Contract disputes see Jake Shields out at WSOF 30, Jon Fitch now meets Joao Zeferino
It seems World Series of Fighting officials and veteran welterweight Jake Shields could not come to terms on a planned April meeting with Jon Fitch, and Joao Zeferino will now take his place in a fight for the company’s vacant welterweight title.
Sefo today announced the change in plans on WSOF.com.
“While I thought everyone was on board to make this fight happen, unfortunately Jake Shields has informed us that he does not intend to honor the terms of his existing contract at this time and declined to sign a bout agreement to fight Jon Fitch, so we’ve had to go in a different direction,” Sefo stated. “Fortunately, we found someone on our roster who was willing to step up for this incredible opportunity not only to potentially win a title, but also to face one of MMA’s all-time greats in Jon Fitch. That man is Joao Zeferino.”
Shields told MMAjunkie his concern has to do with WSOF’s championship clause, language often seen in MMA contracts that extends a fighter’s deal for up to one year if they are able to claim a title belt.
“We’re trying to come to terms with the contract,” Shields told MMAjunkie. “We’re unable to. I think the fight with Fitch is off right now. Right now, we’re not on the best terms. Hopefully, things will work out. But at the moment, we’re in a situation where they’re telling me I’m coming off a loss, and they’re telling me I have to fight for a title. But I don’t want to get stuck in a championship clause unless we can come to terms.
“We weren’t way off with money. Basically, they’re saying they’re going to hold my contract. They’re trying to say I’m coming off a loss, and therefore I can’t negotiate for more money. But they’re trying to force me to fight for a title, so it seems a little bit ridiculous. If I can’t negotiate coming off a loss, why do I fight for a title? I just want to fight my last fight of my contract and be a free agent, or renegotiate a contract for the title fight.”
Breaking: CSAC to regulate dehydration and IV use for weigh-ins as soon as March 1st
The California State Athletic Commission's war on dehydration and extreme weight cutting continued Tuesday.
CSAC passed a package of new, emergency regulations regarding weight cutting at its meeting in Downtown LA. The new rules include a ban on dehydration to make weight, the prohibition of IVs to rehydrate and the ability to move back the time of weigh-ins.
"Dehydration and weight cutting are the biggest problem facing mixed martial arts today," CSAC executive officer Andy Foster told the commissioners. "There are more mixed martial events in California than any other state, so this is the biggest problem facing this commission."
Benson Henderson gets welterweight title shot vs. Koreshkov in Bellator 153 main event
Former UFC lightweight champion and recent Bellator acquisition Benson Henderson will get an immediate title shot at welterweight in his new home.
Henderson (23-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is set to fight for the 170-pound title against champion Andrey Koreshkov (18-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 153.
Bellator Director of Communications Danny Brener confirmed the news today to MMAjunkie after an initial report from ESPN.com. Bellator 153 takes place April 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and its main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
UFC 196 in Las Vegas adds lightweight bout between Justin Salas and Jason Saggo
Next month’s mega-UFC pay-per-view in Las Vegas continues to build with a new fight added to the preliminary card.
After what will be nearly 20 months on the sidelines, Justin Salas (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will return to action for a lightweight bout against Jason Saggo (10-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 196. UFC officials recently announced the new matchup.
With the addition, the latest UFC 196 card includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante
Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas
WSOF 28 main card adds Parker vs. Yager and Alvarez vs. Ramm
The main card for WSOF’s trip to California later this month is coming together with the announcement of a pair of welterweight bouts.
The additions were announced via a WSOF press release.
With the additions, the WSOF 28 card includes:
Champ Marlon Moraes vs. Joseph Barajas – for bantamweight title
Chris Gutierrez vs. Timur Valiev
Daniel Parker vs. Jamie Yager
Ozzie Alvarez vs. Andrew Ramm
Baptist preacher hopes Conor McGregor gets struck down by lightning bolt
Apparently even preachers can’t resist the pull of Conor McGregor’s promotional orbit.
A Texas Baptist somehow found a way to weave the UFC featherweight into his YouTube sermon, praying, “God strikes him down with a lightning bolt, so everybody in the world that believes the Bible, even a little bit, will know that it was God as Jesus who stroke him down.”
Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces he's signed with Bellator
I’d like to officially announce my move over to Bellator MMA.
I’m beyond excited for this next phase of my career, it’s a big move, like any move when switching employers or jobs after having worked somewhere for such a long time.
I have to thank the BigMan upstairs for putting some amazing people in my life, my wife (first and foremost) and a lot of truly smart and insightful people behind the scenes who helped make the connections and negotiated this deal to bring it to fruition.
I’d be remiss to not thank Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita for the opportunities they presented me, you guys have helped me change my life for the better and to be able to provide my family with the things I didn’t have while growing up. For that I’ll always have the utmost appreciation. Thanks for all the advise you guys gave too, both business wise and personal.
And last but not least, to who it is I think of when I think of the UFC! Everybody behind the scenes who I personally dealt with every time I reported in or had to do something. Mayra, Melissa, Dave, Chris, Nick, Tracy, Joanie, Maura, Tony, Heidi, Ryan, James, Dave, Kaia (sp.???), Burt, Rob, Rudy, Stitch, House, Mike, Susie, Dean, Donna, Feryal, Sean, Joe, Brad, Jazzmine, Candice, Michelle, Reed, sorry I can’t name everyone or this list would go on for forever. There’s a whole ton of people behind the scenes who make that show what it is. You guys and girls are the ones who make that show great and allow us fighters to do what it is we love!!! Much love to you all and thanks for putting up with me for so long.
To my fans, thanks for all the love and support, I’ll keep giving you my all, opening up my heart and soul inside that cage. I’m excited for this next chapter and building new relationships with guys I’ve heard nothing but great things about like Scott Coker, Rich Chou and Mike Kogan.
UFC on FOX 18 Results: Johnson Vs Bader
Anthony Johnson def. Ryan Bader via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:26
Ben Rothwell def. Josh Barnett via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:48
Jimmie Rivera def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bryan Barberena def. Sage Northcutt via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:06
Tarec Saffiedine def. Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Ferreira def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Rafael Natal def. Kevin Casey via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:37
Wilson Reis def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexander Yakovlev def. George Sullivan via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:59
Alex Caceres def. Masio Fullen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Randy Brown def. Matt Dwyer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Tony Martin def. Filipe Olivieri via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:02
UFC on FOX 18 draws announced attendance of 10,555 for $818k live gate
Saturday’s UFC on FOX 18 event drew an announced attendance of 10,555 and a live gate of $818,000.
UFC exec Dave Sholler announced the figures at the post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC on FOX 18 took place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card aired on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC now targeting November for New York event
The UFC once again had to pull the plug on a planned New York City debut date. The Empire State's asinine ban on mixed martial arts remains in place, meaning a planned April 23 MSG date needed to be scrapped.
But as the UFC once again brought its revenue across the river to New Jersey, this time for UFC on FOX 18 on Saturday night, it remains committed to its effort to get the sport legalized in New York.
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias reportedly set for UFC on FOX 19
While the UFC has made no formal announcement, the 19th edition of UFC on FOX has another fight added to its card. Featherweights Hacran Dias and Cub Swanson are set to lock horns according to a public declaration from Dias himself:
Dias, 31, is on a two-fight win streak, having most recently competed at UFC Fight Night 70 in June where he defeated Levan Makashvili via split decision. His MMA record stands at 23-3-1.
Titan FC 37 slated for March 4 with championship triple-header
Titan FC is rolling out a championship triple-header for its first event of 2016.
After 2015 ended on a sour note with a canceled event and a few ticked-off fighters, the organization looks for a fresh start on March 4.
Titan FC 37 takes place at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Wash. The event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The latest Titan FC 37 card includes:
Brett Johns vs. Ricky Simon – for vacant bantamweight title
Champ Andre Harrison vs. Steven Siler – for featherweight title
Champ Tim Elliott vs. Pedro Nobre – for flyweight title
Desmond Green vs. Pat Healy
Anthony Gutierrez vs. opponent TBA