Love of fighting leads ex-WWE star Dave Bautista to MMA debut
Dave Bautista spent the better part of a decade pretending to get punched in the face as a pro wrestler. Now that the 43-year-old heavyweight is less than a week away from his first chance to do it for real as a mixed martial arts fighter, he can hardly wait.
The question he keeps hearing over and over – the one he can't seem to supply a satisfactory answer to – is, why?
"I know some people have a hard time understanding it," said the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion, who's set to make his professional MMA debut in Providence, R.I., on Saturday (pay-per-view, $29.95). "I'm obviously never going to make the money that I made in the WWE, and it's not like I think I'm going to go become UFC champion."
So why do it? Why suffer through an eight-week training camp, which Bautista described as "by far the hardest thing" he's ever done, just to fight on the small circuit against an unknown opponent?
"I just want the experience," he said. "I don't have any ulterior motive. I just want to do it because I love it so much."
'ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings' card finalized, Honorio Banario title fight scratched
The full ONE FC 6 card includes:
-Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont
-Kotetsu Boku vs. Zorobabel Moreira - for inaugural lightweight title
-Leandro Issa vs. Soo Chul Kim - for inaugural bantamweight title
-Ryo Kawamura vs. Melvin Manhoef
-Jens Pulver vs. Yanfei Zhao - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Min Jung Song vs. Masakatsu Ueda - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Kevin Belingon vs. Yusup Saadulaev - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Bruce Loh vs. Gianni Subba
-Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole to headline World Series of Fighting 1
World Series of Fighting has a headliner for its debut event.
A heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovski (17-9) and Devin Cole (20-9-1) will serve as the main event of WSOF 1, officials today announced.
WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus.
"We are thrilled to welcome both Andrei and Devin to the World Series of Fighting roster and to have them headline our first live event," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo stated.
Women's MMA Report: Invicta FC set to crown first champion on Oct. 6 in Kansas City
In 12 days, Invicta Fighting Championships will crown its first champion when Jessica Penne faces off against Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama at Invicta FC 3 in Kansas City, Kan. The bout will be contested for the inaugural Invicta FC atomweight title at 105 pounds.
The women's bantamweight division has received a considerable amount of attention from fans and media in recent months due to the meteoric rise of Strikeforce champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey, but Invicta FC has opted to put the spotlight on the lighter weight classes for its third event in order to showcase the depth of talent that is available...
ONE FC 6 Fight Card: King Of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura And Yusup Saadulaev
The full line up for ONE FC 6 in Singapore has been released today, and among the very interesting additions to the rumored card we had earlier are a couple of quality signings made by the promotion.
ONE FC 6: Rise Of Kings
October 6, 2012 -- Singapore Indoor Stadium
- Zorobabel Moreira vs. Kotetsu Boku [Lightweight Championship]
- Honorio Banario vs. Bae Young Kwon [Featherweight Championship]
- Leandro Issa vs. Soo Chul Kim [Bantamweight Championship]
- Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont [Super-Fight]
- Melvin Manhoef vs. Ryo Kawamura
Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals:
- Masakatsu Ueda vs. Min Jung Song
- Jens Pulver vs. Zhao Ya Fei
- Kevin Belingon vs. Yusup Saadulaev
Free YouTube Prelims:
- Radeem Rahman vs. Gianni Subba
- Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
Zorobabel Moreira Faces Kotetsu Boku at One FC 6 for Promotion’s Inaugural Lightweight Title
According to sources close to the event, Zorobabel Moreira will square off against Kotetsu Boku for the promotion’s inaugural 155-pound belt at One FC 6 “Rise of Kings,” which takes place at Singapore Outdoor Stadium in Singapore. The card is also expected to include a lightweight bout between former Dream titlist Shinya Aoki and Frenchman Arnaud Lepont.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Moreira is unbeaten in three appearances under the One FC banner. The Singapore-based Brazilian debuted with the promotion last year, defeating “The Ultimate Fighter” veteran Andy Wang via TKO. “Zoro” continued his momentum through 2012, submitting Felipe Enomoto with an armbar on March 31 before knocking out Roger Huerta with a soccer kick at One FC 4 in June.
Tyrone Spong Signs Deal With World Series of Fighting
Sep 15, 2012 - Tyrone Spong, who for years has been one of the top 209-pound kickboxers in the world, has officially signed with the new World Series of Fighting organization.
He has signed a three-fight deal, and will debut on the promotion's first show on Nov. 3, according to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, who confirmed the news with WSOF's executive senior vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz.
Rebney explains contract matching in wake of Tyson Nam ordeal
Bellator chief Bjorn Rebney said his promotion was trying to give Tyson Nam an opportunity when it greenlighted a fight with bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas – despite having released the fighter two months prior.
Now that Nam has capitalized on that opportunity, Rebney said, Bellator wants its own opportunity to match other offers the fighter has received since his stunning KO of Dantas.
"If you have an agreement with someone, and ultimately you give them a great opportunity … when that agreement is over, you have the right to match,"
- You gonna cry Bjorn? Do I see a little bit of moisture forming in the corner of your eye?
Renzo Gracie Replaces Kurt Angle on World Series of Fighting Broadcast Team
Sep 11, 2012 - MMA veteran Renzo Gracie -- fresh off his crime fighting spree in New York City last week -- has been selected to replace pro wrestling star Kurt Angle on the World Series of Fighting broadcast team.
Steph Daniels of BloodyElbow.com first reported the news Monday night after speaking with WSOF president Ray Sefo.
"I'm confirming that Kurt won't be doing the commentary due to a conflict of interest with Viacom," Sefo stated. "I'm told it's just for now, until a few things are sorted out. Renzo Gracie will be replacing Kurt Angle on the commentary team."
TNA contract nixes Kurt Angle commentator job at World Series of Fighting 1
A contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling has forced Kurt Angle to give up a commentary job at the World Series of Fighting's inaugural event.
WSOF President Ray Sefo today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following a tweet from the Olympic gold medalist and pro wrestler.
"There's a conflict of interest, so he won't be able to do the (Nov.) 3 show," Sefo said, adding the split was amicable. A replacement has yet to be found.
Angle was among three personalities selected to call the action at the event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and airs live on NBC Sports Network. Original picks Bas Rutten and Michael Schiavello will remain on the team.
Legacy FC 16 takes shape with Banuelos-Benoit, Hobar-Peterson, Byrd-Leonhardt
Following the announcement of a headlining bout between Will Campuzano (10-4) and Jimmy Flick (5-0) for the organization's inaugural flyweight title, the fight card continues to take shape for Legacy Fighting Championship 16.
The event takes place Dec. 14 at Allen Events Center in Allen, Texas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
In the co-headliner, bantamweights Matt Hobar (5-1) and Steven Peterson (7-2) meet in a rematch.
Hobar won his first five pro fights, which included a pair of Shark Fights victories, before a loss (due to an arm injury) to Peterson at Legacy FC 13. He gets a shot at revenge when he again meets Peterson, a Bellator vet who's 2-0 under the LFC banner and 5-1 in his past six fights.
Also on the card, WEC and UFC vet Antonio Banuelos (20-8), who meets Josh Sampo this coming weekend at Legacy 14, has already been slated for his second LFC fight. He meets fast-rising Ryan Benoit (5-1), who's already posted LFC wins over Cody Williams and Randy Villarreal, in a 130-pound catchweight fight.
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Kick off your weekend right
with some free MMA! There are some known names on this card, including Micah Miller fighting Georghi Karakhanyan. Ian Loveland and Jessica Rokoczy are also on the card.
Should take you directly to the Sherdog page with embedded stream
Sadly I won't be around for this one... stupid Friday nights...
(walks away muttering)
Rutten, Schiavello and Angle tapped for WSOF 1's NBC Sports broadcast team
Company officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that MMA legend Bas Rutten, veteran combat-sports broadcaster Michael Schiavello, and Olympic gold medalist/pro wrestler Kurt Angle have been selected for the broadcast team.
WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 and airs live on NBC Sports Network.
The event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, features former WEC champion and recent UFC competitor Miguel Torres in the headliner against an undetermined opponent. Big-show vets Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris, Bobby Lashley, Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, John Gunderson and others have already been announced for the still-developing card.
Rosi Sexton vs. Sheila Gaff title fight official for Cage Warriors 49 in Wales
The conclusion to Cage Warriors' four-woman flyweight tournament now has a date.
Officials have announced that finalists Rosi Sexton (13-2) and Sheila Gaff (10-4-1) will meet at Cage Warriors 49 on Oct. 27, and the winner earns the organization's vacant title.
Cage Warriors 49 takes place at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales, and the main card streams live and free on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Lorenzo Borgomeo vs. Eric Reynolds tapped new XFC 20 main event
This month's Xtreme Fighting Championships 20 event has a new headliner.
Danny Salinas (10-4) is out with a bicep tear, and Blackzilian team member Lorenzo Borgomeo (9-4) has stepped in as a replacement to take on fellow lightweight Eric Reynolds (15-5).
Officials recently announced the change to the card, which takes place Sept. 28 at Tennessee's Knoxville Civic Auditorium.
Jorge Patino injured, Lucas Pimenta steps in to next week's Legacy FC 14 title fight
Welterweight champion Jorge "Macaco" Patino (27-13-1) has injured his knee, and Lucas Pimenta (8-0) has taken his spot in next week's Legacy Fighting Championship 14 headliner.
He now meets Jeff Rexroad (5-1) for an interim title.
Legacy FC promoter Mick Maynard confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) overnight. According to Maynard, Patino tore his torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). A time table for his return isn't known.
Legacy FC 14 takes place Sept. 14 at Houston's Arena Theater, and the main card airs on AXS TV (formerly HDNet).
Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 Card Features UFC Veterans And Intriguing Prospects
Gilbert Yvel vs. Marcio Cruz
Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero
Fredson Paixao vs. Alessandro Ferreira
Toby Imada vs. James Krause
Chidi Njokuani vs. Phil Dace
Dakota Cochrane vs. Derrick Burnsed
Sergio Pettis vs. Jimmy Jones
Bubba Jenkins vs. Jimmy Spicuzza
Lance Palmer vs. Nick Macias
Chris Holdsworth vs. Tyler Shinn
Steve Mocco vs. Carl Postma
Gregor Gillespie vs. Joey Angelo
Derek Bohi vs. Tyler Perry
Cory Galloway vs. Jerry Shapiro
Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren says he'll retire before he's mastered MMA
Of all the current Bellator champions, welterweight Ben Askren might be the least perturbed about the long layoffs typical for the promotion's beltholders. They give him a chance to get better.
"When I won a Bellator tournament, I was only a year and four months into my fighting career, maybe," Askren last week told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "My outlook was, OK, now I get all this time to actually get good at this."
Askren (10-0 MMA, 7-0 BFC), who is expected in January to defend his title against Karl Amoussou (16-4-2 MMA, 4-1 BFC), isn't selling anybody on the notion that he's a complete fighter. And he won't even come close to being one by the time he retires from MMA...
MMA World Cup 2017
Having been branded as “human cock fighting” by former Whitehouse hopeful John McCain, mixed martial arts is set to join mainstream sports by having its very own world cup.
The competition will happen in 2017 and will fittingly take place at the home of the gladiators in Rome.
“Considering the history of Rome, and the Coliseum, it is the perfect environment for the first mixed martial arts world cup. It gives marquee values and it is the right tribute to history,” said World Cup Mixed Martial Arts (WCMMA) Executive Director, Edward Catucci...
A watered down version of mma?
What do you guys think?