Kimbo Slice headlines Feb. 19 Bellator event, Lashley or Thompson potential opponent
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is expected to return to the cage Feb. 19 in a Bellator headliner in Houston against an opponent to be determined.
The Houston Chronicle first reported Slice’s (5-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) main event spot, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the report with sources close to the promotion, who confirmed the event is Bellator 149 at Houston’s Toyota Center.
A Bellator PR official said Slice’s participation is not confirmed. One source close to the promotion said the former street brawler could potentially face the winner of a heavyweight bout at next week’s Bellator 145 between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson, but two separate sources said negotiations are ongoing with another opponent, though they declined to name him.
ONE Championship 34 adds five bouts, including strawweight title fight
Next month’s “ONE Championship 34: Askren vs. Santos” event is complete with the addition of five new bouts, including a title fight.
Supporting a welterweight title fight between champ Ben Askren and challenger Luis Santos in the main event will be a strawweight championship bout between champ Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (5-0) and Yago Bryan Farias de Morais (3-0). Promotion officials announced the new championship bout today.
The latest ONE Championship 34 card includes:
Champ Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos – for welterweight title
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Yago Bryan Farias de Morais – for strawweight title
Kotetsu Boku vs. Major Overall
Natalie Gonzales Hills vs. Angela Lee
Amir Khan vs. Jimmy Yabo
Alain Ngalani vs. Igor Subora
Edward Kelly vs. Martin Nguyen
Benedict Ang vs. Yohan Mulia Legowo
Nathan Ng vs. Li Kai Wen
Bellator 146 adds Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz rematch, six prelims
The lineup is almost set for Bellator’s return to Oklahoma next month with the addition of a lightweight rematch, plus six prelims.
Derek Campos (15-5 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) will meet Brandon Girtz (13-4 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a 155-pound bout on the main card of Bellator 146, promotion officials recently announced.
The Bellator 146 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef
Bubba Jenkins vs. Jordan Parsons
Chidi Njokuani vs. Ricky Rainey
Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:45 p.m. ET)
Kenyon Jackson vs. Bubba McDaniel – 195-pound catchweight
Alonzo Menifield vs. Zach Rosol
Julia Budd vs. Roberta Paim Rovel
Stephen Banaszak vs. George Pacurariu – 140-pound catchweight
Chris Jones vs. Treston Thomison
Roshaun Jones vs. Eli Tamez
Sean Holden vs. Justin Patterson
John Lineker to Bryan Caraway: ‘I need another name that I can knock out’
UFC bantamweight John Lineker is game to fight Bryan Caraway if the UFC makes it so.
In a statement released Wednesday to MMAjunkie, former flyweight contender Lineker (26-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC) said he heard Caraway’s (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) callout on MMAjunkie Radio and welcomes a booking.
“I saw that Bryan Caraway wants to fight me,” Lineker wrote. “I also heard he’s friends with Francisco Rivera, so I guess he just wants to defend his buddy’s honor and have his back, and I’m absolutely fine with that.”
Caraway recently told MMAjunkie Radio he watched Lineker’s most recent bout, a “Fight of the Night” knockout of Francisco Rivera at UFC 191, and came away with a desire to fight the heavy-handed Brazilian.
“He beat Francisco, so I kind of want to get in there and mix it up with him,” Caraway said.
Lineker said a fight with the veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 14” veteran is good for his career.
“Truthfully, I’m honored that Caraway wants to fight me,” he said. “I’ll graciously accept the fight if it fits the UFC’s purpose. I know it fits mine.
“I need another name in the division that I can knock out. People keep calling me small for the division, but as I continue to rack up these names, they’ll be calling me a giant at bantamweight.”
UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov after latest injury: 'I'm not sure if I will ever come back'
Khabib Nurmagomedov apparently has serious doubts about his future following his latest injury setback.
The undefeated UFC lightweight contender suffered a rib injury that will prevent him from making a scheduled bout with Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December. It’s the third major injury Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has faced in less than two years and he hinted the damage could spell the end of his career.
“I broke a rib and once again retired from the fight, I really wanted to come back, I’m not sure I’ll be back at all ever,” Nurmagomedov wrote on his official Instagram account. “I want to apologize to my fans. I broke my rib, and again I am out of the fight. I really wanted to come back, I’m not sure if I will ever come back. Thanks to my fans and my sponsors.”
Edson Barboza steps in for Khabib Nurmagomedov to face Tony Ferguson at TUF Finale
Edson Barboza was officially named the replacement for the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov in a fight with Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Friday.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov can't seem to catch a break.
An injured rib has forced Nurmagomedov out of his highly-anticipated Dec. 11 fight against Tony Ferguson, sources confirmed with MMAFighting.com Thursday night.
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Kurt Angle, Ken Shamrock both tease major Bellator announcement
After a whole lot of flirting with the idea over the last decade (or longer), could Kurt Angle actually have finally decided to step into an MMA cage? Well, it doesn't seem likely. But he is pumping up a major announcement for Bellator 145 next week. In addition to that, Ken Shamrock is doing the same thing. Here are their tweets on the issue:
Michael Bisping no longer interested in Anderson Silva: Probably 'on juice whole time'
For much of his career, Michael Bisping was motivated by the idea of getting to square off with UFC legend Anderson Silva. Now that Silva has a positive test for anabolic steroids under his belt, Bisping’s interest has waned.
Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) recently underwent surgery on his arm. The injury that led to the procedure forced him out of a UFC 193 bout with Robert Whittaker. While there’s no set timeframe for his return, Bisping is starting to move toward a return to the gym.
GLORY kickboxing to no longer air on Spike TV
Confirming long-standing rumors, GLORY kickboxing events will no longer air on Spike TV. After a run of more than a dozen events dating back to 2013, Spike will no longer air the top kickboxing organization's shows. The network confirmed the news with MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
‘Minotauro’ Nogueira: ‘I Have Done a Total of 22 Surgeries’
Revered for his amazing capacity to recover from serious damage, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira spent the final years of his career trying to avoid the subject with the media.
Few could deny that Nogueira’s passion for the sport dwarfed all the injuries he suffered, and he resisted for years repeated calls for him to retire. Until Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White nudged him into retirement following a loss to Stefan Struve at UFC 190 on Aug. 1, “Minotauro” had managed to avoid questions regarding the end of his career and the subject of exactly how many surgeries he has undergone. Not anymore. During a roundtable discussion promoted by Dr. Marcio Tannure at the 2015 Rio Sports & Health conference in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 18, Nogueira talked openly about his injury history....