UFC 149 has been one of the most injury-riddled cards in Zuffa history. The event’s marquee bout was originally scheduled between opposing The Ultimate Fighter: Live coaches “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (26-5) and UFC 135lbs. champion “The Dominator” Dominick Cruz (19-1) to settle the score both from the show and their two previous meetings, where each competitor took one victory apiece. A knee injury sustained during TUF put Cruz and the grudge match on the back burner, and now Faber is slated to face Nova Uniao fighter Renan Barao (30-1) for the newly minted Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship. The co-main event featuring top featherweight contender “New Breed” Erik Koch (13-1) challenging “Scarface” Jose Aldo (21-1) for the 145lbs. division title was postponed due to the champion being injured, and was replaced by the UFC debut of “Lightning” Hector Lombard (31-2) as he takes on “The Barbarian” Tim Boetsch (15-4). Despite approximately another dozen changes to the line-up, the UFC has still managed to put together a promising event for MMA fans across the globe. French kickboxer Cheick Kongo (27-7) and “The Savage” Shawn Jordan (13-3) will slug it out in a heavyweight battle, preceded by “Bad Boy” Brian Ebersole (50-14) colliding with James Head (8-2) in a welterweight tilt. Opening slot honors go to “The Menace” Chris Clements (11-4) as he squares off against “Deep Waters” Matthew Riddle (6-3). But before shelling out the big bucks to watch the main card on Pay-Per-View, be sure to catch the preliminary fight excitement on FX and Facebook, which features some of MMA’s top up-and-comers, perhaps most notably “Big Deal” Ryan Jimmo (16-1).
The UFC returns to Atlanta, Georgia this Saturday with perhaps the most hyped title fight of the year featuring training-partners-turned-bitter-rivals, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Bones” Jon Jones (15-1) and “Suga” Rashad Evans (17-1-1). Young prospect “Ares” Rory MacDonald (12-1) takes on English striker “Beautiful” Che Mills (14-4) in the UFC 145 co-main event. Returning to the Octagon searching for victory is IFL veteran “Big” Ben Rothwell (31-8) versus confident knockout artist “The Hybrid” Brendan Schaub (8-2) in a heavyweight scrap. Former UFC featherweight title challenger “The Machine” Mark Hominick (20-10) steps into the cage against “The Filipino Phenom” Eddie Yagin (15-5) with both men in a must-win situation. Starting up the Pay-Per-View action is Canadian submission expert Mark Bocek (10-5) welcoming fellow countryman and WEC, UFC, and MFC veteran “The Natural” John Alessio (34-14) back to the Octagon. Alessio, a long-time welterweight, has found a new home at lightweight and will look to show the fans, Dana White, and all of the 155lbs. division that he is here to stay, while Bocek looks to prove that his name belongs in the mix of top lightweight contenders. With both men having a lot to gain and a lot to lose from this fight, the main card opener is sure to entertain.
On Friday, April 6 Bellator Fighting Championships makes the trek North to Windsor, Ontario, Canada to present Bellator 64 live on MTV2 from The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor. Undefeated Bellator Welterweight Champion and former Olympic wrestler “Funky” Ben Askren (9-0) takes on his most dangerous opponent to date in former MFC king and Season 5 welterweight tourney champion “The Phenom” Douglas Lima (21-4) with the 170lbs. title on the line. Season 6 Featherweight Tournament semi-final match-up number one pits former Sengoku 145lbs. champion Marlon Sandro (21-3) against a close friend in “Popo” Alexandre Bezerra (13-1) to determine who will take one of two spots in the finals. Two bouts in the latest bantamweight tournament’s quarter-finals open up the main card as “T-Train” Travis Marx (18-3) takes on Shooto veteran Masakatsu Ueda (15-1) and undefeated WOCS veteran “Ratinho” Rodrigo Lima (10-0) fights DEEP and Shooto journeyman “Iron” Hiroshi Nakamura (14-5).
Tonight at Bellator 57 it’s back to the Casino Rama in Orilla, Ontario, Canada for not one but two tournament finales that grants one contender a homecoming to his former stomping grounds. Former MFC Welterweight Champion “The Phenom” Douglas Lima (18-4) earned his salt in the MFC promotion making him a fan favorite in the region. Standing across from him is UFC veteran, “Killa B” Ben Saunders (12-3). Both men have fought their ways to the finals and now only the other stands in their way for the big payday and the title shot against champion Ben Askren (9-0). Aside from the 170lbs. tournament finals, the promotion’s stacked and dangerous middleweight division will also prepare for glory. Season 2 Tournament winner and Russian striking machine “The Storm” Alexander Shelmenko (32-4) will meet multi-time world Jiu-Jitsu champion Vitor Vianna (12-1) in the tournament finals with the winner gaining the task of attempting to dethrone the champion “Shango” Hector Lombard (28-2). Supporting the two finales are a pair of bouts that could earn the winners a spot in the upcoming season’s tournaments. NAAFS veteran and owner of one Bellator victory John Hawk (6-3) will meet Extreme Cage Combat and MFC veteran Roger Hollett (11-3) in a light heavyweight affair, and Shark Fights and UFC veteran Douglas Evans (12-7) faces Bellator veteran Alexandre Bezerra (11-1). Bezerra is looking to stay unbeaten in his Bellator career while Evans is looking to get back on the comfortable side of victory road.
The Sun Devil State of Arizona will host the Bellator 135lbs. tournament semi-final match-ups as well as a non-title bout between 205lbs. champion “Tonton” Christian M’Pumbu (5-1) and UFC, IFC, and IFL veteran “The Diesel” Travis Wiuff (62-14). The setting is the Cocopah Resort and Casino in the city of Yuma, where four bantamweights will step into the cage and only two will step out as Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament finalists. Young and explosive Eduardo Dantas (6-2) will tangle with the experienced ever-improving wrestler “Wild” Ed West (15-5). The hard nosed and spirited “Loro” Marcos Galvao (10-5) will trade punches with the powerful hands wielded by “The Exorcist” Alexis Vila (9-0). Before the final four at 135lbs. step in the cage a battle in the lightweight division will take place as Steve Gable (3-1) takes on Ricardo Tirlone (8-1) to open the festivities at Bellator 55.
After recent rumors that Bellator, CFC, and AFC Middleweight Champion “Shango” Hector Lombard (28-2) was set to face former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and world class MMA veteran “Babalu” Renato Sobral (33-9 were dispelled, the skies have cleared and Lombard’s next opponent has been revealed.
Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that its middleweight champion will return to his home field at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Seminole, Florida to face off with Shark Fights Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC, MFC, Bodog Fight, and Strikeforce veteran Trevor Prangley (23-7). The November 19 non-tile affair will go down at a catchweight of 195lbs.
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.
Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Center will act as host for the second showing of the Australian Fighting Championship (AFC), The Land Down Under’s fast rising new MMA promotion. On September 3 in Melbourne, Australia there will be a stacked card of fighters from all around the world as well as hometown heroes defending the pride of their nation and a newly minted crown fresh off the forging irons will be up for grabs in the middleweight division. The two men fighting in the main event title bout are none other than perhaps the most powerful middleweight in the world, the Bellator and CFC Middleweight Champion “Shango” Hector Lombard (27-2) and UFC, Strikeforce, MFC, and Battlefield tested strongman “JT Money” Jesse Taylor (14-5). Lombard is looking to further cement his place in history by extending his win streak to 17 fights. Taylor, fresh off a first-round submission over PRIDE veteran Denis Kang (35-13), looks to add another titan to his list of victims. A heavyweight bout will serve as the co-main event for the night as Australian born fighter and veteran of Shooto Australia “Ferocious” Soa Palelei (6-2) takes on New Zealand native Hiriwa Te Rangi (0-2). Aussie middleweight “The Bandit” Ross Dallow (3-4) and New Zealand’s CFC veteran middleweight “The Villain” Dylan Andrews (8-3) will meet; neither man has seen the judges, making the intensity of the match that much more explosive. Polish star Marcin Held (10-1) returns to the fighting game after his loss to Michael Chandler (8-0) by Arm Triangle at Bellator 36. He will meet CFC and Shooto Australia veteran Jai Bradney (4-1) who is known for his heavy hands. A battle in the welterweight division will set things off for the main card as “Banjo” Nick Patterson (1-2) looks for win number two against Dave Weston (1-0). Both Patterson and Weston are coming off their first career wins by submission and look to start their climb up the AFC 170lbs. ranks with a win against the other.
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.
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) and The Fight Club (TFC) veteran “The Real Deal” Ryan Ford (15-3) has officially signed with Bellator Fighting Championships. The Canadian-born welterweight made his name under the MFC banner as well as fellow Canadian promotion The Fight Club where he currently holds the 170lbs. championship title.
Ford is mostly remembered for his war with fellow welterweight scrapper and The Ultimate Fighter alum “The Secret Weapon” Pete Spratt (21-19) as well as his aggressive go-for-broke style. With 14 finishes and one decision in his four-year career it’s easy to see why “The Real Deal” is adored in his home land of Canada. Along with making his Bellator debut, his new flagship promotion will bring Ford stateside for the first time, as he has yet to fight outside of the Great White North.
The stacked division of Bellator’s 170lb. gladiators are ready to return to the cage. On September 10, another tournament begins and the right for the title shot looms overhead. With several returning faces including fan favorites, true warriors, and even a world champion, Bellator fans are in for a treat this fall.
Submission specialist and Bellator veteran Steve Carl (14-2) has the chance to deal with some unfinished business in this season’s tournament but first he has to get past a young and hungry champ. MFC Welterweight Champion “The Phenom” Douglas Lima (16-4) is coming off his first-round knockout over the dangerous “Dangerous” Terry Martin (20-9) at MFC 29. Lima is riding a strong six-fight win streak with four finishes to his credit; in the Bellator tournament he will be tested and will have a chance at another world title if he can make it through the tournament flawlessly.
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
Paapa Inkumsah vs. Brendan Kornberger: Kornberger via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Dan Ring vs. Garret Nybakken: Ring via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 2:21
Tyrone Glover vs. Robert Washington: Glover via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Emanuel Newton vs. Rodney Wallace: Newton via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 4:34
Thomas Denny vs. Sheldon Westcott: DRAW, Round 3, 5:00
Richie Whitson vs. Curtis Demarce: Whitson via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Matt Veach vs. Drew Fickett: Fickett via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 0:36
Ryan Jimmo vs. Dwayne Lewis: Jimmo via TKO (Doctor Stoppage), Round 3, 3:13*
* Ryan Jimmo is the new MFC Light Heavyweight Champion
This Friday night, Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) returns to the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with MFC 28: Supremacy. The promotion’s first card of the new year is marked with the much anticipated main event battle between fellow Canadians “The Big Deal” Ryan Jimmo (10-1) and “D-Bomb” Dwayne Lewis (12-5) for the currently vacant MFC Light Heavyweight Championship, arguably the most coveted – and most elusive – title in MFC. Jimmo and Lewis are considered the two top-ranked 205lbs. fighters in Canada.
Originally slated as the co-main event was reigning MFC 155lbs. champ “Mandingo” Antonio McKee (24-4-2) putting his title on the the line for the second time since capturing it in 2009, but he was forced to drop out of the fight due to a knee injury sustained during training sometime last week. McKee’s intended challenger, decorated Rage in the Cage and UFC veteran Drew Fickett (37-12), will still take his place in the co-main event but instead will face a late replacement in fellow UFC veteran Matt Veach (11-2) at a 160lbs. catchweight. In a press release from MFC, Fickett said, “I’m disappointed not to be facing [Antonio] McKee for the title, but it’s only a matter of time until I get my hands on the MFC lightweight belt.”
Strikeforce returns to San Jose, California’s “Shark Tank” at the HP Pavillion this Saturday night with two title fights and a host of other exciting match-ups. Welterweight Champion “Diablo” Nick Diaz (22-8) will defend his belt against the Chute Boxe wrecking machine “Cyborg” Evangelista Santos (17-13) and the middleweight title is also up for grabs as Team Black House fighter and current 185lbs. champ “Jacare” Ronaldo Souza (12-2) squares off with dangerous striker “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (18-6). Before the two belts are put on the line, former NFL and NCAA elite running back Herschel Walker (1-0) will face WEC veteran Scott Carson (4-1) in the next leg of his journey to prove to the world that he is not just a freakish athlete, but a legitimate threat in the Strikeforce cage. Also on the card, undefeated light heavyweight Roger Gracie (3-0) goes against seasoned veteran and UFC washout Trevor Prangley (22-6-1) in a bout where each man has their own personal motivation to win. Gracie fights to reestablish his family as the elite name in MMA and will go through anyone he has to to do it. Prangley fights simply to regain a little of the respect and glory he once tasted in the UFC by taking out one of the most feared blue chip prospects outside of the UFC.