Efrain Escudero. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Nick Diaz's hard-fought title defense and Abe Wagner's 32-second destruction of Tim Sylvia may have made the headlines this past weekend, but there was plenty more quality MMA going on around the country.
"Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero won for the second time since his release from the UFC, submitting Jeremy Larsen with an armbar in the second round of Rage in the Cage 148's main event.
Also victorious was former WEC featherweight champion Cole Escovedo, who snapped a two-fight losing streak via technical submission after choking opponent Steven Siler unconscious with a triangle choke at a Showdown Fights event in California.
Diego Saraiva throws a right hand at Jorge Gurgel. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The American Fight League has announced the full card for the organization’s upcoming “Bulletproof” event on May 30th at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
The show will feature a total of three title fights. Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Diego Saraiva, who is coming off of the loss of his Palace Fighting Championship lightweight title to Brian Cobb last week, will defend his AFL belt against Josh Cate.
AFL welterweight title Douglas Lima is slated to defend his strap against Brent Weedman and the vacant AFL middleweight title will be decided between George Lockhart and George Allen. UFC veterans Dan Christison and Junior Assuncao will also be in action.
The promotion has also stated that they will announce “two marquee signings” at the event as well. Both fighters will apparently be on hand at the show.
The full card for the show:
Diego Saraiva vs. Josh Cate - AFL Lightweight Title
Douglas Lima vs. Brent Weedman - AFL Welterweight Title
George Lockhart vs. George Allen - AFL Middleweight Title
Dan Christison vs. Sam Holloway
Junior Assuncao vs. Torrance Taylor
Robi Ramey vs. David Curby
Todd Duffee vs. Steve Banks
Ethan Garrison vs. Willy Smalls
HT: MMA Junkie
Melvin Guillard weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 9. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
While there were only small organizations putting on shows last night in the world of mixed martial arts, quite a few of them had plenty of notable names competing. Here is a full list of results from a few shows that took place.
TFC 2: Feel the Pain
The Fight Club based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada put on their second-ever event last night at the Edmonton Event Centre. In the evening’s main event, Maximum Fighting Championship veteran Nick Penner made quick work of newcomer Bobby Kalmakoff, stopping him with strikes less than a minute and a half into the first round.
Nolan Clark def. Alex Bogle - Submission (Gogoplata)
Phil Wark def. Tony Bibby - Unanimous Decision
Curtis Demarce def. Tim Brown - Submission (Armbar)
Trevor Daley def. Kevin Logan - TKO (Strikes)
Larry Lytle def. Richard Menard - TKO (Strikes)
James McCutcheon def. Cody Graber - Submission (Armbar)
Tim Smith def. Dan Walders - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jason Alexander def. Kevin Dolan - TKO (Cuts)
Markhaile Wedderburn def. Neil Berry - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Nick Penner def. Bobby Kalmakoff - TKO (Strikes)
RITC 105: Friday Night Fights
Melvin Guillard moved back up to the welterweight division and won a unanimous decision over Eric Regan at last night’s Rage in the Cage show in Phoenix, Arizona. The former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, who has allowed him to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion.
J.T. Wells def. Logan Hopp - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Jesse Barrett def. Bill Blackwell - TKO (Strikes)
Cody Pearce def. Steve Renner - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Victor Meza def. Daniel Seaney - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jade Porter def. Steve Maulstby - Unanimous Decision
Doug Moore def. Ray Robinson - Submission (Choke)
Gabriel Casillas def. Tushuma Nahiwawa - Submission (Armbar)
Luke Hodges def. Antoni Weeden - KO (Punch)
Joe Cronin def. Jason Trevino - Split Decision
Melvin Guillard def. Eric Regan - Unanimous Decision
Highlights of Kim Couture’s Muay-Thai match at an Xtreme Couture smoker last weekend courtesy of RawVegas above.
Who’s Your Favorite UFC Ring Girl?
Go ahead and vote for who you think is the hottest of the trio. Rachelle Leah, Arianny Celeste, and Edith Larente are all ready to receive your vote. I went with Arianny but that’s just me. Make sure you hurry up and get your picks in. It is the end of the week you know.
Jordan Replaces Richards in YAMMA Tournament
UFC veteran Kevin Jordan has replaced Rex Richards in YAMMA Pit Fighting’s upcoming eight-man heavyweight tournament next month according to the latest fight card on the organization’s official website.
Jordan was submitted by Paul Buentello and knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga before being released from the UFC. Since then Jordan has gone 2-1. His last fight was a submission win over Carlos Morena at a Battle Cage Xtreme show last October.
AFL: Erupption Filled With UFC Veterans
The American Fight League will hold an event titled “Erupption” tonight at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky that will feature four veterans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship competing on the card. Junior Assuncao, Rory Singer and Dan Christison will all be in action in separate fights.
Diego Saraiva will go up against Joe Ammerman for the AFL lightweight title in the night’s main event.
Vigneault to Travel to Aruba for TKO 33
TKO Championship Fighting veteran Stephane Vigneault will be fighting on the organization’s next card in Aruba according to a report from our friends at TKO Xtreme.
After a near two-year hiatus from active competition, Vigneault made his return at TKO 31: Young Guns in December but ended up being submitted by lightweight prospect Ben Greer. Vigneault bounced back with a TKO win over Daniel Ferguson last weekend.
Jorge Oliveira checks a kick from Marvin Eastman at WFA’s King of the Streets in July 2006. Photo courtesy of Jorge Oliveira.
The Palace Fighting Championship held the official weigh-ins yesterday for it’s sixth event, “No Retreat, No Surrender”, which will take place this evening at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.
The weigh-ins went relatively smooth with the exception of a few problems.
All of the fighters made weight except for one, Scott Brommage, who is scheduled to face Fresno native Casey Olson in a lightweight bout. No word on why Brommage did not weigh in or if Olson will be receiving a new opponent.
The event features a total of three title fights: PFC featherweight champion Shawn Bias will go up against Art Arciniega; Shawn Klarcyk will attempt to defend his PFC bantamweight belt against Rolando Velasco; and recently released from the UFC, Diego Saraiva will challenge Poppies Martinez for his PFC lightweight crown.
However the show is highlighted by a light heavyweight clash between budding prospects Glover Teixeira and Jorge Oliveira. Each fighter has defeated a couple of notable opponents in their careers: Oliveira has won a unanimous decision over Shonie Carter and submitted Mike Van Arsdale while Teixeira has decisioned current IFL middleweight champ Matt Horwich and stopped upstart Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
“Glover Teixeira versus Jorge Oliveira is a UFC caliber fight,” PFC president Christian Printup said in a recent press release. “Some people don’t understand how big of a fight this is. This is the type of fight that could happen on the biggest stage in the sport.”
Teixeira is prepared for a tough fight against such a well-rounded opponents but still plans to finish the fight with his fists.
“I know he’s done kick boxing and I’m looking for some good stand up and he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt,” Teixeira said. “I don’t care about that, though, I’m a black belt, too. Belts don’t mean anything. He’s a decent all-around fighter. I’m going to do what I do best and hit him hard in the face. The fight will start standing and I want to try and stand and get the knockout in the first or second round.”
Full weigh-in results are below.
Jorge Oliveira (206 lbs) vs. Glover Texiera (205 lbs)
Diego Saraiva (154 lbs) vs. Poppies Martinez (154 lbs)
Shawn Klarcyk (135 lbs) vs. Rolando Velasco (134 lbs)
Shawn Bias (145 lbs) vs. Art Arcienega (145 lbs)
Brad Imes (265 lbs) vs. Anthony Ruiz (210 lbs)
Alex Serdyukov (170 lbs) vs. Mike Gates (171 lbs)
Casey Olson (153 lbs) vs. Scott Brommage (N/A)
Eric Pribble (203 lbs) vs. Ricardo Barros (204 lbs)
Ed Tomaselli (136 lbs) vs. Brandon Miller (134 lbs)
Doug Hunt (169 lbs) vs. Mickey Martinez (169 lbs)
Fernando Arreola (143 lbs) vs. Sergio Quinones (145 lbs)
Austin Achorn (262 lbs) vs. Joaquin Sanchez (227 lbs)
Derek Thornton (194 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (203 lbs)
Tom Owens (169 lbs) vs. Tony Alanis (163 lbs)
Jason Georgianna (135 lbs) vs. Joseph Benevidez (135 lbs)
Richard Montoya (186 lbs) vs. Nate Loughran (185 lbs)
There’s no looking back for the Palace Fighting Championship.
After giving the mixed martial arts community one of the very best events in Central California history in October, Christian Printup and the PFC are looking to raise the bar even further for Thursday, January 17th.
Printup, the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director, confirmed three blockbuster PFC World Title fights for the Jan. card and also confirmed deals with a pair of elite fighters.
Maybe the biggest announcement is that of the PFC Lightweight Championship will be on the line. Interim champ Poppies Martinez (13-3) of Lemoore will tangle with Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Diego Saraiva (9-6-1) of Atlanta.
“Diego Saraiva is a very exciting fighter. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and he likes to bang. Poppies management and his head trainer, Urijah Faber, are excited about this opportunity for Poppies. Poppies has always just fought who was put in front of him and to this day the only fight he has ever asked for was the Cole Escovedo fight,” Printup said. “Saraiva is coming off three losses, but to really good fighters. I believe this fight is a career defining fight for both guys. Both guys are excited to fight each other. This is a great fight for PFC fans. These are the types of competitive match ups that the sport needs.”
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News and Notes
- Despite various reports that were made over the weekend, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has not signed a contract with the UFC according to Sherdog:
“I have not signed with Zuffa, unlike what people have said on the Internet,” Souza said after his fight. “I was close to signing and fighting in WEC, but nothing is settled right now.”
- The California State Athletic Commission released the drug test results of 6 of the 18 fighters that were tested after UFC 76. Christian Wellisch, Scott Junk, Matt Wiman, Jeremy Stephens, Diego Saraiva, and Michihiro Omigawa all passed. The results of the other 12 fighters are expected to be released at some point this week.
- It seems that Shaq has been using MMA to prepare for the upcoming NBA season:
At seven foot one, Shaquille O’Neal is an intimidating enough opponent on the basketball court but the Miami Heat center has been testing his athleticism in one of the most violent of sports, Ultimate Fighting. Questioned on Monday how he had spent his time during the NBA off-season, O’Neal said he had been in the caged ring taking on challengers in the combination of boxing, martial arts and wrestling.
“I’ve been doing a lot of fighting, a lot of swimming, a lot of hunting and a lot of school work and a lot of reading,” O’Neal told reporters at the Heat’s pre-training camp media day.
Asked what he meant by fighting, O’Neal said: “UFC fighting, Ultimate Fighting, yeah, I’m serious. Every day. You have headgear and so on, it is basically like boxing with wrestling rules. I’m a fan of the sport. I started doing it and then some guys challenged me,” added O’Neal who is reported to earn around $20 million a year with the Heat.
Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for the find.
- Sam Caplan has announced that he has been hired as the new lead writer and editor of ProElite.com. Congrats Sam.
- UFC Daily has added three new writers to it’s staff.
The year of the upset continues…
Keith Jardine proved that those who participated in The Ultimate Fighter reality series can hang among the best in the world when he beat former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell at his own game and earned a close split decision in front of the estimated 16,000 in attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
Liddell looked to win the first round by sending Jardine scrambling away from flurries of punches. Jardine began to score with his first few of numerous leg and body kicks but it wasn’t enough to prevent the judges from scoring the round in Liddell’s favor.
The second and third rounds were a different story however. Jardine continued to press the action while his opponent looked to land one of his patented counter-punches. Jardine (13-3-1) even knocked Liddell (20-5) down with a right hand midway through the second round, a shot that Liddell was able to absorb as he sprang back up to his feet and right back into the fight.
A number of leg and body kicks bruised and battered Liddell’s body and Jardine’s unorthodox style continued to stifle any opportunities the former champ had to get into a rhythm on the feet. When the 15 minutes was up, it was known that the judges had to make a close decision but it was also obvious that Jardine had won the fight, based on the reaction the crowd gave when Liddell raised his hands in possible victory.
Marcos Rosales was the lone judge that scored the fight for Liddell, giving him the edge by a 29-28 margin. Cecil Peoples and Richard Bertrand scored it the same but gave the victory to Jardine and ruined any chances we had of seeing a Liddell-Wanderlei Silva showdown in December.
After the fight, Jardine tried to put his win into perspective.
“The win feels great,” Jardine said. “Chuck is the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC as far as I’m concerned.”
UFC Junkie is reporting that Diego Saraiva will replace the injured Nate Mohr and take on Jeremy Stephens at UFC 76.
Saraiva has lost his last two UFC bouts, dropping unanimous decision victories to both Dustin Hazelett and Jorge Gurgel at UFC 67 and UFC 73 respectively.
Mohr was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a broken hand during a recent training session.
News and Notes:
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Cage Rage has announced three scheduled bouts for it’s upcoming Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable show on September 22. James Zikic will defend his Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship against Vitor Belfort. Mark Weir will take on Paul Daley and Joe Mac and Jeremy Bailey will finally go at it.
- The IFL’s Los Angeles Anacondas have announced that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman has been named the team’s official wrestling coach. Anaconda’s head coach Shawn Tompkins has said that Randleman is also currently training with the team in hopes of making a comeback to active competition:
“Kevin Randleman might be making a return to the cage or ring,” says Tompkins. “I like training Kevin. He’s open-minded and we’re exchanging a lot of knowledge.”
- The following fighters have tested negative for drugs of abuse and banned substances following the post-fight tests done after UFC 73 by the CSAC: Mark Bocek, Chris Lytle, Frankie Edgar, Jason Gilliam, Diego Saraiva, Jorge Gurgel, Stephan Bonnar, and Mike Nickels. More test results will be released later this week.