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Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith is reporting that Alistair Overeem’s DREAM.12 opponent in the cage will be none other than the ear-exploding James Thompson. Thompson, known for losing his last four fights to Neil Grove, Brett Rogers, Kimbo Slice and Jim York will be best known to fans as the guy who Kimbo hit so hard his ear exploded on CBS Network’s first attempt at live MMA for the masses.
Overeem given another gimme fight, but I’m not complaining that we’ll get to see some high class demolition at DREAM.12.
The overwhelming outrage over Alistair Overeem not defending a rather meaningless title against meaningless opponents in the United States has to stop. Until we get Overeem vs. Fedor scheduled in Strikeforce, the outrage needs to end. As we’ve covered in the past linking to interviews with Alistair and interviewing his manager Bas Boon, Alistair was injured, but recovered by September and Strikeforce has not offered him a fight since, but he will fight for them in 2010.
Steve Cofield, the much maligned, insulted and berated Yahoo! Sports MMA blogger is at it again, this time calling for Alistair Overeem to be stripped of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship. Why? Because he fought against a far lesser opponent on a show for his gym, which he can attribute a lot of his recent success to. I’m not a Cofield hater, but his clear lack of knowledge of the fight scene outside of the United States is rather sad.
When is Strikeforce going to pull the plug on this Alistair Overeem sham? It did so quietly with its middleweight belt held by Cung Le. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced that Le would be back at some point but now the belt has been stripped. He needs to do the same with his heavyweight strap especially after watching Overeem face a nobody in Tony Sylvester in something called Ultimate Glory 11 in Holland last night.
UPDATE: BloodyElbow’s Mike Fagan has weighed in on this topic and pretty much nails it with “why should we care?”
Remember we told you about the awesome upcoming Vale Tudo show? Legendary grappler and SHOOTO vet Rumina Sato is set to take on one of the most promising breakout stars of the year, Joe Warren. Sato, obviously, is concerned about this, as he should be.
Warren made his name in DREAM recently, defeating Chase Beebe and Japanese hero KID Yamamoto in stunning fashion. Warren went from another Team Quest wrestler-turned-prospect to one of the best Featherweights in the world in the blink of an eye, and this fight will be no less of a challenge for him.
Leading Shooto promoter Sustain announced Sunday that longtime Shooto fan favorite and former 143-pound Pacific Rim champion Rumina Sato will fight Joe Warren at Vale Tudo Japan 2009.
“I initially said I wanted to fight a strong foreigner for VTJ, but when they told me who it was, my reaction was, ‘Are you for real?’” chuckled Sato.
Despite Sato’s comments at last month’s VTJ ’09 news conference indicating his desire to drop to a weight close to 135 pounds for VTJ, the fight is contracted to be at 138.9 pounds — the weight of Dream’s “featherweight” class — and will be under Vale Tudo Japan rules.
Our friends at Heavy.com are challenging you, the MMA fan to a contest. Make picks on UFC 104 at their website and the person with the most right wins a few DVDs and anything the Heavy.com crew picks up from the actual show. Heres hoping to that bald interview guy’s tooth after asking a dumb question.
All right, so maybe we’re not the best in the world at UFC predictions – but can you do better? Later in the week, we’ll be rolling out our picks for the victors at this Saturday’s UFC 104, but not only can you seize the opportunity to make us look foolish, you can also win yourself some hot UFC swag in the doing. It’s simple: for each fight listed below, pick the winner, the round and the method of victory. Then post your picks in the comments. The person who gets closest to the actual results wins the Ultimate Fighting Classics Collection, vols 1-4. Four DVDs of UFC history, with some brutal bouts. And we’ll even throw in any swag we bring back from the show. All you have to do is pick, so what are you waiting for?
GLORY 11; A Decade of Fights
Golden Glory’s 10th anniversary show is in the books, and our friends at BloodyElbow stayed in on this lovely afternoon to give us the results to this event, which was strange to say the least. The big stories coming out of this are Gerges defeating K-1 World Grand Prix entrant Ruslan Karev by decision, Alistair Overeem crushing YAMMA vet (lol) Tony Sylvester with clinch knees into a standing guillotine choke, Semmy Schilt being Semmy Schilt over Alexey Ignashov, the guy that people used to talk a lot about but don’t anymore.
The Nieky Holzken/Faldir Chahbari bout was easily the best of the evening, with Holzken opening up a nasty cut before the third round was up and going into the extension round like a house on fire. It was a great back and forth contest that kickboxing fans should seek out. The even itself was strange, as it took place in what looked like a giant night club to an invite-only audience who were fed a meal while they watched and Bas Rutten provided the ringside announcing as well as provided some absolutely out there commentary. Bas Rutten doing one-man commentary included him talking about the music and how he hates that people want the “Old Bas” back, because he never left, he just doesn’t care about being professional anymore. Basically, he is nuts.
BE’s Quick Results
K-1: Semmy Schilt def. Alexey Ignashov via unanimous decision
MMA: Alistair Overeem def. Tony Sylvester via submission (guillotine) R1 1:23
K-1: Nieky Holzken def. Faldir Chahbari via unanimous decision
MMA: Siyar Bahadurzada def. Robert Jocz via majority decision
K-1: Hesdy Gerges def. Ruslan Karaev via unanimous decision
MMA: Dion Staring def. Rodney Glunder via submission (kimura) R1 2:42
K-1: Errol Zimmerman def. Wendell Roche via unanimous decision
MMA: Nikolai Onikienko def. Valentijn Overeem via TKO (doctor stoppage) R1 0:40
K-1: Anderson “Braddock” Silva def. Stefan Leko via TKO (punches) R2
MMA: Tommy Depret def. Vincent Latoel via submission (guillotine choke) R2 1:23
Sure, it could just be Pat Barry hyping up his fight against Dutch kickboxer Antoni Hardonk and that they both trained with Ernesto Hoost in Holland, but Pat Barry wasn’t happy with his training with Hoost. Barry felt Hoost and Hardonk underestimated him and never saw him as a fighter on that elite level of competition.
After compiling 29 amateur bouts in 7 months and traveling the country signing his name on every kickboxing tournament list, Barry received the invite to train in Holland in the VAS Gym (the most legendary gym in kickboxing) under K-1 champion, Ernesto Hoost. After training with ‘Mr. Perfect’ and his next opponent, Antoni Hardonk for 5 years and compiling a world-class kickboxing record of 18-6-1, Barry eventually left Holland due to a rift with what he thought was his mentor. Feeling like he was a just a training partner for the other fighters that Barry feels, Hoost thought were better fighters, this fight means more than another ‘W’ for Barry it’s redemption.
“This fight means more to me than just going and getting a win because this is almost like a, oh you thought I couldn’t make it and now look at what I’m doing. You didn’t have the confidence in me and now look at what is happening.”
Since he is in UFC now and has a rather humble K-1 record, it is probably safe to assume that Barry wasn’t fit for the level of competition in K1 and has found a better fit in MMA. The same, of course, can be said for Hardonk. Mr. Perfect is never wrong, is he?