Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Josh Koscheck bounced back from a disappointing decision loss to Thiago Alves in October by knocking out Japanese welterweight sensation Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the featured attraction of the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” card in Fayetteville, North Carolina last night.
The evening was focused on the UFC’s attempts to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which will go towards building a state-of-the-art facility that will help soldiers that have suffered tramuatic brain injuries. Following his stoppage of Yoshida, Koscheck asked those watching around the world what else it would take for them to make a small donation towards the cause.
“If that wasn’t worth $5 bucks from every UFC fan, I don’t know what else I can do,” Koscheck said.
In the above video, Matt Wiman and his late replacement opponent, Jim Miller, discuss their upcoming lightweight clash at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event on Wednesday night at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
WEC 38 made official
WEC has announced that their next event following tomorrow night’s show will take place in San Diego on January 25, 2009.
World Extreme Cagefighting® today announced that for the first event of 2009, the cage will head west to the hotbed of mixed martial arts - California - to hold the first ever WEC® event in San Diego. Two blockbuster matchups will lead the main card, with the World Lightweight Championship fight between Jamie Varner and undefeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone as the main event, and the mega-rematch pitting Urijah Faber against Jens Pulver in the co-main event. World Extreme Cagefighting, featuring Varner vs. Cerrone and Faber vs. Pulver 2, takes place live from the San Diego Sports Arena on Sunday, January 25, 2009.
Aoki vs Alvarez on NYE?
David Baron vs Jim Miller. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
From UFC 89, a lightweight preliminary bout between international veteran David Baron and former IFL standout Jim Miller is currently able to be viewed for free on UFC.com. The fight is currently on the rotating video player on the website’s main page.
Paul Taylor and Chris Lytle. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Following their toe-to-toe slugfest that highlighted the main card of UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben this past Saturday, both Chris Lytle and Paul Taylor each received $40,000 bonuses from the Ultimate Fighting Championship for their efforts.
The UFC officially announced the traditional bonuses at the event’s post-fight press conference. The said bonuses will not count as part of the fighter’s base salary, which is issued separately according to written bout agreements.
Also receiving awards after the event were Luis Cane (Knockout of the Night) who stopped former PRIDE standout Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou with strikes in the second round of their light heavyweight clash and former IFL lightweight prospect Jim Miller, who earned a third-round submission of international veteran David Baron. Both Cane and Miller each received $40,000 as well.
Chris Leben and Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are the full results from Saturday’s UFC 89 card, which saw Michael Bisping continue his rise up the middleweight ranks in winning an unanimous decision over fellow “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Chris Leben in the show’s main event.
Per Eklund def. Samy Schiavo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jim Miller def. David Baron - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Terry Etim def. Sam Stout - Unanimous Decision
David Bielkheden def. Jess Liaudin - Unanimous Decision
Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain - TKO (Strikes)
Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono - Split Decision
Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly - Submission (Guillotine)
Chris Lytle def. Paul Taylor - Unanimous Decision
Luis Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - TKO (Strikes)
Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera - Split Decision
Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben - Unanimous Decision
Courtesy of the UFC
Chris Leben (186) VS Michael Bisping (185)
Brandon Vera (203) VS Keith Jardine (205)
Luiz Cane (206) VS Sokoudjou (205)
Chris Lytle (170) VS Paul Taylor (170)
Marcus Davis (169) VS Paul Kelly (169)
Akihiro Gono (171) VS Dan Hardy (169)
Neil Wain (254) VS Shane Carwin (264)
David Bielkheden (156) VS Jess Liaudin (155)
Sam Stout (155) VS Terry Etim (155)
Jim Miller (155) VS David Baron (155)
Per Eklund (156) VS Samy Schiavo (156)
David Baron vs. Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
International veteran David Baron will reportedly take on fellow UFC newcomer Jim Miller when the organization travels overseas to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England for UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben on October 18th.
The news comes from Damon Martin of MMA Weekly, who cites sources close to the fight as confirming that it’s happening. The bout will likely take place as one of UFC 89’s non-televised preliminary fights and will be the twelfth and final matchup on the card.
Baron, a veteran of the PRIDE Fighting Championships, is mostly known for his first-round submission loss to Takanori Gomi two years. The 35-year-old scored his biggest career victory to date this past May, submitting Japanese standout Hayato Sakurai at Shooto’s 20th anniversary show.
Miller, along with his brother Dan, signed a four-fight deal with the UFC last month. He was victorious in his IFL debut in April, winning a hard-fought unanimous decision over one-time lightweight contender Bart Palaszewski. Miller also owns a pair of wins over UFC veteran Chris Liguori.
Dan Miller. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The UFC has reportedly inked a pair of brothers who were previously under contract with the International Fight League - Reigning IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller and his younger brother Jim Miller, who is a rising lightweight prospect with only one loss under his belt.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have confirmed the signings with Mike Constantino, the current manager and trainer for both of the brothers. While financial terms of the deals were not disclosed, Constantino revealed that they have each signed four-fight contracts.
Dan most recently submitted Miletich Fighting Systems product Ryan McGivern to win the IFL middleweight title at the promotion’s likely last-ever show in May. Jim was also victorious in his IFL debut in April, winning a hard-fought unanimous decision over one-timelightweight contender Bart Palaszewski.
The signings mark yet another former IFL-contracted fighter jumping ship to the UFC. Brad Blackburn, Reese Andy, and Rory Markham all made their debuts for the organization this past weekend. While there has been no indication that talks between the UFC and the IFL have progressed any further (other than this Fighters.com report), the IFL was mentioned multiple times throughout last Saturday’s Spike TV broadcast as well as IFL footage being used to promote Andy.
Jim Miller landing a punch on Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The International Fight League returned to the Izod Center in New Jersey tonight, presenting what may very well have been the deepest fight card in the promotion’s history. It turned out to be very exciting night of fights that included some massive knockouts along with a vicious submission toward the end of the night.
With the IFL just opening up the lower level of the Izod Center while curtaining the upper, it looked like a great venue. It was set up a bit differently than the last time the IFL was in town for the League semi-finals last August. And while the crowd ended up filling 2/3 of the bottom bowl, it was a good deal less than last year’s. The theme of the night within the crowd seemed to be cheering for the underdog, as each had some very vocal supporters in the crowd. To my happiness, I had the pleasure of sitting next to some extremely knowledgeable fans who really knew and appreciated the sport. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sit next to the guy 3 sections over screaming “use the elbows!”, something that is illegal in the IFL. I’d like to thank Drew and friends for their conversation and knowledge of the sport. On to the action!