Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort claims that he will be fighting perennial top-ranked middleweight and Team Quest co-founder Matt Lindland at Affliction Entertainment’s second show later this year, whenever that may be.
Belfort revealed the news to Tatame.com. While Belfort suffered a broken hand in the first-round of his knockout win over Terry Martin on July 19th, he says that the injury might not prevent him from returning to action against Lindland in October.
“The doctor will analyze it, but I may stay four weeks out,” Belfort said in the article. “I’ll come back on October 11th to fight Matt Lindland for the belt. It’ll be a great fight, we’ll see who is the best of the world there. I saw his fight with Negao and he’s a warrior. He comes to be over you, but I don’t think he has the strength to stay over me. I’ll go to knock him out… My punches are well-aimed and when it hits he won’t stand.”
The matchup comes at the perfect time it seems. At the post-fight press conference for Affliction’s “Banned” event, Lindland stated that he would love to fight Belfort now that they are in the same organization and weight division. Affliction VP Tom Atencio is expected to announce details for his promotion’s next card at a press conference on August 6th.
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)
Vitor Belfort. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will be unable to return to action against fellow heavy-hitter Terry Martin on the undercard of Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th, unless an outstanding fine of $10,000 is paid to the Nevada State Athletic Commission before that date.
The news comes from NBCSports.com, which contacted NSAC executive director Keith Kizer for an official ruling on the situation.
According to Kizer, Belfort jetting over to the United Kingdom to fight after being suspended for a positive test for steroids under the watch of the state of Nevada two years ago will have no bearing on his ability to fight in California in July. It will however become a major issue if he ever intends to take a fight in the state of Nevada again.
“As far as Cage Rage goes, that had nothing to do with his discipline here,” Kizer said in the report. “Now, if he does come back and wants to fight here (Nevada), we’ll ask him about Cage Rage and why it took him so long to pay his fine, but it has nothing to do with the Affliction card. There should be no impediment if he pays the fine.”
Belfort tested positive for hydroxytestosterone following a decision loss to Dan Henderson in October 2006. He originally contended that a legal supplement he purchased contained traces of the steroid but later admitted that he was unknowingly injected by a doctor while rehabbing a knee injury.
“The Phenom” has yet to make any public statement about the situation nor any indication that he intends to pay the fine.
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.
Kevin Randleman. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman will take on Pancrase veteran Ryo Kawamura at World Victory Road’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
The promotion officially announced the matchup earlier today.
Randleman, who had previously announced his participation at the event, will also be fighting Jeff Monson at a Global Fighting Championships in June.
He has not fought since being submitted by Mauricio Rua in October of 2006. Randleman’s time off last year was filled with bad events, including him suffering from multiple severe staph infections, kidney failure, and an arrest for driving under the influence as well as six other additional charges.
Kawamura was victorious at World Victory Road’s inaugural show in March, winning a unanimous decision over Antonio Braga Neto. A fight between he and Randleman is expected to take place at 205 lbs.
The signing of the matchup means that former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort, who was reportedly offered to fight Randleman at the event, will now most likely be signing with Elite Xtreme Combat parent company Pro Elite.
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort has reportedly been offered a fight against former heavyweight title holder Kevin Randleman at World Victory Road’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
The news comes from Brazilian magazine website Tatame, citing a quote from Josuel Distak, Belfort’s boxing coach.
“We are training hard and Belfort is close to a deal to face Kevin Randleman in Japan or in Pro Elite in June,” Distake said in the report. “He is waiting for the best offer to sign”.
Belfort has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over international veteran James Zikic at a Cage Rage event in September of last year. It was the Brazilian’s second victory in as many fights. A fight with Randleman is expected to take place at 205 lbs.
EliteXC’s potential acquisition of Belfort would immediately make him the biggest star in an almost non-existent light heavyweight division, that is if he isn’t primarily used in Cage Rage. However at this stage in Belfort’s career, especially after struggling the past four years, a string of fights against lower competition may help him to regain his confidence again.
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In an attempt to gain an advantage going into his May showdown against undefeated Lyoto Machida, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz reportedly tried to hire fellow former champion and rival Vitor Belfort to help him prepare for Machida.
The news comes from an article on Brazilian magazine website Tatame.
According to Belfort, Ortiz offered him a good amount of money to go over to the United States and help him train. However it was an offer that Belfort turned down.
“Tito wanted to hire with me with a lot of money but I said no,” Belfort said in the report. “I said that money can’t buy everything. I respect Lyoto a lot, we trained together and he is Brazilian. I thanked Tito and said that maybe another time, but not now.”
With Machida being a past training partner of Belfort, it seems logical for him to shoot down Ortiz’s offer. However Vitor’s reasoning might go a little further than that. After all, one of his main reasons in meeting with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva back in December was to try and set up a potential rematch with Ortiz.
After watching UFC 79 and hearing all of the discussion about how Matt Hughes and Matt Serra were originally supposed to fight but Serra pulled out with an injury, I got to thinking. It wasn’t the first time that a situation like that occurred.
So I sat down and did some research. There were actually a good number of fights in the UFC that were signed and slated to happen but ended up not taking place for one reason or another. The final number was a lot higher than I expected so I went ahead and narrowed the list down to the fights that would have been the best if they were to happen at the time.
So here they are. I’ve sorted them starting with the most recent and excluding Hughes-Serra. Each instance is pretty interesting.
Evan Tanner vs Jeremy Horn (UFC 59): The two long-time MMA veterans were set to clash at UFC 59 in what was unofficially an “elimination” bout for the two of them. Horn had split his two return bouts in the UFC while Tanner had lost two straight, including his middleweight title. The bout would have been an interesting chess match between two slick grapplers but Horn ended up pulling out after injuring his back during training. Justin Levens replaced Horn and Tanner went on to submit Levens in the first round of their bout. Horn was released shortly after defeating Chael Sonnen at UFC 60.
Matt Hughes vs Karo Parisyan (UFC 56): After losing to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 46, Parisyan went ahead and racked up three straight wins over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, and Matt Serra to earn a title shot against then-champion Matt Hughes. The anticipated welterweight showdown was set to headline the event until Parisyan was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an elbow injury during training. Joe Riggs stepped in for Parisyan and ended up failing to make weight, costing him his shot at the title. Hughes would go on to submit Riggs in a non-title bout and wouldn’t defend his belt again until UFC 63, making it over a full year since the welterweight title was contested. To this day, Parisyan is still yearning for another shot at the title.