(Thomas “Wildman” Denny during his X-Men audition. He didn’t get the part.)
The EliteXC has revealed their fight card for the March 21st ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series – the fifth installment in the series. In the top fight, kickboxing champ Malaipet “The Diamond” Sitprapom – who has very limited MMA experience – will battle Thomas Denny. Here’s what the Muay Thai specialist Sitprapom had to say:
“I started watching MMA when I got to the U.S. and liked what I saw,’” said Sitprapom. “I respect both Muay Thai and MMA. I am still learning, but I feel I have what it takes to make it in MMA.”
Thomas “Wildman” Denny is 25-16 and last fought in a losing effort by KO to Joe Camacho seven weeks ago. Denny will want this one to go to the ground because a stand-up fight against Sitprapom is not where he wants to be. Denny has 14 submissions in his 25 wins, opposed to 7 KO’s. He has spent much of his career as a King of the Cage brawler and endured a five-fight losing streak from 1999-2001 to piece together a solid career. To his advantage against a striker like Sitprapom, Denny has only been knocked out twice in his 16 losses.
The rest of the card (so far):
Marlon Matias vs. Conor Huen (160 pounds)
Cristiane Cyborg vs. Jen Case (140 pounds)
Shane Del Rosario vs. Analu Brash (265 pounds)
Mark Oshiro vs. Chris Caraiso (140 pounds)
Karen Darabedyn vs. TBA
Devin Howard vs. Mark Kempthorne (170 pounds)
Amadeo Viola vs. Jason Williams (265 pounds)
Luke Riddering vs. TBA (170 pounds)
Kenny Johnson vs. TBA (170 pounds)
The last Elite Challenger Series was in January. The Atlantic City, NJ event saw Paul Daley KO Sammy Morgan in the 1st round and Eddie Alvarez KO Ross Ebanez in the 2nd. The March 21st event will be at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA.