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Alan Belcher will take on Yushin Okami at UFC 62, replacing David Terrell who was forced to pull out due to a sinus infection and a severe case of bronchitis.
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.”
Reports are circulating that Frank Mir will take on Brandon Vera at UFC 65. If legitimate, this matchup could have pretty big implications on the heavyweight divison and both fighters in general. A win for either Mir or Vera could establish them as one of title contenders in the heavyweight division along with Jeff Monson. A loss for Vera would be a step back in what seems to be a promising career for the young star; for Mir, a defeat could spell the end of his time with the UFC and possibly big-time MMA competition.
BJ Penn’s camp is reporting that he has verbally agreed to fight Kuniyoshi Hironaka on the October 10th UFC Fight Night card.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that tough French striker Cheick Kongo will be making his return octagon against UFC newcomer Christian Wellisch. Kongo made his UFC debut in July with a stoppage over Gilbert Aldana. Wellisch who is making his UFC debut sports a record of 6-2 and trains with the American Kickboxing Academy.
Miletich Fighting System’s Spencer Fisher has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 62 fight versus Jamie Varner due to a back injury suffered in training.
Hermes Franca has confirmed that he will be Fisher’s replacement. Franca is currently on a 5 fight winning streak.
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.”
Paul Buentello has been released by the UFC and is now officially a free agent.
They have a right to match any offer I get. I called them myself to see what the deal was. I wanted to hear it with my own ears instead of what my manager told me. I told them what I needed and they said they couldn’t do that. As of today I am a free agent.
MMANews.com is reporting that David Terrell has been forced to pull out of his fight against Yushin Okami due to a sinus infection. Okami and Terrell were scheduled to fight August 26th at UFC 62.
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.