Bellator champ Joe Warren returning to Greco-Roman roots, eyes Olympic Gold
The self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet" already has Bellator Fighting Championships gold around his waist.
Now he's looking to put Olympic gold around his neck.
Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren (6-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) plans on making a return to the international wrestling scene next year in an effort to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren discusses his future plans, including his intentions to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games
Jussier da Silva vs. Ian McCall lined up for Tachi Palace Fights 8
Fresh off a unanimous decision victory over WEC vet Danny Martinez at Tachi Palace Fights 7, No. 1 ranked flyweight Jussier da Silva (9-0 MMA, 1-0 TPF) will grace the promotion's next event in a bout with another WEC vet.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Silva is expected to meet Ian McCall (8-2 MMA, 0-0 TPF) at Tachi Palace Fights 8, which takes place in February at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Verbal agreements are in place for the fight, and contracts are expected to be finalized shortly.
Silva on Thursday made his highly anticipated debut in the U.S., though Martinez did not make it easy on him. The WEC vet fended off multiple submission attempts and even staged a rally in the third round with a series of strikes. But in the end, the Brazilian's strong grappling gave him the edge on judges' scorecards.
Silva remains unbeaten in the 125-pound division. In July 2009, he seized the top spot on rankings with a decision victory over Shooto champion Shinichi Kojima in a non-title bout for the Japanese promotion.
Shine Fights Signs Rolles Gracie
After a one-and-done stint in UFC this year, Rolles Gracie has become the latest acquisition by Shine Fights. Executives today announced that Gracie has signed on with the upstart promotion, and his official debut will be announced at a later date. Gracie is 3-1 career, winning his first 3 fights before losing at UFC 109 to short-notice replacement Joey Beltran.
Shine FIghts Expected To Sign TV Deal Soon
Shine Fights has been looking to make some major moves recently including the signing of former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Efrain Escudero to a contract. Now the upstart organization appears on the verge of signing a deal to bring their brand of MMA to cable television. Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers revealed the news to MMAWeekly in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. “For all intensive purposes we’ve come to an agreement,” Chambers said about the new TV deal. “It’s just a matter of dotting the “I”s and crossing the “T”s.” While Chambers stopped short of naming which network would get the rights for Shine Fights, he did say it was a recognizable name that fans of MMA will be able to access with ease. “It’s definitely a network that everyone will be familiar with,” Chambers disclosed. “It’s a network that I think is the right size and the right scope for where we are.” The deal that will see Shine Fights hit free TV will be similar to the current package the UFC runs prior to their pay-per-view offerings. The plan according to Chambers is to have the Shine Fights debut with their new TV deal early next year. “We plan on doing six pay-per-views next year and all of those undercards will be able to be seen live on cable,” said Chambers. There has been no word which network is going to land Shine Fights, but with MMA becoming a viable product as shown by the UFC’s success on Spike TV as well as the WEC on Versus, it could be any number of cable stations looking to add fights to their roster.
Bellator Exec Blasts Reports Of Impending Demise, Says New TV Deal Official Soon
To say that Bjorn Rebney disagrees with a recent report describing the impending demise of his fight promotion would be a slight understatement. In fact, the Bellator Fighting Championships founder and CEO says the report is lacking one vastly important factor: the truth. A weekend report on MiddleEasy.com outlined a series of issues Rebney and Bellator were said to be currently facing. Among the concerns were the lack of a television deal, angered investors looking to "pull the plug" on the promotion and a desperate need to arrange a long-discussed bout between Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and his Strikeforce counterpart Gilbert Melendez as a last-ditch effort to save the company. Wrong on all accounts, says Rebney. "Either it's someone just starting rumors for the sake of starting rumors, or it's just the most ridiculous type of amateurish nonsense," Rebney said of the report. "I don't even like to call it journalism because it has no connection to reality. That blog, whoever that is that wrote that, is just so filled with nonsense. It's completely, unequivocally untrue on every front they wrote. It's literally as if someone stepped out and just said, 'I'm going to create whichever fantasy I choose to create, and I'm going to write it.' There wasn't even the slightest hint of accuracy or truth in anything that showed up on that blog. It's the downside and the negativity of the Internet. Any idiot can write any ridiculous, completely unfounded nonsense thing, and it can gain traction." It all apaprently stems from what Rebney says is a false report of a failed TV deal between Bellator and the cable network G4, but Rebney says a new TV deal will be announced soon, among other things.
Bellator Vet Jessica Rakoczy FIned & Suspended by NSAC, Fight Result Changed
The NSAC has suspended one-time Bellator Fighting Championships veteran and former pro boxer Jessica Rakoczy for 9 months and fined her $833 for a failed drug test following a recent fight. At an administrative hearing held in Las Vegas, Rakoczy admitted to taking one-half a Percocet for back pain the night prior to an Oct. 9 fight with Jennifer Scott at a local event, MMAXplosion. Rakoczy was called before the commission when her post-fight drug screen revealed the presence of banned painkillers Oxymorphone and Oxycodone. She told the commission she took the pain pill after a sleepless night caring for her young son, NASC executive chairman Keith Kizer said, and forgot to inform commission doctors on fight night. "She was very apologetic and contrite at the hearing," said Kizer. "The commissioners appreciated that. What bothered them most was when she got to the arena that night, she didn't tell the doctors there that, 'Hey, I had to take a pain pill this morning for my back.'" Rakoczy beat Scott by 2nd round TKO (doctor stoppage after round 2), but that result is now changed to No Decision. Rakoczy now needs to submit a clean drug test to be re-licensed when her suspension runs its course. She is the first female mixed martial artist in Nevada to fail a post-fight drug screen.
UFC contract not up for grabs in proposed Pedro Rizzo vs. Tim Sylvia bout
While a heavyweight showdown between former UFC champions Pedro Rizzo (19-9) and Tim Sylvia (27-6) may provide fireworks on the feet, the winner will not be provided a UFC contract.
Contrary to several published reports, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has made no such promises to either of his ex-employees.
"Where the [expletive] did that come from?" White asked with a laugh.
Personal note... THANK GOD.
Shamrock To Headline KOTC's Africa Debut
Ken Shamrock still isn't giving up fighting. He's going to headline the Africa debut of the King Of The Cage promotion on November 25, facing Mike Bourke in Durban, South Africa. Bourke, a California-based Super Heavyweight, has a career record of 9-16-1, 1 NC, but is only 2-12, 1 NC since 2002. He also had one career fight in PRIDE.
Pedro Rizzo vs. Tim Sylvia - Winner Gets UFC Contract
"Dana White mentioned that the winner should get another chance in the Ultimate Fighting Championship."
"As the date hasn’t been set, it’s just a verbal agreement, so I’m getting back to light training. But I want to have a good performance. Who knows? Maybe I’ll manage a return to the UFC. I feel really comfortable fighting in that Octagon. I feel leaving there was the biggest mistake of my career, my great regret."
First Failed Drug Screening by a Female Mixed Martial Artist in Nevada
One-time Bellator Fighting Championships veteran and former pro boxer Jessica Rakoczy (1-3 MMA, 31-3 Boxing) has failed a post-fight drug screen administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and now faces a potential suspension of her license.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the failed screen from NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer.
The failed screen is the first by a female mixed martial artist in Nevada.
According to NSAC records, Rakoczy tested positive for the banned painkillers Oxymorphone and Oxycodone following her Oct. 9 win over Jennifer Scott under the Las Vegas-based MMA Xplosion banner.
Rakoczy earned the victory via second-round TKO when a bloodied Scott was ruled ineligible to continue after absorbing 10 minutes of pinpoint strikes from Rakoczy.
The win was Rakoczy's first as a mixed martial artist after suffering defeats in her first three outings to kickboxing ace Felice Herrig, new Bellator 115-pound champion Zoila Frausto and California resident Michelle Ould.
Bellator 34 recap: Lombard weathers Storm, Frausto shocks Fujii in five
Heading into the final event of Bellator Fighting Championships third season, Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard and Japanese superstar Megumi Fujii were considered near-locks by MMA oddsmakers.
Only Lombard would deliver.
The Cuban judoka outlasted a gutsy Alexander Shlemenko to successfully defend his 185-pound belt in the featured bout of Thursday's Bellator 34 event, but Fujii was shocked by Zoila Frausto in a somewhat contentious decision that saw the "Warrior Princess" claim Bellator's first-ever 115-pound title...
W-1 MMA 6 New Ground Results: Brett Rogers Wins Ninja Rua Losses
Brother to UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Murillo “Ninja” Rua saw action, as did former Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers.
Rua took on Team Cesar Gracie newcomer Roy Broughton in the events co-headlining bout. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he came up short, losing a three round decision.
Brett Rogers, who headlined the event in a clash with big man Ruben “Warpath” Villareal, on the other hand did manage to exit the showdown with a unanimous decision victory.
Aoki, Minowa Earn Submission Victories At Deep 50
Shinya Aoki put together his third straight victory since suffering a decision defeat to Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce: Nashville with a first round submission over MMA neophyte Yokthai Sithoar. It took Aoki just one minute to apply the fight ending key-lock.
Ryo Chonan, Ikuhisa Minowa, Yoshiro Maeda and Masakazu Imanari also racked up convincing wins over Jun Hee Moon, Chang Hee Kim, Takafumi Otsuka, and Daiki hata, respectively.
Bellator 33 Weigh In Results, Alvarez Vs. Huerta
Roger Huerta (155 lbs.) vs. Eddie Alvarez (155 lbs.) @ 155 lbs.
Ben Askren (170 lbs.) vs. Lyman Good (170 lbs.) @ 170 lbs.
Deividas Taurosevicius (145 lbs.) vs. Wilson Reis (146 lbs.) @145 lbs.
Rick Hawn (171 lbs.) vs. LeVon Maynard (171 lbs.) @170 lbs.
Jamal Patterson (206 lbs.) vs. Tim Carpenter (206.5 lbs.) @205 lbs.
Edward Gueddes (159 lbs.) vs. Luis Azeredo (159 lbs.) @ 160 lbs (catchweight).
Nick Cottone (130 lbs.) vs. Tuan Pham (129.5 lbs.) @ 130 lbs (catchweight)
Kenny Foster (146 lbs.) vs. Lester Caslow (146 lbs.) @ 145 lbs.
Ken Shamrock Among Weekend Winners
Stop the presses-Ken Shamrock actually won a fight over the weekend! For only the second time in 6 years the 46-year-old Shamrock was victorious, beating Jonathan Ivey in the headliner of Saturday's USA MMA's "Return of the Champions" main event in Lafayette, La. Shamrock beat the 70-plus-fight veteran Ivey (29-43) by decision. Other notable winners included John Alessio, Roan Carneiro, Jason High, Lucio Linhares and Chase Beebe.
Polish MMA prodigy Marcin Held joins Bellator's season-four lightweight tourney
Lightweight fighter Marcin Held, who's posted an impressive 10-1 professional MMA record despite being just 18 years old, is headed to the U.S.
The Polish MMA prodigy has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships.
He's joined the organization's season-four lightweight tournament, which commences with an eight-man field in early 2011.
"We have been watching Marcin for over a year and are thrilled to be able to welcome him to Bellator," Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "He is a prodigy in every sense of the word and a tremendous addition to our lightweight division."
Bellator inks ex-WEC champ "Razor" Rob McCullough for season-four tourney
Former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion "Razor" Rob McCullough (19-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator bound.
The 33-year-old fighter has signed an exclusive deal with the organization and will compete in Bellator's season-four lightweight tournament, officials today announced.
The eight-man tourney kicks off in early 2011 and will determine a future title challenger.
McCullough, a nine-year pro from Huntington Beach, Calif., posted a 7-4 record with the WEC, which included a 13-month run as the organization's lightweight champ from 2007-2008.