Cyrille Diabate

UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit Weigh-In Results

Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the UFC/Zuffa LLC.

All of the participants for the UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

The event will be headlined by a UFC welterweight title unification bout featuring current champion Georges St. Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit. The co-main event will feature a number one contender bout between Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks.

The offical weights can be found after the jump.

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Tom DeBlass Says He’s Fighting Cyrille Diabate in Sweden Next Weekend

Highly regarded light heavyweight prospect and reigning Ring of Combat title holder Tom DeBlass has revealed that will be stepping in for an injured Jörgen Kruth to face French kickboxer Cyrille Diabate at UFC on FUEL TV 2 next weekend.

DeBlass announced the news via Facebook yesterday. The nature of Kruth's injury and wthdrawal are currently unknown at this time.

DeBlass has won all seven of his pro bouts to date. He last competed in February, submitting Randy Smith with a heel hook in the first round. His opponent, Diabate, has split his four UFC buts thus far, alternating wins over Luiz Cane and Steve Cantwell with losses at the hands of Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Perosh.

Stann vs Sakara, Three Other Bouts Set for UFC’s Debut in Sweden

Brian Stann. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The UFC is reportedly bringing a lineup full of established veterans and newly-signed prospects to its promotional debut in Sweden this spring for UFC on FUEL TV 2, which will take place on April 14 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Among the bouts expected to be televised on the event's main card is former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann's return to action against fellow striker Alessio Sakara in a middleweight bout.

Other matchups first reported by MMA NYTT, include Cyrille Diabate facing UFC newcomer Jorgen Kruth, highly-touted middleweight prospect Magnus Cedenblad challenging Georges St. Pierre training partner Francis Carmont and longtime European veteran Simeon Thoresen taking on Besam Yousef.

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Hamman Stops Suganuma at ShoXC


Jared Hamman. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

While their first bout in April ended in controversy and left many lingering questions, Friday’s battle between Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma did anything but as Hamman stopped Suganuma via first-round TKO in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California.

Early on, it appeared as if Suganuma was about to have Hamman’s number again as the Hawaiian dropped Hamman and battered him with punches on the ground during the fight’s opening moments. However the tide began to turn once Hamman successfully executed a judo throw that sent Suganuma stumbling to the canvas.

Hamman quickly took his opponent’s back but Suganuma was quick to shake Hamman off of him and stand up. Hamman proceeded to stun Suganuma with a straight right and then knocked him down with a combination. Suganuma bounced up and tried to take the fight to the ground but Hamman was relentless with his strikes, pounding away on Suganuma with hammer fists until the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

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ShoXC: Suganuma vs. Hamman II Live Results


Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

We will be going live at 11:00 PM ET tonight with live results of the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. The show’s televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.

A rematch between light heavyweight prospects Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman will serve as the night’s main event. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee just fifteen seconds into their fight despite an immediate protest from Hamman. Additional main card bouts include Cyrille Diabate vs. Jaime Fletcher and Fabricio Camoes vs. Sammy Morgan.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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ShoXC: Suganuma vs Hamman II Weigh-In Results


Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight. The show’s televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET. Additional pictures are after the jump. Breakdown of the Showtime fights here.

A rematch between light heavyweight prospects Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman will serve as the night’s main event. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee just fifteen seconds into their fight. Referee Jon Schorle quickly waved off the bout but Hamman immediately got back to his feet and began protesting, forcing then company figurehead Gary Shaw to guarantee a rematch between the two.

Main Card:

Jared Hamman (203.5 lbs) vs. Poai Suganuma (205 lbs)
Cyrille Diabate (203.5 lbs) vs. Jaime Fletcher (204 lbs)
Fabricio Camoes (161 lbs) vs. Sammy Morgan (160 lbs)
Debi Purcell (129 lbs) vs. Rosi Sexton (130 lbs)
Keith Berry (191 lbs) vs. Ray Lizama (190.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

David Douglas (154.5 lbs) vs. Marcus Levesser (154.5 lbs)
Lucas Gamaza (169.5 lbs) vs. Kenny Johnson (171 lbs)
Jesse Brock (139 lbs) vs. Josh Rave (131 lbs)
Ralph Lopez (148.5 lbs) vs. Roberto Vargas (150 lbs)
Katrina Alendale (138.5 lbs) vs. Melanie LaCroix (139 lbs)

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Complete Card Announced for August ShoXC


Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

EliteXC has announced the full card for the next upcoming edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place on August 15th at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. The televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.

The show’s main event features a rematch between rising light heavyweights Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee. Referee Jon Schorle quickly waved off the bout but Hamman immediately got back to his feet and began protested, forcing then company figurehead Gary Shaw to guarantee a rematch between the two.

Additional featured fights on the card include Fabricio Camoes against “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan and the EliteXC debut of PRIDE veteran Cyrille Diabate as he takes on ShoXC veteran Jaime Fletcher.

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Report: EliteXC Inks Cyrille Diabate


Photo courtesy of Cyrille Diabate.

Elite Xtreme Combat has reportedly come to terms on the signing of PRIDE and Cage Rage veteran Cyrille Diabate, a move that will surely bolster the promotion’s almost non-existent light heavyweight division.

Diabate’s manager, Ken Pavia, informed The Fight Network of his client’s signing.

The France native has not fought since submitting Ryan Reynolds at Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day last April. Diabate, who joined the California-branch of Team Quest earlier this year in an effort to improve his wrestling, was originally scheduled to fight Travis Wiuff at a December IFO event but was forced to pull out after suffering a broken ankle during training.

Diabate will now attempt to go up against Wiuff again when Florida-based Combat Fighting Championships makes it’s overseas debut on May 17th at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

There is no word on a potential opponent or EliteXC debut date for Diabate at the moment.

UFC Veterans Fill CFC’s Latest Card


Jeff Monson weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Florida-based Combat Fighting Championships will be making it’s overseas debut on May 17th as the organization will hold a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England filled with veterans that have competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will tangle with American Top Team’s Jeff Monson in the main event.

Rodriguez is coming off of a tough split decision loss to Antonio Silva at EliteXC Street Certified last month. Monson last won a decision over Hakim Goram in December and is tenatively scheduled to take on Kevin Randleman at a Global Fighting Championships show in June.

The co-main event will feature a clash between former UFC middleweights David Loiseau and Terry Martin. While Loiseau has struggled ever since he was released by the promotion, Martin’s apparent departure from the company comes after he suffered his second straight loss at the hands of Marvin Eastman last month.

Melvin Guillard, who is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, being permitted to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion, is advertised as going up against Cage Rage veteran Jean Silva.

Travis Wiuff is also slated to take on Cyrille Diabate in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place in at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th. Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.

Brad Imes, Dan Hardy, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Melvin Manhoef, and Mark Weir are all also expected to be in action.

You can also view the current fight card at the organization’s official website.

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CKA: Jan 10, 2008

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.

Miscellaneous Notes

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.

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