Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead booked for UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro
The UFC’s lineup for its return to Brazil in June continues to grow with the addition of a welterweight fight.
Brazil’s Luan Chagas (14-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) is set to take on England’s Jim Wallhead (29-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 212, according to a report from Brazilian news outlet Combate.com. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
England's Darren Till meets Germany's Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden
A welterweight fight is the latest addition to next month’s UFC return to Sweden.
Unbeaten Englishman Darren Till (13-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) is set to take on Germany’s Jessin Ayari (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) when the promotion heads to Stockholm in late May.
UFC Fight Night 109 takes place May 28 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Multiple Bouts Added to Bellator NYC & Bellator 180 on June 24
PHIL DAVIS SET TO DEFEND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST RYAN BADER DURING SPIKE-TELEVISED BELLATOR 180
WRESTLING PHENOM AARON PICO TO MAKE MMA DEBUT AGAINST ZACH FREEMAN ON MAIN CARD
ALSO, NEIMAN GRACIE VS. DAVE MARFONE ADDED TO SPIKE TELECAST, WHILERYAN COUTURE-HAIM GOZALI ANCHOR BELLATOR 180 PRELIMS ON BELLATOR.COM
LOS ANGELES – The biggest night in the history of Bellator continues to grow, with the addition of Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) defending his light heavyweight world title against one of the promotion’s newest free agent acquisitions, Ryan Bader (22-5), during the main event ofBellator 180: Davis vs. Baderon June 24th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The five-round contest will anchor the LIVE and FREE broadcast of Bellator 180, which airs on SPIKE. In addition, undefeated Neiman Gracie (5-0) will return to action when he meets Dave Marfone (5-2) at welterweight. This contest, along with “Mr. Wonderful” versus “Darth” Bader joins a previously announced bout pitting “The Strabanimal” James Gallagher (6-0) againstChinzo Machida (5-2).
Victory Fighting Championship announces full lineup for VFC 57
Daniel “Big Kansas” Gallemore (6-3) vs. Daniel “The Predator” James (6-2-1) – VFC heavyweight title
Nick “Garfield” Mamalis (18-10) vs. Kevin “Pocket Herc” Gray (8-3) – VFC flyweight title
Darrick Minner (17-6) vs. Justin “O-Town” Overton (4-3) – featherweight
Josh “Slipknot” Pfeifer (5-2) vs. Cody Carillo (11-14) – lightweight
Daron McCant (2-0) vs. Sharkey Slyter (3-1) – bantamweight
Chance Thackerston (3-0) vs. Trey Ogden (7-1) – lightweight
Rob Mitchell (1-0) vs. Alex “Mr. Hyde” McGowan (1-1) – featherweight
Dustin Kramer (4-1) vs. Matt Murray (1-0) – bantamweight
Arnold Berdon (7-2) vs. Johnnie Roades (9-11) – bantamweight
A pair of title bouts top the lineup for Victory Fighting Championship’s VFC 57 slated for Friday, May 5 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kansas, and live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
Oh Japan: 12 year old girl to make MMA debut vs. adult
Manager Shu Hirata writing for ADCombat reports that a 12-year-old 7th grader named MoMo will be fighting 24-year-old Momoko Yamazaki at DEEP JEWELS 16 on May 20th. Yamazaki is 2-3 as an amateur; this will be the debut for Momo. The fight is scheduled to be contested in the 95-pound division; Momo weights 86 lbs so presumably will be giving up about 10% of her weight, which is a lot. Yamazaki is described in the press release as having been bullied in junior high school, which led to street fighting, or a series of “tale of triumphs on the street.”
Valerie Letourneau signs with Bellator MMA
UFC bantamweight and strawweight veteran Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau has signed with Bellator MMA to compete in her much more natural weight division – flyweight.
The debut is expected to take place in late Summer and was first reported by Ariel Helwani.
UFC Signs Mackenzie Dern To Same Contract Type As Cris Cyborg
Almost every athlete who gets into the sport of mixed martial arts has the goal of one day making it to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. To make anything close to a constant flow of money, UFC is the only reliable fight league that runs shows on a consistent enough basis to pay their fighters more regular than any other promotion out there.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling ace turned fighter Mackenzie Dern has taken the regional MMA scene by storm. She is currently riding a three fight win-streak that saw her dominate Kenia Rosas, Montana Stewart, and most recently Katherine Roy.
Fight Night 108 Bonuses: Swanson, Lobov, Perry, Moreno Garner $50K Checks
It might not have been the most well received main event when it was announced, but Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov put on a show when the lights were on.
Swanson and Lobov received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their five-round featherweight battle in the UFC Fight Night 108 headliner in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night. Lobov, a big underdog heading into the bout, withstood a barrage of punishment over the course of 25 minutes and may have even gotten the better of Swanson in the opening stanza. Ultimately, it was Swanson’s multi-faceted offensive arsenal that prevailed, as the Jackson-Wink MMA representative captured a unanimous verdict.
Colbey Northcutt, Sage’s sister, set to make pro MMA debut in June
Another member of the famed Northcutt family is coming to professional mixed martial arts.
Colbey Northcutt, the older sister of UFC fighter Sage Northcutt, will make her pro MMA debut in June for Legacy Fighting Alliance, MMA Fighting has learned. LFA has four events scheduled for June, so it’s unclear at this time which card she’ll be competing on. Her opponent has yet to be finalized, as well.
Mamed Khalidov may test free agency following KSW stadium show
One of the name synonymous with the KSW brand may not be long for the promotion.
According to mmanews.pl, Mamed Khalidov’s upcoming stadium show main event is the final fight on his current contract with the promotion. The KSW middleweight champion is scheduled to face the promotion’s welterweight titleholder Boris Mankowski in the main event of KSW’s biggest show to date.
"Yes, this is the last fight on Mamed Khalidov’s current contract,” co-owner Maciej Kawulski confirmed with the Polish outlet. “With him, the agreement in force is an average of 2 or 3 years and it is true that after the battle with Boris Mankowski, his contract will end."
UFC/Bellator vet Maiquel Falcao gets horrible beating in late stoppage at Fight Nights Global 63
Referee incompetence is something that has and likely always will be part of MMA. Unfortunately, another egregious display occurred at today’s Fight Night Global 63 event in Vladivostok, Primorsky, Russia.
Former UFC and Bellator fighter Maiquel Falcao (37-10) was the recipient of an extended beating at the hands of Vladimir Mineev (9-1) during their middleweight bout after the referee refused to step in and stop the fight until essentially the latest possible moment.
Paul Craig vs. Khalil Rountree, two more bouts added to UFC Glasgow
Paul Craig has been given a chance to rebound from his first professional loss in front of his home crowd later this summer.
The Scottish fighter has been booked to fight Khalil Rountree in a light heavyweight contest at the UFC’s event in Glasgow, which set to take place on July 16 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The main event for the card has yet to be announced by the promotion.
Gian Villante vs. Patrick Cummins set for UFC on FOX 25
The first UFC event at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum will have some Long Island flavor.
Former Hofstra football standout Gian Villante will take on the ultra-tough Patrick Cummins in a light heavyweight bout at UFC on FOX 25 in Uniondale, N.Y. Newsday originally reported the bout on Wednesday.
Villante takes a 15-8 record into the matchup, with 10 wins via knockout. He’s traded losses and wins in his past six fights, and is coming off a third-round TKO loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Brazil on March 11.