KJ Noons vs Edson Berto Live Blog

I turned on ShoXC just in time to see Jaime Jara knocking out Jeremiah Metcalf in the first round.  Outside of seeing a nice punch, Jara has a ton of tattoos.  There’s some insight for you.

KJ Noons vs Edson Berto was about to start, so I thought I’d do a casual live blog.

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ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series Weigh-In Results

Lee Gibson (154.5) vs. Muhsin Corbbrey (155)
Jefferson “Tank” Silva (205) vs. Aaron Rosa (204)
Chris David (135) vs. Scott Jorgenson (135)
Jaime Jara (176) vs. Jeremiah Metcalf (174.2)
Edson Berto (155) vs. KJ Noons (155)
Shayna Bazler (138) vs. Finney (140)
Josh Neal (185) vs. Eric Beondo (185)
Anthony Rubalcava (204) vs. Drew Montgomery (205)
John Reedy (153.5) vs. Brian Cobb (154.2)
Anthony Ruiz (202.7) vs. Jason Gerris (205)

Wetherspoon Out, Jara In

Sam Caplan at Five Ounces of Pain! is reporting that Aaron Wetherspoon has suffered an injury and is out of his Gladiator Challenge and King of the Cage welterweight unification title bout with Jeremiah Metcalf.

Replacing Wetherspoon will be middleweight Jaime “El Cucui” Jara (15-4). Jara is currently on a 10 fight winning streak with victories over Carter Williams, Kyacey Uscola, and Anthony Ruiz. The bout will take place at a catch weight at 175 lbs.

ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series Fight Card

Here is the full fight card for Showtime and EliteXC’s debut show ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series.

Showtime Fights:

Lee Gibson (10-1) vs. Muhsin Corbbrey (4-2)
Jefferson “Tank” Silva (3-1) vs. Aaron Rosa (8-0)
Chris David (8-5-1) vs. Scott Jordenson (3-1) - Swing Bout
Aaron Wetherspoon (6-2) vs. Jeremiah Metcalf (5-2)
Edson Berto (11-3-1) vs. KJ Noons (4-2) Internet Fights:

Shayna Bazler (5-3) vs. Jan Finney (3-3)
Josh Neal (1-0 vs. Eric Beondo (2-0)
Anthony Rubalcava (0-0) vs. Drew Montgomery (2-1)
John Reedy (2-2) vs. Brian Cobb (8-4)
Anthony Ruiz (15-10) vs. Jason Geris (4-2)

Pro Elite and Showtime Conference Call Notes July 24, 2007

Today Pro Elite and Showtime held media conference call promoting their new show “ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series” which is scheduled to debut Friday, July 27 at 11 PM EST live from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California.

Present for the call was Doug DeLuca, Gary Shaw, and Ken Hershman.

Summary of the conference:

• Showtime plans on holding four ShoXC events before the end of the year. There were no specific dates mentioned for final three shows but they did say they would like to hold one in August, October and December.

• The main event this weekend will be K.J. Noons vs. Edson Berto. Also on the card will be a King of the Cage/Gladiator Challenge welterweight championship unification match between Jeremiah Metcalf and Aaron Wetherspoon.

• EliteXC plans on holding a card September 15th in Hawaii. The card is expected to feature an EliteXC middleweight title bout between Murilo Rua vs. Robbie Lawler. Shaw stated numerous times that the bout agreement has not yet been signed.

• Shaw was not sure when Frank Shamrock would be returning, but he did say that Shamrock won’t be fighting Nick Diaz in September. Diaz recently went on the record calling out Frank Shamrock saying “I watched his last fight and no disrespect intended, but I think I would whoop his ass.” Diaz is currently serving the suspension he received from the NSAC after testing positive for Delta-9-THC following his gogo-plata victory over Takanori Gomi. Due to the positive test the NSAC decided to change the result of the fight to a no contest.

• Gina Carano’s future is bright with EliteXC, she signed a multi-year contract with the company. The face of female MMA.

• There has been interest in bringing Frank Trigg into the mix at 185 lbs.

• Jeremy Lappen was involved with the Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou deal. EliteXC thought they had him as they flew him into the last event and treated him very well and then at the last minute someone threw him a large offer that Shaw was not willing to match. Rumor has it K-1 offered Sokoudjou “significantly more money” than the $200,000 per-fight that Pro Elite offered.

• Gary Shaw hinted at implementing a 160 lbs. weight class. Shaw stated that through his experience in boxing he knows that there are guys who fight at 160 lbs. that cannot get to 155 lbs. so it provides them with another option. Nick Diaz would be a perfect fit for the potential division.

Countdown to Shamrock vs Baroni Premieres Tuesday, June 12 on Showtime

LOS ANGELES – Exclusive access, never-before-seen footage and explosive rivalries all define “Countdown To Shamrock vs. Baroni,” a 30-minute magazine show set to premier on Showtime on Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET /PT.  “Countdown” explores the highly anticipated world championship mixed martial arts showdown between former UFC middleweight king, Frank Shamrock, and UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni.

The 14-match mega fight card will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose , Calif. on Friday, June 22, and will feature Shamrock vs. Baroni in the main event with up to five other matches airing live on Showtime PPV ( 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT ). As many as five undercard bouts will be streamed live at while a few bouts will be reserved for those in attendance at the “Shark Tank.”

“Countdown” will take you inside the training camps for an exclusive look at the first-degree grudge match between the crafty and versatile legend Shamrock and the power-punching and edgy New Yorker with a bad attitude Baroni.  At stake for both fighters are the coveted Strikeforce Middleweight World Title and their respective reputations. The pair has engaged in a veritable war of words since long before this match had been officially announced. 

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CKA: Jun 7, 2007

News and Notes

- Just a reminder to check out the updated MMA on Tap Top Ten and to cast your vote on our latest poll - Rock the Vote: Franklin or Okami?

- Tonight’s TUF 5 episode will feature two quarterfinal bouts: Nate Diaz vs Corey Hill and Matt Wiman vs Manny Gamburyan

- Last night on bodogFIGHT: Costa Rica Combat - Nick Thompson stopped Dustin Denes with strikes on the ground in the second round and Eddie Alvarez was victorious with a TKO win over Scott Henze by TKO.

- The rumors are true when it comes to Sherdog adding a third live radio show to it’s lineup. The Stephen Quadros Show will debut on Tuesday, June 12th at 3 PM EST.

- Showtime will replay selected bouts from K-1 Dynamite!! USA this Saturday night at 9 PM EST to precede the Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson doubleheader started at 10 PM. Brock Lesnar’s MMA debut and the rematch between Royce Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba will be shown in their entirety while highlights from the other fights on the card will be shown.

Video of the Day

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
9-12 AM - Cage Side Live
11-12 AM - Knockout Radio

WEC 28 Draws 0.4 Rating

The WEC’s debut broadcast on Versus this past Sunday night brought in an overall rating of 0.4 and averaged 416,000 total viewers throughout the show according to MMA Weekly.

The broadcast did very well at least on it’s own channel as it drew close to the same rating as two games of this year’s Stanley Cup Finals that aired on Versus.

Elite XC’s premiere on Showtime back in February only drew 365,000 views compared to the 416,000 that the WEC brought in. However Showtime is only available in 15 million households in the US compared to Versus which is shown in about 70 million.

K-1 Dynamite!! USA in Doubt?

The title says it all. The Fight Network has posted an article which states K-1 Dynamite!! USA is in danger of not happening.

According to the article, Fight Entertainment Group (FEG) have yet to be granted their license by the California State Athletic Commission.

A CSAC representative says the hold-up has been FEG’s inability and hesitation to submit financial paperwork, requirements the state agency stipulates of all its applicants.

After numerous requests FEG still has not submitted the bond necessary to cover fighters’ purses for the June 2nd show. No bond = no event.

It was also noted that lightweight Javier Vasquez had dropped off of the card and K-1 had attempted to replace him with UFC veteran Gabe Ruediger but the request was denied as he is currently under suspension in Nevada.

The CSAC says it has not received even preliminary paperwork for 19 of the 22 fighters slated to participate. This includes the 14 foreign fighters K-1 had agreed to deliver stateside beginning May 17. Kazushi Sakuraba, who faces Royce Gracie in a rematch, is scheduled to arrive in the US tomorrow. At this time, the CSAC can not confirm that any of the foreign fighters are now stateside.

Things aren’t looking very positive for K-1 Dynamite!! USA… 90,000 seat arena, no promoters license, and no replacement for Carano or Vasquez. What’s next?

Update: 12:07 AM: The Fight Network is reporting that FEG submitted papers to the CSAC today but after a careful review the CSAC decided it was not enough to grant FEG a promoters’ license.

Two hours following the story, the CSAC says they received documents from FEG, though after careful review, the state agency announced this afternoon the paperwork is far insufficient to accommodate a request for a promoters’ license and is “not what we asked for.”

“We have drawn a line in the sand,” says Bill Douglas, CSAC Staff Analyst who has handled the majority of the last two month’s interaction with the Japanese company trying to bring its first MMA event to the US. “If they do not deliver us the financial information by the end of this week, this is going to be a big problem.”

On top of that, the CSAC still has not received a bond from the promotion to front fighters’ purses and other accrued costs.

Update: 12:14 AM: ‘The Ultimate Fighter 5’ contestant Gabe Ruediger has been released from his UFC contract and had his “administrative suspension” lifted by the NSAC meaning he can compete on the card.

EliteXC Adds Ranallo and Glazer

It has been announced that Mauro Ranallo and Jay Glazer will join the broadcast team for the upcoming EliteXC show on Showtime.

Originally it was announced that former WWE star Bill Goldberg and Mario Lopez would be in charge of the announcing duties. Luckily for MMA fans, Showtime and EliteXC has added some legit announcing with the additions of Glazer and Ranallo.

Mauro Ranallo will be in charge of the play-by-play duties while Goldberg and Glazer provide the color commentary. Mario Lopez will serve as a “roving reporter”.

I’m happy to see Showtime has added some legit talent in the broadcast booth. When I first heard that Bill Goldberg and Mario Lopez would be the announcers I figured the organization was destined for failure. Goldberg was absolutely horrid when he did the color commentary on the WFA: King of the Streets show.

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