From XFO 38 this past weekend, here's former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver picking up a much-needed win over local Illinois product Mike Lindquist.
Jeff (left) and Patt Curran. Photo courtesy of XFO.
Despite main eventer Bart Palaszewski being scratched from the card after opponent Eric Wisely failed pre-fight blood tests, Xtreme Fighting Organization’s latest offering went on without much of a hitch Saturday night at the Sideouts Bar And Eatery in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
XFO bantamweight champion John Hosman successfully defend his title against Shawn Tompkins-trained James Haourt in the night’s new main attraction. After controlling Haourt on the ground throughout the first three minutes or so of the fight, Hosman stunned Haourt with a trio of elbows, allowing him to sink in a fight-ending rear naked choke that ultimately put Haourt to sleep.
Pat Curran, the cousin of former WEC featherweight title challenger and XFO promoter Jeff Curran, escaped with a razor-close split decision win over Amir Khillah, a student of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Curran nearly ended the bout with a first-round armbar, but time expired before he could force the tap. Curran spent the rest of the time fending off Khillah’s impressive wrestling, likely earning himself the win with a timely takedown at the end of round three.
Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
International Fight League veteran Bart Palaszewski will return to action tonight as he headlines XFO’s latest offering in Island Lake and faces lightweight prospect Eric Wisely.
Along with many of other his fellow employees, Palaszewski was released from his IFL contract last month, paving the way for him to become a free agent. He has struggled as of late. A promising start in the IFL eventually led to a three-fight losing steak, which Palaszewski snapped with a win over UFC veteran Jeff Cox at Adrenaline’s inaugural show in June.
Wisely has won two out of his first three professional bouts. He most recently dispatched of Luke Gwaltney via a third-round TKO due to a cut at a recent Mainstream MMA show. Other featured bouts include Pat Curran, the cousin of former WEC featherweight title challenger Jeff Curran, going up against Matt Hughes-trained Amir Khillah as well a XFO bantamweight championship bout between Josh Hosman and James Haourt.
Kevin Knabjian weighs-in for a WEC event in June 2007. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
WEC veteran Kevin Knabjian picked up a big win over former cast member of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter Josh Rafferty the Xtreme Fighting Organization’s “Rising Star” event this past weekend in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Both were originally scheduled to compete in separate fights but the inability of XFO officials to find a suitable opponent in time for Knabijan left no other option but to pair the two veterans together in the night’s main event.
Rafferty, who is usually known for his lack of a ground game, quickly took Knabjian down and secured his back to start the fight. After locking in a rear naked choke and holding it on for nearly half a minute, Knabjian was able to sneak his way out of the hold.
From there Knabjian secured top position and then unleashed a vicious ground and pound assault that forced the referee to step in and stop the fight, ending Rafferty’s three-fight winning streak.
Pat Curran, the cousin of top-ranked featherweight Jeff Curran, was victorious in his professional mixed martial arts debut at the show, using superior wrestling to eventually submit Tony Hervey with a choke from behind in the first round.
Complete event results are below courtesy of MMA Weekly:
Kevin Knabjian def. Josh Rafferty - TKO (Strikes)
Pat Curran def. Tony Hervey - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brian Heden def. Herc Hayes - Unanimous Decision
Mike Stumpf def. Dennis Reed - Submission (Armbar)
Joe Vedepo def. Rob Smith - TKO (Strikes)
Nick Janowitz def. Simon Marini - Unanimous Decision
Dom O’Grady def. Sal Woods - TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Jame Haourt def. Joe Schlotterer - Split Decision
Nat McIntyre def. Darius Turcinskas - TKO (Strikes)
Jacob Volkman def. Brent Meherhoof - Unanimous Decision
Craig Kaufman def. Jason Bowling - Submission (Triangle)
Waylon Lowe def. Andrew Hoogeboom - TKO (Strikes)
Nik Lentz def. Scott Bickerstaff - TKO (Strikes)
UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson discusses the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, of which he will serve as one of the coaches along with future opponent Forrest Griffin with RawVegas.
Twelve Fights at UFC Fight Night 13?
It just might be a possibility according to Pro Karate Weekly:
We are pleased to announce that NAAFS veteran Jeff “The Grinder” Cox will be returning to the Octagon on April 2nd as part of a special UFC Fight Night on Spike TV. Cox will be facing TUF Season 5 runner-up Manny Gamburyan.
Rafferty, Knabjian Return Saturday at XFO 22
Former “Ultimate Fighter” season one cast member Josh Rafferty and WEC veteran Kevin Knabjian will both return to action this Saturday at Xtreme Fight Organization’s “Rising Star” event at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Rafferty will attempt to build on a successful two-fight run in 2007 when he takes on fellow welterweight Jay Little. Knabjian will be facing off against an opponent yet to be named.
Making his professional mixed martial arts debut at the show will be Pat Curran, the cousin of top-ranked featherweight Jeff Curran. The younger Curran has won all of his three career amateur bouts.
Robert Drysdale Joins Xtreme Couture
From Xtreme Couture’s official blog:
2007 Abu-Dhabi Absolute Champion Robert Drysdale is the newest member of Xtreme Couture. Robert just moved to Las Vegas, where he is living full time. He is excited to be the newest addition to our Pro Team where he will train in preparation for his MMA debut. Robert will be instructing the Pro Team in jiu jitsu and will teach the jiu jitsu classes at the gym. He is also going to coach our amateur submission grappling and jiu jitsu teams.
Pancrase Announces Card for March 26th Event
Pancrase has officially announced the complete card for it’s next event on March 26th, which will take place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Miki Shida vs. Marlon Sandro
Izuru Takeuchi vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara
Alavutdin Gadzhiev vs. Hikaru Sato
Takafumi Ito vs. Hacran Dias
Kenji Arai vs. Shinsuke Shoji
Michihisa Asano vs. Yukito
Ichiro Kanai vs. Takenori Sato
Asaki Honda vs. Tomoyoshi Iwamiya
More on Rich Bergeron/Xyience Case
Rich Bergeron has been kind enough to send us a 90-page PDF document outlining his counterclaim against Xyience, which will be heard in Las Vegas court later today.
The following are the results of Friday night’s XFO 12: Outdoor War…
Matt Fiordirosa defeated Chase Bebee - Unanimous Decision
Mark Miller defeated Jon Friedland -TKO
Brian Gassaway defeated Sam Jackson - Submission (Strikes)
Justin McElfresh defeated Joey Fingalson - Submission (Triangle)
Omar Choudhury defeated Matt Williams - Submission (Armbar)
Nate Mohr defeated Darren Cotton - TKO (Strikes)
Dave Kleczkowski defeated Chris Fleurestil - TKO