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WSOF Two-Division Champion David Branch Vacates Both Titles, Declares Himself a Free Agent
World Series of Fighting was kind to David Branch, but now WSOF's only two-division champion has no belts and is ready to fly the coop. Monday, in an interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” the 35-year-old Bronx native stated that he had vacated both his WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight titles and was now a free agent after four-plus years with the promotion, where he racked up an undefeated 10-0 mark during his tenure, plus two title belts.
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 2:48AM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
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British officials boycott Russia’s ACB after promoter overturns multiple fights
A group of officials from the United Kingdom will no longer work events promoted by Russia’s Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB). Prominent British referee Marc Goddard confirmed with MMA Fighting that he and other referees and judges from the UK are boycotting future ACB events due to the questionable overturning of two fights from an event last month in Austria.
Submitted Feb 4, 2017 6:45PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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WSOF vacates Marlon Moraes’ belt, books three title fights for WSOF 35
On the heels of 2016’s year-end show, World Series of Fighting is returning to New York with another championship triple-header at WSOF 35 in Verona, NY. And one of the titles up for grabs on March 18 will be the bantamweight belt long held by 135-pound stud Marlon Moraes, which has since been vacated, according to the promotion.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 7:00PM by Braden - 10 comments
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‘Formerly promoted’ - Has World Series of Fighting been transferred or folded?
The entity doing business as WSOF is now a former MMA promoter, according to court documents. MMAWC, LLC filed a lawsuit on Monday in Clark County District Court describing itself as the “Las Vegas-based company that formerly promoted professional events in the sport of mixed martial arts,” seemingly suggesting that either a new entity has acquired WSOF assets or WSOF’s days as an MMA promoter are over.
Submitted Jan 27, 2017 6:07PM by Braden - 12 comments
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Celine Haga chokes out Amy Montenegro at buzzer, loses bout at Invicta 21
Celine Haga choked her opponent out. And still somehow lost the fight.
Submitted Jan 14, 2017 11:33PM by Braden - 7 comments
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Elizabeth Phillips to make Invicta FC debut after Heather Hardy fight falls off card
Invicta FC is shuffling the deck just four days out of its next event. The MMA debut of popular female boxer Heather Hardy is now off due to an injury to her opponent Brieta Carpenter, MMA Fighting confirmed Tuesday night with Invicta officials. In its place at Invicta FC 21 on Saturday will be a featherweight bout between UFC veteran Elizabeth Phillips and Leah Letson. The fights take place in Kansas City.
Submitted Jan 11, 2017 1:55AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Angela Lee to defend ONE atomweight title in March against Jenny Huang
Coming off one of the best fights of 2016, Angela Lee will put her ONE Championship atomweight belt on the line when she faces Jenny Huang on March 11. ONE: Warrior Kingdom takes place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Submitted Jan 4, 2017 3:33PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Champ Blagoy Ivanov vs. Shawn Jordan slated for WSOF 35 on Feb. 25
The heavyweight title will be on the line next month at WSOF 35. During Saturday’s WSOF 34 broadcast, officials confirmed an upcoming title fight between reigning champion Blagoy Ivanov (14-1) and challenger Shawn Jordan (19-7).
Submitted Jan 2, 2017 3:09PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Invicta FC 21 complete with addition of three fights
With the addition of three new fights, Invicta FC 21 is complete. The event will held on January 14, 2917, in Kansas City, Missouri. The new fights are: Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee vs. Jenny Liou at flyweight; Rachael Ostovich vs. Christine ‘Misfit’ Ferea also at flyweight; and, Amy Montenegro vs. Celine Haga (10-13) at strawweight. Lee is coming off her first loss, to Sarah D’Alelio at Invicta 16. Liou is on a three-fight win streak, all via submission. Ostovich is coming off a Split Decision win over Ariel Beck at Invicta 17. Ferea is making her pro debut, after going 3-1 as an amateur. Montenegro and Haga each won four of their past five fight. Invicta FC 21 is headlined by Charmaine Tweet vs. Megan Anderson. Other fights on the card include: Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks DeAnna Bennett vs. Jodie Esquibel
Submitted Dec 21, 2016 10:50PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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LFA 2 slated for Jan. 20 with Mike Richman vs. Lazar Stojadinovic headliner
The second event for LFA, a promotion born out of the Legacy FC-RFA merger, is slated for Jan. 20. Officials today announced three bouts for LFA 2, which airs on AXS TV from Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn. In the headliner, Minnesota native and big-show vet Mike Richman (18-6) takes on surging Lazar Stojadinovic (11-5) at featherweight.
Submitted Dec 20, 2016 12:55PM by JLS - 0 comments
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RIZIN openweight GP quarterfinals official, including Mirko Cro Cop vs. King Mo Lawal
RIZIN Fighting Federation announced new match-ups for the promotion’s openweight GP now that Wanderlei Silva and Shane Carwin are out of the tournament. Mirko Cro Cop, originally booked to face “The Axe Murderer”, will now meet Muhammed Lawal at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Dec. 29.
Submitted Dec 19, 2016 3:17PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Shannon Knapp to launch Invicta Boxing Championships
Despite its issues, the vast majority of fighters want to get into the UFC. There is no certain consensus on what league is the surest route up. Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat, World Series of Fighting, Legacy Fighting Alliance, Titan Fighting Championships are among a group that constantly sends fighters up to the biggest show. But that’s for men. For women’s MMA, there is only one – Invicta Fighting Championship. Under the direction of founder Shannon Knapp, the surest way for a woman to get into the UFC is by excelling in Invicta.
Submitted Dec 17, 2016 3:28PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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2x Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla moving to MMA 145lb
Kayla Harrison enters an ordinary door on a gray street on the outskirts of the Garment District and goes down the stairs to arrive at Renzo Gracie's jiu-jitsu academy. There is no entourage, no handlers, no TMZ, just her and a bunch of sweaty fighters who pay her no mind. You wouldn't know she is the most successful American judo Olympian in history. The 26-year-old Ohio native recently signed a four-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting In choosing the smaller promotion, Harrison turned down an offer from the UFC, according to the Boston Herald, to slowly and steadily build herself into the best MMA fighter in the world.
Submitted Dec 14, 2016 2:58PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Chuck Liddell Inks Deal With WSOF Following UFC Termination
Fresh off his departure from the UFC, Chuck Liddell is already heading over to one of their rival promotions, WSOF. Liddell will be part of a signing at the theater in Madison Square Garden along with Randy Couture as was announced by World Series of Fighting earlier. WSOF President Ray Sefo talked about having Chuck Liddell at the event. “We are excited to have two of the sport’s most beloved and accomplished fighters on hand to meet our fans after WSOFNYC,” said Ray Sefo. “It will be a great honor to have them there following our historic event.” Chuck Liddell was part of a number of employees that were released by the UFC under their new ownership. He’d been in an executive/ambassador role with the company ever since retiring from competition in 2010.
Submitted Dec 14, 2016 2:57PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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King Mo interested in Fedor & Carwin fights, expects to walk Ishii down and ‘beat him up’
American Top Teams’ ‘King Mo’ Lawal is getting set to fight again this Friday on a card that’s flying a bit under the radar. The former Strikeforce champion entered Bellator as an expected top star for the promotion, and while he’s definitely found a lot of success, his run has come with its ups and downs. Perhaps the most notable hot streak Mo has had in the past few years came not under the Bellator banner, but for RIZIN. Mo entered into the 2015 100kg (220 lb) Grand Prix and won the whole thing, beating Brett McDermott and Teodoras Aukstuolis on his way to knocking out Jiri Prochazka. He followed that run with return to Bellator and a loss to Phil Davis back in May, and is now poised to bounce back against Satoshi Ishii.
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:37PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Lightweight champ Justin Gaethje has new opponent for New Year's Eve WSOF 34 headliner
WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje has a new opponent for his scheduled title defense on New Year’s Eve. Officials today announced Luiz Firmino (19-7) has replaced injured Joao Zeferino (21-8) and now meets Gaethje (16-0) in the headliner of the show, which features four title fights. WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card airs on NBC (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) following prelims on NBCSN (3 p.m. ET) and MMAjunkie (1 p.m. ET).
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:32PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Mirko 'Cro Cop' blasts 'scared homie' Wanderlei Silva following Rizin FF 3 withdrawal
Mirko Filipovic has a few choice words for fellow vet Wanderlei Silva. “Cro Cop” (32-11-2) was slated to fight Silva (35–12-1) on Dec. 29 in a Rizin FF open-weight grand prix quarterfinal. However, officials today announced Silva is off the Rizin FF 3 card. A reason wasn’t given, and Silva hasn’t commented on the change. A replacement hasn’t been named for the Rizin FF 3 grand prix fight, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, the semifinal round and tournament final take place at the same venue as part of Rizin FF 4.
Submitted Dec 2, 2016 7:30PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Tonya Evinger wins commission appeal, remains Invicta FC champion
Yana Kunitskaya's reign as Invicta FC women's bantamweight champion lasted just 13 days. Tonya Evinger won her appeal with the Missouri Office of Athletics on Thursday, meaning her submission loss to Kunitskaya from Invicta 20 has been overturned to a no contest, Evinger said. Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news to MMA Fighting and added that Evinger will go on as the Invicta 135-pound champion since she did not officially lose the fight Nov. 18 in Kansas City. Knapp said she got the letter informing her of the commission's decision Thursday morning.
Submitted Dec 1, 2016 4:10PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Gabi Garcia to fight 52-year-old Shinobu Kandori at RIZIN year-end show
Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Gabi Garcia will meet 52-year-old veteran Shinobu Kandori on Dec. 31 at RIZIN FF's year-end event. The promotion announced the booking late Friday night. Kandori, a former Japanese professional wrestler turned politician, will be competing in mixed martial arts for the first time since 2000. Standing just 5-foot-7, and weighing under 165 pounds, she will be vastly outsized by the 6'1", 210-pound Garcia.
Submitted Nov 26, 2016 3:27PM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
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Titan FC featherweight champ Andre Harrison signs with WSOF, meets Bruce Boyington at WSOF 34
WSOF has bolstered its roster with the signing of a Titan FC champion, and he’ll make his promotional debut next month. Andre Harrison (14-0), Titan FC’s featherweight titleholder, has signed with WSOF to meet Bruce Boyington (14-9) at the promotion’s New Year’s Eve show, WSOF 34. The promotion recently announced the signing and booking. WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on NBC, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), following prelims on NBCSN and MMAjunkie. A whopping four title fights lead the card. Harrison vs. Boyington will take place on the preliminary card.
Submitted Nov 23, 2016 12:41PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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