Undefeated Megumi Fujii Finally Gets Crack at a Title at Bellator 34
Megumi Fujii gets her long-awaited opportunity to win a championship at Bellator 34 on Oct. 28.
The promotion confirmed the date of the undefeated star's matchup with Zoila Frausto on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Fujii is 22-0 in a sterling career, including 18 wins by way of submission, and she's also considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, yet she's never captured an MMA championship.
In 2008, she was scheduled to fight Ana Michelle Tavares in the finals of the 2008 Smackgirl World Remix Tournament, but the promotion folded and the finals never happened.
Ex-Bellator Champion Joe Soto May Be Forced To Retire Due To Injury
Former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto is the latest fighter to suffer a severe eye injury as the likely result of active competition. The 23-year-old fighter is undergoing surgery today for a severely detached retina and now faces a long recovery process and uncertain future. The injury was discovered Wednesday and he was immediately scheduled for surgery, with a second surgery likely in one year.
Shinya Aoki Meets Thai Boxer Yokthai Sithoar at DEEP 50
DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will return to the promotion where he got his start on October 24 when he meets former boxing titlist Yokthai Sithoar at DEEP's "50th Impact" in Tokyo, Japan. The bout was revealed by the promotion today at a press conference inside Tokyo's DEEP Official Gym Impact.
Bellator 33: Ben Askren vs Lyman Good booked for Oct. 21 in Philadelphia
CHICAGO, Ill. (September 27, 2010) - Bellator Fighting Championships today made the welterweight title fight between Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman "Cyborg" Good and Season 2 Welterweight Tournament Champion Ben "Funky" Askren official for Bellator 33 taking place at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 21.
"Lyman dominated Season #1 and Ben dominated Season #2. This is a great Welterweight Championship fight between two world-class undefeated Welterweights," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
The fight marks Good's first title defense since racking up consecutive stoppage victories in the quarter and semifinal rounds of the Season 1 Welterweight World Championship Tournament that preceded a first round TKO of Omar De La Cruz in the finals at Bellator 11 in June of 2009.
The impressive run through the tournament established Good as the first Bellator Welterweight Champion and catapulted the undefeated star into the MMA spotlight.
Seven-fight lineup finalized for Thursday's Bellator 31 event
The fight card for Thursday's Bellator 31 event is set with a seven-bout lineup.
The event takes place at at the L'Auberge du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La.
The night's main card, including women's 115-pound tournament semifinal fights of Megumi Fujii (21-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) vs. Lisa Ward (14-5 MMA, 2-0 BFC) and Zoila Frausto (8-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) vs. Jessica Aguilar (9-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC), airs on FOX Sports Net.
However, one notable matchup officially is gone from the card. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported earlier this month, a heavyweight bout between Ricco Rodriguez and Dave Herman has been scratched. Although he hoped to fight through injury, Rodriguez, an early UFC champion, was forced off the card after learning a knee injury could require multiple surgeries. Herman, who had been in a contract dispute until the booking, has been removed from the card.
Murilo Rua Not Headed To UFC Despite Rumors (Yet), Signs With W-1
Former PRIDE light heavyweight luminary Murilo Rua's next fight will not be in the UFC Octagon, contrary to rumors pointing otherwise. The older brother of Mauricio Rua has signed with the W-1 promotion in Canada and will compete on the promotion's 10/23 event. His opponent will be Cesar Gracie-trained fighter Roy Boughton. Terms of Rua's deal were not disclosed but if Rua beats Boughton, then his next stop likely is UFC.
Trigg, Monson, Sokoudjou, Other UFC Vets Slated for Israel FC
Frank Trigg, Jeff Monson, Ricco Rodriguez, Hermes Franca, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett, Daniel Gracie and Shonie Carter are all slated to compete in Israel on Nov. 9 for the Israel Fighting Championship group.
The matchups after the jump.
Former UFC heavyweight title contender Monson refuses to let age slow down his work schedule. When he faces Sergey Shemetov on Nov. 9, the American Top Team heavyweight will be fighting for his eight time this year.
Trigg, who fell out of active competition after his February loss to Matt Serra, will return to action against Roy Neeman.
Bellator 30 recap: Baker bests Horn
While Bryan Baker came up short in Bellator Fighting Championship's season-two middleweight tournament, he returned to the winner's circle with a decision win over UFC veteran and MMA ironman Jeremy Horn.
Reis vs Taurosevicious at Bellator 33
A featherweight tilt between Wilson Reis and Deividas Taurosevicius is on tap for Bellator 33 on Oct. 21 in Philadelphia. MMAWeekly.com sources close to the fighters said the fight is a done deal and will air on the televised portion of the fight card.
Ricco Rodriguez Off Bellator 31
Bellator announced today that Ricco Rodriguez is now off a planned fight at Bellator 31 due to a serious knee injury that will require surgery. He was to have faced Dave Herman. Rodriguez initially hoped to fight through the knee injury, but he's since learned multiple surgeries may be required. A replacement search is underway.
Bellator 29 weigh-in results: Massouh and Guida miss weight
All 14 Bellator 29 fighters took part in Wednesday's official weigh-ins, and two competitors missed weight.
Main-card fighter Jameel Massouh (142 pounds) missed the limit for his 140-pound catchweight fight, and preliminary-card fighter Jason Guida (215) was heavy for his 210-pound catchweight bout.
The night's co-headliners, who are Bellator's season-three heavyweight-tournament semifinalists, all made weight without incident.
Houston Alexander: I Proved That You Never Give Up
When Houston Alexander burst into national consciousness with back-to-back highlight-reel stoppages in the UFC, "The Assassin" seemed primed to provide the world with and endless stream of entertaining video clips. Unfortunately for Alexander, in five of his next six fights those clips involved someone else getting their hand raised at the end of the reel. But the 38-year-old has always refused to quit, even when it seemed like his only option, and never was that attitude more apparent than in his Shark Fights 13 victory over fellow UFC veteran Sokoudjou. "My kids, I always tell those guys never give up," Alexander said following the win. "I proved that you never give up. Never give up."
Dave Herman vs. Ricco Rodriguez booked for Bellator 31 event
A major heavyweight bout has been added to this month's Bellator 31 event.
During Thursday's Bellator broadcast on FOX Sports Net, officials confirmed a Sept. 30 booking between top heavyweight prospect Dave Herman (16-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC) and former UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez (44-11 MMA, 0-0 BFC), who's seen a career resurgence in recent years.
Herman and Bellator officials have been in a contract dispute.
Herman sued Bellator in July, as Sherdog.com initially reported, and the organization in turn counter-sued the fighter, who had been slated to fight at this weekend's Shark Fights 13 event before he was pulled from the card.
Bellator 28 Quick Results
An exciting night of fights for Bellator as they put on a show for New Orleans tonight. As the Saints win the NFL season opener and fans rejoice, others are left with bitter dissappointment for some less famous Louisiana natives.
Shine Fights Announces Pairings for Friday's Lightweight Tournament
It's been an interesting – and mostly rough – road leading to Shine Fights' lightweight tournament. But two days before the event, the promotion made official its grand prix pairings.
As Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers announced on Twitter in the days leading up to the tournament, first-round tournament matches between Drew Fickett and Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett, Rich Crunkilton and Carlo Prater and James Warfield and Kyle Baker were confirmed by the promotion Wednesday night. Also made official was the fourth bout, Shannon Gugerty vs. Dennis Bermudez.
David Heath Filing Lawsuit Against Shine Fights
Another day, another potential major issue for Shine Fights. One of the fighters scheduled for the last-minute-scratch 5/15 event, David "Not Gangrel" Heath, says he will sue the promotion next week because he claims he has not been paid his contracted participation in the event. He was scheduled to face Murilo Rua. When asked if he had received payment from Shine Fights, Heath answered by text message saying, "Nope. Gonna file a small claims suit when I get back from MFC this weekend." Heath is currently in Canada for the Maximum Fighting Championship show taking place this Friday, and will return home to Oklahoma next week where he plans to file the suit.
DirecTV Won't Offer Shine Fights
"We pulled it off the schedule given the possibility that the event may be canceled based on the last-minute venue change and we do not want to put our customers in the position having to get refunds," DirecTV said in a statement to MMAFighting.com.