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February 21, 2011

Strikeforce Challengers 14 MMA Results

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Strikeforce Challengers 14 MMA Results

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Veteran striker Pat “Bam Bam” Healy put an end to the undefeated streak of Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm in a close main event fight that went to the judges’ decision at the Strikeforce Challengers 14 event at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas on Friday night. Veteran fighter Carlo “Neo” Prater also prevailed in his Strikeforce debut against Bryan Travers. Ryan Couture, son of MMA legend Randy Couture, remained undefeated in his second-ever bout.

Lyle Beerbohm came into the main event bout with an undefeated 15-0-0 record, in addition to his 8-0-0 amateur record. “This is going to be a fun, tough, hard fight that I expect will go everywhere,” stated Beerbohm in a pre-fight media workout on Wednesday. “There’ll be stand-up, wrestling, a little bit of everything. My time has come and I am really looking forward to the fight.” Beerbohm also stated he wanted to eventually fight for a Strikeforce Lightweight title, but recognized that he first needed to move past his veteran opponent, Pat Healey, who came into the fight with a record of 25-17-0, who was making his return to action since his loss to Josh Thompson via submission in 2010.

The bout was very close, going the distance through all three rounds. While Beerbohm pushed a lot of the action, especially with grappling on the ground, Healey was able to land more effective strikes and weathered persistent take-down attempts from Beerbohm. The action was back-and-forth, neither fighter never able to clearly dominate the other. The last few minutes of the fight proved to be the best for Healey, who wore down Beerbohm’s strength and left him gasping for air, allowing Healey to attempt more submissions on the ground. The three judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28, and 29-28 to give Healey the unanimous decision win.

Cquote1.svg He talked a lot of trash, but if he wants a rematch, I’ll give him one anytime. Cquote2.svg

—Pat “Bam Bam” Healey

After the match, Beerbohm was upbeat, but felt he had won the bout. “I definitely thought I won. I thought going into the third we’d each won a round, but I definitely thought I won that last round. I took the fight to him from the start. But that’s what happens when you let it go to the hands of the judges.” Healey complimented his opponent, “Beerbohm fought a good fight but I think I outworked and outhustled him.” Healey also welcomed the idea of a rematch, stating, “He talked a lot of trash, but if he wants a rematch, I’ll give him one anytime.” Asked who he wanted to face next, Healey stated he wanted to fight the winner of the Billy “Cyborg” Evangelista and Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal on March 5, noting that both fighters had previously defeated his brother, Pat Healey.

The co-main event for the show featured Carlo “Neo” Prater, a veteran fighter with a 25-10-1 record making his Strikeforce debut against the 14-3-0 Bryan Travers. The bout was over in just 38 seconds as Prater used his superior reach to jab Travers several times before using a trip to take Travers to the ground and submitting him with an Anaconda Choke. Prater showed a lot of emotion in his post-fight interview. “My record shows I’m not a perfect fighter, but when you’re down you get up,” Prater said. “This was a good win, I’ll get better off this fight, but I’ll be right back in the gym soon.”

Ryan Couture, the son of MMA legend Randy “the Nature” Couture, pushed his fight record to 2-0-0 with a victory over 2-0-0 opponent Lee Higgins. Most of the first round featured very little action until Higgins attempted to take down Couture, and found himself fighting off Guillotine Choke and a D’Arce Choke in the last minute of the round. Couture dominated nearly all of the second round with superior stand-up striking and ground control. Higgins fared little better in the third, as Couture was able to put Higgins against the cage and stop Higgins’ take-down attempts, and then eventually control Higgins on the ground before submitting him with a Rear Naked Choke with 20 seconds left in the bout.

To round out the broadcast, Ryan Lawson (5-2-0) defeated Erik Apple (10-2-0) at 3:14 of Round 2 by Triangle Choke, and David “Tarzan” Douglas (6-2-0) defeated Nick Gonzalez (16-8-0, 1 NC) at 1:05 of Round 1 by a Rear Naked Choke submission. The undercard results that were not broadcast, Drew Pendleton (2-0-0) defeated Dennis Dombrow (2-0-0) at 2:38 of Round 2 by Guillotine Choke submission, and Aaron Lanfranco (2-0-0) defeated Ousmane Thomas Diagne (1-2-0) at 4:22 of Round 1 by Knockout.

The main card was broadcast in the United States on premium broadcast network Showtime. The Showtime Strikeforce Challengers series highlights mixed martial arts fights between up-and-coming fighters as well as veteran fighters who are looking to move up towards the larger Strikeforce events.



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October 12, 2008

Florida officials investigating controversial MMA fight

Florida officials investigating controversial MMA fight

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

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Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli
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Boxing regulators in the state of Florida have started a preliminary investigation into allegations of corruption and fight fixing after mixed martial arts fighter Seth Petruzelli defeated Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in the main event of the EliteXC: Heat on Saturday, October 4, 2008.

Petruzelli, who was scheduled to fight Aaron Rosa on an untelevised undercard match, was approached by EliteXC officials to take on Ferguson, who fights under the nickname Kimbo Slice. Slice’s announced opponent, legendary mixed martial arts and professional wrestling veteran Ken Shamrock, was declared medically ineligible to fight after injuring himself during a Saturday morning workout session, requiring stitches to be applied to a cut over his eye. News of the injury and substitution was not made until after CBS Sports started broadcasting the show.

Cquote1.svg The promoters kind of hinted to me and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him. They didn’t want me to take him down, let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try to stand up and punch with him. Cquote2.svg

—Seth Petruzelli, to WTKS-FM

The show had been heavily promoted over the last two months on Shamrock’s reputation and the credibility of his name, along with the media buzz around Kimbo Slice. CBS Sports was expecting to cash in with a huge ratings success after securing a record-setting 4.85 million viewers on their inaugural broadcast of EliteXC, the highest ratings ever for a MMA broadcast. Fourteen seconds into the main event, however, Petruzelli scored an upset win over Slice. Petruzelli hit Slice with a right cross to Slice’s jaw that sent the phenom staggering backwards. Petruzelli moved in, as Slice was not defending himself, and finished off his opponent with a flurry of punches. The referee stopped the fight a few seconds later.

The controversy started the next morning after Petruzelli was interviewed on the “Monster in the Morning” radio show on WTKS-FM 104.1 in Orlando, FL and simulcast on XM Satellite channel 152. In the 18-minute interview, Petruzelli made the statement, “The promoters kind of hinted to me and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him. They didn’t want me to take him down, let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try to stand up and punch with him.”

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson
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It was inferred through this statement that an EliteXC official approached Petruzelli and attempted to influence the outcome of the fight. Slice, whose fight strategy is largely based on punching power, had been training to face Shamrock, another noted strike artist. Petruzelli, on the other hand, has a much stronger ground offensive. Critics during the fight noted that if Petruzelli could force Slice to the mat that it would be a humiliating upset, but if Slice could maintain control through his striking it would be an easy win.

With the statement from Petruzelli about being paid to stand up and fight on Slice’s skill level, allegations of tampering with the fight began to arise within hours. EliteXC’s Jeremy Lappin, Director of Fight Operations, responded to MMA Weekly’s inquiries, saying “Press reports that EliteXC suggested or paid money to heavyweight fighter Seth Petruzelli to keep his fight against Kimbo Slice off the ground are false. Let me be perfectly clear with no ambiguity – that did not happen.” Lappin stated that they offered him a “Knockout of the Night” bonus if he could score a win by KO. Bonuses such as “Knockout of the Night”, “Submission of the Night” and “Match of the Night” are often offered to fighters who can deliver entertaining and crowd-pleasing performances. Lappin also stated, “Elite XC organizes and promotes fights. We have not, do not, and will not suggest or dictate fighters’ strategies or tactics. How the fighters perform in the cage is at the sole discretion of the athletes involved.”

Petruzelli also started making immediate amends the next day, blaming himself for misrepresenting his intentions. In a blitz of media interviews in an effort to retracts his statement, he said, “Honestly, when I woke up in the morning my words were jumbled and obviously my head was in a daze from drinking (laughs) the entire night. Reading the transcript, I actually now feel I worded it perfectly in what I wanted to say. I wanted to keep the fight standing and they offered a knockout bonus and I wanted to get the knockout bonus.”

Florida officials from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) did not appear to be interested in performing an investigation. In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, DBPR press secretary Alexis Antonacci said, “Our interpretation is that the comments made were in reference to the promoter asking [Petruzelli] to join a fight that he wasn’t originally scheduled for. We don’t believe any wrongdoing occurred.” The DBPR regulates all business and professional licenses in the state, including promotion of sports such as boxing, professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.

Cquote1.svg Press reports that EliteXC suggested or paid money to heavyweight fighter Seth Petruzelli to keep his fight against Kimbo Slice off the ground are false. Let me be perfectly clear with no ambiguity – that did not happen. Cquote2.svg

—Jeremy Lappin, EliteXC

After being hounded by the media and fight critics all week long, the DPBR announced on Thursday that they would start a preliminary investigation. Communications director Jennifer Meale made a statement to the press. “While the Department of Business and Professional Regulation doesn’t have any reason to believe there was a problem with the Slice-Petruzelli fight, given the interest in it, the Department has begun a preliminary investigation to thoroughly review the circumstances of the fight.”

Pro Elite, Inc, the parent company of EliteXC, has struggled over the last year. The company is over $50 million in debt, with $24.4 million of that debt accrued in the first half of 2008. Trailing behind industry leader Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), EliteXC has rallied behind Kimbo Slice to drive up ratings on their specials with CBS Sports and Showtime Networks, attendance at live events and other merchandise sales. The October 4 broadcast drew in 4.56 million viewers, making it the third most-watched viewed event in MMA history to go along with its record-setting May 31 debut of 4.85 million viewers. Both events featured Kimbo Slice in the main event.

The corruption issue could go deeper than just fixing a fight for the company’s star fighter. Further fueling the allegations are the actions of EliteXC’s president, Jared Shaw. Immediately after the fight was stopped, Shaw rushed to the side of the cage and yelled to the referee that Slice was hit illegally.

“He spent a lot of money to build up Kimbo,” Seth Petruzelli said. “If I saw one of my guys I spent millions on getting his face pounded I’d get upset also.” Shaw later apologized for his actions, calling them improper.

EliteXC’s Lappin told ESPN, “We were not trying to protect Kimbo. He had been training to fight a guy in Shamrock who has a better ground game than Seth. If we were trying to protect Kimbo we would have sent him home. We put him in a dangerous fight.” Frank Shamrock, MMA color analyst for CBS Sports, and brother of Ken Shamrock, feels that EliteXC is looking out for Slice’s best interests. “As for Pro Elite, are they looking after their baby? I hope so. Are they conspiring to ensure he wins? I don’t think so.”



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September 22, 2008

Misaki stops Riggs at \’Strikeforce at the Mansion II\’

Misaki stops Riggs at ‘Strikeforce at the Mansion II’

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Strikeforce’s return to action in Beverly Hills, CA draws to a close as Kazuo Misaki earns a controversial win over Joe Riggs after a second round fight stoppage.

Capitalizing on its successful debut a year ago at the private residence of Playboy founder Hugh Heffner, Strikeforce at the Mansion II was an invitation-only event where elite guests were treated to a wine tasting and gourmet buffet dinner before the show, with the fight being carried live on pay-per-view. There were nine fights on the card scheduled for the evening.

The first round of the main event saw very little action as Misaki and Riggs were feeling each other out. Fans expressed their displeasure over the lack of action. A pair of low kicks by Misaki put him ahead in the scoring 10-9 after the first round. The second round saw the action open up. Misaki started to throw more punches and combinations in the first minute, with Riggs blocking most of the blows and only offering a timid response. Riggs found an opening after a straight left, and followed it up with another powerful left punch that stunned Misaki. Misaki immediately got to his feet and answered with a right cross punch that knocked Riggs staggering backwards. Misaki quickly jumped on Riggs and pummeled him with punches, with Riggs covering up to block them.

The controversy came several seconds later as referee Josh Rosenthal stopped the fight, awarding the win to Kazuo Misaki at 2:29 of Round Two by technical knockout (TKO) due to unanswered repeated strikes. In an interview with MMA Weekly, Rosenthal said that he warned Riggs three times that he needed to advance his defensive position, but he failed to do so. Riggs, upset by the stoppage, said in an interview, “I’m really upset, I thought it was an early stoppage. That’s twice Josh Rosenthal’s fucked me over, first with Alex Stiebling, now with Misaki.” Misaki said in his post-fight interview that he didn’t feel qualified to comment on whether the stoppage was premature.

Full results of the evening’s card:

  • Kazuo Misaki (21-8-2) def. Joe Riggs (28-11-0) by TKO (unanswered repeated strikes) at 2:29 of Round 2
  • Josh Thomson (16-2-0) def. Ashe Bowman (9-5-0) by TKO (unanswered repeated strikes)at 1:14 of Round 1
  • Terry Martin (18-5-0) def. Cory Devela (9-2-0) by TKO (unanswered repeated strikes) at 2:08 of Round 3
  • Mitsuhiro Ishida (17-4-1) def. Justin Wilcox(5-3-0) by Submission (Armbar) at 1:21 of Round 1
  • Trevor Prangley (18-5-0) def. Anthony Ruiz(21-12-0) by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Luke Stewart (6-1-0) def. Jesse Juarez (6-5-0) by Submission (Armbar) at 4:55 of Round 1
  • Eric Lawson (7-2-0) def. Kenneth Seegrist (5-1-0) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:07 of Round 1
  • Brandon Magana (6-1-0) def. Brandon Thatch (3-1-0) by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Jesse Gillespe (2-2-0) def. Dave Martin (0-2-0) by Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)



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September 21, 2008

KJ Noons stripped of EliteXC Lightweight Title

KJ Noons stripped of EliteXC Lightweight Title

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

KJ Noons (in black hat & shirt) posing with fans. Credit: Charles Criscola

EliteXC Lightweight champion K.J. Noons was stripped of the title on Friday by EliteXC officials for failure to defend the title. Outlined in a press release, EliteXC Head of Fight Operations, Jeremy Lappen stated that Noons turned down two opportunities to defend the title against top contender Nick Diaz. “It’s a very unfortunate situation but we cannot have belt-holders who refuse to fight the top contenders,” Lappen said in the release. “We want champions who will fight anyone, anytime, anyplace. That’s the mentality all champions should have.” In June 2008 Noons reportedly turned down an opportunity to defend the title against Diaz in a rematch as the main event on the October 4 EliteXC show on CBS Sports. In August 2008, Noons again turned down an opportunity to fight Diaz for the belt on a future ShoXC card on Showtime Networks. “From my view, it is a fight against a top-named opponent in Diaz,” Lappen went on to say, “a fighter KJ has bad blood with and a fight the fans really wanted to see. It seemed like a great opportunity for KJ to me.”

K.J. Noons won the EliteXC Lightweight Championship on November 10, 2007 after the fight was stopped in the first round due to a cut over the eye of then-champion Nick Diaz. Noons has since successfully defended the title against veteran fighter Yves Edwards after Edwards was pummeled into a TKO 48 seconds into the first round. In an interview with Sherdog.com on August 29, however, Noons contends that the issue isn’t over not wanting the rematch, but compensation by EliteXC.

“I always wanted to fight Nick Diaz,” Noons told reporter Loretta Hunt. “It’s the most marketable fight for me, the best style fight for me. I think the fans want to see it. But you have to pay for something you want to see.” Noons went on to explain that he took exception with the fact while he made $84,000 in the last two years, Diaz was paid $60,000 to take on lower-ranked opponent Thomas Denny on July 26. “It is about the money and how they were paying somebody I already beat three times more.”

The future of K.J. Noons in EliteXC is uncertain. “KJ has two more fights remaining on his contract,” said Jeremy Lappen, “We are still looking forward to having him fight for us again soon, but not as our world champion.” However, recent public finding have revealed that EliteXC is $55 million in debt. Whether or not they can pay out the remainder of Noons’ contract remains to be seen. Nonetheless, Noons is determined to continue on. “I can guarantee you that for MMA, I won’t be sitting on the sidelines,” he said. “I want to continue with my dream of pursuing two sports.”

EliteXC is expected to announce a fight for the vacant Lightweight title in the near future.



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KJ Noons stripped of EliteXC Lightheavyweight Title

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

EliteXC Lightheavyweight champion K.J. Noons was stripped of the title on Friday by EliteXC officials for failure to defend the title. Outlined in a press release, EliteXC Head of Fight Operations, Jeremy Lappen stated that Noons turned down two opportunities to defend the title against top contender Nick Diaz.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation but we cannot have belt-holders who refuse to fight the top contenders,” Lappen said in the release. “We want champions who will fight anyone, anytime, anyplace. That’s the mentality all champions should have.” In June 2008 Noons reportedly turned down an opportunity to defend the title against Diaz in a rematch as the main event on the October 4 EliteXC show on CBS Sports. In August 2008, Diaz again turned down an opportunity to fight Diaz for the belt on a future ShoXC card on Showtime Networks. “From my view, it is a fight against a top-named opponent in Diaz,” Lappen went on to say, “a fighter KJ has bad blood with and a fight the fans really wanted to see. It seemed like a great opportunity for KJ to me.”

K.J. Noons won the EliteXC Lightheavyweight Championship on November 10, 2007 after the fight was stopped in the first round due to a cut over the eye of then-champion Nick Diaz. Noons has since successfully defend the title against veteran fighter Yves Edwards after Edwards was pummeled into a TKO 48 seconds into the first round. In an interview with Sherdog.com on August 29, however, Noons contends that the issue isn’t over not wanting the rematch, but compensation by EliteXC.

“I always wanted to fight Nick Diaz,” Noons told reporter Loretta Hunt. “It’s the most marketable fight for me, the best style fight for me. I think the fans want to see it. But you have to pay for something you want to see.” Noons went on to explain that he took exception with the fact while he made $84,000 in the last two years, Diaz was paid $60,000 to take on lower-ranked opponent Thomas Denny on July 26. “It is about the money and how they were paying somebody I already beat three times more.”

The future of K.J. Noons in EliteXC is uncertain. “KJ has two more fights remaining on his contract,” said Jeremy Lappen, “We are still looking forward to having him fight for us again soon, but not as our world champion.” However, recent public finding have revealed that EliteXC is $55 million in debt. Whether or not they can pay out the remainder of Noons’ contract remains to be seen. None the less, Noons is determined to continue on. “I can guarantee you that for MMA, I won’t be sitting on the sidelines,” he said. “I want to continue with my dream of pursuing two sports.”

EliteXC is expected to announce a fight for the vacant Lightheavyweight title in the near future.


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  • John Beyrooty “ELITEXC STRIPS KJ NOONS OF LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE”. EliteXC.com, September 19, 2008
  • Loretta Hunt “Noons: ‘I Always Wanted Diaz’”. Sherdog.com, August 29, 2008
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