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Evening News and Notes: UFC 94 Gate Numbers, Additions to Sengoku & More

Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 16, 2009.


  • UFC 94, which took place on January 31 and featured George St. Pierre’s fourth-round TKO win over B.J. Penn, drew a sold-out crowd of 14,885 attendees for a live gate (money from tickets sold) of $4,290,020 according to the numbers released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today. Of those in attendance, only 1,263 received complimentary tickets. The event is expected to have garnered over 1 million buys on pay-per-view.

  • James Thompson and Nam Phan are set to be part of World Victory Road’s next upcoming “Sengoku” event on March 20 in Japan. According to MMA Junkie, Thompson, a longtime veteran of the British MMA circuit, will return to action at the show and an opponent is being finalized for him. Phan will be the latest addition to WVR’s inaugural featherweight grand prix says Nightmare of Battle. A formal announcement regarding Phan’s participation is expected shortly.

  • Karo Parisyan’s suspension for testing positive for a variety of painkillers has been temporarily upheld pending a review of his case. “The Heat” now has until the beginning of next month to file a request for a review. The Nevada State Athletic Commission made the decision at a public hearing this afternoon according to MMA Weekly’s “MMA Insider Blog. In other UFC news, Josh Neer has reportedly inked a new four-fight deal with the promotion.

  • Strikebox Rules Nixed by Quebec Commission

    Stephane Patry (right) poses with Steve Bosse and his trainer. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

    Former TKO Championship Fighting figurehead Stephane Patry’s newest creation faces an uncertain future after the combat sports division of the Quebec gaming commission announced that it would not permit Patry to hold an event with modified rules in the future.

    The decision comes days after Strikebox’s inaugural event abruptly ended due to a riot by fans after James Thompson reportedly broke a gentleman’s agreement to keep all of last Saturday night’s fights standing when he took down part-time hockey enforcer Steve Bosse just seconds into their main event bout:

    The vision of longtime TKO promoter Stephan Patry, Strikebox proposed to utilize all aspects of MMA’s standup game, but none of the ground aspect. However, the fledging promotion’s guidelines were not approved by the Quebec Boxing Commission come fight night, and the regulatory body said it would not entertain the new rules in the future.

    “If [Patry] organizes another Strikebox event, it won’t be under Strikebox rules, but it will be under MMA rules,” said Réjean Thériault, director of communications for the combat sports division of the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux (alcohol and gaming division) of Quebec.

    The article also goes on to quote referee Yves Lavigne as saying he was told by the commission that he would have to oversee each bout under the unified rules of mixed martial arts, which is probably what the event should have been advertised as from the start. Attempting to create a kickboxing promotion where the fighters only wear 4 oxgloves is only going to create a bad situation.

    I don’t know what happened between Patry and TKO, and frankly, I don’t think the story will come out anytime soon. XMMA is obviously the big dog in Quebec MMA these days, but Patry was able to put together many great events under the TKO banner and could easily still do so with Titans Fighting. A little competition wouldn’t hurt, especially with the rabid MMA fan base in Quebec.

    Strikebox’s Inaugural Event on February 6, 2009

    James “Colossus” Thompson.  Photo courtesy of Strikebox.



    MONTREAL (QUEBEC) Thursday, January 8th – The STRIKEBOX organization is proud to announce the signature of international star JAMES “COLOSSUS” THOMPSON for the main event of its inaugural event that will take place on Friday February 6th at Mel’s Studios in Montreal. A native of Bristol, England, Thompson has 14 wins on his record and he is very intimidating with his 6’5 and 255 pounds frame. 11 out of his 14 wins have come by way of knock-out and he’s faced the best heavyweights in the world; he went toe to toe with the likes of Kimbo Slice, Don Frye, Aleksander Emelianenko, Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Hidehiko Yoshida and Dan Severn.

    For this inaugural event, Thompson will have his hands full with heavy hitter STEVE “THE BOSS” BOSSE who has 3 wins by knock-out out of his 4 victories. It’s a huge test for Bosse as he faces the biggest challenge of his young career after only 5 professional bouts. Thompson has fought around the world and he’s already faced the toughest strikers in the business – he won’t be intimidated one bit by “The Boss”.

    STRIKEBOX will become the event of choice for fans who love stand-up wars as it will feature some of the best strikers in the business. Also on the card for this great night of action: Pete “Secret Weapon” Spratt vs. Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont, Hosier “Commando” Bruno vs. Bob “The Train” Landry, Johan “The Bulldozer” Croes vs. Eric “Lightning” Leclerc, Frederic Pilon vs. Christopher “The Tank” Boisvert, Adam Kastner vs. Pierrot ” Speedy” Marcoux, Jeff “The Shark” Sharp vs. Erik “The Barbarian” Dumaine and some other bouts to be announced shortly. Tickets are on sale NOW on the Admission network by calling 514-790-1245 (toll free 1-800-361-4595) or by going online at http://www.admission.com. Tickets are available at $200.00, $100.00, $75.00 and $50.00. VIP tables for 8 are also available at a price of $2,400.00.

    Evening News and Notes - August 9, 2009

    Ben Rothwell. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com

    Report: Rothwell-Rizzo to Happen at Affliction II

    Former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell will attempt to bounce back from his first loss in three years when he reportedly takes on three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on October 11th in Las Vegas according to MMANews.com, which cites Affliction VP Tom Atencio as confirming the fight.

    At Affliction’s debut show last month, Rothwell suffered a third-round knockout loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski while Rizzo was defeated in a rematch against Josh Barnett, another former UFC title holder. Barnett knocked Rizzo out with a left in the second round of their fight.

    WVR Announces Middleweight GP Participants

    World Victory Road has announced four of the fighters that will compete in their inaugural middleweight grand prix, which will begin at “Sengoku V” on September 28th at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Jorge Santiago, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Siyar Bahadurzada will all compete in first-round bouts.

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    Thompson Turns Down Bosse Fight

    James Thompson. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

    British heavyweight James “The Colossus” Thompson has reportedly turned down a proposed bout against popular hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Steve Bosse, leaving TKO Championship Fighting figurehead Stephane Patry searching for a new foe.

    The news comes from Mike Russell of The Fight Network, who confirmed Thompson’s decision to not fight Bosse as something that “didn’t make sense” in this stage of his career, citing Bosse’s relative lack of experience and notoriety as one of the main factors in his choice. The former PRIDE veteran has not fought since losing to EliteXC heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at EliteXC’s “Primetime” event back in May.

    According to Patry, he plans to bring in an opponent with a recognizable name and legitimate credentials, similar to Bosse’s last opponent, Wes Sims, in order to test the Canadian before handing him a shot at the currently vacant TKO heavyweight title.

    “We wanted a good opponent with a recognizable name for Bosse like we had in Wes Sims for his last fight,” Patry said in the article. “We’ll bring in someone who can test him. He doesn’t want any easy fights. If he wins that fight his next fight will likely be for the TKO heavyweight title.”

    One confirmed fight for the show features reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki returning to the promotion to defend his title against Stephane Vigneault. In addition to another featherweight bout between former champion Mark Hominick and Thierry Quenneville not yet finalized, welterweight king Jesse Bongfeldt and bantamweight champion Adrian Wooley are also expected to compete on the card.

    CKA: July 8, 2008

    Forrest Griffin
    Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr

    The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.

    Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight.  An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.

    The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site.  The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were).  The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that.  Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.


    Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly.  The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage.  The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k.  The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card.  Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.

    Nogueira tests positive

    MMA Weekly is reporting Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira has allegedly tested positive for the Boldenone according to the CSAC.

    Kolohe to defend title Aug 2

    Kala “Kolohe” Hose will defend his ICON middleweight title against Rolando Dominique in his home state of Hawaii on Aug 2.

    Bosse to take on the Colossus

    Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is scheduled to take on James “The Colossus” Thompson at TKO 35 on Oct 3 in Montreal.  Bosse’s last fight was a controversial win against Wes Sims, while Thompson was “that guy who fought Kimbo” at Elite XC’s initial CBS show.

    Kicking a live horse

    Our Cage Potato buds are already having fun with the UFC’s swat at Affliction’s Fedor card

    CKA: June 2, 2008

    Kaitlin Young. Photo courtesy of KaitlinYoung.com.

    Kaitlin Young: Commissioner stopped fight, not doctor

    On Saturday night, Kaitlin Young put on a great performance against Gina Carano in EliteXC Primetime debut on CBS.  The fight was stopped between the second and third rounds and it was announced that the ringside doctor had recommended the stoppage.  In a post to the FighterGirls website, Kaitlin Young disagrees, giving a detailed perspective of how the fight was stopped and raising an interesting accusation.

    My left cheek and area surrounding the eye are looking pretty ugly today, but there was no major damage. Though it may have looked like it on tv, I never actually had an open wound.

    What you didn’t see was that the doctor actually cleared me to fight the third round but the commission said “no”. I wanted to continue, my corner wanted to continue. The cut likely would have opened in the third but it was under the eye. If I had to guess, I would say that they didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS.

    They also chose not to do a post fight interview with me or to include me in the post fight news conference and after party. I think the reason for that was my beat up appearance after the fight because I was not seriously injured and was completely coherent.

    I am very disappointed about that but cant help but wonder how people would have responded to that, as stupid as it is.

    She continues here.

    Yeah, I have to agree. I think if people were shocked or upset by the look of it they may have been put at ease a bit by seeing that I was okay. I think some people probably assumed the worst because I basically disappeared from the camera after the fight.

    I’m not trying to be one of those people “Well, I would have won if they had let it go into the third round so it wasn’t my fault. Yada yada yada….” Gina was obviously getting the better of me at that point in the fight, but I wasn’t ready to be done. It really bothers me that I didn’t get a chance to thank my sponsors and all that jazz.

    Sounds pretty fishy.  When the fight was stopped, they had a close up of Kaitlin’s face.  I said right away that fight would not have been stopped if it was a male.  Apparently, there may have been a good amount of truth to it.  And shame on EliteXC for not even allowing Kaitlin to attend the post fight press conference.

    More Fallout from EliteXC Primetime

    Our friends at MMARated have posted a video from the post fight press conference featuring EliteXC President of Live Events Gary Shaw and heavyweight James Thompson.  In a comical moment, Gary Shaw relays the fact that thompson was having difficulties breathing and was being transported to the hospital.  Shaw then asks for everyone’s prayers for Thompson.  Meanwhile, Thompson is standing in the middle of the press conference drinking a bottle of water!  Check out the video after the jump.


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    Cageside at EliteXC Primetime

    It’s been about 26 hours since I entered the Prudential Center Arena for the premiere of EliteXC’s Primetime on CBS.  The reviews across the internet are as varied as the show was, but after taking a day to digest it, these are my observations from a live observer point of view.  I have not had a chance to review the tape of the event, so I will not comment on the actual CBS broadcast and how it was presented.

    I have been to a variety of MMA events, including two UFC PPVs, two WEC events, two IFL events, and a few small show such as Battle Cage Extreme, and Reality Fighting.  Far and away, this may have been the worst live MMA show I have ever attended.  Read on for my reasonings why.

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    CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights: Brief Recap and Undercard Results

    Kimbo Slice follows up with an uppercut as a bloodied James Thompson attempts to retaliate. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

    On a history-making evening which featured a lot of exciting, entertaining two-way action and a little bit of everything, including licks, kicks and controversy, unbeaten Kimbo Slice (3-0) of Perrine, Fla., scored a hard-fought third-round TKO over England’s James “Colossus” Thompson (16-9) in the main event of the inaugural “CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights” on the CBS Television Network.

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    EliteXC Saturday Night Fights Live Results

    Robbie Lawler connects with a vicious kick to the body against Scott Smith. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

    Results from the CBS show tonight:

    Joe Sampieri def. Mike Groves - TKO
    Zach Makovsky def. Andre Soares - Unanimous Decision
    James Jones def. Calvin Kattar - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
    Wilson Reis def. Justin Robbins - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
    Matt Makowski def. Nick Serra - TKO
    Carlton Haselrig def. Carlos Moreno - TKO
    Chris Liguori def. Jim Bova - TKO
    Brett Rogers def. Jon Murphy - KO
    Joey Villasenor def. Phil Baroni - TKO
    Gina Carano def. Kaitlin Young - TKO
    Robbie Lawler vs Scott Smith - No Contest
    Kimbo Slice def. James Thompson - TKO

    Live commentary:
    MMA Weekly

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