Christine Stanley, Rachael Ostovich added to Invicta FC 17 card
Invicta has added a pair of intriguing flyweight bouts to its next card.
Christine Stanley will take on Shannon Sinn and Rachael Ostovich meets Ariel Beck at Invicta FC 17 on May 7 in Costa Mesa, Calif., it was announced Friday on Invicta FC Radio. Stanley and Ostovich are two of the promotion's top up-and-coming names at 125 pounds.
After fighting with broken toe, Damon Jackson has no regrets despite UFC release
Damon Jackson knew full well what was on the line when he stepped into the cage on Jan. 30. He gambled, and he lost. And he’d do it all over again.
“There’s a million guys that want your spot, so you pull out of a fight, and it doesn’t look good to the rest of the people,” Jackson told MMAjunkie. “I don’t want that to be the reason I get cut. I would rather go out there and have a chance to prove myself and do it that way than to make a bad impression and get cut like that.”
The 27-year-old Jackson (9-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) came to the UFC in 2014 as an undefeated featherweight prospect on the strength of a submission win over Leonard Garcia. With less than two years of professional experience to his name, Jackson now admits it was probably too soon, but he had the same dreams of nearly every fighter who heads to the gym and straps on a pair of four-ounce gloves.
John Teixeira injured, out of Bellator 153 co-main event with Patricio Freire
Bellator will have to find a new co-main event for Bellator 153 as an injury has forced John Teixeira out of his featherweight bout with Patricio Freire.
The news, which was initially reported on Twitter by Jason Floyd, was confirmed to MMAjunkie by Bellator officials.
While the nature of Teixeira’s (19-1-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) injury wasn’t specified, Bellator is actively seeking a replacement opponent for Freire (24-3 MMA, 12-3 BMMA).
UFC on FOX 19 lineup shuffled; Dodson-Gamburyan now closes out Fight Pass prelims
After a few changes, the lineup is again set for next week’s UFC on FOX 19 event.
UFC on FOX 19 takes place April 16 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The official UFC on FOX 19 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida
Darrell Horcher vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX, 6 p.m. ET)
Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush
Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington
Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Hacran Dias vs. Cub Swanson
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)
John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan
Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves
Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
Cezar Ferreira vs. Caio Magalhaes
Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad joins UFC 199 lineup
A lightweight fight between John Makdessi (13-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Mehdi Baghdad (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the latest addition to UFC 199.
UFC officials recently announced the bout.
UFC 199 takes place June 4 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
The latest UFC 199 card now includes:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight championship
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Bellator Signs Irish Prospect James Gallagher, ‘TUF: Brazil 3’ Vet Guilherme ‘Bomba’
Irish prospect James Gallagher and UFC veteran Guilherme Vasconcelos have both signed deals with Bellator MMA.
A promotion official confirmed the signings with Sherdog.com on Thursday. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Gallagher’s and Vasconcelos’ promotional debuts will be revealed at a later date. .
MMAFighting.com first reported the signing of Gallagher, one of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s teammates at SBG Ireland. The featherweight is unbeaten in three professional outings, with each triumph coming via first-round submission. Though the Northern Ireland native has signed a deal with Bellator, he is expected to honor his June 4 fight with Sean Tobin under the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts banner.
Invicta FC signs top Muay Thai fighter Tiffany Van Soest
Invicta just dropped a bombshell on the MMA world. Well, a "Time Bomb," that is.
Tiffany Van Soest, one of the top female Muay Thai fighters and kickboxers in the world, has signed a deal with Invicta FC, sources told MMA Fighting on Thursday. Van Soest has long spoken about crossing over to MMA and now she'll do so with Invicta, with her debut likely coming this summer.
The news comes on the heels of Van Soest signing with GLORY kickboxing, which MMA Fighting reported Wednesday.
Julianna Pena and Cat Zingano clash set for UFC 200
A UFC women’s bantamweight matchup between onetime title challenger Cat Zingano (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Julianna Pena (7-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is set for July’s banner UFC 200 event.
The bout was announced on the UFC’s official Twitter account.
UFC 200 takes place July 9 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a catchweight rematch between UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, as well as a women’s bantamweight title fight between champ Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.
The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view with prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Paddy Holohan vs Willie Gates set to be added to UFC Rotterdam
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that Paddy Holohan vs Willie Gates is in the works for UFC Fight Night Rotterdam on 8th May 2016.
Irishman Paddy Holohan lost out in his last outing in the main event of UFC Dublin against Louis Smolka last October after he was forced to tap out to a 2nd round rear naked choke after an exciting back and forth bout.
Livia Renata Souza vs Angela Hill Title Fight Added To Invicta FC 17
Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Livia Renata “Livinha” Souza returns to action on May 7th at Invicta Fighting Championships 17 in Costa Mesa, California. The talented and charismatic Souza puts her title on the line against skilled striker Angela “Overkill” Hill in the 115-pound co-main event.
Invicta FC officials announced the title tilt today along with four additional matchups. Also at 115 pounds, Deep Jewels champ Mizuki Inoue battles Aline Sério. Tessa “The Typhoon” Simpson takes on fellow Invicta FC debutant Julia “Jewels” Jones in a bout between top atomweight prospects.
Souza (9-0-0) earned submission finishes in six of her first seven bouts leading up to her April 2015 Invicta FC debut. Facing off against Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink, Souza secured a fourth-round triangle choke that earned her the Invicta FC Strawweight Championship. Souza endeared herself to fans with her humour and wit following the fight, and she made a successful title defence in January by destroying DeAnna “The Argentine Assassin” Bennett in just 90 seconds. Souza, who hopes to move on to the UFC, puts her Invicta FC title on the line once more in May.
3 fights added to TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas, including James Krause vs. Ross Pearson
The lineup has started to build for this summer’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas with the addition of three fights in support of the women’s strawweight title headliner.
James Krause (23-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will meet Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at lightweight; Scott Askham (14-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) takes on Anthony Smith (25-11 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at middleweight; and Li Jingliang (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fights Anton Zafir (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout. UFC officials announced the new matchups tonight on “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
The TUF 23 Finale takes place July 8 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The venue was made official tonight, as well. In the main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her women’s strawweight title on the line in a rematch with Claudia Gadelha. The finals for Season 23 of “The Ultimate Fighter” also will be contested. The card will air on FOX Sports 1 after expected early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Meet the TUF 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia Cast
The upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter will once again showcase mixed martial arts’ global expansion, as Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil lead a group of light heavyweight and strawweight hopefuls. Thirty-two Athletes from countries such as the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, Brazil, England and the United States fight for one of 16 spots available in the premiere episode Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.
STRAWWEIGHT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Alyssa Krahn, 3-1, 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, 30, Mila, Algeria
Amanda Cooper, 1-1, 24, Bath, Mich. Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, 27, Shiloh, Ill.
Amy Montenegro, 7-2, 32, Forks, Wash. Cory Hendricks, 3-0, 27, Lynden, Wash.
Ashley Cummins, 3-3, 28, St. Louis, Mo. Elias Urbina, 3-0, 22, Weslaco, Texas
Ashley Yoder, 4-1, 28, Indianapolis, Ind. Eric Spicely, 8-0, 29, Stoughton, Mass.
Chelsea Bailey, 2-0, 23, Chewelah, Wash. Jamelle Jones, 6-2, 28, Atlantic City, N.J.
Helen Harper, 4-1, 28, Farnborough, England John Paul Elias, 3-0, 27, Fresno, Calif.
Irene Rivera, 6-2, 22, Barcelona, Spain Joshua Stansbury, 7-2, 31, East Liverpool, Ohio
Jamie Moyle, 3-1, 27, Las Vegas, Nev. Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, 26, Oslo, Norway
JJ Aldrich, 2-1, 23, Aurora, Colo. Khalil Rountree, 4-0, 26, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jodie Esquibel, 5-1, 29, Albuquerque, N.M. Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, 30, Tubarao, Brazil
Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, 29, Lostwithiel, England Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, 27, Titusville, Fla.
Kristi Lopez, 2-0, 33, Quartz Hill, Calif. Myron Dennis, 12-4, 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lanchana Green, 2-1, 26, Darlington, England Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, 30, Paris, France
Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands Phil Hawes, 3-0, 27, Little Ferry, N.J.
Tatiana Suarez, 3-0, 25, Fontana, Calif. Trevor Carlson, 10-2, 27, Spring Creek, Nev.
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias shifts from prelims to UFC on FOX 19 main-card opener
With an injury on Tuesday scrapping the UFC on FOX 19 headliner, the event now has a new opening fight for the main card.
Tony Ferguson was forced out of the UFC on FOX 19 lightweight headliner against Khabib Nurmagomedov next week in Florida due to fluid on his lung. The previously booked co-main event light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans and former title challenger Glover Teixeira now is the five-round main event.
But with Nurmagomedov without an opponent - the UFC has adjusted the lineup, and a pair of featherweights now will open the four-fight main card on FOX.
Cerrone offers to fight Nurmagomedov – but so, too, does UFC champ dos Anjos
For a guy who just lost his opponent a few weeks before a UFC headliner, Khabib Nurmagomedov sure seems to have plenty of options.
On Tuesday Tony Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) withdrew from his planned UFC on FOX 19 headliner with Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), which was slated for April 16 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., due to “fluid” and “blood” in his lungs.
So where does that leave Nurmagomedov, a top contender who’s No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings? Well, he’s certainly got his fair share of willing opponents, including former lightweight title challenger and recent welterweight Donald Cerrone (29-7 MMA, 16-4 UFC), who’s currently slated to fight vet Patrick Cote (23-9 MMA, 10-9 UFC) on June 18 at UFC Fight Night 89 (via Twitter)
Ariel Helwani ? ?@arielhelwani
I'm told Cerrone wants assurance that if he takes this fight against Khabib that he still gets to fight @patrick_cote 6/18. He wants both.
8:27 PM - 5 Apr 2016
According to Tony Ferguson, UFC on FOX 19 withdrawal might've saved his life
"I am out of my Fight Due to Blood/Fluid in my Lung. Usually I can Power Through These things. Doc said it wasn't wise to Fight due to any more trauma could be terminal. There are more Important things to me Like Making sure I am there for my Little Man Armand Anthony & @xtfergie @darceandknucklez Family First. I will be Back, I will be Better. You haven't seen anything yet. #TeamFerguson #TeamElCucuy #TonyFergusonMMA #SnapDownCity #OGElCucuy Give me a couple weeks. Khabib pulled out Three Times. I have pulled out Once in my Whole Career... I will be Back. It's Shitty these things happen... Staying Positive for my Family. TF"
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 heads to St. Louis in June with 'Rampage' vs. Satoshi Ishii
Bellator has set the date for its second MMA and kickboxing crossover event, and it will feature the return of Quinton Jackson to the promotion.
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 will take place June 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. In the main event, “Rampage” Jackson (36-11 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will meet Japanese Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at a 215-pound catchweight. Promotion officials today confirmed the event and fight booking to MMAjunkie after an initial report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The first “Dynamite” event took place this past September with Bellator 142 in San Jose, Calif. The card featured MMA fights in the cage and GLORY kickboxing matches in a ring right next to it, and after the main card on Spike, the two sets of events were going on simultaneously.