Tim Kennedy planning to leave Armed Forces and pursue full-time MMA career
While not yet a household name in mixed martial arts, middleweight Tim Kennedy has all the tools needed to go far in the sport.
Despite an impressive 9-2 record with notable victories over Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Dante Rivera, Ryan McGivern, and Hector Urbina, Kennedy has yet to breakthrough into the sport’s upper-echelon at 185 pounds.
The issue for Kennedy has been that since 2001, he has competed in just 11 pro bouts. His part-time fight schedule can be directly attributed to the fact that he’s Staff Sargent with the United States Army.
Tara LaRosa and Bobby Lashley booked for American Fight League's PPV debut
Within the next couple months, the American Fight League will attempt to find a success in a place most MMA organizations haven't: pay per view.
The Kentucky-based organization, which garnered some headlines earlier this summer with the signings of notable free agents such as top female fighter Tara LaRosa and former WWE star Bobby Lashley, will makes it PPV debut this fall, and the fight card is starting to take shape.
AFL Director of Public Relations Sean McClure today said that the organization is close to an official event announcement.
ULTIMATE FIGHTER ALUMNUS SAM HOGER RETURNS
World Championship Fighting on Tuesday announced that former Ultimate Fighter reality show star Sam Hoger will return to mixed martial arts competition at the promotion’s Sept. 19 event in Wilmington, Mass.
Following a win over highly touted Bobby Southworth at the inaugural Ultimate Fighter Finale, Hoger’s time in the UFC was rocky, amassing a 2-3 record in the Octagon. His last two bouts for the promotion were decision losses to top light heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.
He then moved on to the International Fight League (IFL), where he dropped his lone bout for that promotion to UFC veteran Vernon “Tiger” White.
Hominick to take on Tommy Lee at TKO 35
Mark Hominick will look to avenge a 2003 loss when he takes on WEC veteran Tommy Lee at TKO 35 October 3rd, 2008. MMATraining.com confirmed the news with Hominick Tuesday morning. Lee defeated Hominick by knock out back in August of 2003 with a slam. The American, Lee holds a professional record of 22-6 and will look to build on his 3 fight win streak as he steps back into the cage at TKO 35 in Montreal.
ALVAREZ WANTS HANSEN, GOMI AND GOLD
Coming off of one of the most impressive tournament runs ever, in the Dream lightweight Grand Prix, Eddie Alvarez is back home, his eye is just fine, and he’s got 20/20 vision locked on to several possible opponents for his next fight.
When the 2008 Dream lightweight Grand Prix was finished, Alvarez stood as the only fighter still undefeated, but unfortunately an injured eye following his fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri prevented him from fighting in the finals.
Edson Drago Out Of Hospital
American Top Team recruit Edson Drago is out of hospital and recovering in his hometown of Porto Alegre.
Drago was involved in a motorcycle collision in Rio de Janeiro in June that left him with massive lung and kidney damage.
His shoulder was also severely injured in the accident, which occurred when he was riding his Yamaha R1 at high speed.
Drago told intheguard.tv that the crash happened as he was driving on what he thought was a straight road.
“I accelerated and a corner appeared faster than I imagined,” he said. “I lost control and collided with a tree.”
The accident occurred not long after Drago had announced a move to American Top Team, which is home to a number of fellow Brazilians, including Thiago Alves and JZ Calvacante.
Loiseau vs. Hutcherson to headline XMMA 5: “It’s Crow Time”
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through a source speaking on the condition of anonymity that UFC veterans David “The Crow” Loiseau and Solomon Hutcherson will square off in the main event at XMMA 5: “It’s Crow Time”.
Loiseau, a native of Montreal, Quebec, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 17-8-0. Since his release from the UFC and EliteXC, Loiseau has gone 3-1 with victories over Freddie Espiricueta, Todd Gouwenberg, and Andrew Buckland.
Hutcherson, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 10-4. Hutcherson appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter 3? and fought on the TUF 3 Finale losing to Luigi Fioravanti. Since leaving the UFC, Hutcherson has gone 4-0 stopping Anthony Trotter, Nabil Khatib, George Allen, and Marcus Hicks.
Baroni to fight for Palace Fighting Championships on Sept. 26
The Palace Fighting Championships have announced that the “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni will be fighting on the promotion’s Sept. 26 show in Lemoore, Calif.
Baroni, expected to compete at welterweight, is scheduled to face former WEC veteran Olaf Alfonso during the promotion’s Palace Fighting Championships 10 show.
The former UFC middleweight is now 2-0 after losing via first round TKO on primetime network television against Joey Villasenor during CBS’ first-ever MMA telecast on May 31.
Soon after the loss to Villasenor, Baroni announced his intention to move from middleweight to welterweight. He made his 170 pound debut while competing for ProElite-owned Cage Rage on July 12, where he knocked out Scott Jansen at 3:18 of round 1.
Fedor says he’ll return by New Year’s Eve; rematch with Cro Cop unlikely
Sports Illustrated was able to catch up with Fedor Emelianenko and get some comments on him in regards to when he thinks he’ll be able to step back into the ring as well as his future fight plans:
“I think definitely by New Year’s Eve I’ll be ready to go,” the 31-year-old Russian told SI.com Sunday.
“My desire at this point is to meet with the winner of the fight,” said Emelianenko, the only current WAMMA champ. “But I still have a desire to fight with whomever loses as well.
Hosman, Curran Victorious at XFO 25
Despite main eventer Bart Palaszewski being scratched from the card after opponent Eric Wisely failed pre-fight blood tests, Xtreme Fighting Organization’s latest offering went on without much of a hitch Saturday night at the Sideouts Bar And Eatery in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
XFO bantamweight champion John Hosman successfully defend his title against Shawn Tompkins-trained James Haourt in the night’s new main attraction. After controlling Haourt on the ground throughout the first three minutes or so of the fight, Hosman stunned Haourt with a trio of elbows, allowing him to sink in a fight-ending rear naked choke that ultimately put Haourt to sleep.
Affliction ‘Day of Reckoning’: Pedro Rizzo vs Ben Rothwell
Affliction fighters Ben Rothwell (29-6) and Pedro Rizzo (16-8) have been scheduled to face off at October’s “Day of Reckoning” in a match that will right one ship and sink the other.
Rothwell is coming off a strong effort against Andrei Arlovski at Affliction “Banned” on July 19 that saw him hanging tough - only to eventually succumb to the Belarusian’s superior striking and ability in the third round.
It was Rothwell’s first loss in 14 fights and just sixth overall. He was unstoppable in the now defunct IFL and at just 27 years of age, is at or nearing his prime.
Rizzo on the other hand, may be feeling a sense of urgency. “The Rock” still garners respect from his ability to hit like a wrecking ball, but he’s not been able to demonstrate the kind of striking that made him famous earlier in his career.
His knockout loss to Josh Barnett last month probably hasn’t helped matters, but it looks like he’ll get another chance to turn things around against Rothwell.
From a career standpoint, it could be now or never.
Affliction “Day of Reckoning” takes place on October 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and features the main event of Josh “The Babyface Assassin” Barnett (23-5) vs. Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (13-5).
BART PALASZEWSKI HEADS XFO 25
The XFO returns on Saturday, Aug. 9. Known as the “small show with big fights,” X-treme Fight Organization will hold its 25th event in Island Lake, Ill.
Headlining the show will be IFL and XFO veteran Bart Palaszewski. “Bartimus” is scheduled to face Eric Wisely in lightweight action. The Team Curran fighter defeated UFC veteran Jeff Cox in his last outing at the inaugural Adrenaline MMA event.
Pat Curran looks to continue his unbeaten streak when he takes on HIT Squad fighter Amir Khillah. The featherweight prospect is coming off of a win over Lazar Stojadinovic. The crew at Tapout were on hand to film Curran recently and his fight will be profiled in a future episode of the Tapout show.
Sengoku announces four fighters for Middleweight Grand Prix
World Victory Road’s Sengoku promotion has announced four of the eight fighters that will be competing in its Middleweight Grand Prix beginning at Sengoku 5 on Sept. 28 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium.
According to a press release received by FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Friday, Jorge Santiago, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Siyar Bahadurzada, and former UFC and PRIDE light heavyweight Kazuhiro Nakamura will all be a part of the tournament field.
More on Fedor Emelianenko's hand injury
Soon after Affliction's debut event in July and Fedor Emelianenko's quick main-event victory over Tim Sylvia, the California State Athletic Commission confirmed that the Russian fighter had been issued a 180-day medical suspension due to a right-hand injury.
The injury will keep Emelianenko from making a scheduled return at Affliction's Oct. 11 show.
On this week's edition of "Inside MMA," which airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on HDNet, Bas Rutten discusses why he thinks Emelianenko is so susceptible to hand injuries.
And thanks to you partnership with the weekly MMA news show, we now have an exclusive preview clip of that conversation.
"It's the way he hits," Rutten said. "It's a little awkward. It's not an overhand. It's a really crazy punch, and he connects with it. That's the whole problem, once you connect with a crazy punch."
TKO 35 to feature three title bouts; Mark Hominick expected to headline
TKO Championship Fighting will be presenting TKO 35 live at the Bell Centre on Friday, October 3, 2008. As of now the card is currently rumored to be featuring three title bouts including champions Hatsu Hioki, Adrian Wooley, and Jesse Bongfeldt. Also expected to appear on the card are UFC veteran Mark “The Machine” Hominick, Steve Bosse, and Jeff Harrison.
Ultime Fanatic is reporting that Adrian “The Bully” Wooley will be defending his TKO bantamweight title against The Ultimate Fighter alumni Noah Thomas. Wooley is currently one of Canada’s brightest prospects who holds dominant victories over Guillaume Lamarche, Syd Barnier, and Danny Martinez.
TKO is currently in the hunt for an opponent to face Japanese-featherweight Hatsu Hioki. Hioki was originally set to clash horns with Stephane “Simba” Vigneault but the fight was scrapped when it was announced that Vigneault had suffered a nasty eye injury during training. Hioki, known for his history in Shooto, has fought under the TKO banner twice defeating UFC veteran Mark Hominick in both outings.
David Loiseau to Headline XMMA 5 on Sept. 13
Xtreme MMA has announced that hometown favorite David “The Crow” Loiseau will headlined their September 13th card titled “XMMA 5: It’s Crow Time”.
Loiseau, a native of Montreal, Quebec, is a part owner in the fledging promotion alongside good friend and fellow fighter Steve “The Snake” Claveau. Loiseau and Claveau went into business together in September 2007 and have since reeled off four successful events. XMMA is molding itself as one of the country’s top promotions alongside MFC and TKO Championship Fighting.
Loiseau has extremely deep roots in Quebec which include fourteen appearances where he amassed an impressive record of 11-3 with victories over notable names such as Shawn Tompkins, Joe Doerksen, and Tony Fryklund.
Dream 6 Tourny Announced: Zelg vs Jacare!
Dream has today officially announced the line-up for their 4-man Middleweight World Championship Tournament, which will take place on September 23rd at Dream 6: Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 Final.
Zelg "Benkei" Galesic, who has carved himself a fearsome reputation in Japan by winning both of his previous fights at Dream, will be facing the slightly less experienced but just as deadly BJJ Specialist Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, who has likewise won both of his previous outings at Dream and holds a 7-1-0 MMA record.
This could be a classic striker vs grappler match-up, with Zelg holding a clear advantage in the striking department, and Jacare being super-slick on the ground. However, Zelg has been working extremely hard on his ground game of late and has pulled off some surprises of his own from the ground, including knocking out Mark Weir from within his guard, and then going on to win several fights by submission, including two armbars and a Kimura. This could well be one of the best fights of the event!