Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Cage Rage 21 Updated Fight Card

Vitor Belfort’s opponent for Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day will be ’s Ivan Serati. At 5-0, Serati has campaigned as a heavyweight and in his previous fights has shown an aggressive style, stopping all of his opponents in the first round. However, he’s never been in with anyone with a fraction of Belfort ’s experience and will find his chin sorely tested by the Brazilian Phenom.

In a slight shuffling of the card, Alex Reid’s rematch with Xavier Foupa-Pokam will have to wait for another day as Reid has been lined up to meet Murilo “Ninja” Rua, from Chute Boxe. Rua took a beating from Mark Weir in his last fight at Cage Rage 18 before he caught the Brit in an arm triangle in the second round. Reid’s best hope will be to pressure Rua in the standing exchanges and try to avoid going to the floor.

Foupa-Pokam’s replacement opponent looks like being Tom Watson, who just beat Dorlan O’Mally this past weekend. Foupa-Pokam has seen plenty of controversy in his career, with two losses by disqualification to Martin Kampmann and Sol Gilbert. In his match against Reid in December, Foupa-Pokam won a decision after the fight went to the scorecards in the second round when Reid was unable to continue after being struck in the eyes twice. Watson is an ex-professional boxer, so he should be able to hang with Foupa-Pokam on his feet and Watson brings plenty of passion into the cage.

Fight Card

Robert Berry vs Bob Sapp
Vitor Belfort vs Ivan Serati (Pictured Above)
Cyborg vs James Kikic
Daijiro Matsui vs Mark Weir
Rowman Webber vs Mark Epstein
Cyrille Diabate vs Ryan Robinson
Paul Kelly vs Paul Daley
Xavier Foupa Pokam vs Alex Reid
Abdul vs TBA
Brad Pickett vs Alex Owen
James E Nicoll vs Matt Ewin

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