Kendall Grove Back With Tito Ortiz To Improve His Wrestling Game
Grove the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 was cut from the UFC after back to back losses to Demian Maia and Tim Boetsch, since leaving the UFC Grove has gone (3-1) most recently defeating Derek Brunson via split-decision.
I was training for a five-foot-nine stand-up boxer (in Terry Martin) and then four days before the fight I found out I had to fight six-foot-one wrestler Derek Brunson and had to switch it up last minute.
He also comments on travelling to Big Bear from his native Hawaii to train with his former Ultimate Fighter 3 coach Tito Ortiz.
I’m actually headed out to Big Bear to help Tito train for his upcoming fight (at UFC 148),” said Grove. “Definitely training with Tito is going fill a loss in my game, which is my wrestling. I’d like to get back into that, the high-caliber wrestling, that I lack that here in Maui.
Corey Hill Signs New Deal with XFC
Just months after making his XFC debut, Corey Hill has come to terms with the East Coast MMA promotion on a long-term contract. It’s a deal that could possibly give Hill a future title shot with the Xtreme Fighting Championships. John Prisco, XFC President & matchmaker, who has added numerous fighters to the roster already in 2012, disclosed the signing early this morning.
Hill, who is best known for his appearance on TUF 5 & stellar showings in the UFC, suffered one of the most gruesome leg breaks in MMA history, back in 2008. Almost 13 months later he was back to full strength, in even better condition, and made his debut at XFC 15 with a win over fellow TUF contestant Charlie Rader. It took Corey Hill only minutes to finish off Rader with a Brabo choke, to successfully complete the comeback just before the end of round 1. The performance proved Hill, now 33 years old, is still one of the top competitors in the welterweight division.
Jorge Santiago Celebrates Latest Win with Decision to Move Down to Welterweight
In his last two fights, Santiago has gone 2-0 with stoppages in both bouts while competing in Titan Fighting Championships.
His latest bout just last Friday, it took Santiago only 94 seconds to put away Justin Guthrie with a nasty inverted heel hook. The funny thing is, that’s not even something Santiago practices on even a semi-regular basis.
Following a tough run in only two fights back in the UFC, Santiago is starting to breathe again and find new life with his team at the Blackzilians in Florida. As an original member of the camp, it took Santiago a little while to acclimate to the new team and new trainers, but he’s now found himself and the results are starting to show.
“This is not the new, but the old Jorge Santiago from Japan. The old one, nothing else distracts me anymore, the only thing I have to do now is go out there and fight the way I like to fight, that’s it. Everything is getting more light for me, even the weight,” said Santiago.
The weight comment holds an extra special meaning because following his last fight in Titan Fighting over the weekend, Santiago decided that he would be dropping down to 170lbs and testing the welterweight division.
Though sober, Drew Fickett says a loss tonight could result in homelessness
Every fighter carries emotional baggage into the cage. Drew Fickett's, though, could stuff the hull of a 747.
The veteran fighter, who's recently tried to bring stability to his infamously chaotic life, makes his 60th pro appearance at tonight's ShoFIGHT 20 event.
He'll enter the cage with six weeks of sobriety, a new fight team behind him, and the real threat of homelessness if he doesn't get a victory.
"I'm facing pressure in this fight, but I've been through so much in my life recently that honestly, I'm not nervous at all," Fickett told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) earlier this week. "If I don't win this fight, I'm pretty much homeless."
Fickett (42-17) meets jiu-jitsu ace Jonatas Novaes (9-4) tonight in a featured bout at ShoFIGHT 20, which takes place at O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Mo. The event airs via tape-delayed pay-per-view on July 1, though Canadian fans can watch it live on The Fight Network at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson's Next Fight Will Be at 205 Per TFC Promoter
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On Bloody Elbow Radio today, Titan Fighting Championship Promoter Joe Kelly says Anthony Johnson's next fight will be at 205 pounds
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Cage Warriors 48 adds Hucin-Phillips, Mason-Roberts, Wilkinson-Cohoon
Cage Warriors' middleweight-tournament final has been delayed, but three fights have been added to next month's Cage Warriors 48 event.
Victor Cheng injured his elbow, and his tourney final with Pavel Kusch has been pushed back to Cage Warriors Fight Night 7 on Aug. 30.
But Cage Warriors 48 has added middleweight-tournament semifinals John Phillips (15-5) vs. Faycal Hucin (7-3), welterweights Jack Mason (20-10) vs. Danny Roberts (6-1), and welterweights Aaron Wilkinson (9-5) vs. Leigh Cohoon (8-5).
Cage Warriors 48 takes place July 21 at HMV Forum in London. The event's main card streams live and free on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following prelims on Facebook.
Rafael Dias-Ran Weathers headlines BXC "The Rise" streams on SHERDOG.COM
American Top Team’s Rafael Dias will lock horns with Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative Ran Weathers in the Battle Xtreme Championship “The Rise” headliner on Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The event streams live on Sherdog.com at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
A Bellator Fighting Championships, World Extreme Cagefighting and International Fight League veteran, Dias (15-9-2) last appeared at Bellator 58 in November, when he succumbed to a first-round arm-triangle choke from former Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro. The 32-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has secured 10 of his 15 career victories by submission.
Weathers (16-11) has lost seven of his past 10 bouts. The 30-year-old journeyman last competed under the Cedartown Beatdown banner in April, when he took a unanimous decision from Sean Dyer and threw the brakes on a three-fight losing streak. Weathers has proven notoriously durable throughout his career, as nine of his 11 professional defeats have come by decision. Wins over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 winner Diego Brandao and WEC veteran Phil Cardella anchor his resume.
Robichaux replaces Garcia, meets Campuzano in Legacy FC 12 flyweight title fight
An injury has forced Steve Garcia (9-5) out of an upcoming title fight with Will Campuzano (10-4), and Bellator and Strikeforce vet Chad Robichaux (14-2) has taken his place.
The five-round title fight headlines Legacy Fighting Championship 12 and earns the winner the organization's vacant flyweight title.
The event takes place July 13 at Houston's Arena Theater. The night's main card airs on HDNet.
Legacy FC officials recently announced the change and said Garcia suffered an undisclosed injury during training.
UFC Vets Karo Parisyan And Kendall Grove Look To Rebound At Shofight
The sport of mixed martial arts is tough. There is no disputing that. Fighters experience ups and downs, wins and losses, and make sacrifices to be the very best they can be. Staying committed when you’re winning can be easy. It’s when losses come that combat athletes find out how committed they really are to the fight game.
Two fighters in such a position are former UFC stalwarts Karo “The Heat’ Parisyan and Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove. On June 16th in Springfield, Missouri, both will tangle with ultra-tough opponents, as Parisyan will battle fellow UFC vet John Gunderson, and Grove will lock horns with UFC/Strikeforce vet Terry Martin. The winner of the Parisyan-Gunderson tilt will be awarded the first ShoFIGHT welterweight belt, while either Grove or Martin will go home with ShoFIGHT middleweight strap. In short, it’s a big fight for all the competitors involved.
PPV broadcast details will be announced soon.
Roger Heurta Signs With ONE FC, To Debut At ‘Destiny of Warriors’ Event This June
Matador’ Huerta (21-6-1, 1NC) has found his way across the Pacific Ocean, signing with the One Fighting Championship promotion.
The once highly touted 155-lbs fighter is set to make his promotional debut on June 23, 2012 at the upcoming ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors event set for the Stadium NEgara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
News of his signing was announced by MMAFighting.com who confirmed the news with Huerta’s manager Ali Abdei Aziz of Dominance MMA.
No opponent was named for Huerta, but another Dominance MMA fighter was named as having signed with ONE FC in Gregor Gracie.
Anthony Johnson misses weight AGAIN by 10 pounds for tomorrow's fight
Anthony Johnson, fired by UFC after missing weight in his fight with Vitor Belfort, just missed weight today by ten pounds for his fight with David Branch for the Titan Fighting Championships tomorrow night in Kansas City.
The Johnson vs. Branch fight headlines a show that airs on HDNet.
Johnson reached a deal with Branch to give him $4,000 of his purse for Branch to agreed to the fight.
On 1/13, Johnson's body shut down cutting weight for a match the next day with Vitor Belfort in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He ended up weighing 197 pounds for a fight in the 185 pound weight class, and lost in the first round.
Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 weigh-in results: Champ Grimaud, Taylor on weight
All fighters are officially on weight for tomorrow's Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 event.
Tomorrow's event takes place at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain, and the main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) following prelims on Facebook (12:45 p.m. ET).
Cage Warriors welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (169.6) and Jesse Taylor (169.6) headline the event in a five-round title fight.
The full weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com)
Champ Gael Grimaud (169.6) vs. Jesse Taylor (169.6)
Jim Alers (145.8) vs. Matteus Lahdesmak (146)
Ivan Buchinger (155) vs. Diego Gonzalez (155.8)
Eddy Bengtsson (263.2) vs. Jay Mortimore (252.2)
Tomas Penz (185.5) vs. John Phillips (185.8)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Alan Carlos (186) vs. Mike Ling (185.8)
Dino Gambatesa (135.8) vs. Olivier Pastor (136)
Allan Love (184.8) vs. Ignas Petkus (184.5)
Missouri's ShoFIGHT launches pro series June 16 with Bailey-Parisyan, Grove-Martin
ShoFIGHT, a Missouri-based promotion with 19 amateur fight cards under its belt, has scheduled its first professional event for June 16.
Determined to make waves from day one, the debut card features Shamar Bailey vs. Karo Parisyan in the main event, with Kendall Grove facing Terry Martin in the co-feature.
The 15-fight lineup also features a host of additional notables on the card, including Marcus Aurelio, Lyle Beerbohm, Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett, Shonie Carter, Karen Darabedyan, Roli Delgado, Drew Fickett, John Gunderson, Sevak Magakian, Aaron Rosa and Mike Wessel, among others.
ShoFIGHT 20 takes place June 16 at O'Reilly Family Event Center on the campus of Drury University in Springfield, Mo. Tickets, which are available at DruryTickets.com, run from just $18 to $118 for ringside seats.
ShoFIGHT was launched in April 2010, and the promotion has already held 19 sold-out amateur events in Branson, Mo. However, ShoFIGHT CEO J.T. Tilley said the promotion now has its eyes on establishing itself as the top regional pro promotion in the Midwest...
Junior Assuncao vs Douglas Frey at Legacy Fighting Championship 13
Junior Assuncao now has an opponent for his Legacy Fighting Championship debut.
Sherdog.com learned Thursday from Legacy promoter Mick Maynard that the UFC veteran will square off with Douglas Frey at LFC 13, which takes place Aug. 17 in Dallas.
Maynard also confirmed several new bouts for the event, which airs on HDNet. Shark Fights vet Francisco Derek Campos, undefeated Brad Cox and ex-Bellator talent Steven Peterson will all see action, locking horns with Donnie Bell, Russell Brewer and Matt Hobar, respectively. The event will be headlined by a heavyweight title collision between Derrick Lewis and Jared Rosholt.
Injury forces Sergei Kharitonov to withdraw from Tony Lopez fight on May 26 in Stockholm
Hard-hitting heavyweight striker Sergei Kharitonov injured his neck and was forced to withdraw from his upcoming mixed martial arts (MMA) fight against Tony Lopez at the "2012 Glory World Series" on May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Golden Glory head coach Martijn de Jong recently confirmed the change on Twitter.
Kharitonov (18-5) was last seen disposing of Mark Miller under the United Glory banner earlier this year in Russia. It was a nice rebound win (under kickboxing rules) for the former paratrooper, who was bounced from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix with a submission loss to Josh Barnett back in 2011.
Stepping in to take his place will be Swedish "Sledgehammer" Llir Latifi (5-2-1), who was previously booked to throw hands opposite Jeremy Horn until "Gumby" blew out his knee.
Joshua Sampo will face UFC veteran Will Campuzano in the May 19 Rumble Time Promotions headliner.
Once-beaten flyweight talent Joshua Sampo will face UFC veteran Will Campuzano in the May 19 Rumble Time Promotions headliner.
Promotion officials recently announced the booking. The event will feature five professional bouts and takes place at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Mo. In addition to the flyweight headliner, the show will also see undefeated lightweight Zach Freeman lock horns with Titan Fighting Championship vet Aaron Derrow.
Local lightweight standout Eric Irvin will also be in action on Saturday night, squaring off with former Strikeforce talent Charon Spain. Additionally, featherweight Yohance Flager will also compete, as will Chris Heatherly, who makes his pro debut at welterweight. Five amateur bouts will also be contested at the event.
Jay Hieron will make his Legacy Fighting Championship debut on July 13 against Mike Bronzoulis
The welterweight contest is set for LFC 12, which takes place at Arena Theater in Houston and airs live on HDNet. The event is also expected to feature the Legacy debut of grappling ace Robert Drysdale, who will square off with Isaac Villanueva.
Hieron had a 10-fight winning streak snapped when he failed to capture Bellator’s welterweight title last year. After besting Anthony Lapsley, Brent Weedman and Rick Hawn to earn his shot at the Chicago-based promotion’s 170-pound strap, “The Thoroughbred” was outpointed by reigning champion Ben Askren at Bellator 56 in October. The former IFL champion holds over half of his career victories by either knockout or submission and has never been submitted in nearly nine years as a professional.