In the above video courtesy of Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan gives his take on next weekend’s anticipated heavyweight showdown between MMA legends Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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Affliction caused quite a stir earlier this month when right after their successful debut into the world of MMA with “Banned”, VP Tom Atencio immediately started discussing plans for a second show later this year. News floated around and eventually it was reported that the promotion would hold a show right in the UFC’s backyard, even using one of their former champions in the main event.
However those clamoring to see Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski duke it out for WAMMA’s “title”, (that would be all of us) may now have to wait a little bit longer for that to happen, and for more than one reason.
It’s not that alarming but the California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions from Affliction’s July 19th event earlier today. Normally it would just be protocol to list out the suspensions and their length. However two of the the second planned show’s biggest draws may be unable to participate.
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Yahoo! announced earlier today that they have come to terms on a deal that will have the popular internet website become the new online distributor for UFC pay-per-view events via Yahoo! Sports.
The first event that Yahoo! Sports will broadcast as part of the new agreement will be UFC 82: Pride of a Champion, which takes place on March 1st at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The event features a middleweight title unification bout between UFC champion Anderson Silva and PRIDE champion Dan Henderson, who will be dropping down from light heavyweight in order to unify the belts.
Also featured will be a heavyweight clash between Cheick Kongo and Heath Herring as well as the return of former middleweight champion Evan Tanner as he goes up against top contender Yushin Okami.
“This relationship with Yahoo! is an important step for the UFC to build its global distribution platform for live pay-per-view events,” said Dana White, UFC President. “We are looking forward to working with Yahoo! Sports to expand our reach and bring the sport of mixed martial arts to fight fans in every corner of the world in every possible language.”
The two companies began a working relationship in 2007 that had Yahoo! Sports feature exclusive UFC content such as news, photos, interviews, and video content.
Before today’s agreement, the UFC had live pay-per-view events available for purchase on their official website. So far MMA on Tap has been unable to confirm whether or not this will continue or become exclusive to Yahoo! Sports.
Andrei Arlovski poses at the UFC 70 press conference. Photo courtesy of Arlovski.tv
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will finally make his long-awaited return to action when the UFC travels to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st. His opponent will likely be one that is making a return as well - upstart wrestler Jake O’Brien.
Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole has reportedly confirmed Arlovski’s return date with UFC President Dana White who also mentioned that O’Brien will most likely be Arlovski’s opponent.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Arlovski would be returning at the event late last week but Arlovski was not officially signed for the event until this past weekend.
Arlovski has not fought since winning an easy unanimous decision over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70 all the way back in April. Since then Arlovski’s management team has been locked up in unsuccessful contract extension talks with the UFC that have kept the former champ on the sidelines. This fight will be the last bout on his current contract with the promotion.
O’Brien has been on an even longer hiatus. He last pulled off a major upset over veteran heavyweight Heath Herring at UFC Fight Night 8 nearly one year ago. O’Brien underwent surgery this past summer to correct a near career-ending spine injury. The The former Purdue University wrestling standout is undefeated inside the UFC thus far.
Happy Thanksgiving bitches! Sorry for the lateness but here’s a roundup of today’s news…
- Cage Rage has announced that U.K. native Jordan Miller will replace an injured Brad Pickett against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain on December 1st.
Pickett was forced to pull out of the bout after breaking his arm during training.
- Yahoo! Sports has added a new MMA videos section.
- The UFC has officially announced four additional bouts for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, which is set to take place at The Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 8th:
Jared Rollins vs. Jon Koppenhaver
Troy Mandaloniz vs. Richie Hightower
Roman Mitichyan vs. Dorian Price
Paul Georgieff vs. Jonathan Goulet
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Drew McFedries will return to the Octagon against Patrick Cote according to a Facebook bulletin posted by Cote himself. Dann Stupp and company are also reporting that American Kickboxing Academy’s Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch will most likely be back in action at UFC 82 in March.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Bryson Kamaka has tested positive for marijuana following post-fight tests for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives last weekend. Kamaka has been suspended for three months and fined $500.
Strikeforce has announced that they will be streaming their upcoming show, Strikeforce: Tournament Series, live on Yahoo! Sports Friday, November 16 beginning at 11 PM EST.
Available to all internet users located beyond a 150 mile radius of San Jose, the live stream, free of charge to viewers, will begin at 8 PM PST (11 PM EST) and include the entire Strikeforce four-man, single-elimination tournament, featuring middleweight (185 lb. limit) stars Trevor Prangley (16-4), Falaniko Vitale (24-7), Yuki Sasaki (21-13-1), and Jorge Santiago (14-7). Each tournament bout will consist of two, five-minute rounds.
Also included in the stream will be the Strikeforce heavyweight title fight between Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello and Alistair Overeem, Cung Lee vs. Sam Morgan, Bobby Southworth vs. Anthony Ruiz and Brian “The Mad Stork” Schwartz vs. Lemont Davis.