Murilo Rua

Murilo "Ninja" Rua

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


Villasenor Replaces Rua on “Saturday Night Fights”

Joey Villasenor and Riki Fukuda exchange punches at EliteXC: Uprising. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Joey Villasenor, fresh off of a knockout of UFC veteran Ryan Jensen at last month’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, will replace former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo Rua against Phil Baroni at EliteXC’s first prime-time show on CBS on May 31st.

EliteXC parent company ProElite announced the news on their official website late last night. No reason as to why Rua was replaced in the bout was given.

Since being knocked out by a flying knee courtesy of Robbie Lawler at PRIDE 32, Villasenor has gone on to win two out of his last three fights besides his victory over Jensen a few weeks back. A TKO loss to Rua at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs Baroni was sandwiched in between wins over David Loiseau and Riki Fukuda at separate EliteXC events last year.

Rua has not fought since submitting Xavier Foupa-Pokam at a Cage Rage event this past December. The Chute Boxe product lost his EliteXC middleweight belt after being stopped with strikes at the hands of current champion Robbie Lawler at EliteXC: Uprising in September 2007.

Heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is slated to headline the event against PRIDE veteran James Thompson. EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler will also put his belt on the line against Scott Smith in a bout that will likely be a sure-fire war on the feet.

EliteXC May 31st Tickets Go on Sale

Tickets for the upcoming EliteXC show on May 31st go on sale to the public on Friday, April 18th at 10am through Ticketmaster.  MMA on Tap has learned that a pre-sale of tickets started Wednesday morning.  The pre-sale can also be purchased through the Ticketmaster website.  The code is “Kimbo” for access to the pre-sale.

This EliteXC show will be broadcast live on CBS-TV, the first live MMA event on broadcast television in the United States.  The main event features internet fighting sensation Kimbo Slice against Pride veteran James Thompson.  EliteXC and CBS today confirmed the main card fights scheduled to be broadcast.

    * Kimbo Slice vs. James “Colossus” Thompson (Heavyweights)

    * “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler vs. Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith (for EliteXC Middleweight title)

    * Gina “Conviction” Carano vs. Kaitlin Young (140 lb. weight class)

    * Phil Baroni vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua (Middleweights)

    * Brett “The Grim” Rogers vs. Jon Murphy (Heavyweights) 

Report: EliteXC Signs Baroni-Ninja for May

Photo by Jon Swenson, Sharkspage.

Phil Baroni will attempt to do Long Island proud and bounce back from a recent loss to Kala Kolohe Hose when he takes on former Elite Xtreme Combat middleweight title holder Murilo “Ninja” Rua on the organization’s first prime-time televised show on CBS.

The news comes from Sam Caplan, who confirmed the bout as being signed with ProElite officials earlier today.

Hose captured the vacant ICON Sport middleweight title with a fifth round stoppage of Baroni on March 15th. The fight was Baroni’s first since he tested positive for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission last year and his second loss in as many bouts.

While an appeal of his suspension was shot down by the commission, Baroni’s suspension was eventually reduced to six months. To this day, Baroni maintains that he did not take steroids.

Rua has not fought since submitting Xavier Foupa-Pokam at a Cage Rage event this past December. The Chute Boxe product lost his EliteXC middleweight belt after being stopped with strikes at the hands of current champion Robbie Lawler at EliteXC: Uprising in September 2007.

“EliteXC and CBS Saturday Night Fights” will take place on May 31st and will take place at the brand new Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the same venue that hosted UFC 78: Validation last year.

Heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is slated to headline the event against an opponent yet to be named. Lawler will also put his belt on the line against Scott Smith in a bout that will likely be a sure-fire war on the feet.

Rua Brothers Leave Chute Boxe

Mauricio and Murilo Rua have both decided to leave the Chute Boxe camp in Brazil in order to open their own gym in the United States.

The news was announced on Chute Boxe’s official website earlier today.

The new gym will opened in an undisclosed location in Massachusetts according to Sherdog’s Gleidson Venga.

Rudimar Fedrigo, the head of Chute Boxe, stated that the Rua’s will always be welcomed back in the future if the situation ever arises:

“We have to remember that the Chute Boxe doors will always be open for them. We also wish them good luck in their new endeavors.”

2007 has been a horrible year for the team that was once considered one of the best in the world. Both Wanderlei Silva and Andre Dida left earlier this year to train with different teams in North America.

Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain Quick Results

Ronnie Mann def. Jordan Miller - Submission (Triangle)
Robert Paczkow def. James McSweeney - Submission (Front Choke)
Abdul Mohammed def. Robbie Olivier - Majority Decision
Ivan Serati def. Lee Hasdell - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Neil Grove def. Robert Berry - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Mark Buchannan def. George Castro - TKO (Strikes)
Mark Epstein def. Tom Watson - Split Decision
Marios Zaromskis def. Ross Pointon - TKO (Cut)
Drew Fickett def. Mark Weir - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Paul Cahoon def. Elvis Sinosic - TKO (Strikes)
Murilo Rua def. Xavier Pokam - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Rua-Pokam Announced for Cage Rage 24

Cage Rage has announced that Murlio “Ninja” Rua will take on Xavier Foupa-Pokam in the main event for Cage Rage 24:

We are able to announce as the top of the card main event for the December 1st show, what promises to be an outstanding bout between great warriors. Ninja will come back to these shores to take on the “Professor of Punishment”, Xavier Pokam. Ninja is currently coming of the back of two wins in his last 2 Cage Rage outings and is looking to make this a hat trick, but standing in his way is the formidable shape of Professor X, who is looking to extend his winning streak at Ninja’s expense. This is going to be a classic and will live up to its top of the card billing.

The complete card for Cage Rage 24 is now looking like this:

Murlio Rua vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Evangelista Santos vs. Paul Cahoon
Drew Fickett vs. Mark Weir
Mark Epstein vs. Tom Watson
Dave Legeno vs. George Castro
Ivan Serati vs. Lee Hasdell
Ross Pointon vs. Marios Zaromskis
Brad Pickett vs. Ronnie Mann
Abdul Mohammed vs. Robbie Oliver
James McSweeney vs. Robert Paczkow
Neil Grove vs. Robert Berry
Ronnie Mann vs. Brad Pickett

Lawler-Rua Media Poll Results

In a sensational main event on a spectacular cage fight card this Saturday, Sept. 15 at Blaisdell Arena on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), talented, exciting Murilo “Ninja” Rua will make his first EliteXC middleweight title defense against hard-hitting, crowd-pleasing ICON Sport titleholder, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.

So who is going to triumph in the featured attraction in “Uprising’’—the biggest MMA event in the history of Hawaii and the initial collaboration between Los Angeles-based ProElite’s respected live fight division, EliteXC, and Hawaii-based promoters and former rivals, ICON Sport and ROTR (Rumble On The Rock) and Showtime?

The experts expect what figures to be a hotly contested five round, 5-minute fight to be close. Of the 11 MMA media sorts who participated in an EliteXC/SHOWTIME Prediction Poll, seven picked Rua and four took Lawler. Here’s how they see the evenly matched Rua-Lawler EliteXC title fight:

Scott White,, (Lawler): “Lawler has shown improved cardio in his past few fights along with excellent power and striking skills. He will prove to be too much for Ninja on the feet and will score a stoppage via strikes partway through the second.’‘

David M Singer,, (Lawler): “Each fighter is coming into this fight on a three-fight winning streak. Lawler’s last couple fights going long give him the recent experience he’ll need in a fight that has the potential to go past round three. Lawler wins by late KO/TKO.’’

John Chandler,, (Lawler): “Both Lawler and Rua have a solid chance to win. It is going to come down to the fighter that is able to impose his will on the other. Rua has the obvious advantage on the ground and he would be smart to take the fight there early and often. Lawler sports the better striking ability, but Rua showed in his last fight against Joey Villasenor (Pictures) that his hands are to be feared as well. Ultimately, I think that the temptation to stand and trade with Lawler will be Rua’s downfall. Lawler wins by KO.’’

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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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