Promoters say MMA fighter Rowan faked death
Mixed martial arts promoters Christos Piliafas and Scott DiPonio were shocked to learn that one of their fighters was a suspect in the holdup of a Michigan gun shop this week.
After all, it was only two weeks ago that they raised more than $1,000 to help the amateur heavyweight's family pay for his funeral.
Charles Rowan, 25, didn't die in a February car wreck while en route to his fifth bout, as his girlfriend, Rosalinda Martinez, claimed that night, according to DiPonio. The couple and a friend, Michael Bowman, were in a Gladwin courtroom Friday to hear the charges against them: armed robbery and assault with intent to murder. Each requested a court-appointed attorney.
DiPonio, who owns the Diamond D fight team, said he realized they had been duped when he saw Rowan's mug shot on television identifying him as a person of interest in the Monday robbery of Guns and Stuff in Sage Township, about 100 miles southeast of Traverse City. The store's owner, Richard Robinette, was severely beaten and remained in serious but stable condition Friday in a Flint hospital.
With Bellator clearance, Paul Daley heads to UAE to fight Rodrigo Ribeiro
UFC and Strikeforce vet Paul Daley (31-12-2) has received clearance from Bellator and will continue his world tour in May when he takes on fellow welterweight Rodrigo Ribeiro (9-10) at Dubai Fighting Championship 4, officials recently announced.
The event takes place May 10 at Madinat Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Daley vs. Ribeiro serves as the headliner of the show.
Daley most recently earned a vicious flying-knee knockout of Patrick Vallee at Cage Contender XVI in Dublin, which followed a Bellator 72 TKO win over Rudy Bears. The English striker is now on a 4-1 run since a pair of 2011 losses in Strikeforce.
Daley is expected to return to Bellator later this year.
Cristiane Santos meets replacement Fiona Muxlow at Invicta FC 5
With Ediane Gomez (10-2) injured and out of the fight, former Strikeforce champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (10-1) instead will fight Australian featherweight Fiona Muxlow (6-2) at next month's Invicta FC 5 event.
Invicta FC officials announced the change following confirmation of Gomez's withdrawal due to a shoulder injury.
Muxlow initially was slated to fight Julie Budd (4-2) on the card. Officials said Budd will get a new opponent.
Invicta FC 5 takes place April 5 at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. Santos vs. Muxlow is scheduled for the event's main card, which airs via online pay-per-view.
John Gunderson vs. Dan Lauzon added to World Series of Fighting 3
Lightweight John Gunderson's callout of Jacob Volkmann wasn't successful, but he did get another UFC vet for his promotional debut.
Gunderson (34-14-2) on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he is set to meet Dan Lauzon (16-4) at World Series of Fighting 3, which takes place June 14 in Las Vegas.
A venue for the event, whose main card airs live on NBC Sports Network, has yet to be confirmed.
WSOF 3: Jacob Volkmann vs Lyle Beerbohm fight set for June 14 in Las Vegas
After the great Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter purge of early 2013, nine-fight Octagon veteran Jacob Volkmann was left without a place to fight.
His mixed martial arts (MMA) free agent period didn't last long.
Indeed, after recently inking a deal to compete under the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) banner, "Christmas" already has a dance partner for his upcoming promotional debut in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 14, 2013: Strikeforce veteran Lyle Beerbohm.
Jon Fitch signs with World Series of Fighting
In a widely anticipated move, onetime UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch (24-5-1) has inked a multi-deal with the upstart World Series of Fighting.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the news with a WSOF official following a report from MMAFighting.com.
Fitch is expected to make his promotional debut at WSOF 3, which takes place June 14 in Las Vegas. A venue has yet to be confirmed.
'WSOF 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson' lineup finalized, Villefort-McCray joins card
The lineup for this month's "World Series of Fighting 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson" event is complete with three new preliminary-card bouts.
The event takes place March 23 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The main card, including a heavyweight headliner between Andrei Arlovski (19-9) and Anthony Johnson (14-4), airs on NBC Sports Network.
Officials previously announced most of the card, but three prelim fighters now have opponents.
The full WSOF 2 card includes:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson
Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam
Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson
Dave Branch vs. Paulo Filho
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Gaethje
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
Kris McCray vs. Danillo Villefort
Igor Gracie vs. Richard Patishnock
Cameron Dollar vs. Waylon Lowe
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Chris Wade
Rick Glenn vs. Alexandre Pimentel
WSOF lightweight John Gunderson calls out Jacob Volkmann
Veteran lightweight John Gunderson (34-14-2) would like to welcome recent World Series of Fighting signee Jacob Volkmann (15-4) into the promotion's decagon.
"I just don't like the guy," Gunderson on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't like any of the s--- he says, and I don't like the style he fights. He's gotten on my nerves ever since I've seen him fight."
The UFC vet, whose WSOF debut was delayed by a neck injury, is back to training at upstart Las Vegas gym Syndicate MMA, where he works alongside UFC vets Mike Pyle, Vinny Magalhaes and others.
WSOF Interested in Jon Fitch
It didn't take long for Jon Fitch to gain the interest of other mixed martial arts promotions following his release from the UFC earlier this week.
Ali Abdel-Aziz, the vice president and matchmaker for World Series of Fighting, confirms to Bleacher Report that they have begun preliminary discussions to potentially bring Fitch to the up-and-coming promotion in 2013.
While no formal offer has been made, Abdel-Aziz says that they have talked to Fitch's management team since his release and are interested in the services of the former UFC welterweight contender.
Jens Pulver in bantamweight semifinals at 'ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions'
ONE FC's world bantamweight grand prix will hold its semifinals in April at "ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions," officials today announced.
The matchups include Jens Pulver (27-17-1) vs. Masakatsu Ueda (16-2-2) and Kevin Belingon (10-2) vs. Thanh Vu (3-1).
"ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions" takes place April 5 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Star Sports broadcasts the event in Asia, and its available elsewhere via online pay-per-view ($9.99)...
Jim Alers vs. Joni Salovaara title fight headlines Cage Warriors 53
With Conor McGregor vacating his two titles to join the UFC, Cage Warriors will crown a new featherweight champion on April 13.
Jim Alers (9-1) and Joni Salovaara (12-5) will fight for the vacant belt in the headliner of Cage Warriors 53, officials today announced.
Cage Warriors 53 takes place at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following prelims on Facebook.
'RFA 7: Thatch vs. Silva' set for March 22 with Njokuani, Pettis, NFL vet Veal
The main card is set for RFA Fighting's next event as "RFA 7: Thatch vs. Silva" takes place March 22 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo.
Following the announcement of an extended broadcast deal, RFA 7 airs live on AXS TV.
The latest RFA 7 card includes:
Leandro "Bata" Silva vs. Brandon Thatch
Jeremy Kimball vs. Chidi Njokuani
Matt Manzanares vs. Sergio Pettis
Mirsad Bektic vs. Nick Macias
Alex Huddleston vs. Leandro Veal