King of the Cage

KOTC: Bio Hazard Quick Results


Anthony Lapsley. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com

Victor Valenzuela scored a second-round TKO win over Joe Camacho to win the King of the Cage lightweight title at the organization’s “Bio Hazard” event, which took place at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California on Thursday night.

Anthony Lapsley submitted Aaron Wetherspoon with an armbar in the first round of the night’s main event. Also victorious was Mike “Joker” Guymon, who stopped opponent James Fanshier with strikes in the first round of their bout.

Complete results from the event:

Anthony Lapsley def. Aaron Wetherspoon - Submission (Armbar)
Victor Valenzuela def. Joe Camacho - TKO (Strikes)
Mike Guymon def. James Fanshier - TKO (Strikes)
Rick Legere def. Daniel Hernandez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Marcos Gonzalez def. Daniel Huynh - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 
David Aguirre def. John Ulloa - Unanimous Decision
Chris Cully def. Ernie Calma - TKO (Strikes)
Mike Robles def. R.J. Clifford - Majority Decision

Camacho Defends KOTC Title Tonight


Joe Camacho. Photo by Rick Estrada. Used with permission.

King of the Cage lightweight champion Joe Camacho will defend his title against EliteXC veteran Victor Valenzuela in the main event of the organization’s “Bio Hazard” show tonight at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.

Camacho rebounded from a disappointing loss to Fabricio Camoes at a ShoXC event in April to score a first-round verbal submission win over skilled wrestler Zach Light at Sparstar Promotions inaugural event last month. Camacho claimed the KOTC lightweight crown with a knockout of Thomas Denny in January.

Valenzuela will return to KOTC after splitting a pair of fights under the EliteXC banner. He bounced back from a quick submission loss to James Edson Berto by submitting colorful veteran Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett at a ShoXC offering last summer.

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Ayangma’s Death Likely From Natural Causes

While the final results of Rene Ayangma’s recent autopsy will not be known for a couple of months, Prince Edward Island’s chief coroner suggests that the 20-year old Canadian mixed martial artist may have likely died from natural causes.

The news comes from a report in the Charlottetown Guardian over the weekend, where Dr. Charles Trainor suggested that Ayangma potentially died a natural death.

The Stratford native suddenly passed away late last Tuesday night after collapsing during a training session in preparation for his second professional fight.

Ayangma was training at Largo Fitness Centre when he fell down to a knee shortly after completing a light sparring session. He then reportedly fell forward unconscious and stopped breathing. After gym members came to his aid and attempted CPR, Ayangma was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead only minutes after arriving.

A biology student at the University of Prince Edward Island, Ayangma made his professional debut in December, submitting Chris Doucet with a rear naked choke at a King Of The Cage event in Moncton, New Brunswick. His next fight was slated to take place on March 15th at an undisclosed event in Halifax

Canadian Prospect Collapses, Dies After Training

Rene Ayangma, a 20-year old mixed martial artist from Stratford, Prince Edward Island, suddenly passed away late Tuesday night after collapsing during a training session in preparation for his second professional fight.

Ayangma was training at Largo Fitness Centre when he fell down to a knee shortly after completing a light sparring session according to The Canadian Press. Ayangma then reportedly fell forward unconscious and stopped breathing.

After gym members came to his aid and attempted CPR, Ayangma was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead only minutes after arriving.

The cause of death currently remains unknown. Prince Edward Island’s chief coroner has currently been assigned to the case. He was expected to perform an official autopsy yesterday and release preliminary results pertaining to his findings before the end of the week.

Ayangma’s father Noel stated that his son was in remarkable physical condition for his age and was looking forward to his next fight, which was slated to take place on March 15th at an undisclosed event in Halifax. However he won’t discount the possibility that his son may have over-trained.

“He was fantastic,” the elder Ayangma said. “He was a natural at the sport. He was strong and had a very natural, athletic ability. He was always making sure he was the best. I think that’s what killed him because he was trying to be ready.”

Rene, a biology student at the University of Prince Edward Island, made his professional debut in December, submitting Chris Doucet with a rear naked choke at a King Of The Cage event in Moncton, New Brunswick.

For those in PEI area interested in remembering Ayangma, two separate viewings will take place tomorrow at the Charlottetown Belvedere Funeral Home. The viewings will take place from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM respectively. The funeral will take place Saturday at 11:30 AM at the Holy Redeemer Church in Charlottetown as well.

As always, all of us here at MMA on Tap would like to send our condolences to the friends and family of Rene Ayangma.

Camacho Talks Denny Win, Huerta, and More


Joe Camacho gets ready to throw a left hook against Akiyo Nishiura. Photo by Rick Estrada. Used with permission.

Joe Camacho continued his winning ways last week as he knocked out Thomas Denny to become King of the Cage’s newest lightweight champion at the promotion’s “Premiere” event this past Thursday.

Camacho is now riding a six-fight undefeated streak and hasn’t lost since the summer of 2006, defeating two of the world’s top-rated international fighters along the way

MMA on Tap was able to catch up with Camacho, who was willing to discuss his win over Denny, his future, his continual efforts to earn a rematch against current UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta, and what he has planned for 2008 among other things in a short but news-filled question and answer session.

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“Krazy Horse” Arrested Again, Off KOTC Card


Charles Bennett exchanges with K.J. Noons during a ShoXC Elite Challenger Series event. Photo courtesy of EliteXC.

It looks like Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett is behind bars once again…

The troubled lightweight was arrested on January 9th following a domestic dispute. He faces a slew of charges including domestic battery via strangulation, violation of his probation, tampering with a witness, and possession of marijuana.

Bennett was set to clash with long-time rival Victor Valenzuela at KOTC: Premiere this Thursday but has been replaced by Matt Ver Halen. The card features a main event between Thomas Denny and Joe Camacho.

Bennett has won four of his last five bouts. The loss came at the hands of Valenzuela at an EliteXC event in August. Bennett’s last fight was a submission win over Donnie Martinez at KOTC: Hierarchy this past October.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Bennett has been arrested 25 times since December of 1997.

Villasenor Returns at KOTC: Warlords in Feb


Joey Villasenor clinches with Jorge Santiago. Photo courtesy of KOTC.

Joey Villasenor will fight for the first time since September when he competes at King of the Cage’s Warlords on February 9th at the Ute Mountain Hotel and Resort in Towaoc, Colorado.

The promotion announced the event earlier this month. The event will feature a total of nine fights and will be sponsored by EliteXC.

Since being knocked out by a flying knee courtesy of Robbie Lawler at PRIDE 32, Villasenor has gone on two out of his last three fights. A TKO loss to Murlio Rua at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs Baroni was sandwiched between wins over David Loiseau and Riki Fukuda at separate EliteXC events last year.

An opponent for Villasenor has not yet been announced.

The Weekend Ahead…

There aren’t any blockbuster events going down this weekend but there are some smaller shows that everyone should definitely follow…

Obviously the big one has to be WCO: The Return, which will take place at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA this Saturday night. The card is stacked with veterans of the sport, including a main event between Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Lion’s Den veteran Vernon White as you can see below:

Renato Sobral vs. Vernon White
Mark Kerr vs. Kauai Kupihea
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Mike Kyle
Joe Riggs vs. Gustavo Machado
David Loiseau vs. Leopoldo Serao
Wesley Correira vs. Jimmy Ambriz
Tiki Ghosn vs. JJ Ambrose
Virgil Zwicker vs. David Mejia
Fabio Costa vs. Carlos Fuentes
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Armando Sanchez
Cain Velasquez vs. Tony Sylvester

As we reported yesterday, Rick Roufus was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Mark Kerr after he was not cleared by the California State Athletic Commission in time for the fight. Armando Garcia says that it has nothing to do with Roufus’ health but rather his paperwork was not done on time in order for him to be scheduled to undergo all of the necessary pre-fight tests.

WCO officials are trying to replace Roufus with Kauai Kupihea, who has racked up a 15-11 professional record that includes knockouts of Wade Shipp and Travis Wiuff. Kupihea has been tentatively approved but that not passed all of his requirements as of this morning. We will have an update on his status as soon as we receive the information.

Semmy Schilt will fight in MMA for the first time in over a year when he takes on Nandor Guelmino at the first-ever Lord of the Ring event this weekend at the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade, Serbia.

Schilt has not fought since submitting Min Soo Kim with a triangle choke at K-1 Hero’s 6 in August of 2006. Not much is known about Guelmino except that he only has three professional MMA bouts under his belt.

Sherdog has an article on Schilt’s return here.

Bonecrunch Fighting will also hold it’s first-ever event this weekend in Lakeland, Florida. The promotion uses a schedule similar to the IFL except matchups between teams will work like an elimination tournament if that makes any sense.

UFC lightweight Din Thomas will guide the Port St. Lucie Devils into action against the Tampa Terrors. The Cincinnati Norsemen and the Lakeland Blaze will clash in the other matchup. Seth Petruzelli and Josh Odom will be at the event to announce their fight between each other at the promotion’s next event in February.

KOTC and DEEP also have events scheduled for this weekend. MMA on Tap will have full results for those shows and the rest of the events that are taking place this weekend.

Lapsley’s Win Over Jara Changed to No Contest

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that they have overturned Anthony Lapsley’s win over Jaime Jara at KOTC: Arch Rivals in October and changed it to a no contest.

The ruling comes after the commission decided that Lapsley’s victory should be overturned due to a positive test for marijuana. The NSAC originally announced that Lapsley tested positive for the banned drug in November.

Lapsley is currently serving a six-month suspension stemming from the positive test.

Exclusive: Camacho-Denny Set for KOTC

MMA on Tap has learned that veterans Joe Camacho and Thomas “Wildman” Denny will clash for the first time in their respective careers at a KOTC event on January 24th.

The show will take place at the San Manuel Casino in San Bernardino, CA. The event will be sponsored by Pro Elite.

Camacho has won four of his last five fights. His last fight was a split decision win and a successful defense of his CCC Lightweight Title over Anthony McDavitt at CCC: Night of the Gladiator in September. Our recent interview with Camacho can be viewed here.

Like Camacho, Denny has also been victorious in four of his last five bouts. His last fight was an unanimous decision over Olaf Alfonso at PFC 4: Project Complete in October.

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