Fedor Emelianenko

PRIDE Re-Signs Fedor Emelianenko

PRIDE FC has announced that they have come to terms with Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko on a contract extension which will keep the heavyweight ace in the organization for the time being.

Emelianenko commented on the situation saying “I am happy to continue my career in PRIDE and look forward to adding to my unbeaten streak as champion ? PRIDE features the world’s best fighters and I only look to fight the very best competition.”

PRIDE Shockwave 2006 Results

Here are the full results from PRIDE Shockwave 2006.

- Kiyoshi Tamura def. Ikuhisa Minowa - KO (Soccer Kicks) 
- Shinya Aoki def. Joachim Hansen - Submission (Gogoplata)
- Akihiro Gono def. Yuki Kondo - Decision (Split)
- Mauricio Rua def. Kazuhiro Nakamura - Decision (Unanimous)
- Gilbert Melendez def. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Decision (Unanimous)
- Kazuyuki Fujita def. Eldari Kurtanidze - Submission (Strikes)
- Takanori Gomi def. Mitsuhiro Ishida - TKO (Strikes)
- James Thompson def. Hidehiko Yoshida - TKO (Strikes)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Josh Barnett - Decision (Unanimous)
- Fedor Emelianenko def. Mark Hunt - Submission (Kimura)

Fight Opinion Christmas Show

Be sure to make your way over to Fight Opinion and tune in to their special Christmas edition of Fight Opinion Radio.

The 3 hour show features interviews with the likes of Kenny Florian, Bas Rutten, Jeff Osbourne, Jake Sheilds and many others. The guests provide interesting stories which make for an excellent show. Props to the folks at Fight Opinion.

“BodogFight: St. Petersburg” Tentative Cast

Here is the cast of fighters expected to appear on BodogFight: St. Petersburg.

Cain Velasquez (USA) vs. Jeremiah Constant (USA)
Roman Zentsov (Russia) vs. Kristof Midoux (France)

Josh “Buffalohead” Curran (USA) vs. Roy Nelson (USA)
Lee Sang Su (Korea) vs. Jarno Nurminen (Finland)

Light Heavyweight
Steve Steinbess (USA) vs. Jeff Ford (USA)
Bill Mahood (Canada) vs. Khalil Ibrahim (Palestine)

Derrick Noble (USA) vs. Jake Ellenberger (USA)
Diego Gonzalez (Sweden) vs. Matt Thorpe (UK)

Yves Edwards vs. Mike Brown - USA
“Tornado Song” Song Un Sik (Korea) vs. Kultar Gill (Canada)

Kyacey Uscola(USA) vs. Joseph Baize (USA)
Rumen Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs. Piotr Jakakalzynski (Sweden)

Jorge Masvidal (USA) vs. Steve Berger (USA)
Tyler Jackson (Canada) vs. Petar Stoichkov (Bulgaria)

(125 lbs)- Rosie Sexton (UK) vs. Karina Damm (Brazil)
(135 lbs)- Julie Kedzie (USA) vs. Amanda Buckner (USA)

Both ‘The World Team’ and ‘The USA’ team will begin with 16 fighters and in the end they will each have 8 fighters after a series of elimination fights. In the end the final eight will clash on the March 3rd pay-per-view which is expected to be headlined by a bout between heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko and Jeff Monson.

Phil Baroni traveled to Russia to accompany his teammate Cain Velasquez. Baroni stated there is a chance you could see him fight on the March 3rd pay-per-view.

It’s a Done Deal

In a recent interview with conducted by Elias Cepeda at InsideFighting.com, Jeff Monson, confirmed that he will be fighting Fedor Emelianenko is March.

“It’s a done deal. It looks like I will be fighting Fedor March 3rd in Russia” says Jeff Monson

“My manager approached Bodog about fighting Fedor. We asked the UFC if we could get out of our contract because there was an opportunity to do this. Now we are out of it” he says.

“The UFC can’t lose. If I win they can say ‘here’s this guy who lost to Tim Sylvia, our champion, and he just beat the number one guy in the world’.

“I mean, what were they going to do with me now? Have me fight a few more guys and work towards another title shot? This is a good opportunity for me, and if I win, it would be a quick way back to another title shot in the UFC” says Monson.

Fedor to Fight on March Bodog Card

Sherdog.com is reporting that BodogFight has landed a deal that will allow PRIDE heavyweight ace Fedor Emelianenko to fight on the upcoming BodogFight card in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 3.

Fedor’s opponent on the card is expected to be former UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson. Also Aleksander Emelianenko is expected to fight Antonio Silva, should the Brazilian heavyweight defeat Eric Pele Saturday.

Fedor has one fight remaining on his PRIDE contract which will take place against Mark Hunt on New Year’s Eve.

Fedor vs. Hunt at Shockwave 2006

Today Pride General Manager Nobuhiko Takada announced that Fedor Emelianenko will defend his heavyweight title on the PRIDE New Year’s Eve show against Mark Hunt.

PRIDE also announced that the following fighters may be present on the Shockwave 2006 card:

-Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
-Kazuyuki Fujita
-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
-Josh Barnett
-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
-Wanderlei Silva
-Hidehiko Yoshida
-Takanori Gomi
-Dan Henderson
-Kazuhiro Nakamura
-Kazuo Misaki
-Akihiro Gono
-Senae Kikuta
-Shinya Aoki
-Mitsuhiro Ishida
-Tetsuya Kawajiri
-Ikuhisa Minowa
-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai
-Ricardo Arona
-Gilbert Melendez
-Denis Kang
-Joachim Hansen

The Heavyweight Triangle

Well Pride’s last two events have set in stone who the top three heavyweights are in that promotion, in order even: Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Cro Cop, and Josh Barnett.

Now the big question: Who is going to fight Fedor next?

Both Fedor and Barnett are scheduled to fight at Pride’s show on or around New Year’s Eve. It doesn’t have a name as of yet but I’m willing to bet that Pride will go ahead and use Shockwave just as in previous years.

Cro Cop defeated Barnett at Final Conflict Absolute 2006 in September. That would make him the shoe-in to fight Fedor, right?

The thing is Cro Cop lost to Fedor last year and this fact creates a dilemma. Should Pride give Cro Cop another shot just one year later or should Barnett be given the chance even though he lost to Cro Cop last month?

To make matters even more confusing, Fedor announced at a post-fight press conference for Pride’s most recent event, The Real Deal, that he wants Barnett as his next opponent.

Barnett is interested in the opportunity:

Josh said, “Cool. I’m glad that he nominated me. Honestly, I think he understands the game out there. There’s not really all that many people left for him to fight, but I’m sure he’s understood for at least some time now that fighting me would be a really big match up for him.”

“For me, basically what it all comes down to is how training goes…and this year has been, uh…something else so far, but if I feel good, I’ll do it,” said Barnett.

Barnett has expressed wanting to take on Fedor in the past and it looks like right now is the closest that the two have ever been to actually possibly fighting. It’s going to be interesting to see the decision that Pride makes this month concerning the fight.

If the promotion decides to have Cro Cop take on Fedor, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira could be the obvious choice of opponent for Barnett…

Fedor is “The Real Deal”

Russian heavyweight phenom Fedor Emelianenko continued his dominance of the PRIDE heavyweight division last night as steamrolled through Mark “The Hammer” Coleman earning himself the victory at 1:15 of the second round by armbar.

Fedor worked hard early to stuff the constant takedown attempts from “The Hammer”. From there he was able to work his strikes and by the end of the first, Coleman was showing a great deal of damage. The former UFC heavyweight champion’s eyes were both very swollen and a stream of blood trickled down the legend’s face. Surprisingly Coleman made it through the first round with one of mixed martial arts toughest combatants.

Early in the second round Coleman stuck to his game plan as he shot in early and finally for the first time in the fight he secured a double-leg takedown. Coleman tried to work his patented ground and pound but Fedor showed his superior skills as he rolled for an armbar and tapped out his counterpart at 1:15 of the second round.

Afterwards Fedor set his stone cold demeanor aside as he congratulated his opponent. Coleman was quickly embraced in the ring by his two young daughters who were very emotional after seeing their father get dominated by one of the world’s toughest mixed martial artists.

Coleman assured fans in his post-fight interview that he’d be back and he definitely plans on improving on a few things.

Fedor looked great in his return after spending the better part of a year on the shelf after undergoing hand surgery. With the win Fedor upped his PRIDE record to 13-0 and his mixed martial arts record to 24-1.

During the post-fight press conference while speaking through his interpreter, Fedor stated that he felt uncomfortable when Coleman came up to congratulate him while holding his two sobbing daughters. Fedor also stated that the next man he’d like to fight is Josh Barnett.

Also on the card was a light heavyweight battle between Kevin “The Monster” Randleman and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Randleman came out early and secured a powerful double-leg takedown which put the Brazilian star on his back. Immediately “Shogun” began to work for an ankle lock which eventually ended up being a kneebar. Randleman tried desperately to withstand the onslaught from “Shogun” but it ended up being too much and Randleman was forced to tap at 2:35 of the first round.

PRIDE Press Conference Notes

Yesterday Pride Fighting Championships held a press conference at the Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, California. The press conference featured the announcement of two fights along with the announcement of a many other fighters set to participate in the event.

The two fights that were announced were Mark Coleman versus Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Coleman’s teammate Kevin “The Monster” Randleman.

In an unexpected turn of events Pride officials called upon former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. Apparently Tyson and the Japanese promotion have come to some sort of agreement which will feature Tyson fighting in some sort of exhibition match in the future.

Finally it was announced that Pride superstars Josh Barnett, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Phil Baroni, Kazuyuki Fujita, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will participate on the October 21st card.

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