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“Reckless Abandon” Devolves Into Orgy of Wild Announcements

First, the boring stuff — Jason Miller defeated Tim Kennedy in a unanimous decision and Frank Trigg submitted Edwin Dewees via kimura in the first round at Saturday’s HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon show. Check back later for videos of both matches…

The real action came from a series of statements made through the course of the night. In order of importance:

1) Randy Couture hopes to fight Fedor Emelianenko as early as October 2008. In an interview during “Reckless Abandon,” Couture said the following: “Unless the UFC wants to do a co-promotion with M-1 and make the Fedor fight happen, I’m going to have to wait ’til my contract expires. I have no intention of breaching that contract — that expires in July, my employment contract expires with them in October, so I would assume that the soonest you’d see me fight Emelianenko would be in October.” At a post-event press conference, he said “I have a contract with the UFC that I have to honor. I can’t breach that or I’ll end up in litigation, so I don’t intend to do that.” Asked for his take on the upcoming Emelianenko/Hong Man Choi fight at Yarennoka!, Couture said, “I hope it goes successfully for him because I want to be the first one to beat him.”

2) A fight between Ken Shamrock and Frank Shamrock is on the horizon. In a separate interview with Ken Shamrock during the HDNet Fights broadcast, Ken addressed the rumors of a match between him and his semi-estranged adoptive brother: “We’re gonna make that happen. It’s not a dirty thing, we don’t hate each other. Fact is, I respect what he’s done with himself, so I’m looking forward to getting in there, and me and the brother doing a little sibling rivalry in the ring…I don’t know where we’re gonna do it yet…but it’s gonna happen.”

3) “I will fight very soon.” So said Andrei Arlovski at “Reckless Abandon”‘s post-event press conference. Sources have informed MMAWeekly that Arlovski, like Couture, is waiting out his UFC contract (which reportedly expires in April) and will jump to another organization afterwards.

4) Jason Miller and Frank Trigg may have a rematch on February 15. Also at the press conference, HDNet Fights matchmaker Guy Mezger suggested that the night’s two successful headliners face each other at the organization’s next event: “We might have another rematch fight here. What about Mayhem vs. Twinkle Toes? That sounds like a great fight for (Feb. 15).” Their first fight in December of last year didn’t go so well for Mayhem.

Unfortunately for MMA fans, Couture’s claims might be the most outlandish. The Natural still seems to be operating in a fantasy-land where he can avoid litigation just by waiting out the original term of his contract — despite the fact that he flatly refused the last fight that the UFC offered him (a title defense against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira), and that his contract with the UFC reportedly contains clauses that extend the contract’s term if there’s ever a period of retirement (a.k.a. “resignation”) or if Couture became champion (which he did). So, the UFC could bring suit against Couture if he fights outside of the organization no matter how far into the future that may be.

But if they’re smart, Dana White & Co. will concede their exclusive hold on Couture and organize a co-branding arrangement for the Couture/Emelianenko fight. A match between the world’s top two heavyweights, held successfully in a venue other than the Octagon, would be a huge blow to the UFC’s reputation as MMA’s dominant force. If the UFC is involved in the fight, they can still claim that M-1 is nothing more than a pumped-up promotional team for Emelianenko that needs the UFC more than the UFC needs them. And of course there’s the matter of a potentially record-breaking pay-per-view jackpot. If Emelianenko wins the match, who cares — Couture was going to retire anyway. The real worry is for M-1, whose entire business model rests on Emelianenko’s shoulders. No matter where Fedor fights Randy — in an Octagon, in a ring, in Las Vegas or elsewhere — if he loses, their reason for existing is shot and Emelianenko might be stuck fighting freaks forever. Not that freak-show matches can’t be entertaining. Just ask the Shamrock brothers…

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Ray- December 17, 2007 at 4:39 am
Andrei isnt waiting out the ufc.

http://www.mmajacked.com/pages/viewer.do?entityId=756&entityType=RSSITEM

that explains it i think. unless is just BS

and i think fedor wouldn't let randy get to a decision.
BIG CHRIS- December 16, 2007 at 10:43 pm
Yeah the Fedor-Couture fight needs to happen.....doesn't matter how or where, it just needs to happen....what beeter way than in the UFC in my opinion. Dana White tries to downplay it by saying Fedor isn't the top fighter in the world, well he isn't the top fighter in the world....but how will you prove that without them fighting...I don't see it happening in the UFC but i know it will happen....and when it does I pick Couture all the way.
Ray K- December 16, 2007 at 9:01 pm
damn, i wish dana would put some ego aside, and allow the fights to happen. or offer Andrei and Couture some type of buyout to let them fight sooner.

-Ray
BIG CHRIS- December 16, 2007 at 8:19 pm
hARD HITTING NEWS BREIF HERE.......I don't think I would watch these two fight in my back yard......shouldn't they be trying to move on to the next fase of their carreers or something, it's like no one else wants to beat us down, I guess we should just fight each other.....Give me a break!
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