Efrain Escudero. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Nick Diaz's hard-fought title defense and Abe Wagner's 32-second destruction of Tim Sylvia may have made the headlines this past weekend, but there was plenty more quality MMA going on around the country.
"Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero won for the second time since his release from the UFC, submitting Jeremy Larsen with an armbar in the second round of Rage in the Cage 148's main event.
Also victorious was former WEC featherweight champion Cole Escovedo, who snapped a two-fight losing streak via technical submission after choking opponent Steven Siler unconscious with a triangle choke at a Showdown Fights event in California.
Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 25, 2009.
Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.
Longtime veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will compete in separate bouts that will headline Rage in the Cage’s tenth-anniversary show, which will take place at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona on November 8.
The organization officially announced the event in a press release sent out to the media yesterday. Tickets are now available at the U.S. Airways Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Additional bouts are expected to be added to the card in the near future.
Riggs will take on middleweight prospect J.R. Schumacher while Rodriguez will go up against Robert Beraun in a rematch of their January 2006 where Beraun upset Rodriguez and won an unanimous decision. A total of three championship bouts will also take place.
The current fight card for the event is after the jump.
Alberto Crane. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In Rage in the Cage’s first-ever event outside of the state of Arizona, the performances of two UFC veterans went from one side of the spectrum to the other as skilled grappler Alberto Crane scored a first-round submission win over Adrian Valdez while Drew Fickett was upset by Richard Villa.
Crane quickly scored a takedown against Valdez in the opening seconds of their bout. He then put his superior submission skills to work, locking in an armbar. Valdez was able to fight out of the hold but an attempt to stand back up saw him get caught in a guillotine that eventually forced him to tap out.
Meanwhile Fickett, who reportedly had troubles cutting weight prior to the fight, came out strong in the first round. He continually landed an array of strikes and had Villa’s back for the rear naked choke in the closing seconds of the round. However Villa rebounded in the second, dropping Fickett with a right hand and then pounding away with a number of unanswered strikes until the referee was forced to stop the fight.
Joe Riggs. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com
Longtime veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez each picked up much needed wins this weekend at separate events.
Riggs submitted Miletich Fighting Systems product Matt Dempsey with a second-round rear naked choke at Rage in the Cage’s latest show at the Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. It was the first time that Riggs has competed in the promotion since November of 2004. Riggs was slated to take on welterweight prospect Luke Stewart at Strikeforce’s “Melendez vs. Thomson” event last month but was denied licensure by the California State Athletic Comission after disclosing recent use of prescription drugs to state officials.
Rodriguez defeated fellow veteran Jonathan Ivey via unanimous decision at XP3 Promotions inaugural event at the University of Houston Saturday night. Also on the card was UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr, who lost to Ralph Kelly in the first round of their bout after suffering an undisclosed injury.
Shonie Carter was scheduled to compete in XP3’s main event against Shannon Ritch but was forced to pull out of the fight due to a lingering groin injury. Carter was replaced by Joe Vigil, whom Ritch submitted in the first round. Carter has now stated that he will attempt to fight Ritch again at XP3’s next scheduled event on October 18th in Houston.
Joe Riggs. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former Rage in the Cage heavyweight and middleweight title holder Joe “Diesel” Riggs will make his return to the promotion next month, headlining a scheduled event on August 26th at the Toyota Center in Prescott, Arizona.
Riggs replaced fellow longtime veteran Edwin Dewees, who was slated to fight in the night’s main event, but was granted contractual relief by the organization to challenge former PRIDE standout Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at this weekend’s Affliction: Banned event. Riggs will take on Matt Dempsey, who has not fought professional since March of 2005 when he submitted Troy King at a Courage Fighting Championships event.
Meanwhile Riggs was recently slated to take on rising welterweight prospect Luke Stewart at Strikeforce’s “Melendez vs. Thomson” event last month but was denied licensure by the California State Athletic Comission after disclosing his recent use of prescription drugs to state officials, of which Riggs was previously addicted to earlier in his career. He has not fought since injuring his back against Cory Devela in February.
The show’s co-main event will pit Lyle Steffens against Sal Azuela in a RITC light heavyweight title eliminator. The winner of the bout is expected to take on reigning champion Matt Lucas at a yet-to-be-announced event before the end of the year.
Melvin Guillard weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 9. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
While there were only small organizations putting on shows last night in the world of mixed martial arts, quite a few of them had plenty of notable names competing. Here is a full list of results from a few shows that took place.
TFC 2: Feel the Pain
The Fight Club based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada put on their second-ever event last night at the Edmonton Event Centre. In the evening’s main event, Maximum Fighting Championship veteran Nick Penner made quick work of newcomer Bobby Kalmakoff, stopping him with strikes less than a minute and a half into the first round.
Nolan Clark def. Alex Bogle - Submission (Gogoplata)
Phil Wark def. Tony Bibby - Unanimous Decision
Curtis Demarce def. Tim Brown - Submission (Armbar)
Trevor Daley def. Kevin Logan - TKO (Strikes)
Larry Lytle def. Richard Menard - TKO (Strikes)
James McCutcheon def. Cody Graber - Submission (Armbar)
Tim Smith def. Dan Walders - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jason Alexander def. Kevin Dolan - TKO (Cuts)
Markhaile Wedderburn def. Neil Berry - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Nick Penner def. Bobby Kalmakoff - TKO (Strikes)
RITC 105: Friday Night Fights
Melvin Guillard moved back up to the welterweight division and won a unanimous decision over Eric Regan at last night’s Rage in the Cage show in Phoenix, Arizona. The former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, who has allowed him to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion.
J.T. Wells def. Logan Hopp - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Jesse Barrett def. Bill Blackwell - TKO (Strikes)
Cody Pearce def. Steve Renner - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Victor Meza def. Daniel Seaney - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jade Porter def. Steve Maulstby - Unanimous Decision
Doug Moore def. Ray Robinson - Submission (Choke)
Gabriel Casillas def. Tushuma Nahiwawa - Submission (Armbar)
Luke Hodges def. Antoni Weeden - KO (Punch)
Joe Cronin def. Jason Trevino - Split Decision
Melvin Guillard def. Eric Regan - Unanimous Decision
Something a little different to start your Saturday. Now I’ve seen this many times before but not the entire clip with the events leading up to it, which is what we have here. To cut it short, here’s a guy accepting $100 to let Kimbo Slice tackle him. Touch of gloves to Ariel at Jarry Park for the find.
Guillard to Fight Regan at Rage in the Cage in March
Melvin Guillard stated last month that he will be taking a short leave of absence from the UFC to fight in smaller promotions and try to get back on track. His first small show date will happen on March 7th at a Rage in the Cage event according to The Fight Network, where he will take on Eric Regan.
After winning three of his first four fights in the UFC, Guillard suffered consecutive devastating submission losses to Joe Stevenson and Rich Clementi in bad-blood filled bouts where Guillard did the majority of his infamous trash-talking.
Regan, an American Martial Arts Center product, will be participating in his 13th Rage in the Cage event. In fact, he has only fought outside of the promotion three times in a total of sixteen fights. Regan is coming off of a submission win over Chris Garland at Shannon Ritch’s second NoLimit Fighting event in January.
Hicks to Replaces Lewis at MFC 15
The Fight Network is also reporting that King of the Cage veteran Marcus Hicks (not the Hicks that fights in the WEC) will take the place of an injured Dwayne Lewis against fellow light heavyweight Steve Steinbess at Maximum Fighting Championship’s “Rags to Riches” event on February 22.
Lewis reportedly withdrew from the fight after suffering a knee injury during a recent training session.
Despite his sub-par record, Hicks has been ever-improving, winning four of his last six bouts. His last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Craig Brown at a Freedom Fight event in January. Steinbeiss, a veteran of BodogFight, is coming off of a submission win over Wayne Andrews last month.
Schafer-Antle Headlines Gladiators Fighting 49
Similar to Melvin Guillard and a handful of other fighters, UFC light heavyweight Eric Schafer has received permission to fight outside of the organization in smaller shows in an attempt to sharpen up his skills before his next bout under the Zuffa banner.
Schafer will take on Ryan Antle in the main event of tonight’s Gladiators Fighting 49, which is slated to take place at Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s State Fair Park according to our friends over at MMA Junkie.
After an impressive submission win over Rob MacDonald, Schafer was pretty much fed to the wolves when he was forced to take on Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar in consecutive fights. He was stopped with strikes in both. After going on a five fight winning streak, Antle has now lost his last two bouts.
Nothing on the official slate obviously since it’s a Saturday but there are still some things you should check out…
If you haven’t listened to it already, Fightlinker has an amazing interview with Fight News Unlimited’s Rich Bergeron, who is currently being sued by Xyience for $25 million for reporting on and unveiling a bunch of different things about the current bankruptcy scandal the company is going through.
News and Notes
- Rage in the Cage has announced the finalized card for their event this Saturday night…
Rich Beecroft vs Gilbert Aldana
Lars Haven vs Bryan Pardoe
David Valadez vs Billy Terry
Jason Harris vs Jeff Horlacher
William Diaz vs Joe Cronin
Jeremy Floyd vs Ray Robinson
Robert Meehan vs Danny Martinez
Lyle Tenfingers vs George Hartman
Jason Parent vs Mike Mada
Tomas Rodriguez vs Joe Martin
Omur Corr vs Mike Peterson
Nick Smith vs Austin Pascucci
Doug Moore vs Derithe Harper
Ty Gilstrap vs Adam Alband
- Duane Ludwig till take on Shinya Kamuzawa at Ring of Fire 28: Evolution on February 28th…
- Benji Radach is the newest member of the IFL’s Los Angeles Anacondas. He will be fighting at middleweight for coach Bas Rutten.
- Shooto World Welterweight Champion Tatsuyva Kawajiri relinquished his title yesterday after announcing he would be able to defend his belt at the next Shooto event on February 17th because of a broken left thumb.
Miami Herald: Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans to main event local UFC event
Sherdog: Clanging Cajones
Rage in the Cage has released the updated card for their event on Saturday, December 9th: RITC 89 - Championship Night…
Homer Moore vs Matt Lucas - RITC Light-Heavyweight Title
Kyle Kingsbury vs Rocky Batastini
Rich Beecroft vs Brian Ryan
Rich Alten vs Seth Baczynski
Steve Sayegh vs Jon Tsosie
Scott McAfee vs Jamie Schmidt
Sal Azuela vs TBA
Tyler Brooks vs TBA
Joe Vigil vs Yaotzin Meza
Matt Dell vs Chris Collado
Andrew Brittin vs Eric Schneider
Jason Harris vs Joe Cronin
Israel Juarez vs Daniel Jones
Richard Hale vs Wendall Lowe
Tomas Rodriguez vs Mickey Mada
Danny Martinez vs Greg Saenz