Mike Van Arsdale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The American Fight League has reportedly signed former UFC light heavyweight contender Mike Van Arsdale, who is preparing for return to active competition as well as a trio of successful female fighters for their budding womens division.
Van Arsdale, a former amateur wrestling standout, has not competed since being submitted by Matt Lindland at Raze MMA’s “Fight Night” in April 2006. The loss topped off a four-fight losing streak and Van Arsdale abruptly walked away from the sport.
“This is huge for us,” AFL CEO B.J. Santiago told MMA Junkie. “Van [Arsdale] is a scary, freak-of-nature-type athlete who has a terrific wrestling and MMA pedigree. He is a Class-A fighter with unbelievable potential. This is big for us and I think MMA in the long run.”
Van Arsdale’s participation in the AFL’s star-studded November pay-per-view event was also confirmed. He now joins former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley and Tara LaRosa as the only fighters to be announced for the show.
Chris Horodecki vs. Nate Lamotte. Photo courtesy of the IFL.
Rising lightweight prospect standout Chris Horodecki has now become a free agent upon asking for his release from the almost-defunct International Fight League.
Horodecki’s manager, Jeff Clark, confirmed his client’s release from the IFL with Sherdog.com today. Several organizations have reportedly already lined up to bid for Horodecki’s services, including World Extreme Cagefighting and the upstart American Fight League, which has apparently came forward with the most generous offer thus far.
“The AFL has come in with a very generous offer,” Clark said in the report., “but Affliction has said they will match it or beat it. We’re [also] continuing our discussions with World Victory Road.”
Horodecki was previously rumored to have been taking on Takanori Gomi at Sengoku IV later this month but talks eventually broke down. Affliction Entertainment is said to want Horodecki to compete on their recently announced “Day of Reckoning” card on October 11th against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. However at this time, it seems that he is content to weigh his options before making any quick decisions.
LEXINGTON, KY – Kim Couture’s defeat in her professional MMA debut may have some wondering about her future as a professional fighter, but the American Fight League has no doubt at all. The organization wants to sign Couture to be part of its ever-developing female fighting platform.
“The AFL is still very much interested in signing Kim Couture,” said AFL CEO, BJ Santiago. “We would be honored to have her on board.”
Tara LaRosa grapples with Shayna Baszler. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
With their signing of former star professional wrestler Bobby Lashley only a week old, the American Fight League has continued to make waves with last week’s signing of Tara LaRosa, who has quickly risen to the top of the female mixed martial arts world after winning twelve consecutive fights over the last four years.
However according to a report by Fighters Only Magazine, LaRosa’s deal with the AFL might be a tad bit bigger than we all think. The New Jersey native will reportedly make between $500,000 and $750,000 over the course of her four-fight stint with the promotion according to representatives with her management company, not only easily making her the highest-paid female fighter ever, but one of the highest earning fighters in the sport period.
“The AFL is the right place for me because they believe in putting fighters first and giving women a platform for showcasing their skills,” LaRosa said in a press release last week. “I also feel that the league offers a professional approach to MMA which lifts the sport’s credibility with mainstream audiences.”
LaRosa has fought exclusively inside the confines of BodogFight for the past two years, winning all five of her fights within the organization including a submission win over Amanda Buckner and a stoppage of EliteXC veteran Shayna Baszler.
The Philadelphia Fight Factory product will make her official AFL debut at the promotion’s first-ever pay-per-view event this fall.
Diego Saraiva throws a right hand at Jorge Gurgel. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The American Fight League has announced the full card for the organization’s upcoming “Bulletproof” event on May 30th at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
The show will feature a total of three title fights. Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Diego Saraiva, who is coming off of the loss of his Palace Fighting Championship lightweight title to Brian Cobb last week, will defend his AFL belt against Josh Cate.
AFL welterweight title Douglas Lima is slated to defend his strap against Brent Weedman and the vacant AFL middleweight title will be decided between George Lockhart and George Allen. UFC veterans Dan Christison and Junior Assuncao will also be in action.
The promotion has also stated that they will announce “two marquee signings” at the event as well. Both fighters will apparently be on hand at the show.
The full card for the show:
Diego Saraiva vs. Josh Cate - AFL Lightweight Title
Douglas Lima vs. Brent Weedman - AFL Welterweight Title
George Lockhart vs. George Allen - AFL Middleweight Title
Dan Christison vs. Sam Holloway
Junior Assuncao vs. Torrance Taylor
Robi Ramey vs. David Curby
Todd Duffee vs. Steve Banks
Ethan Garrison vs. Willy Smalls
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Melvin Guillard weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 9. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
While there were only small organizations putting on shows last night in the world of mixed martial arts, quite a few of them had plenty of notable names competing. Here is a full list of results from a few shows that took place.
TFC 2: Feel the Pain
The Fight Club based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada put on their second-ever event last night at the Edmonton Event Centre. In the evening’s main event, Maximum Fighting Championship veteran Nick Penner made quick work of newcomer Bobby Kalmakoff, stopping him with strikes less than a minute and a half into the first round.
Nolan Clark def. Alex Bogle - Submission (Gogoplata)
Phil Wark def. Tony Bibby - Unanimous Decision
Curtis Demarce def. Tim Brown - Submission (Armbar)
Trevor Daley def. Kevin Logan - TKO (Strikes)
Larry Lytle def. Richard Menard - TKO (Strikes)
James McCutcheon def. Cody Graber - Submission (Armbar)
Tim Smith def. Dan Walders - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jason Alexander def. Kevin Dolan - TKO (Cuts)
Markhaile Wedderburn def. Neil Berry - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Nick Penner def. Bobby Kalmakoff - TKO (Strikes)
RITC 105: Friday Night Fights
Melvin Guillard moved back up to the welterweight division and won a unanimous decision over Eric Regan at last night’s Rage in the Cage show in Phoenix, Arizona. The former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, who has allowed him to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion.
J.T. Wells def. Logan Hopp - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Jesse Barrett def. Bill Blackwell - TKO (Strikes)
Cody Pearce def. Steve Renner - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Victor Meza def. Daniel Seaney - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jade Porter def. Steve Maulstby - Unanimous Decision
Doug Moore def. Ray Robinson - Submission (Choke)
Gabriel Casillas def. Tushuma Nahiwawa - Submission (Armbar)
Luke Hodges def. Antoni Weeden - KO (Punch)
Joe Cronin def. Jason Trevino - Split Decision
Melvin Guillard def. Eric Regan - Unanimous Decision