Ben Askren: 'My wrestling and my grappling are good enough to beat anybody'
"I chose Bellator for a number of reasons. They offered me the best contract, I can get three fights done in three months, and on top of that I really think that they will do a good job of promoting me. I feel good about facing (Ryan) Thomas. I hear that he’s a good wrestler, and if that’s his strongest suit, obviously he’s not going to beat me there. I also hear that submissions are strong for him, but he’s not going to beat me there either. So for me this is a really good match-up."
Jeff Curran headed to Bellator
After announcing a pair of opening-round featherweight matchups, Bellator Fighting Championships officials have set three additional bouts for the second event of its upcoming second season, Bellator 14.
A featured attraction is an opening-round welterweight tournament matchup between NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and Olympian Ben Askren (3-0) and. former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Ryan Thomas (10-3).
Non-tourney matchups include veteran and Chicago-area fighter Jeff Curran (31-12-1) vs. Joe Doherty (8-3) and Felice Herrig (1-2) vs. Catia Vitoria (0-0).
This is actually really old news, especially for me as I train at Curran Martial Arts. But I hadn't seen it posted any where.
Unfortunately his opponent is a little outmatched so it's kind of a throw away fight.
B.J. Kojima Relinquishes Shooto Belt
Shooto Bantamweight (123 lbs.) Champion Shinichi "B.J." Kojima today announced his decision to vacate the title, citing a slowly-healing ACL in his right knee. Kojima - who has held the belt since October 2006 - suffered the injury in a non-title bout loss to Nova Uniao's rising star Jussier "Formiga" da Silva last July.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Announced For 5/7 KSW 13 Event
"The World's Strongest MMA Fighter" is ready for an encore performance. 5-time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski, coming off his successful MMA debut in December, will return to action on May 7 at KSW 13, though an opponent has not been revealed. The booking means a potential April 23 matchup with ex-UFC champ Tim Sylvia is now unlikely.
MFC 24: Heat XC
-Yves Edwards def. Derrick Noble by TKO (Strikes) at 4:44, R1
-Tom Watson def. Travis Galbraith by KO (Kick)
-Jesse Juarez def. Nathan Gunn by KO (Kick) at 0:11, R1
-Dwayne Lewis def. Ryan McClain by TKO (Strikes) at 2:08, R2
-Dami Ebeyemi (5-0) def. Paapa Inkumsah (3-2) – Split Decision, R3
-David Letourneau (2-1) def. Nick Hrynchyshyn (2-1) – Unanimous Decision, R3
-Garret Nybakken (1-0) def. Chris Barber (0-1) – 2:30 Round 1, tapout via rear-naked choke
-Zach Blaber def. Eric Chouinard – 1:17 Round 1, tapout via kimura
Paulo Filho No-Showed Bitetti Combat 6 Because It Didn't Pay What He Deserved
Apparently "personal reasons" was not the reason Paulo Filho no-showed Bittetti Combat 6 last night, where he was scheduled to face Yuki Sasaki. He told the TATAME website that it was all about the almighty dollar. "We didn’t have a financial agreement. The purse was too low comparing from what I’m used to receiving and it’s bad for the fighter’s career. [The media] said I’m having problems with drugs and medicines … You can test me and you’ll see … I’m great. I’m not worried with fighting in Brazil anymore. I like the event, Amaury is my friend, but this event doesn’t pay what I deserve ... If someone pays what I deserve, It’ll be my pleasure to beat him up".
Shine Fight III takes shape with Rua, Vitale, Thompson, Pamplona, Estima, others
While the details regarding Shine Fight Promotions' long-rumored third event have been hard to come by in recent months, the upcoming event is quickly taking shape.
Promotion officials today announced that Ricardo Mayorga and Din Thomas would headline the pay-per-view event, known as "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas," on May 15 in Fayetteville, N.C.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since been able to pin down the evening's main card along with a handful of preliminary participants.
With Dream contract obligations fulfilled, Alvarez focuses on Bellator
As Bellator Fighting Championships readies to make its Season 2 debut in 2010, one of the marquee names on its roster happens to be lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. The Philadelphia native was just announced as a headliner for an upcoming super fight in May against former UFC slugger Josh Neer at a catchweight of 160 pounds.
For the last few years, Alvarez has been splitting time living in the U.S. and fighting in Japan, but now it looks like his eyes are focused on fighting closer to home and promoting Bellator.
Speaking with MMAWeekly Radio recently, Alvarez talked about his deal with Dream and his future with Bellator.
Adrenaline 3/20 Event Cancelled
And no, it has nothing to do with Tim Sylvia. Monte Cox has cancelled his planned Adrenaline MMA event on 3/20, but the reson is a concert scheduled in conjunction with the event was cancelled over an apparent conflict with a local labor union. Cox asked for the event to be moved to a date TBA in April.
Paulo Filho back to Bitetti Combat 6
In one week Bitetti Combat changes its main event for the second time. After revealing that Thales Leites would replace Paulo Filho in the fight against Yuki Sasaki, the promoters now confirm that the former Pride fighter is back to fight the Japanese.
Villante & LaFlare Win At Ring Of Combat
Atlantic City, NJ — It was a good night if you were from the Bellmore Kickboxing Academy in Bellmore, New York. First, Ryan LaFlare was able to remain undefeated after knocking out Kurt Pellegrino protégé, Justin Haskins in the second round of their welterweight title bout.
Tim Sylvia: I can't fight Wes Sims at Adrenaline MMA because the commission said 'he sucks'
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion tweeted the update earlier this morning.
"Damm u guys know more about me then I do they said he sucks. So I can't fight him cause it's a mismatch."
Ohio Athletic Commission executive director Bernie Profato today confirmed with MMAmania.com that Sims was indeed shot down for the proposed bout -- but that former UFC heavyweight Brandon Lee Hinkle was given the green light to compete.