Eddie Alvarez vs. Joachim ‘Hellboy’ Hansen DREAM fight set for May 11
About three weeks ago, EliteXC lent out its up and coming lightweight star, Eddie Alvarez, to the Japanese promotion DREAM so he could compete in a 16-man lightweight grand prix tournament.
EliteXC allows most of their fighters to compete outside their organization, probably because more exposure can’t be a bad thing for any fighter. So Eddie was shipped overseas to represent the promotion in a tournament that they knew a lot of people would be watching … or at least paying attention to.
Alvarez did not disappoint, stopping Andre “Dida” Amade in the first round with strikes. The fight was not only impressive for Eddie because of the level of competition, but he was fighting a long way from home, really on the big stage for the first time in his career, and he dominated.
That left five possible candidates for a round two opponent: Tatsuya Kawajiri, Joachim Hansen, Katsuhiko Nagata, Luiz Firmino or Mitsuhiro Ishida. All very good fighters and any one of which would provide a solid fight and test for Alvarez.
It was recently announced it would be “Hellboy” Hansen and the fight would take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on May 11.
Mirko Cro Cop: ‘My motivation is very high, I’ve never been so motivated!’
Mirko Cro Cop — the Pride FC 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix Champion and three-fight UFC veteran — today held a live chat with fans over at MMA-ID.com.
He answered a ton of questions, including his plan to compete twice more under the DREAM banner and return to the Octagon to avenge losses to Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo. In addition, the Croatian is set on rematching Fedor Emelianenko on New Year’s Eve — regardless of the promotion.
Interview Of Rich Franklin
DreamFighters.com was able to catch Rich Franklin between his busy training sessions to ask him a question or two.
DreamFighters.com: Thank you Rich Franklin for taking the time today to speak to DreamFighters.com
Rich Franklin: No problem glad to do it
Latest Interview Of Ricardo Arona
Away from fights since his loss at Pride 34 at 2007, when was knocked out by Thierry Sokoudjou, the athlete from Brazilian Top Team, Ricardo Arona, told in exclusive interview to TATAME about his life, the time away from rings and his training to come back to the MMA, commented Rodrigo Minotauro’s and Wanderlei Silva’s fight at UFC. Check below the complete interview with Ricardo Arona.
Chuck Liddell: "I’ve got somewhere between two to four years left in me"
CHUCK LIDDELL has revealed he will move into coaching when he finally decides to hang up his gloves.
The UFC legend faces Rashad Evans in the main event at UFC 85 in London on June 7 as he bids to gain a title shot against light heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
But ‘The Iceman’, 38, is keeping one eye on the future as his illustrious career in the Octagon begins to wind down.
Crunkilton vs. Cerrone at June 1 WEC
WEC lightweight Rich Crunkilton (16-2) and undefeated Donald Cerrone (7-0) will meet at a June 1 World Extreme Cagefighting event taking place at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
The bout was confirmed in a recent story on WEC.tv, the organization's official website.
The June 1 event features a title shot between featherweight champ Urijah Faber and Jen Pulver and airs live on Versus.
- FEDOR VS. SYLVIA MAY HAPPEN IN JULY, NOT SIGNED
A proposed fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia has been agreed to… at least in theory. Emelianenko confirmed the July 19 fight to Sherdog.com on Tuesday, saying that he was looking forward to fighting Sylvia.
Sources close to Sylvia’s camp said that the bout has yet to be signed, but indicated that the former UFC champion is committed to making the fight happen and has verbally agreed it.
From the sounds of this article, it doesn't look like this fight is nearly the done deal, that I thought it was. I hope it does happen and likely it will, but this to me raises some doubts of it happening.
"Strikeforce On NBC" debuts Saturday
The first-ever weekly mixed-martial-arts program on major U.S. network television airs this coming Saturday, April 12, with the debut of "Strikeforce on NBC."
Newly crowned Strikeforce world middleweight champion Cung Le (6-0), who defeated former title-holder Frank Shamrock in the main event of March's 29 Strikeforce/EliteXC show, is the feature of the first half-hour episode.
The show airs at 2 a.m. on Saturday night/Sunday morning immediately following the hit late-night NBC show, "Poker After Dark."
Daddy Is Now A Daddy...Again
UFC LIghtweight Joe "Daddy" Stevenson just became a Daddy for the 4th time. His wife just had their second child (Joe's 4th)-Maximus Stevenson, 8 lbs. 1 1/2 oz.
Congrats to the couple. Now he needs to win some more fights and get those bonuses.
Thiago Alves Gets Title Shot After Fitch
After earning his fifth straight victory in the UFC's welterweight division, American Top Team's Thiago "Pitbull" Alves (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is now directly behind No. 1 contender Jon Fitch (17-2 MMA, 8-0 UFC) for a shot at the title.
Alves was informed of his positioning by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva immediately following the 24-year-old Brazilian's TKO victory over Karo Parisyan (18-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at Ultimate Fight Night 13.
Alves discussed his possible title contention, as well as the hotly debated ending of the Parisyan bout, while a guest on Monay's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a content partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"Right now I heard I'm right behind Jon Fitch," Alves said. "That's what Joe Silva told me."
to the rest of the story.
Good to see two deserving contenders at last. They both could actually stand a chance of winning too.
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins at UFC 86
Ben Saunders (5-0-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Jared Rollins (6-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), two survivors from the recent purge of talent from "The Ultimate Fighter 6," will meet at UFC 86, a July 5 event that takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Sorting Out the UFC Lightweights
As Kenny Florian showered Joe Lauzon with punches from the mount at UFC Fight Night, the final pieces of a very muddled lightweight picture were undoubtedly being shuffled for the umpteenth time in the mind of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
With Sean Sherk set to challenge champion B.J. Penn for his former title May 24, Silva will have some time to sort things out after watching four of his most promising 155-pounders secure victories last Wednesday in Colorado.
"The lightweight class is stacked," said Florian, highlighting Silva's propitious dilemma. "Look at all the guys who won [Wednesday] night and some of the guys who lost. They are all tough."
Fedor Carries Olympic Torch in St. Petersburg
In a traditional lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, the Olympic torch touched down in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday before heading off to England and France, continuing its world tour.
The torch was taken along a 12-mile route through the wide streets and boulevards of the historical river city by a relay of 80 Russian sporting champions, cultural icons and national heroes.
Aleksander Emelianenko: UFC ‘won’t take me’
“I would gladly participate in such a tournament. UFC (American mixed martial arts), for example, won’t take me, because if they let me in there, I would beat everybody and take the belt to Russia. They don’t want that. They want their own American champions. We already beat everyone in Japan, even though no one bet on us.”.
Alexander Emelianenko (13-3) — the younger brother of Pride FC Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko — states that the UFC will not enlist his services because he can defeat any fighter in the division and he would bring the title back to Russia. He also confirms in the interview that he and Fedor would never fight one another.