Gilbert Yvel is ready for his light-heavyweight debut tonight
Over the course of Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel's nearly 15-year professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career, he has plied his trade all over the world, in just about every premier organization, against some of the greatest and biggest fighters in MMA history. Yvel has 54 fights to his credit and is a veteran fighter of the UFC, PRIDE, Affliction, M-1, and K-1. What is even more impressive is that Yvel has won two-thirds of his bouts despite competing throughout his career as an undersized heavyweight.
In a weight class that has a weight limit of 265-pounds or in some cases, no weight limit at all, Yvel has usually tipped the scales around 240-pounds against much larger men. This situation, sometimes leads fighters in his predicament to pack on unnecessary weight in an attempt to help close the weight difference between themself and their much bigger opponents. This decision, however, usually slows down the naturally smaller heavyweights and takes away from their cardio, so Yvel decided to take a much more drastic and effective approach by dropping down to the light-heavyweight (205-pound) weight division.
BAMMA 8: Manuwa vs. Rea – ‘Quick Results’
The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts held their latest event with BAMMA 8 on Saturday, Dec. 10, from the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
The main card was supposed to have aired live in North America on HDNet on Saturday afternoon, but issues with the broadcast forced the network to cancel the live telecast.
The event included the appearance of former TUF 9 finalist Andre Winner as he earned a solid unanimous decision over Diego Gonzalez. While Bellator Season Four welterweight tournament fighter Jim ‘Judo’ Wallhead ended his night with a quick first round TKO victory against Joey Villasenor in just 48-seconds
Bruno Carvalho Signs With Maximum Fighting, Faces Dhiego Lima In Debut At MFC 32
Carvalho charts course to meet Lima at MFC 32
Welterweight showdown completes lineup for Bitter Rivals main card
Press Release – The Maximum Fighting Championship’s arduous search for a fitting opponent to take on Dhiego “Maluco” Lima at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals has come to fruition.
Stepping up to battle the undefeated welterweight prospect Lima (6-0) is judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Bruno “BC” Carvalho, who has signed a multi-fight deal with the MFC. Carvalho (13-5), who was born in Brazil and now splits his home base between Sweden and the United States, has won eight of his last nine fights, and will be Lima’s toughest test to date when they square-off on main card of the HDNet Fights broadcast emanating live from the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, January 27
Ortiz Replaces Top Flyweight McCall, Faces Rave at Friday’s TPF 11
Josh Rave has a new opponent for Tachi Palace Fights 11, as Dustin Ortiz will step in for injured promotional flyweight champion Ian McCall on Friday’s card.
Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau informed Sherdog.com of the change via text message on Monday afternoon. The bout will take place at 126 pounds.
Ortiz (Pictured), a Nashville MMA product, suffered the first loss of his professional career in a unanimous decision to McCall at TPF 9 in May. Prior to that setback, the two-time Strikeforce veteran was unbeaten in seven contests, with all of his victories coming via technical knockout or submission.
Champ McCall out at Tachi Palace Fights 11; Emerson replaced by Washington
Tachi Palace Fights' 11th installment is currently titled "Redemption," but company brass might consider "Late Replacement" as a more apt moniker.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Tachi Palace Fights 11 flyweight champ Ian McCall (11-2) has been forced to withdraw from his championship bout with Josh Rave (18-8), who now awaits word on a replacement opponent.
Additionally, "The Ultimate Fighter 5" vet Rob Emerson (11-10) has been forced to withdraw from a planned contest with Savant Young (9-8), who now faces Robert "The Beast" Washington (11-4).
"Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption" takes place Dec. 2 at Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, Calif.
XFC announces 10-bout lineup for December's "XFC 15: Tribute" on HDNet
Featuring a headliner of lightweights Eric Reynolds (13-5) vs. Jonatas Novaes (9-3) and a female co-feature of Felice Herrig (5-3) vs. Bellator vet Carla Esparza (5-2), "XFC 15: Tribute" takes place at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
The complete XFC 15 card currently includes:
MAIN CARD (HDNet)
Jonatas Novaes vs. Eric Reynolds
Carla Esparza vs. Felice Herrig
Denis Hernandez vs. Nick Newell
Corey Hill vs. Charlie Rader
Imani Lee vs. Brandon Sayles
John Kolosci vs. Ryan Thomas
Shah Bobonis vs. TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
Johnny Cardona vs. Bruce Lutchmedial
Alex Poulsen vs. TBA
Phil Daru vs. Socrates Pierre
BAMMA 8 final fight card set for December 10th in United Kingdom
Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce the final fight card for its Nottingham event taking place at the Capital FM Arena on 10th December.
Bamma 8 boasts a stunning card that showcases some of the cream of UK fight talent, including a spectrum of fighters hailing from Nottingham’s world renowned and legendary fight camp, The Rough House.
Legacy Fighting Championships 9 fight card set for December 16th on HDNet
Houston, TX. – November 22, 2011 – Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Legacy Fighting Championship, returns to the Houston Arena Theater on December 16 with Legacy Fighting Championship 9. The stacked fight card includes a main event welterweight title bout between Strikeforce veteran’s Mike “The Greek” Bronzoulis and Jorge “Macaco” Patino and a co-main pitting England’s Paul Kelly against Houston Police Officer and Legacy FC veteran Jeff Rexroad. With 11 fights scheduled, there will be no shortage of action for fight fans in attendance or those watching live on HDNet.
MFC 3 Wilson Gouveia eager for comeback battle with Dwayne Lewis
Despite more than a year away from action, it took Wilson Gouveia nothing more than a quick instant to agree to face his upcoming opponent at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals.
With a wholly healed body and a fighting spirit back intact, Gouveia eagerly accepted the challenge of taking on heavy-handed Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis. There wasn’t a moment’s hesitation, not a pause to ponder things over, and absolutely not one bit of doubt in his response
HDNet and BAMMA ink multi-year television deal
DALLAS (November 14, 2011) As announced earlier tonight on HDNet’s live broadcast of "Inside MMA", the network has signed a new agreement with Europe’s largest and most prominent Mixed Martial Arts Promotion, BAMMA.
This multi-year deal, negotiated by BAMMA distributor Content Television, will kick off on Saturday, December 10 with LIVE coverage of "BAMMA 8" from The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
"BAMMA puts on the best MMA shows in Europe and HDNet broadcasts the best fights from around the globe," said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. "It was the perfect fit. I had to get this deal done!"
Josh Rave steps into TPF 11 headliner with flyweight champ Ian McCall
Tachi Palace Fights champion and No. 1 flyweight Ian McCall (11-2 MMA, 3-0 TPF) has a new opponent.
Stepping in as an injury replacement for Will Campuzano (9-4 MMA, 0-0 TPF) is Josh Rave (18-8 MMA, 0-0 TPF), Tachi officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
They headline "Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption," which takes place Dec. 2 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Rave, who's competed with organizations such as M-1 Challenge and EliteXC, is on a 3-1 run since an April 2010 loss to now-Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky. Twelve of the Nebraskan's 18 wins have come via stoppage (eight via submission).
Bobby Lashley now meets Mark Martinez in Shark Fights 21 headliner
Let's try this again. Again.
Mark Martinez (4-1) has stepped up to headline Shark Fights 21 opposite Bobby Lashley (6-1) in a bout for the promotion's heavyweight title.
Shark Fights CEO Bud Brutsman today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), saying, "As a Shark Fights veteran, we're happy that Mark is getting a shot at the title."
Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.
Shark Fights 21's Bobby Lashley without opponent as Dave Huckaba scratches
The heavyweight is again without an opponent at Shark Fights 21 after his scheduled opponent, Dave Huckaba (16-4), withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Sources close to the event today confirmed the change with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.
Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida slated for BAMMA 9 in February
Nate Marquardt's BAMMA debut will wait for now.
Once targeted to meet Paul Daley (29-11-2) at the upcoming BAMMA 8 event, Marquardt (31-10-2), a onetime UFC middleweight title challenger, will now headline BAMMA 9 opposite UFC vet Yoshiyuki Yoshida (13-6).
Promotion officials today announced that BAMMA 9 is set for Feb. 11 at LG Arena in Birmingham, England, which is the site of this weekend's UFC 138 event.
"Although we had planned for Nate's first fight to be in December, we believe it is worth waiting a further eight weeks for such a great matchup," BAMMA CEO David Green stated.
Marquardt's debut marks his first outing since his release from the UFC, which came after he was not medically cleared by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission in advance of his UFC on Versus 4 headliner with Rick Story. It was later revealed that Marquardt's use of prescribed testosterone caused him to come in above the commission's acceptable levels of the hormone, which nixed his participation in the event. UFC president Dana White immediately released him from his contract.
Illinois commission reverses decision, clears Andreas Kraniotakes for ProElite 2
Andreas Kraniotakes (12-4) will fight in next month's ProElite 2 headliner against Tim Sylvia (29-7), after all.
Hours after MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) passed along news that the Illinois State Professional Athletic Commission denied the heavyweight's participation because of a lack of sanctioned fights, the decision has been reversed.
HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon first tweeted the news, though MMAjunkie.com currently awaits confirmation from commission officials.
ProElite 2 takes place Nov. 5 at iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The main card airs on HDNet.
Jay Silva replaces injured Elvis Mutapcic in SCC 3 middleweight title fight
Jay Silva (7-4) has replaced injured Elvis Mutapcic (9-2) in a Super Cage Combat 3 middleweight title fight with Bristol Marunde (14-6).
Sources close to the event today confirmed the change with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said Mutapcic suffered a knee injury.
SCC 3 takes place Nov. 4 event at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena.
The evening's full lineup includes:
John Alessio vs. Luiz Firmino
Bristol Marunde vs. Jay Silva (for first-ever SCC middleweight title)
James McSweeney vs. Emanuel Newton
Steve Lopez vs. William Sriyapai
Shane Nelson vs. Lance Wipf
Dave Terrel vs. Phil Dace
Cameron Diffley vs. Sidney Silva
Shawn Fitzsimmons vs. Blas Avena
Kui Gonsalves vs. Shorty Weikel
ONE FC Unveils Network; 'Very Close' to Deal With DREAM
As reported here earlier, ONE FC has partnerships with a few top promotions around Asia such as the URCC, Road FC, and DARE. Today, the promotion officially announced these deals in addition to a partnership with an Australian MMA promotion. From the press release:
ONE Fighting Championship™ has formed exclusive partnerships with the following organizations:
-Cage Fighting Championship (Australia)
-ROAD Fighting Championship (Korea)
-DARE Fightsports (Thailand)
They also announced partnerships with several of the top MMA camps in the region: Team Lakay Wushu (Philippines), Tiger Muay Thai (Thailand), Tigers Gym (India), Evolve MMA (Singapore), Legacy Gym (Thailand), Tough MMA (Taiwan), Synergy Jiu-Jitsu (Indonesia), Juggernaut FC (Singapore), Fightworks Asia (Singapore), PAK MMA (Pakistan), Team Force (Korea), MuayFit (Malaysia), Leverage MMA (Malaysia).
Aside from that laundry list of camps and promotions, the release also had this interesting statement from their CEO, Victor Cui, "Given our current discussions with various parties, we will be announcing another 23 additional MMA organizations and gyms to the ONE FC Network in the coming days and weeks."
BloodyElbow.com has been informed that among those deals in the works, is a partnership with Japanese promotion, DREAM. A high ranking official from the promotion has told us that ONE FC is currently in discussions with a few organizations from Japan, and that the deal with DREAM is 'very close' to being finalized.
Eric Reynolds vs. Jonatas Novaes headlines HDNet's XFC 15 on Dec. 2
Xtreme Fighting Championships has tapped a headliner for its next event.
"XFC 15: Tribute" takes place Dec. 2 at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., and the headliner features lightweights Eric Reynolds (13-5) vs. Jonatas Novaes (9-3), officials recently announced.
The night's main card airs live on HDNet.
"I’m really excited for the big lightweight showdown in Tampa," XFC president John Prisco stated. "This could be the fight of the night, or it could be a very quick fight with a memorable finish. Either way the fans are going to be treated to an exciting main event."