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.
Santiago vs. Silva headlines 'Titan Fighting 23: Fight for the Troops'
Middleweights Jorge Santiago (24-10) and Jay Silva (8-6) have been tapped headliners for next month's "Titan Fighting Championship 23: Fight for the Troops" event.
Officials announced the event on Monday.
The show takes place June 15 at Marshall Army Airfield on Fort Riley, Kan. The main card airs on HDNet.
Officials didn't specify exactly how the event will benefit any military charities. However, general-admission tickets cost $30 and are available to both military personnel and civilians.
"We have wanted to stage a Titan Fighting Championship 'Fight for the Troops' event for years, and so we are pleased that the officials at Fort Riley have made their historic Marshall Army Airfield available for this first-ever night of fights dedicated to our nation's soldiers," TFC president Joe Kelly stated. "It is an honor to give back to our troops, and I speak for everyone who is involved with Titan when I say this is definitely our proudest moment yet."
UFC veteran Din Thomas victorious in MMA return
It's been over two years, but longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Din Thomas finally returned to mixed martial arts (MMA) action at "Pure MMA 2" last Saturday night (May 12, 2012) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, submitting up-and-coming featherweight prospect Cody Bollinger via first-round submission (armbar).
"Dinyero" was originally supposed to compete at "Fight Time 7" from the War Memorial Auditorium last October in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but ended up in the hospital after totaling his car on the way to the arena.
Thomas (26-8) is currently riding a four-fight win streak, which includes a submission victory (triangle choke) over Dustin Pierkin at Headhunter Productions "The Patriot Act" back in Feb. 2009 followed by a technical knockout win (knee) over Gabe Lemley at "March Badness" just over a month later.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Clobbers Bob Sapp at KSW 19; Mamed Khalidov Victorious
Five-time World’s Strongest Man titleholder Mariusz Pudzianowski put away Bob Sapp with first-round punches less than a minute into their KSW 19 headliner on Saturday at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Sapp (11-12), who has lost his last six fights, succumbed to the Polish strongman’s blows 41 seconds into round one.
The two behemoths approached one another tentatively at the start and then let loose with their fists. Sapp covered up almost immediately and ate a series of close-quarters knees. Pudzianowski (4-2) backed him into the ropes, ripped his feet out from under him with a primitive but effective standing double-leg takedown and smashed away with hammerfists and punches. With Sapp offering nothing in return, referee Tomasz Bronder swooped in and brought the match to a merciful close.
Legacy FC 11 results: Patino crowned champ, Harris wins at welterweight
MAIN CARD RESULTS
-Jorge Patino def. Clay Hantz via KO (punches) - Round 1, 1:04 (wins vacant lightweight title)
-Chad Robichaux def. Joseph Sandoval via submission (north-south choke) - Round 1, 0:50
-Gerald Harris def. Mike Bronzoulis via split decision
-Evan Cutts def. Lee King via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:35
-William "Bubba" Bush vs. Artenas Young declared no contest
-Nelson Salas def. Angel Huerta via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 4:45
-Ryan Benoit def. Cody Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:53
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULS
-Ray Blodget def. Cris Rucker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Lester Batres def. Justin Murray via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Jesus "J.T." Mendez def. Andy Sandoval via TKO (punches) - Round 1
-Marcus Dupar def. Bobby Powers via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 2