Archive for November, 2010

Visher, Faaloloto make weight

November 10th, 2010
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One of the final WEC cards before it officially merges with the UFC takes place Thursday on VERSUS. Urijah Faber and Takeya Mizugaki headline an event which features two local fighters on the undercard.

Edward Faaloloto, who was born in Hawaii, but grew up in California, now trains with Chris Leben at the Ultimate Fight School on University and will face Anthony Njokuani in a lightweight fight. Also, Brandon Visher takes on Yves Jabouin in a 145-pound fight.

I’ve only heard of Faaloloto recently, but Visher has been around fighting in the islands for awhile. He graduated from King Kekaulike and has competed in Rumble on the Rock, Up-and-Up, and X-1 shows before eventually making it to the WEC. At 13-1 overall, he’s coming off his first professional loss to Tyler Toner in April and is 1-1 in his two previous WEC fights. It’s obviously a big fight for Visher as he tries to stay with the company and eventually get a shot in the UFC. To do so, he’ll need a win badly here.

The event will be shown on VERSUS at 6 p.m. in Hawaii on a three-hour tape delay.

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Hose headlines Saturday X-1 card

November 4th, 2010
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If Kala Kolohe Hose has a fight half as entertaining as the one with Niko Vitale two months ago, fans will still get their money’s worth.

Fresh off one of the most entertaining MMA main events in Hawaii history, Hose headlines another X-1 event this Saturday at the Blaisdell Arena against Edwin Aguilar. In the co-main event, the finals of the 205-pound light heavyweight tournament will feature Poai Suganuma against Sang Soo Lee for the right to be called X-1′s first light heavyweight champion.

I don’t know much about Aguilar, but based on his 21-15 overall record, it looks like X-1 has found a guy for Hose to get healthy against. After the brutal war he went through with Vitale, this seems like a great opponent to get back on the winning track.

The one thing you can always expect from X-1 cards is a deep fight card, and this one is no different. As far as I know, Sadhu Bott, Bryson Kamaka, Mark Tajon, Lolohea Mahe are all scheduled to fight.

For neighbor island fans, the event will be available live on Oceanic PPV at 7 p.m.

For those interested in the weigh-in, it takes place Friday at 1 p.m. at the Blaisdell Arena.

Also, in a little boxing news, Brian Viloria fights in the Philippines some time very early in the morning on Friday Hawaii time. He headlines a Friday night boxing show at the Ynares Sports Arena against Liempetch Sor Veerapol. Viloria is currently the WBO’s No. 1 ranked fighter at 112 pounds, and a victory is expected to earn him a world title shot maybe in March of 2011. The fight is top billing on Friday night’s card, and the Philippines are 18 hours ahead of Hawaii, so my guess is it goes down some time around 4 a.m.