Wagnney Fabiano

Quick Hits: Cro Cop Hospitalized, Mayhem-Jacare III Proposed for DREAM.10 & More


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of June 19, 2009.

— Just days after leaving the UFC in favor of a new three-fight deal with Japanese-based DREAM, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has reportedly been hospitalized due to a possible case of of Salmonella according to Croatian news outlets. The former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout competed just one week ago at UFC 99, defeating Cage Rage product Mustapha al Turk via first-round TKO. [MMA Mania]

— DREAM officials have reportedly offered Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza a third bout between each other for the vacant DREAM middleweight title at DREAM.10 on July 20 in Japan. Miller revealed his intention to accept the bout earlier this week, but published reports quote Souza as saying that he has no interest in yet another meeting between the two. [MMA Weekly]

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WEC 37 Results

WEC Bantamweight contender Brian Bowles

The WEC rebounded from a lackluster show on November 5th with a solid effort.  Only four fights were shown in the allotted time which was somewhat of a disappointment.  Miguel Torres once again looked impressive in defeating challenger Manny Tapia to retain his bantamweight title.  In a battle of fellow bantamweight contenders, Brian Bowles and Will Ribeiro fought the best fight of the night that was televised, with Bowles finally sinking in a deep guillotine for the victory.  Wagnney Fabiano also notched another solid win in a very technical grappling affair that saw minimal action on the feet. 

Results courtesy of MMA Junkie

Miguel Torres def. Manny Tapia via TKO (strikes)—Round 2, 3:04
Wagnney Fabiano def. Akitoshi Tamura via submission (head-arm choke)—Round 3, 4:48
Brian Bowles def. Will Ribeiro via submission (guillotine choke)—Round 3, 1:11
Joseph Benavidez def. Danny Martinez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Johny Hendricks def. Justin Haskins via TKO (strikes)—Round 2, 0:52
Mark Munoz def. Blas Avena via TKO (strikes)—Round 1, 2:26
Diego Nunes def. Cole Province via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Bart Palaszewski def. Alex Karalexis via TKO (strikes)—Round 2, 1:11
Cub Swanson def. Hirouki Takaya via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Shane Roller def. Mike Budnik via submission (guillotine choke)—Round 1, 1:01

WEC 37 Final Card and Lineup

The WEC is set to promote their latest event, this time emanating from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The featured fight will be for the bantamweight championship, as title holder Miguel Torres looks to tangle with the dangerous and undefeated Manny Tapia.  Four of the world’s top 10 ranked bantamweights will be competing as well as an extremely intriguing matchup between top 10 ranked featherwights in Akitoshi Tamura and Wagnney Fabiano.  The WEC continues to put on solid cards featuring many of the world’s best in the lighter weight classes.

The broadcast on the Versus network begins at 8pm EST.  Here’s the card as it stands now before weigh ins.

Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez

Preliminary Fights:
Johny Hendricks vs. Justin Haskins
Mark Munoz vs. Ricardo Barros
Bias Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
Bart Palaszewski vs. Alex Karalexis
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Cub Swanson
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik

 

WEC 37 Fight Card Is Finalized

Barring any last minute injuries or weight issues, the fight card is set for December 3rd’s WEC 37 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The card will feature MMAonTap’s #1 ranked bantamweight, WEC Champion Miguel Torres, taking on undefeated challenger Manny Tapia.  This fight has been a long time coming as Tapia has made it no secret that he’s wanted the challenge of taking on Torres.  Unfortunately, injuries have slowed Tapia in the past.

Main Card Live on Versus:
Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia for WEC Bantamweight Championship
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez
Justin Haskins vs. Johny Hendricks

Undercard:
Ricardo Barros vs. Mark Munoz
Blas Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
Alex Karalexis vs. Bart Palaszewski
Cub Swanson vs. Hirouki Takaya
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik

 

Morning News and Notes: Lashley Debut Set, Burkman Injured & More


Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

— Former WWE star Bobby Lashley will soon join Brock Lesnar in the professional ranks of mixed martial arts. Lashley has reportedly signed on to make his pro debut against fellow newcomer Joshua Franklin at the Mixed Fighting Alliance’s scheduled December 13 event in Miami. The card will be headlined by a rematch between UFC veterans Ricco Rodriguez and Jeff Monson. Rodriguez stopped Monson via third-round TKO in the first meeting at UFC 35 in January 2002.

— UFC welterweight Josh Burkman will be sidelined indefinitely while attempting to heal two bulging discs in his back and another bulging disc in his neck. Burkman, who has attributed his current three-fight losing streak partially to the injury, says that he will first try to heal the injury via physical therapy before potentially undergoing surgery, which is similar to what Nate Quarry and Tito Ortiz have recently had, to repair the injury.

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Report: Fabiano-Tamura Set for WEC 37


Wagnney Fabiano. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former IFL featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano will reportedly make his World Extreme Cagefighting debut against a fellow newcomer, former Shooto title holder and one-time featherweight king Akitoshi Tamura, at WEC 37 on December 3 according to MMA Weekly.

The event will once again take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where the majority of WEC shows have taken place over the past year and a half, and will be televised live on Versus. WEC featherweight champion Miguel Torres will defend his title against Manny Tapia in the main event.

After rarely competing during the first six years of his professional career, Fabiano’s activity picked up after winning a decision over Matt Fiordirosa at a Freedom Fight event two years ago. Since then he has racked up a 7-1 record, his lone loss coming at the hands of former WEC title challenger Jeff Curran.

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Fight of the Day: Fabiano vs. Davis

In the above video, Wagnney Fabiano and L.C. Davis, both of whom have recently signed contracts with the WEC, battle it out for the then-vacant IFL featherweight title.

Fabiano Joins WEC’s Featherweight Division


Wagnney Fabiano. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former IFL featherweight champion and renowned grappler Wagnney Fabiano revealed that he has signed with World Extreme Cagefighting in a recent interview on Tatame.com.

After rarely competing during the first six years of his professional career, Fabiano’s activity picked up after winning a decision over Matt Fiordirosa at a Freedom Fight event two years ago. Since then he has racked up a 7-1 record, his lone loss coming at the hands of former WEC title challenger Jeff Curran.

“My objective is to grow in the [WEC] and get the title,” Fabiano said in the interview. “Let’s start with a tough and focused [fight]. I won’t chance anything in my life, I’m always serious and go to any event to win. My goal is to fight for the belt and do my best.”

Fabiano dropped down from the lightweight division and became the International Fight League’s first-ever featherweight champion when he submitted Miletich Fighting Systems product L.C. Davis last December. He most recently knocked Shad Lierley at an IFL show in April in just 37 seconds.

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Live from Ringside: Observations from the IFL 4/4 Show


Jim Miller landing a punch on Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League returned to the Izod Center in New Jersey tonight, presenting what may very well have been the deepest fight card in the promotion’s history.  It turned out to be very exciting night of fights that included some massive knockouts along with a vicious submission toward the end of the night. 

With the IFL just opening up the lower level of the Izod Center while curtaining the upper, it looked like a great venue.  It was set up a bit differently than the last time the IFL was in town for the League semi-finals last August.  And while the crowd ended up filling 2/3 of the bottom bowl, it was a good deal less than last year’s.  The theme of the night within the crowd seemed to be cheering for the underdog, as each had some very vocal supporters in the crowd.  To my happiness, I had the pleasure of sitting next to some extremely knowledgeable fans who really knew and appreciated the sport.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to sit next to the guy 3 sections over screaming “use the elbows!”, something that is illegal in the IFL.  I’d like to thank Drew and friends for their conversation and knowledge of the sport.  On to the action!

 

 

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IFL Announces Three Title Bouts for April


Chris Horodecki and Shad Lierley weigh-in for an IFL event in June 2007. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League earlier today announced details for their upcoming East Rutherford, NJ event, which will take place at the IZOD Center on April 4th.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the card. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson. Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

Upstart Shad Lierley, who made headlines after going toe-to-toe with lightweight sensation Chris Horodecki last year, will drop down to the featherweight division in exchange for a shot against current title holder Wagnney Fabiano, who submitted L.C. Davis this past December to grab the vacant belt.

Horodecki is also expected to return to action at the event, currently against an opponent yet to be named.

The nine-fight card will feature matchups between four different camps. Fighters from Renzo Gracie’s Academy will take on athletes from Midwest Combat while American Top Team will make it’s IFL debut against martial artists from the renowned Miletich Fighting Systems.

“I like the local feel of this card,? said IFL Vice President Bas Rutten. “?In addition to three outstanding championship bouts, featuring fighters from New York and New Jersey, you have Renzo Gracie?‘s camp, which was the champion last year, Midwest Combat, which features our top fighters from the Chicago area, and great battles with the Miletich camp and American Top Team, who we are very excited to have on board.?”

Miletich fighters Rory Markham and Mike Ciesnolevicz will go up against American Top Team’s Emyr Bussade and Lew Polley respectively. L.C. Davis will also likely compete for Pat Miletich as well.

A lightweight clash between Deividas Taurosevicius and Bart ?Palaszewski is the only announced battle between Renzo Gracie’s Academy and Midwest Combat as of right now. Skilled welterweight Delson Heleno will also represent Renzo Gracie on the card.

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