Robinson Tapped to Replace Cobb at PFC 13

Dominque Robinson. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship.

Rising lightweight prospect Dominque Robinson has agreed to take on former WEC welterweight title challenger Carlo Prater for the vacant Palace Fighting Championship lightweight title at the organization’s upcoming “Validation” show on May 8.

PFC promoter Christian Printup announced the bout over the weekend. Robinson will be replacing former PFC lightweight champion Brian Cobb, who vacated his title last week after signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC that will have him debut against Justin Buchholz at UFC 95 this weekend in London, England.

Since joining the PFC last year, Robinson has won his first two fights inside the promotion. Robinson scored a second-round TKO of Chuck Kim at PFC 9 last July and then followed up with a unanimous decision win over Takumi Nakayama at PFC 11 in November.

Prater has two out of his last three fights since falling to Carlos Condit in a failed attempt for the WEC welterweight title. After winning consecutive bouts in smaller shows, Prater last suffered a quick stoppage loss to Brock Larson at WEC 35 this past August.

Lashley Pulled from PFC 13 Due to Injury

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

The Palace Fighting Championship announced yesterday that former WWE superstar turned mixed martial artist Bobby Lashley has been forced to pull out of his upcoming heavyweight bout against Mike Hayes on February 6 after suffering torn ligaments in his ankle during training.

According to MMA Junkie, Lashley will be replaced by Ron Sparks, who has not competed since winning his first three professional bouts in 2006. A timetable for Lashley’s return has not yet been announced.

The card for PFC 13 as it stands now:

Chad Mendes vs. Leland Gridley
Ulysses Gomez vs. David Suarez
Brandon Cash vs. Steve Gavin
Alexis Vila vs. Ben Nguyen
Mike Hayes vs. Ron Sparks
Joey Cabezas vs. Joe Morales

Title Belts Change Hands at “High Stakes”

Jeff Bedard. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Despite Rambaa Somdet being forced out of his flyweight title fight against Pat Runez early this morning, the Palace Fighting Championship’s latest offering went on without a hitch at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.

A total of four championship fights saw two belts change hands: Jeff Bedard earned a hard-fought submission win over Shawn Klarcyk to claim the PFC bantamweight title and UFC veteran Diego Saraiva defeated Jorge Evangelista for his PFC featherweight belt. Meanwhile, Olaf Alfonso staged a come-from-behind win over Jeremiah Metcalf to earn the interim PFC welterweight strap and Brian Cobb successfully defended his lightweight title against Lance Wipf.

Complete results from the event:

Michael McDonald def. Jason Georgianna - TKO (Strikes)
Phil Davis def. Josh Green - TKO (Strikes)
Xavier Foupa-Pokam def. Kyacey Uscola - KO (Knee to the Body)
John Gunderson def. Alexander Crispim - Split Decision
Evan Dunham def. Dustin Akbari - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Billy Evangelista def. Harris Sarmiento - Unanimous Decision
Cyrille Diabate def. Lodune Sincaid - TKO (Cuts)
Olaf Alfonso def. Jeremiah Metcalf - Submission (Armbar)
Tito Jones def. Justin Smitley - Split Decision
Brian Cobb def. Lance Wipf - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Lavar Johnson def. Dave Huckaba - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Diego Saraiva def. Jorge Evangelista - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Jeff Bedard def. Shawn Klarcyk - Submission (North-South Choke)

Evening News and Notes: Green Tapped to Face Lauzon, Hazelett Injured & More

Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your daily news and notes for the evening of January 22, 2009.

- Total Fighting Alliance veteran Bobby Green has agreed to step in as a last-minute opponent for UFC veteran Dan Lauzon at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” show on Saturday night in Anaheim, California. If Green passes all required medical tests and paperwork in time for the event, he will be cleared to replace Chris Horodecki, who was forced off of the card because of a bulging disc in his neck.

- The Palace Fighting Championship has announced that their scheduled flyweight title bout between Rambaa Somdet and Pat Runez has been scrapped due to Somdet suffering from a pre-existing neck injury. “I thought I would be able to do it. I thought I would just fight as hard as I could in the first round,” Somdet said in a press release put out this afternoon. “It’s a pre-existing injury. I’ve had it forever six or seven years now. I think I have a torn tendon or something in my shoulder and I woke up after weigh-ins and I was in so much pain.”

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PFC to Crown New Flyweight Champion Tonight

Rambaa “M-16” Somdet. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship. will be streaming PFC 12: High Stakes tonight for free on their website. T.J. DeSantis will handle play-by-play duties and the broadcast will begin at 9 PM ET.

LEMOORE – It’s time to make a little Palace Fighting Championship history… again.

On Thursday, January 22 the PFC will finally crown a World Flyweight Champion, as Thailand’s Rambaa Somdet (6-2) takes on Scottsdale, Ariz.’s Pat Runez (5-0). Somdet, who is a Muay Thai star, earned a decision victory over Las Vegas, Nev.’s Ulysses Gomez (2-1) in the semifinals on November 20, 2008. Meanwhile, Runez (5-0) advanced to the finals with a semifinal win over Hanford, Calif.’s Luis Gonzales (3-1) on the same night.

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Cobb, Wipf Set to Battle for PFC Lightweight Belt

Josh Rosenthal and Brian Cobb. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship.

LEMOORE – Brian Cobb has been one of the more steady additions to the Palace Fighting Championship.

The Bakersfield, Calif. mixed martial artist made his PFC debut in May 2008 with a unanimous decision victory over then PFC World Lightweight champ Diego Saraiva. Since, Cobb has dispatched of David Garner in his first PFC title defense and then stayed busy with a victory in another promotion in November.

Cobb (14-4) will now defend his title against one of the PFC’s young talents, Las Vegas, Nev.’s Lance Wipf. (8-1) on Thursday, January 22 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.

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Lashley vs. Hayes to Headline PFC Joint Boxing & MMA Event in February

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

Former WWE superstar turned mixed martial artist, Bobby Lashley, will co-headline the Palace Fighting Championship’s latest offering - a joint boxing and MMA event on February 7 - against fellow undefeated heavyweight prospect Mike Hayes.

PFC President Christian Printup announced the event’s lineup over the weekend at The Underground. Lashley and Hayes will headline the MMA portion of the card while former Olympic boxing gold medalist Andre Ward will face Henry Buchanan in the night’s main event. The boxing portion of the card will be televised live on Showtime.

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Baroni Bests Alfonso at PFC 10

Phil Baroni. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

Phil Baroni extended his undefeated streak in the welterweight division Friday night, winning an unanimous decision over former WEC mainstay Olaf Alfonso at Palace Fighting Championship’s “Explosive” event at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

Baroni overcame a tough first round in which he suffered a cut under his left eye to control Alfonso over the next two rounds. He used crisp combinations in timely takedowns to keep Alfonso off-balance and hand him his first loss of the year.

The event also featured three separate championship bouts: Bryan Travers defeated Jeremiah Metcalf via unanimous decision to claim the vacant PFC welterweight title, Shawn Klarcyk submitted Brandon Miller to retain his PFC bantamweight crown and Brian Cobb coasted to an easy decision win over David Gardner to remain the PFC’s lightweight champion.

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PFC Announces Complete Card for “Explosive”

Phil Baroni. Photo by Jon Swenson.

The Palace Fighting Championship has announced the complete fight card for it’s upcoming event on September 26. “Explosive” will take place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

World Extreme Cagefighting mainstay Olaf Alfonso will take on UFC and PRIDE veteran Phil Baroni in the show’s main event. Baroni dropped down to welterweight for the first time in his career and knocked out Scott Jansen at Cage Rage 27 in July, following it up with a first-round TKO of Ron Verdadero  at ICON Sport’s “Hard Times” on August 2.

Alfonso snapped a dreadful six-fight losing streak with a surprising knockout of lightweight prospect Casey Olson at a PFC boxing and MMA card in February. Regardless of the outcome of his fight against Baroni, PFC officials intend on offering Alfonso a shot at the promotion’s lightweight title later this year.

Other notable fighters in action include WEC veteran Antonio Banuelos, Poppies Martinez, and Xavier Foupa-Pokam. A total of three championship bouts will also take place on the card, which can be found after the jump.

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PFC Signs Schoenauer, 17 Others

Alex Schoenauer. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The Palace Fighting Championship announced earlier this week that it has signed a total of eighteen fighters to it’s roster in recent days. Among the new signees are multiple UFC and WEC veterans including Alex Schoenauer, Gabe Ruediger, Jason Von Flue, and Lodune Sincaid.

“I’m very excited to be able to bring in the talent we’re announcing,” PFC President Christian Printup said in a press release. “We have said from the beginning that we’re not here to take over the sport, consciously take away from anyone’s market share, or anything like that. We just focus on making the PFC the best we can and this is another step in the process.”

According to Printup, many of the new fighters will debut at PFC 11 on November 20th. The show will take place at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.

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