Julie Kedzie

AFL Inks Van Arsdale, Female Standouts

Mike Van Arsdale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The American Fight League has reportedly signed former UFC light heavyweight contender Mike Van Arsdale, who is preparing for return to active competition as well as a trio of successful female fighters for their budding womens division.

Van Arsdale, a former amateur wrestling standout, has not competed since being submitted by Matt Lindland at Raze MMA’s “Fight Night” in April 2006. The loss topped off a four-fight losing streak and Van Arsdale abruptly walked away from the sport.

“This is huge for us,” AFL CEO B.J. Santiago told MMA Junkie. “Van [Arsdale] is a scary, freak-of-nature-type athlete who has a terrific wrestling and MMA pedigree. He is a Class-A fighter with unbelievable potential. This is big for us and I think MMA in the long run.”

Van Arsdale’s participation in the AFL’s star-studded November pay-per-view event was also confirmed. He now joins former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley and Tara LaRosa as the only fighters to be announced for the show.

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Kedzie Submits Hayes at Battlequest

Julie Kedzie (left) and Gina Carano weigh-in for EliteXC: Destiny. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

EliteXC and BodogFight veteran Julie Kedzie survived a pair of close calls in the first round before ultimately finishing opponent Angela Hayes at last night’s Battlequest 8 event at the Softball Country Sports Pavilion in Denver, Colorado.

A pair of failed takedown attempts resulted in Hayes being able to secure two separate guillotine chokes that nearly ended the fight on both occasions. However Kedzie was able to escape both times and finally put Hayes on her back.

From there, Kedzie (9-7) transitioned to the mount and started to rain down punches that forced Hayes to cover up. With one of her arms exposed, Kedzie locked in an armbar that quickly forced Hayes (1-4) to tap out. The win comes on the heels of a submission loss to Tonya Evinger in January.

In a fight that is expected to be featured on the upcoming second season of Tapout’s reality show on Versus, John Dodson (2-3) scored a second-round TKO win over Vern Baca (2-4) after a Dodson slam left Baca unable to continue.

Full results from the show courtesy of MMA Weekly:

Professional Fights:

Julie Kedzie def. Angela Hayes - Submission (Armbar)
John Dodson def. Vern Baca - TKO (Slam)

Amateur Bouts:

Kevin Lucero def. Roberto Rodriguez - TKO (Strikes)
Ralston Baker def. Ryan McKee - TKO (Strikes)
Coy Sasses def. Rory O’Farrel - Submission (Triangle)
Angelo Gallegos def. Tyler Rodgers - Submission (Shoulder Crank)
Rob Celani def. Jay Wymer - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Cody East def. Zac Mathews - Submission (Key Lock)
John Doremus def. Phil Gonzalez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Matt Simms def. Travis Ramirez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ian Berg def. Vadiano La Luz - Split Decision
Cat Albert def. Krystal Macatol - Submission (Armbar)

Alvarez Knocks Out Ebanez

Paul Daley (right) knocked out Sam Morgan in the first. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

ATLANTIC CITY - On an exciting night that featured solid, non-stop action and entertaining fights, crowd favorite Eddie Alvarez (12-1) of Kensington, Pa., sent the hometown fans home deliriously happy by knocking out Ross Ebanez (18-6-1) of Hilo, Hawaii, in the second round Friday on the 2008 premiere of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on Showtime.

In the co-feature presented by Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.‘s Live Fight Division, EliteXC, talented Paul “Semtex” Daley (17-6-2) of England scored a first-round knockout over Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-10) of St. Paul, Minn.

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EliteXC: Uprising Conference Call Notes

Showtime hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon in preparation for the upcoming EliteXC: Uprising event scheduled to take place on September 15th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The fighters featured on the call were ICON Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler, EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murlio Rua through the use of an interpreter, Jake Shields, and Gina Carano. Other officials participating in the call were EliteXC President Gary Shaw and ICON Sport President T. Jay Thompson.

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