Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Christmas in July: Pro Fighting Championships and other Hot Upcoming July Events

Nate Marquardt by Christmas.
There's some big events on July's MMA calendar, and with no Zuffa shows in sight for another two weeks, the local and regional circuits will be very busy. What a treat for fight addicts like myself. It's kind of like Christmas in July, minus the shoelaces and used car battery as gifts and Aunt Mary's world famous nuclear fruit cake.

The weekend of July 16 will be the busiest MMA weekend on this month's agenda. Events from Shark Fights, Shooto, and others are sure to keep fight hungry fans well fed. One of those shows, Canadian upstart promotion, Pro Fighting Championships, is ready to deliver big gifts for that July Christmas Tree. Ambitious PFC promoter Jason Harkes has major plans for Pro Fighting Championships, beginning with their July 16 show, "Border Wars - Round 1."

Jason Harkes on PFC's first show:
"This event will showcase the best of Ontario's young talent. With so many years of fighting out of province and country we will finally be able to showcase what Ontario really has to offer!! For too many years some of the best talent was kept under wraps because outside promoters would only bring in fighters to lose to their own. Now young fighters and the extremely talented will have a place to showcase their skills! From Horodecki to Clements to Andrew McInnes who is considered the top grappler in Canada, our card will feature the future of the UFC not it's past. Our show will be the most exciting and talent filled card from top to bottom this country has seen outside the UFC. July 16th will be a magical night with dreams coming true for some while being crushed for others. I guarantee greatness from the talent on this show!!"
More fight previews after the break.


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Everything is BIG in Texas! Shark Fights will leave the flats of West Texas to bring their arena-packing success to the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. Matt Horwich and Jake Rosholt will meet in a highly anticipated rematch. Horwich TKO'ed Rosholt when they fought at an Xtreme Fight Night event last November.

Shark Fights 17
July 15, 2011
Dr. Pepper Arena
Frisco, Texas

Jay Flores vs Matthew Hobar
Quaint Kempf vs Victor Hernandez
Brad Cox vs Russell Brewer
Daniel Almeida vs Doug Williams
Alan Jouban vs Andrew Goldthwaite
Emmanuel Newton vs Ilir Latifi
Ricco Rodriguez vs Karl Knothe
Matt Horwich vs Jake Rosholt

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Dream continues its "Fight for Japan" series with a bantamweight championship final and title bouts in the featherweight and light heavyweight divisions. Gegard Mousasi will make his first title defense against Judo Olympic Silver Medalist Hiroshi Izumi in the main event. Trevor Prangley and Todd Duffee are late additions to this card.

Dream 17 - Fight for Japan: 2011 Japan Bantamweight Tournament Final
July 16, 2011
Ariake Coliseum
Tokyo, Japan

Dream Light Heavyweight Championship Bout
Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi Izumi

Dream Featherweight Championship Bout
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kazuyuki Miyata

Dream Bantamweight Tournament Final Bout
Masakazu Imanari vs. Hideo Tokoro

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Drew Fickett
Marius Zaromskis vs. Hayato Sakurai
Bruno Carvalho vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Kenji Osawa
Trevor Prangley vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Todd Duffee vs. Nick Gaston

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PFC is a new promotion coming out of Ontario. They've made a lot of noise in a very short period of time, booking former UFC lightweight Chris Horodecki for their first event. Expect big things!

Pro Fighting Championship 1: Border Wars
July 16, 2011
John Labatt Centre
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Travis Briere vs. Chris Clements
Chris Horodecki vs. Steve Sharp
John Fraser vs. Chucky Mady
Ali Mokdad vs. TBA
Kyle Prepolee vs. Theo Toney
Blake Nash vs. Jeff Kugal

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The pride of Arizona, Rage in the Cage, will present three amazing title fights.

Rage in the Cage
RITC 153
July 16, 2011
Wild Horse Pass Casino,
Chandler, Arizona

RITC Welterweight Championship (vacant)
Jamie Schmidt vs Eddie Batross

Aaron Brink vs Cliff Starks

RITC Bantamweight Championship Bout
Carlos Ortega vs Anthony Birchak

RITC LW Championship Bout (vacant)
Chris Gruetzemacher vs Jeff Fletcher

Jesse Varela vs Jeff Horlacher
Roe Harris vs Rudy Aguilar
Austin Apollos vs Freddie Lux
Justin Bereche vs Richard Ysaguirre
Arthur Ortega vs Nick Leiterman
Steve Pesqueira vs Vincent Wilson
Dan Charles vs Leroy Douglas III
Brian Orr vs Drakkar Klose
Katrina Teer vs Brenna Larkin
Josh Maish vs David Kenne
Bobby Pompa vs William Cerrone
Johnnie Camara vs Aaron Caryl
Jimmy Scully vs Richard Nichols
Joseph Larson vs Tucker Lee Chapman
Brodie Carr vs Danny Hilton
Chris Kirk vs Mike Melki
Bobby Tinney vs Jamielee Toyota
Mark Antiquiera vs Allan Decastro

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China's premiere MMA promotion is bubbling hot! Two NYU MBA grads turned-MMA-promters have really set the stage for a successful mixed martial arts business in MMA's final frontier, China. This card is mixed with international talent and interesting stylistic match-ups.

Legend Fighting Championship
LFC 5
July 16, 2011
City of Dreams Grand Hyatt Ballroom,
Cotai, Macau

Legend FC Welterweight Championship Bout
Myung Ho Bae vs. Rodney MacSwain

Legend FC Bantamweight Championship Bout
Nam Jin Jo vs. Honggang Yao

Yusuke Kawanago vs. Mark Striegl
Rob Hill vs. Yui Chul Nam
Alex Niu vs. Jingliang Li
Hae Jun Yang vs. Pat Crawley
Fransino Tirta vs. Chengjie Wu
Ken Hamamura vs. Wang Sai
Sung Ming Yen vs. Vincent Siu

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Two world titles are on the line. Kotetsu Boku  and Kuniyoshi Hironaka will battle for the vacant welterweight strap. Yasuhiro Urushitani will defend the Shooto Bantamweight Title against challenger Yuki Shojo. Also, proven long-time Shooto veteran Rumina Sato takes to the ring against tough prospect Masakatsu Ueda.

Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 3
July 18, 2011
Korakuen Hall,
Tokyo, Japan

Shooto World Welterweight (154 lb.) Title Bout
Kotetsu Boku vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka

Shooto World Bantamweight (123 lb.) Title Bout
Yuki Shojo vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani

Rumina Sato vs. Masakatsu Ueda
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Tetsu "Hadairo" Suzuki
Wataru Miki vs. Ikuo Usuda
Teruyuki Matsumoto vs. Masato Sannai
Yuta Sasaki vs. Kosuke Kindaichi
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuta Nezu
Jun Nabeshima vs. Jun Nakamura Yoshifumi Nakamura vs. Shoki Omichi
Satoshi Inaba vs. Fumiya Sasaki

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