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Warrior Challenge

Warrior Challenge

Charles Gamble won his pro mixed martial arts debut at the MMA Warrior Challenge 24 in Woodbridge, VA on July 13th 2013. Charles won decisively in the second round via a referee stoppage due to strikes to the head. Charles’s opponent had been 4-1 at the time before Charles Gamble handed him his second loss. Charles

Warrior Challenge

Warrior Challenge

Watch this video of Charles Gamble’s pro debut MMA fight at the Warrior Challenge 24

Warrior Challenge

Come out and support our Mixed Martial Arts team as Charles and other MMA competitors compete in the near future. Brandon Johnson will be defending his title in a few months and Corbin Pagano is returning to the ring after a fantastic win against a strong opponent who has recently strung two wins together.

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Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Corbin Pagano & Brandon Johnson, Mixed Martial Arts fighters from Baltimore Martial Arts, at Maryland Cage Combat in Baltimore Maryland. Video highlights from Maryland Cage Combat 4.

Maryland Caged Combat

Maryland Cage Combat Event
Baltimore Martial Arts
Corbin, Coach Benjamin & Friends

Maryland Cage Combat has had four venues so far of which Baltimore Martial Art’s MMA team has participated. Corbin Pagano has a mixed martial arts record of 1-1. He won in last night’s competition with a rear naked choke (RNC) in the third round. Brandon Johnson has a mixed martial arts record of 2-2. He won a title match on March 16th via a hard fought three round decision. Other fighter’s from Baltimore Martial Arts that have competed in Maryland Cage Combat include Charles Gamble, Erik Milks, Erin Milks & Ray Sydnor.

Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Brandon Johnson Maryland Cage Combat Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Maryland Cage Combat

Baltimore Martial Art’s instructors, coaches, friends, classmates & family were in attendance at Maryland Cage Combat Friday March 16th, 2013. Coach Walter, Charles Gamble, Herb Severn, Benjamin Kassim & Gary Berger were there. Mr. Pagano, Corbin’s dad, was more nervous than Corbin before the fight. Mr. Pagano was an accomplished wrestler back in the day. Ironically Corbin’s mother wasn’t nervous at all saying her son and his brother have been fighting ever since birth. Coach Charles helped corner a competitor from another school who was apparently a police officer and was there by himself.

Keep visiting our web site BaltimoreMartialArts.com for news concerning our next competitions and our competitors. Also visit our MMA Page or MMA Blog Page.

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Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Corbin Pagano & Brandon Johnson, Mixed Martial Arts fighters from Baltimore Martial Arts, at Maryland Cage Combat in Baltimore Maryland. Video highlights from Maryland Cage Combat 4.

Maryland Caged Combat

Maryland Cage Combat Event
Baltimore Martial Arts
Corbin, Coach Benjamin & Friends

Maryland Cage Combat has had four venues so far of which Baltimore Martial Art’s MMA team has participated. Corbin Pagano has a mixed martial arts record of 1-1. He won in last night’s competition with a rear naked choke (RNC) in the third round. Brandon Johnson has a mixed martial arts record of 2-2. He won a title match on March 16th via a hard fought three round decision. Other fighter’s from Baltimore Martial Arts that have competed in Maryland Cage Combat include Charles Gamble, Erik Milks, Erin Milks & Ray Sydnor.

Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Brandon Johnson Maryland Cage Combat Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Maryland Cage Combat

Baltimore Martial Art’s instructors, coaches, friends, classmates & family were in attendance at Maryland Cage Combat Friday March 16th, 2013. Coach Walter, Charles Gamble, Herb Severn, Benjamin Kassim & Gary Berger were there. Mr. Pagano, Corbin’s dad, was more nervous than Corbin before the fight. Mr. Pagano was an accomplished wrestler back in the day. Ironically Corbin’s mother wasn’t nervous at all saying her son and his brother have been fighting ever since birth. Coach Charles helped corner a competitor from another school who was apparently a police officer and was there by himself.

Keep visiting our web site BaltimoreMartialArts.com for news concerning our next competitions and our competitors. Also visit our MMA Page or MMA Blog Page.

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Mixed Martial Arts

Baltimore MMA


Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques, from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions.

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Ray Sydnor Wins at MMA Tournament in Millersville MD

Ray Sydnor, fighting out of Team Baltimore Martial Arts in Catonsville, wins 170 pound amateur Mixed Martial Arts tournament held last Saturday April 14th, 2012 in Millersville, Maryland. Ray Sydnor had a very hard fight against an opponent from Noel Smith’s BJJ, a school known for its tough fighters and strong Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Rays opponent had excellent stand up skills which his corner expected, but his ground game was surprisingly good.


Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore Maryland

Kimura Arm Lock

Ray was caught in a very ugly Kimura arm lock from his opponent’s guard (see photo right) but Ray purservered and eventually got out of it. The fight was back and forth with takedowns and takedown attempts from both fighters. Mid way into the third round Ray put together a ferocious flurry of punches from his opponent’s guard while having him against the fence. The barrage was so intense that the referee stopped the fight giving Ray the win by TKO.

Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore Maryland

Baltimore Martial Arts Cornermen Charles Gamble and Brandon Cherry

Ray Sydnor was cornered by Charles Gamble and Brandon Cherry. Charles is also a mixed martial arts fighter from Baltimore Martial Arts but was not competing that evening. Brandon Cherry is also an MMA & Muay thai competitor and also the Muay Thai Kickboxing Coach for Baltimore Martial Arts.

Maryland Mixed Martial Arts Training

Ray Sydnor 170lb MMA Millersville Winner

Baltimore Martial Arts has a complete mixed martial arts competition program for competitors and non-competitors. We have a professional MMA team of instructors which includes but is not limited to Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo & Wrestling. Our strength and conditioning program also includes a team some of whom hold a level 2 RKC (Russian Kettlebell) and a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification. Baltimore Martial Arts also has Judo, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu -Jitsu for children and fitness programs for adults.

Baltimore Martial Arts Academy 6565 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228
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Walk in M-F, 5-9 PM Saturday, 9 AM – 2 PM & Sunday 2-4 PM
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Baltimore Martial Arts Academy’s MMa Conditioning Training

This is part of our MMA training that we do at the end of every class, which is actually after class. After our class which is a 1.5 hours long we will do some kind of circuit training exercise. This is after working techniques, drills, fighting/sparring, etc.

Come check out or MMA class! We are here to help improve all aspects of your Mixed Martial Arts training!

Check out a video of the circuit training in action!

MMA Conditioning Training

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Erik Koch Stays on WEC 52, Meets Newcomer Francisco Rivera

Erik Koch

After losing initial opponent Josh Grispi, Erik Koch (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) now has a new opponent for next week’s WEC 52 event.

The featherweight contender welcomes promotional newcomer Francisco “Cisco” Rivera (5-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) to the organization in a Versus-televised main-card bout, WEC General Manager Reed Harris today announced.

WEC 52 takes place Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The night’s five-fight main card, including a Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki bantamweight headliner, airs on Versus. It’s the second-to-last show the WEC hosts before a January merger with its sister promotion, the UFC.

Koch initially was expected to fight Grispi in a likely No. 1 contender’s bout. However, once the UFC decided to make a WEC merger official, Grispi was moved to a UFC 125 title fight with Jose Aldo, the final WEC champ who’s now the UFC 145-pound title-holder.

Koch recently rebounded from his first pro loss with a submission victory over Bendy Casmir at WEC 49. Prior to that, Koch took on Chad Mendes and was out-wrestled and suffered a unanimous-decision loss at WEC 47. Koch made his promotional debut at WEC 45 and bested Jameel Massouh on points. The Duke Roufus-trained fighter owns seven submissions among his 10 career wins.

Rivera, who trains with fellow WEC fighter Manny Gamburyan, brings an undefeated record to the organization. The two-year pro has posted three knockouts among his five career wins, and each lasted 52 seconds or fewer. The well-rounded fighter’s most recent bout came back in January, when he topped Fernando Bernstein (3-3 at the time) at a Called Out MMA event in California.

The full WEC 52 card includes:

MAIN CARD

  • Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano
  • Erik Koch vs. Francisco Rivera
  • Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
  • Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis
  • Edward Faaloloto vs. Anthony Njokuani
  • Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Clint Godfrey vs. Michael McDonald
  • Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher
  • Mackens Semerzier vs. Cub Swanson
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Urijah Faber “Can’t Wait for Superfights” Following UFC Merger

WEC Featherweight Champ Urijah Faber

The MMA world was flipped upside-down Thursday when UFC president Dana White announced they were going to absorb the WEC. While some thought Urijah Faber might be saddened to see the company he helped build be wiped away with a blink of a eye, the WEC poster boy claims he couldn’t be happier. In fact, he says bring on the super-fights.

“I’m stoked. No more explaining to people why I’m not in the UFC,” Faber stated. “We’re finally going to be under one banner, which means bigger opportunities, more exposure and less misunderstandings.”

Although he appreciates the chance to achieve his “dream” of capturing a UFC title, first thing’s first for “The California Kid.” Faber headlines the WEC’s second-to-last show on November 11th against Takeya Mizugaki inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After an unprecedented title run in the WEC’s featherweight division, Faber lost his belt to Mike Brown at WEC 36 and followed it up with a unanimous decision loss in their mulligan at WEC 41. What sealed the bantamweight deal for Faber must have been when Jose Aldo did THIS to his thigh at WEC 48 in April.

Faber submitted the WEC’s current bantamweight champ in a 145-pound scrap back in March 2007. With an impressive win over the gritty Japanese fighter, it’s possible he could find himself right back in a championship battle. If that doesn’t work, the new powerhouse promotion he now works for can offer up a plethora of intriguing inter-divisional superfights, as well.

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Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts earn $70K for UFC 121 performances!!!!

Four fighters earned an extra $70,000 for their efforts at UFC 121 on Saturday night, as Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts earned “Fight Night” bonuses.

Velasquez took home the “Knockout of the Night” for his TKO victory over Brock Lesnar in the night’s main event. The first round finish earned Velasquez the UFC Heavyweight Championship, and he now sits atop the division with a perfect 9-0 record.

Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago earned the “Fight of the Night” on the event for their extremely exciting three round bout on the night’s pay-per-view card. Sanchez, who came into the fight with back to back losses, survived a couple of submission attempts from Thiago and took over the fight in the grappling department in the second and third rounds. Sanchez finished the fight with an exclamation point, getting to mount and raining down punches until the round ended.

Roberts took home the “Submission of the Night” for his excellent anaconda choke victory over Mike Guymon on the night’s preliminary card. After securing the choke against the cage, Roberts used a gator roll to bring Guymon down and lock the hold on, forcing the tap.

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Cain Velasquez stops Brock Lesnar in the first round to capture UFC Heavyweight Championship

The hype leading into UFC 121’s main event was focused on Cain Velasquez’s opportunity to be the first Mexican Heavvy Weigth Champion. Well, he not only accomplished that feat, he did it in dominant and impressive fashion, stopping Brock Lesnar in the first round of their Championship bout.

Lesnar came out aggressive, trying to shoot in almost immediately. Velasquez held off the attempt, but Lesnar stayed in close. He landed a couple of knees in the clinch and then completed a takedown. But Velasquez got back to his feet almost immediately.

Lesnar stayed after him, and got a double leg takedown against the cage. Velasquez popped right back to his feet, however, and after an exchange on the feet Velasquez shot in and got the takedown. He landed some hard punches on Lesnar’s back before Lesnar tried to work to his feet. As he got to his feet, he stumbled across the cage and Velasquez pounced.

Velasquez continued his assault on Lesnar against the cage. He landed shots in spots, and made sure to pick his opportunities. He bloodied and battered Lesnar, who could do nothing more but cover up against the cage, and finally Herb Dean stepped in to call a stop to the fight. The win gave the undefeated Velasquez the Championship victory at 4:12 of the first round, and he’ll now face off against Junior Dos Santos sometime in 2011.

For Lesnar, it’s back to the drawing board. But he gave Velasquez credit for being the better man on this night, and said he’d work his way back. As for Velasquez, he’ll celebrate the win with his fans, both latino and otherwise.

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Dan Hardy Talks UFC 120

Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy is the first to acknowledge that his title fight with Georges St. Pierre exposed holes in his arsenal that he will quickly need to fill, should he want to make another run at the UFC title.

After the loss to St. Pierre, Hardy embarked on something of a seven-month ground-game sabbatical which saw him train extensively with Eddie Bravo in America.

Dan Hardy then returned to England to join his Rough House teammates in camp for the run up to his UFC 120 clash with Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit. There they drafted in something of a secret weapon in the form of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu coach, Victor Estima.

Ranked as the No. 3 Jiu-Jitsu competitor in the world, it is clear that Estima is on a different level; and by working so closely with Hardy in this camp, one would hope one or two of the ground-ace’s tricks will have rubbed off on “The Outlaw.”

“I would say [that my submissions will be the difference against Condit],”

“There were a lot of harsh lessons learned in the last fight and there were a lot of things that I took back into training camp – a couple of weeks after the fight – and I started putting them into practice. I surrounded myself with the right guys, the right gym and did the right training. The last six or seven months have really paid off… I’m confident I can take him down and choke him out.”

Hardy was in full confidence as his final big training session went like clockwork, and “The Outlaw” discussed the contribution that Victor Estima has made to this whole Rough House camp.

“What [Victor has given me] more than anything is an understanding… a better understanding,” Hardy said. “It’s very easy to go to a Jiu-Jitsu class, take the class like that – but the principals of what I’m doing and the concepts of control [are what I have learned].

“Now I’ve put them into place and I can see the opportunities and just kinda work with the fight, but at the same time I can make opportunities with this understanding.

“It’s that really – the understanding that I’ve never really had before.”

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Dana White says Vitor Belfort fighting Anderson Silva for the Middleweight Title; Marquardt-Okami winner from UFC 122 gets next shot

 


The reports of an injury to Vitor Belfort are, indeed, false, as UFC President Dana White cleared up the situation on Twitter on Wednesday.

After Belfort’s coach Shawn Tompkins posted on Facebook that Vitor was 100% healthy, speculation began that he was pulled from his UFC 122 fight with Yushin Okami to face UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in the wake of Chael Sonnen’s failed steroid test at UFC 117.

That is exactly the case, as White Tweeted, “Vitor is not injured. He is going to fight Anderson for the title and the winner of Marquart and Okami are next.”

There is still no word as to exactly when the fight will take place, but with the Sonnen-Silva rematch initially expected on New Year’s Day, that’s likely when this fight will take place. I want to see the Sonnen-Silva rematch first, but we will have to wait and see what happens.

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UPDATE: Chael Sonnen to appeal pre-UFC 117 positive steroid test result with the CSAC

Chael Sonnen’s camp has finally broken their silence somewhat after the news broke that Sonnen had failed his pre-UFC 117 drug test for performance enhancing drugs.

Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com reports that Sonnen will appeal the failed drug test with the California State Athletic Commission and will release an official statement soon.

Sonnen’s manager, Mike Roberts, told Helwani, “It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with his legal advisors and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will an appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter.”

Sonnen’s appeal will likely be heard at the CSAC’s December 2 meeting, and if he’s successful in reducing the suspension currently imposed on him until Sept. 2, 2011, his bout with Anderson Silva may yet take place.

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Frank Mir still considering a potential move to the light heavyweight division

Frank Mir headlines this Saturday’s UFC 119 pay-per-view event from Indianapolis, Indiana, provided Mirko Cro Cop doesn’t get pulled at the last minute; but while the former Heavyweight Champion is in yet another high profile spot in the division, he’s still looking at a possible future drop to light heavyweight.

Speaking with Fighter’s Only, Mir discussed the circumstances which would lead to that move.

“Being a multiple weight class champion would be a phenomenal feat,” Mir said. “If ever another opportunity arises, if I take time off for another surgery or an injury, I’ll come back as a [light heavyweight] for a little bit.”

Mir said the move isn’t for an easier path after losses to the behemoths of the division in Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar, and in fact Mir thinks it’s the more difficult division.

“I want to do it,” Mir said about making the drop. “I’m not going to [light heavyweight] because I feel I can do better as far as [there being] easier fights. In fact, 205 is extremely stacked. The tenth guy there is more dangerous than the tenth guy in the heavyweight division, so there’s a lot more talent to worry about at 205.”

For now, however, he’s a got a Croatian superstar to pay attention to, and he’ll take that fight on Saturday night on pay-per-view.

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Josh Barnett signed with Strikeforce…I hope he stays clean!

I’m sure we all remember when Josh Barnett was going to fight Fedor in the Affliction main event. But due to the pre-fight drug testing that Barnett failed the fight never happened, and  Affliction then closed their doors to promoting fights. Josh Barnett quoted, “I spoke with several other companies prior to this, and what kind of visibility they were able to offer, and what they could offer in terms of opponents, and just keeping me active, my ability to do work outside of fighting, or even just fighting outside of that company, or professional wrestling work, or if I wanted to do any TV or movie work… When it comes down to it, the thing that matters most to me is being able to fight. I just want to make sure I can get out there and crack as many heads as possible… [Strikeforce’s visibility] matters big time, cause when I dislocate and tear somebody’s head completely off their shoulders and spew blood all over the ring, and then drink it, I want the whole world to see it. I’d love to fight on CBS. Punch somebody so hard that their eyeballs pop out of their head… In due time. There’s not too many people all that chomping at the bit and so ready to meet their death.”

Barnett talks with crude intentions, he seems very mad as if he is still on steroids. Barnett, just calm down train hard and keep your mouth shut.
We will have to see if Barnett keeps clean and trains without performance enhancing drugs. I think we all would like to see him fight as we missed the last main event due to his bad decision.

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Belfort Sees Holes in Silva’s Game

Vitor Belfort

Resurgent former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will meet Yushin Okami in the UFC 122 main event on Nov. 13 at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Still, he has UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva in his sights.

Promised a crack at Silva after he dismantled Rich Franklin at UFC 103 in September 2009, Belfort has instead spent the last year on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. He sees chinks in Silva’s armor.

“I know his whole game,” Belfort said in a recent interview with the Brazilian television station Rede TV. “I know his jiu-jitsu game. I know his stand-up game. I know he likes spinning kicks and loves to use elbows, but if I put my hands on a man, he will fall down.”

Silva looked mortal in victories over Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia at UFC 112 and Team Quest standout Chael Sonnen at UFC 117. Belfort was watching.

“If I hit him like Demian and Sonnen did, it’s going to be different because I have much more firepower,” he said. “Still, a fight is a fight, and we know we’re two well-conditioned champions. The most important thing is to be well-trained and focused on each second of that fight.

“I know Anderson knows that if my hands hit him, he will not be able to stand on his feet,” Belfort added. “No matter who’s on the other side of the cage, whether it’s Anderson or someone else, I’m going forward. If you look at my last fights, you’re going to see how focused I am. I know what I want. I have no doubt about what I want or what I’m able to do, so I’m very motivated.”

Belfort’s first-round technical knockout victory over Franklin at UFC 103 was his first inside the Octagon in more than five years. It was supposed to set up his showdown with Silva for the promotion’s middleweight crown in April, but the aforementioned injury forced Belfort to withdraw. He has lost none of his hunger since.

“I really want this belt,” Belfort said. “I want to face whoever has the belt. Today, it’s Anderson, so I really want to face him. He can’t fight this year, and I won’t wait for him until next year. They gave me a fight [against Okami] in November, and I’m really happy and anxious for that fight.”

Belfort — who has won five consecutive fights, four of them by knockout — also addressed the growing trend in MMA in which friends and teammates have shown a reluctance to fight one another.

“I can’t see MMA as a personal sport,” he said. “I don’t hate anyone, but it’s my job. There are a lot of people who make up fake friendships to avoid fighting someone. If I fight someone, it doesn’t mean we’re enemies. There’s nothing personal in wanting the belt. I have nothing against Anderson, but I want his belt, and we will fight for that.

“If he wins, congratulations to him, but we have to stop this bulls–t with some fighters wanting to solve their problems in the Octagon,” Belfort added. “My problems aren’t inside the Octagon. I solve my problems when I have someone step in there to fight me and we make money as professionals. Fighters have to understand that the more we respect each other the more the fans will admire us and respect our sport.”

 
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Baltimore Martial Arts Academy’s own Charles Gamble to fight in XFE’s Cage Wars 3

Baltimore Martial Arts Academy’s own Charles Gamble will be fighting on October 2, 2010. The Event is hosted by XFE (Xtreme Fight Events) and will be sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission. Charles has been training for some time now and has made a home for himself here at Baltimore Martial Arts Academy. Please come join us and help support his first ranked MMA fight. His opponent Mike Jenkins has won his last fight by arm triangle. Charles and I have been working on his stand up and jui jitsu as well as his cardio conditioning. He has been training hard at a minimum of three days a week or more at our school. Charles will be fighting at 205 lbs, and has already dropped over 25 lbs. I believe that Charles will knock him out in the first round. I am looking forward to seeing everyone there.

The Event is located at:
Cage Wars III at Sports Extreme
814 Conchester Rd (Rt. 322) Boothwyn PA 19061
Fights start at 7:30pm

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You can also visit XFE’s Website: http://xfevents.com/

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WEC NEWS: Featherweights Josh Grispi and Erik Koch to meet at WEC 52 in November

Two 21 year old featherweight prospects will clash at WEC 52 in November, as MMAJunkie.com reports that Josh Grispi and Erik Koch have agreed to face off on the card, coming to Las Vegas.

Grispi returned to action in June at WEC 49 after a year long layoff. He injured his ankle prior to his fight with Jens Pulver in 2009. He submitted Pulver in the first round in that fight, and then choked LC Davis unconscious in his return bout in Edmonton.

Koch got back on track on that same WEC 49 card in Edmonton this June after suffering his first career defeat at WEC 47 in March. He was out-wrestled by Chad Mendes at the March event, but defeated Bendy Casimir in Canada.

WEC 52 is expected to take place from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event airs on Versus and will be headlined by the WEC bantamweight debut of Urijah Faber as he takes on Takeya Mizugaki.

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Paul Daley Signs with Strikeforce

Paul Daley has finally signed on to fight for Strikeforce, according to Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com.

Daley’s signing comes just days after Jorge Masvidal’s signing was confirmed. Daley defeated Masvidal last weekend at Shark Fights 13 in Amarillo, Texas in his second fight since being released from the UFC.

The now infamous sucker punch came at UFC 113 in May in Montreal, where Josh Koscheck kept him on his back through three rounds to win a unanimous decision. When the final bell sounded, Daley chased after Koscheck and threw a final punch before the referee could stop him.

With that, UFC President Dana White said Daley would never again fight in the UFC, and the once very promising career for Daley in the UFC was over.

Daley’s contract is a multi-fight deal, though his debut has not yet been set. Daley said last week he’d like to fight Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, and that fight could happen should Diaz get past K.J. Noons on October 9.

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