Across The Pond: Uk Mma News
Across The Pond: UK MMA News
Belfort to Cage Rage, British MMA Reality TV Show to Debut
By David West
With three weeks until fight night, Cage Rage has announced the addition of Vitor Belfort (12-6) to their December 3rd card. The legendary Brazilian puncher will face France’s Anthony Rea (9-4). Both men have fought Marvin Eastman but with different results. Belfort stopped Eastman with a knee and nasty cut at UFC 43, while Eastman stopped Rea by TKO at WEF 15 in July. Rea is tough and has heavy hands, so he could upset Belfort if he finds the mark before the Brazilian does.
In other CR bouts, Matt Lindland has stepped in to take on Antonio Schembri, while the hugely experienced Akira Shoji (12-12-5) will be dropping down to middleweight when he represents Japan against Britain’s Mark Weir (17-9-0). Shoji has fought monsters like Igor Vovchanchyn and Mark Coleman and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the 185-pound division.
Gladiator Challenge veteran Tyrone Glover (4-0-0) will make his British debut against Brazilian Top Team’s Luiz "Buscape" Firmino (10-3-0), who is coming off two losses at PRIDE Bushido.
MMA Reality TV Hits UK
In addition to their live promotions, Cage Rage has announced that they are planning a British MMA reality TV show set to start shooting in February 2006. House Rage will show 16 British fighters sharing a house, training together and competing against one another in a series of elimination fights. Already attached to the project are Paul Jenkins, Ross Mason, Sol Gilbert and Paul Daley.
Cage Warriors Marches On
Cage Warriors are gearing up for their "Night of Champions" show on November 26th. After weeks of rumors going back and forth, it seems Jeff Monson will be defending his heavyweight title at the event after all, rather than appearing at Cage Rage in December. Monson will face Emmanuel Marc, from France. Denmark’s Martin Kampmann will put his middleweight belt on the line against Damien Riccio, and Women’s Under 60 kg (132 lbs.) Champion Rosi Sexton defends her title against contender Sabrina Cohen.