We have a lot of stuff to report this morning…
News and Notes
- EliteXC has announced a total net loss of $11.9 million between January and June 2007 according to UFC Mania.
- IFL heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski has announced that he has joined Dan Henderson’s Team Quest in order to continue with his training…
- FEG formally announced three bouts for the upcoming K-1 Hero’s event on September 17th. The semifinals of the 2007 154 lb tournament will roll on when Caol Uno takes on Kultar Gill and Gesias Calvancanti goes up against Vitor Ribeiro. Ikuhisa Minowa and Ralek Gracie will compete in a non-tournament bout.
- Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s October 12th event will feature the return of Ricardo Almeida. Almeida’s opponent will be Dennis Hallman.
- American Top Team has stated that Denis Kang is expected to sign with an organization in the next few weeks and is targeting September as a possible date of return.
- Palace Fighting Championships has announced that Justin Levens will fight Kenny Ento for the vacant PFC World Middleweight Championship on October 18th:
“These are two of the most popular and intense fighters to ever compete in the Valley,” Printup said. “Levens has faced tougher competition, but Ento is an extremely tough match up. He’s tall, rangy, has excellent submissions and underrated stand up. Levens is an absolute animal, who has only lost to top-level fighters.”
- The IFL Finals on September 20th in Hollywood, Florida will now feature two superfights as well as the IFL Championship. Seth Petruzelli and Rolles Gracie Jr. will meet in a light heavyweight bout. Aaron Riley and Ryan Schultz will clash in the night’s other superfight.
- The weigh-ins for UFC 74 will begin at 6 PM EST and will start to be broadcast on ESPNEWS at 7:15 EST. As always, they will also be available to watch online for free on a slew of sites, including UFC.com, Yahoo! Sports, and MSN.
- Tickets for UFC 77: Hostile Territory are slated to go on sale starting on August 22nd…
Ralph Lopez defeated Marcus Blood - Submission (Strikes)
Mario Rivera defeated Joe Chaidez - Unanimous Decision
Kenny Ento defeated Joel Crawford - Submission (Armbar)
Dewey Cooper defeated Adam Smith - Unanimous Decision
Mike Martinez defeated Robert Breslin - Unanimous Decision
Mike Cook defeated Rolando Torres - KO
Ruben Villareal defeated Rafael Real - Submission (Kimura)
Shawn Klarcyk defeated David Espinosa - Split Decision
Mark Munoz defeated Austin Achorn - TKO (Strikes)
Seth Dikin defeated Angelo Antuna - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Casey Olson defeated Brandon Jinnies - Unanimous Decision
Shawn Bias defeated Aaron Maldonado - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Cleverson Dezonet defeated Rolando Jaime - Submission (Guillotine)
Chris Botelho defeated Josh McCartney - Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Freitag defeated William Santos - Unanimous Decision
Scott Brommage defeated Elvis Franco - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Rolando Velasco defeated Jason Georgianna - Unanimous Decision
News and Notes:
- Renzo Gracie recently accepted Frank Shamrock’s request for a rematch on MMA Weekly’s Sound Off:
Gracie was recently on MMAWeekly Radio to responds to Shamrock’s challenge. “I never get invited to a party that I didn’t show up. I’d love to do it again,” Gracie said excitedly. Anyone who knows Gracie knows that he never shies away from a challenge and that he has the heart of a lion. “I want to finish a fight that I never had a chance to finish. I think it will be a continuation of what we had in February.”
- Maurico Rua has stated that his leg injury is not as severe as many media outlets are reporting that he will still continue to train while undergoing physical therapy.
- Jason Gilliam will be replacing an injured Drew Fickett as Chris Lytle’s opponent at UFC 73.
- UFC Junkie is reporting that Renato “Babalu” Sobral will make his return to the Octagon at UFC 74 against David Heath.
- Jess Liaudin has announced that he will be training with Team Quest for his upcoming bout at UFC 75 in September:
“I wanted to go to [Las] Vegas to train with Randy [Couture],” Liaudin said. “I saw his new gym, and it looked great. Not only that, but everyone trains down there. Martin Kampmann offered to rent me his apartment because right now he’s back home having surgery on his knee. The only thing is that his apartment is about a 15-minute drive from the gym, and I don’t drive.”
“We looked around a number of different gyms,” Liaudin said. “I always wanted to go to Team Quest, but I didn’t really want to go to Oregon. Now Dan Henderson has a gym in California. My manager got in touch with them; you can stay in a house with other fighters, they come pick you up and take you to the gym and, for extra money, they even deliver food for us.”
- Justin Levens has signed a three-fight deal with Palace Fighting Championships.
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- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Palace Fighting Championships has added Casey Olson to it’s roster:
Casey “The Underdog” Olson announces the signing of a three-fight card with the Palace Fighting Championships (PFC). These mixed martial arts bouts are slated for July 19, Oct. 18 and Dec. 6 at the Tachi Palace in Lemoore, Calif. The first PFC bout, on July 19, pits Olson against Brandon Jinnes (2-5) of Stockton, Calif.
“It’s been a long road getting back on track with my career after dealing with all the medical issues,” says Olson. “After comin’ off my first loss, I went back to the drawing board. I promise, come July 19th, that I’m bringin’ a war!”
In the past two years, Casey “The Underdog” Olson, a former Fresno State/Fresno City/Clovis High grappler has amassed a 5-1 professional record in the cage.
- MMA Weekly is reporting that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira may be leaving Brazilian Top Team.
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The WEC has added UFC and PRIDE veteran Jeff Curran to their already growing featherweight division. Curran (27-8-1) is 3-0 so far in 2007, racking up wins over John Mahlow, Kevin English, and Donnie Walker in the IFL and KOTC.
However the addition of Curran is coupled with the loss of one of the WEC’s long-time middleweights, Olaf Alfonso. Alfonso signed a four fight deal with Palace Fighting Championships, returning to Lemoore, California - the former home of the WEC and the place where he became one of the organization’s most popular stars.
PFC is set to throw Alfonso directly into the mix at either lightweight or welterweight and one win may automatically place him into title contention, especially at 170:
“Right now the 170-pound PFC title is vacant. It’s hard to put a time line on when Olaf would be ready for a title fight, though,” Printup said. “I believe that the winner of Jason Von Flue and Chris Botelho’s fight will be one half of a title fight which will possibly take place in January. There’s a lot of talent at 170 pounds and not just locally. We are being contacted with outstanding talent from across the country right now.”
Here are the full results from Palace Fighting Championship 2.
- Darren Crisp def. Scott Brommage - KO (Kick)
- Mike Martinez def. Tommy Contreras - Decision (Unanimous)
- Mike Cook def. Scott Wimmer - KO
- Morris Aldaco def. Doug Hunt - TKO
- Jimmy Dexter def. Eli Moreno - TKO
- David Espinosa def. Ed Tomaselli - TKO
- Lamont Lister def. Rafael Real - Decision (Split)
- Richie Hightower def. Andy Maccarone - KO
- Vince Lucero def. Mike Dexter - KO
- Shawn Bias def. Giovanni Encarnacion - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Rani Yahya def. Louie Moreno - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Shad Smith def. Poppies Martinez - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Van Palacio N.C. Wes Sims - No Contest (Low Blow)
- Scott Smith def. Troy Miller - TKO
- Lodune Sincaid def. Kenny Ento - TKO
Here are the weigh-in results for Palace Fighting Championship II. The card features UFC veterans Wes Sims, Scott Smith, and Lodune Sincaid.
Wes Sims (248) vs. Van Palacio (295)
Lodune Sincaid (195) vs. Kenny Ento (194)
Scott Smith (185) vs. Troy Miller (185.5)
Poppies “The Tachi Kid” Martinez (155) vs. Shad Smith (155)
Rani Yahya (n/a) vs. Louie Moreno (149)
Shawn Bias (148) vs. Giovanni Encarnacion (145)
Richie Hightower (184) vs. Andy Maccarone (183.5)
Rafael Del Real (217) vs. Lamont Lister (212)
David Espinosa (135)vs. Ed Tomaselli (134)
Mike Cook (245.5) vs. Ben Davis (244.5)
Darren Crisp (154) vs. Scott Brommage (n/a)
Jimmy Dexter (184) vs. Eli Moreno (183)
Morris Aldaco (169.5) vs. Doug Hunt (167)
Mike Martinez (203) vs. Tommy Contreras (203)
Mike Dexter (254) vs. Vince Lucero (278)
In just it’s second show; the Palace Fighting Championship is growing into one of the biggest, small shows in the country.
World Extreme Cagefighting veterans Wes Sims, Scott Smith and Lodune Sincaid will headline a 16-bout card on Thursday, March 22nd at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.
“We are extremely excited to present the next installment of the Palace Fighting Championship. We have put together what we feel is a card that offers fight fans a little bit of everything, the lighter weight guys, some well publicized prospects really taking a step up in competition, notable guys like Wes Sims and Scott Smith who have fought in the highest level shows in the world. We’re very excited and can’t wait for March 22nd,” said Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director Christian Printup.