News and Notes
- Both Ryan Schultz and Aaron Stark of the Portland Wolfpack will not be able to compete at the team’s season debut on February 23rd according to coach Matt Lindland.
Schultz will miss the event because of a medical suspension he received from the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission after his KO loss to Bart Palaszewski at the IFL Championship this past December. Ironically, the suspension will end the following day after the event. Ian Loveland will be Schultz’s replacement for the event.
Stark will also be out of action because of a rib injury. Taking his place will be John Krohn…
- Bob Sapp has signed with Cage Rage and caused a bit of a disturbance at the promotion’s event this past weekend:
It seems like every Cage Rage heavyweight wants a piece of Bob “The Beast” Sapp after the former NFL lineman-turned-fighter signed with the U.K based promotion earlier this week.
Yesterday, the names of two contenders were revealed.
After defeating MMA legend Dan Severn (78-15-7) in a lackluster performance last night, British boxer-come-mixed martial artist Dave Legeno (3-3-0) took the mic and voiced a verbal challenge to the self-described “ripped 400-pound monster.”
Upon hearing the challenge, Sapp rushed into the cage, pushing bystanders and media out of his way, until he stood face-to-face with Legeno, while the audience applauded in approval.
“I’ll sign the contract right now,” said Sapp. “I’ll take you on.”
Before Legeno could answer, another British heavyweight, Robert “Buzz” Berry (10-5-0), climbed over the fence and rushed Sapp, causing a commotion that escalated into a brief minute of chaos. When the dust settled, Berry was holding a microphone, challenging Sapp as well.
“I’ll take you both on,” Sapp told the two British heavyweights. “You’re both going down.”
Once the show resumed, Cage Rage promoters Andy Geer and Dave O’Donnell made a public announcement that “The Beast” will indeed face “an unnamed British heavyweight” at Cage Rage 21 in April.
- In a recent interview, professional wrestler Kurt Angle stated that he is currently in discussions with the UFC and Elite XC on a contract that would allow him to begin fighting later this year…
Kicking off the live broadcast was a lightweight battle between PRIDE veteran Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett and K.J. Noons. The started out fairly slow as both fighters exchanged some hard low leg kicks. Eventually Noons began to open up as he landed a few hard shots but they didn’t seem to have any effect on Bennett. The end of the fight came as both fighters unleashed hard rights. Noons’ ended up being a glancing shot and Bennett’s was a vicious bomb that sent his opponent to the canvas in a heap. Bennett pounced and finished Noons off winning by TKO.
Stealing the show was definitely a 140 lbs match-up between female fighters Gina Carano and Julie Kedzie. They met in the cage and trade bombs for three rounds. Carano looked great on her feet landing numerous big shots and kicks. Kedzie was able to secure a few takedowns during the fight but never was it enough to put Carano in danger as she continuously landed big shots on the feet to earn herself a unanimous decision victory.
Next on the menu was a middleweight showdown between David “The Crow” Loiseau and Joey Villasenor. Villasenor made a statement in the first round putting taking Loiseau to the canvas at will as he worked from the top for the majority of the first round. Loiseau had no answer for the wrestling skill of Villasenor and when push came to shove, Loiseau just seemed to lack the heart he once had.
The second was a lot like the first as Villasenor put Loiseau on the canvas at will while working his ground-and-pound from the top. During the intermission, Brandon Vera told Loiseau that he had to do something big in order to win. Finally something seemed to register with Loiseau as he came into the third as a different fighter.
Loiseau began the third with some wild kicks followed by a few lefts. For the first time in the fight, Loiseau finally began to push the pace but Villasenor had an answer as he was able to land some excellent punches including a hard right body shot. During an exchange partway through the round, Villasenor fired off a right that looked to drop Loiseau. When seeing the replay it looked more like the momentum that sent “The Crow” the canvas but when he went down he definitely looked rocked. Whether that was from the punch or hitting the canvas I don’t know. In the end Villasenor was declared the winner by unanimous decision over David Loiseau.
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva notched up another victory tonight after he made quick work of UFC veteran Wesley “Cabbage” Correira. Early on Silva landed a few shots before securing a solid takedown. Silva unleashed some vicious ground-and-pound from the top but Cabbage was able to return to his feet a short while later. Silva continued where he left off on the feet landing some excellent combinations. After picking Cabbage apart from the outside, Silva put an end to things but charging forward with a flying knee followed by a left hand that put Cabbage to the canvas. Once he went down Silva pounced putting a finish to the battle.
The main-event was next on the slate and in the end the fight ended up taking on a story of its own. After kicking the fight off with a glove touch, Shamrock set the pace by landing some hard leg kicks to his Brazilian opponent. Gracie seemed to easily fend off Shamrock’s onslaught gaining the clinch and moments later the takedown. Gracie did an excellent job from the top working position but the 15-second stand up rule came into play and they were forced to return to the feet. Shamrock began to let his hands go but again Gracie secured the takedown. The round closed with Gracie working some ground-and-pound from the top.
The second round starts a lot like the first. Shamrock utilized his punches but they were deemed ineffective once Gracie put him on his back for the third time in the fight. As was the case in the first, Gracie worked excellent positioning from the top but suddenly things took a drastic turn. From the bottom, Shamrock fired off two straight knees to the head of Renzo Gracie, rocking him in the process. Herb Dean stepped in between the fighters and stopped the fight. Gracie was given 5-minutes to recover and Shamrock was deducted 1 point on the judges score cards.
Clearly dazed Gracie did everything possible to recover but he was unable so he left the cage with the entourage and made his way to the back room. Shamrock stood in the cage stating that he was there “to fight, not wrestle”. Herb Dean, Jimmy Lennon Jr. and the commissioner gathered outside of the cage where they decided that the knees were intentional which meant Shamrock was DQ’d.
Clearly unhappy Shamrock was interviewed afterwards where he attempted to make up lame excuses saying he was “old school” and not used to these “new rules”. Eventually Cesar Gracie, Renzo’s manager, made his way out from the back where he responded by saying that there were rules and Shamrock didn’t follow them.
Even though it was controversial, I feel Herb Dean definitely made the proper call. Overall the show was mediocre at best. The best fight on the broadcast was definitely the battle between the females but beside that there weren’t any barn burners. David Loiseau looked terrible and Gracie-Shamrock had a sub-par ending. With that being said, EliteXC did a good job for their debut show. The overall picture, lighting and announcing were all good, that was one thing that couldn’t be said about the debut WFA show. Also kudos to Bill Goldberg, he did a great job tonight.
It has been announced that Mauro Ranallo and Jay Glazer will join the broadcast team for the upcoming EliteXC show on Showtime.
Originally it was announced that former WWE star Bill Goldberg and Mario Lopez would be in charge of the announcing duties. Luckily for MMA fans, Showtime and EliteXC has added some legit announcing with the additions of Glazer and Ranallo.
Mauro Ranallo will be in charge of the play-by-play duties while Goldberg and Glazer provide the color commentary. Mario Lopez will serve as a “roving reporter”.
I’m happy to see Showtime has added some legit talent in the broadcast booth. When I first heard that Bill Goldberg and Mario Lopez would be the announcers I figured the organization was destined for failure. Goldberg was absolutely horrid when he did the color commentary on the WFA: King of the Streets show.
News and Notes
- PRIDE USA President Ed Fishman has expressed that he is currently doing everything possible to purchase the PRIDE organization. Fishman feels that the only two people in the running for the organization are the UFC and him.
- Strikeforce and EliteXC have reached a deal which will allow them to co-promote cards on Showtime. Showtime will do a joint broadcast in April when Frank Shamrock and Phil Baroni fight in Strikeforce.
- Tito Ortiz will guest star in NUMB3RS Friday, Feb. 16 on CBS.
- Andrei Arlovski is expected to fight on UFC 70 against Jim York. Mirko Filipovic will also be on the card.
The Fight Network: The Cro Cop Mystique
And what did McCarthy glean from the dangerous kickboxer’s performance Saturday night?
“The Octagon is a bigger surface area,” says McCarthy. “I think Mirko was using the same footwork he’s always used and that caused some problems for him when he tried to cut Sanchez off.”
The motivation to improve appears to be there. Before leaving for his 18-hour journey back to his homeland, Filipovic asked McCarthy for a recommendation to import a cage to him there.
It has been announced that Jake Shields has signed a contract with Pro Elite Inc. and he will appear on an upcoming Elite XC card.
Shields is a former Shooto World Champion and the reigning ROTR GP World Champion. Shields holds victories over the likes Yushin Okami, Dave Menne, Carlos Condit, Hayato Sakurai and many others.
Along with being scheduled to appearance on Showtime, reports have surfaced stating that Shields will fight Ray Steinbiess on an upcoming season of BodogFight.
News and Notes
- The UFC 67: All or Nothing weigh-ins will air live today at 4PM PST on Yahoo! Sports.
- Yesterday the UFC held their pre-fight press conference for UFC 67: All or Nothing. All of the headliners were there except for heavyweight ace Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
- At the press conference, it was mentioned that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva may move to California, possibly to open a branch of his newly-formed Black House gym.
- The Fight Network has signed a multi year deal with Elite XC and they will begin by televising their first event live on February 10th at 10 PM EST.
News and Notes
- The Fight Network will be televising the EliteXC debut show live at 10 PM EST on February 10th.
- UFC and PRIDE veteran Kevin “The Monster” Randleman has been released from the hospital after he suffered near kidney failure.
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alistair Overeem will face off in the ring PRIDE 33: Second Coming.
- Canadian welterweight Jeff Joslin is scheduled to face Kuniyoshi Hironaka on April 5th live on Spike TV.
- Tonight on ‘Inside the UFC’, Joe Rogan will sit down and talk to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his opponent Travis Lutter.
- Be sure to check out our newly created rumors page. We’ve updated the PRIDE 33 card with Overeem vs. Rua.
- Sherdog has announced that they will be going live 3 days a week starting February 12th. The show will run from 1PM - 5PM EST with 2 hour episodes of ‘The Beatdown’ and ‘The Savage Dog Show’. The show will also have updates at the top of every hour. For the users who cannot listen live, there will still be a podcast available through iTunes.
- Elvis Sinosic has signed a new deal with the UFC and it looks like his next fight will be in April. It also looks like Gonzaga will be fighting on one of the UFC cards in April.
F our popular local fighters are scheduled to compete in the history-making EliteXC mixed martial arts (MMA) 10-bout fight card on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss.
Area favorites Adriano Nasal, Mike Powell and John-David Shackelford, all of Memphis, and Seth Kleinbeck (Pictures) of Stuttgart, Ark., will be featured in undercard matches of a spectacular card.
Elite XC Live Events President Gary Shaw announced yesterday at a news conference that the promotion has signed former UFC welterweight contender Nick Diaz.
Diaz’s manager and BJJ coach Cesar Gracie confirmed the signing yesterday and said that Diaz should be making his Elite XC debut sometime in May.
As with all of the other small MMA promotions, Gracie also added that Diaz would be able to fight in other promotions while under contract. That was a stipulation probably put in because of the postponed Gracie Fighting Championships event that Diaz was supposed to compete in this weekend and may be called on to in the future if the event is rescheduled.
Pro Elite has announced the full card for the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat show. The event will take place February 10th at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Also the show will air live on Showtime starting at 10 PM EST.
Frank Shamrock vs. Renzo Gracie
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira vs. Antonio Silva
David Loiseau vs. Joey Villasenor
Charles Bennett vs. KJ Noons
Gina Carano vs. TBA
Bo Cantrell vs. Tim Persey
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Riki Fukuda
Adriano Periera vs. Javier Vasquez
Mike Pyle vs. Ross Ebanez
John Shackelford vs. Edson Berto