Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 06/09/2013
By PDG Staff
UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 – Fight Card Update
Viewers of FOX Sports 1’s Indianapolis fight night are in for a scrap as 6th-ranked lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will face 10th-ranked Rafael Dos Anjos in the co-main event. The event has also booked two welterweight fights showcasing three TUF alumni. TUF Smashes winner Robert Whittaker will look to follow his spectacular knockout of TUF 16 winner Colton Smith with a similar performance against TUF 11 winner Court McGee on August 28. Plus, TUF 13’s Justin Edwards will try to snap the eight-fight win streak of 9-1 Octagon newcomer Brandon Thatch.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 2: Kampmann vs. Condit 2
August 28, 2013
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Carlos Condit (28-7) vs. Martin Kampmann (20-6)
Donald Cerrone (20-5) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (19-6)
Kelvin Gastulem (6-0) vs. Paulo Thiago (15-5)
Sara McMann (7-0) vs. Sarah Kaufmann (16-2)
Magnus Cedenblad (10-4) vs. Robert McDaniel (21-6)
Bobby Voelker (24-9) vs. James Head (9-3)
Robert Whittaker (11-2) vs. Court McGee (14-3)
Justin Edwards (8-2) vs. Brandon Thatch (9-1)
Cage Warriors Secures Services of Ronnie Mann from Bellator
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has announced that it has signed top English bantamweight Ronnie Mann. The five-fight deal will see the 26-year-old compete exclusively for Cage Warriors over a minimum of 18 months, after CWFC paid a fee of $5,000 to Bellator to have Mann released from his contract with the promotion. Cage Warriors 57 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 20 has been penciled in for Mann’s CWFC debut, with the Cheltenham native keen to make his mark on Europe’s most competitive bantamweight division.
Rolles Gracie Injured; Volkmann versus Beerbohm Set for WSOF Main Card
A wrist sprain has forced heavyweight rising star Rolles Gracie (8-1) out of his World Series of Fighting Mixed Martial Arts matchup with Dave Huckaba (20-5). Replacing the bout on the four-fight, live NBC Sports Network televised main card at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, June 14, will be the previously announced matchup between rival lightweight sensations and grappling specialists Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm (21-2) of Spokane, Wash. and Jacob Volkmann (15-4) of White Bear Lake, Minn.
The 34-year-old Beerbohm, a former meth addict who discovered MMA while watching television from a prison sofa, later became an inspiration, enrolling in an MMA gym the same day he was released from incarceration. After just two amateur fights in which he stopped both of his opponents, Beerbohm made his professional debut in 2007 and ran to 15 consecutive victories over the course of the next three years.
Beerbohm, whose nickname originated as a result of the colorful fight shorts that his mother sews for him, holds notable wins over the likes of former Muay Thai champion and KO artist Duane “Bang” Ludwig, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro and former PRIDE star Marcus Aurelio.
Volkmann is a 32-year-old, three-time NCAA Division I All-American and former Big 10 Conference wrestling champion for University of Minnesota. Since turning pro in 2007, he has earned 7 of his 15 career victories by way of submission. Volkmann boasts wins over fellow stars Danny Castillo, Bobby Voelker, Ronys Torres and Antonio McKee.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 – Fight Card Update
FOX Sports 1 will launch on August 17 with a major main event, as former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will fight recent title challenger Chael Sonnen in a five-round headliner. Also announced for FOX Sports 1 three-hour main card is a bantamweight barnburner between one of the division’s all-time greats, Urijah Faber, faces dangerous contender Yuri Alcantara. The 135-pounders will be showcased in a second high-profile bout in Boston as #3-ranked Michael McDonald faces #5-ranked Brad Pickett. Farther up on the scale, light heavyweights Ovince Saint Preux (winner of 10 of his last 11) and 8-2 Cody Donovan will both be looking for their second win inside the Octagon. TUF alumni James Vick and Ramsey Nijem have been added to the card in a lightweight scrap.
UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen
August 17, 2013
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) vs. Chael Sonnen (27-13-1)
Alistair Overeem (36-12-1) vs. Travis Browne (14-1-1)
Urijah Faber (28-6) vs. Yuri Alcantara (28-4)
Matt Brown (17-11) vs. Thiago Alves (19-9)
Uriah Hall (7-3) vs. Nick Ring (13-2)
Joe Lauzon (22-8) vs. Michael Johnson (12-8)
Brad Pickett (23-7) vs. Michael McDonald (15-2)
Mike Brown (26-8) vs. Akira Corassani (11-3-1)
Conor McGregor (13-2) vs. Andy Ogle (9-2)
Cody Donovan (8-2) vs. Ovince St. Preux (13-5)
Ramsey Nijem (8-3) vs. James Vick (4-0)
Diego Brandao (17-8) vs. Daniel Pineda (18-9)
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Rickels Replaces Injured Jansen Against Chandler on July 31
After preparing for the biggest fight of his already impressive career, Dave Jansen’s title shot will be put on hold as the Oregon native has suffered an ACL injury that will keep the submission ace sidelined indefinitely. Originally slated to face reigning Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler on June 19th, Chandler will instead face Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Champion David Rickels July 31st from The Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I’m already back in the gym getting ready for the biggest test of my career,” Rickels said. “I was prepared for another few months off with Jansen already in line for his title shot, but when I got the news I was pumped because I got to enjoy myself for a while after the tournament, but now I’m ready to fight for that belt. Chandler is going to bring a huge challenge, but I know I need to focus on my takedown defense, and just push the pace. I’ve got to hurt Mike early, let him know I’m not playing around. I think he fights off of confidence more than anything else, so I’m looking to put a lot of doubt into his head early in this fight. Either way, I just can’t wait until July 31st.”
“It was just sort of a freak injury that happened in grappling, I heard a pop and after visiting the doctor, my fears were confirmed,” Jansen said. “It’s really devastating to me knowing I was so close to getting my shot, but I talked to Bjorn and the Bellator team and they confirmed I’ll be getting my title shot when I’m healthy and ready to go, so I’m going to recover and train as hard as I ever have, and hopefully when I get back into the cage it’s more rewarding than ever.”
UFC 164: Henderson vs. Grant – Fight Card Update
In April, reigning lightweight champion Benson Henderson learned that his next opponent would be the winner of UFC 160’s Gray Maynard vs. TJ Grant. In May, Henderson watched along with the world as Grant TKOd Maynard in the first round to earn the contender spot. And now Bendo has a date for the fight to boot: August 31, as the headlining bout of Milwaukee’s UFC 164.
UFC 164: Henderson vs. Grant
August 31, 2013
Benson Henderson (19-2) vs. T.J. Grant (21-5) – UFC lightweight title bout
Josh Barnett (32-6) vs. Frank Mir (16-7)
Chad Mendes (14-1) vs. Clay Guida (30-13)
Erik Koch (13-2) vs. Dustin Poirier (13-3)
Brandon Vera (12-6) vs. Ben Rothwell (32-9)
Soa Palelei (18-3) vs. Nikita Krylov (14-0)
Kyung Ho Kang (11-6) vs. Chico Camus (12-4)
The UFC Congratulates House of Commons for Passing Bill S-209
The Ultimate Fighting Championship this week applauded the House of Commons for passing Bill S-209, an Act that removes the Criminal Code prohibition on professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in Canada. The bill, which passed the third and final reading today, will be enacted after receiving Royal Assent.
“This is a major development for the sport of mixed martial arts as we now have a consistent legislative framework for Canada and its provinces,” said UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright. “The UFC thanks Senator Bob Runciman for spearheading this initiative and MP Massimo Pacetti for piloting this through the House of Commons. We’re also appreciative of MP Ryan Leef’s support throughout this entire process.”
Bill S-209 is an amendment to Section 83(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada, regulating prize fighting. The amendment clarifies the propriety of promoting mixed martial events throughout Canada. The current section 83 of the Criminal Code had not been updated since 1934.
To date, provincial governments have worked around the law to allow UFC events to take place. Since 2008, the UFC has hosted a total of 12 Canadian events between four cities: Montreal (six), Toronto (three), Vancouver (two) and Calgary (one). Winnipeg will soon become the UFC’s fifth Canadian city as the MTS Centre hosts the sold out UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson on June 15 while Toronto receives its fourth event with UFC 165 at Air Canada Centre on September 21. Currently, MMA is sanctioned at a provincial level in British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec, while it has been sanctioned on a municipal level within Alberta, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories. The UFC’s goal is to have the sport sanctioned and regulated in all 10 provinces and three territories.
“Rampage” Jackson Joins Forces With Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling And Spike TV
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the mixed martial arts icon and action-movie star has agreed to a monumental, multi-year partnership with Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling and Spike TV as it was jointly announced today by Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, and Dixie Carter, TNA Wrestling President. The landmark partnership includes Jackson competing in Bellator MMA, along with joining the superstars of TNA’s “Impact Wrestling,” which includes fellow Bellator fighter “King Mo” Lawal. Spike TV will also create a special reality series featuring Rampage that will lead into his debut with Bellator, as well as other entertainment initiatives.
Jackson (32-11) joins Bellator as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo”, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Emanuel Newton, Attila Vegh and Vladimir Matyushenko.
The charismatic fighter from Memphis, TN began his professional MMA career in 1999 and established his legacy across the globe through epic battles with MMA titans including Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson among others.
Rampage Jackson Debuts on TNA Impact Wrestling
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