“Superfly” Matt Major defeats Shonie Carter at Cage Combat

“Superfly” Matt Major defeated MMA veteran Shonie Carter via unanimous decision at Cage Combat: Rumble in the Park on Saturday, August 23, in Fresno, California.  One person described the fight like this, “Matt kept Shonie at bay with a lot of kicks and rocked him a good four times with punches, wound up breaking Shonie’s arm with a blocked kick.  Matt seemed nervous but he looked good, especially his karate.”  Most people will remember Matt Major from his episode on the popular Versus MMA reality show, Tapout.

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Robert Drysdale to make MMA debut

by: Jack Bratcher

PRO MMA has just learned that the Xtreme Couture BJJ instructor and grappling phenom, Robert Drysdale is set to make his amateur MMA debut at Tuff-N-Uff’s Future Stars of MMA on October 17 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Whenever we speak to fighters from the Xtreme Couture gym in Vegas, one name always comes up when the subject of grappling is raised, and that is Robert Drysdale.  His name seems to have reached almost mythical proportions and this has stemmed from the way top level professional fighters describe his grappling abilities.

Now while MMA is a different ballgame than straight jiu-jitsu, Drysdale is certainly surrounded by some of the best fighters in the game at Couture’s that can help round out his skills.  I certainly would not want to learn that one of the first fights in my amateur career would be against Robert Drysdale.  No opponent has been named yet.  Hopefully Tuff-N-Uff can find an amateur willing to get in there with him.  Good luck with that Barry!

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Kimbo Vs. Shamrock set for Oct. 4th on CBS

by:  Cory Brady

Multiple sources close to the fighters are reporting that this bout has been finalized and EliteXC is expected to make an announcement regarding the bout later this afternoon. Kimbo Vs. Shamrock is scheduled to be the nights main event. There has been plenty of speculation recently that Kimbo would be facing either Brett Rogers or even former youtube opponent Sean Gannon but it looks as if Ken Shamrock has won the Kimbo lottery this time around.

This fight makes alot of sense to EliteXc as far as the draw from many mainstream fans that will easily recognize either fighters name. Many of the hardcore mma fans are likely to disagree with the decision of Shamrock as Kimbo’s next opponent as they were ready to see him face some tough competition in the form of heavweight knockout artist Brett Rogers but it looks like that’s one fight that is just going to have to wait.

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PRO MMA Exclusive: Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia prepares for Pulver

by: Jack Bratcher

In April of 2007 Leonard  “the Bad Boy” Garcia was called into the UFC on short notice to fight Roger Huerta in what became one of the most exciting fights in UFC history.  Garcia stepped onto the biggest stage in the world and performed miraculously and that is something that people do not forget.  Zuffa certainly has not forgot.

After a year that has been filled with legal issues and with the biggest fight of his career less than three weeks away, we thought it would be the perfect time to speak with Leonard to see how things are going and to find out if he is prepared mentally and physically to face one of the sport’s legends in the WEC on September 10th.

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Trigg defeats Olympic gold medalist at Sengoku

by: Jack Bratcher

On August 24, 2008 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg stepped back into the ring after an eight month layoff to face Japanese Olympic gold-medalist Judoka, Makoto Takimoto. Trigg was a heavy favorite going into the fight with odds of -500 and Takimoto at +300 according to Sportsbook.com.

The first round was at a breakneck pace with Trigg clearly doing the most damage. Trigg looked impressive with his transitions, head movement, and a very solid all-around game. Whether it be standing, on his back, or in the mount, Trigg’s game continues to evolve. He looked comfortable in all aspects of the fight.

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Sengoku 4 results and play by play August 24, 2008

Valentijn Overeem-def.  Yoshiki Takahashi–KO (Flying Knee)——–1    2:42
Moise Rimbon—-def.  Peter Graham——Submission (RNC Sub.)—2    0:42
Yang Dong Yi—-def.  Pawel Nastula——TKO——————2    2:15
Mizuto Hirota—-def.  Ryan Schultz——-KO (Superman Punch)—-2    4:25
Kazunori Yokota–def.  Bojan Kosednar—–Decision (Unanimous)—-3    5:00
Eiji Mitsuoka—–def.  Rodrigo Damm—–Submission (RNC Sub.)—-1    3:13
Satoru Kitaoka—-def.  Clay French——-Submission (Achilles Lock)-1    0:31
Frank Trigg——def.  Makoto Takimoto—Decision (Unanimous)—-3    5:00
Takanori Gom—-def.   Seung Hwan Bang—Decision (Unanimous)—-3    5:00

Here’s the play-by-play for Trigg vs. Takimoto:

Round 1. Trigg comes out with a leg-kick. Takimoto gets the takedown. Takimoto in Trigg’s guard. Trigg gets up and looks like he is much better while standing (as expected). Takimoto pulls Trigg down and Trigg is in Takimoto’s guard. Sidecontrol for Trigg. He tries to mount but Takimoto turns and almost falls out of the ring. The ref stands them up, and Takimoto comes out swining. Nothing seems to hit Trigg who takes him down. Takimoto is able to get half guard. Round is finished, clearly in favor of Trigg.

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Sengoku 4 weigh-in results

Here are the results for Sengoku 4 weigh-ins.  All fighters made weight.

First Round of Lightweight Tournament:

  • Clay French (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (70.0 kg; 154.3 lbs)
  • Eiji Mitsuoka (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs) vs. Rodrigo Damm (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs)
  • Kazunori Yokota (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs) vs. Bojan Kosednar (69.7 kg; 153.7 lbs)
  • Ryan Schultz (69.8 kg; 153.9 lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (69.9 kg; 154.1 lbs)

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Taekwondo athlete kicks referee in head at Olympics in Beijing

by: Jack Bratcher

During an Olympic Taekwondo bronze-medal match, Cuba’s Angel Matos acting out in frustration, deliberately kicked a referee in the head after the athlete was disqualified. In response, the World Taekwondo Federation has recommended that he be banned for life. The head of the federation seemed very embarrassed by the incident and also called for the ban of Matos’ coach probably because he seemed unapologetic.

Matos was actually winning 3-2, with 1:02 left in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. Fighters get one minute for injury time, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out and he was still sitting on the mat.

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Historic MMA Fights

It’s time for another edition of Historic MMA Fights. This match took place at UFC 47 in April of 2004.  It was Nick Diaz’s second fight in the UFC and he was coming off a win over Jeremy Jackson.  It was Robbie Lawler’s sixth UFC fight and he had won all his previous UFC bouts except one, which he lost to Pete Spratt when he suffered an injury.  Lawler was starting to be considered as one of the legit contenders.  Then enters the brash, Stockton native who was not intimidated by Lawler’s power and stood toe to toe with him and what happened next was nothing short of spectacular.  Watch as the cocky Diaz starts taunting Lawler.  This fight was only going to end one way; with one man left standing.

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