Thiago Silva Signs With WSOF, Enters 4-Man Tournament For Light Heavyweight Title
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Thiago Silva has signed with World Series of Fighting and will vie for the promotion’s light heavyweight title through a four-man tournament on March 28.
The promotion confirmed the news after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. Silva will face Ronny Markes in the semifinals of the tournament, while Matt Hamill will be on the opposite side of the bracket and face a yet-to-be announced opponent. The tournament final will take place later this summer.
Tim Sylvia retires
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim "The Maineiac" Sylvia was scheduled to fight tonight at Reality Fighting 53, but was not medically cleared to fight. While the reason was not provided, Sylvia announced at the event that there was an issue with his MRI, and he was retiring.
Tim Sylvia Denied Medical Clearance To Compete At Reality Fighting Event
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia was supposed to headline tonight’s Reality Fighting card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
However, Sylvia has been denied medical clearance by the Mohegan Athletic Unit, and as a result, his bout against Juliano Coutinho will not take place as scheduled.
“Tim Sylvia’s fight tonight (Saturday) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut has been canceled,” Monte Cox, Sylvia’s manager, wrote on Facebook. “The Mohegan Commission did not give him medical clearance to compete.”
'Diablita' retired from combat sports but suffering cognitive symptoms
In a recent profile on AXS.com by Eric Holden titled "Michele Gutierrez feeling long-term effects of MMA fighting" the fighter talks about health issues she is having that could be traced to head trauma from combat sports.
The only figure from MMA with a publicly confirmed diagnosis for CTE is Gary Goodridge, and he explicitly attributes it to the damage he took in kickboxing.
Moraes, Hill To Meet At WSOF 18 In Edmonton In February
Top MMA News has learned that the World Series of Fighting will return to Edmonton in February with WSOF 18. The event will be a live televised NBC Sports event that is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 12.
On the card, World Series of Fighting Bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will defend his title against Josh Hill. The two were previously scheduled to fight in September 2014 at WSOF 13 but Hill was forced to pull out due to injury.