News and Notes
- Mike Swick has pulled out of his bout with Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 due to a rib injury sustained while training. Dustin Hazelett is being discussed as a possible replacement for Swick.
- Sherdog is reporting that Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, is negotiating for the services of PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
- Mark “The Machine” Hominick will be fighting Ben Greer (10-2) at TKO 30: Apocalypse.
- Here is the full card for Extreme Challenge 81 which is scheduled to take place October 6th at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey.
Jon Murphy vs. Joe Leyva
Justin Eilers vs. Wade Hamilton
Hector Urbina vs. Aaron Miesner
Zach Mackowsky vs. Daniel Martinez
Chris Lawson vs. Lennox Chance
Stephen Haigh vs. Anthony Lapsley
Mike Groves vs. Jorge Villela
Robert Beraun vs. Nathan Carey
Billy Kidd vs. Yaotzin Meza
Matt Buckley vs. Rick Gonzoles
Matt Jaggers vs. Israel Giron Melchor
Tim Bradley vs. Rene Diosdado Perez
Armando David vs. Victor Meza
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MMAWeekly: MMAB Libs II: Writing an MMA Hatchet Piece
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WEC: WEC 30 Preview
MMA on Tap has learned the Adam Kastner (1-0) will face Adrian Wooley (2-0) in a featherweight bout at TKO 30: Apocalypse.
Adrian Wooley is a strong wrestler who sports an unblemished TKO record of 2-0. Wooley last victory came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he TKO’d Guillaume Lamarche late in the third round. Adam Kastner is a talented kickboxer who made his TKO debut at TKO MMA 2007 Tourney submitting Tommy Pariseau late in the first round.
TKO Major League MMA has announced that Dan Chambers (9-4) will meet Marcus Celestin (3-2) in a middleweight affair at TKO 30. TKO 30 will mark the debut of Dan Chambers who is coming off of a loss to UFC veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs at Hardcore Championship Fighting. Chambers’ opponent Marcus Celestin sports a TKO record of 1-0 with his sole victory coming by submission over Brett Pearson at TKO 29: Repercussion.
TKO 30: Apocalypse
Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO Lightweight Title
Sean Pierson vs. Chris Clements - TKO Welterweight Title
Samuel Guillet vs. Yves Lemelin
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Bosse vs. Lance Evans
Stephane Vigneault vs. Justin Tavernini
Marcus Célestin vs. Dan Chambers
Bob Landry vs. Jody Burke
Adrian Wooley vs. Adam Kastner
Also scheduled to appear on the card is:
Valerie Letourneau (1-1)
Syd Barnier (1-0)
Mark Hominick (13-7)
Imad Regragui (0-0)
Adil Regragui (0-0)
Shawn Thompson (0-0)
Eric Leclerc (3-1)
Nabil Khatib (6-1)
In a recent interview with Sportsnet.ca, TKO president Stephane Patry stated that he is in the final stages of securing a deal which would allow him to produce a new MMA reality show which will be a mix between Big Brother and The Ultimate Fighter.
“We are in the last stage of closing the deal with a network,” said Patry. “It will have 16 guys in a house with girls. It will be a mix between Big Brother and The Ultimate Fighter.”
Interesting concept… 16 fighters in a house with girls. That could make for some interesting television, someone call Jeremy Jackson. According to the article, auditions began 8 months ago and Patry expects to make an announcement in the near future. The show will be in French, but apparently an English network is interesting in picking up the series. It’ll be interesting to see if it airs on The Fight Network as both companies have done business in the past.
The article also states that TKO is expected to make an announcement within the next week that they’ve hired a public relations firm, one that works with the Montreal Canadiens. Patry is also looking to expand within Canada in the near future.
They are also expected to make an announcement in the next week that they’ve hired a public relations firm, one that works with the Montreal Canadiens. The next thing to focus on for Patry is expansion to other venues in Canada. But he’s biding his time.
“I’m waiting until we are in a good position before going full steam with expansion,” said Patry. “I’d like to be getting 9-to-10,000 in attendance on a steady basis first before I do that.”
Not only is Patry planning to expand within Canada but he is also plans on hosting a show in the Bahamas when the UFC comes to Montreal. Patry feels the UFC will be in Montreal within the first three months of 2008 and he doesn’t want to host a show in Montreal during the same month as the UFC.
He will more than likely do a show outside Canada next year, but he’s waiting to find out exactly when the UFC will hold its Montreal event, which he expects to be in the first three months of 2008. Only then will he set his schedule, because he doesn’t want to have a show in Montreal the same month that the UFC has theirs.
“That won’t be good for either of us,” admitted Patry. “So, the same month that they come here, we’re most likely going to have a show in the Bahamas. I do five shows per year so I don’t want to have four because the UFC is coming.’
TKO 30: Apocalypse is scheduled for September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.
The main event at TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout as he returns to TKO to defend his lightweight title against Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont. In the co-main event, Chris “The Menace” Clements will battle Sean “The Pimp” Pierson for the vacant TKO welterweight title.
Sam Stout (11-3-1) is the current TKO lightweight champion who sports a TKO record of 10-0. Stout trains at Team Tompkins with the likes of Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, and Chris Clements. Stout holds victories over the likes of Fabio Holanda, Jay Estrada, and Spencer Fisher. Stout’s opponent, Martin Grandmont (5-3), is a native of Drummondville, Quebec who holds a TKO record of 4-2. Grandmont is a well versed kickboxer who holds victories over the likes of Tyler Jackson and Dave Pariseau.
Chris Clements (4-1) is a native of Chatham, Ontario who sports a TKO record of 4-0. Clements trains at Team Tompkins and holds victories over the likes of David Medd, Steve Pouliot, and Martin Grandmont. Clements possesses excellent striking, devastating ground and pound and incredible strength. Sean “The Pimp” Pierson (5-3) is a talented wrestler who sports a TKO record of 3-2. Pierson trains at Shah Franco Martial Arts and holds victories over the likes of Chester Post, Mark Colangelo, and Steve Vigneault.
Also on the card will be UFC and WEC veteran Mark “The Machine” Hominick.
For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.
Here are the official weigh-in results for WEC 28: WrekCage.
WEC 28: WrekCage
Urijah Faber (144) vs. Chance Farrar (144)
Rani Yahya (145) vs. Mark Hominick (144)
Alex Karalexis (155) vs. Josh Smith (155)
Craig Zellner (203) vs. Brian Stann (201)
Brock Larson (170) vs. Kevin Knabjian (170)
Alex Serdyukov (170) vs. John Alessio (171)
Cub Swanson (145) vs. Micah Miller (146)
Brian Bowles (136) vs. Charlie Valencia (135)
Mike French (134) vs. Jeff Bedard (136)
The show will air on VERSUS at 9 PM EST, with a one-hour preview show immediately beforehand at 8 PM EST. For those of you in Canada, the event can be caught live on TSN.
Friday, February 9th, TKO Major League MMA will be making a return to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec with TKO 28: Inevitable. Here is the current card…
TKO 28: Inevitable
Hatsu Hioki vs. Mark Hominick - TKO FW Championship
Sam Stout vs. Fabio Holanda - TKO LW Championship
Jonathan Goulet vs. Thomas Schulte
Samuel Guillet vs. Luke Caudillo
Stephane Dube vs. James Martinez
Chris Clements vs. David Medd
Steve Claveau vs. Jason St. Louis
Dave Pariseau vs. Martin Grandmont
Yves Lemelin vs. Daniel Boissoneault
Bob Landry vs. David Fraser
Jean-Francois Bedard vs. Joseph Paquet
Stephane Pinet vs. Sebastien Gauthier
The card will feature two title bouts as Mark Hominick will take on Hatsu Hioki in an attempt to regain the featherweight title which was once his. Hominick’s teammate Sam Stout will also be fighting in a title bout as he’ll be defending his lightweight title against Fabio Holanda.
Jonathan Goulet was expected to face Steve Vigneault in a welterweight title bout but the fight was cancelled after Vigneault suffered a knee injury during training which will take 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Goulet will now take on Thomas Schulte in what is currently a non-title bout though that may change in the near future.
News and Notes
- Icon Sport will be holding an event February 9th and the headline bout will be a battle between UFC and Pride veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Trevor Garret. Also on the card will be Renato Verissimo, Jeremy Williams, and Scott Junk.
- UFC veterans Justin Eilers and Pedro Rizzo will fight March 9th at the American Airline Center. The fight will take place in the new organization dubbed the ‘International Fighters Association’ and it will be televised on HDNet. HDNet previously televised the WEC until it was purchased by the UFC and moved to Versus. The matchmaker will be UFC and Pride veteran Guy Metzger and the ring announcer will be Bruce Buffer. Here is the current card…
Pedro Rizzo vs. Justin Eilers
Carlo Prater vs. Dennis Levensky
Alex Andrade vs. Klas Akesson
Matt Grice vs. Yuki Inoue
Buddy Clinton vs. Kenneth Rosfort
Eric Schambari vs. Christian Smith
Justin Wren vs. Trent Standing
Alonozo Martinez vs. Tom East
Sonny Neilson vs. Travis Bush
- MMAWeekly has Luke Cummo vs. Josh Haynes and Wilson Gouveia vs. Hector Ramirez rumored for the UFC Fight Night 10 card on April 5th. Also rumored to be on the card is Josh Koscheck and Kendall Grove.
- Mitsuhiro Ishida has vacated his Shooto Pacific Rim 154-pound championship title.
- In an article on the TKO homepage, UFC matchmaker confirmed that Mark Hominick and Sam Stout would be back in the UFC in the New Year.
TKO Major League MMA has announced that UFC veteran Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout will defend his TKO lightweight title against Fabio Holanda at TKO 28: Inevitable. This fight marks the third title fight on the card which includes a battle for the vacant welterweight title between Jonathan Goulet and Stephane Vigneault.
Also on the card will be UFC veteran Mark “The Machine” Hominick who will be battling Hatsu Hioki for the TKO featherweight title. Hominick recently lost the belt to Hioki at TKO 25: Confrontation when Hioki submitted Hominick late in the second. Since that fight Hominick has gone 3-0 with a win in the UFC over Jorge Gurgle.
Here are the full results for Ring of Fire 27.
- Kenny May def. Sean Doherty - KO
- Brad Champlin def. Jeremy Malaterre - Submission (Armbar)
- Kenneth Seagrist def. Marc Grow - KO
- Chad Kligensmith def. Ben Henderson - KO
- Tyler Toner def. Joey Jesser - Decision (Split)
- Justin Solas def. Kris Hartman - Decision (Unanimous)
- John Dodson def. Clint Godfrey - Decision (Unanimous)
- Andre Walker def. Matthew Conachy - TKO (K-1 rules)
- Mark Hominick def. Doug Edwards - (Rear Naked Choke)
- Eliot Marshal def. Dan Green - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Alvin Robinson def. Rocky Johnson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Here is the rumored card for TKO 28: Inevitable.
TKO Welterweight Championship
Steve Vigneault vs Jonathan Goulet
TKO Featherweight Championship
Hatsu Hioki vs Mark Hominick
Vitor Belfort vs TBA
Sam Stout vs TBA
Ben Greer vs Stéphane Vigneault
Jason St-Louis vs Steve Claveau
Dave Pariseau vs Martin Grandmont
Stéphane Dubé vs Tyler Jackson
Chris Horodecki vs Samuel Guillet
Dave Fraser vs Steve Bossé
TKO Major League MMA will be hosting TKO 27: Reincarnation, September 29th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. This will mark the first time TKO has had the chance to host an event in a building such as the Bell Centre.
Along with the new venue comes a new fighting area. They have also announced that they will be getting rid of the ring and will be having their fights take place and an octagonal cage. The card is stacked with some of Canada’s top talent facing off.
Mark Hominick vs. Ivan Menjivar
Sam Stout vs. TBA
Icho Larenas vs. Krysztof Soszynski
Chris Clements vs. Ian Major
Chris Horodecki vs. Samuel Guillet
Martin Desilets vs. Todd Gouwenberg
Damacio Page vs. Stephane Vigneault
Stephane Dube vs. James Martinez
Donald Ouimet vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Claveau vs. John Fraser
Dave Pariseau vs. Jacob MacDonald
Theirry Quenneville vs. TBA