Wilson Reis to headline second Bellator event at Mohegan Sun on April 10
Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that Bellator II (the second event of the highly anticipated 12-week tournament series airing on ESPN Deportes) will be hosted by Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., on April 10, 2009. The second nationally and internationally-televised event hosted by Mohegan Sun will occur Friday, June 12, 2009 and will feature a Bellator World Championship bout.
The fight card is detailed below:
145 lbs. — Wilson Reis (6-0) vs. Henry Martinez (5-1)
155 lbs. — Thomas Schulte (18-6) vs. Ivan Iberico (7-1/27-1)
170 lbs. — Lyman Good (7-0) vs. Hector Urbina (12-4)
170 lbs. — Jorge Ortiz (15-4) vs. Aaron Romero (5-2)
170 lbs. — Dave Menne (42-15) vs. Norman Paraisy (5-0)
170 lbs. — Omar De La Cruz (3-1) vs. Victor Meza (9-0)
Ricco Rodriguez To PFC, Possible Title Shot Imminent
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez has signed a 3-fight deal with Palace Fighting Championship (PFC) and a shot at the PFC Heavyweight Championship, currently vacant, appears imminent. His first PFC fight is May 8, but it's not yet known if he'll get to fave Lavar Johnson for the vacant title.
Ken Shamrock vs Bobby Lashley CONFIRMED!
Sources close to Bloody Elbow can exclusively confirm that the heretofore unnamed opponent of former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley set to square off at Roy Jones Jr.'s mixed boxing and MMA event known as "March Badness" is none other than Ken Shamrock.
Emily Thompson vs. Erin Toughill added to PFC 13: Validation
The Palace Fighting Championships has added a female feature to its May 8 event, "PFC 13: Validation," as Emily Thompson (3-0) will meet Erin Toughill (9-2-1).
Sources close to the bout alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the addition to the card.
PFC 13 is scheduled for May 8 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Bellator On ESPN Deportes - 1st Event Details
Upstart promotion Bellator Fighting Championships on Thursday announced the first of a 12-week event series featuring tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight classes.
The first bracket of the tournament will debut on April 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Featherweights and lightweights will be featured.
Confirmed for the card:
-Eddie Alvarez vs. Daniel Morales
-Jorge Masvidal vs. Diego Garijo
-Nick Gonzalez vs. Yahir Reyes
-Estevan Payan vs. Luis Palomino
-Joe Soto vs. Ben Greer
The event’s press release also promises additional non-tournament bouts, as well as a female bout featuring American Top Team’s Jessica Aguilar.
The event will be broadcast the following day in primetime on ESPN Desportes, the pre-eminent sport channel’s Spanish-language counterpart.
KING MO - King of Pancrase versus King Mo
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal - Sengoku VII
PunchDrunkGamer's Justin Bolduc sat down with rising prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to talk about his upcoming fight against King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura at Sengoku Seventh Battle, as well as his background, his training partners, and his career.
Pa. to allow MMA bouts in the state
Pennsylvania has joined the growing number of states to allow Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, events within its borders.
The State Athletic Commission announced today it had adopted final regulations that will allow for the ulta-rough bouts popularized on cable sports networks to be held in the Keystone State.
It's about time!
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