The Score has announced that the Score Fighting Series (SFS) will be hosting their sophomore event in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada at the Hamilton Place Theatre on Friday, October 14. The event will be headlined by UFC, WEC, IFL, Sengoku, and DEEP veteran “El Dirte” Joe Doerksen(46-14), who is coming off a win against fellow UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti (21-9) in the inaugural SFS event June 10. Doersken’s opponent has not yet been named.
With less than two weeks to go until Unfinished Business at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Aggression MMA has released the full fight card. The main event features recent Bellator acquisition and former MFC welterweight champ “The Real Deal” Ryan Ford (15-3) taking on the equally experienced “Hollywood” Dave Hulett (14-10). Also on the main card, UFC vet “Thrashing Machine” Tim Hague (10-5) makes his return to the cage after being released by the UFC following a loss to “Meathead” Matt Mitrione (5-0). Tim is looking to bounce back by knocking out Vince Lucero (20-19) in the co-main event of the evening. Hague isn’t the only UFC vet on this card as “Kid” Alvin Robinson (12-6) faces off against top Canadian featherweight Adam Lorenz (9-1) for the Aggression MMA Featherweight Championship.
The Ultimate Fighter 14 will be the last season of the hit reality series to be hosted on Spike TV before the program moves to FOX affiliate network FX, and by the look of things, the partnership between the show and Spike will be going out with a bang. The show’s featherweight and bantamweight cast is backed by coaches “Mayhem” Jason Miller (23-6) and “The Count” Micheal Bisping (21-3) – a guy who likes to crack jokes and cause trouble going against someone who often can’t take a joke but himself has quite the penchant for smack-talk, ensuring that there will be plenty of coach-on-coach conflict.
If the WEC taught the MMA world anything, it’s that the lower weight classes rarely afford a boring fight. Add to that the fact that the show’s fourteenth installment features a roster of talent reminiscent of the Season 1 with an increased focus on building fighters rather than showcasing pranks on camera, and spectators are all but guaranteed an explosive season. The level of experience found throughout most of the cast points to a more mature, professional group of men looking to punch, slam, and beat their way to the UFC roster. As reported on the TUF website, the cast members of the TUF 14 are as follows:
After weeks of speculation and even UFC President Dana White himself denying allegations of an impending partnership between the world’s top mixed martial arts promotion and the world’s leading television network, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and FOX held a press conference earlier today to announce that the UFC will now be aired on FOX as well as several of its affiliate networks; FX and Fuel TV are expected to broadcast extensive UFC programming, including countdown shows, weigh-ins, live fight cards, pre- and post-fight shows, and several of Zuffa’s signature shows like UFC Unleashed, UFC Primetime, UFC Knockouts, The Best of PRIDE, and of course, The Ultimate Fighter reality series. The deal is also set to include FOX Deportes – A FOX sports channel aimed at the Latin demographic.
Premier Canadian mixed martial arts promotion Maximum Fighting Champion (MFC) is set to rock the Mayfield Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on October 7. But instead of the IFL and UFC veteran “Mandingo” Antonio McKee (25-4-2) defending his MFC Lightweight Championship belt against Brian Cobb (16-6) in the main event as originally planned, fans will be treated to a light heavyweight clash between top Canadian fighter and reigning champ “Big Deal” Ryan Jimmo” (12-1) and UFC veteran “The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (10-8) in which the MFC 205lb. championship belt is on the line. MFC 31 also marks Sokoudjou’s promotional debut.
Following its unprecedentedly successful trip to Toronto, Canada for the first time with UFC 129 in April, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is expected to make another trip to the Ontario city in December for UFC 140.
The event will be the seventh that the UFC has hosted in Canada in its history and the second in Ontario since the province legalized MMA in August 2010. UFC 140 is tentatively scheduled to go down at The Air Canada Centre, home of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, rather than the Rogers Centre which held UFC 129.
The UFC’s Toronto debut earlier this year, headlined by a title fight between Canada’s own superstar “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (22-2) and former top contender Jake Shields (26-5-1), obliterated previous North American MMA attendance and gate records in selling out all 55,000 tickets and exceeding $11 million.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) officials announced today that UFC veteran and former King of Pancrase “The Great” Nate Marquardt (31-10-2) has signed a multi-fight contract with BAMMA, one of the UK’s premier mixed martial arts promotions.
Having a very respectable 10-4 run in the UFC, Nate was well on his way to another title shot and a rematch with either “Thunder” Yushin Okami (26-5) or current 185lb. kingpin “The Spider” Anderson Silva (28-4) after recent wins over Dan Miller (13-5) and “Toquinho” Rousimar Palhares (14-5) and a first-round knockout over Demian Maia (13-3).
Amassing nearly two dozen wins in his five-year career and going undefeated thus far in his four bouts in 2011, one of Canada’s top welterweights has finally been signed to a major promotion. Sources close to the signing have announced and confirmed that 21-year-old “Young Guns” Jordan Mein (21-6) has signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce.
The signing comes as no surprise to those who have followed Mein’s career and witnessed his current eight-fight winning streak, including victories over UFC veterans “Diesel” Joe Riggs (33-14) and “People’s Warrior” Josh Burkman (21-9). Mein’s most recent match-up saw him go the distance with DREAM Welterweight Champion “Whitemare” Marius Zaromskis (13-5) at Score Fighting Series in June, where he earned the judges’ nod.
June 10 has come and gone and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada has experienced its first professional MMA card which also served as the inaugural MMA event for The Score Fighting Series. The evening was comprised of the full gamut of fighters, with varying skill levels and a multitude of skills sets. All but two of the event’s ten fights made it to the judges’ score cards, and though to some this may imply that the event was filled with uneventful fights, that assumption could not be further from the truth.
Jordan Mein: 169.8lbs.
Marius Zaromskis: 169.2lbs.
Joe Doerksen: 185.6lbs.
Luigi Fioravanti: 185.2lbs.
Thierry Sokoudjou: 205lbs.
Roy Boughton: 205lbs.
Antonio Carvalho: 144lbs.
Doug Evans: 145lbs.
Adrian Wooley: 135.8lbs.
Nick Mamalis: 136lbs.
Jorge Britto: 155.4lbs.
Kurt Southern: 156lbs.
Josh Hill: 140.4lbs.
Darin Cooley: 140.4lbs.
William Romero: 146lbs.
Tristan Johnson: 145lbs.
Alex Ricci: 156lbs.
Mike Sledzion: 155.4lbs.
Tyler Hardcastle: 130.6lbs.
Mike Reilly: 129.2lbs.
Martin Desilets and Roland Delorme have been replaced by Roy Boughton and Darin Cooley, respectively.
It is unknown at the current time if/why Denis Puric vs. Syd Barnier was scrapped from the card.
Douglas Lima vs. Terry Martin: Lima via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 1:14
Ryan Jimmo vs. Zak Cummings: Jimmo via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Marcus Davis vs. Curtis Demarce: Davis via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Hermes Franca vs. Robert Washington: Franca via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 0:26
Pete Spratt vs. Demi Deeds: Spratt via Submission (Armbar), Round 2, 4:19
Andreas Spang vs. Ali Mokdad: Mokdad via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 1:35
For the first time in its history, Zuffa is bringing its premier mixed martial arts promotion the UFC to Ontario, Canada. On April 30 the Rogers Centre will host UFC 129, the sixth live event held by the UFC in Canada and the first in Ontario since MMA was officially legalized and sanctioned in the province in August of last year. The Toronto event was originally slated for UFC 131 but later changed as the promotion’s busy 2011 schedule fell into place.