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."
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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.
Showtime Enters Talks to Purchase Pro Elite
Showtime Networks filed public notice with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday announcing its intention to enter preliminary negotiations for the purchase of Pro Elite Inc.
Showtime, a subsidiary of the parent conglomerate CBS Corporation, already enjoys broadcasting deals with the Los Angeles-based company on both its premium cable channel and CBS. Showtime also has a 20% ownership stake in Pro Elite
Evans and Duarte latest ex-TUF 8 contestants to find work
After having been shown during last night’s season premiere for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” as failing to make it past the qualifying round and into the TUF mansion, eliminated contestants Lance Evans and Joe Duarte have already surfaced with other promotions.
Evans, the older brother of TUF 2 heavyweight winner Rashad Evans, has been announced as the opposition for former minor-league hockey enforcer Steve Bosse during TKO 35 on Oct. 3 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Evans was one of 16 light heavyweight fighters invited to Las Vegas earlier this year to fight his way onto the show. Facing jiu-jitsu black belt Vinicius Magalhaes, he elected to withdraw from the fight following the completion of the first round after complaining of a rib injury.
TUF 8's Antwain Britt to Face Rick Roufus in UWC Main Event
The Virginia Pilot has a feature piece on up-and-coming light heavyweight prospect Antwain Britt, a fighter who'll be on tonight's debut episode of The Ultimate Fighter 8 and who'll be part of the main event for UWC: Confrontation.
Suffice it to say, I have no idea how far Britt makes it in the show, but I've seen him fight three times live. He has ridiculous knockout power and unheralded showmanship. All three times I've watched him he's waxed his grossly overmatched opponents. How far Britt makes it in the fight game is difficult to forecast, but its clear there is a strong buzz developing around him in this region and beyond:
"I can't say a lot, other than I went out there, I had a lot of fun and I met 31 other fighters," he said.
Fighters lived and trained together before squaring off. The show builds story lines around the inevitable clashes and rivalries that develop in such a testosterone-fueled environment.
"They try to bring in a lot of different personalities in order to get the best effect on camera," Britt said. "Fighters have no problem letting you know they don't like you, but I get along pretty much with everybody.
"They bring in some guys for their character and some guys for their fighting ability. I was one of the guys they brought in because I'm a good fighter."
Gracie Now Off Sengoku 5
Roger Gracie has now been forced off the Sengoku 5 event due to a rib injury. After being examined by renowned physiotherapist Dr. Kevin Lidlow, Gracie was diagnosed with an intermuscular tear to the intercostal muscle between the sixth and seventh left ribs. He was to have faced Travis Wiuff. Gracie's pullout will be announced Thursday, and a replacement may be named at that time.
Sengoku Announces TV Deal In Japan
Sengoku today announced the signing of a new TV deal in Japan that will begin later this month. A special presentation later this month begins the programming then they will get a weekly Sunday airing on TV Tokyo.
Winners of Cro Cop/Overeem, Kharitonov/Mighty Mo to Fight for DREAM Heavyweight Title
Earlier today, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic appeared on Croatian channel NovaTV (a station who in the past has televised many of the Croat's bouts live for his home nation) and revealed future plans for the fledgling DREAM promotion's heavyweight division. User "loreia" on the Kakutougi forums broke the news with a quickfire translation:
From his interview for NovaTV broadcasted just minutes ago:
"Winners of two HW fights scheduled for Dream.6 will fight for Dream HW title. Those fighter will be: myself and most probably [Sergei] Kharitonov".
Affliction's Future Hinges on Main Events
I remain unconvinced Affliction's new joint promotion with Golden Boy Promotions will end in success. However, the bottom line is that Affliction had to make a major change. Financial reality hit after their first show, and they found themselves in a position where they could not afford to lose that much again, but had no way to avoid losing that much again. They deserve credit for making a major change this early. Most promotions have waited too long, lost too much, and fell by the wayside before they could make changes.
In fight promotion, it is a universal truth that the main event sells PPV buys. There's a reason UFC 66 did over a million buys and UFC 73 did under 400,000. Similarly, Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather did over 2 million buys without any fights on the undercard to speak of. If Affliction can promote joint shows with just one big MMA fight and one big boxing fight, they may be able to pull in enough buys on PPV to survive. Besides those two fights, the fights on the undercard don't matter at all, and they need to avoid fights like Matt Lindland vs. Trevor Prangley, which would have cost about $350,000 for nothing in return.
Affliction Co-Promoter Englebrecht Comments on Affliction-Golden Boy Deal
Roy Englebrecht, Affliction’s Promoter of Record for the Affliction Banned and Day Of Reckoning PPV cards, spoke exclusively with MMAPayout.com about the joining of forces between Affliction and Golden Boy:
“I am the only person in this new partnership that has worked for both entities, as the COO for Golden Boy Promotions for its first three years, and as the licensed promoter for Affliction Entertainment and their inaugural MMA show Affliction Banned show.
The Affliction Entertainment bar has been set pretty high after Affliction Banned….a sellout of 13,850 fans and a 2.1 million dollar gate. I feel very privileged to have worked with some great people in Todd Beard, Tom Atencio, Rick Kulis, Michael Cohen, Eric Foss and Clif Chason in making this first show happen. What was done by a small number of people (7), in a small amount of time (60 days), with the awesome results achieved, may never happen again!
No one captain’s a ship better than Richard Schaefer at Golden Boy Promotions, so I am confident that this partnership will come out of the gate strong and be innovative in what they will do with this new combative sports concept.
It would be my pleasure to continue to have a relationship with them.”
Despite Affliction postponement, Jay Hieron still looking to fight Oct. 11
Jay Hieron, the final reigning welterweight champion of the IFL, had been slated to debut for his new fighting home of Affliction during it’s “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view event scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. But like many other fighters, Hieron learned last week that the card would not be taking place as scheduled and that the promotion’s second show is now slated for January 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Despite the setback, Hieron has no regrets about his decision to sign with Affliction despite offers from the UFC, WEC, EliteXC, and Strikeforce, and is still working on competing on Oct. 11 at the Thomas & Mack anyway.
During an exclusive interview with FiveOuncesOfPain.com, Hieron revealed that he’s in talks with another promotion to fight on that same date.