Heavyweight prospect Tony Johnson Jr. added to Bellator roster, fights at Bellator 41
Former King of the Cage heavyweight champ Tony Johnson Jr. (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator Fighting Championships' latest acquisition.
The former Ohio State wrestler and four-time NCAA Division I All-American makes his debut for the promotion at Bellator 41 against an opponent yet to be named.
Honestly, I think Bellator are starting to solidify their place as the number 2 mma organization in the world. They're building their roster up very nicely adding a bunch of prospects.
Ricardo Almeida, Now a Professional MMA Judge in New Jersey
It's been a little over a week since it was announced that UFC welterweight contender, Ricardo Almeida has decided to hang up the gloves and retire from competing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. At 34-years-old, he mentioned that he wanted to focus more on his family, on his school, and on coaching his teammates. Those aren't going to be the only obligations on his plate though, because as Lary Pepe of ProMMARadio mentioned, "Big Dog" is also now a judge in New Jersey
UFC: Rio Teaser Video Featuring Royce Gracie and the Top Brazilian Fighters
The UFC just released their first promotional video for UFC: Rio, happening on August 27, in Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. This will be the second time the company heads to Brazil, with their maiden voyage happening back in 1998. The short teaser had this brief message, originally in Portugese:
The UFC is coming to Brazil, where the fighters are produced, and the champions are forged.
The video featured Brazil's top UFC fighters such as Vitor Belfort, Jose Aldo, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Thiago Alves, Junior dos Santos, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and of course, UFC Hall-of-Famer, Royce Gracie. While it's almost impossible for all of them to be on the card, they have all expressed interest in fighting on their home country. This of course includes the original "Ultimate Fighter" in Royce Gracie, who at 44-years-old, is still trying to negotiate with Dana White to get him on the card.
"TUF 8" finalist Vinny Magalhaes challenges Viktor Nemkov for vacant M-1 Global belt
Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard Vinny Magalhaes is set to challenge combat sambo stylist Viktor Nemkov for M-1 Global's vacant light heavyweight title.
M-1 Global officials recently announced that Magalhaes and Nemkov will tangle on the main card of April's "M-1 Challenge XXV: Zavurov vs. Magomedov II" event.
Featuring a welterweight title fight rematch between current champ Shamil Zavurov and challenger Rashid Magomedov, M-1 Challenge XXV stream live in the U.S. on April 28 at M-1 Global's official website.
UFC 131 Official for Vancouver, British Columbia
HW - Junior Dos Santos vs Brock Lesnar
LW - Mac Danzig vs Donald Cerrone
HW - Shane Carwin vs Jon Olav Einemo
MW - Demian Maia vs Mark Munoz
FW - Kenny Florian vs Diego Nunes
LW - Sam Stout vs Yves Edwards
FW - Dustin Poirier vs Rani Yahya
LHW - Krzysztof Soszynski vs Anthony Perosh
FW - Michihiro Omigawa vs Darren Elkins
HW - Joey Beltran vs Dave Herman
MW - Chris Weidman vs Jesse Bongfeldt
FIGHT CLUB MEMBERS - THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH (10AM)
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I already have my hotel, and plane ticket booked... bought my fight club membership 10 mins ago and will be on alert come the 14th!
On hot streak, UFC's Nik Lentz welcomes all-comers in lightweight division
Fighting in arguably the UFC's strongest division, lightweight Nik Lentz (21-3-2 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) has yet to experience defeat since entering the organization 18 months ago.
Over that span, Lentz has taken on all challengers and beaten the likes of Tyson Griffin, Andre Winner, Rob Emerson and, most recently, Waylon Lowe to continue his rise to the upper echelon at 155 pounds.
Stout-Edwards Official; 8 Bouts Greenlit for UFC 131
A rumored lightweight showdown between Canadian kickboxer Sam Stout and well-traveled veteran Yves Edwards is now official for UFC 131, the promotion announced Wednesday.
Eight bouts have been greenlit for the June 11 event, which goes down at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Headlined by a heavyweight No.1 contender’s bout between Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, UFC 131 will also feature Kenny Florian’s featherweight debut against Nova Uniao product Diego Nunes.
Brown-Attonito Official for UFC Live 4 in Pittsburgh
The fourth installment of the “UFC on Versus” series now has a home, as the promotion announced Wednesday that UFC Live 4 will take place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 26.
Additionally, a welterweight showdown between Matt Brown and Rich Attonito has been green-lit for the event, which marks the promotion's first trip to Pittsburgh.
Return of the Dragon: Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres Will Get Another Shot in the UFC
When Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres made the trip to Seattle for his fight against Mackens Semerzier, he had all the right confidence heading into the fight.
The former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor made the drop to 145lbs, which was a more natural weight class. He had been working with the Renzo Gracie academy to get him ready for the fight. He even had Taimak, the original Bruce Leroy from the film “The Last Dragon” in his corner.
In Spite of M-1's Earlier Denial, Fedor Admits He is Indeed Considering a Drop to 205
When rumors began circulating that Fedor Emelianenko was considering a drop to light heavyweight to face Strikeforce 205-pound kingpin Dan Henderson, representatives from M-1 were quick to quash them.
“At this time it is all rumor with no truth. It’s not anything M-1 has considered at all,” M-1's head of PR Eric Nicholls told MiddleEasy last month. “Should it be decided that Fedor would consider dropping to 205, M-1 would make an official announcement.”
Bud Light renews UFC sponsorship and brings 'Battle on the Bayou' to Spike TV on Sept. 17 in New Orleans
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today (April 6, 2011) has announced a multi-year sponsorship renewal with Bud Light, the world's best-selling beer.
To celebrate, Brock Lesnar is going home to get on top of his wife.
The new agreement with Bud Light means more to fans than just a few well-placed logos and witty commercial spots. In fact, the boys at Anheuser-Busch will bring one special promotional event per year, beginning on Sept. 17, 2011, with a live event in New Orleans airing on Spike TV.
Women's MMA: Potentially Dying in America, Thriving in Japan
The Queen of Pancrase. For those familiar with the testosterone heavy environment of the pioneering MMA promotion, it's something that's tough to wrap your head around. It's not just the MMA business that is changing, it's Japan. A once fiercely patriarchal society is welcoming women into the workforce in record numbers. The role of motherhood, at one time so lauded and respected, has shifted into the background as Japanese women have fewer and fewer babies. These two news items, of course, are connected at the hip. But that's a story for another time and another blog. The times are indeed changing - and that includes MMA as well.