The Bellator Underdogs Speak: Toby Imada and Jared Hess Talk About Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard
For those of us who have jobs and families and can't spend ALL our time obsessing about MMA, the Bellator events have been worth keeping an eye on for two reasons. First there's the stream of highlight reel finishes coming out of the tournaments. Secondly, there are a few fighters who had built reputations before getting into the Bellator shark tank.
Some of those guys, notably touted featherweight Wilson Reis and Jorge Masvidal have already been the victims of upset losses.
Starnes to Headline UCW 16 this Friday
Kalib Starnes will be coming to Winnipeg to headline Ultimate Cage Wars 16: Canada vs Hawaii, according to Gabriel Santos. Santos, the matchmaker for the Winnipeg-based UCW promotion, announced the bout on his Facebook profile.
Starnes is infamously known for his “Running Man” fight at UFC 83 against Nate Quarry. In the bout, Starnes failed to engage Quarry and Quarry ended up mocking the Canadian fighter near the end of the bout. Starnes was unceremoniously released by the UFC following the bout.
Now Kalib Starnes is looking to continue to rebuild his reputation as a fighter. MMAWeekly reports that sources close to the bout state that his opponent will be Bret “The Angry Hick” Bergmark. Bergmark has a 5-1 MMA record and is trained by Cesar Gracie and has had several fights in the Zuffa-owned WEC.
Link is from April, but figured I'd post it as new news since I'm sure 99.9% of MMA fans don't know he's fighting this Friday.
Bellator Fighting Championships on the Fast Track to Success
The Bellator Fighting Championships were labeled as being a "first of its kind" when it was first reported as a new promotion that would air on ESPN Deportes. The unique tagline came with the idea that the fighters would be pushed to the absolute limit of their physical abilities by fighting in divisonal tournaments while being only given, at the most, a month off between battles. While some of us within the MMA blogosphere felt that this could turn ugly if stars were suspended by the commission due to trauma, the gamble paid off for Bellator as they will see an end to their first season on Friday night with buzz circulating that the promotion will broadcast to English-speaking audiences in the fall.
Tim Sylvia Weighs In At 310 lbs For Mercer Fight Tonight !!!
The June 12 weigh-in event for Adrenaline III ‘Bragging Rights,’ featuring Tim Sylvia versus Ray Mercer, is officially in the books. The troubled MMA card is set to take place tonight (June 13) at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
All 28 fighters who tipped the scales yesterday made weight without incident — though former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia stunned the crowd with a scale-busting weight of 310 pounds for his MMA-turned-boxing-turned-MMA fight against former pugilist powerhouse Ray Mercer.
Sylvia-Mercer Goes MMA
Tim Sylvia and Ray Mercer will now meet in a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at Adrenaline III this Saturday at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala.
The matchup of former UFC champion and former boxing champion will headline 14 additional MMA bouts in the cage. The event will no longer be regulated.
Originally scheduled as a six-round boxing bout, Adrenaline owner and promoter Monte Cox said he made the decision to re-categorize the match on Thursday.
“I got a call from the Pennsylvania commissioner saying that the boxing match is illegal because we weren’t getting regulated by a U.S. commission,” said Cox on Thursday.
With no regulatory body present in Alabama, the Canadian-based River Cree Combative Sports Commission had agreed to step in and oversee the event.
Cox said he believed he had completed all the necessary requirements asked of him, which included procuring a letter from Alabama’s governor welcoming the Canadian commission into the jurisdiction.
However, Association of Boxing Commissions President Tim Lueckenhoff told Sherdog.com that neither he nor the ABC organization had been approached directly to regulate the bout. Further, Lueckenhoff said he’d thought Sylvia-Mercer would be an MMA contest and not a boxing bout. Lueckenhoff said federal law currently has no jurisdiction over MMA bouts, but laws are in place over boxing under the Professional Boxing Safety Act.
In a press release issued by the ABC on Thursday, the organization denounced the “unwarranted and illegal” boxing match. The release also noted that the River Cree commission, as well as referee John McCarthy, had withdrawn their involvement from the bout and event.
“Canadian boxing commissions are not authorized to supervise boxing matches in the U.S.; and, patently, it is wholly inappropriate for one representative from a Canadian boxing commission, together with an MMA referee, to supervise a boxing match,” said Bruce C. Spizler, chairman of the ABC legal committee in the release.
“I told the promoter I would do it if it was a sanctioned event,” McCarthy told Sherdog.com Thursday. “As soon as it became apparent that that would not happen, I pulled out.”
In March, it had been reported that the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) said it would not regulate the bout, prompting Cox to move the bout to another venue.
“Everyone thinks I came to Alabama because it’s unsanctioned here,” said Cox, “but why would I go to so much trouble to try and get this event regulated if that were the case?”
Cox also said the Mashantucket Pequot Athletic Commission, which oversees events at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, had agreed to regulate the event in March, but a financial agreement could not be reached with the casino.
The event was moved to Alabama for sponsorship opportunities, Cox said. Cox said he would not be able to procure new regulation for the event in time.
Full Card Set For Adrenaline 3 Event Saturday
The latest Adrenaline MMA event, Adrenaline 3, is set for Saturday night and Monte Cox has revealed the full card. The event will feature a mix of amateur and pro MMA fights headlined by a 6-round boxing fight between Ray Mercer and Tim Sylvia to be held in a cage instead of a ring.
6/28 DEEP Toyama Impact - Fight Order
DEEP have put together a good card for their DEEP Toyama Impact event. With 2 events in 3 days, it is impressive what they have managed. This will be a rare occation to see a title fight in the Toyama area, and it should be a good one too. The champion Miku Matsumoto will get a chance to revenge her loss to Lisa Ward, a loss that dates 3 years back and the only loss she is yet to revenge. This should be an awesome fight between 2 of the world's top female fighters.
Bellator Announces Final Event For 6/19
Bellator Fighting Championships today revealed the card for it's final first season event, Bellator 12 on 6/19. The 7-fight card is headlined by the Lightweight and Middleweight Tournament finals, featuring Eddie Alvarez vs. Toby Imada and Hector Lombard vs. Jared Hess, respectively, with notable names including Jorge Masvidal, Brad Pickett, and Rosi Sexton in undercard action.
Fujita vs. Ivanov, Akihiro Gono and Eiji Mitsuoka added to Sengoku Ninth Battle in August
A handful of participants, including recent UFC fighter Akihiro Gono and Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov (who is best known for defeating Fedor Emelianenko in a recent Sambo match) will compete in August at World Victory Road's Sengoku Ninth Battle event.
The show, expected to air on HDNet in North America, takes place Aug. 2 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In addition to Ivanov, who fights Kazuyuki Fujita, Eiji Mitsuoka will also compete on the card.
Opponents have not been named for Gono or Mitsuoka.
Jason MacDonald Returns At MFC 22: Payoff on September 25
Following his release from the UFC, “The Athlete” Jason MacDonald has recently confirmed that his next bout outside of the Octagon will be taking place on extremely familiar territory.
MacDonald made a name for himself with Canada’s MFC promotion, fighting a total of ten times under the MFC banner before being scooped up by the UFC in 2006 where he ended up going 5-5 with the organization before back to back losses to Wilson Gouveia and Nate Quarry brought upon his departure.
Considering the history it only seems fitting that MacDonald will make his return on his old stomping grounds at MFC 22: Payoff on September 25.
His opponent has yet to be determined, but according to MacDonald, it’s him against everyone as far as he’s concerned.
Upstart SHINE Fight Promotions announces "American Top Team vs. The World" card
Upstart Florida-based organization SHINE Fight Promotions recently announced its second event, "American Top Team vs. The World," scheduled for Aug. 1 at the 4,600-plus-seat James L. Knight Center in Miami.
The main event features American Top Team product Roan Carneiro vs. Chute Boxe's Jorge Patino.
Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale June 11 at Ticketmaster.com.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) is Launched
The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts today unveiled their plans for a series of events that will air on UK TV channel Bravo.
Holding a press conference at a trendy hotel in London’s West End, radio DJ Christian O’Connell was joined by members of Bravo, production company Giant TV and London MMA promoter Dave O’Donnell (formerly of Cage Rage).
O’Connell and co outlined the plans for a series of three events, to take place in June, August and September.
Using a tournament format, the June 27 event will see semi-finals of the lightweight, welterweight and middleweight brackets while the as yet unscheduled August show will feature featherweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight fighters. The finalists of each weight category will fight for titles on a September event.
The 3-hour long events will air on Bravo TV on a 24-hour delay.
Bellator IX Results (Middleweight Finals Now Set)
Bellator IX Middleweight Semi-Final Tournament bouts:
-Jared Hess def. Yosmany Cabezas by TKO at 4:26, R3
-Hector Lombard def. Damien Stelly by TKO (Strikes) at 2:56, R1
Bellator IX Non-tournament bouts:
-Nick Ring def. Isidro "Chilo" Gonzalez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:39, R1
-Shad Lierley def. Nate Murdock by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Alex Andrade def. Christian Fulgram by TKO at 2:01, R1
-Shawn Jordan def. Jayme McKinney by Submission at 0:30, R2
-Chan Leonhardt def. Dan Keenan by KO at 3:03, R1
-Chas Skelly def. Mike Braswell by Split Decision, R3
Tim Sylvia Returns To MMA In August
Tim Sylvia will be fighting for a "very high profile" mixed martial arts organisation in August, Fighters Only can exclusively reveal.
The former UFC heavyweight champion says that contracts for the summer fight have been drawn up but not signed.
"We have the contract at home, I am just waiting to get back and send it out," he said. "I'm not allowed to say right now what the show is or who my opponent is."
Arlovski vs. Rogers added to June 6 Strikeforce event
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will step in for injured Strikeforce heavyweight titleholder Alistair Overeem against Team Bison member Brett “The Grim” Rogers at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6.
Overeem has pulled out of the fight with a hand injury.
The Fight Network learned of the heavyweight contest from sources close to both fighters.
Rogers (9-0) is coming off a second-round TKO win over Abongo Humphrey at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” on April 11. A veteran of the now-defunct Elite Xtreme Combat organization, Rogers boasts wins over heavyweight sluggers Jon Murphy and James Thompson.
Arlovski (15-6), meanwhile, has not seen action since challenging Fedor Emelianenko for the WAMMA heavyweight title at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” on January 24. Training under Freddie Roach, one of boxing’s most highly acclaimed coaches, the Belarussian hopes to rebound from a first-round knockout against “The Last Russian Emperor” and move one step closer to putting gold back around his waist.
“The Pitbull,” who will be making his first appearance for the California-based Strikeforce promotion, was initially rumored to make his professional boxing debut in the aftermath of the loss to Emelianenko. But Arlovski is now set to return to his mixed martial arts roots against the less experienced Rogers.
A former UFC heavyweight champion, Arlovski has recorded wins over Roman Zentsov, Vladimir Matyushenko, Wesley Correira, Tim Sylvia, Paul Buentello, Fabricio Werdum, Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson throughout his 10-year career.
The winner of this fight will likely go on to challenge heavyweight kingpin Overeem for the title later this year.
Matyushenko decisions Lambert at Call To Arms
ONTARIO, Calif. –- Vladimir Matyushenko wrestled his way to a unanimous decision over Jason Lambert in the light heavyweight main event for Clean Kill’s Call To Arms at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena. Matyushenko took the cards with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
In an active first round, the UFC veterans kept mostly to their shared bread-and-butter discipline, which led to some feverish pummeling scrambles for control. Both connected with strikes in their brief exchanges, but Matyushenko excelled with peppering shots in the clinch.
The determined Belarusian threw body shots and looping hooks in the second, before scooping Lambert up for the takedown. Lambert (23-10) did his best to pull off a guillotine attempt, but the pair was back on their feet in short fashion. Matyushenko (22-4) snuck in another takedown for good measure before the bell.
Lambert nailed a crucial takedown at the top of third round, and nearly took advantage with a flurry of shots that had referee Larry Landless hovering. However, Matyushenko mustered a reversal and a final takedown in the last two minutes to secure victory.
DEEP Women's Champ Miku Goes For Revenge On 6/28
The DEEP promotion (Japan) has announced a title match for their 6/28 event pitting their Women's Lightweight Champion, Miku Matsumoto, against Lisa Ward as the main event in a rematch from September 2006. Ward won that fight in the now-defunct Smackgirl promotion and to date is the only loss that Miku has yet to avenge, she's beaten the other 2 fighters to defeat her in her career since those losses. Miku also puts a 3 1/2 year 10-fight winning streak on the line dating back to after the loss to Ward.