Redemption & Rebirth: Akiyama KOs Kang
Yoshihiro Akiyama completed a long road back to the top with an emphatic KO of top Middleweight Denis Kang at K-1 Olympia HERO's in Korea. The fight was Akiyama's first since his No Contest against Kazushi Sakuraba that left Akiyama disgraced amidst cheating allegations. The KO in front of an emphatic crowd capped off a card loaded with upsets.
Weight cutting is 10% of determining a fight's outcome, according to fighters. Based on their records, Sherdog came up with a list of fighters who might be best served by losing more weight than they are cutting now, or by even piling on more.
Most of these we probably agree with, but a couple are still a little surprising to consider.
No one’s told Frank Trigg he’s fighting Paulo Filho
As time goes on and more people jump on the MMA news bandwagon, you better beleive there’s gonna be more false and misleading information floating around. In this case, the false news was that Trigg/Filho was a done deal for December:
Despite a published report last week to the contrary, Frank Trigg (15-6) says he has not been offered a bout with World Extreme Cagefighting Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho (15-0) for its Dec. 12 event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The former UFC welterweight contender said he’d been told that the Brazilian Top Team member has been presented with a bout agreement bearing Trigg’s name, though he has not received the complimentary paperwork on his end. Trigg has not been contacted by WEC officials, but said he is open to the bout.
Randy Couture: Dana White Never “Bitch Slapped” Agent
The day after UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture announced his resignation from the organization, UFC President Dana White was the subject of a UFC.com Q&A in which he blamed Couture’s “Hollywood agent” — one whom White said he “bitch slapped” — for the UFC hall-of-famers decision to leave the organization.
“Under the pressure and scrutiny of the decision I’ve recently made, Matt has had the blame unfairly heaped upon him from UFC president Dana White, who claimed, metaphorically at first, to have ‘bitchslapped’ Matt. Later, White even stated to UFC Fight Club members (on Oct. 19) to have actually physically hit Matt, something I assure you never happened. They have have physically never met. You tell me who’s acting ‘Hollywood.’“
UFC soap opera
Warning: What you are about to take in may read more like a pro-wrestling script than a mixed-martial arts story. Sadly, it's all real.
UFC vs MMA. Who's winning?
Are you a fan of mma (mixed martial arts) or are you a fan of the UFC? I’m a fan of mma first, and UFC second. My level of appreciation for the UFC comes from their ability to showcase “A” level fighters competing against one another. I can watch any kind of mma though. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s in a UFC cage or another organization’s ring, but not everyone views this sport with the same eyes as mine. The UFC has become “the thing” of today, but what were to happen to mma in North America if the UFC became a thing of the past?
Lindland Wants To Fight
Lindland was in attendance for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's title defense against Rich Frankiln at UFC 77 on Oct. 20 in Cincinnati, Ohio. When questioned about Silva's performance, Lindland said, "I thought he looked phenomenal. I've always thought he was a good fighter, and he's getting better and better."
"His striking is, I think, the best in MMA. I don't think anybody else uses their striking skills as good as he does. I think my wrestling is the best in MMA. And I think I'd like to match up with him and see if I can close the distance and put him on the ground and out maneuver him on the ground, or see if he can keep the distance and create that space that he needs to do damage. And he doesn't need much space."
Words Between Couture-White
The following is an excerpt from a long blog entry by Randy Couture on his XtremeCouture website, in reference to Dana White's claims to have "bitch slapped" his agent:
In short, Matt Walker has become a close friend and confidante. Under the pressure and scrutiny of the decision I’ve recently made, Matt has had the blame unfairly heaped upon him from UFC president Dana White, who claimed, metaphorically at first, to have “bitchslapped” Matt. Later, White even stated to UFC Fight Club members to have actually physically hit Matt, something I assure you never happened. They have have physically never met. You tell me who’s acting “Hollywood.”
MMA Fact or Fiction 10.27.07
Will Brock Lesnar be given favorable opponents? Will Anderson Silva hold his title through 2008? Is Yushin Okami's UFC career over? Does Brandon Vera need to drop weight classes? All of this and more in the latest edition of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction!
Unofficial K-1 Hero's Korea Results
Posted by Scott_Revels
Choi Young (RYO) def.Masanori Tonowoka Rd.1 TKO
Magomed Sultanakhmadov def. Eun Soo Lee Rd.1 (pounding)
Poai Suganuma def. Bernard Ackah Rd. 1 Referee stoppage (reverse armbar)
Daisuke Nakamura def. Kwon Ah-sol Rd. 3 Submission (armbar)
Min Suk Heo def. Katsuyori Shibata Rd. 2 TKO (pounding)
Shungo Oyama def. Carlos Newton Rd. 3 Submission (strikes)
Dae Won Kim def. Marcelo Garcia Rd. 2 (doctor stoppage)
Tae Hyun Lee def. Yoshihisa Yamamoto Rd. 1 TKO (pounding)
Min-soo Kim def. Ikuhisa Minowa Rd. 1 Referee stoppage (strikes)
Zelg Galesic def. Taiei Kin Rd. 1 (doctor stoppage)
Dong Sik Yoon def. Fabio Silva Rd. 1 Submission (Dongbar)
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Denis Kang Rd. 1 KO
Xtreme Couture b*tchslaps Kevin Iole
Randy Couture’s blog has been abuzz the past two days with lots of content direct from the source, including:
It would appear you are either peeved that Randy (rather politely) singled you out for publishing numbers that were apparently unsubstantiated, or you are carrying water for Dana White - who has created a huge PR nightmare for himself by a.) letting this happen in the first place, and b.) making matters worse by turning it into a pissing match.
You neither reported the true intent of Randy’s message, nor shed any light on this senseless falling out. You simply itemized the various accusations and counter-accusations and wrapped it in a blanket statement that says something to the effect that: “athletes are all liars - they’re just in it for the money - move along folks - nothing to see here….
But instead of clearing up the discrepancy, you unceremoniously threw the apparently factual numbers into the mix with the old apparently un-factual numbers - offering no account for the gaping difference and no apology for what appears to have been pretty sloppy journalism first time around.
Robbie Lawler vs. Vitor Belfort
''Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort stated in a interview with www.tatame.com that he is considering moving to Middleweight (185 lbs) and Elite XC has made an offer to him to fight Robbie Lawler for the Elite XC Middleweight title. ''
Fedor Emilianenko VS Jeff Monson
According to a recent article on Sherdog, Fedor Emilianenko is rumored to be fighting Jeff Monson in his first fight under the M-1 Global promotion. The article quoted a recent interview Monson did with with Roguemag.com while promoting MMA in Auckland, New Zealand. The First M-1 Global event is rumored to take place in February.
Nothing sounds signed, but it looks like M-1 is looking to get a well known fighter to fight Fedor. Monson is not a top ten heavyweight, but he is well know by fans all over the world.
Dana White Banking on Brock Lesnar’s Success
For everyone who followed pro wrestling from childhood, there was always a lingering question: How would certain guys, not necessarily the biggest stars but the ones who are known by fans as real-life tough guys, do if the battle was real?
The question was more on people’s minds during old-school pro wrestling’s heyday than in recent years, largely because the Ultimate Fighter has answered a lot of questions about putting guys with different backgrounds into an arena and seeing what styles come out on top.
Andrei Arlovski Waiting on the Sidelines
A full six months have passed since former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski defeated Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70. Arlovski hasn’t fought since then, and he’s not scheduled to fight again anytime soon.
So what’s the deal?
Sounds like Arlovski cant get his last fight over with till he resigns. Sounds like the Vera situation.
Monson Addresses Fedor Fight Rumor
In the warm yet windy climes of an Auckland spring, the man rumored to be stepping into a cage with Fedor Emelianenko arguably the best MMA fighter at present, on a M-1 Global card come next February; melted to the reception he received on New Zealand soil.
The "Snowman" Jeff Monson full of praise during in an interview with Roguemag.com, cited the "very good possibility of fighting the Russian" and also said he is "in the process of working through things with M-1."
Couture's issue is money, not respect
Circle Oct. 25, 2007 on your calendar, for it will go down in history as the date when the sport of mixed martial arts hit the mainstream.
It was the date that the sport's highest-profile star held a news conference in a ring at the gym he owns to speak about his problems with its most well-known promoter.
But though Randy Couture, the UFC's erstwhile heavyweight champion, insisted repeatedly that his resignation on Oct. 11 had nothing to do with money, he spent the better part of the news conference Thursday talking about that very topic.
JOACHIM HANSEN CONFIRMS SHOOTO RETURN
It’s been nearly eight months since Norwegian lightweight Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen has stepped into mixed martial arts competition, but he confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he is set to return in November.
With the selling of Pride Fighting Championships to the owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this year, he has been one of many fighters under contract to the old Dream Stage Entertainment regime that has been in limbo as the company transitioned to the new American-based ownership.