Fedor’s road to the UFC: Aleks vs. Finkelchtein and Friday could be the day

According to Aleksander Emelianenko, the brother of WAMMA Heavyweight Champion and former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, Vadim Finkelchtein has been the source of trouble regarding
Fedor’s inability to come to terms with the UFC.

Finkelchtein is the President and co-owner of M-1 Global, the company that manages Fedor’s professional career. According to a new report at sports.ru, Aleksander states,

You can negotiate with the UFC. I know that they have sufficiently flexible contracts. And all this talk about the “strict” conditions of signing a contract with the UFC only come from Finkelchtein, who wants, through a contract with the UFC and Fedor to promote his own business.

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An impostor wants to know where B.J. Penn got his name

PRO MMA (promma.info) took part in the “UFC 101: Declaration” conference call on Tues., July 28, 2009. The fighters answered various questions from the media. As has happened on a couple of calls recently, an impostor infiltrated the call and was able to ask a couple of very inappropriate questions to B.J. Penn. This is a … Read more

“UFC 101: Declaration” media conference call

In honor of their Aug. 8, 2009 event to be held at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa., the UFC held a “UFC 101: Declaration” media conference call today.

Headliners UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian, along with Forrest Griffin and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva fielded questions from the media and uh… one impostor. 

Here is the audio with a few of the highlights after the jump:

UFC 101 conference call
The audio quality is not the greatest to begin with but does improve.

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Fight Gear Spotlight – MMA Fashion Show

In this edition of Fight Gear Spotlight we look at fighters turned fashion models at this recent Cage Fashion MMA/UFC fashion show. Maybe you will see something you like for your next MMA clothing purchase. If nothing else you get to see Kim Couture in a mini-skirt. Please like & share:

Open letter from KIMO

The following is an open letter from Kimo Leopoldo that PRO MMA (promma.info) received Monday morning July 27, 2009. We are reprinting it unedited and in its entirety.

I’d like to thank all the members of the media, my fans, friends, and especially my family members with regards to their concern and support about me.

I went to sleep late Monday (July 20) and woke-up to my promoter, Ron Kort, shaking me sometime between 12-1 PM/PT on Tuesday, telling me that the media is going crazy over my death, and that he and others had been looking everywhere for me.

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A look at Natasha Wicks – UFC’s newest Octagon girl

We realize this is not breaking news however, we have been so busy bringing you real MMA news we never got the chance to tell you about show you Natasha Wicks, the newest addition to UFC’s Octagon girls.

Basically, MAXIM Magazine had a contest with thousands of entries, they had a final cut down to 39 girls, and Natasha Wicks became the grand prize winner. The Las Vegas native is said to be all natural with no plastic surgery whatsoever. Her Octagon debut is expected to be at UFC 101 in Philadelphia.

Let us know what you think about Natasha and how she, as the only non-brunette, compares to Edith, Logan, and Arianny. Also, let us know if you think the UFC really needs four Octagon girls? Photo gallery after the jump…

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“This is the moment of truth” -Vadim Finkelchtein

President and Co-owner of M-1 Global and manager of Fedor Emelianenko, Vadim Finkelchtein, has issued his first official comments regarding Affliction’s cancellation of “Trilogy.”

One of the most pressing issues of course is when, where, and who will Fedor fight next. Surprisingly Finkelchtein has not ruled out the possibility of still fighting Josh Barnett.

“We are now with Fedor in the U.S. and we hope to make a decision about his next fight within the next few days,” Finkelchtein stated. “There are many business meetings and negotiations planned with all the major promotions. We will explore the possibility of Fedor fighting Barnett and will even look into whether the fight can take place as soon as August (since Barnett has not been suspended).”

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Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars to air on CNBC July 29

On Wednesday, July 29, at 1:00 AM ET/10:00 PM PT, CNBC will air a special report entitled “Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars,” which takes an in-depth look at how the UFC continues to grow during this economic recession. Here are a few videos about the show.

Dana White recalls his foray into Ultimate Fighting, and the phone call that changed the face of the sport forever.

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Affliction and UFC announce collaboration

The following press release was released by Affliction on Fri., July 24, 2009:

SEAL BEACH, Calif., July 24, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —-Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship “UFC” organization and Affliction Holdings, LLC announced today they have agreed to a collaboration that will benefit the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and ultimately the sport’s growing fan base.

The collaboration ensures commitments by UFC and Affliction for Mixed Martial Arts to continue to be recognized as a mainstream sport.

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“Oh yea and welcome back Tito” -Dana White

UFC President Dana White loves Twitter. Anyone who has seen a recent UFC event knows this. Since White has joined the Twitter family, he has broken some major news through the 140-word limit cult phenomenon that makes chatting between mobile phones and Internet users very convenient.

Today White dropped another bomb on the MMA world. With six words and a smiley (yes the President of a billion dollar company uses smileys), White announced the return of former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz to the UFC. At least that is how we are interpreting it. You decide for yourself. Here is the actual Tweet from White:

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