Dennis Hallman vs. Sean Salmon Set for Nov. 16 Strikeforce Event
Dennis Hallman (37-12-2), a longtime MMA fighter best known for twice defeating former UFC champion Matt Hughes, will take on Sean Salmon (14-4) at the Nov. 16 Strikeforce event in San Jose, Calif.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the booking from Salmon.
The fight will be the alternate bout for Strikeforce’s four-man middleweight tournament — the first ever sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.
IFL WEIGH-INS HIT SOME SNAGS
The weigh-ins for the International Fight League’s first World Grand Prix tournament took place Friday, but not without a few bumps in the road.
Donny Liles was 6 lbs. over the max limit of 171 and Horwich, Ray, and Heleno came in overweight as well. It is surprising to see this many fighters come in overweight. This is bad for the IFL, right when they were trying to get back on track. Their first time live on tv and they have four fighters who can't make weight.
Rashad Evans: "I’m just a better fighter than Bisping."
Rashad Evans seems to be feeling very confident about his upcoming clash with fellow TUF winner and light heavyweight contender Michael Bisping.
I do just about everything better than Michael Bisping, said Evans. "I think he’s pretty tough but I’m just a better fighter than him. I felt Bisping had a hard time with Hamill. He was being more physical than him — and I’m definitely going to be more physical than Bisping. I want to make my mark and say, ‘This is where it’s at’."
Evans, who last fought the ever popular Tito Ortiz to a draw last July at UFC 73, is undefeated and looks to step past Bisping at UFC 78 for a possible light heavyweight title shot against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
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M-1 Global Planning New Year’s Event?
Famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, who recently signed with the restructured M-1 Global fight promotion, today issued a letter to his fans in Japan, and in it, he hinted that the organization might hold a New Year’s show in Japan.Emelianenko’s letter, translated into English, appears on the M-1 Global website.
Ken Shamrock Sues The UFC
The following was part of a radio interview conducted on MMAWeekley Radio:
“The fact is, we have a lawsuit going on right now,” Shamrock stated in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “They released me from my contract. I had one fight left. Now, we’re going to go after them for the damages and that’s why I couldn’t fight. I couldn’t fight because I was holding up to my end of the bargain with them. Then they turn around and didn’t hold up to their end of the bargain because they released me from my contract illegally, they breeched my contract, I am now open and ready to fight.”
Shogun Rua On His Knee, Forrest Griffin, Couture, And His Future
Below are excerpts from an interview conducted with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua by punchdrunkgamer.com:
Shogun on his knee:
The knee is great, the surgery was a success and the doctor told me that everything is running better than the original schedule. I'm already doing physiotherapy and I think that I will be fight training in December. I will be back fighting in February or March, I hope so.
Shogun on a rematch with Forrest Griffin and a possible fight with Tito Ortiz:
I don’t like to choose my opponents, I want the UFC belt and I'm sure that Forrest will be in my way to accomplish this. So a rematch is just a matter of time. As I told you, I don't choose my opponents but I can fight Ortiz, no problem. Now that I have a recent defeat I will need to prove that I can have the UFC belt and Ortiz is probably living with the same situation. There is good chance for this fight to happen.
Shogun on Couture, Fedor and M-1:
I like the idea to have more Events like the UFC and PRIDE. It is good for the sport, the fighters and for the fans. Someone told me about the money offers for both (Fedor and Randy), if the numbers are true I'm sure that it is great news for all of the fighters, the sport is going for a new level. M-1 for now is a good promise, UFC is a reality and I think that Fedor is trying to get the best for his career. Randy is the UFC image and maybe there is something that they will fix and we will see him in the UFC again.
Travis Lutter: "I can beat Anderson Silva."
Travis Lutter recently sat down with fighthype.com for an interview. Below is an interesting excerpt:
Lutter On Anderson Silva:
I really think I can beat Anderson Silva. I made a mistake during the fight and as far as the weight cut. I don't want to take anything away from Anderson's win. I made a mistake in the fight and got caught and I don't think I would make it again. I'd like to fight him again. I think I could take him down and impose my game the way I was. I'd really like to get another shot at Anderson. I think stylistically, I match up a lot better than most of the middleweights in the world with him.
California State Athletic Commission: The epitome of the paradox
An article that hits almost every point you can regarding the CSAC. It gives information on their members, their decisions, and a historical sequence of decisions that lead to indecisive judgements on fighters, administrative problems, and overall zero knowledge about the appeals. Outlines Sean Sherk, Phil Baroni, James Toney, and others as far as wacky circumstances that have occurred at the CSAC. Overall, great article on the inside of the appeals and the CSAC in general.
Baroni Not Happy With Reduced Sentance
LOS ANGELES – Phil Baroni looked morose as he exited his hearing with the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday. His suspension of one year had been reduced to six months, but his name was not cleared.
“It feels like a loss to me,” Baroni told reporters. “I’m convicted of using steroids. I didn’t use steroids. I thought I took enough tests to prove I didn’t. I wanted more than anything to prove I didn’t do it. To be cleared of it. And I’m not. I’m labeled guilty. “I’ll be able to fight soon, but I still didn’t get what I wanted.”
Baroni testified in front of the CSAC board for nearly a half-hour, flatly denying any steroid use and speaking at length about his career and training methods.
The centerpiece of his defense was four separate steroid tests he took around the time of his fight. The first was taken at the behest of manager Ken Pavia, who claimed he ordered it prior to the fight after discovering one of the 67 supplements Baroni was taking carried a warning for causing false positives. Baroni said he didn’t want the test floating around for possible detection by the media, so he had his fiancé’s name used in the results.
Ken Shamrock vs. Frank Shamrock? EliteXC Wants To Make It Happen
EliteXC Executive Gary Shaw admitted in a conference call this week that he has held discussions about hosting a fight between brothers Ken and Frank Shamrock. This adds fuel to a fire that the two adopted brothers have stoked for years.
“I talked to my team about it,” Shaw said. “I would love to do brother versus brother. It would be a great promotion.”
Liddell Ready To Welcome Silva Back To UFC
No one was more excited by the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s official announcement that Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva would finally fight at UFC 79 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas than Liddell himself.
"I'm very excited," the former light heavyweight champion told MMAWeekly.com. “I've been waiting for this fight for a long, long time.”
The bout has been years in the making and many believed it would never happen, including Liddell, "I thought that for a long time. I've always said I'll be surprised when it does (happen), but I'm happily surprised now and I can't wait until we get there."
Now that the bout agreements have been signed and the fight is official, Dec. 29 cannot come soon enough for Liddell.