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SYDNEY, Australia – In front of a packed house at Sydney’s Luna Park, Australia’s Cage Fighting Championship staged its fifth event. The diverse and respectful crowd of MMA enthusiasts was eager to see Australia’s best up and coming mixed martial artists alongside some international talent. The card did not disappoint with every bout being action packed, drawing the crowd’s interest and excitement with a demonstration of what Australia has to offer to the world of mixed martial arts. Clinton MacDonald reports from Sydney exclusively for MMAWeekly.com Hector Lombard v Brian Ebersole – 84kg Middleweight Title Bout Crowd favorite Hector Lombard returned to defend his crown against Brian Ebersole. Lombard was able to beat Ebersole to the punch standing and land several Judo-style throws to get the better of his opponent the entire fight. Lombard was content to strike for the most part of the fight, managing to open a large cut over Ebersole’s left eye that had to be tended to by the doctor in the fourth round. The doctor cleared Ebersole to continue and the fight resumed. Shortly after continuing the round, Lombard landed a takedown and started to work ground and pound. He landed a big right hand on the cut of Ebersole, which was all that Ebersole could take, verbally submitting after taking the blow. Lombard retains his CFC middleweight belt, but Ebersole clearly had got under his skin, with Lombard landing an illegal knee to his opponent’s ribs after Ebersole submitted and the referee had called the fight. Lombard apologized, but he needs to maintain his composure if he’s to compete at an international level again.
Submitted Sep 14, 2008 11:03AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” has landed a television deal with TV Tokyo in Japan, according to a report by Nightmare of Battle. The report, citing NikkanSports.com, says that the deal begins with a one-hour program covering Sengoku 1 through 4 that will air on Sept. 27, the night before Sengoku 5. Following the inaugural show, operating under the temporary name of Sengoku G, a weekly, 25-minute series will be on Oct. 6. In addition, the New Year’s Eve Sengoku event is believed to have a two-hour slot notched for it on the network. According to Wikipedia, TV Tokyo is the smallest of Japan’s major broadcast television networks. It is a free network station, much like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox in the U.S.
Submitted Sep 14, 2008 11:02AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
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TAMPA, Fla. – Utilizing his 13-inch height advantage and clubbing fists, six-foot, ten-inch heavyweight Gan “The Giant” McGee successfully launched his MMA comeback Saturday night in Tampa, Fla. at the St. Pete Times Forum, stopping veteran fighter Johnathan Ivey by technical knockout in the second round at Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC)’s “Salute to Our Armed Forces 5.” Over 11,200 fans were in attendance, topping XFC’s June 28 attendance mark of 10,700. This was the fourth consecutive XFC promotion in Tampa to draw at least 10,000 fans. “It feels great to be back,” McGee stated in a post-fight interview. “I love fighting. I [expletive] love it! Really short guys are really hard to hit, but I did what I had to do. ‘The Giant’ is back!”
Submitted Sep 14, 2008 11:01AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
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Joe Lauzon didn't have your typical Ultimate Fighting Championship debut. He was brought in originally to take on the former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in what was supposed to be Pulver's big return to the UFC. Lauzon had other plans though and pulled the upset of the year, knocking Pulver out in 48 seconds. He then went onto “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, where he came up short in the semi-finals. He then went on to defeat fellow cast member Brandon Melendez on the Ultimate Fighter finale by triangle choke. Keeping the success going, he subsequently submitted Jason Reinhardt. Following that bout, Lauzon was tapped for main event status to take on top lightweight contender Kenny Florian in Denver. Both fighters had an intense first round of action in the fight with many transitions. In the second round, Florian took control and was able to finish Lauzon with punches and elbows. Now “J-Lau” is looking to get back to his winning ways when he takes on Kyle Bradley on Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Neb. “I'm definitely excited,” Lauzon said confidently. “I want to erase that last one.”
Submitted Sep 14, 2008 10:59AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
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One of the most popular international fighters is just about to head back into training as Top 10 lightweight Gesias “JZ” Calvancante is almost finished rehabbing his knee injury and is ready to go out and claim the Dream title he didn’t get the first time around. “A couple more weeks I’ll be back in training and I hope I can fight by the end of the year,” said Calvancante in an interview with MMAWeekly.com The knee injury has been lingering for some time. After his last fight against Shinya Aoki, JZ was forced into surgery to finally repair the longtime damage. “My first injury was a week before the first tournament in Hero’s when I fought Shaolin (Ribeiro). I kept going because I wanted to fight on New Year’s Eve,” he stated. “I could not so I came back in March to fight (Shinya) Aoki. It was a no contest. Then I kept pushing my knee, and then it ruptured totally.” With two fights left on his current contract with the Dream promotion, JZ is ready to get back in action. His first goal is to take aim at the current lightweight champion in the organization.
Submitted Sep 14, 2008 10:58AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
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Josh Neer – The Quiet Headliner gets His Chance to Shine
This past April at Colorado’s Broomfield Event Center, Josh Neer stepped into the Octagon with all odds stacked against him. With an extended absence from the UFC, untested mettle in a new weight class, and a formidable veteran opponent, a potential win would not come easy. To add to the burden, this wasn’t an ordinary fight— its outcome would determine his standing in the organization.
Submitted Sep 14, 2008 2:18AM by Wolfenstein - 2 comments
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Marcus Aurelio interview
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from American Top Team, Marcus Aurélio will do his fourth fight in UFC’s octagon needing a victory. The Brazilian fighter will face his former pupil Hermes França at UFC 90, which happens in October 25th at United States, and guarantees that knows the way to defeat his opponent. Directly from Florida, Marcus Aurelio spoke to TATAME.com, when he talk about his training, the expectation for the fight and his problems with Hermes França.
Submitted Sep 13, 2008 10:35PM by Wolfenstein - 2 comments
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Breaking down the UFC heavyweight tourney
Two mixed martial arts legends and two fighters whose paths intertwined for a very important 90 seconds, will be competing over the next several months in what comprises the biggest heavyweight MMA tournament ever in North America. At stake is the UFC heavyweight championship, which has been a matter of confusion over the past year.
Submitted Sep 13, 2008 5:14PM by Porch28 - 16 comments
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Kimbo Slice" prepared to utilize ground skills against Ken Shamrock
With "EliteXC: Heat" just three weeks away, one of the evening's main-event competitors may be taking a less-than-expected approach to the bout.
Submitted Sep 13, 2008 5:05PM by Porch28 - 19 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
Affliction and Goldenboy
Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio on Saturday confirmed that his company has entered into an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions, the boxing promotion led by Oscar De La Hoya. The two will co-promote a hybrid evening of boxing and mixed martial arts to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Jan. 17.
Submitted Sep 13, 2008 3:43PM by mictlantechutli - 16 comments
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NSAC Rejects Anthony Johnson’s Appeal
Anthony Johnson’s appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission of a controversial July 19th TKO loss to Kevin Burns due to an eye poke at UFC Fight Night 14 has been denied. TOTAL CRAP!!!!!!!
Submitted Sep 13, 2008 1:37PM by Porch28 - 26 comments
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Frank Mir on Couture return, title fights and "shark" Nogueira
With filming of the eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" complete, former UFC-heavyweight champion Frank Mir is now free to focus on his December UFC interim heavyweight title clash with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Submitted Sep 13, 2008 1:29PM by Porch28 - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
DREAM Not Paying Fighters, Other Japanese News
According to a report at Sports Seoul, there is growing criticism about FEG delaying or not giving fighters money that they owed. "Fighter A" claimed in the article that he didn’t receive money for his last two fights, and "Fighter B" who is preparing for an upcoming fight also is claiming they didn’t get some fight money. "Fighter C" claims that he had to wait three months to get his fight salary. The article quotes a source as saying, "There’s many fighters who don’t get paid. Especially DREAM fighters, foreigners mostly." The article claims that the reason in the alleged delaying of payments is due to DREAM’s financial situation and the situation regarding Kazuyoshi Ishii. Is this starting to sound like Pride?
Submitted Sep 13, 2008 2:51AM by Wolfenstein - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Remembering Evan Tanner’s 5 biggest moments
A look back at the five biggest career moments for former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner, who was found dead Monday at the age of 37. Also check this out
Submitted Sep 12, 2008 8:03PM by Porch28 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Cuts War Machine
Evidently at least one UFC fighter didn't learn from recent incidents about fighters getting in trouble for what they said-the latest case is War Machine. The former Jon Koppenhaver reportedly was cut this week by UFC due to controversial (and rather incendiary) postings about fighter pay and one clearly aimed at Evan Tanner.
Submitted Sep 12, 2008 1:42PM by DCRage - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
Georges St.Pierre Back in Brazil to Train
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St.Pierre is back in Brazil sharpening up his Jiu-Jitsu skills for his next fight.
Submitted Sep 12, 2008 12:30PM by kastro_316 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Machida "Would Like To Wait For Thiago Silva Fight"
Ed Soares-the manager who represents top light heavyweight contender Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida-says that he and his fighter would prefer to wait until Thiago Silva heals from a back injury and fight him rather than someone else. Soares says they "don't see the advantage of fighting a newcomer" and wants to wait for Silva to see "who can get to 14-0 first".
Submitted Sep 12, 2008 10:45AM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Henderson's Next Fight In The Courtroom?
Dan Henderson this week filed a lawsuit against MMA Authentics, a California-based clothing company, claiming breach of contract. The lawsuit stems mainly from royalty payments Henderson claims the company owes him from a contract signed in '07 but has not yet paid.
Submitted Sep 12, 2008 10:14AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ken Shamrock: I Will Shut Everybody Up On 10/4
Apparently Ken Shamrock views the upcoming EliteXC 10/4 fight against Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson as a bit of an insult. He made that feeling known during a teleconference yesterday and said "I will shut everybody up and make amends for those [defeats] by putting Kimbo’s lights out."
Submitted Sep 12, 2008 6:43AM by DCRage - 26 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
With Title Shot Out Of Reach, Lyoto Machida Is Still Hoping To Fight Thiago Silva
Earlier this week, we mentioned that in light of Thiago Silva's recent back injury, the UFC offered light heavyweight contender, Lyoto Machida, a new fight against an Octagon newcomer. MMARated.com spoke to Machida's manager, Ed Soares, today and found out that his camp turned down that proposed fight.
Submitted Sep 12, 2008 5:42AM by Wolfenstein - 4 comments
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