Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will return to the ring almost six months after breaking his arm during a fight against Mark Coleman. He’s looking for another shot at Coleman on Pride’s biggest stage yet.
“Recovery is coming very well and I’m looking forward to fighting in October,” said Shogun. “I want to fight Mark Coleman and hopefully he’ll accept the fight. The last fight was a mishap and I don’t think it will happen again.”
“I think its going to be Coleman. I hope its going to be Coleman, but its still not for sure. My sights are set on Coleman,” said Rua about the prospects of his next fight.
“He is a great wrestler, but I’m not too worried about his wrestling. I’m going to do what I always do and I’m going for the knockout. I’m not concerned about his wrestling because I’m going to knock him out,” said Shogun.
UFC President Dana White has told the Calgary Sun that the much anticipated matchup between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva may now not even happen.
“I don’t even know if Silva’s going to happen,” said Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He cited problems in dealing with the Japan-based Pride Fighting Championships that is home to Silva.
White also added that UFC 65 may feature the winner of Liddell-Babalu against the winner or Ortiz-Shamrock if things don’t work out.
Dream Stage Entertainment has revealed a list of fighters set to compete on the upcoming October card in the US. Confirmed to be on the card are Fedor Emelianenko, Phil Baroni and Mark Coleman. PRIDE also named Kevin Randleman, Mirko Cro Cop, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Kazuyuki Fujita, Josh Barnett and Hidehiko Yoshida as possible participants.
At least that’s what Chris Brennan thinks. Brennan was bitten by a brown recluse spider on the outside of his knee. After immediate surgery, Brennan has decided that he will continue training and indeed will be facing Tatsuya Kawajiri at Pride Bushido 12, despite numerous reports stating he was out of the event.
Apparently Pride president Sakakibara is planning to take over the UFC one title at a time…
But Sakakibara realizes that “ it will be a fierce battle between the promoters.” And, he even expects that the UFC may storm the Pride show in Las Vegas on October 21st. But, his plan is to take all of the UFC belts, as Sakakibara said,” not just Silva alone, but Fedor, Yoshida, Fujita, and Gomi. I’m going to send these guys into the octagon to devour them first.” Starting this Fall, Sakakibara said Pride will start sending fighters to take the UFC titles, and then deliver the finishing blow at the MMA superbowl. Sakakibara stated, “If we take the titles, the UFC will have nowhere to run.”
Yesterday morning reports surfaced stating that Mirko Cro Cop would not be fighting in the Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix due to monetary issues. The crisis is now over. Pride Fighting Championship and Mirko Cro Cop have come to an agreement which will allow Cro Cop to finish the tournament.
Mirko Filipovic has reportedly decided to not participate in the semi-final round of Pride’s Open-Weight Grand Prix on September 10th due to monetary issues. Cro Cop has stated that the purse for winning the tournament is not enough for possibly having to fight twice in one night to win the event.
Mark Coleman has quite a decision to make in the coming weeks: In what organization is he going to fight?
“I wish I knew right now,” said Coleman about the next place he might fight. “Right now my brain is scrambled with decisions to make. Pride or UFC, which one? I’ve got offers from both of them and I’m trying to figure out what’s going to be best for my future.”
“In the States, I’m fighting in the States. I’m fighting in the States, period,” said Coleman very emphatically. “I’m coming back to the States and if that’s one thing that Pride offers me because they are now coming to America and I’ve got to come back here and fight before I’m done. I’m tired of answering the question ‘when are you coming back?’ I don’t know if people mean when am I coming back to fighting, a lot of people don’t even know I’ve been fighting the last 7 or 8 years. Or ‘when are you coming back to the UFC or America?’ I’ve definitely got to get back here because I’m tired of answering that question.”
Phil Baroni recently sat down with MMA Weekly and cleared up a few rumors that have been running rampant for about a month now as well as giving some hints as to what he will be up to in the near future.
Baroni stated that he doesn’t believe he will be fighting in the UFC this fall. He did say that if he does return, he would love to fight Rich Franklin.
“Of course I’d like to fight [Rich] Franklin,” said Baroni. “He is the champ. To be the best, you have to beat the best. I know I match up real good with him, and I know if we fought, I would knock him out. The division is still real tough. They have a good group of middleweights right now over there.”
So what does Baroni have lined up that might actually happen? While he still has one fight left on his PRIDE contract, Baroni believes that he would be able to fight with another organization if he requested.
“Pride is good at letting their fighters fight in other organizations,” said Baroni. “Cage Rage is a great promotion, the biggest in England. I was supposed to fight there two times now, and it didn’t work out. I’m sure I’ll fight in Cage Rage in the near future.”
But here’s the best part, a possible bout between Baroni and Frank Shamrock?
“The guys at Strikeforce are hard at work trying to make it happen,” said Baroni about his proposed fight with Shamrock.
A fight between the two would be an absolute slugfest. Even though Baroni’s plans are different than what we originally thought, it’s going to be fun to see where the New York Bad Ass ends up in the coming months.
Dream Stage Entertainment has announced that former team-mates Sergei Kharitonov and Aleksander Emelianenko will fight September 10th as the reserve bout for the PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix finals.