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.
Jason Hicks vs. Scott Holtzman to headline XFC 22: ‘Crossing the Line’
The XFC promotion will be coming back to Charlotte, NC, for XFC 22: “Crossing the Line”on February 22nd and has announced the main event plus four more fights.
XFC tryout winner Jason Hicks will take on Scott Holtzman in a lightweight scrap with the winner taking on the newly crowned XFC lightweight champion Nick Newell.
Hicks (5-0) was victorious at XFC 19 which also took place in Charlotte as he won via second round submission over previously undefeated Shane Crenshaw. Hicks has only gone to a judges decision once in his career and will be taken on another undefeated fighter in Scott Holtzman.
Holtzman (3-0) was victorious in his last outing at XFC 20, taking out Chris Coggins via TKO in the first round. Holtzman has won three consecutive fights, finishing all three opponents either via TKO or submission.
Honorio Banario meets Eric Kelly for featherweight title at ONE FC 7 in February
ONE FC will crown its featherweight champion when it returns to action in February.
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the promotion has booked a long-awaited matchup between Eric Kelly (9-0) and Honorio Banario (7-1) for "ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors." ONE FC also on Wednesday made the fight official.
ONE FC 7 takes place Feb. 2 at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. the Kelly-Banario fight will serve as the main event.
Evangelista Santos vs. Pete Spratt Set As The Main Event Of The First Legacy FC Show Of 2013
Evangelista Santos (18-15) and Pete Spratt (25-21) will meet each other in the main event of the first Legacy FC show of the 2013.
Santos, a former PRIDE and Strikeforce fighter, will make be making his return after being away from action for the last 18 months. Spratt looks to find continued success in Legacy FC after securing a 25 second KO last summer.
Other fights on the card include: Jared Rosholt (4-1) vs. Richard Odoms (7-0), Nick Gonzalez (18-10) vs. Kevin Aguilar (4-1), Billy Buch (3-1) vs. Patrick Ybarra (2-0) and Johnny Ray Rodriguez (2-1) vs. Johnny Rodriguez (2-1).
Legacy FC 17 takes place from the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX. The show occurs February 1 with the main card airing on AXS TV.
Chris Fields defends middleweight title vs. Jesse Taylor at Cage Warriors 51
Cage Warriors' New Year's Eve event has added a second title fight to the top of the bill.
Chris Fields (10-4) will put his middleweight title on the line at Cage Warriors 51 against Jesse Taylor (23-9). Cage Warriors officials recently announced the fight booking for the main card.
Cage Warriors 51 takes place Dec. 31 at The Helix in the Irish capital of Dublin. The event's main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following Facebook prelims.
The card is headlined by a lightweight title fight between Cage Warriors featherweight champion Conor McGregor (11-2) Ivan Buchinger (21-3), with McGregor looking to become the first Cage Warriors fighter to simultaneously hold two titles.
HIROYUKI TAKAYA VS. GEORGI KARAKHANYAN, ‘MACH’ SAKURAI VS. PHIL BARONI BOOKED FOR DREAM 18
Hiroyuki Takaya has a date for New Year’s Eve, as the Dream featherweight champion will take part in a non-title bout against Georgi Karakhanyan at Dream 18.
The matchup was one of three made official Tuesday for the Dec. 31 card at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Also announced was a welterweight tilt featuring Pride veterans Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and Phil Baroni, as well as a lightweight bout between former Sengoku champ Satoru Kitaoka and American import Will Brooks.
DREAM.18 – Glory 4 Event To Air Live On The Fight Network
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, will be airing three live events on December 31, beginning with a live presentation of DREAM.18 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan at 2 a.m. ET.
Approximately one hour after the culmination of DREAM.18, the GLORY 4 Tokyo Heavyweight Grand Slam will emanate from the same venue, beginning at approximately 6 a.m. ET.
The live action continues later in the day at 4 p.m. ET, as a live broadcast of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 51 emanates from The Helix in Dublin, Northern Ireland.