UFC President Dana White just announced that the main event for UFC 103 will feature the return of Vitor Belfort to face off against Rich “Ace” Franklin. Vitor Belfort was scheduled to fight in Affliction Trilogy tomorrow night before the cancellation of the event and the folding of the company due to the loss of it’s main event among other reasons.
The fight between Belfort and Franklin will be a light heavyweight bout and will be the main event in one of the greatest looking cards the UFC has put on. UFC 103 will take place this September 19th from Dallas, Texas and will be live on PPV.
“Tito Ortiz will retire in the UFC,” those were the words from UFC President Dana White just a few moments ago in his press conference. After a war of words that lasted a great deal of time between the UFC President and the star fighter it was time for him to call it a day. Ortiz left the UFC and during his time off had back surgery and even tried his hand at commentating, which he should never do again.
During the press conference Ortiz took to the podium and mentioned that White had apologized and also claimed he is financially sound which I guess is his apology for all the underpaid comments years back.
The reason Ortiz didn’t sign with Strikeforce? “If if fought in Strikeforce, who would I fight? I have no more pain in my legs, no more numbness. It’s about competition.”
Ortiz plans his return to the Octagon under trainer Freddie Roach by the end of the year. Dana White commented that Tito Ortiz is bound to have “ring rust” so a fight against Mark Coleman is in order.
After recently failing a pre-fight drug test Josh Barnett’s career seems to be a bit tipsy. What better way to keep in shape than head off to Japan and compete in some pro wrestling for Inoki Genome Federation.
The news of Barnett’s return to pro wrestling was broke today by Fanhouse who were able to confirm the news after speaking to Barnett’s manager Shannon Hooper. Barnett himself has not yet commented on his situation in either mixed martial arts or professional wrestling and it is still unknown as to when, if at all Barnett will return to MMA combat.
For the purpose of this article I will be using odds provided by Bodog. Due to the fact that these odds can change by the minute you should keep in mind that all up to date odds can be found on the Bodog Sportsbook website.
BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian
BJ Penn – -270
Kenny Florian – +210
Despite how close of a fight I felt this would be the bookies have it differently. For every one dollar you would want to win betting on Penn you would have to put $2.70 on. On the other hand though a nice $1 bet on Florian would garner you $2.10 if he was to win.
Since starting in the UFC’s lightweight division BJ Penn has pretty much dismantled and destroyed each of his opponents. The one big question over his head is how much he actually wants to win. Penn comes from a rich family and in the past has let his training regime slip because he can’t stay focused. If Penn was to pull off the win it would be great for him and would prove he is the greatest lightweight fighter in the world.
Kenny Florian has been through three weight divisions in the UFC and has now found his rightful place within the lightweights. It has been a long time coming but two weeks from now Florian will be fighting for the title and if he was to pull it off the wait would be worth it. Florian has been training with many top caliber fighters to prepare for the title fight including the last man to beat BJ Penn, Georges St. Pierre.
For me, purely based on the odds I would have to put my money on Kenny Florian RIGHT NOW. His odds on Bodog are looking too good right now and I feel that this is the best opportunity to bet on him. I believe that this bet is worth 5 units and could provide great return if Florian can get the better of Penn.
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After leaking money over the last year due to extremely high payrolls and not enough return from gate or PPV the promotion was forced to shut up it’s doors after Josh Barnett’s positive drug test for anabolic steroids. This news came shortly after hearing that the third event, Trilogy was off.
It is now expected that Affliction will return to being solely an apparel company. It is also expected that because the company is no longer competing with the UFC they will be allowed to sponsor fighters once again since being banned last year.
It is not known as of yet whether or not the fighters will be paid for training months on end to be told eight days in advance that they won’t be fighting. It is also not known as to what will become of the Affliction fighters. Most of them, that are still under contract, should see themselves in Strikeforce which would be amazing for what could be considered the second best promotion in the world. If Strikeforce were to get any of these fighters they would instantly rise in the minds of the hardcore.
As for Fedor Emelianenko, I am listening to the ESPN Radio 1100 live feed from Las Vegas. Dana White is currently on the show and he says he is looking at trying to sign Fedor because it is what the fans want. We all know Fedor’s feelings on the contract the UFC offers its fighters… Any chance they will let the exclusive clause die out to get the Last Emperor into the UFC.
Josh Barnett has been denied his fighting license by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) after testing positive for Drostanolone, a form of anabolic steroid.With Barnett’s fight against “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko only 10 days away the bout has been canceled leaving Affliction Entertainment looking for a last minute replacement.
There have been many names thrown into the middle about opponents that could step up to, at the very least, put on a show against the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion. Some of the names that still seem to be in the mix are middleweight Vitor Belfort, undefeated heavyweight prospect Brett Rogers and Jeff Monson. Two fighters who were believed to be opponents who could be selected but have denied the opportunity are Tito Ortiz and Bobby Lashley.**It seems though that while in the process of writing this post that Brett Rogers will not be fighting Fedor.
I will keep updating this post with more information as it arrives. Hopefully Affliction will be able to get a worth opponent (please don’t let it be Belfort).
Official Press Release:
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July 22, 2009
CALIFORNIA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION DENIES LICENSE TO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTER JOSH BARNETT
August 1 Scheduled Bout Against Fedor Emelianenko Not Approved
SACRAMENTO – The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has denied a license to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Josh Barnett after Barnett tested positive for a banned substance.
Barnett’s June 25 drug test came back positive for 2a-methyl-5a-androstan-3a-ol-17-one, an anabolic steroid. CSAC learned of the results July 21 and immediately denied a license for Barnett. CSAC also informed the promoter of Barnett’s August 1 bout against Fedor Emelianenko that the bout would not be approved.
“The license of Josh Barnett was denied pursuant to rule 303 of Title IV of the California Code of Regulations,” said CSAC Interim Executive Officer Dave Thornton. “That rule prohibits the use of certain substances, including anabolic agents, by any boxer or MMA fighter.”
Barnett’s test was observed in the presence of a CSAC representative and the sample was sent to the World Anti-doping Agency test facility at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on June 25 for processing. CSAC was notified of the results yesterday.
Barnett has the right to appeal the denial of his license.
“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” said Thornton. “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put the users of those agents at risk, as well as their opponents. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”
CSAC has among the toughest drug testing standards of any Athletic Commission in the country. It is the only commission that requires drug tests to be observed and in the presence of a commission representative prior to a bout.
Going into the semi-finals today Hayoto Sakurai was the favorite to take the Welterweight Grand-Prix. Sakurai was the lone Japanese representative and in front of his home country he took a beating. Sakurai was cut above and below the eye in the opening 5 minutes of the firsat round and the bout was stopped for the doctors to clean the blood. The fight continued and out of nowhere the dark horse of the tournament Zaromskis pulls off a TKO victory in stunning fashion.
Zaromskis will face the winner of Jason High vs. Andre Galvao which will be taking place in a few minutes from now. The finals will take place in a few hours time.