Cage Rage has announced that Murlio “Ninja” Rua will take on Xavier Foupa-Pokam in the main event for Cage Rage 24:
We are able to announce as the top of the card main event for the December 1st show, what promises to be an outstanding bout between great warriors. Ninja will come back to these shores to take on the “Professor of Punishment”, Xavier Pokam. Ninja is currently coming of the back of two wins in his last 2 Cage Rage outings and is looking to make this a hat trick, but standing in his way is the formidable shape of Professor X, who is looking to extend his winning streak at Ninja’s expense. This is going to be a classic and will live up to its top of the card billing.
The complete card for Cage Rage 24 is now looking like this:
Murlio Rua vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Evangelista Santos vs. Paul Cahoon
Drew Fickett vs. Mark Weir
Mark Epstein vs. Tom Watson
Dave Legeno vs. George Castro
Ivan Serati vs. Lee Hasdell
Ross Pointon vs. Marios Zaromskis
Brad Pickett vs. Ronnie Mann
Abdul Mohammed vs. Robbie Oliver
James McSweeney vs. Robert Paczkow
Neil Grove vs. Robert Berry
Ronnie Mann vs. Brad Pickett
Brazilian website Tatame recently sat down for an interview with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort where “The Phenom” revealed that a proposition for a potential title bout against EliteXC Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler had been sent to him. Belfort also discussed his wish to take on current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the future:
What are your plans for the future? People are asking for you in UFC…
I want to start everything from the beggining and win the most big belts that I can. I´ll give the maximum attention to my career and fight against the best athletes. I have this big wish of fighting against Quinton Jackson, I think it would be a great combat. EliteXC that´s buying all the events, made a proposal for me to go to a lower category to face Robbie Lawler and fight for the big belt. Me and Spike, we are taking a careful look at this proposal of lowering my weight, getting this belt from Robbie Lawler or the big belt of the medium weight in Ultimate and then winning the superheavy belt. I want to fight in all events I can, but this I´ll decide after taking a look at all the proposals I´ve got. I still have a fight in Cage Rage. I liked this guy, Gary Shaw (president of EliteXC).
With all of the recent talk of Lawler fighting overseas now that Pro Elite has purchased Cage Rage, the fight would most likely take place in that promotion in order to unify the EliteXC and Cage Rage belts. The card for Cage Rage 24 in December isn’t even close to being filled as of yet. I guess we’ll see if the fight could happen then.
As for Belfort taking on Rampage - Vitor is going to have to rack up a string of impressive wins if Dana White is going to invite him back once again.
Forrest Griffin discusses his recent win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at the UFC 76 post-fight press conference.
News and Notes
- Forrest Griffin knows that Wanderlei Silva apparently wants to fight him. However Griffin isn’t sure if he would be medically cleared for UFC 79 in December:
“It kind of would, yeah,” said Griffin about a December date with Silva being too soon. “I’d love to fight him if I didn’t have a giant hole in my face right now. We were in the hotel lobby and I was doing an interview with someone and they’re like ‘Wanderlei just said he wants to fight you’ and I was like ‘Right now, really, right now? He wants to fight me? I know he’s a Chute Boxe guy, but right now?’ And they were like no, no, no … in December.”
“We’ll see medically,” Griffin stated about the December card. “[It’ll] take a couple of weeks to figure it out.”
The cut that Griffin sustained was pretty severe and I’m going to assume that the CSAC will medically suspend him for at least a month without contact. However UFC 79 isn’t until December 29th, which would still give Griffin a good two months to be able to train for the fight. I guess we’ll see what happens…
- Looking for an update on Dan Henderson? The Fight Network has one.
Apparently Henderson only has one fight left on his current contract with the UFC. He has also stated that he would be ready to fight by November but that he would like to stay at light heavyweight, despite the UFC’s efforts to attempt to get Henderson to move down to his natural weight of 185.
- Cage Rage has released part of the upcoming card for Cage Rage 24: Feel The Pain:
Evangelista Santos vs Paul Cahoon
Mark Epstein vs Tom Watson
Ross Pointon vs Marios Zaromskis
Brad Pickett vs Ronnie Mann
Abdul Mohammed vs Robbie Oliver
James McSweeney vs Robert Paczkow
Neil Grove vs Robert Berry
- Matt Hamill has set the story straight concerning his recent knee surgery and stated that he would like to rematch Michael Bisping in December on his official sitehttp://www.matthamill.com/.
- Entertaining PRIDE veteran Akihiro Gono announced at his own press conference yesterday that he has signed with the UFC and will be fighting welterweight Tamden McCrory at UFC 78 in November:
“I know his fight record,” Gono said of the 20-year-old McCrory. “I know that he’s tall, young and has a long reach.”
- The California State Athletic Commission has released the official attendance and gate for UFC 76:
The UFC 76 “Knockout” event on September 22nd in Anaheim, California had an official attendance of 13,770 - with 1,953 of those seats as comps (tickets given away for free to media, friends, celebrities, etc.) for a gate of $1,984,880.
- MMA Weekly has released their latest set of rankings.
Fightlinker: I loves me some Mac Danzig
Sherdog: Old-School Event Sparks Backlash in Brazil
Fight Opinion: Wednesday war room: Where’s my PRIDE?
Five Ounces of Pain: ShoXC to return on Oct. 26 featuring Javi Vazquez, Aaron Rosa, and Muhsin Corbbrey
MMA Analyst: Is the PRIDE vs. UFC debate over?
MMA HQ: “Minotauro” Nogueria vs Cheick Kongo at UFC 79?
It was MMA vs boxing. It was another show brought to you by EliteXC. It was Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable.
A total of 11 fights were put on for the sold out crowd at the Wembley Arena in Middlesex, England. In the main event of the evening, former pro kickboxer Gary Turner forced one-time British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Julius Francis to tap out due to punishing strikes on the ground in the second round of their bout.
Turner (4-0-1) and Francis (0-1) were expected to put on a show on the feet but the majority of the first round turned out to be spent on the ground, where both fighters traded positions multiple times. Turner won the first stanza on points gathered from strikes landed while Francis was on his back.
Turner turned it up a notch in the second round on the feet as he connected with some hard leg kicks. The two clinched and once the fight went to the ground, some punches to Francis’ ribs followed up by a hard knee was all that Francis could take, as the former boxer tapped out and ended up losing in his MMA debut.
After the fight, Turner gave Francis some words of encouragement because of his performance.
“You were tough,” said Turner. “I pity your next opponent. I pity the next man that comes in here with you. I really do.”
Lee Doski def. Jason Barrett - Unanimous Decision
Ch’e Mills def. Ross Mason - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Roman Webber def. Ed Smith - Unanimous Decision
Neil Grove def. Domonic Ostich - TKO (Strikes)
Matt Ewin def. Alex Reid - Unanimous Decision
Xavier Pokam def. Pierre Guillet - TKO (Strikes)
Tengiz Tedoradze def. Mustapha al Turk - Unanimous Decision
Jean Silva def. Chris Brennan - TKO (Strikes)
Paul Daley def. Mark Weir - TKO (Strikes)
Vitor Belfort def. James Zikic - Unanimous Decision
Gary Turner def. Julius Francis - Submission (Strikes)
Today we will be going live at 1 PM EST, covering Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes weigh-in results and much more:
Gary Turner vs Julius Francis
James Zikic vs Vitor Belfort
Mark Weir vs Paul Daley
Matt Ewin vs Alex Reid
Mustapha Al-Turk vs Tengiz Tedoradze
Chris Brennan vs Jean Silva
Xavier Pokam vs Pierre Guillet
Ed Smith vs Roman Webber
Jason Barrett vs Lee Doski
Ch’e Mills vs Ross Mason
Domonic Ostich vs Neil Grove
Gary Turner (224.8lbs) vs. Julius Francis (293.1 lbs)
Vitor Belfort (204.9lbs) vs. James Zikic (198.3lbs)
Mark Weir (167.9lbs) vs. Paul Daley (170.3lbs)
Jean Silva (156.4lbs) vs. Chris Brennan (154.2lbs)
Mustapha al Turk (240.2lbs) vs. Tengiz Tedoradze (242.4lbs)
Xavier Foupa-Pokam (184.9lbs) vs. Pierre Guillet (184.9lbs)
Matt Ewin (184lbs) vs. Alex Reid (181.8lbs)
Domonic Ostich (241.3lbs) vs. Neil Grove (290.9lbs)
Roman Webber (204.9lbs) vs. Ed Smith (200.5lbs)
Che Mills (169.7lbs) vs. Ross Mason (169.9lbs)
Lee Doski (169.7lbs) vs. Jason Barrett (168.6lbs)
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated.
- Be sure to check out our latest MMA on Tap Top 10...
- Stay with us throughout the day and night for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 11 which will feature our famed Tap Selections, a live blog and much more.
- MMA Junkie is reporting via Tagg Radio that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will be taking on former PRIDE Heavyweight Title holder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his next fight. No official date for the fight was said.
MMA Junkie also spoke to Frank Mir’s manager, Dean Albrecht, who stated that a Mir-Nogueira bout is not official and that he and his client would like to face Kongo before Nogueira at this point:
“No official announcement,” he wrote to us. “We are hoping for Kongo first. He called out Mir. I think he deserves it.“
- Sam Caplan went public with some EliteXC news yesterday. Apparently Gary Shaw and company have no interest in signing Renato “Babalu” Sobral at this time and David Loiseau may be making a return early next year:
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw that the fight promotion has no immediate interest in former UFC fighter Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Shaw said in no way does he condone what Sobral did at UFC 74 and labeled the act as “egregious.” However, he would not rule out the possibility of having interest in Sobral’s services in the future.
I’ve also had several people ask me in recent weeks about the status of David Loiseau. Loiseau, if you recall, fought on EliteXC’s debut card in February and has not been used by the promotion since. There was some speculation that he had been released but Shaw confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the promotion does in fact have plans for Loiseau and there’s a chance he could be appearing in December in England on a Cage Rage card.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that a meeting scheduled for next month will review amending these possible regulations and more:
• Weight loss for a competitor 147 pounds or less changed from two pounds to no more than one at the time of weigh-in
• Weight loss for a competitor over 147 pounds changed from three to no more than two pounds at the time of weigh-in
• Weight loss completion from two hours to one hour after the initial weigh-in
• If a referee halts a bout under the basis that both athletes are in a condition that might subject them to harm, the decision will become a technical draw (currently ruled a no contest)
• The addition of all drugs identified on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to the NSAC’s prohibited substance list
News and Notes
- MMA Junkie is reporting a lot of news lately…
The UFC has apparently signed former PRIDE, Shooto, and Pancrase veteran Akihiro Gono and has sent UFC welterweight Tamdan McCrory a contract proposing the fight according to McCrory’s manager:
“He’ll (be at) UFC 78 if he accepts the fight, which I assume he will considering he has fought top guys his whole career,” Ciotoli.
”(The UFC’s been) trying to get me on that card, being that I’m from the area and have a strong fan base in New Jersey,” McCrory told us last month.
Marvin Eastman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Demian Maia at UFC 77 after undergoing eye surgery:
“I had a weak spot on my retina for a long time, and about two weeks ago, it tore a little bit,” Eastman said. “It felt like sleepy eye. I went in to check it out last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and I was in surgery by 7. It’s fixed now, and I’ve got to chill a month and can’t fight until November.“
No word as of yet on a replacement opponent for Eastman.
Chris Lytle may be heading over to the WEC for a possible title shot against WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit:
MMA fan favorite and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” welterweight runner-up Chris Lytle may be leaving the UFC for Zuffa LLC’s other fight promotion — the WEC — and may be in line for an immediate title shot.
In fact, a source close to current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (21-4) first contacted MMAjunkie.com about the possibility, saying UFC and WEC officials were discussing the potential title fight. However, the WEC recently folded a proposed November event into its Dec. 12 fight card, and as of now, the organization has far more fighters than it has fight slots.
A reliable source tell us that a Condit-Lytle fight would happen no sooner than February 2008 — if then — because of the backlog.
- Brazilian MMA website Tatame is reporting that former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona may currently be in contract talks with the UFC.
Hat tip to UFC Mania for the Arona link.
- So Matt Hamill has a torn ACL? He also fought Michael Bisping with that torn ACL? Read what Adam Morgan and 411Mania have to say about that.
- It seems that the UFC has took down UFC Takedown:
Late last week, Matt Cava of UFCtakedown.com was issued a Cease and Desist by Zuffa, LLC. He has been told to remove his website. They specifically nailed him for using UFC in his URL as well as broadcasting illegal fight videos. September 8th’s UFC 75: Champion v. Champion videos as well as a fight between Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson were specifically mentioned. As of today, UFCtakedown.com no longer exists. In the meantime, Matt has been able to secure MMAtakedown.net for the time being.
- Brigham Young University has banned Versus from the school’s channel selection, citing costs and the broadcasting of MMA as the reasons:
BYU has banned access to Versus on its campus cable, citing cost and content issues such as ultimate fighting.
Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that one.
Luke Thomas, Sam Caplan, and Matt Cava recap EliteXC: Uprising and preview UFC 76.
Sherdog: Tale of Two Coaches
MMA Weekly: Catching up with Matt Lindland
Fight Opinion: Pro Elite pays big for KOTC & Cage Rage
Fightlinker: Kang forsakes America, may secretly be a communist
Bloody Elbow: How to Build a MMA Cage?
Houston Chronicle: Fitch gets his shot at UFC’s main stage
Daily Star: Dancing Iceman’s Hot Move
Chicago Sports: Keeping up with Montini’s Chase Beebe
Showtime hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon in preparation for the upcoming EliteXC: Uprising event scheduled to take place on September 15th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The fighters featured on the call were ICON Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler, EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murlio Rua through the use of an interpreter, Jake Shields, and Gina Carano. Other officials participating in the call were EliteXC President Gary Shaw and ICON Sport President T. Jay Thompson.