'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy' slated for July 14 in Portland, Larkin-Lawler added
A middleweight title fight between champion Luke Rockhold (9-1 MMA, 8-0 SF) and Tim Kennedy (14-3 MMA, 5-1 SF) will headline a major Strikeforce show in Oregon.
Strikeforce officials today announced the event, which takes place July 14 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
Other announced bouts include middleweights Lorenz Larkin (12-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) vs. Robbie Lawler (19-8 MMA, 3-4 SF) and middleweights Roger Gracie (4-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) vs. Keith Jardine (17-10-2 MMA, 0-1-1 SF).
The night's main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims.
Despite today's announcements, an expected welterweight title fight between Nate Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) and Tyron Woodley (10-0 MMA, 8-0 SF) wasn't mentioned.
Bellator and TNA Wrestling to announce 'King Mo' signing today
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has a new home.
Bellator and TNA Wrestling executives have set a conference call for 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) today to announce a "major talent deal."
It's the signing of Lawal (8-1), who will split his time between MMA (Bellator) and pro wrestling (TNA) once healed from a knee injury.
Terms of the deal are expected to be announced during the media call. Spike TV airs TNA Wrestling, and Bellator moves to the cable channel in 2013.
Bellator signs wrestling phenom Shanon Slack for May 18 fight against Booker Arthur
Bellator Fighting Championships continues to add to its impressive roster, this time adding dynamic featherweight Shanon Slack to its growing list of talent. Slack joins a stacked talent pool that includes reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran, future title challenger Patricio Pitbull, and a collection of some of the top featherweights in the world including Daniel Straus, Marlon Sandro, and "Popo" Bezerra.
"The Bellator featherweight division is tough as hell, and it was a huge reason why I decided to join Bellator," Slack said. "The tournament format is something that really stood out to me as well. There aren't any politics involved, and like any fighter, I want my title shot. Any fighter can say they want to take things one fight at a time, but if you aren't in this to become a champion, then you're in the wrong sport."
Armed with a wrestling base that earned him a spot as a U.S. Olympic alternate in 2008, Slack has trained with some of the biggest names in the sport and currently is a member of the world renowned Blackhouse fight team. Slack already boasts a spotless record of 3-0, but knows the sky is the limit with Bellator.
UFC on FOX 4 adds Mitrione vs. Broughton, Thompson vs. De Fries
August's UFC on FOX 4 lineup has added a pair of heavyweight fights.
They include Matt Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who looks to rebound from his first career loss when he meets British fighter Rob Broughton (15-7-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC), as well as English fighters Oli Thompson (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Phil De Fries (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
UFC officials today confirmed the matchups.
UFC on FOX 4 takes place Aug. 4 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The main card, including a Brian Stann vs. Hector Lombard headliner, airs on FOX. Today's new additions are likely to be part of the preliminary card, which is expected to air on FUEL TV and stream on Facebook.
Retired UFC vet Chris Lytle falls short in Indiana Senate run
Chris Lytle's Indiana Senate run came up a bit short.
Lytle, who retired from the UFC this past year after a long and productive fighting career, lost the Republican bid for a state Senate nomination in District 28.
In Tuesday's three-horse race, Lytle (30 percent of the vote) finished behind winner Mike Crider (41 percent) but ahead of John Merlau (29 percent).
"Almost," Lytle tweeted on Tuesday after the vote tallies. "I finished 2nd. It was a good fight."
John Dodson Sidelined ’6 to 7 Weeks’
Dodson broke his hand in the opening round, and literally had to fight with one less weapon for the majority of the fight.
The injury occurred early in the first round. As he goes back and watches the fight now, Dodson knows exactly where it happened.
“It happened in the first round. I re-watched it. It happened at like 2 minutes, 24 seconds into the fight, and I hit him with that overhand left and I tried to double up on it with two punches. I couldn’t make a fist anymore,” Dodson told MMAWeekly Radio following the fight.
“I was trying to make a fist in my glove and it wasn’t working out too well. I even told Greg (Jackson) after the first, ‘I think I broke my hand.’ He goes, ‘punch him with it,’ and I was like cool.”
Urijah Faber will fight for interim bantamweight title at UFC 148
Although he won't fight UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber will get to fight for a title.
A replacement opponent hasn't been determined, but UFC president Dana White today said Faber will fight the UFC's interim bantamweight title in July at UFC 148.
Cruz bowed out of the fight earlier this week after tearing his ACL, though White said he'll remain a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter: Live."
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) III originally was expected to take the headlining slot of the event, but logistical issues forced the move of Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) vs. Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) II from UFC 147 to the UFC 148 main-event slot.
Papy Abedi replaces Rich Attonito, meets Rick Story at UFC on FX 4
Papy Abedi (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has replaced Rich Attonito (10-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and now meets fellow welterweight Rick Story (13-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at next month's UFC on FX 4 event.
UFC officials today announced the switch while stating Attonito suffered an undisclosed injury.
UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Siyar Bahadurzada replaces Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 149, meets Thiago Alves
July's UFC 149 event has a fairly significant change: Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1 MMA, 1-0 SF) has replaced injured Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC) and now meets Thiago Alves (19-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC).
Officials from the UFC's Brazilian office today announced the change.
UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines in a five-round title fight with challenger Erik Koch.
UFC 149's main card, including Bahadurzada vs. Alves, airs on pay-per-view. FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
The nature of Akiyama's injury wasn't disclosed.
Mike Hayes vs. D.J. Linderman title fight headlines Cage Warriors 47
A title fight and rematch will headline Cage Warriors 47 with newly crowned champion Mike Hayes (18-4-1) taking on fellow American heavyweight D.J. Linderman (11-3).
Cage Warriors officials today announced the Irish headliner.
The event, which features a championship doubleheader, takes place June 2 at The Helix in Dublin, and the main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com.
Hayes and Linderman first fought back in 2009 at a regional Alliance Fights show in Washington. Linderman won the bout via unanimous decision, but their paths never crossed when they both subsequently joined Bellator.
"I can't stand D.J. Linderman," Hayes stated. "He's a piece of trash. I'm going to smash him."
Tyron Woodley To Meet Nate Marquardt For Strikeforce Welterweight Title In July
Former top UFC fighter Nate Marquardt will finally make his Strikeforce and welterweight debut in July, and it will be in a title matchup. He will compete for Nick Diaz's old Strikeforce welterweight championship against a SF veteran, Tyron Woodley. MMA Weekly has it:
The main event for the upcoming Strikeforce event in July is almost set as Nate Marquardt will make his promotional debut against Tyron Woodley with the vacant welterweight title on the line.
Sources close to the match-up confirmed the fight to MMA Weekly on Monday with verbal agreements in place for the July showdown.
Weekend winners include Thompson, Prangley, Galesic, Coy, Pettis, Jardine and more
James Thompson moved his unbeaten streak to four fights with a unanimous-decision victory over former Strikeforce fighter and WWE star Bobby Lashley.
The full SFL 3 results included:
•James Thompson def. Bobby Lashley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Joanne Calderwood def. Lena Ovchynnikova via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
•Anup Kumar def. Chatmongkhon Simma via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 4:55
•Kultar Gill def. Quinton Arendse via KO (punches) - Round 1, 0:51
•Trevor Prangley def. Baga Agaev via KO (punches) - Round 3, 2:03
•Lakwinder Sekhon def. Vladimir Todorov via TKO (retirement) - Round 2, 5:00
•Gurdarshan Mangat def. Si Cong Liu via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 2:37
•Zelg Galesic def. Doug Marshall KO (flying knee) - Round 1, 0:34
RUMOUR: Cruz Tears ACL, Cancels Fight With Faber
This is only a rumour. Not official. So don't get too excited/emotional.
Phytegurus.com has confirmed with sources close to the event that The Ultimate Fighter Coach Dominic Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is pulling out of the much anticipated UFC 148 fight with Urijah Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) due to a torn ACL.
It is still unknown if there is or will be a replacement fighter for Faber or if this fight will still maintain the Co-Main Event status.
UFC 148 has become a huge card recently adding UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva’s (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) rematch with Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
Rafael Natal and Tom DeBlass added to July's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event
Rafael "Sapo" Natal (14-3-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) and Tom DeBlass (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) have been added to July's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event, both against opponents yet to be determined.
That's the word from the pair's team at Dominance MMA Management, who today tweeted the bookings.
As previously reported, UFC on FUEL TV 4 takes place July 11 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Broadcast plans for the event haven't been announced, but main-card action airs on FUEL TV.
It's currently unknown if either fighter will compete on the evening's main card, and UFC execs have yet to officially announce opponents for either fighter.
Nate Diaz supports Jim Miller’s nephew after scoring win at UFC on Fox 3
Nate Diaz scored a big win at UFC on Fox 3, submitting Jim Miller in the second round of the main event. Immediately after the bout, Diaz showed excellent sportsmanship. He pointed to Miller's shirt and said to the camera, "Buy those shirts! Support the cause!"
Diaz was referring to Miller's walkout shirt and his nephew. Miller's infant nephew Danny has polycystic kidney disease, and $10 of every walkout shirt sold will be donated to the Danny Miller Foundation to help him and other children with kidney disease. Several UFC fighters have donated memorabilia to auction off to get Danny closer to a kidney transplant, but the family still needs help.
Diaz knew that, and pushed his opponent's cause on national, network television.
Ricardo Almeida Scored Josh Koscheck as the Winner in Bout With Johny Hendricks
My boy Almeida scored it in favour of my boy Koscheck!!!
In the co-main event last evening at UFC on FOX 3, welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks fought in a closely-contested affair that marked the first time two NCAA Division I national champions fought in the UFC.
Hendricks was ultimately declared the winner, but only by split decision. Judges Jeff Blatnick and Cardo Urso scored the bout 29-28 for Hendricks. The dissenting judge who scored it 29-28 for Koscheck? Former UFC middleweight and welterweight contender and now retired fighter Ricardo Almeida.
It'd be a stretch to call scoring the fight for Koscheck irresponsible or evidence of poor judging, although there's not much of a quantitative defense for Koscheck. Still, judging is a qualitative endeavor and one hampered by vantage point, biases both ingrained or innocuous and the limits of one's ability to draw defensible conclusions about athletic performance. By the very nature of how judging is administered, a difference of opinion in close contests among those qualified to score MMA at the highest professional levels is inevitable. A score for Koscheck isn't bad even if it isn't ultimately the most defensible position to take.
Roger Gracie vs Keith Jardine middleweight fight booked for July Strikeforce event
Why kill the promotion when you can still get exciting match-ups like this?
According to MMAFighting.com, Roger Gracie will make his middleweight debut later this year against Keith Jardine at a July Strikeforce event that is still without a date or location, though Portland, Oregon is apparently a leading contender.
A 185-pound championship bout pitting titleholder Luke Rockhold against Tim Kennedy is expected to headline the event.
Gracie makes the drop down in weight following his first career loss in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition last September, a knockout defeat at the hands of Muhammed Lawal at the "Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event in Cincinnati.
Personally I really like this match-up... I feel Jardines TDD is one of the most underated in MMA, Gracie is gonna struggle to win this fight, if he wants to win it had best bring power punches. As we saw if you even try and fight Jardine technically, its very hard to do, as Mousassi found, you have to bring one punch KO power. I reckon Jardine will embarrass him here.