Top flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi signs with Rizin
Kyoji Horiguchi didn’t stay long in the open market, as the Japanese star has signed a new deal to return home and compete with Rizin Fighting Federation. Promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara has announced the news on Monday, saying that the contract with the 26-year-old UFC contender has been finalized.
Bibiano Fernandes re-signs with ONE Championship
Bibiano Fernandes is not going anywhere.
“The Flash” became a free agent after defending his ONE Championship belt in December, and decided to sign a new deal with the Asian promotion after getting offers from some of the top promotions in the world, Fernandes told MMA Fighting.
Sarah Kaufman meets Jessica-Rose Clark in South Korea
Sarah Kaufman has now an opponent for her first fight since her UFC run.
Earlier this month, MMA Fighting reported that the former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion would be returning to MMA competition under new South Korean MMA promotion Battlefield Fighting Championship. On Thursday, MMA Fighting learned that Kaufman will be fighting Jessica-Rose Clark in a bantamweight contest.
Following UFC release, Anthony Birchak targets Rizin and two men in particular
Despite his release from the UFC being made public only within the last day or so, Anthony Birchak has taken to Twitter to rally hard for a spot on the Rizin Fighting Federation roster.
His plans don’t just stop at joining the Japanese MMA promotion because he even has a few names in mind. One of them being a fan-favorite Japanese-born veteran, and the other being a former Bellator champion who made his name overseas.
LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn't motivated by grudge match – it's about family
LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn’t the biggest fan of opponent Kevin Aguilar, but in truth, that has very little to do with why “The Leech” wants to punch his foe in the mouth. A recent trip to the maternity center provided Jackson all the motivation he needs.
“It’s kind of crazy, but I talked to my wife about it, and we feel pretty comfortable with everything,” Jackson told MMAjunkie. “We have a lot of help, so I’m going to fight.”
CES MMA 42 gets second title fight: champ Chris Curtis vs. Wilfredo Santiago Jr.
Next month’s CES MMA 42 event will have a championship doubleheader.
Officials today announced welterweight champion Chris Curtis (14-5) meets challenger Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (7-3) in the co-headliner.
CES MMA 42 takes place March 31 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card airs on AXS TV. As announced on Tuesday, bantamweight champ Andre Soukhamthath (11-3) meets Todd Gravely (8-3) in the headliner.
New base for MMA proposed in Russia – hooliganism
The primary bases for mixed martial arts are well understood – wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing, with a smattering of fighters from karate, Judo, Sambo, and others. However, one of the leading figures in Russian MMA, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein, believes he has discovered a new base – soccer hooliganism.
The former manager of Fedor Emelianenko plans to host an event featuring a fight between two fans of rival Russian soccer teams. M-1 Challenge 74 on February 18 in St. Petersburg will feature fights between fans of arch-rival Russian soccer teams, CSKA and Spartak, squaring-off in full team colors. The winner will determined the strongest soccer fans, under MMA rules, rather than the more usual street brawls.
Jodie Esquibel vs. DeAnna Bennett, more added to Invicta FC 22
Jodie Esquibel had two opponents drop out for Invicta FC 21 and was left without a fight. The strawweight will try again next month.
Esquibel has been rebooked against previous planned opponent DeAnna Bennett for Invicta FC 22 on March 25 in Kansas City, sources told MMA Fighting on Wednesday. The two were supposed to meet last month at Invicta 21, but Bennett withdrew due to injury.
New Nevada athletic commissioner works for Fertitta-owned Station Casinos
The newest commissioner appointed to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) works for the former owners of the UFC.
Staci Alonso, appointed to the commission by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in December, is an executive vice president at Station Casinos, the casino group owned by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, per her LinkedIn page. The Fertittas sold their majority stake in the UFC, which is regulated and sanctioned by the NAC in Nevada, to WME-IMG in July for more than $4 billion.
Invicta atomweight champ Ayaka Hamasaki moves up to strawweight to face Livia Renata Souza
Update: Jinh Yu Frey (5-2), who Hamasaki defeated via doctor stoppage in September, will face undefeated Janaisa Morandin (9-0) on the same card.
Ayaka Hamasaki wants to make a statement.
The Invicta FC women’s atomweight champion will move up to strawweight to face former champion Livia Renata Souza at Invicta 22 on March 25 in Kansas City, sources told MMA Fighting on Monday.
Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news and said it would be the co-main event of the card. It should be announced officially this week, she said.
WSOF Two-Division Champion David Branch Vacates Both Titles, Declares Himself a Free Agent
World Series of Fighting was kind to David Branch, but now WSOF's only two-division champion has no belts and is ready to fly the coop.
Monday, in an interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” the 35-year-old Bronx native stated that he had vacated both his WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight titles and was now a free agent after four-plus years with the promotion, where he racked up an undefeated 10-0 mark during his tenure, plus two title belts.
‘Formerly promoted’ - Has World Series of Fighting been transferred or folded?
The entity doing business as WSOF is now a former MMA promoter, according to court documents.
MMAWC, LLC filed a lawsuit on Monday in Clark County District Court describing itself as the “Las Vegas-based company that formerly promoted professional events in the sport of mixed martial arts,” seemingly suggesting that either a new entity has acquired WSOF assets or WSOF’s days as an MMA promoter are over.
Elizabeth Phillips to make Invicta FC debut after Heather Hardy fight falls off card
Invicta FC is shuffling the deck just four days out of its next event.
The MMA debut of popular female boxer Heather Hardy is now off due to an injury to her opponent Brieta Carpenter, MMA Fighting confirmed Tuesday night with Invicta officials. In its place at Invicta FC 21 on Saturday will be a featherweight bout between UFC veteran Elizabeth Phillips and Leah Letson. The fights take place in Kansas City.