Denis Kang

Report: Kang Signs With K-1; Set to Face Sakuraba?

Portuguese MMA website Portal do Vale Tudo released a report yesterday stating that Denis Kang is expected to sign a contract with K-1 Hero’s and will fight Kazushi Sakuraba at the promotion’s September 17th event.

The website apparently was in contact with American Top Team’s Alex Davis who was able to break the news.

MMANews.com posted a rough translation of the main portion of the article:

After counting a little of its work as to manager in interview to the Vestibule of the Vale Tudo Magazine, Alex J. Davis entered in contact with us. With the end of Pride, many athletes are migrating for other events, and the fans wanted to know where walked the vice-champion of the Pride Bushido GP at 83kg, Denis Kang.

The fighter finishes to sign a contract with the HERO’s and goes to enter in the organization against the former champion of the Pride, always the dangerous Kazushi Sakuraba. The fight will be in day 17 of September, in Kanagawa, in the same show that will count on the ends of the HERO’s.

We reported yesterday in our CKA via MMA Weekly that Kang was expected to sign with an organization over the next few weeks and was targeting the month of September as a possible date of return. I don’t think anyone imagined that an announcement would come this soon…

CKA: Aug 15, 2007

We have a lot of stuff to report this morning…

News and Notes

- EliteXC has announced a total net loss of $11.9 million between January and June 2007 according to UFC Mania.

- IFL heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski has announced that he has joined Dan Henderson’s Team Quest in order to continue with his training…

- FEG formally announced three bouts for the upcoming K-1 Hero’s event on September 17th. The semifinals of the 2007 154 lb tournament will roll on when Caol Uno takes on Kultar Gill and Gesias Calvancanti goes up against Vitor Ribeiro. Ikuhisa Minowa and Ralek Gracie will compete in a non-tournament bout.

- Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s October 12th event will feature the return of Ricardo Almeida. Almeida’s opponent will be Dennis Hallman.

- American Top Team has stated that Denis Kang is expected to sign with an organization in the next few weeks and is targeting September as a possible date of return.

- Palace Fighting Championships has announced that Justin Levens will fight Kenny Ento for the vacant PFC World Middleweight Championship on October 18th:

“These are two of the most popular and intense fighters to ever compete in the Valley,” Printup said. “Levens has faced tougher competition, but Ento is an extremely tough match up. He’s tall, rangy, has excellent submissions and underrated stand up. Levens is an absolute animal, who has only lost to top-level fighters.”

- The IFL Finals on September 20th in Hollywood, Florida will now feature two superfights as well as the IFL Championship. Seth Petruzelli and Rolles Gracie Jr. will meet in a light heavyweight bout. Aaron Riley and Ryan Schultz will clash in the night’s other superfight.

- The weigh-ins for UFC 74 will begin at 6 PM EST and will start to be broadcast on ESPNEWS at 7:15 EST. As always, they will also be available to watch online for free on a slew of sites, including UFC.com, Yahoo! Sports, and MSN.

- Tickets for UFC 77: Hostile Territory are slated to go on sale starting on August 22nd…

UFC Eyeing Canada

The Canadian Press is reporting that UFC president Dana White has officially stated that UFC plans to bring their product to Canada in October, specifically Montreal.

The mixed martial arts circuit will be in Montreal in October, UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press. He did not provide a date for the show but said the decision to come to Canada was made Saturday.

The UFC had planned to hold a show at Montreal’s Bell Centre on April 7 but the card was called off in December. At the time White said: ‘‘There were a lot of different things that made that fight fall apart.’‘

White did not provide a specific date but he did state that the event would take place at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Formerly known as the Molson Centre the arena has a capacity of 21,273.

This marks the second time there have been rumblings about the UFC coming north of the border. Originally it was rumored that the UFC would debut their product in Canada on April 7th but the plan fell apart in December. This time it looks to be legit…

This brings up quite a few interesting questions… Will Georges St. Pierre be fighting on the card? He is currently scheduled to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 74: Respect. The winner is expected to get a title shot meaning they’d have to wait until sometime next Spring before fighting again. It’s unlikely that St. Pierre would be able to fight twice in the span of less than two months.

The current Canadian fighters on the UFC roster are Jason MacDonald (MW), Kalib Starnes (MW), Ivan Salaverry (MW), Mark Bocek (LW), Sam Stout (LW), Victor Valimaki (LHW), and Jeff Joslin (WW).

Other possible options?

Jonathan Goulet - Goulet seems like a very likely option. He still has two fights remaining on his UFC contract and since leaving the organization he has gotten his career back on track racking up 2 wins with 1 no contest in TKO. Goulet is a big draw in the Montreal area so it only makes sense.

Joe Doerksen - Since his loss at UFC 58: Canada vs. USA, Doerksen has been on a tear winning seven straight, all by stoppage. Doerksen is currently under contract with PRIDE and he has stated that his goal is to return to either the UFC or PRIDE.

Denis Kang - Though there have been rumors of Kang signing with Bodog, this would be the perfect opportunity for the UFC to sign Kang and debut him in front of his fellow Canadians.

David Loiseau - Though he looked rather unimpressive during his last two UFC bouts, Loiseau was able to get himself back on track winning his last fight at Art of War by submission. If Loiseau can win his next fight coming up later this summer the UFC should consider bringing the Montreal, Quebec native back.

With all of the Canadian fighters out of the way, who would you like to see on this card? Any thoughts on the possible headliner?

Report: Bodog Close to Signing Kang

The Fight Network is reporting that PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Champion Denis Kang is close to signing a contract with BodogFight.

The American Top Team’s Denis Kang is in serious negotiations with bodogFIGHT and could sign with the upstart promotion as early as this week, a source close to the ATT indicated.

Kang (27-8-1), one of the world’s top middleweights, is 20-1-1 in his past 22 fights, the lone defeat a split decision loss to Kazuo Misaki in the finals of the PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix at PRIDE “Bushido 13.” Kang reportedly tore a biceps muscle in the semi-finals but agreed to fight anyway.

This is interesting because it was being rumored that Kang was about to join the UFC. I’m guessing now that some of the PRIDE fighters were able to get out of their contracts or were free agents before Zuffa bought the promotion.

Kang is the only other free agent from PRIDE that I’ve heard of except for a handful of others - Fedor, Silva, and Big Nog. Then again maybe all of the fighters are technically free agents as of right now and it just so happens that the majority of them are signing with Zuffa.

Royce Gracie Joins Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Announce Team

Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat debuts Tuesday, April 17th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION Television.

The latest series of Bodog Fight promises to be its most impressive effort to date, as Bodog founder Calvin Ayre welcomes mixed martial arts superstars Royce Gracie, Josh Barnett, Phil Baroni and Denis Kang to the beaches of Costa Rica for their insight and analysis.

Joining them will be veteran play-by-play man and World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee “The Colonel” Bob Sheridan. Sheridan will call the fights alongside MMA Broadcaster Paul Lazenby and Bodog Fight Commissioner Jeff Osborne, while former Canadian Super Heavyweight Boxing champion and Battlestar Galactica star Aleks Paunovic conducts ringside interviews.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Gracie will also join the play-by-play team as a special guest commentator. The most famous member of the first family of BJJ, Gracie has been credited by many of today’s stars as their inspiration to enter the world of MMA.

Barnett will be pulling double duty in Costa Rica. A staple of the Japanese pro-wrestling and MMA circuits, “The Baby Faced Assassin” will corner several of Bodog Fight’s Japanese combatants in addition to sharing his wealth of knowledge with the television audience.

Fellow MMA stars Baroni and Kang will conduct pre and post fight interviews, as well as offering up assessments of the fights themselves

Bushido Match-ups Announced

Pride Fighting Championships has announced the semi-final match-ups for the Bushido Welterweight Grand Prix.

American Top Team fighter Denis Kang will look to make it fourteen in a row when he faces off against Team Grabaka fighter Akihiro Gono.

In the other semi-final match fans will see Paulo Filho of Brazilian Top Team take on Gono’s Team Grabaka teammate Kazuo Misaki.

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