Sokoudjou Signs to Challenge 205-Pound Champion Ryan Jimmo at MFC 31
The Maximum Fighting Championship on Thursday announced MFC 31: The Rundown featuring a light heavyweight title bout pitting current champion Ryan Jimmo against newly signed Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. The MFC 31 fight card takes place on Oct. 7 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and will be broadcast on HDNet.
The announced title bout displaces an MFC lightweight title bout between recently re-signed champion Antonio McKee and Brian Cobb. The two will instead clash at MFC 32 in November, although an exact date and location had not been pinned down at the time of publication.
Brazilian Lightweight Ricardo Tirloni Signs With Bellator Fighting Championships
CHICAGO, Ill. (August 1, 2011) - Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed today the signing of top Brazilian lightweight prospect Ricardo Tirloni. Tirloni joins a lightweight division that already features the likes of Season 4 Lightweight Tournament winner Michael Chandler, Patricky Pitbull, Rene Nazare, Marcin Held and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez.
Tirloni joins Bellator after compiling an impressive 13-1 record, with notable wins coming over UFC veteran Brian Cobb and WEC veteran Anthony Morrison. Out of his thirteen professional victories, Tirloni has picked up eleven finishes, with six submissions and five knockouts to his credit.
No set plans for Overeem's vacant title, but grand-prix winner an option
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – For now, the Strikeforce heavyweight belt will collect dust on a shelf.
Following Alistair Overeem's release from the organization this past week, Strikeforce officials are tight-lipped about what's next for his vacated title and have announced no formal plans.
But not surprisingly, the organization's heavyweight grand prix could play a factor in the ultimate decision.
MFC Signs Five Year Deal With HDNet
Maximum Fighting Championship put out a press release today touting a new deal with HDNet that will extend for five more years. MFC has been on the network since February 2008, and is one of the cornerstones of HDNet's MMA programming.
Zelg Galesic vs. Alexander Shlemenko in the works for Bellator 50
Russian striker Alexander Shlemenko (39-7 MMA, 4-1 BFC) will welcome Croatian banger Zelg Galesic (10-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) to the Bellator Fighting Championships cage.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Shlemenko and Galesic have verbally agreed to meet at Bellator 50. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Though Bellator officials have yet to announce any contests for the event, Bellator 50 takes place Sept. 17 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood Florida.
The night's main card airs on MTV2. Galesic vs. Shlemenko is expected to feature on the broadcast.
Gerald Harris signs multi-fight deal with DREAM, could debut at September event
Gerald Harris (18-4 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) is bound for Japan.
The ex-UFC middleweight today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he's signed a multi-fight with DREAM.
While Harris' debut for the promotion has yet to be determined, though DREAM representative Mike Kogan said today that there is "a very good chance" the fighter could appear on an as-yet-unannounced event, possibly DREAM.17, targeted for Sept. 25 at Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan.
CCSC finding supports ref in Couture bout
Judging and refereeing in MMA have recently come under heavy criticism due to a series of questionable actions in high profile matches.
on July 8 at AX Combat 1 on July 8 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada a fight between Kim Couture and Sheila Bird hit the mat, and Bird secured a head scissor on her opponent. As can be seen in the video below (1:50 mark), Couture's entire body went visbily limp, and several long seconds passed before the ref ended the bout. Further, the ref ended it not by tapping the winning competitor or physically pulling the legs apart, but by waving his hands overhead.
Couture quiickly recovered, suffered no damage from the choke, and publicly stated she had no problem with the officiating.
Lashley scratched from Titan FC 19; French vs. Krause, Evinger vs. McMann headline
Former professional wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley (6-1) has been forced to withdraw from next week's Titan Fighting Championship 19 event due to personal reasons.
Titan Fighting Championship officials on Friday morning announced the heavyweight's removal from the card, simultaneously promoting a 160-pound catchweight fight between Clay French (18-6) and James Krause (12-3) to the evening's main event.
A female scrap between Tonya Evinger (8-5) and Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann (2-0).
Lashley is now expected to return to action at Titan Fighting Championship 20, which takes place Aug. 26.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts signs top free-agent Nate Marquardt
Nate Marqaurdt (31-10-2) is heading across the Pond.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) officials today announced a multi-fight contract with the former UFC contender and King of Pancrase.
"As soon as we received word that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted Marquardt's suspension, we jumped at the chance to sign him," BAMMA exec Liam Fisher stated. "He is a top-ranked contender and an asset to any promotion. Words cannot express how excited we are that Marquardt is now fighting under the BAMMA banner."
Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford signs with Bellator
Canadian welterweight Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford (16-3) has signed with Bellator and will make his debut in October. He announced it on his facebook page today:
"The Real Deal Will Be Keepin It GDUP For Bellator Fighting Championships. Debut In October @ Casino Rama Then The 170lb 100k Tournament In January 2012 Representing E-Town And Canada!!!!"
One FC Announces Inaugural Card; Baroni vs. Yoshida to Co-Main Event
The upstart ONE Fighting Championship has announced the full card for its inaugural show on Sept. 3 in Singapore, and some familiar names will be competing on the event to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Former UFC fighters Phil Baroni and Yoshiyuki Yoshida will meet in a 170-pound bout, while TUF 5 cast member Andy Wang will meet Zorobabel Moreira in a 155-pound bout.
According to a press release, ONE FC "will feature a combination rule set of modified" PRIDE FC and the Unified MMA rules. The organization will also recognize the Unified MMA rules weight classes and is expected to "make additional major announcements soon."
Bellator 47 fight card set with eight bouts, including tourney semifinals
The fight card for next weekend's Bellator 47 card is set with eight bouts.
Bellator 47 takes place Saturday, July 23, at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, and marks the organization's first event outside the U.S. The event's main card airs live on MTV2.
The televised lineup for night features four bouts, including the semifinal round of the organization's eight-man "Summer Series" featherweight tournament.
The Semis are:
Marlon Sandro (18-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (20-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC)
Pat Curran (14-4 MMA, 4-1 BFC) vs. Ronnie Mann (20-2-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC)
Xtreme Fighting Championships reups with HDNet extension
Xtreme Fighting Championships will have a presence on HDNet through 2013, possibly 2014.
The Florida-based promotion has agreed to a contract extension with the MMA-heavy cable station, officials recently announced.
As part of the deal, XFC will air eight to 10 live events on HDNet in both 2012 and 2013, and an option is available for 2014.
Shark Fights 17 Results
UFC veteran Jake Rosholt earned a clear-cut decision win over former IFL champion Matt Horwich in the main event of Friday night's Shark Fights 17 event.
The rematch served as the featured contest of the HDNet-broadcast event, which took place Friday night at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
Rosholt used a grinding approach, relying on solid clinchwork and takedowns to earn the clean sweep on all three judges' cards.
The result proved revenge for Rosholt, who was defeated by Horwich in a November 2010 TKO result.
Rosholt has remained active since the loss, securing a 5-0 record in 2011.
In the evening's co-feature, former UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez made quick work of final-day replacement Doug Williams. Rodriguez earned a takedown in the opening minute and then quickly advanced to mount before his opponent offered up his neck. The rear-naked choke came quickly after, and the entire process took just two minutes and 16 seconds.
With the result, Rodriguez has now earned 12-straight wins. Although "Suave" continues to tease a potential move to the light heavyweight division, this bout was contested as a catchweight affair. Original opponent Karl Knothe was scratched at Friday's weigh-ins after an apparent miscommunication left him well above the contracted weight for the bout.
Jake Rosholt def. Matt Horwich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ricco Rodriguez def. Doug Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:16
Emanuel Newton def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Erik Perez def. Douglas Frey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alan Jouban def. Andrew Goldthwaite via knockout (punches) - Round 3, 2:37
Victor Hernandez def. Quaint Kempf via submission (armbar) - Round 1, 1:06
Matt Hobar def. Jay Flores via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:55
Ricco Rodriguez Agrees to New Opponent After Shark Fights 17 Weigh-in Debacle
"Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt II is finally set for Friday night at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, but it wasn’t without some last-minute drama following Thursday’s weigh-in.
Main eventers Matt Horwich and Josh Rosholt easily made weight, making their bout official, but things didn’t go as smoothly for former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez."
Ricco Rodriguez currently without opponent at Shark Fights 17
A weight snafu has put the co-main event of Shark Fights 17 in jeopardy.
A scheduled bout between Ricco Rodriguez (46-11) and Karl Knothe (19-6) was scratched today because of an apparent miscommunication about the contested weight limit of the bout that caused Knothe to come in grossly overweight for the event, which takes place tonight at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
Both Rodriguez's camp and Shark Fights officials said the bout was agreed to a catchweight of 230 pounds while Knothe allegedly believed it to be a heavyweight contest.
When Knothe weighed in at 253.75 pounds to Rodriguez's 227.75 pounds, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation disallowed Knothe from tonight's event due to the large gap and concerns over excessive weight-cutting from the heavier fighter.