Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 09/01/2012
By PDG Staff
Koch Injured! Jose Aldo versus Frankie Edgar Headlines UFC 153
Frankie Edgar’s decision to drop to featherweight has not gone unrewarded, as Edgar will get a long-rumored title shot in his first outing at 145 pounds. That title shot will come sooner than expected, as Edgar is stepping in to face champion Jose Aldo at UFC 153 in October. Aldo was scheduled to meet KO artist Erik Koch, who has been forced to withdraw from the event due to injury.
“I’m pumped,” UFC president Dana White told USA Today. “I think that people are going to be very excited for this fight.”
“This main event is now not only a world title fight but also a super-fight that has long been a dream match for many fans,” said White. “Aldo and Edgar are two fantastic fighters who are always a part of the pound-for-pound debate.”
Six New Matchups Confirmed For GLORY 2 Brussels on October 6th
Six new, star-studded matchups, including a heavyweight collision between Gokhan Saki (76-15, 53 KO’s), who is of Turkish origin fighting for the Netherlands, and Mourad Bouzidi (65-18-2, 33 KO’s) of Tunisia have been confirmed for the GLORY 2 Brussels world-class kickboxing event at Vorst National Arena in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday, Oct. 6th.
Last week, GLORY announced the long-awaited return of all-time great, heavyweight Remy “The Flying Gentleman” Bonjasky (75-14, 40 KO’s) of Amsterdam, Netherlands, who will face off with rising star and Brazil native Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva (32-7, 22 KO’s), in the main event. The matchup brings to a close a three-year hiatus that the dynamic Bonjasky, a three-time World Grand Prix Champion of the old K-1 tournament series, took due to an old eye injury.
“The upcoming event in Brussels is stacked with both world championship level fighters as well as several of kickboxing’s brightest, young, up-and-coming stars who have the talent to evolve into GLORY world champions and carry the torch that will eventually be passed on by the reigning kings of the sport,” said GLORY Managing Director, Marcus Luer.
Also confirmed for the GLORY 2 Brussels main card is a 79 kilogram/175 pound matchup between emerging forces Marc de Bonte (78-9-2, 18 KO’s) of Belgium and Murthel Groenhart (49-14-3, 25 KO’s) who hails from Surinam and is based in Holland.
A classic Benelux showdown will see Murat Direkci (69-15, 58 KO’s) of Belgium and Nieky Holzken (77-10, 4 KO’s) of the Netherlands face off at 78 kilograms/172 pounds.
Heavyweight prospect Jamal Ben-Saddik (21-0, 19 KO’s) of Antwerp will clash with Jahffar Wilnis (15-3-1, 3 KO’s) of Utrecht for another Benelux clash.
Vengeance-minded Belgium native Marat Grigorian (32-4-1,17 KO), fighting out of Yerevan, Armenia, will take on technical wizard Mohammed Khamal (43-5-3, 9 KO’s) of Morocco in a 71 kilogram/157 pound battle.
In yet a fourth heavyweight affair on the main card, It’s Showtime champion Danyo Ilunga (39-4, 33 KO’s) of Germany will challenge promising upstart Ali Cenik (16-3-2, 9 KO’s) of Belgium.
The Ultimate Fighter Fridays Premieres September 14 on FX
The field of 32 of the most talented unsigned mixed martial artists in the world has been finalized for The Ultimate Fighter Fridays which begins Friday, September 14, on FX with a special two-hour premiere airing at 9 PM ET/PT.
Similar to the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter on FX, this upcoming season will run for 13 consecutive weeks, airing Friday nights at 10 PM ET/PT. The eventual season winner – who will be crowned at the live finale on Saturday, Dec. 15 on FX, will receive a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization.
As previously announced, former interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin and top contender and previous TUF winner Roy Nelson serve as coaches this season. The bitter rivals – who have already taken their feud public – will also collide in the eagerly awaited main event of the Las Vegas finale.
Clementi versus Sarnavskiy Headline Explosive Lightweight Tournament
The stage is set for an elite group of Bellator lightweights looking to earn their title shot as The Reading Eagle Theater at The Sovereign Center hosts Bellator 77 from Reading, Pennsylvania on October 19 LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial free HD on EPIX. The night will feature four quarterfinal fights to begin the Bellator Season 7 Lightweight Tournament, headlined by long time MMA veteran Rich “No Love” Clementi taking on undefeated Russian phenom Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy, as well as a host of local talent.
Bellator 77 Season 7 Lightweight Tournament:
Dave Jansen vs. Magomed Saadulaev
Marcin Held vs. Murad Machaev
Ricardo Tirloni vs. Rene Nazare
Rich Clementi vs. Tiger Sarnavskiy
UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit – Fight Card Update
The co-main event of UFC 154 on November 17th has been verbally agreed to as top-ranked welterweights Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann battle it out on the way to a world title shot.
The bout could establish a clear next contender for the welterweight title, with the winner likely earning the right to fight the welterweight king. The title is now held by Georges St-Pierre, who must first face interim champion Carlos Condit when he returns from rehabbing the injury that’s sidelined him since 2011. The St-Pierre-Condit bout is expected to take place late this year.
UFC 154 Fight Card:
Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit – UFC welterweight title unification bout
Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann
Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara
Tom Lawlor vs. Francis Carmont
Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
Stephen Thompson vs. Besam Yousef
Antonio Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damm
GLORY 3 Rome ‘Final 8’ (70 kg) Championship Kickboxing Tournament at PalaLottomatica
Details for the GLORY 3 Rome ‘Final 8’ (70 kg) championship kickboxing event, headlined by a single-elimination tournament battle featuring eight of the world’s greatest 70 kilogram (154 pound) superstars at PalaLottomatica, were announced last week.
Superstars Giorgio Petrosyan, Albert Kraus, Robin van Roosmalen, Shemsi Beqiri, Ky Hollenbeck, Tim Thomas, Davit Kiria and Sanny Dahlbeck Go To War In One-Night, Single-Elimination Contest on November 3rd.
The winner of the tournament will have fought three times that night and earned a grand prize of $300,000 at the arena where Muhammad Ali won his Olympic boxing gold medal. It will test the competitors’ skill, strength and fitness and require them to dig into the deepest parts of their spirit to endure pain, fear and exhaustion.
“GLORY kickboxing is the pinnacle of stand-up fighting, and Rome with its history and legendary martial tradition is the perfect fit for our Final 8 tournament,” said Marcus Luer, Managing Director of GLORY Sports International.
“Rome provides a beautiful and appropriate backdrop. The battles that took place in the Coliseum have been immortalized in countless movies but I can assure you the bouts that will take place on Nov.3 will rival anything you have seen on film or in the ring. We are expecting an epic.”
The eight competitors slated for action in the ‘Final 8’ tournament are as follows: Giorgio ‘The Doctor’ Petrosyan (71-1-2 (1 NC), 33 KO’s) of Gorizia, Italy; Albert “The Hurricane” Kraus (66-16-3, 39 KO’s) of Oss, Netherlands; Robin “Poker Face” van Roosmalen (35-13-3, 10 KO’s) of Den Bosch, Netherlands; Shemsi Beqiri (71-7, 31 KO’s) of Basel, Switzerland;
Ky Hollenbeck (34-7, 21 KO’s) of San Francisco, Calif., USA; Tim Thomas.(60-1-9, 35 KO’s) of London, England; Davit Kiria (20-1) of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Sanny Dahlbeck (24-4, 14 KO’s) of Stockholm, Sweden.
Two ‘Superfight’ bouts and two tournament ‘reserve bouts’ will be announced soon as will the event’s preliminary fight card. In the event that one or more of the tournament fighters is unable to compete in the next tournament stage after winning a fight, a reserve bout winner will take the injured fighter’s place.
UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz – Fight Card Update
Verbal agreements are in for a trio of intriguing fights in the lighter weight classes for the Seattle UFC on FOX fight card. The featherweight match-up between Dennis Siver and Eddie Yagin, the last orphaned UFC 151 bout to be rescheduled now has a new home on the FOX 5 card taking place this December.
At lightweight, Ultimate Fighter Live winner Michael “Maverick” Chiesa will face Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira in Chiesa’s home state of Washington. Another Washington state fighter, John Albert, will face longtime veteran Scott Jorgensen in a bantamweight clash on that same night.
UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
December 8, 2012
Benson Henderson (17-2) vs. Nate Diaz (16-7) – UFC lightweight title bout
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-6) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (14-1)
Rory MacDonald (13-1) vs. BJ Penn (16-8-2)
Brendan Schaub (8-3) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-6)
Mike Swick (15-4) vs. Matt Brown (15-11)
Ramsey Nijem (6-2) vs. Joe Proctor (8-1)
Scott Jorgensen (13-6) vs. John Albert (7-3)
Dennis Siver (20-8) vs. Eddie Yagin (16-5-1)
Michael Chiesa (8-0) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (15-5)
ONE FC 6: Rise Of Kings – Fight Card Update
ONE FC’s next event, entitled ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS will take place live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 6 October. For the first time in ONE FC history, three title belts will be fought for and the main event will feature a Super Fight between DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and French MMA Champion Arnaud Lepont.
ONE FC 6: Rise Of Kings
October 6, 2012
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont
Ole Laursen vs. Zorobabel Moreira – Lightweight championship bout
Eric Kelly vs. Honorio Banario – Featherweight championship bout
Melvin Manhoef vs. TBA
Radeem Rahman vs. TBA
Gurgel, Rogers Tapped for Bellator 78 in Ohio
Bellator Fighting Championships has announced the promotion will return to Dayton, Ohio for Bellator 78 LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial free HD on EPIX from Wright State’s Nutter Center on Friday, October 26. The night will feature the Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Semifinals, as well as the long awaited return of Bellator Women’s Champion Zoila Gurgel.
“From Bellator 5 in Dayton to Bellator 66 in Cleveland, the state of Ohio has been great to Bellator, so we’re excited to return to Ohio and visit the Nutter Center with Ohio favorites like Brian Rogers and Zoila Gurgel,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney.
The night will feature the semifinals of the $100,000 Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament, which begins September 28 from Caesars Atlantic City. Headlined by Lyman Good, Jim Wallhead, Marius Zaromskis and Russian phenom Andrey Koreshkov, the tournament is loaded with world class Welterweights eager to earn their guaranteed title shot against reigning Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren.
For Brian Rogers, “The Predator” is eager to get back into the Bellator cage and showcase his skills in front of the Ohio faithful. While an opponent has not been finalized, Rogers is intensely focused on getting back into the win column and re-entering a future Bellator Middleweight Tournament.
“Last time I was in Ohio it was the biggest fight of my career and I embarrassed myself and let tons of buckeye friends and family down that spent their time and money to see me fight,” said Rogers. “It’s rare that a fighter at my level gets to fight near home often. Fortunately I get that opportunity again in Dayton. I owe the state of Ohio a better performance and on October 26 when bright lights come on I’m going to show up and put on a great show.”
After collecting victories over Rosi Sextton, Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii, Bellator Women’s Champion Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Gurgel is ready to re-introduce herself to MMA fans after spending over a year on the sidelines dealing with a string of injuries. Now calling Ohio home, Gurgel will have a huge following on October 26 from The Nutter Center in Dayton.
Invicta FC 3: Pro Boxer and Undefeated MMA Fighter Kim Connor-Hamby to Face Leslie Smith on October 6th
Professional boxer and undefeated MMA upstart Kim Connor-Hamby (4-0) of Stuttgart, Ark. will collide in a bantamweight (135 pounds) bout with fellow prolific striker Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (3-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. at the highly-anticipated Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Connor-Hamby will replace Cat Zingano, whom Invicta FC has sent to compete in Strikeforce.
In Invicta FC 3 preliminary card action, undefeated power puncher Katalina Malungahu (2-0) of Las Vegas, Nev. will face submission specialist Ediane Gomes (8-2) of Coconut Creek, Fla. via Sao Paulo, Brazil in a featherweight (145 pounds) bout, after Malungahu’s original opponent, Taylor Stratford, was forced to withdraw from the commitment due to a knee injury.
“I’m very excited to be fighting with all the big names that are on this Invicta FC card,” said the 31-year-old Connor-Hamby who, to date, has been lighting up her local MMA scene with her polished western boxing skills. “My hands are where it’s at. I want to show everyone what a woman can do with boxing inside the cage and I do not want to go to the ground at all in this fight.”
Since she began her pro career in the boxing ring in 2004, Connor-Hamby has registered a record of 10-2-2 (4 KO’s) in the sport, earning her 10th career victory in the sweet science with a 10-round unanimous decision over Nicole Woods on Aug. 25.
Red Canvas Fight Promotions Brings the “Art of Submission” to the Cage and the Big Screen
Red Canvas Fight Promotions is the only MMA promotion in history to ever showcase the “Art of Submission” both in the cage and on the big screen. Red Canvas Fight Promotions will be hosting tournament style Pro/am MMA events in conjunction with the theatrical release of the mixed martial arts film ‘Art of Submission’.
‘Art of Submission’ is a full-length feature film with a star studded cast that includes Ernie Reyes JR, Ving Rhames, Sara Downing, MMA Legend Frank Shamrock, UFC fighter Gray Maynard, Mathias Hues, Maxim Model Fernanda Romero, Maria Conchita Alonzo, John Savage and George Takei. Many of these stars will be making appearances at Red Canvas MMA events. According to film executives, pairing live fight events with the release of the film is truly synergistic.
Ken Chamitoff, producer of the film and president of Red Canvas Film Productions stated, “We are very excited to be the first to incorporate live MMA fight events with the release of a full length martial arts film! It is truly synergistic. Not only will it expose fight fans to a whole new level of entertainment, it will showcase the sport of MMA to audiences across the country in a very unique way, especially to those that are not familiar with the sport.”
The fight promotion, presented by actor Ernie Reyes JR, is slated to host tournament style MMA events every month in various regions, starting in the San Francisco Bay area in September. Following each live event Red Canvas will release the film ‘Art of Submission’ on multiple screens throughout that city. Clips from the film will also be showcased between bouts. According to Red Canvas executives, the first round of tournaments and release of ‘Art of Submission’ is just the beginning.
Chamitoff went on to say, “Red Canvas Fight Promotions will be part of an ongoing project that will involve the production and release of “Red Canvas II – The Power of Unity”, as well as subsequent Red Canvas films. Many of the fighters that compete in Red Canvas MMA events will be featured in the films. It is a very unique pairing that makes perfect sense.”
Red Canvas has a very experienced high level executive team running the show behind the scenes, from matchmaking and event promotions, to filming, production and distribution. Talent from the film will also be involved in select Red Canvas fight events, including actor Ernie Reyes JR and MMA Legend Frank Shamrock.
Richard Chou has been appointed official matchmaker for the organization and will be securing elite fight talent for all Red Canvas fight events. Chou, who worked in the same capacity for Strikeforce, EliteXC and Rumble on the Rock, is known for producing stellar fight cards stacked with compelling match-ups. Fight fans will not be disappointed!
Bellator 81 Headed to Rhode Island on November 16th
Bellator Fighting Championships will make its “Ocean State” debut as the promotion travels to Rhode Island on November 16 for Bellator 81, LIVE on MTV2, in Spanish language on mun2 and in commercial free HD on EPIX from The University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center.
“The Ryan Center is an incredible arena that should play host to a great night of fights,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The Northeast has always treated Bellator well, and I’m excited for the opportunity to bring Bellator to Rhode Island on November 16.”
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