Bellator Announces Final Event For 6/19
Bellator Fighting Championships today revealed the card for it's final first season event, Bellator 12 on 6/19. The 7-fight card is headlined by the Lightweight and Middleweight Tournament finals, featuring Eddie Alvarez vs. Toby Imada and Hector Lombard vs. Jared Hess, respectively, with notable names including Jorge Masvidal, Brad Pickett, and Rosi Sexton in undercard action.
Fujita vs. Ivanov, Akihiro Gono and Eiji Mitsuoka added to Sengoku Ninth Battle in August
A handful of participants, including recent UFC fighter Akihiro Gono and Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov (who is best known for defeating Fedor Emelianenko in a recent Sambo match) will compete in August at World Victory Road's Sengoku Ninth Battle event.
The show, expected to air on HDNet in North America, takes place Aug. 2 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In addition to Ivanov, who fights Kazuyuki Fujita, Eiji Mitsuoka will also compete on the card.
Opponents have not been named for Gono or Mitsuoka.
Jason MacDonald Returns At MFC 22: Payoff on September 25
Following his release from the UFC, “The Athlete” Jason MacDonald has recently confirmed that his next bout outside of the Octagon will be taking place on extremely familiar territory.
MacDonald made a name for himself with Canada’s MFC promotion, fighting a total of ten times under the MFC banner before being scooped up by the UFC in 2006 where he ended up going 5-5 with the organization before back to back losses to Wilson Gouveia and Nate Quarry brought upon his departure.
Considering the history it only seems fitting that MacDonald will make his return on his old stomping grounds at MFC 22: Payoff on September 25.
His opponent has yet to be determined, but according to MacDonald, it’s him against everyone as far as he’s concerned.
Upstart SHINE Fight Promotions announces "American Top Team vs. The World" card
Upstart Florida-based organization SHINE Fight Promotions recently announced its second event, "American Top Team vs. The World," scheduled for Aug. 1 at the 4,600-plus-seat James L. Knight Center in Miami.
The main event features American Top Team product Roan Carneiro vs. Chute Boxe's Jorge Patino.
Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale June 11 at Ticketmaster.com.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) is Launched
The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts today unveiled their plans for a series of events that will air on UK TV channel Bravo.
Holding a press conference at a trendy hotel in London’s West End, radio DJ Christian O’Connell was joined by members of Bravo, production company Giant TV and London MMA promoter Dave O’Donnell (formerly of Cage Rage).
O’Connell and co outlined the plans for a series of three events, to take place in June, August and September.
Using a tournament format, the June 27 event will see semi-finals of the lightweight, welterweight and middleweight brackets while the as yet unscheduled August show will feature featherweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight fighters. The finalists of each weight category will fight for titles on a September event.
The 3-hour long events will air on Bravo TV on a 24-hour delay.
Bellator IX Results (Middleweight Finals Now Set)
Bellator IX Middleweight Semi-Final Tournament bouts:
-Jared Hess def. Yosmany Cabezas by TKO at 4:26, R3
-Hector Lombard def. Damien Stelly by TKO (Strikes) at 2:56, R1
Bellator IX Non-tournament bouts:
-Nick Ring def. Isidro "Chilo" Gonzalez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:39, R1
-Shad Lierley def. Nate Murdock by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Alex Andrade def. Christian Fulgram by TKO at 2:01, R1
-Shawn Jordan def. Jayme McKinney by Submission at 0:30, R2
-Chan Leonhardt def. Dan Keenan by KO at 3:03, R1
-Chas Skelly def. Mike Braswell by Split Decision, R3
Tim Sylvia Returns To MMA In August
Tim Sylvia will be fighting for a "very high profile" mixed martial arts organisation in August, Fighters Only can exclusively reveal.
The former UFC heavyweight champion says that contracts for the summer fight have been drawn up but not signed.
"We have the contract at home, I am just waiting to get back and send it out," he said. "I'm not allowed to say right now what the show is or who my opponent is."
Arlovski vs. Rogers added to June 6 Strikeforce event
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will step in for injured Strikeforce heavyweight titleholder Alistair Overeem against Team Bison member Brett “The Grim” Rogers at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6.
Overeem has pulled out of the fight with a hand injury.
The Fight Network learned of the heavyweight contest from sources close to both fighters.
Rogers (9-0) is coming off a second-round TKO win over Abongo Humphrey at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” on April 11. A veteran of the now-defunct Elite Xtreme Combat organization, Rogers boasts wins over heavyweight sluggers Jon Murphy and James Thompson.
Arlovski (15-6), meanwhile, has not seen action since challenging Fedor Emelianenko for the WAMMA heavyweight title at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” on January 24. Training under Freddie Roach, one of boxing’s most highly acclaimed coaches, the Belarussian hopes to rebound from a first-round knockout against “The Last Russian Emperor” and move one step closer to putting gold back around his waist.
“The Pitbull,” who will be making his first appearance for the California-based Strikeforce promotion, was initially rumored to make his professional boxing debut in the aftermath of the loss to Emelianenko. But Arlovski is now set to return to his mixed martial arts roots against the less experienced Rogers.
A former UFC heavyweight champion, Arlovski has recorded wins over Roman Zentsov, Vladimir Matyushenko, Wesley Correira, Tim Sylvia, Paul Buentello, Fabricio Werdum, Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson throughout his 10-year career.
The winner of this fight will likely go on to challenge heavyweight kingpin Overeem for the title later this year.
Matyushenko decisions Lambert at Call To Arms
ONTARIO, Calif. –- Vladimir Matyushenko wrestled his way to a unanimous decision over Jason Lambert in the light heavyweight main event for Clean Kill’s Call To Arms at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena. Matyushenko took the cards with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
In an active first round, the UFC veterans kept mostly to their shared bread-and-butter discipline, which led to some feverish pummeling scrambles for control. Both connected with strikes in their brief exchanges, but Matyushenko excelled with peppering shots in the clinch.
The determined Belarusian threw body shots and looping hooks in the second, before scooping Lambert up for the takedown. Lambert (23-10) did his best to pull off a guillotine attempt, but the pair was back on their feet in short fashion. Matyushenko (22-4) snuck in another takedown for good measure before the bell.
Lambert nailed a crucial takedown at the top of third round, and nearly took advantage with a flurry of shots that had referee Larry Landless hovering. However, Matyushenko mustered a reversal and a final takedown in the last two minutes to secure victory.
DEEP Women's Champ Miku Goes For Revenge On 6/28
The DEEP promotion (Japan) has announced a title match for their 6/28 event pitting their Women's Lightweight Champion, Miku Matsumoto, against Lisa Ward as the main event in a rematch from September 2006. Ward won that fight in the now-defunct Smackgirl promotion and to date is the only loss that Miku has yet to avenge, she's beaten the other 2 fighters to defeat her in her career since those losses. Miku also puts a 3 1/2 year 10-fight winning streak on the line dating back to after the loss to Ward.
Gesias “JZ” Calvancante headed to Bellator ?
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that top lightweight Gesias “JZ” Calvancante has expressed interest in the possibility of joining the fledgling Mixed Martial Arts organization Bellator’s second season.
The bit of information came in a conversation with Bellator CEO/founder Bjorn Rebney at this past Friday’s Bellator VI event. American Top Team’s Calvancante attended a previous Bellator card where he stated his interest to Rebney in involving himself with Season Two’s lightweight tournament.
'Minotoro' Nogueira Wins At Jungle Fight
Top 10 ranked light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on Saturday night kept his winning streak intact with a third round submission of Golden Glory fighter Dion Staring at Jungle Fight Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil.
The win marked his fifth straight victory and improved his overall record to 17-3.
Despite having 20 bouts to his credit, Saturday's bout was Nogueira's first in his home country of Brazil. He fought the majority of his early career in Japan, but has spent the majority of his most recent fights in the U.S. and Canada, including wins on both Affliction fight cards.
Antwain Britt swiftly KOs UFC vet Antonio Mendes at Shine Fights
The featured bout at Saturday's Shine Fights' debut event ended swiftly.
Eights seconds to be exact.
Antwain Britt (7-2), who earned a spot on "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast before being forced off the show due to injury, stopped UFC vet Antonio Mendes (16-5) with a swift first-round knockout during Saturday's "Genesis" event at the Celeste Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Takanori Gomi claims non-title win over Shooto champ Takashi Nakakura
Takanori Gomi rebounded from recent back-to-back losses and picked up his first knockout win via strikes in two-and-a-half years with a victory over Takashi Nakakura earlier today at Shooto's latest event, "The Final Tradition."
Gomi (30-5) stopped Shooto star Takashi Nakakura (11-3-1) and snapped his five-fight win streak with the second-round TKO.
It was a must-win fight for Gomi, who was once arguably the world's top lightweight fighter.
New British Promotion Headed Straight To UK TV
Bravo Television is a tempting proposition for any Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the U.K., as it presents a unique opportunity to reach a wider viewing audience as well having a background in UFC programming. In short, Bravo understands the sport.
So when it was originally announced that Bravo was considering MMA in its programming schedule, the promotions started to take note, most of all the British Fighting Championship and Ultimate Challenge. The reality is that neither show will be featured on Bravo and that a new tournament based format show will emerge in its place.
Starting on June 28, BAMMA will be running its first event on Bravo, a fight card featuring three tournaments across the lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight categories and will be fought with the winners moving onto a place in the finals.
Kerry Vera Debuts At Bellator On 5/15
There have been some notable fighting couples in MMA-the Coutures, the Cyborgs (Santos), and now there are the Veras. Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC star Brandon Vera, will make her MMA debut for Bellator on 5/15 in a 135-pound fight against 4-0 Leslie Smith. Of course Brandon Vera will be cornering his wife on fight night.
A Blood Called Shooto
Nearly 25 years ago, Japanese professional wrestler Satoru Sayama -- better known as the original Tiger Mask -- had an idea about fighting, the seed of Shooto.
The first-ever amateur Shooto event was held in 1986, while 1989 marked the first-ever occasion of “professional Shooting.” All mixed martial arts observers know of Greek Pankration -- and the more modern tradition of Brazilian vale tudo -- but Shooto has the longest lineage of any single combat sports entity in contemporary MMA. Fittingly, that lineage will be celebrated this Sunday in Tokyo, when leading Shooto promoter Sustain stages its 20th anniversary event.
“Shooto” is an intriguing concept, its definition varying depending on who you ask. Although Sayama left the world of Shooto in 1986, his original vision is adhered to by authorities who view Shooto not as an organization but as an international sport unto itself, with its own system and rules, taking place from Japan to Australia to Brazil to Belgium and beyond.
For some MMA fans, following Shooto is proof of fanaticism about the sport and, for others, an unfathomable hobby for MMA elitists. One thing that is readily clear, however, is that those who are passionate about Shooto have an intensity about it that is completely incongruous with how most people celebrate other MMA entities. Even in the heyday of UFC-versus-Pride debacles, debates raged over extrinsic qualities of aesthetic production values, roster quality and fighter purses.
BOBBY LASHLEY VS. BOB SAPP SET FOR JUNE 27
The cage may have to be reinforced for the “Ultimate Chaos” headliner as former WWE star Bobby Lashley and mixed-martial-arts legend Bob “The Beast” Sapp battle June 27 on a pay-per-view event live from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.