Evening News and Notes: Feb 1, 2008

Eddie Alvarez has his hand raised after winning a unanimous decision over Matt Lee in July 2007. Photo by David Singer.

A lot of news coming to our attention late today…

Alvarez-Aina Possible at EliteXC April Show

Former BodogFight welterweight champion Eddie Alvarez is currently in negotiations to take on EliteXC lightweight Mike Aina at an unannounced show in April according to a report by The Fight Network, who confirmed the contract talks yesterday with Alvarez.

Alvarez is coming off of an impressive knockout of Ross Ebanez at the fourth edition of ShoXC’s Elite Challenger Series. The Philadelphia native signed a three-fight deal with EliteXC earlier this month. Aina has not fought since losing a razor close decision to Nick Diaz in September.

Liddell-Rua Signed for June

A rumored bout between former champions Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is now official according to Sherdog, who confirmed the bout with Rua himself earlier today:

“The fight against Liddell is confirmed,” Rua said. “I signed the contract yesterday. Now I am going to train hard, focused on him, to represent my new team, Universidade da Luta, and my country. The fight is going to be in June.”

This could be an interesting fight and a possible great matchup for Liddell. Just like Wanderlei Silva, Rua loves to push the envelope and come right at his opponent, which is a dream come true for a counter-puncher like Liddell.

In order to win this one, “Shogun” will have to find a way to counter Liddell’s wrestling with a ground attack that will keep Liddell off-balance during scrambles. Should be a fun chess match to watch if it does actually go down.

Edgar-Maynard Set for UFC Fight Night 13

Lightweights Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 13 in April according to Five Ounces of Pain.

We reported earlier this week through Five Ounces that Edgar was offered a bout against former PRIDE lightweight champ Takanori Gomi by the UFC, only to have the plans fall through after the promotion was unable to sign Gomi to an official contract.

Maynard was victorious last week, winning a decision over Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 12.

Bisping-McCarthy Moved to UFC 83 in Canada

A planned bout between former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping and American Top Team’s Charles McCarthy has been moved from a tentative U.K. show in March to the UFC’s debut show in Canada on April 19th.

Our partner site Rogers Sportsnet interviewed Bisping earlier this week, who confirmed the move with the network.

While we all know what Bisping has been up to these days (he’s moving down to 185 lbs), McCarthy has not fought in the UFC since submitting Gideon Ray with an armbar at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale last year. McCarthy was stopped in his debut by David Loiseau at UFC 53: Heavy Hitters in June 2005.

PFC Announces Five Fights for March

The Palace Fighting Championship has officially announced it’s next event for March 20th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

PFC 7 will feature a pair of flyweight bouts: Luis Gonzalez will be back in action taking on David Mitchell while newcomers Ulysses Gomez and Greg McDowell will compete for the first time professionally.

Additional bouts include former UFC middleweight Justin Levens taking on Phil Collins, Darren Crisp challenging Danny Castillo, and PFC light heavyweight champion Jeremy Freitag defending his title against top contender Anthony Rubalcalva.

Art of War Acquires IFO-Steele Cage Assets

SUN Sports, the parent company of Texas-based Art of War has announced that it has acquired the assets of the recently defunct International Fighting Organization, which was run in conjunction with Steele Cage Promotions.

“We are delighted to be able to acquire the assets of the International Fighting Organization,” said SUN Sports CEO C.J. Comu stated earlier today in a press release sent out to the media. “We are also delighted to be able to acquire all the raw footage and finished broadcast production of the IFO events promoted by Steele Cage Promotions, which we plan on distributing globally. We feel that the film inventory will be a great compliment to the Art of War film inventory which will provide more available product to networks and distributors world-wide.”

Game Over for IFO-Steele Cage

The International Fighting Organization, an upstart MMA promotion that was spearheaded by hall of fame boxing referee Richard Steele has apparently permanently halted operations.

The news comes from a report by Brian O’Hara of The Fight Network.

The promotion, which also ran under the name “Steele Cage”, will now sell all of the organization’s assets to another company according to CEO Steve Oshins. Along with Oshins, IFO VP John Stachofsky will also be working with the undisclosed promotion in a new role as well.

“We cannot comment at this time, because we have something in the works that will be announced in the next few weeks. It’s going to be big, and it’s going to be better,” Stachofsky said to The Fight Network.

The end of the promotion has not come without a fair share of drama. Oshins and Stachofsky believe that Rico White, the former director of sales for the IFO and the new president of the brand new International Fighting Championship, has used the IFO name in order to promote himself and his new venture.

“It doesn’t bother me that someone else wants to put on shows; I’m not jealous about it,” said Stachofsky. “But when you go out and present yourself as somebody you’re not, or as somebody else, that’s not right. You don’t make yourself look like the IFO and tell everybody basically that you’re the IFO and let everybody assume you’re the IFO.”

IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV Results

The scheduled bout between Chris Reedy and Waachim Spiritwolf was cancelled after Reedy was unable to receive a license from the NSAC. Reedy is currently medically suspended in the state of New Jersey.

Buddy Roberts def. Dennis Bacon - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ryan Bader def. Brad Peterson - Unanimous Decision
Jeff Cox def. Joe Cronin - TKO (Strikes)
Dennis Davis def. Reynaldo Duarte - Unanimous Decision
Elena Reid def. Tammie Schneider - TKO (Strikes)
Del Hawkins def. Brandon Foxworth - Submission (Strikes)
Travis Wiuff def. Jesse Veium - TKO (Strikes)

CKA: Dec 21, 2007

Photo courtesy of Xtreme Couture

Two of the best ever in their respective sports right there peoples.

News and Notes

- Our rumors page has been updated.

- HDNet has announced that Yarennoka! will be airing live from Japan at 6:00 AM EST on HDNet on New Year’s Eve. Additional re-broadcasts of the event will take place on the same day at 3:00 PM EST, January 4th at 10:30 PM EST, and January 5th at 3:00 AM EST and 3:00 PM EST.

- The Fight Network is reporting that Jesse Veium will replace an injured Cyrille Diabate against Travis Wiuff at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th.

Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.

- Justin McCully has apparently missed the deadline to accept a fight against Cheick Kongo at UFC 82 in February according to Brian Knapp of The Fight Network.

We reported yesterday that McCully had been offered a fight against Kongo but had not yet made a decision.

According to Knapp, McCully can still have the fight but only if he accepts before the UFC finds a replacement opponent for Kongo.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
3-5 PM EST - The Savage Dog Show
3-5 PM EST - The Beatdown
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Media Links

Bloody Elbow: Dear Denny Burkholder
MMA Mania: UFCs Georges St. Pierre and the Fuzzy Brossard
FIve Ounces of Pain: February could be busiest month in MMA history
CBS Sportsline: UFC Tapout video game revisited
Jarry Park: Jamie Varner Really Likes His Chances Against Razor Rob

Cyrille Diabate Suffers Broken Ankle

Cyrille Diabate has been forced to pull out of his scheduled IFO light heavyweight title bout against Travis Wiuff at IFO-Steele Cage: Fireworks in the Cage IV after suffering a broken ankle during a training session this past Monday.

The news comes from a report by MMA Weekly:

“I broke my ankle training Monday evening. This is the first time I’ve had to pull out of a fight and it’s so frustrating; it drives me crazy,” explained Diabate. “I was doing some light sparring with takedown defense and one of my sparring partners did a takedown trapping one of my legs at the same time. It was completely a fluke accident. I was in perfect condition, my training was great and it’s one of those things that happen.”

Diabate is expected to be out of action for 2-3 weeks. A replacement opponent for Wiuff has not yet been found.

Card for “Fireworks in the Cage IV” Announced

Hall of Fame Boxing Referee Richard Steele and Steve Oshins, co-owners of Steele Cage Promotions, LLC and the International Fighting Organization announce the fight matchups for their highly anticipated Fireworks in the Cage IV event taking place on Friday, December 28th at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The first bout will start at 7:00 PM.

One or two more fights will be added to the following partial fight lineup:

Travis Wiuff vs. Cyrille Diabate - IFO Light Heavyweight Title
Del Hawkins vs. Brandon Foxworth - IFO Bantamweight Title
J.R. Sims vs. Reynaldo Duarte
Joe Cronin vs. Jeff Cox
Ryan Bader vs. Ryan Peterson
Waachim Spiritwolf vs. Joey Varner
Buddy Roberts vs. Dennis Bacon

Fireworks in the Cage IV Moved to December 28

Hall of Fame Boxing Referee Richard Steele and Steve Oshins, co-owners of Steele Cage Promotions, LLC and the International Fighting Organization, LLC (IFO), announce that their previously scheduled December 15th event has been moved to Friday, December 28th in order to accommodate television.

The event will be televised on HDNet, the network owned by Mark Cuban. The event will take place at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada at 7:00pm with doors open at 6:00pm. There will be two title fights on this card along with other exciting bouts which will include some of the most exciting fighters from previous IFO events. The fight card will be announced at a later date. Tickets will be on sale soon.

John “Ski” Stachofsky, Vice President of Steele Cage Promotions and the IFO, stated, “When we found out that we had to move the date, we decided that News Years’ weekend in Las Vegas would be ideal given the number of people in town to celebrate. Since this event is called Fireworks in the Cage IV, we have the perfect tie-in to the New Year’s celebration.”

IFO: Fireworks in the Cage III Results

Rob Kimmons def. Tristan Yunker - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Eric Pele def. Antoine Hayes - TKO (Strikes)
Chris Guillen def. Josh Diekman - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Josh Haynes def. John Cornett - KO (Punch)
Dan Evensen def. John George - TKO (Strikes)
J.R. Sims def. Anthony Marti - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
James Giboo def. Joey Gorzynski - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Joey Varner def. Josh Marker - Submission (Armbar)
Phil Friedman def. Mark Rommel - TKO (Strikes)

IFO Steele Cage: Wiuff vs Salmon Results

Tyler Stinson def. Ken Jackson - TKO (Injury)
CB Dollaway def. Joe Bunch - TKO
Eric Thompson def. Evan Landry - DQ
Dennis Davis def. Matt Williams - Submission (Strikes)
Nathan James def. Justin Levens - Decision (Unanimous)
Rich Clementi def. Kyle Gibbons - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Travis Wiuff def. Sean Salmon - Submission (Guillotine)
Zach George def. Chris Mickle - KO

CKA: Sep 1, 2007

News and Notes

- Kultar Gill has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Caol Uno in the K-1 Hero’s Middleweight Tournament after suffering a shoulder and neck injury according to The Fight Network. Gill stated that he is unable to live his arm over his shoulder at the moment:

“I finally took off two months from work to train for the first time in my life. I was on a roll and was training super-hard for Caol Uno,” says Gill. “My jiu-jitsu had improved tenfold. Training with Pele has been awesome. I finally have a guy that can strike with me who I don’t knock out. We’ve had some wars. I was looking and feeling so good but now I can’t lift my arm over my shoulder. I can’t even do one push-up. But you know, shit happens.”

- Sam Caplan has heard from a source that contract talks between Fedor and the UFC did not go well on Thursday:

I didn’t hear the show but I’ve read in several places that Tagg Radio reported today that the show heard from a reliable source in Fedor Emelianenko’s camp that he’s been offered a four fight deal worth $2 million per bout that would also allow him to fight in Russia. The reports I am reading suggests that Fedor is close to accepting.

If that story is in fact being reported I can tell you that a reliable source I spoke to from the UFC left me with a completely different impression of Thursday’s meeting. I did not ask the source specifically about Tagg Radio’s report and simply asked about how the meeting on Thursday went. The answer was not good and no indication was given that a deal was even close to being agreed to.

- The CSAC has laid down the law on two more fighters that have tested positive for marijuana.

Ty Montgomery has had his license revoked in the state and has also been fined $2,500. His license revocation is the result of three separate incidents that the CSAC has had to discipline him for - a prior positive test for marijuana in September 2006 and for an altercation with a promotion’s matchmaker in March 2007. Montgomery will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in one year in front of the CSAC.

Mongtomery’s opponent at a recent Galaxy Productions event, Virgil Zwicker has been suspended for three months and fined $500 after testing positive for marijuana as well.

- Fight Opinion’s latest radio show is now available for online listening and download. The show features Luke Thomas of Bloody Elbow and Jordan Breen of Sherdog as guests.

Media Links

Bloody Elbow: Misreading Your Opponent
Sherdog: Gearing up for “Art of War”
MMA Weekly: Refocused Clementi Enters Steele Cage
UFC Junkie: UFC 75 Weigh-Ins Airing Via Tape Delay
Fight Opinion: Saturday surprise: K-1 interested in Asashoryu?
Fightlinker: The Nandrolone Myth

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