Shooto Brazil champion fails drug test, stripped of title
Rafael Sobral won the vacant Shooto Brazil bantamweight championship with a decision win over Luciano Benicio on Nov. 13, but failed a drug test right after his win.
The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) announced on Thursday that Sobral (5-6-1, 1 NC) tested positive for drostanolone. The 30-year-old fighter was issued a two-year suspension.
CABMMA announced that Sobral’s win was overturned to a loss, making Nova Uniao’s Benicio (10-1) the new Shooto Brazil 135-pound champion.
WSOF 29 main card complete with addition of three bouts
WSOF 29 has a complete main card following the announcement of three new bouts.
The bouts, which were announced via WSOF press release, include Josh Copeland (11-3) taking on Mike Hayes (19-10-2) in a heavyweight co-main event, a middleweight bout between Cory Devela (16-6) and Louis Taylor (11-3) and a welterweight fight as Josh Cavan (11-6) faces Kris Hocum (7-4).
WSOF 29 takes place March 12 at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, Colo. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie. It is headlined by a lightweight title bout with Justin Gaethje (15-0) defending his belt against Brian Foster (25-8).
With the additions, the WSOF 29 card includes:
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Brian Foster – for lightweight title
Josh Copeland vs. Mike Hayes
Cory Devela vs. Louis Taylor
Josh Cavan vs. Kris Hocum
Sergei Kharitonov signs with Bellator
Scott Coker is linking up with another familiar face.
Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov has signed an exclusive multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, according to sources close to the promotion. The Russian striker is currently expected to make his debut in May.
Contract disputes see Jake Shields out at WSOF 30, Jon Fitch now meets Joao Zeferino
It seems World Series of Fighting officials and veteran welterweight Jake Shields could not come to terms on a planned April meeting with Jon Fitch, and Joao Zeferino will now take his place in a fight for the company’s vacant welterweight title.
Sefo today announced the change in plans on WSOF.com.
“While I thought everyone was on board to make this fight happen, unfortunately Jake Shields has informed us that he does not intend to honor the terms of his existing contract at this time and declined to sign a bout agreement to fight Jon Fitch, so we’ve had to go in a different direction,” Sefo stated. “Fortunately, we found someone on our roster who was willing to step up for this incredible opportunity not only to potentially win a title, but also to face one of MMA’s all-time greats in Jon Fitch. That man is Joao Zeferino.”
Shields told MMAjunkie his concern has to do with WSOF’s championship clause, language often seen in MMA contracts that extends a fighter’s deal for up to one year if they are able to claim a title belt.
“We’re trying to come to terms with the contract,” Shields told MMAjunkie. “We’re unable to. I think the fight with Fitch is off right now. Right now, we’re not on the best terms. Hopefully, things will work out. But at the moment, we’re in a situation where they’re telling me I’m coming off a loss, and they’re telling me I have to fight for a title. But I don’t want to get stuck in a championship clause unless we can come to terms.
“We weren’t way off with money. Basically, they’re saying they’re going to hold my contract. They’re trying to say I’m coming off a loss, and therefore I can’t negotiate for more money. But they’re trying to force me to fight for a title, so it seems a little bit ridiculous. If I can’t negotiate coming off a loss, why do I fight for a title? I just want to fight my last fight of my contract and be a free agent, or renegotiate a contract for the title fight.”
WSOF 28 main card adds Parker vs. Yager and Alvarez vs. Ramm
The main card for WSOF’s trip to California later this month is coming together with the announcement of a pair of welterweight bouts.
The additions were announced via a WSOF press release.
With the additions, the WSOF 28 card includes:
Champ Marlon Moraes vs. Joseph Barajas – for bantamweight title
Chris Gutierrez vs. Timur Valiev
Daniel Parker vs. Jamie Yager
Ozzie Alvarez vs. Andrew Ramm
Titan FC 37 slated for March 4 with championship triple-header
Titan FC is rolling out a championship triple-header for its first event of 2016.
After 2015 ended on a sour note with a canceled event and a few ticked-off fighters, the organization looks for a fresh start on March 4.
Titan FC 37 takes place at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Wash. The event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The latest Titan FC 37 card includes:
Brett Johns vs. Ricky Simon – for vacant bantamweight title
Champ Andre Harrison vs. Steven Siler – for featherweight title
Champ Tim Elliott vs. Pedro Nobre – for flyweight title
Desmond Green vs. Pat Healy
Anthony Gutierrez vs. opponent TBA
Report: KSW 35 to feature Mamed Khalidov and Mariusz Pudzianowski
Following an impressive streak of shows last year that culminated in a KO victory for Mamed Khalidov to become the middleweight champion, KSW appears to have decided on the date for his first title defense.
According to KSW co-founder Maciej Kawulski, Khalidov will likely headline the KSW 35 show in May. Five-time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski will also be featured on the card, as will former middleweight champ Michal Materla.
RFA 36 set for March 4 with Barcelos vs. Vannata featherweight title headliner
RFA heads to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” for RFA 36 on March 4. The event will feature a featherweight title fight in the main event with Raoni Barcelos looking to defend his belt when he meets Landon Vannata.
As officials recently announced, RFA 36 takes place at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn. The main card airs live on AXS TV.
The RFA 36 card currently features:
Champ Raoni Barcelos vs. Landon Vannata – for featherweight title
Melvin Blumer vs. Shawn West
Chico Camus vs. Matt Brown
Victory FC 48 heads to Iowa on Feb. 19 with Jackson vs. Moreno title fight
Victory FC, which recently announced a new deal with UFC Fight Pass, has set a full lineup for its second event of the year.
Victory FC 48, which streams on the UFC’s digital streaming network, takes place Feb. 19 at Buccaneer Arena near Des Moines in Urbandale, Iowa.
The full Victory FC 48 lineup includes:
Jason Jackson vs. Victor Moreno – for vacant welterweight title
Cameron Olson vs. Jordan Young
Anthony Baccam vs. Kamuela Kirk
Rakim Cleveland vs. Jaquis Williams
Nate Endres vs. Bryce McKeever
Jeremiah Deever vs. Mike Estus
Chris Dunn vs. Justin Morrison
Tyrone Spong & Luke Barnatt Join BAMMA 24
#BAMMA24 #TeamIre #TeamEng #ThisIsNotATest
BAMMA is excited to announce that international Kickboxing & MMA sensation Tyrone 'King Of The Ring' Spong and UK MMA Standout Luke 'Bigslow' Barnatt will be joining BAMMA 24 as team captains for Team Ireland vs. Team England.
Former M-1 Challenge Heavyweight King Marcin Tybura Signs with UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has increased the depth of its heavyweight talent pool by signing former M-1 Challenge titlist Marcin Tybura to a multi-fight contract.
Tybura’s management announced the deal, and the fighter confirmed the news on his Facebook page. Exact terms of the contract were not disclosed, and the UFC has not officially announced the signing.
Cyborg puts on 19 pounds in six hours post weigh in
Mixed martial arts is slowly waking up to the dangers of extreme weight cutting. Cris Cyborg recently cited it as a reason she was not dropping to 135 for a potential superfight with Ronda Rousey or Holly Holm. Another reason to avoid extreme weight cutting is that it can end up with fights were the fighters are in different weight divisions.
And the entire point of weight divisions is that one fighter not unfairly and dangerously outweigh the other.
Cris Cyborg weighed in at Cris Cybrog 144.6 lbs on Friday for her fight Saturday night with Daria Ibragimova. By contrast, the Russian weighed in relatively far from the 145 championship limit, at 143.7 lbs, indicating she is not likely to put in a massive amount.
Six hours later, she weighed in at 163.8 lbs, as seen in this video from her friend Ray Elbe's Instagram. That is a difference of over 19 pounds, and pushes her up to the welterweight division.
Victory FC 47 features Josh Neer vs. Anthony Smith title fight for UFC Fight Pass debut
Victory FC is rolling out some familiar names for its upcoming debut on UFC Fight Pass.
The Midwest promotion, which has helped launched the careers of many big-show vets, is hosting Victory FC 47 on Jan. 29.
The event, which streams on the UFC’s digital network from Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., features a pair of title fights.
In the headliner, former UFC fighter/recent Bellator competitor Josh Neer (36-15-1) returns to Victory FC for a middleweight title fight against former Strikeforce/UFC fighter Anthony Smith (23-11) for the vacant belt.
A.J. Agazarm takes over Metamoris' Instagram account, alleging failure to pay
Eduardo de Lima black belt A.J. Agazarm used a planned 'takeover' of jiu-jitsu promoter Metamoris' Instagram account on Tuesday to instead chastise the organization and its promoter Ralek Gracie. Among a range of other complaints, Agazarm most notably claimed Metamoris has failed to pay him and other competitors for services rendered.
"For quite sometime you have been using my image, my likeness, and the likenesses of others to promote your business and the brand of Metamoris. You claim to represent the values that Jiu Jitsu stands for, but you have been hiding behind empty promises," Agazarm writes.
Champ 'Cyborg' Justino: 5 Invicta fights left, still hope of facing Ronda Rousey
For Invicta FC featherweight champ Cristiane Justino, the prospect of a fight with ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey still looms, though not as strongly as before.
With an immediate showdown nixed by Rousey’s knockout to Holly Holm, “Cyborg” is refocusing her efforts on her native promotion. A move to bantamweight, which she and her camp announced on two separate occasions, is no longer a priority.
Justino was scheduled to drop to 140 pounds for a catchweight bout with Cindy Dandois, but decided to go another direction before the bout was announced.
Invicta FC 15's Ediane Gomes opens GoFundMe account to help cover pre-fight medicals
Invicta FC featherweight Ediane Gomes said she’s no stranger to struggles, but the latest turns of her career have forced her to go hat in hand.
The veteran fighter opened a GoFundMe account to cover costs she needs to pay in order to be licensed for her next bout, a meeting with Amanda Bell (3-3) at Saturday’s Invicta FC 15, which takes place at The Hangar at OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
“I’ve fought in California once before, against Ronda Rousey,” Gomes (10-4) said in an interview with MMAjunkie. “That fight was on very short notice, and I spent an entire day doing medicals. I never forgot how I had to do all those medical tests while still cutting weight.
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.