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XFC announces 10-bout lineup for December's "XFC 15: Tribute" on HDNet
Featuring a headliner of lightweights Eric Reynolds (13-5) vs. Jonatas Novaes (9-3) and a female co-feature of Felice Herrig (5-3) vs. Bellator vet Carla Esparza (5-2), "XFC 15: Tribute" takes place at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. The complete XFC 15 card currently includes: MAIN CARD (HDNet) Jonatas Novaes vs. Eric Reynolds Carla Esparza vs. Felice Herrig Denis Hernandez vs. Nick Newell Corey Hill vs. Charlie Rader Imani Lee vs. Brandon Sayles John Kolosci vs. Ryan Thomas Shah Bobonis vs. TBA PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired) Johnny Cardona vs. Bruce Lutchmedial Alex Poulsen vs. TBA Phil Daru vs. Socrates Pierre
BAMMA 8 final fight card set for December 10th in United Kingdom
Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce the final fight card for its Nottingham event taking place at the Capital FM Arena on 10th December. Bamma 8 boasts a stunning card that showcases some of the cream of UK fight talent, including a spectrum of fighters hailing from Nottingham’s world renowned and legendary fight camp, The Rough House.
Legacy Fighting Championships 9 fight card set for December 16th on HDNet
Houston, TX. – November 22, 2011 – Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Legacy Fighting Championship, returns to the Houston Arena Theater on December 16 with Legacy Fighting Championship 9. The stacked fight card includes a main event welterweight title bout between Strikeforce veteran’s Mike “The Greek” Bronzoulis and Jorge “Macaco” Patino and a co-main pitting England’s Paul Kelly against Houston Police Officer and Legacy FC veteran Jeff Rexroad. With 11 fights scheduled, there will be no shortage of action for fight fans in attendance or those watching live on HDNet.
MFC 3 Wilson Gouveia eager for comeback battle with Dwayne Lewis
Despite more than a year away from action, it took Wilson Gouveia nothing more than a quick instant to agree to face his upcoming opponent at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals. With a wholly healed body and a fighting spirit back intact, Gouveia eagerly accepted the challenge of taking on heavy-handed Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis. There wasn’t a moment’s hesitation, not a pause to ponder things over, and absolutely not one bit of doubt in his response
HDNet and BAMMA ink multi-year television deal
DALLAS (November 14, 2011) As announced earlier tonight on HDNet’s live broadcast of "Inside MMA", the network has signed a new agreement with Europe’s largest and most prominent Mixed Martial Arts Promotion, BAMMA. This multi-year deal, negotiated by BAMMA distributor Content Television, will kick off on Saturday, December 10 with LIVE coverage of "BAMMA 8" from The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. "BAMMA puts on the best MMA shows in Europe and HDNet broadcasts the best fights from around the globe," said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. "It was the perfect fit. I had to get this deal done!"
Josh Rave steps into TPF 11 headliner with flyweight champ Ian McCall
Tachi Palace Fights champion and No. 1 flyweight Ian McCall (11-2 MMA, 3-0 TPF) has a new opponent. Stepping in as an injury replacement for Will Campuzano (9-4 MMA, 0-0 TPF) is Josh Rave (18-8 MMA, 0-0 TPF), Tachi officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). They headline "Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption," which takes place Dec. 2 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Rave, who's competed with organizations such as M-1 Challenge and EliteXC, is on a 3-1 run since an April 2010 loss to now-Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky. Twelve of the Nebraskan's 18 wins have come via stoppage (eight via submission).
Bobby Lashley now meets Mark Martinez in Shark Fights 21 headliner
Let's try this again. Again. Mark Martinez (4-1) has stepped up to headline Shark Fights 21 opposite Bobby Lashley (6-1) in a bout for the promotion's heavyweight title. Shark Fights CEO Bud Brutsman today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), saying, "As a Shark Fights veteran, we're happy that Mark is getting a shot at the title." Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.
Shark Fights 21's Bobby Lashley without opponent as Dave Huckaba scratches
The heavyweight is again without an opponent at Shark Fights 21 after his scheduled opponent, Dave Huckaba (16-4), withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Sources close to the event today confirmed the change with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.
Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida slated for BAMMA 9 in February
Nate Marquardt's BAMMA debut will wait for now. Once targeted to meet Paul Daley (29-11-2) at the upcoming BAMMA 8 event, Marquardt (31-10-2), a onetime UFC middleweight title challenger, will now headline BAMMA 9 opposite UFC vet Yoshiyuki Yoshida (13-6). Promotion officials today announced that BAMMA 9 is set for Feb. 11 at LG Arena in Birmingham, England, which is the site of this weekend's UFC 138 event. "Although we had planned for Nate's first fight to be in December, we believe it is worth waiting a further eight weeks for such a great matchup," BAMMA CEO David Green stated. Marquardt's debut marks his first outing since his release from the UFC, which came after he was not medically cleared by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission in advance of his UFC on Versus 4 headliner with Rick Story. It was later revealed that Marquardt's use of prescribed testosterone caused him to come in above the commission's acceptable levels of the hormone, which nixed his participation in the event. UFC president Dana White immediately released him from his contract.
Illinois commission reverses decision, clears Andreas Kraniotakes for ProElite 2
Andreas Kraniotakes (12-4) will fight in next month's ProElite 2 headliner against Tim Sylvia (29-7), after all. Hours after MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) passed along news that the Illinois State Professional Athletic Commission denied the heavyweight's participation because of a lack of sanctioned fights, the decision has been reversed. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon first tweeted the news, though MMAjunkie.com currently awaits confirmation from commission officials. ProElite 2 takes place Nov. 5 at iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The main card airs on HDNet.
Jay Silva replaces injured Elvis Mutapcic in SCC 3 middleweight title fight
Jay Silva (7-4) has replaced injured Elvis Mutapcic (9-2) in a Super Cage Combat 3 middleweight title fight with Bristol Marunde (14-6). Sources close to the event today confirmed the change with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said Mutapcic suffered a knee injury. SCC 3 takes place Nov. 4 event at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena. The evening's full lineup includes: John Alessio vs. Luiz Firmino Bristol Marunde vs. Jay Silva (for first-ever SCC middleweight title) James McSweeney vs. Emanuel Newton Steve Lopez vs. William Sriyapai Shane Nelson vs. Lance Wipf Dave Terrel vs. Phil Dace Cameron Diffley vs. Sidney Silva Shawn Fitzsimmons vs. Blas Avena Kui Gonsalves vs. Shorty Weikel
ONE FC Unveils Network; 'Very Close' to Deal With DREAM
As reported here earlier, ONE FC has partnerships with a few top promotions around Asia such as the URCC, Road FC, and DARE. Today, the promotion officially announced these deals in addition to a partnership with an Australian MMA promotion. From the press release: ONE Fighting Championship™ has formed exclusive partnerships with the following organizations: -URCC (Philippines) -Cage Fighting Championship (Australia) -ROAD Fighting Championship (Korea) -DARE Fightsports (Thailand) They also announced partnerships with several of the top MMA camps in the region: Team Lakay Wushu (Philippines), Tiger Muay Thai (Thailand), Tigers Gym (India), Evolve MMA (Singapore), Legacy Gym (Thailand), Tough MMA (Taiwan), Synergy Jiu-Jitsu (Indonesia), Juggernaut FC (Singapore), Fightworks Asia (Singapore), PAK MMA (Pakistan), Team Force (Korea), MuayFit (Malaysia), Leverage MMA (Malaysia). Aside from that laundry list of camps and promotions, the release also had this interesting statement from their CEO, Victor Cui, "Given our current discussions with various parties, we will be announcing another 23 additional MMA organizations and gyms to the ONE FC Network in the coming days and weeks." BloodyElbow.com has been informed that among those deals in the works, is a partnership with Japanese promotion, DREAM. A high ranking official from the promotion has told us that ONE FC is currently in discussions with a few organizations from Japan, and that the deal with DREAM is 'very close' to being finalized.
Eric Reynolds vs. Jonatas Novaes headlines HDNet's XFC 15 on Dec. 2
Xtreme Fighting Championships has tapped a headliner for its next event. "XFC 15: Tribute" takes place Dec. 2 at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., and the headliner features lightweights Eric Reynolds (13-5) vs. Jonatas Novaes (9-3), officials recently announced. The night's main card airs live on HDNet. "I’m really excited for the big lightweight showdown in Tampa," XFC president John Prisco stated. "This could be the fight of the night, or it could be a very quick fight with a memorable finish. Either way the fans are going to be treated to an exciting main event."
Illinois commission nixes Andreas Kraniotakes' participation in ProElite 2 main event
The same day Andreas Kraniotakes took to MMAjunkie.com Radio and discussed his long-awaited big-show opportunity at next month's ProElite 2 event, the heavyweight was scratched from the event. On Wednesday, Kraniotakes (12-4) posted a video message saying he was forced out of his headliner with ex-UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia (29-7). According to a report from MMAFighting.com, an unidentified replacement fighter has been selected and awaits commission approval. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately reach commission or ProElite officials for comment. In fact, it was the Illinois State Professional Athletic Commission that halted Kraniotakes' participation in the event. Officials denied the fighter a license due to the German's lack of sanctioned fights on his pro record. ProElite 2 takes place Nov. 5 at iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The main card airs on HDNet.
Legacy Fighting Championships signs 'TUF 14' prospect Carson Beebe
Legacy Fighting Championships has secured another solid prospect. Company officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Texas-based promotion has signed "The Ultimate Fighter 14" fighter and top bantamweight prospect Carson Beebe to a multi-fight deal. He's expected to debut in 2012 on an HDNet-televised card. Beebe (8-1), who recently turned 23, made his pro debut in early 2010 and has suffered just one loss to date. The former Purdue University wrestler briefly appeared on the current season of "TUF" on Spike TV, but Johnny Bedford upset him with a submission victory and knocked him out of the competition in the 32-man elimination round.
Dave Huckaba tapped to meet Bobby Lashley at Shark Fights 21
Bobby Lashley's opponent merry-go-round has finally come to rest. Manager Leland LaBarre today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Lashley (6-1) has agreed to fight Dave Huckaba (16-4) at Shark Fights 21 for the promotion's heavyweight title. Contracts are expected to be finalized shortly. Champ Darrill Schoonover, who recently withdrew from the event, is expected to relinquish his belt. Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.
Reagan Penn meets Evan Cutts at ProElite 2
Reagan Penn's burgeoning MMA career rolls on at ProElite 2. Penn (1-0), the younger brother of former UFC champ B.J. Penn, is set to meet the undefeated Evan Cutts (2-0) at the event, which takes place Nov. 5 at iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The bout airs live as part of the event's HDNet-televised main card. Broadcast plans for the preliminary card have yet to be announced.
Jim Manuwa signs with BAMMA
Fresh off another impressive knockout victory this weekend at UCMMA over Nick Chapman, British light heavyweight fighter Jimi Manuwa is BAMMA bound following his signature on an exclusive four-fight deal. Once rumored to be courting an offer from the UFC, Manuwa has opted to continue building his level of experience and looks to maintain momentum having battled injuries over the last 12 months. He is currently riding a perfect 10-0 undefeated record.
Bobby Lashley vs. Tim Hague headlines Shark Fights 21
With Shark Fights heavyweight champ Darrill Schoonover (11-5) scratched due to a shoulder injury, UFC vet Tim Hague (13-5) has stepped in as a replacement and now meets ex-WWE star and Strikeforce vet Bobby Lashley (6-1) in the headliner of next month's Shark Fights 21 event. Shark Fights officials announced the fight overnight. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported Schoonover's withdrawal this past week. Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23. Officials announced a belt will be on the line with Lashley vs. Hague, though it's not clear if it'll be an interim title.
Rob Emerson out, Luiz Firmino headlines against John Alessio at Superior Cage Combat 3
Rob Emerson has been forced to withdraw from November's Superior Cage Combat 3 event, and Luiz Firmino (13-5) has been tapped for the evening's main event opposite John Alessio (32-14). With the change, "SCC 3: Alessio vs. Firmino" now includes: John Alessio vs. Luiz Firmino Bristol Marunde vs. Elvis Mutapcic - for first-ever SCC middleweight title James McSweeney vs. Emanuel Newton Steve Lopez vs. William Sriyapai Shane Nelson vs. Lance Wipf Dave Terrel vs. Phil Dace Cameron Diffley vs. Sidney Silva Shawn Fitzsimmons vs. Blas Avena Kui Gonsalves vs. Shorty Weikel