Tito Ortiz dodged defending his light heavyweight championship from the true number one contender at the time in Chuck Liddell. He would lose it to Randy Couture at UFC 44 but that freed us up to finally get a showdown between the Iceman and Huntington Beach Bad Boy at UFC 47. Chuck knocked him out and we thought it was over. Wrong. This is Tito Ortiz, man. After UFC 51 during Ortiz’s post fight victory interview he damn near incited a riot when he called out and confronted first Ken Shamrock and then Chuck Liddell. Check it out to get hyped for tonight’s Liddell vs Ortiz 3.
On November 24th we might finally see Tito Ortiz get his revenge. Footage of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz training has surfaced and when YouTuber Boxing Physique put it side by side we cringed. Tito still looks strong and fierce but Chuck looks like a grandpa getting ready to tell kids to get off his lawn. Golden Boy brings us the trilogy ending fight on the eve of Thanksgiving. Will Tito finally win?
A heavyweight bout between Ben Rothwell and Chase Gormley, which had originally been slated for “Affliction: Trilogy” on Aug. 1, has been moved to UFC 104 set for Oct. 24 according to a new report on Sherdog.com.
Although Rothwell has been fighting professionally since 2001 and has an impressive record of 30-6, this will be his first time inside the Octagon. It will also mark Gormley’s UFC debut, who boasts an undefeated record of 6-0.
“Affliction: Trilogy” was cancelled after Josh Barnett, who was to take on Fedor Emelianenko in the main event, tested positive for steroids. First, Barnett was pulled from the card, then the entire card was shut down, and in the end, the entire Affliction MMA promotion closed its doors.
Fedor Emelianenko was not the only one to miss out on a huge bout due to Josh Barnett’s foolishness. To be exact, there were twenty-three other fighters who have been sidelined after the cancellation of “Affliction: Trilogy.”
Dream veteran Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) had a scheduled match up with Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8), and is none too happy about the inconvenience.
Mousasi gave a brief statement to M-1Global.com:
“The only thing important for me is what will be done for the fighters who all trained really hard for these fights,” he told us. “It’s very difficult for me and the other fighters who have put a lot of time and energy in their training and now are treated like this because a fighter is caught on steroids? It’s all politics and I can do nothing but wait (and see) what will come of out this.”
When results came back with a positive steroid test for Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko needed a new opponent on ten days notice. Multiple fighters threw their hat in the ring for a shot at the world’s number one heavyweight.
In the end, instead of using a replacement for Barnett, Affliction decided to cancel the entire “Trilogy” event, taking fans and Fedor himself by surprise. A statement released Saturday on M-1 Global’s website reads,
The domino effect caused by one man’s desire to enhance his performance with an illegal substance has been, frankly, mind-boggling. Not only has Barnett cost a lot of fighters a lot of money, but think of all the fans and people who had made plans, hotel reservations, and purchased tickets for the event.
What would cause an “athlete” about to have the biggest fight of his career to risk it all? Why would Barnett put himself in this situation? Obviously, based on his 2002 incident of the same nature, he is familiar with performance enhancers. So he should know how to cycle correctly, right?
Vitor Belfort’s striking coach, Shawn Tompkins, talks about their decision to accept a short notice fight with Fedor Emelianenko at “Affliction: Trilogy” after Josh Barnett was pulled out due to testing positive for steroids. Tompkins said they have agreed to the fight and done everything they need to do to make the fight happen, now … Read more
Fedor Emelianenko along with his manager and M-1 Global owner and president Vadim Finkelchtein held a press conference with the Russian media on Thursday to address recent developments regarding the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion’s Aug. 1 fight at “Affliction: Trilogy.”
Fedor was originally scheduled to face Josh Barnett in the main event, however, with the fight only a week away, Barnett has been pulled from the card after testing positive for steroids.
Fedor spoke about his feelings regarding the incident, “I feel disappointed about this situation. But I will fight anyone who Affliction puts in front of me. I know a lot of fans waited for this fight to happen and I am sorry for them. I can’t do much about it now but I am in good shape, my training has been good and continues to go well.”
The “Affliction: Trilogy” media conference call that took place today went from a call that was originally supposed to have various fighters talking about their upcoming Aug. 1 fights to Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio fielding questions regarding yesterday’s breaking news that one of their headlining fighters had tested positive for a banned substance and would not be allowed to fight.
Atencio spent roughly 20 minutes doing damage control and assuring reporters that he was doing everything in his power to find a suitable replacement for Josh Barnett to fight WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko.
Tom Atencio – Affliction: Trilogy conference call
More thoughts after the jump…
SEAL BEACH, California (July 15, 2009) — Even in promotions he doesn’t fight for, Fedor is the star. In the wake of Brock Lesnar’s current heavyweight win, Fedor Emelianenko is the talk of the town. Leave it to Fedor to steal another man’s fire without ever uttering a word. Lesnar’s bad behavior at his recent victory has his name appearing in all kinds of sports and mainstream media venues. But much of the attention gets instantly shifted away from his WWE-style antics to a potential match-up between him and the wildly acknowledged heavyweight champion of the world—Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko.