BAMMA 6 Results: Kong Dissects Ninja in 3
In what was expected to be BAMMA Middleweight Champion Tom Watson's toughest test to date the Southampton, England native made it look easy. Loose and sharp on his feet and excellently setting up his bludgeoning kicks with crisp punches he looked to have his opponent Murilo Rua figured out from the beginning, likely a product of focusing his training camp for this fight at Team Greg Jackson in New Mexico. Murilo appeared a little doughy and possibly out of shape. Even when warming up the Chute Boxe product and Pride Veteran looked to have lost some flexibility in his hamstrings. Had he taken his opponent too lightly?
KSW 16 Results: Mamed Khalidov Chokes Out Matt Lindland, James Thompson Wills Way to Victory
The nail in the coffin may have finally been struck for the career of Matt Lindland at KSW 16 on Saturday as Sengoku veteran Mamed Khalidov made quick work of the UFC veteran, choking him out via guillotine in the first round of action in the main event of the evening in Gdansk, Poland. Lindland's vaunted wrestling background was only a minor threat during the fight when he nearly reversed Khalidov's attempt to take him down shortly after the fight started. After a brief scramble, Lindland was able to regain his feet, but that only staved off the inevitable for a short time.
Rua Vs Kong - Make weight
Ninja Rua that is
"British Association of Mixed Martial Arts middleweight champion Tom Watson checked in at 184.5 pounds for his scheduled title defense against Pride Fighting Championships veteran Murilo Rua (185) in the BAMMA 6 main event on Saturday at Wembley Arena in London.
The two headliners hit the scales and met their mandated weight requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in."
Full Card weigh in results:
BAMMA Middleweight Championship
Tom Watson (184.5) vs. Murilo Rua (185)
John Phillips (186) vs. Frank Trigg (184.5)
Matt Ewin (184.5) vs. Ivan Salaverry (186)
Jeremy Bailey (172) vs. Laurens-Jan Thijssen (170.5)
Valentino Petrescu (184) vs. Joao Souza (186)
Jason Ball (156) vs. Leonardo Santos (156)
Che Mills (170.5) vs. Marcio Cesar (171)
Neil Wain (260) vs. Marcin Bartkiewicz (246)
Shane Omer (154) vs. Aaron Wilkinson (156)
Costas Doru (156) vs. Jeremy Petley (155)
Lee Taylor (170.5) vs. Kenny Moyston (167)
Ryan White (203) vs. Fraser Opie (206)
Murrey Fullerton (168) vs. Charles Scott (169.5)
Scott Jensen (156) vs. Craig Chesters (155)
Sam Watling (169) vs. Leigh Cohoon (170)
Catalin Zmarandescu (236) vs. Sharif Mohamed Ali (243)
Got my tickets ready! Can't wait
Bellator Posts Highest Rating on MTV2
Good news for Bjorn Rebney and his Bellator Fighting Championships. After weeks of hovering around the 200k mark, the promotion finally hit it big with 325,000 viewers for Bellator 44, delivering the largest Ages 18-49 rating for MTV2 in the timeslot. Which is great and all, until you remember that it's MTV2.
Post-stabbing, Dan Lauzon returns in WCF 11 title fight with Noah Weisman
In his first fight since being stabbed outside a Boston-area nightclub, Dan Lauzon (14-4) challenges for a vacant lightweight title when he meets Noah Weisman (5-1) in the headliner of World Championship Fighting 11.
Officials today announced the bout, as well as a Greg Rebello (12-3) vs. Scott Rehm (5-4) middleweight co-headliner.
The event takes place June 18 at Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass.
Bellator tourney winner Jay Hieron says critics just don't understand his strategy
Jay Hieron will tell you repeatedly that the toughest guys don't always win MMA tournaments. Instead, he says, the guys who fight the best do.
It's both a slight at himself and a pat on his own back.
Hieron, of course, recently won Bellator Fighting Championships' season-four welterweight tournament as the early favorite. And though his close wins and fighting style have been heavily panned in recent weeks, he recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) his strategy was sound.
Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee completes "DREAM.17: Fight for Japan" lineup
Shinya Aoki (27-5 MMA, 11-2 DREAM) finally has an opponent for this month's "DREAM.17: Fight for Japan" event.
Officials recently announced that the DREAM lightweight champion and former Strikeforce title challenger will meet ex-UFC fighter Antonio McKee (25-4-2 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) at the May 27 event.
DREAM.17 takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and serves as a fundraiser following earthquakes and a tsunami that recently ravaged the country.
The event also features the opening round and semifinals of DREAM's Japan bantamweight grand prix.
The full DREAM.17 card (in reverse bout order) includes:
•Uyenoyama/Yamamoto winner vs. Maeda/Tokoro winner (Japan bantamweight-tourney semifinal)
•Fujiwara/Imanari winner vs. Osawa/Otsuka winner (Japan bantamweight-tourney semifinal)
•Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee
•Katsunori Kikuno vs. Daisuke Nakamura
•Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura vs. Caol Uno
•Takeshi Inoue vs. Koichiro Matsumoto
•Joachim Hansen vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
•Kenji Osawa vs. Takafumi Otsuka (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
•Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Masakazu Imanari (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
•Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hideo Tokoro (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
•Darren Uyenoyama vs. Atsushi Yamamoto (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
Gilbert Yvel vs. Tony Lopez headlines Colosseo Championship Fighting on July 23
It's not exactly the return of PRIDE, but July 23 will represent the return of PRIDE rules.
Colosseo Championship Fighting is set to host its first event this summer at a venue yet to be determined, and the promotion recently released the evening's nine-fight lineup.
Occupying the headline slot are UFC and PRIDE vet Gilbert Yvel (36-16-1) and former King of the Cage dual-division champion Tony Lopez (24-6), who will each have soccer kicks, and stomps at their disposal under a set of policies promoter Pasqualino Santoro has dubbed "international rules."
What do you guys think of the old Pride rules being brought back for this event?
Nicolae Cury vs. Luis Santos added to Bellator 45 prelims
One of MMA's most prolific prospects, Luis "Sapo" Santos (48-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will make his big-show debut at Bellator 45 against judoka Nicolae Cury (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned that both fighters have agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon.
Featuring a pair of season-four tournament finals, Bellator 45 takes place at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La.
Bellator Signs Wand Fight Team Instructors Michael Costa and Vitor Vianna
Bellator Fighting Championships is on a signing streak… or is it a Wand Fight Team signing streak?
The promotion on Tuesday announced that it had signed Michael Costa a second Wand Fight Team instructor in less than a week. Just a few days ago, Bellator also signed Vitor Vianna. Costa is Wand Fight Team’s Muay Thai instructor, while Vianna is the team’s jiu-jitsu instructor.
Costa, besides being a Muay Thai black belt under Chute Boxe founder Rafael Cordeiro, is also holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Royler Gracie. The welterweight fighter holds a 10-5-1 record and has fought across the globe, including bouts in Japan and China.
Dave Branch vs. Jeremy May co-headlines Shark Fights 15
A middleweight bout between UFC veteran Dave Branch (8-2) and Jeremy May (9-7) has been tapped the co-headliner of this month's Shark Fights 15 event.
Officials today announced the booking.
Although broadcast plans haven't been announced, Shark Fights 15 takes place May 27 at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M. Middleweights Joey Villasenor (27-8) and Chris Camozzi (14-4) headline.
Bellator 43 Results
Bellator Fighting Championships bills itself as the place "Where championships are earned, not given."
Following a highly controversial split-decision loss to fellow season-four welterweight tournament finalist Jay Hieron, former Olympic judoka Rick Hawn might disagree.
The Hieron vs. Hawn bout served as the featured contest of Saturday's Bellator 43 event, which took place at the First Council Casino Hotel in Newkirk, Okla., and aired on MTV2.
OFFICIAL MAIN CARD RESULTS
Jay Hieron def. Rick Hawn via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) - welterweight tourney final
Bryan Baker def. Joe Riggs via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 3:53
Chase Beebe def. Jose Vega via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 4:06
Ron Sparks def. Vince Lucero via submission (keylock) - Round 1, 2:18
OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
David Rickels def. Richard Bouphanouvong via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:11
Michael Osborn def. Mike Schatz via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 1:58
Tachi Palace Fight 9 Results
Three-time WEC veteran Ian McCall (10-2) earned his third-straight victory and a shot at Tachi Palace Fights' flyweight title with a one-sided unanimous-decision win over Dustin Ortiz (7-1) in the main event of Friday's "TPF 9: The Contenders" event.
Additionally, UFC veterans Fabricio Camoes (12-5-1) and Gerald Harris (18-4) also picked up decision victories at the event.
Tachi Palace Fights 9 took place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
While the opening round was the most competitive of the three, McCall dominated Ortiz for the majority of the contest with a sprawl-and-brawl approach that saw Ortiz unable to garner takedowns and unable to match his opponent's striking prowess. It was McCall's second-straight decision win under the Tachi Palace Fights banner after upsetting Jussier da Silva this past February.
Ian McCall def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision
Isaac DeJesus def. Russ Miura via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:52
Fabricio Camoes def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision
Gerald Harris def. Anthony Ruiz via unanimous decision
Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Kevin Dunsmoor via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 4:03
Jorge Lopez def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via unanimous decision
Farkhad Sharipov def. Tommy Vargas via unanimous decision
Chidi Njokuani def. Alan Jouban via knockout (punch) - Round 3, 1:27
Art Arciniega def. Josh Herrick via submission (triangle choke) - Round 1, 1:08
Cody Gibson def. Walel Watson via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:09
Brad McDonald def. Jesse Bowen via split decision
Kenny Ento def. James Chaney via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 2, 1:53
Alex Perez def. Jesus Castro via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:56
Rory Markham vs. Rudy Bears Added to Titan Fighting 18
A welterweight showdown between UFC veteran Rory Markham and Strikeforce and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Rudy Bears has been added to Titan Fighting Championship 18 on May 27 at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
The event, which will also feature former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver, as well as a hard-hitting middleweight bout between UFC veteran Drew McFedries and undefeated Strikeforce veteran Darryl Cobb, will be televised live on HDNet starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Gabriel Gonzaga gets first post-UFC fight, meets Josh Barnes June 25th at MMAX
In his first fight since his release from the organization, former UFC title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6) meets Bellator and EliteXC vet veteran Josh Barnes (6-5) in June.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the matchup with event sources.
Gonzaga and Barnes meet June 25 at MMA Explosions' "MMAX: Heavyweight Xplosion" event.
The event is expected to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.