Shooto Champ Yutaka Saito, Caol Uno Get Opponents for ‘Fight & Mosh’ Card
Reigning Shooto 145-pound champion Yutaka Saito and onetime UFC contender Caol Uno will square off against American foes later this month in Chiba, Japan.
Shooto on Tuesday announced that Saito has been paired with CFFC titleholder Bill Algeo, while Uno will meet muay Thai practitioner Jason Childers. Both bouts are set for three five-minute rounds and will be contested at 145 pounds.
The matchups are part of the Shooto-produced “Fight & Mosh” event which takes place April 23 at Maihama Amphitheater in Urayasu, Chiba. Two world titles will be on the line that evening, with 125-pound ace Masaaki Sugawara defending against Hiromasa Ogikubo, and Koshi Matsumoto facing Yuki Kawana for the vacant 155-pound strap.
Heavyweight MMA fighter William Penn passes away at 32
Heavyweight MMA fighter William Penn has passed away at age 32, according to multiple reports.
Penn apparently suffered a heart attack over the weekend and passed away shortly thereafter. Penn was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and competed in 17 professional MMA bouts.
He was a veteran of Bellator, King of the Cage, NAAFS, Driven MMA, Hoosier Fight Club, Inoki Genome Fight, and more.
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Niklas Bäckström Makes BAMMA Debut in June
Swede Niklas Bäckström has booked his next bout, and it will be with the UK based BAMMA promotion. “I am delighted to get the opportunity to sign with Europe’s leading MMA promotion. The talent within the BAMMA Featherweight division is unbelievable and there are no easy fights in this promotion. However, I believe in my abilities 100% and can’t wait to put on a show for the MMA fans across Europe.” says the Allstars Training Center fighter to the promotion upon the announcement first published by MMA Latest.
Monson reveals Taktarov match-up is a parody fight: 'This is like a WWE thing'
Jeff Monson revealed that his scheduled match-up against Oleg Taktarov is a parody bout that has been misreported by the media.
Last week, a match-up between Jeff Monson and UFC 6 tournament winner Oleg Taktarov was announced by various Russian outlets. However, the articles failed to mention that the contest was not a real MMA fight, but a "parody" fight done for entertainment purposes.
According to Monson, his match with Taktarov will resemble a professional wrestling bout with a scripted storyline.
"This is fun. This is like a WWE thing," Monson told BloodyElbow. "We're going to get there in a couple of days early and script it; get the audience involved. It is nothing more than that.
WSOF 31 main card finalized with John Howard, Luis Palomino, Chris Barnett, others
With three new bouts in a trio of weight classes, the main card is set for June’s WSOF 31 event.
WSOF officials today confirmed the additions with MMAjunkie. They include welterweights John Howard (23-12) vs. Thiago Meller (20-7), featherweights Luis Palomino (24-12) vs. Sheymon Moraes (8-1), and heavyweights Chris Barnett (14-2) vs. Justin Willis (3-1).
WSOF 31 takes place June 17 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The latest WSOF 31 card now includes:
Champ Blagoi Ivanov vs. Josh Copeland – for heavyweight title
Jason High vs. Mike Ricci
John Howard vs. Thiago Meller
Sheymon Moraes vs. Luis Palomino
Chris Barnett vs. Justin Willis
Rizin 1 Bout Order Announced; Prochazka vs. Fujita Gets Top Billing Over Wanderlei, Sakuraba
The fight card and bout order have been locked in for Sunday’s Rizin Fighting Federation event in Nagoya, Japan.
The main event of Rizin 1 will see New Year’s Eve grand prix runner-up Jiri Prochazka square off against Japanese veteran Kazuyuki Fujita in a 242-pound catchweight fight. The bout structure will follow the Pride FC model, with an opening round of 10 minutes followed by two five-minute rounds.
Several other fighters from Rizin’s inaugural events are featured on the main card, with tournament competitor Vadim Nemkov taking on Karl Albrektsson in the light heavyweight co-main event. Lithuanian standout Teodoras Aukstuolis will face recent Fedor Emelianenko opponent Jaideep Singh at a catchweight of 216 pounds, while Brazilian jiu-jitsu star Gabi Garcia will make her sophomore MMA appearance in an open-weight tilt against Russia’s Anna Malyukova.
Venator FC 3 Update: 20-Fight Card Includes 6 Title Bouts, Numerous Big-Show Veterans
Though still more than a month away, the fight card for Venator FC 3 looks to have reached capacity with an enormous 20-bout lineup.
Venator Fighting Championship on Monday released an updated bill for the event, which takes place May 21 at PalaSesto in Milan, Italy. Set to headline the show is a welterweight title fight between former World Series of Fighting titlist Rousimar Palhares and Norwegian slugger Emil Weber Meek.
Christine Stanley, Rachael Ostovich added to Invicta FC 17 card
Invicta has added a pair of intriguing flyweight bouts to its next card.
Christine Stanley will take on Shannon Sinn and Rachael Ostovich meets Ariel Beck at Invicta FC 17 on May 7 in Costa Mesa, Calif., it was announced Friday on Invicta FC Radio. Stanley and Ostovich are two of the promotion's top up-and-coming names at 125 pounds.
Invicta FC signs top Muay Thai fighter Tiffany Van Soest
Invicta just dropped a bombshell on the MMA world. Well, a "Time Bomb," that is.
Tiffany Van Soest, one of the top female Muay Thai fighters and kickboxers in the world, has signed a deal with Invicta FC, sources told MMA Fighting on Thursday. Van Soest has long spoken about crossing over to MMA and now she'll do so with Invicta, with her debut likely coming this summer.
The news comes on the heels of Van Soest signing with GLORY kickboxing, which MMA Fighting reported Wednesday.
Livia Renata Souza vs Angela Hill Title Fight Added To Invicta FC 17
Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Livia Renata “Livinha” Souza returns to action on May 7th at Invicta Fighting Championships 17 in Costa Mesa, California. The talented and charismatic Souza puts her title on the line against skilled striker Angela “Overkill” Hill in the 115-pound co-main event.
Invicta FC officials announced the title tilt today along with four additional matchups. Also at 115 pounds, Deep Jewels champ Mizuki Inoue battles Aline Sério. Tessa “The Typhoon” Simpson takes on fellow Invicta FC debutant Julia “Jewels” Jones in a bout between top atomweight prospects.
Souza (9-0-0) earned submission finishes in six of her first seven bouts leading up to her April 2015 Invicta FC debut. Facing off against Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink, Souza secured a fourth-round triangle choke that earned her the Invicta FC Strawweight Championship. Souza endeared herself to fans with her humour and wit following the fight, and she made a successful title defence in January by destroying DeAnna “The Argentine Assassin” Bennett in just 90 seconds. Souza, who hopes to move on to the UFC, puts her Invicta FC title on the line once more in May.
Legacy FC 55 slated for May 13 with Ledet vs. Ritani-Coe, Page vs. Hollis
The lineup is set for next month’s Legacy FC 55 event, which is heavy on Houston-area talent.
Legacy FC 55 takes place May 13 at Arena Theatre in Houston. The main card airs on AXS TV following untelevised prelims.
The Legacy FC 55 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Justin Ledet vs. Brice Ritani-Coe
Flyweight champ Damacio Page vs. Ryan Hollis – non-title bantamweight bout
Brandon Farran vs. Isaac Villanueva
Roberto Sanchez vs. David Waters
Jason Langellier vs. opponent TBA
Humberto DeLeon vs. Adrian Yanez
Manny Lozoya vs. Dulani Perry
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m. ET)
Chad Cook vs. Larry Crowe
David Armas vs. Charles Cheeks
D’Neareon Seymore vs. Mike Trinh
C.J. Hancock vs. Ryan Josey
WSOF 30 salaries range from $130,000 to $500
David Branch continues to be one of the highest earners outside of the UFC. The two-division World Series of Fighting champion pocketed a $130,000 purse for his middleweight title defense over Clifford Starks at WSOF 30, according to information the Nevada Athletic Commission released Monday to MMA Fighting.
Main card (NBC Sports Network)
David Branch ($65,000 + $65,000 = $130,000) def. Clifford Starks ($15,000)
Jon Fitch ($35,000 + $35,000 = $70,000) def. Joao Zeferino ($15,000)
Vinny Magalhaes ($7,000 + $7,000 = $14,000) def. Jake Heun ($10,000)
Abu Azaitar ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) def. Danny Davis Jr. ($3,000)
Preliminary Card (MMA Fighting)
Abubakar Nurmagomedov ($3,500 + $3,500 = $7,000) def. Matt Frincu ($4,000)
Rex Harris ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Clinton Williams ($4,000)
Steve Kozola ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) def. Matt Church ($1,000)
Adam Acquaviva ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Andres Ponce ($800)
Zach Bunnell ($500 + $500 = $1,000) def. Jeff Roman ($500)
Wanderlei Silva to Partner with Kiyoshi Tamura for Rizin Tag Match Against Sakuraba, Tokoro
Former Pride FC champion Wanderlei Silva will join forces with Japanese MMA pioneer and onetime opponent Kiyoshi Tamura for a tag-team grappling match at this month’s Rizin Fighting Federation event.
Rizin officials last week announced that Silva and Tamura will go up against Kazushi Sakuraba and Hideo Tokoro in the submission-only match. Exact rules for the contest have not been revealed.
The grappling match will headline Rizin 1, the organization’s first official event following its pair of New Year’s Eve cards. The event takes place April 17 at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and will also feature the likes of Daron Cruickshank, Hisaki Kato and Gabi Garcia.
Nah-Shon Burrell heavy, so CES MMA 34 fight with champ Chris Curtis now non-title bout
Friday’s CES MMA 34 main event no longer will be a title fight thanks to the challenger coming in too heavy.
UFC, Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Nah-Shon Burrell (12-6) was set to challenger welterweight champion Chris Curtis (13-4) for the title in the event’s headliner. But Burrell came in heavy at 176 pounds, forcing the fight into a non-title bout.
CES MMA 34 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Chris Curtis (174) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (176) – non-title catchweight fight
Kenny Foster (149) vs. Calvin Kattar (150)
Johnny Campbell (134) vs. Matthew Lozano (131)
Kevin Haley (204) vs. Steve Skrzat (203)
Leon Davis (155) vs. Lorawnt-T Nelson (153)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
Luay Ashkar (126) vs. Carlos Candelario (125)
Mike Maldonado (147) vs. George Nassar (156)
Anton Berzin (205) vs. Matt Thompson (203)
Merab Dualishuili (136) vs. Geoffrey Then (134)
Gavin Nickel (261) vs. Dan Randall (237)
Tonya Evinger defends 135 title vs. Colleen Schneider in Invicta FC 17 main event
Invicta FC will return to Southern California this spring, and the bantamweight title will be on the line in the main event.
Tonya Evinger (16-6), Invicta’s 135-pound champion, will defend her belt for the first time – officially – when she meets Colleen Schneider (10-6) to headline Invicta FC 17. Promotion officials today announced the title fight and card.
The card will take place May 7 at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. That same venue hosted Invicta FC 15 in January. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Shannon Knapp: Cris Cyborg could still return to Invicta, defend her title
Cris Cyborg will make her UFC debut in May. But that doesn't necessarily mean she is done with Invicta FC.
Cyborg, arguably the top pound-for-pound women's fighter in the world, will face Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on May 14 in Brazil, the UFC announced Monday. The event will take place inside a 40,000-seat soccer stadium in Cyborg's hometown of Curitiba.
The fight will take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Cyborg normally fights at 145 pounds and she remains the Invicta champion in that featherweight division. That will not change any time soon, Invicta president Shannon Knapp told MMA Fighting.
Knapp said Cyborg will not be vacating the title, because there is the possibility of her returning to Invicta to defend it.
WSOF 30 ‘Branch vs. Starks’ Fight Card Finalized with 10 Bouts
World Series of Fighting has confirmed the 10-fight lineup for Saturday’s WSOF 30.
The event, which takes place April 2 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, will be headlined by a WSOF middleweight title bout between two-division champ David Branch and challenger Clifford Starks. In the co-main event slot, longtime UFC contender Jon Fitch will try to snatch the vacant WSOF welterweight belt in a meeting with Brazil’s Joao Zeferino.
Also featured on the NBCSN-televised main card is a light heavyweight tilt between Vinny Magalhaes and Jake Heun, plus a welterweight clash pitting Abu Azaitar against Danny Davis Jr.
Topping the preliminary slate is a duel of welterweight prospects Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Matthew Frincu, both of whom enter the bout with just one loss to their name.
Unbeaten lightweight Steve Kozola, who was set to take on Gil Guardado, will instead meet late replacement Matt Church in a 160-pound catchweight affair. Guardado recently suffered a broken nose and was forced to withdraw, according to a statement from WSOF.
Blagoy Ivanov vs. Josh Copeland, Jason High vs. Mike Ricci set for WSOF 31
A heavyweight title fight between Blagoy Ivanov (13-1) and Josh Copeland (12-3) is set to headline WSOF 31. Additionally, a lightweight bout between Jason High (19-5) and Mike Ricci (11-4) will serve as the co-main event of the card. The news was announced by the promotion on Tuesday.
Ivanov, who captured the WSOF heavyweight gold back in June 2015 against Smealinho Rama, will be defending his belt for a second time in this fight with Copeland. The 29-year-old Bulgarian fighter last competed on October 2015 at WSOF 24 where he defeated Derrick Mehmen via second-round TKO.
His opponent, Josh Copeland, is currently 3-1 in his past four fights. 'Cuddly Bear' is coming off a unanimous decision win over Mike Hayes earlier this year at WSOF 29. Prior to that, the 33-year-old heavyweight suffered a submission loss to Vitaly Minakov in Russia.