Aleksander Emelianenko

The Daily Recap: Fitch-Maia at UFC 156, St. Pierre-Silva News & More

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The UFC has announced that welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Demian Maia will lock horns at UFC 156. UFC president Dana White said, “Maia hopes to move up the welterweight rankings by taking out perennial contender Fitch. Fitch wants to build on his Fight of the Night-winning victory over Erick Silva." [UFC]

Despite earlier reports of The Ultimate Fighter being moved to Wednesday nights on FX, a FX official has stated that it’s highly unlikely TUF will air on Wednesday nights. An official announcement is expected to come within the next two or three weeks. [MMA Fighting]

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Quick Hits: Lawal-Randleman Targeted for Sengoku, Alvarez Possible for DREAM & More

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

— Popular heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman are reportedly in talks to face each other at Sengoku’s “Eleventh Battle” event, which would take place on November 7 in Japan. Lawal’s manager, Ryan Parsons, has confirmed that he has received a bout agreement from World Victory Road and is “currently looking it over”. []

— Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who has fought for DREAM on three separate occasions, could reportedly be headed back to the organization for a bout against Katsunori Kikuno at DREAM.12 on October 25 in Japan. Alvarez’s participation overseas seemingly depends on the level of fighter DREAM would be willing to send over to Bellator in a talent exchange for Bellator’s upcoming second season this winter. [MMA Weekly]

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Fight of the Day: Emelianenko vs. Magomedov

From ProFC’s “Russia vs. Europe” event this past weekend overseas, here’s former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Aleksander Emelianenko coming back from the brink of defeat to beat former training partner Ibragim Magomedov.

Report: Silva vs. Emelianenko Possible for Next Sengoku Show

Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin.

Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva may be set to defy the California State Athletic Commission again as he is reportedly likely to face Aleksander Emelianenko in his next fight for World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” promotion.

According to Fighters Only Magazine, the fight would take place as the second fight in Silva’s three-fight, non-exclusive deal with the Japanese promotion, but a date was not mentioned.

Silva was suspended by the CSAC following his second-round TKO victory over the late Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26 after testing positive for the banned steroid, Boldenone. Silva was suspended and fined by the commission but opted to fight anyway, accepting a fight against K-1 and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Yoshihiro Nakao and defeating him at Sengoku’s January 4 show.

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Aleksander Emelianenko to Fight for Affliction?

Aleksander Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.

Despite officials from the California State Athletic Commission stating that Aleksander Emelianenko will never be permitted to fight inside of the United States, the Russian-born fighter claims that he will be fighting at Affliction Entertainment’s next planned show in January.

Emelianenko stated that he will be flying to California in the next few weeks to film promotional videos for the event in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine, and that he may be fighting in Japan around New Year’s Eve as well at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show, which was originally scheduled to take place on October 11.

Emelianenko was slated to take on Paul Buentello at Affliction’s inaugural event on July 19, but was abruptly removed from the card for failing to meet the necessary licensing requirements according to CSAC officials at the time. However in the following weeks, amidst rumors of Emelianenko potentially testing positive for Hepatitis B, CSAC represenative Bill Douglas stated that Emelianenko would never be allowed to fight in the USA again.

“The one thing that I can absolutely say is that he was not and will not be cleared to fight in California.” Douglas said back in August. “He is officially licensed denied and that will stand for all of the United States of America”.

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Aleks Emelianenko Barred From Fighting in US?

Aleksander Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.

Those hoping to catch Aleksander Emelianenko fighting at Affliction’s upcoming next event in October might have to wait a bit longer to see him fight. Ever since he was reported to have failed to meet California licensing requirements prior to his scheduled fight against Paul Buentello last month, rumors have been frequently circulating that Emelianenko may have tested positive for Hepatitis B, a claim that the Russian’s camp has strongly dismissed.

However in a recent interview on Wrestling Observer’s Figure Four Daily radio show, California State Athletic Commission representative Bill Douglas reportedly stated that Emelianenko was not cleared to fight in the state and will not be by any other state athletic commission in the country.

“The one thing that I can absolutely say is that he was not and will not be cleared to fight in California.” Douglas said on the radio show. “He is officially licensed denied and that will stand for all of the United States of America”.

While Douglas refused to elaborate on the reasons behind Emelianenko’s licensure denial due to privacy issues, one has to assume that something serious is keeping Fedor’s younger brother from being able to fight here. MMANews’ Chris Howie points out that it might not be Hepatitis B after all due to the fact that Aleksander was permitted to fight Dan Bobish at a Hardcore Championship Fighting event last fall and that the province of Alberta will not let a fighter compete without passing strict blood tests.

Goodridge Tapped to Face Buentello

Paul Buentello. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Longtime veteran and mixed martial arts pioneer Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge has been cleared by the California State Athletic Comission as a replacement opponent for former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello at tomorrow night’s Affliction: Banned show in Anaheim.

Greg Savage of was able to confirm Goodridge’s participation with CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia. The part-time K-1 kickboxer was in-shape and in California for an event in San Diego that ended up being cancelled. His bout against Buentello is not yet official however. Both fighters are required to weigh-in at 2 PM ET tomorrow.

Goodridge is currently riding a two-fight losing streak, most recently dropping a lackluster unanimous decision to Terroll Dees at an Iroquois MMA Championships event in June. His last victory was a TKO win over Jan Nortje at K-1 Hero’s 8 in March of last year.

Buentello’s original foe, Aleksander Emelianenko, was forced off the card earlier this evening after failing to receive medical clearance and meet licensing requirements. It’s also been confirmed that although Justin Levens and Ray Lizama are indeed slated to compete at a catch-weight of 187 lbs, Levens failed to make weight (he came in at 189 lbs) and will be docked part of his purse.

Buentello-Emelianenko Set for Affliction Debut

Paul Buentello. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello will return to action for the first time in over eight months when he takes on Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, at Affliction’s “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The popular California-based clothing company officially announced the previously rumored bout earlier today at a press conference earlier today in Los Angeles.

Buentello has not fought since losing to Dutch kickboxer Alistair Overeem in a failed November bid for Strikeforce’s vacant heavyweight title. It was the Texas native’s first loss in two years and only his second in his last dozen fights.

Emelianenko most recently stopped Brazilian grappler Silvao Santos with strikes to earn his first win of 2008 at the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge last month. The PRIDE and BodogFight veteran is currently riding a five-fight winning streak.

Also announced at today’s press conference was Affliction’s signing of PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira according to Nogueira has split his last four bouts, most recently earning a second-round TKO of Todd Gouwenberg at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event in February. He is expected to make his promotional debut at the company’s next planned event in October.

Report: Four Prelims Signed for Affliction Show

Savant Young. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of

On the same day that Affliction Clothing makes it’s official entrance into the world of promoting mixed martial arts events, details regarding four signed preliminary bouts for it’s upcoming planned “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California have come to light.

The news comes from Sergio Non of USA Today, who confirmed the fights with Affliction VP Tom Atencio.

IFL veteran Savant Young, who recently earned a huge upset win over former Shooto featherweight title contender Takeshi Inoue last weekend, will take on WEC and TKO veteran Mark Hominick in the most high-profile preliminary bout.

Additional dark matches include UFC veteran Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama, Mike Pyle vs. Brett Cooper, and J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight.

Atencio also informed Non that Ben Rothwell will indeed fight at the event but an opponent for the Miletich Fighting Systems product has yet to have been determined. Various sources have been reporting that former UFC heavweight champion Andrei Arlovski may very well be Rothwell’s counterpart in the cage but it’s still unknown whether or not he will continue to free agency after finishing out the remainder of his deal with the UFC two months ago.

Contracts for a heavyweight clash between Aleksander Emelianenko and Paul Buentello have also reportedly been sent out to both fighters but have not yet been returned signed.

The potential fight card for the event now looks like this:

Main Card:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo
Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao
Mike Whitehead vs. Renato Sobral
Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Paul Buentello
Ben Rothwell vs. TBA

Preliminary Bouts:

Mark Hominick vs. Savant Young
Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama
Mike Pyle vs. Brett Cooper
J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight

Emelianenko in Talks to Fight in HCF in May

Aleksander Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.

Alexander Emelianenko, the younger brother of top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, has stated that he is currently in talks to return to Hardcore Championship Fighting for a potential second fight inside the confines of the promotion at their upcoming May 10th show.

Emelianenko recently revealed the news to M-1 MixFight.

“Today (April 7th) I will talk with a promoter, to try to negotiate a fight in Canada on May 10th,” Emelianenko said in the interview. “I don’t know an opponent yet. To win and to become the best in the world, those are my upcoming plans.”

The native Russian was victorious last week, stopping Brazilian Silvao Santos with strikes to earn his first win of 2008 at the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge. Emelianenko won his only HCF fight to date back in October, submitting fellow veteran Dan Bobish.

HCF CEO Keith Crawford announced last month that the organization has been purchased. ProElite, the parent company of Elite Xtreme Combat is rumored as the potential buyer. An official announcement regarding the purchase is expected to come sometime before the event in May.

The show will likely be the biggest in HCF’s brief history. A light heavyweight bout between Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Mauricio Alonso has reportedly already been signed. Assuerio Silva, David Loiseau, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Nick Thompson have also been rumored as possible participants at the event.

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