BJJ world champion signs with ONE
The transition between pure Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts has proven to be difficult in recent years. As mixed martial artists have become more well-rounded, elite jiu jitsu fighters have began to struggle when they make the switch to MMA. This hasn't put off Michelle Nicolini, who has decided to focus solely on MMA after signing with ONE Championship.
Michelle Nicolini is one of the greatest grapplers alive. Nicolini is an 10-time world champion, an ADCC silver and gold medalist, who has continuously beaten the best over the past decade. After retiring from BJJ after the 2016 World Championships, many believed Nicolini would look to build upon her 2 -1 MMA record, but few expected the grappler to sign with ONE.
Cro Cop: USADA Offered Me Protection If I Snitched
Shortly after retiring following being slapped with a two-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Mirko Cro Cop was reportedly offered protection from his two-year ban if he would ‘snitch on another fighter’.
Ina Ferencic took to Twitter to break the story, stating Cro Cop revealed the news on a Croatian RTL video interview:
Done with major MMA gyms, Melvin Guillard's goal is to collect full paycheck at Bellator 159
More than two years have passed since Melvin Guillard was credited with a full paycheck. It’s all by his own doing, though; he’s either failed to collect his win bonus, or a portion of his contracted money was taken away due to missing weight.
It’s been a rough couple of years for Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), who Friday’s Bellator 159 co-main event showdown with David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 11-4 BMMA) on the first three-fight losing skid of his career. He has just three victories in his past 12 fights overall.
The past five years have been a forgettable stretch for “The Young Assassin,” who at 33 and with more than 50 professional fights on his resume, isn’t all that young anymore.
Legacy FC 59 set for return to Houston with Trevin Giles vs. Isaac Villanueva headliner
Legacy FC will return to Houston in September for a card headlined by a middleweight showdown.
Legacy FC 59 takes place September 16 from Arena Theater in Houston. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The complete Legacy FC 59 card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Trevin Giles vs. Isaac Villanueva
Ray Blodgett vs. Jason Langellier
Alex Black vs. Takayuki Iijima
Domingo Pilarte vs. Cody Williams
Rashad Coulter vs. Jeremy Hardy
Colin Wright vs. Adrian Yanez
Randy McCullough vs. Mike Trinh
PRELIMINARY CARD (untelevised 8 p.m. ET)
Chad Cook vs. Danny Orr
Bi Nguyen vs. opponent TBA
Manny Lozoya vs. Dulani Perry
AJ Hoffman vs. Thomas Moreno
Chase Eastham vs. Angel Zamora
Leomana Martinez vs. opponent TBA
Alexander Shlemenko’s drug suspension to be lifted after court ruling
Alexander Shlemenko will be able to fight again in the United States much sooner than expected.
The former Bellator middleweight champion had his three-year suspension and $10,000 fine from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) reduced in a court decision Wednesday, per court documents. Shlemenko tested positive for steroids in February 2015 and was levied the sanctions by a unanimous commission vote in June 2015.
The California Superior Court ruled that CSAC was only able to suspend Shlemenko until his license expired back on Feb. 28.. Shlemenko will also have to pay only a $5,000 fine. The Russian fighter's suspension will be lifted as soon as he pays the fine. Shlemenko is still under contract with Bellator, per promotion spokesperson Danny Brener.
ADCC champion Davi Ramos signs with RFA, debut in August
Davi Ramos will finally return to mixed martial arts in August.
The lightweight prospect impressed with his run to win the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015, and is booked to meet Ray Cercera in his RFA debut on Aug. 19 in Visalia, Calif., sources told MMA Fighting.
Ramos (4-1), who won the ADCC gold medal at the 170-pound division, fought for the last time in October 2014, losing to David Rickels in his first and only Bellator fight. In his previous bouts, Ramos scored four stoppage victories.
Rousimar Palhares returns to middleweight for KSW debut against Michal Materla
Rousimar Palhares will return to the middleweight division for his KSW debut against former champion Michal Materla on Oct. 1, MMA Fighting has confirmed following a report by MMA Rocks.
Palhares (18-7) had a successful 4-0 run as a welterweight with four submission before suffering his first defeat against Emil Meek last May. According to his manager Alex Davis, "Toquinho" will return to 170 pounds after this upcoming fight.
Materla (23-5) held and defended the KSW middleweight championship for over three years before suffering a 31-second loss to Mamed Khalidov last November. Materla recently improved to 14-3 under the KSW banner with a first-round stoppage over Antoni Chmielewski.
Rizin Openweight Tournament updates
Lots of updates for the upcoming OW GP
1)3 more fighters officially added....Baruto,Kazuyuki Fujita........and Crocop!!!!!
2)Baruto will face Fujita in the opening round while Wandy and Crocop have yet to receive opponents.
3)3 non tournament fights were announced
Andy Souwer vs Daron Cruickshank
Hideo Tokoro vs Kron Gracie
Kizaemon Saiga vs Arsen Yamamoto
4)Orgs sending representatives have been announced.....
German MMA Championship -Andreas Kraniotakes(18-11)
Full Metal Dojo -Amir Aliakbari(2-0)
Fusion FN-Jiri Prochazka(17-3)
Cedar Fighting Championship-Mark Tanius(5-1)
Spartacus Fighting Championship-Malik Merad(21-15)
Romanian Xtreme Fighting-Adrian Preda(7-1)
MMA Bushido-Teodaras Aukstuolis(9-3)
International Ring Fighting Arena-Karl Albrekysson(5-0)
Union of MMA Russia-TBA
HEX Fight Series-TBA
Samurai Fight Combat-TBA
RFA 43 heads to Colorado on Sept. 9 with Brian Camozzi vs. Nick Barnes title fight
Officials recently announced the card takes place Sept. 9 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The vacant welterweight title is up for grabs in the main event. Local fighter Brian Camozzi (6-2), who’s on a four-fight winning streak that includes RFA stoppage wins over Tyler Milner and Kenneth Glenn (via flying knee), takes on Nick Barnes (11-1), who’s rebounded from a 2015 submission loss to Jesse Taylor with a recent Bellator victory over James Terry and an RFA win over Jose Diaz.
In the middleweight co-headliner, local product Adam Stroup (10-3) looks to rebound from a promotional-debut loss to John Poppie when he takes on Gabriel Checco (9-2), who’s 2-2 under the RFA banner with highlight-reel wins over Joseph Henle and Mike Jasper.
A bantamweight fight between Zac Riley (4-3) and undefeated Boston Salmon (5-0) is also on tap.
EuroFC preps for Oct. 1 launch with Bedford-Niinimaki, aims to be Europe's top MMA promotion
October brings the debut of a new promotion to the European MMA landscape, and if things go as EuroFC bosses hope, the organization will soon enjoy lofty status on its home continent.
“We did a European market analysis and found out that there is a real market opportunity and consumer need for quality sports entertainment in the form of MMA,” EuroFC CEO Jarno Kukila told MMAjunkie. “Moreover, the timing is good, and we knew that one of our competitive edges is our team’s unique combination of sports and business expertise. On top of our MMA knowledge and network, EuroFC’s team has experience from billion-dollar businesses, multi-market launches, F1 Grand Prix events and the Olympic Games
Mayhem Miller arrested again after alleged tussle with two women
Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller is facing yet more legal trouble. This time the former UFC fighter was detained due to an incident at a sports bar in Costa Mesa, California late on Saturday night.
n what is becoming a sad and concerning trend, former UFC fighter Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller was arrested this weekend after he was allegedly involved in an altercation with two women. The incident occurred at 2.a.m on Sunday at Saddle Ranch Chop House in Costa Mesa, California.
According to Chris Haire of The Orange County Registrar Miller was observed arguing with two women inside the establishment. The OC Registrar stated that one of the women slapped Miller and in response, the veteran of over thirty professional mixed-martial-arts fights grabbed the woman and attempted to punch her. At this point, the establishment’s security personnel were able to intervene. Miller was then taken down to the ground and hhandcuffed.
ONE Championship Confirms Two More 2016 Cards in Macau and Bangkok
ONE Championship officials on Wednesday confirmed two more cards that for 2016. On Aug. 13, the promotion heads to Macau for the first time. The other new addition to the schedule is a show in Bangkok on Dec. 17.
Venetian MacauNext month’s event will be at the 15,000 capacity Cotai Arena. The venue is situated in the bowls of the Venetian Resort & Casino and has played host to a couple of Manny Pacquiao fights in recent years.
The UFC also held three events at the Cotai Arena between 2012 and 2014, but has not returned in nearly two years. Boxing promoter Top Rank has also held multiple shows in the venue, featuring the likes of Zou Shiming and Rex Tso, as well as Manny Pacquiao.
With training camp breakup, WSOF fight between Fodor brothers just became grudge match
When Ben Fodor (6-1-1) – the fighter known for his superhero alter-ego, “Phoenix Jones” – agreed to fight his adopted brother Caros Fodor (10-5), the deal was that they would both continue to train at the AMC Pankration gym in Kirkland, Wash., prior to their bout at WSOF 32 on July 30.
But eight weeks out from the fight, according to Ben, AMC Pankration head coach Matt Hume told him he’d need to find somewhere else to train for this one. And now?
Ricardo Abreu informed of potential USADA anti-doping violation following out-of-competition test
Two-time UFC middleweight veteran Ricardo Abreu has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample.
UFC officials today announced the finding after being informed of the result by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” the statement read. “It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Ben Alloway faces undefeated Sharaf Davlatmurudov on Absolute Championship card
Former TUF Smashes representative Ben Alloway will travel to Russia later this month where he will meet undefeated Russian welterweight Sharaf Davlatmurodov.
The bout takes place on the Absolute Championship Berkut 41 card in Sochi, Russia on 15 July.
Based out of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Alloway is currently riding a three fight winning streak which included taking out the 2016 Brace welterweight tournament. Alloway was a semi-finalist on the Australia vs U.K. version of The Ultimate Fighter. The 35-year-old went on to fight three times in the UFC, winning his debut via an impressive head kick against Manuel Rodriguez before losing back-to-back fights to Ryan LaFlare and Zak Cummings.
Aspera FC announces one-night lightweight tournament, winner signs multi-fight contract with KSW
A Brazilian lightweight is about to sign with Polish promotion KSW. On July 9, Aspera FC 41 will feature a one-night, four-man lightweight tournament in Sao Jose, Brazil, and the winner will sign a multi-fight deal with KSW, the promotion announced recently.
In the first semifinal, UFC veteran Ivan Jorge will meet Guilherme Miranda, while Fernando Aparecido takes on Renato Gomes for the second spot in the final. In the alternate bout, Alexandre Cidade faces Thiago Nata.
"It is a pleasure to get this cooperation with KSW," Aspera FC president Marcelo Brigadeiro stated in a release. "I know (KSW CEO) Martin (Lewandowski) for a long time and I admire his way of doing business and how he made KSW become one of the biggest promotions in the world. I picked four of the best lightweights in Brazil to make sure that we will provide KSW with nothing but the prime of Brazilian MMA with our tournaments."
Fedor's crony suspended as VP of Russian MMA Union, Maldonado's appeal lives again
The World MMA Association plans to hear Fabio Maldonado’s appeal following his controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Fight Nights Global 50.
It appears that Fabio Maldonado may have an opportunity to appeal his controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Fight Nights Global: 50 several weeks ago.
The World MMA Association, which is the umbrella organization that controls the Russian MMA Union, announced that they would consider the Brazilian UFC veteran's appeal against the ‘Last Emperor,' and will take several measures to ensure an unbiased verdict.
According to an official statement, the WMMAA will appoint Secretary General Alexander Engelhardt to handle the appeal procedure, and appoint a group of objective international judges under the guidance of experienced referee Marco Broersen (the Netherlands). The group is to assess the fight based on the tape and render an unbiased verdict regarding the fight and the judges' work.
Ladd-Hoy, Simpson-Soukupova complete Invicta FC 18 lineup in Kansas City
With an additional pair of fights, the card is complete for Invicta FC 18 four weeks from today.
A bantamweight bout between Aspen Ladd (3-0) and Jessica Hoy (1-0) has found its way to the event, as has an atomweight contest between Tessa Simpson (4-1) and Simona Soukupova (5-3-1). Promotion officials recently announced the two matchups, filling out the nine-fight card.
Invicta FC 18 takes place July 29 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. The card will be headlined by strawweights Alexa Grasso (7-0) and Jodie Esquibel (5-1).
WSOF signs bantamweight veteran Jesse Brock to exclusive multi-fight deal
WSOF is building up their bantamweight roster with the addition of Bellator and RFA veteran Jesse Brock.
WSOF president Ray Sefo confirmed the signing to MMAjunkie.
Brock (22-8) is currently riding a six-fight winning streak with three of the victories coming by stoppage. In 22 career victories, he has picked 13 wins by submission or knockout.
His most recent victory was a rear-naked choke submission of Olly Bradstreet at Bellator 155 in May. That win came after a decision victory over Joe Murphy at RFA 27.