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Tug of War for Monson? Baroni vs. Weir? Murray Home
By David West
Cage Rage has released more details on the line-up for their December 3rd show, which now includes UFC veteran Jeff "The Snowman" Monson. Conflicting rumors have been circulating in the UK, with rival promotion Cage Warriors announcing that Monson would appear on their November 26th show, which features Monson on the promotional posters. However, Cage Rage has confirmed Monson has signed to meet France’s Kristof Midoux at their event. Monson is more experienced than the Frenchman and has not lost since 2002, winning his last twelve fights in a row. Midoux is a K-1 veteran, whose record currently stands at 4-5-0.
Two other fights are awaiting confirmation – Cage Rage is negotiating for Phil Baroni to make his British debut against Mark Weir in what could be a classic slugfest, while Travis Lutter has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout with Antonio Schembri following an injury. Cage Rage is hoping to entice Jorge Rivera to take on Schembri in Lutter’s place.
Filling out the card is Brad Pickett’s first defense of his British Featherweight Title against Robbie Olivier, the return of Sol Gilbert against Frenchman Xavier Foupa-Pokam and Ross Mason versus the undefeated Darren Guisha.
Fans of Lee Murray will be pleased to hear that he is out of the hospital and convalescing at home, already talking about fighting Matt Lindland and Mark Weir.
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Curtis Stout vs. Anderson Silva
The Northern Touch: News and Notes from Canadian MMA
By Kelsey Mowatt
This week’s Northern Touch takes a close look at this past Saturday’s Extreme Fighting Challenge (XFC) event. Full Contact Fighter caught up with Richard Nancoo and Justin Tavernini to discuss their victories at XFC 4, along with veteran MMA fighter and XFC promoter Bill "the Butcher" Mahood, who shares his thoughts about the October 15th event.
"The Butcher’s" XFC: Canada’s Latest MMA Mainstay
Prince George, British Columbia hosted XFC 4 this past Saturday, and with a reported crowd of approximately 2,300 people, the event continues to draw impressive numbers considering the cities population of around 80,000 residents. The event’s promoter Bill Mahood was not only quick to praise his hometown audience, but the city’s new arena as well for contributing to the event’s overall feel.
"The fans in Prince George are great. Very enthusiastic, they’re MMA savvy. The CN center is a very new 6,000-seat arena. We configure it so that 2,300 gives a close feel. The sound and production company did exceptional work with two big screens, smoke, lasers, and a crazy light show. All 28 fighters came ready to lay down and the fans benefited fully."
UFC 53 veteran Mahood resides, trains, and teaches at the Prince George Fight Club, and was extremely happy to see two of his own fighters, Kenny Butterfield and Kajan Johnson, come away from the event with victories. Kajan Johnson had been slated to fight Canadian MMA veteran Sean"Pain" Peters, but ended up taking on a game Gord Cummings, when Peters dropped out of the fight only a few weeks ago.
"We were very disappointed when Pain Peters dropped the fight for the second straight year. We felt Pain would have been a great return fight for Kajan," Mahood explained, "Instead, we were lucky enough to find Gord Cummings who took the fight with only a few weeks notice."
Johnson was unshaken by his change in opponent, however, and managed not to disappoint his hometown audience winning by TKO in the first round.
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From the event’s promoter:
APEX: UNDISPUTED ON PPV IN NOVEMBER
APEX Championship Fighting returns to Canadian PPV in November with UNDISPUTED. An excitement filled evening packed with some of the world’s best non-stop fight action. Watch the talented Ivan "The Pride of El Salvador" Menjivar, Claude Patrick, Steve Berger, Martin "The Hammer" Grandmont and the other APEX warriors battle it out for pride while showing off the most ferocious strikes seen in sports. As special attractions, see a superfight between two of Canada’s top heavyweight kickboxers; Serge Lafond and Wojtek "Kazz" Kaszowski and witness the PPV debut of kickboxing phenom Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson as he faces off with his toughest challenger to date; Houston’s Freddie Espiricueta. For action, guts and glory; APEX: UNDISPUTED delivers.
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From the event’s promoter:
Extreme Challenge 65 Features Trio of UFC Vets
MEDINA, Minn. — Between them, they have fought eight times in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And all three — Travis Wiuff, LaVerne Clark and Tyrone Roberts — have hopes of a return visit before they finish their MMA careers.
Wiuff (38-6) of nearby Rochester, Minn., will take on Jimmy Westfall of El Paso, Texas, in the main event of Extreme Challenge 65 this Friday at the Medina Entertainment Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the first fight starting at 8:30 p.m.
This will be a brief return to the heavyweight division for Wiuff, who is trying to make a mark at the light heavyweight (205-under) division. Westfall is expected to weigh 235, while Wiuff will be about 220.
Clark (19-13) of Davenport, Iowa, was 4-1 in the early UFC events, but has struggled with consistency in his attempt to make it back. He has faced most of the top fighters in the world… Matt Hughes, Frank Trigg, Dave Menne, Shonie Carter, Fabiano Iha and Chris Lytle to name a handful… with mixed, but always exciting results. Chacon, a solid puncher from Denver, Colo., will be a good test of Clark’s current abilities.
Roberts (29-8-1) of Tama, Iowa, won his only UFC appearance, but has been up-and-down in recent years. He faces a tough light heavyweight test from Ron Fields of Dayton, Ohio, a journeyman who has fought Jeremy Horn and Niko Vitale among other top guys in the weight division.
In a fight of local interest, Joey Clark (9-2-2) of Minneapolis will fight a rematch with Jason Medina of Moline, Ill. Medina, a longtime member of Miletich Fighting Systems, won the first meeting.
Also, unbeaten local hero Dan Casey (16-0-1) will face Gabe Lemley of London, Iowa. Lemley just returned from Japan, where he fought in K-1
Tickets start at $30 and are available by calling Dave Menne at 651 336-2777 or Medina box office at 763 478-6661.
Extreme Challenge 65 lineup
From the event’s promoter:
Icon Sport: Opposites Attract Card Guarantees Fireworks!
News Media and Fans Invited to Press Conference.
October 19, 2005 Honolulu, HI – Icon Sport, the new face of Super Brawl, is excited to announce the complete card of the highly anticipated Friday, October 28 event, Icon Sport: Opposites Attract. The main event will feature Falaniko Vitale (808 Fight Factory), returning from his two-month training at the elite AMC Pankration academy in Kirkland Washington, against the outspoken submission expert, Jason "Mayhem" Miller (Team Punishment-Huntington Beach, CA.). The winner of this match will face current Middleweight Champion, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler, in the February 2006 Icon Sport event.
In the co-main event Japan’s Pride Fighting Championship Lightweight K.J. Noons (City Boxing-San Diego, CA.) returns for his third Icon event against one of Hawaii’s top talents, Harris "Hitman" Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory). Noons literally destroyed his opponents in his two prior Icon appearances, dazzling audiences with laser-guided precision and explosive knockout power. At the July 23rd Icon event, Noons folded Sarmiento’s teammate, Bryson Kamaka, with a devastating high kick. Sarmiento seeks to revenge this loss on Friday, October 28.
Nick Ring (AMC Pankration-Kirkland, WA.), also of the Pride organization, returns to Icon to match Mike Malone. Ring, a muay-thai kickboxing specialist, submitted Kimo Woelfel via rear naked choke at the July 23rd Icon event. Malone, Woelfel’s coach at Windward Oahu’s Eastsidaz Gym, is coming off a big win at the K-1 World Grand Prix event held at earlier this year at Aloha Stadium.
Members of the local armed forces are buzzing about Hawaii Marine and war-veteran, Sergeant Steve Byrnes (Team M.M.A.D.-Kaneohe), as he makes his Icon debut on Friday, October 28. Byrnes, a very popular martial arts instructor at Marine Core Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay, is undefeated in Icon Sport’s amateur event, Full Contact Showdown. Byrnes currently holds the title belt in that event’s Middleweight (185-lb) division. Byrnes will be put to test by seasoned Icon veteran Bob "Bob-O" Ostovich of the Jesus is Lord Gym in Waipahu.
News media and fans are invited to meet the fighters at the press conference/autograph session at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the Eastside Grill (Pucks Alley-University Avenue). Media credentials will be distributed at that time for the October 28 event.
From the event’s promoter:
RITC 76 – Homer vs Brink
Desert Diamond Casino
Friday, Nov 11, 2005
Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Fight Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets available soon at the Desert Diamond Box Office (520-393-2799).
RITC 76 will be the first of many shows in the beautiful Desert Diamond showroom which can accommodate up to 2,500 fans.
Rage in the Cage has strong card for our debut show at Desert Diamond Casino. Many popular local fighters are on the card. Please get your tickets early because a sell-out is likely.
Homer Moore (210) vs Aaron Brink (210)
Brandon Roberts (165) vs Jeremiah Navarro (160)
Arturo Segovia (210) vs Dave Konnak (205)
Fight card subject to change.
Driving directions: Take I-10. Merge onto I-19 S (exit #260). Go 12.9 miles to Pima Mine Rd (exit #80). Turn left onto Pima Mine Rd.