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K1 OLYMPIA HERO'S KOREA 2007 - Fight Card

10-22-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: 10-28-2007
Event date: Seoul, Korea

 

Fight Card:
1.  Masanori Tonooka (Seido Kaikan) vs. RYO (Japan)

2.  Magomed Sultanakhmedov (Club Volk Han) vs. Lee Eun Su (CMA Korea)
3.  Bernard Ackah (Freelance) vs. Poai Suganuma (BJ Penn MMA Academy)

4.  Ah Sol Kwon (Mokpo Pride) vs. Daisuke Nakamura (U-File Camp)
5.  Heo Min Seok (CMA Korea) vs. Katsuyori Shibata (ARMS)
6.  Carlos Newton (Canadian Warrior MMA) vs. Shungo Oyama (Freelance)
7.  Marcelo Garcia (Freelance) vs. Kim Dae-Won (CMA Korea)
8.  Yoshihisa Yamamoto (Freelance) vs. Lee Tae Hyun (Freelance) 
9.  Ikuhisa Minowa (Freelance) vs. Kim Min Soo (Freelance)
10. Taiei Kin (Seido Kaikan) vs. Zelg "Benkei" Galesik (Croatia)
11.Dong Sik Yoon (Freelance) vs. Fabio Silva (Chute Boxe Academy)
12. Denis Kang (ATT) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (Freelance)

 


BROCK LESNAR - The latest heavy hitter in the UFC

10-21-2007

Denver, CO

International Superstar Joins Stacked Heavyweight Division

Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) – International superstar Brock Lesnar has already achieved high grades for his transition from pro wrestling to mixed martial arts. Now the former NCAA Champion and four-time All-American is ready for the next step in his career - taking on the best heavyweights in the world in the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization.

UFC President Dana White announced the signing of Lesnar to a promotional contract during the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 77 at the US Bank Arena.

“I don’t think there are any other pro wrestlers that can make the transition to MMA, except for Brock Lesnar,” said White. “And if you look at his amateur wrestling credentials, his size, and what he’s done, this guy can end up being a force in the heavyweight division of the UFC.” 

“If you want to go with the NFL of the fighting game, it’s the UFC, and it was an easy choice for me,” said Lesnar. “Obviously I don’t think I’m ready for a title shot right away, but I will be there, and I’m not gonna turn down any opponent because I’m here to prove myself. I’m not here to pick and choose my fights. I’ll fight whomever they want. I don’t make the fights; that’s not my job. I’ve got one job to do and that’s to fight.”

The date and opponent for Lesnar’s UFC debut will be revealed in the near future.

A native of Webster, South Dakota who now makes his home in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, the 6 foot 3 ½ , 265 pound Lesnar first made a name for himself as a wrestler at Webster High School, compiling a 33-0 record in his senior year. This success eventually led him to Bismarck State College and the University of Minnesota, where he was a four-time All American, two-time Big Ten Champion, a second place finisher in the 1999 NCAA Championships, and the 2000 NCAA National Champion.

After finishing his college career with an astounding 106-5 record, Lesnar became a household name as a professional wrestler, and even had a short stint in the NFL® with the Minnesota Vikings. 

In 2007 though, Lesnar was in need of a new challenge in his life, and he turned to mixed martial arts, where world-class wrestlers like himself have had enormous success throughout the sport’s history. On June 2, 2007, Lesnar made his long-awaited MMA debut and took only 69 seconds to destroy Min Soo Kim with strikes that led to a submission.

Lesnar’s signing to the UFC bolsters a talent-rich heavyweight division that includes former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira, Cheick Kongo, former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, Brandon Vera, Gabriel Gonzaga, Mirko Cro Cop, Fabricio Werdum and Heath Herring.

 

 

IFL - Athletes Come From Far and Wide for IFL Draft 2008 in New York
10-21-2007

Denver, CO, PNW

MAMARONECK, N.Y., October 20, 2007 -- Nearly 150 mixed martial athletes residing in 20 U.S. states – hailing from at least 10 other countries – came to the L.A. Boxing gym in Mamaroneck, N.Y. today, looking for spots on International Fight League teams at the IFL 2008 Draft. 

It’s likely that none of those had a more rewarding trip to the New York suburb than Levon Maynard, a civilian Air Force computer technician who drove all night from Norfolk, Va., sleeping in his car before standing out among the more than 30 welterweights with an impressive showing in all phases that earned him a spot among the pool of 18 athletes selected by the coaches.

“I would have done anything for this opportunity,” said Maynard, who was joined by his girlfriend on the eight-hour one-way excursion. “Getting to see where my skills are against a lot of other guys in my weight class with my own level of skill and experience was the best part.”

Under the watchful eye of IFL Commissioner Kurt Otto, “IFL Battleground” host Bas Rutten and Toronto Dragons coach Carlos Newton, each athlete participated in a preliminary session which included takedowns, jiu-jitsu and sparring/kick boxing, contested on mats. 

About 50 moved on to the final round of MMA sparring in the ring. Current IFL athletes Deividas Taurosevicius of the Pitbulls and Shane Ott of the Scorpions served as referees.

The 18 athletes selected join a pool of potential IFL competitors. They may serve as full team members, alternates, training partners, or potential replacement or Superfight performers as well.

While a quick look at the parking lot outside L.A. Boxing revealed license plates from states as far away as Ohio, Maryland and even Indiana, the crowd of supporters inside the facility was decidedly in the corner of several local athletes, notably Dennis Racanello, 35, of Larchmont, N.Y., and Dyrell Walker, 26, of New Rochelle, N.Y. Racanello, a faculty member at nearby Iona College, trains at the Mamaroneck L.A. Boxing gym, and his early success in drills and jiu-jitsu produced the loudest cheers. Walker, a Western Connecticut State University grad who was born in Jamaica but grew up in New Rochelle, went one step further, showing quick moves in the drills and strong sparring skills to impress the coaches.

“There was a great energy in the building today,” said Otto. “There were some very spirited sparring sessions and I think guys really fed off the energy.”

Another pairing of note was the light heavyweight finals matchup between Armin Mrkanovic, a native of Bosnia who made the Chicago Red Bears roster at the beginning of 2007 but was injured before he could compete for Coach Igor Zinoviev’s squad, and Constantinos Phillipou, another area product who brought an extended contingent of training partners and friends to support him. Mrkanovic and Phillipou battled it out in an entertaining sparring session which ultimately resulted in both athletes being selected for the pool.

Heavyweights Lenard Terrence of Akwesasne, N.Y. and A.J. Xhudo of Yonkers, N.Y. gave their all in their matchup as well, earning loud applause and spots in the both the qualifier pool and the hearts of the coaches.

“The light heavies and heavies really showed us something today,” said Newton. “I look for heart. I want to see how they react when they’re hit. These guys were ready to go to battle to win us over, and they did.”

The last of three IFL 2008 Draft sessions is set for next Saturday, October 27, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Last week, more than 250 athletes competed at the session in Costa Mesa, Calif., at which 27 were selected for the athlete pool.

Here are the qualifiers as selected by the coaches in Mamaroneck:

Lightweights:
James "Binky" Jones
Matt Lee
Torrance Taylor
Mike Willus
James Bova
Al Iaquinta
Anthony Leate

Welterweights:
Tom Gallicchio
Dyrell Walker 
Matthew Brown
Tiawan Howard
Levon Maynard

Middleweights:
Danilo Villefort
Armin Mrkanovic

Light heavyweights:
Constantinos Phillipou
Reginald Higgins

Heavyweights:
Lenard Terrence
A.J. Xhudo 

 

 

UFC 77 - Live Results......Silva stops Franklin in 2nd, retains title!

10-20-2007

Denver, CO

 

Live from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Results:

1. Matt Grice defeats Jason Black by split decision.

2. Josh Burkman defeated Forrest Petz by split decision 

3. Demian Maia defeats Ryan Jensen by rear choke at 2:40 of rd 1

4.Yushin Okami defeated Jason MacDonald by unanimous decision

5. Alan Belcher defeats Kalib Starnes by TKO due to doctor stoppage from cut at 1:39 of rd 2

6. Stephan Bonnar defeated Eric Schafer by TKO due to strikes at 2:47 of rd 2

7. Alvin Robinson defeats Jorge Gurgel by decision unanimous decision

8. Tim Sylvia defeated Brandon Vera by unanimous decision

 

Main Event:

Anderson Silva defeated Rich Franklin  by TKO from strikes at 1:07 of rd 2

 

 

UFC 77 "Hostile Territory" 

10-19-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: Saturday, October 20, 2007 / 8pm
US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH

Main Event: 
Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin 


Main Card:
Tim Sylvia vs. Brandon Vera 
Eric Schafer vs. Stephan Bonnar 
Alan Belcher vs. Kalib Starnes 


Preliminary Bouts:
Jason MacDonald vs. Yushin Okami 
Alvin Robinson vs. Jorge Gurgel 
Josh Burkman vs. Forrest Petz 
Matt Grice vs. Jason Black 
Demian Maia vs. Ryan Jensen 

 

 

BODOG FIGHT to Sponsor SportFight
10-19-2007

Denver, CO

Mixed martial arts powerhouse Bodog Fight is teaming up with an organization founded by two of the biggest names in the sport.

Bodog Fight will sponsor the next event by Oregon-based SportFight, an up-and-coming MMA promotion founded by Team Quest marvels Randy "The Natural" Couture and Matt "The Law" Lindland.

Bodog Fight Presents: SportFight 20, The Homecoming will take place October 27 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The co-main events will feature Bodog Fight's Chael Sonnen (20-8-1) and Kyacey "Ice Cold" Uscola (13-9) in a middleweight bout, and a welterweight battle between Chris "The Professor" Wilson (13-3) and Derrick Noble (22-9-1).

"We are delighted to be working with SportFight," said Bodog Fight's billionaire creator Calvin Ayre. "Joining forces will allow us to bring some of the world's best mixed martial arts fighters to fans in the Portland area."

"As a Bodog fighter myself, I know first hand how Calvin Ayre and the Bodog Fight team operate," said Lindland, President of SportFight, LLC. "They are a first-class organization and all of us at SportFight are thrilled they are on board for what promises to be a fantastic homecoming for us in Portland."

The stacked card also boasts a slew of local fighters from Oregon and Washington State, including heavyweights Josh Bennett (2-0) and George Slater (2-0), Andy Eiccholz (6-2) and Travis Bell (4-2).

Joining Sonnen and Uscola in middleweight action will be "Judo" Jon Krohn (4-10) and Cory Devela (5-1) along with Tyson Griffin (9-1) and Josh Burnham (3-3).

Wilson and Noble are joined by welterweights Mike Dolce (4-3), Michael Pierce (4-0), and newcomer Nathan Coy (0-0), whose opponent is TBA.

Lightweights include Enoch "The Animal" Wilson (12-4-1) and Gerald "The Finishing Machine" Strebendt (8-6), with Dave Jansen (4-0) squaring off against Dennis Parks (4-0).

Featherweight action features Ian Loveland (14-7) taking on Andy Lukesh (7-1), and Will Shutt (5-3) facing off against Eddie Dahlen (3-0).

 

 

CAGE RAGE FIGHTERS - Subject to Drug Testing
10-18-2007

Denver, CO

Process To Begin With “EliteXC Presents Cage Rage 24’’ - Streaming Live Dec. 1 on ProElite.com

LOS ANGELES – All fighters competing on upcoming Cage Rage fight cards will be subject to random drug testing, it was announced Wednesday.

Cage Rage, which recently was purchased by Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc. (PELE.PK), is the biggest and most prestigious Mixed Martial Arts organization in the UK.

Gary Shaw, President of ProElite’s Live Events Division, EliteXC, initiated the idea to test the fighters 

“Anybody that knows me knows that my No. 1 priority is the health and safety of the athletes,’’ Shaw said. “I wholeheartedly agree and support Cage Rage’s decision. This ensures that the highest safety standards will be in place each and every time a fighter competes in an EliteXC/Cage Rage fight card in Britain.’’

The process will begin before the “EliteXC Presents Cage Rage 24” Dec. 1 event that will be aired on pay-per-view live at ProElite.com.

“This shows that Gary Shaw and EliteXC truly have the fighters’ best interests at heart and are serious about promoting this great sport to the uppermost standard,’’ Cage Rage co-founder and promoter Dave O’Donnell said. “Drug taking will not be tolerated on a Cage Rage promotion.’’ 

Any fighter who appears on a Cage Rage show will be subject to random drug testing, which includes checking for anabolic steroids, stimulants, marijuana and cocaine. All fighters in world title fights will be tested. 

MRI scan and ophthalmologic inspections will be introduced in early 2008, announced Shaw.

 

 

UFC 79: Nemesis features Serra vs Hughes on December 29th

10-18-2007

Denver, CO


Las Vegas, NV (USA) – For a sixth straight season, millions of UFC® fans around the world watched competitors on The Ultimate Fighter® do battle in an attempt to become one of the newest stars in the UFC organization. But fans are also watching another battle rage, this one between the two coaches, UFC welterweight champion Matt “The Terror” Serra and former UFC champion Matt Hughes. Now, the coaches will have their chance to face off inside the Octagon™, with the world welterweight title at stake. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents UFC 79: NEMESIS live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, December 29, 2007.

“Matt Hughes and Matt Serra did an awesome job as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter and now they are set to fight for Serra’s UFC Welterweight World Championship,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Serra wants to hold on to his title and Hughes wants it back. The show left little doubt about the dislike these two have for each other, and I think this is going to be an explosive fight.”

Tickets for UFC 79: NEMESIS go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 10am PST and are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100. Tickets will be sold at any Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s West at the Fashion Show Mall and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.ufc.com, www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. 

UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10am PT via the website www.ufc.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Tuesday, Oct. 23 starting at 10am PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through www.ufc.com. 

There also will be a special auction for Octagon-side floor seats available only through www.ticketmaster.com starting Wednesday, October 24 and ending Monday, November 5.

UFC 79: NEMESIS is available live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. 

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: A Tale of Two 44-Year-Old Heavyweights
10-16-2007

Denver, CO


http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-10-15T02_58_50-07_00

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman discusses the recent controversies involving two 44-year-old heavyweight fighters and former world champions: boxer Evander Holyfield and mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture.

Holyfield just dropped a lopsided unanimous decision to WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov in Moscow, Russia, this past Saturday, October 13. Many are now calling for the obvious, for Holyfield, who turns 45 this coming Friday, to retire. But many in the American boxing media were just this past week telling us that Holyfield actually stood a real chance to win in this fight.

Couture announced last week that he was quitting the UFC and vacating his heavyweight title there. His main beefs were that top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko had just signed with another promotion, M-1 of Russia, and that he was not being compensated fairly and had been told he was the second-highest paid fighter in that company when he had heard directly from other fighters that he was not.

In another no-holds-barred commentary, we discuss what all this says about the sycophantic media which covers both sports, the future of boxing and its beleaguered heavyweight division, and the future of UFC now that it has abruptly lost perhaps its most popular fighter of all time.

(Note: This edition of NO HOLDS BARRED includes some explicit language.)

Also, make sure to check out my weekly boxing show, SecondsOut Radio. On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, at http://www.secondsout.com/radio/, we discuss Saturday's fight between WBO heavyweight champ Sultan Ibragimov (22-0-1, 17 KOs) and former heavyweight champion, 44-year-old Evander Holyfield (41-9-2, 27 KOs), held at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia. Ibragimov retained his title with a lopsided 12-round decision, winning by scores of 118-110 and 117-111 twice. We open with the unedited and complete audio from Evander Holyfield's postfight media teleconference call held with American boxing journalists shortly after the fight. Included on this call are some comments by promoter Kathy Duva. Right after that, we offer our own opinion on what happened Saturday night, and whether or not Evander Holyfield should retire as a professional fighter.

SecondsOut Radio is also free to hear, but you must register to gain access to it, at
http://www.secondsout.com/radio

 

 

CFC Offers $3 Million Purse for Randy Couture VS Fedor Emelianenko

10-16-2007

Denver, CO

DAVIE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Cage Fighting Championships (CFC) Spokesperson Crawford Grimsley announced today, “The CFC will put up a $3,000,000 purse to bring the Couture vs Emelianenko fight to Pay-Per-View. $1,000,000 will be guaranteed to each fighter while the winner takes home an additional cool million, making this the largest single purse for any one MMA fight.”

Grimsley, a former heavyweight boxer who went 12 rounds with big George Foreman for the world title in 1996 said, “I don’t know who set up the current MMA system of sanctioning bodies locking fighters into exclusive long term contracts. I do know who is out to change this system though, we are, the CFC. We are not going to try to reinvent the wheel, but we would like to add a little of the business model that professional boxing has adopted for decades. Can you imagine if professional boxing would not allow champion to fight champion. How many great boxing matches would we have missed?”

Grimsley added, “The UFC has made this sport into what it is today and my hat is off to them, but in the same regard, we feel the sport must allow the best from any league to fight each other when the time is right. We are willing to sit down with any and all parties necessary to make this fight happen including the UFC, Randy Couture, the Gersh Agency, Fedor Emelianenko, his manager Vadim Finkelstein and M-1. It happens everyday in boxing. That’s how you get an undisputed champion. This exclusivity only hurts the sport, the fans, the fighters and the amount of money a fighter can make. We are going to do everything we can to bring this fight and many others currently prohibited. It’s time for the MMA to change for the benefit of the fighters and fans, not the sanctioning bodies.”

The first CFC event took place October 6, 2007 and has already hit the radar of Mark Cuban’s HDNet Network, which only broadcasts in 1080i High Definition, and the hit show Inside MMA. Highlights of the first CFC Middleweight Title fight “Let the Rage Begin” aired this last Friday, October 12, 2007. For airing information, go to www.hd.net and look for the Inside MMA schedule.

About Cage Fighting Championships 

The Cage Fighting Championships bring some of the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts professionals into battle inside a 6-foot high caged ring. Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

 

 

PANCRASE 2007 "Rising Tour" - Results

10-15-2007

Denver, CO

Photos: http://www.pancrase.co.jp/tourarchive/2007/1014/review/index.html

 

From the Differ Ariake arena in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Results:
1. Hayato Shimizu defeated Yuki Yamasawa  by majority decision 
2. Michihisa Asano defeated Tatsuya So by TKO at  0:30 of rd 1
3. Asaki Honda defeated Yukio Sakaguchi by ankle lock at 0:52 of rd 1
4. Kenji Arai defeated Takaichi Hirayama by majority decision
5. Kenji Takeshige defeated Kentarou Abe by rear choke at 2:27 of rd 2
6. Takuya Wada defeated Hyung Kwang Kim majority decision 
7. Manabu Inoue defeated Jin Suk Jung by shoulder lock at 1:47 of rd 2
8. Yuki Kondo defeated Yuji Sakuragi by majority decision

 

The main event of heavyweight King of Pancrase Assuerio Silva versus Kestutis Arbocius was cancelled when Arbocius failed to arrive in Tokyo.

 


HDNET Fights - Results

10-14-2007, Denver, CO

From the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas


HDNET Fights will premier on HDNet television on Friday, Oct. 19.

 

1. Main event: Erik Paulson defeated Jeff Ford by armbar at 1:44  of rd 1.
2. Freddie Espiricueta defeated Jason House by unanimous decision.
3. Drew Fickett defeated Anthony Lapsley by rear choke at 3:55 of rd 1.
4. Justin Eilers defeated Matt Thompson by unanimous decision.
5. Pete Spratt defeated TJ Waldburger by KO at 1:29 of rd 1.
6. Chris Bowles defeated David Roberts by rear choke at 3:06 of rd 1.
7. CB Dollaway defeated Hans Marrero by TKO from strikes at 1:07 of rd 1.
8. Justin Howard defeated Jay McCown by unanimous decision.
9. Liam McCarty defeated David Morris by submission from strikes at 2:35 of rd 1.
10. Joel Traves defeated Cory Salter by submission (injury) at 4:59 of rd 1.

 

 

PANCRASE Rank Promotion

10-13-2007

Pancrase USA / Stars Training Center

Broomfield, CO

 

Kris Tuller and instructor Billy Hendricks

 

Congratulations to Kris Tuller for his well deserved promotion to rank of Purple Belt of Pancrase Mixed Martial Arts.  Kris has been a dedicated practitioner since 2004.

 

 

ELITEXC SIGNS NICK DIAZ TO LONG-TERM EXTENSION

10-12-2007

Denver, CO

MMA Superstar Backed By ProElite Family

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 12, 2007) – Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc., which celebrated its first birthday recently, received a belated present from Nick Diaz when the exciting, popular fan favorite and Mixed Martial Arts superstar signed an exclusive, long-term contract extension with the company’s Live Event’s Division, EliteXC. 

Terms and length of the deal were not disclosed.

“Nick is a tremendously talented young fighter and we are extremely thrilled to have him join our family,” said EliteXC Live Events President, Gary Shaw, who made the announcement Thursday. “He is a very humble young man and dedicated athlete with an enormous wealth of talent.’’

Diaz (nickdiaz.proelite.com), who is 15-6, will make his next start for EliteXC when he collides with hard-hitting KJ Noons (kjnoons.proelite.com), who is 5-2, for the EliteXC world title in a brand new weight division – 160-pounds – in the main event of “Renegade” on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Corpus Christi, Texas, on SHOWTIME. 

Adds Shaw: “This contract extension, while continuing to validate that EliteXC is a major player in the MMA market, also means that Nick will be surrounded by a loving fight family and have a home for good. Nick is going to be a major star and is quickly becoming a household name not only in MMA but in the world of sports.’’

Diaz, 24, of Stockton, Calif., is already one of the most recognizable and popular figures in MMA. A Brazilian black belt who is a member of Team Gracie, the confident southpaw has fought some of the sport's biggest names in his illustrious six-year career.

In a career-best performance in which he rallied from the brink of defeat, a battered, bruised and bloodied Diaz scored an impressive, legendary gogoplata submission victory over then-consensus No. 1 lightweight contender, Takanori Gomi (takanorigomi.proelite.com), in a 2007 Fight of the Year candidate that wound up going into the books as a no contest.

Diaz made his EliteXC debut on Sept. 15, 2007, in Hawaii, and registered a hard-fought three-round split decision over determined local favorite, Mike Aina, in an exhausting, bloody, give-and-take battle. A fierce competitor, Diaz survived an early knockdown and a cut right eye to outpoint the local favorite by the scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29. 

“This is really awesome,’’ said Diaz, referring to the long-term signing extension. “Everybody knows that I am just a fighter who is looking for some respect and an organization that will let me be me. Gary Shaw and EliteXC really stepped up and I am so grateful and happy for it. The ProElite family is growing every day and I am really excited to be part of it.

“Everybody has made my job easier for me. Now I can focus on training to be the best I can be in and out of the cage.’’

For more information on EliteXC and other MMA-related stories, including bios, videos, photos, stats and more, please visit ProElite.com, EliteXC.com and www.SHO.com/Sports. 

 

 

UFC Champ Randy Couture Retires

10-12-2007

Denver, CO

 

 

Randy Couture issued the following statement from South Africa where he is shooting scenes for his lead role in the upcoming feature film “The Scorpion King – Rise of the Akkadian.

 

“I appreciate this opportunity the sport of MMA and the UFC has given me. “However, I’m tired of swimming upstream at this stage with the management of the UFC. It only makes sense at this point in my career to fight Fedor Emelianenko, and since he’s now signed with another organization, I feel like it’s time to resign and focus on my other endeavors.” 

 

“I’m tired of being taken advantage of, played as the nice guy and basically swimming against the current with the management of the UFC. I have a lot of other things going on in my life that I’m doing just fine with. I don’t need the problems. I don’t feel like I get the respect I deserve from the organization, and that’s motivation No. 2 for the letter of resignation that was sent today.”

“I think the final straw for me was meeting with Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta, UFC co-owner) where they claimed I was the No. 2 paid athlete in the organization, which I know is a bold-faced lie,” Couture said. Polling other athletes, said Couture, he learned that his compensation — some $250,000 a fight with pay-per-view bonuses, according to the Couture camp — was nowhere near what other top UFC fighters were making.

“All us athletes are all pretty tightly intertwined,” he said. “You hear what other guys were paid signing bonuses and what other guys were paid on the record and off the record with bonuses. I’ve heard Chuck’s numbers. Tito’s numbers. Hughes’ numbers. Quinton’s numbers. Cro Cop, Wanderlei. I heard what they were offering Fedor, and it’s insulting.”


 

STATEMENT FROM DANA WHITE, UFC PRESIDENT, REGARDING COUTURE 

“I’m not surprised at all by Randy’s decision. I talked to Randy several weeks ago and he said that if he couldn’t fight Fedor, then he has nothing left to prove in the sport of mixed martial arts.

He has been doing a lot of acting, and I know he is in South Africa right now filming a movie. I think it’s a great move for Randy’s acting career to retire from fighting while he is on top.

As we all know, Randy retired before. The landscape in MMA changes every day. So when he is ready to come out of retirement again, he is still under contract with me, and I’m ready to promote him.”

 

 

LEGENDARY STREET FIGHTER KIMBO SIGNS LONG-TERM CONTRACT WITH ELITEXC 
10-12-2007

Denver, CO

Internet Superstar Makes Television Debut On Nov. 10 ‘Renegade’.........MMA Fight Card Airs Live On SHOWTIME

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 12, 2007) – The notorious King of Street Fighting and one of the meanest, roughest, toughest, baddest brawlers in the history of YouTube, Kimbo Slice, has signed a multi-year contract with Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.’s Live Fight Division, EliteXC.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Kimbo is a street fighting and Internet legend who has in excess of five million downloads on YouTube,” said EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw, who made the announcement Thursday. “He is a brutal fighter who has a take-no prisoners approach.

“We have had our eye on Kimbo from day one and have been actively pursing him since. We struck when the time was right, and now we have our man.


“For those who have never seen him, they are going to witness perhaps the most vicious of all fighters. It is going to be very exciting for Mixed Martial Arts fans who have been anxiously waiting for him to step into the cage on SHOWTIME to see how Kimbo does as he continues to cross over into MMA.

“I can’t express how happy we all are to have Kimbo become a part of our ProElite/EliteXC family.’’

A sign of the times, perhaps, the incredibly popular Kimbo could be the first superstar athlete to get his start in any professional sport after making a name for himself via the Internet. Now, finally, he is going from the small screen of a computer to the big screen of television.

The major question, of course, is can his well-documented prowess on the pavement translate into success in MMA. 

One thing is certain: Kimbo (kimboslice.proelite.com) brings the same fervor and edge-of-your-seat anticipation into a cage as a young Mike Tyson brought to the ring in professional boxing.

“Fans could never blink during a Tyson fight and the same goes with Kimbo,’’ said Shaw, adding that Kimbo will make his EliteXC and SHOWTIME debut on the Nov. 10 “Renegade” cage fight card extravaganza at Corpus Christi, Texas. His opponent will be announced shortly.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 33-year-old, 250-pound Kimbo has been honing his MMA skills in recent months under the tutelage of legendary fighter and trainer, Bas Rutten.

“I’m excited about this great opportunity,” the soft-spoken Kimbo said. “I’ve been waiting to fight and this is my chance. I’ll be ready for whoever they put me in with on Nov. 10. 

“Gary Shaw and the entire ProElite and EliteXC teams have been great to me from the start. I could tell immediately that I could trust them and they were my friends. These are the kinds of people that I want in my circle. I really appreciate what J.D. Penn and Jeremy Lappen have done to make this all happen.’’ 

Raw, powerful, dangerously explosive, extremely heavy-handed and always one punch away from ending a fight, Kimbo won his lone MMA outing with a 1:12, first-round victory over former world boxing heavyweight champion “Merciless’’ Ray Mercer in June 2007. Ironically, he submitted Mercer via a guillotine choke. 

 


 

HDNET FIGHTS - Fight Card
10-11-2007, Denver, CO
Event date: October 13, 2007

From the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas

Fight Card:

Freddie Espiricueta vs. Jason House

Anthony Lapsley vs. Drew Fickett
Matt Thompson vs. Justin Eilers
TJ Waldburger vs. Pete Spratt
David Roberts vs. Chris Bowles
CB Dollaway vs. Hans Marrero
Justin Howard vs. Jay McCown
David Morris vs. Liam McCarty
Joel Traves vs. Sunia Filikitonga

Main event: 

Jeff Ford vs. Erik Paulson

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: Passing on UFC A Wise Move by HBO

10-10-2007

Denver, CO

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman discusses the decision by HBO not to televise UFC shows.

When we interviewed Ross Greenburg (http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-09-24T00_09_22-07_00), the president of HBO Sports, at the
September 19 Mayweather-Hatton news conference in New York, he said that talks between HBO and UFC were ongoing. Last week, however, he issued a statement (http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6487759.html) saying that the deal was now off.

This week we explain in depth why it was a wise move by HBO to end negotiations about airing the trashy UFC product, and how their business models are in conflict. We also offer a critique of the elitist nature of HBO's programming in general, including its boxing series.

To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click one of the links below and just press the play button on the player:

http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-10-09T13_46_26-07_00

http://www.nowpublic.com/sports/no-holds-barred-passing-ufc-wise-move-hbo

You can also listen to it through the NO HOLDS BARRED blog, at
http://nhbnews.blogspot.com, and my MySpace page, at http://www.myspace.com/nhbnews, also by pressing the play button on the player.

 

 

BODOG FIGHT " Clash of the Nations" - Bouts Broadcast Free On ION Television

10-9-2007

Denver, CO


One of the most anticipated pay-per-view events in mixed martial arts history is coming to free TV.

Tuesday, October 9 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on the ION Television Network (and The Fight Network in Canada) tune in for the first of three special Bodog Fight episodes featuring bouts from Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations. 

This historic PPV event took place April 14, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Russia, with a sell-out crowd at the illustrious Ice Palace cheering on some of the world's best fighters. 

Among them, was hometown hero Roman Zentsov of the famed Russian Red Devil Fight Club. Zentsov took on Frenchman Kristof Midoux in an epic heavyweight battle, while in another heavyweight slugfest, American Josh "Buffalohead" Curran went to war with Finland's Jarno Nurminen. Both of these thrilling fights will be re-broadcast free on this special episode of Bodog Fight. 

Next week, don't miss another special Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations episode, with Canadian heavyweight Bill "The Butcher" Mahood
taking on Arizona's Steve Steinbeiss and a ferocious super-heavyweight battle between Russia's Aleksander Emelianenko and Nevada's Eric
"Big" Pele.

 

 

CFFC 6 - Cage Fury Fighting Championship Cancelled 

10-7-2007

Denver, CO

KIMBO VS. TANK OFF


Cage Fury Fighting Championships 6, scheduled to take place on October 12th at the Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, has been cancelled.
CFFC president Felix Martinez issued this statement: 


"It is with deep regret that I have to announce the cancellation of Cage Fury's October 12th event. I did everything in my power to make this show happen for the fighters and the fans. However, I could not overcome the loss of a major investor for this show who decided to pull out at the last moment. With the loss of this investor, I cannot proceed with another first class event. It has always been my intention to provide the best combative sport entertainment that I could. I am very sorry for having to cancel this event and sincerely apologize to all the fighters, the fans and our dedicated staff."

 

 

UFC 78 "Validation" - Partial Fight Card

10-6-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: Saturday, November 17th 2007 

Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. 

Fight card:
Akihiro Gono vs. Tamdan McCrory
Ryo Chonan vs. Thiago Alves
Jason Reinhardt vs. Joe Lauzon
Frankie Edgar vs. Spencer Fisher
Hector Lombard vs. Karo Parisyan
David Terrell vs. Ed Herman

 

Main event:
Rashad Evans vs. Michael Bisping 


Two more bouts to be announced 

 

 

UFC® WiRED™ SYNDICATED SERIES PREMIERES SATURDAY, OCT. 6 

10-5-2007

Denver, CO 

 

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – UFC WiRED™, a hard-hitting journey back in time featuring some of the greatest bouts ever held in the famous UFC Octagon™, premieres this weekend in over 130 markets throughout the United States starting Saturday, October 6. (Check local listings for exact times).

The face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® during the live pay-per-view events, Joe Rogan will take UFC Wired viewers through each show. This one-hour syndicated series gives his unique perspective on UFC fights and features today’s top mixed martial artists, plus legendary fighters from years past. 

The premiere episode of UFC Wired will deliver thrilling fight action featuring some of the hottest UFC fighters in the world today. First up, former UFC World Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin takes on Canada’s Jason McDonald in a battle held at UFC 68 in Columbus, Ohio, followed by a show-stopping Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Travis Lutter at UFC 67. UFC Wired also revisits the fight that made Matt Serra the UFC Welterweight Champion, along with the heavyweight clash that ended with a high-kick “heard around the world” when Gabriel Gonzaga takes on Mirko “Cro Cop” at UFC 70.

 

 

INSIDE MMA - Don't Miss The Hottest MMA Show On TV!  
10-5-2007

Denver, CO

"Inside MMA" airs tonight, October 5, at 9:30 ET. Only on HDNet.

Tonight's "Inside MMA" features:
An Iraq war veteran who now does his fighting in the cage.
In "Fight Club," we'll visit a popular training center.
Highlights of matches from around the country.
An updated "MMA Insider" rankings.

This week, your hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten are joined by: 
Dan Henderson - Pride Middleweight Champion
Josh Barnett - Former UFC Heavyweight Champion
Ken Pavia - MMA Agent 

 

 

PANCRASE 2007 RISING TOUR - Fight Card

10-4-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: Sunday, October 14, 2007

Doors open at 15:00, pro bout #1 starts at 16:00
Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan 

 

Pro Bout #1 Featherweight: YUKI YAMASAWA (STAND) vs. HAYATO SHIMIZU (Pancrase Debut/Unplugged/Kokubunji) 

 

Pro Bout #2 Featherweight: TATSUYA SO (Toushin) vs. MICHIHISA ASANO (KILLER BEE) 

 

Pro Bout #3 Welterweight: ASAKI HONDA (Pancrase P's LAB/Yokohama) vs.YUKIO SAKAGUCHI (Team Sakaguchi Dojo) 

 

Pro Bout #4 Lightweight: KENJI ARAI (Pancrase ism) vs.TAKAICHI HIRAYAMA (Wajutsu Keishukai RJW) 

 

Pro Bout #5 Middleweight: HIKARU SATO (Pancrase ism) vs.KENTARO ABE (Hybrid-Wrestling Yamada Dojo) 

 

Pro Bout #6 Welterweight: TAKUYA WADA (SK Absolute) vs.KIM HYOUNG KWAN (Pancrase Debut/TEAM Tackle) 

 

Pro Bout #7 Featherweight: MANABU INOUE (Featherweight 3rd Ranked/U.W.F. SNAKE PIT JAPAN) vs.JUNG JINSUK (Wolf Team Max) 

 

Semi Main Event - Light-heavyweight: YUKI KONDO ( 3rd Light-heavyweight K.O.P/Pancrase ism) vs.YUJI SAKURAGI (Seiken Kaikan) 

 

Main Event - Heavyweight King of Pancrase title bout: 
ASSUERIO SILVA (3rd Heavyweight K.O.P/Total Punch MMA/bodog) vs. ARBOCIUS TIGER (Heavyweight,1st Ranked/Latvia Shidokan) 

 

 

ART OF WAR 4 - Fight Card

10-4-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: 10-27-2007, 8pm

The Grand Casino & Resort Tunica, Tunica, Miss. 


Heavyweight Bout: Mike Wessel vs. Matt Thomas

Super Heavyweight Bout: Rex Richards vs.
Shane Carwin

Middleweight Bout: Ron Faircloth vs. Chris Hawk

Lightweight Bout: Andrew Chappelle vs. Adriano Nasal

Middleweight Bout: DJ Watkins vs. Kyle Gibbons

Welterweight Bout: David Hulett vs. David Brown

Bantamweight Bout: Keith Bach vs. Mark Wiggins

Middleweight Bout: Andy Uhrich vs. Chris Gates

 

 

UFC 77 - Line up

10-3-2007, Denver, CO

U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Main event: Anderson Silva (19-4-0) vs. Rich Franklin (23-2-0)

Main card:
Tim Sylvia (23-3) vs. Brandon Vera (8-0)
Stephan Bonnar (10-4) vs. Eric Schafer (7-2-2)
Kalib Starnes (8-1-1) vs. Alan Belcher (10-3)

Under card:
Jason MacDonald (19-8) vs. Yushin Okami (20-4)
Jorge Gurgel (11-2) vs. Alvin Robinson (8-2)
Josh Burkman (8-4) vs. Forrest Petz (13-4)
Ryan Jensen (11-2) vs. Demian Maia (5-0)
Jason Black (21-3-1) vs. Matt Grice (8-1)

 

 

STRIKEFORCE - Fighter Payouts

10-3-2007

Denver, CO

 

From the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills. CA.


Fighter payouts as reported by the CSAC:
Gilbert Melendez ($30,000) defeated Tetsuji Kato ($6,000) 
Joe Riggs ($29,500) defeated Eugene Jackson ($15,000) 
Josh Thomson ($24,500) defeated Adam Lynn ($6,000) 
Billy Evangelista ($6,000) defeated Clint Coronel ($3,000) 
Jorge Masvidal ($18,182.50) defeated Matt Lee ($1,000) 
Bobby Southworth ($20,000) defeated Bill Mahood ($1,000) 
Falaniko Vitale ($20,000) defeated Ron Fields ($7,000) 
Daniel Puder ($20,000) defeated Richard Dalton ($3,000) 
Dewey Cooper ($500) defeated Adam Smith ($500) 
Daniel McWilliams ($1,000) defeated Eddy Millis ($4,000) 
Luke Stewart ($7,500) defeated Sam Liera ($3,000) 
Anthony Figueroa ($2,000) defeated Miguel Linares ($1,500)

 

Total payout was $229,183.50.

 


NEW ERA FIGHTING - Files $500-million claim against California State Athletic Commission

10-2-2007

Denver, CO

SANTA ANA, California – New Era Fighting (NEF) has filed a state regulated claims form to the State of California, initiating a $500,000,000 lawsuit against the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), individuals Armando Garcia (CSAC Executive Director) and Frank Munoz (CSAC Staff Services Analyst), as well as the State’s Department of Consumer Affairs, NEF president Ron Kort announced today.

The lawsuit is the result of the CSAC’s cease and desist order, issued only minutes prior to NEF’s much publicized scheduled tryouts July 19 in Montebello, which forced the cancellation of NEF’s tryouts. The CSAC claimed Kort wasn’t a licensed promoter despite having approved his application, awarding him a promoter’s license, and cashed his renewal check ($1000) for 2007 (copies available upon request).

NEF is in the process of launching possibly the largest suit in California history against the aforementioned parties for loss of revenues (past, present and future), film production, media exposure, credibility, television show, venue deposits, fighters and opportunity costs.

Kort believes the State is responsible, “due to a pattern and practice by the California State Athletic Commission of intentionally, willfully and viciously interfering with a licensed and approved event, which effected and injured New Era Fighting in the same or similar fashion as other mixed martial arts promoters, managers and fighters.”

“Many witnesses have come forth offering to testify about many purported illegal acts in mixed martial arts by the California State Athletic Commission,” Kort said. “The support I’ve received from so many others who have gotten screwed over by this commission has been overwhelming. I look forward to my day in court.”

NEF is a mixed martial arts fighting organization that combines the raw brutality of mixed martial arts with entertaining, sexy and dramatic themes. For more information about NEF go on line to
www.NewEraFighting.com.

 

 

PANCRASE 2007 - Rising Tour Results
10-1-2007

Denver, CO


From the Umeda Stellar Hall in Osaka, Japan.

1. Asuka Ito defeated Kinuka Sasaki by decision.
2. Takashi Hasegawa vs. Kenta Nakamura was judged a draw.
3. Kiichi Kunimoto defeated Yuta Nakamura by TKO from strikes at 3:27 of rd 1.
4. Masahiro Toryu defeated Noriyuki Kitaura by unanimous decision.
5. Yushi Shiori defeated Satoru Takadaya by rear choke at 4:04 of rd 1.
6. Naoji Fujimoto defeated Panchii Yamauchi by unanimous decision.
7. Daichi Fujiwara defeated Mitsuhisa Sunabe by KO (kick) at :09 of rd 2. 

 

 

Matchups Set for K-1 World GP Final
10-1-2007

Denver, CO
Written by Monty DiPietro. 

SEOUL -- The K-1 World Grand Prix '07 Final Eight were determined at the Seoul Olympic Complex last night. Today, in the Grand Ballroom of the COEX Intercontinental hotel, the first-tier matchups were set for the December 8 Yokohama Arena GP Final.

The pairings were decided with a system that combines choice and chance. One after the other, in an order decided by lot, the fighters were free to select any available position on the tournament tree.

French K-1 veteran Jerome LeBanner got the first choice, and went to the "A" spot, red corner in the first bout. This is a fighters' favorite, as competing first affords the winner a longer rest period before the semifinals.

Twenty-three year-old Japanese wunderkind Junichi Sawayashiki, who had drawn the number two selection, went against the "start early" strategy, opting to avoid LeBanner and instead put himself in the "H" spot, blue corner in the fourth quarterfinal. LeBanner was seen having a bit of a laugh at this.

Next up was Korean fighter Hong-Man Choi, and the biggest guy in the tournament, who made a bit of a deke on the stage, suggesting he might line up beside Sawayashiki before walking over to the "B" spot and a date with LeBanner. This delighted the Frenchman, who exchanged high-fives with Choi.

"I am very happy to fight this giant guy," said LeBanner, "December 8 will be a new Pearl Harbor!" Said Choi: "I am honored to be fighting someone I respect."

Two-time WGP Champ Peter Aerts of the Netherlands was up next, taking the spot beside Sawayashiki to set up a fight between the tournament's oldest fighter (Aerts is 36) and the second-youngest (Sawayashiki is 23).

"He had a good fight last night," said Aerts, "but I chose him because he has less experience." Sawayashiki just smiled and joked, "Same with me."

Two-time WGP Champ Remy Bonjasky of Holland got the fifth choice, and went to the "F" spot, blue in the 3rd fight. He was followed by Moroccan Badr Hari, the K-1 Heavyweight Champ and youngest fighter in the tournament (Hari's birthday is December 8, he will turn 23 on the day of the tournament). Hari made his way directly to the "E" spot, pairing himself with Bonjasky.

"I've wanted to fight Remy for long time," said Hari, "if I'm lucky I can get him and Peter in one night!" Said Bonjasky: "Hari is talented, but now comes now the real challenge for him."

This left Semmy Schilt, the two-time and Defending WGP Champ and the current K-1 Super Heavyweight Champ to fight Brazilian Kyokushin star Glaube Feitosa. Schilt had the next choice and went to the red corner in the second bout, leaving Feitosa the blue.

Schilt: "I'm just happy to be in this first bracket!" Feitosa: "It's an honor to fight defending champion, I will do my best."

The truly international Final, featuring three Dutch fighters and one each from France, Morocco, Brazil, South Korea and Japan, is set for December 8 at the Yokohama Arena. Check the K-1 Official website (www.k-1.co.jp/k-1gp) for complete fighter information and coverage of all K-1 events.

 

 

STRIKEFORCE - Results

9-30-2007, Denver, CO

 

From the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

1. Gilbert Melendez defeated Tetsuji Kato by unanimous decision.
2. Joe Riggs defeated Eugene Jackson by TKO at 3:56 of rd 1.
3. Josh Thomson defeated Adam Lynn by TKO at 4:45 of rd 1.
4. Billy Evangelista defeated Clint Coronel by split decision.
5. Jorge Masvidal defeated Matt Lee by TKO at 1:33 of rd 1.
6. Bobby Southworth defeated Bill Mahood by TKO at 1:15 rd 1.
7. Falaniko Vitale defeated Ron Fields by submission from strikes at 3:02 of rd 3.
8. Daniel Puder defeated Richard Dalton by unanimous decision.
9. Dewey Copper defeated Adam Smith by unanimous decision.
10. Daniel McWilliams defeated Eddie Millis by rear choke at 2:05 of rd 1.
11. Luke Stewart defeated Sam Liera by TKO a 3:40 of rd 1.
12. Anthony Figueroa defeated Miguel Linares by TKO at 2:09 of rd 1.

 

 

K1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Seoul Korea - Results

9-29-2007

Denver, CO

 

From the Olympic Gymnasium-1 in Seoul, Korea.

 

1. Young Hyun Kim defeated Ryushi Yanagisawa by unanimous decision.
2. Badr Hari defeated Doug Viney by KO in rd 2. 
3. Semmy Schilt defeated Paul Slowinski by KO in rd 1.
4. Remy Bonjasky defeated Stefan "Blitz" Leko by KO in rd 1. 
5. Glaube Feitosa defeated Chalid Arrab by decision.
6. Jerome LeBanner defeated Yong Soo Park by KO in rd 1.
7. Junichi Sawayashiki defeated Yusuke Fujimoto by KO in rd 3.
8.Peter Aerts defeated Ray Sefo by TKO in rd 2 (Sefo didn't answer the bell starting rd 2).
9.Hong-Man Choi defeated Mighty Mo by decision.

 

 

MMA News Briefs

9-29-2007

Denver, CO

 

Discovery Channel: "Last One Standing" - http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/last-one-standing/last-one-standing.html


Sugar Shane Mosley accused of doping - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/more/09/28/mosley/index.html


Mosley admits he unknowingly took BALCO steroids - http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=3041449


Tickets for UFC 78 “Validation” at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on November 17 go on sale today at noon EST.

 

 

CFFC set to take Atlantic City by Storm on October 12th
9-27-2007

Denver, CO


What a difference a year makes. Just last June, Cage Fury Fighting Championships was holding its inaugural event at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, in front of about 2,000 screaming fans. Fast forward a little more than one year later, and CFF6 is set to explode at The Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, NJ. The amount of talent on hand is staggering, punctuated by two title fights, as well as a few big names taking the plunge into their first MMA bout ever. October 12th promises to be a night of fights not soon forgotten. 

Main Card:
Kimbo Slice vs. David "Tank" Abbott
Ricardo Almeida vs. Dennis Hallman
Derrick Panza vs. Duke Roufus
Devidas Taurosevicius vs. Chris Ligouri (NABC Lightweight Title Fight)
Jim Miller vs. Chris Brennan (CFFC Lightweight Title Fight)
Marcio "Pe de pano" Cruz vs. TBA

Undercard:
Mike Littlefield vs. Jose Rodriguez
Jarrid Palmer vs. John Doyle
Malachy Friedman vs. Anthony Morrison



Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbot
This fight has "Fireworks" written all over it. Internet superstar, turned Mixed Martial Artist, Kimbo Slice, returns for the second time in Cage Fury to prove that his first win was not a fluke. Kimbo looked far removed from his street fighting persona, which made him an internet legend, in his last fight where he dispatched former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Ray Mercer, in under two minutes of the first round. He will be taking on Heavy-handed MMA legend David "Tank" Abbot who has amassed a record of 9 wins and thirteen loses spanning over his 12 year career. Tank looks to redeem himself as he has lost his last three fights in various organizations. However, Tank has proven time and time again that you should never count him out as he can end a fight with just one punch. 

Ricardo Almeida vs. Dennis Hallman
Ricardo "Cachorrao" Almeida (8-2-0) is an accomplished Mixed Martial Artist as well as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under the legendary Renzo Gracie. Ricardo has fought for many MMA organizations including Pride, UFC, and Pancrase, taking on MMA stars such as Matt "The Law" Lindland, Andrei Semenov and Nate Marquardt along the way. This will be Almeida's first fight since May of 2004. Almeida, on the comeback path, will be taking on Dennis "Superman" Hallman who sports an impressive record of 37 wins, 12 loses and 2 draws. Hallman's fight record reads as a proverbial "Who's who" of MMA fighters including former bouts with Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Caol Uno, and Frank Trigg, among others. This promises to be a superb match as both fighters have excellent ground skills, and both look to impress in their Cage Fury debuts. 

Derrick Panza vs. Duke Roufus
This is one of the most intriguing matches on the card. Two legendary Kickboxers, stepping into the cage under the Cage Fury banner, for their first MMA fight. Duke Roufus, who has trained many top contenders in Kickboxing and MMA alike, is a Muay Thai Kickboxing prodigy who is also the Former ISKA, WKA, WAKO & IKF World Heavyweight Champion. Most of his 30-plus wins came via knockout before announcing his retirement from the ring back in 2002. Roufus takes on 3 time World Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion, Derrick Panza. Panza has made several forays into the world of Combat Sports, acquiring a record of 19-0 in Full Contact Kickboxing, a record of 7-0 in Boxing, as well as making several appearances in Chuck Norris' World Combat League. This could be a proverbial "Striking Clinic" for all the Cage Fury fans to witness. 

Devidas Taurosevicius vs. Chris Ligouri
Devidas Taurosevicius (7-2-0) is a returning Cage Fury veteran, and current NABC Lightweight Champion, that sports a perfect record under the Cage Fury banner. His last loss was to UFC lightweight standout, Frank Edgar, back in August of 2006, but since then Devidas has been on a 4 fight win streak that he does not want to end. In order to keep his perfect Cage Fury record, Devidas must get past talented MMA fighter Chris Ligouri. Ligouri (7-5-0) is coming off a slick submission win at 55 seconds of round one against Dorian Price at CFFC 4. Chris, like Devidas, is also riding a four fight win streak and looks to continue that trend in this fight. One thing is for sure, one fighter will be handed his first loss in the last five fights come October 12th. 

Jim Miller vs. Chris Brennan
Cage Fury Fighting Championships Lightweight Title holder, Jim Miller, comes into this fight sporting a professional record of 7 wins and 1 loss. Jim secured his title back in April of this year with a win over Al Buck, and went on to successfully retain his title with a win over Anthony Morrison two months later. Miller puts his CFFC Lightweight Title on the line when he faces off against Chris "The Westside Strangler" Brennan. Brennan (19-11-1) has steadily improved his fight record with 18 of his 19 wins coming via submission. Chris has been a constant figure in MMA competing in top organizations over the past 11 years, but this will be his first fight for CFFC. 

Marcio (Pe de pano) Cruz vs. TBA
Marcio "Pe De Pano" Cruz, trained under the legendary Marco Ruas, has accumulated a record of 3 wins and 2 losses. His last win came via DQ of his opponent Rafael Feijao, after an illegal head kick in the 3rd round, back in June of this year. Cruz's only two loses have been to MMA powerhouse's Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson. Marcio's most impressive win was over former UFC Heavyweight Title holder, Frank Mir, in February 2006 where Cruz unleashed a brutal Ground and Pound attack for which Mir had no answer for. Cruz's opponent has not been named as of the writing of this article, however you can bet that "Pe De Pano" will be ready for anyone that steps in the cage with him. 

Malachy Friedman vs. Anthony Morrison
Malachy Friedman (1-1-0) began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2006, at CFFC 1, winning his debut fight via guillotine choke over Brian Vanes in the second round. Friedman's second fight took place at CFFC 2 against Al Buck. Despite coming out aggressive and almost finishing Buck with a rear naked choke, the fight was stopped when Al Buck unleashed a furious display of ground and pound at 3:40 of the 1st round. Anthony Morrison (6-3-0) is a familiar face to CFFC fans, as he has fought in every CFFC event except CFFC 3. Morrison will be fighting once again on his home turf as he fights out of Joe Diamond's Atlantic City Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Morrison has been compared to a smaller version of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and even stole a page out of Rampage's book when he slammed Spencer Paige at CFFC 4.

Jarred Palmer vs. John Doyle
Jarred Palmer (3-0-0) training out of CNYMMA, looks to keep his perfect record intact as he faces off against John Doyle (4-1-0). Jarred is known as a heavy handed striker, with two of his three wins coming via TKO, and his third via submission due to strikes. John Doyle has fought for several organizations such as Extreme Challenge and Combat in the Cage, but this will be his first time stepping up as a fighter for Cage Fury. John's only loss was to Hector Urbina at Extreme Challenge 74 due to a choke, but since then, has won his last two fights. 

Mike Littlefield vs. Jose Rodriguez 
Mike Littlefield (5-2-0) returns to Cage Fury after being stopped by Tamden McCrory at CFFC 2. Littlefield is one of the founding members of the "Boneyard" in Boston, MA, and will be stepping into the cage to face Jose Rodriguez. Rodriguez (3-8-0) trains out of the Rhino Fight Team in Brick, NJ. Rodriguez's last fight was a tough decision loss to Dan Miller at CFFC4. With both fighters coming off a loss, expect both to come out looking for redemption. 

Cage Fury Fighting Championships 6: Heavy Hands, will take place on October 12th at Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Tickets are on sale soon. All bouts are live and subject to change. 

 

 

IFL - Tryout/Draft Sessions

9-26-2007

Denver, CO

“The Hunt is on this October” as IFL Coaches To Evaluate Talent At Combine-Style Workouts in N.Y., Chi., L.A. -- IFL Press Release

The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s number one professional mixed martial arts league, will conduct IFL 2008 Draft, a series of combine-style workouts for aspiring professional mixed martial artists to be held in conjunction with L.A. Boxing on successive Saturdays in October in Southern California, Metro New York, and Chicagoland. IFL Coaches will conduct the sessions, which are open to MMA athletes ages 18 and over with a minimum of one professional MMA bout to their credit, seeking potential spots on the 2008 IFL team rosters.

The Southern California session will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the L.A. Boxing at 103 E. 17th St., Suite 1 in Costa Mesa, Calif. The following Saturday, Oct. 20, the combine moves to the L.A. Boxing location at 300 Waverly Ave. in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The third and final session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at a location to be announced in Greater Chicago. Each session will run from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and each participant must bring his own workout and protective gear.

The sessions will consist of sparring in the ring and grappling on the mats. Athletes will compete in one of five weight classes: 155 lbs., 170 lbs., 185 lbs., 205 lbs., 265 lbs.

Participants may register online at
www.ifl.tv/Draft.html or on site at the respective locations prior to the event date. Three to four IFL coaches will attend each session.

“Our coaches are always on the lookout for untapped talent, and from previous workouts we know there are many athletes looking for a chance to try out for our teams,” said Kurt Otto, IFL Commissioner. “Additionally, we are pleased to be teaming with L.A. Boxing to maximize the quality of the sessions and provide an outstanding environment for our coaches and participants.”

The IFL completed its 2007 team competition last week when Gracie’s New York Pitbulls topped Miletich’s Quad City Silverbacks, 3-2, in the IFL World Championship Finals at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla.

 

 

UFC 76 - Fighter Payroll

9-26-2007

Denver, CO

 

Main event:
Keith Jardine ($14,000) defeated Chuck Liddell ($500,000)

 

Main card:
Forrest Griffin ($44,000) defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua ($150,000)
Jon Fitch ($44,000) defeated Diego Sanchez ($22,000)
Lyoto Machida ($50,000) defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura ($20,000)
Tyson Griffin ($24,000) defeated Thiago Tavares ($9,000)

 

Preliminary bouts:
Rich Clementi ($24,000) defeated Anthony Johnson ($5,000)
Jeremy Stephens ($6,000) defeated Diego Saraiva ($3,000)
Christian Wellisch ($14,000) defeated Scott Junk ($4,000)
Matt Wiman ($16,000) defeated Michihiro Omigawa ($5,000)

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: Todd and Tamera Sturgis, Ross Greenburg, Randy Gordon, 

Why UFC Does Not Matter

9-24-2007

Denver, COhttp://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-09-24T00_09_22-07_00

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing why the UFC should not matter to real aficionados of the combat sports. This commentary is as no holds barred as it gets.

We then spoke with Todd and Tamera Sturgis, who have just released a wonderful documentary called "Under Pressure: Diary of a Cage Fighter's Wife". This film, which is premiering at select locations across the US, will soon be available on DVD. It is a must-see for all who want to learn about what combat sports athletes go through on a daily basis, and what their lives are really like.

Next, we pestered Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports, about the never-ending reports that HBO will be televising UFC shows. We caught up with him at this past week's Mayweather-Hatton news conference in New York. We also spoke there with Randy Gordon, former editor of The Ring magazine and chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1988 to 1995, who now has a show on Sirius Satellite Radio (http://www.sirius.com) called Fight Club.

Also, make sure to check out my weekly boxing show, SecondsOut Radio. On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, at
http://www.secondsout.com/radio/, we previewed the December 8 showdown between two undefeated champion fighters, WBC welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather (38-0, 24 KOs) and Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs), who is generally recognized as the top junior welterweight in the world. This fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be shown in the US on HBO Pay-Per-View. At a New York news conference this past week, we spoke about this fight with the light heavyweight champion, Bernard Hopkins, who was there as president of Golden Boy Promotions East, whose parent company is promoting this fight. Floyd Mayweather Jr. sat down for a lengthy roundtable discussion with the New York media at this news conference, and we have that for you.

 

 

BODOG FIGHT: Reputation of Fight Clubs at Stake

9-24-2007

Denver, CO


Where is the best mixed martial arts training facility in the world? The next episode of the hit series Bodog Fight: New Jersey, may answer that question.

Airing Tuesday, September 25 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on the ION Television Network, the episode features a pair of middleweight fighters, from two of the best gyms in the world.

Training at the renowned Oregon gym, Team Quest under coach Robert Follis, 29-year-old Chael Sonnen (17-8-1) practices with world-class fighters like Matt "The Law" Lindland and "Dangerous" Dan Henderson.

With impressive victories over Tim McKenzie, Alex Oleinik and Tim Credeur in Bodog Fight, it's obvious that being surrounded by such talent has helped Sonnen raise his own game.

It has helped his bank account as well. In fact, Sonnen's first round knockout of Credeur earned him the title of "favorite fighter" as voted by Bodog Fight viewers, and an extra fifty grand.

"Chael has always been good at fighting," says Lindland. "But in the past, he has treated the sport as a hobby whereas now he's in the gym full time putting in the extra work and his results are starting to show that."

With better results comes better competition, and Sonnen's next opponent is a good example. Armenian Amar Suloev (23-6) has fought some of the best in the sport, including Denis Kang, Chuck Liddell, Phil Baroni, and Din Thomas. His last fight, at Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations in Russia, ended in just 26 seconds with opponent Andy Foster unconscious and convulsing on the canvas.

"No question, it's going to be a tough fight," says Sonnen. "Amar is strong and he punches and kicks hard."

At the famed Red Devil Sport Club in Russia, Suloev trains with his own team of top-notch fighters, including Fedor and Aleks Emelianenko.

"I grew up watching the Russian athletes and they're tough competitors," says Sonnen. "You only need to look at the medal count in any Olympics for proof the Russian take athletics seriously."

So what is the Oregonian's game plan for Suloev?

"I'm not looking to stand and trade punches with him," says Sonnen. "I'm not afraid to fight him standing up, but not at range. I'd rather get my hands on him and fight him in the clinch, or put him on his back. Either way, I'm prepared to fight hard for fifteen minutes."

Can't catch the action on ION Television (or The Fight Network in Canada)? All episodes of the Bodog Fight series are available worldwide through streaming video at Bodog Fight's Web site, with behind-the-scenes exclusives, fighter bios and additional footage only available online.

 

 

CAGE RAGE 23 - Results

9-23-2007

Denver, CO

 

From the Wembly Arena in London England 

 

1. Gary Turner defeated Julius Francis by TKO from stikes at 2:17 of rd 2.
2. Paul Daley defeated Mark Weir by KO at 2:14 of rd 2.
3. Jean Silva defeated Chris Brennan TKO at 2:26 of rd 2.
4. Vitor Belfort defeated James Zikic by decision.
5. Xavier Foupa-Pokam defeated Pierre Guilllet by KO at 1:02 of rd 1.
6. Tengiz Tedoradze defeated Mustapha Al-Turk by decision.
7. Ch'e Mills defeated Ross Mason by rear choke at 2:07 of rd 1.
8. Roman Webber defeated Ed Smith by decision. 
9. Neil Grove defeated Domonic Ostich by TKO at 0:34 of rd 1.
10. Matt Ewin defeated Alex Reid by decision. 
11. Lee Doski defeated Jason Barrett by decision.

 

 

UFC 76 - Results

9-23-2007

Denver, CO

 

From the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

 

Preliminary Bouts:

Matt Wiman defeated Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision.
Christian Wellisch defeated Scott Junk by heel hook at 3:19 of rd 1.
Jeremy Stephens defeated Diego Saraiva by unanimous decision.
Rich Clementi defeated Anthony Johnson by rear choke at 3:05 of rd 2.

 

Main Card:
Tyson Griffin defeated Thiago Tavares by unanimous decision. 
Lyoto Machida defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura by unanimous decision.
Jon Fitch defeated Diego Sanchez by decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).
Forrest Griffin defeated Mauricio "Shogun" Rua by rear choke at 4:45 of rd 3.

 

Main Event:
Keith Jardine defeated Chuck Liddell by decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).

 

 

UFC 76 - Weigh-in Results

9-22-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

From the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.


Matt Wiman (156 lbs) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (152.5 lbs)
Christian Wellisch (230.5 lbs) vs. Scott Junk (257.5 lbs) 
Diego Saraiva (155.5 lbs) vs. Jeremy Stephens (155 lbs)
Rich Clementi (169 lbs) vs. Anthony Johnson (177.5 lbs, 177 lbs)
Thiago Tavares (154.5 lbs) vs. Tyson Griffin (155.5 lbs) 
Kazuhiro Nakamura (205 lbs) vs. Lyoto Machida (205.5 lbs)
Jon Fitch (172 lbs, 171 lbs) vs. Diego Sanchez (170 lbs)
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (205 lbs) vs. Forrest Griffin (205 lbs)
Keith Jardine (204.5 lbs) vs. Chuck Liddell (205.5 lbs)

 

 

PANCRASE 2007 RISING TOUR - Fight Card

9-22-2007, Denver, CO

Event date:  9-30-2007
Umeda Stellar Hall, Osaka, Japan

 

Fight card: 

Bout 1: Kenji Ezali (P's Lab Osaka) vs. Sho Nisida (WK Hyogo)

Bout 2: Motonobu Tezuka (Zendokai) vs. Yuki Kamijima (WK Hyogo)

Bout 3. Yosuke Habu (Yoshida Dojo) vs. Yohei Sakamoto (Toushin)

Bout 4: Asuka Ito (Pancrase Inagakigumi) vs. Kinuka Sasaki (Alive)

Bout 5: Takashi Hasegawa (Pancrase Inagakigumi) vs. Kenta Nakamura (Zendokai Dojo)

Bout 6: Yuta Nakamura (WK Fukuoka) vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (MMA Dojo, Cobra-Kai)

Bout 7: Masahiro Toryu (Pancrase ism) vs. Noriyuki Kitaura (WK Hyogo)

Bout 8: Satoru Takadaya (Yoshida Dojo) vs. Yushi Shiori (Team Vamos)

Bout 9: Naoji Fujimoto (Pancrase Inagakigumi) vs. Panchii Yamauchi (MMA Dojo, Cobra-Kai)

Bout 10: Daichi Fujiwara (Panrase Inagakigumi) vs. Mitsuhisa Sunabe (P's Real)

 

 

UFC 76 "KNOCKOUT" - Line-up
9-21-2007, Denver, CO, PNW
Event date:9-22-2007,7pm PT/10pm ET/PPV Live 

Anaheim, CA

 

Main Event: 
Chuck Liddell Vs. Keith Jardine 


Main Card Bouts: 
Mauricio Rua Vs. Forrest Griffin 
Jon Fitch Vs. Diego Sanchez 
Kazuhiro Nakamura Vs. Lyoto Machida 
Thiago Tavares Vs. Tyson Griffin 

Preliminary Bouts: 
Anthony Johnson Vs. Rich Clementi 
Diego Saraiva Vs. Jeremy Stephens 
Scott Junk Vs. Christian Wellisch 
Michihiro Omigawa Vs. Matt Wiman 

 

 

K-1 World Max 2007 World Championships - Fight Card
9-21-2007, Denver, CO
Event date: October 3, 2007
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan

Line-up:
Fight 1 - Opening Bout: GORI (Purebred Osaka) vs. Ryoji (Freelance)
Fight 2 - Tournament Reserve Bout: Sofian Allouache (BC Bagnolet) vs. Murat Direkci - Direkci replaces Daniel Dawson 
Fight 3 - Super Fight: HIROYA (Freelance) vs. Kwon Eol ZZang (Korea)
Fight 4 - Tournament Reserve Bout: Takayuki Kohiruimaki (Team Dragon) vs. Virgil Kalakoda (MMA Academy)
Fight 5 - Tournament Bout: Buakaw Por. Pramuk (Por.Pramuk Gym) vs. Masato (Silver Wolf)
Fight 6 - Tournament Bout: Mike Zambidis (Mega Gym) vs. Artur Kyshenko (Captain Odessa) 
Fight 7 - Tournament Bout: Alberto Kraus (Team Super Pro) vs. Yoshihiro Sato (Nagoya JK Factory) 
Fight 8 - Tournament Bout: Andy Souwer (Shooto Boxing Holland) vs. Drago (Show Time)
Fight 9 - Tournament Semi-Final Bout: Winners of bracket A
Fight 10 - Tournament Semi-Final Bout: Winners of bracket B 
Fight 11 - Super Fight: Yasuhiro Kazuya vs. Su Hwan Lee
Fight 12 - 2007 K-1 Max Tournament Final: bracket A winner vs. bracket B winner

 

 

IFL - 2007 World Team Championship results  
9-21-2007

Denver, CO

From the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida.


1. Jamal Patterson defeated Chris Baten by choke at :56 of rd 1.
2. Rolles Gracie defeated Sam Holloway by rear choke at 1:49 of rd 1.
3. Travis Cox vs. Brad Blackburn was ruled a no contest (due to accidental knee) at 2:32 of rd 1.
4. Ryan Schultz defeated Aaron Riley by unanimous decision.
5. Delson Heleno defeated Jake Ellenberger by armbar at 3:45 pf rd 2.
6. Deividas Taurosevicius defeated Bart Palaszewski by armbar at 1:30 of rd 2.
7. Ben Rothwell defeated Ricco Rodriguez by unanimous decision.
8. Ryan McGivern defeated Fabio Leopoldo by TKO from strikes at 1:35 of rd 2.
9. Andre Gusmao defeated Mike Ciesnolevicz by KO at :53 rd 1.
 

New York Pit Bulls defeat Quad Cities Silver Backs.

 

 

ULTIMATE FIGHT NIGHT 11 - Fighter Pay
9-21-2007
Denver, CO

Fighter salaries as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission:


Kenny Florian $22,000 W 
Din Thomas $16,000 L 

Chris Leben $20,000 W 
Terry Martin $12,000 L 

Nathan Diaz $30,000 W 
Junior Assuncao $6,000 L

Nathan Quarry $20,000 W 
Pete Sell $10,000 L 

Luke Cummo $32,000 W 
Edilberto Crocota $4,000 L 

Cole Miller $16,000 W 
Leonard Garcia $6,000 L 

Gray Maynard $16,000 W 
Joe Veres $3,000 L

Thiago Alves $28,000 W
Kuniyoshi Hironaka $10,000 L 

Dustin Hazelett $16,000 W 
Jonathan Goulet $6,500 L 

 

 

IFL - Team Championship Finals

9-20-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: Sept 20, 2007 | 7:30pm

Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, FL

Fight Card:

(Silver Backs vs. Pit Bulls)

Bart Palaszewski vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
Jake Ellenberger vs. Delson Heleno 
Ryan McGivern vs. Fabio Leopoldo 
Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Andre Gusmao 
Ben Rothwell vs. Ricco Rodriguez 
Ryan Schultz vs. Aaron Riley 
Brad Blackburn vs. Travis Cox 
Jamal Patterson vs. Chris Baten 
Rolles Gracie vs. Sam Holloway 

 

 

ULTIMATE FIGHT NIGHT - Results

9-20-2007

Denver, CO

 

From the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada 

 

Preliminary Bouts:
Dustin Hazelett defeated Jonathan Goulet by verbal submission from arm bar at 1:14 of rd 1.
Thiago Alves defeated Kuniyoshi Hironaka by TKO from strikes at 4:04 rd 2.
Gray Maynard defeated Joe Veres by TKO from strikes at :09 seconds of rd 1.
Cole Miller defeated Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision.
Luke Cummo defeated Edilberto de Oliveira by TKO from strikes at 1:45 of rd 1.

Main Card Bouts:
Nate Quarry defeated Pete Sell by TKO from strikes at :44 seconds of rd 3.
Nate Diaz defeated Junior Assuncao by guillotine choke at 4:10 of rd 1.
Chris Leben defeated Terry Martin by KO at 3:56 of rd 3.
Kenny Florian defeated Din Thomas by rear choke at 4:31 of rd 1.

 

 

UFN - Weigh-In Results

9-19-2007, Denver, CO

From The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada
Spike TV will air the main card live starting tonight at 9 pm ET/PT followed by the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter at 11 pm.

Main Card:
Kenny Florian (155lbs) vs. Din Thomas (156lbs) – Main Event
Chris Leben (185lbs) vs. Terry Martin (186lbs)
Junior Assuncao (155lbs) vs. Nate Diaz (155lbs)
Pete Sell (184lbs) vs. Nate Quarry (186lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:
Edilberto Crocota (170lbs) vs. Luke Cummo (169lbs)
Leonard Garcia (155lbs) vs. Cole Miller (155lbs)
Joe Veres (156lbs) vs. Gray Maynard (154lbs)
Kuniyoshi Hironaka (170lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (171lbs)
Dustin Hazelett (170lbs) vs. Jonathan Goulet (169lbs)

 

 

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER -  Returns Wednesday Night

9-18-2007

Denver, CO
Show time: 09-19-2007 11pm ET/PT, Spike TV


Champion Matt Serra and former champion Matt Hughes have made no bones about their eagerness to get in the Octagon later this year to settle the score with each other. But December was too far away, so beginning this Wednesday night on Spike TV, Serra and Hughes will begin their competition to see who is the best coach, as 16 up and coming talented welterweights battle it out in a quest to find the next ‘Ultimate Fighter’. 

The sparks will fly in and out of the Octagon on the hit series’ sixth season (which airs on Spike TV every Wednesday at 10pm), and when the dust settles, only two fighters will remain to fight for a UFC contract and a berth in the sport’s most talent-rich division. The stakes are high, but the rewards are even greater for the fighter looking to follow in the footsteps of UFC stars such as Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, Joe Stevenson, Kendall Grove, Michael Bisping, Travis Lutter, Nate Diaz, and the first world champion to emerge from The Ultimate Fighter series, season six coach Matt Serra.

Don’t miss the premiere episode Wednesday night, immediately following UFC Fight Night on Spike TV!

 

 

UFC "Ultimate Fight Night" - Lineup

9-17-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date::9-19-2007, 9pm ET/PT on Spike TV
The Pearl, Las Vegas, Nevada 


Main card:
Kenny Florian Vs. Din Thomas 
Chris Leben Vs. Terry Martin 
Junior Assuncao Vs. Nate Diaz 
Pete Sell Vs. Nate Quarry 

 

Preliminary bouts (may not be broadcast):
Edilberto Crocota Vs. Luke Cummo 
Leonard Garcia Vs. Cole Miller 
Joe Veres Vs. Gray Maynard 
Kuniyoshi Hironaka Vs. Thiago Alves 
Dustin Hazelett Vs. Jonathan Goulet 

 

 

K-1 HERO'S - Middleweight Tournament Results
9-17,2007
Denver CO


From the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan

1. Takenori Sato defeated Kenji Nagai by arm bar at 2:40 of rd 1.
2. Kazuyuki Miyata defeated Harvey Harra by arm bar at 1:13 of rd 1.
3. Andre Dida defeated Caol Uno by unanimous decision.
4. Gesias Calvancanti def. Vitor Ribeiro by TKO from strikes at 0:35 of rd 1.
5. Ikuhisa Minowa defeated Kevin Casey by TKO from strikes at 0:42 of rd 2.
6. Dong Sik Yoon defeated Zelg Galesic by arm bar at 1:29 of rd 1.
7. Melvin Manhoef defeated Fabio Silva by TKO from strikes at 1:00 of rd 1.
8. Sergei Kharitonov defeated Alistair Overeem by TKO from strikes at 4:21 of rd 1.
9. Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Katsuyori Shibata by arm bar at 6:20 of rd 1.
10. Norifumi Yamamoto defeated Bibiano Fernandes by unanimous decision.
11. Gesias Calvancanti defeated Andre Dida by arm bar at 4:48 of rd 1.

 

 

PREMIERE of The Ultimate Fighter® - TEAM HUGHES vs TEAM SERRA 

9-17-2007, Denver, CO, PNW
Date Time: 09-19-2007 11pm ET/PT, Spike TV
Re-airs: Thursday, 9-20, at 10:00pm and Saturday, 9-22, 5:00pm

The Ultimate Fighter® Team Hughes vs Team Serra, features former welterweight champ Matt Hughes and current welterweight champion Matt Serra as coaches of two teams of welterweight fighters. 

 

From the mountains of Geelong, Australia to the potato farms of Rupert, Idaho to the bright lights of Hollywood, sixteen of the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters in the 170 lb. division have gathered from around the globe in Las Vegas for the new season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes. At stake is a six figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world. For the sixth season, premiering Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00pm ET/PT, UFC® Welterweight Champion Matt Serra and former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes will serve as coaches. 

Hughes and Serra will fight each other in a UFC pay-per-view event after the series finale in December. The series will assume its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 10:00pm on September 26.

The cast for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes”:

Matt Arroyo, Daniel Barrera, Blake Bowman, Mac Danzig, Paul Georgieff, Richie Hightower, John Kolsci, Troy Mandaloniz, Billy Miles, Roman Mitichyan, Dorian Price, Jared Rollins, Ben Saunders, Joe Scarola, George Sotiropoulis, and Tommy Speer.

During the six-week Ultimate Fighter competition, the sixteen men endured a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, muay thai, karate, boxing and wrestling. The intense competition between the fighters continued after they left the gym – at The Ultimate Fighter House. These warriors were forced to live together, knowing that any day they might be forced to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon™.

In each episode, opponents from each team are selected to square off in battle, officially weighed in and then, in front of their teammates, coaches and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, face off in two five-minute rounds with a sudden death third round in the event of a draw. 

Over the first five seasons, the show has delivered approximately two million viewers each week, often beating the NBA, NHL and NCAA football and basketball regular season telecasts head-to-head on Thursday nights with men 18-34.

 

 

RING OF FIRE 30 "DOMINATION" - Results
9-16-2007
Broomfield Event Center
Broomfield, CO

1. Duane Ludwig defeated Mario Stapel by KO at 1:50 of rd 1.
2. Shane Carwin defeated Rick Slaton by KO at 0:49 of rd 1.
3. Michelle Waterson defeated Jaime Cook by arm bar at 1:33 of  rd 1.
4. Chad Reiner defeated Chilo Gonzalez by rear choke at 2:35 of rd 1.
5. Jacob Hey defeated Jeff Striley by TKO from strikes at 3:30 of rd 1.
6. Brandon Thatch defeated Doug Saiez by TKO from strikes at 2:33 of rd 2.
7. Kenneth Seegrist defeated Anselmo Martinez by TKO (cut) at 2:12 of rd 3.
8. Jesse Henley defeated Seth Bregman by rear choke at 2:11 of rd 2.
9. Ralston Baker defeated Brad Fox by TKO (cut) in rd 2.
10. Sean Doherty defeated Miguel Martinez by armbar at 2:35 of rd 1.
11. Jason Ramstetter defeated Alfredo Corona by unanimous decision.

 

 

HAWAIIAN PUNCH: LAWLER KNOCKS OUT RUA TO WIN ELITEXC TITLE;
DIAZ, CARANO, SHIELDS AND VILLASENOR ALSO TRIUMPH ON “UPRISING’’ 
9-16-2007

Denver, CO, PNW


From the Blaisdell Arena in Oahu, Hawaii

In dramatic and convincing fashion, “Ruthless’’ Robbie Lawler captured the EliteXC middleweight championship with an exciting third-round TKO over defending champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua in the EliteXC main event Saturday on SHOWTIME.

Southpaw Lawler, who entered the cage as the ICON Sport middleweight titleholder, rocked and mocked Rua (14-8-1) on several occasions before dropping him with a left hand. He followed with a series of jackhammer right hands and two lefts before the referee stepped in and halted matters at 2:04.

“He tried to take it to the ground a few times,” said Lawler (15-4), of Davenport, Iowa, “but I just shook him off. I didn’t want it to go to the ground. I am in great shape so we just stayed up and I pounded him.”

The biggest, most noteworthy Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event in Hawaii’s history took place at Blaisdell Arena and was presented by Los Angeles, Calif.-based ProElite's respected live fight division, EliteXC, Hawaii-based promoters ICON Sport and ROTR (Rumble On The Rock), and SHOWTIME.

“We promised an ‘Uprising’ and that’s what fans at the arena and those viewing on SHOWTIME got tonight from start to finish,” said EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw. “This was a spectacular night of fights, exactly the type that fans of EliteXC have learned to expect.

“This organization vowed from the beginning to present the best fights and the best fighters. Everyone saw that tonight. There were no losers. Everyone was a winner tonight, especially the fans.

“All the fighters fought their hearts out, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

“This was truly a historic night for EliteXC, ICON Sport and Rumble On The Rock. We are all very excited about how the fights went and are already looking forward to doing it all over again in Hawaii. The fans here in Hawaii were into it from the get-so, and are exceptionally knowledgeable.’’

In featured fights on an action-packed undercard, Team Gracie (Nick Diaz, Jake Shields) went 2-0 against Team Penn (“Charuto” Verissimo, Mike Aina) in the first-ever fights between the rival, highly respected camps. Diaz registered a hard-earned split decision over the hard-trying Aina in an exhausting, bloody slugfest and the streaking Shields scored a first-round TKO over Verissimo.

The Golden Girl of MMA, Gina Carano remained unbeaten with a victory by submission over Tonya Evinger, and Joey Villasenor outlasted Riki Fukuda to take a split decision in other televised bouts. 

“I fought a smart and controlled fight and kept my distance, but that is how I fight these days,’’ said Lawler (Robbielawler.proelite.com) after a smashing victory capped yet another tremendous night of EliteXC fights on SHOWTIME.

“I told my corner after the second round that I was going to knock him out. Even when he landed, I punched back and knew I was hurting him.’

Said Rua (murilorua.proelite.com), of Rio de Janiero, Brazil: “My strategy was not very good tonight.’’

Making his EliteXC debut and first start in six months, southpaw Diaz (15-6, 1 NC), of Stockton, Calif., survived an early knockdown and a cut right eye to outpoint the local favorite, Aina (9-6-1), by the scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29. 

Aina, who was as courageous as anyone could expect, landed the more powerful punches, but Diaz connected more often with gyrating jabs and left hands. Diaz was on the verge of choking out Aina at the end of the second round, but Aina was saved by the bell.

“I know I could have fought better, said Diaz (nickdiaz.proelite.com). “I feel good, but I am really disappointed in the way I performed. I should have started a lot faster because Aina fought me with everything he had.

“I don’t know if the layoff had anything to do with it, but I did some stupid things like standing in front of him and getting knocked down. But I wasn’t hurt. The bell definitely saved Aina at the end of the second round. I know I can prepare better. I am looking forward to getting back into the cage.

Carano (5-0), of Las Vegas, was making her first start since her history-making performance Feb. 10, 2007, on SHOWTIME. 

“This is such a relief for me because there was a lot of pressure coming into this fight,’’ said Carano (ginacarano.proelite.com), who won by submission (choke-out) over Evinger (5-2) at 2:53 of the first round.

“When she got me down, I knew I couldn’t freak and had to keep my composure. After reversing her, I considered standing up. But I’ve been practicing working on top, so I just went through with it.’’

Offered Evinger (tonyaevinger.proelite.com), of Oak Grove, Mo.: “I made a lot of mistakes. I wrestled terribly. Gina doesn’t hit or kick as hard as they say. I try to work on limiting my mistakes, but I just made too many. I would love to fight her again.” 

Villasenor (24-6), of Albuquerque, N.M. won a hard-hitting battle that featured numerous exchanges on the ground and standing up by the scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29.

“I am happy and very relieved,’’ said Villasenor (joeyvillesenor.proelite.com), who was taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons. “I think I showed what I am about: tough and gritty. This is very important for me to win and prove to myself that I am one of the best middle weights in the world.”

Fukuda (8-3), a lefthander from Japan, landed his fair share of kicks and fists, but fell short.

“I can’t argue with the decision,’’ said Fukuda (rikifukuda.proelite.com). “I don’t know if I was nervous with this being the first major fight I’ve had in the United States, but I won’t make any excuses. I could have pressured him more. I would love to fight him again.” 

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME telecast, Shields (19-4-1), of San Francisco, made surprisingly quick work of Verissimo (8-5). The referee stopped the fight at 4:00 with Shields on top of Verissimo and landing a series of unanswered punches. Shields is unbeaten since December 2004.

“I was hoping to win in the first round, but in a way I wanted it to go a little longer. I am happy, but never satisfied,” Shields (jakeshields.proelite.com) said. “If Frank Trigg wants to fight me at a catch weight I will be happy to fight him next. If not, I feel I deserve a shot at the title. I have scored two dominate wins now in a row.”

Said Charuto (renatoverissimo.proelite.com): “I can’t believe it. He got me in a mount. I tried to get out of it but couldn’t. This is disappointing. Everything was fine until he took me down. I have no one to blame but myself.”

EliteXC announcer Mauro Ranallo called the “Uprising” play-by-play with world wrestling star Bill Goldberg and Stephen Quadros, The Fight Professor, serving as color analysts. The executive producer of the telecast was David Dinkins, Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.

Following the SHOWTIME telecast, five undercard fights were streamed live on the Internet on the premier mixed martial arts social networking and entertainment site, ProElite.com, In scheduled three, 3-minute round fights: Kala Kolohe Hose (4-1) scored a 20-second, first-round TKO over Jeff “Pee Wee’’ Fox (1-0-1) at 195 pounds; Mark Kurano (1-0) won by first-round submission over Jose “The Bomber” Diaz (1-1); Mark Oshiro (9-1) won by first-round submission (rear-naked choke) over Nui Wheeler (2-0) at 135 pounds; Brandon Wolff (6-2) won a decision over Chad Klingensmith (4-1) and Tyson Nam (4-1) won a four-round decision over Albert “Always Bad’’ Manners (7-7).

In results of fights not shown on SHOWTIME or ProElite.com, Justin Buchholz (7-1) rallied from a knockdown to register an exciting TKO over Ikaika Choy-Pu (1-2), and Chico Cantiberos (3-3) scored a first round submission vs. Elias Delosryes (1-1).

With the exciting triumph, Buchholz earned a spot on the Oct. 26 ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on SHOWTIME. 
“What Gary Shaw said came as an absolute total surprise. I was supposed to go right back to work after this fight. I work as an oil refinery laborer in Alaska. Now I am not sure how I am going to handle everything, but I am definitely fighting on October 26.”

SHOWTIME will re-air EliteXC: Uprising during the premium network’s FREE PREVIEW WEEKEND on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET/PT. 

From Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Sept. 30, SHOWTIME will be available to non-subscribers (approximately 54 million homes nationwide, a record for the network). So if you missed the live telecast and do not subscribe to SHOWTIME, tune in during FREE PREVIEW WEEKEND on Sept. 29 for EliteXC: Uprising.

EliteXC: Uprising will also replay on SHOWTIME this week at the following times (all times ET/PT): 

SHO TOO Saturday, Sept. 16 3:00 am 

SHO EXTREME Monday, Sept. 17 8:00 pm 

SHO TOO Tuesday, Sept. 18 10:00 pm 

SHOWTIME Wednesday, Sept. 19 11:30 pm 

Also on Sept. 29, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING returns to the ring with undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Heavyweight Champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (24-0, 1 NC, 16 KOs) making his second world title defense against fellow unbeaten WBC No. 1-ranked contender Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (24-0, 15 KOs), live at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

EliteXC returns to SHOWTIME in November. 

 


NO HOLDS BARRED: Mark Cuban, Erik Paulson, Jeff Ford, HDNet Fights, Boxing's Fall Feast

9-16-2007

Denver, CO

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On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the venture of a new entrant into the world of mixed martial arts, the HDNet Fights (http://www.hdnetfights.com/) series being initiated by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. Their first scheduled show is Saturday, October 13, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

We first offer some advice for this new enterprise about how to position it as a sport and not a spectacle. We also spoke with Mark Cuban on a media teleconference call to get his thoughts on his new role as both a promoter and a broadcaster of mixed martial arts.

The main event on that show will feature the return to MMA action by Erik Paulson for the first time in seven years. He will face another veteran, Jeff Ford, who has been a kickboxing champion and a heavyweight pro boxer as well as a mixed martial arts fighter. We also spoke with both fighters on this media teleconference call.

Also, we provide a glimpse at what should be a stellar, action-packed, and important final four months of 2007 for the sport of boxing. This schedule is absolutely loaded with intriguing, major fights, including: Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik (Sept. 29), Manny Pacquiao vs. Marco Antonio Barrera 2 (Oct. 6), Oleg Maskaev vs. Samuel Peter (also Oct. 6), Juan Diaz vs. Julio Diaz (Oct. 13), Sultan Ibragimov vs. Evander Holyfield, (also Oct. 13), Chris Byrd vs. Alexander Povetkin (Oct. 27), Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler (Nov. 3), Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Rocky Juarez (also Nov. 3), Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley (Nov. 10), Jean-Marc Mormeck vs. David Haye (also Nov. 10), Joan Guzman vs. Humberto Soto (Nov. 17), Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton (Dec. 8), and more. We discuss what we are calling "Boxing's Fall Feast" in a segment which was originally on SecondsOut Radio.

Also, make sure to check out my weekly boxing show, SecondsOut Radio. On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, we begin by previewing the megafight between the undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs) and the undefeated WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (39-0, 29 KOs). This long-awaited title unification fight will take place November 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, near Calzaghe's home. We spoke with both champions, Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler, at a New York news conference this past week to get their takes on what to expect in this fight. On September 1, WBO 140-pound champion Ricardo Torres (32-1, 28 KOs) defended his title with a highly controversial 11th-round TKO win over Kendall Holt (22-2, 12 KOs). This fight took place at the Salon Jumbo del Country Club in Barranquilla, Colombia, Torres's home country. Subsequent reports questioned many aspects of the conduct of this fight, including the stoppage, interference from fans and others during the fight, and more. Videos of both the final round and the entire fight have appeared online, with many who have seen them, along with those in attendance, agreeing that justice was not done that night. We got a chance to speak with Kendall Holt about all this when he attended the Calzaghe-Kessler news conference, and we have that interview for you this week. Also, as many already know, the scheduled September 15 fight between WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Rocky Juarez has been cancelled. The reported reason is that Marquez suffered a cut on his right hand which led to an infection and swelling, thus leading to the fight's cancellation. We discuss this situation this week.

 

 

HIGH COUNTRY HARLEY presents RING OF FIRE 30: DOMINATION - Tonight!

9-15-2007

Broomfield, CO

ROF 30: DOMINATION. The 11 bout MMA event will takes place tonight, Saturday, September 15th 2007 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado. 

UFC, K-1 and Strikeforce veteran, Duane BANG! Ludwig headlines a talent packed fight card. The card will have International appeal with fighters coming from 3 countries including multiple UFC veterans.

"As always, there are some last minute changes. But after seven years in the industry I now expect it to happen. This a sport where the demands on the athletes are very high, especially in training. These guys (and girls) are breaking their bodies down daily and injuries are bound to happen." said Bean. Most notably in the main event, Serbian boxer Dragan Bakula broke his hand in training. Wanting to keep the ROF USA vs. ROF Europe theme intact, Bean went on a search for a qualified replacement. German fighter Mario Stapel was contacted and immediately agreed to take the opportunity.

ROF Light Heavyweight Champion Eliot Marshall was slated to face UFC veteran Rob MAXIMUS MacDonald in his first title defense. However, Marshall was the victim of a severe staph infection to his knee. The infection was so bad that his knee grew to the size of a grapefruit and doctor's had no choice but to deem him unfit to participate. "It's really depressing. Training was going great. I was looking forward to fighting Rob and defend my belt." said Marshall. MacDonald will still make the trip from Canada to attend the show as plans are being made for this match to happen on the next ROF event.

Main Event: ROF USA vs. ROF Europe
Last year ROF opened it's European branch in Belgrade, Serbia. The inaugural event was a huge success and was covered in both the European versions of Playboy and Maxim magazines. In February of this year the first ROF European fighter, Damir made his US debut. At ROF 30 that tradition continues as German fighter Mario Stapel will represent ROF Europe. Stapel, is a veteran of Shooto and Cage Warriors. He has wins over Orlando Wiet, Takahiro Kamikozono, and John Cronk. He has a record of 13 wins with 8 losses, and will be facing one of the most feared strikers in the sport. Duane BANG! Ludwig will represent ROF USA and is looking forward to the matchup. "I was getting ready to face a stand up guy but Mario is much more well rounded. He is more of a true MMA fighter. I changed my game plan accordingly. For this fight I tightened up my game by training at Extreme Couture in Las Vegas. The training was great and I feel prepared for whatever happens. I love fighting at home and can't wait for Saturday" said Ludwig. 

265 lb Super Fight
ROF has long been known as a launch pad for fighters careers. But it has also been known mostly for the lower weight classes. That is all about to change on September 15th. One of the most athletic heavyweights in the game will make his long awaited ROF debut. Shane MONSTER Carwin is a NCAA Division II National Wrestling Champion , 3 time NCAA Division II Wrestling All-American and a 2 time NCAA Division II Football All-American. He stand 6'4" tall and weighs 265 lbs. He also has a perfect 5-0 record in MMA. Once you get past the sheer size of Carwin, you would be hard pressed to believe he is a fighter. The "gentle giant" is very calm, polite and respectful... unless you happen to be standing across the cage from him. Once the cage door closes and the bell rings the Monster comes out. None of his previous 5 matches have made it past the first round and he has finished all of his opponents. Rick NOTORIOUS Slaton has a bit of a bad reputation. Slaton was part of the now infamous Ultimate Athlete show in 2002 . He has also had his fair share of scrapes with the law, but has since seen the error of his ways. With a new outlook and a fresh start Rick is ready to take the MMA world by storm. He has channeled his energy into training and wants to make a serious run at becoming a threat in the heavyweight division. Rick has sought out some of the best trainers in the San Diego area to help improve his game. His last fight was in October of 2006 where scored a TKO victory at the Total Combat 17 event. Life is all about second chances, but the Badboy has a mountain to climb and a monster to slay to fulfill his dream. 

115 lb FEATURE BOUT
Women's combat sports has shown an incredible increase in fan support in the last few years. Promotions such as Strikeforce, Elite XC and Bodog Fights have consistently featured female athletes. Recently the Oxygen Channel contributed with the reality based program Fight Girls. One of the stars of that series, Michelle Waterson will return to MMA competition at ROF 30. Waterson is known as much for her good looks as for her fighting ability. Her nickname "The Karate Hotty" comes from her work as a Hooters girl and bikini model. But don't judge the book by the cover, Waterson can fight. She has been trained in the martial arts from an early age progressing from Kung Fu to Muay Thai, and eventually BJJ and MMA. While based in Denver, she trains her ground game at Team Jackson's in Albuquerque, NM. Currently 1-1 in MMA, Waterson is hoping to continue to represent MMA in a positive way for women all over the world. Her opponent also has a base in Muay Thai but has progressed to MMA. Action MMA fighter Jaime Cook relies heavily on her stand up skills but is also very comfortable on the ground. She has a perfect 2-0 record in MMA. She has finished both opponents by TKO, with one having a 30 lb weight advantage. Cook is also the sparring partner and teammate of top ranked Bodog fighter Shayna Baszler. 

175 lb FEATURE BOUT
UFC veteran Chad Reiner has a reputation for being one of the hardest workers in the industry. He prides himself on his conditioning and feels that is his strongest weapon in the cage. This was very evident in his ROF 24 perfromance against Jay Jack. Reiner was non stop in a punishing attack that gave him a unanimous decison after 3 rounds. He credits his time in the marines for instilling his work ethic while training. Reiners record is an outstanding 18-4 and is a VFC Champion. Chilo Gonzalez has a love- hate relationship with the fans. Half the crowd wants to see him win, the other to see him lose, but none the less they come to see him. He can appear brash, and often times even disrespectful to his opponents. It's all part of the game to Gonzalez however and see's it as a way to get into his opponents head. When asked about his opponent, true to character he responded " He is a really good fighter. I respect his wrestling but I just wonder how many teeth he is willing to lose before he gives up a submission!". Gonzalez is a WEC veteran with tremendous athletic ability. He has had an up and down career but always brings aggression, intensity and tenacity in the cage. Gonzalez normally fights at middleweight and Reiner prefers welterweight so a catch weight of 175 lbs was agreed upon for the bout. 

145 lb FEATURE BOUT
Until recently, if you were a fighter and you weighed less than 155 lbs, your options were limited. Basically you fight on the smaller, local events and hope that you could find your way to Japan. With promotions such as the WEC and Strikeforce pushing the lower weight classes the "little" guys now have new opportunities available to them. At ROF 30 we will see two of the top fighter's in the region try to make their way up the 145 lb ladder. Active duty Air Force wrestler Jacob Hey is hoping to make a big splash at the event. Besides being a Greco Roman All American, and competing on the Air Force WCAP (World Class Athlete Program) team, Hey was picked as the first recruit to officially join Matt Hughes new MMA team. Hughes team, the H.I.T. Squad (Hughes Intensive Training) also includes Icon Middleweight Champion "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler. Hey's opponent, Texan Jeff Striley also has an extensive wrestling background. Once a college level wrestler, Striley now splits his time between MMA Training and coaching local youth wrestling. Striley hails from one of the oldest MMA camps in the nation, the Scorpion's Lair. Originally founded by Iranian national wrestler Ali Elias in the mid nineties, the Scorpion's lair produced some of the strongest talent in the now defunct USWF. The winner of this match will find himself in the top 5 rankings on the ROF roster, and a possible future showdown with champion Christian Allen. 

UNDERCARD BOUTS
The preliminary and undercard matches will round out an amazing night of fights. Some of the best up and coming fighters in the region are featured. Brandon Thatch, the son of Sabaki legend Clarence Thatch, will attempt to improve on his undefeated record against new comer Doug Saiez. Kenneth Seegrist, also undefeated, will be facing the rugged Anselmo Martinez of Lubbock, TX. Sambo stylist Seth Bregman will face the "Gentleman" Jesse Henley. Infinite Martial Arts fighter Ralston Baker faces Brad Fox of T's KO Boxing. Fusebox fighter Sean Doherty (4- 1) will match up against Progressive Martial Arts Miguel Martinez (3-0) at a catch weight of 140 lbs. And starting off the show is Division 1 All American wrestler, Jason Ramstetter, as he meets Battle Quest 6 standout Alfredo Corona. 

 

 

EliteXC "Uprising"  

9-15-2007, Denver, CO
Event date: Live on SHOWTIME Saturday September 15, 2007 10 PM EDT/PDT 

Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, HI

 

Fight Card: 
Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Robbie Lawler
Nick Diaz vs. Mike Aina
Joey Villasenor vs. Riki Fukuda
Renato Verissimo vs. Jake Shields
Gina Carano vs. Tonya Evinger
Tyson Nam vs. Albert Manners 
Kala Hose vs. Jeff Fox 
Mark Kurano vs. Jose Diaz
Mark Oshiro vs. Nui Wheeler
Brandon Wolff vs. Chad Klingensmith
Justin Bucholz vs. Kolo Koka
Chico Cantiberos vs. Elias Delos Ruyes
Kolo Koka vs. Justin Buchholz 

 

 

ProElite Acquires King Of The Cage
9-14-2007

Denver, CO

PROELITE ACQUIRES KING OF THE CAGE, A LEADING GLOBAL MMA ORGANIZATION -- ProElite Press Release

Acquisition Dovetails with ProElite’s Global Growth Strategy

LOS ANGELES – ProElite, Inc. [PELE.PK], a sports entertainment and media company dedicated to producing world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) events, today announced the acquisition of King of the Cage, Inc. (KOTC), a prolific MMA promoter with an established stable of world-class fighters and global brand equity.

As part of the agreement, KOTC will promote events in conjunction with Los Angeles-based ProElite’s respected and highly acclaimed live events division, EliteXC, which broadcasts MMA events on Showtime Networks. KOTC will also provide live-streaming video content through ProElite.com.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are extremely pleased that KOTC is joining the ProElite family, a natural extension of our brand as we continue to move forward with our global growth strategy,” said Douglas Deluca, CEO of ProElite, Inc. “Pound for pound, KOTC is the best brand out there and brings a deep breadth of industry experience to ProElite, providing a built-in infrastructure that will strengthen the impact of our organization on the world of MMA.”

Founded in 1999 by renowned MMA promoter Terry Trebilcock, the Fontana, Calif.-based KOTC is widely regarded as a pioneer in the sport having discovered and showcased some of the world’s premier fighters including Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Diego Sanchez, Rashard Evans, Joe Stevenson, Rico Rodriguez, Urijah Faber and more.

KOTC annually promotes more than 35 shows, 13 of which are pay-per-view events, and prior to 2007 drew the largest cumulative live audiences per annum of any MMA organization in North America. To date, KOTC has sold more than 1.5 million DVDs and continues to promote MMA events on four continents, including Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.

“Terry and KOTC have captured audiences’ attention around the globe, consistently discovering and showcasing some of the best fighters in MMA,” said Gary Shaw, EliteXC Live Events President. “There is no question that this acquisition will bolster EliteXC’s exposure domestically and abroad, serving as an entrée to fans and fighters who look to EliteXC as a destination for the finest entertainment that the MMA industry has to offer.” 

Said Trebilcock, CEO of KOTC: ““ProElite’s EliteXC is an ideal fit for KOTC, and we are honored to join such a talented team of dedicated professionals. ProElite is unmatched in its commitment to the sport, its fans and fighters, and we are thrilled to grow in lockstep with the company.” 

About ProElite, Inc. (www.proelite.com)

ProElite, Inc. delivers the most exciting entertainment experience in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) with live arena-based entertainment events, cable television programming on Showtime Networks and community-driven interactive broadband entertainment via the Internet. ProElite embraces MMA with the highest levels of honor, integrity, discipline and self-esteem, all the while remaining inclusive for fighters, fans and schools. ProElite’s live fight division, EliteXC, delivers spectacular live MMA fight events that showcase the world’s top fighters [elitexc.com]. ProElite’s interactive business, ProElite.com, capitalizes on the growing popularity of the sport of mixed martial arts by building a community of mixed martial arts enthusiasts. In addition to streaming the most exciting live fights to the web, ProElite expands the fan base of the sport by providing a comprehensive set of online social networking tools for fans, fighters and organizations. ProElite.com – Empowering the Fight Community TM.

About King of the Cage (www.kingofthecage.com)

Fontana, Calif.-based King of the Cage Inc. (KOTC) is one of the largest MMA promoters in the world with KOTC pay-per-view events aired over 165 days per year on Dish Network, iN Demand and TVN. KOTC also promotes more than 35 MMA events in 17 states and on 4 continents.

 

 

DONALD CERRONE - Fails WEC post-fight drug test 

9-13-2007

Denver, CO

 

Nevada's State Athletic Commission reports that Colorado fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone failed a post-fight drug test following his win over Kenneth Alexander at last week's WEC 30 event in Las Vegas.  

 

Testing indicated the presence hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can be used by athletes to assist in weight-cutting. 

 

 

No Holds Barred: Gary Abbott on Grappling and Wrestling World Championships
9-13-2007

Denver, COhttp://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-09-12T17_25_29-07_00

On this special edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second this week, host Eddie Goldman speaks with a very busy Gary Abbott, Director of Communications and Special Projects for USA Wrestling (
http://themat.com/).

Gary has just returned from the first World Grappling Championships (
http://www.themat.com/specialevents/2007/beachsomboworlds/default.php), which were held September 9 in Antalya, Turkey, as part of the World Wrestling Games. This was the first time that FILA, the international wrestling federation and which is part of the International Olympic Committee, has sponsored a world championships in grappling.

At that event, grapplers from the US swept the gold medals in all nine weights in both the men's and women's divisions. Among those winning gold medals are several athletes who are prominent in the mixed martial arts, including Jeff Monson and Tara LaRosa.

Next up for the sport of wrestling are the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling. This event takes place September 17-23 at the Heydar Aliyev Sport and Exhibition Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan. Competition will take place in men's and women's freestyle wrestling, and Greco-Roman wrestling. This year's world championships are a qualifying event for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

We spoke with Gary about the World Grappling Championships, what this event meant to the combat sports, and the performance of the American team. We next previewed the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling, discussing what to expect from the American wrestlers and pointing out whom to watch closely on the world level.

 

 

“UFC 75” on Spike TV is The Most Watched UFC Event in History
9-12-2007

Denver, CO

4.7 Million Viewers Tune In To See First Ever UFC Title Bout On Spike TV -- Spike TV Press Release

Fight Card Outdrew Everything Else On Television With Young Men On September 8 Including College Football And NASCAR

New York, NY – September 12, 2007 – The first ever UFC title fight on Spike TV drew a staggering 4.7 million viewers on Saturday, September 8 (9:00pm-12:11am) making it the most watched UFC event ever and the most watched mixed martial arts event ever in North America. The “UFC 75” telecast emanating from the O2 Arena in London, England peaked at 5.6 million for the bout between UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and PRIDE champ Dan Henderson. The fight card drew more Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 than anything else on television, broadcast or cable on September 8, including heavy sports competition from college football on ABC and ESPN, NASCAR on ABC, and the U.S. Open Women’s Final on CBS.

“The ratings are further proof that the tide in American sports is changing,” said Kevin Kay, General Manager, Spike TV. “Young men, who constitute the Spike TV core audience, prefer the incredible action and athleticism of the UFC to more traditional sports.”

“We're very proud to have added to the rich history of sports in London with this watershed mixed martial arts event,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Not only did UFC 75 showcase the bout that unified the 205 lb Pride and UFC titles, it did so in front of a record breaking crowd at the O2 Arena in London, and in front of the largest U.S. audience to ever tune in to an MMA card during its Spike TV telecast.”

“UFC 75” on Spike TV scored 2,503,000 Men 18-49 compared to 2.3 million for Oregon vs. Michigan on ABC; 2.1 million for NASCAR on ABC; 1.3 million for Virginia Tech vs. LSU on ESPN; 1.3 million for Notre Dame vs. Penn St on ESPN, and 546,000 for the U.S. Open Women’s Final on CBS.

“UFC 75” on Spike TV scored 1,622,000 Men 18-34 compared to 1.2 million for Oregon vs. Michigan on ABC; 717,000 for NASCAR on ABC; 656,000 million for Virginia Tech vs. LSU on ESPN; 687,000 for Notre Dame vs. Penn St on ESPN and 190,000 for the U.S. Open Women’s Final on CBS.

Overall, the Spike TV telecast drew a 3.1 rating (3.0 million homes), 5.7 Men 18-34 (1.6 million), 4.5 in M18-49 (2.5 million), and 6.2 rating in M25-34 (1.0 million).

Jackson won a hard fought, five round, unanimous decision over Henderson to unify the UFC and PRIDE titles in the 205lb weight class. The night's action also featured a hotly contested three round battle between former The Ultimate Fighter 3 teammates Michael “The Count” Bisping and Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, with a split decision going to Bisping. Frenchman Cheick Kongo and Mirko Cro Cop went head to head in a battle of feared kickboxers, with Kongo earning a unanimous decision after three rounds in the Octagon. 

The action-packed undercard also featured Nebraska native Houston Alexander winning his second straight UFC bout in stunning fashion, knocking out his opponent Alessio Sakara in just over a minute into the first round, and surging welterweight contender Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis extending his UFC win streak to six after submitting Paul Taylor via arm-bar in the first round of their match-up.

Spike TV is the exclusive cable television home to the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship®. The sixth season of the highly-rated reality series, “The Ultimate Fighter,” featuring UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and former champ Matt Hughes as coaches, premieres Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00pm ET/PT.

Spike TV is available in 93.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 

 

 

USA sweeps Grappling World Golds
9-12-2007 
Denver, CO

U.S. sweeps nine gold medals at Grappling World Championships in Antalya, Turkey, Sept. 9

ANTALYA, TURKEY - The United States had a dominant performance at the historic first World Grappling Championships, sweeping all nine gold medals in the final event of the World Wrestling Games in Antalya, Turkey, September 9.

Capturing gold medals in the women’s division were Lisa Ward (Lacey, Wash./United Fight Team) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Felicia Oh (Tarzana, Calif./JJ Machado/BJMUTA) at 55 kg/121 lbs., Tara LaRosa (Woodstown, N.J./unattached) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Valerie Worthington (Whittier, Calif./New Breed/Hollywood Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

Capturing gold medals in the men’s division were Darren Uyenoyama (South San Francisco, Calif./Fogtown Jiu Jitsu) at 62 kg/136.5 lbs., Ricky Lundell (Orem, Utah/Pedro Sauer Team) at 70 kg/154 lbs., Don Ortega (Albuquerque, N.M./No Limits) at 80 kg/176 lbs., Malcolm Havens (Parker, Colo./Grapplers Edge) at 92 kg/202.5 lbs. and Jeff Monson (Coconut Creek, Fla./Victory Athletics) at 125 kg/275 lbs. 

All nine World champions captured gold medals at the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nev. in June.

The USA won 21 medals out of a possible 35 medals in the event. Included was a sweep of all four medals at the men’s 92 kg/202.5 lbs. division. In convincing terms, the USA has set the bar for the rest of the world in international Grappling competition.

“I really think have a training camp and bringing many of our people together helped. People perish without a vision. Our coaches developed a vision with this team. We didn’t want to just win the championship. We wanted everybody to be the most outstanding we could be, no matter the outcome,” said U.S. World Team Coach Bob Anderson.

It was a great day for the U.S. team, which entered 27 athletes in the field. In the men’s division, four of the five gold-medal finals featured all-USA matchups.

“The team performed at the highest level against great competition,” said U.S. World Team Coach Jason Townsend. “All the athletes had tough matches and pulled through with flying colors. This is the beginning of a new era for Grappling. It was a pioneering effort for USA Wrestling. We were excited to be a part of this historic event, and we will work hard to remain a dominant force for years to come.”

Claiming silver medals for the United States were:

* Matthew Sanchez (Sacramento, Calif./Ultimate Fitness) at 62 kg/136.5 lbs.
* Bill Cooper (Santa Barbara, Calif./Paragon BJJ Academy) at 80 kg/176 lbs.
* Matt Horwich (Eagle Creek, Ore./Team Quest) at 92 kg/202.5 lbs.
* Ramon Diaz (Testin, Calif./No Limits), silver medal at 125 kg/275 lbs.
* Bahar Shahidi (Denver, Colo./Grapplers Edge) at 55 kg/121 lbs.

Winning bronze medals for the United States were:

* Jake Bohn (Kentwood, Mich./unattached) at 70 kg/154 lbs.
* Michael Kelly (Hebron, Ill./Gilbert Grappling) at 80 kg/176 lbs.
* Ryan Gillespie (San Diego, Calif./The Boxing Club) at 92 kg/202.5 lbs.
* Douglas Fournet (Denham Springs, La./Gladiators Academy) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
* Rawle Shewprashad (New York, N.Y./Blast Double NY) at 125 kg/275 lbs.
* Cristina Rodriguez (Tampa, Fla./Gracie Tampa) at 55 kg/121 lbs.
* Bethany Harris (Valley Center, Calif./No Limits) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

For Diaz and Harris, it was the second medal of the week. Diaz was a bronze medalist in the Sombo tournament on Friday, and Harris was a bronze medalist in the Beach World Championships on Saturday.

This was the first time FILA has ever hosted a World Championships in Grappling, a style of wrestling which was recognized as an international wrestling style this spring.

No Limits Mixed Martial Arts is the Official Sponsor for the U.S. World Teams for Grappling and Sombo.

A training camp for the World Team Trials champions is being hosted at the USA Wrestling National Training Center for Grappling and Sombo, which is located at the No Limits Mixed Martial Arts facility in Irvine, Calif.

GRAPPLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Medal Standings

62 kg/136.5 lbs.
Gold – Darren Uyenoyama (United States)
Silver – Matt Sanchez (United States)
Bronze – Tom Barlow (Great Britain)
Bronze – Oliver Dew (Great Britain)

70 kg/154 lbs.
Gold – Ricky Lundell (United States)
Silver – John Irlkarlanga (Ireland)
Bronze – Jake Bohn (United States)
Bronze – Lautaro Arboreli (Spain)

80 kg/176 lbs.
Gold – Don Ortega (United States)
Silver – Bill Cooper (United States)
Bronze – Mike Kelly (United States)
Bronze – Michael Saldoadori (France)

92 kg/202.5 lbs.
Gold – Malcolm Havens (United States)
Silver – Matt Horwich (United States)
Bronze – Ryan Gillespie (United States)
Bronze – Doug Fournet (United States)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold – Jeff Monson (United States)
Silver – Ramon Diaz (United States)
Bronze – Tom Blackledge (Great Britian)
Bronze – Rawle Shewprashad (United States)

Women’s


48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold – Lisa Ward (United States)
Silver –Lisa Newton (Great Britain)
Bronze – Melcir Mirela (Romania)

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Felicia Oh (United States)
Silver – Bahar Shahidi (United States)
Bronze – Christina Rodriguez (United States)
Bronze - Katherine Gifford (Great Britain)

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold – Tara LaRosa (United States)
Silver – Lloudmilla Soundovkova (Russia)
Bronze – Rachel Whenathey (Great Britain)
Bronze – Ama Mayke (Great Britain)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold – Valerie Worthington (United States)
Silver – Natalya Ivanova (Russia)
Bronze – Bethany Harris (United States)

PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Contact Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or gabbott@usawrestling.org

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: Phyllis Lee

9-11-2007

Denver, CO

http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-09-10T18_37_23-07_00

 

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with mixed martial arts fight manager Phyllis Lee, who is known as the First Lady of NHB (no-holds-barred fighting, now known as mixed martial arts).

 

We discuss the September 1 Art of War 3 card (http://www.artofwarlive.com), held in Dallas, Texas, and shown on pay-per-view television. Three fighters on that card are managed by Phyllis: Ron Waterman, Lana Stefanac, and Thomas Schulte. We also touch on UFC 75 and discuss the direction mixed martial arts and its media ought to take.

 

 

UFC 76 “Knockout” - Fight Card

9-11-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: 9-22-2007

Anaheim, CA.


Main event:
Chuck Liddell (20-4) vs. Keith Jardine (12-3-1)

Main card (televised):
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-2) vs. Forrest Griffin (14-4)
Tyson Griffin (9-1) vs. Thiago Tavares (13-0)
Ryoto Machida (10-0) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-6)
Diego Sanchez (17-1) vs. Jon Fitch (14-2)

Preliminary bouts:

Jason Lambert (23-6) vs. Wilson Gouveia (9-4)
Matt Wiman (7-3) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (4-3)
Diego Saraiva (9-5-1) vs. Jeremy Stephens (9-2)
Justin McCully (8-3-2) vs. Christian Wellisch (7-3)

 

 

EliteXC "Uprising" - Team Gracie Vs. Team Penn, Sept. 15  On SHOWTIME

9-11-2007, 

Denver, CO


Fighters From Highly Regarded Gracie and Penn Teams To Clash In Two Of Televised Bouts
On EliteXC’s “Uprising” Cage Spectacular In Honolulu On SHOWTIME At 10 P.M. ET/PT

HONOLULU – For years, Mixed Martial Arts legends BJ Penn and Cesar Gracie have captained two of the most prolific and respected fight camps in MMA.

Yet, interestingly, a Penn pupil has never fought a Gracie guy. Until now, that is.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the famous camps -- Penn’s is in Hawaii, Gracie’s is in California -- will make history when they collide not once, but twice, in EliteXC’s eagerly anticipated “Uprising” mega-MMA cage fight card at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The biggest, most significant MMA event in Hawaii’s history will mark the initial collaboration between EliteXC and Hawaii’s most prominent promoters, ICON Sport and ROTR (Rumble On The Rock). The top fights will be televised on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The undercard will also be streamed live on ProElite.com following the SHOWTIME telecast.

EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua (murilorua.proelite.com) defends against hard-hitting, exciting ICON Sport titleholder, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (Robbielawler.proelite.com) in a tremendous, pick ‘em main event.

But there will be plenty of interest and intrigue when two of Penn’ and Gracie’s most talented protégés step into the cage to battle each other for pride, bragging rights – and revenge. 

BJ defeated two Gracie family members in one year – no small feat -- and now the Gracies are sending their top students to the islands to return the favor.

Gracie’s Nick Diaz, one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA, will make his anxiously awaited EliteXC debut and first start in six months when he faces hometown star “Iron” Mike Aina in one of the enthralling Team Gracie vs. Team Penn match-ups. In the other, Gracie’s talented, streaking top-10 welterweight, Jake Shields meets Penn’s Renato “Charuto” Verissimo. 

“September 15 will be a historic battle between two of the greatest fight camps in all of MMA,” EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw said. “It is amazing that these two camps have never gone against each other. To have two battles between these storied fight families in one night is fantastic.” 

While the showdowns are highly anticipated, there is no bad blood between the two high end Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu camps, according to Sam Caplan, MMA writer for CBS Sportsline.com. 

“It is more of a professional rivalry between the old and the new,” said Caplan, noting that Gracie is about 40 years old and Penn is 28. “They have similar styles, but the main difference is that Gracie is old school and Penn is from the new school.

“It’s going to be a clash of the old school of Jiu-Jitsu and the new school. It’s a different culture, but they respect each other greatly.” 

Said Shields: “I think it (Penn vs. Gracie) makes the entire event very exciting. You’ve got Nick and I from Cesar’s and you’ve got those two from Team Penn and they are the two best Jiu-Jitsu schools in the country, so it's kind of a rivalry. We get along with those guys.

“But it’s a friendly rivalry to go out and show them that we're better. You always want to make your camp proud. Nick and I want to go out and win and show that our team is the best out there.’’

While Diaz and Aina are trained in the same discipline, they could not be more different. Diaz is a national MMA star, recognized as one of the preeminent fighters in the country. An established fighter returning from a suspension, he took on some of the sport's biggest names during a three-year stretch (2003-2006).

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Diaz (nickdiaz.proelite.com) will be entering the cage for the first time since an impressive gogoplata submission victory over Takanori Gomi in a Fight of the Year candidate in February 2007 that wound up going into the books as a no contest.

Aina specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing. He may not be household name in MMA but he has defeated the likes of Rick Screeton, Rosco McClellan, Albert Rios and Kaleo Kwan. Aina has never turned down a fight and wants to brawl.

“This is a huge fight for me,” Aina said. “I know what a victory over a fighter like Diaz would mean to my career and to my team. This is going to be exciting.’’ 

Shields and Charuto are both trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but they have dissimilar fighting backgrounds. Shields had a strong amateur wrestling background and began training with the Gracie Fight Team in 2001. Charuto, who once coached Penn, is more proficient in Jiu-Jitsu. 

In a division that is top-heavy in talent, Shields (jakeshields.proelite.com) is considered one of the best at 170 pounds. Charuto (renatoverissimo.proelite.com), who only fights the best, is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt expert and still considered one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the world.

“The beauty of this fight and all the fights on ‘Uprising’ is that you just can’t point to one of the fights and go ‘he is going to win,’ ’’ Shaw said. “This is an excellent card from top to bottom and proves that EliteXC places worldwide talent in the forefront of this growing sport.’’

The Golden Girl of MMA, sexy Gina Carano (ginacarano.proelite.com), will face Tonya Evinger (tonyaevinger.proelite.com) and Joey Villasenor (joeyvillesenor.proelite.com) will meet fellow tough guy, Riki Fukuda (rikifukuda.proelite.com), in the other televised bouts. 

With the exception of “Ninja”-Lawler, the televised bouts are slated for three, 5-minute rounds.

EliteXC announcer Mauro Ranallo will call the play-by-play with world wrestling star Bill Goldberg and Stephen Quadros, The Fight Professor, serving as color analysts. The executive producer of the telecast will be David Dinkins, Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.

Immediately following the SHOWTIME telecast, additional undercard fights will be streamed live on the Internet on the premier mixed martial arts social networking and entertainment site, ProElite.com. 

For more information on EliteXC, ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series and other MMA-related stories, including bios, videos, photos, stats and more, please visit EliteXC.com.

 

 

IFL Finals - Silver Backs vs. Pitbulls

9-10-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: Sept 20, 2007 | 7:30pm
Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, FL 

 

Fight Card: 
1. Bart Palaszewski vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
2. Jake Ellenberger vs. Delson Heleno 
3. Ryan McGivern vs. Fabio Leopoldo 
4. Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Andre Gusmao 
5. Ben Rothwell vs. Tom Sauer 
6. Brad Blackburn vs. Travis Cox 
7. Jamal Patterson vs. Chris Baten 
8. Rolles Gracie vs. Seth Petruzelli 

 

 

UFC 75: Rampage unifies UFC and Pride titles

9-9-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

 

From the O2 Arena in the United Kindowm

Main Card Bouts:
Quinton Jackson defeated Dan Henderson by unanimous decision
Michael Bisping defeated Matt Hamill by split decision 
Cheick Kongo defeated Mirko Cro Cop by unanimous decision 
Marcus Davis defeated Paul Taylor by am bar at 4:14 of rd 1
Houston Alexander defeated Alessio Sakara by KO at 1:01 of rd 1

Preliminary Bouts:
Gleison Tibau defeated Terry Etim by unanimous decision
Thiago Silva defeated Tomasz Drwal by TKO at 4:23 of rd 2
Dennis Siver defeated  Naoyuki Kotani by KO at 2:04 of rd 2

Jess Liaudin defeated Anthony Torres by TKO at 4:10 of rd 1

 

 

UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion - On Spike TV Tonight!

9-8-2007, Denver, CO PNW

O2 Arena, U.K.

Available on Spike TV beginning at 9pm ET/PT

 

Spike TV Bouts:
Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Cheick Kongo

Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara
Paul Taylor vs. Marcus Davis

Preliminary Bouts:
Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal 
Anthony Torres vs. Jess Liaudin
Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Dennis Siver

 

 

IFL League Debuts In Florida With The 2007 World Championship!
9-8-2007

Denver, CO

HARD ROCK LIVE AT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
SEPTEMBER 20, 2007 AT 7:30PM -- IFL Press Release

SILVERBACKS VS PITBULLS

HOLLYWOOD, FL – The International Fight League, the World’s #1 Mixed Martial Arts league, brings its top two teams to the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL on September 20, 2007 for the 2007 World Championship.

Two teams have survived the crucible of the IFL season, but only one will reign supreme. Will it be the reigning champions, the Quad City Silverbacks? Or will Renzo Gracie and his New York Pitbulls avenge their loss from 2006? There's only one way to find out!

Limited time, Back to School Sale on Tickets! Save $10 on select seats* through Saturday, September 15th! To get your tickets NOW, call Ticketmaster at 954-523-3309 Broward, 305-358-5885 Dade, 561-966-3309 Palm Beach or, log onto ticketmaster.com and mention discount code FIST.

**Offer subject to availability; may not be combined with any other offer, does not apply to $200 seating or previously purchased tickets. Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable. This code is not transferable, not assignable and not for re-sale. Six (6) ticket limit per order

 

 

K-1 World GP 2007 - In Seoul "Final 16" Fight Card

9-7-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: September 29, Open 3:30PM, Start 5:00PM

Olympic Gymnasium-1, Seoul, Korea

 

1. Peter Aerts (Holland) vs. Ray Sefo (New Zealand)
2. Jerome Le Banner (France) vs. Ruslan Karaev (Russia)

3. Yusuke Fujimoto (Japan) vs. Junichi Sawayashiki (Japan)
4. Remy Bonjasky (Holland) vs. Stefan "Blitz" Leko (Germany) 
5. Semmy Schilt (Holland) vs. Paul Slowinski (Australia)
6. Glaube Feitosa (Brazil) vs. Chalid "Die Faust" (Germany) 
7. Badr Hari (Morocco) vs. Doug Viney (New Zealand)
8. Hong-Man Choi (Korea) vs. Mighty Mo (USA)

 

 

PANCRASE 2007 "Rising Tour" - Line Up

9-7-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: Oct.14, 2007 
Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan

 

Fight card:

KOP Heavyweight Title: Assuerio Silva vs. Arbocious Tiger 
Light Heavyweight: Yuki Kondo vs. Yuji Sakuragi 
Middleweight: Hikaru Sato vs. Kentaro Abe 
Lightweights: Kenji Arai vs. Takaichi Hirayama 
Welterweights: Asaki Honda vs. Yukio Sakaguchi 
Featherweights: Tatsuya So vs. Yukito 
Featherweights: Manabu Inoue vs. Jung Jin-Suk 

 

 

CAGE RAGE GETS KNOCKOUT BACKING FROM NEW PARTNER, PROELITE

9-7-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

 

“Cage Rage Championships” Will Be Showcased Under ProElite’s Global Live Events Division - EliteXC

London (Sept. 7, 2007) – Sensational news for Mixed Martial Arts fans in the United Kingdom. Cage Rage, Britain’s original MMA brand and leader since 2002, is about to get bigger – and better.

ProElite, Inc. [PELE.PK], an entertainment and media company dedicated to producing world-class MMA events, today announced the acquisition of Cage Rage Championships (CRC), Britain’s premier MMA organization.

The formal announcement of the new partnership was made by Gary Shaw, President of EliteXC, the respected live fight division of Los Angeles, Calif.-based ProElite.

“This is an exciting day for all of our organizations, but the biggest winners will be fans in the U.K.,’’ Shaw said. “In a short span of eight months, EliteXC has already got the well-deserved reputation for staging sensational fights with the world’s top fighters.

“With the acquisition of Cage Rage Championships, ProElite and EliteXC continues to establish itself as the fast-growing, premier MMA organization in the world.

“I look forward to developing young English fighters and turning them into true world champions, ala Ricky Hatton in boxing.’’

ProElite’s partnership will help secure CRC’s foothold as the UK’s No. 1 MMA organization, as well as provide the resources needed to expand the company’s operations into an international fight brand. 

Under the expert leadership of Shaw, who also is a world renowned boxing promoter – he staged Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson, Joe Calzaghe vs., Jeff Lacy and many other major prizefights around the world – EliteXC’s brand will adopt CRC into it’s global strategy and feature British talent in what is purported to be the fastest growing sport in the world.

“Cage Rage is king in the U.K., and this deal will help ensure the organization attains its true potential,” said Irishman William Kelly, Chief Operating Officer of ProElite. “Britain excels in MMA, and we are truly excited by the way Cage Rage has gained popularity and mesmerized the imaginations of fight fans around the world. The British bull dog spirit is alive and well – and we will help Cage Rage bark even louder across Britain and Europe.

“ProElite’s involvement is an important step in our company’s growth and development, as we emerge as the premium MMA organization in Britain,” added Andy Geer, co-founder and promoter of five year old Cage Rage. “The EliteXC brand is held in the highest esteem in fighting echelons, and we are honored by their support.

“This partnership will help us achieve our goals, and the world will be watching as we give audiences the premier experience in MMA. As we move forward, the national brand of Cage Rage will continue to back British talent to the hilt and pitch it against the very elite of international fighters in our own inimitable style.”

Offered Dave O’Donnell, co-founder and promoter of Cage Rage, who introduced MMA to Britain with Geer in 2002: “Our fight nights will reap the benefit of ProElite’s support, as we continue to show audiences the breadth of athleticism and excitement this sport embodies. Our goal is to help MMA shake off its ‘underground’ image and showcase the true skills and commitment required to reach the top in this fight format, which combines no less than four Olympic combat disciplines.”

Cage Rage returns to Wembley Arena on Saturday, Sept. 22, when EliteXC presents Cage Rage 23 before what is expected to be another sell-out crowd 

Media powerhouse and broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. brought MMA into the mainstream of British sports when it started broadcasting live televised Cage Rage events on its primetime Saturday night schedule. All Cage Rage Championship events are broadcast live on Sky Sport 3.

ProElite’s CEO, Douglas DeLuca, took notice and immediately pursued CRC as a television-friendly brand. 

“I’ve produced hundreds of TV shows over the years and instantly recognized the character in Dave and Andy’s presentation of the sport. In our efforts to build a world media presence, CRC was a natural choice,’’ DeLuca said.

International interest has never been higher with the promotion being beamed to fight fans in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Korea, Japan and other fight savvy territories. 

Said Kelly Perdew, President of social networking division ProElite.com, “Cage Rage is one of the most exciting MMA events we have streamed on www.ProElite.com. We are looking forward to bringing more of the same live interactive action to fans worldwide. Watch the live stream on Sept. 22 on proelite.com. 

 

 

WEC 30 - Fighter Pay Outs

9-7-2007

Denver, CO

Rob McCullough $24,000
Rich Crunkilton $10,000
Chase Beebe $10,000
Rani Yahya $6,000
Brian Stann $10,000
Jeremiah Billington $2,000
Miguel Torres $20,000
Jeff Bedard $4,000
John Alessio $22,000
Marcelo Brito $3,000
Marcus Hicks $8,000
Scott McAfee $2,000 
Bryan Baker $6,000
Jesse Forbes $4,000
Donald Cerrone $6,000
Kenneth Alexander $3,000
Blas Avena $6,000 
Joe Benoit $2,000 
Ian McCall $4,000
Coty Wheeler $2,000

 

 

PANCRASE 2007 Rising Tour - Results

9-6-2007

Denver, CO

 

From Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

 

1. Shinsuke Shoji defeated Flavio Tanaka by TKO at 2:59 of rd 2
2. Alavutdin Gadzhiyev defeated Daisuke Watanabe by decision 
3. Koji Yoshimoto and Mitsuhisa Sunabe fought to a draw
4. Yuji Hoshino defeated Eriya Matsuda by foot lock at :28 of rd 1
5. Ryo Kawamura defeated Jaime Fletcher by KO at 1:36 of rd 1
6. Izuru Takeuchi defeated Bryan Rafiq by unanimous decision
7. Yoshiro Maeda defeated Johnny Frachey by TKO from strikes at 3:38 of rd 1
8. Satoru Kitaoka defeated Jason Palacios by split decision 

 

 

WEC 30 - Results
9-6-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

 

From the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

1. Brian Stann defeated Jeremiah Billington by TKO at 3:07 of rd 1
2. Miguel Torres defeated Jeff Bedard by triangle choke at 2:30 of rd 1
3. John Alessio defeated Marcelo Brito by unanimous decision
4. Bryan Baker defeated Jesse Forbes by TKO from strikes at 4:15 of rd 1
5. Donald Cerrone defeated Kenneth Alexander by neck crank at 0:56 of rd 1
6. Blas Avena defeated Joe Benoit by guillotine choke at 0:29 of rd 1
7. Ian McCall defeated Coty Wheeler by TKO from strikes at 4:34 of rd 3
8. Bantamweight title bout: Chase Beebe defeated Rani Yahya by unanimous decision
9. Lightweight title bout: “Razor” Rob McCullough defeated Rich Crunkilton by TKO from strikes at 1:29 of rd 1

 


 

WEC PRESS RELEASE

 

STAMFORD, Conn. (September 6, 2007)—VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC™), today announced an extension of the partnership to bring 15 additional live WEC events and 20 WEC WrekCage episodes—a show that features a mix of the top matches from WEC events never before seen on television and VERSUS’ best live events—to the network. VERSUS first announced the addition of WEC to the network’s lineup of competitive sports in January 2007 and has aired three live fights and six premiere episodes of WEC WrekCage since its debut in June 2007. 

“We are very excited to announce the extension of our partnership with World Extreme Cagefighting, the premier brand in mixed martial arts,” said Marc Fein, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for VERSUS. “The WEC has tremendous success in putting on top quality mixed martial arts events which consistently deliver a solid television viewing audience. The quality of the fights and fighters in the WEC sets them apart from the competition—they're faster, fiercer, they fight in a smaller cage and they’re only on VERSUS.” 

The next live fight will air December 12 and will feature featherweight champion Urijah Faber (19-1-0) as he defends his title against Jeff Curran (16-6-1). Additional fights on the card will be announced as information becomes available. 

"We are thrilled about extending our relationship with VERSUS, a decision which allows us to keep doing what we started in 2007 - bringing the best fights and best fighters into the homes of millions of viewers," said Peter Dropick, VP of Operations and Production for WEC. "Fight fans will be pleased to know that World Extreme Cagefighting will continue to put on the most exciting mixed martial arts events in the world and VERSUS will continue to be the home of the WEC." 

 

 

UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion

9-5-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: Saturday, September 8, 2007, 9pm on Spike TV (US/Canada)
02 Arena in London, UK

Fight card:
LH: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Dan Henderson 
HW: Mirko Cro Cop vs. Cheick Kongo 
LH: Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill 
LH: Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara 
LH: Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal 
WW: Paul Taylor vs. Marcus Davis 
WW: Anthony Torres vs. Jess Liaudin 
WW: Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim 
LW: Naoyuki Kotani vs. Dennis Siver 

 

 

WEC 30

9-4-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: September 5, 2007
The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (doors open at 3:30pm)

Versus - Live Event, first bout begins at 4:00pm, first televised bout begins at 6:00pm 

 

Fight card:
1. Richard Crunkilton Jr. Vs. Rob McCullough 
2. Rani Yahya Vs. Chase Beebe 
3. Jeremiah Billington Vs. Brian Stann 
4. Jeff Bedard Vs. Miguel Torres 
5. Marcelo Brito Vs. John Alessio 
6. Scott McAfee Vs. Marcus Hicks 
7. Bryan Baker Vs. Jesse Forbes 
8. Kenneth Alexander Vs. Donald Cerrone 
9. Joe Benoit Vs. Blas Avena 
10. Coty Wheeler Vs. Ian McCall 

 

 

PANCRASE 2007 Rising Tour - Karl Gotch Memorial Show Fight Card

9-3-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: Sept. 5, 2007
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

 

 

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Fight  Card:

 

Bout 1 - Welterweight: Satoru Kjtaoka (Pancraseism) vs. Jason Palacios (Team Yasuda)


Bout 2 - Lightweight: Shoji Shinsuke (Killer Bee) vs. Flavio Tanaka (Flavio VT Dojo)


Bout 3 - Middleweight: Daisuke Watanabe (Pancraseism) vs. Gadzhiev Alavutdin (SK Absolute Russia)


Bout 4 - Featherweight: Mitsuhisa Sunabe (P’s Real) vs. Koji Yoshimoto (AJ Gym)


Bout 5 - Lightweight: Eriya Matsuda (Team Sakaguchi Dojo) vs. Yuji Hoshino (WK Gods)


Bout 6 - Light Heavyweight: Ryo Kawamura (Pancraseism) vs. Jamie Fletcher (Shark Tank)


Bout 7 - Middleweight: Izuru Takeuchi (SK Absolute) vs. Bryan Rafiq (Jucao/Achille Team Bodog)


Bout 8 - Featherweight: Yoshiro Maeda (Pancrase Inagakigumi) vs. Johnny Frachey (Jucao/Achille Team Bodog)

 

 

IFO "Fireworks in the Cage II" - Results

9-2-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

From the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 


1. Tyler Stinson defeated Ken Jackson by TKO at 2:24 of rd 1.
2. CB Dolloway defeated Joe Bunch by TKO from strikes at 4:31 of rd 1.
3. Eric Thompson defeated Evan Landry by disqualification (illegal knee) at 1:19 of rd 2. 
4. Dennis Davis defeated Matt Williams by tap out due to strikes at 1:39 of rd 1.
5. Rich Clementi defeated Kyle Gibbons by rear choke at 2:18 of rd 1.
6. Nate James defeated Justin Levens by unanimous decision. 
7. Lt. Wt. Title Bout: Zac George defeated Chris Mickle by KO at 2:28 rd 1. 
8. Lt Hvy.wt. Title Bout: Travis Wiuff defeated Sean Salmon by guillotine choke at 3:37 of rd 1. 

 

 

ART OF WAR lll - Live Results

9-1-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Live from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.

 

Preliminary Bouts: 
1. Anthony Njokuani defeated Keyon Mike Jackson by KO at 2:14 of rd 1.
2. Cristiano Marcello defeated Hector Munoz by rear choke at 4:58 of rd 1. 
3. Luis Arthur Cane defeated James Damien Stelly by KO at 2:45 of rd 1.  
4. Jason Maxwell defeated Thomas Schulte by unanimous decision.
5. Lana Stefanac defeated Franita Gathings by TKO from strikes at 1:07 of rd 1.

Pay Per View Bouts:

6. Carlo Prater defeated Keith Wisniewski by split decision.

7. Alex Andrade defeated Fabiano Capoani by TKO from strikes at 2:20 of rd 2.

8. Ron "H2O" Waterman defeated Mario Rinaldi by TKO from strikes at 4:39 of rd 1.

9. Jorge Santiago defeated Jeremy Horn by tap out from triangle choke at 3:02 of rd 1.
10. Pedro Rizzo defeated Jeff Monson by KO at 2:40 of rd 3. 

 

 

Renato "Babalu" Sobral - Statement following NSAC hearing & UFC Firing

9-1-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

To My Family, Friends, Fans and Sponsors: 

Since UFC 74, I have wanted to speak publicly about my fight with David Heath. I waited to do so, however, out of respect for the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Zuffa, Inc. and Dana White. After all, it is their efforts that have legitimized Mixed Martial Arts in the sports world and I realize that my conduct has unintentionally hindered those efforts. For that, among other things, I am deeply sorry.

I have been fighting professionally since 1998. Prior to my fight with David Heath, my professional record was twenty-seven wins with seven losses. Fourteen of my victories came by way of submission. Not once was I ever accused of holding a choke or submission too long. If anything, there has always been and continues to be a great camaraderie between my opponents and I after the fight. Being a professional mixed martial artist is more than a career to me. It is my livelihood and my way of life. Consequently, I am deeply sorry for any embarrassment that has been brought upon the sport, other mixed martial artists (especially David Heath), my Academy and most importantly, my family.

As if the embarrassment were not enough, my actions during the fight with David and my comments afterwards, have already resulted in severe financial loss to my family because as you know, in addition to my win bonus still being withheld, yesterday I was released from my contract with the UFC.

There has been much talk about things that may have been said to me by David Heath at the weigh-in. What David said to me at the weigh-in didn’t matter then and doesn’t matter now. What matters are my comments after the fight. And, regardless of what you may read by so called MMA experts on the internet, I never said that I purposefully choked-out David Heath. In short, my post-fight comments, while inappropriate, were not intended to be comments about the choke. Rather, they were intended to be comments about the aggressive performance that I put in.

I did not intentionally choke out David Heath. The first that I realized that David had tapped was when people told me that he did after the fight. When I finally had the chance to view the tape, I see that he did. When David tapped, I did not feel it. I wish I did for I would have let it go. Instead, I continued to hold it. Not because I was upset or wanted him to lose consciousness. I held it because I didn’t know he tapped and I was intent on winning the fight. Holding on to a choke a little long is not an uncommon mistake made in training, and never in my career have I witnessed or heard of an injury resulting from it.

When I had the choke, I was not looking the referee in the eyes as one commentator erroneously observed. Nor did I hear the referee issue any verbal command to release the hold. Instead, my head was down to strengthen the move and my eyes closed with focus. As a result, I did not feel the referee tap me the first time either. It was not until he put his hands on my right shoulder that I felt him trying to separate us. When I felt this, I immediately released the choke.

After this morning’s hearing I traveled to the UFC’s office to meet with Dana White. Contrary to recent reports in the media, this meeting was not to discuss my being released from the UFC. In fact, this meeting was arranged prior to my even being released from the contract. The purpose of the meeting was for me to personally apologize to Dana while at the same time thank him for all the opportunities that the UFC has given to my family and I. Unfortunately, I was unable to meet with Dana due to a calendaring error Nevertheless, thanks Dana and my apologies.

I am a professional fighter. This is what I do for a living. I do not hold a day job and then train at night to fight. I know nothing else but how to fight. This is how I support my family.

On behalf of my family and friends, I appreciate the support that you have given me over the years, not to mention in the recent week, and I am hopeful that I will have the opportunity to fight again in the State of Nevada.

Thank you.

RENATO "BABALU" SOBRAL

 

 

IFO: "Fireworks in the Cage II" 

8-31-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: Sept 1, 2007

Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 


Fight Card:
Travis Wiuff (45–11) vs. Sean Salmon (11–3)
Zac George (11–1) vs. Chris Mickle (22–9–1)
Rich Clementi (26–12-1) vs. Kyle Gibbons (5–2)
Justin Levens (9–6) vs. Nate James (3-3)
Matt Williams (6–2) vs. Dennis Davis (10–6)
Eric Thompson (7–2) vs. Evan Landry (2–0)
CB Dolloway (3-0) vs. Joe Bunch (7–1)
Ken Jackson (3–2) vs. Tyler Stinson (6–2)
Rafael Del Real (4-7) vs. Ryan Bader (3-0) 

 

 

No Limits signs sponsorship deal with USA Wrestling

8-31-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

No Limits Mixed Martial Arts of Irvine, Calif. has signed a sponsorship agreement with USA Wrestling, the national governing body of amateur wrestling in the United States.

The sponsorship will designate No Limits as the Official Sponsor for the U.S. World Teams for Grappling and Sombo, as well as other involvement with USA Wrestling’s programs in those styles of international wrestling

This agreement will run through the end of 2008, and will encompass both the 2007 U.S. World Teams, as well as the 2008 U.S. World Teams. 

“This sponsorship provides a unique opportunity for significant resources for our historic World Teams in these new styles,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director. “This will play an important role in the development of our programs for Grappling and Sombo. We are excited about our partnership with No Limits and its accomplished professional staff.”

“We have a significant interest in seeing the sport of Grappling propelled to the forefront as a wrestling discipline,” said Jim Santaniello of No Limits. “The athletes who are representing the U.S. in this historic first Grappling World event are superior in all ways, including their character, integrity and athletic ability. We are so proud to be a part of the USA Wrestling organization and sponsors of this Grappling World Championship Team. All of us at No Limits are determined to make our training center a haven for young people to learn new skills and train with some of the best coaches in this sport. Our partners Colin Oyama and Juliano Prado have been an integral part of encouraging this Grappling program at No Limits Mixed Martial Arts.”

As part of its sponsorship, No Limits will fund the costs of the No. 1 athletes, as well as the two official coaches and the team leaders for the U.S. World Grappling Team for both men and women to participate in the FILA World Grappling Championships. Included will be the hosting of an official training camp for the World Grappling Team, which will be held at the No Limits facility in Irvine, Calif. 

The World Team Coaches for the 2007 World Grappling Team are Bob Anderson of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Jason Townsend of Las Vegas, Nev. The Team Leaders for the 2007 World Grappling Team are Jim and Karen Santaniello of Irvine, Calif. and Gogi Parseghian of Los Angeles, Calif. 

The 2007 FILA World Championships for Grappling will be held September 9 in Antalya, Turkey. The U.S. Grappling World Team Training Camp is being held at No Limits in Irvine, Calif., August 28 – Sept. 3.

The No Limits Mixed Martial Arts facility in Irvine, Calif. has been designated as the USA Wrestling National Training Center for Grappling and Sombo.

No Limits is a Mixed Martial Arts training center that offers MMA training and classes for every skill level with an all-inclusive facility. No Limits provides training in most major disciplines of MMA. The center provides instruction for those seeking to learn or improve their skills and performance in Grappling, Sombo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling or Mixed Martial Arts, where they are trained by professional-level athletes, recognized champions and elite coaches.

Juliano Prado is the Head Coach for Jiu Jitsu and Grappling at the USA Wrestling National Training Center for Grappling at the No Limits facility. Bob Anderson is the Head Coach for Wrestling and Sombo there. No Limits also employs a full-time staff of instructors in other Mixed Martial Arts disciplines. The training center is equipped with a Sports Medicine Wellness Center with a full staff for sports therapy and rehabilitation.

USA Wrestling has also named Bob Anderson of Redondo Beach, Calif. as its National Mentor Coach for Grappling and Sombo. Anderson, a longtime coaching leader within USA Wrestling and an expert in these new international styles of wrestling, will take an active role in helping USA Wrestling establish its training systems in these sports.

FILA, the international wrestling federation, has named both Sombo and Grappling as international styles of wrestling. FILA hosts World Championship competitions in these wrestling styles. USA Wrestling, as the national wrestling federation within FILA, conducts Sombo and Grappling programs within the United States, along with the other styles of international wrestling.

USA Wrestling is sending a team of participants to the World Wrestling Games in Antalya, Turkey, Sept. 7-10. The U.S. team will consist of athletes in Grappling, Sombo and Beach Wrestling. 

 

 

ART OF WAR 3: USA vs. Brazil

8-30-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

Event date: Saturday, September 1, 2007, 7 pm
American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas


Heavyweight Title Bout: Jeff Monson vs. Pedro Rizzo
Middleweight Bout: Jeremy Horn vs. Jorge Santiago 
Welterweight Bout: Keith Wisniewski vs. Carlo Prater 
Super Heavyweight Bout:
Ron Waterman vs. Mario Rinaldi 
Lightweight Bout: Hector Munoz vs. Cristiano Marcello 
Light Heavyweight Bout: Alex Andrade vs. Fabiano Capoani 
Light Heavyweight Bout: James Stelly vs. Luis Arthur Cane 
Light Heavyweight Bout: Lana Stefanac vs. Franita Gathings
Welterweight Bout: Anthony Njokuani vs. Keyon Mike Jackson
Lightweight Bout: Thomas Schulte vs. Jason Maxwell

 

 

WEC 30: Line Up

8-29-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: 9-5-2007

The Joint at the Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV 

Live on the Versus network at 9 pm ET.

 

Fight card:
Richard Crunkilton vs. Rob McCullough
Chase Beebe vs. Rani Yahya
Jeremiah Billington vs. Brian Stann
Marcelo Brito vs. John Alessio
Scott McAfee vs. Marcus Hicks
Bryan Baker vs. Jesse Forbes
Coty Wheeler vs. TBA

 

 

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes Participants Announced

8-28-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

New Season Premieres Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00pm on Spike TV 

From the mountains of Geelong, Australia to the potato farms of Rupert, Idaho to the bright lights of Hollywood, sixteen of the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters in the 170 lb. division have gathered from around the globe in Las Vegas for the new season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes. At stake is a six figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world. For the sixth season, premiering Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00pm ET/PT, UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra and former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes will serve as coaches. 

Hughes and Serra will fight each other in a UFC pay-per-view event after the series finale in December. The series will assume its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 10:00pm on September 26. 

The cast for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes”: Matt Arroyo, Daniel Barrera, Blake Bowman, Mac Danzig, Paul Georgieff, Richie Hightower, John Kolosci, Troy Mandaloniz, Billy Miles, Roman Mitichyan, Dorian Price, Jared Rollins, Ben Saunders, Joe Scarola, George Sotiropoulis, and Tommy Speer. 

During the six-week Ultimate Fighter competition, the sixteen men endured a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, muay thai, karate, boxing and wrestling. The intense competition between the fighters continued after they left the gym at The Ultimate Fighter House. These warriors were forced to live together, knowing that any day they might be forced to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon. 

In each episode, opponents from each team are selected to square off in battle, officially weighed in and then, in front of their teammates, coaches and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, face off in two five-minute rounds with a sudden death third round in the event of a draw. 

Over the first five seasons, the show has delivered approximately two million viewers each week, often beating the NBA, NHL and NCAA football and basketball regular season telecasts head-to-head on Thursday nights with men 18-34. 

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show's executive producers. Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, Sports & Specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV. 

Spike TV is available in 91.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: Pedro Rizzo, CJ Comu, Art of War 3

8-28-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-08-27T17_15_25-07_00

 

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman continues our preview of the Art of War 3 mixed martial arts show. This event will be held this Saturday, September 1, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and shown live on pay-per-view television.

 

We speak with former UFC heavyweight contender and current IFA heavyweight champion Pedro Rizzo, who defends his title against Jeff Monson in the main event at Art of War 3.

 

We also speak with CJ Comu, the chairman and CEO of SUN Sports & Entertainment Inc., the parent company of Art of War, about the business and media aspects of this event.

 

Also, make sure to check out my weekly boxing show, SecondsOut Radio. On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, at http://www.secondsout.com/radio/, we review the "Punchin' at the Paradise" fight card, which was held Friday, August 24, at the Utopia Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York, and which was shown in the US on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. After his fight, we spoke with 27-year-old cruiserweight Alfredo Escalera Jr. (15-0-1, 11 KOs), who survived a first round knockdown to take an eight-round decision over Harvey Jolly (6-5-1, 3 KOs). He is the son of the former world super featherweight champion Alfredo "Salsero" Escalera, who attended this fight. The main event featured welterweight Delvin Rodriguez (now 20-2-1, 1 ND, with 12 KOs) in his first fight back after being stopped by Jesse Feliciano in March. His opponent was Keenan Collins (12-2-1, 1 ND, 8 KOs). Rodriguez's attempted comeback fight proved to be anti-climactic, as the bout was halted after the second round due to a cut over Collins's left eye. The referee ruled that the cut was caused by an accidental head butt. Since the fight had not gone at least four rounds, it was declared a no decision. Video replays of the fight, however, seemed to indicate that the cut was caused by a right hand by Rodriguez, and showed no evidence of any head butt by Rodriguez. Controversy ensued, and Ron Scott Stevens, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, said he would review the video in the commission's offices this week. We spoke with Ron Scott Stevens after the fight about this controversy, and what the commission does, and does not, have the power to do in such instances. We also asked him about the proposed sanctioning of mixed martial arts in New York. As many people already know, the September 8 fight between Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga has been postponed after Vargas was found to be suffering from anemia. No new plans for this bout have yet been announced, although its promoters have said that they want to see it rescheduled. The 29-year-old Vargas had already announced that this was to have been his last fight, and that he was now going to become a promoter. Before the announcement of this fight's postponement, we spoke with Fernando Vargas on a media teleconference call this past week to get an idea of what he plans to do after he retires as an active fighter.

 

SecondsOut Radio is also free to hear, but you must register to gain access to it, at http://www.secondsout.com/radio.

 

 

UFC 74 - Fighter Prize Money

8-28-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

Fighter payouts as reported by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  This does not include signing bonuses, sponsorships, pay-per-view percentages and other payments.


Randy Couture - $250,000 

Gabriel Gonzaga - $45,000
Georges St. Pierre - $140,000
Josh Koscheck - $10,000
Roger Huerta - $34,000 
Alberto Crane - $4,000
Joe Stevenson - $32,000
Kurt Pellegrino - $8,000
Patrick Cote - $24,000 
Kendall Grove - $12,000
Renato “Babalu” Sobral - $50,000 (The NSAC is withholding $25,000 from Babalu)
David Heath - $6,000
Frank Mir - $66,000
Antoni Hardonk - $8,000
Thales Leites - $18,000
Ryan Jensen - $4,000
Clay Guida - $14,000
Marcus Aurelio - $30,000

Total fighter payroll: $761,000

 

 

SHOXC - Elite Challenger Series Results
8-26-2007, PNW

Denver, CO


From the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi.


1. Umar Love defeated Brendan Tierney by rear naked choke at 4:08 of rd 1.
2. Hector Urbina defeated Ray Lazama by unanimous decision.
3. Jon Murphy defeated David Huckaba by KO at :019 of rd 2. 
4. Seth Kleinbeck defeated Jaime Jara by TKO from strikes at 4:59 of rd 2.
5. Victor Valenzuela defeated Charles Bennett by submission from strikes at 3:23 of rd 1.

 

 

UFC 74 - Live Results

8-25-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

 

From the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Preliminary Bouts:

Clay Guida defeated Marcus Aurelio by split decision.
Thales Leites defeated Ryan Jensen by arm bar at 3:47 of rd 1.
Frank Mir defeated Antoni Hardonk by Kimura at 1:17 of rd 1.
Renato "Babalu" Sobral defeated David Heath by choke at 3:30 of rd 2.

Main Card Bouts:

Patrick Cote defeated Kendall Grove by TKO at 4:45 of rd 1. 

Joe Stevenson defeated Kurt Pellegrino by unanimous decision.

Roger Huerta defeated Alberto Crane by TKO at 1:50 of rd 3. 

Georges St. Pierre defeated Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision.

Randy Couture defeated Gabriel Gonzaga by TKO from strikes at 1:37 of rd 3.

 

 

HIGH COUNTRY HARLEY presents RING OF FIRE 30: DOMINATION!! 

8-25-2007

Denver, CO

 

RING OF FIRE 30 MAIN CARD ANNOUNCED!


ROF promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy to announce the fight card for ROF 30: DOMINATION . The 12 bout MMA event will take place on Saturday, September 15th 2007 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado. 

UFC, K-1 and Strikeforce veteran, Duane BANG! Ludwig headlines a talent packed fight card. The card will have International appeal with fighters coming from 3 countries including multiple UFC veterans.

Also, for the second time in the seven year history of the promotion, all matches will take place in a cage instead of a ring. " We took a poll at the April event, when we first used the cage, and the response was overwhelming." said promoter Sven Bean. "I would say at least 95 percent of the fans were in favor of it, so I can pretty much say that the cage is here to stay".

Main Event: ROF USA vs. ROF Europe
Last year ROF opened it's European branch in Belgrade, Serbia. The inaugural event was a huge success and was covered in both the European versions of Playboy and Maxim magazines. In February of this year the first ROF European fighter, Damir made his US debut. At ROF 30 that tradition continues as Serbian fighter Dragan Bakula will represent ROF Europe. Bakula, who bring 3-0 MMA record combined with over 20 boxing matches, will be facing one of the most feared strikers in the sport. Duane BANG! Ludwig will represent ROF USA and is looking forward to the match up. "The guy is good. He has great hand speed and punching power and has won all of his mma fights. It's hard to tell how good his ground game is but the European fighters are such good athletes that they are always dangerous. He only has a couple losses in boxing also so I am excited to fight him. I love fighting at home, but besides just representing Colorado, I'm representing the US here too. It adds some pressure for sure, but that will just make me train harder!" said Ludwig. 

205 lb CHAMPIONSHIP
It has been said you are not a champion when you win the belt, rather you are a true champion when you defend it. ROF Light Heavyweight Champion Eliot FIRE Marshall couldn't agree more. The BJJ Blackbelt added ROF champ to his long list of credentials in April when he defeated Marcus Sursa via submission. The task of defending the belt will not be an easy one as faces his toughest challenge to date. Canadian Rob MAXIMUS McDonald is a 3 time UFC veteran and appeared on season 2 of the Ultimate Fighter television series. Macdonald was the 2002, 2003, 2004 Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. In 2003, he was ranked #2 by the IKF in Kickboxing (amateur) and has an extensive wrestling background. "I have been training harder than ever for this fight and I look at this as the biggest fight of my career thus far. Eliot Marshall is the real deal, his credentials in the fight world and BJJ world speak for themselves. Myself and my trainers Shah Franco and Brian Bynoe have put together a great game plan for success and with hard work I'm confident it will pay off. I really just want to be the best fighter in the world and reach my potential as an athlete. Winning the Ring of Fire title and fighting quality opponents like Eliot bring me closer to that goal." 

115 lb FEATURE BOUT
Women's combat sports has shown an incredible increase in fan support in the last few years. Promotions such as Strikeforce, Elite XC and Bodog Fights have consistently featured female athletes. Recently the Oxygen Channel contributed with the reality based program Fight Girls. One of the stars of that series, Michelle Waterson will return to MMA competition at ROF 30. Waterson is known as much for her good looks as for her fighting ability. Her nickname "The Karate Hotty" comes from her work as a Hooters girl and bikini model. But don't judge the book by the cover, Waterson can fight. She has been trained in the martial arts from an early age progressing from Kung Fu to Muay Thai, and eventually BJJ and MMA. While based in Denver, she trains her ground game at Team Jackson's in Albuquerque, NM. Currently 1-1 in MMA, Waterson is hoping to continue to represent MMA in a positive way for women all over the world. Her opponent also has a base in Muay Thai but has progressed to MMA. Action MMA fighter Jaime Cook relies heavily on her stand up skills but is also very comfortable on the ground. She has a perfect 2-0 record in MMA. She has finished both opponents by TKO, with one having a 30 lb weight advantage. Cook is also the sparring partner and teammate of top ranked Bodog fighter Shayna Baszler. 

175 lb FEATURE BOUT
UFC veteran Chad Reiner has a reputation for being one of the hardest workers in the industry. He prides himself on his conditioning and feels that is his strongest weapon in the cage. This was very evident in his ROF 24 performance against Jay Jack. Reiner was non stop in a punishing attack that gave him a unanimous decision after 3 rounds. He credits his time in the marines for instilling his work ethic while training. Reiners record is an outstanding 18-4 and is a VFC Champion. Chilo Gonzalez has a love- hate relationship with the fans. Half the crowd wants to see him win, the other to see him lose, but none the less they come to see him. He can appear brash, and often times even disrespectful to his opponents. It's all part of the game to Gonzalez however and see's it as a way to get into his opponents head. When asked about his opponent, true to character he responded " He is a really good fighter. I respect his wrestling but I just wonder how many teeth he is willing to lose before he gives up a submission!". Gonzalez is a WEC veteran with tremendous athletic ability. He has had an up and down career but always brings aggression, intensity and tenacity in the cage. Gonzalez normally fights at middleweight and Reiner prefers welterweight so a catch weight of 175 lbs was agreed upon for the bout. 

265 lb FEATURE BOUT
ROF has long been known as a launch pad for fighters careers. But it has also been known mostly for the lower weight classes. That is all about to change on September 15th. One of the most athletic heavyweights in the game will make his long awaited ROF debut. Shane MONSTER Carwin is a NCAA Division II National Wrestling Champion , 3 time NCAA Division II Wrestling All-American and a 2 time NCAA Division II Football All-American. He stand 6'4" tall and weighs 265 lbs. He also has a perfect 5-0 record in MMA. Once you get past the sheer size of Carwin, you would be hard pressed to believe he is a fighter. The "gentle giant" is very calm, polite and respectful... unless you happen to be standing across the cage from him. Once the cage door closes and the bell rings the Monster comes out. None of his previous 5 matches have made it past the first round and he has finished all of his opponents. Rick NOTORIOUS Slaton has a bit of a bad reputation. Slaton was part of the now infamous Ultimate Athlete show in 2002 . He has also had his fair share of scrapes with the law, but has since seen the error of his ways. With a new outlook and a fresh start Rick is ready to take the MMA world by storm. He has channeled his energy into training and wants to make a serious run at becoming a threat in the heavyweight division. Rick has sought out some of the best trainers in the San Diego area to help improve his game. His last fight was in October of 2006 where scored a TKO victory at the Total Combat 17 event. Life is all about second chances, but the Badboy has a mountain to climb and a monster to slay to fulfill his dream. 

UNDERCARD BOUTS

The preliminary and undercard matches will round out an amazing night of fights. Some of the best up and coming fighters in the region are featured including Brandon Thatch, Cody Donovan, Kenneth Seegrist, Jesse Henely, Seth Bregman, Brad Fox, Jason Ramstedder, Ralston Baker and Sean Doherty. 

WORLD CLASS ARENA
The 45 million dollar Broomfield Event Center opened in November of 2006. It is home to the Colorado RAGE hockey team and the Colorado 14ers basketball franchise. The facility is state of the art and there is not a bad seat in the house. 

 

 

UFC 74 Party in Denver tonight!! 

8-25-2007

Denver, CO

This Saturday night all Denver sports fans are invited to UFC 74: RESPECT party at CHAMPPS Sports Bar hosted by RING OF FIRE. 

ABOUT THE PPV EVENT:  COUTURE TAKES ON GONZAGA IN FIRST TITLE DEFENSE ST-PIERRE RETURNS TO TAKE ON KOSCHECK.

Fight fans around the world watched Randy "The Natural" Couture as he dominated Tim Sylvia for five straight rounds to become the only man ever to win the UFC World Heavyweight title three times. Seven weeks later, millions watched in awe as Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga landed a devastating knockout over Mirko "Cro Cop", one of the most skilled and feared heavyweights in the world. Having earned the respect of sports fans everywhere, both Couture and Gonzaga -- the two best heavyweights in the UFC - - will now face each other in one of the most anticipated title fights in history. The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization presents UFC 74: RESPECT featuring the championship main event Couture vs. Gonzaga and the special feature Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck, live from Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, August 25.

In a special feature, Georges "Rush" St-Pierre will return to the Octagon for the first time since his unexpected loss to Matt "The Terror" Serra at UFC 69. Fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and holding a record of 13 wins and 2 losses -- the first to Matt Hughes and the second to Serra -- the former welterweight champion is anxious to deploy his explosive fighting techniques and reinstate his winning ways at UFC 74.

Meet The Coors Light Silver Bullet Girls!!
The COORS LIGHT SILVER BULLET girls will be hand at the party as well. They will be offering chances to win the COORS LIGHT ULTIMATE RING OF FIRE EXPERIENCE. A package that includes a limo ride with the girls to ROF 30 DOMINATION, backstage passes to event, meet and greet passes, etc. But best of all the winners will get to sit ringside in recliners at ROF 30, all the while being served cold Coors Light and Brothers BBQ from the Silver Bullet Girls!! 
Come down, watch the fights, meet the girls, and get signed up to win The COORS LIGHT ULTIMATE RING OF FIRE EXPERIENCE!!


OFFICIAL ROF PARTY LOCATION: CHAMPPS
Champps philosophy is simple. Make burgers from scratch and pile them high. Fill our bar with TV's and turn the volume up for games/fights. Bring in a DJ and have a party every night!!! 


Directions: CHAMPPS Aspen Grove is located at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive inside the Aspen Grove shopping center. For more info please call 303.707.0333

 

 

UFC  74 - Official Weigh-In Results

8-25-2007

Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
(Pay-Per-View 10pm ET / 7pm PT)

 

Preliminary bouts:

Marcus Aurelio (155) vs. Clay Guida (155)
Thales Leites (188) vs. Ryan Jensen (185)
Antoni Hardonk (244) vs. Frank Mir (255)
Renato "Babalu" Sobral (204) vs. David Heath (205)

Main Card:
Roger Huerta (155) vs. Alberto Crane (155)
Kendall Grove (184) vs. Patrick Cote (184.5)
Joe Stevenson (155) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (155)
Georges St. Pierre (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (170)

 

 

UFC 74 "Respect" - Final Fight Card 

8-22-2007, Denver, CO
Event date: Saturday, August 25, 2007, 7pm PT / 10pm ET, PPV Live Event
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV


Main bouts:
Heavyweight: Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga 
Lightweight: Roger Huerta vs. Alberto Crane 
Welterweight: Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck 
Lightweight: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Joe Stevenson 
Middleweight: Patrick Cote vs. Kendall Grove

 

Preliminary bouts:
Middleweight: Ryan Jensen vs. Thales Leites 
Light Heavyweights: Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. David Heath 
Lightweight: Marcus Aurelio vs. Clay Guida 
Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Antoni Hardonk 

 

 

UFC 77 HOSTILE TERRITORY - UFC Heads to Cincinnati
8-22-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

UFC® MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - ANDERSON “THE SPIDER” SILVA vs. RICH “ACE” FRANKLIN 

HEAVYWEIGHT FEATURE - TIM “THE MAINE-IAC” SYLVIA vs. BRANDON “THE TRUTH” VERA 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 LIVE FROM U.S. BANK ARENA

Tickets Go on Sale Sunday, Aug. 26 at 10am ET

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced that UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva will travel to the hometown of the man he took the title from, Rich “Ace” Franklin, to defend his crown against the popular former titlist in a highly anticipated rematch entitled UFC 77: HOSTILE TERRITORY. This event will take place at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, October 20. UFC 77 marks the UFC’s second fight in Ohio this year, and its first fight ever in Cincinnati. 

“Anderson Silva has shown he is probably one of the most deadly 185 pounders we’ve ever seen,” said Dana White, UFC President, “and he has shown no signs of slowing down in his two fights since beating Rich Franklin last year. But Rich told me that he has never trained harder for a fight than he is for this one, and he is determined to not only win his title back, but to do so in front of his hometown fans on October 20th.”

Tickets for UFC 77: HOSTILE TERRITORY go on sale Sunday, August 26 at 10am ET with prices starting at $50. The fastest and most convenient way to purchase tickets is by visiting the Ticketmaster Web site at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, or by calling Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at 513-562-4949. Tickets are also available at the U.S. Bank Arena Arena Box Office, and online through www.usbankarena.com and www.ufc.com. 

UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wed., Aug. 22 at 10am ET via the website www.ufc.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Friday, August 24 starting at 10:00am ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through www.ufc.com. 

UFC 77: HOSTILE TERRITORY is available live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95 ($39.99 CAD) and $49.95 for HD where available.

After a devastating first round loss to Silva in their Middleweight title bout in October of 2006, Franklin has spent the last year training, fighting hard, and winning in order to get back to the number one contender’s spot. Meanwhile, Silva, the reigning and defending champion, has fought and won twice since taking the belt from Franklin, and his plans for UFC 77 involve defending his title and spoiling his challenger’s homecoming.

Silva (19-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, is an extremely well-rounded fighter with phenomenal striking skills as well as a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After defeating Chris Leben and Franklin in the first round in his first two UFC fights, “The Spider” took on Travis Lutter in February in what was supposed to be his first title defense, but Lutter fell short of making weight by a half-pound. As a result, their fight was altered to a three-round non-championship bout, but Silva still finished Lutter by submission at 2:11 of the second round. Silva then took on Nathan Marquardt at UFC 73 in July and finally got his first successful title defense under his belt with an impressive first round TKO win. 

Franklin (24-2) fought a good portion of his career as a light heavyweight before moving to the middleweight division. At UFC 53, he stopped UFC champion Evan Tanner to capture the middleweight crown. He made his first title defense against Nate Quarry at UFC 56, winning by first round KO, and his second defense against Canadian David Loiseau at UFC 58 showed his championship heart as he won a five round decision despite fighting much of the fight with a broken hand. Franklin faced Anderson Silva in his third UFC title defense, but was stopped by the Brazilian in the first round. At UFC 68 in March, he returned to the Octagon™, and in front of his home state crowd, stopped Jason MacDonald at the start of the second round. At UFC 72, Franklin defeated Yushin Okami by unanimous decision to earn a rematch with Silva and a shot at redemption. 

Also on the UFC 77 card will be a heavyweight matchup between former UFC Champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia and unbeaten Brandon “The Truth” Vera. This fight will mark the first fight for Vera since a contract dispute with former management sidelined him for almost a year. The dynamic Vera (8-0) is excited to get back in the Octagon, and he expects to pick up where he left off last year by defeating Sylvia and every opponent afterward until he becomes the UFC heavyweight champion. The 6 foot 8 Sylvia (25-3), only the second man in UFC history to win the heavyweight title twice, would like to eventually join the man he lost the crown to in March, Randy Couture, as the only fighters in history to win the title three times. A win over Vera will push him firmly in that positive direction.

For more information about UFC 77 or any upcoming UFC event, visit www.ufc.com or uk.ufc.com. All bouts are live and subject to change.

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: Kid Peligro on the BJJ Worlds

8-22-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the third this week, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Kid Peligro, a senior editor at the ADCC News
(
http://www.adcombat.com) and also our correspondent on NO HOLDS BARRED.

The subject is the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (
http:// www.ibjjf.org/), which is organized by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. This event will be held Thursday, August 23, through Sunday, August 26, at the Pyramid on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, in Long Beach, CA. Over 1700 competitors have already registered to compete.

This event, better known simply as the Mundial, is being held for the first time in the US. It will feature the best in the world in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is the key foundation of mixed martial arts.

Kid explains the significance of this prestigious event and lets us know what to expect and who to watch, especially in the various weight classes of the black belt division.

To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click one of the links below and just press the play button on the player:

http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-08-21T21_28_32-07_00

http://www.nowpublic.com/no-holds-barred-kid-peligro-bjj-worlds

 

 

bodogFIGHT -  New Jersey Event Makes Broadcast Premiere Tonight!

8-21-2007, PNW

Denver, CO


After crossing the frozen tundra of St. Petersburg, Russia, and storming the beaches of Costa Rica, the hardest-hitting show on TV is infiltrating the home of The Sopranos and Goodfellas ... and you better not fuggedaboutit!

Bodog Fight: New Jersey marks the mixed martial arts series debut on American soil. Filmed in Trenton, the show features two championship fights, with Trevor Prangley taking on Japanese superstar Yuki Kondo for the middleweight belt and Tara LaRosa squaring off against Kelly Kobold for the women's 135lb title. 

The first episode premieres in more than 90 million U.S. homes this Tuesday, August 21st at 11 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network, offering viewers a look at one of the sport's fastest rising stars.

Fight card:

HW: Mark Burch vs. Yoshiki Takahashi 
145lbs: David Love vs. Eben Oroz 
155lbs: Jorge Masvidalvs. Yves Edwards 
185lbs: Chael Sonnen vs. Amar Suloev 
HW: Branden Lee Hinkle vs. Roman Zentsov 
155lbs: Nick Agallar vs. James "Binky" Jones 
135lbs: Blair Tugman vs. Dan Hawley 
185lbs: Trevor Prangley vs. Yuki Kondo 
135lbs: Tara LaRosa vs. Kelly Kobold 
170lbs: Eddie Alvarez vs. Matt Lee 

 

 

IFL - Announces New TV Deals

8-21-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

 

The International Fight League, the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and Alfred Haber Distribution (AHDI) today announced the addition of another three territories to their fast-growing international television network. “IFL Battleground” and “IFL Fight Night” will be carried by EGO in Israel and TV4 in Sweden and licensed by ABS-CBN in the Philippines, starting in September. These additions come after AHDI and the IFL announced their first Asian television deal with STAR on August 6. 

“Our television business has now grown steadily thanks to the combination of quality programming that tells the stories and shows our events to a mainstream audience, and the diligent work of AHDI,” said Gareb Shamus, IFL co-founder and CEO. “This additional Middle Eastern exposure, as well as the growth into Europe and the Philippines, is another sure sign that the IFL business model is growing soundly and that there is more good news to come for our television partners, our business partners and the growing number of MMA fans around the world.” 

ABS-CBN is the largest television channel in The Philippines, while EGO is one of the fastest growing private channels in Israel and TV4 is a top network in Sweden. The addition of these partners adds to an IFL TV platform that also includes all of the Middle East and parts of northern Africa on MBC, the leading free-to-air Pan-Arab news and entertainment channel in the region and CanWest Global in Canada, who is distributing the shows on their Global X-Treme Sports Channel. Those are in addition to STAR and almost 60 countries in Asia, and the IFL’s United States deals with “IFL Battleground,” hosted by Tiffany Fallon and Bas Rutten on MyNetwork TV (Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific/7 p.m. Central) and “Fight Night” (Fridays at 11 p.m. on FSN). IFL programming is also seen worldwide on Armed Forces Network.

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: L. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated

8-21-2007

Denver, CO

http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-08-20T16_03_43-07_00

 

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second this week, host Eddie Goldman speaks with L. Jon Wertheim, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated.

 

The May 28, 2007, edition of Sports Illustrated featured a groundbreaking and positive cover story on mixed martial arts and UFC, written by Jon, called "The New Main Event".

 

In a lengthy interview, we discuss this story, mixed martial arts and UFC in general, what his plans are for covering mixed martial arts, and where this sport and its organizations may be headed.

 

Also, make sure to check out my weekly boxing show, SecondsOut Radio. On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, at http://www.secondsout.com/radio/, we preview the title defense by WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KOs) against challenger Samuel Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) at New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 6, which will be televised live in the US on Showtime. At a prefight news conference at the Garden, we spoke with a confident Oleg Maskaev and his trainer, Victor Valle Jr. We also spoke with an equally confident Samuel Peter and the legendary trainer Lou Duva. We spoke with former champion Jose Antonio Rivera (38-5-1, 24 KOs), who fights another former champion, Daniel Santos (30-3-1, 21 KOs), in a super welterweight co-feature on this card. We spoke with promoter Don King, who as always had a lot to say about this card. And we got a comment from activist and former Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton, who attended this news conference, about why he thinks boxing is a good sport for youth.

 

 

K-1 World Max 2007 - World Championship Final Brackets Announced

8-20-2007, Denver, CO PNW

Event date: October 3, 2007
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan

Fight card:


Bout 1 - Tournament Reserve Bout: Daniel Dawson (Shoot Boxing) vs. Sofian Allouache (BC Bagnolet)
Bout 2 - Tournament Reserve Bout: Takayuki Kohiruimaki (Team Dragon) vs. Virgil Kalakoda (MMA Academy)
Bout 3 - Tournament Bout - Bracket A: Andy Souwer (Shooto Boxing Holland) vs. Drago (Show Time)
Bout 4 - Tournament Bout - Bracket A: Alberto Kraus (Team Super Pro) vs. Yoshihiro Sato (Nagoya JK Factory) 
Bout 5 - Tournament Bout - Bracket B: Mike Zambidis (Mega Gym) vs. Artur Kyshenko (Captain Odessa) 
Bout 6 - Tournament Bout - Bracket B: Buakaw Por. Pramuk (Por.Pramuk Gym) vs. Masato (Silver Wolf)
Bout 7 - Tournament Semi-Final Bout - Bracket A: Winners of Bracket A
Bout 8 - Tournament Semi-Final Bout - Bracket B: Winners of Bracket B
Bout 9 - 2007 K-1 Max Tournament Final: Winner of Bracket A vs. Winner of Bracket B

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: Dr. Margaret Goodman on Boxing's Watergate

8-20-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

On this special edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist and former chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, about the scandal which may become boxing's equivalent of Watergate. (This was the first part of a two-part interview, which first appeared thispast week on SecondsOut Radio, at
http://www.secondsout.com/radio/.
The second part, about steroids and other issues in mixed martial arts, appeared last week on NO HOLDS BARRED.)

On July 30, The New York Times ran an investigative report entitled "In Boxing's Underbelly, a Blind Eye to Fighters' Health" (
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/30/sports/othersports/30boxing.html) by John Eligon and Duff Wilson. The piece documented numerous cases where boxers had been given questionable medical clearance to fight, and even had fraudulent medical forms submitted on their behalf to various
state athletic commissions for supposed medical examinations of them. Several of these fighters later died as a result of injuries suffered in those fights.

We discuss with Dr. Goodman this scandal in depth and the failure of so many state athletic commissions in the US to take proper and
reasonable measures to look after the safety and well-being of the fighters, as well as what must be done both in the short-term and the
long-term to protect fighters.

To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click one of the links below and just press the play button on the player:
http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-08-19T12_16_37-07_00
http://www.nowpublic.com/no-holds-barred-dr-margaret-goodman-boxings-watergate

You can also listen to it through the NO HOLDS BARRED blog, at
http://nhbnews.blogspot.com, and my MySpace page, at http://www.myspace.com/nhbnews, also by pressing the play button on the player.

 

 

TAP OR SNAP - Results

8-19-2007, Denver, CO, PNW

From the Douglas County Event Center in Castle Rock Colorado

 

1. Nick Macias defeated Vernon Garner by submission in rd 1.
2. Roberto Estrava defeated Dan Armintout by KO in rd 1.
3. John Guillen defeated Matt Gonzalez by choke in rd 1.
4. Josh Huber defeated Jamie Addie by armbar in rd 2.
5. Jason Brendon defeated James Mead by TKO from strikes in rd 1.
6. Liana Pezdirtz defeated Haley Young by choke in rd 1.
7. Tyler Freeland defeated Ryan Axtel by KO in rd 1. 
8. Danny Richards defeated Tony Wozny by armlock in rd 1.
9. Cameron Dollar defeated Jose Luis Murillo by KO in rd 1. 
10. Spencer Hooker defeated Matt DeWolfe by TKO in rd 1. 
11. Chris Camozzi defeated Aaron Truxell by rear choke in rd 1.
12. James Funny defeated Jeff Ford by TKO from strikes in rd 1.

 

 

ART OF WAR 3 - Team USA vs. Team Brazil
8-18-2007, Denver, CO, PNW
Event date: September 1, 2007 
American Airlines Center

Dallas, Texas


The hard-hitting action of mixed-martial arts fighting returns to the American Airlines Center on Saturday, September 1st, when ART OF WAR 3, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships features Team USA MMA vs Team Brazil MMA. Scheduled for the Main event is American and former UFC star Jeff "Snowman " Monson battling former UFC star the defending IFA World Heavyweight champion, Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo, of Brazil. 

This truly International fighting extravaganza, with ten bouts scheduled, is loaded with some of the World's best Mixed-Martial-Arts fighters ever assembled for one night. Headlining along with Monson for Team USA are MMA stars Jeremy Horn (has previously defeated UFC Champion, Chuck Liddel), and feared super heavyweight, Ron "H2O" Waterman. Team Brazil who is considered to be the best team in the world is represented for the first time by all three of the Brazilian Teams (Chute Boxe, Brazilian Top Team and Ruas Valetudo). 

ART OF WAR 3 begins at 7:00 pm, and can be seen LIVE on PPV!!! 

Tickets: $300 (VIP Cage-side), $100, $75, $50, $30. 

To order, call 972-392-1414 x103 or write tickets@sunorganization.com .

 

 

Wright’s Martial Arts Academy - Pancrase USA Affiliate News & Results
8-18-2007
Jacksonville, NC

 


Team Results:


James Wright (Owner Operator) :
Won New Bern Northeastern grappling tournament in March 07 (no gi division @ 178 lbs)
Won Ruckus in the Cage MMA fight in April 07

Anthony Ferro
2nd place - adult white belt, gi division, Southeast Grappling Classic July 28th

George Sotelo:
2nd place - adult white belt, no gi division, Southeast Grappling Classic July 28th
1st place - adult white belt, gi division, Southeast Grappling Classic
1st place - adult white belt, gi division, NA Combat Sports Championships
2nd place - adult white belt, no gi division, NA Combat Sports Championships

Aaron Powell:
1st place - intermediate, light heavyweight, no gi, Combat Sports Championships
1st place - blue belt, light heavyweight ,gi division,  Combat Sports Championships, 
1st place - blue belt, open division

 

 

IFL - Team Championship Rosters 

8-16-2007, Denver, CO PNW

Event date: 09-20-2007, 7:30pm

Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Hollywood, FL

The full rosters for the Finals follow. Bout order will be determined by coaches’ choice prior to the Official Weigh-in on September 19.

No. 4 Silverbacks (2-1 regular season team, 9-6 indiv.) vs. No. 2 Pitbulls (3-0, 10-5)
155 lb.: Bart Palaszewski (Wonder Lake, Ill.) (8-1 IFL, 28-8 overall) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (Lithuania) (2-0, 8-2)
170 lb.: TBD vs. Delson Heleno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (4-2, 11-3)
185 lb.: Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) (4-4, 10-5) vs. Fabio Leopoldo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (3-1, 5-2)
205 lb: Mike Ciesnolevicz (Williamstown, Pa.) (5-2, 13-2) vs. Jamal Patterson (Hoboken, N.J.) (3-1, 3-1)
265 lb.: Ben Rothwell (Milwaukee, Wis.) (7-0, 22-5) vs. Bryan Vetell (Jamaica, N.Y.) (2-2, 3-2)

Preliminary Bouts
155 lb.: Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) (3-2, 16-9-1) vs. Aaron Riley (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) (0-0, 23-9-1)
170 lb.: Brad Blackburn (Olympia, Wash.) (3-2, 10-9) vs. Travis Cox (Naples, Fla.) (0-0, 4-4)
205 lb.: Allan Goes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (3-1, 10-5-2) vs. Chris Baten (Tampa, Fla.) (0-0, 5-2)
265 lb.: Rolles Gracie (New York) (0-0, 0-0) vs. Seth Petruzelli (Orlando, Fla.) (0-0, 7-4)

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: Jeff Monson

8-15-2007, PNW

Denver, CO

http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-08-15T01_19_05-07_00

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second this week, host Eddie Goldman speaks with one of the hardest-working men in the combat sports, Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (http://www.myspace.com/jeffthesnowmanmonson), a member of American Top Team (http://www.americantopteam.com/) and a two-time ADCC (http://adcombat.com/) champion.

This Friday, August 17, Jeff will face former USWF (Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation) fighter Chris Guillen for the newly-created Global Fighting Championships (http://www.globalfightingchampionships.com/) heavyweight title on their mixed martial arts show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Just two weeks later, on Saturday, September 1, Jeff will face former UFC heavyweight contender Pedro Rizzo for the IFA heavyweight title in the main event of the Art of War 3 (http://www.artofwarlive.com) mixed martial arts show at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and on pay-per-view television.

Then, just about a week later on September 9, Jeff will hit the mats as part of USA Wrestling's (http://themat.com/) U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete at the first Grappling World Championships at the World Wrestling Games, hosted by FILA, the international wrestling federation, in Antalya, Turkey. The World Wrestling Games also features sombo, beach wrestling, and pankration.

We spoke at length with the peripatetic "Snowman" about his career, his prospects for winning three titles in two sports in a span of four weeks, and the relation between wrestling and both grappling and mixed martial arts. We also discussed some of Jeff's controversial political views, and how he sees their relation to the combat sports.

Also, make sure to check out my weekly boxing show, SecondsOut Radio. On this week's special edition of SecondsOut Radio, at http://www.secondsout.com/radio/, we speak with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist and former chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, about the scandal which may become boxing's equivalent of Watergate. On July 30, The New York Times ran an investigative report entitled "In Boxing's Underbelly, a Blind Eye to Fighters' Health" (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/30/sports/othersports/30boxing.html) by John Eligon and Duff Wilson. The piece documented numerous cases where boxers had been given questionable medical clearance to fight, and even had fraudulent medical forms submitted on their behalf to various state athletic commissions for supposed medical examinations of them. Several of these fighters later died as a result of injuries suffered in those fights. We discuss with Dr. Goodman this scandal in depth and the failure of so many state athletic commissions in the US to take proper and reasonable measures to look after the safety and well-being of the fighters, as well as what must be done both in the short-term and the long-term to protect fighters.

SecondsOut Radio is also free to hear, but you must register to gain access to it, at http://www.secondsout.com/radio.

Make sure to check out my regular articles on the ADCC News at http://www.adcombat.com and on FightBeat.com at http://fightbeat.com.

Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=150801513&s=143441.

 

 

Anderson, Townsend named coaches for historic first U.S. Grappling World Team

8-14-2007, PNW

Denver, CO


USA Wrestling, the national governing body for amateur wrestling, has named Bob Anderson of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Jason Townsend of Las Vegas, Nev. as coaches for the U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete in Antalya, Turkey on Sept. 9.

FILA, the international wrestling federation, has named Grappling (also known as submission wrestling) as an international wrestling style. This will be the first Grappling World Championships hosted by FILA, as part of the World Wrestling Games which also features Sombo, Beach Wrestling and Pankration.

“We are confident that the coaching staff assembled for this historic competition will provide athletes with a wonderful opportunity to reach the podium at the World Championships,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. “USA Wrestling is firmly committed to this program and all disciplines of international wrestling.”

Anderson and Townsend both have considerable experience in coaching Grappling and wrestling, and have been instrumental in the development of USA Wrestling’s new Grappling initiative.

The World Team Coaches will conduct a training camp for the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials champions at the NOLIMITS training center in Irvine, Calif. prior to the U.S. team’s departure to Turkey.

The coaches selected for the U.S. Grappling World Team were approved by USA Wrestling’s ad-hoc Grappling Committee.

Bob Anderson, Redondo Beach, Calif.

Anderson serves as the Head Wrestling Coach for No Limits Mixed Martial Arts, teaching wrestling and Grappling to the students there. No Limits athlete Don Ortega won the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials, and will represent the United States at the World Championships in Antalya.

He has a long history as a successful coach within amateur wrestling and the martial arts, including mentorship of numerous champion athletes in many styles.

“We will have a tough challenge at the Worlds with Brazil and other nations,” said Anderson. “The USA will be up for this challenge. We will show the Grappling world that America’s martial art is wrestling. I believe wholeheartedly that we have the athletes to win it.”

Anderson served on the coaching staff of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman Team which competed in Atlanta, Ga. He was also a coach on a number of U.S. World Teams. Anderson served on the coaching staff for the 2004 Greco-Roman World Cup as well as the 2002 Junior World Greco-Roman Championships. He served as a coach at the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival, and has coached U.S. teams in Italy, Romania, Guatemala and other nations.

He was the founder and director of the Junior Elite Wrestling Systems (JETS) club, which won 12 age-group national wrestling titles and developed dozens of All-Americans. Anderson is a Gold Certified Coach within USA Wrestling’s National Coaches Education Program, the highest coaching achievement in the sport.

Henderson coached U.S. Olympic Team Greco-Roman wrestlers Dan Henderson, Heath Sims and Jason Gleasman. Among the other top international wrestling stars he has mentored include Olympic and World champion Rulon Gardner and World Team member Randy Couture. Both Henderson and Couture have gone on to become champions in Mixed Martial Arts.

Anderson served as head wrestling coach for Kaahumanu Hou Christian School in Hawaii from 1992-2000. He also served as a coach at Adams State Univ. and El Camino JC, as well as a number of high schools in California.

He also has an extensive coaching career in Sombo, serving as the coach and a competitor for the 1977 Pan American Championships Sombo team, which won the team title in Mexico City, Mexico. He was also a coach with the 1979 U.S. Sombo World Team which competed in Madrid, Spain. During this time, he was a friend and mentor for the martial arts legend Hollis Gracie. Anderson is credited with developing the “Americana Arm Bar” submission hold. He also studied judo under respected coach Gene LaBelle.

He was a Veterans World freestyle wrestling champion in 2003 and Veterans World Greco-Roman runner-up in 2004. He competed in freestyle, Greco-Roman and Sombo on the national levels. Anderson won national titles within the U.S. Wrestling Federation, the AAU and the YMCA programs. 

Anderson competed in wrestling at Adams State, where he was an All-American in the NCAA Div. I Championships and the NAIA Championships. He was the first Adams State wrestler to be a Div. I All-American. Previously, he attended El Camino JC, where he was a two-time California Junior College state champion.

“I am excited to coach this U.S. team,” said Anderson. “To be able to go to the first World Championships and get back into what I did as an athlete and coach in the 1970’s is a great honor.”

Jason Townsend, Las Vegas, Nev.

Townsend is a Wrestling/Grappling Coach at Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas, Nev. working with Mixed Martial Arts legend Randy Couture, who was also a U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling World Team member.

He serves as Head Wrestling Coach at Marc Laimon’s Cobra Kai jiu-jitsu in Las Vegas, Nev. Cobra Kai jiu-jitsu placed two athletes in the finals of USA Wrestling Grappling World TeamTrials, runners-up Jeff Glover and Simpson Go. Glover will compete at the Grappling World Championships in Turkey.

“I am honored to be able to represent the USA as a coach of the first-ever U.S. Grappling World Team. It will be nice to use my knowledge of the rules to develop strategies, techniques and training methods necessary to defeat our foreign competition and bring home gold medals for the United States,” said Townsend.

Townsend serves as a member of the FILA World Grappling Committee, the group within international wrestling which manages Grappling worldwide. Within the committee, Townsend serves as Technical Director for coaches and officials education, as well as rules oversight. He is one of the authors of the FILA Grappling Rulebook.

He was the founder and President of the International Submission Wrestling Association, a Grappling organization that hosted competitions, as well as trained officials, coaches and athletes. With the ISWA, Townsend developed the rules of Grappling which have been adopted by FILA. The ISWA ceased operation after FILA and USA Wrestling adopted Grappling as a style of wrestling.

Townsend has been a key individual in putting together USA Wrestling’s existing Grappling program right from the start of organizational meetings this winter. 

Townsend served as an assistant wrestling coach at Cal-State Fullerton from 2000-2005. He was a varsity wrestler for Syracuse Univ. and Hofstra Univ. Townsend was a two-time Maryland state high school champion, and was an All-American in freestyle at the Junior Nationals and Espoir Nationals.

“This is huge for the development of Grappling as a legitimate international amateur sport,” said Townsend. “USA Wrestling has become a leader in the Grappling movement and a model for the implementation of this style into existing national wrestling federations around the world.”

 

 

K-1 World GP 2007 - "Battle at Bellagio" Results
8-12-2007, PNW

Denver, CO 
From the Bellagio Ballroom in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1. Tournament Reserve Bout: Doug Viney defeated Mahmoud "Mo" Fawzy by knockout at 2:08 of rd 1.
2. Tournament Bout: Alexandre Pitchkounov defeated Tsuyoshi Nakasako by unanimous decision.
3. Tournament Bout: Rick Cheek defeated Imani Lee by TKO from strikes at 1:52 of rd 3.
4. Tournament Bout: Patrick Barry defeated Rickard Nordstrand by KO at 2:15 of rd 2.
5. Tournament Bout: Zabit Samedov defeated Esh’Chadar Brown Tonwins by TKO at 1:05 of rd 2.
6. Super Fight: Ariel Mastov defeated Peter Vondracekwins by KO at 1:52 of rd 3.
7. Tournament Semi-Final Bout: *Doug Viney defeated Alexandre Pitchkounov by unanimous decision.

8. Tournament Semi-Final Bout:  Zabit Samedov defeated Patrick Barry by split decision. 
9. Super Fight: Stefan Leko defeated “Mighty Mo” Siligia by unanimous decision. 
10. Super Fight: Bjorn Bregy defeated Ray Sefo by split decision.
11. Tournament Final: Doug Viney defeated Zabit Samedov by unanimous decision.

 

*Viney replaced the injured Rick Cheek.

 

 

HEAT 4  -  Mega Battle Heat from Nagoya Results
8-12-2007, PNW

Denver, CO 

From the Aichi Gymnasium in Nagoya, Japan

MMA bouts:
1. Kazuhisa Tazawa defeated Goutoku Onda by submission at 1:04 of rd 1.
2. Takasuke Kume defeated Brother "YASHI"  by rear choke at 3:07 of rd 2.
3. Hiroshi Umemura defeated Seo Su In by rear choke at :52 of rd 1.
4. Katsuya Toida defeated Gustavo Coelho via unanimous decision.
5. Ikushisa Minowa defeated Choi Seung Hyun by armlock at 1:41 of rd 1.

Kickboxing bouts:
6. Little Mo defeated Danilo Zanolini via unanimous decision
7. Chinushi Masataka defeated Yuzo Matsumoto by KO at 2:01 of rd 2.
8. Alex Roberts defeated Mr. Kamikaze by KO at 2:34 of rd 2. 
9. Jotaro Usui defeated Cederick Copra by unanimous decision.
10. Lloyd Van Dams defeated Ryuta Noji by unanimous decision.
11. Tatsufumi Tomihara defeated Big Mo by unanimous decision. 

 

 

UFC 74 "Respect" - Fight Card

8-11-2007, Denver, CO PNW

Event date: Saturday, August 25, 2007
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV

 

Preliminary bouts:
Middleweight: Ryan Jensen vs. TBA 
Light Heavyweights: Renato Sobral vs. David Heath 
Lightweight: Marcus Aurelio vs. Clay Guida 
Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Antoni Hardonk 


Main card bouts: 
Heavyweight: Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga 
Lightweight: Roger Huerta vs. Alberto Crane 
Welterweight: Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck 
Lightweight: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Joe Stevenson 
Middleweight: Patrick Cote vs. Kendall Grove 

 


K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Las Vegas 

8-10-2007, Denver, CO PNW
Event Date: 08-11-2007 

Gates Open: PM5:00 Start : PM7:00
Place: Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Fight card: 
Stefan Leko vs Peter Vondrachek 
Rony Sefo vs Bjorn Bregy 
Siala-Mou Siligia vs Chalid Arrab  
Ariel Mastov vs Doug Viney 
Zabit Samedov vs Esh Chadar 
Patrick Barry vs Richard Nordstrand 
Alexander Pitchkounov vs Tsuyoshi Nakasako 

 

 

HIGH COUNTRY HARLEY presents RING OF FIRE 30: DOMINATION!! 

8-7-2007

Denver, CO


ROF promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy to announce that tickets are now on sale for ROF 30: DOMINATION!!. The 12 bout MMA event will take place on Saturday, September 15th 2007 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The event is presented by High Country Harley Davidson (www.highcou ntryharley.com) 

UFC, K-1 and Strikeforce veteran, Duane BANG! Ludwig headlines a talent packed fight card.

Ludwig will return to fight for his hometown crowd on the heels of his Showtime PPV appearance in June. Ludwig faced UK based fighter Paul Daley, and was on the recieving end of TKO at the end of the first round. "My timing was off, and I just couldn't seem to get my rythym going in that fight." Ludwig and Daley were the "swing" bout on the card, a spot that means you have to be ready to go at anytime during the event. "We were called on deck twice, and then brought back to the locker room. It kind of messed with me a bit." said Ludwig

BANG! won't have to wonder when his fight will be come September 15th. "I am just glad to get right back in there. And I always love to fight for Ring of Fire for the Colorado fans. They tend to bring out the best in me, and I always feel the pressure of not wanting to let them down. There is nothing like fighting in front of your friends and family. It is one of the best feelings in the world! I got right back to training, and I am feeling great. I am ready to let my hands go, and hopefully will be able to put on a good show for the ROF fans. They have always been there for me through thick and thin, and I plan to repay them on September 15th!"

The full fight card will be released next week. The card will have International appeal with fighters coming from 3 countries including multiple PPV veterans. Look for some big names along with the hottest new talent as well.

WORLD CLASS ARENA
The 45 million dollar Broomfield Event Center opened in November of 2006. It is home to the Colorado RAGE hockey team and the Colorado 14ers basketball franchise. The facility is state of the art and there is not a bad seat in the house. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at the Event Center Box Office, 
Charge by phone at 303-410-T I X S, or online at www. broomfieldeventcenter.com. Ticket Prices are $25.00, $35.00 and $55.00 for reserved seating (facilty fees not included).

As always if you would like to see the show in style 8 seat VIP tables or VIP Party Suites can be reserved at 303- 246-5237

 

 

IFL, Alfred Haber Distribution Announce First International TV Sale in Asia to Star TV 
8-7-2007

Denver, CO

“IFL Battleground” and “IFL Fight Night” broadcasts to be seen in an additional 50 countries in the Far East 

The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and Alfred Haber Distribution (AHDI) today announced the addition of Star TV as the IFL’s first television partner in Asia. Star will carry IFL programming on it’s Star Sports platform, available in over 50 countries to a viewership of over 300 million. 

“The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has a storied history in Asia, and we are very eager for such a large fan base to be able to see the IFL on a regular basis,” said Gareb Shamus, IFL co-founder and CEO. “The combination of our rising stars with our legendary coaches, many of whom are already household names in Asia, will make for very exciting programming for this important, emerging fan base.” 

Star TV adds to an IFL TV platform that also includes most of the Middle East and parts of northern Africa on MBC, the leading free-to-air Pan-Arab news and entertainment channel in the region and CanWest Global in Canada, who is distributing the shows on their Global X-Treme Sports Channel. Those are in addition to the IFL’s United States deals with “IFL Battleground,” hosted by Tiffany Fallon and Bas Rutten on MyNetwork TV (Mondays at 8 p.m. eastern and pacific/7 p.m. central) and “Fight Night” (Fridays at 11:00 p.m. on FSN). IFL programming is also seen worldwide on Armed Forces Network.

 

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: Antonio McKee, Ben Rothwell, Benji Radach, Renzo Gracie, Pat Miletich, Ken Yasuda, Randy Gordon, Gerald Harris, Alex Schoenauer, IFL Semis Review

8-6-2007

Denver, CO

http://nhbnews.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-08-05T17_59_02-07_00

On this packed edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman reviews the 2007 International Fight League (IFL) World Championship Semifinals, which were held Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. On that card, the New York Pitbulls defeated the Tokyo Sabres by a score of three fights to two, and the defending IFL team champions, the Quad City Silverbacks, bested the Los Angeles Anacondas four fights to one. Both the Pitbulls and Silverbacks thus advance to the IFL World Team Championship, set for September 20 in Hollywood, Florida.

Right after the fights, we spoke with several fighters and coaches from that event, and, as always, discussed a number of issues and hot topics in the mixed martial arts and the combat sports.

We spoke with Randy Gordon, former editor of The Ring magazine and chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1988 to 1995, who also now has a show on Sirius Satellite Radio (http://www.sirius.com) called Fight Club. We discussed why he has gone from being an opponent of the mixed martial arts to becoming an outspoken advocate for the sport, the prospects for New York finally legalizing MMA, and just who it was who helped him change his mind.

We spoke with Antonio McKee (http://www.myspace.com/antimck), welterweight fighter for the Sabres, about his split decision victory over Delson Heleno of the Pitbulls. We also discussed in depth his work with underprivileged children through his organization, Fight for Kids.

We spoke with Ben Rothwell, heavyweight for the Silverbacks, whose 13-second knockout of Krzysztof Soszynski of the Anacondas set a new IFL record for the quickest knockout. We spoke with middleweight Benji Radach of the Anacondas, who defeated Gerald Harris of the Silverbacks by a TKO at 3:03 of the first round. We also spoke with Gerald Harris about this fight and his plans. And we spoke with Alex Schoenauer, light heavyweight of the Anacondas, who lost a controversial three-round split decision to Mike Ciesnolevicz of the Silverbacks.

Plus, we spoke with victorious coaches Renzo Gracie of the Pitbulls and Pat Miletich of the Silverbacks about how they analyzed their teams' performances in the semifinals and what to expect in the finals. And we spoke with Ken Yasuda of the Sabres about the semifinals and what to expect next season.

You can read the full results of this event at http://adcombat.com/Article.asp?Article_ID=13585.

Also, make sure to check out my weekly boxing show, SecondsOut Radio. On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio (which will be posted shortly if it is not up when you read this), we begin by discussing this past Saturday's fight between Israel Vazquez (42-4, 32 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (37-4, 33 KOs) at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, and shown live in the US on Showtime. In this fight, a rematch from their first battle in March of this year won by Marquez by TKO after seven rounds, Vazquez avenged that defeat by stopping Marquez in the sixth round, and recapturing the WBC super bantamweight title. The nonstop action and brutally accurate punching of both men make this a certain fight of the year candidate.

We next preview the fight between the reigning middleweight world champion, Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs), and the undefeated top challenger, Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KOs), which will be held Saturday, September 29, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and shown in the US on HBO. We spoke about this upcoming bout with both Taylor and Pavlik this past week at a New York news conference. We also got comments on what to expect from Iran Barkley, the former middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight world champion, and Emanuel Steward, who trains Taylor.

SecondsOut Radio is also free to hear, but you must register to gain access to it, at http://www.secondsout.com/radio.

Make sure to check out my regular articles on the ADCC News at http://www.adcombat.com and on FightBeat.com at http://fightbeat.com.

 

 

WEC: Live Results - Condit keeps welterweight title, Filho takes middleweight crown!

8-6-2007, Denver, CO

 

From the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Preliminary Bouts: 

Blas Avena defeated Tiki Ghosn by rear Naked Choke) at 1:01 of rd 1.
Steven Cantwell defeated Justin McElfresh by TKO from strikes at 0:47 of rd 1.
Eric Schambari defeated Logan Clark by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Antonio Banuelos defeated Justin Robbins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Hiromitsu Miura def. Fernando Gonzalez by strikes at 3:35 of rd 2.

Main Card Bouts:

Jamie Varner defeated Sherron Leggett by TKO from strikes at 4:08 of rd 1.
Jeff Curran defeated Stephen Ledbetter by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)


Middleweight Title Bout:

Paulo Filho defeated Joe Doerksen by TKO from strikes at 4:07 of rd 1.

Welterweight Title Bout: 

Carlos Condit defeated Brock Larson by armbar at 2:21 of rd 1.

 

 

K-1 Hong Kong GP 2007 - Results

8-5-2007, Denver, CO

From the Asia World Expo Arena in Hong Kong.

Reserve Bout: 

Elhan Dennis (Turkey) defeated Dong Wook Kim (Korea) by KO in rd 2.

ASIA GP Quarter Final Bouts:
Wang Qiang (China) defeated  Randy Kim (S. Korea) by KO in rd 2.
Yusuke Fujimoto (Japan) defeated Hong Jian (China) by unanimous decision.
Taiei Kin (Japan) defeated Sentoryu (U.S.A.) by KO.

Musashi (Japan) defeated Yong Soo Park (S. Korea) by KO in rd 2.

Super Fight: 

Peter Aerts (Holland) defeated Nicholas Pettas (Denmark) by KO in rd 2.

Semi Final Bouts: 

Taiei Kin (Japan) defeated Yusuke Fujimoto (Japan) by KO in rd 2.
Wang Qiang (China) vs Musashi (Japan) -  Musashi out due to injury.  Qiang progresses to finals.

Super Fight: 

Badr Hari (Morocco) defeated Peter Graham (Australia) by decision.

Super Fight: 

Hong-Man Choi (S. Korea) defeated Gary Goodridge (Trinidad and Tobago) by KO in rd 1.

Grand Prix Tournament Final: 

Tournament finalists Musashi and Taiei Kin were injured and unable to continue. 

Replacement Bout - Yusuke Fujimoto (Japan) defeated Wang Qiang (China) by KO in rd 1.

 

 

WEC - World Extreme Cagefighting Tomorrow

8-4-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: 08-05-2007, LIVE from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino August 5th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Live on Versus TV at 9:00 pm ET
Tickets on sale now! Available through Ticketmaster and the box office for The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.


Fight Card:
Carlos Condit Vs. Brock Larson 
Paulo Filho Vs. Joe Doerksen 
Stephen Ledbetter Vs. Jeff Curran 
Sherron Leggett Vs. Jamie Varner 
Fernando Gonzalez Vs. Hiromitsu Miura 
Justin Robbins Vs. Antonio Banuelos 
Logan Clark Vs. Eric Schambari 
Blas Avena Vs. Tiki Ghosn 
Steve Cantwell Vs. Justin McElfresh 

 

 

UFC Wins Trademark Suit Against TFA
8-4-2007

Denver, CO

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization, announced today that the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an Order granting Zuffa’s Motion for Summary Judgment regarding Federal claims of Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition against Total Fighting Alliance (“TFA”) and Todd Meacham Promotions.

The Court also issued a permanent injunction against TFA prohibiting TFA from any use of the Octagon™ competition mat, the Octagon™ cage and/or the Octagon™ logo in promoting mixed martial arts events, its website or merchandise. The Court found as a matter of law that the octagonal-shaped competition mat and fighting enclosure are distinctive trademarks and trade dress, have acquired secondary meaning and are inextricably linked with Zuffa and the UFC brand in the marketplace. The Court further determined that it was indisputable as a matter of law that TFA and Todd Meacham’s unauthorized and unlicensed use of an octagon-shaped cage and logo constituted Federal trademark infringement and unfair competition in violation of Zuffa’s rights.

Dana White, UFC President, stated he is pleased with the court’s decision. “Everyone in this business knows that we vigorously defend our intellectual property rights,” said White. “We gave the TFA organization every opportunity to resolve this matter outside of Federal court, but Todd Meacham chose to invite high-cost litigation and burden our Federal courts with baseless defenses that were quickly disregarded by the District Court.” White added, “This strong and decisive victory for Zuffa sends a message that anyone attempting to illegally pass themselves off as being associated with the UFC, or that improperly uses our intellectual property, will be sued.”

In May 2006, Zuffa brought federal and state claims against TFA for trademark infringement, trademark dilution and unfair competition. On August 14, 2006, Zuffa also sought and received a preliminary injunction enjoining TFA from using an octagonal chain linked fence, an octagonal competition mat and from using an octagonal logo in the promotion of its events and merchandising. On July 2, 2007, Zuffa filed the instant Motions for Summary Judgment and for a Permanent Injunction against TFA, both of which were granted. It should be noted that Summary Judgment is not granted lightly by the courts. In this instance, the District Court decided that, as a matter of law, the defendants’ use of the octagonal mat and logo created a likelihood of confusion among MMA consumers that TFA events were somehow affiliated with, sponsored by or licensed by Zuffa or otherwise related to the UFC brand.

The octagonal competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks and/or trade dress of Zuffa, LLC and are symbolic of the highest quality mixed martial arts events presented under the Ultimate Fighting Championship brand name. In 1993, UFC events were the first to feature an eight-sided competition configuration which has become known worldwide as “the UFC Octagon” trademark.

The UFC Octagon trademark has become inherently associated with Zuffa and the UFC brand name among mixed martial arts consumers, other mixed martial arts organizations and the national media. The UFC Octagon is regularly featured on UFC Pay-per-view events, UFC® Fight Night™ and The Ultimate Fighter® reality TV series. The UFC Octagon configuration creates a neutral arena to showcase the skills of UFC mixed martial arts athletes. The UFC® organization has established a reputation for providing the maximum safety to the fighters with state athletic commission-approved ring structures, canvas, and all safety padding and fences. Zuffa makes major investments to ensure the safety of competitors in the UFC Octagon ring – as a result, when people see “the Octagon” they associate it with the reputation and quality delivered only by Zuffa at UFC events. 

 

 

IFL - Semi-Final Results
8-3-2007, Denver, CO
From the Continental Airline Arena
East Rutherford, NJ

Silverbacks vs. Anacondas:
Mike Ciesnolevicz defeated Alex Schoenauer by split decision
Rory Markham defeated Chris Clements by TKO at 1:17 of rd 1
Bart Palaszewski defeated Harris Sarmiento by choke at 1:06 of rd 3
Benji Radach defeated Gerald Harris by TKO at 3:03 of rd 1
Ben Rothwell defeated Krzysztof Soszynski by TKO at 0:13 of rd 1
(Silverbacks defeat Anacondas, 4-1)

Pitbulls vs. Sabres:
Dan Miller defeated Dave Phillips by choke at 1:30 of rd 1
Bryan Vetell defeated Wayne Cole by unanimous decision
Deividas Taurosevicius defeated Savant Young by unanimous decision
Antonio McKee defeated Delson Heleno by split decision
Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision
(Pitbulls defeat Sabres, 3-2)

Preliminary Bouts:
L.C. Davis defeated Conor Heun by split decision
Jason Palacios defeated Joe Sampieri by rear choke at 3:21 of rd 1
Lyman Good defeated Mike Dolce by unanimous decision
Dante Rivera defeated Nissim Levy by TKO at 1:13 of rd 3

 

 

IFL Semifinals 2007 - Lineup 

8-2-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: August 2, 2007, 7:30pm
Continental Arena, East Rutherford, NJ 

Fight card:
Savant Young vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
Antonio McKee vs. Delson Heleno 
Dave Phillips vs. Dan Miller 
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Tim Boetsch 
Wayne Cole vs. Bryan Vetell 
Harris Sarmiento vs. Bart Palaszewski 
Chris Clements vs. Rory Markham 
Benji Radach vs. Gerald Harris 
Alex Schoenauer vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz 
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Ben Rothwell 

 

 

IFL - Enters into $12.7 Million Financing 

8-2-2007

Denver, CO

International Fight League, Inc. (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts sports league, announced today that it has entered into definitive private placement agreements with certain institutional and accredited investors to sell 25,330,000 shares of common stock, for an aggregate total of $12,665,000. The investors will also receive warrants, expiring in five years, to purchase an aggregate of 12,665,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $1.05 per share. IFL expects that the net proceeds of the private placement will be approximately $11.8 million after deducting the placement agency fees and all estimated offering expenses. 

“We are pleased to welcome this new group of quality investors into our company. This financing serves as another example of the support, not only for our company and its management team, but for the sport of mixed martial arts. The proceeds from this financing will assist us in funding our continued growth.” said IFL CEO and Co-Founder Gareb Shamus. 

The securities have not been registered under the Securities Act, or any state securities laws, and were issued in a private transaction under Regulation D. The Company has agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering the resale by the investors of the privately placed common stock. Until this registration is declared effective by the SEC, the shares of common stock, including the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants, may not be reoffered or resold in the United States unless the re-offer or resale is registered or unless exemptions from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws are available.