by Ken Pishna (credit to ADCC News)
All the build-up surround Bushido Europe just got knocked back down a peg as ADCC News is reporting today that Fedor Emelianenko will not be fighting on the show.
According to the MMA Editor at ADCC News:
“Reports from St Petersburg, Russia, the home of RED DEVIL, state that PRIDE executives including Sakikabara, have been in town negotiating for Fedor. The report also states that Fedor will opt to fight on New Year’s Eve, then have an operation on his hand to repair a nagging injury that has been recurring for years. This means the reported match against Dutchman Bob Schreiber will not happen.
Sakikabara may be in Russia to finalize the New Year’s eve deal with Fedor, who is rumored to be offered a match with Hidehiko Yoshida for New Year’s eve by PRIDE/DSE. Fedor also reportedly has another MAJOR offer from another Japanese organization to work the New Years Eve shows.”
If this all sounds a little odd, remember that Bushido Europe is NOT a Dream Stage Entertainment/Pride FC show. The Pride fighters appearing on that show are doing so with the express permission of Pride. Bushido Europe is actually being promoted by Fedor’s manager.
Zach Arnold of PuroresuPower.com is now reporting that Igor Vovchanchyn may also be off of the card, but we have no verification at this point.
THE CARD AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS:
October 9th, 2005
COMPLETE LINEUP (Subject To Change):
– Rene Rooze vs. Emelianenko Alexander
– Igor Vovchanchyn vs. Kevin Randleman
– Mark Coleman vs. Milco Voorn (according to Coleman)
– Nicholas Pettas vs. Gokan Saki
– Valentijn Overeem vs. Antoni Hardonk
– Jerrel Venetiaan vs. Ashwin Balrak
– Rodney Faverus vs. Tsuyoshi Tajima
– Gegard Mousasi vs. Stefan Klever
– Tyrone Spong vs. Vincent Vielvoye
– Imro Main vs. William Diender
– Chico Martinez vs. Ronnie Rivano