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.
Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez Verbally Agreed For Bellator Bout
A few months after his DREAM.17 bout this September, Shinya Aoki, who has moved his training camp out of Japan and into the Evolve MMA gym in Singapore, is likely to fight outside of Asia once again. Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has been asking for a rematch against Aoki for quite some time now, and it looks like he's finally going to get his request.
The two met on Japan's New Year's Eve show almost three years ago, with Aoki only needing a minute and 32 seconds to lock in a submission.
Bellator 48 victory staves off Seth Petruzelli's secretly planned retirement
He kept it quiet from all but those closest to him, but Seth Petruzelli probably would have retired had Ricco Rodriguez beat him at Bellator 48.
When he instead knocked out the former UFC champ, he experienced a rush of emotions not unlike those he experienced in his CBS-televised win over Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson some three years ago.
"If anyone watched when I fell on the ground (after the fight), I was laughing and crying at the same time," he today told MMAjunkie.com.
War Machine planning Oct. 15 return against Gideon Ray
With a one-year jail sentence over, War Machine is ready to get back in the cage.
The former cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 6" (known then as Jon Koppenhaver) recently announced via Twitter that he'll return to action on Oct. 15 against Gideon Ray at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 4.
The promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Bellator target Rasul Mirzaev reportedly arrested for death of Russian student
Rasul Mirzaev's next fight will apparently take place in court rather than a Bellator cage.
Multiple Russian news outlets are reporting that Mirzaev was recently arrested in his native country and charged in the death of a 19-year-old student.
Mirzaev and Ivan Agafonov reportedly engaged in a verbal altercation outside of a Moscow night club before a single punch from the undefeated Russian prospect knocked the student down and eventually unconscious. He died from the blow four days later.