(I’ll kick your ass in 1996!)
We recently chatted to UFC founder Bob Meyrowitz about his newly-formed YAMMA Pit Fighting organization, but couldn’t bribe him to give up the names of fighters he was close to signing for the debut event. Well, jump in your time machine and set it for the mid-1990′s. Don “The Predator” Frye was interviewed by TAGG Radio and has revealed he has signed on the dotted line to fight none other than Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov.
As posted by MMA Junkie:
“I hope (YAMMA) made the announcement because I just signed to fight Oleg Taktarov,” Frye said.
The alleged old-timers ball is supposed to be for the April 11th Trump Taj Mahal show and will be one of the “Masters SuperFights” that YAMMA has planned to go with their eight-man tournament that evening. The report is that the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has tentatively approved it with shorter rounds and medical examinations sandwiched by fights.
Don Frye may make us laugh, but he’s also an MMA dinosaur. With an overall record of 18-6-1, he was big when the UFC was, well, run by Meyrowitz. After that, he was a journeyman of sorts. Since 2004, he has beaten the miserable Akebono Rowan, tomato can Yoshihisa Yamamoto, the sub-par Min Soo Kim, and the boringly average Bryan Pardoe. His losses include a quick TKO to James Thompson and a decision to Yoshihiro Nakao – to go with an earlier “no contest” between the two. And there was that draw with Ruben “Warpath” Villareal. But hey, if we’re talking the mid-90′s…look out!
Oleg Taktarov was equally impressive back then. He won the UFC 6 tournament and racked up a 14-5-2 record before calling it quits in 1998. He returned this past November and beat John Marsh via a second round submission. Yeah, that John Marsh who is now 7-7.
So remember when we posed this question to Bob Meyrowitz? The “Masters Superfights” intrigued us, but you’d need some marquee fighters in order to qualify as a “Superfight”. Can you hint at any fighters you’re trying to get or who you’d like to go after? Bob refused to name names, but now that we have two names, guess it’s our fault for not clarifying in what year the fighters should be marquee. It’s those pesky details.
Wait until next week when it’s announced that Jim Brown will be providing his insightful commentary for the events. That’ll be the cherry on top.