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“Night of Combat II” Fight Card Changes


Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Following a reported positive test for marijuana, Bryson Kamaka has been taken off from tonight’s “Night of Combat II” card, which is being promoted by Kim Couture’s KC Concepts and Scott Kelp’s Superfights MMA and will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The news comes from a report by Five Ounces of Pain.

MMA on Tap has since been able to confirm through the management team of former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron, who was Kamaka’s original opponent, that he will now face local product Chris Kennedy at the event.

Kennedy, who currently fights out of Las Vegas, has won his last three fights, most recently earning a third-round submission of Mike Arranz at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night on July 12. Kennedy has also gone the distance with fellow welterweight prospect Josh Williams and “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Joe Duarte during his brief career.

Hieron has not competed since successfully defending his IFL belt against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller in April. He became the IFL’s first-ever welterweight champion after defeating Donnie Liles and Delson Heleno in consecutive fights. The Long Island native is currently keeping in shape by training at Xtreme Couture. He was originally slated to take on Drew Fickett on October 11 at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show before it was postponed until early next year.

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Fall Canadian Fight Cards Changing


Brian Gassaway. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced a trio of additional bouts for it’s latest fight card, “TKO 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki”, which will take place on October 3 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

UFC and WEC veteran Brian Gassaway will return to the promotion to take on T.J. Grant in one of TKO 35’s featured bouts. Also added to the event was a lightweight battle between Mike Ricci and Reza Kamali and a welterweight affair between Steve Alexopoulos and Daylin Logan.

Canadian lightweight prospect Ben Henderson has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Joe Heiland at MFC 18 on September 26 in Edmonton. He will be replaced by King of the Cage veteran Donald Sanchez according to an announcement made by the MFC earlier this week.

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Quenneville vs. Hioki Headlines TKO 35


Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

TKO Championship Fighting today announced details regarding it’s latest event, “TKO 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki”, which will take place on October 3rd at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The show’s will be headlined by reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki returning to the promotion to defend his title for the first time against Thierry Quenneville.

Hioki defeated longtime featherweight title holder Mark Hominick at TKO 28 in February of last year via majority decision to win the belt. He has since fought exclusively over in Japan, racking up a record of 3-2-1 while fighting for the Shooto and HEAT organizations. Hioki most recently earned a draw against Hiroshi Nakamura earlier this month.

Quenneville enters the bout riding a two-fight winning streak. After winning a unanimous decision over Yoon Heo at TKO 31, Quenneville dispatched of skilled prospect Ben Greer to secure his shot at Hioki’s title. Quenneville stopped Greer with strikes in the third round at TKO 34.

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Russow, Martin Win at Adrenaline Debut


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)

Report: Adrenaline MMA Debut Taking Shape


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

Landi-Jons Injury Gives Gassaway Win at TKO 32


Jose Landi-Jons delivers a body kick to Mitch McElroy at the BodogFight: Paradise Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

Jose Landi-Jons suffered a brutal leg injury in the second round of his main event fight against fellow journeyman Brian Gassaway last night, handing Gassaway his third straight win under disappointing circumstances at last night’s TKO 32: Ultimatum.

The pleasant crowd inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, the same arena where the Ultimate Fighting Championship will travel to in April, saw Landi-Jons score early and often with a barrage of leg kicks in the first round. Gassaway responded with a straight left that momentarily stunned the former Chute Boxe co-founder but Landi-Jons will able to keep his composure and eventually take Gassaway down to the canvas.

Landi-Jons quickly transitioned to side control, where he was able to hold Gassaway down for the majority of the round. After an effective ground and pound attack slowed down to nothing, referee Yves Lavigne opted to stand the two up where they exchanged a mix of kicks and punches until the horn sounded.

The two went right back into exchanging at the start of the second round. However a checked leg kick ended up snapping Landi-Jons ankle, sending him crumpling to the canvas. Gassaway pounced on his opponent and landed a couple of unanswered rights before he noticed that Landi-Jons was injured. Lavigne moved in to stop the fight while Gassaway waved ringside doctors into the cage.

Landi-Jons was taken away on a stretcher but gave a thumbs-up while being wheeled out of the arena that the crowd enjoyed.

Jesse Bongfeldt retained his TKO welterweight title with a late submission of top contender T.J. Grant. The two engaged in an entertaining war that saw each fighter land hard punches standing and pull off aesthetically-pleasing grappling moves and holds throughout the course of the fight.

After coming out guns blazing to start the third round, the champion swung away with wild punches, allowing Grant to score an easy takedown. After landing a pair of right hands on his opponent, Grant ended up getting caught in an armbar and was forced to tap out in the middle of the final round.

Complete event results are below:

Brian Gassaway def. Jose Landi-Jons - TKO (Injury)
Jesse Bongfeldt def. T.J. Grant - Submission (Armbar)
Derek Gauthier def. Yannick Galipeau - Submission (Choke)
Samuel Guillet def. Jordan Mein - Submission (Kimura)
Stéphane Vigneault def. Daniel Ferguson - TKO (Strikes)
Guillaume Lamarche def. Justin Tavernini - Split Decision
Adrian Wooley def. Syd Barnier - TKO (Strikes)
Johan Croes def. Mark Fraser - TKO (Strikes)
Jeff Harrison def. Tyler Jackson - Submission (Guillotine)
Ben Gallant def. Scott Wright - TKO (Strikes)
Tim Wadsworth def. Brad Duguay - TKO (Strikes)
Christopher Hulme def. Vladmir Victor - TKO (Strikes)

Gassaway Ready for Veteran Test in Landi-Jons


Brian Gassaway weighs-in for UFC 54: Boiling Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Similar to his long-time training partner Shonie Carter, Brian Gassaway has fought and won in various mixed martial arts promotions all around the world.

The experience he has gained can’t be measured in terms of it’s importance, it’s obvious that it adds an entirely different dimension to his game compared to those who only have a dozen fights or so in the sport. However his experience will likely be put to the test later tonight, as he will take on fellow veteran Jose Landi-Jons in the main event of TKO 32: Ultimatum.

Despite riding a constant wave of disappointment - Landi-Jons has lost nine out of his thirteen bouts since knocking out Matt Hughes in 2004 - Gassaway still acknowledges the former co-founder of Chute Boxe as one of the greatest fighters out there.

“I have to say that it’s an honor to fight someone as good as “Pele”,” Gassaway said during a recent interview session. “I have to be honest, I’m going into the twilight of my career. Who knows how much longer I’m going to be fighting. At this stage, I just want to be able to fight the best guys that I can and Landi-Jons is definitely one of them.”

Gassaway is coming off of two unsuccessful stints inside the confines of the Zuffa-owned Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting promotions. Despite not looking very good in his either of his fights, the Chicago native hopes that he can win enough fights in order to receive one more shot.

“The biggest thing I regret in my fights against Sanchez and Alessio is that I wasn’t aggressive enough,” Gassaway said. “I don’t know what it was, maybe the bright lights and everything, but I definitely should have opened up and thrown my hands more. I’m not going to make that mistake in this fight though, that’s for sure.”

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Report: Landi-Jons Faces Gassaway at TKO 32


Jose Landi-Jons delivers a body kick to Mitch McElroy at the BodogFight: Paradise Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

Jose Landi-Jons will likely take on journeyman Brian Gassaway in a welterweight affair that will as the main event of the upcoming TKO 32: Ultimatum, which will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 28th.

The news comes from a report by TKO Xtreme.

Landi-Jons is a true veteran of the sport to say the least. He fought for the first time in his career all the way back in 1993, where he submitted Moura Moura with strikes. Since then he has gone on to fight and defeat some of the top fighters in the sport, earning wins over the likes of Matt Hughes, Pat Miletich, and Jorge Patino to name a few.

Even though his record these days may tell a different story, Landi-Jons was considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world at one point. He was also a former key member of Chute Boxe, but ended up leaving the team after reportedly not being recognized for his training of the Rua brothers.

Gassaway started off last year on a negative note as he was submitted by John Alessio with a rear naked choke at a WEC show in January. Gassaway suffered another setback in losing a decision to Dereck Keasley but bounced back and has won two straight fights in independent shows since then.