The UFC continues to finalize fights in preparation for their April shows.
A quartet of fights has been added to the list of UFC on FOX 7 preliminary bouts, all in the lightweight division. Recent Strikeforce signees Jorge Masvidal and Roger Bowling will make their UFC debuts against Tim Means and Anthony Njokuani respectively. TUF Smashes lightweight winner Norman Parke will face Jon Tuck in his first real UFC test. Undefeated prospect Myles Jury will also meet Ramsey Nijem.
In addition, a pivotal featherweight matchup between Brad Pickett and Mike Easton has been signed as well as a 145 pound meeting between Marcus Brimage, who remains undefeated in the UFC, and newcomer Conor McGregor, who currently holds titles in the featherweight and lightweight division in the Cage Warriors promotion.
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— Rising featherweight contenders Brad Pickett and Renan Barao have been signed to meet in a potential main card affair at UFC 138 on November 5 in Birmingham, England. Pickett has won ten out of his last eleven, most recently knocking off a returning Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision at the WEC's final show in December. Barao has won all three of his bouts under the Zuffa banner to date, including a decision win over former WEC featherweight title holder Cole Escovedo in May. [The Daily Telegraph]
— Fresh off of a win oveR "TUF 3" winner Kendall Grove in his debut at middleweight, wrestling product Tim Boetsch is set to face undefeated Canadian grappler Nick Ring at UFC 135 on September 24. Boetsch opted to drop to 185 lbs after earning a 3-3 mark as a light heavyweight in the UFC. His opponent, Ring, is perfect thus far in his professional career. Some of his notable wins include submissions of Bill Mahood and James Head and a controversial decision over DEEP middleweight king Riki Fukuda. [UFC.com]
Jimi Manuwa. Photo courtesy of Ultimate Challenge UK.
Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Jimi Manuwa successfully defended his 205 lb title with a second-round KO of Ultimate Warrior Challenge veteran Luke Blythe at Ultimate Challenge UK’s “Payback” event last night at the Troxy in London, England.
Former Cage Rage standout Brad Pickett also held on to his UCUK featherweight belt, submitting one-time UFC lightweight David Lee with a guillotine choke in the first round. The win extends Pickett’s current streak to seven.
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]
Phil Baroni. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.
Longtime veteran Phil Baroni was victorious in his first fight since moving down to welterweight, scoring a brutal first-round knockout of Englishman Scott Jansen to snap a three-fight losing streak at Cage Rage’s latest effort, entitled “Step Up” at the Wembley Arena in London.
It was visible that Jansen, although game, was significantly overmatched against Baroni at the start of the fight. Straying away from his usual preference to stand and strike, Baroni shot right in for a takedown just seconds into the bout. After a few minutes of controlling Jansen on the canvas and a near fight-ending submission attempt, the referee opted to bring the fight back to the feet, where Baroni quickly knocked Jansen out with a straight right hand.
Following the conclusion of the bout, Baroni went over to check on the condition of his opponent when he was surprisingly headbutted by one of Jansen’s friends in the cage. However cooler heads prevailed and the situation quickly died down with Baroni laughing it off and the assailant being thrown out of the arena.
The show’s undercard saw Neil Grove earn his second straight win over Robert Berry, Mustapha Al Turk defeat James McSweeney for the vacant Cage Rage British heavyweight title, and Robbie Oliver successfully defend his Cage Rage British featherweight title over Ashleigh Grimshaw.
Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
The mixed martial arts world will be setting their sights on the United Kingdom this weekend as the sport’s two most high-profile events take place overseas.
Cage Rage will put on their latest effort, entitled “Step Up”, Saturday afternoon inside the Wembley Arena in London, where the promotion has hosted the majority of it’s events. Controversial veteran Phil Baroni will attempt to snap a three-fight losing streak by moving down to welterweight for the first time in his career in the show’s main event, where he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Scott Jansen.
Robert Berry will fight for the first since knocking off the legendary Ken Shamrock at a Cage Rage event in March. He will take on Neil Grove in a rematch of their heavyweight battle last December, in which Grove picked up a first-round win after Berry’s corner stopped the fight. Other notable fights on the card include Mustapha al Turk battling James McSweeney for the vacant Cage Rage British heavyweight title and a clash between featherweights Brad Pickett and Cristian Binda.
Meanwhile over in Nottingham, Cage Warriors will host their seventh “Enter the Rough House” show, which will see welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley return from a brief retirement to go up against undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar.
Daley has not fought since stopping former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan with strikes at ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series show in January. It was Daley’s fifth consecutive victory. His counterpart, Kosednar, has won his first six professional bouts to start his career. Paul McVeigh and Steve McCombe will clash for the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title in the night’s co-main event. Other notable veterans competing on the card include Fabricio Nascimento and Andre Winner.
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English mixed martial arts legend Ian Freeman was victorious in his return from a brief retirement Saturday afternoon, earning an unanimous decision over Paul Cahoon and taking the former champion’s Cage Rage British light heavyweight title in Birmingham.
Freeman saw very little trouble during the course of the bout with Cahoon, save Cahoon taking the veteran’s back on a pair of separate occasions, while using an effective ground-and-pound assault to keep Cahoon at bay and leaving him unable to mount a suitable amount of offense.
After the fight, Freeman assured fans that a return fight against Cahoon was not a one-time thing and that he would be back to defend his title.
“I’m 41 years old now and I have to say that I’m in the best shape of my life,” Freeman said during a post-fight interview. “The training leading up to this fight was very difficult but the end result was worth it. I feel younger than I did years ago. Going back into retirement isn’t an option at this point. I’m not going anywhere.”
Marius Zaromskis was unsuccessful in his bid to win the vacant Cage Rage British welterweight belt, suffering a nasty cut in the beginning of the first round of his bout against Che Mills that forced the ringside doctor to stop the action after the first five minutes, ultimately awarding Mills the championship.
Matt Ewin controlled Mark Epstein over three rounds to win an unanimous decision and successfully defend his Cage Rage British middleweight title. UFC veteran Ross Pointon submitted Ross Mason with a heel hook and James Zikic submitted Rodney Faverus, handing the former kickboxer his fifth straight defeat.
Complete results from the event:
Harvey Harra def. Gary Kelly - Submission (Triangle)
Chris Rice def. Edgeleson Lue - TKO (Strikes)
Popek Rak def. Kevin Simms - TKO (Strikes)
Brad Pickett def. Paul Reed - Majority Decision
Henrique Nogueira vs. Marc Goddard - Draw
Matt Ewin def. Mark Epstein - Unanimous Decision
Ross Pointon def. Ross Mason - Submission (Heel Hook)
James Zikic def. Rodney Faverus - Submission (Armbar)
Che Mills def. Marius Zaromskis - TKO (Cut)
Ian Freeman def. Paul Cahoon - Unanimous Decision
Happy Thanksgiving bitches! Sorry for the lateness but here’s a roundup of today’s news…
- Cage Rage has announced that U.K. native Jordan Miller will replace an injured Brad Pickett against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain on December 1st.
Pickett was forced to pull out of the bout after breaking his arm during training.
- Yahoo! Sports has added a new MMA videos section.
- The UFC has officially announced four additional bouts for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, which is set to take place at The Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 8th:
Jared Rollins vs. Jon Koppenhaver
Troy Mandaloniz vs. Richie Hightower
Roman Mitichyan vs. Dorian Price
Paul Georgieff vs. Jonathan Goulet
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Drew McFedries will return to the Octagon against Patrick Cote according to a Facebook bulletin posted by Cote himself. Dann Stupp and company are also reporting that American Kickboxing Academy’s Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch will most likely be back in action at UFC 82 in March.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Bryson Kamaka has tested positive for marijuana following post-fight tests for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives last weekend. Kamaka has been suspended for three months and fined $500.
Brad Pickett has been forced to pull of his upcoming fight against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24 after breaking his arm during a recent training session at American Top Team in Miami, Florida over the weekend.
Pickett revealed that his arm was already damaged months before he broke it this past weekend:
“I had a bit of a problem with my arm for a few months now,” Pickett said. “I wasn’t too sure what it was. We thought I might have a small fracture [already] because it was quite sore. I ended up sparring on Saturday and blocked a high kick and broke it.”
Pickett is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks. A replacement opponent for Mann has not yet been found.
Cage Rage owner Andy Greer promised that Pickett would return to the promotion at some point next year in an official statement:
“[Brad] is the latest victim of a gruelling training regime,” Greer said. “Brad is understandably disappointed that he will miss the opportunity to fight. He wanted to take this opportunity to apologize to all his fans and wants to assure them that he will be back with a vengeance next year.”