Justin Gaethje defends lightweight title against Brian Foster at WSOF 29 in March
Brian Foster earned an opportunity to fight for the lightweight title after winning the WSOF 25 one-night, eight-man tournament and now he knows the date that he’ll battle for the belt.
Foster (25-8) will face champion Justin Gaethje (15-0) in the main event of WSOF 29, according to a press release put out by the promotion.
WSOF 29 takes place March 12 at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Mike Ricci out of WSOF 27 main event, Luiz Firmino in against Caros Fodor
Mike Ricci can’t seem to catch a break. First, the lightweight was unable to continue on to the semifinals of the WSOF 25 one-night, eight-man tournament, being replaced by eventual winner Brian Foster. Now, he’s out of the WSOF 27 main event.
According to the official WSOF website, Ricci (11-4) re-injured his hip and had to pull out of his bout with fellow UFC veteran Caros Fodor (10-4). Stepping in for Ricci is Luiz Firmino (18-6).
The WSOF 27 lineup now includes:
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Teddy Holder
Luiz Firmino vs. Caros Fodor
Chauncey Foxworth vs. Jaleel Willis
Jorge Medina vs. Bryce Mitchell
Justin Hartley vs. Wade Johnson
Zach Underwood vs. Jason Williams
Wes Sharp vs. Alvin Williams
Click Debate: Why do so few people understand MMA's judging criteria?
While there was outrage on social media after UFC 195, the feeling at the FOX Sports 1 post-show desk seemed to be more of confusion Saturday night.
Robbie Lawler beat Carlos Condit in the main event by split decision. That's the fact. How two of the three Nevada judges came to that conclusion was under scrutiny.
The fight was determined by the third round. Condit pretty clearly won the first and fourth; Lawler took the second and fifth. Most people had Condit winning the third and that's where the puzzlement lied.
Brazilian MMA fighter shot, likely paralyzed after armed robbery
Henrique Alves de Aquino (1-1), a bantamweight from the Renovacao Fight Team, was shot Friday morning during an armed robbery in the northeast area of Rio de Janeiro. The MMA fighter, who also works as a bus driver, was shot when two teenagers tried to rob people at a bus stop.
According to RFT, Alves, a black belt in luta livre, was rushed to the Getulio Vargas hospital and will live, but will likely be paralyzed since the bullet hit his spine.
RFA 35 to feature trio of RFA vs. Showdown Fights matchups
RFA is looking to invade Utah with a trio of battles between its top stars and stars from the local Showdown Fights promotion at RFA 35.
The event, which was announced via press release, takes place Feb. 19 at UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. The main card airs on AXS TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Ben Askren moving to middleweight, believes all will eventually emulate new ONE weight program
ONE Championship wants all of their fighters to compete at their natural, walking weight. That's exactly what Ben Askren is going to be doing.
Askren, the current ONE welterweight champion, will be moving up to middleweight under the new ONE weight-cutting restrictions, he confirmed with MMA Fighting. The undefeated Askren, one of the best 170-pounders in the world, said he walks around at about 185 pounds and that's the exact weight he'll fight at.
Bibiano Fernandes not happy with new ONE Championship weigh-in program: ‘It has affected me’
Unbeaten in 10 fights since cutting down to 135 pounds, Bibiano Fernandes had to change a few things ahead of his fourth title defense at ONE Championship.
ONE Championship announced a new weigh-in program less than two weeks after the death of Yang Jian Bing, who passed away while cutting weight for a flyweight bout. The first fight card under the new program takes place Jan. 23 in China, and Fernandes will be defending his title against Kevin Belingon in the main event.
WSOF President Ray Sefo Says He Turned Down Fedor Emelianenko Fight at Rizin
Fedor Emelianenko almost had a different opponent at Rizin Fighting Federation’s New Year’s Eve event.
World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo, who owns a 2-2 MMA record and has extensive professional kickboxing experience, says that he was offered the fight against the Russian a little more than a month before the card. However, Sefo turned it down, citing a lack of time to prepare for a bout against “The Last Emperor.”
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Titan FC: Money for displaced fighters on Jan 15
Titan FC says it will be sending out checks to all fighters who were on the card for the Titan FC 36 event.
Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson said his promotion wants to make things right with fighters left out of work with the sudden cancelation of this past month’s Titan FC 36.
Aronson today told MMAjunkie Radio that he and Titan COO Lex McMahon will cut checks to help offset the losses stemming from the event, which was scrapped when Aronson suffered complications from a surgery.
CFFC 56 – Two former champions, Sean Santella and Artur Rofi will return to the company in an attempt to reclaim what was once theirs
Two Former CFFC Champions – Santella and Rofi Return in 2016! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Next year is scheduled to be a banner year for Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), but to look in towards the future one might want to visit the past. Two former champions, Sean Santella and Artur Rofi will return to the company in an attempt to reclaim what was once theirs. Both will see action on February 27, 2016 when CFFC returns to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 2012 to 2013, Sean Santella (14-5-1) was the king of the flyweights in the northeast. He captured the inaugural CFFC flyweight crown in February 2012 and reeled off of four straight victories. After an injury, Santella returned in 2014 and lost his crown to Nick Honstein. After leaving CFFC, Santella is 1-1-1 coming off a submission victory in his last fight over Jay Pressley (5-2) and his eager to make his CFFC return. “Feels great to be back,” exclaimed Santella. “CFFC has some of the best flyweights around and that’s who I want to fight. I’m getting that belt back!”
Fedor: My next fight will take place in April
Following a successful return to professional MMA after almost four years away from the ring, Fedor Emelianenko wants to remain as active as possible in 2016.
According to the ‘Last Emperor,' he would like his next fight to take place in April. That date coincides with Rizin Fighting Federation's next show planned for April 17 in Nagoya City.
King Mo open to Fedor fight: ‘Anything is possible’
Despite the fact that Rizin Fighting Federation Day 2 was basically the Fedor show, the Russian heavyweight legend was not the last fighter to score a knockout win on the card.
Shortly following Fedor's three-minute victory against Singh, Muhammed Lawal took part in his second fight of the night, and third in three days. Lawal lived up to his status as the tournament favorite and eventually knocked out fellow finalist Jiri Prochazka to claim the Rizin 100kg World Grand Prix championship.
All ONE Championship Fighters to Move Up a Division After Weight-Cut Ban
ONE Championship recently became the first MMA promotion to ban weight cutting by dehydration. CEO Victor Cui appeared on Fox Sports Asia to talk about the changes and how the fighters on the roster would be affected.
The reception to the ONE Championship announcement that fighters would be forced to fight at their normal weight was overwhelmingly positive. It did raise a number of questions, though; with many people speculating that the existing champions would be stripped of their titles.
RFA 34 main card finalized with Poppie vs. Stroup, Viana vs. Riley
The main card is set for next month’s RFA 34 event, which features a welterweight title fight.
As previously announced, RFA 34 takes place Jan. 15 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., and Benjamin Smith (15-3) and Bojan Velickovic (12-3) fight for the vacant 170-pound title in the main event.
The latest RFA 34 card includes:
Benjamin Smith vs. Bojan Velickovic – for vacant welterweight title
John Poppie vs. Adam Stroup
Jeremy Kimball vs. Cody Mumma
Zac Riley vs. Hugo Viana
Brian Camozzi vs. Tyler Milner
Cory Sandhagen vs. Andrew Tenneson
Ryan Sanders steps in to next month's CES MMA 32 title headliner
Next month’s CES MMA 32 event has a new title challenger, officials recently announced.
Rather than fighting Waylon Lowe (16-7), whom officials say suffered an injury, lightweight champion Luis Felix (14-8) takes on former Bellator fighter and replacement Ryan Sanders (9-7).
CES MMA 32 takes place Jan. 8 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The full RFA 32 card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Luis Felix vs. Ryan Sanders – for lightweight title
Champ Gil de Freitas vs. Chris Curtis – for welterweight title
Josh Diekmann vs. Ashley Gooch
Kyle Bochniak vs. Taylor Trahan
Kody Nordby vs. Derek Shorey
Manny Bermudez vs. Evan Parker
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
Rico DiSciullo vs. Chino Duran
Mak Kelleher vs. James Murrin
Pat McCrohan vs. Mike Rodriguez
Gary Balletto Jr. vs. Ryan Todd
David Baxter vs. Josh Ricci
Luay Ashkar vs. Nick Iaciofano
Lightweight Title Bout Set for M-1 Challenge 64 on Feb. 19
Mansour Barnaoui will defend his 155-pound belt against Artiom Damkovsky at M-1 Challenge 64 on Feb. 19.
The promotion announced the pairing on Tuesday. M-1 Challenge 64 takes place at the Olympic Sports Complex in Moscow and also features a heavyweight title tilt between Alexander Volkov and Denis Smoldarev. The event is available via pay-per-view at M1GlobalTV.com.
Jodie Esquibel out, Alida Gray in against Angela Hill at Invicta FC 15
Angela Hill has a new opponent for her Invicta debut.
The Ultimate Fighter alum will face Alida Gray at Invicta FC 15 on Jan. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif., officials confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday.
Hill was supposed to face top strawweight contender Jodie Esquibel. No comment was given on the reason why Esquibel has been pulled, but Esquibel has reportedly tried out for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, which features 115-pound women.
KSW 34 to Feature Title Triple-Header with Bedorf, Narkun, Sowinski
Leading Polish promoter Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki on Monday announced that its first event of 2016 will feature a trio of championship bouts.
KSW 34 is scheduled to take place March 5 at Torwar Hall in Warsaw, marking the organization’s first show in Poland’s capital since KSW 26 in March 2014.
The show, which streams in its entirety on KSWTV.com, will be headlined by heavyweight champion Karol Bedorf defending his belt. The co-main event will feature light heavyweight champ Tomasz Narkun, while third billing goes to featherweight titlist Artur Sowinski. Opponents for the three champions have not yet been announced.
Rizin FF Weigh-in Results: Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinya Aoki Given Go-Ahead in Japan
Rizin Fighting Federation 1: Day 1 Weigh-in Results:
Kazushi Sakuraba (171) vs. Shinya Aoki (169.75)
Satoshi Ishii (219) vs. Jiri Prochazka (211.5)
Goran Reljic (215) vs. Vadim Nemkov (219.5)
Teodoras Aukstuolis (216) vs. Bruno Henrique Cappelozza (218)
Muhammed Lawal (214) vs. Brett McDermott (215)
Yuta Uchida (209) vs. Valentin Moldavsky (215)
Hiroyuki Takaya (143) vs. Daiki Hata (143)
Hideo Tokoro (135) vs. Kizaemon Saiga (136)
A.J. Matthews (184) vs. Anatoly Tokov (185)
Yuki Motoya (125) vs. Felipe Efrain (128)
Kirill Sidelnikov (253) vs. Carlos Toyota (259)
Tsuyoshi Kosaka (220.5) vs. James Thompson (291)