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.
Marco Loro ready for Ueda and Shooto belt
Ready to fight against Masakatsu Ueda to win the Shooto’s featherweight title, Marco Loro flies tomorrow to Japan. “The preparation was very tough, I’m training three times everyday. I’m looking after this fight and I’m very confident and focused, I’ll bring this belt to Brazil”, guarantees the Nova União athlete, that says he’s ready for everything.
“I’m ready for any situation, but I’ll try to do what I always do, put him down, but I can stand with him too”, analyzes the athlete, that trained hard on feet. “I’m training a lot of Boxing and I developed it a lot”, finished the athlete, that goes with Andre Pederneiras to the Rising Sun Land tomorrow. Check below the complete card of the event.
COMPLETE CARD (subject changing):
Korakuen Hall, Tóquio, Japão
Sunday, September 28th of 2008
- Junji Sarumaru vs. Yoshitaka Aki;
- Kota Funamoto vs. Kentaro Watanabe;
- Hiroshige Tanaka vs. Mitsuru Kobayashi;
- Naoki Hirayama vs. Takuya Sato;
- Masakatsu Ueda vs. Marco Loro;
- Masaki Sugawara vs. Takuya Mori;
- Tenkei Fujimiya vs. Shuntaro Ishiwata;
- Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. Yuki Shoujou.
Jesse Taylor returns to action on Oct. 2 vs. Drew Fickett
Following his July release from the UFC, former TUF 7 middleweight contestant Jesse Taylor will be returning to action on Oct. 2 during Total Combat 32 at the Syucan Casino just outside of San Diego.
Taylor’s opponent will be another former UFC veteran, Drew Fickett.
Taylor lost a chance to compete against Amir Sadollah in the finals of TUF 7 after he was dismissed from the show following an incident at a Las Vegas hotel and casino. He had earned the right to meet Sadollah after winning a semifinal fight against Tim Credeur and remained in Vegas after the show had wrapped filming to celebrate the win.
SENGOKU PAIRINGS SET, JOSH BARNETT ADDED
World Victory Road has announced the semi-final matches for the Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix, which will take place on Nov. 1 at the Saitama Super Arena.
Two tournament favorites clash in the first semi-final match as Pancrase veteran Satoru Kitaoka faces off with Wajyutsu Keisyukai grappler Eiji Mitsuoka. Both fighters are coming off of quick submission victories at Sengoku 4. Kitaoka submitted Clay French with a heel hook in just 31 seconds while Mitsuoka submitted Rodrigo Damm with a rear naked choke in the opening round.
In the other final semi-final match, Cage Force lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota faces off against former DEEP lightweight champion Kazunori Yokota. Hirota pulled off the biggest upset in the tournament so far, knocking out IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz at Sengoku 4.
"My next fight will be in Japan with World Victory Road before the end of the year," Randleman told MMAnews.com, "They haven't thrown an opponent for me out there yet but who it is going to be better me ready."
Also within the article is a cool video that may interest you all.
ENOCH WILSON DEFENDS BELT AT SPORTFIGHT 24
Sportfight featherweight champion Enoch Wilson successfully fended off the challenge of Ultimate Fighter 5 alumnus Brian Geraghty Friday night at Sportfight 24 in Portland, Ore.
The action was fast paced as the two fighters traded positions on the ground in the opening round. Wilson landed strikes, while Geraghty went for submissions, attempting an armbar at the end of the round.
The next two rounds resembled the first as the fighters traded positions on the ground with Wilson landing hard strikes, while Geraghty looked for submissions. Geraghty started to find his groove midway through the third, gaining Wilson’s back, but he was unable to finish the choke as Wilson landed annoying strikes that opened a small cut on Geraghty’s forehead just prior to round’s end.
The fourth round was different as Geraghty on two occasions was able to take the fight to the ground, working over Wilson with short strikes. Wilson however was able to reverse out and get back to his feet, standing over Geraghty. Out of nowhere, Wilson landed a huge elbow that rocked Geraghty, finishing him off with a couple of strikes as the referee called a halt to the fight at 2:50 of the fourth round.
GABE LEMLEY RETAINS TITLE AT EXTREME CHALLENGE
RIVERSIDE, Iowa – Extreme Challenge No. 106 unfolded Friday evening, as the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort helped to lay the foundation for iconic MMA legends to compete, ironically, from outside the cage.
The fight card, labeled as Midwest vs. West Coast, summoned a flourishing amateur and pro fight team from Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy, to clash against comparable athletes from such notable coaches as Jens Pulver, Dave Menne, and Pat Miletich.
McCarthy’s venture into the Midwest was greeted with multiple losses, his team brandishing a disappointing 2-5 record on the night. Big John’s amateur competitor, German Baltazar, generated a unanimous decision win over Freddy Artega. Pro fighter Levi Kurtovich fought back from a solid spinning back kick that dropped him early in the first round, to land multiple elbows from mount, splitting open Brent Mehrhoff’s right eye and prompting the ringside doctor to stop the fight between rounds.
Vitor Belfort back at Affliction 2
With a broken hand after Affliction’s first edition with a knockout over Terry Martin, Vitor Belfort was scrapped from the second edition due to recover his injury, but the postponement of the event to 2009 was good news for the athlete, able to recover in time to fight again. “My hand is getting better. I’m doing a lot of physical training and physiotherapy. I didn’t care about the postponement, I wasn’t going to fight anyway”, jokes the fighter, the confirmed to TATAME.com he’ll be at Affliction’s next show.
Full-Time Fighter: Sean Salmon reinstated, fighting for title tonight
Finally, after 10 months, unexpected delays, enormous expense, sleepless nights and alienating myself from family and friends, the nightmare with the California State Athletic Commission is over.
That being said, I will be doing a column early next week to detail everything that went down. But the most important part is that it's all over. I've been cleared to fight and have been fully reinstated.
However, I do have to touch on California one more time. MMAAgents.com is amazing, and I am not just saying that because it's my agency. Everyone in that office Ken ("The Pav") Pavia, Nate Broadnax, Julian Grugario and the new guys, Danny and Tony, went far and above my expectations to help get this cleared up. They never once let me believe that I was an inconvience in any way (believe me, I was) -- calling, texting and emailing serveral times a day. And when I was in town, I stayed at their house, they drove me everywhere, and made sure I was fed, watered and training. MMAAgents.com couldn't fire me if they tried. Like I said, though, I will be detailing all of that next week.
Up next -- and by up next, I mean tonight -- I will be fighting in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, for the NAAFS (www.naafs.tv) middleweight belt. I take on reigning champion Mitch Whitesel.
WCF PREVIEW: SAM HOGER RETURNS TO HEAD WCF 4
On Friday night, World Championship Fighting will host their fourth MMA event as they continue to cement their position as the premiere organization in the North East. The event will once again be held at The Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. The fight card that WCF has assembled for their upcoming show is packed with great local talent as well as UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 competitor Sam Hoger.
Fighting out of his recently opened Miletich Fighting Systems affiliated gym in Houston, Hoger sports quite the hefty resume. Having fought the likes of Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Stephan Bonnar, he will surely have the edge in experience as he takes on Jason Dolloff at WCF 4.
Dolloff is a hard-hitting local heavyweight fighter who won by TKO at WCF’s inaugural event last year. Hoger is known mainly as a standup style fighter, but also possesses a well rounded game. In past fights, Dolloff has had some cardio issues as well as a lack of jiu-jitsu knowledge. Hoger should easily have the edge in all aspects, but Dolloff could use his powerful punches to pull off a huge upset win on Friday night.