Yoshihiro Nakao

Silva Signs to Fight Nakao at “Sengoku VI”


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva has formally accepted an offer to face K-1 and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Yoshihiro Nakao at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku VI” show on January 4 according to a report by Sherdog.com.

Silva, who last scored a second-round TKO victory over Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26, will take on Nakao despite being suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following a positive test for the banned steroid, Boldenone, earlier this year.

“Antonio has decided to fight, he really has no option,” Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, wrote in an email to Sherdog.com. “He’s innocent, he’s tried to prove it and it fell on unwilling ears, and he has financial commitments that to not meet would have serious consequences for him. In light of these, he has decided to continue his career in Japan until when and if his situation with the CSAC is resolved.”

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CKA for November 29, 2008

Antonio Silva. Photo courtesy of ProElite

Antonio Silva to fight in Sengoku No Ran

World Victory Road announced Friday that heavyweight Antonio Silva is set to compete on the Sengoku No Ran show on January 4, 2009.  His opponent is scheduled to be Yoshihiro Nakao.  Silva, the current EliteXC heavyweight title holder, is currently under suspension in the US due to a failed steroid test in California.  Silva has disputed the results of the testing and since Japanese promotions are not compelled to honor suspensions in the US, he will compete here.  It may have long term effects on his obtaining licensure in the future in the US, but Vitor Belfort may have set a precendent by being allowed to compete after fighting in England while under steroid suspension.

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CKA: Mar 19, 2008

Strap yourselves in, we have a lot of news to report on this morning…

If you haven’t seen Friday night’s episode of Inside MMA on HDNet yet, go ahead and check it out above.

UFC 82 Fighters Test Clean

All of the fighters that were tested following UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st came back negative for performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.

The ten fighters that were tested are as follows: Andrei Arlovski, Anderson Silva, Heath Herring, Chris Leben, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Yushin Okami, Jon Fitch, Luigi Fioravanti, and Jorge Gurgel.

Clark-Harper Finalizes Next Week’s WEC Show

After opponent Bryan Baker was tapped to replace WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen, Logan Clark will now take on American Top Team’s Scott Harper in a middleweight preliminary bout.

Clark revealed the news on his official website yesterday.

“Scott may have a few losses but hasn’t dropped a fight since joining American Top Team this last year,” Clark said in the post. “He is on a three fight win streak with three submission stoppages. He looks to have a good ground game but not exceptional stand-up. This means that I will be able to stick with my previous gameplan and look for the knockout standing.”

Two More EliteXC Bouts in March

Light heavyweights Aaron Rosa and Jaime Fletcher will now clash on the televised main card portion of this Friday’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event.

The news comes from ProElite.com, which also reports that a women’s bout between Jen Case and Cristiane Cyborg was scrapped after it was learned that Cyborg would be unable to enter the United States in time for the event due to visa issues.

Luke Stewart will also meet veteran Tiki Ghosn at the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, according to MMA Junkie.

Report: Lytle Tapped for July UFC Return

The Fight Network is reporting that popular welterweight Chris Lytle will likely return to action at UFC 86 in July against an opponent yet to be named.

Lytle has now won two out of his last three bouts inside the UFC. A loss to Thiago Alves because of a cut is currently sandwiched in between wins over Jason Gilliam and Kyle Bradley.

World Victory Road Announces Fighter for Next Event

WVR officials have announced four confirmed participants for their next event on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

Roger Gracie, Satoru Kitaoka, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at this past weekend’s DREAM event, are all expected to be in action. Even though his name was not mentioned, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has stated that he will be fighting at the show as well.

Cro Cop Now Dreaming of Mizuno


Mirko Cro Cop is introduced before his bout against Josh Barnett at PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute 2006. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Fight Entertainment Group announced today that Mirko Cro Cop will be officially returning to action this Saturday at DREAM’s inaugural event. His opponent? Not who you thought it was.

FEG officials revealed that Cro Cop would be facing Pancrase veteran Tatsuya Mizuno and not Yoshihiro Nakao, the Japanese heavyweight infamously known for kissing Heath Herring during a pre-fight staredown, and whom Cro Cop mentioned he would be fighting last week in his blog.

“A little over an hour ago I was contacted by DREAM officials,” Cro Cop said in the blog post. “They informed me that my opponent on March 15 will be Yoshihiro Nakao from Japan. It was very important for me to fight as soon as possible and I’m happy that DREAM was able to find the opponent for me.”

The move comes a few days after various sites connected to the Japanese mixed martial arts scene reported that the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) had made threats against Nakao if he chose to fight the former PRIDE heavyweight title contender.

The fight will be Cro Cop’s first since going 1-2 in an unsuccessful stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Croatian is currently on a hiatus from competing in the promotion. UFC President Dana White has stated that he believes Cro Cop will be returning before the end of the year.

Mizuno dropped two out of his three bouts in 2007. He was stopped with strikes by both Thiago and Assuerio Silva in consecutive fights but managed to rebound with a win over Masayuki Kono in November.

Five More Bouts Added to DREAM


Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

Fight Entertainment Group has announced five more bouts for the upcoming inaugural event of the newly-formed DREAM promotion, which will take place on March 15th at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

Three of the fights have been announced as being part of the promotion’s lightweight grand prix: Mitsuhiro Ishida will take on Yarennoka! upstart Bu Kyung Jung, Katsuhiko Nagata goes up against Artur Oumakhanov, and Eddie Alvarez will face off against Andre Dida in a previously reported bout.

The new additions give the tournament a total of seven opening-round bouts, a number that DREAM producer Keiichi Sasahara confirmed as being final for the time being. Sasahara also announced that Caol Uno and Vitor Riberio, who were both advertised as competing in the tournament, will be unavailable due to injury.

Hayato Sakurai will look to extend his current four-fight winning streak against Hidetaka Monma in a non-tournament bout. The fight will take place at a catch-weight of 168 lbs. Also announced as being part of the card was Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa, who will take on an opponent yet to be determined.

Although Mirko Cro Cop announced yesterday via his official blog that he would be facing Yoshihiro Nakao in his first fight for DREAM, officials did not make any formal announcement other than Cro Cop’s participation at the event will still take place.

The promotion, which will also be run by officials involved with Yarennoka! and promoted by the Tokyo Broadcasting System, will now serve as the official successor for the PRIDE and K-1 Hero’s brands. K-1 announced plans for the discontinuation of Hero’s events earlier this year.

The complete card for the event thus far can be viewed through our rumors section.

Cro Cop Gets Nakao in DREAM Debut


Mirko Cro Cop is introduced before his bout against Josh Barnett at PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute 2006. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

It seems that Mirko Cro Cop will be returning to action on March 15th after all…

Cro Cop made the announcement on his official blog earlier today, also stating that he would be facing Yoshihiro Nakao in his first fight for DREAM, you know that guy who kissed Heath Herring?

“A little over an hour ago I was contacted by DREAM officials,” Cro Cop said in the blog post. “They informed me that my opponent on March 15 will be Yoshihiro Nakao from Japan. It was very important for me to fight as soon as possible and I’m happy that DREAM was able to find the opponent for me.”

The fight will be Cro Cop’s first since going 1-2 in an unsuccessful stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Croatian is currently on a hiatus from competing in the promotion. UFC President Dana White has stated that he believes Cro Cop will be returning before the end of the year.

Since being dropped pre-fight by Herring in the infamous kissing incident, Nakao has gone 2-1. He hasn’t fought since submitting Edson Draggo with a neck crank at PRIDE 34 last April.

Touch of gloves to Bloody Elbow for the find.

Two Fights Added to PRIDE 34: Kamikaze

PRIDE FC has officially announced two more fights set to take place on their upcoming April 8th show, PRIDE 34: Kamikaze. In a heavyweight bout fans will see Edson Drago (9-1) face off against Yoshihiro Nakao (5-1, 2 NC). Also on the card will be a battle between MMA legend Don Frye (17-5-1, 1 NC) and English brawler James Thompson (13-6).

Edson Drago made his PRIDE debut in 2006 when he fought Pawel Nastula at PRIDE: Critical Countdown Absolute. Drago was in tough in his debut losing to the Judoka fighter by armbar. Drago’s opponent, Yoshihiro Nakao, has a colorful past with two no contests on his record. Many fans will recognize Nakao from his infamous “kiss” incident with Heath Herring. Nakao is 1-1 in PRIDE with a victory over Eun Su Lee and a loss to Kazuhiro Nakamura.

James Thompson has a PRIDE record of 4-2. Thompson made his PRIDE debut in October 2004 when he was on the wrong end of a highlight reel knockout. Thompson shocked fans in his last PRIDE appearance when he beat Hidehiko Yoshida senseless leaving him motionless on the canvas. Though always dangerous Thompson has been a streaky fighter losing four of his last five. Don “The Predator” Frye has a record of 2-3 in PRIDE with victories over Ken Shamrock and Gilbert Yvel. Frye’s game has taken a hit with age as he has gone 3-4-1 (1 NC) in the last four years.

Three Fights Added to “Critical Countdown Absolute”

PRIDE FC has added three non-tournament fights to “Critical Countdown Absolute”. BTT fighter Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will face the tough strike Alistair Overeem, K-1 vet Yoshihiro Nakao will fight Eun Su Lee and heavyweight prospect Edson Drago will battle judo stand-out Pawel Nastula.