Some news and notes for you this morning…
Cote Expected to Color Commentate at UFC 84
Bad news for all of those Canadians that were eagerly hoping that Patrick Cote would be fighting on the UFC 84 card in Canada, but fun news nonetheless.
In a post-fight interview with The Fight Network, Cote revealed that the UFC has asked him to be the color commentator for the UFC’s French broadcast of the event:
“To be honest, [the UFC] wants me to do the French commentating for that show, so I don’t know if I’ll be fighting on it,” Cote told The Fight Network. “That’s okay; I’ll get to be the French Joe Rogan and do the play-by-play.”
LaRosa, Imes Returning to Action
Speaking of The Fight Network again, they’ve got the scoop on future bouts involving BodogFight women’s champ Tara LaRosa and Mr. Gogoplata himself, Brad Imes.
According to LaRosa herself, she will be defending her belt against Molly Helsel at a BodogFight-sponsored Hook-N-Shoot event on Saturday, March 29 at the Evansville Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana. This is the same location where Eddie Alvarez and Matt Lee were set to rematch before the event was scrapped.
Imes will face off against Matt Thompson for the International Fighting Council US heavyweight championship at an IFC event on February 23rd.
Good morning bitches! More coverage of last night’s UFC Fight Night to come later on this morning.
Calvancante and Aoki Set to Try Again; Masvidal Added to “Strikeforce At The Dome”
It seems like Gesias Calvancante and Shinya Aoki will finally meet at a K-1 show in Japan in March. American Top Team’s manager Richie Guerrero (who manages Calvancante as well) announced the matchup yesterday during an interview on TAGG Radio.
The two were originally set to face off at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve but Calvancante was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering a knee injury during training. The injury occurred on the same knee that he had knee surgery on this past fall.
Guerrero also revealed that lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal will be competing at the “Strikeforce At The Dome” show next month as well. Masvidal does have an opponent but the name was unable to be announced at the time.
Aleksander Expects April Fight With Barnett
Aleksander Emelianenko, who will be fighting in M-1 Global’s first U.S. show in April along with his brother Fedor, expects to take on former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett.
Emelianenko made the announcement via his official website.
Fedor is expected to take on part-time K-1 kickboxer Semmy Schilt but Jeff Monson has also been rumored as a potential opponent. The show will most likely take place right outside of Chicago at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the find.
Frank Edgar Returns at UFC Fight Night 13
I missed it and I’m sure a lot of other people did but apparently UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg stated that Frankie Edgar would be part of the UFC’s next “Fight Night” in Denver, Colorado in April.
Edgar, who has not lost yet inside of the UFC, still remains undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career as well. Edgar is coming off of a dominating performance over Spencer Fisher en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 78.
Props to Combat Hooligans for catching that.
BodogFight has released the full card for it’s February 1st event in Las Vegas. The Sun is reporting that Brock Lesnar, win or lose, may be tapped to headline the UFC’s June show in London England due to his overseas popularity because of professional wrestling. Roger Gracie may be fighting Hidehiko Yoshida at Sengoku in March.
Fightlinker went live with The Low Blow last night, recapping UFC Fight Night 12. Hilarious.
Nick Thompson has his hand raised after submitting Davion Peterson. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
Mixed martial arts fans in Las Vegas can expect to see something different when Bodog Fight rolls into town on Feb. 1.
Make that two things: Women’s MMA fights and a much-anticipated four-man tournament.
Given Sin City’s undisputed reputation as the fight capital of the world, it is hard to believe these two fan-favorites have been a rare sight on the Strip.
Incredibly, it was just last April that the Nevada State Athletic Commission sanctioned its first MMA tournament. Not coincidentally, the promoter was Tuff ‘N Uff’s Barry Meyer, who is also co-promoting Bodog Fight: Nick Thompson vs. John Troyer at the Las Vegas Sport Center next month.
“Fans really seem to love the tournament format,” says Meyer. “It’s popular in amateur boxing, karate, wrestling and kickboxing, and we’re starting to see more of it now in MMA.”
As a veteran of the first-ever sanctioned MMA tournament in California, Bodog Fight Middleweight Champion Trevor Prangley says it’s exciting for the fighters too.
“I won’t lie; it isn’t easy,” says Prangley. “If you get banged up in the first fight, your body can stiffen up going into the next fight. But as tough as it is physically, I think the real test is mental. Physically, most fighters can do it, but not everyone has the mental toughness to do it. I like the challenge of pushing myself to the limit, both mentally and physically.”
Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion Nick “The Goat” Thompson will defend his title against hard-hitting John Troyer on February 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“It’s always exciting when ‘The Goat’ steps into the ring,” says Bodog Fight’s billionaire founder Calvin Ayre. “Nick is a larger than life character, so it’s fitting that this fight will take place under the neon lights in Las Vegas.”
Bodog Fight: Nick Thompson vs. John Troyer will take place at the Las Vegas Sport Center. Doors open at 6:30p.m., fights start at 7:30p.m.
Thompson (39-8-1), who suffered a shoulder injury in November and was forced to withdraw from a scheduled bout in Indiana, says he’s back to 100-percent and will be at his best for this title match with Troyer (8-0).
“From what I hear, Troyer’s a tough guy,” says “The Goat”. “He is undefeated and recently beat three guys in one night to win an 8-man HOOKnSHOOT tournament, so I’m expecting a tough fight.”
An enthusiastic crowd at the MegaSport Ice Arena in Moscow got what it came to see Friday, as Russian mixed martial arts legend Oleg Taktarov came out of retirement to win his first fight in nearly ten years.
The 38-year-old “Russian Bear”, who squared off against 37-year-old John Marsh in the main event at Bodog Fight: Russia vs. USA , thrilled his comrades by using a knee bar to submit the American 33 seconds into the second round.
Marsh claimed afterwards that he suffered a shoulder injury while battling the fighter-turned-actor-turned-fighter.
“I felt great coming in and had no nerves,” said Marsh. “Then I blew out my shoulder and I was done. I was literally one-handed at that point. It surprised me, and I thought to myself, ‘Uh-oh!’ It was great fighting Oleg, though. He’s quite the opponent.”
The victory improves Taktarov’s MMA record to 15-5-2, while Marsh falls to 7-7.
Oleg Taktarov def. John Marsh - Submission (Kneebar)
Andrei Semenov def. Emyr Bussade - Unanimous Decision
Vladimir Zenin def. Binky Jones - Submission (Armbar)
Akhmet Sultanov def. Eric Pele - Unanimous Decision
Alexander Shlemenko def. Diego Vitosky - KO (Punch)
Sultan Tikhaev def. Alexander Kokoev - Submission (Choke)
Besiki Gerenava def. Ivan Anikanov - Submission (Armbar)
Stanislav Shushko def. Telman Sheripov - Unanimous Decision
Zulu def. Vladimir Kuchenko - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Dan Evensen def. Konstantine Gluhovs - Unanimous Decision
Oleg Taktarov (220 lbs) vs. John Marsh (220 lbs)
Emyr Bussade (183 lbs) vs. Andrei Semenov (185.5 lbs)
Diego Visotzky (185 lbs) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (185.5 lbs)
Zulu (401 lbs) vs. Vladimir Kuchenko (266 lbs)
Eric Pele (265 lbs) vs. Akhmet Sultanov (235.5 lbs)
Jessica Aguilar (125 lbs) vs. Julia Berezkova (125 lbs)
Dan Evensen (255 lbs) vs. Konstantine Gluhov (214 lbs)
James Jones (155 lbs) vs. Vladimir Zenin (156 lbs)
Stanislav Shushko (208.5 lbs) vs. Telman Sheripov (245.5 lbs)
Ivan Anikanov (202 lbs) vs. Besiki Gerenava (202 lbs)
Alexander Kokoev (184 lbs) vs. Sultan Tikhaev (184.5 lbs
This Thanksgiving weekend will be a difficult one for Tara LaRosa.
While others stuff themselves with turkey, the Bodog Fight Women’s 135lb Champion will be dieting to lose ten pounds.
Not satisfied with conquering her division, LaRosa has decided to drop to 125lbs and fight Minnesota’s Cody Welchlin (2-1) in a lighter weight class, as Bodog Fight presents Hook N’ Shoot, Saturday, November 24 at the Evansville Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana.
Cutting weight isn’t anything new for LaRosa.
“I’m used to it,” said the Jersey girl. “I’ve missed several Thanksgivings due to fights, but I’m on target and the weight is coming off fine, so I’ll be ready.”
Fight World is reporting that the scheduled rematch between BodogFight Welterweight Champion Nick Thompson and Eddie Alvarez for this weekend has been cancelled.
The fight was slated to take place at a BodogFight sponsored Hook N’ Shoot show this weekend at the Evansville Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana. The report states that Thompson will be unable to make the 170 lb required weight limit.
The two fought earlier this year at BodogFight: Clash of the Nations in April where Thompson stopped Alvarez with strikes in the second round of their bout.
Update 6:30 PM: The Fight Network via BodogFight has confirmed that Thompson actually injured his shoulder during training over the weekend and the cancellation has nothing to do with weight cutting.
Philadelphia’s Eddie Alvarez and Minnesota’s Nick “The Goat” Thompson have agreed to settle their bitter feud once and for all.
The two mixed martial arts fighters will clash Saturday, November 24 as Bodog Fight presents Hook N’ Shoot at the Evansville Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana.
This will mark their second meeting this year, after Thompson knocked out Alvarez last April at Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Vowing to avenge his only loss and regain the Bodog Fight Welterweight Title Belt, Alvarez (11-1) says he has extra incentive to whoop Thompson (39-8-1) following an altercation between the two.
“Nick got drunk after our fight and said some things he shouldn’t have,” said Alvarez. “He made some remarks about my son, Eddie Jr., and I plan to make him pay.”
However, with Alvarez again giving up both weight and reach advantage to “The Goat”, the explosive striker admits he will have to adjust his game plan this time around.
“I made some fundamental mistakes against Nick, and credit to him, he took full advantage. That won’t happen this time. I still believe I am a better fighter than he is and I plan to prove it this time.”