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Weekend Recap: UFC Veterans Victorious

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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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Ruben Villareal Tests Positive For Steroids

Bill Douglas, a representative of the California State Athletic Commission, has announced that Ruben “Warpath” Villareal tested positive for 4-Hydroxytestosterone following his bout against Jimmy Ambriz at WCFO on Nov. 7 in Hollywood, Calif.

4-Hydroxytestosterone is the same anabolic steroid that Vitor Belfort tested positive for following his Oct. 21, 2006 loss to Dan Henderson at Pride’s American debut in Las Vegas.

The CSAC has issued Villareal a $2,500 fine and 365 day suspension.

WCFO: Havoc in Hollywood Results

Jeff Willingham def. Bobby Sanchez - Submission (Armbar)
Adam Lehman def. Daniel McWilliams - TKO (Strikes)
David Mejia def. Greg White - TKO (Strikes)
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Hildred Oliney - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jason Georgianna def. Todd Guimond - Unanimous Decision
Fabio Costa def. Paul Karsky - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Scott Epstein def. Sergio Quinoles - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Marcus Gaines def. Mavrick Harvey - Submission (Choke)
Carmelo Marrero def. Rafael Real - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Jimmy Ambriz def. Ruben Villareal - TKO (Strikes)
Mark Kerr def. Steve Gavin - Submission (Armlock)

WCFO: Havoc in Hollywood Weigh-In Results

Jimmy Ambriz (280 lbs) vs. Ruben Villareal (264 lbs)
Mark Kerr (279 lbs) vs. Stephen Gavin (254 lbs)
Maverick Harvey (183 lbs) vs. Marcus Gaines (184 lbs)
Scott Epstein (145 lbs) vs. Sergio Quinoles (145 lbs)
Carmelo Marrero (224 lbs) vs. Rafael Del Real (230 lbs)
Fabio Costa (205 lbs) vs. Paul Karsky (205 lbs)
Jason Georgianna (135.5 lbs) vs. Todd Guimond (135 lbs)
Josh Gaskins (155 lbs) vs. Tony Garcia (149.5 lbs)
Georgi Karakhanyan (146 lbs) vs. Hildred Oliney (146 lbs)
David Mejia (276.25 lbs) vs. Greg White (256 lbs)
Daniel McWilliams (180 lbs) vs. Adam Lehman (179.5lbs)
Jeff Willingham (143.25 lbs) vs. Bobby Sanchez (145 lbs)

CSAC Releases “Brawl for it All” Card

The California State Athletic Commission released the official fight card for No Limit Fighting’s “Brawl For It All” this Saturday at the Cow Palace in San Francisco earlier today. The release came at the hands of numerous complaints from various fans and officials that the promotion was falsely advertising fighters to be participating on the card.

We reported that Nick Diaz had no knowledge of a scheduled fight against Mark Moreno at the event earlier this month.

Here the official card according to the CSAC:

Vince Lucero vs. Cain Velasquez
Alex Serdyukov vs. Mark Moreno
Ruben Villarreal vs. Brad Imes
Jake Hattan vs. Charles Bennett
Matt Major vs. Marcus Gaines
Kyle Rideau vs. Khomkrit Niimi
Bo Cantrell vs. Bryan Pardoe
Gabe Rivas vs. Gabe Ruediger
Van Oscar Penvaroff vs. Eric Jacob
Shawn Klarcyk vs. Ed Lavelle
Arron Carvalo vs. Andrew Martinez
Chris David vs. Michael Pedro

The list of fighters that No Limit Fighting’s originally advertised as participating and are now not listed are as follows: Jeff Monson, Nick Diaz, Chris Marez, Mia St. John, Javier Vazquez, Leland Chapman, and Antonio McKee among others.

A little ridiculous if you ask me. Let’s hope it’s the last promotion run by these idiots, who I’ve heard includes Shannon Ritch as one of the promoters. Not a surprise if that is true.

Global FC Event Cancelled

The Fight Network is reporting that The Global Fighting Championships event that was scheduled for tonight at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST at the Mohegan Sun Arena was cancelled one hour before showtime. According to the article the event was cancelled due to insufficient fights.

Joseph Smith, public relations manager for the Mohegan Sun, said the night was canceled due to “insufficient bouts.” Pressed for details, Smith said that there simply weren’t enough bouts for the commission to allow the event to take place. He could not comment on how many fights were canceled or how many fighters were disqualified from participating.

It was noted that Eric “Butterbean” Esch and Ruben Villareal were the only two fighters to have completed their medicals. Mark Kerr failed his on-site medicals and Edwin Dewees could not secure medical clearance after he failed to make weight and couldn’t pass the medical the followed.

Buentello-Villareal Rounds Out Strikeforce: Triple Threat Card

After having his scheduled fight against James Thompson cancelled at the last minute, Paul Buentello will now face Ruben “Warpath” Villareal this Friday night at Strikeforce: Triple Threat.

Here is what the updated card looks like for this weekend’s event…

Main Card:
Bobby Southworth vs Vernon White - Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Championship
Eugene Jackson vs Ronald Jhun - Strikeforce US Middleweight Championship
Josh Thomson vs Nam Phan - Strikeforce US Lightweight Championship
Rex Richards vs Kyle Leviton
Daniel Puder vs Mike Cook
Paul Buentello vs Ruben Villareal
Duane Ludwig vs Tony Fryklund
Cung Le vs Jason Von Flue
Elaina Maxwell vs Gina Carano

Raul Castillo vs Jeff Quinlan
Anthony Figueroa vs David Barrios
Scott Graham vs Drew Dimanlig
Sean Basset vs David Smith

Major Strikeforce 3 Card Changes

There are some pretty major changes to the card that have to be announced…

Wesley “Cabbage” Correira has taken himself off of the card due to medical reasons. The fighter he was scheduled to face, Ruben Villareal was dropped off of the card for reasons that aren’t known at this time. It is speculated that they were unable to find an opponent for him at the last minute.

Bobby Southworth will also be unable to compete at the event due to an injury that he suffered during a recent training session. Taking his place against Anthony Ruiz, will be Trevor Prangley.

Prangley was scheduled to fight Bryan Pardoe but that bout is now cancelled…

StrikeForce Update

Reports have surfaced stating that heavyweights Wesley “Cabbage” Correira and Ruben “Warpath” Villareal will fight at the upcoming StrikeForce event in October. Also rumored to be on the card is Trevor Prangley and Josh “The Punk” Thomson.