Lashley needs just 41 seconds in MMA debut, Monson defeats Rodriguez
Highly touted WWE import Bobby Lashley (1-0) made quick work of fellow mixed martial arts rookie Joshua Franklin (0-1).
Lashley needed just 41 seconds to dispose of his opponent in the co-main event of Saturday night's "Mixed Fight Alliance: There Will be Blood" in Miami, Fla. Lashley appeared in the event while on loan from the American Fight League.
The inaugural card for the Mixed Fight Alliance also featured a unanimous decision win by ten-year veteran Jeff Monson (27-8) over former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (34-10).
Bobby Lashley: “It’s all coming together”, ready for MMA debut on Saturday
Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley made news when he recently announced his departure from the fictional fight world of the WWE to pursue a career in the extremely non fictional fight world of mixed martial arts. Far from just an entertainer, the 260 pound powerhouse is an athlete in every sense of the word. A former NAIA wrestling champion and a silver medalist at the world championships, Lashley is no stranger when it comes to the art of combat.
Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) to partner with MTVs ‘Made’
Tampa, FL: Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) is the Southeastern-based Mixed Martial Arts promotion dedicated to launching the careers of the next generation of cage warriors. MTV’s reality TV series “MADE,” now in its ninth season, follows the journey of young men and women hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream.
For the first time ever, MTV will film a young adult working to break into the Mixed Martial Arts — and XFC is the organization that will train, prepare and give this person his or her big break at XFC 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee’s 21-thousand capacity Thompson-Boling Arena on April 18, 2009.
“Everyone from Snoop Dogg to Tony Hawk to The Game has appeared on ‘MADE,’ helping young men and women from all walks of life make their dreams come true,”
Adrenaline MMA II Results: Pat Miletich Wins by KO
WW: Pat Miletich (29-7-2) def. Thomas Denny (26-18) via KO (Punches) at 0:50 of Round 2
HW: Ben Rothwell (30-6) def. Chris Guillen (13-12) via Submission (Strikes) at 3:40 of Round 1
HW: Michael Russow (11-1, 1 NC) def. Braden Bice (7-7) via Submission (North-South Choke) at 1:13 of Round 1
LHW: Mike Ciesnolevicz (16-3) def. Derrick Mehmen (4-1) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:46 of Round 2
LW: Dan Loman (11-4) def. Gabe Lemley (13-8) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:54 of Round 2
MW: Ryan McGivern (13-6) def. Geno Roderick (7-7) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:27 of Round 1
LW: Pat Curran (5-1) def. Ramiro Hernandez, Jr. (1-1) via Decision (Unanimous; 30-27 x2, 29-28)
WW: Jesse Lennox (11-1) def. Ryan Williams (7-4) via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:41 of Round 1
- MFS fighters went 5-2 on the night.
Former NCAA Champ Phil Davis to compete for PFC (Diabate Vs Sincade Main Event)
Former NCAA champion and light heavyweight prospect Phil Davis will be fighting on the West Coast for the first time when he competed for the Palace Fighting Championships in Lemoore, California on January 22.
The news was made public on Tuesday morning by Davis’ management team, Lionheart Management.
Davis, 1-0, is scheduled to face Josh Green, a veteran of both the Gladiator Challenge promotion and the pre-Zuffa WEC. Green is 4-1 with all four of his victories taking place inside of the first round.
EDIT: Famed French striker and recent EliteXC fighter Cyrille "Snake" Diabate (12-6-1) will meet "The Ultimate Fighter" and UFC alumnus Lodune Sincaid (14-6) in the main event of Palace Fighting Championship's Jan. 22 event.
Nathan Brodnax of MMAAgents.com, which represents Diabate, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements will soon be distributed and signed for the headline fight.
Diabate, a one-time PRIDE fighter who was offered an EliteXC light-heavyweight title fight before the organization canceled its Nov. 8 event, will compete for just the second time in 21 months.
Ciesnolevicz Sees Adrenaline As Springboard
During the days of the International Fight League, one team rose above the others, claiming all but one team title during the promotion’s history.
Lead by MMA legend and former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Pat Miletich, the Quad Cities Silverbacks not only produced multiple world team tournament championships, but also helped introduce some exciting young talent into the MMA spotlight.
Among the new faces to the big stage was light-heavyweight Mike Ciesnolevicz.
During his time in the IFL, he proved a formidable opponent, and after the company folded, Ciesnolevicz went old school by winning two fights in two days earlier this year. Still, he yearns to return to the spotlight, and will get an opportunity to do so on the Dec. 11 Adrenaline card, headlined by his former IFL coach and mentor.
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.