After four-year layoff, UFC vet Nate Loughran returns to action Saturday
After a nearly four-year absence from MMA, Nate Loughran (9-1) is getting back on the horse.
The UFC vet is dropping from middleweight to welterweight and is slated to meet Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights vet Jaime Jara (32-10) at "Cage Combat FC: The Return," which takes place Saturday at Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa, Calif.
A student of onetime UFC middleweight challenger David Terrell, Loughran brings a virtually unblemished resume to the cage.
Tim Sylvia says he can KO Struve, Brown, and Morecraft
In an interview for his campaign to get back to the UFC, Tim Sylvia confidently says he can KO Stefan Struve, Travis Brown, and Christian Morecraft
I know he also called out Kongo before...and after seeing Kongo's last fight, I think Sylvia could def do it. I think Brown would win, but Kongo, Struve, and Morecraft would be good fights to watch
Cage Warriors signs seven, including Nillson and Kusch, to exclusive deals
The European-based Cage Warriors promotion has signed seven fighters to exclusive long-term deals, officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The seven top prospects will compete in upcoming Cage Warriors shows, 17 of which MMAjunkie.com streams live this year.
The list includes Mats Nilsson (8-1-1), Matteus Lahdesmaki (12-7-3), Diego Gonzalez (15-6), Brett Bassett (7-3), John Michael Sheil (6-0), Pavel Kusch (12-2) and Vladimir Katyhin (13-4).
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Duffee, Prangley, Kelly and Others Sign with India’s Super Fight League
India’s Super Fight League has announced the signings of several former UFC and Strikeforce fighters including Todd Duffee, Paul Kelly and Trevor Prangley.
The promotion will hold their first show on March 11 from India with the main event featuring former Elite XC fighter James Thompson against Bob Sapp.
Other fighters, middleweight fighter Xavier ‘Professor X’ Foupa-Pokam, Lena Ovchynnikova and Baga Agaev.
All of the new fighters signed four fight deals with the promotion with bouts expected to take place starting in 2012.
Female Fighters Patricia Vidonic vs. Felice Herrig Set For XFC 17 On April 13th
Press Release – The east coast’s largest MMA promotion, the XFC announced that it has signed a bout between submission ace Patricia Vidonic and the always explosive Felice Herrig for XFC 17: Apocalypse. The bout will take place in Jackson, TN at the Oman Arena, in the promotion’s first show in West Tennessee. Fans will be treated to two of the top women fighters in the world on April 13th, when the XFC cage hosts another classic striker vs. grappler matchup that will be featured live on HDNet.
Super Fight League announces the signing of Paul Kelly, Professor X, and Lena Ochynnikova
(Mumbai, DATE 2012) India’s first MMA Organization Super Fight League (SFL) is proud to announce its second wave of signings: Paul Kelly, Xavier Foupa-Pokam and Lena Ovchynnikova for four fight exclusive deals.
Super Fight League will debut on March 11th at the Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai and fans from all over the world will be able to tune in and experience the action live and free on YouTube following the announcement of a three year deal with YouTube earlier this month. Headlined by an anticipated HW bout between James Thompson V Bob Sapp, Super Fight League will debut a unique blend of world class fights and top music entertainment.
SFL is committed to developing and showcasing the best domestic Indian talent, cultivated by renowned coach Dan Isaacs, alongside internationally recognised names.
Joe Stevenson Signs Multi-fight Deal with Resurrection Fighting Alliance
Mixed Martial Arts veteran and Ultimate Fighter season 2 winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson had signed a multi-fight deal with the upstart MMA promotion Resurrection Fighting Alliance. The Nebraska based promotion will be hosting their second fight card on March 30th from the Viaero Event Center in Kearney. Stevenson hasn’t fought since losing to Javier Vazquez at UFC Live last June.
“We are very excited to have him (Joe Stevenson), as he brings a never say die in your face approach to MMA that the fans love. He will not be fighting on our March 30th card, but we expect him to be on a card in late spring or early summer,” said RFS matchmaker Scott Cutbrith.
**FREE MMA** Watch today's Cage Warriors 46 live on MMAjunkie.com at 2pm ET
MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com)
Andreas Kraniotakes (12-5) vs. Dmitry Poberezhets (10-4-1)
Diego Gonzalez (14-6) vs. Ivica Truscek (17-9)
Vladimir Katyhin (12-4-1) vs. Anatoly Safronov (7-5)
Phil Harris (19-9) vs. Remi Morvan (8-6)
Dan Hope (8-4) vs. Alexander Voitenko (7-3)
Neil Seery (9-8) vs. Artemij Sitenkov (13-7)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Pavel Kusch (11-2) vs. Alexander Starikov (n/a)
Sergei Churilov (6-0) vs. Anatoly Starodubtsev (n/a)
James Brum (7-2) vs. Leandro Gontijo (3-3)
Facebook fights start at 9:50-10am PT and the Junkie stream starts at 11am PT.
Solid day of fights, I'll be splite screening it while in the Surprise Van for those who want to chat. jjeans, I don't understand Ukrainian if that's what the announcers are going to be speaking, so I'll need you to Skype me play by play throughout the event.
LE BANNER INJURED; VALENTIJN OVEREEM MEETS MARCIN ROZALSKI IN NEW KSW 18 HEADLINER
French kickboxing veteran Jerome Le Banner has suffered a knee injury and will be unable to compete against Polish talent Marcin Rozalski at KSW 18.
According to an official release, Le Banner suffered a torn meniscus during his final fight preparations. As a result, Rozalski will now face Strikeforce veteran Valentijn Overeem (Pictured) in the Feb. 25 headliner, which takes place Saturday at the Orlen Arena in Plock, Poland.
DAVID BRANCH OUT, MARIO MIRANDA IN AGAINST JAN BLACHOWICZ AT KSW 18
Polish promotion Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW) has announced a major change to its upcoming Feb. 25 event, as David Branch has been forced to withdraw from his light heavyweight bout against Jan Blachowicz at KSW 18 due to passport issues.
Instead, the former KSW champion will face a different UFC veteran, Mario Miranda, Saturday at the Orlen Arena in Plock, Poland.
A four-time UFC competitor, Miranda posted a perfect 9-0 record before receiving his Octagon call. The native Brazilian was knocked out in his UFC debut, falling in the first round to Gerald Harris at UFC Fight Night 21 in 2010.
Though Miranda rebounded with a victory over David Loiseau, he would receive his walking papers following consecutive losses to Demian Maia and Aaron Simpson. Since his departure from the UFC, the Washingtonian has posted a trio of wins, most recently submitting Dmitry Samoilov at M-1 Challenge 29 on Nov. 19.
Saturday's Cage Warriors 46 card complete, six bouts stream on MMAjunkie.com
The fight card for Saturday's Cage Warriors 46 event is complete.
A heavyweight matchup featuring heavyweights Andreas Kraniotakes (12-5) and Dmitry Poberezhets (10-4-1) headlines the show, which is Cage Warriors' third in just three weeks.
The event takes place at Stereo Plaza in Kiev, Ukraine, and six bouts stream live on MMAjunkie.com at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).
Additional preliminary-card bouts stream live on Cage Warriors Facebook page (1 p.m. ET).
The full card includes:
MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com)
Andreas Kraniotakes vs. Dmitry Poberezhets
Diego Gonzalez vs. Ivica Truscek
Vladimir Katyhin vs. Malik Merad
Phil Harris vs. Remi Morvan
Dan Hope vs. Alexander Voitenko
Neil Seery vs. Artemij Sitenkov
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Pavel Kusch vs. Alexander Starikov
Sergei Churilov vs. Anatoly Starodubtsev
James Brum vs. Leandro Gontijo
Patricia Vidonic vs. Felice Herrig added to a stacked XFC 17 set for April 13 in Jackson, Tenn.
Fresh on the heels of a Feb. 10 event in Knoxville, Tenn., Xtreme Fighting Championships will return to The Volunteer State on April 13 with “XFC 17: Apocalypse” at the Oman Arena in Jackson.
Headlining the card, which will air LIVE on HDNet, is a 155 pound match-up between Bellator and XFC veteran Eric “It’s A Wrap” Reynolds (14-5) and Brazil’s Luciano “Macarrao” Dos Santos (9-5).
Reynolds has been in the cage with guys like Eddie Alvarez, Jorge Masvidal and Rob Emerson, to name a few. He’s coming off a unanimous decision win over Jonatas Novaes at XFC 15 this past December.
Dos Santos has fought the majority of his career in Brazil. He is riding a three fight win streak, ending two by way of first round knockout. He last fought in July 2011, winning a unanimous decision over Harris Norwood in Atlanta.
In the co-headliner UFC veteran Corey “The Real Deal” Hill (5-4) returns to action against Nicolae “The Armor” Cury (6-2) at welterweight. This bout was supposed to take place at XFC 16 in Knoxville but Hill was forced to pull out due to injury. Both fighters picked up first round submission wins in their XFC debuts last year.
Jarrod Card, Thomas Campbell and Nick Newell are also scheduled to compete at XFC 17.
Asian MMA: Eduard Folayang Vs. Ole Laursen Announced For ONE FC 3 In Singapore
Wushu expert and URCC Champion Eduard Folayang (11-1) will be facing Muay Thai star and fellow Martial Combat champ, Ole Laursen (5-3) on March 31. Officials from the Singapore-based ONE Fighting Championship promotion announced the news earlier today, stating that the lightweight bout will be part of their stacked main card at ONE FC 3.
The duo was first booked to face each other as the headliner of the inaugural ONE FC event last September, until Laursen had to pull out after suffering a knee injury. Folayang was left to to headline against top Korean fighter, A Sol Kwon which won them Fight of the Night honors.
BAMMA 9 – Przemyslaw Mysiala vs. Jason Jones Announced For March 24th Show
Press Release – (Feb 17th.12) BAMMA, Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is proud to announce Przemyslaw ‘Misiek’ Mysiala vs Jason Jones onto the main card for an electric Light Heavyweight clash at BAMMA 9, which takes place on Saturday 24th March at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
Golden Glory’s judoka, Jason Jones, is hungry to gain a shot at the Light Heavyweight title. Boasting 25 battles and 16 wins, Jones has victories by both knock-out and by submission. Misiek steps into the cage with an equally impressive array of experience and also has 16 wins to his name, but just 6 losses. Formerly the UK’s number 1 Light Heavyweight, Misiek has had time out due to injury which led to a slide in his ranking. Passionate to win back his former no. 1 position and with a win over Rea under his belt, Misiek has for a long time had his eyes set on Manuwa. This powerful match-up creates desirable opportunities for both fighters.
Babalu’ Sobral To Face Steve Bosse This May At “Instinct MMA 4?
Press Release – MONTREAL (QUEBEC) February 16th, 2012 – The moment MMA fans have been waiting for is just months away as bout agreements were signed earlier this week for the long anticipated return to the cage of one of the country’s most popular fighters, STEVE “THE BOSS” BOSSE (9-1; 7 KO, 1 SUB). However, there will be no tune-up fight as part of this comeback as Bosse will be stepping into the cage with former world champion RENATO “BABALU” SOBRAL (36-9; 9 KO, 14 SUB) in the main event of Instinct 4 this May in Montreal.
We last saw Bosse in action last October as he sent world-renowned striker Houston Alexander crashing to the mat with a vicious elbow to the head, securing a knockout victory in the main event of Instinct 1. It was without a doubt the greatest night of his career, but the win came with a hefty price: a broken hand that would keep him out of action for over 6 months, halting his momentum. With surgery and therapy behind him, “The Boss” is now ready to return home to the cage. Bosse is a fan favorite who never backs down and he knew that in order to continue his climb up the world rankings, there was only one way to go about it: put his incredible 7-fight win streak on the line against the best light heavyweight available. His request was fulfilled as Brazilian Renato Sobral jumped at the opportunity to come to Canada for this fight.
Two New Fights Added To The Score Fighting Series
Two New Fights Featuring Local Athletes Added to The Score Fighting Series March 16th event in Hamilton
- Shane Campbell vs. Derek Boyle in a lightweight matchup
- Ryan Dickson vs. Chris St. Jean in a welterweight scrap
Press Release – TORONTO, February 16th, 2012 – The Score Fighting Series has announced two additional bouts for its Friday, March 16th event at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. World Muay Thai champion Shane Campbell of Stoney Creek will face off with fellow power striker Derek Boyle of Lethbridge, Alberta at lightweight (155 pounds) and unbeaten prospect Ryan Dickson (2-0) of Hamilton will duke it out with Chris St. Jean (5-3) of Ottawa at welterweight (170 pounds).
The matchup between Campbell (5-1) and Boyle (7-5), both winners of four of their last five fights, pits two of Canada’s most exciting, young, up-and-coming strikers against one another.
Legacy Fighting Championships signs Robert Drysdale to multi-fight deal
Legacy Fighting Championships has signed jiu-jitsu ace Robert Drysdale to a multi-fight deal.
Legacy promoter Mick Maynard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the signing.
Although an opponent hasn't been finalized for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Drysdale is expected to debut at the organization's Legacy Fighting Championships 11 event, which airs live on HDNet.
The show takes place May 11 at Houston's Arena Theater. Featherweights Chad Robichaux and Joseph Sandoval also are booked to fight at the show.
ROBERT EMERSON-SAVANT YOUNG, FRANCISCO RIVERA-ANTONIO DUARTE ADDED TO TPF 12 LINEUP
Two more bouts have been added to the bill for Tachi Palace Fights 12 “Second Coming.”
Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau Monday told Sherdog.com that a 150-pound catchweight bout between Robert Emerson and Savant Young and a bantamweight clash between Francisco Rivera and Antonio Duarte will take place on the March 9 card.
Going down at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., TPF 12 is highlighted by a bantamweight tilt between WEC veteran Casey Olson and recent TPF 135-pound title challenger Cody Gibson. Georgi Karakhanyan will defend his welterweight strap against Micah Miller in another featured attraction.
Ryan McGillivray vs. Nathan Coy welterweight title fight to headline MFC 33 on May 4
Twenty-five-year-old Edmonton, Alberta native and TUF 13 veteran Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray (12-5-1) will face 33-year-old American Top Team member Nathan “Soulforce” Coy (10-4) for the Maximum Fighting Championship vacant welterweight title on Friday, May 4 in the MFC 33 main event.
Maximum Fighting Championship confirmed the match-up and event details Sunday via press release. “MFC 33: Collision Course” will take place at the Mayfield Conference Centre in McGillivray’s hometown of Edmonton and will air live on HDNet.
McGillivray and Coy both secured their shot at the title with victories at MFC 32 in January; McGillivray with a third round submission of Diego Bautista and Coy with a unanimous decision win over Dhiego Lima.