Iceland’s Sunna Davidsdottir Signed to Invicta
Sunna Davidsdottir was the first female amateur fighter out of Iceland and now “Tsunami” will become the first pro fighter. The Mjölnir MMA fighter will have her debut in style, as she will do it with Invicta FC. “I´m going PRO!” posts the strawweight today at the same time Invicta made the announcement.
Four-Time UFC Veteran Akbarh Arreola Retires from MMA at Age 33
Thirty-five fight veteran Akbarh Arreola has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts at 33 years old.
"I wanted to take this opportunity to announce that out of respect for my family, my physical integrity and the sport, I retire,” Arreola wrote on Facebook. “To my fortune and I'm sure for many of you, today we have many compatriots and friends dedicated 100 percent to the sport and can continue to compete at the highest level that is required. Many thanks to all the people who supported me from the beginning and all those who with their good vibes always drew a smile on my face. "
A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Arreola exits the sport with a 23-11-1 career mark, with 17 victories via submission and five by knockout. He last competed at Pancrase 277 on April 24, losing to Kazuki Tokudome via technical knockout 4:59 into the first round.
WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje expected to face Ozzy Dugulubgov in next outing
Undefeated WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje (16-0) will likely meet six-time WSOF veteran Ozzy Dugulubgov (8-2) in his next title defense.
WSOF President Ray Sefo recently revealed the plan on WSOF.com.
“We’re still working out the details, but right now, I’m leaning toward going with Ozzy Dugulubgov for that shot,” Sefo wrote. “Ozzy debuted with us back in 2013, on just our second event. He’s gone 5-1 in his six World Series of Fighting appearances, and that one loss came via split decision. I think he’s proven himself as a true contender, and this will be his opportunity to show the world that he’s capable of competing at an elite level.”
Shlemenko vs. Emeev, Volkov vs. Vegh set for M-1 Challenge 68 in June
After the completion of the semi-final stage of the middleweight Grand Prix, M-1 Global announced that Alexander Shlemenko and Ramazan Emeev will headline the tournament finale at M-1 Challenge 68 in June. The co-main event will feature a heavyweight title fight between Alexander Volkov and Attila Vegh.
The news was confirmed on the promotion's official website.
Shawn Jordan signs with WSOF: 'I look forward to fighting for their heavyweight strap'
Heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter Shawn Jordan decided to test the free agency waters last year prior to an October UFC fight with Ruslan Magomedov, which he would lose by decision. Following the loss, which snapped a three-fight winning streak (all knockouts), the organization quietly did not re-sign Jordan (18-7).
"Yes, they did not re-sign me," Jordan told BloodyElbow.com on Monday. "No real reasoning. Most likely because I didn't re-sign before the loss.
"The division is shallow and all my fights are good. Yet they let me go."
Yuki Motoya Vacates DEEP Flyweight Title; Org Announces Plans For 115-, 125-Pound Belts
Deep already had plans to crown its inaugural strawweight champion in 2016. Now, the company also finds itself in need of a new flyweight ace.
Officials from the Japanese promotion on Tuesday announced that two-time Deep flyweight titleholder Yuki Motoya has vacated his 125-pound title. Motoya, 26, was scheduled to fight Brazilian prospect Allan Nascimento at last week’s Rizin event, but the bout was canceled at the 11th hour after Motoya reportedly suffered health complications related to his weight cut.
Invicta FC // Veteran Kaitlin Young will bring her experience to the table and share responsibilities with Julie Kedzie
Invicta Fighting Championships today officially announced the addition of to its staff as matchmaker, sharing duties with current matchmaker Julie Kedzie.
Young, a veteran of the sport who began her career in 2007 and last fought at Invicta FC 9 in November of 2014, brings both fight and matchmaking experience to the table, having previously filled the role for local promotions in her home state of Minnesota.
“Kaitlin has always been a part of the Invicta family,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “She fought for us five times and I’m certain that she’ll bring the same drive and passion that turned her into a fan favorite to this new opportunity.”
Undefeated Andrew Todhunter Will CallI It A Career Following Legacy FC 54 Bout
Looking back on 2015, Oklahoma-based middleweight Andrew Todhunter isn’t shy about saying it was the lowest point of both his MMA career and life outside the cage.
The first problem Todhunter ran into was when he was offered a fight at UFC 188 in Mexico City at welterweight. Unfortunately, fighting at a weight class below what he is used to and being in unfamiliar surroundings made for disastrous results.
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov to defend title vs. Rashid Yusupov, Stephan Puetz returns vs. Andrey Seledtspv
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov will defend his title May 27 against challenger Rashid Yusupov, headlining M-1 Challenge 66, in Orenburg City, Russia.
M-1 Challenge 66 will be streamed live from Moscow in high definition on www.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.
M-1 Global also announced that former M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan “T-800? Puetz will also return to action against M-1 Global-debuting Andrey Seledtsov.
Alexey Oleinik reveals UFC offered Fedor more money than Rizin
Less than 24 hours removed from the announcement that Fedor will meet UFC veteran Fabio Maldonado in the main event of a Fight Nights show in June, Russian heavyweight Alexey Oleinik has already publicly criticized the match-up.
According to the UFC fighter, Fedor has many interesting challengers at his disposal, yet opted to face a fighter on a significant losing streak.
Top flyweight Magomed Bibulatov sets sights on UFC title following Akhmat Grand Prix
At the start of 2016, the World Fighting Championships of Akhmat (WFCA) compiled an extensive list of foreign fighters to form various Grand Prix tournaments against their scores of Chechen fighters. Fighter such as Desmond Green, Kurt Holobaugh, Thiago Silva and Paulo Thiago were flown over to Grozny for the opening rounds of their respective tournaments. However, the crowning jewel of the first show was WSOF flyweight champion Magomed Bibulatov.
Fedor vs. Fabio Maldonado - July 17th - Fight Nights - St. Petersburg, Russia
Fedor Emelianenko is fighting Fabio Maldonado on July 17th in St. Petersburg Russia. The event is being put on by Fight Nights, and according to one source is going to be a co-promotion with Rizin, but I'm not sure about that.
Vadim and M-1 are counter-programming the event with a tournament and a Shlemenko fight. Vadim said "St. Petersburg is his city"
The first two sources are both in foreign languages, but if you use google chrome, all you have to do is right-click and select "translate to english"
MMA corner also covered the story but they're reporting that "Rizin is targeting the match"
RFA 37 results: Devin Clark, Leandro Higo claim titles in night of finishes
Devin Clark (6-0) is the first light heavyweight champion in RFA history. He scored a second-round TKO victory over Rafael Viana (6-1).
The contest served as the headlining bout of Friday’s RFA 37 event, which took place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., and aired on AXS TV.
After a wild opening exchange in which both men damaged their opponent in a torrid flurry, the pace settled a bit as Clark and Viana battled from the clinch for the remainder of the frame.
Clark scored a takedown early in the second, though Viana worked immediately back to his feet. It didn’t matter, as Clark simply outworked him on the feet and then eventually drove his foe back to the canvas. Viana appeared to have trouble with his right hand, but with UFC President Dana White in the crowd watching, he declined to opt out of the fight during the round. However, the injury did end up costing him the fight, as he declined to answer the bell for the third, eventually blaming a broken finger.
Jiri Prochazka, Kazuyuki Fujita on Point for Rizin FF 1; Yuki Motoya Misses FLW Limit
Czech prospect Jiri Prochazka and longtime Japanese MMA veteran Kazuyuki Fujita both hit the scales Saturday morning in Nagoya, Japan, to make their Rizin Fighting Federation main event official.
Rizin Fighting Federation 1 Weigh-in Results:
Jiri Prochazka (217) vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (240)
Vadim Nemkov (204) vs. Karl Albrektsson (205)
Teodoras Aukstuolis (215) vs. Jaideep Singh (214)
Gabi Garcia (209) vs. Anna Malyukova (200)
Tag Team Grappling Bout
Kazushi Sakuraba (181) / Hideo Tokoro (151) vs. Wanderlei Silva (220) / Kiyoshi Tamura (185)
Rena Kubota (112) vs. Cyndi Alves (112)
Daron Cruickshank (154) vs. Shinji Sasaki (154)
Kirill Sidelnikov (259) vs. Chris Barnett (301)
Yuta Watanabe (193) vs. Hisaki Kato (193)
Yuki Motoya (N/A) vs. Allan Nascimento (125)
Kanako Murata (117) vs. Natalya Denisova (115)
Hiroto Yamaguchi (141) vs. Tetsuya Yamato (141)
Danilo Zanolini (161) vs. Norihisa Amimoto (159)
Yuya Yamato (132) vs. Yuki (130)
Ben Askren Dominates, Remains Undefeated at ONE: Global Rivals
Ben Askren went the distance for the first time in three years at ONE: Global Rivals. Opponent Nikolay Aleksakhin had his moments at the Mall of Asia Arena, particularly in the third and fourth rounds, on Friday night (local time), but the American’s undefeated record never looked in serious jeopardy.
Askren subjected the Russian to a wrestling clinic. He took him down and kept him down. Aleksakhin spent virtually the entire opening round on his back and found himself in exactly the same position for the majority of the second stanza, as the American attacked with ground and pound from top position.
It looked set to be a long and thankless night for Aleksakhin in this five-round, non-title bout, but at the start of the third, he burst into life with a flurry of punches. A hard right hand knocked Askren’s mouthguard to the floor and, moments later, the Russian connected with a jab followed by a left uppercut, which brought a smile from the champion.
Aleksakhin was given further cause for encouragement when he stuffed a subsequent takedown, although an unfortunate slip left him in the familiar position of being on his back with Askren on top. The reigning ONE welterweight champion stayed there for the remainder of the round, landing some elbows from half guard and then some knees from the north-south position.