News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated.
- Check back later this morning for an extensive interview with MMA veteran Joe Camacho…
- The UFC has officially announced three more bouts for UFC 80: Rapid Fire in January, including Jason Lambert’s return to the Octagon against Wilson Gouveia.
The two were originally slated to fight at UFC 76 but Gouveia was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering a broken nose during training.
- K-1 Hero’s veteran Andre Dida has revealed that he will be leaving Chute Boxe to MMA Weekly:
“My brother (Mauricio ‘Veio’) lives in Canada and he has some contacts and some of his contacts made me an offer to teach mixed martial arts and Muay Thai in Canada,” said Dida. “It’s a very good offer and I cannot deny an opportunity like that. I have talked with Master Rafael Cordeiro and I’ve never seen him so sad with anything. He was disappointed with the news. I consider him as a father, but I have to leave.”
- Gray Maynard will take on Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 12 according to MMA Junkie.
Maynard was originally supposed to fight Matt Grice but Grice opted to decline the fight because of police training requirements. (You can read Grice’s entire explanation in the comments portion of MMA Junkie’s post.)
- Joe Riggs will take on Mike Gates at KOTC: Avalanche on December 15th at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada according to The Fight Network.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Alexander Crispim has tested positive for Desoxymethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid, following post-fight testing for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. Crispm has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500.
Nick Hinchliffe def. Travis Galbraith - TKO (Strikes)
Marcus Hicks def. Chris Peak - Submission (Armbar)
Rob Valek def. Aaron Bruce - TKO (Strikes)
Jack Sawal def. Abdul Majid - Decision (Unanimous)
Keegan Marshall def. Kelly Le Blanc - TKO (Knee) 3:30 R1
Jason Mackie def. Inderjit Basala - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Sean Albrecht def. Martin Julien - TKO (Strikes)
Aaron Ram def. Rick Le Blanc - Tapout (Rear Naked Choke)
Darcy James def. Alex Mayer - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Kevin Timothy def. Anthony Vagay - Submission (Armbar)
Dan MacIver def. Dave Sparling - TKO (Strikes)
Chris Lesley def. Aaron Brevik - TKO (Strikes)
Aaron Buck def. Tim Bradley - Submission (Armbar)
Jack Montgomery def. Adam Torres - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Shannone Callos def. Hunter Worsham - Submission (Triangle)
Brad Imes def. Bo Cantrell - Submission (Gogoplata)
Dan Molina def. Bubba McDaniel - Submission (Heel Hook)
Tony Lopez def. Frank Appah - TKO (Strikes)
Bao Quach def. Chris David - Unanimous Decision
Anthony Lapsley def. Jaime Jara - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
News and Notes
- MMA Junkie is reporting a lot of news lately…
The UFC has apparently signed former PRIDE, Shooto, and Pancrase veteran Akihiro Gono and has sent UFC welterweight Tamdan McCrory a contract proposing the fight according to McCrory’s manager:
“He’ll (be at) UFC 78 if he accepts the fight, which I assume he will considering he has fought top guys his whole career,” Ciotoli.
”(The UFC’s been) trying to get me on that card, being that I’m from the area and have a strong fan base in New Jersey,” McCrory told us last month.
Marvin Eastman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Demian Maia at UFC 77 after undergoing eye surgery:
“I had a weak spot on my retina for a long time, and about two weeks ago, it tore a little bit,” Eastman said. “It felt like sleepy eye. I went in to check it out last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and I was in surgery by 7. It’s fixed now, and I’ve got to chill a month and can’t fight until November.“
No word as of yet on a replacement opponent for Eastman.
Chris Lytle may be heading over to the WEC for a possible title shot against WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit:
MMA fan favorite and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” welterweight runner-up Chris Lytle may be leaving the UFC for Zuffa LLC’s other fight promotion — the WEC — and may be in line for an immediate title shot.
In fact, a source close to current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (21-4) first contacted MMAjunkie.com about the possibility, saying UFC and WEC officials were discussing the potential title fight. However, the WEC recently folded a proposed November event into its Dec. 12 fight card, and as of now, the organization has far more fighters than it has fight slots.
A reliable source tell us that a Condit-Lytle fight would happen no sooner than February 2008 — if then — because of the backlog.
- Brazilian MMA website Tatame is reporting that former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona may currently be in contract talks with the UFC.
Hat tip to UFC Mania for the Arona link.
- So Matt Hamill has a torn ACL? He also fought Michael Bisping with that torn ACL? Read what Adam Morgan and 411Mania have to say about that.
- It seems that the UFC has took down UFC Takedown:
Late last week, Matt Cava of UFCtakedown.com was issued a Cease and Desist by Zuffa, LLC. He has been told to remove his website. They specifically nailed him for using UFC in his URL as well as broadcasting illegal fight videos. September 8th’s UFC 75: Champion v. Champion videos as well as a fight between Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson were specifically mentioned. As of today, UFCtakedown.com no longer exists. In the meantime, Matt has been able to secure MMAtakedown.net for the time being.
- Brigham Young University has banned Versus from the school’s channel selection, citing costs and the broadcasting of MMA as the reasons:
BYU has banned access to Versus on its campus cable, citing cost and content issues such as ultimate fighting.
Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that one.
Luke Thomas, Sam Caplan, and Matt Cava recap EliteXC: Uprising and preview UFC 76.
Sherdog: Tale of Two Coaches
MMA Weekly: Catching up with Matt Lindland
Fight Opinion: Pro Elite pays big for KOTC & Cage Rage
Fightlinker: Kang forsakes America, may secretly be a communist
Bloody Elbow: How to Build a MMA Cage?
Houston Chronicle: Fitch gets his shot at UFC’s main stage
Daily Star: Dancing Iceman’s Hot Move
Chicago Sports: Keeping up with Montini’s Chase Beebe
EliteXC parent company ProElite held a press conference earlier today at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii to announce the purchase of ICON Sport. The acquisition comes less than one day after ProElite also acquired King of the Cage.
The purchase marks the near one year anniversary of ProElite’s purchase of ICON Sport’s former rival, Rumble on the Rock:
“Last October … we came and invested in and bought Rumble World,” said EliteXC Live Events President, Gary Shaw. “And today we’re proud to announce that within the last hour, we just completed our deal and we bought ICON. So, we own the islands.”
ProElite’s quest to form a global MMA organization looks like it’s coming together quite well…
LOS ANGELES - ProElite, Inc., a sports entertainment and media company dedicated to producing world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) events, today announced the acquisition of King of the Cage, Inc. (KOTC), a prolific MMA promoter with an established stable of world-class fighters and global brand equity.
As part of the agreement, KOTC will promote events in conjunction with Los Angeles-based ProElite’s respected and highly acclaimed live events division, EliteXC, which broadcasts MMA events on Showtime Networks. KOTC will also provide live-streaming video content through ProElite.com.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Showtime hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon in preparation for the upcoming EliteXC: Uprising event scheduled to take place on September 15th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The fighters featured on the call were ICON Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler, EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murlio Rua through the use of an interpreter, Jake Shields, and Gina Carano. Other officials participating in the call were EliteXC President Gary Shaw and ICON Sport President T. Jay Thompson.
Tim Hague def. Adriano Bernardo - TKO
Ben Greer def. Thierry Quenneville - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Dan Shenk def. Daryl Bonar - Submission (Guillotine)
Nick Hinchliffe def. Christian Smith - KO
Karl Erikson def. Jerry Winslow - TKO
Victor Buchmann def. Sheldon Westcott - Decision (Split)
Ryan Chiappe def. Jase Nibourg - TKO
Jason Volpe def. Dustin Dickeson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Mike Muise def. Richard Menard - DQ (Illegal knee)
Cory Knapp def. Chris Conlin - Submission (Kimura)
Chris Ladouceur def. Lee Berger - KO
Bernie St. Pierre def. Craig Arcand - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Here are the full results for KOTC: Supremacy.
Todd Wood def. Brad Duguay - Submission
Ian Dawe def. Chris Myra - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Matt Hamilton def. Jeff Bougois - Submission (Choke)
Vartan Pour Nick def. Neil Walsh - TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Jon Christink def. Chris Currie - TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Tony Legnaro def. Ryan McKenna - Decision (Majority)
Stephane Lemarche def. Jeff Evely - Submission (Guillotine)
Shawn Marchand def. Tim Skidmore - Submission (Choke)
John Cole def. Pete Rogers - TKO
Alex Sung def. Tim Thurston - Decision (Unanimous)
TJ Grant def. Kevin Manderson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jonathan Goulet def. Cory MacDonald - TKO (Eye Injury)
Here are the weigh-in results for KOTC Canada: Supremacy.
Jonathan Goulet (184.4) vs. Cory MacDonald (183.8)
TJ Grant (168.6) vs. Kevin Manderson (168.8)
Tim Thurston (170) vs. Alex Sung (167)
John Cole (205.6) vs. Peter Rogers (205.4)
Shawn Marchand (185.6) vs. Tim Skidmore (180.8)
Eric MacDonald (214.2) vs. Josh Strickland (240.8)
Stephane Lemarche (169.4) vs. Jeff Evely (169)
Ryan McKenna (152.8) vs. Tony Legnaro (153.4)
Chris Currie (204.8) vs. Jon Christink (200)
Vartan Pour Nick (143.8) vs. Neil Walsh (141.8)
Justin Bougois (150) vs. Matt Hamilton (155.2)
Ian Dawe (142.8) vs. Chris Myra (140.8)
Brad Duguay (161.6) vs. Todd Wood (158.4)