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Lesnar vs. Carwin to Headline UFC 106


Brock Lesnar. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will defend his title against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sherdog.com is reporting that Carwin’s previous opponent, Cain Velasquez, will now face former IFL heavyweight “Big” Ben Rothwell at UFC 104.

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Report: Rothwell, Gormley Headed to the UFC


Ben Rothwell. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com.

Former Affliction heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Chase Gormley have reportedly signed with the UFC and will make their promotional debut against each other at UFC 104, which is scheduled to take place on October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The news comes from a report by Sherdog.com and also compliments a story posted by Inside Fights earlier today stating that Zuffa is expected to absorb the contracts of up to 20 unknown former Affliction athletes into the UFC and WEC as well.

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Miletich Stops Denny in Return Bout at Adrenaline MMA II


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and Miletich Fighting Systems founder Pat Miletich was victorious in his first bout in over two years last night in Moline, Illinois as the MMA pioneer scored a first-round TKO of journeyman Thomas Denny in the main event of Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA show.

During an early exchange, Miletich tagged Denny with a looping left hook that stunned him and then scored an easy takedown. Miletich spent the majority of the first round controlling Denny on the mat. Denny was able to get back to his feet on one occasion, but Miletich was quick to push him back down to the canvas.

The fight stayed standing in the second round, where Miletich blasted Denny with two consecutive right hands that sent the King of the Cage veteran crumbling to the ground. Miletich (29-7-2) pounced on Denny (26-18) and delivered a few more unanswered punches before referee Michael Reid stepped in to save Denny.

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Miletich’s Return Headlines Adrenaline MMA’s Latest Venture Tonight


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and longtime mixed martial arts trainer Pat Miletich will return to action after a two-year layoff to headline Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA event tonight at the I-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois against journeyman veteran Thomas Denny.

The event will be broadcast live on HDNet starting at 10 PM ET.

Miletich returned from a four-year retirement to take on Renzo Gracie at an International Fight League event in September 2006 but was submitted by Gracie in the first round. Miletich, who successfully defended his UFC welterweight belt four times, was forced to retire from active competition in 2002 due to lingering problems with his neck. Denny last competed at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26, losing via second-round TKO to Nick Diaz.

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Miletich to Return Against Denny at Adrenaline MMA’s Second Show


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and longtime mixed martial arts trainer Pat Miletich will be returning to action after a two-year layoff to headline Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA event on December 11 against journeyman veteran Thomas Denny.

Ron Kruck of HDNet’s Inside MMA revealed the exclusive news on the television program this past Friday night. The show is scheduled to take place at the I-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois and is also expected to feature former IFL standouts Ben Rothwell and Ryan McGivern on the card.

Miletich returned from a four-year retirement to take on Renzo Gracie at an International Fight League event in September 2006 but was submitted by Gracie in the first round. Miletich, who successfully defended his UFC welterweight belt four times, was forced to retire from active competition in 2002 due to lingering problems with his neck. Denny last competed at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26, losing via second-round TKO to Nick Diaz.

Cooper-Speight Finalizes Affliction II Card


Brett Cooper. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

A welterweight bout between IFL veteran Brett Cooper and undefeated prospect Patrick Speight will reportedly finalize Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” card, which will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV according to a report by MMA News.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio was said to have confirmed Cooper vs. Speight as the final bout to be signed for the event yesterday. Both fighters were originally scheduled to be part of Affliction’s “Banned” show on July 19 but were removed from the card due to unknown reasons.

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Rothwell Denies Mighty Mo Report (Updated)


Min Soo Kim vs. Siala Siliga. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

Update 3:03 PM ET: Rothwell has told CagePotato.com that he will indeed be fighting Pedro Rizzo at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on October 11th event and not Siliga, stating that previous reports published earlier today were completely false and that the K-1 kickboxer was never considered as a possible opponent.

Miletich Fighting Systems product Ben Rothwell is reportedly in talks that would have him take on K-1 veteran Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on October 11th in Las Vegas.

The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have learned of the potential bout through sources close to the fight itself. The guaranteed heavyweight slugfest would likely take place as part of the show’s televised pay-per-view main card.

Rothwell was previously rumored to be taking on three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo at the event. At Affliction’s debut show last month, Rothwell suffered a third-round knockout loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, snapping a thirteen-fight winning streak that stretched back to 2005.

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Evening News and Notes - August 9, 2009


Ben Rothwell. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com

Report: Rothwell-Rizzo to Happen at Affliction II

Former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell will attempt to bounce back from his first loss in three years when he reportedly takes on three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on October 11th in Las Vegas according to MMANews.com, which cites Affliction VP Tom Atencio as confirming the fight.

At Affliction’s debut show last month, Rothwell suffered a third-round knockout loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski while Rizzo was defeated in a rematch against Josh Barnett, another former UFC title holder. Barnett knocked Rizzo out with a left in the second round of their fight.

WVR Announces Middleweight GP Participants

World Victory Road has announced four of the fighters that will compete in their inaugural middleweight grand prix, which will begin at “Sengoku V” on September 28th at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Jorge Santiago, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Siyar Bahadurzada will all compete in first-round bouts.

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Fedor Submits Sylvia at Affliction Premiere


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

The long-running dispute is now over. After over a year of continual debate regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s perennial status as the world’s top heavyweight, the former PRIDE title holder answered the call in fighting his first top-ranked opponent in nearly three years, and won, in decisive fashion.

Emelianenko quickly knocked down and submitted former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in just 36 seconds, capping off a night of exciting action at Affliction Clothing’s inaugural event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in front of a host of notable athletes and celebrities.

Sylvia literally never even got started in the fight. After circling each other for a brief moment, Emelianenko stunned and dropped Sylvia with a flurry of left and rights. Fedor quickly pounced on the 6’8 Miletich Fighting Systems product, pounding away with hammer fists until Sylvia gave up his back, allowing Emelianenko to sink in the rear naked choke for the impressive finish.

After the bout, post-fight interviewer and former referee “Big” John McCarthy asked the Russian who he’d like to fight next. His answer then stepped into the ring in the form of current embattled UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture, who is currently seeking legal help in the courts in his quest to fight Emelianenko before his impending retirement.

“I always thought that the day where I would have to fight Randy would come,” Emelianenko said after the fight with the help of a translator. “It would be a true honor to fight him and I hope that we will be able to work things out in order to make it happen.”

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Affliction: Banned Live Results

We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s Affliction: Banned, the inaugural mixed martial arts show for the popular California-based clothing company, which will take place this evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The show features a main event years in the making between former PRIDE title holder and perennial top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and five-time UFC champion Tim Sylvia. Other notable fights on the card include a rematch between Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo, a sure-fire war on the feet between Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell, and the return to active competition of former Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland as he faces Brazilian submission wizard Fabio Negao.

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

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