Hector Lombard vs. Jesse Taylor targeted for August AFC event in Australia
Hector Lombard (29-2-1) is headed back to his second home.
Sources close to negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Bellator middleweight champion has received permission to take a fight against "The Ultimate Fighter 7" veteran Jesse Taylor (19-6) late this summer.
The bout is targeted for an Australian Fighting Championship event expected for Aug. 27, likely in Melbourne, Australia. The promotion's broadcast plans are unknown at this time.
Lombard most recently was seen in the cage this past month at Bellator 44, where he knocked out Falaniko Vitale in a non-title bout. The two got off to a very slow start while circling each other for two rounds without much offense. Lombard, though, eventually landed a crushing right hand.
The Cuban native has defended his Bellator belt once with a decision victory over Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 34. He also holds the middleweight title in the Australia-based Cage Fighting Championship and has defended it seven times during an unbeaten streak that's stretched nearly four years.
An emigrant to Australia from his native country, Lombard, a former Olympian in Judo, spends the bulk of his time in Coconut Creek, Fla., where he moved several years ago to train with American Top Team.
Taylor, meanwhile, enjoys a five-fight win streak that includes a win under the AFC banner. He most recently dispatched UFC and PRIDE vet Denis Kang at "Battlefield Fight League 8: Island Beatdown" this past month and defeated former UFC middleweight champ Murilo Bustamante 11 months before at "Impact FC 2: The Uprising 2."
Since his release from the UFC in 2008, Taylor has gone 13-3 while shuffling between welterweight, middleweight and even light heavyweight.
James Toney vs. Ken Shamrock September 23
BJPENN.COM was the first to learn that James Toney and Ken Shamrock have agreed to face off in an MMA match on Sept. 23 in El Paso, Texas.
While details are still emerging about the venue and fight card, the former UFC fighters are going to face off in a heavyweight attraction in what will be James Toney’s second professional MMA bout.
BJPENN.COM confirmed this with both Toney’s manager and Mr. Toney himself this evening via telephone.
Not 100% sure if this is real but it's all over twitter so figured I'd post it.
Shark Fights 16 lineup official with 10 bouts, airs via tape delay on FUEL TV
"Shark Fights 16: Neer vs. Juarez" is slated for June 25, and the night's 10-bout lineup is now official.
The main event pits UFC veteran and current interim Shark Fights welterweight champ Josh Neer (29-10-1) against Jesse Juarez (15-7), and Elvis Mutapcic (8-1) meets fellow middleweight Arteneas Young (6-3) in the night's co-feature.
Shark Fights 16 takes place at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, Texas. The event will be filmed by FUEL TV and air later this year as part of FUEL TV's "Friday Fight Night."
"We at Shark Fights are excited to bring our show back to West Texas," Shark Fights executive Wes Nolen stated. "We love our fans in West Texas, and West Texas loves us. We have put together a sensational card for this event with an intriguing mix of exciting veterans and some very impressive young fighters starting to make a little noise within the industry.
"We are also thrilled to have our stellar commentating team back for this event, with WWE and WCW great Bill Goldberg providing the color alongside Erik Apple as the lead commentator. These two are a real asset to our programming."
Shark Fights 16 fight card finalized for 'Neer vs Juarez' on June 25 in Odessa
Amarillo, Texas -- Hard charging, Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Shark Fight Promotions, is set to deliver another exceptional night of MMA excitement in Odessa, Texas on Saturday, June 25th at the Ector County Coliseum. Fresh off their successful debut outside of their home state of Texas in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the promotion is excited to bring their fans in West Texas another action-packed combat experience.
Shark Fights 16 in Odessa will feature the hard-hitting Shark Fights Interim Welterweight Champ Josh Neer and California native Jesse Juarez in a non-title bout. This match up will display two opposing styles between two seasoned veterans. Neer (29-10-1), preferring the standup game that demonstrates his superb striking skills, will face the tough ground game of Juarez (15-6-0) who is not afraid to stand toe-to-toe or take it to the mat to finish off an opponent.
Court Denies Summary Judgment Motions in Affliction M-1/Fedor Litigation
On June 7, 2011, Judge Margaret M. Morrow denied the parties cross-motions for summary judgment in the Affliction v. M-1/Fedor litigation. I have previously posted about the litigation — most recently here.
The 55 page decision is a VERY interesting read especially with respect to the facts surrounding the “Trilogy” non-event — in particular the discussions and ultimate agreement between Affliction and the UFC.
Below are some of the interesting points — note the chronology.
As set forth in the Court’s decision, at a “July 13, 2009 meeting, Bassiri and Lawrence Epstein, UFC’s general counsel, discussed the possibility that UFC would assume responsibility for the Trilogy show and postpone it to September 19, 2009, in Dallas. Bassiri told Epstein that Affliction Promotions wanted to leave the MMA promotion business and re-establish its relationship with the UFC.” ...
Former Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro ready to impress at Bellator 46
s Bellator's Summer Series Featherweight Tournament moves closer to its June 25th kick off date from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the buzz continues to grow around Top 10 featherweight Marlon Sandro, who will be making his Bellator and United States debut LIVE on MTV2.
Sandro, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who trains alongside UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and Bellator bantamweight Eduardo Dantas at Team Nova Uniao brings an impressive 17-2 record into the tournament, and has made stops with Sengoku, Pancrase, and Shooto throughout his professional career. Known for his devastating knockout power, Sandro has recently put together a string of impressive knockouts, as his last four victories have come via first round KO for a total fight time of just 3:39.
With UFC bringing in flyweights, will Tachi Palace suffer? Luchau doesn't think so
A unique selling point of Tachi Palace Fights in recent years has been its flyweight division.
The California-based promotion has recruited talent aggressively and built a roster that includes several of the world's top-ranked 125-pound fighters.
With recent news that the UFC is soon to add the sport's lightest class to its roster, you'd think Tachi would be bracing itself for a exodus of talent, and naturally not be too happy about it.
MFC 30 results and review
MFC 30: Cobb catches Fickett with first-round finish, Davis, Westcott, Lima among other winners at M
Brian Cobb survived a series of serious submission threats, turned the tide of his fight in a quick flash, and scored a surprising TKO victory over Drew Fickett in the co-main event of the Maximum Fighting Championship’s MFC 30: Up Close & Personal on Friday night.
The event aired live on HDNet Fights before a packed house at the Mayfield Convention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
Cobb (19-6), who was making his MFC debut, was in deep trouble after being taken down in the corner with Fickett eyeing a fast submission victory. Fickett (41-14) looked to have the win sewn up as he took Cobb’s back, secured a body lock, and went for a rear-naked choke followed by a neck crank. But “The Bandit” eventually slithered out of harm’s way and turned into Fickett’s guard to begin raining down right hands. When Fickett’s head bounced off the mat for the second time, referee Vern Gorman stepped in to halt Cobb’s attack with just 16 seconds left in the first round.
“Without a doubt, the biggest win of my career,” said Cobb, the Bakersfield, California, product who racked up his fourth straight victory. “It was a true honor to fight Drew Fickett and I am extremely happy with this win.”
Bellator's Rebney: "Summer Series" tourney highlights international-recruiting success
With four seasons under his belt, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney knows his organization has shined in a few key areas.
With a hodgepodge of TV deals that ultimately led to MTV2, ratings have been a mixed bag. And grabbing MMA fans' interest following the UFC-Strikeforce merger has been tough.
But Rebney, who kicks off a three-event "Summer Series" of shows later this month, knows the organization's summer tournament is proof of two accomplishments: international recruiting and a solid featherweight division.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Speaks on Relationship with Spike TV
In the midst of all the talk surrounding the UFC, G4 and Spike TV, MMA Fighting reported Wednesday that if the UFC were to leave Spike TV at the end of this year, Bellator likely would fill the MMA gap on the network, moving over from sister station MTV2. Both Spike TV and MTV2 fall under the MTV Networks banner.
We asked Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney about this developing situation Thursday on Bloody Elbow Radio. Not surprisingly, he was non-commital.
Shark Fights 16 slotted for June 25th with Neer vs. Juarez, Mutapcic vs. Young
Shark Fights 16 is slated for June 25, and the co-headlining fights are apparently set.
The main event pits UFC veteran and current interim Shark Fights welterweight champ Josh Neer (29-10-1) against Jesse Juarez (15-7), and Elvis Mutapcic (8-1) meets fellow middleweight Arteneas Young (6-3) in the co-main event, according to the fighters' management team.
According to the organization's website, Shark Fights 16 takes place in Odessa, Texas, likely at Ector County Coliseum.
Weekend Rundown: Teixeira Wins 10th Straight
Brazil’s top light heavyweight free agent made quick work of an overmatched opponent Saturday at Shooto Brazil 23, the first stop on what could be Glover Teixeira’s last tour of his home circuit before jumping stateside.
Inside the Hebrew Social and Sports Club in Rio de Janeiro, the 31-year-old Teixeira used his famously heavy hands to drub Amapaense Simao Melo, a replacement for original adversary Maurilio “Touro” de Souza. After a brief struggle on the ground, Teixeira unleashed a flurry of knees and punches, finishing the 211-pound catchweight contest with a lights-out right cross at 1:49 of the opening round.
The knockout extended Teixeira’s winning streak to 10 and marked the start of a busy summer for the onetime Chuck Liddell sparring partner.
Bellator to host open fighter tryouts
Bellator Fighting Championships again is putting out an open call for fighters.
The organization is hosting tryouts on June 18 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Florida-based fighters can earn a spot on the Sept. 17 Bellator 50 card, which takes place at the hosting venue. Non-Florida fighters can earn spots on other future Bellator cards.
Titan Fighting Championships 18 results: Jens Pulver and Jake Rosholt falter
The two biggest names at Friday's Titan Fighting Championships 18 event faltered with co-headliners Jens Pulver and Jake Rosholt both suffering losses.
Pulver simply was outworked. Rosholt, though, simply made a mistake after dominating his bout.
The fights were part of HDNet's live broadcast from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
Pulver (24-15-1), a former UFC champ fighting for the fourth time since coming out a retirement following an unsuccessful run in the WEC, scored takedowns on 140-pound Missourian Brian Davidson (7-3). But without an edge standing or on the mat, Davidson ultimately locked in a fight-ending rear-naked choke at the 4:04 mark of the opening round.
Isaac De Jesus loses spot at Tachi Palace Fights 10 due to marijuana suspension
Isaac De Jesus' loss is Joe Soto's gain.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, the ex-Bellator champ took De Jesus' spot in a fight with Eddie Yagin at Tachi Palace Fights 10, which takes place Aug. 4.
The reason Soto got the call is because De Jesus (10-3 MMA, 2-2 TPF) tested positive for marijuana following his most recent appearance at Tachi Palace Fights 9.
Croatian middleweight Zelg Galesic joins Bellator's season-five tournament
DREAM, PRIDE and K-1 veteran Zelg Galesic (10-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the latest addition to Bellator Fighting Championships' season-five middleweight tournament.
Bellator officials today announced Galesic's participation in the eight-man field.
"I see Bellator as a place to really make a major name for myself in the U.S.," Galesic stated in the official release. "I'm extremely excited to compete in the upcoming Bellator middleweight tournament. I'm even more excited to win the whole thing."
A tae kwon do stylist, Galesic owns eight of his 10 career victories via knockout.
Ex-Bellator champ Joe Soto cleared to fight, targeted for Tachi Palace 10
Although his career once was in jeopardy due to a detached retina, first-ever Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto is returning to the cage.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmjaunkie.com) the fighter has been cleared by his doctor and the California State Athletic Commission.
While still under contract to Bellator, Soto is slated for a return at Tachi Palace Fights 10 on Aug. 4.
With Bellator's permission, Soto (9-1) is expected to meet Hawaiian fight veteran Eddie Yagin (13-4-1) at the event, possibly in the night's headliner. According to Tachi Fights promoter Jeremy Luchau, Soto replaces Isaac De Jesus at the event. Verbal agreements are in place for the fight.