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Nickels Victorious at Ring of Fire


Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“Ultimate Fighter 3” product Mike Nickels won his second straight fight since being released from the UFC on Saturday night, defeating opponent James Funny via a first-round armlock in the main event of Ring of Fire 34: “Judgment Day”, which took place at the Broomfield Events Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The Nickels-Funny fight was made the show’s featured attraction after a lightweight bout between UFC veteran Alvin Robinson and Anthony Morrison was scrapped at the last minute after Robinson suffered a broken arm during a recent training session.

Also on the card, Luke Caudillo was upset by Josh Arocho, who submitted Caudillo with a rear-naked choke midway through the second round of their fight. A pair of “Young Guns” titles were handed out as well as local products Tyler Toner and Brendan Schaub won their fights to earn their featherweight and heavyweight belts respectively.

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Strikeforce Adds More Bouts to “Payback”


Pete Spratt. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Strikeforce today announced an additional three bouts for the organization’s upcoming “Payback” card, which takes place on October 3 at the Broomfield Event Center in Denver, Colorado. The show is headlined by a main event rematch between Duane Ludwig and Sam Morgan.

The newest signed fights include former UFC welterweight title contender Pete Spratt taking on International Fight League veteran Donnie Liles, undefeated prospect Billy Evangelista going up against UFC veteran Luke Caudillo, and popular female fighter Michelle Waterson facing Brandy Nerny.

Already previously announced for the show were a welterweight showdown between former UFC title challenger Frank Trigg and Falaniko Vitale and a heavyweight clash between Patrick Berry and Andre Walker. Phil Baroni will also be on the card against an opponent yet to be determined.

Digital cable network HDNet will be televising the event. HDNet announced a deal to televise four Strikeforce shows this year back in February. “Payback” will be the second of that agreement.

Nickels Victorious in Ring of Fire Return


Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Mike Nickels was victorious in his return to active competition Friday Night, earning a first-round submission win over Vladimir Vuckovic in the featured fight at Ring of Fire’s latest effort, which took place at the Broomfield Event Center in Colorado.

Instead of exchanging with Vuckovic, Nickels opted to shoot in for an immediate takedown right after the start of the fight. Nickels then rained down with an unanswered numbers of punches after transitioning to mount, forcing Vuckovic to roll to his back. Nickels quickly took advantage by sinking in a rear naked choke that ultimately forced the Croatian to tap out.

Former UFC lightweight Luke Caudillo fought valiantly over three rounds in an absolutely brutal stand-up war with North American Amateur Fight Series veteran Torrance Taylor before verbally submitting late in the third round due to an unusually high amount of punishment he took throughout the fight.

Noah Thomas, who was kicked off of the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” after participating in a backyard brawl with fellow castmate Marlon Sims, submitted former college wrestling teammate Brett Roller in the second round of their featured bout.

Complete results from the event:

Professional Bouts:

Mike Nickels def. Vladimir Vuckovic - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Torrance Taylor def. Luke Caudillo - Submission (Verbal)
Noah Thomas def. Brett Roller - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Cat Albert def. Karina Taylor - Submission (Armbar)

Amateur Fights:

Brian Wood def. Miguel Martinez - Submission (Neck Crank)
Cody Donovan def. Weston Duschen - Submission (Armbar)
Brendan Schaub def. Jay Lester - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Salas def. Max Smith - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kenneth Seagrist def. Ian Berg - Submission (Guillotine)
Brandon Thatch def. Mike Crisman - TKO (Knee Strikes)
Sean Doherty def. Dominick Blanco - Submission (Armbar)

Nickels, Caudillo Headline Ring of Fire Friday


Mike Nickels. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans Mike Nickels and Luke Caudillo will headline Ring of Fire’s latest effort in separate featured bouts later tonight at the Broomfield Event Center in Colorado.

In the night’s main event, Nickels will take on Vladimir Vuckovic in his first fight since losing to fellow former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Stephan Bonnar last summer. Tonight will mark the sixth time that Nickels, a Denver native, will have fought inside the confines of Ring of Fire.

His opponent, Vuckovic, is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. Fighting exclusively in Serbian mixed martial arts shows since he began his career five years ago, Vuckovic most recently earned a TKO victory over Mario Stanosevic in April.

Caudillo, who will be taking on North American Amateur Fight Series veteran Torrance Taylor, was recently dropped by the UFC after losing two consecutive fights, his last was a stoppage loss at the hands of Marcus Aurelio in November.

The complete card for the event is as follows:

Main Card:

Mike Nickels vs. Vladimir Vuckovic
Luke Caudillo vs. Torrance Taylor
Noah Thomas vs. Brett Roller
Cat Albert vs. Karina Taylor
Brandon Thatch vs. Mike Crisman
Max Smith vs. Justin Salas
Kenneth Seagrist vs. Ian Berg

Preliminary Bouts:

Brian Wood vs. Miguel Martinez
Cody Donovan vs. Weston Duschen
Brendan Schaub vs. Jay Lester
Sean Doherty vs. Dominic Blanco