October 4, 2006
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Prelude to Cage Fury 2
By Jim Genia
When: October 6th. Where: the Tropicana, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. What: the Cage Fury Fighting Championships II. Hot on the heels of their well-produced debut event, CFFC returns to the Garden State for more action in the cage. Light-heavyweight champ Josh Rhodes returns to defend his belt, four other titles are up for grabs, and a roster of competitors from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and even Washington state are set to mix it up. Here’s a look at some of the fighters:
The full card as of 10/3:
NABC Welterweight Title
CFFC Light-heavyweight Title
CFFC Middleweight Title
CFFC Welterweight Title
CFFC Lightweight Title
Victories for Bongfeldt and Day Highlight Rumble In the Cage 18
The Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, once again hosted the eighteenth installment of Rumble In the Cage, Saturday night, September 30th, and the small Canadian city further entrenched its reputation as a MMA hotbed.
"The event was outstanding," says promoter Al Sabey. "We drew 2800 people at the Enmax Centre and they were all screaming and loving it. It was great to have Bas (Rutten) there again to; he is great in the corner and in the cage with interviews after."
One of the cities more notable fighters, lightheavyweight Jason "Dooms" Day, returned to action somewhat surprisingly on the card, just 22 days removed from his TKO loss, where he incurred a dislocated jaw against Victor Valimaki at MFC 10. Day took on Team Extreme fighter Shane Lightle, and seemingly unaffected by his recent injury, was able to get right back on the winning track by submitting Lightle with a rear-naked choke shortly into round one.
"My jaw has been okay," Day tells FCF. "A little sore in sparring and rolling, the chiropractor is still adjusting it, but it felt fine in the fight. It was good to get back in the cage so fast after Valimaki; I shook off the loss and went back to my game. I really didn’t know what to expect with Shane. He came in way over weight at 216 and that is after cutting for 4 hours, so I didn’t expect his gas to be very good. I didn’t want to take any shots to my jaw so I used strikes to tie up and press him into the cage, he tried for a guillotine but I used it to take him down, reverse him and slip in the rear-naked. It was a good quick fight for me."
The win brings Day’s combined pro-am record to 10-6, with six of those victories coming in the last 10 months, while the loss drops Lightle’s record to 5-8. Day, who trains out of the Canadian Martial Arts Centre in Lethbridge, is looking, as always, to continue his extremely active fight career.
"I am not sure who or where I am fighting next," Day says. "I am going down to train in LA in a couple weeks to step it up a bit, and get tossed around. I am ready to go anytime. I am always in fight shape so if anyone is looking, I am good to go."
As for the night’s main event, Jesse Bongfeldt won the event’s welterweight championship by defeating Elmer Waterhen via a side choke at 2:12 on the second round. Despite the tough opposition, Bongfeldt, who also trains out of Lethbridge’s CMAC, was able to treat the hometown fans to a championship victory.
"The main event once again showed how tough Elmer Waterhen is," says promoter Al Sabey. "That boy really pushed Jesse and even though Jesse had his back for what seemed like most of the first round he could not finish Elmer. Jesse did win the match due to a tap out in the second round but not until he had eaten one of Elmer’s knees. Great main event and the crowd loved it."
Bongfeldt’s combined pro-am record now stands at 14-6, while Waterhen’s combined record falls to 8-6-1. In other notable action from Saturday night, Jordan Mein submitted Tommy Wupunne by rear-naked choke in round 1, Jared Kilkenny took only 12 seconds to knock out Brandon Quigley, and Johnny Laing defeated Mike Bell by TKO at 3:06 of round three.
As far as future Rumble in the Cage events go, promoter Al Sabey promises a full slate of shows are in the works for Lethbridge and Southern Alberta MMA fans.
"Next for Rumble in the Cage will be a couple of little shows at the bar," Sabey tells FCF. "We have so many names of fighters that need experience that it is really easy to just throw a quick card or two together in The Roadhouse. After that the next big show will be at the Enmax Centre New year’s Eve. We are calling Rumble in the Cage 21 "Seasons Beatings". Ringing your bell in the New Year!"
Pride Supports Super Challenge in Brazil
After being described by the Japanese press as the "Brazilian Pride," Super-Challenge has just won the support that always inspired them. Impressed by the structure and production shown by the Brazilian event, which will pay $17,000 to the champions of each tournament (73kg and 83kg), Pride decided to cooperate with Super-Challenge. Pride is sending a referee and one of their executives to check out the Brazilian show live. In addition to officiating the main fights of the event, Pride’s referee will give a technical seminar for referees and judges of Super Challenge. The president of West Promotion & Entertainment, Paulo Vasconcellos, has just released a note celebrating Pride’s support. "Our proposal has always been to promote a different event in Brazil, just like the best events in the world, Pride felt this and decided to give us this very important support. We are very proud," says Vasconcellos.
The event will take place ay Barueri Gymnasium on Saturday, October 7, in S
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