Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Green Bay’s Jesse Veium to fight Travis Wiuff at IFO on HDNet Fights for Light Heavyweight Title

This Friday, Jesse “Candy Hands” Veium will fight Travis “Diesel” Wiuff in the IFO or International Fight Organization. Vieum, who fights out of the Haus of Combat in Green Bay, Wisconsin recently took the fight on short notice and is a replacement for Pride veteran Cyrille Diabate.

Jesse Vieum sports a (13-2) MMA record and is riding an 11-fight win streak. He primarily fights for Madtown Throwdown but recently competed in a submission grappling bout against Milwaukee’s Eric Schafer at Gladiators 48: Seasons Beatings on December 1, 2007. While Veium lost the bout due to a kimura; he had the UFC vet in trouble with a very tight guillotine early in the match. This will be the highest profile opponent Veium has ever faced in his fight career. A win over a big name opponent in Wiuff would instantly earn him attention on a national level and turn some heads.

Travis Wiuff sports a (48-11) MMA record and won the IFO Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Sean Salmon via a guillotine choke in the first round on September 1, 2007. Sean Salmon, like Jesse Vieum, also took the fight on short notice. Wiuff has almost sixty fights and has fought in a wide array of organizations such as the UFC, Pride, IFL, and the XFO. Travis Wiuff is riding a 4-fight win streak and most recently defeated Travis Fulton, one month ago. In addition, he holds wins over fighters such as Keith Jardine, Antoine Jaoude, and Matt Horwich.

If you are not familiar with the IFO it is because it is a fairly new organization and is run by former boxing referee Richard Steele through his new company called Steele Cage Promotions. Notable fighters including Wes Sims, Marvin Eastman, Rich Clementi, Josh Haynes, Rob Kimmons, and Tristan Yunker have fought in the organization since it’s first show in July of this year. This event, “Fireworks in the Cage IV” will be shown on HDNet Fights live that evening.

HDNet fights is run by Mark Cuban and recently began showing higher profile fights. Most recently they aired an Icon event that featured fighters such as Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Frank Trigg. HDNet Fights will also be showing the entire “Yarennoka” card live on December 31 from Tokyo for free. That card will feature the long awaited return of Fedor Emelianenko.

Wisconsin Combat Sports would like to wish Jesse Veium best of luck this Friday and we will keep you posted with the results when the become available. The entire card is as follows:

IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV

Riviera Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV


205lb – IFO Light Heavyweight Title Fight

Travis Wiuff vs. Jesse Veium

135lb – IFO Bantamweight Title Bout

Del Hawkins vs. Brandon Foxworth

155lb – Lightweight Bout

Joe Cronin vs. Jeff Cox

145lb – Featherweight Bout

Dennis Davis vs. Reynaldo Duarte

205lb – Light Heavyweight Bout

Ryan Bader vs. Ryan Peterson

170lb – Welterweight Bout

Waachim Spiritwolf vs. Chris Reedy

265lb & under – Heavyweight Bout

Buddy Roberts vs. Dennis Bacon

115lb Womens Bout

Elena Reid vs. Tammie Schneider

This article was originally posted on on 12-26-2007.

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