Lightweight champ Chris Fishgold out of Cage Warriors 82 fight because of injury
Cage Warriors lightweight champion Chris Fishgold has been pulled from his Cage Warriors 82 fight with Jani Salmi because of injury, the promotion announced today on Twitter.
Fishgold (16-1) and Salmi (9-2) were set to meet in the co-main event of Cage Warriors 82, which takes place April 1 at Echo Arena Liverpool in Liverpool. The card streams on UFC Fight Pass. The promotion has not announced a possible replacement bout.
ONE: Kings of Destiny Full Fight Card Released
Eduard Folayang has been slated to make the first defense of his lightweight belt at ONE: Kings of Destiny for several weeks now. The Filipino will be fighting Ev Ting. The promotion released on Monday the rest of the nine-fight card, which is set for April 21 in Manila.
In the co-main event at the MOA Arena, Kevin Belingon (14-5) faces Toni Tauru (11-4-1). Both men have challenged unsuccessfully for the bantamweight belt, but got their careers back on track with wins toward the tail end of 2016.
Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt targeted for New Zealand's UFC Fight Night 110 headliner
New Zealand’s UFC Fight Night 110 lineup could soon have a big main event.
A heavyweight matchup between Derrick Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Mark Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC) is being targeted for the May event’s headlining slot.
People with knowledge of the matchup told MMAjunkie the fight is in the works. They spoke on the condition of anonymity since the potential bout hasn’t been signed or formally announced. Additionally, Hunt is currently under a medical suspension, which runs until April 19, due to a leg injury he suffered in a knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 earlier this month. He’ll first need medical clearance before signing a bout agreement.
BAMMA 29 main event announced as Brett McDermott takes on Ruben Wolf for vacant Heavyweight title
Having recently announced the promotions return to Birmingham for BAMMA 29, BAMMA has now announced that the vacant heavyweight title will be up for grabs in an explosive main event between Brett “The Spartan” McDermott and Ruben “The Viking” Wolf.
BAMMA 29 takes place on Friday, May 12 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England. The event will feature not only the heavyweight title fight but also has a middleweight title co-main event as Yannick Bahati and Matt Hallam go head-to-head for the vacant strap.
Lewis Long headlines Cage Warriors 83 against Che Mills in Wales
After reports suggesting Lew Long would be headlining an event in Newport, Cage Warriors have announced that welterweights Che Mills and Long will main event Cage Warriors 83 on May 6.
The pair were originally scheduled to fight at Cage Warriors 79 in Newport on October 15, 2016 but the bout was cancelled due to an injury to Long.
Cynthia Calvillo-Pearl Gonzalez Strawweight Bout Completes UFC 210 Lineup
The UFC 210 card is now complete with the addition of a strawweight clash between Cynthia Calvillo and Pearl Gonzalez.
The pairing was announced during the UFC Fight Night 107 Fight Pass stream on Saturday. UFC 210 takes place on April 8 at the Keybank Center in Buffalo and is headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.
Calvillo made her Octagon debut at UFC 209, where she scored a first-round rear-naked choke victory over Amanda Bobby Cooper on March 4. The 29-year-old Team Alpha Male product is 4-0 as a professional, with all but one of her triumphs coming inside the distance.
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.
2017 NCAA Wrestling National Championships recap: Penn State captures another team title
Penn State’s dominant wrestling program continued its success at the 2017 NCAA Wrestling National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.
After another season of collegiate wrestling, Penn State once again proves that they have the best team in the country; securing the sixth team championship in seven years. Along with that Kyle Snyder and J’Den Cox earned additional national titles along with a few surprise upsets to close out the final day of wrestling for this season.
From a team standpoint, Penn State continued the dominance that the Big Ten conference has enjoyed in recent memory. By the time the showcase was over, the PSU Lions had champions at five different weights; Zain Retheford (149), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174), Bo Nickal (184) each walked away with titles after impressive performances. Freshman Joseph is perhaps the biggest surprise of the group as he pinned two-time national champion, Isaiah Martinez at the 5:26 mark. Nickal shocked many in the wrestling world when he became the first to defeat Gabe Dean in what was yet another surprise finish on the day.
Why a Mayweather vs. McGregor type fight never happened historically, and why it can happen now
Dana White's latest revelation, that a proposed Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight will probably happen, besides being a quick about-face from what he was saying just days earlier, speaks more to modern technology's ability to drive so much revenue on a singular night than anything else.
It's been roughly 11 years since the UFC was able to hang with boxing, and eventually surpass boxing (except for rare superfights) as a consistent pay-per-view draw. From that point, the idea of a true top drawing boxer vs. top drawing UFC fighter would have always been a big one-night money grab. But there was a logical reason it would never happen, aside from when the past-his-prime James Toney faced Randy Couture. It's the same reason that for the last 100 years similar matches with the biggest boxer of any given era against the biggest wrestling star of any given era never took place...
Three fighters test positive for marijuana at UFC Fight Night 104
Three UFC fighters have failed drug tests and have been sanctioned in the state of Texas. But not with USADA.
Niko Price, Curtis Blaydes and Abel Trujillo all tested positive for marijuana in in-competition drug tests in relation to UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston, sources told MMA Fighting on Friday. All three have been suspended 90 days and fined $1,000 by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), sources said.
'UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov' lineup set for Nashville with 13 bouts
The 13-bout lineup up is set for next month’s “UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov” event in Tennessee.
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
In the headliner, Cub Swanson (24-7 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, takes on Artem Lobov (13-12-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who headlines his first UFC event.
UFC’s Hacran Dias considering return to lightweight
Hacran Dias is likely done fighting at 145 pounds.
The Nova Uniao talent, who fought seven times as a featherweight under the UFC banner, is considering a return to the lightweight division.
Dias, who competed the majority of his career before signing with the UFC in 2012, entered the promotion with a 20-1-1 record. After joining the UFC, the Rio de Janeiro native went 3-4.
UFC Announces Upcoming Events in Scotland, Netherlands, Poland
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has revealed a trio of European events for the second half of 2017.
The Las Vegas-based promotion will travel to Glasgow, Scotland, on July 16; Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 2 and Gdansk, Poland, on Oct. 21. According to a release, those events will complete the UFC’s European schedule — which features a total of five fight cards — for the year.