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Aleksander Emelianenko Expects April 11 Fight with Josh Barnett
Aleksander Emelianenko (12-3), a highly ranked heavyweight (and the younger brother of famed fighter Fedor Emelianenko), will next fight April 11 for the upstart M-1 Global organization, and the Russian expects his opponent to be Josh Barnett (20-5). News of the potential bout was posted on Emelianenko’s official website at www.alex.mixfight.ru. The as-of-yet-unannounced M-1 Global event is expected to take place in Chicago. The Emelianko brothers’ manager, Vadim Finkelstein, recently sold the M-1 organization to a group of American investors who restructured the fight promotion. As its first order of business, the organization signed Fedor to a long-term deal. The organization’s CEO, longtime MMA agent and promoter Monte Cox, recently stated that the organization had planned for a February debut date but instead pushed it back a few months to allow more time for signing talent. If the organization does sign Barnett for the fight, it could signal another loss for the UFC.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 11:30AM by grappler0000 - 40 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
Bas Rutten Named IFL VP
Bas Rutten has been named Vice President, Fighter Operations for the IFL. It's a new position that will allow him to oversee the contact between the IFL and its fighters, including matchmaking within and outside IFL.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 9:08AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: IFL
Angle Calls Lesnar A "Mental Midget"
Kurt Angle, in a radio appearance promoting TNA Wrestling's upcoming PPV, also briefly talked about Brock Lesnar in MMA. He called Brock a "mental midget" and said he'd win if little to no pressure was on him.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 8:12AM by DCRage - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine II up next?
QUOTE "My next fight will probably be in the summer and I am thinking about Jardine since Jackson is already scheduled to fight (Forrest Griffin). I can’t wait around (for Jackson). I love the sport and I think I have a couple years left in me. I’m a very competitive person. I don’t even like to lose at things I’m not good at." Chuck Liddell reiterates that he wants to rematch Keith Jardine next
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 7:57AM by CornishMMA - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gesias “JZ” Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki Set for March K-1 Show
The hotly anticipated Gesias “JZ” Calvancante (14-1-1) vs. Shinya Aoki (12-2) match-up — first promised to the world and then removed from a New Year’s Eve “Yarennoka!” card in Japan — has been reset for a March date in Japan. American Top Team General Manager Richie Guerrero confirmed the K-1 sanctioned fight during his appearance on Wednesday’s episode of TAGG Radio Although his opponent has not yet been named, fellow ATT fighter Denis Kang (27-9-1) is also scheduled to appear on that card, Guerrero said
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 6:51AM by juanez13 - 4 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
Nick Thompson Interview on Brock Lesnar
Nice Interview: He briefly touches on his situation with Bodog, elaborates on the fight offer with Jon Fitch, and has a cool story about his training partner Brock Lesnar.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 12:39AM by duggy - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team
Palhares Expected to Sign with UFC
After recently signing Brazilian Top Team's David Bielkheden , the UFC is expected to ink another BTT athlete: Fury GP 185-pound champion Rousimar Palhares, Sherdog.com has learned. A native of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Palhares (7-1) is a prospect who has a chance to reach the top in the UFC. He has won five straight, including first-round wins over UFC veteran Flavio Luis Moura, Pan-Arm jiu-jitsu champion Fabio Negao (Pictures) and Pride Bushido veteran Daniel Acacio. None of these quality fighters were competitive against Palhares.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 6:46PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Fight Camp / Team
Drew McFedries - An 'Old Dog' with Bite
Very good read about McFedries.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 4:44PM by JWils - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Lesnar To Headline UFC 86?
The UK newspaper The Sun is claiming that Brock Lesnar will be in the main event at UFC 86 on June 14 in London. The reason is likely Brock's massive popularity he gained in the UK during his wrestling career.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 4:27PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Another WWE Wrestler Joining MMA
Bobby Lashley is the latest pro wrestler to join the world of MMA. Scrubsports.com is again the 1st to break this news. If you remember they were the 1st to break the news of the WCO show being cancelled. Lashley hasn't appeared on WWE camera's for months now and should've been back a long time ago. Fans wondered what happened to him and just today, I received word that he is done with the WWE and has been training MMA in hopes of landing a contract somewhere. God help us all!
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 3:44PM by tberg420 - 81 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous
Guida Added To UFC's Return To Colorado
Clay Guida will look to return to his winning ways on April 2 in Denver, CO and will face UFC newcomer, Samy Schiavo, in his debut fight as sources close to the fight have confirmed with MMAWeekly.com. While the bout agreements have not been signed, this fight is expected to take place during the UFC Fight Night as a lead in to the 7th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” show featuring Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin as coaches.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 3:25PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pat Miletich-Endorsed Corey Hill Makes UFC Debut Tonight
One of the problems when a promoter does 30 shows a year, as the UFC is doing this year, is that there will be cards which are bereft of stars. And, at first glance, The Ultimate Fight Night card tonight in the Pearl at The Palms (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET/PT), seems to be one of those. The main event, a welterweight battle between Josh Burkman and Mike Swick, has no title implications.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 12:52PM by madmarck - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Frank Shamrock to Guest Commentate Friday’s ShoXC Event
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Strikeforce world middleweight champion Frank Shamrock will serve as a guest commentator at Friday’s “ShoXC: EliteXC Challenger Series” event in Atlantic City, N.J., the organization recently announced.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 12:51PM by madmarck - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
Sapp wants Fedor
Sapp want to fight Fedor. Don't think this would be an interesting fight. Fedor would kill Sapp. Anyone agree.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 10:26AM by lance70301 - 15 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
Parisyan-Fitch Feud Heats up; Florian Reveals Original Opponent for Next Fight
UFC welterweight stand-out Karo “The Heat” Parisyan (18-4 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has a simple message for fellow contender Jon Fitch (15-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC): I’m not ducking you. Parisyan joined Tuesday’s episode of TAGG Radio to discuss his April 2 bout with American Top Team’s Thiago Alves (13-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), but the conversation quickly turned toward the controversy surrounding a possible Parisyan-Fitch match-up. “Their camp is talking crap,” Parisyan said.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 9:57AM by CornishMMA - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sanchez Gets New UFC 82 Opponent
Diego Sanchez, who was to face Roan Carneiro at UFC 82, will now face PRIDE veteran David Bielkheden instead. Carneiro is off due to an undisclosed illness.
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 7:21AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Keith Jardine Could Return in May
Rumors that rising light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine (13-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) might be added to an already-star-studded UFC 82 event apparently have no basis. Sources close to the fighter today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Jardine’s future is uncertain but that he’s definitely not expecting to be part of UFC 82, which takes place March 1 in Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Jardine’s been on the bench ever since the upset, which catapulted him up the world light-heavyweight rankings. In fact, many outlets currently have Jardine ranked within the division’s top five. Jardine’s been on the bench ever since the upset, which catapulted him up the world light-heavyweight rankings. In fact, many outlets currently have Jardine ranked within the division’s top five. Regardless, Jardine is expected to return in or around May for his next bout, though the UFC continues to look for a suitable opponent.
Submitted Jan 22, 2008 9:52PM by juanez13 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
One-on-one with Mark Cuban
Cuban is the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the co-founder of the high definition television channel HDNet. In October 2007, Cuban built upon HDNet's past mixed martial arts telecasts, diving head first into the MMA ring with the start of his promotion, HDNet Fights. I conducted an e-mail interview with him this past weekend in which he discussed everything from entrepreneurship to pro basketball to where the sport of MMA is headed. What follows is the transcript of that interview. Its interesting what Cuban has to say about the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. It is something that soon the UFC could indeed be made to follow.
Submitted Jan 22, 2008 9:29PM by Bemin - 5 comments
Filed under: HDNet
Arrested Bias Wakes from Coma
Former Palace Fighting Championship featherweight titleholder Shawn Bias (Pictures) awoke from his coma Tuesday morning and was lucid enough to speak with family and friends, Sherdog.com has confirmed. The 22-year-old fighter suffered an apparent heart attack late Saturday night and lapsed into a coma around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. After being admitted to the Oroville General Intensive Care Unit, Bias was also diagnosed with complete kidney failure. Bias, who was given a 30-percent chance of surviving by doctors, remains connected to a dialysis machine.
Submitted Jan 22, 2008 6:00PM by puppetmaster837 - 9 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Akiyama-Misaki Ruled No Contest
Following a review of the Dec. 31 bout between Yoshihiro Akiyama (Pictures) and Kazuo Misaki (Pictures), the Yarennoka executive committee has ruled the fight a No Contest. The match ended when Akiyama was knocked out with a vicious kick to the face as he attempted to scramble to his feet. Following the bout, there was much debate whether the decisive blow had been illegal.
Submitted Jan 22, 2008 5:00PM by babalu2720 - 19 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
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