Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort will meet with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva today according to a report by Cesar Garcia of Sherdog.
Belfort’s main reason for the meeting is the potential to set up a rematch against Tito Ortiz, who earned a unanimous decision over Belfort at UFC 51 in 2005:
“I want to rip his big head off,” said a re-motivated Belfort. “The last time I had a back problem, and he just laid on top of me with a broken nose bleeding all over me and I tired in the last round. I’m willing to fight him winner take all, the loser gets nothing. He’s a millionaire, he doesn’t need money—he has to have pride.”
Since leaving the UFC, Belfort has been relatively unimpressive, putting together a mediocre record of 4-3. While Belfort has been victorious against lower competition, he has struggled against fighters with similar talent levels. He lost consecutive fights against Alistair Overeem and dropped a unanimous decision to Dan Henderson over the past two years.
If the UFC does decide to sign Belfort to a new deal, they should attempt to build him up instead of throwing him in against the big dogs like they did in his last return to the Octagon. A fight against Ortiz should come, just not right away in my opinion.
A lot of news to report so I’ve decided to throw up a Sunday edition of CKA…
News and Notes
- Pancrase has been forced to cancel it’s championship main event for this morning’s 2007 Rising Tour show after former heavyweight King of Pancrase Kestutis “Tiger” Arbocius pulled a no-show. His scheduled opponent, current Heavyweight King of Pancrase Assuerio Silva, has been removed from the card and will defend his title at a later date.
Officials from Sherdog have stated that varying reports reveal that no one really knows where Arbocius is right now:
Initial reports from Japanese media, which attributed information to Arbocius’ management, suggested that the 32-year-old Lithuanian* may have had difficulty with local police.
A Pancrase official disputed that report, telling Sherdog.com via e-mail, “Nobody knows where he is, even his manager. Pancrase is trying to keep in touch with him.”
Yuki Kondo’s bout against Yuji Sakuragi will now serve as the main event for the show.
- Shooto has announced five more bouts for it’s Back to our Roots 6 card, set for November 8th at Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium in Tokyo:
Shinichi Kojima vs Eduardo Dantas
Megumi Fujii vs Kyoko Takabayashi
Rambaa Somdet vs Masaaki Sugawara
Masashi Yozen vs Leandro Silva
Hayate Usui vs Shintaro Ishiwatari
- In a recent interview with ADCC News, Jake Shields stated that he is closer to signing with the UFC than EliteXC right now:
“I want to go out there and fight the best. I’m really looking at UFC over Elite because that is where a lot of top guys are. In the next few weeks I’ll probably make my decision on where I’m going to be signing. I’m sure we’re going to talk to them in the next week before we sign anything with Elite. I’m ready to get in there with the top guys. With the Rumble on the Rock tournament and EliteXC and my last four or five fights have been top come and have been fast, easy fights. I think it definitely shows I belong there.”
- The Edmonton Sun is reporting that Hardcore Championship Fighting is currently in contract talks with Vitor Belfort, Ricardo Arona, and John Alessio:
The Canadian fight club has been on a big-name signing binge of late.
Pride’s Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, former UFC veterans Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral and Joe Riggs have signed on. Negotiations are ongoing with former UFC heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort, Pride vet Ricardo Arona and Canadian John Alessio.
“We are the only Canadian promotion that is bringing in huge international names,” says Crawford. “We remain committed to promoting local talent, but I believe Canadians are educated in the sport and want to see the world’s best.”
- American Top Team has announced that Seth Petruzelli has joined the ranks of the Florida-based training team:
Seth has been involved in the MMA scene for awhile and decided to join ATT to help further his career while preparing and train for his fights. When not preparing for his fights at the Main academy in Coconut Creek, FL. Seth will continue teaching at ATT Orlando along with Paul Rodriguez.
Look for Seth to be back in action Oct. 27th at Knight Fights in Orlando, Florida.
- Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer is reporting that Strikeforce will hold a four-man middleweight tournament at their next event on November 16th:
Strikeforce announced the first one-night tournament ever in California, which will be a four-man middleweight tournament featuring Joe Riggs and Falaniko Vitale on 11/16 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion. Promoter Scott Coker said it was be streamed live on Yahoo! like the Playboy Mansion show was. Cung Le will be in the non-tourament main event.
Brazilian website Tatame recently sat down for an interview with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort where “The Phenom” revealed that a proposition for a potential title bout against EliteXC Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler had been sent to him. Belfort also discussed his wish to take on current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the future:
What are your plans for the future? People are asking for you in UFC…
I want to start everything from the beggining and win the most big belts that I can. I´ll give the maximum attention to my career and fight against the best athletes. I have this big wish of fighting against Quinton Jackson, I think it would be a great combat. EliteXC that´s buying all the events, made a proposal for me to go to a lower category to face Robbie Lawler and fight for the big belt. Me and Spike, we are taking a careful look at this proposal of lowering my weight, getting this belt from Robbie Lawler or the big belt of the medium weight in Ultimate and then winning the superheavy belt. I want to fight in all events I can, but this I´ll decide after taking a look at all the proposals I´ve got. I still have a fight in Cage Rage. I liked this guy, Gary Shaw (president of EliteXC).
With all of the recent talk of Lawler fighting overseas now that Pro Elite has purchased Cage Rage, the fight would most likely take place in that promotion in order to unify the EliteXC and Cage Rage belts. The card for Cage Rage 24 in December isn’t even close to being filled as of yet. I guess we’ll see if the fight could happen then.
As for Belfort taking on Rampage - Vitor is going to have to rack up a string of impressive wins if Dana White is going to invite him back once again.
News and Notes:
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Cage Rage has announced three scheduled bouts for it’s upcoming Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable show on September 22. James Zikic will defend his Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship against Vitor Belfort. Mark Weir will take on Paul Daley and Joe Mac and Jeremy Bailey will finally go at it.
- The IFL’s Los Angeles Anacondas have announced that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman has been named the team’s official wrestling coach. Anaconda’s head coach Shawn Tompkins has said that Randleman is also currently training with the team in hopes of making a comeback to active competition:
“Kevin Randleman might be making a return to the cage or ring,” says Tompkins. “I like training Kevin. He’s open-minded and we’re exchanging a lot of knowledge.”
- The following fighters have tested negative for drugs of abuse and banned substances following the post-fight tests done after UFC 73 by the CSAC: Mark Bocek, Chris Lytle, Frankie Edgar, Jason Gilliam, Diego Saraiva, Jorge Gurgel, Stephan Bonnar, and Mike Nickels. More test results will be released later this week.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has handed down 9 month suspensions to Vitor Belfort and Pawel Nastula after both fighters tested positive to banned substances during their post-fight drug tests at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21st. Along with that Belfort was fined $10,000 and Nastula $6,500.
Belfort tested positive for the anabolic steroid 4-hydroxytestosterone and Nastula tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and the banned stimulants phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, and ephedrine.
Here is the rumored card for TKO 28: Inevitable.
TKO Welterweight Championship
Steve Vigneault vs Jonathan Goulet
TKO Featherweight Championship
Hatsu Hioki vs Mark Hominick
Vitor Belfort vs TBA
Sam Stout vs TBA
Ben Greer vs Stéphane Vigneault
Jason St-Louis vs Steve Claveau
Dave Pariseau vs Martin Grandmont
Stéphane Dubé vs Tyler Jackson
Chris Horodecki vs Samuel Guillet
Dave Fraser vs Steve Bossé
Vitor Belfort has issued a letter to the Nevada State Athletic Commission concerning the charges that have been placed on him by the organization stating that he tested positive for an illegal substance after his loss to Dan Henderson on October 21st at Pride’s USA debut event…
Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone, a substance that is defined as a steroid and is banned in many sporting organizations around the world.
Below is the letter that Belfort wrote…
In regard of the disciplinary complaint against myself about having violated section 467.850 of the Commission Regulations, all I have to say is that I bought a supplement called ‘Max Tribostak’ at Max Muscle in La Habra, California, which contains 4-Hydroxytestosterone. I had no idea that a supplement bought over the counter at a vitamin store would contain a substance that is illegal in the state of Nevada. This lack of knowledge is costing me a great deal, hurting my image throughout every newspaper in Brazil, which caused me to lose some of my sponsors, and most of all the risk of being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I hope you consider my letter before taking any formal disciplinary actions.
It is being reported that Vitor Belfort and Pawel Nastula have failed their post-fight drug tests after testing positive for banned substances in their respective fights on PRIDE 32: The Real Deal.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is reporting the Nastula tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and Vitor Belfort tested positive for the banned substance 4-hydroxytestosterone.
Pride Fighting Championships has announced that Dan Henderson will face off against Vitor Belfort at Pride FC: The Real Deal on October 21st at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Yesterday Pride Fighting Championships held a press conference at the Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, California. The press conference featured the announcement of two fights along with the announcement of a many other fighters set to participate in the event.
The two fights that were announced were Mark Coleman versus Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Coleman’s teammate Kevin “The Monster” Randleman.
In an unexpected turn of events Pride officials called upon former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. Apparently Tyson and the Japanese promotion have come to some sort of agreement which will feature Tyson fighting in some sort of exhibition match in the future.
Finally it was announced that Pride superstars Josh Barnett, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Phil Baroni, Kazuyuki Fujita, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will participate on the October 21st card.