David Baron. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
A lightweight bout between international veteran David Baron and “Ultimate Fighter 5” alumnus Rob Emerson is reportedly likely for UFC 101, which is currently slated to take place on August 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
The news comes from a report by MMA Weekly.
After a lengthy career that had him fighting in various places around the world, Baron punched his ticket to the UFC with an upset of former pound-for-pound phenom Hayato “Mach” Sakurai at Shooto’s “Tradition” show last May. The France native fell in his UFC debut to Jim Miller via third-round submission at UFC 89 in his last bout.
Evan Dunham. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com
International veteran David Baron has been forced to withdrawal from his upcoming lightweight bout against Per Eklund at UFC 95 later this month due to an undisclosed injury suffered during a recent training session.
Undefeated prospect Evan Dunham has been tapped to replace Baron on the card according to Five Ounces of Pain. Dunham has won all seven of his professional bouts to date. He was last seen at Palace Fighting Championships’ “High Stakes” event on January 12, where he scored a late submission win over Dustin Akbari.
Eklund has split both of his UFC bouts so far. The native of Sweden dropped a unanimous decision to Canadian striker Sam Stout in his UFC debut at UFC 80 last January, but bounced back to submit Samy Schiavo at UFC 89 in October.
David Baron vs Jim Miller. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
From UFC 89, a lightweight preliminary bout between international veteran David Baron and former IFL standout Jim Miller is currently able to be viewed for free on UFC.com. The fight is currently on the rotating video player on the website’s main page.
Chris Leben and Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are the full results from Saturday’s UFC 89 card, which saw Michael Bisping continue his rise up the middleweight ranks in winning an unanimous decision over fellow “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Chris Leben in the show’s main event.
Per Eklund def. Samy Schiavo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jim Miller def. David Baron - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Terry Etim def. Sam Stout - Unanimous Decision
David Bielkheden def. Jess Liaudin - Unanimous Decision
Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain - TKO (Strikes)
Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono - Split Decision
Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly - Submission (Guillotine)
Chris Lytle def. Paul Taylor - Unanimous Decision
Luis Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - TKO (Strikes)
Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera - Split Decision
Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben - Unanimous Decision
Courtesy of the UFC
Chris Leben (186) VS Michael Bisping (185)
Brandon Vera (203) VS Keith Jardine (205)
Luiz Cane (206) VS Sokoudjou (205)
Chris Lytle (170) VS Paul Taylor (170)
Marcus Davis (169) VS Paul Kelly (169)
Akihiro Gono (171) VS Dan Hardy (169)
Neil Wain (254) VS Shane Carwin (264)
David Bielkheden (156) VS Jess Liaudin (155)
Sam Stout (155) VS Terry Etim (155)
Jim Miller (155) VS David Baron (155)
Per Eklund (156) VS Samy Schiavo (156)
David Baron vs. Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
International veteran David Baron will reportedly take on fellow UFC newcomer Jim Miller when the organization travels overseas to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England for UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben on October 18th.
The news comes from Damon Martin of MMA Weekly, who cites sources close to the fight as confirming that it’s happening. The bout will likely take place as one of UFC 89’s non-televised preliminary fights and will be the twelfth and final matchup on the card.
Baron, a veteran of the PRIDE Fighting Championships, is mostly known for his first-round submission loss to Takanori Gomi two years. The 35-year-old scored his biggest career victory to date this past May, submitting Japanese standout Hayato Sakurai at Shooto’s 20th anniversary show.
Miller, along with his brother Dan, signed a four-fight deal with the UFC last month. He was victorious in his IFL debut in April, winning a hard-fought unanimous decision over one-time lightweight contender Bart Palaszewski. Miller also owns a pair of wins over UFC veteran Chris Liguori.
David Baron throws a left jab at Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Fresh off his biggest career win last month, French veteran David Baron has reportedly signed a deal to compete inside the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The news comes from Stash Capar of The Fight Network, who reports that a source within Baron’s camp has confirmed the signing.
Baron recently submitted former UFC and PRIDE title challenger Hayato “Mach” Sakurai at Shooto’s “Road to 20th Anniversary” show on May 3rd. Baron secured a guillotine choke just short of five minutes into the first round, forcing Sakurai to tap out and handing Baron his fifth consecutive victory.
Baron, who is mostly known for his loss to Takanori Gomi at PRIDE Bushido 12 in the summer of 2006, also holds a pair career victories over fellow new UFC signee Dan Hardy, Baron’s other lone career loss came at the hands of current UFC lightweight Per Eklund at a European Vale Tudo two years ago.
No word on when Baron will be making his debut with the organization.
Forrest Griffin was always crazy, even in high school.
Props to frankiscool at the UG for the find.
Sakakibara, DSE Sue Fertittas, Zuffa
Two months after Zuffa, under the name PRIDE FC Worldwide, filed a lawsuit against former PRIDE parent company Dream Stage Entertainment claiming that they were defrauded during their purchase of PRIDE in March of last year, DSE and Nobuyuki Sakakibara have countered with a lawsuit of their own.
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The suit filed by the former owners of Pride in federal court, under diversity jurisdiction, seeks damages for breach of the asset purchase and consulting agreements that were part of the Pride transaction, as well as fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
The complaint alleges that Pride was sold to the owners of the UFC with the promise that the Pride brand would be maintained as a “global top-level brand.” This promise allegedly resulted in the former owners’ decision to sell to the Fertittas despite more lucrative financial offers from other suitors.
DREAM Planning Events on U.S. Soil?
DREAM could potentially hold shows in the United States if the promotion eventually gains the popularity that PRIDE once had as well as a television deal according to Fight Entertainment Group figurehead Sadaharu Tanikawa.
From MMA Weekly:
FEG executive, Sadaharu Tanikawa stated that their hopes are to first establish a brand name in Japan before trying their hand in the United States. Tanikawa went on the record saying that it would take “maybe a year or two” for the new Dream promotion to gain the same strength among fans that the former Pride brand did before their demise.
With DREAM and HDNet already in talks about a possible deal, Tanikawa’s idea could become a reality sooner than later, especially if they could come to some sort of a deal with EliteXC or HDNet Fights to get some notable American names on the card.
Sakurai-Baron Set for Shooto Fight in May
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will attempt to keep his current five-fight winning streak intact when he takes on fellow PRIDE veteran David Baron at a Shooto event in May according to a report from Sports Navi.
Sakurai stopped Hidetaka Monma with strikes at DREAM’s inaugural event last month. Baron, who is mostly known for his loss to Takanori Gomi at PRIDE Bushido 12 in the summer of 2006, has won his last three fights since then.
Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for the find.
Emerson Replaces Stephens at UFC 84
Update 2:30 PM ET: Our friends at MMA Junkie have learned that a possible “minor legal situation” may be preventing Stephens from fighting on the card but he expects to return to action this summer.
Sam Cupitt over at Five Ounces of Pain has noticed that Rob Emerson, a contestant on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, has replaced Iowa native Jeremy Stephens in a scheduled lightweight bout against Terry Etim at UFC 84: Ill Will according to the UFC’s official website.
It was reported back in February that Etim and Stephens had signed bout agreements, making the fight good to go. No word as of yet on why Stephens was forced out of the bout.