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EliteXC Announces Partial Oct 4. Card


Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

EliteXC has officially announced the televised main card for the upcoming third edition of “Saturday Night” Fights, which will be broadcast on CBS and will take place at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida on October 4.

The show’s main event will feature EliteXC heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson taking on the biggest test of his young career thus far in the form of UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock. EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields will defend his title against top British welterweight Paul Daley in the night’s co-main event.

Additional featured bouts include a women’s 140 lb. bout between the ever-popular Gina Carano and female veteran Kelly Kobold-Gavin and a middleweight affair between former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua and UFC and IFL veteran Benji Radach.

Another female bout between Brazilian standout Cris Cyborg and Yoko Takahashi will serve as the show’s swing bout, meaning that it could be featured on the CBS broadcast time-permitting. Also announced for the non-televised undercard was Edson Berto vs. Mike Aina and the participation of UFC veterans Crafton Wallace and Seth Petruzelli.

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A Pair of “Street Certified” Changes


Seth Petruzelli weighs-in for Shamrock vs Ortiz III: The Final Chapter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It turns out that former Ultimate Fighter contestant Seth Petruzelli will not take on undefeated heavyweight prospect Dave Herman at EliteXC: Street Certified on February 16th at the United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida.

According to MMA Junkie, Petruzelli will no longer be part of the bout and has been replaced by American Top Team’s Mario Rinaldi. No word yet as to the reason why Petruzelli was forced out of the bout, injury or otherwise.

The fight will be the EliteXC debut for both fighters at an event which also features a main event between internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice and former UFC brawler Tank Abbott.

Rinaldi, who weighs-in as a super heavyweight at 280 lbs, has racked up a professional record of 6-2 so far in his young mixed martial arts career. Four of those wins have come by way of submission. His last fight was a submission win over Jason Dolloff at an Extreme Fighting International in October.

Herman, who has not suffered the taste of defeat thus far in his career, has finished every one of his opponent via strikes or submission. His last fight was a win over Justin Kahn at a Maximum Combat show in December where he submitted Kahn with a rear naked choke.

An additional bout that has been added to the event features Rafael Feijao and John Doyle clashing in a light heavyweight fight according to ProElite.com.

Report: Petruzelli-Herman Set for EliteXC


Seth Petruzelli weighs-in for Shamrock vs Ortiz III: The Final Chapter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former Ultimate Fighter contestant Seth Petruzelli will return to action when he takes on undefeated heavyweight prospect Dave Herman at EliteXC: Street Certified on February 16th at the United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida.

The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have confirmed the bout with members of Herman’s training camp.

The fight will be the EliteXC debut for both fighters at an event which also features a main event between internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice and former UFC brawler Tank Abbott.

Petruzelli, who will be moving up from light heavyweight for the fight, rebounded from a submission loss to Wilson Gouveia at UFC Fight Night 9 with a TKO win over Sean Sallee at Knight Fight’s inaugural show in October.

Herman, who has not suffered the taste of defeat thus far in his career, has finished every one of his opponent via strikes or submission. His last fight was a win over Justin Kahn at a Maximum Combat show in December where he submitted Kahn with a rear naked choke.

CKA: Oct 14, 2007

A lot of news to report so I’ve decided to throw up a Sunday edition of CKA…

News and Notes

- Pancrase has been forced to cancel it’s championship main event for this morning’s 2007 Rising Tour show after former heavyweight King of Pancrase Kestutis “Tiger” Arbocius pulled a no-show. His scheduled opponent, current Heavyweight King of Pancrase Assuerio Silva, has been removed from the card and will defend his title at a later date.

Officials from Sherdog have stated that varying reports reveal that no one really knows where Arbocius is right now:

Initial reports from Japanese media, which attributed information to Arbocius’ management, suggested that the 32-year-old Lithuanian* may have had difficulty with local police.

A Pancrase official disputed that report, telling Sherdog.com via e-mail, “Nobody knows where he is, even his manager. Pancrase is trying to keep in touch with him.”

Yuki Kondo’s bout against Yuji Sakuragi will now serve as the main event for the show.

- Shooto has announced five more bouts for it’s Back to our Roots 6 card, set for November 8th at Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium in Tokyo:

Shinichi Kojima vs Eduardo Dantas
Megumi Fujii vs Kyoko Takabayashi
Rambaa Somdet vs Masaaki Sugawara
Masashi Yozen vs Leandro Silva
Hayate Usui vs Shintaro Ishiwatari

- In a recent interview with ADCC News, Jake Shields stated that he is closer to signing with the UFC than EliteXC right now:

“I want to go out there and fight the best. I’m really looking at UFC over Elite because that is where a lot of top guys are. In the next few weeks I’ll probably make my decision on where I’m going to be signing. I’m sure we’re going to talk to them in the next week before we sign anything with Elite. I’m ready to get in there with the top guys. With the Rumble on the Rock tournament and EliteXC and my last four or five fights have been top come and have been fast, easy fights. I think it definitely shows I belong there.”

- The Edmonton Sun is reporting that Hardcore Championship Fighting is currently in contract talks with Vitor Belfort, Ricardo Arona, and John Alessio:

The Canadian fight club has been on a big-name signing binge of late.

Pride’s Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, former UFC veterans Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral and Joe Riggs have signed on. Negotiations are ongoing with former UFC heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort, Pride vet Ricardo Arona and Canadian John Alessio.

“We are the only Canadian promotion that is bringing in huge international names,” says Crawford. “We remain committed to promoting local talent, but I believe Canadians are educated in the sport and want to see the world’s best.”

- American Top Team has announced that Seth Petruzelli has joined the ranks of the Florida-based training team:

Seth has been involved in the MMA scene for awhile and decided to join ATT to help further his career while preparing and train for his fights. When not preparing for his fights at the Main academy in Coconut Creek, FL. Seth will continue teaching at ATT Orlando along with Paul Rodriguez.

Look for Seth to be back in action Oct. 27th at Knight Fights in Orlando, Florida.

- Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer is reporting that Strikeforce will hold a four-man middleweight tournament at their next event on November 16th:

Strikeforce announced the first one-night tournament ever in California, which will be a four-man middleweight tournament featuring Joe Riggs and Falaniko Vitale on 11/16 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion. Promoter Scott Coker said it was be streamed live on Yahoo! like the Playboy Mansion show was. Cung Le will be in the non-tourament main event.

CKA: Aug 15, 2007

We have a lot of stuff to report this morning…

News and Notes

- EliteXC has announced a total net loss of $11.9 million between January and June 2007 according to UFC Mania.

- IFL heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski has announced that he has joined Dan Henderson’s Team Quest in order to continue with his training…

- FEG formally announced three bouts for the upcoming K-1 Hero’s event on September 17th. The semifinals of the 2007 154 lb tournament will roll on when Caol Uno takes on Kultar Gill and Gesias Calvancanti goes up against Vitor Ribeiro. Ikuhisa Minowa and Ralek Gracie will compete in a non-tournament bout.

- Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s October 12th event will feature the return of Ricardo Almeida. Almeida’s opponent will be Dennis Hallman.

- American Top Team has stated that Denis Kang is expected to sign with an organization in the next few weeks and is targeting September as a possible date of return.

- Palace Fighting Championships has announced that Justin Levens will fight Kenny Ento for the vacant PFC World Middleweight Championship on October 18th:

“These are two of the most popular and intense fighters to ever compete in the Valley,” Printup said. “Levens has faced tougher competition, but Ento is an extremely tough match up. He’s tall, rangy, has excellent submissions and underrated stand up. Levens is an absolute animal, who has only lost to top-level fighters.”

- The IFL Finals on September 20th in Hollywood, Florida will now feature two superfights as well as the IFL Championship. Seth Petruzelli and Rolles Gracie Jr. will meet in a light heavyweight bout. Aaron Riley and Ryan Schultz will clash in the night’s other superfight.

- The weigh-ins for UFC 74 will begin at 6 PM EST and will start to be broadcast on ESPNEWS at 7:15 EST. As always, they will also be available to watch online for free on a slew of sites, including UFC.com, Yahoo! Sports, and MSN.

- Tickets for UFC 77: Hostile Territory are slated to go on sale starting on August 22nd…

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