Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 10/12/2012
By PDG Staff
Strikeforce Cancels November 3rd Event and Announces Plans for Showtime Event in January 2013
Strikeforce has announced it is planning its next card set to air live on Showtime in January 2013. Further information on the fight card and location will be announced shortly.
Strikeforce also announced the cancellation of its Nov. 3 event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, due to injuries sustained by main event star Frank Mir and co-main event star Luke Rockhold. Refunds for tickets purchased are available at point of sale.
“Due to a series of injuries, we were forced to cancel the upcoming card on Nov. 3, but are already working to put together a stacked card in January,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said.
“While we’re disappointed with the cancellation, we are looking forward to an even bigger Strikeforce event on Showtime early next year,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Showtime Sports.
Jake Shields Tests Positive for Banned Substances Following UFC 150 Win, Suspended Six-Months
Former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields has tested positive for an unknown banned substance following his win over Ed Herman at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado. Here is what the former champion had to say about the positive test.
“Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado, I used a substance prohibited by Colorado Boxing Commission rules. This was a mistake that I fully regret. I have shared this issue with my family and the UFC and I have apologized to them and now I also apologize to you, the fans. I promise this will never occur again in my fighting career. I accept the Boxing Commission’s decision for a six-month suspension, which will expire in February. I ask that you accept my apology. I will be back fighting soon, and hope that the fans of MMA will support me until that time.”
Heavyweight Champion Daniel Ghita and Rising Star Rico Verhoeven Sign with GLORY
World champion Daniel Ghita (44-7, 34 KO’s) of Romania and rising star and fellow heavyweight Rico Verhoeven (37-6-1, 8 KO’s) of the Netherlands have each signed a multi-fight, exclusive agreement with GLORY, the world’s premiere kickboxing league.
The 31-year-old Ghita, the last reigning heavyweight champion for It’s Showtime before the league was acquired by GLORY in June, has terrorized the division of big men with his brutal leg kick attacks that have helped earn him an astonishing 77 percent KO rate and the nickname ‘The Savage Samurai.’
The 1.95 meter (6 foot 5), 114 kilogram (251 pound) Ghita, who fights out of the Romanian capital of Bucharest, is widely regarded as the greatest challenge to Semmy Schilt’s world No. 1 heavyweight ranking.
“I decided that GLORY is the best and only logical fit for me because this is where all of the best heavyweights in the world compete,” said Ghita, who had been sought after by several other leagues. “If you want to be recognized as the best, you have to face and defeat the best and, as a true competitor, I have every intention of distinguishing myself as the No. 1 heavyweight in the world and a GLORY champion.”
“We are very excited to welcome Daniel Ghita to our highly-competitive heavyweight division,” said Marcus Luer, Managing Director of GLORY. “With the addition of Daniel, there is effectively not one top tier matchup in kickboxing’s heavyweight division that is not possible.”
While Ghita has been doing damage in the upper echelon of the heavyweight division, the 23-year-old Verhoeven, who fights out of the city of Bergen Op Zoom, has gained recognition as one of the brightest up and coming, new stars in the sport.
The 1.95 meter (6 foot 5), 114 kilogram (250 pound) Verhoeven’s record includes two wins over Hesdy Gerges, a victory over top Australian heavyweight Ben Edwards and a win over fellow GLORY heavyweight rising star Filip Verlinden.
“Verhoeven had some superb performances for It’s Showtime and it was clear, very early, that he has massive potential to become a superstar. I look forward to seeing him meet the challenges he will be faced with in the GLORY heavyweight division,” Luer remarked.
The pair are likely to make their respective debuts for the organization at GLORY 4 Tokyo HEAVYWEIGHT Grand Slam at Makai Messe (former Nippon Convention Center) on December 2. The event will be headlined by a 16-man single-elimination tournament, which will see the winner fight four times in one night on the way to ultimate victory.
UFC on FX 6: The TUF Smashes Finale – Fight Card Update
UFC is again venturing into new territories as the finale for the first-ever Australian-filmed season of TUF will take place in Queensland’s Gold Coast. The event will be held Saturday, December 15 (Friday, December 14 in North America) at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre and be headlined by a lightweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK – The Smashes coaches George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson.
Also on that card, light heavyweights Ednaldo “Lula” Oliveira and Krzysztof “The Polish Experiment” Soszynski have verbally agreed to meet. The three-hour live finale will air on FX in Australia as well as in the US and feature the lightweight and welterweight finalists from the show’s run.
UFC on FX 6: The TUF Smashes Finale
Dec 14, 2012
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia
Ross Pearson vs. George Sotiropoulos
Hector Lombard vs. Rousimar Palhares
“The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK” welterweight final
“The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK” lightweight final
Seth Baczynski vs. Kyle Noke
Hacran Dias vs. Chad Mendes
Joey Beltran vs. Anthony Perosh
Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Lion Fight 7 – Final Fight Card Announced
Lion Fight Muay Thai is back on GFL ready to deliver another night of great Muay Thai action with Lion Fight Muay Thai VII: Schilling VS Walker on October 13 live at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 10-bout card is going to feature the top stars in the sport and the headlining fight is sure to live up to all the hype as both competitors always bring a well-disciplined, striking clinic to their bouts.
In the main event, WBC Light Heavyweight World Interim Champion Joe “Stitch em Up” Schilling (13-3) battles Eddie “Showtime” Walker (8-1) in what is sure to be a shootout. Schilling a native of Ohio, comes into the bout with a lot of momentum and defending his championship is something Schilling is ready to do. Schilling is riding high after KOing former K-1 World Grand Prix tournament champion and decorated Muay Thai champion Kaoklai Kaennorsing and looks to do the same against Walker. Schilling is known for having KO power in both hands and throws every punch like it’s his last. The initial pressure from Schilling is going to be something Walker is going to have to contend with. Schilling will also be the bigger fighter in the ring on fight night so look for him to use his size to his advantage by cutting off angles inside the ring. For Walker, an Atlanta, GA native, this is the biggest fight of his career and he could put his career on a whole new path if he is able to dethrone Schilling. Walker has shown he also has KO power ending numerous fights in the first round and he will look to use his speed to hurt Schilling and keep the champion off balance. This is going to be one heck of a fight that will be talked about for some time.
In other action, Muay Thai Champion Gregory “Cheetah” Choplin (59-9) faces “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini (6-0). Choplin, a native of France is widely considered one of the best Muay Thai fighters in Europe and looks to show off his skillset in the United States. A technician in the ring, Choplin is a master at landing strikes and racking up points. Valtellini is famous for his spectacular KOs and there are very few who have the power of Valtellini and can go strike for strike with the New Yorker. Although at a disadvantage as far as experience, Valtellini’s punching power gives him a fair shot in any fight. A win here over Choplin would make Valtellini a star around the world.
Main Card (Professional):
Main Event (180lbs): Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Eddie Walker (Atlanta, GA)
Co-Main Event 165 lbs./WBC Superfight: Joe Valtellini (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) vs. Gregory Choplin (St. Denis, Paris, FRANCE)
122 lbs./WBC International Title: Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (San Diego, CA)
135 lbs. Bout: Phanuwat “Coke” Chunhawat (Oakland, CA) vs. Adrian Morilla (San Diego, CA)
118 lbs./WBC National Title: Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Andy Singh (New York, NY)
Preliminary Card (Amateurs):
130 lbs./USMTA title /5×2 rounds: Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Victor Perez (Van Nuys, CA)
110 lbs./USMTA Title/5×2 rounds: Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Miranda Cayabyab (San Jose, CA)
160 lbs./USMTA title /5×2 rounds: Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jose Hernandez (Antelope Valley, CA)
147 lbs./USMTA title/5×2 rounds: Chris Lazaro (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV)
185 lbs./3×2 rounds: Steve Ault (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Mike Gordon (Las Vegas, NV)
Bellator 80 on November 9th Returns to Seminole Hard Rock
As Bellator prepares to kick off the Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinals, the location for the semifinals have now been set as Bellator announced today the promotion will return to The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on November 9th to host the Featherweight Tournament Semifinals as well as a bantamweight feature fight between former Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren and submission ace Owen Evinger. Tickets for Bellator 80 are on sale now and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com and from the Seminole Hard Rock box office.
Bellator 80 will air LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial free HD on EPIX, as well in Spanish language on mun2. As always, the preliminary card will stream exclusively on Spike.com.
After a 5-0 start to his Bellator career that saw “The Baddest Man on the Planet” capture the Bellator Featherweight Title as well as challenging for the Bellator Bantamweight Title, Joe Warren finds himself in unfamiliar territory as the former Pan American wrestler is looking to get back to the top of the MMA mountain top with a big victory over Missouri native Owen Evinger.
Known across the MMA world as the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the game today, Florida’s own Jessica “Jag” Aguilar will make her long awaited return to the Bellator cage on November 9th. The American Top Team product is coming off the biggest win of her career after a unanimous decision victory over Megumi Fujii at Bellator 69, and will attempt to continue her run of dominance inside the Bellator cage with another victory from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
“From Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez in the 2011 Fight of the Year to Pat Curran delivering a devastating Peruvian neck-tie submission, The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has been witness to some of our greatest Bellator moments, and I expect nothing but the same November 9th at Bellator 80,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Saenchai vs. Alamos “Best Of Siam 2” Teaser
“K-1 Rising 2012” – World Grand Prix Final 16 2012 – Final Fight Card Announced
K-1 officials this week announced the final line-up for this weekend’s Tokyo return of K-1. The World Grand Prix Final 16 will take place on Sunday, October 14th and the event begins at 6:30 AM EST.
“K-1 Rising 2012” -World Grand Prix Final 16:
Raul Catinas vs. Ben Edwards
Makoto Uehara vs. Hiromi Amada
Xavier Vigney vs. Zabit Samedov
Hesdy Gerges vs. Sergei Lascenko
Singh Jaideep vs. Ismael Londt
Jarrell Miller vs. Arnold Oborotov
Paul Slowinski vs. Catalin Morosanu
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Randy Blake
“K-1 Rising 2012” – Super Fights:
Genji Umeno vs. Changhyun Lee
Zhou Zhi Peng vs. Koutaro Moro
Jafar Ahmadi vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi
Saulo Calavari vs. Pavel Zhuravlev
James Wilson vs. Rick Roufus
Former Olympic and FIFA Executive Graeme White Joins Elite GLORY Management Team
Glory Sports International has announced the appointment of respected sports business professional Graeme White as Chief Operating Officer of GLORY World Series, the world’s No. 1 professional kickboxing league.
Based in Singapore, Graeme will report to GLORY Managing Director Marcus Luer and work closely with the various heads of GLORY business units based in Amsterdam, London and Kuala Lumpur.
Bringing a wealth of operational and business affairs experience with him, White has worked internationally at a senior management level, developing and delivering many of the world’s highest profile events and brands, including the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and Roots of Fight.
“We are excited to welcome Graeme to the GLORY team, said Luer. “His blue-chip commercial sports expertise extends across broadcast, marketing, event operations, and complex contract negotiations, and he possesses an in-depth knowledge of how to successfully develop and monetize various revenue streams for international properties and brands.”
Most recently, White played an integral role in building the Roots of Fight brand of mini-doc films and licensed apparel that includes legendary fight names such as Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee and the Gracie family. Previously, White successfully managed diverse global teams and stakeholders, and was responsible for developing and overseeing key broadcast and commercial components of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, FIFA World Cups, and the UEFA Champions League.
“The opportunity to join the GLORY team and to take the world’s premiere kickboxing league to the highest level of sport was incredibly attractive. I am looking forward to being part of the team that elevates GLORY World Series to a truly exceptional sports property,” said White.
In his new role, he will be responsible for developing business plans and strategic initiatives, supporting and managing the overall co-ordination and P&L between the GLORY offices and assisting with various commercial negotiations and arrangements.
SUPERKOMBAT WGP 2012 Final Elimination at Craiova, Romania
SUPERKOMBAT champions will fight in SUPERKOMBAT WGP 2012 Final Elimination, scheduled for November 10th at Craiova – Romania, where the new Sports Hall (5.000 seats) will be opened. Ismael Londt, Alexey Ignashov, Catalin Morosanu and Raul Catinas are just few names of the K-1 stars who will be in the ring.
The new Sports Hall from Craiova is one of the most modern arena from Romania and it’s based near the Ion Oblemenco stadium, where SUPERKOMBAT had organized the final for “The Bodyguard – Special Forces” with audience record for all combat sports from this country, more than 15.000 fans.
“For the moment I can share few names. We will have the SUPERKOMBAT WGP 2012 Qualificated winners, Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas, Benjamin Adegbuyi and the winner from SUPERKOMBAT WGP 2012 Fourth Qualification, scheduled for October 20th at Arad – Romania, but also Alexey Ignashov, Daniel Sam, Freddy Kemayo and Ismael Londt.”, said SUPERKOMBAT President – Eduard Irimia.
The other fighters from the event will be selected from K-1 World GP 2012 Final 16, scheduled for October 14th at Tokyo – Japan. “We will make a selection from there and some of them will be at Craiova on November 10th for SUPERKOMBAT WGP 2012 Final Elimination. A press conference will be held at Tokyo after K-1 World GP 2012 Final 16, where we will announce the fight card and the plans for the next year.”, said SUPERKOMBAT President – Eduard Irimia.
“I’m very happy and I want to thank to Mr. Eduard Irimia because he choiced Craiova. I believe that this event will be the biggest sports event from Romania in 2012. Our city will be promoted worldwide through SUPERKOMBAT® WGP 2012 Final Elimination”, said the mayor of Craiova – Mrs. Olguta Vasilescu.
The event from Craiova will be broadcasted live by Eurosport in 75 countries from 4 continents, but overall fans from 90 countries can see SUPERKOMBAT WGP 2012 Final Elimination on TV.
SUPERKOMBAT WGP 2012 Final it’s scheduled for December 22th and Eduard Irimia has revealed the possible location. “In this moment, officials from Istanbul, Bucharest and Abu Dhabi want this event in their cities. Soon we will decided with city will host the SUPERKOMBAT WGP 2012 Final.”
Musa Khamanaev vs. Mairbek Taisumov for M-1 lightweight title at M-1 Challenge 35
Another great battle for M-1 title has been added to anniversary M-1 Challenge 35 tournament that will take place in St.-Petersburg, Russia, on November 15. Top Austrian lightweight prospect and winner of M-1 Selection tournament Mairbek Taisumov will take on current lightweight champion Musa Khamanaev, who submitted German veteran and Taisumov’s teammate Daniel Weichel in the the first round. This victory was considered by many people as the biggest upset of 2012 in M-1, so now Mairbek is going to get the title back to MMA-Spirit team.
Every time when you see Mairbek Taisumov fighting, you can be sure that it will be very entertaining fight. He is equally dangerous both in the stand-up fight and on the ground. After the victory in eight-man M-1 Selection tournament Austrian lightweight got the title chance against tough Belorussian fighter Artem Damkovski, but this great battle, that was eventually considered the best fight of the year 2010 in M-1, was stopped by the doctor in the third round and Damkovsky was declared as the winner and first M-1 Challenge lightweight champion.
This defeat made Taisumov only stronger, so he won five of his next six fights (all by stoppages) and got his second chance to become M-1 Challenge champion.
Musa Khamanaev emerged to Russian MMA scene after three years of fights in Europe and made the statement for M-1 lightweight division after his dominating performance against Artem Damkovsky. His next opponent was very tough and well-rounded M-1 lightweight champion Daniel Weichel, so not many people would be ready to bet on Khamanaev’s victory in that match, but in reality it took less than two minutes for Musa to force his opponent to submit and shock the people in the audience.
M-1 Challenge 35
November 15, 2012
Alexander Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson
Andrei Semenov vs. TBA
Mikhail Malyutin vs. TBA
Kenny Garner vs. Guram Gugenishvili – M-1 heavyweight title
Mario Miranda vs. Ramazan Emeev – M-1 middleweight title
Rashid Magomedov vs. Alexander Yakovlev – M-1 welterweight title
Musa Khamanaev vs. Mairbek Taisumov – M-1 lightweight title
Marat Gafurov vs. Vugar Bahshiev – M-1 featherweight title
Former Senior WWE Executive Andrew Whitaker Appointed To GLORY Board of Directors
Glory Sports International has announced the appointment of former Senior WWE Executive Andrew Whitaker as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors for Glory Sports International, the owner and rights holder of the world’s No. 1 kickboxing league, GLORY World Series.
Whitaker, the Managing Partner of media and brand distribution advisory group, Kings Highway Media, will be working with the GLORY Sports board to set and develop the overall strategic direction of GLORY’s business and analyze key international issues.
“Andrew has an exceptional breadth of expertise and track record of delivery in both the domestic U.S and international media business, and we are delighted to have him join us in our efforts to build the GLORY franchise, so that it can reach its full potential,” said GLORY Managing Director Marcus Luer.
“GLORY is an incredible product with tremendous growth potential in an emerging sport,” said Whitaker. “The IP has all the elements necessary to achieve very real and significant global development. I am both delighted and excited to be a part of the team and to play a part in that expansion”
Prior to establishing Kings Highway Media in 2011, Whitaker served as the Executive Vice President of International for NYSE listed WWE Inc. where he was responsible for establishing and growing the WWE international business across Television, Digital, Live Events, Licensing, PPV/VOD, Marketing, Promotion and Public and Government Relations. He sits on the Program Advisory Board for the Banff World Media Festival and Next Media Interactive Media Festival.
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