Bantamweight

Hose Outlasts Baroni; Captures ICON Title


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Hometown favorite Kala Kolohe Hose captured the vacant ICON Sport middleweight title with a fifth round stoppage of UFC and PRIDE veteran Phil Baroni in what turned out to be an exhausting war for both fighters and those in attendance inside the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.

Going against his traditional style, Baroni immediately shot in for a takedown to start the fight. Swiftly transitioning back and forth between half-guard and side control, Baroni easily controlled Hose and landed strikes from the top position while his opponent squirmed around, looking for some way to get the fight back up to the feet.

As the round progressed, Baroni visibly began to lose steam, allowing Hose to mount a small attack from the bottom and at least give the judges something to think about during the break.

Baroni scored another takedown at the start of the second round but found himself trying to fight off a kimura midway through. Baroni eventually let Hose stand up and the two exchanged on the feet for the first time in the fight. Baroni tried for another takedown moments later but Hose was able to stuff it and wound up on top. Hose pounded on Baroni but his attack was halted after being warned for an illegal punch to the back of Baroni’s head moments before the round ended.

“Coming into the fight, I knew Baroni had been working on his wrestling a lot,” Hose said after the fight. “When I would grapple in the gym, we would constantly work on my back, different submissions and standing back up.”

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Berry Stops Shamrock Overseas


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LONDON - Before an excitable crowd of 8,000-plus at Wembley Arena, mixed martial arts pioneer Ken Shamrock of the USA was handed his first knockout loss by English powerhouse Robert “Buzz” Berry at Cage Rage 25.

Berry landed a series of strikes to the head of Shamrock and sent him down. The referee waved off the fight at 3:26 of the first round as the 240-pound Berry prepared to pounce on his fallen opponent.

In other televised fights, Cage Rage featherweight champion Masakazu Imanari of Japan applied a text book reverse heel hook to destroy the knee of formidable Brazilian adversary Jean Silva. Silva tapped out at 2:35 of round one, and appeared to be in tremendous pain.

In a battle of big men, heavyweights Rob Broughton of England won a majority decision over fellow countryman Neil Grove by scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29. The two men entered the cage at a combined 250-plus pounds and fought an entertaining scrape for three full rounds.

Local favorite Tommy “Kong” Watson thrilled his adoring fans with a knockout of American Pierre Guillet. With Watson on his back during first-round action, Guillet dove in to attack, but Watson struck first by landing a devastating upward heel strike to Guillet’s head. Watson quickly pounced on top of the fallen Guillet and finished him with fist strikes to the head.

Complete event results are after the jump:

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Cage Rage 25 Weigh-In Results


Ken Shamrock weighs-in for UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow’s Cage Rage 25: Bring It On are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event will be highlighted by Ken Shamrock’s return to action as he will be welcomed in his Cage Rage debut by opponent Robert “Buzz” Berry. Shamrock’s son Ryan will compete on the undercard against Giorgio Andrews. Masakazu Imanari will also defend his featherweight title against Jean Silva.

Ken Shamrock (220 lbs) vs. Robert Berry (240 lbs)
Masakazu Imanari (143 lbs) vs. Jean Silva (144 lbs)
Gary Turner (220 lbs) vs. Mustapha Al-Turk (240 lbs)
Rob Broughton (282 lbs) vs. Neil Grove (273 lbs)
Pierre Guillet (184 lbs) vs. Tom Watson (184 lbs)
Ivan Serati (200 lbs) vs. Roman Webber (204 lbs)
Aisling Daly (129 lbs) vs. Aysen Berik (132 lbs)
Giorgio Andrews (133 lbs) vs. Ryan Shamrock (134 lbs)
Henrique Santana (169 lbs) vs. Michael Johnson (169 lbs)
Marvin Arnold (180 lbs) vs. John Hathaway (184 lbs)
John Phillips (184 lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (184 lbs)

WEC 32: Condit vs Prater Thoughts and Notes


Jamie Varner throws a left hook at Rob McCullough during their championship bout at WEC 32: Condit vs Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Some thoughts and notes from last night’s WEC 32: Condit vs Prater…

Good Show, Good Production

Last night’s event was definitely fun to watch. The televised bouts had a lot of everything - spectacular knockouts, slick submissions. Even the most boring fight on the broadcast had a highlight reel ending. The main thing that I wanted to touch on was the production. Sam Caplan makes a great point when he says that last night’s show was perhaps the best MMA show he’s ever seen on basic cable. I couldn’t agree more.

The commentating was great. Aside from Frank Mir’s screams of excitement once in a while during a bout, he did fantastic as always. Even Urijah Faber guest commentating during the Torres-Beebe fight was interesting to listen to. He came off as being a lot more than just a California surfer like I’m sure the casual fans portray him as.

Did anyone else notice that their was a semi-entrance where the fighters came out last night? Granted it was only a lit-up WEC sign above the curtain but still, it’s at least a start for those out there who still long to see a Zuffa-promoted event use the ramp again.

Strange Judging in Tapia-Banuelos

I realize it was a pretty even fight for the most part but how that one was scored a draw confuses the hell out of me. Antonio Banuelos did a good job of controlling the third round but I still thought that Manny Tapia earned a unanimous decision for the first two, even though a split call was more likely.

I’m still surprised that no one scored a 10-8 first round for Tapia. He knocked Banuelos down twice in the round and came very close to finishing him. Just like in the Bisping-Hamill fight, Cecil Peoples gave the fight to the wrong person again.

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Condit Retains; Varner and Torres Grab Gold


Carlos Condit weighs-in for WEC 32: Condit vs Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

New Mexico native Carlos Condit avenged the first loss of his career and retained his WEC welterweight title as he submitted Carlo Prater in front of a supportive crowd of 4,648 inside Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center last night.

The fight was one of three title bouts that headlined World Extreme Cagefighting’s first venture outside of Las Vegas since UFC parent company Zuffa purchased the promotion in the fall of 2006.

After exchanging a series of leg kicks with Condit, Prater was able to slam his opponent down to the mat in impressive fashion. However Condit immediately went on the offensive, attempting a series of submissions that included tries for a triangle, armbar, and a guillotine.

While sitting inside of Condit’s guard, Prater (21-6-1) made the mistake of digging his head into Condit’s stomach, allowing the hometown hero to sink in a fight-ending guillotine from the bottom. After the fight, Condit (22-4) pointed out that it would be impossible for him to be uncomfortable fighting off of his back at this point.

“I’m very comfortable on my back, like I’ve proven before,” Condit said during a post-fight interview with Frank Mir. “All my wins in the WEC so far have come by submission. I’m not complaining at all.”

While Condit was able to keep his belt around his waist, the two other champions defending their titles didn’t fair so well.

Team Punishment’s Rob McCullough defended multiple takedown attempts while not mounting much of his well-known offense during the first two rounds against Jamie Varner, who had recently converted over from the UFC’s lightweight division.

Varner’s early scored takedowns and aggressiveness put him ahead on points going into the third round. However it was Varner who was on the wrong end of a right hook courtesy of McCullough. After the blow knocked his mouthpiece out, Varner intelligently asked referee Steve Mazzagatti if he could have it back in his mouth, a decision that ultimately gave Varner more time to recover from the shot.

When the fight was restarted, Varner (14-2) rushed McCullough (15-4) out of the gate with a flurry of lefts and rights. A stunned McCullough continued to take unanswered shots, going down to a knee twice before finally being finished off with a devastating straight right that forced Mazzagatti to step in and save a bloodied and battered “Razor” Rob.

Varner, the newly-crowned lightweight champion, revealed his plan to strike against the renowned Muay-Thai specialist after the fight.

“I grew up boxing,” said Varner,”. “Everybody called me a wrestler. He expected me to wrestle. So I kind of put my wrestling on the back-burner during this training camp and really worked on my striking. It really paid off tonight.”

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Yahya Protest Shot Down


Rani Yahya ducks under a right hand from Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto at K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! Photo courtesy of FEG.

Fight Entertainment Group, the parent company of K-1 Hero’s, has announced that Rani Yahya’s protest made in hopes of overturning his loss to Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto at K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! has been denied.

Yahya filed the protest last month following his TKO loss to Yamamoto at the event. Yahya stated that a pair of soccer kicks delivered by Yamamoto caused the stoppage and that the decision should have been overturned due to the kicks being illegal under the official rules of the promotion..

However Hero’s official Gen Isono announced that referee Minoru Toyonaga halted the bout after Yahya crumpled to the ground following a Yamamoto left hook and that soccer kicks had no involvement with the stoppage since they came after the punch had already landed.

Report: Filho, Marshall to Defend Belts in March


Paulo Filho submits Chael Sonnen with an armbar at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC champions Paulo Filho and Doug Marshall will each defend their respective titles at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on March 26th.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, who reports that the promotion will now hold the event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas instead of a previously mentioned location of Sacramento, California. Indications suggest that the idea of holding an event in the home state of WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber was scrapped after an attempt to schedule a bout between him and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver was unsuccessful.

Apparently Filho will once again defend his middleweight strap in a rematch against Chael Sonnen, whom Filho defeated in controversial fashion in December. Sonnen has kept his stance that he did not tell referee Josh Rosenthal to stop the bout while being trapped in a Filho armbar.

The fight will also likely be Filho’s last at 185 lbs according to boxing coach Josuel Distak, who stated last month that Filho has opted to move up in weight due to cutting problems.

While it might seem crazy that Filho is moving up in weight, he might be a good career move for the near future if he really is indeed having problems making 185 lbs. The WEC’s light heavyweight division is very stacked talent-wise and even though Filho would be still be undersized for the weight class, he would most likely tear through guys like Doug Marshall, Ariel Gandulla, and Brian Stann.

Speaking of Marshall and Stann, the two heavy-hitting light heavyweights are also expected to clash at the event in a battle that will see Marshall attempt to retain his belt against the popular U.S. Marine.

Additional bouts mentioned in the report include a meeting between welterweight title contenders John Alessio and Brock Larson in a fight where the winner may also be fighting the victor of the Carlos Condit-Carlo Prater welterweight title bout at some point later this year. Others were the following: Kenji Osawa vs. Chris Manuel, Marcus Hicks vs. Ed Ratcliff, and Bryan Baker vs. Nissen Osterneck.

Ryan Shamrock Gets Andrews at Cage Rage


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Ryan Shamrock, the son of mixed martial arts legend Ken Shamrock, will take on Giorgio Andrews at the EliteXC-sponsored Cage Rage 25 on March 8th at the Wembley Arena in London, England.

The promotion made the official announcement earlier today.

Shamrock and his father signed multi-fight deals with Elite Xtreme Combat earlier this month. The elder Shamrock will be fighting on the card as well, taking on English heavyweight Robert “Buzz” Berry in the main event.

Ryan made his mixed martial arts debut this past August. He was victorious, submitting opponent Josh Besneatte at a show promoted by his father. The bout will mark his second professional fight.

Andrews is undefeated so far in his career, winning two straight fights at separate Cage Rage contenders events last year.

Report: Shawn Bias Fighting for Life in Coma


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Former PFC featherweight champion Shawn Bias has suffered a massive heart attack and has been in a coma since early Sunday morning according to officials at Oroville General Hospital in Sacramento, California.

Sherdog’s Greg Savage reports that doctors have given Bias a 30% chance of living.

The 22-year-old suffered the heart attack just two days after losing his title to Art Arciniega after being submitted with a triangle choke at PFC 6: No Retreat, No Surrender last week and then lapsed into a coma the next day.

Doctors have also diagnosed Bias with kidney failure and he has been placed on dialysis, which will serve as an artifical replacement for Bias’ kidneys. Bias suffered very little damage during the fight, however those close to Bias stated that he was ill days before the fight but refused to pull out of the bout.

All of us here at MMA on Tap would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Bias and his family and friends during this tough time.

Update 1/21 12:03 PM: Sherdog’s Josh Gross has found that Bias was tasered and beaten before being arrested by Oroville police late Saturday evening, thus causing his heart attack and liver failure:

George Adkins, a training partner and close friend of Bias, told Sherdog.com that Bias was fighting for his life because Oroville Police Department officers Tasered Bias up to five times and struck him repeatedly with batons.

According to Adkins, who cited police, eyewitness and medical personnel accounts, Bias knocked on the door to the wrong party Saturday evening. Though Adkins said he didn’t know why, police were called to the scene. After finding his intended destination (another apartment in the complex) Bias purportedly went outside to apologize to officers who arrived on scene.

“Shawn allegedly took off running,” said Adkins, who acknowledged that he did not know of anyone who witnessed the incident from its inception. “They ended up getting him, and we don’t know exactly how or why he ended up being Tasered several times and struck several times.”

Teixeira and Oliveira Set to Bang at PFC 6


Jorge Oliveira checks a kick from Marvin Eastman at WFA’s King of the Streets in July 2006. Photo courtesy of Jorge Oliveira.

The Palace Fighting Championship held the official weigh-ins yesterday for it’s sixth event, “No Retreat, No Surrender”, which will take place this evening at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

The weigh-ins went relatively smooth with the exception of a few problems.

All of the fighters made weight except for one, Scott Brommage, who is scheduled to face Fresno native Casey Olson in a lightweight bout. No word on why Brommage did not weigh in or if Olson will be receiving a new opponent.

The event features a total of three title fights: PFC featherweight champion Shawn Bias will go up against Art Arciniega; Shawn Klarcyk will attempt to defend his PFC bantamweight belt against Rolando Velasco; and recently released from the UFC, Diego Saraiva will challenge Poppies Martinez for his PFC lightweight crown.

However the show is highlighted by a light heavyweight clash between budding prospects Glover Teixeira and Jorge Oliveira. Each fighter has defeated a couple of notable opponents in their careers: Oliveira has won a unanimous decision over Shonie Carter and submitted Mike Van Arsdale while Teixeira has decisioned current IFL middleweight champ Matt Horwich and stopped upstart Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

“Glover Teixeira versus Jorge Oliveira is a UFC caliber fight,” PFC president Christian Printup said in a recent press release. “Some people don’t understand how big of a fight this is. This is the type of fight that could happen on the biggest stage in the sport.”

Teixeira is prepared for a tough fight against such a well-rounded opponents but still plans to finish the fight with his fists.

“I know he’s done kick boxing and I’m looking for some good stand up and he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt,” Teixeira said. “I don’t care about that, though, I’m a black belt, too. Belts don’t mean anything. He’s a decent all-around fighter. I’m going to do what I do best and hit him hard in the face. The fight will start standing and I want to try and stand and get the knockout in the first or second round.”

Full weigh-in results are below.

Jorge Oliveira (206 lbs) vs. Glover Texiera (205 lbs)
Diego Saraiva (154 lbs) vs. Poppies Martinez (154 lbs)
Shawn Klarcyk (135 lbs) vs. Rolando Velasco (134 lbs)
Shawn Bias (145 lbs) vs. Art Arcienega (145 lbs)
Brad Imes (265 lbs) vs. Anthony Ruiz (210 lbs)
Alex Serdyukov (170 lbs) vs. Mike Gates (171 lbs)
Casey Olson (153 lbs) vs. Scott Brommage (N/A)
Eric Pribble (203 lbs) vs. Ricardo Barros (204 lbs)
Ed Tomaselli (136 lbs) vs. Brandon Miller (134 lbs)
Doug Hunt (169 lbs) vs. Mickey Martinez (169 lbs)
Fernando Arreola (143 lbs) vs. Sergio Quinones (145 lbs)
Austin Achorn (262 lbs) vs. Joaquin Sanchez (227 lbs)
Derek Thornton (194 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (203 lbs)
Tom Owens (169 lbs) vs. Tony Alanis (163 lbs)
Jason Georgianna (135 lbs) vs. Joseph Benevidez (135 lbs)
Richard Montoya (186 lbs) vs. Nate Loughran (185 lbs)

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