Injured Riggs Out Of Ufc 54:doerksen Steps In To Face Lindland
Injured Riggs out of UFC 54:
Doerksen Steps in to Face Lindland
By Loretta Hunt
Canadian Joe Doerksen is starting to make last-minute replacement fighting a habit. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has just received word that he will be replacing Joe Riggs at UFC 54 in less than four weeks, squaring-off against Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland.
"The back. It’s the easiest injury to fake," a slightly disappointed Lindland commented on Riggs’ yet-to-be-confirmed injuries this afternoon, "but the Doerksen match-up is a good one. He’s a very tough submission guy. He’s fought in one of my shows [Sport Fight]. He was fighting against Ed Herman and I thought he was going to lose the fight, and he toughed it out and pulled a triangle out in the latter minutes of the third round. He’s a tough kid."
That fight description might seem reminiscent of Doerksen’s last UFC showdown versus fellow Canadian Patrick Cote, a fight he had taken on two week’s notice. In that bout, a loopy Doerksen managed to catch his striking-savvy opponent in a rear naked choke in the third round. Since April’s UFC 52, Doerksen has chalked up another victory against Art Santore on July 9th at Canada’s Freedom Fight event.
"It’s a step up in competition for me," Winnipeg native Doerksen said of future opponent Lindland. "He’s one of the big names, but how many more chances will I get to fight a guy like that? I can’t say no. It’s a fight I think I can win."
Doerksen will report to Utah tomorrow for the final phases of Jeremy Horn’s training preparation for his bout light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, where he’ll also be joined by the likes of Tim Sylvia to put him through some last-minute paces. "Last time I had two weeks notice and I had done nothing for month," Doerksen said of the time squeeze. "I hadn’t been in the gym at all. This time I have almost a month’s notice. I was in fighting shape two weeks ago and I don’t think I’ve lost anything. I’ve been in the gym."
Sato Surprises Shooto Dojo with Visit
By Roxanne Modafferi
Revered Shooto veteran Rumina Sato made a rare guest appearance at Cross Point Kichijouji in Tokyo, Japan on July 21st to fill in for regular instructor Naoya Uematsu, also a Shooto vet, who had already gone to Brazil to prepare to compete in the famed Mundial Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. The 23-8-2 fighter, who has graced the Shooto stage since 1994, gave students an impromptu lesson in some of the intricacies of MMA.
Cross Point Kichijouji is home to many professional and amateur fighters of Shooto, kickboxing, MMA, as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, whose enthusiastic students pack themselves into the underground dojo in a collage of white, blue, black and red gis.
On this night, however, a large percentage of the BJJ participants took off their gi tops and stayed to learn from K’z Factory fighter Sato, while some new faces joined in to participate in what might as well have been a free seminar. The deadly yet congenial MMA fighter taught for a solid hour and a half, covering arm-drag techniques from standing, heel picks, takedowns off of slipping punches, and a particularly unusual reverse triangle choke from spider guard.
After he finished showing technique, Sato opened the class to free training and even rolled with some of the students. Sato will be competing in an upcoming Shooto event against Cesar Gracie-trained fighter and rising star Gilbert Melendez (7-0) on August 20th at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.
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The Brazilian Beat:
As they say, the world never stops turning and many surprises may appear down the road. One can never really be sure about something, until it happens, as those are the ways of life, or, maybe we should say, the ways of "Pride." It’s a known fact that the Japanese organization usually decides things at the last minute, and changes plans all the time. The Pride Middleweight Grand Prix finals, in late August, was just one more case of fans getting surprised in some sense, as well as this time most of the MMA community in Brazil, as the announcement of Wanderlei Silva versus Ricardo Arona truly took many (including this writer, Mauricio Shogun, Wanderlei Silva and others) by surprise. One way or another, it certainly added more drama to the show, and guarantee another glorious and dramatic MMA history chapter on its way when the bell rings in Japan, on August 28th! With all that, it’s needless to say that the fight scene in Brazil is wild right now, and many other things are happening in the meantime, as the world of Jiu-Jitsu is having its most important days of the year, fighters are training, recovering and making contacts all the time, and we will continue to maintain the balance, bouncing back and overtaking the obstacles, always in the now wild, and sometimes extravagant, Brazilian rhythm as the Beat keeps going!
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New Series Debuts Sunday, Aug. 21st at 9:00 PM Local
LOS ANGELES, California – Dream Stage Entertainment is proud to announce a television partnership with Fox Sports Net (FSN). Beginning on August 21st at 9:00 PM Local, FSN will debut a monthly one-hour program featuring some of the most exciting bouts in the history of the PRIDE Fighting Championships.
"PRIDE Championship fighters are without a doubt the most feared and skilled fighters in the mixed martial arts world," said George Greenberg, Executive Vice-President of Programming and Production at FSN. "We are thrilled to bring PRIDE to U.S. cable television for the first time ever exclusively on FSN."
Each of the twelve episodes will showcase various fighters from PRIDE’s lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight classes. The debut program on August 21st will feature several of the most memorable matches in PRIDE’s history including Quinton "Rampage" Jackson versus current UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, reigning PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko versus Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic versus Igor Vovchanchyn, and reigning PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva versus Quinton Jackson.
"We’re extremely excited that FSN will be featuring PRIDE in the United States, " said Yukino Kanda, Executive Vice President of Dream Stage Entertainment. "We have a loyal following of fans in the U.S. who have been with us from the beginning … this deal will expose prospective fans in the mainstream to the intensity and excitement of PRIDE Fighting."
FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable TV home to 62 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States, and produces over 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including Best Damn Sports Show Period and Beyond the Glory. For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions.