Nogueira’s Trainer Luiz Alves Dies
Luiz Alves, the long-time trainer of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, died Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Considered alongside Rudimar Fedrigo as the two most important representatives of muay Thai in Brazil, Alves suffered a stroke on Jan. 26. Doctors induced a coma to control the pressure on his brain. On Friday the pressure increased, leading to a hemorrhage that caused his death.
Nogueira had considered Alves his good luck charm. The trainer accompanied “Minotauro” to all of his fights since 2001, except for Nogueira’s two stoppage losses to Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez. Alves’ daughter was getting married the day of the Mir bout, and he had already suffered the stroke by the time Nogueira fought Velasquez.
Overeem vs. Rogers, Arlovski vs. "Bigfoot" official for May 15 Strikeforce event in St. Louis
A pair of previously reported heavyweights bouts is now official for May 15 with today's official announcement of "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery."
As expected Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (32-11 MMA, 2-0 SF) meets Brett Rogers (10-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) in the night's headliner, and former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski (15-7 MMA, 0-1 SF) meets former EliteXC title-holder Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (13-2 MMA, 0-1 SF) in the co-headliner.
Today's release didn't state if Overeem vs. Rogers will be a title fight, and sources close to the competitors today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that an official decision hasn't been made about the championship status of the bout. Strikeforce officials could not be reached for comment.
Christian M'Pumbu Added To DREAM LHW Tournament
French veteran Christian M'Pumbu has signed a multi-fight deal with DREAM and is expected to be part of the upcoming Light Heavyweight Tournament starting in May. M'Pumbu is 15-2-1 career and is currently competing in a tournament in the DEEP promotion to determine that promotion's inaugural Light Heavyweight Champion.
Tito Ortiz Maintains UFC 115 Bout With Liddell Is Still On
Despite recent reports that his UFC 115 fight with Chuck Liddell is off due to medical and personal problems, Tito Ortiz says it's still on. He confirmed this to SI.com's Josh Gross earlier in the week. "Yes, I am," Ortiz told SI.com via text message late Wednesday. "Unless Chuck gets hurt." He also revealed his TUF 11 appearance was not cut short and that both he & girlfriend Jenna Jameson were hospitalized recently: Jenna for pregnancy-related issues, Tito for flu. Ortiz has since been released.
"Big Country" Needs To Win Because He Needs To Eat
Apparently those hoped-for fast food sponsorship deals haven't yet come through for Roy Nelson, because of course food came to be mentioned in the TUF 10 winner's recent comments about his upcoming fight with fast-rising prospect Stefan Struve. "I think my experience... actually I cant even say that, he has more fights than I do, haha! I think it will just come down to who wants it more. He is young hungry kid and I am a hungry old kid. I need to eat."
Rashad Evans May Bring Mr. T To The Octagon To Mess With Rampage
And perhaps we may have to pity the new B.A. in the face of the original B.A., fool! But it's an idea Rashad threw out in his latest pre-UFC 114 trash talk ahead of his grudge match with Quinton Jackson. "I don't like all the pre-fight talking, so I can't wait until I finally get my chance to shut him up," said Evans. "There were a lot of times on the show when I wanted to hit him right there. When Keith [Jardine] was training for his fight with Rampage, I had to mimic Rampage's style. I can probably beat Rampage as Rampage now. Plus, he's gotten fat. He needs to get in shape just to get in shape. I may come to the Octagon with Mr. T just to get in his head."
Fedor Emelianenko Will Face Hidehiko Yoshida at ASTRA
An article in tomorrow's Nikkan Sports newspaper says that Yoshida's retirement fight in ASTRA will most likely be against Fedor. The exact quote is "Retirement match against Fedor, world's strongest man". According to the newspaper, Fedor's camp got in contact with Yoshida when he announced his retirement fight somewhere around February 8th and both parties have been negotiating ever since. There is a final meeting that will be held in Japan at Dream 13 which should finalize the negotiations. If nothing pans out after Dream 13, then they apparently have other fighters readily available to fight Yoshida.
Fredie Roach Talks Boxing vs MMA
Topics include whether it is tougher to transition from boxing to MMA or the other way around, which MMA fighter would fair best in boxing, which Boxer would do best in MMA, and which sport has the brighter future. Sorry I forgot to post the link the first time
Japanese star Shinya Aoki says UFC won't succeed in Japan
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki widely is considered a torchbearer for MMA in Japan. And he's very protective of its landscape, particularly when it comes to the interests of stateside promoters.
UFC president Dana White repeatedly has said he's interested in returning to Japan for the first time since Zuffa, LLC purchased the promotion in 2001. But he blames "dirty, sneaky, bad guys" from keeping the promotion out of the country.
Mousasi Expected To Sign Long-Term Deal With Strikeforce
Gegard Mousasi's nickname is "Dreamcatcher", and evidently he's decided Strikeforce is the place to be just that. The Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion is expected so sign a long-term extension with the promotion shortly, although he currently has a "champions clause" that extends his current deal by 1 year automatically should he win his last fight on the contract, a title defense against Muhammad Lawal on 4/17.
UFC Will Not Provide Live Counter Against April Strikeforce Event
Strikeforce has the spotlight to itself.
The long-rumored UFC event expected to counter the promotion's April 17 CBS offering will not take place, MMA Fighting has confirmed.
Earlier this month, the UFC explored the option, going so far as to inform likely broadcast partner Spike TV that the show was a go, but the company has apparently reversed course, and a Spike source said the network has been told by the UFC that the show is no longer happening.
At the time, rumors of potential matchups pitting Mike Swick against Matt Serra and Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama were quickly extinguished for various reasons, making finding a headlining act a challenge.
Marius Zaromskis Eyes DREAM Return In May
Although there are few details at this time, DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius Zaromskis appears set to return to the promotion on May 30 at the curently unannounced DREAM 15. No opponent has been named and it's not known if he'll defend his title. There originally were reports he would defend against Kiyoshi Tamura on 3/22 but those plans fell through after Zaromskis was TKO'd by Nick Diaz in January.
Renato Sobral Signs With DREAM
For the first time in nearly 9 years, Renato Sobral is Japan-bound. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and UFC contender has signed a multi-fight contract with DREAM and will participate in the promotion's upcoming light heavyweight tournament, which is set to begin May 30 at DREAM.15. Sobral apparently is still under contract to Strikeforce but the promotion gave him the OK to sign the DREAM contract and he'll probably return to SF later this year. Sobral last fought in Japan in summer 2001, when he lost in RINGS to Fedor.
Bobby Lashley Likely For 4/17 SF
Although it isn't yet official, Strikeforce is expected to add Bobby Lashley to the upcoming April 17 event in Nashville. No opponent named yet but that could be determined next week. Lashley likely will be in a prelim fight but with a 4th fight planned to air tape-delayed on CBS that night (the event has 3 title fights scheduled), it's likely that prelim will feature Lashley.
Despite massive favorite status, UFC 111's St-Pierre isn't underestimating Hardy
Five-time Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (19-2 MMA, 14-2 UFC) wants to right a career wrong when he meets Dan Hardy (23-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 111.
The last time St-Pierre faced a massive underdog, he lost his title. He bought into his own hype and underestimated "The Ultimate Fighter 4" winner Matt Serra. He ended up on the wrong end of a TKO at UFC 69.
Not this time. Or so he says.
Bellator hasn't forgotten West Coast, but Eastern markets to host 2010 shows
Hang tight, West Coast fans. Bellator Fighting Championships hasn't forgotten about you.
The promotion, which kicks off its second season next month with live shows on FOX Sports Net, is skipping West Coast markets for its 12-week run due to its 8 p.m. ET start times.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that logistics forced the promotion to focus on Eastern markets for season two (and season three later this year) but that the West Coast markets could get some love beginning with season four in January 2011.
Quote of the Day: Gabriel Gonzaga - "I'm Not Afraid of Trading Strikes"
Gabriel Gonzaga - "My victory would be the ideal move towards what I want, the title shot. Getting close to it pumps me up. I've been training since 2001 and I'm not afraid of trading strikes with anyone on this planet. Although I have much more experience on the ground, I don't underestimate him there. Man, let's play and see who hits harder and has the best submissions."
Pat Curran completes Bellator's season-two lightweight tourney field, debuts at Bellator 14
Chicago-area fighter Pat Curran (9-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the eighth and final competitor booked for Bellator Fighting Championships' upcoming season-two lightweight tournament.
Bellator officials today announced the signing.
Curran competes in an opening-round tournament matchup on April 15 at Bellator 14, though his opponent and other tourney pairings – including recent signee Roger Huerta's promotional debut – won't be unveiled until later this week.
Nick Catone vs. John Salter on tap for UFC 113 prelims in Montreal
May's UFC 113 event will get a late addition with a middleweight fight pitting Nick Catone (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. John Salter (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com bout agreements have been distributed and signed by at least one fighter.
UFC 113 takes place on May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main card, which includes a main event and rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, airs live on pay-per-view.