World Series of Fighting Unveils Championship Belt, Plans First Title Fight for Early 2014
The World Series of Fighting has taken another step toward crowning its first world champion.
A source close to the WSOF forwarded images of the promotion’s new championship belt to Sherdog.com on Tuesday, stating that the WSOF plans to hold its first title fight in early 2014. While the weight at which the fight will be contested is not yet determined, Sherdog’s source said that middleweight and light heavyweight are the most likely options.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 gets Rua-Sonnen headliner, McDonald-Pickett, more
UFC President Dana White promised to put on a free card for the ages for the company's first event on UFC on FOX Sports 1, and the company is making good on that commitment.
UFC officials today announced several additions to the UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 card, and the latest round of new bouts includes a headlier of light heavyweights Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) vs. Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC), as well as bantamweights Michael McDonald (15-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) vs. Brad Pickett (23-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and light heavyweights Cody Donovan (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Ovince St. Preux (13-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Rampage Jackson signs with Bellator
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is taking his talents to Bellator.
Jackson, who did not re-sign with the UFC following his unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira in January, has signed an exclusive contract with Bellator, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
According to those same sources, Jackson's new deal will be similar to the one "King" Muhammed Lawal signed with the promotion last year, which gave him the opportunity to appear on TNA Impact Wrestling programming on Spike TV. Jackson has flirted with the idea of pursuing a pro wrestling career in the past, and it seems as though he will soon get a chance to showcase himself as a sports entertainer.
Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis set for UFC Rio 4
Light heavyweight Phil Davis (11-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) could get a chance to cut back in line for No. 1 contender if he gets past his next challenge.
Sources close to the fight on Monday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the 28-year-old fighter is set to meet ex-champ Lyoto Machida (19-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) at UFC 163, which takes place Aug. 3 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian website Portal do Vale Tudo first reported the fight on Monday.
Rumor: Shogun vs Sonnen set for UFC 161
Mauricio Shogun and Chael Sonnen will battle on the UFC 161. After Sonnen tweets that he's available, on monday night, the American trash talker indeed confirmed the deal with the UFC and will be a last-minute-replacement in the card. June 15 in Winnipeg, Canada. The information was confirmed by Combate.com with people that are close to the UFC.
Chael Sonnen campaigns for UFC 161's open slot against 'Shogun' Rua
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is injured and out of next week's UFC 161 co-headliner with light heavyweight Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), but one familiar name has offered his services as a replacement.
And Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) did it in the only way he knows how.
"@ShogunRua I HEAR BRAZILIAN CHICKEN IS OFF THE MENU. AMERICAN GANGSTER IS STILL AVAILABLE IF YOU WANT TO SEND YOUR WAITRESS OVER," he wrote via Twitter.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Sunday, Nogueira was forced off the June 15 card with a back injury. Officials haven't formally announced the scratch as of Monday morning.
UFC 161 takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card, including Rua's bout, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.