Mauricio and Murilo Rua have both decided to leave the Chute Boxe camp in Brazil in order to open their own gym in the United States.
The news was announced on Chute Boxe’s official website earlier today.
The new gym will opened in an undisclosed location in Massachusetts according to Sherdog’s Gleidson Venga.
Rudimar Fedrigo, the head of Chute Boxe, stated that the Rua’s will always be welcomed back in the future if the situation ever arises:
“We have to remember that the Chute Boxe doors will always be open for them. We also wish them good luck in their new endeavors.”
2007 has been a horrible year for the team that was once considered one of the best in the world. Both Wanderlei Silva and Andre Dida left earlier this year to train with different teams in North America.
The IFL held a conference call with the media earlier this afternoon to discuss the upcoming IFL World Grand Prix Finals which are set to take place on Saturday, December 29th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
The event will be broadcast in the United States on HDNet and in Canada on FOX Sports World Canada.
Nothing new was reported in terms of the IFL itself, that will come later in the week, on Wednesday to be exact when IFL President Kurt Otto meets with the media again to discuss the layout for next year.
Fighters participating on the call were Chris Horodecki and Jay Hieron. Notes on both are after the jump.
Icon Sport, the premier MMA promoter in the state of Hawaii, has cancelled their upcoming Fearless show, scheduled for this weekend December 15th. “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler was slated for the main event against Kala Kolohe Hose, but pulled out due to a pretty severe shoulder injury. When no replacement was found for Lawler, Icon Sport cancelled the whole event.
Personally, I think its pretty sad that they had to cancel the whole event over the loss of one fighter just 5 days before the event was slated to happen. There were 14 other fights featuring mainly local talent scheduled for the event. Obviously, it bad luck that they lost their main attraction in Lawler, but they should have made due somehow. If you have to offer partial refund, reduced priced tickets, or whatever, Icon should have done this. Telling 29 fighters just 5 days before their fight that its off is garbage. For an organization that’s affiliated with EliteXC, that’s unacceptable. Its hard to imagine that Gary Shaw couldn’t have helped out somehow. Isn’t that what part of the reason ICON was bought by EliteXC?
BTW, Icon via MMAHawaii actually posted the MRI report detailing Lawler’s injury. It shows a type 2 SLAP lesion with a complete tear of the long head of the bicep tendon. They said he hadn’t seen an orthopedic yet but that he would be out 6 weeks. That’s wishful thinking in my opinion. First off, it was likely an orthopedic who sent Robbie for the MRI in the first place. And with the findings that are outlined in that report, I’d be rather surprised if he doesn’t need surgery to at minimum correct the bicep tendon tear. This is more likely a 6-10 month recovery than the 6 weeks Icon is saying. Not good for Robbie.
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated.
- Check back later this morning for an extensive interview with MMA veteran Joe Camacho…
- The UFC has officially announced three more bouts for UFC 80: Rapid Fire in January, including Jason Lambert’s return to the Octagon against Wilson Gouveia.
The two were originally slated to fight at UFC 76 but Gouveia was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering a broken nose during training.
- K-1 Hero’s veteran Andre Dida has revealed that he will be leaving Chute Boxe to MMA Weekly:
“My brother (Mauricio ‘Veio’) lives in Canada and he has some contacts and some of his contacts made me an offer to teach mixed martial arts and Muay Thai in Canada,” said Dida. “It’s a very good offer and I cannot deny an opportunity like that. I have talked with Master Rafael Cordeiro and I’ve never seen him so sad with anything. He was disappointed with the news. I consider him as a father, but I have to leave.”
- Gray Maynard will take on Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 12 according to MMA Junkie.
Maynard was originally supposed to fight Matt Grice but Grice opted to decline the fight because of police training requirements. (You can read Grice’s entire explanation in the comments portion of MMA Junkie’s post.)
- Joe Riggs will take on Mike Gates at KOTC: Avalanche on December 15th at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada according to The Fight Network.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Alexander Crispim has tested positive for Desoxymethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid, following post-fight testing for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. Crispm has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500.
MMA veteran John Alessio will take on an undefeated Tood Moore in a welterweight matchup at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran which will take place on December 12th at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas according to an announcement from Xtreme Couture.
Luis Sapo was originally rumored to be fighting Moore at the event. No word on whether or not he was forced to pull out of the event because of injury but I’m assuming that is the reason since Alessio was on hold as an injury replacement for both the UFC and WEC’s December events.
Alessio is currently on a two-fight winning streak since being submitted by Carlos Condit in a WEC welterweight title fight at WEC 26 in March. Moore is undefeated so far in nine fights. He owns wins over HDNet Fights welterweight Anthony Waldberger and journeyman Thomas Schulte.
TKO Championship Fighting has announced that former TKO featherweight champion Mark “The Machine” Hominick will step into the cage at TKO 31: Young Guns with Rage in the Cage veteran Yaotzin Mesa.
Mark Hominick is a veteran of the UFC, WEC and TKO who sports a professional MMA record of 14-7. Hominick holds victories over Yves Edwards, Jorge Gurgel, Stephane Vigneault, and Doug Edwards. After suffering two tough losses, Hominick returned to TKO in September to face Ben Greer. Hominick was adamant about stepping into the cage and imposing his striking game on the highly touted Greer (10-3). Hominick did just that ending the contest at 1:14 of the first round when he sent Greer to the canvas with a vicious straight right.
Yaotzin Mesa is a veteran for Rage in the Cage who sports a MMA record of 6-3. Mesa lost his first three MMA appearances but since then he has reeled off six straight victories.
TKO 31: Young Guns
Steve Bosse vs. Icho Larenas (HW)
Mark Hominick vs. Yaotzin Mesa (FW)
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube (WW)
Jay Estrada vs. Martin Grandmont (LW)
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault (FW)
Syd Barnier vs. Mark Fraser (FW)
Bob Landry vs. Lance Evans (HW)
Thierry Quenneville vs. TBA (FW)
Valerie Letourneau vs. Alexis Davis (FW)
Eric Leclerc vs. TBA (FW)
Guilliaume Lamarche vs. TBA (FW)
Ben Gallant vs. Shawn Thompson (HW)
Yannick Galipeau vs. TBA (WW)
Brad Pickett has been forced to pull of his upcoming fight against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24 after breaking his arm during a recent training session at American Top Team in Miami, Florida over the weekend.
Pickett revealed that his arm was already damaged months before he broke it this past weekend:
“I had a bit of a problem with my arm for a few months now,” Pickett said. “I wasn’t too sure what it was. We thought I might have a small fracture [already] because it was quite sore. I ended up sparring on Saturday and blocked a high kick and broke it.”
Pickett is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks. A replacement opponent for Mann has not yet been found.
Cage Rage owner Andy Greer promised that Pickett would return to the promotion at some point next year in an official statement:
“[Brad] is the latest victim of a gruelling training regime,” Greer said. “Brad is understandably disappointed that he will miss the opportunity to fight. He wanted to take this opportunity to apologize to all his fans and wants to assure them that he will be back with a vengeance next year.”
Sam Caplan is reporting that Miletich Fighting Systems’ L.C. Davis will take on Wagnney Fabiano at the IFL Grand Prix Finals at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The bout will crown the first-ever IFL Featherweight Champion.
Brian Knapp of The Fight Network announced earlier today that Fabiano had been replaced by Shad Lierley who will now face the unfeated Chris Horodecki for the IFL Lightweight Title.
The IFL is expected to officially announce the changes at some point this week.
The Fight Network is reporting that Wagnney Fabiano will no longer be facing Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki at the IFL Grand Prix Finals on Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Chris Horodecki will now be facing Shad Lierley Dec. 29 for the IFL lightweight title.
According to the report, Fabiano will be making the drop to 145 lbs. and will be fighting for the IFL featherweight belt Dec. 29.
“We were ready to face Wagnney Fabiano in the final,” Tompkins said. “That’s being changed. Shad Lierley, who Horodecki fought before [in what was] probably one of the most exciting fights in the IFL, will be put into the Grand Prix spot against Chris.”
“I believe the IFL, in that show, is going to start a 145-pound division, and Wagnney Fabiano will be fighting for a 145-pound title,” Tompkins said. “We’re big fans of Wagnney Fabiano. Obviously, he’s waved the Canadian flag for [the Toronto Dragons]. We hope he becomes the 145-pound champion.”
IFL World Grand Prix Finals
IFL Featherweight Championship
Wagnney Fabiano vs. TBA
IFL Lightweight Championship
Chris Horodecki vs. Shad Lierley
IFL Welterweight Championship
Delson Heleno vs. Jay Hieron
IFL Middleweight Championship
Benji Radach vs. Matt Horwich
IFL Heavyweight Championship
Antoine Jaoude vs. Roy Nelson
Miletich Fighting Systems was profiled last night on ESPN’s newest program, E:60. The segment reviewed a normal day at Pat Miletich’s gym in Bettendorf, Iowa and showed certain fighters getting ready to compete in the IFL.