Lombard vs. Shlemenko Bellator Title Match Likely for October 28
Hector Lombard steps back into the Bellator cage on Thursday when he faces Herbert "Whisper" Goodman in a non-title matchup, but the Cuban middleweight will have little time to rest upon the bout's conclusion.
The Bellator middleweight champion is likely to defend his belt against No. 1 contender Alexander Shlemenko on Oct. 28 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told MMA Fighting.
The championship scrap will likely be dependent on Lombard's health coming out of the Goodman fight, a non-title bout which also emanates from the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and airs live on Fox Sports Net at 8 pm ET.
Bellator 24 Weigh-Ins: All On Weight, But 2 Fights Off
All fighters competing in tonight's Bellator 24 event, including middleweight champ Hector Lombard (185.5 pounds) and fellow headliner Herbert Goodman (183.5), successfully made weight for the show. The weigh-ins took place Wednesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., which also hosts tonight's FOX Sports Net-televised event and season-three opener. However, the weigh-ins also confirmed the loss of two-preliminary card bouts. Bouts of Nico Parella vs. Efrain Ruiz and Frank Carrillo vs. Moyses Gabin have both been scratched from the untelevised portion of the card. Parella pulled his groin and Gabin suffered a broken foot.
QAC Suspends Paul Daley 30 Days
Former UFC welterweight striker Paul Daley has been slapped with a 30-day suspension for his unprofessional conduct following a UFC 113 loss to Josh Koscheck in what was billed as a 170-pound number one contender's bout back on May 8. "Semtex" exploded after he was outwrestled for three rounds on the televised portion of the "Machida vs. Shogun II" fight card. Koscheck neutralized the deadly hands of the British banger, effectively earning himself a spot as coach on the upcoming twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter(TUF) opposite division champion Georges St. Pierre. He's now slated to appear opposite Bellator standout Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13 on Sept. 11 in Amarillo, Texas. Daley's suspension is not expected to conflict with that appearance.
After Being Sued by UFC, Bellator Issues Lawsuit Against UFC
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Bellator Sport Worldwide, LLC today filed suit against Zuffa in a New Jersey court and alleges that "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Jonathan Brookins (11-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC) joined the Spike TV reality series while still under an exclusive contract for Bellator.
Brookins and his manager Mickey Dubberley were also named as defendants in the suit.
Paul Daley Meets Jorge Masvidal At Shark Fights 13
British welterweight Paul Daley now has an opponent for his first North American appearance since his controversial post-fight punch at UFC 113. After signing with the Texas-based Shark Fights promotion this past month, Daley will take on American Top Team standout Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13, which takes place Sept. 11 at the Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas. Shark Fights confirmed the news today in an official release.
Fighters Only magazine announces 2010 World MMA Awards
Fighters Only, the world’s biggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) magazine, announces the launch of its 3rd annual awards today. Devised to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry, the World Mixed Martial Arts Awards gives fans across the globe the chance to cast their vote on which athletes, brands, and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport in the last 12 months. Voting will take place across 20 different award categories including Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, and Best Lifestyle Apparel.
Angela Magana Off Bellator 24, Carla Esparza Faces Fujii
Although she campaigned to keep her spot on the card as late as today, Angela Magana is now off Thursday's Bellator 24 due to a foot injury. Though she got a cortisone shot and sought clearance to stay on the card, Bellator officials today opted to replace her. She was to have faced Megumi Fujii in the first round of the women's 115 pound tournament. Carla Esparza is the short-notice replacement.
Shark Fights 13 To Air On PPV
Shark Fights' loaded Sept. 11 fight card will air on pay-per-view. The Texas-based promotion recently announced Shark Fights 13, which takes place Sept. 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Texas with Trevor Prangley vs. Keith Jardine and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander co-headliners. Today, officials announced that the iN DEMAND main-card broadcast will cost $29.95. Today's release suggests a future announcement could include broadcast plans for the night's preliminary card.
Roger Huerta stomps out guy after guy KO's a lady (Video)
Roger Huerta engages in a street fight in Austin, Texas:
"Against a man who appears to have punched a woman in the head. Once Huerta sees the woman collapse to the ground -- he says "You just punched a f**kin' girl." Officers were called to the scene -- but so far, no arrests have been made."
Corey Hill Continues "High Stakes" Comeback Against Rob McCullough On 9/9
Lanky and likable UFC veteran Corey Hill continues his improbable comeback when he competes for the fourth time this year, taking on former WEC Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough at the upcoming Tachi Palace Fights 6: "High Stakes" event on Sept. 9 in Lemoore, California. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 contestant sustained a grisly leg fracture when his opponent at UFC Fight Night 16: "Fight for the Troops," Dale Hartt, checked a kick from Hill during their lightweight bout at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., in December 2008. The fallen fighter was originally expected to be out up to eighteen months after undergoing surgery to repair the fracture, yet Hill was back in the gym just four months later. He defied the odds by not only coming back earlier than anticipated -- but by taking the unanimous decision in his return fight against Jason Trzewieczynski at January's "Raging Wolf" event from the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara, NY. Hill was unfazed by a submission loss to Mark Holst at XKL: "Evolution 1" in March and improved his record to 4-3 by tapping out Kit Cope just last month at RW 8: "Cage Supremacy" in Salamanca. "Razor" Rob will be his toughest test to date -- but could also put an exclamation point on his comeback should he prevail.
Impact FC hasn't paid its fighters
The majority of the fighters who competed on the Impact Fighting Championships' two scheduled July MMA events in Australia have not been paid by the promotion. The list of unpaid fighters includes Karo Parisyan, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Jesse Taylor and Brian Ebersole.
Although most commissions require that fighters be paid before the promoter leaves the arena the night of the show (some even hold onto and distribute the money themselves) none of the men who fought on either show received checks before flying home from Australia. A handful of them have since received partial payment – the most being 75% of what was owed, however most of the fighters we spoke to have yet to receive a dime, despite multiple phone calls they have made and emails they have sent to promoters Tom Huggins and Andrew McManus asking that they be paid.
Bellator signs Alvin Robinson
Bellator Fighting Championships continues to add to its roster, signing UFC veteran Alvin Robinson to face Bellator standout Georgi Karakhanyan. The two will meet in a featherweight feature bout at Bellator 28 on Sept. 9 in New Orleans.
Shark Fights 13 Adds 6 More Fighters, Title Fight
The biggest card in Shark Fights history just got some additional starpower. After already announcing four fights for the Sept. 11's main card, the Texas-based promotion unveiled a near-complete 10-fight lineup that includes a surprisingly deep preliminary card. Notable additions include Bellator heavyweight Dave Herman vs. Aaron Rosa, WEC vets Karen Darabedyan vs. Marcus Hicks, and UFC vet Pete Spratt vs. Eric Davila. Additionally, though not part of the official announcement, Shark Fights CEO Brent Medley today told MMAjunkie.com Radio that the fight between Shark Fights featherweight champ Douglas Evans and World Victory Road vet Ronnie Mann will, in fact, be for the title. Shark Fights 13 takes place Sept. 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Texas. Medley said broadcast plans for the event will be announced early next week.
Paul Daley Added To Shark Fights 13
The Texas-based Shark Fights promotion has added further starpower to its already loaded Sept. 11 card. The promotion announced Monday that former UFC fighter Paul Dalery has signed a one-fight deal with the promotion and is slated to compete at Shark Fights 13. Opponent TBA.
Tachi Palace Fights Awaiting Approval for McCullough vs. Hill Co-Main Event
Former WEC lightweight champion "Razor" Rob McCullough and UFC fighter Corey Hill have agreed to fight in the co-main event of Tachi Palace Fights' upcoming sixth event on Sept. 9 in Lemoore, Calif., event coordinator Jeremy Luchau confirmed with MMA Fighting.
The main event of Tachi Palace Fights 6 will be former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug "The Rhino" Marshall vs. TUF 11 cast member Kyacey Uscola. The fight will mark Uscola's first since the show.
Also, slated for the card is Diego Saraiva vs. Micah Miller, Jason Von Flue vs. Mike Martinez and Leopoldo Serao vs. Anthony Ruiz for the Tachi middleweight title.