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EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons will defend his title for the first time against a recently victorious Yves Edwards at Elite Xtreme Combat’s next event on April 26th.
American Top Team announced the news via their official website earlier today.
The event, which is scheduled to take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, is rumored to be featuring additional lightweight bouts between Nick Diaz and Muhsin Corbbrey as well as Eddie Alvarez going up against Mike Aina.
Noons has looked extremely impressive since being knocked out by Charles Bennett in his EliteXC debut last February. He rebounded with a knockout of Edson Berto last summer and shocked the world with a huge upset of Nick Diaz to claim the vacant EliteXC lightweight strap this past November.
Many saw Edwards score a first-round, highlight-reel flying knee knockout of Edson Berto this past weekend at EliteXC: Street Certified. Edwards has bounced back from a three-fight losing streak to win three straight fights.
The “Thugjitsu” founder submitted Alonzo Martinez and Nick Gonzalez at separate HDNet Fights and EliteXC events respectively last year.
Yves Edwards will return to action when he takes on fellow lightweight Edson Berto at Elite Xtreme Combat’s next event on February 16th at the United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida according to a report from MMA Weekly.
The fight is part of a card that also features a middleweight matchup between Scott Smith and Kyle Noke and the long-awaited showdown between internet legend Kimbo Slice and UFC veteran Tank Abbott.
Edwards was originally slated to face Kyle Bradley in the main event of the upcoming ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event later this month but the fight ended up being scrapped and Edwards moved to the February card. No reason yet as to why the fight was canceled or if Bradley will be competing in the February event.
Since joining forces with American Top Team, Edwards has won two straight fights, submitting both Nick Gonzalez and Alonzo Martinez with a rear naked choke at EliteXC and HDNet Fights events respectively.
Update 1/10 11:30 AM: It seems that Bradley may he headed to the UFC according to Sam Caplan…
Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Frank Trigg were both victorious last night in their respective bouts, setting up a potential rematch of their ICON Sport middleweight title bout that took place just one year ago.
The 6,754 that packed into the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas saw a main event between Miller and Tim Kennedy live up to expectations as a very competitive bout. Kennedy came away with the first round on the scorecards, using superior striking and wrestling to keep Miller at bay. Kennedy came close to ending the fight when he secured Miller’s back and had an extended amount of time to try and sink in a rear naked choke. The opportunity was foiled when the horn sounded to end the round.
Both fighters came out of the gate firing away with punches and kicks to start the second. Kennedy (8-2) once again took control of Miller (20-5) from behind but Miller was able to reverse the position and put Kennedy on his back. Miller fired away with punches and elbows that opened up a nasty cut on the bridge of Kennedy’s nose. “Mayhem” started to pull away in the final stanza after securing an early takedown.
Kennedy’s cut was checked by ringside doctors on two different occasions but the bout was permitted to continue both times. The fight was restarted on the feet by the referee after the second check of the cut and gave Kennedy the opportunity to take Miller down. However Kennedy was unable to generate much offense because of multiple submission attempts by Miller. Miller rolled Kennedy to his back and pounded away on his opponent until the end of the fight. The judges convened and their scorecards all matched up as Miller was awarded a well-earned unanimous decision, finally avenging a loss to Kennedy earlier in his career.
When asked who he would like to take on in his next fight, Miller hysterically stated that he wouldn’t mind fighting HDNet Fights owner and famed billionaire Mark Cuban for each other’s wallets. While Cuban won’t be standing across the cage against Miller in his next fight, Trigg most likely will be.
Marcus Lanier def. Lee King - Submission (Armbar)
Liam McCarty def. Jason House - TKO (Cut)
Jay White def. Patrick Castillo - Submission (Armbar)
Nissen Osterneck def. Freddie Espiricueta - Submission (Strikes)
Corey Mahon def. Chris Bowles - Submision (Armbar)
Pete Spratt def. Tristan Yunker - TKO (Cut)
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Robert Villegas - Disqualification
Yves Edwards def. Alonzo Martinez - Submission (RNC)
Frank Trigg def. Edwin Dewees - Submission (Kimura)
Jason Miller def. Tim Kennedy- Unanimous Decision
Tonight we will be going live at 7:30 PM EST, covering HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon 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 interviews, weigh-in results, and much more:
HDNet Fights II Weigh-In Results
A Chance for Revenge and Mayhem in HD
RawVegas Interviews Mir and Trigg
Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ to Sponsor HDNet Fights
Report: Osterneck Tapped to Replace Dollaway
Dollaway Out of HDNetFights: Reckless Abandon
Report: Salmon Replaced Against Mayhem
Trigg-Dewees, Miller-Salmon Headline HDNet Fights
Jason Miller vs. Tim Kennedy
Frank Trigg vs. Edwin Dewees
Yves Edwards vs. Alonzo Martinez
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Robert Villegas
Pete Spratt vs. Tristan Yunker
Cory Mahon vs. Chris Bowles
Freddie Espiricueta vs. Nissen Osterneck
Jason House vs Liam McCarty
Jay White vs. Patrick Castillo
Lee King vs. Marcus Lanier
Tristan Yunker failed to make weight for his scheduled welterweight bout against Pete Spratt. Yunker weighed-in at 174 lbs at the weigh-ins and was only able to get down to 173 lbs following the allotted two-hour time limit.
Yunker will now forfeit a percentage of his purse to Spratt and the fight will take place at a catch weight of 173 lbs.
Jason Miller (186 lbs) vs. Tim Kennedy (185 lbs)
Frank Trigg (183 lbs) vs. Edwin Dewees (185 lbs)
Yves Edwards (156 lbs) vs. Alonzo Martinez (156 lbs)
Krzysztof Soszynski (204 lbs) vs. Robert Villegas (205 lbs)
Pete Spratt (170 lbs) vs. Tristan Yunker (174 lbs)
Cory Mahon (155 lbs) vs. Chris Bowles (154 lbs)
Freddie Espiricueta (184 lbs) vs. Nissen Osterneck (184 lbs)
Jason House (184 lbs) vs Liam McCarty (185 lbs)
Jay White (256 lbs) vs. Patrick Castillo (241 lbs)
Lee King (155 lbs) vs. Marcus Lanier (154 lbs)
Jae Suk Lim def. Daniel Pineda - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brett Rogers def. Ralph Kelly - Submission (Strikes)
Matt Lucas def. Jon Kirk - Unanimous Decision
Yves Edwards def. Nick Gonzalez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Geoff Bumstead def. Robert Ruiz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Antonio Silva def. Jon Wiezorek - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kyle Noke def. Seth Kleinbeck - TKO (Cut)
Jake Shields def. Mike Pyle - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kevin Ferguson def. Bo Cantrell - TKO (Strikes)
Karl James Noons def. Nick Diaz - TKO (Cut)
Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering EliteXC: Renegade with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and 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, videos, and much more:
EliteXC: Renegade Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections - EliteXC: Renegade
Shields Not Taking Pyle Lightly
Noons Ready to Prove Doubters Wrong
Kimbo Discusses His Start in MMA
EliteXC: Renegade Press Conference Quotes
Cantrell to Replace Injured Bourke
Report: Edwards-Baca; Silva-Wiezorek Added to EliteXC: Renegade
Report: Diaz Meets Noons in EliteXC Title Bout
Report: Shields-Pyle to Clash
Report: Shields Part of EliteXC November Card
Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons
Kimbo Slice vs. Bo Cantrell
Jake Shields vs. Mike Pyle
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Kyle Noke
Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezorek
Yves Edwards vs. Nick Gonzalez
Geoff Bumstead vs. Robert Ruiz
Jon Kirk vs. Matt Lucas
Brett Rogers s.Ralph Kelly
Jae Suk Lim vs. Daniel Pineda
Brian Knapp of The Fight Network is reporting that two additional bouts have been added to EliteXC: Renegade on November 10th at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Sources close to the American Top Team have confirmed that Yves Edwards will compete for the first time under his new team’s banner against Moses Baca.
Edwards is currently riding a three-fight losing streak. His last loss was a devastating knockout at the hands of Jorge Masvidal at BodogFight: Alvarez vs Lee in July. Baca’s four professional MMA fights have all taken place within the last two years. He owns over Mike Bruno and David Macmillan over that span of time.
Heavyweights Antonio Silva and Jonathan Wiezorek will also apparently collide on the card as well.
Silva hasn’t competed since earlier this year in February when he stopped Wesley “Cabbage” Correira with strikes in his EliteXC debut. Wiezorek was victorious at K-1 Hero’s Dynamite!! USA in June where he defeated Tim Persey.
The UFC has won battles in the past.
All we have to do is look no further than the tale of how Zuffa came in and saved the promotion that was nearly driven into the ground by Senator John McCain and the idea that mixed martial arts was nothing more than human cockfighting. Fast forward almost seven years later and the UFC has become the driving force behind MMA’s giant growth in popularity in recent years.
Now the UFC is seemingly on top of the world. Yet they have another battle to take on.