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.
Reza Madadi Ready for Final Bout at UFC Stockholm in May
Reza Madadi is ready to call it a career. However, he wants his last bout to go down on May 28th at the UFC in Stockholm. “I have been in this sport for more than 10 years and have been lucky to compete against the best fighters in the world. Every good story has an end and I have a wish ; that is to fight my last fight and 20th MMA fight at @ufc Sweden, in my hometown Stockholm and in front of my home crowd.” states the Allstars Training Center fighter on his Facebook account.
“MAY 28TH, BEAUTIFUL WEATHER IN SWEDEN, SOLD OUT ARENA, WHO IS UP FOR A BATTLE?”
Nico Musoke ‘I Am Back and Fight Ready!’
Nico Musoke (13-4-1) is looking to get back into the Octagon. “I am healthy, free from injuries. I declared this with the UFC a few months ago and just looking to speed things up.” says the Swede to mmaViking.com that wants the world to know he wants to fight.
Sarah Kaufman Defeats Jessica-Rose Clark At Battlefield FC 1 In Seoul
Former Strikeforce champion and UFC contender Sarah Kaufman bounced back from her first two-fight losing streak with a clear-cut decision victory tonight at Battlefield Fighting Championship 1 in Seoul, South Korea. Kaufman defeated Jessica-Rose “Jessy Jess” Clark in the co-main event.
Kaufman dominated the first round of tonight’s featured bantamweight bout on the ground after taking Clark down, and she remained in control of the fight on the feet in rounds two and three. After cruising to victory on the scorecards, Kaufman announced plans to compete again for Battlefield FC.
Kaufman (18-4-0, 1 ND) landed a punch-kick combo early in the fight and she took Clark (6-4-0, 1 NC) down after catching a body kick. Clark attempted a triangle choke from her back and Kaufman slammed her way free. Clark tried to stand up, but Kaufman kept her pinned down with a front headlock. She took Clark’s back and landed short punches to the sides of her head after sinking in both hooks. Kaufman worked for rear-naked chokes and she finished the round with a series of punches.
Vitor Belfort Suggest CM Punk For Retirement Fight
CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.
As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”
UFC Fight Night 107 Medical Suspensions: Three Fighters Face 6-Month Layoffs
Francimar Barroso, Bradley Scott and Scott Askham are all facing 180-day suspensions following this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 107 card in London.
The UFC recently released a list of medical suspensions from the event to MMAjunkie.com. UFC Fight Night 107 took place at the O2 Arena and saw Jimi Manuwa score a first-round knockout victory over Corey Anderson in the main event. Anderson has been suspended 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days for precautionary reasons following the knockout defeat. Manuwa did not receive a medical suspension.
Jeff Monson will face the Russian, who has scored 11-year prison term for murder
Jeff Monson in the next duel will take quite unusual challenge. In the Russian Kursk able to compete because of the representative of the host Maxim Novoselov , who was once sentenced to 14 years in prison for murder, but was paroled after 11 years behind bars. Interestingly was European champion in combat sambo in 2012, was re-arrested for drug smuggling but since April 2016 remain at large.
American who delighted in performances for the Russian Federation will face the player who will have a significant advantage of physical conditions. 46-year-old Monson will fight Kursk in his 87-fight MMA career while his rival Novoselov have their account just 5.
UFC Executive ‘We Want To Be in Copenhagen’
The stars were aligning for the Octagon to land in Denmark for the first time this May, but soon after initial reports about fights being planned for the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen, the location was suddenly confirmed for Stockholm.
“We were obviously in discussions. They were working through their opening and launch.” says Joe Carr, senior vice president of UFC international and content, to MMAViking.com about the attempt to put on event at the new indoor venue that opened last month.