In the above video, newly-signed UFC middleweight Denis Kang competes in his latest fight: a 185 lb. matchup against fellow veteran Marvin Eastman that took place at Raw Combat’s “Redemption” event on October 25 in Canada.
Jose Landi-Jons. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
Raw Combat, which is taking the place of the now-defunct Hardcore Championship Fighting in the Alberta mixed martial arts scene, announced Friday that the promotion has signed longtime veteran Chute Boxe co-founder Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons.
“He’s my one of my top five MMA fighters,” Raw Combat CEO Dave Feser said in a recent press release. “He’s got true warrior spirit and he’s been in battles with some of the best guys in the world. I’m honored to have him on our show. His camp says he is back and training like a madman. He’s itching to get back into the cage to prove that he’s still one of MMA’s top fighters in the world.”
Landi-Jons was extremely successful during the early stages of his career, notching wins against Matt Hughes and Pat Miletich. He last competed against Brian Gassaway at TKO 32 in February, where he suffered a broken leg after a botched kick to Gassaway’s shin. Landi-Jons now claims that the injury has healed and he is ready to return to action.
Photo courtesy of DenisKang.com
Former PRIDE middleweight grand-prix runner-up Denis Kang has revealed that he will be taking on former IFO light heavyweight champion Marvin Eastman at a scheduled Raw Combat show on October 25th in Canada.
Kang spoke about his bout against Eastman on a recent edition of BetUS radio. Along with the Eastman fight, Kang is also slated to defend his Spirit MC heavyweight title against longtime rival Jae Young Kim at Spirit MC 18 on August 31st in Korea.
“I’m training my ass of right now,” Kang said on the show. “August 31st I’m defending my Spirit MC heavyweight belt against Jae Young Kim. A lot of people don’t know who he is in North America but I’ve fought him twice before and he’s a very tough guy. Then October 25th I’ll be fighting for Raw Combat against Marvin Eastman.”
Kang has not fought since being submitted by rising middleweight Gegard Mousasi at DREAM.2 in April. Prior to that, Kang suffered a devastating first-round knockout loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama at a K-1 Hero’s event in October 2007. Kang’s fight with Raw Combat will be the first time he has fought in Canada in close to five years.
Eastman snapped a two-fight winning streak at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June, where he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Miletich Fighting Systems product Drew McFedries. Eastman’s fight against Kang will be his third since moving down to the middleweight division.
Hector Ramirez. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Dave Houshair, the former co-owner of the recently folded Hardcore Championship Fighting, has reportedly announced his quick promotional return to the world of mixed martial arts with a June 20th co-promotional fight card that will take place at the Max Bell Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The news comes from The Fight Network’s Great Fight North column, which reports that the show will be a joint-effort between Houshair’s Raw Combat promotion and Legacy Fighting Championships.
A slew of notable veterans will be on the card. PRIDE Fighting Championships alumnus Travis Galbraith will take on former UFC light heavyweight Hector Ramirez in the night’s main event.
Former UFC middleweight title challenger David Loiseau will attempt to continue his road back from a string of bad losses when he takes on fellow HCF veteran Andrew Buckland. An LFC featherweight title bout between Len Tam and Chris Desaultes is also slated to take place.
The current card for the event is as follows:
Travis Galbraith vs. Hector Ramirez
David Loiseau vs. Andrew Buckland
Carlo Prater vs. Garett Davis
Derrick Noble vs. Jason Maxwell
Ryan Heck vs. Kurt Southern
Nathan Gunn vs. Max Dalsin
Adam Farr vs. Dami Egbeyemi
Mike Rowbotham vs. Mike Zvonick