RFA 31: Smith vs. Marunde, featuring two title fights, set for Oct. 9 in Las Vegas
RFA is back with RFA 31, which features a pair of title bouts at the top of the card.
The event takes place Oct. 9 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The main card will air on AXS TV.
Gilbert Smith (11-4) will defend his RFA welterweight title against challenger Bristol Marunde (16-9) in the main event. The co-main event will see Zoila Frausto (12-4) face off with Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (5-1) for the vacant RFA strawweight title.
Chael Sonnen joins WSOF as color commentator
Retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen will join Todd Harris at the broadcast booth for this month’s “WSOF 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino” and other upcoming events, the promotion announced Tuesday.
Sonnen, no stranger to the promotion game, temporarily steps in for UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, who is unavailable for the Sept. 18 event due to his duties as an analyst for AXS TV.
WSOF 23 takes place at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The event’s main card, which features a rematch between reigning champ Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino, airs live on NBC Sports Network following prelims on MMAjunkie.com.
WSOF signs three notables, including UFC veteran Robbie Peralta
World Series of Fighting's roster continues to grow.
WSOF signed three fighters, including UFC veteran Robbie Peralta, to contracts Monday, executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com. Saul Almeida, best known as Jose Aldo's World Tour translator, and kickboxing star Cosmo Alexandre were the other athletes added...
Jadamba Narantungalag's featherweight title on line at ONE Championship 31
Nine fights are set for next month’s “ONE Championship 31: Odyssey of Champions” event, including a championship headliner.
Officials today announced featherweight champion Jadamba Narantungalag (10-3) will meet undefeated challenger Marat Gafurov (11-0) in the featured bout.
The latest ONE Championship 31 card includes:
Champ Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Marat Gafurov – for featherweight title
Herbert Burns vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
Leandro Ataides vs. Alexey Butorin
Jake Butler vs. Cristiano Kaminishi
Andrew Leone vs. Yusup Saadulaev
Vincent Latoel vs. Arnaud Lepont
Muin Gafurov vs. Casey Suire
Sunoto Peringkat vs. Mario Wirawan
Bashir Ahmad vs. Martin Nguyen
Clay Harvison vs. Jordan Rinaldi headlines Legacy FC 47 in Atlanta
The main card is set for October’s Legacy FC 47 event, which is just the second Georgia show in the Texas-based promotion’s history.
Legacy FC owner Mick Maynard today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.
The latest Legacy FC 47 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Clay Harvison vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Wesley Barnes vs. Dave Vitkay
C.J. Hamilton vs. Brantley Furr
Josh Blyden vs. Nick Sprayberry
Josh Millwood vs. Chazz Walton
Josh Eagans vs. Doug Usher
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m)
Amir Dadovic vs. Brad Taylor
Patrick Mandio vs. Devorious Tubbs
Kongo Bakatukanda vs. Brandon Webb
WSOF announces one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament for WSOF 25
WSOF is jumping on the one-night-tournament bandwagon with the announcement it will hold a one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament on Nov. 20 to crown a No. 1 contender for the promotion’s 155-pound championship.
The announcement for the event, which takes place in Seattle and air live on NBCSN, was made on Twitter.
According to MMAFighting, the field of eight includes Islam Mamedov (12-1), Mike Ricci (10-4), Joao Zeferino (18-6), Rich Patishnock (6-2), Jorge Patino (37-15-2), Brian Cobb (20-8), the winner of the WSOF 23 bout between LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7) and an additional two still-unnamed competitors. Seeding is not yet official.
RFA set to debut U.S.A. vs. Brazil fight kits
When the fighters at RFA 29 walk out to compete on Friday night on AXS TV, they'll be an unusual difference from normal RFA events. Not only is the theme of RFA 29 a slide toward nationalism with a 'U.S.A vs. Brazil' framing, but the organization is also requiring fighters to wear Adidas-made fight kits.
Mike Ricci signs with World Series of Fighting
Mike Ricci is headed to World Series of Fighting.
The former TUF 16 finalist has signed a new contract with the promotion, WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed with MMAFighting.com. His debut fight, which will be contested at lightweight, is expected to take place in November.
MMA fighter wins title while 12 weeks pregnant in Brazil
Kinberly Novaes was expected to make her RFA debut next week against Jocelyn Jones Lybarger, but won’t be able to step inside the cage.
The Brazilian strawweight had some trouble cutting weight as soon as she signed her bout agreement to fight on Aug. 21, and eventually found out that she’s six months pregnant. When she did the math, Novaes realized she fought and won a MMA fight in Brazil while pregnant. She’s having a boy.
NAC won't punish Mazzagatti for WSOF 22 refereeing
World Series of Fighting 22 on August 1st turned out to be one of the most controversial events of the year. The Diaz brothers were involved in a Royal Rumble style brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov's camp in the crowd and backstage, and the welterweight title fight between reigning champion Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields was marred with foul play.
All three participants, Rousimar Palhares, Jake Shields and referee Steven Mazzagatti were criticized for their conduct in the cage during the main event, but it was the Brazilian who received the most backlash.
WSOF 23 main card finalized with Jones vs. Valiev, Burley vs. Foster
WSOF has announced the final two bouts for the main card of WSOF 23.
Bantamweights Tito Jones (11-7) and Timur Valiev (9-1) will meet on the card as will lightweights LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7)
The latest WSOF 23 card now includes:
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – for lightweight title
Dave Branch vs. Teddy Holder – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Ben Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
Tito Jones vs. Timur Valiev
LaRue Burley vs. Brian Foster
Scott Coker agrees with fighters regarding the Ali Act in MMA: "I think it's a pretty good idea"
The never-ending conflict in mixed martial arts between management and labor, or should we say between promoters and fighters, has really come to the fore this year. Over the last few months an antitrust lawsuit, the new Reebok deal, and the USADA testing policy have sparked debates on fighter pay, lost sponsorship income, and lack of input from the athletes on the rules and regulations governing them. And this is in only in the UFC, never mind the number of complaints that one sees directed at other promotions. All of this has had led to discussions of possible solutions, including perhaps the most serious talk of a fighters association the sport has seen to date.