With Bellator 16 win, Danny Tims earns slot in season-three bantamweight tourney
With a hard-fought victory over Brian Davidson at Wednesday's Bellator 16 event, Danny Tims has earned a spot in Bellator Fighting Championships' season-three bantamweight tournament later this year, CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced.
The announcement confirms the organization's plans for a first-ever 135-pound tournament.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported in March, Bellator is expected to host tournaments in four new weight classes in this fall's third season: bantamweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight and a women's division (weight class TBD).
Manny Gamburyan more than ready to face WEC featherweight champ Jose Aldo
Nothing would deter Manny Gamburyan.
The WEC featherweight told UFC/WEC matchmaker Joe Silva that WEC 48 opponent Mike Brown would have to put him asleep or break a limb to stop the fight. Short of that, there would be no letup, he said.
Gamburyan never came close to that type of danger and stopped Brown cold this past Saturday with a short, powerful right hand that likely set a featherweight title shot in motion.
Bellator Adds Bantamweight Tournament For Season 3
Bellator Fighting Championships on Friday confirmed its oft-rumored bantamweight tournament for Season 3, which begins Aug. 12. The first fighter confirmed for the 135-pound brackets is Danny Tims, whose red mohawk and compelling personal story made him a media darling in his hometown of Kansas City in the run-up to Bellator 16. He earned the spot with his victory over Brian Davidson on the local portion of Bellator 16 on Thursday night. The announcement, which was made by Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney at the conclusion of Thursday night’s event, makes it official that Bellator will indeed host a bantamweight tournament in its third season as has been rumored for some time. Additional tournament fighters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Bantamweights Will Campuzano vs. Rafael Rebello in the works for WEC 49 prelims
A bantamweight bout between Will Campuzano and Rafael Rebello is in the works and expected to be sign shortly for WEC 49.
A source close to the event today confirmed the bout with MMAjunkie.com and said – if signed – it'll be part of the night's un-aired preliminary card.
WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event marks the WEC's Canadian debut, and the night's main card airs live on Versus.
Rafael Assuncao vs. Diego Nunes in the works for WEC 49 preliminary card
A featherweight match-up between Rafael Assuncao and Diego Nunes has been targeted for WEC 49's preliminary card.
Sources close to the event tell MMAjunkie.com that both competitors have agreed to the fight, though bout agreements have not been distributed. The match-up was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is the promotion's first trip to the country. The event falls one week after UFC 115 hits GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bellator 20 heads to Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on May 27, Sanchez vs. Kelly added
After its middleweight tournament semifinal fights were revealed on Thursday for the card, Bellator Fighting Championships today announced a host site for its upcoming Bellator 20 event: the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio.
The Texas show takes place May 27 and airs live on FOX Sports Net.
In addition to tournament bouts of Eric Schambari vs. Bryan Baker and Alexander Shlemenko vs. Jared Hess, Bellator 20 features a non-tourney heavyweight bout between UFC vet Eddie Sanchez and EliteXC vet Ralph Kelly.
UFC targets DaMarques Johnson vs. Matt Riddle for UFC on Versus 2
A welterweight match-up between "The Ultimate Fighter" veterans Damarques Johnson and Matt Riddle is targeted for UFC on Versus 2.
Sources tell MMAjunkie.com that at least one fighter has agreed to the match-up, though bout agreements have not been signed.
UFC on Versus 2 is expected to take place Aug. 1 at Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena. It is the second of two contracted UFC-Versus events in 2010.
Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch Moved to UFC 117 in Oakland
As badly as Thiago "Pitbull" Alves wants to get back in the cage and fight again, he'll have to wait just a little while longer before returning. Originally scheduled to face Jon Fitch at UFC 115 in Vancouver, the fight has been pushed back to August 7 in Oakland as a part of UFC 117 instead...
UFC exec Marc Ratner still pursuing Toronto show, legislative changes in Canada
The Ultimate Fighting Championship next weeks hosts its third annual show in Montreal, and in June, the organization hosts its first-ever event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
However, UFC officials are still targeting what they call the "hottest city of them all" for an upcoming show: Toronto.
While a recent guest on MMAjunkie.com Radio, UFC Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Marc Ratner said the UFC is targeting Toronto as part of an overall bigger push to change Canada's criminal code.
Faber: The Plan Is To Stay At 145 And Only Drop To 135 For Superfights
Following his valiant effort in a one-sided loss to Jose Aldo at WEC 48: "Aldo vs. Faber," many people in the MMA community have been calling for "The California Kid" to drop down to 135 lbs. and make a run at the title that Dominick Cruz currently owns. But in speaking with Larry Pepe on this week's edition of Pro MMA Radio, Faber made it clear that he still has intentions of staying at 145 lbs. while only dropping down a weight class for super fights. Urijah also seemed to be pretty uninterested in a fight with former bantamweight kingpin Miguel Torres, which is a bout that still has some intrigue despite both fighters' recent struggles.
Mirko Cro Cop Vows Improvement, Knows UFC 115 Fight With Barry Is Must-Win
Mirko Cro Cop hasn't exactly enjoyed the same success in the UFC that he once found back in Japan. The 2006 Pride FC Openweight Grand Prix Champion has only managed to compile a .500 record, going 3-3 in his time with the world's leading MMA promotion. There has been plenty of talk as to what is different with Cro Cop and why he seems to lack the killer instinct that at one time made him the most feared striker in the game. In an interview with Nokaut.com, the Croation heavyweight details what he's doing differently in order to improve his game in preparation for his upcoming bout with fellow kickboxer Pat Barry at UFC 115 on June 12.
MacDonald vs. Salter Now Official For UFC 113
The rumored Jason MacDonald vs. John Salter fight for UFC 113 on 5/8 is now official. MacDonald was said to be a late replacement for David Loiseau, who was to have replaced an injured Nick Catone but was scratched due to licensing issues. The fight will be the event's opening prelim.
Andrei Arlovski Knows He Can't Afford Another Loss At SF On 5/15
On yesterday's Strikeforce: "Heavy Artillery" media call, former UFC heavyweight champion and current Strikeforce heavyweight contender Andrei Arlovski shared his thoughts on his upcoming contest with Antonio "Big Foot" Silva on May 15. "Pitbull," who is best known for his high-level stand up game, especially compared to other fighters in the heavyweight division, has seen himself fall victim to some vicious knockouts in back-to-back fights. Of course they came against stiff competition to say the least in Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, but Arlovski knows a third straight defeat would all but end his time as a competitive top-tier heavyweight.
Josh Barnett Announces 7/10 Fight In Australia
As his license status remains unresolved in the U.S., notable heavyweight Josh Barnett has taken another opportunity overseas. The former UFC champion meets Geronimo Dos Santos at a July 10 event for the upstart Impact Fighting Championship promotion in Australia, Barnett announced via Twitter on Thursday. Dos Santos has a 17-8 career record with all 17 wins coming by stoppage-11 in the 1st round.
Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo Possibly Off UFC 116
Looks like the Roy Nelson International Road To The Top may be diverted. A planned Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo fight at UFC 116 may be off due to a Kongo back injury. Said Kongo, "I have to be able to start my preparation - the thing I haven't done yet. I am still injured. I don't think it would happen at UFC 116. Maybe later but not then. I didn't get any word from the UFC [on Nelson]. I have my manager Anthony who's working on that and as of today, I'm just actively recovering and nothing else." The deciding factor may be whether or not Kongo needs surgery-if yes, it's safe to say the fight is off.
MMA Live on ESPN (More on Tito and Jenna)
Here is a link to the MMA Live video on ESPN. They discuss Tito and Jenna, WEC PPV, and what's next for Benson Henderson & Jose Aldo. Included are statements by Tito and Jenna regarding the whole incident. Kenny Florian is part of the team bringing it some credibility.
For those who didn't know MMA Live will be debuting as an actual show on ESPN 2 on May 6th at 1AM ET, 10 PM, PST, and airing weekly at the same time on May 13th, 20th, and 27th.
In addition to this on May 8th live from Montreal you can view the Weigh In Special at 3:30 PM ET, 12:30 PM PST on ESPN.com
Preview special at 9 PM ET, 6 PM PST on ESPN2
Post Fight Extras at 1 AM ET, 10 PM PST on ESPN2
It's great to see that ESPN has jumped on board and will be giving fans a show dedicated to the sport of MMA
Bellator 16 recap: Hess, Baker, Shlemenko and Schambari advance in middleweight tourney
Middleweights were on display at Bellator 16, the promotion's first season-two appearance in Kansas City, and four fighters punches their tickets to the season's semifinal round.
The Kansas City Power & Light District crowd saw three finishes and an entertaining decision in the open-air, outdoor venue, and season-one finalist Jared Hess closed out the evening's main card with a second-round submission of former IFL champ Ryan McGivern.
Bellator 16 took place Thursday night and aired on FOX Sports Net.
UFC welterweight Brian Foster breaks leg, hopes to fight again in August
UFC welterweight Brian Foster on Wednesday evening broke his left leg and will be out of action for at least six to eight weeks. Marc Fiore, Foster's trainer at the H.I.T. Squad, today told MMAjunkie.com the unfortunate news.
Foster, a Salisaw, Okla. resident when he's not at the H.I.T. Squad's gym in Granite City, Ill., was playing basketball with players from a local high school when he fell and broke his tibia. He also dislocated his ankle.