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Nickels Victorious at Ring of Fire

Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“Ultimate Fighter 3” product Mike Nickels won his second straight fight since being released from the UFC on Saturday night, defeating opponent James Funny via a first-round armlock in the main event of Ring of Fire 34: “Judgment Day”, which took place at the Broomfield Events Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The Nickels-Funny fight was made the show’s featured attraction after a lightweight bout between UFC veteran Alvin Robinson and Anthony Morrison was scrapped at the last minute after Robinson suffered a broken arm during a recent training session.

Also on the card, Luke Caudillo was upset by Josh Arocho, who submitted Caudillo with a rear-naked choke midway through the second round of their fight. A pair of “Young Guns” titles were handed out as well as local products Tyler Toner and Brendan Schaub won their fights to earn their featherweight and heavyweight belts respectively.

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Nickels Victorious in Ring of Fire Return

Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Mike Nickels was victorious in his return to active competition Friday Night, earning a first-round submission win over Vladimir Vuckovic in the featured fight at Ring of Fire’s latest effort, which took place at the Broomfield Event Center in Colorado.

Instead of exchanging with Vuckovic, Nickels opted to shoot in for an immediate takedown right after the start of the fight. Nickels then rained down with an unanswered numbers of punches after transitioning to mount, forcing Vuckovic to roll to his back. Nickels quickly took advantage by sinking in a rear naked choke that ultimately forced the Croatian to tap out.

Former UFC lightweight Luke Caudillo fought valiantly over three rounds in an absolutely brutal stand-up war with North American Amateur Fight Series veteran Torrance Taylor before verbally submitting late in the third round due to an unusually high amount of punishment he took throughout the fight.

Noah Thomas, who was kicked off of the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” after participating in a backyard brawl with fellow castmate Marlon Sims, submitted former college wrestling teammate Brett Roller in the second round of their featured bout.

Complete results from the event:

Professional Bouts:

Mike Nickels def. Vladimir Vuckovic - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Torrance Taylor def. Luke Caudillo - Submission (Verbal)
Noah Thomas def. Brett Roller - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Cat Albert def. Karina Taylor - Submission (Armbar)

Amateur Fights:

Brian Wood def. Miguel Martinez - Submission (Neck Crank)
Cody Donovan def. Weston Duschen - Submission (Armbar)
Brendan Schaub def. Jay Lester - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Salas def. Max Smith - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kenneth Seagrist def. Ian Berg - Submission (Guillotine)
Brandon Thatch def. Mike Crisman - TKO (Knee Strikes)
Sean Doherty def. Dominick Blanco - Submission (Armbar)

Nickels, Caudillo Headline Ring of Fire Friday

Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans Mike Nickels and Luke Caudillo will headline Ring of Fire’s latest effort in separate featured bouts later tonight at the Broomfield Event Center in Colorado.

In the night’s main event, Nickels will take on Vladimir Vuckovic in his first fight since losing to fellow former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Stephan Bonnar last summer. Tonight will mark the sixth time that Nickels, a Denver native, will have fought inside the confines of Ring of Fire.

His opponent, Vuckovic, is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. Fighting exclusively in Serbian mixed martial arts shows since he began his career five years ago, Vuckovic most recently earned a TKO victory over Mario Stanosevic in April.

Caudillo, who will be taking on North American Amateur Fight Series veteran Torrance Taylor, was recently dropped by the UFC after losing two consecutive fights, his last was a stoppage loss at the hands of Marcus Aurelio in November.

The complete card for the event is as follows:

Main Card:

Mike Nickels vs. Vladimir Vuckovic
Luke Caudillo vs. Torrance Taylor
Noah Thomas vs. Brett Roller
Cat Albert vs. Karina Taylor
Brandon Thatch vs. Mike Crisman
Max Smith vs. Justin Salas
Kenneth Seagrist vs. Ian Berg

Preliminary Bouts:

Brian Wood vs. Miguel Martinez
Cody Donovan vs. Weston Duschen
Brendan Schaub vs. Jay Lester
Sean Doherty vs. Dominic Blanco

ROF 31: Undisputed Quick Results

Rob MacDonald def. Eliot Marshall - TKO (Strikes)
Lynn Alvarez def. Michelle Waterson - Submission (Guillotine)
Lah Thao def. Christian Allen - Submission (Kimura)
Shane Carwin def. Sherman Pendergarst - TKO (Strikes)
Douglas Lima def. Eric Davila - Submission (Armbar)
Jamie Schmidt def. Luke Holdorf - Submission (Armbar)

HDNet Fights Conference Call Notes

HDNet Fights hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon to promote their new venture into the world of mixed martial arts as well as their inaugural event which will take place on October 13th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. HDNet Fights officials eatured on the call were HDNet owner Mark Cuban and UFC and PRIDE veteran Guy Mezger. The fighters participating were Erik Paulson, Jeff Ford, Justin Eilers, Jason House, and Freddie Espiricueta.

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CKA: Sep 12, 2007

A news filled Coffee and Kick Ass today folks…

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated…

- Mark Cuban will be holding a press conference and conference call concerning his new HDNet Fights venture. We will have a full report later today.

- If you haven’t already, please check out Randy Couture’s signed gloves from UFC 74 that are currently up for auction by the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund. Bidding ends on Thursday night.

- K-1 Hero’s parent company FEG announced a rematch between PRIDE veterans Sergei Kharitonov and Alistair Overeem at the K-1 Hero’s show taking place on September 17th.

- Duane Ludwig will now face Mario Stapel at this Saturday’s Ring of Fire event after his original opponent, Dragan Baklua, broke his hand during a recent training session. Despite all of this, Ludwig has trained hard and is ready to face whomever is standing in front of him:

“I was getting ready to face a stand up guy, but Mario is much more well rounded,” stated Ludwig. “He is more of a true MMA fighter. I changed my game plan accordingly. For this fight, I tightened up my game by training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. The training was great and I feel prepared for whatever happens. I love fighting at home and can’t wait for Saturday.”

- Jeff Monson, Matt Horwich, and Tara LaRosa all won medals in last weekend’s World Grappling Championships in Turkey.

- Spike TV announced yesterday that UFC 75 was the most watched MMA event in the history of North America:

UFC 75 was the most watched mixed martial arts event ever in North America, drawing 4.7 million viewers, Spike TV officials said in a news release Tuesday.

The Sept. 8 event from the O2 Arena in London, England, featured UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson’s win over PRIDE champ Dan Henderson in a title unification bout. Airing delayed on Spike, the telecast peaked at 5.6 million viewers during Jackson’s battle against Henderson. The show’s ratings were particularly strong among men age 18-34 and men 18-49. For those audiences, UFC 75 beat everything on television, Spike officials said, including ABC’s NASCAR race and Michigan vs. Oregon college football game, as well as ESPN’s Virginia Tech vs. LSU and Notre Dame vs. Penn St. games.

Spike TV said its telecast of UFC 75 had an overall rating of 3.1 (3.0 million homes), including a 5.7 rating for men 18-34 (1.6 million), 4.5 for men 18-49 (2.5 million) and 6.2 for men 25-34 (1.0 million).

- The Honolulu Star Bulletin is reporting that Justin McCully has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Christian Wellisch for undisclosed reasons. Wellisch will now face Scott Junk”

Kailua’s Scott Junk will make his UFC debut Sept. 22 against Christian Wellisch in a heavyweight fight at UFC 76: Knockout in Anaheim, Calif.

“It’s 100 percent going to happen,” Junk said. Wellisch (8-2) was originally scheduled to face Justin McCully.

Junk was notified about the fight yesterday, just 11 days before the event. He has put together six consecutive wins, including a TKO victory over Jimmy Ambriz back in June.

“It caught me off guard, but it’s good because I have been training this whole time,” Junk said.

Touch of gloves to UFC Mania for finding that interesting piece.

- The Governor of Illinois has signed legislation that will legalize MMA starting in 2008

- Michael Bisping’s father was apparently attacked in the parking lot of the O2 arena after the event.

Hat tip to Fight Opinion for that one.

- Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain is reporting via Tagg Radio that Gilbert Melendez will be taking on Shooto’s Tetsuji Kato at Strikeforce’s Playboy Mansion event on September 29th.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
12:30-3 PM - The Savage Dog Show
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
3-5 PM - The Beatdown
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM - Knockout Radio

Ring of Fire 27 Results

Here are the full results for Ring of Fire 27.

- Kenny May def. Sean Doherty - KO
- Brad Champlin def. Jeremy Malaterre - Submission (Armbar)
- Kenneth Seagrist def. Marc Grow - KO
- Chad Kligensmith def. Ben Henderson - KO
- Tyler Toner def. Joey Jesser - Decision (Split)
- Justin Solas def. Kris Hartman - Decision (Unanimous)
- John Dodson def. Clint Godfrey - Decision (Unanimous)
- Andre Walker def. Matthew Conachy - TKO (K-1 rules)
- Mark Hominick def. Doug Edwards - (Rear Naked Choke)
- Eliot Marshal def. Dan Green - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Alvin Robinson def. Rocky Johnson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)