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Aina Grabs DQ Win Over Evangelista at Strikeforce Challengers Debut

Billy Evangelista (right) was disqualified for kneeing Mike Aina in the head when Aina was down in the main event on the premiere Friday of Strikeforce Challengers on Showtime. Photo by Daisy Rosas/Strikeforce.

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.

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Fedor KO’s Arlovski at “Day of Reckoning”


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Quick results for Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show last night are below. Fedor Emelianenko scored a first-round knockout of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski to retain his WAMMA heavyweight belt in the main event. More coverage to come.

Brett Cooper def. Patrick Speight - TKO (Strikes)
Albert Rios def. Antonio Duarte - Unanimous Decision
L.C. Davis def. Bao Quach - Unanimous Decision
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko - KO (Knee)
Dan Lauzon def. Bobby Green - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Paul Buentello def. Kirill Sidelnikov - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Renato Sobral def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - Submission
Vitor Belfort def. Matt Lindland - KO (Punches)
Josh Barnett def. Gilbert Yvel - Submission (Strikes)
Fedor Emelianenko def. Andrei Arlovski - KO (Punch)

Quach Tapped to Replace Hominick at “Day of Reckoning”


Bao Quach. Photo by Esther Lin.

EliteXC and ICON Sport veteran Bao Quach will replace an ill Mark Hominick and take on Miletich Fighting Systems product L.C. Davis at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.

The switch was first reported by The Fight Network and MMA on Tap has since been able to confirm the news. Affliction officials are expected to make a formal announcement regarding Quach’s participation at the event in the coming days.

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Quach, Murphy Withdraw from ShoXC


Bao Quach. Photo by Esther Lin.

Bao Quach and Jon Murphy have both withdrawn from their respective bouts at the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which is scheduled to take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California on September 26th, according to reports by Five Ounces of Pain and MMA Junkie.

Quach, who was slated to take on skilled grappler Wilson Reis for EliteXC’s vacant featherweight title, has been forced off the card after suffering a “facial injury” during a recent training session. A timetable for his return is unknown at this time.

MMA on Tap has since confirmed with EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw that King of the Cage flyweight champion Abel Cullum will move up in weight to challenge Reis for the belt.

Murphy’s manager, East Coast fight promoter Ed Hsu, has also stated that Murphy has withdrawn from the show due to unknown reasons. His opponent, Shane Del Rosario, is now expected to face Carl Seumanutafa.

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Reis-Quach Moved to ShoXC on Sept. 26


Wilson Reis. Photo by Zack Lynch. Used with permission.

Rising prospect Wilson Reis will now take on a streaking Bao Quach for the vacant EliteXC featherweight title in the main event of the organization’s next edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California on September 26th.

MMA on Tap confirmed the switch with EliteXC VP Jared Shaw earlier this evening. The event will be broadcast on Showtime. It was previously rumored as happening weeks ago but Reis’ camp cited concerns over Quach’s interest in the bout. The two were originally slated to clash at EliteXC’s “Showdown at the Pit” event on September 20th in New Mexico but that event has since been cancelled by the organization.

Reis has won his first five bouts to begin his professional career. He joined the ranks of EliteXC in January of this year, submitting Zach Makovsky at a ShoXC event. Reis went on to win his next two bouts under the EliteXC banner, submitting Justin Robbins in May and most recently, scoring a unanimous decision over Bryan Caraway at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show last month.

Quach brings an impressive nine-fight winning streak into the fight. He knocked off both Bobby McMaster and UFC veteran Doug Evans in consecutive ShoXC bouts before winning his two most recent fights outside of the organization. Quach won a hard-fought decision over Mark Oshiro at ICON Sport’s “Hard Times” event earlier this month.

Report: Reis, Quach to Battle for EliteXC Belt


Wilson Reis. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com

Rising prospect Wilson Reis will reportedly take on a streaking Bao Quach for the vacant EliteXC featherweight title at the organization’s scheduled “Showdown at the Pit” event on September 20th at the University of New Mexico.

The news comes from Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain, whom Wilson informed of the finalized bout yesterday. The fight is expected to take place on the televised portion of the Showtime broadcast. It was previously rumored as happening last week but Reis’ camp cited concerns over Quach’s interest in the bout.

Reis has won his first five bouts to begin his professional career. He joined the ranks of EliteXC in January of this year, submitting Zach Makovsky at a ShoXC event. Reis went on to win his next two bouts under the EliteXC banner, submitting Justin Robbins in May and most recently, scoring a unanimous decision over Bryan Caraway at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show last month.

Quach brings an impressive nine-fight winning streak into the fight. He knocked off both Bobby McMaster and UFC veteran Doug Evans in consecutive ShoXC bouts before winning his two most recent fights outside of the organization. Quach won a hard-fought decision over Mark Oshiro at ICON Sport’s “Hard Times” event earlier this month.

Evening News and Notes - August 9, 2009


Ben Rothwell. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com

Report: Rothwell-Rizzo to Happen at Affliction II

Former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell will attempt to bounce back from his first loss in three years when he reportedly takes on three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on October 11th in Las Vegas according to MMANews.com, which cites Affliction VP Tom Atencio as confirming the fight.

At Affliction’s debut show last month, Rothwell suffered a third-round knockout loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski while Rizzo was defeated in a rematch against Josh Barnett, another former UFC title holder. Barnett knocked Rizzo out with a left in the second round of their fight.

WVR Announces Middleweight GP Participants

World Victory Road has announced four of the fighters that will compete in their inaugural middleweight grand prix, which will begin at “Sengoku V” on September 28th at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Jorge Santiago, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Siyar Bahadurzada will all compete in first-round bouts.

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Hose, Baroni Win at “Hard Times”


Phil Baroni. Photo by Greg Honda/ICON Sport.

ICON Sport middleweight champion Kala Kolohe Hose bounced back from a recent loss in EliteXC to Rolando Dominique by way of strikes in the second round of their non-title bout at last night’s “Hard Times” event at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hose appeared to be in trouble early on after a first-round exchange on the feet saw Dominique stun Hose with a left hook. Hose was able to recover and ended the round on top of Dominique, controlling his opponent and landing strikes. Hose then dropped Dominique with a right hand midway through the second and pounded away for the stoppage win.

Also victorious on last night’s card was Phil Baroni, who remains undefeated at welterweight after scoring a controversial knockout of fellow veteran Ron Verdadero just 51 seconds into their co-featured matchup. A wild exchange on the feet saw Baroni tag Verdadero multiple times before knocking him down with an uppercut and a right hook, prompting referee Yuji Shimada to quickly wave off the bout. Verdadero immediately jumped to his feet and protested the stoppage amongst boos from the crowd but his argument fell on deaf ears.

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Baroni, Hose on Weight for ICON


Ron Verdadero and Phil Baroni. Photo by Greg Honda/ICON Sport.

Both Phil Baroni and former opponent Kala Kolohe Hose, who will be fighting in a non-title matchup, successfully made weight Friday afternoon after stepping on the scales to make their respective bouts official for tonight’s ICON Sport: Hard Times event, which will take place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.

All other participants were able to make weight as well except for a trio of fighters that were dropping down to lower weight classes. World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Sidney Silva was forced to take extra time to make weight after accidentally beginning to re-hydrate since opponent Hideto Kondo showed up late to the festivities. After weighing-in two pounds over the limit, Silva was able to shed the extra pounds after less than an hour.

Former ICON Sport 145. lb champion Sadhu Bott was unable to make weight for his bout in the newly formed 140 lb. class. Rather than forfeit a percentage of his purse to opponent Kurrent Cockett, Bott accepted an offer that will have him attempt to make weight once again today. Handing over part of his purse though was Ed Newalu, who was unable to make the 151 lb. limit for his bout against Ricky Wallace. Their bout will go on as planned.

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ICON Returns Saturday With “Hard Times”


Kala Kolohe Hose. Photo courtesy of ProElite.com

ICON Sport will put on their second event of this year in the form of “Hard Times”, which will take place this Saturday night at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. The event will not be streamed online but videos of the fights are expected to be put on ProElite.com following the show’s conclusion.

Kala Kolohe Hose, who defeated Phil Baroni to claim the vacant ICON Sport middleweight title back in March, will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Robert McDaniel at EliteXC’s “Return of the King” event in June against newcomer Rolando Dominique.

A streaking Bao Quach, who has won his last eight fights, will take on former ICON Sport bantamweight champion Mark Oshiro for the promotion’s newly created 140 lb. title in the night’s co-main event. Oshiro, who is also riding a seven-fight winning streak of his own, recently submitted Chris Willems at EliteXC’s Hawaiian event.

Fresh off a victorious debut at welterweight, Phil Baroni will look for his first win inside the confines of ICON Sport when he faces fellow veteran Ron Verdadero in a featured bout on the main card. Baroni scored a highlight reel knockout of Scott Jansen at Cage Rage 27 last month. Verdadero has dropped his last two bouts.

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