Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
Rising EliteXC light heavyweight contender Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will face the biggest test of his young career thus far when he takes on Canadian veteran Travis Galbraith at the organization’s upcoming “Unfinished Business” show in Stockton, California on July 26th.
The promotion officially announced the bout during a conference call with the media earlier today.
Cavalcante, who has gone 6-1 since starting his professional career just two years ago, most recently earned an impressive stoppage of Wayne Cole at EliteXC’s “Return of the King” event last month in Hawaii. His lone career loss came at the hands of skilled grappler Marcio Cruz at an IFL show last June.
Galbraith, a veteran of PRIDE Fighting Championships, is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. After avenging a prior loss to Nick Hinchliffe inside the confines of King of the Cage, Galbraith went on to submit Martin Desilets, a training partner of current UFC lightweight Jonathan Goulet, at Raw Combat’s most recent event three weeks ago.
The fight between the two will air on the Showtime portion of the card, a one-hour special which will precede the promotion’s return to network television on CBS later that night. The event features a total of three championship bouts. Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith will square off in a main event rematch for EliteXC’s middleweight title.
The female bout between Shayna Baszler of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Brazil’s Cristiane Cyborg has been added to the lineup for the second primetime broadcast of CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, live from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. on Saturday, July 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Baszler and Cyborg, who are fighting in the 140 pound weight class, complete the primetime matchups for the CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on July 26. Other CBS fights include:
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.
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
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 ProElite.com 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:
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
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
Seth Petruzelli weighs-in for Shamrock vs Ortiz III: The Final Chapter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
It turns out that former Ultimate Fighter contestant Seth Petruzelli will not take on undefeated heavyweight prospect Dave Herman at EliteXC: Street Certified on February 16th at the United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida.
According to MMA Junkie, Petruzelli will no longer be part of the bout and has been replaced by American Top Team’s Mario Rinaldi. No word yet as to the reason why Petruzelli was forced out of the bout, injury or otherwise.
The fight will be the EliteXC debut for both fighters at an event which also features a main event between internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice and former UFC brawler Tank Abbott.
Rinaldi, who weighs-in as a super heavyweight at 280 lbs, has racked up a professional record of 6-2 so far in his young mixed martial arts career. Four of those wins have come by way of submission. His last fight was a submission win over Jason Dolloff at an Extreme Fighting International in October.
Herman, who has not suffered the taste of defeat thus far in his career, has finished every one of his opponent via strikes or submission. His last fight was a win over Justin Kahn at a Maximum Combat show in December where he submitted Kahn with a rear naked choke.
An additional bout that has been added to the event features Rafael Feijao and John Doyle clashing in a light heavyweight fight according to ProElite.com.