Jeremy Horn

Horn, Prangley Victorious at Arena Rumble

Jeremy Horn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Longtime veterans Jeremy Horn and Trevor Prangley were each victorious in their respective bouts at Arena Rumble’s debut event on Saturday night at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.

Horn (82-19-5) submitted journeyman Jason Guida (17-21) in the first round of their main event via an arm-triangle choke and Prangley (21-5) needed only 20 seconds to score a swift knockout of Midwestern veteran Dennis Reed (43-45-1).

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Weekend Preview: Arona Returns at Bitetti Combat, Horn Headlines Arena Rumble & More

Ricardo Arona. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona will return to active competition for the first time in over two years when he takes on fellow veteran Marvin Eastman at Bitetti Combat 4 this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It will be the first fight for Arona since losing three out of four bouts under the PRIDE banner, including a brutal knockout at the hands of a streaking Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 in April 2007. Eastman is coming off of a second-round TKO of Aron Lofton at a Maximum Fighting Championship show in May.

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Quick Hits: Alexander, Sylvia to Headline Adrenaline III, UFC Undisputed News & More

Houston Alexander. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Monte Cox will likely hold his fourth “Adrenaline MMA” show on September 18 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The card is expected to feature some familiar names in the form of UFC veterans Houston Alexander, who is being permitted to take a tune-up fight in a smaller show, former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, and Jeremy Horn. A venue for the event has not yet been secured. []

— “UFC Undisputed”, the hit video game put out by the UFC and THQ, will be headed to the Nintendo Wii early next year. THQ CEO Brian Farrell revealed the news during a recent conference call with the media. “UFC Undisputed” has sold over two million copies on the XBOX 360 and PS3 platforms since its release this past spring. [MMA Junkie]

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Jensen Could Replace Horn at UFC Fight Night

Ryan Jensen. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Longtime veteran Jeremy Horn has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Wilson Gouveia at UFC Fight Night 15 on September 17. He is expected to be replaced by Ryan Jensen according to MMA Junkie.

A recent visit to the doctor showed that Horn had suffered multiple torn ligaments and tendons in his wrist. He won’t require surgery but will now be sidelined indefinitely.

“The doctor said the wrist is just one of those things that sometimes a break is actually easier because you fix it and cast it and let it heal,” Horn said in the report.

“But with sprains and tears and stuff like that, there’s nothing you can really do with except try and stay off of it and let it heal. I’m hoping [I’ll return to the UFC]. I’m just going to keep training as much as I can around my hand. Hopefully they’ll have somebody get hurt and fall out in a future show again and I’ll be ready to go.”

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Horn-Gouveia Set for Nebraska “Fight Night”

Wilson Gouveia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Longtime veteran Jeremy Horn will return to action against American Top Team product Wilson Gouveia whenthe Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to the state of Nebraska for the first time in the promotion’s history as they hold another edition of “UFC Fight Night” at the Omaha Civic Auditorium on September 17th.

The organization officially announced the bout earlier today. The show will air live on Spike TV and will precede the season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir”. Lightweights Nate Diaz and Josh Neer will collide in the show’s main event.

In his past two fights, Horn was suffered consecutive losses for the first time in eight years. After being caught in a rare submission against Nate Marquardt in February, Horn tapped out to the same hold against grappling wizard Dean Lister at “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale” last month.

Meanwhile Gouveia recently had a four-fight winning streak snapped in May, being stopped by way of strikes at the hands of newcomer Goran Reljic in the second round of their bout at UFC 84: Ill Will. Prior to the loss, Gouveia scored his biggest career win to date, a brutal knockout of veteran Jason Lambert in January. It’s unknown whether or not the fight against Horn will take place at middleweight or light heavyweight.

TUF 7: Finale Live Results

Results from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale:
Rob Kimmons def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Dean Lister def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Matt Brown def. Matt Arroyo - TKO
Drew McFedries def. Marvin Eastman - TKO
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough - Cancelled
Dustin Hazelett def. Josh Burkman - Submission (Armbar)
Matt Riddle def. Dante Rivera - Unanimous Decision
Spencer Fisher def. Jeremy Stephens - Unanimous Decision
Diego Sanchez def. Luigi Fioravanti - TKO
Amir Sadollah def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Armbar)
Kendall Grove def. Evan Tanner - Split Decision

- Dollaway protested his loss, suggesting he didn’t tap out.  It did appear that he tapped once.  It resulted in a good-looking hanging armbar from Sadollah.
- Tanner could not solve Grove’s size.  He walked into a few punches, and looked surprised by the reach of Grove’s legs.  Tanner had a good third round, but nothing that compared to the first two, which easily went to Grove.  The split decision result was curious.

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Sadollah-Dollaway II Completes “TUF Finale” Lineup

Amir Sadollah. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” showed us that everything isn’t always set in stone, especially when it comes to who will be fighting to become this season’s winner.

After Amir Sadollah pulled off a third-round upset of highly touted wrestler C.B. Dollaway, he was set to join Jesse Taylor in the finals of the reality show’s middleweight bracket for this season. However when a few of the fighters opted to stay in Las Vegas following the filming of the show, Taylor’s infamous drunken escapades continued.

Taylor smashed a limousine window, upset guests at Palace Station, a casino owned by UFC co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and then gave security all they could handle on the fighter’s final night in Sin City. UFC President Dana White had seen enough and ultimately decided to kick Taylor off of the show, additionally asking Dollaway and fellow semi-finalist Tim Credeur to fight in another exhibition bout to decide who would go on to fight Sadollah in the finals.

Dollaway used his wrestling skills to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Credeur, moving on to rematch Sadollah this Saturday night. This season’s finale will see the fewest amount of ‘TUF’ cast members in history - only seven from this season will be on the card. The remainder will have a slew of UFC veterans complete a stacked undercard.

The show will also feature a welterweight battle between Diego Sanchez and American Top Team product Luigi Fioravanti. Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will collide with Kendall Grove, the middleweight winner of the show’s third season, in the night’s main event.

The complete card for the event is as follows:

Main Card:

Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Amir Sadollah vs. C.B. Dollaway
Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens
Matt Riddle vs. Dante Rivera

Preliminary Bouts:

Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett
Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries
Dean Lister vs. Jeremy Horn
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough
Rob Yundt vs. Rob Kimmons
Matt Arroyo vs. Matt Brown

Horn-Lister Among Three Fights Added to TUF 7 Finale

Dean Lister throws a left hand at Jordan Radev. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced four additional fights that will take place at the The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st.

Longtime mixed martial arts veterans and skilled grapplers Jeremy Horn and Dean Lister will collide in an anticipated middleweight bout that will serve as one of the notable preliminary fights on the card. Horn has lost his last two fights, most recently a submission loss to Nate Marquardt in February. Lister last defeated Jordan Radev in December.

Additional previously rumored bouts that were announced include Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens, Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries, and Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett.

Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will attempt to bounce back from a recent loss to Yushin Okami last month when he takes on Kendall Grove in the main event.

The current card for the event is as follows:

Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Jeremy Horn vs. Dean Lister
Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens
Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries
Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett

What’s Going on With Jeremy Horn?

Jeremy Horn throws a left hand at Matt Lindland during an IFL event in 2006. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Following two consecutive surprising losses, one has to ask the question - What’s going on with Jeremy Horn these days?

Every fighter loses to someone that they aren’t necessarily supposed to every now and then, thus was the case when Horn was upset Jorge Santiago at an Art of War show this past September. Granted Horn was submitted for the first time since losing to Elvis Sinosic in 2001, but then again we can’t expect things to last forever.

Now came Horn’s submission loss to Nate Marquardt this past weekend at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Marquardt is one of the top middleweights in the world and a savvy ground specialist, there’s no shame in losing to him at all. What concerns me is the fashion in which Horn fell to him.

I noticed during the weigh-ins on Friday afternoon that Horn looked extremely uninterested and didn’t even look like he wanted to be at the event. Although he hasn’t never quite had the best physique, Horn still looked a bit out of shape in my opinion as well.

Then came the fight. Not only did Horn lose, but he was dominated in the process. Marquardt handled him during a first round where Horn mounted very little offense spare a few entertaining omaplata and gogoplata attempts towards the end of the round. Horn then got caught in a basic guillotine choke while attempting get back to his feet and was forced to tap out, a classic rookie mistake.

So what’s the deal? Off the top of my head I can only think of two possibilities…

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A Tale of Two Comebacks: Nogueira, Mir Survive

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira throws a right hand at Tim Sylvia during their championship fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira became the first mixed martial artist in history to hold championship gold inside the confines of both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the PRIDE Fighting Championships as he submitted former two-time champion Tim Sylvia to win the interim UFC heavyweight belt at last night’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.

The 10,583 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas saw an eventful first round where Sylvia shook off a right hand flush to his face to knock Nogueira down with a right of his own. Sylvia pounced on Nogueira but was unable to finish him off. The Brazilian maintained his composure and scored a swift combination and a late takedown during the final seconds of the first round.

The pace slowed considerably heading into the second stanza. Sparing a near takedown by Nogueira, the round took place on the feet the entire time. Each fighter landed their fair share of jabs and combinations throughout the five minutes. Sylvia looked to land a pair of rights that hurt Nogueira with under two minutes left in the round but the slow pace provided very little opportunity to capitalize on.

A right hand by Sylvia caused Nogueira to pull guard at the beginning of the third round. The skilled ground specialist quickly swept Sylvia, transitioned to side-control, and then locked in a guillotine as his opponent tried to stand up. Sylvia didn’t put up much of a fight and quickly tapped out, giving Nogueira the interim title.

“He’s a true heavyweight,” Nogueira said of Sylvia during a post-fight interview. “He’s a giant. I got in many hard punches in this fight. I was waiting for a good opportunity to put him on the ground. I always try at least one submission. If that doesn’t work, I go for a second and it worked tonight.”

Although visibly discouraged after the fight, Sylvia showed a good amount of respect for his opponent’s efforts.

“It’s Nogueira,” Sylvia said. “Every fight he’s in, he gets his ass kicked for the first ten minutes. You start getting comfortable fighting him and next thing you know, he catches you in something. The guy is a legend in the sport.”

Nogueira also pleaded for current champion Randy Couture to return from his resignation from the promotion in order to unify the belts and put on a great fight for the fans. Only time will tell if Couture will continue his stance or give in to the demands of Nogueira and many other UFC officials.

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