Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 03/16/2013
By PDG Staff
Curran Back, Full Card Set for Bellator MMA 95 on April 4th
The Toughest Tournament in Sports will end its season in style as Bellator MMA makes return to Atlantic City from Revel on April 4th live on Spike. The night will feature reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran putting his title on the line against Season 7 Tournament winner and explosive Russian striker Shahbulat Shamhalaev, while the Middleweight and Featherweight Tournaments will be decided, as Doug Marshall battles Brett Cooper for the $100,000 Middleweight Tournament Championship, while Mike “The Marine” Richman will square off with Frodo Khasbulaev, with the winner earning their guaranteed title shot. The night will also feature the return of fan favorite and former Judo Olympian Rick Hawn, who meets fellow Judo blackbelt and former WEC Champion Karo Parisyan in a welterweight affair.
Widely regarded as one of the top two featherweights in the world, Curran brings a dominating 18-4 record into his latest title defense, including victories over Patricio Pitbull, Marlon Sandro, Roger Huerta, and Mike Ricci. While the reigning Bellator Champ had his original sights set on Straus, Curran is well aware of the challenges at hand April 4th with Shamhalaev.
“He’s a great counter striker, as am I, and I see a lot of openings with Shabulat,” Curran said. “Shabulat brings one punch knockout power, and with my style, it’s going to be a swing for fences fight. This is my second fight this season, and I couldn’t ask for more. I love staying active, and Bellator has provided that for me.”
Widely considered one of the best lightweights in the world, Rick “Genghis” Hawn returns to his more natural 170 lbs. to battle Karo Parisyan in a highly anticipated affair.
“I’m really excited to be back fighting so soon,” Hawn said. “I have a tough opponent in Karo, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. With two of the world’s best judoka fighters fighting each other, it should be an exciting fight.”
The preliminary card will be highlighted with a middleweight showdown between New Jersey star Tom DeBlass and New York native Carlos Brooks as the two look to collect their first Bellator victory. After announcing his retirement in 2012, DeBlass has returned to the cage and will make his highly anticipated return April 4th inside Revel.
“I’m very excited to be fighting for Bellator right in my backyard,” DeBlass said. “All of my friends, family, students, and many fans will get to see me live. I’m coming back and making a statement, you can count on that.”
UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva II – Fight Card Update
Ryan Bader has withdrawn from UFC 160 due to injury, and as a result, James Te Huna will take his place against Glover Teixeira on the May 25 card. UFC officials announced the change on Monday. UFC 160 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva.
UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva II
May 25, 2013
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Cain Velasquez (11-1) vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-4) – UFC heavyweight title bout
Junior dos Santos (15-2) vs. Mark Hunt (9-7)
Glover Teixeira (20-2) vs. James Te Huna (16-5)
Gray Maynard (11-1-1) vs. T.J. Grant (20-5)
Abel Trujillo (10-4) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (19-0)
Donald Cerrone (19-5) vs. K.J. Noons (11-6)
Stephen Thompson (6-1) vs. Amir Sadollah (6-4)
Jeremy Stephens (20-9) vs. Estevan Payan (14-3)
Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1) vs. Mike Pyle (24-8-1)
Robert Whittaker (10-2) vs. Colton Smith (3-1)
Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson – Fight Card Update
In the main event of the stacked 14-bout card, reigning Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Jessica Penne (10-1) of Huntington Beach, Calif. will defend her crown against superstar Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (10-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. and, in the co-main event and first-ever Invicta FC flyweight title fight, submission ace Vanessa Porto (15-5) of Sao Paulo, Brazil will square off with red-hot star Barb Honchak (7-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa.
In a featured, main card bout pound-for-pound great and devastating featherweight KO artist Cris Cyborg (10-1, 1 NC) of Curitiba, Brazil will make her Invicta FC debut against streaking submission ace and Unified Women’s Professional MMA Rankings world No. 2 featherweight Ediane “India” Gomes! (10-2) of Coconut Creek, Fla. via Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Flyweight superstar Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-2) of Cincinnati, Ohio will also make her Invicta FC debut in another featured bout against submission expert Jennifer Maia (6-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil.
An injury has forced Nicdali “The Night Queen” Rivera-Calanoc (8-6) of Tulsa, Okla. to withdraw from her scheduled atomweight preliminary card bout with Cassie Rodish (4-3) of Des Moines, Iowa. Rodish will face Simona Soukupova (3-2) of London, England.
In other action on the nine-bout main card, bantamweight superstar Sarah Kaufman (15-2) of Victoria, BC Canada will make her long-awaited Invicta FC debut against dangerous striker and Invicta FC 3 and Invicta FC 4 winner Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (5-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, California.
Hard-hitting KO artist Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes (7-3) of Miami, Fla. via Salvador, Bahia Brazil will look to rebound from her Invicta FC 4 unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Sarah D’Alelio when she squares off with fellow power striker Kaitlin Young (7-7-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. at bantamweight.
In a featherweight contest, hard-punching Julia “The Jewel” Budd (4-2) of Port Moody, BC Canada will meet rising star Fiona Muxlow (6-2) of Townsville, Queensland Australia
Crowd-pleasing “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt (4-2) of Brisbane, Australia will drop from flyweight to strawweight and look to return to the win column against undefeated sensation and Invicta FC newcomer Jasminka Cive (5-0) of Graz, Austria.
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UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman – Fight Card Update
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, returns July 6th, where the featherweight division’s most electrifying fighter will be taking on the number 2 contender, Ricardo Lamas, who has yet to be defeated at that weight. Stakes are high as the winner may be in line for a title shot.
UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
July 6, 2013
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Anderson Silva (33-4) vs. Chris Weidman (9-0) – UFC middleweight title bout
Ricardo Lamas (9-2) vs. Chan Sung Jung (13-3)
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (11-3) vs. Thiago Silva (14-3)
Mark Munoz (12-3) vs. Tim Boetsch (16-5)
Tim Kennedy (15-4) vs. Roger Gracie (6-1)
Chris Leben (22-9) vs. Andrew Craig (8-1)
Super Fight League Announces SFL 14 Fight Card
Super Fight League LogoIndia’s Super Fight League kicks off 2013 on March 29 with SFL 14, featuring a middleweight championship bout between Xavier “Professor X” Foupa-Pokam and John Troyer. SFL 14 is the first in a series of 23 SFL Fight Nights that will be carried live, every two-weeks, on ESPN STAR Sports. Super Fight League and ESPN STAR Sports recently announced a five-year broadcast deal.
Raj Kundra, Founder Chairman, Super Fight League, said, “The broadcast tie-up with ESPN STAR Sports will provide a major boost to our efforts to promote this property across South Asia.” SFL Season 2 is set to kick-off in Mumbai on March 29 and will take place bi-weekly until March of 2014.
SFL 14 Fight Card:
Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs. John Troyer – SFL middleweight title bout
Sanja Sucevic vs. Colleen Schneider
Pawan Maan Singh vs. Mohammed Shahid
Haitham Tantaway vs. Baz Muhammad Mubarez
Sharath Babu vs. Atif Mohammad Khadim
Jason Ramesh Solomon vs. Rouhollah Eidehlouei
Irfan Khan vs. Pushpender Singh
Legacy FC Announces Signing of Damacio Page
Legacy Fighting Championship is proud has announced the signing of WEC and UFC bantamweight veteran, Damacio Page (15-8) to a multi-fight deal. Fighting out of Jackson-Winklejohn’s MMA in Albuquerque, NM, Page has only gone the distance twice in his 23 fights; and has fought the likes of Demetrius Johnson, Brad Pickett, Brian Bowles, and holds victories over Scott Jorgensen, Marcos Galvão and Legacy FC Flyweight Champion, Will Campuzano. Page is scheduled to make his Legacy debut at Legacy FC 20 on May 31 in Corpus Christi, TX, which will also feature the Legacy debut of Junior Assuncao and a flyweight bout between Rodrigo Lima and Jimmy Flick. An opponent will be announced at a later date.
Two $100,000 Tournament Finals Headline Bellator MMA’s Return to Tampa March 28th from The University of South Florida’s Sun Dome
The Toughest Tournament in Sports continues as The Finals of the $100,000 Lightweight and Light Heavyweight Tournaments will be decided as Bellator MMA returns the Sunshine State March 28th from The University of South Florida’s Sun Dome live on Spike TV, as well in Spanish language on mun2. The night will also feature the Florida return on fan favorite and World’s #1 ranked 115 pounder Jessica “Jag” Aguilar.
Only 24, “The Caveman” David Rickels enters the Lightweight Tournament Finals with his sights set on that $100,000 Tournament prize. Known for his tenacious, grinding style, Rickels is fully aware of what his challenger brings to the table.
“I’ve got all the respect in the world for Saad,” Rickels said. “The guy has two huge knockouts in this tournament, but not too many men have been able to stand with the Caveman, and that’s not going to change March 28th.”
Calling Awad’s two knockouts “huge” may be an understatement, as the California native has spent just 74 seconds inside the Bellator cage this season with first round finishes over Guillaume DeLorenzi and Will Brooks. With both challengers bringing a frenetic pace to the cage, fireworks should be in order March 28th.
The Light Heavyweight Finals are set as a pair of giant slayers enter the cage as Mikhail Zayats, the proud owner of a TKO victory over MMA legend Babalu Sobral battles “The Hardcore Kid” Emanuel Newton, who punched his ticket to the finals with a spinning back fist victory over tournament favorite King Mo.
“I shocked the world once, and I’ll do it again March 28th,” Newton said. “After this tournament, everyone is going to know who Emanuel Newton is, and I’m going to be coming for that belt.”
For Aguilar, the 14-4 submission ace brings an impressive resume into the Sun Dome with victories over Megumi Fujii, Carla Esparza and Lisa Ellis. With a five-fight win streak in place, the veteran Aguilar is looking to keep the momentum going with a victory over Patricia Vidonic March 28th.
“Bellator is my home and I can’t wait to get back into the cage in front of all my friends, family and fans and continue to show the world I’m the best female fighter on the planet,” Aguilar said.
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Brothers Make Pro MMA Debuts at MFC 37 Fighting Each Other in Brother vs. Brother Bout
The Maximum Fighting Championship announced on Tuesday that for the first time in the history of any major mixed martial arts promotion, two brothers will fight each other in a professional bout. Thomas and Mike Treadwell, who are not only siblings but also live together, will battle in a heavyweight matchup on the undercard of MFC 37: True Grit taking place at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, May 10.
“Absolutely, undeniably, one of the craziest and most anticipated fights in MFC history,” said Mark Pavelich, Owner/President of the Maximum Fighting Championship.
“Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to watch two brothers fight? I remember from my own childhood, the most violent fights I was ever involved in myself were against my brother. We’d practically tear the house down because I was the younger brother out to prove myself against the older brother. I have a distinct feeling Treadwell vs. Treadwell will have that ‘Prove who’s really the toughest’ mentality and be a spectacularly wild fight.”
This will be the professional debut for both brothers who share a condo in Edmonton, Alberta.
“We’re taking brotherhood to the next level,” said Mike Treadwell, 30, who previously served in the Canadian Armed Forces and has a background in security.
“This is something we’re excited about, and I think people are going to be very excited to see,” added Thomas Treadwell, a 20-year-old specialty mechanic.
While there are several significant brother combinations in mixed martial arts including Rodrigo and Rogerio Noguiera, Frank and Ken Shamrock, and Nick and Nate Diaz, plus former MFC welterweight champ Pat Healy and his twin Ryan, a brother versus brother showdown hasn’t happened until now.
“It doesn’t matter the names of the competitors – brothers are fighting, that’s all it will take to get people excited,” noted Mike.
The level of interest from friends and colleagues has overshadowed the small wave of negative feedback the brothers have received from certain family members, though another brother, Russ, will corner Thomas.
“Dad was angry and thinks we’re idiots. Mom knows but we don’t talk about it with her. Everyone else seems supportive,” said Thomas.
“The moment I mentioned to just a handful of people that this fight was going to take place, their reaction was pure fascination and then instantly it turned to a state of unbridled enthusiasm to see it for themselves,” offered Pavelich.
World Series of Fighting 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson – Fight Card Finalized
Viewster Smackdown with Wrestling and MMA Deals
Wrestling and martial arts fans can relive their favorite fights for free thanks to two new deals signed by Viewster, a leading subscription-free service offering ‘on demand’ movies and TV shows. The new deals mean that fans of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Ultimate Challenge Mixed Martial Arts can watch footage of pay-per-view events for free through Viewster’s video on-demand service.
The first TNA title to be available is ‘Bound For Glory’, a professional wrestling pay-per-view event. Each ‘Bound For Glory’ championship features TNA wrestlers competing in various professional wrestling matches. Footage of all seven championship matches will be released over the coming months and around twenty classic titles from the TNA back catalogue will also be made available.
Viewster’s deal with UCMMA, a mixed martial arts promotion based in the UK, brings titles including Stand Your Ground, Warrior Creed, Hands of War, Beat Down and Ultimate Challenge to a worldwide audience, on demand for the first time. Footage of the latest 10 title fights will be made available on Viewster as well as upcoming fights which will be added regularly throughout the year.
As with all Viewster titles, the TNA and UCMMA programs can be watched on-demand, anytime and anywhere, for free and without being locked into a subscription. Viewster’s service is available at Viewster.com and via its apps for Apple and Android Smartphone’s, tablet PCs and connected TVs.
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