Despite stunning upset, Bellator's Alexis Dufresne says Marloes Coenen deserves next title shot
Alexis Dufresne is surprisingly realistic about her position in Bellator’s women’s featherweight division after pulling off the biggest victory of her career with an upset of Marloes Coenen at Bellator 155 earlier this month.
Dufresne (6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) stepped in as an injury replacement for Julia Budd (8-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in a fight meant to decide Bellator’s inaugural women’s 145-pound champion. Once Budd pulled out, however, the promotion changed the fight with Coenen (23-7 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) to a non-title affair.
Marloes Coenen and Alexis Dufresne
The call to fight Coenen came with just two weeks to prepare after Dufresne had taken a 16-month layoff from the sport to give birth. Dufresne was five pounds overweight for the fight, which ruffled the feathers of her opponent. But she secured the triangle-armbar victory to join Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Miesha Tate as one of the few fighters to beat Coenen, a former Strikeforce champion, since 2009.
Would former Bellator champ Zach Makovsky enter a reality show for a UFC title shot? It depends
Unlike many in the UFC’s flyweight division, Zach Makovsky knows what it’s like to wear gold around his waist.
A former Bellator champ, he’s been trying to trying to win it back ever since he signed with the industry-leader three years ago. So you’d think he’d take any necessary measures to get a title shot, especially given his rough go of things in his past four bouts. At 1-3, no one has Makovsky at the top of the list for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next outing.
But for “Fun Size,” it’s not necessarily the time to get desperate.
Before the UFC changed the parameters of the show, Makovsky could have completely revitalized his career in six short weeks by getting cast in “The Ultimate Fighter 24.” Originally slated to feature flyweights who qualified at an open tryout, “TUF 24” will now feature flyweight champions from other promotions around the world.
Luke Rockhold plans to 'lay the smack down' on Michael Bisping at UFC 199, predicts 'devastating' KO
Luke Rockhold minced no words when giving a prediction for his UFC 199 main event rematch with Michael Bisping. The UFC middleweight champ is notoriously confident, but for this one, he said there’s no doubt.
“I know that I’m going to knock Michael Bisping out in devastating fashion,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie. “I don’t think it, I know it. I know it’s going to happen. I’m going to stay composed, I’m going to find my timing, I’m going to pick my shots and then I’m going to lay the smack down.”
WSOF 32 adds Shamil Gamzatov vs. Louis Taylor, Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov
A pair of key matchups in their respective divisions has been added to July’s WSOF 32 event, as Shamil Gamzatov (10-0) faces Louis Taylor (12-3) in the middleweight division, and Hakeem Dawodu (5-0-1) rematches Marat Magomedov (7-0-1) at featherweight.
Champ Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill – for bantamweight title
Champ Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer – for featherweight title
Ben Fodor vs. Caros Fodor
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Louis Taylor
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov
Bellator 156 adds three fights, including Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
Bellator officials today announced three new additions to next month’s Bellator 156 card, including Chris Honeycutt moving up to middleweight to face Mikkel Parlo on the evening’s main card.
Additionally, A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter and Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey are now scheduled for the preliminary card.
With the additions to the card, the Bellator 156 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas
Douglas Lima vs. Chidi Njokuani
Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter
Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter
Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey
Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins
Christian Buron-Navarro vs. Paul Ruiz
Javy Ayala vs. opponent TBA
Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith
Carrington Banks vs. C.J. Keith
Chris Avila vs. Justin Smitley
John Paul Elias vs. opponent TBA
Jose Cabezas vs. Chris Lewis
Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger on tap for UFC 201
It didn't take long for Matt Brown to find his next fight. Just under two weeks after losing a lopsided bout vs. Demian Maia, "The Immortal" welterweight veteran has agreed to make his return against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the new fight booking.
Brown (20-14) lost by 3rd round submission to Maia at UFC 198, marking his first stoppage loss since Seth Baczynski choked him out way back in 2011. It was after the Baczynski defeat that Brown would then memorably win his next 7 fights, setting himself up for a top contender bout vs. Robbie Lawler, which he would go on to lose by unanimous decision. After suffering a decision defeat to Johny Hendricks, Brown picked up a guillotine choke win over Tim Means at UFC 189.
'Kid' Yamamoto scratched from UFC Fight Night 89, Joe Soto now meets Chris Beal
Injury woes continue for Japanese MMA veteran Norifumi Yamamoto, who’s been scratched from UFC Fight Night 89.
Onetime title challenger Joe Soto (15-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) now steps up to take a bantamweight fight with Chris Beal (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the June 18 event scheduled for The Arena at TD Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
E.J. Chavez out of RFA 38 title fight, champ Thiago Moises now faces Jamall Emmers
Illness has knocked E.J. Chavez from his scheduled RFA 38 lightweight title bout with champion Thiago Moises. Filling the void left by Chavez’s departure is Jamall Emmers.
RFA informed MMAjunkie of the changes, along with more info on the complete card.
RFA 38 takes place June 3 at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The RFA 38 card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
champ Thiago Moises vs. Jamall Emmers – for lightweight title
Joe Murphy vs. Vinicius Zani
Christos Giagos vs. Karen Darabedyan
Jose Diaz vs. Nick Barnes
Mario Israel vs. Albert Morales
Chris Padilla vs. Jason Gonzalez
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m. ET)
Tommy Aaron vs. Luke Faultersack
Ryan Lang vs. Matt Sayles
Richard Alarcon vs. Ray Elizalde
Martin Diaz vs. Maikel Gonzalez
Featherweights Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight added to UFC on FOX 20
A featherweight matchup between two athletes looking to rebound from octagon defeat is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 20 lineup.
UFC officials today announced Jim Alers (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Jason Knight (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place July 23 at Chicago’s United Center. While the evening’s official lineup has yet to be revealed, UFC on FOX 20’s main card airs on FOX. Prelims are expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass.
With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 20 now includes:
Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira
George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina
Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov
Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland
Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey
Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres
Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight
Andrea Lee settles with NSAC, Carlos Diego Ferreira still temporarily suspended
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today moved toward a nine-month suspension for Invicta FC flyweight Andrea Lee and 30 percent fine of her $3,000 purse ($900) from Invicta FC 16.
“KGB” Lee (4-2) agreed in principle to a settlement with the UFC after testing positive for a pair of diuretics – canrenone and spironolactone – after a submission loss to Sarah D’Alelio (9-6) by rear-naked choke in the third round at the March 11 event at Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas. But after her reps raised questions about the language of the agreement, the commission agreed to table the matter pending approval by NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell.
Fernando Gonzalez out of Bellator 158, promotion seeks replacement vs. Michael 'Venom' Page
Fernando Gonzalez and Michael Page are seemingly just not destined to share the Bellator cage together – at least not yet, anyway.
For the second time in as many attempts, a fight between Gonzalez (25-13 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Page (10-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) has fallen apart. Gonzalez is out of a planned Bellator 158 matchup, scheduled for July 16 at The O2 in London, due to issues receiving a travel visa to England for the event.
With Belal Muhammad's UFC signing, Michaud vs. Lima at Titan FC 39 becomes title fight
Belal Muhammed has signed with the UFC and, as a result, Titan FC 39 has its third title bout.
The bout between UFC veterans Douglas Lima (10-4) and David Michaud (9-2) has been upgraded from title eliminator to title fight. Promotion officials informed MMAjunkie of the change.
Titan FC 39 takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Gesias Cavalcante meets former Titan FC champion Pat Healy for the vacant 155-pound title.
The Titan FC 39 card includes:
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Pat Healy – for vacant lightweight title
champ Andre Harrison vs. Deivison Ribeiro – for featherweight title
Dhiego Lima vs. David Michaud – for vacant welterweight title
Taylor Krahl vs. Vitor Eustaquio
Kenny Gadreau vs. Micah Miller
Abdiel Velazquez vs. Alexis Vila
Sarah Alpar vs. Carina Damm
Luciano dos Santos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Chino Duran vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Preston Parsons
Raush Manfiovs. Luis Zequeira
'TUF 22' winner Ryan Hall returns vs. Alex White at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
A featherweight bout between Ryan Hall and Alex White is the latest addition to July’s UFC Fight Night 91 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
The latest UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes:
Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson
John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
Paige VanZant finishes as runner-up on 'Dancing With The Stars'
Paige VanZant, the popular UFC fighter, finished second on this season of "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. VanZant and partner Mark Ballas earned a perfect score of 30 for their salsa-jiva amalgamation on the second night of the finals, but it was not enough. Deaf male model Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd took home the title when the scores and fan votes were combined.