TUF9 winner Wilks forced to retire
TUF 9 winner James Wilks has announced his retirement from the sport.
The English welterweight, who earned a contract with the UFC after beating DaMarques Johnson in the final of 'The Ultimate Fighter: UK vs. USA', has been forced to end his career due to injury. He has not fought for 18 months.
"A few of you have been asking when my next fight is," Wilks said on Twitter. "Unfortunately, I have had to retire due to injury. Now coaching at Lightning MMA."
Scott Coker: No set plans for Strikeforce grand-prix winner or 'plus-one' fight
So what happens to next week's winner of the Strikeforce world heavyweight grand prix?
It's a good question, but it's still one without an answer.
In a recent media call, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said there are no definite plans for the winner of the May 19 headliner between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.
Barnett (31-5 MMA, 2-0 SF) and Cormier (9-0 MMA, 6-0 SF) meet in the long-awaited finale of the 15-month-long tournament, which began with eight fighters (and swelled to nine when Cormier replaced Alistair Overeem in the semifinals). The tourney conclusion airs on Showtime from HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
UFC on FUEL TV 3's Stephens on Cerrone: 'I'm going to break him'
Lightweight veteran Jeremy Stephens believes he can get Donald Cerrone to wilt under pressure.
"I couldn't care less about his kicks," said Stephens, scheduled to face Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 3 on Tuesday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. "I couldn't care less about his punching power. And I'm going to break him."
Both coming off losses to top-10 opponents, Cerrone and Stephens could use a win to start new runs at the elite ranks at 155 pounds. Pitting them against each other gives the UFC a good chance of an action-packed affair; between them, Cerrone and Stephens have combined for 13 fight-night awards under the banner of UFC parent Zuffa.
Yet Stephens doesn't go into the cage with the notion of winning a bonus for action.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Clobbers Bob Sapp at KSW 19; Mamed Khalidov Victorious
Five-time World’s Strongest Man titleholder Mariusz Pudzianowski put away Bob Sapp with first-round punches less than a minute into their KSW 19 headliner on Saturday at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Sapp (11-12), who has lost his last six fights, succumbed to the Polish strongman’s blows 41 seconds into round one.
The two behemoths approached one another tentatively at the start and then let loose with their fists. Sapp covered up almost immediately and ate a series of close-quarters knees. Pudzianowski (4-2) backed him into the ropes, ripped his feet out from under him with a primitive but effective standing double-leg takedown and smashed away with hammerfists and punches. With Sapp offering nothing in return, referee Tomasz Bronder swooped in and brought the match to a merciful close.
Nick Diaz no-shows Brazilian jiu-jitsu super fight against Braulio Estima
Nick Diaz was all set to fight multiple time world champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu player Braulio Estima in the main event of the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo tonight (May 12, 2012) in Long Beach, California.
But first he had to show up.
Estima showed up, had a tough weight cut, but made weight for their bout, which was the headliner of the inaugural event that was being put online via a pay-per-view stream for $9.95, but Diaz didn't.
Instead, fans were left scratching their heads. After all, the bout was supposed to be for charity. There had been reports throughout the night that Diaz hadn't shown up yet, but most just assumed he was being fashionably late.
When he completely no-showed the main event, the fans in attendance and around the world were justifiably livid.
Guilherme Bertholdo may eventually follow in Uncle Anderson Silva's MMA footsteps
While his name isn't the same as his world famous uncle, there's still some pressure if you're getting into the fight game and are related to pound-for-pound MMA king Anderson Silva.
But 19-year-old Guilherme Bertholdo shrugs off his famous lineage and told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's trying to forge his own fighting path, which right now is strictly muay Thai.
"No, I don't feel any pressure," said the soft-spoken Bertholdo, who faces 24-year-old Chris Lazaro tonight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at Lion Fight Muay Thai VI. "I'm just trying to do my own thing."
The 12-bout card streams live at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on LionFightPromotions.com. It features a main-event rematch between World Boxing Council light-heavyweight (175-pound) champ Joe Schilling (12-2, 10 KOs) of Los Angeles and Simon Marcus (23-0, 18 KOs) of Toronto. Marcus ended their February meeting with a quick, and controversial, TKO...
Bellator 68 results: Straus downs Sandro in tourney final, Galvao edges Marx
MAIN CARD RESULTS
-Daniel Straus def. Marlon Sandro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) - featherweight-tourney final
-Marcos Galvao def. Travis Marx via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) - bantamweight-tourney semifinal
-Marcin Held def. Derrick Kennington via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 2:08
-Marius Zaromskis def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via TKO (doctor's stoppage due to cut) - Round 2, 5:00
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
-Don Carlo-Clauss def. Jacob Kirwan via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Aung La Nsang def. Jesus Martinez via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 0:36
-Anthony Leone def. Claudio Ledesma via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
-Francois Ambang def. Gregory Milliard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Legacy FC 11 results: Patino crowned champ, Harris wins at welterweight
MAIN CARD RESULTS
-Jorge Patino def. Clay Hantz via KO (punches) - Round 1, 1:04 (wins vacant lightweight title)
-Chad Robichaux def. Joseph Sandoval via submission (north-south choke) - Round 1, 0:50
-Gerald Harris def. Mike Bronzoulis via split decision
-Evan Cutts def. Lee King via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:35
-William "Bubba" Bush vs. Artenas Young declared no contest
-Nelson Salas def. Angel Huerta via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 4:45
-Ryan Benoit def. Cody Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:53
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULS
-Ray Blodget def. Cris Rucker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Lester Batres def. Justin Murray via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Jesus "J.T." Mendez def. Andy Sandoval via TKO (punches) - Round 1
-Marcus Dupar def. Bobby Powers via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 2
Braulio Estima comes in 9 pounds over for BJJ match with Nick Diaz
Braulio Estima came in 9lbs over in his weigh-in for his match against Nick Diaz.
Braulio Estima had originally agreed to compete at 180lbs. Nick Diaz has made the agreed weight, while Braulio has notified the camp that he will not be able to make the agreed upon weight tomorrow before the match. The Gracie Fighter camp responded by allowing Estima to weigh in at 185lbs the day of the match, but Estima says he can no longer cut anymore weight though as of now is expected to attempt to make 185 tomorrow morning.
'Minotauro' Nogueira Joins Brazil's 'Dancing with the Stars'
Move over Chuck Liddell.
Being one of his country’s most popular athletes led to an unusual invitation for former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight titleholder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who will participate in “Dance of the Famous” -- Brazil’s version of “Dancing with the Stars.” The competition will be part of “Domingao do Faustao,” the top-rated Sunday afternoon television show on Rede Globo.
“I’ll dance,” Nogueira told Sherdog.com, a laugh in tow. “They called me to do it, and I’ll be there. It’s an opportunity to expose MMA to people who have never seen it. My grandmother, for instance, will attend ‘Dance of the Famous,’ but she doesn’t watch my fights...
UFC on FUEL TV 4 adds Dillashaw vs. Lee, Assuncao vs. Tamura, Cariaso vs. Ferguson
A trio of lighter-weight fights has been added to July's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event, as T.J. Dillashaw (5-1 UFC, 1-1 UFC) vs. Vaughan Lee (12-7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Rapahel Assuncao (16-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Issei Tamura (7-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) take place at bantamweight, while Chris Cariaso (13-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Josh Ferguson (8-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) each drop to 125 pounds for a flyweight scrap.
UFC officials today announced the new fights.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 takes place July 11 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Broadcast plans for the event haven't been announced, but main card action airs on FUEL TV.
Seth Petruzelli scratched from tonight's Bellator 68 event
Seth Petruzelli is a late scratch from tonight's Bellator 68 main event.
The fighter today announced via Twitter that a doctor wouldn't clear him to fight because he "heard weezing and fluid in my lungs."
A second doctor concurred, Petruzelli (14-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC) said, and his 230-pound catchweight fight with Carmelo Marrero (14-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has been pulled from the card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) spoke to Bellator officials who confirmed the fight's removal from the main-card broadcast, which airs on MTV2 from Palladium Ballroom in Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey.
According to an official, lightweights Marcin Held (12-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) vs. Derrick Kennington (6-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) have been promoted to the vacant televised slot.
John Alessio vs. Shane Roller booked for UFC 148 in July
A lightweight matchup between longtime vet John Alessio (34-15 MMA, 0-4 UFC) and Team Takedown's Shane Roller (10-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has been booked for July's UFC 148 event.
UFC officials today announced the new matchup.
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
The positioning of the Alessio vs. Roller matchup on the night's card was not revealed.
TUF International Round Two: Australia vs. the U.K.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed it will film an Australian edition of its hit reality television series The Ultimate Fighter, giving Aussie and British mixed martial artists the opportunity to secure a lucrative contract with the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.
Registration is now open to all aspiring UFC fighters from Australia and the UK. Prospective competitors should visit www.au.ufc.com/TUFForm (Aus) or www.uk.ufc.com/TUFForm (UK) for registration forms, rules and qualification criteria. The live tryouts, scheduled for June 12 in Sydney and June 15 in London, will be open to fighters ranging in weight from 61 to 77 kilograms (135 to 170 pounds). Participants must be between 21 and 35 years of age and have had at least three verified professional fights (having won two).
Lorenz Larkin Drops To Middleweight, Faces Robbie Lawler At July Strikeforce Show
During today’s Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament Final media call, promotion CEO Scott Coker confirmed several bouts for an upcoming July 14, 2012 show in Portland, Oregon.
Dropping to middleweight will be undefeated fighter, ‘The Monsoon’ Lorenz Larkins (12-0, 1NC), who is set to meet ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler (19-8, 1NC) at the West Coast event set for the Rose Garden in Portland.
Hendo vs Bones at UFC 151!
Jon Jones will defend his light heavyweight title for the fourth time at UFC 151.
“Bones” will square off with former Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson at the Sept. 1 event, according to a statement recently released by promotion officials. UFC 151 will take place in Las Vegas, though a specific venue for the show has not yet been announced
'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy' slated for July 14 in Portland, Larkin-Lawler added
A middleweight title fight between champion Luke Rockhold (9-1 MMA, 8-0 SF) and Tim Kennedy (14-3 MMA, 5-1 SF) will headline a major Strikeforce show in Oregon.
Strikeforce officials today announced the event, which takes place July 14 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
Other announced bouts include middleweights Lorenz Larkin (12-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) vs. Robbie Lawler (19-8 MMA, 3-4 SF) and middleweights Roger Gracie (4-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) vs. Keith Jardine (17-10-2 MMA, 0-1-1 SF).
The night's main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims.
Despite today's announcements, an expected welterweight title fight between Nate Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) and Tyron Woodley (10-0 MMA, 8-0 SF) wasn't mentioned.
Bellator and TNA Wrestling to announce 'King Mo' signing today
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has a new home.
Bellator and TNA Wrestling executives have set a conference call for 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) today to announce a "major talent deal."
It's the signing of Lawal (8-1), who will split his time between MMA (Bellator) and pro wrestling (TNA) once healed from a knee injury.
Terms of the deal are expected to be announced during the media call. Spike TV airs TNA Wrestling, and Bellator moves to the cable channel in 2013.
Bellator signs wrestling phenom Shanon Slack for May 18 fight against Booker Arthur
Bellator Fighting Championships continues to add to its impressive roster, this time adding dynamic featherweight Shanon Slack to its growing list of talent. Slack joins a stacked talent pool that includes reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran, future title challenger Patricio Pitbull, and a collection of some of the top featherweights in the world including Daniel Straus, Marlon Sandro, and "Popo" Bezerra.
"The Bellator featherweight division is tough as hell, and it was a huge reason why I decided to join Bellator," Slack said. "The tournament format is something that really stood out to me as well. There aren't any politics involved, and like any fighter, I want my title shot. Any fighter can say they want to take things one fight at a time, but if you aren't in this to become a champion, then you're in the wrong sport."
Armed with a wrestling base that earned him a spot as a U.S. Olympic alternate in 2008, Slack has trained with some of the biggest names in the sport and currently is a member of the world renowned Blackhouse fight team. Slack already boasts a spotless record of 3-0, but knows the sky is the limit with Bellator.