RR Star - Local Mixed Martial Arts fighter to showcase talent in Las Vegas
Ryan Stonitsch might not feel it, but the pressure will be there when he steps Wednesday onto the big stage in Las Vegas for his first World Extreme Cagefighting match.
That’s just how it is when you’re the first local to get a big-time Mixed Martial Arts fight outside of the Midwest.
“Oh, I feel it. I know there’s a whole lot of fighters from around Rockford watching to see how I do. This could be a chance to show everybody out there in Vegas, and in MMA, that guys from Rockford need to be reckoned with,” said the 31-year-old Stonitsch who is part of Wednesday’s WEC eight-bout card inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
I wish him the best, I used to live around the Rockford area and I'll be rooting for him. Looks to have the skill set to stop Alex. Should be a good fight!
Marine aims to add WEC title to Silver Star
Calling World Extreme Cagefighting's Brian Stann battle-tested is misleading. In one way, he isn't. And in another, more profound way, he is.
At 5-0, Stann's victories have come in the first round either by knockout or TKO. He hasn't exactly been challenged.
But in his day job, Stann knows what it is like to fight when the stakes are life and death.
Ed Ratcliff – Bringing the Heat to Vegas Tonight
Yeah, “9mm” is a cool nickname, one of the best in mixed martial arts today. But when you find out why WEC lightweight contender Ed Ratcliff used to be called “The Blade”, it’s even more impressive.
“I do a front flip and come down with an axe kick to the body,” laughs Ratcliff of the move performed on a prone opponent when usually leg kicks suffice as an offensive weapon. “We call that the sling blade.”
Wow. Pretty impressive. But has he ever pulled it off in a fight?
“Twice,” he said. “I missed once but I landed it on the next guy.”
Toe-to-toe with Doug "The Rhino" Marshall
I got a chance to interview WEC light-heavyweight champion Doug "The Rhino" Marshall last week. He is a very interesting character. We talked about his upcoming fight against Brian Stann, how he got started in MMA, his family, his childhood, his inspiration for fighting and how he transformed himself from a street-fighter into a mixed martial artist.
To check out the entire interview, click this link:
Official WEC Weigh-In Results
WEC Weigh-In Results
Official Weigh-in Results - WEC: Marshall vs Stann
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada
VERSUS 9pm ET / 6pm PT
Main Event – WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
Brian Stann (204) vs Doug Marshall (204)
Ed Ratcliff (155) vs Marcus Hicks (156)
Bryan Baker (184) vs Chael Sonnen (186)
Steve Cantwell (203) vs Tim McKenzie (203)
Hiromitsu Miura (170) vs Blas Avena (170)
John Alessio (170) vs Brock Larson (171)
Sergio Gomez (156) vs Richard Crunkilton (156)
Ryan Stonitsch (171) vs Alex Serdyukov (169)
Chris Manuel (136) vs Kenji Osawa (134)
Scott Harper (186) vs Logan Clark (186)
Sergio Gomez – The Price of Glory
With three brothers and six sisters, you can bet that WEC lightweight contender Sergio Gomez learned how to fight from an early age. Luckily for him, those early battles for the bathroom in the morning or for the last piece of cake on holidays have paid off to the tune of seven wins in eight pro MMA fights.
But despite his success, his only defeat - to Marcus Hicks last May - still haunts the 25-year old.
“That is the most painful way to lose a fight,” said Gomez, who seemed to have things under control against Hicks before getting submitted by a guillotine choke in the second round. “Anybody who saw that fight knows I was winning the entire time. I just got caught in something I wasn’t prepared for.”
WEC Champ Marshall is calm before the Storm
In every sport, there are athletes that claim their allegiance to one organization or another, but in this day and age of free agency and free money, the likes of a John Elway, who spent his entire Hall of Fame career quarterbacking the Denver Broncos, are the exception, not the rule.
Ed Ratcliff was raised for this
Ed Ratcliff was a basketball and football star in high school, but those sports were never more than pastimes for him.
His passion was fighting, which shouldn't be much of a surprise; Ratcliff's mother, Lacine, was a karate expert who began teaching him karate as soon as he could walk.
He used to spar with her in their living room and says she knocked him down on more than one occasion.
Ed '9MM' Ratcliff Aims at Hicks and WEC Gold
Stepping into his third fight for World Extreme Cagefighting, Ed “9mm” Ratcliff may also be competing for the chance to face lightweight champion Jamie Varner, but first he faces Marcus Hicks on March 26. The charismatic fighter recently spoke to MMAWeekly Radio about his fight career, his nickname and his upbringing, which helped lead him on the right path.
Alessio ready to pull trigger on Larson
John Alessio rarely steps away from fighting for more than three months at a time. There’s a reason for that.
“I feel like a caged pit bull right now, just wanting to get let loose,” he commented recently on MMAWeekly Radio.
WEC 33 - Logan Clark has new opponent
Logan Clark, originally slated to face Bryan Baker at WEC 33 on March 26, will instead face Scott Harper. Clark announced the bout on his website on Wednesday.
Clark was actually a last minute replacement for the injured Nissan Osterneck. During the past week, however, current middleweight champion Paulo Filho withdrew from his title defense having recently checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic for a reported substance abuse problem, leaving challenger Chael Sonnen without an opponent.
Breaking News: Filho in Clinic, Out of WEC Fight
Paulo Filho (Pictures) will not defend his WEC middleweight crown against Chael Sonnen (Pictures) on March 26, his manager, Jorge Guimaraes, told Sherdog.com.
"We tried our best with Filho, but it didn't work and he'll not fight in the WEC," Guimaraes said. "He tried with all his effort to accomplish the title defense, but he realized he couldn't do it due to chemical dependence and depression. He knew this kind of stuff does not have a link with the sport, and I'm happy he had a conscience and looked for help."
"The WEC staff was superb with us," the manager added. "They understood the situation, and Filho will return and defend his belt in June. Filho also realized who his real friends are, and he took this lesson seriously. He'll come back victorious from this tough moment and he will be supported, as mentioned, by his real friends."
Filho Will Defend Against Sonnen
Despite announcing this week that he was pulling out of a March 26 WEC middleweight title defense versus Chael Sonnen (Pictures), Paulo Filho (Pictures) will put the belt up after all, the Brazilian's manager, Ed Soares, informed Sherdog.com Thursday afternoon.
"He went through some personal issues, and he basically pulled everything together," Soares said.
Filho will not fight in March
*Translated*The new fight enters the champion of the WEC até 83kg, the Paulão Brazilian Son, and the American Chael Sonnen was postponed. The fight, that was marked for day 26 of March, in Wools Vegas, United States, was transferred to June. “I was not at a good moment, had depression problems, I am arising itself now, and the Americans had been forcing a bar I to fight now. It does not have this to be from fear to earn or to lose, but I was not motivated to train, I was not training right, then I decided to fulfill the contract and the fight was transferred to June”, disclosed Paulão.
2 Brocks Fighting At UFC 87?
In addition to Brock Lesnar fighting at UFC 87, there are unconfirmed reports that Brock Larson, currently one of WEC's top Welterweights, could fight at UFC 87. Larson has a 1-1 career UFC record and, like Lesnar, hails from Minnesota.
Former NCAA national champion signs with WEC; June show expected to be held in Sacramento
Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting has signed former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Munoz to its roster, the Vallejo Times-Herald is reporting.
According to the paper, Munoz signed a guaranteed six fight contract. Financial terms were not disclosed but the paper quotes the light heavyweight as saying the deal is a “high six-figure” contract.
The report specifies that he is scheduled to make his WEC debut on June 1 in Sacramento, Calif. at the Arco Arena. The show will be televised on VERSUS and is expected to feature a WEC featherweight title match between Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver.
Lesnar Returns In August, Pulver/Faber For Free
White also said that Brock Lesnar, whose debut on Feb. 2 led the company to one of its most successful pay-per-view events in its history, losing to Frank Mir, will have his second UFC fight in August. No opponent has been named but the leading candidate appears to be Justin McCulley.
He also said the most anticipated WEC match thus far, a featherweight title defense by Urijah Faber against Jens Pulver, will take place this summer from Sacramento as a live special on Versus.
think it's probably a good thing to keep Lesnar out longer. It looks like UFC in June will be on Spike, so they don't really need another draw, and the more time off to train before his next fight the better. There are all sorts of rumors about who he's going to be training with, including BJ Penn, but it's unclear what is true at this point
The Pulver/Faber news is good too, that PPV was going to bomb, but they can probably break a million viewers with this one if hyped well. Lots of exciting news lately!