HDNet Fights will hold the second instalment of their self-promoted MMA event on Saturday, December 15 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. HDNet Fights is stepping it up from their first card, to bring a much more interesting main event, or should I say main events? Frank Trigg and Jason "Mayhem" Miller will share top billing (in separate fights) in what one expects is set up in hopes of seeing the two fighters eventually have a rematch of their ICON Sport middleweight title bout at a later HDNet Fights event.
HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon: December 15, 2007 in Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Arena)
Broadcast Live on HDNet @ 7:00 p.m. (CT), 8:00 p.m. (ET)
- Jason Miller (19-5-0) vs. Tim Kennedy (8-1-0)
- Frank Trigg (15-6-0) vs. Edwin Dewees (34-10-0)
- Yves Edwards (30-13-1) vs. Alonzo Martinez (20-8-0)
- Pete Spratt (16-10-0) vs. Tristan Yunker (11-6-0)
- Freddie Espiricueta (3-2-0) vs. Nissen Osterneck (4-0-0)
- Krzysztof Soszynski (12-8-1) vs. Robert Villegas (7-1-0)
- Chris Bowles (7-1-0) vs. Cory Mahon (7-0-0)
- Patrick Castillo (3-1-0) vs. Jay White (1-5-0)
- Jason House (7-4-0) vs. Liam McCarty (6-4-0)
- Lee King (7-11-1) vs. Marcus Lanier (5-2-0)
Jason "Mayhem" Miller's career has been in flux for most of 2007. The Team Quest fighter will face his biggest challenge of the year when he squares off against Tim Kennedy, a fighter who already holds a 2003 decision victory over Miller. Both fighters are looking to go 3-0 for their 2007 campaigns. Kennedy is a replacement for the originally scheduled Sean Salmon, and was made available to fight by the IFL, where he is under contract. For those looking for some information about the IFL standout, Adam Morgan recently interviewed Tim Kennedy about his upcoming bout with Mayhem and his career in general. Not to get repetitive but Adam also recently interviewed the clown prince of MMA, Jason Miller. This should be a competitive bout with Mayhem attempting to settle an old score against a rising MMA star.
The co-main event sees UFC vets Frank Trigg and Edwin Dewees square off in what many predict could be a one sided affair. Trigg's peaks and valleys are well documented, but he comes into this fight as the heavy favourite against Dewees. Edwin Dewees has been inactive all year and is coming off of two straight losses. Like the rest of the world he knows that his best chance is to get Trigg's back and apply the rear naked choke (Trigg's kryptonite).
Yves Edwards will attempt to continue his rise back to the top of the lightweight division when he faces Alonzo Martinez. The unheralded Martinez is riding a seven fight win streak into this, his biggest bout to date. Edwards, once a top ten ranked lightweight looks to build off the momentum of a first round submission win on the Elite XC: Renegades card last month.
Pete "The Lethal Weapon" Spratt looked impressive in avenging a defeat to Anthony Waldburger on the first HDNet Fights card. Tristan Yunker will be looking to rebound from a devastating loss to Rob Kimmons in a IFO title bout. Jarry Park has an audio interview with Yunker, in which he discusses his upcoming fight.
Freddie Espiricueta returns to HDNet Fights after winning a stand-up war against Jason House in his first appearance. This time he'll be facing the undefeated Nissen Osterneck. Osterneck is a Relson Gracie disciple and has enlisted the help of Maurice Travis for his striking. Espiricueta is a scrappy fighter with a ton of heart but the question is if that will be enough to overcome a top prospect in the middleweight division.
IFL vet Krzysztof Soszynski looks to prevent losing 3 straight when he matches up with the hometown favourite Robert Villegas. Soszynski is dropping down to lightheavyweight for this bout, a division that probably suits him better. Villegas, a Corpus Christi based fighter has not fought the same level of competition as Soszynski so his record could be deceiving.
Chris Bowles faces Cory Mahon in a very compelling match-up. Both lightweights sport very good records, with only one loss between them. Bowles is a Lion's Den fighter with very good submission skills. Mahon trains out of C-4 MMA with Tristan Yunker and has yet to lose in his young career. Look for the winner of this bout to gain some serious attention from a variety of promoters.
Patrick Castillo is a Texas heavyweight prospect who has gone 3-1 so far in his first year of competition. The impressive aspect of that is the Castillo has already beat a couple of "name" fighters, with his only loss coming by way of split decision. Castillo's opponent Jay White is trying to restart an MMA career that sputtered out at 1-5-0 in early 2006. Now training out of Team Quest, White hopes for a fresh start after a nearly two year layoff.
Two bouts on the card will feature 5 rounds x 3 minutes each instead of the regular 3 rounds x 5 minutes each. Those fights include: Jason House vs. Liam McCarty in a battle between two Dallas fighters and middleweight's Lee King vs. Marcus Lanier.