Saturday, September 11, 2010

SHINE FIGHTS 3 RESULTS: Drew Fickett Wins Lightweight Grand Prix - 9/10/11

SHINE FIGHTS III: 2010 LIGHTWEIGHT GRAND PRIX was held Friday September 10, 2010 at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

The event, which featured an old school one-night 8-man tournament, was originally scheduled for the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, however, the promotion was denied a promoter's license by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. The Virginia commission cited the promotion not providing mandatory documentation, including evidence of a surety bond covering fighters' purses, as the reason for the denial.

The event was moved to Oklahoma on a week's notice. Since the First Council Casino is located on an American Indian Reservation, this event was not subject to oversight by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, and instead was held as an unsanctioned event.

Drew "Night Rider" Fickett ran the tables with 3 submission wins to capture the Shine 2010 Lightweight Grand Prix crown. Fickett choked out Carlo "Neo" Prater, Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez and Charles "Krazy Horse aka Kid Khaos" Bennett to become the inaugural Shine tournament winner.

Rich "Cleat" Crunkilton and Kyle "Alley Cat" Baker both picked up split decision wins in the quarterfinals, however, both fighters were unable to continue to the semifinals. Crunkilton was replaced by Carlo Prater, whom he defeated, and Baker was replaced by reserve bout winner Charlie "Hollywood" Brown.


[Lightweight Grand Prix Final]
Drew Fickett (40-13) won by SUB over Carlo Prater (25-9)
[2:02] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke

[Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinal]
Carlo Prater (25-8) won by MD over Charlie Brown (10-3)
[10:00] - 2 Rounds

[Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinal]
Drew Fickett (39-13) won by SUB over Dennis Bermudez (7-1)
[2:02] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke

[Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Rich Crunkilton (17-3) won by SD over Carlo Prater (24-8)
[13:00] - 3 Rounds

[Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Kyle Baker (9-4) won by SD over James Warfield (21-7)
[13:00] - 3 Rounds

[Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Dennis Bermudez (7-0) won by UD over Shannon Gugerty (12-6)
[10:00] - 2 Rounds

[Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Drew Fickett (38-13) won by SUB over Charles Bennett (23-18)
[3:34] - Round 1 - guillotine choke

[Lightweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout]
Charlie Brown (10-2) won by MD over Brian Van Hoven (6-2)
[10:00] - 2 Rounds

Complete MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | SUB = Submission


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Kyle Baker vs. James Warfield

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Drew Fickett (chokes) over Charles Bennett, Dennis Bermudez and Carlo Prater

QUICKEST WIN: Drew Fickett over Dennis Bermudez and Carlo Prater in 122 seconds


BIGGEST LOSER:( Shannon Gugerty

Friday, September 10, 2010

TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 6 RESULTS: Kyacey Uscola Ices Doug 'Rhino' Marshall, Razor Rob Outpoints Corey Hill - 9/9/10

TPF 6: HIGH STAKES was held Thursday September 9, 2010 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, the former home of the WEC.

The Ultimate Fighter 11 participant Kyacey "Ice Cold" Uscola began his quest to a UFC return with an impressive KO over former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Doug "Rhino" Marshall in the main event.

In the co-main event, Leopoldo Serao won the vacant TPF Middleweight Championship in a close fight that went the distance with Anthony "El Toro" Ruiz. After 25 grueling minutes, Serao's hand was raised for the split decision victory.

Former WEC Lightweight Champion "Razor" Rob McCullough went the distance with TUF 5 participant Corey "The Real Deal" Hill in a fight that ended up being more competitive than I thought it would be. Hill's record has fallen to 4-4 and he is drifting farther and farther away from a possible UFC return.

Top featherweight prospect Micah "The Maverick" Miller, brother of UFC fighter Cole Miller, won a unanimous decision over former UFC lightweight Diego "The Octopus" Saraiva. Top flyweight prospect Darrell "The Mongoose" Montague KO'd Luis "Speedy" Gonzalez. TUF 11's Joe "Leonidas" Henle and Collin Hart fought to a unanimous draw after 15 minutes. Current Bellator semifinalist Zoila Frausto's little sister, Stephanie "Macaquinha" Frausto was outpointed by Paulina "Sweetness" Ramirez on two judges' scorecards, giving Ramirez the split decision victory. Mickey Martinez and Art Becerra also picked up wins Thursday night in Lemoore.


Kyacey Uscola (19-15) won by KO over Doug Marshall (12-4)
[3:17] - Round 1 - punches

{Middleweight Championship}
Leopoldo Serao (17-7) won by SD over Anthony Ruiz (25-14)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (48-46, 48-47, 46-48)

Rob McCullough (19-6) won by UD over Corey Hill (4-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Micah Miller (15-4) won by UD over Diego Saraiva (18-10)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Darrell Montague (8-1) won by KO over Luis Gonzalez (2-4)
[4:42] - Round 1 - punches

Collin Hart (2-1-1) and Joseph Henle (3-0-1) fought to Draw
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (28-28 all)

Paulina Ramirez (2-0) won by SD over Stephanie Frausto (2-3)
[9:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Mickey Martinez (3-2) won by KO over Mark Matthews (3-5)
[2:41] - Round 1 - punches

Art Becerra (3-1) won by SUB over Gabriel Solorio (5-3)
[8:22] - 3:22 Round 2 - rear-naked choke (technical)

Complete MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | SUB = Submission

BELLATOR 28 RESULTS: Carey Vanier Secures Season 4 Tourney Spot - 9/9/10

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIOINSHIPS XXVIII was held Thursday September 9, 2010 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This event marked the first time this season that there was not a tournament bout on the fight card. In the featured bout, Carey Vanier won a split decision over UFC veteran Rich "No Love" Clementi, who indeed was given no love when the referee failed to deduct a point in the final round after two illegal knees opened up a cut on Clementi's head. Clementi won the first round and Vanier won the final two rounds on two judges' scorecards, so had the point rightfully been deducted, the fight would've resulted in a majority draw. In the end, though, I'm calling this one a well deserved victory for Vanier, who earned a spot in the upcoming Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament.

The de facto main event featured a showcase fight for 2003 ESPY nominee for Best Male College Athlete Eric Larkin, who went undefeated wrestling that year at Arizona State and won the NCAA Division I tournament. Larkin needed just over two and a half minutes to choke out Marcus Andrusia with a guillotine.

Eric Schambari and Georgi Karakhanyan both won decisions in the other two televised fights, respectively, over Matt Horwich and Anthony Leone.

JC Pennington and Tonny Canales were supposed to fight in the main event of the undercard, which would've taken place after the live television portion of the card, but the fight was called off after the crowd was dispersed due to a fight breaking out in the crowd.


Eric Larkin (3-0) won by SUB over Marcus Andrusia (1-1)
[2:46] - Round 1 - guillotine choke

Carey Vanier (10-3) won by SD over Rich Clementi (36-17)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Eric Schambari (13-2) won by SD over Matt Horwich (25-16)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)

Georgi Karakhanyan (14-2) won by UD over Anthony Leone (8-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Tony Roberts (12-6) won by SUB over Kelvin Doss (1-2)
Round 1 - punches

Jonathan Mackles (8-1) won by SD over Brock Kerry (7-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Charlie Rader (12-3) won by TKO over Josh Rafferty (9-8)
[1:14] - Round 1 - punches

Scott O'Shaughnessy (2-0) won by SUB over Gabe Wood (1-2)
[12:11] - 2:11 Round 3 - armbar

Complete MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | SUB = Submission


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Carey Vanier vs. Rich Clementi

KO OF THE NIGHT: Charlie Rader over Josh Rafferty

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Eric Larkin (guillotine choke) over Marcus Andrusia

QUICKEST WIN: Charlie Rader over Josh Rafferty in 74 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Carey Vanier (+160) over Rich Clementi


BIGGEST LOSER:( Marcus Andrusia

Thursday, September 9, 2010

TUF 12 VIDEO: Watch First 5 Minutes of Next Week's The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs Team Koscheck Season Premiere

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 12: TEAM GSP VS TEAM KOSCHECK will premiere Wednesday September 15, 2010 on Spike TV following UFC FIGHT NIGHT 22: MARQUARDT VS PALHARES. Following Season 12 of TUF, Georges St. Pierre will defend his UFC Welterweight Championship against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in December.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

BELLATOR 28 PREVIEW: Predictions, Betting Odds, Weigh-In Results for 9/9/10

by MMAmadman Randy Rowles

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXVIII will be held Thursday September 9, 2010 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main card will air live on Fox Sports Net at 8:00 pm EST.

This marks the first time in Season 3 that there isn't a tournament bout on the fight card. Strangely, Bellator scheduled this event in New Orleans on the same night as the NFL season opener with the New Orleans Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings. One would think that the NFL kicking off their season in New Orleans would put a serious damper on the ability to properly promote a sporting event with the local sports media, especially given the lack of starpower on this card. Despite the bizarre venue booking, this event features some really good fights.

This preview includes betting odds, win-loss records with stat breakdowns, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions. Betting lines are translated into chance-of-winning percentages.

Betting odds are from BookMaker, and were current as of 4:00 pm EST on 9/8. Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only and are included here to illustrate bookmaker projections.

Madness Levels indicate the amount of insanity inspired in anticipation of a fight on a scale of 1 to 10, a numerical translation of just how excited I am for each fight.

Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible. Let the madness begin...

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split | MD = Majority Decision | SUB = Submission | (T)KO = (Technical)Knockout



Lightweight Tournament Qualifier Bout

RICH CLEMENTI (-205) = 64% chance of winning

CAREY VANIER (+165) = 36% chance of winning


WEIGHT: 155.6

20 wins by Submission | 9 wins by (T)KO | 8 wins by Decision

7 losses by Decision | 6 losses by Submission | 3 losses by TKO


WIN over Lenny Nelson (4-2) by SUB at SFE: Hostile Validation (7/10)

WIN over Glen Cordoza (3-1) by SUB at CFC: Full Force (6/10)

LOSS to Quinn Mulhern (13-1) by TKO at KOTC: Vengeance (2/10)

WIN over Mike Budnik (9-4) by SUB in 5150 Combat Club (1/10)

WIN over Chris Stringer (7-8) by SUB at Cage Wars: Nightmare (11/09)



5 wins by TKO | 3 wins by Submission | 1 win by Decision

2 losses by Submission | 1 loss by TKO


LOSS to Toby Imada (25-14) by SUB at Bellator 17 (5/10)

WIN over Joe Duarte (5-2) by TKO at Bellator 13 (4/10)

WIN over Paul Mann (3-5) by TKO at Shogun Fights 1 (10/09)

WIN over Peter Grimes (7-6) by SD in CCC (6/09)

WIN over Derek Abram (9-14) by SUB in Seconds Out (2/09)


Rich Clementi is having a workman year. This will be his fifth fight in 2010. Clementi is without a doubt one of the toughest fighters in all of MMA, and he’s also one of the most underrated. Clementi has UFC wins over top lightweights Terry Etim and Melvin Guillard, as well as an Octagon submission victory over soon-to-be middleweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

Clementi’s last UFC run ended in early 2009 with back-to-back losses. Clementi went to a decision with current lightweight number one contender Gray Maynard at UFC 90, but was on the losing end just like everyone else who’s tried against Maynard. Clementi was cut after a submission loss to Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 17. Clementi’s only losses since leaving the UFC were due to a broken clavicle against Kyle Jensen, and by TKO to Quinn Mulhern, one of the sport’s best unsigned welterweight talents.

Carey Vanier was an NCAA Division III wrestling All-American and trains with Greg Jackson’s team in Albuquerque. Vanier advanced to the semifinals of the second season’s lightweight tourney, but then tapped out to an armbar to eventual runner-up Toby Imada to end his tournament championship dream. Vanier now could possibly get a second shot in this Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament qualifier.

PREDICTION: Rich Clementi by Submission

Middleweight Bout

ERIC SCHAMBARI (-180) = 62% chance of winning

MATT HORWICH (+150) = 38% chance of winning


WEIGHT: 184.2

7 wins by Submission | 4 wins by Decision | 1 win by TKO

1 loss by Submission | 1 loss by Decision


LOSS to Bryan Baker (13-2) by SUB at Bellator 20 (5/10)

WIN over Luke Zachrich (10-2) by SUB at Bellator 16 (4/10)

WIN over Will Espich (1-2) by SUB in Maximo FC (10/09)

WIN over Dominic Brown (14-18) by SUB in C3 (9/09)

WIN over Nathan James (10-6) by MD at SJW 3 (5/09)


WEIGHT: 185.6

20 wins by Submission | 3 wins by Decision | 2 wins by KO

12 losses by Decision | 3 losses by Submission


WIN over Thales Leites by SUB at PWP: War on the Mainland (8/10)

LOSS to Tom Watson by UD at BAMMA 3 (5/10)

LOSS to Jason MacDonald by UD at LGIO MMA 1 (4/10)

WIN over Jason Lambert by SD at AMMA 1 (10/09)

LOSS to Bryan Baker by UD at Bellator 10 (6/09)


Matt Horwich is coming off the biggest win of his career. Less than a month ago, Horwich submitted former UFC middleweight title contender Thales Leites for the PWP Middleweight Championship. This huge victory for The Fighting Hippy followed Horwich losing 5 out of his last 6 fights, so it’s hard to know what to think of the win over Leites, especially given Leites has been on a bit of an emotional freefall since his unceremonious UFC dumping. This doesn’t take away from the fact that Horwich was the first man in history to finish Leites in an MMA fight. Horwich has had more than his fair share of lumps in his career, but he’s always been able to hang in there with the best, and every once in a while pick up a big win.

Eric Schambari has only ever lost to Bryan Baker. In his last fight, Schambari got caught in a triangle choke against Baker at Bellator 20. Two and a half years earlier, at WEC 31, Schambari was on the losing end of a split decision against Baker. Luckily for Schambari, he’s not fighting Baker this time, he’s fighting MMA’s answer to Crispin Glover in the loopy intellectual Matt Horwich.

I think this fight is where the ebb meets the flow. Horwich is coming off a huge win, and Schambari a huge loss, but expect fates to be reversed after what should be a hellacious battle.

PREDICTION: Eric Schambari by Decision

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 31 Poster and Complete Fight Card for 9/30/10 with Women's Tournament Semifinals



Season 3, Week 8

Location: L'Auberge du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Broadcast: FOX Sports Net


[Women's 115-Pound Tournament Semifinal Bout]
Megumi Mega Megu Fujii (21-0) vs. Lisa Ward (14-5)

[Women's 115-Pound Tournament Semifinal Bout]
Jessica Jag Aguilar (9-3) vs. Zoila Warrior Princess Frausto (8-1)

[Welterweight Tournament Qualifier]
Chris The Assassin Lozano (4-0) vs. Yoshiyuki Zenko Yoshida (11-5)


Mark Holata (8-2) vs. Shawn Jordan (5-1)

John Harris (2-3) vs. Kyle Miers (1-0)

Michael Chandler (3-0) vs. Scott Stapp (0-0)

Dave Pee Wee Herman (19-2) vs. Michal Masakra Kita (10-4)

Aaron Davis (1-4) vs. Tim Ruberg (2-0)

MMA Fighter Kenny Trevino Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide of Tiffanie Perry

Kenny Trevino and Tiffanie Perry were found dead Sunday night September 5, 2010 at Trevino's home in Austin, Texas. Police suspect murder-suicide.

Trevino, 26, had a professional MMA record of 5-2 and most recently fought at Shark Fights 3 on March 20, 2010. Trevino had been dating Tiffanie Perry, 23, a fitness model and avid MMA fan. The couple recently broke up.

Trevino had been complaining via Facebook of an illness that had him dehydrated and unable to hold down food for the past few weeks. On August 26, 2010, Trevino wrote on Facebook
would anybody really miss me if i left here
According to KXAN Austin News:
Police are investigating what they're calling a murder-suicide this Labor Day holiday.

Kenneth Bryan Trevino, 26, and his girlfriend - 23-year-old Tiffanie Perry - were found dead Sunday night.

Police were called to the 9900 block of McNeil and 2222 around 11 p.m. Sunday night. Police say they received a call from a family member or friend of Trevino's living outside of Austin who warned them Trevino might be suicidal.

The caller said Trevino was despondent over a recent breakup with his girlfriend, Perry.

When officers arrived at Trevino's home at the Alexan Ribelin Ranch Apartment Complex, they found them dead.

Both bodies had obvious signs of trauma.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

VIDEO: DREAM 16 Preview for Kazushi Sakuraba vs Jason 'Mayhem' Miller in Japan

DREAM 16 will be held Saturday September 25, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and will air live in North America on HDNet. In the MMAmadman's second most-anticipated fight of September, Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba will take on Strikeforce fighter and host of MTV's BULLY BEATDOWN, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, in a middleweight contest. As is evident in this awesome promo video, Sakuraba and Mayhem are two of the most entertaining combatants in all of MMA.