Efrain Escudero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your fight announcements for the morning of April 22, 2009.
— “Ultimate Fighter 8” lightweight winner Efrain Escudero will fight for the first time since defeating fellow castmate Phillipe Nover at the “Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale in December against American Top Team member Cole Miller at the yet-to-be-announced UFC 103 event in September. Escudero announced the bout during a recent Q&A session with fans on his official website on Tuesday. [MMA Madness]
— A rematch between seasoned veteran Aaron Riley and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Shane Nelson has reportedly been booked to take place at UFC 101, which takes place on August 8 in Philadelphia. Riley and Nelson originally met at UFC 96 in March, where Nelson defeated Riley via TKO in just 44 seconds following a controversial stoppage by referee Rick Fike. UFC President Dana White promised a rematch between the two following the event, and has obviously delivered. [MMA Weekly]
— A lightweight bout between undefeated prospects Matt Veach and Evan Dunham has reportedly been agreed upon by both fighters to take place at UFC 102, which is expected to take place on August 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Veach was impressive in his UFC debut back in February, scoring a minor upset of wrestler Matt Grice while Dunham recently scored a first-round TKO of Per Eklund at UFC 95. [Five Ounces of Pain]
We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine, which takes place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET.
The event is headlined by light heavyweight contenders bout between former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Keith Jardine. A heavyweight clash between undefeated prospect Shane Carwin and former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga will serve as the co-main event.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture - TKO (punch)
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory - Submission (armbar)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks - TKO (punch)
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry - Submission (rear naked choke)
Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel - Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos - KO (punch)
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas - Submission (armbar)
In the second round Lesnar landed a punch that sent Couture to the mat. Lesnar then jumped on Couture, landing a big hammer-fist, and then continued to punch and punch until the fight was stopped. Four fights into his MMA career, and Brock Lesnar is the UFC heavyweight champion. It was good to finally see a heavyweight championship fight, but with Lesnar becoming champ so fast it’ll be interesting to see how the former WWE star is received as UFC champ by MMA fans, and general sports fans alike.
Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for tonight’s UFC 91 event.
The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.
Jorge Gurgel. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Grappling ace Jorge Gurgel will welcome veteran Aaron Riley back into the Ultimate Fighting Championship when the two clash in a scheduled lightweight bout at UFC 91 on November 15 according to MMA Junkie. Bout agreements have reportedly already been signed, making the fight official.
With all of his nine professional wins coming by way of submission prior to entering the UFC, Gurgel came into the organization with a good amount of promise, only to become a relatively inconsistent fighter in the following years, evident by his 3-3 record in the UFC. Gurgel defeated John Halverson at UFC 82 earlier this year only to suffer a late third-round submission loss to Cole Miller at UFC 86 in July.
Riley returns to the UFC after a two-year absence from the company. Riley fell via unanimous decision to Robbie Lawler at UFC 37 and signed back on for a one-fight stint four years later at Ultimate Fight Night 3, where he stopped by Spencer Fisher in the first round of their fight. Riley is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, most recently winning a decision over Steve Claveau at XMMA 5 on September 13 in Canada.
David Loiseau. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC middleweight title challenger David Loiseau struggled against former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Solomon Hutcherson before eventually putting Hutcherson away in the fifth round of their championship bout Saturday night at XMMA 5 in Quebec.
Both fighters exchanged takedowns early and often in the fight, with Loiseau gaining the edge in the later rounds. With both visibly exhausted heading into the fifth and final round, Loiseau was able to pin Hutcherson up against the cage and deliver a series of knees in the clinch that buckled him and quickly forced the referee to step in and stop the bout.
The co-main event saw UFC veteran Aaron Riley survive an early scare from XMMA co-founder Steve Claveau in the first round before controlling him over the next two en route to a unanimous decision win. Also victorious on the card was IFL veteran Brent Beauparlant, who earned a second-round TKO of Brandon Sene.
Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Here’s a little recap of what went on this past weekend, starting with Carlos Condit reportedly signing a contract extension with World Extreme Cagefighting according to USA Today‘s Sergio Non. The new deal comes after Condit’s most recent victory over Carlo Prater in February. The fight against Prater was Condit’s second to last fight on his previous deal. Condit expects the new deal to kick in with a potential fight in August against an opponent yet to be named.
The promotion also confirmed two additional bouts for their next scheduled event on June 1st in Sacramento, California over the weekend via their official website. A rumored bantamweight title bout between champion Miguel Torres and injury replacement Yoshiro Maeda has been made official as well as Mark Munoz’s WEC debut against fellow newcomer Chuck Grigsby.
UFC Releases Travis Lutter
Fresh off of his disappointing loss to former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 83 last weekend, Travis Lutter, the middleweight winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, has been released from his contract by the UFC. The news was first reported by Pramit Mohapatra of Fight Ticker and has since been confirmed by Lutter himself, who stated that his agent received a call Sunday morning informing him of his release due to consecutive losses in his last two fights.
Report: Southworth-Ruiz Rematch Possible for June
Bobby Southworth, one of the cast members on the original season of “The Ultimate Fighter” will attempt to avenge a recent loss to Anthony Ruiz at Strikeforce’s upcoming planned event in June according to MMA Mania. The two fought in November - Ruiz scored a TKO win over Southworth after the UFC veteran suffered a fight-ending cut over his left eye early in the second round.
However Southworth remains Strikeforce’s world light heavyweight champion due to the fight being a non-title bout. It’s unknown whether or not the belt will be on the line in June. Southworth has not fought since losing to Ruiz. Meanwhile Ruiz has recorded back-to-back wins over Jimmy Ambriz and Brad Imes since then.
Pete Spratt. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Pete Spratt and Jason Von Flue, both veterans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will collide in a welterweight bout that will headline the Ultimate Warrior Challenge’s latest show tomorrow night at George Mason University’s Patriot Center in Washington D.C.
Longtime mixed martial arts veteran John Lewis, who was recently named President of the promotion, will be promoting the show.
Spratt is coming off of a controversial loss to Ryan Ford at a Maximum Fighting Championship event in February. Spratt was caught with two illegal right hands after time expired to end the first round. However Ford and referee Herb Dean were unaware that the round had ended
A stunned Spratt remained on the canvas for almost a minute and a half before finally making his way back to his corner. He was allotted a full five minutes in order to regain his composure but Spratt was unable to get his bearings back for the second round. Ford eventually submitted Spratt with a rear naked choke to end the fight minutes later.
Von Flue has lost his last three fights, most recently being stopped by IFL veteran Brett Cooper at a Pure Combat event in December. Special guests expected to be at the event include Andrei Arlovski, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Condit, and Hermes Franca.
The complete fight card for the event is as follows:
Pete Spratt vs. Jason Von Flue
Aaron Riley vs. Thiago Minu
Thomas Schulte vs. Zach Light
Carlo Prater vs. Marcelo Brito
Rex Richards vs. Antwain Britt
Marcus Foran vs. Tenyah Dixon
Mike Corey vs. Dwayne Shelton
Johnny Curtis vs. Josh Feldman
Gerald Lovato vs. Mike Easton
Reshad Woods vs. Ron Stallings
We have a lot of stuff to report this morning…
News and Notes
- EliteXC has announced a total net loss of $11.9 million between January and June 2007 according to UFC Mania.
- IFL heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski has announced that he has joined Dan Henderson’s Team Quest in order to continue with his training…
- FEG formally announced three bouts for the upcoming K-1 Hero’s event on September 17th. The semifinals of the 2007 154 lb tournament will roll on when Caol Uno takes on Kultar Gill and Gesias Calvancanti goes up against Vitor Ribeiro. Ikuhisa Minowa and Ralek Gracie will compete in a non-tournament bout.
- Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s October 12th event will feature the return of Ricardo Almeida. Almeida’s opponent will be Dennis Hallman.
- American Top Team has stated that Denis Kang is expected to sign with an organization in the next few weeks and is targeting September as a possible date of return.
- Palace Fighting Championships has announced that Justin Levens will fight Kenny Ento for the vacant PFC World Middleweight Championship on October 18th:
“These are two of the most popular and intense fighters to ever compete in the Valley,” Printup said. “Levens has faced tougher competition, but Ento is an extremely tough match up. He’s tall, rangy, has excellent submissions and underrated stand up. Levens is an absolute animal, who has only lost to top-level fighters.”
- The IFL Finals on September 20th in Hollywood, Florida will now feature two superfights as well as the IFL Championship. Seth Petruzelli and Rolles Gracie Jr. will meet in a light heavyweight bout. Aaron Riley and Ryan Schultz will clash in the night’s other superfight.
- The weigh-ins for UFC 74 will begin at 6 PM EST and will start to be broadcast on ESPNEWS at 7:15 EST. As always, they will also be available to watch online for free on a slew of sites, including UFC.com, Yahoo! Sports, and MSN.
- Tickets for UFC 77: Hostile Territory are slated to go on sale starting on August 22nd…
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