UFC 130: “Rampage” Jackson Outscores Matt Hamill for UD Win

Saturday, May 28, 2011

By FCF Staff

Here are the results from tonight’s UFC 130 card in Las Vegas, Nevada, which saw former light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson earn a unanimous decision win over Matt Hamill.

UFC 130 Results

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson def. Matt Hamill via unanimous decision
Frank Mir def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision
Travis Browne def. Stefan Struve via KO (superman punch) - R1, 4:11
Rick Story def. Thiago Alves via unanimous decision
Brian Stann def. Jorge Santiago via TKO (strikes) – R2, 4:29
Demetrious Johnson def. Miguel Torres via unanimous decision
Tim Boetsch def. Kendall Grove via unanimous decision
Gleison Tibau def. Rafaello Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) - R2, 3:28
Michael McDonald def. Chris Cariaso via split decision
Renan Barao def. Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision
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Brian Davidson Taps Out Jens Pulver at Titan FC 18

By FCF Staff

Jens Pulver failed to build on the momentum he gained recently at last night’s Titan Fighting Championship event in Kansas City, as the former UFC lightweight champ was tapped out by Brian Davidson in the first round, putting an abrupt end to the veteran’s two fight winning streak.

From the opening bell, Pulver had difficulties landing any strikes on the elusive Davidson and elected to take the fight to the mat. Although Pulver was able to take his opponent down on a couple of occasions, he was unable to pass Davidson’s guard or land any telling strikes.

Later in the round, Davidson managed to defend another takedown attempt from Pulver, and in the scramble that ensued he secured a fight stopping, rear-naked-choke.

Despite incurring his seventh loss in ten fights, Pulver (24-15-1) declared afterwards that he will decide when it’s time to retire and not his critics. With the win Davidson moved his record to 7-3.

UFC veteran Jake Rosholt (11-4) utilized his wrestling to punish and bloody John Ott (9-8) from the top position, before landing an illegal knee to Ott's head as he attempted to stand late in the third round. Due to the fact Ott could not continue, Rosholt was disqualified for the infraction.

Here are the results from last night’s HDNet broadcast of Titan FC 18.

Brian Davidson def. Jens Pulver via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 4:04
John Ott def. Jake Rosholt via disqualification (illegal strike) - R3, 4:23
Rudy Bears def. Darryl Cobb via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 3:30
Jared Rosholt def. Kirk Grinlinton via TKO (strikes) - R1, 1:37
Bobvia Cooper def. Nick Budig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Joe Wilk def. Jesse Zeugin via submission (D’arce choke) - R1, 3:36
Sean Wilson def. Deryck Ripley via submission (toehold) - R1 2:00

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Bellator Adds Zelg Galesic to Season 5 MW Tourney

Friday, May 27, 2011

By FCF Staff, photo courtesy Bellator FC

Bellator FC has announced that Dream veteran Zelg Galesic will compete in the promotion’s upcoming, Season 5 middleweight tourney. The noted striker, who is coming off a knockout win over Lee Chadwick in March, is the seventh competitor to be confirmed for the tournament.

“I think I match up well with the fighters in this tournament - guys like Alexander Shlemenko, Bryan Baker, and Sam Alvey,” Galesic was quoted saying in a news release from the promotion. “And Hector Lombard is a great fighter. He's always very exciting to watch. I hope I will get a chance to touch gloves with him one day.”

Other fighters that will compete in the tourney include Vitor Vianna, Jared Hess, and Brian “The Predator” Rogers

“Zelg is a great addition to our Season 5 Middleweight Tournament, and now that he's back 100% from injury, he should be competitive with our top Middleweights,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

Galesic (10-5) has gone 3-2 in his last five bouts with losses coming to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Kazushi Sakuraba. The Cage Rage veteran also scored wins over Taiei Kin and Magomed Sultanakhmedov during that stretch.

“I see Bellator as a place to really make a major name for myself in the United States,” Galesic said. “I'm extremely excited to compete in the upcoming Bellator Middleweight Tournament. I'm even more excited to win the whole thing.”

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Titan FC 18 Weigh-In Results

By FCF Staff

All of the competitors scheduled for tonight’s Titan Fighting Championship event in Kansas City made weight yesterday, green lighting an event that will see several experienced veterans compete on the card.

In the main event, former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver (pictured) will take on Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Brian Davidson in a 140lb catch-weight bout. The event will be broadcast live on HDNet.

“Jens is one of the most beloved fighters in all of MMA. People genuinely want to see him do well and return to the highest levels of this sport,” said Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly. “He is without question a true pioneer in this sport and he still has a place as an active competitor in this sport. Brian Davidson is without question a very exciting and challenging opponent and from a fight quality standpoint, I anticipate this matchup being the best main event we’ve done on HDNet.”

Here are the official weigh-in results for Titan FC 18.

Jens Pulver (139 lbs./24-14-1) vs. Brian Davidson (141 lbs./6-3)
Jake Rosholt (198.4 lbs./11-3) vs. John Ott (199.6 lbs./8-8)
Darryl Cobb (184.6 lbs./6-2) vs. Rudy Bears (184 lbs./12-7)
Jared Rosholt (258.8 lbs./2-0) vs. Kirk Grinlinton (253.8 lbs./2-2) at 265 lbs.
Joe Wilk (148 lbs./11-5) vs. Jesse Zeugin (153.2 lbs./5-1) at 145 lbs.
Bobby Cooper (176.2 lbs./5-3) vs. Nick Budig (176.2 lbs./5-1) at 155 lbs.
Sean Wilson (156.2 lbs./27-15) vs. Deryck Ripley (155 lbs./11-19) at 155 lbs.
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MFC Signs Brian Cobb, Facing Drew Fickett June 10th

By FCF Staff

The Maximum Fighting Championship has announced that is has signed lightweight Brian Cobb to a multi-fight contract, and that he will face fellow UFC veteran Drew Fickett at the promotion’s upcoming June 10th event in Edmonton, Alberta.

“I am very excited about this matchup,” Mark Pavelich, MFC Owner/President was quoted saying in the news release. “Brian Cobb is someone who has been on our radar for some time, and I think this is the perfect time to bring him in.”

“He’s ranked in the top 20 in the world, which is outstanding considering the depth of talent in the lightweight division. I believe he and Drew Fickett will put on a tremendous showcase of their skills which will make for a dynamic and entertaining fight. Having two extremely tactical fighters like Cobb and Fickett apply their trade in a co-main event with such devastating as Spratt and Davis – that’s the best of both worlds for true mixed martial arts fans.”

Cobb (18-6) has won three straight heading into his MFC debut. Most recently the 30 year-old-fighter submitted Radley Martinez in the second round while competing on a Fight for Wrestling event on May 20th. Cobb is 8-2 in his last ten fights with his only losses during that stretch coming to Ricardo Tirloni and Terry Etim, the latter of which occurred at UFC 95.

MFC 30 will be hosted by Edmonton’s Mayfield Conference Centre and will be broadcast live on HDNet.

The event will also feature Marcus Davis taking on Pete Spratt.

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Video: United Glory World Series Moscow Promo

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Jason MacDonald vs. Alan Belcher, Dongi Yang vs. Court McGee Confirmed for UFC Fight Night 25

By FCF Staff

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has begun lining up bouts for the promotion’s upcoming, September 17th Fight Night card in New Orleans. Today the organization announced that verbal agreements are in place for two middleweight bouts, as Alan Belcher will take on Jason MacDonald (pictured) and Dongi Yang will fight Court McGee.

Belcher (16-6), who is returning from a career threatening eye injury, has not fought since UFC 113 last May, when he tapped out Patrick Cote in the second round with a rear-naked-choke.

MacDonald (25-14) recently returned on April 30th, from a lengthy stint on the DL due to a broken leg, and submitted Ryan Jensen with a first round, triangle-choke at UFC 129.

McGee (13-1) is also coming off a submission win over Jensen, as the former TUF 11 winner caught the veteran with a third round, arm-triangle-choke at UFC 121 last October.

Yang (10-1) last competed at UFC Live 3 in March and stopped Rob Kimmons in the second round with strikes.

UFC Fight Night 25, “Battle on the Bayou”, will be broadcast live on Spike TV. No venue for the event has been confirmed yet.

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Jeff Curran Holding Out For UFC Bout

By Kelsey Mowatt, photo courtesy Team Curran

For some time now, Jeff Curran hasn’t hid the fact that he’s gunning to get another bout under the Zuffa banner, particularly since World Extreme Cagefighting was merged into the Ultimate Fighting Championship last year. The accomplished veteran left the WEC in 2009 having dropped four straight bouts, and although the defeats came against several of the defunct promotion’s top competitors, Curran is still eager to demonstrate that he belongs in the world’s best bantamweight division. With his recent, unanimous decision win over Billy Vaughan on May 13th, Curran has now gone 4-1 since exiting from the WEC, and his desire to return to the Octagon is as fervent as ever.

“I’m going to stick to my guns for now and say that it’s either going to be the UFC or I’m going to be done,” the 33 year-old Curran told FCF. “The fate of my career I’m leaving in the hands of Sean Shelby and Joe Silva right now. I know they want me back; I’ve talked to them and I know my management has talked to them; they want to have me on the roster but they have a few extra people in their bantamweight division than they have room for.  So until some people start getting cut there’s no room for me.”

“This is kind of my last go around,” Curran added, who has been competing professionally since 1998. “This is my last chance to really do it right; if I don’t make it to the high levels of being in the UFC I don’t really want to fight. I don’t want to fight on these mid-tier shows and try to prove myself, let these up-and-comers try to have their launching pad with me. I don’t want that.”

Since stopping Dustin Neace at Strikeforce and M-1 Global’s “Fedor vs. Rogers” event in November, 2009, Curran’s other three victories have come while competing for the Xtreme Fighting Organization, the fighter’s own promotion. According to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, the days of fighting at his own events are now over.

“I’m not going to fight on my own shows anymore,” Curran said. “One, my show needs my attention; my partners need my help, and two it’s just too stressful. Look at this last fight I had, I fought on the main event of my own show but I also had five other people that I’m watching from far away, screaming at, stressing out, helping them warm up. I’m not even thinking about my own fight, not to mention that I’m watching the gate, hoping we get enough walk up to cover the expenses...you show me a fighter that’s doing that and fighting at their best I’d be interested to meet him.”

Despite the distractions, Curran did score his 33rd professional victory at XFO 39 on May 13th, by earning a decision win over the aforementioned Vaughan.

“As far as my performance, I’d say it was up there,” Curran (33-13) noted. “On a scale of one to ten I’d say it was a seven or eight overall. As far as my expectation for myself, I’d say it was little lower than that as I thought I was going to finish the fight off. Couple missed opportunities; I went for quite a few submissions, a few solid ones, but he was surviving you know?”

While Curran waits to see what materializes next in his career, his immediate attention will turn to Jens Pulver, who the veteran fighter has once again helped prepare for his bout this Friday in Kansas City.

“He’s been working really hard,” said Curran about Pulver, who will face Brian Davidson at Titan FC 18 tomorrow. “He’s 143 pounds today and weighs in tomorrow at 1:40 (Thursday). He’s really lean; the last couple of workouts his hands have been really fast, his takedowns are on point, his power is there, he’s defending submissions, catching submissions, so hopefully he gets this third win in dominant fashion and people can start believing in him as a high level fighter again.”

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More Fights Confirmed for June 18th World Championship Fighting

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

By FCF Staff

World Championship Fighting has confirmed several more bouts for the promotion’s upcoming, June 18th, event in Wilmington, Massachussettes. The card, which will be hosted by the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium, will see UFC vet Dan Lauzon (pictured) face Noah Weisman for the promotion’s lightweight title in the main event.

The card’s co-main event will feature Strikeforce veteran Anthony Leone (-8-4) taking on featherweight Bill Jones (9-4).

Leone will be looking to end a four fight losing streak; most recently at Bellator 44 in May he lost by unanimous decision to Jeff Lentz.

Jones is riding a three fighting winning streak. In his last outing at a Cage Titans Fighting Championship in December, Jones stopped Lee Metcalf with a first round, rear-naked-choke.

Here is the line-up to date for the June 18th WCF.

WCF 155lb Lightweight Championship Fight
Dan Lauzon (Lauzon MMA) vs Noah Weisman (Rail City MMA)

Main Card
145 lbs Anthony Leone (Bombsquad) vs Bill Jones (Team Kaos)
185 lbs Perry Filkins (MFS-NH)  vs  John Walsh (Ranger Up)
145 lbs Nelson Gaipo (Dragon Lair) vs Mike Marcioni (SSSF)
145 lbs Al Jamain Sterling (Bombsquad)  vs  Lucas Cruz (TapOut)
155 lbs Joe Manzello (The Factory)  vs  Pedro Da Silva (Warrior Pride)
170 lbs  Eddie Brito (Valor) vs  Jim Pitner (USMMA)
160 lbs  Shawn Summy (Dragon Lair) vs Mario Cardia ( Combat Sports)
170 lbs Zack Costello (MAXX)  vs  Thomas Roy Gussler

*** Fight Card Subject To Change ***
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Alex Caceres to Fight Leonard Garcia at UFC Live 5

By FCF Staff

The Ultimate Fighting Championship continues to add fights to the promotion’s upcoming, August 14th event in Milwaukee Wisconsin, as today it has announced that featherweights Alex Caceres and Leonard Garcia have verbally agreed to fight on the card.

The UFC Live 5 card will be hosted by Milwaukee’s Bradley Center and will be broadcast live on Versus.

Caceres (4-3) is coming off a submission loss to Mackens Semerzier in March, after competing in the twelfth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” In his last bout, prior to signing with the UFC, “Bruce Leroy” stopped Ketema Jahmal McLennan while competing under the G Force Fights banner.

Garcia (15-7-1) was tapped out by Chang Sung Jung at Fight Night 24 in March, after working his way to a controversial, split decision win over Nam Phan at the TUF 12 Finale in December.

UFC Live 5 will feature a lightweight bout between contenders Jim Miller and Ben Henderson in the main event. 

Some of the other bouts that have been confirmed for the card include welterweight Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle, Eddie Wineland vs. bantamweight Joseph Benavidez, welterweight Duane Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah, and Stephan Bonnar vs. light-heavyweight Karlos Vemola.

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Jake and Jared Rosholt Replace Drew McFedries, Rory Markham for Titan FC 18

By FCF Staff

Due to the late withdrawal of veterans Drew McFedries and Rory Markham from this coming Friday’s Titan Fighting Championship, the promotion has confirmed that brothers Jake and Jared Rosholt will step in as their replacements.

According to a news release from Titan FC, McFedries is unable to fight due to a staph infection, while Markham has been offered a “high profile” movie role that requires he leave the country immediately. The welterweight has been pursuing acting for some time now.

“We were extremely disappointed when the management for Drew and Rory informed us of the news. However, this is the fight business and having promoted fights since the age of 24, I’ve dealt with a lot of hurdles in promoting shows,” said Titan CEO Joe Kelly. “While losing Drew and Rory from the show hurts, we took the news in stride I am very excited that the fans in attendance at Memorial Hall and those watching live on HDNet are going to see two future stars in this sport step up on short notice and test themselves.”

Jake Rosholt (11-3) will head to Kansas City to face John Ott (8-8) in a catch-weight bout at 200lbs. Rosholt has gone 5-1 now since exiting from the UFC in late, 2009. The decorated collegiate wrestler is coming off a submission win over John Malbrough on May 21st.

Jared Rosholt has gone 2-0 since the collegiate wrestling champion transitioned into MMA this year. The heavyweight will take on Kirk Grinlinton (2-2) at this Friday’s event.

Here is the line-up to date for Titan FC 18 which will be broadcast live on HDNet.

Jens “’Lil Evil” Pulver (24-14-1) vs. Brian “Mr. D” Davidson (6-3) at 140 lbs.
Jake Rosholt (11-3) vs. John Ott (8-8) at 200 lbs.
Darryl Cobb (6-2) vs. Rudy “Bad News” Bears (12-7) at 185 lbs.
Jared Rosholt (2-0) vs. Kirk Grinlinton (2-2) at 265 lbs.
Joe “The Nose” Wilk (11-5) vs. Jesse Zeugin (5-1) at 145 lbs.
“Super Duper” Bobby Cooper (5-3) vs. Nick Budig (5-1) at 155 lbs.
Sean “P-Town” Wilson (27-15) vs. Deryck Ripley (11-19) at 155 lbs.
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