Don Frye returns at “Shark Fights 4” on May 2

On May 2nd, Don “The Predator” Frye returns to face judo champion Rich Moss at “Shark Fights 4” in Lubbock, Texas. The forty-three year old UFC and Pride veteran and MMA legend last fought and lost to Ikuhisa Minowa via kneebar in August of 2008 at “Deep: Gladiator”.

Don Frye has amassed a 19-7-1 record in his on again off again 13 year MMA career. Rich Moss is 7-2 as a pro and is a former National Judo and Pan American Champion.

“We are very excited to have Don Frye on the Shark Fight 4 card. He is an MMA fan favorite and a Legend in the sport. This bout is a great addition to our already stacked card, which includes veteran UFC, WEC and Pride fighters. The event will also feature two Texas Championship Title Fights. This is undoubtedly our most impressive fight card to date. Get ready for an exciting night of fights!” said Jim Larson, President of Shark Fight Promotions.

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A Pro’s Take: Bastianelli on GSP vs. Penn and Varner vs. Cerrone

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) had the chance to catch up with ‘Relentless’ Ryan Bastianelli after his Wednesday evening practice in Concord, CA at Combat Fitness.

‘Relentless’ had been training for his bout at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds; however, he took a quick break from training last weekend to take in WEC 38 in San Diego, CA.

Bastianelli shared his thoughts on Jamie Varner’s performance against ‘The Cowboy’ and where he thought Varner stood on the score cards prior to the bout being stopped. Bastianelli also touched on the St. Pierre vs. Penn Welterweight title fight. The former ASU wrestler broke down the title fight and made a prediction.

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A tough night for Jamie Varner

Last Sunday night WEC Lightweight Champion, Jamie Varner, defended his title against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone. For four rounds the two went back and forth making for an extremely exciting fight. In the fifth round the fight was called due to an illegal knee to the head by Cerrone and Varner left with a technical decision victory and the belt. Now it appears that Varner left the ring with much more than that.

In a recent interview with Sherdog’s Beatdown radio, Varner revealed that he received a broken hand and foot during the fight, which left him virtually unable to strike going into the final round. He is also concerned that he may have a detached retina in his eye, which may be a career ending injury for the up and coming fighter. According to the fighter he will meet with an eye doctor next week to determine the extent of the injury.

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My side of the story; Jamie Varner

The WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner (16-2 MMA, 4-0 WEC) stopped by Pro MMA Radio on Monday evening to talk to Larry Pepe about his controversial victory last night over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (9-1 MMA, 3-1 WEC) and the fan outcry that has followed.

In his first interview following the fight Varner was clearly heated but felt it important to share his side of the story, to explain why he apologized, and to clarify exactly what went down.

Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone fought four hard rounds Sunday night for the WEC Lightweight Title. The fifth round began just as exciting as the previous four and then it happened, Cerrone threw a knee to a downed Jamie Varner. The referee stepped in, stopped the fight, and brought in the doctor. Varner could not see therefore, could not continue and ends up winning a split decision in one of the most controversial endings in recent memory.

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Cowboy fails to take Jamie Varner’s WEC Lightweight Title

Jamie “C-4” Varner (16-2) was able to retain his WEC Lightweight Title tonight in San Diego by out pointing Donald Cerrone (9-1) and handing “Cowboy” his very first professional loss.

The title fight, scheduled for five rounds went to the judges’ cards prior to the final bell due to an illegal knee from Cerrone that caught Varner on the temple with a minute and fifty seconds left in round five. Varner was given adequate time to recover after the incident but was unable to continue and told the doctor he could not see. If a fighter wants the fight to continue he cannot tell the doctor he is unable to see.

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WEC 38 – Varner vs. Cerrone – Live Play by Play and Results

Stay tuned here at ProMMA.info, as we will be bringing you live coverage of WEC 38, Varner vs. Cerrone. 

Tonight’s event is going down at the San Diego Sports Arena in California, and will be headlined by a Lightweight Championship bout between WEC lightweight champion Jame Varner and undefeated contender Donald Cerrone.  Urijah Faber will also be stepping back in the cage for the second time against Jens Pulver, in his quest for the opportunity to get in his words, “His belt” back from the winner of Brown/Garcia.

We will be giving round by round updates for the televised main card on Versus.  Here are the quick results from the undercard:

PRELIMINARY CARD QUICK RESULTS

  • Charlie Valencia def. Seth Dikun by unanimous decision 
  • Jesse Lennox def. Blas Avena via TKO (punches) – Round 2
  • Scott Jorgensen def. Frank Gomez via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:09
  • Dominick Cruz def. Ian McCall by unanimous decision 
  • Edgar Garcia def. Hiromitsu Miura via TKO (punches) – Round 1
  • Benson Henderson def. Anthony Njokuani via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2

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The Cowboy is in Town: a talk with Donald Cerrone

WEC lightweight title contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (9-0 MMA, 2-0 WEC) stopped by Pro MMA Radio on Monday night to talk to Larry Pepe about his teammates, his training camp, and most importantly his upcoming title bout with champion Jamie Varner (15-2 MMA, 3-0 WEC).

Here are some highlights of their discussion:

Cerrone said that the fight with Rob McCullough was a fight for him. He believes he was the one who dictated the pace and it went the distance because that is something that he wanted. It also seemed a little awkward to most that the fight between McCullough and Cerrone was on the preliminary card instead of the main card. Cerrone was alright with it but believes he must have done something to make Zuffa mad.

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Preview of WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone

With all of the hype surrounding the Affliction: Day of Reckoning card taking place this weekend, it’s easy for some to forget that WEC 38 will be taking center stage Sunday night.  Airing live on Versus Sunday, January 25th, the card will feature a title fight as WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner (15-2-2) steps back into the cage to defend his title for the second time, facing fast rising star Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (9-0-1).

The undefeated Cerrone’s ascent has been rapid following his appearance on the TapOut reality show.  As an already accomplished and undefeated kick boxer, Cerrone has quickly added a well rounded submission game to his standup arsenal and is just as dangerous on the ground grappling as he is standing.

Varner has been impressive in his WEC showings, taking the lightweight belt from Rob McCullough in dramatic fashion, and quickly dispatching a tough and game Marcus Hicks in his first title defense bout.

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WEC confirms remaining bouts for Jan. 25 card

The WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) mixed martial arts promotion will hold its first ever San Diego event on Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the San Diego Sports Arena.

Headlining the card will be an explosive WEC Lightweight Championship bout between the champ, Jamie Varner and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The co-main event will feature Jens Pulver in a rematch with former WEC Featherweight Champion, Urijah Faber.

WEC 38: VARNER vs. CERRONE will be televised live on VERSUS starting at 9pm EST/6pm PST. Tickets are available for purchase through the San Diego Sports Arena Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 619-220-8497. Here is the complete Fight Card for WEC 38:

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