Muay Thai champ Tiffany van Soest says she’s ‘one or two years away’ from breaking out in MMA
After making her name as a champion kickboxer under the Lion Fight banner, winning titles in two separate weight classes, Tiffany van Soest is looking to expand her horizons.
The 27-year-old "Time Bomb" recently signed deals with the kickboxing promotion Glory, as well as an MMA deal with Invicta FC. She competes May 13 at the Glory 30 Super Fight Series against Emma Hasshass in Los Angeles.
And, though an opponent hasn’t been named as of yet for her Invicta FC debut -- which will double officially as her MMA debut -- van Soest says the fight will take place on Sept. 23.
Brother vs. Brother Fight, Featherweight Title Bout Top WSOF 32 on July 30
World Series of Fighting 32 will bring a new meaning to the phrase “sibling rivalry.”
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced on Tuesday that Caros Fodor will lock horns with adopted brother Ben Fodor in the WSOF 32 co-main event on July 30 at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash. The card will be headlined by a featherweight title rematch between Alexandre Almeida and Lance Palmer.
"I suspected for a while that it was eventually going to happen, but it's coming at a good time because we're not getting along very well," Caros Fodor told Yahoo Sports . "I'm excited. My career has been up and down and so this will be a good fight for me. I can get in there and make some money.
Kimbo Slice-Dada 5000 Result Overturned to No Contest by Texas Commission
The result of the Bellator 149 clash between Kimbo Slice and Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris has officially been overturned to a no-contest following Slice’s failed drug test.
The change was noted on Monday by MMAJunkie.com, reporting that Slice -- whose real name is Kevin Ferguson -- has reached a settlement with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation over his recent suspension.
Legacy FC 56 set for June 24 in Dallas with Manny Vazquez vs. Steven Peterson headliner
Legacy FC bantamweight champion Manny Vazquez puts his title on the line against Steven Peterson in the headlining bout of Legacy FC 56.
Legacy FC officials recently announced the matchup and that the event will take place June 24 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. As with all Legacy FC events, the night’s main card airs on AXS TV.
The Legacy FC 56 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Manuel Vazquez vs. Steven Peterson
Ryan Hollis vs. Jason Sampson
Edwin Figueroa vs. Levi Mowles
Geoffrey Neal vs. Andrew Parker
J.C. Cottrell vs. Cody Walker
Miles Johns vs. Eliazar Rodriguez
PRELIMINARY CARD (Unaired)
Sean Holden vs. Bilal Williams
Joshua Mosquea vs. Jessie Vasquez
Matthew Alonzo vs. Jason Perrotta
Kaline Medeiros replaces injured Mizuki Inoue at Invicta 17
A couple late changes have been made to this weekend's Invicta 17 event.
Japan's Mizuki Inoue has withdrawn from the event in Costa Mesa, Calif. due to a training injury, the company announced Monday. Taking her place in a strawweight matchup against Brazil's Aline Serio (9-5) will be Kaline Medeiros (6-4).
Iceland’s Sunna Davidsdottir Signed to Invicta
Sunna Davidsdottir was the first female amateur fighter out of Iceland and now “Tsunami” will become the first pro fighter. The Mjölnir MMA fighter will have her debut in style, as she will do it with Invicta FC. “I´m going PRO!” posts the strawweight today at the same time Invicta made the announcement.
Four-Time UFC Veteran Akbarh Arreola Retires from MMA at Age 33
Thirty-five fight veteran Akbarh Arreola has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts at 33 years old.
"I wanted to take this opportunity to announce that out of respect for my family, my physical integrity and the sport, I retire,” Arreola wrote on Facebook. “To my fortune and I'm sure for many of you, today we have many compatriots and friends dedicated 100 percent to the sport and can continue to compete at the highest level that is required. Many thanks to all the people who supported me from the beginning and all those who with their good vibes always drew a smile on my face. "
A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Arreola exits the sport with a 23-11-1 career mark, with 17 victories via submission and five by knockout. He last competed at Pancrase 277 on April 24, losing to Kazuki Tokudome via technical knockout 4:59 into the first round.
WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje expected to face Ozzy Dugulubgov in next outing
Undefeated WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje (16-0) will likely meet six-time WSOF veteran Ozzy Dugulubgov (8-2) in his next title defense.
WSOF President Ray Sefo recently revealed the plan on WSOF.com.
“We’re still working out the details, but right now, I’m leaning toward going with Ozzy Dugulubgov for that shot,” Sefo wrote. “Ozzy debuted with us back in 2013, on just our second event. He’s gone 5-1 in his six World Series of Fighting appearances, and that one loss came via split decision. I think he’s proven himself as a true contender, and this will be his opportunity to show the world that he’s capable of competing at an elite level.”
Shlemenko vs. Emeev, Volkov vs. Vegh set for M-1 Challenge 68 in June
After the completion of the semi-final stage of the middleweight Grand Prix, M-1 Global announced that Alexander Shlemenko and Ramazan Emeev will headline the tournament finale at M-1 Challenge 68 in June. The co-main event will feature a heavyweight title fight between Alexander Volkov and Attila Vegh.
The news was confirmed on the promotion's official website.
Shawn Jordan signs with WSOF: 'I look forward to fighting for their heavyweight strap'
Heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter Shawn Jordan decided to test the free agency waters last year prior to an October UFC fight with Ruslan Magomedov, which he would lose by decision. Following the loss, which snapped a three-fight winning streak (all knockouts), the organization quietly did not re-sign Jordan (18-7).
"Yes, they did not re-sign me," Jordan told BloodyElbow.com on Monday. "No real reasoning. Most likely because I didn't re-sign before the loss.
"The division is shallow and all my fights are good. Yet they let me go."
Yuki Motoya Vacates DEEP Flyweight Title; Org Announces Plans For 115-, 125-Pound Belts
Deep already had plans to crown its inaugural strawweight champion in 2016. Now, the company also finds itself in need of a new flyweight ace.
Officials from the Japanese promotion on Tuesday announced that two-time Deep flyweight titleholder Yuki Motoya has vacated his 125-pound title. Motoya, 26, was scheduled to fight Brazilian prospect Allan Nascimento at last week’s Rizin event, but the bout was canceled at the 11th hour after Motoya reportedly suffered health complications related to his weight cut.
Invicta FC // Veteran Kaitlin Young will bring her experience to the table and share responsibilities with Julie Kedzie
Invicta Fighting Championships today officially announced the addition of to its staff as matchmaker, sharing duties with current matchmaker Julie Kedzie.
Young, a veteran of the sport who began her career in 2007 and last fought at Invicta FC 9 in November of 2014, brings both fight and matchmaking experience to the table, having previously filled the role for local promotions in her home state of Minnesota.
“Kaitlin has always been a part of the Invicta family,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “She fought for us five times and I’m certain that she’ll bring the same drive and passion that turned her into a fan favorite to this new opportunity.”
Undefeated Andrew Todhunter Will CallI It A Career Following Legacy FC 54 Bout
Looking back on 2015, Oklahoma-based middleweight Andrew Todhunter isn’t shy about saying it was the lowest point of both his MMA career and life outside the cage.
The first problem Todhunter ran into was when he was offered a fight at UFC 188 in Mexico City at welterweight. Unfortunately, fighting at a weight class below what he is used to and being in unfamiliar surroundings made for disastrous results.
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov to defend title vs. Rashid Yusupov, Stephan Puetz returns vs. Andrey Seledtspv
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov will defend his title May 27 against challenger Rashid Yusupov, headlining M-1 Challenge 66, in Orenburg City, Russia.
M-1 Challenge 66 will be streamed live from Moscow in high definition on www.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.
M-1 Global also announced that former M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan “T-800? Puetz will also return to action against M-1 Global-debuting Andrey Seledtsov.
Alexey Oleinik reveals UFC offered Fedor more money than Rizin
Less than 24 hours removed from the announcement that Fedor will meet UFC veteran Fabio Maldonado in the main event of a Fight Nights show in June, Russian heavyweight Alexey Oleinik has already publicly criticized the match-up.
According to the UFC fighter, Fedor has many interesting challengers at his disposal, yet opted to face a fighter on a significant losing streak.
Top flyweight Magomed Bibulatov sets sights on UFC title following Akhmat Grand Prix
At the start of 2016, the World Fighting Championships of Akhmat (WFCA) compiled an extensive list of foreign fighters to form various Grand Prix tournaments against their scores of Chechen fighters. Fighter such as Desmond Green, Kurt Holobaugh, Thiago Silva and Paulo Thiago were flown over to Grozny for the opening rounds of their respective tournaments. However, the crowning jewel of the first show was WSOF flyweight champion Magomed Bibulatov.