Golden Boy Promotions, Affliction & MMA
I got a chance to interview Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez about Golden Boy's relationship with Affliction and possible involvement with MMA in the future.
On the relationship between Golden Boy Promotions and Affliction and whether they will be teaming up to do MMA cards:
“We’ll make an announcement shortly. But there’s some things we’re working with them. As of right now we’ve started a relationship with them and they are one of the sponsors of our shows and, obviously, we are going to give them visibility on our shows and we’re just starting the relationship. There will be more announcements in the near future.”
On his thoughts about MMA:
“It’s exciting. I mean, If you get the right kind of … it’s just like boxing in the way that if you get the right matchups people will watch. If you get the right matchups, people will watch. It comes down to styles like boxing. That’s what makes the fights good fights.”
On the possibilites in MMA:
“Obviously, there is some money being made. When you add Oscar’s name and the element of Golden Boy, so there are some opportunities there. We’re not going to leave any rocks unturned.”
On when we might here some news about Golden Boy and MMA:
“Soon. I mean, you know, look, we’re a young company. We’re hungry. We’ve had huge success in the first four years of our existance. We have a lot more time ahead of us, so we’re just going to keep working hard and see what we can do. Make a difference.”
Check out this link for the entire interview:
CRO COP to fight KHARITONOV in JUNE
The article is in Croatian, I will summerize it. Article states that Cro Cop was supposed to fight Sergei at Dream 1 but he declined the fight stating that would be too tough of a match for him after a six month break. Now they moved the fight to Dream 4 which will take place in mid-june and it will apparantly be made official in about a month possibly on April 29th which is Dream 2. That is when Dream is supposed to announce the fight. In one of Mirko's quotes he said " I am not approaching these fights in Dream as practice for UFC comeback instead I am treating every fight seriously."
DREAM Officials Planning Fedor Vs CroCop 2
The producers of DREAM, the new Japanese MMA promotion borne out of the ashes of PRIDE and K-1 HERO'S, have set forth their "dream" match for the annual end-of-year fight festival known as Dynamite: a rematch between former PRIDE aces Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic.
Dream and HDnet
Are very close to a deal that will air Dream's events including a delayed opening round of this weekends 154 pound tourny.
SATAN please let this be true. PLEASE!!!!!!!! I am stoked because I really really want to see those fights.
Dream Pre-fight Press Conference (video)
Dream held a press conference Friday in Tokyo, where the promotion introduced the lineup for its debut effort and encouraged the athletes to address the press.
Gesias Calvancante (Pictures), Shinya Aoki (Pictures), Mirko Filipovic (Pictures) and the rest of the fighters on the card made their last public comments on the eve of battle.
DREAM fight card and lightweight grand prix belts (Pic)
The debut event for the new Japanese DREAM promotion takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, this Saturday (March 15). It will not air on television here in the United States.
Here’s the line up for the opening round of the stacked lightweight grand prix:
Koutetsu Boku vs. Joachim Hansen
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luis “Buscape” Firmino
Artur Oumakhanov vs. Katsuhiko Nagata
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Jung Bu-Kyung
Andre Dida vs. Eddie Alvarez
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill
Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
*Note that one more bout will possibly be added.
Pride FC 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix Champion Mirko Cro Cop will also be in action against Tatsuya Mizuno. In addition, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will take on Hidetaka Monma and Ikuhisa Minowa is slated to compete against a yet to be named opponent.
This is shaping up to be a fantastic evening of mixed martial arts.
I know i'v already posted the line up but them belts look sweet!!!!
Saturday's DREAM 1 Fight Card
DREAM, the upstart fight promotion born out of the former K-1 HERO'S organization with help from former staffers of PRIDE Fighting Championships, has (nearly) finalized its fight card for Saturday's debut show.
The event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, includes the opening round of a lightweight grand prix, as well as the return of former UFC and PRIDE fighter Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
The event airs in Japan on the Tokyo Broadcasting System beginning at 7 p.m. JST. The event won't be broadcast in the U.S.
"DREAM 1" is slated to feature a main event between Shinya Aoki (14-2) and Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (14-1-1), two of the 16 lightweights taking part in the grand prix. Ikuhisa Minowa -- who's slated to compete in the night's first bout -- is without an opponent. Additionally, only 14 participants have been announced for the 16-man grand-prix tournament.
The latest card, according to dreamofficial.com, includes:
Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias "JZ" Calvancante
Kultar Gill vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Andre Amade vs. Eddie Alvarez
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Yoshihiro Nakao*
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Jung Bu-Kyung
Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Artur Oumakhanov
Luiz Firmino vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Koutetsu Boku vs. Joachim Hansen
Hidetaka Monma vs Hayato "Mach" Sakurai*
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. TBA*
* -- non-grand prix bout
JZ AIMS AT AOKI AND DREAM TOURNAMENT TITLE
“I don’t care, I’m an MMA fighter,” he said. “I have a nice team with the American Top Team, for me the best in the world right now. We work with everything. I work with the best guys in the world, especially in the ground game.”
The bout between Calvancante and Aoki is part of the first round of a tournament that features many of the top lightweight fighters in the world. But could the winner of this fight or possibly the tournament be the No. 1 lightweight in the world?
“It could be the No. 1,” said Calvancante. “I think for right now, it’s just (Takanori) Gomi, B.J. Penn, and Sean Sherk; those three guys are out of the tournament and at the top of the weight class, but they are in different organizations so for sure the winner from the tournament could be No. 1.”
Right now, Calvancante’s focus is solely on Shinya Aoki and their match-up this weekend.
Saturday's "ICON: Baroni vs. Hose" Free on ProElite.com
Saturday's "ICON Sport: To Hell and Back" takes place Saturday at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the entire fight card will be available for free on ProElite.com.
The event features a headline bout between Phil Baroni (10-8) and Kala Kolohe Hose (5-1). The winner earns the ICON Sport world middleweight belt, which was stripped from former title-holder Robbie Lawler last month.
The live event -- the first for ICON in nearly a year -- begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Saturday's full fight card includes:
Phil Baroni vs. Kala Kolohe Hose (for vacant ICON word middleweight title)
Augie Padekan vs. Jeremy Williams
Sadhu Bott vs. Bronson Pieper (for ICON state featherweight title)
Russell Doane vs. Tyson Nam
Wayne Perrin vs. Koa Ramos
Ross Ebanez vs. Brennan Kamaka
P.J. Dean vs. Eddie Rincon
Matt Comeau vs. Elias Delos Reyes
Alan Lima vs. David Padilla
Dwayne Haney vs. Zack Rapal
Jay Bolos VS. Nui Wheeler
Colin Mackenzie vs. Ricky Wallace
Wade Ke vs. Ikaika Moreno
Mark Hunt to Return to MMA
Mark Hunt has had an interview with Rogue Magazine. In it he explains why he is taking the K-1 fight with Schilt and where his future is.
Seems the K-1 fight is a once of return to K-1, after that there will be MMA fights. Since K-1 and DREAM are closely related, DREAM will be his likely home. When asked about his first MMA fight, his answer was May 8. There is no DREAM event on that date... But there is one May 11. We have to wait and see what happens. Either way, Mark Hunt is on his way back to MMA!
M-1 Loans Fighter to Inaugural DREAM Event
With match-ups recently finalized for Saturday's inaugural DREAM event in Saitama, Japan, one participating fighter will be on loan from the fledgling M-1 Global organization. And no, it's not Fedor Emelianenko. Instead, it's the only other announced commodity of M-1 Global: Eddie Alvarez (12-1).
Alvarez, who is making his debut at 155 lbs., will be taking on Chute Boxe's Andre "Dida" Amade (6-2-1) in the first round of a star-studded 16-man lightweight grand prix. He discussed his contractual status and upcoming bout while a guest on Monday's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a content partner site of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com)
"Monte (Cox, M-1 Global CEO) is my manager, so verbally we agreed I'd fight for M-1 when their shows come," Alvarez said. "And I physically signed with (EliteXC), and they both agreed that I'm first and foremost for M-1, and then I'm with (EliteXC) also when I don't have fights for M-1. But now M-1 would be lending me out to whatever. It's a confusing situation. All I know is this is the opportunity of a lifetime for me, and I really want to, I'm glad that they're letting me do it so I can take full advantage of it."
HDNet to Air XFL (not DREAM 1) on Saturday
HDNet, a Mark Cuban-owned channel geared toward MMA coverage, will broadcast this weekend's Xtreme Fighting League event, but DREAM's inaugural show will not be carried by the all-high-definition cable station.
HDNet officials today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Saturday's "DREAM 1" event, which features the opening round of a lightweight grand prix and the DREAM debut of former UFC fighter Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, has not been picked up for broadcast by the station.
Fans were hopeful that HDNet -- which has signed deals to broadcast events for Strikeforce, the International Fight League, Ring of Fire and other top organizations -- would also pick up DREAM's debut show. Instead, "Team Takedown" fighters will be featured as part of Saturday's XFL broadcast, which begins at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Roger Gracie on the Cusp of Signing With World Victory Road
Despite not participating in the inaugural March 5th event coming up for World Victory Road, it appears that Roger Gracie will be signing a contract to appear in the second WVR event, scheduled for May or June of this year.
This contract will signal Gracie’s return to MMA after a layoff of over 1 year – he made his debut in December of 2006 in Vancouver, Canada for bodogFIGHT, easily defeating veteran MMA artist Ron Waterman by arm bar in Round 1. Since then, Gracie has continued his grappling dominance in 2007, winning the ADCC 2007 superfight against Jon Olav Einmo of Norway, and winning both his weight class and the open class in the Black Belt division of the BJJ World Championships...
I personally love Roger Gracie as his JJ skills are undeniable. i hope he does well in MMA. can't wait to see him at the next WVR.
Cro Cop’s *New* New Opponent; DREAM Rules Announced
Yoshihiro Nakao must have just realized he had a previous engagement or something, because DREAM is now saying that Tatsuya Mizuno will instead be taking on Mirko Filipovic at DREAM’s debut show this Saturday in Japan. And is Mizuno a worthy opponent for Cro Cop? Oh, sure! I mean, after all, we’re talking about a guy with a 4-2 record in Pancrase, who’s been previously stomped by Thiago Silva and UFC washout Assuerio Silva. He should present a stiff challenge to Mirko — still, we’re calling it for Cro Cop via head kick KO, nine seconds into round one. But fortunately, we think this opponent will finally stick, and we hope Mizuno can train hard over the next four days by taking lots of naps. It’ll be an honor just to meet Filipovic’s left foot.
One thing that Mizuno won’t have to worry about is being soccer kicked when he’s down. Nightmare of Battle has a translation of the DREAM rules, which work out like this :
— 10 minute first round, 5 minute second round, 90 seconds between rounds.
— Fights are judged in their entirety and no draws are possible.
— Stomps and soccer kicks to the head of a grounded opponent are not allowed, but knees to the head of a grounded opponent are allowed. If both fighters are on the ground, head kicks are allowed. If there is a 15 kg or more weight difference, no stomps, soccer kicks, or knees to the head of a grounded opponent are allowed.
Due to the sizable difference in talent, Cro Cop will also be blindfolded. And the betting line still has him as a -950 favorite…
Melvin Guillard Posts Rage in the Cage Victory
Melvin Guillard (21-7-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC), the once-promising UFC lightweight who suffered embarrassing back-to-back defeats in the UFC, rebounded for a vital victory at Friday's Rage in the Cage 105 event.
Guillard posted a unanimous-decision victory over Eric Regan in the main event of the night's 10-fight event.
Mitsurhiro Ishida (15-3-3) to face Bu Kyung Jung (0-1) added to Dreams Toury as well with Katsuhiko Ngata (3-2) vs Artur Oumakhonov (7-2)
March 15 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Organizers announced the bout, along with two others – pairing Katsuhiko Nagata (3-2) with Artur Oumakhonov (7-2) and Mitsuhiro Ishida (15-3-1) with Bu Kyung Jung (0-1) in the Dream Lightweight Grand Prix – on Thursday.
One of Japan’s most accomplished superstars, Sakurai (31-7-2) will ride into the event on a four-fight winning streak. The 32-year-old last competed in December, when he earned a unanimous decision against Hidehiko Hasegawa at “Yarennoka! New Year’s Eve! 2007.” Sakurai, who made his professional debut 11 years ago in Shooto, holds notable wins against one-time Icon Sport middleweight champion Frank Trigg, former UFC lightweight titleholder Jens Pulver, Shinya Aoki, Joachim Hansen and Mac Danzig – the season six winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. Eighteen of Sakurai’s 31 career victories have come by knockout, technical knockout or submission.
A veteran of the K-1 and Pancrase circuits, Monma (14-7-3) fought less than a month ago, when he submitted Yong Fun Lee with a first-round armbar at a Greatest Common multiple show. The 34-year-old owns victories against UFC veterans Jess Liaudin and Dave Strasser.
Saturday, March 15
Saitama Super Arena
Ishida vs Jung will be great. Jungs 1st fight he almost submitted Aoki 4 times in a decision loss at Yarennoka
Cro Cop, Sakurai Get New DREAM Opponents; Gomi/Ludwig to Rematch (comments on BJ fight.)
Im sure most already know what Cro Cop's opponent will be, its the guy that Kissed herring. there are multiple threads on it so i wont bother to paste the story here, however, if you want follow the link and there will be more insight.
— Hayato “Mach” Sakurai has also locked down an opponent for the DREAM show. As SukiMMA translates from his blog: “I fight Hidetaka Monma from Keisyukai. One foreign fighter and one Japanese fighter canceled and finally I got an opponent!” Monma has a 14-7-3 record, with notable wins over…well, basically nobody. The Sakurai/Monma fight doesn’t seem to be a part of the lightweight Grand Prix that’s also going down at DREAM1, but it should be an ugly rout just like the Cro Cop/Nakao feature.
— SukiMMA also reports that Takanori Gomi wants another fight with Duane Ludwig after their bout at Sengoku was stopped prematurely due to face-explosion Suki:
After the fight, Gomi said, Ludwig was a very good fighter. This victory was brought by an accident and I will fight him again. Thank you for coming to see my fight held on a weekday. I have good company to work with and….
He was in tears and couldn’t continue. He got the applause of fans and said, I will train hard and continue fighting. Thank you for supporting me.
— Though Gomi seemed to be in top form at Sengoku, The Fireball Kid doesn’t think he’d be ready for a re-match with BJ Penn. Of course, that match is totally hypothetical at this point, considering the UFC cocked up negotiations with him, but Gomi said this at the post-fight press conference:
“I just came back to fight after a long layoff and I’d like to make myself more fit and more of a complete fighter before fighting B.J. Penn. For this fight [with Ludwig], I sparred and did weight training. I was concerned about the physical aspects of my body. I want to perfect [it] before a fight with B.J. Penn.”
In the same article, Gomi asks WVR if he can have New Year’s Eve off, while Josh Barnett says he’d prefer not to fight Kevin Randleman and takes the time to plug his April 12th pro-wrestling gig in Osaka.