Shannon Knapp to launch Invicta Boxing Championships
Despite its issues, the vast majority of fighters want to get into the UFC. There is no certain consensus on what league is the surest route up. Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat, World Series of Fighting, Legacy Fighting Alliance, Titan Fighting Championships are among a group that constantly sends fighters up to the biggest show.
But that’s for men.
For women’s MMA, there is only one – Invicta Fighting Championship. Under the direction of founder Shannon Knapp, the surest way for a woman to get into the UFC is by excelling in Invicta.
Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller among new additions to UFC 208 in Brooklyn
UFC officials today 155-pounders Dustin Poirier (20-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) vs. Jim Miller (28-8 MMA, 17-7 UFC), as well as heavyweights Luis Henrique (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), lightweights Nik Lentz (27-7-2 MMA, 11-4-1 UFC) vs. Islam Makhachev (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), and flyweights Wilson Reis (21-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Ulka Sasaki (19-3-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
UFC 208 takes place Feb. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Brock Lesnar suspended for one year, fined $250,000 for failed UFC 200 drug tests
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Thursday issued former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar a one-year suspension stemming from two failed drug tests in relation to his UFC 200 bout against Mark Hunt.
In addition to the suspension, Lesnar has agreed to pay a $250,000 fine as part of a settlement agreement with the Nevada attorney general's office. His win against Hunt will be overturned into a no contest.
Lesnar twice tested positive for the anti-estrogenic agent Hydroxy-clomiphene in drug tests administered prior to his UFC 200 fight on July 9 against Hunt, first in an out-of-competition USADA drug test on June 28, then in an in-competition test the day of the event.
Lesnar initially defeated Hunt via unanimous decision. He earned a then-UFC record $2.5 million purse for his victory, according to NAC documents. The $250,000 fine is equivalent to 10 percent of that purse.
Derrick Lewis meets Travis Browne at UFC 208
“The Black Beast” is getting a big fight next.
After headlining his first UFC card on Dec. 9, rising heavyweight Derrick Lewis is set to take on Travis Browne at Brooklyn’s UFC 208 on Feb. 11, MMA Fighting confirmed following a report by ESPN.
Ex-champ Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou set for UFC on FOX 23
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will look to bounce back against hot prospect Francis Ngannou at UFC on FOX 23.
FOX’s “UFC Tonight” reported the matchup between Arlovski (25-13 MMA, 14-7 UFC) and Ngannou (9-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) on Wednesday evening. Although the event’s bout order has not been finalized, the matchup is expected to air on the FOX-televised main card of the Jan. 28 card at Denver’s Pepsi Center.
With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 23 now includes:
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena
Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal
Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou
Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling
Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares
J.C. Cottrell vs. Jason Gonzalez
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Eric Shelton
2x Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla moving to MMA 145lb
Kayla Harrison enters an ordinary door on a gray street on the outskirts of the Garment District and goes down the stairs to arrive at Renzo Gracie's jiu-jitsu academy.
There is no entourage, no handlers, no TMZ, just her and a bunch of sweaty fighters who pay her no mind.
You wouldn't know she is the most successful American judo Olympian in history.
The 26-year-old Ohio native recently signed a four-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting
In choosing the smaller promotion, Harrison turned down an offer from the UFC, according to the Boston Herald, to slowly and steadily build herself into the best MMA fighter in the world.
Chuck Liddell Inks Deal With WSOF Following UFC Termination
Fresh off his departure from the UFC, Chuck Liddell is already heading over to one of their rival promotions, WSOF. Liddell will be part of a signing at the theater in Madison Square Garden along with Randy Couture as was announced by World Series of Fighting earlier.
WSOF President Ray Sefo talked about having Chuck Liddell at the event.
“We are excited to have two of the sport’s most beloved and accomplished fighters on hand to meet our fans after WSOFNYC,” said Ray Sefo. “It will be a great honor to have them there following our historic event.”
Chuck Liddell was part of a number of employees that were released by the UFC under their new ownership. He’d been in an executive/ambassador role with the company ever since retiring from competition in 2010.
Angela Hill off UFC 207 due to USADA guidelines
Invicta strawweight champion Angela Hill is going to have to wait a while before returning to the UFC.
The current Invicta strawweight champion was slated to return for UFC 207 later this month against Jessica Andrade, but her return was cut short upon receiving the news that she has to re-enter the USADA testing pools due to their guidelines.
Holm vs de Randamie for the inaugural featherweight title at UFC 208
Boxing traditionally had eight weight divisions and eight champions. It made things easy to remember and appreciate. UFC president Dana White is an old student of the sweet science; it is no coincidence that there are eight divisions for men in the UFC.
There were only two weight divisions for women – 115 and 125. Women flyweights could move up to 135 or down to 115. Women featherweights could drop, and women atomweights could move up. So the talent was deep.
The greatest female fighter in MMA is Cris Cyborg and the UFC engaged in a years-long effort to bring her down to 135 for a superfight with Ronda Rousey. However, the cuts took too much out of her and she eventually said no more.
Kelvin Gastelum staying at middleweight to fight Vitor Belfort
Though Kelvin Gastelum believes his ideal weight class is welterweight, he has agreed to stay at middleweight for his next fight to meet Vitor Belfort.
The bout is set for a UFC Fight Night event on March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil, according to AgFight, which confirmed an initial report by Combate.
Gastelum (13-2) has had difficulty making the welterweight cutoff on several occasions, most recently having a UFC 205 bout with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone canceled due to his failure to make weight.
King Mo interested in Fedor & Carwin fights, expects to walk Ishii down and ‘beat him up’
American Top Teams’ ‘King Mo’ Lawal is getting set to fight again this Friday on a card that’s flying a bit under the radar. The former Strikeforce champion entered Bellator as an expected top star for the promotion, and while he’s definitely found a lot of success, his run has come with its ups and downs.
Perhaps the most notable hot streak Mo has had in the past few years came not under the Bellator banner, but for RIZIN. Mo entered into the 2015 100kg (220 lb) Grand Prix and won the whole thing, beating Brett McDermott and Teodoras Aukstuolis on his way to knocking out Jiri Prochazka. He followed that run with return to Bellator and a loss to Phil Davis back in May, and is now poised to bounce back against Satoshi Ishii.
New UFC matchmaker deserves a chance to show what he’s made of
A post on Facebook from number one light heavyweight title-contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson Monday caught my eye. Johnson had recently lost out on a championship fight when Daniel Cormier pulled out of UFC 206 with injury. Johnson said he was game to fight a short-notice opponent, as long as it was at heavyweight.
The former welterweight has had success at heavyweight, including a decision win over former world champ Andrei Arlovski in 2013. Johnson had gone on record saying that Arlovski had turned-down an offered rematch with him.
On Monday, Johnson jumped on Facebook, saying he was “feeling annoyed,” and to apologize to “The Pitbull.” According to Johnson, Arlovski called him to set the record straight.
Lightweight champ Justin Gaethje has new opponent for New Year's Eve WSOF 34 headliner
WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje has a new opponent for his scheduled title defense on New Year’s Eve.
Officials today announced Luiz Firmino (19-7) has replaced injured Joao Zeferino (21-8) and now meets Gaethje (16-0) in the headliner of the show, which features four title fights.
WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card airs on NBC (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) following prelims on NBCSN (3 p.m. ET) and MMAjunkie (1 p.m. ET).
Sinead Kavanagh vs. Elina Kallionidou added to Bellator 169
A women’s featherweight bout pitting Sinead Kavanagh and Elina Kallionidou is the latest addition to Bellator 169. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday.
Kavanagh was originally scheduled to compete in a bantamweight fight against Eeva Siiskonen on the BAMMA portion of this co-promoted event, but will now be moving up a weight class to face Kallionidou under the Bellator banner. Kavanagh trains out of SGB Ireland and is 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter.
Commission practices at UFC Albany event draw criticism from fighters
Practices conducted by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) are drawing criticism from fighters following the UFC's event in Albany over the weekend.
Multiple fighters and coaches confirmed with MMA Fighting that the commission would not let doctors give fighters stitches in the arena, a practice that is common in many other jurisdictions. Instead, fighters were sent to the hospital in an ambulance and some had to wait hours to get cuts sutured.
SUG 2 results: Jon Jones submits Dan Henderson, challenges Chael Sonnen to grappling rematch
Over four years after the cancellation of their ill-fated UFC 151 bout, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson finally competed against one another in a cage -- albeit not in the way many fight fans may have expected.
In a grappling-only match, Jones submitted Henderson via arm-triangle choke at 6:39 of the main event of SUG 2 on Sunday night, settling a rivalry that began all the way back in 2012.
"Dan is so strong. I did not expect him to be that strong," Jones said afterward. "Thank you so much for the opportunity, Dan. I really appreciate it, man. I know we've had our differences over the years, Dan, but I respect you tremendously. You're truly a legend and one of the greatest of all-time in our sport."