Former Tachi Palace champ Ulysses Gomez committed to flyweight, seeking UFC bid
Flyweight Ulysses Gomez (9-2) is certain of two things in his career: He wants to be in the UFC, and he's not a bantamweight, no matter how much it might hurt to admit.
The UFC aspirations he's known for sometime, the return to 125 pounds is a more recent decision.
"As much as I hate to admit it, I'm not big enough for 135," Gomez recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I learned that in my last fight when I fought Cody Gibson. He was a little bit taller at the weigh-in. Then when he walked in the cage, I was like, 'Man, this guy rehydrated pretty good.'"
Fortunately for Gomez, who recently vacated the Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight belt in order to make a permanent return to 125 pounds, the UFC recently added a flyweight division. It was bittersweet for Gomez, who saw fellow TPF champ Ian McCall earn entry into the promotion's four-man 125-pound tourney.
It's the final fight on Gomez's Tachi Palace Fights contract, and he's hoping the bout can serve as an informal UFC tryout. The UFC dream is front and center, and Gomez believes now is his time to make a run to the bright lights.
"The UFC has been in the corner of my head for how many years?" Gomez asked. "I've been pumped up since like 2010, when the WEC was supposed to have the 125-pound division. I've been pumped up for a while.
"I'm supposed to fight May 10 – Tachi Palace one more time. This is my last one on my contract, and hopefully bigger and better things after that."
Todd Duffee wins first fight since 2009, knocks out Neil Grove in SFL 2 main event
Todd Duffee today picked up his first victory since August 2009. And it took him just 34 seconds to get it.
The former UFC heavyweight made quick work of recent Bellator fighter Neil Grove in the headliner of today's Super Fight League 2 event.
The show took place in Chandigarh, India, and streamed live on YouTube.
Duffee (6-2), whom the UFC surprisingly released after a May 2010 loss to Mike Russow, fought for the first time since his December 2010 DREAM title loss to Alistair Overeem. In the SFL 2 featured attraction, he lunged forward with punches and connected with a big right hook that sent Grove (11-6-1) to the canvas. A few follow-up punches prompted the stoppage just 34 seconds into the fight...
Champ Gael Grimaud vs. Jesse Taylor headlines Cage Warriors Fight Night 6
Cage Warriors has signed big-show vet Jesse Taylor and granted him an immediate title shot.
Officials today announced Taylor (20-8) will meet welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (14-5) in the headliner of next month's Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 event.
The event takes place May 3 in Bahrain at a city and venue to be announced. The night's main card streams on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Terms of Taylor's new deal were not disclosed.
Marcus Aurelio vs. Mike Bronzoulis added to Legacy Fighting 11 on HDNet
A welterweight bout between PRIDE and UFC vet Marcus Aurelio (21-9) and recent Strikeforce fighter Mike Bronzoulis (13-4-1) is a late addition to next month's Legacy Fighting Championships 11 event.
Legacy promoter Mick Maynard told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout has taken the main-card slot previously reserved for middleweights Robert Drysdale (3-0) and Isaac "Ike" Villanueva (8-6).
As MMAjunkie.com reported Tuesday, Drysdale vs. Villanueva was pushed back to July's Legacy Fighting 12 card because of an undisclosed injury suffered by Drysdale.
Legacy Fighting Championship 11 takes place May 11 at Houston's Arena Theater, and the main card airs on HDNet.
Super Fight League 2 streams Saturday on YouTube, Duffee vs. Grove headlines
The lineup is set for Saturday's Super Fight League 2 event, which streams live on YouTube from Chandigarh, India, beginning at 9:15 a.m. ET (6:15 a.m. PT).
As previously announced, the event features a heavyweight headliner between former UFC fighter Todd Duffee (6-2) and recent Bellator tourney finalist Neil Grove (11-5-1).
Other featured bouts include lightweights Paul Kelly (12-4) vs. Ryan Healy (19-10-1) and middleweights Alexander Shlemenko (44-7) vs. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa (52-33-8).
Duffee fights for the first time since a quick December 2010 loss to Alistair Overeem for DREAM's vacant heavyweight title. It followed the first defeat of his career, which came to Mike Russow at UFC 114 and ultimately led to his release from the promotion. He now takes on Grove, who's fought his past six fights in Bellator with a 3-3 record. He's currently in a 1-3 skid that included a season-three tournament-finale loss to now-champ Cole Konrad.
SFL, an Indian-based organization that bills itself as the country's first MMA promotion, recently announced a three-year streaming deal with YouTube. All of the shows will be available free, including this past month's debut, which saw James Thompson defeat fellow super heavyweight Bob Sapp in the main event.
Bob Sapp vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski Signed for KSW 19 Main Event
Apr 2, 2012 - Apparently, Bob Sapp has recovered from the mysterious leg injury that led to his most recent loss less than one month ago, because "the Beast" is ready to get back in the cage, and the matchup is one that should delight fans of the old "freakshow" style of matchmaking.
Sapp, who has lost five in a row and eight of his last nine, is now set to fly to Poland to take on that country's favorite son, former World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski.
The KSW promotion confirmed the matchup which will take place as the main event of KSW 19 on May 12 at Atlas Stadium in Lodz.
M-1 / ONE FC cross promotion headlined by Fedor Emelianenko set for Singapore in October?
M-1's Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan attended last night's (March 31, 2012) ONE FC show as a special guest of CEO / Owner Victor Cui, fueling rumors that a cross promotion between the two organizations headlined by Fedor Emelianenko might be in the works.
When Emelianenko was at the height of his success and negotiations were underway with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest issue was M-1's insistence that any deal should involve a cross promotion, something that Dana White and company were totally unwilling to countenance.
This is where ONE FC and the UFC differ. Whereas the UFC refuses to work with other mixed martial arts (MMA) organizations, ONE FC has embraced the concept of cross promotion and has even formed a network to allow fighters to move freely between Dream, Deep, Road FC, URCC, CFC (in Australia) and various others.
Jeff Harrison To Face Kit Cope At Wreck MMA
Top MMA News has learned that Kit Cope (4-7) will be fighting Jeff Harrison (5-4) at Wreck MMA on April 20th. There were rumors Cope was going to fight Alex Ricci last October but that didn’t materialize. Cope has fought in the UFC and fought in a WEC title fight in his MMA career. He has a 32-1 record in Muay Thai with 4 World titles.
Antonio McKee returns to face Chad Dietmeyer at 'Untamed 2' on May 30 in Anaheim
Extreme Fighters World Championship is back with "The Untamed 2" on Friday, May 30 at The Grove of Anaheim, California. This is the debut event for EFWC on GFL.tv and the organization looks to make a splash in a big way with a stacked card and a hotly anticipated main event. "The Untamed 2" will no doubt build on the growing momentum of high level events that EFWC presents.
In the main event, Antonio McKee (27-4-2) fights Chad Dietmeyer (8-1) in a lightweight scrap. McKee is a former UFC veteran, a former champion with MFC and an IFL standout. There is not a better fighter in the game that can control a fight and take it to the ground and keep it on the ground like McKee. McKee went on an 8 year undefeated streak and looks to continue his two-fight streak he is currently riding.
For Dietmeyer, this will be a huge step up in competition and with it comes a huge career opportunity. Dietmeyer has fought on the Arizona circuit for some time, grabbing regional titles and a victory over the vaunted McKee would do wonders for his future.
Jens Pulver signed to Cage Warriors
The Cage Warriors FC roster continues to expand, with the organisation pleased to announce that it has secured the services of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver.
Pulver has signed a deal which will see him fight exclusively for CWFC outside of the USA. The 37-year-old will also travel to Cage Warriors events to host seminars and meet-and-greet sessions with fans.
A native of Washington, Pulver (25-16-1) was the UFC’s first lightweight champion having defeated Caol Uno to take the title in February 2001. He successfully defended the belt against both Dennis Hallman and BJ Penn. Pulver was a coach on Season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter and also has a wealth of experience on other top promotions such as Pride FC and WEC.
One FC: War of the Lions Streams Free on YouTube
One Fighting Championship on Monday announced that One FC: War of the Lions on March 31 will stream in its entirety for free on the One FC YouTube channel.
“As a gift of appreciation to all MMA fans around the world, I have decided to make the broadcast of the entire fight card for One FC: War of the Lions on March 31 completely free-of-charge in HD quality on our YouTube channel,” stated Victor Cui, One FC’s CEO...
TOM WATSON STOPS JACK MARSHMAN AT BAMMA 9, RETAINS MIDDLEWEIGHT CROWN
BIRMINGHAM, England -- Tom Watson scored a second-round TKO over Jack Marshman to retain his British Association of Mixed Martial Arts middleweight title in the main event of BAMMA 9 at the National Indoor Arena on Saturday.
The crowd was bolstered by a large contingent from serving paratrooper Marshman’s regiment, and the atmosphere was cranked high in anticipation of the fight. Both combatants set off at a furious pace, with Marshman trying to find his range, while the experienced Watson picked him off with punches and kicks. “Kong” had the better of some vicious exchanges, but also suffered a cut above his eye for his troubles.
The second stanza continued in the same fashion, with both men looking to land big shots. Marshman continued to push forward despite taking a number of tasty leg kicks, but Watson’s more varied arsenal brought the beginning of the end.
As his Welsh opponent tried to close the distance, “Kong” landed a spinning-back elbow. Marshman was rocked and Watson kindly helped him on his way down. The years of training across the Atlantic began to pay dividends as Watson controlled his man on the deck while landing spiteful punches and elbows. Marshman offered nothing in return, prompting referee Marc Goddard to stop the contest at the 4:50 mark, making for an impressive comeback for Watson after a nearly year-long injury layoff.
JEFF MONSON-JIM YORK, SOA PALELEI-BOB SAPP CO-HEADLINE CFC 21 IN SYDNEY
Leading Australian organization Cage Fighting Championship has placed a pair of heavyweight matchups atop the card for its May event in Sydney.
Promotion officials Sunday announced that the co-main events for CFC 21 will see Jeff Monson against “Big” Jim York (Pictured) and Soa Palelei versus Bob Sapp. Undercard bouts have yet to be announced for the show, which takes place May 18 at Homebush State Sports Centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
Ryan Healy replaces Gabe Ruediger, faces Paul Kelly at Super Fight League 2
While India's Super Fight League is not legally required to follow the orders of the California State Athletic Commission, promotion officials have decided to do exactly that.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that SFL officials will respect the CSAC-ordered medical suspension of Gabe Ruediger (17-8).
Ruediger therefore has been pulled from a planned SFL 2 matchup with UFC vet Paul Kelly (12-4), and Ryan Healy (19-10) will instead take the matchup.
Super Fight League 2 takes place April 7 in Chandigarh, India.
DUFFEE-GROVE, SHLEMENKO-MINOWA, KELLY-RUEDIGER BOOKED FOR SUPER FIGHT LEAGUE 2
Six big-show veterans have joined the fight card for the sophomore effort from burgeoning Indian organization Super Fight League.
Promotion officials Tuesday confirmed a trio of bouts for Super Fight League 2, which takes place April 7 in Chandigarh, India. In addition to a previously rumored heavyweight tilt between Todd Duffee and Neil Grove, the show will feature a middleweight matchup pitting Alexander Shlemenko against Ikuhisa Minowa and a lightweight contest between UFC veterans Paul Kelly and Gabe Ruediger.
Like the company’s March 11 debut, Super Fight League 2 will stream live and free of charge on YouTube.
Former UFC Fighters line the inaugural WMMA Fight Card
As Mixed Martial Arts continues to grow and expand its reach, new promotions bring thirsty fans more and more MMA action. Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts is one of those new promotions and they will be holding their inaugural event on Saturday, March 31st at the Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas. The event will feature several former UFC fighters and proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warriors foundation.
WMMA: McCorkle vs. Heden: Fighting For A Better World Complete Fight Card
Super Heavyweight: Sean McCorkle vs. Brian Heden
170 lbs.: Thomas Denny vs. Karo Parisyan
170 lbs.: Lyle Beerbohm vs. Derrick Noble
155 lbs.: Drew Fickett vs. Kevin Knabjian
170 lbs.: Jamaine Facey vs. Willie Parks
205 lbs.: Rodney Wallace vs. Derrick Mehmen
265 lbs.: Darrill Schoonover vs. Paul Buentello
145 lbs.: Frank Gomez vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
265 lbs.: Deutsch Pu’u vs. Esteves Jones
185 lbs.: Lionel Lanham vs. Brad Peterson
Jadamba to defend lightweight title in Hong Kong at Legend FC 8
Hong Kong, March 15, 2012 (Thursday) — Legend Fighting Championship returns to Hong Kong for City of Dreams exclusively presents LEGEND 8, with Mongolian Jadamba making his first Legend lightweight title defense against challenger Nam Yui Chul of South Korea at the AsiaWorld-Expo on March 30.
Jadamba (1-0 Legend, 7-2 overall), who is ranked as one of the top 20 lightweight fighters in the world, won the Legend lightweight title with a split decision victory over Australia’s Adrian Pang at LEGEND 6 in October 2011 at the City of Dreams, Macau. In his first title defense, he will match his precision striking against Legend veteran and fan favorite Nam (1-1-1 Legend, 13-3-1 overall), the former Spirit MC welterweight champion who now fights as a lightweight.
AFC 2 Murilo Bustamante and Dave Menne clash in UFC 35 rematch
Two former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatants will face off once again in a rematch 10 years in the making as ex-middleweight champions Murilo Bustamante (14-8-1) and Dave Menne (45-16-2) collide after first going to war way back at UFC 35: "Throwdown" in January of 2002.
Bustamante stopped Menne by way of technical knockout in their first encounter.
The rematch is set for Amazon Forest Combat (AFC) 2, which goes down on March 31, 2012, LIVE from the Amadeu Teixeira Gymnasium in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
Sean McCorkle vs. Brian Heden headlines March's inaugural WMMA event
WMMA officials recently announced that McCorkle meets fellow super heavyweight Brian Heden (17-10) in the main event of the March 31 event, which takes place at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Featuring a host of notables, including Thomas Denny vs. Karo Parisyan, Lyle Beerbohm vs. Derrick Noble and Drew Fickett vs. Kevin Knabjian, among others, the main card of "WMMA 1: McCorkle vs. Heden" airs on pay-per-view and the Armed Forces Network.
"We are excited to offer this event through major pay-per-view partners and the Armed Forces Network," WMMA president William McFarlane stated. "Giving our fans the ability to view this landmark event while supporting Wounded Warriors is central to what WMMA is all about. With several former and active duty military on the fight card, we are extremely excited that AFN will broadcast our event live to over 175 military installations worldwide. We would like to thank each of our broadcast partners and look forward to continuing to provide world class programming to their viewers."
The complete WMMA 1 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (pay-per-view)
• Sean McCorkle vs. Brian Heden
• Thomas Denny vs. Karo Parisyan
• Lyle Beerbohm vs. Derrick Noble
• Drew Fickett vs. Kevin Knabjian
• Jamaine Facey vs. Willie Parks
• Rodney Wallace vs. Derrick Mehmen
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
•Darrill Schoonover vs. Paul Buentello
•Frank Gomez vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
•Deutsch Pu'u vs. Esteves Jones
•Lionel Lanham vs. Brad Peterson
Rumble’ Johnson To Debut At “Titan FC 22 “On May 25, Opponent To Be Announced Soon
Titan Fighting Championship has revealed that Titan Fighting 22 will take place Friday, May 25 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City and in an exclusive interview today with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” Anthony “Rumble” Johnson announced that he would headline the card.
“I’m back, and I’m fighting May 25 with Titan Fighting Championship, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to headline this event for all the fans in Kansas City and watching that night live on HDNet,” said Johnson. “I am so pumped to be fighting again, and I’m ready to take on whatever 185 pounder they put in front of me.”