Dave Herman. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
Former EliteXC heavyweight standout Dave Herman picked up what was arguably the biggest win of his young career on Saturday night, needing only a minute to dispatch of MMA pioneer Don Frye in the main event of Shark Fights 6 in Amarillo, Texas.
The elder Frye pushed for a takedown early on, but Herman was able to stay on his feet and battered the veteran with a flurry of punches that forced the quick stoppage. The win was the second in a row for Herman while Frye has now fallen in three of his last five appearances.
Ricardo Arona. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona will return to active competition for the first time in over two years when he takes on fellow veteran Marvin Eastman at Bitetti Combat 4 this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It will be the first fight for Arona since losing three out of four bouts under the PRIDE banner, including a brutal knockout at the hands of a streaking Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 in April 2007. Eastman is coming off of a second-round TKO of Aron Lofton at a Maximum Fighting Championship show in May.
M-1 Global has officially announced that their August 28th show titled “Breakthrough” has been moved the Los Angeles Convention Center to the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City. The show will feature a main event of Mo Lawal vs. Mark Kerr along with an exhibition match featuring Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi.
The show was originally set to feature a main event of Don Frye vs. Mo Lawal but unfortunately Frye has pulled out and will be replaced by Kerr. “Don Frye had a signed contract with M-1 and part of that signed commitment allowed us to change the venue if needed,” said M-1 COO Raimond. “From our perspective, Don should still be in this fight. However, for reasons that we aren’t exactly sure of, he has backed out. Don still has not provided us with a clear reason as to why he is refusing to fight.
Don Frye. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Even at 43-years-old, mixed martial arts pioneer Don Frye continues to compete with successful results. Frye picked up his 20th career victory on Saturday night, scoring a quick, first-round submission of former training partner and judo practitioner Rich Moss at Shark Fights 4.
Frye and Moss came into the bout as heated rivals. Both claimed that they had been the top student under a former trainer and that a fight between the two had been brewing for years. After a brief exchange on the feet to start the fight, Moss grabbed Frye and attempted a judo throw. However Frye countered the move and ended up taking Moss’ back, swiftly sinking in a rear-naked choke and forcing a tapout just over two minutes into the proceedings.
“Ultimate Fighter 7” alumnus Jesse Taylor was also victorious on the card, submitting Eric DaVila in the first round of their featured bout. However potential soon-to-be “TUF” cast member Rex Richards suffered his second professional loss, falling via fourth-round TKO to Shark Fights heavyweight title holder Darrill Schoonover.
Complete results from the event:
Don Frye def. Rich Moss - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Jesse Taylor def. Eric DaVila - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Darrill Schoonover def. Rex Richards - TKO (Strikes), R4
Anthony Waldburger def. Shannon Ritch - Submission (Armbar), R1
Phil Cardella def. Johnny Flores - Submission (Armbar), R1
Rolando Scott def. Zach Haney - TKO (Strikes), R1
Josh Shephard def. Aaron Garcia - TKO (Corner Stoppage), R1
Jessica Miramontes def. Brandi Hainey - Unanimous Decision
Doug Frey def. Loris Luna - KO (Punch), R1
From PRIDE 21: “Demolition” in June 2002, here’s the legendary fight between two-time UFC tournament winner Don Frye and Japanese veteran Yoshihiro Takayama. Frye will return to action tonight in the main event of “Shark Fights 4”, which will take place at the Citibank Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. “Ultimate Fighter” product Jesse Taylor and heavyweight prospect Rex Richards will also be on the card.
Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC officials are reportedly still in talks to decide who heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson should fight in the main attraction of the organization’s latest edition of “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS, which will take place at the at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 4th.
The news comes from MMANews.com, who were informed by an EliteXC spokesperson that the promotion is preparing to announce Slice’s next opponent at some point over the next week or so. As of right now, there are apparently three different opponents on the table for Slice and at least two of them are well-known to mainstream fans.
Current rumors have the trio as being Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, or Brett Rogers. While Rogers was originally thought to be set in stone as Slice’s opponent following their post-fight press conference confrontation in May, it seems that EliteXC officials are looking to match Slice with another fighter that holds star power.
Ikuhisa Minowa. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Ikuhisa Minowa was victorious again in his quest to become Japan’s most successful open-weight fighter, submitting fellow longtime veteran and cult hero Don Frye with a first-round kneebar in the main event of DEEP’s “Gladiator” show this morning at the Momotaro Arena in Okayama, Japan.
After stuffing Minowa’s first takedown attempt, Frye quickly found himself on his back at the start of the bout. Minowa immediately dropped back for a heel hook and locked in the hold, but was unable to force Frye to tap. Minowa eventually switched to a kneebar, which after a few moments, finally forced Frye to give up.
In a team battle between fighters from Korea and Japan, it was Korea that came away with a 4-1 victory. Notable bouts saw UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa drop a unanimous decsion to Chul Hyun Jung while Jutaro Nakao picked up the lone win for the Japanese, defeating Yong Fun Lee via second-round TKO.
Gary Goodridge lost a hard-fought decision to Hiromi Amada in the first of four K-1 rules bouts. Jan Nortje scored a stoppage of PRIDE veteran Tom Erikson in another.
Don Frye exchanges punches with Yoshihiro Nakao. Photo courtesy of FEG.
Longtime fan-favorite Don Frye will return to action when he takes on colorful Japanese veteran Ikuhisa Minowa, who will continue his open-weight fighting quest at a scheduled DEEP event entitled “Gladiator” on August 16th in Japan.
The organization announced the event earlier today.
Frye quickly picked up his first win of this year back in January, scoring a first-round knockout of Bryan Pardoe in the main event of a NoLimit Fighting show in Dallas. Despite noticeably falling off talent-wise as he approaches the twilight of his career, Frye has only lost once in his last six fights.
Meanwhile Minowa has strugged as of late, losing three out of his last four bouts. His only win was a submission of former professional baseball player Bum Chan Kang at DREAM’s inaugural event in March. He most recently lost an unanimous decision to Taiei Kin at DREAM.2 in April.
Additional bouts announced for the card include Daijiro Matsui vs. Eun Soo Lee and a K-1 rules bout between Gary Goodridge vs. Hiromi Amada.
Kenny Florian. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Kenny Florian will reportedly serve as the temporary host of ESPN’s newly-planned online mixed martial arts magazine show that will appear exclusively on the company’s official website and on mobile phones according to Adam Swift of MMA Payout.
According to Swift, Florian will serve as the show’s host at least for the first two weeks of tapings. However it’s unknown whether the show will be UFC-based, something that apparently delayed the launch of the program, or if it will cover the entire world of the sport.
Affliction-HDNet Deal Still Possible
While it was previously reported that a potential deal between Affliction and HDNet that would have the clothing brand hold it’s first MMA show at the Dallas-based American Airlines Center fell apart, HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon says that the event could still possibly be televised on the digital cable network.
According to MMA Weekly, the event would not be permitted to take place at the home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks due to a lack of time to substantially promote the show. However the potential of at least part of the event airing live or on tape-delay on HDNet is not out of the realm of possibility.
“We talk to everybody and I wouldn’t say that any conversation is dead yet,” Simon said in the report. “You just never know. You know how this sport works, one day you think you’re not working together and the next day you might announce something. Affliction… I would say, never say never.
ASU Shuts Down Storied Wrestling Program
Arizona State University has decided to shut down it’s storied wrestling program along with men’s swimming and men’s tennis as part of a financial cutback at the school according to MMA Weekly.
Normally this wouldn’t be the type of news to be reported on this site, but the school’s wrestling program has produced a slew of highly-touted MMA prospects in recent years, including current UFC fighters Cain Velasquez and C.B. Dollaway. Shoe-in hall-of-famers Dan Severn, Don Frye, and Dan Henderson all competed for the school as well in the past.
There may still be hope for the program. NCAA President Myles Brand is expected to hold a meeting later this month to discuss the possibility of protecting school sports that also take place in the Olympics, wrestling being one of them.
Bush Tests Positive for Marijuana
Heavyweight prospect George Bush has reportedly tested positive for marijuana following his first-round tournament loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show last month in Atlantic City, New Jersey according to Sherdog.com.
“I just found out a few days ago, and needless to say, I’m very surprised and disappointed,” Bush said in the report. “I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I assure the fans that this will never happen again.”
While there won’t be any official announcement from the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, (they don’t release drug-testing information to the media) Bush has confirmed that he has not been fined but has been suspended by the commission for 90 days.
Photo courtesy of Sherdog.com
Problems continue to arise when it comes to the main event of YAMMA Pit Fighting’s debut show on April 11th in Atlantic City. Just days after replacing an injured Don Frye against Oleg Taktarov, longtime veteran Patrick Smith has reportedly been arrested in Bryan County, Oklahoma after leading police in a high-speed chase overnight.
The news comes from a report courtesy of KXII TV 12, which serves parts of Texas as well.
Smith apparently lead local police on a seven-minute chase around 6:00 AM ET Thursday night, reaching speeds of upwards of 130 MPH on his motorcycle. Smith, who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first show in 1993, was eventually detained and remains in police custody.
The 44-year-old was charged with felony attempting to elude to police, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, and reckless driving. A message left with YAMMA concerning Smith’s participation on the card post-arrest has not yet been returned.
Frye was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Taktarov after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session. He will now be required to undergo surgery but will be at the show do to do commentary on the pay-per-view broadcast
Since returning to active competition in 2006, Smith has been victorious in four out of his last five fights.
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