News and Notes
- Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that Ricardo Arona is not close to signing a deal with the UFC, or any organization for that matter:
While Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has already said as much, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can confirm that there is very little validity to the rumors that Ricardo Arona is close to finalizing a deal with the UFC.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted a source close to Arona via e-mail and that source has indicated that he will be in Europe for the next 40 days, making a deal almost impossible to complete. Furthermore, Arona has made no mention to the source about the possibility of signing with the UFC.
- Speaking of Caplan, it seems that he has added Adam Morgan to his team at Five Ounces. I that brings Adam’s total of websites written for to four. Adam is a monster.
- The Fight Network’s Great Fight North column has some good news inside:
Jonathan Goulet is hoping to fight next in November despite dislocating his elbow against Dustin Hazelett at UFC 76.
Bill Mahood’s fight against Bobby Southworth at this weekend’s Strikeforce event will not be for Southworth’s Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Title.
Denis Kang is apparently training for a return at an October or November K-1 Hero’s event.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Dean Lister may be taking on Jordan Radev at UFC 79 in December:
UFC rookie Jordan Radev (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will likely face Dean Lister (9-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 79 in December.
MMAjunkie.com learned of the fight from a source close to the fighter, but Ken Pavia, Radev’s agent, said he couldn’t comment on the report or confirm that a deal was close to being signed.
- In a recent interview with FOX Sports, UFC President Dana White stated that he’s still confident he can sign Fedor and Brock Lesnar still isn’t officially with the UFC:
He also was very confident of signing Fedor Emelianenko, but felt it wouldn’t happen until after Emelianenko competes in a Russian sambo tournament in the fall. White said it was incorrect the story, claimed by Kurt Angle, that Brock Lesnar had signed with UFC. But he did hope to make the deal.
FCFighter.com is reporting that Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth will defend his light heavyweight title at the upcoming September 29th Strikeforce event when he faces Bill “The Butcher” Mahood.
“I really think that if I stick to my grinding style, I think I can get the best of him,” Mahood says in discussing the September 29th fight. “I think Bobby and I are pretty evenly matched. We’re both good strikers with pretty decent ground games, so I think it’s going to come down to a war of attrition. I think it’s my ability to grind it out, combined with my heart that could be the difference. You know I’m winding down my fight career at this point, so I don’t want to fight on any old card. I want to fight in the cool places, on the big events. You know I’ve got to fight in Russia a couple of times now, had tea with President Putin which was pretty special, now I get to fight at the Playboy Mansion for Strikeforce.”
Bobby Southworth sports a mixed martial arts record of 7-4 with victories over the likes of Vernon “Tiger” White, Floyd Sword, and Bryan Pardoe. Southworth’s opponent, Bill Mahood, sports a mixed martial arts record of 15-5-1 with victories over the likes of Jason MacDonald, Khalil Ibrahim, and Steve Steinbeiss.
Leading mixed martial arts federation, Strikeforce, will produce a historic, first-ever mixed martial arts event at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, September 29th. Amongst those slated for action at the home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner are undefeated Strikeforce world lightweight (155 lb. limit) champion “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez and UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran Josh “The Punk” Thomson.
The 10-bout fight card will also host the return of Strikeforce world light heavyweight (205 lb. limit) champion and The Ultimate Fighter season one runner-up Bobby Southworth as well as the return of former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star and Tough Enough 2 reality show winner Daniel Puder.
Bobby Southworth and Vernon White will battle for the vacant Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Championship on December 8th.
For Vernon White, this opportunity is just another chance to enjoy success in a major MMA promotion…
“It’s gonna be an honor for me to take this title and come home with it,” said the 35-year-old White, a 13-year veteran of the professional fight game who has seen action in every major mixed martial arts organization from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to Japan’s K-1 and Pride Fighting Championship. “It means a lot to me. I’ve held titles in three other organizations and I want another one.”
There seems to be some bad blood coming into this contest. Apparently Fram Shamrock has said some disrespectful things about his own brother, Ken Shamrock, creator of The Lion’s Den in which White helped Shamrock develop into one of the top fight teams of the 1990’s.
Southworth trains with the American Kickboxing Academy, a team that Frank Shamrock also used to train with.
“Frank has said some disparaging remarks about Ken and it’s not right,” explained Tiger. “I know that (Bobby) used to train with Frank, so that, in itself, makes me want to go out there and bury him because I know he thinks he’s got submission skills.”
Southworth has been regarded by many to owning the talent necessary to hold a championship but always falling short. He gets the chance to prove the critics wrong at Strikeforce: Triple Threat…
There are some pretty major changes to the card that have to be announced…
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira has taken himself off of the card due to medical reasons. The fighter he was scheduled to face, Ruben Villareal was dropped off of the card for reasons that aren’t known at this time. It is speculated that they were unable to find an opponent for him at the last minute.
Bobby Southworth will also be unable to compete at the event due to an injury that he suffered during a recent training session. Taking his place against Anthony Ruiz, will be Trevor Prangley.
Prangley was scheduled to fight Bryan Pardoe but that bout is now cancelled…
Strikeforce has announced that ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ star Bobby Southworth will be fighting on their upcoming October 7th card against Anthony “A Train” Ruiz.
Southworth currently sports a mixed martial arts record of 6-4 and he has gone up against the likes of Vitor Belfort, Sam Hogar and James Irvin. In Southworth’s last fight against James Irvin the judges ruled it a no contest as the fighters clinched up against the cage door which flew open and caused the fight to be stopped due to an injury that Irvin had suffered. Anthony Ruiz sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-9 and he is currently on a two fight win streak.