L.C. Davis. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
A featherweight bout between Javier Vasquez and L.C. Davis that was previously scheduled for this weekend’s cancelled Affliction show has reportedly been moved to WEC 42, which takes place on August 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
According to Sherdog.com, World Extreme Cagefighting signed both fighters earlier this week. The bout will take place as part of a seven-fight undercard.
Richard Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Former WEC lightweight title challenger Rich Crunkilton will reportedly return to action after an extended injury layoff to take on WEC newcomer Dave Jansen at WEC 43, which will take place on September 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Times of Northwest Indiana confirmed the bout with WEC officials yesterday. The matchup could be featured as part of the event’s televised main card on Versus.
Vitor Belfort. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com
— Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort has reportedly been added to a star-studded card being put on by Bitetti Combat on September 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Belfort is said to be facing Europe Top Team’s Moise Rimbon, despite repeated rumors that he is all but set to be joining the UFC following last week’s demise of Affliction Entertainment. [JB Online via Bloody Elbow]
— One-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson pleaded guilty to malicious mischief in Washington court today after being caught spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Washington state Capitol in an ESPN the Magazine photo earlier this year. Monson faces a potential 90-day jail sentence, a $21,894 fine, and the loss of his passport, which will now prevent from traveling overseas to fight in the near future. [Cagewriter]
Damacio Page. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
A bantamweight bout between top-ranked fighters Damacio Page and Akitoshi Tamura has reportedly been added to WEC 43, which will take place on September 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
The news comes from Ray Hui of MMA FanHouse. The bout will likely be part of the televised main card on Versus. Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson collide for the interim WEC lightweight title in the show’s featured attraction.
Kenji Osawa. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Midwest Training Center product John Hosman has been tapped to replace an injured Kenji Osawa against submission specialist Rani Yahya in a bantamweight bout at WEC 42, which takes place on August 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
World Extreme Cagefighting confirmed the previously rumored switch on their official website earlier today. Osawa suffered a foot injury during a recent training session and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of June 19, 2009.
— Just days after leaving the UFC in favor of a new three-fight deal with Japanese-based DREAM, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has reportedly been hospitalized due to a possible case of of Salmonella according to Croatian news outlets. The former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout competed just one week ago at UFC 99, defeating Cage Rage product Mustapha al Turk via first-round TKO. [MMA Mania]
— DREAM officials have reportedly offered Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza a third bout between each other for the vacant DREAM middleweight title at DREAM.10 on July 20 in Japan. Miller revealed his intention to accept the bout earlier this week, but published reports quote Souza as saying that he has no interest in yet another meeting between the two. [MMA Weekly]
Joseph Benavidez. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
A previously rumored bantamweight bout between rising contenders Joseph Benavidez and Dominick Cruz has been officially confirmed for WEC 42, which will take place on August 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
World Extreme Cagefighting confirmed the bout via their official website earlier today. The winner of the aforementioned matchup is expected to face the winner of Miguel Torres’ WEC bantamweight title defense against Brian Bowles on the same night.
Benavidez, a protege of former longtime WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. Following a unanimous decision win over Danny Martinez in his WEC debut, Benavidez made waves with a three-round handling of veteran Jeff Curran at WEC 40 in April.
Mike Brown def. Urijah Faber - Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Jose Aldo def. Cub Swanson - TKO Round 1 0:08
Donald Cerrone def. James Krause - Submission (Rear Naked choke) Round 1 4:38
Josh Grispi def. Jens Pulver - Submission (Guillotine choke) Round 1 0:33
Untelevised results via Sherdog:
Manny Gamburyan def. John Franchi - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rafael Rebello def. Kyle Dietz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1 2:55
Anthony Pettis def. Mike Campbell - Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1 1:49
Antonio Banuelos def. Scott Jorgensen - Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Frank Gomez def. Noah Thomas - Submission (Side Choke) Round 2 3:12
Seth Dikun def. Rolando Perez - Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1 2:30
Ed Ratcliff. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of May 29, 2009.
— A lightweight bout between Phil Cardella and Ed Ratcliff has reportedly been added to the lineup for WEC 42, which takes place on August 9 in Las Vegas. Cardella fell in his WEC debut in March, dropping a split decision to Danny Castillo while Ratcliff lost his first bout in the WEC at the same event to former lightweight title challenger Marcus Hicks. [MMA Weekly]
— During last night’s broadcast of the “2009 VGAs First Look E3 Special” on Spike TV, UFC President Dana White revealed as one of his patented “special announcements” that THQ has begun plans for “UFC Undisputed 2010”, the sequel to the popular UFC video game currently in stores now. The game is expected to be released in the spring of next year. [MMA Mania]
— UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian recently revealed in a email newsletter to his fans that he will serve as the color commentator for WEC 41: “Brown vs. Faber II” on June 7. Florian will be covering for interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, who is preparing for a title unification bout against Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 in July. Florian last served as the color commentator at UFC 83 in April 2008. [MMA Junkie]
Mike Kyle. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your quick hits for the evening of May 27, 2009.
— Heavyweight knockout artist Mike Kyle has reportedly been tapped to replace Jared Hamman against Brazilian light heavyweight prospect Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante on the preliminary portion of Strikeforce’s “Lawler vs. Shields” event on June 6. Hamman was forced to withdraw after suffering a broken nose during a recent training session. Kyle last competed at JG and TKT Promotions “Fighting 4 Kidz” event last August, where he won a unanimous decision over Mychal Clark. [MMA Weekly]
— World Extreme Cagefighting announced on Wednesday that TKO Championship Fighting and Ring of Fire featherweight champion Noah Thomas, a cast member on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” that was actually kicked off the show and banned from the UFC for fighting castmate Marlon Sims on the show, has signed a deal with the promotion. He will replace injured former WEC bantamweight champ Eddie Wineland on the WEC 41 undercard and take on Frank Gomez. [MMA Junkie]
— Streaking Brazilian prospect Ronny Torres is expected to make his long-awaited UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 19 in September against an opponent yet to be determined. Torres was originally slated to face “Ultimate Fighters” alumnus Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night 18 in April, but was forced out of the bout after suffering torn ligaments in his right knee during training. [Tatame.com]