Bellator signs Brazilian bantamweight prospect Leandro Higo
Another talent from the Pitbull Brothers team has joined Bellator MMA.
Leandro Higo, the Legacy Fighting Alliance 135-pound champion, has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with the promotion, Bellator officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Higo (17-2) became the RFA bantamweight champion last April with a first-round submission over Joey Miolla. When RFA and Legacy FC merged into LFA, the Brazilian added the LFA belt to his resume with a decision victory over Legacy FC champion Steven Peterson in January.
Cindy Dandois signs with UFC, meets Alexis Davis at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville
The UFC has a new women’s bantamweight on its roster, and she’ll make her promotional debut in April.
Cindy Dandois (8-2, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the promotion and will fight former title challenger Alexis Davis (17-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 108. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, featherweight Cub Swanson takes on Conor McGregor teammate and training partner Artem Lobov.
Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook booked for UFC 210 in Buffalo
Another of New York’s native sons is headed for a fight in his home state this spring.
New Yorker Gregor Gillespie (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on Andrew Holbrook (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a lightweight fight at UFC 210. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk meets Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in Dallas
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will attempt her fifth consecutive title defense at UFC 211 when she puts her belt up for grabs, this time against Jessica Andrade.
Jedrzejczyk (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) announced the title bout with Andrade (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) today on the FOXSports.com PROcast app (via Twitter):
It's on! #UFC champion @joannamma is returning to Dallas to defend her title for a 5th time! What do you think of her opponent for #UFC211?
Bellator suing UFC to prevent access to documents in anti-trust suit
In 2015 a class-action, anti-trust lawsuit was filed against the UFC. It is ongoing, and argues that the league crippled the market, and created an environment where fighters were unable to fight anywhere else.
The suit accuses the UFC of running “an illegal scheme to eliminate competition from would-be rival MMA Promoters by systematically preventing them from gaining access to resources critical to successful MMA Promotions, including by imposing extreme restrictions on UFC Fighters’ ability to fight for would-be rivals during and after their tenure with the UFC.”
Two fights have been added UFC 209: Albert Morales vs Andre Soukhamthath and Cynthia Calvillo vs Amanda Cooper
Albert Morales (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) is slated to welcome CES MMA bantamweight champion Andre Soukhamthath (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon while newcomer Cynthia Calvillo (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets “The Ultimate Fighter 23” finalist Amanda Cooper (2-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout.
MMAjunkie confirmed the bookings with representatives from each matchup. The UFC 209 fight card now has a total of 12 bouts. UFC officials are expected to announce both of the new matchups shortly.
Here we go again: Filipovic out, Liam McGeary now meets Brett McDermott in Bellator 173 main event
For the second time in 48 hours, Bellator 173 headliner Liam McGeary has a new opponent for Friday’s card.
On Monday, Bellator officials announced that Chris Fields had been forced out of the Bellator 173 main event against former light heavyweight champion McGeary (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) and would be replaced by promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
But today, Filipovic is out, too. Stepping up on two days’ notice to take his place will be Brett McDermott (7-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who like Filipovic will be making his promotional debut.
Uncle Creepy: My body f@$%in’ failed me
Ian McCall is probably the most popular fighter on the UG, and absolutely the most cursed. At UFC 208 McCall was forced off the card at the last moment after suffering gastrointestinal distress. It was his fifth fight in a row to be canceled, and his eight in the past three years.
‘Uncle Creepy’ detailed what happened during a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience.
Liam McGeary gets new opponent for Bellator 173 main event
For the second week in a row, Bellator is forced to change a main event on short notice.
Days after pulling Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione from Bellator 172 due to illness, former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary found himself without an opponent after Chris Fields suffered an undisclosed injury. Severe MMA first reported the news.
Headlining Friday’s Bellator 173 in Belfast, McGeary will now take on promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic, who enters the Bellator cage for the first time after winning eight of 10 professional bouts in Serbia and Russia, including six stoppages.
Top flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi signs with Rizin
Kyoji Horiguchi didn’t stay long in the open market, as the Japanese star has signed a new deal to return home and compete with Rizin Fighting Federation. Promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara has announced the news on Monday, saying that the contract with the 26-year-old UFC contender has been finalized.