Alex Schoenauer. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The Palace Fighting Championship announced earlier this week that it has signed a total of eighteen fighters to it’s roster in recent days. Among the new signees are multiple UFC and WEC veterans including Alex Schoenauer, Gabe Ruediger, Jason Von Flue, and Lodune Sincaid.
“I’m very excited to be able to bring in the talent we’re announcing,” PFC President Christian Printup said in a press release. “We have said from the beginning that we’re not here to take over the sport, consciously take away from anyone’s market share, or anything like that. We just focus on making the PFC the best we can and this is another step in the process.”
According to Printup, many of the new fighters will debut at PFC 11 on November 20th. The show will take place at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.
Jason Von Flue. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
One-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast members Lodune Sincaid and Jason Von Flue will both return to action tomorrow night at PureCombat’s scheduled “Hardcore” event at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California.
Sincaid, who has won four out of his last six bouts, will be taking on Emanuel Newton, who brings an eight-fight undefeated streak into the bout. Sincaid most recently submitted Rafael Real at a Palace Fighting Championships event in May while Newton last competed at an IFL show last year, submitting Jeff Quinlan.
Von Flue will attempt to snap a four-fight losing streak against Hawaii native Bryson Kamaka. Both fighters have struggled greatly as of late. Von Flue has racked up a 1-4 record since being released from the UFC two years ago while Kamaka hasn’t won consecutive bouts since 2005.
The card will also feature two fighters with ties to former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Scott Lighty, one of Liddell’s training partners, will attempt to stay undefeated against Kawika Morton, while Chuck’s younger brother, Dan will make his professional MMA debut against Charles Hodges.
Anderson Silva weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Anderson Silva passed his toughest test yet as champion with flying colors, submitting former Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson and successfully defending his UFC middleweight title for the third straight time, becoming the second undisputed champ in mixed martial arts history while doing it.
Even in defeat, Henderson perhaps gave the best performance against the champion to date. After an exchange on the feet to start the fight, Henderson was able to take Silva down and control him on the mat until the end of the round.
Although Silva did a good job of keeping a tight guard and preventing Henderson from doing any significant damage, the Team Quest co-founder used a number of hammer fists and the constant disruption of Silva’s breathing pattern to take the lead on the judge’s scorecards.
Silva heeded advice to crank up the pressure at the start of the second round, waving Henderson towards him and then stunning him with a mix of kicks, knees, and punches. A dazed Henderson swung wildly while trying to keep himself from falling over and then came up short in a takedown attempt.
Silva (21-4) capitalized by pouncing on his opponent. After softening him up with punches from inside his guard, Henderson (22-7) gave up his back and was forced to tap out via a rear naked choke moments later.
“My hat goes off to Anderson Silva,” Henderson said during a post-fight interview. “He was definitely the better fighter tonight. I controlled him well and beat him up a little bit in that first round and he came back ready to get after me in the second. He dazed me a little bit on the ground and then he got me in the choke.”
“I think I should have been more aggressive,” continued Henderson. “I didn’t fully execute my gameplan.”
Kenny Ento def. Justin Levens - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Jeremy Freitag def. Lodune Sincaid - Decision (Split)
Poppies Martinez def. Brandon Jinnies - TKO (Strikes)
Phil Collins def. Marc De La Cruz - TKO (Strikes)
Luis Gonzalez def. Josh Besneatte - TKO (Strikes)
Jeremy Luchau def. Michael Satumbaga - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jimmy Dexter def. Dewey Cooper - Decision (Unanimous)
Mike Moreno def. Chaondray Johnson - KO (Kick)
Mike Martinez def. Rocky Molina - TKO (Strikes)
Nate Loughran def. Brian Warren - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jorge Evangelista def. Vernon Phillips - KO (Kick)
Mark Munoz def. Anthony Rubalcava - Decision (Unanimous)
Thomas Denny def. Olaf Alfonso - Decision (Unanimous)
Here are the full results from Palace Fighting Championship 2.
- Darren Crisp def. Scott Brommage - KO (Kick)
- Mike Martinez def. Tommy Contreras - Decision (Unanimous)
- Mike Cook def. Scott Wimmer - KO
- Morris Aldaco def. Doug Hunt - TKO
- Jimmy Dexter def. Eli Moreno - TKO
- David Espinosa def. Ed Tomaselli - TKO
- Lamont Lister def. Rafael Real - Decision (Split)
- Richie Hightower def. Andy Maccarone - KO
- Vince Lucero def. Mike Dexter - KO
- Shawn Bias def. Giovanni Encarnacion - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Rani Yahya def. Louie Moreno - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Shad Smith def. Poppies Martinez - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Van Palacio N.C. Wes Sims - No Contest (Low Blow)
- Scott Smith def. Troy Miller - TKO
- Lodune Sincaid def. Kenny Ento - TKO
In just it’s second show; the Palace Fighting Championship is growing into one of the biggest, small shows in the country.
World Extreme Cagefighting veterans Wes Sims, Scott Smith and Lodune Sincaid will headline a 16-bout card on Thursday, March 22nd at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.
“We are extremely excited to present the next installment of the Palace Fighting Championship. We have put together what we feel is a card that offers fight fans a little bit of everything, the lighter weight guys, some well publicized prospects really taking a step up in competition, notable guys like Wes Sims and Scott Smith who have fought in the highest level shows in the world. We’re very excited and can’t wait for March 22nd,” said Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director Christian Printup.
Welcome to the first edition of Coffee and Kick Ass, a new morning column that will include a variety of news and articles, or whatever else is going on in the MMA world.
News and Notes
- Seth Petruzelli has announced via his MySpace page that his fight at UFC Fight Night 8 on January 25th has been cancelled. Petruzelli was scheduled to face Hector Ramirez but Ramirez was forced to pull out after suffering an ankle injury during training.
- Remember to tune into ‘Inside the UFC’ tonight at 12 AM EST on Spike TV as Randy Couture will be making his “big” announcement. Reports have already surfaced stating that Couture will coming out of retirement to fight Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title.
- Lodune Sincaid has confirmed that he be fighting on the upcoming January 20th WEC card. His opponent at this time is still unknown.
- Yesterday on MMAWeekly Radio, MMA agent Ken Pavia reported that Ivan Salaverry is tentatively scheduled to fight on the April UFC card.
- Frank Trigg will defend his newly acquired Icon Sport middleweight title April 7th against UFC and PRIDE veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
- On the note of Robbie Lawler, it is expected that he will appear on the PRIDE USA show scheduled for sometime in June.
- Joe Doerksen will be making his PRIDE debut April 28th, 2007. At this time his opponent currently unknown.
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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