Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 09/28/2012
By PDG Staff
Superkombat WGP 11 – Qualification Fight Card Update
Superkombat WGP 11 – Qualification will be held at Galleria Mall, the biggest commercial center from Arad, Romania. In the main-event, the Romanian star Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) will fight against Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the winner will take a Wild Card for Superkombat WGP 12 – Final Elimination scheduled in November 10, 2012.
Fourteen fighters from eight countries will fight for glory and honor in the biggest combat event from Southeastern Europe broadcasted live by Eurosport International and Eurosport Asia-Pacific in 75 countries from 4 continents on October 20, 2012.
Goran Radonjic (Montenegro), Steve Banks (United States), Fikri Ameziane (Morroco) and Roman Kleibl (Czech Republic) are trying to win the tournament and to take the last place in Superkombat WGP 12 – Final Elimination scheduled in November 10, 2012. In the reserve tournament, the winner of “The Bodyguard – Special Forces” Razvan Ghita (Romania) will meet Dmitri Bezus (Ukraine).
In the super fights, the heaviest stand-up fighter in the world Alexandru Lungu (165 kg) will fight against the American veteran Deutsch Pu’u (125 kg) and the Romanian rising star Andrei Stoica will have an opponent from Croatia, Tony Milanovic.
This will be the second event held in a mall after Superkombat WGP 6 – Fight Club from November 17, 2011. “I choose this location because it provides very good conditions.”, said Eduard Irimia. More than 1.500 fans are expected at the event, many of them from Serbia and Hungary.
Superkombat WGP 11 – Qualification Fight Card:
National Title of Romania (75 kg):
Miodrag Olar vs. Adrian Mitu
Reserve Tournament (+96 kg):
Razvan Ghita (Romania) vs. Dmitri Bezus (Ukraine)
Tournament Fighters (+96 kg):
Goran Radonjic (Montenegro)
Steve Banks (United States)
Fikri Ameziane (Marroco)
Roman Kleilb (Czech Republic)
Super Fight (+125 kg):
Alexandru Lungu (Romania) vs. Deutsch Pu’u (United States)
Super Fight (95 kg):
Tony Milanovic (Croatia) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
Super Fight (+96 kg):
Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) vs. Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit – Fight Card Update
There can only be one undisputed welterweight champion, and in Montreal, Quebec, champions Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit go head-to-head for the world title.
UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
November 17, 2012
Montreal Bell Centre
Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit – UFC welterweight title unification bout
Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann
Tom Lawlor vs. Francis Carmont
Cyrille Diabate vs. Chad Griggs
Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara
John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout
Antonio Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damm
Azamat Gashimov vs. Ivan Menjivar
Stephen Thompson vs. Besam Yousef
Strikeforce Announces Cancellation of Saturday’s Event in Sacramento
Strikeforce announced earlier this week that its event planned for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. has been cancelled. Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy, sustained an injury in training that forced his withdrawal from the card.
Without the Melendez-Healy title bout, SHOWTIME, which determines which fights are televised on the premium network, decided that it would not air Saturday’s scheduled event.
“When SHOWTIME informed us that it would not be airing the event, we made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday’s card in Sacramento,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “Without a television partner, we simply could not move forward with this event. We wish Gilbert a speedy recovery and will work diligently and quickly to reschedule the fighters affected by this news on upcoming cards.”
Mixed Martial Arts Officially Recognized as a Sport in Russia
Historically important conference was held this week at the Ministry of Sports. Mixed martial arts was officially recognized as an official sport in Russia at that conference, Russian MMA Union headed by its president Fedor Emelianenko and Vadim Finkelstein will oversee development of MMA and official MMA tournaments in Russia starting from that day. Russia has finally become the country where MMA is not only legal, but also supported by the government.
After 15 years of hard work and over 150 tournaments organized around the world, our sport has finally got official recognition and support from the government. This is another very important step towards the goals that the Russian MMA Union has set since the day it had been founded. The first national amateur MMA championship will take place in Moscow this week, from 28th to 30th of September.
Undefeated Cat Zingano Rejoins Invicta FC 3 Event, Set To Face Raquel Pennington Oct. 6
In the wake of her canceled Strikeforce debut, undefeated sensation Cat “Alpha” Zingano (6-0) of Denver, Colo. will rejoin the much-anticipated Invicta Fighting Championships women’s Mixed Martial Arts fight card at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 6 and battle highly-touted prospect Raquel “Rocky” Pennington (3-1) of Colorado Springs, Colo. in a featured bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup.
Pennington’s original Invicta FC opponent, Kim Connor-Hamby, has withdrawn from the event due to injury. Following the cancellation of Zingano’s scheduled Sept. 29 Strikeforce matchup with Amanda Nunes, Invicta FC officials offered Zingano and Nunes the opportunity to square off with each other on the upcoming Invicta FC card. An injury that Nunes had sustained, however, prevented her from accepting the opportunity.
Zingano was originally tabbed for action on the Invicta FC 3 card, but Invicta FC officials sent her to Stikeforce after the opportunity to face Nunes, a top contender, arose.
“We are excited about bringing Cat back into the fold and to be able to give her the opportunity to compete on an Invicta FC card after preparing as much as she did for her scheduled fight with Amanda,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
The 5-foot-6, 30-year-old Zingano tip-toed her way into combat sports after becoming the only girl to join her high school wrestling team and, later, competing in college where she earned All-American honors. In 2007, she began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Mauricio Zingano, whom she later married, and went on to win a number of tournaments, including the 2007 World Jiu Jitsu Championships. Her success in the grappling art and a third round TKO victory in her only amateur MMA bout were the catalysts behind the launch of her professional fighting career.
To date, Zingano has been unstoppable in the hybrid combat sport, earning four of her six victories by way of either KO or submission. All three of her last wins came by way of KO or TKO. Pennington’s start will be her second in the Invicta FC cage. The 5-foot-7, 24-year-old earned a unanimous decision over Sarah Moras at the last Invicta FC event on July 28 and, less than six weeks after that, returned to action in Honolulu, Hawaii where she submitted Raquel Pa’aluhi with a guillotine choke in the first round (3:52) of their meeting.
Before her professional debut in March when she scored a second round (2:25) TKO on Kim Couture with a series of knee strikes to the body, Pennington enjoyed a healthy amateur career that spanned three years and saw her amass a record of 7-1.
Spirit Dojo – Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley
Bellator Heavyweight KO Artist Brett Rogers Preparing For Tournament Debut at American Top Team
Looking to build on his recent second-round TKO victory, heavy-handed KO artist Brett “Da Grim” Rogers (12-4) of St. Paul, Minn. has joined premiere Mixed Martial Arts training camp American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. in preparation for his first Bellator Fighting Championships heavyweight tournament matchup in Hammond, Ind. on Oct. 5, live on MTV2.
The 31-year-old, 6-foot-5, 265 pound Rogers will face an opponent to be announced at Horseshoe Casino in the quarterfinal round of Bellator’s seventh season tournament, the winner of which will have earned a total of $100,000 in prize money.
“I’ve found a new home here at American Top Team and owe a lot of thanks to them. Coming here has changed my outlook on my career and life, in general, and I’m going to show the world that,” said Rogers, who stopped rival Kevin Asplund in a Bellator matchup on June 22. “When I get in the cage on Oct. 5, people are going to see a different Brett Rogers – better skilled and more confident than ever.
“Brett has demonstrated a sincere re-commitment to his career and to becoming a more well-versed fighter,” said American Top Team Head Trainer and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Ricardo Liborio, who has been working hand-in-hand with Rogers. “I always thought Brett could be one of the most dangerous heavyweights in MMA because of his raw strength and punching power, but that he was also lacking the ground fighting skills necessary to succeed at the highest level of the sport. That’s all changing now and, come next month, people will start seeing that.”
Lightweight kickboxing KO artist ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Moxon signs exclusive, multi-fight deal with GLORY
Fast-rising lightweight (70 kg/154 pounds) star ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Moxon (29-4-1, 16 KO’s) of Australia has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with GLORY to compete in the world’s premier kickboxing league.
At 169 cm (5-foot-5), the 24-year-old Moxon, one of the hottest properties on the Australian fight circuit, is also one of the shortest fighters in his weight class. That might explain why his favorite fighter of all time is two-time heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, one of the shortest, but most lethal heavyweight fighters of all-time who toppled dozens of much physically larger opponents throughout his memorable career.
Moxon’s dynamite-like power in both hands combined with the tremendous amount of forward pressure he puts on opponents while looking for the finish from the opening bell, have been the key factors behind his repeated, highlight-reel worthy finishes.
“I am honored that GLORY has taken notice of my fights and has called me up to the big show to compete amongst the greatest caliber of competition in the sport of kickboxing,” said Moxon. “I am going to show the world that Stone Cold is the real deal and can thrive in the deepest of waters.
“Steve has been thrilling fans in Australia with his aggressive style and phenomenal power and has earned the opportunity to fight on the biggest kickboxing stage in the world,” says Marcus Luer, Managing Director of GLORY. “We think Steve has the potential to be a huge hit with fight fans worldwide. He will have a series of very tough tests ahead of him in GLORY, so we can definitely expect to see some wars.”
Moxon is coached by standout heavyweight Peter Graham, also no stranger to big KO’s. Graham’s incredible 2006 heel-kick finish of Badr Hari has passed into kickboxing legend.
Among his key victories to date are wins over Ray Sefo protégé Jordan Tai and well-known Australian fighter and The Contender: Asia reality series competitor Bruce Macfie. . Having climbed to the top of the Oceania rankings, Moxon has now earned a chance to test himself against the international elite that make up the GLORY World Series lightweight division.
ONE FC Announces Full Fight Card for ONE FC: Rise of Kings
ONE Fighting Championship has announced the full fight card for ONE FC: Rise of Kings on 6 October. Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef will return to the ONE FC cage when he battles the Middleweight King of Pancrase Ryo “Rambo” Kawamura in what is sure to be a fight for the ages. ONE FC: Rise of Kings will feature the highly anticipated Lightweight Super Fight between Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and French Mixed Martial Arts Champion Arnaud “The Game” Lepont when ONE FC heads back to Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, 6 October.
ONE FC: Rise of Kings will see the crowning of two ONE FC World Champions. Brazilian submission expert Zorobabel “Zoro” Moreira takes on top Japanese Mixed Martial Arts veteran Kotetsu Boku for the Lightweight crown and BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa battles former RisingOn Champion Soo Chul Kim for the Bantamweight championship.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship Victor Cui stated, “The Lightweight and Bantamweight divisions of ONE FC are both incredibly stacked with the largest roster of Asian champions. Moreira, Boku, Issa and Kim have proven that they are the best and most exciting prospects in the divisions and we are giving them the chance to earn themselves a World Championship Title Belt. To top things off, we have added to the fight card one of the most exiting fights in the Middleweight division. Melvin Manhoef is set to face one of the best in the division when he squares off against Ryo Kawamura in what is expected to be a slug fest.”
Also, for the first time, the eight-man Bantamweight Grand Prix kicks off with American MMA legend Jens Pulver taking on China’s rising star Zhao Ya Fei while Korean slugger Min Jung Song clashes with Japan’s very own Masakatsu Ueda and Russian Top Team Fight Club Champion Yusup Saadulaev takes on Filipino Champion Kevin Belingon. The Grand Prix will culminate in late 2013 where the finalists will contend for the prestigious ONE FC Bantamweight title.
Plus, Singaporean striker Bruce Loh will replace an injured Radeem Rahman at ONE FC: Rise of Kings. Loh will battle Malaysian submission specialist Gianni Subba in what should be a classic battle of styles.
ONE FC: Rise of Kings – Fight Card:
Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont
Kotetsu Boku vs. Zorobabel Moreira – ONE FC inaugural lightweight title
Leandro Issa vs. Soo Chul Kim – ONE FC inaugural bantamweight title
Ryo Kawamura vs. Melvin Manhoef
Jens Pulver vs. Yanfei Zhao – bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
Min Jung Song vs. Masakatsu Ueda – bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
Kevin Belingon vs. Yusup Saadulaev – bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
Bruce Loh vs. Gianni Subba
Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
World Series of Fighting: Heavyweight KO Artists Andrei Arlovski and Devin Cole to Square Off Live on NBC Sports Network
Hard-hitting heavyweight KO artists Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (17-9) of Minsk, Belarus and Devin Cole (20-9) of Medford, Ore. will collide on the highly-anticipated, inaugural World Series of Fighting Mixed Martial Arts fight card, live on NBC Sports Network from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 3.
“We are thrilled to welcome both Andrei and Devin to the World Series of Fighting roster and to have them headline our first live event,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo. “Both of these heavyweights have delivered some incredibly memorable highlights during their careers and their matchup should be a barnburner.”
The 33-year-old, 6-foot-4, 250 pound Arlovski made his first major statement in the sport of MMA, winning the interim UFC heavyweight championship by forcing rival Tim Sylvia to tap out from a heel hook just 47 seconds into their matchup on Feb. 5, 2005.
Four months later, Arlovski defended his title, toppling Justin Eilers with an onslaught of punches in the first round (4:10) of their matchup in Atlantic City, N.J. Shortly after the victory, Arlovski was promoted to UFC heavyweight champion and went on to earn wins over the likes of Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello, Fabricio Werdum and Jake O’Brien before parting ways with the UFC and using his punching power to score a third round (1:13) KO on Ben Rothwell and a second round (1:46) TKO on Roy Nelson, respectively.
Of late, Arlovski has returned to vintage form, taking out Ray Lopez with a barrage of punches in the third stanza (2:43) of their matchup in Honolulu, Hawaii on Aug. 27, 2011, and scoring a crushing third round (4:59) KO on Travis Fulton with a monstrous head kick on Nov. 5, 2011.
The fact that the 35-year-old, 6-foot-4, 250 pound Cole has earned 10 of his 20 career victories by way of KO might lead one to believe he is a pure striker. On the contrary, however, he is a lifelong wrestler as well.
In 2001, Cole received All-American honors after leading Southern Oregon University to a national wrestling championship. Two years later, he burst onto the MMA scene, winning 10 of first 11 professional bouts. Amongst his best conquests to date are those over Travis Wiuff, Mike Kyle, D.J. Linderman and Mike “300” Hayes.
Cole will look to notch his third consecutive victory. He recently made his second-career trip to premiere training camp American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. in order to prepare with some of the world’s premiere mixed martial artists for the showdown with Arlovski.
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