Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 05/18/2012
By PDG Staff
UFC 146 Heavyweights give their Predictions for Barnett vs. Cormier
While the odds-makers make Josh Barnett the betting favorite to win the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix Saturday night in San Jose and live on Showtime Barnett’s peers respectfully disagree.
As a former UFC heavyweight champion and PRIDE Grand Prix finalist, Barnett has seen it all during his 15-year, 31-5, career as a mixed martial artist. He has defeated the likes of Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mark Hunt and has looked almost unstoppable in the Strikeforce GP thus far, tapping out Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov to reach tomorrow’s final.
However, the main and co-main eventers of next weekend’s UFC 146 event all tip 9-0 Daniel Cormier to make a mockery of the odds and win the Grand Prix after he stormed the field as an alternate, defeating Jeff Monson and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Junior dos Santos, reigning UFC heavyweight champion, said: “They are both great fighters and this is a fight that could end very quickly for each guy. But Cormier is more explosive and has the better chances to end this early. It could be very exciting, but I think Cormier wins.”
Frank Mir, two-time UFC heavyweight champion, said: “I think Cormier takes this. I can’t see Barnett getting him to the ground, his wrestling is too strong. And on the feet I think Cormier has the power to end things. But with two top heavyweights, anything can happen. That’s why this division is so exciting – anyone who is world class can beat anyone else with one punch. You can’t say that about the lighter weight classes and that’s why heavyweight fights are so cool to watch.”
Cain Velasquez, former UFC heavyweight champion said: “I pick Daniel Cormier. Number one, because I train with him but also because he’s so hungry in this sport, I don’t think he will be denied. He was really raw when he came into our gym the first time a couple of years ago but he picked up everything a lot faster than most. He has dangerous strikes and I can’t see Josh getting him to the ground. Daniel’s wrestling is too good; I think he takes this fight and makes a statement about his future in the division.”
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who reached the Grand Prix semi-final stage before losing to Cormier, also picked his old rival for the win, saying: “I think Cormier will win this fight and be the Grand Prix Champion. I was very surprised by him in our fight. I think he is too strong, too powerful in this fight. He punches very hard and his wrestling is very good. I think he will win inside the distance unless Josh Barnett gets this to the ground quickly.”
Top contenders collide for UFC Interim Bantamweight Title at UFC 148
On Friday evening’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter Live, UFC President Dana White officially announced Renan Barao, 26-1 with 1 no-contest, will face Urijah Faber for the UFC Interim Bantamweight Title at UFC 148.
The fight card change comes on the heels of reigning UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s knee injury, and subsequent withdrawal, in early May.
The owner of the longest unbeaten streak in mixed martial arts (27 fights without a loss), the Brazilian ‘Baron’ has stormed his way to the top of the UFC’s 135lbs division beating – in succession – Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen.
The 25-year-old Barao said: “I’m very surprised to be the No.1 contender to now fight Urijah Faber but I’m so very excited to fight for the title and replace Dominick Cruz. I’m very confident. I have been training a long time for this chance and I will be ready to go out there and put on a good show.”
A Letter from Tanikawa regarding FEG’s Bankruptcy
This is Sadaharu Tanikawa. As I already announced last April, trademark right of K-1 has been transferred to K-1 Global Holdings / EMCOM and I resigned the position of K-1’s event producer. Today I need to inform you another important fact.
I received a notice of a petition for bankruptcy of FEG from Tokyo district court in April 10th. This lawsuit was made by Golden Glory / Knockout Investment. The team leader Bas Boon, who had outstanding money from FEG occurred at K-1 WGP FINAL 2010 and Dynamite 2010, applied an application for the bankruptcy.
K-1’s right has been transferred to EMCOM but most of the debt was left to FEG. I had been trying to pay off the debt but after becoming bankrupt, there are no ways left to carry it on. I was working with people who Boon and EMCOM brought to pay off the debt but Boon changed his mind and suddenly pushed us to bankruptcy. This was surprising to me and I didn’t understand why he had to do that. Somehow he needed to make that action for some reasons.
After appearing 2 times in court, the district court delivered us a judgment of bankruptcy. An official receiver was designated and bankruptcy proceeding has already started. In the next procedure, assets and debt are officially adjusted and then reported to creditors. I truly apologize to all creditors. I will submit all property I possess. I will sacrifice all my life to compensate for this.
After the judgment was delivered, I spoke to Mr. Boon. He was saying like “I have no grudge against you, Tanikawa. I know you have been working hard to protect K-1. I know you have no money left on you. But I just have another purpose that I had to make this action and have FEG become bankrupt”. I’m not on the position for blaming Mr. Boon. So I think I should not make any statements on this. I only would like to apologize to all the people who have supported K-1 for long time. I once promise to make up to the people in the rest of my life. This is my last message on this website. I wish new K-1 best. Once again, I appreciate all the big support you have ever given to us.
May 16, 2012
Former representative director
Shane Carwin to break his Silence on Inside MMA
Inside MMA will talk exclusively to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin live on Monday, May 21st in his first broadcast interview since back surgery last year. Fans want to know whether Carwin plans to fight again, and he will talk with Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten about what the future holds for him and his MMA career. Inside MMA with Shane Carwin LIVE Monday at 8pmET/5pmPT only on HDNet.
Another Change to UFC 146, Hunt out – Johnson In
The UFC 146 heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Mark Hunt — which had been the only main card fight untouched by the shakeups caused by Alistair Overeem’s withdrawal from the event — has now gone the way of the others with Mark Hunt suffering an injury just nine days out. Stepping in to his spot to fight “The Skyscraper” is Lavar “Big” Johnson, who’s coming off of two knockout of the night performances in 2012.
“I heard last night there was a chance I could get this fight and I accepted right away,” said Johnson. “You don’t get chances like this too much in life, so when you are lucky, you make the most of it. I took one week off after last fight [May 5] and then went back to the gym.”
Glory World Series – First 16 Card Updated
May 26, 2012
United Glory: 2012 Glory World Series
Ericsson Globe Arena
Final 16 – 70KG – 26th May 2012 Stockholm:
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Fabio Pinca
Max Vorovski vs. Sanny Dahlbeck
Robin van Roosmalen vs. Dzhabar Askerov
Ky Hollenback vs. Michael Corley
Yoshihiro Sato vs. Shemsi Beqiri
Dennis Schneidmiller vs. Tie Yinghua
Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Cosmo Alexandre
Albert Kraus vs. Mohamed El Mir
GLORY WORLD SERIES Super Fights – 26th May 2012 Stockholm:
Nieky Holzken vs. Alex Harris
Semmy Schilt vs. Errol Zimmerman
Gokhan Saki vs. Carter Williams
Sergey Kharitonov vs. Tony Lopez
Dritan Barjamaj vs. Jason Jermain Jordan
Bellator 70 – Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle
The Big Easy will be the host for Bellator 70 as heavyweights Cole Konrad and Eric Prindle face off for the Bellator World Championship and headline a loaded fight card presented by Harrah’s New Orleans from the New Orleans Convention Center on Friday, May 25. The night will also feature the Finals of Bellator’s Lightweight Tournament, a Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal fight and a host of preliminary action featuring some of Louisiana’s best talent, including New Orleans’ own Rich Clementi.
The preliminary card, featuring the area’s top talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE on Spike.com starting at 6 p.m. CST. The official weigh-ins for Bellator 70 will be held at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 24 at Masquerade inside Harrah’s Casino.
After a dominating run through the Season 6 Lightweight Tournament that included a vicious knockout over Ricardo Tirloni at Bellator 62, Rick Hawn is looking to secure his guaranteed title shot with a victory over Brent Weedman. For Weedman, the longtime Bellator veteran is eager for his title shot, and knows it’s just a victory away.
“Winning this tournament is important to me because it will really cement who I am as a fighter,” Weedman said. “With each round, the tougher guys are going to advance, and they will be able to get that exposure on TV again and again. The fans at home will be following their stories and following their fights. Whoever wins this tournament is going to be solidified.”
Known as one of the better bantamweight prospects in MMA, Luis Nogueira is set to take on the incredibly skilled “Iron” Nakamura in the Season 6 Bantamweight Semifinals. Both secured dominating victories in their quarterfinal fights, and will look to keep the momentum going into the finals at Bellator 70.
The night will also feature Louisiana native Rich “No Love” Clementi returning to the Bellator cage after nearly two years against Derek Campos. A long time veteran of the sport, Clementi holds notable victories over Melvin Guillard, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Sam Stout, and is primed for a homecoming victory.
New Orleans native Charlie “Superstar” Rader will look to get back to his winning ways when he squares off against fellow welterweight A.J. Matthews in front of family and friends. The 30-year-old Rader has won both of his previous fights in Bellator, as “Superstar” delivered two TKO finishes to Josh Rafferty and Christian Fulgium.
An intriguing catchweight contest will take place as once-beaten prospect Josh Shockley faces local fighter Keith Schneider. Shockley is currently riding a three-fight winning streak that includes a Bellator 60 victory over Shamar Bailey.
The New Orleans Convention Center will play host to a middleweight bout as Cologne, Germany’s Jonas Billstein takes on well-traveled MMA veteran Mike Seal. Billstein, who enjoyed a nine-fight winning streak to begin his career, is looking to make a statement when he enters the Bellator cage against New Orleans’ Seal.
MMA veteran Kyle Bradley of nearby Denham Springs, Louisiana will step back in the cage when he meets John Harris in a lightweight fight. Bradley, who has scored a finish in 15 of his 16 wins, will try to secure his first win this year at Bellator 70.
Also, local bantamweights Blake Dufour and Derek Arcement will meet as the two young, hungry fighters looking to take their careers to the next level. Both men will be making their Bellator debuts when they meet in front of an electric New Orleans crowd.
Rounding out the card, Mississippi’s own Jeremiah Riggs will meet fellow middleweight Kelvin Tiller in a 185-pound matchup. Tiller, who has posted three consecutive wins, will look to keep his momentum going against Riggs.
It’s Showtime 56 Belgium – Daniel Ghita vs. Brian Douwes
UFC on Fuel TV 4 – Card Updated
UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman
July 11, 2012
San Jose, California
Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman
Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson
Brandon Vera vs. James TeHuna
Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Vaughan Lee
Raphael Assuncao vs. Issei Tamura
Chris Cariaso vs. Josh Ferguson
Rafael ‘Sapo’ Natal vs. Andrew Craig
Tom DeBlass vs. Nick Penner
Mandela Antone vs. Robbie Hageman added to It’s Showtime 57 & 58
Another fight has been added to the card of ‘Music Hall & BFN Group present It’s Showtime 57 & 58 on June 30th in Brussels, Belgium: Mandela Antone vs Robbie Hageman. Both Antone and Hageman are two upcoming fighters with an attractive and attacking style, young prospects ready to make it to the world elite in the near future. So next to all the big names such as Peter Aerts, Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita, Chris Ngimbi, Andy Souwer and more, there’s also a lot of talent on this card.
UFC on Fuel TV 3 Medical Suspensions & Fighter Salaries
UFC on Fuel TV 3 Medical Suspensions:
Indefinite Suspensions (Pending Eye Evaluations):
UFC on Fuel TV 3 Fighter Salaries:
Chan Sung Jung: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Poirier: $14,000
Amir Sadollah: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Jorge Lopez: $6,000
Donald Cerrone: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Jeremy Stephens: $24,000
Yves Jabouin: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Jeff Hougland: $8,000
Igor Pokrajac: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Fabio Maldonado: $11,000
Tom Lawlor: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Jason MacDonald: $19,000
Brad Tavares: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Dongi Yang: $12,000
Cody McKenzie: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Marcus LeVesseur: $6,000
T.J. Grant: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Carlo Prater: $10,000
Rafael Dos Anjos: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Kamal Shalorus: $11,000
Johnny Eduardo: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Jeff Curran: $8,000
Francisco Rivera: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Alex Soto: $6,000
UFC on Fuel TV 3 Fighter Payroll: $481,000.00
Miranda, Garner and Grishin victorious at M-1 Challenge 32
Black house fighter Mario Miranda has become the new M-1 Challenge middleweight champion, Kenny Garner defended his interim heavyweight title, Maxim Grishin made successful debut in light heavyweight category.
M-1 Challenge 32 Results:
Iftikhor Arbobov def. Igor Egorov by sumbission, 1 round, 1:27
Nikolay Kaushansky def. Mantas Liulionis by submission, 1 round, 2:04
Marcin Zontek def. Salim Davydov by TKO, 2 round, 2:41
Ramazan Esenbaev def. Daniel Madrid by submission, 1 round, 2:16
Arsen Abdulkerimov def. Jessie Gibbs by submission, 2 round, 0:47
Musa Khamanaev def. Artiom Damkovsky by unanimous decision
Maxim Grishin def. Joachim Christensen by unanimous decision
Mario Miranda def. Arthur Guseinov by submission, 3 round, 3:23
Kenny Garner def. Magomed Malikov by KO, 3 round, 3:31
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