Yves Edwards

Strikeforce Destruction Weigh Ins

San Jose, CA. —Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith (13-5) weighed in at 185 ½ lbs. and his opponent, Terry Martin (18-5), tipped the scales at 186 lbs. one day before their meeting at Strikeforce “Destruction,” the mixed martial arts mega-event at San Jose’s HP Pavilion.

Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) and his opponent, Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7), both registered in at 204 lbs.  Knockout artists and opponents Duane “Bang” Ludwig (17-8) and Yves Edwards (34-14-1) weighed in at 163 lbs. and 164 lbs, respectively.

The following are the official fighter weights from today’s weigh-ins at Hotel DeAnza:

Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith – 185.5 lbs. vs Terry Martin – 186 lbs.
Bobby Southworth – 204 lbs. vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral – 204 lbs.
Duane “Bang” Ludwig – 163 lbs. vs Yves Edwards – 164 lbs.
Kim “Sugar Free” Couture – 132 lbs. vs Lina Kvokov – 133 lbs.
Joe “Diesel” Riggs – 170.5 lbs. vs Luke Stewart – 170.5 lbs.
Brad Royster – 134 lbs. vs Darren “Bone Crusher” Uyenoyama – 136 lbs.
Nik Theotikos – 185.5 lbs. vs Luke Rockhold – 185.5 lbs.
Zakary Bucia – 169 lbs. vs Adam Steele – 168 lbs.
Alvin Cacdac – 143 lbs. vs Jose Palacios – 145 lbs.
Lemont Davis – 173 lbs. vs Brian Schwartz – 175 lbs.
Josh Neal – 184 lbs. vs Kurt “Rhino” Osiander – 185 lbs.
Bobby Stack – 155 lbs. vs Cyrillo Padilha – 156 lbs.
Tony Johnson – 184 lbs. vs Eric Lawson – 185 lbs.

HP Pavilion doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Strikeforce “Destruction” and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.  The main card will commence at 7:30 p.m.

The live HDNet telecast of Strikeforce “Destruction” will begin at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST).

Ludwig to Replace Thomson at Strikeforce

Duane Ludwig. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Yves Edwards at Strikeforce’s upcoming “Destruction” event on November 21 due to injury reports Sports Illustrated’s Josh Gross.

Thomson suffered torn ligaments in his toe during his training for the bout and hoped that the injury would have healed in time for the fight. Duane “Bang” Ludwig has agreed to replace him on short notice. However the bout will now be a non-title fight affair and probably won’t take place at 155 lbs according to Ludwig.

“Coker called me about 10 minutes ago and asked if I wanted to take the fight and I said, ‘Sure.’ We’ve got to determine a weight to fight at because there’s no way I can make 155 (pounds) on such short notice, but I’m excited to get another fight in before the end of the year.”

No word as of yet concerning how long Thomson will be out of action. Despite each competing in a variety of bouts around the world at lightweight, this will be the first-ever meeting between Ludwig and Edwards. Ludwig recently avenged a prior loss to Sam Morgan by stopping the ‘TUF’ veteran with strikes at Strikeforce’s “Payback” event on October 3 while Edwards is coming off of a brutal first-round TKO loss to K.J. Noons at a June EliteXC event.

Thomson to Defend Strikeforce Title Against Edwards

Josh Thomson. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Strikeforce World Lightweight (155 lb. limit) Champion, Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2), will set out to make his first title defense and, at the same time, look to even an old score against the only man on the planet who has stopped him in the heat of battle - Yves Edwards (34-14-1) – at San Jose’s HP Pavilion on Friday, November 21st. 

The 32-year-old Edwards, who scored an unforgettable, first round knockout on Thomson with a head kick at UFC 49 on August 21, 2004, remains one of only two competitors who have defeated Thomson.  The finishing shot that Edwards landed on Thomson was afterwards called “the greatest knockout due to a kick in UFC history” by play-by-play announcer, Mike Goldberg.

“I was better than him then and I’m way better than him now,” said Thomson who, one day before his 30th birthday, coasted to his eighth consecutive victory, a first round TKO of Lion’s Den protégé, Ashe Bowman, during Strikeforce’s second affair at the world famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, September 20th.

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Edwards-Camoes Likely for Nov. EliteXC

Yves Edwards. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A lightweight bout between former EliteXC title challenger Yves Edwards and fast-rising Brazilian prospect Fabricio Camoes could take place at EliteXC’s scheduled November 8 show on Showtime according to MMA Junkie.

Edwards revealed the possibility of the bout during a recent interview. Edwards stated that although the bout has not yet been officially signed, he expects that things will be finalized in the coming days after agreeing to the matchup.

“I’ve agreed on it verbally, and I’m just waiting on the papers, and I should get those after this next weekend,” Edwards said in the article. ‘I’m looking forward to that one, and looking forward to getting back on track.”

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A Bad Night for EliteXC and MMA

Nate and Nick Diaz. Photo courtesy of ProElite.com

In terms of the fights that took place last night at EliteXC’s “Return of the King” show in Hawaii, the event was a success. Just about every fight on the card was filled with action from start to finish and each of the televised bouts had explosive and definitive endings, especially the main event, which saw lightweight champion K.J. Noons successfully make his first title defense by quickly stopping former training partner Yves Edwards in the first round.

However morally and ethically, the event was an epic failure.

The biggest reason was what happened after Noons had his EliteXC championship gold wrapped around his waist for a second time. In an attempt to hype a potential rematch between Noons and Nick Diaz, whom Noons defeated last November, EliteXC officials brought Diaz into the cage, his younger brother Nate, a current UFC lightweight, in tow.

Diaz, still suited up in fight gear from his bout against Muhsin Corbbrey earlier in the night, basically told Noons to “man up” after the champion’s hometown crowd disapproved of a second bout between the two when asked by Noons.

“Don’t be scared, homie,” Diaz said. He followed up by flipping Noons the middle finger while the younger Diaz opted to exchange words with Noons’ father, Karl Sr.

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Noons Stops Edwards; Retains Belt in Hawaii

K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The King’s return was a good one.

Fighting in his home state of Hawaii for the first time under the Elite Xtreme Combat banner, K.J. Noons successfully defended his EliteXC lightweight title for the first time, scoring a quick and brutal first-round stoppage of longtime veteran Yves Edwards in the main event of Saturday night’s “Return of the King” event.

Noons and Edwards wasted no time, quickly meeting in the center of the cage to exchange punches right from the opening bell. Although Edwards stunned Noons at one point, the fast-paced exchange on the feet suddenly came to a halt when Noons caught Edwards with a short right hand that sat him down on the canvas. Noons pounced on Edwards and unleashed a furious barrage of unanswered punches and elbows that forced referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and save Edwards.

“Yves caught me, rocked me,” Noons said after the fight. “But once I knocked him down I knew I had to go in and finish it.’’

Noons post-fight celebration was marred by the entrance of Nick Diaz, still suited up in fight gear from his bout against Muhsin Corbbrey earlier in the night, along with his younger brother and current UFC lightweight Nate Diaz, into the cage. In an attempt to hype a potential rematch between the two, the younger Diaz opted to exchange words with Noons’ father, Karl Sr.

The words soon escalated to threats and before long the elder Noons and the Diaz brothers grabbed one another, forcing ringside officials, color commentator Bill Goldberg, and everyone else in the cage to jump in and prevent an all-out brawl. The Diaz brothers quickly jolted from the cage, holding their trademark middle fingers high in the air while walking backstage.

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EliteXC: Return of the King Live Results

KJ Noons retained his EliteXC lightweight championship. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

Rafael Feijao def. Wayne Cole - TKO
Dave Herman def. Ron Waterman - TKO
Murilo Rua def. Tony Bonello - TKO
Nick Diaz def. Muhsin Corbbrey - TKO
K.J. Noons def. Yves Edwards - TKO

Bubba McDaniel def. Kala Kolohe - Submission (Rear Choke)
Mark Oshiro def. Chris Willems - TKO
Kaleo Kwan def. Mike Aina - Unanimous Decision
PJ Dean vs Dean Lista - Majority Draw
Lolohea Mahe vs Chris Barnard - Cancelled

Russell Doane def. Dwayne Haney - TKO
Carl Barton def. Kepa Madeiros - TKO

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The Resurrection of Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards (right) throws an uppercut at Mark Hominick during their lightweight bout at UFC 58: USA vs. Canada in March 2006. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Less than a year ago, things were falling apart for Yves Edwards.

With a fighter of his overall skill level, you’d think it was impossible. Holding wins over some of the best fighters in the world, Edwards led the Ultimate Fighting Championship into the new generation as it’s unofficial lightweight champion. After leaving the organization to try his hand over in Japan, Edwards continued to win.

Then a highly-anticipated return to the UFC didn’t go so well. Two straight losses ensued and Edwards found himself on the outside looking in once again. A decision loss to Mike Brown while with BodogFight was nothing to be alarmed about, but then came the brutal knockout against Jorge Masvidal. Edwards knew he had to do something.

“For a while in Houston, I had that. We had guys go in all the time working out. We had good, high?level guys working out all the time,” Edwards said during a recent conference call with the media. “But guys started moving away. Guys moved back to Brazil and Louisiana. Guys fell off, and I was kind of left alone. That’s when I started losing.”

Edwards joined forces with Florida-based American Top Team last fall, widely regarded as one of the top camps in the sport.

With a roster of training partners that stretches from two-time K-1 Hero’s tournament champion Gesias Cavalcante to current UFC welterweight title contender Thiago Alves, Edwards no longer has to worry about mustering up a group of fighters just to get a workout in. Every training session brings forth a world-class workout.

“The biggest thing is having world class guys all the time every single day,” said Edwards. “The thing for me with American Top Team, I don’t have to make phone calls and worry about who is going to show up and try to round up a crew to get together for the day. That’s been the big difference for me, besides the fact that everybody in there brings something to the table.”

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EliteXC Announces Complete Card for “Return of the King”

K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

Elite Xtreme Combat has announced the complete card for it’s upcoming “Return of the King” event, which will take place on June 14th at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The event is slated to be headlined by an EliteXC lightweight title bout between current champion K.J. Noons and top contender Yves Edwards. An additional lightweight fight between future DREAM title challenger Nick Diaz and Muhsin Corbbrey has also been signed to take place. Additional main card bouts also include former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs Tony Bonello, Ron Waterman vs Dave Herman, and Rafael Feijao vs Wayne Cole.

Newly crowned ICON Sport middleweight title holder Kala Kolohe Hose will headline the undercard against an opponent yet to be determined. His original foe, former hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Geoff Bumstead, has been removed from the card due to unknown reasons.

In a change of pace, the preliminary fights will be streamed on ProElite.com following the conclusion of the main card, which will be televised on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

The current fight card for the show is as follows:

Main Card:

K.J. Noons vs. Yves Edwards - EliteXC Lightweight Title
Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey
Murilo Rua vs. Tony Bonello
Rafael Feijao vs. Wayne Cole
Dave Herman vs. Ron Waterman

Preliminary Fights:

Kala Kolohe vs. TBA
Mark Oshiro vs. Chris Williams
Kaleo Kwan vs. Mike Aina
Lolohea Mahe vs. Chris Bernard
P.J. Dean vs. Dean Lista
Russell Doane vs. Dwayne Haney
Kepa Madeiros vs. Carl Barton


Report: Edwards-Noons Moved to June

Yves Edwards (left) and Edson Berto weigh-in for EliteXC: Street Certified. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons will still defend his title for the first time against Yves Edwards, but he’ll have to wait a little longer in order to do it.

Edwards has informed The Fight Network that the fight, which was scheduled to take place at an April 26th at Elite Xtreme Combat event in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been postponed until June 14th.

“I had already started training for it,” Edwards said in the report. “A few weeks ago, they told us it was postponed. I didn’t stop training, but I did come home to spend time with my kids.”

Many saw Edwards score a first-round, highlight-reel flying knee knockout of Edson Berto at EliteXC: Street Certified last month. 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.

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.

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