Featherweight

TKO Notes and Quotes: Aug 21, 2007

Adam Kastner discusses upcoming bout with Adrian Wooley

MMA on Tap was able to catch up with TKO featherweight Adam Kastner (1-0) to get his thoughts on his upcoming bout with Adrian Wooley as well as little background information on how he got his start in MMA and his goals for the future.

On September 28, 2007 at TKO 30: Apocalypse, Adam Kastner will make his second appearance in the TKO cage when he faces fellow undefeated featherweight Adrian Wooley (2-0). Wooley is a talented wrestler who made his TKO debut at TKO MMA Tourney 2007, defeating Sonny Leong (1-10-1) by decision. Wooley’s next fortay in the TKO cage came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he fought and defeated Guillaume Lamarche (1-1).

Kastner was respectful when talking about his opponent saying, “From seeing Adrian fight previously I think he’s a great fighter, a very good wrestler and I think it’s going to be a tough fight for me. It’s hard to predict how the fight is going to go, I am going to try and do the things I am working on in training and try and pull out a win. But I think it will be a very exciting fight to watch.”

Kastner may be relatively new to the MMA scene but he is not new to the fight game. Before making taking the plunge to MMA Kastner spent time fighting in the CAMTAO (Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario). Training with the guys at 519 Fight Factory, Kastner possesses sharp Muay Thai skills. “I actually started MMA March 17th, that was my debut. Before that I only ever fought in Muay Thai competitions in CAMTAO(Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association Of Ontario), but the opportunity came to fight in TKO so I didn’t think twice to take it.

“My goals as a fighter are just to be successful at it, become better after each fight, keep improving on my weaknesses and keep progressing as an athlete. I am training with Jeff Harrison, Syd Barnier and other good training partners, so I think it helps to keep improving when you train with a good team.”

Jeff Harrison is the head trainer at the 519 Fight Factory. He is well versed in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2002 Harrsion spent time working on his BJJ at the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio Dejaniero, Brazil. Harrison also spent time working on his Muay Thai with BTT trainer Paulo Nickolai while training with the likes of Ricardo Arona, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mario Sperry.

Kastner’s teammate, Syd Barnier, will also be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse but his opponent is currently unknown.

Report: Valerie Letourneau not fighting at TKO 30

We have received a report stating that Valerie Letourneau (1-1) will not be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse. According to the report, Letourneau was not given footage of her opponent on time so she refused to sign the contract.

Letourneau made her TKO debut at TKO 29: Repercussion losing to Sarah Kaufman early in the second by TKO. Training with Tristar Vale Tudo, Letourneau is a well-rounded featherweight who holds a TKO win over Tannaya Hantelman.

TKO alumni update

Jonathan Goulet - “The Road Warrior” will be making his long awaited return to the octagon September 19th when he steps into cage with Mike “Quick” Swick at UFC Fight Night 11.

When asked about his upcoming battle with Swick, Goulet said, “I know I’ll be ready for a war but he’s not going to be ready for me.  Right now I’m stronger and faster than him and that day that would be worst.”

Patrick Cote - Cote, the current TKO middleweight champion, will be stepping into the cage with TUF veteran Kendall Grove this weekend at UFC 74: Respect. After a rocky past in the UFC, Cote will be looking to set things straight with an impressive victory over his 6’6” opponent.

Sherdog.com caught up with Cote to get thoughts on the upcoming bout with Grove.

“I think he has a suspect chin,” said the TKO middleweight champ. “I saw his fights against (Hector) Ramirez and (Joe) Riggs. The thing is I have to be careful about his reach, so like I said I did the perfect training camp for this type of fighter. I can see myself knocking him out … the thing is, I don’t think he’ll be able to put me on my back. I really think I will stop him before the bell to end the second round.

“He [Kendall] said in an interview that he wanted to stay on the feet and bang with me and if he’s in trouble he will take me down. I really think he will try to take me down because I am really confident about my skills on my feet right now. If he tries to take me down I think he would be surprised … I’ve improved a lot on my wrestling right now, I’m really comfortable everywhere the fight will be.”

Georges St. Pierre - Former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre will look to throw himself back into title contention at UFC 74 when he faces fellow welterweight contender Josh Koscheck.

St. Pierre’s opponent, Josh Koscheck, recently told UFC.com that he felt Georges St. Pierre lacked heart and had a weak chin. St. Pierre responded by saying…

“Talking bad and saying bad stuff about me just gives me more motivation to train hard, to beat him up,” St. Pierre responded. “I don’t play that game. It’s not my style. I’m not that kind of person. I will do my talking in the Octagon.”

That sounds alot like the St. Pierre that stepped into the cage with Matt Hughes at UFC 65: Bad Intentions. If that’s the case, my prayers are with you Mr. Koscheck.

Jens Pulver Injured

Sherdog.com is reporting that former UFC lightweight champion Jens “Little Evil” Pulver has withdrawn from his fight at WEC 30 due to a knee injury suffered while training.

The highly-anticipated World Extreme Cagefighting arrival of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver (21-8-1) has been indefinitely put on hold, sources close to the Miletich champ told Sherdog.com Monday evening, due to a knee injury suffered by the popular fighter last Friday.

Pulver was scheduled to make his WEC debut against Cub Swanson (11-1) on Sept. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The fight would have marked Pulvers first appearance in the 145-pound weight division.

Update: 7:44 PM: - MMAWeekly caught up with Jens Pulver who confirmed and commented on his knee injury.

“I had staph, so I didn’t get to roll or do anything real physical. Then I started rolling and got my foot caught underneath [my training partner] while doing a guard pass. My leg bent out at the knee and I could feel it pop. The only thing now is an MRI to find out if it’s my ligament or my meniscus,” stated Pulver.

TKO Notes and Quotes Aug 16, 2007

MMA on Tap has learned the Adam Kastner (1-0) will face Adrian Wooley (2-0) in a featherweight bout at TKO 30: Apocalypse.

Adrian Wooley is a strong wrestler who sports an unblemished TKO record of 2-0. Wooley last victory came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he TKO’d Guillaume Lamarche late in the third round. Adam Kastner is a talented kickboxer who made his TKO debut at TKO MMA 2007 Tourney submitting Tommy Pariseau late in the first round.

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Dan Chambers (9-4) will meet Marcus Celestin (3-2) in a middleweight affair at TKO 30. TKO 30 will mark the debut of Dan Chambers who is coming off of a loss to UFC veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs at Hardcore Championship Fighting. Chambers’ opponent Marcus Celestin sports a TKO record of 1-0 with his sole victory coming by submission over Brett Pearson at TKO 29: Repercussion.

TKO 30: Apocalypse

Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO Lightweight Title
Sean Pierson vs. Chris Clements - TKO Welterweight Title
Samuel Guillet vs. Yves Lemelin
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Bosse vs. Lance Evans
Stephane Vigneault vs. Justin Tavernini
Marcus Célestin vs. Dan Chambers
Bob Landry vs. Jody Burke
Adrian Wooley vs. Adam Kastner

Also scheduled to appear on the card is:

Valerie Letourneau (1-1)
Syd Barnier (1-0)
Mark Hominick (13-7)
Imad Regragui (0-0)
Adil Regragui (0-0)
Shawn Thompson (0-0)
Eric Leclerc (3-1)
Nabil Khatib (6-1)

In a recent interview with Sportsnet.ca, TKO president Stephane Patry stated that he is in the final stages of securing a deal which would allow him to produce a new MMA reality show which will be a mix between Big Brother and The Ultimate Fighter.

“We are in the last stage of closing the deal with a network,” said Patry. “It will have 16 guys in a house with girls. It will be a mix between Big Brother and The Ultimate Fighter.”

Interesting concept… 16 fighters in a house with girls. That could make for some interesting television, someone call Jeremy Jackson. According to the article, auditions began 8 months ago and Patry expects to make an announcement in the near future. The show will be in French, but apparently an English network is interesting in picking up the series. It’ll be interesting to see if it airs on The Fight Network as both companies have done business in the past.

The article also states that TKO is expected to make an announcement within the next week that they’ve hired a public relations firm, one that works with the Montreal Canadiens. Patry is also looking to expand within Canada in the near future.

They are also expected to make an announcement in the next week that they’ve hired a public relations firm, one that works with the Montreal Canadiens. The next thing to focus on for Patry is expansion to other venues in Canada. But he’s biding his time.

“I’m waiting until we are in a good position before going full steam with expansion,” said Patry. “I’d like to be getting 9-to-10,000 in attendance on a steady basis first before I do that.”

Not only is Patry planning to expand within Canada but he is also plans on hosting a show in the Bahamas when the UFC comes to Montreal. Patry feels the UFC will be in Montreal within the first three months of 2008 and he doesn’t want to host a show in Montreal during the same month as the UFC.

He will more than likely do a show outside Canada next year, but he’s waiting to find out exactly when the UFC will hold its Montreal event, which he expects to be in the first three months of 2008. Only then will he set his schedule, because he doesn’t want to have a show in Montreal the same month that the UFC has theirs.

“That won’t be good for either of us,” admitted Patry. “So, the same month that they come here, we’re most likely going to have a show in the Bahamas. I do five shows per year so I don’t want to have four because the UFC is coming.’

TKO 30: Apocalypse is scheduled for September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

WEC 30 Features Two Championship Bouts, Pulver Debut

LAS VEGAS – Headlined by two world championship fights and the arrival of a fighting legend, World Extreme Cagefighting is proud to present another explosive night of mixed martial arts action on Wed., September 5 live, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

In the championship doubleheader, “Razor” Rob McCullough defends his WEC Lightweight belt against Richard Crunkilton, and WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe will be making his first title defense when he takes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Rani Yahya. Also featured is former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver, who will be making his WEC debut against Cub Swanson.

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Afternoon News and Notes 8/11/07

News and Notes:

- Sherdog has released their first ever top 10 which covers 8 weight classes (flyweight to heavyweight).

Here is the heavyweight top 10…

1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3. Gabriel Gonzaga
4. Mirko Filipovic
5. Josh Barnett
6. Randy Couture
7. Tim Sylvia
8. Andrei Arlovski
9. Fabricio Werdum
10. Aleksander Emelianenko

- In a recent interview with Sherdog.com Fedor Emelianenko’s manager confirmed that the rumors of Fedor signing a five-fight $5 million deal with FEG were false.

- Our rumors section has been updated…

Over the past few days UFC Junkie has been on a roll breaking news about several fights set to take place at UFC 76 and 77.

• Eric Schafer vs. Stephan Bonnar at UFC 77
• Marvin Eastman vs. Damian Maia at UFC 77
• Jorge Gurgel vs. Doug Evans at UFC 77
• Jeremy Stephens vs. Nate Mohr at UFC 76
• Justin McCully vs. Christian Wellisch at UFC 76
• Matt Grice vs. Jason Black at UFC 77
• Josh Burkman vs. Forrest Petz at UFC 77

- FCFighter.com is reporting that Manny Tapia has suffered a knee injury which has forced him to pull out of his Sept. 5, WEC 30 title bout with Chase Beebe.

Media Links:

Sportsnet: MFC owner eyes bigger picture
UFC Junkie: MMA Wagering 101
UFC HP: Griffin and Tavares give a Peek into the Future at UFC 76
Yahoo! Sports: Stevenson climbing the lightweight ladder

Stephane Vigneault vs Justin Tavernini Added to TKO 30

TKO president Stephan Patry has announced that Stephane Vigneault will take on Justin Tavernini at TKO 30: Apocalypse.

Stephane Vigneault is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 9-4. Vigneault is a talented striker who holds victories over the likes of Greg Compton, Phillipe Lagace, Stephane Laliberte, and Curtis Brigham.

Justin Tavernini sports a mixed martial arts record of 8-7 with victories over the likes of Mathieu Boncoeur, Paul Ebejer, David Mah, and Grant Tennant.

BodogFight Season 6 Participants

Bodog has announced the matchups set to take place on the sixth season of BodogFight. The taping will take place August 24th and 25th on the Squamish Nation Indian Reserve in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Featherweight:

Sami Aziz (Sweden) vs. Hiroyuki Abe (Japan)
JR Sims (USA) vs. DJ Taiki (Japan)

Lightweight:

Rodrigo Damm (Brazil) vs. Darren Elkins (USA)
Per Eklund (Sweden) vs. Rafael Dias (USA)
Ryan Bow (Japan) vs. Santino Defranco (USA)
Chris Ade (Canada) vs. Koji Oishi (Japan)

Welterweight:

Nick Thompson (USA) vs. Mark Weir (UK)
Piotr Jakaczynski (Sweden) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (USA)
Chris Wilson (USA) vs. Ray Steinbeiss (USA)
Diego Gonzales (Sweden) vs. Steve Berger (USA)

Middleweight:

Tim McKenzie (USA) vs. Yuichi Nakanishi (Japan)
Kyacey Uscola (USA) vs. TBA
Steve Byrnes (USA) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (Russia)

Light Heavyweight:

Antony Rea (France) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (USA)
Mikhael Zyats (Russia) vs. Buddy Roberts (USA)

Heavyweight:

Assuerio Silva (Brazil) vs. Constantin Gluhov (Russia)
Andrew Pederson (Canada) vs. Scott Lincoln (USA)
Dan Evensen (USA) vs. Dominic Richards (Canada)
Kristof Midoux (France) vs. Brad Morris (Australia)


Women’s 125lb:

Megumi Fuji (Japan) vs. Lisa Ward (USA)
Carina Damm (Brazil) vs. Jessica Aguillar (USA)
Rosi Sexton (UK) vs. Julia Berezekova (Russia)

Women’s 135lb:

Kelly Kobold (USA) vs. Julie Kedzie (USA)
Tama Chan (Japan) vs. Molly Helsel (USA)

WEC Adds Four Fights to August 5th Event

The WEC has officially added four fights to their August 5th WEC card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the featherweight division Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (27-8-1) will take on Stephen Ledbetter (5-0). Curran is a veteran of the UFC who holds victories over the likes of Wagnney Fabiano, Charles Bennett, Jason Dent and many others. Curran’s opponent, Stephen Ledbetter, sports an unblemished record of 5-0 with victories over Steve Kinnison, Jarrod Card, and Majeed Alkush. If Curran is victorious keep your eyes open for a featherweight title fight with Urijah Faber in the future.

Antonio Banuelos (13-4) will return to action for the first time since his KO loss to Charlie Valencia when he takes on Justin Robbins (6-2-1). Fighting out of The Pit, Banuelos sports a WEC record of 6-2 with victories over the likes of Cole Escovedo, Mike French, and James Cottrell. Robbins, a native of Springfield, Illinois, is a veteran of KOTC and XFO who holds victories over Tristan Yunker and Zach Jenkins.

Also on the card will be Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Legget and Hiromitsu Miura vs. Fernando Gonzalez.

Here is the full card:

Main Card Bouts:

Paulo Filho vs. Joe Doerksen
Carlos Condit vs. Brock Larson
Jeff Curran vs. Stephen Ledbetter
Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Leggett

Preliminary Bouts:

Eric Schambari vs. Logan Clark
Tiki Ghosn vs. Blas Avena
Hiromitsu Miura vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Antonio Banuelos vs. Justin Robbins
Steven Cantwell vs. Justin McElfresh

Barnier vs Lamarche Added to TKO 30

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Syd Barnier and Guillaume Lamarche will clash in a featherweight showdown at TKO 30: Apocalypse.

Guillaume Lamarche (1-1) is currently 0-1 in TKO with his sole loss coming by TKO to Adrian Wooley at TKO 29: Repercussion. Lamarche’s opponent, Syn Barnier (1-0), was successful in his MMA/TKO debut at TKO 29: Repercussion defeating his opponent Eric Leclerc by TKO early in the second round.

UFC Adding Featherweight and Bantamweight Divisions?

If you make your way over to the UFC website and check out their “Title Holders” section you’ll notice that they now have Featherweight (Over 135 lbs. to 145 lbs.) and Bantamweight (Over 125 lbs. to 135 lbs.) divisions listed. Could this mean the UFC plans on introducing these divisions soon?

It would make sense considering their influx of talent at the lower weights with the purchase of PRIDE and WEC.

Some notable featherweight fighters include:

Yoshiro Maeda
Jeff Curran
Hatsu Hioki
Takeshi Inoue
Urijah Faber
Mark Hominick
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
Antonio Carvalho
Alexandre Franca Nogueira

If the division additions are true, the UFC may look to pick up Norifumi Yamamoto to run their featherweight division.

Notable bantamweight fighters:

Akitoshio Hokazono
Kenji Osawa
Manny Tapia
Antonio Banuelos
Miguel Torres
Kenji Osawa
Chase Beebe
Eddie Wineland

If (as this is just speculation) the UFC does plan on adding these new weights, the divisions could be featured on an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Update 245pm: Upon re-visiting UFC’s title holders page, the divisions no longer appear.  Were they just testing, or did someone jump the gun updating the website before an announcement was made?

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