Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
The long-running dispute is now over. After over a year of continual debate regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s perennial status as the world’s top heavyweight, the former PRIDE title holder answered the call in fighting his first top-ranked opponent in nearly three years, and won, in decisive fashion.
Emelianenko quickly knocked down and submitted former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in just 36 seconds, capping off a night of exciting action at Affliction Clothing’s inaugural event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in front of a host of notable athletes and celebrities.
Sylvia literally never even got started in the fight. After circling each other for a brief moment, Emelianenko stunned and dropped Sylvia with a flurry of left and rights. Fedor quickly pounced on the 6’8 Miletich Fighting Systems product, pounding away with hammer fists until Sylvia gave up his back, allowing Emelianenko to sink in the rear naked choke for the impressive finish.
After the bout, post-fight interviewer and former referee “Big” John McCarthy asked the Russian who he’d like to fight next. His answer then stepped into the ring in the form of current embattled UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture, who is currently seeking legal help in the courts in his quest to fight Emelianenko before his impending retirement.
“I always thought that the day where I would have to fight Randy would come,” Emelianenko said after the fight with the help of a translator. “It would be a true honor to fight him and I hope that we will be able to work things out in order to make it happen.”
We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s Affliction: Banned, the inaugural mixed martial arts show for the popular California-based clothing company, which will take place this evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The show features a main event years in the making between former PRIDE title holder and perennial top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and five-time UFC champion Tim Sylvia. Other notable fights on the card include a rematch between Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo, a sure-fire war on the feet between Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell, and the return to active competition of former Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland as he faces Brazilian submission wizard Fabio Negao.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.
Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
The official-weigh in results for tomorrow night’s Affliction: Banned event, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Justin Levens, who weighed-in four pounds over the middleweight limit. However it’s unknown whether or not his bout against Ray Lazama is being fought a catch-weight or not.
In more unfortunate news, the scheduled bout between PRIDE veteran Aleksander Emelianenko and one-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello has been scrapped. According to the California State Athletic Commission, Emelianenko failed to meet the necessary licensing requirements. A replacement opponent for Buentello will not be able to be found in time.
Tickets still remain on sale for the event. The pay-per-view portion of the card will begin at 10 PM ET and FOX Sports Net will be airing three preliminary bouts tomorrow night as well. The promotion intends to televise as many fights as possible, including those prelims that will not be featured on FSN, which will act as swing bouts for the PPV.
Fedor Emelianenko (230 lbs) vs. Tim Sylvia (263 lbs)
Andre Arlovski (241 lbs) vs. Ben Rothwell (264 lbs)
Josh Barnett (256 lbs) vs. Pedro Rizzo (242 lbs)
Matt Lindland (185 lbs) vs. Fabio Negao (185 lbs)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201 lbs) vs. Mike Whitehead (206 lbs)
Vitor Belfort (185 lbs) vs. Terry Martin (185 lbs)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205 lbs) vs. Edwin Dewees (205 lbs)
Mike Pyle (171 lbs) vs. J.J. Ambrose (170 lbs)
Savant Young (145 lbs) vs. Mark Hominick (144 lbs)
Justin Levens (189 lbs) vs. Ray Lazama (186 lbs)
Terry Martin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Mike Russow was victorious over last-minute replacement opponent and fellow veteran Jason Guida Saturday night in Chicago, submitting Guida with a first-round guillotine choke at Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural show at the Sears Centre.
The two local products exchanged punches on the feet before Russow scored a takedown during the first minute of the fight. Guida surprisingly was quick to spring back up to his feet, only to be taken down by Russow once again. Another attempt to stand up came next for Guida, but his exposed neck was grabbed by Russow who locked in a tight guillotine choke that ultimately forced Guida to tap out.
Fresh off of a successful professional boxing debut, UFC veteran Terry Martin was victorious in his return to mixed martial arts, defeating longtime Japanese veteran Daiju Takase by disqualification after Takase kicked Martin in the groin three separate times during the course of their bout.
Forrest Petz shook off a damaging left hand from opponent Brian Gassaway to wrestle his way to an unanimous decision win in a fight that was much closer than the judge’s scorecards read. Other notable veterans who garnered victories at last night’s show included Bart Palaszewski, Rory Markham, Clay French, and Joe Jordan.
Complete results from the event:
Mike Russow def. Jason Guida - Submission (Guillotine)
Terry Martin def. Daiju Takase - DQ (Groin Kicks)
Forrest Petz def. Brian Gassaway - Unanimous Decision
Bart Palaszewski def. Jeff Cox - KO (Head Kick)
Rory Markham def. Jay Ellis - Submission (Triangle)
Clay French def. Jameel Massouh - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Joe Jordan def. Ryan Williams - Unanimous Decision
Joe Pearson def. John Hosman - Submission (Triangle)
Herc Hayes def. Kerry Schall - Unanimous Decision
Aaron Rosa def. Ron Fields - TKO (Strikes)
Hector Urbina def. Dave Keiczkowski - TKO (Strikes)
Mike Stumpf def. Dom O’Grady - TKO (Strikes)
Louis Taylor def. Adam Maciejewski - Unanimous Decision
Tom Belt def. Marcus Levesseur - TKO (Strikes)
Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Despite jetting over to the United Kingdom to fight after a positive test for steroids under the watch of the state of Nevada, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort is being advertised as returning to action against fellow heavy-hitter Terry Martin on the undercard of Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The bout became listed on the event’s official website earlier today.
Belfort is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, most recently winning an unanimous decision over James Zikic at a Cage Rage show last September. Belfort hasn’t fought in the United States since testing positive for anabolic steroids following his loss to Dan Henderson in October 2006. The fight against Martin is expected to be Belfort’s debut at middleweight.
It’s unknown at this time whether or not Armando Garcia and the California State Athletic Commission intend on clearing Belfort to fight. Messages to Garcia and Monte Cox, Martin’s manager, for a comment on the situation, were not returned at the time of publication.
Martin recently took a short hiatus from mixed martial arts to concentrate on his new-found boxing career, of which he won his first professional bout. He was released from the UFC following two straight losses to Marvin Eastman and Chris Leben respectively. Martin is currently slated to take on PRIDE veteran Daiju Takase at Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural show this weekend in Chicago.
The show will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown years in the making as former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in the night’s main event.
Tony Fryklund. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The debut event for Monte Cox’s newly formed Adrenaline MMA promotion, which will take place on June 14th at the Sears Centre in Chicago, seems to be taking shape.
Our friends at MMARated.com have learned about three bouts that will take place as well as two other potential participants on the card.
Welterweight veterans Tony Fryklund and Brian Gassaway will likely clash in one of the night’s featured bouts. The clash will feature two fighters going in opposite directions. Fryklund is currently riding a three-fight losing streak while Gassaway has won his last three bouts.
Terry Martin, who was recently released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was victorious in his professional boxing debut last weekend, will reportedly take on UFC and PRIDE veteran Daiju Takase, who has not fought since being knocked out by Hector Lombard in March 2006.
International Fight League lightweight will try to snap his current losing streak when he takes on Jeff Cox, who was also recently dropped by the UFC. Additionally participating fighters will include Miletich Fighting Systems product Rory Markham and EliteXC veteran Aaron Rosa.
Jeff Monson and Mike Russow will clash in an already-announced heavyweight bout that is expected to serve as the main event.
The rumored card for the event now looks like this:
Jeff Monson vs. Mike Russow
Tony Fryklund vs. Brian Gassaway
Terry Martin vs. Daiju Takase
Bart Palaszewski vs. Jeff Cox
Rory Markham vs. TBA
Aaron Rosa vs. TBA
Terry Martin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Terry Martin was victorious in his professional boxing debut this past weekend, knocking out opponent Ricardo Upchurch in the first round. Martin revealed last week that he would be trying his hand at boxing before his participation at Combat Fighting Championships’ May 17th event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.
TUF 8 Hopefuls Move On
This time around it’s the mainstream media that is breaking news when it comes to possible participants for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
According to the Winnipeg Sun, current TKO heavyweight champion Krzysztof Soszynski was informed over the weekend that he was one of 50 finalists picked to fly out to Las Vegas for a four-day training camp at the UFC’s training facility. The Boston Herald reports that Woody Weatherby will also be attending the camp.
Couture Won’t Rule Out Return to UFC
MMARated.com‘s Ariel Helwani conducted a must-read interview with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture recently. Couture touches on a bunch of different questions that MMA media and fans alike have been curious about since the whole ordeal between him and Dana White and company began.
Most interesting is the fact that despite all of the lawsuits and harsh words, Couture still won’t rule out the possibility of returning to the UFC one day:
I think if this whole thing has pointed out one thing to me it’s that I have an opportunity to control my own destiny a little bit and, potentially, through this process, change the way the fighters are paid and the way things are done in MMA and those are important things for me as a fighter. There are a lot of guys that are still scratching out a living and all the cards are held by the promotions. And, certainly, the most powerful promotion in the landscape is the UFC. So, would I say “never will I fight for the UFC,” well, I am not going to say “never” because there are circumstances where things could change but that’s the way I feel right now.
Hong-Man Choi Headed to the Army
According to Zach Arnold of Fight Opinion, Hong-Man Choi will head to the South Korean army training center later this month due to a mandatory requirement to serve his country. Because of his size, Choi won’t serve in battle, but is expected to be out of MMA action for at least three years. More here.
Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Terry Martin, who was recently released from the UFC following his second straight loss at the hands of Marvin Eastman in February, will now try his hand at boxing.
The news comes from the Chicago Sun-Times, which states that Martin will take on Ricardo Upchurch in a cruiserweight bout Friday night as part of Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions latest show. Upchurch is 0-1 so far in his professional career.
According to Martin, boxing is something he’s always wanted to do since becoming involved with combat sports:
‘‘Boxing was my first love,’’ Martin said. ‘‘I started in mixed martial arts after wrestling in college at Northern Illinois University. It was a logical progression, but I’ve always had boxing in the back of my mind to get back to. Now’s a good time to get back to boxing, my training and sparring have been very good and I have no problem making weight. At this point I’m more excited about boxing than I am in MMA.’’
The article also goes on to confirm Martin’s participation at Combat Fighting Championships’ May 17th event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. However whether or not he will be facing David Loiseau remains to be seen - Loiseau has apparently not signed to fight on the card according to The Fight Network.
HT: Bloody Elbow
Jeff Monson weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Florida-based Combat Fighting Championships will be making it’s overseas debut on May 17th as the organization will hold a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England filled with veterans that have competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will tangle with American Top Team’s Jeff Monson in the main event.
Rodriguez is coming off of a tough split decision loss to Antonio Silva at EliteXC Street Certified last month. Monson last won a decision over Hakim Goram in December and is tenatively scheduled to take on Kevin Randleman at a Global Fighting Championships show in June.
The co-main event will feature a clash between former UFC middleweights David Loiseau and Terry Martin. While Loiseau has struggled ever since he was released by the promotion, Martin’s apparent departure from the company comes after he suffered his second straight loss at the hands of Marvin Eastman last month.
Melvin Guillard, who is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, being permitted to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion, is advertised as going up against Cage Rage veteran Jean Silva.
Travis Wiuff is also slated to take on Cyrille Diabate in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place in at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th. Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.
Brad Imes, Dan Hardy, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Melvin Manhoef, and Mark Weir are all also expected to be in action.
You can also view the current fight card at the organization’s official website.
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Some thoughts and notes from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.
I was right and wrong
I did pretty well in the predictions department. I knew going into the fight that Tim Sylvia was going to give Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fits and that’s exactly what happened. However Nogueira has been tough to finish off all throughout his career and this fight didn’t turn out to be any different. No shame in losing for Sylvia. He hung in there with one of the best heavyweights in history.
I had a feeling that if Brock Lesnar was going to be submitted, it might have been by way of a leg lock/kneebar. Wrestlers always have been notorious for being too stationary with their legs while posturing up and working some ground and pound although a lot of fighters don’t really take advantage of it. It just goes to show how intelligent of a ground specialist Frank Mir is to keep his composure while getting pounded and still be able to pull off a smart move.
The only fight I took issue with was Rob Emerson’s split decision over Keita Nakamura. I actually thought that the fight was dead even at the end. I thought that Nakamura won the third round convincingly and that the first round was even.
More thoughts on the fights
Marvin Eastman surprised me while Tim Boetsch did not. While Eastman’s fight against Terry Martin wasn’t necessarily the most exciting, I was a tad happy to see that Eastman was able to take some power shots and still stay on his feet. Boetsch did exactly what I thought he would do against an average fighter in my opinion in David Heath.
Ricardo Almeida, Tyson Griffin, and Chris Lytle all did what I thought they would do. I talked to someone after the event who truly thought that Tibau beat Griffin, which is absurd. I wasn’t expecting that quick of a stoppage from Lytle but a stoppage win nonetheless. What’s going on with Jeremy Horn? I’ll have a piece on him up later today.