Strikeforce and M-1 say Fedor negotiations ongoing; Jan. 29 fight "not set"
A deal to bring Fedor Emelianenko back to the Strikeforce cage has not been finalized, according to representatives from the California-based promotion and M-1 Global.
And while a matchup between Emelianenko and Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is possible, a Strikeforce official today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a date is not set.
"It all depends where these negotiations take us," Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz said.
An article going over some of the logistics of the return of The Last Emperor
Donald Cerrone unhappy with WEC 53 win, wants shot at UFC's Cole Miller
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Donald Cerrone picked up a quality win against a notable opponent, but following the WEC 53 performance, he wasn't exactly in a celebratory mood.
Cerrone (13-3 MMA 5-3 WEC), a five-time "Fight of the Night" winner with the WEC, saw plenty of problems in his second-round submission win over Chris Horodecki (16-3 MMA, 2-2 WEC).
More specifically, he wanted to beat the former kickboxer at his own game.
The fight was one of four that aired on Versus from Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. It was the final WEC show before the organization's merger with its sister promotion, the UFC. With roster spots at a premium, it was important for Cerrone and other fighters to make a good impression in the WEC's final show.
Trainer Roufus says Pettis' WEC 53 kick inspired by "Ong Bak" cult movie
Believe it or not, the sensational kick Anthony Pettis used to floor Benson Henderson was inspired by the cult martial-arts classic, "Ong Bak."
Pettis' coach, Duke Roufus, said he's played around with "old-school" Muay Thai techniques for several years, and the crazy kick that Pettis landed is just one such attack.
"I just believe in being creative," Roufus today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Anthony is a lifelong martial artist, and I'm a lifelong martial artist, and we're just trying to keep evolving and blend it all together."
A great piece on the Showtime Kick, with embedded video of the kick itself! Also, if you have not already, watch the original Ong-Bak the Thai Warrior. No handed cartwheel between two pieces of glass? Amazing
Bellator champ Joe Warren returning to Greco-Roman roots, eyes Olympic Gold
The self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet" already has Bellator Fighting Championships gold around his waist.
Now he's looking to put Olympic gold around his neck.
Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren (6-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) plans on making a return to the international wrestling scene next year in an effort to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren discusses his future plans, including his intentions to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games
WEC 53 winner Eddie Wineland: "All I saw was Rampage in my eyes"
GLENDALE, Ariz. – While Anthony Pettis was the talk of the town following WEC 53, it was Eddie Wineland who nearly walked away with the evening's SportsCenter moment.
Fighting on the evening's preliminary card, Wineland earned the card's "Knockout of the Night" with a vicious first-round slam of WEC newcomer Ken Stone.
The first WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland discusses his powerful knockout slam against WEC newcomer Ken Stone
UFC 124 Winner Fired from Job
Sean Pierson has had two lifelong dreams come true recently. He won his UFC debut over Matt Riddle, and he was hired by the Toronto Police Department. Unfortunately, his persona as a fighter has prevented him from being a cop.
A relatively short but disheartening article.
UFC Likely Kentucky-Bound, Possibly On 3/3
While official word has yet to come, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is targeting Louisville, Ky., for its upcoming UFC on Versus 3 event. Both the KFC Yum! Center and Freedom Hall are under heavy consideration to host the event. UFC on Versus 3 takes place March 3 and is expected to feature a headlining bout between welterweights Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez. The KFC Yum! Center hosts a variety of sporting and entertainment events and is the primary home of the University of Louisville's mens and women's basketball teams. The arena holds up to 22,000 fans, though it's likely that a smaller seating configuration would be used with a UFC event. Freedom Hall, meanwhile, is a multipurpose arena that seats more than 19,000 people. It formerly hosted UL's men's basketball team.
Anthony Pettis' Striking Coach Duke Roufus Talks About 'Showtime' Kick
It was the Kick Heard 'Round the World, a climbing, twisting, off-the-wall, out-of-the-video-games-and-into-Ben-Henderson's-face, mind-scrambler of a strike in the 25th and final minute of a WEC championship match that shot Anthony Pettis into the consciousness of sports fans everywhere.
While his aim is to stay there for more than just one night, it's safe to say that regardless of his future, the 23-year-old cemented himself a place in MMA history by authoring one of the sport's most incredible moments.
I want more!!!
WEC 53 Draws 6348 Fans
Thursday's WEC 53 event at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., scored an attendance figure of 6,348. If the Arizona State Boxing Commission verifies the figure in the coming week, it'll rank as the seventh-best-attended event in the WEC's nearly 10-year and 53-event history. It was also the second-highest attendance mark for a show outside of California (only WEC 47 in Ohio drew more). Glendale, a Phoenix-area city, earned the right to host WEC 53 by winning the Amp Energy "Hometown Throwdown" contest. Fans could vote for 30 potential host sites, and Phoenix/Glendale – which is home to WEC 53 competitors Benson Henderson and Jamie Varner – emerged victorious. The show marked the WEC's debut in Arizona.
FEG Adds More Fights To Dynamite!! Event
Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) today added another round of match-ups to its annual New Year's Eve show as FieLDS Dynamite!! returns to the Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 31 in Saitama, Japan. Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi will make his return to the K-1 circuit to compete against Kyotaro in a kickboxing bout that marks "The Dreamcatcher's" first K-1 rules bout since a TKO win over Musashi at Dynamite!! 2008. Joining them will be Super Hulk Champion Ikuhisa Minowa taking on judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi while Japanese mainstay Hayato Sakurai answers the call of "The Kansas City Bandit" Jason High.
WVR Adds 4 Fights To Year-End Event
World Victory Road today announced 4 more fights for their massive year-end event on December 30 in Tokyo. They included a pair of cross-promotion bouts with Sengoku's Maximo Blanco vs. DREAM lightweight Won Sik Park and former Sengoku champ Masanori Kanehara vs. DREAM featherweight Yoshiro Maeda. Additionally, Roxanne Modafferi meets fellow Strikeforce vet Hitomi Akano, and Misaki Takimoto takes on former kickboxer Amy Davis. This now brings the MMA portion of the event up to a planned 15 fights. The organization also today announced a Muay Thai fight between Fabiano Cyclone and Andrew Pekc, who replaces Ryuta Noji.
Report: Fedor-Silva Possible For 1/29 Strikeforce Event (Updated)
He's back. Fedor Emelianenko will make his long-awaited return to the cage when he takes on Antonio Silva on the upcoming Strikeforce card set for Jan. 29, according to MMA Weekly. If the report is true, it will mark the first time "The Last Emperor" will be in action since Fabricio Werdum tapped him in the first round with a triangle back in June. There's been confusion regarding the status of the Russian Sambo specialist, mainly due to issues with a long re-negotiation of his contract between his management, M-1 Global and Strikeforce. It looks like they've finally come to an agreement and it does not involve a rematch with Werdum or an oft-asked for fight with Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem. SF also has yet to announce the event.
UPDATE: Both SF and M-1 Global say a deal HAS NOT been finalized. Said Fedor-Silva matchup also isn't set either. But both Strikeforce and M-1 officials say they're still negotiating a contract that includes the services of Emelianenko as well as co-promotional agreement that could bring M-1 Global events to Strikeforce broadcast partner Showtime. M-1 also says 1/29 "is not on the table".
WEC 53 Bonuses Announced
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Eddie Wineland, Shane Roller, Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson each earned $10,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Thursday's WE3 52 event.
Wineland earned the event's "Knockout of the Night" award, Roller picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Pettis and Henderson earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
WEC 53 Main Card re-cap
GLENDALE, Ariz. – It's only fitting that World Extreme Cagefighting closed its doors with an awe-inspiring kick and closely contested main event that saw the crowning of a new and final WEC lightweight champion.
A late-fight fence walk that resulted in a highlight-reel head kick allowed challenger Anthony Pettis to edge champ Benson Henderson in the main event of Thursday's WEC 53 event.
It was the final fight in the history of the always-entertaining WEC, which now merges with its sister promotion, the UFC.
Jens Pulver changes things up, could be looking for a come back
Jens talks about his move to Team Curran as well as what he thinks his future in the sport might be and when he'd consider hanging up the gloves.
The video is really old but I never saw anything on here about this and I know everyone loves their Jens Pulver news. Plus today happened to be the first day I got to train with Jens.
Could UFC's Return To Brazil Also Mean Royce Gracie's Return To UFC?
Possibly, as he hinted at during yesterday's press conference. "I'm still thinking (on fighting in Rio). But I'm always training," he said laughing. "This return of UFC to Brazil touched me, made me feel the wish of coming back to the Octagon. Everything has being negotiated with Dana White. Let's wait and see." Renzo Gracie is also being rumored as a possibility for the event.
474 pound Rulon Gardner to appear on The Biggest Loser 11
Rulon Gardner, the former Olympian wrestler, and one time Pride fighter, will appear in the next season of "The Biggest Loser." Gardner and friend Justin Pope, who co-own Rulon Gardner Elite Training Center, will attempt to lose weight together.
In the show, which just finished its 10th season Tuesday, contestants fight to lose the most weight.
"I'm excited to see how far he can go, and cheer him on," said Kamie Gardner, his wife. "A friend talked to him about it, and an NBC representative contacted him and asked him if he wanted to do it, and he said he did."
Rua-Evans, Pellegrino-Tibau Slated For UFC 129 In New Jersey
The planned Mauricio Rua-Rashad Evans UFC Light Heavyweight Title fight originally planned for UFC 128 has now been pushed back to UFC 129 in New Jersey. Also in the works is Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison (Graison) Tibau. 129 is expected to take place on March 19 in New Jersey, but also could become UFC 128 if the planned 3/12 event in the United Arab Emirates falls through. 129 could also get the planned Tito Ortiz-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fight scheduled for 128.
UFC Announces Return to MMA's Birthplace of Brazil
Marking a return to the country that helped create modern mixed martial arts as we know it, the UFC on Wednesday announced that the promotion would stage a show at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 27, 2011.
UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC president Dana White made the announcement at City Hall, flanked by the city's mayor Eduardo Paes.
Given the economic potential for both the promotion and potential host cities, White said the UFC's move into the country was more than a one-time visit.