With Bellator 152 card set, Derek Campos set to meet Patricky Freire in main event
The MMA portion of Bellator 152, a card which features both MMA and kickboxing action, is now finalized with a lightweight bout between Patricky Freire and Derek Campos lined up to serve as the night’s headliner.
The event takes place April 16 at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. It marks the promotion’s first international event.
With the additions, the Bellator 152 card includes:
Derek Campos vs. Patricky Freire
Brian Rogers vs. Alessio Sakara
Danilo Belluardo vs. A.J. McKee
Anjela Pink vs. Anastasia Yankova
Daniele Miceli vs. Daniele Scatizzi
Ruslan Magomedov out with injury against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC Fight Night 86
One of heavyweight's only prospects is going to be stuck on the shelf for awhile. Ruslan Magomedov announced Wednesday that he has been forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 86 contest against Gabriel Gonzaga after suffering an apparent knee injury.
Magomedov (14-1) posted a photo of an x-ray on Twitter and wrote that he "can barely walk" due to the injury. UFC officials have yet to announce Magomedov's withdrawal or a replacement opponent for Gonzaga.
Mauro Ranallo Reunited with Bas Rutten as New Inside MMA Host
AXS TV FIGHTS on Wednesday announced renowned combat sports personality and broadcaster Mauro Ranallo will be the new host of INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news series on television, beginning Friday, March 25.
A veteran broadcaster with over 30 years’ experience, Ranallo will bring his energetic broadcasting style and opinionated views on the world of combat sports to INSIDE MMA alongside UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten and correspondent Ron Kruck Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. PT/12:30 a.m. ET following AXS TV FIGHTS’ weekly live MMA and Muay Thai broadcasts.
Ranallo is best known for his play-by-play commentary for prestigious organizations such as Pride Fighting Championships, which he called alongside his new co-host Rutten for several years; Showtime Boxing, where he recently called the international feed of the historic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight; and Strikeforce, which was home to MMA superstars like Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold. In 2015, Ranallo helped AXS TV launch its hit pro wrestling series NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING calling matches alongside former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett, before signing with WWE as the new voice of Smackdown.
RDA open to Robbie Lawler superfight at UFC 200
Perhaps the biggest loser from the madness of UFC 196, at least in a financial sense, is someone who didn't fight at all.
UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos lost his golden ticket to the Conor McGregor show when he dropped out with a broken foot less than two weeks before the event. And after seeing his replacement, Nate Diaz, shatter the illusion of the unbeatable Irishman, dos Anjos' takeaways are twofold: first, that his big payday is likely gone for good, and second, that he could've done far worse things to McGregor had he not gotten injured.
"I've been around the game for a long time, 12 years, and I never cancelled any fight due to injury," dos Anjos said Monday on The MMA Hour. "I always show up, but unfortunately for this fight, I broke my foot, man. A lot of people are making fun of it, and I don't like to make fun of people's injuries. I think we are fighters, so everybody is going to get injured one day. So, unfortunately I lost my payday, but I think everything is God's plan for my life. I believe in that.
Mainstream Media Errors: UFC Champ Paige VanZant? Nick or Nate Diaz?
When an event like UFC 196 happens, MMA fans get to cherish that our little niche sport gets to be the focus of the public eye for a weekend. With the good always comes the bad.
You have to listen to your friends who only watch the big PPV events give their uninformed but strong opinions on who's going to win. Even worse than that, you have to listen to mainstream sports shows discuss the sport in a less than educated manner.
Aldo: I watched porn instead of McGregor fight
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor beat former title holder Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194. When McGregor fought lightweight Nick Diaz, at welterweight, Aldo says he was otherwise occupied with a Brazilian television channel called "Sexy Hot."
According to its website, "The Sexy Hot is a channel of tv adult Brazilian, marketed as subscription or pay-per-view in operators of pay TV. Is the first channel with adult content (erotic and sex explicit) of the Brazilian television. The programming is directed to public hardcore and straight."
Aldo appeared Sunday night on the Brazilian language television show Extra Ordinarios, and prior to the interview, told a Combate reporter that the night before, he was watching the porn channel instead of the title fight.
Conditioning coach: Nate Diaz was basically coming off couch for Conor McGregor
When Nate Diaz told UFC President Dana White he was in shape for a short-notice fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 196, he was mostly being truthful.
When he said he was training for a triathlon, that wasn’t technically a lie. Diaz is always active in some way or another.
Just three months ago, the UFC veteran had put in a solid training camp for a pivotal fight with Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17, and the benefits of his hard work were still present.
It just so happened that wasn’t the full story. An Instagram post today on Diaz’s official account told the more truthful one about his readiness for this past Saturday’s UFC 196.
According to a video posted by the now-victorious welterweight, he was shooting tequila on a yacht in Cabo San Lucas, “gettin my chillax on wit my dudes … before I got the call.”
Severe heart condition scratches UFC vet Chris Leben’s Bellator comeback
Chris Leben is no longer coming out of retirement to fight for Bellator after doctors found a severe medical condition that left him with just 18 percent of normal blood flow to his heart.
MMAjunkie was today forwarded a statement from Leben’s management team. Swedish news site MMANytt first reported the news.
In a separate statement, Bellator President Scott Coker said, “We are saddened to hear of Chris Leben’s current health situation and would have loved to see him compete inside the Bellator cage.
“A fighter’s health and safety is of the utmost importance to us as an organization. We wish Chris the best in his future endeavors and we are happy to provide a platform for him to share his story with people around the world.”
Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh says, if it were up to him, a rematch with Jose Aldo would be next
Even in defeat, Conor McGregor managed to come off as an asset to the sport following Saturday night’s main event against Nate Diaz.
McGregor said he would take the loss "on the chin," but that he would be back. He held his head high and answered every question directed at him. And in the end, he lived by his word of being "humble in victory or defeat."
Same goes for his coach at SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh, who was a guest on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Kavanagh reiterated McGregor’s words about picking himself up and moving on. Yet when asked what the next move would be for the Irish firebrand — who is just a couple of years has become one the UFC’s most marketable stars — he said he wasn’t sure just yet.
Paige VanZant joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cast
Top strawweight Paige VanZant has her next challenge lined up, but it won’t be inside a UFC Octagon.
One of the top prospects in the UFC 115-pound division, VanZant has joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the 22nd season. A former dancer, VanZant was paired with two-time "Dancing with the Stars" winner Mark Ballas.
The TV show is set to debut on March 21. VanZant is the first active UFC fighter to be on the show. In previous editions, after they announced their retirements, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, competed on the "Dancing with the Stars".
Joanna Jedrzejczyk on filming TUF with Claudia Gadelha: 'I think I broke her already'
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha almost stole the show at the "Unstoppable" press conference before UFC 196. UFC president Dana White had to send security to get between them on the dais and then White had to forcefully separate the two women during a faceoff.
White then explained later that night at the EA Sports UFC 2 video game launch party at Mandalay Bay that just a few days earlier Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha got into a "full-blown fist fight" after The Ultimate Fighter 23 filming wrapped up. The two women are coaching against one another on the show, which will being airing April 20 on FOX Sports 1.
Roy Jones Jr's opponent announced, Tank Abbott vs Dan Severn set for UR Fight
After an initial campaign in which a fan would be selected online to fight boxing great Roy Jones Jr, UR Fight, the organization holding the event, faced the obstacle of being forced to ensure that the selected opponent had to have a professional record.
Well, that hurdle has been cleared. Sort of. Enter MMA fighter Vyron Phillips, a native of Minnesota that's been living and training in Western Canada and is ranked #44 in the listing for Canadian welterweights according to Tapology. This bout is purportedly a boxing match, with a potential $100,000 prize for the challenger were he to defeat the former multiple time boxing champion. While UR Fight has announced the matchup, there doesn't seem to be any indication by the state athletic commission regarding whether or not this fight would be approved since Phillips does not seem to have any professional boxing experience.
UFC 196 medical suspensions: Nate Diaz out after McGregor fight, but only until 4/20
Leave it to Nate Diaz to get suspended until April 20.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released medical suspensions stemming from the pay-per-view event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In a twist that’s so MMA, Diaz gets free on 4/20 following his bloody second-round submission of UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor.
The full list of suspensions stemming from UFC 196 includes:
Nate Diaz: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for right eye laceration
Ilir Latifi: Needs X-ray on left toe, if broken then suspended 180 days, or until cleared by doctor
Valentina Shevchenko: Suspended until 30 days with no contact for 21 days for left eye laceration
Siyar Bahadurzada: Must have jaw cleared by doctor or suspended 180 days; minimum suspension for 21 days with no contact for 14 days
Brandon Thatch: Needs X-ray on left foot, if broken then suspended 180 days, or until cleared by doctor; minimum suspension 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Nordine Taleb: Needs X-ray or MRI of left knee and must be cleared by doctor, or suspended 180 days
Erick Silva: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Marcelo Guimaraes: Needs X-ray or MRI of left knee and must be cleared by doctor, or suspended 180 days; minimum suspension 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Chas Skelly: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Justin Salas: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for right eye laceration
Julian Erosa: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Khalidov vs. Karaoglu and Pudzianowski vs. Rozalski announced for KSW 35
Following a successful start to 2016 in Warsaw last week with three title fights at KSW 34, the promotion announced a series of entertaining fights for their upcoming show in May.
During the live broadcast, the Polish promotion confirmed that middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov will defend his title against Germany's Aziz Karaoglu. The event will also feature a co-main event heavyweight bout between Mariusz Pudzianowski and Polish legend Marcin Rozalski. The event will also include a rematch between Kendall Grove and former middleweight title holder Michal Materla.
Holly Holm wants quick return after title loss, would 'love' Miesha Tate rematch
Holly Holm said complacency led to her downfall and the loss of her UFC women’s bantamweight title to Miesha Tate on Saturday at UFC 196.
Holm (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) suffered a crushing fifth-round submission loss to Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in pay-per-view co-headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, and it couldn’t have come in more gut-wrenching fashion.
“The Preacher’s Daughter” was largely in control for more than four rounds of action. Save for a point late in the second round when Tate got her opponent’s back and nearly finished with a choke, Holm kept the fight standing and picked her shots with precise striking combinations.
CES MMA 35 heads to Massachusetts on April 16 with Gonzalez vs. Jeudi headliner
CES MMA will makes it Massachusetts debut on April 16, officials recently announced.
CES MMA 35 takes place at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass., and the main card airs on AXS TV.
The featherweight headliner features Pedro Gonzalez (10-5) vs. Andres Jeudi, two local products.
Gonzalez is riding a three-fight winning streak with three submission victories, including ones over Josh Lange and onetime Strikeforce fighter Billy Vaughan. In fact, he has nine submissions in 10 career wins. He now meets Jeudi (7-5), a longtime CES MMA fighter and Team Sityodtong member who looks to break out of a recent 1-3 skid.