Kazuhiro Ito def. Toshihiko Yokoyama - KO (Knee)
Tatsuro Kamei def. Suguru Inoue - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Teriyuki Matsumoto def. Kousuke Eda - Unanimous Decision
Hirosumi Sugiura def. Toru Ishinaka - Unanimous Decision
Yasuhiro Kanayama vs. Junya Kudou - Draw
Akihiro Yamazaki def. Daisuke Okumiya - Unanimous Decision
Hiromasa Ougikubo def. Kazuya Tamura - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Takumi Ota def. Sakae Kasuya - TKO (Punches)
Shinya Murofushi def. Atsushi Takeuchi - Split Decision
Setsu Iguchi def. Jin Akimoto - Majority Decision
Atsushi Yamamoto def. Tetsu Suzuki - Unanimous Decision
Hideki Kadowaki def. Rumina Sato - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Daniel Lima def. Kenji Osawa - Split Decision
Yasuhiro Urushitani def. Mamoru Yamaguchi - Unanimous Decision
News and Notes
- MMA Junkie is reporting a lot of news lately…
The UFC has apparently signed former PRIDE, Shooto, and Pancrase veteran Akihiro Gono and has sent UFC welterweight Tamdan McCrory a contract proposing the fight according to McCrory’s manager:
“He’ll (be at) UFC 78 if he accepts the fight, which I assume he will considering he has fought top guys his whole career,” Ciotoli.
”(The UFC’s been) trying to get me on that card, being that I’m from the area and have a strong fan base in New Jersey,” McCrory told us last month.
Marvin Eastman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Demian Maia at UFC 77 after undergoing eye surgery:
“I had a weak spot on my retina for a long time, and about two weeks ago, it tore a little bit,” Eastman said. “It felt like sleepy eye. I went in to check it out last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and I was in surgery by 7. It’s fixed now, and I’ve got to chill a month and can’t fight until November.“
No word as of yet on a replacement opponent for Eastman.
Chris Lytle may be heading over to the WEC for a possible title shot against WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit:
MMA fan favorite and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” welterweight runner-up Chris Lytle may be leaving the UFC for Zuffa LLC’s other fight promotion — the WEC — and may be in line for an immediate title shot.
In fact, a source close to current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (21-4) first contacted MMAjunkie.com about the possibility, saying UFC and WEC officials were discussing the potential title fight. However, the WEC recently folded a proposed November event into its Dec. 12 fight card, and as of now, the organization has far more fighters than it has fight slots.
A reliable source tell us that a Condit-Lytle fight would happen no sooner than February 2008 — if then — because of the backlog.
- Brazilian MMA website Tatame is reporting that former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona may currently be in contract talks with the UFC.
Hat tip to UFC Mania for the Arona link.
- So Matt Hamill has a torn ACL? He also fought Michael Bisping with that torn ACL? Read what Adam Morgan and 411Mania have to say about that.
- It seems that the UFC has took down UFC Takedown:
Late last week, Matt Cava of UFCtakedown.com was issued a Cease and Desist by Zuffa, LLC. He has been told to remove his website. They specifically nailed him for using UFC in his URL as well as broadcasting illegal fight videos. September 8th’s UFC 75: Champion v. Champion videos as well as a fight between Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson were specifically mentioned. As of today, UFCtakedown.com no longer exists. In the meantime, Matt has been able to secure MMAtakedown.net for the time being.
- Brigham Young University has banned Versus from the school’s channel selection, citing costs and the broadcasting of MMA as the reasons:
BYU has banned access to Versus on its campus cable, citing cost and content issues such as ultimate fighting.
Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that one.
Luke Thomas, Sam Caplan, and Matt Cava recap EliteXC: Uprising and preview UFC 76.
Sherdog: Tale of Two Coaches
MMA Weekly: Catching up with Matt Lindland
Fight Opinion: Pro Elite pays big for KOTC & Cage Rage
Fightlinker: Kang forsakes America, may secretly be a communist
Bloody Elbow: How to Build a MMA Cage?
Houston Chronicle: Fitch gets his shot at UFC’s main stage
Daily Star: Dancing Iceman’s Hot Move
Chicago Sports: Keeping up with Montini’s Chase Beebe
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.
News and Notes
- According to his management team, it seems that Fedor is going to sign with a promotion very soon:
That situation isn’t likely to remain so for much longer though, as speculation has swirled around Fedor’s contract status, or lack thereof, as of late. The hot rumor over the past few days has been that he has inked a deal with the UFC.
Not so says Reed Wallace, President of White Chocolate Management, who represents Fedor Emelianenko in the United States.
“Fedor has not signed anything [as of Tuesday afternoon],” Wallace informed MMAWeekly. “He’s going to do something soon. They can’t negotiate forever.”
So Wallace and company are getting fed up with waiting, just like the rest of the MMA world. It’s nothing surprising, but Apy Echteld sayng that contract talks with the UFC are going well certainly is:
Fedor’s managers, Vadim Finkelstein and Apy Echteld, met with the UFC late last week, but a signed contract has yet to materialize. “UFC discussions went very well according to Apy,” said Wallace in reference to the meeting. Initially it seemed the UFC was unwilling to make any modifications to their contract, but it now appears there has been some movement.
“I can say that they are very close to a deal, but some last minute players have stepped up as well,” he said.
One of those players as we all now know is Mark Cuban. The other is assumed to be K-1 Hero’s.
- Sherdog is reporting that Rumina Sato will take on Hideki Kadowaki at Shooto’s Back to our Roots show on September 22nd:
Shooto charisma Rumina Sato (Pictures) will fight Wajyutsu Keisyukai grappling ace Hideki Kadowaki (Pictures) on the Sept. 22 installment of the “Back to Our Roots” series, a source confirmed to Sherdog.com.
Leading Shooto promoter Sustain is expected to officially announce the Sato-Kadowaki bout later this week. The match-up will be the ninth, and likely final bout added to Sept. 22’s fight card.
- MMA Weekly has released their latest set of rankings...
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Fightlinker: Dana White treats people like shit
Steve Grode defeated Carlos Fuentes - Unanimous Decision
Martin Bautista defeated Albert Hill - TKO
Leo Hirai defeated Raja Shippen - Submission (Heel Hook)
Rick McKorkal defeated Kelvin Nimsiriruengphal - TKO
Richie Collingham defeated Travis McRoberts - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brett Cooper defeated Vince Guzman - Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Joe Camacho vs Akiyo Nishiura - Majority Draw
Brian Cobb defeated Kenichiro Togashi - TKO
Bao Quach defeated Tenkei Fujimiya - Split Decision
MMA Weekly is reporting that Nick Diaz will be competing this weekend at Shooto’s debut show in the US.
Diaz will apparently be facing Shinji Sasaki in a submission grappling match during the event. Diaz is still scheduled to take on Mike Aina in Elite XC’s next event on September 15th.
Update 8/17 1:30 PM: Shooto sent out this press release discussing Diaz’s grappling match with Sasaki:
MMA superstar Nick Diaz has been added to Saturdays much-anticipated Shooto event at The No Limits Event Center in Irvine. Diaz will face Shinji Sasaki in a submission grappling match that he hopes will send a message to Sasakis’ training partner Shinya Aoki about his jiu-jitsu prowess. Diaz is coming off an electrifying submission victory over Pride Fighting Champion Takonori Gomi and looks to continue his winning streak Saturday night.
Shooto has announced seven scheduled bouts for their Back to Our Roots 5 event that will take place on September 22nd at Korakuen Hall in Japan.
Along with the announced fights, Shooto has also stated that Rumina Sato will participate in the event as well. Sato currently does not have an opponent.
Class A Bantamweight: Mamoru vs Yasuhiro Urushitani
Class A Featherweight: Kenji Osawa vs Daniel Lima
Class A Bantamweight: Setsu Iguchi vs Jin Akimoto
Class B Flyweight: Atsushi Takechi vs Shinya Murofushi
Class B Lightweight: Eiji Murayama vs Sakae Kasuya
Class B Featherweight: Hiromasa Ougikubo vs Kazuya Tamura
Class B Middleweight: Akihiro Yamazaki vs Daisuke Okumiya
Marcio Ze Pequeno defeated Denilson Castro - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Julian Jaba defeated Jose Roberto - TKO
Paulo Boiko defeated Augusto Mizuno - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Geovani Diniz defeated Claudiere Freitas - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Eduardo Guimaraes defeated Fabio Oliveira - Decision
Renan Barao defeated Erinaldo Pitbull - Submission
Marlon Sandro defeated Marcos Babuino - Decision
Wendell Oliveira defeated Jorge Rodrigues - DQ
Hacran Dias defeated Cyborg Cyborg - Decision
Roni Torres defeated Kim Wong Su - TKO
Here are the full results from Shooto: Back to Our Roots II.
- Kousuke Eda def. Kazuya Tamura - Draw
- Tatsuya Yamamoto def. Katsuya Murofushi - Decision (Unanimous)
- Yoshitaro Niimi def. Ivan Mussardo - TKO (Punches)
- Shinya Murofushi def. Takehiro Ishii - KO (Knee)
- Masakazu Ueda def. So Tazawa - Submission (Brabo Choke)
- Akiyo Nishiura def. Hideki Kadowaki - Decision (Split)
- Rumina Sato def. Augusto Frota Guimaraes - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
- Shinichi Kojima def. Yasuhiro Urushitani - Draw