Lightning Lee: Hero or Villain?
"In the grand tradition of the great British thugs -- media-proclaimed “hard men” like Lenny McLean, Charlie Bronson and Mark Brandon Read -- Lee Murray is moving through the ranks like Parliament was waiting at the end. I have never heard of a man so driven to occupy a jail cell or a morgue with such urgency. (The closest American equivalent: probably Steve-O.)
If you’ve only come into mixed martial arts via the hyper and Xyience-plastered “Ultimate Fighter” era, you’ve likely never seen Murray fight. He had long, corded muscles, a severe expression and a militant attitude. He hit very, very hard and he shocked the hell out of virtually everyone when he went and submitted Jorge Rivera with a triangle choke in his first and only UFC appearance. All said, he fought about 10 times and won most of them. In what would become his career finale, he was smacked around by Anderson Silva. He took Silva the distance, though, and that didn’t happen again in 13 fights.
Fighting was Murray’s day job: He moonlighted as a hoodlum. (Or perhaps it was the other way around.)" ... ...
Cage Rage Founder Wants His Promotion Back
The plot thickens in the ProElite debacle with a new slant on the situation not yet revealed… a conversation with Andy Geer following the inaugural Ultimate Challenge show this past weekend revealed that although Cage Rage had been purchased by ProElite, they hadn’t actually paid for it before going under.
Geer explains the situation, “To all intents and purposes, ProElite had entered into an agreement to purchase Cage Rage. A deal was struck with a deposit accepted. Then they had a cut-off date to make a balloon payment; they never completed the purchase.”
Ultimate Challenge UK Replaces Cage Rage Promotion
From the promoters behind Cage Rage and Fighting Hurts comes Ultimate Challenge UK, a bigger, faster, tougher MMA experience delivering all the drama, glory and full contact fighting from the best of British fighters.
Ultimate Challenge UK kicks off with an explosive line up at Ultimate Challenge UK: Bad Breed, The Troxy, Commercial Road, London on Saturday 6th December featuring title fights between James McSweeney VS Neil Grove and Tom Watson VS Matt Ewin.
Dave O’Donnell, Director, Ultimate Challenge UK, said: “This is our chance to put fighting first, delivering more excitement, bigger events and all the drama of full contact fighting that the fans have been waiting for. We are no longer affiliated with Cage Rage or EliteXC and have made the decision to found Ultimate Challenge UK to ensure we retain complete control of our future. Ultimate Challenge UK allows us to deliver professional, high profile MMA events and continue to represent the best of UK MMA to a global audience.”
“We started out in this business on our own and now, older and wiser, we are back on our own. I can’t comment on EliteXC or Cage Rage for legal reasons, but I can say that Ultimate Challenge UK has the support of the UK’s top MMA fighters. Ultimate Challenge UK’s first event is lined up at The Troxy in December where title fights between James McSweeney VS Neil Grove and Tom Watson VS Matt Ewin headline a packed fight card including JD Hlyton, Leigh Alliss, Jason Young, Dyson Roberts and the French superstar Mohamed Khacha.”
Following the success of the knockout reality MMA show ‘Fighting Hurts’ broadcast on Nuts TV, Ultimate Challenge UK can confirm that a second series will be in production in 2009.
CAGE RAGE TO FORGE AHEAD
And so the fallout begins… as EliteXC hit the wall, there will understandably be a massive scurry for top tier talent as well as speculation on the future of all the other brands that were held under the umbrella. One such brand cut its teeth in the U.K. and tittered on the edge of international expansion before being amalgamated into the behemoth that was ProElite.
Originally founded by Dave O’Donnell and Andy Geer as a small regional show before taking onboard once silent partner John Faraday, the company started to grow and attract talent from Brazil, the U.S., and Japan; and in turn relocate from venue to venue before settling on Wembley Arena and crowds that varied between 4,500 and 8,000 depending on the card. High times indeed, but since ProElite came onboard there has been a significant cost-cutting and business streamlining process that lead to a date for Cage Rage 28 at the smaller Troxy venue in East London and a trimming of staff, some left, others had their roles reduced and pursued other business endeavours.
Dave O’Donnell, the one constant since its inception, told MMAWeekly.com of the demise of the brand’s parent company, “For Cage Rage it is business as usual. The next show is Contenders. It’s still going ahead. I can tell you that much.”
Cage Rage Strips Antonio Silva Of Title
Cage Rage has stripped Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva of his world heavyweight title belt, it was announced today.
Silva has not fought for Cage Rage since 2005 and the promotion says it has decided to vacate the title “after careful consideration”.
“The title has not been defended and after several attempts to arrange a defence of the title without success, this is the only sensible way forward,” said a spokesman.
“There are some serious contenders for this title emerging in the UK and we feel it is time for some one to take opportunity to stake a claim for a title shot.”
In June, Silva won the EliteXC heavyweight title with a two round TKo win over UFC veteran Justin Eilers.
However, a post-fight test by the California State Athletic Commission discovered traces of anabolic steroid Boldenone.
Silva was handed a one-year suspension and fined $2500.00, although he furiously denies the charge of using performance-enhancing substances.
Cage Rage is owned by Pro Elite, which is the parent company of a number of mixed martial arts organisations including EliteXC.
Cage Rage Heavyweight Clash Called Off
The eagerly awaited Heavyweight clash between James Thompson and Piotr Kusmierz is off. A replacement fight featuring another pair of high profile Heavyweights has been added to the Cage Rage 28: VIP card. James McSweeney will take on Roman Webber at The Troxy in East London.
The change was announced with an official statement on cagerage.tv:
“Due to the very nature of the sport, training accidents do happen and on this occasion, it couldn't get much worse as both the main bout fighters, Thompson & Kusmierz, have fallen foul of training incidents within 24 hours of each other. But as always, we have fighters who are ready at a moments notice and we are excited to be able to announce a Heavyweight replacement bout, featuring 2 fighters, who will give it everything in what promises to be a bruising encounter. Hold on to the edge of your seats as James McSweeney and Roman Webber collide at Cage Rage - VIP on 20th September.”
JAMES THOMPSON RETURNS AT CAGE RAGE 28
September 20 at the Troxy Theatre, Commercial Road, London, London England’s, James “Collosus” Thompson returns to fight before his home town crowd after a controversial third round stoppage to American Kimbo Slice. He is back in the UK and looking to get on track as one of the UK’s Top Heavyweights. Thompson is set to fight the 6’5 Polish fighter Piotor “Doctor” Kusmierz.
This Card also features the British Welterweight Title Fight featuring the champion, Che “The Silent Assassin” Mills. Undefeated since his first fight and the only man to beat Lithuanian power house Marius Zaromskis, not once but twice will be facing the highly regarded contender, Ross “The Gladiator” Pointon.
Ross Pointon has made significant improvements in his last few performances and seems to have found the proper weight class to suit his body.
Baroni Dismisses Headbutt Attack, No Charges
Following being headbutted after his KO win over Scott Jansen, Phil Baroni has decided not to press charges against Scott's brother Dean, who attacked Baroni post-match. Dean Jansen has been banned by Cage Rage from attending future events.
PICKETT IRRITATED, READY TO UNLEASH CAGE RAGE
Brad Pickett is a man eager to step in the cage.
Pickett is scheduled to face Italian Christian Binda at Cage Rage 27 this Saturday following the disappointing debacle at FX3, which saw his opponent miss weight and show no remorse for his actions.
“It just annoyed me that after realizing he wasn’t going to make weight, he drank a bottle of water directly in front of me without even consulting me that he wasn’t going to go down anymore. It was the fact he did not cut right down to the line which made me angry,” said Pickett.
The chance to get back in the cage could not come soon enough for the talented Brit.
FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: CAGE RAGE 27 PREVIEW
Cage Rage 27: “Step Up” is due to play out in London this weekend in what many expect to be the penultimate show for the promotion in Wembley. Topping the bill, and at relatively short notice, is Phil Baroni. “The New York Badass” will be making his welterweight debut against Cage Rage Contenders regular Scott Jansen.
Cage Rage Land New TV Deal
The UK promotion Cage Rage have secured a new live TV deal.
Nuts TV will broadcast Cage Rage 27: Step Up live from Wembley Arena on 12 July 2008. The fight card includes the ultimate ‘clash of the titans’ when two of the UK’s biggest fighters battle it out with Neil "Goliath" Grove taking on Robert "Buzz" Berry. Phil "The New York Bad Ass" Baroni is topping the fight card against Scott Janson in a brawl that has already got the whole of the Cage Rage community talking.
Phil Baroni vs Scott Jansen Cage Rage main event set for July 12
We reported earlier this week here on MMAmania.com that Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni (10-10) was moving down to the welterweight division for the first time ever and would compete on the Cage Rage: “Step Up” card on July 12.
Today, his opponent, Scott Jansen (3-2), was revealed. In addition, the 170-pound fight will be featured as the main event of the evening.
Jansen is a hometown English-born fighter who has competed mostly in the Cage Rage “Contenders” shows. He should make for an exciting match up for Baroni because he’s never gone the distance. And all three of his wins have come via technical knockouts and his two losses are by submissions.
Clearly, Jansen prefers to stand and bang it out with his opponents and has some work to do on his submission defense. I doubt he’ll have to worry too much about defending submissions in this fight, however, because Baroni isn’t known to be much of a jiu-jitsu afficionado himself.
Baroni Moving To Welterweight At Cage Rage 27 ?
It appears Phil Baroni will be looking to bounce back from consecutive losses on July 12 at Cage Rage 27 “Step Up” against an opponent to be determined. Cage Rage promoter Dave O’Donnell revealed to MMAWeekly.com that EliteXC has granted a path to the U.K. as means of getting the New York brawler back on track and to provide some much needed international star power for the upcoming card.
“Baroni will be fighting on the July 12 show,” revealed O’Donnell, adding, “but I can’t release the name of his opponent yet. He will be a British guy and it will make for an exciting fight, as we all know how Baroni likes to go about things. We are talking to a few people now, but until contracts are signed, I won’t be mentioning any names.”
According to Baroni’s manager, Ken Pavia, they are deep into negotiations with Cage Rage for the bout and a deal appears likely, but it has yet to be finalized.
Ex-Cage Rage Promoter Backer's Company Bites the Dust Owing £800,000
Andrew Geer, a £10m-a-year turnover stone repair and refurbishment group based in West Kingsdown, Kent, has gone into receivership owing around £800,000.
It has resulted in 42 employees being made redundant.
Accountancy group BDO Stoy Hayward was called in as receiver on Friday.
Andrew Geer ran the company, with his wife Lisa being listed as a fellow director.
Pro Elite On Demand to offer Elite XC, Cage Rage, Icon and other fights
Pro Elite — the parent company of MMA organizations such as Elite XC, King of the Cage, Cage Rage, Icon Sport and others — recently announced that its Web site (ProElite.com) will now feature a video On Demand section.
The upgrade will allow fans to access past fights from each of various promotions, which includes bouts that involve notables such as UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn and many other MMA superstars.
In addition, fans will be able to view under card bouts from Elite XC and other Pro Elite events that weren’t aired on the original broadcasts. Fans will have the option to view single fights starting at .99 cents or entire events for just $4.95.
That’s hard to beat.
Unlimited access will also be available in the form of a “Pro Elite Fight Pass,” which is normally $12.95 a month, but will be on sale for $7.95 a month at an introductory price.
Here’s a snip from Douglas Deluca, Pro Elite executive chairman:
“We have hand picked hours upon hours of high-quality MMA content and provided a compelling online product that is accessible to fans on a global scale. With more than 50 hours of combat currently available and 20 hours added monthly, our Fight Pass offering allows MMA fans to gain instant access to all of the MMA action they can handle.”
Head over to ProElite.com for more information and details.
CAGE RAGE 26 REVIEW: RESULTS & PICS
BIRMINGHAM, England – Cage Rage 26: Extreme played out to a new audience as part of the promotion’s 2008 jaunt around the country, and the crowd was not disappointed. The main card of the evening provided the highlights we were all looking for and was supported by an undercard full of fighters laying everything on the line in order to impress.
Crowd attendance fell somewhere into the region or 5,000 people. They appeared to really enjoy themselves, including “The Ultimate Fighter” season three winner Michael Bisping.
didnt wanna spoil it for anyone so the link has all the major info