All of the participants for UFC on FX 6 successfully made weight in preparation for their fights tonight at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight fight between The Ultimate Fighter Smashes coaches Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos. The card will also feature a middleweight showdown between contenders Rousimar Palhares and Hector Lomard.
The official weights can be found after the jump:
Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Philadelphia native Eddie Alvarez and American Top Team product Hector Lombard were both awarded title belts from the upstart Bellator Fighting Championships promotion following clinching wins in their respective tournament finals on Friday night.
Those in attendance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida saw Alvarez score a second-round submission of Toby Imada in the Bellator welterweight final while Lombard bloodied and battered previously unbeaten prospect Jared Hess until the ringside doctor halted their middleweight title bout in the fourth round.
Other notable fights saw Jorge Masvidal submit Eric Reynolds with a rear-naked choke in the third round of their bout and Rosi Sexton defeat Valerie Coolbaugh via submission as well.
Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.
Former WWE superstar turned mixed martial artist, Bobby Lashley, will co-headline the Palace Fighting Championship’s latest offering - a joint boxing and MMA event on February 7 - against fellow undefeated heavyweight prospect Mike Hayes.
PFC President Christian Printup announced the event’s lineup over the weekend at The Underground. Lashley and Hayes will headline the MMA portion of the card while former Olympic boxing gold medalist Andre Ward will face Henry Buchanan in the night’s main event. The boxing portion of the card will be televised live on Showtime.
Dave Herman. Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com.
More details are coming out regarding a potential deal struck between promotional newcomer Bellator Fighting Championships and ESPN Deportes to produce a reality show that could air starting in April of next year. In turn, so is a list of fighters that may be involved with the show as well.
According to MMA Junkie, former EliteXC employees Hector Lombard and Dave Herman have both reportedly been sent offers from Bellator regarding their possible inclusion on the show. However talks are only in the preliminary stages.
Japanese-based World Victory Road has also indicated that they would like to use Herman on their “Sengoku VII” show in January. Two fighters that have competed overseas in the past year - Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal - round out the list of approached fighters known at this time.
Scott Smith. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
Former two-time EliteXC middleweight title challenger Scott Smith will attempt to bounce back from his failed title shot against Robbie Lawler in facing streaking Cuban judo expert Hector Lombard at EltieXC’s “Night of Champions” on November 8 in Las Vegas.
The organization confirmed the previously rumored bout in a press release sent out to the media this past weekend. The Smith-Lombard middleweight matchup will be one of a handful of fights signed for the event’s televised live broadcast on Showtime.
Prior to his pair of fights against Lawler, Smith was victorious in his EliteXC debut, dispatching of Kyle Noke via second-round knockout at EliteXC’s “Street Certified” event in February. After serving as a contestant on the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Smith was released from the UFC following consecutive losses to Patrick Cote and Ed Herman.
Lombard, the reigning Cage Fighting Championships’ middleweight champion, is currently riding an eleven-fight undefeated streak and hasn’t lost since dropping an unanimous decision to DREAM title holder Gegard Mousasi at PRIDE Bushido 13 close to two years ago.
Hector Lombard (right) measures up with Gegard Mousasi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Elite Xtreme Combat has apparently signed Cage Fighting Championships middleweight champion Hector Lombard.
CFC announced the signing through their official website on Sunday.
“I am very excited for Hector as I believe he is destined to be our most successful export and I see him fighting for EliteXC title very soon,” CFC Director Luke Pezzutti said in a press release. “I am also excited that EliteXC have agreed to work with CFC to give our other fighters international opponents and possible opportunities to fight overseas.”
Lombard, a two-time veteran of the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships, has not lost since dropping a unanimous decision to Gegard Mousasi at PRIDE Bushido 13 in November 2006. The Cuban last stopped Tristan Yunker with strikes at a Cage Fighting Championships event in February, successfully defending his CFC belt.
Lombard was slated to take on Karo Parisyan in November after being believed to have signed a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. However Lombard was unable to gain entry into the United States after two failed attempts to earn a visa and his deal was likely terminated.
Above is the latest from The Garv who discusses the newly signed Kimbo Slice-Tank Abbott fight and how dangerous Miami is. I’m guessing that Will Smith is full of crap.
UFC Announces Nakamura-Emerson
The UFC has announced that a lightweight bout between Keita Nakamura and former Ultimate Fighter cast member Rob Emerson for UFC 81: Breaking Point next month.
Nakamura has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to Drew Fickett at UFC Fight Night 9 in April of last year. Nakamura also dropped a decision in his UFC debut against Brock Larson at UFC Fight Night 7.
Fresh off of his second stint in jail, Emerson will be making his first appearance inside the Octagon since his infamous fight against Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale where he tapped out due to a rib injury and Maynard knocked himself out slamming Emerson to the ground.
While bout agreements have not yet been signed, both Cheick Kongo and Heath Herring are expected to face off in a heavyweight bout at UFC 82 in March according to a report from MMA Mania.
Juanito Ibarra, one of Kongo’s trainers, has stated that his client is already training in preparation for the bout:
“Kongo’s here at my house already getting ready for the fight,” said Ibarra. “This is going to be his year. Kongo’s got all the talent to be a heavyweight champion real soon, I truly believe that. Heath’s a tough opponent and this is going to be a big test.”
UFC Releases Radev and Hightower
No, there hasn’t been an official announcement by Dana White and company. Instead the news comes inadvertently from Ken Pavia’s journal about his dieting adventure with Luke Cummo via MMA Junkie:
The day needed a pick-me-up so I called UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to check the progress of my guys’ fights. He said he was still working on it but then informed me they would be releasing two of them, Jordan Radev and Richie Hightower.
Apparently Radev has already been booked to fight Hector Lombard at Cage Fighting Championship’s third event on February 15th in Sydney, Australia.
Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund Reminder
While there aren’t any items currently up for auction for the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund, remember that you can always donate directly to the fund by visiting it’s official website.
Any fighters that are interested in donating items that can be auctioned off such as autographed pictures, shorts, gloves, or anything else should contact Randy Harris at email@example.com
Remember that all proceeds from the auctioned items go directly to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund.
Marcelo Garcia has joined American Top Team. MMA Junkie is reporting that UFC Fight Night 13 will most likely take place on April 2nd at a site yet to be determined in Colorado. The Nevada State Athletic Commission corrected the attendance and revenues stemming from UFC 79 yesterday. Scott White has a good piece on David Loiseau’s return. John Philapavage tries to revive Mirko Cro Cop’s career.
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It seems that Hector Lombard will be unable to gain entry into the United States after all, forcing a change of plans for the UFC reports Dave Meltzer:
UFC failed in a renewed attempt to get Hector Lombard a working visa so the Karo Parisyan vs. Lombard match for Newark, NJ is officially off. Parisyan now faces Ryo Chonan and Thiago Alves, who was to face Chono, will face Chris Lytle.
Assuming these are the matchups that the UFC has actually decided to go with, Chonan is a much tougher opponent for Parisyan then Lombard and may very well make it easier for him to get back into the title picture with a win.
The addition of Chris Lytle gives the much criticized card a bit more star power. Lytle will also make a good test for Alves, who has been inconsistent in the type of opponents he is able to defeat inside the Octagon.
News and Notes
- Tony Loiseleur of Sherdog sat down for an awesome three-page interview with PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi. Be sure to check it out.
- Sherdog is also reporting that Hector Lombard may still have a chance to fight at UFC 78 after all:
On Monday, the fighter’s American representatives told Sherdog.com that in spite of Lombard’s difficulties they remain hopeful he will be granted a P1 visa, which is available to athletes and entertainers coming to the U.S. to participate in internationally recognized events for a U.S. employer.
- The Fight Network is reporting that the IFL has signed Jay Hieron to a contract extension:
Welterweight contender Jay Hieron confirmed today he has re-signed with the International Fight League through the completion of its 2008 campaign. A product of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Hieron holds four victories in six fights with the promotion.
- Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer fame has left FOX Sports for Yahoo! Sports...
- I hate to force publicity out there but a few members of the gym I train out of as well as other members of Team Balance will be competing in grappling matches at the 40th Anniversary of Sports at the Spectrum. The event will be held on October 19th at 7:00 PM at the Wachovia Spectrum of course. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski is set to be a guest at the event.
MMA News has more on the event...
- Adam Morgan looks back on Chris Horodecki’s fall through the ropes during his fight with Bart Palaszewski earlier this year.
Hector Lombard isn’t going to be able to take on Karo Parisyan at UFC 78 according to Sherdog. Why? He can’t gain entry into the United States:
“I’m not going to get my visa,” said Lombard, who was set to fight welterweight Karo Parisyan. “I only have a Cuban passport, so I’ve been told it’s impossible for me to migrate. I went to the American embassy twice and they said no to me both times.”
So now what? There are a lot of welterweights out there that could step in on short notice to take on Parisyan - Roan Carneiro, Rich Clementi, Paul Taylor, Dustin Hazelett, and Jess Liaudin to name a few. Hazelett is probably the best one out of that bunch to step up and face Parisyan but what would I like to see? Josh Koscheck
Koscheck has apparently been itching to get back into the Octagon as soon as possible following his loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74. He was rumored to be fighting at UFC 79 and now may be moved to early next year. However I’m sure he’d be wiling to take this fight on short notice.
The fight would help make the welterweight division a little clearer as well. A Parisyan win would most likely set up a showdown with Jon Fitch and the winner would be line for a title shot against the winner of Hughes/Serra vs St. Pierre early next year. However if Koscheck wins… well we already know he’s not going to fight Fitch.