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.
Hector Lombard: “I would kill Mousasi”
On February 4, the Bellator middleweight champion will be back. The American Top Team fighter, who shone on the five fights he made in 2009, wants to keep the rhythm this year. After a train session commanded by Stéfane Dias at ATT camp, the fighter talked to TATAME and revealed to have ambitious plans to this season.
EASportsMMA.com to stream Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs live from "Strikeforce: Miami"
It's not TV, but it's something.
Five days from the first bell of the Jan. 30 event, "Strikeforce: Miami," the promotion has taken extra steps to ensure a welterweight clash between Jay Hieron (18-4 MMA, 1-0 SF) and Joe Riggs (32-10 MMA, 3-2 SF) can be widely seen.
EA Sports, the software developer of video game "EA Sports MMA" and a strategic partner of the San Jose, Calif.–based Strikeforce promotion, announced today via Twitter that it will stream the preliminary card fight live on EASportsMMA.com. The stream begins at 9 p.m. ET and will be the sole undercard fight broadcast on the web.
Shine Fights inks Dave "Pee Wee" Herman; bout with Jeff Monson likely for spring
Sengoku, Bellator and EliteXC veteran Dave Herman (16-1), better known to most MMA fans as "Pee Wee," is the latest addition to the rapidly expanding Shine Fights roster.
The organization announced the signing late Monday night via Twitter.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that near-12-year veteran Jeff Monson (32-9) is likely to welcome Herman to the organization.
Monson signed a deal with the upstart Shine Fights promotion this past December.
Former UFC Champion Carlos Newton set to face Chris Clements at W-1 MMA on March 20
Carlos Newton, the former UFC Welterweight Champion, is set to face Chris Clements at the Canadian based W-1 MMA show on March 20 in Montreal according to Top MMA News.
Just yesterday, news broke that W-1 had also signed recently released UFC fighter Denis Kang.
Newton (15-13), best known for being on the receiving end of a Matt Hughes power bomb at UFC 34, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Shonie Carter in a W-1 match last October. This will be Newton's third fight with W-1.
Bellator Adds Jackson's Fighter Carey Vanier
Vanier boasts a solid overall professional record of 7-2 (all but one of his wins have come via TKO or submission), but his career has taken on an entirely new trajectory since he began training at Jackson’s Submission Fighting school in Albuquerque, N.M.
Bellator Inks 2000 Olympian
Another piece to the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 2 puzzle has fallen into place, as the promotion on Wednesday announced the signing of 2000 Olympic judoka Ferrid Kheder. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The 34-year-old joins undefeated Canadian Mike Ricci in an eight-man lightweight tournament, the winner of which will earn a shot at Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez. Kheder trains under Shawn Tompkins in Las Vegas and has won 11 of his last 12 fights.
Mike Ricci, GSP training partner, set for Bellator's season-two lightweight tourney
With their featherweight and welterweight tournaments quickly filling with notable talent, Bellator Fighting Championships officials today revealed the first competitor for its lightweight tournament: Mike Ricci.Ricci, who trains with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre under the famed Firas Zahabi at Montreal's TriStar gym, owns a 5-0 career mark.Ricci competes in the eight-man lightweight tournament, which commences in April with live Thursday-night events on FOX Sports Net Affiliates.
Jason High vs. Jesse Taylor Head Aggression MMA
Day (17-8), a popular fighter in Alberta, was released by the UFC in 2009 after dropping back-to-back bouts to Michael Bisping and Kendall Grove. He bounced back at RITC 35 with a submission victory over Trevor Stewardson. He is looking to a win over Taylor to help put him back on the UFC’s radar.
Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Falaniko Vitale set for Shine Fights III
A bout between former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo "Ninja" Rua (17-10-1) and Strikeforce veteran and longtime SuperBrawl fighter Falaniko Vitale (26-9) is set for the next Shine Fights card.Company officials today announced the bout, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported as likely in November.
Bellator Adds To Featherweight Roster
Bellator Fighting Championships on Wednesday announced the latest addition to the growing roster for its Season 2 featherweight tournament, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.The 23-year-old Pitbull is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is known throughout his home country for his devastating striking ability. He boasts a perfect 12-0 record with all but two of his fights finishing via KO, TKO or submission. Six of these 10 early finishes occurred in the first round.