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December 2011

ROC: Longest running MMA show outside of UFC?

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by Kevin Garvey – http://louneglia.com/category/recentarticles/

MMA has seen many new organizations try to go head to head with the UFC and fail.  EliteXC,  Affliction, Bodog and the IFL all tried to compete with the UFC, but soon realized why the UFC is the number 1 MMA organization in the world.  It’s nice to think big, but in MMA you have to be realistic.  The UFC is number 1 for a reason.  It has the best fighters on the planet and the best brand recognition.  And when it comes to business, Dana White and the Ferttitta brothers take a no holds barred approach to beating the competition, which is why the UFC is still the undisputed champion of MMA promotions.

One organization, however, Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat, has managed to thrive where so many others have failed.  The ROC is the longest running show outside of the UFC.   And there is good reason for this.  Instead of trying to compete with the UFC, Lou Neglia sees his promotion as one where fighters can hone their skills to such a level that they can move on to the big show.  Indeed, where other promoters try to lock up their fighters into contracts that forbid them from fighting in the UFC, Lou encourages his fighters to move upwards and onwards.

“The UFC deserves its place in history,” Lou said.  “They are the World Series of MMA.  I have a great relationship with the UFC and even have their logo on one of my event  posters.  When a fighter tells me he has on offer from the UFC, I gladly rip up his contract.”

As a former kickboxing world champion himself, Lou understands the ambitions of professional fighters, and has a keen insight into what it takes to be a high level professional athlete.  He would never dream of trying to stifle their growth.   Lou takes great pride in developing the talents of his fighters, to the extent that an astounding 61 fighters who have fought at the ROC have moved on to the UFC, including current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Not only is Neglia the CEO of Ring of Combat, he is the matchmaker too.  And he’s a tough matchmaker–there are no “gimme” fights at the ROC.  In this way, Lou prepares fighters for the adversity they will face in the Octagon.  He does his best to give fighters the kinds of tough fights they need to take the ultimate step in their MMA career.

“If you give people easy fights, what happens when they get to the UFC?” Lou said.  “The best fighters are in the UFC and you need to be prepared.”

This mindset is why so many of his fighters have gone on to have great success in the Octagon.  Chris Weidman is the latest example of a fighter who fought his entire pro career at the Ring of Combat and is now undefeated in three fights in the Octagon.   His tough fights at the ROC have prepared him for the tough fights in the UFC.

But the ROC is about more than just finding and developing new talent.  The shows always feature “superfights” which include some of the sport’s biggest names from all around the world.  At ROC XVIII, for example, the card featured fighters from Brazil, Canada and even the Republic of Georgia, making it a true international event.

This is all part of Lou’s strategy to make the Ring of Combat the biggest show not competing with the UFC.  And his formula is working.  He is providing fighters with an opportunity of a lifetime, as well as giving MMA fans what they want most: the best fights you can find outside of the UFC.

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‘Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal’ preview and predictions

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‘Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Preview and Predictions

By Steve Davies – MMABAY

Main Event – Strikeforce lightweight title

 

Gilbert Melendez (19-2) vs. Jorge Masvidal (22-6)

 

The Lowdown: It’s been a long time coming, but top-ranked lightweight and Strikeforce champion Gilbert ‘El Nino’ Melendez returns in San Diego as he looks to reaffirm his position as a world-beater and possibly get a transfer to the UFC to prove it. The Skrap Pack lightweight wrestled the title from Josh Thomson in 2008 and has defended it five times since in increasingly dominant fashion.

Melendez’s last two defences have seen the Californian on a one-man mission to make the world of Japanese MMA look bad. In April 2010, ‘El Nino’ had little trouble with feared submission wizard Shinya Aoki and put a wrestling clinic on the PRIDE superstar en route to the unanimous decision. In April this year, Melendez returned to action and needed less than one round to elbow his way to a stoppage against Tatsuya Kawajiri after flooring the veteran with a bomb.

While reputation would suggest Aoki and Kawajiri were the biggest threats to the champion, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal could be a much tougher fight for Melendez this weekend. The American Top Team bruiser earned his shot with dominant three-round drubbings of Billy Evangelista and K.J Noons and will be chomping at the bit to bring a little Miami heat to San Diego this weekend.

The iron-chinned former street-fighter’s ruthless aggression and fearless attitude can only take him so far but Masvidal is a deceptively well-rounded lightweight who has the ability to turn this into a war of attrition. If ‘Gamebred’ can make it competitive, we could be in for a classic.

The Verdict: To stand a chance, Masvidal needs to stay off his back and drag Melendez into a brawl where he has a solid chance of coming out on top. The lankier fighter could use his reach to keep distance and look to do damage from the clinch but the champion’s wrestling base and endless cardio should mean that Masvidal spends much of the fight backing up. ‘Gamebred’s iron will and scrappiness will make him difficult to finish but Melendez will wear him down against the cage and score points with the odd takedown. The title rounds may look one-sided as Melendez puts another contender to the sword and pushes for a fight with the UFC champion. Melendez, decision.

 

 

Co-Main Event – Strikeforce women’s 145lb title

 

Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos (10-1) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (12-1)

 

The Lowdown: The Strikeforce women’s 145lb title is up for grabs in San Jose as unstoppable Brazilian champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos looks to take out yet another hopeful and reaffirm her status as the most feared female mixed martial artist on the planet. The Chute Boxe wrecking machine ripped the belt from Gina Carano with a first round demolition and has since defended it twice without being remotely threatened.

‘Cyborg’ made top female competitor Marloes Coenen look amateur with a third round stoppage before handing an even more brutal reality check to Jan Finney last June – KO’ing the challenger with a knee to the body in round two.

Next in line is Japanese debutant Hiroko ‘Cat’s Eye’ Yamanaka who comes with an admirable 12-1 record and appears to be a worthy challenge for the champion. Yamanaka hasn’t lost since 2008 and is a veteran of Japan’s Jewels promotion but the 5ft 11in grappler has yet to enter the cage with a monster like ‘Cyborg’.

The Verdict: It’s hard to favour anyone against ‘Cyborg’ and while Yamanaka seems a solid challenger and her height and reach could cause some problems, the Brazilian’s ultra-aggressive style will have the Japanese fighter wobbling all over the cage. It will more than likely be a walk in the park as ‘Cyborg’ lays waste to another pretender with an onslaught from the clinch early on. Santos, (T)KO, 1st round.

 

 

Gegard Mousasi (31-3-2) vs. Ovince St Preux (11-4)

 

The Lowdown: The Strikeforce light-heavyweight title remains vacant but you can bet that former champion Gegard Mousasi’s name is a firm favourite to fill that hole should he put on a show in San Diego. ‘The Dreamcatcher’ ruled the Strikeforce division briefly after arriving in 2009 and knocking out Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral before taking out Sokoudjou in similar fashion.

In April 2010, the Dutch-Armenian striking machine was stripped of the title by Muhammad ‘King Mo’ Lawal after a torrid five-round battle and has only fought once in Strikeforce since that disappointment. Mousasi was again dealt a harsh hand by the judges in April this year, drawing with Keith Jardine, an opponent he was supposed to demolish.

Perhaps the most promising 205lb prospect Strikeforce has under contract, former NFL man Ovince St Preux’s natural athleticism and power has taken him to a 5-0 record with the promotion. The 6ft 3in Tennessee native has not lost since 2009 and has made relatively easy work of tough mid-level opposition like Antwain Britt and Benji Radach and was last seen making up-and-comer Joe Cason submit to punches in July.

The Verdict: With such a shallow talent-pool at their disposal, Strikeforce are forced to throw a prospect to the lions again and while St Preux has undeniable talent he’s far from the finished product. ‘OSP’ is a powerful wrestler but’s not dominant with it and he leaves openings that a wily grappler like Mousasi can expose without breaking a sweat. The K-1 level striker will have no problem dealing with St Preux’s standard boxing but he must be wary of the punching power at the same time. The gap in experience though will be glaring this weekend – St Preux will either be too tentative or too cocky and Mousasi will make him pay, slapping the brakes on the hype train. Mousasi, submission, 2nd round.

 

 

Billy Evangelista (11-1) vs. K.J Noons (10-4)

 

The Lowdown: Fresno, California’s Billy Evangelista had honed an impressive unbeaten record of 11-0 while becoming one of the faces of the ‘Challengers’ series, taking out tough journeymen like Waachim Spiritwolf and Jorge Gurgel by decision. The well-rounded lightweight was not ready for the big guns though and in March, Evangelista was put through the mangler by title contender Jorge Masivdal who stuffed his takedowns and used him as target practice for fifteen minutes.

Humiliation at the hands of Masvidal is something Evangelista has in common with his opponent this weekend. ‘King’ K.J Noons famously beat Nick Diaz in EliteXC due to a cut and after a few entertaining wins inside the Strikeforce cage, the boxer faced Diaz for the welterweight title last October, dropping a decision to the champion. In June, Noons’ record took another hit when he found Masvidal too hot to handle and left the cage with a decision loss and a deformed head.

The Verdict: Evangelista is good at most things, but excels in few areas and his wrestling is too patchy to exploit Noons’ weaknesses on the ground. Noons’ excels when he can dictate the pace and his opponent is not hyper-aggressive and after stuffing a few takedown attempts and finding his rhythm the boxer will start lighting up Evangelista with tight combinations. Expect an easy one for the judges. Noons, decision.

 

 

Preliminary card preview

 

It’s going to be a crucial night in the Strikeforce career of welterweight talent Roger Bowling (9-2) whose time in the promotion has been far from spectacular thus far. ‘Relentless’ rode a steady wave of hype into the bigger leagues but has underwhelmed and going 1-2 against experienced but unspectacular Bobby Voelker has left some critics scratching their heads. The Ohio native needs to recapture his earlier form that saw him blast through UFC fighters Shamar Bailey and Seth Baczynski, starting with Jerron Peoples (4-1). Peoples is an up-and-comer from California who certainly knows how to bang but was mauled in his Strikeforce debut by the far more experienced Eduardo Pamplona. If Bowling falls short again, he might have seen the last of the Strikeforce cage while Peoples has seen how Bowling can wilt under pressure – setting the stage for a barn-burner between two desperate 170lb prospects.

The Verdict – Bowling, submission, 3rd round.

 

For surging lightweight contender Justin Wilcox (11-3), a prelim slot seems a bit harsh as the American Kickboxing Academy wrestler was riding a five-fight winning streak in the promotion until June. An errant finger to the eye caused ‘The Silverback’s televised fight with Brazilian bomber Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante to be ruled a no contest and Wilcox finds himself back in the shade of the undercard this weekend. The lightweight powerhouse pits his top wrestling game against fellow rising star, Caros Fodor (6-1) who earned his spurs on the ‘Challengers’ cards and most recently took a comfortable decision over tough Cung Le student, James Terry. The AMC Pankration man is aggressive and does some destructive work from the clinch but is no stranger to the ground game either. ‘The Future’ maybe a premature nickname but with a win over Wilcox, Fodor would be shot to the main cards in the future.

The Verdict – Wilcox, decision.

 

The other standout preliminary card clash sees green heavyweight prospect Gabriel Salinas-Jones (5-0-1) who gets an almighty bump in competition after winning his Strikeforce debut in July, submitting tough kickboxer Bryan Humes with a third round brabo choke. The 260lb Illinois native has beaten solid competition by little leagues’ standards – former TUF hopeful Zak Jensen and recent Gabriel Gonzaga victim, Parker Porter – but in Devin Cole (19-9-1) the portly rookie may have his hands full. The former IFL veteran and decorated collegiate wrestler went three rounds with Daniel Cormier on his Strikeforce debut before taking a lopsided decision over Shawn Jordan in July. Jordan went on to dismantle Lavar Johnson, so Cole’s controlling of him is testament to his under-rated skillset. The Oregon native is a major roadblock in the path of Salinas-Jones but if the underdog pulls it off, we could be seeing the start of something special.

The Verdict – Cole, decision.

Dead Serious MMA Event – This Saturday 12/17 – Featuring 3 members of TSMMA Fight Team

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Dead Serious MMA Event –  Saturday 12/17/11 – Rahway Recreation Center , 275 East Milton Avenue, Rahway, New Jersey – deadseriousmma.com

Stephen Regman (TSMMA) will defend his Dead Serious MMA Title against Michael Sanders

Also on the card from TSMMA

Julianno Varricchio (TSMMA) vs. Bryan Maldonado

Shane Burgos (TSMMA) vs Mark Fileccia

Jovany Alvarez will not be fighting on this card, as his opponent pulled out of the fight, and no replacement could be found in time.

This is the last TSMMA event of 2011. Good luck to all the competitors!

Challenge of Champions XXXI Fighting Results

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Challenge of Champions XXXI Fighting Results – 12/11/11

DIVISION PLACE FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
Fighting – Boys&Girls 6&Under White Belt 54lb & Und 1 Khai McMillan
2 Ava Cannon
Fighting – Boys&Girls 6&Under Blue Belt 54lb & Unde 1 Jared Klein
2 Tyler Roberts
3 Russell Webb
Fighting – Boys&Girls 6&Und Int 54lb & Und 1 Kamani Mobley
2 Angel Lopez
3 Michela Wallach
Fighting – Boys&Girls 6&Under White Belt 55-64lb 1 Samir Panchal
2 Chase Goodelman
3 Tareq Council
Fighting – Boys&Girls 6&Und Blue-Yellow 55-64lb 1 Anthony Small III
2 Myles Samuels
3 Gustavo Alarcon
Fighting – Boys&Girls 6&Under White Belt Over 64lb 1 Julian Cincinnatus
2 Lauren Korsun
3 Skylar Bermudez
Fighting – Boys&Girls 6&Und Blue-Yellow Over 64lb 1 Hunter Seubert
2 Antonio Medina
3 Ishani Vyas
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 White-Blue 54lb & Under 1 Russell Schneider
2 Preston Hoey
3 Trevor Fraioli
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Yellow Belt 54lb & Under 1 Ashton Hummler
2 Emma Quinones
3 Connor Noga
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Int 54lb & Under 1 Dean Delaney
2 Sean Wang
3 Ethan Leibowitz
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 White-Blue 55-64lb 1 Antonio Spina
2 Daniel Dietrich
3 Matthew Skjeveland
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7yrs Yellow Belt 55-64lb 1 Mohamad Dawoud
2 Branden Gotay
3 Ilyas Parra
Fighting – Boys&Girls 8yrs Yellow Belt 55-64lb 1 Devon Diaco
2 Christian Schifano
3 Denis Pogosyan
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Int 55-64lb 1 Jacob Levin
2 Anthony Diangelo
3 Aodhan Williams
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 White Belt 65-74lb 1 William Sanchez
2 Dominic Vechione
3 Diego Chavez
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Blue Belt 65-74lb 1 Jayden Tavares
2 Jared Harmon
3 Thomas Blair
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Yellow Belt 65-74lb 1 Bryan Davila
2 T.J. Picard
3 Sebastian Santos
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Int 65-74lb 1 Anthony Vargas
2 Sean Gebauer
3 Jared Levin
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 White-Blue 75-89lb 1 Christian Centeno
2 Jaden Johnson
3 Jade Conway
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Yellow Belt 75-89lb 1 Salvatore Cali
2 Cade Torres
3 McKenzie Quinn
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Int 75-89lb 1 Eric Childs
2 Domenic Esler
3 Ethan Kaechele
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 White-Blue over 89lb 1 Renzo Cano
2 Taylla Tretheway
3 Erick James Rodriguez
Fighting – Boys&Girls 7-8 Int over 89lb 1 Dino Krluc
2 Christopher Noll
3 Bryce Agostinelli
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Beg-Int 64lb & Under 1 Julian Dippolito
2 Claudio Cotza
3 Sean Faraon
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Beg 65-74lb 1 Michael Ponenti
2 Josh Krekstein
3 Albert Berkani
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Int 65-74lb 1 Nicolas Walls
2 Ryan Burgos
3 Dean Sheinman
Fighting – Boys 9-11 White-Blue 75-89lb 1 Tyler Tavares
2 Bryce McCole
3 Casey Cox
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Yellow Belt 75-89lb 1 Jason Ramirez
2 Brando Bonetti
3 Tailor Dominguez
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Green Belt 75-89lb 1 Hriday Doshi
2 Elijah Stout
3 Cesare Cali
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Red-Brown 75-89lb 1 Richard Halal
2 Elijah Villanueva
3 Michael Silipo
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Beg 90-104lb 1 Ariel Sezanayev
2 Ryan Garcia
3 Ali Hassan
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Int 90-104lb 1 Eric Rodriguez
2 Jordan Sosa
3 Brian Osorio
Fighting – Boys 9-11 White-Blue Over 104lb 1 Edgar Daniel Rodriguez
2 Bryce Nieves
3 John Wright
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Yellow Belt Over 104lb 1 Alex Cruz
2 Ryan Concha
3 Faruk Krluc
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Int Over 104lb 1 Ryan Ruscitto
2 Luka Buncic
3 Jake Lachman
Fighting – Girls 9-11 Beg-Int 64lb & Under 1 Jasmine DiDona
2 Alyssa Sit
3 Logan Hart
Fighting – Girls 9-11 Beg-Int 65-74lb 1 Mikayla Davis
2 Sorrell Long
3 Kayla Buckelew
Fighting – Girls 9-11 Beg 75-89lb 1 Ariana Georgescu
2 Yasmine Worrell
3 Abigail Acevedo
Fighting – Girls 9-11 Int 75-89lb 1 Saren Nonoyama
2 Sole Stewart
3 Amanda Barreres
Fighting – Girls 9-11 Beg 90-104lb 1 Kayla Dugan
2 Brianna Garcia
3 Amanda Reddy
Fighting – Girls 9-11 Int 90-104lb 1 Brianna Boccella
2 Ashley Paz
3 Serena Minca
Fighting – Girls 9-11 Beg-Int Over 104lb 1 Jillian Henke
2 Sophie Boyle
3 Sophia Kapusinski-Russo
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Beg-Int 89lb & Under 1 Nikhil Gunderia
2 Aib Acob
3 Nicolas Viera
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Beg 90-104lb 1 Baltazar Belman
2 Sidhant Swami
3 Nicholas Ercolano
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Int 90-104lb 1 Jason Javier
2 Steven Isaac
3 Arjun Sharma
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Beg-Int 105-119lb 1 Scott Yun
2 Jake Burgos
3 Nando Addari
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Beg 120-134lb 1 Christian LLovet
2 Brian Mason
3 Daniel Kimyagarov
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Int 120-134lb 1 Michael Muyalde
2 Ben Eidem
3 Omar Alhomsi
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Beg-Int 135-149lb 1 Clark Burnett
2 David Ilyaich
3 Daniel Finan
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Beg-Int 150-164lb 1 Dominick Mulhearn
2 Kevin Creech
3 Daniel Nieves
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Beg-Int Over 179lb 1 Yuriel Sezanayev
2 Steven Arias
3 Richard Stoll
Fighting – Girls 12-15 Beg-Int 90-104lb 1 Daniela Gutierrez
2 Ashley McCormack
3 Juilanna Dancel
Fighting – Girls 12-15 Beg-Int 104-119lb 1 Rachel Newman
2 Melissa Balic
3 Georgia Pedersen
Fighting – Girls 12-15 Beg 120-134lb 1 Casey Cunniffe
2 Nikaela Williams
3 Alexandra Marchand
Fighting – Girls 12-15 Int 120-134lb 1 Kaitlyn Kutz
2 Gia Del Grande
Fighting – Boys 9-11 Adv 75-89lb 1 Gabriel Gerena
2 Brendan Blanchfield
3 Kyle Kutz
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Adv 104lb & Under 1 Ben Bagbek
2 Louis Libutti
Fighting – Boys 12-15 Adv 135-149lb 1 Richard Aldarondo
2 Brandon Joza
3 Arman Berek
Fighting – Men White Belt 154lb & Under 1 Randolph Jacobs
2 Missael Sanchez
3 Michael Ball
Fighting – Men Blue-Yellow 154lb & Under 1 Kevin Villacis
2 Jonathon Duran
3 Raynaldo Nieves
Fighting – Men Int 154lb & Under 1 Tyrone Mason
2 Thomas Klein
Fighting – Men Beg 155-169lb 1 Michael Ortiz
2 Troy Moyer
3 Hosam Abdaldayam
Fighting – Men White Belt 170-184lb 1 Darius Simmons
2 Michael Mavromoustakos
3 Han-Kyu Sung
Fighting – Men Blue-Yellow 170-184lb 1 Pablo Martireno
2 Robert Quinlan
3 Douglas Palma
Fighting – Men Int 170-184lb 1 Mike Trizano
2 Vic Dominado
3 Heathe St. Clair
Fighting – Men Beg 185-204lb 1 Eddiberto Marquez
2 Isaac Acevedo
3 William Brown
Fighting – Men Int 185-204lb 1 George Etienne
2 Andrew Bergen
3 Wallace Evans
Fighting – Men Beg Over 204lb 1 Wade Hetrick
2 Richard Titus
3 Jorge Rivera
Fighting – Senior Men Beg 170-184lb 1 Bryant Goodridge
2 Jeff Cruteou
3 Arthur Korsun
Fighting – Senior Men Beg Over 204lb 1 Ryan Howell
2 Patrick Hakim
3 Thomas Moore
Fighting – Women Beg 120-134lb 1 Deborah Kay
2 Gina LaGreca
3 Karolyn Wcislo
Fighting – Women Int 120-134lb 1 Tara Rescinio
2 Evelina Rowan
3 Colleen Golden
Fighting – Women Beg 135-154lb 1 Diana Zhivanaj
2 Melissa Haswell
3 Anna Garcia
Fighting – Women Int 135-154lb 1 Rose DeMatteo
2 Maria Torres
3 Kimberlee Doktor
Fighting – Women Beg Over 154lb 1 Amy Newton
2 Joy Rotstein
3 Jill Witte
Fighting – Women Int Over 154lb 1 Chantele Scruggs
2 Debra Fernandez
3 Lauren Mattoon
Fighting – Senior Women Int 135-154lb 1 Elenor Arongino
2 Kerith Kramer
3 Deanna Fields
Fighting – Men Adv 154lb & Under 1 Steve Inoshima
2 Matthew Alker
3 David Henderson

Challenge of Champions XXXI Grappling Results

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Challenge of Champions XXXI Grappling Results – 12/11/11

DIVISION PLACE FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
Grappling – Boys&Girls 5&Und White Belt 50lb & Und 1 Jake Toddings
2 Christian Tardieu
3 Gabriel Feldman
Grappling – Boys&Girls 6yrs White Belt 50lb & Und 1 Jacob Treskot
2 Ryan Tookes II
3 Elise Whitson
Grappling – Boys&Girls 5&Und Blue Belt 50lb & Und 1 Tyler Roberts
2 Jameson Hughes
3 Zander Anyanwu
Grappling – Boys&Girls 6&Under White Belt 51-60lb 1 Samir Panchal
2 Shahan Zamanian-Rad
3 Tareq Council
Grappling – Boys&Girls 6&Under Blue Belt 51-60lb 1 Andrew Batista
2 Gustavo Alarcon
3 Javier Enrique Trujillo
Grappling – Boys&Girls 6&Under Yellow Belt 51-60lb 1 Johnny Minnetian
2 Boris Moshkov
3 Benjamin Tsin
Grappling – Boys&Girls 6&Under White Belt Over 60lb 1 Alexander Luthman
2 Evan Brown
3 Julian Cincinnatus
Grappling – Boys&Girls Blue-Yellow Over 60lb 1 Hunter Seubert
2 George Morris
3 Daniel Hilkevich
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 White Belt 50lb & Under 1 John Augusta
2 Michael Minella
3 Sean Dougherty
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 Blue Belt 50lb & Under 1 Lucca Correia
2 Russell Schneider
3 Emmett McLaughlin
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 Yellow Belt 50lb & Under 1 Connor Noga
2 Christopher Meich
3 Ashton Hummler
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 Int 50lb & Under 1 Dean Delaney
2 Sean Wang
3 Ethan Leibowitz
Grappling – Boys&Girls 6yrs Blue Belt 50lb & Und 1 Nicky Kamper
2 Frank Mullane
3 Ryan Connelly
Grappling – Boys&Girls 6&Und Yellow-Brown 50lb & Und 1 Jordan Brown
2 Kamani Mobley
3 Joshua Paz
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs White Belt 51-60lb 1 Jake Kern
2 David Naron
3 Anderson Graham
Grappling – Boys&Girls 8yrs White Belt 51-60lb 1 Brandon Balatbat
2 Joseph Frazzitta
3 Brandon Vig
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs Blue Belt 51-60lb 1 Noah Philips
2 Antony Bobkov
3 Maximiliano Suarez
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs HiBlue Belt 51-60lb 1 Spencer Katz
2 Joey Dellomo
3 Dominic Adamo
Grappling – Boys&Girls 8yrs Blue Belt 51-60lb 1 Antonio Spina
2 Dylan Esquilin
3 Roman Mikirtychu
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs Yellow Belt 51-60lb 1 Angel Mendoza
2 Logan Eilbacher
3 Ilyas Parra
Grappling – Boys&Girls 8yrs Yellow Belt 51-60lb 1 Emanuel Hernandez
2 Peter Rescinio
3 Ziv Goldenberg
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs Int 51-60lb 1 Shay Addison
2 Aodhan Williams
3 Jacob Levin
Grappling – Boys&Girls 8yrs Int 51-60lb 1 Gavin Cousineau
2 Hannah Whitson
3 Logan Golia
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 White Belt 61-70lb 1 William Sanchez
2 Elan OFeck
3 Diego Chavez
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs Blue Belt 61-70lb 1 Isaiah Rodriguez
2 Daniel Pellegrino
3 Raymond Moreno
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs HiBlue Belt 61-70lb 1 Diogo Montalvo
2 JC Jhon Higoy
3 Adriana Acevedo
Grappling – Boys&Girls 8yrs Blue Belt 61-70lb 1 John Forsatz
2 Jayden Tavares
3 Owen Lara
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs Yellow Belt 61-70lb 1 Eric Childs
2 Bryan Davila
3 Alexander Kislenko
Grappling – Boys&Girls 8yrs Yellow Belt 61-70lb 1 Sebastian Santos
2 William Diedrichsen
3 Emily Martinez
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 Int 61-70lb 1 Sean Gebauer
2 Jared Levin
3 Kieran Wallach
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 White Belt 71-85lb 1 Ethan Oluwole
2 Jack Bryson
3 Gustavo Martins
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 Blue Belt 71-85lb 1 Nicholas Brown
2 Cailey Ford
3 Laszlo Simon
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7yrs Yellow Belt 71-85lb 1 Salvatore Cali
2 Matthew Benbrook
3 Sabrina Barreres
Grappling – Boys&Girls 8yrs Yellow Belt 71-85lb 1 Chinasa Ochiabuto
2 Max Birger
3 Hunter Long
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 Int 71-85lb 1 Domenic Esler
2 Jolie Seland
3 Chris Minca
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 White-Blue Over 85lb 1 Erick James Rodriguez
2 Justin Scott
3 Taylla Tretheway
Grappling – Boys&Girls 7-8 Yellow Belt Over 85lb 1 Dino Krluc
2 Bryce Agostinelli
3 Eiko Reisz
Grappling – Boys 9-11 Beg 60lb & Under 1 Tyler Marshall
2 Ulices Barranco
3 Daniel Rios
Grappling – Boys 9-11 Int 60lb & Under 1 Matthew Tollin
2 Ethan Villanueva
3 Claudio Cotza
Grappling – Boys 9yrs Beg 61-70lb 1 Michael Ponenti
2 Tyler Moyer
3 Jason Cucchiaro
Grappling – Boys 10yrs Beg 61-70lb 1 Jason Liddell
2 Kemal Buz
3 Peter Paxinos
Grappling – Boys 11yrs Beg 61-70lb 1 Devin Lanza
2 Daniel Daly
3 Liam Petersen
Grappling – Boys 9-11 Int 61-70lb 1 Dove Bonjean-Alpart
2 Nicolas Walls
3 Dean Sheinman
Grappling – Boys 9yrs White Belt 71-85lb 1 Paul Jakub
2 Luke Bane
3 Joseph Michalopoulos
Grappling – Boys 9yrs Blue-Yellow 71-85lb 1 Devin Swidzinski
2 James McLennon
3 Justin Lebrun
Grappling – Boys 10yrs Beg 71-85lb 1 Julian Robles
2 Josh Krekstein
3 Brando Bonetti
Grappling – Boys 11yrs Beg 71-85lb 1 Jason Ramirez
2 Bryce McCole
3 Tailor Dominguez
Grappling – Boys 9yrs Int 71-85lb 1 Alexander Toback
2 Ebube Bell
3 Jesse Morales
Grappling – Boys 10yrs Int 71-85lb 1 Richard Halal
2 Elijah Stout
3 Tyler Tavares
Grappling – Boys 11yrs Int 71-85lb 1 Hriday Doshi
2 Gustavs Teteris
3 Joseph Pepitone
Grappling – Boys 9-11 Adv 71-85lb 1 Ryan Burgos
2 Brendan Blanchfield
3 Cristian Rial
Grappling – Boys 9yrs Beg 86-100lb 1 Stanford Brown
2 Maxim Nikolovski
3 Eric Gorski
Grappling – Boys 10yrs Beg 86-100lb 1 Daniel Hernandez
2 Jayden Becker
3 Andrew Vascellaro
Grappling – Boys 11yrs Beg 86-100lb 1 Ryan Garcia
2 David Kasumov
3 Jeffrey Schwartz
Grappling – Boys 9-11 Int 86-100lb 1 Steven Shinas
2 Yianni Ypsilantis
3 Jordan Sosa
Grappling – Boys 9yrs Beg Over 100lb 1 Vincent Guarino
2 Zach Rossow
3 Charlie Greenfield
Grappling – Boys 10yrs Beg Over 100lb 1 Alex Cruz
2 Bryce Nieves
3 Benjamin Tomicich
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‘TUF 14’ vet Louis Gaudinot aiming for UFC contract, waiting for flyweight division

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by Steven Marrocco on Dec 03, 2011 – MMAJUNKIE.COM

Like many fighters who appear on “The Ultimate Fighter,” Louis Gaudinot is not fighting at his natural weight class.

Although his turn on show’s 14th season came as a bantamweight, he’s actually a top-10 ranked fighter at 10 pounds lighter at flyweight.

So when Gaudinot (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets fellow “TUF” contestant Johnny Bedford (17-9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, he’s hoping a win not only gets him a UFC contract but holds his place in line if the promotion opens the 125-pound division.

“It’s just a waiting game, waiting for the UFC to open it up,” Gaudinot today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale takes place Saturday at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The night’s main card, including the tourney finals and a headliner between coaches Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, airs on Spike TV. Gaudinot also got a coveted TV spot.

The idea of an eighth division in the UFC has been long spoken of but never put into practice. The reasons for that are not totally clear, though a bevy of domestic and international talent is ready and willing. Like Gaudinot, many of the top fighters in the flyweight class have been fighting heavier guys with mixed success. For now, it looks as though that trend will continue until the industry-leader decides to promote the division.

Gaudinot’s dyed-green hair immediately drew attention on the show, which was the first season to feature contestants in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, though his run in the tournament was short-lived. While he survived the elimination round, he was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the vastly more experienced Dustin Neace, who at 5-foot-9, is 6 inches taller and walks around at 149 pounds, according to his professional resume.

On Saturday, Gaudinot is likely to meet another heavier opponent. Bedford, who was knocked unconsioucs in the semifinals by John Dodson, this week tweeted that he had 18 pounds to cut to make the minimum weight requirement of 136 pounds for the bantamweight division. Gaudinot could be at an disadvantage when it comes to the power derived from more physical mass. But his size could also help him, especially if the fight goes into deep waters.

“I’ll keep the Frankie Edgar approach where you don’t have to cut too much weight,” Gaudinot said. “It will definitely help your cardio in the later rounds. He’s going to have a rough cut, and if it gets into the second or third round, that affects you.

“When you’re cutting 20 pounds, and you only weigh 135 pounds, you can’t replenish your body in 24 hours. So if I can stay around 140 and walk around with that and only cut a little bit of weight, that’s the plan I’ll take.”

Edgar, of course, has become a poster boy for the role of giant killer, outwrestling and beating opponents far bigger than he in the offseason. Gaudinot would obviously like to fight where he’s best suited, and especially because his ranking could put him higher on the ladder if the flyweight division were to open up. You could say he has more leeway than a fighter who’s too heavy to move to a lighter weight class. Even if he loses on Saturday, he could drop weight and get a UFC contract at 125 pounds.

“But that’s not the road I want to take,” Gaudinot said. “I’m her. I want to win and get a regular fight contract, a multi-fight deal. And that’s what’s on the line come Saturday.”

If his opponent’s weight cut was as tough as it might have seemed, he may already have a leg up.