MFC's Mark Pavelich says he couldn't promote women's MMA
Canada's Maximum Fighting Championship has been in operation for 13 years, which is a great source of pride for promoter Mark Pavelich.
Part of that staying power, he said, is rooted in putting out a consistent product. In a time when the sport's biggest promotion is flirting with women's MMA and headliners of questionable importance, Pavelich said he's sticking to what he knows.
When it comes to women's MMA, that means staying out of the game.
XFC 21 set for Dec. 7 with Eric Reynolds vs. Nick Newell title fight
A fight between Eric Reynolds (16-5) and Nick Newell (8-0) for a vacant lightweight title will serve as the headliner of Xtreme Fighting Championships' next event.
"XFC 21: Night of Champions" takes place Dec. 7 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Tennessee.
The six-fight main card, including a Ryan Thomas (14-7) vs. Corey Hill (6-4) welterweight co-headliner, airs on AXS TV.
World Series of Fighting 1's four-fight main card, seven prelims set
The full WSOF 1 includes:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network)
-Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole
-Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman
-Marlon Moraes vs. Miguel Torres
-Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele
-Travis Bartlett vs. Tyrone Spong
-Brian Cobb vs. Ronys Torres
-Josh Burkman vs. Gerald Harris
-Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante vs. T.J. O'Brien
-Dave Branch vs. Dustin Jacoby
-Waylon Lowe vs. Fabio Mello
-Ramico Blackmon vs. Steve Carl
John Michael Sheil vs. Faycal Hucin joins Cage Warriors 49, John Phillips won't headline
After a hand injury cost him a shot at the belt, it's now cost him a headlining spot at this month's Cage Warriors 49 event.
Welsh fighter John Phillips (16-5) has been ruled out of the headliner of the event, which takes place in his home country, officials today announced.
However, a middleweight bout between John Michael Sheil (8-0) and Faycal Hucin (7-3) has joined the lineup.
Cage Warriors 49 takes place Oct. 27 at St David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales. The main card streams on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and Facebook carries the prelims.
MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com)
Bruno Carvalho vs. Cathal Pendred
Sheila Gaff vs. Rosi Sexton (for vacant women's flyweight title)
Greg Loughran vs. Tim Newman
Faycal Hucin vs. John Michael Sheil
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Kris Edwards vs. Mark Platts
Dino Gambatesa vs. Martin McDonough
Karl Harrison vs. Neil Seery
Merv Mulholland vs. Daniel Thomas
Lee Caers vs. Kevin Reed
Sam Gilbert vs. Brett Johns
Invicta FC Aims to Knock Out Domestic Violence
Invicta Fighting Championships has partnered with Kansas City-based Hope House, a non-profit shelter and service for victims of domestic violence, in order to provide both moral and financial aid for those who have suffered, and to support National Domestic Violence Awareness Month that is observed annually in October.
To kick off its “Knock Out Domestic Violence” campaign, Invicta FC has added to its online store a catalog of new Knock Out Domestic Violence and Invicta FC co-branded merchandise. All proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will be donated to Hope House.
Additionally, Invicta FC is calling on all fans to wear clothing bearing the color purple, a traditional symbol of strength and courage and the theme color for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, while attending its live event, Invicta FC 3, at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 6 or while watching the live, free-of-charge stream of the event...
Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman completes World Series of Fighting 1's main card
The NBC Sports Network-televised portion of World Series of Fighting's debut event is now complete.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the promotion that a light-heavyweight contest between Anthony Johnson (13-4) and D.J. Linderman (14-3) is the sixth and final contest planned for the broadcast.
The event takes place Nov. 3 at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
An 11-time UFC veteran, Johnson fights for the third time as a light heavyweight. The 6-foot-2 "Rumble" competed mostly as a welterweight during his time in the octagon but has since elected to compete at 205 pounds, where he's racked up a pair of knockout wins over Jake Rosholt and Esteves Jones in regional shows. He's 5-1 in his past six contests.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Linderman has been competing as a heavyweight in recent outings but will drop back down to 205 pounds for this contest. Currently 5-1 in his past six contests, Linderman has competed professionally since 2008 and has never lost a bout via stoppage. He currently stands as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship's heavyweight champion.
With Elaina Maxwell injured, Julia Budd vs. Danielle West completes Invicta FC 3 lineup
A concussion has forced Elaina Maxwell (7-4) to withdraw from Saturday's Invicta Fighting Championships 3 event.
In her place steps Danielle "The Honey Badger" West (4-3-1), who now meets four-time Strikeforce veteran Julia Budd (3-2) in a featherweight matchup that kicks off the night's main card.
Invicta FC takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The entire event streams free on InvictaFC.com...
Love of fighting leads ex-WWE star Dave Bautista to MMA debut
Dave Bautista spent the better part of a decade pretending to get punched in the face as a pro wrestler. Now that the 43-year-old heavyweight is less than a week away from his first chance to do it for real as a mixed martial arts fighter, he can hardly wait.
The question he keeps hearing over and over – the one he can't seem to supply a satisfactory answer to – is, why?
"I know some people have a hard time understanding it," said the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion, who's set to make his professional MMA debut in Providence, R.I., on Saturday (pay-per-view, $29.95). "I'm obviously never going to make the money that I made in the WWE, and it's not like I think I'm going to go become UFC champion."
So why do it? Why suffer through an eight-week training camp, which Bautista described as "by far the hardest thing" he's ever done, just to fight on the small circuit against an unknown opponent?
"I just want the experience," he said. "I don't have any ulterior motive. I just want to do it because I love it so much."
'ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings' card finalized, Honorio Banario title fight scratched
The full ONE FC 6 card includes:
-Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont
-Kotetsu Boku vs. Zorobabel Moreira - for inaugural lightweight title
-Leandro Issa vs. Soo Chul Kim - for inaugural bantamweight title
-Ryo Kawamura vs. Melvin Manhoef
-Jens Pulver vs. Yanfei Zhao - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Min Jung Song vs. Masakatsu Ueda - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Kevin Belingon vs. Yusup Saadulaev - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Bruce Loh vs. Gianni Subba
-Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole to headline World Series of Fighting 1
World Series of Fighting has a headliner for its debut event.
A heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovski (17-9) and Devin Cole (20-9-1) will serve as the main event of WSOF 1, officials today announced.
WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus.
"We are thrilled to welcome both Andrei and Devin to the World Series of Fighting roster and to have them headline our first live event," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo stated.
Women's MMA Report: Invicta FC set to crown first champion on Oct. 6 in Kansas City
In 12 days, Invicta Fighting Championships will crown its first champion when Jessica Penne faces off against Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama at Invicta FC 3 in Kansas City, Kan. The bout will be contested for the inaugural Invicta FC atomweight title at 105 pounds.
The women's bantamweight division has received a considerable amount of attention from fans and media in recent months due to the meteoric rise of Strikeforce champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey, but Invicta FC has opted to put the spotlight on the lighter weight classes for its third event in order to showcase the depth of talent that is available...
ONE FC 6 Fight Card: King Of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura And Yusup Saadulaev
The full line up for ONE FC 6 in Singapore has been released today, and among the very interesting additions to the rumored card we had earlier are a couple of quality signings made by the promotion.
ONE FC 6: Rise Of Kings
October 6, 2012 -- Singapore Indoor Stadium
- Zorobabel Moreira vs. Kotetsu Boku [Lightweight Championship]
- Honorio Banario vs. Bae Young Kwon [Featherweight Championship]
- Leandro Issa vs. Soo Chul Kim [Bantamweight Championship]
- Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont [Super-Fight]
- Melvin Manhoef vs. Ryo Kawamura
Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals:
- Masakatsu Ueda vs. Min Jung Song
- Jens Pulver vs. Zhao Ya Fei
- Kevin Belingon vs. Yusup Saadulaev
Free YouTube Prelims:
- Radeem Rahman vs. Gianni Subba
- Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
Zorobabel Moreira Faces Kotetsu Boku at One FC 6 for Promotion’s Inaugural Lightweight Title
According to sources close to the event, Zorobabel Moreira will square off against Kotetsu Boku for the promotion’s inaugural 155-pound belt at One FC 6 “Rise of Kings,” which takes place at Singapore Outdoor Stadium in Singapore. The card is also expected to include a lightweight bout between former Dream titlist Shinya Aoki and Frenchman Arnaud Lepont.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Moreira is unbeaten in three appearances under the One FC banner. The Singapore-based Brazilian debuted with the promotion last year, defeating “The Ultimate Fighter” veteran Andy Wang via TKO. “Zoro” continued his momentum through 2012, submitting Felipe Enomoto with an armbar on March 31 before knocking out Roger Huerta with a soccer kick at One FC 4 in June.
Tyrone Spong Signs Deal With World Series of Fighting
Sep 15, 2012 - Tyrone Spong, who for years has been one of the top 209-pound kickboxers in the world, has officially signed with the new World Series of Fighting organization.
He has signed a three-fight deal, and will debut on the promotion's first show on Nov. 3, according to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, who confirmed the news with WSOF's executive senior vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz.
Rebney explains contract matching in wake of Tyson Nam ordeal
Bellator chief Bjorn Rebney said his promotion was trying to give Tyson Nam an opportunity when it greenlighted a fight with bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas – despite having released the fighter two months prior.
Now that Nam has capitalized on that opportunity, Rebney said, Bellator wants its own opportunity to match other offers the fighter has received since his stunning KO of Dantas.
"If you have an agreement with someone, and ultimately you give them a great opportunity … when that agreement is over, you have the right to match,"
- You gonna cry Bjorn? Do I see a little bit of moisture forming in the corner of your eye?
Renzo Gracie Replaces Kurt Angle on World Series of Fighting Broadcast Team
Sep 11, 2012 - MMA veteran Renzo Gracie -- fresh off his crime fighting spree in New York City last week -- has been selected to replace pro wrestling star Kurt Angle on the World Series of Fighting broadcast team.
Steph Daniels of BloodyElbow.com first reported the news Monday night after speaking with WSOF president Ray Sefo.
"I'm confirming that Kurt won't be doing the commentary due to a conflict of interest with Viacom," Sefo stated. "I'm told it's just for now, until a few things are sorted out. Renzo Gracie will be replacing Kurt Angle on the commentary team."
TNA contract nixes Kurt Angle commentator job at World Series of Fighting 1
A contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling has forced Kurt Angle to give up a commentary job at the World Series of Fighting's inaugural event.
WSOF President Ray Sefo today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following a tweet from the Olympic gold medalist and pro wrestler.
"There's a conflict of interest, so he won't be able to do the (Nov.) 3 show," Sefo said, adding the split was amicable. A replacement has yet to be found.
Angle was among three personalities selected to call the action at the event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and airs live on NBC Sports Network. Original picks Bas Rutten and Michael Schiavello will remain on the team.
Legacy FC 16 takes shape with Banuelos-Benoit, Hobar-Peterson, Byrd-Leonhardt
Following the announcement of a headlining bout between Will Campuzano (10-4) and Jimmy Flick (5-0) for the organization's inaugural flyweight title, the fight card continues to take shape for Legacy Fighting Championship 16.
The event takes place Dec. 14 at Allen Events Center in Allen, Texas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
In the co-headliner, bantamweights Matt Hobar (5-1) and Steven Peterson (7-2) meet in a rematch.
Hobar won his first five pro fights, which included a pair of Shark Fights victories, before a loss (due to an arm injury) to Peterson at Legacy FC 13. He gets a shot at revenge when he again meets Peterson, a Bellator vet who's 2-0 under the LFC banner and 5-1 in his past six fights.
Also on the card, WEC and UFC vet Antonio Banuelos (20-8), who meets Josh Sampo this coming weekend at Legacy 14, has already been slated for his second LFC fight. He meets fast-rising Ryan Benoit (5-1), who's already posted LFC wins over Cody Williams and Randy Villarreal, in a 130-pound catchweight fight.