Rani Yahya meets RFA standout Matthew Lopez at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
July’s UFC debut in South Dakota has a new bantamweight matchup, officials today announced.
Veteran Rani Yahya (21-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and promotional newcomer Matthew Lopez (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have been booked for the event.
The latest UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes:
Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
'WSOF: Who’s The Toughest?' program to recruit 2 military vets for WSOF 35 bout
Thanks to a new recruiting program, two military vets will fight on an upcoming WSOF card.
Officials today told MMAjunkie that “WSOF: Who’s The Toughest?” will help further the fighting careers of military veterans who are currently competing or hope to compete in MMA.
The first two recruits will meet at WSOF 35. The event is slated for Nov. 12 – the same night as UFC 205 in New York City, and one day after Veterans Day – at a location to be determined. As with other WSOF events, it’s expected to air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
‘TUF 12’ Winner Brookins Rematches Ishiwatari for BW Crown at Pancrase 279 Title Doubleheader
Pancrase's July 24 card at Differ Ariake in Tokyo will feature a title doubleheader, albeit under unconventional circumstances.
The long-tenured Japanese promotion announced Monday that “Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins will return to the promotion to challenge bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari for the title in the main event of Pancrase 279. The 30-year-old Brookins made his promotional debut in November 2014, defeating Ishiwatari by unanimous decision in a three-round non-title affair and has not fought since. Despite not being listed in Pancrase's official rankings and not having fought for over 18 months, the previous win was enough to earn title bid for the yogi Brookins, who now trains out of Tristar Gym in Montreal.
Injury forces Ramazan Emeev to withdraw from M-1 Challenge 68 vs. Alexander Shlemenko
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (May 14, 2016) – An elbow injury has forced M-1 Challenge middleweight champion Ramazan Emeev (pictured to left) to withdraw from his June 16th showdown with Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko at M-1 Challenge 68 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Emeev (14-3-0, M-1: 8-1-0) suffered a torn ligament in his elbow during training camp, postponing his M-1 Grand Prix Middleweight Championship fight against Shlemenko(52-9-0, M-1: 3-0-0) to a future date pending Emeev’s recovery period.
M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Alexander “Drago” Volkov (25-6-0, M-1: 9-3-0) will make his first title defense against Attila “Pumuklo” Vegh (29-6-2, M-1: 0-0-0) at M-1 Challenge 68. A match between Russian middleweight Valery “The Russian Hammer” Myasnikov (10-1-1, M-1: 1-1-1) and Spanish veteran Enoc Solves Torres(18-9-0, M-1: 5-6-0) has also been announced for the June 16th card.
Mir echoes kanagaroo meat sentiment in light of failed 'B' sample drug test
Last month, it was revealed that Frank Mir tested positive for oral turiabol metabolites - an anabolic steroid - for his in-competition drug test relating to UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Hunt.
Mir, who lost via first round KO to 'Super Samoan', hinted that tainted kangaroo meat in Australia was perhaps responsible for his failed drug test, and the two-time heavyweight champion is using the same argument to defend his 'B' sample, which also flagged for performance-enhancing drugs.
Mir cited NFL lineman Duane Brown on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast (per MMA Fighting), whose positive drug test for clenbuterol stemmed from tainted beef he ate in Mexico.
Marlon Moraes and Josh Hill rematch in WSOF 32 main event
Josh Hill managed to win one round the first time he and Marlon Moraes battled in the WSOF cage. Given Moraes’ dominance of the bantamweight division, that’s enough to earn Hill another crack at the champ.
A WSOF press release today announced the bout.
Moraes (16-4-1) and Hill (14-1) will meet in the new main event of WSOF 32. The event takes place July 30 at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash., north of Seattle. The main card will air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
RFA 40 features Chico Camus vs. Czar Sklavos headliner on July 15 in Minnesota
Officials today announced veterans Chico Camus (15-7) and Czar Sklavos (12-4) are set to headline the show.
RFA 40 takes place July 15 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., and the main card airs on AXS TV.
The latest RFA 40 card includes:
Chico Camus vs. Czar Sklavos
Marvin Blumer vs. Terrion Ware
Austen Heidlage vs. Chase Waldon
Alex Gilpin vs. Dan Moret
Chad Curry vs. Carl Wittstock
Prestige FC 7 Cancelled Due to Ongoing Wildfire
As we are sure you assumed, the Prestige FC 7 card on June 3rd has been postponed. Many of the people involved in the Ft McMurray MMA scene have lost their homes in the fire and others had family and friends who lost theirs. At this time the residence of Ft Mac aren’t sure when they will be allowed to return to their homes. We had hopes we could still hold the show as scheduled and give the locals an event they could enjoy during a terrible time, however the situation is worse than we first thought and holding an event four weeks from now would be impossible.
As a group we would like to thank the Canadian MMA community, and fans of Canadian MMA, for their incredible support! We would also like to encourage all promotions across Canada that are currently booking fights to put Jesse Ronson, Matt Dwyer, Cody Krahn, Luke Spicer, and Leroy Noltcho at the top of your list. These men have been great to work with and have been nothing but professional since we signed them to fight for Prestige. All are ready and will be looking for a promotion to fight for.
BAMMA 26 postponed in order to implement new medical standards
European Mixed Martial Arts promotion BAMMA have made the decision to postpone their June 4, BAMMA 26 event in order to implement new medical standards.
The event was scheduled to take place at Dublin’s 3Arena and was set to be headlined by Light-Heavyweight title fight, Paul Craig versus Ireland’s own Chris Fields. The card will now take place on September 10th and is fully expected to still take place in Ireland.
MMA in Ireland has found itself under a microscope recently, with the unfortunate passing of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho in April. In light of this, BAMMA have made the decision to introduce mandatory annual pre-fight MRI/MRA scans for all of their fighters.
Titan FC hires Jessica Aguilar as WMMA matchmaker, signs Carina Damm
Despite recent concerns regarding the overall health of the organization, Titan FC is continuing their expansion in a surprising direction. The Florida-based organization has recently announced that they would be implementing weight classes for women to compete in the promotion at both strawweight and flyweight. They have also announced the signing of longtime veteran Carina Damm to start off their divisions.
One of the most seasoned active competitors in WMMA, Aguilar has fought around the world in almost every major organization. Her time in Bodog, HOOKnSHOOT, Bellator and World Series of Fighting, along with her current UFC run appear to be a factor, providing her with insight into how women's divisions work and what kind of talent and matchups the organization looking to showcase.
Rizin Fighting’s Ultimate Goal is to Have UFC Send its Champions to Rizin Grand Prix
Rizin Fighting Federation has rekindled the fighting spirit of Pride FC in Japan, bringing in fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, and Kazushi Sakuraba. The foundation of the promotion, however, is its eight-man Grand Prix.
Rizin has built its Grand Prix not by signing all the fighters it can find, but by inviting fighters from partnering promotions around the globe to send their fighters to compete. Rizin’s first Grand Prix winner was Bellator’s King Mo Lawal.
Returning to the Grand Prix format in 2016, Rizin president and former Pride executive Nobuyuki Sakakibara said that the first round of the 2016 Grand Prix will begin in September and conclude with the promotion’s big New Year’s event.
Invicta FC 17 results: Evinger retains at bantamweight, Hill captures strawweight belt
Colleen Schneider was as high as a +400 underdog entering her shot at Tonya Evinger and the bantamweight title at Invicta FC 17. She came up short, but showed enough to suggest she may have deserved a little more respect at the sportsbooks.
Schneider (10-7) was game for five rounds against Evinger (18-5) never backing down from her more experienced and accomplished opponent. However, Evinger simply had more tools available as she repeatedly used trip takedowns to grind away for a unanimous decision victory.
M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Ivan Buchinger to defend title June 4 vs. undefeated challenger Magomed Idrisov
M-1 Global has announced that M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Ivan “Buki” Buchinger will defend his title against undefeated challenger Magomed Idrisov, headlining M-1 Challenge 67,June 4 at Baku, Azerbaijan.
Also announced is a fight between undefeated Kazakh welterweight prospectShavkat Rakjmonov and Brazilian veteran Carlos Alexandre “Indio” Pereira.
M-1 Challenge 67 will be streamed live from Azerbaijan in high definition onwww.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.
Martin Svensson Returns to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
London, England May 5th 2016:The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the latest addition to its lightweight division, Swede, Martin Svensson (14-6 MMA | 2-1 CWFC) to an exclusive multi-fight deal.
The Swedish star originally signed for Cage Warriors in January 2014 as a featherweight following a decision loss to Jim Alers in a CWFC title challenge at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in September 2013. Alers went onto compete in the UFC while Svensson immediately rebounded with wins against the highly regarded British veteran Robbie Olivier at CWFC 66 in March 2014 and former CWFC Title challenger Dave Hill at CWFC 71 in August 2014.
Veteran Fighter Blas Avena Found Dead, Police Suspect Suicide
Thirty-two-year-old mixed martial artist Blas Avena was found deceased in his Las Vegas apartment on Wednesday. Las Vegas Metro Police are investigating his passing as a possible suicide.
“Arriving police and medical personnel located an adult male who was pronounced deceased at the scene. As of now, the death is being investigated as a suicide,” a LVMPD spokesperson told TMZ.
Norman Parke vs Vlado Sikic set for Final Fight Championship in September
Norman Parke announced on his Facebook page today that he has signed with FCC (Final Fight Championship) in Austria and will be fighting undefeated striker Vlado Sikic (10-0-1) in September 2016.
Parke’s recent release from the UFC was seen as harsh by most fans after the Northern Irishman had gone 5-3-1 inside the promotion with his losses coming via close decisions.
Sikic has 9 finishes from his 10 wins, with only his debut and his draw with Islam Maganadov going to a decision.