The return of Kalib Starnes – PRO MMA exclusive

by:  Jack Bratcher

The Ultimate Fighter season 3 and UFC veteran, Kalib Starnes will be making his return to the ring on November 15th when he faces Kala “Kolohe” Hose at Destiny MMA’s:  Pier Fighter 1 in Hawaii.

We last saw Kalib at UFC 83 where he fought Nate Quarry to a memorable three round decision.  Only, it was memorable for certain reasons most people would not consider beneficial.

I was very interested to see how Kalib had been dealing with life outside the UFC and all of the negative press.

It’s always easy for a person to keep focused on the positive things when life is sunshine and roses.

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Ricco Rodriguez adds to win streak at RITC 117

Ricco Rodriguez

Rage in the Cage held their 10 year anniversary show (#117) on Saturday November 8, 2008 in the 22,000 seat US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Drew Fickett returned to the cage in his sixth fight of the year in the co-main event.

Fickett gave up a split decision victory to the much less experienced Jose Cortez fighting out of Take Down Academy.

The main event saw former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Ricco Rodriguez pull off his fifth win in a row in his eighth fight of 2008.

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Who’s the stud now – a TUF soccer match

by:  Jack Bratcher

We often hear fighters who have been on The Ultimate Fighter talk about how they were perceived and how the editing made them look.

The TUF editors have not gone out of their way to make Frank Mir look good that is for sure.

Case in point was the traditional coaches’ challenge which this season happened to be soccer.

Right away we hear Coach Mir say that he was “set up to fail” being that Soccer is the national sport of Brazil and that is where the opposing coach, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is from.

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TUF 8 – Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir – Episode 9 Re-Cap

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

It’s time for the Light Heavyweights this week with Krzysztof Soszynski facing Kyle Kingsbury.

The real KO action this week is seen before the actual fight in the Ocatagon, and takes place at the TUF house.

Nover’s performance from last week cemented his place as a real threat to walk away as the lightweight Ultimate Fighter this season.

Kryzstof is shown with his thumb being worked on and it looks pretty bad with Sos thinking that it may possibly be fractured.  Mir brings in his guy Don House to evaluate the extent of the injury and to give Sos some pointers on protecting his hand.  House concludes that the injury will be fine for Krzysztof to continue in the competition.

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Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in talks with Sengoku

by:  Matt De La Rosa

Despite being suspended by the California State Athletic Commision until July 28 2009, Antonio Silva has plans to fight at World Victory Road’s Sengoku 7 on January 4th.

Tatame reported on the American Top Team member’s intentions. Silva (11-1), through translation, stated “I’m negotiating my way to Japan The Sengoku made me an off to fight on January 4 and we are seeing that.”

Regarding his suspension, the former Elite XC Heavyweight Champion informed MMAWeekly that “I’ve gone to a far extent to prove my innocence, and they don’t listen. It’s the law, or maybe it’s not the law, but it’s very wrong.”

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Kim Couture Files Lawsuit Against Affliction’s Todd Beard

by: Matt De La Rosa

Kim Couture has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Affliction owner Todd Beard.

A Las Vegas judge issued a temporary restraining order against Beard or any employee working for Beard, prohibiting any contact with Couture, or even stepping into the MGM Grand Hotel at this weekend’s UFC 91 events.

Kim Couture confirmed the report to MMAWeekly, “Yes, it is true. The reports are accurate, but I’m not able to comment further at this time.”

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Sexual harassment possibly behind resignation

15rounds.com’s Michael Swann has reported the reason behind California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia’s resignation is sexual harrasment.

Garcia’s office has reportedly already been cleared out and he had the option of resigning or be fired.

The sexual harassment claim was filed by office technician Lily Galvez.

Swann also reports on Garica allegedly violating the 1996 Professional Boxing Act, collecting travel claim advances, accepting gifts, and informing outside sanctioning body representatives of fight scores in the middle of the bouts.

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Chute Boxe trainer is victim of homicide

It has been reported that Osmar Fernandes Dias, an instructor at the famed Chute Boxe Academy, was shot three times while leaving the academy early Tuesday morning in Curitiba, Brazil.

Dias’ trained some of the best fighters to ever come out of Chute Boxe. The Rua brothers and Wanderlei Silva learned their crafts under the late Dias, as well as Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Fabricio Werdum.

Xicão Joly who was a close friend to Dias stated, “We’ve heard it was an attempted assault, but right now no one knows the dettails”

Along with leaving a slew of fighters at the academy, Dias was also a family man according to Joly.

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