EliteXC announces Shamrock vs. Baroni
After months of deliberations, one of the most anticipated showdowns in mixed martial arts history will finally come to fruition when former UFC middleweight champion, Frank Shamrock, battles fellow knockout artist and consummate showman, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni, for the vacant Strikeforce world middleweight (185 lb. limit) championship during the main event of “Judgment Day,” a live, Pay Per View televised Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will take place at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Friday, June 22nd.
Future PRIDE plans
Daily Sports has a report quoting Nobuhiko Takada about the upcoming Lightweight GP tournament. Takada is quoted as saying that it will begin on July 16th at Nagoya’s Rainbow Hall. Interestingly enough, he also claims that PRIDE 35 will take place in California this June.
In Nikkan Sports, Takada discusses a proposal to create a large PRIDE-themed museum (and gym) in Roppongi (Tokyo).
Some Joe Doerkson News.
Joe Doerksen has signed a 3 fight contract with Pride and is rumored to fight in the next Pride card, He has recently trained with Rich Franklin helping prepare Franklin for Jason. He also trained with Jeremy 'Gumby' Horn, and last weekend had a warm-up fight in Japan in DEEP. Joe won via Triangle choke. Is anyone excited to see how he fairs in Pride. He has recently fought in the IFL and has faught Matt Lindland in the UFC which he lost and therefore didn't get another fight in the UFC. I have been impressed with his performance and wanna see how a fellow Canadian will do in Pride. So anyone wanna send some War Doerksen for some good luck in his upcoming fights?
Fedor vs Lindland
"I absolutely, absolutely would like a rematch,” said Lindland. “I’m not saying the outcome would have been any different but that’s a much different fight if the referee does what he’s supposed to and I wind up on top and am able to utilize my skills there.”
Bodog Fight Results
Julie Kedzie (7-6-0) defeats Julia Berezikova (1-2-0) by TKO due to strikes at 2:49 in the second round.
Ray Steinbass (9-3-0) defeats Dmitry Samoilov (2-1-1) by choke at 3:00 in the first round.
Erik Oganov (5-5-0) defeats Derrick Noble (20-9-1) by TKO due to strikes at 2:55 in the second round.
Amar Suloev (23-6-0) defeats Andy Foster (8-2-0) by KO due to punching at 0:26 in the first round.
Josh Curran (2-0-0) defeats Jarno Nurminen (1-1) by TKO due to strikes in the third round.
Rodrigo Damm (5-1) defeats Santino Defranco (14-6) by choke at 1:58 in the second round.
Bill Mahood (15-5-1) defeats Steve Steinbass (1-1) by unanimous decision after three rounds.
Roman Zentsov (16-10-0) defeats Kristof Midoux (5-8-0) by TKO due to corner stoppage at the end of the first round.
Amanda Buckner (10-4-1) defeats Hitomi Akano (9-3-0) by unanimous decision after three rounds.
Jorge Santiago (13-7-0) defeats Andrei Semenov (25-9-2) by TKO due to strikes at 4:48 in the second round.
Aleksander Emelianenko (10-3-0) defeats Eric Pele (10-3-0) by KO due to punches at 4:07 in the first round.
Nick Thompson (31-9-1) defeats Eddie Alvarez (9-1-0) by TKO due to strikes at 4:32 in the second round.
Fedor Emelianenko (26-1-0) defeats Matt Lindland (20-5-0) by armbar at 2:58 in the first round.
Putin hosts Van Damme, fighters at St Petersburg palace
Russian President Vladimir Putin rolled out the red carpet for Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme and a score of grizzled martial arts fighters in Saint Petersburg, state-run television reported Sunday.
Putin treated the fighters to tea and cakes at the chandelier-lined hall of the Konstantinovsky palace following a mixed martial arts contest.
Dubbed "Russia versus America", Saturday's contest was won by Russian champion Fedor Yemelyanenko who defeated US rival Matt "The Law" Lindland.
Jorge Gurgel vs. Jamie Varner at UFC 73
The Ultimate Fighter 2’s Jorge Gurgel (10-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will face Jamie Varner (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 73 in July. Gurgel told a UFCjunkie.com source about the upcoming match during a Warrior Mixed Martial Arts event in Bowling Green, Ky., last night.
Keith Jardine vs. Houston Alexander? UFC 71
Thats what is being reported at UFC junkie. I knew the UFC would bring in a new comer if of course this fight will happen and Im not surprised seeing as there are no LHW's available to fight in the UFC. Alexander is 6-1 anyway.
I still take Keith on this on. thoughts?
Phil Baroni interview
Baroni claims that UFC President Dana White -- who has also been feuding with Shamrock -- promised to double Baroni's purse and pay for his training expenses if he knocked out Shamrock.
5 mistakes good fighters make and how to fix them
InsideFighting columnist and professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Nick Thompson had a title fight this weekend in Russia, but that didn’t stop him from filing his story for this week (what a guy, huh?). And lucky for us because this week’s column is an excellent must read for all fighters and aspiring fighters as Thompson continues his training and nutrition series by pointing out the five common mistakes of good fighters and offering solutions. Oh yeah, Nick also won his title fight in Russia today by second TKO. See what it takes to go from a “B” level fighter to an “A” level fighter and enjoy!-editor
Interview with Andrei Arlovski
Andrei Arlovski talks to ufcjunkie.com. He discusses his upcoming bout against Fabricio Werdum and what maybe in the future for him and the UFC.
UFC 70: Cro Cop training with Nastula and Corletta for Gonzaga
Mirko trains hard for every fight, his upcoming fight with Brazilian fighter Gonzaga is no exception. He has been training for weeks now in his private gym with two-time BBJ world champion Marcio Corletta, and recently he was joined by Olympic judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula
PRIDE 5/20 Saitama show postponed
Dream Stage Entertainment issued a press release stating that Lorenzo Fertitta has asked for the PRIDE 5/20 Saitama Super Arena event (the promotion’s Lightweight GP tournament - first round) to be postponed. “There is not enough time for production and promotion.”
Trash Talkin' Tito on TitoOrtiz.com
People are sooooooooo pissed at Tito that the casual fan of MMA have signed up for Tito's forum to post flaming messages for the former UFC champion to take notice.
Kitaoka Locked In for Upcoming PRIDE Lightweight GP
Kitaoka's win signifies the first confirmed entry in the much-anticipated 16-man tournament. It also triggers speculation about a possible match against sometimes-training partner Shinya Aoki, who is also expected to compete in the tournament.