Aspera FC announces one-night lightweight tournament, winner signs multi-fight contract with KSW
A Brazilian lightweight is about to sign with Polish promotion KSW. On July 9, Aspera FC 41 will feature a one-night, four-man lightweight tournament in Sao Jose, Brazil, and the winner will sign a multi-fight deal with KSW, the promotion announced recently.
In the first semifinal, UFC veteran Ivan Jorge will meet Guilherme Miranda, while Fernando Aparecido takes on Renato Gomes for the second spot in the final. In the alternate bout, Alexandre Cidade faces Thiago Nata.
"It is a pleasure to get this cooperation with KSW," Aspera FC president Marcelo Brigadeiro stated in a release. "I know (KSW CEO) Martin (Lewandowski) for a long time and I admire his way of doing business and how he made KSW become one of the biggest promotions in the world. I picked four of the best lightweights in Brazil to make sure that we will provide KSW with nothing but the prime of Brazilian MMA with our tournaments."
Newcomers Chase Sherman, Justin Ledet set for UFC Fight Night 92 in Salt Lake City
The UFC’s debut in Utah in August appears to have a fight between a pair of debuting heavyweights.
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According to Titan FC, Titan veteran Chase Sherman (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been released from the promotion so he could sign with the UFC. And per a report from The MMA Kings on Twitter, his opponent at UFC Fight Night 92 will be fellow newcomer Justin Ledet (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC officials have not yet made a announcement of the signings or the matchup. Sherman is a heavyweight; Ledet has been fighting at light heavyweight.
UFC's Daniel Omielanczuk tests positive for meldonium, won't be provisionally suspended
The wave of meldonium positive drug tests has hit the UFC.
Daniel Omielanczuk, a heavyweight competitor, tested positive for the prohibited substance in a recent out-of-competition test and has been notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation by USADA, the UFC announced Friday.
Omielanczuk, though, will not be provisionally suspended due to continual questions about the drug. The Polish fighter will still face Alexey Oleinik at UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. McDonald on July 13 in Sioux Falls.
USADA lifts Islam Makhachev's provisional suspension, still investigating drug-test failure
Islam Makhachev can return to UFC action, MMA Fighting has learned.
USADA has lifted Makhachev's provisional suspension, but the UFC's anti-doping partner will continue to investigate his failed drug test, according to Makhachev's manager Ali Abdel-Aziz. That means Makhachev is free to compete in the Octagon while the rest of the adjudication process is going on.
FOX Sports was the first to report the news. MMA Fighting confirmed the information with USADA.
C.B. Dollaway headed to light heavyweight, booked for UFC 203
C.B. Dolloway will fight at 205 when he meets Francimar Barroso at UFC 203, in Cleveland, on September 10.
In desperate search for a win, C.B. Dollaway will look for a new result in the light heavyweight division, when he meets Francimar Barroso at UFC 203, as Combate reported.
Currently on a three-fight skid, losing to the likes of Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida, Dollaway (15-8) hasn't had his hand raised since an unanimous decision win over Francis Carmont in May 2014. The change marks the first time he will try his luck at 205.
Barroso (18-5) is coming off a submission loss to Nikita Krylov that snapped a two-fight winning streak over Elvis Mutapcic and Ryan Jimmo. The Brazilian could also be fighting for his job, as the UFC is not known for keeping grinders like himself around for too long after they start losing matches.
Matt Mitrione clears medicals, meets Oli Thompson in Bellator 158 co-main event in London
After Bellator 157 a week ago, promotion President Scott Coker admitted he and his crew may have put the cart before the horse by announcing Matt Mitrione for a Bellator 158 fight against Oli Thompson.
After all, the announcement came mere minutes after Mitrione (10-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was floored by a punch from Carl Seumanutafa (10-7 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) (watch the video highlights here) in the first round. Likely seconds away from having the fight stopped, Mitrione survived and went on to recover for a knockout win a couple minutes later.
Fedor's crony suspended as VP of Russian MMA Union, Maldonado's appeal lives again
The World MMA Association plans to hear Fabio Maldonado’s appeal following his controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Fight Nights Global 50.
It appears that Fabio Maldonado may have an opportunity to appeal his controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Fight Nights Global: 50 several weeks ago.
The World MMA Association, which is the umbrella organization that controls the Russian MMA Union, announced that they would consider the Brazilian UFC veteran's appeal against the ‘Last Emperor,' and will take several measures to ensure an unbiased verdict.
According to an official statement, the WMMAA will appoint Secretary General Alexander Engelhardt to handle the appeal procedure, and appoint a group of objective international judges under the guidance of experienced referee Marco Broersen (the Netherlands). The group is to assess the fight based on the tape and render an unbiased verdict regarding the fight and the judges' work.
Artem Lobov vs. Chris Avila targeted for UFC 202
At UFC 202, the Diaz vs. McGregor rivalry will extend beyond the main event.
The UFC is working towards adding a featherweight fight between Artem Lobov and Chris Avila to the Aug. 20 card, MMA Fighting has learned.
The booking is an interesting one because Lobov is a good friend and training partner of McGregor, while Avila is a protégé of the Diaz brothers. Of course, McGregor vs. Nate Diaz is the main event of UFC 202.
Ladd-Hoy, Simpson-Soukupova complete Invicta FC 18 lineup in Kansas City
With an additional pair of fights, the card is complete for Invicta FC 18 four weeks from today.
A bantamweight bout between Aspen Ladd (3-0) and Jessica Hoy (1-0) has found its way to the event, as has an atomweight contest between Tessa Simpson (4-1) and Simona Soukupova (5-3-1). Promotion officials recently announced the two matchups, filling out the nine-fight card.
Invicta FC 18 takes place July 29 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. The card will be headlined by strawweights Alexa Grasso (7-0) and Jodie Esquibel (5-1).
WSOF signs bantamweight veteran Jesse Brock to exclusive multi-fight deal
WSOF is building up their bantamweight roster with the addition of Bellator and RFA veteran Jesse Brock.
WSOF president Ray Sefo confirmed the signing to MMAjunkie.
Brock (22-8) is currently riding a six-fight winning streak with three of the victories coming by stoppage. In 22 career victories, he has picked 13 wins by submission or knockout.
His most recent victory was a rear-naked choke submission of Olly Bradstreet at Bellator 155 in May. That win came after a decision victory over Joe Murphy at RFA 27.
‘Jacare’ Souza calls George St. Pierre a ‘chicken’, vows to break his neck if he moves up to middleweight
It’s still unclear who will get the first crack at UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, and Ronaldo Souza is pissed off with the possibility of being left aside one more time. "Jacare" underwent knee surgery after beating Vitor Belfort on May 14, and told MMA Fighting on Wednesday that he’s good to go whenever the UFC calls.
"I can guarantee you that I’m physically better than anyone in the middleweight division today," Souza said. "I’m training, running, jumping. I’m healthier and physically better than anyone in this division.
Tim Means to face Sean Strickland at UFC 202
Tim Means returns to the UFC Octagon Aug. 20 at UFC 202.
According to a report from The Albuquerque Journal, Means will face Sean Strickland in a welterweight tilt at the event. UFC officials have confirmed the fight.
Means most recently fought in December of 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80, where he knocked out John Howard. Means was then scheduled to face Donald Cerrone Feb. 21 in the main event of Pittsburgh's UFC Fight Night 83 but was removed from the event after being flagged for a potential USADA violation.
Following a settlement, Means' suspension was reduced to six months, clearing him to fight in August.
Two suspects arrested, charged in connection to hit-and-run death of Ryan Jimmo
Two suspects have been apprehended and charged for the alleged hit-and-run incident that killed UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo, the Edmonton Police Service confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday.
Both suspects are currently being held in custody, according to an EPS spokesperson. Anthony Getschel, 23, has been charged with "second degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and fail to stop at scene of accident involving death," while Jordan Wagner, 21, has been charged with "accessory after the fact to murder."
Jimmo died Sunday night after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot outside of an Edmonton sports bar. An autopsy determined that Jimmo passed away as a result of blunt force trauma.
The ex-UFC fighter is believed to have been struck from behind by a vehicle while walking back to his own car following a verbal dispute with the two suspects, both of which fled the scene. Jimmo was subsequently pronounced dead at a local hospital at the age of 34.
Lightweights Drew Dober and Erik Koch added to UFC 203 in Cleveland
As UFC 203 draws closer, more fights are being added to the already stacked card set for Sept. 10 at The Q.
On Wednesday, the UFC announced a lightweight bout between Drew Dober and Erik Koch. Both fighters are coming off of wins. Dober defeated Scott Holtzman at UFC 195; while Koch recorded an impressive submission win over Shane Campbell at UFC Fight Night on May 29.
The bout joins a card headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship match between Northeast Ohio native Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. CM Punk will also make his MMA debut at the event against upstart Mickey Gall.
Phil Hawes in for Shamil Gamzatov against Louis Taylor at WSOF 32
After one fight in WSOF and four fights in his professional career, Phil Hawes will face the stiffest test of his young career at WSOF 32.
Hawes (4-0) will step in for Shamil Gamzatov (10-0) against Louis Taylor (12-3) at the event, which takes place July 30 at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. The night’s main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Weichel showdown highlights Bellator 159 additions
The card for Bellator 159 is complete and a featherweight showdown is one of the biggest additions.
Bellator today announced a bout between Emmanuel Sanchez(13-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) and Daniel Weichel (36-9 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) along with several other additions to the event, which takes place July 22 from Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Sanchez is riding a three-fight winning streak, including a split decision victory over Daniel Pineda at Bellator 149 in his most recent bout. In fact, all three of his victories in his current run have come by way of split decision.
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 averages 601,000 viewers
Rampage Jackson's drawing power took a turn for the worst, as Friday night's Bellator show built around his return to the promotion averaged 601,000 viewers. The number was well below even the company's usual numbers of 650,000 for a secondary show.
But Friday's show was Dynamite, with the idea of it being Bellator's big event of the year. Nobody expected it to touch the kind of numbers they did in February when a double headliner of Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie and the late Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 drew a record 1,964,000 viewer average over three hours. But this show, which also had a bout for the vacant lightweight title where Michael Chandler, Bellator's biggest homegrown star, beat Patricky "Pitbull" Freire, drew less than one-third of that total.
If anything it shows a combination of just how big Slice, Shamrock and Gracie were as draws, and that Jackson, at least when it come to a fight with Ishii, was not in their league when it came to garnering interest in his fight.