Joe Camacho

Matyushenko Beats Lambert at “Call to Arms”


Vladimir Matyushenko. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Seasoned veteran Vladimir Matyushenko used superior wrestling to earn a unanimous decision over fellow UFC alumnus Jason Lambert and snap a one-fight losing streak in the featured attraction of the first-ever “Call to Arms” show in Ontario, California on Saturday night.

With the win, Matyushenko rebounds from a disappointing knockout loss to rival Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event in January. Meanwhile, Lambert has now lost his last four professional bouts.

A number of notable fighters were featured on the card. Tiki Ghosn earned a decision over former Strikeforce fighter Brian Warren in the night’s co-main event. Former WWE wrestler and American Kickboxing Academy product Daniel Puder was also victorious in his return to action, albeit via an injury to opponent Jeff Ford.

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KOTC: Bio Hazard Quick Results


Anthony Lapsley. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com

Victor Valenzuela scored a second-round TKO win over Joe Camacho to win the King of the Cage lightweight title at the organization’s “Bio Hazard” event, which took place at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California on Thursday night.

Anthony Lapsley submitted Aaron Wetherspoon with an armbar in the first round of the night’s main event. Also victorious was Mike “Joker” Guymon, who stopped opponent James Fanshier with strikes in the first round of their bout.

Complete results from the event:

Anthony Lapsley def. Aaron Wetherspoon - Submission (Armbar)
Victor Valenzuela def. Joe Camacho - TKO (Strikes)
Mike Guymon def. James Fanshier - TKO (Strikes)
Rick Legere def. Daniel Hernandez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Marcos Gonzalez def. Daniel Huynh - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 
David Aguirre def. John Ulloa - Unanimous Decision
Chris Cully def. Ernie Calma - TKO (Strikes)
Mike Robles def. R.J. Clifford - Majority Decision

Camacho Defends KOTC Title Tonight


Joe Camacho. Photo by Rick Estrada. Used with permission.

King of the Cage lightweight champion Joe Camacho will defend his title against EliteXC veteran Victor Valenzuela in the main event of the organization’s “Bio Hazard” show tonight at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.

Camacho rebounded from a disappointing loss to Fabricio Camoes at a ShoXC event in April to score a first-round verbal submission win over skilled wrestler Zach Light at Sparstar Promotions inaugural event last month. Camacho claimed the KOTC lightweight crown with a knockout of Thomas Denny in January.

Valenzuela will return to KOTC after splitting a pair of fights under the EliteXC banner. He bounced back from a quick submission loss to James Edson Berto by submitting colorful veteran Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett at a ShoXC offering last summer.

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Controversy Clouds Suganuma Win at ShoXC


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.’’

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Camacho Signs Two-Year Deal With EliteXC


Joe Camacho gets ready to throw a left hook against Akiyo Nishiura. Photo by Rick Estrada. Used with permission.

MMA on Tap has learned that longtime veteran Joe Camacho has signed a two-year contract with Elite Xtreme Combat. The deal includes the possibility of eight fights inside the confines of the promotion.

“I recently signed a two-year deal (eight fights) with EliteXC,” Camacho said when contacted for comment. “My first fight will be in a ShoXC show and the rest will be under the EliteXC banner. It’s some guaranteed airtime for me, provided that I keep winning of course.”

He will make his debut with the organization on April 5th against fellow lightweight Fabricio Camoes. A light heavyweight bout between prospects Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma will serve as the card’s main event. UFC veteran Doug Evans will also make his EliteXC debut against Wilson Reis.

Camacho is currently riding a six-fight undefeated streak and hasn’t lost since the summer of 2006, defeating two of the world’s top-rated international fighters along the way. His last win was a knockout of Thomas Denny at a King of the Cage event in January, earning Camacho the organization’s lightweight title.

Just like his counterpart, Camoes has also found a good amount of success as of late, winning his last four fights. However he hasn’t fought since winning a lightweight tournament in October 2006. Camoes submitted Cage Rage veteran Jean Silva in the finals.

Camacho Talks Denny Win, Huerta, and More


Joe Camacho gets ready to throw a left hook against Akiyo Nishiura. Photo by Rick Estrada. Used with permission.

Joe Camacho continued his winning ways last week as he knocked out Thomas Denny to become King of the Cage’s newest lightweight champion at the promotion’s “Premiere” event this past Thursday.

Camacho is now riding a six-fight undefeated streak and hasn’t lost since the summer of 2006, defeating two of the world’s top-rated international fighters along the way

MMA on Tap was able to catch up with Camacho, who was willing to discuss his win over Denny, his future, his continual efforts to earn a rematch against current UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta, and what he has planned for 2008 among other things in a short but news-filled question and answer session.

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Exclusive: Camacho-Denny Set for KOTC

MMA on Tap has learned that veterans Joe Camacho and Thomas “Wildman” Denny will clash for the first time in their respective careers at a KOTC event on January 24th.

The show will take place at the San Manuel Casino in San Bernardino, CA. The event will be sponsored by Pro Elite.

Camacho has won four of his last five fights. His last fight was a split decision win and a successful defense of his CCC Lightweight Title over Anthony McDavitt at CCC: Night of the Gladiator in September. Our recent interview with Camacho can be viewed here.

Like Camacho, Denny has also been victorious in four of his last five bouts. His last fight was an unanimous decision over Olaf Alfonso at PFC 4: Project Complete in October.

Q & A: Joe Camacho


Joe Camacho gets ready to throw a left hook against Akiyo Nishiura. Photo by Rick Estrada. Used with permission.

During these modern days of MMA, many fighters like to stick with one promotion or fight inside the confines of a single country. Not Joe Camacho.

In just this year alone, Camacho has fought in the United States, Japan, and Guam all while compiling a five-fight undefeated streak, defeating two of the top-rated international fighters along the way.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Joe and discuss a number of things with him, including his career, his biggest fights, his future, and the controversy surrounding his record and his fight against Akiyo Nishiura earlier this year.

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