Exclusive: Fedor NOT Fighting on DREAM's OWGP
We asked M-1 if there was any truth to this rumor, or statement made by a DREAM Official.
There is no truth in this rumour at all.
No one really thought it was possible for Fedor to enter, but a great deal of people hoped, including every major Croatian news team. After the statment from the DREAM official that they plan to host a Open-Weight Grand Prix, and they want Fedor and Mirko to be in it, right away they hoped for Fedor vs Crocop 2. However, at this time M-1 is saying “No Truth At all” to this statement and rumor.
UWC Pursuing Legal Action Against Chase Beebe
After former WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe pulled out of a scheduled fight at UWC: Man 'O War last month claiming an injury, it ultimately turned out to be an apparent case of Beebe pulling out to avoid getting hurt before his fight last weekend at DREAM 7. As a result, UWC owner/promoter S. Marcello Foran has issued a statement noting that UWC will be pursuing legal actions against Beebe to cover costs and contractual obligations among possibly other things.
Von Flue Chokes Out Ramerez
TULARE, Calif. -- Jason Von Flue choked Steve Ramerez unconscious Saturday in the main event of Pure Combat’s “Backyard Brawl.”
Ramerez came out looking to strike, catching Von Flue with a punch before being wrapped up in the clinch and tumbling to the mat. Ramerez rolled for a reversal, but Von Flue kept rolling, landed on top and took Ramerez’s back.
From there Von Flue kept his hooks in and worked for a rear-naked choke. Meanwhile Ramerez punched behind him, trying in vain to break the hold. He could not and went to sleep at 2:54.
After the fight Von Flue thanked the crowd and praised his opponent’s toughness. He then took a moment to propose to his girlfriend.
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.