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Wiuff Wins YAMMA Tourney; Oleg Subs Kerr


Travis Wiuff weighs-in for UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Revolutionary? The jury’s still out. However YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show went off without much of a hitch at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where veteran Travis Wiuff (52-11) won three consecutive fights to win the promotion’s first-ever heavyweight tournament last night.

Wiuff’s road to victory contradicted what Bob Meyrowitz and company predicted that YAMMA’s cage, which sported an incline close to the fence all the way around, would prevent. Wiuff used the leverage of the incline to continuously take his opponent down to the mat. YAMMA’s attempt to keep fights on the feet backfired in a big way.

The quarterfinals of the tournament saw former UFC heavyweight champion and tournament-favorite Ricco Rodriguez (28-9) use well-timed takedowns to score a unanimous decision over George Bush (5-1). Chris Tuscherer (13-1) and Wiuff both used the same strategy to earn first-round wins over Tony Sylvester (10-2) and Marcelo Pereira (0-1) respectively.

The first fight of the night saw Alexey Oleinik (7-4) have a point deducted after he continued to punch Sherman Pendergarst (10-9) while referee Kevin Mulhall was bringing the fight back up to the feet. However Olenik quickly scored a takedown and secured a fight-ending front choke with less than a minute left in the first round.

In the semifinals, Minnesota natives Wiuff and Tuscherer dodged submission attempts and scored takedowns against Rodriguez and Olenik to move to the three-round final that saw Wiuff use superior wrestling to earn a unanimous decision and the tournament crown.

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Smith Back to Replace Goodridge in YAMMA


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It’s been another drama-filled week for Ultimate Fighting Championship founder Bob Meyrowitz and his new YAMMA Pit Fighting venture.

Just days after the organization attempted to finalize it’s inaugural card with the addition of longtime veterans Ricco Rodriguez and Mark Kerr, another late change has taken place.

The promotion announced today that Gary Goodridge, who was slated to take on former boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch, will not be permitted to fight per the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which requires a medical suspension of at least 30 days following a fighter’s knockout loss. Goodridge was put to sleep by Mu Bae Choi this past weekend.

Coming back into the fold to replace Goodridge will be Patrick Smith, who was recently pulled from the card after recently being arrested following a high-speed chase involving police in Bryant County, Oklahoma. Smith was to replace Don Frye against Oleg Taktarov.

Smith reportedly reached speeds of upwards of 130 MPH on his motorcycle. The 44-year-old was charged with felony attempting to elude to police, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, and reckless driving.

Frye was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Taktarov after suffering a shoulder injury during training. He will now be required to undergo surgery but will be at the show to do commentary on the pay-per-view broadcast.

The trouble may not be over yet though. Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that the NJSACB has yet to approve a co-main event between Kerr and Taktarov. Kerr is currently still under indefinite suspension by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation after failing pre-fight tests before a scheduled bout against Sean O’Haire last year according to Sherdog.

Exclusive: Smith Out of YAMMA Main Event


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Just days after replacing an injured Don Frye against Oleg Taktarov, longtime veteran Patrick Smith will not be competing in the main event of YAMMA Pit Fighting’s debut show on April 11th in Atlantic City.

MMA on Tap was able to confirm Smith’s status with YAMMA officials this afternoon. An announcement regarding another replacement opponent for Taktarov is expected to come in the few days.

Smith was arrested in Bryan County, Oklahoma after leading police in a high-speed chase Thursday night. Smith reportedly reached speeds of upwards of 130 MPH on his motorcycle.

Smith, who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first show in 1993, was eventually detained and remains in police custody. The 44-year-old was charged with felony attempting to elude to police, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, and reckless driving.

Frye was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Taktarov after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session. He will now be required to undergo surgery but will be at the show do to do commentary on the pay-per-view broadcast

Since returning to active competition in 2006, Smith has been victorious in four out of his last five fights.

Report: Patrick Smith Arrested in Oklahoma


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Problems continue to arise when it comes to the main event of YAMMA Pit Fighting’s debut show on April 11th in Atlantic City. Just days after replacing an injured Don Frye against Oleg Taktarov, longtime veteran Patrick Smith has reportedly been arrested in Bryan County, Oklahoma after leading police in a high-speed chase overnight.

The news comes from a report courtesy of KXII TV 12, which serves parts of Texas as well.

Smith apparently lead local police on a seven-minute chase around 6:00 AM ET Thursday night, reaching speeds of upwards of 130 MPH on his motorcycle. Smith, who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first show in 1993, was eventually detained and remains in police custody.

The 44-year-old was charged with felony attempting to elude to police, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, and reckless driving. A message left with YAMMA concerning Smith’s participation on the card post-arrest has not yet been returned.

Frye was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Taktarov after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session. He will now be required to undergo surgery but will be at the show do to do commentary on the pay-per-view broadcast

Since returning to active competition in 2006, Smith has been victorious in four out of his last five fights.

Touch of gloves to our friends at MMA Junkie for the find.

CKA: Mar 20, 2008

Former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Mike Whitehead talks his XFA debut this weekend, the fighter payscale, Randy-Fedor, the new mystery promotion involving Affliction clothing, and even teaches host Dave Farra some striking techniques in the latest video from RawVegas.

Smith Replaces Frye in YAMMA Main Event

Don Frye has reportedly pulled out of his scheduled main event bout against Oleg Taktarov at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s debut show on April 11th in Atlantic City.

The news comes from Sherdog.com and an official reason as to why Frye pulled out of the fight remains unknown.

Frye will be replaced by another longtime veteran in the form of Patrick Smith, who competed at the first two Ultimate Fighting Championship events. Since returning to active competition in 2006, Smith has been victorious in four out of his five fights.

Palace Fighting Championship 7 Weigh-In Results

The only hitch at yesterday’s weigh-ins for Palace Fighting Championship’s latest event tonight at Lemoore, California’s Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino didn’t involving a fighter failing to make weight.

Former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Richie Hightower fell ill and will be unable to meet Bryan Travers in a PFC welterweight title match. Hightower will be replaced by Gladiator Challenge veteran Joel “Bulldog” Crawford according to Sherdog.com. Crawford has failed to earn his first career victory in four attempts thus far.

Jorge Oliveira (202 lbs) vs. Jeremy Freitag (204 lbs)
Glover Teixeira (204 lbs) vs. Buckley Acosta (204 lbs)
Bryan Travers (167 lbs) vs. Joel Crawford*
Jorge Evangelista (145 lbs) vs. Enoch Wilson (145 lbs)
Robert Breslin (155 lbs) vs. Brandon Jinnies (150 lbs)
Phil Collins (189 lbs) vs. Mike Martinez (189 lbs)
Jeremiah Metcalf (184 lbs) vs. Jimmy Dexter (184 lbs)
Ulysses Gomez (125 lbs) vs. Greg McDowell (119 lbs)
Manuel Quezada (229 lbs) vs. Charles Hodges (380 lbs)
Daniel Pinedo (126 lbs) vs. David Mitchell (125 lbs)
Carlton Jones (239 lbs) vs. Rafael Real (227 lbs)
Danny Castillo (155 lbs) vs. Andy Salazar (152 lbs)

*Crawford did not weigh-in.

Report: Saunders Targeted for UFC 86 Return

“The Ultimate Fighter 6” cast member Ben Saunders will likely return to action at UFC 86 in July according to our friends from MMA Junkie.

After being bounced out of the popular reality show’s tournament by eventual runner-up Tommy Speer in the quarterfinals, Saunders bounced back and kept his undefeated professional streak alive in earning an unanimous decision over Dan Barrera at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale in December.

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