Cris "Cyborg" Justino signs with Invicta
Cris "Cyborg" Justino, the former Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion who was just released this week by the UFC, has signed with the Invicta Fighting Championships and will debut on their next show on April 5.
Cyborg (10-1, 1 no-contest) hasn't fought since her Dec. 17, 2011 title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka, which she originally won via TKO in just 16 seconds. That win was overturned when the muscular Brazilian tested positive for the veterinary steroid Stanozolol.
Cyborg's manager, Tito Ortiz, made the official announcement Friday night at a press conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. Ortiz unveiled a poster for the Invicta show, which listed Cyborg as facing Ediane Gomes (10-2), a Brazilian who now lives in Coconut Creek, Fla. At the press conference, neither Ortiz nor Cyborg ever mentioned Gomes' name. The poster stated "live on pay-per-view" at the bottom, although neither Ortiz, nor Invicta in its release, made any mention of pay-per-view.
Zoila Frausto Gurgel Signs Multi-Fight Deal With Invicta FC
Flyweight (125 pounds) superstar Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-2) of Cincinnati, Ohio has signed a multi-fight contract with Invicta Fighting Championships and will make her debut for the women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion at its next event on an April date to be announced soon.
Frausto Gurgel will square off with submission expert Jennifer Maia (6-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil.
“We are thrilled to welcome Zoila, an established superstar in the sport, to the Invicta FC roster and are looking forward! to seeing her compete in our rapidly growing flyweight division,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “Zoila has turned in a number of thrilling performances while rising through the ranks of fighters over the last few years, and we are confident that she will help raise the bar of competition even further in the Invicta FC cage.”
Robert Drysdale vs. D.J. Linderman added to April's Legacy FC 19 event in Texas
A light heavyweight matchup between submission ace Robert Drysdale (5-0) and multi-division contender D.J. Linderman (13-4) will serve as the co-main event of April's Legacy FC 19 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the new bout with promotion officials.
Additionally, Rey Trujillo (13-10) steps in for an injured Junior Assuncao and will now face Chris Jones (7-1) in a featherweight matchup. Assuncao is expected to be booked for a future Legacy FC event.
Featuring champion Will Campuzano vs. Alan Nascimento for the promotion's flyweight title, Legacy FC 19 takes place April 12 at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
Cage Warriors 54 adds Taylor-Phillips 185 title fight; McGregor defends 155 belt
A pair of titles will be on the line in May at Cage Warriors 54.
Middleweight champion Jesse Taylor (24-9) will put his belt up against John Phillips (16-5), and two-division champ Conor McGregor will defend his lightweight title against an opponent to be named.
Cage Warriors 54 takes place May 4 at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Broadcast plans for the event are expected to be finalized soon.
Zoila Gurgel signs multi-fight deal with Invicta FC for April debut
Zoila Gurgel (12-2) apparently is moving on from Bellator.
The 115-pound women's champ recently signed a multi-fight agreement with Invicta FC, sources close to the event confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Gurgel will face a to-be-announced opponent at the all-female promotion's fifth event, which takes place April 6. Though a venue and location have not been announced, and prevoius reports indicated the promotion's hope to expand its horizons, potentially for an event in California, the plan is for Invicta FC 5 to take place in Kansas City, Mo.
Bellator and Invicta officials could not be reached Monday evening for comment on the move. Gurgel most recently competed at flyweight for the tournament-based promotion at Bellator 83, where she was choked unconscious in 58 seconds by Jessica Eye.
ONE FC 8 set for April 5; Kotetsu Boku defends lightweight title vs. Shinya Aoki
Following this past Saturday's event in Malaysia, ONE FC will return to Singapore in April for a lightweight title fight.
"ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions" will take place April 5 at Singapore Indoor Stadium and will be headlined by a 155-pound title fight between champion Kotetsu Boku (20-7-2) and Shinya Aoki (32-6).
ONE FC officials recently announced the card and headlining fight, which will be broadcast on Star Sports in Asia. Elsewhere, the main card is available as an online pay-per-view ($9.99) following free prelims at onefc.tv.
WSOF 2 takes shape with Branch-Filho, Burkman-LaFlare, Cavalcante-Gaethje
World Series of Fighting's second event is starting to take shape a day after the announcement of an extended TV deal with NBC Sports Network.
Several new fights for the card have been revealed by participants and by promotion officials.
WSOF 2 will take place March 23 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., with a heavyweight headliner between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (19-9) and former welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight Anthony Johnson (14-4). In addition, the promotion's first bantamweight title will be on the line as Marlon Moraes takes on Tyson Nam.
New fights for the card include David Branch (11-3) vs. Paulo Filho (23-4), Josh Burkman (24-9) vs. Ryan LaFlare (7-0), Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (17-6) vs. Justin Gaethje (7-0) and Igor Gracie (5-3) against an as-yet unnamed opponent.
Why Top MMA News Says: ‘The Score Is No More’
This past week, Top MMA News broke the very unfortunate news that one of Canada’s top MMA promotions was closing their doors – The Score Fighting Series was ceasing operations. If you missed the news, you can read it HERE.
As expected, the news spread rapidly and was met with dismay by the Canadian MMA community. Losing a show of this caliber negatively affects fans, fighters, venues, the promotion’s staff, gyms, the entire sport of MMA. Hell, losing a promotion that was a pipeline for great Canadian fighters in great Canadian markets even negatively impacts the UFC. Jesse Ronson and Josh Hill would not be on the UFC’s radar, if it was not for the Score putting on events.
The following day, The Score issued a press release to refute the Top MMA News story. You can read it HERE. It basically said that The Score or the Trustee released some individuals, but no decision was made on Score Fighting Inc. Immediately, fans held their breath and crossed their fingers hoping it was true and web sites that copied our previous story, quickly removed their version and instead stated that the Score was alive and kicking because no decision had been made.
Well, sadly, that is not true. The Score Fighting Series is no more.
MARLON MORAES VS. TYSON NAM SLATED FOR WSOF 2 ON MARCH 23
A long-expected bantamweight bout between Marlon Moraes (9-4-1) and Tyson Nam (12-4) finally has a date: March 23.
The 135-pounders will meet at World Series of Fighting's sophomore show. Sources close to the event, WSOF 2, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have been signed.
The Las Vegas-based promotion hasn't made a formal announcement about the event or a location. The organization's debut show took place in Las Vegas back in November and aired on NBC Sports Network.
The organization initially planned to host its second event this past month, but the date ultimately was pushed back.
Bellator fighter Paul Daley scheduled for fight in Ireland on February 23
After some trials and tribulations, it appears that Daley has finally been approved for a fight outside the Bellator umbrella.
Bellator Welterweight Paul Daley was expected to fight on the promotion's Season 8 premier on Spike TV against War Machine next week. Those plans were tossed after a recent arrest prevented Daley from obtaining a visa to travel to the US. After initial struggles with Bellator in getting permission to fight outside their organization, it looks like Daley now has a fight scheduled.
Daley will face Patrick Vallee at Cage Contenders 16 on February 23.
Knapp: "If you're truly a fan of mixed martial arts, you can't be gender biased"
"If you're truly a fan of mixed martial arts, you can't be gender biased," Invicta Fighting Championship president Shannon Knapp said in a recent telephone interview. "If MMA is about fighters competing in actual weight divisions and having competitive fights, that's what we have. If you don't like that, you're not a true fan of the sport. You can't be gender biased and be a true fan."
"(The UFC is) only going with one division. We've got an entire roster of fighters in five weight classes. Even with the one division where we overlap, I mean, look at it like this: look where Liz was in her career a year ago. She lost to Coenen and Kaufman back-to-back. Then she came here, she looked good in winning her fights, and she started to assert herself and market herself. I'm not going to take the credit for it because it's all on Liz, but she had the opportunity here and she took it. That's the sort of thing we can still help with."
Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt live weigh in @ 6pmEST
Don't know if any of the PG fam is catching Invicta tomorrow night but I sure as hell am! Even if your busy tomorrow you might as well watch the weigh ins live in 10 minutes!! I dont know what it is.. but I seem to enjoy Invicta weigh ins more then any other organization.....
Glory World Series Expands Into the U.S. in 2013, Continued Plans to Revive Fight Scene in Japan
The tradition of huge shows in Japan on New Year’s Eve goes back many years, but with the mixed martial arts and fight scene in general in the country failing over the last several months, many wondered if 2012 would be the first year no major show would close out 2013.
Thanks to Glory World Series and a partnership with DREAM, the New Year’s Eve show was saved, and later tonight a double card featuring several MMA bouts as well as a 16-man heavyweight kickboxing tournament will cap off 2013 in Japan.
Kazuo Misaki goes out swinging, Kazuyuki Miyata dominates at DEEP 'Haleo Impact'
TOKYO -- After 12 years and nearly 40 fights, Japanese fan-favorite Kazuo Misaki said farewell to the ring Saturday in front of a packed Korakuen Hall at Deep “Haleo Impact.”
In his final appearance, Misaki took on teammate and close friend Akihiro Gono in an exhibition kickboxing match. The bout began with shin-guards, but Misaki removed his before the second round and directed Gono to do the same. The two friends brawled for two rounds and embraced one another in tears after the final bell.
“I fought 40 fights over 12 years. What I learned from all of that was two important things: the terms ‘thank you’ and ‘challenge,’” Misaki told the crowd before giving thanks to his teammates, family and fans, bowing out with tear-filled eyes.
Misaki’s career saw him win the 2006 Pride Welterweight Grand Prix and includes notable wins over Dan Henderson, Denis Kang and most recently, Paul Daley.