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Nickels Victorious at Ring of Fire

Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“Ultimate Fighter 3” product Mike Nickels won his second straight fight since being released from the UFC on Saturday night, defeating opponent James Funny via a first-round armlock in the main event of Ring of Fire 34: “Judgment Day”, which took place at the Broomfield Events Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The Nickels-Funny fight was made the show’s featured attraction after a lightweight bout between UFC veteran Alvin Robinson and Anthony Morrison was scrapped at the last minute after Robinson suffered a broken arm during a recent training session.

Also on the card, Luke Caudillo was upset by Josh Arocho, who submitted Caudillo with a rear-naked choke midway through the second round of their fight. A pair of “Young Guns” titles were handed out as well as local products Tyler Toner and Brendan Schaub won their fights to earn their featherweight and heavyweight belts respectively.

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Nickels Victorious in Ring of Fire Return

Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Mike Nickels was victorious in his return to active competition Friday Night, earning a first-round submission win over Vladimir Vuckovic in the featured fight at Ring of Fire’s latest effort, which took place at the Broomfield Event Center in Colorado.

Instead of exchanging with Vuckovic, Nickels opted to shoot in for an immediate takedown right after the start of the fight. Nickels then rained down with an unanswered numbers of punches after transitioning to mount, forcing Vuckovic to roll to his back. Nickels quickly took advantage by sinking in a rear naked choke that ultimately forced the Croatian to tap out.

Former UFC lightweight Luke Caudillo fought valiantly over three rounds in an absolutely brutal stand-up war with North American Amateur Fight Series veteran Torrance Taylor before verbally submitting late in the third round due to an unusually high amount of punishment he took throughout the fight.

Noah Thomas, who was kicked off of the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” after participating in a backyard brawl with fellow castmate Marlon Sims, submitted former college wrestling teammate Brett Roller in the second round of their featured bout.

Complete results from the event:

Professional Bouts:

Mike Nickels def. Vladimir Vuckovic - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Torrance Taylor def. Luke Caudillo - Submission (Verbal)
Noah Thomas def. Brett Roller - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Cat Albert def. Karina Taylor - Submission (Armbar)

Amateur Fights:

Brian Wood def. Miguel Martinez - Submission (Neck Crank)
Cody Donovan def. Weston Duschen - Submission (Armbar)
Brendan Schaub def. Jay Lester - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Salas def. Max Smith - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kenneth Seagrist def. Ian Berg - Submission (Guillotine)
Brandon Thatch def. Mike Crisman - TKO (Knee Strikes)
Sean Doherty def. Dominick Blanco - Submission (Armbar)

Nickels, Caudillo Headline Ring of Fire Friday

Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans Mike Nickels and Luke Caudillo will headline Ring of Fire’s latest effort in separate featured bouts later tonight at the Broomfield Event Center in Colorado.

In the night’s main event, Nickels will take on Vladimir Vuckovic in his first fight since losing to fellow former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Stephan Bonnar last summer. Tonight will mark the sixth time that Nickels, a Denver native, will have fought inside the confines of Ring of Fire.

His opponent, Vuckovic, is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. Fighting exclusively in Serbian mixed martial arts shows since he began his career five years ago, Vuckovic most recently earned a TKO victory over Mario Stanosevic in April.

Caudillo, who will be taking on North American Amateur Fight Series veteran Torrance Taylor, was recently dropped by the UFC after losing two consecutive fights, his last was a stoppage loss at the hands of Marcus Aurelio in November.

The complete card for the event is as follows:

Main Card:

Mike Nickels vs. Vladimir Vuckovic
Luke Caudillo vs. Torrance Taylor
Noah Thomas vs. Brett Roller
Cat Albert vs. Karina Taylor
Brandon Thatch vs. Mike Crisman
Max Smith vs. Justin Salas
Kenneth Seagrist vs. Ian Berg

Preliminary Bouts:

Brian Wood vs. Miguel Martinez
Cody Donovan vs. Weston Duschen
Brendan Schaub vs. Jay Lester
Sean Doherty vs. Dominic Blanco

CKA: July 19, 2007

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.

Radio Schedule:

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
3-5 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

CKA: Apr 12, 2007

Consider this the TUF edition of CKA…

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated…

- Tonight is obviously the second episode of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5. Spike TV will also be airing Bad Blood: Dana White vs. Tito Ortiz, a documentary about the training that White and Ortiz went through leading up to their cancelled boxing exhibition bout last month right after the show is over at 11 PM EST. Also be sure to check back on Friday as I will be posting a little recap of what has happened so far in TUF5 for those who haven’t been following the show for whatever reason.

- TUF Alumni Alert: UFC veteran Mike Nickels will be fighting on April 28th in Ring of Fire 29: Aftershock. Noah Inhofer was victorious this past weekend over Dave Kleczkowski.

- MMA Weekly fills us in on the ratings results for the premiere episode of TUF 5:

The season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 5, which aired on Spike TV on April 5th, drew an overall rating of 1.4. This puts the TUF 5 premiere in a tie with the premiere of the very first season of The Ultimate Fighter for the lowest-rated premiere episode in series history, as the TUF 1 premiere also drew a 1.4 overall rating.

The majority of the episode drew a 1.3 rating, but the show-closing fight between Cole Miller and Alan Berube drew a 1.5 rating, increasing the average for the hour.

Nickels vs. Jardine is Off

UFC.tv is reporting that Mike Nickels suffered a back injury and the fight is now off. The show will continue with eight fights.

Due to a late back injury, Mike Nickels has been forced to withdraw from his light heavyweight preliminary bout tonight at UFC 64 against Keith Jardine.  There will be no replacement bout and UFC 64 will go on with eight fights.

Three Fights Added to UFC 64

Today the UFC announced three additional fights set to take place on UFC 64: Unstoppable which is headlined with title fights featuring Sean Sherk vs. Kenny Florian for the lightweight title and Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin for the middleweight title.

Jon Fight will be making his first live television appearance with the UFC against Kuniyoshi Hironaka. Fitch is currently 3-0 in the octagon with victories over Josh Burkman, Brock Larson, and Thiago Alves. Hironaka is an experienced opponent who holds victories over Nick Diaz and Renato Verissimo.

‘The Ultimate Fighter’ stars Keith Jardine and Mike Nickels will also clash in the octagon in a light heavyweight appearance. Nickels is 1-0 in the UFC with a victory over Wes Combs and Keith Jardine is 3-1 in the UFC and he is coming off of a win Wilson Gouveia. Jardine’s only loss in the octagon was a questionable on to Stephan Bonnar who recently tested positive for steriods.

Finally the UFC announced that Clayton Guida and Justin James will be making their UFC debuts. Guida is a veteran of StrikeForce and WEC and he holds a record over 20-6-0. Guida won his last fight by decision over Joe Martin. Justin James is 11-5-0 and he is currently on a three fight winning streak.