Arlovski vs. Rogers added to June 6 Strikeforce event
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will step in for injured Strikeforce heavyweight titleholder Alistair Overeem against Team Bison member Brett “The Grim” Rogers at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6.
Overeem has pulled out of the fight with a hand injury.
The Fight Network learned of the heavyweight contest from sources close to both fighters.
Rogers (9-0) is coming off a second-round TKO win over Abongo Humphrey at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” on April 11. A veteran of the now-defunct Elite Xtreme Combat organization, Rogers boasts wins over heavyweight sluggers Jon Murphy and James Thompson.
Arlovski (15-6), meanwhile, has not seen action since challenging Fedor Emelianenko for the WAMMA heavyweight title at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” on January 24. Training under Freddie Roach, one of boxing’s most highly acclaimed coaches, the Belarussian hopes to rebound from a first-round knockout against “The Last Russian Emperor” and move one step closer to putting gold back around his waist.
“The Pitbull,” who will be making his first appearance for the California-based Strikeforce promotion, was initially rumored to make his professional boxing debut in the aftermath of the loss to Emelianenko. But Arlovski is now set to return to his mixed martial arts roots against the less experienced Rogers.
A former UFC heavyweight champion, Arlovski has recorded wins over Roman Zentsov, Vladimir Matyushenko, Wesley Correira, Tim Sylvia, Paul Buentello, Fabricio Werdum, Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson throughout his 10-year career.
The winner of this fight will likely go on to challenge heavyweight kingpin Overeem for the title later this year.
Matyushenko decisions Lambert at Call To Arms
ONTARIO, Calif. –- Vladimir Matyushenko wrestled his way to a unanimous decision over Jason Lambert in the light heavyweight main event for Clean Kill’s Call To Arms at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena. Matyushenko took the cards with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
In an active first round, the UFC veterans kept mostly to their shared bread-and-butter discipline, which led to some feverish pummeling scrambles for control. Both connected with strikes in their brief exchanges, but Matyushenko excelled with peppering shots in the clinch.
The determined Belarusian threw body shots and looping hooks in the second, before scooping Lambert up for the takedown. Lambert (23-10) did his best to pull off a guillotine attempt, but the pair was back on their feet in short fashion. Matyushenko (22-4) snuck in another takedown for good measure before the bell.
Lambert nailed a crucial takedown at the top of third round, and nearly took advantage with a flurry of shots that had referee Larry Landless hovering. However, Matyushenko mustered a reversal and a final takedown in the last two minutes to secure victory.
DEEP Women's Champ Miku Goes For Revenge On 6/28
The DEEP promotion (Japan) has announced a title match for their 6/28 event pitting their Women's Lightweight Champion, Miku Matsumoto, against Lisa Ward as the main event in a rematch from September 2006. Ward won that fight in the now-defunct Smackgirl promotion and to date is the only loss that Miku has yet to avenge, she's beaten the other 2 fighters to defeat her in her career since those losses. Miku also puts a 3 1/2 year 10-fight winning streak on the line dating back to after the loss to Ward.
Gesias “JZ” Calvancante headed to Bellator ?
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that top lightweight Gesias “JZ” Calvancante has expressed interest in the possibility of joining the fledgling Mixed Martial Arts organization Bellator’s second season.
The bit of information came in a conversation with Bellator CEO/founder Bjorn Rebney at this past Friday’s Bellator VI event. American Top Team’s Calvancante attended a previous Bellator card where he stated his interest to Rebney in involving himself with Season Two’s lightweight tournament.
'Minotoro' Nogueira Wins At Jungle Fight
Top 10 ranked light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on Saturday night kept his winning streak intact with a third round submission of Golden Glory fighter Dion Staring at Jungle Fight Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil.
The win marked his fifth straight victory and improved his overall record to 17-3.
Despite having 20 bouts to his credit, Saturday's bout was Nogueira's first in his home country of Brazil. He fought the majority of his early career in Japan, but has spent the majority of his most recent fights in the U.S. and Canada, including wins on both Affliction fight cards.
Antwain Britt swiftly KOs UFC vet Antonio Mendes at Shine Fights
The featured bout at Saturday's Shine Fights' debut event ended swiftly.
Eights seconds to be exact.
Antwain Britt (7-2), who earned a spot on "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast before being forced off the show due to injury, stopped UFC vet Antonio Mendes (16-5) with a swift first-round knockout during Saturday's "Genesis" event at the Celeste Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Takanori Gomi claims non-title win over Shooto champ Takashi Nakakura
Takanori Gomi rebounded from recent back-to-back losses and picked up his first knockout win via strikes in two-and-a-half years with a victory over Takashi Nakakura earlier today at Shooto's latest event, "The Final Tradition."
Gomi (30-5) stopped Shooto star Takashi Nakakura (11-3-1) and snapped his five-fight win streak with the second-round TKO.
It was a must-win fight for Gomi, who was once arguably the world's top lightweight fighter.
New British Promotion Headed Straight To UK TV
Bravo Television is a tempting proposition for any Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the U.K., as it presents a unique opportunity to reach a wider viewing audience as well having a background in UFC programming. In short, Bravo understands the sport.
So when it was originally announced that Bravo was considering MMA in its programming schedule, the promotions started to take note, most of all the British Fighting Championship and Ultimate Challenge. The reality is that neither show will be featured on Bravo and that a new tournament based format show will emerge in its place.
Starting on June 28, BAMMA will be running its first event on Bravo, a fight card featuring three tournaments across the lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight categories and will be fought with the winners moving onto a place in the finals.
Kerry Vera Debuts At Bellator On 5/15
There have been some notable fighting couples in MMA-the Coutures, the Cyborgs (Santos), and now there are the Veras. Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC star Brandon Vera, will make her MMA debut for Bellator on 5/15 in a 135-pound fight against 4-0 Leslie Smith. Of course Brandon Vera will be cornering his wife on fight night.
A Blood Called Shooto
Nearly 25 years ago, Japanese professional wrestler Satoru Sayama -- better known as the original Tiger Mask -- had an idea about fighting, the seed of Shooto.
The first-ever amateur Shooto event was held in 1986, while 1989 marked the first-ever occasion of “professional Shooting.” All mixed martial arts observers know of Greek Pankration -- and the more modern tradition of Brazilian vale tudo -- but Shooto has the longest lineage of any single combat sports entity in contemporary MMA. Fittingly, that lineage will be celebrated this Sunday in Tokyo, when leading Shooto promoter Sustain stages its 20th anniversary event.
“Shooto” is an intriguing concept, its definition varying depending on who you ask. Although Sayama left the world of Shooto in 1986, his original vision is adhered to by authorities who view Shooto not as an organization but as an international sport unto itself, with its own system and rules, taking place from Japan to Australia to Brazil to Belgium and beyond.
For some MMA fans, following Shooto is proof of fanaticism about the sport and, for others, an unfathomable hobby for MMA elitists. One thing that is readily clear, however, is that those who are passionate about Shooto have an intensity about it that is completely incongruous with how most people celebrate other MMA entities. Even in the heyday of UFC-versus-Pride debacles, debates raged over extrinsic qualities of aesthetic production values, roster quality and fighter purses.
BOBBY LASHLEY VS. BOB SAPP SET FOR JUNE 27
The cage may have to be reinforced for the “Ultimate Chaos” headliner as former WWE star Bobby Lashley and mixed-martial-arts legend Bob “The Beast” Sapp battle June 27 on a pay-per-view event live from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.
British Fighting Championship Dead In The Water
The British Fighting Championship was all set to debut next weekend in Nottingham, England following months of turbulent business negotiations in the current economic climate. The proposition was enticing with Grand Prix tournaments in each weight class planned to run over the course of the year to determine an eventual champion in each – with it the prospects of an international springboard onto the big stage… unfortunately, as of Tuesday afternoon, the BFC is stillborn.
10 Great Freak Matches: Part 1
Here’s something wonderful about disavowing any responsibility to your fellow man: You can throw any two people in a ring, instruct them to smack each other in the head until one falls down and then count the gate receipts. (Toughman’s Art Dore -- your patron saint.)
Bellator returns to Connecticut and Florida for Week 11 and Week 12 shows
Bellator Fighting Championships will wrap up its debut season when it returns to Connecticut and Florida for its final Week 11 and Week 12 events.
During Friday's Week 5 event at Hara Arena in Dayton Ohio, Bellator officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) its season-ending shows, which will likely feature the finales of all four of its eight-man tournaments, will be held in familiar venues.
Week 11 will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida (home of Week 1), and the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut (home of Week 2) will host the season-ending Week 12 show.
The events take place June 13 and June 20, respectively.
Chris Horodecki to put past behind while preparing for "Fight Force"
For nine-time IFL veteran Chris Horodecki (12-1), the past year has been a series of unfortunate incidents.
His former employer folded. An injury then forced him out of a scheduled bout with Dan Lauzon at January's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" at the last possible second.
But as "The Polish Hammer" now prepares for a June bout with William Sriyapai (12-4) at "Fight Force: Ultimate Chaos" in Biloxi, Miss., the 21-year-old looks to move on from those setbacks.
Paul 'Semtex' Daley Added To BFC Launch Show
Paul 'Semtex' Daley will be competing under K-1 rules in the opening instalment of the newly-formed British Fighting Championships league, which kicks off on May 16th.
Daley is one of the UK's top MMA talents, having won the Cage Rage welterweight title and challenged Jake Shields for the EliteXC welterweight title prior to that organisation going under.
But he is also a very skilled kickboxer and trains extensively in Holland with top-ranked K-1 talent Melvin Manhoef among others.
Fedor Emelianenko's next fight could be at a summer event in Japan
Although he'll first meet lightweight Shinya Aoki in a special exhibition match at Wednesday's M-1 Challenge event, famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko could next strap up for an MMA fight this summer.
During a press conference today in Japan, Emelianenko's manager, Vadim Finkelchtein, said negotiations are underway for the fighter to meet a "top 10" heavyweight in July or August.
Finkelchtein believes the fight will take place in Japan.