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.
Free of AFL, Rafael Assuncao seeking April return
As the Kentucky-based American Fight League continues forward under a self-imposed hiatus, one of its most successful fighters is looking for a new home.
Featherweight Rafael Assuncao (12-1) has been granted his release from the AFL and is now seeking an April return to action.
Considered by many MMA analysts to be among the world's top-10 145-pounders, Assuncao today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the WEC and soon-to-debut Bellator Fighting Championships are the top contenders for his services.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller Vs. Kala Kolohe Hose to Headline Kingdom MMA
The weekend of March 28th will mark the return of World Class mixed martial arts to the Blaisdell Arena. "I started MMA in Hawaii when nobody gave it a chance. I am more excited today about KINGDOM than I was in the early years about Super Brawl." said T.Jay Thompson, Founder Super Brawl/ICON Sport/KINGDOM mma. "We will hold the inaugural event on either Saturday March 28th or Sunday March 29th (final scheduling with Blaisdell Arena pending).
ICON Sport champion Kala Kolohe is eager to prove he is the deserving 185lb Champion in the KINGDOM as he prepares to take on super-star Jason "Mayhem" Miller. "I have already been having dreams of fighting Mr. Miller. He was a great champion. But he gained his fame from the Hawaiian fans and then turned his back on us. He better be ready for a war .....Hawaiian style!" stated Kala Kalohe.
Bellator Fighting Championships' latest signings add international flavor
The ESPN Deportes-backed Bellator Fighting Championships has signed four additional fighters (from four different countries) for its quickly expanding roster.
The latest round of signings includes Spanish middleweight Daniel Tabera, Mexican featherweight Yahir Reyes, American lightweight Toby Imada and Canadian featherweight Ben Greer.
Each of the four competitors will compete in his respective division's 12-week, eight-man tournament, which could earn each winner $250,000.
Fedor possibly Fighting Alek's on the 21st
On February, 21-th a regular Russian Combat Sambo championship will take place in Nizhny Novgorod. An epic case will occur again - both Emelianenko brothers are set to compete in the same +100 kg weight division. That means there is a chance to witness them takeing on each other in the finals. Stay tuned.
MFC 20: ‘Destined for Greatness’ fight card announced for Feb. 20
The Maximum Fighting Championship, one of the elite mixed martial arts organizations in North America, is excited to announce its full card for MFC 20: Destined for Greatness which will take place on Friday, February 20 at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
MFC 20 will be broadcast live throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico on Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights.
“This is unquestionably the best show we’ve ever put together,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “I wanted to start 2009 with a bang that the whole world would notice and that has been accomplished in a big way.”
Olympian Ben Askren, UFC Vet Din Thomas Win In Missouri
Former Olympian and two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Ben Askren's first professional MMA fight was a quick one.
Askren (1-0), a former University of Missouri wrestler, scored a first-round TKO of Josh Flowers (0-3) at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia, Mo., at the debut Headhunters Fight League event.
Askren, the head wrestling instructor at American Top Team of Missouri, scored an early takedown and forced an 84-second stoppage after a subsequent ground-and-pound assault.
Bellator exclusively signs Gonzalez, Soto, Garijo and Aguilar
The upstart Bellator Fighting Championships, which is set to launch on ESPN Deportes in April, today announced four additional signings for its quickly filling fighter roster.
Featherweights Nick Gonzalez and Joe Soto, middleweight Edwin Aguilar and lightweight Diego Garijo were all signed to exclusive deals.
Each fighter will compete in his respective division's 12-week, eight-man tournament.
Lashley, Lombard scratched from PFC: Best of Both Worlds
American Top Team Fighters Bobby Lashley (1-0) and Hector Lombard (17-2-1) have been forced to withdraw from their planned bouts at the Palace Fighting Championship's upcoming hybrid MMA/boxing card, "Best of Both Worlds."
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the pair's departures from sources close to the event.
"PFC: Best of Both Worlds" is scheduled for Feb. 6 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Lashley was forced off the card due to an ankle ligament injury suffered in a recent training session. The extent of the injury and potential layoff for recovery is unknown at this time.
The heavyweight prospect and former collegiate wrestling champion was slated to face fellow undefeated up-and-comer Mike Hayes. Lashley made his MMA debut in December 2008 with a 41-second TKO win over fellow first-time-fighter Joshua Franklin.
A replacement for the former professional wrestler has not yet been named.
Lombard had long been considered for the event, though his participation was never officially announced by the organization. The former Cuban judoka has been fighting professionally since 2004 and was looking to make his long-awaited U.S. debut.
The PRIDE, DEEP and SpiritMC veteran will pass on the Feb. 6 date in favor of a previously signed April appearance for Bellator Fighting Championships, a debuting promotion slated for broadcast on ESPN Deportes.
Britain's Strongest Man to Make MMA Debut
When Oli Thompson makes his MMA debut at Ultimate Challenge UK (07 Feb 2009) - it will mark an interesting career change. Thompson, who takes on Ashley Pollard at the Troxy in East London, has already been a champion in another field.
Minotouro fights at Jungle Fight in April
After winning at Sengoku, last November, then at Affliction, last Saturday, Rogério “Minotouro” Nogueira already knows when he’ll step on a ring again. After signing a contract with Jungle Fight, Nogueira will fight for the first time ever in Brazil. “Minotouro signed with Jungle and will fight at Fortaleza, Ceará, at April 25th”
Frank Trigg meets Danny Babcock at Feb. 14 XCF event
Veteran fighter Frank Trigg (18-6) will return to competition on Feb. 14 when he meets Danny Babcock (6-1) in the main event of Xtreme Cagefighting Federation's "Rumble in Race Town" event.
The show takes place Feb. 14 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., on the eve of NASCAR's Daytona 500.
Trigg, previously announced for the show, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he signed a bout agreement over the weekend.
Tonight's PFC 12 Card Streams Live!
Sherdog.com will offer a free live stream of tonight's PFC "High Stakes" card, which is headlined by four championship bouts.
The Sherdog Radio Network's TJ De Santis will broadcast live from ringside tonight at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST.