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Curran KO’s Sandro, Wins FW Tourney

Pat Curran knocked out Marlon Sandro with a devastating high kick, handing the Brazilian his first ever stoppage loss and winning Bellator's Summer Series featherweight tournament on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Uncasville, Conn. — In front of a raucous crowd inside the Mohegan Sun Arena, Pat Curran (fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.) delivered a crushing knockout to Marlon Sandro to claim the Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Championship live on MTV2.

This is the second tournament win for Curran, who previously won the Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament. Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad was also victorious, earning a victory over Paul Buentello in a non-title super fight.

In the night’s main event, Bellator veteran Pat Curran was up against imposing Brazilian Marlon Sandro. Both fighters were hungry for victory, as the winner would earn a guaranteed title shot for the Bellator Featherweight World Championship. Sandro came out looking to push the pace, and seemed to control Round 1.

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Rosholt Avenges Loss to Horwich, Rodriguez Wins Again at Shark Fights 17

Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.

Three-time NCAA wrestling champion Jake Rosholt avenged a November 2010 defeat to former IFL middleweight title holder Matt Horwich, besting him over three rounds in the main event of Shark Fights 17 on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.

Rosholt has now won six of his eight fights following his release from the UFC, with the two blemishes being a no-contest with John Ott and third-round TKO loss to Horwich that has now been avenged.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez extended his winning streak to twelve straight victories, picking up a quick submission win over a familiar opponent in Doug Williams, who was a last-minute replacement for Karl Knothe.

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Rodriguez Requires Opponent Change Ahead of Tonight’s Shark Fights 17 Event

Ricco Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will now put his eleven-fight win streak on the line against a new foe just hours before his promotional debut under the Shark Fights banner this evening.

According to MMA Weekly, Rodriguez faces Doug Williams, who was pulled from the undercard of Shark Fights 17 and quickly slotted into the co-main event. The change comes from a discrepancy involving Rodriguez and his assumption that original opponent Karl Knothe had agreed to a 230 lb catchweight. 

Knothe tipped the scales yesterday at 253 lbs and Rodriguez, who cut down to 227 lbs, opted to bow out of the matchup, citing a vast disadvantage due to the weight difference.

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Riggs, Rodriguez Head RITC Anniversary Show


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.

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Rodriguez, Ghosn Headed to Wolfslair


Ricco Rodriguez. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com

The Wolfslair Fight Team now has two more fighters that it can add to it’s growing stable - former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and longtime veteran Tiki Ghosn will reportedly be heading overseas to the England-based training camp later this month according to Fighters Only Magazine.

Rodriguez and Ghosn now join former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo as the newest training partners for Michael Bisping and Paul Kelly.

“He [Rodriguez] has asked can he come out for camp, as well as Tiki,” Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann told the magazine. “This means that Mike and Paul are going to be well prepared for their fights on October 18th at UFC 89. I hope all the fans watch the fights and support us. If we win then, along with all the current moves we are making, I do believe UK MMA will finally get the respect worldwide that we all know our little island deserves.”

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Riggs, Rodriguez Victorious in Weekend Action


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.

UFC Veterans Headline XP3 Saturday


Shonie Carter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

XP3 Promotions, will hold their inaugural event this Saturday night, entitled “The Xtreme Pro Challenge”, at the Hofheinz Pavilion on the campus of the University of Houston. The show will feature a total of ten fights and will be headlined by a trio of UFC veterans.

The night’s main event will feature longtime veteran and “Ultimate Fighter 4” cast member Shonie Carter as he takes on infamous fighter Shannon Ritch in a middleweight bout. Carter is currently riding a two-fight winning streak while Ritch last earned a submission of Jasper Lockett in March.

Also taking place on the card will be former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez going up against Jonathan Ivey and multiple-time UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr facing Ralph Kelly. Local product Chris Guillen will take on standout wrestler Justin Wren in another featured bout on the main card.

Those interested in watching the event will be able to view both the weigh-ins and the event itself via beatdowntv.com. Among the special guests at the event will be former UFC title holder and recent Affliction: Banned headliner Tim Sylvia as well as UFC welterweight contender Mike Swick.

“Godz of War” Postponed Until Fall


Jeff Monson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Global Fighting’s upcoming “Godz of War” event, which was set to take place this weekend at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, has apparently been postponed until an unknown date this fall.

The arena’s official website reported the postponement earlier today. An official announcement from the promotion has yet to be made.

The cancellation likely stems from a lack of ticket sales, which weren’t helped by the constant troubles involving the show’s main event. Longtime veterans Kevin Randleman and Jeff Monson were originally set to collide until Randleman was forced to bow out due to injury.

He was replaced by fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and while a lingering broken hand caused Monson to withdraw from his featured bout against fellow PRIDE alumnus Mike Russow this past weekend at Adrenaline MMA’s show in Chicago, he was still being advertised as competing.

Former UFC and PRIDE standout Murilo Bustamante was also slated to make his return to active competition against one-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Josh Haynes. Those who purchased tickets for the event can either have their tickets honored on the new date or can receive a full refund at the place of purchase.

HT: MMA Weekly

Injury Forces Monson Out of Adrenaline


Jeff Monson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson has reportedly been forced to pull out of his upcoming scheduled bout against PRIDE veteran Mike Russow at Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural show in Chicago this weekend.

The news comes from Sergio Non of USA Today.

Monson has yet to recover from a broken hand suffered during his recent loss to Josh Barnett at World Victory Road’s second “Sengoku” show last month and thus will be unable to compete in the show’s main event. He has been replaced by longtime veteran Jason Guida, a fellow Chicago native along with Russow.

Adrenaline promoter Monte Cox apparently attempted to sign Ricco Rodriguez as a late replacement but the former UFC champion is slated to take on none other than Monson at Global Fighting’s Godz of War show next weekend. Despite his lingering hand injury, Monson is still advertised as participating at the event.

“He [Monson] found that the thing wasn’t healing properly and he wasn’t going to be able to fight,” Cox said in the report. “It made sense for me at this point to go with two Chicago guys fighting each other, and they come from different camps in the same city and I just thought, you know what, this will probably sell me more tickets than anyone I can get on a week’s notice.”

Wiuff Wins YAMMA Tourney; Oleg Subs Kerr


Travis Wiuff weighs-in for UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Revolutionary? The jury’s still out. However YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show went off without much of a hitch at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where veteran Travis Wiuff (52-11) won three consecutive fights to win the promotion’s first-ever heavyweight tournament last night.

Wiuff’s road to victory contradicted what Bob Meyrowitz and company predicted that YAMMA’s cage, which sported an incline close to the fence all the way around, would prevent. Wiuff used the leverage of the incline to continuously take his opponent down to the mat. YAMMA’s attempt to keep fights on the feet backfired in a big way.

The quarterfinals of the tournament saw former UFC heavyweight champion and tournament-favorite Ricco Rodriguez (28-9) use well-timed takedowns to score a unanimous decision over George Bush (5-1). Chris Tuscherer (13-1) and Wiuff both used the same strategy to earn first-round wins over Tony Sylvester (10-2) and Marcelo Pereira (0-1) respectively.

The first fight of the night saw Alexey Oleinik (7-4) have a point deducted after he continued to punch Sherman Pendergarst (10-9) while referee Kevin Mulhall was bringing the fight back up to the feet. However Olenik quickly scored a takedown and secured a fight-ending front choke with less than a minute left in the first round.

In the semifinals, Minnesota natives Wiuff and Tuscherer dodged submission attempts and scored takedowns against Rodriguez and Olenik to move to the three-round final that saw Wiuff use superior wrestling to earn a unanimous decision and the tournament crown.

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