UFC veteran Kimo Leopoldo has signed with Cage Rage Championships and will make his debut on September 30th against Dave Legeno.
(Let it be known that Legeno sports a professional MMA record of 0-3)
Cage Rage has announced that Pride veteran Murilo “Ninja” Rua will face UFC and Pride veteran Mark Weir at Cage Rage 18. Other fights set to take place on the September 30th card include Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro vs. Abdul Mohamed, Mark Epstein vs. Ian Freeman, Tony Fryklund vs. Alex Reid and more.
Phil Baroni recently sat down with MMA Weekly and cleared up a few rumors that have been running rampant for about a month now as well as giving some hints as to what he will be up to in the near future.
Baroni stated that he doesn’t believe he will be fighting in the UFC this fall. He did say that if he does return, he would love to fight Rich Franklin.
“Of course I’d like to fight [Rich] Franklin,” said Baroni. “He is the champ. To be the best, you have to beat the best. I know I match up real good with him, and I know if we fought, I would knock him out. The division is still real tough. They have a good group of middleweights right now over there.”
So what does Baroni have lined up that might actually happen? While he still has one fight left on his PRIDE contract, Baroni believes that he would be able to fight with another organization if he requested.
“Pride is good at letting their fighters fight in other organizations,” said Baroni. “Cage Rage is a great promotion, the biggest in England. I was supposed to fight there two times now, and it didn’t work out. I’m sure I’ll fight in Cage Rage in the near future.”
But here’s the best part, a possible bout between Baroni and Frank Shamrock?
“The guys at Strikeforce are hard at work trying to make it happen,” said Baroni about his proposed fight with Shamrock.
A fight between the two would be an absolute slugfest. Even though Baroni’s plans are different than what we originally thought, it’s going to be fun to see where the New York Bad Ass ends up in the coming months.
Here is an update on the official card for the star-filled event which will take place on September 30th at Wembley Arena in England
-Ian Freeman vs Mark Epstein
-Mark Weir vs Phil Baroni
-Rob Broughton vs Robert Berry
-Paul Daley vs Sol Gilbert
-Trevor Prangley vs Gregory Bul
-Dan Severn vs TBA
-Brad Pickett vs Robbie Olivier