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Fabricio Werdum not sure Fedor Emelianenko deserves title shot in first UFC fight, but is open to rematch
Fresh off a submission win over Cain Velasquez in Mexico City, Werdum still doesn’t know who will get the first crack at his belt, and a rematch against the former PRIDE heavyweight star isn’t off the table.
Emelianenko hasn’t fought since a quick win over Pedro Rizzo in 2012, when he announced his retirement from the sport, but recently admitted he’s interested in fighting again. Werdum, who ended Emelianenko’s 28-fight unbeaten streak in Strikeforce in 2010, isn’t sure the Russian fighter deserves to fight for the gold right away if he ends up signing with the UFC.
“I don’t think we can do a rematch now because he hasn’t fought in three years,” Werdum told the media during UFC 190 in Brazil. “If he signs with the UFC, I don’t know if they would give him a title shot already. I think it would me fair if he fought before, and then he fights for the title.”
However, Werdum knows that a rematch with Emelianenko would get hardcore fans interested right away, so he would take the fight.
“Maybe they do a rematch with Fedor in December,” he said. “Even though the new fans don’t know much about Fedor’s history, the old fans, those who know MMA, know who Fedor is. That might happen. It only depends on the negotiation.
“He lost twice after I beat him, and people forgot him too fast. If you ask around who Fedor is, no one knows. He was undefeated for 10 years, and he needed some rest. It would be cool if the UFC signed him. I would give him a rematch, no doubt.”
Demetrious Johnson unfazed by cheaper UFC 191 ‘sticker prices’ despite must-watch John Dodson rematch
“Mighty Mouse” recognizes he is far from UFC’s biggest draw and had a little fun with the quoted asking prices for tickets of his upcoming UFC 191 title rematch against John Dodson.
Despite being one of Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) top stars, Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is still not a top draw.
“Mighty Mouse” has defended his title six times, four of those wins being finishes. He outclasses opponents with his superior speed, boxing and wrestling.
Is it because he lacks the charisma that comes with being a champion? After all, Johnson has always been one of the more quiet ones.
One of his biggest challenges and biggest detractors, No. 1-ranked 125-pound contender John Dodson, will get his second crack at the champion at UFC 191 on Sept. 5, 2015, inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnson’s initial title defense versus Dodson came Jan. 2013 at UFC on FOX 6, which was the second largest gate of a Johnson-headlined show in his entire Octagon career.
Apparently, UFC has already taken Johnson’s history into account and are charging a lot less than top dollar for his showdown with “The Magician.”
Seats are starting at $ 78, while cageside seats will net you $ 603. Those numbers pale in comparison to what the asking price was for UFC 189 tickets, which was headlined by two title fights, including Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor for the interim featherweight title.
To Johnson, this was all too humorous.
“Those sticker prices, they’re awesome,” Johnson told MMAjunkie. “I already saw somebody complaining about it on Twitter. I was like, ‘You poor bastard’ – excuse my language.”
Johnson started from the bottom — meaning he headlined three-straight FOX shows — before becoming the main event on three-straight PPV events; albeit the last two were because of an injury sustained by a fighter in the planned main event.
For now, Johnson seems to content to stay in his lane — away from the shrouds of reporters and photographers — and letting his fighting do the talking. He will not be a Conor McGregor, or a Ronda Rousey — never say never — and there has to be something said for that.
Similarly to the way former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar gave fight fans plenty of unique soundbytes, media obligations were not his forte. It is the same thing with Nick Diaz.
When it comes down to it, fans are not buying Johnson’s PPV because of his talk, but to see him fight, which is something he has always done quite well.
“It’s a world title fight against John Dodson — everybody wants to see that fight, and we’re going to get after it on Sept. 5,” said Johnson.
For more on the developing UFC 191: “Johnson vs. Dodson 2″ fight card click here.
Longtime 185-pound contender Michael Bisping got his career back on track earlier this year with a victory over CB Dollaway, then proved it wasn’t a fluke by notching a hard-fought decision win over Thales Leites his next time out (watch it here).
And like most middleweights who got creamed by Vitor Belfort during the TRT era, “The Count” wants to turn back the clock and prove he can beat “The Phenom” when the playing field is even, evidenced by this profanity-laced call out.
Belfort responds via Instagram:
Some MANY fighters figured out that speaking bad things about others they can get their shot. I have been fighting for 19 years and have never needed to do that, I show my service inside the Octagon.Today some guys talk about me if I have or don’t have TRT, and don’t understand that every time they open their mouth to talk about me I get more sponsors and partners( nothing should be personal it is all about business) By the way, I got my 2 world title in UFC with no TRT. So if this guy from the pic wants another kick, punch etc. I am in !!! Let’s shut their big mouth!!! #letsshuttheirmouth #realsport #talklessfightmore
Every time you talk about “The Phenom,”
an angel gets their wings the Brazilian gets a sponsor.
Belfort crushed Bisping by way of thunderous head kick back in 2013, part of an incredible three-fight winning streak that also claimed Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson, all by way of first-round finish. TRT was since outlawed, however, and so too, were the highlight-reel knockouts.
Maybe the former two-division champion can resurrect them in a second go-round with the angry Brit?
That’s up to UFC matchmakers to decide.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Though Paul Daley ultimately vanquished Dennis Olson on Friday night, it ended up being a little bit of a struggle. A couple of times in the first round of the co-main event on Friday night “Semtex” was double-legged and taken down. No big deal since he scored a vicious second-round TKO anyway, right?
Well, with his nemesis Josh Koscheck sitting cageside for his fight, those double-leg takedowns were loaded.
“I felt his presence,” the 32-year-old Daley said after the fight. “When Olson came out and shot the double-leg and he got it straight away, I was like damn…I know Koscheck’s going to be like, yes or whatever. But I got back up and we seen how the fight ended.
“But yeah, there was something in the back of my mind, because I knew Olson was a very tough wrestler, so I wanted to show improvements in my ground game. I hit a nice sweep out there, I defended a few of his submission attempts, but I think I did that. I’m still improving, you know.”
Since Bellator signed Josh Koscheck in June, there has been talk about a rematch between him and Daley from their UFC 113 bout in 2010. That fight was dictated by the wrestler Koscheck, who scored a unanimous decision by keeping Daley on his back for the bulk of the bout. After the final horn, Daley took a swing at Koscheck out of frustration, which resulted in him being banished from the promotion.
In an interview conducted during Friday night’s broadcast on Spike TV, Koscheck — who lost five fights in a row to end his run with the UFC — said he was hoping Daley would get through Olson so that they could potentially fight in December.
Asked about that time frame, Daley said it’s all conditional.
“I think Koscheck needs to win a fight first and then we’ll talk after that,” he said. “So when Koscheck gets a win here in Bellator, then we’ll talk about fighting. If he gets a win before December and Bellator thinks it’s the right fight in terms of promotion and getting eyes on the promotion, then I’ll accept the fight, but let’s get him a win. Maybe Koscheck vs. [Douglas] Lima, maybe that’s an interesting fight next.”
Lima dropped a unanimous decision in Friday’s main event versus Andrey Koreshkov. In any case, Daley is already booked for a kickboxing match in Glory on Sept. 19 in San Jose, Calif., as part of Bellator hybrid Dynamite event.
With things still up in the air, Daley said that he was willing to fight whoever he was asked to, but that he understands that a Koscheck rematch is big business for Bellator.
“It’s an important fight, because it’s a big fight,” he said. “In terms of promotion, in terms of financial reward it would be probably bigger than a lot of the other fights. But becoming champion, you know, again there your marquee name goes up and the financial awards are there too, so for me it’s a title fight or the Koscheck fight next. We’ll see what Bellator thinks.
“If they want me to have another fight, I’ll have another fight. I’ll never say no to another fight before either of those two fights because I’m still not 100 percent happy with what I did tonight, or 100 percent happy with the Andre Santos fight [at Bellator 134]. So I’d still like to have another run out and try and work on some more things that I’ve been working on in camp.”