Fedor: ‘I’m Not A Fan of the UFC’
Fedor Emelianenko had some strong criticisms for the UFC during a Friday teleconference call touting his June 26 bout against Fabricio Werdum at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
The 34-year-old Emelianenko was asked which upcoming heavyweight bout between UFC 116’s Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin and his own fight against Werdum had more relevance. The stoic fighter predictably gave credence to his own affair. However, Emelianenko dropped an eye-opening remark while doing it.
“I think both fights are very important because you’ve got basically four world-class heavyweights in the top 10 of their sport, but I’m not a UFC fan,” said Emelianenko, who has two fights left with Strikeforce under a co-promotional agreement with M-1 Global. “So, I would invite all the fans to watch our fight that I believe is more important because we’re not in the UFC.”
When asked later why he didn’t approve of the world’s No. 1 promotion, the most sought-after fighter in the sport said it was a combination of how the UFC presented its events and how its fighters carried themselves.
"What I meant to say was I’m not a fan of watching their fights,” said Emelianenko. “Compared to a lot of the commercials and the promotion and anticipation of their fights and compared to a lot of the shows that I’ve seen, there seems to be a negativity involved in a lot of their shows, so I’m just not a fan of watching their programs.
“I think the combination (of presentation and fighter attitude) -- in some ways how the fights are presented and the manner they're presented and also in some ways the actions and behavior of a lot of the fighters from the UFC -- it takes away from the sport."
Canadian Authorities Questioned CroCop About War Crimes
Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has revealed how Canadian immigration officials subjected him to intensive questioning during his first two days in the country. They wanted to know if he was involved in any war crimes during his military service when the former Yugoslavia descended into civil war in the mid-1990s.
Filipovic was with a Croatian unit from 1993-4 and Canadian officials were interested to see if he could give them any information about certain military figures of interest to the international community for war crimes and human rights violations...
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.
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.
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."
Fedor Nominated in Russian Primary, Will Continue Fighting
Fedor Emelianenko is one of 58 candidates named in a Russian internal election primary for the United Russian Party in the Belgorod region, according to M-1 Global officials. The June 25 primary elections are a first step to identifying one candidate to represent the party later in national elections against other party nominees for a seat in the country's regional Parliament.
The 33-year-old Emelianenko was nominated along with other notable politicians, including Belgorod Region Governor Yevgeny Savchenko and Belgorod Senator and State Duma Deputy Andrei Scotch. The world’s No. 1 heavyweight is among 24 new candidates added to the party’s primary ballot in that region this year.
Rampage: I've got to make a decision, MMA or movies
"I’m really ashamed of myself that I fell victim to ring rust. Emotions had nothing to do with it.”
“I focused really hard and I trained really hard on this fight, but me having this damn movie and everything -- I kind of almost regret doing the damn movie now. There was so much pressure. (20th Century) Fox kind of threatened to sue me if I lost and everything because they didn’t know I was fighting.”
Report: Kim Couture arrested for domestic violence after allegedly choking personal assistant
Kim Couture, female mixed martial artist and ex-wife of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, was arrested for domestic violence over the weekend stemming from an attack on her personal assistant according to a report from MMA News Leak and later confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain.
While an arrest for domestic violence is uncommon in non-couples, the charge may have been applicable because Ms. Couture shared a home with her assistant, who was allegedly being choked and showed visible signs of abuse when police arrived.
Manager: Nate Diaz "probably" will pay expected brawl fine to assure UFC 118 fight
UFC lightweight Nate Diaz likely will pay a $7,500 fine he expects the Tennessee Athletic Commission to hand down so he can avoid any possible hiccups to a scheduled fight with Marcus Davis.
Diaz, 25, is believed to be one of five people targeted by the TAC for disciplinary action in the wake of a post-event brawl at the April 17 "Strikeforce: Nashville" event at Bridgestone Arena, though the commission currently will not confirm if he is part of the group.
"We just want to get this past us, and probably we'll pay the fine and move on," Cesar Gracie, Diaz's manager, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
As MMAjunkie.com first reported in May, Diaz (12-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is expected to fight Davis (17-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at UFC 118 on Aug. 28 in Boston, though fallout from the melee cast doubt on his ability to be licensed for the fight. This past weekend UFC president Dana White said that he would honor any suspension issued by the TAC as a result of the incident.
However, Diaz is not licensed in Tennessee and can't be suspended.
"They could probably not let him fight in Tennessee in the future, but they can't suspend him from fighting," Gracie said.
The manager said Diaz could be fined because the TAC believes he acted as "a second" (cornerman) to Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields, who just prior to the brawl defeated Dan Henderson in the event's headliner.
"He wasn't a second," Gracie said. "If we were get to the nitty-gritty, that wouldn't hold up in a court."
Nevertheless, Gracie said paying the fine – rather than requesting a hearing – would be a good lesson to Diaz and the rest of his fighters involved in the confrontation, including Shields; Diaz's brother, Nick Diaz; and Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.
If Ya' Can't Beat 'Em...Urijah Faber to Drop to Bantamweight
In an interview with ProMMARadio this weekend, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber confirmed that he will be dropping down to bantamweight to test the 135-pound waters.
“From the sound of things, they want me to go down to 35. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time -- go down and have some fights down there. So, I'll probably have a couple of fights down there and maybe go back up to 45; we're not real sure yet."
Although he is a short, but stocky featherweight, Faber says that the drop won't be a tough one.
“I'm a small 45-pounder. I mean, all through college I was 133 pounds. It isn't like it's been a hard cut for 145. I’m probably a natural 135-pounder, so it won’t be difficult for me.”
Cage-fighter jailed over £53m Kent Securitas raid
A cage-fighter has been jailed in Morocco for his part in the UK's biggest cash raid at a Securitas depot.
Lee Murray, 30, originally from south London, was named during the trial of other gang members as the "mastermind" of the £53m raid in Kent in 2006.
Kent Police said Murray must serve 10 years in jail in Morocco for his involvement.
A spokesman for the force said Murray was deemed to be Moroccan and could not be extradited to the UK.
Dana White: 'Rampage' Jackson made the right decision by doing A-Team
"I get guys all the time -- because the UFC is getting so big - doing movies, but they're usually movies that go straight to DVD, and you wouldn't even want to watch them on DVD, but Rampage made the right decision. The A-Team is the big summer hit this year, and from what I'm hearing from the guys in Hollywood, Rampage [nailed] it. He did an awesome job. Everything worked out. He and I made up, and the fight is still happening. It's definitely not a bad thing, but I don't know how many people will actually be going to see The A-Team movie knowing that Rampage Jackson is a UFC fighter. I don't know. We'll have to see how it works out."
Fedor Emelianenko's 5th Execution debuts at the Cannes Film Festival
WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko, will star in the upcoming action movie "The 5th Execution", alongside the Hollywood stars Rutger Hauer and Michael Madsen. The movie is set to be released this Autumn, but its premiere was presented this weekend behind closed doors at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Fedor plays an elite Specnaz soldier (Russian special purpose regiments), trying to rescue the only doctor (Anna Geller) who can prevent from lethal virus spreading all over the World. During his mission Fedor fights his way through the Thai jungles, realizing that the real purpose of his mission is far from what he was signed for.
Rampage Jackson, Along With A-Team Cast, To Host WWE Raw
WWE confirmed cast members of the new 20th Century Fox movie The A-Team will guest host WWE Monday Night Raw on June 7 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
UFC fighter Quinton Rampage Jackson portrays B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus, a role played by Mr. T in The A-Team action adventure television series in the 1980s.
GSP set to train with Freddie Roach
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre broke the news that he will be spending some quality time with world renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach in the very near future.
"Rush" told Jim Rome on his nationally syndicated radio show that he will be flying to California today to begin training at Roach's Wildcard Gym in Hollywood.
Roach, best known for his training of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, is coming off his supervision of yet another masterpiece less than a week ago on May 15. He was in the corner of trainee Amir Khan as he made his stateside debut at Madison Square Garden in New York. "King Khan" recorded an 11th round TKO victory to retain his WBA world light welterweight title after a dominant performance over challenger Paulie Malignaggi.
This will certainly not be the first time Roach has helped MMA fighters fine tune their "sweet science" repertoir. Anderson Silva, Andrei Arlovski, Gegard Mousasi, and Dan Hardy have all trained under his watchful eye in the past.
East Chicago, Ind., declares June 4, 2010 to be "Miguel Angel Torres Day"
Move over Urijah Faber, Miguel Torres is here.
While "The California Kid" recently received an official day in his honor, Faber isn't the only WEC star to receive such recognition.
East Chicago, Ind., hometown of former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres, has declared June 4, 2010 to be "Miguel Angel Torres Day."
"East Chicago is my home, and to be recognized in this capacity means a lot," Torres stated in an official release from the WEC announcing the honor. "The city is full of hardworking people and I have done my best to represent East Chicago in a positive way."
The 29-year-old Torres grew up and still resides in East Chicago, and he operates a mixed martial arts academy in nearby Hammond, Ind.
Torres is expected to take part in a variety of activities around town on his official day.
Lindland: No union because fighters are whores, cowards...
“Unless you can get the top athletes and you’re not going to do that. I mean the fighters, they’re all whores, they just fight for the biggest purse and it’s going to be tough unless you could somehow get all the fighters to agree to something like that and you know there’s always somebody going to come up underneath who’s not willing to do it. Like I said, it doesn’t matter who the best guys are, it only matters what the announcers are telling you who the best guys are and the fans are going to believe it.”
Grappling ace Robert Drysdale set for professional mixed martial arts debut in July
Brazilian jiu-jitsu superstar Robert Drysdale will soon test the waters of mixed martial arts.
The Canadian-based Armageddon Fighting Championship today announced that Drysdale has signed a four-fight contract with the promotion and is expected to make his debut on July 17 at the company's third event, "AFC 3: Evolution."
An opponent has yet to be determined.
Drysdale fought one amateur contest under the Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff banner and handed a then 5-0 Josh Musick a first-round defeat via armbar.
Andrei Arlovski: 'I'm 15-8 right now and it's horrible'
I feel kind of upset because I put down my trainers. We had a great camp. I don't know, after 11 months (out of action) it's kind of hard to come back, but I think I did okay. I took his couple of shots on my chin. I guess I showed the fans my chin's not weak. It was a tough fight. He's tough. It just wasn't my night. Right now I'm focused on my MMA career because when I took the fight on short notice against Brett Rogers my mind was focused on my pro boxing and as a result he knocked my ass out in less than 20 seconds. Of course I wanted to box, but in MMA I have three losses in a row. I'm 15-8 right now and it's horrible. I just have to train I guess even harder and try to fight even harder. I feel great. I could fight maybe tomorrow. It's up to Scott Coker. I want to fight, fight, fight.