Let me start off by apologizing for the lack of updates of late. Its been real crazy around here as well as being temporarily shorthanded. Anyway, onto the world of MMA.
The last few days of seen a flurry of new fights proposed in various organizations. Hopefully free of his EliteXC contract, Eddie Alvarez looks to return to fighting in the US with a proposed match in Extreme Challenge. No opponent has been named, but the fight is set for January 23rd in Atlantic City. Extreme Challenge is run by Monte COx and is generally based in the Midwest. But Alvarez’s strong ties to the East Coast will surely help their foray into Atlantic City
Urijah Faber will look to quickly get back in the win column following his TKO loss to Mike Brown. He’s certainly not taking on a cupcake either, as he will be tangling with former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver in a rematch of their June 1 fight which was a Fight of the Year candidate. The fight is set for WEC 37 on January 25 in San Diego, CA.
The rumor mill is hot and heavy that Chuck Liddell will make his return to the UFC Octagon to face Randy Couture for a fourth time. This one would take place in Germany at UFC 99 and would occur in the heavyweight division.
Golden Boy to compete with Affliction’s Day of Reckoning
Despite all the earlier announcements that Affliction and Golden Boy Promotions were teaming up to put on mega cards featuring both boxing and MMA, GBP has pulled back the reins some. Though they will still be producing and advertising the January 24 Aflliction show, GBP also has announced they will be putting on the Antonio Margarito-Shane Mosely World Title boxing match on HBO that same night. While most believe the boxing and MMA fan bases are separate, there is still some crossover and putting this fight on for free sort of (HBO), can’t help but take some eyes away from the Affliction show.
I also fully expect the UFC to counter program on SpikeTV against the Affliction show. Don’t be surprised to see the UFC 91 card on that night, featuring the Randy Couture vs Brock Lesnar title fight as well as a host of other dynamic fights.
News and Notes
- Mike Swick has pulled out of his bout with Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 due to a rib injury sustained while training. Dustin Hazelett is being discussed as a possible replacement for Swick.
- Sherdog is reporting that Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, is negotiating for the services of PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
- Mark “The Machine” Hominick will be fighting Ben Greer (10-2) at TKO 30: Apocalypse.
- Here is the full card for Extreme Challenge 81 which is scheduled to take place October 6th at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey.
Jon Murphy vs. Joe Leyva
Justin Eilers vs. Wade Hamilton
Hector Urbina vs. Aaron Miesner
Zach Mackowsky vs. Daniel Martinez
Chris Lawson vs. Lennox Chance
Stephen Haigh vs. Anthony Lapsley
Mike Groves vs. Jorge Villela
Robert Beraun vs. Nathan Carey
Billy Kidd vs. Yaotzin Meza
Matt Buckley vs. Rick Gonzoles
Matt Jaggers vs. Israel Giron Melchor
Tim Bradley vs. Rene Diosdado Perez
Armando David vs. Victor Meza
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This Saturday Extreme Challenge will invade Hayward, Wisconsin where it will hold Extreme Challenge 70. The card has a solid main event which will feature UFC veteran Brock Larson going up against Edward O’Daniel. Larson is currently on a five fight winning streak with his last loss coming in the UFC against Jon Fitch. O’Daniel is coming off of his first loss which was a KO to the hands of Chad Reiner.
Also on the card will be the finals of the welterweight tournament started at Extreme Challenge 68. Chad Reiner and Dustin Hazelett will square off for the championship.
Finally there will be a 4-man lightweight tournament which will feature Clay French, Lee Gibson, Justin James and Alonso Martinez.
Extreme Challenge 70
Aug. 26, 2006 * LCO Casino, Hayward, Wis.
Edward O’Daniel (3-1) vs. Brock Larson (18-1)
170 tourney final
Dustin Hazelett (8-2) vs. Chad Reiner (12-0)
4-man 155 tourney
Clay French (7-0) vs. Alonso Martinez (13-9)
Lee Gibson (4-0) vs. Justin James (11-5)
John Meyer (3-2) vs. Tom Speer (4-0)
George Foster (1-0) vs. Pete Stauner (1-1)
TBA vs. Tony Belvidere 145
Here are the results for Extreme Challenge 68, which took place this past Saturday night…
UFC veteran Joe Doerksen will be filling in for Nick Thompson at Extreme Challenge 67. Nick Thompson was set to face Todd Carney in the main event but he was forced to withdraw due to injury.