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August, 2009

Holy Shit! Alert: Fedor Emelianenko Signs With Strikeforce, Will Debut This Fall

Fedor Emelianenko Strikeforce
(Prof. Fedor‘s freshman seminar on Chaucer, brought to you by St. Petersburg University in co-promotion with M-1 Global.  Next week, "The Parson’s Tale"!)

As Mike Goldberg would say, “It is aaallllll over!”  The Great Fedor Sweepstakes of 2009 has finally come to an end, and it’s Strikeforce who netted the Russian heavyweight with, according to today’s Strikeforce press release, “a historic, multi-fight agreement that will see him headline mega-events co-promoted by world championship promotions STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global.”

That’s right, Strikeforce caved to the co-promotion demands that proved to be the immovable object separating Fedor and the UFC.  Get ready for lots of awkward speeches from Vadim Finkelchtein and plenty of M-1 Global logos plastered all over the arena when Strikeforce comes to your town.  But the big question is, now that they’ve got him what will they do with him?


OK, Now Phil Baroni’s Going to Turn It All Around

Phil Baroni and Mark Coleman
(Bros. Fo. Life)

It’s no secret that times have been hard for the NYBA of late.  Phil Baroni hasn’t beaten anyone who is currently sporting a winning record since he knocked out Yuki Kondo in Pride: Bushido back in 2006.  He dropped three straight fights to the trio of Frank Shamrock, Kala Hose, and Joey Villasenor.  Then, after making the drop in weight that was supposed to help propel him to the top at long last, he got tooled by Joe Riggs at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields.

But that’s all in the past, which, as we’ve been told, is a canceled check.  Now Baroni is talking comeback (again), and for some reason he seems surprised that he didn’t get the chance to challenge Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce welterweight title once Joe Riggs pulled out:

If I would have won the fight (with Riggs), [Diaz and I] would have been fighting each other," Baroni said. "The fight was a decision. I thought I was the No. 1 guy that would definitely be able to fill in.

The Unsupportable Opinion: Thank You, Josh Barnett, for Saving Mixed Martial Arts

(The universal symbol for “I’m choking, and I’m a habitual steroid user.”)

On Friday’s edition of SIRIUS Fight Club, I referred to Josh Barnett as “the most notorious steroid-user in MMA history.” At this point, after two high-profile, career-fucking steroid busts, that statement is pretty much indisputable. But let’s not forget that Barnett’s latest positive test — which sent a stake through the heart of Affliction’s MMA promotion — only wound up hurting Barnett, Affliction, and the handful of fighters on Affliction’s roster who didn’t immediately find new homes. For literally everybody else in the world of mixed martial arts, it was the best thing that could have possibly happened. Seriously. Think about it…

1) Affliction’s collapse saved “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” from being one of the most cursed events of all time. On July 7th, we were OMG’ing over the fact that Strikeforce’s 8/15 fight card was going to feature four title fights. By last Thursday, it had lost three of those title fights. Alistair Overeem was out with a hand injury. Joe Riggs was out with a mysterious drug reaction. (In the absence of any other information, we’ll just assume it was a heroin overdose. Get well soon, Joe.) And Josh Thomson was out with a bum toe. It would be a nightmare scenario for any promoter. But instead of a buckshot, ragged-ass event patched in with replacements from their own roster, Strikeforce was able to improve their card using Affliction refugees.


Must-See: Nasty Knockouts, Tito Ortiz Returns to the Gym

(Props: antiherolt)

The cameraman got a nice souvenir during this June 2005 scrap between Leonard Wilson and TUF 9 hopeful Ray Elbe. Watch as Wilson lands a ferocious spinning back kick at the 0:56 mark, then starts jackhammering until Elbe’s contact lens is blasted into the first row. Suck it, Teila Tuli’s tooth


Kanehara Edges Out Omigawa in Sengoku IX’s Chaotic Featherweight GP Finals; Hirota Upsets Kitaoka

(Hioki vs. Kanehara: The fight went as planned, but everything afterwards didn’t. Props to 19054771 via Bloody Elbow.)

I have to admit, I was pulling for Michihiro Omigawa to shock the world and win Sengoku’s Featherweight Grand Prix, after entering the tournament in March with a 4-7-1 record. But the way he reached the finals at today’s Sengoku Ninth Battle show in Saitama, Japan, was questionable to say the least, and he wound up losing to a guy who shouldn’t have even been there in the first place. Let’s start at the beginning…

Tournament favorite Hatsu Hioki dominated Masanori Kanehara in the tourney’s semifinals, putting Kanehara in constant danger with submission attempts and ground-and-pound. Though Kanehara was able to make a late rally, the fight went to Hioki by unanimous decision. Unfortunately, it was discovered that Hioki suffered a concussion during the match, and wouldn’t be able to continue to the finals.

Chan Sung Jung choked out Matt Jaggers later that night in the GP’s reserve bout, and should have rightfully taken Hioki’s place. But Jung, who had previously been robbed by the judges in his quarterfinal match against Masanori Kanehara in May — a decision that many fans chalked up to the fact that Jung is Korean — was insulted again today when it was quickly decided that Kanehara would fill in for Hioki. So basically, the alternate bout was absolutely meaningness, due to the fact that a Korean won it.


Yep, That About Sums It Up

(Props: Juijitsuboxer on the UG)

You know public opinion has turned against you when, after a quarrel with someone, they’re the Nate Quarry to your Kalib Starnes.  In the great Romoshop of life, that’s about as low as you can get.  Rarely in this sport has anyone, without the benefit of a positive drug test or particularly heinous crime, gone from hero to zero in the eys of the fans as fast as Fedor Emelianenko has.  But that’s M-1 Global for you.  Breaking new ground even while doing absolutely nothing.