Team Tompkins

Hominick to Face Mesa at TKO 31

TKO Championship Fighting has announced that former TKO featherweight champion Mark “The Machine” Hominick will step into the cage at TKO 31: Young Guns with Rage in the Cage veteran Yaotzin Mesa.

Mark Hominick is a veteran of the UFC, WEC and TKO who sports a professional MMA record of 14-7. Hominick holds victories over Yves Edwards, Jorge Gurgel, Stephane Vigneault, and Doug Edwards. After suffering two tough losses, Hominick returned to TKO in September to face Ben Greer. Hominick was adamant about stepping into the cage and imposing his striking game on the highly touted Greer (10-3). Hominick did just that ending the contest at 1:14 of the first round when he sent Greer to the canvas with a vicious straight right.

Yaotzin Mesa is a veteran for Rage in the Cage who sports a MMA record of 6-3. Mesa lost his first three MMA appearances but since then he has reeled off six straight victories.

TKO 31: Young Guns

Main Card:

Steve Bosse vs. Icho Larenas (HW)
Mark Hominick vs. Yaotzin Mesa (FW)
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube (WW)
Jay Estrada vs. Martin Grandmont (LW)
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault (FW)
Syd Barnier vs. Mark Fraser (FW)
Bob Landry vs. Lance Evans (HW)
Thierry Quenneville vs. TBA (FW)

Preliminary Fights:

Valerie Letourneau vs. Alexis Davis (FW)
Eric Leclerc vs. TBA (FW)
Guilliaume Lamarche vs. TBA (FW)
Ben Gallant vs. Shawn Thompson (HW)
Yannick Galipeau vs. TBA (WW)

IFL: Horodecki vs Fabiano Off

The Fight Network is reporting that Wagnney Fabiano will no longer be facing Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki at the IFL Grand Prix Finals on Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Chris Horodecki will now be facing Shad Lierley Dec. 29 for the IFL lightweight title.

According to the report, Fabiano will be making the drop to 145 lbs. and will be fighting for the IFL featherweight belt Dec. 29.

“We were ready to face Wagnney Fabiano in the final,” Tompkins said. “That’s being changed. Shad Lierley, who Horodecki fought before [in what was] probably one of the most exciting fights in the IFL, will be put into the Grand Prix spot against Chris.”

“I believe the IFL, in that show, is going to start a 145-pound division, and Wagnney Fabiano will be fighting for a 145-pound title,” Tompkins said. “We’re big fans of Wagnney Fabiano. Obviously, he’s waved the Canadian flag for [the Toronto Dragons]. We hope he becomes the 145-pound champion.”

IFL World Grand Prix Finals

IFL Featherweight Championship
Wagnney Fabiano vs. TBA

IFL Lightweight Championship
Chris Horodecki vs. Shad Lierley

IFL Welterweight Championship
Delson Heleno vs. Jay Hieron

IFL Middleweight Championship
Benji Radach vs. Matt Horwich

IFL Heavyweight Championship
Antoine Jaoude vs. Roy Nelson

CKA: Oct 17, 2007

News and Notes

- The Nevada State Atheletic Commission has overturned Donald Cerrone’s Sept. 5 victory over Kenneth Alexander after he tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide.

- In a sit down with Yahoo! Sports, former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva discussed a variety of subjects including steroids, Chuck Liddell, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and more.

Actually, they do test in Japan. I was tested before and after my fights in Japan. But if you are thinking of Mirko (Cro Cop) and Shogun as examples, Mirko may have lost because he has so many other things going on in his life, such as his duty in government, and his business. Shogun went through a lot of changes before he fought in the UFC. He changed his home, he changed his training, and he changed fighting organizations. I don’t know why they lost their fights in the UFC; only Shogun and Mirko understand the reasons why they lost.

- Sticking with Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Iole posted a mailbag article yesterday and in it he stated that non-UFC sources say that the contract Randy Couture signed before fighting Tim Sylvia was for four fights paying between $13-15 million.

Non-UFC sources say that the contract Couture negotiated and signed before his comeback fight against Tim Sylvia in March is for four fights and between $13 million and $15 million, which puts him behind only Chuck Liddell, at four fights and $17 million, in the UFC salary pecking order. Those numbers are believed to include percentages of pay-per-view money.

- In a recent interview with MMAWeekly, Chris Lytle spoke about his upcoming fight with Thiago Alves and also provided his thoughts on being labeled a “utility fighter”.

“(The UFC has) told me this, ‘Chris, we can call you at any time and you’re going to be in shape and we can put you in with anybody.’ It’s not like, no, this guy’s too tough for Chris,” said the Indiana native.

“At the same time, they’re trying to utilize me not towards my best interests at times. It’s probably not a good label, but if I had less skill, I wouldn’t have it. It really speaks to the level of my ability to fight.”

Media Links

Sports Illustrated: Q & A with Chris Horodecki
MMAWeekly: Alan Belcher Version 2.0
The Fight Network: Familiar Territory
UFC: Patience is no virtue for Jason MacDonald
UFC: Words of Wisdom with Brandon Vera
Sherdog: Behind the Curtain: Zuffa’s Finances Come Into Focus

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
1-3 PM - The Savage Dog Show
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
3-5 PM - The Beatdown
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM - Knockout Radio

Shawn Tompkins Responds to Stéphane Dubé

Last week we ran a story titled “Stéphane Dubé Wants His Shot” where TKO lightweight contender Stéphane Dubé took time to call out current TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout saying “In Sam’s contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”

Shortly after we ran the story Stout’s trainer, Shawn Tompkins, graced the airwaves of MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio to discuss his IFL team and the upcoming IFL Semifinals which is scheduled for August 2, 2007 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. At the end of the interview Jeff Cain posed a question about Dube and Tompkins provided listeners with a candid answer.

“Well sure, Sam Stout will fight Stephane Dube but Stephane Dube has to go fight somebody first to prove that he deserves a fight against Sam Stout. I mean, I could go on your radio show tomorrow and say I want to fight Chuck Liddell but that doesn’t mean I deserve it right? Stephane Dube has got sick strikes but two of those fights are against the same guy and three of those fights are against guys in a different weight division and all of those names he has fought are basically nobodys. The fact that he is turning 40 years old and thinks he deserves a shot and Stephane Patry wants to make that fight happen because it will sell tickets - I don’t owe Stephane Patry any gift. I’ve dedicated alot of my time and energy to him over years so we’ll find people that deserve the fight. There is alot more people that deserve to be in that fight other than Stephane Dube, no disrespect to him, but if he disrespects us, you know, he’s got to sit back and take a real look at things. Like I said, I can go on here and call out anybody but it doesn’t mean I deserve the fight.”

TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam Stout defending his lightweight title against Martin Grandmont. Stéphane Dubé will appear on the undercard against Tyler “TNT” Jackson. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Stéphane Dubé Wants His Shot

Stéphane Dubé is a versatile mixed martial artist who possesses excellent Muay Thai and kickboxing skills. Dubé will be fighting Tyler Jackson at TKO 30: Apocalypse on September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Dubé has been vocal recently stating that he feels TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout is avoiding a possible title match with him. MMA on Tap caught up with Dubé to get his thoughts on Tyler Jackson, Sam Stout and a possible lightweight title shot in the future.

Dubé‘s most recent victory came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he stopped David Medd with strikes. After the fight Dubé took the microphone and proceeded to call out Sam Stout. When asked about his feud with Stout he said, “I have no problem with Sam Stout, but now it’s enough. First time he said tell your people to call my people, they did but it did not append, they call again and this time they said that I did not beat any good fighter to their eye. I still won 6 in a row and did not choose any of those opponents. They say that I have to beat a serious contender, so they choose Tyler Jackson. That’s all.”

It was recently announced that Dubé‘s opponent at TKO 30 would be TKO veteran Tyler Jackson. When speaking about Jackson, Dubé was very respectful saying, “All I know about Tyler Jackson is that he is a very nice guy to talk to and I know that he always comes prepared for a fight. He is a well rounded fighter, good wrestler, good boxer and very good ground and pound fighter.”

If Dubé gets by Jackson at TKO 30 one would expect a title shot in the near future. Dube wants it, Stout wants it and the fans want it! It seems like the perfect opportunity for Stephane Patry and TKO to setup and market a little grudge match. When asked if he felt he’d be getting a title shot in the immediate future Dubé said, “In Sam contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”

IFL Conference Call Notes July 18, 2007

Today the IFL held a national media conference call promoting their upcoming IFL: Semifinals show which is scheduled for August 2nd at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.

Present for the conference call was Kurt Otto, Pat Miletich, and Shawn Tompkins.

Summary of the conference:

• Next Wednesday the IFL will be announcing who will be competing in the Grand Prix. It will consist of the top four guys in each weight class and they will be competing for a belt. The IFL also plans on revealing the belt next Wednesday.

• The Grand Prix will consist of two different events and they are still currently trying to finalize where the two shows will be. They hop to have it finalized by Wednesday.

• When asked if the IFL has considered streaming upcoming shows on the internet or PPV, Otto said, “The IFL has always promised free MMA and at this point we feel that in order for us to do a pay-per-view we better have a very good reason to do it or offer something a little bit different then we already offer now in order to justify doing a pay-per-view.”

• Chris Horodecki and Jay Heiron are off the card because of injuries. Horodecki suffered a broken in his fight with Shad Lierley and replacing him will be Adam Disabato. Heiron’s injury was a recent one which occurred while he was grappling. His replacement will be TKO veteran Chris Clements.

• Ryan McGivern will not be fighting August 2nd due to a personal commitment. Miletich said “Ryan McGivern’s injuries stem from basically having to get married.” The wedding was already planned and paid for so McGivern had to bow out but he gave Miletich plenty of notice. Miletich wanted to replace McGivern with Lawler but was unable to as Lawler suffered a shoulder injury while helping Matt Hughes on TUF.

• When asked about how he feels to have Rory Markham back, Miletich said, “It obviously helps, he is one of our A guys. Rory’s fire and passion for fighting definitely is contagious so it’s definitely going to make a difference as it always has. Win or Lose, Rory goes out and people stand on their feet. That’s just the way he does things. It’s pretty amazing and rare when you find guys like that - a Horodecki, a Markham. Guys who will just go out and unleash and throw down with people because that’s what they love to do - they have a warriors heart, they’re not afraid to get hit, they’re not afraid to trade and throw bombs so you know that sort of mentality is contagious when you have guys like that, that fight in the manor, mentality and warrior spirit that they do.”

•Gerald Harris will be joining the Silverbacks to face Benji Radach.

• The IFL still pays injured fighters for training and preparing for fights but they don’t get individual/team win bonuses.

• The preliminary bouts will feature Mike Dolce vs. Nissim Levy and Dante Rivera vs. Lyman Good.

• Otto stated that there was a good possibility that Chris Horodecki and Bart Palaszewski would meet in the Grand Prix.

TKO Notes and Quotes

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Bob Landry (1-1), Valerie Letourneau (1-1), and Adrian Wooley (2-0) will appear on the undercard of TKO 30: Apocalypse. Their opponents are currently unknown.

TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout recently spoke with Marco Antico about his upcoming title defense against Martin Grandmont as well as his recent loss to Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 10.

“As far as losses go, it’s pretty much as good as they come.  It was an exciting fight and it was the main event on free TV.  I’ve gotten mostly all positive feedback from the fight and I know the UFC wants me back,”

“I know I can beat Grandmont.  We fought in amateur kick-boxing a couple of years back and all three judges’ scored it 30-27 in favor of me.  I think I’m a more complete fighter than him, especially after working on my wrestling with Couture for the past fight.”

Stephane Dube, who is scheduled to appear on the card, recently took time out of his scheduled to call upon Sam Stout who he feels is dodging him. Dube said, “Sam Stout is to fight Martin Grandmont, I would like to know if you are avoiding me. Are you going to wait for me to be 50 years old, before fighting me? A real champion never back down from a challenge, unless you think that I am too much of a challenge for you.”

Stephane Dube is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 6-1. Dube has been impressive during his time in TKO finishing his 5 of his 6 opponents by strikes. Dube is a Muay Thai expert who hold victories over the likes of David Medd, Jacob MacDonald, and James Martinez.

Stout rebutted by saying…

“anyone can get on a microphone and call someone out.  But, does Dube really deserve a title shot?  Who has he really beaten?  Most of his opponents have losing records!  And he’s been fighting at 170lbs lately so who’s he really fought at Lightweight anyway?”

Stout’s opponent, Martin Grandmont, also took time to speak with Marco Antico about the upcoming title fight and his past encounter with Stout.

“Yes, I feel that I deserve this title shot.  I have waited a long time for this and I am very excited about the opportunity”, stated Grandmont.  “I know Stout is going to be a great challenge for me, but I know what I need to do to win.”

“I fought Stout in kick-boxing long time ago and he beat me in a decision.  But, he never hurt me once with anything;  he doesn’t hit hard.  He was always just throwing one more punch than me.  He won on points but a few months later I beat the guy that took the amateur title from him (Dave Jones). Good for Stout, he beat me in amateur kickboxing, but this is MMA.  It is going to be very different in September”

We’re still two months out and it’s heating up folks! For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Two Title Fights Headline TKO 30

The main event at TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout as he returns to TKO to defend his lightweight title against Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont. In the co-main event, Chris “The Menace” Clements will battle Sean “The Pimp” Pierson for the vacant TKO welterweight title.

Sam Stout (11-3-1) is the current TKO lightweight champion who sports a TKO record of 10-0. Stout trains at Team Tompkins with the likes of Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, and Chris Clements. Stout holds victories over the likes of Fabio Holanda, Jay Estrada, and Spencer Fisher. Stout’s opponent, Martin Grandmont (5-3), is a native of Drummondville, Quebec who holds a TKO record of 4-2. Grandmont is a well versed kickboxer who holds victories over the likes of Tyler Jackson and Dave Pariseau.

Chris Clements (4-1) is a native of Chatham, Ontario who sports a TKO record of 4-0. Clements trains at Team Tompkins and holds victories over the likes of David Medd, Steve Pouliot, and Martin Grandmont. Clements possesses excellent striking, devastating ground and pound and incredible strength. Sean “The Pimp” Pierson (5-3) is a talented wrestler who sports a TKO record of 3-2. Pierson trains at Shah Franco Martial Arts and holds victories over the likes of Chester Post, Mark Colangelo, and Steve Vigneault.

Also on the card will be UFC and WEC veteran Mark “The Machine” Hominick.

For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Shawn Tompkins Has Words For Joe Rogan

Today MMA trainer extraordinaire, Sean Tompkins, appeared on The Fight Network radio to explain the advice he gave to Sam Stout at the beginning of the third round during his main-event bout with Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 10. While answering the question Tompkins took the time to provide his thoughts on UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.

“No, absolutely it’s a motivational thing that as a trainer you doing things like that where your fighter is getting power shots to his chin. You don’t want him to fall back into a single punch or single kick series where he is going to get knocked out. What I wanted him to do was to continue with confidence that he was winning the exchanges therefor he would continue to throw punches in four or six hand combos and at any time you throw hands in fours or sixes you’ve got a chance at knocking the person out. I mean contrary to the coaching expertize of Joe Rogan, who I think is one of the biggest douchebags in the sport, I’m very confident in what I do and how I do it. I think I don’t really have to prove it to anybody, that is completely the reason why I did it.”

For those of you unaware when Stout came to his corner at the end of the second round, Sean Tompkins said to him, “Don’t get caught in a war, lead hook-cross, don’t get emotional with him. We are winning every exchange.” Rogan immediately responded saying, “That’s interesting, Sean Tompkins says “we’re winning every exchange”, I completely disagree. Obviously he is probably trying to pump up and give him confidence but it might be a good thing to say.”

“I’m sure he is just trying to pump up Sam Stout but he needs to put some urgency into his game.”

Later on in the third round, Mike Goldberg stated that Sam Stout needed to go into desperation mode and Rogan responded by saying, “He should have already have been there. At the beginning of this round he should have been there. That’s the only thing I disagree with about Tompkins coaching him in his corner.”

IFL: Seattle Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for IFL: Seattle.

Tokyo Sabres vs. Portland Wolfpack

Orvil Palmer (233.6) vs. Devin Cole (247.5)
Kazuhiro Hamanaka (185) vs. Matt Horwich (185)
Vladimir Matyushenko (204) vs. Aaron Stark (205)
Antonio McKee (169) vs. Mike Dolce (170)
Savant Young (155) vs. Ryan Schultz (155)

L.A. Anacondas vs. Seattle Tiger Sharks

Benji Radach (185) vs. Bristol Marunde (184)
Chris Horodecki (153) vs. Shad Lierley (153)
Jay Hieron (170) vs. Brad Blackburn (170)
Alex Schoenauer (204) vs. Allan Goes (205)
Krzysztof Soszynski (230) vs. Reese Andy (208)

Event Previews

IFL: Seattle Weigh-In
IFL: IFL Seattle Preview, Part 1
IFL: IFL Seattle Preview, Part 2
Sherdog: Anacondas Canadian Contingent Making Waves
Sherdog: Season Hangs in the Balance for Portland, Seattle
MMAWeekly: Can Lierley Pull Off Big Upset in IFL?
The Fight Network: Building a Foundation