Randleman To Replace Belfort In Ufc 33
Randleman to Replace Belfort in UFC 33
Zuffa Fails to Reach Agreement with Frank or Ken Shamrock
By Aaron Crecy
According to sources close to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Frank Shamrock was Zuffa’s first choice to replace Vitor Belfort against Tito Ortiz in UFC 33. However, the offer was withdrawn when Shamrock insisted that Ortiz make the 185 lb. weight class. Next, Zuffa approached Ken Shamrock with an offer of $180,000, but Shamrock declined, countering instead with a price tag of $500,000. Then, the UFC offered Vladimir Matyushenko $40,000 to fight Ortiz and an additional $40,000 for the victory — he declined. Now, UFC insiders have confirmed that Kevin Randleman will face Tito Ortiz for the UFC light heavyweight belt on September 28. The financial terms were not disclosed, but they are believed to be in the same range as Matyushenko’s offer. Randleman brings a record of 9 – 5 into the Octagon and looks to redeem TKO losses in his last two fights versus Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture. As a result, Matyushenko may not compete in UFC 33.
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