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.
Nick Newell wasn't offered WSOF tournament spot, hopes to bypass winner for title shot
To his surprise, Nick Newell said he wasn’t asked to join the field of competitors for WSOF’s upcoming eight-man, one-night lightweight tournament.
The tournament takes place at WSOF 25 on Nov. 20, but Newell (12-1) has a fight scheduled against Tom Marcellino (7-3) at WSOF 24 on Oct. 17, which takes place at Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
'Cyborg' says she's been bullied by UFC president Dana White, champ Ronda Rousey
While their relationship has never been all that great, Cristiane Justino and the UFC seem to be drifting further and further apart.
“Cyborg,” the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion, has long been considered a potential future opponent for UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. While the 10-pound difference has halted any shot of real fighting in the cage, it’s led to more than a few online feuds between the two fighters, as well as UFC President Dana White.
Bristol Marunde unveils aftermath of broken jaw suffered in RFA 31 headliner
As rough and tumble as the sport of MMA can be, fight fans probably never get comfortable looking at a broken jaw.
Veteran Bristol Marunde (16-10) came up short in his bid for the RFA welterweight title this past Friday. In a grueling RFA 31 headliner at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in Nevada, the AXS TV-televised title bout came to an end in the fourth round, when reigning champ Gilbert Smith (12-4) connected on a flush punch.
Mike Wilkinson on Makwan Amirkhani's callout: You're 'not on my level'
Makwan Amirkhani minced no words when he called for a future matchup with fellow UFC featherweight Mike Wilkinson.
After Wilkinson (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) knocked out one of Amirkhani’s (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) teammates and training partners in his most recent outing, “Mr. Finland” made it clear to MMAjunkie he wants revenge, ideally at the UFC’s scheduled event in London on Feb. 27, which is likely to be UFC Fight Night 83.
Joe Schilling 'still 100 percent committed' to doing both kickboxing and MMA
One knockout loss is not going to deter Joe Schilling.
The kickboxing phenom has not strayed from his path as an MMA fighter due to a second-round KO defeat against Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139 in June, he told MMA Fighting. Schilling still plans on competing in both sports as often as he can.
"I'm still 100 percent committed to fighting," Schilling said. "I like to fight. I fight regularly."
UFC Fight Pass adds Australian BRACE promotion
UFC's Fight Pass streaming service has inked a deal with BRACE MMA, considered by many as Australia's leading MMA promotion.
In a story at news.com.au, Eric Winter, the general manager of Fight Pass, stated that the agreement to air all events live will start with a Nov. 21 show.
Veteran MMA promoter, manager Monte Cox pleads guilty to federal tax charge
MMA promoter and manager Monte Cox, who once repped dozens of high-profile UFC fighters, faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to a single federal count of filing a false tax return.
Cox is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, on Feb. 24, the Quad City Times reported. He also faces a maximum $100,000 fine, court costs and one year of probation.
WSOF exec: Rousimar Palhares is a WSOF fighter; we'll respect NSAC’s decision
WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz said now-ex-welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares remains under contract with the promotion, but there are more immediate concerns – chiefly his wellbeing and fate with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“The guy, we all know he has some problems, and he’s working on them,” Abdelaziz told MMAjunkie. “He’s got a great team around him (with) the Nogueira brothers and other people, and it’s going to be up to the athletic commission. The Nevada commission is going to make a decision, and after that, we’ll follow. We have to respect their decision.
Field set for upcoming WSOF one-night lightweight tournament
The field has been set for the upcoming World Series of Fight one-night lightweight tournament.
According to WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz, the tournament participants are as follows: Luis Palomino, Brian Foster, Mike Ricci, Islam Mamedov, Brian Cobb, Jorge Patino, Joao Zeferino and Rich Patishnock.