Josh Barnett: “The UFC should be washing my laundry”

FIGHT! Magazine’s Danny Acosta talks with former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett who has a fight coming up in Australia in July against Geronimo dos Santos at Impact FC. Barnett talks about what he has been up to since the Affliction debacle and his positive steroid test last year. And in a form of logic … Read more

Josh Barnett, Sean Sherk, and John Howard on Inside MMA (4-2-10) *VIDEO*

Josh Barnett, John “Doomsday” Howard, and Sean Sherk join Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice on this week’s edition of Inside MMA. Barnett addresses the steroid allegations as well as Tom Atencio’s statement saying he was the cause of Affliction’s demise. Barnett denies he was the cause of Affliction’s failure and denies any wrong doing with … Read more Knockout of 2009: Fedor over Arlovski

All MMA fans know that Fedor Emelianeko is a great fighter. Deep down even the most vocal detractors realize that he can do things in the ring or cage that makes fans stand and applaud. In 2009, he gave us a few of those moments. One such moment earned him the knockout of 2009 award.

During the days leading up to Affliction’s second show so much of the talk was about Andre Arlovski’s improved boxing. In preparation for the fight, the former UFC champion trained with famed coach Freddie Roach. A lot of people thought that this would propel Arlovski to a win over the WAMMA champion, but after about three minutes of fighting he was face down on the canvass.

Arlovski, who had been backing the champ up with straight punches, attempted a flying knee. Emelianenko timed an overhand right perfectly and dropped his opponent. Arlovski was out before he hit the ground. He laid motionless, face down, for several moments before he woke up.

Read more Disappointment of 2009: Josh Barnett

Classic heavyweight fights are a rarity in MMA. There has always been a dearth of talent. Competition between promotions always ends up fracturing the already weak weight class. So, when Affliction announced Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett, MMA fans thought they were in line for something special.

In the end, the fight never actually happened and Affliction ended up closing up shop and running back to Mr. White. For this failure, Barnett earns the award for 2009’s biggest disappointment.

Toward the end of his Pride FC tenure, Fedor Emelianenko started taking on fighters that were not bona fide challengers. After’s Pride’s demise this trend continued.

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Mamed Khalidov vs. Jorge Santiago – Nov. 7 in Sengoku

Jorge Santiago takes on Mamed Khalidov on Nov. 7 at Sengoku 11 in Tokyo, Japan.
Jorge Santiago takes on Mamed Khalidov on Nov. 7 at Sengoku 11 in Tokyo, Japan.

PROMMA.INFO received the following press release from KSW spokesperson Artur Przybysz on Wednesday, announcing the confirmed fight between Mamed Khalidov and Jorge Santiago for Sengoku 11 on Nov. 7. If you are not familiar with Khalidov or KSW, then read my KSW International MMA Spotlight article.

Artur Przybysz:

If anybody thinks that MMA manager job in this country (Poland) is easy, he is just wrong. Contracting a bout abroad for a Polish fighter is always a great success. Even when everything is signed, there are a lot factors which the ultimate success depends on. We’ve read a lot of harsh words about our work last weeks.

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After some heavyweight shuffling, Cain Velasquez to face Ben Rothwell at UFC 104

Although not yet officially announced, UFC heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez (6-0) is expected to face veteran Ben Rothwell (30-6) at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Velasquez was originally going to face big hand man Shane Carwin at 104, but as we reported a couple of days ago, the UFC brass decided to go ahead and give Carwin a title shot against Brock Lesnar at UFC 106, thus leaving space for Rothwell to slide in.

Rothwell’s plans got changed as well. He had a fight with Chase Gormley set for UFC 104 that had been picked up from Affliction’s cancelled Aug. 1 event. Gormley is now expected to face Stefan Struve on the same Oct. 24 event.

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Strikeforce calls in “The Law” on their middleweight division

PRO MMA ( has confirmed Greco-Roman Olympic silver medalist and political aspirant Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-6) has signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce. Although, no opponent has yet been named, Lindland could have his first bout within the organization as early as October.

Having began his professional MMA career in 1997, the 39-year old veteran holds wins over such fighters as Jeremy Horn, Travis Lutter, Falaniko Vitale, Phil Baroni, and Pat Miletich to name a few.

Lindland was last in the ring against Vitor Belfort at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” back in January. However, it was not his night and took “The Phenom” only 37 seconds to break “The Law” with a first round knockout.

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