Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Following a reported positive test for marijuana, Bryson Kamaka has been taken off from tonight’s “Night of Combat II” card, which is being promoted by Kim Couture’s KC Concepts and Scott Kelp’s Superfights MMA and will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The news comes from a report by Five Ounces of Pain.
MMA on Tap has since been able to confirm through the management team of former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron, who was Kamaka’s original opponent, that he will now face local product Chris Kennedy at the event.
Kennedy, who currently fights out of Las Vegas, has won his last three fights, most recently earning a third-round submission of Mike Arranz at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night on July 12. Kennedy has also gone the distance with fellow welterweight prospect Josh Williams and “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Joe Duarte during his brief career.
Hieron has not competed since successfully defending his IFL belt against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller in April. He became the IFL’s first-ever welterweight champion after defeating Donnie Liles and Delson Heleno in consecutive fights. The Long Island native is currently keeping in shape by training at Xtreme Couture. He was originally slated to take on Drew Fickett on October 11 at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show before it was postponed until early next year.
HDNet Fights matchmaker Guy Mezger discusses Sean Salmon’s decisions to twice cause himself to be removed from separate HDNet Fights events, claiming that the fighter has made some bad decisions during a recent interview with MMA Weekly:
“I think he makes incredibly bad decisions,” Mezger said about Salmon. “Sean’s a good guy, but he makes some very poor decisions and he allows his manager to help influence some of his most important decisions.”
Salmon was pulled from HDNet Fights inaugural event in October after he took a fight against Mikko Rupponen at Fight Festival 22 in Finland just weeks before his scheduled appearance in Mark Cuban’s newest venture. Salmon was victorious but was removed from the HDNet Fights card since he violated the contract he had with Cuban and company.
Mezger went on to talk about the circumstances surrounding Salmon making another mistake after he was given a second chance:
“He told us he was fighting a different opponent, someone who I wasn’t really fearful of him losing (to), let along being knocked out,” said Mezger about Salmon’s original fight in StrikeForce. “He chose to instead go to enter himself in the tournament when there was an opportunity to do it, which he did not let us know he was going to do and which was not part of our agreement and he went and lost and so that’s where it goes.”
Salmon was brutally knocked out by Jorge Santiago in the first fight of that tournament. He is currently on an indefinite medical suspension put forth by the California State Athletic Commission and won’t be permitted to fight again until he receives clearance from a physician.
Are we ever going to see Salmon again? I’m sure there’s a chance but it’s probably not going to be in HDNet Fights anytime soon:
“I’ll be honest, he’s become unreliable for us so it’s really difficult for us to build in and around him with basically being irresponsible,” Mezger stated. “I feel it’s kind of irresponsible decisions, but he’s a good guy. We may look down the road to do something with him, but I think for right now we need to work with the guys who are going to work with us.”
Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that Jason “Mayhem” Miller will now be facing IFL veteran Tim Kennedy at HDNet Fights II: Reckless Abandon on December 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Miller’s original opponent, Sean Salmon, has been indefinitely medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after being viciously knocked out by Jorge Santiago at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives this past weekend.
As for Miller and Kennedy, the two have fought before. Kennedy actually defeated Miller during a middleweight tournament at Extreme Challenge 50 in 2003. He would go on to win the tournament as well.
Miller is also scheduled to face Elias Rivera in a preliminary bout at the IFL Grand Prix Finals on December 29th.
The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from last weekend’s Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives event that took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Falaniko Vitale, Trevor Prangley, Bryson Kamaka, and Chris Drumm have all been medically suspended for 45 days and with no contact for 30 days.
Paul Buentello has been medically suspended for 60 days and can also have no contact in training for the same amount of time because of lacerations around his eye. A similar situation may also occur for Bobby Southworth who was medically suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days but may have his suspension extended to 60 days and without contact if a doctor does not clear a laceration above Southworth’s left eye.
Both Alistair Overeem and Brian Schwartz have been medically suspended for 180 days and with no contact for the same amount of time. Overeem has a possible fracture in his finger and his suspension can be reduced after clearance by a physician. Schwartz has a possible fracture in his left hand. If Schwartz is found to not have a fractured hand, he will not be required to serve any of the suspension.
The biggest suspensions were received by Sean Salmon and Sam Morgan who were both medically suspended for an indefinite amount of time. However if and when the fighters are cleared by a doctor, they will be required to serve a 45 day suspension without contact for 30 days.
Photo by Jon Swenson, Sharkspage
Jorge Santiago needed less than three minutes in order to capture the state of California and Strikeforce’s first-ever four-man mixed martial arts tournament last night.
Santiago scored victories over Sean Salmon and Trevor Prangley in front of 8,233 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Both Santiago and Prangley headed into the tournament in relatively good shape considering they had each fought earlier in the evening. They decided to keep the bout on the feet during the opening moments of their fight. Santiago battered Prangley with a flurry of leg kicks early on, connecting with one that knocked Prangley to the ground.
Santiago continued to stalk Prangley connecting with a number of unanswered punches and kicks. Santiago connected with a knee to the body and followed it up with a right hand that sent Prangley to the canvas. Santiago pounced on him and following up with another right hand but referee Jon Schorle decided that Prangley had enough and stopped the fight.
After the fight, Santiago admitted that sticking to his game plan ultimately won him the fight:
“I’ve been studying his game for a long time and I knew that he was a tough guy,” said Santiago. “I knew that he was probably going to try and take me down and drop some bombs. I just stuck to my game. I saw the best time to go and I took over.”
MMA on Tap has learned that Sean Salmon will replace Yuki Sasaki in tonight’s middleweight tournament scheduled to take place as part of Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives event this evening at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Sasaki failed an MRI exam yesterday and doctors decided to pull him from the tournament earlier this afternoon. Salmon will fight Jorge Santiago in the first round of the tournament.
Salmon was originally slated to face Dennis Hallman in the tournament’s alternate bout. No word on whether or not Hallman will be given a replacement opponent.
DALLAS, TEXAS—- Mixed-Martial-Arts stars Frank Trigg and Jason “Mayhem” Miller are recognized as two of the sports top middleweights. They, in fact, once squared off in an epic battle for the ICON World Championship, with Trigg coming away the newly crowned champ.
On Saturday, December 15th, the non-stop warrior, Trigg, and the master of mayhem, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, will share top billing (in separate fights) on RECKLESS ABANDON, when Mark Cuban’s HDNet FIGHTS returns to the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Let the lessons in Triggonomics and Mayhem begin.
MMA Junkie has learned of two more fights that will take place at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives on November 16th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
UFC veterans Dennis Hallman and Sean Salmon will meet for the first time in an alternate bout for Strikeforce’s middleweight tournament that night.
Hallman has not yet fought in 2007. He was originally slated to take on Ricardo Almeida at CFFC 6 but the event was abruptly cancelled last month. Hallman’s last fight was a victory over Jeff Quinlan at IFL: Gracie vs Miletich in September of last year.
Salmon has been a busy man thus far in ‘07, racking up a record of 5-3. Salmon is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, who has allowed him to fight in smaller shows in order to improve his skills before returning. He is also scheduled to fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller at HDNet Fights II in December.
The card will also feature Cung Le trying to keep his perfect record intact against TUF alumnus Sam Morgan.
Le has been perfect so far in his MMA career, sporting a record of 4-0. All of Le’s fights have taken place under the Strikeforce banner. His last fight was a stoppage win over Tony Fryklund at the Strikeforce/Elite XC co-promoted Shamrock vs Baroni event in June.
This will be Morgan’s first fight of the year. Morgan last dropped an unanimous decision to Forrest Petz at UFC Fight Night 6 in August 2006.
News and Notes
- ProElite.com will be streaming Randy Couture’s press conference live at 4:30 PM EST.
- A roundup of coverage of last night’s TUF episode:
UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Serra vs Hughes - Episode Six Recap; Matt Hughes’ Blog - Week Six
Sherdog: Sherdog.com’s Guide to TUF 6
The Fight Network: Controversy Strikes TUF 6
Inside Fighting: Paul Georgieff; Tommy Speer
Chicago Sun-Times: John Kolosci’s TUF diary, Episode 6
OC Register: Mac Danzig’s Ultimate Fighter Blog (Episode 6)
MMA Junkie: “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra” — Episode No. 6 Recap
UFC Mania: Ultimate Fighter 6: Episode 6 recap and discussion
UFC Daily: The Ultimate Fighter Season 6: Episode 6 Recap
Five Ounces of Pain: TUF 6: Episode 6 Thoughts/Recap
- Strikeforce originally stated that two-minute rounds would be used during their inaugural middleweight tournament next month but the California State Athletic Commission has stepped in and changed the bout duration to five full minutes.
- Some other numbers from UFC 79…
Official attendance - 16,054
Total live gate - $2,519,850
- Sean Salmon has revealed through MMA Junkie that he will be fighting at Strikeforce next month against an opponent yet to be determined and at the next HDNet Fights event on December 15th against Jason “Mayhem” Miller:
Now, onto upcoming fights (or what I am permitted to say, anyway): I am “for sure” fighting on the Strikeforce card on Nov. 16. However, Eugene Jackson (my original opponent) is injured and can’t fight. I know Cung Le’s opponent has fallen through, and I would like nothing more than to fight him. Here we go again:
Either way, I have been assured that I am on this card, but I’m most likely an “alternate bout” to the tournament. I can’t complain about that, as I would be honored to fight anyone in that four-man field.
Next up, I have been given permission to announce that I will be fighting Jason “Mayhem” Miller on the Dec. 15 HDNet Fights card.
- Last night Brian Knapp of The Fight Network announced that James Thompson and Jon Murphy were set to clash at EliteXC: Renegade on November 10th. However Sam Caplan and Five Ounces of Pain are reporting that the fight is not signed and Murphy was never even approached about a potential fight against Thompson:
When contacted by Five Ounces of Pain, Murphy indicated that no one with EliteXC has contacted him about the possibility of fighting Thompson. He went on to add that he’s currently suffering from a serious shoulder injury and does not believe he’d be able to take the match even if it is offered.
Murphy went on to indicate that a match with Thompson is one he’d welcome in the future and that he hopes it’s a bout available to him once he’s healthy again.
- Herb Dean recently sat down for an interview with The Winnipeg Sun and discussed his controversial decision to stop the Frank Mir-Tim Sylvia heavyweight title bout at UFC 48 after Sylvia suffered a broken arm:
That experience was never more evident back in 2004, when Dean was the referee in UFC 48. In the heavyweight championship fight between Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir, Sylvia broke his arm in the first round. Dean, understanding the headstrong mentality of some of the fighters, saw this and jumped in right away, stopping the fight. He knew if he didn’t, Sylvia would have kept going and possibly suffered more damage.
“He was upset, the crowd was upset,” Dean remembers, “but it turns out they caught in on video, they had a good angle of it, so I was vindicated. For a minute I was wondering where I was going to hide. I was looking for a good hiding spot or a large police officer.
“It’s happened more than once, but that was my defining match as a referee.”
News and Notes
- Remember that you can always donate directly to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund through this link.
- Evan Tanner is looking for sponsors for his friend Ian Dawe who will be fighting at a couple of upcoming shows later this year, including King of the Cage. Contact him here for information.
- Kalib Starnes posted the real story behind his controversial cut suffered during his bout against Alan Belcher this past weekend at UFC 77 in Sherdog’s forums:
I got hit with an elbow early in the first round. In the second round the ref stopped the action so the doctor could look at the cut. The doctor said “How is your vision?” I said “There’s blood in my eye.” Yves Lavigne said, “If you say you can’t see he’ll stop the fight.” I said, “I can see, there’s no problem, I want to fight.” The doctor spread the cut open with his thumbs and said “I can see his skull, I’m stopping it.” I said “I want to continue” and looked at my cornerman.
My cornerman was staring at my cut and yelling “Why are you stopping the fight?”, “What are you doing?” His comments were directed at the referee, but because he was staring at me, I was confused. That is why I became so angry, because I did not quit, and I thought that he was accusing me of quitting. We sorted things out afterwards. That’s something that bothers me a lot after Ken Shamrock said that I was not injured on that show when I had a serious injury. I still take a lot of heat for that son of a bitches ignorant comments.
- Paulo Filho and Thiago Silva have both joined Team Link.
- MMA News interviewed Brock Lesnar over the weekend who apparently already knows when and who he is fighting in his UFC debut.
- Sam Caplan is reporting that Shad Lierley has signed a deal with the IFL that will keep him in the promotion through 2008.
- 411 Mania makes note that Sean Salmon will serve as the injury replacement for the fighters competing in Strikeforce’s middleweight tournament in November.