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Next For Mirko! Seriously Considering The UFC?

January 25, 2009 4 comments

More Cro Cop UFC comeback rumors

There has been more talk of Mirko Cro Cop making a return to the UFC after Dana White confirmed recent rumors in video interview with Fighters Only Magazine.  White said that the UFC is in early talks with Cro Cop for a comeback to the UFC. He also said that Cro Cop’s return would not be a one off fight deal but that it would be long term contract. He then refuted rumors that his comeback fight would be against MMA veteran Mark “The Hammer” Coleman.  Below is a recent Croatian article that speculates as to what the most likely scenario is for the former Parliamentarian.

Cro Cop To Return To The UFC?

The worlds most popular MMA organization is planning to recruit Mirko Cro Cop for its scheduled event in Cologne, Germany. The event will be the organizations first in Germany and is scheduled for the 12th of June. The news of the talks were first reported by Sherdog, a popular MMA news portal.

According to American sources, Mirko Filipovic (34), is seriously considering a UFC return after his Dream/FEG contract expires. Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, is offering a Cro Cop a main event statues should he accept a new contract with the UFC. The main reason behind offer is the UFC inability to secure either Chuck Liddell or Randy Couture for the card.

Speculation from the Sherdog article suggests that Mirko could either face former champion Tito Ortiz (34) or Brazilian Lyoto Machida (30). However major obstacles remain for the proposed match ups including Ortiz’s unwillingness to move to the heavyweight division and Cro Cop inability to move down the light heavyweight division. (Translation from Croatian news portal, Index)

Late Money on Fedor Wise Investment

If you had been watching the betting lines for Fedor vs. Arloski, you would have noticed a lot late money coming in for Fedor. The betting lines for several major sports books had moved dramatically in the WAMMA champions favor. Naturally it was quite a bad night for the odds makers as the majority of the favorites cashed in on the night. The only upset on the main card turned out be Vitor Belfort’s knockout win over Matt “The Law” Lindland. Four out of five favorites won on the main card. The same number of favorites were victories on the under card.

The next major MMA event is less than a week. UFC 94 betting odds have been up for a while however under card lines should be released on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. Most of the betting action on the main event has favoured underdog BJ Penn. His line has come in sharply. Betting lines for the co-main event, Machida vs Silva, have remained steady. UFC 94 is could become the most bet on MMA card in history.

Mousasi To Return In March Or April! Santiago: “It Seems Akiyama Will Be There Now”

January 24, 2009 3 comments

In an interview with Gegard Mousasi at the Honda Center by iguillotine.com, Mousasi says that he will fight in DREAM next in either March or April. It seems that the fight will be at Light Heavyweight.

SENGOKU Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago says in a newly translated interview that SENGOKU are hiring new fighters and that “it seems Akiyama (Yoshihiro) will be there now.”

Pre 2009 Featherweight GP’s! Japanese Featherweights Comment

January 24, 2009 6 comments

In the latest Gonkaku Magazine a lot of Japanese Featherweights were asked about the two Featherweight GP’s in Japan.

DREAM: Masakazu Imanari (said that he will do his best to get a fight with KID), Wicky Akiyo (clearly DREAM)

Overseas: Dokonjonosuke Mishima (it seems that he is injured right now, will defend his DEEP title in July, and then back to the UFC or WEC), Takeya Mizugaki (aiming at the WEC), Akitoshi Tamura (will drop to Bantamweight in the WEC)

SHOOTO: Masakatsu Ueda, Lion Takeshi (will fight in SHOOTO in May), Rumina Sato (his target is the SHOOTO title), Hideki Kadowaki (he wishes that others join SHOOTO)

Undecided: Hiroyuki Takaya (no comment), Yuji Hoshino (undecided between the two, but thinks that 65kg fits him the best), Hatsu Hioki (interested in DREAM, SENGOKU and the WEC), Yoshiro Maeda (wants to fight in DREAM but is bothered by his losses in the WEC)

Source: Gogoplog

Rumor! Akiyama Vs. Yoshida In July?

January 24, 2009 1 comment

There is a report on the sponichi website hinting at a Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama fight in July at SENGOKU IX. There is also a quote by WVR PR Kokuho in the article where he showed interest and didn’t deny anything.

In related news, Kazuo Misaki is quoted as saying: “If Akiyama signs I will welcome him. I want to hold a boiling-like fight.” in the latest Gonkaku magazine.

SENGOKU 2009 Schedule! Nam Phan In Featherweight GP?

January 23, 2009 6 comments

WVR PR Kokuho said at the press conference today that 6 events are being planned for 2009. They will be in March, Early May, July, August, September, and November (plus SENGOKU NO RAN 2010 in early 2010). The Featherweight GP participants will be announced next week and Kokuho said that a fighter from American Top Team (Pequeno?) and Team Trojan (James Thompson, Zelg Galesic) will be in it. Could the fighter from Team Trojan be Ronnie Mann?

Another possible GP participant seems to be Nam Phan who would then be moving down to Featherweight from Lightweight. Thanks to reader sprewell for putting this into light. From his website:

Nam trains w/ Andy Wang and Bao Quach for his upcoming fight in Japan (March 2009)

Update: Hidehiko Yoshida might return in July.

Update #2: Kokuho said that he wants to hold a one night 4-man tournament which would include Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva to determine the first ever SENGOKU Heavyweight champion.

SENGOKU VII
Date: March 20th, 2009
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan

Light Heavyweight Fight:
King Mo vs. Ryo Kawamura

Possible GP Participants:
Alexandre Franca Nogueira
Marlon Sandro
Hiroyuki Takaya
Nam Phan

Possible Fights:
Roger Gracie vs. Jeff Monson

Possible Participants:
Pawel Nastula

Fight Official! Ryo Kawamura Vs. King Mo Announced

January 23, 2009 2 comments

The rumored fight is now official. Light Heavyweight King Of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura will face King Mo in a Light Heavyweight fight at SENGOKU VII on March 20th. If you haven’t seen the fight where Kawamura won the Pancrase title, look for it on YouTube because it is really good.

SENGOKU VII
Date: March 20th, 2009
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan

Light Heavyweight Fight:
King Mo vs. Ryo Kawamura

Possible GP Participants:
Alexandre Franca Nogueira
Marlon Sandro
Hiroyuki Takaya

Possible Fights:
Roger Gracie vs. Jeff Monson

Possible Participants:
Pawel Nastula

DREAM 2009 Schedule! GP Absence Of KID Denied

January 22, 2009 8 comments

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At a press conference today, DREAM event producer Keiichi Sasahara announced the dates of the DREAM events in 2009. He also denied the reports of KID not participating in the GP. However, it is not yet decided if he will fight in the March or April event. The Featherweight GP participants will be announced at a press conference next week.

2009 DREAM Schedule

  • March 8th – DREAM.7 – Saitama Super Arena
  • April 5th – DREAM.8 – Nippon Gaishi Hall
  • May – DREAM.9 – Somewhere in Kanto
  • July – DREAM.10 – Somewhere in Kanto
  • September – DREAM.11 – Somewhere in Kanto
  • October – DREAM.12 – Not decided
  • December 31st – Dynamite!! – Saitama Super Arena

Other Information

  • The weight of the DREAM Featherweight division will be somewhere between 62 and 64 kg.
  • The Welterweight GP will consist of 8 participants.
  • The Welterweight GP finals will be in July and the Featherweight GP finals will be in September.
  • The May and September events will get a prime time slot on TBS. The rest will be shown late at night.
  • Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Gegard Mousasi, Sergei Kharitonov, and Jason “Mayhem” Miller are being looked at as superfight participants.
  • Sasahara said that the probability of Schilt, Overeem or CroCop fighting in the UFC is low.
  • An interim title might be created if Hansen is absent for too long.

SENGOKU VII! King Mo Vs. The LHW King Of Pancrase?

January 22, 2009 3 comments

Thanks to Forrest Lynn (Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online) for informing us that King Mo vs. LHW KOP Ryo Kawamura is very likely to take place at SENGOKU VII on March 20th. This was a fight that many people thought would happen on January 4th.

SENGOKU VII
Date: March 20th, 2009
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan

Possible GP Participants:
Alexandre Franca Nogueira
Marlon Sandro
Hiroyuki Takaya

Possible Fights:
Roger Gracie vs. Jeff Monson
King Mo vs. Ryo Kawamura

Possible Participants:
Pawel Nastula

Pre 2009 Featherweight GP’s! Chase Beebe In DREAM GP?

January 21, 2009 2 comments

MMAWeekly have learned that Chase Beebe intends to sign a three-fight deal with FEG to participate in this years DREAM Featherweight GP. Before the GP he will fight Mike Easton at the UWC on February 21st though. He is looking to end a two fight losing streak with that fight.

DREAM Possible/Rumored:
Chase Beebe

SENGOKU Possible/Rumored:
Alexandre Franca Nogueira
Marlon Sandro
Hiroyuki Takaya
Arai/Kanehara

Paraestra Tokyo & WVR Discussion! Contents TBA Soon?

January 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Paraestra Tokyo instructor Taro Wakabayashi wrote a post in his blog about a discussion with WVR PR Kuniyasu on the 19th. He thinks that an announcement about the contents of the discussion will be made soon.

The legendary Yuki Nakai founded Paraestra Tokyo and some notable fighters from there are Shinya Aoki and current Shooto Featherweight Champion Masakatsu Ueda.

I have no idea what the discussion was about. It could have been about the SENGOKU tryouts on February 1st for example. Hopefully we find out in the coming days.

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