Neil Grove - New Ultimate Challenge HW Champ
LONDON – Having started a new promotion with a clean slate, former Cage Rage brains Dave O’Donnell set up three clashes to determine the new champions in front of a busy London Troxy on Saturday night to close out a turbulent 2008. Here’s how it all went down…
Trying to overcome a size deficit to someone like Neil Grove means that you have to be smart, and initially, that’s exactly the strategy James McSweeney implemented having opened his account with a superman punch before concentrating on sticking and moving. Once close, Grove took no hesitation in putting the smaller heavyweight on his back and under his gait, unable to land much in the way of damage, they went back and forth before finding their way to the feet again.
Paul "Semtex" Daley Defeats John Alessio at MFC 19
Paul Daley defeated John Alessio by TKO in the second round at MFC 19 tonight. Alessio spent the first round trying for takedowns while Daley defended very well. It took over a minute before Alessio was able to get the fight to the ground but Daley stayed active on the bottom not taking any damage before eventually escaping back to his feet. As they stood Alessio appeared a bit winded and Daley closed out the round with a takedown of his own.
In the second round it was more of the same as Alessio continued to look for the takedown but Daley was able to defend and get separation. At this point Alessio's mouth was wide open and Semtex took over. A few left hooks, a couple uppercuts and a kick which landed mostly knee to face knocked Alessio to the mat. Two big shots later and the ref jumped in to save Alessio from any further damage.
It should be noted that Semtex showed up four pounds overweight and had to sacrifice 25% of his purse as a penalty. After the fight Daley said he wants to fight in January for either Sengoku or Affliction.
Wilson Reis and Tara LaRosa to compete at Extreme Challenge event on Jan. 23
The debut of Monte Cox’s Extreme Challenge promotion at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on Friday, Jan. 23 is shaping up to have strong drawing power within the Philadelphia and New Jersey markets.
Already announced as headlining the show against an opponent yet to be determined is top five ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez, who was raised in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.
Additionally, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can now confirm that both Tara LaRosa and Wilson Reis are scheduled to compete on the show as well. The news was confirmed via text message with Matt Stansell of North County Fight Club Fight Management, which represents both Reis and LaRosa.
Shooto Announces First 2009 Event
The Japanese promotion Shooto yesterday announced it's first event for 2009, "Shooto Tradition 5", to be held at Differ Ariake in Tokyo on January 18. The first bouts announced feature Shooto Pacific Rim welterweight champion Yusuke Endo taking on Dream veteran Koutetsu Boku in a non-title fight and the Shooto returns of Shooto veterans Junya “Kodo” Kudo and Jin Akimoto.
Sylvia Aims at Japan, Ken Shamrock
After losing to Fedor Emelianenko last July, Tim Sylvia plans for a big return.
The former UFC heavyweight champion is prepared to fight in Japan in roughly 30 days. Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, is actively seeking a fight for “The Maine-iac” on K-1 and Dream’s co-promoted “Premium 2008 Dynamite” card on Dec. 31 or World Victory Road’s Sengoku event on Jan. 4. Cox said Sylvia has been granted a certificate of eligibility to participate in either promotion.
Mike "The Hulk" Easton vs. Chase Beebe for UWC Bantamweight Championship
UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge
MAN "O" WAR
Mike Easton vs. Chase Beebe UWC World Championship Title Fight
Washington, DC - East coast regional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) powerhouse the UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge announced today the signing of a fight between H.I.T. Squad's Chase Beebe and Team Lloyd Irvin's Mike "The Hulk" Easton. The bantamweight bout (135lbs) will be the Co Main Event for UWC: MAN "O" WAR, which will take place February 21st, 2009 at the George Mason University Patriot Center Arena in Fairfax, VA. The winner will be crowned the UWC Bantamweight Champion of the world.
Drew Fickett wins, Rick Roufus TKO'd at PFP event in Canada
UFC veteran Drew Fickett (36-8) made an efficient showing this past weekend and picked up just his second victory in his past five fights with a first-round submission win over Jason MacKay (8-2) via triangle choke.
However, famed kickboxing legend Rick Roufus (4-5) didn't fare as well during a first-round TKO loss to Ryan Jimmo (9-1).
Is UWC The East Coast's Strikeforce?
Some people learn from success and others through abject failure. Savvy businessmen mix both and add a dash of historical lessons learned by others to make a recipe for success. S. Marcello Foran, the CEO of Ultimate Warrior Sports Development-the parent company of upstart MMA promotion Ultimate Warrior Challenge, seems to be one of those people. He even has a 7-step recipe to make UWC successful.
Fields Dynamite to air on TBS
DreamFighters.com has learned that Fields Dynamite will be aired on TBS. News came out last night as sources confirmed meetings and a press conference between both parties, and today with on DREAMOFFICIAL.
Tag Team Mixed Martial Arts
From ZST 18 at Differ Ariake in Tokoyo, Japan on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008:
6th Match - GT-F Tag Team Title Bout (total weight 135 kg) Bout 15 min
Hideo Tokoro (Japan / Team ZST) & Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team-ROKEN) vs. Takumi Yano (Japan / Koppou Ugokai Yano Takumi Dojo) & Daisuke Yokoyama (Japan / X-ONE GYM Shonan)
Winner: Hideo Tokoro and Masakazu Imanari by Decision (2-1)
Manhoef Coming Out Of Retirement...Sort Of
It seems that Melvin Manhoef's "retirement" was merely a break to recharge after losing to Gegard Mousasi in the DREAM MWGP. After just 2 months Manhoef will return to action, but not MMA yet-he has a kickboxing fight coming up at a K-1 event next month then another one in February.