Former UFC star and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, is set to challenge former UFC Heavyweight Contender, Justin “The Hammer” Eilers, in the main event when Art of War, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships premiers at Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Friday, March 9th 2007.
Rizzo and Eilers are set to battle for the newly formed IFA (International Fighters Association) World Heavyweight Championship. Their championship bout will be one of ten exciting Mixed-Martial Arts fights on the card that will feature eleven Americans and nine International fighters.
Art of War, set for the circle cage beginning at 7:30 p.m., is being produced and promoted by the Sun Management Group, Inc.
News and Notes
- World Best Fighter has announced the updated card for it’s event on February 3rd - Fearless One - in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The announcement comes at the hands of headliner Tank Abbott dropping out of the fight because of injury. He will be replaced by Justin Eilers…
The updated card:
Justin Eilers vs Ji Hoon Kim
Mike Massenzio vs Okuda Masakatsu
Greg Soto vs Hyun Kyu Lim
Lee Gibson vs Jong Man Kim
Jon Murphy vs Wee Seung Bae
Mike Murray vs Tim Troxell
Lyman Good vs Julio Cruz
Brenden Barrett vs John Doyle
Lennox Chance vs He Teng
Peter Kaljevic vs Dai Shuang Hai
Aaron Miesner vs Ao Hai Lin
David Cummings vs Tai Quan Zhang
Zao Zi Long vs Yu Yang Rae
News and Notes
- Icon Sport will be holding an event February 9th and the headline bout will be a battle between UFC and Pride veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Trevor Garret. Also on the card will be Renato Verissimo, Jeremy Williams, and Scott Junk.
- UFC veterans Justin Eilers and Pedro Rizzo will fight March 9th at the American Airline Center. The fight will take place in the new organization dubbed the ‘International Fighters Association’ and it will be televised on HDNet. HDNet previously televised the WEC until it was purchased by the UFC and moved to Versus. The matchmaker will be UFC and Pride veteran Guy Metzger and the ring announcer will be Bruce Buffer. Here is the current card…
Pedro Rizzo vs. Justin Eilers
Carlo Prater vs. Dennis Levensky
Alex Andrade vs. Klas Akesson
Matt Grice vs. Yuki Inoue
Buddy Clinton vs. Kenneth Rosfort
Eric Schambari vs. Christian Smith
Justin Wren vs. Trent Standing
Alonozo Martinez vs. Tom East
Sonny Neilson vs. Travis Bush
- MMAWeekly has Luke Cummo vs. Josh Haynes and Wilson Gouveia vs. Hector Ramirez rumored for the UFC Fight Night 10 card on April 5th. Also rumored to be on the card is Josh Koscheck and Kendall Grove.
- Mitsuhiro Ishida has vacated his Shooto Pacific Rim 154-pound championship title.
- In an article on the TKO homepage, UFC matchmaker confirmed that Mark Hominick and Sam Stout would be back in the UFC in the New Year.
Justin Eilers continued his winning streak Saturday night with a 1st round TKO win over Wade Hamilton at RMN MMA: Demolition.
After losing three straight fights in the UFC, Justin Eilers is making a serious run at rebuilding his name in the heavyweight division. Eilers is currently on a three fight winning streak and he’ll be looking to make it four come Saturday night.
“Yeah, I’m feeling pretty good right now and my training is going good and I’m a 100% healthy,” said Eilers to MMAWeekly just before heading to Denver. My confidence is back up; I’ve got three wins in a row and am feeling pretty good. I’m just looking to keep that streak going.”
“I was planning on fighting Pat Smith but supposedly he got knocked out [in a boxing match], so he’s going to be on suspension or something,” said a somewhat dejected Eilers. “So I’m fighting a replacement [Wade Hamilton]. I don’t know much about him but I am in pretty good shape and feel ready to go, so I feel pretty confident.”
Justin continued, “I was looking forward to fighting Pat Smith. He’s got a name and anyone who’s got a name – I want to fight them. It’s part of the game though, I’ve faced it before, you always have these late replacements so you have to deal with it. It’s going to be another win for me, that’s the way I’m looking at it…whoever it is I’m going to beat them.”
“I’m just trying to fight every month,” commented Justin. “I’m trying to fight as often as possible. After this fight I’m fighting October 12 [in the WEC] and then again in early November. I’m just trying to get as many fights in as I can so I can stay constantly at a ready level.”
Rob McCullough came away the victor in the main event of the evening when referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight in the first round because of a cut over Ryan Healy’s left eye. Nathan Diaz put Joe Hurley to sleep with a triangle choke, forcing Hurley’s corner to throw in the towel during the middle of the second round. Hurley actually woke up and then proceeded to tap but the fight was already over.
Hermes Franca defended his WEC lightweight title for the last time before going over to the UFC, submitting Brandon Olsen with an armbar. Justin Eilers continued his winning ways has his opponent, Jimmy Ambriz was unable to answer the bell for the second because of a shoulder injury. The ringside doctor quickly found that Ambriz had a torn bicep tendon.