Another fine job by Mauro Ranallo on Fight Network Radio today. Mauro has been breaking a lot of news on his show and today was no exception:
1) According to The Fight Network, Hideki Yamamoto has responded to recent accusations made by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in which Jackson claims he was offered a $2,000 bribe to lose via knockout or submission to Kazushi Sakuraba in a 2001 bout for Pride. According to the show, Yamamoto claims that his attorney will be submitting a legal letter to KOTC owner Terry Trebilcock (and I’m assuming Jackson will be sent something) detailing that both Trebilcock and Jackson are incorrect in their accusations. Apparently, Yamamoto will be sending documentation that shows the $2,000 bonus in question was for losing by a referee’s a referee’s stoppage, either via knockout or submission. As stated here yesterday, the goal behind the clause was to create more drama in matches by enticing fighters not to quit under any circumstance.
2) According to The Fight Network, Denis Kang is engaged in “deep” negotiations with Bodog Fight.
You can hear Fight Network Radio with Mauro Ranallo every weekday from 3-4 p.m. ET on Sirius 186. If you don’t have Sirius or don’t get 186 on your receiver, you can always go to the URL below and listen to archives (you’ll need to scroll down):
I highly recommend the show and there’s a good chance I’ll be on again this Monday.
If Kang ends up signing with Bodog, then the UFC will have made a major mistake in not landing. A lot of people are excited about Paulo Filho in the WEC, and while I agree that he’s great, I actually think Kang is the better middleweight.