Signal to Noise: UFC on FUEL TV 9, Invicta 5's best and worst
In the UFC's return to Stockholm, Sweden, and Invicta's fifth event of its existence, there was much to love and plenty to hate. As far as the UFC is concerned, losing their main event wasn't fortuitous. Their hectoring of fans who felt the card wasn't worth their time is also regrettable. Yet, plenty of fighters put on sensational performances, an Irish featherweight made an incredible UFC debut and the Swedish crowd showed up in support.
Invicta had a banner event as well. Known fighters returned with sensational performances, a new champion was crowned and a controversial figure returned to dominance.
It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise...
Jessamyn Duke appeals controversial Invicta FC 5 KO loss to Miriam Nakamoto
Jessamyn Duke thought at the time she might be getting the short end of the stick, but she wasn't quite sure.
Immediately after eating a second knee from Miriam Nakamoto (2-0) at Friday's Invicta FC 5 event, Duke (2-1) thought there was a good chance she was grounded, making the knee illegal.
But with veteran referee John McCarthy running the action, she also second-guessed herself in the heat of the moment. It wasn't until later, in the back after the knockout loss, that she and her team were sure they had a pretty good reason to be upset at how things went down...
ONE FC 8 weigh-in results: Champ Boku, challenger Aoki official
-Champ Kotetsu Boku (70 kg/154 lbs.) vs Shinya Aoki (70.1 kg/155 lbs.) *for ONE FC 7 lineup
-Brock Larson (83.9 kg/185 lbs.) vs Melvin Manhoef (83.9 kg/185 lbs.)
-Jens Pulver (60.9 kg/134 lbs.) vs Masakatsu Ueda (61 kg/135 lbs.)
-Thanh Vu (61 kg/135 lbs.) vs Kevin Belingon (61.1 kg/135 lbs.)
-Arnaud Lepont (69.9 kg/154 lbs.) vs Eddie Ng (69.9 kg/154 lbs.)
-Yusup Saddulaev (61.1 kg/135 lbs.) vs Leandro Issa (61.1 kg/135 lbs.)
-Rene Catalan (56.1 kg/124 lbs.) vs Alex Silva (56.5 kg/125 lbs.)
-Bashir Ahmad (65.7 kg/145 lbs.) vs Shannon Wiratchai (65.8 kg/145 lbs.)
-Swain Cangco (92 kg/203 lbs.) vs Jake Butler (92.9 kg/205 lbs.)
-Chen Yun Ting (56.3 kg/124 lbs.) vs Ronald Low (56.4 kg/124 lbs.)
One FC Snaps Up UFC Vet Kamal Shalorus
UFC and WEC veteran Kamal Shalorus is headed to the Philippines to fight for One FC.
Shalorus recently posted his signing to One FC on his Facebook page. MMAWeekly.com sources have since confirmed that Shalorus is expected to fight Eduard Folayang at One FC 9 on May 31 at SM Mall of Asia in Bay City near Manila.
Shalorus (7-3-2) left the UFC on a three-fight skid after having gone 3-0-1 in the WEC. He counted Bart Palaszewski among his WEC wins, but could never get off the ground in the Octagon...
B.C.’s Budd to face Estes at Invicta FC 5
Canadian kickboxer Julia (The Jewel) Budd has another new opponent for next week’s Invicta FC 5, and hopefully this one will stick. The Port Moody, B.C., native take on Mollie Estes at the event in what will be her third appearance in the all-female MMA promotion.
Budd (4-2) was originally supposed to face Ediane Gomes (1-1) at the event, which takes place April 5 at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City. That was before Invicta signed former Strikeforce champion Cristiane (Cyborg) Santos and decided to match her versus Gomes.
Budd was then paired against Fiona Muxlow; however, Gomes was injured and again Budd’s opponent was pulled in order to face Santos.
Estes, meanwhile was originally on the card against Veronica Rothenhausler, but the latter had to withdraw with an injury.
The 29-year-old Budd, a protégé of former MMA star Lance Gibson and known for her phenomenal conditioning, will be seeking her third straight win, all with Invicta, since a 39-second loss to Ronda Rousey in Strikeforce, in which her elbow was dislocated. Her last two wins came by first-round TKO — both by way of punches and elbow strikes — over Elina Nilsson and Danielle West.