Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 09/21/2012
By PDG Staff
UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit – Fight Card Update
First announced in March, UFC 154’s Montreal fight card is beginning to fill up as verbal agreements are in for a handful of bouts. Montreal, home to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, has set several previous UFC live event records including fastest sellout, largest gate and attendance.
UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
November 17, 2012
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Georges St-Pierre (22-2) vs. Carlos Condit (28-5) – UFC welterweight title unification bout
Johny Hendricks (13-1) vs. Martin Kampmann (20-5)
Francis Carmont (19-7) vs. Tom Lawlor (8-4)
Mark Hominick (20-11) vs. Pablo Garza (11-3)
Antonio Carvalho (14-5) vs. Rodrigo Damm (10-5)
Stephen Thompson (6-1) vs. Besam Yousef (6-1)
Sam Stout (17-8-1) vs. John Makdessi (9-2)
Ivan Menjivar (24-9) vs. Azamat Gashimov (7-1)
Nick Ring (13-1) vs. Constantinos Philippou (11-2)
Chad Griggs (11-2) vs. Cyrille Diabate (18-8-1)
Rumble of the Kings 2012 – Fight Card Update
Rumble of the Kings 2012
November 16, 2012
Diana Prazak vs. Frida Wallberg – WBC, WIBA, WBAN Super Featherweight Title Bout (Pro Boxing)
Pidsanu “Madusa” Kunchat vs. Alex T Harris – WMC Super Middleweight World Title Fight (Muay-Thai)
Mohammad El Mir vs. Dzhabar Askerov (Muay-Thai)
Patrik Bogere vs. TBA (Pro Boxing)
Teodoras Aukstuolis vs. Johan Jorup (MMA)
Naim Terbunja vs. TBA (Pro Boxing)
Daniel Nordas vs. Meran Zangana (Muay-Thai)
Margaret Aase vs. Lina Eklund (MMA)
Suro Ismailov vs. Vatche Vartiainen (Pro Boxing)
Abdou Karim Chorr vs. Kittisak Noiwibon (Muay-Thai)
WMMAA Congress in Moscow
Congress of World mixed martial arts association (WMMAA) will take place in Moscow, Russia, on September 30 as part of the first Russian national amateur MMA championship. The main topic of the congress will be European open amateur championship that is scheduled for November in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko will be representing WMMAA as its honorary president. The ultimate goal of WMMAA is popularization of MMA around the globe. The new organization is trying to make this sport available not only for the professional male and female athletes, but also for the kids and beginners with no professional experience.
WMMAA takes care of participants’ health, so the safety standards at WMMAA will be as high as it is possible. Russian national championship will be the first tournament organized by Russian MMA Union under the aegis of WMMAA. Sportsmen from 56 Russian regions will participate in this tournament; the best of them will have the opportunity to fight for the victory on European open championship in November.
Congress will take place on September 30 at 12:00 in Korston Hotel (Moscow, Kosygin st., 15).
Strikeforce November 3rd – Fight Card Update (Frank Mir injured)
A knee injury has forced former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir out of his bout with Daniel Cormier. The two men were scheduled to headline the November 3 Strikeforce event in Oklahoma City. Cormier, the undefeated Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion, will remain on the card. A replacement opponent is currently being secured, and will be announced in the near future.
Strikeforce: Cormier vs. TBA
November 3, 2012
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Daniel Cormier (10-0) vs. TBA
Luke Rockhold (10-1) vs. Lorenz Larkin (13-0)
Sara McMann (6-0) vs. Liz Carmouche (7-2)
Tim Kennedy (14-4) vs. Trevor Smith (10-2)
One FC Announces World Championship Title Fights for One FC: Rise of Kings
One FC has announced that for the first time in the organization’s history, two World Championship titles will be contested for at One FC: Rise of Kings on 6 October. The World Championship Title Fights will be for the One FC Lightweight World Champion and the One FC Bantamweight World Champion titles. Brazilian submission expert Zorobabel “Zoro” Moreira takes on top Japanese Mixed Martial Arts veteran Kotetsu Boku for the Lightweight crown and BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa battles former RisingOn Champion Soo Chul Kim when One FC heads back to Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, 6 October.
CEO of One FC Victor Cui stated, “We are coming back to Singapore to put on one of the greatest fight cards in Asian MMA history. The Lightweight and Bantamweight divisions of One FC are both incredibly stacked with the largest roster of Asian champions. Moreira, Boku, Issa and Kim have proven that they are the best and most exciting prospects in the divisions and we are giving them the chance to earn themselves a World Championship Title Belt. Each fighter understands the magnitude of a One FC World Championship Title being on the line and I expect each fighter will look to win impressively come 6 October. Also, the pool of talented Bantamweight fighters in Asia is fast increasing and I decided the best way to start choosing contenders for the title in the Bantamweight division was by putting on an eight-man Bantamweight Grand Prix. We are bringing the best of the best from all over Asia and the world for the start of this historic tournament.”
The Bantamweight eight-man Grand Prix kicks off with American MMA legend Jens Pulver taking on China’s rising star Zhao Ya Fei while Korean slugger Min Jung Song clashes with Japan’s very own Masakatsu Ueda. The Grand Prix will culminate in late 2013 where the finalists will contend for the title.
“K-1 Rising 2012” – World Grand Prix Final 16 2012
K-1 Global Holdings Limited has announced the upcoming K-1 heavy weight world championship tournament “K-1 RISING 2012 WORLD GP FINAL16” match-ups.
“K-1 Rising 2012” – World Grand Prix Final 16 2012
October 14, 2012
K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16:
Raul Catinas (Romania) vs. Ben Edwards (Australia)
Makoto Uehara (Japan) vs. Hiromi Amada (Japan)
Xavier Vigney (USA) vs. Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan)
Hesdy Gerges (Egypt) vs. Sergii Laschenko (Ukraine)
Singh Jaideep (India) vs. Ismael Londt (Surinam)
Jarrell Miller (USA) vs. Arnold Oborotov (Lithuania)
Paul Slowinski (Poland) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)
Mirko Flipovic (Croatia) vs. Randy Blake (USA)
Genji Umeno (Japan) vs. Chanhyung Lee (Korea)
Jafar Ahmadi (Iran) vs. Benjamin Adegbuyl (Nigeria)
Saulo Cavalari (Brazil) vs. Pavel Zuravliov (Russia)
Rick Roufus (USA) vs. James Wilson (USA)
MFC Announces Significant Procedure Changes
Always an organization at the forefront of change and new ideas, the Maximum Fighting Championship is pleased to announce and confirm three key new procedures. The most significant new procedure revolves around regulations for title belt matchups and how they relate to weigh-ins. No longer is a title fight immediately relegated to non-title status if one of the fighters fails to make weight.
Listed below are the newly adopted criteria:
Title Fight with a reigning/defending champion
If the champion fails to make weight:
*SCENARIO 1 – The champion vacates the title immediately. The fight remains a five-round contest. If the vacated champion wins the fight, the Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to automatically consider him the No. 1 contender for the next title fight in that weight class. The Maximum Fighting Championship also holds an option to make an immediate rematch.
* SCENARIO 2 – The champion vacates the title immediately. The fight remains a five-round contest. If the challenger wins the fight, the challenger becomes the MFC champion. The Maximum Fighting Championship holds an option to make an immediate rematch.
If the challenger fails to make weight:
*The champion automatically retains the belt. A non-title fight takes place and the Maximum Fighting Championship solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. If the challenger wins the bout, the Maximum Fighting Championship holds an option to make a future rematch.
If both fighters fail to make weight:
*The champion vacates the title immediately. A non-title fight takes place and the Maximum Fighting Championship solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. The Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to consider the winner of the bout as the No. 1 contender for the next title fight in that weight class. The Maximum Fighting Championship also holds an option to make future rematch.
Title Fight with a vacant championship
If one fighter fails to make weight:
*The fight remains a five-round contest. If the fighter who made weight wins the bout, he becomes the MFC champion of that weight class. If the fighter who failed to make weight wins the bout, that fighter does not claim the title, and the Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to make him the No. 1 contender and/or to make an immediate rematch.
If both fighters fail to make weight:
*A non-title bout takes place and the Maximum Fighting Championship solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. The Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to make a future rematch.
Of utmost concern is fighter safety when dealing with weight cutting issues, and these changes will also allow for more title fights to stay on course.
“Obviously this has been a situation that has come up a handful of times, namely when Mukai Maromo fought Adam Lynn at MFC 34,” noted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.
“This new criteria is a way for the fighter who made weight to continue in his quest for the title belt and not be punished for doing everything he was supposed to. It’s important to our organization, our fighters, and our fans that title fights happen with as much excitement as possible, and I hope this endeavor goes a long way as a fail-safe.”
Another new procedure, although not yet finalized, has to do with the weigh-in itself:
*Currently at the official weigh-in, the policy dictated is a “one-shot deal” whereas the fighter steps on the scale, and the weight at that time is considered his official weight.
*The Maximum Fighting Championship is lobbying the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission to impose a new directive that will allow a fighter to have no more than 2 hours to make weight again. Meaning that since the MFC weigh-in starts at 12:30 p.m., the fighter will have until 2 hours past his time of weighing in to make the contracted weight (ex. main-event fighter weighs in last at 12:55 p.m., he then has until 2:55 p.m. to make weight). The “second attempt” weigh-in will be held under the supervision of the ECSC, the MFC, and both fighters’ representatives.
*If a fighter does not make weight at the initial official weigh-in, he is currently fined 20% of his purse. If the fighter fails to make the contracted weight at the “second attempt” weigh-in, the fighter will be fined an additional 10% for a total of 30%. All deducted money goes to the opponent who made weight.
*If both fighters do not make the contracted weight at the initial official weigh-in, the Maximum Fighting Championship solely retains the discretion to automatically set the fight at a catchweight (neither fighter is fined and neither fighter has a “second attempt” weigh-in) or have both fighters come back in 2 hours for a “second attempt” weigh-in. The Maximum Fighting Championship may set a “second attempt” weigh-in and a target weight to be reached if it deems one or both of the fighters to be substantially over the contracted weight. If a “second attempt” weigh-in is conducted and one fighter fails to make weight or a targeted weight, that fighter will be fined 20% of his purse with the money going to his opponent. If both fighters fail on their “second attempt” then both fighters will be fined 20% of their respective purses and the fight will be set at a catchweight. Any money from fines received in this scenario will be donated to the MFC’s charity of choice (currently Branch Out Foundation).
The final new procedure will be formally introduced by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission at MFC 35:
Drug Testing Policy
*As previously noted on the MFC website, the Maximum Fighting Championship and the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission will be working in conjunction on random drug testing beginning at MFC 35 on Friday, Oct. 26. The Commission will select up to 6 fighters from the entire card and those fighters must provide a urine sample in the locker room after their bout. The MFC and the fighters’ representatives will be notified of those results. If a winning fighter posts positive test results, the win on his record will be officially changed to a “no-contest.” The Commission, not the Maximum Fighting Championship, is responsible for determining any suspension and/or fine.
UFC on FX 6: The TUF Smashes Finale Announced
UFC is again venturing into new territories as the finale for the first-ever Australian-filmed season of TUF will take place in Queensland’s Gold Coast. The event will be held Saturday, December 15 (Friday, December 14 in North America) at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre and be headlined by a lightweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK – The Smashes coaches George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson.
Also on that card, light heavyweights Ednaldo “Lula” Oliveira and Krzysztof “The Polish Experiment” Soszynski have verbally agreed to meet. The three-hour live finale will air on FX in Australia as well as in the US and feature the lightweight and welterweight finalists from the show’s run.
Lion Fight 7: Schilling vs. Walker – Fight Card Update
Lion Fight 7: Schilling vs. Walker
October 13, 2012
Hard Rock Casino & Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada
Main Card (Professional/5×3 Rounds):
Joe Schilling vs. Eddie Walker (180 lbs)
Joe Valtellini vs. Gregory Choplin (165 lbs)
Jeri Sitzes vs. Tiffany Van Soest (122 lbs) – WBC International Title Bout
Phanuwat “Coke” Chunhawat vs. Adrian Morilla (135 lbs)
Artem Sharoshskin vs. TBA (147 lbs)
Anthony Castrejon vs. Eric Ruiz (120 lbs) – WBC National Title Bout
Jason Andrada vs. Victor Perez (130 lbs) – USMTA title / 5×2 rounds
Genesis Bravo vs. Miranda Cayabyab (110 lbs) – USMTA title / 5×2 rounds
Josh Shepard vs. Jose Hernandez (160 lbs) – USMTA title / 5×2 rounds
Chris Lazaro vs. Johnny Parsons (147 lbs) – USMTA title / 5×2 rounds
Steve Ault vs. Mike Gordon (185 lbs) – 3×2 rounds
UCMMA 31 – Paul Kelly Returns
Ask and you shall receive. Following a huge response by UK MMA fans, UCMMA have listened and booked the grudge fight between Paul Kelly and Richard Griffin this December.
The Fight Lounge reported earlier this week that both Kelly and Griffin were having a disagreement over a video of Richard Griffin and Ross Pointon on the UCMMA Facebook page. “Tellies” had stated that he thought Griffin was lucky in his fight with Pointon and that “The Real Deal” would win that match-up 9 times out of ten. Obviously, Griffin felt disrespected and fired back with some insults of his own, which including jabs at Kelly being dropped by the UFC.
Both men then called for a fight in the cage to settle the matter. Fans inundated the UCMMA office with requests for the fight to be on and promoter Dave O’Donnell decided to approach both men to get it sorted.
“I love the fans of Great Britain and if people ask me to get Paul Kelly on a UCMMA event, I will do my hardest to make that happen.” O’Donnell stated, “Kelly will bring the masses to the show and I hope he brings it all to the cage too. I have already got my ticket and I cannot wait.”
A member of Team Kaobon in Liverpool, Paul Kelly is one of the most exciting fighters in the UK. A UFC veteran, Kelly‘s first fight for the promotion was against future teammate Paul Taylor and was named in the top 100 UFC fights of all time.
Richard Griffin is a tough, scrappy fighter who was a heavy underdog in his Dominican Rebublic bout with Ross Pointon. Griffin shocked by controlling Pointon before submitting him with a guillotine choke after two minutes of action.
UCMMA 31 is set for December 1st at the Troxy in London. The card looks stacked already and also features the return of Neil Grove, as he takes on the winner of Darren Towler and Dayman Lake for the UCMMA heavyweight title.
M-1 Featherweight Champion will be Crowned at M-1 Challenge 35
The first match for the featherweight title in M-1 history will take place on November 15 in St.-Peterburg, Russia, when two Russian submission specialists Vugar Bahshiev (9-5) and Marat Gafurov (5-0) will fight in Ice Palace to determine the best fighter in new M-1′s weight class.
Sambo-Piter team member Vugar Bahshiev is well-know because of his heel hooks that he can make from almost any position on the ground. All his opponents know about it, but only a few of them can successfully defend against his favorite move. His last opponent, tough French fighter Jerome Bouisson, got caught on heel hook in the first round. Therefore, Vugar with his four-fight winning streak became M-1 featherweight title contender.
His next opponent, Marat Gafurov, is two-time national grappling champion with very entertaining grappling technique. He is 4-0 in M-1, last time he fought against very fast and experienced MMA-Spirit fighter Mairbek Taisumov and pulled off sensational victory by split decision in the most entertaining fight of this tournament. After that victory Marat, who started his M-1 career in welterweight category, decided to move down to featherweight to fight for M-1 title.
Spectacular featherweight fight will be just one of the great fights that M-1 offers to the fans at the big M-1 Challenge 35 tournaments. Don’t miss it!
M-1 Challenge 35
November 15, 2012
Kenny Garner vs. Guram Gugenishvili – M-1 heavyweight title bout
Marat Gafurov vs. Vugar Bahshiev – M-1 featherweight title bout
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