Hardcore Championship Fighting

HCF Axes Santos; Signs Loiseau-Gouwenberg


Rich Franklin and David Loiseau weigh-in for UFC 58: USA vs Canada. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Hardcore Championship Fighting has announced that David Loiseau will take on a recently defeated Todd Gouwenberg in the main event of their upcoming “Crow’s Nest” show on March 29th.

The event, which is scheduled to take place at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec, was originally slated to have Loiseau take on Evanglista “Cyborg” Santos for the promotion’s middleweight title provided that Loiseau was victorious over Jason Day at HCF’s last event.

Then came a change of plans - Loiseau ended up losing a controversial split decision to Day.

After HCF officials decided to pair up Loiseau and Santos after all, the Chute Boxe product decided to sign with the newly former World Victory Road, which has him scheduled to go up against Makoto Takimoto at the promotion’s inaugural show next week.

Santos’ decision led to the terminiation of his contract with HCF.

“Mr. Santos chose to execute a competing contract inside the minimum time period allowed by HCF’s terms for fighters to engage in other events”, said HCF CEO Keith Crawford.

“We are sad to see him go, however we cannot allow fighters to dictate the terms of their contracts to us as this can impact the integrity of our events,” added HCF president Dave Houshiar.

Gouwenberg, who was stopped with strikes by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the promotion’s “Destiny” event earlier this month, will drop down to the middleweight division for the first time in his career.

Report: Loiseau-Day Rematch Possible for March


David Loiseau weighs-in for UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jason Day may be potentially replacing Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos as David Loiseau’s opponent at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Crow’s Nest” event on March 29th.

The event, which is scheduled to take place at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec, was originally slated to have Loiseau take on Santos for the promotion’s middleweight title provided that Loiseau was victorious over Day this past Saturday night.

However Loiseau ended up losing a controversial split decision to Day in a fight that Day believes Loiseau should have won on the judges’ scorecards, at least from what Loiseau tells The Fight Network in their latest ‘Great Fight North’ column.

“Jason looked me in the eye after the fight and told me that I got robbed,” Loiseau said. “I fought him in Calgary. Things will be a lot different if he comes to my neck of the woods.”

A possible trip to Quebec for Day might just become a reality. The former UFC middleweight title contender has stated that HCF CEO Keith Crawford is looking to replace Santos in favor of a rematch between Loiseau and Day at the promotion’s next event in March.

“We’re looking for a rematch,” Loiseau said. “They’re looking at replacing Santos with Day, but it’s not for sure. That’s the fight the fans want to see. It has to happen. I can’t wait to do it again.”

HCF: Destiny Quick Results

Here are the full results for last night’s Hardcore Championship Fighting’s Destiny event, which took place at the Stampede Corral Arena in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

MMA on Tap’s Jamie Fitzgerald was in attendance at the event and will have a full recap of things in the coming days.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Todd Gouwenberg - TKO (Strikes)
Gegard Mousasi def. Evangelista Santos - TKO (Strikes)
Jason Day def. David Loiseau - Split Decision
Mike Pyle def. Damir Mirenic - Submission (Kimura)
Thomas Schulte def. Garrett Davis - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Derrick Noble def. Brendan Seguin - KO (Punches)
Andrew Buckland def. Dan Chambers - Submission (Kimura)
Ariel Sexton def. Myles Merola - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Miodrag Petkovic def. Tim Hague - Split Decision
Nabil Khatib def. Lucas Rota - Unanimous Decision
Juan Barrantes def. Fabian Cortez - Submission (Armbar)

HCF: Destiny Weigh-In Results


David Loiseau weighs-in for UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s Hardcore Championship Fighting’s Destiny event are below. Not all of the fighters made weight let alone even made it to Calgary for the event.

Former Ultimate Fighter cast member Solomon Hutcherson was unable to make it to the event due to not having a passport. HCF officials were unable to find a replacement opponent for Amir Rahnavardi so the fight was completely scrapped.

Gegard Mousasi originally failed to make weight, weighing in close to 200 lbs before making the 194 lb limit just before the required time limit was up.

Featherweights Fabian Cortez and Juan Barrantes both weighed in at 147.5, each two and a half pounds over the limit. HCF CEO Keith Crawford announced that the two would compete at a catch-weight of 147 lbs instead.

Rogerio Nogueira (206 lbs) vs. Todd Gouwenberg (204.5 lbs)
Gegard Mousasi (194.5 lbs) vs. Evangelista Santos (188.5 lbs)
Thomas Schulte (155 lbs) vs. Garett Davis (Pictures) (155 lbs)
David Loiseau (193 lbs) vs. Jason Day (194.5 lbs)
Brendan Seguin (170 lbs) vs. Derrick Noble (170 lbs)
Damir Mirenic (169 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Andrew Buckland (185 lbs) vs. Dan Chambers (185 lbs)
Myles Merola (156 lbs) vs. Ariel Sexton (155.5 lbs)
Tim Hague (262.5 lbs) vs. Miodrag Petkovic (253 lbs)
Nabil Khatib (185.5 lbs) vs. Lucas Rota (184.5 lbs)
Fabian Cortez (147.5 lbs) vs. Juan Barrantes (147.5 lbs)

HCF Books Loiseau-Day for “Destiny” in Feb


David Loiseau connects with a spinning back kick against Evan Tanner. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Hardcore Championship Fighting has announced that it has added a middleweight bout between David “The Crow” Loiseau and Jason Day to it’s “Destiny” event, which will take place on February 1st at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The addition comes less than a week after the cancellation of World Cagefighting Organization’s “The Return” where Loiseau was slated to take on Brazilian Leopoldo Serao.

The event, which was scheduled to take place last Saturday at the San Diego Sports Arena, was shut down by the California State Athletic Commission due to insufficent funds gathered by the promoters of the event. The commission ordered that all fighters be paid 20% of their purse.

Since being released from the UFC following a unanimous decision loss to Mike Swick, Loiseau has a split a pair of fights. Loiseau lost a decision to Joey Villasenor at EliteXC’s inaugural event last year but was able to bounce back with a submission win over Freddie Espiricueta at an Art of War show in May.

Loiseau is also scheduled to headline HCF’s next event in March.

Day has been victorious in eight of his last nine fights, his lone loss was a knockout at the hands of Patrick Cote in June. Day’s last fight was a win over veteran Ron Faircloth at Ultimate Cage Wars 10 in November.

Seguin Replaces Alessio Against Noble at HCF


Brendan Seguin weighs-in at WEC 25 in January 2007. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Veteran welterweight Brendan Seguin will replace an injured John Alessio against Derrick Noble at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event on February 1st at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

MMA on Tap has confirmed the news with officials involved with the promotion.

Alessio was forced to pull out of the fight earlier this month due to complications stemming from his recovery from a knee injury.

Seguin is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. His last fight was a unanimous decision over Fernando Gonzalez at WEC 25, which was the organzation’s first show under the Zuffa banner. Seguin owns wins over Kyacey Uscola, Jonathan Goulet, and Jared Rollins among others.

TKO News and Notes - Jan 11, 2008

TKO 32: Ultimatum Card Update

The card for TKO 32: Ultimatum is shaping up quite nicely. The event is headlined by Jesse Bongfeldt defending his TKO welterweight title against T.J. Grant. Former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas will also be on the card even though a potential rematch against current champ Krzysztof Soszynski is unlikely.

Here’s what the card looks like as of right now:

Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant - TKO Welterweight Title
Icho Larenas vs. TBA
Stephane Vigneault vs. TBA
Damacio Page vs. Justin Tavernini
Adrian Wooley vs. Syd Barnier
Yannick Galipeau vs. Derek Gauthier
Jordan Mein vs. Samuel Guillet
Mark Fraser vs. Johan Croes

Syd Barnier was originally scheduled to take on Mark Fraser but has instead decided to drop down to bantamweight. Barnier will now take on Adrian Wooley while Fraser will go up against Johan Croes.

Alessio-Noble Off

Former TKO welterweight John Alessio has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Derrick Noble at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event due to complications stemming from his recovery from a knee injury.

HCF CEO Keith Crawford made the announcement on The Fight Network’s radio show earlier this week:

“John injured his knee at the end of December and was hoping it’d heal properly, but it hasn’t healed enough to be ready to train,” Crawford said. “We’re obviously quickly looking for an opponent for Derrick because we really want to have him on this card.”

Steve Bosse and Tank Abbott?

TKO Xtreme first reported on Wednesday that TKO President Stephane Patry was discussing the possibility of having Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse take on Tank Abbott and The Fight Network picked up on it yesterday.

Apparently the two may have been able to clash at TKO 32 but the idea was pushed aside once Abbott signed on to fight Kimbo Slice in EliteXC’s February event. Pending on whether or not Abbott is victorious, the two could be matched up at a TKO event later this year, possibly in Aruba.

Aruba? Yes, you heard me right. According to Patry, TKO 33 will be titled “Battle in Paradise” and will take place in Aruba, possibly outdoors.

Nogueira, Mousasi Headline HCF Show in Feb

Hardcore Championship Fighting officially announced the complete card for the promotion’s upcoming event on February 1st at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta.

One of the two co-main events will feature the HCF debut of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as he battles BodogFight and TKO veteran Todd Gouwenberg.

Nogueira has not fought since being knocked out by Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 33 in February. Gouwenberg is currently on a two-fight winning streak. He defeated Konstantin Gluhov and Michael Patt at separate Bodog events in 2007.

The other will have fast-rising Gegard Mousasi clashing with Chute Boxe’s Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.

Mousasi was victorious in his last fight under the HCF banner, stopping Damir Mirenic with strikes in the first round of their bout. Santos was originally scheduled to compete at Cage Rage 24 earlier this month but was forced to pull out of the event due to weight cutting issues.

Other notable names on the card include John Alessio, Mike Pyle, Derrick Noble, Solomon Hutcherson, and more.

The full card for the event is below:

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Todd Gouwenberg
Gegard Mousasi vs. Evangelista Santos
Thomas Schulte vs. Garett Davis
John Alessio vs. Derrick Noble
Damir Mirenic vs. Mike Pyle
Andrew Buckland vs. Dan Chambers
Solomon Hutcherson vs. Amir Rahnavardi
Myles Merola vs. Ariel Sexton
Tim Hague vs. Miodrag Petkovic
Nabil Khatib vs. Lucas Rota
Babian Cortez vs. Juan Barrantes

CKA: Oct 30, 2007

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated…

- The IFL has announced that it has signed welterweight Mark Miller to a contract extension through the end of 2008.

- Bubba the Love Sponge mentioned on his satellite radio show yesterday that he ran into Dan Henderson over the weekend and Henderson mentioned that he would be fighting in December and possibly at middleweight:

It appears that Dan Henderson may very well be fighting on the UFC 79 Nemesis December 29th card. While on a trip to Vegas this weekend, Bubba the Love Sponge mentioned on his Satellite Radio program today that he ran into Henderson. He stated that Dan mentioned in conversation that he thought he would be fighting in December. Bubba went on to say that Dan would not say who he would be fighting, but did mention that he may be fighting at 185 lbs.

- MMA Junkie is reporting that Pete Spratt will take on Tristan Yunker at HDNet Fights II in December.

- UFC Mania has now become MMA Mania...

- HCF CEO Keith Crawford and Scott Zerr of Maximum Fighting Championship exchanged heated press releases yesterday. Crawford claimed that the slated MFC bout between Shonie Carter and Brad Zazulak is a complete mismatch and shouldn’t be allowed to happen. Zerr fired back with claims that Crawford’s company is losing money and not paying their fighters on time.

- Kevin Randleman is currently in the hospital, dealing with an extremely severe staph infection. .I’m not going to upload the pictures of his infection on here because it’s pretty tough on the eyes but you can see it here.

Randleman was apparently in critical condition for three weeks:

Kevin spent three weeks in the hospital and was released two weeks ago. After having a look at that picture I could only assume that it was painful, Kevin offered this: “I was in critical condition for almost three weeks and I am two weeks out of the hospital now.” He continued, “pain is just part of the healing, and it hurts a lot.”

Painful indeed as one could only assume two holes in the side of your body could be. Kevin is doing okay now but will need to be careful. “I had two organs shut down again. I think what I need to do is stop enduring the pain and go see the doctors earlier.”

- Dave Meltzer has an excellent piece on how olympic-skilled wrestlers have revolutionized MMA’s heavyweight division over the years.

Radio Schedule

Fightlinker Podcast: The Low Blow, Episode 22

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

HCF: Title Wave Results

Aleksander Emelianenko def. Dan Bobish - Submission (Guillotine)
Gegard Mousasi def. Damir Mirenic - TKO (Strikes)
Sarah Kaufman def. Ginele Marquez - TKO (Strikes)
Thomas Schulte def. Ariel Sexton - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Sean Salmon def. Marcus Vinicios - TKO (Strikes)
Ryan Machan def. Brad Cardinal - Submission (Kimura)
Gerald Lovato def. Len Tam - Decision (Split)
Myles Merola def. Juan Barrantes - TKO (Strikes)
Andrew Buckland def. Lucas Rota - Decision (Unanimous)
Garret Davis def. Toby Johnson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Tim Smith def. Mike Rowbotham - Decision (Split)
Larry Lytle def. Steven Hachey - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

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