Thomas vs. Mayorga OFF!
Don King Productions was granted its motion for injunctive relief Saturday against Shine Fight Promotions and boxer Ricardo Mayorga, who is scheduled to make his MMA debut against former UFC lightweight contender Din Thomas tonight at Shine Fights 3 “World Collide” at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Federico "Kiko" Lopez set for DREAM.14
A bout between hard-hitting Japanese veteran Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (17-3 MMA, 1-2 DREAM) and Team Quest bantamweight Federico "Kiko" Lopez (4-2 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) is set for DREAM.14.
Executives from the Japanese-based organization formerly announced Yamamoto's participation and today officially confirmed his opponent.
DREAM.14 takes place May 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and airs on HDNet.
Strikeforce Conducting Independent Drug Testing on Main Card Friday
All ten athletes scheduled to compete on Saturday’s Strikeforce “Heavy Artillery” main card will be tested by the promotion on Friday, Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou told Sherdog.com.
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, his challenger Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski, and Antonio Silva are among those who will be asked to submit a sample for testing.
Paulo Filho faces Denis Kang at Impact FC
The promoter of Impact FC, Tom Huggins, just let us know firsthand that Paulo Filho will face Denis Kang in the 3rd edition of his event scheduled for July 17, 2010, in Australia. The fight would be the final of the Pride GP (up to 84kg), which did not happen due to an injury of Paulo Filho. On the occasion Misaki Kazushi, who had been submitted by Filho in the semifinals, came back and won against Kang in the jury decision, winning the championship belt of the GP.
So what do you think the chances are that this fight actually happens?
Bobby Lashley faces Ron Sparks at "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" on June 16
Heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley (5-0 MMA, 1-0 SF) got a little more notice this time around.
After two scheduling snafus kept him from the Strikeforce cage in April and May, The former TNA and WWE "professional wrestler" will face fellow undefeated heavyweight Ron Sparks (5-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) on the televised portion of "Strikeforce: Los Angeles."
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements have been reached between the fighters and contracts are expected shortly.
Bellator 17 ratings up 184 percent from season-two debut event
Bellator Fighting Championships officials were pleased with the ratings earned by the promotion's Bellator 13 card, the debut event for the group's second season.
They're likely downright giddy over the latest numbers from the company's FOX Sports Net broadcasts.
Bellator officials today announced that the ratings for the May 6 Bellator 17 event were up 184 percent from the season-two debut four weeks prior.
Bellator 17, which took place at Boston's Wang Theatre, featured Eddie Alvarez's "super fight" win over Josh Neer and Pat Curran's stunning decision win over lightweight tournament favorite Roger Huerta.
Josh Thomson Fighting on June 26 Fedor Fight Card
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson is ready to get back in the cage, only he doesn’t quite know against who yet.
Thomson on Thursday posted on his facebook page that his next fight will be as part of the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum fight card co-promoted by Strikeforce and M-1 Global at the end of June.
“Im fighting June 26th in San Jose, Ca. @ the HP Pavilion on Showtime. My opponent is TBD and i should know by the weekends end (sic),” he wrote on facebook.
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos official for "Fedor vs. Werdum" event on June 26
Strikeforce world female middleweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (9-1 MMA, 3-0 SF) will put her title on the line against an as-yet-unannounced opponent on June 26.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, Santos is now officially scheduled to compete at the June 26 Strikeforce and M-1 Global co-promoted event "Fedor vs. Werdum."
Strikeforce officials made the announcement late Thursday night. Santos will compete on the evening's Showtime-broadcast main card.
Featuring a main event between top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and Brazilian submission ace Fabricio Werdum, "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum" takes place June 26 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Tickets go on sale to the general public today.
Rashad Evans Was A TUF 10 Coach Because Lyoto Machida Couldn't Speak English
And that, says Quinton Jackson, is why he got stuck with Rashad as the opposing coach and apparently he still isn't happy about it. "I would have preferred to have done The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) against Machida to fix the problem back in the day, from square one, just 'X' Rashad out because he don't got the damn belt, but Machida's English is not so good so I get stuck having to fight Rashad and he's all cocky thinking he did something good because he's on The Ultimate Fighter but like dude, you just got knocked the hell out! You're on The Ultimate Fighter by default because the dude that knocked you out don't speak English bro. Don't be coming here acting like that. This is the type of thing I'm dealing with. It's just annoying actually."
Andrei Arlovski: 'I just can't lose again'
"After I lost to Brett Rogers, I had meetings with all my trainers, and they gave me a lot of ultimatums. They said that I had to do it their way, or that I would have to start to look for new trainers. When I fought Rogers I didn't stick to my game plan and I didn't take him seriously. Everything happens for a reason, and I'm more disciplined now. I'm definitely going to stick to my game plan. No more flying knees like against Emelianenko. No more putting my hands down like I did against Rogers. No more losing. I just can't lose again. It's very dramatic for me to lose fights and I want to climb back into the top. It's going to be a very tough and important fight for me."
No CBS talks yet, but Strikeforce "hopeful" for fall return to network TV
While Strikeforce fighters Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Nick Diaz, Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez await word from the Tennessee Athletic Commission to find out how they will be affected by their involvement in an April post-fight brawl, Strikeforce officials are playing a similar waiting game with their broadcast partners at CBS.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that CBS officials have yet to contact him regarding the possibility of broadcasting a third fight card on the network.
Nevertheless, Coker said there's no need for panic just yet, and he remains "hopeful" Strikeforce will return to CBS airwaves later this year.
"UFC Primetime: Rampage vs. Evans" highest rated "Countdown" show ever
Wednesday night's debut of "UFC Primetime: Rampage vs. Evans," which previews the UFC 114 main event on May 29 between former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Rashad Evans, was the highest-rated "UFC Countdown" show in history, Spike TV today announced.
The 30-minute show drew 1.2 million viewers during its initial run at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
The debut episode of "UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Hardy" was the previous record-holder with an average audience of 1 million viewers.
Manager Shu Hirata Criticizes Shinya Aoki, Talks State of Japanese MMA
Shu Hirata is the manager for some of Japan's most successful MMA fighters. Takeya Mizugaki, Yoshiyuki Yoshida and many more Japanese fighters fight under Hirata's management. But since the demise of PRIDE FC in 2007, many have begun to question the level of Japanese MMA and Japanese fighters.
It is Hirata's job to bring Japanese fighters to the West and to help them be successful. He is better at his job than anyone else. In this MMAFighting.com exclusive interview, Hirata sheds light on the problems with Japanese MMA, the failure of Shinya Aoki and the future of the sport in Japan.
TUF 11 Stays Steady With 1.8 Million Viewers
"The Ultimate Fighter" season 12 has some new twists and turns this season in and out of the house, but one thing that's stayed pretty consistent are the ratings for the 11th season of the reality show.
The latest episode drew an average audience of 1.8 million viewers, up from last week's episode of 1.7 million viewers.
Buentello To Return In Shark Fights Main Event
Following his exit from the UFC, Paul Buentello will re-emerge on May 22 at Shark Fights 11 to face undefeated prospect Bryan Humes in the main event at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, Texas.
The winner of the bout will become the No. 1 contender to the Shark Fights heavyweight title currently held by Darrel Schoonover.
WEC signs DVD distribution deal; "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" set for July 20 release
While DVD sales have long been a profitable venture for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the promotion's sister organization has been noticeably absent from the market.
Today, that changed.
World Extreme Cagefighting has partnered with Image Entertainment, Inc., for a "long-term" DVD distribution agreement.
According to an official release issued by the companies today, the agreement calls only for the release of "select" WEC events, the first of which will be April's wildly successful "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event, which is set for a July 20 release.
Karo Parisyan headed to Australia for Impact FC, fights Luis Dutra Jr.
Karo Parisyan is moving on with his fight career and will appear at Impact FC in Australia on July 10.
Parisyan today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has agreed to fight Brazilian Luis Dutra Jr. on the card Down Under. MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today that the former UFC welterweight's potential Strikeforce contract fell through.
"I [haven't] fought for a year-and-a-half, (so) it's exciting," Parisyan said. "Time to get on top again."
The Armenian-American fighter declined to comment on his Strikeforce negotiations other than to say the potential deal was a six-fight contract...
Alistair Overeem, Brett Rogers May Not Be Drug Tested for Strikeforce Bout
Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers may be fighting for the Stikeforce heavyweight title in St. Louis on Saturday night, but it doesn't necessarily mean they'll have to undergo pre or post-fight drug tests to do it.
Despite the title being on the line, and despite widespread questions about Overeem's growth in recent years (including a remark from Rogers about his opponent's "eastern diet"), Tim Lueckenhoff of the Missouri Office of Athletics confirmed that there is no guarantee that any particular fighter will be tested for banned substances, championship bout or no.
Yoshiyuki Yoshida Cut on 36th Birthday, Mulls Move to Lightweight
Yoshiyuki Yoshida has been released following his UFC 113 loss to Mike Guymon, his manager Shu Hirata confirmed to MMA Fighting.
The Tokyo-born fighter got the call about his release on his 36th birthday. Yoshida, who is 11-5 in his career (2-3 in the UFC), will now debate a drop to lightweight as he considers his career options.