Mirko 'Cro Cop' blasts 'scared homie' Wanderlei Silva following Rizin FF 3 withdrawal
Mirko Filipovic has a few choice words for fellow vet Wanderlei Silva.
“Cro Cop” (32-11-2) was slated to fight Silva (35–12-1) on Dec. 29 in a Rizin FF open-weight grand prix quarterfinal. However, officials today announced Silva is off the Rizin FF 3 card. A reason wasn’t given, and Silva hasn’t commented on the change.
A replacement hasn’t been named for the Rizin FF 3 grand prix fight, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, the semifinal round and tournament final take place at the same venue as part of Rizin FF 4.
Tonya Evinger wins commission appeal, remains Invicta FC champion
Yana Kunitskaya's reign as Invicta FC women's bantamweight champion lasted just 13 days.
Tonya Evinger won her appeal with the Missouri Office of Athletics on Thursday, meaning her submission loss to Kunitskaya from Invicta 20 has been overturned to a no contest, Evinger said.
Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news to MMA Fighting and added that Evinger will go on as the Invicta 135-pound champion since she did not officially lose the fight Nov. 18 in Kansas City. Knapp said she got the letter informing her of the commission's decision Thursday morning.
Gabi Garcia to fight 52-year-old Shinobu Kandori at RIZIN year-end show
Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Gabi Garcia will meet 52-year-old veteran Shinobu Kandori on Dec. 31 at RIZIN FF's year-end event. The promotion announced the booking late Friday night.
Kandori, a former Japanese professional wrestler turned politician, will be competing in mixed martial arts for the first time since 2000. Standing just 5-foot-7, and weighing under 165 pounds, she will be vastly outsized by the 6'1", 210-pound Garcia.
Titan FC featherweight champ Andre Harrison signs with WSOF, meets Bruce Boyington at WSOF 34
WSOF has bolstered its roster with the signing of a Titan FC champion, and he’ll make his promotional debut next month.
Andre Harrison (14-0), Titan FC’s featherweight titleholder, has signed with WSOF to meet Bruce Boyington (14-9) at the promotion’s New Year’s Eve show, WSOF 34. The promotion recently announced the signing and booking.
WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on NBC, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), following prelims on NBCSN and MMAjunkie. A whopping four title fights lead the card. Harrison vs. Boyington will take place on the preliminary card.
Shane Carwin meets Amir Aliakbari as RIZIN tourney quarterfinals are set
Shane Carwin now has an opponent for his return to mixed martial arts competition.
The former UFC interim heavyweight champion, who recently announced he's coming out of a five-year retirement, will meet Iran's Amir Aliakbari, a fellow heavyweight, in the quarterfinal round of the RIZIN World Grand Prix open weight tournament on Dec. 29 in Saitama, Japan.
Additionally, the remaining three quarterfinal bouts are also set: In a previously announced fight, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will take on former PRIDE 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva; super heavyweight Baruto takes on heavyweight Tsuyoshi Kosaka, who takes the place of Jiri Prochazka (who dropped out due to a knee injury); and light heavyweight Valentin Moldavsky squares off with heavyweight Szymon Bajor.
Kayla Harrison will compete in MMA, signs with WSOF
Kayla Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, will give mixed martial arts a shot.
Harrison has signed a deal with the World Series of Fighting, according to sources. USA Today was the first to break the news.
According to the report, she will her begin her tenure with the organization as an analyst on the upcoming Dec. 31 fight card in New York. She will also serve as a WSOF brand ambassador.
Tatsuya Kawajiri signs with Rizin FF
Tatsuya Kawajiri is going home.
The Japanese veteran has signed a new deal with Rizin FF, MMA Fighting has learned. Kawajiri's promotional debut hasn't been finalized just yet, but he is currently expected to fight in one of Rizin's year-end shows on either Dec. 29 or 31.
Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva heading to Russia to face undefeated prospect
Former EliteXC heavyweight champion and 11-time UFC veteran Antonio Silva is heading to Russia.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, that “Bigfoot” will compete in the main event of an upcoming Titov Boxing Promotion event on Nov. 18 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Silva (19-10-1) will take on Russian Ivan Shtyrkov (4-0).
Bibiano Fernandes to defend ONE bantamweight title in December
Bibiano Fernandes will return to the ONE Championship cage this year.
Fernandes is scheduled to defend his bantamweight tittle against Reece McClaren at ONE Championship's Age of Domination. This title fight will be the second championship fight on the card, as Brandon Vera will defend his heavyweight title against Hideki Sekine in the main event, according to the promotion Tuesday.
ONE: Age of Domination event is set to take place on Dec. 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The 10-fight card goes as follows:
World Series of Fighting adds fourth title fight to New York City debut card
A fight card with three title bouts is an infrequent thing. Four championship fights? Almost unheard of.
World Series of Fighting, however, will make the four-title-fight card a reality when it debuts in New York City on Dec. 31.
The company announced Monday that middleweight champion and NYC native David Branch will put his title on the line against Louis Taylor at WSOF 34 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
"Flash" Gordon injured, Shane Burgos steps in for Interim Title Shot
Jared "Flash" Gordon looked to make it three in a row with a win at CFFC 61. Having won the Featherweight Title at CFFC 59 by spectacular knockout, he took a short notice fight at lightweight and doubled down with a win at CFFC 60.
With a full training camp under his belt, Gordon was set to take on Adam Ward at CFFC 61 this Halloween weekend at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City; unfortunately, due to injury Gordon will be unable to compete.
Ready to step up and top off this all-star event, "Hurricane" Shane Burgos was scheduled to fight Toby Misech on the main card of the same event. With Gordon's absence the Burgos vs Misech bout has been changed to an Interim Title Fight.
WSOF 34, WSOF 35 scrapped and merged into year-end card at Madison Square Garden
World Series of Fighting is investing a lot in its first trip to New York.
WSOF president Ray Sefo announced on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the promotion’s upcoming cards, scheduled for Nov. 12 and Dec. 3, will be scrapped in order to boost the promotion’s show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 31.
WSOF 34 was set to take place at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., on Nov. 12, and feature a welterweight title bout between Jon Fitch and Jake Shields in the main event. WSOF 35 was scheduled for XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash..
Fitch vs. Shields will be moved to Dec. 31 and co-headline the show. In the main event, WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje puts his title on the line against Joao Zeferino. The third fight of the main card features bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes, and Sefo said his opponent will be announced later this week.
The main card will air on NBC between 4-6 p.m. ET. The preliminary portion of the show, which will be headlined by Yushin Okami vs. Paul Bradley on NBC Sports, will also include two other match-ups and start at 3 p.m. ET, Sefo said.
According to Sefo, the fighters originally booked for Nov. 12 and Dec. 3 who won’t compete on Dec. 31 are expected to fight on its following show, which takes place Jan. 20 in Las Vegas.
Paddy Pimblett vs Julian Erosa and Chris Fishgold vs Herron-Webb set for CW Unplugged
Cage Warriors owner Graham Boylan announced tonight on the Cage Warriors 79 broadcast that Paddy Pimblett (12-1) will defend his Cage Warriors featherweight strap against Julian Erosa (17-3) and that Cage Warriors lightweight champion Chris Fishgold (15-1-1) will defend his title against Nic Herron-Webb (18-7) on 12th November 2016.
The bouts will take place at “CW Unplugged” at the BT Sport studios and will air live on BT Sport. The event will serve as the lead in to UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor from Madison Square Garden which will also be shown live on BT Sport.
Tonya Evinger, Angela Hill to defend titles at Invicta FC 20
The next Invicta card is getting a pair of title fights.
Tonya Evinger will defend her Invicta women's bantamweight belt against Yana Kunitskaya and Angela Hill puts her strawweight gold on the line against Kaline Medeiros at Invicta FC 20 on Nov. 18 in Kansas City, promotion officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Scott Coker targeting Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva for next summer
With Chael Sonnen's return to MMA, Bellator MMA is looking to to put together a long awaited fight next summer.
Maybe the fourth time is the charm.
"We've have a contract with Wanderlei Silva even before Rizin ever got him on board. With the contract we have with him, he won't be able to fight for us until he is cleared with NSAC. I think in May he will be cleared to compete for Bellator.
"Since Bellator contracted Chael Sonnen, believe me, we've been getting texts and calls from Wanderlei saying that he wants that fight. So, I think you'll see that fight some time in 2017 for Bellator...It's very difficult to pinpoint exactly when we can put it on, it's kind of a moving target in a way, but I think some time in the summer for sure."
"Wanderlei is still pissed about what happened between them and he wants that fight. It's something personal for him. Honestly, I don't really know what happened to make him that compelled to fight Chael, but I can tell you that he is not happy with what happened between them.
"With Chael, he's down to fight anybody on any given day. It's going to be something that we'll try and map out when we sit down with both guys at the beginning of next year."
"That's going to be a fight where everybody stops whatever they're doing to turn on the TV to see the fight. As we all know, that fight has been building for a number of years and they couldn't work it out, but now I feel the timing is perfect."
Girtz vs. Piccolotti, Carmont vs. Vassell booked for Bellator 165 in San Jose
Bellator’s November return to San Jose, Calif., has a pair of new fights for the main card, as well as eight prelims.
Brandon Girtz (14-4 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) is set to take on Adam Piccolotti (8-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in a lightweight fight on the main card, and Francis Carmont (25-11 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) will meet Linton Vassell (16-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a light heavyweight bout. Bellator officials announced the new bookings today.
Bellator 165 takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.