Welterweight

Healy to Replace McKee in IFL Grand Prix

NEW YORK - Pat Healy of the Nevada Lions will replace Antonio McKee of the Tokyo Sabres in the welterweight division of the 2007 IFL World Grand Prix, the individual all-star competition for the International Fight League, the world?s number one mixed martial arts league. The semifinals will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Sears Centre in Chicago and the finals will take place on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Healy, who had been the 170-lb. alternate after a fine regular season training under Lions? Head Coach and MMA legend Ken Shamrock, moves into the No. 4 seed and will take on top-seeded Delson Heleno of the New York Pitbulls in the semifinals. Jay Hieron of the Los Angeles Anacondas moves to the No. 2 seed and will compete against the No. 3 seed Mark Miller of the Red Bears.

?“Antonio made a decision regarding competition for another organization that was unacceptable based on his contract with the IFL,”? said Kurt Otto, IFL co-founder and commissioner. ?“We feel that in the best interests of the league, these actions preclude him from competing on the IFL World Grand Prix card. We are pleased that an outstanding athlete such as Pat Healy is prepared to step into the very competitive 170-lb. division.?”

McKee, who had qualified as the No. 2 seed, posted an unbeaten (3-0) regular season, helping the Sabres a 3-0 mark and berth in the IFL World Championship, where he defeated Heleno by decision on August 2 in the Sabres? 3-2 defeat on August 2 in New Jersey.

Jackson Tops Henderson to Become Undisputed

For at least one more night, it was UFC vs PRIDE.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight title holder Dan Henderson clashed last night in order to determine who currently is the best fighter in the world at 205 lbs. It was Jackson that came away victorious after five long and hard fought rounds at the sold out O2 Arena in London, England.

Jackson overcame being down on points earlier in the fight to win the final two rounds in convincing fashion and to give the judges more than enough reason to award him an unanimous decision.

Henderson (22-6) controlled the fight early on, clinching early and often to keep Jackson (28-6) at bay and unable to let his hands go. Jackson fought hard to prevent the two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler from taking him down but Henderson’s skill proved too much in the first few rounds.

However the rounds quickly caught up to Henderson and Jackson used his size and strength to wear down his opponent. The final stages of the fight saw Jackson beat Henderson at his own game, showing off newly polished ground skills that have become yet another weapon in Jackson’s dangerous arsenal. The final round saw both fighters lay everything on the line. Both were content to slug it out until the final bell where Henderson collapsed due to fatigue, allowing Jackson to pound away until the referee was forced to let the fighters know that the bout was over.

After the fight, Jackson let everyone know that his success on the ground wasn’t a fluke.

“A lot of people don’t know but I’ve got Jiu-Jitsu,” exclaimed Jackson.

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UFC 75: Champion vs Champion Live Blog

Today we will be going live at 1:30 PM EST, covering UFC 75: Champion vs Champion with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

Since this event is taking place in England and airing in North America via tape delay at 9 PM EST on Spike TV, we will be sure to keep the live blog hidden from the front of the page. In order to view it in it’s entirety, click on the “continue reading” link at the bottom of the post.

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC 75 Weigh-In Results
Dan Henderson: “This is the Biggest Fight of my Career”
PRIDE’s Last Hurrah? Possibly Not
Rampage Discusses Strategy Against Henderson
Dan Henderson on Best Damn Sports Show Period
UFC 75 Conference Call Notes
Rampage Discusses Bout With Henderson
Cro Cop’s Training Regimen Revealed?
UFC 75 to Air on Spike TV

Main Card:

Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson - UFC Light Heavyweight Title/PRIDE Middleweight Title Unification Bout
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Cheick Kongo
Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara
Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor

Preliminary Bouts:

Jess Liaudin vs. Anthony Torres
Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim
Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal
Dennis Siver vs. Naoyuki Kotani

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TKO: Sean Pierson Out, Jesse Bongfeldt In

Yesterday on Full Contact Fighter Radio, TKO president Stephane Patry announced that Sean Pierson suffered an injury while training and wouldn’t be able to compete in his welterweight title bout with Chris Clements on September 28th. Pierson’s replacement will be Jesse Bongfeldt (13-3).

“Sean Pierson hurt himself and he won’t be able to compete on September 28th. Sean Pierson has been replaced by Jesse Bongfeldt who just beat Sean Pierson at The Hardcore Championship Fighting so we’re going to have Chris Clements versus Jesse Bongfeldt for the title on September 28th. That is going to be a very interesting fight, Bongfeldt fought in TKO before against Jonathan Goulet. He took the fight on short notice, he was a little bit sick and you know he really wanted to show the Eastern fans the real Jesse Bongfeldt and now is his opportunity to show how good he really is. I’ll tell you something when he fought Sean [Pierson] in Edmonton I never thought he would beat Sean. Not only did he beat Sean but he out wrestled Sean Pierson and that’s something that I never expected to see in my life. Someone out wrestling Sean Pierson was beyond anything I thought I’d ever see that’s really what happened in Edmonton, Jesse Bongfeldt out wrestled Sean.

Sean is a lot better then he fought in that fight but Jesse Bongfeldt is a lot better then I thought so this fight with Clements is going to be a very good fight. Two story guys at 170, two guys who can wrestle, Jesse Bongfeldt obviously has the edge submission wise but Chris Clements hits so hard I really don’t know who will win the fight. For me it’s a toss up.”

I am actually happy to see Bongfeldt getting a chance to challenge Chris Clements for the vacant TKO welterweight title. For those of you who don’t know, Jesse Bongfeldt TKO’d Sean Pierson at Hardcore Championship Fighting in July.

TKO 30: Apocalypse

Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO Lightweight Title
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Clements - TKO Welterweight Title
Mark Hominick vs. Ben Greer
Samuel Guillet vs. Yves Lemelin
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Bosse vs. Lance Evans
Stephane Vigneault vs. Justin Tavernini
Marcus Célestin vs. Dan Chambers
Bob Landry vs. Jody Burke
Adrian Wooley vs. Adam Kastner

EliteXC: Uprising Conference Call Notes

Showtime hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon in preparation for the upcoming EliteXC: Uprising event scheduled to take place on September 15th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The fighters featured on the call were ICON Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler, EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murlio Rua through the use of an interpreter, Jake Shields, and Gina Carano. Other officials participating in the call were EliteXC President Gary Shaw and ICON Sport President T. Jay Thompson.

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WEC 30 Fighter Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter salaries from WEC 30:

Rob McCullough: $24,000
John Alessio: $22,000
Miguel Torres: $20,000
Brian Stann: $10,000
Rich Crunkilton: $10,000
Chase Beebe: $10,000
Marcus Hicks: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $6,000
Bryan Baker: $6,000
Blas Avena: $6,000
Rani Yahya: $6,000
Jeff Bedard: $4,000
Ian McCall: $4,000
Jesse Forbes: $4,000
Kenneth Alexander: $3,000
Marcelo Brito: $3,000
Scott McAfee: $2,000
Joe Benoit: $2,000
Coty Wheeler: $2,000
Jeremiah Billington: $2,000

Total Payroll: $154,000

WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 6:30 PM EST, covering WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

WEC 30 Weigh-In Results
WEC 30 Media Roundup
Alessio Wants Condit’s Belt
WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Card
Jens Pulver Injured

Main Card:

Rob McCullough vs Richard Crunkilton
Chase Beebe vs Rani Yahya
Brian Stann vs Jeremiah Billington
Jeff Bedard vs Miguel Torres

Preliminary Bouts:

John Alessio vs Marcelo Brito
Marcus Hicks vs Scott McAfee
Jesse Forbes vs Bryan Baker
Donald Cerrone vs Kenneth Alexander
Blas Avena vs Joe Benoit
Ian McCall vs Coty Wheeler

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Alessio Wants Condit’s Belt

Tonight John “The Natural” Alessio will look to move one step closer to a shot at Carlos Condit’s WEC title when he faces Marcelo Brito. Sportsnet caught up with Alessio to get thoughts on his upcoming bout.

“The guillotine is my move. If you’re going to give me the neck, and I can get my arms around it, I will choke you or rip your head right off.”

“I’m going to put my fists right in his face. If he shoots in, I’m going to counter those shots. If he shoots out sloppy and gives me that neck, then I’m going to go for my move and choke the life out of him.

“There’s not an ounce of nerves in me right now. There’s not a part of me that thinks oh I might get submitted or I might get knocked out. I’m going out there and I’m destroying this guy on Wednesday. Bottom line.”

CKA: Sep 4, 2007

News and Notes

- Sherdog is reporting that Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and HDNet, is currently in discussions with officials connected to Fedor Emelianenko about signing the heavyweight free agent:

“I am in ongoing discussions with some of his people,” Cuban revealed in an e-mail interview that will be published on Sherdog.com later this week.

Cuban plans on possibly using Fedor in many of the MMA promotions he currently broadcasts events for on HDNet:

“We would work with his promoters to place him in fights from affiliated promoters or in fights we promote ourselves,” said Cuban, who plans on partnering with established MMA organizations to fill the weekly quota of bouts HDNet would need for its successful Friday Fight Night series.

- Sergei Kharitonov’s contract with K-1 states that he will be able to compete in both K-1 kickboxing matches and Hero’s MMA bouts.

- Masakazu Imanari and Zelg Galesic have both been removed from the Cage Rage 23 card set to take place on September 22nd.

Imanari was forced to pull out after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session. He will be replaced by Chris Brennan. Galesic pulled out of his bout after signing a new contract with K-1. Matt Ewin will be taking his place against Alex Reid. The bout will still be a title fight while Brennan-Silva will now take place at 155 lbs.

- The scheduled preliminary bout between Nate Quarry and Pete Sell at UFC Fight Night 11 has now been moved to the televised portion of the event after Mike Swick was forced to bow out of the event due to injury. Swick’s scheduled opponent, Jonathan Goulet and his fight against new opponent Dustin Hazelett, has now been changed to a prelim fight.

Radio Schedule:

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Exclusive: Swick vs Goulet Off

MMA on Tap has learned that Mike “Quick” Swick has pulled out of his fight with Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11. The reasons for Swick’s withdrawal are currently unknown.

Mike Swick is coming off a tough decision loss to UFC middleweight contender Yushin Okami. This fight with Goulet would have marked Swick’s first appearance in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division.

We will continue to follow this story and will post any updates as soon as they become available.

Update: 5:03 AM: MMAWeekly is now reporting that Mike Swick pulled out of the fight because of a rib injury sustained during training.

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