Jake Rosholt

Rosholt Avenges Loss to Horwich, Rodriguez Wins Again at Shark Fights 17

Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.

Three-time NCAA wrestling champion Jake Rosholt avenged a November 2010 defeat to former IFL middleweight title holder Matt Horwich, besting him over three rounds in the main event of Shark Fights 17 on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.

Rosholt has now won six of his eight fights following his release from the UFC, with the two blemishes being a no-contest with John Ott and third-round TKO loss to Horwich that has now been avenged.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez extended his winning streak to twelve straight victories, picking up a quick submission win over a familiar opponent in Doug Williams, who was a last-minute replacement for Karl Knothe.

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Rosholt Brothers Added to Titan Fighting 18

Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.

Kansas City, KS – Two last-minute, high-profile withdrawals from this Friday’s Titan Fighting Championship 18 event have sent organizers scrambling to re-stock the card. However, the efforts of Titan officials have led to the last-minute additions to a rising brother act in the sport of mixed martial arts in former Oklahoma State wrestling standouts Jake Rosholt and Jared Rosholt.

The decision to add the high-profile Rosholt Brothers to the card was necessitated after Titan officials were recently informed that both Rory Markham and Drew McFedries would be unable to compete this Friday on the HDNet televised card (starting at 10 p.m. ET) as had been previously scheduled.

Titan officials were notified late Monday night that McFedries had been hospitalized due to an infection and that Markham, who is pursuing a full-time career in film, had been offered a high-profile role that would require him to leave the country and report to the set in advance of Friday’s event.

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Tap Selections: UFC 102


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.

The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.

Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.

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Fight Announcements: Leben to Return Against Rosholt, Sadollah-Hendricks Likely & More


Chris Leben. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your fight announcements for the morning of April 7, 2009.

Chris Leben will reportedly return from a nine-month suspension for a positive steroids test when he takes on former collegiate standout wrestler Jake Rosholt at UFC 102, which is slated for August 29 in Portland, Oregon. Leben dropped a unanimous decision to Michael Bisping in his last fight at UFC 89. Rosholt recently fell victim to a quick first-round submission by Dan Miller in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 17. [MMA Junkie]

“Ultimate Fighter 7” winner Amir Sadollah will likely fight for the first time in over a year against Team Takedown member Johny Hendricks at UFC 101 on August 8 in Philadelphia. Sadollah announced his participation at the event during last week’s season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter 9” and is said to have verbally agreed to a fight with Hendricks. Bout agreements are expected to be signed in the coming days. [Five Ounces of Pain]

A welterweight bout between rising prospects Tamdan McCrory and John Howard is currently in talks to occur at UFC 101 in August. McCrory recently bounced back from a dissappointing submission loss to skilled grappler Dustin Hazelett at UFC 91 to defeat UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan at UFC 96 on short notice. Meanwhile Howard picked up his first UFC win via a unanimous decision over Team Quest product Chris Wilson at UFC 94 in January. [MMA Mania]

WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown Live Results

We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with complete results from tonight’s WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown event, which will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The show’s televised main card will air on Versus starting at 8 PM ET.

WEC 36 is headlined by Urijah Faber once again defending his featherweight title against gritty top contender Mike Thomas Brown. In addition, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho will meet Chael Sonnen in a non-title rematch of their December 2007 fight and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver will look to get back on track against rising featherweight Leonard Garcia.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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Filho Misses Weight; Sonnen Fight Now Non-Title Affair


Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC middleweight title holder Paulo Filho came in an astounding seven pounds over the 185 lb. limit at the weigh-ins for WEC 36 on Tuesday afternoon, putting his championship rematch against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen in jeopardy.

After the two-hour allotted time limit, Filho was only able to cut down to 188 lbs, making his showdown against Sonnen a non-title affair. Sonnen will be awarded 25% of Filho’s purse.

In addition, featherweight title challenger Mike Brown came in a half pound over the featherweight limit and jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya weighed-in one pound over the bantamweight requirements for his fight against Yoshiro Maeda. Brown was quickly able to shed the extra baggage while Maeda has agreed to face Yahya without forcing him to cut weight again.

Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.

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WEC Shifts Team Takedown Fights


Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.

Three Team Takedown members currently under contract to Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting have either had changes or additions to their upcoming fights according to a pair of reports from Five Ounces of Pain. Team Takedown founder Ted Ehrhardt reportedly confirmed all of the changes earlier today.

Budding prospect Jake Rosholt will now take on undefeated HDNet Fights veteran Nissen Osterneck instead of skilled grappler Danillo Villefort at a middleweight bout scheduled for WEC 36 on November 5. A reason for the change currently remains unknown and Rosholt will be moved over to the UFC following the conclusion of the fight, win or lose.

In addition, Johny Hendricks WEC debut has been moved from WEC 36 to WEC 37 on December 5. He will still face fellow welterweight Alex Serdyukov. Team Takedown lightweight product Shane Roller will also be in action at WEC 37 as he has signed to take on Mike Budnik.

WEC Announces Full Card for Sept. 10 Show


Jens Pulver. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting today officially announced the complete lineup of fights that will take place at the organization’s scheduled September 10th event in Hollywood, Florida.

The most notable bout made official today involves former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver looking to solidify himself as a contender once again in the WEC’s featherweight division as he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Leonard Garcia. The bout will be part of the event’s televised main card on Versus.

Pulver is coming off of a failed attempt to dethrone reigning 145 lb champion Urijah Faber while Garcia will be fighting for the first time since being charged and eventually cleared of involvement in a New Mexico drug ring.

Additional matchups announced for the card this afternoon included Rani Yahya vs. Yoshiro Maeda, Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone, Jake Rosholt vs. Danillo Villefort, Johny Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov, Tim McKenzie vs. David Avellan, and Ed Ratcliff vs. Danny Castillo.

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Team Takedown Headed to WEC


Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.

Three prominent members of Texas-based Team Takedown are reportedly headed to the ranks of World Extreme Cagefighting - former NCAA wrestling champions Jake Rosholt, Johny Hendricks, and Shane Roller.

The news comes from Sam Caplan at Five Ounces of Pain, who has confirmed that the fighters have each signed multi-fight deals with the organization and could very well be making their promotional debuts this fall. Two fights currently in talks to take place at the WEC’s planned September 10th event include Rosholt vs. Danillo Villefort and Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov according to Caplan.

Earlier today, Loretta Hunt of Sherdog.com reported that the September show would likely take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, which has hosted multiple UFC and IFL events in the past. The show’s main event will likely be reigning WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber making yet another title defense against American Top Team product Mike Thomas Brown.

Additional fights expected to take place at the event include a middleweight title rematch between Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnen, standout wrestler Mark Munoz challenging BodogFight veteran Steve Steinbeiss, Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone, and former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver vs. an opponent yet to be determined.

Team Takedown Sweeps at XFL


Jake Rosholt grapples with Dusty Miller at Masters of the Cage 15. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.

Team Takedown members Jake Rosholt, Johny Hendricks and Shane Roller, each former All-American standout wrestlers at Oklahoma State University, were victorious in their respective bouts at last night’s Xtreme Fighting League event at the Tulsa, Oklahoma Expo Square Pavilion.

The event was televised live on HDNet.

Rosholt dominated opponent Chad Jay from the start in the main event, taking Jay down at will and scoring early and often with a mix of punches and elbows from the top position. Jay tagged Rosholt with a combination at the start of the second round and did so once again in the third, momentarily stunning the wrestler.

However Rosholt regained his composure and scored yet another takedown, eventually landing a number of unanswered blows that forced the referee to halt the bout.

Hendricks scored an early takedown and easily transitioned into a D’Arce choke that caused last-minute replacement opponent Richard Bamgle to tape out only a minute and a half into the first round. Roller needed just under two minutes to stop Yoshihiro Kitaoka with strikes.

Levi Avera sucessfully defended his XFL welterweight title, submitting Brandon Newsome with a triangle in the first round.

Complete event results are as follows:

Jake Rosholt def. Chad Jay - TKO (Strikes)
Johny Hendricks def. Richard Bamgle - Submission (D’Arce Choke)
Shane Roller def. Yoshihiro Kitaoka - TKO (Strikes)
Levi Avera def. Brandon Newsome - Submission (Triangle)
Adrian Sanchez def. Chris Bowles - TKO (Cut)
Daniel Roberts def. Akira Kinjo - Unanimous Decision
Shane Waits def. Kazuya Nishiyama - Unanimous Decision
Mike Budnick def. Dustin Phillips - Submission (Guillotine)

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