Here is the current card for Ring Xtreme Challenge II which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 24 at the Pavillon Agri-Sports in Victoriaville, Quebec.
Jonathan Goulet vs. TBA
Donald Ouimet vs. TBA
Justin Lemke vs. Martin Désilets
Frank Lopez vs. Jacob Macdonald
Frederic Pilon vs. Derek Gauthier
Eddie Cassely vs. Harry Provost
Kris Parti vs. Nordin Tahleb
Mike Dizak vs. Michel Boissenault
Stéphane Denis vs. Tommy Pariseau
Steven Lee vs. Dimitri Waardenburg
Johnny Chavez vs. Guillaume Lavallée
Stay tuned for more…
News and Notes
- Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that Ricardo Arona is not close to signing a deal with the UFC, or any organization for that matter:
While Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has already said as much, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can confirm that there is very little validity to the rumors that Ricardo Arona is close to finalizing a deal with the UFC.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted a source close to Arona via e-mail and that source has indicated that he will be in Europe for the next 40 days, making a deal almost impossible to complete. Furthermore, Arona has made no mention to the source about the possibility of signing with the UFC.
- Speaking of Caplan, it seems that he has added Adam Morgan to his team at Five Ounces. I that brings Adam’s total of websites written for to four. Adam is a monster.
- The Fight Network’s Great Fight North column has some good news inside:
Jonathan Goulet is hoping to fight next in November despite dislocating his elbow against Dustin Hazelett at UFC 76.
Bill Mahood’s fight against Bobby Southworth at this weekend’s Strikeforce event will not be for Southworth’s Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Title.
Denis Kang is apparently training for a return at an October or November K-1 Hero’s event.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Dean Lister may be taking on Jordan Radev at UFC 79 in December:
UFC rookie Jordan Radev (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will likely face Dean Lister (9-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 79 in December.
MMAjunkie.com learned of the fight from a source close to the fighter, but Ken Pavia, Radev’s agent, said he couldn’t comment on the report or confirm that a deal was close to being signed.
- In a recent interview with FOX Sports, UFC President Dana White stated that he’s still confident he can sign Fedor and Brock Lesnar still isn’t officially with the UFC:
He also was very confident of signing Fedor Emelianenko, but felt it wouldn’t happen until after Emelianenko competes in a Russian sambo tournament in the fall. White said it was incorrect the story, claimed by Kurt Angle, that Brock Lesnar had signed with UFC. But he did hope to make the deal.
Tonight we will be going live at 7 PM EST, covering UFC Fight Night 11 with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:
UFC Fight Night 11 Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC Fight Night 11
Exclusive: Swick vs Goulet Off
Spencer Fisher Injured, Kenny Florian Fills In
Bouts Added to UFC Fight Night 11
Martin, Leben to Clash at UFC Fight Night 11
Swick and Goulet Signed for UFC Fight Night 11
Leben Declines Swick Fight; Goulet Now in the Picture
Din Thomas vs Kenny Florian
Chris Leben vs Terry Martin
Nate Diaz vs Junior Assuncao
Nate Quarry vs Pete Sell
Jonathan Goulet vs Dustin Hazelett
Thiago Alves vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Leonard Garcia vs Cole Miller
Gray Maynard vs Joe Veres
Luke Cummo vs Edilberto de Oliveira
News and Notes
- Sherdog is reporting that Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and HDNet, is currently in discussions with officials connected to Fedor Emelianenko about signing the heavyweight free agent:
“I am in ongoing discussions with some of his people,” Cuban revealed in an e-mail interview that will be published on Sherdog.com later this week.
Cuban plans on possibly using Fedor in many of the MMA promotions he currently broadcasts events for on HDNet:
“We would work with his promoters to place him in fights from affiliated promoters or in fights we promote ourselves,” said Cuban, who plans on partnering with established MMA organizations to fill the weekly quota of bouts HDNet would need for its successful Friday Fight Night series.
- Sergei Kharitonov’s contract with K-1 states that he will be able to compete in both K-1 kickboxing matches and Hero’s MMA bouts.
- Masakazu Imanari and Zelg Galesic have both been removed from the Cage Rage 23 card set to take place on September 22nd.
Imanari was forced to pull out after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session. He will be replaced by Chris Brennan. Galesic pulled out of his bout after signing a new contract with K-1. Matt Ewin will be taking his place against Alex Reid. The bout will still be a title fight while Brennan-Silva will now take place at 155 lbs.
- The scheduled preliminary bout between Nate Quarry and Pete Sell at UFC Fight Night 11 has now been moved to the televised portion of the event after Mike Swick was forced to bow out of the event due to injury. Swick’s scheduled opponent, Jonathan Goulet and his fight against new opponent Dustin Hazelett, has now been changed to a prelim fight.
News and Notes
- Mike Swick has pulled out of his bout with Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 due to a rib injury sustained while training. Dustin Hazelett is being discussed as a possible replacement for Swick.
- Sherdog is reporting that Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, is negotiating for the services of PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
- Mark “The Machine” Hominick will be fighting Ben Greer (10-2) at TKO 30: Apocalypse.
- Here is the full card for Extreme Challenge 81 which is scheduled to take place October 6th at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey.
Jon Murphy vs. Joe Leyva
Justin Eilers vs. Wade Hamilton
Hector Urbina vs. Aaron Miesner
Zach Mackowsky vs. Daniel Martinez
Chris Lawson vs. Lennox Chance
Stephen Haigh vs. Anthony Lapsley
Mike Groves vs. Jorge Villela
Robert Beraun vs. Nathan Carey
Billy Kidd vs. Yaotzin Meza
Matt Buckley vs. Rick Gonzoles
Matt Jaggers vs. Israel Giron Melchor
Tim Bradley vs. Rene Diosdado Perez
Armando David vs. Victor Meza
UFC Junkie: Interview with Houston Alexander
MMAWeekly: MMAB Libs II: Writing an MMA Hatchet Piece
UFC: Dan Henderson – A Long Trek from Mobile to London
The Fayetteville Observer: MMA is the Ultimate Challenge
WEC: WEC 30 Preview
MMA on Tap has learned that Mike “Quick” Swick has pulled out of his fight with Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11. The reasons for Swick’s withdrawal are currently unknown.
Mike Swick is coming off a tough decision loss to UFC middleweight contender Yushin Okami. This fight with Goulet would have marked Swick’s first appearance in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division.
We will continue to follow this story and will post any updates as soon as they become available.
Update: 5:03 AM: MMAWeekly is now reporting that Mike Swick pulled out of the fight because of a rib injury sustained during training.
Adam Kastner discusses upcoming bout with Adrian Wooley
MMA on Tap was able to catch up with TKO featherweight Adam Kastner (1-0) to get his thoughts on his upcoming bout with Adrian Wooley as well as little background information on how he got his start in MMA and his goals for the future.
On September 28, 2007 at TKO 30: Apocalypse, Adam Kastner will make his second appearance in the TKO cage when he faces fellow undefeated featherweight Adrian Wooley (2-0). Wooley is a talented wrestler who made his TKO debut at TKO MMA Tourney 2007, defeating Sonny Leong (1-10-1) by decision. Wooley’s next fortay in the TKO cage came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he fought and defeated Guillaume Lamarche (1-1).
Kastner was respectful when talking about his opponent saying, “From seeing Adrian fight previously I think he’s a great fighter, a very good wrestler and I think it’s going to be a tough fight for me. It’s hard to predict how the fight is going to go, I am going to try and do the things I am working on in training and try and pull out a win. But I think it will be a very exciting fight to watch.”
Kastner may be relatively new to the MMA scene but he is not new to the fight game. Before making taking the plunge to MMA Kastner spent time fighting in the CAMTAO (Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario). Training with the guys at 519 Fight Factory, Kastner possesses sharp Muay Thai skills. “I actually started MMA March 17th, that was my debut. Before that I only ever fought in Muay Thai competitions in CAMTAO(Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association Of Ontario), but the opportunity came to fight in TKO so I didn’t think twice to take it.
“My goals as a fighter are just to be successful at it, become better after each fight, keep improving on my weaknesses and keep progressing as an athlete. I am training with Jeff Harrison, Syd Barnier and other good training partners, so I think it helps to keep improving when you train with a good team.”
Jeff Harrison is the head trainer at the 519 Fight Factory. He is well versed in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2002 Harrsion spent time working on his BJJ at the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio Dejaniero, Brazil. Harrison also spent time working on his Muay Thai with BTT trainer Paulo Nickolai while training with the likes of Ricardo Arona, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mario Sperry.
Kastner’s teammate, Syd Barnier, will also be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse but his opponent is currently unknown.
Report: Valerie Letourneau not fighting at TKO 30
We have received a report stating that Valerie Letourneau (1-1) will not be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse. According to the report, Letourneau was not given footage of her opponent on time so she refused to sign the contract.
Letourneau made her TKO debut at TKO 29: Repercussion losing to Sarah Kaufman early in the second by TKO. Training with Tristar Vale Tudo, Letourneau is a well-rounded featherweight who holds a TKO win over Tannaya Hantelman.
TKO alumni update
Jonathan Goulet - “The Road Warrior” will be making his long awaited return to the octagon September 19th when he steps into cage with Mike “Quick” Swick at UFC Fight Night 11.
When asked about his upcoming battle with Swick, Goulet said, “I know I’ll be ready for a war but he’s not going to be ready for me. Right now I’m stronger and faster than him and that day that would be worst.”
Patrick Cote - Cote, the current TKO middleweight champion, will be stepping into the cage with TUF veteran Kendall Grove this weekend at UFC 74: Respect. After a rocky past in the UFC, Cote will be looking to set things straight with an impressive victory over his 6’6” opponent.
Sherdog.com caught up with Cote to get thoughts on the upcoming bout with Grove.
“I think he has a suspect chin,” said the TKO middleweight champ. “I saw his fights against (Hector) Ramirez and (Joe) Riggs. The thing is I have to be careful about his reach, so like I said I did the perfect training camp for this type of fighter. I can see myself knocking him out … the thing is, I don’t think he’ll be able to put me on my back. I really think I will stop him before the bell to end the second round.
“He [Kendall] said in an interview that he wanted to stay on the feet and bang with me and if he’s in trouble he will take me down. I really think he will try to take me down because I am really confident about my skills on my feet right now. If he tries to take me down I think he would be surprised … I’ve improved a lot on my wrestling right now, I’m really comfortable everywhere the fight will be.”
Georges St. Pierre - Former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre will look to throw himself back into title contention at UFC 74 when he faces fellow welterweight contender Josh Koscheck.
St. Pierre’s opponent, Josh Koscheck, recently told UFC.com that he felt Georges St. Pierre lacked heart and had a weak chin. St. Pierre responded by saying…
“Talking bad and saying bad stuff about me just gives me more motivation to train hard, to beat him up,” St. Pierre responded. “I don’t play that game. It’s not my style. I’m not that kind of person. I will do my talking in the Octagon.”
That sounds alot like the St. Pierre that stepped into the cage with Matt Hughes at UFC 65: Bad Intentions. If that’s the case, my prayers are with you Mr. Koscheck.
The UFC has announced a slew of fights set to take place September 19th at UFC Fight Night 11.
UFC Fight Night 11
Din Thomas vs. Spencer Fisher
Chris Leben vs. Terry Martin
Nate Diaz vs. Junior Assuncao
Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet
Gray Maynard vs. Joe Veres
Cole Miller vs. Leonard Garcia
Pete Sell vs. Nate Quarry
News and Notes
- Yesterday it was announced that both Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca tested positive for banned substances after their fight at UFC 73: Stacked. Should Sherk be stripped of his title? We want your thoughts and votes!
- After a fallout with Stephane Patry, Jonathan Goulet has confirmed that he has signed on with Ken Pavia and will be fighting Mike Swick at UFC Fight Night 11.
- Showtime and Pro Elite have announced that Mauro Ranallo and Stephen Quadros will handle the commentating duties for the new ShoXC MMA television show which is scheduled to debut on July 27th at 11 PM EST.
- UFC veteran Josh “The Dentist” Neer will be fighting Paul Rodriguez on Friday July 28th at Greenspark FC 5.
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- A little music from Eddie Bravo!
After nearly not fighting at all, Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet are now signed to fight each other at UFC Fight Night 11 in September.
We reported yesterday that Chris Leben had backed out of his scheduled bout against Swick at the event and that Swick had caught wind of Goulet’s comments towards him, stating that he didn’t accept the fight involving the two and was scared.
Swick denied the claims and stated that he was never offered a fight against Goulet. Goulet is saying otherwise:
“Ken Pavia, my new manager, called me yesterday and asked me to fight Mike Swick in place of Chris Leben,” Goulet said. “He called me back two hours later and said Mike Swick didn’t accept [the fight], but I don’t think it was Swick [who declined]; I think it was his management.”
Goulet also states that after hearing that Swick apparently turned down the fight, it was David Loiseau who gave him the idea to call Swick out on the internet:
“I called David Loiseau, because we were both excited about the [potential] fight,” Goulet said. “He told me to write some things on Sherdog and other forums, and I did. Mike Swick saw what I wrote and accepted the fight.”
It has been confirmed that the fight will take place at welterweight. Goulet has spent the better part of this year fighting at 185 lbs instead of his natural weight of 170 lbs. This fight will be Swick’s debut at welterweight.