KSW heavyweight champion wants Fedor fight
On Saturday afternoon, Karol Bedorf stepped into the KSW cage and defended his title with a second round head-kick KO win against Michal Kita. As his opponent collapsed to the canvas, Bedorf towered over him as he admired his handy work.
The win was Bedorf's third knockout win in his last four fights. It was also the third successful defense of his title. With swelled confidence from his recent string of results, Bedorf revealed that he is interested in a match-up against Russian heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Rizin announces heavyweight tournament bracket
The Rizin Fighting Federation heavyweight tournament is set, as the promotion announced Monday the bracket and a reserve bout in a press conference in Tokyo.
Taking place at the Saitama Super Arena, the eight-man grand prix will feature Satoshi Ishii vs. Jiri Prochazka, Teodoras Aukstolos vs. Bruno Cappelozza, Goran Reljic vs. Vadim Nemkov, and Muhammed Lawal against a yet-to-be-announced opponent.
"King Mo", a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is the only fighter still waiting for an opponent, as Mark Godbeer was forced out due to an injury. Lawal will fight a heavyweight from British promotion BAMMA’s roster, Rizin officials announced.
In the reserve bout, Valentin Moldavsky takes on Yuta Uchida. The tournament will begin on Dec. 29 and will be completed on Dec. 31.
Morning Report: 'Bad guy' Urijah Faber says he's ready to challenge 'shaken up' T.J. Dillashaw
A clean break can sometimes bring closure to a relationship, but it doesn't seem to be the case with Urijah Faber and his former protege T.J. Dillashaw.
Caught between the feuding of Faber and his striking guru Duane Ludwig, the UFC bantamweight champ left Sacramento's Team Alpha Male for Colorado's Elevation Fight Team in October.
According to Faber, the split hasn't done much to alleviate tensions.
"No, it's not relief," Faber told Submission Radio. "It's not the best feeling, to be honest. [Dillashaw] and I aren't the best of friends like we were before. I feel like he's turned himself into a victim in this whole situation. I feel like, in his mind, I'm 'the bad guy' because he left our team. I told him, 'If you're not on the team you can't be coming in here and training with us.' He feels that I kicked him out of the gym. He said it in an interview or something like that, which is comical.
Satoshi Ishii Joins Rizin 8-Man Heavyweight Grand Prix; Mark Godbeer Out with Injury
Japanese judoka-turned-fighter Satoshi Ishii will take part in Rizin Fighting Federation’s inaugural eight-man heavyweight tournament.
Ishii revealed his participation on Saturday via Twitter, and Rizin confirmed the announcement on Monday with a formal announcement. Rizin also announced the withdrawal of England’s Mark Godbeer, who suffered a neck injury in training; Godbeer will be replaced by another representative from British promoter BAMMA.
The 2015 Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix launches Dec. 29 and concludes Dec. 31 as part of Rizin’s multi-day New Year’s Eve festivities in Saitama, Japan. Other fighters confirmed for the opening round are “King” Mo Lawal (U.S.), Vadim Nemkov (Russia), Goran Reljic (Croatia), Bruno Henrique Cappelozza (Brazil) and Teodoras Aukstuolis (Lithuania).
Rizin signs Sapp vs. Akebono rematch for its debut
It was anything but a classic fight, but on Dec. 31, 2003, Bob Sapp and Akebono put on a spectacle that nothing since has ever come close to equaling in Japanese culture. On Friday, a rematch was announced for a show exactly a dozen years later.
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Mamed Khalidov Blasts Michal Materla in 31 Seconds for Middleweight Gold at KSW 33
Mariusz Pudzianowski might be Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki's biggest star, but Mamed Khalidov is the promotion's greatest fighter. Saturday at Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland, Khalidov proved it once more, demolishing Michal Materla in 31 seconds and taking middleweight gold in the main event of KSW 33.
KSW boldily billed the Materla-Khalidov clash as the “biggest fight in European MMA history,” but Khalidov (31-4-2) left little room for anything resembling drama. Within seconds, Khalidov landed a hard right hook that wobbled the champion. Khalidov then sprinted, took flight and bashed Materla (22-5) with a flying knee, another perfect right hook as the champ fell and a dozen rifling punches before referee Piotr Michalak could intervene in barely half a minute.
‘Jacare’ Souza going after Dana White if he doesn’t get title shot after UFC 194
Ronaldo Souza got past every single middleweight the UFC put in front of him inside the Octagon, and he wants no one else besides the champion after UFC 194.
Matched up against top contender Yoel Romero on Dec. 12, "Jacare" demands a title shot if he’s victorious in Las Vegas.
"I’m not thinking about this," Souza said of the possibility of not being the next in line. "Here’s the deal: I will defeat Romero, and I’ll get Dana White later. I can’t get that matchmaker (Joe Silva) because he’s too small. Dana White is a bit bigger.
Boxing: Tyson Fury Pulls Off Shocking Upset of Wladimir Klitschko.
The new heavyweight champion of the world is flamboyant, unpredictable, iconoclastic, biting, endearing in certain ways, and apparently has a good singing voice. Not many thought Tyson Fury could beat reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, especially taking on the defending Ukrainian WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champ in his second back yard, the ESPRIT Arena, in Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
But Fury did it. He rocked the world and the Klitschko-dominated, dormant heavyweight division with a stunning unanimous decision, winning by 115-112 on the scorecards of Cesar Ramos and Ramon Cerdan, and 116-111 by judge Raul Caiz Sr.’s tally—despite Fury being deducted a point in the 11th round by referee Tony Weeks for rabbit punching.
Henderson wants to stay in UFC, but will test free agency
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson earned a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, Korea. It was his second win a row, have defeated Brandon Thatch in the Fight of the Night earlier this year. Both bouts were at welterweight. He previously dropped two in a row at lightweight.
It was the last fight on his UFC contract.
In Seoul, after the decision was announced, he took of his UFC gloves and left them in the Octagon, a ceremonial representation of the end of his current contract with the organization.
Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC Fight Night 79 scorecard
The Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC Fight Night 79 scorecard reveals another close decision win for Henderson on Saturday morning.
Henderson won the fight via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.
Mark Craig gave Masvidal rounds 1, 3 and 5 en route to his 48-47 score, while Barry Foley gave rounds 1, 2, and 5 to Henderson for his 48-47 score for Henderson.
Charlie Keech gave rounds 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Henderson.
Sakakibara undecided on Fedor’s opponent: ‘Please wait a little more’
With little more than a month to go before his return to MMA takes place on December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena, Fedor Emelianenko is still without an official opponent.
While names like Jaideep Singh and Tsuyoshi Kosaka had been thrown around over the past few months, it appears that neither of those fighters will get the first crack at the returning Russian heavyweight legend.