Carlos Newton. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos “The Ronin” Newton will headline W1: High Voltage in a bout with Shonie “Mr. International” Carter in a battle for the W1 welterweight title.
The co-main event will feature a W1 bantamweight title fight between Remi “Bam Bam” Morvan and former TKO bantamweight champion Adrian “The Bully” Wooley.
Carlos Newton. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton was victorious in his first professional bout in a year and a half, scoring a first-round stoppage of fellow Canadian Nabil Khatib in the main event of Saturday’s “Warrior-1: Inception” event in Gatineau, Quebec.
After looking impressive on his feet, Newton took Khatib down to the canvas, where he pinned right arm across his face and pounded away until Khatib was no longer able to defend himself. The win was the first for Newton since he stopped Tokimitsu Ishizawa with strikes at a K-1 Hero’s event in October 2006.
TKO Championship Fighting product Martin Grandmont also found the win column, earning a quick knockout of Renzo Gracie-trained Mark Holst. Former professional wrestler, hockey and football player Glenn Kulka fell to MMA newcomer Hosier Bruno on the main card as well.
Complete results from the event via Sherdog.com:
Xavier Desroches def. Tim Chessell - Submission (Armbar), R1
Fred Belanger def. Ian Shirley - TKO (Strikes), R1
John Macphearson def. Denis Poirier - TKO (Strikes), R1
Stephane Bernadel def. Frederic Pilon TKO (Body Kick), R2
Tom Walters def. Aaron Thompson - TKO (Strikes), R2
Mustafa Khalil def. Daryle Pinter - Submission (Armbar), R1
Mike Hong def. Michael Clark - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Remi Morvan def. Sean Quinn - Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1
Hosier Bruno def. Glen Kulka - KO (Knee), R1
Craig Brown def. Dean Martins - Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
Martin Grandmont def. Mark Holst - KO (Punch), R1
Carlos Newton def. Nabil Khatib - TKO (Strikes), R1
A wealth of news and events have developed over the four days that we were sidelined due to those damn server gremlins. Here’s a little recap of everything that has gone on since then. The majority of the news is displayed after the jump.
Frye-Taktarov Booked for YAMMA Pit Fighting
Longtime mixed martial arts veterans Don Frye and Oleg Taktarov will headline the main event at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show, which is slated to take place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on April 11th.
Frye revealed the news during his weekly appearance on TAGG Radio.
“I hope (YAMMA) made the announcement because I just signed to fight Oleg Taktarov,” Frye said.
Quote courtesy of MMA Junkie.
EliteXC Reveals Complete Card for “Street Certified”
Elite Xtreme Combat has announced the complete card for their upcoming “Street Certified” event, which will take place this Saturday night at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center. The event will be airing on Showtime.
The full card is below:
Tank Abbott vs. Kimbo Slice
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Antonio Silva
Kyle Noke vs. Scott Smith
Yves Edwards vs. Edson Berto
Brett Roges vs. James Thompson
Rafael Feijao vs. John Doyle
Jon Kirk vs. Yosmany Cabezas
Dave Herman vs. Mario Rinaldi
Eric Bradley vs. Mikey Gomez
Mike Berhard vs. Lorenzo Borgameo
The Fight Network is reporting that the IFL will remove Carlos Newton and Maurice Smith along with their teams from the league for the 2008 IFL season. The IFL will be replacing them with Ian Freeman and Mario Sperry.
According to the report, Freeman will be operating a team based out of the United Kingdom and Sperry will be operating a team located in either Las Vegas or Tampa, Fla.
According to Favorito, the team concept many viewed as contrived will be revamped to include non-contracted camps outside the league’s eight core teams. The IFL hopes the change – one of several planned for next season – will present more flexibility for the league in terms of landing bigger names for its events.
In addition to the traditional match-ups between the IFL’s base teams, next season’s events will include bouts with outside camps, which opens up the potential for teams like Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture or Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment to come in to compete. Former coaches – like Newton, Smith, Ken Yasuda and Frank Shamrock – will be encouraged to field teams at various events, as well. Favorito also said teams will no longer be required to field fighters in each weight class.
The 2008 season will consist of:
Matt Lindland (Wolfpack)
Ken Shamrock (Lions)
Renzo Gracie (Pitbulls)
Pat Miletich (Silverbacks)
Marco Ruas (Condors)
Mario Sperry (Las Vegas/Tampa)
Ian Freeman (United Kingdom)
Yoshihiro Akiyama spoiled Denis Kang)‘s HERO’S debut with a KO victory tonight at the HERO’S Korea 2007. Held before a boisterous sellout crowd at the Jang Chung Gymnasium, the HERO’S Korea 2007 was a staggeringly ambitious production—featuring no less than 24 fighters in 12 bouts contested under HERO’S mixed martial arts rules.
The main event, keenly anticipated by fight sport fans in Korea, Japan and around the world, saw Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan take on Canadian Denis Kang.
Akiyama, the HERO’S 2006 Light Middleweight Champion, was returning to action after serving a suspension for over-oiling his body at the HERO’S Dynamite event last New Year’s Eve. The slippery 32 year-old Japanese judoka faced a formidable opponent in Kang, a 30 year-old Canadian mixed martial arts fighter who packs a heck of a punch, and was making his HERO’S debut. The bout was contested with an 85kg/187lbs weight contract.
Kang threw the first strike, a low kick, then tested with jabs and straight punches. Both men kept their guards high, in no rush to close there were more jabs, straight punches and low kicks. Akiyama, fighting in shorts instead of his judogi, stayed at the perimeter, circling to his left, while Kang, head down, followed with the occasional punching attack—textbook combinations which Akiyama capably evaded or blocked. Meanwhile, in an effective if unspectacular manner, Akiyama was getting through with counters, picking his spots, putting the more surgical strikes forward. By midway through the first, Kang’s nose was bloodied.
Somewhat surprisingly, it was Kang who made the first and only takedown attempt in the fight. Equally surprising, Akiyama would have none of it, electing to fight this one on his feet. Time was running down in the first when Kang backed himself into the corner, intent perhaps on making his circling opponent approach him squarely. The tactic backfired miserably however, when Akiyama stepped in with a dandy little move, feigning a left, then another, before bringing the right in hard. Kang collapsed to the mat, Akiyama quickly planting another right for good measure before stepping back to let the referee through to call it. An impressive win for Akiyama.
“My mother supported me through the problems I had over the last year,” said Akiyama post-bout. “She was ringside tonight and I just want to say thanks to her and all my fans. I think I won because I was relaxed, when I saw that my jab had made Denis’ nose start bleeding, it made a big difference, gave me more confidence and helped me relax and focus even more. I hope to fight again soon, but it would not be right for me to expect I will be invited to Dynamite this year, we’ll see.”
News and Notes
- Be sure to check back later tonight when we go live at 8 PM EST with our live blog for UFC 77: Hostile Territory.
- If you haven’t already, make sure you cast your vote on our latest Rock the Vote: Sylvia or Vera?
- MMA Weekly has former UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton facing Dong Sik Yoon at K-1 Hero’s 11 on October 28th while my notes have him taking on Shungo Oyama. I’ll try and figure that one out.
- Marco Antico of MMA Weekly is also reporting the following matchups for TKO 31 in December:
Jesse Bongfeldt vs T.J. Grant for the TKO Welterweight Title
Chris Clements vs Stephane Dube
Mark Hominick is currently in talks to face Justin Tavernini
Steve Bosse is set to headline the card in the main event
- Ken Shamrock is holding open tryouts for anyone interested in being a member of the IFL’s Nevada Lions or joining his Lion’s Den gym. Tryouts will be held at The Stadium Sport and Fitness Club in Reno, Nevada. They will consist of several drills and sparring in the various MMA disciplines. For further information, contact Lance Foreman at 530-252-8071 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pancrase has announced that it will adjust it’s weight divisions to fall in line with those currently designated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
- FEG apparently does not see World Victory Road, Japan’s newest MMA organization, as a potential enemy:
“As for the Japanese MMA market, fans have been dwindling since the loss of PRIDE. No part of me sees this new organization as an enemy, and I would like to find places in which we can cooperate,” said FEG Representative Director Sadaharu Tanigawa.
- Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has been cast in the new celebrity version of “The Apprentice” on NBC. Ortiz’s fellow cast mates potentially include Omarosa, John Cena, Lennox Lewis, Stephen Baldwin, Gene Simmons, Carol Alt, Vinny Pastore, and Marilu Henner according to TMZ.
- The Fight Network is reporting that representatives from HDNet Fights have confirmed that the promotion is planning to hold it’s second event on December 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Fight Entertainment Group president Sadaharu Tanigawa has announced that PRIDE veteran Denis Kang (27-8-1) will face Yoshihiro Akiyama (9-1) at the October 28th HERO’s show in Seoul, South Korea.
Tanigawa also announced that BJJ phenom Marcelo Garcia will make his MMA debut against Dae Won Kim (3-3) with the fight taking place at 181 lbs. Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton (13-12) will make his return to the ring for the first time in nearly 8 months when he faces Shungo Oyama (6-10) at a catch-weight of 198 lbs.
K-1 Hero’s Oct. 28 Card
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Denis Kang
Marcelo Garcia vs. Dae Won Kim
Dong Sik Yoon vs. Fabio Silva
Zelg Galesic vs. Taiei Kin
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Min Soo Kim
Carlos Newton vs. Shungo Oyama
Lee Tae Hyun vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto
Bernard Ackah vs. Poai Suganuma
Here are the full results from IFL - Houston.
- Antonio McKee def. Gabe Rivas - TKO (Knee Injury)
- Vladimir Matyushenko def. Dwayne Compton - Submission (Armbar)
- Chad Griggs def. John Marsh - TKO (Strikes)
- Savant Young def. Ed West - Decision (Unanimous)
- Matt Ver Halen def. Masaaki Izena - Decision (Unanimous)
- Ben Rothwell def. Matt Thompson - TKO
- Jay Hieron def. Victor Moreno - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Benji Radach def. Ryan McGivern - TKO
- Chris Horodecki def. Bart Palaszewski - Decision (Split)
- Mike Ciesnolevicz def. Alex Schoenauer - Decision (Split)
- Matt Lindland def. Carlos Newton - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
News and Notes
- Travis Lutter failed to make weight at the weigh-ins yesterday coming in at 186.5 lbs so the fight is now a three round non-title fight.
- Matt Lindland added another solid win to his record last night when he submitted former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton.
- Tonight UFC 67: All or Nothing will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’. Be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST for blow by blow coverage.
- The odds on Cro Cop vs. Sanchez are unreal. Take a look at this:
At the Mandalay Sports Book, you had to lay down US$1,000 just to make $100 on a Filipovic win. A $100 bet on Sanchez, in contrast, would win you $600.
- Hammer House member Rob Wince suffered a tragic loss on Wensday evening when he found his son dead in the basement of his house. His son accidentally killed himself by playing the ‘choking game’. Our thoughts go out to the Wince family during this tough time.
MMA on Tap: UFC 67: All or Nothing Preview
Canada.com: Cro Cop: Fighter-turned-politician makes UFC debut Saturday night in Las Vegas
Sherdog: Lindland Stops Newton
News and Notes
- Former UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton will take on Matt Lindland in a “superfight” on the IFL fight card Feb. 2 in Houston.
- A few days ago Seth Petruzelli released a MySpace bulletin which said that his fight at UFC Fight Night 8 was off. Petruzelli recently released another bulletin saying he may still be on the card.
Petruzelli’s bulletin said “Hey guys, I still have to train and go weigh in the 25th for the UFC…my opponent injured his ankle. They are trying to find me a new fight on short notice but it doesn’t look good. So I still have to go ready to fight just in case. Thanks and I hope to be back fighting for you all soon!”
- As we reported yesterday, The Gracie Fighting Championships: Evolution event has been postponed due to unknown circumstances. This is an unfortunate turn of events as the GFC: Evolution card was looking very solid with UFC veterans Jeff Monson, Wes Sims, Nick Diaz, Renato Verissimo, and others. Hopefully the get things sorted out and find a new date for the show soon. The response so far from fighters and fans is fairly negative, here is what Randy Harris and Marco Avellan had to say on ‘The Underground’.
Marcos Avellan - “I’m obviously super bummed out. One of my biggest disapointments was for all the people who made a lot of sacrifices so that I could train for this fight. My brother and other FFA instructors picked up the slack for me and taught all my classes for the past six weeks. My wife had to deal with my temper tantrums because of the weight cutting and training - I’m the first to admit I’m a bit difficult to deal with when training full time and dieting.
And then Lloyd Irvin trained me personally for a week… and Eric “El Tigre” Castanos and Paulino Hernandez took a ton of time out of their personal schedules to train me.
So thank you to all of them, you guys did an AWESOME job getting me ready and we’ll do it again one more time when the fight is rescheduled.
In the meantime, to my students, I’m back! I miss all you guys and am looking forward to teaching some classes again!
And about the GFC, I think they are trying their best to resolve this the best they can. I used to promote shows (not nearly as big as the GFC) and it is a TOUGH business. A lot of people don’t realize some of the crazy monkey wrenches that get thrown your way as a promoter. Believe me… if anyone is suffering from this… they are taking it the WORST. I really think they did everything they could to treat the fighters A+... I genuinely believe they probably had no other choice.
So a strong recovery to all those involved with this show - fighters, spectators, and promoters.
Randy Harris - “Yes I was told postponed but as far as I am concerned it has been cancelled. I wouldn’t plan on attending it ever again. People have spent money on plane tickets and more and they are now out! BAD BAD business!”
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