Seth Petruzelli

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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Petruzelli Wins in Return at Art of Fighting


Seth Petruzelli. Photo by Tom Casino, EliteXC/CBS.

In his first fight since easily dispatching of Kimbo Slice prior to EliteXC’s demise nearly a year ago, Seth Petruzelli earned a first-round knockout of local product and IFL veteran Chris Baten in the featured attraction of Saturday night’s Art of Fighting IV at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa Bay.

Petruzelli and Baten were content to stand and trade during the first couple minutes of the fight. Petruzelli was briefly able to take Baten down and achieved side control at one point, but Baten was eventually able to scramble to his feet.

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Quick Hits: Struve Tapped to Face Gormley, Weekend Preview & More


Stefan Struve. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Towering heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve has reportedly been tapped to face undefeated All-American collegiate wrestler Chase Gormley at UFC 104, which takes place on October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.. Bout agreements have apparently been signed. Gormley was originally slated to face Ben Rothwell at the event but Rothwell was recently moved into a main card matchup against Cain Velasquez. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— A number of notable MMA veterans are in action this weekend. Art of Fighting’s latest offering in Tampa, Florida includes Seth Petruzelli, competing for the first time since his 14-second win over Kimbo Slice, going up against Chris Baten. Marcio Cruz and Delson Heleno will be on the AOF card as well. Neil Grove and Brad Pickett will also be defending their respective Ultimate Challenge UK titles in London, England while Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Masakazu Imanari, and Ryo Chonan are in action at DEEP 43 in Japan. [Bloody Elbow]

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Report: Petruzelli Agrees to Rematch With Kimbo Slice


Seth Petruzelli. Photo by Tom Casino, EliteXC/CBS.

Seth Petruzelli, a former contestant on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” that gained instant fame after dispatching of former street fighter turned mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice at EliteXC’s “Heat” event in October, has reportedly agreed to a rematch against Slice in March of next year.

According to comments attributed to Petruzelli by MMA Weekly’s “MMA Insider Blog”, the former K-1 kickboxer has received offers to compete at a yet-to-be-announced Strikeforce event and an unknown show in China as well, but has also agreed to fight Slice for a second time in Tampa Bay, Florida and is waiting for a response from his camp:

Petruzelli maintains that he’s agreed to the rematch, and is awaiting word from Slice’s camp. It’s a fight he feels is needed to sustain the jolt in momentum created by the 14 second knockout at Elite XC’s final dance on Oct. 4.

“I just need to prove more my second time around, if I fight him, or I fight anybody else,” Petruzelli said. “I need to do the exact same thing…just to prove it wasn’t a fluke. That’s been my main driving goal, to train my ass off.”

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Shaw, White Chime in on EliteXC Mess


Gary Shaw. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

If anything could make EliteXC’s situation even worse right now, it would be a current or former employee involved in the matchmaking of the fights they put on to come out and basically admit that, yeah, the organization does tell fighters to keep their bouts standing “for the fans.”

Enter Gary Shaw. The former face of the promotion has told the Los Angeles Times that he hasn’t hesitated in the past to tell fighters that the company was looking to put on a certain kind of fight. And his comments couldn’t come at a worse time:

But Elite XC consultant Gary Shaw said he wouldn’t hesitate to “go to a fighter and say, ‘We’re looking for a stand-up fight.’ You’re not asking him to throw a fight. You’re talking about a fan-friendly fight, not about protecting Kimbo.”

Shaw said he has urged MMA fighters in the past to maximize the action, to avoid an abundance of yawn-inspiring wrestling.

“Do I think that’s unethical? No,” Shaw said. “Because in MMA, you get bonus money for a knockout. I don’t see it as unethical . . . asking him to be TV and fan friendly.

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EliteXC Still Backpedaling on Bonus Debacle


Jeremy Lappen. Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com.

If Seth Petruzelli wasn’t already pretty popular after knocking out Kimbo Slice last Saturday, he’s likely finding out that he’s gaining notoriety by the minute these days. Just about of the major news outlets are now covering Petruzelli’s botched comments - he inadvertently claimed that EliteXC had offered him a bonus to keep his fight against Slice on the feet on an Orlando radio show Monday - and no one involved is content with the current situation.

What is EliteXC doing during all of this? Continuing to try and save face while contradicting itself of course. One of Bloody Elbow‘s readers discovered that EliteXC figurehead Jeremy Lappen has been giving differing answers during interviews this week. He’s not the only one either.

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More on the EliteXC Payment Controversy


Seth Petruzelli. Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com.

The fallout from EliteXC’s “Heat” show this past weekend seems to be calming down, but the accusations that the organization may have attempted to bribe Seth Petruzelli to keep his fight with Kimbo Slice standing with an extra bonus are just heating up.

In his first response since Petruzelli’s revelation and quick retraction of his comments yesterday on an Orlando, Florida radio station, EliteXC Head of Fight Operations Jeremy Lappen has denied offering any kind of payment to Petruzelli in a report by Sherdog.com.

“Obviously we didn’t pay [Petruzelli] to stand,” Lappen is quoted as saying. “Kimbo had trained for months to fight a guy who’s fighting on the ground. We don’t care if people stand or take people down or what. It doesn’t matter to us. All we want is an exciting fight.”

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Did EliteXC Attempt to Bribe Seth Petruzelli?


Seth Petruzelli. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It’s already been a bad start to the week for EliteXC because of the demise of Kimbo Slice and unfortunately for them, it could be getting worse. In an interview this morning with Orlando, Florida’s 104.1 FM “Monsters” morning show, Seth Petruzelli discussed his quick win over Slice on Saturday night.

Normally it wouldn’t be a big deal, but it was what Petruzelli said close to ten minutes into the interview that has caught the attention of many in the mixed martial arts community this evening. According to Petruzelli’s original comments on the show, EliteXC officials offered to pay him extra if he promised to stand and strike with Slice.

“My original plan was to use push kicks and have him think that I’m going to throw them and then rush in on him and take him down,” Petruzelli said on the show. “I have kind of an awkward style so I knew that I would do alright on the feet with him. The promoters kind of hinted to me, and they gave me the money, to stand and trade with him. They didn’t want me to take him down, let’s just put it that way.”

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Kimbo Wasn’t Exposed, the Truth Was


Seth Petruzelli. Photo by Tom Casino, EliteXC/CBS.

After a weekend without a steady internet connection because of work going on in my area, I hopped on the computer this morning and immediately noticed the headlines concerning Seth Petruzelli’s quick and easy victory over Kimbo Slice this weekend.

They were “shocking” to say the least. Not shocking because of the amount of coverage the fight got, that was expected in my opinion, but shocking because people are actually treating Petruzelli’s destruction of Slice as surprising.

Give me a break…

The second that Petruzelli was announced as Ken Shamrock’s replacement opponent, I immediately turned to my friends and told them to expect a Kimbo Slice loss. Joe Rogan did the same thing. Although I’m sure no one expected Slice to go down in just 14 seconds, his first professional defeat was clearly coming against a much more experienced and credentialed fighter than he.

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Petruzelli-Rosa Signed for EliteXC on CBS


Seth Petruzelli. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC veteran Seth Petruzelli will reportedly take on three-time ShoXC competitor Aaron Rosa in a scheduled preliminary bout at EliteXC’s upcoming third edition of “Saturday Night” Fights according to Five Ounces of Pain.

The event will be broadcast on CBS and will take place at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida on October 4. Rosa reportedly confirmed the matchup himself over the weekend.

Petruzelli, a cast member on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, was released from the UFC following consecutive losses to Matt Hamill and Wilson Gouveia. Petruzelli most recently stopped Sean Sallee at a Knight Fest show in October of last year.

After winning his EliteXC debut, a first-round TKO of Jefferson Silva last July, Rosa went on to drop his last two bouts inside the promotion. He was submitted by rising light heavyweight prospect Jared Hamman in October 2007 and then lost a unanimous decision to Jaime Fletcher back in March. Rosa last defeated Ron Fields at Adrenaline MMA’s debut show on June 14.

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