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Jonatas Novaes versus Eric Reynolds headlines December 2 XFC

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Several friends of MMA Recap will be heading down to Florida in December to compete at XFC 15 on December 2.  Two former UFC and Bellator veterans will be squaring off against each other as Shonie Carter and Ryan Thomas are set to do battle, Team Curran’s Felice Herrig makes her XFC debut against Carla Esparza and headlining the event will be Jonatas Novaes taking on Eric Reynolds.

Reynolds competed in the Bellator’s season one lightweight tournament.  He won his quarterfinal fight, but then ran into Eddie Alvarez in the semi-finals.  After losing to Alvarez, he fought Jorge Masvidal, again dropping the fight.  Since his time in Bellator he has put together a 2-2 record with wins over Greg Loughran and Travis Cox.

Novaes is becoming a fan favorite with his aggressive style of jiu jitsu.  In his last fight at Combat USA Illinois versus Wisconsin, Novaes locked in an armbar on Sherron Leggett.  Leggett refused to tap and subsequently had his arm broken.  This marked Novaes’s third victory in four fights by armbar and holds submission victories over seven of his opponents.

Herrig has put together an impressive 3-1 record since moving to Team Curran.  Her last fight at XFO 39 she was able to out grapple her opponent as Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc seemed to want to keep the distance as close as possible.  Herrig owns an impressive kickboxing record and with her wrestling and grappling improving she is becoming even more dangerous.

Esparza holds an impressive 5-2 record with her two losses coming against top ranked women’s fighters Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fuji.  She is a two-time All American wrestler and holds most of her victories by submission.

Carter, a long time vet of the sport with nearly 100 professional fights to his name last competed in March against Rumen Dimitrov.  In the second round he suffered a TKO loss putting him on the worst losing skid of his career.

Thomas most recently lost to Jonatas Novaes at the Combat USA state finales by armbar.  The loss makes him 2-3 in his last five, however those losses come against Ben Askren and Jim Wallhead.

XFC 15 “Tribute” will air live on HDNet on December 2.

Dave Terell Versus Aoutneil Magny At Ruckus 5

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The welterweight matchup in the Combat USA tournament hosted by Ruckus Entertainment is set.  Dave Terell will be taking on Aoutneil Magny in the top bracket of the tournament.

Terell is coming into the fight on a two-fight losing skid, but looks to improve his overall record to 7-4 with a win over Magny.  Terell trained out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, but now trains out of Team Curran in Crystal Lake.

Magny is a Torres Martial Arts Academy prodigy.  Magny made his pro debut in November of 2010 against Lawrence Dunning.  Magny was able to earn the TKO victory in the second round.  Already in shape, Magny fought just thirteen days later stopping Darion Terry in the third round.

Ruckus 5 is scheduled for January 21 and many more fights are expected to take place.  Currently the line-up includes:

·      Chase Beebe vs Dustin Neace

·      Jonatas Novaes vs Billy Stamp

·      Dave Terell vs Aoutneil Magny


Dustin Neace Versus Chase Beebe Headlines Ruckus 5

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Chicago, Illinois – Decemeber 14 – The main event for the January 21 Ruckus event, “Ruckus 5” has been signed and set.  Chase Beebe will be taking on Dustin Neace in the night’s headlining bout.  Ruckus 5 takes place on January 21 at Venutis in Addison, Illinois.

Beebe is a former WEC champion who has won all of his fights stateside in 2010.  His lone loss came after taking a fight on short notice against Hiroyuki Takaya at DREAM 16.  Beebe has submitted all four of his opponents this year in the first round.

In April of this year, Beebe rebounded from a series of losses that forced him to re-evaluate his career.  At Lords of War, Beebe needed just over a minute to submit Billy Jochum.  Following that victory Beebe would headline “Ruckus 3” where he submitted Pablo Alfonso by rear naked choke.  Returning from Japan, Beebe then headlined Chicago Cagefighting Championship 2 with a dominating performance over Jared McMahan.  Beebe opened the night of action at Ruckus 4 on “Black Wednesday” with another dominating performance over Wisconsin Combat USA champion Josh Kasee.

Neace, like Beebe, has been extremely active in 2010 having gone 5-1.  His lone loss was a decision against Joao Herdy at Total Warrior Challenge in Indianapolis.  His five victories have all ended by a stoppage of some sort.  Most recently Neace took on former training partner Joel Blanton at Colosseum Combat 15 earning the TKO stoppage in the first round.

Ruckus 5 is scheduled for January 21 and many more fights are expected to take place.  Currently the line-up includes:

·      Chase Beebe vs Dustin Neace

·      Jonatas Novaes vs Billy Stamp


Jonatas Novaes at Bellator weigh-ins - photo by Brent Todd

Jonatas Novaes Versus Billy Stamp At Ruckus 5

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Jonatas Novaes at Bellator weigh-ins - photo by Brent Todd

Jonatas Novaes at Bellator weigh-ins - photo by Brent Todd

Chicago, Illinois – December 14 – The first fight has been made official for Ruckus 5; Jonatas Novaes will take on Billy Stamp in what is likely to be the night’s co-main event.  Ruckus 5 will take place on January 21 at Venutis Banquet Hall in Addison, Illinois.  The event is part of the first round of the Illinois State Champion Tournament put on in conjunction with Combat USA.

Novaes enters the tournament having gone 5-1 in his last six fights.  His lone loss was at the hands of Christian Uflacker on the preliminary card of “Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rogers” in November of 2009.  Most recently Novaes submitted Ryan Bixler at XFO 35 in June of 2010.  Novaes was supposed to fight at Bellator 14, however Novaes became ill the day of the fight and it was called off.

Stamp most recently had his four fight win streak snapped at “Ruckus 3: Ruckus Invades Navy Pier” when he was defeated by Clay French.  The French fight earned the night’s “Fight of the Night” honor, as it was an action packed non-stop battle.  Stamp has a double the experience than Novaes, which should play a factor in the fight.

More fights will be announced shortly.


XFO 35 Results And Recap

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XFO 35 took place at the Copernicus Theatre in downtown Chicago, Illinois last night.  The action saw one amateur fight and eight professional fights.  Many notable guests were in attendance including Felice Herrig, Bart Palaszewski, Ricardo Llams and both Pat and Jeff Curran.  Read on for the full recap and results of the night’s competitions.

The first fight of the night didn’t take long at all.  Mike Ryan needed just twenty seconds to force Billy Blackwell to tap.  After a low kick by Ryan, Ryan took the fight to the ground and locked in the fight ended armbar.

The second amateur bout was to feature Chris Hartwig taking on Sean Martin.  Unfortunately Martin did not show up to the fight and Hartwig won by default.

The first professional fight of the night saw Carson Beebe take on Joe Voitik.  Voitik tried to grapple with Beebe but Beebe was the better grappler.  After a some punches both fighters stood and clinched.  Voitik worked some good knees, but Beebe responded with knees of his own forcing Voitik to shoot for a takedown.  Beebe sprawled and then spun to Voitik’s back and secured both hooks.  After about twenty punches, Voitik gave up his neck and Beebe locked in the fight ending rear naked choke.

Bill Hill defeated Dan Bolden in a controversial fashion.  In the first round, Hill controlled most of the action defending Bolden’s takedowns.  Bolden was able to reverse position a couple of times, but would not be able to capitalize on it.  In the second round both fighters clinched and Bolden had a failed hip toss takedown which look like it hurt him.  Hill ran in for an attack and the ref stopped it shortly after saying Bolden tapped out.

Ryan Bixler took on Jonatas Novaes in a catch-weight bout.  Novaes shot for a takedown but Bixler defended well.  Novaes was able to secure double undercooks and then completed the takedown.  Bixler was able to get to his feet and Novaes took him down again.  Bixler defended well as there was little action.  The crowd kept calling for a stand up, but the ref kept them on the ground.  Novaes was able to move from side control to mount to Bixler’s back.  Unable to secure a rear naked choke, Novaes transitioned to a slick armbar and forced the tap out.

In a very exciting fight Mike Santiago took on Jake Murphy.  Both fighters came out with large entourages who were very vocal through out the fight.  Murphy quickly took the fight to the ground and pressed Santiago up against the cage.  From there he worked a good ground and pound.  But Santiago wasn’t without his own tricks as he was able to reverse position more than once and almost had a reverse triangle choke.  The end of the first round saw Santiago work elbows from the bottom.  Round two Santiago rocked Murphy with a big right hand before Murphy went for the takedown again.  For the first minute or so Santiago controlled the action but Murphy was able to reverse and controlled the rest of the round from within Santiago’s guard landing multiple shots that were not very damaging.  The final round saw the crowd go wild for both fighters and Murphy again looked to his wrestling to control the action.  After a lull in the action, the ref stood both fighters up and Santiago caught Murphy with a fantastic knee that crumpled Murphy.  Unfortunately Santiago wasn’t able to capitalize on it and Murphy recovered quickly .  MMA Recap scored the fight 29-28 for Murphy but the judges were split and awarded the victory to Santiago.

Peter Grimes took on Bobby Reardanz in the next bout of the night.  The first round saw Grimes take Reardanz down early and worked a good ground a pound from within Reardanz’s guard.  Reardanz would use the cage to try to get his legs up and lock in an armbar, but Grimes would just punch his way out each time.  The second round both fighters looked to stay on their feet for a bit as they were both landing big kicks.  Grimes was getting the better kicks in and then easily took the fight to the ground.  After a lull in action, the ref stood both fighters up.  Grimes came in with a fancy spinning kick, followed it up with some punches and ended the combo with a knee.  Reardanz would retaliate with a knee of his own, but then Grimes dropped him with a big right hand.  Grimes quickly got Reardanz’s back landed three powerful shots before the ref halted the action.

In what was sure to become the fight of the night Matt Tobie and Kevin Nowacyzyk went the distance.  The three round war saw both fighters throwing big punches and landing several kicks.  Tobie was able to open up a cut under the right eye of Nowacyzyk in the second and bust open his ear in the third.  In the end the three judges scored it for Kevin Nowacyzyk in a split decision.

The heavyweights were the co-main event and featured Boban Simic taking on Rashad Brooks.  The two fighters exchanged heavy bombs in the first round with neither fighter being able to land that power shot to finish it.  In the second round, Simic was the fresher of the two fighters and punished Brooks’s body with multiple punches.  In the third round, Simic took the fight to the ground, passed to mount, and unloaded punches until the referee stopped the action.

The main event kicked off just after 11:30pm and saw Ted Worthington taking on Keith Wisniewski.  In the first round Wisniewski used takedowns to control the action.  Once on the ground he would use short punches and elbows to maintain his position over Worthington.  In the second round Wisniewski again took the fight to the ground but this time Worthington had an answer as he tried to lock in a heel hook submission.  Unfortunately for Worthington when he rolled to apply more pressure to Wisniewski’s leg, Wisniewski applied a heel hook of his own and forced Worthington to tap out.

Quick Results
Amateur Bouts
Mike Ryan defeated Billy Blackwell via armbar :20 of round 1
Chris Hartwig defeated Sean Martin by no show

Professional Bouts
Carson Beebe defeated Joe Voitik by rear naked choke 1:49 of round 1
Bill Hill defeated Dan Bolden by tap out 1:06 of round 2
Jonatas Novaes defeated Ryan Bixler via armbar 3:25 of round 1
Mike Santiago defeated Jake Murphy by split decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Peter Grimes defeated Bobby Reardanz by technical knockout 4:07 of round 2
Kevin Nowacyzyk defeated Matt Tobie by split decision 30-27, 28-29, 30-27
Boban Simic defeated Rashad Brooks by technical knockout 1:30 of round 3
Keith Wisniewski defeated Ted Worthington by heel hook 3:56 of round 2

Jeff Curran

Jeff Curran Signs With Strikeforce

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Jeff CurranLong time WEC competitor Jeff “The Big Frog” Curran (29-12-1) has signed a deal with Strikeforce and plans to fight for the organization on the preliminary card for the big November 7 event at the Sears Centre in Chicago, Illinois that will feature a heavyweight battle between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers.

No opponent has been named for the Chicago-based fighter.

Curran operates his own mixed martial arts gym, Curran Martial Arts, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He has dropped his last four fights including loses to Mike Brown and Urijah Faber. Curran has competed in all of the major organizations such as the UFC, PRIDE, the IFL, and the WEC throughout his 12 year career.

“The Big Frog” is also scheduled to fight at his XFO event on December 5.

The current lineup for “Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs Rogers” is now:

Main Card

•    Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers

•    Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Jake Shields (for vacant Strikeforce middleweight title)

•    Champ Gegard Mousasi vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (non-title match)

•    Antonio Silva vs. Fabricio Werdum

Preliminary Card

•    Erin Toughill vs. Marloes Coenen (CBS reserve fight)*

•    Jeff Curran vs. TBA*

•    Shamar Bailey vs. John Kolosci*

•    Deray Davis vs. Mark Miller*

•    Jonatas Novaes  vs. Christian Uflacker*

*not officially announced by Strikeforce officials yet