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*UPDATED* Impact Fighting Championships Adds Potential Depth to July Cards in the Form of a Handful of UFC and PRIDE Vets

(These cards could be explosive, or they could crash and burn the IFC)

According to a report from, Impact Fighting Championships has potentially bolstered its formerly sideshow-esque July fight cards with the signing of a number of former UFC and PRIDE standouts including Murilo Bustamante, Denis Kang, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Paulo Filho, Jeff Monson, Carlos Newton and Karo Parisyan.

As little as five years ago, the above list of names would have outmatched any combination on a Zuffa or SEG-helmed fight card, but for the most part, each one of these fighter brings with them a large question mark to go along with their undoubtedly large asking prices.

Some of them have been inactive, others have struggled with demons — both chemical and psychological and the remainder simply failed to live up to their potential. If by some divine intervention, all of these guys get their collective shit together and train and fight like…I don’t know…it’s their jobs again, we could see three decent shows with decent fights. Or, we could see a flop as a result of the IFC putting too many eggs in one basket and not looking at the card objectively for what it is, rather than what it could potentially be.

I’d love for it to be the former, but realistically speaking, I don’t think that banking on the fact that Filho, who has dropped out of his last two fights, will be able to fight three times in 15 days, says a lot about the promotion’s business sense.

Here are the cards as they stand to date:

July 3rd in Perth, Australia (Moved from Auckland, NZ)

Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Jeremy May
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Brad Morris
Jeff Monson vs. Jim Yorke
Paulo Filho vs. John Kolosci
Paul Daley vs. TBA

July 10 in Brisbane, Australia

Josh Barnett vs. Geronimo Dos Santos
Carlos Newton vs. Brian Ebersole
Karo Parisyan vs. Luis "Besouro" Dutra Jr.
Jeff Monson vs. Bira Lima
Paulo Filho vs. Keith Johnson

July 18 in Sydney, Australia

Ken Shamrock vs. Pedro Rizzo
Jeff Monson vs. Ricco Rodriguez
Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse Taylor
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Joaquim Ferreira
Paulo Filho vs. Denis Kang

*Added the July 3 card and the fact that Filho is slated to fight three times in 15 days for the promotion.


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justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 5:54 am
The wheels on the bus go round and round.....and the drool from the riders makes a sploooshedy sound.
Clue-by-Four- May 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm
For the love of god, it's the MMA short bus.
fatbellyfrank- May 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm
If it all goes according to plan it'll be a logistical miracle, IMO this has got clusterfuck written all over it. We've got some damm good drugs and some downright filthy skanky ho's which could present a distraction to some of the "Talent" down under.
It'll be interesting to see how this pan's out, I don't think Dana has to much to worry about just yet.
And yes, I will be going to the Brisbane show if I can get time off.
AussieJosh- May 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Good to see Kang fighting again! Would love to go see one of these shows!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm
@ Sharming Sharley

Nope, they lost a pair of gloves in the time it took you to type that. They probably burned up in the fiery explosion.
Charming Charlie- May 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Eight fighters!

Six pairs of gloves!


It's the IMPACT Fighting Champioooooooooooooooon Ship!
Seoul Brother- May 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Christ - this looks like what would happen if John Waters made a MMA movie. All you'd need would be fat trannies as the ring girls.
Merlin- May 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm
Bring back Joe Son 0-4 while your at it.
825IVER- May 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Kangaroo vs Mayorga for the upside down belt!!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm
Where's the mean-muggin' air-brushed tough guy explosion picture for the Kangaroo? I hope he's not fighting on the undercard. He must have Monte Cox as a manager.
Clyde- May 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm
If Fhilo makes it to one fight, maybe he can make them all and make up for some of the ones he's pulled/been pulled out of recently. He could win all 3 in spectacular fashion and be invided to the UFC to take on the winner if Anderson Silva Vs. Chael Sonen. Or, and stop me if you think this is crazy, he won't do any of that shit.
PortlandMMA- May 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Holy shit Carlos Newton is still alive?
ReX13- May 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm
El Famous>> Yup, that's pretty much what i think as well.
El Famous Burrito- May 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

If he makes it to Austrailia, he'll probably fight all three fights.

Of course, there's just as good a chance he ends up naked in the Outback playing a digeridoo.
Juice- May 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm
@nicey There's an excuse I'll buy. Sorry.
nicey- May 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm
@ Almost North

very nice :)

@ Juice

i do because half the time i try to post it gets 'flagged for possible spam'.
Shatski- May 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Shit, MRuss! I didn't even notice Monson on all three. The guy is a workaholic. Maybe keeping the chaotic schedule in his professional life goes hand in hand with his philosophical views.
Shatski- May 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Ricco is fighting on the first and third shows? Is that right? So, it's some big names, only a few of which are actually fighting each other and a couple of TUF castoffs. It looks set up to showcase the known fighters in squash fights more than it does to actually show some competitive fights. Then again, time could be to the various unknown fighters advantages.
ReX13- May 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Anyone wanna give me odds on Paulo Loco making all three of those dates? He's crazy enough to try it and talented enough to pull it off.
Juice- May 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Why do people still censor their language?

Say "shit" or "crap". not "sh1t."

Your mom isn't going to troll the CP comments section, I promise.
Get Off Me- May 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm
@Mike Russell
You forgot to mention the biggest roll of the dice....Karo"No Show" Parisyan.
Mike Russell- May 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Having Monson and Filho fight three times and Ricco fight twice in 15 days seems like a roll of the dice...Kang is fighting June 12 in Canada, as well. 
Almost North- May 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm
@El Guapo

Youtube has the rights to Kimbo's greatest hits not the UFC....
El Guapo- May 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Wonder if Dana counter program's this mother??

"Kimbo's Greatest Hits", anyone?
Merlin- May 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Its weird like these fights are kinda intriguing on the one hand (except for Ricco "sloppy-coke-sniffing" Rodriguez) but watching them would be like being in a time warp, or seeing Rocky VI.

Sorta reminds me of UFC 109: Relentless Old Men