Cage Rage 25 Weigh-In Results

Ken Shamrock weighs-in for UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow’s Cage Rage 25: Bring It On are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event will be highlighted by Ken Shamrock’s return to action as he will be welcomed in his Cage Rage debut by opponent Robert “Buzz” Berry. Shamrock’s son Ryan will compete on the undercard against Giorgio Andrews. Masakazu Imanari will also defend his featherweight title against Jean Silva.

Ken Shamrock (220 lbs) vs. Robert Berry (240 lbs)
Masakazu Imanari (143 lbs) vs. Jean Silva (144 lbs)
Gary Turner (220 lbs) vs. Mustapha Al-Turk (240 lbs)
Rob Broughton (282 lbs) vs. Neil Grove (273 lbs)
Pierre Guillet (184 lbs) vs. Tom Watson (184 lbs)
Ivan Serati (200 lbs) vs. Roman Webber (204 lbs)
Aisling Daly (129 lbs) vs. Aysen Berik (132 lbs)
Giorgio Andrews (133 lbs) vs. Ryan Shamrock (134 lbs)
Henrique Santana (169 lbs) vs. Michael Johnson (169 lbs)
Marvin Arnold (180 lbs) vs. John Hathaway (184 lbs)
John Phillips (184 lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (184 lbs)

Batten Injured; Out of Remedios Fight

Danny Batten celebrates after his win over Kyotaro Nakao in March 2007. Photo courtesy of Angrrr Management.

A much-anticipated showdown between longtime English mixed martial arts veterans Danny Batten and Leigh Remedios has been scrapped after Batten suffered an undisclosed injury during a recent training session.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, who although were unable to grab any specifics in terms of Batten’s injury, were able to confirm with the lightweight that the injury was bad enough that he would be unable to fight without suffering serious consequences health-wise.

“It’s really frustrating to be out of the fight and there is nothing I can do about it medically,” Batten said in the report. “The thing is everything was going so well and for the first time in my career, I managed to train solidly for two months without the distractions of holding down my day job as a postman…to cancel now has been really hard for me.”

This is now the second instance in the past week in which Cage Rage officials have been forced to quickly find a replacement opponent for one of their fighters only a week away from Cage Rage 25, which will take place this Saturday, March 8th. Henrique Santana was tapped to replace Che’ Mills against Michael Johnson.

A replacement opponent for Remedios has not yet been found.

Nelson, Schultz Defend IFL Titles in Vegas

Ryan Schultz throws a right hand at John Gunderson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

LAS VEGAS - Lightweight Ryan Schultz and heavyweight Roy Nelson defended their respective International Fight League titles and middleweight Ryan McGivern won his first belt before 3,931 at the IFL event last night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Schultz grinded out a unanimous decision over John Gunderson to retain his title, maintaining strong position throughout the match. Most of the bout was contested on the ground, with both fighters escaping potential chokes in the final two rounds.

Nelson earned a first-round TKO victory over Fabiano Scherner to defend his heavyweight crown. Nelson took Scherner down midway through the round and used a flurry of right hands to secure the stoppage at 3:20.

In what many felt was the best bout of the night, McGivern topped defending champion Matt Horwich by unanimous decision in a battle in which both fighters had strong moments.

Horwich nearly secured an armbar at the end of the second round, when McGivern was likely saved by the bell. In the closing seconds of the fourth round, McGivern delivered a series of strikes that staggered the former champion, but the champion held on until the bell.

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Knabjian Stops Rafferty at XFO 22

Kevin Knabjian weighs-in for a WEC event in June 2007. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC veteran Kevin Knabjian picked up a big win over former cast member of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter Josh Rafferty the Xtreme Fighting Organization’s “Rising Star” event this past weekend in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Both were originally scheduled to compete in separate fights but the inability of XFO officials to find a suitable opponent in time for Knabijan left no other option but to pair the two veterans together in the night’s main event.

Rafferty, who is usually known for his lack of a ground game, quickly took Knabjian down and secured his back to start the fight. After locking in a rear naked choke and holding it on for nearly half a minute, Knabjian was able to sneak his way out of the hold.

From there Knabjian secured top position and then unleashed a vicious ground and pound assault that forced the referee to step in and stop the fight, ending Rafferty’s three-fight winning streak.

Pat Curran, the cousin of top-ranked featherweight Jeff Curran, was victorious in his professional mixed martial arts debut at the show, using superior wrestling to eventually submit Tony Hervey with a choke from behind in the first round.

Complete event results are below courtesy of MMA Weekly:

Kevin Knabjian def. Josh Rafferty - TKO (Strikes)
Pat Curran def. Tony Hervey - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brian Heden def. Herc Hayes - Unanimous Decision
Mike Stumpf def. Dennis Reed - Submission (Armbar)
Joe Vedepo def. Rob Smith - TKO (Strikes)
Nick Janowitz def. Simon Marini - Unanimous Decision
Dom O’Grady def. Sal Woods - TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Jame Haourt def. Joe Schlotterer - Split Decision
Nat McIntyre def. Darius Turcinskas - TKO (Strikes)
Jacob Volkman def. Brent Meherhoof - Unanimous Decision
Craig Kaufman def. Jason Bowling - Submission (Triangle)
Waylon Lowe def. Andrew Hoogeboom - TKO (Strikes)
Nik Lentz def. Scott Bickerstaff - TKO (Strikes)

Strikeforce at the Dome Weigh-In Results

Photo courtesy of FEG.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s Strikeforce at the Dome show are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event feature a super heavyweight showdown between former NFL lineman and K-1 star Bob “The Beast” Sapp and Jan Nortje. Former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith will take on kickboxer Rick Roufus, who will be making his mixed martial arts debut.

The only minor hitch during the festivities involved Steve Berger, who needed an extra two hours to make the welterweight limit.

Bob Sapp (356 lbs) vs Jan Nortje (333 lbs)
Joe Riggs (184) lbs vs Cory Devela (184 lbs)
Maurice Smith (235 lbs) vs Rick Roufus (207 lbs)
Steve Berger (172 lbs) vs Eddy Ellis (168 lbs)
Jorge Masvidal (159 lbs) vs Ryan Healy (158 lbs)
Eric Clark (224 lbs) vs Josh Bennett (259 lbs)
Ray Perales (170 lbs) vs Lyle Beerbohm (168 lbs)
Matt Kovacs (244 lbs) vs Mike Hayes (230 lbs)
Scott Shaffer (144 lbs) vs Zach Skinner (143 lbs)
Dave Corshane (169 lbs) vs Nathan Coy (170 lbs)

Report: WEC Close to Signing “Pequeno”

Alexandre Franca Nogueira throws a right hand at Shuichiro Katsumura at a K-1 Hero’s event in July 2007. Photo courtesy of FEG.

In a move that will surely bolster the WEC’s featherweight division, World Extreme Cagefighting is reportedly close to signing former Shooto champion Alexandre Franca “Pequeno” Nogueira.

The news comes from Sherdog, who also reports that a proposed deal to join the ranks of the promotion also comes with an opponent as Nogueira would face BodogFight veteran Nick Agallar in his debut.

After upsetting Shooto star Noboru Asahi twice in his first three bouts, with the second giving Nogueira the featherweight belt, Nogueira would go on to hold championship gold for seven years until he was stripped of his title due to injury in May 2006.

Nogueira was long considered the world’s best fighter at 145 lbs until he dropped consecutive fights to Koutetsu Boku and Hideo Tokoro respectively. His last fight was a knockout win over Shuichiro Katsumura at the opening round of K-1 Hero’s middleweight tournament last July.

WEC 32: Condit vs Prater Thoughts and Notes

Jamie Varner throws a left hook at Rob McCullough during their championship bout at WEC 32: Condit vs Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Some thoughts and notes from last night’s WEC 32: Condit vs Prater…

Good Show, Good Production

Last night’s event was definitely fun to watch. The televised bouts had a lot of everything - spectacular knockouts, slick submissions. Even the most boring fight on the broadcast had a highlight reel ending. The main thing that I wanted to touch on was the production. Sam Caplan makes a great point when he says that last night’s show was perhaps the best MMA show he’s ever seen on basic cable. I couldn’t agree more.

The commentating was great. Aside from Frank Mir’s screams of excitement once in a while during a bout, he did fantastic as always. Even Urijah Faber guest commentating during the Torres-Beebe fight was interesting to listen to. He came off as being a lot more than just a California surfer like I’m sure the casual fans portray him as.

Did anyone else notice that their was a semi-entrance where the fighters came out last night? Granted it was only a lit-up WEC sign above the curtain but still, it’s at least a start for those out there who still long to see a Zuffa-promoted event use the ramp again.

Strange Judging in Tapia-Banuelos

I realize it was a pretty even fight for the most part but how that one was scored a draw confuses the hell out of me. Antonio Banuelos did a good job of controlling the third round but I still thought that Manny Tapia earned a unanimous decision for the first two, even though a split call was more likely.

I’m still surprised that no one scored a 10-8 first round for Tapia. He knocked Banuelos down twice in the round and came very close to finishing him. Just like in the Bisping-Hamill fight, Cecil Peoples gave the fight to the wrong person again.

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Condit Retains; Varner and Torres Grab Gold

Carlos Condit weighs-in for WEC 32: Condit vs Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

New Mexico native Carlos Condit avenged the first loss of his career and retained his WEC welterweight title as he submitted Carlo Prater in front of a supportive crowd of 4,648 inside Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center last night.

The fight was one of three title bouts that headlined World Extreme Cagefighting’s first venture outside of Las Vegas since UFC parent company Zuffa purchased the promotion in the fall of 2006.

After exchanging a series of leg kicks with Condit, Prater was able to slam his opponent down to the mat in impressive fashion. However Condit immediately went on the offensive, attempting a series of submissions that included tries for a triangle, armbar, and a guillotine.

While sitting inside of Condit’s guard, Prater (21-6-1) made the mistake of digging his head into Condit’s stomach, allowing the hometown hero to sink in a fight-ending guillotine from the bottom. After the fight, Condit (22-4) pointed out that it would be impossible for him to be uncomfortable fighting off of his back at this point.

“I’m very comfortable on my back, like I’ve proven before,” Condit said during a post-fight interview with Frank Mir. “All my wins in the WEC so far have come by submission. I’m not complaining at all.”

While Condit was able to keep his belt around his waist, the two other champions defending their titles didn’t fair so well.

Team Punishment’s Rob McCullough defended multiple takedown attempts while not mounting much of his well-known offense during the first two rounds against Jamie Varner, who had recently converted over from the UFC’s lightweight division.

Varner’s early scored takedowns and aggressiveness put him ahead on points going into the third round. However it was Varner who was on the wrong end of a right hook courtesy of McCullough. After the blow knocked his mouthpiece out, Varner intelligently asked referee Steve Mazzagatti if he could have it back in his mouth, a decision that ultimately gave Varner more time to recover from the shot.

When the fight was restarted, Varner (14-2) rushed McCullough (15-4) out of the gate with a flurry of lefts and rights. A stunned McCullough continued to take unanswered shots, going down to a knee twice before finally being finished off with a devastating straight right that forced Mazzagatti to step in and save a bloodied and battered “Razor” Rob.

Varner, the newly-crowned lightweight champion, revealed his plan to strike against the renowned Muay-Thai specialist after the fight.

“I grew up boxing,” said Varner,”. “Everybody called me a wrestler. He expected me to wrestle. So I kind of put my wrestling on the back-burner during this training camp and really worked on my striking. It really paid off tonight.”

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IFL Announces Three Title Bouts for April

Chris Horodecki and Shad Lierley weigh-in for an IFL event in June 2007. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League earlier today announced details for their upcoming East Rutherford, NJ event, which will take place at the IZOD Center on April 4th.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the card. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson. Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

Upstart Shad Lierley, who made headlines after going toe-to-toe with lightweight sensation Chris Horodecki last year, will drop down to the featherweight division in exchange for a shot against current title holder Wagnney Fabiano, who submitted L.C. Davis this past December to grab the vacant belt.

Horodecki is also expected to return to action at the event, currently against an opponent yet to be named.

The nine-fight card will feature matchups between four different camps. Fighters from Renzo Gracie’s Academy will take on athletes from Midwest Combat while American Top Team will make it’s IFL debut against martial artists from the renowned Miletich Fighting Systems.

“I like the local feel of this card,? said IFL Vice President Bas Rutten. “?In addition to three outstanding championship bouts, featuring fighters from New York and New Jersey, you have Renzo Gracie?‘s camp, which was the champion last year, Midwest Combat, which features our top fighters from the Chicago area, and great battles with the Miletich camp and American Top Team, who we are very excited to have on board.?”

Miletich fighters Rory Markham and Mike Ciesnolevicz will go up against American Top Team’s Emyr Bussade and Lew Polley respectively. L.C. Davis will also likely compete for Pat Miletich as well.

A lightweight clash between Deividas Taurosevicius and Bart ?Palaszewski is the only announced battle between Renzo Gracie’s Academy and Midwest Combat as of right now. Skilled welterweight Delson Heleno will also represent Renzo Gracie on the card.

Moreng Injured; Pulls Out of Jorgensen Bout

Jesse Moreng weighs-in for a WEC event in March 2007. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Featherweight Jesse Moreng has been forced to bow out of his upcoming scheduled bout against Scott Jorgensen at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on February 13th at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, who has confirmed that Moreng fractured his foot during training this week and is unable to walk on the foot let alone train for the fight any longer according to sources close to Tempe, Arizona native.

No word as of yet on whether a replacement opponent will be found for Jorgensen or if the bout will be scrapped altogether.

The Jorgenson fight was slated to Moreng’s second inside the confines of the WEC. Moreng was submitted by Micah Miller in his debut last March. The 29-year-old started his career off with an eight-fight winning streak prior to loss to Miller.

The event, which features champions Carlos Condit, Rob McCullough, and Chase Beebe all defending their belts in separate bouts, will be the promotion’s first show outside of Las Vegas since Zuffa purchased the company in the fall of 2006.

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