Ilima Macfarlane vs. Jessica Middleton co-headlines Bellator 178 on April 21
Next month’s Bellator 178 fight card will feature a women’s flyweight matchup between Ilima Macfarlane and Jessica Middleton as the co-main event.
Bellator officials today announced the 125-pound bout between Macfarlane (5-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Middleton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).
Bellator 178 takes place April 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Macfarlane has spent almost the entirety of her career under the Bellator banner. She earned a 10-second knockout in her first professional fight, then was signed to the organization, where she has put together four consecutive wins.
James Gallagher-Chinzo Machida featherweight fight added to Bellator 180 in New York
A featherweight bout between James Gallagher and Chinzo Machida is the latest addition to June’s Bellator 180 lineup.
Bellator officials today confirmed the 145-pound matchup between Gallagher (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Machida (5-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) following an announcement from Bellator President Scott Coker on “The MMA Hour.”
Bellator 180 takes place June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card, titled “Bellator: NYC,” airs on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 undercard on Spike.
LFA 8: Hamilton vs Bazzi Main Card Line-Up Revealed
Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced earlier this month that LFA will host three consecutive weeks of LFA events in April. The first of the three will be LFA 8, which will serve as the first nationally televised MMA event to take place in the state of South Carolina. It will also be the eighth LFA event to take place after the strategic merger between leading developmental organizations Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC) and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA).
The main event of LFA 8 will feature a heated battle between two of the hottest flyweight prospects in the sport. The surging Legacy FC standout Cee Jay “The Autobot” Hamilton will look to defend his southern stomping grounds against unrelenting upstart Jesse Bazzi. LFA 8 – Hamilton vs. Bazzi takes place Friday, April 7th at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson's biggest regret? 'Even starting this sport'
Things got very real when, in a particularly profound display of his trademark honesty, Quinton Jackson told ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that he regrets even kicking off his distinguished 17-year MMA career.
“I would have to honestly say that my biggest regret is even starting this sport,” Jackson said. “I gained a lot of fans, I made a lot of money, but I feel like I lost my family. I don’t see them. I don’t know them. My parents are getting older, and I’m living in California, away from them. I have my own family here, my kids and stuff, but I miss my cousins, my parents, and my sisters and brothers.”
Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros set for UFC 212
There will be a Brazil vs. Hawaii table-setter before Jose Aldo and Max Holloway square off at UFC 212.
A welterweight tilt between Erick Silva and Wai'anae’s own Yancy Medeiros has been booked for the UFC’s June 3 pay-per-view in Rio de Janeiro. MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed the news Friday following an initial report by local Hawaiian outlet KHON2.
“Westside boys gonna rep Hawaii in Brazil” Medeiros told KHON2.
John Moraga vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian na UFC Fight Night 110
The fight of Joseph Benavidez with Ben Nguyen and John Moraga with Ashkan Mokhtarian has won the UFC Fight Night 110.
Two duels in the category have been officially announced for the UFC Fight Night 110, which will be held on 10 June in New Zealand Auckland.
Ranked # 1 in the Joseph Benavidez (25-4), who has won six consecutive matches since the second defeat of Demetrious Johnson, crosses the 13th place with Ben Nguyen Nguyen (16-6), who won three out of four Clashes in the octagon, recently confidently beating Geane Herrera.
Australian living in Australia is a very efficient and extremely versatile stand guard who works great on his legs - and in fist and kick exchanges he can endanger Benavidez, especially since he is fighting for the fight. However, it is difficult not to favor here the former challenger, who also has a solid inventory, faced with much stronger rivals and has much more experience.
Josh Stansbury returns to the UFC in June
Looking to rebound from his first loss inside the Octagon, Josh Stansbury (8-3, 1-1 UFC) is set to return to the UFC in June.
The Ohio native will face Jeremy Kimball (14-6, 0-1 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“The Sandman” competed on The Ultimate Fighter 23, where he was a semifinalist as part of Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s team. He made his official debut at the show’s finale, topping castmate Cory Hendricks via majority decision last July. He came up short in his sophomore UFC outing, however, losing a unanimous decision to Devin Clark at the TUF 24 Finale in December. The loss snapped an eight-fight winning streak for Stansbury, and was his first defeat since he started his career 0-2 in 2009.
Ilir Latifi vs. ‘Minotouro' Nogueira added to UFC Fight Night 112
A light heavyweight clash between Ilir Latifi and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was officially announced for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City, Okla., on June 25.
Latifi (12-5, 1 NC) and Nogueira (22-8) are both coming off stoppage losses to Ryan Bader.
Prior to the defeats, Latifi was riding a three-fight winning streak over Gian Villante, Sean O’Connell and Hans Stringer, and “Minotouro" had just defeated Patrick Cummins by knockout in Brazil.
Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus title fight set for Bellator 180
One of Bellator’s top pound-for-pound fighters is coming to pay-per-view.
Michael Chandler will defend his lightweight title against Brent Primus at Bellator 180 on June 24 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Thursday. The event will air live on PPV.
Chandler (16-3) has won four straight and is coming off a successful title defense against former UFC champion Benson Henderson in November. The Missouri native won the belt for a second time in June 2016, via knockout over Patricky Freire. Chandler, 30, has been a cornerstone for Bellator and one of its most tenured athletes, going back to 2010.
Heavyweight or catchweight? Confusion reigns over ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. ‘King Mo’ rematch
When Bellator first announced the rematch between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for March 31 at Bellator 175, the bout was unveiled as a heavyweight attraction. But that message was seemingly unclear for one of the competitors.
On a conference call Wednesday to promote Bellator 175, Jackson and Lawal kicked things off by arguing about their usual topic of conversation. Lawal accused Jackson of “looking kinda old” and “kinda fat” ahead of the rematch, while Jackson brushed off the criticism and warned that he would be walking into the cage at a far heavier weight than his foe. But then something curious happened.
Family of late kickboxer Dennis Munson files wrongful death lawsuit against Roufusport
The family of kickboxer Dennis Munson Jr., who died following a fight promoted by Roufusport, has filed a lawsuit against the well-known mixed martial arts gym and others involved.
Munson Jr. died in 2014 due to complications from head trauma following a kickboxing match. Munson trained at Roufusport and the card was run by gym management. Munson Jr.’s estate and parents are named as plaintiffs in the wrongful death lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, per online court records.
Champ Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader on Bellator 180's PPV card? The fighters are in
Phil Davis and Ryan Bader, who were longtime UFC light-heavyweight contenders, want a rematch – under the Bellator banner, and on pay-per-view.
On Monday officials announced Bellator 180 is slated for June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The event, which already features light heavyweights Chael Sonnen (29-14-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) vs. Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) and heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA 0-0 BMMA) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), airs on PPV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
It’ll be the second PPV in Bellator history, and Davis and Bader want to be a part of it.
UFC lightweights Marc Diakiese, Paul Felder trade Twitter barbs, fight seems inevitable
Two of the UFC’s most exciting lightweights seem pretty close to a fight, if Twitter is any gauge.
The recently victorious Marc Diakiese (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) today exchanged unpleasantries on social media. Diakiese said he’s now working to put them in the octagon soon.
It all started at the post-event press conference for this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 107, where Diakiese pulled off a highlight reel knockout of Teemu Packalen in just 30 seconds, winning a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts.