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Jared Hamman Exacts Revange At SHOXC (+ Results)
FRIANT, Calif. – Jared Hamman avenged his only career loss on Friday night as he stopped Poai Suganuma in front of a packed house at the Table Mountain Casino. These two met at the same venue in April with Suganuma winning amidst controversy after the fight seemed to be stopped a bit prematurely. Like the first fight, Suganuma started out strong taking the fight to Hamman again with a furious barrage of strikes. On this occasion though, Hamman remained composed and weathered the storm as he landed a strong combination of his own that stunned the Hawaiian, who was forced to go for a takedown. Smelling blood, Hamman began to drop vicious strikes that eventually put out Suganuma at 2:34 of the opening round. Highly touted Brazilian lightweight Fabricio Camoes made quick work of UFC veteran Sam Morgan, submitting him with a rear naked choke. Camoes immediately took Morgan down with a powerful slam, quickly transitioning to mount as Morgan gave up his back with Camoes sinking in the choke 47 seconds into the first round.
More ProElite Scaling Back: Tonight's CR Contenders Cancelled
Hot on the heels of ProElite cancelling September 20's EliteXC event, they have now quietly cancelled a Cage Rage Contenders event that had been scheduled for tonight. CR officials claim it's to focus on a November show that will likely air on TV, but there have been personnel cuts too.
Elite XC cancels Sept. 20th event.
"The organization has canceled their planned September 20 event in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Not postponed. Not rescheduled. Straight-up canceled. They still have plans for an October 4 show on CBS, so this is far from a death knell for Elite XC, but it’s not something to celebrate, either." Hopefully this isn't the first crack in the foundation.
EXC Creates 140 Title, Quach Vs. Reis Set To Detemine First Champ
EliteXC today announced the creation of a 140-pound title with the inaugural champion to be determined on 9/20. WIlson Reis & Bao Quach will be the fighters facing off for the new title.
ELITEXC CHAMP SHIELDS CONSIDERING OPTIONS (Alessio Fight Not Signed Yet)
Despite published reports that Jake Shields will return on Sept. 20 to defend his newly won EliteXC welterweight title against John Alessio, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with Shields himself that the fight has been offered, but is far from a done deal. “That fight might happen, but it’s not 100%, not finalized yet,” said Shields in an interview with MMAWeekly.com on Thursday. The other interesting note to this report is that Shields is currently fielding an offer from an outside promotion to have him compete in a show at 185 pounds against a top contender, but as of now he is still waiting on approval from EliteXC to take the fight. “Right now I have a really good offer on the table to fight a top 185-pounder,” Shields stated. “I’m just waiting, hoping Elite (XC) will give me that opportunity to go out there and represent Elite and test myself. “Alessio, he’s a good opponent, (but) it’s a fight that doesn’t really excite me though unfortunately. I’m not too motivated about it, but he’s one dangerous guy that you’ve got to watch out for. He’s a really difficult guy to fight, hard to take down, good stand-up, but if that’s the fight I end up taking, I’ll get myself motivated and pumped up to go do it, but right now I’m really excited about the other fight. I think it’s good for my career and I hope (Elite XC) will realize it too, that it’s not bad for their show, that it helps push me further.”
John Alessio: I'm not facing Jake Shields at Sept. 20 EliteXC event
Despite recent reports of EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (21-4-1) defending his title on EliteXC's Sept. 20 card against John Alessio (23-11), the potential challenger today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he will not be ready in time for the Albuquerque, N.M. event. Alessio was recently forced to take time off from training after suffering a broken arm in a June victory over veteran Pete Spratt. Now the Xtreme Couture fighter feels it imperative to allow ample time for a full recovery
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Shields To Defend EXC Title Vs. Alessio On 9/20
Inaugural EliteXC Welterweight Champion Jake Shields will make his first title defense on 9/20 against John Alessio. Alessio is coming off a June fight where he won but also suffered a broken arm, but it appears he'll be good to go in time for this fight.
Lyman Good Vs 'Semtex' Daley at EXC Sept 20th Show
As we previously reported, Paul Daley has agreed to fight in the EliteXC at their Sept. 20 show in New Mexico. In that report Paul Daley was unable to announce who he would be fighting other than to say he was "an undefeated ex-IFL guy." Well, it's now been confirmed that undefeated Lyman Good (7-0) has been offered a six-fight contract with EliteXC, and he is expected to sign it by week's end. The two welterweights will meet at "The Pit" in Albuquerque, N.M. Lyman, who trains and fights out of New Jersey, got his start in professional MMA by fighting for Lou Neglia's Ring Of Combat promotion in Atlantic City. He is a full-time instructor at various Tiger Schulmann MMA academies along the east coast. He holds notable wins over Mike Dolce of the "TUF" season seven cast, as well as Eric Charles. He will be facing the toughest test of his career against the Muay Thai specialist Paul "Semtex" Daley. Stay locked on Fightline.com for updates on EliteXC's Sept. 20 fight card, bout additions, and as always for all the latest news coming from the world of MMA.
Lyman Good expected to sign six-fight contract with EliteXC
With Elite Xtreme Combat expected to promote four shows between Sept. 20 and Oct. 20, it has had the promotion’s fight team working overtime coming up with potential matchups as well as signing new fighters to contracts in order to fill up the myriad bout slots. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that one new fighter about to sign with the promotion is undefeated welterweight prospect Lyman Good of Team Tiger Schulmann’s in New Jersey. Officials with Team Tiger Schulmann contacted FiveOuncesOfPain.com to inform us that Good has been offered a six fight contract by EliteXC and is expected to sign it by week’s end.
Jared Hamman: Thankful and ready for rematch
Jared Hamman was looking to be that guy in EliteXC. You know, the one that grows up in the organization and moves onto huge things with it. But then came a Poia Suganuma right hand and right knee on April 5th and suddenly things had changed; suddenly there was a loss on his record where one previously hadn’t been. Was the fight stopped prematurely? Probably. But as Hamman puts it, “it’s still a loss.” Of course, many of the better MMA fighters on this planet will tell you that coming back from a loss tells more about a fighter’s potential than anything else. In fact, one’s championship spirit can really only really be evaluated when adversity hits.
Paul "Semtex" Daley Headed Stateside to Fight for EliteXC
A month ago, ex-Cage Rage Welterweight Champion Paul Daley went against the express wishes of Cage Rage parent entity ProElite and competed on rival UK promotion Cage Warriors' July 12th "Enter the Rough House 7" card. To further stir the pot, the always verbose Brit spoke out against both Cage Rage and ProElite regarding what he perceived as a lack of respect on the part of both companies. Now 30 days removed from his first round knockout of previously undefeated Slovenian prospect Bojan Kosednar, we've learned Daley's punishment for biting the hand that feeds: a spot on EliteXC's September 20th "Return to Showtime" event and, should he emerge victorious, a guaranteed shot at newly-crowned EliteXC Welterweight Champion Jake Shields:
Robbie Lawler discusses future
"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler became EliteXC's second-ever middleweight champion when he TKO'd incumbent champion Murilo "Ninja" Rua at EliteXC: Uprising on Showtime last Sept. 15 in Honolulu. It was a crowning achievement for Lawler since evolving into a vastly improved fighter following the UFC's decision not to re-sign him in October 2004. Once considered a future star by the promotion, Lawler's star faded after he lost three of four fights. After his fall from grace, Lawler has gone 9-1 with one no contest in his eleven fights since leaving the UFC. He has emerged as one of the top fighters in his weight class and is coming off two appearances on primetime national television within the past three months. His most recent appearance came during CBS' Saturday Night Fights on July 26, in a rematch against Scott Smith that followed their first CBS meeting on May 31, which ended in a no contest. After a rocky first round in which he suffered a major laceration to his forehead, Lawler took care of business in the second round by finishing Smith with an array of punches and knees.
Cris Cyborg's Trainer Reveals Next Fight, Opponent
Rafael Cordeiro, one of the top dogs at Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba and trainer of EliteXC competitor Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, recently spoke with Tatame and let slip what's next for everyone's new favorite female fighter. She'll be at EliteXC’s October 4th show, again live by CBS, at Florida, against a Japanese fighter, Yoki Takarashi [sic]. She’s a very tough fighter and it’ll be a great fight. We signed the contract yesterday and Cris will fight her. ... Gary Shaw, EliteXC’s VP, said that [Cyborg's] the most brutal athlete he had ever seen and that Gina is a star of the event, but now Cris is a star too. We’re very happy, we saw that he was praising both of them, and said that they can face each other.
Wilson Reis vs. Bao Quach for EliteXC belt:
After his fifth victory in a row in an unbeatable career, Wilson Reis now gets a chance to grow more in EliteXC. “My last fight was very tough, I had good moments and my opponent was better and others, but I put him down seven times and controlled the whole fight on the ground, I won all three rounds”, said Wilson , that will get a title shot at featherweight division. “EliteXC put me to fight for the belt against Bao Quach, from California . I’m very happy. I have three victories at Elite and now have a chance to fight for the belt, and I’m already training to win this”, told Reis, that’s very happy with EliteXC’s growth in . “EliteXC is growing a lot and has a lot of shows already set, they’re strong and threat me very well. In my opinion, EliteXC is only behind UFC, and has everything to be the best MMA event of the world.
Michelle Watterson to make EliteXC debut on Sept. 20
“The Karate Hottie” Michelle Watterson will join Gina Carano and Jennifer Tate as alumni from Oxygen’s “Fight Girls” reality television series to appear inside of an EliteXC cage. Watterson has signed to fight on the non-televised undercard during EliteXC’s Sept. 20 show, EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com earlier this afternoon. An opponent has yet to be determined. Watterson, who comes from a traditional martial arts background, is 2-2 in her professional mixed martial arts career. She has fought for the Ring of Fire promotion in Colorado and most recently competed for King of the Cage, where she recorded a second round TKO against Thricia Poovey on July 12.
Joey Villasenor slated for Sept. 20 EliteXC return; "Ninja" rematch possible
Top EliteXC middleweight contender Joey Villasenor (26-6) will return to action for the organization on Sept. 20, possibly in front of a hometown audience. On Saturday MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the upcoming EliteXC bout with Villasenor. "It sounds like it's going to be in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico," Villasenor said. "We’re just waiting on confirmation of who it's going to be (against)." Villasenor said EliteXC officials have shared a few names as possible opponents -- including Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos -- but that the organization appears determined to put together a rematch with Murilo "Ninja" Rua (16-8-1).
Part II of interview with ProElite Chairman Chuck Champion
On Friday, we debuted Part I of our exclusive interview with new ProElite Chairman Chuck Champion. Champion was gracious enough to sit down with Five Ounces of Pain for an extended interview. In Part I, we asked Champion his thoughts on the resignations of Doug DeLuca and Gary Shaw; whether Shaw’s son, EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw would be remaining with the company; Champion’s business background before getting involved with MMA; whether a replacement for Shaw will be recruited outside the company; and more. In Part II, Champion answers questions regarding what needs to happen in order for MMA to go to the next level; whether EliteXC will focus on going after established stars or up-and-coming fight prospects; whether the company’s plans for Sept. and Oct. are too ambitious; if the company can survive without pay-per-view revenue; what the future holds for ProElite.com; his thoughts on the most recent CBS show; and more.
Report: Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobold-Gavin at Oct. 4 EliteXC
After her dominating win over Shayna Baszler at last weekend's "EliteXC: Unfinished Business" event, Cristiane Cyborg (5-0) was mentioned as a possible Oct. 4 opponent for EliteXC poster girl Gina Carano (6-0). Instead, the undefeated Carano is expected to face Kelly Kobold-Gavin (16-2-1), according to Mike Chiappetta of NBCSports.com, citing a source close to one of the fighters. The bout is expected to be announced soon, according to the report. The Carano vs. Kobold-Gavin fight will be one of the main draws for the October CBS-broadcast event, which takes place at the 22,000-seat BankAtlantic Center near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Heavyweight Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is slated to headline the event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported last weekend that Carano, a gladiator on NBC's "American Gladiators," had been announced as an Oct. 4 competitor. However, an opponent wasn't immediately revealed. Kobold-Gavin, a six-year MMA veteran, hasn't competed since August 2006, when she suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Julie Kedzie at a BodogFIGHT event. It was her second consecutive loss after strarting her career with a near-spotless 16-0-1 record.
Diaz-Noons II Proposed for October
A much-anticipated rematch between EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons and Nick Diaz could take place at the organization’s third edition of “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS, which will take place on October 4th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Graciefighter.com, which is run by Diaz’s trainer and manager, Cesar Gracie, reported the news yesterday morning. However the site has also noted that there is a strong possibility that Noons’ camp may not accept the fight. If the proposal is turned down, Diaz could then set his sights on a DREAM welterweight title bout against Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, but the promotion’s officials have yet to pay Diaz following his win over Katsuya Inoue in May.
EliteXC adds FSN to its collection of broadcast partners
ProElite, Inc., the parent company of EliteXC and many of the world's top regional promotions, on Thursday announced a new broadcast deal with FSN.