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Ring Xtreme Challenge Taking Shape

Ring Xtreme Challenge, a show co-promoted by Steve Claveau and David Loiseau, is starting to shape up for its debut event which is scheduled for September 7 in Quebec City.

Both Claveau and Loiseau are veterans of TKO who have had a rocky past with TKO promoter Stephane Patry. This new organization will allow them to split the matchmaking duties and use fighters from their respective teams. Claveau stated in the past that Team Legion would no longer be sending fighters to appear on future TKO cards.

It’s been speculated for a number of weeks that Claveau was interested in starting his own promotion, especially after he stated that Team Legion will no longer send representatives to compete at future TKO shows.

While Loiseau’s involvement with the promotion comes as news, it also opens up the possibility he could fight again in Quebec at some point. After his acrimonious split from TKO president Stephane Patry, it seemed very unlikely “The Crow” would get another opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans.

Ring Xtreme Challenge

Sylvain Cloutier vs. Greg Compton
Shawn Davidson vs. Mike Dizak
Tommy Pariseau vs. Andy Ross
Danny Laflamme vs. Aaron Treagear
Yan Pichette vs. Yan Pellerin
Stephane Pinet vs. Rob Wynne
Dave Pariseau vs. TBA
Jacques Dube vs. TBA
Yves Jabouin vs. TBA
David Savard vs. TBA

Shawn Tompkins Responds to Stéphane Dubé

Last week we ran a story titled “Stéphane Dubé Wants His Shot” where TKO lightweight contender Stéphane Dubé took time to call out current TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout saying “In Sam’s contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”

Shortly after we ran the story Stout’s trainer, Shawn Tompkins, graced the airwaves of MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio to discuss his IFL team and the upcoming IFL Semifinals which is scheduled for August 2, 2007 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. At the end of the interview Jeff Cain posed a question about Dube and Tompkins provided listeners with a candid answer.

“Well sure, Sam Stout will fight Stephane Dube but Stephane Dube has to go fight somebody first to prove that he deserves a fight against Sam Stout. I mean, I could go on your radio show tomorrow and say I want to fight Chuck Liddell but that doesn’t mean I deserve it right? Stephane Dube has got sick strikes but two of those fights are against the same guy and three of those fights are against guys in a different weight division and all of those names he has fought are basically nobodys. The fact that he is turning 40 years old and thinks he deserves a shot and Stephane Patry wants to make that fight happen because it will sell tickets - I don’t owe Stephane Patry any gift. I’ve dedicated alot of my time and energy to him over years so we’ll find people that deserve the fight. There is alot more people that deserve to be in that fight other than Stephane Dube, no disrespect to him, but if he disrespects us, you know, he’s got to sit back and take a real look at things. Like I said, I can go on here and call out anybody but it doesn’t mean I deserve the fight.”

TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam Stout defending his lightweight title against Martin Grandmont. Stéphane Dubé will appear on the undercard against Tyler “TNT” Jackson. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Kalib Starnes Joins ATT

UFC middleweight Kalib Starnes (8-1-1) has officially joined the ranks at American Top Team.

In between preparing for his fights, Kalib will travel back and forth to Canada where he can be with his family and care for his 5 year old daughter Sienna. He will continue to train with Revolution Fight Team in British Columbia, Canada.

Kalib Starnes (8-1-1) is a veteran of the UFC who appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 3. Starnes holds UFC victories over Chris Leben and Danny Abbadi and his sole UFC loss came to the hands of Yushin Okami at UFC 64: Unstoppable.

Stéphane Dubé Wants His Shot

Stéphane Dubé is a versatile mixed martial artist who possesses excellent Muay Thai and kickboxing skills. Dubé will be fighting Tyler Jackson at TKO 30: Apocalypse on September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Dubé has been vocal recently stating that he feels TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout is avoiding a possible title match with him. MMA on Tap caught up with Dubé to get his thoughts on Tyler Jackson, Sam Stout and a possible lightweight title shot in the future.

Dubé‘s most recent victory came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he stopped David Medd with strikes. After the fight Dubé took the microphone and proceeded to call out Sam Stout. When asked about his feud with Stout he said, “I have no problem with Sam Stout, but now it’s enough. First time he said tell your people to call my people, they did but it did not append, they call again and this time they said that I did not beat any good fighter to their eye. I still won 6 in a row and did not choose any of those opponents. They say that I have to beat a serious contender, so they choose Tyler Jackson. That’s all.”

It was recently announced that Dubé‘s opponent at TKO 30 would be TKO veteran Tyler Jackson. When speaking about Jackson, Dubé was very respectful saying, “All I know about Tyler Jackson is that he is a very nice guy to talk to and I know that he always comes prepared for a fight. He is a well rounded fighter, good wrestler, good boxer and very good ground and pound fighter.”

If Dubé gets by Jackson at TKO 30 one would expect a title shot in the near future. Dube wants it, Stout wants it and the fans want it! It seems like the perfect opportunity for Stephane Patry and TKO to setup and market a little grudge match. When asked if he felt he’d be getting a title shot in the immediate future Dubé said, “In Sam contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”

IFL Conference Call Notes July 18, 2007

Today the IFL held a national media conference call promoting their upcoming IFL: Semifinals show which is scheduled for August 2nd at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.

Present for the conference call was Kurt Otto, Pat Miletich, and Shawn Tompkins.

Summary of the conference:

• Next Wednesday the IFL will be announcing who will be competing in the Grand Prix. It will consist of the top four guys in each weight class and they will be competing for a belt. The IFL also plans on revealing the belt next Wednesday.

• The Grand Prix will consist of two different events and they are still currently trying to finalize where the two shows will be. They hop to have it finalized by Wednesday.

• When asked if the IFL has considered streaming upcoming shows on the internet or PPV, Otto said, “The IFL has always promised free MMA and at this point we feel that in order for us to do a pay-per-view we better have a very good reason to do it or offer something a little bit different then we already offer now in order to justify doing a pay-per-view.”

• Chris Horodecki and Jay Heiron are off the card because of injuries. Horodecki suffered a broken in his fight with Shad Lierley and replacing him will be Adam Disabato. Heiron’s injury was a recent one which occurred while he was grappling. His replacement will be TKO veteran Chris Clements.

• Ryan McGivern will not be fighting August 2nd due to a personal commitment. Miletich said “Ryan McGivern’s injuries stem from basically having to get married.” The wedding was already planned and paid for so McGivern had to bow out but he gave Miletich plenty of notice. Miletich wanted to replace McGivern with Lawler but was unable to as Lawler suffered a shoulder injury while helping Matt Hughes on TUF.

• When asked about how he feels to have Rory Markham back, Miletich said, “It obviously helps, he is one of our A guys. Rory’s fire and passion for fighting definitely is contagious so it’s definitely going to make a difference as it always has. Win or Lose, Rory goes out and people stand on their feet. That’s just the way he does things. It’s pretty amazing and rare when you find guys like that - a Horodecki, a Markham. Guys who will just go out and unleash and throw down with people because that’s what they love to do - they have a warriors heart, they’re not afraid to get hit, they’re not afraid to trade and throw bombs so you know that sort of mentality is contagious when you have guys like that, that fight in the manor, mentality and warrior spirit that they do.”

•Gerald Harris will be joining the Silverbacks to face Benji Radach.

• The IFL still pays injured fighters for training and preparing for fights but they don’t get individual/team win bonuses.

• The preliminary bouts will feature Mike Dolce vs. Nissim Levy and Dante Rivera vs. Lyman Good.

• Otto stated that there was a good possibility that Chris Horodecki and Bart Palaszewski would meet in the Grand Prix.

Forrest Griffin vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 76

Today Tagg Radio broke the news that Forrest Griffin would face PRIDE light heavyweight ace Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 76 on September 22nd in Anahiem, California. Master Rudimar Fedrigo solidified those reports but confirming that Shogun went to Las Vegas to sign the contract and shoot some pre-fight videos.

Master Rudimar Fedrigo confirmed us that Mauricio Shogun will face Forrest Griffin at UFC 76, that is schedule for September 22, at. “We went specially to Las Vegas to sign the contract for four fights and to record the videos for before the fight”, said Rudimar, that arrive at Curitiba today.

Rudimar also confirmed that Shogun’s brother, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, would be defending his EliteXC middleweight title against Robbie Lawler.

More on the Liddell-Silva Saga

Yesterday reports surfaced stating that MMA legends Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva would be headlining UFC 76 in Anahiem, California.

Shortly after the fight was announced a story titled “Liddell-Silva Scrapped…Again” ran on the UFC website stating Silva did not want the fight with Chuck Liddell.

There was a glimmer of hope in the last couple of weeks, when terms were reportedly reached for the two future Hall of Famers to meet at UFC 76 in Anaheim, California, but Wednesday afternoon, a Silva representative informed UFC President Dana White that ‘The Axe Murderer’ did not want the fight.

“You never say it’s never gonna happen, but until you have something signed, you never say it’s gonna happen in this sport,” said Liddell. “It’s just one of those things. Before he had excuses, now he doesn’t. There’s nothing in his way now.”

Wanderlei Silva took time to respond to the comments saying he still wants the fight with Liddell but the proposed showdown in September just wasn’t convenient for him but he would be ready for a November showdown.

Here is the video (Portuguese):

The Fight Network has posted an excellent transcript of Wanderlei’s message:

“Hey Folks, I came here to clarify some things that are popping up about myself, about this bout between me and Chuck. I want to say that at no time I said I didn’t want to fight him. Much to the contrary, I have been wanting this fight for a long time. I’m very anxious for this bout, and I have already been preparing myself for some time, and I received a contract where I had two options, to fight either in September or in November.

Without a doubt it’s the most important fight of my life, I know the guy’s a big name in the USA, as I’m a big name as well, so I think we have all the tools to do a very exciting fight, and that’s why it’s that much awaited. I opted to do this fight in November, and at no time I said I didn’t want to fight him - much to the contrary, I was the first to propose this bout, and they were
hiding him behind many reasons, and now people are saying that I chickened out.

Much to the contrary, I’m here to say I didn’t chicken out, and I’m going for it. I think I need to be in my best shape, both physically and technically, so I want this extra time to be able to train better, and really be at the top of my preparation, so I can show all my potential.

I’m in a moment of a lot of transitions in my life. I’ll likely be moving to the USA in the next week, or the one following it, I’ll live there now, so a lot of things are happening and I’m having to take care of too many things, so I’m not able to focus directly on my training, which is what I need to do. I always did everything the promoters wanted, always fought whenever promoters wanted, and I was always available to all the promotions I worked for, and sometimes I even did things I shouldn’t have done, things that ended up hindering my own image, and this time I said “No, I’ll stop and organize my life to really be able to train and show everybody the Wanderlei Silva everybody is used to see.

I’m anxious to get back at winning, and I know of my responsibility with a lot of people from the whole world that supports me. Sometimes maybe because of anxiety from promoters in wanting me in a show, a lot of people start to say a lot of things, but none of that is true. [The] truth is that this fight will happen, if he doesn’t hide behind this now. If it’s not against him, then I don’t know - I’ll see what will happen.

But first, what I want to happen is that this fight takes place in November, so we can do a great spectacle that everybody’s waiting for. This bout has everything to be a historical bout in MMA, as all the fans have been awaiting this for a long time, and I hope to be at my best to show the Wanderlei Silva all of you want to see, with a lot of heart and determination, defending our flag and making it so I can bring happiness to all my fans that support me.

So this message is for you guys that want to know what’s happening, and to hear it straight from my mouth, not to keep hearing what’s taking place around [me], and this is the truth. Thanks guys, and stay with God –with his help I’ll be back strong, showing you the spectacle you are all used to seeing. Thanks a lot.”

Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva in November, make it happen Dana!

TKO Notes and Quotes

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Bob Landry (1-1), Valerie Letourneau (1-1), and Adrian Wooley (2-0) will appear on the undercard of TKO 30: Apocalypse. Their opponents are currently unknown.

TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout recently spoke with Marco Antico about his upcoming title defense against Martin Grandmont as well as his recent loss to Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 10.

“As far as losses go, it’s pretty much as good as they come.  It was an exciting fight and it was the main event on free TV.  I’ve gotten mostly all positive feedback from the fight and I know the UFC wants me back,”

“I know I can beat Grandmont.  We fought in amateur kick-boxing a couple of years back and all three judges’ scored it 30-27 in favor of me.  I think I’m a more complete fighter than him, especially after working on my wrestling with Couture for the past fight.”

Stephane Dube, who is scheduled to appear on the card, recently took time out of his scheduled to call upon Sam Stout who he feels is dodging him. Dube said, “Sam Stout is to fight Martin Grandmont, I would like to know if you are avoiding me. Are you going to wait for me to be 50 years old, before fighting me? A real champion never back down from a challenge, unless you think that I am too much of a challenge for you.”

Stephane Dube is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 6-1. Dube has been impressive during his time in TKO finishing his 5 of his 6 opponents by strikes. Dube is a Muay Thai expert who hold victories over the likes of David Medd, Jacob MacDonald, and James Martinez.

Stout rebutted by saying…

“anyone can get on a microphone and call someone out.  But, does Dube really deserve a title shot?  Who has he really beaten?  Most of his opponents have losing records!  And he’s been fighting at 170lbs lately so who’s he really fought at Lightweight anyway?”

Stout’s opponent, Martin Grandmont, also took time to speak with Marco Antico about the upcoming title fight and his past encounter with Stout.

“Yes, I feel that I deserve this title shot.  I have waited a long time for this and I am very excited about the opportunity”, stated Grandmont.  “I know Stout is going to be a great challenge for me, but I know what I need to do to win.”

“I fought Stout in kick-boxing long time ago and he beat me in a decision.  But, he never hurt me once with anything;  he doesn’t hit hard.  He was always just throwing one more punch than me.  He won on points but a few months later I beat the guy that took the amateur title from him (Dave Jones). Good for Stout, he beat me in amateur kickboxing, but this is MMA.  It is going to be very different in September”

We’re still two months out and it’s heating up folks! For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Two Title Fights Headline TKO 30

The main event at TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout as he returns to TKO to defend his lightweight title against Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont. In the co-main event, Chris “The Menace” Clements will battle Sean “The Pimp” Pierson for the vacant TKO welterweight title.

Sam Stout (11-3-1) is the current TKO lightweight champion who sports a TKO record of 10-0. Stout trains at Team Tompkins with the likes of Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, and Chris Clements. Stout holds victories over the likes of Fabio Holanda, Jay Estrada, and Spencer Fisher. Stout’s opponent, Martin Grandmont (5-3), is a native of Drummondville, Quebec who holds a TKO record of 4-2. Grandmont is a well versed kickboxer who holds victories over the likes of Tyler Jackson and Dave Pariseau.

Chris Clements (4-1) is a native of Chatham, Ontario who sports a TKO record of 4-0. Clements trains at Team Tompkins and holds victories over the likes of David Medd, Steve Pouliot, and Martin Grandmont. Clements possesses excellent striking, devastating ground and pound and incredible strength. Sean “The Pimp” Pierson (5-3) is a talented wrestler who sports a TKO record of 3-2. Pierson trains at Shah Franco Martial Arts and holds victories over the likes of Chester Post, Mark Colangelo, and Steve Vigneault.

Also on the card will be UFC and WEC veteran Mark “The Machine” Hominick.

For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Report: Sokoudjou Not Signed With Elite XC

Last Thursday we reported via Josh Gross of Sherdog that Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou inked a four fight deal with Elite XC. It seems that the news was a bit premature.

Ken Pishna of MMA Weekly is reporting that after speaking to members of Team Quest, Sokoudjou is not yet officially signed with Elite XC.

Sokoudjou has already made it well known that his number one choice would be Gary Shaw’s organization. Team Quest has stated that they are indeed in close contract talks with Shaw and company and that a deal will most likely be reached sooner than later.

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