If Rory MacDonald gets past Jake Ellenberger, he faces his toughest decision
Ever since the then 21-year-old Rory MacDonald threw around Nate Diaz before 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto en route to a unanimous decision win, people have labeled him as the next Georges St-Pierre, or as the heir apparent to St-Pierre’s crowns.
St-Pierre is not just the UFC welterweight champion, but the face of the sport in Canada. He earns millions in endorsements to go along with being the sport’s biggest drawing card.
MacDonald (14-1) was 20 when he moved from Kelowna, British Columbia, across the country to Montreal in search of the training that he felt would allow him to reach his potential as a fighter. That meant training at Tri-Star Gym, the home of St-Pierre...
Rodrigo Caporal: The Hong Kong Based Brazilian Lightweight Who is Dominating Chinese MMA
Brazilian fighters have been making a name for themselves competing in Asia since the dawn of modern MMA competition when Rickson Gracie would submit multiple opponents in a single night at Vale Tudo Japan.
Today, the sport has evolved almost beyond recognition, but fighters from the same country that gave us the Gracies are still holding their own in Asia. Among them is Rodrigo Caporal, a long-term resident of Hong Kong, who recently became the 155-pound champion of China.
Caporal (9-4) has won five fights out of five since signing with RUFF, a Chinese organization that is government sanctioned, giving its fighters the right to call themselves national champions of the most populated country on the planet...
Pair of tournament finals marked for Bellator 107 on Nov. 15
Kicking off Sept. 13 at Bellator 99, the featherweight tournament features matchups of Patricio Freire vs. Diego Nunes, Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Akop Stepanyan, Desmond Green vs. Fabricio Guerreiro and Andrew Fisher vs. Joe Taimanglo.
While Bellator hasn't yet announced their complete welterweight tournament field, we know War Machine and Matt Riddle will participate in the opening round slotted for Bellator 100 on Sept. 20.
Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson set for UFC 166 co-main event
After some speculation he might test the free-agent market, Roy Nelson (19-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has instead signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC and will face Daniel Cormier (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) this fall.
UFC officials today announced the bout following an initial report from the Houston Chronicle. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed Nelson's new deal with sources close to the promotion.
Thank god! I was worried this fight wasn't going to happen for a little while
Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas focused on unknown next fight, sponsors
Eduardo Dantas is starting to get that itch again.
The Bellator MMA bantamweight champion hasn't fought since a second-round knockout win over Marcos Galvao in February. But with no 135-pound tournament winner waiting in the wings, Dantas (15-3 MMA, 5-0 BFC) is stuck in purgatory unless the promotion books him for a stay-busy non-title fight...