MORE MATURE, RAMPAGE READY FOR AXE MURDERER
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is back in the U.S. after a trip across the pond to the U.K., where he’s set up shop at the Wolfslair gym alongside teammates Paul Kelly and Michael Bisping.
Jackson’s commute is hard on his family life, so he lavishes attention on his four children when he returns.
“My dad was a working man. He was in the National Guard, be gone for two weeks at a time,” Jackson said in an exclusive video interview with MMAWeekly.com. “My big boys understand; my two little babies, they don’t know. They just know, ‘daddy gone, pow, pow.’”
Jackson immediately took a liking to the Wolfslair when Bisping invited him there to train for his fight with Dan Henderson at UFC 75. Jackson successfully defended his title, but lost it in a subsequent five-round war with Forrest Griffin at UFC 86. After leaving former trainer Juanito Ibarra, he felt a move across the pond was necessary.
“The managers and stuff over there are really good, and it’s just really a good atmosphere,” he said. “The guys work really hard. I needed a change in my training and how people trained me. I’m a Werewolf, and the name of the gym is the Wolfslair. You do the math.”
Wolfslair trainers have Jackson doing things he’s never done for a fight.
“I’m swimming now,” he said. “It’s helping my cardio get a lot better. I’ve started lifting weights. What do you call it, strength and conditioning.”
Night Of Combat 2 - Results (*SPOILERS*)
Night of Combat II
Superfights MMA and KC Concepts
Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
October 11, 2008
-Hector Ramirez def. Rick Roufus by Unanimous Decision
-Jay Hieron def. Chris Kennedy by Unanimous Decision
-Mike Pyle def. Brian Gassaway by Submission (Armbar) at 4:21, R1
-Josh Haynes def. Sean Salmon by Submission (Achilles Lock) at 2:46, R2
-Jonathan Mix def. John Halverson by TKO at 4:25, R1
-John Alessio def. Gideon Ray by KO at 0:45, R1
-Patrick Gonzalves def. Shawn David by Submission (Kimura) at 3:51, R2
-Elena Reed def. Stephanie Palmer by TKO at 0:56, R1
-Ryan Hess def Ian Omalza by Submission (Armbar) at 3:02, R1
Diabate Turns Down Feijao Fight For EliteXC LHW Title
Cyrille Diabate has turned down an offer from EliteXC to fight Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante on November 8 to determine the first EliteXC Light Heavyweight Champion. According to EXC's Jeremy Lappen, Diabate felt he wouldn't have enough time to prepare for the fight. Now it's not known if Feijao's fight on 11/8 will be for the title.
GEORGES ST. PIERRE READY FOR PENN; IS SILVA NEXT?
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre won his fight with UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn by a razor’s edge.
Their UFC 58 battle was another example in a running debate amongst mixed martial arts fans – should the most damaged fighter be declared the loser? St. Pierre definitely lost in that department – he spent a night in a Las Vegas hospital, badly banged up – but two judges ruled he had come out ahead on points, giving him the 29-28 nod.
Two-and-a-half years removed from that important bout, St. Pierre wants to eliminate all the "what ifs." In a recent video interview with MMAWeekly.com, he spoke about fighting Penn for a second time.
“I’m a different fighter than I used to be,” he said. “And he is as well. This time, I want to take him out. I don’t want to go to a decision. I want to finish him.”
The fight is not signed yet, but St. Pierre thinks it will be sometime in the next week.
He left for Albuquerque, N.M. to get some training in with Greg Jackson’s camp. Right now, he’s gathering information from a variety of sources before putting it all together in an MMA-only environment.
ShoXC Oct 10th: Herman vs. Schall - Results (SPOILERS)
Dave “Pee Wee” Herman defeats Kerry Schall via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Anthony “The Recipe” Lapsley defeated Mike Stumpf via majority decision
Mamed “Cannibal” Khalidov defeated Jason Guida via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm defeats Rafaello Oliveira via technical knockout (cut) in round one
Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko defeats Robert McDaniel via technical knockout (knee to the body) in round one.
Jared “The Spider” McMahon defeats Jacob Hey via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Jeff Cox defeats Jay Ellis via submission (guillotine) in round one
Matt Jaggers defeats Orville Smith via unanimous decision
Tiawon Howard defeats Johny Hughes via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Deray Davis defeats John Kuhner via submission (armbar) in round two
Josh Barnes defeats Jeremy Norton via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Jeremy Lappen: We Gave Seth a Knockout Bonus Before the Fight Started
I didn't want to post anything else on this, but the situation is getting more and more ridiculous every day.
It's hard to know what to make of Jeremy Lappen. He tried to clarify his numerous contradictions today with Michael David Smith of Fanhouse.com, and instead admitted Seth Petruzelli told the truth the first time he spoke:
Regarding the controversy over whether EliteXC paid Petruzelli a bonus (or, as some would call it, a bribe) to keep the fight on his feet, I pointed out to Lappen that he had seemed to contradict himself about what, exactly, EliteXC offered Petruzelli.
Lappen was quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying that EliteXC does not give submission bonuses, while he was quoted by ESPN as saying that Petruzelli was offered a submission bonus. Lappen said both stories misquoted him.
"They're both wrong," Lappen said. "We have given submission bonuses in the past but they're not as common as knockout bonuses. If the question is, 'Have we ever given submission bonuses?' The answer is yes. But we give knockout bonuses more often. We gave Seth a knockout bonus before the fight started. That was part of the deal."
Bryson Kamaka out as opponent vs. Jay Hieron for Night of Combat II after drug test failure
A source has notified FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Bryson Kamaka has tested positive for marijuana and that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will not allow him to fight as scheduled vs. Jay Hieron during Saturday night’s “Night of Combat II” at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
There is still a chance that Hieron, the first and only welterweight champion of the IFL, still may compete on tomorrow’s show. Event organizers are said to be scrambling for a replacement opponent for Kamaka and area fighter Chris Kennedy could be tapped to fight Hieron.
As a result of Kamaka’s test failure, he will be subject to a fine and suspension by NSAC.
Joe Son Arrested on 1990 Gang Rape Charge
Joseph Hyungmin Son -- better known as UFC veteran Joe Son to diehard MMA fans -- was arrested Oct. 7 in Huntington Beach, Calif., on charges related to a 1990 Christmas Eve gang rape. Son, who was already in custody for an unrelated vandalism charge, was linked to the 1990 crime when he gave a DNA sample to authorities following a probation violation. A second assailant tied to the 1990 crime is still at large.
TMZ.com and the Orange County Register were the first to report Son’s arrest.
Son has been charged with five felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of forcible sodomy, two felony counts of sodomy in concert by force, seven felony counts of forcible oral copulations, one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and sentencing enhancements for kidnapping to commit sexual assault, personal use of a firearm, use of a firearm during a sex offense, and great bodily injury to sexual assault victim.
Say it ain't so, Joe!
Drwal Vs Serati At UFC 93
Tomasz ‘Travolta’ Drwal (14-2) and UFC newcomer Ivan ‘The Terrible’ Serati (10-2) will be facing off at UFC 93 in Dublin, Fighters Only can exclusively reveal.
Polish light-heavyweight Drwal made his UFC debut at UFC 75 and lost a hard-fought battle to Thiago Silva, snapping his thirteen-fight winning streak.
Serati is a veteran of UK promotions Cage Rage and Ultimate Warrior Challenge and is on a four-fight winning run.
Speaking to Fighters Only earlier, the Italian observed that Drwal “is ranked as one of the top 3 light-heavyweight fighters in Europe”.
“He is very tough - in his last UFC fight I remember he gave Thiago Silva a very tough fight,” he remarked. “There is no doubt that the UFC is the cream of the crop, and it's fighters are too.”
“But when you look at my record, the vast majority of my wins have been in the first round. I feel that I have done enough to get my shot.”
And he added: “My only loss at light-heavyweight is to Vitor Belfort, when I made my Cage Rage debut. I was very nervous during that fight and would love a rematch.”
Serati and Drwal will clash on January 17th when the UFC stages its first show in the Republic of Ireland.
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Mark Coleman will top the bill in a rematch of their highly controversial PRIDE FC fight.
Russian Prime Minister Putin, releases judo instructional video
Vladimir Putin is out on video as a judo master. Russian state-controlled media already have shown the powerful prime minister at the wheel of massive racing truck, shirtless on a fishing excursion, and tracking a tiger through the Siberian forest — just a few of the he-man presentations designed to boost his public image.
On Tuesday, he presented an instructional judo DVD that bears his name and shows him throwing an opponent to the mat.
"Let's Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin" is the product of collaboration between Putin — a black belt — and other judo enthusiasts, including former World and Olympic judo champion Yasuhiro Yamashita. It apparently was privately made and intended mainly for Russians studying judo.
I heard this on the AM radio yesterday and thought it was interesting.
Barnett talks AA, Fedor, Slice, Halo & More!
Josh Barnett 'The Watchman'
Josh Barnett talks about Andrei Arlovski, Fedor Emelianenko, his fighting future, more video games, movieland, the fall of Kimbo Slice and Randy Couture versus Brock Lesnar.
PDG: Since you brought up Kimbo; you have been in the sport for a long time. What are your thoughts on him losing to the first experienced fighter that was not a tailor-made opponent for him?
Barnett: I was sitting in the bar and a bunch of people started cheering. The bar had a bunch of other fighters there and everyone was cheering except for me, I was actually upset. I wanted Kimbo to win and I was cheering for him. I wasn't real sure about him fighting Ken Shamrock because I have always been a big fan of Ken. It is really hard for me to watch Ken go out there and under perform like he has as of late compared to when I first started watching him compete. Kimbo is still a relative newcomer to this sport and I don't have any problem with how he has been brought up into the spotlight so fast. I like watching him fight and I wanted to see his ongoing progression fight to fight. I was disappointed because I wanted to see Kimbo do well.
KJ Noons: I offered to give my belt back to EliteXC
Mired in the center of controversy for several months, former EliteXC lightweight champion recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he could have saved the organization substantial time and trouble.
After all, Noons offered to give his title back.
"I gave (EliteXC) five days notice, before I was stripped, that I wanted to give the belt back and be released from my contract," Noons said. "Then they stripped me without even (telling me) -- I found out on the internet. That was I guess (EliteXC) trying to prove a point, I guess you could say."
After refusing to accept a September bout with lightweight contender Nick Diaz -- citing financial concerns and a desire to fight a more-deserving competitor -- Noons was stripped of his title by way of an EliteXC press release. Noons said he has remained quiet about the saga while trying to continue negotiations for his EliteXC return.
"We were talking," Noons said. "I was hoping the Nov. 8 bout was going to happen. We were going to redo contracts or whatever, and hopefully I could fight Nick. But they're already moving forward with that. Once I found out Saturday night that [EliteXC] was moving forward with [a Diaz vs. Alvarez fight], I'm moving forward over here."
With win at ShoXC, "Pee Wee" Herman seeks bout with Brett Rogers
HAMMOND, Ind. -- Dave "Pee Wee" Herman (11-0) is not your typical undefeated heavyweight prospect.
But as Herman told the media at Thursday's official "ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series" weigh-ins, don't expect him to change anytime soon.
"Yes, I am still training alone and, no, I’m not really worried about joining a camp or team," Herman said.
Herman will meet former "The Ultimate Fighter 2" cast member Kerry Schall (21-10) in the main event of tonight's card at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.
Herman has notoriously shied away from traditional training methods in favor of garage work-outs by himself. Herman has also generally relied on his buddies to hold pads for him while honing his striking skills.
While eight of his 11 victories have come by knockout or TKO, Herman did admit to taking a little different route in reparation for tonight's bout.
Florida Begins Preliminary Investigation of Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli Fight
After repeated calls from ESPN.com, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation -- which oversees the State Boxing Commission -- said Thursday that it has opened a preliminary investigation into the matter.
"While the Department of Business and Professional Regulation doesn't have any reason to believe there was a problem with the Slice-Petruzelli fight, given the interest in it, the Department has begun a preliminary investigation to thoroughly review the circumstances of the fight," said Jennifer Meale, Communications Director for the DBPR.
Being honest I think nothing is going to come of this, especially considering that Jennifer Meale is already saying that they don't believe there was a problem with the fight. Regardless, the investigation had to start at some point and as long as the DBPR is not just saying they're investigating without actually DOING IT something could very well turn something up.
Regardless all of the "will this hurt EliteXC?" talk is missing the big point. ESPN is running multiple articles talking about the possibility of fight fixing on an EXC show. The company is already hurt badly, regardless of if anything is turned up or not.
Kalib Starnes returns to action against Kala “Kolohe” Hose in Hawaii
UFC veteran and TUF 3 cast member, Kalib Starnes will be stepping back into the MMA ring on November 15 where he will be fighting the Icon Middleweight Champion, Kala “Kolohe” Hose in Hawaii on the Destiny MMA organization’s main event.
Starnes’ last fight in the UFC was back in April of this year when he fought Nate Quarry at UFC 83 in one of the most “interesting” fights in MMA history. Starnes’ technique and gameplan frustrated Quarry to the point he started coming at Starnes with one arm outstretched and one hand covering his face in a mocking gesture. Quarry was able to pull off a unanimous decision despite the unorthodox styles shown by both fighters.
Starnes’ opponent on November 15th will be the pride of Hawaii, Kala Hose, whose most notable win was against Phil Baroni back in March in an Icon Sport Middleweight Title fight where he TKO’d the New York Badass early in the fifth round and won the vacant title. Hose’s most recent fight was in August where he defended his Icon belt against Rolando Dominique in a second round TKO victory.
Up Next For Thomson-Horodecki Or Uno?
The search for Strikefoece Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson's challenger in November continues. In addition to the previously suggested Mitsuhiro Ishida, Strikeforce is now talking to former IFL Lightweight prodigy Chris Horodecki and UFC veteran Caol Uno, but talks with both are in the very early stages.