Feb. 5 News Update: Ivan Koloff in Poor Health Battling Liver Disease



**Tonight we will be live with The LAW at 11pm Eastern as Jason Agnew, Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski and myself will chatting the injury to Seth Rollins, the Elimination Chamber next weekend and all the other news from the past week. We will also welcome Dave Meltzer to the show and have a rundown of the New Beginning card from today in Sapporo. If you want to call in tonight, we will have lots of time for calls toll free at 1-855-591-6876.

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**Below is our January “Unboxing” video from Pro Wrestling Crate (you can order your own using the code “Live Audio”):


**Mike Mooneyham has a story in the Post and Courier on the failing health of Ivan Koloff, who is suffering from liver disease. Koloff was diagnosed a decade ago but the symptoms have gotten much worse of late with his levels increasing. Koloff is unable to sign his name and attend autograph sessions and is scheduled to meet with a doctor this week to go over options. His daughter has set up a GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/ivan-koloffs-urgent-financial-need.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling held their New Beginning card this morning from Sapporo with a match-of-the-year contender between Kazuchika Okada and Minoru Suzuki, which in any other year where Okada-Kenny Omega didn’t exist would probably be the frontrunner. It was an excellent match built around Okada’s injured knee coming into the match and Suzuki working the knee for the lion’s share of the match. We will have a rundown of the event on The LAW tonight with our thoughts.

**Prior to the New Beginning in Osaka card next weekend, New Japan has a Korakuen Hall show on Tuesday morning at 4:30am Eastern and will feature Kevin Kelly and Don Callis calling the show for New Japan World. The show is headlined by Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi & Evil & Sanada & Bushi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Dragon Lee & Ryusuke Taguchi & Manabu Nakanishi in a rematch from today’s show but the Korakuen match will be an Elimination match.

**Brock Lesnar worked Saturday’s Raw show in Salt Lake City, Utah and defeated Big Show. He will also be on Monday night’s episode of Raw. The Salt Lake City card was headlined by Kevin Owens defeating Sami Zayn in a street fight as Rollins was pulled from the card and Roman Reigns was not on the show.

**The Raw tapings are Monday night in Portland, Oregon at the Moda Center with Bill Goldberg on the show to answer Brock Lesnar’s challenge and probably shoot his angle to set up whatever he is doing on the Fast Lane card on March 5th. They will also have to address the Seth Rollins injury and whatever alterations are being made to his program with Samoa Joe, which everyone figured was leading to a match at Fast Lane, which isn’t going to be able to happen now.

**Charles Robinson tore his plantar fascia in his foot during the A.J. Styles vs. John Cena match last weekend at the Royal Rumble. The plantar fascia is the largest ligament in the foot. Dominick Cruz suffered a partial tear of his plantar fascia prior to the T.J. Dillashaw fight last year. The Robinson injury happened 7 minutes into the match and had another 17 minutes to go with the injury.


**The UFC Fight Night card from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas drew an announced crowd of 8,119 and a gate of $611,133 on the eve of the Super Bowl in the host city. This wasn’t a strong card on paper and the Toyota Center is a major venue to run. The card featured perhaps the best fight this year so far between Jessica Andrade and Angela Hill, who had an outstanding striking battle for three rounds with Andrade winning by unanimous decision. In terms of pure action, it was one of the best female fights ever and was the kind of fight that puts some momentum behind Andrade as she seems the likely candidate to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk next for the strawweight title.

Below are the results from the card:
*Khalil Rountree def. Daniel Jolly by KO at 0:52 of Round 1 – Jolly was shooting in and ate a knee to the face and Rountree followed with a knee to the chest and he was out.
*Niko Price def. Alex Morono by KO at 5:00 of Round 2 – Morono was controlling this fight and looked really good and then out of nowhere, Price ended the second round with a combination and it was a right uppercut that sent Morono down and he was in no condition to continue and the fight was halted in between rounds.
*Tecia Torres def. Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision (30-27 all) – Torres was just quicker and loaded up with combinations and frequently incorporating kicks to those combinations and Rawlings had trouble adapting. Torres won all three rounds.
*Ricardo Ramos def. Michinori Tanaka by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) – Ramos is only 21 years old and is a great grappler and shows the level of talent entering the division. Ramos won the first two rounds and then Tanaka had a big third round and ended strong. Ramos nearly stopped him in the first round and if you went 10-8 you could make that argument.
*Chas Skelly def. Chris Gruetzemacher by rear-naked choke at 2:01 of Round 2 – Skelly had always had a solid grappling base and wearing down his opponent but now he’s working with Henri Hooft and has added striking as a big part of his game. He dominated the first round and then got to the back of Gruetzemacher and used a neck crank to get the tap.
*Curtis Blaydes def. Adam Milstead by TKO (knee injury) at 0:59 of Round 2 – The first round was as one-sided as you will see in the UFC. Milstead injured his knee when Blaydes scored one of his seven takedowns in this round and mixed in strikes. Seriously, under the new scoring (which Texas has not voted on yet and were not in effect on this card) you could say 10-7 for the first. Milstead’s knee gave out in the second and he verbally submitted.
*Jessica Andrade def. Angela Hill by unanimous decision (30-27 all) – Unbelievable fight as Hill took a lot of strikes to the body and chin and kept coming at Andrade. At the start of the third, they did the Frye-Takayama exchange and the crowd was going wild. Hill will benefit from this even in defeat.
*Marcel Fortuna def. Anthony Hamilton by KO at 3:10 of Round 1 – Fortuna was called two-weeks ago about the fight and lied to the UFC that he was 230 pounds and came in at 210. Fortuna knocked Hamilton silly with a right and Hamilton crashed down to the mat with his head and was a brutal knockout.
*Volkan Oezdemir def. Ovince Saint Preux by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
*James Vick def. Abel Trujillo by D’arce choke at 0:49 of Round 3 – Vick nearly had him in the second with the D’arce and then went right back to it in the third and got the tap. Vick is gigantic for a lightweight.
*Felice Herrig def. Alexa Grasso by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) – I don’t think you can give Herrig all three rounds as Grasso should have won the third. The first round was the close round to debate and I felt Grasso narrowly won the first and had her up 29-28 but as an overall fight, Herrig won and you can certainly give her the first round and she definitely won the second. Herrig was always moving forward and did land the better strikes.
*Chan Sung Jung def. Dennis Bermudez by KO at 2:49 of Round 1 – Bermudez stunned him with a right hand but Jung recovered. Jung had great balance to avoid a single leg takedown and then Bermudez missed with a jab and allowed Jung to put him down with a short right uppercut and finished Bermudez with follow up strikes. Jung hadn’t fought since August 2013 after being required to perform military service in South Korea. His wife was shown in tears after the fight.

**The Fight of the Night was awarded to Jessica Andrade and Angela Hill and the two performance bonuses went to Chan Sung Jung and Marcel Fortuna. On a regular night you would have thought it was a lock that James Vick, Curtis Blaydes and Khalil Rountree would all receive performance bonuses but this card had a lot of big performances and one really excellent fight.

**The UFC returns to pay-per-view next weekend with UFC 208 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie for the vacant UFC featherweight title and Anderson Silva returns and fights Derek Brunson at middleweight.

KEEP IT 2000 – Ep. 4 “Jerking Everyone’s Chain” – Jan. 24th 2000
(Brian Mann and Nate Milton are joined by MLW’s Alex Greenfield to review the Jan. 24th edition of WCW Monday Nitro in 2000)
(John Pollock runs through the news from the past week with Dana White’s comments on Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor’s interview, plus he welcomes Marc Raimondi from MMA Fighting and Fight Network’s Jorge Barbosa to chat “Tristar Stories”)
whtsNXT – Feb. 2nd
(Jason Agnew and Bartender Dave chat the “recap” edition of NXT, stories coming out of Takeover, the injury to Seth Rollins, discussion on the Royal Rumble and take your feedback)

(John Pollock & Wai Ting review Smackdown, 205 Live and Talking Smack, chat the WWE “24” special on WrestleMania 32 and take your feedback)
REVIEW-A-RAW – “Meet Joe, Black”
(John Pollock & Wai Ting chat Raw coming off the Royal Rumble, Samoa Joe debuts on the main roster, Brock Lesnar challenges Bill Goldberg, Triple H returns and more)
(Martin Bushby & Oli Court are joined by Benno to discuss the recent Rev Pro “High Stakes” event, PROGRESS Chapter 43, a pair of big tournaments set, ICW and lots more)
(Jason Agnew, Dan Lovranski and John Pollock review the WWE Royal Rumble, Dave Meltzer reacts to the show, tons of your calls and Braden Herrington & Bartender Dave review NXT Takeover)

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