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Weekend Recap: UFC Veterans Victorious

Josh Neer. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A quarter of UFC veterans earned victories at Superior Cage Combat's second-ever showing on Saturday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Josh Neer defeated WEC veteran Blas Avena via TKO in the first round in the show's main event. Former UFC welterweight title challenger John Alessio also submitting last-minute replacement opponent Shawn Fitzsimmons in the opening frame as well.

In addition, Team Alpha Male member Justin Buchholz grinded out a unanimous decision over Thiago Meller and John Gunderson scored an emotional victory James Birdsley, submitting his foe with a guillotine choke in the second round just days after his trainer, Shawn Tompkins, passed away.

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Japanese Notebook: DREAM Releases 2009 Schedule


“Kid” Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

DREAM parent company Fighting and Entertainment Group today revealed the promotion’s schedule for the new year, with DREAM’s first show being held on March 8 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and featuring the opening rounds of the organization’s inaugural featherweight and welterweight grand prix tournaments.

In total, DREAM will put on seven total shows in ‘09. Solidified dates for shows include April 5 at Nippon Gaishi Hall and December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena for the annual year-end K-1 Dynamite show. DREAM officials are also planning to hold shows in May, July, September, and October.

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Back to the Future: Recap Edition


Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Here’s a little recap of what we might have missed over the past few days or so…

Gomi, Trigg Win at Sengoku IV

Former PRIDE standouts Takanori Gomi and Frank Trigg were victorious in their respective bout Sunday morning at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event in Japan. Gomi earned a decision over Seung Pang Hwan while Trigg went all three rounds with Makoto Takimoto.

Former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz was upset in the first round of World Victory Road’s inaugural lightweight grand prix, losing via knockout to Mizuto Hirota. Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Satoru Kitaoka all also moved on to the tournament’s next round.

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Sengoku IV Weigh-In Results


Frank Trigg. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event, which will take place tomorrow morning (North American time) at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The show will be headlined by former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi taking on Sung Hwan Pang. Frank Trigg will go up against Makoto Takimoto in another feaured bout and the first round of the organization’s inaugural lightweight grand prix will also take place.

Non-Tournament Bouts:

Takanori Gomi (154 lbs) vs. Sung Pang Hwan (154 lbs)
Frank Trigg (182 lbs) vs. Makoto Takimoto (180 lbs)
Pawel Nastula (224 lbs) vs. Yang-Dong Yi (220 lbs)
Valentijn Overeem (238 lbs) vs Kazuo Takahashi (208 lbs)
Peter Graham (244 lbs) vs. Moise Rimbon (211 lbs)

Lightweight Grand Prix:

Ryan Schultz (153 lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (154 lbs)
Clay French (154 lbs) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (154 lbs)
Eiji Mitsuoka (154 lbs) vs. Rodrigo Damm (154 lbs)
Kazunori Yokota (154 lbs) vs. Bojan Kosednar (153 lbs)

WVR Announces Nastula-Yi for “Sengoku IV”


Pawel Nastula vs. Edson Draggo. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road announced today that former Olympic judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula will return to action against Korean wrestler Yang Dong Yi at the organization’s scheduled “Sengoku IV” show on August 24th in Japan.

Nastula has not competed in mixed martial arts since losing to Josh Barnett via second-round submission at PRIDE 32 in October 2006. Following the bout, Nastula tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and three other banned stimulants. He was suspended for nine months and fined $6,500.

The 38-year-old was essentially thrown to the wolves when he was signed by PRIDE in in the spring of 2005. Against top competition, Nastula dropped his first two fights to Aleksander Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, at PRIDE Shockwave 2005 and PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 respectively. His lone professional win came against Edson Draggo in July 2006. Nastula submitted Draggo with an armbar in the first round of their bout.

Yi ventured into the world of professional MMA last year, posting first-round TKO wins over Jyunpei Hamada and Keigo Takamori in consecutive DEEP events in Japan. “Sengoku IV” will also feature the first-round of the promotion’s inaugural lightweight grand prix and a main event pitting former PRIDE lightweight title holder Takanori Gomi against DEEP lightweight champion Sung Hwan Pang.

Nastula to Return at “Sengoku IV”


Pawel Nastula. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced that former Olympic judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula will return to action at the organization’s scheduled “Sengoku IV” show on August 24th in Japan. An opponent for Nastula has yet to be determined.

Nastula has not competed in mixed martial arts since losing to Josh Barnett via second-round submission at PRIDE 32 in October 2006. Following the bout, Nastula tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and three other banned stimulants. He was suspended for nine months and fined $6,500.

The 38-year-old was essentially thrown to the wolves when he was signed by PRIDE in in the spring of 2005. Against top competition, Nastula dropped his first two fights to Aleksander Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, two of the world’s top heavyweights, at PRIDE Shockwave 2005 and PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 respectively. His lone professional win came against Edson Draggo in July 2006. Nastula submitted Draggo with an armbar in the first round of their bout.

Belfort and Nastula Receive Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has handed down 9 month suspensions to Vitor Belfort and Pawel Nastula after both fighters tested positive to banned substances during their post-fight drug tests at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21st. Along with that Belfort was fined $10,000 and Nastula $6,500.

Belfort tested positive for the anabolic steroid 4-hydroxytestosterone and Nastula tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and the banned stimulants phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, and ephedrine.

Pawel Nastula Update

Earlier this week is was reported by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that former Olympic gold medalist Pawel Nastula tested positive to the anabolic steroid nandrolone in his post-fight drug test.

Nastula was forced to take a re-test and it is now being reported that Nastula has tested positive for three more banned substances. Nastula’s second test showed traces of phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, and ephedrine all of which are banned stimulants.

Vitor Belfort and Pawel Nastula Fail Drug Tests

It is being reported that Vitor Belfort and Pawel Nastula have failed their post-fight drug tests after testing positive for banned substances in their respective fights on PRIDE 32: The Real Deal.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is reporting the Nastula tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and Vitor Belfort tested positive for the banned substance 4-hydroxytestosterone.

Pride Talks The Real Deal, Liddell-Silva

Pride held yet another press conference yesterday discussing details about their upcoming US debut in October…

We already learned about the announcements of Josh Barnett-Pawel Nastula and Mark Hunt-Eric Esch yesterday. Dream Stage CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara stated that some more fights will be named later this week and the rest of the card will be revealed at the end of the month.

It’s interesting to note that because the event is taking place in Nevada, the rules will be similar to those that the UFC uses with a couple of changes. The fight will obviously take place in a ring rather than the UFC’s famed octagon. As it pertains to striking, there will be no elbows to the head permitted while on the ground. Kicking or kneeing of a downed opponent will be illegal as well despite that it is usually allowed in Pride events.

No shoes or Gi’s are allowed to be worn. The fights will be three five-minutes rounds instead of Pride’s usual one ten minute round followed by two five-minute rounds. The event will be four hours long and will be broadcast on PPV and the web.

Even more interesting then those announcements is the fact that Sakakibara was willing to talk about Silva-Liddell and the current status of the possible matchup. ..

“Speaking on behalf of Pride, we are ready anytime. Also, Wanderlei is ready. We just need the doctor’s confirmation regarding his injury from last week. We are still waiting for the UFC’s response. Mirko even said that if Wanderlei is not ready to fight in November, he would fight in his place. In some interviews, Mr. Dana White stated that this fight won’t happen. However, speaking from Pride’s side, we are ready.”

Hey, that’s not what Dana said!

I really don’t know which side to believe. I want to side with Dana and the UFC seeing how Pride has screwed over other promotions before by pulling crap like this whole saga. I wonder what he will have to say about this.

Even though Dana already said that Silva shouldn’t get a shot at Chuck Liddell because he was destroyed by Mirko Cro Cop, there is still room for things to happen. Dana’s right - Silva shouldn’t get Chuck after that massacre.

But if what Dana said at UFC 61 is true - They were supposed to have Wanderlei for three fights - Why don’t they have Wanderlei face someone else, like Babalu or Forrest for example. This way Tito can get his title shot and providing Chuck and Wanderlei both win, they can meet after that.

I’m such a genius…

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