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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Immediately after amputation, one-legged Shea Taylor began prep for pro MMA debut
In just a five-month span, Shea Taylor underwent 12 surgeries and invasive procedures on his drastically injured lower left leg.
Ultimately, he opted to have the leg amputated, and now just nine months later, he's preparing for his pro MMA debut at the upcoming Wild Bill's Fight Night 40 event.
While Taylor will be the first state-sanctioned MMA competitor allowed to wear a prosthesis in a fight, he didn't continue his MMA career to break any barriers. As Taylor told MMAjunkie.com's Kyle Nagel, he simply wanted to feel like his normal self again.