DirecTV Says Yes to Shine Fights, No to Shark Fights
We have a weird weekend in mixed martial arts ahead of us, with two different pay-per-view shows even as the UFC is sitting the weekend out. But if you're a DirecTV subscriber, you have only one fight card available to you: DirecTV is offering Friday night's Shine Fights event, but not Saturday night's Shark Fights show.
DirecTV has decided not to give its customers the chance to purchase the Shark Fights card, which is headlined by Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley. Unsurprisingly, Shark Fights is disappointed.
Shine GP unsanctioned, fighters will be suspended
MMARising.com has confirmed that all fighters on this Friday’s Shine Fights card in Newkirk, Oklahoma will face ineligibility suspensions for taking part in an unsanctioned event. The suspensions, expected to last between 60 and 90 days, are enforceable by all member states in the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC).
Fighters deemed as “ineligible” will be unable to compete on any sanctioned mixed martial arts cards until the duration of their suspension has expired. All Shine Fights participants (Drew Fickett, Charles Bennett, Marcus Aurelio, Carlo Prater, etc.) will face this distinction.
McFedries replacement is Danillo Villefort
Drew McFedries' loss is Danillo Villefort's (11-3) gain.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the American Top Team Fighter that he has verbally agreed to replace an injured McFedries on just one-week's notice and fight Joey Villasenor (27-7) on the main card of Shark Fights 13.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Drew McFedries, Marcus Hicks Off Shark Fights 13
All mixed martial arts promotions are forced to deal with the reality of injuries, and the upstart Shark Fights organization is no exception. While the Texas-based promotion will host its first-ever pay-per-view event with next week's Shark Fights 13 card, the organization will need to secure a pair of late replacements. Both Drew McFedries and Marcus Hicks are now off for as-yet-unknown reasons. McFedries was to have faced Joey Villasenor, Hicks was to have faced Karen Darabedyan. Daniel Straus has verbally agreed to be a replacement for Hicks, no replacement yet for McFedries.
UPDATE: Danilo Villefort is the replacement for McFedries.
Report: Virginia KOs Shine Fights, 9/10 Event Going To Oklahoma
Shine Fights is taking another one on the chin this week, this time from the Virginia Athletic Commission, who apparently wasn't on board with the promotion's decision to let the fans do their matchmaking for next weekend's lightweight grand prix pay-per-view. The report also states that Shine will stick to the original date of Sept. 10 but has been forced to abandon its plans for a tournament at the George Mason University campus in Fairfax after being denied a license and will instead head to Oklahoma to a venue yet to be determined. This is the promotion's second major setback in 2010. Shine saw the cancellation of its "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" pay-per-view event back on May 15, after the courts awarded Don King Productions a last-minute injunction barring Ricardo Mayorga's participation in the main event.
Bellator Adds Lyman Good vs. Ben Askren To Bellator 33
October's Bellator 33 fight card has another big addition. A week after the organization announced a headlining non-title fight between lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez and Roger Huerta, a five-round title fight has been added to the mix. Season 1 tournament winner and inaugural Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good will defend the title against season 2 tournament winner Ben Askren.
Bellator signs undefeated WW prospect Chris Lozano
Bellator announced the signing one of MMAs top prospects and one of my closest friends today Chris "The Assassin" Lozano
Chris has devestating power in both hands, as well as a full arsenal of kicks and a solid wrestling background.
he has been working towards this for a long time, and coming off of a one sided TKO win over UFC veteran Jason Dent, the timing seems perfect!
there are some awesome possibilities for matchups with guys like Yoshida, Blackburn, Cooper and Hornbuckle
Bellator Announces Alvarez-Huerta For Bellator 33
As expected Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will fight in his hometown and meet Roger Huerta at Bellator 33 on October 21. Huerta got the fight when Pat Curran was forced out of the scheduled title fight due to injury, and this superfight will be a NON-TITLE match. Curran will still get his title shot when he returns, now expected to be during Bellator's 4th season in early 2011.
Brock Larson vs. Tarec Saffiedine Rounds Out Shark FIghts 13
The final piece in Shark Fights' pay-per-view puzzle has finally been put in place. Shark Fights officials today announced that Strikeforce and DREAM veteran Tarec Saffiedine has agreed to meet Brock Larson, who had already been announced for the card, on the main card of Shark Fights 13. Featuring a main event non-title fight between Shark Fight light heavyweight champion Trevor Prangley and Keith Jardine, as well as a star-studded lineup full of MMA notables, Shark Fights 13 takes place on Sept. 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.
Rory Markham out, Tyler Stinson in for Bellator 26's tourney-qualifier bout
Rory Markham (16-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is out, and Tyler Stinson (18-6 MMA, 1-1 BFC) is in at Thursday's Bellator 26 event, where he'll meet Steve Carl (10-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) in a season-four welterweight-tournament qualifier bout.
Bellator officials today announced Markham isn't medically cleared for the fight, which takes place Aug. 26 at the Kansas City Power & Light District in Missouri.
The fight is slated as a 175-pound catchweight affair and is part of the night's FOX Sports Net-televised broadcast.
Lombard vs. Shlemenko Bellator Title Match Likely for October 28
Hector Lombard steps back into the Bellator cage on Thursday when he faces Herbert "Whisper" Goodman in a non-title matchup, but the Cuban middleweight will have little time to rest upon the bout's conclusion.
The Bellator middleweight champion is likely to defend his belt against No. 1 contender Alexander Shlemenko on Oct. 28 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told MMA Fighting.
The championship scrap will likely be dependent on Lombard's health coming out of the Goodman fight, a non-title bout which also emanates from the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and airs live on Fox Sports Net at 8 pm ET.
Bellator 24 Weigh-Ins: All On Weight, But 2 Fights Off
All fighters competing in tonight's Bellator 24 event, including middleweight champ Hector Lombard (185.5 pounds) and fellow headliner Herbert Goodman (183.5), successfully made weight for the show. The weigh-ins took place Wednesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., which also hosts tonight's FOX Sports Net-televised event and season-three opener. However, the weigh-ins also confirmed the loss of two-preliminary card bouts. Bouts of Nico Parella vs. Efrain Ruiz and Frank Carrillo vs. Moyses Gabin have both been scratched from the untelevised portion of the card. Parella pulled his groin and Gabin suffered a broken foot.
QAC Suspends Paul Daley 30 Days
Former UFC welterweight striker Paul Daley has been slapped with a 30-day suspension for his unprofessional conduct following a UFC 113 loss to Josh Koscheck in what was billed as a 170-pound number one contender's bout back on May 8. "Semtex" exploded after he was outwrestled for three rounds on the televised portion of the "Machida vs. Shogun II" fight card. Koscheck neutralized the deadly hands of the British banger, effectively earning himself a spot as coach on the upcoming twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter(TUF) opposite division champion Georges St. Pierre. He's now slated to appear opposite Bellator standout Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13 on Sept. 11 in Amarillo, Texas. Daley's suspension is not expected to conflict with that appearance.
After Being Sued by UFC, Bellator Issues Lawsuit Against UFC
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Bellator Sport Worldwide, LLC today filed suit against Zuffa in a New Jersey court and alleges that "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Jonathan Brookins (11-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC) joined the Spike TV reality series while still under an exclusive contract for Bellator.
Brookins and his manager Mickey Dubberley were also named as defendants in the suit.
Paul Daley Meets Jorge Masvidal At Shark Fights 13
British welterweight Paul Daley now has an opponent for his first North American appearance since his controversial post-fight punch at UFC 113. After signing with the Texas-based Shark Fights promotion this past month, Daley will take on American Top Team standout Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13, which takes place Sept. 11 at the Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas. Shark Fights confirmed the news today in an official release.
Fighters Only magazine announces 2010 World MMA Awards
Fighters Only, the world’s biggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) magazine, announces the launch of its 3rd annual awards today. Devised to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry, the World Mixed Martial Arts Awards gives fans across the globe the chance to cast their vote on which athletes, brands, and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport in the last 12 months. Voting will take place across 20 different award categories including Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, and Best Lifestyle Apparel.
Angela Magana Off Bellator 24, Carla Esparza Faces Fujii
Although she campaigned to keep her spot on the card as late as today, Angela Magana is now off Thursday's Bellator 24 due to a foot injury. Though she got a cortisone shot and sought clearance to stay on the card, Bellator officials today opted to replace her. She was to have faced Megumi Fujii in the first round of the women's 115 pound tournament. Carla Esparza is the short-notice replacement.
Shark Fights 13 To Air On PPV
Shark Fights' loaded Sept. 11 fight card will air on pay-per-view. The Texas-based promotion recently announced Shark Fights 13, which takes place Sept. 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Texas with Trevor Prangley vs. Keith Jardine and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander co-headliners. Today, officials announced that the iN DEMAND main-card broadcast will cost $29.95. Today's release suggests a future announcement could include broadcast plans for the night's preliminary card.