UFC veteran Din Thomas victorious in MMA return
It's been over two years, but longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Din Thomas finally returned to mixed martial arts (MMA) action at "Pure MMA 2" last Saturday night (May 12, 2012) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, submitting up-and-coming featherweight prospect Cody Bollinger via first-round submission (armbar).
"Dinyero" was originally supposed to compete at "Fight Time 7" from the War Memorial Auditorium last October in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but ended up in the hospital after totaling his car on the way to the arena.
Thomas (26-8) is currently riding a four-fight win streak, which includes a submission victory (triangle choke) over Dustin Pierkin at Headhunter Productions "The Patriot Act" back in Feb. 2009 followed by a technical knockout win (knee) over Gabe Lemley at "March Badness" just over a month later.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Clobbers Bob Sapp at KSW 19; Mamed Khalidov Victorious
Five-time World’s Strongest Man titleholder Mariusz Pudzianowski put away Bob Sapp with first-round punches less than a minute into their KSW 19 headliner on Saturday at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Sapp (11-12), who has lost his last six fights, succumbed to the Polish strongman’s blows 41 seconds into round one.
The two behemoths approached one another tentatively at the start and then let loose with their fists. Sapp covered up almost immediately and ate a series of close-quarters knees. Pudzianowski (4-2) backed him into the ropes, ripped his feet out from under him with a primitive but effective standing double-leg takedown and smashed away with hammerfists and punches. With Sapp offering nothing in return, referee Tomasz Bronder swooped in and brought the match to a merciful close.
Legacy FC 11 results: Patino crowned champ, Harris wins at welterweight
MAIN CARD RESULTS
-Jorge Patino def. Clay Hantz via KO (punches) - Round 1, 1:04 (wins vacant lightweight title)
-Chad Robichaux def. Joseph Sandoval via submission (north-south choke) - Round 1, 0:50
-Gerald Harris def. Mike Bronzoulis via split decision
-Evan Cutts def. Lee King via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:35
-William "Bubba" Bush vs. Artenas Young declared no contest
-Nelson Salas def. Angel Huerta via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 4:45
-Ryan Benoit def. Cody Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:53
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULS
-Ray Blodget def. Cris Rucker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Lester Batres def. Justin Murray via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Jesus "J.T." Mendez def. Andy Sandoval via TKO (punches) - Round 1
-Marcus Dupar def. Bobby Powers via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 2
Mike Hayes vs. D.J. Linderman title fight headlines Cage Warriors 47
A title fight and rematch will headline Cage Warriors 47 with newly crowned champion Mike Hayes (18-4-1) taking on fellow American heavyweight D.J. Linderman (11-3).
Cage Warriors officials today announced the Irish headliner.
The event, which features a championship doubleheader, takes place June 2 at The Helix in Dublin, and the main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com.
Hayes and Linderman first fought back in 2009 at a regional Alliance Fights show in Washington. Linderman won the bout via unanimous decision, but their paths never crossed when they both subsequently joined Bellator.
"I can't stand D.J. Linderman," Hayes stated. "He's a piece of trash. I'm going to smash him."
Sergei Kharitonov vs Tony Lopez booked for United Glory MMA bout on May 26 in Stockholm
No UFC ... no Strikeforce ... no problem!
Hard-hitting heavyweight striker Sergei Kharitonov is back in the mixed martial arts (MMA) spotlight, coming to terms with United Glory for an upcoming bout against the dangerous Tony Lopez at the "2012 Glory World Series" on May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden.
News of the pending match-up comes via the fine men and women at LiverKick.com.
Kharitonov (18-5) was last seen kicking the crap out of Mark Miller under the United Glory banner just last month in Russia. It was a nice rebound win (under kickboxing rules) for the former paratrooper, who was bounced from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix with a submission loss to Josh Barnett back in 2011.
But things aren't getting any easier.
Invicta: Coenen Vs. Ruyssen Live Stream And Play By Play
Tonight at 8 PM ET, the free live stream of Invicta FC in Kansas City, Kansas will go out across the interwebs for us to revel in a fantastic night of women's MMA.
The entire card is composed of women warriors and headlined by the exciting match-up between Marloes Coenen and Romy Ruyssen. Coenen defeated Ruyssen back in 2008 with a rear naked choke, but Romy has torn through her four opponents since - submitting them all within the first round. This is no mismatch and the matchmaking is of stellar quality throughout.
Join us through the night in the comments and refresh your pages for the official Bloody Elbow play by play by Ben Thapa. We do ask that the commenters here hold off on posting GIFs or large images so those who refresh can do so quickly in order to get up-to-the-second updates.
Tim Sylvia To Headline NEF II Event Versus Randy Smith On June 16th
When former two-time UFC World Heavyweight Champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia (30-7, 19 KO’s, 4 submissions) fights in his home state for the first time, he will be faced with a tough challenge in Randy “The Wolf” Smith (14-10-1). The Sylvia-Smith heavyweight battle has been officially signed to headline New England Fights’ (NEF) Fight Night III on June 16th at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine
Legacy Fighting Championship signs UFC vet Junior Assuncao
Two-time UFC veteran Junior Assuncao (13-5) has signed a multi-fight deal with the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship organization.
Assuncao is expected to make his promotional debut at Legacy Fighting Championship 12 on July 13 against an opponent yet to be determined.
Legacy Fighting Championships 12, which is also expected to feature Robert Drysdale vs. Isaac "Ike" Villanueva, takes place at Houston's Arena Theater. Longtime vet Jay Hieron is also expected to compete at the event, which airs live on HDNet
Jamie Varner vs. Lee King added to Legacy Fighting Championship 11 on HDNet
Former WEC champion Jamie Varner (19-6-1) has replaced Alex Morono (4-1) and now meets Lee King (16-16-1) at next month's Legacy Fighting Championships 11 event.
LFC promoter Mick Maynard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the 160-pound catchweight fight, which will be part of the night's HDNet-televised main card.
Legacy Fighting Championship 11 takes place May 11 at Houston's Arena Theater.
Varner vs. King is one of seven bouts airing on HDNet.
Jay Hieron headed to Legacy Fighting Championships, debuts July 13 on HDNet
Recent Bellator title challenger Jay Hieron (22-5) is headed to Legacy Fighting Championships.
LFC promoter Mick Maynard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighter – who's also competed with the UFC, Strikeforce, WEC and IFL – has verbally agreed to a three-fight deal with the promotion.
The 35-year-old Hieron is expected to make his promotional debut at Legacy Fighting Championships 12, which airs live on HDNet on July 13.
Legacy Fighting Championships 12, which is also expected to feature Robert Drysdale vs. Isaac "Ike" Villanueva, takes place at Houston's Arena Theater. Hieron's opponent will be finalized in the coming weeks.
King Mo Lawal returns to MMA at Invicta Fighting Championships on April 28 in Kansas
SHOWTIME Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) voice Mauro Ranallo, light heavyweight superstar "King Mo" Lawal and women's star Julie "Fireball" Kedzie will call the action cageside at the first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships all-women's professional MMA event, live on InvictaFC.com, from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday, April 28.
Ranallo, the lead commentator for Strikeforce on Showtime as well as for Canada's The Score Fighting Series and a former commentator for Japan's Pride Fighting Championships, will serve as the play-by-play announcer during the live stream of the event.
Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Pedro Rizzo Booked For June 21st In Russia
Fedor Emelianenko returns to action June 21st in Russia and it was announced this week that his opponent will be Pedro Rizzo who will be stepping into the cage after a nearly two year lay-off.
M-1 official Evgeni Kogan made the bout official via his Twitter account. Bobby Lashley had at one point been a rumored opponent as did Rolles Gracie.
The fight will take place at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia and will most likely air on pay-per-view.
The Emelianenko-Rizzo bout is the only fight announced for the card so far.
Trio of Canadian MMA Promotions Merge to Create Aggression Fighting Championship
Three Canadian MMA organizations in Western Canada have merged to create the self proclaimed “single largest MMA organization in Canada”, named Aggression Fighting Championship.
Aggression MMA, Armageddon Fighting Championships, and AX Combat have now pooled their efforts in providing the best shows available to Canadian MMA fans under this new banner, which will now hold between nine and eleven fight events per year, with shows taking place in Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, and Victoria, British Columbia – with expansion plans slated for the latter half of 2012.
The newly formed AFC will unveil its new branding shortly. Fight fans will get to see the new promotion in action at AFC 8 in Victoria on April 14th, AFC 9 in Edmonton June 8th, and AFC 10 in Calgary on June 15th. More details on these and upcoming events will be released shortly...
Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson to headlined Super Fight League 3 on May 6
The headliner is set for Super Fight League 3: heavyweights Bobby Lashley (7-1) vs. James Thompson (17-14).
The Indian-based organization today announced the fight, which takes place May 6 at IGI Stadium in New Delhi. The entire lineup streams on YouTube.
Other announced SFL 3 bouts include light heavyweights Trevor Prangley (23-9-1) vs. Baga Agaev (26-11), middleweights Doug Marshall (14-5) vs. Zelg Galesic (10-6), and 125-pounders Lena Ovchynnikova (8-1) vs. Joanne Calderwood (1-0).
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported this past week, Lashley is in the running for a currently unannounced June 21 event in Russia for a fight with Fedor Emelianenko (33-4). The SFL booking makes that possibility a little less likely.
D.J. Linderman replaces Chris Barnett in Cage Warriors Fight Night 5 headliner
Officials today announced a late change to Thursday's Cage Warriors Fight Night 5 headliner.
Bellator veteran D.J. Linderman (10-3) has replaced injured Chris Barnett (7-1) and now meets fellow heavyweight Bobby Brents (12-2) in the show's main event.
Barnett was forced off the card with a foot injury, officials stated.
Cage Warriors Fight Night 5 takes place at New Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. The main card streams on Facebook following prelims on Cage Warriors' Facebook page.
Former Tachi Palace champ Ulysses Gomez committed to flyweight, seeking UFC bid
Flyweight Ulysses Gomez (9-2) is certain of two things in his career: He wants to be in the UFC, and he's not a bantamweight, no matter how much it might hurt to admit.
The UFC aspirations he's known for sometime, the return to 125 pounds is a more recent decision.
"As much as I hate to admit it, I'm not big enough for 135," Gomez recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I learned that in my last fight when I fought Cody Gibson. He was a little bit taller at the weigh-in. Then when he walked in the cage, I was like, 'Man, this guy rehydrated pretty good.'"
Fortunately for Gomez, who recently vacated the Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight belt in order to make a permanent return to 125 pounds, the UFC recently added a flyweight division. It was bittersweet for Gomez, who saw fellow TPF champ Ian McCall earn entry into the promotion's four-man 125-pound tourney.
It's the final fight on Gomez's Tachi Palace Fights contract, and he's hoping the bout can serve as an informal UFC tryout. The UFC dream is front and center, and Gomez believes now is his time to make a run to the bright lights.
"The UFC has been in the corner of my head for how many years?" Gomez asked. "I've been pumped up since like 2010, when the WEC was supposed to have the 125-pound division. I've been pumped up for a while.
"I'm supposed to fight May 10 – Tachi Palace one more time. This is my last one on my contract, and hopefully bigger and better things after that."
Todd Duffee wins first fight since 2009, knocks out Neil Grove in SFL 2 main event
Todd Duffee today picked up his first victory since August 2009. And it took him just 34 seconds to get it.
The former UFC heavyweight made quick work of recent Bellator fighter Neil Grove in the headliner of today's Super Fight League 2 event.
The show took place in Chandigarh, India, and streamed live on YouTube.
Duffee (6-2), whom the UFC surprisingly released after a May 2010 loss to Mike Russow, fought for the first time since his December 2010 DREAM title loss to Alistair Overeem. In the SFL 2 featured attraction, he lunged forward with punches and connected with a big right hook that sent Grove (11-6-1) to the canvas. A few follow-up punches prompted the stoppage just 34 seconds into the fight...
Champ Gael Grimaud vs. Jesse Taylor headlines Cage Warriors Fight Night 6
Cage Warriors has signed big-show vet Jesse Taylor and granted him an immediate title shot.
Officials today announced Taylor (20-8) will meet welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (14-5) in the headliner of next month's Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 event.
The event takes place May 3 in Bahrain at a city and venue to be announced. The night's main card streams on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Terms of Taylor's new deal were not disclosed.
Marcus Aurelio vs. Mike Bronzoulis added to Legacy Fighting 11 on HDNet
A welterweight bout between PRIDE and UFC vet Marcus Aurelio (21-9) and recent Strikeforce fighter Mike Bronzoulis (13-4-1) is a late addition to next month's Legacy Fighting Championships 11 event.
Legacy promoter Mick Maynard told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout has taken the main-card slot previously reserved for middleweights Robert Drysdale (3-0) and Isaac "Ike" Villanueva (8-6).
As MMAjunkie.com reported Tuesday, Drysdale vs. Villanueva was pushed back to July's Legacy Fighting 12 card because of an undisclosed injury suffered by Drysdale.
Legacy Fighting Championship 11 takes place May 11 at Houston's Arena Theater, and the main card airs on HDNet.