M-1’s Official Statement on Brock Lesnar’s victory
M-1 would like to congratulate Brock Lesnar on his UFC heavyweight title victory as well as acknowledge Randy Couture’s return to active competition after a layoff that lasted over a year.
Couture and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko had publicly acknowledged a desire to fight each other multiple times over the course of the past year. While M-1 and Fedor remain interested in a match against Couture, we would also like to publicly state for the record that we would welcome a superfight between Fedor and Lesnar that would be held as a co-promoted event between the UFC, M-1, and Affliction Entertainment.
We’ve invited the media to speak with us today to not only make it clear we would welcome a Fedor vs. Lesnar matchup, but to act in a preemptive fashion to address the possibility that UFC officials will try and position Lesnar as the number one heavyweight in the world, much like they have tried to use a marketing ploy to brand Anderson Silfva as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
In the past, UFC president Dana White and Zuffa, LLC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have tried to claim that Fedor was “overrated” and that his “record was irrelevant.” They make these claims in spite of the fact that Fedor holds career victories over UFC champions past and present. While we have tremendous respect for the contributions Mr. Fertitta and Dana have made to this sport, we do not believe they are sincere in their statements.
It is the position of M-1 that the UFC has adopted an anti-Fedor policy because multiple attempts to sign him have not been fruitful. For a company that has tried to market itself as the number one promotion in the world, they are unable to accept the fact that the number one fighter in the world does not reside on its roster of contracted fighters.
Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture - TKO (punch)
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory - Submission (armbar)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks - TKO (punch)
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry - Submission (rear naked choke)
Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel - Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos - KO (punch)
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas - Submission (armbar)
In the second round Lesnar landed a punch that sent Couture to the mat. Lesnar then jumped on Couture, landing a big hammer-fist, and then continued to punch and punch until the fight was stopped. Four fights into his MMA career, and Brock Lesnar is the UFC heavyweight champion. It was good to finally see a heavyweight championship fight, but with Lesnar becoming champ so fast it’ll be interesting to see how the former WWE star is received as UFC champ by MMA fans, and general sports fans alike.
Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for tonight’s UFC 91 event.
The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.
Kim Couture. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Kim Couture, the wife of current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, has reportedly filed for, and was granted, a temporary restraining order against Affliction figurehead Todd Beard, who has apparently made threats against the Couture family in the weeks following Randy’s decision to part ways with the clothing brand:
Randy and wife Kim claim Affliction Prez Todd Beard has been on a campaign of terror against them since they asked for an accounting of profits. A Las Vegas judge just issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting Beard from going near Kim, and that includes going near the MGM Grand when Randy fights this Saturday. And Beard can’t go to the hotel during the weigh-in the day before either.
According to Kim Couture’s declaration, Beard has made “a series of threats and acts intended to intimidate me and otherwise coerce me to ‘back off.’”
She goes on: “My fear of Mr. Beard is well-founded given his extensive criminal history. Not only has he been convicted of numerous state and federal felonies relating to fraud ...he has engaged in numerous acts of violence, including violence against women.”
UFC President Dana White appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” today to discuss this weekend’s UFC heavyweight title bout between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar.
In the above video, UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture discusses the challenges he will face against former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar when the two collide in the main event of UFC 91 this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Brock Lesnar discusses the similarities between the fighting style of himself and Randy Couture in the above video courtesy of ESPN. Lesnar challenges Couture for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 91 this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture was negotiating his return to the organization earlier this month, one of his sticking points was that the UFC would begin to listen to the issues that the fighters on their current roster had, whatever they may be.
During it’s existence, the International Fight League was heavily praised for being the only MMA promotion in the country to offer their fighters health insurance packages. The UFC may not be ready to dive into such a plan just yet, but according to Couture, they are considering putting together something that could jump start the idea.
“One of the things that I was recommending that [the UFC] is considering is creating a medical board so that the 200-plus fighters that they have under contract can submit claims for medical things,” Couture explained. “Like if we get the flu, we need stitches, any of those things that aren’t covered.
Above is the fourth entry for Dana White‘s video blog for UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place this Saturday night in Atlanta, Georgia. Here Dana, Randy Couture, and Kenny Florian fly from New York to Atlanta for the event. Also, wait until you hear the entrance music that Dong-Hyun Kim has requested to come out to.