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Mike Ricci is headed to World Series of Fighting.
The former TUF 16 finalist has signed a new contract with the promotion, WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed with MMAFighting.com. His debut fight, which will be contested at lightweight, is expected to take place in November.
Kinberly Novaes was expected to make her RFA debut next week against Jocelyn Jones Lybarger, but won’t be able to step inside the cage.
The Brazilian strawweight had some trouble cutting weight as soon as she signed her bout agreement to fight on Aug. 21, and eventually found out that she’s six months pregnant. When she did the math, Novaes realized she fought and won a MMA fight in Brazil while pregnant. She’s having a boy.
World Series of Fighting 22 on August 1st turned out to be one of the most controversial events of the year. The Diaz brothers were involved in a Royal Rumble style brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov's camp in the crowd and backstage, and the welterweight title fight between reigning champion Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields was marred with foul play.
All three participants, Rousimar Palhares, Jake Shields and referee Steven Mazzagatti were criticized for their conduct in the cage during the main event, but it was the Brazilian who received the most backlash.
WSOF has announced the final two bouts for the main card of WSOF 23.
Bantamweights Tito Jones (11-7) and Timur Valiev (9-1) will meet on the card as will lightweights LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7)
The latest WSOF 23 card now includes:
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – for lightweight title
Dave Branch vs. Teddy Holder – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Ben Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
Tito Jones vs. Timur Valiev
LaRue Burley vs. Brian Foster
The never-ending conflict in mixed martial arts between management and labor, or should we say between promoters and fighters, has really come to the fore this year. Over the last few months an antitrust lawsuit, the new Reebok deal, and the USADA testing policy have sparked debates on fighter pay, lost sponsorship income, and lack of input from the athletes on the rules and regulations governing them. And this is in only in the UFC, never mind the number of complaints that one sees directed at other promotions. All of this has had led to discussions of possible solutions, including perhaps the most serious talk of a fighters association the sport has seen to date.
Decorated world boxing champion Amir Khan has stepped into the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) business as a new owner and promoter of world championship MMA sports franchise Super Fight League.
Khan, a former, two-time world champion, will join a new, blue-chip ownership and management team dedicated to expanding the former India-based Super Fight League’s footprint in the U.S., beginning with a television distribution agreement that the company expects to announce soon...
Tonya Evinger will defend her bantamweight title at Invicta FC 14.
Evinger will square off against undefeated Pannie Kianzad at the Municipal Audtiorium in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 12, according to Invicta FC officials Monday.
Invicta strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza was slated to previously headline the event with Alexa Grasso, but Grasso suffered an injury...
After suffering his third straight loss in May against Mark Munoz, Luke Barnatt was issued his release from the UFC. Since that time the 27-year-old British fighter has been in a state of reflection as to what his next move should be.
On Monday, Barnatt appeared on The MMA Hour and talked about his short term plan, which includes fighting for an Italian promotion...
The Nevada Athletic Commission disciplinary process has begun for Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields.
The NAC issued temporary suspensions Wednesday to both Palhares and Shields for their roles in a messy World Series of Fighting main event Saturday night in Las Vegas, executive director Bob Bennett confirmed with MMAFighting.com.
Rousimar Palhares is no longer the World Series of Fighting welterweight champion. WSOF president Ray Sefo made the announcement on Tuesday’s The MMA Hour that "Toquinho" was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely following Saturday’s win over Jake Shields.
With its first event on UFC Fight Pass in the books, Titan FC returns next month for a card featuring three title fights.
The full Titan FC 35 card includes:
Pat Healy vs. Rick Hawn – for lightweight title
Andre Harrison vs. Desmond Green – for featherweight title
Tim Elliott vs. Felipe Efrain – for flyweight title
Zane Kamaka vs. Belal Muhammad
Steven Siler vs. Austin Springer
E.J. Brooks vs. Jason Novelli
Ricky Simon vs. Alex Soto
Jake Smith vs. Taki Uluilakepa
Trey Ogden vs. Ryan Walker
Mohammad Abed vs. Pete Petties
“If (WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz and president Ray Sefo) come to me and say, ‘Marlon, you want to do a superfight,’ I would be able to,” he said.
WSOF has some solid champions in those divisions: featherweight Lance Palmer (10-1) and lightweight Justin Gaethje (14-0). The organization doesn’t have a flyweight champion, but that doesn’t seem to matter.
“(I’d do) 145, 155 – but not 125,” Moraes said with a laugh.
At the annual Convention of the Association of Boxing Commissions in San Diego, Wanderlei Silva and a host of ex-UFC fighters made a push for a Muhammad Ali act in the sport of MMA.
The last few years have really brought the idea of a possible union of MMA fighters into the forefront. While a union is unlikely at this point, one thing that fighters have been doing is looking at the idea of introducing something similar to the Muhammad Ali act for the sport of MMA.