Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall overcame a scary first round to stop a game Phil Collins in his return to the California outdoor fight scene at the Palace Fighting Championship’s latest event, dubbed “The Return” last night in Lemoore.
A slow start saw Marshall get stunned with a combination early in the first round. Collins capitalized on his dazed foe by hopping on Marshall’s back and fighting to sink in a choke from behind for nearly three minutes. Marshall defended well and was eventually able to shake Collins off before taking him down and working some ground-and-pound just before the round ended.
Marshall turned up the heat in the second round. A blocked Marshall high kick resulted in an abrupt toe-to-toe exchange between the two, which ended after Marshall landed a right hook that sent Collins crashing to the canvas. Marshall pounced on his opponent and landed two more right hands before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
PFC light heavyweight champion and Chute Boxe USA product Jorge Oliveira left the arena with the belt still in his possession, but likely not the way he wanted to. After an exciting two-round war where both fighters let everything hang out, things came to a crashing end, literally, when opponent Isaiah Larson attempted a takedown that caused both fighters to fall out of the ring.
Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Former World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall will take on fellow submission artist Phil Collins in the main event of Palace Fighting Championship’s latest show this evening at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.
“It’s hard to keep raising the bar, but we keep trying to raise it,’’ PFC president Christian Printup said in a press release sent out to the media. “This is one of the most balanced cards we’ve ever had. We have established veterans with name value, and we have a lot of young talent. We’re not a small show anymore. I don’t care what anybody says.’‘
Marshall, who received permission from World Extreme Cagefighting to fight in the event, will attempt to bounce back from his first loss in nearly two years, a first-round TKO defeat to current WEC title holder Brian Stann. Collins has won his last two bouts under the PFC banner, most recently submitting Mike Martinez in March.
The card will also feature a PFC light heavyweight title bout between Chute Boxe product Jorge Oliveira and top contender Isaiah Larson. Additional featured bouts include lightweight prospect Casey Olson going up against Tito Jones and Gladiator Challenge veteran Jaime Jara clashing with Dominique Robinson.
Jorge Oliveira checks a kick from Marvin Eastman at WFA’s King of the Streets in July 2006. Photo courtesy of Jorge Oliveira.
The Palace Fighting Championship held the official weigh-ins yesterday for it’s sixth event, “No Retreat, No Surrender”, which will take place this evening at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.
The weigh-ins went relatively smooth with the exception of a few problems.
All of the fighters made weight except for one, Scott Brommage, who is scheduled to face Fresno native Casey Olson in a lightweight bout. No word on why Brommage did not weigh in or if Olson will be receiving a new opponent.
The event features a total of three title fights: PFC featherweight champion Shawn Bias will go up against Art Arciniega; Shawn Klarcyk will attempt to defend his PFC bantamweight belt against Rolando Velasco; and recently released from the UFC, Diego Saraiva will challenge Poppies Martinez for his PFC lightweight crown.
However the show is highlighted by a light heavyweight clash between budding prospects Glover Teixeira and Jorge Oliveira. Each fighter has defeated a couple of notable opponents in their careers: Oliveira has won a unanimous decision over Shonie Carter and submitted Mike Van Arsdale while Teixeira has decisioned current IFL middleweight champ Matt Horwich and stopped upstart Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
“Glover Teixeira versus Jorge Oliveira is a UFC caliber fight,” PFC president Christian Printup said in a recent press release. “Some people don’t understand how big of a fight this is. This is the type of fight that could happen on the biggest stage in the sport.”
Teixeira is prepared for a tough fight against such a well-rounded opponents but still plans to finish the fight with his fists.
“I know he’s done kick boxing and I’m looking for some good stand up and he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt,” Teixeira said. “I don’t care about that, though, I’m a black belt, too. Belts don’t mean anything. He’s a decent all-around fighter. I’m going to do what I do best and hit him hard in the face. The fight will start standing and I want to try and stand and get the knockout in the first or second round.”
Full weigh-in results are below.
Jorge Oliveira (206 lbs) vs. Glover Texiera (205 lbs)
Diego Saraiva (154 lbs) vs. Poppies Martinez (154 lbs)
Shawn Klarcyk (135 lbs) vs. Rolando Velasco (134 lbs)
Shawn Bias (145 lbs) vs. Art Arcienega (145 lbs)
Brad Imes (265 lbs) vs. Anthony Ruiz (210 lbs)
Alex Serdyukov (170 lbs) vs. Mike Gates (171 lbs)
Casey Olson (153 lbs) vs. Scott Brommage (N/A)
Eric Pribble (203 lbs) vs. Ricardo Barros (204 lbs)
Ed Tomaselli (136 lbs) vs. Brandon Miller (134 lbs)
Doug Hunt (169 lbs) vs. Mickey Martinez (169 lbs)
Fernando Arreola (143 lbs) vs. Sergio Quinones (145 lbs)
Austin Achorn (262 lbs) vs. Joaquin Sanchez (227 lbs)
Derek Thornton (194 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (203 lbs)
Tom Owens (169 lbs) vs. Tony Alanis (163 lbs)
Jason Georgianna (135 lbs) vs. Joseph Benevidez (135 lbs)
Richard Montoya (186 lbs) vs. Nate Loughran (185 lbs)
The World Extreme Cagefighting’s first card under Zuffa is beginning to take shape.
The card’s main event will pit heavy-handed lightweights Kit Cope and “Razor” Rob McCullough in a battle that will be for the vacant WEC lightweight title. The belt was originally held by Hermes Franca but he decided to vacate it when he recently signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC.
Doug “The Rhino” Marshall will battle Chute Boxe USA’s Jorge Oliveira for the vacant WEC light heavyweight title. Oliveira became a WEC fighter when the Zuffa purchased the contracts of the WFA. Zuffa decided they’d showcase Oliveira in the newly acquired WEC.
Urijah Faber will defend his WEC featherweight title against PRIDE veteran Joe Pearson. Faber much like MuCullough, Cope and Oliveira was acquired when Zuffa purchased the WFA. Faber was sent to the WEC because he fights at 145 lbs and the UFC doesn’t currently have a featherweight division. Faber’s only MMA loss came to the hands of UFC veteran Tyson Griffin at Gladiator Challenge 42.
Since acquiring the WEC, Zuffa has been working hard to put on a solid first show which will showcase some of their lightweight talent. WEC event’s are also expected to appear on Versus.
The WFA has announced the remaining fights set to take place on WFA: King of the Streets. The event will take place July 22nd at the Forum in Los Angeles and it will also be available on pay per view.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Lodune Sincaid
Rob McCullough vs. Harris Sarmiento
Jorge Oliveira vs. Marvin Eastman
Jose Landi-Jons vs. TBD