Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 01/18/2013
By PDG Staff
UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez Announced
Two of the biggest names in Strikeforce history will make their move to the UFC on Saturday, April 20, with FOX airing both bouts live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose. In the main event, UFC lightweight boss “Smooth” Benson Henderson will defend his belt for the third time when he takes on Strikeforce’s last 155-pound titlist, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez, in a clash of champions the entire MMA world has been waiting for.
Also announced, Daniel Cormier, the Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight tournament winner, will return to action quickly after his win over Dion Staring last Saturday to battle two-time heavyweight champ Frank Mir in a long-anticipated showdown. Verbal agreements are also in for an exciting welterweight showdown between Matt “The Immortal” Brown and Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy.
Three Indonesian Fighters to Battle at ONE FC: Return of Warriors
Three Indonesian Mixed Martial Artists are set to battle in ONE Fighting Championship on 2 February 2013 when ONE FC: Return of Warriors takes place live from the world-renowned Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These three Indonesian warriors will be carrying the weight of an emerging super power, with a population of 247 million people, on their shoulders as they step into the famed ONE FC cage on fight night.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship Victor Cui stated, “Indonesia is quickly emerging as a global super power on the world stage and also in MMA. Krishna, Silawanto and Romulo are just three of the many top Indonesian fighters that we signed to exclusivity. I expect that all three fighters will bring their “A” game come 2 February.”
Leo Krishna is considered to be one of the most exciting prospects in all of MMA. Indonesian fans from around the archipelago have placed their faith in Krishna’s ability to be a future ONE FC world champion. With an outstanding ground game, the submission specialist feels at home on the canvas and will ultimately try to finish his opponent via submission. The “Pride of Java” will pose a tough challenge for the always impressive Malaysian Peter Davis when they clash for national pride and glory on 2 February.
Indonesian MMA veteran Zuli Silawanto has a background in kickboxing, Pencak Silat and Submission Wrestling. Silawanto is a warrior who has never backed down from a tough fight and stepping into the ONE FC cage for the second time will be the biggest test of his career and will be his first major test outside of Indonesia against an international opponent. He faces Malaysian hometown hero Adam Kayoom in front of a passionately pro Malaysian crowd and fans can expect nothing but high octane action when these two brawlers meet at ONE FC: Return of Warriors.
Antoni Romulo is an Indonesian wrestling champion who made his MMA debut in Bali, Indonesia in 2007. After tasting victory with a TKO in his debut he has had to wait almost six years for his second fight and aims to take all that frustration out on his opponent come 2 February. He has been training extensively in BJJ and has also cross-trained in Chinese Sanda. Romulo is determined and eager to put on a display which will linger long in the minds of fight fans for years to come.
“Indonesia and Malaysia have always had a great sports rivalry and now it will extend into the fastest growing sport in the world – MMA. Krishna vs. Davis and Silawanto vs. Kayoom will be battles that Indonesian and Malaysian fight fans don’t want to miss as their national champions pit their skills in the largest MMA organization in Asia for the pride and glory of their country. I’m also excited to see how homegrown Indonesian wrestling champion Antoni Romulo does against an NCAA Division 1 Champion from the USA. This is a big test for these three great Indonesian warriors and I know everyone is looking forward to the excitement”, added Cui.
ONE FC: Return of Warriors also features a ONE FC Featherweight World Championship title fight between Eric “The Natural” Kelly and Honorio “The Rock” Banario.
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen Announced
UFC light heavyweight champion and New Yorker Jon “Bones” Jones returns to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, April 27 to defend his title against controversial and unpredictable star, Chael Sonnen. The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that it will be returning to the Garden State this spring for this long awaited grudge match between two of the sport’s most recognizable names.
Jones and Sonnen serve as coaches on this season’s The Ultimate Fighter, the longest running sports reality show on television. Tension between the two has never been higher and it will come to a boil during a two-hour season premiere Tuesday, Jan. 22 on FX at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“Jon Jones has destroyed all the top guys in the light heavyweight division,” UFC President Dana White said. “He has defended the title four times and is one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. This fight with Chael is personal! Chael called Jones out and said a lot of things about him. Chael always comes to fight and I’m very interested in this matchup.”
“There’s a rumor going around that says Jon Jones is the best,” Sonnen said. “We’re going to find out who wins – the best or the baddest?”
“The rumors are true, I am the best,” Jones, who won the title at Prudential Center in March 2011 by defeating then-champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, said. “On April 27th, Chael will be put through the test. When it’s all said and done, he’ll be just like the rest.”
M-1 Global Announces Heavyweight Grand Prix
M-1 Global has very ambitious plans that include a lot of great tournaments for all MMA fans. Big heavyweight Grand Prix with the best Russian and foreign fighters will be very interesting and one of the most intriguing parts of that tournaments.
The first round of Grand Prix will take place at M-1 Challenge 38: Spring Battle tournament in St.-Petersburg, Russia. The semifinalists will be determined in four entertaining fights between the biggest and strongest guys in the organization. The names of the participants will be announced soon.
UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping – Opening Promo
UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz – Fight Card Update
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has posted an impressive 10-fight win streak during his reign atop the 170-pound division. On Saturday, March 16, he will look to extend that streak by one more as he steps back into the Octagon in his hometown to face former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz at Montreal’s Bell Centre. On the heels of unifying the welterweight title in November 2012 after an 18-month absence due to injury, St-Pierre (23-2) requested the fight against his fiery rival Diaz (27-8-1), telling UFC President Dana White it was “unfinished business.” Diaz agreed.
In a compelling welterweight co-main event, Rory MacDonald (14-1) will get his shot at redemption as he aims to avenge his only career loss against former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (28-6). The duo met at UFC 115 in a Fight of the Night bout that saw Condit come from behind and register a TKO win with seconds remaining in the third round. MacDonald comes into the fight after a dominant decision win over UFC legend BJ Penn at UFC on FOX 5 in December. Meanwhile, Condit looks to re-establish his prominence at 170 pounds after an incredible battle with St-Pierre in November.
Completing the welterweight triple-header on the main card, power-punching wrestler Johny Hendricks (14-1) meets former US Marine Jake Ellenberger (28-6) in a bout with title implications. The hard-hitting Hendricks is confident of his standing in the 170-pound division and looks to add a sixth consecutive win on March 16 to solidify his place as number one contender.
In addition to Montreal’s St-Pierre and MacDonald, six other Canadians will step into the Octagon at UFC 158 including Calgary’s Nick Ring (13-1) who faces middleweight Chris Camozzi (18-5) on the main card. Ring was originally scheduled to face Costa Philippou at UFC 154 but had to withdraw at the last minute due to an illness. Camozzi has won three straight, earning his last win via unanimous decision over Luiz Cane.
Making his debut at welterweight, hometown favorite Patrick Côté (19-8) will square off against former Strikeforce fighter Bobby Voelker (24-8) who will be making his UFC debut. Côté is coming off a disqualification win against middleweight Alessio Sakara at UFC 154, while Voelker comes in on a three-fight win streak.
Other Canadians in action are Jordan Mein (26-8) who will make his UFC debut against veteran Dan Miller (16-6) while Toronto’s Sean Pierson (13-6) battles welterweight Rick Story (14-6), Montreal’s John Makdessi (9-2) returns against Daron Cruickshank (12-2) and Montreal’s Yves Jabouin (18-8) challenges bantamweight Johnny Eduardo (26-9).
ROAD TO GLORY USA Kicks Off With Light Heavyweight Tournament On Feb. 1
GLORY, the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, will kick off it’s highly-anticipated ROAD TO GLORY USA fight series to discover America’s next great fighting superstars, with an eight-man, single-elimination light heavyweight (209 pounds) tournament at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. on Saturday, Feb. 1. The one-night tournament is being promoted in conjunction with retired world kickboxing champion Dale “Apollo” Cook’s Xtreme Fight Night 11 card.
Reigning ISKA Kickboxing Champion Randy “Boom Boom” Blake (25-1, 17 KOs) of Owasso, Okla. has been tabbed for action in the eight-man tournament affair and will be joined by dangerous, undefeated rising stars Brian “The Lion” Collette (17-0, 14 KOs) of Norfolk, Va. and Kyle “The Ragin’ Cajun” Martin (7-0, 4 KOs) of New Orleans, La. as well as by KO artist Roy “Wreckin’ Ball” Boughton (8-3, 8 KOs) of Concord, Calif., Muay Thai standout Myron “The Future” Dennis (10-2, 4 KOs) of Oklahoma City, Okla., Urijah Faber-protégé Jeremy “The Freak” Freitag (8-3, 1 KO) of Sacramento, Calif., tournament savvy Daniel “Sandman” Brison (9-2, 6 KOs) of Greenville, W. Va. and WBC world-ranked professional boxer and kickboxer Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (10-2, 8 KOs) of Wasco, Calif.
“This event marks the beginning of an intensive mission to identify and develop young up and coming fighters into future GLORY superstars and world champions,” said GLORY CEO Marcus Luer.
“ROAD TO GLORY is our development series. This is where you have to first show us that you have what it takes to be a GLORY fighter. Only the winner is guaranteed a chance to fight in our main GLORY shows which are held all over the world.
“We realize that there is a significant pool of aspiring kickboxing champions in The United States but, to date, a lack of opportunity has been a major barrier, prohibiting Stand up fighters here from fulfilling their dreams of becoming the best in the world in what they do. GLORY is committed to changing this with our ROAD TO GLORY USA fight series.”
The winner of the ROAD TO GLORY USA light heavyweight tournament will be awarded a grand prize of $20,000 and a one-year contract with GLORY where he will have the opportunity to compete in the world’s most prestigious one-night GLORY kickboxing tournaments that award up to $600,000 in prize money.
A tournament “alternate” bout on the card will pit Jason “The Scorpion” Broom (2-0, 2 KOs) of Sapulpa, Okla. against John King (3-1, 2 KOs) of Amarillo, Tex. Should any of the tournament’s quarterfinal round fight winners be unable to return to the ring for semifinal round action due to injury sustained en route to victory, the winner of the matchup between Broom and King will take the injured fighter’s place in the tournament. A draw to determine the tournament’s quarterfinal round matchups will take place on a date and at a location to be announced soon.
Bellator MMA Brings $100,000 Lightweight Tournament Finals to California’s Pechanga Resort & Casino March 7th
The stage is set for a Bellator MMA Lightweight Tournament Finals showdown as Dave “The Fugitive” Jansen battles submission ace Marcin Held on March 7th from California’s Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Only 20 and holding an impressive 15-2 record, polish phenom Marcin Held stormed through the opening rounds of the lightweight tournament, collecting explosive victories over Murad Machaev and longtime MMA veteran Rich Clementi. Known across the MMA landscape as one of the top submission artists in the sport, Held is a victory away from capturing his first Bellator Tournament crown and a guaranteed title shot.
For Jansen, the charismatic lightweight enters the Bellator Finals riding a five fight win streak and is fully prepared for the test that awaits him on March 7th, in what undoubtedly be the biggest fight of his career.
“I’ve had a lot of time to work on my game plan and really focus on this fight on March 7th,” Jansen said. “Marcin has the total package when it comes to submissions, so I know what I need to focus on to win this fight, and get a shot at the Bellator title.”
“Pechanga is a gorgeous venue that will be a tremendous partner for us throughout 2013 as we air live every Thursday night on Spike,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“As the largest tournament-based MMA organization in the world, Bellator MMA offers Pechanga guests the adrenaline-fueled fights they demand,” said Pechanga Development Corporation President Patrick Murphy. “We are very excited to be offering up the highly anticipated Jansen vs. Held fight, as well as a host of action packed fights on March 7th.”
Maximum Fighting Championship Announces Bantamweight Division and Signs Anthony Birchak
Over the past year, the Maximum Fighting Championship has successfully brought to life its featherweight (145-pound) division, and re-ignited its heavyweight ranks to bolster an ever-increasing stable of world-class fighters. And now the Maximum Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the launch of its new bantamweight division along with the first fighter signed to compete in what will be a deep talent pool of exciting competitors.
The 135-pound division will launch at MFC 37: True Grit taking place on Friday, May 10 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, and live on AXS TV Fights. Jumping on board as the first fighter in the MFC’s bantamweight ranks is Anthony Birchak (9-1), who will bring a three-bout winning streak into his organizational debut.
“Anthony is the next generation of MMA fighter,” touted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “He is the total package from his fight game to his personality to his social media skills. It’s the direction we are moving in. He can sell the fight then back it up in the ring. The new 135-pound division needs to take notice because trouble is coming and his name is Anthony Birchak.”
Yokkao Angels: Vanessa Lansom Ready for Yokkao Extreme 2013
Yokkao Extreme 2013 – Fight Card Update
Yokkao Extreme 2013, the biggest Muay Thai and K-1 rules event of the world will be held on Saturday the 26th of January 2013 at the Forum d’Assago in Milan, Italy. The main event of Yokkao Extreme 2013 will be a Superfight Andy Souwer vs Dzhabar Askerov.
Yokkao Extreme 2013
January 26, 2013
K-1: Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov
MT: Aikpracha Meenayothin vs. Frank Giorgi
MT: Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym vs. Diesellek Aoodonmuang
MT: Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs. Mickael Piscitello
MT: Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Jordan Watson
MT: Houcine Bennoui vs. Imwiset Pornnarai
MT: Cyrus Washington vs. Diego Santuccio
MT: Tham Sityodtong vs. Angelo Campoli
MT: Ekapop Sor Klinmee vs. Andrea Masini
MT: Silvia La Notte vs. TBA
MT: Mariusz Palmieri vs. TBA
UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson – Fight Card Update
Though the main card has been left, to date, mercifully intact, the undercard of next week’s UFC on FOX 6 continues to see changes due to illness and injury. After having a record three opponents forced to withdraw, middleweight Michael Kuiper will now welcome 8-1 Josh Janousek, a four-time All-American wrestler, to the UFC. Kuiper was originally slated to meet, in order, Thiago Bodão, Caio Magalhaes and Buddy Roberts. Sweden’s Magnus Cedenblad has also been forced out of his planned middleweight bout in the Windy City; stepping in to face Rafael Natal is Sean “Black Magik” Spencer.
UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson
January 26, 2013
Main Card (Fox):
Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) vs. John Dodson (14-5) – UFC flyweight title bout
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) vs. Glover Teixeira (19-2)
Anthony Pettis (15-2) vs. Donald Cerrone (19-4)
Erik Koch (13-1) vs. Ricardo Lamas (12-2)
Preliminary Card (FX):
TJ Grant (19-5) vs. Matt Wiman (15-6)
Clay Guida (29-13) vs. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2)
Ryan Bader (14-3) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6)
Mike Russow (15-2) vs. Shawn Jordan (13-4)
Mike Stumpf (11-3) vs. Pascal Krauss (10-1)
Simeon Thoresen (17-3-1) vs. David Mitchell (11-2)
Preliminary Card (Facebook):
Rafael Natal (14-4-1) vs. Sean Spencer (9-1)
Michael Kuiper (12-1) vs. Josh Janousek (8-1)
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