Savant Young. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com
On the same day that Affliction Clothing makes it’s official entrance into the world of promoting mixed martial arts events, details regarding four signed preliminary bouts for it’s upcoming planned “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California have come to light.
The news comes from Sergio Non of USA Today, who confirmed the fights with Affliction VP Tom Atencio.
IFL veteran Savant Young, who recently earned a huge upset win over former Shooto featherweight title contender Takeshi Inoue last weekend, will take on WEC and TKO veteran Mark Hominick in the most high-profile preliminary bout.
Additional dark matches include UFC veteran Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama, Mike Pyle vs. Brett Cooper, and J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight.
Atencio also informed Non that Ben Rothwell will indeed fight at the event but an opponent for the Miletich Fighting Systems product has yet to have been determined. Various sources have been reporting that former UFC heavweight champion Andrei Arlovski may very well be Rothwell’s counterpart in the cage but it’s still unknown whether or not he will continue to free agency after finishing out the remainder of his deal with the UFC two months ago.
Contracts for a heavyweight clash between Aleksander Emelianenko and Paul Buentello have also reportedly been sent out to both fighters but have not yet been returned signed.
The potential fight card for the event now looks like this:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo
Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao
Mike Whitehead vs. Renato Sobral
Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Paul Buentello
Ben Rothwell vs. TBA
Mark Hominick vs. Savant Young
Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama
Mike Pyle vs. Brett Cooper
J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight
Mark Hominick weighs-in for UFC 58: USA vs. Canada. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
TKO Championship Fighting announced over the weekend that they have signed former featherweight champion Mark Hominick to a long-term deal.
Hominick last fought for the promotion in December, winning a unanimous decision over Danny Martinez. He was granted his release from World Extreme Cagefighting following a submission loss to Josh Grispi in February.
“I’m so thrilled to be back fighting for the TKO organization and in front of the Montreal crowd,” Hominick said in a press release sent out to the media. I’ve always felt like Montreal and TKO was like my home. More than anything else, I want to be the TKO champion once again and I’m willing to fight whoever they put in front of me to get my title back.”
According to TKO President Stephane Patry, Hominick’s new deal makes him one of the highest-paid fighters in the Quebec-based organization.
“I’ve always been the world’s biggest fan of Mark Hominick and he’s always been a top priority for me and the whole TKO organization,” Patry said. “We sat down with his new management group and we reached a very good deal with Mark that makes him one of the highest paid fighters in the organization and he deserved it.”
Hominick is also currently slated to likely be part of Affliction Clothing’s inaugural show in July. The event will reportedly be headlined by a heavyweight clash between top ranked Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.
Carlos Condit weighs-in for WEC 32: Condit vs Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
New Mexico native Carlos Condit avenged the first loss of his career and retained his WEC welterweight title as he submitted Carlo Prater in front of a supportive crowd of 4,648 inside Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center last night.
The fight was one of three title bouts that headlined World Extreme Cagefighting’s first venture outside of Las Vegas since UFC parent company Zuffa purchased the promotion in the fall of 2006.
After exchanging a series of leg kicks with Condit, Prater was able to slam his opponent down to the mat in impressive fashion. However Condit immediately went on the offensive, attempting a series of submissions that included tries for a triangle, armbar, and a guillotine.
While sitting inside of Condit’s guard, Prater (21-6-1) made the mistake of digging his head into Condit’s stomach, allowing the hometown hero to sink in a fight-ending guillotine from the bottom. After the fight, Condit (22-4) pointed out that it would be impossible for him to be uncomfortable fighting off of his back at this point.
“I’m very comfortable on my back, like I’ve proven before,” Condit said during a post-fight interview with Frank Mir. “All my wins in the WEC so far have come by submission. I’m not complaining at all.”
While Condit was able to keep his belt around his waist, the two other champions defending their titles didn’t fair so well.
Team Punishment’s Rob McCullough defended multiple takedown attempts while not mounting much of his well-known offense during the first two rounds against Jamie Varner, who had recently converted over from the UFC’s lightweight division.
Varner’s early scored takedowns and aggressiveness put him ahead on points going into the third round. However it was Varner who was on the wrong end of a right hook courtesy of McCullough. After the blow knocked his mouthpiece out, Varner intelligently asked referee Steve Mazzagatti if he could have it back in his mouth, a decision that ultimately gave Varner more time to recover from the shot.
When the fight was restarted, Varner (14-2) rushed McCullough (15-4) out of the gate with a flurry of lefts and rights. A stunned McCullough continued to take unanswered shots, going down to a knee twice before finally being finished off with a devastating straight right that forced Mazzagatti to step in and save a bloodied and battered “Razor” Rob.
Varner, the newly-crowned lightweight champion, revealed his plan to strike against the renowned Muay-Thai specialist after the fight.
“I grew up boxing,” said Varner,”. “Everybody called me a wrestler. He expected me to wrestle. So I kind of put my wrestling on the back-burner during this training camp and really worked on my striking. It really paid off tonight.”
Montreal’s most popular hockey enforcer suffered the first defeat of his young but promising career as Steve Bosse put together two decisive rounds only to ultimately end up losing in the final stanza to former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas in front of over 6,000 at the Bell Centre in Montreal that came to see TKO 31: Young Guns.
Bosse was the aggressor from the start of the bout. While Larenas (4-3) refused to back down compared to opponents that have encountered Bosse (2-1) in the past, it was clear that the ability to control the pace of the fight was clearly in Bosse’s favor. He peppered Larenas with combinations throughout the first two rounds to gain the advantage on the judge’s scorecards.
The third round began in a similar fashion compared to the first two but that all changed when Larenas opted to take Bosse down to the mat. A visibly fatigued Bosse looked out of place on his back and the former champion took advantage, delivering an assault of unanswered strikes that eventually forced referee Yves Lavigne to stop the bout.
After the fight, Larenas let everyone know he’s back for good after taking time away from the sport to deal with some personal issues.
“I want to fight anyone and everyone,” said Larenas. I don’t care who it might be. I’m back full-time and I’m training hard. It’s time to get my belt back.”
The win over Bosse sets up a potential championship rematch between Larenas and Krzysztof Soszynski at some point next year.
MMA on Tap has learned that Yaotzin Mesa has pulled out of his featherweight showdown with Mark “The Machine” Hominick after he had troubles securing a work visa in Canada. Filling in for Mesa will be Danny Martinez who sports an unblemished record of 6-0. Martinez has spent the duration of his short career fighting in Rage in the Cage.
Also off the card is TKO welterweight contender Chris “The Menace” Clements. Clements injured his left knee while training and a replacement will be announced on Friday.
TKO 31: Young Guns
Steve Bosse vs. Icho Larenas
Danny Martinez vs. Mark Hominick
Stephane Dube vs. TBA
Jay Estrada vs. Martin Grandmont
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
Yoon Heo vs. Thierry Quenneville
Syd Barnier vs. Mark Fraser
Josh Bitner vs. Yannick Galipeau
Adrian Wooley vs. Eric Leclerc
Alexis Davis vs. Valerie Letourneau
Stephane Bernadel vs. Guillaume Lamarche
Shawn Thompson vs. Ben Gallant
TKO Championship Fighting has announced that former TKO featherweight champion Mark “The Machine” Hominick will step into the cage at TKO 31: Young Guns with Rage in the Cage veteran Yaotzin Mesa.
Mark Hominick is a veteran of the UFC, WEC and TKO who sports a professional MMA record of 14-7. Hominick holds victories over Yves Edwards, Jorge Gurgel, Stephane Vigneault, and Doug Edwards. After suffering two tough losses, Hominick returned to TKO in September to face Ben Greer. Hominick was adamant about stepping into the cage and imposing his striking game on the highly touted Greer (10-3). Hominick did just that ending the contest at 1:14 of the first round when he sent Greer to the canvas with a vicious straight right.
Yaotzin Mesa is a veteran for Rage in the Cage who sports a MMA record of 6-3. Mesa lost his first three MMA appearances but since then he has reeled off six straight victories.
TKO 31: Young Guns
Steve Bosse vs. Icho Larenas (HW)
Mark Hominick vs. Yaotzin Mesa (FW)
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube (WW)
Jay Estrada vs. Martin Grandmont (LW)
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault (FW)
Syd Barnier vs. Mark Fraser (FW)
Bob Landry vs. Lance Evans (HW)
Thierry Quenneville vs. TBA (FW)
Valerie Letourneau vs. Alexis Davis (FW)
Eric Leclerc vs. TBA (FW)
Guilliaume Lamarche vs. TBA (FW)
Ben Gallant vs. Shawn Thompson (HW)
Yannick Galipeau vs. TBA (WW)
MMA on Tap has learned that Stephane Vigneault will face Ben Greer at TKO 31 on Dec. 14 at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Stephane Vigneault last appeared in the cage in January 2006 losing to Damaicio Page at TKO 24: Eruption. Vigneault is back and ready to make an impact in the TKO featherweight division. Vigneault was originally scheduled to return at TKO 30: Apocalypse but his fight was cancelled after it was announced he was suffering from a case of staph.
The native of Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec sports a TKO record of 9-4. “Simba” holds victories over the likes of Shane Rice, Stephane Laliberte, Greg Compton, and Phillipe Simoneau. Vigneault’s four losses came to the hands of Damacio Page, Mark Hominick, Stephane Laliberte, and J.F. Bolduc.
Vigneault’s opponent, Ben Greer, is currently ranked #5 in the TKO featherweight division. Greer sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-3 with victories over the likes of Thierry Quenneville, Randy Turpin, and Justin Tavernini. Greer made his TKO debut at TKO 30: Apocalypse suffering a TKO loss to the hands of former champ Mark “The Machine” Hominick.
Rumored TKO 31 Card:
Steve Bosse vs. TBA
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant
Mark Hominick vs. Justin Tavernini
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube
Stephane Vigneault vs. Ben Greer
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
News and Notes
- Be sure to check back later tonight when we go live at 8 PM EST with our live blog for UFC 77: Hostile Territory.
- If you haven’t already, make sure you cast your vote on our latest Rock the Vote: Sylvia or Vera?
- MMA Weekly has former UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton facing Dong Sik Yoon at K-1 Hero’s 11 on October 28th while my notes have him taking on Shungo Oyama. I’ll try and figure that one out.
- Marco Antico of MMA Weekly is also reporting the following matchups for TKO 31 in December:
Jesse Bongfeldt vs T.J. Grant for the TKO Welterweight Title
Chris Clements vs Stephane Dube
Mark Hominick is currently in talks to face Justin Tavernini
Steve Bosse is set to headline the card in the main event
- Ken Shamrock is holding open tryouts for anyone interested in being a member of the IFL’s Nevada Lions or joining his Lion’s Den gym. Tryouts will be held at The Stadium Sport and Fitness Club in Reno, Nevada. They will consist of several drills and sparring in the various MMA disciplines. For further information, contact Lance Foreman at 530-252-8071 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pancrase has announced that it will adjust it’s weight divisions to fall in line with those currently designated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
- FEG apparently does not see World Victory Road, Japan’s newest MMA organization, as a potential enemy:
“As for the Japanese MMA market, fans have been dwindling since the loss of PRIDE. No part of me sees this new organization as an enemy, and I would like to find places in which we can cooperate,” said FEG Representative Director Sadaharu Tanigawa.
- Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has been cast in the new celebrity version of “The Apprentice” on NBC. Ortiz’s fellow cast mates potentially include Omarosa, John Cena, Lennox Lewis, Stephen Baldwin, Gene Simmons, Carol Alt, Vinny Pastore, and Marilu Henner according to TMZ.
- The Fight Network is reporting that representatives from HDNet Fights have confirmed that the promotion is planning to hold it’s second event on December 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Mark “The Machine” Hominick is a Muay Thai and submission specialist who sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-7-0. Training with Team Tompkins in London, Ontario, Hominick is a 9 time TKO featherweight champion and a UFC veteran. Hominick holds victories over the likes of Yves Edwards, Jorge Gurgel, Ben Greer, and Stephane Vigneault.
Yesterday, Hominick fought and defeated Ben Greer at TKO 30: Apocalypse throwing himself back into contention for the TKO featherweight title which is currently held by Shooto veteran Hatsu Hioki.
Ilya Woronowski def. Sean Thompson - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Adrian Wooley def. Adam Kastner - TKO (Strikes)
Bob Landry def. Ray Noel De Tilly - TKO (Strikes)
Samuel Guillet def. Yves Lemelin - Submission (Armbar)
Dan Chambers def. Marcus Celestin - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Tavernini def. Syd Barnier - Techincal Submission (Armbar)
Mark Hominick def. Ben Greer - TKO (Strikes)
TJ Grant def. Stephane Dube - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Jesse Bongfeldt def. Chris Clements - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Steve Bosse def. Jody Burke - TKO (Strikes)
Sam Stout def. Martin Grandmont - TKO (Strikes)