Bellator 161 card adds three preliminary bouts, including Ducote vs. Miranda
The card for September’s Bellator 161 card continues to come together with the addition of three preliminary bouts.
The promotion today announced the new matchups via a press release.
Emily Ducote (3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is set to face Kenya Miranda da Silva (2-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a flyweight battle, Mark Dickman (11-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) meets Daniel Pineda (21-12 MMA, 0-3 BMMA) at featherweight and Gregory Babene (17-11 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) squares off with Francisco France (13-4-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) at middleweight.
With the additions, the Bellator 161 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Cheick Kongo vs. Tony Johnson
Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Warren
Veta Arteaga vs. Anastasia Yankov
Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Kenya Miranda vs. Emily Ducote
Mark Dickman vs. Daniel Pineda
Gregory Babene vs. Francisco France
UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines adds two bouts, including Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota
October’s UFC Fight Night 97 event in the Philippines has two new additions.
Officials recently announced the bouts: featherweights Cole Miller (21-10 MMA, 10-8 UFC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (17-7-2 MMA, 0-1-2 UFC) and strawweights Seo Hee Ham (16-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Danielle Taylor (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 97 takes place Oct. 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
An investigation of Robbie Lawler’s ‘very suspicious’ test results
Rory MacDonald recently claimed on the MMA Hour that Robbie Lawler tested 'four times higher than the limit,' and had some ‘very suspicious’ results. I believe Rory is referring to the Nevada athletic commission tests which were performed at the WADA-accredited SMRTL lab In June 2015—prior to their UFC 189 bout—the results of which were first brought to my attention by @dimspace on twitter.
‘Fan’ sues Jon Jones over UFC 200 removal
Business and analytics writer Paul Gift reports for BE that on August 19, Slattery filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against the interim UFC light heavyweight champion, as well as his managers, First Round Management. Slattery charges concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence.
Slattery reports he bought four tickets “for the express purpose” of seeing the unification fight between Jones and division champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200.
“Just before the fight, however, Jones was dropped from the fight card after officials learned that he had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing and/or masking substances. Plaintiff was thus robbed and defrauded of the value of the tickets, wherein he suffered both economic and non-economic harm, as a result of Jones’s actions in violating anti-doping regulations, and First Round’s complicity therein,” argued Slattery. “In the alternative, Jones failed to disclose other controlled substances, and in doing so was negligent, to the relevant testing officials which again deprived Plaintiff of the value of his tickets.”
UFC signs Bellator MMA lightweight Marcin Held
Bellator MMA recently signed away from the UFC an exciting fighter who turned pro at 16. That of course was Rory MacDonald.
Now an exciting Bellator MMA fighter who turned pro at 16 just announced he has signed with the UFC. No, MacDonald did not change his mind. Instead, the UFC has signed “the prodigy of Polish MMA” Marcin Held.
Held is a phenomenal grappler, who started BJJ at nine, and was promoted to black belt at 21, becoming the youngest black belt in his native Poland. He took bronze at the 2010 ADCC Submission Wrestling European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, and gold at both the 2011 FILA Grappling European Championships and 2010 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu European Championships.
With 3-hour broadcast, 6-bout WSOF 33 main card complete with Nurmagomedov-Howard
The lineup is set for WSOF’s first three-hour main-card broadcast.
Officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie two new and final main-card additions for WSOF 33.
They include welterweights John Howard (24-12) vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (12-1) and heavyweights Shawn Jordan (18-7) vs. Ashley Gooch (10-4).
WSOF 33, which features two title fights, takes place Oct. 7 at Kansas City Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Former UFC lightweight Ramsey Nijem signs with WSOF
The Ultimate Fighter season 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem has signed a an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with World Series of Fighting. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday.
Nijem hasn't fought in over a year. His last fight was at UFC on Fox 16 back in July 2015, where he lost a split-decision to Andrew Holbrook. The 28-year-old lightweight is currently 9-6 as a professional fighter and has fought for the UFC since 2011, compiling a record of 5-5. Nijem holds notable victories over Beneil Dariush, Joe Proctor, and Danny Downes.
Nijem's WSOF debut is expected to be announced soon, according to the promotion.
Shinya Aoki vs. Eduard Folayang booked for ONE: Defending Honor in November
ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will look for his third consecutive title defense in November when he'll face off with Eduard Folayang at ONE: Defending Honor, ONE Championship announced.
Aoki, 33, is riding a nine-fight win streak dating back to 2012 across three weight classes. He won the ONE championship lightweight title after scoring a second-round submission victory over Kotetsu Boku in 2013. Since then, he's competed at featherweight, defended his ONE title twice and most recently scored a first-round TKO victory over Kazushi Sakuraba in a welterweight contest in December. His record stands at 39-6 with 1 no contest.
Rashad Evans moves to middleweight, wants to fight in New York but has no official opponent
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will be making a drop in weight class for his next UFC bout.
Evans, who built an impressive career in the UFC's 205-pound division, seizing light heavyweight gold and competing against the best fighters in the world for many years, announced his drop to middleweight on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. The 36-year-old fighter also clarified previous reports that stated he'll be fighting Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 in November.
For those complaining about UFC fighter pay and heralding Bellator for being more profitable for fighters
The proof is all right here, we seen folks all upset about Uda, wonder how many showings in Bellator it would take for him to make that NFL money.
Main card (Spike)
Benson Henderson ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Patricio Freire ($50,000)
Derek Anderson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Saad Award ($18,000)
Georgi Karakhanyan ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Bubba Jenkins ($14,000)
A.J. McKee ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Cody Walker ($8,000)
David Duran ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Kyle Estrada ($1,500)
Steve Ramirez ($1,750 + $1,750 = $3,500) def. Ron Henderson ($2,000)
Joey Davis ($5,000 + no win bonus = $5,000) def. Keith Cutrone ($1,500)
Gabriel Green ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Alex Trinidad ($1,500)
Andy Murad ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Johnny Cisneros ($2,000)
Jake Roberts ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) def. Stephen Martinez ($2,500)
Chinzo Machida ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Mario Navarro Jr. ($2,500)
Jacob Rosales ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mike Segura ($1,500)
Ex-UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald not likely to make Bellator debut until summer 2017
If you’re anxious to see how Rory MacDonald will do now that he’s made the move from the UFC to Bellator, you’re going to be waiting for a while.
After his official introduction as the newest member of Bellator’s welterweight division this past Friday at Bellator 160, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., MacDonald said he’s not expecting to step into the Bellator cage for the first time until 2017.
MacDonald (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has struggled with recurring broken nose issues and said he wants his nose to heal once and for all before getting back in another fight.
Scorecards: Jim Miller topped Joe Lauzon with 67% of judges – but just 7% of media, 11% of fans
In Saturday’s network-televised opener at UFC on FOX 21, Miller (27-8 MMA, 16-7 UFC) and Lauzon (26-12 MMA, 13-9 UFC) engaged in a grueling, bloody and hard-fought three-round lightweight scrap. And like the first meeting, which came at UFC 155 in 2012, Miller again emerged victorious.
This time, it was via split decision, with two of the three judges sitting cageside at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena awarding Miller the victory via 29-28 scores (watch the Miller vs. Lauzon video highlights). However, the judges turned in three different scorecards, and they agreed on only one round: the first, which Miller picked up with 10-9 scores.
UFC on FOX 21 bonuses: Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon earn Fight of the Night again
A tight finish in a rematch helped Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller earn Fight of the Night honors, UFC officials announced after UFC on FOX 21 on Saturday night.
Miller defeated Lauzon via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) to kick off the main card portion of the card. Miller also defeated Lauzon in their previous meeting at UFC 155, which earned them Fight of the Night honors as well.
For Lauzon, it was the 14th post-fight bonus of his career.
The night's additional two Performance of the Night bonuses went to Paige VanZant and Demian Maia.
Invicta FC 19 adds six fights, including MMA debut of Lion Fight champ Tiffany Van Soest
Invicta FC’s returns next month with a pair of title fights at the top of the bill, and now the rest of the card has taken shape.
Invicta FC 19 has six new fights, including the pro MMA debut of muay Thai and kickboxing standout Tiffany Van Soest.
Invicta FC 19 takes place Sept. 23 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, interim flyweight champ Jennifer Maia defends her title against Roxanne Modafferi, and in the co-feature, atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki defends her belt against Jinh Yu Frey.
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone earns Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
UFC fan favorite Donald Cerrone earned his BJJ black belt under Eliot Marshall last night.
Although Donald Cerrone is lauded for his kickboxing ability and dynamic striking, Cowboy is also a highly skilled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner.
The combat sports veteran has 16 submissions to his name and, last night at Easton Training Center in Denver, Colorado, Cerrone was awarded his BJJ black belt under Eliot Marshall.
UFC’s Adam Hunter flagged by USADA, pulled from UFC on FOX 21 fight
Saturday night's card is down a fight.
Adam Hunter was flagged by USADA for a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation Friday and was removed from his UFC on FOX 21 bout with Ryan Janes, the UFC announced Friday.
Hunter failed a drug test in an out-of-competition sample taken Aug. 11. USADA does not release the name of the substance until after the adjudication process or when the athlete does so first.
Hunter (7-1), a middleweight, was set to make his UFC debut. The New Brunswick, Canada native was riding a seven-fight winning streak into what would have been a fight with Janes. Hunter, 32, is coming off a first-round knockout of Chris Dempsey in June under the GOTC banner.
Janes (8-1) has won seven straight and he, too, was attempting to make his UFC debut. Now the nearby Victoria, B.C., native will be without a fight on the card.
Both Hunter and Janes officially weighed in Friday morning.
The UFC released the following statement Friday evening:
David Branch to Defend 205-Pound Title Against Vinny Magalhaes at WSOF 33
WSOF 33 goes down on Oct. 7 at Kansas City Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan., and will be headlined by a lightweight championship tilt between titlist Justin Gaethje and Ozzy Dugulubgov. NBCSN will televise the action live.
Branch, who is also the promotion’s 185-pound champion, snagged the light heavyweight strap by submitting Teddy Holder via rear-naked choke last September. He defended his crown in April by edging Clifford Starks over five rounds and now Branch, who hasn’t lost since Anthony “Rumble” Johnson beat him on points four years ago at Titan FC 22, looks to win his ninth in a row versus Magalhaes.
Valentina Shevchenko signs seven-fight extension with the UFC
Valentina Shevchenko has settled into the UFC pretty nicely. And now she has a brand new, long-term contract for her hard work.
Shevchenko signed a new, seven-fight extension with the UFC this week, her manager Roger Allen told MMA Fighting on Friday. UFC officials confirmed the news.
The Kyrgyzstan native is coming off a huge unanimous decision win over Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 last month. Shevchenko debuted with a split decision win over Sarah Kaufman last December before falling to now-champion Amanda Nunes by unanimous decision at UFC 196 in March.
Shevchenko (13-2) is a 17-time former Muay Thai world champion and one of the most decorated strikers in the UFC, male or female. The 28-year-old has lived in Peru for the last eight years, but also trains in Houston and Thailand often. Her only two pro MMA losses have come against Liz Carmouche and Nunes.