Derek Brunson replaces Terry Martin, faces Kendall Grove at ShoFIGHT 20
Three-time Strikeforce veteran and undefeated middleweight prospect Derek Brunson (9-0) will fight for ShoFIGHT's first-ever 185-pound title.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned that Strikeforce officials have granted Brunson permission to face Kendall Grove (14-10) at Saturday night's ShoFIGHT 20 event.
ShoFIGHT CEO J.T. Tilley confirmed Grove's original opponent, Terry Martin, was unable to obtain medical clearance with the Missouri Office of Athletics and was forced to withdraw from the bout, opening the door for Brunson.
Featuring a welterweight title fight between UFC veterans John Gunderson and Karo Parisyan, ShoFIGHT 20 takes place June 16 at O'Reilly Family Event Center on the campus of Drury University in Springfield, Mo. The card airs live on the Fight Network in Canada and on a tape-delayed pay-per-view on July 1 in the U.S.
The new Brunson vs. Grove fight serves as the evening's co-main event.
Free agent Bibiano Fernandes still mulling offers, not ruling out eventual UFC debut
Top-ranked bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes isn't making his way to the UFC just yet, but the Brazilian submission ace isn't ruling out an eventual move to the octagon.
But after UFC officials announced he would be competing at UFC 149, only to later say an injury forced him out of a planned matchup, Fernandes wants the world to know he's healthy and ready to fight for the right offer.
"UFC is one of the largest promotions in the world," Fernandes told MMAjunkie.com. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to agree to terms this time around. In the future, who knows?"
Dr. Johnny Benjamin Claims Sonnen’s Hypogonadism is the Result of Past Steroid Use
Well, well, well. As if it wasn’t bad enough that a mild-mannered, unassuming guy like Chael Sonnen lost *his* UFC middleweight championship due to a misunderstanding of the rules back at UFC 117, and shortly thereafter found himself thrust into the center of an elaborate conspiracy (that’s right, conspiracy) that attempted to invalidate the four and a half round ass whooping he laid out on Anderson Silva, now he has this to deal with this. The poor guy.
2x NCAA hwt. champ, 2008 Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco to enter MMA
Steve Mocco, 2008 Olympian and a two-time NCAA heavyweight wrestling champ for University of Iowa and Oklahoma State, is now entering mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, Yahoo! Cagewriter Maggie Hendricks reported Thursday.
According to Hendricks, Mocco decided to get into MMA after helping Antonio Silva train for his UFC 146 match with former Arizona State All-American wrestler Cain Velasquez Memorial Day weekend. (Velasquez scored a first-round TKO.)
"This decision was a whirlwind," the former Hawkeye/Cowboy heavyweight told Sammy Perez of Joe Show Radio. "I was down there training and all the guys were great. Once they discovered I was interested in fighting, everything fell into place."
Good News of the Day: Blagoi Ivanov Recovered from Coma, Released from Hospital
Earlier this year, the future of undefeated Bellator heavyweight prospect Blagoi Ivanov appeared uncertain for the most unfortunate of reasons. However, Sherdog.com is reporting that Ivanov has made a “miraculous recovery” over the past ten days, and has been released from Pirogov Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ivanov will still require treatment, but is determined to eventually fight again.
In February, Blagoi Ivanov was attending the after party of a boxing tournament when a fight broke out. Ivanov attempted to break up the fight when he and two of his friends were attacked by eight men carrying guns and knives. While his friends only suffered minor injuries, Ivanov was stabbed in the armpit, with the blade piercing his heart.
While surgery immediately following the stabbing was successful, Ivanov was placed in a medically-induced coma and remained on life support six weeks after the stabbing. At the time, his physicians did not comment on whether or not they expected him to fully recover from the attack.
Following TKO Loss, Phil Baroni Out of One FC Fight with Roger Huerta
The planned bout between Phil Baroni and Roger Huerta at One FC: Destiny of Warriors on June 23 in Malaysia appears to be off.
Baroni had been planning to square off with Huerta in a welterweight fight at One FC’s next event, but just three weeks out, he took a fight against Chris Holland at Ring of Fire 43 in Denver on Saturday night.
While Baroni started off strong, dominating Holland in the opening round, he faded quickly when Holland rocked him early in round two. “The Hammer” poured it on, realizing he had Baroni hurt, and quickly finished “The New York Bad Ass” by TKO.
Student At Urijah Faber's Gym Paralyzed During Training
Yesterday we brought you the story of a fighter in South Dakota who died following an MMA bout, this on the heels of other tragic news in combat sports involving Johnny Tapia's death and Paul Williams being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. There is more unfortunate news from earlier this month as it appears that Devin Johnson, a fighter training at Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness gym, was paralyzed in a training session.
Sacramento's News 10 with the information:
Devin Johnson, 22, was sparring at the facility, located on the 1700 block of I Street on May 14 when he fell while in a headlock.
When Devin arrived at UC Davis Medical Center he was paralyzed. The impact from the fall dislocated Devin's spine.
Man Dies After MMA Bout In South Dakota
A man has died after his fifth MMA fight since taking up the sport only roughly a year ago. Dustin Jenson died after a brain injury following a loss at a May 18 South Dakota MMA event.
Rapid City Journal with the sad details:
Dustin Jenson, 26, was participating in full-contact fights at a RingWars event May 18 when he tapped out - a signal to end the fight. According to his mother-in-law, Violet Schieman, Jensen then watched the next two fights before going to the locker room area, where he suffered a seizure.
Schieman said medical personnel determined that Jenson had increased pressure on his brain and put him in a medically induced coma before surgery was performed to relieve pressure. He was declared dead May 24 and was taken off life support the next day, Schieman said.
Schieman, who was not at the fight, said her daughter, Jenson's wife Rebecca Jenson, and several others told her the violence in the fight was "nothing out of the ordinary."
Titan Fighting 22 Results; Johnson and Davis Victorious
-Anthony Johnson def. Dave Branch via unanimous decision.
-L.C. Davis def. Bill Kamery via TKO at 2:59 of Rnd 2
-Andrew Whitney def. Jose Vega via KO at of 2:55 of Rnd 1
-Fabio Mello def. Angelo Duarte via submission (arm triangle) at 4:34 of Rnd 1
-Rudy Bears def. Nick Nolte via submission (punches) at 3:57 of Rnd 1.
-Mirsad Bektic def. Willie Mack via TKO at 0:27 of Rnd 2.
Report: Fedor Reveals Retirement Plans
After much speculation, Fedor Emelianenko is calling it a career.
Following his June 21 bout against Pedro Rizzo in St. Petersburg, Russia, Fedor will hang up his gloves for the final time.
“June 21 will be the last fight of my career,” Fedor said, according to iSport.ua.
Fedor ruled the Japanese mixed martial arts scene, dominating many of the best heavyweights in the world during his tenure under the Pride banner.
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
Eddie Alvarez Sits Cageside Beside Dana White At UFC on FOX 3
Former Bellator Fighting Championship lightweight title holder Eddie Alvarez was cageside for Saturday nights (May 5, 2012) UFC on FOX 3 event at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Alvarez had his seat next to UFC president Dana White for the main event lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller.
Video: Lithuanian Strongman Robert Burneika Makes His MMA Debut
For those Polish MMA fans whose jones to see muscle-bound power-lifting body-builder types floundering around inside a mixed martial arts cage wasn't satisfied by World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski, we have a new hero to pin our hopes on: Lithuanian power-lifter Robert Burneika who made his MMA debut in the main event of MMA Attack 2, April 27th in Spodek, Poland against Marcin "El Testosteron" Najman (0-3)
Fans may recall that Pudzianowksi made his pro MMA debut against Najman before moving on to stellar competition such as Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Tim Sylvia and James Thompson. The sky is truly the limit for Burneika as he's got a very comparable skill-set to Pudz: lots of beefy lumbering, awkward kicks and punches and some really impressive moves in the flex off.
White threatens no UFC in CA if AB 2100 passes
UFC head Dana White has threatened to cease holding events in the state of California if a controversial piece of legislation passes in the state. Assembly Bill 2100 was introduced last Wednesday and is supported by the Culinary Workers Union while opposed by the UFC among others.
Via San Jose Mercury:
(Assembly member Luis) Alejo wants to eliminate what he sees as abusive contracts, freeing up fighters to make Assembly Bill 2100 would prevent promoters from claiming unreasonable future merchandising rights, prevent unreasonable restrictions on fighters’ seeking outside sponsors and prohibit other onerous contract provisions.
Invicta FC: Four Of Twenty-Two Fighters Miss Weight For Women's MMA Event
Invicta Fighting Championships is picking up a bit of steam over the past week. This is partially because of the fact that it's the biggest MMA event this weekend with no Bellator, Strikeforce or UFC events and partially because the concept of women's-only MMA is unique.
Unfortunately, the event didn't get off the the greatest start as four of the twenty-two fighters on the card weren't able to make weight. Here are the full weights via MMA Rising:
Featherweight (145 Pounds): Marloes Coenen (146.0) vs Romy Ruyssen (149.8)*
Atomweight (105): Jessica Penne (105.6) vs Lisa Ellis (106.0)
Bantamweight (135): Liz Carmouche (134.2) vs Ashleigh Curry (136.0)**
Bantamweight (135): Kaitlin Young (135.4) vs Leslie Smith (135.0)
Bantamweight (135): Sarah D'Alelio (135.2) vs Vanessa Mariscal (136.0)
Strawweight (115): Sally Krumdiack (113.6) vs Sarah Schneider (115.6)
Atomweight (105): Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.4) vs Amy Davis (105.6)
Flyweight (125): Sarah Maloy (125.4) vs Michele Gutierrez (125.0)
Featherweight (145): Randi Miller (149.0)*** vs Mollie Estes (145.0)
Strawweight (115): Ashley Cummins (115.0) vs Sofia Bagherdai (120.6)****
Atomweight (105): Cassie Rodish (105.2) vs Meghan Wright (103.6)
UFC 145 winner Eddie Yagin: I'm like a wedding crasher – but not
Setup fights can build momentum for the favorite, or they can give an underdog a huge boost.
UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin said he's never been the guy that's supposed to win, so he's learned to relish his role as the spoiler.
"I'm like a wedding crasher – but not," Yagin told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Invicta FC exec asks for one shot to prove women's MMA belongs in the spotlight
Shannon Knapp wants just one minute of MMA fans' time this Saturday night.
Once she has your eyeballs, Knapp is sure viewers will continue to watch the Invicta Fighting Championships debut event in Kansas City, Kan.
"The biggest thing is just encouraging everyone to have an open mind," Invicta Fighting Championships CEO Knapp told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) in advance of the promotion's 11-bout, all-female card that takes place at Memorial Hall.
"If you love this sport, then how can you not embrace it whether it's male or female athletes competing? Give us a shot. I'm definitely sure you will not be disappointed. Even if you hate women's MMA, come on over and check it out for a minute — at least you'll have something to talk about on the forums."