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Operation Octagon XV

The last week in July brought record-breaking high temperatures to the Washington, DC area, and on July 30, 2011, the heat was just as intense inside the Dulles Sportsplex (Sterling, VA) as fight fans gathered for Operation Octagon XV.  The fight card promised an intense evening with 16 amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fights, 6 of which were title fights. Over 20 teams from four states and the District came prepared to claim the octagon as theirs, including “first timers” such as Beta Academy.

The main and co-main event featured fighters from Vanguard Gym of Manassas, VA. Vanguard has a reputation for dominating Operation Octagon, as their fighters won 4 of 4 back in March, including the main event Lightweight Title fight where Mike “Popezilla” Pope (Vanguard Gym) successfully defended his title.  For Operation Octagon XV, Pope was on the card to defend his title again as his teammate Duy “Deep Water” Le took center stage in the main event Featherweight Title fight.

[For fight pictures by Woodburn Photography/MMA Fight Pics, click here.]

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Contender Star Jimmy Lange to Face Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes in Main Event Showdown March 12 at the Patriot Center

Jimmy LangeFAIRFAX, VA --- Boxing’s biggest show in the Washington, DC area returns to the Patriot Center on Saturday, March 12 with hometown fighter Jimmy Lange (34-4-2, 24 KOs) squaring off against Jimmy Holmes (19-1, 10 KOs) of DeMotte, IN, in the Main Event.  The 10-round bout will be contested at 160 pounds.  Tickets for Jimmy Lange Boxing, an Ice Promotions event presented by Valcourt Building Services, start at $35 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Lange, who is headlining his 12th Patriot Center show, returns to the ring after scoring a dramatic 10th round knockout against Joe Wyatt last November.  In typical fashion, the former Contender season one star slugged it out with his opponent, going toe-to-toe before landing a powerful right hook in the closing minute of the fight to secure his 34th win. He earned the North American Boxing Association’s (NABA) 154-pound U.S. title with the victory, sending him to a world-ranking of 15 by the World Boxing Association. 

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UFC VETERAN RICH CLEMENTI SET TO REPLACE L.C. DAVIS AT TITAN FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 16

Titan Fighting ChampionshipKansas City, KS -- The Titan Fighting Championship (http://www.titanfighting.com/) has officially confirmed that WEC featherweight veteran L.C. Davis has been forced to withdraw from next Friday's Titan Fighting Championship 16 event due to a knee injury.

Replacing Davis on the card will be popular UFC veteran Rich Clementi.

"I was heartbroken to hear about L.C.'s injury because I know how much it meant to him to be able to come back to Kansas City and compete in front of his friends and family," Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly said in a statement. "However, we really feel good about being able to secure a fighter the stature of Rich Clementi on such short notice."

Clementi, 39-17-1, will be competing in a welterweight contest against Kansas City native Aaron Derrow (8-2), who had previously been scheduled to take on Alonzo Martinez in a lightweight contest. Titan officials are currently exploring options for a replacement opponent to fight Martinez.

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Fedor Emelianenko – A Humble Star in the Cast of Great Warriors

Fedor vs SilvaThe deal is done; the stage is set; the time is fast approaching: three clichés that fans around the world have been eagerly waiting to hear. On February 12th, when the first bell sounds to kick off what is being widely considered as the greatest heavyweight tournament in mixed martial arts history, it’s in proper fashion that the assembled cast of superstars set to collide in the single-elimination brackets include Fedor Emelianenko.

Widely considered one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, heavyweight fighter in the sport’s history, Emelianenko’s unprecedented run of 28 consecutive victories spanning nearly a decade of fighting marked the Stary Oskol, Russia native as a true ambassador for what ‘sportsmanship’ was meant to define in MMA.

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Kris McCray booked for UFC Fight Night 24

Kris 'The Savage' McCrayWoodbridge, Va native Kris "Savage" McCray (6-2) has signed to fight British fighter John Hathaway (14-1). Savage is coming off a submission lost to Eduardo Rocha at UFC 122 is in a must win situation. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) semi-finalist went undefeated fighting in regional promotions such as the UWC, but has yet to taste victory since  signing with the UFC. McCray is 0-2 as a UFC fighter, also losing to winner of TUF season 11, Court McGee. Savage is literally fighting with his back against the cage, and if he loses he's likely to be cut by the UFC. The UFC has often been criticized for it's no nonsense way of conducting business, often cutting fighters after 3 consecutive losses.

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UFC Fight For The Troops 2

The UFC is holding their second Fight For The Troops Fight Night to honor the men and women serving our wonderful country.

On January 22, 2011 the great Army base in Fort Hood, Texas will become a combat zone of the cage type. With great fighters on the card such as Dunham, Guillard, Mitrione, Hague, Hominick, Roop, Johnson, Guymon, McKenzie, Edwards, Miller, Wiman, Barry, Beltran, Lowe, Freire, Brenneman, Alves, Campuzano and Cariaso this is sure to be one hell of an event.

Along with a great night of fights, you can also bid to win the UFC Camaro #2. This is a bad ass camero that the UFC is auctioning off and the proceeds will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund.

 

 


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