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Petruzelli Wins in Return at Art of Fighting


Seth Petruzelli. Photo by Tom Casino, EliteXC/CBS.

In his first fight since easily dispatching of Kimbo Slice prior to EliteXC’s demise nearly a year ago, Seth Petruzelli earned a first-round knockout of local product and IFL veteran Chris Baten in the featured attraction of Saturday night’s Art of Fighting IV at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa Bay.

Petruzelli and Baten were content to stand and trade during the first couple minutes of the fight. Petruzelli was briefly able to take Baten down and achieved side control at one point, but Baten was eventually able to scramble to his feet.

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Quick Hits: Struve Tapped to Face Gormley, Weekend Preview & More


Stefan Struve. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Towering heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve has reportedly been tapped to face undefeated All-American collegiate wrestler Chase Gormley at UFC 104, which takes place on October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.. Bout agreements have apparently been signed. Gormley was originally slated to face Ben Rothwell at the event but Rothwell was recently moved into a main card matchup against Cain Velasquez. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— A number of notable MMA veterans are in action this weekend. Art of Fighting’s latest offering in Tampa, Florida includes Seth Petruzelli, competing for the first time since his 14-second win over Kimbo Slice, going up against Chris Baten. Marcio Cruz and Delson Heleno will be on the AOF card as well. Neil Grove and Brad Pickett will also be defending their respective Ultimate Challenge UK titles in London, England while Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Masakazu Imanari, and Ryo Chonan are in action at DEEP 43 in Japan. [Bloody Elbow]

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Yoshida, Wiuff Victorious at Sengoku III


Hidehiko Yoshida grapples with Yosuke Nishijima. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Japanese legend and former Olympic judoka Hidehiko Yoshida was victorious this weekend at World Victory Road’s third “Sengoku” show, submitting former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith with a neck crank in the first round of their main event bout.

Yoshida went right in for a takedown to start the bout but his attempt was stuffed by Smith, who punished Yoshida with punches for even trying to take the fight to the ground. Yoshida was able to maintain his composure and after a brief exchange on the feet, was finally able to take Smith down. A scramble allowed Yoshida to quickly grab ahold of Smith’s neck and Yoshida locked in a modified neck crank that forced the longtime veteran to tap out just minutes into the fight.

The win snapped a three-fight losing streak for Yoshida, who needed to be victorious in order to maintain his headliner status inside the promotion. The loss was Smith’s first since he came out of retirement following a seven-year hiatus.

YAMMA Pit Fighting tournament champion Travis Wiuff knocked out fan-favorite Kazuyuki Fujita in the first round. Also victorious on the card were Marcio Cruz, former PRIDE grand prix winner Kazuo Misaki, and current BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson.

Complete results from the event:

Fabio Silva def. Yoshiki Takahashi - KO (Knee)
Rodrigo Damm def. Jorge Masvidal - TKO (Strikes)
Marcio Cruz def. Mu Bae Choi - Submission (Modified Triangle)
Sanae Kikuta def. Chris Rice - Submission (Armbar)
Nick Thompson def. Michael Costa - Submission (Kimura)
Kazuo Misaki def. Logan Clark - Unanimous Decision
Travis Wiuff def. Kazuyuki Fujita - KO (Punches)
Hidehiko Yoshida def. Maurice Smith - Submission (Neck Crank)

Three Bouts Announced for Sengoku III


Hidehiko Yoshida grapples with Yosuke Nishijima. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced three more bouts for their upcoming third “Sengoku” show on June 8th.

Japanese legend and former Olympic judoka Hidehiko Yoshida will headline the show, taking on former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith in the main event. Yoshida was submitted by Josh Barnett at the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March. Smith scored a win over fellow former kickboxer Rick Roufus at a Strikeforce event in February.

Kazuo Misaki will return to action against World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Logan Clark, who has either been released from the WEC or is being lent to WVR officials for the show. Misaki was also victorious at the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March, submitting Siyar Bahadurzada. Clark last stopped Scott Harper with strikes in the first round in March as well.

Renowned grappler Marcio Cruz will fight for the first time in close to a year when he takes on PRIDE veteran Mu Bae Choi. Cruz last defeated Rafael Feijao at an IFL event last June while Choi most recently scored a huge upset over Gary Goodridge on March 30th, knocking out the longtime veteran in the second round.

Previously announced fights for the show include YAMMA Pit Fighting tournament champion Travis Wiuff vs. Japanese professional wrestler and PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita and BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson vs. Chute Boxe product Michael Costa.

Also announced as participating at the event were Duane Ludwig, Fabio Silva, and Rodrigo Damm. Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi is also rumored to be fighting at the show as well.

The current fight card for the event looks like this:

Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Maurice Smith
Kazuo Misaki vs. Logan Clark
Marcio Cruz vs. Mu Bae Choi
Travis Wiuff vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
Nick Thompson vs. Michael Costa
Duane Ludwig vs. TBA
Fabio Silva vs. TBA
Rodrigo Damm vs. TBA

 

Marcio Cruz Joins IFL’s New York Pitbulls

The IFL has announced that former UFC heavyweight Marcio Cruz has joined Renzo Gracie’s New York Pitbulls.

Cruz will make his debut with the team on June 16th when the Pitbulls face the Toronto Dragons in the IFL season finale. The winner of the match will receive one of the last playoff spots. Cruz will go up against Rafael Feijao in his first IFL fight.

UFC 66 Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released their official list of medical suspensions from UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II.

- Chuck Liddell is suspended until June 30th (or until receiving doctor’s approval) due to a knee and hand injury.
- Tito Ortiz is suspended until March 2nd.
- Forrest Griffin is suspended until January 31st.
- Marcio Cruz is suspended until January 31st.
- Eric Schafer is suspended until March 2nd due to a lip laceration.
- Tony De Souza is suspended until March 2nd.
- Rory Singer is suspended until June 30th (or until receiving doctor’s approval) due to a right elbow injury.
- Christian Wellisch is suspended until January 31st.
- Anthony Perosh is suspended until March 2nd.

UFC 66 Media Roundup

Here’s a few links to fill you in on what sports writers around the country are saying about UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II…

Articles
LA Daily Times: UFC finds ultimate success
St.Petersburg Times: It’s not all fun and games
UFC: Chuck Liddell: the Last of the Mohicans
Globe and Mail: Liddell, Ortiz meet the media
UFC: Liddell lingers as the Last Piece in the Ortiz Puzzle
OC Register: UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz preview
LA Times: Liddell confident he’ll beat Ortiz
LV Review Journal: Trainer on top with Liddell
UFC: Jardine Ready for A Blue Collar Battle on Saturday
ESPN: UFC 66 Makes ESPN’s Top 100 Sports Events for 2006
UFC: The MMA Resurrection of Jason MacDonald
UFC: Chris Leben – Revenge Now, Redemption Later
FOX: Does Ortiz Believe He Will Win? 

Video Interviews
Keith Jardine and Forrest Griffin
Carmelo Marrero and Gabriel Gonzaga
Jason MacDonald and Chris Leben
Thiago Alves and Tony DeSouza
Christian Wellisch and Anthony Perosh
Marcio Cruz and Andrei Arlovski
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell
Eric Schafer and Michael Bisping
UFC 66 Press Conference - Ortiz and Liddell
UFC 66 Press Conference - Jardine, Griffin, Schafer, Bisping
Liddell vs. Ortiz II Predictions

Arlovski to Return in December

It is being reported that former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski will be making his return to the octagon in December against Marcio “Pe De Pano” Cruz.

Arlovski will be looking to send a message after losing two straight fights to the current UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Arlovski’s opponent, Marcio Cruz is coming off of a tough decision loss to Jeff Monson.