Mark Oshiro

Hose, Baroni Win at “Hard Times”

Phil Baroni. Photo by Greg Honda/ICON Sport.

ICON Sport middleweight champion Kala Kolohe Hose bounced back from a recent loss in EliteXC to Rolando Dominique by way of strikes in the second round of their non-title bout at last night’s “Hard Times” event at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hose appeared to be in trouble early on after a first-round exchange on the feet saw Dominique stun Hose with a left hook. Hose was able to recover and ended the round on top of Dominique, controlling his opponent and landing strikes. Hose then dropped Dominique with a right hand midway through the second and pounded away for the stoppage win.

Also victorious on last night’s card was Phil Baroni, who remains undefeated at welterweight after scoring a controversial knockout of fellow veteran Ron Verdadero just 51 seconds into their co-featured matchup. A wild exchange on the feet saw Baroni tag Verdadero multiple times before knocking him down with an uppercut and a right hook, prompting referee Yuji Shimada to quickly wave off the bout. Verdadero immediately jumped to his feet and protested the stoppage amongst boos from the crowd but his argument fell on deaf ears.

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Baroni, Hose on Weight for ICON

Ron Verdadero and Phil Baroni. Photo by Greg Honda/ICON Sport.

Both Phil Baroni and former opponent Kala Kolohe Hose, who will be fighting in a non-title matchup, successfully made weight Friday afternoon after stepping on the scales to make their respective bouts official for tonight’s ICON Sport: Hard Times event, which will take place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.

All other participants were able to make weight as well except for a trio of fighters that were dropping down to lower weight classes. World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Sidney Silva was forced to take extra time to make weight after accidentally beginning to re-hydrate since opponent Hideto Kondo showed up late to the festivities. After weighing-in two pounds over the limit, Silva was able to shed the extra pounds after less than an hour.

Former ICON Sport 145. lb champion Sadhu Bott was unable to make weight for his bout in the newly formed 140 lb. class. Rather than forfeit a percentage of his purse to opponent Kurrent Cockett, Bott accepted an offer that will have him attempt to make weight once again today. Handing over part of his purse though was Ed Newalu, who was unable to make the 151 lb. limit for his bout against Ricky Wallace. Their bout will go on as planned.

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ICON Returns Saturday With “Hard Times”

Kala Kolohe Hose. Photo courtesy of

ICON Sport will put on their second event of this year in the form of “Hard Times”, which will take place this Saturday night at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. The event will not be streamed online but videos of the fights are expected to be put on following the show’s conclusion.

Kala Kolohe Hose, who defeated Phil Baroni to claim the vacant ICON Sport middleweight title back in March, will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Robert McDaniel at EliteXC’s “Return of the King” event in June against newcomer Rolando Dominique.

A streaking Bao Quach, who has won his last eight fights, will take on former ICON Sport bantamweight champion Mark Oshiro for the promotion’s newly created 140 lb. title in the night’s co-main event. Oshiro, who is also riding a seven-fight winning streak of his own, recently submitted Chris Willems at EliteXC’s Hawaiian event.

Fresh off a victorious debut at welterweight, Phil Baroni will look for his first win inside the confines of ICON Sport when he faces fellow veteran Ron Verdadero in a featured bout on the main card. Baroni scored a highlight reel knockout of Scott Jansen at Cage Rage 27 last month. Verdadero has dropped his last two bouts.

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Noons Stops Edwards; Retains Belt in Hawaii

K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The King’s return was a good one.

Fighting in his home state of Hawaii for the first time under the Elite Xtreme Combat banner, K.J. Noons successfully defended his EliteXC lightweight title for the first time, scoring a quick and brutal first-round stoppage of longtime veteran Yves Edwards in the main event of Saturday night’s “Return of the King” event.

Noons and Edwards wasted no time, quickly meeting in the center of the cage to exchange punches right from the opening bell. Although Edwards stunned Noons at one point, the fast-paced exchange on the feet suddenly came to a halt when Noons caught Edwards with a short right hand that sat him down on the canvas. Noons pounced on Edwards and unleashed a furious barrage of unanswered punches and elbows that forced referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and save Edwards.

“Yves caught me, rocked me,” Noons said after the fight. “But once I knocked him down I knew I had to go in and finish it.’’

Noons post-fight celebration was marred by the entrance of Nick Diaz, still suited up in fight gear from his bout against Muhsin Corbbrey earlier in the night, along with his younger brother and current UFC lightweight Nate Diaz, into the cage. In an attempt to hype a potential rematch between the two, the younger Diaz opted to exchange words with Noons’ father, Karl Sr.

The words soon escalated to threats and before long the elder Noons and the Diaz brothers grabbed one another, forcing ringside officials, color commentator Bill Goldberg, and everyone else in the cage to jump in and prevent an all-out brawl. The Diaz brothers quickly jolted from the cage, holding their trademark middle fingers high in the air while walking backstage.

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EliteXC: Return of the King Live Results

KJ Noons retained his EliteXC lightweight championship. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

Rafael Feijao def. Wayne Cole - TKO
Dave Herman def. Ron Waterman - TKO
Murilo Rua def. Tony Bonello - TKO
Nick Diaz def. Muhsin Corbbrey - TKO
K.J. Noons def. Yves Edwards - TKO

Bubba McDaniel def. Kala Kolohe - Submission (Rear Choke)
Mark Oshiro def. Chris Willems - TKO
Kaleo Kwan def. Mike Aina - Unanimous Decision
PJ Dean vs Dean Lista - Majority Draw
Lolohea Mahe vs Chris Barnard - Cancelled

Russell Doane def. Dwayne Haney - TKO
Carl Barton def. Kepa Madeiros - TKO

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EliteXC Announces Complete Card for “Return of the King”

K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

Elite Xtreme Combat has announced the complete card for it’s upcoming “Return of the King” event, which will take place on June 14th at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The event is slated to be headlined by an EliteXC lightweight title bout between current champion K.J. Noons and top contender Yves Edwards. An additional lightweight fight between future DREAM title challenger Nick Diaz and Muhsin Corbbrey has also been signed to take place. Additional main card bouts also include former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs Tony Bonello, Ron Waterman vs Dave Herman, and Rafael Feijao vs Wayne Cole.

Newly crowned ICON Sport middleweight title holder Kala Kolohe Hose will headline the undercard against an opponent yet to be determined. His original foe, former hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Geoff Bumstead, has been removed from the card due to unknown reasons.

In a change of pace, the preliminary fights will be streamed on following the conclusion of the main card, which will be televised on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

The current fight card for the show is as follows:

Main Card:

K.J. Noons vs. Yves Edwards - EliteXC Lightweight Title
Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey
Murilo Rua vs. Tony Bonello
Rafael Feijao vs. Wayne Cole
Dave Herman vs. Ron Waterman

Preliminary Fights:

Kala Kolohe vs. TBA
Mark Oshiro vs. Chris Williams
Kaleo Kwan vs. Mike Aina
Lolohea Mahe vs. Chris Bernard
P.J. Dean vs. Dean Lista
Russell Doane vs. Dwayne Haney
Kepa Madeiros vs. Carl Barton


Malaipet, Denny Headline ShoXC on March 21

Malaipet Sitprapom hits Kaleo Kwan with a left hand. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Thomas Denny will collide with talented Muay Thai champion Malaipet Sitprapom in the main event of the upcoming next edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on March 21st.

The fight was officially announced this past weekend during the television broadcast of Cage Rage 25. Elite Xtreme Combat parent company ProElite owns Cage Rage.

The event is currently scheduled to take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California and will air live on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.

Malaipet has won three of out of his four professional bouts, including his last two. He made his EliteXC debut in October, winning a unanimous decision over Kaleo Kwan. The Team Diamond founder holds an unheard of 136-26 record in Muay Thai.

Denny, who has fought the majority of his career inside the confines of King of the Cage, was knocked out by Joe Camacho back in January. This fight will be the second of a three-fight deal Denny currently has with EliteXC.

While EliteXC has not announced any other additional bouts for the card as of yet, MMA on Tap has been able to confirm that bantamweight prospect Mark Oshiro will likely compete at the event.

Showtime, EliteXC Presents Biggest MMA Event in Hawaiian History

NEW YORK – In less than seven months, ProElite’s respected live fight division, EliteXC, has gained the reputation for delivering consistently competitive, thrilling and memorable live Mixed Martial Arts events that showcase the world’s top fighters.

Under the watchful eye of Live Events President, Gary Shaw, EliteXC and SHOWTIME already have produced many significant accomplishments and has made MMA history on a couple of occasions; the most noteworthy of which: EliteXC is the first and only MMA organization on premium television.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, at Oahu, Hawaii, EliteXC will establish another first when it presents the most significant MMA event in Hawaiian history and the initial collaboration between EliteXC and Hawaii-based promoters and former rivals, ICON Sport and ROTR (Rumble On The Rock). The remarkable event will feature an explosive five-fight telecast airing live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) followed by four fights streaming live at the premier mixed martial arts social networking and entertainment site,

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