Martinez Replaces Injured Levens at PFC

Justin Levens weighs-in for UFC 59: Reality Check. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

LEMOORE - Phil Collins was training for a fight.

And as it so happens, that’s exactly what the Merced mixed martial artist will get on Thursday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino at Palace Fighting Championship 7.

Collins (5-3) was scheduled for a PFC Middleweight eliminator fight with Newport Beach’s Justin Levens (9-8), but Levens sustained an injury in training and could not compete.

Lemoore’s Mike Martinez (3-1) will step in to take the fight on five days notice.

“We were looking forward to Collins vs. Levens. Both guys suffered losses to current champ Kenny Ento. Levens’ loss was a controversial one and Collins’ loss was cut and dry. But both guys had reasons to be in an elimination fight,” PFC President Christian Printup said. “A lot of people think fighting is brutal, but the training that the guys do is actually harder and Levens suffered a broken hand during training. Given the short notice, PFC Vice President Jacob Jeff and I came up with what we believe is a very interesting fight.”

Collins is not bothered by the change in the slightest.

“I fought on one card with [Martinez] and didn’t pay too much attention. I saw him win at Pure Combat in Visalia and he looks tough and big. I only see this fight going one way, though, a win for me,” Collins said. “I’m sure he’ll fight tough, but I think my experience will prevail. Short notice fights don’t matter. I used to fight for Gladiator where that happens a lot, so I train to fight and fight is what I will do.”

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PFC to Crown Welterweight Champ Thursday

Richie Hightower weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

LEMOORE - It’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday, March 20th the Palace Fighting Championship will finally be able to crown a World Welterweight Champion.

Arizona’s Richie Hightower (7-2) takes on Bakersfield’s Bryan Travers (9-1) for the vacant welterweight crown at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore at PFC 7.

And the PFC fans have been waiting for this day for a while, as at least one welterweight showdown had not materialized on previous cards.

“I can’t think of a more compelling fight than Richie Hightower versus Bryan Travers for our vacant welterweight title. Both guys bring varying skill sets, Hightower likes to stay standing and use his kickboxing, clinch and elbows,” PFC President Christian Printup said. “Travers can stand and trade but probably would look for the takedown to utilize his wrestling and jiu-jitsu. It’s a very competitive fight and we’ll be proud to have either guy as our PFC Welterweight Champion.”

Both are entering the showdown very confident.

“I’ve never been the type to predict fights, but I’m going to implement my game plan, which is adapt and overcome,” said Hightower, who was a contestant on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter 6. “I’m going to prevent him from getting in any kind of groove or allow him to implement his game plan.”

Hightower is also a PFC veteran, defeating Andy Maccarone at PFC 2 by knockout. Hightower’s stoppage of Maccarone in just 33 seconds is considered one of the best KOs in PFC history.

“I know exactly what everybody else knows about Hightower, due to his being on TUF. I’ve seen a lot of film, I even got tape of his fight before going on the show, I think it was PFC 2, so I have a lot to go on getting ready for this fight,” said Travers, who is a former NCAA wrestler and Gladiator Challenge Light Heavyweight champ. “We will both have game plans. I think I’m bigger, stronger and skills to better enforce my will during this fight. I think he’s going to try and set the pace but I am going to crank it up even further.”

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PFC to Make Televison Debut on CSN

Glover Teixeira celebrates after his win over Jorge Oliveira at a PFC event in January 2008. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship.

LEMOORE - The Palace Fighting Championship will once again make history. The PFC will make its television debut on Friday, Feb. 29 on Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast SportsNet will feature taped delayed fights from PFC 6 “No Retreat, No Surrender”, which was held on Jan. 19th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino. The show is slated to be broadcast at 8 p.m. (PST).

“We are very excited about our broadcast deal with Comcast SportNet. SportsNet is committed to airing one original PFC broadcast per month, and an additional minimum of six replays during each month. This first show debuting on Friday, February 29th at 8 p.m. shows some great action. Additionally, we will have our own storefront on Comcast On Demand with an additional sixty minutes of original PFC content every month with never before seen fights, interviews, behind the scenes looks at the PFC and so much more,” PFC President Christian Printup said.

“Our programming will air in over 4.7 million households and every SportsNet market from the Central San Joaquin Valley north to Klamath Falls/Medford, Oregon as well as Reno, Nevada. SportsNet wants to market the PFC programming as they do Sacramento Kings basketball and University of California football. It’s a very good deal for us at this point in our development.”

The first show is slated to feature fights between Fresno’s Casey Olson vs. Anaheim’s Scott Brommage; Russia’s Alex Serdykov vs. Hamilton, Mt’s Mike Gates; Oroville’s Shawn Bias vs. Oakdale’s Art Arciniega; and Lemoore’s Poppies Martinez vs. Atlanta’s Diego Saraiva.

Fans will get a first-hand shot at seeing what PFC World Title bouts are, as Martinez and Saraiva battle for the lightweight crown and Bias and Arciniega fight for the featherweight title.

“We are going to bring the PFC brand, our fighters and our Fight Club Meets Night Club atmosphere and deliver it into over four million living rooms. From a business standpoint it helps us tremendously in terms of sponsors and after market opportunities. It helps the fighters who are featured on the broadcasts in terms of their sponsorship revenue and it’s great because it means more MMA on basic cable for fans of the sport,” Printup said.

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Shawn Bias Released From Hospital

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OROVILLE - Shawn Bias is on his way to making a full recovery from injuries allegedly sustained in a recent struggle with Oroville police.

The former Palace Fighting Championship World Featherweight champion was released from the Oroville Hospital on Wednesday and spoke about his incident for the first time.

Bias allegedly ran from officers outside an apartment complex in Oroville at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Oroville police were called to investigate a disturbance and upon making contact with the 22-year-old mixed martial artist, Bias reportedly ran and ignored orders from police to stop or be shot by a taser.

According to the Chico Enterprise Recorder, Bias was eventually caught by two officers and was tased a total of five times according to Oroville Police Chief Kirk Trostle. Some of the tasings were “drive stuns” which involves the taser making direct contact with the victim.

Bias was restrained and taken to the Oroville Hospital where he was treated for a heart attack and went into kidney failure.

“There was a lot of unnecessary tasing and use of force against me. Someone with not as much will or training might have died,” Bias said. “A parent could be mourning over their child right now. The police didn’t know I was a cage fighter and that shouldn’t matter. They knew nothing about me.”

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Evening News and Notes: Feb 1, 2008

Eddie Alvarez has his hand raised after winning a unanimous decision over Matt Lee in July 2007. Photo by David Singer.

A lot of news coming to our attention late today…

Alvarez-Aina Possible at EliteXC April Show

Former BodogFight welterweight champion Eddie Alvarez is currently in negotiations to take on EliteXC lightweight Mike Aina at an unannounced show in April according to a report by The Fight Network, who confirmed the contract talks yesterday with Alvarez.

Alvarez is coming off of an impressive knockout of Ross Ebanez at the fourth edition of ShoXC’s Elite Challenger Series. The Philadelphia native signed a three-fight deal with EliteXC earlier this month. Aina has not fought since losing a razor close decision to Nick Diaz in September.

Liddell-Rua Signed for June

A rumored bout between former champions Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is now official according to Sherdog, who confirmed the bout with Rua himself earlier today:

“The fight against Liddell is confirmed,” Rua said. “I signed the contract yesterday. Now I am going to train hard, focused on him, to represent my new team, Universidade da Luta, and my country. The fight is going to be in June.”

This could be an interesting fight and a possible great matchup for Liddell. Just like Wanderlei Silva, Rua loves to push the envelope and come right at his opponent, which is a dream come true for a counter-puncher like Liddell.

In order to win this one, “Shogun” will have to find a way to counter Liddell’s wrestling with a ground attack that will keep Liddell off-balance during scrambles. Should be a fun chess match to watch if it does actually go down.

Edgar-Maynard Set for UFC Fight Night 13

Lightweights Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 13 in April according to Five Ounces of Pain.

We reported earlier this week through Five Ounces that Edgar was offered a bout against former PRIDE lightweight champ Takanori Gomi by the UFC, only to have the plans fall through after the promotion was unable to sign Gomi to an official contract.

Maynard was victorious last week, winning a decision over Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 12.

Bisping-McCarthy Moved to UFC 83 in Canada

A planned bout between former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping and American Top Team’s Charles McCarthy has been moved from a tentative U.K. show in March to the UFC’s debut show in Canada on April 19th.

Our partner site Rogers Sportsnet interviewed Bisping earlier this week, who confirmed the move with the network.

While we all know what Bisping has been up to these days (he’s moving down to 185 lbs), McCarthy has not fought in the UFC since submitting Gideon Ray with an armbar at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale last year. McCarthy was stopped in his debut by David Loiseau at UFC 53: Heavy Hitters in June 2005.

PFC Announces Five Fights for March

The Palace Fighting Championship has officially announced it’s next event for March 20th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

PFC 7 will feature a pair of flyweight bouts: Luis Gonzalez will be back in action taking on David Mitchell while newcomers Ulysses Gomez and Greg McDowell will compete for the first time professionally.

Additional bouts include former UFC middleweight Justin Levens taking on Phil Collins, Darren Crisp challenging Danny Castillo, and PFC light heavyweight champion Jeremy Freitag defending his title against top contender Anthony Rubalcalva.

Art of War Acquires IFO-Steele Cage Assets

SUN Sports, the parent company of Texas-based Art of War has announced that it has acquired the assets of the recently defunct International Fighting Organization, which was run in conjunction with Steele Cage Promotions.

“We are delighted to be able to acquire the assets of the International Fighting Organization,” said SUN Sports CEO C.J. Comu stated earlier today in a press release sent out to the media. “We are also delighted to be able to acquire all the raw footage and finished broadcast production of the IFO events promoted by Steele Cage Promotions, which we plan on distributing globally. We feel that the film inventory will be a great compliment to the Art of War film inventory which will provide more available product to networks and distributors world-wide.”

Shawn Bias Awakes From Coma

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After being given a 30% of living by doctors, former Palace Fighting Championship featherweight champion Shawn Bias has awoken from a two-day coma after suffering a heart attack late Saturday night according to

The 22-year-old suffered the heart attack just two days after losing his title to Art Arciniega after being submitted with a triangle choke at PFC 6: No Retreat, No Surrender last week and then lapsed into a coma the next day.

The attack was brought on by an altercation with Oroville police, who reportedly tastered Bias up to five times and struck him with batons according to close friend, training partner, and fellow mixed martial artist George Adkins.

Doctors have also diagnosed Bias with kidney failure and he has been placed on dialysis, which will serve as an artifical replacement for Bias’ kidneys. Bias suffered very little damage during the fight, however those close to Bias stated that he was ill days before the fight but refused to pull out of the bout.

A toxicology report showed Bias was under the influence of a controlled substance when he encountered police according to his mother, Christine Bias.

Report: Shawn Bias Fighting for Life in Coma

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Former PFC featherweight champion Shawn Bias has suffered a massive heart attack and has been in a coma since early Sunday morning according to officials at Oroville General Hospital in Sacramento, California.

Sherdog’s Greg Savage reports that doctors have given Bias a 30% chance of living.

The 22-year-old suffered the heart attack just two days after losing his title to Art Arciniega after being submitted with a triangle choke at PFC 6: No Retreat, No Surrender last week and then lapsed into a coma the next day.

Doctors have also diagnosed Bias with kidney failure and he has been placed on dialysis, which will serve as an artifical replacement for Bias’ kidneys. Bias suffered very little damage during the fight, however those close to Bias stated that he was ill days before the fight but refused to pull out of the bout.

All of us here at MMA on Tap would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Bias and his family and friends during this tough time.

Update 1/21 12:03 PM: Sherdog’s Josh Gross has found that Bias was tasered and beaten before being arrested by Oroville police late Saturday evening, thus causing his heart attack and liver failure:

George Adkins, a training partner and close friend of Bias, told that Bias was fighting for his life because Oroville Police Department officers Tasered Bias up to five times and struck him repeatedly with batons.

According to Adkins, who cited police, eyewitness and medical personnel accounts, Bias knocked on the door to the wrong party Saturday evening. Though Adkins said he didn’t know why, police were called to the scene. After finding his intended destination (another apartment in the complex) Bias purportedly went outside to apologize to officers who arrived on scene.

“Shawn allegedly took off running,” said Adkins, who acknowledged that he did not know of anyone who witnessed the incident from its inception. “They ended up getting him, and we don’t know exactly how or why he ended up being Tasered several times and struck several times.”

Five Seconds All It Takes for Teixeira at PFC 6

Jorge Oliveira checks a kick from Marvin Eastman at WFA’s King of the Streets in July 2006. Photo courtesy of Jorge Oliveira.

It was a short shift at work for Glover Teixeira on Thursday night as he needed just five seconds to dispatch of opponent Jorge Oliveira in a light heavyweight showdown that highlighted Palace Fighting Championship’s “No Retreat, No Surrender”.

The active crowd inside the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino saw Teixeira counter an Oliveira leg kick with a right hand that sent Oliviera falling stiffly to the canvas. Teixeira then pounced on Oliveira and landed a flurry of unanswered punches until referee Josh Rosenthal jumped in and stopped the fight.

The Pit member scored his second straight spectacular knockout in a row with the stoppage of Oliveira. Teixeira overwhelmed Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou with strikes at WEC 24: Full Force in October of 2006.

The event also featured three title fights and every single bout ended with a new champion wrapping gold around their waist.

Former UFC lightweight Diego Saraiva submitted Poppies Martinez with a rear naked choke in the first round to claim the PFC lightweight title.

The fight was stopped only seconds into it after Saraiva accidentally kicked Martinez in the groin. When the bout resumed, Saraiva quickly swept Martinez to the ground and took his back.

Martinez fought off one choke attempt but was unable to work his way out of a second, which forced him to ultimately tap out.

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Teixeira and Oliveira Set to Bang at PFC 6

Jorge Oliveira checks a kick from Marvin Eastman at WFA’s King of the Streets in July 2006. Photo courtesy of Jorge Oliveira.

The Palace Fighting Championship held the official weigh-ins yesterday for it’s sixth event, “No Retreat, No Surrender”, which will take place this evening at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

The weigh-ins went relatively smooth with the exception of a few problems.

All of the fighters made weight except for one, Scott Brommage, who is scheduled to face Fresno native Casey Olson in a lightweight bout. No word on why Brommage did not weigh in or if Olson will be receiving a new opponent.

The event features a total of three title fights: PFC featherweight champion Shawn Bias will go up against Art Arciniega; Shawn Klarcyk will attempt to defend his PFC bantamweight belt against Rolando Velasco; and recently released from the UFC, Diego Saraiva will challenge Poppies Martinez for his PFC lightweight crown.

However the show is highlighted by a light heavyweight clash between budding prospects Glover Teixeira and Jorge Oliveira. Each fighter has defeated a couple of notable opponents in their careers: Oliveira has won a unanimous decision over Shonie Carter and submitted Mike Van Arsdale while Teixeira has decisioned current IFL middleweight champ Matt Horwich and stopped upstart Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

“Glover Teixeira versus Jorge Oliveira is a UFC caliber fight,” PFC president Christian Printup said in a recent press release. “Some people don’t understand how big of a fight this is. This is the type of fight that could happen on the biggest stage in the sport.”

Teixeira is prepared for a tough fight against such a well-rounded opponents but still plans to finish the fight with his fists.

“I know he’s done kick boxing and I’m looking for some good stand up and he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt,” Teixeira said. “I don’t care about that, though, I’m a black belt, too. Belts don’t mean anything. He’s a decent all-around fighter. I’m going to do what I do best and hit him hard in the face. The fight will start standing and I want to try and stand and get the knockout in the first or second round.”

Full weigh-in results are below.

Jorge Oliveira (206 lbs) vs. Glover Texiera (205 lbs)
Diego Saraiva (154 lbs) vs. Poppies Martinez (154 lbs)
Shawn Klarcyk (135 lbs) vs. Rolando Velasco (134 lbs)
Shawn Bias (145 lbs) vs. Art Arcienega (145 lbs)
Brad Imes (265 lbs) vs. Anthony Ruiz (210 lbs)
Alex Serdyukov (170 lbs) vs. Mike Gates (171 lbs)
Casey Olson (153 lbs) vs. Scott Brommage (N/A)
Eric Pribble (203 lbs) vs. Ricardo Barros (204 lbs)
Ed Tomaselli (136 lbs) vs. Brandon Miller (134 lbs)
Doug Hunt (169 lbs) vs. Mickey Martinez (169 lbs)
Fernando Arreola (143 lbs) vs. Sergio Quinones (145 lbs)
Austin Achorn (262 lbs) vs. Joaquin Sanchez (227 lbs)
Derek Thornton (194 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (203 lbs)
Tom Owens (169 lbs) vs. Tony Alanis (163 lbs)
Jason Georgianna (135 lbs) vs. Joseph Benevidez (135 lbs)
Richard Montoya (186 lbs) vs. Nate Loughran (185 lbs)

Bias Uses Underdog Status as Motivation

If you read what is being written on internet forums, Shawn Bias doesn’t have a chance against Art Arciniega in their Palace Fighting Championship Featherweight World Title bout on Thursday, Jan 17 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.

There’s just one problem, some one forgot to include the opinions of the current champion.

“Sure it motivates me,” Oroville’s Bias said. “I will tell them all to blow my tits after I win this fight. I’ve been training pretty hard for this fight.”

Bias (12-5) captured the 145-pound title in June by defeating Minnesota’s Aarron Maldonado (3-2) by submission at PFC 3.

Oakdale’s Arciniega (5-1) will be Bias’ first title defense.

“Shawn Bias is, well if you know him, he’s Shawn Bias. He trains, he acts nuts, he’s legitimately kind of off, but in a good way. He has a great chin. He’s a very resilient guy, great subs, strong wrestler, loves to throw and exchange standing. He’s a tough fight. The fights where he hasn’t looked great he’s had reasons. I think now he knows what’s at stake and has never taken a fight more seriously,” Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director Christian Printup said.

“Art Arciniega is as tough as they come. He has fast hands, great cardio, a huge heart and he really wants to beat Bias’ ass, because you know what? If Art wins this fight it changes his life. He’ll be a champion of a promotion with a TV deal, his money will come up and his sponsorships will go up. This is a great fight and I’m proud of both guys.”

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