Overeem, Rizzo, "Ninja," Monson and Speer part of Bitetti Combat 5
A handful of notables, including former UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo, one-time top UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson and PRIDE veteran Murilo "Ninja" Rua, have been announced for the next installment of Bitetti Combat.
Bitetti Combat 5 takes place Dec. 12 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Rizzo (17-9), who defeated Monson via unanimous decision at Bitetti Combat 4 in September, meets Dutch PRIDE veteran Valentijn Overeem (26-24) in the night's headliner.
Overeem, who's defeated the likes of Renato "Babalu" Sobral (2000) and Randy Couture (2001) during his 14-year career, is the older brother of Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
Rua (17-10-1), who looks to build off a 39-second knockout of Alex Stiebling at the latest Bitetti Combat show, takes on M-1 Challenge vet Jason Jones (14-7).
In other bouts, Monson (31-9) meets WEC vet Glover Teixeira (7-2), veteran Travis Wiuff (57-13) looks for his fourth straight win when he meets Brazilian Fabio Maldonado (12-3), and "The Ultimate Fighter 6" runner-up Tommy Speer (13-4) meets Eduardo Pamplona (12-2), a winner of seven straight.
‘Ninja’ Rua back in December in Sao Paulo
After the quick knockout victory at Bitetty Combat 4, needing less than 40 seconds to knock Alex Stiebling out, Murilo “Ninja” Rua spoke with TATAME.com and revealed he’ll be back to the rings at December 12, at Bitetti Combtat’s fifth edition.
MFC Strips & Releases Champion Trevor Prangley
A surprise move was made Sunday night by Canada's Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC) promotion-their Light Heavyweight Champion, Trevor Prangley, was stripped of the title and released. Sunday night’s press release explained, “The move was required when Prangley violated his contract by signing with two smaller organizations while under contract with the MFC. Prangley’s management was informed of the violation after the first offense, but Prangley agreed to fight again outside of the MFC in blatant disregard of his signed exclusive contact.” Prangley claims he got a bit of a run-around from MFC management/ownership.
UFC vet Xavier Foupa-Pokam headlines Dec. 3 Tachi Palace Fights 2 event
Tachi Palace Fights, the reincarnation of the once-popular Palace Fighting Championships, returns for its second show on Dec. 3, and the organization has secured recent UFC fighter Xavier Foupa-Pokam for the night's main event.
The French kickboxer takes on Mike Moreno in a middleweight bout.
Other notables on the card, which takes place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., include Diego Saraiva, Cyrille Diabate and Kyle Pimentel.
Bellator strikes landmark broadcasting deal with FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo
Bellator Fighting Championships will shift from its original home on Spanish-language ESPN Deportes to FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo for the next two seasons, the U.S.-based mixed-martial-arts promotion today announced.
Live events will air Thursday nights on FOX Sports Net affiliates, and highlights packages will run Saturday nights on both NBC and the Spanish-language Telemundo.
"It was my dream scenario," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney admitted to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the landmark broadcast alliance.
The deal with FOX Sports Net and NBC Universal (which owns both NBC and Telemundo) kicks off with the 12-week season two of Bellator, which commences April 8, and continues into season three, which begins Aug. 12.
Joe Warren vs. Rumina Sato at Vale Tudo Japan '09
At today's "GIG TOKYO" show in Shinjuku Face, Shooto promoter Sustain revealed the addition of a major fight to the rapidly approaching Vale Tudo Japan '09 (10/30). Previously announced participant Rumina Sato (24-14-2) has found an opponent in former DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix semifinalist Joe Warren (2-1). The bout will be contested at 63kg (~139 lbs.) under "VTJ Rules," which include legal stomps and knees to the head of a downed opponent.
Thales Leites joins Maximum Fighting Championships
The detractors have said their piece — now it’s time to prove them wrong.
That is the sentiment coming from the camp of Thales Leites, who has officially signed on to join the middleweight ranks in the Maximum Fighting Championship. In all likelihood, the standout Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace will make his debut with the organization at MFC 23: Unstoppable on Dec. 4 – quite possibly against another top-ranked title contender, Bryan Baker.
UFC Signs Another KOTC Champion
First Tim Hague, then Mike Guymon, and now UFC has signed a 3rd King Of The Cage Champion in just the last several months. The latest one to sign is Rory MacDonald, a 4-year-pro who's only 20 but is a perfect 9-0 and is the KOTC Lightweight Champion. Terms not disclosed and no debut date set, but he's expected to move up to Welterweight in UFC.
Yves Edwards TKOs fellow 50-fight vet Kyle Jensen at weekend Raging Wolf event
After back-to-back losses and a 4-7 record from 2005 to mid-2008, UFC and PRIDE veteran Yves Edwards was worried that his once-dominant reputation would be spoiled upon his exit from the fight game.
This past weekend, though, the 33-year-old Edwards (36-15-1) continued his comeback and picked up his second straight victory with a first-round TKO win over fellow 50-fight veteran and former WEC fighter Kyle Jensen (39-11-2).
The bout headlined Raging Wolf's fifth event, "Mayhem in the Mist," a pro-am card at the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center, which is part of the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in New York.
Gunderson Returns After Controversal Win
"When John “Quick Guns” Gunderson faced off against Fabian Acuna for the Ring of Fire lightweight title this past August, no one could have anticipated the eventual outcome of the fight.
Half way through the first round Gunderson attempted to secure a submission. Acuna yelped in pain, causing the referee to stop the fight thinking that Acuna had verbally submitted, giving Gunderson the win"
Easton-Beebe Changed to 'No Decision'
"The main event had just gone the distance, and promoter Marcello Foran entered the cage holding his promotion’s bantamweight title belt.
He approached former WEC champion Chase Beebe, of Chicago, who looked to have just taken, at the very least, three of five rounds against champion and hometown favorite Mike Easton at UWC 7 Saturday in Fairfax, Va."
Such a surprise.
Overeem Facing Tony Sylvster, Not Sam Hoger, At 10/17 Golden Glory Event
Despite prior reports that Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem would face former UFC fighter Sam Hoger at Golden Glory's 10/17 event, the promotion has ultimately chosen Tony Sylvster to face Overeem instead. If Overeem wins he could defend his title against Fedor in early 2010 pending Fedor beating Brett Rogers, but Overeem can't overlook Sylvster-he's 8-1 over the last 4 years with the only loss being to Chris Tuchscherer.
MFC 22 live tonight on HDNET : Jason Macdonald vs Travis Lutter
Jason MacDonald (185.5) vs. Travis Lutter (185.5)
Antonio McKee (156) vs. Carlo Prater (158)
John Alessio (169.5) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (171)
Mike Nickels (206) vs. David Heath (205)
Marvin Eastman (205) vs. Ryan Jimmo (204.5)
Pete Spratt (171) vs. Nathan Gunn (170)
Jared Kilkenny (205) vs. Dwayne Lewis (204)
Paapa Inkumusha (169.5) vs. Jason Heit (170)
Joe Christopher (171) vs. Andrew Buckland (170.5)
Jesse MacDougall (168) vs. Nick Hrynchshyn (170)
MFC Champ Antonio McKee: 'I'm the Best Wrestler in MMA'
Antonio McKee has been known to fight a methodical (safe) style due to small paydays, but now that there's more money involved, he plans on shedding his reputation of decisions at Friday's MFC 22 against Carlo Prater in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
"You're going to get a standup war in this fight," said McKee, who has been undefeated since a 2003 decision loss to Karo Parisyan. "If I lose this fight it's because I stood up and I tried to bang and I got caught."
In this exclusive interview with FanHouse, McKee explains his safe fighting style in the past that sacrificed entertainment, and why he believes there is no lightweight out there that can beat him – including UFC champ BJ Penn.
Thales Leites Signs With MFC
Former UFC Middleweight Thales Leites, cut after losing consecutive UFC decisions to Anderson Silva and Alessio Sakara, has signed with Canada's Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC). He is scheduled to debut at MFC 23 on December 4.
Tachi Palace Fights adds Joe Soto vs. Mike Christensen at debut event on Oct. 8
The soon-to-debut Tachi Palace Fights organization recently announced that undefeated Bellator featherweight champ Joe Soto (7-0) would appear on its first-ever card on Oct. 8 in Lemoore, Calif.
Now organization officials have found an opponent for "The Hammer."
Soto meets Californian prospect Mike Christensen (4-0) on the evening's main card, which takes place outdoors at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino.
Tim Sylvia has surgery, plans new year's return
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia finally got back on track, defeating Jason Riley recently at Adrenaline MMA 4 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. But just as quickly, he was derailed.
Bouncing back from the first three-fight skid of his career, Sylvia broke his right hand in the fight with Riley, taking him out of a possible bout fighting in Dream’s new hexagon cage on Oct. 25 in Japan.