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.
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Rutten, Schiavello and Angle tapped for WSOF 1's NBC Sports broadcast team
Company officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that MMA legend Bas Rutten, veteran combat-sports broadcaster Michael Schiavello, and Olympic gold medalist/pro wrestler Kurt Angle have been selected for the broadcast team.
WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 and airs live on NBC Sports Network.
The event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, features former WEC champion and recent UFC competitor Miguel Torres in the headliner against an undetermined opponent. Big-show vets Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris, Bobby Lashley, Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, John Gunderson and others have already been announced for the still-developing card.
Rosi Sexton vs. Sheila Gaff title fight official for Cage Warriors 49 in Wales
The conclusion to Cage Warriors' four-woman flyweight tournament now has a date.
Officials have announced that finalists Rosi Sexton (13-2) and Sheila Gaff (10-4-1) will meet at Cage Warriors 49 on Oct. 27, and the winner earns the organization's vacant title.
Cage Warriors 49 takes place at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales, and the main card streams live and free on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Lorenzo Borgomeo vs. Eric Reynolds tapped new XFC 20 main event
This month's Xtreme Fighting Championships 20 event has a new headliner.
Danny Salinas (10-4) is out with a bicep tear, and Blackzilian team member Lorenzo Borgomeo (9-4) has stepped in as a replacement to take on fellow lightweight Eric Reynolds (15-5).
Officials recently announced the change to the card, which takes place Sept. 28 at Tennessee's Knoxville Civic Auditorium.
Jorge Patino injured, Lucas Pimenta steps in to next week's Legacy FC 14 title fight
Welterweight champion Jorge "Macaco" Patino (27-13-1) has injured his knee, and Lucas Pimenta (8-0) has taken his spot in next week's Legacy Fighting Championship 14 headliner.
He now meets Jeff Rexroad (5-1) for an interim title.
Legacy FC promoter Mick Maynard confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) overnight. According to Maynard, Patino tore his torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). A time table for his return isn't known.
Legacy FC 14 takes place Sept. 14 at Houston's Arena Theater, and the main card airs on AXS TV (formerly HDNet).
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Gilbert Yvel vs. Marcio Cruz
Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero
Fredson Paixao vs. Alessandro Ferreira
Toby Imada vs. James Krause
Chidi Njokuani vs. Phil Dace
Dakota Cochrane vs. Derrick Burnsed
Sergio Pettis vs. Jimmy Jones
Bubba Jenkins vs. Jimmy Spicuzza
Lance Palmer vs. Nick Macias
Chris Holdsworth vs. Tyler Shinn
Steve Mocco vs. Carl Postma
Gregor Gillespie vs. Joey Angelo
Derek Bohi vs. Tyler Perry
Cory Galloway vs. Jerry Shapiro
Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren says he'll retire before he's mastered MMA
Of all the current Bellator champions, welterweight Ben Askren might be the least perturbed about the long layoffs typical for the promotion's beltholders. They give him a chance to get better.
"When I won a Bellator tournament, I was only a year and four months into my fighting career, maybe," Askren last week told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "My outlook was, OK, now I get all this time to actually get good at this."
Askren (10-0 MMA, 7-0 BFC), who is expected in January to defend his title against Karl Amoussou (16-4-2 MMA, 4-1 BFC), isn't selling anybody on the notion that he's a complete fighter. And he won't even come close to being one by the time he retires from MMA...
MMA World Cup 2017
Having been branded as “human cock fighting” by former Whitehouse hopeful John McCain, mixed martial arts is set to join mainstream sports by having its very own world cup.
The competition will happen in 2017 and will fittingly take place at the home of the gladiators in Rome.
“Considering the history of Rome, and the Coliseum, it is the perfect environment for the first mixed martial arts world cup. It gives marquee values and it is the right tribute to history,” said World Cup Mixed Martial Arts (WCMMA) Executive Director, Edward Catucci...
A watered down version of mma?
What do you guys think?
Five Fighters Who Had Career Changing Wins at ONE FC: 'Pride of a Nation'
The New York Badass put his money where his mouth is by blowing away Rodrigo Ribeiro in less than a minute and then celebrating in style (see above!) The win improves his overall record to 15-15 and he is 1-1 for ONE FC, 2-2 since getting cut from the UFC and 5-5 in his last 10 fights, which adds a certain sense of symmetry.
Ribeiro was 9-8 going into the fight and is a third degree BJJ black belt and a veteran of the Brazilian scene. He is no pushover and went the full three rounds with Rustam Khabilov (who just signed with the UFC) in his last fight but Baroni blew him away in a first round frenzy.
This was one of the most impressive performances of Baroni's career and was reminiscent of his famous UFC win over Dave Menne. He is back in the mix in the ONE FC welterweight division and next time he fights it is likely to be on the main card with Fabricio Monteiro and Gregor Gracie two potential opponents.
Will Campuzano vs. Jimmy Flick flyweight title fight added to Legacy FC 16
Will Campuzano (10-4) and Jimmy Flick (5-0) will give it another try.
After their initial fight was scratched, the 125-pounders have been rebooked for Legacy Fighting Championship 16, where they'll fight for the organization's inaugural flyweight title.
The event takes place Dec. 14 at Allen Events Center in Allen, Texas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
ONE FC eliminates 'open-attack' rule, adopts full PRIDE rules for soccer kicks
ONE Fighting Championship has eliminated its "open-attack" rule for soccer kicks, officials today announced.
The decision came a few days after the often-confusing rule resulted in an Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia heavyweight contest being declared a no-contest this past weekend at ONE FC 5.
Instead, soccer kicks are now legal at all times, and the referee no longer has to distinguish when they're an option.
"Effective immediately, ONE FC has adopted full PRIDE rules for soccer kicks," the organization announced via Twitter.
The organization's next event, "ONE FC 6: Rise of the Kings," will be the first to feature the rules change. The event takes place Oct. 6 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, and it's again expected to be available as an online pay-per-view.
Ex-WEC champ Miguel Torres signs with World Series of Fighting for Nov. 2 fight
Former WEC champion and recent UFC competitor Miguel Torres (40-5) has signed with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion.
Officials announced the signing via Twitter following an initial report from MMAFighting.com.
Torres will debut at the organization's Nov. 3 event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. An opponent hasn't been determined.
Although not officially announced, the debut show is expected to air nationally on NBC Sports (formerly Versus). Officials will announce many event details during a Thursday press conference in Las Vegas...
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp taking road less traveled to build women's MMA
In Shannon Knapp's estimation, women's MMA isn't quite as bad off as some critics would lead us to believe.
And she's going to go about doing what she can to push the women's side of the game forward, developing fighters and changing attitudes until people can only vaguely remember a time when depth was an issue.
Knapp, the president of Invicta Fighting Championship, differs slightly from UFC President Dana White, who long has maintained there isn't enough depth in women's MMA.
"Depth, by definition, is there," Knapp recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "There are tons of girls out there that want to fight. But the truth of the matter is, when you get into that upper echelon, to that top tier, it's pretty thin."
And that may fall in line a little more with what White has been outspoken about – that it's hard to imagine, in the current landscape, women's MMA in the UFC because the weight classes aren't stacked enough to make for regular UFC-quality fights...
Prospect Bruno Carvalho plans fights at featherweight, lightweight in hopes of UFC bid
On a push toward the UFC's octagon, Brazilian striking specialist Bruno Carvalho is diversifying weight classes to make himself more appealing.
Carvalho on Saturday makes his featherweight debut against Maicon Bastos, and he hopes to use the result to springboard onto the international scene. Once there, he promises to be a model UFC employee.
"My greatest dream is to fight in the UFC," Carvalho told MMAjunkie.com. "If I join that organization and they tell me to fight 10 times in a year, I would love that."
World Series of Fighting to Debut in November; Possible NBC Sports Network Deal in Works
The organization was recently granted a promoter's license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, paving the way for its first event later this year. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. MMAWeekly.com first reported the news.
According to Kizer, the promotion has requested to hold its first event on Nov. 3 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Kizer forwarded the official request written by WSOF official Keith Evans to MMAFighting.com and in it he states that the card will air on NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus. MMAFighting.com has confirmed with another WSOF official that the event will air on NBC Sports Network, however, attempts to confirm the news with the cable channel have thus far been unsuccessful.
No fights have been officially announced for the debut card just yet. According to the organization's Web site, familiar names such as Roger Huerta, Rolles Gracie, Thales Leites and Gilbert Yvel are on its roster...
Ex-Strikeforce champ Sarah Kaufman vs. Kaitlin Young added to Invicta FC 3
Former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman (15-2) is wasting no time getting back to action.
After failing to reclaim her belt with a loss to Ronda Rousey on Aug. 18, the Canadian has been booked to fight Kaitlin Young (7-6-1) at Invicta FC 3, officials today announced.
Kaufman, who's still under contract with Strikeforce, and Young initially were slated to fight at an EliteXC event in 2008 that later was canceled in the wake of the promotion's demise.
Invicta FC 3, the latest offering from the all-female promotion, takes place Oct. 6 in Kansas City, Kan., and the event is expected to stream online for free...