Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 05/04/2013
By PDG Staff
UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman – Fight Card Update
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is once again taking over Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas. The organization formally announced today that UFC middleweight champion and undisputed pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva will return to the Octagon on Saturday, July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to face undefeated No. 1 contender Chris Weidman. That’s not all: this week in July also marks the return of the UFC Fan Expo, as well as Fight Week, a series of fan events, concerts, and appearances featuring your favorite UFC fighters and personalities.
“The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, defends the middleweight title for a record 11th time on July 6 when he takes on unbeaten Chris Weidman,” UFC President Dana White said. “Weidman is 9-0 in his pro career and has incredible wrestling and power. He said he will shock the world at UFC 162 and end Anderson’s reign atop the middleweight division. With UFC 162, the UFC Fan Expo and Fight Week, this is going to be an amazing week for fight fans. You have to be in Las Vegas this Fourth of July weekend!”
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)
Tim Kennedy (15-4) vs. Roger Gracie (6-1)
Ricardo Lamas (9-2) vs. Chan Sung Jung (13-3)
Cub Swanson (19-5) vs. Dennis Siver (21-8)
Mark Munoz (12-3) vs. Tim Boetsch (16-5)
Edson Barboza (11-1) vs. John Makdessi (11-2)
Seth Baczynski (18-9) vs. Brian Melancon (6-2)
Chris Leben (22-9) vs. Andrew Craig (8-1)
Dave Herman (21-5) vs. Shane Del Rosario (11-2)
Mike Pierce (16-5) vs. David Mitchell (12-2)
Norman Parke (17-2) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (12-3-1)
Lion Fight 10 – Fight Card Update
For the second time this year, Lion Fight Promotions has added a new championship division with CEO Scott Kent’s announcement this week that Yodsanklai Fairtex will battle Chike Lindsay at Lion Fight 10, and that this main event is now a title fight for the Lion Fight World Middleweight Championship. In the Lion Fight 10 much-anticipated co-main event, Kevin Ross returns to the ring looking for his third consecutive Lion Fight win after back-to-back victories over Bernie Mendieta at Lion Fight 9 and Chris Kwiatkowski at Lion Fight 8. Also under a long-term contract with Lion Fight, Ross is a two-time WBC Muay Thai Champion and will be facing Canadian Muay Thai prodigy Matt Embree.
The live card also features the return of 28-year old 6’2” Joe Schilling, the hugely popular fighter based in Southern California against Charles Byrd. Tiffany “Time Bomb” Van Soest, who remains undefeated (5-0) will take on Lucy Payne in a women’s bantamweight bout. Adding to the fully stacked live card are bouts featuring Malaipet Sasiprapa and Ognjen Topic vs. Coke Chunhawat of Oakland, Calif. Lion Fight 10 takes place Friday, July 26 live from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and will air live on AXS TV.
Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler Defends Title Against Dave Jansen
After delivering a dramatic and dominating submission victory in his first title defense, top ranked Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler will once again put his title on the line as Bellator MMA returns to WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma Wednesday, June 19th for the start of the Bellator MMA Summer Series live on Spike TV. Only 27, Chandler holds impressive victories over Eddie Alvarez, Rick Hawn, Akihiro Gono and Patricky Pitbull while sporting a spotless 11-0 record that has catapulted the Alliance MMA product into Top 3 rankings across the MMA landscape.
“I’m excited to get back in the cage and defend the belt against a tough guy like Dave Jansen,” Chandler said. “He’s proven to be a very tough and durable competitor. My plan is the same as every fight, which is to show up new and improved and collect another dominant finish for the fans.”
Jansen enters the fight riding a six fight win streak that includes a dominating Bellator Lightweight Tournament run with victories over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ricardo Tirloni, as well as a Finals win over Polish phenom Marcin Held. With the Oregon native owning an established submission pedigree and the resilience to have never been finished inside the cage, Jansen presents a unique set of challenges for Chandler on June 19th.
“I really want this fight to be an absolute grind and make Mike as uncomfortable as possible inside that cage,” Jansen said. “I’ve been known in my career to really be able to weather the storm and I really feel like I get stronger inside the cage as the fight goes on, and I’m really looking forward to having that full 25 minutes to work with and take this fight in deep waters. This is just an incredible opportunity for me and would a huge validation on my career to become a Bellator World Champion.”
Know across MMA as one of the top light heavyweights in the world, King Mo returns and will begin his quest to claim the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title. No stranger to WinStar, Mo had the crowd on its feet last January as he delivered a vicious knockout in opening round action, and will be looking for a similar performance against Seth “The Silverback” Petruzelli.
“Seth has been in this game for a long time and has beaten guys like Kimbo, Ricco Rodriguez and Dan Severn so this fight is going to be tough, but I’ve been working my ass off in the gym with Jeff Mayweather and my team and I’m ready to get another win under my belt,” Mo said. “Point blank, I’m looking to deliver a straight Mortal Kombat style fatality to Seth.”
Decorated MMA legend Renato “Babalu” Sobral will also make his return to the Bellator cage as the imposing Brazilian looks to punch his ticket to the Bellator Light Heavyweight Finals with a victory over Tennessee’s own Jacob Noe. After both men had their first taste of Bellator Tournament action last season, expectations have risen for both competitors.
“God has blessed me with the opportunity to fight again and consequently has cursed my opponents,” Babalu stated.
After nearly two years away from the cage, the always exciting and controversial War Machine will be back in action in front of a raucous WinStar crowd. Injuries and legal troubles have delayed the Bellator debut for War Machine but the highly skilled welterweight has finally put the past behind him and is ready to show the MMA world what it has been missing.
“It’s like I hit the rewind button,” War Machine said. “I pressed rewind and now I have a chance to get my life back on track. It feels great. Right now I’m just out to show the world that I do belong here fighting the best with Bellator.”
“This event is insanely stacked,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “With a Lightweight Title fight, Mo, Babalu, and War Machine, this is going to be an amazing show start to finish on Spike.”
Duke Roufus Brings Road To GLORY USA Lightweight Tournament To Milwaukee May 11, 2013
Glory Sports International, the parent company of the world’s premier kickboxing league, has announced that it will bring its developmental Road To GLORY USA tournament series established to identify America’s next great Kickboxing superstars, to the historic Rave Eagles Club Grand Ballroom, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee, WI with a one-night, 8-man, single-elimination lightweight (154 pounds/70 kilograms) tournament on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
The tournament is being held as part of four-time Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion and famed fight trainer Duke Roufus’ and his business partner Scott Joffe’s North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) “Knockout Kings” Muay Thai and Kickboxing show.
The winner of the Road to GLORY USA Milwaukee tournament, featuring a host of prolific prospects, will be awarded a $20,000 grand prize and a multi-year contract with GLORY, where they will have the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s elite kickboxing champions and superstars.
Slated for action in the Road To GLORY USA lightweight tournament are KO artist Cyrus “Black Dynamite “Washington (53-21, 48 KOs) of Saginaw, MI; Shidokan Karate, boxing and Muay Thai expert Muhsin Corbbrey (33-10-2) of Tulsa, OK; Muay Thai champion Michael Mananquil (26-4-1, 8 KOs) of San Bruno, CA; battle-tested striking sensation Jose Palacios (42-10, 13 KOs) of Fremont, CA; rising star Jameel “The Real Deal” Massouh (28-9, 8 KOs) of Milwaukee; kickboxing star and police officer Dustin Johnson (17-5, 10 KOs) of Baton Rouge, LA; national and North American Muay Thai champion Ben “Stone-Man” Yelle (23-15-1, 10 KOs) of Marquette, MI; and six-time kickboxing and Muay Thai champion Troy Sheridan (19-2, 9 KOs) of Stouffville, Ontario, Canada.
In the event that any of the quarterfinal stage fight winners sustain an injury that precludes him from returning to the ring for the tournament’s semifinal stage, the winner of a tournament “alternate” bout between Gustavo Rodriguez (17-4) of Rockford, IL, and Jon Henderson (9-1) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada will replace the injured fighter in the tournament.
Bobby Lashley joins Super Fight League
Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion Bobby Lashley has signed a multi-year exclusive agreement with Super Fight League (SFL). Jaideep Singh and Alex Huddleston have also joined the league. Lashley is fighting out of American Top Team Altitude in Denver, Colorado. During his professional wrestling career, he was best known for his time in the WWE, where he was a one-time United States Champion and a two-time World Champion. “I’m looking forward to fighting in India. I was honored with the welcome that the Indian fans gave me at SFL 3 last year and I was excited when the opportunity to return arose.” Lashley said.
Dan Isaac, COO and matchmaker of SFL, said, “I am proud of how rapidly we are growing each division. Lashley is a big name here in India due to his WWE fame and we are excited to be the ones to showcase his MMA talents to the people of India.”
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UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva II – Fight Card Update
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez meets Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on Saturday, May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch between two of the sport’s most dynamic competitors. Velasquez and Silva previously met at UFC 146, with Velasquez emerging victorious. Now the two will meet for the sport’s biggest prize – the UFC heavyweight title.
After avenging his only career loss and regaining the title at UFC 155 last December, Velasquez (11-1) now prepares for the first challenger in his second reign atop the heavyweight division. This Memorial Day Weekend, he’ll meet Bigfoot Silva (18-4), who earned the shot at the UFC title with impressive back-to-back knockout wins over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos also returns to the Octagon on May 25 to battle Mark Hunt, a winner of four straight, including consecutive knockout victories over Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve. In addition, rising light heavyweight star Glover Teixeira takes on New Zealand’s James Te Huna and lightweight Gray Maynard battles red-hot Canadian TJ Grant.
UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva II
May 25, 2013
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Main Card (Pay-Per-View):
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)
Donald Cerrone (19-5) vs. K.J. Noons (11-6)
Preliminary Card (FX):
Mike Pyle (24-8-1) vs. Rick Story (15-6)
Dennis Bermudez (10-3) vs. Max Holloway (7-1)
Colton Smith (6-1) vs. Robert Whittaker (11-2)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (19-0) vs. Abel Trujillo (10-4)
Preliminary Card (UFC Facebook/Youtube):
Stephen Thompson (6-1) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (9-2)
Brian Bowles (10-2) vs. George Roop (13-9-1)
Jeremy Stephens (20-9) vs. Estevan Payan (14-3)
SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix in Craiova, Romania Announced
After the great success of SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix – Final Elimination on November 10th 2012, when SUPERKOMBAT fighters inaugurated the Polyvalent Hall, SUPERKOMBAT will return in Craiova, Romania for the second World Grand Prix event of this season.
“We hare very happy because we will return in a great city with a fantastic public. Last time, in November 10th 2012, the polyvalent hall was full and we hope also for this time.”, said SUPERKOMBAT president Eduard Irimia.
For this event, the SUPERKOMBAT president confirmed the presence of Catalin Morosanu, Benjamin Adegbuyi, Vladimir Toktasynov, Nikolaj Falin, Ionut Atodiresei, Sebastian Ciobanu, Claudiu Badoi and Stauros Exakoustidis.
“The full fight card will be announced next week. We will have as the same, 5 super-fights and the 4-men heavyweight tournament.”, added Eduard Irimia.
Cheick Kongo’s UFC Contract Expires, Not Offered New One but Kongo says he is a UFC Fighter!
Last weekend UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo was knocked out by Roy Nelson at UFC 159 and then earlier this week, several MMA sites stated that Kongo was done with the promotion. He hadn’t been cut but his current contract had been fulfilled and the UFC was not going to offer him another one. Well, according to Kongo that is not the case and here is the statement he released:
“Do not believe everything you are told, I’m in the best position to know about my career in the UFC. And do not worry. For now, know that I have not dismissed the UFC and I’m on good terms with the American organization. I’m out of contract, as I’ve been before… So I say to you, unless proved otherwise, I’m still a UFC fighter. Take care of yourself. Don’t believe he said-she said stories. I have not been cut by the UFC. I am Cheick Kongo so I know best what’s next for me. It doesn’t mean that I am leaving the UFC, it doesn’t mean that I am staying – it means this is my life.”
Leslie Smith Signs Multi-Fight Deal With Invicta FC; Will Face Jennifer Maia on July 13
On the heels of her second-career Invicta Fighting Championships “Fight of the Night” performance, crowd-pleasing, prolific striker Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (5-3-1) of Pleasanton, Calif. has signed a new, multi-fight agreement with the women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts promotion and will drop from bantamweight to flyweight and challenge Jennifer Maia (7-2) of Curitiba, Brazil. at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on Saturday, July 13.
The winner of the Invicta FC 6 matchup between Smith and Maia will be awarded a title shot against newly crowned Invicta FC World Flyweight Champion Barb Honchak (8-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa.
In the main event of the stacked 13-bout card, ferocious KO artist and pound-for-pound sensation Cris Cyborg (11-1, 1 NC) of Curitiba, Brazil will face off with fellow superstar and submission ace Marloes Coenen (21-5) of The Netherlands in the first-ever Invicta FC world featherweight championship bout.
The showdown between rivals Cyborg and Coenen marks a highly-anticipated rematch to their explosive, barnburner first fight in Sunrise, Fla. on Jan 30, 2010 in which Cyborg emerged victorious by way of TKO (punches) in the third and final scheduled round (3:40) of action. In the co-main event, reigning Invicta FC world strawweight (115 pounds) champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. will put her title on the line against undefeated JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki (9-0) of Tokyo, Japan.
World Series of Fighting 3: Fitch vs. Burkman – Fight Card Update
World Series of Fighting announced this week a new co-main event matchup between streaking, prolific welterweight rising stars and fearsome submission aces Tyson “Man of” Steele (10-1) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada and Steve Carl (19-3) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion’s highly-anticipated fight card at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, June 14.
The announcement comes in the wake of the withdrawal of Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong (1-0) of Boca Raton, Fla. via Suriname from his scheduled light heavyweight co-main event matchup with Angel “The Dream” DeAnda (11-2) of Oakdale, Calif. due to Spong’s inability to return from the Netherlands to his Boca Raton-based MMA training camp Blackzilians in time to prepare adequately for his second-career MMA-rules bout.
Additionally, a lightweight contest between grappling wizards Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm (21-2) of Spokane, Wash. and Jacob Volkmann (15-4) of White Bear Lake, Minn. has been added to the event’s preliminary card.
In the welterweight main event and long-awaited rematch, Jon Fitch (24-5) of Fort Wayne, Ind., will square off with fellow superstar Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman (25-9) of Salt Lake City, Utah. Also slated for battle on the four-bout TV card is heavyweight rising star and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rolles Gracie (8-1) of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, who will face off with Dave Huckaba (21-4) of Sacramento, Calif.
Undefeated prospect Justin Gaethje (8-0) of Denver, Colo. will collide with Brian Cobb (20-7) of Bakersfield, Calif., in a lightweight contest. In preliminary card action, battle-tested submission specialist John Gunderson (34-14) of Houston, Tex. will be pitted against Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon (16-4) of Bridgewater, Mass. in another lightweight tilt. All 16 of Lauzon’s professional career victories have come by way of (T)KO or submission. Fellow undefeated prospects Krasimir Mladenov (8-0) of Borica, Bulgaria and Kendrick Miree (5-0) of Atlanta, Ga., will square off at middleweight.
SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes in Vienna, Austria on May 10, 2013
SUPERKOMBAT has announced the third event of SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes concept that will be held at Gasometer Arena from Vienna, Austria on May 10, 2013 in association with Iron Fist Vienna and Azerbaijan Academic Association.
The concept of SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes Vienna is a “Azerbaijan vs. Europe” battle and will include 11 superfights. “In this event we have the best fighters from Azerbaijan. I’m sure we will find at this event at least one new hero from this country with a big potential for the combat sports.”, said SUPERKOMBAT president Eduard Irimia. On the card were added the winner of SUPERKOMBAT Tryouts from Dortmund, Janosch Nietlishpach, but also the the last winner of SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix tournament from Oradea, Muamer Tufekcic and the Local Kombat champion from Romania, Cristian Milea.
In the main-event of the night, the K-1 star Zabit Samedov will fight against the polish veteran Wieslaw Kwasniewski in his last battle before his rematch with Badr Hari from May 25, 2013. Also, SUPERKOMBAT president Eduard Irimia has announced that Mr. Ramin Shukurov is the new member of SUPERKOMBAT family and he will lead the office from Azerbaijan from now.
SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes Fight Card (May 10, 2013 – Vienna, Austria):
Heavyweight: Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) vs. Wieslaw Kwasniewski (Poland)
72.5kg: Parviz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) vs. Fadi Merza (Austria)
81kg: Kamil Sharifov (Azerbaijan) vs. Niels Wilmnik (Netherlands)
72.5kg: Alim Nabiyev (Azerbaijan) vs. Adem Bozkurt (Turkey)
95kg: Zamiq Atakishiyev (Azerbaijan) vs. Sam Tevette (Netherlands)
Heavyweight: Aghalar Sadiqhov (Azerbaijan) vs. Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
91kg: Anar Mammadov (Azerbaijan) vs. Janosch Nietlishpach (Switzerland)
72.5kg: Ismat Agazade (Azerbaijan) vs. Husnu Sari (Turkey)
91kg: Vuqar Kazimov (Azerbaijan) vs. Mirko Kulacsik (Hungary)
86kg: Etiram Rzayev (Azerbaijan) vs. Uros Bogoyevic (Serbia)
72kg: Ramal Aslanov (Azerbaijan) vs. Cristian Milea (Romania)
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