Heath Signs Multi-Fight Deal With MFC
Following his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this year, David Heath has signed a multi-fight deal with the Canada-based Maximum Fighting Championship.
The organization announced the signing of Heath in a press release sent out to the media this morning. No indication has been made as of yet by MFC President Mark Pavelich concerning a potential debut date and opponent for him.
After racking up five straight wins in smaller shows, Heath busted onto the UFC light heavyweight scene almost two years ago, winning consecutive over Victor Valimaki and Cory Walmsley. However Heath’s quick success earned him matchups against much tougher opponents and the Oklahoma native ended up dropping his next three UFC bouts. He was last stopped by replacement opponent Tim Boetsch at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February before his contract was terminated.
Emelianenko and Sylvia among lengthy "Affliction: Banned" medical suspensions
The California State Athletic Commission has issued a total of nine fighters, including headliners Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia, medical suspensions stemming from the July 19 "Affliction: Banned" event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today received the list of suspensions from the CSAC.
The recent pay-per-view and FSN event took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and was the debut show for the upstart Affliction Entertainment promotion.
The full list of suspensions included:
Tito Ortiz Not Yet Signed To Affliction
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is not out of the Octagon just yet.
Despite several published reports of Ortiz’s whereabouts, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio today told MMAWeekly.com that he has not signed the popular UFC fighter. Atencio claims that Ortiz’s promotional contract with the Las Vegas based company precludes that.
“I can’t talk to Tito until after August 3rd,” Atencio says. “Everybody just wants to read into it and put whatever they want on the internet.”
Aleksander Emelianenko Reveals The Real Reason He Was Removed From Affliction: Banned
Days after Aleksander Emelianenko was forced to withdraw from Affliction: Banned due what the CSAC termed as "failing to meet all licensing requirements", heavy rumors persisted that Emelianenko had contracted hepatitis B and could possibly be forced into early retirement.
Aleksander spoke out today about the real reasons behind his dismissal from Affliction's inaugural event and addressed rumored health concerns in an interview with Life.ru
Below is a brief description of the interview:
Fedor Made 1.6 Million For Affliction: Banned
Yesterday, a very reliable source informed Fightline.com that Fedor Emelianenko received a "substantial" bonus before his fight with Tim Sylvia.
Today, Fightline.com has learned that the bonus was 1.3 million dollars, putting Emelianenko's final take at 1.6 million dollars. That's quite substantial.
Eyebrows were raised when the California State Athletic Commission released the promotions payouts and it was revealed that Emelianenko ($300,000) received less than half of what his opponent Tim Sylvia ($800,000) received; this after Fedor demolished Sylvia in under a minute.
WEC lightweight Sergio Gomez to headline FCC 36
WEC lightweight Sergio Gomez is slated to main event Freestyle Combat Challenge 36 Saturday, September 12 at Marina Shores in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
A source close to Gomez told MMAFighting.com that the Dave Strasser's Freestyle Academy fighter received permission from the WEC to take this fight to shake off ring rust. Gomez is expected to return to the WEC in December.
Gomez (7-2) landed himself a contract with the WEC after opening his professional mixed martial arts career with six straight wins. However, Gomez is still searching for his first win within the organization. In his WEC debut in May 2007 which was profiled in the reality show "Tapout," he suffered a second round submission loss to the still undefeated Marcus Hicks. In March, Gomez lost a unanimous decision to former title contender Richard Crunkilton that was later received Fight of the Night honors.
Cro Cop vs. Akiyama ???
Buried at the end of Dave Meltzer’s latest column at Yahoo! Sports regarding the health of the MMA business is this little tidbit about DREAM’s possible plans to put a fight together between Japan’s most hated fighter, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and their most beloved foreign fighter, Mirko Cro Cop:
Under the gun to draw ratings, the company is attempting to put together middleweight Akiyama against heavyweight Mirko Cro Cop, the country’s most popular foreign fighter.
Really? A top tier middlweight against a top tier heavyweight? Is DREAM doing so bad that it would really put this matchup together? It seems a little farfetched, especially since Cro Cop vs. Allistair Overeem is being rumored for the next DREAM, but Japanese promotions have done crazier fights in the past. Usually freakshow fights favor one fighter heavily over the other, such as Choi vs. Fedor, but this is a matchup that I have no interest in seeing. Perhaps the Japanese simply want to see Akiyama get smashed by Cro Cop because they hate him so much? That’s the only plausible reason I could see for putting on this fight. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t happen, but don’t color me surprised if it does.
I think this fight is far more likely to happen than the Overeem fight.
Affliction's Justin Levens tests positive for oxymorphone
Veteran fighter Justin Levens, who was scheduled to fight Ray Lazama in an "Affliction: Banned" bout that was ultimately scrapped due to time constraints, tested positive for oxymorphone in a drug test administered at the July 19 event.
California State Athletic Commission Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via email.
The news comes just hours after the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that UFC Fight Night 14 headliner James Irvin had tested positive for the same painkiller.
According to Douglas, Levens registered a test level that was finalized at 10,141 ng/mL. The CSAC's cutoff for oxymorphone is 120 ng/mL.
Freddie Roach: Andrei Arlovski Could Fight Klitschko
The top boxing coach Freddie Roach worked with Andrei Arlovski before his fight with Ben Rothwell at Affliction: Banned. After comprehensively defeating Rothwell - Arlovski is next in line to take on newly crowned WAMMA Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
Roach believes that “The Pitbull” may have an eye on another world champion - Wladimir Klitschko.
In an interview with Fighthype.com, Roach said:
“I thought Andrei fought a great fight. I’ve been training his hands and I think he won the fight with his hands pretty much and I was happy about that. His ground game looked okay, but I don’t know nothing about that (laughing).”
“Yeah, we were working on combinations. I thought he varied his punches very well. His opponent was very tough. I was surprised he took so much punishment. He hung in there.”
“Andrei is not a boring fighter.”
Arona: ''UFC Rules Were Made For Me
Nearly 16 months have passed since Ricardo Arona (Pictures), a man once universally received as one of the world’s premier light heavyweights, appeared on the mixed martial arts scene. A former open-weight winner at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships, the elusive 30-year-old holds wins over Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) and Dan Henderson (Pictures) and went the distance with Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures).
Arona last fought in April 2007, when he succumbed to strikes against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Pictures) at the Pride Fighting Championships swan song -- Pride 34 “Kamikaze” -- in Japan.
Do Affliction’s numbers smell fishy?
At first glance, it appeared that Affliction’s first-ever pay-per-view on July 19 in Anaheim was a relative success story. It was announced that the Honda Center sold out for “Banned” and Tom Atencio, the company’s Vice President, stated that PPV buys were expected to be over 100,000.
While the 100,000 mark would have been well short of the UFC’s average, it still would have been a milestone for the fledgling company, as it would have represented the highest total in MMA for a non-UFC PPV in the United States.
However, it appears that Atencio may have mis-spoke, as Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports is indicating that early-cable estimates peg the buys in a range between 50,000-85,000. It had been believed that the event would need to do 250,000-300,000 buys to have a chance to break even.
Icon Sport: Hard Times Preview
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Kala Kolohe vs. Rolando Dominique (Non Title Fight)
- Icon Champ Kala Kolohe fights NFL safety Reggie Tongue's brother, Rolando Dominique. Dominique posts a complete record of 6-1, and is coming off a 1st round KO win. Fight is at catch weight of 180lbs.
Mark Oshiro vs. Bao Quach (140 North American Title Fight )
-Hawaii's "Bantamweight Chuck Liddell" Mark Oshiro steps up to fight streaking, high-ranked vet Bao Quach for the Icon title.
Phil Baroni vs. Ron Verdadero
-Two fighters at career crossroads. Verdadero is an always-game vet who started fighting for Icon when it was still called Super Brawl. Plain and simple...Baroni needs this win, and Verdadero is not a push-over. Fight to be held at 175lbs.
Pedro Rizzo Fighting At Affliction 2
Pedro Rizzo’s debute on Affliction wasn’t the way he was expecting. After ten months away from fighting, the Brazilian fighter felt a little the time but didn’t searched for excuses to explain the loss. “It was my fault. I did everything right, trained hard, but didn’t used it on the fight, I got stucked on the ring. I believe it’s because of the ten months without fighting, but I don’t have excuses. I was trained, ready, but didn’t fought well”, said Rizzo, that will fight again at Affliction’s second show. “I’ll fight at October 11th, but I don’t know whom yet. They (Affliction) talked about Paul Buentello, but there’s nothing right yet”, finished the athlete, that is back on trainings for his next fight.
Tito: ''I've Made Peace With Shamrock''
MIXED martial arts legend Tito Ortiz may have cut his ties with the UFC, but the Huntington Beach Bad Boy's legacy will be forever etched into the company's history.
Ortiz, 33, made his final Octagon appearance against Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 earlier this year, but suffered defeat to the Brazilian by unanimous decision.
He is now rumoured to be in talks about signing a deal with the newly-launched Afflicition promotion - backed by Ortiz's friend Donald Trump - to prolong his MMA career.
Tito Ortiz Signs With Affliction. Will Debut At Next Event
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has signed with Affliction and will debut with the promotion at Affliction 2 on October 11th against former UFC light heavyweight challenger Renato “Babalu” Sobral, according to Yahoo! Sports:
Sources tell Yahoo! Sports that the Oct. 11 date has been submitted to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and that the first two fights named on the card are Fedor Emelianenko versus Andrei Arlovski, and the Ortiz-Babalu fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Roy Englebrecht will be the licensed fight promoter for the card.
Diesel Back In Action-Joe Riggs Wins Saturday Night
After being sidelined with a back injury since February, Joe "Diesel" Riggs returned to action this past Saturday night. He beat Matt Dempsey by 2nd round tapout after replacing Dempsey's original opponent, Edwin Dewees, on short notice. Dewees had to pull out of the fight due to Affliction commitments.
Schultz Finds Security With Sengoku
Monday, July 28, 2008
by Brian Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
International Fight League lightweight champion Ryan Schultz (Pictures) ended his search for professional stability in the open arms of the Japan-based Sengoku promotion.
Schultz has agreed to a five-event deal with Sengoku that begins with his participation in an eight-man lightweight grand prix on Aug. 24 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The deal could span six fights if Schultz reaches the final of the tournament. Financial terms were not disclosed.