. Fedor is Pride champion who has fought in Japan forever. In 2007 Pride was purchased by one American company following which Pride died.
In October I got call from ex-Pride staff representative who told me there was an opportunity of organizing an event in Japan. Shortly thereafter we came to agreement that we’d hold an event called ‘M-1 Yarennoka!’ which would embody farewell to Pride.
Sergei: Yarennoka in Japanese means “Let’s do this” or “Can we do it?”. Actually we had this question in mind while arranging things. As far as I’m concerned we succeeded.
2. What problems did you come across while organizing this event?
Vadim: We had a bunch of problems as it was the first time we made an event of this caliber. Lack of time for instance. Also they gave us a smaller arena than we expected because there was not enough time to conduct a full-scale campaign advertising the upcoming event. So we decided to not take the risk. The arena could seat only 22’000 spectators but there were about 27’000 in attendance, the arena was pretty much overcrowded. It was simply impossible to dismantle the arena in one day.
Sergei: For the next event we’ll get the building which would seat 40’000 people. We are confident there still will be lack of free seats. It was the case the last time as a lot of potential viewers couldn’t get a ticket.
Please, anything but a Choi/Fedor rematch... WTH are they thinking,