Archive for May 2009

Cro Cop – “I will KO him in the first”

May 27, 2009

We recently caught up with Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ (24-6) at a press conference. Cro Cop is set to return to the UFC after being unsuccessful in his previous venture when he was brutally KO’d by Gabriel Gonzaga and subsequently dominated by Cheick Kongo in 2007, Cro Cop is currently scheduled to face off against former ‘Cage Rage’ champion Mostapha Al-Turk,  whom he had some choice words for;

You know he is a very tough guy no doubt and he has some good ground skills but I don’t think he will present me with any major problems no matter where the fight goes. To be honest I think I will KO him in the first round most likely with a head kick, then I can focus on working towards a title shot and worrying about some of the higher level opponents.

The Croation star was in talks of retirement in the past, Cro Cop discussed his future in MMA and how this marks a new beginning;

To me its not about the money anymore. I don’t need to fight, but my goal is to have the UFC belt and to make it up for my fans who I let down.  Before I had some injuries and went through surgery but now I am fully recovered and ready.

Fedor Emelianenko vs Josh Barnett confirmed for Affliction 3

May 27, 2009

Confirmed with MMAmania.com that his heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko (30-1-1), will defend his title once again when he faces another former UFC champion and top world-ranked talent, Josh Barnett (24-5).

The long-awaited heavyweight fight will finally happen at Affliction’s third venture, which is set to go down at the Honda Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 1, 2009.

There has been a lot of talk over the years that both fighters were avoiding meeting in the center of the ring because of the friendship that the pair forged during their years fighting overseas under the Pride FC banner. It appears, however, that the showdown was inevitable — they are the last two men standing under the Affliction banner atop their respective division.

Emelianenko is coming off his dramatic win against Andrei Arlovski at Affliction’s second show – Day of Reckoning. The “Russian Cyborg” looked almost human for the first minute and a half as “The Pitbull” peppered him at will with his sound boxing skills.

That all ended in a sudden thud, however, when the Belarusian got a little too aggressive and attempted a flying knee, which Emelianenko countered with overhand right to the chin that put Arlovski out for the count.

As for Barnett, he last competed against Gilbert Yvel at “Day of Reckoning” on the same card as Emelianenko vs. Arlovski. While his win was mostly one sided, Barnett was visibly tired half-way through the fight and was repeatedly ineffective until the he was able to finish the fight via submission (strikes) in the third and final round.

It was not the kind of performance that will likely give Barnett fans much confidence going into his fight with Emelianenko. Regardless, his match up with Emelianenko is years in the making, which could make Affliction 3 the most successful (and memorable) event for the promotion to date.

In other Affliction 3 news, Atencio confirmed the fight card will feature a fight between Gegard Mousasi and Vitor Belfort; however, Belfort’s contract is not yet finalized. Nonetheless, assuming the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed, the fight has been green lit by Atencio.

The ink has also dried on contracts for Paul Buentello, Jay Hieron and Dan Lauzon to compete at Affliction 3. Buentello is rumored to fight Tim Sylvia, but there was no confirmation for Buentello’s opponent. The same goes for Jay Hieron and Dan Lauzon — their rumored opponents, Paul “Semtex” Daily and Chris Horodecki, respectively — are lined up but not yet final.

Matt Hughes – “I want the winner of GSP/Alves”

May 25, 2009

Future UFC hall of famer and long time welterweight champion Matt Hughes recently spoke on his win over Matt Serra at UFC 98 and his future plans. Matt Hughes was awarded a unanimous decision at UFC 98 claiming his 16th win in the Octagon, he gave his thoughts on the fight;

I went out there and followed the gameplan perfectly, I worked with Mark Fiore a lot during camp and it payed off.  I controlled the pace of fight and dealt the most damage, that’s what I feel won me the fight.

Hughes then went on to explain his current situation and his future plans for competing in MMA;

At this moment in time I’m a free agent, I went and sat down with Dana after the fight and discussed a few things, and I can tell you this I’ve got one more big fight left in me and its going to have to be against the winner of the GSP/Alves fight this July. Nothing else makes sense right now, I can’t really get myself motivated for anything else at this point in my career. I feel my chances against either guy are as good as anyones right now.

Coleman calls out Machida

May 24, 2009

After training with Ernest “The Cat” Miller, a well known stand up fighter, Mark “The Hammer”  Coleman believes he has the best chance of defeating Lyoto Machida. After watching last nights fight between “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Machida at UFC 98, Coleman noticed many flaws in Machida’s game.

“I’ve been training hard with “the Cat” and I feel confident that I know what his weaknesses are, and how I can exploit them should we meet in the cage.”

” In my past fights  I relied on my wrestling too much and it showed. Now I know that the key is good cardio and a sound stand up game, which I have now.  I don’t think Machida has faced a wrestler of my caliber before and I think stylistically I match up with him perfectly  “

Coleman who is coming off a loss to former rival Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was disappointed in his last outing, as he explains:

“You know my cardio wasn’t up to scratch for that fight and I believe it was an early stoppage but whatever,  I’m not one to make excuses. Ever since that fight me and Miller have been in the gym  working hard on it and I can keep going for 25 minutes if necessary.

Mark Coleman is currently slated to face Stephen Bonnar at  on July 11th at UFC 100.