IFA World Heavyweight Champion, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo arrived from Brazil, in Dallas, today (Monday, Aug. 27), Texas style with a cowboy hat atop his head. He’s in Dallas, finishing up preparations for his upcoming world title defense against Jeff “The Snowman” Monson this Saturday night (Sept. 1) at American Airlines Center.
The Rizzo vs Monson title bout will be one of ten mixed martial arts fights on the ART OF WAR 3, USA vs BRAZIL nationally televised Pay-Per-View event (10 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Pacific).
For Rizzo, the cowboy hat says one thing. “I’m ready for a Texas shootout,” smiled Rizzo, undefeated as a world kickboxing champion. “They tell me that cowboys are tough guys, so I’m here to prove, I’m a touch guy. I don’t know if anyone will believe the Cowboy part, but they will know I’m a tough guy when it’s over.”
The Global Fighting Championships has officially announced the matchups set to take place on their inaugural event scheduled for August 17th at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Wes “The Whole Show” Sims vs. Jeff Monson
Edwin Dewees vs. Mavrick Harvey
Mark Kerr vs. Sean O’Haire
Butterbean vs. Stefan Gamlin
Chaz Ackles vs. Elias Rivera
Andrey Nevsky vs. Greg Mucci
Darryl MarcAurele vs. Frank El Soldato Latina
Nuri Shakir vs. Travis Lerchen
Depending on the outcomes of their respective fights, one would assume that Wes Sims and Mark Kerr will likely collide on a future Global FC card. Kerr was originally scheduled to make his MMA comeback against Wes Sims in the American Championship Fighting (ACF) on May 6th, 2006 however hours before the bout Kerr pulled out with an apparent hand injury.
News and Notes
- A Croatian news outlet reported yesterday in an interview with Mirko Cro Cop that his next fight would take place at UFC 75, the organization’s next event to be held in England. However in the latest issue of Japanese magazine Kamipro, Cro Cop’s manager Ken Imai stated that his client will most likely fight on the undercard of Randy Couture and Gabriel Gonzaga’s heavyweight title bout at UFC 74 in August.
- The Fight Network is reporting that Nippon Gaishi Hall, the proposed site for the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix scheduled to begin on July 16th, has now removed the event from it’s calendar.
- Kestutis Arbocius has been stripped of the Heavyweight King of Pancrase title because of inactivity. The title has been declared vacant and will be on the line at Pancrase’s 2007 Rising Tour on May 30th when Tatsuya Mizuno and Assuerio Silva battle for it.
- Art of War 3 has been moved from June 30th to August 18th according to the Houston Chronicle:
Art of War 3 is being postponed until later this summer.
The promoter was having trouble clearing enough homes to make a pay-per-view telecast fly and decided to move the show, originally scheduled for June 30 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, to August.
The new date is Aug. 18. Pedro Rizzo versus Jeff Monson remains the show headliner, with Jeremy Horn, Carlo Prater and Jake Shields also on the card.
The date of the event has also been changed on the official site...
News and Notes
- There’s not much in the form of MMA news this morning but there certainly is concerning this site…
- We will be live blogging UFC 69: Shootout starting at 10 PM EST. We also will be live blogging PRIDE 34: Kamikaze as well at 3:00 AM EST. Grab some energy drinks and be sure to stay with us for a huge night of MMA action.
- PRIDE will be broadcasting PRIDE 34: Kamikaze tonight for the first time ever live from Japan. The event will start at 3:00 AM EST and is available on PPV.
- Be sure to check back later today for our predictions on both events…
- Our already popular MMA on Tap Top 10 will be updated at some point next week with the results from this weekend…
- For those IFL fans out there, the promotion is holding an event in Moline, Illinois tonight. The Quad City Silverbacks and Nevada Lions will square off. The other team matchup will be the Seattle Tiger Sharks vs Chicago Red Bears. The event’s superfight will be Jeff Curran vs Kevin English.
- I don’t want to be a hater but part of me is kind of glad this is DSE’s last show. At least Zuffa will have things organized better…
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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
UFC veteran Jeff “The Snowman” Monson has revealed via his blog that he will be facing Kazuyuki Fujita at PRIDE 34: Kamikaze.
This morning i found out the Bodog fight wil not be happening now, but im set to fight in Japan for the Pride show on the 30th March against Kazuyuki Fujita. Its been crazy this last couple of weeks with all the changes, but this is a definate go ahead now. sorry for all the confusion.
For anyone wondering, the PRIDE 34 show is actually April 8th not March 30th.
News and Notes
- Caol Uno will make his return to the octagon March 3rd at UFC 68 in Ohio. Uno’s opponent will be lightweight contender and ‘The Ultimate Fighter II’ winner Joe Stevenson.
- MMAWeekly has Dan Lauzon, Matt Wiman and Nathan Diaz listed as fighters on the upcoming season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 5’.
- The IFL has announced that the fight between Vernon White and Raphael Davis has been cancelled because it was not approved by the California State Athletic Commission.
The reasoning behind the decision was that the difference in experience between the two fighters gave one an unfair advantage over another and therfore the bout could be sanctioned. The CSAC is right - White has fought in more than 50 bouts while this would have just been Davis’ third career fight.
This now means that there will be no light-heavyweight fight in tomorrow’s matchup between the Nevada Lions and the San Jose Razorclaws. A second lightweight fight between Joe Martin and Clint Coronel will take place of this one.
- The California State Athletic Commission announced yesterday that MMA promotions seeking to put on a sanctioned event in the state now have the option of using a cage or a ring. The IFL’s event on Friday night will be the first time that a ring will be used in for MMA competition in California’s history…
- Jeff Monson will make his return to the UK at Cage Warriors: Showdown 3, defending his heavyweight belt against an opponent that has yet to be named. However many are speculating that Monson will be taking on Mario Neto in his third title defense.
Monson’s fight with Fedor on the March 3rd Bodog card has been cancelled. The bout has not yet been rescheduled although it is expected they will just move the fight to Bodog’s April event without a problem…
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.
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!”
- 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.
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.
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.