CONTROVERSIAL BLOW DISQUALIFIES BILLY EVANGELISTA FROM MAIN EVENT MATCHUP WITH MIKE AINA, UNBEATEN SARAH KAUFMAN OUTPOINTS MIESHA TATE
FRESNO, Calif. – Previously unbeaten hometown favorite Billy Evangelista lost by disputed, controversial second-round disqualification to Mike Aina Friday in the main event of the inaugural Strikeforce Challengers telecast on Showtime.
At the finish, neither fighter was satisfied with the outcome at the Save Mart Center.
Evangelista (9-1), of Fresno, was disqualified for “intentionally” kneeing Aina (12-6-1), of Hilo, Hawaii, in the head while the Hawaiian fighter was down. The rule is a fighter can knee a downed opponent to the body, but not the head.
Seth Petruzelli. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC veteran Seth Petruzelli will reportedly take on three-time ShoXC competitor Aaron Rosa in a scheduled preliminary bout at EliteXC’s upcoming third edition of “Saturday Night” Fights according to Five Ounces of Pain.
The event will be broadcast on CBS and will take place at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida on October 4. Rosa reportedly confirmed the matchup himself over the weekend.
Petruzelli, a cast member on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, was released from the UFC following consecutive losses to Matt Hamill and Wilson Gouveia. Petruzelli most recently stopped Sean Sallee at a Knight Fest show in October of last year.
After winning his EliteXC debut, a first-round TKO of Jefferson Silva last July, Rosa went on to drop his last two bouts inside the promotion. He was submitted by rising light heavyweight prospect Jared Hamman in October 2007 and then lost a unanimous decision to Jaime Fletcher back in March. Rosa last defeated Ron Fields at Adrenaline MMA’s debut show on June 14.
Terry Martin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Mike Russow was victorious over last-minute replacement opponent and fellow veteran Jason Guida Saturday night in Chicago, submitting Guida with a first-round guillotine choke at Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural show at the Sears Centre.
The two local products exchanged punches on the feet before Russow scored a takedown during the first minute of the fight. Guida surprisingly was quick to spring back up to his feet, only to be taken down by Russow once again. Another attempt to stand up came next for Guida, but his exposed neck was grabbed by Russow who locked in a tight guillotine choke that ultimately forced Guida to tap out.
Fresh off of a successful professional boxing debut, UFC veteran Terry Martin was victorious in his return to mixed martial arts, defeating longtime Japanese veteran Daiju Takase by disqualification after Takase kicked Martin in the groin three separate times during the course of their bout.
Forrest Petz shook off a damaging left hand from opponent Brian Gassaway to wrestle his way to an unanimous decision win in a fight that was much closer than the judge’s scorecards read. Other notable veterans who garnered victories at last night’s show included Bart Palaszewski, Rory Markham, Clay French, and Joe Jordan.
Complete results from the event:
Mike Russow def. Jason Guida - Submission (Guillotine)
Terry Martin def. Daiju Takase - DQ (Groin Kicks)
Forrest Petz def. Brian Gassaway - Unanimous Decision
Bart Palaszewski def. Jeff Cox - KO (Head Kick)
Rory Markham def. Jay Ellis - Submission (Triangle)
Clay French def. Jameel Massouh - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Joe Jordan def. Ryan Williams - Unanimous Decision
Joe Pearson def. John Hosman - Submission (Triangle)
Herc Hayes def. Kerry Schall - Unanimous Decision
Aaron Rosa def. Ron Fields - TKO (Strikes)
Hector Urbina def. Dave Keiczkowski - TKO (Strikes)
Mike Stumpf def. Dom O’Grady - TKO (Strikes)
Louis Taylor def. Adam Maciejewski - Unanimous Decision
Tom Belt def. Marcus Levesseur - TKO (Strikes)
Tony Fryklund. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The debut event for Monte Cox’s newly formed Adrenaline MMA promotion, which will take place on June 14th at the Sears Centre in Chicago, seems to be taking shape.
Our friends at MMARated.com have learned about three bouts that will take place as well as two other potential participants on the card.
Welterweight veterans Tony Fryklund and Brian Gassaway will likely clash in one of the night’s featured bouts. The clash will feature two fighters going in opposite directions. Fryklund is currently riding a three-fight losing streak while Gassaway has won his last three bouts.
Terry Martin, who was recently released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was victorious in his professional boxing debut last weekend, will reportedly take on UFC and PRIDE veteran Daiju Takase, who has not fought since being knocked out by Hector Lombard in March 2006.
International Fight League lightweight will try to snap his current losing streak when he takes on Jeff Cox, who was also recently dropped by the UFC. Additionally participating fighters will include Miletich Fighting Systems product Rory Markham and EliteXC veteran Aaron Rosa.
Jeff Monson and Mike Russow will clash in an already-announced heavyweight bout that is expected to serve as the main event.
The rumored card for the event now looks like this:
Jeff Monson vs. Mike Russow
Tony Fryklund vs. Brian Gassaway
Terry Martin vs. Daiju Takase
Bart Palaszewski vs. Jeff Cox
Rory Markham vs. TBA
Aaron Rosa vs. TBA
Strap yourselves in, we have a lot of news to report on this morning…
If you haven’t seen Friday night’s episode of Inside MMA on HDNet yet, go ahead and check it out above.
UFC 82 Fighters Test Clean
All of the fighters that were tested following UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st came back negative for performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.
The ten fighters that were tested are as follows: Andrei Arlovski, Anderson Silva, Heath Herring, Chris Leben, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Yushin Okami, Jon Fitch, Luigi Fioravanti, and Jorge Gurgel.
Clark-Harper Finalizes Next Week’s WEC Show
After opponent Bryan Baker was tapped to replace WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen, Logan Clark will now take on American Top Team’s Scott Harper in a middleweight preliminary bout.
Clark revealed the news on his official website yesterday.
“Scott may have a few losses but hasn’t dropped a fight since joining American Top Team this last year,” Clark said in the post. “He is on a three fight win streak with three submission stoppages. He looks to have a good ground game but not exceptional stand-up. This means that I will be able to stick with my previous gameplan and look for the knockout standing.”
Two More EliteXC Bouts in March
Light heavyweights Aaron Rosa and Jaime Fletcher will now clash on the televised main card portion of this Friday’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event.
The news comes from ProElite.com, which also reports that a women’s bout between Jen Case and Cristiane Cyborg was scrapped after it was learned that Cyborg would be unable to enter the United States in time for the event due to visa issues.
Luke Stewart will also meet veteran Tiki Ghosn at the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, according to MMA Junkie.
Report: Lytle Tapped for July UFC Return
The Fight Network is reporting that popular welterweight Chris Lytle will likely return to action at UFC 86 in July against an opponent yet to be named.
Lytle has now won two out of his last three bouts inside the UFC. A loss to Thiago Alves because of a cut is currently sandwiched in between wins over Jason Gilliam and Kyle Bradley.
World Victory Road Announces Fighter for Next Event
WVR officials have announced four confirmed participants for their next event on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
Roger Gracie, Satoru Kitaoka, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at this past weekend’s DREAM event, are all expected to be in action. Even though his name was not mentioned, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has stated that he will be fighting at the show as well.