Welterweight

Jeff Joslin Eyeing UFC Return

Canadian welterweight Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin recently told The Fight Network that he should be ready to return to the octagon in either October or November.

The Hamilton native has informed The Fight Network he should be ready to make his return to the UFC in either October or November. Joslin last competed in the Octagon on Dec. 13, falling to wrestler Josh Koscheck via a unanimous decision. In loss, Joslin was able to impress with some sharp striking and overall resilience.

Joslin was scheduled to face Kuniyoshi Hironaka in April and Chris Lytle in July but was forced to withdraw from both fights due to undisclosed injuries.

WEC Adds Four Fights to August 5th Event

The WEC has officially added four fights to their August 5th WEC card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the featherweight division Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (27-8-1) will take on Stephen Ledbetter (5-0). Curran is a veteran of the UFC who holds victories over the likes of Wagnney Fabiano, Charles Bennett, Jason Dent and many others. Curran’s opponent, Stephen Ledbetter, sports an unblemished record of 5-0 with victories over Steve Kinnison, Jarrod Card, and Majeed Alkush. If Curran is victorious keep your eyes open for a featherweight title fight with Urijah Faber in the future.

Antonio Banuelos (13-4) will return to action for the first time since his KO loss to Charlie Valencia when he takes on Justin Robbins (6-2-1). Fighting out of The Pit, Banuelos sports a WEC record of 6-2 with victories over the likes of Cole Escovedo, Mike French, and James Cottrell. Robbins, a native of Springfield, Illinois, is a veteran of KOTC and XFO who holds victories over Tristan Yunker and Zach Jenkins.

Also on the card will be Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Legget and Hiromitsu Miura vs. Fernando Gonzalez.

Here is the full card:

Main Card Bouts:

Paulo Filho vs. Joe Doerksen
Carlos Condit vs. Brock Larson
Jeff Curran vs. Stephen Ledbetter
Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Leggett

Preliminary Bouts:

Eric Schambari vs. Logan Clark
Tiki Ghosn vs. Blas Avena
Hiromitsu Miura vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Antonio Banuelos vs. Justin Robbins
Steven Cantwell vs. Justin McElfresh

IFL Announces Grand Prix Participants and Locations

The IFL has announced the fighters set to participate in the upcoming IFL World Grand Prix. The first round of the Grand Prix is set for November 3rd at the Sears Centre in Chicago, with the finals taking place December 29th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

Lightweights:

No. 1 Wagnney Fabiano (Dragons) vs. No. 4 John Gunderson (Lions)
No. 2 Chris Horodecki (Anacondas) vs. No. 3 Bart Palaszewski (Silverbacks)
Alternate: Shad Lierley (Tiger Sharks)

Welterweights:

No. 1 Delson Heleno (Pitbulls) vs. No. 4 Mark Miller (Red Bears)
No. 2 Antonio McKee (Sabres) vs. No. 3 Jay Hieron (Anacondas)
Alternate: Pat Healy (Lions)

Middleweights:

No. 1 Benji Radach (Anacondas) vs. No. 4 Brent Beauparlant (Dragons)
No. 2 Matt Horwich (Wolfpack) vs. No. 3 Brian Foster (Razorclaws)
Alternate: Fabio Leopoldo (Pitbulls)

Light Heavyweight:

No. 1 Vladimir Matyushenko (Sabres) vs. No. 4 Alex Schoenauer (Anacondas)
No. 2 Mike Whitehead (Scorpions) vs. No. 3 Mike Ciesnolevicz (Silverbacks)
Alternate: Jamal Patterson (Pitbulls)

Heavyweight:

No. 1 Ben Rothwell (Silverbacks) vs. No. 4 Roy Nelson (Lions)
No. 2 Antoine Jaoude (Condors) vs. No. 3 Reese Andy (Tiger Sharks)
Alternate: Bryan Vetell (Pitbulls)

Look for more information regarding the Grand Prix later today.

ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series Fight Card

Here is the full fight card for Showtime and EliteXC’s debut show ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series.

Showtime Fights:

Lee Gibson (10-1) vs. Muhsin Corbbrey (4-2)
Jefferson “Tank” Silva (3-1) vs. Aaron Rosa (8-0)
Chris David (8-5-1) vs. Scott Jordenson (3-1) - Swing Bout
Aaron Wetherspoon (6-2) vs. Jeremiah Metcalf (5-2)
Edson Berto (11-3-1) vs. KJ Noons (4-2)

ProElite.com Internet Fights:

Shayna Bazler (5-3) vs. Jan Finney (3-3)
Josh Neal (1-0 vs. Eric Beondo (2-0)
Anthony Rubalcava (0-0) vs. Drew Montgomery (2-1)
John Reedy (2-2) vs. Brian Cobb (8-4)
Anthony Ruiz (15-10) vs. Jason Geris (4-2)

Swick and Goulet Signed for UFC Fight Night 11

After nearly not fighting at all, Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet are now signed to fight each other at UFC Fight Night 11 in September.

We reported yesterday that Chris Leben had backed out of his scheduled bout against Swick at the event and that Swick had caught wind of Goulet’s comments towards him, stating that he didn’t accept the fight involving the two and was scared.

Swick denied the claims and stated that he was never offered a fight against Goulet. Goulet is saying otherwise:

“Ken Pavia, my new manager, called me yesterday and asked me to fight Mike Swick in place of Chris Leben,” Goulet said. “He called me back two hours later and said Mike Swick didn’t accept [the fight], but I don’t think it was Swick [who declined]; I think it was his management.”

Goulet also states that after hearing that Swick apparently turned down the fight, it was David Loiseau who gave him the idea to call Swick out on the internet:

“I called David Loiseau, because we were both excited about the [potential] fight,” Goulet said. “He told me to write some things on Sherdog and other forums, and I did. Mike Swick saw what I wrote and accepted the fight.”

It has been confirmed that the fight will take place at welterweight. Goulet has spent the better part of this year fighting at 185 lbs instead of his natural weight of 170 lbs. This fight will be Swick’s debut at welterweight.

Leben Declines Swick Fight; Goulet Now in the Picture

MMA Weekly is reporting that Mike Swick may now take on Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 in September. The news comes after Swick announced that Chris Leben has pulled out of their scheduled fight via his latest blog on MySpace:

Chris Leben said something about moving down to 170 and the UFC thought it would be a great time to have us fight. I was offered the fight and we accepted it immediately. We even told the UFC that we can do it at whatever weight class; I will give up weight if I have to get it done. So they were going to make our fight the Main Event of Ultimate Fight Night 11 on Spike TV on September 19th. Spike was excited about the fight, the UFC was excited about the fight, the fans were excited about the fight, and most of all, we were excited about the fight. Apparently Leben and his camp wasn’t. After almost a week of waiting for an answer he declined the fight at any weight class.

Swick then went on to talk about Goulet, who created a thread in MMA Weekly’s forums yesterday, stating that Swick refused to fight him:

“Wanted to fight Mike Swick to replace Leben at 170 for the UFC Fight Night in September, but he refused. Is he scared to go to sleep against me? I will beat his ass. I want him.”

Swick caught wind of Goulet’s comments and informed MMA Weekly that he was never offered to fight Goulet, so it would have been impossible to turn him down as an opponent. Swick also stated that he would like to fight Goulet and that a contract has already been sent out in the mail for him to sign.

Since the other opponents we were trying to get an agreement with fell through, why not fight Goulet? I mean he is a good fighter and at least has some juevos. So Jonathan Goulet, let’s see if you can back up all that tough talk. Contract is in the mail, just sign the dotted line and let’s give these fans what they…well, get for free on Spike TV!

CKA: July 11, 2007

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated…

- We have confirmed through a source that Jason Black has inked a new four fight contract with the UFC. Also it looks like former UFC lightweight champion Jens “Little Evil” Pulver will be making his WEC debut on September 5th at WEC 30.

- TKO has announced that Bob Landry, Adrian Wooley and Valerie Letourneau will be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse.

- UFC Junkie is reporting that Thiago Alves will face Kuniyoshi Hironaka at UFC Fight Night 11.

- It looks like Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will make his UFC debut against Ryoto Machida at UFC 76 in September.

- Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti has pulled out of his July 16th K-1 Hero’s fight due to an undisclosed injury.

- Be sure to check out our latest rankings as well as our current poll…

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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

Media Links:

OC Register: News and Notes from UFC 73
Sherdog: Cage Rage Aims to be “Hard as Hell”
Sportsnet: All-Canadian Title Fight
InTheNews UK: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
PR.com: Mainstream MMA Announces Expansion/Growth Plans

WEC Announces Condit-Larson, Filho-Doersken

LAS VEGAS - World Extreme Cagefighting returns to Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sunday, August 5, with another hard-hitting night of fights headlined by a championship doubleheader that will ignite the mixed martial arts world.

In a welterweight title bout, “The Natural Born Killer”, Carlos Condit, puts his WEC title on the line against Minnesota’s own Brock Larson, and in the 185-pound co-feature, Brazilian superstar Paulo Filho squares off against tough veteran Joe Doerksen for the vacant WEC Middleweight crown.

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Silva, Sherk Defend Titles at UFC 73


Screens from ESPN’s recap of UFC 73

In order to remain a champion, one has to beat the best the opposition has to offer. Both Anderson Silva and Sean Sherk did just that on Saturday night, winning their fights in convincing fashion. With their respective roads now temporarily cleared, both fighters seem like they may stay on top for quite a while: a trend that we haven’t seen recently, at least in this upset-filled year.

UFC 73 turned out to certainly be ‘Stacked’ with action-packed fights from beginning to end. While the show’s production moved a bit faster than usual because of time constraints, each fight on the card equaled the pace. The majority of those in attendance at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California might not have agreed according to their unusual reactions throughout the night, but the event definitely lived up to the hype.

Anderson Silva successfully defended his UFC Middleweight Title with a first round TKO victory over Nate Marquardt. The fight was back and forth until Silva (19-4) connected with a straight left hand that dropped Marquardt (25-7-2) to the mat. Silva then got on top of Marquardt and rained down unanswered right hands until referee John McCarthy stepped in to halt the bout.

Marquardt stayed down on the mat for a few moments afterwards, obviously shaken up. Silva thanked all of his trainers and coaches during a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. He also continued his growing love affair with American fans with praise and thanks as well.

“I love fighting for these fans,” Silva said. “I enjoy fighting in front of these fans fight after fight. They are always gracious.” Silva will now most likely go on to rematch former champion Rich Franklin this fall.

Sean Sherk won yet another five round unanimous decision and was able to keep his UFC Lightweight Title after defeating top contender Hermes Franca. Sherk (32-2-1) was able to control Franca (18-6) throughout the course of the fight, pressing the action and not letting Franca get up from the ground.

Franca landed multiple big knees to the chin of Sherk but was unable to generate any more offense than that. After the fight, Sherk stated that he was very impressed with Franca’s skills on the ground and his defense as well.

“Hermes was great on the ground. Definitely an awesome Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guy.” said Sherk. “He did a good job of keeping his face from getting hit and kept me close the entire fight.”

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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.

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