Cage Rage Promoter Steps Down
Cage Rage announced on Friday that longtime promoter Andy Geer has stepped down from the company to pursue other business interests outside of MMA. He is being replaced by Chris Cordeiro, effective immediately.
Paul "Semtex" Daley to defend at Cage Rage 26
Two fighters seem to command a majority of the British public’s attention these days. One is Michael Bisping, the light heavyweight winner on season three of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. The other is Cage Rage world welterweight champion Paul Daley.
Though Daley (17-6-2) recently announced his plans to retire, he will not hang up his gloves before he defends his Cage Rage title at least one more time. The Team Rough House fighter has confirmed he will compete at Cage Rage 26 “Extreme” on Saturday, May 10 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England.
“I’ll be defending my world title belt on May10 at Cage Rage,” Daley said. “No opponent has been confirmed yet.”
Brad Pickett VS. Paul Reed at CAGE RAGE 26
Following impressive performances at this past weekend’s FX3 fight card in Reading, England, two of the main card protagonists will be meeting each other at Cage Rage 26. MMAWeekly.com can confirm that Paul Reed and Brad Pickett will be facing each other on the promotion’s Birmingham debut at the NEC Arena.
For Pickett this fight mark’s his return to the promotion’s main stage following his successful win via guillotine choke over Frederic Fernandez and still leaves the path clear for him to fight for the FX3 world featherweight title against his previous opponent’s brother, Emmanuel Fernandez.
Paul Reed, by contrast, comes off a loss against the aforementioned Emmanuel Fernandez, but was impressive in his showing against the champion. His appearance against Pickett at Cage Rage will be an introduction for him into a division that is stacked full of potential future match-ups.
Cage Rage 26 Bouts (confirmed):
-Ian Freeman vs. Paul Cahoon
-Ross Pointon vs. Ross Mason
-Mark Epstein vs. Matt Ewin
-James Zikic vs. Rodney Faverus
-Henrique Nogueria vs. Marc Goddard
-Kev Sims vs. Popek Rak
-Harvey Harra vs. Gary Kelly
-Brad Pickett vs. Paul Reed
Cage Rage 26 Bouts (unconfirmed):
-Paul Daley vs. Aaron Wetherspoon
Just posting this really beacuse i like Brad Pickett, he's like the guy Brad Pitt plays in Snatch.
CAGE RAGE CONFIRMS FIRST DRUG TEST SUSPENSION
Cage Rage on Thursday announced the first casualty of its internal drug testing policy. John Phillips, who won his bout over London favorite Jake Bostwick at Cage Rage 25 on March 8, failed his drug test.
In this instance, with Phillips’ drug test results coming back positive, the fight has been ruled a no-contest and he faces a 120-day suspension that will prohibit him from “competing in any U.K. Mixed Martial Arts Event.”
It will be interesting to see if this prevents him from competing in any kickboxing events or any mixed martial arts events run by another promoter, as there is currently no governing body for the sport in the U.K. to enforce the penalty handed down by Cage Rage.
The full acid test on the U.K. working together for the benefit of the sport and supporting Cage Rage’s plans for a controlled drug-free environment will be known if and when another promotion outside of the Cage Rage network tries to book Phillips for a show.
Top Fighter Out Of Cage Rage 25
Top Featherweight Danny Batten, who was to fight Leigh Remedios at Cage Rage 25 next weekend, is now off the card due to injury. Batten didn't offer any specifics as to the type or severity of the injury except to rule out fighting through it.
Paul Daley retiring!!!
"This is for the fighters, fans, promoters and trolls alike.
As of now i will be stepping down as Cage Rage Champion (British and world), FX-3 Champion and KOTR champion. I vacate all these titles. Futher more i consider my self retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29th. March 29th i will fullfill my contracted commitment for Pro Elite, against a yet un named opponent.
No speculation, No futher annonucments, once i’ve found the path i originally set out on in the Martial Arts, i may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months-Maybe 6 years, who knows.
Who will be the next welterweight CRC champ. FX-3 champ????…
What!? He's only 25 years old and is a great prospect.....I can't believe this.
Ian Freeman out of retirement (again) to fight Cahoon
When British mixed martial arts legend Ian “The Machine” Freeman announced his retirement in 2006, few believed the Sunderland, England, native would ever return to the cage. According to anonymous sources within the Cage Rage promotion, Freeman will dust off the gloves for at least one more fight.
Freeman will make his comeback against rising light heavyweight standout Paul “Boom Boom” Cahoon in the main event at Cage Rage 26, scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at Wembley Arena in London. The 41-year-old Freeman has not competed in more than a year.
UFC To Newcastle In '09, With Mohamed?
The President of UFC's UK division has confirmed that UFC will return to Newcastle, England, sometime in 2009. He also specifically mentioned one area fighter who may be on the card: Cage Rage lightweight Abdul Mohamed.
Cage Rage To Air On Showtime
During Friday night's ShoXC event on Showtime, it was announced that the upcoming Cage Rage event on March 8 will also air on Showtime. It will be the second half of a boxing-MMA doubleheader that night.
UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock vs. Robert Berry at Cage Rage 25 “Bring It On”
UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock will make his promotional debut against Robert Berry at Cage Rage 25 “Bring It On” on Saturday, March 8 at Wembley Arena in London. Shamrock’s manager, Rod Donahoo, confirmed the bout on Thursday.
Shamrock (26-12-2), who turns 44 in February, has lost seven of his past nine fights, including four straight. He last competed in October 2006, when he succumbed to strikes against arch rival Tito Ortiz. It was Shamrock’s third loss to the former UFC light heavyweight champion, all three by TKO. The UFC released “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” from his contract last June.
Berry (11-7, 6-3 CR), a veteran of the Cage Rage circuit, will enter the bout on a two-fight losing streak. The British kickboxer last fought in December, when he was stopped by unbeaten Neil Grove at Cage Rage 24. Berry drew international attention in December, when he challenged Internet street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. The two could meet in the future, as Cage Rage and EliteXC – the promotion for which Ferguson fights – are both owned by Pro Elite Inc. All 11 of Berry’s victories have come by KO, TKO or submission.
The Year in European MMA
2007 was an outstanding year for European MMA. The UFC returned to the U.K. for the first time in almost three years. Meanwhile Fedor Emelianenko, arguably the strongest fighter to ever grace a ring, was scarce inside the squared circle but still dominated the headlines.
Last but not least, there was a tremendous power shift on the European scene when longtime powerhouse promotions Cage Rage and M-1 Mix-Fight Championship were sold to American companies ProElite and Sibling Entertainment Group respectively.
Read on for the most comprehensive roundup you'll find on the year in European MMA.
Cahoon Counting On Strikes To Stop Sinosic
UK fighter Paul Cahoon, scheduled to face Elvis Sinosic on tomorrow's Cage Rage 24 event, is planning to use his strikes to stop the Australian fighter. Cahoon thinks that Sinosic is weak in ground-and-pound and wants to use that and a standup fight to his advantage.