Monson reveals Taktarov match-up is a parody fight: 'This is like a WWE thing'
Jeff Monson revealed that his scheduled match-up against Oleg Taktarov is a parody bout that has been misreported by the media.
Last week, a match-up between Jeff Monson and UFC 6 tournament winner Oleg Taktarov was announced by various Russian outlets. However, the articles failed to mention that the contest was not a real MMA fight, but a "parody" fight done for entertainment purposes.
According to Monson, his match with Taktarov will resemble a professional wrestling bout with a scripted storyline.
"This is fun. This is like a WWE thing," Monson told BloodyElbow. "We're going to get there in a couple of days early and script it; get the audience involved. It is nothing more than that.
B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver slated for UFC 199 in Los Angeles
UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn (16-10-2 MMA, 12-9-2 UFC) will return from a two-year layoff to fight fellow vet Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) at UFC 199.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the fight with Yahoo! Sports.
UFC 199 takes place June 4 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
The latest UFC 199 lineup now includes:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight championship
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad
B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
WSOF 31 main card finalized with John Howard, Luis Palomino, Chris Barnett, others
With three new bouts in a trio of weight classes, the main card is set for June’s WSOF 31 event.
WSOF officials today confirmed the additions with MMAjunkie. They include welterweights John Howard (23-12) vs. Thiago Meller (20-7), featherweights Luis Palomino (24-12) vs. Sheymon Moraes (8-1), and heavyweights Chris Barnett (14-2) vs. Justin Willis (3-1).
WSOF 31 takes place June 17 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The latest WSOF 31 card now includes:
Champ Blagoi Ivanov vs. Josh Copeland – for heavyweight title
Jason High vs. Mike Ricci
John Howard vs. Thiago Meller
Sheymon Moraes vs. Luis Palomino
Chris Barnett vs. Justin Willis
Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho dies following MMA loss
Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho has died following a loss last weekend at an event in Dublin.
Carvalho (1-2), 28, suffered head injuries during a third-round TKO loss to Irish welterweight Charlie Ward at the Total Extreme Fighting event, which took place April 9 at National Stadium.
According to a TEF statement sent to MMAjunkie, medical personnel examined Carvalho after the fight and sent him to a local hospital for “emergency treatment,” which included brain surgery on Saturday. He ultimately died on Monday.
Rizin 1 Bout Order Announced; Prochazka vs. Fujita Gets Top Billing Over Wanderlei, Sakuraba
The fight card and bout order have been locked in for Sunday’s Rizin Fighting Federation event in Nagoya, Japan.
The main event of Rizin 1 will see New Year’s Eve grand prix runner-up Jiri Prochazka square off against Japanese veteran Kazuyuki Fujita in a 242-pound catchweight fight. The bout structure will follow the Pride FC model, with an opening round of 10 minutes followed by two five-minute rounds.
Several other fighters from Rizin’s inaugural events are featured on the main card, with tournament competitor Vadim Nemkov taking on Karl Albrektsson in the light heavyweight co-main event. Lithuanian standout Teodoras Aukstuolis will face recent Fedor Emelianenko opponent Jaideep Singh at a catchweight of 216 pounds, while Brazilian jiu-jitsu star Gabi Garcia will make her sophomore MMA appearance in an open-weight tilt against Russia’s Anna Malyukova.
Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin to Coach ‘TUF: Latin America’ Season 3
UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin will serve as opposing coaches on the upcoming third season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America,” UFC announced on Monday.
“TUF: LATAN 3” will be the first season of the reality show to film in Argentina, with production slated to begin in Buenos Aires in late spring. The season premieres in August and will be streamed via UFC Fight Pass in the U.S. Canal 5 will broadcast the show in Mexico, with “14 additional free-to-air networks” airing the series throughout Latin America.
Venator FC 3 Update: 20-Fight Card Includes 6 Title Bouts, Numerous Big-Show Veterans
Though still more than a month away, the fight card for Venator FC 3 looks to have reached capacity with an enormous 20-bout lineup.
Venator Fighting Championship on Monday released an updated bill for the event, which takes place May 21 at PalaSesto in Milan, Italy. Set to headline the show is a welterweight title fight between former World Series of Fighting titlist Rousimar Palhares and Norwegian slugger Emil Weber Meek.
UFC Fight Night 86 post-fight facts: Dos Santos lands record number of body strikes
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (18-4 MMA 12-3 UFC) produced a record output of strikes when he dominated Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) for a decisive unanimous-decision win in UFC Fight Night 86’s headliner.
The heavyweight matchup headlined Sunday’s FOX Sports 1-televised event at Zagreb Arena, which marked the organization’s debut in Croatia. The 13-fight card had a mixed bag of results, but in terms of history-making performances, Dos Santos’ was the most significant.
To see what “Cigano” accomplished, as well as notable results from the card, check out 40 post-fight facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 86.
Kevin Souza replaces Derek Campos in Saturday's Bellator 152 headliner
Bellator has a new main event for its Saturday debut in Italy, officials today told MMAjunkie.
Derek Campos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 BMMA) has suffered an injury, and Bellator has signed recent UFC fighter Kevin Souza (15-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) as a replacement to fight Patricky Freire (15-7 MMA, 8-6 BMMA).
Bellator 152 takes place at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, with the main card on Spike.
The latest Bellator 152 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 10 p.m. ET)
Patricky Freire vs. Kevin Souza
Brian Rogers vs. Alessio Sakara
Danilo Belluardo vs. A.J. McKee
Anjela Pink vs. Anastasia Yankova
Daniele Miceli vs. Daniele Scatizzi
Manny Pacquiao retires after beating Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision
LAS VEGAS – If this was the finale of Manny Pacquiao's legendary career, he went out on top, if not in style.
The Filipino superstar has had better days in the ring during a career that saw him win world titles in eight weight classes and virtually guarantee himself a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
It's fair to say, though, that the action was lacking at many points during his fight with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden before 14,665 largely Pacquiao partisans.
Buoyed by two knockdowns in what could be his final fight, Pacquiao won a unanimous decision over Bradley in a fight that was dull for long stretches.
All three judges had it 116-110 for Pacquiao.
Rafael dos Anjos Will be Ready to Fight in July, Hints Eddie Alvarez Could Be Next Foe
It was a milestone week for Rafael dos Anjos in his recovery process from the broken foot that forced him to pull out of a lightweight title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC UFC 196.
“[It was] my first week without the boot. My doctor cleared me to walk barefoot,” dos Anjos told “Inside MMA” on Friday night. “I started working a little bit, hit some bags, doing some techniques.”
With that progress comes a target date for the lightweight champion’s Octagon return.
“I will be ready by July. I want to fight in July. I’m here. Whatever UFC decides, I’ll be ready,” dos Anjos said. “In three more weeks I’ll be ready to jump, to kick. In July, I’m ready.”
If all goes as planned, that progression could lead to a spot on the UFC 200 card, an event that already features a pair of title fights as well as a welterweight headliner between Nate Diaz and McGregor. Dos Anjos was angling to fight either Diaz or welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on July 9 in Las Vegas, but he was denied by the promotion on both counts.
After Teixeira Injury, Patricio Freire Says He’s Fighting Henry Corrales at Bellator 153
It apparently didn’t take long for Bellator MMA to find a replacement opponent for Patricio Freire.
The former featherweight champion revealed on Twitter Saturday that Henry Corrales will step in for the injured John Teixeira da Conceicao and face Freire at Bellator 153. Promotion officials were not immediately available to confirm the change.
“Thank you [Henry Corrales] for stepping up,” Freire wrote. “Much respect. Everyone was saying no but you. I know you’ll come to war, and I welcome the challenge.”
After beginning his professional career with 12 consecutive wins, Corrales has faced a tough draw in Bellator MMA, dropping back-to-back fights to Daniel Straus and Emmanuel Sanchez in his first two promotional appearances.
Oluwale Bamgbose in for Caio Magalhaes against Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FOX 19
Caio Magalhaes is injured and out of his UFC on FOX 19 bout with Cezar Ferreira. Heavy hitting Oluwale Bamgbose will step in to face Ferreira on the prelims of the card.
The change was originally reported by Fox Sports.UFC on FOX 19 takes place April 16 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The middleweight matchup will take place on the early prelims.
Bamgbose (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will look to build on his recent 60-second knockout of Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night 83. He debuted in the octagon with a short notice loss to Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 73, the first defeat of his career. All six of his professional victories have come by way of knockout.
Adam Piccolotti vs Jordan Parsons added to Bellator 154
Fast off the heels of Bellator announcing Bellator 154 main event between Phil Davis and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal comes a plethora of action-packed fights. The newest addition to an already electric main card is a lightweight bout pitting Adam Piccolotti (7-0) against Jordan “Pretty Boy” Parsons (11-2) at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
The matchup joins a main card that features a light heavyweight main event between “King Mo” (19-4, 1 NC) and Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (15-3, 1 NC) to determine the No. 1 contender for Liam McGeary’s title. In the co-main event, San Jose’s own Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) will meet longtime Bellator MMA lightweight standout “Iron” Michael Chandler (14-3), who’s fresh off a new long-term contract extension with the Scott Coker-led promotion.
In addition, the card’s preliminary card has been completed; with the announcement of 10 fights, which will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App. The undercard is headlined by a “Veterans Operation Wellness” bout, pitting Maurice Slade of the U.S. Army Reserve against Jorge Acosta of the California Army Nat’l Guard.
HBO PPV Weigh-in Results: Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley on Point
On Saturday night inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, one of boxing’s biggest stars will be in action once again, though Manny Pacquiao claims it’ll be his last fighter before retiring to a life as a full-time politician. He’ll oppose rival Timothy Bradley for a third time and thanks to both men being on point at Friday’s weigh-ins, the fight was given the green light.
Bradley climbed to the scale and came in at 146.5 pounds for his welterweight rubber match with the Filipino legend. Not to be outdone, Pacquiao tipped the scale at 145.5 pounds, clearing the way for their anticipated showdown.
HBO PPV Weigh-in Results:
Manny Pacquiao (145.5) vs. Timothy Bradley (146.5)
Arthur Abraham (168) vs. Gilberto Ramirez (168)
Oscar Valdez (125.5) vs. Evgeny Gradovich (126)
Jose Ramirez (138) vs. Manny Perez (137.5)
Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko rematch set for July 9, same day as UFC 200
Tyson Fury's first defense of his WBO and WBA heavyweight titles will be against the man he took it from in November 2015. In news confirmed by Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and trainer, Tyson will rematch Wladimir Klitschko on July 9th in Manchester, England.
More details are due to be announced on Saturday, including the venue.
Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) defeated Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) by unanimous decision (116-111, 115-112, 115-112) at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf to end Wladimir's reign as the world's #1 heavyweight. It was Klitschko's first loss since a stunning TKO defeat to Lamon Brewster back in 2004. The fight itself was ... bad. They combined to land 138 punches (per CompuBox) over the course of 36 minutes. That averages out to less than 4 punches landed per minute, and Wladimir only was credited with 52 out of 231 thrown. After the scorecard was read, Fury serenaded his traveling fans with a stirring rendition of Aerosmith's "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing.
Dan Hardy eyeing superfights, not a title run, in potential UFC return
UFC veteran Dan Hardy hasn’t fought since September 2012 – a result of a heart condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He hasn’t taken his eye off a comeback, however, and wants to be in big one-off fights to close out his career.
Speaking with MMAjunkie Radio, Hardy (25-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) said he has grown as a person while working as a commentator for the UFC, but he views the changing face of the UFC as one where he can re-enter the octagon without concerns of becoming champion.
Instead, he said, the new move toward superfights could provide him with opportunities not to work his way up the rankings, but instead participate in marquee matchups.
Christine Stanley, Rachael Ostovich added to Invicta FC 17 card
Invicta has added a pair of intriguing flyweight bouts to its next card.
Christine Stanley will take on Shannon Sinn and Rachael Ostovich meets Ariel Beck at Invicta FC 17 on May 7 in Costa Mesa, Calif., it was announced Friday on Invicta FC Radio. Stanley and Ostovich are two of the promotion's top up-and-coming names at 125 pounds.