Rich Clementi. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
UFC veteran Rich Clementi will replace an injured L.C. Davis on the fight card for Titan Fighting Championship 16, which will air live on HDNet on January 28 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS.
The organization announced the change this morning. Clementi will be facing local product Aaron Derrow in a welterweight bout. Derrow had previously been scheduled to take on Alonzo Martinez in a lightweight contest.
TFC officials hope to reschedule Davis’ proposed fight against Jared Downing for the promotion’s next show on March 25.
Fedor Emelianenko’s trainers and management team gather for a press conference. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.
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— M-1 Global CEO Vadim Finkelstein is pushing for drug testing regulations that he hopes will begin with the semifinals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix this summer. “Two out of eight fighters in the tournament previously failed a drug test. Obviously, I’m talking about Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva,” Finkelstein said. “Fedor is not using any kind of substance to enhance his performance, and will be ready for any kind of testing. So if the commission decides to follow our suggestion, we’ll be ready.” [Lowkick.com]
— Dave Branch has been tapped to fill in for Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira in a middleweight bout against Rousimar Palhares that will take place on March 3 at UFC on Versus III. Ferreira opted to withdraw from the matchup yesterday, citing a need to cope with the loss of family and friends from the massive flooding in Brazil. [Heavy.com]
L.C. Davis. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
A featherweight bout between Javier Vasquez and L.C. Davis that was previously scheduled for this weekend’s cancelled Affliction show has reportedly been moved to WEC 42, which takes place on August 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
According to Sherdog.com, World Extreme Cagefighting signed both fighters earlier this week. The bout will take place as part of a seven-fight undercard.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Quick results for Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show last night are below. Fedor Emelianenko scored a first-round knockout of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski to retain his WAMMA heavyweight belt in the main event. More coverage to come.
Brett Cooper def. Patrick Speight - TKO (Strikes)
Albert Rios def. Antonio Duarte - Unanimous Decision
L.C. Davis def. Bao Quach - Unanimous Decision
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko - KO (Knee)
Dan Lauzon def. Bobby Green - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Paul Buentello def. Kirill Sidelnikov - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Renato Sobral def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - Submission
Vitor Belfort def. Matt Lindland - KO (Punches)
Josh Barnett def. Gilbert Yvel - Submission (Strikes)
Fedor Emelianenko def. Andrei Arlovski - KO (Punch)
Bao Quach. Photo by Esther Lin.
EliteXC and ICON Sport veteran Bao Quach will replace an ill Mark Hominick and take on Miletich Fighting Systems product L.C. Davis at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
The switch was first reported by The Fight Network and MMA on Tap has since been able to confirm the news. Affliction officials are expected to make a formal announcement regarding Quach’s participation at the event in the coming days.
Frank Trigg. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg revealed through his Facebook account over the weekend that he may be returning to action in February, but declined to mention a potential opponent or hosting organization. “It looks like I will be fighting in Feb but can’t say where yet. Once the deal is done I will let you guys know,” Trigg’s post read. The longtime veteran last fought in October, winning a decision over Falaniko Vitale.
Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Former UFC welterweight champion and Miletich Fighting Systems founder Pat Miletich was victorious in his first bout in over two years last night in Moline, Illinois as the MMA pioneer scored a first-round TKO of journeyman Thomas Denny in the main event of Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA show.
During an early exchange, Miletich tagged Denny with a looping left hook that stunned him and then scored an easy takedown. Miletich spent the majority of the first round controlling Denny on the mat. Denny was able to get back to his feet on one occasion, but Miletich was quick to push him back down to the canvas.
The fight stayed standing in the second round, where Miletich blasted Denny with two consecutive right hands that sent the King of the Cage veteran crumbling to the ground. Miletich (29-7-2) pounced on Denny (26-18) and delivered a few more unanswered punches before referee Michael Reid stepped in to save Denny.
Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Former UFC welterweight champion and longtime mixed martial arts trainer Pat Miletich will return to action after a two-year layoff to headline Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA event tonight at the I-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois against journeyman veteran Thomas Denny.
The event will be broadcast live on HDNet starting at 10 PM ET.
Miletich returned from a four-year retirement to take on Renzo Gracie at an International Fight League event in September 2006 but was submitted by Gracie in the first round. Miletich, who successfully defended his UFC welterweight belt four times, was forced to retire from active competition in 2002 due to lingering problems with his neck. Denny last competed at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26, losing via second-round TKO to Nick Diaz.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for Affliction Entertainment’s second PPV effort, Day of Reckoning. The fight card will feature Fedor Emelianenko defending his WAMMA Heavyweight Championship against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Andre “The Pitbull” Arlovski. The event is set to take place on January 24, 2009 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Main Card live on Showtime PPV
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski
Josh Barnett vs. TBA
Matt Lindland vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Vitor Belfort vs. TBA
Undercard live on HDNet
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Paul Buentello vs. Kiril Sidelnikov
Brett Cooper vs TBA
Albert Rios vs Antonio Duarte
Mark Hominick vs LC Davis
Jay Hieron vs. Jason High
In the above video, Wagnney Fabiano and L.C. Davis, both of whom have recently signed contracts with the WEC, battle it out for the then-vacant IFL featherweight title.