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The lineup for next month’s WSOF 34 event continues to take shape.
Officials today announced Josh Copeland (13-4) has suffered a knee injury and been forced out of his bout with former heavyweight champion Smealinho Rama (9-2). Kevin Ray Sears (4-2) has stepped in as a replacement.
In addition to the heavyweight change, officials today announced four vets are scheduled for bouts as part of the organization’s “Who’s The Toughest?” program, which gives military personnel a chance to compete for the promotion.
Those matchups include U.S. Marine Corps veterans Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4) in a 150-pound catchweight bout, former Marine Brandon Collins (3-2) vs. fellow light heavyweight Chris Morgan (0-0), and former U.S. Army ranger Nicholi Navarro (3-1) vs. lightweight Alan Gutierrez (2-0).
Bellator MMA will host two events in two consecutive nights for the first time in its history on Dec. 2 and 3 in Thackerville, Okla. Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas will be defending his belt on the first night against Joe Warren.
On Saturday night, Bellator 167 will feature a featherweight clash between Pat Curran and John Teixeira in the main event.
MMA Fighting confirmed the news with Bellator officials following a report by The Dallas Morning News. Both Bellator 166 and Bellator 167 will take place at the WinStar World Casino.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Moscow-backed leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, is receiving heavy criticism after video surfaced of his three young sons competing in a mixed martial arts event on the eve of his 40th birthday.
While having his sons fight wouldn’t sound like such a bad idea if the boys were young adults, the fact that the oldest of the Kadyrov sons is only 10 years old is the reason why so much attention has been brought to the event.
Akhmad (10) defeated another boy via technical knockout in what was described as an exhibition fight on a nationally televised card earlier this week. Akhmad’s younger brothers, 9-year-old Eli and 8-year-old Adam, also won their fights in front a rabid crowd of adults on hand at the Grand Prix Akhmat 2016 international tournament in Chechnya’s capital of Grozny.
Rafael Carvalho defended the Bellator middleweight championship in one of the most controversial decisions of the year against Melvin Manhoef in May, and the promotion will give "No Mercy" an immediate rematch.
Bellator officially announced on Friday that Carvalho and Manhoef will headline the Bellator 168 card in Florence, Italy, on Dec. 10. In the co-main event, Alessio Sakara takes on Joey Beltran. Bellator hasn’t revealed broadcast details for the event.
Friday night's World Series of Fighting 33 main event has been canceled.
The Justin Gaethje vs. Ozzy Dugulubgov lightweight title fight is off because Dugulubgov fell ill Friday morning, WSOF president Ray Sefo confirmed with MMAFighting.com. Sefo said Dugulubgov had a headache, low blood pressure and was headed to a local Kansas City hospital for further evaluation.
A pair of high-level prospects will make their pro MMA debuts at Bellator 163.
Three-time NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion Ed Ruth and one-time NCAA Division 2 champ Tyrell Fortune will both compete in preliminary bouts on Nov. 4 in Uncasville, Conn., Bellator announced Thursday.
Paul Daley finally has an opponent for next month’s Bellator 163 event.
Officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie that Daley (38-14-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) will meet Derek Anderson (14-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a welterweight bout at the event.
Bellator 163 takes place Nov. 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Sergei Kharitonov's Bellator debut will finally go down, a few months later than anticipated.
The popular Russian knockout artist will meet Javy Ayala on the main card of Bellator 163 on Nov. 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Let the "legends ass kicking tour" commence.
Fight fans have been waiting for an announced opponent ever since Chael Sonnen ended his retirement by signing with Bellator MMA. The self-proclaimed "Bad Guy" wasted no time calling out the "Bad Boy" himself in Tito Ortiz.
Luckily for fight fans, the legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) trashtalkers will square off early next year, per a news break by Ortiz himself on AXS TV's Inside MMA.
At a location yet to be determined, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" and the "American Gangster" will throw down next January in what will presumably be the main event of a "tent pole" Bellator event.
Jose Aldo wants to leave the UFC, and another Brazilian star supports his battle against the promotion.
Wanderlei Silva, who returns to action on Dec. 29 against Mirko Cro Cop at Rizin Fighting Federation, asked the current UFC interim featherweight champion to sign with the Japanese promotion.
"The American Gangster" promised to wreck anyone and everyone willing to compete this November. That includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. Unfortunately for Sonnen, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" did not share his grand vision.
From Submission Radio:
"Chael calling me out on November 2nd? I'm the one who calls the shots, not him! We'll fight in January. We're not going to fight in November. I'm gonna give him some time to get used to being at his weight, off of steroids, so he can train through that time. November 17th is not happening. I'm calling the shots, not Chael Sonnen. Yeah he talks well, yeah he does his thing, but no, this is my weight class. I'm the one who calls the shots. Tito Ortiz is gonna call the shots."
Bellator 162 in Memphis is starting to take shape, and Kimbo Slice's son — Kevin Ferguson Jr. — is slated to make his professional MMA debut.
On Sunday, Bellator officials informed MMA Fighting that 'Baby Slice" will take on the 24-year old Rick Bing, who is also making his pro debut in the MMA cage. The fight will take place on the prelims of Bellator 162.
The trilogy fight between former PRIDE FC champions Mirko Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to happen at Rizin FF 2016 World Grand Prix quarter finals. The news was announced on the broadcast of the tournament's opening round on Sunday.
The Rizin FF Grand Prix quarter finals are scheduled to take place on Dec. 29 in Saitama, Japan.
One of the best prospects in women's MMA is going to be out for a while.
Mizuki Inoue tore her ACL recently and will require surgery, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp confirmed the information and said Inoue was on the short list of potential next challengers for Angela Hill's strawweight title.
Typically, an athlete will need around one year to recover from ACL surgery. It's unclear if there's any kind of loose timetable for Inoue's return.
The decision to strip Barb Honchak of the Invicta flyweight title wasn’t a bad one. How the promotion decided to go about it, on the other hand, was pretty poor.
Honchak herself confirmed that she had only seen the news online, and had not been informed by the promotion. In a statement delivered through Squor.com, Honchak gave her thoughts on no longer being the flyweight champion:
“I understand that Invicta would want to take the "interm" off the title since I have been out for an extended amount of time. But, I would have like the opportunity to relinquish and I would have like to have known by means other than Twitter.”
In the meantime, tonight’s interim title fight between Jennifer Maia and Roxanne Modafferi will now be for the undisputed Invicta flyweight championship. That fight headlines the promotion’s September 23rd card, along with an atomweight title defense for Ayaka Hamasaki against Jinh Yu Frey, in Kansas City, Missouri. The full event will be broadcast live on Fight Pass.
Liam McGreary has a date and place for his second light heavyweight title defense. The Bellator light heavyweight champion is scheduled to fight Phil Davis in the main event of Bellator 163.
The news was announced by the promotion on Friday.
Additionally, a welterweight battle between Saad Awad and Brennan Ward has also been added to the main card, along with a women's featherweight bout pitting Marloes Coenen and Talita Nogueira, which was previously reported by MMA Fighting.
Marloes Coenen will make her return to the Bellator cage in November against promotional newcomer Talita Nogueira, MMA Fighting confirmed with sources close to the situation following a report by Graciemag.
Bellator 163 is scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Paul Daley and Brennan Ward are also expected to compete on the card.
Heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov will headline the WSOF’s early-December event.
Officials today announced Ivanov (14-1) will fight the winner of WSOF 33’s matchup between fellow heavyweights Shawn Jordan (18-7) and Ashley Gooch (10-4), who fight on Oct. 7.
WSOF 35 takes place Dec. 3 at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The Bellator cage is set to land in Italy for a second time this December when Bellator 167 takes place at Mandela Forum in Florence.
The promotion announced the Dec. 10 event via a press release. The card features both MMA and kickboxing bouts and will air on Spike, though exact broadcast details have not been revealed. Bellator first traveled to Italy for Bellator 152, which was held April 16 at Pala Alpitour in Turin.
A light heavyweight bout between Joey Beltran (17-13 MMA, 3-4 BMMA) and Alessio Sakara (18-11 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will serve as the headline bout for the MMA portion of the event.
The card for Bellator 162 continues to come together with the addition of three bouts, two scheduled for the main card.
In a press release today, the promotion announced a middleweight bout between Hisaki Kato (6-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and A.J. Matthews (8-5 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) and a lightweight bout featuring Ryan Couture (10-4 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Goiti Yamauchi (19-3 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) scheduled for the main card. In addition, Ricky Rainey (11-4 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) and Gilbert Smith (12-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) meet in a welterweight preliminary bout.