Gracie Fighting Championships

Gracie Proving Ground 2 Results

Kaika Sasaoka def. Jody Mesiona - Submission (Armbar)
Dean Lista def. Daniel Devers - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brian Harper def. James Stanford - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Vanoscar Penvaroff def. Gerald Arevalo Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Kana Hyatt def. Duke Sarigosa - KO (Punches)
David Chew def. Kevin Grace - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Pono Pananganan def. Ferrid Kheder - Unanimous Decision
Michael Brightmon def. Ron Verdadero - Unanimous Decision
Billy Hall def. Fabio Prado - Split Decision
Chris Henriques def. Kimo Wolfel - Submission (Strikes)
Jeremiah O’Neal def. David Padilla - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Bryson Kamaka def. Israel Gomes - KO (Punches)
Shane Nelson def. Harris Sarmiento - Unanimous Decision
Koa Ramos def. Rhalan Gracie - KO (Punches)

GFC: Evolution Live Blog

Tonight I will be going live at 9 PM EST, covering the GFC: Evolution card with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave comments throughout the night…

GFC: Evolution

Branden Lee Hinkle vs. Cacareco
Jacare vs. Bill Vucick
Thomas Denny vs. Fredson Piaxao
Adam Disabato vs. Chris Brennan
Damian Maia vs. Ryan Stout
Phil Cardella vs. Rafeal Dias
Leopoldo Serao vs. Rob Wince
Nissen Osterneck vs. Chris Myers
Matt Brown vs. Daniel Moraes
George Bush vs. Vinicius Malgahaes
Adiano Nasal vs. Michael O’Donnel

- Finally it’s time to get going after that long boring intro.

- They are currently showing the typical pre-fight interviews.

- Ronnie Duncan is the host with Cesar Gracie and Erik Apple standing by his side. Where is Nick Diaz… Ah well, Apple is no slouche in the booth. Keith David is acting as the GFC cage announcer.

- Here is the bout order:

Matt Brown vs. Daniel Moraes
Phil Cardella vs. Rafael Dias
Damian Maia vs. Ryan Stout
Adam Disabato vs. Chris Brennan
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Bill Vucick
Branden Lee Hinkle vs. Alexandre Ferreira
Thomas Denny vs. Fredson Paixao

Matt Brown vs. Daniel Moraes

- After some technical difficulties, Brown makes his way to the hexagon.

- Shortly after Moraes makes his was to the hex walking to some classic GnR.

Round 1:

They come out and size each other up early. Brown comes out looking to strike. Moraes throws a good overhand right followed by a leg kick. Brown moves forward and fires off a shot to the body. Moraes responds and then they clinch and Moraes secures an excellent takedown. Moraes immediately gains half guard and starts to throw shots from the top. Moraes ties up one of Brown’s arms and rains down three shots. Moraes moves to mount while Brown holds on tight. Moraes postures up and begins to rain down some hard shots from the top. Good elbows from the top and then moves into an armbar. He sinks it in tight immediately and Brown taps.

Daniel Moraes - Winner Submission (Armbar)

- Next up is Phil Cardella vs. Rafael Dias.

Phil Cardella vs. Rafael Dias

Round 1:

They come out with a glove touch. Cardella comes out quickly looking for strikes. Dias clinchs and pushes Cardella up against the cage. Cardella goes for a flying triangle while he is against the fence. The fight hits the canvas and Dias gets top position. Dias stands over top of Cardella and fires down some hard rights. Dias moves into Cardella’s guard as Cardella throws some elbows from the bottom. Dias continues to work feverishly from the top landing some hard rights. Dias moves to the half guard. Dias smothers Cardella from the top. Cardella attempts to go for a kimura but fails. They exchange a few weak shots and then Dias postures up and throws a few hard rights. Dias continues to posture up and land shots. Cardella lands a very hard upkick that stuns Dias. Dias settles into Cardella’s guard and eats a few elbows from the bottom. Dias regains himself and stands back up. They scramble and end up back in Cardella’s guard. Dias postures up again and it results in another scramble. Cardella continues to throw some hard elbows from the bottom as Dias postures up with hard rights. Cardella throws an illegal kick from the bottom. Mario Yamasaki allows them to continue. The round ends with an elbow from Cardella.

Round 2:

The second begins with a glove touch. Dias comes out with a few hard strikes and then he secures a takedown. They scramble for top position. After a great scramble Cardella secures top position. Cardella works from the half guard. Cardella throws a few good lefts from the top. Cardella traps Dias’s arm as he throws a few lefts. Dias showing a nice welt on his forehead. Cardella attempts to roll for a triangle but Dias is able to get free and gain top position. Cardella continues to toss elbow from the bottom. Cardella throws some lefts from the bottom as Dias lays on top. Cardella begins to grind his elbow in the face of Dias. Cardella momentarily utilizes the rubber guard. Cardella continues to work from the bottom as Dias lays in his guard. Cardella looks for a triangle but Dias doesn’t budge. Finally Dias postures up and throws a few shots before laying back into Cardella’s guard. The move close to the cage as Cardella pounds away from the bottom. The round ends wtih Dias laying in Cardella’s guard.

Round 3:

Glove touch to start the round. Cardella fires off a head kick and then they clinch. Cardella attempts to stuff the takedown but Dias is able to secure the takedown. As was the case in the first two rounds, Cardella frantically worked from the bottom throwing short left hands. Dias moves to the half guard as he looks for a head and arm choke. Unfortunately for Dias, Cardella stuffed the attempt and regained guard. Cardella begins grinding his elbow in Dias’ face and then the fight is stood back up. Cardella attempts to throw a shot and he is immediately take to the canvas. Again he works from the bottom throwing plenty of elbows. Cardella begins to slam his heel off Dias’ thigh as Dias does very little. Cardella continues to land from the bottom as Dias lays in his guard. Dias attempts a couple of punches but Cardella shows solid defence. Dias lands a few short shots. Crowd beginning to boo as they want a stand-up. Cardella works from the bottom as he attempts both strikes and submissions. 10 seconds left… Dias finally postures up but he does nothing as the round ends.

Phil Cardella - Winner Decision (Unanimous)

- They are currently showing a segment with Branden Lee Hinkle…

- Next up is Damian Maia vs. Ryan Stout.

Damian Maia vs. Ryan Stout

- Maia comes out first walking very slowly looking calm and composed.

- Stout comes out next with his hands in the air as he comes out with the hometown crowd behind him. Stout garners a huge reception as he prepares to enter the hexagon.

Round 1:

The fight begins with a glove touch as Maia comes out with a few kicks. They end up clashing shins and then Maia secures a very easy takedown. Maia works from the top as Stout tries to keep guard. Maia moves to side control. Moments later Maia moves to mount. Stout holds on while Maia begins to rain down shots. Stout squirms from the bottom. Maia attempts to roll to the back but Stout scrambles and gains top position. Maia quickly reverses him again, landing in the mount. In a weird turn of events, Stout begins to tap grimacing in pain. It looks like Stouts shoulder popped out of its socket. The doctors immediately rush into the ring and begin working on him.

Damian Maia - Winner Tapout (Injury)

- On the replay it showed that something clearly happened to Stout’s right shoulder during the sweep which caused him to immediately start tapping.

- Cesar Gracie enters the ring and interviews Maia. Maia states that he hopes everything is alright and he thanks the crowd in Ohio.

- They showed a clip of Nissen Osterneck vs. Chris Myers. Nissen Osterneck quickly put the fight to the canvas and won the fight as the ref jumped in immediately (weird stoppage).

- Up next is Adam Disabato vs. Chris Brennan.

Adam Disabato vs. Chris Brennan

- Disabato comes out first garnering a great reception being the hometown fighter. Disabato walked out to “Bodies Hit the Floor” while Mark Coleman walks by his side.

- Next out is Chris Brennan walking to “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor.

- As the in-ring announcer introduces the fighters, Disabato receives a solid reaction and PRIDE vet Chris Brennan is booed.

Round 1:

The round begins with a glove touch. The come out slow looking for openings. Disabato throws out a few jabs that misses. Disabato attempts a punch and then charges forward looking for the clinch but Brennan avoids it. Brennan begins to work his jab followed by a good low kick. Disabato charges forward again and secures the takedown. They scramble and Disabato keeps top position. Brennan rolls for a heel hook. He sinks it in deep and before Disabato can attempt to defend he is laying face down on the canvas tapping. Brennan quickly jumps up and begins celebrating as he does a backflip in the middle of the hex.

Chris Brennan - Winner Submission (Toe Hold)

- Apple enters the cage to interview Brennan. Brennan states that he trained very hard for the fight and also he shows some love for Jeremy Williams who recently passed away. Said there was a ton of cracking when he applied the submission. “I want to dedicate this fight to Jeremy Williams.”

- They are currently showing a video segment with Relson Gracie.

- Up next is Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Bill Vucick.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Bill Vucick

- The Pittsburgh, PA native, Bill Vucick walks out first with his arms raised in the air.

- Next out is BJJ monster Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Jacare sports the black gi top as he jumps around looking to be in excellent shape.

Round 1:

They come out with a glove touch and then get to work. Vucick throws a low kick early that misses. Jacare moves forward as Vucick looks to implement his hands. Vucick attempts a superman punch which Jacare shoots off of. Jacare puts Vucick on his back and moves to side control. Jacare throws a few short elbows. Jacare gets knee on belly but then decides to use his punches. Jacare slams Vucick’s head of the canvas with numerous elbows. He then moves to mount and begins raining down bombs as Vucick attempts to cover up. Vucick eats some heavy bombs and before eventually tapping out.

- After the fighter Jacare begins imatating a crocodile on the canvas of the cage. Vucick’s face showing a great deal of damage after the fight.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza - Winner TKO (Strikes from Mount)

- They are currently interview Thomas “Wildman” Denny who stated his favorite fighter is Takanori Gomi and he’d like to train with him in the future. Denny also stated he trained with Team Wildman for this fight.

- The fill some time by showing Adriano Pereira vs. Joey Whitt.

Adriano Pereira vs. Joey Whitt

Round 1:

Pereira gets a takedown early and begins to work from side mount. He throws a few weak shots as Whitt regains guard. Pereira throws some weak shots from the top. Whitt tries rolling which allows Pereira to take his back. They scramble and Pereira gets into the position to sink in a head and arm choke. It’s in deep but luckily Whitt is able to get free. Pereira works from side control as he tosses a few elbows to the body. He traps Whitt’s arm and fires off a few shots. Whitt gives up his back again as they lay on the canvas. Pereira sinks in the hooks and begins to rain down bombs as he flattens Whitt out. After a ton of bombs Pereira sinks in the choke and Whitt taps out.

Adriano Pereira - Winner Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

- Up next is Branden Lee Hinkle vs. Alexandre Ferreira.

Branden Lee Hinkle vs. Alexandre Ferreira

- UFC veteran Branden Lee Hinkle comes out first gaining a great reaction as he walks with “The Hammer” Mark Coleman.

- Ferreira comes out next walking to “In Da Club” by 50 Cent.

Round 1:

They come out and touch gloves. Hinkle moves forward tossing a lazy jab. Ferreira secures a huge takedown. Ferreira then stands behind Hinkle when they return to the feet. Ferreira quickly drops down and goes for a heel hook. He locks it in and Hinkle immediately falls to the canvas. Hinkle cannot get out so he begins firing off some illegal kicks before tapping out. Hinkle has a terrible limp after the fight.

Alexandre Ferreira - Winner Submission (Heel Hook)

- Up next is Thomas Denny vs. Fredson Paixao.

Thomas Denny vs. Fredson Paixao

- Denny comes walking out to a live rap performance, lame… Denny should get lessons from Mayweather Jr. (50 Cent).

- Paixao walks out to some Eminem as he looks to be a very thick individual.

- This in-ring announcer is terrible, in this title fight he said “The fight will be three 3-minute rounds” and afterwards he stoods there and was corrected by everyone in the audience who screamed “FIVE”.

Round 1:

The round starts with a quick glove touch. Denny comes out with a couple of left jabs. Denny gets in two good rights as he stuffs a takedown attempt from Paixao. Paixao attempts a hard leg kick that misses. Denny comes forward again with the left jab. Denny fires off a good right. A few more left jabs from Denny and then Paixao secures a very easy takedown. Paixao immediately moves to side control. They scramble as Denny tries to get out of the bottom position. Paixao attempts to hold his position but Denny stands up. Denny ducks in for a single leg. Paixao gets ahold of Denny’s head and throws a good knee. They break free and meet in the middle. Denny tosses out a few jabs followed by a 1-2 that Paixao blocks. Denny throws two overhands that miss. Paixao shoots in again and secures another easy takedown. He gains top position and then they scramble. Paixao sweeps Denny with an omaplata. Paixao gains mount where he fires off a few hard shots. Paixao looking for an armbar. Denny squirming on the bottom as Paixao puts on a clinic from the top. Denny with a big cut on his head. Paixao rolls into an armbar and Denny is forced to tapout.

- New GFC Welterweight Champion Fredson Paixao.

Fredson Paixao - Winner Submission (Armbar)

- That’s all she wrote folks. Thanks for following along, be sure to tune in next Saturday for UFC 71: Rampage vs. Liddell II.

GFC: Evolution Card

Here is the full card for the upcoming GFC: Evolution card scheduled to take place Saturday, May 19th at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Jeff Monson vs. Brian Vanderwalle
“The Wildman” Thomas Denny vs. Fredon Piaxao
Alex Fierra “Cacareco vs. Brandon Lee Hinkle
Chris Brennan vs. Adam Disabato
Ronaldo de Souza “Jacare” vs. Bill Vucick
Daniel Moraes vs. Matt Brown
Vinicious Malgahaes vs. George Bush
Leopoldo Serao vs. Robert Wince
Rafeal Dias vs. Phil Cardella
Nissen Osterneck vs. Chris Meyers
Damian Maia vs. Ryan Stout
Michael O’Donnell vs. Adriano Nasal

Complete Card Announced for Gracie Fighting Championships May 19th Event

The complete fight card has been announced for the next Gracie Fighting Championships event scheduled to be held on May 19th at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The biggest change made on the card has been the removal of Marcelo Garcia. Garcia pulled out of the event earlier this month, stating that he was not yet ready to make the transition from submission wrestling to mixed martial arts…

Jeff Monson vs Wes Sims
Thomas Denny vs Steve Heath
Alexandre Ferreira vs Branden Lee Hinkle
Chris Brennan vs Adam Disabato
Ronaldo Souza vs Jeremy Jackson
Daniel Moraes vs Matt Brown
Vinicius Magalhaes vs George Bush
Fabio Leopoldo vs Rob Wince
Rafael Dias vs Phil Cardella
Nissen Osterneck vs Chris Meyers
Damian Maia vs Ryan Stout

GFC Set to Return; Monson vs. Sims to Headline

Gracie Fighting Championships is back after postponing its Jan. 20th event at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The event will now take place May 19th at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Headlining the card will be UFC veteran Wes “The Project” Sims and Jeff Monson. Also on the card will be grappling phenom Marcello Garcia, Thomas Denny, and Chris Brennen.

GFC Evolution Card

Jeff Monson vs. Wes Sims
Marcelo Garcia vs. Marcus Avellan
Chris Brennan vs. Adam Disabato
Dorian Price vs. Phil Cardella
Vinicius Magalhaes vs. George Bush
Ronaldo Souza vs. TBA
Thomas Denny vs. TBA
Daniel Moraes vs. TBA
Nissen Osterneck vs. TBA

CKA: Jan 13, 2007

News and Notes

- Former UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton will take on Matt Lindland in a “superfight” on the IFL fight card Feb. 2 in Houston.

- A few days ago Seth Petruzelli released a MySpace bulletin which said that his fight at UFC Fight Night 8 was off. Petruzelli recently released another bulletin saying he may still be on the card.

Petruzelli’s bulletin said “Hey guys, I still have to train and go weigh in the 25th for the UFC…my opponent injured his ankle. They are trying to find me a new fight on short notice but it doesn’t look good. So I still have to go ready to fight just in case. Thanks and I hope to be back fighting for you all soon!”

- As we reported yesterday, The Gracie Fighting Championships: Evolution event has been postponed due to unknown circumstances. This is an unfortunate turn of events as the GFC: Evolution card was looking very solid with UFC veterans Jeff Monson, Wes Sims, Nick Diaz, Renato Verissimo, and others. Hopefully the get things sorted out and find a new date for the show soon. The response so far from fighters and fans is fairly negative, here is what Randy Harris and Marco Avellan had to say on ‘The Underground’.

Marcos Avellan - “I’m obviously super bummed out. One of my biggest disapointments was for all the people who made a lot of sacrifices so that I could train for this fight. My brother and other FFA instructors picked up the slack for me and taught all my classes for the past six weeks. My wife had to deal with my temper tantrums because of the weight cutting and training - I’m the first to admit I’m a bit difficult to deal with when training full time and dieting.

And then Lloyd Irvin trained me personally for a week… and Eric “El Tigre” Castanos and Paulino Hernandez took a ton of time out of their personal schedules to train me.

So thank you to all of them, you guys did an AWESOME job getting me ready and we’ll do it again one more time when the fight is rescheduled.

In the meantime, to my students, I’m back! I miss all you guys and am looking forward to teaching some classes again!

And about the GFC, I think they are trying their best to resolve this the best they can. I used to promote shows (not nearly as big as the GFC) and it is a TOUGH business. A lot of people don’t realize some of the crazy monkey wrenches that get thrown your way as a promoter. Believe me… if anyone is suffering from this… they are taking it the WORST. I really think they did everything they could to treat the fighters A+... I genuinely believe they probably had no other choice.

So a strong recovery to all those involved with this show - fighters, spectators, and promoters.

Marcos “

Randy Harris - “Yes I was told postponed but as far as I am concerned it has been cancelled. I wouldn’t plan on attending it ever again. People have spent money on plane tickets and more and they are now out! BAD BAD business!”

Recommended Reads

The Fight Network: The Couture Chronicles: Why I’m Coming Back
MMAWeekly: Sylvia Responds to Couture’s Challenge
BoxingTalk: Interview with Rashad Evans

Weekend Shows

- 01/13/07 American Bushido: “2007 Grand Prix Round 1” in McCook, IL.
- 01/13/07 Battle in the Cage VI: “Aftermath” in Denver, CO.

Gracie Fighting Championship: Evolution - Postponed

The Gracie Fighting Championship: Evolution, scheduled for January 20th in Miami, has been postponed.  No reason was given for the postponement, but the Fight Network has suggested lagging ticket sales are the reason.

From the GFC website

The Gracie Fighting Championships: Evolution event will no longer be held on January 20th. We will be strategically rescheduling our show for another date shortly.

We sincerely regret whatever inconvenience this may cause those of you who have made plans to attend the event. Please stay tuned as we will be back soon, and will produce some of the greatest MMA available in 2007.

The event was supposed to feature UFC vet Nick Diaz vs Thomas Denny, Renato Verissimo challenging Jake Shields as well as a heavyweight main event of Wes Sims against Jeff Monson.  Monson was a late replacement for Mario Sperry, who pulled out of the fight earlier in the week.

Gracie Fighting Championships Update

Here are some updates on the Gracie Fighting Championships:

- Wes Sims’ opponent will no longer be Mario Sperry. In his place will be Jeff “The Snowman” Monson.
- The GFC commentating team has been announced. Phil Baroni and Cesar Gracie will be technical fight commentators, and hip-hop celebrity Xzibit and Ryan Dunn of MTV’s Jackass will also be on hand as color commentators.
- Keith David will be the GFC ring announcer.
- The GFC has began podcasting online media appearances of its personalities in iTunes. If you have iTunes on your computer, you can subscribe to the GFC podcast after clicking here.

Sperry Out, Monson In

PRIDE veteran and Brazilian Top Team member Mario “Zen Machine” Sperry has been forced to pull out of his upcoming fight against Wes Sims on the Gracie Fighting Championships card due to an injury.

Sim’s new opponent will be UFC veteran Jeff Monson. Monson is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.

Gracie Fighting Championships to Hold Star-Studded Event

The Gracie Fighting Championships will bring elite mixed martial artists together for a night that fight fans will not forget on January 20 in Miami, Florida at the American Airlines Arena.

Columbus, OH December 10, 2006 - The Gracie Fighting Championships, a North American mixed martial arts organization will host a night of intense fight action on January 20 in Miami. The first of four planned shows in 2007, the event is titled “Evolution: The Genesis of Mixed Martial Arts”.

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