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Audio: WSOF 2 ‘Arlovski vs. Johnson’ Media Conference Call
By: Sherdog.com Staff
The World Series of Fighting held a media conference call Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s WSOF 2 “Arlovski vs. Johnson.” On the call was company president Ray Sefo, as well as headliners Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson, and co-main eventers Tyson Nam and Marlon Moraes. Listen to full audio from the call above. Read more
Video Preview: WSOF 2
By: Mike Fridley
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Radio Rewind: Fulton, Gracie
By: Luca Fury
Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Sunday for another edition of "The Rewind." Joining Jack on this week's "Sunday Sitdown" was longtime MMA fighter Travis Fulton. Encarnacao was also joined by Nick Diaz' head trainer, Cesar Gracie.Read more
Gracie joined the show to discuss Diaz's dominant performance over B.J. Penn at last night's UFC 137 card. Cesar also shared his thoughts on Nick's polarizing personality.
In the "Sunday Sitdown" Jack was joined by Travis Fulton. A veteran of over 300 MMA bouts, "The Ironman" talked about his incredibly busy career, including his upcoming fight against Andrei Arlovski at the 'Pro Elite: Big Guns' card in November. Travis also discussed some behind-the-scenes detail of his career, like his experiences with shady promoters and his habit of not training.
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Greg Jackson: Arlovski Has to Have Faith in Team, Trainers
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Greg Jackson, on “Beatdown,” discussing what Andrei Arlovski has to do to turn his career around:Read more
“It’s just having faith in his team and faith in his trainers and faith in myself. What else are you going to do? You have to pick yourself up and you have to fight again. I think Andrei Arlovski’s a fighter. A fighter to me, let me make this clear, is not somebody who just fights in the cage. … Andrei Arlovski is a fighter in and out of the cage. I think he’s going to pick himself back up and go at it again because that’s all you can do.”
Strikeforce ‘Fedor vs. Silva’ Analysis: The Main Card
By: Tim Leidecker
Antonio Silva was a heavy underdog on Saturday against Fedor Emelianenko. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
History was made Saturday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Following an undercard that went as expected, most anticipated former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko to bounce back from last summer’s shocking upset loss with a win over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
However, the sport of MMA has evolved such that things rarely turn out as expected, and “The Last Emperor” was no exception. Below, an in-depth look at the five main-card matches from Saturday night and what matches could be next for the participants.
Valentijn Overeem def. Ray Sefo -- Submission (Neck Crank) 1:37 R1
What happened: Having been in charge of Vitor Belfort’s preparation for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, seven-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist Sefo did not have much time to prepare for his Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix alternate bout against Alistair Overeem’s older brother, Valentijn. Still a neophyte on the ground, Sefo was taken down 90 seconds into the match and submitted with a head-scissoring Overeem neck crank. It must have been the first time someone fighting for a major organization tapped out to the “can opener” since Mark Coleman used it on Masaaki Satake in the opening round of the 2000 Pride grand prix. Read more
Arlovski’s New Career
By: Jake Rossen
Andrei Arlovski file photo: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
The easy joke about Andrei Arlovski’s decision to enter a K-1 kickboxing tournament -- home to some of the most dangerous stand-up strikers in the world -- has to start with the paper-mache chin: Arlovski has been knocked out in two of his last three bouts, cartoon birds and all. Entering a situation where he’s forced to stand and trade might not be the best ego builder. He’s not even a particularly strong kicker.
Fine and fair enough. But: Arlovski’s losses came against two of the heavier-handed fighters in the heavyweight division in Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers. And against both, he made huge tactical errors that created an unobstructed path from their hands to his mouth. Watch the Emelianenko fight prior to the sudden finish and he was looking solid. Watch him collapse Roy Nelson -- something Junior dos Santos couldn’t do. Arlovski is a talented puncher who just hasn’t been able to add everything up for himself. He’s hardly a shot athlete.
The advantage to taking the K-1 gig (Oct. 2) might be forward-thinking on his manager’s part: FEG, the company subsidizing both kickboxing and Dream, has encountered widely reported financial troubles. These opportunities might not exist for fighters a year from now: Arlovski is getting it while he can. Smart.
Less smart: fighting Raul Catinas in your opening bout. Catinas is a tough, stocky Romanian who has never been finished in 15 fights and has beaten reputable names in Carter Williams and Stefan Leko. He’s not a creampuff assignment. I don’t know about Arlovski’s chances -- especially when later rounds could involve Alistair Overeem and Badr Hari -- but the fact that he’s taking them at all deserves some respect. Read more
Post-Mortem: Overeem in Overdrive, Dull Shine and More
By: Jake Rossen
Two tales of the weekend: Alistair Overeem flew into the States, suffered repeated questions about his physique, assaulted an American citizen, and then flew back to Holland, settling into a role as a legitimate threat to Fedor Emelianenko’s status as the best.
In North Carolina, several fighters arrived prepared to fight but left emotionally drained with nothing to show for it.
There is always a winner and a loser. It’s not always decided in the ring.
Strikeforce prevailed Saturday, with Overeem’s pre-sold reputation as a destroyer on full display against a curdling Brett Rogers. The man who gave Emelianenko a rough first round last fall had virtually nothing for Overeem -- not even the hyped right hand that promised to at least keep Overeem honest. Now, only two obstacles remain in Strikeforce assembling their best chance at a high-profile heavyweight match: Emelianenko getting past Werdum and Strikeforce getting past Emelianenko’s notoriously difficult management.
Both are problems, but nothing compared to what might have been the most spectacular meltdown of a burgeoning promotion to date. Shine Fights spent most of Friday and Saturday in court answering charges that their contract with eccentric boxer Ricardo Mayorga violated Mayorga’s promotional agreement with Don King. Shine’s game from the beginning was to stick their heads in the sand and presume that King would somehow roll over for their stunt casting of Mayorga as an MMA fighter. (Mayorga had filed suit against King last year, but dropped it without explanation. That should’ve been clue one.) It ended the only way it was going to, with Mayorga sitting on the sidelines and Shine trying to assign blame to the North Carolina boxing authority and King.
In fact, the show’s cancelation is one hundred percent a result of their building an event around the toothpick-supported premise of Mayorga breaching a valid contract. We’re a long way from the ninjitsu experts of the 1990s, but this business will always be home to amateurs. Read more
Arlovski a ‘Universal Soldier’
By: Jake Rossen
For many, 1999’s “Universal Soldier: The Return” left a lot of unanswered questions. For example: why was this movie made? Who funded it? Why was the film stock not used for other, more valuable purposes, like compost additive?
We continue to wait for answers and studio-funded counseling. In the meantime, Tri-Star and Sony have completed work on “Universal Soldier: Regeneration,” a straight-to-DVD sequel featuring returning stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and new mope-faced recruit Andrei Arlovski. After back-to-back losses, it must be nice to return to being the toughest man in the room again.
“Soldier” scholars will recall that the Van Damme films, of which this is the third, refuse to recognize the canonical contributions of the Jean-Claude-deprived “Universal Soldier II” and “Universal Soldier III.” If you are under the assumption this is “Universal Soldier V,” you can expect to be the running joke of your social circle.
Lundgren fans should be advised that he allegedly has only a small part in the film; Arlovski receives top billing, at least in the trailer, which may chafe Mr. Van Damme considerably. The disc is slated for a January 5 release: a bit of a bummer for Christmas, until you realize that anyone you gave this film to would hold a grudge. Read more
Arlovski Descends on Team Greg Jackson
By: Jake Rossen
Minority report: I still think Andrei Arlovski is one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the sport. Slow down the fight footage of the Fedor Emelianenko bout and you can just about make out the slightest bit of frustration on Emelianenko’s face. (Could’ve been gas. I’m open to other theories.)
After getting knocked out by both Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, Arlovski is taking a ten-day sabbatical from Chicago to train with Greg Jackson in New Mexico: the first-day footage is now a YouTube destination. See Andrei close the distance against a heavy bag with an alarming proximity to a brick wall; see Andrei roll with Joe Stevenson; see Andrei collapse into a seriously dilapidated hotel room bed, surrounded by bags of ice, and about to be disappointed by Albuquerque’s pathetic cable line-up.
It’s a good move, though Jackson, for whatever reason, has never turned out a heavyweight who’s made as much of an impression as lighter-weight fighters like Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, or Nate Marquardt. But there’s a lot of malleable clay in Arlovski, who is still very capable of hurting a lot of people. Read more
Arlovski ‘Bullied’ Again
Andrei Arlovski knows what it’s like to be bullied.
The Belarusian striker spent some time growing up in Hungary and was often picked on for being an outsider. Arlovski said he endured everything from name-calling to street fights.
“I have always been somebody that protects my friends at any cost and since I was always a little bigger, I would stand up to defend them no matter how many were picking on us,” said Arlovski.
Arlovski springs into action for those in need again Thursday, as he guest stars on “Bully Beatdown” at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST on MTV. Arlovski meets 6-foot-four 280-pound bully "Nathan, the Big Nasty” in sparring and grappling contests.
“I know what it felt like to be the kids from the show that asked for my help,” said Arlovski. “Being pushed around is not fun and I just wanted to let them hear the bully apologize for treating them poorly.” Read more