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Lightweight champ Chris Fishgold out of Cage Warriors 82 fight because of injury
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 20, 2017 7:35PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ryan Bader says he has signed with Bellator, explains unique contract provisions
(mmafighting.com)
Ryan Bader to Bellator is official. Bader confirmed the news to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour and detailed some of the unique contract provisions that landed him with the promotion. MMAjunkie first reported Bader’s official signing earlier Monday.
Submitted Mar 20, 2017 7:33PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva to headline Bellator pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator has an historic card planned for later this year. A grudge match between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will headline Bellator 180, a pay-per-view event set for Madison Square Garden, promotion officials confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday. The Associated Press broke the news. The card will take place June 24 in New York City.
Submitted Mar 20, 2017 7:33PM by tildengolfer - 18 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
ONE: Kings of Destiny Full Fight Card Released
(mmaweekly.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 20, 2017 1:51PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt targeted for New Zealand's UFC Fight Night 110 headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 20, 2017 1:48PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BAMMA 29 main event announced as Brett McDermott takes on Ruben Wolf for vacant Heavyweight title
(mmaplus.co.uk)
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.
Submitted Mar 20, 2017 1:45PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Lewis Long headlines Cage Warriors 83 against Che Mills in Wales
(mmaplus.co.uk)
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.
Submitted Mar 20, 2017 1:43PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cynthia Calvillo-Pearl Gonzalez Strawweight Bout Completes UFC 210 Lineup
(sherdog.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 19, 2017 8:36PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
LFA 8: Hamilton VS. Bazzi Main Card Line-Up Revealed
(mmaweekly.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 19, 2017 8:31PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
2017 NCAA Wrestling National Championships recap: Penn State captures another team title
(bloodyelbow.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 19, 2017 8:27PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Why a Mayweather vs. McGregor type fight never happened historically, and why it can happen now
(mmafighting.com)
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...
Submitted Mar 19, 2017 3:46PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
 
Jimi Manuwa, Gunnar Nelson earn $50K Performance of the Night bonuses at UFC Fight Night: London
(mmafighting.com)
Lions eat first and after tonight, Jimi Manuwa will be eating well. Manuwa showed out Saturday night, knocking out sixth-ranked light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 107 in London. The finish came courtesy of a devastating left hook at 3:05 of the first round and earned Manuwa a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus...
Submitted Mar 18, 2017 10:12PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Ian Entwistle ruled out of UFC Fight Night 107, bout with Brett Johns scrapped
(mmajunkie.com)
After missing weight at Friday’s official ceremony, Ian Entwistle has now been ruled out of today’s UFC Fight Night 107 event. MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that doctors pulled Entwistle (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) from a planned contest with bantamweight Brett Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC). An announcement from the promotion is expected shortly.
Submitted Mar 18, 2017 12:02PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Three fighters test positive for marijuana at UFC Fight Night 104
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 17, 2017 7:26PM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fight Nights Global signs Rousimar Palhares, Ali Bagautinov
(mmafighting.com)
The upstart Russian-based Fight Nights Global promotion has signed a collection of familiar names recently. According to CEO Kamil Gadzhiev, the organization recently inked Rousimar Palhares (18-8), Ali Bagautinov (15-6), Josh Hill (15-2) and Tyson Nam (14-8-1) to multi-fight contracts.
Submitted Mar 17, 2017 11:32AM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
WSOF signs champions Blagoy Ivanov, Lance Palmer to new multi-fight contracts
(mmafighting.com)
Just hours before their latest event, World Series of Fighting has secured the services of two of their champions. The promotion has inked both heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov and featherweight champion Lance Palmer to new multi-fight contracts, MMA Fighting has learned.
Submitted Mar 17, 2017 11:31AM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
'UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov' lineup set for Nashville with 13 bouts
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 16, 2017 4:36PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With new deal in tow, Misha Cirkunov meets Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm
(mmajunkie.com)
Misha Cirkunov had a dicey few days when he was on the outs with the UFC after a stalled contract negotiation, but he made amends with UFC President Dana White, got a new deal, and now has a new fight booking. Cirkunov (13-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will take on Volkan Oezdemir (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout when the UFC returns to Sweden for UFC Fight Night 109 in late spring. UFC officials announced the new matchup today.
Submitted Mar 16, 2017 4:33PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC’s Hacran Dias considering return to lightweight
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 16, 2017 4:26PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Announces Upcoming Events in Scotland, Netherlands, Poland
(sherdog.com)
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.
Submitted Mar 16, 2017 4:24PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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