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Quenneville vs. Hioki Headlines TKO 35


Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

TKO Championship Fighting today announced details regarding it’s latest event, “TKO 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki”, which will take place on October 3rd at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The show’s will be headlined by reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki returning to the promotion to defend his title for the first time against Thierry Quenneville.

Hioki defeated longtime featherweight title holder Mark Hominick at TKO 28 in February of last year via majority decision to win the belt. He has since fought exclusively over in Japan, racking up a record of 3-2-1 while fighting for the Shooto and HEAT organizations. Hioki most recently earned a draw against Hiroshi Nakamura earlier this month.

Quenneville enters the bout riding a two-fight winning streak. After winning a unanimous decision over Yoon Heo at TKO 31, Quenneville dispatched of skilled prospect Ben Greer to secure his shot at Hioki’s title. Quenneville stopped Greer with strikes in the third round at TKO 34.

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Imanari Submits Umemura to Win DEEP Title


Masakazu Imanari. From DiBach70 on Flickr.

Masakazu Imanari added yet another DEEP world title to his resume as the former featherweight champion submitted Hiroshi Umemura in less than 30 seconds at DEEP’s “37th Impact” show on Sunday to become the organization’s first-ever bantamweight champion.

Imanari missed a body kick to start things off, allowing Umemura to set himself again before pressing forward. Imanari then moved towards him with a baseball slide on the ground before transitioning into a deep heel hook that forced Umemura to tap.

Miku Matsumoto made a successful defense of her DEEP 106 lb. title with a second-round knockout of longtime rival Misaki Takimoto. Also victorious was EliteXC veteran Riki Fukuda, who led Team DEEP over Team Wajutsu Keishukai with his unanimous decision over Hiroki Ozaki.

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Hamman Stops Suganuma at ShoXC


Jared Hamman. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

While their first bout in April ended in controversy and left many lingering questions, Friday’s battle between Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma did anything but as Hamman stopped Suganuma via first-round TKO in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California.

Early on, it appeared as if Suganuma was about to have Hamman’s number again as the Hawaiian dropped Hamman and battered him with punches on the ground during the fight’s opening moments. However the tide began to turn once Hamman successfully executed a judo throw that sent Suganuma stumbling to the canvas.

Hamman quickly took his opponent’s back but Suganuma was quick to shake Hamman off of him and stand up. Hamman proceeded to stun Suganuma with a straight right and then knocked him down with a combination. Suganuma bounced up and tried to take the fight to the ground but Hamman was relentless with his strikes, pounding away on Suganuma with hammer fists until the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

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ShoXC: Suganuma vs. Hamman II Live Results


Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

We will be going live at 11:00 PM ET tonight with live results of the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. The show’s televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.

A rematch between light heavyweight prospects Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman will serve as the night’s main event. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee just fifteen seconds into their fight despite an immediate protest from Hamman. Additional main card bouts include Cyrille Diabate vs. Jaime Fletcher and Fabricio Camoes vs. Sammy Morgan.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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ShoXC: Suganuma vs Hamman II Weigh-In Results


Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight. The show’s televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET. Additional pictures are after the jump. Breakdown of the Showtime fights here.

A rematch between light heavyweight prospects Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman will serve as the night’s main event. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee just fifteen seconds into their fight. Referee Jon Schorle quickly waved off the bout but Hamman immediately got back to his feet and began protesting, forcing then company figurehead Gary Shaw to guarantee a rematch between the two.

Main Card:

Jared Hamman (203.5 lbs) vs. Poai Suganuma (205 lbs)
Cyrille Diabate (203.5 lbs) vs. Jaime Fletcher (204 lbs)
Fabricio Camoes (161 lbs) vs. Sammy Morgan (160 lbs)
Debi Purcell (129 lbs) vs. Rosi Sexton (130 lbs)
Keith Berry (191 lbs) vs. Ray Lizama (190.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

David Douglas (154.5 lbs) vs. Marcus Levesser (154.5 lbs)
Lucas Gamaza (169.5 lbs) vs. Kenny Johnson (171 lbs)
Jesse Brock (139 lbs) vs. Josh Rave (131 lbs)
Ralph Lopez (148.5 lbs) vs. Roberto Vargas (150 lbs)
Katrina Alendale (138.5 lbs) vs. Melanie LaCroix (139 lbs)

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Imanari Challenges for DEEP Title on Sunday


Masakazu Imanari. From DiBach70 on Flickr.

Cage Rage featherweight champion Masakazu Imanari will drop down to the bantamweight division to challenge Hiroshi Umemura for DEEP’s vacant bantamweight title this Sunday at the organization’s “37th Impact” event, which takes place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

The fight will be Imanari’s first since losing his DEEP featherweight title to UFC veteran Dokonjonosuke Mishima via majority decision back in May. It was Imanari’s second career loss to Mishima and his first defeat since dropping a decision to Fredson Paixao in August of 2006.

Umemura brings an eight-fight winning streak into the bout. He last submitted Kunihiro Watanabe with a rear naked choke at a DEEP event in June. Umemura has struggled against top competition throughout the course of his career. He owns losses to WEC veterans Kenji Osawa and Yoshiro Maeda among others.

The card will also feature a female lightweight title bout between Miku Matsumoto and Misaki Takimoto as well as EliteXC veteran Riki Fukuda going up against Hiroki Ozaki.

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WEC Inks Palaszewski; Curran to 135 lbs


Jeff Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Following the cancellation of his scheduled main event bout at XFO 25 this past weekend, IFL veteran Bart Palaszewski has reportedly signed a multi-fight contract with World Extreme Cagefighting.

Palaszewski confirmed the six-fight deal with MMA Weekly over the weekend. He is expected to make his debut in the promotion’s lightweight division at an event later this year.

“I’m in shape and ready to fight,” Palaszewski said in the article. “If they need a 155-pounder for the Sept. 10 show, I’m down. I’m getting married in November, so nothing can happen in November. So it’d have to be in December, September or October. I’m not sure what’s going on, if they have a show planned after Sept. 10, so I’ll just take it day-by-day for now.”

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Hosman, Curran Victorious at XFO 25


Jeff (left) and Patt Curran. Photo courtesy of XFO.

Despite main eventer Bart Palaszewski being scratched from the card after opponent Eric Wisely failed pre-fight blood tests, Xtreme Fighting Organization’s latest offering went on without much of a hitch Saturday night at the Sideouts Bar And Eatery in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

XFO bantamweight champion John Hosman successfully defend his title against Shawn Tompkins-trained James Haourt in the night’s new main attraction. After controlling Haourt on the ground throughout the first three minutes or so of the fight, Hosman stunned Haourt with a trio of elbows, allowing him to sink in a fight-ending rear naked choke that ultimately put Haourt to sleep.

Pat Curran, the cousin of former WEC featherweight title challenger and XFO promoter Jeff Curran, escaped with a razor-close split decision win over Amir Khillah, a student of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Curran nearly ended the bout with a first-round armbar, but time expired before he could force the tap. Curran spent the rest of the time fending off Khillah’s impressive wrestling, likely earning himself the win with a timely takedown at the end of round three.

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WEC Hands Out Post-Fight Bonuses


Brian Bowles. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Following their highly praised event in Las Vegas this past Sunday, World Extreme Cagefighting has reportedly handed out post-fight bonuses to six of their contracted fighters, including bonus money for two “Fight of the Night” winners according to MMA Weekly.

WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit and his tough opponent, Hiromitsu Miura, both received Fight of the Night honors after their epic four-round title bout in the night’s main event. After pushed harder than ever before in his WEC career, Condit eventually stopped Miura with strikes to retain his belt. Bonus money also went to WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and Marcus Hicks for their exciting lightweight title bout.

“Knockout of the Night” honors went to former welterweight title challenger Brock Larson, who dispatched of veteran Carlo Prater just 37 seconds into their preliminary bout. “Submission of the Night” went to bantamweight contender Brian Bowles who submitted Damacio Page with a guillotine choke in the event’s first televised bout. Each fighter listed above was awarded $7,500 on top of base salary.

WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura Fighter Salaries


Brock Larson. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from last night’s World Extreme Cagefighting 35 event, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Carlos Condit and Jamie Varner retained their respective WEC titles Sunday night while former U.S. Marine Brian Stann was defeated in a light heavyweight championship rematch against hometown favorite Steve Cantwell. The show’s other main card bout saw rising bantamweight Brian Bowles submit Damacio Page.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Carlos Condit ($44,000) def. Hiromitsu Miura ($5,000)
Steve Cantwell ($10,000) def. Brian Stann ($11,000)
Jamie Varner ($30,000) def. Marcus Hicks ($16,000)
Brian Bowles ($8,000) def. Damacio Page ($6,000)
Josh Grispi ($8,000) def. Micah Miller ($5,000)
Brock Larson ($30,000) def. Carlo Prater ($7,000)
Blas Avena ($12,000) def. Dave Terrel ($3,000)
Shane Roller ($12,000) def. Todd Moore ($4,000)
Mike Budnik ($6,000) def. Greg McIntyre ($2,000)
Scott Jorgensen ($6,000) def. Kenji Osawa ($5,000)

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