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Ivan Menjivar to Return from Three and a Half Year Layoff to Fight for W-1 June 19 in Montreal

(Back when Dana still hadn’t perfected his menacing glare)

Cage Potato has learned from a source close to the fight that Canadian mixed martial arts pioneer Ivan Menjivar will step into the cage for the first time since 2006 to take on King of the Cage veteran and one time Felony Fighter Shad Smith at W-1: Judgment Day June 19 in Montreal.

After injuring his knee in a losing battle with Bart Palaszewski in the IFL World Championship semi-finals in Novemeber 2, 2006, Menjivar had several surgeries to repair the damaged joint and dealt with a number of personal and physical complications while trying to return to competition. 

He was involved in a legal dispute with his former manager Stephane Patry who claimed that Ivan had breached an agreement he had signed to fight for the TKO organization (which Patry also owned) by agreeing to a contract to fight for K-1.

Stuck in a holding patten while awaiting a resolution on his contract status, Menjvar was forced to take a day job to support his family and didn’t have the time to train properly to compete at the level he did in the past after putting in eight hour days.

The situation has changed and Menjivar has increased his training time alongside teammates such as UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, David Loiseau and Patrick Cote at Tristar in Montreal and by all accounts is back to top form.

Menjivar holds wins over Joe Lauzon, Jeff Curran and Hideo Tokora and his losses have all come at the hands of top-tier competition like Georges St-Pierre, Matt Serra, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Jason Black, Caol Uno and Bart Palaszewski. He also dropped a disqualification loss to Urijah faber, but it as the video below clearly shows,  the kick that elicited the DQ did not in fact land.

(Video courtesy YouTube/Ivan Menjivar)

Here’s a highlight of some of Menjivar’s fights.

(Video courtesy YouTube/Ivan Menjivar)


W-1: Judgment Day
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Montreal, Quebec

Main Event
Denis Kang vs. Dae Won Kim 
Bantamweight Championship Bout
Adrian "The Bully" Wooley (champion) vs. Randy Spence.
Featherweight Championship Bout
John "Haggis Basher" Fraser  vs. Thierry "The Surgeon" Quenneville.
Ivan Menjivar vs. Shad Smith
Antonio Carvalho vs. Juan Barrentes
Misha Cirkunov vs Ion Cherdivara
Jorge Britto vs Eddie Fyvie
Bruno Hosier vs Matt Dunning
Brent Franczuz vs TBA
Josh Hill vs. TBA

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Mr_Misanthropy- May 22, 2010 at 2:55 am
I know, faces are stupid looking. Can you hear me, human race?
PusVomit- May 21, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Dana has that face to the point that you wanna stomp on his fuking FACE!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm
*stares distractedly at the wall*

JCVD as Timecop- May 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Holy fuck, Dana looks like he's 16 in that picture! Classic.
HokeyPokeyLikeAoki- May 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm
So I finally read the whole article, and boy oh boy, that Menjivar character. What can I say. I hope one day I can claim several losses to a who's who of the mma world. You really aren't anybody until you've lost to a somebody, right? His mama must be proud!
Harry Sack- May 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm
HokeyPokeyLikeAoki- May 21, 2010 at 11:50 am
@ justscrappin:

I think you mean Marlon Sims from the UF 5.
justscrappin- May 21, 2010 at 11:09 am
Oh man...I just remembered who this dude is....the guy who said he had like 100 street fights.
825IVER- May 21, 2010 at 10:54 am
I'd like to see him beat down Roger Huerta.
HokeyPokeyLikeAoki- May 21, 2010 at 10:51 am
I was wondering if i was going to figure out who was Shad Smith in that felony fight. Then i saw one guy with a big fucking TapOut tattoo across his stomach...
Almost North- May 21, 2010 at 10:49 am
From the Toronto announcement story:

"it's about time dana gave Ken Shamrock the title"
glassjawsh- May 21, 2010 at 10:45 am
that doesn't look like matt serra at all
justscrappin- May 21, 2010 at 10:44 am
What was it?
Almost North- May 21, 2010 at 10:39 am
513 was here yesterday. Had his best comment yet actually.
justscrappin- May 21, 2010 at 10:34 am
Ken Shamrock would make you wanna be gay blackbox. Sorry...513 hasn't been around for a while so I thought I would fill in.
blackboxmma- May 21, 2010 at 9:53 am
that shad smith fights going to be gay
styrkan- May 21, 2010 at 9:46 am