Could Barnett vs. Fedor be next?
With Affliction publicly saying that they intend to hold additional cards in the not-too-distant future, the first question that comes to mind is – who will be fighting?
Well, obviously Affliction boasts a very deep roster of heavyweights, and there are two fighters that MMA fans have wanted to see go at it for many years – Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko.
Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio confirmed that Barnett vs. Emelianenko could very well happen.
We are going to use the winners (of the July fight) for the next show,” said Atencio.
That certainly does not mean that the match-up of former Pride stars is a given, but it certainly means that fight is a distinct possibility.
Barnett, though, is not looking past Pedro Rizzo on July 19th.
I don’t look any further then the fight in front of me. I can do all the wishing I want,” said Barnett, “The only thing that is guaranteed is the fight in front of me.”
What Barnett’s quote tells me is that a fight with Emelianenko is definitely on his radar. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that a potential fight between Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski could do a bigger number in the U.S. – based on Arlovski’s popularity. I would personally be pleased with either match-up. but I think Barnett’s advanced ground skills could make for a better match-up with Emelianenko than Arlovski’s stand-up strengths.
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Mo money, mo problems.
UFC Fight Night 44: "Swanson vs. Stephens" from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, has officially wrapped, which means it's time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four of the 20 fighters on the card, and it's probably no surprise who's heading home with a second sack of simoleons.
Swanson was backing out to avoid the hard punches early on. Stephens was firing away, hoping to land that big punch he was promising in the lead-up to this fight.
A missed uppercut was followed by an inside leg kick.
Finally, Swanson landed a body kick that hurt Stephens badly. We know this because he was actively backing away and trying to buy himself time to recover. Swanson rushed him and fired away with punch after punch. When he landed hard enough, Stephens decided to change levels and snag more
Swanson was feinting to start the round, hoping to freeze Stephens, who appeared to be recovered from the liver kick that hurt him so badly in round three.
In fact, he was jumping in with lame punches that Swanson was easily jumping back to avoid.
Cub went back to firing off leg kicks while the commentary team wondered if Stephens had suffered a broken right hand. In fairness, he appeared to be sticking with punches with his left hand and shooting in for takedowns.
Swanson forced a stalemate and more
In between rounds, Swanson could be heard telling his cornerman, Greg Jackson, that he believed there were two rounds left in the contest.
Instead, he went out and continued doing his best to jump in, land a shot, and jump back out without feeling Stephens' considerable power. He was having more success here, drawing blood.
He went back to his big weapon, the liver kick, and once again landed clean. It affected Stephens again, though not as much as the first time, and he backed away coveri more
Stephens opened with a leg kick that missed and spun him around. Swanson responded with an overhand but pulled back on it. A front kick landed for Jeremy and both guys were looking light on their feet early, though "Lil Heathen" was more comfortable standing in and trading punches.
Cub, for his part, was bouncing all around.
They started exchanging big punches before long. Swanson broke out a cartwheel kick that missed but had color commentator Brian Stann feeling fine.
Stephens was the first to more
With UFC Fight Night 44: "Swanson vs. Stephens" coming to a close late last night (Sat., June 28, 2014) -- and the main event match between Featherweight contenders Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens tying a ribbon around a 21-fight double header -- check out the LIVE post-fight press conference video stream below from AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, featuring all the important mixed martial arts (MMA) players. more
Stephens was rocking the big right hand once again, and it was finding a nice home on Swanson's chin. Cub circled away but he wasn't doing much else to avoid taking those powerful shots.
Swanson switched stances and looked to find his way inside. Stephens responded by making it a brawl and spamming that big right hand he was having so much success with.
In response, Swanson thought about a takedown but decided against it.
Finally, Cub landed a right hand after moving inside. He followed up with more
The co-main event of tonight's UFC Fight Night 44: "Swanson vs. Stephens" showcase at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, featured Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner Kelvin Gastelum in a welterweight battle opposite Nico Musoke.
Well... it was scheduled to be contested at welterweight but Kelvin came in heavy at 172-pounds, forfeiting 20-percent of his purse in the process.
The two wasted very little time striking and got right to grappling and working each other on the mat. Musoke was getting the more
UFC Fight Night 44: "Swanson vs. Stephens" results live online: UFC returns to FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT (Sat., June 28, 2014) to conclude its mixed martial arts (MMA) day-night double header, featuring a five-round Featherweight main event between Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens from AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. MMAmania.com will deliver bell-to-bell results coverage of UFC Fight Night 44 online LIVE all weekend long, including latest fight updates, fight recaps, video highlights, winners, los more