Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 09/15/2012
By PDG Staff
UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar – Announced Amidst More Fighter Injuries
Just a day after being hit by two major injuries, the UFC 153 card planned for Rio has bounced back with not two but three huge new fights. Already 2-0 in the UFC at light heavyweight, pound for pound king Anderson Silva will head 20 pounds north once more on Saturday, October 13 to meet former Ultimate Fighter finalist Stephan Bonnar in the new three-round main event of UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The news was broken by USA Today on Wednesday evening.
The bout comes on the heels of the injury to featherweight champion Jose Aldo that forced the postponement of the card’s original headliner pitting Aldo against Frankie Edgar.
The UFC 153 card also has a new co-main event, as Brazilian bomber Fabio Maldonado will replace Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against countryman Glover Teixeira. The recent retirement of Jorgen Kruth had bumped Maldonado off September 29th’s card in Nottingham. Also added to the event in Rio de Janeiro is a heavyweight bout between the legendary Minotauro Nogueira and the always-dangerous Dave Herman. UFC officials confirmed that the main card will now boast six bouts.
UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
October 13, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Main Bouts (PPV):
Anderson Silva (32-4) vs. Stephan Bonnar (14-7)
Glover Teixeira (18-2) vs. Fabio Maldonado (18-5)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1) vs. Dave Herman (21-4)
Erick Silva (14-2) vs. Jon Fitch (23-4)
Phil Davis (9-1) vs. Wagner Prado (8-0)
Demian Maia (16-4) vs. Rick Story (14-5)
Preliminary Bouts (FX):
Rony Jason (11-3) vs. Sam Sicilia (9-0)
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Geronimo Dos Santos (31-14)
Gleison Tibau (25-8) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (11-1)
Diego Brandao (14-8) vs. Joey Gambino (9-1)
Preliminary Bouts (UFC Facebook):
Sergio Moraes (6-2) vs. Renee Forte (7-1)
Luiz Cane (12-4) vs. Chris Camozzi (17-5)
Cristiano Marcello (12-4) vs. Reza Madadi (12-2)
Bellator Heavyweight Cole Konrad Retires
After two years of complete dominance inside the Bellator cage, the King is hanging up his crown as Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad has officially retired from MMA. While the announcement was a shock to many, Konrad knew this decision was coming sooner than later.
“This decision has been on my mind for a while, and the time was finally right to make the move,” Konrad said. “I wrestled my whole life and it was one of the only things I ever knew. When my college career was over, MMA seemed like the natural progression, but it was never really my passion. I thoroughly enjoyed my time inside the Bellator cage, but having the consistency and stability of going to the office every day is something that just made sense to me.”
Konrad will now begin his new career as an agricultural commodities trader, specializing in dairy products. The Konrad family has been involved in agricultural trading for generations, so the fit seemed natural. As Konrad prepares for his new journey, his time in Bellator isn’t something he’ll soon forget, and at only 28 years old, Konrad knows he has a long future ahead of him.
“I can’t say enough good things about my time with Bellator,” Konrad said. “I enjoyed every second of my time in the cage, and having a boss like Bjorn was a pleasure. Bellator does things the right way, and if I ever find myself back in the cage, there is no doubt in my mind it will be with Bellator.”
Wrestling since the age of four, Konrad became one of the most decorated wrestlers in Big Ten history. As a 2x NCAA Division I National Wrestling Champion, 4x Collegiate All-American and 3x Big-Ten Conference Champion, Konrad carried his mat dominance to the cage and retires undefeated in his MMA career at a perfect 9-0, including victories over Eric Prindle, Paul Buentello, and Neil Grove.
“There are very few fighters in MMA who can completely control a fight like Cole Konrad could,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Cole’s a very smart and gifted individual, who will continue achieving excellence in everything he does. I wish Cole, his wife and family the very, very best as he moves into this new stage of his life. Cole was a great Bellator Champion, and now Sam and I will determine exactly how and when the new Bellator Heavyweight Champion will be crowned.”
The DREAM is Officially Over!
According to sources close to www.asianmma.com, it has been confirmed that Real Entertainment, the parent company of the Japanese fight promotion DREAM, has officially shuttered its doors.
Here is the scoop:
“While DREAM ended months ago, there was a small amount of talk that something might happen in the future with the promotion. Apparently, the management of the company has had enough. The higher ranking officials have all gone their own ways and it was more or less just remnants of an old company. A decision had to be made and the shot callers decided that there were no alternatives, but to shut down.
There have reportedly been meetings between former Pride FC brass of reforming in 2014. Certain stipulations from the Zuffa buyout of Pride FC prohibit some of the management from getting into MMA until 2013, which would be the equivalent of five years after the official closure of Pride FC.”
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Yasubey Enomoto vs. Khusein Khaliev at M-1 Challenge 34
Former M-1 welterweight champion Yasubey Enomoto (9-4) will take on young Russian prospect Khusein Khaliev (5-0) on September 30 in Moscow. Swiss fighter Yasubey Enomoto is well-known as the fighter with true warrior spirit. He took his first fight in M-1 on short notice, and opponent couldn’t be more dangerous – M-1 champion at the time, Shamil Zavurov. Yasubey was very close to the victory in one of the most spectacular fights of 2011, but the judges decision after the fifth round was in favor of Zavurov.
Yasubey tied the score in December of 2011 at M-1 Challenge tournament in California. Zavurov was forced to tap in the fifth round of great back-and-forth battle and Yasubey became the new M-1 welterweight champion. Unfortunately, he lost his title in the next fight, against Rashid Magomedov, but now he is going to start his new winning streak.
There is no doubt that the fight with Enomoto will be the most important match in Khaliev’s career, but Russian fighter never backed down from the biggest challenges in his life. World champion in UKADO, shootboxing and kick-jitsu started his professional MMA career in 2011 and still remains unbeaten with 5-0 record. His last fight against tough French welterweight Patrick Vallee and it was expected to be a very long and difficult match for the young Russian, but he caught his opponent on guillotine in only 39 seconds.
M-1 Challenge 34: Emelianenko vs. Glukhov
September 30, 2012
Druzhba Sport Hall
Alexander Emelianenko vs. Konstantin Glukhov
Marcin Zontek vs. Sergey Kornev – for vacant M-1 light heavyweight title
Yasubey Enomoto vs. Khusein Khaliev
Enoc Solves Torres vs. Gregory Babene – M-1 Selection middleweight tournament semifinal
*Amateur MMA national championship finals in six weight classes will also take place.
Bellator 76: Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky Freire
As Bellator prepares for its explosive seventh and final season on MTV2, the promotion has finalized a stacked night of fights that include the highly anticipated lightweight showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Patricky Pitbull, as well as the Season 7 Featherweight Tournament and a host of International and Canadian talent looking to collect big wins inside the Bellator cage.
After holding the Bellator Lightweight Title for over two years, Alvarez was submitted by reigning Bellator Champion Michael Chandler is the consensus 2011 Fight Of The Year. Alvarez quickly rebounded, as the Top 10 lightweight collected one of the most fulfilling wins of his career after earning a long awaited win over submission ace Shinya Aoki at Bellator 66. With momentum on his side, Alvarez is primed for an explosive showdown at Bellator 76.
“After hearing Bellator wanted to put this fight together, I really don’t think they could have made a better matchup for the fans to enjoy,” Alvarez said. “Pitbull has proven to be a legitimate threat in the past and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
For Pitbull, the explosive Brazilian lightweight and former Bellator Lightweight Tournament Finalist is no stranger to the big finish, with knockout wins over MMA veterans Rob McCullough, Toby Imada and Kurt Pellegrino. After suffering a small fracture to his left arm at the hands of Lloyd Woodard, Pitbull is ready to re-enter the Bellator cage and collect the biggest victory of his already impressive career.
“October 12 is going to be a big test for me, but I’m very happy for this fight, and the opportunity Bellator is giving me to fight someone like Eddie Alvarez,” Pitbull said. “I can’t put into words the emotion I’m feeling from thinking about this fight. I’m a warrior, and I always fight for pride. I want this fight, and I’m going to give the fans a show.”
With competitors from Russia, Canada, Brazil and the United States, the Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament features a worldwide collection of talent looking for their $100,000 Tournament Champion payday as well as a guaranteed title shot against reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran.
ONE FC Launches PPV in the USA and Live Streaming Worldwide
On Saturday, 6 October, ONE Fighting Championship presents ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS live on Pay-Per-View in the United States and online around the world at www.onefc.com/livestream. This event will feature the highly anticipated Lightweight Super Fight between Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and French Mixed Martial Arts Champion Arnaud “The Game” Lepont.
ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS will be a historic moment for MMA because for the first time ever, three championship belts will be awarded as three ONE FC weight divisions will see a World Champion crowned. Since ONE FC’s sold-out launch in 2011, fans and fighters have been eagerly awaiting the crowning of ONE FC World Champions as stars began to emerge from the ever growing talent pool in Asia.
ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS will be available on Pay-Per-View in the United States on 6 October at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on iN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of US$29.95.
Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.com/livestream. The first two undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
Starting this September and through October, fans can also catch the previous two ONE FC events, ONE FC: DESTINY OF WARRIORS and ONE FC: PRIDE OF A NATION, on Video on Demand (VOD) and on regional sports networks in the United States. Contact your local cable or satellite provider for dates and times in your area.
Fans of ONE FC can look forward to see the return of mega star Melvin Manhoef to the ONE FC cage, as well as rising star Zorobabel Moreira and Singapore’s first pro-MMA fighter, Radeem Rahman.
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