Cage Rage

CKA: July 12, 2007

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated once again…

- Remember to cast your vote on our latest poll: Rock the Vote - Favorite UFC 73 Fight

- MMA on Tap would like to congratulate UFC Junkie’s Eric “Performify” Foster on being hired as a columnist for Fight! Magazine.

- For those of you that haven’t already heard, Wesley “Cabbage” Correira has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with James Thompson at Cage Rage 22 this Saturday after suffering a broken ankle during a recent training session. Cage Rage has also announced that Correira will be replaced by Kimo Leopoldo in the bout.

- Full Contact Fighter is reporting that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Ron Waterman at HCF: Unfinished Business on July 21 because he has been denied admittance into the country of Canada:

Hardcore Championship Fighting promoter, Keith Crawford, informed FCF this afternoon that Ricco Rodriguez will not fight Ron Waterman on the July 21st, “Unfinished Business” card, in Edmonton, Alberta, as had been advertised. The fight was to be the card’s main event, which will take place at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Alberta’s capital city. According to Crawford, Canadian authorities have denied Rodriguez entrance into the country.

“Mr. Rodriguez’s bond to get into Canada has been revoked due to recent situations.” said Crawford, which was the extent to which he cared to comment. As of last week, Crawford had maintained in correspondence with FCF that he believed all American fighters that were scheduled to compete on the card would be granted entry into Canada.

Rodriguez’s lawyer and agent, James C. Gallo, told FCF this afternoon that “I’m not an expert in Canadian law, but I’m unaware of any reason as to why Rodriguez would be precluded from leaving the U.S. to enter Canada.”

- The Fight Network is reporting that Mirko Cro Cop has hired a talented group to be used as sparring partners in preparation for Cro Cop’s upcoming bout against Cheick Kongo at UFC 75. Sergei Kharitonov, Ricco Rodriguez and Zelg Galesic will all be participating in Cro Cop’s training camp.

- Randy Couture and Quinton Jackson fell short of their bid to become the first mixed martial artist to receive an ESPY for Fighter of the Year as Floyd Mayweather Jr took home the honor.

- Gracie Fighter is stating that Nick Diaz has been released of his contract with PRIDE and Zuffa because of his ties with Elite XC:

We will be running a series on a seldom seen look at the behind the scenes workings that ultimately lead to the ouster of Nick Diaz from the new Pride organization. In our opinion this ouster had everything to do with Nick’s participation in the EliteXC organization and nothing to do with Zuffa’s technical grounds. Everyday this week we will post corresponding emails and let you the reader be the ultimate judge.

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Cabbage Out of Cage Rage 22 With Broken Ankle; Will Be Replaced by Kimo

Wesley “Cabbage” Correira has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with James Thompson at Cage Rage 22 this Saturday after suffering a broken ankle during a recent training session.

Cage Rage has also announced that Correira will be replaced by Kimo Leopoldo in the bout. Leopoldo has not fought since October of 2006 when he was stopped by Wes Sims in the first round of their bout at Extreme Wars 5.

Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell

Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell is scheduled to take place July 14th, 2007 at the Wembley Arena in London, England.

Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell

Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs. Tengiz Tedoradze
Mario Sperry vs. Lee Hasdell
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira vs. James Thompson
Edson Drago vs. Gary Turner
Herb Dean vs. Dave Legeno
Mark Buchannan vs. James McSweeny
Paul Chahoon vs. Mark Epstein
Ronnie Mann vs. Robbie Oliver
Marios Zaromskis vs. Ross Mason
Ross Pointon vs. Dean Bray
Joe Mac vs. Jeremy “Bad Boy” Bailey
Michael Johnson vs. Damian Riccio
Tom Watson vs. Ed Smith

Be sure to check in Saturday as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’.

Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell

Here is the full card for Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell which is scheduled to take place July 14th.

Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell

Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs. Tengiz Tedoradze
Mario Sperry vs. Lee Hasdell
Rob Broughton vs. Gary Turner
Herb Dean vs. Dave Legeno
Mark Buchanan vs. James McSweeney
Paul Cahoon vs. Mark Epstein
Ronnie Mann vs. Robbie Olivier
Marius Zaromskis vs. Ross Mason
Ross Pointon vs. Dean Bray
Joe Mac vs. Jeremy Bailey
Michael Johnson vs. Damian Riccio
Tom Watson vs. Ed Smith

CKA: Apr 26, 2007

News and Notes

- The rumors section has been updated once again…

- Cage Rage has announced the card for it’s July 14th event, Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell at the Wembley Arena in London, England:

Eric Esch vs Tengiz Tedoradze
Mario Sperry vs Lee Hasdell
Rob Broughton vs Gary Turner
Herb Dean vs Dave Legeno
Mark Buchanan vs James McSweeney
Paul Cahoon vs Mark Epstein
Ronnie Mann vs Robbie Olivier
Marius Zaromskis vs Ross Mason
Ross Pointon vs Dean Bray
Joe Mac vs Jeremy Bailey
Michael Johnson vs Damien Riccio

- Kazushi Sakuraba landed in Brazil earlier this week to train with the Chute Boxe team in preparation for his pending bout at K-1 and EliteXC’s event on June 2nd. An opponent for Sakuraba has not yet been named but rumors have been floating around for a couple of weeks now that he will be matched up against Royce Gracie for a rematch of their famous 90 min brawl in PRIDE…

- Spencer Fisher will take on Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 10 on June 9th…

- KOAT, an ABC tlevision affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico is reporting that the city will host UFC 74 on August 25th at the University of New Mexico’s basketball arena which seats 18,000. They stated they received the information from Diego Sanchez who also said that he would be fighting on the card…

- The UFC apparently chose not to administer drug tests to the fighters that competed at UFC 69 and UFC 70 according to the Houston Chronicle.

Bodog Fight Presents Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day

Bodog Fight is pleased to join forces with the U.K. mixed martial arts promotion Cage Rage to present Cage Rage Championships 21: Judgement Day.

Thanks to a special arrangement, mixed martial arts fans will be able to watch this exciting event free in the United States on ION Television, April 28th at 9 p.m. / 8 p.m. Central.

“We are thrilled to bring the Cage Rage experience for the first time to television audiences in the U.S.,” says Bodog Fight founder Calvin Ayre. “Viewers can expect some fantastic bouts.”

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Bob Sapp Out, David “Tank” Abbott In

Cage Rage Championships has announced that K-1 veteran Bob “The Beast” Sapp has been forced to withdraw from his fight at Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day. According to Cage Rage, Sapp was having some personal problems which made him unavailable for Saturday’s event.

Replacing Sapp will be legendary pitfighter David “Tank” Abbott who is expected to arrive in London later today.

CKA: Apr 13, 2007

News and Notes

- Be sure to check back this weekend for our updated MMA on Tap Top 10…

- We will have our TUF5 catch-up posted up later today as well…

- The IFL will be holding an event tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Arizona Scorpions will take on the Toronto Dragons and the New York Pitbulls will face the Portland Wolfpack.

- According to The Fight Network, UFC 72 will be held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland on June 16th.

- Pro Elite’s official website will be broadcasting a live stream of two MMA events on Saturday, April 21st. They will show Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day live at 3:00 PM EST as well as the California-based No Limits show at 10:00 PM EST.

K-1 to Buy Cage Rage?

MMAWeekly is reporting that K-1 has tabled an offer of approximately 10 million pounds to purchase Cage Rage and all of its assets.

Sources close to Cage Rage have confirmed that K-1 has tabled an offer in the neighborhood of 10 million pounds as a takeover of the company and all its assets. The deal has apparently come about due in large part to the pending purchase of Pride FC by the UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta and the severance of links between Cage Rage and Pride FC. Cage Rage has recently been somewhat of a feeder show for Pride FC with several fighters under contract to Pride FC fighting on Cage Rage events.

CKA: Mar 19, 2007

News and Notes

- UFC veteran Jonathan “Road Warrior” Goulet added to his winning streak this past weekend when he disposed of Jesse Bongfeldt early in the first at TKOMMA Tourney 2007. His next fight will come June 1st at TKO 29: Repercussion when he faces fellow UFC veteran Steve Vigneault for the vacant TKO welterweight title. Georges St. Pierre was foreced to vacate the title when he won the UFC welterweight belt.

- Yesterday Sherdog.com reported Chuck Liddell and Quinton Jackson will lock horns in the world famous octagon May 26th at UFC 71.

- This past weekend former UFC heavyweight champion and MMA legend, Bas Rutten, announced that he was stepping down as the coach of the Anacondas and Sean Tompkins would be taking his place as the head coach. Rutten will remain with the IFL but instead of coaching he will become the “Face of the IFL” working the broadcast booth and hosting “IFL Battleground”.

- The UFC has hired Mike Mersch who will be the organization’s chief operating officer. Originally Mersch was the Nevada deputy attorney general who represented the Nevada Athletic Commission.

- Hall of Fame play-by-play boxing announcer, Col. Bob Sheridan, will be ringside April 14th when Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Lindland fight in the BodogFight ring.

- Bob Sapp’s new opponent at the upcoming Cage Rage show will be Gary Turner.

- GracieMag.com is reporting that Ronaldo Jacaré will not compete at ADCC 2007.

- According to GracieFighter.com UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin has parted ways with David Terrell and the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance. Terrell said, ““He didn’t train at all with us for that fight so why would we corner him. Win or lose we wouldn’t have been responsible.”

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Sherdog.com: Goulet Captures Quick Opening-Round Win
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ADCC News: Big Announcements in April?

Antonio Inoki
Does anyone remember this man? He was at the very first show of the IFL, and before everyone noticed, he had some ex-body builder running his team Tokyo Sabres. On March 14th, Inoki officially announced that as of April 1st, he is starting a new martial arts promotion called Inoki Genome Federation. (IGF) The head of organization is none other than Anotonio Inoki but other executives and staff are still unknown till this date. The only prediction we can make at this point is that his son-law, Simon Kelly Inoki, just revealed his resignation from New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s president post, probably to join his father in-law’s new promotion. Besides this, no one knows what is going to take place with this new project by Mr. Inoki. All we can tell at this point, is that everyone is making big announcements in April.

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