Alexander Shlemenko’s drug suspension to be lifted after court ruling
Alexander Shlemenko will be able to fight again in the United States much sooner than expected.
The former Bellator middleweight champion had his three-year suspension and $10,000 fine from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) reduced in a court decision Wednesday, per court documents. Shlemenko tested positive for steroids in February 2015 and was levied the sanctions by a unanimous commission vote in June 2015.
The California Superior Court ruled that CSAC was only able to suspend Shlemenko until his license expired back on Feb. 28.. Shlemenko will also have to pay only a $5,000 fine. The Russian fighter's suspension will be lifted as soon as he pays the fine. Shlemenko is still under contract with Bellator, per promotion spokesperson Danny Brener.
ADCC champion Davi Ramos signs with RFA, debut in August
Davi Ramos will finally return to mixed martial arts in August.
The lightweight prospect impressed with his run to win the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015, and is booked to meet Ray Cercera in his RFA debut on Aug. 19 in Visalia, Calif., sources told MMA Fighting.
Ramos (4-1), who won the ADCC gold medal at the 170-pound division, fought for the last time in October 2014, losing to David Rickels in his first and only Bellator fight. In his previous bouts, Ramos scored four stoppage victories.
Rousimar Palhares returns to middleweight for KSW debut against Michal Materla
Rousimar Palhares will return to the middleweight division for his KSW debut against former champion Michal Materla on Oct. 1, MMA Fighting has confirmed following a report by MMA Rocks.
Palhares (18-7) had a successful 4-0 run as a welterweight with four submission before suffering his first defeat against Emil Meek last May. According to his manager Alex Davis, "Toquinho" will return to 170 pounds after this upcoming fight.
Materla (23-5) held and defended the KSW middleweight championship for over three years before suffering a 31-second loss to Mamed Khalidov last November. Materla recently improved to 14-3 under the KSW banner with a first-round stoppage over Antoni Chmielewski.
Rizin Openweight Tournament updates
Lots of updates for the upcoming OW GP
1)3 more fighters officially added....Baruto,Kazuyuki Fujita........and Crocop!!!!!
2)Baruto will face Fujita in the opening round while Wandy and Crocop have yet to receive opponents.
3)3 non tournament fights were announced
Andy Souwer vs Daron Cruickshank
Hideo Tokoro vs Kron Gracie
Kizaemon Saiga vs Arsen Yamamoto
4)Orgs sending representatives have been announced.....
German MMA Championship -Andreas Kraniotakes(18-11)
Full Metal Dojo -Amir Aliakbari(2-0)
Fusion FN-Jiri Prochazka(17-3)
Cedar Fighting Championship-Mark Tanius(5-1)
Spartacus Fighting Championship-Malik Merad(21-15)
Romanian Xtreme Fighting-Adrian Preda(7-1)
MMA Bushido-Teodaras Aukstuolis(9-3)
International Ring Fighting Arena-Karl Albrekysson(5-0)
Union of MMA Russia-TBA
HEX Fight Series-TBA
Samurai Fight Combat-TBA
RFA 43 heads to Colorado on Sept. 9 with Brian Camozzi vs. Nick Barnes title fight
Officials recently announced the card takes place Sept. 9 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The vacant welterweight title is up for grabs in the main event. Local fighter Brian Camozzi (6-2), who’s on a four-fight winning streak that includes RFA stoppage wins over Tyler Milner and Kenneth Glenn (via flying knee), takes on Nick Barnes (11-1), who’s rebounded from a 2015 submission loss to Jesse Taylor with a recent Bellator victory over James Terry and an RFA win over Jose Diaz.
In the middleweight co-headliner, local product Adam Stroup (10-3) looks to rebound from a promotional-debut loss to John Poppie when he takes on Gabriel Checco (9-2), who’s 2-2 under the RFA banner with highlight-reel wins over Joseph Henle and Mike Jasper.
A bantamweight fight between Zac Riley (4-3) and undefeated Boston Salmon (5-0) is also on tap.
EuroFC preps for Oct. 1 launch with Bedford-Niinimaki, aims to be Europe's top MMA promotion
October brings the debut of a new promotion to the European MMA landscape, and if things go as EuroFC bosses hope, the organization will soon enjoy lofty status on its home continent.
“We did a European market analysis and found out that there is a real market opportunity and consumer need for quality sports entertainment in the form of MMA,” EuroFC CEO Jarno Kukila told MMAjunkie. “Moreover, the timing is good, and we knew that one of our competitive edges is our team’s unique combination of sports and business expertise. On top of our MMA knowledge and network, EuroFC’s team has experience from billion-dollar businesses, multi-market launches, F1 Grand Prix events and the Olympic Games
Mayhem Miller arrested again after alleged tussle with two women
Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller is facing yet more legal trouble. This time the former UFC fighter was detained due to an incident at a sports bar in Costa Mesa, California late on Saturday night.
n what is becoming a sad and concerning trend, former UFC fighter Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller was arrested this weekend after he was allegedly involved in an altercation with two women. The incident occurred at 2.a.m on Sunday at Saddle Ranch Chop House in Costa Mesa, California.
According to Chris Haire of The Orange County Registrar Miller was observed arguing with two women inside the establishment. The OC Registrar stated that one of the women slapped Miller and in response, the veteran of over thirty professional mixed-martial-arts fights grabbed the woman and attempted to punch her. At this point, the establishment’s security personnel were able to intervene. Miller was then taken down to the ground and hhandcuffed.
ONE Championship Confirms Two More 2016 Cards in Macau and Bangkok
ONE Championship officials on Wednesday confirmed two more cards that for 2016. On Aug. 13, the promotion heads to Macau for the first time. The other new addition to the schedule is a show in Bangkok on Dec. 17.
Venetian MacauNext month’s event will be at the 15,000 capacity Cotai Arena. The venue is situated in the bowls of the Venetian Resort & Casino and has played host to a couple of Manny Pacquiao fights in recent years.
The UFC also held three events at the Cotai Arena between 2012 and 2014, but has not returned in nearly two years. Boxing promoter Top Rank has also held multiple shows in the venue, featuring the likes of Zou Shiming and Rex Tso, as well as Manny Pacquiao.
With training camp breakup, WSOF fight between Fodor brothers just became grudge match
When Ben Fodor (6-1-1) – the fighter known for his superhero alter-ego, “Phoenix Jones” – agreed to fight his adopted brother Caros Fodor (10-5), the deal was that they would both continue to train at the AMC Pankration gym in Kirkland, Wash., prior to their bout at WSOF 32 on July 30.
But eight weeks out from the fight, according to Ben, AMC Pankration head coach Matt Hume told him he’d need to find somewhere else to train for this one. And now?
Ricardo Abreu informed of potential USADA anti-doping violation following out-of-competition test
Two-time UFC middleweight veteran Ricardo Abreu has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample.
UFC officials today announced the finding after being informed of the result by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” the statement read. “It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Ben Alloway faces undefeated Sharaf Davlatmurudov on Absolute Championship card
Former TUF Smashes representative Ben Alloway will travel to Russia later this month where he will meet undefeated Russian welterweight Sharaf Davlatmurodov.
The bout takes place on the Absolute Championship Berkut 41 card in Sochi, Russia on 15 July.
Based out of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Alloway is currently riding a three fight winning streak which included taking out the 2016 Brace welterweight tournament. Alloway was a semi-finalist on the Australia vs U.K. version of The Ultimate Fighter. The 35-year-old went on to fight three times in the UFC, winning his debut via an impressive head kick against Manuel Rodriguez before losing back-to-back fights to Ryan LaFlare and Zak Cummings.
Aspera FC announces one-night lightweight tournament, winner signs multi-fight contract with KSW
A Brazilian lightweight is about to sign with Polish promotion KSW. On July 9, Aspera FC 41 will feature a one-night, four-man lightweight tournament in Sao Jose, Brazil, and the winner will sign a multi-fight deal with KSW, the promotion announced recently.
In the first semifinal, UFC veteran Ivan Jorge will meet Guilherme Miranda, while Fernando Aparecido takes on Renato Gomes for the second spot in the final. In the alternate bout, Alexandre Cidade faces Thiago Nata.
"It is a pleasure to get this cooperation with KSW," Aspera FC president Marcelo Brigadeiro stated in a release. "I know (KSW CEO) Martin (Lewandowski) for a long time and I admire his way of doing business and how he made KSW become one of the biggest promotions in the world. I picked four of the best lightweights in Brazil to make sure that we will provide KSW with nothing but the prime of Brazilian MMA with our tournaments."
Fedor's crony suspended as VP of Russian MMA Union, Maldonado's appeal lives again
The World MMA Association plans to hear Fabio Maldonado’s appeal following his controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Fight Nights Global 50.
It appears that Fabio Maldonado may have an opportunity to appeal his controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Fight Nights Global: 50 several weeks ago.
The World MMA Association, which is the umbrella organization that controls the Russian MMA Union, announced that they would consider the Brazilian UFC veteran's appeal against the ‘Last Emperor,' and will take several measures to ensure an unbiased verdict.
According to an official statement, the WMMAA will appoint Secretary General Alexander Engelhardt to handle the appeal procedure, and appoint a group of objective international judges under the guidance of experienced referee Marco Broersen (the Netherlands). The group is to assess the fight based on the tape and render an unbiased verdict regarding the fight and the judges' work.
Ladd-Hoy, Simpson-Soukupova complete Invicta FC 18 lineup in Kansas City
With an additional pair of fights, the card is complete for Invicta FC 18 four weeks from today.
A bantamweight bout between Aspen Ladd (3-0) and Jessica Hoy (1-0) has found its way to the event, as has an atomweight contest between Tessa Simpson (4-1) and Simona Soukupova (5-3-1). Promotion officials recently announced the two matchups, filling out the nine-fight card.
Invicta FC 18 takes place July 29 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. The card will be headlined by strawweights Alexa Grasso (7-0) and Jodie Esquibel (5-1).
WSOF signs bantamweight veteran Jesse Brock to exclusive multi-fight deal
WSOF is building up their bantamweight roster with the addition of Bellator and RFA veteran Jesse Brock.
WSOF president Ray Sefo confirmed the signing to MMAjunkie.
Brock (22-8) is currently riding a six-fight winning streak with three of the victories coming by stoppage. In 22 career victories, he has picked 13 wins by submission or knockout.
His most recent victory was a rear-naked choke submission of Olly Bradstreet at Bellator 155 in May. That win came after a decision victory over Joe Murphy at RFA 27.
Phil Hawes in for Shamil Gamzatov against Louis Taylor at WSOF 32
After one fight in WSOF and four fights in his professional career, Phil Hawes will face the stiffest test of his young career at WSOF 32.
Hawes (4-0) will step in for Shamil Gamzatov (10-0) against Louis Taylor (12-3) at the event, which takes place July 30 at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. The night’s main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Dan Spohn vs. Matt Hamill set for CFFC 60 on Aug. 6
Two of the best light heavyweight fighters hailing from the Buckeye State are set to square off, as Dan Spohn will take on Matt Hamill at CFFC 60 on Aug. 6 in Atlantic City.
Both fighters are also UFC veterans, and were also featured on “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Spohn (13-5), who trains at Ronin Training Center in Columbus, is the former CFFC heavyweight champion. He was stripped of the title after losing a bout to Rodney Wallace in Canada earlier this year.
Now, he’ll return to CFFC in his more natural light heavyweight class. “Dragon” is 5-1 since losing his lone UFC bout at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale after making the semifinals in the show’s tournament. Four of those wins have come via stoppage, including a TKO victory over Azunna Anyanwu last December that earned him the CFFC title.
'JZ' Cavalcante defends lightweight title vs. Freddy Assuncao in Titan FC 40 main event in August
Titan FC heads back to South Florida in August, and the lightweight title will be on the line in the main event.
Titan FC 40 is set for Aug. 5 at Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
The Titan FC 40 card includes:
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Freddy Assuncao – for lightweight title
Scott Barrett vs. Jeremy Hardy
Jack May vs. Derrick Mehmen
Jose Torres vs. Abdiel Velazquez
Frank Carrillo vs. Desmond Green
Bruce Lutchmedial vs Edir Terry
Sabah Homasi vs Preston Parsons
Cristiano Souza vs. Ron Stallings
Scary late stoppage at Legacy 56
Being a mixed martial arts ref is thankless. No fighter who ever won, ever, thought to himself "the ref gave me that win." But in a significant number of losses, fighters and camps point to ref incompetence as a factor. Fans too will offer criticism of decisions that must be made in far, far, far less than a second.
Further, there is a common misconception that promotions choose the ref. If a ref does not do well, it is not the promotion's fault. Responsibility for choosing and licensing fight refs falls to the relevant Athletic Commission.
All that said, what happened in the main event at Legacy FC 56 on Friday night was a little scary.