Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain contacted former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett to get his thoughts on White’s comment stating that nobody in the world of MMA cares about Barnett, especially White himself
“He cared,” Barnett responded after White’s quote was read. “He gives a shit because if he didn’t he wouldn’t say anything and he wouldn’t get so worked up about it. He only uses his coveted swear words at important moments like when he tries to get fighters pumped up or gives them pep talks.”
“I was not negotiating with the UFC at the time of the comments but I can’t really talk about all the negotiations that I’ve been involved with and will be involved with at this point,” he answered. “I could always sign with the UFC,” responded Barnett. “It’s only a matter of making things work right for the both of us.”
“You don’t burn bridges with Dana,” the youngest heavyweight champion in UFC history stated. “If you can make him money, he puts you in there. If he thinks he’s going to get rich, he uses you or in some instances he has his guys that he calls his ‘boys,’ or whatever. He knows where his bread is buttered and if he sees green — it’s a go. Randy got an instant title shot coming out of retirement. You know why? Because he saw green. I’m not the only person to ever have issues with Dana and I’m sure — in fact I know for a fact — that there are fighters that are in the Ultimate Fighting Championship right now that have a problem with Dana White. But this is a completely different scenario. If he wants to have personal issues with fighters then there’s nothing I can do to help that guy.
“In terms of business, I make promoters money and promoters make me money and that’s what it comes down to and when it comes to calling somebody unbeatable you better make sure next time that the guy that beat him for the heavyweight title before isn’t in the same room.”
News and Notes
- We’ve decided to hold off a new MMA on Tap Top 10 until after the events in September.
- Fabricio Werdum has told MMA Weekly that he has joined the Chute Boxe team and has already began training with his new camp:
Werdum stated, “I am very happy with my new training partners and I hope I can get the Chute Boxe spirit and improve my stand up skills. When I first step here, I could see that my training speed wasn’t right. The training here is so much harder, but I am adapting myself and all the coaches and athletes are being like brothers.”
- Former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante has announced that he is reforming the Brazilian Top Team after the depature of the Nogueira brothers and Mario Sperry.
- MMA Weekly is also reporting via sources at BodogFight that the promotion plans to announce a new TV deal when their current contract with ION runs out in February of next year:
Sources at Bodog plan to announce a new U.S. television distribution deal once their current run on ION has ended, although no details were forthcoming at the time of publication.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it will hear the appeal of UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s positive test for steroids on October 31st in Los Angeles.
- Staying on the subject of athletic commissions, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has filed a formal complaint against Renato Sobral for his actions at UFC 74. Sobral will be required to meet with the NSAC at a later date to find out whether he may possibly be suspended or fined. $25,000 of his purse is still being withheld.
- Yahoo! Sports has posted their updated MMA Top 10...
- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia has landed at Xtreme Couture for a two day training session in preparation for his bout against Brandon Vera at UFC 77.
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UFC President Dana White hosted a conference call earlier today in preparation for the upcoming UFC 75: Champion vs Champion event set to take place on September 8th from London, England. The fighters featured on the call were UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson, PRIDE Middleweight and Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping, and Matt Hamill through the use of an interpreter.
While Zuffa has signed a wealth of talent over the past few months, they haven’t locked up every top fighter just yet, including the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter. Here’s your guide to the top ten fighters that currently aren’t under contract with Zuffa (UFC/WEC) courtesy of Scott and myself…
1. Fedor Emelianenko (26-1-0-1) – The best fighter in the world, period. He has beaten a who’s who of heavyweights from around the world and is looking pretty much unstoppable at this point. The only thing we have against him is that he doesn’t fight often enough but it’s technically not his fault anyway. Both K-1 and the UFC are vigorously attempting to sign the hottest free agent on the market right now. Old rumors had him going to the UFC while the latest set has him staying in Japan. Only time will tell where Fedor is going to end up.
2. Josh Barnett (20-5) – Probably the second biggest FA on the market, Barnett hasn’t ruled out signing with any organization. He’s an extremely talented heavyweight and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion at that. Has split a pair of fights with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. His ‘Achilles’ heel’ seems to be Mirko Cro Cop - Barnett has lost to him in three straight tries. Has the skill set to beat anyone in the world. Has said that he would love to return to the US but the guy is a legend in Japan.
3. Matt Lindland (20-5) – The one fighter that the UFC should have never let go. Lindland was set to challenge Rich Franklin for the UFC Middleweight Title until the UFC terminated his contract because of an unapproved sponsor being on his shorts. Lindland has won 5 out of 7 fights since then - his only losses have been against Quinton Jackson and Fedor who both compete in higher weight classes than “The Law”. Has said that he currently does not want to be locked up by a single organization.
4. Takanori Gomi (27-3-0-1) – Gomi was the top ranked lightweight in the world for what seemed like forever until he was submitted by both Marcus Aurelio and Nick Diaz in less than a year. His losses have come against the cream of the crop and he’s beaten just about everyone else out there. Gomi is the current PRIDE Lightweight Champion as well the winner of the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix in 2005. He has stated that he has no interest in leaving Japan to compete at this time and has publicly said he is interested in signing with K-1.
5. Denis Kang (27-8-1-1) – Reports have Kang signing with K-1 any day now. If he does indeed ink a deal with K-1, he is expected to take on Kazushi Sakuraba in September in what could possibly be Saku’s final fight. Kang put himself on the map by fighting his way to the finals of the PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix, defeating Akihiro Gono, Murilo Rua, and Amar Suloev before ultimately losing a split decision to Kazuo Misaki. He is widely considered one of the most well-rounded middleweights in the world today.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett has been released from his PRIDE contract and is now a free agent according to his website:
The time has finally arrived to unleash the power of pro wrestling again on the MMA world. That’s right, I am finally free from my former contract and open to hearing all offers. Great news for sure and coincidently just on the heels of my last blog explaining why I wasn’t fighting. Somewhere I think I just heard a star imploding.
Of course the first thoughts are: will I or won’t I fight in the UFC? Truthfully, I have spoken with Dana and Lorenzo recently and the UFC is well aware that I have no beef with them. There are no personal issues keeping me from signing with the UFC. I just have not received any offers from them yet.
Many have seen me on Bodog and may think I am automatically headed to or signed with them. While I have a good relationship with the promoters and have two fighters fighting next season, I have not signed any deals with Bodog.
I am looking to get back in the game and I want to be with a promotion that treats me as a valuable part of the organization. I hope I can find that kind of place this time around, not just for my sake but for all of my fans worldwide as well.
Now…who’s ready to see somebody get buried into the canvas?
UFC President Dana White was apparently unaware of the news that Barnett had been released on his contract until UFC matchmaker Joe Silva informed him according to The Fight Network:
“I’ve got some lawyers in here that would probably disagree,” said White with the news, but UFC matchmaker Joe Silva scaled the dais quickly and whispered into White’s ear.
“Barnett was released from his contract,” White then stated. “Barnett is a free agent.”
So Barnett was released from his PRIDE deal and White didn’t know about it? Maybe White isn’t involved with the whole PRIDE ordeal than we think. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened…
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
News and Notes
- According to reports, all of the fighter’s drug tests from UFC 68 came back clean. Surprisingly the Ohio Athletic Commission only tested Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Jon Fitch, and Luigi Fioravanti.
- UFC Junkie is reporting that Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans will take place at UFC 72. It was originally thought they would fight at UFC 71.
- Josh Barnett released a message on his Myspace blog yesterday stating that it was unlikely he would be appearing on the upcoming PRIDE 34 card. More PRIDE drama…
There are some rumors thaty I will be fighting on the next PRIDE show, April 8th. Well I wish I could say there was much truth to it but at this point it doesn’t look very likely at all.
I had been training on a schedule to fight on the now canceled April 28th show and was contacted about now fighting on the 8th. Even though this would cut my time to train significantly, I was still receptive to fighting and planned to fight anyway. But at this point PRIDE has been unwilling or unable to make a match happen. We have yet to make any headway in booking a match and ,to me, it seems as though they are not even trying.
- The UFC has officially released a message on The Ultimate Fighter 6 tryouts. Here is their message and the TUF 6 application.
UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter® season 6 welterweight fighter tryouts will be held at the Palms Hotel and Casino, Tuesday, April 10th beginning at 8am PT.
If you’d like to compete for a spot on the next season, fill out the application and send it to the address on the application. It must be postmarked no later than April 7th.
- This weekend Jonathan Goulet will look to build on his winning streak at TKO Tourney 2007.
TKOMMA Tourney 2007
Saturday, March 17th, 7:30 PM
Colisee Desjardins, Victoriaville
Jesse Bongfeldt (11-2-0) vs. Jonathan Goulet (16-7-0)
Jacob MacDonald (2-5-0) vs. Stephane Dube (4-1-0)
Jason St. Louis (11-9-0) vs. Dave Pariseau (5-3-1)
Chester Post (5-7-1) vs. Sean Pierson (4-3-0)
Ray Penny (1-1-0) vs. Yan Pellerin (8-9-0)
Bob Landry (1-0-0) vs. Sebastien Gauthier (1-1-0)
Behrous Nemati (0-0-0) vs. Jean-Francois Bedard (1-0-0)
Adam Kastner (0-0-0) vs. Tommy Pariseau (0-0-0)
Stjepan Vujnovic (1-0-0) vs. Marco Picotte (0-0-0)
Adrian Wooley (0-0-0) vs. TBA
BodogFight, the mixed martial arts (MMA) brand garnering a worldwide fan base, is thrilled to have MMA superstars Josh Barnett, Phil Baroni and Eric Paulson weighing in with expert commentary during select episodes of the BodogFight: St. Petersburg series, which airs Tuesdays on ION Television at 11p.m. / 10p.m. Central. Check local listings for times in your area.
“Having Josh, Phil and Eric add their personal insights to the St. Petersburg series is an absolute privilege,” says Calvin Ayre, creator of BodogFight and Founder of digital media giant Bodog.com Entertainment. “The BodogFight team is striving to introduce new components to MMA reality television; unbiased third-party fighter perspectives from top-level athletes bring a strong element of credibility to our efforts.”
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)
Brazilian newspaper Jornal dos Sports has done an interview with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in which the fighter reveals that he will be taking on Josh Barnett at Pride’s Shockwave 2006 in a rematch of their controversial bout earlier this year which Barnett won by a close split decision.
“My adversary for the next Pride event, on the 31st of December, will be the American Josh Barnett, and revenge will be mine in my last fight of the year. Shortly after [Nogueira’s first fight with Barnett], I made it clear to Pride management that although I respect the judges decision, I would like a revenge match, since I didn’t feel the decision being given to Barnett by 2 to 1 was just.
I am motivated and focused for this fight and am certain I will put in a good performance. Barnett is a great fighter and has shown how he is dangerous on the ground. In a fight at this level, anything can happen, but I am quite confident I can beat him.”
Pride has not yet officially announced the bout so there is still a chance that the promotion could change the matchup between the two fighters before the December 31st event…