Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell 135 title fight headlines Bellator 177 in Budapest
Bellator is returning to Hungary this spring, and the bantamweight title will be on the line in Budapest.
Bellator 177 is set for april 14 at Budapest Sports Arena. In the main event, bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas (19-4 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) is set to take on challenger Darrion Caldwell (10-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA).
In addition, the card will feature a featherweight fight between Hungary’s Adam Borics (5-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Anthony Taylor (1-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA).
Promotion officials announced the card and headliner today. The main card will air on Spike at 9 p.m. ET. Immediately following the MMA card, Bellator Kickboxing 6 will air on Spike at 11 p.m. ET, headlined by a welterweight title rematch between Zoltan Laszak and Karim Ghajji.
Fabricio Werdum-Ben Rothwell will join champ Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211
Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. So the UFC’s return to the “Lone Star State” in May looks like it will have plenty of big men on the top of the bill.
According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Combate, UFC 211 in May will feature not only a heavyweight title fight in the main event, but what is likely to be a No. 1 contenders bout, as well.
Combate today reported former champion Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will meet Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at the event, which is expected to be headlined by heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) against former champ Junior Dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC).
ABC rules committee passes limited use of instant replay in MMA
Instant replay could be coming to mixed martial arts.
The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) rules and regulations committee for MMA has passed the use of instant replay for fight-finishing sequences, committee chair Sean Wheelock confirmed Tuesday with MMA Fighting.
The proposed rule will be brought to the ABC body and voted on at its annual conference this summer in Connecticut.
Nate Diaz laughs at Dana White’s latest fight offer
It doesn’t appear Nate Diaz is too anxious to get back into action in the UFC.
Just recently, UFC president Dana White revealed that he had offered Diaz a fight to return for the first time since he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor in one of the biggest fights in 2016. White didn’t give too many details about the fight at the time, but he commented that it’s been rather difficult to get Nate or his brother Nick into the Octagon recently.
“We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see,” White told USA Today ahead of the Super Bowl in Houston. “These guys say they want a fight. I offered Nick Diaz two fights. He turned down two fights. I offered him Robbie Lawler. Robbie Lawler accepted the fight. Then I offered him Demian Maia. Nick Diaz turned down two fights. And then we just offered Nate a fight.”
What the NFL could learn from the UFC about PED testing
The New England Patriots pulled off a comeback rivaling Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry at Super Bowl LI on Sunday. The next day CNN published an unusually in-depth piece by Roni Selig and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on what the NFL can learn from the UFC about anti-doping testing.
The penalty for a first-time offense in the UFC, like WADA and USADA, is a two-year suspension. The case is given a full and fair review; very often the punishment is less than two years. However, the punishment for a test failure in the NFL is four games.
Frankie Edgar has one fight left on UFC deal, wants Max Holloway or Ricardo Lamas next
Frankie Edgar has just one fight left on his UFC contract. Don’t expect him to be going anywhere, though.
Edgar told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the next fight on his UFC deal is his last, but he plans on re-upping with the UFC. Edgar said he was in contract talks with the promotion before having groin surgery recently and expects to come to terms before he steps in the Octagon again.
“I’d like to get a deal,” Edgar said. “That’s what I’d like to do. Who knows what’s really gonna happen. But I would like to get a deal. I don’t really want to go anywhere else. This has been my home since the beginning. I just don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t. It’s not like we’re that far apart.”
Invicta atomweight champ Ayaka Hamasaki moves up to strawweight to face Livia Renata Souza
Update: Jinh Yu Frey (5-2), who Hamasaki defeated via doctor stoppage in September, will face undefeated Janaisa Morandin (9-0) on the same card.
Ayaka Hamasaki wants to make a statement.
The Invicta FC women’s atomweight champion will move up to strawweight to face former champion Livia Renata Souza at Invicta 22 on March 25 in Kansas City, sources told MMA Fighting on Monday.
Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news and said it would be the co-main event of the card. It should be announced officially this week, she said.
Edgar: UFC getting a little silly with Interim belts
In boxing, sanctioning bodies only make money if there is a title at stake, so they recognize a lot of titles. The WBA sanctions Super, Undisputed, Unified, Regular, and Interim world championship bouts in 17 weight divisions (there used to be eight). Then throw in the WBC, IBF and WBO. And the IBO and WBF. And the World Underwear Association.
By contrast, the UFC recognizes eight weight divisions for men, and most fans can name all the champions. Not a single person alive can definitively name every “world” champion in boxing. This alphabet soup is one reason boxing is losing young fans to mixed martial arts.
WSOF Two-Division Champion David Branch Vacates Both Titles, Declares Himself a Free Agent
World Series of Fighting was kind to David Branch, but now WSOF's only two-division champion has no belts and is ready to fly the coop.
Monday, in an interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” the 35-year-old Bronx native stated that he had vacated both his WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight titles and was now a free agent after four-plus years with the promotion, where he racked up an undefeated 10-0 mark during his tenure, plus two title belts.
Click Debate: Why are there now different MMA rules in different states?
It’s the Super Bowl. Tom Brady takes the snap, sees all his receivers covered and rolls out of the pocket to his right. With nothing available downfield and his check-down options smothered, Brady throws the ball away into the stands.
Immediately, the referee nearby throws a flag. Brady doesn’t understand what just happened. An intentional grounding penalty can only be called when the quarterback is still in the pocket, he thought, not when he’s near the sidelines.