News and Notes: August 10th Edition

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NEWS

Frank Wins Pro Debut

Jason David Frank won his pro debut, beating Robert Vasquez in :46 via RNC.  This was also the Debut of a new promotion here in town, Puro Combate.  Full results from the card are:

Angel Huerta def. Danny Torres via TKO due to strikes at 2:29 in the 1st round
Jonathan Mack def. Taylor Moses via Guillotine Choke at 1:34 in the 1st round
Jon King def. Edgar Verdin via Split Decision
Lexi Pappas def. Juan Long via Guillotine Choke at 1:59 in the 1st round
Roxanne Adams def. Rena Pena via Unanimous Decision
Nate Garza def. Frank Ortega via Unanimous Decision
Jason David Frank def. Jose Roberto Vasquez via RNC at 0:46 in the 1st round

View fight pictures here

Kim headed to California

Daniel Kim, current USMF North America Middle Weight Champion and head Muay Thia instructor for Gracie Barra The Woodlands is leaving Texas and heading to California. Kim will be training at Fairtex full time and will be focusing on turning pro.

Chad Robo waisted no time in finding a replacement for the highly regarded Kim when he brought in Dorian Price.  If that name sounds familiar it’s because Price was a contestant on T.U.F. season 6. Price brings an 11-3 MMA record and a  16-4 Muay Thai record with him.  He stopped fighting MMA to focus on his Muay Thai career, even making the trip to Thai land to fight on the Kings birthday.

“We are sad to lose Daniel. He has been an intricate part of Gracie Barra The Woodlands since the beginning.  His shoes are big to fill and we know he can’t be replaced, but Dorian is a good start.  He is a man of solid character and brings a wealth of coaching and competition experience,” Robo said regarding the changes.

Strikeforce Press Conference

Some notable quotes from the Strikeforce: Houston conference call:

“KING MO” LAWAL:

“Feijao knows he wants the knock out. He doesn’t want the submission. He trains in the ground game, but I’m training with guys in Jiu-Jitsu that are comparable. So I’m not worried at the ground at all because I’ve got good submission defense.”

How do you think you would do against Anderson Silva?

“I don’t know. If you ask me if I could beat anybody I’m going to say I can beat anybody. I’d win against anybody with a good game plan. It doesn’t matter who it is. Except my momma. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’ll beat them with a good game plan.”

“I wouldn’t mind fighting Fabrico (Werdum), who’s the top dog right now. I  wouldn’t mind fighting at heavyweight a few times. I just like fighting. A belt is a belt. I fight because I like to fight first and for the belt second.”

RAFAEL “FEIJAO” CAVALANTE:

“When you have a job like a fighter you have to learn to be a full-time fighter. That’s what I’ve learned. You eat healthy food and work at maintaining your weight.”

“I don’t think King Mo is going to want to stay on the ground with me. I will be ready for whatever style he wants. If he wants to stand up, I will stand up. If he wants to go to the ground, we will go to the ground.”

You’re English has improved greatly. How important is it for fighters to speak English to be embraced by the American fans?

“I think it’s important. It shows respect and I think more of the Americans are learning who I am. (Speaking English) shows what we really feel. When you use a translator they never say the same thing you want them to say. It’s just different. When I’m thinking something I can say it exactly the way I want so I think it’s important.”

BOBBY LASHLEY:

How soon do you expect to be fighting for the STRIKEFORCE heavyweight title?

“Hopefully at the first part of next year. I don’t know when my next fight will be. That’s up to Scott Coker to decide. I’m not going to take any time off. I like to train and I want to stay conditioned. After this fight I just hope to keep training and get that title shot next year.”

“I think my striking is better than people think. Just because I haven’t used it doesn’t mean I don’t have it. I feel comfortable with my striking. If we have to stay standing we can stand. I don’t think anyone can stop the take down. If I want to take somebody down, they’re going down.”

CHAD GRIGGS:

“I think a lot of don’t know who I am and they do know Bobby. And they have high expectations for him. So I think I am being underestimated just because Bobby’s name is so much more well known. This is just a great opportunity for me.”

“I do work a full-time job as a firefighter and paramedic. I’ve been doing that for 10 years, through my entire fight career. It gives me a lot of time to train, basically 20 days off a month to train. It is a juggling act. You definitely have to balance your time right. My last fight I did injure my elbow and took some time off. But I’ve been around the scene and training.”

“I’m glad to hear that Bobby’s so confident. I appreciate him taking this fight and for STRIKEFORCE for putting me out there. I’m going to put it all out there.”

SCOTT COKER:

“Right now our focus is in North America. We have a lot of work to do here. We have a great relationship with SHOWITME. So are going to focus on building our talent here right in America.”

With regards to the middleweight division and talk of a tournament:

“We’ve talked internally about that and we thought that it would be in everybody’s best interest to crown a champion. We also thought a tournament would be a fun way to create the next challenger for the winner between Jacare (Souza) and Tim Kennedy. We thought we could do one or the other or both and it turns out we can do both. We’ll have a conversation about a tournament later down the line since that wouldn’t happen until the fall.”

Do you plan to add more weight classes in the women’s divisions?

“There is dialogue about adding a 125-pound weight class but nothing has been decided yet.”

NOTES

Hopkins tells his side of the story.

Larry Hopkins was a no show for weigh-ins at Legacy FC , and thus didn’t answer the bell for his fight with Ricardo Talavera. Rumors about the reason ranged from Hopkins spending time in jail, to just not wanting to fight.  Our own Barry Laminack reached out to Hopkins to get his side of the story.  Hopkins told Barry:

“Yes, I was in Jail. I had some personal problems in my life and unfortunately, I can’t just tell them ‘Hey, Don’t take me to jail, I have a fight coming up’.

I brought my paperwork to Mick and showed him and told him I was really sorry. I was going to tell Ricardo as well but he wasn’t at the fights. I tried to talk to one of his coaches but he acted like he didn’t want to hear it.

I’ve never ducked anyone, it just happened. I know he worked hard to get ready, but so did I. I came down from 205 to make that fight so it sucked for me too.

Yes, I would fight him again. I’ll fight anyone. I have nothing to hide, if anyone has any questions they can come ask me personally and I’ll be happy to answer them.”

Frank not worried about what people are saying

In a conversation via text with our own Barry Laminack, Jason David Frank had this to say about some the ground swell of controversy following his pro debut:

“Everyone wants to fight a NAME, but they need to EARN the shot. I don’t follow stupid website stuff man, I don’t have time to follow, I’m a busy guy.”

He went on to add,

“all the haters will hate, just like Ike [Villanueva] told me. I didn’t want to make it on a big show yet, I wanted to earn it like everyone else. So you can hate me, cause you ain’t me.”

Pro Muay Thai in October

As first reported on “In The Cage”, Rocky Long said that Puro Combate will be holding a pro Muay Thai show on October 14, 2010.  This will be the first pro Muay Thai show in Houston. For Details, visit purocombate.com.

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