Brandon Vera meets Cheng, not Lewis Parry, in Friday's ONE Championship 35 title fight
Brandon Vera has a new opponent for Friday’s title fight at ONE Championship 35.
Company president Victor Cui today announced Paul Cheng (5-1) has replaced Chi Lewis Parry (6-0), and he now fights former UFC fighter Vera (13-7) for the organization’s inaugural heavyweight title.
“ONE Championship 35: Spirit of Champions” takes place Dec. 11 in the Philippines at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena. It streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.
Ricardo Ramos (8-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0) to Headline Legacy 51
Legacy 51 takes place Feb. 5th 2016 at the Grand Casino Hinkley in Hinkley, MN. The Banamweight Title will be up for grabs in the Main Event which features Ricardo Ramos (8-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0). Also featured on the Main card you have Jacob Volkmann (18-6) vs Antonio “Malvado” Trocoli (8-0) and in the Co-Main a Catchweigh bout between Brock Larson (39-10) vs Travis Coyle (14-8).
In case you guys aren't familiar with Ramos or Mendes, these two will almost certainly be fighting to get into the UFC.
Cyborg-Ibragimova, Inoue-Schuckman Planned For Invicta FC 15
Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino makes the next defence of her title on January 16th at Invicta Fighting Championships 15 in Costa Mesa, California. Justino is expected to face off against Daria Ibragimova, who has won seven straight fights and makes her U.S. debut.
MMARising.com confirmed plans for the matchup today following hints from Justino in a post on her official website. Also targeted for the Invicta FC 15 card is a strawweight bout between Deep Jewels champion Mizuki Inoue and Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman. Both fights await commission approval.
Cyborg drop to 135 on hold, next fight at 145
Invicta FC founder and president Shannon Knapp appeared recently on Inside MMA, and said that league featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is not presently attempting a drop to 135. The fighter was scheduled to fight Cindy Dandois at a catchweight of 140 at Invicta FC 15 on Jan. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif. If that was successful, a fight at 135 would have been feasible, with a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to follow.
However, the UFC secured the services to USADA to do PED testing, and they have prohibited using an IV to rehydrate. Further, Ronda Rousey lost, and her next fight is a rematch.
Tyrone Spong out, Clinton Williams in against Jake Heun at WSOF 26
Tyrone Spong is having a hard time making his big MMA return.
The world-class champion kickboxer is injured and out of his co-main event fight with Jake Heun at World Series of Fighting 26 on Dec. 18 in Las Vegas, WSOF president Ray Sefo confirmed with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Sherdog was the first to report the news.
In Spong's place will be Clinton Williams, according to Sefo. Williams (7-2), a well-muscled heavyweight, will be making his WSOF debut. The 31-year-old has won four of his last five fights. Williams is coming off a third-round submission of Jared Hatch last month at SteelFist Fight Night 38.
Korean promotion ROAD FC floats $200,000 offer for Benson Henderson
Let the bidding begin. Just a few days after completing the final fight on his UFC deal, Benson Henderson (23-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) is already being publicly courted by Korean-based promotion ROAD FC.
“Benson Henderson put on an amazing performance in Seoul,” ROAD FC General Manager Mark Lee told MMAjunkie via email. “ROAD FC is aware he would like to test his upcoming free agency. We are interested in discussing a contract with Mr. Henderson for $200,000.”
When pressed, Lee declined to offer any other specifics on the terms of the offer he intends to make for the former UFC lightweight champion’s services, including whether the figure was per fight or total value. Henderson’s management team wasn’t immediately available for comment.
KSW heavyweight champion wants Fedor fight
On Saturday afternoon, Karol Bedorf stepped into the KSW cage and defended his title with a second round head-kick KO win against Michal Kita. As his opponent collapsed to the canvas, Bedorf towered over him as he admired his handy work.
The win was Bedorf's third knockout win in his last four fights. It was also the third successful defense of his title. With swelled confidence from his recent string of results, Bedorf revealed that he is interested in a match-up against Russian heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Rizin signs Sapp vs. Akebono rematch for its debut
It was anything but a classic fight, but on Dec. 31, 2003, Bob Sapp and Akebono put on a spectacle that nothing since has ever come close to equaling in Japanese culture. On Friday, a rematch was announced for a show exactly a dozen years later.
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Mamed Khalidov Blasts Michal Materla in 31 Seconds for Middleweight Gold at KSW 33
Mariusz Pudzianowski might be Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki's biggest star, but Mamed Khalidov is the promotion's greatest fighter. Saturday at Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland, Khalidov proved it once more, demolishing Michal Materla in 31 seconds and taking middleweight gold in the main event of KSW 33.
KSW boldily billed the Materla-Khalidov clash as the “biggest fight in European MMA history,” but Khalidov (31-4-2) left little room for anything resembling drama. Within seconds, Khalidov landed a hard right hook that wobbled the champion. Khalidov then sprinted, took flight and bashed Materla (22-5) with a flying knee, another perfect right hook as the champ fell and a dozen rifling punches before referee Piotr Michalak could intervene in barely half a minute.
Sakakibara undecided on Fedor’s opponent: ‘Please wait a little more’
With little more than a month to go before his return to MMA takes place on December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena, Fedor Emelianenko is still without an official opponent.
While names like Jaideep Singh and Tsuyoshi Kosaka had been thrown around over the past few months, it appears that neither of those fighters will get the first crack at the returning Russian heavyweight legend.
WSOF 25 results: Brian Foster wins lightweight tournament after losing his first fight
Brian Foster lost his first tournament match, but that didn't stop him from becoming the WSOF lightweight tournament champion.
During his first fight, Foster (25-8) faced Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Joao Zeferino. Foster quickly took the fight to the mat, where he scrambled with his opponent Zeferino just to land in the 50/50 position. There, the Brazilian submitted Foster with a vicious heel-hook. And in just one minute and 47 seconds, Foster was out of the tournament.
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UFC to partner with Victory Fighting Championship on Fight Pass
UFC Fight Pass announced on Thursday a new promotional partnership with the Omaha, Neb.-based Victory Fighting Championship promotion.
Fight Pass will acquire the rights to the tape library of the company, which dates back to 2002, and on Friday, Jan. 29, will be airing Victory 47, the company's next live event. The show will be headlined by Anthony Smith (23-11) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (15-3) for the company's vacant middleweight title, starting at 10 p.m. Eastern...