Baroni-Alfonso Inked for Fall PFC

Phil Baroni. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Fresh off his successful welterweight debut earlier this month, Phil Baroni will attempt to stay undefeated in his new weight class when he faces former World Extreme Cagefighting mainstay Olaf Alfonso at the Palace Fighting Championship’s scheduled “Explosive” event on September 26th.

MMA on Tap confirmed the main event matchup with PFC promoter Christian Printup over the weekend. The card will also feature a number of notable fighters in action including WEC veterans Antonio Banuelos and Charlie Valencia as well as a PFC welterweight title fight between Bryan Travers and Morris Aldaco.

Baroni dropped down to welterweight for the first time in his career just two weeks ago and knocked out scrappy England native Scott Jansen in the first round of their fight at Cage Rage’s recent ““Step Up” show at the Wembley Arena in London. Prior to his bout against Alfonso, Baroni is scheduled to take on Ron Verdadero at ICON Sport’s “Hard Times” event on August 2nd.

Alfonso snapped a dreadful six-fight losing streak with a surprising knockout of lightweight prospect Casey Olson at a PFC boxing/MMA card in February. He followed up with a quick stopage of Chris Solomon in less than 30 seconds at another PFC show in May. 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.

Marshall Victorious, Oliveira Injured at PFC

Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall overcame a scary first round to stop a game Phil Collins in his return to the California outdoor fight scene at the Palace Fighting Championship’s latest event, dubbed “The Return” last night in Lemoore.

A slow start saw Marshall get stunned with a combination early in the first round. Collins capitalized on his dazed foe by hopping on Marshall’s back and fighting to sink in a choke from behind for nearly three minutes. Marshall defended well and was eventually able to shake Collins off before taking him down and working some ground-and-pound just before the round ended.

Marshall turned up the heat in the second round. A blocked Marshall high kick resulted in an abrupt toe-to-toe exchange between the two, which ended after Marshall landed a right hook that sent Collins crashing to the canvas. Marshall pounced on his opponent and landed two more right hands before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.

PFC light heavyweight champion and Chute Boxe USA product Jorge Oliveira left the arena with the belt still in his possession, but likely not the way he wanted to. After an exciting two-round war where both fighters let everything hang out, things came to a crashing end, literally, when opponent Isaiah Larson attempted a takedown that caused both fighters to fall out of the ring.

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Marshall-Collins Headlines Tonight’s PFC

Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Former World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall will take on fellow submission artist Phil Collins in the main event of Palace Fighting Championship’s latest show this evening at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

“It’s hard to keep raising the bar, but we keep trying to raise it,’’ PFC president Christian Printup said in a press release sent out to the media. “This is one of the most balanced cards we’ve ever had. We have established veterans with name value, and we have a lot of young talent. We’re not a small show anymore. I don’t care what anybody says.’‘

Marshall, who received permission from World Extreme Cagefighting to fight in the event, will attempt to bounce back from his first loss in nearly two years, a first-round TKO defeat to current WEC title holder Brian Stann. Collins has won his last two bouts under the PFC banner, most recently submitting Mike Martinez in March.

The card will also feature a PFC light heavyweight title bout between Chute Boxe product Jorge Oliveira and top contender Isaiah Larson. Additional featured bouts include lightweight prospect Casey Olson going up against Tito Jones and Gladiator Challenge veteran Jaime Jara clashing with Dominique Robinson.

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Marshall Returns to Lemoore to Face Collins

Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

LEMOORE, CA - Not very many fighters are willing to throw away a title shot. But then again, not many people are thinking the way Merced’s Phil Collins is.

Palace Fighting Championship President Christian Printup announced Monday, June 7 that Collins will fight Visalia’s Doug Marshall at PFC 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino on July 18. Marshall (7-3) is the former World Extreme Cagefighting Light Heavyweight champion and will return to the Palace where he started his mixed martial arts career with a submission victory over Tulare’s Anthony Fuller (1-2) at WEC 8 in 2003.

“I absolutely love this fight. Doug is the former WEC Light Heavyweight champion. He’s been in there with some of the best in the game. He’s an intimidating guy,” Printup said. “But in Phil Collins, here is a guy who has also fought tough competition, makes exciting fights and is not intimidated by anyone. He has nothing to lose.”

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CKA: May 28, 2008

Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall has reportedly signed a one-fight contract with the California-based Palace Fighting Championship and will fight at the promotion’s next scheduled event on July 18th according to the to the Visalia Times-Delta. Five Ounces of Pain was the first to make the find.

PFC President Christian Printup stated in the article that Marshall remains under contract with Zuffa and was given permission to seek a fight in a smaller show to help bounce back from his recent knockout loss to Brian Stann in March, a loss that cost Marshall his title with the organization.

The fight in July will be Marshall’s first career bout outside the confines of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Burns to Replace Chonan at UFC 85

Iowa native Kevin Burns has been tapped to replace longtime PRIDE and DEEP veteran Ryo Chonan in his scheduled welterweight preliminary fight against Roan Carneiro at UFC 85: Bedlam next weekend in London, England according to our friends at MMA Junkie.

While the reason being Chonan’s withdrawal from the card are currently unknown, sources close to Burns have confirmed that the Glory Fighting Championships veteran has agreed to come in as a late replacement on the card.

Burns is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. He has won his last two fights by way of submission, most recently forcing Steve Schneider to tap out courtesy of a triangle choke in December of last year.

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Cobb Decisions Saraiva for PFC Lightweight Belt

Diego Saraiva throws a right hand at Jorge Gurgel. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

California native Brian Cobb extended his current winning streak to six, earning a unanimous decision over UFC veteran Diego Saraiva to win the Palace Fighting Championship lightweight title at the organization’s latest show last night in Lemoore.

Cobb used his superior wrestling to take Saraiva down to the mat right from the start of the fight. While only having to fend off a handful of submission attempts, Cobb continually worked an effective ground-and-pound attack through three rounds en route to gaining his first taste of championship gold inside the promotion.

The three other title fights featured last night saw the belt change hands each time. Jorge Evangelista handed Art Arciniega his second career loss in winning the PFC featherweight title, Nate Loughran submitted Kenny Ento with a rear naked choke to earn the PFC middleweight belt, and Shawn Klarcyk forced Jason Georgianna to tap out courtesy of a second-round kneebar to capture the interim PFC bantamweight strap.

Complete results from the event:

Brian Cobb def. Diego Saraiva - Unanimous Decision
Jorge Evangelista def. Art Arciniega - Unanimous Decision
Nate Loughran def. Kenny Ento - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Shawn Klarcyk def. Jason Georgianna - Submission (Kneebar)
Lodune Sincaid def. Rafael Del Real - Submission (Guillotine)
Olaf Alfonso def. Chris Solomon - KO (Punches)
Devin Cole def. Vince Lucero - TKO (Strikes)
Sergio Cortez def. Poppies Martinez - TKO (Injury)
Casey Olson def. Sergio Quinones - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Dustin Akabari def. Cody Canterbury - TKO (Strikes)
Joseph Benavidez def. Maurice Eazel - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Dan Russom def. Thonglor Armatsena - Majority Decision

PFC Releases Full Card for May 8th Event

Diego Saraiva throws a right hand at Jorge Gurgel. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Palace Fighting Championship has released the complete card for it’s upcoming next event on May 8th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

The event will be highlighted by a total of four championship bouts. UFC veteran Diego Saraiva will defend his recently won PFC lightweight title against Gladiator Challenge veteran Brian Cobb in the show’s main event.

Additional title fights include Kenny Ento vs. Nate Loughran (PFC middleweight title), Art Arciniega vs. Jorge Evangelista (PFC featherweight title), and Rolando Velasco vs. Shawn Klarcyk (PFC bantamweight title)

Lodune Sincaid, a cast member on the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and longtime World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Olaf Alfonso are also scheduled to be in action in separate bouts. A total of twelve fights are slated to take place.

The current card is as follows:

Diego Saraiva vs. Brian Cobb - PFC Lightweight Title
Kenny Ento vs. Nate Loughran - PFC Middleweight Title
Art Arciniega vs. Jorge Evangelista - PFC Featherweight Title
Rolando Velasco vs. Shawn Klarcyk - PFC Bantamweight Title
Lodune Sincaid vs. Rafael Del Real
Olaf Alfonso vs. Matt Doyle
Poppies Martinez vs. Sergio Cortez
Devin Cole vs. Vince Lucero
Joseph Benavidez vs. Maurice Eazel
Cody Canterbury vs. Dustin Akabari
Thonglor Armatsena vs. TBA
Sergio Quinones vs. TBA

O’Brien Released from UFC; Headed to PFC

Jake O’Brien weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just over a month since losing his first professional fight to former champion Andrei Arlovski, promising heavyweight prospect Jake O’Brien has apparently been released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

O’Brien’s manager, Ken Pavia, confirmed his client’s release from the promotion with our friends at MMA Junkie.

O’Brien, a former standout wrestler at Purdue University, won three out of his four bouts with the organization, including an upset over current title contender Heath Herring at UFC Fight Night 8 in January 2007.

He now appears to be headed to the California-based Palace Fighting Championship, which sports a slew of former UFC veterans. Although nothing is official as of yet, O’Brien has agreed in principle to a deal and is expected to sign a contract in the coming days, which will have him make his PFC debut in July.

“Getting Jake was a great opportunity for us,” PFC President Christian Printup said in the report. “We get to work with one of the most promising young athletes today. We’ve had the pleasure of working with him in the past. He’s very personable and talented, and he’s good for the sport.”

Printup and company announced details for their next upcoming event on May 8th over the weekend. The event will feature four championship fights. Diego Saraiva will defend his PFC lightweight belt against Brian Cobb in the main event.

Oliveira Decisions Freitag; Claims PFC Title

Jorge Oliveira lands a leg kick on Glover Teixeira. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship.

Despite being stopped by light heavyweight prospect Glover Teixeira at the Palace Fighting Championship’s last event in January, Chute Boxe product Jorge Oliveira took advantage of an impromptu title shot, winning a unanimous decision over then-champion Jeremy Freitag last night at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

The majority of the fight took place on the feet. Oliveira used superior striking to tag Freitag early and often. Even though Freitag scored a few takedowns throughout the course of the fight, he was never able to mount much offense, allowing Oliveira to score points from the bottom.

Whether or not Teixeira will receive a title shot rematch against Oliveira remains to be seen. One could surmise that Teixeira would not be competing for the belt based on rumors that he may be headed to either the Ultimate Fighting Championship or World Extreme Cagefighting in the near future. However one thing is for certain, Teixeira keeps on winning.

Texeira, a long-time training partner of Chuck Liddell, easily dispatched of opponent Buckley Acosta, stopping him with strikes only a minute into the fight.

In a pair of eliminator bouts, Jorge Evangelista squeaked out a close and potentially controversial split decision over fellow featherweight Enoch Wilson while Phil Collins submitted last-minute injury replacement Mike Martinez, earning a rematch with middleweight champion Kenny Ento in the near future.

Complete event results are below:

Jorge Oliveira def. Jeremy Freitag - Unanimous Decision
Glover Teixeira def. Buckley Acosta - TKO (Strikes)
Phil Collins def. Mike Martinez - Submission (Heel Hook)
Jorge Evangelista def. Enoch Wilson - Split Decision
Ulysses Gomez def. Greg McDowell - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jeremiah Metcalf def. Jimmy Dexter - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
David Mitchell def. Daniel Pinedo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Rafael Real def. Carlton Jones - Split Decision
Bryan Travers def. Joel Crawford - Submission (Kimura)
Manuel Quezada def. Charles Hodges - KO (Punch)
Danny Castillo def. Andy Salazar - Submission (Strikes)
Brandon Jinnies def. Robert Breslin - Unanimous Decision

CKA: Mar 20, 2008

Former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Mike Whitehead talks his XFA debut this weekend, the fighter payscale, Randy-Fedor, the new mystery promotion involving Affliction clothing, and even teaches host Dave Farra some striking techniques in the latest video from RawVegas.

Smith Replaces Frye in YAMMA Main Event

Don Frye has reportedly pulled out of his scheduled main event bout against Oleg Taktarov at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s debut show on April 11th in Atlantic City.

The news comes from and an official reason as to why Frye pulled out of the fight remains unknown.

Frye will be replaced by another longtime veteran in the form of Patrick Smith, who competed at the first two Ultimate Fighting Championship events. Since returning to active competition in 2006, Smith has been victorious in four out of his five fights.

Palace Fighting Championship 7 Weigh-In Results

The only hitch at yesterday’s weigh-ins for Palace Fighting Championship’s latest event tonight at Lemoore, California’s Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino didn’t involving a fighter failing to make weight.

Former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Richie Hightower fell ill and will be unable to meet Bryan Travers in a PFC welterweight title match. Hightower will be replaced by Gladiator Challenge veteran Joel “Bulldog” Crawford according to Crawford has failed to earn his first career victory in four attempts thus far.

Jorge Oliveira (202 lbs) vs. Jeremy Freitag (204 lbs)
Glover Teixeira (204 lbs) vs. Buckley Acosta (204 lbs)
Bryan Travers (167 lbs) vs. Joel Crawford*
Jorge Evangelista (145 lbs) vs. Enoch Wilson (145 lbs)
Robert Breslin (155 lbs) vs. Brandon Jinnies (150 lbs)
Phil Collins (189 lbs) vs. Mike Martinez (189 lbs)
Jeremiah Metcalf (184 lbs) vs. Jimmy Dexter (184 lbs)
Ulysses Gomez (125 lbs) vs. Greg McDowell (119 lbs)
Manuel Quezada (229 lbs) vs. Charles Hodges (380 lbs)
Daniel Pinedo (126 lbs) vs. David Mitchell (125 lbs)
Carlton Jones (239 lbs) vs. Rafael Real (227 lbs)
Danny Castillo (155 lbs) vs. Andy Salazar (152 lbs)

*Crawford did not weigh-in.

Report: Saunders Targeted for UFC 86 Return

“The Ultimate Fighter 6” cast member Ben Saunders will likely return to action at UFC 86 in July according to our friends from MMA Junkie.

After being bounced out of the popular reality show’s tournament by eventual runner-up Tommy Speer in the quarterfinals, Saunders bounced back and kept his undefeated professional streak alive in earning an unanimous decision over Dan Barrera at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale in December.

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