PRIDE veteran and Brazilian Top Team member Mario “Zen Machine” Sperry has been forced to pull out of his upcoming fight against Wes Sims on the Gracie Fighting Championships card due to an injury.
Sim’s new opponent will be UFC veteran Jeff Monson. Monson is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Last night fans saw a passing of the torch as UFC welterweight superstar Georges “Rush” St. Pierre destroyed Matt Hughes early in the 2nd round.
In what turned out to be one of the best UFC events in quite some time about 15,000 fans packed the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California to witness one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history; Hughes and St. Pierre didn’t disappoint.
It seems that every UFC event is growing in coverage as the year goes on. Of course Georges St. Pierre rematching Matt Hughes for the UFC Welterweight Title might be helping things a little bit too…
Here’s a few links to fill you in on what sports writers around the country are saying about the event:
UFC: It’s Redemption, not Revenge on the Mind of Georges St. Pierre
FOX Sports: Hughes-St. Pierre: UFC’s match of the year?
Sherdog: A Self-Made “Maine-iac”
MMA Weekly: Tim Sylvia Ready to Ascend Beyond Belt
The Fight Network: Monson Plans Hostile Takeover of UFC Crown
Houston Chronicle: Matt Hughes intends to continue the fight; Monson prepared for last shot
Winnipeg Free Press: Opposites collide in heavyweight title fight at UFC 65 in Sacramento
Rocky Mountain News: Out of ring, Monson sits for anarchy
Los Angeles Times: St. Pierre is primed for rematch
Doghouse Boxing: Can Matt Hughes fend off the Rush?
Slam Sports: From idol to enemy
Canada.com: UFC champion Hughes takes swipe at Canada over foreign policy
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Monson faces tall task against Sylvia
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced that UFC 65: Bad Intentions will be headlined by two title fights. Tim Sylvia will be defending his heavyweight title against Jeff Monson and also fans will finally get to see the highly anticipated rematch between Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title.
“I’m pleased to bring the most exciting live combat sport in the world – the UFC – to ARCO Arena and to give fans two great championship title fights in one night,” said UFC President Dana White. “The Tim Sylvia and Jeff Monson fight is going to be incredible, and the main event rematch between Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre has to be one of the most anticipated mixed martial arts fights ever. I’m looking forward to Nov. 18 and to finally holding a UFC event in Sacramento.”
“I think this will be a great fight and that fans will appreciate this rematch,” said Hughes. “I’m already in shape and I’m definitely ready for St. Pierre.”
“I’ve been waiting for this fight against Matt Hughes for a long time,” said St. Pierre. “I want that belt so bad – I want to become the champion.”
Today the UFC announced that jiu-jitsu stars Jeff Monson and Anthony Perosh will fight at UFC 61 in Las Vegas, Nevada.