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Fedor Emelianenko Makes The New York Times
This is a big deal. The NYT is considered the paper of record by almost every journalist in the country. Here's the lede from the article:
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 1:06PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Despite Comments, Swick Likely Not Facing Alves At 94, Future TBD
Although comments recently made by Marcus Davis suggest otherwise, sources have confirmed that his comments about Mike Swick vs. Thiago Alves happening at UFC 94 are false. In fact, Swick's next fight likely will be determined by the outcome of the BJ Penn-Georges St. Pierre fight at 94. Should GSP win, Swick likely will have to take a fight against someone other than Alves.
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 12:49PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Freddie Roach Is Going To "Eat Crow" For Fedor Remarks
Josh Barnett certainly thinks so. Barnett says Roach is quite wrong about comments he made about Fedor being, among other things, "flat footed" with "no technique".
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 11:49AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Luis Cane vs Steve Cantwell UFC 97 fight likely
Surging light heavyweight contender Luis Cane (9-1) will likely get to sink his chops into the last man to hold the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 205-pound title, Steve Cantwell (7-1), at UFC 97 from The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 18. “Banha” was supposed to collide with Keith Jardine; however, “The Dean of Mean” now has bigger and better things to take care of, namely Quinton “Rampage” Jackson,” after division champion Rashad Evans revealed he would not be ready in time for UFC 96 in March.
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 4:46AM by Wolfenstein - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
He arrived in Las Vegas to kick off the New Year, and was blown away by its training atmosphere. “I’ve never trained this hard in my life,” he says. “We train in Holland maybe one, two hours in the morning, maybe two hours in the evening. Training over here, wow. I’m training with the best, so I’ll be with the best.” When MMAWeekly catches up to him, he’s giving Stephan Bonnar fits inside the caged sparring area of Xtreme Couture. After the session, Bonnar walks over and taps his glove. “Thanks for the ass kicking,” the UFC light heavyweight says.
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 4:43AM by Wolfenstein - 2 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Sokoudjou Kicks Off New Year At Afflcition
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has too much time on his hands. He’s just finished a training session with mentor Dan Henderson and the others at Team Quest South, and says he has a stack of 10 DVD’s waiting for him at home.
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 1:24AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Pulver Fighting For Relevancy
Former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver is looking to get back on the winning track when he takes on Urijah Faber at WEC 38 in a major rematch from their fight back in June of last year. Pulver is training for this fight on a little bit of short notice, but he takes it all in stride.
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 1:19AM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC
Chase Beebe To Sign 3-Fight Deal With DREAM
Former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe has announced his intention to sign a three-fight deal with Japanese promotion DREAM this week. The fighter confirmed his intentions to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday evening.
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 1:18AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: Dream
Gilbert Yvel Cleared To Fight At Affliction II On Saturday
Controversial Dutch heavyweight Gilbert Yvel has been officially cleared to face Josh Barnett at Affliction's "Day of Reckoning" on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif. Bill Douglas, Assistant Executive Officer of the California State Athletic Commission, informed MMAWeekly.com that Yvel had submitted his final paperwork a little after 5 p.m. today and was subsequently issued a license to compete.
Submitted Jan 22, 2009 1:16AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Breaking: Horodecki Off Affliction 2
Although few details are known at this time beyond it perhaps being neurologically-related, word just broke that Chris Horodecki will not be medically cleared by the CSAC to fight Saturday and thus is off Affliction: Day Of Reckoning. Affliction is trying to find a replacement for his original opponent, Dan Lauzon.
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 8:42PM by DCRage - 21 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Ronys Torres Off UFN 18
Ronys Torres' UFC debut that was scheduled for UFN 18 on April 1 is now off. Torres has suffered a knee injury and will need surgery, which will keep him out up to 6 months. No word yet on the fate of Torres' planned opponent, Melvin Guillard.
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 5:48PM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nissen Osterneck vs. Nate Loughran targeted for UFC Fight Night 18 bout
One-time World Extreme Cagefighting fighter Nissen Osterneck (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will likely make his UFC debut against Nate Loughran (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in April at UFC Fight Night 18. The fight is in the works and has been pitched to at least one of the fighters, a source close to one of the competitors told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 3:50PM by Wolfenstein - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gegard Mousasi mulls move to light heavyweight to possibly face winner of Affliction’s Sobral vs Sokoudjou
“To me the next challenge is to move up a division. It’s not because I don’t see middleweight as a challenge but because my body’s getting bigger. I always came down, came down and because of my age my body’s getting bigger and bigger. It’s something that I needed to do. I think the timing is good to go up. I may fight the winner of Babalu vs. Sokoudjou but I don’t know for sure. It’s eventually up to Affliction and M-1 who they want me to fight. It’s a tough division because every guy is explosive, every guy is fast and has good strength. It’s a tough division and there’s a lot of good names. It’s not my goal to be the best light heavyweight in the world, something I’ve always wanted is to be a heavyweight. I plan, over one year maybe two years, to build to heavyweight.”
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 3:45PM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
Jeff Curran vs Joseph Benavidez WEC 40 fight booked for Chicago April 5
There is a possible bantamweight number one contender eliminator match being discussed between former featherweight top contender Jeff Curran (29-10-1) and the undefeated training partner of Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez (9-0), for WEC 40 in Chicago, Ill., on April 5. Curran’s last two fights for the Zuffa-owned promotion have been in the 145-pound featherweight division. In those two matches we saw him lose to former champion Urijah Faber by submission at WEC 31 and then fall to reigning division kingpin Mike Thomas Brown via decision at WEC 34 in June.
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 1:00PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
Bellator Fighting Championships announces signing of Jorge Masvidal
Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, one of Florida’s top fighters. As the latest addition to the lightweight (155 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament, premiering on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009, Masvidal is poised for a breakout performance on the national MMA scene.
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 12:59PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Matyushenko Ready For Lil Nog
Sometimes a fight goes under the radar during the hyping period that often precursors large MMA events. For this Saturday’s Affliction show, "Day of Reckoning," that fight could very well be the light-heavyweight mach-up between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko. While both fighters are widely regarded as Top 10 talent, the unassuming nature of each man makes for a fight that could easily exceed expectations.
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 12:58PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: Affliction
MMA Quick Quote: Fedor Emelianenko and Kirill Sidelnikov beat each other with branches
“The sauna helps with rejuvenation between practices. We boil the water, then we get the steam. We get massages and beat each other with branches. It helps get rid of all the lactic acid. It helps with restoration so you can start the week full of energy.” – The last man to hold the Pride FC heavyweight title, Fedor Emelianenko, reveals a bizarre (and perhaps antiquated) recuperative practice that he and his primary training partner, Kirill Sidelnikov, often rely on to stay fresh after training sessions. The sauna is located in a rundown house in Emelianenko’s hometown of Stary Oskol, Russia. The odd-looking procedure was demonstrated through fogged glass during the 60-minute “Baddest Man on the Planet” special, which aired on FOX Sports Net (FSN) this evening. If you missed the show, go watch it. Fedor is unlike any other major mixed martial arts fighter in the world on so many different levels. It’s remarkable, really.
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 9:33AM by SmileR - 10 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos to battle Marloes Coenen at XMMA 7: Inferno
XMMA has announced that EliteXC veteran Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will battle Marloes Coenen at XMMA 7: Inferno on Friday, February 27 in Montreal, Quebec.
Submitted Jan 21, 2009 1:27AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
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