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World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) has added two more legends of Japanese MMA to their ever-growing roster. Both Michihiro Omigawa and Hisae Watanabe have agreed to compete at WSOF-GC 2 Japan on February 7 in Tokyo.
“It’s amazing to add two more of the very best Japanese fighters of all time to our ever-expanding roster,” states WSOF-GC Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker, Jason Lilly. “Omigawa and Watanabe are synonymous with Japanese MMA and add an extra level of excitement to our show. The two of them combined with the addition of Akihiro Gono makes this a true ‘Legends of Japan’ event.”
Martin Svensson and David Teymur will lock horns at UFC Fight Night London on Feb. 27.
The promotion’s European branch announced the contest on Thursday. Svensson and Teymur were both lightweights on Conor McGregor’s team during Season 22 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” UFC Fight Night London takes place at the O2 Arena and features a middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi.
UFC lightweight contender Michael Johnson talks about his loss against Beneil Dariush not really being seen as a loss, having his winning streak snapped, fighting Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 17, getting leapfrogged by Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor riding into the lightweight division with an immediate title shot, and much more.
Following a no contest in their first meeting, Paul Bradley (22-6 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Chris Honeycutt (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) will meet for a second time at January’s Bellator 148 event.
Bellator officials today announced the welterweight matchup, which will appear in the evening’s main card, as well three preliminary matchups with Anthony Avila (12-4) vs. John Reedy (11-6), Javy Ayala (8-4) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (9-6) and Art Arciniega (14-5) vs. Justin Smitley (9-7).
Bellator's first tentpole event of 2016 is beginning to fill up.
Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie – set for Feb. 19 at Houston's Toyota Center – recently added a lightweight scrap between Melvin Guillard (32-15-2) and Mike Bronzoulis (18-9-1) to the main card festivities set to air on Spike TV.
The nine-bout lineup for this week’s WSOF 26 event has been finalized with the addition of a lightweight matchup between Jonathan Nunez (5-1) and David Jordan (3-3).
Additionally, Andreas Spang (9-3) has contracted pneumonia and withdrawn from the card, scrapping a planned matchup with Kelvin Tiller (7-1), who had agreed to replace Shamil Gamzatov (9-0).
WSOF officials today announced the changes.
An all-action fight will be expected at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, when middleweights Sam Alvey and Daniel Sarafian meet in a UFC Fight Night bout on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Entertaining in and out of the Octagon, former Ultimate Fighter competitor Alvey has emerged victorious in three of his last four bouts, with each win over Dylan Andrews, Cezar Ferreira and Dan Kelly coming by way of knockout. Brazil's Sarafian, an aggressive battler who was a finalist on the first season of TUF Brazil, is coming off a stoppage of Antonio dos Santos in his return to 185 pounds in December of 2014.
With capable heavyweights in short supply these days, Alistair Overeem could be in high demand following UFC on Fox 17.
According to a report from UFC Tonight, Overeem’s current contract with the UFC will expire after he faces Junior dos Santos in Saturday’s co-headliner at the Amway Center in Orlando. The Dutchman then plans to explore his options in free agency once his deal with the Las Vegas-based promotion is fulfilled.
My 2cents 1. This is either a attempt to get more money after his contract expires or he wants to go juicing and his winning ways lol
Ovince St. Preux will square off with Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 196 on Feb. 6.
The light heavyweight bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight. UFC 196 takes place in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez.
While the UFC’s return to Pennsylvania is still awaiting a headlining matchup, there are now nine bouts on the card thanks to the addition of seven new contests to the lineup.
UFC officials today added middleweights Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro, Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs and Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes, lightweights Shane Campbell vs. James Krause, welterweights Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch, heavyweights Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton and welterweights Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 82 now includes:
Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker
Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
Shane Campbell vs. James Krausev
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
If you're an MMA fan, you probably remember Mauro Ranallo best from his work in Pride or with Strikeforce. If boxing's your thing, his recent work on Showtime will come to mind. If you're a kickboxing aficionado, you may know him from GLORY. Now, the veteran Canadian announcer will be taking his considerable talents to the biggest pro wrestling organization in the world.
UFC 194 Medical Suspensions
Conor McGregor and Dana White UFC 189Conor McGregor: Must have his left wrist x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12, 2016.
Jose Aldo: Suspended until Feb. 11, 2016, with no contact until Jan. 27.
Luke Rockhold: Must have his left foot/ankle x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Chris Weidman: Must have both feet x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until Feb. 11, with no contact until Jan. 27.
Yoel Romero: Suspended until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Jacare Souza: Must have his left forearm x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Gunnar Nelson: Suspended until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12, due to a nasal bridge laceration.
Jeremy Stephens: Suspended until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Urijah Faber: Must have an MRI of his left knee and get his right ankle and left thumb x-rayed. If any are positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12.
Frankie Saenz: Suspended until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12.
Tecia Torres: Must have left thumb x-rayed. If positive, she must be cleared by a doctor or she is suspended until June 12. Her minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: Suspended until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12.
Colby Covington: Must have a CT Scan or an MRI of his right chest wall. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Kevin Lee: Suspended until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12.
Joe Proctor: Suspended until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Yancy Medeiros: Must have his right knee sprain cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3, due to left to pain.
John Makdessi: Must have his right thumb x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12.
The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale Medical Suspensions
Chad Mendes: Suspended until Jan. 26, 2016, with no contact until Jan. 11.
Tony Ferguson: Must have a CT scan of his head, or he is suspended until June 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Feb. 10 and no contact until Jan. 26.
Edson Barboza: Suspended until Jan. 26, with no contact until Jan. 11, due to a scalp laceration.
Evan Dunham: Suspended until Jan. 26, with no contact until Jan. 11, due to a laceration above his right eye.
Joe Lauzon: Suspended until Jan. 11., with no contact until Jan. 2.
Jason Knight: Suspended until Feb. 10, with no contact until Jan. 26, due to a cheek laceration.
Tatsuya Kawajiri: Suspended until Jan. 11, with no contact until Jan. 2.
Konstantin Erokhin: Suspended until Jan. 11, with no contact until Jan. 2, due to a thumb injury.
Mike Pierce: Suspended until Jan. 26, with no contact until Jan. 11.
Ryan LaFlare: Must have his right hand/thumb x-rayed to rule out a fracture. If positive, he needs to get an Orthopedic doctor’s clearance or he is suspended until June 11. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 11, with no contact until Jan. 2.
Joby Sanchez: Suspended until Jan. 26, with no contact until Jan. 2, due to facial lacerations.
Chris Gruetzemacher: Must have left and right forearms cleared by doctor or he is suspended until June 11. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 11, with no contact until Jan. 2.
Abner Lloveras: Suspended until Feb. 10, with no contact until Jan. 26, due to a facial laceration.
The card for UFC Fight Night 82 is starting to come together with the addition of the event’s first two bouts.
Cody Garbrandt (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will take on John Lineker (26-7 MMA, 7-2) at bantamweight and Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will square off with Lauren Murphy (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in women’s bantamweight action.
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC 195 event, which includes a can’t-miss lightweight fight on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary card.
UFC 195 takes place Jan. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass carry the prelims.
The full UFC 195 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Kyle Noke
Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov
Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald
Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish
Drew Dober vs. Scott Holtzman
Tony Sims vs. Abel Trujillo
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka
Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
The UFC sold UFC Fight Night 80 as the ‘Sage and Page show,' and as Conor McGregor would say, that promotion was reflected in the numbers. Northcutt handily lead the event's disclosed post-fight payroll, pocketing $80,000 for his stoppage of Cody Pfister in just his second UFC fight, according to information released by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
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RIZIN FF has announced the debut of Kaido Höövelson, better known as; BARUTO. He will take on combat sports legend Jérôme Le Banner on December 31.
30-year-old Baruto (0-0) will be making his MMA debut following his run as a sumo-wrestler which gained him popularity in Japan. After suffering some injuries, Höövelson has transitioned to MMA and has trained under the supervision of world class fighters like Peter Aerts and Akira Shoji.
42-year-old combat sports legend Le Banner (3-2-1, 81-22-2 KB) has been fighting professionally for almost 20 years but has not competed in MMA since December of 2010 where he lost to Satoshi Ishii via decision. He went 2-0 in kickboxing this year, including a knockout and a decision. Along with the experience in MMA and kickboxing, Le Banner has an undefeated boxing record at 6-0 w/ five knockouts.
This fight will take place as the co-main event of RIZIN 2, headlined by Fedor Emelianenko, on December 31.