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‘Fighting Fedor’ Reality Show in Works
Affliction has partnered with M-1 Global, which is shopping around a reality TV series called “Fighting Fedor” that will feature a 16-man tournament with the winner eventually getting a shot at Fedor Emelianenko on an Affliction card. The partnership was officially announced Thursday at Trump Tower, along with some details on the show. A promo video presented by M-1 Global explained that participants from various countries will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they’ll train at the Red Devil camp and compete in the tournament. The video said the show will be on “American TV,” though it doesn’t have a home yet. “We’re currently having negotiations with many different networks and channels,” said M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein through an interpreter. Finkelchtein said networks are particularly interested because the show will focus on heavyweights. He also noted the international scope of M-1 Global, which through the M-1 Challenge has hosted events this year in Spain, Holland, England, Korea and Japan...
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 4:00PM by ncordless - 20 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, M-1 Global, Affliction, General MMA
Dana White: Brandon Vera is ‘not the same fighter’
As soon as he had a few wins and all the money got involved and his new contract and his ex-manager and all that bullshit, he’s changed. He’s not the same fighter he was. He needs to put all that shit behind him and he’s needs to come back and be the cocky, crazy Brandon Vera that I met a few years ago. That kid needs to come back. It seems that now the money’s involved, he doesn’t take chances like he used to, he doesn’t let his hands go like he used to. He’s got to come back and be the old Brandon Vera.” UFC President Dana White hopes to see the old Brandon Vera return against Keith Jardine at UFC 89: “Bisping vs. Leben” at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England, this weekend. “The Truth” was undefeated before getting mired in an ugly contract dispute with the promotion and former manager Mark Dion, which kept him on the sidelines for more than a year. He returned to action only to lose to Tim Sylvia via unanimous decision and then Fabricio Werdum via controversial first round technical knockout stoppage. After the two losses at heavyweight, Vera took a 205-pound fight against Reese Andy at UFC Fight Night 14 back in July. He won the bout with a decision but didn’t look very sharp while doing it, attributing the lackluster performance to the weight cut. Broken Hand, bad stoppage and weight cut: All reasons (and not saying they aren’t valid) Vera has used to explain his three most recent performances … none of which include money. Let’s see which Brandon Vera shows up on October 18 and whether or not White may be onto something or Vera has indeed been the victim of misfortune.
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 1:20PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Most fighters will tell you that a win’s a win. That one could be indistinguishable from another in the grand scheme of things. That is, however, not always the case. There are certain instances where a win is more than just another notch in someone’s record column. For instance, a first win is always special, as would be winning a title, and following title defenses; but from some perspectives, there’s nothing quite like coming out of nowhere to topple a giant. Such is the case for David Baron, a veteran French fighter who built a solid career for himself, but fell short against top caliber opposition, until he knocked off perennial top ranked lightweight/welterweight superstar Hayoto “Mach” Sakurai in May. “Sakurai is an excellent fighter, so to beat him it means that I can compete at that level,” said Baron of his career setting victory over the Japanese hero. “(It) reassures me for my upcoming fight and my future.”
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 1:19PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Keeping her undefeated record intact with her last fight, Gina Carano is doing some promotion for her appearance in the new "Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3" game, but then her focus will shift to a proposed match-up against Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos early next year. Carano is currently doing a media tour for the video game, but she spoke to MMAWeekly Radio on Wednesday about her next fight, which is likely to be against Cyborg, possibly in February. "That's what I'm hearing too, and I'm real excited about it," Carano said about the match-up. "Maybe it will be for a title, maybe it will be a main event, I don't know. I'm just really excited about this fight because everybody else is excited about it and I just think it's an awesome match-up. I can't wait to train for it and I'd like to see where I'm at." On the same night that Carano defeated Kelly Kobold, her next opponent, Cyborg, was also on the card. She was able to watch the fight and it actually made her feel more at home for the show.
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 1:17PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
*Horodecki vs. Lauzon Confirmed for Affliction 2*
Great fight. Time to try it again. What do you guys think? Who will take this one?
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 9:18AM by JimmieDD - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Chris Leben: From Jail Cell to Main Event
Chris Leben sat in a Clackamas County jail in northwestern Oregon for three weeks and pondered his past, present and future. Arrested on a probation violation related to a previous DUI conviction, Leben forfeited his chance to fight Michael Bisping at UFC 85 in June. As bad career moves go, few could have been worse. “Obviously, things came up,” Leben says. “It was a huge letdown.” Fortunately for the 28-year-old middleweight, UFC officials were in a forgiving mood. Given a reprieve by matchmakers, Leben (18-4) will challenge the once-beaten Bisping in the featured bout at UFC 89 this Saturday at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 8:59AM by DvS - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Bisping: Leben Still Look's the Same
With Michael Bisping less than three days away from a middleweight clash with Chris Leben at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England, the UK standout made no qualms about what he thinks of his recently rejuvenated opponent. “He still looks like the same Chris Leben,” Bisping told Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” on Wednesday. “There might be a little bit of a difference but I think ultimately he’s still the same fighter.”
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 8:57AM by DvS - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Vinny's latest TUF 8 blog and urination explanation
Check out what Vinicius Magalhaes had to say about last night's episode and all the pranks going on in the house:
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 2:52AM by PunchyMcGee - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Updated EliteXC: Night of Champions & Sengoku 6 Fight Card
Click on the "MMA Bugle" link below and check out the updated fight card for World Victory Road: Sengoku 6 and Elite XC: Night of Champions
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 1:51AM by BlessMahMic - 2 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, World Victory Road / Sengoku
Bobby Lashley Set To Make MMA Debut December 13th
Waiting to make his MMA debut for quite some time now but with unforeseen circumstances standing in his way, Bobby Lashley is now set to make his Mixed Martial Arts debut. “It’s looking like December 13th will be the date.” Lashley tells MMANews.com. “We have the contract in hand right now and we are just working out all the details but December 13th will be the date.” Although Lashley could not go into detail about who the promotion is that he would be fighting with until the contract is officially signed, he did give a few details about the show. “It will be in Miami, FL with one of the bigger MMA promotions there. Not one of the real big organizations like the UFC, EXC, or Strikeforce but it will be held at the American Airlines Arena so I can tell you that if it is being held at a venue like that it will be a big show.”
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 12:38AM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
KJ Noons, Krazy Horse And Nick Diaz To SENGOKU?!
I wouldn’t post this if it wasn’t for: After being stripped of his title, Noons is no longer under contract with EliteXC and is now going to do freelance boxing while waiting for another opportunity to come. He’s hoping that opportunity comes with the top lightweights in the world, “I am really interested in a Takanori Gomi fight or any top lightweights at the 155lb or 160lb for that matter.” - FightLine and: Dream pays Nick Diaz in full from his last bout in May. Diaz agrees to return to fight in Japan, however at this point it is unclear for which organization. - GracieFighter A quite big Japanese MMA blog made a post today that KJ Noons, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, and Nick Diaz are going to SENGOKU and that KJ Noons will most likely debut on the New Years Event. Remember that this could be false though. However, the timing of the two articles and the blog post is quite interesting.
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 12:19AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
Nick Diaz gets paid by DREAM and agrees to fight in Japan
Nick Diaz has always been open about how much he loves fighting in Japan and how he feels about the way the nation embraces and respects the sport. He’s also stated in the past he feels the Japanese rules with a ring and no elbows on the ground favor traditional martial arts. Basically, the Stockton native likes the way the Japanese approach the fight game. In fact, he recently confirmed through GracieFighter.com that he will return to fight in “The Land of the Rising Sun.” Here’s a snip: “Dream pays Nick Diaz in full from his last bout in May. Diaz agrees to return to fight in Japan, however at this point it is unclear for which organization.” There have been rumors all summer that Diaz would face “Mach” Sakurai for the DREAM welterweight title during his next trip out there, but Diaz had problems getting paid for his last fight with the promotion against Katsuya Inoue at DREAM 3 on May 11. He was reportedly owed $100,000 by the Japanese mixed martial arts promotion for the first round technical knockout win over Inoue. He is now clearly skeptical about doing business with them again.
Submitted Oct 16, 2008 12:04AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: Dream
MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday learned that Affliction Entertainment has entered into a formal partnership with M-1 Global to promote mixed martial arts events around the globe. The two entities had already been working together, but had no formal arrangement. The partnership is bad news for fans that hope to see “The Last Emperor” tussle with Randy Couture in the UFC. The new agreement makes Emelianenko an exclusive client of Affliction and M-1 Global worldwide for the foreseeable future. Previously, Affliction’s deal with M-1 Global was exclusive only to the U.S. _______________________________________________________________ so no more "Fedor to the UFC" rumor threads??????
Submitted Oct 15, 2008 11:27PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 14 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Lindland-Sobral In Works for Affliction 2
A bout between Olympic wrestling silver medalist Matt Lindland and Renato "Babalu" Sobral are one of a few fresh bouts proposed for Affliction Entertainment’s return engagement to the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 24. Sherdog.com confirmed the tentative tilt with both fighters’ camps. The pair are said to have been offered and agreed upon a fight at 195 pounds to serve as a tryout point for the Brazilian as he makes his way down to middleweight. Lindland, 38, has competed at 185 pounds for the majority of his career, but has also dabbled among the light heavyweight and heavyweight ranks as well. babalu dropping to MW!!!! if this is successful, anyone see UFC trying to bring him in to fight Anderson?
Submitted Oct 15, 2008 11:18PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 11 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Grappling Star Robert Drysdale Makes MMA Debut
Grappling wizard Robert Drysdale makes his MMA debut this Friday October 17th for the TUFF-N-UFF promotion against 18 year old Josh Musick, who carries a 5-0 amateur record according to mixedmartialarts.com.
Submitted Oct 15, 2008 8:56PM by Wolfenstein - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Jardine Begins His Search for Consistency
“There’s nothing worse than sitting in a locker room after a fight knowing that you didn’t get a chance to fight,” said Jardine, reflecting on his one round loss to ‘The Axe Murderer’ at UFC 84. “I wanted to run it back out there and fight again as soon as possible, but things happen.”
Submitted Oct 15, 2008 8:54PM by Wolfenstein - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Yoshida's manager, Shu Hirata, confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his fighter will still compete on the Dec. 10 UFC Fight for the Troops card, possibly still against Koscheck. There has also been speculation that Diego Sanchez may take up the spot against Yoshida in the main event for the UFC Fight for the Troops show.
Submitted Oct 15, 2008 8:06PM by Wolfenstein - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday learned that Affliction Entertainment has entered into a formal partnership with M-1 Global to promote mixed martial arts events around the globe. The two entities had already been working together, but had no formal arrangement. The official partnership includes co-promotion of the M-1 challenge series, an international mixed martial arts tournament that pits fighters from different parts of the globe against each other. The M-1 Challenge’s next stop is scheduled for Oct. 29 in Kansas City, Mo., where Xtreme Couture light heavyweight Mike Whitehead will headline the card. Well doesn't this make our days more dull.
Submitted Oct 15, 2008 7:52PM by imanidiot777 - 9 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Ken vs. Frank! beware: not set in stone
The brothers Shamrock are fixin to step in to the cage against one another. given ken's fragility and Franks penchant for running his mouth, this is still far from a certainty. However, its exciting as hell, i only wish this was 6 or 7 years ago
Submitted Oct 15, 2008 1:56PM by jahdoug - 12 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
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