Josh Barnett to defend Japanese title in 2013
Top 10 heavyweight Josh Barnett will return to Pancrase next year to defend his openweight King of Pancrase title. The Warmaster, according to yahoo.co.jp, had a meeting with Pancrase CEO Masakazu Sakai after Barnett’s recent professional wrestling match with Shinichi Suzukawa at Inoki Genome Federation.
The meeting seems to have been fruitful. Barnett has agreed to defend his KOP title next year during the Pancrase 20th Anniversary Tour, against any opponent Sakai wants to put in front him. Barnett stated that he is a part of the Pancrase family and wants the legendary organization and its fighters to reach new heights of popularity.
Todd Harris, Bas Rutten named broadcast team for World Series of Fighting 1
Still 10 days from its debut, World Series of Fighting has made another change in its broadcast booth.
The promotion on Tuesday announced its official team to call World Series of Fighting 1 will be Todd Harris and Bas Rutten. Rutten already had been attached to the card, but Harris is a new addition.
WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on NBC Sports Network.
In wake of cancellation of Sheila Gaff fight at Cage Warriors 49, Rosi Sexton says, 'I'm out!'
The fallout from Sheila Gaff pulling out of their fight may extend for more than one bout for Rosi Sexton.
Gaff and Sexton were scheduled to meet for the vacant flyweight title at next week's Cage Warriors 49 card. On Friday, though, it was announced Gaff is off the card, citing an illness.
In response, Sexton, on her official Twitter account, said she may be done with the sport – saying women's MMA has an issue with competitors' drug use.
MFC's Mark Pavelich says he couldn't promote women's MMA
Canada's Maximum Fighting Championship has been in operation for 13 years, which is a great source of pride for promoter Mark Pavelich.
Part of that staying power, he said, is rooted in putting out a consistent product. In a time when the sport's biggest promotion is flirting with women's MMA and headliners of questionable importance, Pavelich said he's sticking to what he knows.
When it comes to women's MMA, that means staying out of the game.
XFC 21 set for Dec. 7 with Eric Reynolds vs. Nick Newell title fight
A fight between Eric Reynolds (16-5) and Nick Newell (8-0) for a vacant lightweight title will serve as the headliner of Xtreme Fighting Championships' next event.
"XFC 21: Night of Champions" takes place Dec. 7 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Tennessee.
The six-fight main card, including a Ryan Thomas (14-7) vs. Corey Hill (6-4) welterweight co-headliner, airs on AXS TV.
World Series of Fighting 1's four-fight main card, seven prelims set
The full WSOF 1 includes:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network)
-Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole
-Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman
-Marlon Moraes vs. Miguel Torres
-Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele
-Travis Bartlett vs. Tyrone Spong
-Brian Cobb vs. Ronys Torres
-Josh Burkman vs. Gerald Harris
-Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante vs. T.J. O'Brien
-Dave Branch vs. Dustin Jacoby
-Waylon Lowe vs. Fabio Mello
-Ramico Blackmon vs. Steve Carl
John Michael Sheil vs. Faycal Hucin joins Cage Warriors 49, John Phillips won't headline
After a hand injury cost him a shot at the belt, it's now cost him a headlining spot at this month's Cage Warriors 49 event.
Welsh fighter John Phillips (16-5) has been ruled out of the headliner of the event, which takes place in his home country, officials today announced.
However, a middleweight bout between John Michael Sheil (8-0) and Faycal Hucin (7-3) has joined the lineup.
Cage Warriors 49 takes place Oct. 27 at St David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales. The main card streams on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and Facebook carries the prelims.
MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com)
Bruno Carvalho vs. Cathal Pendred
Sheila Gaff vs. Rosi Sexton (for vacant women's flyweight title)
Greg Loughran vs. Tim Newman
Faycal Hucin vs. John Michael Sheil
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Kris Edwards vs. Mark Platts
Dino Gambatesa vs. Martin McDonough
Karl Harrison vs. Neil Seery
Merv Mulholland vs. Daniel Thomas
Lee Caers vs. Kevin Reed
Sam Gilbert vs. Brett Johns
Invicta FC Aims to Knock Out Domestic Violence
Invicta Fighting Championships has partnered with Kansas City-based Hope House, a non-profit shelter and service for victims of domestic violence, in order to provide both moral and financial aid for those who have suffered, and to support National Domestic Violence Awareness Month that is observed annually in October.
To kick off its “Knock Out Domestic Violence” campaign, Invicta FC has added to its online store a catalog of new Knock Out Domestic Violence and Invicta FC co-branded merchandise. All proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will be donated to Hope House.
Additionally, Invicta FC is calling on all fans to wear clothing bearing the color purple, a traditional symbol of strength and courage and the theme color for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, while attending its live event, Invicta FC 3, at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 6 or while watching the live, free-of-charge stream of the event...
Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman completes World Series of Fighting 1's main card
The NBC Sports Network-televised portion of World Series of Fighting's debut event is now complete.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the promotion that a light-heavyweight contest between Anthony Johnson (13-4) and D.J. Linderman (14-3) is the sixth and final contest planned for the broadcast.
The event takes place Nov. 3 at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
An 11-time UFC veteran, Johnson fights for the third time as a light heavyweight. The 6-foot-2 "Rumble" competed mostly as a welterweight during his time in the octagon but has since elected to compete at 205 pounds, where he's racked up a pair of knockout wins over Jake Rosholt and Esteves Jones in regional shows. He's 5-1 in his past six contests.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Linderman has been competing as a heavyweight in recent outings but will drop back down to 205 pounds for this contest. Currently 5-1 in his past six contests, Linderman has competed professionally since 2008 and has never lost a bout via stoppage. He currently stands as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship's heavyweight champion.
With Elaina Maxwell injured, Julia Budd vs. Danielle West completes Invicta FC 3 lineup
A concussion has forced Elaina Maxwell (7-4) to withdraw from Saturday's Invicta Fighting Championships 3 event.
In her place steps Danielle "The Honey Badger" West (4-3-1), who now meets four-time Strikeforce veteran Julia Budd (3-2) in a featherweight matchup that kicks off the night's main card.
Invicta FC takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The entire event streams free on InvictaFC.com...
Love of fighting leads ex-WWE star Dave Bautista to MMA debut
Dave Bautista spent the better part of a decade pretending to get punched in the face as a pro wrestler. Now that the 43-year-old heavyweight is less than a week away from his first chance to do it for real as a mixed martial arts fighter, he can hardly wait.
The question he keeps hearing over and over – the one he can't seem to supply a satisfactory answer to – is, why?
"I know some people have a hard time understanding it," said the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion, who's set to make his professional MMA debut in Providence, R.I., on Saturday (pay-per-view, $29.95). "I'm obviously never going to make the money that I made in the WWE, and it's not like I think I'm going to go become UFC champion."
So why do it? Why suffer through an eight-week training camp, which Bautista described as "by far the hardest thing" he's ever done, just to fight on the small circuit against an unknown opponent?
"I just want the experience," he said. "I don't have any ulterior motive. I just want to do it because I love it so much."
'ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings' card finalized, Honorio Banario title fight scratched
The full ONE FC 6 card includes:
-Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont
-Kotetsu Boku vs. Zorobabel Moreira - for inaugural lightweight title
-Leandro Issa vs. Soo Chul Kim - for inaugural bantamweight title
-Ryo Kawamura vs. Melvin Manhoef
-Jens Pulver vs. Yanfei Zhao - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Min Jung Song vs. Masakatsu Ueda - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Kevin Belingon vs. Yusup Saadulaev - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Bruce Loh vs. Gianni Subba
-Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole to headline World Series of Fighting 1
World Series of Fighting has a headliner for its debut event.
A heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovski (17-9) and Devin Cole (20-9-1) will serve as the main event of WSOF 1, officials today announced.
WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus.
"We are thrilled to welcome both Andrei and Devin to the World Series of Fighting roster and to have them headline our first live event," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo stated.