Mark Hunt

M-1 Global Press Conference Notes

Some notes from yesterday’s M-1 Global press conference which took place in New York City…

- Sibling Sports LLC is the name of the undisclosed American entertainment company that purchased M-1. The company is formed by Sibling Theatricals Inc and Garlin Holdings Limited. Mitchell Maxwell will serve as President of Sibling Sports while Monte Cox will serve as President and CEO of M-1 Global.

- Fedor Emelianenko’s contract is a two-year, six-fight, multi-million dollar deal. He has a clause in the contract that will allow him to fight in other organizations. If the UFC is able to bring Randy Couture back and would like to set up a mega-fight between him and Fedor, M-1 will send him over and also pay Couture and the winner of the fight an extra $1 million.

- M-1 Global is planning their first show to take place in the United States in February. They would also like to host shows in Russia, Korea, Japan, and the Netherlands as well. At least three of the promotion’s events next year will take place outside of the United States. The first show in Japan will most likely take place next summer.

- The company is still looking for a television deal. HBO, Showtime, and HDNet are said to all be among the interested parties.

- The new stable of fighters recently signed with the promotion will be revealed within the next 7-10 days.

- Fedor’s next opponent has not yet been named. Josh Barnett and Mark Hunt are said to be the favorites.

- M-1 Global will continue to use a rule set similar to the set that PRIDE used before it’s collapse. The promotion would like to adopt a set of rules that could be used anywhere in the future however.

- According to Fedor, the UFC apparently turned down an offer from PRIDE to have Fedor fight Tim Sylvia when he was the UFC Heavyweight Champion for unknown reasons. Fedor also added that a similar offer was made to match up Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva when they were champions as well.

- The UFC made a contract offer to Aleksander Emelianenko but the deal was apparently much lower than what Aleksander is worth according to his brother.

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)

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

Butterbean to Box Hunt

Eric “Butterbean” Esch and Mark Hunt will no longer be engaging in a mixed martial arts bout on the upcoming October 21st PRIDE ‘The Real Deal’ card. The bout has been changed from what was originally expected to be an MMA fight to a boxing bout.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer decided that he would not allow the two to battle in an MMA bout due to the mismatch in the quality of opponents each fighter has faced.

“The difference in quality between the opponents they’ve faced and opponents they’ve beaten, as well as the fact that many of Butterbean’s MMA fights were under special rules,” Kizer remarked.

Pride Talks The Real Deal, Liddell-Silva

Pride held yet another press conference yesterday discussing details about their upcoming US debut in October…

We already learned about the announcements of Josh Barnett-Pawel Nastula and Mark Hunt-Eric Esch yesterday. Dream Stage CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara stated that some more fights will be named later this week and the rest of the card will be revealed at the end of the month.

It’s interesting to note that because the event is taking place in Nevada, the rules will be similar to those that the UFC uses with a couple of changes. The fight will obviously take place in a ring rather than the UFC’s famed octagon. As it pertains to striking, there will be no elbows to the head permitted while on the ground. Kicking or kneeing of a downed opponent will be illegal as well despite that it is usually allowed in Pride events.

No shoes or Gi’s are allowed to be worn. The fights will be three five-minutes rounds instead of Pride’s usual one ten minute round followed by two five-minute rounds. The event will be four hours long and will be broadcast on PPV and the web.

Even more interesting then those announcements is the fact that Sakakibara was willing to talk about Silva-Liddell and the current status of the possible matchup. ..

“Speaking on behalf of Pride, we are ready anytime. Also, Wanderlei is ready. We just need the doctor’s confirmation regarding his injury from last week. We are still waiting for the UFC’s response. Mirko even said that if Wanderlei is not ready to fight in November, he would fight in his place. In some interviews, Mr. Dana White stated that this fight won’t happen. However, speaking from Pride’s side, we are ready.”

Hey, that’s not what Dana said!

I really don’t know which side to believe. I want to side with Dana and the UFC seeing how Pride has screwed over other promotions before by pulling crap like this whole saga. I wonder what he will have to say about this.

Even though Dana already said that Silva shouldn’t get a shot at Chuck Liddell because he was destroyed by Mirko Cro Cop, there is still room for things to happen. Dana’s right - Silva shouldn’t get Chuck after that massacre.

But if what Dana said at UFC 61 is true - They were supposed to have Wanderlei for three fights - Why don’t they have Wanderlei face someone else, like Babalu or Forrest for example. This way Tito can get his title shot and providing Chuck and Wanderlei both win, they can meet after that.

I’m such a genius…

Two Fights Added to October PRIDE

Pride Fighting Championships has announced that Josh Barnett will face Pawel Nastula and Mark Hunt will face “Butterbean” Eric Esch.

Barnett was last seen in the ring earlier this month in the Open Weight Grand Prix where he lost to Mirko Cro Cop in the finals after he defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira earlier in the evening. Pawel Nastula is coming off of a loss to “Cyborg” at PRIDE - Final Conflict Absolute.

Heavy handed strikers Eric Esch and Mark Hunt will face off in what should prove to be a slugfest. I doubt this fight will hit the canvas.

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