Luigi Fioravanti. Photo courtesy of Pixelens.com.
Aside from the UFC's ballyhooed charity event and the end of Jens Pulver's losing streak, there were many other notable shows taking place this past weekend.
UFC castoff Luigi Fioravanti won his fourth straight fight on Saturday, stopping Mitch Whitesel via strikes in the second round during the main event of World Extreme Fighting 45 in Jacksonville, FL.
Fioravanti has won seven out of nine since his release from the UFC in Februray 2009 following a stoppage loss to then-rising welterweight prospect Anthony Johnson.
Charles Bennett exchanges with K.J. Noons during a ShoXC Elite Challenger Series event. Photo courtesy of EliteXC.
It looks like Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett is behind bars once again…
The troubled lightweight was arrested on January 9th following a domestic dispute. He faces a slew of charges including domestic battery via strangulation, violation of his probation, tampering with a witness, and possession of marijuana.
Bennett was set to clash with long-time rival Victor Valenzuela at KOTC: Premiere this Thursday but has been replaced by Matt Ver Halen. The card features a main event between Thomas Denny and Joe Camacho.
Bennett has won four of his last five bouts. The loss came at the hands of Valenzuela at an EliteXC event in August. Bennett’s last fight was a submission win over Donnie Martinez at KOTC: Hierarchy this past October.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Bennett has been arrested 25 times since December of 1997.
MMA on Tap has learned that the father of former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin passed away yesterday due to a heart attack. All of us here would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Rich’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Diabate to Train with Team Quest
Cyrille “Snake” Diabate has announced that he will be spending some time in the United States to train with Dan Henderson and the rest of Team Quest’s Temecula, California franchise in preparation for his first fight on American soil.
Diabate is looking to improve his wrestling skills and takedown defense during his stay:
“This is exactly the kind of opportunity I need,” says Diabate. “America is where everything is happening right now, both fighting and training-wise. In the past I haven’t had to worry
about top level wrestlers trying to take me down. But now [with upcoming fights in American promotions], things will change.”
If Diabate is looking to improve his wrestling ten-fold, he certainly picked the right place…
Grove Fought High for First Six Fights
In a recent interview with Cage Potato, Kendall Grove admitted that he fought in his first six professional bouts high off of marijuana:
See, marijuana is a touchy subject. I’m a rock star — I’ve been smoking weed since I was in the 6th grade, I can openly say that. But I’m also clean when I fight. I cut that shit out — I’m a professional. Don’t get me wrong, my first six fights, I fought high, I fought stoned. But when you get to this level, you have to take responsibility. It’s your job. I stop doing that stuff three months out.
Thompson-Rogers, “Krazy Horse” Added to EliteXC Feb Card
ProElite’s Sam Caplan is reporting that a heavyweight bout between James Thompson and Brett Rogers has been added to the undercard of EliteXC’s next event on February 16th at the United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida.
Thompson will be making his EliteXC debut at the event. He was knocked out by Neil Grove in just 10 seconds at Cage Rage 22 in July. Rogers is coming off of a submission win over Ralph Kelly at EliteXC: Renegade.
Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett will also apparently compete on the undercard as well. Bennett has not fought since submitting Donnie Martinez with a rear naked choke at a KOTC event in October.
Eric Bradley of Team Takedown fame is expected to sign with EliteXC according to Sam Caplan. Rick Roufus has not been cleared by the California State Athletic Commission and will not fight Mark Kerr at WCO: The Return. Roufus has been replaced by Kauai Kupihea.
The California State Athletic Commission released the official fight card for No Limit Fighting’s “Brawl For It All” this Saturday at the Cow Palace in San Francisco earlier today. The release came at the hands of numerous complaints from various fans and officials that the promotion was falsely advertising fighters to be participating on the card.
We reported that Nick Diaz had no knowledge of a scheduled fight against Mark Moreno at the event earlier this month.
Here the official card according to the CSAC:
Vince Lucero vs. Cain Velasquez
Alex Serdyukov vs. Mark Moreno
Ruben Villarreal vs. Brad Imes
Jake Hattan vs. Charles Bennett
Matt Major vs. Marcus Gaines
Kyle Rideau vs. Khomkrit Niimi
Bo Cantrell vs. Bryan Pardoe
Gabe Rivas vs. Gabe Ruediger
Van Oscar Penvaroff vs. Eric Jacob
Shawn Klarcyk vs. Ed Lavelle
Arron Carvalo vs. Andrew Martinez
Chris David vs. Michael Pedro
The list of fighters that No Limit Fighting’s originally advertised as participating and are now not listed are as follows: Jeff Monson, Nick Diaz, Chris Marez, Mia St. John, Javier Vazquez, Leland Chapman, and Antonio McKee among others.
A little ridiculous if you ask me. Let’s hope it’s the last promotion run by these idiots, who I’ve heard includes Shannon Ritch as one of the promoters. Not a surprise if that is true.
Victor Valenzuela def. Charles Bennett - Submission (Strikes)
Seth Kleinbeck def. Jaime Jara - TKO (Strikes)
Jon Murphy def. David Huckaba - KO (Punch)
Hector Urbina def. Ray Lazama - Unanimous Decision
Umar Love def. Brendan Tierney - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Coming off a highly successful, well-received debut on July 27, Showtime Networks Inc. and Mixed Martial Arts organization EliteXC are proud to announce the second installment of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series live on Showtime Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) at Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss.
The cage main event will feature two of the most talented, colorful and charismatic fighters in MMA, the unpredictable “Krazy Horse” Charles Bennett (18-3-2) of Ocala, Fla., and Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela (5-2-2) of Covina, Calif. in perhaps the most eagerly awaited grudge rematch in MMA history.
There is no love lost between “Krazy Horse” and “Joe Boxer,’’ who fought to a controversial, hotly disputed draw on Aug. 5, 2005. The two-round fight ended with “Krazy Horse” unconscious and flat on his back. The grudge rematch is slated for three, 5-minute sessions, as are all the televised fights.
“These fighters have been stewing to get at each other for two years,” said Gary Shaw, EliteXC Live Events President. “When their scheduled June 22 bout was postponed due to extenuating circumstances, the anticipation only grew larger. Both men guarantee that the bout will not go the distance, and I guarantee it will be a match you won’t want to miss.”
Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett (17-13-2) has been forced to withdraw from his fight scheduled for this Friday due to some legal issues. According to reports, Krazy Horse, was arrested June 15, 2007 for two charges of violating his probation in Marion County, Fla.
Bennett was recently arrested, with a booking date of June 15, 2007, for two charges of violating his probation in Marion County, Fla. Apparently, he will not be able to clear up his legal troubles in time to make the fight.
Bennett was scheduled to face Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela (5-1-2) on Friday’s Strikeforce event. Taking Bennett’s place on the card will be EliteXC veteran Edson Berto (10-3-1).
Update 5:23 PM: Bloody Elbow has confirmed that Bennett is in jail.
I just called the Marion County jail and they have confirmed Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett will be in jail until AT LEAST July 16. There is no bond on his two felony charges regarding his violation of probation.
Update 8:00 PM: Josh Gross of Sherdog is reporting that Bennett is currently in talks with prosecutors in order to be released in time to compete on Friday night.
If Bennett is unable to be released from jail in time, Elite XC has announced that James Edson Berto will take his place against Victor Valenzuela.