Ryan Bader. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A pair of fights have reportedly been added to the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night 18 show that is rumored to be taking place on April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee - Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero and Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie.
Five Ounces of Pain is reporting both fights as taking place at the event, citing sources close to some of the participating fighters.
Bader will be fighting for the first formal time in the UFC after defeating jiu-jitsu champion Vinicius Magalhaes to win the light heavyweight portion of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” at the show’s finale in December. The Arizona Combat Sports product remains undefeated thus far in his professional career.
We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with complete results from tonight’s WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown event, which will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The show’s televised main card will air on Versus starting at 8 PM ET.
WEC 36 is headlined by Urijah Faber once again defending his featherweight title against gritty top contender Mike Thomas Brown. In addition, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho will meet Chael Sonnen in a non-title rematch of their December 2007 fight and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver will look to get back on track against rising featherweight Leonard Garcia.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
WEC middleweight title holder Paulo Filho came in an astounding seven pounds over the 185 lb. limit at the weigh-ins for WEC 36 on Tuesday afternoon, putting his championship rematch against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen in jeopardy.
After the two-hour allotted time limit, Filho was only able to cut down to 188 lbs, making his showdown against Sonnen a non-title affair. Sonnen will be awarded 25% of Filho’s purse.
In addition, featherweight title challenger Mike Brown came in a half pound over the featherweight limit and jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya weighed-in one pound over the bantamweight requirements for his fight against Yoshiro Maeda. Brown was quickly able to shed the extra baggage while Maeda has agreed to face Yahya without forcing him to cut weight again.
Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.
Carmello Marrero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Two changes to separate preliminary fights have finalized the fight card for this week’s WEC 36 event, which will take place on Wednesday, November 5 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Alex Schoenauer was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Steve Steinbeiss after tearing his hamstring during a recent training session. Schoenauer was actually a replacement for light heavyweight prospect Mark Munoz who also injured during his preparation for Steinbeiss. The Argentinan will be replaced by a fellow UFC veteran, American Kickboxing Academy product Carmello Marrero.
He may not have been hit by the injury bug prior to Wednesday’s show, but Ed Ratcliff has been removed from the undercard for unknown reasons. Ratcliff was slated to take on Danny Castillo, who will now try to pick up his first WEC win against newcomer Rafael Dias, a veteran that has competed for the likes of BodogFight and the IFL in the past. The updated lineup for the event is after the jump.
Jim Miller landing a punch on Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The International Fight League returned to the Izod Center in New Jersey tonight, presenting what may very well have been the deepest fight card in the promotion’s history. It turned out to be very exciting night of fights that included some massive knockouts along with a vicious submission toward the end of the night.
With the IFL just opening up the lower level of the Izod Center while curtaining the upper, it looked like a great venue. It was set up a bit differently than the last time the IFL was in town for the League semi-finals last August. And while the crowd ended up filling 2/3 of the bottom bowl, it was a good deal less than last year’s. The theme of the night within the crowd seemed to be cheering for the underdog, as each had some very vocal supporters in the crowd. To my happiness, I had the pleasure of sitting next to some extremely knowledgeable fans who really knew and appreciated the sport. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sit next to the guy 3 sections over screaming “use the elbows!”, something that is illegal in the IFL. I’d like to thank Drew and friends for their conversation and knowledge of the sport. On to the action!
A scheduled welterweight bout between Tiki Ghosn and J.J. Ambrose has been cancelled according to Sherdog’s Josh Gross after Ambrose failed to show up for the event’s weigh-ins, which were reportedly very unorganized and took nearly five hours to complete according to those in attendance.
A replacement opponent for Ghosn will not be found in time so he will not be on the card.
Carmelo Marrero, who wasn’t advertised as participating at the event, will not be fighting after declining a fight against Team Quest’s Vinicius Magalhaes on short notice.
All of the other fighters on the card successfully made weight, including native Hawaiian Kauai Kupihea, who passed all of the required tests administered by the California State Athletic Commission. Kupihea will take on Mark Kerr. Kerr’s original opponent, veteran kickboxer Rick Roufus, was not cleared by the CSAC in time for the event due to late paperwork.
Jeff Willingham def. Bobby Sanchez - Submission (Armbar)
Adam Lehman def. Daniel McWilliams - TKO (Strikes)
David Mejia def. Greg White - TKO (Strikes)
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Hildred Oliney - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jason Georgianna def. Todd Guimond - Unanimous Decision
Fabio Costa def. Paul Karsky - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Scott Epstein def. Sergio Quinoles - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Marcus Gaines def. Mavrick Harvey - Submission (Choke)
Carmelo Marrero def. Rafael Real - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Jimmy Ambriz def. Ruben Villareal - TKO (Strikes)
Mark Kerr def. Steve Gavin - Submission (Armlock)
Jimmy Ambriz (280 lbs) vs. Ruben Villareal (264 lbs)
Mark Kerr (279 lbs) vs. Stephen Gavin (254 lbs)
Maverick Harvey (183 lbs) vs. Marcus Gaines (184 lbs)
Scott Epstein (145 lbs) vs. Sergio Quinoles (145 lbs)
Carmelo Marrero (224 lbs) vs. Rafael Del Real (230 lbs)
Fabio Costa (205 lbs) vs. Paul Karsky (205 lbs)
Jason Georgianna (135.5 lbs) vs. Todd Guimond (135 lbs)
Josh Gaskins (155 lbs) vs. Tony Garcia (149.5 lbs)
Georgi Karakhanyan (146 lbs) vs. Hildred Oliney (146 lbs)
David Mejia (276.25 lbs) vs. Greg White (256 lbs)
Daniel McWilliams (180 lbs) vs. Adam Lehman (179.5lbs)
Jeff Willingham (143.25 lbs) vs. Bobby Sanchez (145 lbs)
UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr will attempt to end a five-fight losing streak when he takes on Stephen Gavin in the co-main event of World Cage Fighting Organization’s Havoc in Hollywood which will take place at the Circus Nightclub in Hollywood, CA tomorrow night.
Kerr has not won a fight since submitting Igor Borisov with a neck crank at PRIDE 10 all the way back in 2000.
The event will feature a main event of Ruben “Warpath” Villareal taking on Jimmy Ambriz. MMA veterans Tiki Ghosn and Carmelo Marrero will also be in action.
Tonight we will be going live at 10 PM EST, covering UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes an official preview, predictions, media coverage, and much more:
UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs Quinton Jackson
Karo Parisyan vs Josh Burkman
Ivan Salaverry vs Terry Martin
Keith Jardine vs Houston Alexander
Chris Leben vs Kalib Starnes
Din Thomas vs Jeremy Stephens
James Irvin vs Thiago Silva
Wilson Gouveia vs Carmelo Marrero
Alan Belcher vs Sean Salmon