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The WKA-backed Combat Sports Challenge MMA promotion is scheduled to return on August 30 in Colonial Heights, Virginia for its 26th fight card which the promotion has dubbed “Full Throttle.” The recently-released fight card for the show appears to be one of the strongest lineup of fights on the East Coast this year.
In support of the card, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has entered into agreements with two fighters scheduled to fight each other in one of the night’s featured attractions. We have renewed our sponsorship with LeVon Maynard, one of the top unsigned welterweight prospects around and a fighter that is no stranger to long-time readers of the site. His opponent will be Philadelphia-based EliteXC contracted fighter John Doyle, who joins Maynard and competitive grappler Jared Weiner as only the third fighter Five Ounces of Pain has ever sponsored.
After winning a WKA amateur MMA title in 2006 en route to an overall 8-1 amateur MMA record, Maynard began his pro career with a 2-0 record. However, he has fallen to 2-2 after dropping his last two fights. The Air Force private contractor accepted a tough fight on short notice and suffered the first loss of his pro career at Ring of Combat 19 against Doug Gordon on May 9 following a first round TKO.
He then returned to New Jersey and accepted another fight on short notice, this time competing for BattleCage Xtreme in Atlantic City on July 12 against Rhino Fight Team competitor Mike Medrano. Maynard lost via unanimous decision to the New Jersey-native even though it was a fight some pundits felt Maynard clearly won.
Instead of taking a soft fight to pad his record, Maynard has accepted a bout against Doyle, the former Combat in the Cage light heavyweight champion who will be fighting at 170 pounds for the first time in his career. We first became aware of Doyle while training at Daddis Fight Camps several years ago. Considered a top prospect on the East Coast, Doyle has bounced around between several camps and has fought an infrequent schedule the past year and a half. Having returned to Philadelphia and now based out of the Fight Firm, Doyle is looking to regain the momentum he had behind him at the start of his pro career.
From a regional perspective, the Maynard vs. Doyle matchup will be a high-profile fight that could lead to bigger opportunities for the winner. After being TKO’d in the first round against Rafael Feijao during his EliteXC debut in February, Doyle has not competed for the promotion since in spite of the fact that he agreed to step up on virtually no notice. A victory in his welterweight debut against a game opponent could put him on the fast track to return to the promotion.
A victory for Maynard not only puts him back on the winning track, but it could help lead to a spot with a major national promotion, especially since sources have indicated to Five Ounces of Pain that UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva could be in attendance at the event.
As much potential as the Doyle vs. Maynard fight has, it still isn’t even being billed as the night’s main event, as that honor belongs to a bantamweight matchup between Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton and Sidemar “Sedico” Honorio, currently two of the top unsigned 135 pound fighters in the world.
Shelton is 5-4 according to Sherdog, which is somewhat mis-leading as he began his career 0-3 while competing as an undersized lightweight. His early losses also came against Din Thomas, Cole Miller, and former UFC fighter Joe Veres. Since that time he is 5-1 and is currently on a two-fight win streak having just defeated Kevin Roddy via split decision during BCX’s July show.
Honorio, a native Brazilian, recently relocated to the Philadelphia area from California and is currently training out of Daddis Fight Camps. He helped corner Wilson Reis during EliteXC’s recent “Unfinished Business” event in Stockton and is now looking to make a name for himself on the U.S. scene after having compiled an undefeated MMA record in Brazil.
The card will also include the return of middleweight prospect Aaron Miesner, who will be competing for the first time since undergoing knee surgery. Miesner was one of 32 fighters invited by Spike TV and the UFC to go to Las Vegas and compete for a spot in the final field of 16 on the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
After dominating Brandon Sene for most of his qualifying fight, Miesner re-injured his knee and ended up losing the bout. The damage was significant enough that he was unable to return even though coach Quinton “Rampage” Jackson attempted to make Miesner his first choice to replace a dismissed Paul Bradley.
While sources indicate that Miesner has his sights set on returning to MMA as a welterweight, his first post-surgery fight will be a K-1 rules match vs. African pro boxer Francois Ambang of Team Combat in Virginia.
Other bouts will feature Anthony Morrison vs. Khristian Geraci, Zach Davis vs. John Opfar, and Chris “The Grinch” Reedy vs. Kris McCray.
Five Ounces of Pain will be traveling to Colonial Heights in order to cover the show.
HDNet to televise Ring of Combat XXI live –
HDNet already had an existing relationship with Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat. However, most of ROC’s events had been televised on a tape-delay basis. But with the demise of the International Fight League leaving a void in its schedule, HDNet Fights will be televising Ring of Combat XXI live from Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET.
According to the promotion’s website, the card will feature three title fights including Lyman Good vs. Johh Howard for the ROC welterweight title; season one winner of Spike TV’s “Pros vs. Joes” Charlie Brenneman vs. Team Bomb Squad member Nick Calandrino; and Ricardo Romero defending his ROC light heavyweight title vs. Glen Sandull.
The fight of the night could be a welterweight clash between Doug Gordon of Elite MMA and Greg Soto of Kurt Pellegrino’s new MMA school in New Jersey. Both are strong wrestlers and are on the radar of several major national promotions. The winner of this fight could potentially be in line for a contract offer from a national fight company.
IFL veteran Brendan Barrett will also be returning to action in a light heavyweight bout vs. Team Serra Longo fighter Constantinos Phillipou and Rhino Fight Team head trainer Rob Guarino is scheduled to fight Bill Walizer in a lightweight bout.
Combat in the Cage announces new equity partners –
Combat in the Cage announced earlier this week that the influential boxing father-and-son duo of Jimmy Binns Sr. and Jimmy Binns Jr. will be joining promoter and matchmaker Ed Hsu as equity owners in the promotion.
Binns Sr. is the former chairman of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and is a member of the PA Boxing Hall of Fame. A licensed attorney, he has represented the World Boxing Association, Don King, Mike Tyson, and other well-known boxing figures.
Binns Jr. is a local businessman and former supervisor for the WBA. Having co-promoted several boxing events, he recently made the decision to transition to MMA events.
In a press release issued by the promotion, CITC is hailing the additions of Binns Sr. and Binns Jr. as a move that will help the company further expand its operations. The promotion has already announced several news sponsors as well as the return of its Muay Thai/Kickboxing promotion, East Coast Combat. East Coast Combat Challenge 3 is scheduled for Sept. 20 at the World’s Gym in Northeast Philadelphia.
Combat in the Cage “15th Strike” reminder –
Combat in the Cage will be returning to the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, Delaware on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. ET for an amateur card featuring over 20 fights. The show will feature two title fights with Tim Williams defending his Combat in the Cage cruiserweight title vs. Matt Andirkut and Kasheem Patterson defending his Combat in the Cage welterweight title against reigning CITC lightweight champion Charlie Joseph.
Other bouts include Julio Rosario vs. Brandon Cherry, Jeff Cressman vs. Pat Sabatini, Joe Pond vs. Pat Byrnes, Fan Evans vs. Justin Stoeckel, and Malik Kamara vs. Andres Lebron.
The show will also feature the amateur debuts of four fighters from Jared Weiner’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United with Matt Nice (vs. Jason Stoeckel) Lionel “Noreaga” Bocelli (vs. Michael Ryman) and Ken Berger (vs. Nail Gardner) all set for action. And in the first female fight in CITC history, BJJ United’s Andria Caplan will be facing Shannon Schade of Rising Sun MMA.
Tickets are available by clicking here.
World Championship Fighting to return on Sept. 19 –
Joe Cavallaro’s World Championship Fighting, which has been featured on VERSUS, ESPN, HDNet, and NBCSports.com, will be returning to the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 19.
Bouts already announced for the show include Dan Bonnell vs. Joe Cushman, John Benoit vs. Davin Wesinger, Scott Rehm vs. Ryan Verrett, and Ryan Schiedling vs. Kirill Sementsov.
Philadelphia fighters tape “Bully Beatdown” reality TV show –
EliteXC fighters Jon Murphy and Wilson Reis recently joined welterweight champion Jake Shields in Utah for a new reality television show on MTV titled “Bully Beatdown.” “Bully Beatdown” is being produced by Mark Burnett productions and the basic premise is that wanna-be tough guys are given the opportunity to compete against professional fighters.
Murphy is scheduled to fight against for EliteXC against Shane Del Rosario during a ShoXC event set for Sept. 26. Also scheduled for the same card is Daddis Fight Camps’ Matt Makowski. Makowski will be making his SHOWTIME debut vs. Erik Apple.
Editor’s Note: Sam Caplan is the husband of Andria Caplan and trains regularly at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United in Jekintown, PA.