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Arona Decisions Eastman at Bitetti Combat


Ricardo Arona. Photo by Scott Petersen/MMAWeekly.com.

Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona looked rusty in his first fight in over two years, but managed to put together enough offense to stifle challenger Marvin Eastman en route to a unanimous decision victory in the main event of Saturday night’s Bitetti Combat 4 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Arona (14-5) started the fight on a high note, connecting with a pair of leg kicks to Eastman’s thigh, one of them sending the UFC veteran falling to the canvas. A couple of successful takedowns saw Arona control the majority of the first round on the mat. However, Arona’s infamous lack of cardio began to show at the start of the second round, which featured very little, if any offense from either fighter.

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Weekend Preview: Arona Returns at Bitetti Combat, Horn Headlines Arena Rumble & More


Ricardo Arona. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona will return to active competition for the first time in over two years when he takes on fellow veteran Marvin Eastman at Bitetti Combat 4 this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It will be the first fight for Arona since losing three out of four bouts under the PRIDE banner, including a brutal knockout at the hands of a streaking Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 in April 2007. Eastman is coming off of a second-round TKO of Aron Lofton at a Maximum Fighting Championship show in May.

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Quick Hits: Struve Tapped to Face Gormley, Weekend Preview & More


Stefan Struve. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Towering heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve has reportedly been tapped to face undefeated All-American collegiate wrestler Chase Gormley at UFC 104, which takes place on October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.. Bout agreements have apparently been signed. Gormley was originally slated to face Ben Rothwell at the event but Rothwell was recently moved into a main card matchup against Cain Velasquez. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— A number of notable MMA veterans are in action this weekend. Art of Fighting’s latest offering in Tampa, Florida includes Seth Petruzelli, competing for the first time since his 14-second win over Kimbo Slice, going up against Chris Baten. Marcio Cruz and Delson Heleno will be on the AOF card as well. Neil Grove and Brad Pickett will also be defending their respective Ultimate Challenge UK titles in London, England while Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Masakazu Imanari, and Ryo Chonan are in action at DEEP 43 in Japan. [Bloody Elbow]

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Changes Finalize WEC 36 Card


Carmello Marrero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Two changes to separate preliminary fights have finalized the fight card for this week’s WEC 36 event, which will take place on Wednesday, November 5 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Alex Schoenauer was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Steve Steinbeiss after tearing his hamstring during a recent training session. Schoenauer was actually a replacement for light heavyweight prospect Mark Munoz who also injured during his preparation for Steinbeiss. The Argentinan will be replaced by a fellow UFC veteran, American Kickboxing Academy product Carmello Marrero.

He may not have been hit by the injury bug prior to Wednesday’s show, but Ed Ratcliff has been removed from the undercard for unknown reasons. Ratcliff was slated to take on Danny Castillo, who will now try to pick up his first WEC win against newcomer Rafael Dias, a veteran that has competed for the likes of BodogFight and the IFL in the past. The updated lineup for the event is after the jump.

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WEC to Drop LHW Class After Sept. 10


Alex Schoenauer. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Alex Schoenauer has revealed that World Extreme Cagefighting plans to drop their light heavyweight weight class following the conclusion of WEC 36 on September 10 in a recent interview with MMA Junkie.

“I believe it’s a five-fight deal,” Schoenauer said of his contract with the WEC in the interview. “Only one is with the WEC and the rest are supposed to be with the UFC. [The WEC] is supposed to be moving all of the 205 (pounders) from the WEC to the UFC. This is supposedly their last 205 (pound) show.”

Schoenauer also stated that his previously announced signing with the California-based Palace Fighting Championships never became a reality. He is replacing an injured Mark Munoz against BodogFight veteran Steve Steinbeiss in one of WEC 36’s non-televised preliminary bouts.

Rumors that Zuffa was considering to combine the WEC’s 185 lb. and 205 lb. weight classes into the UFC started months ago and the plan was eventually confirmed by UFC President Dana White. No word as of yet concerning whether or not the Sept. 10 show will also be the last for the WEC’s middleweight division as well.

Schoenauer Replaces Munoz at WEC 36


Alex Schoenauer. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Alex Schoenauer, one of the original cast members of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter”, will reportedly replace an injured Mark Munoz against Steve Steinbeiss at World Extreme Cagefighting’s September 10th event in Hollywood, Florida according to MMA Weekly.

Munoz was forced off of the card after suffering a knee injury during a recent training session. It was unknown at the time whether or not WEC officials would attempt to find a replacement opponent for Steinbeiss, who will be making his debut with the promotion.

Schoenauer, who was recently one of multiple fighters brought in to compete for the California-based Palace Fighting Championship, fell in his bid for the IFL’s light heavyweight title last December, losing a decision to eventual champion Vladimir Matyushenko. He last won a split decision over Brendan Barrett in April.

Steinbeiss spent the early stages of his career under the BodogFight banner, winning two out of his three bouts in the promotion, including an impressive first-round TKO of HDNet Fights veteran Jeff Ford. He most recently defeated Francisco Alcanter at a Rock & Sock Promotions event in June.

PFC Signs Schoenauer, 17 Others


Alex Schoenauer. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The Palace Fighting Championship announced earlier this week that it has signed a total of eighteen fighters to it’s roster in recent days. Among the new signees are multiple UFC and WEC veterans including Alex Schoenauer, Gabe Ruediger, Jason Von Flue, and Lodune Sincaid.

“I’m very excited to be able to bring in the talent we’re announcing,” PFC President Christian Printup said in a press release. “We have said from the beginning that we’re not here to take over the sport, consciously take away from anyone’s market share, or anything like that. We just focus on making the PFC the best we can and this is another step in the process.”

According to Printup, many of the new fighters will debut at PFC 11 on November 20th. The show will take place at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.

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Live from Ringside: Observations from the IFL 4/4 Show


Jim Miller landing a punch on Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League returned to the Izod Center in New Jersey tonight, presenting what may very well have been the deepest fight card in the promotion’s history.  It turned out to be very exciting night of fights that included some massive knockouts along with a vicious submission toward the end of the night. 

With the IFL just opening up the lower level of the Izod Center while curtaining the upper, it looked like a great venue.  It was set up a bit differently than the last time the IFL was in town for the League semi-finals last August.  And while the crowd ended up filling 2/3 of the bottom bowl, it was a good deal less than last year’s.  The theme of the night within the crowd seemed to be cheering for the underdog, as each had some very vocal supporters in the crowd.  To my happiness, I had the pleasure of sitting next to some extremely knowledgeable fans who really knew and appreciated the sport.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to sit next to the guy 3 sections over screaming “use the elbows!”, something that is illegal in the IFL.  I’d like to thank Drew and friends for their conversation and knowledge of the sport.  On to the action!

 

 

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Schoenauer-Barrett Added to April IFL Show


Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League has announced that a light heavyweight bout between former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Alex Schoenauer and local product Brendan Barrett will take place when the promotion travels to East Rutherford, New Jersey for their next event on April 4th.

The organization announced the news today via a press release sent out to the media.

Since joining the ranks of the IFL in the spring of 2006, Schoenauer has put up a record of 4-5. Currently fighting out of the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, Schoenauer has dropped his last two bouts, including a light heavyweight title fight against Vladimir Matyushenko, who was victorious by unanimous decision.

Barrett is a veteran of the Reality Fighting and Extreme Challenge promotions. He last competed against Tim Boetsch in July 2007, ultimately being submitted courtesy of a Boetsch guillotine choke.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the event. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson.

Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

IFL Grand Prix Weigh-In Results

Brent Beauparlant (185 lbs) vs. Benji Radach (186 lbs)
Bart Palaszewski (155.5 lbs lbs) vs. Chris Horodecki (154 lbs)
Alex Schoenauer (205 lbs) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (204 lbs)
John Gunderson (155.5 lbs) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (155.5 lbs)
Gideon Ray (173 lbs) vs. Delson Heleno (175 lbs)
Shane Ott (264.5 lbs) vs. Antoine Jaoude (248.5 lbs)
Bryan Vetell (266 lbs) vs. Roy Nelson (261.5 lbs)
Brian Foster (184.5 lbs) vs. Matt Horwich (187.5 lbs)
Donnie Liles (177 lbs) vs. Jay Hieron (170 lbs)

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