Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 04/13/2013

Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 04/13/2013

By PDG Staff



UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen – Final Card and Fight Order 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 will be returning to the Garden State for this long awaited grudge match between two of the sport’s most recognizable names. A preliminary card match-up featuring Joe Proctor and Al Iaquinta has been scratched from the card as both fighters have sustained injuries.


UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen

April 27, 2013

Prudential Center

Newark, New Jersey


Main Card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET):

Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen – UFC light-heavyweight title bout

Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping

Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson

Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes

Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller


Preliminary Card (FX, 8 p.m. ET):

Johnny Bedford vs. Erik Perez

Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante

Sheila Gaff vs. Sara McMann

Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros


Preliminary Card (UFC Facebook, 6 p.m. ET):

Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie

Nick Catone vs. James Head

Kurt Holobaugh vs. Steven Siler






Banario vs. Oishi and Fernandes vs. Okazaki Set for ONE FC 9



ONE Fighting Championship, in association with Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), returns to the fight capital of Asia on Friday, 31 May, with the highly anticipated first title defense of hometown hero ONE FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario. Banario will put it all on the line when he takes on Japanese submission specialist Koji Oishi. Plus, pound-for-pound king Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes returns to the famed ONE FC cage when he squares off against Japanese MMA sensation Koetsu Okazaki for the ONE FC Bantamweight Interim Title. All the action will take place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in what is expected to be the greatest fight card ever compiled in ONE FC history. After selling out arenas throughout Asia it is finally time for ONE FC to return to the Philippines.


CEO of ONE Fighting Championship Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC will be back in the fight capital of Asia on 31 May with a stacked fight card that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping for the passionate Filipino fight fans. This event could possibly be the largest in ONE FC’s history and features the top names in MMA, headlined by ONE FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario. Of course, having one of the greatest fighters on earth fighting on this card in Manila is sure to be a special night for MMA. Bibiano Fernandes always brings his best when he steps into the cage. Close to 20,000 fans will pack out the SM Mall of Asia Arena to witness the greatest sporting spectacle in the world.”


ONE FC Featherweight Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario is one of the top Mixed Martial Artists in the world today. He is a member of the legendary Team Lakay where he trains alongside fellow ONE FC fighters Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon under head coach Mark Sangiao. Banario comes from a Wushu background, an ancient Chinese martial art whose practitioners are recognizable by a diverse range of striking techniques. Despite his striking credentials, five of Banario’s eight wins were by submission, proving how versatile he really is. Banario captured the ONE FC crown when he defied all odds by defeating his fellow countryman Eric Kelly at ONE FC: RETURN OF WARRIORS via TKO. Banario will be looking to hold onto his title when he battles the ever so tough submission specialist from Japan, Koji Oishi.


Koji Oishi is a 35 year-old Japanese mixed martial arts veteran and former Lightweight King of Pancrase. He comes from a wrestling and karate background and is renowned for leaving everything on the line in brawls against some of the best in the business, including Chris Lytle, Carlos Condit and both of the Diaz brothers.


ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Soo Chul Kim is currently undergoing shoulder surgery and will be out of action for an indefinite period of time. Therefore, ONE FC officials have decided that an interim ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship title will be introduced until Kim is ready to make a comeback.


Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes is undeniably one of the best fighters in the world today. His never-ending gas tank, explosive take-downs and lighting fast strikes have garnered him a huge fan base amongst Asian and international fans alike. Fernandes made his ONE FC debut in August 2012 at ONE FC: PRIDE OF A NATION where he defeated journeyman Gustavo Falciroli via unanimous decision. A veteran who has fought countless Japanese fighters, Fernandes will have his toughest test yet when he battles Japanese sensation Koetsu Okazaki.


Okazaki is the latest top Japanese fighter to sign for ONE FC and is one of the most experienced fighters in the entire bantamweight division. He is a tenacious competitor known to never back down from any opponent. Okazaki specializes in submissions but he is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone if that is what it takes to get the win. Okazaki knows that a win over Fernandes will get him the global recognition that he deserves and the ONE FC Bantamweight Interim Title wrapped around his waist.






GLORY 8 Tokyo – Fight Card Update



GLORY has announced the quarterfinal stage match-ups for its highly-anticipated, one-night, eight-man featherweight (65 kilograms/143 pounds) ‘Slam’ tournament that will headline the GLORY 8 Tokyo mega-event at Ariake Coliseum on Friday, May 3.


Additionally, a heavyweight Superfight rematch between powerhouse and all-time great Jerome Le Banner (73-21-2, 59 KOs) of France and Muay Thai champion Koichi (26-8-1, 15 KOs) of Japan was announced for the GLORY 8 Tokyo event.  The second meeting between the pair follows their action-packed first encounter in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve when Le Banner stopped Koichi with a blistering right hook with just 13 seconds remaining in the third and final scheduled round of the match-up.


The 40-year-old Le Banner, who has faced and defeated nearly every major rival of his generation, including legends Ernesto Hoost and Peter Aerts, stalked and punished Koichi with punch combinations and body kicks during their initial meeting, but Koichi’s iron chin helped him stay on his feet, retaliate and dish out leg kicks that badly damaged the lead thigh of Le Banner and slowed the Frenchman down before Le Banner connected with the finishing blow.


In one bracket of the GLORY 8 Tokyo featherweight tournament, world Muay Thai champion Mosab “The Jaguar” Amrani (48-7-4, 14 KOs) of Holland will square off with aggressive-minded Marcus Vinicius (7-1, 1 KO) of Brazil and KO artist Liam Harrison (72-15-2, 38 KOs) of England will face Road To GLORY Japan tournament champion Masaaki Noiri (18-3, 7 KOs) of Japan.


In the other tournament bracket, three-time French kickboxing champion Abdallah Ezbiri (32-6, 11 KOs) of Morocco via France will meet two-time kickboxing champion Gabriel Varga (21-1, 8 KOs) of Canada and two-time, eight-man kickboxing tournament winner Yuta Kubo (37-4-1, 17 KOs) of Japan will battle hard-hitting Lim Chi Bin (69-16, 40 KOs) of South Korea.


The winner of the quarterfinal stage bout between Amrani and Vinicius will face the winner of the quarterfinal stage fight between Harrison and Noiri while the victor of the quarterfinal stage contest between Ezbiri and Varga will square off with the winner of the bout between Kubo and Lim.  The two winners of the semifinal stage fights will face off in the championship stage of the tournament with a $100,000 grand prize at stake.


In other GLORY 8 Tokyo Superfight action, legendary heavyweight champion Peter Aerts (102-30-1, 77 KOs) of The Netherlands will collide with fast-rising star Jamal Ben Saddik (24-2, 20 KOs) of Belgium. A lightweight (70 kilograms/154 pounds) Superfight will pit prolific superstars Andy Ristie (36-3-1, 18 KOs) of Suriname and Albert “The Hurricane” Kraus (75-15-3, 45 KOs) of The Netherlands against one another.






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Matt Mitrione Suspended for Transphobic Comments



The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization released the following statement this week:


“The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on the ‘MMA Hour. The organization finds Mr. Mitrione’s comments offensive and wholly unacceptable and — as a direct result of this significant breach of the UFC’s code of conduct – Mr. Mitrione’s UFC contract has been suspended and the incident is being investigated. The UFC is a friend and ally of the LGBT community, and expects and requires all 450 of its athletes to treat others with dignity and respect.”


Here is some of what Mitrione had to say to MMAFighting.com on the MMA Hour:


“Because she’s not a he. He’s a he,” he said. “He’s chromosomally a man. He had a gender change, not a sex change. He’s still a man. He was a man for 31 years. Thirty-one years. That’s a couple years younger than I am. He’s a man. Six years of taking performance de-hancing drugs, you think is going to change all that? That’s ridiculous.


“That is a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak,” he continued. “And I mean that. Because you lied on your license to beat up women. That’s disgusting. You should be embarrassed yourself. And the fact that Florida licensed him because California licensed him or whoever the hell did it, it’s an embarrassment to us as fighters, as a sport, and we all should protest that. The woman that’s fighting him, props to you. I hope you beat his ass, and I hope he gets blackballed and never fights again, because that’s disgusting and I’m appalled by that.”


It was then mentioned by Helwani that Mitrione, who is usually a light-hearted jokester, had just “taken a turn to serious town,” but Mitrione insisted it was for good reason.


“I’m glad I could make fun of him a little bit because he’s obviously got some mental issues and wants to beat up on women,” he said.






UFC on FOX 8 – Fight Card Update



The UFC will return to Seattle’s KeyArena on July 27, and hard-hitting lightweight Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard will look to get back on track when he faces TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig. Also, the UFC announced that Rory MacDonald will return to action and fight Jake Ellenberger in a welterweight top contender eliminator.


UFC on Fox 8

July 27, 2013


Seattle, Washington


Melvin Guillard (30-12-2) vs. Mac Danzig (21-10-1)

Rory MacDonald (14-1) vs. Jake Ellenberger (29-6)

Tarec Saffiedine (14-3) vs. Robbie Lawler (20-9-1)

Danny Castillo (15-5) vs. Bobby Green (20-5)






Bellator Announces Four-Man Tourneys for Summer Series



After closing out a highly successful inaugural season on Spike TV, Bellator announced this week it will hold four-man tournaments over the summer in the Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight and Bantamweight divisions.


“We are always striving to enhance every aspect of the Bellator formula for our fighters and fans,” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “Our Champions consistently defending their titles against world class challengers who’ve earned their title shots creates a win/win for those two crucial groups. Three stacked 4-man tournaments over our Summer Series on Spike is another great step in our growth and evolution”


Bellator has historically held classic eight-man tournaments featuring a collection of top talent from around the world. The eight-man tournament fields will continue this fall, live on Spike TV and in Spanish language on mun2. Dates, venues and the final 4 for this Summer’s Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight and Bantamweight tournaments will be announced shortly.






NBC Sports Network To Premiere World Series of Fighting: Future Champs



NBC Sports Network and World Series of Fighting announced this week that they will further their partnership beyond live event programming by unveiling an all-new television series, World Series of Fighting: Future Champs, showcasing Mixed Martial Arts action from the sport’s hottest rising stars, beginning on Saturday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.


The premiere, 30-minute episode will feature the three-round, 160-pound catchweight fight between Ozzy Dugulubgov (4-1) of Hackensack, N.J. and Chris Wade (5-1) of Lindenhurst, N.Y, a bout that took place on the non-televised undercard of the World Series of Fighting event at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J., on March 23.


The series continues on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, and will feature the explosive, 150-pound catchweight bout between Brenson Hansen (4-1) of Las Vegas and Tom Marcellino (4-2) of Fairfield, Conn. that also took place on the March 23 undercard.


“We are excited to take our partnership with NBC Sports Network to the next level and complement our live event programming with library fights featuring World Series of Fighting’s fast-growing roster of emerging, young stars and future champions,” said World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.  “The World Series of Fighting: Future Champs program will effectively give us the stage needed to build the star power of our best prospects by connecting them with a national audience that would not otherwise be able to see them in action on television.”


World Series of Fighting is coming off its second, star-studded, live NBC Sports Network-televised event headlined by a heavyweight showdown between superstars Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (16-3) of Boca Raton, Fla. and Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovksi (18-10) of Minsk, Belarus on March 23.  The live telecast peaked with 332,000 viewers, marking a 46 percent increase in peak viewership from the promotion’s inaugural event on Nov. 3 that peaked with 228,000 viewers.






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GLORY 7 Milan: Petrosyan vs. Boustati – Fight Card Update



World No. 1 lightweight (70 kilograms/154 pounds) Giorgio Petrosyan (75-1, 35 KOs) of Italy will headline the GLORY 7 Milan kickboxing mega-event against fellow sensation Hafid El Boustati (67-7-3, 18 KOs) of The Netherlands on Saturday, April 20 at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy.


El Boustati rides a seven-fight win-streak into this clash, which marks his GLORY debut. In 2012, he experienced a major breakthrough year that saw him defeat, amongst others, superstar Robin Van Roosmalen in a bout for the now-defunct league, It’s Showtime, which GLORY acquired last Oct. Ranked No. 2 in the GLORY World Federation rankings, Van Roosmalen was the heavy favorite to win the match-up, but was stopped two minutes into the second round due to cuts sustained.


El Boustati, a strong technician with superior punching power, fights out of Mousid Gym in Amsterdam and counts fellow GLORY stars Mosab ‘Jaguar’ Amrani and Mourad Bouzidi amongst his training partners. The matchup with Petrosyan, known for a highly technical style, represents the biggest opportunity of El Boustati’s career.


GLORY 7 Milan: Petrosyan vs. Boustati

April 20, 2013

Mediolanum Forum

Milan, Italy


70kg: Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Hafid El Boustati

HW: Rico Verhoeven vs. Jhonata Diniz

85kg: Artem Levin vs. Sahak Parparyan

77kg: Karapet Karapetyan vs. Roberto Cocco

95kg: Steve McKinnon vs. Nenad Pagonis

70kg: Murthel Groenhart vs. Robin van Roosmalen

70kg: Yury Bessmertny vs. Davit Kiria

70kg: Chingiz Allazov vs. Marat Grigorian

65kg: Sergio Wielzen vs. Kaopon Lek






UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman – Fight Card Update



UFC officials this week announced the addition of a lightweight bout between strikers Edson Barboza and John Makdessi to July’s UFC 162 event, which will be headlined with a championship bout featuring Anderson Silva versus Chris Weidman.


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

Frankie Edgar (15-4-1) vs. Charles Oliveira (16-3)

Ricardo Lamas (9-2) vs. Chan Sung Jung (13-3)

Cub Swanson (19-5) vs. Dennis Siver (21-8)

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (11-3) vs. Thiago Silva (14-3)

Barboza (11-1) and John Makdessi (11-2)

Mark Munoz (12-3) vs. Tim Boetsch (16-5)

Tim Kennedy (15-4) vs. Roger Gracie (6-1)

Dave Herman (21-5) vs. Shane Del Rosario (11-2)

Chris Leben (22-9) vs. Andrew Craig (8-1)

Seth Baczynski (18-9) vs. Brian Melancon (6-2)






Swedish MMA Federation Explains Decision to Remove Alexander Gustafsson from UFC on FUEL TV 9



On Saturday the 30th of March a SMMAF doctor examined Mr. Alexander Gustafsson and forwarded images of the injury, pre and post sutures, to two other SMMAF doctors. Together they made the assessment that Gustafsson’s injury was of such a nature that he would not be able to compete nor partake in full–contact sparring for another 6 weeks or more without risking further injury and that it was highly unlikely that he would be cleared at the medical check the day before the match. The cut was both wide and deep and in a sensitive area. Consequently, he could not at that time be deemed fit to safely compete in the match. It was formally decided on the 2nd of April that Gustafsson´s match was stopped through the ruling of the Medical Committee. Questions have been raised regarding the assessment of the Medical Committee and the SMMAF board has requested we supply the Federation with a formal clarification on the details of the decision.


After 48 hours a sutured wound is re-epithelialized, meaning that there is a thin layer of cells covering it. Wound strength gradually increases during the healing process, and after 2 weeks a wound has less than 10% of its final healed strength. By this time, most superficial or percutaneous closure materials are removed, and the resulting wound has little to rely on for strength unless additional support is available. Additional support in this case would be tape but that is not allowed during an MMA match according to SMMAF rules. At this point the scar is more or less visible to the naked eye, but the damaged tissue is not healed. Wound strength increases to 20% by 3 weeks and to 50% by 4 weeks. At 3-6 months, a wound achieves its maximum strength, which is 70-80% of that of normal skin.


In the event of a wound of this nature, it will be enough with only a moderate impact in the eye area for the wound to open up again. In elite level contact sports it is highly probable for that to occur and thus causing the wound to bleed profusely, escalated by the fact that in this stage of the healing process there is an increase of vascular density in the surrounding tissue. The bleeding would be of such intensity that a stoppage of the match is highly likely, since the vision would be occluded.


The long-term consequences are hard to predict, but repeated damage to a wound with less than 10% strength will likely cause muscular damage. In this case this entails damage to orbicularis occulis, levator and palpebrae superioris, i.e. the muscles controlling the eye lid, which could lead to a permanently decreased function of the eye lid, commonly referred to as a lazy eye (medical term ptosis).


Had the Medical Committee not been asked to examine the wound at this early stage nor been privy to information regarding the injury, there is a possibility that Gustafsson might have been cleared at an inspection on April 5th. The extent to which a wound of this type appears healed after a week will vary. However, such speculation is not relevant in this case since the Medical Committee had in fact already performed an examination. Consequently; letting an athlete compete in an elite level full contact sport based on what appears to be a healed scar, but fully informed of the fact that the injury is far from healed and the obvious risks that come with it, would be a severe breach of medical ethics as well as in this respect also against the law.


Finally the Medical Committee would like to comment on the time-line of events. Normally a SMMAF doctor will see the athlete for the first time on the day before the match at the medical check. However unusual as this case was, there is nothing in the SMMAF regulations that prevents a SMMAF doctor to see an athlete earlier than the day before the match. Furthermore there is nothing in the SMMAF regulations that prevents the Medical Committee to make a decision earlier than on the night before a match. If an athlete’s team contacts the SMMAF because of a medical situation that has arisen it would be unethical for the Federation to turn its back on that athlete and not perform a medical examination immediately.






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