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Are the October and November WEC Events Not Being Televised?

This thought came across my mind last night while I was watching the broadcast…

After his win over Rich Crunkilton, WEC Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough told Frank Mir that his next fight will most likely be in November. Cub Swanson has already said that his bout with Jens Pulver has been rescheduled for November. We reported last month that Doug Marshall was set to defend his WEC Light Heavyweight Championship against Ariel Gandulla in October. So why is the WEC promoting it’s next televised event for December 12th?

I don’t think the WEC 30 and 31 are going to be televised. Why? Probably because of Versus’ coverage of the NHL. It’s a shame but hockey is obviously a bigger draw for the network.

I’m waiting for confirmation back from the WEC about this. I could be wrong. Hopefully I am…

MMA Hall of Fame

Knockout Radio’s Randy Harris and Benjamin Glossop are looking to assemble some sort of MMA Hall of Fame and they need your help!  The goal is to pick and rank seven figures in the MMA world with the top three being inducted. It can be anyone, fighters, coaches, promoters, commentators, etc.

Here is my top seven:

1. Ryan Bennett
2. Dana White
3. Randy Couture
4. Kazushi Sakuraba
5. Pat Miletich
6. Bas Rutten
7. Igor Vovchanchyn

Remember, it can be anyone

involved in mixed martial arts! Email your lists to Randy Harris or drop them in the comments section.

Salmon, Clementi Added to Fireworks in the Cage II

UFC veterans Sean Salmon and Rich Clementi have both been added to IFO-Steele Cage’s September 1st Fireworks in the Cage II event as injury replacements.

Salmon will replace Chris Price as Travis Wiuff’s opponent in the scheduled IFO Light Heavyweight Championship bout. Price was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Clementi will take the place of Tony Fryklund, who has also had to take himself off the card due to an injury suffered in training. Fryklund was originally slated to face Kyle Gibbons at welterweight.

The updated fight card now looks like this:

Travis Wiuff vs Sean Salmon - IFO Light Heavyweight Title
Zac George vs Chris Mickle - IFO Lightweight Title
Rich Clementi vs Kyle Gibbons
Justin Levens vs Nate James
Matt Williams vs Dennis Davis
Eric Thompson vs Evan Landry
CB Dolloway vs Joe Bunch
Ken Jackson vs Tyler Stinson
Rafael Del Real vs Ryan Bader

More Details on Randleman’s Arrest

New details on former UFC Heavyweight Champion and PRIDE veteran Kevin Randleman’s arrest last week have been brought to light by The Fight Network:

- Randleman was clocked driving at 91 MPH down a Nevada highway. An officer observed Randleman’s vehicle swerving from lane to lane. Randleman almost struck multiple vehicles. Randleman eventually slowed to a stop on the shoulder of the highway, allowing the officer to approach him.

- The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol right away and stated that Randleman seemed confused when he got out of his car. The officer stated that Randleman was cooperative until he was asked if his car could be searched for weapons. Randleman was then handcuffed for safety reasons. He admitted have some drinks that night. The officer also noticed a white substance around Randleman’s nose but Randleman denied doing any drugs.

- Randleman failed to produce a valid ID and was placed under arrest. Randleman told the officer that the handcuffs were too tight and then threatened him when the officer attempted to loosen them. Randleman apparently headbutted the back of the police car on the way to the detention center and also bent one of the bars on the cage. Randleman also kicked the door several times and made racial remarks towards the officer.

- Randleman had to be restrained by many police officers once they reached the Clark County Detention Center. Randleman refused to allow the officers to take blood for a DUI test but they informed him of a Nevada law that allows them to do so.

IFL Announces European TV Deal

NEW YORK -? The International Fight League, the world?s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and Alfred Haber Distribution (AHDI) today announced the addition of another three territories to their fast-growing international television network. ?

IFL Battleground? and ?IFL Fight Night? will be carried by EGO in Israel and TV4 in Sweden and licensed by ABS-CBN in the Philippines, starting in September. These additions come after AHDI and the IFL announced their first Asian television deal with STAR on August 6.

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Randleman Arrested in Nevada

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and PRIDE FC veteran Kevin Randleman was arrested earlier today in Clark County, Nevada.

Randleman is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center and is awaiting a hearing that will take place on Friday morning.

The detention center’s records reveal that Randleman was picked up on a number of charges that include DUI, speeding, failure to drive in the correct lane, driving without a valid license, being under the influence of a controlled substance, intimidating a police officer, and malicious destruction of public property.

We will definitely continue to follow this story and will post any new information as soon as we get our hands on it.

Report: Diaz to Face Sasaki in Grappling Match at Shooto: The Arrival

MMA Weekly is reporting that Nick Diaz will be competing this weekend at Shooto’s debut show in the US.

Diaz will apparently be facing Shinji Sasaki in a submission grappling match during the event. Diaz is still scheduled to take on Mike Aina in Elite XC’s next event on September 15th.

Update 8/17 1:30 PM: Shooto sent out this press release discussing Diaz’s grappling match with Sasaki:

MMA superstar Nick Diaz has been added to Saturdays much-anticipated Shooto event at The No Limits Event Center in Irvine. Diaz will face Shinji Sasaki in a submission grappling match that he hopes will send a message to Sasakis’ training partner Shinya Aoki about his jiu-jitsu prowess. Diaz is coming off an electrifying submission victory over Pride Fighting Champion Takonori Gomi and looks to continue his winning streak Saturday night.

Maynard Announces Plans to Appeal

Kyle Maynard has announced his intent to file an appeal that will attempt to reverse the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission’s ruling that denied him an amateur MMA license earlier this week according to The Fight Network.

“I’m going to go and appeal this,” said Maynard, who is on a media blitz with scheduled interviews with the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. “Like I said about the fight, nothing past it really mattered to me. I’m taking the same approach with this process.”

Maynard stated that he is targeting a hearing for September 11th, the next schedule date that the GAEC is set to convene. Maynard also stated that if the commission turned down his appeal once again, that he would consider legal action.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to fight,” Maynard said. “I want to fight in Georgia. I definitely want to do this fight here.”

Maynard said that he was shocked by the GAEC’s decision and was very confident going into the proceedings:

“I was about 98 percent sure I was going to be able to go in there without them holding me back,” Maynard said. “I didn’t see it coming. We sat in that room for well over an hour. They apparently made up their minds before that meeting. I have to figure out what it is they’re seeing that causes them concern over my safety. I think they need to figure that out, too.”

They asked me how I was going to tap out,” Maynard said. “I’ve been choked out before. I’ve never had any problems letting the referee know I was done.”

IFO Announces Card for Fireworks in the Cage II

Hall of Fame Boxing Referee Richard Steele and Steve Oshins, co-owners of Steele Cage Promotions, LLC and the International Fighting Organization, LLC (IFO), announce their September 1st card at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. After a blazing debut with Fireworks in the Cage I on July 7th, highlighted by Marvin Eastman vs. Rob Kimmons, Steele Cage will unleash the sequel with Fireworks in the Cage II.

“Steele Cage will continue with its goal of giving the fans what they want, exciting well-matched fights. Fireworks in the Cage II will be similar to the first one, with some young talented fighters looking to make a name for themselves as well as ones that have enjoyed the limelight and are looking to stay on top,” stated Steele.

The sequel will bring another star studded cast with UFC, Pride and IFL veteran Travis “The Diesel” Wiuff (45-11) fighting another UFC vet Chris “The Exorcist” Price (11-2) for the IFO Light Heavyweight World Title.

Zac “The Red Devil” George (12-1) has fought for the IFL and is a 3 time Oklahoma State Wrestling Champion. George also participated in the IFO’s July 7th event, but this time he will be fighting for the IFO Lightweight World Title versus Chris “The Mad Dog” Mickle (22-9-1). Mickle is the current Extreme Challenge Champion at 155lbs.

Steele Cage will also feature the entertaining Tony “The Freak” Fryklund (14-9) and Justin “Executioner” Levens (9-6) in separate bouts. Fryklund will fight Kyle Gibbons (5-2) at 170lbs. “The Freak” is well known to MMA fans having fought for UFC, WEC and Strikeforce. Levens (9-6), a UFC, WEC, and IFL veteran himself takes on Nate James (3-3) at 185lbs.

Cage Warriors Announces October 14 Event

Warrior Promotions MMA (UK) Limited are proud to announce that their exciting “Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House” series will return to the Harvey Hadden Centre in Nottingham, on Sunday 14th October.

Despite suffering numerous withdrawals and injuries in the run-up to their last event in July, the Warrior Promotions team managed to produce an array of exciting fights which drew positive reviews from the MMA media. And now despite rumours to the contrary, Cage Warriors are back and are already planning a stacked 12 bout fight card which will include several well known UK and European stars.

Already tentatively scheduled to fight on the show are fighters from the local Team Rough House and Team Tap or Snap which include FX3 World Lightweight Champion Andre Winner (7-1-0), Lee Livingstone (2-0-0), Christian Smith (4-4-0) and Wayne Buck (2-0-0). Whilst also due to appear are CW regulars such as the BodogFIGHT veteran Matt “12 Gauge” Thorpe (7-5-0) and Mark O’Toole (6-3-0) and many more.

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