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LAS VEGAS –  Strikeforce Challengers 19 fighter weigh-ins, where all but one of the evening’s 18 competitors made their bouts official.

Main-event fighters Lorenz Larkin and Nick Rossborough each tipped the scales at 206 pounds.

Today’s festivities, which were free and open to the public, took place in the Key West Ballroom of Las Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort. The Pearl, also located at Palms Casino Resort, hosts Friday’s card.

The evening’s main card airs on Showtime.

The only competitor to miss the mark was late addition Quinn Mulhern, who registered 176.5 pounds for his welterweight bout with Danny Davis. Mulhern has been given additional time to lose the remaining weight.

Strikeforce Challengers 19 marks the promotion’s third event in Las Vegas. Beginning with July’s Strikeforce Challengers 17 card, the prospects-based Challengers Series events now take place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The company has already announced a Nov. 18 return to the venue for its final Challengers show of 2011.

The latest Strikeforce Challenger 19 weigh-in results include:

MAIN CARD (Showtime)

  • Lorenz Larkin (206) vs. Nick Rossborough (206)
  • Lavar Johnson (249) vs. Shawn Jordan (238)
  • Ryan Couture (156) vs. Maka Watson (155)
  • Jason High (170.5) vs. Todd Moore (169)
  • Brian Melancon (170) vs. Felipe Portela (170.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Magno Almeida (154) vs. James Terry (156)
  • Bobby Green (155) vs. Charon Spain (155)
  • Joe Ray (170.5) vs. Chris Spang (170)
  • Danny Davis (170) vs. Quinn Mulhern (176)*

* Mulhern was unable to make the welterweight limit and will now face Davis in a catchweight bout

Michael Chandler (above) likes his chances against
Eddie Alvarez. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.

Michael Chandler dove headfirst into the world of mixed  martial arts from the wrestling mats of the University of Missouri. In two short years, he was able to earn his
way into Bellator Fighting Championships’ fourth-season lightweight tournament. Saturday night in Atlantic City, N.J., Chandler firmly engraved his name into
the minds of MMA fans as he laid a beat down on favorite Patricky “Pitbull” Freire to claim the tourney title and a shot at reigning Bellator 155-pound champ Eddie Alvarez.

Chandler’s drive toward MMA was strong: the High Ridge, Mo., native began his fighting career before even completing his undergraduate studies at Missouri.

“I started getting into MMA in my junior year,” Chandler told Sherdog.com on Saturday. “I was blessed to have good guys in my life like Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren.”

Woodley was especially instrumental in Chandler’s growth as a mixed martial artist. In late 2009, the Strikeforce welterweight was able to secure Chandler two
fights in his home promotion; Chandler won both decisively, earning a TKO in the first and a rear-naked choke submission in the second.

After signing with Bellator, Chandler made the decision to train full-time with Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. True to form, once his choice was made, Chandler invested himself completely.

“It was the best decision I’ve made thus far,” Chandler said. “I realized I wanted to fight full time, so I threw everything in my car for Las Vegas. I needed that structure like I had gotten in
the past five years in college wrestling. I can get a workout 24 hours a day, whenever I want, at the best gym in the world for a lightweight.”

His training with striking coach Gil Martinez was particularly evident in Saturday’s fight with Freire, as Chandler displayed improved hands and was able to outstrike the dangerous Brazilian.
Friere had turned his last opponent, Toby Imada, into a walking zombie with a brutal flying knee and Chandler was aware of the dangers posed by the “Pitbull.”

“He definitely hit me a couple of times. He does have some power. I think he punched me in my eye,” Chandler smiled, wincing through his swollen-shut left eye.

Martinez developed a sharp boxing  gameplan with Chandler, emphasizing footwork and speed to keep Friere away from the former Mizzou Tiger.

“We worked a lot of movement and in-and-out. We worked on keeping that jab long and keeping that hook long. I wanted to keep the distance between him and I,” Chandler said.

Chandler simply had too many weapons for Friere to handle.

In the last round of their encounter, Chandler was able to secure a takedown, which served as the final blow to Friere. The wrestler rained down elbows and punches onto his opponent until he felt his Freire begin to give.

“I got the takedown in the third and I wanted to break him. I think he was heading that way. I’ve competed so much in combat sports that you now when someone is broken. You know when someone doesn’t want to win anymore.
I wanted this tournament title,” he said.

Chandler’s first remarks in the post-fight news conference after defeating Friere were words of humility and thankfulness. For Chandler, family comes first and he does not forget where he came from or how
important his family is to his continued success.

“It’s not very often you see someone who has family and friends who are willing to travel around the country,” he commented. Certainly these family values are central to Chandler not only as a
fighter, but also as a person. He acknowledges the bright spotlight that could come with a lightweight title and his potential stardom as his young career begins to unfold.

“I knew that people didn’t know my name going into this tournament. Now, hopefully, some people do,” said Chandler. “I’ll be put on a platform to reach a lot of people and I want to
carry myself the right way.”

His upcoming title fight with Alvarez, whom Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney calls “the best 155-pound fighter in the world,” represents Chandler’s most
formidable challenge to date.

Though Chandler dealt with a dangerous striker in Friere, he will have an entirely different challenge with Alvarez, whose speed and boxing ability rank among the best in the lightweight division. The Philadelphian is also known for his relentless pace over the course of five rounds, a distance Chandler has never faced in his career.

Not shockingly, Chandler is undaunted by the new challenge ahead of him and is confident in his trainers at Xtreme Couture. He was excited to see the fruits of his hard work in the gym pay off against Friere. After a relatively short amount of time training, the 25-year-old has already achieved quite a bit in such an unforgiving sport. Much like the previous challenges he has faced, Chandler has  no fear of Alvarez and insists he will not be intimidated by the champion.

“A lot of people have been a little bit scared of Eddie. I’m in the cage with Gray Maynard a couple times a week. I’m training with guys like that. I’m kind of a grinder and brawler by nature. That is what wrestling
has made me,” said Chandler.

Like a true wrestler, Chandler noted that hard work and dedication will be the key to dethroning the champ.

“I know I’m going to be training my butt off. We’re going to go into those championship rounds and see if Eddie can hang with us,” Chandler said, before adding a bit of swagger and bravado regarding his chances against Alvarez.

“I think in four months, I will match up extremely well. I’m going to come at him,” Chandler said, smiling. “You guys better not blink for 25 minutes.”

The brief – but brilliant – start to Michael Chandler’s professional mixed martial arts career intensifies on Saturday.

Chandler has earned the pro fight of his young life, and it will be televised live on cable television for any and all to see.

Xtreme Couture fighter, Michael Chandler will face Patricky “Pitbull” Freire for the Bellator 44 lightweight tournament championship, which takes place Saturday at the Ceasar’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The winner earns not only a six-figure paycheck, but a shot at Eddie Alvarez’s Bellator lightweight championship belt.

There certainly will be plenty of rooting for Chandler in Jefferson County. Chandler, 25, is a 2004 graduate of Northwest where he was a four-year standout wrestler.

“We will all be watching our boy,” said Ron Wilhelm, who, along with twin, Bob, coached Chandler at Northwest.

The Lions are long-known for having standout grapplers, and Chandler goes down as one of, if not the toughest of the tough.

“He’s the hardest worker we’ve had come through our program,” Northwest coach Ron Wilhelm said. “Off the mat, he’s one of the classiest, neatest young men you could meet. On the mat, mean as a rattlesnake.”

When it comes to taking the next step in his athletic life, Chandler has developed at every level in his athletic life.

Though there is no denying his prep achievements, he never won a state championship, finishing runner-up his senior season. He then walked on at the University of Missouri and parlayed that opportunity into an outstanding collegiate career. He became only the 16th University Missouri wrestler to earn a slot in the century club for wins (100-40 overall). Chandler earned runner-up honors in the 2008 and 2009 Big XII Championships and was awarded automatic bids to three of the four NCAA tournaments he competed in. He was a two-year captain and Division I All-American. But after a year as an assistant coach at Missouri, Chandler set his laser-beam focus on mixed martial arts.

Now Chandler is living and training at the epicenter of the MMA world, especially for a gifted finely-tuned wrestler. Chandler is part of the Extreme Couture fighting team in Las Vegas. The Couture in the title is in reference to Randy Couture, a living legend and a borderline demigod in the sport.

“Just walking into a gym with (Couture’s) name on it, you know there is going to be a certain standard,” Chandler said. “There are no easy days and there is no slacking.”

Couture’s gym is populated with a virtual who’s who of the sport, most of which with deep fighting contracts with the Ultimate Fighting Championships, by far the top and most popular organization in mixed martial arts. At any given time, Chandler can look around and spot uber-popular fighter Forrest Griffin wailing away on thai pads or another legend, Vitor Belfort working on his ground game. Chandler often spars with Gray Meynard, who is scheduled to fight for the UFC lightweight championship.

Chandler, who lives in Las Vegas with his younger brother Eric, has more than held his own in lion’s den. And in mixed martial arts, a sport that is progressing athletically at an alarming rate, you can’t be a one trick pony. While Chandler is suffocating and dominant on the ground, he has to be equally adapt at throwing (and defending) any and all types of punches and kicks as well as not making himself vulnerable to submissions.

Gil Martinez is the head striking coach Extreme Couture. Like anyone who has crossed paths with Chandler, Martinez is blown away by the drive, motor and bottomless tank that comes with the package.

“Its hard for Mike to please himself,” Martinez said. “You don’t find kids his age with that determination and have that kind of attitude about the fight game.”

But it is also Chandler’s thirst to evolve that has the coaches buzzing.

“The kid is like a sponge,” Martinez said. “He has made great strides with his hands. He’s barely touching the surface of his talent. Once he puts it together he will be a force to reckon with.”

Though now he is competing under the bright lights of Vegas and Atlantic City, Chandler’s heart and mind is never far from home. He often calls Wilhelm after his fights.

“I will always be announced as, by way of High Ridge,” Chandler said. “That is where it all started. That is why I am the fighter I am today.”

Chandler still grins about how he managed to make it onto the varsity wrestling team as a freshman and there he was with the likes of Northwest notables Ray Fleig, Nick Reeves, Nick Nelson, and Justin Crammer.

“Those were the guys who you were afraid to talk to but aspired to be,” Chandler said. “The atmosphere at Northwest was the best. It was work hard and have fun. Coach would make you smile then make you run. I love that sweet and sour mix.”

It would be hard for any fighter not to admit of dreams of fighting for the UFC. The organization recently packed 55,000 people in Toronto to set a North American attendance record for the sport. But for a fighter just getting his feet wet, Bellator has been a perfect fit for Chandler. Saturday will mark his third fight since March 12.

“I’m still a young fighter and there is no reason to rush it when there are different avenues,” he said. “I know I will be the best in the world at some point.”

What happens on Saturday will help put Chandler on the fast track to that goal.

Against Freire, Chandler will likely be considered the underdog. Freire – an expert in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – is being hyped heavily by the organization and has won in spectacular fashion in the Bellator tournament.

But to no surprise, Chandler and Martinez love their chances.

“I don’t talk much about game plans,” Martinez said. “But we plan on putting (Freire) in some uncomfortable situations.”

Chandler’s grinder mentality and fortitude is the perfect antidote to Martinez.

“I just want to push the pace but keep composed,” Chandler said. “At the end of the day I don’t want to squeak by.”

By Brett Auten | STLhighschoolsports.com

Instructors from Xtreme Couture teamed up at the North American Grapplng Association (NAGA) in Las Vegas on March 4th to demonstrate grappling techniques to the crowd.  NAGA holds events all over the United States and is one of the largest grappling tournaments in the world.  Pictured below are (far left)-John Hahn, Jimmy Jones, Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis and students.  Pictured (far right)-Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis, John Hahn and Jimmy Jones with student participant.

   

Join MMA Legend and UFC Hall of Fame Fighter Randy Couture Saturday May 7th, 2011 for a two wheel event – Charity Poker Run.

Event Registration Starts at 9am – 10:30am – Randy’s group leaves at 10am sharp. 

O School Choppers
5725 South Valley View
Las Vegas, NV 89118 

If you ride, then come out to support the men and women who protect this country everyday.  Brave soldiers who get injured need additional help above what the government can provide and that’s where the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation comes into play.

Ride with:

Randy Couture – 6x UFC Champ
Cast of  “The Expendables”
Jay Glazer  – NFL (Fox)
Chris Angel – Illusionist
“BIG” John McCarthy  – MMA Referee
Tom Atencio – Affliction
David Zayas – Actor
Sean Flanery – Actor
Mike Austin – Musician
+Plus Many, Many More!

The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, was founded by Randy Couture to honor the veterans of America’s Armed Forces. The foundation was especially formed to raise money and awareness for those wounded in action and their families. To date, more than 24,000 U.S. troops have been wounded in the war against terrorism, which doesn’t include the many more suffering the mental effects.

Many of the injuries are traumatic amputations, gunshot wounds, burns and blast injuries that will retire these brave men and woman from the armed forces. Even though some of these men and woman are severely injured, they have the courage, strength and determination to win this battle.

The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation’s goal is to help these brave men and women fulfill any of their unmet needs as they return back to civilian life.

Photos from our last event/

UFC 127 Viewing Party

When: Saturday, Feb 26th

Time: 6pm – PPV @ 7PM

Join us to watch UFC 127 on our huge 20ft. screen!
Watch from inside our cage or kick back on our mat area.

Ya we are not a bar and that’s how we like it!

Members Free – Guests $10.

www.xtremecouture.tv

Head MMA Coach talks Couture

Posted: February 4, 2010 by Xtreme Couture MMA in randy couture
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Below is an interview with Ron Fraizer head MMA Coach at Xtreme Couture about his thoughts on Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman at UFC 109.