Paul Daley (right) knocks out Sam Morgan. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC.
Despite announcing his intention to retire from mixed martial arts following a bout at the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le event, it seems that Paul “Semtex” Daley won’t hang up his gloves until at least the spring.
The news comes from Stash Capar of The Fight Network, who has learned that Daley will not be competing at next weekend’s event and instead will go on to defend his Cage Rage welterweight title at the promotion’s next event on May 10th.
“I’ll be defending my world title belt on May 10th in Cage Rage,” Daley said in the report. “No opponent has been confirmed yet.”
Daley’s comments come less than a month after the the Nottingham, England native revealed his intention to retire via an online message board account on Cage Warriors official website. Daley has also since vacated his FX-3 welterweight belt.
“As of now I will be stepping down as Cage Rage, FX-3, and KOTR champion,” Daley said back in February. “I’ve vacated all of these titles. Futher more, I will consider my self retired from mixed martial arts as of March 29th. On that date, I will fulfill my commitment with EliteXC.”
“Once I’ve found the path I originally set out on in MMA, I may return to this sport,” Daley added. “It may be six months, it may be six years, who knows.”
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.
No word on any potential candidates in terms of an opponent for the international star as of yet.
Andy Geer (left) and Dave O’Donnell. Photo courtesy of Ring Pics.
Cage Rage officials have announced that John Phillips have become the first fighter to test positive for a banned substance under the organization’s self-implemented drug testing program that was started in October 2007.
“John Phillips, from Team Trojan tested positive for one of the drugs on the current banned list,” promoters Dave O’Donnell and Andy Geer wrote in a statement on the promotion’s official website. “Although the drug is not recognized as a performance enhancing drug, it is nevertheless on the list and action has been taken.”
Phillips has now been prohibited from competing in any mixed martial arts events inside the United Kingdom for the next four months. His win over Jake Bostwick at last weekend’s Cage Rage event has also been changed to a no contest and his purse withheld.
EliteXC President Gary Shaw is credited with initiating the promotion’s drug-testing program, mainly because the country currently does not have a governing body which can rule over such matters concerning MMA.
It’s also important to note that since no such commission exists, Phillips can likely fight in the country during his suspension without having to face legal action. However it would potentially come with a ban from ever competing for Cage Rage again in the future.
EliteXC parent company ProElite purchased Cage Rage last year.
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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:
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)
Danny Batten celebrates after his win over Kyotaro Nakao in March 2007. Photo courtesy of Angrrr Management.
A much-anticipated showdown between longtime English mixed martial arts veterans Danny Batten and Leigh Remedios has been scrapped after Batten suffered an undisclosed injury during a recent training session.
The news comes from MMA Weekly, who although were unable to grab any specifics in terms of Batten’s injury, were able to confirm with the lightweight that the injury was bad enough that he would be unable to fight without suffering serious consequences health-wise.
“It’s really frustrating to be out of the fight and there is nothing I can do about it medically,” Batten said in the report. “The thing is everything was going so well and for the first time in my career, I managed to train solidly for two months without the distractions of holding down my day job as a postman…to cancel now has been really hard for me.”
This is now the second instance in the past week in which Cage Rage officials have been forced to quickly find a replacement opponent for one of their fighters only a week away from Cage Rage 25, which will take place this Saturday, March 8th. Henrique Santana was tapped to replace Che’ Mills against Michael Johnson.
A replacement opponent for Remedios has not yet been found.
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English mixed martial arts legend Ian Freeman may come out of a brief retirement and return to action against former kickboxer and Golden Glory product Paul Cahoon at Cage Rage’s next event on May 10th at the at Wembley Arena in London, England.
The news comes from Stash Capar of The Fight Network, who reports that anonymous sources within the promotion have said that Freeman is likely to step back into the cage in the spring, most likely against Cahoon.
Freeman has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over Mark Epstein at Cage Rage 18: Battleground in September of 2006. Since then the 41-year-old Sunderland native has been busy doing backstage interviews for Cage Rage during their pay-per-view events and serving as editor of the UK-based “Fighters Only” magazine.
If Freeman’s return does come to fruition, he would be wise to not look past Cahoon’s sub-par record. Despite winning as many fights as he has lost, Cahoon has overcome struggles early on in his career to post a current five-fight winning streak, which includes a recent TKO win over Elvis Sinosic in December.
Freeman announced his second break from active fighting last April. He had previously announced that he was stepping away in 2005 after pulling out of a scheduled bout with Forrest Griffin at UFC 55 but returned to active competition the following year.
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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.
Late yesterday, EliteXC announced that Antonio Silva has a new opponent for the co-main event at the Feb 16th card featuring Kimbo Slice vs Tank Abbott. The new opponent will be none other than former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Ricco Rodriquez. This is the third opponent slated to face Antonio Silva. The first announced foe, Shane Carwin, turned down a deal in order to sign with the UFC. Then late last week, EliteXC’s president Gary Shaw announced that Cage Rage’s Gary Turner would fill the slot. Now, a few days after Shaw challenged the UFC and stated that Silva could beat any of the UFC heavyweights, EliteXC puts the former UFC champ in the cage with Junior. Coincidence?
The story gets more interesting in that it turns out that EliteXC apparently did not treat Turner fairly in his mind. EliteXC stated in an article on MMAWeekly that they ended up with contract problems and thus had to drop Turner from the card. Turner, in an open letter to Gary Shaw/EliteXC on the Mat-Magazine website, disputes those facts and rips into the business practices of EliteXC.
Photo courtesy of KenShamrock.com
Ken Shamrock’s return to action will be welcomed by opponent Robert “Buzz” Berry at Cage Rage 25: Bring It On on Saturday, March 8th at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
The Fight Network’s Brian Knapp confirmed the match-up with Shamrock’s manager, Rod Donahoo earlier today.
Shamrock and his 19-year-old son, Ryan came to terms on multi-fight deals with Elite Xtreme Combat earlier this week. The younger Shamrock is also slated to be fighting on the card against an opponent yet to be named.
Despite currently riding a four-fight losing streak, the 43-year-old Shamrock remains one of the most recognized and popular stars in mixed martial arts today. Shamrock was inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s hall of fame along with rival Royce Gracie at UFC 45: Revolution in November of 2003.
Berry sports a professional MMA record of 11-7. The majority of the English native’s fights have stayed on the feet: 13 of his 18 total fights have ended by knockout or technical knockout. All but one of Berry’s fights have ended in the first round. Berry has never gone the distance in his career.
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The world’s most dangerous father and son combo are headed to London, England to show their stuff.
Elite Xtreme Combat has announced that they have to come to terms on multi-fight deals with former UFC superfight champion Ken Shamrock and his 19-year-old son, Ryan. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to have signed Ken and Ryan Shamrock,’’ said EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw, who made the announcement Monday through a press release. “Ken is one of the most recognizable and popular figures in MMA. He has fought the biggest and some of the most important fights in MMA history.”
“Ken is responsible for putting MMA on the worldwide map and making it what it is today,” continued Shaw. “I have the utmost respect for all the Shamrocks. Believe me, I have signed fighters with EliteXC and many more in boxing, but I can truly say I’m as excited about this signing as I have ever been. I’m realIy looking forward to seeing the Shamrocks in action.’’
Both father and son will be back in action at EliteXC-sponsored Cage Rage 25: Bring it on, which will take place on Saturday, March 8th, at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Opponents for both have not yet been announced.
Ken’s return marks the first time the veteran will fight since announcing his retirement following a first-round loss to Tito Ortiz at Shamrock vs. Ortiz III: The Final Chapter back in October of 2006. However Shamrock remains focused despite the layoff.
“I’m totally committed to returning to the cage injury free and anxious about fighting in England for the first time,’’ the older Shamrock said. “It is very exciting for both Ryan and I. We will be making MMA history by being the first father and son to ever fight on the same card. This is a great opportunity we are getting with EliteXC. Give me a fight or two and I will be ready to fight anybody.’’
Ryan made his mixed martial arts debut this past August. He was victorious, submitting opponent Josh Besneatte at a show promoted by his father.
“I think I am more excited than nervous about fighting on the same card with my dad,” said Ryan. “If anything, it gives me more incentive. I get the chance to show that there is another Shamrock out there who can compete as well as he can.’’
The event also features a featherweight title bout between Jean Silva and Masakazu Imanari as well as a clash of heavyweights between England-native Gary Turner and top contender Mustapha al Turk.