Huckaba was scheduled to defend his title against MMA legend Dan Severn on Aug. 22. According to Huckaba, he notified the promotion ahead of time he was injured. “I was hurt. I tried to tell Tedd (Gladiator Challenge owner Tedd Williams) two weeks before but he didn’t want to hear it,” Huckaba explained.
Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion Dave Huckaba was scheduled to defend his title against MMA legend and pioneer Dan Severn on Aug. 22, 2009 at “Nemesis” at the Konocti Vista Casino in Lakeland, Calif. Huckaba did not fight.
PROMMA.INFO has been notified that Gladiator Challenge has made the decision to strip the two-time heavyweight champion of the title for failure to honor his contract agreement.
Gladiator Challenge Owner/Promoter Tedd Williams stated, “In order to be fair to both the fans and the other Gladiator Challenge heavyweight contenders, we have made the difficult decision to once again take the title away from Mr. Huckaba. We are sad to see it come to this, but we feel that our hand has been forced. We hope that, in time, this situation will be resolved in a more favorable manner.”
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.