From Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable in September 2007, here’s Paul Daley vs. Mark Weir for the vacant Cage Rage welterweight title.
Jeff Monson weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Florida-based Combat Fighting Championships will be making it’s overseas debut on May 17th as the organization will hold a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England filled with veterans that have competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will tangle with American Top Team’s Jeff Monson in the main event.
Rodriguez is coming off of a tough split decision loss to Antonio Silva at EliteXC Street Certified last month. Monson last won a decision over Hakim Goram in December and is tenatively scheduled to take on Kevin Randleman at a Global Fighting Championships show in June.
The co-main event will feature a clash between former UFC middleweights David Loiseau and Terry Martin. While Loiseau has struggled ever since he was released by the promotion, Martin’s apparent departure from the company comes after he suffered his second straight loss at the hands of Marvin Eastman last month.
Melvin Guillard, who is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, being permitted to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion, is advertised as going up against Cage Rage veteran Jean Silva.
Travis Wiuff is also slated to take on Cyrille Diabate in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place in at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th. Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.
Brad Imes, Dan Hardy, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Melvin Manhoef, and Mark Weir are all also expected to be in action.
You can also view the current fight card at the organization’s official website.
Touch of gloves to reader “Goose” for the assist.
Ronnie Mann def. Jordan Miller - Submission (Triangle)
Robert Paczkow def. James McSweeney - Submission (Front Choke)
Abdul Mohammed def. Robbie Olivier - Majority Decision
Ivan Serati def. Lee Hasdell - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Neil Grove def. Robert Berry - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Mark Buchannan def. George Castro - TKO (Strikes)
Mark Epstein def. Tom Watson - Split Decision
Marios Zaromskis def. Ross Pointon - TKO (Cut)
Drew Fickett def. Mark Weir - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Paul Cahoon def. Elvis Sinosic - TKO (Strikes)
Murilo Rua def. Xavier Pokam - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
The Fight Network is reporting that Mark Weir is actually healthy and still training in preparation for his bout against Paul Daley at Cage Rage 23.
We reported via MMA Weekly last week that Weir was injured during his bout with Nick Thompson at the BodogFight: Vancouver tapings this past weekend but apparently that isn’t the case according to Cage Rage promoters:
Despite numerous mumblings that UFC veteran Mark Weir (18-13) had been replaced for Sept. 22’s Cage Rage 23 “Unbelievable” event at Wembley Arena, promoters have confirmed that the bout is still on. Rumours began to circulate last week that Weir had been injured during his bout against Nick Thompson (33-9-1) during Bodog Fight’s season six tapings and that Ryo Chonan (14-7) had been drafted in to replace him. Weir lost to Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion Thompson via first round TKO stoppage in a non-title bout. Cage Rage has since gone on record to say that Weir is fit, healthy and in training for the bout against Paul Daley (15-6-2).
It’s odd that MMA Weekly would have Daley stating that he was now fighting Chonan because Weir was unable to fight. However the current rumors of Chonan signing with the UFC would make sense if it turns out that Weir actually isn’t injured.
We will continue to follow this story…
Mark Weir has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Paul Daley at Cage Rage 23 after sustaining an injury in his fight against Nick Thompson at the BodogFight: Vancouver tapings. Replacing Weir on September 23 will be Ryo Chonan according to MMA Weekly.
Daley stated that although he wanted to fight Weir, he can’t turn down Chonan as a replacement:
“Dave O’Donnell called me earlier today and said that Weir was unable to make the fight and asked if I fancied the fight against Ryo Chonan,” said Daley. “Of course I was disappointed to not be fighting Weir, but as it stands, Ryo is an excellent name for me and I am definitely up for that one.”
Daley also confirmed that the bout will still be for the Cage Rage World Welterweight Title.
News and Notes:
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Cage Rage has announced three scheduled bouts for it’s upcoming Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable show on September 22. James Zikic will defend his Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship against Vitor Belfort. Mark Weir will take on Paul Daley and Joe Mac and Jeremy Bailey will finally go at it.
- The IFL’s Los Angeles Anacondas have announced that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman has been named the team’s official wrestling coach. Anaconda’s head coach Shawn Tompkins has said that Randleman is also currently training with the team in hopes of making a comeback to active competition:
“Kevin Randleman might be making a return to the cage or ring,” says Tompkins. “I like training Kevin. He’s open-minded and we’re exchanging a lot of knowledge.”
- The following fighters have tested negative for drugs of abuse and banned substances following the post-fight tests done after UFC 73 by the CSAC: Mark Bocek, Chris Lytle, Frankie Edgar, Jason Gilliam, Diego Saraiva, Jorge Gurgel, Stephan Bonnar, and Mike Nickels. More test results will be released later this week.
Cage Rage has announced that Pride veteran Murilo “Ninja” Rua will face UFC and Pride veteran Mark Weir at Cage Rage 18. Other fights set to take place on the September 30th card include Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro vs. Abdul Mohamed, Mark Epstein vs. Ian Freeman, Tony Fryklund vs. Alex Reid and more.