Middleweight belt on line for Marcelo Nunes vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. at Legacy FC 54
Legacy FC returns to Oklahoma this spring, and the middleweight title will be on the line.
In the main event of Legacy FC 54, Marcelo Nunes (5-0) meets Rafael Lovato Jr. (2-0) for the promotion’s 185-pound belt. Promotion President Mick Maynard recently confirmed the headliner to MMAjunkie.
Legacy 54 will take place April 22 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Okla., near Tulsa. The main card will air on AXS TV.
In the co-main event, Andrew Todhunter (7-0) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Evan Thompson (5-2) in a middleweight bout. In addition, Charles Byrd (7-4) takes on Trey Houston (12-3) at welterweight; Bilal Williams (4-2) meets Ed Cline Jr. (8-5-1) in a 170-pound bout; Derrick Adkins (5-2) takes on Darryl Wilson (2-0) at lightweight; and Aaron Robinson (0-1) meets Justin Rader (3-2) in a featherweight bout.
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) is For Sale
The Maximum Fighting Championship, one of the eminently exciting brands of mixed martial arts to ever be at the forefront of the sport, is formally announcing it is for sale.
Mark Pavelich, Owner & President of the MFC, put more than 15 years into the business and grew it from a Canadian original on the MMA scene to a frontrunner in North America and ultimately into one of the most prominent shows in the world.
“The Maximum Fighting Championship was my passion and my labor of love. It was not just an MMA show. It was a professional sports organization,” said Pavelich.
The Maximum Fighting Championship brought top-level attention and profile to its athletes. Every one of the MFC’s champions progressed to the UFC, and more than 50 of its fighters competed at the highest levels of the sport. Included in the MFC’s extensive list of notable athletes are Patrick Cote, Jason MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Sam Alvey, Paul Daley, Anthony Birchak, Ryan McGillivray, Tom Watson, Roger Hollett, Antonio McKee, Thales Leites, Emmanuel Newton, and Douglas Lima.
M-1 Challenge 64 Weigh-in Results: US-Suspended Shlemenko, Vaselevsky Cleared
Russia’s leading MMA promotion M-1 Global is officially set for its next event, which takes place Friday night at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. M-1 Challenge 64 boasts an intriguing double feature, with one of the bouts for the organization’s vacant heavyweight title.
Alexander Shlemenko, who is serving a three-year suspension in the U.S., and Vyacheslav Vaselevsky will square off in the marquee’s main event. The bout, which is a semifinal of M-1 Challenge’s Middleweight Grand Prix, will go down as scheduled because both men were on point at Thursday’s weigh-ins. As it turned out, both combatants tipped the scale at 184.5 pounds.
M-1 Challenge 64 Weigh-in Results:
Alexander Shlemenko (184.5) vs. Vyacheslav Vaselevsky (184.5)
Alexander Volkov (236.5) vs. Denis Smoldaraev (269.5)
Pavel Vitruk (135) vs. Sergey Morozov (134)
Antun Racic (134) vs. Vitaly Branchuk (134)
Ray Joe (184) vs. Vladimir Katyhin (183.5)
Kurban Ibragimov (230) vs. Dmitriy Mikutsa (239.5)
Magomed Mutaev (185) vs. Vadim Orischak (184)
Valery Myasnikov (185) vs. Vyacheslav Bogomol (183)
Stefan Larisch (168.5) vs. Maksin Grabovich (168)
Andrey Lezhnev (145) vs. Timur Nagibin (145)
Zach Juusola out, Thiago Moises now meets David Castillo for 155 title at RFA 35
Just a few days before the fight, RFA 35 has a new championship headliner.
Zach Juusola (11-3) has pulled out of his vacant lightweight title fight against David Castillo (19-7) with an injury. Stepping up to take Juusola’s place will be Thiago Moises (6-1), who moves up from a co-main event fight against David Putvin.
Putvin (7-1) now will face Thiago Alves Cavalcante Rodrigues (9-3) in the new co-main event, which will take place at a 160-pound catchweight. RFA officials confirmed the changes to MMAjunkie today.
RFA 35 takes place Friday at UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. The main card airs on AXS TV.
ONE Championship 40 set for March with Mohamed Ali vs. Aung La N Sang headliner
ONE Championship 40 is set for a March return to Myanmar, and a home country fan favorite is booked for the main event.
Myanmar’s own Aung La N Sang (16-9-1) will take on Egypt’s Mohamed Ali (10-7) in the main event of “ONE Championship 40: Union of Warriors.” The promotion announced the card and headliner today.
ONE Championship 40 will take place March 18 at Thuwanna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The card will stream as an online pay-per-view in North America.
Atomweight title fight, return of Jessamyn Duke highlight Invicta FC 16
Invicta is bringing a loaded card to Las Vegas.
An atomweight title fight between champion Ayaka Hamasaki and Amber Brown will headline Invicta FC 16 on March 11 at Tropicana Las Vegas, sources told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. In the co-main event, Vanessa Porto and Jennifer Maia will fight for the interim flyweight title with champion Barb Honchack still out. The event will air live on UFC Fight Pass.
Also on the card will be the return to Invicta of UFC veteran Jessamyn Duke and rising strawweight star Alexa Grasso.
Titan FC 37 card adds several new bouts, new headliner
Titan FC 37 has added several new bouts and replaced a fighter in the main event to crown a bantamweight champion.
Titan FC 37 takes place March 4 at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Wash. A trio of championship bouts anchors the event. The event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The latest Titan FC 37 card includes:
Anderson dos Santos 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
Mushin Corbbrey vs. Pat Healy
Anthony Gutierrez vs. Benny Vinson
Zak Bucia vs. Jason Novelli
Grant Dawson vs. Robert Washington
E.J. Brooks vs. Ben Egli
Austin Arnett vs. David Burrow
Jorge Dominguez vs. Jose Torres
Hockey Tournament Forces Rescheduling of M-1 Challenge 65
M-1 Challenge 65 will be put on ice for a month after a scheduling conflict bumped the show from its original date.
M-1 Global on Monday announced that the event, which was slated to take place March 4, has been moved to April 8 at Ice Palace Sports Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. The promoter cited the upcoming 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship as the reason for the switch.
Chris Curtis defends welterweight title vs. Nah-Shon Burrell at CES MMA 34
The welterweight title will be on the line this spring when CES MMA returns to Foxwoods Resort & Casino.
170-pound champion Chris Curtis (13-4) will put his belt up for grabs in the CES MMA 34 main event against Nah-Shon Burrell (12-6). The promotion is expected to announce the card and main event shortly.
CES MMA 34 will take place April 1 at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card will air on AXS TV. In the co-feature, Kenny Foster (11-10) will take on Calvin Kattar (14-2) in a featherweight contest. Additional fights for the will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cage Warriors Announces Return with April 15 Event in London
After a brief hiatus, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is planning to hold its first event in 17 months later this year.
The European mixed martial arts promotion announced on Thursday that CWFC 75 will take place at Camden Centre in London on April 15. Matchups and broadcast details are expected to be revealed at a later date.
“We know that fight fans want to know everything right now, but I wanted to make sure Cage Warriors returns in a way I felt comfortable with, and in a way that underlined our commitment to develop the sport in the EMEA region,” CWFC President Graham Boylan said in a release.
CWFC 74, the promotion’s most recent offering, took place on Nov. 15, 2014 at Copper Box Arena in London and saw current UFC talent Nicholas Dalby outpoint Mohsen Bahari in the main event. All told, the organization has staged 85 events since its inception in 2002.
Scott Coker: Bellator, Rizin both interested in Wanderlei Silva
If Wanderlei Silva can ever get clear of his issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission, he could be looking at a windfall.
Bellator MMA president Scott Coker told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that both Bellator and Rizin are interested in Silva, a recent free agent, provided he's no longer under suspension.
"He's gonna have to clear that all up," Coker said. "That's gonna be part of the deal. I know that Rizin wants to sign him as well. There's gonna be a couple of bidders out there for Wanderlei's services."
RIZIN's Sakakibara will 'put in the effort' to deliver Fedor vs. Wanderlei
"This month, I will visit the United States, where I will meet with Wanderlei," Sakakibara told Tass.ru. "This is a fighter, which is not only interesting to Rizin, but for fans of combat sports in general. And our job is to answer the wishes of our viewers."
Sakakibara added that the promotion will aim to set up a potential clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva if they sense that it is a fight that fans are interested in.
"If we talk about the fight between Fedor and Wanderlei Silva, there is such a possibility. If the number of those wishing to see the fight between Fedor and Wanderlei Silva will be really great, we will make efforts to ensure that the fight takes place."
RFA 36 main card finalized with 4-time All-American wrestler Logan Storley
After announcing the event’s first three bouts, the remaining three are now set for next month’s “RFA 36: Barcelos vs. Vannata” event.
The show takes place march 4 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., and the main card airs on AXS TV.
As previously announced, the headliner features featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos (9-1) vs. challenger Landon Vannata (7-0).
Among the latest additions is undefeated welterweight prospect Logan Storley (2-0), who should help pull in some local fans when he meets Rode Vocu (1-0).
Russian promotion to implement new weigh-in system and weight classes in 2016
Russian MMA promotion by the name of Absolute Championship Berkut recently announced that they would begin to implement a new weigh-in system as well as introduce new weight classes in the latter half of 2016.
According to an interview with the promotion's founder Mairbek Khasiev, weigh-ins will take place six hours before the fights actually take place, instead of the day before. The plans also include a new superheavyweight division...
The new weight classes layout is as follows:
Flyweight - 58kg (127.8 lbs.)
Bantamweight - 63kg (138.9 lbs.)
Featherweight - 68kg (149.9 lbs.)
Lightweight - 74kg (163.1 lbs.)
Welterweight - 80kg (176.3 lbs.)
Middleweight - 87kg (191.8 lbs.)
Light-heavyweight - 96kg (211.6 lbs.)
Heavyweight - 107kg (235.9 lbs.)
Superheavyweight - 107kg+ (over 235.9 lbs.)
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