WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje enters free agency
World Series of Fighting could soon be on the verge of losing its lightweight champion.
Justin Gaethje (17-0), considered one of the best and most exciting young fighters in MMA, is officially a free agent, according to multiple sources.
MMA Fighting reported in November that Gaethje was planning on testing the free-agent market in early 2017, and on Monday, FOXSports.com reported he was now officially free to field offers. Sources told MMA Figthing that he was given clearance to do so on Friday. WSOF currently has the right to match any offer Gaethje receives.
Arlovski-Tybura, Gomi-Tuck among fights added to UFC Singapore
The UFC’s return to Singapore will include fights involving Andrei Arlovski and Takanori Gomi.
The UFC kicked off Tuesday with a slew of fight announcements for its Saturday, June 17th event in Singapore. Two of the bigger names confirmed for the event are former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi. Arlovski will be facing Poland’s Marcin Tybura, while Gomi will take on Jon Tuck.
Arlovski (25-14, 1 NC) has lost four straight bouts, including a 92-second thrashing vs. Francis Ngannou at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver. His other defeats during this run have come against Josh Barnett (who became the first man to submit Arlovski), Alistair Overeem, and current champion Stipe Miocic. The last time Arlovski won a fight was by unanimous decision vs. Frank Mir at UFC 191, which gave him an unlikely six-fight winning streak. Tybura (15-2) had a disappointing UFC debut, losing to Timothy Johnson by decision last May in Zagreb, Croatia. Since then, Tybura has scored back-to-back stoppage wins, knocking out Viktor Pesta with a head kick in August, then TKOing Luiz Henrique at UFC 209.
Top Russian heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov Commits to fighting on M-1 Challenge 80 card
Russian heavyweight Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov has committed to fighting June 15 on the M-1 Challenge 80 card in Harbin, China. Kharitonov will square-off against veteran Brazilian MMA fighter Marcus Viniciuds “Montanha” Lopes in the main event.
Kharitonov (23-6-0, M-1: 3-0-0) is undefeated in three M-1 Challenge events having defeated former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Kenny “Deuce” Garner twice, at M-1 Challenge 59 in 2015 at Kazakhstan (WKO/TKO4 – punches) and M-1 Challenge 43 in 2013 at China, (KO/TKO3 – injury), and to Alexei Kudin at M-1 Challenge 53 in 2014 Russia (KO2).
LFA 10: Heinisch vs. Rota Gets Huge, 7 Fight Main Card
Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced earlier this month that LFA will host three consecutive weeks of LFA events in April. The third of the three will be LFA 10, which will be the second LFA event to take place in the state of Colorado. It will also be the tenth LFA event to take place after the strategic merger between leading developmental organizations Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC).
The main event of LFA 10 will feature the long-awaited showdown between two top middleweights who were originally slated to tangle at LFA 5. The main event of LFA 10 will see undefeated blue-chip prospect Ian Heinisch finally lock horns with Brazilian powerhouse Lucas Rota. LFA 10 – Heinisch vs. Rota takes place Friday, April 21st at the Massari Arena in Pueblo, Colorado. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Vitor Miranda vs. Marvin Vettori added to UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma
A middleweight clash between Vitor Miranda and Marcin Vettori was booked for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City on June 25. Both fighters revealed the bout on social media following a report by Combate.
Miranda (12-5), a TUF: Brazil 4 heavyweight finalist, looks to get back on track after Chris Camozzi snapped his three-fight knockout streak last May. Miranda stayed on the sidelines for months after the loss after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Bellator 180 pay-per-view price set at $49.95 for high-definition
Bellator 180 pay-per-view price set at $49.95 for high-definition
By: Steven Marrocco | March 27, 2017 7:45 pm
Bigger stars, bigger venue, bigger price tag.
The Bellator 180 pay-per-view offering, “Bellator NYC,” will set you back $49.95 for the high-definition version of the company’s second pay-per-view event on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed the news today to MMAjunkie after an announcement on “The MMA Hour.” A price for the standard definition version of the event is not yet available, Coker added.
The Viacom-owned promotion’s first PPV event, Bellator 120, was priced between $30 and $45. According to former CEO Bjorn Rebney, that was due to cable operators picking their own price.
As previously reported, Bellator 120 drew 100,000 buys.
Ilima Macfarlane vs. Jessica Middleton co-headlines Bellator 178 on April 21
Next month’s Bellator 178 fight card will feature a women’s flyweight matchup between Ilima Macfarlane and Jessica Middleton as the co-main event.
Bellator officials today announced the 125-pound bout between Macfarlane (5-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Middleton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).
Bellator 178 takes place April 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Macfarlane has spent almost the entirety of her career under the Bellator banner. She earned a 10-second knockout in her first professional fight, then was signed to the organization, where she has put together four consecutive wins.
James Gallagher-Chinzo Machida featherweight fight added to Bellator 180 in New York
A featherweight bout between James Gallagher and Chinzo Machida is the latest addition to June’s Bellator 180 lineup.
Bellator officials today confirmed the 145-pound matchup between Gallagher (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Machida (5-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) following an announcement from Bellator President Scott Coker on “The MMA Hour.”
Bellator 180 takes place June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card, titled “Bellator: NYC,” airs on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 undercard on Spike.
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.
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson's biggest regret? 'Even starting this sport'
Things got very real when, in a particularly profound display of his trademark honesty, Quinton Jackson told ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that he regrets even kicking off his distinguished 17-year MMA career.
“I would have to honestly say that my biggest regret is even starting this sport,” Jackson said. “I gained a lot of fans, I made a lot of money, but I feel like I lost my family. I don’t see them. I don’t know them. My parents are getting older, and I’m living in California, away from them. I have my own family here, my kids and stuff, but I miss my cousins, my parents, and my sisters and brothers.”
Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros set for UFC 212
There will be a Brazil vs. Hawaii table-setter before Jose Aldo and Max Holloway square off at UFC 212.
A welterweight tilt between Erick Silva and Wai'anae’s own Yancy Medeiros has been booked for the UFC’s June 3 pay-per-view in Rio de Janeiro. MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed the news Friday following an initial report by local Hawaiian outlet KHON2.
“Westside boys gonna rep Hawaii in Brazil” Medeiros told KHON2.
John Moraga vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian na UFC Fight Night 110
The fight of Joseph Benavidez with Ben Nguyen and John Moraga with Ashkan Mokhtarian has won the UFC Fight Night 110.
Two duels in the category have been officially announced for the UFC Fight Night 110, which will be held on 10 June in New Zealand Auckland.
Ranked # 1 in the Joseph Benavidez (25-4), who has won six consecutive matches since the second defeat of Demetrious Johnson, crosses the 13th place with Ben Nguyen Nguyen (16-6), who won three out of four Clashes in the octagon, recently confidently beating Geane Herrera.
Australian living in Australia is a very efficient and extremely versatile stand guard who works great on his legs - and in fist and kick exchanges he can endanger Benavidez, especially since he is fighting for the fight. However, it is difficult not to favor here the former challenger, who also has a solid inventory, faced with much stronger rivals and has much more experience.