WSOF announces one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament for WSOF 25
WSOF is jumping on the one-night-tournament bandwagon with the announcement it will hold a one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament on Nov. 20 to crown a No. 1 contender for the promotion’s 155-pound championship.
The announcement for the event, which takes place in Seattle and air live on NBCSN, was made on Twitter.
According to MMAFighting, the field of eight includes Islam Mamedov (12-1), Mike Ricci (10-4), Joao Zeferino (18-6), Rich Patishnock (6-2), Jorge Patino (37-15-2), Brian Cobb (20-8), the winner of the WSOF 23 bout between LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7) and an additional two still-unnamed competitors. Seeding is not yet official.
RFA set to debut U.S.A. vs. Brazil fight kits
When the fighters at RFA 29 walk out to compete on Friday night on AXS TV, they'll be an unusual difference from normal RFA events. Not only is the theme of RFA 29 a slide toward nationalism with a 'U.S.A vs. Brazil' framing, but the organization is also requiring fighters to wear Adidas-made fight kits.
Mike Ricci signs with World Series of Fighting
Mike Ricci is headed to World Series of Fighting.
The former TUF 16 finalist has signed a new contract with the promotion, WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed with MMAFighting.com. His debut fight, which will be contested at lightweight, is expected to take place in November.
MMA fighter wins title while 12 weeks pregnant in Brazil
Kinberly Novaes was expected to make her RFA debut next week against Jocelyn Jones Lybarger, but won’t be able to step inside the cage.
The Brazilian strawweight had some trouble cutting weight as soon as she signed her bout agreement to fight on Aug. 21, and eventually found out that she’s six months pregnant. When she did the math, Novaes realized she fought and won a MMA fight in Brazil while pregnant. She’s having a boy.
NAC won't punish Mazzagatti for WSOF 22 refereeing
World Series of Fighting 22 on August 1st turned out to be one of the most controversial events of the year. The Diaz brothers were involved in a Royal Rumble style brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov's camp in the crowd and backstage, and the welterweight title fight between reigning champion Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields was marred with foul play.
All three participants, Rousimar Palhares, Jake Shields and referee Steven Mazzagatti were criticized for their conduct in the cage during the main event, but it was the Brazilian who received the most backlash.
WSOF 23 main card finalized with Jones vs. Valiev, Burley vs. Foster
WSOF has announced the final two bouts for the main card of WSOF 23.
Bantamweights Tito Jones (11-7) and Timur Valiev (9-1) will meet on the card as will lightweights LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7)
The latest WSOF 23 card now includes:
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – for lightweight title
Dave Branch vs. Teddy Holder – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Ben Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
Tito Jones vs. Timur Valiev
LaRue Burley vs. Brian Foster
Scott Coker agrees with fighters regarding the Ali Act in MMA: "I think it's a pretty good idea"
The never-ending conflict in mixed martial arts between management and labor, or should we say between promoters and fighters, has really come to the fore this year. Over the last few months an antitrust lawsuit, the new Reebok deal, and the USADA testing policy have sparked debates on fighter pay, lost sponsorship income, and lack of input from the athletes on the rules and regulations governing them. And this is in only in the UFC, never mind the number of complaints that one sees directed at other promotions. All of this has had led to discussions of possible solutions, including perhaps the most serious talk of a fighters association the sport has seen to date.
Champion Boxer Amir Khan Enters the MMA Fray with Super Fight League
Decorated world boxing champion Amir Khan has stepped into the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) business as a new owner and promoter of world championship MMA sports franchise Super Fight League.
Khan, a former, two-time world champion, will join a new, blue-chip ownership and management team dedicated to expanding the former India-based Super Fight League’s footprint in the U.S., beginning with a television distribution agreement that the company expects to announce soon...
Invicta FC 14 fight card announced with new main event
Tonya Evinger will defend her bantamweight title at Invicta FC 14.
Evinger will square off against undefeated Pannie Kianzad at the Municipal Audtiorium in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 12, according to Invicta FC officials Monday.
Invicta strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza was slated to previously headline the event with Alexa Grasso, but Grasso suffered an injury...
Luke Barnatt signs with Italian-based Venator FC, will debut in December
After suffering his third straight loss in May against Mark Munoz, Luke Barnatt was issued his release from the UFC. Since that time the 27-year-old British fighter has been in a state of reflection as to what his next move should be.
On Monday, Barnatt appeared on The MMA Hour and talked about his short term plan, which includes fighting for an Italian promotion...