Cage Rage

Baroni Snaps Losing Streak at Cage Rage

Phil Baroni. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

Longtime veteran Phil Baroni was victorious in his first fight since moving down to welterweight, scoring a brutal first-round knockout of Englishman Scott Jansen to snap a three-fight losing streak at Cage Rage’s latest effort, entitled “Step Up” at the Wembley Arena in London.

It was visible that Jansen, although game, was significantly overmatched against Baroni at the start of the fight. Straying away from his usual preference to stand and strike, Baroni shot right in for a takedown just seconds into the bout. After a few minutes of controlling Jansen on the canvas and a near fight-ending submission attempt, the referee opted to bring the fight back to the feet, where Baroni quickly knocked Jansen out with a straight right hand.

Following the conclusion of the bout, Baroni went over to check on the condition of his opponent when he was surprisingly headbutted by one of Jansen’s friends in the cage. However cooler heads prevailed and the situation quickly died down with Baroni laughing it off and the assailant being thrown out of the arena.

The show’s undercard saw Neil Grove earn his second straight win over Robert Berry, Mustapha Al Turk defeat James McSweeney for the vacant Cage Rage British heavyweight title, and Robbie Oliver successfully defend his Cage Rage British featherweight title over Ashleigh Grimshaw.

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Daley Accuses ProElite of Shady Business

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Despite announcing his intention to retire from mixed martial arts earlier this year, welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley will return from a brief hiatus from the sport to go up against undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar at Cage Warriors’ latest “Enter the Rough House” this afternoon.

However shaking off a little ring rust isn’t Daley’s biggest problem these days. His latest woes involve his current relationship with EliteXC parent company ProElite, with whom he has one-fight left on his deal with the organization.

“I’ve got a few things I want to get out in the air with regards to Pro Elite, Cage Rage and the future,” Daley said in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine. “I’ve got no contract with Cage Rage, my contract stands with Pro Elite. My fight with Cage Warriors seems to be a problem with the guys at Pro Elite.

“They tried to get me to fight for Cage Rage, which I wasn’t going to do on the principle that I’ve agreed to fight in my hometown,” Daley continued. “They’ve gone about it in a not so pleasant way, I think they could have gone about it a lot better. I can’t say much more for legal reasons but I think Cage Rage have had a lot to do with it.”

While it’s pretty easy to see why ProElite would want to use Daley in a Cage Rage show being that they are in a working partnership with the promotion, Daley claims that the company originally had no problem with him fighting for Cage Warriors this weekend but has since changed their stance on the situation.

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Evening News and Notes - July 11, 2008

Tim Credeur throws a left hand at C.B. Dollaway during the tapings for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest”. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Tim Credeur and Cale Yarbrough, both among the newest alumni of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, will attempt to meet once again in a welterweight bout that has been added to next weekend’s UFC Fight Night 14 card in Las Vegas.

While the UFC has yet to officially confirm the bout, Credeur himself has informed our friends at MMA Junkie that he has passed a preliminary drug test that will allow his previously scheduled bout against Yarbrough to take place at the event. The two were originally slated to meet at June 21’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest Finale” but the fight was scrapped, literally at the last minute, due to a positive test for Adderall on Credeur’s part.

The skilled grappler owns a prescription for the drug to treat a former of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. He voluntarily informed the Nevada State Athletic Commission of his prescription five days before the bout but was unfortunately unable to completely flush the drug out of system in time. He did not face any disciplinary action other than the fight being cancelled.

Fighters Test Clean Following UFC 86

The NSAC also announced today that all fighters tested following the conclusion of last weekend’s UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin event came back negative for both drugs of abuse and performance enhancing substances. The organization has yet to have a fighter test positive for any kind of banned substance this year.

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Weekend Focus Falls on British MMA

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The mixed martial arts world will be setting their sights on the United Kingdom this weekend as the sport’s two most high-profile events take place overseas.

Cage Rage will put on their latest effort, entitled “Step Up”, Saturday afternoon inside the Wembley Arena in London, where the promotion has hosted the majority of it’s events. Controversial veteran Phil Baroni will attempt to snap a three-fight losing streak by moving down to welterweight for the first time in his career in the show’s main event, where he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Scott Jansen.

Robert Berry will fight for the first since knocking off the legendary Ken Shamrock at a Cage Rage event in March. He will take on Neil Grove in a rematch of their heavyweight battle last December, in which Grove picked up a first-round win after Berry’s corner stopped the fight. Other notable fights on the card include Mustapha al Turk battling James McSweeney for the vacant Cage Rage British heavyweight title and a clash between featherweights Brad Pickett and Cristian Binda.

Meanwhile over in Nottingham, Cage Warriors will host their seventh “Enter the Rough House” show, which will see welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley return from a brief retirement to go up against undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar.

Daley has not fought since stopping former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan with strikes at ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series show in January. It was Daley’s fifth consecutive victory. His counterpart, Kosednar, has won his first six professional bouts to start his career. Paul McVeigh and Steve McCombe will clash for the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title in the night’s co-main event. Other notable veterans competing on the card include Fabricio Nascimento and Andre Winner.

Paul Daley Changes Mind Again

Paul Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Despite announcing his intention to retire from mixed martial arts earlier this year at the age of 24, it seems that Paul Daley has pulled a Michael Jordan and wants to come back and fight after all.

According to MMA Mania, Daley, who served as a color commentator during the U.K. television broadcast of Cage Rage’s “Extreme” event over the weekend, revealed his desire to return to active competition to those in attendance.

Daley specifically called out newly crowned Cage Rage British welterweight champion Che Mills, who defeated Marius Zaromskis due to a nasty first-round cut to claim the belt that Daley had vacated last month. The two reportedly had a brief staredown and exchanged some words inside the cage.

Daley last stopped Sam Morgan, a former cast member on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, with strikes at a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event in January. Daley shook off a fast start by Morgan to land a devastating first-round elbow that put Morgan down for the count.

Freeman Victorious in Return at Cage Rage 26

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English mixed martial arts legend Ian Freeman was victorious in his return from a brief retirement Saturday afternoon, earning an unanimous decision over Paul Cahoon and taking the former champion’s Cage Rage British light heavyweight title in Birmingham.

Freeman saw very little trouble during the course of the bout with Cahoon, save Cahoon taking the veteran’s back on a pair of separate occasions, while using an effective ground-and-pound assault to keep Cahoon at bay and leaving him unable to mount a suitable amount of offense.

After the fight, Freeman assured fans that a return fight against Cahoon was not a one-time thing and that he would be back to defend his title.

“I’m 41 years old now and I have to say that I’m in the best shape of my life,” Freeman said during a post-fight interview. “The training leading up to this fight was very difficult but the end result was worth it. I feel younger than I did years ago. Going back into retirement isn’t an option at this point. I’m not going anywhere.”

Marius Zaromskis was unsuccessful in his bid to win the vacant Cage Rage British welterweight belt, suffering a nasty cut in the beginning of the first round of his bout against Che Mills that forced the ringside doctor to stop the action after the first five minutes, ultimately awarding Mills the championship.

Matt Ewin controlled Mark Epstein over three rounds to win an unanimous decision and successfully defend his Cage Rage British middleweight title. UFC veteran Ross Pointon submitted Ross Mason with a heel hook and James Zikic submitted Rodney Faverus, handing the former kickboxer his fifth straight defeat.

Complete results from the event:

Harvey Harra def. Gary Kelly - Submission (Triangle)
Chris Rice def. Edgeleson Lue - TKO (Strikes)
Popek Rak def. Kevin Simms - TKO (Strikes)
Brad Pickett def. Paul Reed - Majority Decision
Henrique Nogueira vs. Marc Goddard - Draw
Matt Ewin def. Mark Epstein - Unanimous Decision
Ross Pointon def. Ross Mason - Submission (Heel Hook)
James Zikic def. Rodney Faverus - Submission (Armbar)
Che Mills def. Marius Zaromskis - TKO (Cut)
Ian Freeman def. Paul Cahoon - Unanimous Decision

Cage Rage 26: Extreme Weigh-In Results

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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow afternoon’s Cage Rage 26: Extreme show are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event will be headlined by a Cage Rage light heavyweight British title bout between a returning veteran in Ian Freeman and a streaking Paul Cahoon, who is currently riding a five-fight winning streak and most recently defeated Elvis Sinosic in December.

Mark Epstein and Matt Ewin will also clash for the Cage Rage middleweight British belt. Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Ross Pointon will be in action as well, taking on Ross Mason. The full card will be available for free viewing on

Main Card:

Ian Freeman (205 lbs) vs. Paul Cahoon (200 lbs)
Rodney Faverus (204 lbs) vs. James Zikic (202 lbs)
Ross Mason (169 lbs) vs. Ross Pointon (169 lbs)
Mark Epstein (185 lbs) vs. Matt Ewin (184 lbs)
Paul Reed (145 lbs) vs. Brad Pickett (145 lbs)
Che Mills (169 lbs) vs. Marios Zaromskis (169 lbs)
Henrique Nogueira (200 lbs) vs. Marc Goddard (205 lbs)
Kev Simms (240 lbs) vs. Popek Rak (228 lbs)
Harvey Harra (154 lbs) vs. Garry Kelly (154 lbs)
Chris Rice (184 lbs) vs. Edgelson Lue (180 lbs)

Report: Esch-Berry Likely at Cage Rage 27

Eric Esch. Photo courtesy of YAMMA Pit Fighting.

Fresh off of a surprising knockout of Ken Shamrock, Robert Berry will likely try his hand against infamous former professional boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch at Cage Rage 27 in July.

The news comes from Stash Capar of The Fight Network, who cites an anonymous source within the United Kingdom’s most high-profile mixed martial arts promotion.

As was previously mentioned, Berry knocked out UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at Cage Rage 25: Bring It On last month. The win snapped a two-fight losing streak for Berry and quickly became his biggest career win to date. The English veteran has gone up against the likes of Dan Severn, Colin Robinson, and Tengiz Tedoradze but fell to all of them.

Esch was stopped at the hands of Patrick Smith at this past weekend’s inaugural YAMMA Pit Fighting show. The former boxer has now lost his last three fights. Esch weighed-in at 416 pounds for the fight against Smith, his highest weight to date. This will be his fourth bout against the confines of Cage Rage.

Mac Stops Barrett at Cage Rage Contenders

Jason Barrett. Photo courtesy of Iron Life.

Joe Mac, cutting down to welterweight for the first time, used a fierce ground-and-pound attack throughout the opening minutes of the first round to defeat Jason Barrett in the main event of last night’s Cage Rage Contenders show in London, England.

Mac scored a takedown at the start and controlled Barrett on the canvas, eventually pinning him up against the fence while continuing to rain down blows. Barrett stayed busy from the bottom, evident from the mouse underneath Mac’s eye, but wasn’t able to escape, eventually prompting referee Grant Waterman to stop the bout.

Suley Mahmoud used superior striking to earn a unanimous decision over House of Pain veteran Jordan James in the night’s co-main event.

Complete results from the event courtesy of Sherdog:

Joe Mac def. Jason Barrett - TKO (Strikes)
Suley Mahmoud def. Jordan James - Unanimous Decision
Jack Mason def. Jake Bostwick - Submission (Heel Hook)
Ashleigh Grimshaw def. Christian Binda - Submission (Strikes)
Marvin Arnold def. Kes Kpokpodgri - TKO (Strikes)
Kym Farid vs. Mamarizaev Jahongir - No Contest
Denniston Sutherland def. Ryan White - Submission (Choke)
Jason Young def. Jody Cottham - TKO (Strikes)
Marius Sukys def. Richard Griffin - KO (Spinning Kick)
James Elson def. Danny Cubitt - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Lee Wieczorek def. Steven Elliott - Unanimous Decision
Umidjon Mavlyanov def. Azran Quasid - TKO (Strikes)
Edgelson Lua def. Dan Mohavedi - KO (Punch)
Chris Greg def. Kieran Hanbly - Submission (Guillotine)

Daley Vacates Cage Rage Title

Paul Daley (right) knocks out Sam Morgan. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The Paul Daley saga continues…

Just a few weeks after it was reported that Paul “Semtex” Daley would not be competing at last month’s EliteXC and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Le” event in order to instead go on to defend his Cage Rage welterweight title at the promotion’s next event on May 10th, Daley has vacated his Cage Rage British welterweight belt.

Cage Rage officials reported the news on their official website this afternoon, where it was also mentioned that Daley may not be returning to defend his Cage Rage World title until early next year. The Nottingham, England native revealed his intention to temporarily retire from active competiton back in February.

Daley is coming off of an impressive knockout of former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Sam Morgan. Daley shook off a fast start by Morgan to land a devastating first-round elbow that put Morgan down for the count.

Marius Zaromskis and Che Mills will now battle it out for the vacant title at a Cage Rage event in the near future.

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