“Fighting for my country and my heritage is what motivates me. Nothing else … I’m not a UFC fan, so I believe our fight is more important (than Lesnar vs. Carwin). I’m not a fan of watching UFC fights. There is always a lot of negativity coming out of their fights. I don’t want to look too far ahead, I’m just focusing on Werdum. We have two fights left with Stirkeforce, and assuming everything goes well, I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t continue the relationship. But I am considering retirement more and more often now. I’d like to finish out my contract without any losses and then just see what God has planned for me.”
As you can see from the above quote Fedor Emelianenko, widely believed to be MMA’s number one heavyweight, has no plans on joining the UFC. Instead the 33-year-old WAMMA champion is looking more towards retirement. In his next fight Fedor will face off against Fabricio Werdum and if all goes well Fedor would likely challenge for the Strikeforce championship against Alistair Overeem in what would surely be one of Strikeforce’s biggest fights ever.
“When the fight comes with Fedor, which is going to be two, maybe three fights away, I will be definitely ready for him. It’s hard for me because when Brock (Lesnar) came in [to the UFC] Brock fought for the title after his second fight and everybody was [upset] about that. So I take a step back and say, ‘I’m going to take a different route.’ And I take my time and I have fights and everybody is like, ‘Why doesn’t Bobby fight Fedor?’ You can’t win for losing. There’s nothing I can do so I figure I’m going to do it the right way, and the way I know is the right way, and work my way up. I guarantee you I’m going to give the fans what they want. I’m going to be on this guy like he’s never seen before. So I’ll definitely put on a great show.”
Bobby Lashley was recently picked up by Strikeforce and already he is going on about when he would like to face Fedor. Maybe someone should inform him that the best guy he has faced so far is Jason Guida, who at the time was 17-19 with 2NC. Needless to say he did beat Guida even if it did take three rounds of lay-n-pray. I think instead of mouthing off about Fedor so early on in his career he should focus on putting on a show in his next fight (Jan 30th, “Miami”).
What do you think? Should Bobby Lashley keep his mouth shut until he has actually beat a decent fighter or should he keep going on about it till he gets the Fedor fight?
These odds are astounding considering that I personally have not seen anything bad out of Rogers in the fights I have watched him in.
I myself have just put some money down on Rogers because he will surely drop to easily around +300 or lower unless the odds makers are banking on more casual MMA fans to be putting their money on the more popular guy. Right now with Sportsbook Fedor stands at -675, you have to bet $675 just to win $100 that is an insane amount of risk. Put just $100 on Rogers though and you can be walking away with $475 in profit.
The way I see it, Arlovski was doing pretty great against Fedor back when they fought in Affliction but due to the fact that he got carried away he ended up getting KTFO’d. Arlovski lasted just over 3 minutes against Fedor. Now fast-forward a few months into the future and Brett Rogers goes and man-handles Arlovski in just a few short seconds. Brett Rogers has the power and ability to be the man to truly stop Fedor Emelianenko.
It was announced yesterday by Strikeforce that their latest signing Fedor Emelianenko would be taking on Brett Rogers this November. Fedor is considered by many the #1 heavyweight fighter in the world. He also takes the #1 spot on many P4P rankings that are out there. It is no doubt though that Rogers will prove to be a bigger challenge than any of Fedor’s Affliction opponents (Sylvia, Arlovski). The undefeated heavyweight prospect has knocked out many fighters and one of his huge fists to a fighters face is all it takes to put them out cold.
Both fighters hold first round KO’s over former UFC Champion Andrei Arlovski I have to say that Rogers’ was a lot more convincing due to the fact that the fight had barely even started.
So what do you think? Does Rogers have what it takes to put a stop to the mighty Fedor?
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:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Luis Farias (916) 826-6069
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.
Compustrike just released all of their stats for the Affliction “Day of Reckoning” event. It features all of the main card bouts including the main event between Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko.
Fedor may have been the victor via a stunning KO punch but as expected Arlovski led in the stats landing 18 skrikes on Fedor. Fedor on the other hand landed 9 on Arlovski which lends meaning to the famous saying “Quality not quantity.”
Matt Lindland obviously came off worst on the stats landing 1 of 1 punch. It may equate to 100% but I doubt he even remembers the event let alone being beat. Vitor Belfort was the victor in the fight landing one amazing shot just 30 seconds in that put an end to Lindlands night. Belfort landed 6/7 strikes for an 86% rating.
Results from Affliction “Day of Reckoning” will begin to roll-in within the next few minutes (7:30EST). Main card results should be here starting from 9:30EST but could be a bit delayed until around 11EST but bear with us. We will be here to live blog Fedor vs. Arlovski.
Affliction “Day of Reckoning” Live Results:
WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko destroys Andrei Arlovski via KO caught Arlovski in mid-air and laid him out on the mat. 3:14 into round one
Josh Barnett defeats Gilbert Yvel via submission (strikes) at 3:05 of round three
Vitor Belfort defeats Matt Lindland via knockout (strikes) at 0:37 of round one
Renato “Babalu” Sobral defeats Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:36 of round two
Dan Lauzon defeats Bobby Green via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:55 of round one
Paul Buentello defeats Kiril Sidelnikov via technical knockout (doctor stoppage) at 4:18 of round three
Affliction Day of Reckoning HDNet Live Results:
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeats Vladimir Matyushenko via (T)KO round 2
Jay Hieron vs. Jason High
LC Davis defeats Bao Quach via unanimous decision (29-28 All 3 judges)
Albert Rios defeats Antonio Duarte via unanimous decision (29-28 All 3 judges)
Brett Cooper defeats Patrick Speight via (T)KO 4:10 into round 2
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski (265-pound limit)
Round one: Here it is. The main event of the evening and the opening few minutes Arlovski is looking like the dominant fighter throwing leg kicks and dodging those huge hooks from Fedor. Tito Ortiz a quick not Fedor does not equal “Theodore”. The two were doing a bit of dirty boxing in the corner and referee “Big” John McCarthy separated the two. Fedor threw a right and knocked the shit right outa Arlovski. It was just so quick my mind is all over the place. Still a minute after the fight Arlovski is sat on the ground.
In comes the WAMMA belt and the ring announcer tells us “Fedor Emelianenko is real.”
On the replay you clearly see that Arlovski went for a flying knee and the so called “Theodore” smashed him in mid-air knocking Arlovski unconscious.
Final result:WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko destroys Andrei Arlovski via KO caught Arlovski in mid-air and laid him out on the mat. 3:14 into round one