Report: KSW 35 to feature Mamed Khalidov and Mariusz Pudzianowski
Following an impressive streak of shows last year that culminated in a KO victory for Mamed Khalidov to become the middleweight champion, KSW appears to have decided on the date for his first title defense.
According to KSW co-founder Maciej Kawulski, Khalidov will likely headline the KSW 35 show in May. Five-time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski will also be featured on the card, as will former middleweight champ Michal Materla.
RFA 36 set for March 4 with Barcelos vs. Vannata featherweight title headliner
RFA heads to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” for RFA 36 on March 4. The event will feature a featherweight title fight in the main event with Raoni Barcelos looking to defend his belt when he meets Landon Vannata.
As officials recently announced, RFA 36 takes place at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn. The main card airs live on AXS TV.
The RFA 36 card currently features:
Champ Raoni Barcelos vs. Landon Vannata – for featherweight title
Melvin Blumer vs. Shawn West
Chico Camus vs. Matt Brown
Victory FC 48 heads to Iowa on Feb. 19 with Jackson vs. Moreno title fight
Victory FC, which recently announced a new deal with UFC Fight Pass, has set a full lineup for its second event of the year.
Victory FC 48, which streams on the UFC’s digital streaming network, takes place Feb. 19 at Buccaneer Arena near Des Moines in Urbandale, Iowa.
The full Victory FC 48 lineup includes:
Jason Jackson vs. Victor Moreno – for vacant welterweight title
Cameron Olson vs. Jordan Young
Anthony Baccam vs. Kamuela Kirk
Rakim Cleveland vs. Jaquis Williams
Nate Endres vs. Bryce McKeever
Jeremiah Deever vs. Mike Estus
Chris Dunn vs. Justin Morrison
Tyrone Spong & Luke Barnatt Join BAMMA 24
#BAMMA24 #TeamIre #TeamEng #ThisIsNotATest
BAMMA is excited to announce that international Kickboxing & MMA sensation Tyrone 'King Of The Ring' Spong and UK MMA Standout Luke 'Bigslow' Barnatt will be joining BAMMA 24 as team captains for Team Ireland vs. Team England.
Former M-1 Challenge Heavyweight King Marcin Tybura Signs with UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has increased the depth of its heavyweight talent pool by signing former M-1 Challenge titlist Marcin Tybura to a multi-fight contract.
Tybura’s management announced the deal, and the fighter confirmed the news on his Facebook page. Exact terms of the contract were not disclosed, and the UFC has not officially announced the signing.
Cyborg puts on 19 pounds in six hours post weigh in
Mixed martial arts is slowly waking up to the dangers of extreme weight cutting. Cris Cyborg recently cited it as a reason she was not dropping to 135 for a potential superfight with Ronda Rousey or Holly Holm. Another reason to avoid extreme weight cutting is that it can end up with fights were the fighters are in different weight divisions.
And the entire point of weight divisions is that one fighter not unfairly and dangerously outweigh the other.
Cris Cyborg weighed in at Cris Cybrog 144.6 lbs on Friday for her fight Saturday night with Daria Ibragimova. By contrast, the Russian weighed in relatively far from the 145 championship limit, at 143.7 lbs, indicating she is not likely to put in a massive amount.
Six hours later, she weighed in at 163.8 lbs, as seen in this video from her friend Ray Elbe's Instagram. That is a difference of over 19 pounds, and pushes her up to the welterweight division.
Victory FC 47 features Josh Neer vs. Anthony Smith title fight for UFC Fight Pass debut
Victory FC is rolling out some familiar names for its upcoming debut on UFC Fight Pass.
The Midwest promotion, which has helped launched the careers of many big-show vets, is hosting Victory FC 47 on Jan. 29.
The event, which streams on the UFC’s digital network from Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., features a pair of title fights.
In the headliner, former UFC fighter/recent Bellator competitor Josh Neer (36-15-1) returns to Victory FC for a middleweight title fight against former Strikeforce/UFC fighter Anthony Smith (23-11) for the vacant belt.
A.J. Agazarm takes over Metamoris' Instagram account, alleging failure to pay
Eduardo de Lima black belt A.J. Agazarm used a planned 'takeover' of jiu-jitsu promoter Metamoris' Instagram account on Tuesday to instead chastise the organization and its promoter Ralek Gracie. Among a range of other complaints, Agazarm most notably claimed Metamoris has failed to pay him and other competitors for services rendered.
"For quite sometime you have been using my image, my likeness, and the likenesses of others to promote your business and the brand of Metamoris. You claim to represent the values that Jiu Jitsu stands for, but you have been hiding behind empty promises," Agazarm writes.
Champ 'Cyborg' Justino: 5 Invicta fights left, still hope of facing Ronda Rousey
For Invicta FC featherweight champ Cristiane Justino, the prospect of a fight with ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey still looms, though not as strongly as before.
With an immediate showdown nixed by Rousey’s knockout to Holly Holm, “Cyborg” is refocusing her efforts on her native promotion. A move to bantamweight, which she and her camp announced on two separate occasions, is no longer a priority.
Justino was scheduled to drop to 140 pounds for a catchweight bout with Cindy Dandois, but decided to go another direction before the bout was announced.
Invicta FC 15's Ediane Gomes opens GoFundMe account to help cover pre-fight medicals
Invicta FC featherweight Ediane Gomes said she’s no stranger to struggles, but the latest turns of her career have forced her to go hat in hand.
The veteran fighter opened a GoFundMe account to cover costs she needs to pay in order to be licensed for her next bout, a meeting with Amanda Bell (3-3) at Saturday’s Invicta FC 15, which takes place at The Hangar at OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
“I’ve fought in California once before, against Ronda Rousey,” Gomes (10-4) said in an interview with MMAjunkie. “That fight was on very short notice, and I spent an entire day doing medicals. I never forgot how I had to do all those medical tests while still cutting weight.
Justin Gaethje defends lightweight title against Brian Foster at WSOF 29 in March
Brian Foster earned an opportunity to fight for the lightweight title after winning the WSOF 25 one-night, eight-man tournament and now he knows the date that he’ll battle for the belt.
Foster (25-8) will face champion Justin Gaethje (15-0) in the main event of WSOF 29, according to a press release put out by the promotion.
WSOF 29 takes place March 12 at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Mike Ricci out of WSOF 27 main event, Luiz Firmino in against Caros Fodor
Mike Ricci can’t seem to catch a break. First, the lightweight was unable to continue on to the semifinals of the WSOF 25 one-night, eight-man tournament, being replaced by eventual winner Brian Foster. Now, he’s out of the WSOF 27 main event.
According to the official WSOF website, Ricci (11-4) re-injured his hip and had to pull out of his bout with fellow UFC veteran Caros Fodor (10-4). Stepping in for Ricci is Luiz Firmino (18-6).
The WSOF 27 lineup now includes:
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Teddy Holder
Luiz Firmino vs. Caros Fodor
Chauncey Foxworth vs. Jaleel Willis
Jorge Medina vs. Bryce Mitchell
Justin Hartley vs. Wade Johnson
Zach Underwood vs. Jason Williams
Wes Sharp vs. Alvin Williams
Click Debate: Why do so few people understand MMA's judging criteria?
While there was outrage on social media after UFC 195, the feeling at the FOX Sports 1 post-show desk seemed to be more of confusion Saturday night.
Robbie Lawler beat Carlos Condit in the main event by split decision. That's the fact. How two of the three Nevada judges came to that conclusion was under scrutiny.
The fight was determined by the third round. Condit pretty clearly won the first and fourth; Lawler took the second and fifth. Most people had Condit winning the third and that's where the puzzlement lied.
Brazilian MMA fighter shot, likely paralyzed after armed robbery
Henrique Alves de Aquino (1-1), a bantamweight from the Renovacao Fight Team, was shot Friday morning during an armed robbery in the northeast area of Rio de Janeiro. The MMA fighter, who also works as a bus driver, was shot when two teenagers tried to rob people at a bus stop.
According to RFT, Alves, a black belt in luta livre, was rushed to the Getulio Vargas hospital and will live, but will likely be paralyzed since the bullet hit his spine.
RFA 35 to feature trio of RFA vs. Showdown Fights matchups
RFA is looking to invade Utah with a trio of battles between its top stars and stars from the local Showdown Fights promotion at RFA 35.
The event, which was announced via press release, takes place Feb. 19 at UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. The main card airs on AXS TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Ben Askren moving to middleweight, believes all will eventually emulate new ONE weight program
ONE Championship wants all of their fighters to compete at their natural, walking weight. That's exactly what Ben Askren is going to be doing.
Askren, the current ONE welterweight champion, will be moving up to middleweight under the new ONE weight-cutting restrictions, he confirmed with MMA Fighting. The undefeated Askren, one of the best 170-pounders in the world, said he walks around at about 185 pounds and that's the exact weight he'll fight at.
Bibiano Fernandes not happy with new ONE Championship weigh-in program: ‘It has affected me’
Unbeaten in 10 fights since cutting down to 135 pounds, Bibiano Fernandes had to change a few things ahead of his fourth title defense at ONE Championship.
ONE Championship announced a new weigh-in program less than two weeks after the death of Yang Jian Bing, who passed away while cutting weight for a flyweight bout. The first fight card under the new program takes place Jan. 23 in China, and Fernandes will be defending his title against Kevin Belingon in the main event.
WSOF President Ray Sefo Says He Turned Down Fedor Emelianenko Fight at Rizin
Fedor Emelianenko almost had a different opponent at Rizin Fighting Federation’s New Year’s Eve event.
World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo, who owns a 2-2 MMA record and has extensive professional kickboxing experience, says that he was offered the fight against the Russian a little more than a month before the card. However, Sefo turned it down, citing a lack of time to prepare for a bout against “The Last Emperor.”
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