Heavyweight

IFL: Los Angeles Weigh-In Results

Here are results from the IFL weigh-ins that took place yesterday.

Preliminaries

Clint Coronel (155) vs. Connor Huen (155)
Zack George (155) vs. Danny Suarez (155)

Condors (So. Calif.) vs. Sabres (Tokyo)

Adam Lynn (158 lbs) vs. Savant Young (155.5 lbs)
Rodrigo Ruas (170.5) vs. Antonio McKee (170)
Jeremy Williams (185) vs. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (184)
Justin Levens (197) vs. Vladmir Matyushenko (204.5)
Antoine Jaoude (235.5) vs. Wayne Cole (221)

Razorclaws (San Jose) vs. Anacondas (Los Angeles)

Brian Ebersole (202 lbs) vs. Alex Schoenauer (204.5 lbs)
Brian Foster (184) vs. Benji Radach (185)
Josh Odom (155) vs. Chris Horodecki (154)
Donnie Liles (170) vs. Jay Hieron (170.5)
Dan Christison (263) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (232)

Art of War Features Eilers and Rizzo

Former UFC star and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, is set to challenge former UFC Heavyweight Contender, Justin “The Hammer” Eilers, in the main event when Art of War, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships premiers at Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Friday, March 9th 2007.

Rizzo and Eilers are set to battle for the newly formed IFA (International Fighters Association) World Heavyweight Championship. Their championship bout will be one of ten exciting Mixed-Martial Arts fights on the card that will feature eleven Americans and nine International fighters.

Art of War, set for the circle cage beginning at 7:30 p.m., is being produced and promoted by the Sun Management Group, Inc.

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Imes Makes His Return at UFC 69; Takes on Herring

The UFC announced earlier today that Brad Imes would make his return to the Octagon against Heath Herring in a heavyweight battle at UFC 69: Shootout…

The Hillbilly Heartthrob’ is back. After a layoff of a year and a day come fight night, ‘Ultimate Fighter 2’ finalist Brad Imes makes his return to the Octagon on April 7th when he faces perennial heavyweight contender Heath Herring at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas.

The 6 foot 7 Imes, owner of a 2-2 UFC record (5-2 overall), is coming off two losses that were anything but defeats in the eyes of MMA fans, as he left it all in the Octagon in his entertaining wars with Rashad Evans and Dan Christison.

Sidelined by injury, Imes hasn’t seen any action since the April 2006 loss to Christison, but now back at 100%, the Missouri native is ready to reintroduce himself to the MMA world with his bout against Herring.

CKA: Feb 16, 2007

News and Notes

- Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will be facing Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 in Manchester, England.

- ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ veterans Chris Leben and Kalib Starnes will clash in the octagon at some point in May.

- UFCJunkie.com is reporting that Team Jackson fighter Nathan Marquardt has been granted at title shot at UFC 72.

- In a recent article on Sherdog.com, Josh Gross reported that Brandon Vera’s final UFC fight will come against heavyweight prospect Jake O’Brien.

I do have it on good authority, though, that Vera will fight Jake O’Brien. All signs point to the UFC doing anything it can to leave a black mark on Vera as he appears headed in another direction.

Weekend Shows

DEEP: 28th Impact - 02/16/07
ROF 28: Evolution - 02/16/07
NAAFS: The Midwest Combat Challenge 2 - 02/17/07
CFC III: Combat Fighting Championship III - 02/17/07
GMC: Cage Force 2 - 02/17/07
Shooto: Professional Shoot 2007 - 02/17/07

BodogFight: Emelianenko vs. Lindland, Clash of the Nations

BodogFight announces today a mammoth card for a Superfight pay-per-view spectacular that promises to be raved about for ages. On Saturday, April 14, live from the ICE Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, “BodogFight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Lindland, Clash of the Nations” takes place before an international audience in what will be an unforgettable event in mixed martial arts history.

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UFC 67: All or Nothing Preview

Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC 67: All or Nothing.

Main Card Bouts:
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Eddie Sanchez
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter
Quinton Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman
Roger Huerta vs. John Halverson
Scott Smith vs. Patrick Cote

Preliminary Bouts:
Ryoto Machida vs. Sam Hoger
Tyson Griffin vs. Frank Edgar
Jorge Rivera vs. Terry Martin
Dustin Hazelett vs. Diego Saraiva

Also be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.

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From The Mailbag: 2/2/07

Nate from South Jersey writes:

Great page guys…

What are your thoughts on the UFC’s heavyweight division? The last few fights with Sylvia have been really lackluster at best, obviously Arlovski is still one of the better heavyweights, but we’ve seen enough of Sylvia vs. Arlovski. Is the fight between Sylvia and Couture just a publicity stunt/sign of despiration by the UFC similar to the Hughes - Gracie fight last year? What can the UFC do to bring fans to the table to watch heavyweight fights, or as they just gonna continue to be semi-undercards?

Thanks

Thanks for the props Nate…

The UFC’s heavyweight division has improved greatly since last year. The reason why Tim Sylvia’s recent fights have been so lackluster is best stated by Randy Couture himself in that he believes Sylvia is not fighting to win, but fighting not to lose. You can tell that Sylvia is thinking defense first in his fights - He’s trying to avoid getting hit, only taking opening when they are given to him instead of being aggressive and creating them himself. Sylvia has denied that this is his mindset but it’s obvious that he isn’t the same Sylvia we have seen when he was moving up the ranks at the start of his career and when he was trying to win his belt back at UFC 59.

The Sylvia-Couture fight isn’t a publicity stunt of any means. Anyone who has seen Couture fight knows that he is just as dangerous at heavyweight as he is at 205 lbs. Couture has made it known that he was itching to step back into the Octagon ever since he announced his retirement. Moving up to heavyweight is good for him as he has bulked back up to his natural weight of 225 lbs since he retired. At Randy’s age, it’s best that he doesn’t go through the rigors of cutting weight as it takes a strong physical toll on one’s body, especially at his age, when the chance that he might not be able to fully recover in the 24 hour period before the fight is so strong.

As far as the UFC trying to improve the division, aren’t we seeing now that with the additions of Mirko Cro Cop and Heath Herring? Dana White has made it known that he is trying to sign as much top talent as possible this year so I’m certain that those two won’t be the only big additions to the UFC’s heavyweight division this year. I think the UFC should go ahead and build up multiple contenders just like they did at welterweight. This way contract disputes, injuries, and things that would prevent a fight from happening can be worked around. Andrei Arlovski, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Brandon Vera (if he realizes that he needs to actually been an elite fighter before he gets paid top money) are already in line for a title shot if they win another fight or two. Having multiple fighters like them in the division would bring a lot of the excitement back…

CKA: Jan 31, 2007

News and Notes

- Kevin Randleman has officially been released from the hospital. He has been told by doctors to take some time off and let his body heal up and get back to normal, something he didn’t do after undergoing multiple surgeries last year, thus his body giving out on him earlier this month…

- UFC Fight Night 8 on Spike TV last week drew an overall rating of 1.7.

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CKA: Jan 28, 2007

News and Notes

- Rory Markham will not be participating in the Quad Cities Silverbacks’s IFL season opener because of him recovering from laser eye surgery…

“What I had in my eye is what they call a 3% retinal hole,” said Rory. “[They call it 3%] because that’s how big the hole was. It’s impact induced, so it’s from getting hit in the eye over the course of the last couple of months.

It can lead to a retinal detachment eventually, which is a very serious injury that sometimes leads to blindness,” exclaimed Rory. “Luckily I caught it early enough in stage one, that’s the earliest you can catch it.”

Markham continued, “I went in, they welded it up, and the IFL paid for it. They [the IFL] made good on their promise to insure us as fighters, which I can do nothing but thank them for that.”

- Krzysztof Soszynski has pulled out of his matchup against Ben Rothwell next weekend because of an injury he suffered while training last week.

- Kid Yamamoto suffered an arm injury during his 2007 Emperor’s Cup semi-final match and will not be able to compete to make Japan’s Olympic wrestling team…

CKA: Jan 27, 2007

News and Notes

- World Best Fighter has announced the updated card for it’s event on February 3rd - Fearless One - in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The announcement comes at the hands of headliner Tank Abbott dropping out of the fight because of injury. He will be replaced by Justin Eilers…

The updated card:

Justin Eilers vs Ji Hoon Kim
Mike Massenzio vs Okuda Masakatsu
Greg Soto vs Hyun Kyu Lim
Lee Gibson vs Jong Man Kim
Jon Murphy vs Wee Seung Bae
Mike Murray vs Tim Troxell
Lyman Good vs Julio Cruz
Brenden Barrett vs John Doyle
Lennox Chance vs He Teng
Peter Kaljevic vs Dai Shuang Hai
Aaron Miesner vs Ao Hai Lin
David Cummings vs Tai Quan Zhang
Zao Zi Long vs Yu Yang Rae

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