YOKOHAMA - Gesias Calvancanti prevailed in two fights tonight to defend his Belt in the Hero’s Middleweight World Championship 2007 Tournament Final at the Yokohama Arena.
The twenty-four year-old mixed martial arts fighter was one of three Brazilians in the final four of the 70kg/154lb tournament. The bouts were fought under Hero’s Rules, two five-minute rounds.
The first of the semis featured chute boxer Andre Dida of Brazil and fan favorite, accomplished grappler Caol Uno of Japan.
With a edge in striking, Dida was content to stay on his feet, while Uno wanted to take this one to the mat. Dida did better in the early going, powering a couple of uppercuts and a hard knee to Uno’s face to bloody an eye and send the Japanese fighter to the mat. But Uno was capable on his back, employing bicycle kicks to keep the aggressive Brazilian at bay. Uno dove in looking for a leg takedown but Dida intercepted and the two were re-stood. Now it was Uno who tested with the jab while Dida circled, and the first ended without further damage.
The bout between Sergei Kharitonov and Alistair Overeem is considered an open-weight contest. Neither fighter was required to weigh-in.
Vitor Riberio originally failed to make weight the first time around but eventually made it within the lightweight limit.
Gesias Calvancanti (155 lbs) vs. Vitor Riberio (156 lbs)
Caol Uno (155 lbs) vs. Andre Dida (154 lbs)
Kazushi Sakuraba (184 lbs) vs. Katsuyori Shibata (184 lbs)
Kid Yamamoto (137 lbs) vs. Bibano Fernandes (137 lbs)
Ikuhisa Minowa (196 lbs) vs. Kevin Casey (195 lbs)
Melvin Manhoef (192 lbs) vs. Fabio Silva (193 lbs)
Zelg Galesic (185 lbs) vs. Yoon Dong Sik (185 lbs)
Kazuyki Miyata (155 lbs) vs. Harvey Harra (154 lbs)
Wataru Takahashi (154 lbs) vs. Tashiro Nishiuchi (154 lbs)
Takenori Sato (185 lbs) vs. Kenji Nogai (184 lbs)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from WEC 30:
Richard Crunkilton: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.
Rani Yahya - Medically suspended until November 5th with no contact until October 20th.
Jeremiah Billington: Medically suspended until October 6th with no contact until September 27th
Jesse Forbes: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.
Coty Wheeler: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter salaries from WEC 30:
Rob McCullough: $24,000
John Alessio: $22,000
Miguel Torres: $20,000
Brian Stann: $10,000
Rich Crunkilton: $10,000
Chase Beebe: $10,000
Marcus Hicks: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $6,000
Bryan Baker: $6,000
Blas Avena: $6,000
Rani Yahya: $6,000
Jeff Bedard: $4,000
Ian McCall: $4,000
Jesse Forbes: $4,000
Kenneth Alexander: $3,000
Marcelo Brito: $3,000
Scott McAfee: $2,000
Joe Benoit: $2,000
Coty Wheeler: $2,000
Jeremiah Billington: $2,000
Total Payroll: $154,000
Tonight we will be going live at 6:30 PM EST, covering WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:
Rob McCullough vs Richard Crunkilton
Chase Beebe vs Rani Yahya
Brian Stann vs Jeremiah Billington
Jeff Bedard vs Miguel Torres
John Alessio vs Marcelo Brito
Marcus Hicks vs Scott McAfee
Jesse Forbes vs Bryan Baker
Donald Cerrone vs Kenneth Alexander
Blas Avena vs Joe Benoit
Ian McCall vs Coty Wheeler
Here is a collection of some of the coverage the media is putting out there in preparation for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton tomorrow night…
Sherdog: Alessio Talks WEC 30, Future Title Shot; Rani Yahya Ready for Title Shot
MMA Weekly: Brian Stann on Quest for Another WEC Win; Fight by Fight: WEC Undercard; Cowboy Cerrone Rides High into WEC Debut
The Fight Network: Friends and Foes
WEC: From 100 Bucks to a World Title, the Journey of Rob McCullough; Rich Crunkilton – A Long Time Coming; Brian Stann – All-American; A Battle-Tested Beebe Defends His Crown Wednesday
Sports Illustrated: Operation Billington
Newark Star-Ledger: Stann to show off improved skills against Billington; McCullough taking title defense personally
Bloody Elbow: WEC 30 Undercard Preview
LAS VEGAS – Headlined by two world championship fights and the arrival of a fighting legend, World Extreme Cagefighting is proud to present another explosive night of mixed martial arts action on Wed., September 5 live, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
In the championship doubleheader, “Razor” Rob McCullough defends his WEC Lightweight belt against Richard Crunkilton, and WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe will be making his first title defense when he takes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Rani Yahya. Also featured is former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver, who will be making his WEC debut against Cub Swanson.
News and Notes:
- Sherdog has released their first ever top 10 which covers 8 weight classes (flyweight to heavyweight).
Here is the heavyweight top 10…
1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3. Gabriel Gonzaga
4. Mirko Filipovic
5. Josh Barnett
6. Randy Couture
7. Tim Sylvia
8. Andrei Arlovski
9. Fabricio Werdum
10. Aleksander Emelianenko
- In a recent interview with Sherdog.com Fedor Emelianenko’s manager confirmed that the rumors of Fedor signing a five-fight $5 million deal with FEG were false.
- Our rumors section has been updated…
Over the past few days UFC Junkie has been on a roll breaking news about several fights set to take place at UFC 76 and 77.
• Eric Schafer vs. Stephan Bonnar at UFC 77
• Marvin Eastman vs. Damian Maia at UFC 77
• Jorge Gurgel vs. Doug Evans at UFC 77
• Jeremy Stephens vs. Nate Mohr at UFC 76
• Justin McCully vs. Christian Wellisch at UFC 76
• Matt Grice vs. Jason Black at UFC 77
• Josh Burkman vs. Forrest Petz at UFC 77
- FCFighter.com is reporting that Manny Tapia has suffered a knee injury which has forced him to pull out of his Sept. 5, WEC 30 title bout with Chase Beebe.
Sportsnet: MFC owner eyes bigger picture
UFC Junkie: MMA Wagering 101
UFC HP: Griffin and Tavares give a Peek into the Future at UFC 76
Yahoo! Sports: Stevenson climbing the lightweight ladder
The WEC has officially added four fights to their August 5th WEC card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the featherweight division Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (27-8-1) will take on Stephen Ledbetter (5-0). Curran is a veteran of the UFC who holds victories over the likes of Wagnney Fabiano, Charles Bennett, Jason Dent and many others. Curran’s opponent, Stephen Ledbetter, sports an unblemished record of 5-0 with victories over Steve Kinnison, Jarrod Card, and Majeed Alkush. If Curran is victorious keep your eyes open for a featherweight title fight with Urijah Faber in the future.
Antonio Banuelos (13-4) will return to action for the first time since his KO loss to Charlie Valencia when he takes on Justin Robbins (6-2-1). Fighting out of The Pit, Banuelos sports a WEC record of 6-2 with victories over the likes of Cole Escovedo, Mike French, and James Cottrell. Robbins, a native of Springfield, Illinois, is a veteran of KOTC and XFO who holds victories over Tristan Yunker and Zach Jenkins.
Also on the card will be Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Legget and Hiromitsu Miura vs. Fernando Gonzalez.
Here is the full card:
Main Card Bouts:
Paulo Filho vs. Joe Doerksen
Carlos Condit vs. Brock Larson
Jeff Curran vs. Stephen Ledbetter
Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Leggett
Eric Schambari vs. Logan Clark
Tiki Ghosn vs. Blas Avena
Hiromitsu Miura vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Antonio Banuelos vs. Justin Robbins
Steven Cantwell vs. Justin McElfresh
Former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver will most likely make his WEC debut against Cub Swanson at the WEC’s event on September 5th according to The Fight Network via Tagg Radio.
Swanson apparently signed the contract on Sunday to make the fight official.
“I was given a choice to fight Pulver or Mark Hominick and I chose the first,” says Swanson. “If I train hard and stick to my game plan, I can win this.”
Swanson has won both of his fights in the WEC so far. He submitted Tommy Lee with a rear naked choke at WEC 26 and followed that up with a unanimous decision over Micah Miller at WEC 28.
Pulver announced that he intended to drop down to 145 lbs after his recent loss to BJ Penn at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale.