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Mike Whitehead Praises Affliction’s Start

Mike Whitehead, who has fought for many different organizations, has nothing but good words for the way in which Afflicition has launched.

CKA: July 8, 2008

Forrest Griffin
Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr

The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.

Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight.  An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.

The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site.  The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were).  The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that.  Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.

Payouts

Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly.  The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage.  The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k.  The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card.  Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.

Nogueira tests positive

MMA Weekly is reporting Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira has allegedly tested positive for the Boldenone according to the CSAC.

Kolohe to defend title Aug 2

Kala “Kolohe” Hose will defend his ICON middleweight title against Rolando Dominique in his home state of Hawaii on Aug 2.

Bosse to take on the Colossus

Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is scheduled to take on James “The Colossus” Thompson at TKO 35 on Oct 3 in Montreal.  Bosse’s last fight was a controversial win against Wes Sims, while Thompson was “that guy who fought Kimbo” at Elite XC’s initial CBS show.

Kicking a live horse

Our Cage Potato buds are already having fun with the UFC’s swat at Affliction’s Fedor card

Mike Whitehead Training for Affliction: Banned

Report: UFC Planning to Spoil Affliction Debut? (Updated)


Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Update 7:30 PM ET: Dave Meltzer is reporting in his latest column for Yahoo! Sports that the rumored event the UFC was planning for next month on Spike TV was never made official by the promotion or the cable channel and was only discussed as a possibility. Although a potential show hasn’t been ruled out yet, Wanderlei Silva, who was reportedly offered a main event slot against Brandon Vera, has rejected the offer, citing a lack of preparation time as reasoning behind not taking the fight.

On the same night that Affliction Clothing’s will put on their first mixed martial arts event in the form of their “Banned” show on July 19th in California, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is reportedly planning on spoiling their party by putting on a live event on Spike TV.

The news comes from a report by Sherdog.com, which has learned from “multiple industry sources” that the UFC is currently working on holding an impromptu event in Las Vegas.

The show’s main event would likely feature Brandon Vera dropping down to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to take on former longtime PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva, who is coming off of a stunning first-round knockout of fellow title contender Keith Jardine. In addition, MMA Mania is reporting that heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez has been approached to be part of the card.

However this afternoon, Dave Meltzer reports that both UFC and Spike TV officials are completely denying the report, stating that no such event is in the works.

While a free event on Spike the same night and time that Affliction’s show goes on would definitely hurt the popular California-based clothing company in terms of interest and pay-per-view buys, putting together an event in just five weeks would be extremely tedious for the UFC and it’s fighters, especially these days where most of the talent has several months in between fights.

Stay tuned for more information on this growing rumor.

Belfort Must Pay Fine to Fight at Affliction


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.

Belfort-Martin Added to Affliction Undercard


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.

Report: Nogueira to Fight at Affliction in July


Antonio Rogerio Nogueira throws a left jab at Alistair Overeem. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the younger brother of current UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, will reportedly be in action at Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The news comes from Five Ounces of Pain, which learned of Nogueira’s participation while talking with Affliction officials after the popular California-based clothing company’s press conference held today in New York City.

The promotion announced the signing of Nogueira, a longtime veteran of PRIDE Fighting Championships, at a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Nogueira has split his last four bouts, most recently earning a second-round TKO of Todd Gouwenberg at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event in February. He was last in the spotlight courtesy of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou last February, becoming the first victim of two epic knockout upsets by the Team Quest product in 2007.

An opponent for Nogueira has not yet been determined. His fight is expected to be part of the pay-per-view telecast.

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.

Lindland Victorious in Oregon House Primary


From FatBoyMagazine on Flickr.

Former UFC middleweight title contender Matt Lindland was victorious Tuesday in the Republican primary for the 52nd district of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Lindland, who is running for a seat in the House recently vacated by retiring representative Patti Smith, defeated Phyllis Thiemann by a sizeable margin to win the opportunity to run against Democratic nominee Suzanne VanOrman in the fall according to The Oregonian.

VanOrman handily defeated Steve Richkind in the Democratic primary, garnering an astounding 82% of the vote en route to victory.

Lindland is currently slated to face Fury Fighting Championship veteran Fabio “Negao” Nascimento at Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

HT: Five Ounces of Pain

FSN to Air First Hour of “Banned”


Snapshot courtesy of AfflictionBanned.com

FOX Sports Net will air the first hour of Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

FSN Vice President George Greenberg was on hand today at the popular California-based clothing company’s press conference held at the Westfield Mall in Los Angeles to announce the details as well comment on additional matchups that were announced this afternoon.

The sixty-minute broadcast on the cable network will air starting at 8:00 PM ET and is expected to feature at least two of the five scheduled preliminary bouts, including a heavyweight clash between former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello and Aleksander Emelianenko.

The pay-per-view broadcast will then follow starting at 9 PM ET.

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. The event will be available on pay-per-view in the USA in Canada, in both standard and high-definition, for $39.95.

Along with the aforementioned Emelianenko-Sylvia matchup, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett will take on Pedro Rizzo in a rematch of their February 2001 bout, Team Quest founder Matt Lindland will return to action against Fabio “Negao” Nascimento, and UFC veterans Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Mike Whitehead will collide as well.

Buentello-Emelianenko Set for Affliction Debut


Paul Buentello. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello will return to action for the first time in over eight months when he takes on Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, at Affliction’s “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The popular California-based clothing company officially announced the previously rumored bout earlier today at a press conference earlier today in Los Angeles.

Buentello has not fought since losing to Dutch kickboxer Alistair Overeem in a failed November bid for Strikeforce’s vacant heavyweight title. It was the Texas native’s first loss in two years and only his second in his last dozen fights.

Emelianenko most recently stopped Brazilian grappler Silvao Santos with strikes to earn his first win of 2008 at the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge last month. The PRIDE and BodogFight veteran is currently riding a five-fight winning streak.

Also announced at today’s press conference was Affliction’s signing of PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira according to Sherdog.com. Nogueira has split his last four bouts, most recently earning a second-round TKO of Todd Gouwenberg at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event in February. He is expected to make his promotional debut at the company’s next planned event in October.

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