Diego Sanchez To Headline TUF Finale
Diego Sanchez (Pictures) will return to the Octagon June 21 in Las Vegas in the main event of "The Ultimate Fighter 7" finale, sources have told Sherdog.com. He is expected to square off against Luigi Fioravanti (Pictures) in a welterweight tilt that will follow a series of bouts involving participants of the upcoming season of the UFC's reality show.
Frank Shamrock-Cung Le conference call
Frank Shamrock, Cung Le, Jake Shields, Drew Fickett and Gary Shaw held a conference call for the EliteXC/Strikeforce card on March 29 in San Jose on Showtime.
Gary Shaw on the particulars for the first EliteXC card on CBS:
“There will be a CBS press release going out tomorrow, announcing when the first fight card is and announcing some of the fighters on that card. So I don’t want to pre-empt it. But it is much sooner than later. We think we have a great card put together. We’re very excited to be on CBS, and I think the announce team will surprise some people. It’s just exciting. This is just the single biggest thing that I think will happen to any fighter or MMA to have the ability to be seen by over 100 million eyeballs.”
To check out the entire rundown of the conference call and to listen to the audio, which is broken into four parts of about 10 minutes apiece, click this link:
Cung Le Undettered by Frank Shamrock's Head Games
Today's media conference call for a March 29 Strikeforce/EliteXC event, which features a headline bout between Strikeforce world middleweight champ Frank Shamrock (24-8-1) and undefeated challenger Cung Le (5-0), featured a lot of talk about strategy.
How much of it anyone really believes is a whole 'nother matter.
After all, when Shamrock (a famed submission fighter) said he plans to stand and trade with Le (a decorated San Shou kickboxer), few believed him -- Le chief among them.
"I have that much confidence (in my striking)," he said. "I don't think he's prepared for striking in an MMA fight."
Of Shamrock's 24 career victories, you can count on one hand that number that have ended via strikes.
That's why Le was naturally a little skeptical of his opponent's proposed game plan.
"I think it's a big smokescreen," Le said, with a hint of bemusement in his voice. "He's a very intelligent fighter... He'll try to get in my mind and get it in my head that he'll strike.
"But I'm also an intelligent fighter... I don't really believe him."
Regardless of his game plan, Shamrock predicts a quick finish.
"If Cung le runs from me, I think it'll last a while because it'll take some time to run him down," Shamrock said. "I don't think it'll go long, though... I want it over quick.
"My wife is pregnant, and I want to get home in case it pops out."
Fedor Emelianenko Is More "Free Agent" Than You Think
Despite the announcement of an agreement last October between Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 Global, the deal was never signed, a source close to both camps told Sherdog.com.
The Russian heavyweight's only agreement with the company -- according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity -- came in the form of a letter of intent.
The return of a $1.5 million signing bonus paid by M-1 Global to Emelianenko is the only hurdle to the former Pride champion's potential free agency. That should be remedied this week, the source said.
M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox declined to comment.
Once Emelianenko is clear of his M-1 obligations he is expected to field offers from several MMA promotions. The early leader, according to the same source, comes from the purported partnership between Affliction and Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, which Sherdog.com has learned could debut on June 28.
"Right now we don't have any comments," Golden Boy Promotions Public Relations Director Romiro Gonzalez told Sherdog.com. "[Oscar] is in the sports business. He is loading up on all the fields, especially boxing. We're moving into soccer, MLS. There is nothing official we can say."
This is pathetic to the point of satire. That M-1 and Monte Cox would go through the motions of trotting out in front of press conferences and the free world arguably the biggest fighter in the sport without a contract is beyond amateurish. I believe Dana White when he says Fedor's people are hard to deal with, which makes a lack of a contract to secure Fedor's services mind blowing.
What this means for a potential Couture vs. Fedor match is anyone's guess, but what is clear is that the idea M-1 can reasonably compete with the UFC anywhere besides Russia is absurd. Their marquee fighter has no contract and the infighting causes promotional paralysis. It's a good thing Monte Cox didn't quit his job as an agent because it's likely going to be the only job he has very soon.
Koppenhaver returns at UFC 84 against Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Koppenhaver third round stoppage of Jared Rollins last December capped off one of the most action-packed bouts of 2007, and on Saturday, May 24th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, 170-pound prospect Jon Koppenhaver will kick off his 2008 campaign when he faces UFC newcomer Yoshiyuki Yoshida in a UFC 84 preliminary bout.
Also added to the undercard is a welterweight contest between England’s Jason Tan and Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim.
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CRO COP to fight KHARITONOV in JUNE
The article is in Croatian, I will summerize it. Article states that Cro Cop was supposed to fight Sergei at Dream 1 but he declined the fight stating that would be too tough of a match for him after a six month break. Now they moved the fight to Dream 4 which will take place in mid-june and it will apparantly be made official in about a month possibly on April 29th which is Dream 2. That is when Dream is supposed to announce the fight. In one of Mirko's quotes he said " I am not approaching these fights in Dream as practice for UFC comeback instead I am treating every fight seriously."
DREAM Officials Planning Fedor Vs CroCop 2
The producers of DREAM, the new Japanese MMA promotion borne out of the ashes of PRIDE and K-1 HERO'S, have set forth their "dream" match for the annual end-of-year fight festival known as Dynamite: a rematch between former PRIDE aces Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic.
Injury Knocks Fisher Out of Aurelio Bout
Spencer Fisher (Pictures) has been forced to withdraw from his April 2 UFC Fight Night bout against Marcus Aurelio, Sherdog.com learned Monday afternoon.
The popular lightweight known for his exciting style withdrew following a shoulder injury.
"Spencer is the kind of fighter who has fought plenty of fights with injuries and Marcus Aurelio is not the kind of fighter you want to fight at 80 percent," said the native North Carolinian's manager, Monte Cox. "He was willing to fight but we decided it just was not a smart decision."
The 31-year-old Fisher (20-4-0) was looking to rebound from a loss to Frank Edgar (Pictures) at UFC 78.
Aurelio (15-5-0) had hoped to continue the momentum he had built in his dominant stoppage win over Luke Caudillo at UFC 78 against Fisher.
He will now likely face Jim Miller, whose only loss came at the hands of Edgar. Miller (10-1-0) is riding a five-fight winning streak into his UFC debut.
EliteXC's "ShoXC" Card Taking Shape (April 5th)
the fights so far...
Jared Hamman (9-0) vs. Poai Suganuma (8-1)
Fabricio Camoes (7-4) vs. Joe Camacho (10-11-3)
Wilson Reis (3-0) vs. Doug Evans (6-2)
Giva Santana (10-0) vs. Matt Lucas (9-0)
It will air live on sho time, and proelite.com will have details on the possibility of live stream to fights
Liaudin vs. Taylor Set For UFC 85
Welterweights Jess Liaudin (12-9) and Paul Taylor (8-3-1) are booked to scrap on the UFC 85 fight card, which takes place at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7, according to a recent MySpace message from “The Joker.”
The 170-pound match up is actually a rematch — the two went toe-to-toe under the Cage Rage banner back in 2003 with Taylor pulling out a decision win.
Clean and Sober, Evan Tanner Poised for Summer Return
One-time UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner (32-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC), just a few weeks removed from a disappointing UFC 82 loss to Yushin Okami, has agreed to a summer return, and he's already accepted an opponent.
Tanner posted the news on his official website, evantanner.net, stating that he and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva had just spoken about the fight. However, he didn't reveal an opponent or a return date for the summer event.
Tanner stated that it's "good to have a fight scheduled" again because "the last two weeks have been really rough." Tanner suffered a second-round knockout via knee at UFC 82, which soured his long-awaited return from a two-year layoff.
Soon after the loss, Tanner wrote an inspiring blog entry about overcoming his alcohol addiction, saying he was both thankful and relieved that the defeat didn't cause him to relapse. The addiction, which prompted the break from MMA, had previously caused him to become malnourished, and his teeth even began to loosen.
Alexander ready for Irvin
Houston Alexander returns to the Ultimate Fighting Championship after suffering his first defeat in the Octagon, to Thiago Silva, when he takes on “The Sandman” James Irvin on April 2 in Broomfield, Colo. He had entered the UFC with a bang, destroying MMAWeekly.com's No. 5 ranked light heavyweight Keith Jardine in a stunningly fast knockout.
Alexander looks to put himself back on the winning track in a few weeks and claims he is more than ready to go. “I'm ready to get back in the ring,” he commented to MMAWeekly Radio. “I'm excited for this next card because they stacked it up.”
UFC confirms additional bouts for UFC 84
Although UFC 84's main event features a lightweight title fight, the undercard of the event will be all about the light heavyweights.
The UFC today confirmed three bouts we previously reported here at MMAjunkie.com, including Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (4-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Thiago Silva (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Antonio Mendes (14-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and Goran Reljic (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Wilson Gouveia (10-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
Georges St-Pierre – Seven Defining Moments
Former (and currently interim) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has always been one of mixed martial arts’ greatest talents. But losses, as well as wins, have shaped who GSP truly is as a fighter. What were the seven defining moments of the Canadian star’s career? Read on to find out.
Matt Serra – Seven Defining Moments
What separates a champion from a contender, a star from an average Joe scraping out a few dollars here and there on the club fight circuit?
In a lot of ways it comes down to what a fighter does when faced with challenges that would make most crumble. And even though a fighter won’t always win in these situations, how he learns from adversity will shape who he eventually becomes.
UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra came up the hard way, and when he got his shot, he made the most of it; what were the seven defining moments of his career?