New Nevada athletic commissioner works for Fertitta-owned Station Casinos
The newest commissioner appointed to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) works for the former owners of the UFC.
Staci Alonso, appointed to the commission by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in December, is an executive vice president at Station Casinos, the casino group owned by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, per her LinkedIn page. The Fertittas sold their majority stake in the UFC, which is regulated and sanctioned by the NAC in Nevada, to WME-IMG in July for more than $4 billion.
Invicta atomweight champ Ayaka Hamasaki moves up to strawweight to face Livia Renata Souza
Update: Jinh Yu Frey (5-2), who Hamasaki defeated via doctor stoppage in September, will face undefeated Janaisa Morandin (9-0) on the same card.
Ayaka Hamasaki wants to make a statement.
The Invicta FC women’s atomweight champion will move up to strawweight to face former champion Livia Renata Souza at Invicta 22 on March 25 in Kansas City, sources told MMA Fighting on Monday.
Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news and said it would be the co-main event of the card. It should be announced officially this week, she said.
WSOF Two-Division Champion David Branch Vacates Both Titles, Declares Himself a Free Agent
World Series of Fighting was kind to David Branch, but now WSOF's only two-division champion has no belts and is ready to fly the coop.
Monday, in an interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” the 35-year-old Bronx native stated that he had vacated both his WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight titles and was now a free agent after four-plus years with the promotion, where he racked up an undefeated 10-0 mark during his tenure, plus two title belts.
‘Formerly promoted’ - Has World Series of Fighting been transferred or folded?
The entity doing business as WSOF is now a former MMA promoter, according to court documents.
MMAWC, LLC filed a lawsuit on Monday in Clark County District Court describing itself as the “Las Vegas-based company that formerly promoted professional events in the sport of mixed martial arts,” seemingly suggesting that either a new entity has acquired WSOF assets or WSOF’s days as an MMA promoter are over.
Elizabeth Phillips to make Invicta FC debut after Heather Hardy fight falls off card
Invicta FC is shuffling the deck just four days out of its next event.
The MMA debut of popular female boxer Heather Hardy is now off due to an injury to her opponent Brieta Carpenter, MMA Fighting confirmed Tuesday night with Invicta officials. In its place at Invicta FC 21 on Saturday will be a featherweight bout between UFC veteran Elizabeth Phillips and Leah Letson. The fights take place in Kansas City.
Invicta FC 21 complete with addition of three fights
With the addition of three new fights, Invicta FC 21 is complete. The event will held on January 14, 2917, in Kansas City, Missouri.
The new fights are:
Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee vs. Jenny Liou at flyweight;
Rachael Ostovich vs. Christine ‘Misfit’ Ferea also at flyweight; and,
Amy Montenegro vs. Celine Haga (10-13) at strawweight.
Lee is coming off her first loss, to Sarah D’Alelio at Invicta 16. Liou is on a three-fight win streak, all via submission.
Ostovich is coming off a Split Decision win over Ariel Beck at Invicta 17. Ferea is making her pro debut, after going 3-1 as an amateur.
Montenegro and Haga each won four of their past five fight.
Invicta FC 21 is headlined by Charmaine Tweet vs. Megan Anderson. Other fights on the card include:
Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi
Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks
DeAnna Bennett vs. Jodie Esquibel
Shannon Knapp to launch Invicta Boxing Championships
Despite its issues, the vast majority of fighters want to get into the UFC. There is no certain consensus on what league is the surest route up. Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat, World Series of Fighting, Legacy Fighting Alliance, Titan Fighting Championships are among a group that constantly sends fighters up to the biggest show.
But that’s for men.
For women’s MMA, there is only one – Invicta Fighting Championship. Under the direction of founder Shannon Knapp, the surest way for a woman to get into the UFC is by excelling in Invicta.
2x Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla moving to MMA 145lb
Kayla Harrison enters an ordinary door on a gray street on the outskirts of the Garment District and goes down the stairs to arrive at Renzo Gracie's jiu-jitsu academy.
There is no entourage, no handlers, no TMZ, just her and a bunch of sweaty fighters who pay her no mind.
You wouldn't know she is the most successful American judo Olympian in history.
The 26-year-old Ohio native recently signed a four-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting
In choosing the smaller promotion, Harrison turned down an offer from the UFC, according to the Boston Herald, to slowly and steadily build herself into the best MMA fighter in the world.
Chuck Liddell Inks Deal With WSOF Following UFC Termination
Fresh off his departure from the UFC, Chuck Liddell is already heading over to one of their rival promotions, WSOF. Liddell will be part of a signing at the theater in Madison Square Garden along with Randy Couture as was announced by World Series of Fighting earlier.
WSOF President Ray Sefo talked about having Chuck Liddell at the event.
“We are excited to have two of the sport’s most beloved and accomplished fighters on hand to meet our fans after WSOFNYC,” said Ray Sefo. “It will be a great honor to have them there following our historic event.”
Chuck Liddell was part of a number of employees that were released by the UFC under their new ownership. He’d been in an executive/ambassador role with the company ever since retiring from competition in 2010.
King Mo interested in Fedor & Carwin fights, expects to walk Ishii down and ‘beat him up’
American Top Teams’ ‘King Mo’ Lawal is getting set to fight again this Friday on a card that’s flying a bit under the radar. The former Strikeforce champion entered Bellator as an expected top star for the promotion, and while he’s definitely found a lot of success, his run has come with its ups and downs.
Perhaps the most notable hot streak Mo has had in the past few years came not under the Bellator banner, but for RIZIN. Mo entered into the 2015 100kg (220 lb) Grand Prix and won the whole thing, beating Brett McDermott and Teodoras Aukstuolis on his way to knocking out Jiri Prochazka. He followed that run with return to Bellator and a loss to Phil Davis back in May, and is now poised to bounce back against Satoshi Ishii.
Lightweight champ Justin Gaethje has new opponent for New Year's Eve WSOF 34 headliner
WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje has a new opponent for his scheduled title defense on New Year’s Eve.
Officials today announced Luiz Firmino (19-7) has replaced injured Joao Zeferino (21-8) and now meets Gaethje (16-0) in the headliner of the show, which features four title fights.
WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card airs on NBC (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) following prelims on NBCSN (3 p.m. ET) and MMAjunkie (1 p.m. ET).
Mirko 'Cro Cop' blasts 'scared homie' Wanderlei Silva following Rizin FF 3 withdrawal
Mirko Filipovic has a few choice words for fellow vet Wanderlei Silva.
“Cro Cop” (32-11-2) was slated to fight Silva (35–12-1) on Dec. 29 in a Rizin FF open-weight grand prix quarterfinal. However, officials today announced Silva is off the Rizin FF 3 card. A reason wasn’t given, and Silva hasn’t commented on the change.
A replacement hasn’t been named for the Rizin FF 3 grand prix fight, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, the semifinal round and tournament final take place at the same venue as part of Rizin FF 4.