More on Mirko’s Departure: Emelianenko vs. Cro Cop II Now Possible
During today’s press conference to announce that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has left the UFC to fight for the new DREAM organization, the company’s executives announced that they had struck a deal with M-1 Global, which could mean a future bout between DREAM’s Filipovic and M-1 Global’s Fedor Emelianenko.
The news comes from Yahoo! Sports, a content-partner site of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
According to reporter Dave Meltzer, the two upstart organizations have signed a business deal — a move that could open the door for the promotions to share talent. Melzter said that Emelianenko (as well as free agent UFC hall-of-famer Royce Gracie) both appeared in videotaped messages saying they planned to compete for DREAM.
TUF M-1 Style: Coming Soon
Seriously. M-1 Global's newest project is "Fighting Fedor", a TUF-style competition series where 16 Heavyweights will fight for the grand prize at the end-a fight against M-1's Fedor Emelianenko.
Scenes from a Divorce (Rivalry between Bo Dog and M1 heats up in Russia)
Most interesting part of this article is the last couple of paragraphs, quoted here:
Semenov's decision made such waves that even his former tutor Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) interfered. When Fedor heard the news, he immediately called Finkelchtein, Red Devil's owner. Later Fedor was quoted in an interview as saying, "Listen, nothing will come of [Semenov]. I have no desire to work with someone who lets people down like that."
Finkelchtein is unlikely to watch without doing anything. The consequences could involve M-1 signing native Russian talent to exclusive contracts or making it difficult for Bodog to run shows in St. Petersburg.
Fedor Emelianenko Pens Open Letter to Dana White
Saying he will no longer permit Dana White to disparage him, former PRIDE heavyweight champion and famed Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko has fired back and penned an open letter to the UFC’s head president and challenged him to allow a fight with UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture or interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Aleksander Emelianenko Expects April 11 Fight with Josh Barnett
Aleksander Emelianenko (12-3), a highly ranked heavyweight (and the younger brother of famed fighter Fedor Emelianenko), will next fight April 11 for the upstart M-1 Global organization, and the Russian expects his opponent to be Josh Barnett (20-5).
News of the potential bout was posted on Emelianenko’s official website at www.alex.mixfight.ru.
The as-of-yet-unannounced M-1 Global event is expected to take place in Chicago.
The Emelianko brothers’ manager, Vadim Finkelstein, recently sold the M-1 organization to a group of American investors who restructured the fight promotion. As its first order of business, the organization signed Fedor to a long-term deal. The organization’s CEO, longtime MMA agent and promoter Monte Cox, recently stated that the organization had planned for a February debut date but instead pushed it back a few months to allow more time for signing talent.
If the organization does sign Barnett for the fight, it could signal another loss for the UFC.
Akiyama-Misaki Ruled No Contest
Following a review of the Dec. 31 bout between Yoshihiro Akiyama (Pictures) and Kazuo Misaki (Pictures), the Yarennoka executive committee has ruled the fight a No Contest.
The match ended when Akiyama was knocked out with a vicious kick to the face as he attempted to scramble to his feet. Following the bout, there was much debate whether the decisive blow had been illegal.
Fedor interview: Talks Couture meeting and 2008 plans
Jaime Martinez: Are there any plans to fight in the U.S.? If so, with whom are you talking and when would that be scheduled?
Fedor Emelianenko: “We are planning on having two or three fights this year. The first is scheduled for April 11th, and I’m not sure who I’ll fight yet. It will either be Jeff Monson or Pedro Rizzo.”
At the end he said he'll try to win more often
Probably got lost in translation and he meant fight, but I thought it was kind of funny
M-1 Global Eyes April US Debut
The M-1 Global promotion, featuring top Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, is looking to make it's US debut in April in either Rosemont, Illinois or at East Rutherford, New Jersey (the former Meadowlands). They passed on a Chicago date in February due to ongoing fighter negotiations.
Yahya on Yamamoto
Just back from a vacation in Indonesia, bantamweight Rani Yahya spoke with Sherdog.com about his recent fight with Norifumi Yamamoto. On New Year's Eve the WEC veteran joined a growing list of mixed martial artists who have fallen short against "Kid." The world champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist recounted his experience, and spoke about his future with the WEC.
New Fedor interview
As translated by a Sherdogger:
Happy New Year, Fedor! I imagine that you've started 2008 feeling good.
Yes. I'm feeling very good (smile)
After your fight yesterday, it looked like you were more delighted than usual. Was this a special victory for you?
It was. Actually, friends of mine came all the way from Russia to support me. During the fight I heard them cheering, so that probably explains my facial expression.
Were there any particular reasons why your friends came to Japan to watch you fight this time?
It wasn't really that I invited them. They said they wanted to come.
I see. They wanted to see you fight in Japan at least once.
I think so. They had never been to Japan before. I think watching the fights live in person got their adrenaline going.
I think it was their first time to see you greeted by the fans with such a warm welcome in such a huge arena. Did they mention their thoughts after the fight?
They were surprised to see such a large crowd cheering and felt a sense of pride. (smile)
It seemed that you received louder cheers this time than usual. Did you sense that?
Yes I felt it. That kind of support and that kind of arena atmosphere - that's why I came back to Japan. It makes me happy.
So, as long as that kind of support is there, will you continue to fight in Japan?
Can you give us your impressions on the fight with Hong Man Choi?
He's such a huge and powerful fighter. He's the biggest and strongest fighter I've ever faced. In that sense, I couldn't match up with him in the strength department so I was taken down. But I was confident that I could win with technique, and was able to beat him with a joint lock.
So was Choi stronger than you expected?
No I wouldn't say more than I expected. Before the fight, I calmly analyze analyze the opponent so I never underestimate him. Because of that I almost never get surprised or panic. But when I went to take him down, I was surprised when he went for the takedown himself. I thought he would keep it standing.
I was surprised to see you get taken down twice.
But if the ropes weren't there on the second takedown, I would have taken him down. He was leaning against the rope to defend the takedown.
What did you think of Choi's ground and pound? You didn't get hit much but your face is a bit swollen.
My face isn't swollen from the punches. It's from my face rubbing the canvas.
So he particularly didn't have any effective offense..
No he didn't. Like I said before, he is huge and powerful and was a difficult opponent. But he didn't have an effective attack.
When you got him in an armbar the first time, was he able to escape because his arms are so long that you couldn't get the leverage?
Actually, the first armbar was in deep. I heard his arm pop a couple of times. But when he lifted me, my position changed a bit and lost the angle. I didn't think I could finish him and didn't want to use any unnecessary energy so I let go. I didn't want to make the same mistake the second time, so I made sure it (armbar) was tight.
Interviewing ‘Mixfight M-1’ president Vadim Finkelstein and vice-president Sergei Matvienko
Their impression of Yarennoka!, revealing future plans, potential Fedor's opponents and more
1. Whose idea was it originally to organize the Yarennoka! event?
Vadim: We had the idea a long time ago. Fedor is Pride champion who has fought in Japan forever. In 2007 Pride was purchased by one American company following which Pride died.
In October I got call from ex-Pride staff representative who told me there was an opportunity of organizing an event in Japan. Shortly thereafter we came to agreement that we’d hold an event called ‘M-1 Yarennoka!’ which would embody farewell to Pride.
Sergei: Yarennoka in Japanese means “Let’s do this” or “Can we do it?”. Actually we had this question in mind while arranging things. As far as I’m concerned we succeeded.
2. What problems did you come across while organizing this event?
Vadim: We had a bunch of problems as it was the first time we made an event of this caliber. Lack of time for instance. Also they gave us a smaller arena than we expected because there was not enough time to conduct a full-scale campaign advertising the upcoming event. So we decided to not take the risk. The arena could seat only 22’000 spectators but there were about 27’000 in attendance, the arena was pretty much overcrowded. It was simply impossible to dismantle the arena in one day.
Sergei: For the next event we’ll get the building which would seat 40’000 people. We are confident there still will be lack of free seats. It was the case the last time as a lot of potential viewers couldn’t get a ticket.
Please, anything but a Choi/Fedor rematch... WTH are they thinking,
Randy Couture’s incorrect proclamation
During a recent HDNet Fights card, Randy Couture publicly announced that he would be free to fight Fedor Emelianenko come October 2008.
UFC President Dana White completely disagrees.
“I expect Randy Couture to honor his contract. He is the heavyweight champion of the UFC. Until he either retires or fulfills his contract, he fights for the UFC,” said White.
White already knows the next fight that will be lined up for Couture.
“Nogueira and Sylvia are fighting for the interim title, and the winner will fight Randy.”
EDIT: i just found another piece of info that i tought was very interesting
this is from bloody elbow
The most notable part comes at the end, when Dana says Randy is still heavyweight champ, and the Nogueira/Sylvia fight is for the interim title.
UFC contracts have "champions clauses" in them that extend the contract by a year or more if the fighter is still champion when the contract expires. Until things are settled or worked out, they won't strip him, because it stops him from fighting for another full year from July.
M-1 Global Pleased With Yarennoka Event
According to the CEO of M-1 Global, things "went very well" with their supporting the Yarennoka event, and they were pleased to support the event. This is part of M-1's strategy, and they hope to return to Japan someday, as does their top fighter, Fedor Emelianenko.