Apparently Pride president Sakakibara is planning to take over the UFC one title at a time…
But Sakakibara realizes that “ it will be a fierce battle between the promoters.” And, he even expects that the UFC may storm the Pride show in Las Vegas on October 21st. But, his plan is to take all of the UFC belts, as Sakakibara said,” not just Silva alone, but Fedor, Yoshida, Fujita, and Gomi. I’m going to send these guys into the octagon to devour them first.” Starting this Fall, Sakakibara said Pride will start sending fighters to take the UFC titles, and then deliver the finishing blow at the MMA superbowl. Sakakibara stated, “If we take the titles, the UFC will have nowhere to run.”
Reports are circulating that Frank Mir will take on Brandon Vera at UFC 65. If legitimate, this matchup could have pretty big implications on the heavyweight divison and both fighters in general. A win for either Mir or Vera could establish them as one of title contenders in the heavyweight division along with Jeff Monson. A loss for Vera would be a step back in what seems to be a promising career for the young star; for Mir, a defeat could spell the end of his time with the UFC and possibly big-time MMA competition.
A California newspaper published an article today stating that Ken Shamrock will retire from fighting after his rumored fight against Tito Ortiz on the October 10th UFC Fight Night card.
BJ Penn’s camp is reporting that he has verbally agreed to fight Kuniyoshi Hironaka on the October 10th UFC Fight Night card.
Matt Lindland confirmed earlier today that he will indeed be taking on Jeremy Horn at an upcoming IFL event.
“The superfight signed is for me to face Jeremy Horn,” confirmed Lindland. “Neither one of us since we’ve started competing have been out of the Top 5, so with two of the best middleweights in the world going at it, it’s basically like a title fight.”
“He’s a sneaky son of a bitch on the ground I’ll tell you. He’s submitted Chael Sonnen twice, but I’m not as slow-witted as Chael is,” said Matt with a light-hearted rib to his teammate.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that ‘The Ultimate Fighter II’ veteran Rob MacDonald will be returning to the octagon against UFC newcomer Eric Schafer.
Rob MacDonald is 1-1 in the UFC with a loss to Jason Lambert and a victory over Kris Rotharmel. Eric Schafer sports a record 3-1-2 with victories over Jason Guida, Jason Veach and William Hill.
Legendary fighter David “Tank” Abbott has signed a contract with Strikeforce to fight “The Headhunter” Paul Buentello. The event will take place October 7th at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.
Yesterday morning reports surfaced stating that Mirko Cro Cop would not be fighting in the Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix due to monetary issues. The crisis is now over. Pride Fighting Championship and Mirko Cro Cop have come to an agreement which will allow Cro Cop to finish the tournament.
Pancrase has added yet another title bout to it’s August 27th card - Yuki Kondo and Daijiro Matsui for the 199 lb King of Pancrase belt.
Mirko Filipovic has reportedly decided to not participate in the semi-final round of Pride’s Open-Weight Grand Prix on September 10th due to monetary issues. Cro Cop has stated that the purse for winning the tournament is not enough for possibly having to fight twice in one night to win the event.