NO MATTER WHAT VITOR SHOWS, LINDLAND IS READY
“No matter what Vitor shows up, he’s a dangerous man,” says 38 year-old Matt Lindland. “He’s the same guy he’s always been. What could be new about him? The only thing is he’s gotten a little older and a little slower. But he’s still dangerous. I still think he’s gotta be one of the quickest guys at 185. I would put him and Chael Sonnen as two of the quickest guys I know, at any weight class.”
Interview With Melvin Manhoef
Hi there, Melvin!
Brasil Combate in association with Fighline.com is very glad to interview you.
You were the Cage Rage Champion for almost two years. Tell us about that experience.
It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed that time. It was the start of bigger things and it prepared me for the K1. I won my first big title there. The atmosphere, the fans and the events were great !
Arlovski hopes to cash in against Fedor
Andrei Arlovski finds himself in a unique position on Saturday night when he faces Fedor Emelianenko, generally considered the sport’s best heavyweight, in a five-round match for the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts title.
The former UFC heavyweight champion left the organization last year to take one of the most lucrative MMA contracts in history from upstart Affliction.
Jeff Monson Arrested, But Not For Graffiti
Things just got worse for MMA’s favorite anarchist, Jeff Monson. He was arrested this weekend in North Carolina on a charge unrelated to his malicious mischief trouble in Olympia, Washington. Now he’s in jail on suspicion of “assault on a female and injury to real property.” Girl troubles gone terribly wrong, in other words. How disappointing.
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto to miss DREAM Featherweight Tournament
Sports Navi is reporting that featherweight superstar Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will not be ready in time to fight in the upcoming DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix scheduled for this March.
Yamamoto (17-1) is in the midst of a 14-fight win streak, but has been plagued with injuries that have kept him on the sidelines since demolishing Rani Yahya at K-1 Premium Dynamite in December 2007.
Regardless of the Fate of Elite XC, King of the Cage Survives
One of the worst fall outs from the Elite XC implosion was the negative impact on the mid-sized promotions that had been purchased by the doomed organization.
One of the orgs effected was Terry Trebilcock's King of the Cage. KOTC provided an early stage for stars such as Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Diego Sanchez, Keith Jardine, Paul Buentello and Mac Danzig.
I'm happy to see that they're back up and running.
JEFF CURRAN VS. JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ SET FOR APRIL 5 WEC
A pivotal bantamweight match-up has been confirmed for the upcoming World Extreme Cagefighting card set for April 5, as former featherweight contender, Jeff "Big Frog" Curran takes on up and coming star, Joseph Benavidez, in a 135lb contest that could determine the next title contender.
PALASZEWSKI VS. CRUNKILTON IN WEC MARCH 1
As the March 1 WEC card in Corpus Christi, TX starts to take shape, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Bart Palaszewski and Richard Crunkilton will do battle in a lightweight match-up that could land the winner in title contention.
Tyson Griffin and Rafael dos Anjos on tap for UFC Fight Night 18
UFC lightweights Tyson Griffin (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the as-yet-unannounced UFC Fight Night 18, tentatively scheduled for April 1 in Nashvile, Tenn.
While the event has not yet been officially announced by the UFC, sources close to the bout today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the pending matchup.
Matt Serra plans on "Retiring" Matt Hughes
Before butting heads as rival coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 6," Matt Serra said he and fellow former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes were actually buddies and had plans to train together.
A bitter rivalry, though, soon replaced the budding bro-mance.
Now, after 18 months of waiting, Serra will finally get his chance to fight Hughes in May at UFC 98. Serra recently told MMAjunkie.com it is the "biggest fight of my career" and said he plans to "decapitate" Hughes on his way to victory.
I still think Hughes is going to wipe the floor with him and ironically probably retire HIM!
Live Video Chat with Fedor Today!
Fightline.com will be hosting a live video chat with Affliction superstar Fedor Emelianenko today starting at 8:00p EST. This will be followed directly by the premier of the Affliction "Day of Reckoning" countdown show.
Emelianenko will be squaring off against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski for the cards main event.
UFC Wants Show In Ireland Every St. Patrick's Day
The UFC is so pleased with the reception it received in Dublin that it hopes to stage an event in Ireland every St. Patrick’s Day.
“Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I were speaking and one thing we were trying to figure out is how to put on a show in Ireland every St Patrick’s Day,” said UK UFC division president Marshall Zelaznik.
“We want to figure out, no matter what day of the week it is, how to put on fights here on that day and it’s something we’re trying to do right away,”
Fedor on his physique and fighting ‘the best fighters in the world to date’
“All of my training is the same. Every fighter has a different physique and different baggage they bring to the ring. I don’t rely on weight training. I haven’t for several years. It’s really more focusing on the opponent and working on sparring, wrestling and certain activities I do. It’s all about the training camp. All the hard work and all the results that show up in the ring is a result of what’s done before…. Vadim [Finkelstein] is my friend, he’s my partner and he’s very well qualified and he’s proven himself as a good manager. He’s got a track record of building my career and collaborating with major organizations, which has afforded me the opportunity to fight the best fighters in the world to date. Everyone has their duties in this business. My role is to fight. Vadim’s role is to deal with people like Dana White.”
5 Questions for Affliction ‘Day of Reckoning’
The apparel company’s second semi-charitable show is low on tomato-can stock, and like the best events, it promises to pose questions about records, careers and legacies.
1. Is the “old” Vitor Belfort hiding at 185 pounds?
2. Does Freddie Roach matter in MMA?
3. Can Gilbert Yvel behave himself?
4. Can Affliction thrive?
5. Will announcer Tito Ortiz use the term “For Sure” more or less than 24 times?
Despite announcement, Frank Trigg hasn't signed for Feb. 14 XCF headliner
Despite an announcement from the Xtreme Cagefighting Federation that Frank Trigg will headline its Feb. 14 "Rumble In Race Town" event, the UFC and PRIDE veteran said he hasn't signed a contract for the fight.
Although expected to compete at the event, Trigg recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) nothing is official.
XCF announced on Saturday that Trigg would headline the event, which coincides with NASCAR's Daytona 500, against an opponent to be determined.
The Feb. 21 event takes place at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in Daytona, Fla., on the eve of the world-famous Daytona 500.
Trigg (18-6) last competed in October 2008 when he scored a unanimous-decision win over Hawaiian striker Falaniko Vitale. The former top UFC welterweight contender has now won three consecutive fights and five of his past six.
UFC Quick Quote: Mark Coleman didn’t have enough money to train right for UFC 93 fight
“I didn’t have any money for a training camp before this fight. Those things cost money man and I just couldn’t afford it.”
– Former heavyweight champion Mark Coleman had an “explosive” reaction in the dressing room after his third round technical knockout loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 93: “Franklin vs. Henderson” at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland, on January 17. He was upset, according to The Telegraph, about the referee’s decision to stop the bout with just seconds on the clock, as well his lack of funds to train properly for the match. Perhaps he will not have similar complaints in the future now that UFC President Dana White curiously awarded Coleman and the Brazilian $40,000 each for putting on a “Fight of the Night”-caliber performance … in his eyes. Check out a video of Coleman’s post-fight reaction in the locker room after the jump.