Brad Imes throws a right hand at Heath Herring. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
NEW YORK - Mixed martial arts veteran Brad Imes (Sacramento, Calif.) will challenge Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) for the heavyweight championship as part of the nine-bout card as the International Fight League returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday, May 16. Imes replaces Branden Lee Hinkle (Weirton, W. Va.), who was injured in training.
A training injury to Fabricio Camoes of Brazil also necessitated a change in a non-championship lightweight bout. Frank Latina (Middletown, Conn.) will battle John Franchi (Cortland, N.Y.). Jim Miller (Sparta, N.J.), originally slated to face Camoes, withdrew from the bout following the injury to Camoes.
Imes, known as ?The Hillbilly Heartthrob,? trains with Miletich Fighting Systems in Iowa. He He has competed in several MMA organizations, and was notably a finalist in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter television series. Imes is 11-4 in his MMA career and will be making his IFL debut. May 16 will also mark the first IFL bouts for Latina (4-1 overall) and Franchi (3-0).
Roy Nelson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
NEW YORK - Two IFL stars, Roy Nelson and Ryan Schultz will make their second respective title defenses and another, Ryan McGivern will make his first when the International Fight League returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a minimum of nine bouts scheduled for Friday, May 16.
HDNet will have live television coverage of the event.
The night will also mark the IFL debuts for the Bomb Squad, a Northeast-based camp which will take on Mario Sperry’?s World Class Fight Center from Las Vegas, and for Team Prodigy, an Ohio-based camp which will battle Matt Lindland?‘s Team Quest of Portland, Ore.
In the title bouts, Nelson will defend his heavyweight belt against UFC veteran Branden Lee Hinkle. Nelson won the title in December at Mohegan Sun with a knockout of Antoine Jaoude, then defended with a decisive first-round TKO over Fabiano Scherner in Las Vegas in February.
Schultz will battle Deividas Taurosevicius for the lightweight crown. Schultz also won his title in his last visit to Mohegan Sun in December, bouncing Chris Horodecki from the ranks of the unbeaten, then earned a decision win over John Gunderson in Las Vegas in February to defend.
McGivern, one of the most improved fighters in the IFL, took the middleweight belt from Matt Horwich in February and has won three of his past four bouts.
Like a lot of martial arts fans, 21-year-old Eben “The Big O” Oroz grew up idolizing legendary actor Bruce Lee in movies like Enter The Dragon and Fists of Fury. So much so, he set out to become a professional fighter himself.
“My goal was to try and apply Lee’s Jeet Kune Do system to mixed martial arts fighting,” says the Floridian featherweight (4-1). “But first, I had to learn Jeet Kune Do,” (which translates to “the way of the intercepting fist”).
Enter Sifu instructor Richie Carrion, founder of JKD-Extreme Martial Arts Academy, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“He started by teaching me one of Lee’s most important combat principles,” says Oroz. “Namely, that simple done right has no counter.”
Photo: David M Singer, MMA on Tap
This past Saturday was BodogFight’s first event in the United States. I took the trip to Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ to check it out.
If you’ve tuned into BodogFight on Ion Television, you know it goes through a full round of production before airing. Many camera angles, splashy backgrounds and a full round of editing.
I wondered how this event would be live. Ten fights in one night. A good-sized card taking place with no chance for edits or MTV-style cuts.
Today the UFC officially announced four more bouts that are set to take place on the June 28th Ultimate Fight Night card. The former UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne will go up against Josh Koscheck in a welterweight battle, Branden Lee Hinkle will move down to 205 lbs to face Jason Lambert, Jon Fitch will take on Thiago Alves and ‘The Ultimate Fighter II’ finalist Luke Cummo will go up against the very tough Jonathan Goulet.