ELITEXC STRIPS KJ NOONS OF LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

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Belt Taken Away For Refusing To Fight Nick Diaz

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 19, 2008) – KJ Noons of San Diego has been stripped of his EliteXC lightweight title. The announcement was made late Friday by EliteXC Head of Fight Operations, Jeremy Lappen.

The foremost reason EliteXC is taking this action, Lappen said, was due to Noons’ reluctance to defend against leading 160-pound contender Nick Diaz of Stockton, Calif.

“We are stripping KJ of his championship belt for refusing to defend against Diaz,’’ Lappen said. “It’s a very unfortunate situation but we cannot have belt-holders who refuse to fight the top contenders. We want champions who will fight anyone, anytime, anyplace. That’s the mentality all champions should have.

“I feel very bad for KJ because I like him a lot on a personal level and have always thought he could be a big star. He’s charismatic, has a very exciting fighting style and is a top level fighter. So I’m obviously disappointed that he has chosen to take this stance.

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ELITEXC WILL INTRODUCE 140-POUND TITLE

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LOS ANGELES (Sept. 19, 2008) – The first-ever EliteXC bantamweight (140-pound) champion will be crowned when promising, undefeated Brazilian Wilson Reis (5-0) of Philadelphia faces streaking King of The Cage titleholder Abel “The Silent Assassin” Cullum (11-1) of Tucumcari, N.M., in a solid matchup in the main event on ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series Friday, Sept. 26, live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) at the Chumash Casino Resort at Santa Ynez, Calif.

ShoXC, a presentation of Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.’s live fight division, EliteXC, showcases young, talented fighters in tough matchups. A springboard for the future stars and champions of EliteXC, ShoXC is patterned after the SHOWTIME boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation.

In other SHOWTIME fights, Shane Del Rosario (4-0) of Irvine, Calif., faces Carl Seumanutafa (4-0) of San Francisco, Calif., in a battle of unbeaten heavyweights; Malaipet (3-2) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., meets David “Tarzan” Douglas (5-1) of Antioch, Calif., at 150 pounds; Giva “The Arm Collector” Santana (11-0) of Laguna Niguel, Calif., takes on Jaime Jara (19-5) of North Highlands, Calif., at 185; and Matt Makowski (3-0) of Philadelphia throws down with Eric “Bad” Apple (9-1) of Irvine, at 170.

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TUF 8 Recap – Episode 1

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Courtesy of UFC.Com

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

This should have been posted last evening, but I had the privilege of watching the show with members of my gym at Guardian MMA, which included one of the fighters from Season 8, Shane Primm . We’ve all been looking forward to seeing one of our own in the UFC Octagon and couldn’t wait to see Shane in action since the announcement was made that he would be on the show.  Shane is the fourth fighter from Gracie Tampa, and the first from Guardian MMA that has made it onto The Ultimate Fighter, and we expect big things from the young and talented light heavyweight.  That being said, there has been a lot of talk in forums on the web about Jason Guida, Lance Evans, and Joe Duarte.  Some had even speculated that the “next Anderson Silva” comment made by Dana White may have been referring to Duarte. Much to my surprise, none of these these three fighters even made it into the house after the first episode.

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Nate Diaz Continues To Impress

By: Kelvin Hunt

Going into this fight with Josh Neer, Nate Diaz had 4 wins in the UFC…all of them coming by submission.  Josh Neer a veteran of the UFC is a very well rounded fighter, and I thought would pose some interesting problems for Diaz.  Actually, I picked Neer to win because prior to last night Diaz had been relying solely on his BJJ pedigree to win fights.  I knew that wouldn’t work against a fighter like Neer.  However, last night Diaz finally showed other dimensions of his game.  He fought eerily similar to his brother Nick, in that he used good boxing skills, good transitions, and a high pace to get the win.

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Houston Alexander explains loss

…well sort of.  You would think by now maybe Houston would say, “You know what, I really need to focus mainly on my ground game.”  Instead, he says, “I just made one mistake.”

The guy has great standup and ferocious striking but every single time it goes to the ground everyone knows what is coming now.  The UFC deserves applause for not protecting him.  I thought it was a great match up to put him in there with a BJJ black belt to see how far Houston’s overall game had progressed.  He’s an exciting fighter with great personality; he would make a great champion and representative of the sport.  But he is going to have to make some dramatic changes.  It really makes fans who are rooting for him angry to see him blow such great potential.

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UFC – Fight Night 15 live results & play-by-play

Houston Alexander vs. Eric Schafer (LHW)
Houston really needs a good showing this fight. It would be nice to see him get out of round one. It would also be nice to see him put on a good performance for his home crowd here in Omaha, Nebraska. The crowd goes nuts for Houston.
Rd.1 – Houston comes out like a hurricane. Big knees to the head of Schafer as he tries for a takedown. Schafer goes for a takedown again. Houston with a couple of leg kicks. Schafer wants none of the stand up. Clinched. Knees from Houston. Schafer shoots again. Finally he gets Alexander down and moves to side control. Houston is caught in the crucifix but Houston gets up then gets caught in a guillotine. He pops out but now gets mounted. Schafer in full mount. Eating elbows. Alexander taking a ton of punishment. Schafer wins by arm triangle with one fucking second left. One fucking second. Very sad for Alexander’s hometown crowd. Schafer dedicates his win to Evan Tanner, his hero.

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Jake Shields vs. Paul “Semtex” Daley promo

Sem·tex – (sěm’těks’) noun. 1. a highly malleable plastic explosive. 2. a plastic explosive that is easily tractable and almost odorless, used esp. by terrorists. Paul “Semtex” Daley and Jake Shields are sure to cause an explosion when they step into the ring on October 4 when Elite XC hosts the third installment of Saturday … Read more

Paul “Semtex” Daley – Victory is already mine – Pro MMA Exclusive

by:  Cory Brady
Pro MMA was able to catch up with Paul Daley recently to ask him a few questions about his upcoming title fight with Jake Shields. The fight will take place on CBS, October 4th as part of EliteXC Saturday Night Fights. Daley recently made an impressive return after a brief retirement stint and is widely known as one of the sports most lethal strikers while his opponent Jake Shields is regarded as one of the best ground fighters in the game. The term has been widely overused over the years but this fight truly will be the “classic striker vs. grappler matchup”.  Confident would be an extreme understatement to describe how Daley is feeling in the days leading up to what is without question his biggest fight to date.
PRO MMA: How are you doing Paul? How are you feeling right now physically?
PAUL: I’m in great shape, I feel real strong, my conditioning and training has gone very well.

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Lauzon ready for Bradley in UFC Fight Night 15 Wednesday night in Omaha

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E. BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (September 15, 2008) – UFC lightweight contender Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon broke from his native Massachusetts training camp Saturday and headed for Nebraska, where he fights Kyle Bradley (13-5) on Wednesday night (September 17) in UFC Fight Night 15, live from Omaha on Spike TV.

“Training camp was very, very good,” Lauzon said. “This summer, I built a cage in my school (Lauzon MMA), and I’m happy with the way things went. I worked harder for this fight than any other. When I was training with BJ Penn in Hawaii, it was a little tougher to coordinate training partners whereas back home I had 6 to 8 guys jumping up to help every training session. It’s always easier to round up your own guys in your own gym. Training with BJ was great, but for this fight my entire gym was more focused on me in camp than ever before.”

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Evan Tanner Memorial Planned

There will be a memorial for Evan Tanner held in Amarillo, TX on September 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Civic Center.  The Civic Center is located at 401 South Buchanan Street.

Flowers and cards can be sent in care of Evan’s brother, Jeff Tanner at 504 S. Harrison Street, Amarillo, TX 79101.  The family has also set up a memorial fund with The Amarillo National Bank. If you are interested, please email teamtanner@gmail.com for details.

Evan Tanner’s website has been setup so that friends and fans can post comments and memories.  If you have a special memory of Evan, a favorite fight, or just want to say a few words in memory of this very special individual please visit www.evantanner.net. Also, if you are not that familiar with who Evan Tanner was and what he meant to the sport of MMA, take a few minutes to read what others have written on his website.

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