Vitor Belfort KO’d Terry Martin with a Broken Hand
When Vitor Belfort knocked out Terry Martin at Affliction: Banned (see above video, in case you didn’t get the FSN broadcast), it was hard not to think that “The Phenom” was back. But what we didn’t know was that he did it with a broken hand. As he told the Xtreme Couture blog, he basically fought the whole bout that way:
XC: When did you break your hand?
Vitor: The first punch I threw. It was a straight left. I knew right away it broke. But I had to keep going. I couldn’t throw my combinations I had worked on. Coach Tompkins was yelling at me to throw my combos. At the end of the first round I went back to the corner and Tompkins was yelling at me, “Why don’t you throw your combos?” I said, “My hand is broken”. He said, “Ok” and Randy said, “Just go first. Go for it and finish the fight”.
I said to myself, “Ok, I’ll do that”. It was great chemistry in the corner. I went out and I did what they said. I was looking to land a big shot and get it over with. It’s my left hand, which is my power hand. I went out and threw the kick at Terry. When he caught my kick I let him take me down so I could soften him up with the elbows. I knew I could get back to my feet when I needed to. Then I set him up for the knee. After that I was able to pick his head up with the uppercut and end it with the straight left.
Couture: ''Contractual Status Could Be Sorted This Week''
Current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture had indicated that a court is expected to rule on the status of an emergency stay filed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He added that if he wins his appeal, the decision on his contractual status will revert to a Texas court and that a declaration of his status would be made soon after.
Couture revealed the news in a new interview with Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com.
UFN 14 Fighter Payouts Revealed
The UFN 14 fighter payouts have now been revealed by the NSAC. The total disclosed payouts were $623,000 with the lion's share-$400,000-split evenly between Anderson Silva & Brandon Vera.
Tim Sylvia On Fedor: "I've never been hit that hard."
Fedor Emelianenko looked absolutely dominant in his performance against Tim Sylvia. The popular Russian fighter no doubt re-secured his position at the top of the worlds pound-for-pound rankings making quick work of one of the best fighters in the world.
"I was very pleased with my performance,” said Fedor after the fight. "Everything I wanted to do, I was able to do. I was prepared to stand up, but I knew I had a better chance to end it on the ground.”
Joe Riggs fighting just to fight
For some fighters, rebounding from a loss can prove to be a difficult proposition. For Joe Riggs (27-10 MMA), just getting a fight to put himself on that comeback trail has proved to be an even bigger challenge.
The Arizona native, who has seen his last five scheduled bouts fall apart, discussed his frustration about not being able to "provide for his family" while a recent in-studio guest of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Riggs most recent challenge was being denied licensure for a scheduled bout on the undercard of "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" after admitting to taking the prescription pain medication Tramadol, which the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) classifies as a blood thinner.
Anthony Johnson responds to Kevin Burns eye poke at UFC Fight Night 14
“They didn’t say nothing [about why the fight wasn’t ruled a no contest]. Nobody has given me an excuse. The only thing I’ve heard from fans and even the staff of UFC was that it’s bullshit…. All I know I turned around and I was screaming. Honestly, his finger went in my eye. It hurt like hell. I’ve never had that happen before, not that deep at least.”
Anthony Johnson talks about the technical knockout loss to Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14 last night. “Rumble” received an accidental finger in the eye in the third round, which caused him to crash to the floor in agony. The referee thought he was dropped because of an uppercut (which grazed him) and waived off the fight. It was controversial; however, the officials don’t have the benefit of instant replay. And Johnson’s reaction to the eye poke made it appear that he was hurt with a punch and not a finger. Regardless, both fighters were classy after the bout. Perhaps we will see a rematch down the road sometime soon.
MMA Quick Quote: Is Fedor next fight against Randy Couture?
“I was very pleased with my performance [against Tim Sylvia]. Everything I wanted to do I was able to do…. Yeah I was hoping I would end the fight then (first time he took Sylvia to the mat). I was prepared to fight standing up, but I knew I had a better chance to end it on the ground…. You never know how short or long the fight will be, but I just wanted to end it as quickly as possible. I just wanted to show the fans my skills…. I was very pleasantly impressed by how many people came out and I hope to come back soon…. I would be very honored to fight Randy Couture.”
EDDIE ALVAREZ WANTS TO PUSH INTO TOP 10
Eddie Alvarez attempts to break into the lightweight division Top 10 on July 21 as he vies for the Dream Lightweight Grand Prix title. He will have to fight twice that evening in order to become the victor, but that doesn’t seem to bother him.
Alvarez recently appeared on MMAWeekly Radio and explained his thoughts and preparations for his semi-final match against Tatsuya Kawajiri.
“I've been busting my ass and it's finally here,” said an elated Alvarez.
Dana White Acknowledges Fedor Emelianenko's Win at Affliction
UFC president Dana White has been relentless in his criticism of ex-PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko over the past several years.
White has criticized and mocked the popular Russian for failing to face top competition and taking on inexperienced and even smaller fighters over the past three years.
But upon learning that Emelianenko had submitted ex-UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., in less than a minute, White unflinchingly admitted he was impressed.
“It does (change my opinion),” he conceded. “Tim Sylvia was a real opponent.”
DREAM 5 Preview
An absolutely huge weekend for American MMA has overshadowed what looks to be a very solid card from Japan's heavyweight organization, Dream. The love child of Dream Stage Entertainment and K-1's Fighting and Entertainment Group, Dream's efforts have steadily improved with each card. This offering should continue that trend, highlighted by an extremely exciting and relevant conclusion to the Light Weight Grand Prix.
The first semi-final fight pits rising Rubber Guard juggernaut Shinya Aoki with the poular Japanese veteran Caol Uno. Uno surprised the MMA world by defeating the relentless Mitsuhiro Ishida by rear naked choke in the quarter final round. He has an uphill battle, however, with the "Tobikan Judan" who will have a decided size advantage and owns a better grappling pedigree. Aoki enters the bout with victories over American Top Team star Gesias Cavalcante and Japanese wrestler Katsuhiko Nagata.
Alvarez proving himself against the world’s top lightweights
Great interview with Eddie, here's wishing him well tonight!
Eddie Alvarez didn’t get into mixed martial arts intending to be a champion, but the Philadelphia native is a couple of wins away from winning the prestigious DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix and establishing himself as one of the best in the world in his weight class.
A two-time All America wrestler in high school, Alvarez says he was no stranger to the occasional scuffle and figured he may as well get paid to do it.
“In the beginning I was just doing it as a hobby,” Alvarez says.
But it didn’t take long for Alvarez (14-1) to make a name for himself on the New Jersey MMA circuit, utilizing his heavy hands, strong boxing skills and wrestling background. In just his fifth professional fight, Alvarez defeated experienced journeyman Seichi Ikemoto with a second round TKO, one of ten knockouts in his career.
Affliction Pay-per-view Expectations & Bar Sales
The pay-per-view numbers for Affliction: Banned will be among some of the most anticipated and watched of the year. A strong number will be evidence that there is a market for MMA outside of the UFC. A weak number will provide support to the notion that there is no market for MMA, only for the UFC. The obvious question then is: what constitutes a good or a bad number?
Last week, Affliction Entertainment COO Michael Cohen told MMAPayout.com that he guaranteed the event would do above 50,000 buys, while Affliction VP Tom Atencio has publicly stated that it would take 250,000 buys for the show to break even. Based on the fact that no MMA event outside of the UFC has broken 100,000 buys, conventional wisdom around the industry is that anything above that mark would be a success.
MMAPayout.com has learned that bar sales for Banned are believed to have been around 700. For comparison, it is believed that the UFC typically has between 750-1,000 in bar sales. However, it should be noted that it isn’t clear whether or not the Affliction event was offered at a discount to the UFC’s events.
That number may give credence to what appeared to be a growing sense of optimism concerning the event’s chances on pay-per-view within the industry over the last week. Officials at InDemand were also reportedly excited about the events prospects.
Affliction could become MMA heavyweight
The landscape of the mixed martial arts business may have changed Saturday night as the debuting Affliction promotion came out of its debut show with the potential for several of the biggest heavyweight marquee matches in the sport.
The Secret's Out: Fedor's the Best MMA Has
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Going into Saturday's Affliction fight card — billed with characteristic modesty as "the greatest MMA show of All-time" — Fedor Emelianenko was cast as The Russian. There had been reams of copy citing "Rocky" villain Ivan Drago as his spiritual ancestor.