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.
Touch of gloves to reader “Goose” for the assist.
Rich Franklin and David Loiseau weigh-in for UFC 58: USA vs Canada. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Hardcore Championship Fighting has announced that David Loiseau will take on a recently defeated Todd Gouwenberg in the main event of their upcoming “Crow’s Nest” show on March 29th.
The event, which is scheduled to take place at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec, was originally slated to have Loiseau take on Evanglista “Cyborg” Santos for the promotion’s middleweight title provided that Loiseau was victorious over Jason Day at HCF’s last event.
Then came a change of plans - Loiseau ended up losing a controversial split decision to Day.
After HCF officials decided to pair up Loiseau and Santos after all, the Chute Boxe product decided to sign with the newly former World Victory Road, which has him scheduled to go up against Makoto Takimoto at the promotion’s inaugural show next week.
Santos’ decision led to the terminiation of his contract with HCF.
“Mr. Santos chose to execute a competing contract inside the minimum time period allowed by HCF’s terms for fighters to engage in other events”, said HCF CEO Keith Crawford.
“We are sad to see him go, however we cannot allow fighters to dictate the terms of their contracts to us as this can impact the integrity of our events,” added HCF president Dave Houshiar.
Gouwenberg, who was stopped with strikes by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the promotion’s “Destiny” event earlier this month, will drop down to the middleweight division for the first time in his career.
David Loiseau weighs-in for UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Jason Day may be potentially replacing Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos as David Loiseau’s opponent at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Crow’s Nest” event on March 29th.
The event, which is scheduled to take place at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec, was originally slated to have Loiseau take on Santos for the promotion’s middleweight title provided that Loiseau was victorious over Day this past Saturday night.
However Loiseau ended up losing a controversial split decision to Day in a fight that Day believes Loiseau should have won on the judges’ scorecards, at least from what Loiseau tells The Fight Network in their latest ‘Great Fight North’ column.
“Jason looked me in the eye after the fight and told me that I got robbed,” Loiseau said. “I fought him in Calgary. Things will be a lot different if he comes to my neck of the woods.”
A possible trip to Quebec for Day might just become a reality. The former UFC middleweight title contender has stated that HCF CEO Keith Crawford is looking to replace Santos in favor of a rematch between Loiseau and Day at the promotion’s next event in March.
“We’re looking for a rematch,” Loiseau said. “They’re looking at replacing Santos with Day, but it’s not for sure. That’s the fight the fans want to see. It has to happen. I can’t wait to do it again.”
David Loiseau connects with a spinning back kick against Evan Tanner. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Hardcore Championship Fighting has announced that it has added a middleweight bout between David “The Crow” Loiseau and Jason Day to it’s “Destiny” event, which will take place on February 1st at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The addition comes less than a week after the cancellation of World Cagefighting Organization’s “The Return” where Loiseau was slated to take on Brazilian Leopoldo Serao.
The event, which was scheduled to take place last Saturday at the San Diego Sports Arena, was shut down by the California State Athletic Commission due to insufficent funds gathered by the promoters of the event. The commission ordered that all fighters be paid 20% of their purse.
Since being released from the UFC following a unanimous decision loss to Mike Swick, Loiseau has a split a pair of fights. Loiseau lost a decision to Joey Villasenor at EliteXC’s inaugural event last year but was able to bounce back with a submission win over Freddie Espiricueta at an Art of War show in May.
Loiseau is also scheduled to headline HCF’s next event in March.
Day has been victorious in eight of his last nine fights, his lone loss was a knockout at the hands of Patrick Cote in June. Day’s last fight was a win over veteran Ron Faircloth at Ultimate Cage Wars 10 in November.
Above is the latest from The Garv who discusses the newly signed Kimbo Slice-Tank Abbott fight and how dangerous Miami is. I’m guessing that Will Smith is full of crap.
UFC Announces Nakamura-Emerson
The UFC has announced that a lightweight bout between Keita Nakamura and former Ultimate Fighter cast member Rob Emerson for UFC 81: Breaking Point next month.
Nakamura has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to Drew Fickett at UFC Fight Night 9 in April of last year. Nakamura also dropped a decision in his UFC debut against Brock Larson at UFC Fight Night 7.
Fresh off of his second stint in jail, Emerson will be making his first appearance inside the Octagon since his infamous fight against Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale where he tapped out due to a rib injury and Maynard knocked himself out slamming Emerson to the ground.
While bout agreements have not yet been signed, both Cheick Kongo and Heath Herring are expected to face off in a heavyweight bout at UFC 82 in March according to a report from MMA Mania.
Juanito Ibarra, one of Kongo’s trainers, has stated that his client is already training in preparation for the bout:
“Kongo’s here at my house already getting ready for the fight,” said Ibarra. “This is going to be his year. Kongo’s got all the talent to be a heavyweight champion real soon, I truly believe that. Heath’s a tough opponent and this is going to be a big test.”
UFC Releases Radev and Hightower
No, there hasn’t been an official announcement by Dana White and company. Instead the news comes inadvertently from Ken Pavia’s journal about his dieting adventure with Luke Cummo via MMA Junkie:
The day needed a pick-me-up so I called UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to check the progress of my guys’ fights. He said he was still working on it but then informed me they would be releasing two of them, Jordan Radev and Richie Hightower.
Apparently Radev has already been booked to fight Hector Lombard at Cage Fighting Championship’s third event on February 15th in Sydney, Australia.
Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund Reminder
While there aren’t any items currently up for auction for the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund, remember that you can always donate directly to the fund by visiting it’s official website.
Any fighters that are interested in donating items that can be auctioned off such as autographed pictures, shorts, gloves, or anything else should contact Randy Harris at email@example.com
Remember that all proceeds from the auctioned items go directly to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund.
Marcelo Garcia has joined American Top Team. MMA Junkie is reporting that UFC Fight Night 13 will most likely take place on April 2nd at a site yet to be determined in Colorado. The Nevada State Athletic Commission corrected the attendance and revenues stemming from UFC 79 yesterday. Scott White has a good piece on David Loiseau’s return. John Philapavage tries to revive Mirko Cro Cop’s career.
12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
2-3 PM EST - The Lights Out Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
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11 PM EST - Knockout Radio
As you can see above, Chris Fries and The JDH of MMA News fame will premiere their “Lights Out Show” this afternoon on TAGG Radio at 2 PM EST.
Fightlinker also has the newest edition of The Low Blow out.
The World Cagefighting Organization headed by Bruce Bellocchi has teamed with Valor Fighting, Xcess Fighting and Primal MMA to produce one of the greatest MMA cards seen in years! Heading the lineup is Renato “Babalu” Sobral as he makes his long awaited stateside return since his UFC departure. Babalu will take on veteran Lion’s Den fighter, Vernon “Tiger” White.
The star studded undercard features two former UFC Heavyweight Champions. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Mark “The Smashing Machine” Kerr’s return to the cage as he continues his comeback against K1 legend, Rick Roufus who is making his MMA debut. Then the bad blood boils over as former UFC Heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguiz finally meets Mike Kyle.
Also in action is Joe “Diesel” Riggs as he takes on Gracie Barra fighter Gustavo “Ximu” Machado. Wesley “Cabbage” Correia returns taking on veteran Jimmy “The Titan” Ambriz. Tiki Ghosn battles it out against Team Quest’s Dave Gardner. UFC Veteran’s, David “The Crow” Loiseau and Drew Fickett will also see action as will Antonio McKee.
“My goal is to compete with the big boys. I think you can see by the card we have put together that we are making a statement. The fans want great fights. We’re giving it to them” - Bruce Bellocchi, of The WCO.
Renato Sobral vs. Vernon White
Mark Kerr vs. Rick Roufus
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Mike Kyle
Joe Riggs vs. Gustavo Machado
Wesley Correia vs. Jimmy Ambriz
Tiki Ghosn vs. Dave Gardner
David Loiseau vs. TBA
Drew Fickett vs. TBA
Antonio McKee vs. TBA
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated.
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- Stay with us throughout the day and night for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 11 which will feature our famed Tap Selections, a live blog and much more.
- MMA Junkie is reporting via Tagg Radio that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will be taking on former PRIDE Heavyweight Title holder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his next fight. No official date for the fight was said.
MMA Junkie also spoke to Frank Mir’s manager, Dean Albrecht, who stated that a Mir-Nogueira bout is not official and that he and his client would like to face Kongo before Nogueira at this point:
“No official announcement,” he wrote to us. “We are hoping for Kongo first. He called out Mir. I think he deserves it.“
- Sam Caplan went public with some EliteXC news yesterday. Apparently Gary Shaw and company have no interest in signing Renato “Babalu” Sobral at this time and David Loiseau may be making a return early next year:
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw that the fight promotion has no immediate interest in former UFC fighter Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Shaw said in no way does he condone what Sobral did at UFC 74 and labeled the act as “egregious.” However, he would not rule out the possibility of having interest in Sobral’s services in the future.
I’ve also had several people ask me in recent weeks about the status of David Loiseau. Loiseau, if you recall, fought on EliteXC’s debut card in February and has not been used by the promotion since. There was some speculation that he had been released but Shaw confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the promotion does in fact have plans for Loiseau and there’s a chance he could be appearing in December in England on a Cage Rage card.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that a meeting scheduled for next month will review amending these possible regulations and more:
• Weight loss for a competitor 147 pounds or less changed from two pounds to no more than one at the time of weigh-in
• Weight loss for a competitor over 147 pounds changed from three to no more than two pounds at the time of weigh-in
• Weight loss completion from two hours to one hour after the initial weigh-in
• If a referee halts a bout under the basis that both athletes are in a condition that might subject them to harm, the decision will become a technical draw (currently ruled a no contest)
• The addition of all drugs identified on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to the NSAC’s prohibited substance list
Ring Xtreme Challenge, a show co-promoted by Steve Claveau and David Loiseau, is starting to shape up for its debut event which is scheduled for September 7 in Quebec City.
Both Claveau and Loiseau are veterans of TKO who have had a rocky past with TKO promoter Stephane Patry. This new organization will allow them to split the matchmaking duties and use fighters from their respective teams. Claveau stated in the past that Team Legion would no longer be sending fighters to appear on future TKO cards.
It’s been speculated for a number of weeks that Claveau was interested in starting his own promotion, especially after he stated that Team Legion will no longer send representatives to compete at future TKO shows.
While Loiseau’s involvement with the promotion comes as news, it also opens up the possibility he could fight again in Quebec at some point. After his acrimonious split from TKO president Stephane Patry, it seemed very unlikely “The Crow” would get another opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans.
Ring Xtreme Challenge
Sylvain Cloutier vs. Greg Compton
Shawn Davidson vs. Mike Dizak
Tommy Pariseau vs. Andy Ross
Danny Laflamme vs. Aaron Treagear
Yan Pichette vs. Yan Pellerin
Stephane Pinet vs. Rob Wynne
Dave Pariseau vs. TBA
Jacques Dube vs. TBA
Yves Jabouin vs. TBA
David Savard vs. TBA
After nearly not fighting at all, Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet are now signed to fight each other at UFC Fight Night 11 in September.
We reported yesterday that Chris Leben had backed out of his scheduled bout against Swick at the event and that Swick had caught wind of Goulet’s comments towards him, stating that he didn’t accept the fight involving the two and was scared.
Swick denied the claims and stated that he was never offered a fight against Goulet. Goulet is saying otherwise:
“Ken Pavia, my new manager, called me yesterday and asked me to fight Mike Swick in place of Chris Leben,” Goulet said. “He called me back two hours later and said Mike Swick didn’t accept [the fight], but I don’t think it was Swick [who declined]; I think it was his management.”
Goulet also states that after hearing that Swick apparently turned down the fight, it was David Loiseau who gave him the idea to call Swick out on the internet:
“I called David Loiseau, because we were both excited about the [potential] fight,” Goulet said. “He told me to write some things on Sherdog and other forums, and I did. Mike Swick saw what I wrote and accepted the fight.”
It has been confirmed that the fight will take place at welterweight. Goulet has spent the better part of this year fighting at 185 lbs instead of his natural weight of 170 lbs. This fight will be Swick’s debut at welterweight.
The Canadian Press is reporting that UFC president Dana White has officially stated that UFC plans to bring their product to Canada in October, specifically Montreal.
The mixed martial arts circuit will be in Montreal in October, UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press. He did not provide a date for the show but said the decision to come to Canada was made Saturday.
The UFC had planned to hold a show at Montreal’s Bell Centre on April 7 but the card was called off in December. At the time White said: ‘‘There were a lot of different things that made that fight fall apart.’‘
White did not provide a specific date but he did state that the event would take place at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Formerly known as the Molson Centre the arena has a capacity of 21,273.
This marks the second time there have been rumblings about the UFC coming north of the border. Originally it was rumored that the UFC would debut their product in Canada on April 7th but the plan fell apart in December. This time it looks to be legit…
This brings up quite a few interesting questions… Will Georges St. Pierre be fighting on the card? He is currently scheduled to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 74: Respect. The winner is expected to get a title shot meaning they’d have to wait until sometime next Spring before fighting again. It’s unlikely that St. Pierre would be able to fight twice in the span of less than two months.
The current Canadian fighters on the UFC roster are Jason MacDonald (MW), Kalib Starnes (MW), Ivan Salaverry (MW), Mark Bocek (LW), Sam Stout (LW), Victor Valimaki (LHW), and Jeff Joslin (WW).
Other possible options?
Jonathan Goulet - Goulet seems like a very likely option. He still has two fights remaining on his UFC contract and since leaving the organization he has gotten his career back on track racking up 2 wins with 1 no contest in TKO. Goulet is a big draw in the Montreal area so it only makes sense.
Joe Doerksen - Since his loss at UFC 58: Canada vs. USA, Doerksen has been on a tear winning seven straight, all by stoppage. Doerksen is currently under contract with PRIDE and he has stated that his goal is to return to either the UFC or PRIDE.
Denis Kang - Though there have been rumors of Kang signing with Bodog, this would be the perfect opportunity for the UFC to sign Kang and debut him in front of his fellow Canadians.
David Loiseau - Though he looked rather unimpressive during his last two UFC bouts, Loiseau was able to get himself back on track winning his last fight at Art of War by submission. If Loiseau can win his next fight coming up later this summer the UFC should consider bringing the Montreal, Quebec native back.
With all of the Canadian fighters out of the way, who would you like to see on this card? Any thoughts on the possible headliner?