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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was featured as a panelist on last night’s edition of Inside MMA on HDNet and discussed his current state as a free agent in the world of mixed martial arts following the conclusion of his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this month.
Despite his ongoing feud with UFC President Dana White, Ortiz admits that he is actually still negotiating with his long-time home, although a clause in his contract may be giving the UFC more room to talk to him than he would like.
Even after all of the drama, Ortiz says that there is still a small chance he may end up signing with the UFC after all.
“EliteXC - possibility, Affliction - possibility, the UFC - a small chance of that happening,” Ortiz said when asked about where he might end up. “You know I’m taking this stuff with Dana White and shoving it aside and moving on with my life. I’m going to wash my hands [of it] and make sure that my future is going to be very, very, very… great.”
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Affliction Clothing will make it’s official entrance into the world of promoting mixed martial arts events when the company announces details tonight on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” television program regarding it’s upcoming planned “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California according to our friends at MMA Junkie.
Tom Attencio, vice president of the clothing brand, will be on the program to discuss details concerning the event as well to announce the participation of a slew of fighters that will fight on the card. Fights that will be confirmed on the show include the previously rumored Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia and Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo heavyweights bouts as well as a middleweight clash between Matt Lindland and Fabio Negao.
Additional fighters that will be announced for the event include Mike Whitehead, Renato Sobral, and Ben Rothwell. Mark Hominick has already publicly confirmed his participation at the show. Andrei Arlovski and Aleksander Emelianenko are also expected to fight at the event as well.
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.
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It seems that a former PRIDE middleweight grand prix winner is headed to the ranks of Strikeforce.
Ron Kruck of HDNet’s Inside MMA revealed on last night’s episode that he has confirmed with Strikeforce vice president Mike Afromowitz that the organization has signed Kazuo Misaki to a two-fight deal. No word as to when Misaki will be making his debut with the promotion.
Misaki got back on track earlier this month at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” event, submitting middleweight prospect Siyar Bahadurzada and earning his first win since he won a razor close split decision over Denis Kang to become the second middleweight grand prix champion in PRIDE history.
His knockout of Yoshihiro Akiyama at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve was changed to a no contest in January after it was determined that the soccer kick Misaki used to end the fight was illegal since Akiyama’s arm and legs were touching the mat. Under Japanese rules, a fighter can kick a downed opponent, but not when they are down on all fours.
Potential opponents for Misaki mentioned on the telecast included Joe Riggs, Frank Shamrock, and Cung Le, who served on the special guest panel for the episode.