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— UFC veterans Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs are likely to rematch under the ProElite banner at the promotion's relaunch event on August 27 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both fighters are coming off of recent releases from the UFC and Bellator respectively. Grove and Riggs originally fought in May 2004, with Riggs coming away the victor via first-round KO at Rumble on the Rock 5. [MMAFighting.com]
— Former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming farewell bout against Yuya Shirai at a Clube da Luta event in Brazil this Wednesday due to a back injury suffered in training. Bustamante will be replaced by Delson Heleno, who will take on Shirai at a 180 lbs catchweight. [Tatame]
Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture will indeed drop down to 205 lbs to meet Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC 105 on November 15. The UFC officially announced the bout today. Couture (16-10) will fight at light heavyweight for the first time since suffering his second straight loss to former champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 and entering a temporary retirement. [UFC.com]
— Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and Japanese MMA pioneer Rumina Sato have been announced as participants Vale Tudo Japan 2009 on October 30, the first time the event will be held in nearly ten years. According to Gomi, the fight will be his last in his native country of Japan. A featherweight bout between Takeshi Inoue and Alexandre Franca Nogueira will also take place at the show. [Sherdog.com]
From Shooto’s “Tradition 4” event in November 2008, here’s former TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki going up against longtime Japanese veteran Rumina Sato.
Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
Reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki has signed to take on longtime Japanese veteran Rumina Sato in what will likely be the main event of Shooto’s scheduled “Tradition 4” card on November 29 at Korakuen Hall in Japan. The organization officially announced the bout earlier today.
After losing consecutive fights in the middle of last year, Hioki has bounced back to go on a five-fight undefeated streak. He most recently submitted Thierry Quenneville in the first round to retain his TKO featherweight title at TKO 35 on October 3. Hioki’s last Shooto bout saw him fight to a draw against Hiroshi Nakamura in August.
Sato will be competing in his 35th Shooto fight at the event. “Moon Wolf” has struggled as of late, losing four out of his last five bouts. He was last submitted by Akitoshi Tamura at Shooto’s 20th anniversary show in May. His last victory inside the promotion came against Augusto Frota at Shooto’s “Back to our Roots 2” event in March of last year, where Sato stopped Frota early in the first round due to a cut.
Akitoshi Tamura (left) poses with Tenkei Fujimiya. Photo courtesy of Shooto.
Former Shooto featherweight champion Akitoshi Tamura will jump right back into action just over a month since losing his title when he takes on longtime veteran Rumina Sato at Shooto’s upcoming “Road to 20th Anniversary” show on May 3rd.
The promotion announced the bout at a press conference yesterday.
Tamura was upset by Hideki Kadowaki at Shooto’s Back to Our Roots 8 event in March, costing Tamura his featherweight belt after losing a majority decision. It was Tamura’s second career loss to Kadowaki and his first loss inside the confines of Shooto since May of 2006.
Interestingly enough, Sato’s last loss came at the hands of Kadowaki as well. Kadowaki submitted Sato with a rear naked choke last September. Sato has fought sparingly in recent years and has lost three out of his last four bouts.
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will attempt to keep his current five-fight winning streak intact when he takes on fellow PRIDE veteran David Baron in another featured fight at the event.
HT: MMA Man Japan
News and Notes
- According to his management team, it seems that Fedor is going to sign with a promotion very soon:
That situation isn’t likely to remain so for much longer though, as speculation has swirled around Fedor’s contract status, or lack thereof, as of late. The hot rumor over the past few days has been that he has inked a deal with the UFC.
Not so says Reed Wallace, President of White Chocolate Management, who represents Fedor Emelianenko in the United States.
“Fedor has not signed anything [as of Tuesday afternoon],” Wallace informed MMAWeekly. “He’s going to do something soon. They can’t negotiate forever.”
So Wallace and company are getting fed up with waiting, just like the rest of the MMA world. It’s nothing surprising, but Apy Echteld sayng that contract talks with the UFC are going well certainly is:
Fedor’s managers, Vadim Finkelstein and Apy Echteld, met with the UFC late last week, but a signed contract has yet to materialize. “UFC discussions went very well according to Apy,” said Wallace in reference to the meeting. Initially it seemed the UFC was unwilling to make any modifications to their contract, but it now appears there has been some movement.
“I can say that they are very close to a deal, but some last minute players have stepped up as well,” he said.
One of those players as we all now know is Mark Cuban. The other is assumed to be K-1 Hero’s.
- Sherdog is reporting that Rumina Sato will take on Hideki Kadowaki at Shooto’s Back to our Roots show on September 22nd:
Shooto charisma Rumina Sato (Pictures) will fight Wajyutsu Keisyukai grappling ace Hideki Kadowaki (Pictures) on the Sept. 22 installment of the “Back to Our Roots” series, a source confirmed to Sherdog.com.
Leading Shooto promoter Sustain is expected to officially announce the Sato-Kadowaki bout later this week. The match-up will be the ninth, and likely final bout added to Sept. 22’s fight card.
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