Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida announces final MMA bout set for April 25
Former PRIDE fighter and Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida will fight for the final time on April 25.
Yoshida, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist in judo who turned pro in MMA in 2002, will help organize an event called "ASTRA," though no opponent has been announced.
The event takes place at the 15,000-seat Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, and features fellow Yoshida Dojo fighters Kazuhiro Nakamura, Tatsunao Nagakura, Michihiro Omigawa and Makoto Takimoto.
Opponents also have not been named for those fighters.
GForce: 'Bad Blood 3' fight results and recap
In the night's main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard put his 16-fight unbeaten streak on the line against Joey Gorczynski. The card's co-main event featured a lightweight battle between Jorge Masvidal and Luis Palomino.
WEC vet Bryan Baker added to Bellator's second middleweight tourney
With Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight champion Hector Lombard set to defend his belt in 2010, the upstart promotion today announced the second contender in season two's eight-man bracket.
Three-time WEC veteran Bryan Baker (11-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) returns for a second appearance for Bellator, though this time he'll be involved in tournament action.
Baker earned a decision win over Matt Horwich in a non-tournament bout at Bellator VIII during the company's inaugural season.
"'The Beast' is a dangerous addition to our middleweight tournament," Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated in today's official release. "He caught my eye back at Bellator VIII, and I knew then and there that he would make a big impact on our 185-pound challenger tournament."
Tachi Palace Fights' Nam Phan balances fighting aspirations with role model duties
"When I fight, I try to be a role model with the young Asian-Americans around here," Phan recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "When I was brought up, there was no Asian-American role model. There was no one to look up to." Phan is proud of his Vietnamese heritage, and he takes equal pride in helping to guide the youth that live in his predominantly Asian-American neighborhood.
Bellator FC headed to Kansas City with four events in 2010
Under the terms of the agreement, four Bellator MMA events will be staged at the highly popular Kansas City Power & Light District, which is owned and managed by The Cordish Company, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate known for its tremendously successful development of mixed-use entertainment districts in high-profile destinations throughout the country including Baltimore, Houston, Louisville, Ky., Atlantic City, N.J., Hollywood, Fla., and Charleston, S.C.
Colt Toombs -- Son of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper -- to Make Pro Debut Thursday
After an unbeaten amateur run, Colt Toombs will make his professional debut on Thursday night in an undercard bout during a Tachi Palace Fights card in Leemore, Calif.
Toombs is the son of former professional wrestling great "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
A member of Team Quest, the 20-year-old Toombs went 4-0 in amateur competition as a featherweight, winning twice by TKO, once by submission and once by decision. His last amateur bout was last October.
In his pro debut, he'll face Art Becerra, who is 1-1 and last fought in Sept. 2008.
Sengoku Raiden Championships 12 matchups include champ Jorge Santiago, Wilson Reis
World Victory Road officials today announced three bouts for their next event, Sengoku Raiden Championships 12, and notable competitors include middleweight title-holder Jorge Santiago and former EliteXC bantamweight champion Wilson Reis.
The event, which airs on HDNet in North America, takes place March 7 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
Santiago takes on Mamed Khalidov in a rematch, Reis meets Yuji Hoshino, and Shigeki Osawa meets fellow featherweight Kyung Ho Kang.
Sengoku Raiden Championships 12 is WVR's first event of 2010; the promotion hasn't hosted a show since it teamed up with DREAM for the Dec. 31 "Dynamite!! 2009" show.
King of the Cage to air monthly on HDNet
HDNet on Monday announced a multi-year partnership with "Mark Burnett Presents: King of the Cage," in which, under terms of the agreement, the network will feature live "King of the Cage" events every month.
The first event will air on HDNet on Friday, Feb. 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
"King of the Cage and Mark Burnett are pioneers in their respective fields, and we are excited to feature 'Mark Burnett Presents: King of the Cage' on HDNet as part of our commitment to being the home of MMA," said Mark Cuban, Chairman and Co-founder of HDNet. "The award-winning story telling of Mark Burnett will bring the personalities of MMA to life in a way that has never been seen before."
Loiseau Finally Gets Charity Fight, Headlines MFL 2
After his pleas for a charity fight initially fell on deaf ears, David Loiseau has finally secured a bout–the proceeds of which will benefit victims of the January earthquake in Haiti. He'll face Isidro Gonzales at Mixed Fight League 2: battleground on 2/27 in Montreal, Canada. In addition to Loiseau donating his entire fight purse to charity, $2 from each ticket sold will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist disaster relief efforts.
Shine Fights SIgns Braulio Estima
Shine Fights still isn't finished with their signing spree they've been on since late last year. Their newest signing is Braulio Estima, the under-88kg and Absolute division champion of the 2009 ADCC submission championships. He's expected to debut for the promotion this spring.
Bellator adds DREAM vet Joe Warren to season-two featherweight tourney
Bellator's season-two tournaments continue to take shape, and the organization today announced another solid addition to the 145-pound field.
Three-time DREAM veteran and world-class wrestler Joe Warren (2-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will compete in Bellator's next featherweight tournament.
Warren is best known to MMA fans as the man who knocked off former WEC champ Chase Beebe and top-ranked Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto in his first two professional contests before falling to Bibiano Fernandes in DREAM's 2009 featherweight grand prix.
Broughton Rolls Through U.K.'s Best For Tourney Win
Heavyweights collided in Hove, England in a unique “winner takes all” tournament, £10,000 (roughly $16,000) incentive and a nice shiny ZT Fight Night strap to boot. This brought out the big guns in U.K. MMA and a few dark horses, but ultimately it was M-1 challenge veteran Rob Broughton who was the star of the show, picking up the overall victory over the course of seven grueling rounds of MMA action.
Former Power Ranger Jason Frank Wins MMA Debut
Although it almost was the other way around, good beat evil again last night as Jason David Frank, best known as the Green/White Ranger on "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", managed to withstand a brutal opening onslaught and beat Jonathan Mack by 1st round tapout in his MMA debut. The fight, which Frank won by omoplata, will be televised by HDNet in the near future.
Mamoru Submits Baca, Captures KOTC Gold in Japan
Mamoru Yamaguchi - the afro'd former Shooto champion who returned to MMA last October following a year-plus hiatus - picked up his third consecutive win with a second round submission of American Frank Baca. The victory also earned Yamaguchi his third title: King of the Cage World Junior Flyweight Champion.