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Ludwig Stops Morgan, Trigg Defeats Vitale at Strikeforce

BROOMFIELD, CO — Knockout artist Duane “Bang” Ludwig (17-8) capped off an electrifying night of Strikeforce mixed martial arts (MMA) action, scoring a first round TKO on Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-12), in their highly-anticipated rematch at Broomfield, Colorado’s Broomfield Event Center on Friday, October 3rd.  Superstar Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg (18-6) controlled the action against Falaniko “Niko” Vitale (26-9) for three consecutive rounds to notch a unanimous judges’ decision victory.

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Hamman Stops Suganuma at ShoXC


Jared Hamman. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

While their first bout in April ended in controversy and left many lingering questions, Friday’s battle between Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma did anything but as Hamman stopped Suganuma via first-round TKO in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California.

Early on, it appeared as if Suganuma was about to have Hamman’s number again as the Hawaiian dropped Hamman and battered him with punches on the ground during the fight’s opening moments. However the tide began to turn once Hamman successfully executed a judo throw that sent Suganuma stumbling to the canvas.

Hamman quickly took his opponent’s back but Suganuma was quick to shake Hamman off of him and stand up. Hamman proceeded to stun Suganuma with a straight right and then knocked him down with a combination. Suganuma bounced up and tried to take the fight to the ground but Hamman was relentless with his strikes, pounding away on Suganuma with hammer fists until the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

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ShoXC: Suganuma vs. Hamman II Live Results


Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

We will be going live at 11:00 PM ET tonight with live results of the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. The show’s televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.

A rematch between light heavyweight prospects Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman will serve as the night’s main event. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee just fifteen seconds into their fight despite an immediate protest from Hamman. Additional main card bouts include Cyrille Diabate vs. Jaime Fletcher and Fabricio Camoes vs. Sammy Morgan.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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ShoXC: Suganuma vs Hamman II Weigh-In Results


Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight. The show’s televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET. Additional pictures are after the jump. Breakdown of the Showtime fights here.

A rematch between light heavyweight prospects Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman will serve as the night’s main event. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee just fifteen seconds into their fight. Referee Jon Schorle quickly waved off the bout but Hamman immediately got back to his feet and began protesting, forcing then company figurehead Gary Shaw to guarantee a rematch between the two.

Main Card:

Jared Hamman (203.5 lbs) vs. Poai Suganuma (205 lbs)
Cyrille Diabate (203.5 lbs) vs. Jaime Fletcher (204 lbs)
Fabricio Camoes (161 lbs) vs. Sammy Morgan (160 lbs)
Debi Purcell (129 lbs) vs. Rosi Sexton (130 lbs)
Keith Berry (191 lbs) vs. Ray Lizama (190.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

David Douglas (154.5 lbs) vs. Marcus Levesser (154.5 lbs)
Lucas Gamaza (169.5 lbs) vs. Kenny Johnson (171 lbs)
Jesse Brock (139 lbs) vs. Josh Rave (131 lbs)
Ralph Lopez (148.5 lbs) vs. Roberto Vargas (150 lbs)
Katrina Alendale (138.5 lbs) vs. Melanie LaCroix (139 lbs)

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Strikeforce Headed to Denver in October


Duane Ludwig. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Strikeforce will venture outside of the state of California for the second time this year when they hold a show at the Broomfield Event Center in Denver, Colorado on October 3rd. “Payback” will feature a main event between local product Duane “Bang” Ludwig and “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Sam Morgan.

The organization officially announced the show in a press release today. Also advertised as competing at the event are UFC veterans Phil Baroni and Frank Trigg. However it’s interesting to note that Trigg has told Five Ounces of Pain that he won’t commit to any future fights until after his August 24th meeting with Makoto Takimoto at World Victory’ Road’s “Sengoku IV” show.

Both Ludwig and Morgan have been struggling as of late. Ludwig has lost two out of his last three bouts, most recently a TKO loss to Takanori Gomi in March, while Morgan has not fought since suffering a brutal first-round TKO loss to British welterweight sensation Paul Daley at a ShoXC event in January. The two originally fought at a Ring of Fire show in April 2005. Morgan knocked out Ludwig just 50 seconds into the fight.

MMA Weekly reports that longtime veteran Pete Spratt will also be competing on the card as well and that a deal regarding a live broadcast is “in the works, but nothing definite” according Strikeforce vice president Mike Afromowitz, who also stated that at the least, the show would be televised in parts in the future on Strikeforce’s weekly television show late Saturday nights on NBC.

Complete Card Announced for August ShoXC


Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

EliteXC has announced the full card for the next upcoming edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place on August 15th at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. The televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.

The show’s main event features a rematch between rising light heavyweights Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee. Referee Jon Schorle quickly waved off the bout but Hamman immediately got back to his feet and began protested, forcing then company figurehead Gary Shaw to guarantee a rematch between the two.

Additional featured fights on the card include Fabricio Camoes against “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan and the EliteXC debut of PRIDE veteran Cyrille Diabate as he takes on ShoXC veteran Jaime Fletcher.

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Alvarez Knocks Out Ebanez


Paul Daley (right) knocked out Sam Morgan in the first. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

ATLANTIC CITY - On an exciting night that featured solid, non-stop action and entertaining fights, crowd favorite Eddie Alvarez (12-1) of Kensington, Pa., sent the hometown fans home deliriously happy by knocking out Ross Ebanez (18-6-1) of Hilo, Hawaii, in the second round Friday on the 2008 premiere of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on Showtime.

In the co-feature presented by Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.‘s Live Fight Division, EliteXC, talented Paul “Semtex” Daley (17-6-2) of England scored a first-round knockout over Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-10) of St. Paul, Minn.

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EliteXC Announces Daley-Morgan for ShoXC

Elite Xtreme Combat has announced that Paul “Semtex” Daley will take on former Ultimate Fighter cast member Sam Morgan in the co-main event of the upcoming ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event which is scheduled to take place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on January 25th.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the Eddie Alvarez-Ross Ebanez bout which we reported yesterday.

Daley is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. His last victory was a TKO win over Mark Weir at Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable in September. Morgan has split a pair of fights since leaving the confines of the UFC. His last fight was a losing effort against an undefeated Cung Le at a Strikeforce event in November. Morgan is also rumored to be fighting at a WEC event in the spring.

Strikeforce Medical Suspensions

The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from last weekend’s Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives event that took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

Falaniko Vitale, Trevor Prangley, Bryson Kamaka, and Chris Drumm have all been medically suspended for 45 days and with no contact for 30 days.

Paul Buentello has been medically suspended for 60 days and can also have no contact in training for the same amount of time because of lacerations around his eye. A similar situation may also occur for Bobby Southworth who was medically suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days but may have his suspension extended to 60 days and without contact if a doctor does not clear a laceration above Southworth’s left eye.

Both Alistair Overeem and Brian Schwartz have been medically suspended for 180 days and with no contact for the same amount of time. Overeem has a possible fracture in his finger and his suspension can be reduced after clearance by a physician. Schwartz has a possible fracture in his left hand. If Schwartz is found to not have a fractured hand, he will not be required to serve any of the suspension.

The biggest suspensions were received by Sean Salmon and Sam Morgan who were both medically suspended for an indefinite amount of time. However if and when the fighters are cleared by a doctor, they will be required to serve a 45 day suspension without contact for 30 days.

Santiago Rolls to Tournament Victory


Photo by Jon Swenson, Sharkspage

Jorge Santiago needed less than three minutes in order to capture the state of California and Strikeforce’s first-ever four-man mixed martial arts tournament last night.

Santiago scored victories over Sean Salmon and Trevor Prangley in front of 8,233 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

Both Santiago and Prangley headed into the tournament in relatively good shape considering they had each fought earlier in the evening. They decided to keep the bout on the feet during the opening moments of their fight. Santiago battered Prangley with a flurry of leg kicks early on, connecting with one that knocked Prangley to the ground.

Santiago continued to stalk Prangley connecting with a number of unanswered punches and kicks. Santiago connected with a knee to the body and followed it up with a right hand that sent Prangley to the canvas. Santiago pounced on him and following up with another right hand but referee Jon Schorle decided that Prangley had enough and stopped the fight.

After the fight, Santiago admitted that sticking to his game plan ultimately won him the fight:

“I’ve been studying his game for a long time and I knew that he was a tough guy,” said Santiago. “I knew that he was probably going to try and take me down and drop some bombs. I just stuck to my game. I saw the best time to go and I took over.”

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