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07-14-2007, 09:56 AM
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THE BREAKDOWN: CAGE RAGE 22
By Stash Capar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell
July 14, 2007
The UK’s leading promotion Cage Rage returns to London’s Wembley Arena Saturday for its twenty-second instalment, aptly titled “Hard As Hell.” The roster features a mixed of veterans, European up-and-comers, and even the comeback of a world-renowned referee donning the four-ouncers for another go. This time the London-based promotion won’t be going head-to-head with the UFC, which launched a UK assault on April 21 a couple of hours away in Manchester and won’t return to London till Sept. 8 for an event at the O2 Arena on the famous Thames River.
Eric “Butterbean” Esch (10-3-1) vs. Tengiz Tedoradze (20-7-1)
In main event action, it’s the return of crowd favourite Eric “Butterbean” Esch, who is to face none other than the newly crowned Cage Rage British Heavyweight champion Tengiz Tedoradze.
Tedoradze, a native of Georgia, will most definitely rely on his most prized asset - his wrestling skills – and will attempt to take Butterbean to the mat. However, whether or not the Georgian can get close enough to take down the 350-pound American is the big question. The heavyweight title-holder has had problems against strikers in the past, suffering KO losses to Dave Dalgliesh (23-16-2) and Edson Drago (9-2-0), both men who have significantly less punching power than the larger-than-life American. In essence, it’s the classic match-up of striker vs. grappler.
Mario Sperry (11-4-0) vs. Lee Hasdell (7-10-1)
The British debut of Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Mario Sperry highlights the co-main event. The aging Sperry will be taking on an equally saltied Lee Hasdell. Hasdell, a Rings veteran, has fought some of Europe’s biggest names, including PRIDE Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (26-1-0) and Dutch striker Gilbert Yvel (30-11-1). Both Sperry and Hasdell are in the twilight of their careers and will be looking for a nice “W” to polish off their resumes, however, the safe bet is with Sperry.
James Thompson (14-6-0) vs. Neil Groves (1-0)
If James “The Colossus” Thompson’s nerves can hold up, he should fair fine against Neil Groves, a little known opponent who replaced Kimo Leopoldo Friday when the American was announced off the card. UFC 3 standout would have stood in for Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, who was rumoured to have broken his ankle. The seasoned Thompson should take this, though he once again will have to contend with a size disadvantage – in this case a measly 30 pounds compared to genetically-challenged adversaries he’s tangled with in the past.
Edson Drago (9-2-0) vs. Gary Turner (2-0-1)
On paper it’s a crowd-rousing slugfest featuring two notable strikers in Gary Turner and Edson Drago. While Turner is known for his kickboxing, he also possesses a good ground game that could very well be the undoing of the Brazilian boxer, should he choose to take the fight to the canvas.
Herb Dean (2-2-0) vs. Dave Legeno (3-3-0)
In a heavyweight offering, local hero Dave Legeno takes on Herb Dean, a man who is rarely seen competing, preferring instead to play the role of the third man in world-class MMA bouts. This one should be interesting, particularly for those new fans of the sport who are not familiar with Dean’s MMA history. Legeno, who possesses a self-described “basic ground game,” will have to keep this one standing if he wants to take home the victory and raise his profile in the Cage Rage heavyweight division.
James McSweeney (0-0-0) vs. Mark Buchanan (4-3-0)
The final heavyweight fight of the night will feature kickboxer James McSweeney, the man who defeated Canadian K-1 legend Michael McDonald in a special Cage Kickboxing match-up at Cage Rage 21, in his MMA debut against London’s Mark Buchanan. While McSweeney’s stand-up was impressive in his caged kickboxing tilt, mixed martial arts is truly a different game, and whether or not the tough striker can bridge the gap is a mystery at this point. Either way, Buchanan should prove to be a good first test for the MMA rookie.
Mark Epstein (13-9-0) vs. Paul Cahoon (7-10-0)
The Cage Rage Light Heavyweight British title is officially up for grabs on July 14, after MMA veteran Ian Freeman (15-7-1) recently relinquished his belt. London’s Mark “The Beast” Epstein will take on Manchester’s Paul Cahoon, in a bout that is sure to have British MMA fans up on their feet. Both fighters have similar, hard-hitting styles, making it very unlikely that the bout will go the distance. This one may very well go down as the fight of the night.
Ronnie Mann (9-0-1) vs. Robbie Olivier (13-7-1)
In featherweight action, Team Trojan’s Ronnie Mann prepares to do battle with Cage Rage British featherweight title holder Robbie Olivier. This will be the undefeated Mann’s greatest challenge yet, as the young contender takes on a very known and respected fighter in the British scene. Olivier is coming off a loss to Japanese submission specialist Masakazu Imanari (11-5-1) and will be hungry for another shot at a Cage Rage World title. Mann is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future - the young and well-rounded fighter seems to improve exponentially each time he enters the cage.
Marius Zaromskis (5-1-0) vs. Ross “The Boss” Mason (9-6-0)
In the first welterweight contest of the night, Lithuanian Marius Zaromskis returns after an unbelievably exciting bout against Damien Riccio (8-12-0) at Cage Rage 20. Zaromskis’ opponent will be Cage Rage veteran Ross “The Boss” Mason, who is coming off a loss to UFC fighter Jess Liaudin (11-8-0) at Cage Rage 19.
Ross Pointon (4-9-0) vs. Dean Bray (2-3-0)
In the second welterweight fight, “The Ultimate Fighter 3” participant Ross Pointon takes on Elite Fighting Systems’ Dean Bray. This will be Pointon’s second fight at welterweight, after suffering a brutal KO loss to Abdul Mohammed (13-4-2) at Cage Rage 21. Brawler Pointon needs a victory here to halt a four-fight losing streak.
Joe Mac (1-0-0) vs. Jeremy “Badboy” Bailey (6-6-0)
At middleweight we have rookie Joe Mac (1-0-0) against Jeremy “Badboy” Bailey (6-6-0). This is a good match up for both fighters, as Mac needs to get a couple of wins under his belt before taking on higher calibre opponents, while Bailey, who has just come off a particularly brutal series of losses, will need a few wins before he can face off against the top fighters in the Cage Rage middleweight division.
Damien Riccio (8-12-0) vs. Michael Johnson (4-4-0)
Frenchman Damien Riccio is a man who’s always up for a fight. Over the years he has faced a myriad of high quality opponents in numerous weight classes, including Hayato Sakurai (30-7-2), Alessio Sakara (11-5-0), Joey Villasenor (23-5-0) and Yushin Okami (20-3-0). In July he’s scheduled to face the UK’s Michael Johnson (4-4-0). Once again it’s striker vs. grappler, with Riccio being the one who prefers to keep it on his feet, while Johnson is known for his grappling skills.
Ed Smith (2-0-0) vs. Tom Watson (3-2-0)
The final contest on the card will be between Cage Rage Contenders fighter Ed Smith (2-0-0) and the increasingly popular Southampton native known as Tom Watson (3-2-0). Smith, who holds two victories in Cage Rage’s Contenders feeder show, will be making the move up to the big leagues, joining the exciting Cage Rage middleweight division.
POSTED -- 07/13/07
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07-14-2007, 10:45 AM
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Holy hell, how many punches to the back of the head are they going to allow before Johnson even gets a warning for it?
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