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.
Fabricio Camoes. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
A lightweight bout between former EliteXC grappler Fabricio “Morango” Camoes and King of the Cage veteran Georgi Karakhanyan has reportedly been signed for Strikeforce’s first-ever “ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers” event on May 15 in Fresno, California.
The news comes from a report by Tatame.com, which recently confirmed the matchup with Camoes himself. He last competed at a ShoXC event last August where he submitted “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Sam Morgan in the first round.
Karakhanyan is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak. His last two wins came at a one-night tournament put on by Missouri Total Fighting, where he scored first-round submissions of both Justin Salazar and James Pettus.
Brock Lesnar. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your quick hits for the evening of April 7, 2009.
— Tickets for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s historic 100th event will go on sale this Thursday to UFC Fight Club members. Remaining tickets will then be sold through a newsletter pre-sale on Friday morning and then to the general public on Saturday. Ticket sales will begin at 10 AM PT on all three days. Both Brock Lesnar and Georges St. Pierre are currently set to defend their respective titles at the event.[UFC.com]
— The Florida Boxing Commission has released the official list of fighter payouts from last weekend’s Bellator Fighting Championships’ debut event, which took place Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Six of the promotion’s lightweight tournament winners, including BodogFight veterans Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal, were paid a show-leading $25,000. The tourney losers were handed $10,000 for their efforts. [MMA Junkie]
— Former EliteXC lightweight Fabricio Camoes will reportedly make his Strikeforce debut at the organization’s inaugural “SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challengers” event on May 15 in Fresno, California. An opponent for the Brazilian is unknown at this time. “Morango” last competed at a ShoXC event last August where he submitted “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Sam Morgan in the first round. [Tatame.com]
Chris Horodecki. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Here are your daily news and notes for the morning of January 22, 2009.
- Former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki has been forced out of his scheduled bout against Dan Lauzon at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show this weekend after failing his medical tests under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission due to a bulging disk in his neck. According to Sherdog.com, the injury is restricting 80% of the strength in Horodecki’s right arm and the CSAC has refused to license him for the fight. Affliction officials are currently searching for a replacement opponent for Lauzon are expected to make a decision at some point today.
- Gilbert Yvel, infamously known for assaulting referees and misbehaving during fights, has officially been released to fight Josh Barnett at Saturday’s Affliction show. CSAC represenative Bill Douglas is comparing Yvel’s licensing process to the struggles that Mike Kyle and Kazushi Sakuraba went through before being permitted to fight in the state in the past. Yvel will also apparently be under a very watchful eye when he fights, as if he wasn’t going to be already.
Yves Edwards. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A lightweight bout between former EliteXC title challenger Yves Edwards and fast-rising Brazilian prospect Fabricio Camoes could take place at EliteXC’s scheduled November 8 show on Showtime according to MMA Junkie.
Edwards revealed the possibility of the bout during a recent interview. Edwards stated that although the bout has not yet been officially signed, he expects that things will be finalized in the coming days after agreeing to the matchup.
“I’ve agreed on it verbally, and I’m just waiting on the papers, and I should get those after this next weekend,” Edwards said in the article. ‘I’m looking forward to that one, and looking forward to getting back on track.”
Jared Hamman. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
While their first bout in April ended in controversy and left many lingering questions, Friday’s battle between Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma did anything but as Hamman stopped Suganuma via first-round TKO in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California.
Early on, it appeared as if Suganuma was about to have Hamman’s number again as the Hawaiian dropped Hamman and battered him with punches on the ground during the fight’s opening moments. However the tide began to turn once Hamman successfully executed a judo throw that sent Suganuma stumbling to the canvas.
Hamman quickly took his opponent’s back but Suganuma was quick to shake Hamman off of him and stand up. Hamman proceeded to stun Suganuma with a straight right and then knocked him down with a combination. Suganuma bounced up and tried to take the fight to the ground but Hamman was relentless with his strikes, pounding away on Suganuma with hammer fists until the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
We will be going live at 11:00 PM ET tonight with live results of the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. The show’s televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.
A rematch between light heavyweight prospects Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman will serve as the night’s main event. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee just fifteen seconds into their fight despite an immediate protest from Hamman. Additional main card bouts include Cyrille Diabate vs. Jaime Fletcher and Fabricio Camoes vs. Sammy Morgan.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
The official weigh-in results for tonight’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight. The show’s televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET. Additional pictures are after the jump. Breakdown of the Showtime fights here.
A rematch between light heavyweight prospects Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman will serve as the night’s main event. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee just fifteen seconds into their fight. Referee Jon Schorle quickly waved off the bout but Hamman immediately got back to his feet and began protesting, forcing then company figurehead Gary Shaw to guarantee a rematch between the two.
Jared Hamman (203.5 lbs) vs. Poai Suganuma (205 lbs)
Cyrille Diabate (203.5 lbs) vs. Jaime Fletcher (204 lbs)
Fabricio Camoes (161 lbs) vs. Sammy Morgan (160 lbs)
Debi Purcell (129 lbs) vs. Rosi Sexton (130 lbs)
Keith Berry (191 lbs) vs. Ray Lizama (190.5 lbs)
David Douglas (154.5 lbs) vs. Marcus Levesser (154.5 lbs)
Lucas Gamaza (169.5 lbs) vs. Kenny Johnson (171 lbs)
Jesse Brock (139 lbs) vs. Josh Rave (131 lbs)
Ralph Lopez (148.5 lbs) vs. Roberto Vargas (150 lbs)
Katrina Alendale (138.5 lbs) vs. Melanie LaCroix (139 lbs)
Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
EliteXC has announced the full card for the next upcoming edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place on August 15th at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. The televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.
The show’s main event features a rematch between rising light heavyweights Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee. Referee Jon Schorle quickly waved off the bout but Hamman immediately got back to his feet and began protested, forcing then company figurehead Gary Shaw to guarantee a rematch between the two.
Additional featured fights on the card include Fabricio Camoes against “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan and the EliteXC debut of PRIDE veteran Cyrille Diabate as he takes on ShoXC veteran Jaime Fletcher.
Jared Hamman stands in disbelief after being handed his first professional loss by Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
For the second consecutive time, the main event of a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series show ended in controversial fashion after Poai Suganuma stunned Jared Hamman with an overhand right and then dropped him courtesy of a flying knee, causing referee Jon Schorle to quickly put a stop to the bout just fifteen seconds into it.
However a dazed Hamman quickly made it back to his feet, ready to continue, leading to a shower of boos from those in attendance at the Table Mountain Casino and Events Center in Friant, California. Both fighters voiced their desire to have a rematch during separate post-fight interviews, especially Hamman, who still doesn’t understand why the fight was stopped.
“I’m so mad right know,’’ Hamman said. “I don’t know what happened or why it was stopped. I wanted to keep fighting. I felt I could keep fighting. I don’t want to make excuses. I absolutely want a rematch.’’
A rematch may not come immediately but will likely take place in the near future according to EliteXC Live Events Vice President Jared Shaw.
“You can bet there will be a rematch in the near future,’’ Shaw said. “No one is more concerned for a fighter’s safety than we are, but this fight was just stopped too soon.’’