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Report: Adrenaline MMA Debut Taking Shape


Tony Fryklund. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The debut event for Monte Cox’s newly formed Adrenaline MMA promotion, which will take place on June 14th at the Sears Centre in Chicago, seems to be taking shape.

Our friends at MMARated.com have learned about three bouts that will take place as well as two other potential participants on the card.

Welterweight veterans Tony Fryklund and Brian Gassaway will likely clash in one of the night’s featured bouts. The clash will feature two fighters going in opposite directions. Fryklund is currently riding a three-fight losing streak while Gassaway has won his last three bouts.

Terry Martin, who was recently released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was victorious in his professional boxing debut last weekend, will reportedly take on UFC and PRIDE veteran Daiju Takase, who has not fought since being knocked out by Hector Lombard in March 2006.

International Fight League lightweight will try to snap his current losing streak when he takes on Jeff Cox, who was also recently dropped by the UFC. Additionally participating fighters will include Miletich Fighting Systems product Rory Markham and EliteXC veteran Aaron Rosa.

Jeff Monson and Mike Russow will clash in an already-announced heavyweight bout that is expected to serve as the main event.

The rumored card for the event now looks like this:

Jeff Monson vs. Mike Russow
Tony Fryklund vs. Brian Gassaway
Terry Martin vs. Daiju Takase
Bart Palaszewski vs. Jeff Cox
Rory Markham vs. TBA
Aaron Rosa vs. TBA

“Strikeforce on NBC” Premieres Tonight


Photo by Jon Swenson.

Strikeforce, will take the leap from San Jose and Showtime to national television when the organization’s new weekly highlight show premieres late tonight on NBC.

“Strikeforce on NBC” will air tonight (tomorrow morning) at 2:00 AM ET, right after “Poker After Dark”.

Tonight’s half-hour show will focus around newly crowned Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion, Cung Le, who is coming off of arguably the biggest win of his career, a stoppage of former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock two weeks ago.

Le’s life inside and outside of the cage will be profiled and his TKO win over Brian Warren in June 2006 will also be shown. A welterweight clash between longtime veterans Duane Ludwig and Tony Fryklund will be seen as well.

After years of promoting strictly kickboxing, Strikeforce began to focus on mixed martial arts in 2006 and hired Frank Shamrock and Scott Coker to oversee their new venture. The organization put on the first-ever MMA event sanctioned by the state of California in the same year and also broke the North American attendance record for an MMA event at the same time.

HDNet Fights Conference Call Notes

HDNet Fights hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon to promote their new venture into the world of mixed martial arts as well as their inaugural event which will take place on October 13th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. HDNet Fights officials eatured on the call were HDNet owner Mark Cuban and UFC and PRIDE veteran Guy Mezger. The fighters participating were Erik Paulson, Jeff Ford, Justin Eilers, Jason House, and Freddie Espiricueta.

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Salmon, Clementi Added to Fireworks in the Cage II

UFC veterans Sean Salmon and Rich Clementi have both been added to IFO-Steele Cage’s September 1st Fireworks in the Cage II event as injury replacements.

Salmon will replace Chris Price as Travis Wiuff’s opponent in the scheduled IFO Light Heavyweight Championship bout. Price was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Clementi will take the place of Tony Fryklund, who has also had to take himself off the card due to an injury suffered in training. Fryklund was originally slated to face Kyle Gibbons at welterweight.

The updated fight card now looks like this:

Travis Wiuff vs Sean Salmon - IFO Light Heavyweight Title
Zac George vs Chris Mickle - IFO Lightweight Title
Rich Clementi vs Kyle Gibbons
Justin Levens vs Nate James
Matt Williams vs Dennis Davis
Eric Thompson vs Evan Landry
CB Dolloway vs Joe Bunch
Ken Jackson vs Tyler Stinson
Rafael Del Real vs Ryan Bader

IFO Announces Card for Fireworks in the Cage II

Hall of Fame Boxing Referee Richard Steele and Steve Oshins, co-owners of Steele Cage Promotions, LLC and the International Fighting Organization, LLC (IFO), announce their September 1st card at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. After a blazing debut with Fireworks in the Cage I on July 7th, highlighted by Marvin Eastman vs. Rob Kimmons, Steele Cage will unleash the sequel with Fireworks in the Cage II.

“Steele Cage will continue with its goal of giving the fans what they want, exciting well-matched fights. Fireworks in the Cage II will be similar to the first one, with some young talented fighters looking to make a name for themselves as well as ones that have enjoyed the limelight and are looking to stay on top,” stated Steele.

The sequel will bring another star studded cast with UFC, Pride and IFL veteran Travis “The Diesel” Wiuff (45-11) fighting another UFC vet Chris “The Exorcist” Price (11-2) for the IFO Light Heavyweight World Title.

Zac “The Red Devil” George (12-1) has fought for the IFL and is a 3 time Oklahoma State Wrestling Champion. George also participated in the IFO’s July 7th event, but this time he will be fighting for the IFO Lightweight World Title versus Chris “The Mad Dog” Mickle (22-9-1). Mickle is the current Extreme Challenge Champion at 155lbs.

Steele Cage will also feature the entertaining Tony “The Freak” Fryklund (14-9) and Justin “Executioner” Levens (9-6) in separate bouts. Fryklund will fight Kyle Gibbons (5-2) at 170lbs. “The Freak” is well known to MMA fans having fought for UFC, WEC and Strikeforce. Levens (9-6), a UFC, WEC, and IFL veteran himself takes on Nate James (3-3) at 185lbs.

Shamrock Collides With Baroni on Judgment Day

NEW YORK - After months of deliberations, one of the most anticipated showdowns in mixed martial arts history will finally come to fruition when former UFC middleweight champion, Frank Shamrock, battles fellow knockout artist and consummate showman, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni, for the vacant Strikeforce world middleweight (185 lb. limit) championship during the main event of “Judgment Day,” a live, Pay Per View televised Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will take place at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Friday, June 22nd.

Also returning to action during “Judgment Day,” undefeated world San Shou kickboxing champion and middleweight mixed martial arts contender, Cung Le, will battle UFC veteran, Tony “The Freak” Fryklund. Strikeforce’s latest recruit, 2003 K-1 North America tournament champion, Carter Williams, will face the hard-hitting Paul Buentello in a heavyweight matchup. Off the heels of his stunning knockout victory over KJ Noons, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, will take on Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela.

Joey Villasenor and former Pride star, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, will lock horns with the vacant EliteXC middleweight title at stake. On February 10th, Villasenor pulled off a stunning upset by outmaneuvering and, eventually earning a unanimous judges’ decision over David “The Crow” Loiseau. Villasenor’s career is highlighted by a 15 fight winning streak that he put together between December 2002 and April 2006. A member of the famed Chute Boxe fight squad in Brazil, Rua was last seen in action on September 30th when he submitted British kickboxer, Mark Weir, with an arm triangle choke in the second round of their meeting.

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Ludwig-Fryklund at Strikeforce: Triple Threat

NEW YORK - In what is shaping up to be a star-studded affair, knockout artist Duane “Bang” Ludwig will attempt to rebound from his recent defeat when he squares off with fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, during Strikeforce’s “Triple Threat” world championship mixed martial arts fight card that will be presented by BodogFIGHT at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Friday, December 8th.

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