There’s no looking back for the Palace Fighting Championship.
After giving the mixed martial arts community one of the very best events in Central California history in October, Christian Printup and the PFC are looking to raise the bar even further for Thursday, January 17th.
Printup, the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director, confirmed three blockbuster PFC World Title fights for the Jan. card and also confirmed deals with a pair of elite fighters.
Maybe the biggest announcement is that of the PFC Lightweight Championship will be on the line. Interim champ Poppies Martinez (13-3) of Lemoore will tangle with Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Diego Saraiva (9-6-1) of Atlanta.
“Diego Saraiva is a very exciting fighter. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and he likes to bang. Poppies management and his head trainer, Urijah Faber, are excited about this opportunity for Poppies. Poppies has always just fought who was put in front of him and to this day the only fight he has ever asked for was the Cole Escovedo fight,” Printup said. “Saraiva is coming off three losses, but to really good fighters. I believe this fight is a career defining fight for both guys. Both guys are excited to fight each other. This is a great fight for PFC fans. These are the types of competitive match ups that the sport needs.”
Brad Imes def. Chris Blair - TKO (Strikes)
Poppies Martinez def. Aaron Maldonado - Submission (Guillotine)
Eric Pribble def. Jimmy Dexter - Submission (Guillotine)
Vance North def. Michael Craddock - Submission (Triangle)
Zack Thumb def. Chris Galliher - TKO (Strikes)
Christopher Hugh def. Russel Dietiene - Unanimous Decision
Mike Gates def. Lucas Sinclair - Submission (Armbar)
Author Cook def. Aaron Alvord - KO (Punch)
The Palace Fighting Championship will hit the road to North Dakota on Saturday, Nov. 10 for PFC 5 “Beatdown at 4 Bears.”
It will be the first PFC show held away from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA where four straight sold out shows have pushed the PFC into one of the fastest growing mixed martial arts promotions in the country.
“We are excited about this show. With PFC 5 we are able to bring some of our West Coast talent to the Midwest and we are also able to get a look at some of the up-and-coming talents from North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Ohio,” Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director Christian Printup said.
“We will always have Lemoore as our home base and we have six events planned for 2008 in Lemoore, however with our impending television deal we will travel the show to markets where we will be televised. All in all it’s a very exciting time for the PFC,” Printup added. “We will continue to move the show around we are close to signing with a talent agency that will work to book us into other casinos and venues around the country.” And first on the list of stops is New Town, North Dakota’s 4 Bears Casino.
In the main event, Brad Imes squares off with Chris Blair (6-0) of Kearney, NE.
“We initially had Justin Eilers scheduled to fight Chris Blair, who is a tough up-and-coming heavyweight from Nebraska, with a good wrestling pedigree. Unfortunately, Justin hurt his ankle during training and we had to look for a replacement,” Printup said.
Kenny Ento def. Justin Levens - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Jeremy Freitag def. Lodune Sincaid - Decision (Split)
Poppies Martinez def. Brandon Jinnies - TKO (Strikes)
Phil Collins def. Marc De La Cruz - TKO (Strikes)
Luis Gonzalez def. Josh Besneatte - TKO (Strikes)
Jeremy Luchau def. Michael Satumbaga - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jimmy Dexter def. Dewey Cooper - Decision (Unanimous)
Mike Moreno def. Chaondray Johnson - KO (Kick)
Mike Martinez def. Rocky Molina - TKO (Strikes)
Nate Loughran def. Brian Warren - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jorge Evangelista def. Vernon Phillips - KO (Kick)
Mark Munoz def. Anthony Rubalcava - Decision (Unanimous)
Thomas Denny def. Olaf Alfonso - Decision (Unanimous)
Jeremy Luchau never really intended to be a writer and he surely never planned to be a fighter.
“Not only have I never been in a combat sport before, I’ve never even been in fist fight before,’’ the Hanford Sentinel sports reporter said.
But Luchau will certainly be in a fight on Thursday night, when he faces Michael Satumbaga in a three-round mixed martial arts matchup at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino. Luchau, a sports journalist for eight years, has been training to become an MMA fighter for 17 months, and recounting his experiences in a bi-weekly column known as “The Project.”
That “Project” will come to a climax when Luchau and Satumbaga tangle in a bout with a catch-weight limit of 165 pounds at the Palace Fighting Championship’s “Project Complete”.
Brandon Jinnies will replace Shad Smith as Poppies Martinez’s opponent in the PFC Lightweight Championship bout at this Thursday’s PFC 4: Project Complete at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA.
Smith was originally scheduled to face Martinez but was forced to pull out of the bout after being medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following a knockout loss to Nam Phan at EFWC: The Untamed earlier this month.
Martinez wasn’t very happy about Smith not being able to fight:
“This sucks. I trained hard for Shad, not that the training was a waste of time, but I wanted my revenge,” Martinez said. “This is like a slap in the face. His actions weren’t only disrespectful to me but to the promoter and the fans. I really don’t know why he thought that Nam Phan would be a good fight for him. Nam is a great fighter. I’ve rolled with him before, and he is tough.”
Smith apparently also violated an agreement in his contract with PFC according to PFC President Christian Printup:
“Obviously I was pissed when Shad Smith took the fight with Nam Phan knowing he was in violation of our agreement,” Printup said. “At the end of the day a man’s word is all he has, and now we know Shad Smith’s word and signature isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. I fault his inept management team for allowing this to happen. If I were Shad Smith I would seriously rethink my choice of management.”
Despite all of this, Printup also stated that Smith will face the winner of Martinez-Jinnes on January 17th of next year.
Palace Fighting Championship has failed to add a potential matchup between Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott to their upcoming October 18th event after PFC President Christian Printup learned that Slice had signed with another promotion according to Sherdog.
Details of the promotion with which Slice signed were not revealed. No word on whether or not that promotion has signed Abbott to fight Slice either.
Despite Slice-Abbott slipping out of his hands, Printup remains confident that PFC will be on the map soon enough:
“We gave it our best and trust me when I say we will keep pushing, keep the big guys on their toes and we will eventually settle into the role of ‘best small-to medium’ sized show in the U.S.,” Printup said of the PFC, which returns Oct. 18 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif. “I have no doubts.”
News and Notes
- Palace Fighting Championship will be in talks with both Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott this morning in an attempt to try and bring the bout between the two to PFC’s show on October 18th:
“I have spoken to both sides’ management,” said PFC’s Christian Printup. “I am submitting a formal offer (Wednesday) morning. If it satisfies their financial needs the fight will happen on Oct. 18 in the PFC. If it doesn’t, I can take comfort in knowing we made a very substantial offer nonetheless.”
- Speaking of Kimbo Slice, he is set to be profiled on ESPN’s newest venture, E:60:
The new sports news show from ESPN, E:60, will be taking a closer look into some of sports’ larger stories, much like 60 Minutes or Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. The surprising thing? Kimbo Slice will be profiled by Rachel Nichols in one of the segments, according to the October 8th edition of USA Today.
- Tonight’s episode of UFC Unleashed will feature Rory Singer vs Josh Haynes from UFC: The Final Chapter as well as Rich Franklin vs Anderson Silva from UFC 64.
- MMA Opinon discusses why Dave Meltzer’s move to Yahoo! Sports is going to revolutionize MMA media and slams others:
Meltzer’s ascension is not only deserved, but it could shape the way we read and digest thoughts and ideas on MMA. Coverage effects how we all view our MMA. The Sam Caplans’ and Todd Martins’ of the world are excelling because they understand the synergy and goals of business and entertainment as much as true sport. They are equally necessary. And somewhere in between Josh Gross and noted Negative Nancy Zach Arnold (great for community of MMA journalism, but often a malcontent when the sky isn’t falling) there is Dave Meltzer. Well, in between it all is Fight Linker, but that’s commentary.
Meltzer has waited a lifetime for compliments like the one given to him by famous sports writer Frank Deford this past summer. Often the object of disrespect, Meltzer (who writes a giant newsletter or two by himself, did radio shows, and covered ten times what anyone felt was required), was called the best sports journalist in the world by Deford. Here’s hoping he gets to make his mark at Yahoo Sports (he’ll dwarf Kevin Iole in months) and gets to retire from his newsletter. Dave deserves to watch his child grow up and not worry about losing another friend in pro wrestling.
Zach Arnold defends his work:
Who predicted the collapse of PRIDE before it was ever conventional wisdom in any media circles? I took two years of abuse for that one. The track record is good.
- UFC Daily is reporting that Frank Mir will definitely not be facing Fabricio Werdum at UFC 79 because he won’t be fighting until February or March of next year anyway.
- Fightlinker tells Dana White to not expect any favors from Tito Ortiz.
- Royce Gracie is teaching the Palm Beach, FL police department BJJ.
LEMOORE — Kenny Ento says he is always looking for some one to stand and trade with him. Justin Levens welcomes the idea.
“If it stays standing, I see myself with a smile and a shiny new belt,” said the Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran from Newport Beach.
“Most people say they are going to try and stand and trade with me ‘til I hit them. Then their game plan changes.”
Ento (8-2) is steadfast in his vow to keep his Palace Fighting Championship Middleweight Championship fight with Levens (9-7) standing on Oct. 18 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.
“I hope he wants to keep it standing and box it out,” said Hanford’s Ento, who is a slick submission master with seven of his eight victories coming by submission.
“I wouldn’t say that I have a game plan really. I try and take each fight and play it by ear, but I’ve continued to work on my standup and my ground is getting a lot cleaner.”
The Palace Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts promotional organization as a brand is relatively new to the landscape of the fastest growing sport in the world.
However, the folks who own and operate the PFC are industry veterans with solid resources and a strong track record in producing and promoting hundreds of successful events, including a whopping 27 consecutive sold out MMA events in what is a true tertiary market, Lemoore, CA.
In light of the recent news that the CFFC 6 event, which was scheduled to take place on October 12th in Atlantic City, New Jersey has been cancelled the folks at the PFC and Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino are offering to step to the plate and help see the fight between David “Tank” Abbott and Kimbo Slice come to fruition.