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).
Sokoudjou Signs to Challenge 205-Pound Champion Ryan Jimmo at MFC 31
The Maximum Fighting Championship on Thursday announced MFC 31: The Rundown featuring a light heavyweight title bout pitting current champion Ryan Jimmo against newly signed Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. The MFC 31 fight card takes place on Oct. 7 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and will be broadcast on HDNet.
The announced title bout displaces an MFC lightweight title bout between recently re-signed champion Antonio McKee and Brian Cobb. The two will instead clash at MFC 32 in November, although an exact date and location had not been pinned down at the time of publication.
Brazilian Lightweight Ricardo Tirloni Signs With Bellator Fighting Championships
CHICAGO, Ill. (August 1, 2011) - Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed today the signing of top Brazilian lightweight prospect Ricardo Tirloni. Tirloni joins a lightweight division that already features the likes of Season 4 Lightweight Tournament winner Michael Chandler, Patricky Pitbull, Rene Nazare, Marcin Held and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez.
Tirloni joins Bellator after compiling an impressive 13-1 record, with notable wins coming over UFC veteran Brian Cobb and WEC veteran Anthony Morrison. Out of his thirteen professional victories, Tirloni has picked up eleven finishes, with six submissions and five knockouts to his credit.
No set plans for Overeem's vacant title, but grand-prix winner an option
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – For now, the Strikeforce heavyweight belt will collect dust on a shelf.
Following Alistair Overeem's release from the organization this past week, Strikeforce officials are tight-lipped about what's next for his vacated title and have announced no formal plans.
But not surprisingly, the organization's heavyweight grand prix could play a factor in the ultimate decision.
MFC Signs Five Year Deal With HDNet
Maximum Fighting Championship put out a press release today touting a new deal with HDNet that will extend for five more years. MFC has been on the network since February 2008, and is one of the cornerstones of HDNet's MMA programming.
Zelg Galesic vs. Alexander Shlemenko in the works for Bellator 50
Russian striker Alexander Shlemenko (39-7 MMA, 4-1 BFC) will welcome Croatian banger Zelg Galesic (10-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) to the Bellator Fighting Championships cage.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Shlemenko and Galesic have verbally agreed to meet at Bellator 50. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Though Bellator officials have yet to announce any contests for the event, Bellator 50 takes place Sept. 17 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood Florida.
The night's main card airs on MTV2. Galesic vs. Shlemenko is expected to feature on the broadcast.