Overeem: Cro Cop Bout 'Definitely Happening'
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (Pictures) confirmed to Sherdog.com that he will meet former Pride Open Weight Grand Prix winner Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (Pictures) at Dream 6 on Sept. 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
No contract signed yet, but this would be a pretty big boost for DREAM if it gets done.
Joachim Hansen Living The DREAM
Fresh from winning the won the DREAM lightweight grand prix in Japan last month, Joachim ‘Hellboy’ Hansen was in a good mood when Fighters Only caught up with him earlier today.
The Norwegian first shot to fame when he beat Japanese standout Takanori Gomi at a Shooto fight in 2003, becoming both the first man to beat Gomi and the first Scandinavian fighter to hold a world title (the Shooto World Welterweight Championship).
“I think it was good for my career because Gomi was unbeaten till that point,” he says with typical understatement.
But his pleasure at being the first man to defeat the highly-regarded Gomi paled in comparison to the feeling of winning the DREAM grand prix. He smiles as he recalls the feeling of taking first place in a hard fought competition.
Duarte vs. Rios signed for Affliction 2
Mexican up-and-comer Antonio Duarte will fight for his first time in the States when he tangles with California teacher Albert Rios at the Oct. 11 Affliction "Day of Reckoning" event in Las Vegas.
MMAFighting.com has confirmed the featherweight bout with a source close to Duarte.
Duarte, a Brown Belt under UFC veteran Dean Lister, holds a 10-1 record and is riding a 7-fight win streak, while Rios is 9-3 and undefeated in 3 fights since Sept. 2006.
Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas
265 lbs. | Josh Barnett vs. Andre Arlovski
205 lbs. | Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
265 lbs. | Roy Nelson vs. Paul Buentello
170 lbs. | Mike Pyle vs. Jason High
185 lbs. | Matt Lindland vs. Trevor Prangley*
170 lbs. | Drew Fickett vs. Jay Hieron*
145 lbs. | Antonio Duarte vs. Albert Rios*
155 lbs. | Chris Horodecki vs. TBA
WVR Sponsor Buys Stake In Pancrase
A strong source in the Japanese MMA industry has confirmed to Sherdog that Don Quijote, the primary sponsor of World Victory Road's Sengoku, is now a controlling partner of Pancrase. Pancrase will still operate as a separate and autonomous promotion despite drawing a considerable chunk of their resources from the same pool of capital.
Report: Jerome Le Banner vs. Tim Sylvia Possible for Affliction 3!!!!!!!
Although the second Affliction show is still over a month away, future plans include a third show that will most likely take place in January of February 2009. One fight that Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is looking at is one that some fans have been talking about for quite some time.
"In terms of fighters we are looking at Jerome LeBanner, he is interested in doing MMA and apparently him and Tim Sylvia have some history between them so that is something that we are looking at right now."
ULTIMATE FIGHTER'S HUTCHERSON TO FACE CROW
Sometimes it can be a good thing to fall through the cracks.
After his experience on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s third season of “The Ultimate Fighter” television series ended with a loss to Luigi Fioravanti on the series finale in 2006, Solomon Hutcherson faded from the limelight.
Surfacing a year later in smaller shows, Hutcherson has been allowed the opportunity to sharpen his skills and become a true MMA veteran in the process without the pressures of performing on a Pay-Per-View stage.
Affliction Goes Nascar Racing This Weekend
Affliction Entertainment teams up with NASCAR's Michael Waltrip Racing for this weekend's Pepsi 500 at the Auto Club Speedway in San Bernardino County, Calif. for a one-race deal to sponsor the No. 00 car driven by Mike Skinner.
The Affliction "Day of Reckoning" sponsored Toyota will be "fully wrapped" with graphics promoting the upcoming Oct. 11 pay-per-view event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Top 5 ranked heavyweights and former Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholders Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski headline Affliction’s sophomore effort.
"Affliction is proud to make racing history as the first MMA organization to sponsor a car in NASCAR," said Tom Atencio, vice president of Affliction Entertainment. "NASCAR fans are huge supporters of MMA and this is a great collaboration for both sports."
"It's great to have Affliction Entertainment as a Michael Waltrip Racing partner," said Michael Waltrip, driver of the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota and founder of Michael Waltrip Racing. "Our partnership with Affliction and MMA allows us to connect with millions of fans in a unique way."
In addition to Affliction's sponsorship of the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 00 entry, the company will work with Auto Club Speedway to promote "Day of Reckoning" to the multitude of fans who attend the events planned at the speedway this Labor Day weekend. Utilizing the venue's multiple promotional opportunities, Affliction and Auto Club Speedway have packaged a mixture of promotional opportunities to make the fans aware of Affliction's upcoming event.
The No. 00 Toyota is 37th in owner points in stockcar racing's premier division, the Sprint Cup Series. The top 35 in owner points are guaranteed a starting position in the race, although only 44 cars are attempting to make the 43-car field.
If qualifying is canceled due to rain, the Affliction sponsored car will be on the starting grid. The only way it will not make the race is if Johnny Sauter, Patrick Carpentier, Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Petty, Tony Raines, Joe Nemecheck, A.J. Almendinger and Brad Coleman all post faster qualifying speeds.
Robert Drysdale to make MMA debut
PRO MMA has just learned that the Xtreme Couture BJJ instructor and grappling phenom, Robert Drysdale is set to make his amateur MMA debut at Tuff-N-Uff’s Future Stars of MMA on October 17 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Whenever we speak to fighters from the Xtreme Couture gym in Vegas, one name always comes up when the subject of grappling is raised, and that is Robert Drysdale. His name seems to have reached almost mythical proportions and this has stemmed from the way top level professional fighters describe his grappling abilities.
Now while MMA is a different ballgame than straight jiu-jitsu, Drysdale is certainly surrounded by some of the best fighters in the game at Couture’s that can help round out his skills. I certainly would not want to learn that one of the first fights in my amateur career would be against Robert Drysdale. No opponent has been named yet. Hopefully Tuff-N-Uff can find an amateur willing to get in there with him.
Gan "The Giant" McGee will launch his long-awaited MMA comeback
Gan "The Giant" McGee will launch his long-awaited MMA comeback on September 13, headlining Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC)'s "Salute to Our Armed Forces 5" at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida against veteran Johnathan Ivey. Live web-streaming of the fight card will be available at www.mmaxfc.com. McGee revealed the ten fighters he's most looking forward to facing in the cage.
Affliction Lightens Up October Card
Although Affliction has been best known for its Heavyweights so far, the promotion has decided to go a little lighter with one fight on its October 11 card, making an Albert Rios vs. Antonio Duarte fight. The Featherweight fight reflects Affliction's plans to expand into lighter weight classes.
Matt Lindland vs. Trevor Prangley Set for Affliction 2
"sources close to the bout" have confirmed to MMAJunkie that the wrestler/fighter/aspiring politician from Oregon will now face South Africa's Trevor Prangley at Affliction's "Day of Reckoning" show. Belfort had previously mentioned that he would fight Lindland for "a title" - presumably the WAMMA middleweight belt - but the sources don't mention if a championship will be up for grabs. The 36-year old UFC and bodogFight veteran Prangley last competed in Strikeforce's "Four Men Enter, One Man Survives" one-night tournament in November of 2007, where he won an opening round decision against Falaniko Vitale but was later upset by Jorge Santiago.