Great new Alexander Emelianenko interview.
"I'm ready. It doesn't matter with who or where. On foot or on horseback. With maces or poleaxes. To fight. To first blood or to death. It doesn't matter, I'm ready to fight." -- Aleksander Emelianenko (Pictures)
Living in the shadow of a big brother isn't easy.
When you are in the same profession and he's more accomplished and better known, it's hard to stand in the spotlight unobstructed, as your own man. Side by side, the achievements that you've worked your whole life for, that you've gone through hell for in order to become a better person are less dazzling, less impressive when compared to his. You have less say in your fighting future, less media attention when he's caught in a perpetual avalanche of flash bulbs and microphones. You're fighting on the televised undercard when he's headlining the pay-per-view.
New BABALU write up (Guy has had a rough year)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral will step into the Affliction ring Saturday night looking to get a big win over Mike Whitehead. Over the last year, controversy has surrounded Sobral, but the former UFC title contender looks to put that all behind him Saturday night and come away with a huge victory.
In 2002 Babula lost by a Head Kick KO to Chuck Liddell at UFC 40, but would go on to win the next 10 in a row. His win stream would set up a title shot rematch with the “Iceman” in 2006. Babula was beaten once again. Liddell was running through everyone, so the loss did nothing to hurt his career.
Fedor slams UFN 14 card
From the OC Register:
Here is what Fedor said about the UFC putting on a show the same night to counter-program against Affliction:
“M-1 Global and Affliction have come together to make one of the best MMA cards in the history of the sport. So compared to the card that is going on the same day, it doesn’t really compare at all. I don’t think it is really going to make that much of a difference. I’m confident our fans, the MMA fans, are going to understand that and realize the difference between the two shows.”
Check out the entire interview (with audio) here:
MIKE PYLE WANTS A BIG 'SMASH' AT AFFLICTION
Over the last few years Mike Pyle has been on the threshold of breaking through to being one of the top welterweight fighters in the world on many occasions. Unfortunately, losses at critical junctions have kept him from doing so.
Forced to bounce around from promotion to promotion during that same time period, Pyle’s drive to make it to the top has yet to diminish in the least as he continues to strive towards his goal.
After two impressive performances earlier this year in Canada and Japan, Pyle returns stateside for the first ever Affliction show as part of one of the most stacked cards of the year on July 19 in Anaheim, Calif. Scheduled to take on up and comer JJ Ambrose, he is excited to be back, working on his ever present quest for greatness.
FRANK TRIGG RETURNS AT SENGOKU 4
World Victory Road on Tuesday confirmed an August 24 bout between Frank Trigg and Makoto Takimoto at Sengoku IV. The event takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The bout marks the first action for Trigg since he defeated fellow UFC veteran Edwin Dewees at HDNet Fights in December of last year. Since departing the UFC in late 2005, he has fought sparingly, but made it to the semi-final round of the Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Grand Prix and held the ICON Sport middleweight title for a brief period.
Takimoto is an Olympic Judo gold medalist with little mixed martial arts experience, although he does have victories over former UFC champion Murilo Bustamante and Dong Sik Yoon on his resume. His last bout was a loss to Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in March of this year at the first Sengoku event.
The only other bout officially announced for Sengoku IV is Peter Graham vs. Moise Rimbon. Former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi is confirmed to be participating on the card, but an opponent has yet to be named.
TOKORO VS YAMAZAKI ADDED TO DREAM 5
Hideo Tokoro has been added to the fifth installment of Dream, which will be held on July 21 at the Osaka Castle Hall in Japan. The “Cinderella Boy” is slated to face Grabaka fighter Takeshi Yamazaki. The fight will be held at the featherweight limit.
Tokoro is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over newcomer Darren Uyenoyama at Dream 4. The match-up was highly considered the most entertaining fight of the event. Takeshi Yamazaki recently made a successful Dream debut, defeating Pancrase champion Shoji Maruyama in the opening bout at Dream 3.
Tim Sylvia is ready to shock the world
Yes, upsets are as natural to sports as winning is and on Saturday night, former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight, Tim Sylvia, looks to defy the odds and take out perennial top fighter, Fedor Emeliananko, in the main event of the debut Affliction show on pay-per-view.
While many consider Sylvia a heavy underdog in the fight against Emelianenko, the fight will take place in his home country with unified rules in place that Tim is used to fighting under. But Sylvia doesn’t feel the rules will be the biggest factor against Fedor in this match-up.
“I don’t know if any of that’s going to affect him,” Sylvia said about Fedor’s ability to adapt to the unified rules. “He’s a professional, he can adapt. The only thing I think could affect him is the level of competition that he’s fought in the last three years. I’ve fought top level opponents and he’s had not so stiff competition.”
The argument is just, as Fedor has spent the last three years battling fighters such as Mark Coleman and Hong Man Choi, while Sylvia has fought nothing less than top competition for years while serving in separate reigns as both champion and top contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Another argument that has to lean Sylvia’s way is his size and reach advantage which can be nearly impossible to train for. Fedor, at 6’0” even, has fought tall fighters such as Semmy Schilt, who stands 6’11”, and most recently Hong Man Choi, a skyscraper himself at 7’2”.
Affliction weigh-in for ‘Banned’ set for Honda Center on July 18
The field of 22 fighters set to compete on the Affliction: “Banned” card will all tip the scales for the official weigh-in at the Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Ave.) in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, July 18.
The “mega” event is FREE to attend and open to the public. Doors will open a 2 p.m. local time and the first fighter will drop his drawers around 3 p.m. PT. It will not air live online or on television.
“Banned” will take place the following day on Saturday, July 19, in the same location, airing on FOX Sports Net for FREE at 8 p.m. ET and then transitioning to pay-per-view (PPV) around 9 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the action throughout the afternoon and evening.
It’s the first-ever event for the apparel company-turned mixed martial arts promotion … and it’s a doozy. In the main event of the evening, former champions Fedor Emelianenko against Tim Sylvia will tangle for the right to claim the inaugural WAMMA heavyweight title strap.
Other heavyweights in action include Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo, Andrei Arlovski, Ben Rothwell, Alexander Emelianenko, Paul Buentello and others.
Fedor Remains Mysterious Despite Fame
Despite having a mystique like no other fighter, being universally considered the #1 fighter ever, and being dominant beyond belief, Fedor Emelianenko has never really been a box office draw despite all the talent and he reamins mysterious behind his fame.
New Barnett Article (Decent read)
New Josh Barnett write about leading to Affliction. Pretty good read..
My only issue is - they say he will probably be Fedor's toughest test if they ever do fight..
Tougher than Randy? Tougher than Arlovski?
Not sure I agree on that one..
Belfort looks to Become a Brand New Vitor
Article talks about how he is training at XC in Vegas with Shawn Tompkins and how they are bringing his killer instinct back just like they did with Wanderlei.
From the article:
Tompkins helped turned Silva into the animal we were used to seeing, but when asked if he we would see the Vitor of Old on Saturday, Tompkins says no.
“You won’t see the Vitor of old. You will see a better Vitor than ever. He really looks unbelievable”
Full article here
Baroni Wins WW Debut, Gets Headbutted by A**hole
Phil Baroni’s first match as a welterweight was a resounding success, as the New York Badass dominated Scott Jansen to a first-round knockout victory at Cage Rage 27 last night in London. Unexpectedly, Baroni quickly got the fight to the ground, scoring a smooth double-leg takedown shortly after the bell and effortlessly controlling Jansen from the top.
Sick sick knockout one of the best of the year.
Vitor Belfort Ready For 185 Debut At Affliction
When you think of legends in mixed martial arts, names like Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Randy Couture, Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are commonplace. However, it’s hard to make a list like that without including the name Vitor Belfort.
Belfort made his debut at UFC 12 where he defeated Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo. He was only 20 years old at the time. He had extremely fast and accurate hands and soon became one of the most feared strikers in the Octagon. His 44-second win over Wanderlei Silva remains as one of the most exciting knockouts in the history of MMA.