Damon Jackson Has Sights Set on Legacy FC 28 Bout, but Then Wants a Shot at the Title
In just over two years, featherweight Damon “The Leech” Jackson has gone from virtually no MMA experience to becoming one of Texas’ top young prospects with seven straight finishes to start off his career.
As Jackson explained to MMAWeekly.com, once he graduated college and began fighting, things have been moving at a breakneck pace.
“Ever since (graduation) I’ve been non-stop, every two months having a fight, just staying busy and trying to get thing going,” he said. “My career so far has been constantly learning and working on new things to mix up everything.”
Stephan Bonnar to serve as color analyst for Titan Fighting Championship
Stephan Bonnar is returning to MMA commentary.
The UFC Hall of Famer has been hired as a color analyst for Titan Fighting Championship and will call the promotion's upcoming show, Titan FC 27, Feb. 28 on CBS Sports Network,
Titan FC president and CEO Jeff Aronson informed MMAFighting.com on Friday. Bonnar will work alongside Tristar Gym coach Firas Zahabi. A play-by-play man has yet to be finalized.
Bonnar, who signed an eight-fight TV deal with Titan FC, has worked as a color analyst for the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting and also worked as a studio analyst for ESPN, Fox Sports and Versus.
He hasn't been seen on TV in either capacity since his UFC 153 loss to Anderson Silva, which ended up being his retirement fight. His most famous call was his reaction to Anthony Pettis' "Showtime Kick" in 2010.
Tito Ortiz Steps Down as Cris Cyborg’s Manager
Former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz stepped down as Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino‘s manager effectively immediately.
Ortiz appeared on “Inside MMA” on AXS TV on Friday and announced the development citing his eroded relationship with UFC president Dana White.
“I can live with Dana not liking me, but what I can’t live with is Dana using me to hurt someone else. I’ve taken abuse and maybe I deserved some of it, but Cris is a beautiful person and great athlete and doesn’t deserve to be insulted like this.
Roxanne Modafferi and Peggy Morgan Head Long List of New Invicta FC Signings
Invicta Fighting Championships on Friday announced the addition of 15 new fighters to its all-female roster. The 15 new athletes are spread across all five of the current weight classes the promotion boasts.
Amber Brown – 3-1, United States
Livia Renata Souza – 5-0, Brazil
Karolina Kowalkiewicz – 4-0, Poland
Mellony Geugjes – 0-1 MMA, 18-5-2 Kickboxing, 10-0 Pro Boxing, Netherlands
Herica Tiburcio – 7-2, Brazil
Ashley Greenway – Pro Debut, United States
Rachel Ostovich – 0-1, United States
Joanna Jedrzejczyk – 4-0, Poland
Valerie Letourneau – 4-3, Canada
Delaney Owen – Pro Debut, United States
Peggy Morgan – 2-1, United States
Roxanne Modafferi – 15-11, United States
Cindy Dandois – 5-1, Belgium
Irene Aldana – 3-1, Mexico
Faith Van Duin – 4-0, New Zealand
2 More Fights Added to WSOF 9 Main Card
The March 29 event takes place at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will also see Ozzy Dugulubgov face Jonathan Nunez, while Mike Corey battles Shane Kruchten. The evening’s main card airs live on NBC Sports Network and is topped by a welterweight title clash pitting reigning champion Steve Carl against UFC veteran Rousimar Palhares.
UFC Vet Marcus Davis Heads into Saturday’s Grudge Match with Retirement on His Mind
Former UFC welterweight Marcus “Irish Hand Grenade” Davis would like to call a mulligan on 2013. It was just that type of year in his fight career.
After starting off the year with a controversial stoppage against Waachiim Spiritwolf in Bellator in March, Davis returned home to Main and got his only win of the
year against Darrius Heylinger in May in the NEF, only to see his momentum swiftly halted by one of the worst losses of his career in the first round of last year’s Bellator 155-pound tournament.
“2013 started out tough with that no contest versus (Waachiim) Spiritwolf, which became a big thing on the internet with all these people saying this stuff, even after the
commission (representative) said he didn’t find any groin contact and that he actually had a panic attack. So I thought it would be overturned and it wasn’t,” said Davis looking back on last year.
“That was a rough start, but to come back and get a win over a kid like Darrius Haylinger, who is over six feet tall and having a reach and being as good a striker that he is was a great thing for me.
I never had any real luck at 155 pounds and I don’t have that frame, and I really, really wanted it bad, but (my fight against Sarnavskiy) was a really horrible performance and wasn’t there.”