World Series of Fighting to Debut in November; Possible NBC Sports Network Deal in Works
The organization was recently granted a promoter's license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, paving the way for its first event later this year. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. MMAWeekly.com first reported the news.
According to Kizer, the promotion has requested to hold its first event on Nov. 3 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Kizer forwarded the official request written by WSOF official Keith Evans to MMAFighting.com and in it he states that the card will air on NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus. MMAFighting.com has confirmed with another WSOF official that the event will air on NBC Sports Network, however, attempts to confirm the news with the cable channel have thus far been unsuccessful.
No fights have been officially announced for the debut card just yet. According to the organization's Web site, familiar names such as Roger Huerta, Rolles Gracie, Thales Leites and Gilbert Yvel are on its roster...
Ex-Strikeforce champ Sarah Kaufman vs. Kaitlin Young added to Invicta FC 3
Former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman (15-2) is wasting no time getting back to action.
After failing to reclaim her belt with a loss to Ronda Rousey on Aug. 18, the Canadian has been booked to fight Kaitlin Young (7-6-1) at Invicta FC 3, officials today announced.
Kaufman, who's still under contract with Strikeforce, and Young initially were slated to fight at an EliteXC event in 2008 that later was canceled in the wake of the promotion's demise.
Invicta FC 3, the latest offering from the all-female promotion, takes place Oct. 6 in Kansas City, Kan., and the event is expected to stream online for free...
Gilbert Yvel vs. Marcio Cruz, Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero tops RFA 4 on Nov. 2
Resurrection Fighting Alliance's next event now has a venue and headliners.
RFA 4 is set for Nov. 2 at Texas Station's Dallas Event Center in Las Vegas, the promotion announced on Wednesday. The event airs live on Fight Now TV.
Headlining the event is a light-heavyweight clash between former UFC fighters Gilbert Yvel (38-16-1) and Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz (7-3). A lightweight fight between Tyson Griffin (15-6) and "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero (18-5) co-headlines.
Following a three-fight skid that prompted his exit from the UFC, Yvel earned back-to-back stoppage victories under the RFA banner. Most recently, he delivered a first-round knockout of fellow octagon vet Houston Alexander at RFA 2.
Cruz, a decorated submission grappler, hasn't competed since July 2011, when current UFC prospect Glover Teixeira scored a TKO victory over him at an event in Brazil. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak that followed his exit from the UFC, which came with back-to-back losses to Jeff Monson and Andrei Arlovski.
For the record the Yvel/Cruz fights at 205 - love that matchup!
Spike TV, K-1 agree to multi-platform broadcast deal
Bellator Fighting Championships won't be the only combat-sports organization broadcasting their 2013 events on Spike TV.
Spike TV officials today announced a multi-platform broadcast deal with leading kickboxing promotion K-1 that sees four 2012 events stream on Spike.com and a series of 2013 events broadcast on Spike TV.
"We are thrilled to be in business with the world's preeminent kickboxing organization," Spike TV Senior Vice President of Sports and Multi-platform Events Jon Slusser stated. "Spike has the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of combat sports, and we are confident that they will enjoy the high-octane action of K-1, which serves as the perfect complement to our Bellator coverage next year."
Legacy FC 13 results: Derrick Lewis knocks out Jared Rosholt, claims heavyweight title
Heavyweight prospect Jared Rosholt (4-1) is undefeated no longer.
"The Big Show" was knocked cold in the second round by Derrick "The Black beast" Lewis (8-2), who claimed the vacant Legacy Fighting Championship heavyweight title in the process.
Derrick Lewis def. Jared Rosholt via knockout (punches) - Round 2, 4:49 to claim vacant heavyweight title
Sean Spencer def. Evan Cutts by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Tickle def. Douglas Frey via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:03
Clayton Robinson def. Donnie Bell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Steven Peterson def. Matt Hobar via TKO (injury) - Round 1, 4:04
Hayward Charles def. Russell Brewer via submission (armbar) Round 1, 0:56
Ryan Benoit def. Randy Villareal via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:35
Shinya Aoki moved to October's 'ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings' opposite Arnaud Lepont
Shinya Aoki (30-6) will not, in fact, be headlining August's "ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation" event.
Promotion officials today announced that the former DREAM champ is now slated to fight Arnaud Lepont (9-1) at "ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings."
The event takes place Oct. 6 at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Broadcast plans for the event are not yet official.
Additionally, ONE FC CEO Victor Cui announced that three title fights will grace "ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings."
Following Tyrone Mims' death, Conflict MMA plans memorial event, trust fund for children
Following the death of Tyrone Mims this past weekend following a Conflict MMA Promotions event in South Carolina, company officials plan to honor the amateur fighter at their next show.
Shortly after a TKO loss at the organization's Aug. 11 event, "Teestea" passed out backstage and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after.
In a statement sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Conflict MMA representatives said they plan to hold a memorial event in December. Additionally, a title belt will be named in the 30-year-old's honor, and a memorial trust fund will be set up for his five children.
"Conflict MMA Promotions traveled to Augusta, Ga., to spend time in mourning with his family," stated Edward Phipps, legal counsel for the fight promotion. "Conflict MMA would like to thank Tyrone Mims' parents, Thomas and Barbara, and all of his loving family and friends that so graciously welcomed them with open arms. They appreciated the time the family spent with them sharing precious stories and memories of Tyrone. Tyrone's influence and what he contributed to so many lives will forever be in our hearts, and the tragic loss of his kind soul will not be forgotten.
"Conflict MMA Promotions would like to have a special memorial for Tyrone Mims at the next event in December with permission and participation of his family. In addition to setting up a memorial trust fund for his children, there will be a title belt dedicated to his name."
Initial autopsy results inconclusive on South Carolina amateur fighter
The official cause of death for Tyrone Mims is yet undetermined. An initial autopsy on the fighter was inconclusive, said Charleston (S.C.) County Coroner Rae Wooten.
"Our findings don't reveal any immediate cause of death," Wooten today told MMAjunkie.com.
An "internal review" into Mims' death is underway, according to a statement released today by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Registration, which oversees the South Carolina Athletic Commission.
South Carolina fighter Tyrone Mims dies after amateur debut
Last night at Conflict MMA Promotions: Fight Night @ The Point VI, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Tyrone Mimms made his amateur debut vs. Blake Poore, at a catch weight of 180, on the second fight of what was scheduled to be a 14-fight card.
According to fans in attendance, the 30-year-old, Augusta, Georgia based Mimms came out strong in the first, but gassed out in the second round. The referee stopped the fight. Mimms went backstage where he was stricken, apparently of a heart attack.
Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:27 P.M. according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay.
When the event organizers became aware of what happened, they scrapped the rest of the card and webcast.
Mimms was a member of an online MMA reality series titled Georgia Boy's Grits n Glory, where he was went by the nickname "Teesta." He fought out of the August Fight Club, under coach Chris Hauser.
MFC 34: Total Recall Weigh-In Results
The Maximum Fighting Championship’s main event for MFC 34: Total Recall has been reduced to a three-round, non-title affair after Adam Lynn missed weight during the official weigh-in.
Lynn (17-9) was set to meet rival Mukai Maromo (7-2) for the vacant MFC lightweight title in a rematch of their contentious, controversial original bout from MFC 33 which Maromo took by a hotly disputed split-decision verdict. But Lynn, the former U.S. Marine, failed to make the 155-pound limit, stepping off the scale at 156.6 pounds. Maromo was on the money for his efforts at 154 pounds.
XFC 19 results: Cury holds off Carroll, Newell stays unbeaten with first-round knockout
Roger Carroll fell short of giving his family a sweep at Xtreme Fighting Championship 19 on Friday night.
Carroll dropped a unanimous decision to Nicolae Cury in a fight both men took on just a day's notice. The fight between the two judo and jiu-jitsu black belts was close, and the crowd seemed to side with Carroll, the home favorite. But the judges gave the slight nod to Cury, a "Blackzilians"-trained fighter.
XFC 19 took place at Charlotte's Grady Cole Center with a main card that aired live on AXS TV.
Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia Meet for the Fourth Time at One FC 5
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is slated to make his One FC debut at the promotion’s “Pride of a Nation” event on Aug. 31 in the Philippines.
It will come against a different opponent than originally expected, however. Arlovski was expected to square off with Sao Palelei at One FC 5, but a recent shifting of gears now has him facing fellow former UFC champion Tim Sylvia, according to MMAWeekly.com sources.
Arlovski (17-9) has had a rough go of it since exiting the UFC in 2008. He started off by winning back-to-back bouts, but then embarked on a four-fight skid that left him searching. He has since rebounded with two recent victories before signing with One FC.
Arlovski was originally set to face Palelei, but the Australian tweeted that he would no longer be facing Arlovski because One FC wanted him to sign a five-fight contract and he refused.
In enters Tim Sylvia...
Corey Hill also out of XFC 19, Nicolae Cury vs. Roger Carroll tapped new headliner
The revolving door that is XFC 19's main event has yet another change.
After Mike Bronzoulis (14-5-1) scratched for undisclosed reasons earlier today, Corey Hill (6-4) then was matched up with welterweight replacement Roger Carroll (11-5).
However, Hill also is now out of the event for undisclosed reasons, and officials have announced Carroll vs. Nicolae Cury (6-3) as Friday's new main event.
The new XFC 19 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV)
Roger Carroll vs. Nicolae Cury
Felice Herrig vs. Simona Soukupova
David Mays vs. Nick Newell
Shane Crenshaw vs. Jason Hicks
Joe Elmore vs. Kevin Forant
Lawson McClure vs. Keith Richardson
Johnny Buck vs. Ricky Rainey
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
Joey Carroll vs. Jeff Tharington
Zach Klouse vs. Tony Scarlett
Brian Karmolinski vs. Carlos Vivas
Bellator Signs Exclusive Russian TV Deal
Already airing in over 80 countries worldwide, Bellator Fighting Championships continues to expand its reach as the promotion has partnered with Russian broadcasting giant Russia 2, for the largest MMA broadcast alliance in Russian history. Beginning Sept. 28, Bellator will be aired exclusively on Russia 2 throughout the country, introducing over 83 million Russian sports fans to the largest tournament based MMA promotion in the world.
“Over the last year, as the Bellator brand has experienced enormous growth and our talent team has signed the greatest Russian Mixed Martial Artists in the world, the timing was perfect to align Bellator with Russia’s leading sports network,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “R2 carries the world’s greatest sports to Russian viewers. So, aligning Bellator with this industry giant is another very exciting step forward in the evolution of the Bellator brand worldwide.”
League president considering Invicta FC 3 elimination tourney for title shot
There were many surprises for Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp before, during and after the promotion's second event, Invicta FC 2, this past weekend.
There were 100,000 people waiting in the queue to watch the live Internet stream 30 minutes before the fights got underway. There was a server crash that forced her backstage in a panic mid-event. There was the Invicta name trending on Twitter long after the last punch was thrown.
But a surprise as welcome as any was how the fights turned out.
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui says “Billions will be watching live events” on the ONE FC Network
Victor Cui is the CEO and Owner of ONE FC, the Largest and most Prestigious Mixed Martial Arts promotion in Asia. I have been a fan since their first show, ‘Champion Versus Champion’. In less than one year they have become easily the second most viewed promotion in the world. I was truly honored to have Victor call me on the phone to discuss the present and future of ONE FC and MMA in Asia.
It wasn’t a Q & A type of interview, it was more like a genuine discussion about ONE FC. Victor is genuinely excited about everything they are doing right now and has an amazing grasp of the situation he and his company are in.
Victor, thank you so much for the call, how is everything on the 25th floor of the North Tower in Singapore today?
Its great Zeus, and its good to speak with you again.
I was talking to one of my friends who isn’t a big MMA fan, and I was trying to tell him what makes ONE FC different than every other MMA promotion. I came up with this: ONE FC is like an Art Gallery,the biggest and best Art Gallery you could ever want to see. ONE FC displays art(Fights) from their own talented artists (fighters), but they also work with other studios (Smaller promotions) to put together a huge exhibit. By being a venue more than being a brand, ONE FC lends credibiltiy to other promotions and fighters as well as their own.
That’s a great analogy of what we do, Zeus.
We are just a little over a month away from ONE FC: Pride of a Nation, and everyone is really looking forward to that.
Is it coming that soon? I’d lost track. (laughs)
Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, Gregor Gracie added to ONE FC 5 in August
Three members of the legendary Gracie family have been added to "ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation" next month.
The promotion late Thursday announced that Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie and Gregor Gracie all will compete on its next show, which takes place Aug. 31 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines, and the event streams online in North America. It's the fifth show for the Singapore-based promotion, which launched in 2011.
Rolles Gracie (6-1) meets Tony Bonello (16-1-1); Igor Gracie (5-2) faces Jung Hwan Cha (8-6); and Gregor Gracie (6-2) takes on Nicholas Mann (4-1). Rolles and Igor are brothers; Gregor is their half brother. All three are students of Renzo Gracie in New York.
Anthony Johnson Debuts at Light Heavyweight, Braulio Estima Makes MMA Debut at Titan 24
The former welterweight and middleweight contender will face veteran Esteves Jones at Titan Fighting 24, which airs live on AXS TV on Friday, August 24.
“I’m excited to make my light heavyweight debut on August 24 in Kansas City for all the Titan Championship fans,” said Johnson. “I respect my opponent, but he’s in my way to get to the top of this new division. I’m looking forward to showing everyone my strength and power at 205, and exactly what I am capable of at this weight.”
Also added to the Titan Fighting 24 card is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Braulio Estima, who makes his MMA debut on the upcoming show.
While Estima is considered one of the top grapplers in the world, he came into the MMA spotlight recently when he accepted a jiu-jitsu match with UFC bad boy Nick Diaz. Unfortunately, Diaz ultimately no showed the event and Estima went without a grappling match that night, but the exposure definitely didn’t hurt his introduction to MMA fans.