Eddie Alvarez seeking titles on two continents
After an impressive run in the Japanese-based DREAM organization's lightweight grand prix, Eddie Alvarez (15-1) will now look to return to the U.S. on Nov. 8 in search of the EliteXC 160-pound title.
And as Alvarez recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), if the 23-year-old can defeat Nick Diaz for the title recently stripped from KJ Noons, it won't be the only title he hopes to hold in 2009.
"I tell everyone I feel like the (DREAM) title is mine," Alvarez said. "I wear it on my sleeve."
Currently riding a five-fight win streak, Alvarez defeated Andre Amade, Joachim Hansen and Tatsuya Kawajiri in 2008 to earn a spot in the DREAM lightweight grand prix finals against Shinya Aoki. That bout was to take place the same night as the Kawajiri fight, but damage to Alvarez's eye forced him out of the contest.
"It was the most bittersweet night I could have had," Alvarez said. "I did take out one of the top Japanese guys (in Kawajiri). I felt great. I honestly can say I really don't feel like anybody could have beat me that night.
Injury forces War Machine out of first fight since UFC release
Despite being tabbed to headline an MMA event in Mobile, Ala., an injury has forced "The Ultimate Fighter 6" veteran War Machine (formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver) off of tonight's card.
Scheduled opponent Mike Dolce broke the news in "The Underground," a popular online MMA forum, earlier this week and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was able to confirm the news with War Machine.
"I just pulled by groin a little over a week ago," War Machine said. "Nothing serious, but (it) screwed up my training, and I can't do anything explosive. Sucks."
The bout would have been War Machine's first since a 56-second submission loss to Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 84. The UFC released War Machine from his contract in September after the 26-year-old turned down a proposed bout with Brandon Wolff.
Bobby Lashley Set To Make MMA Debut December 13th
Waiting to make his MMA debut for quite some time now but with unforeseen circumstances standing in his way, Bobby Lashley is now set to make his Mixed Martial Arts debut.
“It’s looking like December 13th will be the date.” Lashley tells MMANews.com. “We have the contract in hand right now and we are just working out all the details but December 13th will be the date.”
Although Lashley could not go into detail about who the promotion is that he would be fighting with until the contract is officially signed, he did give a few details about the show.
“It will be in Miami, FL with one of the bigger MMA promotions there. Not one of the real big organizations like the UFC, EXC, or Strikeforce but it will be held at the American Airlines Arena so I can tell you that if it is being held at a venue like that it will be a big show.”
CONTRACT LOCKS FEDOR TO AFFLICTION, NIXES UFC
MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday learned that Affliction Entertainment has entered into a formal partnership with M-1 Global to promote mixed martial arts events around the globe.
The two entities had already been working together, but had no formal arrangement.
The partnership is bad news for fans that hope to see “The Last Emperor” tussle with Randy Couture in the UFC. The new agreement makes Emelianenko an exclusive client of Affliction and M-1 Global worldwide for the foreseeable future. Previously, Affliction’s deal with M-1 Global was exclusive only to the U.S.
so no more "Fedor to the UFC" rumor threads??????
Lindland-Sobral In Works for Affliction 2
A bout between Olympic wrestling silver medalist Matt Lindland and Renato "Babalu" Sobral are one of a few fresh bouts proposed for Affliction Entertainment’s return engagement to the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 24.
Sherdog.com confirmed the tentative tilt with both fighters’ camps.
The pair are said to have been offered and agreed upon a fight at 195 pounds to serve as a tryout point for the Brazilian as he makes his way down to middleweight. Lindland, 38, has competed at 185 pounds for the majority of his career, but has also dabbled among the light heavyweight and heavyweight ranks as well.
babalu dropping to MW!!!!
if this is successful, anyone see UFC trying to bring him in to fight Anderson?
NIGHT OF COMBAT 2 FIGHTER SALARIES & LIVE GATE
The total payout of fighter salaries for Night of Combat II was $160,500, which compares to total gate receipts of $32,405, according to the NSAC. There were 1,063 tickets sold to the event, 672 given away as comps, leaving 7,176 unsold tickets.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
– Hector Ramirez ($20,000/win bonus was $5,000) def. Rick Roufus ($15,000/win bonus would have been $5,000)
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
– Jay Hieron ($20,000) def. Chris Kennedy ($8,500)
– Mike Pyle ($20,000) def. Brian Gassaway ($15,000)
– John Alessio ($15,000) def. Gideon Ray ($15,000)
– Josh Haynes ($10,000/win bonus was $5,000) def. Sean Salmon ($7,000/win bonus would have been $5,000)
– Jonathan J.J. Mix ($3,000) def. John Halverson ($3,000)
– Patrick Gonsalves ($1,500) def. Shawn David ($1,500)
– Elena Reid ($1,500) def. Stephanie Palmer ($1,500)
– Ryan Hess ($1,500) def. Ian Omalza ($1,500)
NIGHT OF COMBAT 2 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $160,500
The Success of DEEP
Sherdog has a nice article about DEEP and the man behind it,promoter Shigeru Saeki. The story is an interesting one as it ties in the success of a regional show like DEEP into the personality and ability of Saeki himself. As for what accounts for DEEP's success, it's essentially their ability be unorthodox while offering a consistently quality product. They play outside the boundries of the Tokyo-based large promotions and that's precisely why they thrive:
As a promoter who has found success where others have not -- with female fighters and nationwide touring -- one would be hard pressed to pinpoint why Saeki has flourished when many of his peers have failed. It’s difficult enough to survive as a regional fight show in Japan without accruing huge debt in the dark days that have followed the “kakutogi boom.” Still, Deep clings to its place in the local MMA scene.
“I wouldn't be able to comment because I never realized that there was [a boom],” Saeki says. “Maybe for K-1 and Pride there was, but for myself, Shooto, Pancrase, GCM and ZST, we didn't really feel one.”
So where then does the promotion’s success originate? Another ingredient in Deep’s triumphs comes from the time-honored tradition of spectacle, which appears to work well in Japan.
“This year will be Deep’s eighth, so Japanese fans probably know what we do best by now,” Saeki says. “We're an MMA promotion, but we're also an entertainment company.”
DEEP's Megaton tournament wasn't anything I cared about and not something I'd like to see replicated in America, but if it keeps the Japanese happy and MMA alive there is some upside to it after all.
Props to Bloody Elbow.
Aleksander Emelianenko to fight at M-1 Challenge 9
Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of WAMMA champion Fedor, will take on Sang Soo Lee in a superfight at M-1 Challenge 9 in Russia on November 21.
Emelianenko (13-3) will look win his fifth straight as well as avenge his teammate Roman Zentsov's loss at M-1 Challenge 7 to Lee (9-4).
Lee of South Korea has won three in a row fighting for HEAT, DEEP and M-1 Challenge.
Emelianenko vs. Lee will be one of two superfights on the M-1 Challenge 9 card. The rest of the card from the team MMA league will be filled by matchups between Team Korea vs. Red Devil and Russia Legion vs. Team Holland.
Kalib Starnes: ‘I’m glad I’m not fighting’ in the UFC
“People like to be on the side that’s winning. They’re supportive when you’re winning and critical when you’re losing. I still get some sweet hate mails pretty regularly. There are some gyms with guys who begged me to come in there and train and do seminars before that fight and who wouldn’t return my calls or talk to me afterwards…. It’s good. It separates people who are really supportive and back you from people that are just trying to jump on your wagon while you’re successful…. [Being granted a release from the UFC] was something I’m happy about. I’m glad I’m not fighting there and will be fighting independently where I want and for whoever wants to pay me.”
Kalib Starnes talks about life after his dreadful fight against Nate Quarry at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? earlier this year, which will perhaps go down as the worst performance ever inside the Octagon in modern history. The former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) indicates that he broke his foot early in the fight, causing him to disengage and flee from “The Rock” the entire fight. UFC President Dana White, as well as those who watched the fight, were generally disgusted with the fight — the negative reaction he received was quite remarkable, actually. Starnes asked to be released from the organization shortly thereafter and the request was granted. He will return to action against Kala Kalohe Hose under the Destiny banner on November 15.
André Galvão Next Fight In November
Two times BJJ world champion, André Galvão showed his skills on his MMA debut, after submitting Jeremiah Metcalf on the second round, after being knocked down twice on the first. Getting ready for his next fight, Galvão will be at Colloseo Championship Fighting, at November 28th, to face Jared Bussemakers, who did three fights in professional MMA.
“I already signed the contract. I saw something on the internet and I think he (Jared) is from Jiu-Jitsu, he won fights by submission and, when lost, it was by knockout, I think. I’m getting ready and will be on my best for this fight”, said André, who’ll fight at welterweight division. With an undoubtedly superior ground game, Galvão won’t go to the fight thinking it’ll be easy to do his BJJ. “I believe he’s from BJJ, but he can surprise me… I’m training a lot Muay Thai, Boxing, BJJ and submission… I’m starting now in MMA and I don’t wanna underestimate nobody”.
Night Of Combat 2 - Results (*SPOILERS*)
Night of Combat II
Superfights MMA and KC Concepts
Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
October 11, 2008
-Hector Ramirez def. Rick Roufus by Unanimous Decision
-Jay Hieron def. Chris Kennedy by Unanimous Decision
-Mike Pyle def. Brian Gassaway by Submission (Armbar) at 4:21, R1
-Josh Haynes def. Sean Salmon by Submission (Achilles Lock) at 2:46, R2
-Jonathan Mix def. John Halverson by TKO at 4:25, R1
-John Alessio def. Gideon Ray by KO at 0:45, R1
-Patrick Gonzalves def. Shawn David by Submission (Kimura) at 3:51, R2
-Elena Reed def. Stephanie Palmer by TKO at 0:56, R1
-Ryan Hess def Ian Omalza by Submission (Armbar) at 3:02, R1
Bryson Kamaka out as opponent vs. Jay Hieron for Night of Combat II after drug test failure
A source has notified FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Bryson Kamaka has tested positive for marijuana and that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will not allow him to fight as scheduled vs. Jay Hieron during Saturday night’s “Night of Combat II” at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
There is still a chance that Hieron, the first and only welterweight champion of the IFL, still may compete on tomorrow’s show. Event organizers are said to be scrambling for a replacement opponent for Kamaka and area fighter Chris Kennedy could be tapped to fight Hieron.
As a result of Kamaka’s test failure, he will be subject to a fine and suspension by NSAC.
Kalib Starnes returns to action against Kala “Kolohe” Hose in Hawaii
UFC veteran and TUF 3 cast member, Kalib Starnes will be stepping back into the MMA ring on November 15 where he will be fighting the Icon Middleweight Champion, Kala “Kolohe” Hose in Hawaii on the Destiny MMA organization’s main event.
Starnes’ last fight in the UFC was back in April of this year when he fought Nate Quarry at UFC 83 in one of the most “interesting” fights in MMA history. Starnes’ technique and gameplan frustrated Quarry to the point he started coming at Starnes with one arm outstretched and one hand covering his face in a mocking gesture. Quarry was able to pull off a unanimous decision despite the unorthodox styles shown by both fighters.
Starnes’ opponent on November 15th will be the pride of Hawaii, Kala Hose, whose most notable win was against Phil Baroni back in March in an Icon Sport Middleweight Title fight where he TKO’d the New York Badass early in the fifth round and won the vacant title. Hose’s most recent fight was in August where he defended his Icon belt against Rolando Dominique in a second round TKO victory.
Ricardo Arona heads back to RINGS; gives Wandy the hat trick
“Quinton is a great fighter, but only when he’s doing well in the fight. When he fights someone like me or Wanderlei he doesn’t like it, tries the takedowns and gets lost. Wanderlei needs to do the same gameplan, doesn’t need to change anything. Quinton has a ******* hand, if he hits you, you’ll feel it, but it’s the perfect game for Wanderlei.”
– Light heavyweight standout Ricardo Arona, who is scheduled to return to the Japanese mixed martial arts promotion RINGS in 2009, weighs in on Wanderlei Silva vs Quinton Jackson III for UFC 92 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 27. The Brazilian knows a thing or two about both men, having competed against them back in PRIDE FC.
Eddie Bravo: "The Game Has Changed"
"A lot of fighters wanted to sit in half guard and pound them and rain elbows, but never try and pass the guard.
When you have that kind of attitude, you're only going to get so far. Your game is going to be so limited and
you're going to win some and lose some; you're going to bat .500 and not get very far."
TKO 35 RESULTS!!!!!!
TKO Featherweight Championship
Hatsu Hioki def. Thierry Quenneville by Submission (triangle choke), Round 1
TKO Bantamweight Championship
Noah Thomas def. Adrian Wooley by Submission (guillotine choke), Round 1
Steve Bosse def. Sebastien Gauthier by TKO, Round 1
TJ Grant def. Forrest Petz by Submission (arm triangle), Round 2, 3:55
Sean Pierson def. Jacob MacDonald by Submission (strikes), Round 1, 1:45
Jordan Mein def. Jeff Harrison by TKO, Round 1, 0:50
Mike Ricci def. Reza Kamali by Submission (rear naked choke), Round 1, 3:51
Daylin Logan def. Steve Alexopoulos by TKO, Round 1, 4:35
Remi Morvan def. Richard Ho by KO (slam), Round 2, 1:28
Aaron Tregear def. Joel Powell by TKO, Round 1
Rejean Groulx def. Greg Carpenter by Submission (armbar), Round 1, 2:55
Yannick Galipeau def. Joseph Paquet by Submission (rear naked choke), Round 1, 1:43
Josh Powell def. Harry Deley by TKO (ground and pound), Round 1, 2:24
TAYLOR DEFEATS FICKETT AT TOTAL COMBAT
Thursday night, Sycuan Ringside Promotions in association with Total Combat Entertainment presented Total Combat "Notorious" from the Sycuan Resort & Casino near downtown San Diego, Calif.
The Utlimate Fighter season 7 finalist Jesse Taylor and Drew Fickett squared off in the main event in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,800.
From the start, Taylor had Fickett on his heels which would lead to a quick take down. Once on the ground, Taylor landed heavy shots to Fickett’s head, one of which opened a two-inch gash on his forehead just above his right eye.
Taylor would continue to land shots while Fickett tried to block the assault. The referee stopped the barrage at the 1:42 mark of the first round awarding Taylor the victory via TKO.
In the co-main event, Ian McCall of Laguna Nigel, Calif. won a unanimous decision against San Diego-native Kevin Dunsmoor in a three round bantamweight bout.