Weekend Recap: April 28, 2008

Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Here’s a little recap of what went on this past weekend, starting with Carlos Condit reportedly signing a contract extension with World Extreme Cagefighting according to USA Today‘s Sergio Non. The new deal comes after Condit’s most recent victory over Carlo Prater in February. The fight against Prater was Condit’s second to last fight on his previous deal. Condit expects the new deal to kick in with a potential fight in August against an opponent yet to be named.

The promotion also confirmed two additional bouts for their next scheduled event on June 1st in Sacramento, California over the weekend via their official website. A rumored bantamweight title bout between champion Miguel Torres and injury replacement Yoshiro Maeda has been made official as well as Mark Munoz’s WEC debut against fellow newcomer Chuck Grigsby.

UFC Releases Travis Lutter

Fresh off of his disappointing loss to former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 83 last weekend, Travis Lutter, the middleweight winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, has been released from his contract by the UFC. The news was first reported by Pramit Mohapatra of Fight Ticker and has since been confirmed by Lutter himself, who stated that his agent received a call Sunday morning informing him of his release due to consecutive losses in his last two fights.

Report: Southworth-Ruiz Rematch Possible for June

Bobby Southworth, one of the cast members on the original season of “The Ultimate Fighter” will attempt to avenge a recent loss to Anthony Ruiz at Strikeforce’s upcoming planned event in June according to MMA Mania. The two fought in November - Ruiz scored a TKO win over Southworth after the UFC veteran suffered a fight-ending cut over his left eye early in the second round.

However Southworth remains Strikeforce’s world light heavyweight champion due to the fight being a non-title bout. It’s unknown whether or not the belt will be on the line in June. Southworth has not fought since losing to Ruiz. Meanwhile Ruiz has recorded back-to-back wins over Jimmy Ambriz and Brad Imes since then.

Spratt KO’s Von Flue at UWC

Pete Spratt scored a first-round knockout of fellow “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Jason Von Flue at Ultimate Warrior Challenge’s latest effort Saturday night at George Mason University. Aaron Riley, Carlo Prater, and Thomas Schulte were also victorious on the card.

Full results from the show:

Rashad Woods def. Ronald Stalling - KO
Mike Corey def. Dwayne Shelton - TKO
Johnny Curtis def. Josh Feldman - TKO
Mike Easton def. Gerald Lovato - KO
Aaron Riley def. Thiago Minu - Unanimous Decision
Marcus Foran def. Tenyeh Dixon - Submission (Armbar)
Carlo Prater def. Marcelo Brito - Unanimous Decision
Thomas Schulte def. Zach Light - Submission (Armbar)
Pete Spratt def. Jason Von Flue - KO

Report: Serra-Makowski Signed for EliteXC in May

Nick Serra, the younger brother of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, has reportedly signed to face 170 lb. prospect Matt Makowski on the undercard of Elite Xtreme Combat’s upcoming “Primetime” event on May 31st at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey according to Five Ounces of Pain.

Serra most recently fought in June of last year, scoring a submission win over Mike Varner at a Cage Fury Fighting Championships event. The Long Island native has fought sparingly since making his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1999, only racking up a record of 4-2. Makowski is undefeated thus far in his career. He made his EliteXC debut in January, submitting Joe Schilling with a rear naked choke at a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series show.

TBS Still Airing DREAM Events

Despite reports that Japan’ Tokyo Broadcasting System had dropped DREAM programming from it’s lineup due to lackluster ratings, the network maintains that it has not done so. The confusion was likely due to the non-airing of tomorrow morning’s DREAM show on the channel. However it turns out that the card was never intended to air on TBS.

From Sherdog.com:

“FEG elected to have TBS broadcast three Dream events in primetime, and four events with a delayed TBS broadcast in the evening, while putting these four events live on PPV through SkyPerfect TV,” said FEG USA rep Mike Kogan. “As such Dream 1 was on TBS in primetime, as well as the lightweight and middleweight GP finals will be in primetime, while the other four events will be live on PPV and delayed evening broadcast on TBS. This was worked out with TBS at the beginning of the year, and the schedule was already set.”

Kondo Falls in Pancrase

Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Yuki Kondo’s recent move up to light heavyweight didn’t go so well as the Niigata native was upset by Keiichiro Yamamiya, losing a majority decision at Pancrase’s latest edition of their Shining Tour over the weekend. UFC veteran Koji Oishi earned his fifth career draw against lightweight King of Pancrase Shoji Maruyama.

Complete results from the show:

Takuya Eizumi def. Ryota Sasaki - TKO
Yasutomo Tanaka def. Motonobu Tezuka - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Hirotoshi Saito def. Hayato Shimizu - Unanimous Decision
Steve Magdaleno def. Il Gyu Park - Unanimous Decision
Wataru Takahashi def. Yukio Sakaguchi - Submission (Armbar)
Ryuji Ohori def. Daisuke Watanabe - Submission (Armbar)
Masaya Takita def. Manabu Inoue - KO
Yuji Hisamatsu def. Matti Makela - TKO
Katsuya Inoue vs. Djamal Kurbanov - Draw
Takuya Wada def. Jason Palacios - Unanimous Decision
Shoji Maruyama vs. Koji Oishi - Draw
Keiichiro Yamamiya def. Yuki Kondo - Majority Decision

Grant Submits Gates on Short Notice

TKO Championship Fighting veteran T.J. Grant, who stepped in for Joe Riggs on short notice, submitted Mike Gates with an armbar in the second round of the main event of Phoenix Fighting Promotions “Street Justice” show in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Riggs was unable to make it to the event after learning that the Washington Department of Licensing for Professional Athletics declined to clear him due to insufficient evidence that he was medically fit to fight. Complete results from the show are below:

Scott Levesque def. Francis Thibault - Submission (Guillotine)
John Hachey def. Jeff Lundburg - Submission (Guillotine)
Devin Henry def. Vartan Pour Nick - TKO
Jason Rorison def. Richard Arsenault - Unanimous Decision
Craig Skinner def. Tim Skidmore - Submission (Guillotine)
Syd Barnier def. Peter McGrath - TKO
Rowan Cunningham def. Stephan Lamarche - Submission (Guillotine)
T.J. Grant def. Mike Gates - Submission (Armbar)


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