WSOF suspends Vagab Vagabov for five months following post-fight infraction
While he picked up a win at this past weekend’s WSOF 23 event, undefeated middleweight prospect Vagab Vagabov will be sidelined for five months for losing his cool after his victory over Brian Grinnell.
WSOF Executive Vice President and matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz today told MMAjunkie that the promotion issued the sanctions because Vagabov clearly struck Grinnell multiple times after referee Al Guinee waved off the pair’s preliminary contest in the second round.
“I spoke with Vagab and his team, and they were very apologetic for his actions,” Abdelaziz said. “Vagab got caught up in the moment and expressed remorse for his mistake, but as a company, we simply cannot let moments like this go without addressing them directly.
“We hope this penalty sends a strong message to everyone on our roster that such infractions simply will not be tolerated.”
Pat Healy stripped of belt ahead of tonight's Titan FC 35 headliner
Pat Healy will still headline tonight’s Titan FC 35 event, but he won’t do so as the organization’s reigning lightweight titleholder.
Healy (32-20), a former UFC and Strikeforce fighter who’s slated to fight Bellator vet Rick Hawn (20-4) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed main event, missed weight at Friday’s weigh-ins and has been stripped of the belt.
The full Titan FC 35 weigh-in results included:
Pat Healy (158)+ vs. Rick Hawn (155) – for lightweight title (Hawn only)
Champ Andre Harrison (143.5) vs. Desmond Green (145) – for featherweight title
Champ Tim Elliott (125) vs. Felipe Efrain (124.5) – for flyweight title
Steven Siler (146) vs. Austin Springer (145.5)
Zane Kamaka (175.5)* vs. Belal Muhammad (170)
Ricky Simon (135.5) vs. Alex Soto (135.5)
Musa Khamanaev (146) vs. Jason Knight (145)
E.J. Brooks (161)# vs. Jason Novelli (155.5)
Sid Bice (125) vs. Shaine Jaime (126)
Zak Bucia (155.5) vs. Rasul Shovkhalov (156)
Pete Petties (145.5) vs. Ikaika Tampos (145.5)
Jake Smith (140.5) vs. Taki Uluilakepa (140.5)
Trey Ogden (169) vs. Ryan Walker (170.5)
+ – Stripped of title after missing weight
* – No penalty disclosed
# – Fine undisclosed amount for missing weight
WSOF 23 weigh-in results: Justin Gaethje, Luis Palomino set for title fight rematch
The WSOF 23 weigh-ins are in the books, and the main and co-main event title fighters are official for their bouts.
The full WSOF 23 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Justin Gaethje (154.7) vs. Luis Palomino (154.2) – for lightweight title
Dave Branch (204) vs. Teddy Holder (202.4) – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Tito Jones (134.7) vs. Timur Valiev (135.9)
Ben Fodor (161.6)* vs. Roberto Yong (157.3) – 160-pound catchweight
LaRue Burley (154.9) vs. Brian Foster (155.7)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Brian Grinnell (181.9) vs. Vagab Vagabov (184.9)
Krasimir Mladenov (185.7) vs. Clifford Starks (186)
Danny Davis Jr. (169.5) vs. Matthew Frincu (170.3)
David Nuzzo (136) vs. Andres Ponce (135.8)**
Joey Miolla (135) vs. Randy Steinke (135.9)
Jeff Fletcher (154.2) vs. Benny Madrid (160.3)***
* Fodor will surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Yong.
** Ponce was 137.5 on his first attempt, and made weight on his second try.
*** Madrid will surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Fletcher.
ONE Championship 32 takes shape with Svirid vs. Bigdash title fight
The lineup is taking shape for next month’s “ONE Championship 32: Tigers of Asia” event, which includes a middleweight title fight.
ONE Championship 32 takes place Oct. 9 at Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.
The latest ONE Championship 32 card now includes:
Champ Igor Svirid vs. Vitaly Bigdash – for middleweight title
Irina Mazepa vs. Ann Osman
Honorio Banario vs. Ev Ting
Peter Davis vs. Adrian Pang
Eric Kelly vs. Hiroshige Tanaka
Asuka Mikami vs. Eugene Toquero
Dae Hwan Kim vs. LiGe Teng
Marcos Santana vs. Gianni Subba
Saiful Merican vs. Melvin Yeoh
Almiro Barros vs. Ruel Catalan
Hesham Hiba vs. Agilan Thani
Florian Garel vs. Keanu Subba
Legacy FC 48 to feature middleweight title fight, four-man kickboxing tourney
Following this weekend’s lead from Bellator, Legacy FC will host a combo MMA-kickboxing card of its own.
Legacy FC owner/promoter Mick Maynard today announced Legacy FC 48 takes place Nov. 13 at Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles, La. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The latest Legacy FC 48 card (pro MMA only) includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Leonardo Leite vs. Ryan Spann – for middleweight title
Josh Quayhagen vs. Sean Soriano
Gage Duhon vs. Kolton Englund
Trent Meaux vs. Joel Scott
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m.)
Aaron Davis vs. Edgar Verdin
Daniel Hoffpauir vs. Richard Knepp
Former Invicta FC champ Katja Kankaanpaa announces retirement
One of Invicta FC's best fighters is calling it quits.
Katja Kankaanpaa, the former Invicta women's strawweight champion, announced this weekend night that she would be retiring from MMA competition. At Invicta FC 14 on Saturday night, Kankaanpaa lost a controversial unanimous decision to DeAnna Bennett in the co-main event...
'Cyborg' Justino to fight at 140 pounds on Invicta FC 15 card headlined by Souza-Grasso
Cristiane Justino (14-1) will finally move down in weight from her longtime home at 145 pounds, but it won’t be to fight in the UFC against Ronda Rousey.
“Cyborg,” who is the current Invicta FC featherweight champion, will cut to 140 pounds for a catchweight bout at Invicta FC 15 in November. Her opponent has not been determined.
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp announced the news at Saturday’s Invicta FC 14 post-fight press conference.
Materla vs Khalidov headlines KSW 33
One of the most anticipated middleweight fights outside of the UFC has finally been scheduled for November, as champion Michal Materla and superstar Mamed Khalidov headlines KSW 33 in Krakow.
Materla has held the KSW middleweight title since 2012 when he defeated Jay Silva to claim the Polish throne. Since then, he has amassed a four-fight win streak, including victories over Rodney Wallace, Kendall Grove, Jay Silva again. Most recently, he beat Polish MMA legend Tomasz Drwal.
With Kelvin Tiller out, Brian Grinnell now meets Vagab Vagabov at WSOF 23 in Phoenix
Just a week before the event, there has been a late change to the preliminary card lineup of next week’s WSOF 23 card in Arizona.
With the change, the complete WSOF 23 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – for lightweight title
Dave Branch vs. Teddy Holder – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Tito Jones vs. Timur Valiev
Ben Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
LaRue Burley vs. Brian Foster
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Brian Grinnell vs. Vagab Vagabov
Krasimir Mladenov vs. Clifford Starks
Estevan Payan vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Danny Davis Jr. vs. Matthew Frincu
David Nuzzo vs. Andres Ponce
Joey Miolla vs. Randy Steinke
Jeff Fletcher vs. Benny Madrid
WSOF signs UFC, Strikeforce vet Caros Fodor and Cory Devela to multi-year deals
WSOF continues to build its roster with the addition of a pair of new fighters to the promotion.
Lightweight Caros Fodor (10-4) and middleweight Cory Devela (16-6) have signed multi-year deals with WSOF, the organization recently announced. Terms of the deals were not disclosed, nor were first opponents or fight dates for the two fighters.
WSOF next is in action next week with WSOF 23, which takes place in Phoenix.
RFA 31: Smith vs. Marunde, featuring two title fights, set for Oct. 9 in Las Vegas
RFA is back with RFA 31, which features a pair of title bouts at the top of the card.
The event takes place Oct. 9 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The main card will air on AXS TV.
Gilbert Smith (11-4) will defend his RFA welterweight title against challenger Bristol Marunde (16-9) in the main event. The co-main event will see Zoila Frausto (12-4) face off with Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (5-1) for the vacant RFA strawweight title.
Chael Sonnen joins WSOF as color commentator
Retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen will join Todd Harris at the broadcast booth for this month’s “WSOF 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino” and other upcoming events, the promotion announced Tuesday.
Sonnen, no stranger to the promotion game, temporarily steps in for UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, who is unavailable for the Sept. 18 event due to his duties as an analyst for AXS TV.
WSOF 23 takes place at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The event’s main card, which features a rematch between reigning champ Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino, airs live on NBC Sports Network following prelims on MMAjunkie.com.
WSOF signs three notables, including UFC veteran Robbie Peralta
World Series of Fighting's roster continues to grow.
WSOF signed three fighters, including UFC veteran Robbie Peralta, to contracts Monday, executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com. Saul Almeida, best known as Jose Aldo's World Tour translator, and kickboxing star Cosmo Alexandre were the other athletes added...
Jadamba Narantungalag's featherweight title on line at ONE Championship 31
Nine fights are set for next month’s “ONE Championship 31: Odyssey of Champions” event, including a championship headliner.
Officials today announced featherweight champion Jadamba Narantungalag (10-3) will meet undefeated challenger Marat Gafurov (11-0) in the featured bout.
The latest ONE Championship 31 card includes:
Champ Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Marat Gafurov – for featherweight title
Herbert Burns vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
Leandro Ataides vs. Alexey Butorin
Jake Butler vs. Cristiano Kaminishi
Andrew Leone vs. Yusup Saadulaev
Vincent Latoel vs. Arnaud Lepont
Muin Gafurov vs. Casey Suire
Sunoto Peringkat vs. Mario Wirawan
Bashir Ahmad vs. Martin Nguyen
Clay Harvison vs. Jordan Rinaldi headlines Legacy FC 47 in Atlanta
The main card is set for October’s Legacy FC 47 event, which is just the second Georgia show in the Texas-based promotion’s history.
Legacy FC owner Mick Maynard today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.
The latest Legacy FC 47 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Clay Harvison vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Wesley Barnes vs. Dave Vitkay
C.J. Hamilton vs. Brantley Furr
Josh Blyden vs. Nick Sprayberry
Josh Millwood vs. Chazz Walton
Josh Eagans vs. Doug Usher
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m)
Amir Dadovic vs. Brad Taylor
Patrick Mandio vs. Devorious Tubbs
Kongo Bakatukanda vs. Brandon Webb