Shamrock eyes Lion's Den hat-trick on CBS
Ken Shamrock and the Lion’s Den fight team are looking for a hat-trick at next weekend’s EliteXC/CBS event.
Shamrock faces former streetfighter Kimbo Slice in the headline bout, while two other Lion’s Den fighters feature on the undercard.
Ex-IFL heavyweight Roy Nelson (13-2) will be taking a big step up in class when he takes on former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski.
And UFC veteran Seth Petruzelli (9-4) will be fighting on the undercard against ShoXC graduate Aaron Rosa.
“This is a huge fight for me and I am ecstatic that other fighters from the Lion’s Den team will be competing on the same card,” Lion’s Den Founder Ken Shamrock.
GINA CARANO NOT LOOKING PAST KELLY KOBALD
Gina Carano’s career has undergone many changes since her debut fight for EliteXC against Julie Kedzie in February 2007. She is now considered one of the top female fighters in the sport, she found a second job as “Crush” on the NBC series American Gladiators, and she is probably one of the most well-known and popular mixed martial arts fighters on the planet regardless of gender.
But with all the newfound fame and all the attention, Carano remains focused on her goals as a fighter and she understands better than anyone that she has room to grow.
“I feel like I have a long way to go,” Carano said in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I just feel like there is so much I want to learn. Every single day at practice I learn something different. There’s so many things you can learn, so many things you can learn about your body, and how it works and you know situations you’re good in, situations you’re bad in.”
EliteXC signs Jason Volpe, Nick Denis and Tim hague
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has confirmed through multiple sources that EliteXC has signed Jason Volpe and Nick Denis to contracts.
Denis, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, possesses an unblemished mixed martial arts record of 6-0. Denis currently trains at Ronin MMA and holds victories over the likes of Josh Kyrejto, Josh Gallant, and Chris Myra.
Jason “The Hitman” Volpe possesses a mixed martial arts record of 4-1. Volpe holds victories over the likes of Aaron Barnard, Dave Logan, Dustin Dickerson, and Lino Santoro. Volpe’s sole professional loss came to the hands of Jarid Bussemakers at KOTC: Brawl at the Mall 3.
Also, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that King of the Cage Canada heavyweight champion Tim Hague has signed a one-year contract with EliteXC. No date or opponent has been announced for Hague’s debut.
Hague, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 8-1. Hague holds victories over notable names such as UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst, Ruben Villareal and Jared Kilkenny. Hague’s sole professional loss came via split decision to Miodrag Petkovic at HCF: Destiny.
Hague and Petkovic are currently slated to rematch at Raw Combat: Resurrection on October 25, 2008 at the Calgary Corral. Also featured on the card is a middleweight bout between Denis Kang and Marvin Eastman.
Kimbo Slice unconcerned by Ken Shamrock’s ground experience
If only one man is standing when the bout ends between Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and Ken Shamrock, it's a good bet it will be Slice.
While critics have been quick to discount Slice's development as an all-around mixed martial artist, there's no denying that, on his feet, Slice has the ability and the power to knock out whomever is in front of him. And when all the pre-fight picks are in ahead of the Slice versus Shamrock main event match-up on EliteXC CBS Saturday Night Fights on Oct. 4, the consensus will undoubtedly be Slice by KO.
Conventional fight wisdom suggests that the only avenue for victory for Shamrock goes through a submission. The 44-year-old UFC Hall-of-Fame fighter hasn't stopped an opponent with strikes in more than eight years and has looked less and less at home in stand-up mode with each passing round. For Shamrock, the equalizer in the fight will be getting Slice horizontal, a position in which James Thompson was very effective against Slice back in May.
The Bas Rutten-trained fighter was out of his element while pinned on his back, up against the cage against Thompson. It showed a vulnerability that hadn't been exposed in his first two fights, but Slice prefers to look at the upside of overcoming that poor second round.
Benji Radach completes comeback to the big time at "EliteXC: Heat"
Twenty-eight months is a long time to think about what could have been.
But that's exactly what American Top Team's Benji Radach (18-4) did after a 2004 loss to Chris Leben.
"A lot of it was just sitting around all that time wanting to get back to [MMA]," Radach recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I was real hungry the whole time. I was injured -- one surgery after another. It was such a down period of time."
After suffering just one defeat in his first 15 bouts, including three appearances for the UFC, Radach dropped two straight fights and fell into obscurity. But the 29-year-old said he never lost faith his day would come again.
"I knew that I'd come out on top at some point," Radach said. "Things started clearing up for me. I went out to American Top Team and started training full time out there. Thanks to Dan Lambert and Ricardo Liborio I got back on my feet."
Ninja ready to ‘heat’ Radach in EliteXC
After a great knockout against Tony Bonello in June, Murilo “Ninja” Rua now prepares himself to face another challenge, what might give him a title shot with another impressive victory. “My preparation to face Benji Radach is very good, like always, and I’m working my stand up game and MMA with Carioca and Mauricio Veio for this fight. Benji is a good Boxing and Wrestling fighter, so I’m preparing myself on theses parts too”, said Rua, that faces Radach in October 4th event.
Doing his debut on Saturday Night Fight’s live CBS transmission, Murilo gets even more motivated to do a great show and impress the American fans. “I’ll go after the knockout all the time, and the quickest I can. I wanna do the fight of my life and enjoy the public, and I’m happy with this new opportunity”, told Rua, who may get a title show if he defeats Benji. “I think I’ll get a title show if I win this fight, it’s almost set”, revealed. One of the most expected fights is this event is Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos’ second fight in the event, after a “double” knockout in her first fight at Elite, and Ninja bets on his former team partner.
Robbie Lawler versus Joey Villasenor set for Nov. 8 EliteXC
The long-rumored rematch between EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Joe Villasenor will indeed take place on the Nov. 8 broadcast of EliteXC on Showtime.
The organization made the announcement in a preview of upcoming events during Friday night's ShoXC event.
EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw had hinted at the possibility of the bout to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), but the official word had not been released before tonight.
Carano continues her battle for respect
Gina Carano is a fighter, not a blogger or a journalist, so she struggles to understand descriptions of her as a “pin-up girl” and as a “model turned fighter.”
And Carano, who meets Kelly Kobold-Gavin on Oct. 4 on an EliteXC show on CBS at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., is quickly learning that fame isn’t all the compelling.
“I don’t even know what a pin-up girl is, and I’ve never called myself a pin-up girl or done anything to try to depict myself in any way other than as a woman who likes to be attractive but who also likes to fight,” Carano said. “I haven’t taken raunchy pictures. I haven’t done anything that would embarrass myself, my family or my sport, but I see people writing things like that and it’s so discouraging.”
Vitale fight" Just another day" for Trigg
Off the heels of his latest conquest in Japan, mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Frank Trigg (17-6) doesn't seem too concerned about his next challenge, submission expert, Falaniko "Niko" Vitale (26-8). In fact, Trigg's seemingly nonchalant attitude toward the 185-pound limit matchup with Hawaii's top talent could be mistaken for brash overconfidenc
Shields vs. Daley NOT A Dual Title Bout
Officially clarifying the status of Saturday night's EliteXC on CBS Main Event, EXC head of fight operation Jeremy Lappen today confirmed that the Jake Shields-Paul Daley fight is not a dual-title bout and is only for Shields' EliteXC Welterweight Title. Daley currently holds the Cage Rage Welterweight Championship, and ProElite owns Cage Rage.
EliteXC, Affliction collaboration could be prelude to Fedor vs. Kimbo Slice
As a single fight, Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson on next month's EliteXC "Saturday Night Fights" show on CBS doesn't do a whole lot for me.
If the "Pitbull" version of Arlovski who battered and stopped Ben Rothwell inside three rounds back in July shows up against Nelson, the bout could be over in a hurry, with Arlovski getting his hand raised and the scene shifting quickly to the next bout on the card.
It's what this fight means for the future of EliteXC and Affliction that has me counting the days to Oct. 4. Affliction's willingness to sublease Arlovski and Nelson puts fans a step closer to seeing, perhaps, the biggest fight to be made in mixed martial arts today – Fedor Emelianenko against Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.
Affliction COO disputes USA Today report about long-term partnership with EliteXC
A report by USA Today’s Sergio Non stated that Affliction COO Michael Cohen had indicated that Affliction and Golden Boy Promotions’ Jan. 24 event would be a co-promotion with EliteXC that could possibly be televised on CBS or SHOWTIME.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted Cohen Thursday morning as a followup and we were informed by Cohen that the USA Today report is not accurate.
“The report by Sergio Non is not entirely accurate,” said Cohen. “The way that the statement was supposed to read is that the event we’re concentrating on right now is the Oct. 4 event with CBS, SHOWTIME, and EliteXC.
“The question that was asked of me was ‘We understand that you have a Jan. 24 event that’s being planned as well. Will this event be aired on SHOWTIME or through CBS?’ My answer again to him was, ‘We’re certainly looking forward to a long-standing relationship or an ongoing relationship with CBS and SHOWTIME as well as Elite. But right now we’re concentrating on the Oct. 4 event and have not inked a deal for any future events.’”
Alexander Shlemenko vs Robert McDaniel Elite XC bout added to ‘Heat’
Twenty-four-year-old Russian knockout artist Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (21-3) has been added to the Elite XC: “Heat” undercard in a middleweight bout against Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (11-4).
In his last fight McDaniel defeated Icon Sport Middleweight Champion Kala Kolohe Hose on the undercard of Elite XC: “Return of the King” in Hawaii. The first round submission victory was impressive, but unfortunately for “Bubba” the title was not on the line.
When offered a championship rematch McDaniel respectfully declined, saying the belt belonged around the waist of a Hawaiian.
He’s a King of the Cage veteran who brings a talented submission attack to the cage. In fact, nine of his 11 professional wins have been submissions.
His opponent, however, likes to finish guys with his knockout power. Shlemenko has ended 14 fights with strikes, including four of his last six.
NO DISTRACTIONS, GINA CARANO FOCUSED ON FIGHT
The life of a mixed martial arts fighter has changed dramatically since the sports’ inception some years ago. From movie roles to commercials to photo shoots to interviews, the daily routine for a fighter is anything but routine these days and no one knows that better than Elite XC women’s star, Gina Carano.
As a part of the first main stage women’s fight during the Elite XC inaugural show, Carano proved that female fighting can be just as exciting and tough as what the men do.
She also opened up a giant door for more opportunities as soon after her fighting career took off, including her current 2nd job as “Crush” on American Gladiators.
Carano admits that her new found fame and lifestyle are a big switch, but when given the chance to reach out to new avenues in life, who wouldn’t take the job?
“Anybody who gets a good opportunity would take it,” said Carano in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I get a lot of flack from people who are like ‘oh she’s not serious about fighting’ and that’s not it at all. I’m just open minded. I’m not just a fighter, like I’m not just a female. I’m a bunch of things, I have a lot of interests.”
Arlovski-Nelson Tapped for CBS
At least two fighters will not sit on the sidelines following the postponement of Affliction’s Oct. 4 “Day of Reckoning” event in Las Vegas.
Former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (13-5) and IFL kingpin Roy Nelson (13-2) have been offered a heavyweight bout at EliteXC “Heat” Oct. 4 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The event will be aired live on CBS.
Arlovski’s management team would not comment Wednesday on the proposed bout, while Nelson’s attorney, Rod Donohoo, also refrained from remarks. However, Sherdog.com has learned from separate sources that both fighters have agreed in principle to the match and that contracts have been issued for review.
The last-minute addition will be presented as an Affiction-EliteXC co-promoted fight, and adds a quite a punch to an already anticipated roster featuring a showdown between former Internet brawler Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock. Female sensation Gina Carano is also on board to take on Kelly Kobald-Gavin in a 140-pound bout.
EliteXC signs Russian middleweight Alexander Shlemenko
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that EliteXC has signed 2005 World Pankration champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko to a multi-fight contract.
Sources have indicated that he will make his EliteXC debut during the promotion’s Oct. 10 ShoXC event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Shlemenko, rated as one of the top middleweights in Russia, is 21-3 and has competed for notable promotions such as M-1 in Russia, BodogFIGHT in Vancouver, and Jungle Fight in Brazil.
His most highly-publicized win in front of U.S. audiences took place during the television taping for the final season of BodogFIGHT last year. Facing Scott Henze in August of 2007, Shlemenko needed just 57 seconds into the fight to win via knockout.