News and Notes: September 13, 2010 Edition


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Houston Fighters Split at Bellator 27

Houston area fighters went 2-2 at Bellator 27, but all 4 had great showings.

  • Jon Kirk def. Shane Faulkner via TKO 2:19 R3
  • Andrew Craig (Team Tooke) def. Rodrigo Pinheiro via TKO 2:43 in R3
  • Aaron Barringer (Gracie Barra The Woodlands) lost to Gilbert Jimenez via Unan. Dec.
  • Dale Mitchell (SIlverback MMA) lost a controversial split decision to Richard Odoms

Prater makes it to Finals in Shine Gran Prix

Houston’s Carlo Prater was one of eight competitors fighting of the Shine Fights Grand Prix Championship Cup in Norman, Oklahoma on Friday Sept. 10, 2010. Prater earned a lots of respect and new fans with his gutty showing on Friday, dispite going 1-2 on the night. He lost a somewhat controversial decions in his opening round match up with Rich Crunkilton that by all accounts should have ended his night. But Crunkilton was hurt and could not continue so Prater was advanced to the second round where he faced off against

Despite a tumble outside the ring that seemed to momentarily shake him up, Prater pressed on and would take full advantage of his second chance opportunity by defeating fellow alternate winner Charlie Brown via decision. Unfortunately for Prater, he would face a very rested Drew Ficket in the finals.

The meeting between Prater and Ficket would be the second time the two have faced eachother. The first fight saw Fickett also win via submission. Prater had already found the equivilant of a championship fight (5 rounds) and was visibly tired going into his third fight of the night. Fickett got PRater to tap via a rear naked choke at 2:02 in the first round of the finals.

Videos of the fights can be seen in our forum, here.

Leal last to third round at Judo World Championships

Anderson Leal made it to the 3rd round of the Judo Senior World Championships open weight division before losing by ippon (sudden victory) to Hao Wang of China. Leal defeated Ramon Flores of Mexico in his first round match up and the beat Aleksandar Petkovic of Serbia in the second round. According to’s Judo site, Leal is the teams oldest member at 36 years old and last competed in a major event 10 years ago.


Knepp to get title shot

According to his Facebook page, RJ Knepp will be fighting for the vacant WGC welterweight title. Knepp will be squaring of against Alex Cisne on November 12th.

Edwards back in the UFC

Houston area MMA godfather Yves Edwards is back in the UFC and will be fighting on the UFC Fight Night undercard in Austin on Sept. 15. Edwards (38-16-1) will be squaring off against John Gunderson (23-7).

CARD (subject to change)

Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares
Efrain Escudero vs. Charles Oliveira
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau
Cole Miller vs. Ross Pearson
Yves Edwards vs. John Gunderson
Jared Hamman vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Rich Attonito vs. Rafael Natal
David Mitchell vs. Anthony Waldburger
Brian Foster vs. Forrest Petz
Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch

September 18 Lonestar Beatdown Card

CARD (subject to change)

265 Davis Fleming GB Woodlands v. Ellis Boyd BVMMA
135 Colin Wright Paradigm v. Carlos Jimenez Silverback MMA
145 Shelby Sheehan Gracie Barra v. Corey Garcia Bushi Ban
145 Jacob Kugler GB Woodlands v. Aaron Croon Tookes MMA
125 Martin Garcia Gracie Barra v. Joe Trevino 4 oz.
170 Philip Bourque GB Woodlands v. Levi West Tookes MMA
135 Scott Buzziard The Hive v. David Armes Silverback MMA
145 Jose Martinez Gracie Barra Woodlands v. Zack Fade Elite Baytown
185 Jeremy Hunter Kingwood MMA vs. Kaileb Cummins DeathRow MMA
155 John Gorrell Elite MMA v. James Gonzalez Silverback MMA
170 Charles Lloyd GB Woodlands v. Kendrick Holloway Silverback MMA
155 Brett Landriault United Kombat Academy v. Andrew Musquiz RSKA
Title 155 Michael Lytle AXS v. Ola Siyanbola Hoger MMA
Title 170 Alex Morono GB Woodlands v. Pete Sprajc Westside MMA
Title 185 John Malbrough Kingwood MMA vs. Jon Thibeault 4oz.


No rumors at this time.

EVENTS (next 7 days)

Sept 15 – UFC Fight Night in Austin

Sept 18 – Lonestar Beatdown – Houston Arena Theatre