WSOF 8 set for Jan. 18, will feature inaugural 155-pound title fight
January 18, as WSOF 8 hits the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida to unveil its inaugural lightweight title.
WSOF president Ray Sefo told MMA Fighting that the main event will be a rematch between Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante and the undefeated Justin Gaethje, who first fought at WSOF 2 in Atlantic City. The first meeting ended abruptly when Cavalcante suffered a cut in the first round, giving Gaethje the victory.
another highlighted bout on the main card will be between Cavalcante's Blackzilians teammate Anthony Johnson and AKA's Mike Kyle.
WSOF 8 will also mark the promotional debut of 22-year Cody Bollinger, who will take on bantamweight upstart Tyson Nam.
Miesha Tate joins Invicta FC 7 broadcast booth as guest analyst
Miesha Tate‘s busy stretch will continue on Saturday when she gets behind the microphone for Invicta Fighting Championships.
Tate, the former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, will serve as a guest analyst at Invicta FC 7 alongside play-by-play voice Michael Schaivello and color commentator Muhammed Lawal, promotion officials on Monday announced.
Tim Means headlines Legacy FC 27 vs. Artenas Young, Henry Cejudo also on card
After a knockout win in his Legacy Fighting Championship debut earlier this fall, Tim Means will return next month to headline Legacy FC 27.
Means (19-5-1) will top the card against Aretenas Young (10-6) in a welterweight bout at Legacy FC 27, Legacy FC President Mick Maynard on Monday confirmed to MMAjunkie. Former UFC and Strikeforce heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello (33-15) had been penciled in against Isaac Villanueva (7-7), but that fight appears to be on hold for the time being.
WSOF Matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz Has A Few Choice Words To Describe Bellator’s Actions: “Slimy”, “Scummy” And “Dirty”
Bellator and the UFC do not get along.
I’m not speaking of the fighters themselves, or even the companies as a whole. I’m speaking of the talking heads of the two companies, UFC President Dana White and CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships, Bjorn Rebney.
These two men have always been quick to trade passive-aggressive digs at each other (and just plain-old aggressive digs), posturing and arguing over who has the better product; the better champions; the better fights. And now a third party is throwing his hat in the proverbial cage: WSOF matchmaker, Ali Abdel-Aziz.
Kobold Out, Sarah D’Alelio Faces Tonya Evinger At Invicta FC 7
An injury has forced bantamweight veteran Kelly “Blood Red” Kobold out of her planned fight at Invicta Fighting Championships 7 on December 7th in Kansas City, Missouri.
In Kobold’s place, Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio has stepped in to face off against Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger on the card.
The change was first announced on Inside MMA tonight. D’Alelio is coming off of a close loss to Lauren Murphy at Invicta FC 6 in July. She had won three of her past four fights prior to the setback.
Evinger recently competed on TUF 18 and brings a three-fight winning streak into her Invicta FC debut.
Heath Herring starts fight promotion in Argentina
For the last five years, it’s become increasingly hard to tell Heath Herring from a red herring. The "Texas Crazy Horse" spent a dozen years in the cage facing the full scroll of heavyweight giants in Pride and the UFC before a vague contract dispute with the latter sort of sent him off like a tumbleweed down the 101 freeway towards Hollywood.
Since that night five years ago in Minneapolis, back when he was bull-rushed and battered by Brock Lesnar at UFC 87, he has been cast as the prototypical bad guy in every kind of B-film known to never touch the silver screen. He went onto the World Series poker circuit, and ebbed and flowed with the cards that came down the river. He became a stuntman...
Reza Madadi Calls Out Anton Kuivanen at SC9: “I Got the Belt. Come and Get It!”
We might have a proper Nordic super fight coming up in the near future. Sweden’s top lightweight Reza “Mad Dog” Madadi just
stormed the cage at Superior Challenge 9 in Gothenburg and announced that he wants to fight Finland’s best lightweight Anton Kuivanen.
This was just moments after the Finn had scored a first round knock out over Diego Gonzalez who had Madadi in his corner.