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Crunkilton vs. Palaszewski promoted to co-main event at WEC 39
With the recent loss of a scheduled welterweight title fight between champion Carlos Condit and challenger Brock Larson for the main card of "WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia," a lightweight scrap between Richard Crunkilton (16-2 MMA, 6-1 WEC) and Bart Palszewski (30-11 MMA, 1-0 WEC) is slated for an elevation to co-main event status. Sources close to the bout today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the pending change. WEC 39 is scheduled for March 1 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The main card will air live on VERSUS. Crunkilton debuted professionally in 1999. The 29-year-old won his first nine pro bouts before being derailed by Hermes Franca in his lone UFC appearance at UFC 42 in 2003. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has since won seven of his past eight bouts. His lone defeat in that stretch was a September 2007 TKO loss to former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough. Palaszweski has been fighting professionally since 2002. The Extreme Challenge and SuperBrawl veteran gained further exposure during an 8-4 run in the now-defunct IFL. Palszweski is currently riding a two-fight win streak after a successful WEC debut over Alex Karalexis at WEC 37 in December 2008.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 11:18PM by Twenty20Dollars - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
George Sotiropoulos out, debuting Matt Veach in for UFC Fight Night 17
A rib injury recently suffered by George Sotiropolous (9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has opened a door for UFC newcomer Matt Veach (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Veach, a member of the Illinois-based HIT Squad, replaces Sotiropoulos in a UFC Fight Night 17 preliminary bout with Matt Grice (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). A source close to Grice confirmed the change with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). UFC Fight Night 17 takes place Feb. 7 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., and airs on Spike TV. As of late Wednesday, the UFC had yet to announce the fight-card change. The setback is yet another disappointment for Sotiropoulos, who last fought in the UFC at UFC Fight Night 13 in April 2008. The 31-year-old earned a TKO win over Roman Mitichyan that night, but injuries has kept "The Ultimate Fighter 6" cast member out of action since. His replacement, Veach, enters the UFC with a stellar 10-0 record with nine stoppage victories in just 18 months of professional competition. Fighting in Midwest-based shows, the former high school and collegiate wrestler hosted posted six submission victories and three knockout wins. Grice, meanwhile, will be returning to action for the first time since his October 2007 "Fight of the Night" with Jason Black at UFC 77. Grice put his MMA career on hold for the past year in order to complete training at the Oklahoma City Police Department academy. With that training behind him, the 27-year-old will now renew his commitment to the UFC.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 11:16PM by Twenty20Dollars - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Programming reminder: ‘UFC Primetime’ episode three airs tonight on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET
It’s the third and final of the series, which means that we are just days away from showtime.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 6:46PM by Wolfenstein - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Melvin Manhoef to stay busy in 2009; Possible for Dream 7
Feared Dutch knockout artist Melvin Manhoef has plans to stay extremely busy in 2009 following a brief retirement stint in 2008. The fighter’s management recently confirmed with FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Manhoef has two bouts confirmed for the next two months with the possibility of a third.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 2:17PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Jason Macdonald Vs Nate Quarry @ UFC 97
Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Nate Quarry will attempt to shrug off recent setbacks when they face each other at UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada on Apr. 18. Sources close to both fighters indicated that bout agreements were signed and the fight was a go. At the time of this writing, it is unknown whether the bout will grace the main card of the event.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:35PM by MMAcca - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jamie Varner put his body through Hell
“My medical bills are going to be way more than what I made in this fight. I had to get a bunch of X-Rays done, a CAT scan, I had to go get surgery on my hand, I’m gonna have to get my foot casted, I have to go back to the doctor and have my eyes checked out again, all that stuff adds up. It’s crazy that people can sit there and talk **** about me when they have no idea what I did [on Sunday night]. I laid it all on the line, I put my body through Hell. My hand’s broken, I can barely walk, my foot’s broken, I’m on crutches and I got a cast on my hand. I don’t know what the hell people wanted from me. It’s crazy.”
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:27PM by MMAcca - 19 comments
Filed under: WEC
Randy's Take On GSP Vs Penn
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight and light heavyweight titleholder Randy "The Natural" Couture has made a name for himself by his performances in big fights in the UFC Octagon. He's defied Father Time over and over while proving his critics wrong time and again. Almost as boisterous as his in-cage accolades are his fight breakdowns. "The Natural" has an uncanny ability to make accurate fight picks, including correctly predicting some of the biggest upsets in recent years. Couture gave his analysis of the UFC 94 main event, the rematch between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn, exclusively for MMAWeekly.com.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:25PM by MMAcca - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
TJ Grant Vs Ryo Chonan @ UFC 97
A welterweight fight has been added to the upcoming UFC 97 card in Montreal, as popular Canadian fighter T.J. Grant will make his debut with the promotion against veteran competitor Ryo Chonan. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who indicated that bout agreements have been signed for the contest. Spending time in organizations like TKO and King of the Cage, Grant has amassed an impressive record defeating top opponents including former UFC fighters Forrest Petz and Chad Reiner.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:22PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gary Shaw: Benedict De La Hoya slapped boxing in the face with allegiance to ‘haters’
Oscar is not into MMA. He can’t sit there and tell you anything about the moves or strategies that these guys are using. Oscar is not into MMA, and the people who are in MMA are haters. They will never accept him. Oscar won’t be able to overcome that. How could you not attend a fight that involves a boxer who is a partner in your company in a sold-out arena where they have a statue of you out front? That’s a slap in the face to boxing.” – Former Elite XC Live Events President Gary Shaw shares his thoughts on the recent partnership between Affliction MMA and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, specifically De La Hoya’s decision to attend “Day of Reckoning” on January 24 instead of the WBA welterweight title fight between Shane Mosely and Antonio Margarito at the nearby Staples Center. Shaw has been a part of both sports at the highest level and perhaps he knows what he’s talking about. Or maybe he’s just bitter about his lack of success in mixed martial arts and doesn’t want to see other people succeed where he did not. Hi hater.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:22PM by SmileR - 16 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Andrei Arlovski live video chat
Got some questions for The Pitbull? Arlovski is having a video chat for his fans on Thursday. Check it out
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:16PM by BDON911 - 0 comments
Filed under: Affliction, General MMA, Miscellaneous
5 Oz. Video: Jay Hieron talks about getting bumped at “Day of Reckoning” and KO’ing Jason High
Former IFL welterweight Jay Hieron had to wait nearly six months to make his debut for Affliction, so what was a few more hours? However, Hieron had to battle and keep his focus after getting warmed up to fight in a televised bout during HDNet’s undercard at this past Saturday’s “Day of Reckoning” event against Jason High only to be told he would have to wait until after the show to fight.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 10:16AM by Wolfenstein - 8 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Vitor discusses his future in boxing, a dream match with Fedor, and more
Still in the United States, the fighter spoke with TATAME.com about his future in the event and revealed: his plans, now, also involve the professional Boxing. "It was perfect. I trained hard, was so focused that nothing was going through my min. Now I’ll start to fight professional Boxing. I’ll have a meeting with Oscar de La Hoya and we’ll see that. It has no mystery", said Vitor, who also celebrated the victory over Matt, Renato "Babalu” and Rogério Nogueira’s victories, the dream of fighting against Fedor Emelianenko and more.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 9:28AM by Wolfenstein - 12 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Britain's Strongest Man to Make MMA Debut
When Oli Thompson makes his MMA debut at Ultimate Challenge UK (07 Feb 2009) - it will mark an interesting career change. Thompson, who takes on Ashley Pollard at the Troxy in East London, has already been a champion in another field.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:38AM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Bonnar braces for return
The recession has negatively impacted millions of people, who have lost their jobs and their homes. Stephan Bonnar has been struggling the past few months, though his financial woes have little to do with the economic downturn. But when you’re a professional fighter who gets paid only when you compete, a serious injury is a devastating fact of life. Bonnar missed all of 2008 and will fight for the first time in 15 months on Saturday at UFC 94 when he meets Jon Jones at the MGM Grand Garden.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:23AM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC newcomer Derek Downey to replace Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night 17
UFC newcomer Derek Downey (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a six-year vet who's won five of his past six fights, has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC and will make his octagon debut in place of an injured Amir Sadollah (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on next week's UFC Fight Night 17 card. Multiple sources close to the fighter today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the signing.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:07AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Houston Alexander returns at UFC 98 against Andre Gusmao
UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander (8-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will look to end a three-fight losing streak when he meets Andre Gusmao (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 98. A source close to Alexander told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have agreed to the fight and that bout agreements are close to finalized.
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 1:06AM by MMAcca - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
Karo Parisyan set to come out like a tractor against ‘Stun Gun’ and kick his ass
“It’s very important. It’s important to beat him in a very violent way…. I’m going to come out from bell to bell and just try to crush him. I want to run through him like a tractor bro — like a tank. I have every intention to hurt him with everything I do until the fights over…. It’s time for me to get back on track, get back to training and back on the winning track. I have to start kicking everybody’s ass, doing some magic and some crazy Judo throws. I want to do stuff in the cage that you don’t see everyday…. I have to bring the old Karo back. I have to bring that aggressive style back to be a contender and become a champion.”
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 12:58AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Affliction's future far from guaranteed according to Atencio
By all appearances the Affliction 2 card was a rousing success. Over 13,000 fans packed the Honda Center to see a very good fight card highlighted by Fedor Emelianenko's dramatic win over Andrei Arlovski. Vitor Belfort's knockout of Matt Lindland was unreal. Paul Buentello gave a boxing lesson to Kiril Sidelnikov. Babalu's precision against Sokoudjou was fun to watch. And even Gilbert Yvel fighting as well he did on the bottom of a mount for three rounds, was intriguing. Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole reported that the event had a paid attendance of 8,946 with $1,512,750 gate. Affliction VP Tom Atencio was beaming afterwards but is proceeding with caution. He threw out an interesting line during the post-fight press conference (Full audio here): "These guys are the ones. These guys are the warriors. They put their lives on the line and fight and train hard," Atencio before a long pause. "Hopefully, there's someone out there who can give them another home and hopefully that will continue to be us."
Submitted Jan 28, 2009 12:57AM by MMAcca - 14 comments
Filed under: Affliction
UFC 100 will be July 11 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
UFC 100 will be July 11 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. MMA is still not legal in New York, let alone sanctioned. If Liddell and Silva win their upcoming fights, against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Thales Leites, respectfully, it could occur, but I doubt it. For what it’s worth, White insists he hasn’t begun to work on matchmaking for that show yet.
Submitted Jan 27, 2009 11:09PM by Givershit - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
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