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Wednesday, Aug 24, 2005

Guida To Defend Xfo Title; Clark Returns To Mma


From the event’s promoter:


Guida to defend XFO title; Clark returns to MMA

ISLAND LAKE, Ill. — Hometown hero Clay Guida will attempt to extend his winning streak to 14 bouts when he makes his first defense of the Xtreme Fighting Organization lightweight title this Saturday outdoors at Sideouts Bar.

In his way is John Strawn, a fighter who also knows about winning streaks. Strawn, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has a 28-5 record and once had a 26-fight win streak of his own.

XFO 7 is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling Curran Martial Arts at (815) 356-0454.

Also on the 12-bout card, 5-time UFC veteran LaVerne Clark makes his return to MMA… he hopes to put together a streak of his own en route to a return trip to the UFC.

Standout wrestler Clay French (3-0) of Eastern Illinois University will battle Josh Aroacho (2-0) of Council Bluffs, Iowa, in a battle of unbeatens.

XFO 7
Aug. 27, Sideouts, Island Lake, IL

Main event
John Strawn vs. Clay Guida
XFO lightweight championship

Main card
Jake Jetter vs. LaVerne Clark
Brandon Bledsoe vs. Bart Palaszewski
Ron Fields vs. Robert Hitte
Vito Woods vs. Aaron Tregear
Josh Aroacho vs. Clay French

Preliminaries
Jacob MacDonald vs. Jon Friedland
PJ Jordan vs. Omar Choudhury
Nick Brown vs. Reese Shaner
Jeremy Lindville vs. Justin Hutter
Nathan Hollar vs. Russ Janca
Nick Wright vs. Matt Fiordirosa


From the event’s promoter:


APEX: UNDISPUTED; NEW LOOK CARD PACKS PUNCH

(Montreal, Quebec) — Like most MMA cards, APEX: UNDISPUTED has taken a hit in terms of injuries, but APEX is proud to announce a talent filled card will be presented on September 3rd nonetheless at The Medley in Montreal (1170 St-Denis, Corner Rene-Levesque).

After a successful win in Pancrase, Ivan Menjivar was primed to fight the excellent Antonio Carvalho in the APEX main event. Carvalho, unfortunately got injured in his Shooto bout in Japan and is forced to pull out of his scheduled APEX bout. Replacing him is one of MMA’s most talked about featherweights, Joe Lauzon from Massachusetts. Lauzon brings to APEX an impressive record of 9-1-0 and like Menjivar, is undefeated at 145 pounds. Lauzon holds a submission win against UFC veteran Mike Brown and is looking to play the spoiler against Canada’s top featherweight.

Due to some unfortunate family issues, Stephan Potvin will no longer be competing on APEX: UNDISPUTED and APEX is currently in search for a replacement for Potvin against Fritz "The Animal" Paul.

Added to the event in a special kickboxing bout is Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson against "Ferocious" Freddie Espiricueta. Known in the kickboxing world as the next big thing in the sport, Thompson has been in APEX’s plans since he made his Montreal debut in November 2004. Thompson won impressively by TKO in the 6th Round against an exceptionally tough Eric Boudreau. Thompson followed that up with a devastating 1st Round KO of Walter Baric last July in his next fight in Montreal. Thompson proved to the knowledgeable Quebec fight fans, that he is the real deal. Espiricueta comes from Mexico, through Houston and is coming to Montreal to show what true Mexican heart is all about.

Also added to the card is UFC Veteran Steve Berger who gave Fritz Paul his only defeat at the last APEX event. As a well traveled veteran with one of the most exciting styles in the world, Berger will be facing someone who has revenge on his mind. Nuri Shakir will now be stepping up the welterweight division and facing Berger who submitted him earlier in his career. Their first fight was one of the most exciting in Massachusetts history and the rematch is expected to cause fireworks.

Also changing opponents is Claude Patrick, who will now be facing APEX veteran Mandela Kponou, who defeated Marcus Celestin in the last APEX event. Kponou has gone on to have four more wins since his APEX debut and is considered a top prospect in the middleweight division. Patrick has also defeated Celestin in devastating fashion and is primed to show the Quebec fans what else he can bring to the ring.

Serge Lafond and Wojtek Kaszowski will still be facing eachother, but now they will be doing it under a different set of rules. Both fighters have agreed to fight under Full-Contact Kickboxing Rules which will definitely end in someone ending it with a KO. Brent Beauparlant will also still be facing his scheduled opponent in Chicago tough-guy Jason Guida. Guida is cementing a place as one of the toughest light heavyweights in the Midwest and Beauparlant wants to show the world what he is capable of.

Due to another injury, Martin Grandmont will now be rematching Eric Lacelle who he beat in his first professional MMA fight. Lacelle believes the fight was stopped too early and that he did not show his true skills and has revenge on his mind.

Added to the card is a bout between Nabil Khatib from Team Bushido and Sebastien Poirier of Wrecking Gym. Khatib has an excellent amateur kickboxing career under the tutelage of Jean-Yves Theriault and now is trying his luck in the MMA ring. Poirier is a tough all-around competitor who has been training for his MMA debut for a long time and finally feels ready to step into the ring.

Both Francois Flibotte’s and Sean Ragnitz’s opponents could not compete, so APEX put the two of them together is what is expected to be an extremely entertaining battle between a striker and a grappler.

Eric Beaulieu makes his APEX debut against Rowan Cunningham who has trained with Hamilton’s Jeff Joslin. Beaulieu has fought plenty of talented fighters from around Canada and the United States and is a huge test for the newcomer Rowan Cunningham, who is known for his BJJ prowess.

Tickets for this event are available via Ticket Pro outlets at www.ticketpro.ca or (866) 908-9090. For more information, contact APEX at info@apexfighting.com or (514) 448-2492. Tickets are going extremely fast so please purchase them as soon as possible!!

APEX: UNDISPUTED LINEUP – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

FEATHERWEIGHT MAIN EVENT: IVAN MENJIVAR (TRISTAR GYM) Vs. JOE LAUZON (REALITY SELF DEFENSE)

MIDDLEWEIGHT KICKBOXING SUPERFIGHT: STEPHEN THOMPSON (UPSTATE KARATE) Vs. FREDDIE ESPIRICUETA (MEXICAN TOP TEAM)

MIDDLEWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT: FRITZ PAUL (TEAM NESTOR) Vs. TBA

WELTERWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT: STEVE BERGER (VAGHI JIU-JITSU / JONES BOXING) Vs. NURI SHAKIR (TEAM ELITE)

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT: BRENT BEAUPARLANT (BTT CANADA) Vs. JASON GUIDA (GILBERT GRAPPLING)

HEAVYWEIGHT KICKBOXING SUPERFIGHT: SERGE LAFOND (TEAM BERGERON) Vs. WOJTEK KASZOWSKI (WARRIOR MMA)

MIDDLEWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT: CLAUDE PATRICK (TORONTO) Vs. MANDELA KPONOU (DRAGON’S LAIR)

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT: MARTIN GRANDMONT (TEAM BERGERON) Vs. ERIC LACELLE (HAWKESBURY)

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT: ERIC BEAULIEU (BTT CANADA) Vs. ROWAN CUNNINGHAM (ABHAYA / JOSLINS / ALLIANCE)

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT: FRANCOIS FLIBOTTE (TEAM UNION) Vs. SEAN RAGNITZ (RONIN MMA)

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT: SEBASTIEN POIRIER (WRECKING GYM) Vs. NABIL KHATIB (TEAM BUSHIDO)

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT: MIKE HONG (BURLINGTON BJJ) vs TBA


From the event’s promoter:


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30th 2005 AT THE PIERRE-CHARBONNEAU CENTER IN MONTREAL
STEVE VIGNEAULT IS BACK IN THE
ULTIMATE REMATCH!


Dear TKO Mixed Martial Art fan,

To commemorate the 22nd event in its history, TKO Major League MMA is pleased to announce one of the most anticipated rematches in the history of the organization. On September 30th 2005 two of the country’s most popular fighters, JASON "SUMO SAMURAI" ST-LOUIS (9-4-0) and former TKO Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight champion STEVE "LION HEART" VIGNEAULT (10-5-0) will go head to head again! In their first encounter, Vigneault won a TKO victory after 10 minutes in the bout when the doctor decided to stop the fight due to a nasty cut on St-Louis. A lot of people believe this war wasn’t over and now, one of the most exciting fight in Mixed Martial Art history is about to start again! Will St-Louis be able to withstand Vigneault’s relentless attacks? Will Vigneault remember how to counter all the spectacular submission attempts from St-Louis? Hold on to your seats as the deafening roars from the supporters of both sides are set to blow the doors off the building!

Also on the fight card: MARK "THE MACHINE" HOMINICK looks to defend his title one again in a rematch against his #1 contender, RYAN DIAZ in a unification bout for the TKO World Super Lightweight championship. TKO superstar JONATHAN "THE ROAD WARRIOR" GOULET is also back in action as he takes on UFC veteran "MR. INTERNATIONAL" SHONIE CARTER. Another UFC veteran will be in action as heavy-hitter MARVIN "THE BEASTMAN" EASTMAN takes on Sherbrooke’s own YAN PELLERIN. TKO 22: LionHeart, a fight card filled with some of the best fighters from around the world fighting in one of the most prestigious playground in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts: the TKO ring!

Be there and witness the rise of MMA stars SPENCER FISHER, FABIO HOLANDA, THIERRY QUENNEVILLE, CHRIS HORODECKI, SAMUEL GUILLET, TYLER JACKSON and many, many more!

This card will feature total of TEN (10) explosive and main event caliber fights! Tickets (20$, 35$, 50$, 75$, 100$ and 200$) are on now available by calling the TKO Ticket Office at 1-866-445-8886 or by visiting the Pierre-Charbonneau Center ticket office.


From the event’s promoter:


RITC 74 – In Your Face
Featuring Andy Montana, Gabe Rivas & Melesio Perales
Saturday September 10, 2005
Pinal County – Parks, Recreation & Fairgrounds
11 MC Road – Casa Grande, Arizona
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

Tickets prices are $20 (General Admission Bleachers) and $30 (Floor Level Seating).

It will be an exciting night of fighting action when Rage in the Cage returns to Casa Grande for the tenth RITC event there. Popular local fighters will be showcased in this event to the appreciate and supportive tri-valley fans.

Fight Card:

Andy Montana (235) vs Rich Beecroft (235)
Melesio Perales (175) vs Robert Maldonado (175)
Gabe Rivas (160) vs Norman Pierce (155)

Michael Ashford (215) vs Anthony Trango (215)
Robert King (195) or Neil Abbott (200)vs Seth Baczynski (200)
Jason Hofeld (160) vs David Marquez (160)
Gabriel Flores (180) vs Derek Kram (180)

Dominik Cruz (150) vs Josh Donahue (150)
Eddie Castro (150) vs Rosco McClelland (150)
Nick Hedrick (150) vs Arturo Salcido (150)
Brandon Oliver (140) vs Joe Stojak (150)

Fight card subject to change.

Here are the directions for those traveling from Phoenix or Tucson for the event.

Take I-10 to Exit 194
Head East on 287 away from CG for 7 miles
Turn right on 11 Mile Corner Rd and you’re there

Next event:

RITC 75 – Friday Night Fights
Glendale Arena
Friday Sept 30, 2005


From the event’s promoter:


Arizona Desert Quest #14
Grappling / BJJ Championship

Date: Saturday Aug 27, 2005
Location: Broadway Recreation Center
624 W Broadway Rd – Mesa, AZ

Weigh-Ins: Kids 1PM (cut off at 1:30PM). Adults 3PM (cut off at 3:30PM).
Tournament Time: Kids 2PM. Adults 4PM.

All teams and individual competitors are welcomed to participate.

Competitor entry fee: $30 for one Division or $50 for both. To encourage Team participation, there will be a team discount for 5 or more team members registering together ($25 for one Division or $40 for both).
Children (by weight not age): $20
Spectator admission only $5.

Planned weight classes for Gi and No-Gi Tournaments:
135 lbs – 147 lbs
148 lbs – 160 lbs
161 lbs – 173 lbs
174 lbs – 188 lbs
189 lbs – 201 lbs
202 lbs – 213 lbs
214 lbs – Over

There will also be an OPEN Women’s Gi Division and an OPEN Women’s No-Gi Division.

Directions: 624 W Broadway RD. South side between Country Club and Alma School.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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