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All Fighters on Weight for UFC Fight Night 19


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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 19 event, which takes place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 19: The Prelims


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One of the more busy weeks in MMA will kick off on Wednesday when the UFC holds UFC Fight Night 19 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before premiering the first episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show on Spike TV.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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Cantwell vs. Stann Rubber Match Added to UFC Fight Night 19


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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that former WEC light heavyweight champions Brian Stann and Steve Cantwell will settle the score at UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Cantwell Explains Controversial Comments

Following Steve Cantwell’s impressive submission victory over Razak Al Hassan at last week’s UFC Fight for the Troops, the victor gave a post fight interview that included some comment that many have felt were inappropriate.  Cantwell won the fight via armbar in which his opponent’s elbow dislocated due to the pressure applied.  While being interviewed by Joe Rogan, Cantwell said that he had “always wanted to do that” and seemingly was very pleased when he watched the replay and saw the joint dislocate.  Steve recently sent word to MMAonTap that he would like to apologize for the post fight comments.

Cantwell’s battle with Al-Hassan lasted a mere four-minutes into round one. Razak appeared to push the pace when the fight began, initially stalking Steve around the Octagon with punches and kicks. But after a few exchanges Cantwell, the more refined striker, landed two clean left hands before taking Al-Hassan to the floor of the Octagon. He quickly passed to side-control, then secured a ull mount. In a flash he took his opponents right arm and locked it tightly into the confines of an armbar. Al-Hassan attempted to free his arm by rolling forward but Cantwell rolled with him on to his stomach and locked the arm in tighter. Cantwell rolled forward again to his back with the arm still hooked tightly. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity – and making clear eye contact with Al-Hassan and referee Mario Yamasaki – Cantwell applied additional pressure that resulted in Razak’s arm breaking at the elbow – at which point Yamasaki immediately called an end to the fight.

Cantwell was thrilled with the victory, as Al-Hassan was a formidable opponent with a solid background in Tae-Kwon-Do and Jiu-Jitsu. However, some controversy has arisen over his remarks to UFC commentator Joe Rogan when he was interviewed after the fight. Cantwell explains; “You know that was a really weird outcome to the fight. I had the arm locked in tightly and expected Razak to tap right away – then we rolled twice and it got even tighter. I was thinking to myself ‘This guy is made of rubber – this is crazy’. The only thing I could to end the fight was force the arm until either it broke or he tapped, and that’s what I did. Fighting is always a series of calculated risks, and he had ample opportunity to tap. But none of us enter the ring trying to end each others career, and I do regret the comments I made and being so animated about it afterwards. It was the adrenalin taking over.”

Shortly after the fight, Cantwell called the UFC and requested Al- Hassan’s phone number to speak to him directly. He reached Al-Hassan at home and expressed a heart-felt apology for the comments he made regarding the injury. He also shared some techniques and healing methods to aid Razak in his recovery. “When Razak heals up I want him to come out to Vegas and train with me. He’s a great guy, a great fighter, and has a future in this sport for sure. There is absolutely no ill will between us,” said Cantwell.

Cantwell Receives Bonus for Submission Win at “Fight for the Troops”


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Former WEC light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell received a $30,000 bonus after earning “Submission of the Night” honors following his first-round submission win over UFC newcomer Razak Al-Hussan during the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” card in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday night.

Cantwell forced referee Mario Yamasaki to halt his main card bout against Al-Hussan in the first round after Cantwell dislocated his opponent’s right elbow with a fight-ending armbar. Contrary to reports immediately after the event, Al-Hussan’s arm was never broken and he has since been treated at a nearby hospital and released.

Josh Koscheck also received “Knockout of the Night” honors for his brutal first-round stoppage of Japanese welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida while lightweights Matt Wiman and Jim Miller were awarded for the night’s best fight. Koscheck, Wiman, and Miller each received $30,000 bonuses as well.

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Koscheck Blasts Yoshida at “Fight for the Troops”


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Josh Koscheck bounced back from a disappointing decision loss to Thiago Alves in October by knocking out Japanese welterweight sensation Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the featured attraction of the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” card in Fayetteville, North Carolina last night.

The evening was focused on the UFC’s attempts to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which will go towards building a state-of-the-art facility that will help soldiers that have suffered tramuatic brain injuries. Following his stoppage of Yoshida, Koscheck asked those watching around the world what else it would take for them to make a small donation towards the cause.

“If that wasn’t worth $5 bucks from every UFC fan, I don’t know what else I can do,” Koscheck said.

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Spike Announces Full Card for “Fight for the Troops”


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JOSH KOSCHECK AND YOSHIYUKI YOSHIDA HEADLINE “UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS” EVENT ON SPIKE TV

NEW YORK, NY -  Fighting with a truly meaningful purpose in front of some real American heroes, “The Ultimate Fighter” alums Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick, Matt Wiman will be featured on Spike TV’s telecast of “UFC Fight For The Troops” live from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday, December 10 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.

The special live UFC fight card will raise funds to build a hospital for traumatic brain injuries for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces.  Thousands of soldiers from nearby Fort Bragg, the proud home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations Forces, will be in attendance.  More information about the facility, including ways to donate, can be found online at http://www.fallenheroesfund.org or by calling 1-800-340 HERO

The fight card also showcases five current UFC fighters who are all U.S. military veterans including Luigi Fioravanti, Tim Credeur, Dale Hartt, Brandon Wolff, and Steve Bruno.  An additional fight will be added to the main event and announced at a later date.

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Report: Stann Injured; Cantwell Rematch Off


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Former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann has reportedly suffered an undisclosed foot injury and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled rematch against Steve Cantwell at UFC Fight Night 16 on December 10 according to Five Ounces of Pain.

A timetable for Stann’s return from the injury is unknown at this time. No opponents have mentioned as potential replacements to face Cantwell at the event. Both Stann and Cantwell were moved to the UFC just days after the WEC announced that it would be dissolving it’s light heavyweight and middleweight classes before the end of the year.

The two have fought twice before. Cantwell stopped Stann with strikes in the second round of their championship bout on August 3. The fight was Stann’s first title defense. He had won the belt after defeating longtime champion Doug Marshall in March. Stann was victorious against Cantwell in their first meeting, scoring a first-round TKO in just 41 seconds last year.

Reger’s Rant Sept 29, 2008

John has been on me in the past to write some opinion pieces and he’s right.  So once a week, I’ll try to comment on some of the happenings in the world of Mixed Martial Arts as I see them in my warped eyes.

Affliction-EliteXC co-promotion

News last week that Affliction was loaning Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson to EliteXC to compete on the CBS October 4 Primetime show was really the best news to come out of either promotion in quite a while.  Many feel the only way for either group to survive is to join forces.  To me, it’s not even about competing with the UFC, it’s more a case of survival.  By combining the MMA promotional experience of EliteXC with the roster and deep pockets of Affliction, they could carve out a very nice segment for themselves.  Affliction, specifically Tom Atencio and Michael Cohen, have made it clear that this is a one time co-promotion at this point, which is the wise thing to do until they see how it works out.  Conversely, EliteXC’s Jared Shaw of course is making veiled threats at the UFC, but that’s nothing new for $kala.  Ultimately though, this could be a huge positive for both promotions.

Where is Fedor fighting next?

So will we next see Fedor fighting in Affliction, or in a thus unannounced New year’s Eve show in Japan?  Upon hearing Fedor promise to fight in Japan on NYE during the Dream 6 show, Jerry Millen of Fedor’s M-1 Global team issued a statement saying that Fedor is under contract to fight for Affliction on their January show that is being co-promoted with boxing’s Golden Boy Promotions.  Affliction has made similar statements.  Just last year Monte Cox, fresh off the creation of M-1 Global featuring Fedor, stated Emelianenko would not be fighting on NYE and instead would compete on a January card.  A few weeks later, Fedor announces his intention to compete on the inaugural Yarennoka show.  This is becoming eerily similar.  From all indications, Fedor’s Affliction contract is exclusive to bouts taking place in the US.  But since the fight would occur in Japan, they might be powerless to prevent it. 

 

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Stann, Cantwell to Rematch in UFC


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World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell will once again take on former WEC title holder Brian Stann at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s “Fight for the Troops” event on December 10 at Fort Bragg according to MMA Weekly.

The news comes just one day after the WEC announced that it would be dissolving it’s light heavyweight and middleweight classes following the conclusion of it’s scheduled December 3 event. The UFC is expected to add many of the fighters from each division to their roster.

According to Stann, UFC and WEC officials began discussing a potential rematch following Cantwell’s victory over him at WEC 35 in August. It will now be a chance for Stann, a current U.S. Marine, to fight in front of his fellow military personnel.

“They were talking to me about a rematch right after I lost that fight, so I was already excited about that,” Stann said in the article. “I have so much experience with my guys that suffer from TBI (traumatic brain injury) and to get to fight on a military base…I just thought this is a dream come true. For me, Fort Bragg is only an hour and 15 minutes away from my old Marine corps base, so a ton of my marines are going to be up there, plus all the young soldiers.”

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