30-year old Japanese fighter Tomoya Miyashita dies of Leukemia on NYE
Very sad & discouraging to hear the news about 30-year old DEEP fighter Tomoya Miyashita dying on New Year’s Eve. He had fought one round of cancer (seminoma) and then was diagnosed with leukemia and lost the battle. He had a personal (Japanese language) blog online at Ameba where he commented on his struggles and also posted pictures of those in the fight community who came to visit with him.
Rolles Gracie vs Bob Sapp Confirmed for ONE FC 2, Top Russian Fighter Rustam Khabilov Also Added to Card
Numerous sources today confirmed that a heavyweight fight between Bob Sapp and Rolles Gracie (pictured above) has been added to the card for ONE FC 2 which is taking place in Jakarta on February 11th. Gracie has a 5-1 professional record with his sole loss coming on a disappointing UFC debut when his cardio looked extremely questionable.
Hopefully he has learned from that experience because he still has the potential to be one of the top heavyweights in the world and will be a strong favourite against K-1, Pride and Dream veteran Bob Sapp who weighed an incredible 350 lbs for his last fight
Jamie Varner vs. Drew Fickett headlines HDNet's XFC 16 on Feb. 10
A lightweight bout between former WEC champ Jamie Varner (18-6-1) and UFC veteran Drew Fickett (41-16) will headline Xtreme Fighting Championships' next major event.
XFC officials announced the fight earlier today.
The show, "XFC 16: High Stakes," takes place Feb. 10 at Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum in Tennessee. The main card airs live on HDNet
'Superior Cage Combat 4: Grove vs. Silva' set for Feb. 16 in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas-based Superior Cage Combat promotion returns to action in February, and UFC veterans Kendall Grove (13-9) and Jay Silva (7-4) headline the event.
Promotion officials recently announced that "SCC 4: Grove vs. Silva" takes place Feb. 16 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Additionally, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that verbal agreements are in place for a handful of other bouts including Justin Buchholz (12-6) vs. John Gunderson (32-12-2), Jamie Yager (5-2) vs. Danny Davis Jr. (6-5-1) and Jimmy Jones (3-0) vs. Joao Victor (2-0).
Grove, the 2006 winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 3,"was released from the UFC following a UFC 130 loss to Tim Boetsch, dropping "Da Spyder's" octagon record to 8-6. The 6-foot-6 middleweight has since submitted Joe Riggs at ProElite 1 is also scheduled to face Ikuhisa Minowa at ProElite 3 on Jan. 21.
Jamie Varner signs multi-fight deal with the XFC
(Tampa, FL) Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), the Southeast’s largest Mixed Martial Arts promotion is proud to announce the signing of Jamie Varner. The former WEC lightweight champion has signed a new, multi-fight agreement with the promotion and will make his next appearance at XFC 16:High Stakes, live on HDNet on Feb. 10th at the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, TN .
Universally recognized as one of the top lightweights in the world, Varner (18-6-1) is not only a dynamic striker, but has slick submission skills as well. Varner has built a reputation for finishing fights throughout his career. In 18 victories, ‘C-4' has finished 12 opponents in the first round. Only two of his wins came from the judge’s scorecards.
Gilbert Yvel is ready for his light-heavyweight debut tonight
Over the course of Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel's nearly 15-year professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career, he has plied his trade all over the world, in just about every premier organization, against some of the greatest and biggest fighters in MMA history. Yvel has 54 fights to his credit and is a veteran fighter of the UFC, PRIDE, Affliction, M-1, and K-1. What is even more impressive is that Yvel has won two-thirds of his bouts despite competing throughout his career as an undersized heavyweight.
In a weight class that has a weight limit of 265-pounds or in some cases, no weight limit at all, Yvel has usually tipped the scales around 240-pounds against much larger men. This situation, sometimes leads fighters in his predicament to pack on unnecessary weight in an attempt to help close the weight difference between themself and their much bigger opponents. This decision, however, usually slows down the naturally smaller heavyweights and takes away from their cardio, so Yvel decided to take a much more drastic and effective approach by dropping down to the light-heavyweight (205-pound) weight division.
BAMMA 8: Manuwa vs. Rea – ‘Quick Results’
The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts held their latest event with BAMMA 8 on Saturday, Dec. 10, from the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
The main card was supposed to have aired live in North America on HDNet on Saturday afternoon, but issues with the broadcast forced the network to cancel the live telecast.
The event included the appearance of former TUF 9 finalist Andre Winner as he earned a solid unanimous decision over Diego Gonzalez. While Bellator Season Four welterweight tournament fighter Jim ‘Judo’ Wallhead ended his night with a quick first round TKO victory against Joey Villasenor in just 48-seconds
Bruno Carvalho Signs With Maximum Fighting, Faces Dhiego Lima In Debut At MFC 32
Carvalho charts course to meet Lima at MFC 32
Welterweight showdown completes lineup for Bitter Rivals main card
Press Release – The Maximum Fighting Championship’s arduous search for a fitting opponent to take on Dhiego “Maluco” Lima at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals has come to fruition.
Stepping up to battle the undefeated welterweight prospect Lima (6-0) is judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Bruno “BC” Carvalho, who has signed a multi-fight deal with the MFC. Carvalho (13-5), who was born in Brazil and now splits his home base between Sweden and the United States, has won eight of his last nine fights, and will be Lima’s toughest test to date when they square-off on main card of the HDNet Fights broadcast emanating live from the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, January 27
Ortiz Replaces Top Flyweight McCall, Faces Rave at Friday’s TPF 11
Josh Rave has a new opponent for Tachi Palace Fights 11, as Dustin Ortiz will step in for injured promotional flyweight champion Ian McCall on Friday’s card.
Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau informed Sherdog.com of the change via text message on Monday afternoon. The bout will take place at 126 pounds.
Ortiz (Pictured), a Nashville MMA product, suffered the first loss of his professional career in a unanimous decision to McCall at TPF 9 in May. Prior to that setback, the two-time Strikeforce veteran was unbeaten in seven contests, with all of his victories coming via technical knockout or submission.
Champ McCall out at Tachi Palace Fights 11; Emerson replaced by Washington
Tachi Palace Fights' 11th installment is currently titled "Redemption," but company brass might consider "Late Replacement" as a more apt moniker.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Tachi Palace Fights 11 flyweight champ Ian McCall (11-2) has been forced to withdraw from his championship bout with Josh Rave (18-8), who now awaits word on a replacement opponent.
Additionally, "The Ultimate Fighter 5" vet Rob Emerson (11-10) has been forced to withdraw from a planned contest with Savant Young (9-8), who now faces Robert "The Beast" Washington (11-4).
"Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption" takes place Dec. 2 at Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, Calif.
XFC announces 10-bout lineup for December's "XFC 15: Tribute" on HDNet
Featuring a headliner of lightweights Eric Reynolds (13-5) vs. Jonatas Novaes (9-3) and a female co-feature of Felice Herrig (5-3) vs. Bellator vet Carla Esparza (5-2), "XFC 15: Tribute" takes place at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
The complete XFC 15 card currently includes:
MAIN CARD (HDNet)
Jonatas Novaes vs. Eric Reynolds
Carla Esparza vs. Felice Herrig
Denis Hernandez vs. Nick Newell
Corey Hill vs. Charlie Rader
Imani Lee vs. Brandon Sayles
John Kolosci vs. Ryan Thomas
Shah Bobonis vs. TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
Johnny Cardona vs. Bruce Lutchmedial
Alex Poulsen vs. TBA
Phil Daru vs. Socrates Pierre
BAMMA 8 final fight card set for December 10th in United Kingdom
Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce the final fight card for its Nottingham event taking place at the Capital FM Arena on 10th December.
Bamma 8 boasts a stunning card that showcases some of the cream of UK fight talent, including a spectrum of fighters hailing from Nottingham’s world renowned and legendary fight camp, The Rough House.
Legacy Fighting Championships 9 fight card set for December 16th on HDNet
Houston, TX. – November 22, 2011 – Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Legacy Fighting Championship, returns to the Houston Arena Theater on December 16 with Legacy Fighting Championship 9. The stacked fight card includes a main event welterweight title bout between Strikeforce veteran’s Mike “The Greek” Bronzoulis and Jorge “Macaco” Patino and a co-main pitting England’s Paul Kelly against Houston Police Officer and Legacy FC veteran Jeff Rexroad. With 11 fights scheduled, there will be no shortage of action for fight fans in attendance or those watching live on HDNet.
MFC 3 Wilson Gouveia eager for comeback battle with Dwayne Lewis
Despite more than a year away from action, it took Wilson Gouveia nothing more than a quick instant to agree to face his upcoming opponent at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals.
With a wholly healed body and a fighting spirit back intact, Gouveia eagerly accepted the challenge of taking on heavy-handed Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis. There wasn’t a moment’s hesitation, not a pause to ponder things over, and absolutely not one bit of doubt in his response
HDNet and BAMMA ink multi-year television deal
DALLAS (November 14, 2011) As announced earlier tonight on HDNet’s live broadcast of "Inside MMA", the network has signed a new agreement with Europe’s largest and most prominent Mixed Martial Arts Promotion, BAMMA.
This multi-year deal, negotiated by BAMMA distributor Content Television, will kick off on Saturday, December 10 with LIVE coverage of "BAMMA 8" from The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
"BAMMA puts on the best MMA shows in Europe and HDNet broadcasts the best fights from around the globe," said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. "It was the perfect fit. I had to get this deal done!"
Josh Rave steps into TPF 11 headliner with flyweight champ Ian McCall
Tachi Palace Fights champion and No. 1 flyweight Ian McCall (11-2 MMA, 3-0 TPF) has a new opponent.
Stepping in as an injury replacement for Will Campuzano (9-4 MMA, 0-0 TPF) is Josh Rave (18-8 MMA, 0-0 TPF), Tachi officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
They headline "Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption," which takes place Dec. 2 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Rave, who's competed with organizations such as M-1 Challenge and EliteXC, is on a 3-1 run since an April 2010 loss to now-Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky. Twelve of the Nebraskan's 18 wins have come via stoppage (eight via submission).
Bobby Lashley now meets Mark Martinez in Shark Fights 21 headliner
Let's try this again. Again.
Mark Martinez (4-1) has stepped up to headline Shark Fights 21 opposite Bobby Lashley (6-1) in a bout for the promotion's heavyweight title.
Shark Fights CEO Bud Brutsman today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), saying, "As a Shark Fights veteran, we're happy that Mark is getting a shot at the title."
Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.