Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Here’s a little recap of what we might have missed over the past few days or so…
Gomi, Trigg Win at Sengoku IV
Former PRIDE standouts Takanori Gomi and Frank Trigg were victorious in their respective bout Sunday morning at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event in Japan. Gomi earned a decision over Seung Pang Hwan while Trigg went all three rounds with Makoto Takimoto.
Former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz was upset in the first round of World Victory Road’s inaugural lightweight grand prix, losing via knockout to Mizuto Hirota. Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Satoru Kitaoka all also moved on to the tournament’s next round.
Complete results from the event:
Takanori Gomi def. Sung Pang Hwan - Unanimous Decision
Frank Trigg def. Makoto Takimoto - Unanimous Decision
Yang-Dong Yi def. Pawel Nastula - TKO (Strikes)
Valentijn Overeem def. Kazuo Takahashi - KO (Flying Knee)
Moise Rimbon def. Peter Graham - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Lightweight Grand Prix
Mizuto Hirota def. Ryan Schultz - KO (Punch)
Satoru Kitaoka def. Clay French - Submission (Achilles’ Lock)
Eiji Mitsuoka def. Rodrigo Damm - Unanimous Decision
Kazunori Yokota def. Bojan Kosednar - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Rampage Formally Charged
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has formally charged former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson with two felonies and four misdemeanors following his high-speed chase with police on July 15. Jackson has been charged with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly, one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic, three misdemeanor counts of hit and run with property damage, and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.
Jackson will be arraigned on August 28 with bail set at $25,000. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison. The only positive thing out of all of this is that officials have ruled that Jackson’s sideswiping of Holli Griggs during the chase did not contribute to her having a miscarriage the following week.
Radach-Rua Set for EliteXC on Oct 4
Benji Radach will take on former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua at EliteXC’s next edition of “Saturday Night Fights” on October 4th on CBS. Radach informed Sherdog.com of the fight yesterday. The event will take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida and is expected to be televised.
Hughes’ Injury Update
According to former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes, his knee injury suffered in a June loss against Thiago Alves might not be as serious as expected the Miletich Fighting Systems product said in his latest blog post:
Last Wednesday, I went in for my second MRI and also a stress x-ray. It all came back very positive and looks as though I will not need surgery. I still have to go back for my three month check-up to find out more; but as of right now I can do more and start exercising a little bit.
Ruiz to Replace Southworth against “Babalu”
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Bobby Southworth has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Renato “Babalu” Sobral on September 20th after injuring his ACL during a recent training session. Anthony Ruiz, whom Southworth has faced twice in the past year, will reportedly replace him according to MMA Weekly.
Tim McKenzie Injured
Former WEC light heavyweight champion Tim McKenzie has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against David Avellan at the organization’s upcoming September 10 event after suffering an undisclosed injury according to MMA Weekly. It currently remains unknown whether or not the WEC will be able to find a replacement opponent for Avellan in time.
Shaw Reveals More Future EliteXC Bouts
EliteXC VP Jared Shaw has revealed a slew of potential participants for the promotion’s upcoming respective October 4 and November 8 events later this year. According to Shaw, Joey Villasenor, Nick Diaz, Brett Rogers, and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will all compete at the Nov. 8 show on Showtime while Edson Berto vs. Mike Aina and Crafton Wallace and Lorenzo Borgomeo will be added to the Oct. 4 event.
Shogun Verbally Agrees to Face Rampage
Former PRIDE standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has reportedly verbally agreed to face former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at the UFC’s planned December 27 event in Las Vegas according to Rua’s recent comments to Tatame.com.
“I’ll be back in December,” Rua said in the report. “They said that I might fight with Quinton Jackson, but nothing has been signed yet. They (UFC) called me and offered a fight with him and I accepted, but they didn’t say anything else.”