Lyoto Machida Fires Back At Gegard Mousasi, Addresses Possible Fedor Fight

Lyoto Machida has fired back at Gegard Mousasi and ‘The Dragon’ talks of a possible Fedor fight.

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After a few recent steroid accusations, it’s no surprise that Lyoto Machida fires back at Gegard Mousasi.

‘The Dragon’ doesn’t take kindly to callouts and accusations. Machida and Mousasi have some history. ‘The Dragon’ holds a unanimous decision victory over the current Bellator middleweight champion from a five-round affair back at UFC Fight Night 136 in 2014.

Mousasi has since accused Machida from everything to greasing to ********. ‘The Dragon’ doesn’t take kindly to those accusations.

”Everything Mousasi says only motivates me,” Machida told MMA Fighting in a recent interview. “I have a win over him and I think he’s a little bothered by it. But I think it’s an easier fight to promote now. I’m very motivated and I want this opportunity, especially with him as a champion.”

“Fighting in Bellator is a dream come true for me. Having a belt is a bigger dream,” he continued. “But I just got to the promotion, one step at a time. I have to fight first, feel well, and then think about this. I want the Bellator belt. I’m not here to be part of the roster and just fight. I came here to become champion and remain champion for as long as I can.”

USADA

Machida may still have the drive to compete with the best in the world but whether or not he can physically do it remains to be seen.

He does, however, hold some strong opinions on the anti-doping debate. Machida had an 18-month suspension handed down to him via the United States Anti-Doping Agency for disclosing his use of 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

The former UFC champ approves of the goal in mind but doesn’t approve of how USADA handles some situations.

“I’m in favor of the anti-doping system in the sport, I believe it’s good for the sport, but I’m not in favor of how USADA deals with many cases,” Machida said. “I think sometimes they are too harsh and don’t take into consideration how the situation occurred, the athlete’s past, similar situations that could be seen when making a hard decision on a professional athlete’s career, whose lives and depends on it.”

Machida wouldn’t confirm he left the UFC because of USADA. He is glad to be free of their strict whereabouts system nonetheless.

“I won’t say I left the UFC because of USADA, no way, but today I feel lighter without USADA,” he continued. “I feel lighter. The thing that you have to report where you are going generated so much stress. Today I’m free, more relaxed. I’m living happier in that aspect.”

Fight With Fedor

An added perk to signing with the Scott Coker-run promotion is fight leniency. That is, fighters have the freedom to fight outside of their normal weight class. That being said, could we really get Machida vs. Fedor?

Machida says it’s possible.

“A fight with Fedor (Emelianenko) would be a superfight,” Machida said. “I’m a fan of Fedor, have been a fan since he was in PRIDE, a great champion, and since I like to challenge myself, new challenges, that was one of the offers that came with my move to Bellator. Of course, fighting Fedor would be an honor, a dream.”

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Report: Date For Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen Revealed

A date has been booked.

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We now know when Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor Emelianenko will go down inside of the cage for Bellator MMA.

This fight is slated to go down on October 13 in Uniondale, New York at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which was first reported by Newsday.com although Bellator MMA officials have yet to officially announce this date for this upcoming fight but are expected to do so shortly.

Another event, which has yet to be given a title, will also host Matt Mitrione taking on Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader that will be held the day before in this same venue.

These fights will serve as a semifinal bouts in the ongoing Bellator MMA heavyweight tournament that will crown a new champion in the division.

As seen in the main event of the Bellator 198 event at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on the Paramount Network, the MMA legend finished former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir with strikes in the first round of their Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal bout while on the flip side, Sonnen was able to pick up a decision win over former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson at Bellator 192 at The Forum in Inglewood, California in January to move forward in the tournament.

Now, the MMA Legend and former middleweight and light heavyweight contender are slated to fight each other.

It should be noted that just this month, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker did go on record by stating that he would be up for having these fights on back-to-back nights with the idea of one fight airing on a Friday night on the Paramount Network while the other one would be exclusive to DAZN on Saturday night due to the fact that the Viacom-owned promotion recently signed a five-year broadcast deal with the subscription streaming service that plans to launch in September and it appears that’s exactly what they plan to do.

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Scott Coker Reveals Target Date For Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen

Scott Coker has revealed the timeline for the upcoming Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor Emelianenko bout.

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Scott Coker has revealed the timeline for the upcoming Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor Emelianenko bout.

This fight will serve as a semifinal bout in the ongoing Bellator MMA heavyweight tournament that will crown a new champion in the division.

As seen in the main event of the Bellator 198 event at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on the Paramount Network, the MMA Legend finished former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir with strikes in the first round of their Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal bout.

On the flip side, Sonnen was able to pick up a decision win over former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson at Bellator 192 at The Forum in Inglewood, California in January to forward in the tournament.

Now, the MMA Legend and former middleweight and light heavyweight contender are slated to fight each other.

According to Bellator MMA President, they’re looking at mid-October for this semifinal bout to happen.

“We’re trying to keep it in close proximity,” Coker told MMAjunkie. “I want both of the semifinals to happen close together.”

The other semifinal bout that is slated to take place as part of this tournament will see Matt Mitrione take on Ryan Bader.

Coker did note that it’s possible those fights could be staged on back-to-back nights with the idea of one fight airing on a Friday night on the Paramount Network while the other one would be exclusive to DAZN on Saturday night.

It’s well known that the Viacom-owned promotion recently signed a five-year broadcast deal with the subscription streaming service that plans to launch in September.

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10 MMA Stars Who Caused A Political Storm

Check out 10 MMA stars who made a splash in politics – for better or worse:

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The rise of the internet and social media, together with the explosion of mixed martial arts (MMA) as a major global sport, has meant that today’s fighters are under intense scrutiny not just in the cage, but at all times – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As such, some fighters have managed to ignite a storm with politically motivated remarks and motivations, while others have infamously gone as far as to rub shoulders with some of the world’s most powerful and influential leaders.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at 10 MMA stars that have courted controversy and hit the headlines by stepping out of the Octagon and into the all-too-often murky waters of politics – for better or worse.

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Tim Kennedy

Kennedy captured global media attention earlier this month when he became the willing participant in a demonstration about the controversial interrogation technique known as ‘Waterboarding.’

Kennedy, a special-forces soldier and ex-UFC contender, live-streamed himself being waterboarded off-and-on for 40 minutes in an attempt to prove that it was not a form of torture, and instead was simply just ‘uncomfortable’.

There was a political motive behind the demonstration though – to support Gina Haspel, who was coming under fire for having overseen ‘black-sites’ in which waterboarding had been used during the ‘War On Terror.’

“Right now, an amazing hero has been appointed to be director of the CIA and because of that, some of the things she has done are being attacked,” Kennedy wrote alongside the video feed.

If I can change one person’s mind about what torture is and what I would do to protect American freedom, I will do this for years.”

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Mirko Cro Cop Says Fedor Emelianenko Rematch Isn’t Likely

According to Mirko Cro Cop, a rematch between him and Fedor Emelianenko likely won’t take place soon…

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Legendary heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic are now both competing under the Bellator banner, but according to “Cro Cop”, don’t expect a rematch between the two to take place:

“People are asking me all the time about that, but I don’t think about that right now. And I don’t think that fight will happen,” Filipovic said Thursday on a Bellator 200 conference call (transcribed by MMAFighting.com).

“It’s hard to say. There is no — I don’t have some special desire to fight him anymore, like I had before. Never say never, but I don’t think that fight will ever happen.”

The two first met in 2005 at a PRIDE event at the Saitama Super Arena in what, at the time, was the biggest heavyweight fight in MMA history. And in the end, Emelianenko ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision.

Now years later, both men have followed different paths, but both remain highly recognizable names in the sport.

“Cro Cop”, for example, has spent the majority of the last few years competing under the Rizin banner in Japan. Currently, he’s riding an eight-fight winning streak and will next rematch Roy Nelson in the main event of Bellator 200, which is set to take place on May 25 in London England.

Emelianenko, meanwhile, recently scored an impressive 48-second knockout over former UFC champion Frank Mir in the first round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.

As far as that fight goes, Filipovic seemed as if he was impressed by “The Last Emperor”, although he also said that the bout was far too short to take much away from it:

“Well, it was a good fight. If he’s back or not, I don’t know,” Filipovic said. “It was too short. The fight was too short, but good for him.”

Given where each fighter is in his respective career, it doesn’t sound too outlandish to think that a rematch could take place in Bellator, although it’s also unclear how much longer “Cro Cop” will stick around the fight game:

“It’s hard to say,” Filipovic said. “In this business, it’s hard to say. I said a few times already, ‘I’m done, I’m done,’ and at the end day, I always decided to extend my career.

“I will just do it as long as it makes me happy, and as long as my health allows me to keep fighting. So it can be one or two fights, it can be three, I don’t know.

“There are a lot of injuries in this sport, so you never know, especially at my age. I am 43, but I feel so good right now.”

Would you like to see Filipovic and Emelianenko run it back at some point in the near future?

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Mirko Cro Cop Isn’t Banking on Fedor Emelianenko Rematch

Mirko Cro Cop doesn’t believe he’ll go one-on-one with Fedor Emelianenko again. Cro Cop will be making his Bellator debut on May 25. In the main event of Bellator 200, Cro Cop will meet Roy Nelson in a rematch. The bout is to determine who …

Mirko Cro Cop doesn’t believe he’ll go one-on-one with Fedor Emelianenko again. Cro Cop will be making his Bellator debut on May 25. In the main event of Bellator 200, Cro Cop will meet Roy Nelson in a rematch. The bout is to determine who gets a spot as an alternate in the Bellator Heavyweight […]

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