All Tables Sold Out For American Predator FC’s Debut At Sears Centre

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APFC Sears Centre Poster

APFC Sears Centre Poster

When American Predator FC decided they had grown enough to put on an amateur mixed martial arts show at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, some laughed. But as of three weeks ago, a full month prior to the event, all of the table seats are completely sold out.

In addition to selling out all of the tables, due to high ticket requests, the promotion has opened up the entire lower bowl for seating. Skyboxes are also available at the Sears Centre for the event.

Fighters from all across Illinois will be competing as the night of action is set to feature over twenty fights. Patriot Boxing, Midwest Training Center, Hackneys Combat Academy, Delarosa’s Submission Wrestling, New Breed Jiu Jitsu, Team No Comment, Gilbert Grappling are just some of the many gyms that will be apart of the action.

Headlining the night will be six title fights featuring the best amateurs in the area all looking to improve their records and possibly turn pro with a victory.

For more information visit them at http://americanpredatorfc.com/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Predator-Fighting-Championship/216069498406865

Total Fight Challenge Returns on September 21

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Total Fight Challenge September Poster

Total Fight Challenge September Poster

On Friday, September 21st, Total Fight Challenge will return to the historic Willobrook Ballrom in Willbrook, Illinois. The card will feature over ten different mma gyms along with an amazing card capped with three championship bouts.

For the welterweight title, Rob Caulfield will go to battle against Martyn Jimenez, John Weinert takes on Ryan Berry for the bantamweight belt and Trevor Bob Adzecko faces Luis Miguel for the lightweight belt.

In addition to the mixed martial arts action, there will be two Muay Thai bouts on the card.

Tickets start at just $35 for general admission and can be purchased by calling The Willbrook Ballroom at 708.839.1000

The current card features:

  • Rob Caulfield vs Martyn Jimenez (170 interim Title main event)
  • John Weinert vs Ryan Berry (135 title fight co main event)
  • Trevor Bob Adzeko vs Luis Miguel (interim 155 Title)
  • Nick Spataro vs Dannie Lee
  • Nicasio Sanchez vs Brendon Toler
  • Mike Killeen vs Ricky Alanis
  • Jason Fehil vs BJ Vargas ( Thai Boxing )
  • Todd Javorski vs Kyle Mckenna
  • Nichole Glazik vs Jessica Heuer ( Female Thai Boxing )
  • Omar Jasso vs Jeanpiere Rodriguez
  • Dave Cowel vs Josh Mestre
  • Jeremiah Trulhar vs Issac Lenero
  • TJ Whalen vs Danny Cooper
  • Judge Yanez vs Stonewall McCuiston
  • Jorge Ignacio vs Michael Hammel
  • Jim Kernats vs TBA

Independent Link Club For August 7, 2012

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This week’s Independent MMA Link Club include stories on The Ultimate Fight 16, ONE FC, BAMMA and more.

Getting to know the Cast of The Ultimate Fighter 16 [The MMA Corner]

So these are your World Title Matches for ONE FC: Rise of Kings 2 [The Fight Nation]

MMA Futures: A betting Corner look at Future Title Fights [MMA Valor]

Kevin Thompson vs. Tony Moran added to BAMMA 10 on Sept.15 [The MMA Review]

Interview Joey Villasenor on his past, future and like at Jackson / Winklejohn Academy [Pro MMA Now]

How to Kill Zombies with Daron Cruickshank: The Final Teaser [The Fight Nerd]

Mark Munoz out for a year with Injuries [The Fight Hub]

Pedro Sauer Seminar At Team Curran MMA On September 22

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On Saturday, September 22nd, Pedro Sauer will be hosting a seminar at Team Curran. Team Curran owner, Jeff Curran, earned his black belt from Sauer who earned his under Rickson Gracie. The seminar is from 10am-1pm and costs $95. For more information call Team Curran MMA at 815-356-0454.

Pedro Sauer Seminar Flyer

Pedro Sauer Seminar Flyer

Ricardo Lamas

Ricardo Lamas – I Was Offered Aldo, Then The UFC Went With Edgar

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Ricardo Lamas

Ricardo Lamas is arguably the number two featherweight in the UFC after defeating Hatsu Hioki in June. In speaking to Steve Muehlhausen of SportsTownChicago.com today, Lamas revealed the plans that the UFC had for him.

While he was the number two guy, there was a fight already booked for the champ in Eric Koch. Lamas wasn’t one to wait and was actively seeking a fight. When word got out that former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar was dropping to his weight class, he was ready for that match.

“The UFC offered me a fight with Edgar in December and we had accepted. We were waiting to hear back from Sean Shelby on Edgar’s side. We accepted and were waiting for confirmation before we could announce it. This took place about two weeks ago but wasn’t signed.”

When Koch became injured and had to withdraw from the fight, the UFC of course went searching for a replacement fighter. One of the first people they called was Lamas.

“They called me and said Koch was injured. They needed an answer that night if I would fight Aldo. Of course we said yes right away and got everything they wanted in order. Then around 9pm they called me back and said they decided to go a different direction.”

That different direction of course was Edgar stepping in for the injured Koch. Lamas was quick to point out that he could see why.

“I was disappointed that I was out of the fight. I was excited for that fight. That’s an opportunity that guys wait their entire career for. It came out of no where so I can’t be super mad. I wasn’t promised for months and this came in last minute. I can see from the UFC’s perspective where it would be a better fight. he’s a former champ and more well known. Of course people want to see him fight Aldo over me.”

Lamas has been offered another fight for the end of the year, but wouldn’t reveal any other details as it isn’t signed yet.

Frankie Edgar - Art By JMC - Drawn by Justin McAllister

Erik Koch Out, Frankie Edgar In Against Jose Aldo

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Frankie Edgar - Art By JMC - Drawn by Justin McAllister

Frankie Edgar – Art By JMC – Drawn by Justin McAllister

And the injuries keep on happening to main event fighters. This time, Erik Koch had to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 153 bout with Jose Aldo. But unlike UFC 151 where the champ declined a fight with a potential challenger, 153 is still arguably even more in tact as Frankie Edgar will be dropping down to fight Aldo.

News of the injury and replacement was first reported by USA Today and MMAJunkie. Koch’s injury has not been disclosed.

Edgar has long been asked about dropping down to the featherweight division, even while he was having a very successful run at lightweight. He holds notable wins over Gray Maynard, BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, and Jim Miller. Even his back-to-back losses to Ben Henderson were close fought battles, but it was enough to have the former champ think seriously about dropping to featherweight.

Many thought he would have to fight a challenger before getting a shot at Jose Aldo, but Aldo has been vocal enough about the potential fight that none was needed in this case. While Edgar was lightweight champ, many fans wanted this super fight, but Aldo repeatedly stated that Edgar would have to drop down to his weight and it wouldn’t be fought at 155lbs.

Aldo is one of the most dominant champions under the Zuffa banner. He entered the WEC with a 10-1 record and quickly rose to fan fame with five knockout victories. The five knockouts earned him a shot at the title and like his previous fights, Aldo knocked out the champ. He then battled for twenty five minutes with Urijah Faber and followed that up with another knockout victory over Manny Gamburyan.

After those eight fights, the WEC was merged with the UFC and Aldo went back to work. He compiled back to back decision victories over Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian, the former earning him fight of the night honors. Just when fighters thought they found chinks in Aldo’s defense, he knocked Chad Mendes out with just one second remaining in the first round, reminding everyone how dangerous he is.

UFC 153 takes place on Saturday, October 13 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Chris Weidman - Original art by Justin McAllister

Chris Weidman Looking To Fight Winner Of UFC 152’s Bisping Versus Stann

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Chris Weidman - Original art by Justin McAllister

Chris Weidman – Original art by Justin McAllister

In an interview done with MMAJunkie, Chris Weidman revealed that if he cannot get the title shot with current champ Anderson Silva, then he wants the next best thing; a fight with another top contender. The fight on his radar? UFC 152’s Michael Bisping versus Brian Stann. Both of whom are considered top five in the UFC’s middleweight division, and a fight that until Weidman entered the title picture, many were considering to be a number one contender fight.

Weidman first started getting recognized as someone to watch out for in the UFC’s middleweight division after his short notice victory over Demain Maia at UFC on Fox 2. With just eleven days notice he cut a massive amount of weight and was able to control and out punch Maia for fifteen minutes.

He then headlined UFC on Fuel TV against Mark Munoz. Munoz was returning from an injury that force him out of a UFC on Fox fight giving Weidman the opportunity to fight on that card. Weidman was firing on all cylinders and then some in route to a second round knockout. With the impressive win and a loss from UFC new comer Hector Lombard, Weidman was suddenly the man who was next to challenge the champ.

Bisping and Stann for their part have held nothing back with hyping up their fight at UFC 152. Bisping even going so far as to say that it was at one point “the real main event on the card”. Bisping is 4-1 in his last five fights and many argued that he won his fight against Chael Sonnen. Stann is also 4-1 in his last five fights, finishing all four of his opponents.

Colosseum Combat XXII Fights Announced

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Colosseum Combat XXII Poster

Colosseum Combat XXII Poster

Colosseum Combat is back again in Kokomo, Indiana, with their 22nd event to date. The night of action is scheduled to feature six professional fights with nine amateur bouts preceding the main card. Like many previous Colosseum Combat events, this one features a mix of popular Indiana fighters as well as fighters from outside the state.

Headlining the night of action is former UFC and Bellator vet Shamar Bailey taking on David Overfield. Overfield hasn’t competed since June of 2010 where he lost to Kurt Kinser at Bellator 23. Prior to the loss he put together a 6-1 record finishing all of his opponents.

Bailey is entering the fight on a two-fight losing streak with losses to Lucas Pimenta Borges and Josh Shockley. His last victory came inside the Colosseum Combat cage at CC 19 when he defeated Darrell Smith by Brabo Choke.

The co-main event will feature longtime Colosseum Combat veteran Daniel Head taking on Luke Taylor. Head is looking to rebound from his three-fight losing streak. Only Kevin Nowaczyk was able to finish him in that run, and even that wasn’t until late in the third round. Taylor recently saw his two-fight win streak snapped after dropping a split decision to Evan DeLong at CC 21.

Other notables on the card include Carson Beebe who is riding a six-fight win streak into his fight with undefeated James Porter. Also Midwest Training Center’s Ed Carpenter looks to bounce back after a clerical error that saw him lose his last fight, then win it, only to then have it be turned back into a loss.

The night of action takes place on Saturday, September 29 at the Kokomo Event Center in Kokomo, Indiana.

The full card is as follows:
Professional Bouts
Shamar Bailey vs David Overfield
Daniel Head vs Luke Taylor
Carson Beebe vs James Porter
Jared Bailey vs Tyson Triplett
Ed Carpenter vs Ron “the Savage” Carter
Nick Anderson vs Matthew Perry

Amateur Bouts
Jacob Hurlock vs David Booth
Gabe Randolph vs Gary Widget
Andrew Ferguson vs Levi Rose
Robert Duke vs Jeremy Jackson
Chris Jewell vs Deryck Rothenberger
Brandon Clawson vs Chad Rynn
Mickey Taylor vs Brandon Slabaugh
Rod Cole vs Ben Ticen
Kevin Purvis vs Jesse Lawson

Georges St-Pierre Cleared To Fight, Opens As Favorite over Condit

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Georges St-Pierre - via UFC.com

Georges St-Pierre – via UFC.com

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has been cleared to resume normal mma activity. The announcement paves the way for the scheduled fight between St-Pierre and Carlos Condit at UFC 154. The event takes place November 17th at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

St-Pierre suffered a knee injury that forced him out of a scheduled bout with Carlos Condit in November of 2011. His last time fighting inside the cage was April 30 of 2011, giving him one of the longest layoffs of any champion.

Due to the layoff, Condit battled Nick Diaz at the famed Superbowl card earlier this year for the interim title. The five round fight had many fans questioning Condit’s game plan to stick and move, mostly fans shouting he was moving. Even his opponent Diaz was baffled at the decision victory stating he didn’t understand how a fighter who was backing up the entire fight could have won.

Nonetheless, Condit won and became the interim champ. Condit was then offered a fight with St-Pierre to unify the belts and took it. The only problem was that the champ was injured and while there was a timeline for when he would be able to return, it wasn’t guaranteed. The UFC stood by what the doctors said and penciled in the two welterweights to headline the card in Canada.

Now that it is official, the odds makers have done their homework and opened the betting lines. Surprisingly, St-Pierre is opening as a huge favorite over Condit, even with the near year and a half off. The odds have St-Pierre at -350, or to put that in layman’s terms, a 3.5:1 favorite. While many would think it is a huge thing for the champ, in reality, he has been at least a 5-1 favorite in his three previous fights.

UFC 154 takes place on Saturday, November 17th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will be shown on pay-per-view.

Independent Link Club August 28 Edition

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This week’s Independent Link Club features some great stories. Neil Grove returns to fighting, thoughts on Jon Jones, a preview of One FC and more.

Neil “Goliath” Grove makes U.K. return at UCMMA 31 in December [The MMA Review]

Jon Jones: Turning His Back on the MMA World [The MMA Corner]

Jacare should get the Next shot at Luke Rockhold [MMA Valor]

‘Jacare’ talks KO win over Derek Brunson and future with Strikeforce [Pro MMa Now]

This is why you should watch One FC: Pride of a nation [The Fight Nation]

Charlie Brenneman laments UFC 151 cancellation, says Jones should have taken the fight [The fight Nerd]