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From the event’s promoter:

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ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — The largest international mixed martial arts promotion in the United States, Mixed Fighting Championship, is excited to announce that the "USA vs. Russia III" card has been finalized and should be the promotion’s strongest international team competition to date. The card features some of the top fighters from around the United States doing battle against some of the toughest fighters that Russia has to offer.

Although "USA vs. Russia III" is the main focus of MFC 7, the June 3rd mega-card also features the first ever MFC title fight as Derrick Noble faces Eddie Alvarez for the welterweight title. If that weren’t enough, the MFC Challenge preliminary fights are highlighted by many bouts of American vs. Japanese competitors as well as four of the top female fighters in the world today: Tara Larosa, Hitomi Akano, Amanda Buckner, and Shayna Baszler.

Scheduled to make a special guest appearance to award the championship belt at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City is none other than Fedor Emelianenko, undefeated Pride heavyweight champion. Fedor has come to the United States especially to lend his support to MFC and will teach a master class the next day at the Howard Johnson Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom.

Don’t miss this exciting night of action! Tickets for MFC 7 "USA vs. Russia III" are available now and can be purchased directly through all Ticketmaster locations (1-800-736-1420 or www.ticketmaster.com). Visit www.mfcsport.com, the official web site of the Mixed Fighting Championship, for the latest news and updates.

Saturday, June 3rd
Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Welterweight Championship Bout
Eddie Alvarez (USA) vs. Derrick Noble (USA)

Sergey Kaznovsky (Russia) vs. Jerome Smith (USA)
Alexey Veselovzorov (Russia) vs. Mike Patt (USA)
Erik Oganov (Russia) vs. Chris Liguori (USA)
Vladimir Zenin (Russia) vs. Matt Lee (USA)
Vadim Kulchitsky (Russia) vs. Joey Brown (USA)

MFC Challenge
Preliminary Fights
Tara Larosa (USA) vs. Hitomi Akano (Japan)
Amanda Buckner (USA) vs. Shayna Basler (USA)
Kaream Ellington (USA) vs. Kenichi Yamaoto (Japan)
Pat O’Malley (USA) vs. Eric Tavares (Brazil)
Michael Alden (USA) vs. Yusuke Masuda (Japan)
Stephen Haigh (USA) vs. Toraji (Japan)

Cage Rage’s "Contenders" Yields
Report and photos by David West

Ronnie Mann jumps on Ashley Grimshaw
Mann jumping on Grimshaw

LONDON, May 28 — It was back to their old stomping grounds at Caesar’s Nightclub in South London for the debut of Cage Rage’s official feeder show, Contenders. Solid matchmaking meant an action-packed card, with only two of eleven fights lasting the distance.

One of these, between Ashley Grimshaw, from London Pancrase, and Ronnie Mann, from Trojan Free Fighters, was the fight of the night, a three-round back and forth battle that saw the two featherweights trading furiously on their feet and both almost securing submissions on the ground. Grimshaw nearly caught Mann with an armbar, then narrowly escaped a triangle. There were flying stomps and high kicks from Mann, with Grimshaw answering with spinning back fists and superman punches. Mann took the first round, but Grimshaw seemed to grow in strength as the fight progressed. After a very close second round, Grimshaw turned up the pressure in the final period, attacking relentlessly on his feet and landing hard hammerfists on the ground. A rematch seems almost certain.

At the top of the bill, Combat Submission Wrestling stylist Dave Lee needed just under a minute and half to triangle Carlson Gracie purple belt Dennis Kelly. Kelly tried everything to escape — slamming Lee twice and scrambling frantically — but Lee kept the submission on tight and Kelly had to tap after 1:27.

Heavy-handed Marius Zaromskis remains undefeated after stopping Cambridge Free Fight’s Afnan Saheed. Saheed started well, using low kicks and sharp counter-punching, even sending Zaromskis to the canvas with a straight right counter to a kick. Zaromskis kept his wits, recovered his footing and when he trapped Saheed against the fence. He floored him with a two-fisted assault, then pounded him until Saheed tapped out.

Sami Berik had London Thai Fighters’ Paulo Milano in trouble when he managed to take top position on the mat and went wild slashing down with his left, but Milano escaped, took Berik’s back and choked him out.

O'Mally mounted on Smith
O’Mally mounted on Smith

Full Results:

  • Dave Lee def. Dennis Kelly – Tapout (Triangle choke) 1:27 R1
  • Attila Kubilay def. Brad Conway – TKO (Ref stoppage – strikes) 4:27 R1
  • Ashley Grimshaw DRAW Ronnie Mann – Majority draw
  • Chris Freeborn def. Ricky Andrews – Tapout (Rear-naked choke) 4:16 R2
  • Marius Zaromskis def. Afnan Saheed – Tapout (Strikes) 2:21 R1
  • Ed Smith def. Dorlan O’Mally – Unanimous decision
  • Paulo Milano def. Sami Berik – Tapout (Rear-naked choke) 4:00 R1
  • Jake Bostwick def. Torey Groman – KO 0:09 R1
  • Danny Mann def. Matt Sellars – TKO (Ref stoppage- strikes) 2:21 R1
  • Jordan Miller def. Mark Smith – Tapout (Triangle choke) 1:41 R1
  • Vaughn Harvey def. Stuart Grant – Tapout (Strikes) 1:46 R1

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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