Fight Path: For XFC's big man Chris Barnett, martial arts was a family affair
Chris Barnett was a solid 320 pounds when went into the Xtreme Fighting Championships tryout in October.
The Tampa gym was busy with fighters who wanted a shot at MMA, especially in an organization known to host some of the most exciting up-and-comers around. Not many of them, though, had heard about the tryout following a breakdancing back-and-forth with one of the organization's representatives, as Barnett had.
But Barnett was unusual in several ways. He had come from a taekwondo-practicing family with an Air Force father who was quiet but respected. He had been a small-college wrestler who had learned judo with a friend because, frankly, there's not much else to do in Campbellsville, Ky.
Fred Ettish to Return!
Here's one for the veteran Fan. The Long-Ridiculed Cult Figure Hopes to Exercise his Cage Demons, at 53 years of Age.
Maybe they can get Keith Hackney or someone to face him.
Tim Boetsch Talks KOTC Debut, Possible Future with Strikeforce
Former UFC light heavyweight Tim Boetsch will be back in the cage on Aug. 15 in a matchup against IFL veteran Aaron Stark at King of the Cage "Thunderstruck" in Everett, Washington.
In his UFC debut at UFC 81, Boetsch (8-3) became an immediate fan favorite with his dismantling of David Heath on ten days' notice. But one win and two losses later were enough for him to be handed his walking papers after UFC 96 in March.
FABIAN ACUNA: RING OF FIRE'S NEXT STAR?
It seems the stream of talent coming out of Colorado’s Ring of Fire event is ever-flowing, consistently producing some of the best young talent in the sport.
Latest to flow down the pipeline is Fabian Acuna, a fighter some call “The 155-pound Cung Le.”
After taking nearly six years off from the sport, Acuna returned to action in April, defeating James Martinez at Ring of Fire 34 in just over a minute-and-a-half.
Xtreme Fighting Championships heading to Germany, eyeing European expansion
The Florida-based Xtreme Fighting Championships will be the second U.S.-based MMA promotion to enter Germany, as the company has finalized plans for an event in Berlin on Dec. 12.
XFC officials today informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the organization has partnered with a German-based promotion to produce a series of events in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2009 and 2010.
The UFC was the first U.S.-based organization to visit Germany, promoting June's UFC 99 in Cologne.
RING OF FIRE: GUNDERSON SEIZING TITLE SHOT
After continued success in the Northwest fight circuit, John “Quick Guns” Gunderson has found it difficult to break through on the national stage.
Rollercoaster results in the International Fight League (IFL) were followed up by a lengthy amount of time off due to injury, further setting back what had looked like a promising career.
Undeterred, a return to action this year has seen Gunderson go 3-1. He’s on the verge of possibly making the breakthrough into the spotlight with a title shot in the highly respected Ring of Fire promotion on Aug. 1 against tough Chilean fighter Fabian Acuna.
Ryo Chonan next fight against Jutaro Nakao at DEEP: ‘43rd Impact’ on Aug. 23
DEEP, which recently announced the acquisition of Pride FC and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Ryo Chonan (15-10), has revealed that “The Piranha” will take on Jutaro Nakao (22-14-4) at DEEP: “43rd Impact” from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 23.
Chonan most recently competed under the UFC banner, amassing a disappointing record (1-3) with the promotion. His last outing was split decision loss to Canadian grappler TJ Grant (14-3) at UFC 97: “Redemption” this past April.
PFC (PALACE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP) SHUTS DOWN, TACHI PALACE MOVING ON
The Palace Fighting Championship is no more. Well, at least in its most recent form.
MMAWeekly.com on Monday night was able to confirm with multiple sources that the Palace Fighting Championship has immediately ceased operating events at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., severing a longstanding relationship. The promotion’s web site has also been shut down.
Filho Back To Brazil After DREAM
It's not taking long for Paulo Filho to get fights lined up for him. After his matchup with Melvin Manhoef at Monday's DREAM 10, it's back to Brazil to face Alex Schoenauer at Bitetti Combat's September 12 event in Rio. The card features several top other Brazillian fighters including Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and other notable fighters including UFC veterans Pedro Rizzo & Jeff Monson facing off plus Marvin Eastman and Glover Teixeira.
Bitetti Combat: Jeff Monson vs Pedro Rizzo in the works for Sept. 12
A heavyweight battle between stocky grappling guru Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (30-8) and former WVC heavyweight champion Pedro Rizzo (16-9) is in the works for “Bitetti Combat” from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 12, according to Super Lutas.
The titanic tilt is actually a rematch from their September 2007 fight at “Art of War 3? from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Rizzo dropped Monson midway through the third with a series of punches for what has turned out to be his only victory in his last three fights.
Leading UK MMA org folds; follows collapse of Cage Rage and Cage Warriors
Leading UK MMA promotion Cage Gladiators has today announced it has ceased operations and will no longer be staging events.
The Liverpool-based event produced a number of current UFC fighters, including Terry Etim and Paul Kelly, as well as hosting internationals such as Melvin Manhoef and Paul Cahoon.
Cage Gladiators released a statement this afternoon. "After many successful MMA events Cage Gladiators Ltd is sad to announce that it will no longer be putting on MMA events and is ceasing trading," it read.
Not so fast, Tito...
In a video interview we recently posted with Tito Ortiz shot this past weekend in Pittsburgh, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" said that he is set to start his own organization, Punishment Fighting Championships, in association with Strikeforce.
"I'm starting my own organization also with Strikeforce called "Punishment Fighting Championships," Ortiz said. "So, you know, just not as a promoter, I'll be competing also, and bringing some other guys around and trying to create superstars."
However, when Fanhouse contacted Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz Tuesday, he made it pretty clear that no agreement is in place with Ortiz.
"I don't know anything about it," Afromowitz said........
Ryo Chonan, Masakazu Imanari Return to DEEP
Five fighters took to the ring during the intermission of Tuesday night's DEEP "42nd Impact" at Korakuen Hall, which saw Riki Fukuda (15-4) crowned as the new middleweight champion and the seemingly reborn Kazuyuki Miyata (7-7) improve his current win streak to two.
Javier Vazquez says Din Thomas, state commission to blame for "Ultimate Chaos" fiasco
As with any dispute, there are always two sides to every story.
And as "Ultimate Chaos" victor Javier Vazquez today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) such was the case with this past Friday's weigh-in fiasco in Biloxi, Miss., which ultimately cost Din Thomas a chance to fight – and took money from Vazquez's pocket.
"I never went up to the commission," Vazquez said. "I never bitched and complained. I never said anything. It wasn't my job to do that. That's the commission's job to do that."
Din Thomas Upset Over Being Pulled From Ultimate Chaos
Din Thomas, who was forced to withdraw from his contest at Ultimate Chaos on Saturday against Javier Vasquez, is upset over the circumstances surrounding his withdrawal.
"I got to 146.6 and when I asked the athletic commission if I was okay, they said ‘yes.' It made sense because some commissions allow you a two-pound allowance. So I left the stage and started drinking right away to get re-hydrated. Javier's camp then apparently told the commission that they wanted me to cut the extra half-pound. So I tried and damn near killed myself in the sauna. It didn't make sense — if Javier wanted me to cut the weight why wasn't I told on the stage? I would have dropped my drawers and made it."
Thomas was forced to withdraw after he began feeling ill attempting to cut the weight to make the 145lb limit. Mark Kergosien replaced Thomas and ended up losing by submission in the first round.
Vasquez Camp: Thomas Out at ‘Ultimate Chaos’
Javier Vazquez will make his anticipated return to mixed martial arts competition on Saturday but not against UFC veteran Din Thomas.
Just hours before their scheduled featherweight bout, the Vazquez camp confirmed that Thomas bowed out of the match at Fight Force International “Ultimate Chaos” at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. Vazquez, who announced his retirement following a 2007 submission victory against JC Pennington, will instead lock horns with Mark Kergosien, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist anchored in Mississippi.
“Din pulled out,” said Romie Aram, a UFC veteran and one of the founders of the Millennia Mixed Martial Arts Training Center, where Vazquez trains. “He had issues making weight and got himself sick.”
Ultimate Chaos: Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp Weigh-In Results
Main Card Bouts:
• Bobby Lashley (255.4) vs. Bob Sapp (322.2)
• Pedro Rizzo (243.6) vs. Gilbert Yvel (237)
• Din Thomas (146.6) vs. Javier Vazquez (144.8)
• Chris Horodecki (155) vs. William Sriyapai (154.8)
• Brett Cooper (169.2) vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf (168.4)
• Tom Atencio (160.4) vs. Randy Hedderick (159)
• Danny Abbadi (174.6) vs. James Orso (173.2)
• Eric Bradley (170.4) vs. Kelly Leo (168.4)
• Colin McKee (174.2) vs. Lance Thompson (172)
• Eric Graham (159) vs. Drew Wallace (159)
• Greg Maher (265.2) vs. Rocky Overstreet (253.4)
Che Mills Ramping Up For Another Run With BAMMA
The inaugural British Association of Mixed Martial Arts rolls into view Saturday night and C’he Mills for one can’t wait to get the event underway.
“It’s the first show, but from what has been said so far it sounds good. I am just looking forward to getting in there,” explained the Gloucester based fighter, adding, “I fought three weeks ago as a warm-up in a local Somerset show. I won that, but now I am looking forward to the fight this weekend.”
He faces Edgelson Lua in his first BAMMA bout.
Bob Sapp is going to ‘wreck’ Bobbly Lashley at ‘Ultimate Chaos’
“[Bobby Lashley is] looking for a train wreck. I’m the train that’s going to wreck him. He’s expecting me to go three rounds … no. I’m going to knock him out. He’s looking for me? He’ll see me after I knock him out and he’s laying there looking up at me. Everybody’s going to see what ‘Ultimate Chaos’ means … me and Bobby Lashley.”
SYLVIA WILL STILL FIGHT; ADRENALINE WILL RETURN
Adrenaline MMA promoter Monte Cox says in the fight business, things can go either way.
Things like your choice of fights, venue, and production budget. It can take very little to change a proposed MMA show. Just like the fights, the margin for error is slim – especially when you’re in a foreign territory.
“Anytime you go somewhere for the first time, you’re always going to encounter resistance,” said Cox. “You have hometown promoters that don’t want you there; you don’t really know who the local fighters are that draw; you don’t know where to go to get the best sponsors. And you’re not always treated fairly because you’re the out of town guy.”