Friday, August 28, 2015

Fedor Emelianenko coming back, but Bellator not interested – for now

“We’ve had conversations , but not about fighting,” Coker told MMAjunkie on Thursday in Temecula, Calif., ahead of tonight’s Bellator 141. “I just felt Fedor is a great legend. He’s on the Mount Rushmore of MMA. We had a great time doing the fights together with Fedor (in Strikeforce) … I felt like we’ve done it already with Fedor.”

“We’ve got a great roster and a great thing going,” he said. “When he comes back into the market, I feel like he’s going to come back for three or four years. He’s not going to come back for one fight. And he is coming back – for sure. … But I’m not sure where he’s going – if he’s close to signing with the UFC, I hear rumors of this and that. I haven’t asked him.

“Let’s let him come back and see how it works out for him, and then maybe we’ll have him fight a couple years down the line, or next year, or whatever. The door is open, but I felt like at this point, Bellator is kind of on a little bit of a roll here. Would he add a lot of value? Yes. But we’re just going to sit back and see what happens.”

Fedor on his return:

“For every athlete it is very important to be able to engage in their favorite thing: give all the best in training, performing in competitions, defending the honor of the motherland,” Emelianenko told the site. “… But now I feel that it is time to return to the ring. I was able to recover and heal old wounds. The last three years I have maintained the physical form, but this level is not enough to go into battle.

“Therefore recently I started intensive training. We have assembled a team of versatile coaches and athletes who will help me in the training process. … Negotiations are underway with (promotions). Once agreements are reached, there will be information on the date of the fight and (opponent).”

Friday, August 21, 2015

Miesha Tate 'extremely disappointed' at Ronda Rousey-Holly Holm title snub

“I am extremely disappointed how all the events unfolded this morning regarding news that I will not be fighting Ronda Rousey,” wrote Tate to her roughly 500,000 followers on Instagram. “I was told after my last win that I had earned the title shot.

“I’ve already begun training for Rousey and I was shocked to hear the announcement this morning. I regret this for not only myself, but my team, sponsors and the fans who like me believed my next fight was for the title.”

Tate (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was presumed to be Rousey’s next challenger in what was to be their third meeting after one in the now-defunct Strikeforce and the UFC. But early today, Rousey (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) announced on “Good Morning America” that Holm (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), an undefeated former boxing champion, would be fighting next for the title at UFC 195, which takes place Jan. 2 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

After naming Tate as the next contender, White defended the switch, telling The Times, “We were talking about Miesha from the start, then as we started sitting around we were saying, ‘Everyone has seen the Miesha fight already.’

“A third fight in a rivalry usually comes after the stuff we’d see in (Arturo) Gatti-(Micky) Ward. With Miesha, the result has been the same twice. Everyone’s already seen that fight.”

“There’s two sides to the coin … I’m not sure losing another fight to Ronda so soon would be good for Miesha,” he said. “She’s not going anywhere. I think she’ll be fine.”

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ronda Rousey No. 8 on Forbes’ 2015 highest paid women in sports list

Forbes today reported that UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey banked $6.5 million in fight pay and endorsements from June 2014 to June 2015, coming in eighth on a list dominated by professional tennis players.
Rousey, according to Forbes, made $3 million in fight purses and $3.5 million in endorsements while repping sponsors Reebok, Metro PCS, Monster headphones, Buffalo David Bitton and Carl’s Jr.
Coming in at No. 1 on the list was tennis pro Maria Sharapova, who banked $29.2 million in pay and endorsements. Multi-time tennis champ Serena Williams, Rousey’s competition at this year’s ESPYs for Best Female Athlete, delivered an easy knockout to the UFC champ in greenbacks, taking home $24.6 million.

Daniel Cormier would ask UFC for Jones over Gustafsson if ex-champ's legal issues clear

“If Gus and I are scheduled to fight and Jones was back and Jones was eligible to compete, I would ask (the UFC),” he today told MMAjunkie. “I would ask if there’s any way we could get this rematch done, and Alex fight someone else.
“That’s the fight that you want. Any guy in the division would give you the same answer to that question.
“It’s not even the name,” Cormier said. “It’s not him. It’s about he beat me, and I would love to correct that.”
“Ryan Bader fighting for a championship is a little weird,” Cormier said. “But he had won four fights in a row. But when they said Gustafsson, more people know who Gustafsson is and more people remember him for what he did against Jones. So it made a little more sense.”