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.
CES MMA 37 slated for Aug. 12 with championship triple-header on AXS TV
A trio of belts will be up for grabs in August at CES MMA 37.
Officials announced three title fights, two of which are for vacant belts, for the Aug. 12 event, which airs on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
In the headliner, reigning bantamweight champion Andre Soukhamthath (10-3) rematches challenger Kin Moy (10-3). The fighters first met in January 2014 at CES MMA 21, and Moy earned a unanimous-decision victory.
Since then, Soukhamthath is 3-1, which included a recent title-winning flying-knee knockout of Kody Nordby. Moy, meanwhile, is on a 3-1 run of his own, and it included a pair of recent submission wins (over Blair Tugman and Walter Smith-Cotito) under the Bellator banner.
Gesias Cavalcante defends title vs. Freddy Assuncao in Titan FC 40 main event
Gesias Cavalcante won't waste any time getting right back in there.
"JZ" will defend his newly won lightweight title against Freddy Assuncao in the main event of Titan FC 40 on Aug. 5 in Coral Gables, Fla., officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday. The card will take place at the Bank United Center and air on UFC Fight Pass.
Cavalcante (20-8-1, 2 NC) is coming off a first-round knockout of Pat Healy to win the Titan lightweight title earlier this month. The Strikeforce and Dream vet finished the fight in just 2:07. Cavalcante, 32, had not fought in nearly two years before the knockout of Healy.
Maldonado appeal to Russian MMA Union denied by VP, Fedor's old training partner
Gabudullin, a former M-1 Global fighter and training partner of the 'Last Emperor,' explained that Maldonado was supposed to announce his intent for an appeal within 40 minutes after the conclusion of the EFN 50 main event.
"There were no protests in the judicial decision of the Union of MMA in Russia and the World Association of WMMA side Maldonado not filed in officially prescribed manner."
Fedor vs. Maldonado controversy reveals conflict of interest
Several days ahead of the anticipated Fedor vs. Maldonado showdown, the Russian MMA Union assigned the three judges who would be responsible for the scorecards in the main event: Evgeny Gribkov, Alexey Gorokhov, and Maria Makhmutova.
The announcement came as a surprise to many within the industry. The three officials were Russian natives for a contest that pitted a Russian against a Brazilian fighter. The shocking elements was that the Russian MMA Union was actually headed by Fedor himself. The legendary fighter is the unanimously voted president of the association several years prior and still maintained that role behind the scenes.
Fabio Maldonado’s team to appeal controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko
Fabio Maldonado came close to finishing Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of Fight Night Global 50 on Friday night, and his team isn’t happy with the majority decision loss in St. Petersburg, Russia.
One judge scored the contest a draw (28-28), while two others saw it 29-28 in favor of Emelianenko, scoring the first round a 10-9 in Maldonado’s favor despite the fact that the Brazilian almost knocked the legendary heavyweight out.
Maldonado’s manager Stefano Sartori released a statement to MMA Fighting revealing that they will appeal the "strange" loss to Russian MMA Union, which assigned the judges -- and is headed by Emelianenko.
Kron Gracie to Face Hideo Tokoro in Featherweight Bout at September Rizin Event
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Kron Gracie will lock horns with former Bellator, Dream and K-1 talent Hideo Tokoro at Rizin Fighting Federation’s September event.
The promotion recently announced the bout, which will be contested at featherweight. A date has not been revealed for the card, but it will also feature the beginning of an open-weight tournament that will include former UFC and Pride Fighting Championships star Wanderlei Silva.
The event will take place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The promotion is expected to hold a press conference announcing further plans for the card in the near future.