WEC’s Brian Bowles says he could be one win away from a shot at Miguel Torres
For many years now bantamweight fighters have performed under the shroud of almost total anonymity. Unless you were a hardcore fan who followed smaller Japanese promotions such as DEEP and Shooto, chances are that you didn’t really care about the 135 lbs. division in MMA.
But times care changing, thanks in large part to World Extreme Cagefighting, which has helped expose many U.S. fans to the tremendous talent that exists in the smaller weight classes. And thanks in large part to the exploits of WEC bantamweight king Miguel Torres, the interest in the 135 lbs. division in this country has never been greater.
With guaranteed title shot on line, Rob McCullough finalizing game plan
Eight months after losing his WEC lightweight title to Jamie Varner, "Razor" Rob McCullough (16-4) is finalizing preparations for his bout with undefeated up-and-comer Donald Cerrone (8-0).
And according to McCullough's recent comments to TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), the winner of the bout will be next in line for a title shot.
"That's the word around the campfire," McCullough said. "This is a No. 1 contender fight. Whoever gets this one goes for the belt."
McCullough and Cerrone are scheduled to meet on the main card of "WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown" on Sept. 10. Held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., the bout will air live on VERSUS.
"ShoXC: Hamman vs. Suganuma II" official fighters salaries
Main-card winners and EliteXC prospects Jared Hamman, Fabricio Camoes and Ray Lizama were the top earners at this month's ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event.
The event, which aired on Showtime, took place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Calif.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today received the list of salaries directly from the California State Athletic Commission.
ShoXC events are designed to showcase mostly prospects within the ProElite, Inc. organization and has served as a launching pad for many of EliteXC's now-established stars.
The total disclosed payroll for the Aug. 15 event was a modest $56,560.
The full list of salaries included:
* Jared Hamman ($8,000) def. Po'ai Suganuma ($5,000)
* Fabricio Camoes ($6,000) def. Sammy Morgan ($4,000)
* Rosi Sexton ($3,260) def. Debi Purcell ($4,000)
* Ray Lizama ($6,000) def. Keith Berry ($2,000)
* David Douglas ($3,000) def. William Jacobson ($800)
* Lucas Gamaza ($3,000) def. Kenny Johnson ($2,000)
* Jesse Brock ($3,000) def. Josh Rave ($1000)
* Robert Vargas ($2,000) def. Ralph Lopez ($1,000)
* Katrina Alendale ($1,500) def. Melanie La'Croix ($1,000)
Original "TUF" cast member Alex Schoenauer expects return to UFC
Xtreme Couture light heavyweight Alex Schoenauer (14-9 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a cast member on the original season of "The Ultimate Fighter," may soon be stepping back into the octagon.
The IFL veteran recently signed with the WEC as a late replacement for Mark Munoz in a Sept. 10 WEC 36 bout against Steve Steinbeiss.
Schoenauer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that it is the first of several planned bouts under the Zuffa LLC banner.
"I believe it's a five-fight deal," Schoenauer said. "Only one is with the WEC and the rest are supposed to be with the UFC. [The WEC] is supposed to be moving all of the 205 (pounders) from the WEC to the UFC. This is supposedly their last 205 (pound) show."
Shinya Aoki Responds to Jake Shields
"Ah yea, I heard that the American, Jake Shields, is saying 'Aoki ran.' What the hell are you? A feudal lord? If you were some kinda genius like Michael Jackson, maybe I'd pay you some mind. But you? You can't say that."
-- Shinya Aoki, responding to claims by Jake Shields that Aoki had "no budo." More on budo (likely he means "bushido") here.
EliteXC To Strip KJ Noons Of The Lightweight Title
Stu Stone of The Stone Movement posted an interview with EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw up on Youtube earlier and discussed such topics as Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, and of course KJ Noons. However, when the Noon's name was brought up, things got a little heated:
However that's not the big part of the story. Stu Stone has informed me that EliteXC plans on stripping KJ Noons of the EliteXC lightweight title and Jared Shaw will release a statement on next week's episode.
Exclusive: Fedor Extends Deal With Affliction, Not Set For New Years
Forced out of a WAMMA Heavyweight title fight with Andrei Arlovski that was set for Affliction: Day Of Reckoning on Octocter 11th due to a hand injury, Champion Fedor Emelianenko has had his sights set on a New Year’s Eve fight in Japan against an unnamed opponent followed up by a date with the winner of the WAMMA heavyweight elimination bout on the October 11th card between Arlovski and Josh Barnett.
Tom Atencio, Vice President of Affliction, told MMANews.com this week that the company has just extended their current contract with Fedor and will look to have the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship fight in January or February when they intend on holding their 3rd show.
BloodyElbow.com Exclusive: Randy Couture Update
I've spoken with a lot of people about Randy Couture in the last day. Things are definitely happening.
First, I can say with 100% certainty that there are current negotiations for Randy Couture to return in November to main event, and that the current proposed opponent is Brock Lesnar. They can't get Fedor, too many issues to work out on short notice, and he has a US-only non compete with Affliction.
UFC 91 - Cheick Kongo ruled out with shoulder injury
French UFC heavyweight contender, Cheick Kongo, who was last seen in action at UFC 87, knocking out debutant Dan Evensen in the first round, has been ruled out of action for a number of months with a shoulder injury.
Kongo is said to have suffered the injury before his last outing and fought through the pain but will now go under the surgeons knife ruling him out for the rest of the year.
This was originally confirmed on ESPN's MMA Live
UFC 88: Martin Kampmann finds no weaknesses in Nate Marquardts game
“Most of the guys I’ve fought, I’ve been able to pinpoint a weakness in their game. Not with Nate. He is very well rounded, and one of best guys in the UFC. It’s going to be tough, but I am looking forward to it…. Before I was injured, I was supposed to fight in a main event. I got injured and was out for over a year, and people forgot about me. It was a long time out. Now, it’s time to fight my way back and remind people of who I am.”
Martin Kampmann heaps praise on his opponent, Nate Marquardt, at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., on September 6. The article has some great background on “The Hitman” and his journey from competing in small European shows to the Octagon. He also goes into great details about the catastrophic knee injury that nearly cost him his fighting career.
UFC Quick Quote: Chuck Liddell is on a mission
“He finds a way to win. He’s done a good job controlling his fights. He’s good on top, and he moves well on his feet. He’s elusive and hard to hit, but I’m going to see if I can catch him…. I’m on a mission to get my title back and end my career on a streak of wins. I’m in shape, and I’m going to keep throwing like I do. The knockout power is still there.”
– Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell provides Sherdog.com with a quick and accurate scouting report of his upcoming opponent at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” on September 6, Rashad Evans. It’s the main event fight at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., earning the winner — especially if it’s Liddell — a likely title shot against Forrest Griffin perhaps before the year is even out. It’s a major contrast in styles — Liddell is the striker and Evans is the wrestler. And it will likely come down to who can execute the proper gameplan on fight night. There’s really no mystery involved … unless “Sugar” somehow “catches” the “Iceman” first.
WVR Sponsor Buys Stake In Pancrase
A strong source in the Japanese MMA industry has confirmed to Sherdog that Don Quijote, the primary sponsor of World Victory Road's Sengoku, is now a controlling partner of Pancrase. Pancrase will still operate as a separate and autonomous promotion despite drawing a considerable chunk of their resources from the same pool of capital.