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Miletich Stops Denny in Return Bout at Adrenaline MMA II


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and Miletich Fighting Systems founder Pat Miletich was victorious in his first bout in over two years last night in Moline, Illinois as the MMA pioneer scored a first-round TKO of journeyman Thomas Denny in the main event of Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA show.

During an early exchange, Miletich tagged Denny with a looping left hook that stunned him and then scored an easy takedown. Miletich spent the majority of the first round controlling Denny on the mat. Denny was able to get back to his feet on one occasion, but Miletich was quick to push him back down to the canvas.

The fight stayed standing in the second round, where Miletich blasted Denny with two consecutive right hands that sent the King of the Cage veteran crumbling to the ground. Miletich (29-7-2) pounced on Denny (26-18) and delivered a few more unanswered punches before referee Michael Reid stepped in to save Denny.

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Miletich’s Return Headlines Adrenaline MMA’s Latest Venture Tonight


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and longtime mixed martial arts trainer Pat Miletich will return to action after a two-year layoff to headline Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA event tonight at the I-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois against journeyman veteran Thomas Denny.

The event will be broadcast live on HDNet starting at 10 PM ET.

Miletich returned from a four-year retirement to take on Renzo Gracie at an International Fight League event in September 2006 but was submitted by Gracie in the first round. Miletich, who successfully defended his UFC welterweight belt four times, was forced to retire from active competition in 2002 due to lingering problems with his neck. Denny last competed at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26, losing via second-round TKO to Nick Diaz.

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Miletich to Return Against Denny at Adrenaline MMA’s Second Show


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and longtime mixed martial arts trainer Pat Miletich will be returning to action after a two-year layoff to headline Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA event on December 11 against journeyman veteran Thomas Denny.

Ron Kruck of HDNet’s Inside MMA revealed the exclusive news on the television program this past Friday night. The show is scheduled to take place at the I-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois and is also expected to feature former IFL standouts Ben Rothwell and Ryan McGivern on the card.

Miletich returned from a four-year retirement to take on Renzo Gracie at an International Fight League event in September 2006 but was submitted by Gracie in the first round. Miletich, who successfully defended his UFC welterweight belt four times, was forced to retire from active competition in 2002 due to lingering problems with his neck. Denny last competed at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26, losing via second-round TKO to Nick Diaz.

Lawler Stops Smith to Retain EliteXC Belt


Robbie Lawler. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Robbie Lawler prevented history from repeating itself Saturday night as he wore down Scott Smith before finally finishing him with a barrage of knees in the second round of their EliteXC middleweight title fight at the Stockton Arena in California.

The two exchanged blows for the second time in two months, this instance serving as the main event of EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event, which became the promotion’s second such show to be broadcast on primetime network television via CBS. Their original meeting saw both men battle back and forth for fifteen minutes before Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third round. The ringside doctor ultimately ruled that Smith was unable to continue due to vision problems and the fight was ruled a no-contest.

Early on, it looked as if Lawler would once again earn a decisive opening round in his favor, stunning Smith with a trio of jabs. Smith bounced back however, continuing to push the pace and catching Lawler with a right hand late in the round, following up with a flurry that swung momentum in his favor. Smith then opened up a cut just inches away from the previous one Lawler suffered in their first bout. The blood forced Lawler to turn it up a notch, leading to a flurry of knees in the clinch that knocked Smith down twice.

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EliteXC: Unfinished Business Weigh-In Results


Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s EliteXC: Unfinished Business event, which will take place at the Stockton Arena in California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight. The fight card will be joint-broadcasted by CBS and Showtime - A one-hour special will air on Showtime starting at 8:00 PM ET and will continue on CBS at 9:00 PM ET. Additional weigh-in photos are after the jump.

Heavy hitters Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith will battle it out once again for Lawler’s EliteXC middleweight title, this time in the show’s featured attraction. Additional main card bouts include the second of three championship bouts as Jake Shields and BodogFight transfer Nick Thompson will fight for the vacant EliteXC welterweight strap as well as hometown favorite Nick Diaz attempting to extend a two-fight winning streak against journeyman Thomas Denny.

CBS Bouts:

Robbie Lawler (184.5 lbs) vs. Scott Smith (185 lbs)
Jake Shields (169.5 lbs) vs. Nick Thompson (169.5 lbs)
Nick Diaz (159.5 lbs) vs. Thomas Denny (159 lbs)
Shayna Baszler (139 lbs) vs. Cris Cyborg (140 lbs)

Showtime Bouts:

Antonio Silva (257.5 lbs) vs. Justin Eilers (218 lbs)
Rafael Fejiao (203.5 lbs) vs. Travis Galbraith (202 lbs)
Wilson Reis (139.5 lbs) vs. Bryan Caraway (140.5 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Jeremy Freitag (205 lbs) vs. Anthony Ruiz (206 lbs)
Mike Cook (232.5 lbs) vs. Carl Seumantafa (255.5 lbs)
Brandon Tarn (252 lbs) vs. Drew Montgomery (224 lbs)
David Douglas (157 lbs) vs. Marlon Mathias (161 lbs)

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EliteXC Back on CBS to Finish Business


Jake Shields. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Mixed martial arts will once again be featured on prime-time network television this Saturday night as EliteXC puts on their second show for the channel, entitled “Unfinished Business”. The show will emanate from the Stockton Arena in California and will be joint-broadcasted by CBS and Showtime.

The premise of the event’s name stems from a disappointing ending to the first bout between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith on May 31st. After battling for two and a half rounds, Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third stanza. The ringside doctor ultimately ruled that Smith was unable to continue due to vision problems, despite protests from Smith himself to let the fight continue. However after the fight, Smith admitted that he would have likely been knocked out by Lawler because he couldn’t fully see out of his eye.

Now the two will battle it out again for Lawler’s EliteXC middleweight title, this time in the show’s featured attraction. Additional main card bouts include the second of three championship bouts as Jake Shields and BodogFight transfer Nick Thompson will fight for the EliteXC welterweight strap as well as hometown favorite Nick Diaz attempting to extend a two-fight winning streak against journeyman Thomas Denny.

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Full TV Card for EliteXC on CBS and Showtime, July 26

The female bout between Shayna Baszler of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Brazil’s Cristiane Cyborg has been added to the lineup for the second primetime broadcast of CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, live from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. on Saturday, July 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Baszler and Cyborg, who are fighting in the 140 pound weight class, complete the primetime matchups for the CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on July 26.  Other CBS fights include:

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CKA: June 25, 2008


Nate and Nick Diaz. Photo courtesy of ProElite.com

A couple of quick notes from a relatively slow week:

- Nick Diaz will be fighting Thomas Denny on the next CBS EliteXC event (July 26).  Let me translate that to how everyone reads it: Diaz isn’t fighting KJ Noons, or even Hayato Sakurai, and that’s just disappointing.

- We’ll probably see Dan Henderson vs Rousimar Palhares at UFC 88 (Sep 6).  The fight will be at 185, instead of Henderson’s prefered 205.  Six of eight of Palhares’ wins have come by submission, including the Submission of the Night at UFC 84 over Ivan Salaverry.  It should be a good card with Chuck Liddell vs TUF 2 champ Rashad Evans.

Denny Hurting After DQ Win at ShoXC


Thomas Denny won by first-round disqualification over Malaipet Sitprapom Friday on ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on Showtime. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Although Thomas Denny’s advantage on the ground gave him a clear path to earn an easy win over talented Muay Thai champion Malaipet Sitprapom last night, it was a trio of illegal elbows by Sitprapom that earned him a first-round disqualification in the main event of the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series.

With his opponent having superior skills on the feet, Denny decided to take Sitprapom down to the canvas just seconds after unleashing a quick flurry of punches in the opening moments of the fight. Sitprapom immediately tried to stand back up but ended up giving Denny his back.

The King of the Cage veteran looked to have the fight in the bag with a deep rear naked choke but Sitprapom was amazingly able to escape the hold. Turning his back to the mat, Sitprapom then found himself trapped in a Denny arm-triangle but was able to work his way out of that submission as well. With his counterpart squirming to get back up, Denny started to rain down a mix of punches and elbows.

Denny’s ground and pound assault proved effective until the final thirty seconds of the round, when Sitprapom (3-2) was finally able to stand back up. After a very brief exchange on the feet, Denny (26-16) shot back down for a takedown.

From there Sitprapom landed three downward-pointed elbows to the back of Denny’s head, stunning him and sending him crumpling to the ground in pain. The bout was halted and after a few moments of deliberation, the ring-side doctor announced that Denny would be unable to continue, making him the victor by way of disqualification.

“I’m sorry because I came here to fight, but this is MMA and you have to follow the rules,’’ Denny said after the fight. “I may have been dazed but I wasn’t knocked out. One thing I could not do, however, was move my neck. Malaipet was tough because I thought I had him with the rear naked choke. But I will definitely fight him again. I was totally dominating.’’

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ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series Weigh-In Results


Malaipet Sitprapom (left) and Thomas Denny square off after Thursday’s weigh-in in Santa Ynez, Calif. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Thomas Denny will collide with talented Muay Thai champion Malaipet Sitprapom in the main event of the next edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series later tonight.

The event will take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California and will air live on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.

Malaipet has won three of out of his four professional bouts, including his last two. He made his EliteXC debut in October, winning a unanimous decision over Kaleo Kwan. The Team Diamond founder holds an unheard of 136-26 record in Muay Thai.

“I think Thomas Denny has a lot of skill in the ground, but I’m not scared,” Sitprapom said during yesterday’s weigh-ins. “If something happens, it happens. I have been working on my ground work, but I am interested in defending submissions, not trying to apply them. If I get taken to the ground, I will try and take the fight back to standing up.”

Denny, who has fought the majority of his career inside the confines of King of the Cage, was knocked out by Joe Camacho back in January. This fight will be the second of a three-fight deal Denny currently has with EliteXC.

“I plan to punch him on his face, put him on his head and submit him,” Denny said. “I think a lot of people give Malaipet too much respect for his Muay Thai game. You need to attack him. His conditioning is questionable, so I will to push him hard. I need to keep coming forward and keep punishing him with punches.”

Complete weigh-in results are below:

Malaipet Sitprapom (154 lbs) vs. Thomas Denny (160 lbs)
Marlon Mathias (159 lbs) vs. Conor Heun (159 lbs)
Aaron Rosa (203 lbs) vs. Jaime Fletcher (205 lbs)
Shane Del Rosario (231 lbs) vs. Analu Brash (256 lbs)
Mark Oshiro (138 lbs) vs. Chris Cariaso (139 lbs)
Devin Howard (172 lbs) vs. Mark Kempthorne (170 lbs)
Vince Guzman (161 lbs) vs. Lyle Beerbohm (160 lbs)
Brandon Tarn (250 lbs) vs. Jason Williams (257 lbs)
Kenny Johnson (170 lbs) vs. Michael Penafiel (168 lbs)
Steve Gable (169 lbs) vs. Eric Jones (168 lbs)

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