With mixed regulatory reaction, Canadian promotion planning PRIDE-rules show
If you think MMA has been sterilized by a ruleset that favors the American wrestler, there is a promoter who would like your dollars.
The Canada-based Colosseo Championship Fighting raised a stir at the start of 2010 when it received approval from the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission to use the ruleset of the Japan-based promotion DREAM, which allows knees to the head of a grounded opponent, among other differences with the Unified Rules used in most top MMA promotions.
Now, more than a year later, Colosseo is planning another event for July 23 that will employ mostly American talent.
Its promoter, Pasqualino Santoro, intends to up the action by using the ruleset of another Japanese promotion, the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships. The soccer kicks and stomps used in PRIDE will stay at Santoro's event, dubbed "Colosseo Championship Fighting 6: Bushido."
One-time Strikeforce welterweight contender Marius Zaromskis is in negotiations to fight on the summer card, as are UFC vets Shane Nelson, James Irvin and Rob Emerson, Santoro told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Jay Hieron defends victory over Brent Weedman in Bellator tourney semifinals
You might have noticed a visible sigh from Jay Hieron (21-4 MMA, 2-0 BFC) when he was announced the winner in a fight with Brent Weedman (18-6-1 MMA, 4-1 BFC) this past Saturday at Bellator 40.
Some might say that sigh was an acknowledgment that he'd just dodged a bullet.
But that's not the case, Hieron on Monday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). It was a sigh of happy exhaustion.
Chase Gormley part of 4 man HW tournament
ohio based fight promotion NAAFS, are putting together a 4 man HW tournament that kicks off April 16th with UFC vet Chase Gormley taking on undefeated HW prospect Stipe Miocic and Bobby Brents vs Antoine Hayes.
MFC 29 Results
Longtime UFC fighter Marcus Davis snapped a two-fight losing streak Friday, defeating Curtis Demarce at Maximum FC 29 in Ontario, Canada.
The split decision win was Davis' first fight outside of the UFC after competing 14 straight times in the UFC over the last four years.
In the two co-headlining bouts, Douglas Lima defended his welterweight title against Terry Martin, while Ryan Jimmo won the light heavyweight title over Zak Cummings.
Check out all the MFC 29 results are below.
Douglas Lima def. Terry Martin via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:14
Ryan Jimmo def. Zak Cummings via unanimous decision
Marcus Davis def. Curtis Demarce via split decision
Hermes Franca def. Robert Washington via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 0:26
Pete Spratt def. Demi Deeds via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 4:19
Ali Mokdad def. Andreas Spang via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 1:35
Dhiego Lima def. Josh Taveirne via submission (rear-naked choke) - R3, 3:35
David Harris def. Chucky Mady via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 3:07
Matthew Spisak def. Pete Brown via unanimous decision
Phil Baroni Draws Former Cage Rage Champ at BAMMA 6
The British based BAMMA promotion are continuing with their pursuit of international talent and have recently secured the services of both former UFC middleweight contender Phil Baroni, as well as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s training partner Joao Paulo De Souza for BAMMA 6 on May 21 in London.
Bellator's Ben Askren is not impressed by bonus-chasing 'losers' like Leonard Garcia
"I think people like that are losers because, in my mind, a fight's about winning, not about putting on a show. We're not singers, we're not actors, we are mixed martial artists or fighters or athletes, whichever way you wanna do it and that's about winning ... When you're fighting for 25 minutes, every fan and their mother can talk **** about this and that and don't finish fights. Well, why don't they get in there and fight for 25 minutes? That's a long time. And you got to win before you show. I mean, people that show on top of winning, say Anderson Silva, that dude now he's a showman but he's also won, what, 13 fights in a row? So, obviously, he can do it. And there's people like Leonard Garcia who goes out and puts on a show but he's like 3-5 in his last 8 fights. Like, c'mon dude."
Heavyweight prospect Tony Johnson Jr. added to Bellator roster, fights at Bellator 41
Former King of the Cage heavyweight champ Tony Johnson Jr. (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator Fighting Championships' latest acquisition.
The former Ohio State wrestler and four-time NCAA Division I All-American makes his debut for the promotion at Bellator 41 against an opponent yet to be named.
Honestly, I think Bellator are starting to solidify their place as the number 2 mma organization in the world. They're building their roster up very nicely adding a bunch of prospects.
Women's MMA: Potentially Dying in America, Thriving in Japan
The Queen of Pancrase. For those familiar with the testosterone heavy environment of the pioneering MMA promotion, it's something that's tough to wrap your head around. It's not just the MMA business that is changing, it's Japan. A once fiercely patriarchal society is welcoming women into the workforce in record numbers. The role of motherhood, at one time so lauded and respected, has shifted into the background as Japanese women have fewer and fewer babies. These two news items, of course, are connected at the hip. But that's a story for another time and another blog. The times are indeed changing - and that includes MMA as well.
Two Title Fights, UFC Veterans Anchor MFC 29 Lineup
Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Douglas Lima will defend his crown against Terry Martin in the MFC 29 “Conquer” headliner on Friday at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. A 10-fight lineup has been finalized for the event, which will air live on HDNet.
Cole Konrad to Face Paul Buentello at Bellator 42
Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad has been booked to face UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Buentello in a non-title superfight scheduled for Bellator 42 on April 23 in Concho, Okla.
Konrad, who made his MMA debut in 2010 and finished the year with a perfect record of 7-0, ran through Rogent Lloret, Damian Grabowski and Neil Grove during last season's Bellator tournament to win the heavyweight belt. At 27 years of age, Konrad is remains a prospect in MMA off his accomplishments as a two-time NCAA wrestling champion with the University of Minnesota.
Horodecki, Mein Star in Ontario's First Sanctioned MMA Event
ORILIA, Ontario -- After years of advocacy and campaigning in the province, MMA: The Reckoning, at Casino Rama in Orilia, Ontario, marked the first ever sanctioned mixed martial arts event in Canada's most populous province. It was a homecoming of sorts for former WEC lightweight Chis Horodecki, as the “Polish Hammer” submitted Utah's David Castillo in the first round.
Rebney: Alvarez’s Next Defense Likely In August
Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney sat down with Sherdog.com’s Greg Savage after watching his golden boy Eddie Alvarez defend his title against a very tough Pat Curran. Rebney wasted no time in stating that he hoped to have his top property back in the cage by August, to face the winner of this season’s lightweight tournament.