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K-1 Announces Four Bouts for March Hero’s Event

K-1 has announced four fights for their upcoming Hero’s card at Nagoya Rainbow Hall on March 12th.

Current Cage Rage Lightweight Champion Vitor Riberio will make his K-1 debut against Ryuki Ueyama. Riberio was originally supposed to make his K-1 debut   last year at the organization’s lightweight tournament but was forced to pull out due to injury.

Kazuyki Miyata will take on Kultar Gill. Fans may find Gill semi-familar as he recently lost to Rodrigo Damm on BodogFight: St. Petersburg…

The two other bouts will feature Hiroyuki Takaya facing Andre Dida and UFC veteran Caol Uno returning to fight Ali Ibrahim. Obviously Uno’s participation in this event further cements the fact that the rumor he had signed with the UFC is obviously false.

Loiseau to Train With Greg Jackson

David Loiseau will be heading to New Mexico in the next few weeks to begin training with renowned trainer Greg Jackson apparently.

Loiseau stated that he and Jackson both approached each other after his loss to Joey Villasenor and agreed to start working together. Both Loiseau and Jackson are very excited to be working with each other:

“I think Greg Jackson is a genius when it comes to MMA,” said the 27-year-old Loiseau. “It’s all about the chemistry, the fighter-trainer thing. With the changes I want to make, I think Jackson is man to bring me to the top.”

“It’s gonna be a ‘give and take’ relationship for sure,” said Jackson. “I think Dave’s got a lot of potential and I look forward to working with him.”

Working with Jackson also means that Loiseau and possibly his good friend UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will be training along side his opponent from last weekend, Villasenor, as well as current UFC title contenders Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, and Nate Marquardt…

“He [Jackson] has an army of great fighters and I am excited about joining the camp,” said Loiseau. “Every time Georges came back he would have so many great things to say about them.”

“I have so much to share with them technique-wise,” Loiseau agreed. “I’m not one to keep it to myself and I am definitely open to new lessons. The more you share the better you become.”

Looking at the stable of fighters currently training under Jackson and the success that they are having, he must definitely be doing something right…

BodogFight: St. Petersburg Premieres Tomorrow Night

It’s back! Bodog.com Entertainment unleashes its second season of mixed martial arts (MMA) action to fans worldwide in what promises to be an incredible series of fights and behind-the-scenes drama.

On Tuesday, February 13, BodogFight: St. Petersburg premieres the first of eight hard-hitting episodes.

Fans can catch the action online at http://www.bodogfight.com or on ION Television, available in over 90 million homes throughout the United States, at 11PM/10 Central. Click here (http://www.ionline.tv/local.php) for local listings in your area.

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ICON Sport: All In Complete Card

ICON Sports announced the complete card earlier today for their “All In” event on February 9th

Robbie Lawler vs Trevor Garrett
Renato Verissimo vs Kris Fleurestil
Jeremy Williams vs Derek Thornton
Scott Junk vs John George
Chico Cantiberos vs Bronson Pieper
Mark Moreno vs Sam Jackson
Tyson Nam vs Devon Chong
Randy Lueder vs Ron Fields
Mike Balasi vs Jerome Kekumu
Justin Bucholz vs Ikaika Choy Fu
Kekoa Baker vs Kala Kolohe Hose
Sadhu Bott vs Peni Taufa’ao
Alan Lau vs Richard Desforge
Nui Wheeler vs Jay Bolos

IFL Houston Weigh-In Results

Here are the weigh-in results for tonight’s IFL event in Houston, Texas…

Tokyo Sabres vs Tucson Scorpions

Antonio McKee (168 lbs) vs Gabe Rivas (167 lbs)
Vladimir Matyushenko (204 lbs) vs Dwayne Legros (203)
John Marsh (223 lbs) vs Chad Griggs (230 lbs)
Savant Young (154 lbs) vs Ed West (151 lbs)
Masaaki Izena (149 lbs vs Matt Ver Halen (148 lbs)

Los Angeles Anacondas vs Quad Cities Silverbacks

Matt Thompson (245 lbs) vs Ben Rothwell (264 lbs)
Jay Hieron (169 lbs) vs Victor Moreno (173 lbs)
Benji Radach (184 lbs) vs Ryan McGivern (184 lbs)
Chris Horodecki (153 lbs) vs Bart Palaszewski (155 lbs)
Alex Schoenauer (204 lbs) vs Mike Ciesnolevicz (205 lbs)

IFL Superfight

Matt Lindland (185 lbs) vs Carlos Newton (185 lbs)

IFL Makes MyNetworkTv Debut on March 12

A new television series, “International Fight League’s Total Impact,” which follows the athletes, coaches and personalities of the International Fight League, the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts organization, heads this spring’s new lineup on MyNetworkTV.

The program will air each Monday from 8-10 p.m. across the entire MyNetworkTV network, which reaches more than 95% of U.S. homes, beginning on March 12. This marks the first regularly-scheduled over-the-air broadcast of the sport of mixed martial arts.

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Elite XC Adds Four More To Showtime Card

F our popular local fighters are scheduled to compete in the history-making EliteXC mixed martial arts (MMA) 10-bout fight card on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss.

Area favorites Adriano Nasal, Mike Powell and John-David Shackelford, all of Memphis, and Seth Kleinbeck (Pictures) of Stuttgart, Ark., will be featured in undercard matches of a spectacular card.

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Happy Birthday Tito

Yesterday was Tito Ortiz’s birthday - He turned 32.

His girlfriend Jenna Jameson had a little surprise for him...

NSFW in case anyone is wondering. Well unless your boss is the coolest ever…

Fisher-Franca: On or Off?

Will someone tell me what the hell is going on?

Yesterday there was a thread running rampant on The Underground saying that Spencer Fisher was injured and won’t be able to fight tomorrow night. Eventually it was just written off as a post by your basic internet troll…

However even bigger things have happened today - While the UFC (who is traditionally slow at updating their website) hasn’t announced anything concerning the fight, many betting sites such as Bet Eagle have now taken the fight off of the lines.

Bodog still has the fight up for betting but Franca’s opponent is now listed as Diego Saraieva.

What makes this even crazier is that MMA Weekly posted an interview with Fisher today that discusses his fight with Franca. The UFC also put a couple of pre-fight videos on their site including the two as well. Of course those items could always be dated material…

I’m going to keep trying to find out what is really going on. If anyone has any information, you are more than welcome to leave a comment…

Update 1:45 PM: On a side note I was browsing through Sherdog and I see that we are being mentioned with the big boys now…

No sign of the fight being off on subfighter.com, mmaontap.com, mmaweekly.com, UFC.com, or sherdog.com except for this thread, so I’m not so sure yet. But the fact that some sportsbooks have dropped it is a little scary. But I would think by now that one of these mma sites would have posted an update.

Don’t worry Paul, I’m on top of things…

Monte Cox stated to us last night that Fisher was ready to go. I tried to contact him today for confirmation but attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful as of right now.

Update 2:00 PM: NBC Sports has now made the situation a little clearer and I now feel stupid for not thinking this way:

(Look under News and Rumors)

Much speculation has surrounded the status of Spencer Fisher, who is scheduled to fight in Thursday night’s Fight Night event against Hermes Franca in a lightweight match. A few MMA outlets claimed that Fisher had suffered a knee injury in training and would not be able to participate, and several sportsbooks took the fight off the board, but as of Wednesday morning, he is still scheduled to fight, according to a UFC spokesperson. The weigh-in is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and his appearance or lack thereof will bring further clarity to the situation.

Update 2:21 PM: NBC is reporting that the fight is on. Now comes the debate as to how Diego Saraiva was brought into the rumor mill…

Update 7:45 PM: Sherdog is reporting that Diego Saraiva will be replacing Melvin Guillard at UFC 67: All or Nothing. Guillard was supposed to fight Dustin Hazelett but he was forced to withdraw when he suffered an injury in training.

Kevin Randleman Hospitalized

Kevin Randleman’s Hammer House teammate Wes Sims has announced that Randleman was admitted into the hospital earlier this week with signs of kidney failure…

From MMA Weekly:

According to Randleman’s friend and training partner Wes Sims, Randleman was admitted to the hospital a few days ago and remains there today. Sims did not have much detailed information about Randleman’s condition, “He’s in the hospital, but I haven’t even been able to talk to him yet.” Sims did verify that it was a severe problem with his kidneys including some degree of failure.

It is not known if the kidney failure is life-threatening at this point. We will certainly be sure to pass along any new information we receive as soon as we get it…

Update 9:38 PM: MMA Universe is reporting that Randleman will now be making a full recovery as he has been taken off all medication and is now only on IV fluids to help him get rehydrated. 

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