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Women's MMA Report: Honchak submits Modafferi, Young stops Carreiro
Missouri native Barb "Little Warrior" Honchak (5-1) picked up the biggest win of her pro career in the main event of "BlackEye Promotions 5: Breast Cancer Beatdown" in Fletcher, N.C. Honchak submitted former Strikeforce title challenger Roxanne "The Happy Warrior" Modafferi (15-9) with a rear-naked choke at the 1:46 mark of round three. Modafferi looked to close the distance early and often in the 125-pound bout, but Honchak's strength advantage was evident as she countered a takedown and took Modafferi's back in round one. Modafferi managed to turn into Honchak's guard, but Honchak swept into mount and threatened with an armbar before the bell. In round two, Modafferi tried to pull guard with a guillotine choke, but Honchak remained on her feet. She reversed a takedown and threw punches and hammerfists from Modafferi's guard for much of the round. With Modafferi needing a finish in round three, she tried again to take down Honchak. Honchak wound up on top in mount and then took Modafferi's back and secured the choke for the tap-out victory.
John Hackleman and Chuck Liddell Open The Pit Las Vegas
UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, longtime trainer John Hackleman, and TUF 11 winner Court McGee, were on hand recently to open up a new Pit affiliate gym.
Mike Swick and Roger Huerta's Thailand gym meets resistance, but venture continues
Mike Swick is fulfilling a longtime dream, and with fellow UFC vet Roger Huerta, he's opening an MMA gym in Phuket, Thailand. MMAjunkie.com Radio recently caught up with Swick while he's in the U.S. following back-and-forth 24-hour trips to the Asian country. Swick currently is finalizing plans for the new gym's opening. And though the venture has ruffled some feathers at Tiger Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts – a Phuket gym Swick nearly purchased – Swick said his team at American Kickboxing Academy has been quite supportive.
Report: Tim Sylvia vs Andrei Arlovski IV planned for Nov. 5 in Moline, IL
Former UFC Heavyweight Champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski are apparently in talks for a fourth meeting, this time under the ProElite banner on Nov. 5, 2011, in Moline, Illinois. Cage Potato brought word of the possible match-up earlier today. The original Sylvia vs. Arlovski trilogy took place under the UFC banner back in 2005-06, with "The Maine-iac" getting a 2-1 advantage. Unfortunately the third (and what at the time was believed to be the final) meeting of the two was a five-round snoozefest that Sylvia won on points.
MMA club’s video of eight-year-olds in cagefighting match causes controversy
Yep, you know childhood — one minute you’re sharing your Graham crackers with your best pal during recess, the next you’ve got him in a rear naked choke submission hold. How young is too young to climb into the Thunderdome? I found this and feel writers like this is the reason so many people are misinformed about the sport.
MMAjunkie.com announces live stream of Saturday's Cage Warriors 44 event
MMAjunkie.com is proud to announce a live stream of this weekend's Cage Warriors 44 event. The show takes place Saturday at HMV Forum in London. The co-headliners feature Ivan Musardo (17-6-1) vs. Joseph Duffy (10-0) for the vacant lightweight title, as well as recent UFC fighter Brian Foster (15-5) vs. Jack Mason (17-8). The live stream begins at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT (9 p.m. BT local time). The full Cage Warriors 44 main card includes: Joseph Duffy (10-0) vs. Ivan Musardo (17-6-1) - for vacant lightweight title Brian Foster (15-5) vs. Jack Mason (17-8) Ashleigh Grimshaw (10-7-1) vs. Graham Turner (17-6) Kevin Donnelly (6-3) vs. Brad Wheeler (6-5) Niko Gjoka (5-6) vs. Neil Seery (8-8) Steve O'Keeffe (4-1) vs. Dean Reilly (5-2) David Howell (2-1) vs. Kieran Malone (2-4)
Alistair Overeem Splits From Long Time Management Team at Golden Glory
Alistair Overeem has apparently split with his long time management representation at Team Golden Glory.
Eddie Alvarez injured, Bellator 54 title fight with Michael Chandler delayed
Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and has suffered an undisclosed injury, officials today announced. As a result, a planned Bellator 54 title fight between Alvarez and season-four tournament winner Michael Chandler has been delayed. According to the announcement, the championship five-rounder is still possible for season five, which concludes in late November.
Ken Shamrock Vs. James Toney Fight Delayed Until 2012
While many believe Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos or Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem is the biggest heavyweight fight of the next four months, somewhere there is a small contingent who were secretly considering James Toney vs. Ken Shamrock as the end-all, be-all in heavyweight battles. (C'mon...you're out there somewhere, aren't you?) Unfortunately for those people, the battle between the boxing champion and former UFC Superfight Champion has been delayed until next year and may be off completely. To show the level of interest in this fight, the following "press release" was posted on his site...over a week ago: After training extremely hard in preparation, Toney was informed not long ago that his unified rules bout with MMA hall-of-famer Ken Shamrock would be delayed until early part of 2012. Already in terrific shape and weighing near the cruiserweight limit of 200 lbs. Toney has decided to instead re-focus on his boxing career and target the #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev, who recently knocked out one of his old-time rivals, Roy Jones Jr."
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson slated for Nov. 20 M-1 event in Moscow
A rumored bout between Fedor Emelianenko (31-4) and Jeff Monson (42-12) is now slated for a Nov. 20 M-1 Global event in Russia. The fight, which previously was expected to take place Nov. 12, instead takes place eight days later at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. M-1 officials today announced the plans. The Nov. 20 date allows M-1 Global to avoid going head to head with the UFC's debut event on FOX, as well as a boxing blockbuster between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, which are both scheduled for Nov. 12.
TUF Alum Phillipe Nover Signs With Bellator, to Debut Against Marcin Held
UFC veteran, and The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finalist, Phillipe Nover has inked a deal with Bellator, and will be making his debut this November.
Despite BAMMA weight gaffe, Daley's manager says "Semtex" belongs at welterweight
Paul Daley today came in five pounds heavy for his co-headliner fight with Jordan Radev at BAMMA 7, but the fight will go on. The onetime Strikeforce welterweight title challenger weighed in at 176 pounds and declined to cut any more weight. Radev weighed in at 171 and after initial negotiations decided to take the fight in spite of Daley's miss. Daley was handed over a percentage of his purse for the infraction – his sixth in two-plus years – though his manager, Wad Alameddine, declined to disclose the amount docked.
Jeff Monson Announces He Is Facing Fedor Emelianenko at M-1 Global Nov 12 in Russia
According to the American Top Team fighter he will be facing former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko in M-1 Global on Nov 12 in Russia. Monson made the announcement via his Twitter account on Tuesday night. “Nov 12th vs Fedor in Russia M-1 confirmed,” Monson wrote.
Spike.com to stream all Bellator preliminary-card fights beginning with Bellator 49
In a welcomed move that's sure to spark lots of speculation, Bellator Fighting Championships today announced its preliminary-card fights now will stream live and for free on Spike.com. The two-hour streams, which kick off each Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), begin with this week's Bellator 49 event. Spike TV officials today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com.
Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard extended his undefeated streak to 24
Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard extended his undefeated streak to 24 last night with a second-round submission win over Jesse Taylor at AFC 2 in Melbourne, Australia. He ended the fight with a heel hook.
Brett Rogers vs. Eddie Sanchez headlines Titan Fighting Championship 20
Heavyweight slugger Brett Rogers looks to get back on the winning track on Sept. 23, when he meets six-time UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez in the headlining bout of Titan Fighting Championship 20. Rogers revealed the booking on Friday's new edition of HDNet's "Inside MMA," and Titan Fighting Championship officials this morning confirmed the bout. Titan Fighting Championship 20 takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and the night's main card airs on HDNet.
Marcus Davis vs. Chuck O'Neil added to "W-1 MMA: Reloaded"
Marcus Davis has a new fight – and a new opponent. The UFC veteran has verbally agreed to fight "The Ultimate Fighter 13" veteran and fellow Massachusetts native Chuck O'Neil (8-4) at "W-1: Reloaded," according sources close to the fighter. The event takes place Oct. 15 at BankUnited Center in Miami and airs on Fox Sports Net. Additionally, Davis is now scheduled to scheduled to meet Travis Coyle at Global Fight League 9, which takes place Sept. 23 at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Maine.
Finalists announced for 2011 World MMA Awards
Finalists for the Fighters Only 2011 World MMA Awards were today officially revealed. In the fourth edition of the annual awards, an expert panel consisting of Fighters Only's international editors and a selection of guests panelists selected five finalists in each of 22 different award categories, including the Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year, which sees Dominick Cruz, Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva vying for the coveted award. MMAjunkie.com is represented in two categories. The company is a finalist for the "Media Source of the Year" award, and lead staff reporter and MMAjunkie.com Radio co-host John Morgan is a nominee for "MMA Journalist of the Year." All winners are determined by a fan vote, and ballots can be cast now through Nov. 25 at www.worldmmaawards.com. An iPhone application is also available and promises to make the voting process even easier than on the website
Kickboxing champ Tyrone Spong considering MMA debut, promises title run
Sick and tired of lay-and-pray? Tyrone Spong might just be your new favorite fighter. The soon-to-be-26-year-old Dutch-Surinamese kickboxer, who opened his striking career unbeaten in his first 65 outings, may soon make the transition to mixed martial arts in the U.S. If (when) he does, Spong has one promise: You will be entertained. "The American fans have shown me a lot of love and a lot of respect," Spong recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "They motivate me. It's guys like that help you keep pushing to get better. If I do come here to the U.S. to do MMA, I will entertain you. That's a promise." Long a staple of the kickboxing scene, MMA fans recently took notice of the knockout artist after he defeated Ray Sefo in a K-1 bout this past October and then took a much-larger Alistair Overeem to a hard-fought decision in a December 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix quarterfinal contest. Spong was then linked to former UFC champ Rashad Evans, who worked with the striking expert in preparation for a UFC 133 bout with Tito Ortiz. Spong said he took the time working with "The Blackzilians" to pick up a few groundfighting techniques in preparation for a potential move to MMA.
Paul Daley Signs on to Face Luigi Fioravanti in the Main Event of Ringside 12 in Montreal
No rest for the weary. Just hours after Paul Daley signed on to fight at BAMMA 7, he has now agreed to face Luigi Fioravanti in the main event of Ringside 12 in Montreal just over a month later.