Darrill Schoonover out at Shark Fights 21, Bobby Lashley awaits new opponent
A shoulder injury has forced Shark Fights heavyweight champ Darrill Schoonover (11-5) to withdraw from a fight with Bobby Lashley (6-1) in the headliner of Shark Fights 21.
Sources close to the event today broke the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said the search for a replacement is underway. Additionally, a source said the headliner is expected to remain a title fight, though details on the bout's status could not be confirmed.
Friday's XFC 14 fight card finalized, HDNet lineup undergoes two changes
With Friday's XFC 14 event quickly approaching, the promotion has announced a few late changes to the lineup.
Welterweight Nicolae Cury (5-2) replaces Charles Blanchard and now faces Elijah Harshbarger (6-3), and featherweight John Mahlow (12-12) steps in for Lawson McClure to face Bruce Connors (8-3).
Both fights air Friday on HDNet as part of the seven-bout main card of "XFC 14: Resurrection."
Featuring a headliner of former WEC champion Jamie Varner (17-5-1) vs. fellow lightweight Nate Jolly (10-3), XFC 14 takes place Oct. 21 at UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla., on the campus of the University of Central Florida.
With the official changes, the latest XFC 14 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (HDNet)
Nate Jolly vs. Jamie Varner
Scott Barrett vs. Carmelo Marrero
Marianna Kheyfets vs. Molly Helsel
Josh Clark vs. Reggie Pena
Nicolae Cury vs. Elijah Harshbargar
Mike Bernhard vs. Mikey Gomez
Bruce Connors vs. John Mahlow
ProElite signs broadcast deal with HDNet
ProElite is back on cable television.
The organization announced late Monday night that it had signed a multi-fight broadcast deal with HDNet to air its events live on the cable network. As a result, ProElite: Big Guns will air live on HDNet on Nov. 5 from the iWireless Center in Moline, IL.
"Our multi-fight agreement with HDNet elevates the ProElite brand to a national MMA audience with a preeminent broadcast partner," said Paul Feller, President and CEO of Stratus Media Group, the parent company of ProElite, and Chairman of the organization. "This strategic partnership offers new opportunities for corporate sponsors and advertisers looking to reach this passionate and rapidly growing audience of ProElite fans."
VFC 36 results: Salas tops Ellenberger, begs for a UFC shot nex
Justin Salas and Joe Ellenberger are seen by many as the two best 155-pound fighters not yet signed to a major mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. That may have changed for one of them last night (Oct. 14, 2011) at Victory Fighting Championship (VFC) 36 at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Salas earned a hard fought unanimous decision over Ellenberger in the main event of the evening. Both fighters knew that winning this fight could lead to more than the VFC title, which wasn't lost on Salas during the post fight interview, during which he called for a chance to compete in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
When two fighters with such good wrestling backgrounds square off, it’s either a lay and pray snooze fest or non-stop action. This fight was definitely the latter. Both fighters showed what a true MMA fight looks like.
Salas and Ellenberger went from going for the knockout to ground-and-pound to submission attempts, with a good dose of "Holy Sh*t" moments thrown in on both sides. Whether it would be Salas’s big right hooks of Ellenberger’s flying knees, the crowd was on their feet for the entire five round affair.
Shark Fights 21 features Lashley-Schoonover, Bonello-Roberts title fights
The Texas-based Shark Fights promotion has announced a pair of championship bouts for next month's event.
Shark Fights 21 feature former WWE performer and Strikeforce vet Bobby Lashley (6-1) vs. Darrill Schoonover (11-5) for the heavyweight title and Tony Bonello (16-1-1) vs. David Roberts (5-8) for the light-heavyweight title.
Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas.
The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.
"This is going to be a huge night of fights," Shark Fights executive Wes Nolen stated. "We wanted to end the year strong with two championship fights in one night. Shark Fights is excited to be going back to Lubbock, Texas. The fans in Lubbock have always been supportive of Shark Fights, and we want to put on the biggest show possible for them."
Cage Warriors implements mandatory blood testing, steroid testing possible in future
With no regulatory body present, the U.K.-based Cage Warriors organization has implemented its own mandatory blood testing for all fighters.
Officials announced the plans on Tuesday.
Currently, the testing will be used to identify infections such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, but a Cage Warriors officials said it could be expanded to include additional testing, including steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
The British Boxing Board of Control currently mandates blood testing, but the regulatory body oversees just boxing, not MMA. That's why the UFC regulates its own shows in the U.K. and why the organization has implemented its own blood testing.
Bobby Lashley Returns to MMA in November
Former pro wrestler turned MMA fighter Bobby Lashley has his next fight set. The former Strikeforce fighter will face Darrill Schoonover in the main event of a Shark Fights show on November 11. Schoonover is the reigning Shark Fights Heavyweight champion (though he has not defended the title since winning it in 2009), and the bout will be a title fight.
After Cage Warriors 44 win, Brian Foster heads to CCCW 7 on Oct. 15
After returning from a near-year-long layoff and scoring an impressive victory over Jack Mason at this past weekend's Cage Warriors 44 event, UFC vet Brian Foster is set for his next bout.
Foster (16-5) fights in two weeks when he meets fellow UFC vet Laverne Clark (27-18-1) at Capital City Cage Wars 7.
The fight takes place Oct. 15 at Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill.
It's the latest stop on the comeback trail for Foster. Although performance hasn't been an issue – he won three of his final four UFC bouts and is now 4-1 overall in his past five fights – some health scares prompted his UFC medical release.
First came a vicious blow during training that resulted in a burst testicle and its removal. Then, prior to a UFC 129 bout with Sean Pierson, Foster underwent a CT scan that detected a brain hemorrhage. A trio of doctors ultimately cleared Foster, but UFC officials suggested Foster pick up some outside wins before returning to the organization.
Foster got the first one on Saturday in London with an impressive first-round submission victory over British notable Jack Mason (17-9).
Sylvia-Rizzo, Arlovski-Fulton headline ProElite 2, eight-man HW tourney on tap
The resurgent ProElite has inked Nov. 5 for its next major event, and two ex-UFC heavyweight champions have taken co-headlining fights.
Five-time champ Tim Sylvia (29-7) meets Pedro Rizzo (19-9) in the main event while three-time champ Andrei Arlovski (16-9), who headlined the promotion's first event in August, meets journeyman Travis Fulton (247-48-10).
ProElite 2 takes place at the 12,000-seat iWireless Center in Moline, Ill., which is a stone's throw from part-time cop Sylvia's home.
Broadcast plans for the event have yet to be announced, though the promotion is in talks with HDNet to air the second event and additional ones, sources close to negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
An eight-man heavyweight tournament also is targeted for the fall event, as ProElite veteran and planned participant Mark Ellis (1-0) today told MMAjunkie.com Radio. It's unknown what position the tournament bouts would take on the card, a source said.
Additionally, ProElite veterans Reagan Penn and top-ranked women's flyweight fighter Tara LaRosa are expected to fight, according to MMAFighting.com.
Mamed Khalidov to Meet Paulo Filho At KSW 17 on November 26th
Pride and WEC veteran Paulo Filho Will return to the international events on November. Coming off a controversial draw against Satoshi Ishii at Amazon FC, in Brazil, the Carlson Gracie protégé is set to battle knockout artist Mamed Khalidov at KSW 17, on November 26 in his opponent’s homeland Poland. MMA veterans Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and James Thompson are also set to battle on the show.
UFC's Brian Foster gets tuneup at Cage Warriors 44, meets vet Jack Mason
Sidelined for a year due to injuries, UFC welterweight Brian Foster has received permission to fight outside the organization and now meets Jack Mason in a 181-pound catchweight bout at Cage Warriors 44.
Cage Warriors executive Graham Boylan today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event takes place Oct. 1 at HMV Forum in London and streams online in North America.
Foster (15-5) vs. Mason (17-8) takes the co-headlining slot.
Bellator signs "TUF 11" contestant Norman Paraisy
Bellator Fighting Championships continues to scoop up international prospects, and middleweight Frenchman Norman Paraisy is the promotion's latest acquisition.
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the fighter that Paraisy has verbally agreed to compete for Bellator later this year.
Paraisy's lone official career loss actually came under the Bellator banner in an April 2009 bout with Dave Menne.
P.S This was the french guy who was banging on about how the french aren't quitters etc only to quit in the break of the first round...
Bellator 51 preliminary card finalized with six bouts
Four new fights have been added to this month's Bellator 51 preliminary card.
The total now sits at six fights that will stream live on Spike.com.
Bellator 51 takes place Sept. 24 at Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. The MTV2-televised main card, which also airs in high-definition on EPIX, features the opening round of Bellator's season-five bantamweight tournament.
Ohio's biggest MMA promotion, the NAAFS, is co-promoting the night's preliminary card.
The latest Bellator 51 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
• Alexis Vila vs. Joe Warren (bantamweight-tourney opening round)
•Eduardo Dantas vs. Wilson Reis (bantamweight-tourney opening round)
•Luiz Nogueira vs. Ed West (bantamweight-tourney opening round)
•Chase Beebe vs. Marcos Galvao (bantamweight-tourney opening round)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
•Jessica Eye vs. Casey Noland
•Frank Caraballo vs. Dustin Kempf
•John Hawk vs. Allan Weickert
•Dane Bonnigson vs. Dan Spohn
•Farkhad Sharipov vs. TBA
•Joey Holt vs. Clint Musser
Bellator 49 ratings: Event draws 235,000 MTV2 viewers, ranks fourth all-time
This past weekend's Bellator 49 event on MTV2, which kicked off the organization's fifth season, drew 235,000 viewers, MTV officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Of the 15 MTV2-televised Bellator events to date, Bellator 49 ranked fourth all-time in ratings history.
Bellator 49 took place this past Saturday, Sept. 10, at New Jersey’s Caesars Atlantic City and kicked off the organization's season-five welterweight tournament.
Bellator's Ben Askren vs. Jay Hieron title fight could take place at Mizzou
Bellator officials are close to naming a date and venue for a season-five title fight between welterweight champion Ben Askren (8-0 MMA, 5-0 BFC) and recent tournament winner Jay Hieron (22-4 MMA, 3-0 BFC).
And if officials get their way, it'll take place on the campus of the University of Missouri, where Askren won two NCAA Division I national wrestling championships.
But as Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), there could be some hurdles.
Bellator 53 gets Saunders-Santos, Lozano-Lima welterweight-tourney semifinals
Four fighters remain alive and well in Bellator's season-five welterweight tournament following Saturday's Bellator 49 event, which took place at Caesar's Atlantic City in New Jersey and aired on MTV2.
Following the event, which kicked off the eight-man tournament, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed the semifinal matchups with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
They are set for Saturday, Oct. 8, at Bellator 53.
Both the location and venue of Bellator 53 still have yet to be finalized.
Ben Saunders (11-3-2 MMA, 2-0 BFC) squares off against Luis Santos (50-6-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) in one semifinal while across the bracket, Chris Lozano (9-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) meets Douglas Lima (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BFC).
Junie Browning Way Overweight For MMA Fight Pit: Genesis Bout
Junie Browning, the former Ultimate Fighter bad boy who was cut by the UFC after an arrest in 2009, has his biggest fight since then on Saturday night, on the MMA Fight Pit: Genesis pay-per-view. But if Friday's weigh-in is any indication, Browning still doesn't have his head screwed on right.
Browning weighed in at 162.25 pounds for the lightweight fight, or 7.25 pounds over the limit. A fighter coming in overweight by any amount is unprofessional, but coming in overweight by that much is absolutely inexcusable.
Tachi Palace Fights 10 salaries: Top-level Flyweights prove affordable
The total disclosed payroll for this past weekend's Tachi Palace Fights 10 event, which featured some of the world's top 125-pounders, was $85,500.
The event, "TPF 10: Let the Chips Fall," took place Aug. 5 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
The California State Athletic Commission today emailed the figures to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).