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Metamoris may have taken a year off, but it is far from dead. The jiu-jitsu promotion on Friday announced a rematch between Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida and Roger Gracie to headline Metamoris 7 on July 17 in Los Angeles, Calif.
In addition, the card is expected to feature UFC fighters Gabriel Gonzaga and Gilbert Burns rolling against Satoshi Ishii and Dillon Danis, respectively; Metamoris creator Ralek Gracie vs. Tim Spriggs; Matheus Diniz vs. Yuri Simoes; along with a secret match to be unveiled on fight night.
Bellator President Scott Coker’s recent announcement that Bellator was getting into the kickboxing business marked an expansion in focus for the promotion. However, the promotion has taken the first step to sync up the two combat sports with the announcement that Bellator Kickboxing would feature weight classes that match the standard in MMA.
The information was announced in a Bellator press release.
With fighters such as Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling who have enjoyed a period of hopping back and forth between the sports, the alignment may make weight management easier for fighters interested in participating in both.
Kimbo Slice, GLORY kickboxer. That was almost a thing last year.
GLORY CEO Jon Franklin told MMA Fighting this week that he and his staff discussed the possibility of bringing the wildly popular former streetfighter in for a bout. Slice had competed in boxing before and, obviously, had a history in MMA. At the time, Slice was already on the Bellator MMA roster and GLORY and Bellator shared a television network, Spike TV.
Talks ceased pretty quickly, though. Nothing personal against Slice, but GLORY execs didn't want to compromise the promotion's identity as the top kickboxing organization in the world by putting forth a subpar product.
AXS TV FIGHTS on Wednesday announced renowned combat sports personality and broadcaster Mauro Ranallo will be the new host of INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news series on television, beginning Friday, March 25.
A veteran broadcaster with over 30 years’ experience, Ranallo will bring his energetic broadcasting style and opinionated views on the world of combat sports to INSIDE MMA alongside UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten and correspondent Ron Kruck Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. PT/12:30 a.m. ET following AXS TV FIGHTS’ weekly live MMA and Muay Thai broadcasts.
Ranallo is best known for his play-by-play commentary for prestigious organizations such as Pride Fighting Championships, which he called alongside his new co-host Rutten for several years; Showtime Boxing, where he recently called the international feed of the historic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight; and Strikeforce, which was home to MMA superstars like Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold. In 2015, Ranallo helped AXS TV launch its hit pro wrestling series NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING calling matches alongside former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett, before signing with WWE as the new voice of Smackdown.
After an initial campaign in which a fan would be selected online to fight boxing great Roy Jones Jr, UR Fight, the organization holding the event, faced the obstacle of being forced to ensure that the selected opponent had to have a professional record.
Well, that hurdle has been cleared. Sort of. Enter MMA fighter Vyron Phillips, a native of Minnesota that's been living and training in Western Canada and is ranked #44 in the listing for Canadian welterweights according to Tapology. This bout is purportedly a boxing match, with a potential $100,000 prize for the challenger were he to defeat the former multiple time boxing champion. While UR Fight has announced the matchup, there doesn't seem to be any indication by the state athletic commission regarding whether or not this fight would be approved since Phillips does not seem to have any professional boxing experience.
UFC heavyweight fighter Alistair Overeem was in attendance at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 84 Q&A in London. During the Q&A press event, Overeem was asked about giving Brock Lesnar a rematch at some point down the road.
Joe Schilling doesn't think he'll have many friends at the Sears Centre Arena this weekend.
It's not often that a fighter will compete for an organization when he is already set to bolt after his contract is up and everyone knows it. But that's exactly the case for Schilling when he meets Michael Lemaire at GLORY 27 on Friday night.
Schilling, the most well-known American kickboxer and fan favorite, has already inked a deal with Bellator Kickboxing and was introduced at the new promotion's introductory press conference last Friday in Houston. That contract just won't begin until he fulfills two more fights with GLORY. This particular one will come on the Superfight Series in Chicago and will air on UFC Fight Pass.
The rumors were swirling all morning but on Wednesday afternoon, apparel monolith Nike officially dropped boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao from its roster.
Pacquiao, who is a devout Catholic, came under a tremendous amount of scrutiny during the past two days for saying in an interview with Filipino station TV5 that he greatly opposes gay marriage, even comparing gays to animals.
“Woman was made for man, man was made for woman. It’s common sense,” the eight-division world champion said. “Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish… If we approve male on male, female on female,” he added. Then man is worse than animal.”
After a six-year hiatus, Fabio Maldonado will return to his roots as he accepted to face Robson Oliveira in a boxing match on February 27, in Brazil, as Globo Esporte reported.
Following a 5-6 UFC run which ended with two consecutive losses to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Corey Anderson, Maldonado will fight in the ring again, but this time as a heavyweight in a 10-round fight in his home state of Sao Paulo. He remains undefeated in the sport, with a record of 22 wins and 22 KO's. Oliveira, a muay thai practicioner, is only 3-0.
The upstart Italian MMA promotion Venator FC continued to bolster its roster today with the signing of veteran fighters Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Che Mills.
Sokoudjou (16-14), a veteran of the UFC, Bellator, WEC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, DREAM and even Affliction, will meet UFC and “TUF” veteran Matt Hamill (12-6) in a light heavyweight bout at Venator FC 3 this spring. And UFC veteran Mills (16-8) will take on Roberto Rigamonti (4-2-1) in a welterweight bout.
Velator FC 3 takes place May 21 at Palasesto Arena in Milan, Italy. In the main event, UFC veterans Luke Barnatt and Jason “Mayhem” Miller fight for the promotion’s middleweight title.
In what was perhaps the least expected event to be announced in recent memory, an organization known as UR Fight has announced an upcoming event that appears aimed to attract a very wide audience.
Via their website, the Phoenix, Arizona event planned for March 20th is set to feature UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping taking on former two-time UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen in a grappling-only match, the rules of which are undetermined at this time.
Gunmen opened fire at a boxing weigh-in at Dublin’s Regency Hotel on Feb. 5, killing at least one man and wounding two others. A statement from An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police force, said the victims were “all in their 20s or 30s.”
One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the two wounded men were hospitalized, police said. The weigh-in was for an MGM “Clash of the Clans” event.
Mixed martial arts was born from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but since the debut of the UFC in 1993, BJJ has undergone major changes. The great Carlson Gracie, Sr. invented the points system, to reward aspects of a match that are valuable in a self defense of Vale Tudo fight.
However, the tail is now wagging the dog. Guard and even Half Guard pulling is ubiquitous, and takedowns are not. Wrestling extends back deep into our DNA, to before we were human. Takedowns are a central aspect of human competition since time immemorial. A race to see who can flop to their back first is something new.
Former ADCC and Mundial champion, and current MMA fighter Vinny Magalhaes is not impressed.
“Can’t hate the players but the game… Sport BJJ has become a really weird game with pussified rules," began Magalhaes on Facebook.
The greatest boxer of his generation, and the highest paid athlete in history, Floyd Mayweather Jr., recently spoke with Fight Hype's Ben Thompson about the state of boxing. FMJ argued emphatically that racism still exists in combat sports. While he directed most of his comments at boxing, particularly boxing media's P4P list, he referenced mixed martial arts as well.
LAS VEGAS – Surging UFC welterweight contender Demian Maia said he was offered a grappling match with Nick Diaz and would have accepted it, but Diaz’s participation was suddenly taken off the table.
While in Las Vegas for this past weekend’s UFC 195 event, Maia (22-6 MMA, 16-6 UFC) said Ralek Gracie, who promotes the all-grappling Metamoris event, offered him a grappling match with the onetime welterweight title challenger at a future event.
In what is supposed to be the final fight of his distinguished career, Manny Pacquiao will fight one last time, but against an opponent with which he is very familiar: Timothy Bradley. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Pacquiao and Bradley will face off on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will air on HBO pay-per-view.
The April 9 bout will mark the third time Pacquiao and Bradley have faced one another. The pair first faced off in 2012 when Pacquiao dropped a controversial split decision to Bradley. They rematched in 2014, this time Pacquiao taking a clear cut unanimous decision victory. All three fights will have taken place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao, 37, last fought this past May against the sport's top pound-for-pound star, Floyd Mayweather, in the most lucrative fight in boxing history. Pacquiao lost that contest via unanimous decision. His boxing record stands at 57-6-2.
If you're an MMA fan, you probably remember Mauro Ranallo best from his work in Pride or with Strikeforce. If boxing's your thing, his recent work on Showtime will come to mind. If you're a kickboxing aficionado, you may know him from GLORY. Now, the veteran Canadian announcer will be taking his considerable talents to the biggest pro wrestling organization in the world.
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF title less than two weeks after winning it.
The Briton, 27, had to agree to fight the IBF's mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov but will instead face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch.
Fury beat Ukrainian Klitschko on points on 28 November to claim three versions of the heavyweight crown.
Lindsey Tucker, championships chairman at the IBF, told BBC Sport: "It's true he's been stripped of his IBF belt."
It seems that MMA fans are the only people unaware of Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent.
The Russian heavyweight legend was a guest commentator at the recent Super MMA Cup of Russia event, where he revealed that he is already in the final portion of his training camp and is preparing for a very specific opponent.
However, while the former Pride Heavyweight champ has been informed of his upcoming opponent on New Year's Eve, the official announcement will not be made for another week.
The Rizin Fighting Federation heavyweight tournament is set, as the promotion announced Monday the bracket and a reserve bout in a press conference in Tokyo.
Taking place at the Saitama Super Arena, the eight-man grand prix will feature Satoshi Ishii vs. Jiri Prochazka, Teodoras Aukstolos vs. Bruno Cappelozza, Goran Reljic vs. Vadim Nemkov, and Muhammed Lawal against a yet-to-be-announced opponent.
"King Mo", a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is the only fighter still waiting for an opponent, as Mark Godbeer was forced out due to an injury. Lawal will fight a heavyweight from British promotion BAMMA’s roster, Rizin officials announced.
In the reserve bout, Valentin Moldavsky takes on Yuta Uchida. The tournament will begin on Dec. 29 and will be completed on Dec. 31.