Broken arm healed, John Alessio hopes for less costly "Night of Combat"
A broken arm in the course of an MMA bout is never a positive experience. But as Xtreme Couture fighter John Alessio (23-11) proved in his June bout with Pete Spratt at Superfights MMA's inaugural "Night of Combat," it doesn't always mean a loss.
Alessio recounted the experience while an in-studio guest on Wednesday's episode of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Alessio said the reason Spratt was able to inflict the injury was simple.
"That bastard can kick hard, man," Alessio admitted.
In that bout, a first round flurry by Spratt put Alessio on the defensive. Alessio did his best to evade the onslaught, but ended up ducking into a Spratt kick. Alessio's attempt to block the strike caused the fracture.
While Alessio said he knew right away that his arm was broken, the thought of conceding never crossed his mind.
AFL loans out LaRosa, Modafferi and Assuncao for Nov. 8 Chicago event
As part of what it calls its "Affiliate Promoters Program," the American Fight League has loaned top female fighter Tara LaRosa (15-1), opponent Roxanne Modafferi (12-4) and notable featherweight Raphael Assuncao (11-1) to the Illinois-based Ironheart Crown organization.
The three competitors will compete on the Nov. 8 "Ironheart Crown XII: Resurrection" card.
The event, which features a headline bout of UFC veteran Gideon Ray (15-9-1) vs. Juan Magana (6-0), takes place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
The Kentucky-based AFL has made some waves this year with high-profile signings of LaRosa, former WWE star Bobby Lashley and a slew of UFC veterans, including Mike Van Arsdale, Dan Christison, Junior Assuncao and others. The AFL has also been in negotiations with former UFC champion and top free agent Tito Ortiz.
Don King Productions WTF?
Did i miss something? i don't remember anything being posted about this. apparently don king has ann mma production now. and monson subbed kerr in the main event last night.
boxing's most infamous promoter will quietly make his first foray into MMA tonight with Vengeance FC's debut show in Concord, NC. The card, organized by Don King Productions, is available to stream free of charge online at DonKingTV.com and boasts a main event featuring former UFC and PRIDE heavyweights Mark Kerr and Jeff Monson. The undercard is also loaded with some interesting names, including Carmelo Marrero, TUF7 alum Cale Yarbrough, and local hero John Savage squaring off against Gracie black belt Marcos "Conan" Silveira, a late replacement for mentor Carlson Gracie who makes just his second MMA appearance since 2002 after serving time for his involvement with an ecstasy smuggling ring.
Baroni Decisions Alfonso at PFC 10
Phil Baroni extended his undefeated streak in the welterweight division Friday night, winning an unanimous decision over former WEC mainstay Olaf Alfonso at Palace Fighting Championship’s “Explosive” event at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.
Baroni overcame a tough first round in which he suffered a cut under his left eye to control Alfonso over the next two rounds. He used crisp combinations in timely takedowns to keep Alfonso off-balance and hand him his first loss of the year.
The event also featured three separate championship bouts: Bryan Travers defeated Jeremiah Metcalf via unanimous decision to claim the vacant PFC welterweight title, Shawn Klarcyk submitted Brandon Miller to retain his PFC bantamweight crown and Brian Cobb coasted to an easy decision win over David Gardner to remain the PFC’s lightweight champion.
Ricco Rodriguez v Rob Broughton Cage Gladiators IX
Cage Gladiators is proud to announce a late addition to its next card. Cage Gladiators IX - Beatdown is to take place on Saturday 4th October at the Liverpool Olympia. We are excited to present Ricco Rodriguez a former UFC heavyweight champion versus Rob Broughton. This titanic clash is one of the biggest fights yet for one of the UK’s top MMA organisations.
Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez is a former UFC heavyweight champion and ADCC gold medallist. Ricco is one of a select numbers of fighters to have beaten the legendary Randy Couture to capture the UFC belt. Ricco has fought some of the top fighter in the world narrowly losing a contentious decision to current UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira whilst competing in the now defunct Japanese Pride organisation. One of the world’s best known and popular fighters, he makes his UK debut for Cage Gladiators on Saturday 4th October.
Angry Jorge Masvidal seeks to erase defeat at Sengoku 5
A controversial loss can sometimes become a motivating factor for a fighter.
Such is the case with Jorge Masvidal (13-3), who will aim to erase the frustration of a June loss to Rodrigo Damm. He returns this weekend at World Victory Road's fifth "Sengoku" event.
While a guest on a recent episode of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Masvidal explained how that controversial loss has impacted his career.
"A lot of angry training, man," Masvidal said of his recent camp. "I'm still mad about my last fight. A lot of angry training."
In that "Sengoku: Third Battle" affair, Masvidal suffered a flash knockdown. Alhough stunned, Masvidal looked to be retaining guard on his opponent. Unfortunately for "Gamebred," the referee felt differently and halted the contest despite Masvidal being clearly awake.
Gilbert Melendez planning to return in 2008
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has had a difficult year. He lost two of his three fights - one to Mitsuhiro Ishida and another to Josh Thomson. Those were the first two losses of his MMA career.
Now, Melendez is preparing to get back in the cage in the not-so-distant future.
“You’ll see me before the end of the year,” said Melendez, “I have a lot to improve in the meantime so you’ll see a much better fighter the next time out.”
At only 26, it is not far-fetched to believe that Melendez will quickly get back into the rankings as one of the best lightweights in the world. He hopes that will happen with his current organization although he stopped short of guaranteeing it.
“I have one fight left with Strikeforce, and I like them a lot,” Melendez said, “Maybe they’ll be in my future, but we’ll have to see.”
*NEW* - Crocop: "We will settle our score on NYE"
Mirko showed up at the airport in sunglasses at around 20h. Overeem smashed both of his arcades and he has two stitches on both sides. Scratches are also visible on his forehead and neck, but Cro Cop was in the mood for a short chat and said that he was upset that the match had to be stopped because he was sure that his chance would come if they were to resume.
DREAM 6 REVIEW: MOUSASI WINS MIDDLEWEIGHT GP
Armenian fighter Gegard Mousasi became the Dream middleweight champion after knocking out Brazilian grappling wizard Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the finals of the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix at the Saitama Super Arena.
Jacare wasted no time as he shot in for a takedown, finally getting a grasp on Mousasi and slamming him to the ground. From there, Jacare looked to improve position as he worked to get into side mount, but instead settled to stand over Mousasi. He then attempted to drop a bomb on Mousasi, but was met with an up kick that knocked him out as Mousasi landed a couple of more strikes before the referee stopped the fight at 2:15.
Fedor Aiming For DREAM Return
Although a year-end DREAM 7 event has not yet been officially announced, one fighter planning to be there is Fedor Emelianenko. While addressing the crowd today at DREAM 6, Fedor confirmed his interest in fighting on the show, which likely would be around the end of the year, although such a fight could cause problems due to his likely being put in the January Affliction event.
Japanese stars now bringing show to U.S.
Back in the day, American mixed martial artists often had to travel to Japan in order to face quality opponents and make real money. The sport thrived on the other side of the Pacific Ocean as it struggled on these shores.
These days, the tide has turned. With the industry troubled in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japanese fighters increasingly opt to seek fame and fortune in the United States.
Such was the case at Saturday night’s Strikeforce at the Mansion 2, where a pair of debuting Japanese stars highlighted the card. Former PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix tournament champion Kazuo Misaki stopped UFC vet Joe “Diesel” Riggs in the second round in a middleweight main event; and lightweight Mitsuhiro Ishida had the night’s best submission with an armbar victory over Justin Wilcox.
Denis Kang to face Marvin Eastman at Raw Combat on Oct. 25
Raw Combat, a promotion based out of Calgary, Alberta, has announced that PRIDE and K-1 star Denis Kang will headline their upcoming event titled “Redemption” in a middleweight affair with UFC veteran Marvin Eastman.
Kang, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 30-10-1. Kang holds victories over Akihiro Gono, Amar Suloev, Murilo Rua, and Mark Weir. Kang was last in action at Spirit MC 18: The Champion where he successfully defended his middleweight title against Jae Young Kim.
“We’re two athletic guys who like to get out there and swing. It’s going to be a very heated fight,” Kang explained in a press release. “There’s going to be a lot of desire by the both of us to win. I’m coming off a couple of losses and he is as well so we’re both going to be really hungry. Neither of us are going to take this fight lightly or take any shortcuts in training. That’s for sure.”
Eastman, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 15-8-1. Eastman holds victories over Terry Martin, Rob Kimmons, Alan Belcher and Travis Wiuff. He last fought at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale losing to heavy handed Drew McFedries.
All DREAM 6 Fighters Make Weight
All fighters competing in Tuesday's DREAM.6 event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, have successfully made weight.
There's likely a typo in the article as it says Ronaldo Souza weighed in at 284.6 pounds, which would mean he'd have missed weight by nearly 100 pounds.
UFC VET SEAN SALMON WINS AFTER LONG LAYOFF
The NAAFS made its return to the Hoop Sports Complex on Friday, Sept. 19 for Columbus Night of Pain 4 in Columbus, Ohio.
In the main event, UFC veteran Sean Salmon made a successful return to the sport after a 10-month layoff, to defeat Mitch Whitesel by TKO in round three to become the new NAAFS Pro Series Middleweight Champion. Immediately after the fight, Salmon thanked all of his fans and his opponent for the opportunity and now sets his sights on his next opponent.
In the co-main event, a new Pro Series Heavyweight Champion was crowned as Justin Black avenged an earlier loss, defeating current champion “Cujo” Joe McCall by Armbar in Round one. The new champion said after the fight that he would be open to a possible third battle between the top two fighters in the division.
Columbus native Thad Schlichter continued his winning ways with an impressive knockout victory def. Terry Davinney in the first round. Davinney entered the arena wearing a Michigan jersey, immediately making him the most hated man in the building. Schlichter took control early and remained so until picking up the win with an emphatic KO.
World Victory Road Accuses Roger Gracie of Faking Injury
Japan-MMA has the story:
-They requested an official doctors certificate and CT scan showing the injury.
-They requested Roger Gracie to come to Japan to be examined by WVR's doctor
On both these points Roger Gracie has failed to comply and WVR/Sengoku are considering penalties.
I've been critical of Roger in the past and thought maybe I was being too hard on the guy, but I have to say this looks really really weak. Travis Wiuff is not that dangerous -- unlike previous duckees Josh Barnett and Jeff Monson, he's a perfect step-ladder for Gracie at this early point in his career.
ULTIMATE FIGHTER HOGER WINS RETURN AT WCF
WILMINGTON, Mass. – Not much time was wasted before both the co-main event and the main event came to a halt on Friday night at World Championship Fighting’s WCF 4. The total time of each bout combined was a mere 31 seconds. Yet the fans in attendance still left the venue buzzing about the event without much turmoil.
It certainly wasn’t long after the bell that Ultimate Fighter Season 1 competitor Sam Hoger began his celebration. Both he and his opponent, Jason Dolloff came out eager to fight. Hoger managed to land a few kicks early on before they clinched. From there, he used some dirty boxing to land a heavy blow that dropped his opponent to his knees. He quickly spun around and gained back control where he hammered Doloff with several right hands until the referee called the bout. With the win, Hoger gained his first victory in nearly three years and started his path back to the big stage.
Dan Bonnell seems to have had the winning formula on his hands for some time now with yet another big win. This featherweight match-up had the makings to be fight of the night, but it appeared that Bonnell had different plans.
As both fighters circled, he threw a right hand that seemed to buckle Joe Cushman’s knees a bit, but they continued to feel each other out. Seconds later from the clinch, Bonnell displayed some effective dirty boxing of his own. A few punches rocked Cushman sending him to his knees. He immediately bounced back up, but Bonnell gained control of Cushman’s head again and continued to land clean shots. Cushman dropped to his back this time and Bonnell followed him, peppering him with punches before the referee stepped in. That was the fourth win in a row for Bonnell, who has continued to impress fans with solid victories.