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3-Time NCAA Wrestling All-American Jarod Trice Signs with Bellator MMA
Decorated collegiate wrestler Jarod Trice is set to embark on a mixed martial arts career with Bellator MMA. Bellator officials on Monday announced that the organization has signed Trice to “an exclusive, multi-fight contract.” Specifics of the deal were not revealed. Trice, a three-time NCAA Div. I All-American at Iowa State University, wrestled as a heavyweight in college but is expected to make his MMA debut at 205 pounds. In addition to his freestyle accolades, Trice is also an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler. According to Bellator, the 27-year-old Michigan native is currently training alongside fellow wrestlers-turned-fighters Darrion Caldwell and Bubba Jenkins.
Submitted May 2, 2016 8:11PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Kaline Medeiros replaces injured Mizuki Inoue at Invicta 17
A couple late changes have been made to this weekend's Invicta 17 event. Japan's Mizuki Inoue has withdrawn from the event in Costa Mesa, Calif. due to a training injury, the company announced Monday. Taking her place in a strawweight matchup against Brazil's Aline Serio (9-5) will be Kaline Medeiros (6-4).
Submitted May 2, 2016 7:59PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez sets sights on Wilson Reis for summer bout
Two-time UFC flyweight challenger Joseph Benavidez originally planned to fight at the recent UFC 197 event, win his sixth straight fight, and call again for a title shot. With current champ Demetrious Johnson by his side at the podium, it would have made for a nice photo op and a few stories. “I wanted to say ‘Hey, I beat somebody else – let me fight the winner,'” Benavidez (24-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio.
Submitted May 2, 2016 7:00PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Luis Felix vs. Ryan Sanders title fight headlines CES MMA 36 on AXS TV
A championship rematch is slated to headline next month’s CES MMA 36 event. Officials today announced lightweight champion Luis Felix (14-9) and challenger Ryan Sanders (10-7) will rematch at the June 10 event, which airs on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
Submitted May 2, 2016 6:59PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
With Chandler-Thomson scrapped, Bellator 154 adds Sergei Kharitonov vs. Josh Appelt
After losing one high-profile bout, officials today added some new fights to this month’s Bellator 154 lineup. With an injury forcing Josh Thomson (22-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) out of a planned bout with former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA), the organization has scrapped the matchup altogether. The latest Bellator 154 card now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 8 p.m. ET) Phil Davis vs. Muhammed Lawal Josh Appelt vs. Sergei Kharitonov Andre Fialho vs. Rick Reger TBA vs. TBA TBA vs. TBA PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET) Jorge Acosta vs. Joshua Hardwick Victor Jones vs. Anthony Taylor Danasabe Mohammed vs. Martin Sano Steve Gruber vs. Josh Paiva Doyle Childs vs. Sam Spengler Jeremiah Labiano vs. Josh San Diego Alvin Cacdac vs. Darren Uyenoyama Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman Stephanie Frausto vs. Jamielene Nievara Brandon Hester vs. Nick Pica James Chapman vs. Sean Tucker
Submitted May 2, 2016 6:58PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Raoni Barcelos vs. Bobby Moffett title bout headlines RFA 39 in Indiana
RFA 39 heads to “The Hoosier State” in June with a featherweight championship headliner. RFA 39 takes place June 17 at Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Ind. The main card airs on AXS TV. The promotion recently announced the event details.
Submitted May 2, 2016 6:57PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Kamaru Usman out of UFC 198 bout with Sergio Moraes
Sergio Moraes needs a new opponent at UFC 198 after Kamaru Usman was forced out of their welterweight matchup. The change was originally reported by Combate and was subsequently confirmed by MMAjunkie. Usman has been replaced by Luan Chagas. UFC 198 takes place May 14 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. With the change, the UFC 198 card includes: Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva Cristiane Justino vs. Leslie Smith Corey Anderson vs. Mauricio Rua Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos Rob Font vs. John Lineker Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo Luan Chagas vs. Sergio Moraes Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Submitted May 1, 2016 7:04PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Josh Thomson injured, out of Bellator 154 co-main event vs. Michael Chandler
Bellator MMA is in search of a new opponent for ex-lightweight champion Michael Chandler, as FloCombat reports that Josh Thomson is injured and out of the Bellator 154 co-main event on May 14th. There's no word yet on what injury Thomson suffered, and Bellator hasn't released any official statements on Thomson's status.
Submitted May 1, 2016 7:01PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Bellator's Jordan Parsons has part of leg amputated after apparent hit-and-run accident
Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons' career is likely over after being hit by a motor vehicle in Delray Beach, Florida on Sunday morning. Parsons, a featherweight affiliated with the Blackzilians, had the bottom half of his right leg amputated after he was apparently the victim of an apparent hit-and-run incident. As of Sunday afternoon, he's listed in critical condition at Delray Medical Center. Parsons, a Michigan native who had an 11-2 record (2-1 Bellator), was scheduled to fight Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 154 in San Jose on May 14. It is expected the bout will be scrapped and Piccolotti will not have a replacement opponent.
Submitted May 1, 2016 4:46PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Conor McGregor Tries to Run it Back, Tells UFC to ‘Cut the Bulls**t’
The UFC has moved on from its UFC 200 spat with Conor McGregor. McGregor, however, hasn’t. He took another shot at the UFC brass on social media on Sunday, saying that “nobody gives a (expletive)” about the current slate of UFC 200 fights until Diaz vs. McGregor 2 is “settled.” “Nobody gives a (expletive) about these other fights until this one is settled. Cut the (expletive). Run it back. #RealFight,” McGregor posted on Instagram, including a video clip from the fight...
Submitted May 1, 2016 1:21PM by grappler0000 - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Gesias Cavalcante fights Pat Healy for vacant lightweight belt at Titan FC 39
A lightweight title fight has been added to next month’s Titan FC 39 event. Gesias Cavalcante (19-8-1) and former Titan FC champion Pat Healy (33-21) meet for the organization’s vacant 155-pound title, officials announced during Saturday’s Titan FC 38 broadcast...
Submitted May 1, 2016 1:16PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Lavar Johnson Sentenced in Domestic Abuse Case
Lavar Johnson was sentenced Friday for a severe beating he admitted to after a blow up with his girlfriend. Pleas for a lighter sentence in the brutal beating did not convince a Fresno County judge to give the MMA fighter less time in prison. In his defense, his attorney said Johnson is a stand-up guy who had too much to drink and was mad about his girlfriend tracking him with GPS...
Submitted Apr 30, 2016 11:24AM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Report: Doo Ho Choi set to meet Thiago Tavares at TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas
July’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas continues to build with the addition of a new featherweight matchup. South Korea’s Doo Ho Choi (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Thiago Tavares (20-6-1 MMA, 10-6-1 UFC) on the card. Korean website SpoTV News first reported the booking, though the UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the matchup. With the addition, the TUF 23 Finale card now includes: Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith James Krause vs. Ross Pearson Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares
Submitted Apr 30, 2016 9:08AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Roy Nelson to face Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 90
Roy Nelson will square off against Derrick Lewis in the UFC Fight Night 90 co-main event on July 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the news, and UFC officials later confirmed it Friday night.
Submitted Apr 30, 2016 12:13AM by Five-Alive - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Iceland’s Sunna Davidsdottir Signed to Invicta
Sunna Davidsdottir was the first female amateur fighter out of Iceland and now “Tsunami” will become the first pro fighter. The Mjölnir MMA fighter will have her debut in style, as she will do it with Invicta FC. “I´m going PRO!” posts the strawweight today at the same time Invicta made the announcement.
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 9:29PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes Added to UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on July
A bantamweight showdown pitting Anthony Birchak against Dileno Lopes has been added to the UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas on July 7. Promotion officials announced the pairing on Friday. UFC Fight Night takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and is headlined by a lightweight title tilt between Rafael dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez. The event will air in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 9:25PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
James Vick steps in to face Evan Dunham in lightweight duel at UFC 199
James Vick is scheduled for a quick turnaround from his win on last Saturday's UFC 197, as "The Texecutioner" replaces the injured Leo Santos in a lightweight fight against Evan Dunham. Vick vs. Dunham will be at UFC 199, which takes place on June 4 at UFC's debut at The Forum in Los Angeles, and features a pair of title matches as headliners, Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman for the middleweight title and Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title.
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 9:17PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Joaquim Silva meets Andrew Holbrook in lightweight bout at TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas
July’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas continues to build with the addition of a pair of unbeaten lightweights to the lineup. Andrew Holbrook (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on fellow unbeaten Joaquim Silva (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on the card. Silva confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie today, though the UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the matchup. With the addition, the TUF 23 Finale card now includes: Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith James Krause vs. Ross Pearson Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 6:43PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
23-year-old German welterweight Jessin Ayari signs deal with UFC
A German welterweight with a penchant for submission finishes and a six-fight winning streak is the latest fighter headed to the UFC. According to his Twitter account, 23-year-old Jessin Ayari (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a contract with the UFC. The UFC has not made a formal announcement of Ayari’s signing. The news also was reported by German website GNP1. No fight date or first opponent was named in the report, but the UFC is expected to return to Ayari’s home country of Germany this fall. The UFC last visted the country in June 2015 for UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin.
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 11:37AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi moves from UFC 199 in June to UFC Fight Night 90 in July
A lightweight fight booked for early in the summer months is being moved to “International Fight Week” in July, instead. A fight between John Makdessi (13-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Mehdi Baghdad (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been shifted from UFC 199 to UFC Fight Night 90. A UFC official confirmed the change in to MMAjunkie today. UFC Fight Night 90 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. The bout’s original home at UFC 199 takes place June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., near Los Angeles with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 28, 2016 6:43PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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