Kyacey "Ice Cold" Uscola
If you have some free time on your hands, be sure to check out one of the more exciting fights from the IFL’s first show of 2008 this past weekend, Matt Horwich going up against Ryan McGivern for the IFL middleweight belt.
As always major props go out to the IFL for actually going out of there way to make their fights available for everyone to see.
“Iron Ring” Debuts March 18th on BET
Remember that mixed martial arts project BET was discussing a while back? Well it finally premieres tonight.
From a press release we received:
BET introduces Iron Ring, a half hour weekly series that showcases mixed martial arts, the fastest growing new sports format in entertainment. With $100,000 in prize money up for grabs, these skilled competitors go toe-to-toe using the combined fighting techniques of jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling in teams owned and managed by Ludacris, Nelly, Floyd Mayweather, T.I., Lil Jon and Dipset.
CSAC Suspends Four
The California State Athletic Commission announced the suspension of four different fighters yesterday.
Three fighters who were slated to compete on World Cagefighting Organization’s disastrous San Diego show have all been suspended after testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone, the same steroid reportedly found in Sean Sherk’s system. Carlos Fuentes, Kyacey Uscola, and Gustavo Machado have all been suspended for a year and fined $2,500.
Fabio Costa, who last competed at Fist Series’ WinterFist 2008 last month, tested positive for marijuana. He’s been suspended until May and fined $500.
Jae Suk Lim Wins SpiritMC Middleweight Title
Jae Suk Lim regained his SpiritMC middleweight title with a decisive win over top prospect Yoon Young Kim Sunday night. After the event, Lim announced that he will now be headed to Hawaii to compete under the ICON Sport banner.
Complete results below courtesy of MMA Weekly:
Jae Suk Lim def. Yoon Young Kim - TKO (Strikes)
A Sol Kwan def. Takaaki Aoki - Unanimous Decision
Jae Young Kim def. Soichi Nishida - TKO (Strikes)
Jung Hwan Cha vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Draw
Hans Olson def. Chang Seob Lee - Unanimous Decision
San An def. Dong Yoon Shin - KO (Punch)
Ye Won Nam def. Seung Hwan Kim - Submission (Triangle)
Dae Gun Kim def. Ok Myoung Kim - Submission (Heel Hook)
Kang Still Without Opponent for DREAM Debut
Denis Kang, who is currently training in Montreal, Quebec, Canada along with Georges St. Pierre and Jackson’s Submission Fighting, has informed The Fight Network that he still without an opponent for his first fight inside the confines of DREAM in April:
“I’m just going to go to Montreal, do my thing and get ready for whoever I’m going to face,” Kang said. “I think the Japanese MMA promotions like to keep their fans in suspense, whereas with the UFC, they really saturate the market with advertising well ahead of their events. DREAM has not even finalized the March 15 card. They’ve only announced like five of the fights.”
Touch of gloves to TKO Xtreme for the find.
MMAWeekly is reporting that a new MMA promotion has surfaced in Las Vegas which plans on utilizing the team format with MMA legends as the coaches.
Platinum Fighting Productions has named the event Ring of Fire and announced that the coaches will be Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Josh Barnett and Gokor Chivichyan.
Cleber Luciano (1-2)
Jorge Patino (20-10-1)
Daniel Sarafian (1-0)
John Marsh (7-6)
Katrine Alendal (0-1)
Evan Dunham (4-0)
Kyacey Uscola (13-10)
Mike Whitehead (19-5)
Ricco Rodriguez (26-7)
Tonya Evinger (4-3)
Koji Oishi (15-7-4)
Yuki Kondo (47-20-6)
Renato Sobral (28-7)
Jeff Monson (23-7)
Ginele Marquez (5-7-1)
Karen Darabedyan (2-0)
August Wallen (2-1)
Rodney Faverus (24-13-3)
Hakim Goram (3-1)
Amanda Buckner (10-4-1)
The debut event titled Ring of Fire: Manila is scheduled to take place Dec. 9 at Araneta Stadium in the Philippines. Each team will battle in four events set to take place in the Philippines, Macau, Japan and China. The two best teams will then battle in the Ring of Fire finals in December 2008.
Ring of Fire: Manila
Dec. 9, 2007
Team Barnett vs. Team Chivichyan
Koji Oshi vs. Karen Darabdeyan
Yuki Kondo vs. August Wallen
Renato Sobral vs. Rodney Faverus
Jeff Monson vs. Hakim Gouram
Ginele Marquez vs. Amanda Buckner
Zach Light vs. TBA
Mixed martial arts powerhouse Bodog Fight is teaming up with an organization founded by two of the biggest names in the sport.
Bodog Fight will sponsor the next event by Oregon-based SportFight, an up-and-coming MMA promotion founded by Team Quest marvels Randy “The Natural” Couture and Matt “The Law” Lindland.
Bodog Fight Presents: SportFight 20, The Homecoming will take place October 27 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The co-main events will feature Bodog Fight’s Chael Sonnen (20-8-1) and Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola (13-9) in a middleweight bout, and a welterweight battle between Chris “The Professor” Wilson (13-3) and Derrick Noble (22-9-1).
“We are delighted to be working with SportFight,” said Bodog Fight’s billionaire creator Calvin Ayre. “Joining forces will allow us to bring some of the world’s best mixed martial arts fighters to fans in the Portland area.”
Kyacey Uscola vs Gegard Mousas
Photo: Alanah McGinley, MMA on Tap
Towards the end of August at the Bodog Fight taping in North Vancouver, I had a chance to catch up with Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola.
Originally from Rupert, Idaho, Uscola has moved up quickly in the MMA world and has a following that seems to extend all over the place. He’s made a bit of a splash in the last couple seasons of Bodog Fight, stopping Joseph Baize and winning a unanimous decision over Izuru Takeuchi. His future seems bright, and with that in mind I threw a few questions at Kyacey just a couple hours before he was scheduled to fight Gegard Mousasi.
Solidifying its position as a stylish mixed martial arts (MMA) brand, BodogFight has enlisted a talented roster of athletes for the next season of its popular reality TV show. Filming is scheduled to begin February 10 in the exotic Central American jungles of Costa Rica.
“We are extremely proud to associate with athletes who are clearly committed to the development of this sport,” says media mogul Calvin Ayre, the founder of Bodog.com Entertainment and creator of the BodogFight reality series. “The BodogFight team has been working around the clock to ensure MMA fans are delivered the best in TV content and fight quality.”
Each weight class features highly anticipated battles with returning BodogFighters, such as Trevor Prangley, Eddie Alvarez, Chael Sonnen, Yves Edwards and Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola. First-time appearances of established newcomers will include the likes of Daniel Puder and Sami Aziz.
Delivering fight fans the most intense mixed martial arts (MMA) entertainment around, BodogFight, has secured the world’s top combatants for BodogFight: St. Petersburg. Scheduled for filming through mid-December in St. Petersburg, Russia, Season II of the groundbreaking smash-hit series will culminate in March 2007 with BodogFight’s second live pay-per-view event.
“MMA fans worldwide are eagerly anticipating BodogFight’s next television production,” says Bodog.com Entertainment Founder and billionaire media mogul Calvin Ayre, whose digital empire includes Bodog Music, the international record label responsible for BodogFight’s incredible soundtrack. “As BodogFight takes the sport further into mainstream media, we are unrelenting in our commitment to produce the world’s finest MMA attractions. Fans and fighters are reaping the reward of phenomenal events and associating with the most recognizable brand in digital entertainment.”
The American competitors who earn victories in St. Petersburg will whittle the field from 16 to the elite eight who will forge Team USA. Fans around the world await the battle between American lightweights Mike Brown and veteran Yves Edwards, whose striking accuracy has awed observers for years. Another highlight will be the bout featuring Season 1 standout “Ice Cold” Kyacey Uscola, who made it clear he’ll take on whoever dares step in front of him for his second bout in the BodogFight series. The middleweight brawler has a heavy-handed, lights-out fighting style that always means intense action in the ring. His opponent is yet to be named.