Josh Barnett weighs-in for PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
DREAM has announced that PRIDE veteran Josh Barnett will be returning to the ring March 22 at DREAM 13 at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. According to the report, Barnett’s promotional debut will come against K-1 slugger Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga.
Barnett was scheduled to face Fedor Emelianenko on August 1, 2009 at Affliction: Trilogy but both the bout and event were cancelled after Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroids.
Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Ricardo Almeida has pulled out of his November 21 bout with welterweight contender Jon Fitch at UFC 106 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was expected to be Almeida’s first at 170 lbs after a career at middleweight. Fitch told MMA Junkie he’ll now get a “bigger fight instead.” [MMAJunkie.com]
- Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia will be appearing on the upcoming K-1 Dynamite! show on New Year’s Eve. Sylvia has been offered bouts with Alistair Overeem and Hong Man Choi and Fighters Only is reporting that Sylvia’s camp is currently favoring a bout with Choi. [Fighters Only Magazine]
Bibiano Fernandes def. Hiroyuki Takaya – Decision (Split)
Shinya Aoki def. Joachim Hansen – Submission (Armbar)
Kazushi Sakuraba def. Rubin Williams – Submission (Kimura)
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Melchor Manibusan – TKO (Punches)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Bob Sapp – TKO (Punches)
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Hong Man Choi – Submission (Heel Hook)
Bibiano Fernandes def. Joe Warren – Submission (Armbar)
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Hideo Tokoro – TKO (Punches)
Kazuyuki Miyata def. Daiki Hata – Decision (Unanimous)
Kazushi Sakuraba. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.
Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba has been penciled in as a last minute addition to the upcoming DREAM 11 card slated for this Tuesday at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.
DREAM 11 will feature a lightweight title bout between Joachim Hansen and Shinyah Aoki along with the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix 2009 Final.
Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— Rashad Evans says that a light heavyweight clash against fellow contender Thiago Silva could be possible for a UFC event in December or early next year. “Thiago Silva is a good fighter, I’d like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me,” Evans said. “When I saw him after he fought Keith Jardine, he kind of gave me a nasty look that I interpreted like he wanted to take me on, and I’d like that.” [MMA FanHouse]
— Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled debut with Japan-based DREAM after suffering a broken hand during his first-round TKO of Jason Riley at Adrenaline MMA IV last weekend. According to Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, the Miletich Fighting Systems product will now attempt to land a spot on the DREAM and K-1 co-promoted “Dynamite!!” show on New Year’s Eve. [Sherdog.com]
Fighting and Entertainment Group today announced details regarding DREAM.12, which will take place on October 25 at the Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. For the first time in the organization’s short history, it will use a six-sided cage.
DREAM also released a promotional video for the event, which features eight of the nine announced participants for the fight card. The video can be seen above.
Gesias Calvancante. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Just days after Fighting and Entertainment Group officials announced his participation for next month’s DREAM.11 event, former K-1 Hero’s standout Gesias Calvancante has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Daisuke Nakamura due to injury.
Calvancante suffered a knee injury during a training session this past week and won’t be ready in time for the October 6 event in Japan. MMA on Tap was able to confirm Calvancante’s status with his manager, Alex Davis of American Top Team. Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer was the first to report the news on Thursday.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.
— Popular heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman are reportedly in talks to face each other at Sengoku’s “Eleventh Battle” event, which would take place on November 7 in Japan. Lawal’s manager, Ryan Parsons, has confirmed that he has received a bout agreement from World Victory Road and is “currently looking it over”. [Sherdog.com]
— Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who has fought for DREAM on three separate occasions, could reportedly be headed back to the organization for a bout against Katsunori Kikuno at DREAM.12 on October 25 in Japan. Alvarez’s participation overseas seemingly depends on the level of fighter DREAM would be willing to send over to Bellator in a talent exchange for Bellator’s upcoming second season this winter. [MMA Weekly]
Bob Sapp. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Popular Japanese fight scene veteran Bob Sapp has been tapped to replace an injured Gegard Mousasi against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the semifinals of DREAM’s first-ever “Super Hulk” tournament, which continues at DREAM.11 on October 6.
Sapp confirmed his participation at the event with MMA Weekly on Wednesday. He re-enters the tourney after falling in the opening round to Ikuhisa Minowa back in May. “The Beast” last competed on June 27, suffering yet another defeat to former WWE star and undefeated heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley. It marks the first time Sapp has suffered consecutive losses in his career.
Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi has pulled out of his upcoming bout with Rameau Thierry Sokodjou in the semifinals of the Super Hulk tournament at DREAM 11. No replacement has been announced at this time.
According to MMAWeekly.com, Mousasi may have suffered a shoulder injury last month while taking part in a grappling exhibition with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at M-1: Breakthrough.