Video: Lithuanian Strongman Robert Burneika Makes His MMA Debut
For those Polish MMA fans whose jones to see muscle-bound power-lifting body-builder types floundering around inside a mixed martial arts cage wasn't satisfied by World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski, we have a new hero to pin our hopes on: Lithuanian power-lifter Robert Burneika who made his MMA debut in the main event of MMA Attack 2, April 27th in Spodek, Poland against Marcin "El Testosteron" Najman (0-3)
Fans may recall that Pudzianowksi made his pro MMA debut against Najman before moving on to stellar competition such as Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Tim Sylvia and James Thompson. The sky is truly the limit for Burneika as he's got a very comparable skill-set to Pudz: lots of beefy lumbering, awkward kicks and punches and some really impressive moves in the flex off.
Bellator signs British heavyweight prospect Mark Godbeer
Bellator Fighting Championships latest foreign import is coming from England.
Mark "The Hand of" Godbeer (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has inked a multi-fight deal with Bellator and is expected to debut sometime during the promotion's upcoming "Summer Series" event series.
The signing was first reported by several British news outlets, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the deal with sources close to the promotion.
Godbeer made his professional debut in August 2009 and quickly racked up seven-straight stoppage wins.
This past November, he suffered his first career defeat in a TKO loss to undefeated Englishman Anthony Taylor. However, Godbeer bounced back in March with a TKO victory over Catalin Zmarandescu, who was unable to answer the bell for the second round in the pair's BAMMA 9 matchup.
Godbeer, a Trojan Freefighters athlete, has earned all eight of his career wins via stoppage, including six by knockout. He has yet to fight beyond the second round.
Fan vote sends Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland to UFC on FX 3's main card
An intriguing bantamweight matchup between Scott Jorgensen (13-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Eddie Wineland (18-8-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has been added to UFC on FX 3's main card.
Heavy.com first reported the results of the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown contest, which allowed fans to choose one of three bouts to appear on the UFC on FX 3 main card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed with sources close to the contest that Jorgensen vs. Wineland was the bout selected, beating out Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha and Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist for the honor.
UFC officials have yet to make a formal announcement.
UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The location of the card was also determined through fan voting.
Francisco Rivera replaces Azamat Gashimov, faces Alex Soto at UFC on FUEL TV 3
Onetime UFC vet Francisco Rivera (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been given a second life in the octagon.
Rivera replaces Azamat Gashimov and now faces Alex Soto (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at this month's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the switch, which was first reported by Sherdog.com.
The reason for Gashimov's removal wasn't immediately clear, and UFC officials have yet to make an official announcement.
Despite UFC 149 Rumors, Jon Jones' Return Unlikely Until August or September
In the immediate aftermath of Jon Jones' recent win over Rashad Evans, we quickly learned that his next title defense would come against decorated veteran Dan Henderson. While no timetable was cemented for the bout, UFC president Dana White said that the upcoming UFC 149 event in Calgary could be a possibility.
One week later, though, we can rule out the July 21 event.
Jones' manager Malki Kawa told MMA Fighting on Monday that the UFC light-heavyweight champion would not be available for the show, which is scheduled exactly three months to the day after Jones' five-round unanimous decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC 145.
"He will not be fighting in July," Kawa said. "It's just probably a little too soon. There's been no timetable yet but July probably isn't going to happen."
Bellator Champ Eduardo Dantas Says Promotion Coming To Brazil In 2013
Brazilian bantamweight Eduardo Dantas (14-2) realized a dream last month by capturing his first major title by choking out Zach Makovsky to win the Bellator 135-lbs title in Atlantic City.
Since then Dantas has seen his life change significantly, from being recognized on the streets, to English classes in order to connect better with fans in North America.
Talking to Tatame.com, Dantas plans on keeping that title for awhile and would love to defend it in front of his countrymen when Bellator goes to Brazil in 2013.
UFC on FOX 4 Draws Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell
Fresh off respective award-winning performances at UFC 145, big men Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell have been paired off for a UFC on FOX 4 encounter.
The heavyweight tangle was announced overnight by the promotion.
Both men won in short order at UFC 145.
Browne continued his unbeaten stretch with an arm-triangle submission win over Chad Griggs in just 2:29. It was his first tapout win in the UFC, and only the second of his career as he improved to 13-0-1. For his efforts, he won the Submission of the Night bonus.
UFC On Fox 3 Bout Order Set, Two Fights Not Being Televised
The UFC on Fox 3 bout order has been figured out by the UFC, and unfortunately they decided to not use Facebook this time so two bouts aren't scheduled to be shown on any platform. Nick Denis vs. Roland Delorme and Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio will be the dark matches. Six fights will air on Fuel TV, and the top four will go down on Fox. The Fuel broadcast kicks off at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and the main card broadcast on Fox starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Here's how the card breaks down.
Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman slated for UFC 150 in Denver
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is returning to the middleweight division to meet Ed Herman (20-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in the Mile High City.
UFC president Dana White today announced the fight via Twitter.
It'll be part of UFC 150, which takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center.
UFC 150's main card, including an expected lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar, airs on pay-per-view. FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. It's not clear where Shields vs. Herman will be placed on the card.
Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida added to UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles
Two notable light heavyweights will clash in a summer showdown.
Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida (17-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and onetime-surging contender Ryan Bader (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) have agreed to meet on the network-televised UFC on FOX 4 fight card.
UFC officials today passed along news of the fight from the Brazilian outlet esporte.ig.com.br.
State of Nevada Rebuts Nick Diaz Lawsuit
Last Tuesday, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz filed a lawsuit against the Nevada state athletic commission, claiming that the state regulation agency violated his right to due process by declining to grant him a hearing on the status of his fighter's license within 45 days of his suspension.
According to the state of Nevada's office of the attorney general, the legal move is misguided. That is because Diaz's legal team, headed by Ross C. Goodman, cited a "summary suspension" of Diaz's license in his court filing. According to Nevada's state codes, a summary suspension can be ordered if an agency finds that "public health, safety or welfare imperatively require emergency action."
But in a written response from Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto to Goodman and forwarded to MMA Fighting, the state of Nevada asserts that Diaz's legal team misunderstood the suspension...
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch moves from UFC 148 to UFC 149 in Calgary
The ripple that began with Silva vs. Sonnen II's displacement has spread to UFC 148.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been shuffled from UFC 148 to UFC 149.
While the shift has yet to be made official, the bout is expected to serve on the main card of the July 21 pay-per-view event, which takes place at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Saturday's UFC on FOX 3 lineup finalized with televised bouts and dark matches
Saturday's UFC on FOX 3 event will feature a mixture of both televised fights and dark matches.
The event, which takes place at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., features four main-card bouts on FOX national, six preliminary-card fights on FUEL TV, and two dark matches.
Lightweights Jim Miller and Nate Diaz headline the event.
The UFC occasionally has dark matches that aren't televised or streamed on Facebook. In this case, bantamweights Roland Delorme (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Nick Denis (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and middleweights Karlos Vemola (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Mike Massenzio (13-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) can only been seen in person. The dark matches begin at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), and FUEL TV prelims begin an hour later.
Then, at 8 p.m. ET, the main card goes live on FOX.
The full UFC on FOX 3 card includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX)
Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller
Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV)
Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson
John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott
John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis
Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Sergei Kharitonov vs Tony Lopez booked for United Glory MMA bout on May 26 in Stockholm
No UFC ... no Strikeforce ... no problem!
Hard-hitting heavyweight striker Sergei Kharitonov is back in the mixed martial arts (MMA) spotlight, coming to terms with United Glory for an upcoming bout against the dangerous Tony Lopez at the "2012 Glory World Series" on May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden.
News of the pending match-up comes via the fine men and women at LiverKick.com.
Kharitonov (18-5) was last seen kicking the crap out of Mark Miller under the United Glory banner just last month in Russia. It was a nice rebound win (under kickboxing rules) for the former paratrooper, who was bounced from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix with a submission loss to Josh Barnett back in 2011.
But things aren't getting any easier.
White threatens no UFC in CA if AB 2100 passes
UFC head Dana White has threatened to cease holding events in the state of California if a controversial piece of legislation passes in the state. Assembly Bill 2100 was introduced last Wednesday and is supported by the Culinary Workers Union while opposed by the UFC among others.
Via San Jose Mercury:
(Assembly member Luis) Alejo wants to eliminate what he sees as abusive contracts, freeing up fighters to make Assembly Bill 2100 would prevent promoters from claiming unreasonable future merchandising rights, prevent unreasonable restrictions on fighters’ seeking outside sponsors and prohibit other onerous contract provisions.
Travis Browne Back in Training Just in Case Needed for UFC 146
Following a quick win over Chad Griggs at UFC 145, just about everybody was wondering if Travis Browne would get the call from the promotion to step in and help save a fight at UFC 146 where all five main card bouts are heavyweight contests.
Browne dispatched of Griggs with little wear and tear, but admitted after the fight that he spent so many weeks in training while at Team Jackson’s in New Mexico that he left his family behind so he could concentrate on his preparation for the bout.
Following UFC 145, Dana White stated that he hated to pull fighters back into bouts on a quick turn around, especially when they’ve already sacrificed so much time with their families while in a previous camp.
Well, Travis Browne is staying at the ready for UFC 146 just in case the organization needs him and makes the call to the bullpen...
Pay-Per-View Could Be in Bellator's Future
When Bellator lost its middleweight champion Hector Lombard to the UFC last week, it was at least partially because in the UFC's offer, they monetized the deal through pay-per-view. That avenue isn't available to Bellator right now, but within two years, it might be.
As Bellator grows internationally through its major deal with distribution giant Fremantle Enterprises, and makes its move domestically to Spike, new opportunities will arise. And that could mean that at some point, Bellator will try out the pay-per-view format.
Organization CEO Bjorn Rebney told MMA Fighting that the promotion is considering all of its options when it comes to producing live content, but that Bellator would only make the move to pay-per-view under the right circumstances.
"I think what you’ll see is as this is monetized and that sector plays out, it’ll play out with the big fights on that platform," he said in a recent interview. "You need that kind of platform for what they’re doing. We may get there. I never wanted to make a firm commitment to it as far as when and if we’ll get there, though. It’s really something that we might do, but it needs the right fights and the right talent to get you there."
Anderson Silva reveals he once almost killed his trainer
Anderson Silva released a biography last week and makes at least one startling revelation. Silva says he planned to kill his trainer several years ago, but was talked out of it by friends.
According to Fighters Only, Silva says he was going through a difficult time in his life financially. He was teaching jiu-jitsu classes, and the Chute Boxe coach Rafael Cordeiro did not want him to continue the classes. They had an argument in which Silva was slapped in the face.
Silva, upset, took a shotgun to where Cordeiro was and waited for the coach to return with the intent of shooting him. Luckily he had two friends with him who talked him out of the murder plan and nothing ended up happening.
Fighters Only says both Cordeiro and Silva’s son learned about the story for the first time last week. That had to be a pretty awkward moment for Cordeiro, I imagine. Can you envision being friends with a guy for years only to find out much later that he showed up ready to shoot you?
Good thing Silva was talked out of the incident otherwise the world may never have gotten to see his talents.
Rickels vs. Amoussou tourney semifinal moves to Bellator 69
Karl Amoussou (14-4-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC) and David Rickels (10-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) will still meet in a season-six welterweight-tournament-semifinal fight.
They'll just do so on a different date.
While initially targeted for Friday's Bellator 67 event, a source close to the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the tourney fight instead takes place next month at Bellator 69.
Bellator 69 takes place May 18 at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La., and the main card airs on MTV2 following Spike.com prelims.