Veteran MMA promoter, manager Monte Cox pleads guilty to federal tax charge
MMA promoter and manager Monte Cox, who once repped dozens of high-profile UFC fighters, faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to a single federal count of filing a false tax return.
Cox is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, on Feb. 24, the Quad City Times reported. He also faces a maximum $100,000 fine, court costs and one year of probation.
WSOF exec: Rousimar Palhares is a WSOF fighter; we'll respect NSAC’s decision
WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz said now-ex-welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares remains under contract with the promotion, but there are more immediate concerns – chiefly his wellbeing and fate with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“The guy, we all know he has some problems, and he’s working on them,” Abdelaziz told MMAjunkie. “He’s got a great team around him (with) the Nogueira brothers and other people, and it’s going to be up to the athletic commission. The Nevada commission is going to make a decision, and after that, we’ll follow. We have to respect their decision.
Field set for upcoming WSOF one-night lightweight tournament
The field has been set for the upcoming World Series of Fight one-night lightweight tournament.
According to WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz, the tournament participants are as follows: Luis Palomino, Brian Foster, Mike Ricci, Islam Mamedov, Brian Cobb, Jorge Patino, Joao Zeferino and Rich Patishnock.
Joe Schilling: Five-year suspension will be 'good thing' for Nick Diaz, the sport
Joe Schilling sees the silver lining in the bleakness of Nick Diaz's suspension. In fact, the Bellator MMA and GLORY star thinks the whole situation will turn out positively.
Schilling told MMA Fighting this week that he sees the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision being overturned briskly and the organization's oversight being examined. Once Diaz returns to the Octagon, Schilling sees him being an even bigger draw.
Lineup set for next month's RFA 31 in downtown Las Vegas with two title fights
The card is complete for next month’s RFA event in “Sin City” with two title fights at the top of the bill.
In the RFA 31 main event, Gilbert Smith (11-4) will defend his RFA welterweight title against challenger Bristol Marunde (16-9). And in the co-feature, Zoila Frausto (12-4) meets Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (5-1) for the vacant RFA women’s strawweight title.
RFA 31 takes place Oct. 9 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The main card will air on AXS TV.
The complete RFA 31 card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Gilbert Smith vs. Bristol Marunde – for welterweight title
Zoila Frausto vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger – for vacant women’s strawweight title
Gabriel Checco vs. Mike Jasper
Justin Linn vs. Matt Lopez
Cameron Diffley vs. Vardan Sholinian
Shai Lindsey vs. Joseph Peukert
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
David Arcangel vs. Zane Behrend
Carlos Garcia vs. Jason Pacheco
Johnny Parsons vs. Jeff Roman
'TUF 20' vet Lisa Ellis among new Invicta FC signings
Invicta FC has signed a group of new fighters, including “The Ultimate Fighter 20” cast member Lisa Ellis.
The all-female promotion, which has held 14 events since its 2012 launch and sent numerous fighters to the UFC, signed five in all.
Additional atomweight signings include Hungarian submission specialist Dora Perjes(7-1), who’s forced tap-outs in all of her pro wins, and Russian-born American Julia Jones (4-0).
Other signings include a pair of Brazilians strawweights: Aline Santos De Assis Serio (9-5) and Amanda Limborco Alcantara Ribas (5-0).
WSOF suspends Vagab Vagabov for five months following post-fight infraction
While he picked up a win at this past weekend’s WSOF 23 event, undefeated middleweight prospect Vagab Vagabov will be sidelined for five months for losing his cool after his victory over Brian Grinnell.
WSOF Executive Vice President and matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz today told MMAjunkie that the promotion issued the sanctions because Vagabov clearly struck Grinnell multiple times after referee Al Guinee waved off the pair’s preliminary contest in the second round.
“I spoke with Vagab and his team, and they were very apologetic for his actions,” Abdelaziz said. “Vagab got caught up in the moment and expressed remorse for his mistake, but as a company, we simply cannot let moments like this go without addressing them directly.
“We hope this penalty sends a strong message to everyone on our roster that such infractions simply will not be tolerated.”
Pat Healy stripped of belt ahead of tonight's Titan FC 35 headliner
Pat Healy will still headline tonight’s Titan FC 35 event, but he won’t do so as the organization’s reigning lightweight titleholder.
Healy (32-20), a former UFC and Strikeforce fighter who’s slated to fight Bellator vet Rick Hawn (20-4) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed main event, missed weight at Friday’s weigh-ins and has been stripped of the belt.
The full Titan FC 35 weigh-in results included:
Pat Healy (158)+ vs. Rick Hawn (155) – for lightweight title (Hawn only)
Champ Andre Harrison (143.5) vs. Desmond Green (145) – for featherweight title
Champ Tim Elliott (125) vs. Felipe Efrain (124.5) – for flyweight title
Steven Siler (146) vs. Austin Springer (145.5)
Zane Kamaka (175.5)* vs. Belal Muhammad (170)
Ricky Simon (135.5) vs. Alex Soto (135.5)
Musa Khamanaev (146) vs. Jason Knight (145)
E.J. Brooks (161)# vs. Jason Novelli (155.5)
Sid Bice (125) vs. Shaine Jaime (126)
Zak Bucia (155.5) vs. Rasul Shovkhalov (156)
Pete Petties (145.5) vs. Ikaika Tampos (145.5)
Jake Smith (140.5) vs. Taki Uluilakepa (140.5)
Trey Ogden (169) vs. Ryan Walker (170.5)
+ – Stripped of title after missing weight
* – No penalty disclosed
# – Fine undisclosed amount for missing weight
WSOF 23 weigh-in results: Justin Gaethje, Luis Palomino set for title fight rematch
The WSOF 23 weigh-ins are in the books, and the main and co-main event title fighters are official for their bouts.
The full WSOF 23 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Justin Gaethje (154.7) vs. Luis Palomino (154.2) – for lightweight title
Dave Branch (204) vs. Teddy Holder (202.4) – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Tito Jones (134.7) vs. Timur Valiev (135.9)
Ben Fodor (161.6)* vs. Roberto Yong (157.3) – 160-pound catchweight
LaRue Burley (154.9) vs. Brian Foster (155.7)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Brian Grinnell (181.9) vs. Vagab Vagabov (184.9)
Krasimir Mladenov (185.7) vs. Clifford Starks (186)
Danny Davis Jr. (169.5) vs. Matthew Frincu (170.3)
David Nuzzo (136) vs. Andres Ponce (135.8)**
Joey Miolla (135) vs. Randy Steinke (135.9)
Jeff Fletcher (154.2) vs. Benny Madrid (160.3)***
* Fodor will surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Yong.
** Ponce was 137.5 on his first attempt, and made weight on his second try.
*** Madrid will surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Fletcher.
ONE Championship 32 takes shape with Svirid vs. Bigdash title fight
The lineup is taking shape for next month’s “ONE Championship 32: Tigers of Asia” event, which includes a middleweight title fight.
ONE Championship 32 takes place Oct. 9 at Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.
The latest ONE Championship 32 card now includes:
Champ Igor Svirid vs. Vitaly Bigdash – for middleweight title
Irina Mazepa vs. Ann Osman
Honorio Banario vs. Ev Ting
Peter Davis vs. Adrian Pang
Eric Kelly vs. Hiroshige Tanaka
Asuka Mikami vs. Eugene Toquero
Dae Hwan Kim vs. LiGe Teng
Marcos Santana vs. Gianni Subba
Saiful Merican vs. Melvin Yeoh
Almiro Barros vs. Ruel Catalan
Hesham Hiba vs. Agilan Thani
Florian Garel vs. Keanu Subba
Legacy FC 48 to feature middleweight title fight, four-man kickboxing tourney
Following this weekend’s lead from Bellator, Legacy FC will host a combo MMA-kickboxing card of its own.
Legacy FC owner/promoter Mick Maynard today announced Legacy FC 48 takes place Nov. 13 at Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles, La. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The latest Legacy FC 48 card (pro MMA only) includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Leonardo Leite vs. Ryan Spann – for middleweight title
Josh Quayhagen vs. Sean Soriano
Gage Duhon vs. Kolton Englund
Trent Meaux vs. Joel Scott
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m.)
Aaron Davis vs. Edgar Verdin
Daniel Hoffpauir vs. Richard Knepp
Former Invicta FC champ Katja Kankaanpaa announces retirement
One of Invicta FC's best fighters is calling it quits.
Katja Kankaanpaa, the former Invicta women's strawweight champion, announced this weekend night that she would be retiring from MMA competition. At Invicta FC 14 on Saturday night, Kankaanpaa lost a controversial unanimous decision to DeAnna Bennett in the co-main event...
'Cyborg' Justino to fight at 140 pounds on Invicta FC 15 card headlined by Souza-Grasso
Cristiane Justino (14-1) will finally move down in weight from her longtime home at 145 pounds, but it won’t be to fight in the UFC against Ronda Rousey.
“Cyborg,” who is the current Invicta FC featherweight champion, will cut to 140 pounds for a catchweight bout at Invicta FC 15 in November. Her opponent has not been determined.
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp announced the news at Saturday’s Invicta FC 14 post-fight press conference.