Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.
Former WWE superstar turned mixed martial artist, Bobby Lashley, will co-headline the Palace Fighting Championship’s latest offering - a joint boxing and MMA event on February 7 - against fellow undefeated heavyweight prospect Mike Hayes.
PFC President Christian Printup announced the event’s lineup over the weekend at The Underground. Lashley and Hayes will headline the MMA portion of the card while former Olympic boxing gold medalist Andre Ward will face Henry Buchanan in the night’s main event. The boxing portion of the card will be televised live on Showtime.
Jorge Oliveira checks a kick from Marvin Eastman at WFA’s King of the Streets in July 2006. Photo courtesy of Jorge Oliveira.
The Palace Fighting Championship held the official weigh-ins yesterday for it’s sixth event, “No Retreat, No Surrender”, which will take place this evening at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.
The weigh-ins went relatively smooth with the exception of a few problems.
All of the fighters made weight except for one, Scott Brommage, who is scheduled to face Fresno native Casey Olson in a lightweight bout. No word on why Brommage did not weigh in or if Olson will be receiving a new opponent.
The event features a total of three title fights: PFC featherweight champion Shawn Bias will go up against Art Arciniega; Shawn Klarcyk will attempt to defend his PFC bantamweight belt against Rolando Velasco; and recently released from the UFC, Diego Saraiva will challenge Poppies Martinez for his PFC lightweight crown.
However the show is highlighted by a light heavyweight clash between budding prospects Glover Teixeira and Jorge Oliveira. Each fighter has defeated a couple of notable opponents in their careers: Oliveira has won a unanimous decision over Shonie Carter and submitted Mike Van Arsdale while Teixeira has decisioned current IFL middleweight champ Matt Horwich and stopped upstart Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
“Glover Teixeira versus Jorge Oliveira is a UFC caliber fight,” PFC president Christian Printup said in a recent press release. “Some people don’t understand how big of a fight this is. This is the type of fight that could happen on the biggest stage in the sport.”
Teixeira is prepared for a tough fight against such a well-rounded opponents but still plans to finish the fight with his fists.
“I know he’s done kick boxing and I’m looking for some good stand up and he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt,” Teixeira said. “I don’t care about that, though, I’m a black belt, too. Belts don’t mean anything. He’s a decent all-around fighter. I’m going to do what I do best and hit him hard in the face. The fight will start standing and I want to try and stand and get the knockout in the first or second round.”
Full weigh-in results are below.
Jorge Oliveira (206 lbs) vs. Glover Texiera (205 lbs)
Diego Saraiva (154 lbs) vs. Poppies Martinez (154 lbs)
Shawn Klarcyk (135 lbs) vs. Rolando Velasco (134 lbs)
Shawn Bias (145 lbs) vs. Art Arcienega (145 lbs)
Brad Imes (265 lbs) vs. Anthony Ruiz (210 lbs)
Alex Serdyukov (170 lbs) vs. Mike Gates (171 lbs)
Casey Olson (153 lbs) vs. Scott Brommage (N/A)
Eric Pribble (203 lbs) vs. Ricardo Barros (204 lbs)
Ed Tomaselli (136 lbs) vs. Brandon Miller (134 lbs)
Doug Hunt (169 lbs) vs. Mickey Martinez (169 lbs)
Fernando Arreola (143 lbs) vs. Sergio Quinones (145 lbs)
Austin Achorn (262 lbs) vs. Joaquin Sanchez (227 lbs)
Derek Thornton (194 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (203 lbs)
Tom Owens (169 lbs) vs. Tony Alanis (163 lbs)
Jason Georgianna (135 lbs) vs. Joseph Benevidez (135 lbs)
Richard Montoya (186 lbs) vs. Nate Loughran (185 lbs)
There’s no looking back for the Palace Fighting Championship.
After giving the mixed martial arts community one of the very best events in Central California history in October, Christian Printup and the PFC are looking to raise the bar even further for Thursday, January 17th.
Printup, the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director, confirmed three blockbuster PFC World Title fights for the Jan. card and also confirmed deals with a pair of elite fighters.
Maybe the biggest announcement is that of the PFC Lightweight Championship will be on the line. Interim champ Poppies Martinez (13-3) of Lemoore will tangle with Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Diego Saraiva (9-6-1) of Atlanta.
“Diego Saraiva is a very exciting fighter. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and he likes to bang. Poppies management and his head trainer, Urijah Faber, are excited about this opportunity for Poppies. Poppies has always just fought who was put in front of him and to this day the only fight he has ever asked for was the Cole Escovedo fight,” Printup said. “Saraiva is coming off three losses, but to really good fighters. I believe this fight is a career defining fight for both guys. Both guys are excited to fight each other. This is a great fight for PFC fans. These are the types of competitive match ups that the sport needs.”
Brad Imes def. Chris Blair - TKO (Strikes)
Poppies Martinez def. Aaron Maldonado - Submission (Guillotine)
Eric Pribble def. Jimmy Dexter - Submission (Guillotine)
Vance North def. Michael Craddock - Submission (Triangle)
Zack Thumb def. Chris Galliher - TKO (Strikes)
Christopher Hugh def. Russel Dietiene - Unanimous Decision
Mike Gates def. Lucas Sinclair - Submission (Armbar)
Author Cook def. Aaron Alvord - KO (Punch)
The Palace Fighting Championship will hit the road to North Dakota on Saturday, Nov. 10 for PFC 5 “Beatdown at 4 Bears.”
It will be the first PFC show held away from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA where four straight sold out shows have pushed the PFC into one of the fastest growing mixed martial arts promotions in the country.
“We are excited about this show. With PFC 5 we are able to bring some of our West Coast talent to the Midwest and we are also able to get a look at some of the up-and-coming talents from North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Ohio,” Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director Christian Printup said.
“We will always have Lemoore as our home base and we have six events planned for 2008 in Lemoore, however with our impending television deal we will travel the show to markets where we will be televised. All in all it’s a very exciting time for the PFC,” Printup added. “We will continue to move the show around we are close to signing with a talent agency that will work to book us into other casinos and venues around the country.” And first on the list of stops is New Town, North Dakota’s 4 Bears Casino.
In the main event, Brad Imes squares off with Chris Blair (6-0) of Kearney, NE.
“We initially had Justin Eilers scheduled to fight Chris Blair, who is a tough up-and-coming heavyweight from Nebraska, with a good wrestling pedigree. Unfortunately, Justin hurt his ankle during training and we had to look for a replacement,” Printup said.
Kenny Ento def. Justin Levens - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Jeremy Freitag def. Lodune Sincaid - Decision (Split)
Poppies Martinez def. Brandon Jinnies - TKO (Strikes)
Phil Collins def. Marc De La Cruz - TKO (Strikes)
Luis Gonzalez def. Josh Besneatte - TKO (Strikes)
Jeremy Luchau def. Michael Satumbaga - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jimmy Dexter def. Dewey Cooper - Decision (Unanimous)
Mike Moreno def. Chaondray Johnson - KO (Kick)
Mike Martinez def. Rocky Molina - TKO (Strikes)
Nate Loughran def. Brian Warren - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jorge Evangelista def. Vernon Phillips - KO (Kick)
Mark Munoz def. Anthony Rubalcava - Decision (Unanimous)
Thomas Denny def. Olaf Alfonso - Decision (Unanimous)
Brandon Jinnies will replace Shad Smith as Poppies Martinez’s opponent in the PFC Lightweight Championship bout at this Thursday’s PFC 4: Project Complete at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA.
Smith was originally scheduled to face Martinez but was forced to pull out of the bout after being medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following a knockout loss to Nam Phan at EFWC: The Untamed earlier this month.
Martinez wasn’t very happy about Smith not being able to fight:
“This sucks. I trained hard for Shad, not that the training was a waste of time, but I wanted my revenge,” Martinez said. “This is like a slap in the face. His actions weren’t only disrespectful to me but to the promoter and the fans. I really don’t know why he thought that Nam Phan would be a good fight for him. Nam is a great fighter. I’ve rolled with him before, and he is tough.”
Smith apparently also violated an agreement in his contract with PFC according to PFC President Christian Printup:
“Obviously I was pissed when Shad Smith took the fight with Nam Phan knowing he was in violation of our agreement,” Printup said. “At the end of the day a man’s word is all he has, and now we know Shad Smith’s word and signature isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. I fault his inept management team for allowing this to happen. If I were Shad Smith I would seriously rethink my choice of management.”
Despite all of this, Printup also stated that Smith will face the winner of Martinez-Jinnes on January 17th of next year.