Arizona issues 'safety recommendation' for one fighter to retire after brutal WSOF 19 loss
Twelve fighters received extended medical suspensions in the aftermath of World Series of Fighting 19, including lightweight headliners Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino, according to information released to MMAFighting.com by the Arizona Boxing & MMA Commission.
Gaethje and Palomino both sported a myriad of injuries from their ‘Fight of the Year' candidate brawl, which Gaethje won by third-round TKO to retain his WSOF lightweight belt. Palomino will now be forced to receive clearance on his left knee, ankle, thigh, and right hand before returning to competition, while Gaethje will be forced to do the same for his right brow and right foot.
The most curious note from the event's medical suspension report came from the undercard though. , a 31-year-old regular of the Arizona fight scene, was given an indefinite suspension by the ABMC along with a "safety recommendation to stop competing."
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‘Minowoman’ vs. Oli Thompson Headlines All-Heavyweight Inoki Genome Fight 3 In Tokyo
Hundred-fight veteran Ikuhisa Minowa will square off against onetime UFC competitor Oli Thompson in the main event of Inoki Genome Fight 3.
Inoki Genome Federation this week revealed the final lineup and bout order for the Japanese organization’s latest MMA-centric event. The all-heavyweight show takes place April 11 at Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo hall in Tokyo, bolstered by an undercard of four pro-wrestling matches.
WSOF 19 salaries: Fight purses range from $60,000 to $750
Justin Gaethje was the leading earner from this past Saturday's World Series of Fighting 19 card, pocketing $60,000 for his electric main event win over Luis Palomino, according to information released to MMAFighting.com by the Arizona Boxing & MMA Commission.
Gaethje, an undefeated 26-year-old and WSOF's reigning lightweight champion, defended his belt with a wild third-round TKO finish after a back and forth brawl with fellow free-swinger Luis Palomino in front of his hometown fans in Phoenix, AZ. Palomino earned $11,000 in the losing effort.
UFC signs YouTube sensation Ben Nguyen
The Daily Telegraph can reveal 26-year-old flyweight Nguyen, who emigrated Down Under two years ago, has agreed to fight on the UFC Adelaide card in May.
The decision comes only weeks after the American native became a social media hit thanks to his starring role in a homemade video entitled: ‘Tattooed Bully Acts Tough And Gets Knocked Out in 20 Seconds”.
MMA Lawsuit Dismissed on Technicality
Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on UFC® and other Plaintiffs’ claim that New York’s mixed martial arts (MMA) law is so vaguely written that reasonable people could not understand what it prohibited.
While avoiding ruling on the legality of New York’s MMA statute on technical grounds, the judge advised UFC to “consider filing new vagueness claims.” She said that the Attorney General’s “recent statements that the Ban prohibits sanctioned MMA” were made “despite [the law’s] plain language to the contrary.”
The Court’s decision confirms that New York law allows sanctioned professional MMA and that the AG is wrong in prohibiting it. UFC is a responsible corporate citizen and has chosen not to act contrary to the AG’s position, even though that position is legally unsustainable.
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