Reza Madadi Ready for Final Bout at UFC Stockholm in May
Reza Madadi is ready to call it a career. However, he wants his last bout to go down on May 28th at the UFC in Stockholm. “I have been in this sport for more than 10 years and have been lucky to compete against the best fighters in the world. Every good story has an end and I have a wish ; that is to fight my last fight and 20th MMA fight at @ufc Sweden, in my hometown Stockholm and in front of my home crowd.” states the Allstars Training Center fighter on his Facebook account.
“MAY 28TH, BEAUTIFUL WEATHER IN SWEDEN, SOLD OUT ARENA, WHO IS UP FOR A BATTLE?”
Nico Musoke ‘I Am Back and Fight Ready!’
Nico Musoke (13-4-1) is looking to get back into the Octagon. “I am healthy, free from injuries. I declared this with the UFC a few months ago and just looking to speed things up.” says the Swede to mmaViking.com that wants the world to know he wants to fight.
Sarah Kaufman Defeats Jessica-Rose Clark At Battlefield FC 1 In Seoul
Former Strikeforce champion and UFC contender Sarah Kaufman bounced back from her first two-fight losing streak with a clear-cut decision victory tonight at Battlefield Fighting Championship 1 in Seoul, South Korea. Kaufman defeated Jessica-Rose “Jessy Jess” Clark in the co-main event.
Kaufman dominated the first round of tonight’s featured bantamweight bout on the ground after taking Clark down, and she remained in control of the fight on the feet in rounds two and three. After cruising to victory on the scorecards, Kaufman announced plans to compete again for Battlefield FC.
Kaufman (18-4-0, 1 ND) landed a punch-kick combo early in the fight and she took Clark (6-4-0, 1 NC) down after catching a body kick. Clark attempted a triangle choke from her back and Kaufman slammed her way free. Clark tried to stand up, but Kaufman kept her pinned down with a front headlock. She took Clark’s back and landed short punches to the sides of her head after sinking in both hooks. Kaufman worked for rear-naked chokes and she finished the round with a series of punches.
Vitor Belfort Suggest CM Punk For Retirement Fight
CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.
As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”
UFC Fight Night 107 Medical Suspensions: Three Fighters Face 6-Month Layoffs
Francimar Barroso, Bradley Scott and Scott Askham are all facing 180-day suspensions following this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 107 card in London.
The UFC recently released a list of medical suspensions from the event to MMAjunkie.com. UFC Fight Night 107 took place at the O2 Arena and saw Jimi Manuwa score a first-round knockout victory over Corey Anderson in the main event. Anderson has been suspended 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days for precautionary reasons following the knockout defeat. Manuwa did not receive a medical suspension.
Jeff Monson will face the Russian, who has scored 11-year prison term for murder
Jeff Monson in the next duel will take quite unusual challenge. In the Russian Kursk able to compete because of the representative of the host Maxim Novoselov , who was once sentenced to 14 years in prison for murder, but was paroled after 11 years behind bars. Interestingly was European champion in combat sambo in 2012, was re-arrested for drug smuggling but since April 2016 remain at large.
American who delighted in performances for the Russian Federation will face the player who will have a significant advantage of physical conditions. 46-year-old Monson will fight Kursk in his 87-fight MMA career while his rival Novoselov have their account just 5.
UFC Executive ‘We Want To Be in Copenhagen’
The stars were aligning for the Octagon to land in Denmark for the first time this May, but soon after initial reports about fights being planned for the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen, the location was suddenly confirmed for Stockholm.
“We were obviously in discussions. They were working through their opening and launch.” says Joe Carr, senior vice president of UFC international and content, to MMAViking.com about the attempt to put on event at the new indoor venue that opened last month.
Brave 5 Set For Mumbai, India in April
The fifth installment of Brave Combat Federation will be hosted in Mumbai,India Brave announced this weekend. The event will be held on Saturday, April 22, in The Dome Stadium of National Sports Club of India.
The news was released on Saturday, to an expectant crowd of fans and media who were gathered at the press conference following Brave 3: Battle in Brazil which took place in Curitiba.
The event in India will be the 3rd Brave CF event outside Bahrain, after two successful Brave events in the Kingdom in 2016. Although the card is yet to be revealed, excitement is building in anticipation of potential bouts to be announced in the coming weeks.
Indian talents which have already signed with Brave Combat Federation includes Pawan Maan Singh, Bharat Khandare, Hardeep Rai, Chaitanya Gavali, Gurdarshan Mangat, Abdul Muneer, Atif Mohammad, Mohammed Farhad and Suny Khatri.
Liverpool Favourite Set For Action At Cage Warriors 82
Liverpool’s Molly McCann now has a confirmed opponent for her hometown bout at Cage Warriors 82, in what will be the biggest night in the promotion’s history.
McCann will take on Lacey Schuckman in a 125lb flyweight contest at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in a fight that’s sure to deliver plenty of action.
‘Meatball’ McCann splits her training between Ippon gym, Bournemouth and NextGen in Liverpool that has produced Cage Warriors world champions Paddy Pimblett and Chris Fishgold. She’ll line up with Pimblett for the April 1 card looking to add another win to her pro record.
Shinya Aoki to face Gary Tonon in grappling super-match
Six months after losing his ONE Championship lightweight title, Japanese MMA veteran Shinya Aoki is making a return.
Aoki is heading back to Singapore’s Indoor Stadium for a grappling super-match between former against IBJJF World and Pan American Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Garry Tonon.
The match-up will take place at ONE: Dynasty of Heroes, a card that will be headlined by women’s atomweight world champion Angela Lee and challenger Istela Nunes.
Aoki (39-7) is one of the most decorated mixed martial artists around the world. He is the DREAM lightweight champion, former Shooto welterweight champion and the former ONE Championship lightweight champion.
UFC’s Viscardi Andrade suspended two years by USADA after testing positive for steroid
A former Ultimate Fighter Brazil castmate has been hit with a doping ban.
Viscardi Andrade, a UFC welterweight, has been suspended two years by USADA for testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol and its metabolites, per a release sent out by USADA on Tuesday. Andrade’s suspension is retroactive to March 20, 2016, so he’ll be able to return to the Octagon in March 2018.
Andrade, 33, failed a drug test for the banned substance stemming from a sample collected March 7, 2016. That was actually 13 days before his fight with Richard Walsh at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane, Australia, but the results did not come back until after the bout. The UFC announced the potential anti-doping policy violation on April 12, 2016, saying that Andrade’s sample was analyzed at the WADA-accredited lab in Rio de Janeiro.
WADA actually suspended its accreditation of that Rio lab in June, only to reinstate it in July before the 2016 Summer Olympics in the city.
WSOF 35 highlights: Champ Blagoy Ivanov pounds out Shawn Jordan (with ref cam!)
Did you miss Saturday’s WSOF 35 event? Check out the highlights from the trio of title fights.
WSOF 35 took place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The main card aired on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
In the main event, heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov needed less than two minutes to stop Shawn Jordan (19-8). It marked his third straight title defense. Here are the highlights:
Lightweight champ Chris Fishgold out of Cage Warriors 82 fight because of injury
Cage Warriors lightweight champion Chris Fishgold has been pulled from his Cage Warriors 82 fight with Jani Salmi because of injury, the promotion announced today on Twitter.
Fishgold (16-1) and Salmi (9-2) were set to meet in the co-main event of Cage Warriors 82, which takes place April 1 at Echo Arena Liverpool in Liverpool. The card streams on UFC Fight Pass. The promotion has not announced a possible replacement bout.
ONE: Kings of Destiny Full Fight Card Released
Eduard Folayang has been slated to make the first defense of his lightweight belt at ONE: Kings of Destiny for several weeks now. The Filipino will be fighting Ev Ting. The promotion released on Monday the rest of the nine-fight card, which is set for April 21 in Manila.
In the co-main event at the MOA Arena, Kevin Belingon (14-5) faces Toni Tauru (11-4-1). Both men have challenged unsuccessfully for the bantamweight belt, but got their careers back on track with wins toward the tail end of 2016.
Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt targeted for New Zealand's UFC Fight Night 110 headliner
New Zealand’s UFC Fight Night 110 lineup could soon have a big main event.
A heavyweight matchup between Derrick Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Mark Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC) is being targeted for the May event’s headlining slot.
People with knowledge of the matchup told MMAjunkie the fight is in the works. They spoke on the condition of anonymity since the potential bout hasn’t been signed or formally announced. Additionally, Hunt is currently under a medical suspension, which runs until April 19, due to a leg injury he suffered in a knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 earlier this month. He’ll first need medical clearance before signing a bout agreement.
BAMMA 29 main event announced as Brett McDermott takes on Ruben Wolf for vacant Heavyweight title
Having recently announced the promotions return to Birmingham for BAMMA 29, BAMMA has now announced that the vacant heavyweight title will be up for grabs in an explosive main event between Brett “The Spartan” McDermott and Ruben “The Viking” Wolf.
BAMMA 29 takes place on Friday, May 12 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England. The event will feature not only the heavyweight title fight but also has a middleweight title co-main event as Yannick Bahati and Matt Hallam go head-to-head for the vacant strap.