Bellator FC Open To Working With Strikeforce
You’d be hard pressed to find an avid MMA fan that didn’t want to see Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson face off with East Coast standout Eddie Alvarez. While Thomson carries the belt of an organization poised to be the next serious player in the MMA market, Alvarez’s popularity in recent years has run parallel to the American Kickboxing Academy product. In November, Alvarez signed a deal with Bellator Fighting Championships, whose 12-week tournament based show debuts on ESPN Deportes in April. But Bjorn Rebney, CEO of Bellator FC, says there is room for Alvarez, and others, to roam. And that includes Strikeforce.
Spoiled "Cabbage": Correira Suspended In Contract Dispute
Wesley Correira isn't exactly the most appealing form of "Cabbage" right now. The CSAC has temporarily suspended him for failing to satisfy a one-fight contract to face Buddy Clinton at a co-promoted Wargods and Ken Shamrock Productions event on Feb. 13 in Fresno, Calif. Correira claims it was because his fight purse would be halved to offset costs of last-minute medical tests. As part of the suspension, Correira says he must hold up his end of an agreement he signed with the California-based promotion before he would be licensed to fight anywhere else in the state again. That could be sometime in May.
Paulo Filho Looking At April Return
Paulo Filho – Everything points to April 3rd, in the United States. The event will be broadcast on ESPN, and should be in Las Vegas. I don’t know the name of the event yet, my agent is coming to Brazil will all the papers for me to sign. I just know I’ll fight on the 3rd and want to get back in the ring.
Lombard Defends Again At CFC 7 In Sydney
Middleweight Championship bout
-Ron Verdadero v Hector “Shango” Lombard
Crowd favorite and CFC veteran Hector “Shango” Lombard returned to Sydney, Australia, to defend his CFC championship belt against the tough Hawaiian Ron Verdadero.
After a warm welcome, Shango wasted no time landing a big right hand that put Verdadero down. Lombard chased in, but Verdadero was already recovering from the hook. Lombard took the opportunity to get his stunned opponent’s back, standing up and delivering a huge suplex that almost put Verdadero out again. Quick to finish it off, Lombard delivered some vicious ground strikes, eventually forcing the TKO.
UWC results for ‘Man ‘O’ War:’ Patterson submits Britt quick
Here are the full results for UWC 5: “Man ‘O’ War:”
Mike “The Hulk” Easton defeats Justin Robbins via submission (guillotine) at 4:44 of round three
Jamal “The Suit” Patterson defeats Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt via submission (guillotine) at 0:44 of round one
John “The Magician” Dodson defeats Jose “The Pistol” Villarisco via unanimous decision
Richie “The Dirty Samurai” Hightower vs. Marcus Foran was ruled a No Contest
Ron “The Choir Boy” Stallings defeats Whisper “Gorilla” Goodman via knockout (knees) at 4:56 of round one
Cody “Donnybrook” Donovan defeats John Doyle via technical knockout (strikes) at 2:33 of round one
Iman “Mannie” Achhal defeats Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig via split decision
Kyle “The Alleycat” Baker defeats Levon “The Main Man” Maynard via technical knockout (strikes) at 2:33 of round two
Kris “Savage” McCray defeats Manny “Postura” Okorie via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:51 of round one
MFC 20 Results - Thompson & Healy Win
Defending his Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight title for the first time, Pat Healy for the second time defeated top prospect Ryan Ford by split decision after a five-round war on Friday night in Canada.
Taking the original fight on short notice, Healy had a full camp to prepare for Ford this time and it showed as he was able to take down the powerful wrestler multiple times in the bout, while also taking his back several times.
Ford was able to overpower Healy at many turns in the fight, but the Team Quest fighter used his wealth of experience to stay out of trouble and work for position, while pawing at the Canadian with submission attempts in numerous rounds.
The final round saw a back and forth war, but as the fight was closing Healy actually locked on a "twister" that saw Ford's neck wrenched backwards, and if not for the time expiring the champion may have caused the tapout.
"XCF: Rumble in Racetown" salaries: Frank Trigg and Terry Martin top earners
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $52,400.
The full list of payouts included:
Frank Trigg: $10,000 (no win bonus)
def. Danny Babcock: $1,500
Zak Cummings: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Terry Martin: $10,000
Jesse Taylor: $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus)
def. Gert Kocani: $800
Marcus Jones: $3,500 (no win bonus)
def. John Juarez: $1,000
T.J. Cook: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Scott Harper: $2,000
Todd Cutler: $1,500 (includes $750 win bonus)
def. Jeremy May: $2,000
Gilbert Burgos: $1,500 (includes $750 win bonus)
def. Chris Thorne: $800
Ryan Keenan: $1,000 (includes $500 win bonus)
def. Blake Bowman: $1,000
Vagner Rocha: $500 (no win bonus)
def. Allen Arzeno: $300
"Wargods: Valentine's Eve Massacre" salaries: Shamrock and "Tank" paydays
According to the CSAC, the Wargods events drew 2,805 attendees for a $90,745 live gate.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $82,150.
The full list of payouts included:
Ken Shamrock: $25,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ross Clifton: $4,000
Mike Moreno: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Gary Padilla: $2,500
David "Tank" Abbott: $20,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mike Bourke: $5,000
Isaac De Jesus: $3,500 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Ashe Bowman: $2,000
Rick Reeves: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Nate James: $1,500
Josh Haynes: $3,000 (no win bonus)
def. Rafael Del Real: $2,500
Zoila Fravsto: $1,250 (includes $500 win bonus)
def. Karina Hallinan: $750
Ron Kessler: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Darrin Freeman: $1,250
Daley Misses Weight for MFC 20
Paul Daley failed to make weight for his bout with former Bodog Fight welterweight champion Nick Thompson at Maximum Fighting Championship 20. Daley checked in at 171.5 pounds at Thursday’s official weigh-in and will forfeit 25 percent of his pay to Thompson.
“I really want to apologize to the MFC and to Nick Thompson for missing weight,” Daley said. “I don’t know why; I hope I’m not making this a habit. Maybe it’s, in part, [due] to the 20-hour flight.”
Daley (19-7-2) has missed weight for each of his past two fights. In December, he came in four pounds overweight for his bout with UFC veteran John Alessio at MFC 19. Daley defeated Alessio by technical knockout midway through the second round.
Lightweight Ryan Couture earns second amateur win in TUFF-N-UFF main event
The name Couture carries a lot of weight in the Las Vegas fight scene.
As far as Art Martinez was concerned, that weight was about 155 pounds.
Martinez offered Ryan Couture no more respect in the main event of Saturday's TUFF-N-UFF Amateur Fighting Championship than he would any other opponent, though the Team Fubar fighter's feelings may have changed on the Orleans Arena canvas as he tapped out 28 seconds into the second round.
Trigg edges Babcock, Martin upset by Cummings at XCF
Frank Trigg def. Danny Babcock via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Zak Cummings def. Terry Martin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jesse Taylor def. Gert Kocani via submission (rear-naked choke) -- Round 2, 4:45
Marcus Jones def. John Juarez via TKO (punches) -- Round 1, 1:39
T.J. Cook def. Scott Harper via KO (punch) -- Round 1, 1:37
Todd Cutler def. Jeremy May via TKO (punches) -- Round 1, 4:07
Gilbert Burgos def. Chris Thorne via TKO (doctor's stoppage) -- Round 1, 1:17
Ryan Keenan def. Blake Bowman via TKO (strikes) -- Round 1, 4:29
First BFC Tournament draw complete!
Many believe the formation of the British Fighting Championship is the biggest step forward in British MMA to date, and the draw for the first tournament is done! Be part of what promises to be a phenomenal and check out some of these truly amazing fights.
The BFC tournaments feature 7 weight classes, the lower five weight classes, 135-185lb showcasing 16 fighters, the light-heavyweight featuring 12 and heavyweight holding 8 fighters.
British Fighting Championship (BFC) Tournament Pairings Announced
The British Fighting Championship is serious, make no mistake about that, and Friday’s press conference was the culmination of 18 months of behind the scenes work by the promoters involved. Convened at the Ultimate Training Centre in Birmingham, England, the respective heads of Cage Warriors, FX3, Ultimate Force, AMMA and, although not physically present, the Ultimate Warrior Challenge, announced initial tournament draws via a lottery.
From initial announcement of their plans, applications for participation in the new series have been flowing in thick and fast with fighters from all over the U.K., both established and upstarts. The layout of the BFC will run in a similar way to the defunct PRIDE tournaments for heavyweights, middleweights, and so on. With the names matched, fights will then take place over the course of the year, leading to quarterfinals, semi-finals, and final matchups to determine the British Fighting Champion of 2009 in each weight category.