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— Well-traveled veterans Paul "Semtex" Daley and Kazuo Misaski have signed on to face each other on the main card of Strikeforce's scheduled March 3 event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Daley returns to Strikeforce after winning two straight fights outside of the organization. His opponent, Misaki last defeated Akira Shoji via second-round TKO at DEEP's 53rd Impact event last April. [Strikeforce.com]
— In his last bout before taking a spot in Bellator's upcoming eight-man bantamweight tourney this spring, former Shooto 132 lb. champion Masakatsu Ueda edged out heralded prospect Kyoji Horiguchi and took home a majority decision at Shooto's "Survivor Tournament Final" event on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. [Sherdog]
Chris Clements discusses his loss against Rory Markham at an IFL post-fight press conference along with trainer Shawn Tompkins. Photo courtesy of IFL.
MMA on Tap has learned that TKO and IFL veteran Chris Clements may have been one of the contestants chosen to participate as part of the cast for the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, which is scheduled to begin airing on Spike TV in April.
A source close to Clements informed us that the Chatam, Ontario native may have been selected for the show. The source also mentioned that Clements was selected for last season’s show but was unable to participate due to problems making the 170 lb. limit and was invited to try for the upcoming season, which will feature fighters competing at middleweight.
After being submitted by Joey Guel in his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2005, Clements went ahead to post a four-fight winning streak under the TKO Championship Fighting banner, where he defeated Martin Grandmont along the way.
Clements came up short in his last two bouts, being stopped by Rory Markham at an IFL event in August and then failing in an attempt to win the vacant TKO welterweight title as he was submitted by Jesse Bongfeldt at TKO 30: Apocalypse in September.
(Touch of gloves to MMA on Tap reader “kbbuckshot” for the help)
MMA on Tap has learned that Yaotzin Mesa has pulled out of his featherweight showdown with Mark “The Machine” Hominick after he had troubles securing a work visa in Canada. Filling in for Mesa will be Danny Martinez who sports an unblemished record of 6-0. Martinez has spent the duration of his short career fighting in Rage in the Cage.
Also off the card is TKO welterweight contender Chris “The Menace” Clements. Clements injured his left knee while training and a replacement will be announced on Friday.
TKO 31: Young Guns
Steve Bosse vs. Icho Larenas
Danny Martinez vs. Mark Hominick
Stephane Dube vs. TBA
Jay Estrada vs. Martin Grandmont
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
Yoon Heo vs. Thierry Quenneville
Syd Barnier vs. Mark Fraser
Josh Bitner vs. Yannick Galipeau
Adrian Wooley vs. Eric Leclerc
Alexis Davis vs. Valerie Letourneau
Stephane Bernadel vs. Guillaume Lamarche
Shawn Thompson vs. Ben Gallant
MMA on Tap has learned that Stephane Vigneault will face Ben Greer at TKO 31 on Dec. 14 at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Stephane Vigneault last appeared in the cage in January 2006 losing to Damaicio Page at TKO 24: Eruption. Vigneault is back and ready to make an impact in the TKO featherweight division. Vigneault was originally scheduled to return at TKO 30: Apocalypse but his fight was cancelled after it was announced he was suffering from a case of staph.
The native of Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec sports a TKO record of 9-4. “Simba” holds victories over the likes of Shane Rice, Stephane Laliberte, Greg Compton, and Phillipe Simoneau. Vigneault’s four losses came to the hands of Damacio Page, Mark Hominick, Stephane Laliberte, and J.F. Bolduc.
Vigneault’s opponent, Ben Greer, is currently ranked #5 in the TKO featherweight division. Greer sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-3 with victories over the likes of Thierry Quenneville, Randy Turpin, and Justin Tavernini. Greer made his TKO debut at TKO 30: Apocalypse suffering a TKO loss to the hands of former champ Mark “The Machine” Hominick.
Rumored TKO 31 Card:
Steve Bosse vs. TBA
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant
Mark Hominick vs. Justin Tavernini
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube
Stephane Vigneault vs. Ben Greer
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
Ilya Woronowski def. Sean Thompson - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Adrian Wooley def. Adam Kastner - TKO (Strikes)
Bob Landry def. Ray Noel De Tilly - TKO (Strikes)
Samuel Guillet def. Yves Lemelin - Submission (Armbar)
Dan Chambers def. Marcus Celestin - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Tavernini def. Syd Barnier - Techincal Submission (Armbar)
Mark Hominick def. Ben Greer - TKO (Strikes)
TJ Grant def. Stephane Dube - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Jesse Bongfeldt def. Chris Clements - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Steve Bosse def. Jody Burke - TKO (Strikes)
Sam Stout def. Martin Grandmont - TKO (Strikes)
Yesterday on Full Contact Fighter Radio, TKO president Stephane Patry announced that Sean Pierson suffered an injury while training and wouldn’t be able to compete in his welterweight title bout with Chris Clements on September 28th. Pierson’s replacement will be Jesse Bongfeldt (13-3).
“Sean Pierson hurt himself and he won’t be able to compete on September 28th. Sean Pierson has been replaced by Jesse Bongfeldt who just beat Sean Pierson at The Hardcore Championship Fighting so we’re going to have Chris Clements versus Jesse Bongfeldt for the title on September 28th. That is going to be a very interesting fight, Bongfeldt fought in TKO before against Jonathan Goulet. He took the fight on short notice, he was a little bit sick and you know he really wanted to show the Eastern fans the real Jesse Bongfeldt and now is his opportunity to show how good he really is. I’ll tell you something when he fought Sean [Pierson] in Edmonton I never thought he would beat Sean. Not only did he beat Sean but he out wrestled Sean Pierson and that’s something that I never expected to see in my life. Someone out wrestling Sean Pierson was beyond anything I thought I’d ever see that’s really what happened in Edmonton, Jesse Bongfeldt out wrestled Sean.
Sean is a lot better then he fought in that fight but Jesse Bongfeldt is a lot better then I thought so this fight with Clements is going to be a very good fight. Two story guys at 170, two guys who can wrestle, Jesse Bongfeldt obviously has the edge submission wise but Chris Clements hits so hard I really don’t know who will win the fight. For me it’s a toss up.”
I am actually happy to see Bongfeldt getting a chance to challenge Chris Clements for the vacant TKO welterweight title. For those of you who don’t know, Jesse Bongfeldt TKO’d Sean Pierson at Hardcore Championship Fighting in July.
TKO 30: Apocalypse
Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO Lightweight Title
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Clements - TKO Welterweight Title
Mark Hominick vs. Ben Greer
Samuel Guillet vs. Yves Lemelin
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Bosse vs. Lance Evans
Stephane Vigneault vs. Justin Tavernini
Marcus Célestin vs. Dan Chambers
Bob Landry vs. Jody Burke
Adrian Wooley vs. Adam Kastner
Rory Markham will be unable to compete for the defending champion Quad City Silverbacks due to a hand injury suffered in his recent TKO win over Chris Clements on August 2.
Markham was slated to take on Delson Heleno of the New York Pitbulls. Silverbacks’ head coach Pat Miletich has stated that he has not yet found a replacement to complete for Quad City at welterweight.
The main event at TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout as he returns to TKO to defend his lightweight title against Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont. In the co-main event, Chris “The Menace” Clements will battle Sean “The Pimp” Pierson for the vacant TKO welterweight title.
Sam Stout (11-3-1) is the current TKO lightweight champion who sports a TKO record of 10-0. Stout trains at Team Tompkins with the likes of Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, and Chris Clements. Stout holds victories over the likes of Fabio Holanda, Jay Estrada, and Spencer Fisher. Stout’s opponent, Martin Grandmont (5-3), is a native of Drummondville, Quebec who holds a TKO record of 4-2. Grandmont is a well versed kickboxer who holds victories over the likes of Tyler Jackson and Dave Pariseau.
Chris Clements (4-1) is a native of Chatham, Ontario who sports a TKO record of 4-0. Clements trains at Team Tompkins and holds victories over the likes of David Medd, Steve Pouliot, and Martin Grandmont. Clements possesses excellent striking, devastating ground and pound and incredible strength. Sean “The Pimp” Pierson (5-3) is a talented wrestler who sports a TKO record of 3-2. Pierson trains at Shah Franco Martial Arts and holds victories over the likes of Chester Post, Mark Colangelo, and Steve Vigneault.
Also on the card will be UFC and WEC veteran Mark “The Machine” Hominick.
For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.