Olympian Ben Askren, UFC Vet Din Thomas Win In Missouri
Former Olympian and two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Ben Askren's first professional MMA fight was a quick one.
Askren (1-0), a former University of Missouri wrestler, scored a first-round TKO of Josh Flowers (0-3) at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia, Mo., at the debut Headhunters Fight League event.
Askren, the head wrestling instructor at American Top Team of Missouri, scored an early takedown and forced an 84-second stoppage after a subsequent ground-and-pound assault.
Bellator exclusively signs Gonzalez, Soto, Garijo and Aguilar
The upstart Bellator Fighting Championships, which is set to launch on ESPN Deportes in April, today announced four additional signings for its quickly filling fighter roster.
Featherweights Nick Gonzalez and Joe Soto, middleweight Edwin Aguilar and lightweight Diego Garijo were all signed to exclusive deals.
Each fighter will compete in his respective division's 12-week, eight-man tournament.
Lashley, Lombard scratched from PFC: Best of Both Worlds
American Top Team Fighters Bobby Lashley (1-0) and Hector Lombard (17-2-1) have been forced to withdraw from their planned bouts at the Palace Fighting Championship's upcoming hybrid MMA/boxing card, "Best of Both Worlds."
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the pair's departures from sources close to the event.
"PFC: Best of Both Worlds" is scheduled for Feb. 6 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Lashley was forced off the card due to an ankle ligament injury suffered in a recent training session. The extent of the injury and potential layoff for recovery is unknown at this time.
The heavyweight prospect and former collegiate wrestling champion was slated to face fellow undefeated up-and-comer Mike Hayes. Lashley made his MMA debut in December 2008 with a 41-second TKO win over fellow first-time-fighter Joshua Franklin.
A replacement for the former professional wrestler has not yet been named.
Lombard had long been considered for the event, though his participation was never officially announced by the organization. The former Cuban judoka has been fighting professionally since 2004 and was looking to make his long-awaited U.S. debut.
The PRIDE, DEEP and SpiritMC veteran will pass on the Feb. 6 date in favor of a previously signed April appearance for Bellator Fighting Championships, a debuting promotion slated for broadcast on ESPN Deportes.
Britain's Strongest Man to Make MMA Debut
When Oli Thompson makes his MMA debut at Ultimate Challenge UK (07 Feb 2009) - it will mark an interesting career change. Thompson, who takes on Ashley Pollard at the Troxy in East London, has already been a champion in another field.
Minotouro fights at Jungle Fight in April
After winning at Sengoku, last November, then at Affliction, last Saturday, Rogério “Minotouro” Nogueira already knows when he’ll step on a ring again. After signing a contract with Jungle Fight, Nogueira will fight for the first time ever in Brazil. “Minotouro signed with Jungle and will fight at Fortaleza, Ceará, at April 25th”
Frank Trigg meets Danny Babcock at Feb. 14 XCF event
Veteran fighter Frank Trigg (18-6) will return to competition on Feb. 14 when he meets Danny Babcock (6-1) in the main event of Xtreme Cagefighting Federation's "Rumble in Race Town" event.
The show takes place Feb. 14 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., on the eve of NASCAR's Daytona 500.
Trigg, previously announced for the show, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he signed a bout agreement over the weekend.
Tonight's PFC 12 Card Streams Live!
Sherdog.com will offer a free live stream of tonight's PFC "High Stakes" card, which is headlined by four championship bouts.
The Sherdog Radio Network's TJ De Santis will broadcast live from ringside tonight at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST.
Bellator Fighting Championships announces signing of Jorge Masvidal
Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, one of Florida’s top fighters.
As the latest addition to the lightweight (155 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament, premiering on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009, Masvidal is poised for a breakout performance on the national MMA scene.
Bellator Fighting Championships announces signing of Wilson Reis
Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of elite grappler Wilson Reis. Reis will enter the inaugural season as a member of the Featherweight (145 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament style events, premiering on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009.
Regardless of the Fate of Elite XC, King of the Cage Survives
One of the worst fall outs from the Elite XC implosion was the negative impact on the mid-sized promotions that had been purchased by the doomed organization.
One of the orgs effected was Terry Trebilcock's King of the Cage. KOTC provided an early stage for stars such as Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Diego Sanchez, Keith Jardine, Paul Buentello and Mac Danzig.
I'm happy to see that they're back up and running.
Despite announcement, Frank Trigg hasn't signed for Feb. 14 XCF headliner
Despite an announcement from the Xtreme Cagefighting Federation that Frank Trigg will headline its Feb. 14 "Rumble In Race Town" event, the UFC and PRIDE veteran said he hasn't signed a contract for the fight.
Although expected to compete at the event, Trigg recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) nothing is official.
XCF announced on Saturday that Trigg would headline the event, which coincides with NASCAR's Daytona 500, against an opponent to be determined.
The Feb. 21 event takes place at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in Daytona, Fla., on the eve of the world-famous Daytona 500.
Trigg (18-6) last competed in October 2008 when he scored a unanimous-decision win over Hawaiian striker Falaniko Vitale. The former top UFC welterweight contender has now won three consecutive fights and five of his past six.
Frank Trigg To Headline XCF - February 14
Fighter and broadcaster Frank Trigg is ready to make his 2009 debut with Xtreme Cagefighting Federation at the DynaPep "Rumble In Race Town" Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Coming off three straight wins, Trigg is ready to keep his win streak alive in the main event.
Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley vs Nick ‘The Goat’ Thompson MFC fight set Feb. 20
A fantastic match up between two former Elite XC welterweight number one contenders has been announced for the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) 20: “Destined For Greatness” card, which takes place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on February 20.
British striker Paul “Semtex” Daley (19-7-2) will square off against Minnesota Martial Arts Academy trainee Nick “The Goat” Thompson (36-10-1).