Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal Added to UFC on Fox 18 in New Jersey
After an unsatisfying Octagon outing earlier this month, Kevin Casey will get straight back to work in the new year.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials Monday announced that Casey will take on Rafael Natal in a middleweight attraction at next month’s UFC on Fox 18 in New Jersey.
Headlined by a light heavyweight duel between Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader, the nationally televised show takes place Jan. 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Rizin FF Weigh-in Results: Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinya Aoki Given Go-Ahead in Japan
Rizin Fighting Federation 1: Day 1 Weigh-in Results:
Kazushi Sakuraba (171) vs. Shinya Aoki (169.75)
Satoshi Ishii (219) vs. Jiri Prochazka (211.5)
Goran Reljic (215) vs. Vadim Nemkov (219.5)
Teodoras Aukstuolis (216) vs. Bruno Henrique Cappelozza (218)
Muhammed Lawal (214) vs. Brett McDermott (215)
Yuta Uchida (209) vs. Valentin Moldavsky (215)
Hiroyuki Takaya (143) vs. Daiki Hata (143)
Hideo Tokoro (135) vs. Kizaemon Saiga (136)
A.J. Matthews (184) vs. Anatoly Tokov (185)
Yuki Motoya (125) vs. Felipe Efrain (128)
Kirill Sidelnikov (253) vs. Carlos Toyota (259)
Tsuyoshi Kosaka (220.5) vs. James Thompson (291)
Brennan Ward rolling with the punches all the way to Japan for Rizin
Brennan Ward has fought on five separate occasions at the Mohegan Sun, not far from where he grew up in New London, Connecticut. He won four of those fights, and lost once to Tamdan McCrory. Each time he fights there he brings a good portion of New England in to root for him. It is always a Brennan Ward crowd when Bellator visits the Mohegan reservation.
UFC in 2015: A ridiculously robust look at stats, streaks, skids and record-setters
The UFC had an historic year in 2015. From the highs of mega-events that caught the world’s attention to the lows of an overwhelming number of key fight cancellations, a lot unfolded over the past 12 months and 41 events.
Now that the year has come to a close, and with a major assist from FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producers Michael Carroll, here are some of 2015’s most significant milestones from the events, the fights and individual performances.
Gegard Mousasi now meets Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 83 in London
After losing his high-profile opponent for UFC Fight Night 83 in London, Gegard Mousasi has his new assignment for late February.
With Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) into the main-event slot against former longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), Mousasi (37-6-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) now will meet Thales Leites (25-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in the co-main event.
(Courtesy of on Twitter)
ROAD FC 27 in China Results and Recap: Zhang Lipeng wins, Knockout 8-man Tourney
On December 26th, 2015 in Shanghai, China at the Oriental Sports Center, ROAD FC 27 went down to a packed arena. All four quarterfinal matches in the 8-man openweight tournament ended in a knockout, Zhang Lipeng made an impressive promotional debut, and Zhao Zilong made quick work of “Minowaman”.
ROAD FC 27 in China
December 26th, 2015
Oriental Sports Center
Lightweight Match (155lb/-70kg)
Zhang Lipeng (China) vs Hong Young-Ki (Korea)
Winner: Zhang Lipeng via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1R,1:33
Light Heavyweight Match (205lb/-93kg)
Zhao Zilong (China) vs Ikuhisa Minowa “Minowaman” (Japan)
Winner: Zhao Zilong via TKO (Punches) 1R,1:24
Bantamweight Match (135lb/-61.5kg)
Zhao Zhikang (China) vs Choi Mu-Song (Korea)
Winner: Zhao Zhikang via Split Decision (2:1)
Lightweight Match (155lb/-70kg)
Nandin-Erdene (Mongolia) vs Bao Yincang (China)
Winner: Nandin-Erdene via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
Featherweight Match (145lb/-65.5kg)
He Nannan (China) vs Daisaku Tanaka (Japan)
Winner: He Nannan via TKO (Punches) 1R,1:52
Women’s Strawweight Match (115lb/-52kg)
Xiaonan Yan (China) vs Nam Ye-Hyun (Korea)
Winner: Xiaonan Yan via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
Featherweight Match (145lb/-65.5kg)
Choi Jong-Chan (Korea) vs Yibugele (China)
Winner: Choi Jong-Chan via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
*8-man Openweight Tournament Quarterfinals*
Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga (USA) vs Choi Mu-Bae (Korea)
Winner: “Mighty Mo” via TKO (Punches) 1R,3:43
Choi Hong-Man (Korea) vs Luo Quanchao (China)
Winner: Choi Hong-Man via TKO (Retirement) 1R,3:14
Aorigele (China) vs Kim Jae-Hoon (Korea)
Winner: Aorigele via TKO (Punches) 1R,0:24
Myung Hyun-Man (Korea) vs Liang Lingyu (China)
Winner: Myung Hyun-Man via KO (Punch) 1R,0:13
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha likely as 'TUF 23' coaches
UFC women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is “99 percent” likely to coach the 23rd edition of “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite rival Claudia Gadelha.
Speaking on Monday to Polish MMA outlet MMARocks.pl, Jedrzejczyk stopped short of confirming the news. But “TUF 20” vet Tecia Torres later backed the report, recently telling fans she heard the strawweight rivals will coach against each other on the reality show.
In an email to MMAjunkie, a UFC official declined comment on the show’s casting. If confirmed, the coaches would mark the first time women’s strawweights have coached on the long-running reality series, which just wrapped up its 22nd season featuring now-featherweight champion Conor McGregor and popular ex-champ Urijah Faber.
ROAD FC Eliminates “10 Point Must” Scoring System, Announces “Unlimited Points System”
This new judging criteria is merit-based and will provide a more accurate account of a fighter’s performance than the out-dated “10 point must” system. It will reward exciting and aggressive fighters while penalizing those who repeatedly stall or avoid action. The “Unlimited Points System” will deliver the kind of non-stop, thrilling action for which fans are now clamoring.
In this system, points will be awarded for specific action and activity. One point will be given for a clear strike, takedown, near submission, full mont or back mount position, clear control on the ground, and aggression. Five points will be awarded for a knock down.
Penalties will be assessed by the referee. A yellow card for fouls will incur a five point deduction. A blue card worth a two point deduction will be introduced for the purpose of eliminating stalling and avoidance, standing and on the ground.
All points will be accumulated through the entire fight, not round by round, therefore a performance throughout the entire bout will determine the clear winner. The “Unlimited Points System” will be in operation starting at he next event, ROAD FC 027 in China on 26 December.
RIZIN NYE 2015 : ALL Fight Cards are set
Yesterday the last fight card was announced and finally ALL Fight Cards are set for RIZIN 2-days NYE event.
On the first day (29th Dec) the event sub-named “SARABA Fiesta” will be held. RIZIN FF says this will be a day which history of Japanese-MMA scene “to CLOSE” (SARABA means Good-Bye with strong saying). They will create the atmosphere with music and directions once used before (means “PRIDE-era”?) and this event will be a compilation of the past (PRIDE?) events.
On the next day (31st Dec) the event sub-named “IZA (Takeoff) Saltation” will be held. RIZIN FF says this will be a day which will “OPEN the DOOR for future” with special direction no one never seen before on past MMA history. New Japanese MMA history will start with saying “IZA (Let’s start from NOW!)” on the last day of 2015.
On 30th Dec. RIZIN will be held many MMA-related event named “Martial Arts EXPO” (I think it’s like a UFC Fan EXPO.) for free include amateur MMA fights (RIZIN FF amateur challenge 1st), Martial Arts MUSEUM (displaying real-once-used gloves and champion belts etc…) and the weigh-in for “IZA (Takeoff) Saltation” (It will start from 3PM).
Revolutionary new ONE Championship weigh in policy following death of fighter
The culture of extreme weight cutting in MMA is arguably the most dangerous aspect of a dangerous sport, and various steps are being take to address it.
Earlier this month, Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing died while making weight with ONE Championship. He was just 21. ONE has crafted a tremendous new weight cutting policy in response.
The step is extraordinary. Weigh-cutting via dehydration is now over in the organization. This is a first for professional combat sports, and deserves both praise, and copying.