Cage Rage

CKA: Jan 3, 2007

Interested in owning a UFC championship belt like the one above? How about the exact one above? Got $30,000 to spare? Well former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez is selling the title he won from Randy Couture at UFC 39 on eBay in hopes of raising money for a school Rodriguez will be opening down south.

Tim Sylvia calls Fedor a bad word

Former UFC heavyweight champion had some choice words for Fedor Emelianenko during a post-UFC 79 interview with Gary Herman of CBS Sports. When asked about Emelianenko, Sylvia stated that he feels the former PRIDE champ is ducking top competition:

“I think he’s being a (expletive),” said Sylvia. “I think Fedor is very good, but you have to fight the top level competitors all the time to keep that status, and he is just not doing that.”

According to Five Ounces of Pain, the bad word had something to do with a pussy, whatever that is…

WCO Releases Complete Card for “The Return”

The World Cagefighting Organization has released the complete card for WCO: The Return, which is set to take place January 12th at the San Diego Sports Arena.

The event is headlined by a main event between former UFC light heavyweights Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Vernon White and includes many other notable fighters competing as well. The full card is below:

Renato Sobral vs. Vernon White
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Mike Kyle
Mark Kerr vs. Rick Roufus
Jimmy Ambriz vs. Wesley Correira
Joe Riggs vs. Gustavo Machado
Virgil Zwicker vs. David Mejia
Davis Loiseau vs. Leopoldo Serao
Tiki Ghosn vs. J.J. Ambrose
Fabio Costa vs. Carlos Fuentes
Georgi Karakahyan vs. Armando Sanchez
Tony Sylvestor vs. Cain Velasquez

Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for that find.

Sakara Joins American Top Team

Alessio Sakara has joined the ranks of ATT according to a statement made on the team’s official website:

To start off the new year, American Top Team is pleased to announce UFC fighter Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara has joined our team!

We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Alessio, who is known for his explosive stand up style of fighting. We look forward to working with Alessio and help him improve his overall mma game and take him to the top!

Sakara returns at UFC 80: Rapid Fire later this month when he takes on newcomer James Lee. The fight is expected to be Sakara’s last at 205 lbs as he has expressed plans to move down to the middleweight division following the fight.

Miscellaneous Notes

We will have a brand new MMA on Tap Top 10 posted later today. Our rumors page has been updated. Randy Couture will be hosting a charity poker tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on January 12th. Couture, Jamie Gold, and Dean Cain are all expected to participate. Leland Rolling takes a look at what’s next for Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva. A matchup between Jake Bostwick and John Phillips has been added to Cage Rage 25 according to The Fight Network.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
3-5 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show”
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Fightlinker was on BetUS’s radio show yesterday. Also be sure to check out the latest from Jarry Park - He’s Just J-Lau From The Block

Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain Quick Results

Ronnie Mann def. Jordan Miller - Submission (Triangle)
Robert Paczkow def. James McSweeney - Submission (Front Choke)
Abdul Mohammed def. Robbie Olivier - Majority Decision
Ivan Serati def. Lee Hasdell - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Neil Grove def. Robert Berry - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Mark Buchannan def. George Castro - TKO (Strikes)
Mark Epstein def. Tom Watson - Split Decision
Marios Zaromskis def. Ross Pointon - TKO (Cut)
Drew Fickett def. Mark Weir - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Paul Cahoon def. Elvis Sinosic - TKO (Strikes)
Murilo Rua def. Xavier Pokam - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain Weigh-In Results

Xavier Pokam (185 lbs) vs. Murilo Rua (185 lbs)
Elvis Sinosic (205 lbs) vs. Paul Cahoon (202 lbs)
Drew Fickett (170 lbs) vs. Mark Weir (170 lbs)
Marios Zaromskis (170 lbs) vs. Ross Pointon (169 lbs)
Tom Watson (185 lbs) vs. Mark Epstein (185 lbs)
George Castro (243 lbs) vs. Mark Buchanan (229 lbs)
Robert Berry (249 lbs) vs. Neil Grove (300 lbs)
Ivan Serati (204 lbs) vs. Lee Hasdell (205 lbs)
Robbie Olivier (155 lbs) vs. Abdul Mohammed (155 lbs)
Robert Paczkow (330 lbs) vs. James McSweeney (231 lbs)
Jordan Miller (144 lbs) vs. Ronnie Mann (144 lbs)

Sinosic Ready for Cage Rage Return

Elvis Sinosic will return to the cage for the second time this year when he takes on English kickboxer Paul Cahoon at Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain this Saturday at the Wembley Arena in London, England.

Sinosic is coming off of a TKO loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 70 in a fight that he nearly won with a kimura in the second round. Since then Sinosic has spent his time back in his native Australia, training and teaching while preparing for his fight against Cahoon this weekend.

“After the Bisping fight I went back to Australia and it was right back into training and teaching at my academy,” said Sinosic. “Anthony Perosh as always has been helping me get ready for this fight. I’ve been working with Justin Stevenson and Gary Edwards. A couple of students too, Steven Micallef and Shane Nix, they’ve been helping me with a couple different things.”

Cahoon, who currently trains with a Golden Glory team that includes Alistair Overeem, Gilbert Yvel, and Semmy Schilt, is also a threat on the ground as well - three of his wins have come by way of submission. However Elvis is confident that he’ll be able to be successful wherever the fight may go.

“I feel that I have the ability to win the fight at any range,” said Sinosic. “Wherever the fight goes, I’m comfortable. My plan is to feel out the fight from the start and then take it from there.”

So what’s next for Elvis Sinosic after this fight?

“Well currently this is a single fight deal with Cage Rage,” noted Sinosic. “I haven’t ruled out further fights with them. Right now though, I’m just focused on this fight. I’m not looking past it.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Sinosic-Perosh Martial Arts Academy can visit their official website.

Coming Back From Three Straight Losses

Next month’s showdown between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva will finally answer the age-old question that has been haunting the minds of MMA fans for years as to who would win between the two if they ever fought.

The winner of the fight will receive a huge momentum boost going into the twlight of their career. The loser? Well they will have lost three fights in a row. The list of fighters that have lost three fights in a row is astounding in terms of size. The list of notable fighters that have dropped three straight bouts is pretty big as well.

So what does it take to come back from nearly falling into obscurity? Here’s a look at some well-known fighters that came out on the wrong end of the stick three or more consecutive times and managed to turn things around and get back on the winning track.

Hermes Franca: After a stint where he went 2-2 in the UFC, Franca left the promotion to try and work on his skills in smaller promotions before returning to the big show. However Franca ended up dropping three consecutive fights to Yves Edwards, Koutetsu Boku, and Ray Cooper before the end of 2005. Franca rebounded with an 8 fight winning streak and found himself challenging Sean Sherk for the UFC Lightweight Title this past July.

Nick Diaz: After knocking out touted prospect Robbie Lawler at UFC 47, Diaz found himself being advertised as the future of the UFC’s welterweight division. Diaz ended up struggling for the rest of his UFC career and ultimately lost three straight fights to top competition in Sherk, Joe Riggs, and Diego Sanchez before finding himself out of a Zuffa-owned promotion.  Diaz was brought back towards the end of 2006 for two fairly easy fights but ended up heading to PRIDE where he pulled off a huge upset over Takanori Gomi before the fight was changed to a no contest.

Tengiz Tedoradze:The Eastern Europe native became one of England’s top heavyweight prospects by 2004. Tedoradze then ran into a brick wall when he lost to Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and then Monson once again in three straight fights. Tedoradze turned his fortunes around by racking up a respectable 10-2-1 record while establishing himself as the best fighter over 205 lbs that the U.K. has to offer.

Mark Coleman: Coleman tore through the UFC in his first six fights, knocking off Gary Goodridge, Don Frye, and Dan Severn along the way. Then Coleman gassed in a heavyweight title opportunity against Maurice Smith. The infamous knockout at the hands of Pete Williams followed and a decision loss to Pedro Rizzo forced Coleman to travel to Japan in hopes of jumpstarting his career. “The Hammer” did just that when he won the 2000 PRIDE Grand Prix in impressive fashion.

Denis Kang: Kang struggled greatly in the first few years of his career and dropped three straight fights to mediocre competition at one point. Kang’s inconscitency continued until he found himself at home in Spirit MC where he became the promotion’s heavyweight champion. Two years later Kang found himself nearly becoming PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix champion and currently is widely regarded as one of the top middleweights in the world by many.

Chael Sonnen:Sonnen had acquired a solid reputation as being a skilled middleweight during the first couple years of his career that found fighting mainly on the West Coast for the most part. The Team Quest product ended up losing three fights in a row in 2004, two of them to MMA veteran Jeremy Horn. Sonnen rebounded and worked his way into a stint in the UFC. Undefeated since leaving the home of the Octagon last year, Sonnen now finds himself challenging an undefeated Paulo Filho for the WEC Middleweight Title on December 12th.

Dennis Hallman: The man they nicknamed “Superman” had racked up an eye-opening record of 10-1 before falling to a trio of creditable middleweights in the form of Caol Uno, Paul Rodriguez, and eventual UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne in sequential bouts. Hallman ended up turning things around and ended up putting together a respectable career that included three separate stints in the UFC and was highlighted by the second of two quick submission wins over Matt Hughes.

Thanksgiving News and Notes

Happy Thanksgiving bitches! Sorry for the lateness but here’s a roundup of today’s news…

- Cage Rage has announced that U.K. native Jordan Miller will replace an injured Brad Pickett against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain on December 1st.

Pickett was forced to pull out of the bout after breaking his arm during training.

- Yahoo! Sports has added a new MMA videos section.

- The UFC has officially announced four additional bouts for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, which is set to take place at The Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 8th:

Jared Rollins vs. Jon Koppenhaver
Troy Mandaloniz vs. Richie Hightower
Roman Mitichyan vs. Dorian Price
Paul Georgieff vs. Jonathan Goulet

- MMA Junkie is reporting that Drew McFedries will return to the Octagon against Patrick Cote according to a Facebook bulletin posted by Cote himself. Dann Stupp and company are also reporting that American Kickboxing Academy’s Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch will most likely be back in action at UFC 82 in March.

- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Bryson Kamaka has tested positive for marijuana following post-fight tests for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives last weekend. Kamaka has been suspended for three months and fined $500.

Pickett Injured; Pulls Out of Cage Rage 24

Brad Pickett has been forced to pull of his upcoming fight against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24 after breaking his arm during a recent training session at American Top Team in Miami, Florida over the weekend.

Pickett revealed that his arm was already damaged months before he broke it this past weekend:

“I had a bit of a problem with my arm for a few months now,” Pickett said. “I wasn’t too sure what it was. We thought I might have a small fracture [already] because it was quite sore. I ended up sparring on Saturday and blocked a high kick and broke it.”

Pickett is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks. A replacement opponent for Mann has not yet been found.

Cage Rage owner Andy Greer promised that Pickett would return to the promotion at some point next year in an official statement:

“[Brad] is the latest victim of a gruelling training regime,” Greer said. “Brad is understandably disappointed that he will miss the opportunity to fight. He wanted to take this opportunity to apologize to all his fans and wants to assure them that he will be back with a vengeance next year.”

Cage Rage: Sinosic In, Santos Out

MMAWeekly is reporting that UFC veteran Elvis Sinosic will be filling in for Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at Cage Rage 24 when he faces British fighter Paul Cahoon.

According to the report, Evangelista Santos was pulled from the card due to weight cutting issues. Cage Rage now expects the Santos-Cahoon fight to happen at some point in March.

Sinosic’s last MMA appearance came at UFC 70: Nations Collide when he went to war with UFC poster boy Michael “Count” Bisping eventually losing by TKO early in the second stanza. Sinosic sports a MMA record of 8-10-2 with victories over Mark Epstein, Jeremy Horn, and Katsuhisa Fujii.

Paul Cahoon also sports a professional MMA record of 8-10. Cahoon made his Cage Rage debut in July defeating Mark Epstein.

Cage Rage 24 Card:

Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Elvis Sinosic vs. Paul Cahoon
Drew Fickett vs. Mark Weir
Marios Zaromskis vs. Ross Pointin
Tom Watson vs. Mark Epstein
Dave Legeno vs. George Castro
Neil Grove vs. Robert Berry
Ivan Serati vs. Lee Hasdell
Abdul Mohamed vs. Robbie Oliver
Robert Paczkow vs. James McSweeney
Ronnie Mann vs. Brad Pickett

CKA: Oct 19, 2007

News and Notes

- The Fight Network is reporting that Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will face Mike Rourke in his promotional debut at EliteXC: Renegade on Nov. 10 at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

- Randy Couture’s agent spoke with The Fight Network yesterday shooting down rumors about Couture earning between $3.25 and $3.75 million per fight.

“Based on Randy’s contract, $3.25 to $3.75 million is not even in the ballpark,” Walker said. “It’s beyond exaggerated. He’d never make that. I know what he’s been paid; I’ve seen the pay-per-view numbers. The numbers that are being thrown around are not accurate. Whoever gave that information does not have their facts straight.”

- The Fight Network is also reporting that B.J. Penn, the UFC’s current number one contender for the lightweight title may not face either Sean Sherk or Joe Stevenson until early February.

- So is Joe Riggs in or out of the Strikeforce middleweight tournament?

Loretta Hunt says that he’s out:

Joe Riggs will not be one of the four contestants to compete in California’s first regulated four-man tournament scheduled for Nov. 16’s Strikeforce “Four Man Enter, One Man Survives” event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Riggs declined the slot, however, and will seek a single fight on the card instead.

“It’s a timing thing,” said Riggs’ manager Scott Lewis. “He just fought two weeks ago and he doesn’t want to step into the cage two times in one night. We’re speaking with Scott Coker [Strikeforce’s promoter] to see if we can get him a single fight that night. He loves working with Strikeforce and is looking to get on that card.”

However Sam Caplan reports that Riggs is still undecided:

When contacted by ProElite.com, Riggs did confirm that his status for the tournament is currently uncertain but did not rule out the possibility of competing in it.

According to Riggs, his former agent, Ken Pavia, committed him to the tournament without receiving proper consent. Riggs now has new representation and is evaluating the opportunity. He indicated that he could ready to make a decision on whether he will compete in the next several days.

- Be sure to check out our newest feature ‘Break It Down’ where John and I provide our thoughts and predictions on every fight set to take place Saturday night at UFC 77: Hostile Territory.

- Don’t forget to cast your vote on our latest edition of ‘Rock the Vote’.

- UFC veteran Elvis Sinosic will replace Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at Cage Rage 24. Sinosic will be stepping up to face British fighter Paul Cahoon.

- The weigh-ins for UFC 77: Hostile Territory will be streamed live today at 4 PM EST on Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com.

- Adam Smith will appeal his positive tests for steroids, marijuana, and cocaine with the CSAC.

- Eddie Alvarez has told Sam Caplan that he’s been informed to prepare for a possible rematch with Nick Thompson in December.

Media Links

Sherdog: In Enemy Territory
Sherdog: Silva-Franklin II: Unlike Any Other
MMAWeekly: UFC Champ Arrives in Cincy
The Cincinnati Enquirer: Fighters, fans get their MMA fix in Cincy
Web Devil: Pankration gives Sun Devils shot at MMA world

Radio Schedule

FCFighter Radio: Bart Palaszewski and Sean Salmon

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Cage Rage Fighters to Be Tested for Drugs

LOS ANGELES – All fighters competing on upcoming Cage Rage fight cards will be subject to random drug testing, it was announced Wednesday.

Cage Rage, which recently was purchased by Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc. (PELE.PK), is the biggest and most prestigious Mixed Martial Arts organization in the UK.

Gary Shaw, President of ProElite’s Live Events Division, EliteXC, initiated the idea to test the fighters

“Anybody that knows me knows that my No. 1 priority is the health and safety of the athletes,” Shaw said. “I wholeheartedly agree and support Cage Rage’s decision. This ensures that the highest safety standards will be in place each and every time a fighter competes in an EliteXC/Cage Rage fight card in Britain.”

The process will begin before the “EliteXC Presents Cage Rage 24” Dec. 1 event that will be aired on pay-per-view live at ProElite.com.

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