Fedor Has No Plans of Retiring for Politics
News hit last week that top heavyweight star and former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko had his eyes on a seat in the Russian Parliament that would soon bring an end to his mixed martial arts career. Despite a lot of heavyweights breathing a sigh of relief that Fedor could be gone soon, the report is false and the Stary Oskul native will still be reap havoc in the MMA world for the foreseeable future.
Fedor's involvement in the political machine in Russia is true, although according to M-1 Global's Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan, news of his retirement is completely overstated.
Kogan broke down Fedor's nomination to go to the Russian Parliament for his region in Russia, and how he didn't actually volunteer himself to get involved.
Tito Ortiz Talks Neck Surgery, Comeback and Still Wanting to Fight Chuck Liddell
Breaking his silence about his neck injury, withdrawing from his fight with Chuck Liddell and being replaced on The Ultimate Fighter, Tito Ortiz said he plans to be back in the cage around October or November, and hopes to return against Liddell.
Speaking on Spike's Inside the Ultimate Fighter podcast, Ortiz said he will actually be rooting for Liddell in his UFC 115 bout this weekend against Rich Franklin, but said win or lose, Liddell should have to face him later this year.
"I think we should still fight, just because of the s--- he's been saying. Saying that I'm afraid of him and I'm a p----, this and that. Go f--- yourself man. Are you kidding me? Has he ever defended his world title longer than me? No. Has any light-heavyweight ever defended the world title longer than me? No. I'm only 35 years old. I'll be back in the cage again, and I'll be dominating."
Josh Bryant vs. Kyle Noke Completes TUF 11 Finale
One last fight between TUF 11 castmates has been announced to complete the TUF 11 Finale lineup, Kyle Noke vs. Josh Bryant was announced by UFC for the prelims. Noke reached the quarterfinals and Bryant the semis before they were eliminated, both by Kris McCray.
Filipovic forthright about his UFC troubles
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic had reached a breaking point. A few minutes earlier, he’d slipped almost unnoticed into a ballroom in a downtown hotel, where several of his peers were going through a workout for the benefit of the media covering UFC 115.
The Croatian was testy, to be kind, as he fielded questions about the upcoming fight Saturday at GM Place and clearly looked like a guy who’d rather be just about anywhere other than where he was.
Sucks that if a guy dosn't want to market himself and simply allow his highlight reel to do the work for him that his contract won't allow it. But he signed it. Heres hoping Mirko can give a Pride showing this weekend!
Sadly I think I'm taking Barry in this one.
Evan Dunham Is Hoping You'll Take Notice If He Beats Tyson Griffin
Especially if you haven't already considering he is only 3-0 in UFC. "Tyson, in my opinion, is a top-tier fighter in the UFC, one of the guys who could definitely have a title shot here real soon. I didn't really think too much into [fighting a training partner] besides I was going to have to find some different places to train at for the camp, because he didn't want to share the same gym for the fight. Overall I thought it was great because Tyson's very talented and he's a high-level fighter. At the same time, I think we'll both going to have a couple of tricks up our sleeve but overall we both know each other's strengths. All I can do is keep winning and hope people take notice. Flying under the radar is definitely not by choice."
TUF 12 Finale Scheduled For December 4
With the upcoming 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" now in production and its Sept. 15 Spike TV debut set, plans are also in motion for the show's live finale. The live finale for season 12 is currently scheduled for December 4, and will be held at the venue that's hosted the last 7 finales-The Pearl At The Palms in Las Vegas. The finale will air live on Spike.
Dan Lauzon released by the UFC
Dan Lauzon has been released by the UFC following a loss to Efrain Escudero, his second in a row, at UFC 114.
Joe Cavallaro, a friend and business partner, confirmed the news. The promoter of World Championship Fighting had Lauzon under a promotional agreement when he fought locally and has helped the East Bridgewater native along the way.
“His contract was terminated. He’s just got to go back and get more experience. Dany is very very young guy,” said Cavallaro. “He is a tremendous fighter. He needs to get the right training, the right camp and get a handful of wins again.
Dana White on Chuck Liddell: 'A loss at UFC 115 would be the end'
"Yes [a loss at UFC 115 would be the end of Chuck Liddell's career], and I think he will say the same thing. But let me tell you what the difference is - the difference before, when I wanted him retired, was that he wasn't doing the right thing. He was out partying every night and doing the wrong thing not the right thing. He wasn't living the life of a professional athlete... He and I sat down and talked and I will tell you what, he has kept his word. He has been phenomenal shape since the beginning of The Ultimate Fighter and it will be interesting to see how he does. Because Rick Franklin is tough, he is no joke. He had that war with Dan Henderson that many people believe he won, he had the war with Wanderlei Silva - he has fought all the best in the world."
TUF 11 Finale prelims include Tavares vs. Baczynski, Camozzi vs Hammortree
Following tonight's regular-season run of "The Ultimate Fighter 11," the fight card for next week's season finale is taking shape.
Sources close to the event have confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Chris Camozzi (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to fight fellow middleweight cast member James Hammortree (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and in a bout pitting MMAjunkie.com blogger vs. blogger, Brad Tavares (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Seth Baczynski (11-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
The bouts take place next Saturday, June 19, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The night's main card, including the Court McGee vs. Kris McCray finale, airs live on Spike TV.
Jamie Yager vs. Rich Attonito slated for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale prelims
A bout pitting Team Ortiz's Jamie Yager (2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Team Liddell's Rich Attonito (7-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set for the preliminary card of The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, a source close to the event confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The meeting of eliminated cast members takes place next Saturday, June 19, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The night's main card, including the Court McGee vs. Kris McCray finale, airs live on Spike TV.
Both fighters fell short in the 28-man/32-slot middleweight tournament.
Yager, the fourth pick of Tito Ortiz's team, scored a 26-second knockout of Ben Stark in an elimination-round bout, and he advanced to the quarterfinals with a subsequent TKO of Charles Blanchard. However, his "TUF" run came to an end when he didn't answer the bell for the third round in a fight with Josh Bryant.
Trainer Duke Roufus wants all focus on UFC 115's Pat Barry
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Getting kicked by UFC heavyweight Pat Barry on daily basis sucks. Getting kicked by Pat Barry while holding pads from the Reagan era really, really sucks.
Jeff "Duke" Roufus, Barry's trainer, found himself in that position today at an open workout promoting Barry's fight with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic this Saturday at UFC 115.
Delta Airlines lost the luggage containing his gear on the flight into Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and he had to ask UFC welterweight Claude Patrick's trainer for an extra pair of kick pads and hand mitts.
Roufus, a former K-1 kickboxer, has his regular kick pads made special in Thailand. They're packed to the gills with extra padding, which is perfect for absorbing the shock of shins traveling 80 miles per hour.
UFC 115's "Cro Cop" says retirement possible if new contract doesn't materialize
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic is on the last fight of his UFC contract and wants to keep fighting. But if he doesn't ink a new UFC deal, he's not shopping himself to Japan.
Instead, he's done.
"I will extend the contract, or I will go retire," said Filipovic (26-7-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who on Saturday faces Pat Barry (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 115. "But I think I will keep fighting."
Filipovic inked a three-fight contract extension with the promotion this past July after a rocky patch in which it was speculated that he might defect from the UFC to the Japanese-based DREAM promotion.
Rosenthal officiates UFC 116 main event; Lesnar's camp, UFC speak against Mazzagatti
LAS VEGAS – Veteran referee Josh Rosenthal today was selected by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to officiate July's UFC 116 main event between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and interim belt holder Shane Carwin (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
Rosenthal was selected from a pool of available officials that also included Herb Dean, Steve Mazzagatti and Mario Yamasaki at today's NSAC meeting in Las Vegas based on the recommendation of NSAC executive director Keith Kizer.
Both Lesnar's camp and the UFC issued objections to Mazzagatti's potential selection, though NSAC chairman Pat Lundvall ultimately dismissed the claims and included the oft-criticized referee in the pool of potential officials.
A "Motivated" And "Grateful" David Loiseau Looks Forward To A Great Performance In Vancouver
And the former UFC fighter is happy to be back in the promotion and looking forward to a good performance Saturday, when he faces Mario Miranda. "You know they say 'A God makes no mistakes,' so I just rolled with it and accepted what happened. At first, I was a little upset but you have to accept it and move forward. I'm very motivated, very grateful the UFC took me back and I'm looking forward to putting on a great performance. I will be much more effective. What you think about, you bring about. I'm focusing on the good times ahead and the great times coming up."
Fedor's Next Fight Likely To Be Pay-Per-View
Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce, and M-1 Global may be headed to pay-per-view.
With Fedor's next fight in the United States just two weeks away, everyone is already curious about when he might fight again or what the status is between Strikeforce and M-1 Global. For now there's at least one more fight planned, and it's likely to end up on pay-per-view.
That's the word from M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan, who spoke with MMAWeekly on Tuesday about the company's plans for Fedor and Strikeforce.
"Following this fight now we have one more fight on the cards," Kogan said. "That's the future for now, there's one more fight following the June 26 fight and that fight is more likely than not on pay-per-view."
Of course M-1 Global promotes several fighters, but one thing is guaranteed when and if that pay-per-view happens. Fedor Emelianenko will be leading the charge.
"That is a fight for Fedor that is co-promotion by M-1 Global and Strikeforce," Kogan stated.
Fedor's primary focus right now is on Fabricio Werdum and their fight on June 26, but a title shot against Alistair Overeem could be just the pay-per-view draw that Strikeforce and M-1 Global could be looking for. The only question right now is timing, and Kogan says he can't guarantee anything like that right now.
"It depends on what happens during this fight. It depends on health issues, and whatever else following this fight. It depends also by other factors, so I don't want to tell you something and not have it happen," said Kogan. "It's possible, it's not unlikely, but I wouldn't say I'd guarantee that it happens in 2010."
NSAC Corrects UFC 114 Attendance & Gate Figures
The Nevada State Athletic Commission revised its attendance and box-office tallies for this past month's UFC 114 event. The event's official draw now stands at 14,996 spectators for a $3,895,125 live gate. Of the 14,996 fans, there were 13,294 paid and 1,702 comps. 14 tickets went unsold, which resulted in a virtual sellout. The NSAC initially announced an attendance of 14,246 (13,294 paid, 952 complimentary, and 12 unsold) and a $3,730,125 gate. Even with the revisions, UFC 114's gate total still ranks fifth all-time in venue history (UFC 66) but may now be the MGM Grand all-time leader in attendance.
Tyson Griffin says his new form, not rivalry with Evan Dunham, is real story of UFC 115
While much of the attention leading into this weekend's UFC 115 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is centered firmly (and deservedly) on the main event between former champions Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin, hardcore fans have another bout circled as a potential "Fight of the Night" candidate.
Evan Dunham (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC).
And while most have focused on Dunham's ties with Xtreme Couture and how the Oregonian was forced to leave the camp in favor of Griffin, Griffin himself believes that angle is overblown. Instead, Griffin believes the real story will be his improved fitness and technique.