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NKySteeler
05-30-2008, 02:20 PM
Haselrig returns to cage
By MARKY BILLSON
For The Tribune-Democrat

PITTSBURGH — The next chapter of Carlton Haselrig’s newfound mixed martial arts career will be May 31 when he fights Carlos Moreno (5-2) at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

In the month following Haselrig’s first professional bout, a first-round knockout of MMA veteran Shane Ott (4-3) on April 19, the former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro and six-time NCAA national champion wrestler at Pitt-Johnstown has dissolved his relationship with his promoters, had his opponent changed five times, and earned enough respect to be included on the undercard of the first MMA event to be carried in prime time by CBS.

“My only concern was getting ready,” Haselrig said of his tumultuous month.

Originally, Haselrig, 42, was to fight against a former member of the New York Giants in this bout, billed as EliteXC ‘Primetime,” as promoters hoped to capitalize on his final NFL season in 1995 with the New York Jets.

But Bobby Jones (2-0) bowed out with a neck injury, and Jarrod Bunch (0-1) declined for financial reasons.

A contract with International Fight League veteran Bryan Vetell (4-3) could not be finalized, an announcement Joe McCall (4-0) would take on Haselrig was incorrect, and two other names surfaced about before Moreno was secured for the matchup in the 265-pound weight class.

Haselrig, who won the United States Kick Boxing Association and BCX heavyweight belts by beating Ott, said he wasn’t concerned about the changing opponents.

“I look at (my opponents) and see the style they do, but it’s not ‘If he does this or I do that.’ I prepare myself for what I do the best,” he said.

Moreno, 31, is an Elizabeth, N.J., native who has not fought since Oct. 20, 2007, when he submitted to highly regarded Kevin Jordan (10-5) on strikes in the third round.

Jordan has been mentioned as a possible future opponent for Haselrig.

If he is, however, Haselrig himself may book the bout. Though he had been handled by his former high school teammate Rob Farmer, the business relationship has ended, though the two both say they remain friends and Farmer will be in attendance on Saturday night.

“It was me wanting to have control of my own destiny,” said Haselrig, who didn’t rule out reuniting with Farmer in the future.

The bout against Moreno is being billed as “Puncher against Wrestler,” as Moreno has been called in an EliteXC press release “a heavy-handed, one-punch KO fighter.”

Moreno went so far as to say he felt Haselrig was making a “mistake” by fighting him.

Haselrig, however, refused to get into a war of words.

“What else is he supposed to say?” Haselrig asked. “I won’t get into word matches. I do my speaking in the cage. I respect all opponents, I fear no one, and I prepare for everyone.”

Haselrig’s trainer, Jake Moore, believes his pupil has become a more versatile fighter than before.

“His striking has improved a great deal,” Moore said. “Carlton has nasty power in his hands. His striking has shown improvement in form and when to throw a punch.

“He’s always been good with ‘ground and pound’ because of his wrestling,” Moore continued. “Carlton, not only can he punch standing up, but this guy doesn’t have the ground game Carlton does.”

Moore said people will be “in shock” when they see Haselrig fight standing up.

“He has the heart of a lion. His mind-set is one in a million and he takes pride in his work. ... The way we work out people would say is insane. I’ve been around a lot of guys in this game and nobody has his heart. He’s going to win.”

In the days before the fight, Haselrig has been sparring less to allow the nicks and bruises on his body to heal and has been swimming, biking, and running more, the latter usually on a course of four miles.

The three-round bout is one of seven on the undercard that begins at 6:30 p.m. Haselrig’s bout will not be broadcast on CBS, though there is some hope highlights will be shown during the five fights featured on network television.

The 9 p.m.-11 p.m. telecast will feature a five-round bout between Kimbo Slice (2-0) and James “Colossus” Thompson (10-8) as the main event.

Fans wanting to watch Haselrig’s bout can do so by logging on to http://www.proelite.com.

Shawn
05-30-2008, 02:21 PM
I want to see Haselrig and Kimbo Slice fight...oh yea that would be
nice. :)

MeetJoeGreene
05-30-2008, 02:48 PM
It said that he split with his promoter.. I wonder if that was Ezekial??

NKySteeler
05-30-2008, 02:50 PM
It said that he split with his promoter.. I wonder if that was Ezekial??

...I was wondering the same thing... Could be why there were no further updates.

eniparadoxgma
05-30-2008, 07:32 PM
Anybody PM Zeke?

Uncle Rico
05-30-2008, 08:00 PM
It said that he split with his promoter.. I wonder if that was Ezekial??
Hmmmmm. If it is then I actually rode the same school bus for two years with Ezekial. Such a small world we live in.

NKySteeler
05-30-2008, 08:01 PM
It said that he split with his promoter.. I wonder if that was Ezekial??
Hmmmmm. If it is then I actually rode the same school bus for two years with Ezekial. Such a small world we live in.

Hey!.... Welcome aboard brother!.............. :wink:

Uncle Rico
05-30-2008, 08:09 PM
It said that he split with his promoter.. I wonder if that was Ezekial??
Hmmmmm. If it is then I actually rode the same school bus for two years with Ezekial. Such a small world we live in.

Hey!.... Welcome aboard brother!.............. :wink:

Thanks for welcome!!!

AngryAsian
06-01-2008, 03:49 AM
It said that he split with his promoter.. I wonder if that was Ezekial??
Hmmmmm. If it is then I actually rode the same school bus for two years with Ezekial. Such a small world we live in.

Hey!.... Welcome aboard brother!.............. :wink:

Thanks for welcome!!!



Welcome, NLP. Glad to see your familiar mug on the Planet.

MeetJoeGreene
06-01-2008, 03:17 PM
It said that he split with his promoter.. I wonder if that was Ezekial??
Hmmmmm. If it is then I actually rode the same school bus for two years with Ezekial. Such a small world we live in.

I didn't think Ezekiel rode the short bus. :P :P

NKySteeler
06-01-2008, 08:39 PM
Haselrig still perfect on career
The Tribune-Democrat

NEWARK, N.J. — Carlton Haselrig is making a name for himself in the world of mixed martial arts, even if that name is changing between fights.

Haselrig, who now goes by “The Convincer,” was just that in earning his second win in two pro bouts, when his opponent, Carlos Moreno, refused to come out of his corner to begin Round 2 on Saturday night.

Haselrig, a 42-year-old Johnstown native, used the moniker “Don’t Blink” in a convincing first-round victory over Shane Ott during his debut pro bout a few months ago. Haselrig seemed equally in control of Moreno, who is from Elizabeth, N.J., not far from the Prudential Center in Newark where the event was staged.

It was an undercard for a night that included the network television debut of the MMA with EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on CBS.

Haselrig controlled the heavyweight bout from early on against Moreno (5-3), making use of his ground skills just as he had done against Ott on April 19. Haselrig rained blows on Moreno throughout the first round.

The break between rounds gave Moreno a chance to think things over, and he elected not to come out for the second, giving Haselrig the TKO victory.

“It don’t matter, I’m taking them all,” Haselrig was heard saying on a live Web stream broadcast of the fight.

Haselrig is a former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman and was a six-time NCAA wrestling champion during his tenure at Pitt-Johstown.

His opponent for Saturday night had changed multiple times before finalizing a bout with Moreno 10 days ago.

Moreno’s last contest was in October 2007, when he was submitted by highly regarded Kevin Jordan.

Jordan had been mentioned as a possible opponent for Haselrig before Moreno was selected.

Jigawatts
06-01-2008, 08:54 PM
I want to see Haselrig and Kimbo Slice fight...oh yea that would be
nice. :)

Did you see the Kimbo Slice fight last night? I was just waiting for that ear to pop.
It was so disturbing, yet so entertaining.

AngryAsian
06-02-2008, 05:44 AM
I want to see Haselrig and Kimbo Slice fight...oh yea that would be
nice. :)

Did you see the Kimbo Slice fight last night? I was just waiting for that ear to pop.
It was so disturbing, yet so entertaining.


I used to watch his backyard brawls for cash on youtube. Talk about messing people up. This guy is an animal. Haselrig wouldn't stand a chance with Kimbo. Sorry, Kimbo has youth on his side and what a motor. I would think Haselrig would have a slight chance if he got Kimbo on the ground. Kimbo's been working with a Brazillian Jujitsu instructor since he's been in MMA, but I haven't seen a fight yet, with him on the card.