Jon Fitch signs with World Series of Fighting
In a widely anticipated move, onetime UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch (24-5-1) has inked a multi-deal with the upstart World Series of Fighting.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the news with a WSOF official following a report from MMAFighting.com.
Fitch is expected to make his promotional debut at WSOF 3, which takes place June 14 in Las Vegas. A venue has yet to be confirmed.
'WSOF 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson' lineup finalized, Villefort-McCray joins card
The lineup for this month's "World Series of Fighting 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson" event is complete with three new preliminary-card bouts.
The event takes place March 23 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The main card, including a heavyweight headliner between Andrei Arlovski (19-9) and Anthony Johnson (14-4), airs on NBC Sports Network.
Officials previously announced most of the card, but three prelim fighters now have opponents.
The full WSOF 2 card includes:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson
Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam
Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson
Dave Branch vs. Paulo Filho
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Gaethje
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
Kris McCray vs. Danillo Villefort
Igor Gracie vs. Richard Patishnock
Cameron Dollar vs. Waylon Lowe
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Chris Wade
Rick Glenn vs. Alexandre Pimentel
WSOF lightweight John Gunderson calls out Jacob Volkmann
Veteran lightweight John Gunderson (34-14-2) would like to welcome recent World Series of Fighting signee Jacob Volkmann (15-4) into the promotion's decagon.
"I just don't like the guy," Gunderson on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't like any of the s--- he says, and I don't like the style he fights. He's gotten on my nerves ever since I've seen him fight."
The UFC vet, whose WSOF debut was delayed by a neck injury, is back to training at upstart Las Vegas gym Syndicate MMA, where he works alongside UFC vets Mike Pyle, Vinny Magalhaes and others.
WSOF Interested in Jon Fitch
It didn't take long for Jon Fitch to gain the interest of other mixed martial arts promotions following his release from the UFC earlier this week.
Ali Abdel-Aziz, the vice president and matchmaker for World Series of Fighting, confirms to Bleacher Report that they have begun preliminary discussions to potentially bring Fitch to the up-and-coming promotion in 2013.
While no formal offer has been made, Abdel-Aziz says that they have talked to Fitch's management team since his release and are interested in the services of the former UFC welterweight contender.
Jens Pulver in bantamweight semifinals at 'ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions'
ONE FC's world bantamweight grand prix will hold its semifinals in April at "ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions," officials today announced.
The matchups include Jens Pulver (27-17-1) vs. Masakatsu Ueda (16-2-2) and Kevin Belingon (10-2) vs. Thanh Vu (3-1).
"ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions" takes place April 5 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Star Sports broadcasts the event in Asia, and its available elsewhere via online pay-per-view ($9.99)...
Jim Alers vs. Joni Salovaara title fight headlines Cage Warriors 53
With Conor McGregor vacating his two titles to join the UFC, Cage Warriors will crown a new featherweight champion on April 13.
Jim Alers (9-1) and Joni Salovaara (12-5) will fight for the vacant belt in the headliner of Cage Warriors 53, officials today announced.
Cage Warriors 53 takes place at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following prelims on Facebook.
'RFA 7: Thatch vs. Silva' set for March 22 with Njokuani, Pettis, NFL vet Veal
The main card is set for RFA Fighting's next event as "RFA 7: Thatch vs. Silva" takes place March 22 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo.
Following the announcement of an extended broadcast deal, RFA 7 airs live on AXS TV.
The latest RFA 7 card includes:
Leandro "Bata" Silva vs. Brandon Thatch
Jeremy Kimball vs. Chidi Njokuani
Matt Manzanares vs. Sergio Pettis
Mirsad Bektic vs. Nick Macias
Alex Huddleston vs. Leandro Veal
Cris "Cyborg" Justino signs with Invicta
Cris "Cyborg" Justino, the former Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion who was just released this week by the UFC, has signed with the Invicta Fighting Championships and will debut on their next show on April 5.
Cyborg (10-1, 1 no-contest) hasn't fought since her Dec. 17, 2011 title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka, which she originally won via TKO in just 16 seconds. That win was overturned when the muscular Brazilian tested positive for the veterinary steroid Stanozolol.
Cyborg's manager, Tito Ortiz, made the official announcement Friday night at a press conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. Ortiz unveiled a poster for the Invicta show, which listed Cyborg as facing Ediane Gomes (10-2), a Brazilian who now lives in Coconut Creek, Fla. At the press conference, neither Ortiz nor Cyborg ever mentioned Gomes' name. The poster stated "live on pay-per-view" at the bottom, although neither Ortiz, nor Invicta in its release, made any mention of pay-per-view.
Zoila Frausto Gurgel Signs Multi-Fight Deal With Invicta FC
Flyweight (125 pounds) superstar Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-2) of Cincinnati, Ohio has signed a multi-fight contract with Invicta Fighting Championships and will make her debut for the women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion at its next event on an April date to be announced soon.
Frausto Gurgel will square off with submission expert Jennifer Maia (6-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil.
“We are thrilled to welcome Zoila, an established superstar in the sport, to the Invicta FC roster and are looking forward! to seeing her compete in our rapidly growing flyweight division,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “Zoila has turned in a number of thrilling performances while rising through the ranks of fighters over the last few years, and we are confident that she will help raise the bar of competition even further in the Invicta FC cage.”
Robert Drysdale vs. D.J. Linderman added to April's Legacy FC 19 event in Texas
A light heavyweight matchup between submission ace Robert Drysdale (5-0) and multi-division contender D.J. Linderman (13-4) will serve as the co-main event of April's Legacy FC 19 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the new bout with promotion officials.
Additionally, Rey Trujillo (13-10) steps in for an injured Junior Assuncao and will now face Chris Jones (7-1) in a featherweight matchup. Assuncao is expected to be booked for a future Legacy FC event.
Featuring champion Will Campuzano vs. Alan Nascimento for the promotion's flyweight title, Legacy FC 19 takes place April 12 at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
Cage Warriors 54 adds Taylor-Phillips 185 title fight; McGregor defends 155 belt
A pair of titles will be on the line in May at Cage Warriors 54.
Middleweight champion Jesse Taylor (24-9) will put his belt up against John Phillips (16-5), and two-division champ Conor McGregor will defend his lightweight title against an opponent to be named.
Cage Warriors 54 takes place May 4 at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Broadcast plans for the event are expected to be finalized soon.
Zoila Gurgel signs multi-fight deal with Invicta FC for April debut
Zoila Gurgel (12-2) apparently is moving on from Bellator.
The 115-pound women's champ recently signed a multi-fight agreement with Invicta FC, sources close to the event confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Gurgel will face a to-be-announced opponent at the all-female promotion's fifth event, which takes place April 6. Though a venue and location have not been announced, and prevoius reports indicated the promotion's hope to expand its horizons, potentially for an event in California, the plan is for Invicta FC 5 to take place in Kansas City, Mo.
Bellator and Invicta officials could not be reached Monday evening for comment on the move. Gurgel most recently competed at flyweight for the tournament-based promotion at Bellator 83, where she was choked unconscious in 58 seconds by Jessica Eye.
ONE FC 8 set for April 5; Kotetsu Boku defends lightweight title vs. Shinya Aoki
Following this past Saturday's event in Malaysia, ONE FC will return to Singapore in April for a lightweight title fight.
"ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions" will take place April 5 at Singapore Indoor Stadium and will be headlined by a 155-pound title fight between champion Kotetsu Boku (20-7-2) and Shinya Aoki (32-6).
ONE FC officials recently announced the card and headlining fight, which will be broadcast on Star Sports in Asia. Elsewhere, the main card is available as an online pay-per-view ($9.99) following free prelims at onefc.tv.
WSOF 2 takes shape with Branch-Filho, Burkman-LaFlare, Cavalcante-Gaethje
World Series of Fighting's second event is starting to take shape a day after the announcement of an extended TV deal with NBC Sports Network.
Several new fights for the card have been revealed by participants and by promotion officials.
WSOF 2 will take place March 23 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., with a heavyweight headliner between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (19-9) and former welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight Anthony Johnson (14-4). In addition, the promotion's first bantamweight title will be on the line as Marlon Moraes takes on Tyson Nam.
New fights for the card include David Branch (11-3) vs. Paulo Filho (23-4), Josh Burkman (24-9) vs. Ryan LaFlare (7-0), Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (17-6) vs. Justin Gaethje (7-0) and Igor Gracie (5-3) against an as-yet unnamed opponent.
Why Top MMA News Says: ‘The Score Is No More’
This past week, Top MMA News broke the very unfortunate news that one of Canada’s top MMA promotions was closing their doors – The Score Fighting Series was ceasing operations. If you missed the news, you can read it HERE.
As expected, the news spread rapidly and was met with dismay by the Canadian MMA community. Losing a show of this caliber negatively affects fans, fighters, venues, the promotion’s staff, gyms, the entire sport of MMA. Hell, losing a promotion that was a pipeline for great Canadian fighters in great Canadian markets even negatively impacts the UFC. Jesse Ronson and Josh Hill would not be on the UFC’s radar, if it was not for the Score putting on events.
The following day, The Score issued a press release to refute the Top MMA News story. You can read it HERE. It basically said that The Score or the Trustee released some individuals, but no decision was made on Score Fighting Inc. Immediately, fans held their breath and crossed their fingers hoping it was true and web sites that copied our previous story, quickly removed their version and instead stated that the Score was alive and kicking because no decision had been made.
Well, sadly, that is not true. The Score Fighting Series is no more.
MARLON MORAES VS. TYSON NAM SLATED FOR WSOF 2 ON MARCH 23
A long-expected bantamweight bout between Marlon Moraes (9-4-1) and Tyson Nam (12-4) finally has a date: March 23.
The 135-pounders will meet at World Series of Fighting's sophomore show. Sources close to the event, WSOF 2, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have been signed.
The Las Vegas-based promotion hasn't made a formal announcement about the event or a location. The organization's debut show took place in Las Vegas back in November and aired on NBC Sports Network.
The organization initially planned to host its second event this past month, but the date ultimately was pushed back.