WSOF-GC 2 Japan Press Release – Omigawa & Watanabe
World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) has added two more legends of Japanese MMA to their ever-growing roster. Both Michihiro Omigawa and Hisae Watanabe have agreed to compete at WSOF-GC 2 Japan on February 7 in Tokyo.
“It’s amazing to add two more of the very best Japanese fighters of all time to our ever-expanding roster,” states WSOF-GC Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker, Jason Lilly. “Omigawa and Watanabe are synonymous with Japanese MMA and add an extra level of excitement to our show. The two of them combined with the addition of Akihiro Gono makes this a true ‘Legends of Japan’ event.”
David Jordan vs. Johnny Nunez added to WSOF 26, Andreas Spang withdraws
The nine-bout lineup for this week’s WSOF 26 event has been finalized with the addition of a lightweight matchup between Jonathan Nunez (5-1) and David Jordan (3-3).
Additionally, Andreas Spang (9-3) has contracted pneumonia and withdrawn from the card, scrapping a planned matchup with Kelvin Tiller (7-1), who had agreed to replace Shamil Gamzatov (9-0).
WSOF officials today announced the changes.
RIZIN announces BARUTO vs. Jérôme Le Banner for 12/31
RIZIN FF has announced the debut of Kaido Höövelson, better known as; BARUTO. He will take on combat sports legend Jérôme Le Banner on December 31.
30-year-old Baruto (0-0) will be making his MMA debut following his run as a sumo-wrestler which gained him popularity in Japan. After suffering some injuries, Höövelson has transitioned to MMA and has trained under the supervision of world class fighters like Peter Aerts and Akira Shoji.
42-year-old combat sports legend Le Banner (3-2-1, 81-22-2 KB) has been fighting professionally for almost 20 years but has not competed in MMA since December of 2010 where he lost to Satoshi Ishii via decision. He went 2-0 in kickboxing this year, including a knockout and a decision. Along with the experience in MMA and kickboxing, Le Banner has an undefeated boxing record at 6-0 w/ five knockouts.
This fight will take place as the co-main event of RIZIN 2, headlined by Fedor Emelianenko, on December 31.
ONE Championship Vice President Rich Franklin issues statement on Chi Lewis-Parry situation
Before he stepped foot into the cage to face Brandon Vera for the inaugural ONE Championship heavyweight title, Chi Lewis-Parry made headlines – for all the wrong reasons.
After failing to submit his medical records and drug test results before the Dec. 11 clash, the undefeated Lewis-Parry was removed from his fight against Vera. None too pleased, Vera ripped Lewis-Parry in a video to his Facebook page (NSFW language).
In the wake of this, ONE Championship Vice President and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin issued a statement via ONE's Facebook fan page, summarizing the situation and detailing exactly what happened and why.
Next week's Titan FC 36 event canceled, CEO's 'health issues' cited
Next week’s Titan FC 36 event, which was slated to stream on UFC Fight Pass, has been canceled.
Officials made the announcement on Wednesday, citing CEO Jeff Aronson’s “health complications related to an unexpected surgical procedure.”
The event was slated for Dec. 18 at Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Current Titan FC flyweight champion Tim Elliott (12-6-1) was scheduled to fight fellow ex-UFC fighter Pedro Nobre (17-1-2) in the headliner of the card, which was expected to feature more than a dozen bouts.
Brandon Vera meets Cheng, not Lewis Parry, in Friday's ONE Championship 35 title fight
Brandon Vera has a new opponent for Friday’s title fight at ONE Championship 35.
Company president Victor Cui today announced Paul Cheng (5-1) has replaced Chi Lewis Parry (6-0), and he now fights former UFC fighter Vera (13-7) for the organization’s inaugural heavyweight title.
“ONE Championship 35: Spirit of Champions” takes place Dec. 11 in the Philippines at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena. It streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.
Ricardo Ramos (8-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0) to Headline Legacy 51
Legacy 51 takes place Feb. 5th 2016 at the Grand Casino Hinkley in Hinkley, MN. The Banamweight Title will be up for grabs in the Main Event which features Ricardo Ramos (8-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0). Also featured on the Main card you have Jacob Volkmann (18-6) vs Antonio “Malvado” Trocoli (8-0) and in the Co-Main a Catchweigh bout between Brock Larson (39-10) vs Travis Coyle (14-8).
In case you guys aren't familiar with Ramos or Mendes, these two will almost certainly be fighting to get into the UFC.
Cyborg-Ibragimova, Inoue-Schuckman Planned For Invicta FC 15
Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino makes the next defence of her title on January 16th at Invicta Fighting Championships 15 in Costa Mesa, California. Justino is expected to face off against Daria Ibragimova, who has won seven straight fights and makes her U.S. debut.
MMARising.com confirmed plans for the matchup today following hints from Justino in a post on her official website. Also targeted for the Invicta FC 15 card is a strawweight bout between Deep Jewels champion Mizuki Inoue and Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman. Both fights await commission approval.
Cyborg drop to 135 on hold, next fight at 145
Invicta FC founder and president Shannon Knapp appeared recently on Inside MMA, and said that league featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is not presently attempting a drop to 135. The fighter was scheduled to fight Cindy Dandois at a catchweight of 140 at Invicta FC 15 on Jan. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif. If that was successful, a fight at 135 would have been feasible, with a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to follow.
However, the UFC secured the services to USADA to do PED testing, and they have prohibited using an IV to rehydrate. Further, Ronda Rousey lost, and her next fight is a rematch.
Tyrone Spong out, Clinton Williams in against Jake Heun at WSOF 26
Tyrone Spong is having a hard time making his big MMA return.
The world-class champion kickboxer is injured and out of his co-main event fight with Jake Heun at World Series of Fighting 26 on Dec. 18 in Las Vegas, WSOF president Ray Sefo confirmed with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Sherdog was the first to report the news.
In Spong's place will be Clinton Williams, according to Sefo. Williams (7-2), a well-muscled heavyweight, will be making his WSOF debut. The 31-year-old has won four of his last five fights. Williams is coming off a third-round submission of Jared Hatch last month at SteelFist Fight Night 38.
Korean promotion ROAD FC floats $200,000 offer for Benson Henderson
Let the bidding begin. Just a few days after completing the final fight on his UFC deal, Benson Henderson (23-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) is already being publicly courted by Korean-based promotion ROAD FC.
“Benson Henderson put on an amazing performance in Seoul,” ROAD FC General Manager Mark Lee told MMAjunkie via email. “ROAD FC is aware he would like to test his upcoming free agency. We are interested in discussing a contract with Mr. Henderson for $200,000.”
When pressed, Lee declined to offer any other specifics on the terms of the offer he intends to make for the former UFC lightweight champion’s services, including whether the figure was per fight or total value. Henderson’s management team wasn’t immediately available for comment.
KSW heavyweight champion wants Fedor fight
On Saturday afternoon, Karol Bedorf stepped into the KSW cage and defended his title with a second round head-kick KO win against Michal Kita. As his opponent collapsed to the canvas, Bedorf towered over him as he admired his handy work.
The win was Bedorf's third knockout win in his last four fights. It was also the third successful defense of his title. With swelled confidence from his recent string of results, Bedorf revealed that he is interested in a match-up against Russian heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.