Lightweight

BodogFight Season 6 Participants

Bodog has announced the matchups set to take place on the sixth season of BodogFight. The taping will take place August 24th and 25th on the Squamish Nation Indian Reserve in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Featherweight:

Sami Aziz (Sweden) vs. Hiroyuki Abe (Japan)
JR Sims (USA) vs. DJ Taiki (Japan)

Lightweight:

Rodrigo Damm (Brazil) vs. Darren Elkins (USA)
Per Eklund (Sweden) vs. Rafael Dias (USA)
Ryan Bow (Japan) vs. Santino Defranco (USA)
Chris Ade (Canada) vs. Koji Oishi (Japan)

Welterweight:

Nick Thompson (USA) vs. Mark Weir (UK)
Piotr Jakaczynski (Sweden) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (USA)
Chris Wilson (USA) vs. Ray Steinbeiss (USA)
Diego Gonzales (Sweden) vs. Steve Berger (USA)

Middleweight:

Tim McKenzie (USA) vs. Yuichi Nakanishi (Japan)
Kyacey Uscola (USA) vs. TBA
Steve Byrnes (USA) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (Russia)

Light Heavyweight:

Antony Rea (France) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (USA)
Mikhael Zyats (Russia) vs. Buddy Roberts (USA)

Heavyweight:

Assuerio Silva (Brazil) vs. Constantin Gluhov (Russia)
Andrew Pederson (Canada) vs. Scott Lincoln (USA)
Dan Evensen (USA) vs. Dominic Richards (Canada)
Kristof Midoux (France) vs. Brad Morris (Australia)


Women’s 125lb:

Megumi Fuji (Japan) vs. Lisa Ward (USA)
Carina Damm (Brazil) vs. Jessica Aguillar (USA)
Rosi Sexton (UK) vs. Julia Berezekova (Russia)

Women’s 135lb:

Kelly Kobold (USA) vs. Julie Kedzie (USA)
Tama Chan (Japan) vs. Molly Helsel (USA)

WEC Adds Four Fights to August 5th Event

The WEC has officially added four fights to their August 5th WEC card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the featherweight division Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (27-8-1) will take on Stephen Ledbetter (5-0). Curran is a veteran of the UFC who holds victories over the likes of Wagnney Fabiano, Charles Bennett, Jason Dent and many others. Curran’s opponent, Stephen Ledbetter, sports an unblemished record of 5-0 with victories over Steve Kinnison, Jarrod Card, and Majeed Alkush. If Curran is victorious keep your eyes open for a featherweight title fight with Urijah Faber in the future.

Antonio Banuelos (13-4) will return to action for the first time since his KO loss to Charlie Valencia when he takes on Justin Robbins (6-2-1). Fighting out of The Pit, Banuelos sports a WEC record of 6-2 with victories over the likes of Cole Escovedo, Mike French, and James Cottrell. Robbins, a native of Springfield, Illinois, is a veteran of KOTC and XFO who holds victories over Tristan Yunker and Zach Jenkins.

Also on the card will be Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Legget and Hiromitsu Miura vs. Fernando Gonzalez.

Here is the full card:

Main Card Bouts:

Paulo Filho vs. Joe Doerksen
Carlos Condit vs. Brock Larson
Jeff Curran vs. Stephen Ledbetter
Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Leggett

Preliminary Bouts:

Eric Schambari vs. Logan Clark
Tiki Ghosn vs. Blas Avena
Hiromitsu Miura vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Antonio Banuelos vs. Justin Robbins
Steven Cantwell vs. Justin McElfresh

IFL Announces Grand Prix Participants and Locations

The IFL has announced the fighters set to participate in the upcoming IFL World Grand Prix. The first round of the Grand Prix is set for November 3rd at the Sears Centre in Chicago, with the finals taking place December 29th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

Lightweights:

No. 1 Wagnney Fabiano (Dragons) vs. No. 4 John Gunderson (Lions)
No. 2 Chris Horodecki (Anacondas) vs. No. 3 Bart Palaszewski (Silverbacks)
Alternate: Shad Lierley (Tiger Sharks)

Welterweights:

No. 1 Delson Heleno (Pitbulls) vs. No. 4 Mark Miller (Red Bears)
No. 2 Antonio McKee (Sabres) vs. No. 3 Jay Hieron (Anacondas)
Alternate: Pat Healy (Lions)

Middleweights:

No. 1 Benji Radach (Anacondas) vs. No. 4 Brent Beauparlant (Dragons)
No. 2 Matt Horwich (Wolfpack) vs. No. 3 Brian Foster (Razorclaws)
Alternate: Fabio Leopoldo (Pitbulls)

Light Heavyweight:

No. 1 Vladimir Matyushenko (Sabres) vs. No. 4 Alex Schoenauer (Anacondas)
No. 2 Mike Whitehead (Scorpions) vs. No. 3 Mike Ciesnolevicz (Silverbacks)
Alternate: Jamal Patterson (Pitbulls)

Heavyweight:

No. 1 Ben Rothwell (Silverbacks) vs. No. 4 Roy Nelson (Lions)
No. 2 Antoine Jaoude (Condors) vs. No. 3 Reese Andy (Tiger Sharks)
Alternate: Bryan Vetell (Pitbulls)

Look for more information regarding the Grand Prix later today.

ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series Fight Card

Here is the full fight card for Showtime and EliteXC’s debut show ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series.

Showtime Fights:

Lee Gibson (10-1) vs. Muhsin Corbbrey (4-2)
Jefferson “Tank” Silva (3-1) vs. Aaron Rosa (8-0)
Chris David (8-5-1) vs. Scott Jordenson (3-1) - Swing Bout
Aaron Wetherspoon (6-2) vs. Jeremiah Metcalf (5-2)
Edson Berto (11-3-1) vs. KJ Noons (4-2)

ProElite.com Internet Fights:

Shayna Bazler (5-3) vs. Jan Finney (3-3)
Josh Neal (1-0 vs. Eric Beondo (2-0)
Anthony Rubalcava (0-0) vs. Drew Montgomery (2-1)
John Reedy (2-2) vs. Brian Cobb (8-4)
Anthony Ruiz (15-10) vs. Jason Geris (4-2)

Pro Elite and Showtime Conference Call Notes July 24, 2007

Today Pro Elite and Showtime held media conference call promoting their new show “ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series” which is scheduled to debut Friday, July 27 at 11 PM EST live from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California.

Present for the call was Doug DeLuca, Gary Shaw, and Ken Hershman.

Summary of the conference:

• Showtime plans on holding four ShoXC events before the end of the year. There were no specific dates mentioned for final three shows but they did say they would like to hold one in August, October and December.

• The main event this weekend will be K.J. Noons vs. Edson Berto. Also on the card will be a King of the Cage/Gladiator Challenge welterweight championship unification match between Jeremiah Metcalf and Aaron Wetherspoon.

• EliteXC plans on holding a card September 15th in Hawaii. The card is expected to feature an EliteXC middleweight title bout between Murilo Rua vs. Robbie Lawler. Shaw stated numerous times that the bout agreement has not yet been signed.

• Shaw was not sure when Frank Shamrock would be returning, but he did say that Shamrock won’t be fighting Nick Diaz in September. Diaz recently went on the record calling out Frank Shamrock saying “I watched his last fight and no disrespect intended, but I think I would whoop his ass.” Diaz is currently serving the suspension he received from the NSAC after testing positive for Delta-9-THC following his gogo-plata victory over Takanori Gomi. Due to the positive test the NSAC decided to change the result of the fight to a no contest.

• Gina Carano’s future is bright with EliteXC, she signed a multi-year contract with the company. The face of female MMA.

• There has been interest in bringing Frank Trigg into the mix at 185 lbs.

• Jeremy Lappen was involved with the Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou deal. EliteXC thought they had him as they flew him into the last event and treated him very well and then at the last minute someone threw him a large offer that Shaw was not willing to match. Rumor has it K-1 offered Sokoudjou “significantly more money” than the $200,000 per-fight that Pro Elite offered.

• Gary Shaw hinted at implementing a 160 lbs. weight class. Shaw stated that through his experience in boxing he knows that there are guys who fight at 160 lbs. that cannot get to 155 lbs. so it provides them with another option. Nick Diaz would be a perfect fit for the potential division.

Shawn Tompkins Responds to Stéphane Dubé

Last week we ran a story titled “Stéphane Dubé Wants His Shot” where TKO lightweight contender Stéphane Dubé took time to call out current TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout saying “In Sam’s contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”

Shortly after we ran the story Stout’s trainer, Shawn Tompkins, graced the airwaves of MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio to discuss his IFL team and the upcoming IFL Semifinals which is scheduled for August 2, 2007 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. At the end of the interview Jeff Cain posed a question about Dube and Tompkins provided listeners with a candid answer.

“Well sure, Sam Stout will fight Stephane Dube but Stephane Dube has to go fight somebody first to prove that he deserves a fight against Sam Stout. I mean, I could go on your radio show tomorrow and say I want to fight Chuck Liddell but that doesn’t mean I deserve it right? Stephane Dube has got sick strikes but two of those fights are against the same guy and three of those fights are against guys in a different weight division and all of those names he has fought are basically nobodys. The fact that he is turning 40 years old and thinks he deserves a shot and Stephane Patry wants to make that fight happen because it will sell tickets - I don’t owe Stephane Patry any gift. I’ve dedicated alot of my time and energy to him over years so we’ll find people that deserve the fight. There is alot more people that deserve to be in that fight other than Stephane Dube, no disrespect to him, but if he disrespects us, you know, he’s got to sit back and take a real look at things. Like I said, I can go on here and call out anybody but it doesn’t mean I deserve the fight.”

TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam Stout defending his lightweight title against Martin Grandmont. Stéphane Dubé will appear on the undercard against Tyler “TNT” Jackson. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Sean Sherk Releases Statement

UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk has released a statement today stating that he has retained an attorney and plans to fight the allegations that he used anabolic agents leading up to his successful title defense at UFC 73.

“At the present time I cannot explain the positive drug test in Sacramento California.  I know I have never used any steroids or any other banned substances, I am investigating possible causes of my positive test with my attorney.  I have never cheated, all of my success has come from hard work and dedication to my sport!”

If the suspension stands, do you feel Sherk should be stripped of his lightweight title? Cast your vote now!

Griffin vs Tavares at UFC 76

The Fight Network is reporting that lightweight contenders Tyson Griffin (9-1) and Thaigo Tavares (13-0) will clash at UFC 76.

UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin – having already been involved in two Fight of the Year candidates with Frankie Edgar and Clay Guida – confirmed Saturday he would be fighting undefeated Brazilian Thiago Tavares at UFC 76 Sept. 22 in Anaheim, Calif.

Tyson Griffin sports a mixed martial arts record of 9-1 with victories over the likes of Urijah Faber, Clay Guida, Duane Ludwig, and David Lee. Griffin’s sole loss came to Frankie Edgar at UFC 67: All or Nothing when he dropped a hard fought decision.

Griffin’s opponent, Thiago Tavares, sports a mixed martial arts record of 13-0 with victories over the likes of Marc Duncan, Naoyuki Kotani, and Jason Black.

UFC 76 is scheduled to take place September 22nd in Anaheim, California.

Sherk, Franca File Appeals With CSAC

Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca have both decided to file official appeals with the California State Athletic Commission less then one day after it was revealed that both had tested positive for steroids.

According to CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia, Sherk and Franca will be scheduled to have their appeals heard on August 6th, the same day that Phil Baroni and all of the other fighters that have tested positive in recent months will also be in attendance to state their case.

Garcia also stated that he spoke to Sherk on the telephone yesterday afternoon and that Sherk told him he had never heard of the steroid Nandralone until now.

Franca has already admitted to taking drostanolone in order to heal an injured ankle before the fight even though he has filed an appeal. The appeal is most likely being submitted in order to have Franca’s suspension time possibly reduced.

Stéphane Dubé Wants His Shot

Stéphane Dubé is a versatile mixed martial artist who possesses excellent Muay Thai and kickboxing skills. Dubé will be fighting Tyler Jackson at TKO 30: Apocalypse on September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Dubé has been vocal recently stating that he feels TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout is avoiding a possible title match with him. MMA on Tap caught up with Dubé to get his thoughts on Tyler Jackson, Sam Stout and a possible lightweight title shot in the future.

Dubé‘s most recent victory came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he stopped David Medd with strikes. After the fight Dubé took the microphone and proceeded to call out Sam Stout. When asked about his feud with Stout he said, “I have no problem with Sam Stout, but now it’s enough. First time he said tell your people to call my people, they did but it did not append, they call again and this time they said that I did not beat any good fighter to their eye. I still won 6 in a row and did not choose any of those opponents. They say that I have to beat a serious contender, so they choose Tyler Jackson. That’s all.”

It was recently announced that Dubé‘s opponent at TKO 30 would be TKO veteran Tyler Jackson. When speaking about Jackson, Dubé was very respectful saying, “All I know about Tyler Jackson is that he is a very nice guy to talk to and I know that he always comes prepared for a fight. He is a well rounded fighter, good wrestler, good boxer and very good ground and pound fighter.”

If Dubé gets by Jackson at TKO 30 one would expect a title shot in the near future. Dube wants it, Stout wants it and the fans want it! It seems like the perfect opportunity for Stephane Patry and TKO to setup and market a little grudge match. When asked if he felt he’d be getting a title shot in the immediate future Dubé said, “In Sam contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”

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