Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
The long-running dispute is now over. After over a year of continual debate regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s perennial status as the world’s top heavyweight, the former PRIDE title holder answered the call in fighting his first top-ranked opponent in nearly three years, and won, in decisive fashion.
Emelianenko quickly knocked down and submitted former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in just 36 seconds, capping off a night of exciting action at Affliction Clothing’s inaugural event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in front of a host of notable athletes and celebrities.
Sylvia literally never even got started in the fight. After circling each other for a brief moment, Emelianenko stunned and dropped Sylvia with a flurry of left and rights. Fedor quickly pounced on the 6’8 Miletich Fighting Systems product, pounding away with hammer fists until Sylvia gave up his back, allowing Emelianenko to sink in the rear naked choke for the impressive finish.
After the bout, post-fight interviewer and former referee “Big” John McCarthy asked the Russian who he’d like to fight next. His answer then stepped into the ring in the form of current embattled UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture, who is currently seeking legal help in the courts in his quest to fight Emelianenko before his impending retirement.
“I always thought that the day where I would have to fight Randy would come,” Emelianenko said after the fight with the help of a translator. “It would be a true honor to fight him and I hope that we will be able to work things out in order to make it happen.”
We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s Affliction: Banned, the inaugural mixed martial arts show for the popular California-based clothing company, which will take place this evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The show features a main event years in the making between former PRIDE title holder and perennial top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and five-time UFC champion Tim Sylvia. Other notable fights on the card include a rematch between Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo, a sure-fire war on the feet between Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell, and the return to active competition of former Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland as he faces Brazilian submission wizard Fabio Negao.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.
Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
The official-weigh in results for tomorrow night’s Affliction: Banned event, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Justin Levens, who weighed-in four pounds over the middleweight limit. However it’s unknown whether or not his bout against Ray Lazama is being fought a catch-weight or not.
In more unfortunate news, the scheduled bout between PRIDE veteran Aleksander Emelianenko and one-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello has been scrapped. According to the California State Athletic Commission, Emelianenko failed to meet the necessary licensing requirements. A replacement opponent for Buentello will not be able to be found in time.
Tickets still remain on sale for the event. The pay-per-view portion of the card will begin at 10 PM ET and FOX Sports Net will be airing three preliminary bouts tomorrow night as well. The promotion intends to televise as many fights as possible, including those prelims that will not be featured on FSN, which will act as swing bouts for the PPV.
Fedor Emelianenko (230 lbs) vs. Tim Sylvia (263 lbs)
Andre Arlovski (241 lbs) vs. Ben Rothwell (264 lbs)
Josh Barnett (256 lbs) vs. Pedro Rizzo (242 lbs)
Matt Lindland (185 lbs) vs. Fabio Negao (185 lbs)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201 lbs) vs. Mike Whitehead (206 lbs)
Vitor Belfort (185 lbs) vs. Terry Martin (185 lbs)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205 lbs) vs. Edwin Dewees (205 lbs)
Mike Pyle (171 lbs) vs. J.J. Ambrose (170 lbs)
Savant Young (145 lbs) vs. Mark Hominick (144 lbs)
Justin Levens (189 lbs) vs. Ray Lazama (186 lbs)
Edwin Dewees throws a left hook at Jorge Rivera at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Longtime veteran Edwin Dewees has signed a multi-fight deal with Affliction Clothing and will make his promotional debut at the organization’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, replacing Vernon “Tiger” White against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Affliction vice president Tom Atencio and Dewees made the announcement on a conference call with the media yesterday afternoon.
“We definitely had our sites set on Dewees and I am very happy to announce that he has signed a multi-fight deal with us,” Atencio said in a press release today. “Dewees was our first choice as a replacement for (Vernon) White. He is a great addition to our All-World caliber card.”
Dewees recently snapped a career-worst four-fight losing streak, submitting Richard Blake at a NoLimits Fighting event back in April. The former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member has fought primarily in his home state of Arizona, where he currently trains at an extension of Ken Shamrock’s Lions Den.
His opponent, 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 was last in the spotlight courtesy of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou last year, becoming the first victim of two epic knockout upsets by the Team Quest product in 2007.
White was forced to be taken off the card after tested positive for a banned diuretic following a recent Xtreme Fighting Association kickboxing event in Las Vegas. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to comment on White’s positive test. Although the White-Nogueira bout was originally slated to be aired as part of a one-hour pre-event special on FOX Sports Net, the network has chosen to air Vitor Belfort’s middleweight debut against Terry Martin instead.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira throws a left jab at Alistair Overeem. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the younger brother of current UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, will reportedly be in action at Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The news comes from Five Ounces of Pain, which learned of Nogueira’s participation while talking with Affliction officials after the popular California-based clothing company’s press conference held today in New York City.
The promotion announced the signing of Nogueira, a longtime veteran of PRIDE Fighting Championships, at a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles.
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 was last in the spotlight courtesy of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou last February, becoming the first victim of two epic knockout upsets by the Team Quest product in 2007.
An opponent for Nogueira has not yet been determined. His fight is expected to be part of the pay-per-view telecast.
The show will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown years in the making as former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.
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 Sherdog.com. 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.
Hardcore Championship Fighting officially announced the complete card for the promotion’s upcoming event on February 1st at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta.
One of the two co-main events will feature the HCF debut of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as he battles BodogFight and TKO veteran Todd Gouwenberg.
Nogueira has not fought since being knocked out by Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 33 in February. Gouwenberg is currently on a two-fight winning streak. He defeated Konstantin Gluhov and Michael Patt at separate Bodog events in 2007.
The other will have fast-rising Gegard Mousasi clashing with Chute Boxe’s Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.
Mousasi was victorious in his last fight under the HCF banner, stopping Damir Mirenic with strikes in the first round of their bout. Santos was originally scheduled to compete at Cage Rage 24 earlier this month but was forced to pull out of the event due to weight cutting issues.
Other notable names on the card include John Alessio, Mike Pyle, Derrick Noble, Solomon Hutcherson, and more.
The full card for the event is below:
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Todd Gouwenberg
Gegard Mousasi vs. Evangelista Santos
Thomas Schulte vs. Garett Davis
John Alessio vs. Derrick Noble
Damir Mirenic vs. Mike Pyle
Andrew Buckland vs. Dan Chambers
Solomon Hutcherson vs. Amir Rahnavardi
Myles Merola vs. Ariel Sexton
Tim Hague vs. Miodrag Petkovic
Nabil Khatib vs. Lucas Rota
Babian Cortez vs. Juan Barrantes
According to reports, Hardcore Championship Fighting has signed PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to an exclusive three-fight contract.
“Today we’ve announced the signing of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira,” Crawford said. “Minotoro of course the nickname that’s the smaller brother, the 205 pound Nogueira, to get a gentlemen with his Pride experience and fight experience under exclusive contract to us is huge for us, and huge for MMA in Canada. We’re hoping his first fight will be in November in Vancouver, as one of our main-events, or semi-main-events, on the Vancouver card. Either way we are ecstatic to have him under our banner.”
News and Notes
- We’ve decided to hold off a new MMA on Tap Top 10 until after the events in September.
- Fabricio Werdum has told MMA Weekly that he has joined the Chute Boxe team and has already began training with his new camp:
Werdum stated, “I am very happy with my new training partners and I hope I can get the Chute Boxe spirit and improve my stand up skills. When I first step here, I could see that my training speed wasn’t right. The training here is so much harder, but I am adapting myself and all the coaches and athletes are being like brothers.”
- Former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante has announced that he is reforming the Brazilian Top Team after the depature of the Nogueira brothers and Mario Sperry.
- MMA Weekly is also reporting via sources at BodogFight that the promotion plans to announce a new TV deal when their current contract with ION runs out in February of next year:
Sources at Bodog plan to announce a new U.S. television distribution deal once their current run on ION has ended, although no details were forthcoming at the time of publication.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it will hear the appeal of UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s positive test for steroids on October 31st in Los Angeles.
- Staying on the subject of athletic commissions, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has filed a formal complaint against Renato Sobral for his actions at UFC 74. Sobral will be required to meet with the NSAC at a later date to find out whether he may possibly be suspended or fined. $25,000 of his purse is still being withheld.
- Yahoo! Sports has posted their updated MMA Top 10...
- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia has landed at Xtreme Couture for a two day training session in preparation for his bout against Brandon Vera at UFC 77.
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The MO Team League in Brazil, a team-based MMA league very similar to the IFL here in the United States, announced the head coaches and rosters for it’s first four teams as well as the fight card for it’s debut event on September 29 last Saturday according to MMA Weekly.
The head coaches and teams are as follows:
Hurricane - Head Coach: Wanderlei Silva
Lightweight - Jean Silva
Welterweight - Flávio Álvaro
Middleweight - Rafael Sapo
Light Heavyweight - Rafael Monteiro
Heavyweight - André Mussi
Wild Fire - Head Coach: Murilo Bustamante
Lightweight - Luciano Azevedo
Welterweight - Gerson Conceição
Middleweight - Silmar Rodrigo
Light Heavyweight - Alexandre Cacareco
Heavyweight - Joaquim Mamute
Tsunami - Head Coach: Pedro Rizzo
Lightweight - Leonardo Santos
Welterweight - André Chatuba
Middleweight - Mauricio Alonso
Light Heavyweight - Jair Sorriso
Heavyweight - Walter Broca
Avalanche - Head Coach: Antonio Rogério Nogueira
Lightweight - Rafael Mantega
Welterweight - Sergio Moraes
Middleweight - Julio Cesar Field Almeida
Light Heavyweight - Erick Wanderlei
Heavyweight - Fábio Maldonado
The league will use the five main weight divisions similar to the IFL. The inaugural event for the league will place on August 11th when Silva’s Hurricane face off against Bustamante’s Wild Fire. The second event will be held on September 29 where Nogueira’s Avalanche will take on Rizzo’s Tsunami.