Bellator Signs Irish Prospect James Gallagher, ‘TUF: Brazil 3’ Vet Guilherme ‘Bomba’
Irish prospect James Gallagher and UFC veteran Guilherme Vasconcelos have both signed deals with Bellator MMA.
A promotion official confirmed the signings with Sherdog.com on Thursday. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Gallagher’s and Vasconcelos’ promotional debuts will be revealed at a later date. .
MMAFighting.com first reported the signing of Gallagher, one of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s teammates at SBG Ireland. The featherweight is unbeaten in three professional outings, with each triumph coming via first-round submission. Though the Northern Ireland native has signed a deal with Bellator, he is expected to honor his June 4 fight with Sean Tobin under the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts banner.
Invicta FC signs top Muay Thai fighter Tiffany Van Soest
Invicta just dropped a bombshell on the MMA world. Well, a "Time Bomb," that is.
Tiffany Van Soest, one of the top female Muay Thai fighters and kickboxers in the world, has signed a deal with Invicta FC, sources told MMA Fighting on Thursday. Van Soest has long spoken about crossing over to MMA and now she'll do so with Invicta, with her debut likely coming this summer.
The news comes on the heels of Van Soest signing with GLORY kickboxing, which MMA Fighting reported Wednesday.
Julianna Pena and Cat Zingano clash set for UFC 200
A UFC women’s bantamweight matchup between onetime title challenger Cat Zingano (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Julianna Pena (7-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is set for July’s banner UFC 200 event.
The bout was announced on the UFC’s official Twitter account.
UFC 200 takes place July 9 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a catchweight rematch between UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, as well as a women’s bantamweight title fight between champ Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.
The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view with prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Paddy Holohan vs Willie Gates set to be added to UFC Rotterdam
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that Paddy Holohan vs Willie Gates is in the works for UFC Fight Night Rotterdam on 8th May 2016.
Irishman Paddy Holohan lost out in his last outing in the main event of UFC Dublin against Louis Smolka last October after he was forced to tap out to a 2nd round rear naked choke after an exciting back and forth bout.
Livia Renata Souza vs Angela Hill Title Fight Added To Invicta FC 17
Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Livia Renata “Livinha” Souza returns to action on May 7th at Invicta Fighting Championships 17 in Costa Mesa, California. The talented and charismatic Souza puts her title on the line against skilled striker Angela “Overkill” Hill in the 115-pound co-main event.
Invicta FC officials announced the title tilt today along with four additional matchups. Also at 115 pounds, Deep Jewels champ Mizuki Inoue battles Aline Sério. Tessa “The Typhoon” Simpson takes on fellow Invicta FC debutant Julia “Jewels” Jones in a bout between top atomweight prospects.
Souza (9-0-0) earned submission finishes in six of her first seven bouts leading up to her April 2015 Invicta FC debut. Facing off against Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink, Souza secured a fourth-round triangle choke that earned her the Invicta FC Strawweight Championship. Souza endeared herself to fans with her humour and wit following the fight, and she made a successful title defence in January by destroying DeAnna “The Argentine Assassin” Bennett in just 90 seconds. Souza, who hopes to move on to the UFC, puts her Invicta FC title on the line once more in May.
3 fights added to TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas, including James Krause vs. Ross Pearson
The lineup has started to build for this summer’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas with the addition of three fights in support of the women’s strawweight title headliner.
James Krause (23-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will meet Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at lightweight; Scott Askham (14-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) takes on Anthony Smith (25-11 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at middleweight; and Li Jingliang (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fights Anton Zafir (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout. UFC officials announced the new matchups tonight on “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
The TUF 23 Finale takes place July 8 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The venue was made official tonight, as well. In the main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her women’s strawweight title on the line in a rematch with Claudia Gadelha. The finals for Season 23 of “The Ultimate Fighter” also will be contested. The card will air on FOX Sports 1 after expected early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Meet the TUF 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia Cast
The upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter will once again showcase mixed martial arts’ global expansion, as Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil lead a group of light heavyweight and strawweight hopefuls. Thirty-two Athletes from countries such as the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, Brazil, England and the United States fight for one of 16 spots available in the premiere episode Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.
STRAWWEIGHT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Alyssa Krahn, 3-1, 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, 30, Mila, Algeria
Amanda Cooper, 1-1, 24, Bath, Mich. Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, 27, Shiloh, Ill.
Amy Montenegro, 7-2, 32, Forks, Wash. Cory Hendricks, 3-0, 27, Lynden, Wash.
Ashley Cummins, 3-3, 28, St. Louis, Mo. Elias Urbina, 3-0, 22, Weslaco, Texas
Ashley Yoder, 4-1, 28, Indianapolis, Ind. Eric Spicely, 8-0, 29, Stoughton, Mass.
Chelsea Bailey, 2-0, 23, Chewelah, Wash. Jamelle Jones, 6-2, 28, Atlantic City, N.J.
Helen Harper, 4-1, 28, Farnborough, England John Paul Elias, 3-0, 27, Fresno, Calif.
Irene Rivera, 6-2, 22, Barcelona, Spain Joshua Stansbury, 7-2, 31, East Liverpool, Ohio
Jamie Moyle, 3-1, 27, Las Vegas, Nev. Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, 26, Oslo, Norway
JJ Aldrich, 2-1, 23, Aurora, Colo. Khalil Rountree, 4-0, 26, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jodie Esquibel, 5-1, 29, Albuquerque, N.M. Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, 30, Tubarao, Brazil
Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, 29, Lostwithiel, England Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, 27, Titusville, Fla.
Kristi Lopez, 2-0, 33, Quartz Hill, Calif. Myron Dennis, 12-4, 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lanchana Green, 2-1, 26, Darlington, England Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, 30, Paris, France
Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands Phil Hawes, 3-0, 27, Little Ferry, N.J.
Tatiana Suarez, 3-0, 25, Fontana, Calif. Trevor Carlson, 10-2, 27, Spring Creek, Nev.
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias shifts from prelims to UFC on FOX 19 main-card opener
With an injury on Tuesday scrapping the UFC on FOX 19 headliner, the event now has a new opening fight for the main card.
Tony Ferguson was forced out of the UFC on FOX 19 lightweight headliner against Khabib Nurmagomedov next week in Florida due to fluid on his lung. The previously booked co-main event light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans and former title challenger Glover Teixeira now is the five-round main event.
But with Nurmagomedov without an opponent - the UFC has adjusted the lineup, and a pair of featherweights now will open the four-fight main card on FOX.
Cerrone offers to fight Nurmagomedov – but so, too, does UFC champ dos Anjos
For a guy who just lost his opponent a few weeks before a UFC headliner, Khabib Nurmagomedov sure seems to have plenty of options.
On Tuesday Tony Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) withdrew from his planned UFC on FOX 19 headliner with Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), which was slated for April 16 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., due to “fluid” and “blood” in his lungs.
So where does that leave Nurmagomedov, a top contender who’s No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings? Well, he’s certainly got his fair share of willing opponents, including former lightweight title challenger and recent welterweight Donald Cerrone (29-7 MMA, 16-4 UFC), who’s currently slated to fight vet Patrick Cote (23-9 MMA, 10-9 UFC) on June 18 at UFC Fight Night 89 (via Twitter)
Ariel Helwani ? ?@arielhelwani
I'm told Cerrone wants assurance that if he takes this fight against Khabib that he still gets to fight @patrick_cote 6/18. He wants both.
8:27 PM - 5 Apr 2016
According to Tony Ferguson, UFC on FOX 19 withdrawal might've saved his life
"I am out of my Fight Due to Blood/Fluid in my Lung. Usually I can Power Through These things. Doc said it wasn't wise to Fight due to any more trauma could be terminal. There are more Important things to me Like Making sure I am there for my Little Man Armand Anthony & @xtfergie @darceandknucklez Family First. I will be Back, I will be Better. You haven't seen anything yet. #TeamFerguson #TeamElCucuy #TonyFergusonMMA #SnapDownCity #OGElCucuy Give me a couple weeks. Khabib pulled out Three Times. I have pulled out Once in my Whole Career... I will be Back. It's Shitty these things happen... Staying Positive for my Family. TF"
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 heads to St. Louis in June with 'Rampage' vs. Satoshi Ishii
Bellator has set the date for its second MMA and kickboxing crossover event, and it will feature the return of Quinton Jackson to the promotion.
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 will take place June 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. In the main event, “Rampage” Jackson (36-11 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will meet Japanese Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at a 215-pound catchweight. Promotion officials today confirmed the event and fight booking to MMAjunkie after an initial report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The first “Dynamite” event took place this past September with Bellator 142 in San Jose, Calif. The card featured MMA fights in the cage and GLORY kickboxing matches in a ring right next to it, and after the main card on Spike, the two sets of events were going on simultaneously.
Former champ Douglas Lima meets Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 156 in June
Bellator’s summer return to Fresno, Calif., has its latest fight, and it will feature a former welterweight champion.
Douglas Lima (26-6 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) will fight for the first time since losing his 170-pound title this past July when he meets Chidi Njokuani (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at Bellator 156. Promotion officials today announced the new booking.
Bellator 156 takes place June 17 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao puts his title on the line in a rematch with former champ Eduardo Dantas.
Miesha Tate inks new deal with UFC
It's good to be the champ.
Following her impressive fifth-round submission victory over Holly Holm to become the bantamweight champ at UFC 196, Miesha Tate has signed a new deal with the UFC.
KHI Management announced the news via Twitter:
Terms of the new deal were not released, however, MMA Fighting confirmed that Tate was not a free agent following the fight with Holm.
In that UFC 196 championship bout, Tate earned a disclosed $46,000 to show and $46,000 to win, totaling $92,000. Holm, meanwhile, took home $500,000 in defeat.
Cody East vs. Walt Harris added to UFC 197
A heavyweight match-up is the latest addition to UFC 197, with Cody East making his Octagon debut versus Walt Harris on April 23 in Las Vegas.
In the latest episode of "Lookin’ for a Fight", White signs East right after a 40-second knockout victory over Kevin Asplund at Legacy FC 51 in February (watch here). "The Freight Train" holds a 12-1 MMA record with eight knockouts and three submissions.
Harris (7-4) started his second UFC run in November, losing to Soa Palelei in Sidney. The American Top Team heavyweight looks for his first win under the UFC banner after suffering defeats to Jared Rosholt and Nikita Krylov in 2013 and 2014.
'TUF 24' tryouts slated for April 25; season champ gets flyweight title shot at finale
“The Ultimate Fighter 24” will feature male flyweight fighters, and the show’s tournament winner will earn a title shot at the show’s live finale.
UFC officials today announced the “TUF 24” plans.
Tryouts for the show take place April 25 at Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. “TUF 24” hopefuls must be between the ages of 21 and 34, have at least three pro fights, and must possess a winning record. The fighters, who will grapple and hit pads during the open tryouts, can apply at UFC.com.
Filming begins in June, and the “TUF 24” season debut is slated for Aug. 31 on FOX Sports 1.
Unlike past season of “TUF,” which first debuted in 2015, the 16-man tournament on “TUF 24” will conclude during the regular season; past tournament finals have taken place on the show’s live finale. Instead, the “TUF 24” tournament winner will be determined on the show’s final regular-season episode, and he’ll then fight for the title at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale in December.