Breaking News: Gomi to World Victory Road
World Victory Road is set to announce the signing of Takanori Gomi, a source has confirmed to Sherdog.com.
Gomi, 29, was one of MMA's most prized free agents following the Zuffa buyout of the PRIDE Fighting Championships last year. Gomi has been courted by several promoters in recent months, including K-1 and HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group, as well as UFC and WEC company Zuffa.
While the source could not confirm the length of Gomi's deal with WVR, the deal will see Gomi debut for the promotion on their March 5 Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1. The Japanese standout will earn approximately $190,000 USD per bout.
Baroni Will Fight In Japan, Returns To AKA
Contrary to recent reports about Phil’s Baroni’s current fight status, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed through American Kickboxing Academy’s management team that he will indeed face Pancrase veteran Sanae Kikuta on World Victory Road’s debut show “Sengoku.”
The fledging Japanese fight promotion made the bout announcement on Friday, making it the first official bout in the young promotion’s history.
Dan Henderson: Anderson Silva Doomed in “Clinch Game”
PRIDE 185-pound champion Dan Henderson is less than two months away with his UFC 82 title fight with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, and in a recent interview with our friend Steve Sievert at the Houston Chronicle, Henderson says he’s expecting nothing short of victory.
In fact, Henderson is confident he’ll beat Silva at his own game.
Wanderlei Silva on UFC 79, move to middleweight, Liddell rematch
LAS VEGAS — Both his eyes remain blackened, a week after one of the greatest fights in UFC history. A streak of blood covers the white of one of those eyes.
Wanderlei Silva is in pain.
But it’s not the beating Chuck Liddell put on him at the Mandalay Bay Events Center exactly one week earlier that is hurting Silva on this chilly Southern Nevada Saturday night.
“Here,” Silva says, pounding his chest. “This is where it hurts.“
Eight things to expect in '08 (ESPN)
Consider where MMA was a year ago. Who had the better fighters, UFC or PRIDE? Could anybody beat Chuck Liddell? Would somebody stand up and challenge Tim Sylvia?
One year later, those questions have been answered. PRIDE guys struggled. Yes, Liddell could be beaten -- more than once, actually. And Sylvia, well, we all remember Randy Couture's stunning comeback to reclaim a UFC belt. So 2007 answered plenty.
But 2008 presents a new wave of questions. Here are eight things to expect in '08.
MMA 2007: Year in Review
Even after nearly fifteen years of mainstream history, the sport of mixed martial arts really took off in 2007. We will look back in fifteen more years from now and see 2007 as the year where MMA finally became accepted into the mainstream and finally took of as a legitimate big-time sport, forever replacing boxing as the top combat sport in the world. In this year where there were eight free UFC events on Spike TV in the US, the lower weight classes also took center stage; legend Randy Couture resigned from the UFC amid intense speculation; Chuck Liddell took a nosedive, losing not only his belt but two straight fights; PRIDE was sold to the owners of the UFC; two fighters died, one as a result of action in the ring; and lightweight champion Sean Sherk was stripped of his title after testing positive for steroids.
There are so many things that I tried to fit into this column, and I did the best I could to sum up the biggest fights and review the biggest stories of the year.
A Look Back At Japanese MMA In '07
While it looked like 2007 was a good year for MMA in Japan, scandals tainted what could've been a banner year-the Akiyama-Sakuraba controversy, tabloid scandals, and the "death" of PRIDE FC.
Cro Cop Returns
What I’ve learned from my friendship with Mirko Cro Cop is that you can never be sure what he is up to. He prefers to keep his thoughts for himself; he’s always been a man of a few words. His absence in the media often results in completely misleading stories, coming from people who are giving their best shot in evaluating Mirko’s position and the nature of his future plans....
Quinton Jackson: PRIDE Referees to Blame for Losses to Wanderlei Silva
Before signing a contract with the UFC and making his octagon debut this past February, current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson suffered two losses to recent UFC signee Wanderlei Silva in PRIDE. However, Jackson says the two knockouts victories are the fault of PRIDE’s referees and that the losses would have never happened in the UFC.
Fedor: "Dana Talks a lot"
The following is an excerpt from an interview on MMAWeekly.com with PRIDE Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
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Aleks Emelianenko in Bar Fight; Mistaken for Hoodlum
Aleks was at a bar last night with two females when a group of drunken men began acting inappropriate and began directing some of their remarks toward the females accompanying Aleks. He then proceeded to clean them up and was arrested by the police as they mistook him as the culprit, and was promptly released.
Update On Kevin Randleman
Kevin Randleman, recovering from a nasty staph infection, recently gave an update on his recovery. He said he's healing well and the two large holes in his side as a result of the infection have gotten much smaller now.
Henderson: I'll beat Silva up
DAN HENDERSON says he'll knock out middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event at UFC 82.
The mouthwatering bout pits the two ex-Pride superstars together in the UFC for the first time.
And President Dana White confirmed one of the most hotly anticipated clashes of 2008 is scheduled for March 1 next year.
Exclusive: Sokoudjou On Karo, Fedor-Lindland, Next Fight [Pt. 2]
On May 3, MMANews.com's own Chris Howie sat down with current PRIDE 205 lb. sensation Sokoudjou to discuss his wins over "Lil Nog" and Arona, his one pro MMA loss, his judo match with Karo Parisyan, his thoughts on Fedor grabbing the ropes versus his teammate Matt Lindland, his upcoming PRIDE fight in July and tons more!