Bellator to apply MMA weight class guidelines to new kickboxing promotion
Bellator President Scott Coker’s recent announcement that Bellator was getting into the kickboxing business marked an expansion in focus for the promotion. However, the promotion has taken the first step to sync up the two combat sports with the announcement that Bellator Kickboxing would feature weight classes that match the standard in MMA.
The information was announced in a Bellator press release.
With fighters such as Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling who have enjoyed a period of hopping back and forth between the sports, the alignment may make weight management easier for fighters interested in participating in both.
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai added to Bellator 155 main card
A heavyweight bout between Dan Charles (10-3) and Augusto Sakai (9-0) is the latest addition to the Bellator 155 main card. The news was announced on Thursday by the promotion.
Charles enters this bout following a second round knockout win over Chase Gormley at Bellator 143 back in September. Prior to that, the 30-year-old Charles suffered a technical knockout loss to Bobby Lashley at Bellator 138.
Meanwhile, Sakai enters the bout with an undefeated record and three wins under the Bellator banner. The 24-year-old Brazilian prospect was scheduled to fight earlier this year in the co-main event of Bellator 150, but had to pull out of the card due to injury.
Bellator 155 is set to take place in Boise, Idaho on May 20. Rafael Carvalho is scheduled to defend his middleweight title against Melvin Manhoef in the main event of the card.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson planned for UFC 200
The pieces are slowly coming into place for the landmark UFC 200.
Gegard Mousasi is very likely to meet Derek Brunson on the July 9 card in Las Vegas in a key middleweight showdown. MMAFighting.com confirmed after an initial Thursday report by FOXSports.com.
Mousasi (38-6-2), a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is coming off a victory over Thales Leites in the co-feature bout of UFC Fight Night 84 on Feb. 27 in London. That was Mousasi's third win in his past four fights.
Report: Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens targeted for May 29th UFC Fight Night
Renan Barao will fight at featherweight for the first time in his UFC career. To welcome him to the weight class, hard-hitting veteran Jeremy Stephens has accepted the challenge, as Combate reported.
10 fights into his UFC career, the former bantamweight champion Barao (33-3-1) decided to go up a division after losing to T.J. Dillashaw for a second time last July. Although the change is not yet known to be permanent, Barao has struggled severely with weight cutting in the past, to the point of passing out on the day before a title fight back at UFC 177, when he had to hospitalized.
BJJ star Mackenzie Dern signs with Legacy FC, MMA debut set for July
One of the best grapplers in the world is set to make her transition to mixed martial arts.
Mackenzie Dern, a jiu-jitsu black belt under her father Wellington "Megaton" Dias, signed a deal with Legacy FC and will make her MMA debut July 22 in Dallas, the promotion announced Thursday.
Dern, who won the IBJJF jiu-jitsu world championship and ADCC in 2015, competes between 127 and 132 pounds in jiu-jitsu and grappling. For her MMA debut, Dern told MMAFighting.com she will cut down to 115 pounds. The promotion has yet to announce an opponent.
Tank Abbott out of fight vs. Dan Severn, replacement being sought
A rematch between legends Dan Severn and Tank Abbott has been scrapped.
Abbott could not pass his physical and has been removed from the fight against fellow UFC veteran Severn by the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission, a spokesman for UR Fight confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday morning. A replacement is being sought.
MMA Mania's Michael Stets reported Wednesday night that the fight was in jeopardy.
The bout was scheduled for Sunday in Phoenix as part of an amalgamation of combat sports and sports entertainment matchups run by Canadian digital television property UR Show.
Anderson Silva vs uriah hall in works for UFC 198
A middleweight showdown pitting Anderson Silva against Uriah Hall is in the works for UFC 198.
Sources close to the situation revealed the news to Sherdog.com on Wednesday evening. The UFC has not formally announced the 185-pound contest, but it is expected to be finalized soon. UFC 198 takes place at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, on May 14 and is headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Bryan Caraway clarifies inactivity comments, explains why he turned down Dodson
UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway said he was offered a fight against John Dodson at UFC 196, but turned it down because his longtime girlfriend, Miesha Tate, was fighting for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
Despite previously drawing heat from fighters and fans for rejecting UFC proposals, Caraway (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) didn’t think twice about putting his partner first. But because of his choice, and his desire to fight highly ranked opposition, the promotion notified him he couldn’t immediately get another bout.
“I’m like, ‘I can’t fight on that night,’” he told MMAjunkie. “And they said, ‘Well, there’s no one else in the division right now, so you’re going to have to wait.’”
Two bouts added to Rizin FF upcoming event in Japan
Rizin Fighting Federation has announced two MMA bouts for its third event in Nagoya, Japan, on April 17. In the heavyweight division, veteran Kazuyuki Fujita is set to take on Jiri Prochazka, while prospects Allan Nascimento and Yuki Motoya battle in a flyweight contest.
Fujita (15-10) looks for his first win since 2008, when he stopped Peter Graham at Sengoku 1. The 45-year-old fighter has faced the likes of Alistair Overeem, Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, Ken Shamrock, Mark Coleman and Mark Kerr since his MMA debut in 2000.
Roxy leads Invicta FC purses
UFC fighter purses are often lamented by the hardcore fanbase. According to Forbes, in 2013, On average, NBA players made $5.15 million, MLB players made $3.2 million, NHL players made $2.4 million, and NFL players made $1.9 million per year. Minimum salary in the NFL is $450,000. UFC fighters characteristically start at 10/10.
10/10 means a UFC fighter gets $10,000 to show, and $10,000 more to win. The amount escalates if there is a win. In theory fighters fight three times a year, although in practice it is closer to two. Plus there is the Reebok money. And out of league sources of income. But there are also expenses. So on average, an entry level UFC fighter earns ... not a lot.
Evan Dunham suffers 'small injury', fight with Leonardo Santos moved to UFC 199
A lightweight clash between Evan Dunham and Leonardo Santos was moved to June 4, the UFC announced Tuesday.
Initially planned for May 14 at Curitiba’s UFC 198, Dunham vs. Santos was pushed back to UFC 199 after Dunham suffered a small injury, UFC general manager Giovani Decker revealed on Revista Combate.
Dunham (17-6) enters the bout coming off three consecutive wins, defeating Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson and Rodrigo Damm via decision. Fighting in the UFC since 2009, Dunham holds a 10-6 record inside the Octagon.
Jason 'Mayhem' Miller held on $1,000,000 bail after latest arrest
Jason Miller is once again in trouble with the law. And this time, it looks like he'll be staying in jail awhile.
The 35-year old resident of Mission Viejo, Calif. is in custody on $1,000,000 bail at the Orange County Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana, according to Orange County public records.
TMZ.com reported Wednesday that Miller, the former Strikeforce and UFC middleweight contender, was arrested Tuesday for a January incident in which he allegedly vandalized a tattoo parlor with graffiti.
Colorado Lifts WSOF Champ Justin Gaethje’s Indefinite Suspension
Less than 24 hours after Justin Gaethje‘s indefinite suspension was revealed to the public, it has been lifted.
After Gaethje took out Brian Foster less than 2 minutes into their WSOF 29 headlining bout at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, Colo., on Saturday, March 12, he did his usual post-fight celebration, which included a backflip off the top of the cage fencing. The problem with Gaethje’s celebration is that it went against Colorado’s rules and he was warned prior to the fight not to do it.
‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Corey Anderson Set for UFC 198 in Curitiba
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is headed home for his next bout.
UFC officials Tuesday announced that Rua will square off against once-beaten prospect Corey Anderson at UFC 198, which takes place May 14 in Rua’s hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. The pay-per-view event will be topped by a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Officials: WSOF 30 main card complete with Heun-Magalhaes, Azaitar-Davis Jr.
The lineup is set for next month’s “WSOF 30: Branch vs. Starks” televised main card.
Officials today announced two new additions to the card, which takes place April 2 at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The latest WSOF 30 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET)
Champ David Branch vs. Clifford Starks – for middleweight title
Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino – for vacant welterweight title
Jake Heun vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Abu Azaitar vs. Danny Davis Jr.
WSOF champ Justin Gaethje: I'm going to fight my 2 fights and then see what I'm worth
WSOF lightweight Justin Gaethje wants to finish out his WSOF contract and then join the free-agent sweepstakes that’s sweeping MMA.
Gaethje (16-0) said he has two fights remaining on his current contract, and once completed, and he plans to find out what numbers he can fetch with promotions competing for his talent.
“I’ve made an investment in my career, and I love World Series and I want to stay with them, but I have two fights left, (and) I’m going to make them impressive, win or lose,” he today told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m OK staying with World Series, but I’m going to see what I’m worth.”
Francis Ngannou Gets Replacement Opponent Curtis Blaydes for UFC Fight Night Zagreb
Ultimate Fighting Championship has made an alteration to next month’s UFC Fight Night card in Zagreb, Croatia.
UFC’s French division on Monday announced that heavyweight Francis Ngannou -- who was scheduled to meet Bojan Mihajlovic at the April 10 event -- will instead face unbeaten prospect Curtis Blaydes in a three-round tilt. The reason for Mihajlovic’s withdrawal from the bout was not specified.
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov added to UFC 198 in Brazil
May’s UFC 198 event in Brazil has a new featherweight matchup, officials today announced.
Renato Moicano (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Zubaira Tukhugov (18-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are now slated to fight at the event.
The latest UFC 198 card includes:
Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title
Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza
Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green set for UFC 199
Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier will face Bobby Green at UFC 199 on June 4th in Inglewood, California.
Fresh off both an impressive win over Joseph Duffy, as well as a new contract with the UFC, #10 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier is set to make his return on June 4th against an opponent who has been out of action since late 2014. Brian Martin of the LA Daily News reported on Monday that "The Diamond" will fight Bobby Green at UFC 199 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. UFC officials have since confirmed the matchup.
Poirier (19-4), a former featherweight contender, went back up to 155 lbs after suffering a 1st round knockout loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 178. The move has paid off well for the 27-year-old, who stopped Diego Ferreira, Yancy Medeiros (at a catchweight when Medeiros came in heavy), and most recently scored a unanimous decision against Duffy. Last month, it was announced that Poirier had agreed to a new deal with the UFC, with the Duffy fight representing the penultimate one on his old contract.