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* Talks between Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and the UFC fell apart, which was evident when the talented Japanese fighter signed on to fight under the Shoot Boxing banner on October 28. He was penciled in to fight Karo Parisyan at UFC 78 in November; however, Hector Lombard has now filled that spot because of the apparent inability to agree to contract terms with the UFC. It seemed like a done deal, especially after Sakurai appeared on camera at UFC 74: “Respect” in August.

* Dave Meltzer reported in the print edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter that Houston Alexander could very well face Thiago Silva in his next light heavyweight bout. That match up is just a rumor at this point.

* Renato “Babalu” Sobral has already inked new a deal with StrikeForce. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu veteran was released from his UFC contract last month after his controversial submission win over David Heath at UFC 74: “Respect.”

* Despite reports that he was a UFC fighter, Ronald “Jacare” Souza says that no terms have been reached. In fact, the uber-skilled grappler indicates that he was close to signing with the UFC sister organization, WEC, but nothing is official at this time.

* The rematch between Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans is still unofficial. This fight is expected to take place at UFC 78: “Validation” on November 17 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

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Talks between Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and the UFC fell apart,

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Talks between Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and the UFC fell apart,

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Yeah and I guarantee its the same stuff Fedor's camp was talking about. They agree on the points of the contract and then leave. Then when the actual contract is in front of them to be signed...the stuff they agreed on is gone. The UFC's strong arm approach isn't helping them get any of the best fighters. You know they should have signed Sokky, Lil Nog, etc. etc. etc.

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Yeah and I guarantee its the same stuff Fedor's camp was talking about. They agree on the points of the contract and then leave. Then when the actual contract is in front of them to be signed...the stuff they agreed on is gone. The UFC's strong arm approach isn't helping them get any of the best fighters. You know they should have signed Sokky, Lil Nog, etc. etc. etc.
I think the UFC is not realizing (or just ignoring) that for a lot of fighters, simply throwing more money at them is not going to get a contract. If they offered everyone 2,000,000, im sure most would take it but a 150,000 dollar contract won't get every fighter they want.


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Yeah and I guarantee its the same stuff Fedor's camp was talking about. They agree on the points of the contract and then leave. Then when the actual contract is in front of them to be signed...the stuff they agreed on is gone. The UFC's strong arm approach isn't helping them get any of the best fighters. You know they should have signed Sokky, Lil Nog, etc. etc. etc.
Or maybe they agreed to a deal, then when they got home and had that same deal in front of them, decided they weren't satisfied.

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Or maybe they agreed to a deal, then when they got home and had that same deal in front of them, decided they weren't satisfied.
Or maybe the contract got all wet in the sauna when Fedor was steaming in there with his buddies and the words got all changed.

You're speculating. Fedor's camp said it was a different contract and that's why they didn't sign. Why would they lie? Wouldn't Dana call them out on it if they were instead of not saying a word?
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You're speculating.
You tell me that as if you think I'm not already aware. I was rebutting kds's 'guarantee' which was nothing more than speculation.

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Fedor's camp said it was a different contract and that's why they didn't sign. Why would they lie? Wouldn't Dana call them out on it if they were instead of not saying a word?
White's repeatedly stated that the 'Crazy Russians' agree to terms one minute and go back on their word the next.

Both sides tell the same story. The only question is why do some of you choose to take one biased party at their word, while rejecting the other at theirs.

What's interesting, is that Russian business people have a reputation for agreeing to terms they have no intention of honoring in business deals. I'm not saying that that is the case here, but there was a special section on Russian business practices in one of my college textbooks. Interesting, no?

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What's interesting, is that Russian business people have a reputation for agreeing to terms they have no intention of honoring in business deals. I'm not saying that that is the case here, but there was a special section on Russian business practices in one of my college textbooks. Interesting, no?
lol thats not stereotyping....

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You can't give special treatment to certain fighters and then not others. Then every other fighter will want those treatments and will mess everything up. What if Fedor gets everything he wants then looses?

What if Mirko, Shogun, and Heath Herring got special benefits in thier contract since they were the "Best" fighters in Pride. Mirko is 1-2, Shogun just got demolished in his UFC debut and Herring got embarrassed by O'brien. So my point is what if those fighters had special treatment in thier contracts? Then they loose and the other UFC fighters who win will want that special treatment because they will say they don't loose.... etc.etc.etc. It could go onto many things.

After this Sambo Tournament in November I'm sure Fedor will sign with the UFC. If not, then his loss. You can't baby fighters, it's a business. Something most of you people say Dana is not good at all, but then put out the wildest business assumptions that should be done.
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What's interesting, is that Russian business people have a reputation for agreeing to terms they have no intention of honoring in business deals. I'm not saying that that is the case here, but there was a special section on Russian business practices in one of my college textbooks. Interesting, no?
Not interesting, just kind of ridiculous that a textbook would say that about Russian business... did it also include how Indians give things and take them back? lol...

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