Bellator Fighting Championships announces signing of Wilson Reis
Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of elite grappler Wilson Reis. Reis will enter the inaugural season as a member of the Featherweight (145 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament style events, premiering on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009.
Regardless of the Fate of Elite XC, King of the Cage Survives
One of the worst fall outs from the Elite XC implosion was the negative impact on the mid-sized promotions that had been purchased by the doomed organization.
One of the orgs effected was Terry Trebilcock's King of the Cage. KOTC provided an early stage for stars such as Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Diego Sanchez, Keith Jardine, Paul Buentello and Mac Danzig.
I'm happy to see that they're back up and running.
Despite announcement, Frank Trigg hasn't signed for Feb. 14 XCF headliner
Despite an announcement from the Xtreme Cagefighting Federation that Frank Trigg will headline its Feb. 14 "Rumble In Race Town" event, the UFC and PRIDE veteran said he hasn't signed a contract for the fight.
Although expected to compete at the event, Trigg recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) nothing is official.
XCF announced on Saturday that Trigg would headline the event, which coincides with NASCAR's Daytona 500, against an opponent to be determined.
The Feb. 21 event takes place at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in Daytona, Fla., on the eve of the world-famous Daytona 500.
Trigg (18-6) last competed in October 2008 when he scored a unanimous-decision win over Hawaiian striker Falaniko Vitale. The former top UFC welterweight contender has now won three consecutive fights and five of his past six.
Frank Trigg To Headline XCF - February 14
Fighter and broadcaster Frank Trigg is ready to make his 2009 debut with Xtreme Cagefighting Federation at the DynaPep "Rumble In Race Town" Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Coming off three straight wins, Trigg is ready to keep his win streak alive in the main event.
Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley vs Nick ‘The Goat’ Thompson MFC fight set Feb. 20
A fantastic match up between two former Elite XC welterweight number one contenders has been announced for the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) 20: “Destined For Greatness” card, which takes place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on February 20.
British striker Paul “Semtex” Daley (19-7-2) will square off against Minnesota Martial Arts Academy trainee Nick “The Goat” Thompson (36-10-1).
British Fighting Championship Launched
Following on from many discussions during 2008, an alliance of MMA promoters have come together to help the growth of the sport in the UK and to assist home grown talent to the international stage by creating a unified set of British Belts.
Titled the BFC - British Fighting Championship - the aim of this joint venture is to include established and new promotions across the UK regions to grow their fighter talent in a free and unrestricted market and for all to benefit from the media exposure that one group brand will be able to provide.
UFC and WEC Veterans to Bolster MFC Middleweight Division
The Maximum Fighting Championship has recently added three new fighters to it’s ever-growing middleweight division - Rory Singer and Solomon Hutcherson, who were both featured on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show as well as former World Extreme Cagefighting middleweight contender Bryan Baker.
Singer and Baker have signed to fight each other at MFC 20 on February 20 while Hutcherson could make his promotional debut on the card as well if Mark Pavelich and company are able to find a suitable opponent for him in time for the event.
Kitaoka, Santiago Crowned By Sengoku
SAITAMA, Japan -- Satoru Kitaoka and Jorge Santiago were crowned champions after they finished their opponents by submission at Sengoku “No Ran 2009” on Sunday before some 18,000 fans at the Saitama Super Arena.
In the main event, Kitaoka kept true to his word, as he put away Takanori Gomi before the former Pride Fighting Championships lightweight king could do anything of note. Sizing up each other for a tense moment, Kitaoka was the first to act, as he dove for a takedown. Gomi spun out of the way to avoid the shot, but the persistent Kitaoka made another attempt and ate a grazing hook in the process.