Fedor Emelianenko responds to Andrei Arlovski, Freddie Roach, and Dana White
There are just 17 days until Fedor Emelianenko defends his WAMMA heavyweight title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski during Affliction and M-1’s “Day of Reckoning” on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Despite having recorded victories in the past over the likes for former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Arlovski could pose Fedor’s toughest test to date.
Fedor’s potential toughest test is also set to occur on the heels of his first loss in the World Combat Sambo Championships in nearly eight years. Fedor responded to the loss by claiming that it had little to no bearing on his career in MMA and that Combat Sambo was merely a hobby for him.
Some Notable Quotes From Dana White
Rumor of Chuck Liddell vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 100:
"It's possible. If Chuck can win in his next fight, then we could see that fight. Liddell has been open to fighting Anderson, so maybe that can be a fight we can make. "
Future of Wanderlei Silva after KO Loss:
"He still wants to fight. He is a fighter that I respected since I saw him over in Pride. As long as he wants to fight, we will continue to use him. He is a great fighter and that's why he is in the UFC.
Responds to Cro Cop talk about wanting to return to the UFC:
"We will welcome him with open arms. He is a guy that I respect, and when he left, there was really no bad blood. He needed to clear some things up, so if he wants to come back, he is welcome."
When Lesnar vs. Mir may take place:
"We don't know yet. Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that. It will be good."
Four Fights Scheduled to Be Televised at UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Franca
The UFC officially confirmed the full fight card for UFC Fight Night 17 emanating from the Sun Dome in Tampa, FL on 2/7/09. Currently, four fights are scheduled to be broadcast live on Spike, although as always, if we see quick finishes, under card fights will likely be shown.
The interesting part is the UFC's choice of which fights made the telecast:
-Joe Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca
-Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic
-Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone
-Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
-Rich Clementi vs. Gleison Tibau
-Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
-Kurt Pellegrino vs. Rob Emerson
-Jake Rosholt vs. Alessio Sakara
-Matt Grice vs. George Sotiropoulos
-Steve Bruno vs. Matt Riddle
Surging Luiz Cane Eyes Spring Return
Elbow surgery has kept Cane (9-1, 1 NC) out of the Octagon since he throttled Sokoudjou over the course of two rounds at UFC 89 in October. Still, the 27-year-old Brazilian has emerged as a viable threat at 205 pounds. All nine of his wins have ended with a finish, eight of them by knockout or technical knockout.
Cane indicated he turned down the opportunity to fight in March, but he believes he will be at full strength soon. “I told them I’ll be ready to fight from April on,” he says. “I asked to come back later in order to have more time to recover.”
Aaron Riley VS Shane Nelson At UFC 96
As the UFC gets ready to return to the Buckeye state on March 7 another fight has been confirmed. Season 8 "Ultimate Fighter" cast member Shane Nelson returns to action to face veteran fighter Aaron Riley in a lightweight match-up. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by several sources close to the fight.
WEC Plans to Expand with Flyweight Division
MMAWeekly.com sources on Tuesday revealed that the WEC is adding a 125-pound flyweight division. With WEC 38 in San Diego just three weeks away, no 125-pound bouts are expected for that fight card. The promotion's next event, likely in March, is a more apt candidate to host the WEC's new commitment to flyweight fighters.
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Roach predicts Arlovski to KO Fedor
There’s a slight sense of amusement coming from Freddie Roach when he breaks down student Andre Arlovski’s fight with Fedor Emelianenko. Roach is a man who's has spent his entire life looking at the hands as weapons, along with the subtle and not-so-subtle elements that make boxing a science. But he's been thrown into the world of MMA through Arlovski, and he's doing his best to take it in stride. His vocabulary is limited; when he looks at Arlovski’s chances, it’s really just a best guess. When the topic of Emelianenko’s armbar comes up, a smile creeps onto his face.
“He looks pretty effective on the ground from what I can see,” Roach says. “He’s really good at the armbar, I guess it’s called. How he gets those guys in the position for an armbar is pretty clever.”
Still, Roach knows what his student is up against. Facing Emelianenko is as much about his legend as his fighting ability.
“If I saw him in the street, I wouldn’t be scared of him,” he says with another smile. “But I’d be wrong.”
Rich Franklin ready for middleweight return against Michael Bisping following UFC 93 and TUF 9
“I have not personally spoken to Dana, the UFC or any of the production people about [TUF 9]. Six weeks in Vegas, I’ve gotten to the point where I could care less for staying in Vegas for that period of time. It’s time away from my family and time away from doing the things I can do to make money. The show doesn’t pay very well. But anything the UFC asks me to do, I’m always on board for. I guess they would more than likely — whoever, between Dan and I wins — they’d do that fight at 185 pounds. How that makes sense to me I’m not sure, but I take it one fight at a time. So if the UFC comes to me and says, ‘We’re doing the Bisping fight at 185 pounds,’ then it is what it is.”
-A reluctant but agreeable Rich Franklin confirmed today that the winner of his light heavyweight battle with Dan Henderson at UFC 93 will be asked to oppose TUF 3 winner Michael “The Count” Bisping on the ninth season of the UFC and SpikeTV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.” Franklin recently moved back to light heavyweight after going 0-2 against current middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. While a return to TUF might go a long way in attracting casual viewers, it sounds like “Ace” would rather be somewhere a little more lucrative at this stage of his career. All of this is of course moot if Franklin is unable to defeat “Hollywood”.
Going, Going, Gomi
After suffering his second consecutive loss, former top ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi will be taking some time out of the spotlight to work on getting his fight game back to where it once was. Gomi, one of Japan’s most popular fighters, states that he needs to get back in the gym to learn and not teach.
After his most recent lackluster performance against Satoru Kitaoka, which found him on the wrong end of an achilles lock at “Sengoku no Ran 2008,” Gomi is calling for change.
Marcus Davis Talks Money
There is a common conception that boxers are better paid than MMA fighters. According to Marcus Davis this is not the case.
“That isn't really true. I had 24 pro boxing matches and have made much, much more in MMA than I did in boxing and I have an equal amount of fights. Now the big stars in boxing make a ridiculous amount but the under card guys aren’t making what I make when I fight as an under card on a UFC event. I switched to MMA because of many reasons - one being I loved the sport and was tired of being burned in boxing.”
UFC and WEC Veterans to Bolster MFC Middleweight Division
The Maximum Fighting Championship has recently added three new fighters to it’s ever-growing middleweight division - Rory Singer and Solomon Hutcherson, who were both featured on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show as well as former World Extreme Cagefighting middleweight contender Bryan Baker.
Singer and Baker have signed to fight each other at MFC 20 on February 20 while Hutcherson could make his promotional debut on the card as well if Mark Pavelich and company are able to find a suitable opponent for him in time for the event.
Pedro Rizzo Returns In February
With only one fight in 2008, Pedro Rizzo stayed out of the card of Affliction’s second edition, that happens in January 24th at California. Despite the time without fighting, Rizzo wishes to come back to the rings in the following month, at a M1 event. “Affliction will make four shows in 2009, and will be ten of M1, which is partner of Affliction. I spoke with Tom Atencio to see if he puts me to fight at M1, that will happen in February. I think it’ll happen, it’s not closed yet, but there’s the possibility of fight”, said Pedro, training in the expectative to the fight.
“I’m already training, February is coming… It’s only two months.
Alex Davis Says He'll Fight CSAC Action in Antonio Silva Steroid Case
The California State Athletic Commission came down hard on Antonio Silva for flouting his steroid suspension and fighting in Japan last weekend, but they also proposed to fine and suspend his manager, American Top Team’s Alex Davis, for setting up the bout. Davis isn’t taking the action lying down however, as he told us this afternoon that he plans to pursue the matter in civil court.
“We’ve got to. I don’t see any other options at this point,” said Davis, who maintains that he can prove Silva’s innocence on the steroid charges. “We’re going to go through civil court.”
Lesnar and Couture training together?
Don’t be surprised to see Brock Lesnar and Randy Couture back in the cage together this year.
This time they’ll be training partners, though.
UFC heavyweight champion Lesnar inquired about a visit to Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas when he spoke with the UFC Hall of Famer at UFC “Fight for the Troops” on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville, N.C.
“I told him that would be fine,” said Couture, who lost his sixth career title to Lesnar at UFC 91 on Nov. 15 in Las Vegas.
Jonathan Goulet vs Tamdan McCrory UFC 97 fight possible for April 18
Jonathan Goulet has been approached about competing against Tamdan McCrory in front of his hometown fans at UFC 97 on April 18 from The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada according to Sherdog.com.
The “Road Warrior,” however, must first receive medical clearance before the welterweight tilt is finalized. He was suspended after getting knocked silly by Mike Swick at UFC Fight Night 16: “Fights for the Troops” in his most recent outing on December 10.
No weighty concerns as a slimmer Mark Coleman readies for UFC 93
"The weight came off a lot easier than anticipated," Coleman said. "I don't see it being a problem making weight, so I'm happy about that. I'm healthy and just need to get through a few more practices, and I'll be ready to go."
Coleman said a new diet helped him easily drop the weight.
He currently weighs 220 pounds – "or a little less," he said – and expects no problems once he arrives at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland, next week.