WSOF does some tournament shuffling due to withdrawals
WSOF 25 goes down tomorrow night in Phoenix, but one fighter entered into the promotion's eight-man, one-night tournament and one reserve fighter have been forced to withdraw just 24 hours before their scheduled bouts. According to MMA Fighting, both Brian Cobb and Benny Madrid are out.
Five fights added to Titan FC 36, including UFC heavyweight vet Jack May vs. Chase Sherman
The lineup is set for next month’s Titan FC return to Kansas City for its third event streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Titan FC 36 takes place Dec. 18 at Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The main card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, six-fight UFC veteran Tim Elliott (12-6-1) puts his flyewight title on the line against Pedro Nobre (17-1).
The complete Titan FC 36 card includes:
Tim Elliott vs. Pedro Nobre – for flyweight title
Anthony Gutierrez vs. Andrew Yates
Zak Bucia vs. David Michaud
Zach Freeman vs. Jason Witt
Kevin Croom vs. Cody Stamann
Dave Burrow vs. Grant Dawson
Gerald Meerschaert vs. TBA
Aaron Ely vs. Nick Mamalis
Jack May vs. Chase Sherman
Brian Davidson vs. Chris Pecero
Ian Lujan vs. Jose Torres
Julian Marquez vs. Cameron Olson
Brian Camozzi vs. Josh Tulley
Joe Rogan Podcast: "Cyborg would make 135 if she cut off her d#$k"
Former Strikeforce and current Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Justino has been the victim of her fair share of body shaming and gross gender-related jokes and comments.
Most recently, Joe Rogan and fellow comedian Tony Hinchcliffe made a joke in a podcast that featured UFC President Dana White about Cyborg having male genitals. They followed up by suggesting that she could cut down to bantamweight if she relieved herself it.
Ben Askren officially scratched from ONE Championship 32 after opponent misses weight
Ben Askren waited seven months for his welterweight rematch with Luis Santos. Just hours before the fight, however, he found out it’s not going to happen.
After Santos missed weight by two pounds on Thursday, today’s ONE Championship 32 welterweight championship main event was downgraded to a non-title affair. Askren (14-0) demanded Santos (61-9-1) weigh in again on fight day at no more than 190 pounds, but the Brazilian failed to meet the requirements.
Due to Santos’ inability to keep his weight under that threshold, the originally scheduled headliner of the card at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore will no longer take place.
ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui announced the news on Twitter. He said he was “disgusted” by the actions of Santos and accused him of being “scared” to face Askren.
Network TV war brewing in Japan on New Year's Eve
After years off network television in Japan, two of Japan's major networks, and a third television station, will all be broadcasting MMA type events on New Year's Eve.
Nobuyuki Sakakibara's Rizin debut on the Fuji Network with Fedor Emelianenko, plus a taped fight from two nights earlier with Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shinya Aoki, was announced last month. On Saturday night's Bellator show, a battle between Gabi Garcia, a multiple time woman's world champion in Jiu Jitsu, and Lei'd Tapa (real name Seini Draughn) was announced.
An Fedor's opponent is...
MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is scheduled to fight for the former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara in his new MMA promotion (Rizin Fighting Federation) on December 31st, 2015, but for months his opponent was not known. This has changed thanks to Inside MMA’s Bas Rutten. According to Rutten, Emelianenko will be fighting Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in a rubber match, which will air in the morning on Spike TV.
Lawsuit lifts veil on WSOF internal issues, alleges financial problems, NAC violations
A new lawsuit alleges dire financial straits, violation of NAC rules and a dispute over international licensing rights at the World Series of Fighting. Paul Gift has the details.
WSOF Asia, an LLC whose ownership includes "prominent individuals and entities" in China and Hong Kong, filed a lawsuit in Las Vegas federal court on Monday against MMAWC, the controlling company of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and other individuals including CEO Carlos Silva, matchmaker Ali Abdel Aziz and member Bruce Deifik. The lawsuit paints a picture of significant internal strife in the past year along with claims of defamation, breach of contract, dire financial straits and violations of the Nevada Athletic Commission's (NAC) code for MMA promoters.
WSOF's one-night tournament rules released
The tournament final will serve as the main event, while the non-tournament co-main is between Jason High and Estevan Payan. Here's the full tournament bracket:
LaRue Burley vs. Joe Condon
Benny Madrid vs. Ramil Mustapayev
Mike Ricci vs. Brian Cobb
Luis Palomino vs. Rich Patishnock
Brian Foster vs. Joao Zeferino
Jorge Patino vs. Islam Mamedov
Ricci/Cobb winner vs. Palomino/Patishnock winner
Foster/Zeferino winner vs. Patino/Mamedov winner
TBA vs. TBA
The card will broadcast live on NBC SN at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT
ONE Championship 34 adds five bouts, including strawweight title fight
Next month’s “ONE Championship 34: Askren vs. Santos” event is complete with the addition of five new bouts, including a title fight.
Supporting a welterweight title fight between champ Ben Askren and challenger Luis Santos in the main event will be a strawweight championship bout between champ Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (5-0) and Yago Bryan Farias de Morais (3-0). Promotion officials announced the new championship bout today.
The latest ONE Championship 34 card includes:
Champ Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos – for welterweight title
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Yago Bryan Farias de Morais – for strawweight title
Kotetsu Boku vs. Major Overall
Natalie Gonzales Hills vs. Angela Lee
Amir Khan vs. Jimmy Yabo
Alain Ngalani vs. Igor Subora
Edward Kelly vs. Martin Nguyen
Benedict Ang vs. Yohan Mulia Legowo
Nathan Ng vs. Li Kai Wen
Beyond the Octagon: Fedor's rumored opponent wins MMA bout
So we've lost a Dustin Poirier fight, but I'm going to turn that collective frown upside-down. How you ask? Jaideep Singh is how!
Kickboxing champion Jaideep Singh, who won the 2009 K-1 Grand Prix in Seoul, popped into headlines recently as a rumored opponent for Fedor Emelianenko, rather dampening what excitement there was for Emelianenko's return to the ring. Since then, however, Emelianenko's former manager has suggested that Singh couldn't possibly be the true opponent for "The Last Emperor." And now, perhaps not coincidentally, Singh has appeared at last weekend's Deep 73 Impact.
Cristiane Cyborg shows off figure during cut to 140 pounds
In an effort to silence her doubters, Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino posted a picture of a rather skinny version of herself in the gym as she continues her weight cut to 140 pounds. This afternoon, she shared the photo with her fans on Facebook.
"My next fight on Invicta FC will be at a 140 catchweight, five pounds under my division."
WSOF Announces Tourney Matchups; Ricci Gets Cobb
World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) announced tonight during its live NBCSN telecast of “WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami,” the quarterfinal stage matchups and brackets for its historic, one-night, eight-man tournament that will crown its winner the new number one contender in the promotion’s coveted lightweight (155 pound) division, at “WSOF 25: Eight-Man Lightweight Tournament,” on Friday, Nov. 20, live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz.
In one tournament bracket, Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-11) of Miami, Fla., coming off another “Fight of the Month” performance at WSOF 23 in September, will square off with rising star Rich Patishnock (6-2) of East Stroudsberg, Pa., while Brian Foster (23-7) of Sallisaw, Okla., fresh off a thunderous, first round (:32) KO of previously unbeaten LaRue Burley at WSOF 23, will collide with streaking submission wizard Joao Zeferino (18-6) of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
In the opposite bracket, wrestling and submission ace Brian “The Bandit” Cobb (20-8) of Bakersfield, Calif. will battle Firas Zahabi-trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Mike “The Martian” Ricci (10-4) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, while Islam Mamedov (12-1) of Jersey City, N.J. via Derbent, Dagestan, Russia will put his phenomenal, 11-fight winning streak on the line against five-time, one-night tournament winner and Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jorge “Macaco” Patino (38-15-2, 1 NC) of Houston, Texas via Sao Paulo, Brazil.