Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 10/19/2012
By PDG Staff
UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez II – Fight Card Update
Fresh from his dominant win over Wagner Prado at UFC 153 earlier this month, rising light heavyweight star Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis has received his next assignment: a high-profile UFC 155 battle against former 205-pound champion Forrest Griffin on the UFC’s year-end event in Las Vegas on December 29. The bout has been verbally agreed to.
Griffin was originally scheduled to face Chael Sonnen on the card, but Sonnen was pulled to coach season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter against Jon Jones. Joining Davis-Griffin on the main card will be a heavyweight championship rematch between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez in the main event, as well as a middleweight showdown pitting Chris Weidman against Tim Boetsch, and a lightweight bout between Gray Maynard and Joe Lauzon.
UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez II
December 29, 2012
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Junior dos Santos (15-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (10-1) – UFC heavyweight championship bout
Chris Weidman (9-0) vs. Tim Boetsch (16-4)
Gray Maynard (11-1) vs. Joe Lauzon (22-7)
Phil Davis (10-1) vs. Forrest Griffin (19-7)
Matt Mitrione (5-1) vs. Phil DeFries (9-1)
Chris Leben (22-8) vs. Karlos Vemola (9-3)
Alan Belcher (18-6) vs. Yushin Okami (27-7)
Two $100,000 Tournament Finals Headline Loaded Bellator 84 on December 14
Bellator’s Seventh and final season on MTV2 will come to a dramatic close on December 14th as tickets are now on sale for Bellator 84 from The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The event will feature the Tournament Finals in both the Featherweight and Heavyweight divisions, as well as the return of the “Lil’ Bulldog” Felice Herrig as she faces off against Michelle Gutierrez.
“We’ve had great success and explosive fights at Horseshoe Casino, and I expect nothing less on December 14th for Bellator 84,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Our fans in Hammond are going to see two competitors walk away with checks for $100,000, and the chance to fight for a Bellator World Championship on Spike early next year.”
For Herrig, the Illinois native and Team Curran member has her sights set on longtime rival and former colleague Michelle “Diablita” Gutiérrez. Originally tied together under the same fight team, Herrig collected a submission victory over Gutierrez in 2009, but still feels like some unfinished business is on the line.
“We used to have the same management and were put in many situations to work together,” said Herrig. “I honestly gave it my best effort to be friends with her but her unethical practices as a fighter and in business directly impacted me. Fighting Michele again really does nothing for my career other than it gives me a chance to shut her mouth once and for all. It’s time for her to put her money where her mouth is.”
Even with the bad blood between the two, it won’t stop Herrig from realizing the opportunity in front of her.
“I am so excited to fight with Bellator again! To have my first fight back in Hammond is awesome since it’s so close to my home town. I was in the crowd when I witnessed my teammate Pat Curran win the Bellator Featherweight Title and I can’t wait to fight!
UFC 154: GSP is Back!
Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera Test Positive for Banned Substances; Zuffa issues Statement
“We’ve been informed by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission that Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera tested positive for banned substance following their bouts at UFC 149. UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of banned drugs and performance-enhancing stimulants, including the requirement that all incoming athletes be tested and cleared. Therefore, we fully support the drug testing efforts of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission and will fully cooperate with the Commission regarding this matter.”
Superkombat WGP 11 2012 Fourth Qualification – Final Fight Card
Superkombat WGP 11 – Qualification is set for tomorrow October 20th, 2012. So far, after the first three events Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas and Benjamin Adegbuyi have qualified.
Semifinal 1 +96kg: Goran Radonjic (Montenegro) vs. Razvan Ghita (Romania)
Semifinal 2 +96kg: Steven Banks (United States) vs. Roman Kleibl (Czech Republic)
Super Fight -72kg: Alex Tropimov (Israel) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania)
Super Fight -95kg: Toni Milanovic (Croatia) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
Super Fight +125kg: Deutsch Pu (United States) vs. Alexandru Lungu (Romania)
Super Fight +96kg: Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)
Final +96kg: Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2
National Title of Romania 75kg: Adrian Mitu (Romania) vs. Miodrag Olar (Romania)
Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens – I’m Back – Oct 17th, 2012 (Post-Jail Video Blog)
GLORY 3 ROME Kickboxing on PPV & FIGHT NOW TV in US
The knockouts keep coming from FIGHT NOW TV – America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel – with its announcement to air the “GLORY 3 ROME: Final 8” Championship Kickboxing Tournament, airing Live in the United States from Italy, November 3rd starting at 3:00 p.m. ET.
FIGHT NOW TV will run a “Glory” kick-boxing marathon, starting Nov. 1st with “Stockholm 2012,” followed by “Glory 2 Brussels” on Nov. 2nd, culminating with the Nov. 3rd “Glory 3 Rome: Final 8” event LIVE from Italy. Catch all of the “Glory” kick-boxing action in the U.S., only on FIGHT NOW TV.
Given the interest across the United States for this highly-anticipated tournament, FIGHT NOW TV will be offering kickboxing fans two ways to catch all the kicks, punches and knockouts that “GLORY 3 ROME: Final 8” is sure to deliver:
Cablevision subscribers can watch live on FIGHT NOW TV, channel 464 as part of their iO Sports & Entertainment Pak
Other cable subscribers and satellite customers will be able to see the event live on pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $19.95
“GLORY has the top kick-boxers and kickboxing fights in the world,” said Mike Garrow, co-founder and GM of FIGHT NOW TV. “We’re excited to bring this action-packed tournament to American fans. For those fans who are unable to watch on FIGHT NOW TV, we’ve made it available to watch as a pay-per-view event through our partners at Integrated Sports Media.”
The eight kick-boxers scheduled to fight in the ‘Final 8’ tournament are as follows:
Giorgio ‘The Doctor’ Petrosyan (71-1-2, 1 NC, 33 KOs), Gorizia, Italy
Albert “The Hurricane” Kraus (66-16-3, 39 KOs), Oss, Netherlands
Robin “Poker Face” van Roosmalen (35-13-3, 10 KOs), Den Bosch, Netherlands
Shemsi Beqiri (71-7-0, 31 KOs), Basel, Switzerland
Ky Hollenbeck (34-7-0, 21 KOs), San Francisco, California
Tim Thomas (60-1-9, 35 KOs), London, England
Davit Kiria (18-7-0, 10 KOs), Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sanny Dahlbeck (24-4-0, 14 KOs), Stockholm, Sweden.
Two ‘Superfight’ bouts, as well as two tournament ‘reserve bouts,’ have also been announced. 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.
Jordan Watson (29-5-1), England vs. Mustapha Haida (18-1-1), Morocco
Marco Re (20-4-0), Italy vs. Alka Matewa (45-5-1), Belgium
Tournament Reserve Fights:
Dzhabar Askerov (72-2-1), Russia/Sweden vs. Yoshihiro Sato (49-18-0), Japan
Fabio Pinca (94-17-4), Francevs. Alessandro Campagna (29-14-5), Italy
The matchups for the quarterfinal round of the tournament will be determined in a random draw, the details of which will be announced soon.
The winner of the tournament will have fought three times that night, earning a grand prize of $300,000, at the arena where Muhammad Ali won his Olympic boxing gold medal in 1960. It will test the competitors’ skill, strength and fitness, requiring them to dig into the deepest parts of their spirit to endure pain, fear and exhaustion.
UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le – Fight Card Update
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed the complete fight card ahead of the organization’s first event in greater China. UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le is headlined by an epic middleweight fight pitting former UFC champion Rich Franklin against former Strikeforce champion Cung Le and will take place at the CotaiArena on Saturday, November 10.
UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le
November 10, 2012
Cung Le (8-2) vs. Rich Franklin (29-6)
Thiago Silva (14-3) vs. Stanislov Nedkov (12-0)
Dong Hyun Kim (15-2-1) vs. Paulo Thiago (14-4)
Takanori Gomi (33-8) vs. Mac Danzig (21-9)
Alex Caceres (7-5) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (11-6)
Tiequan Zhang (15-3) vs. Jon Tuck (6-0)
Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6) vs. John Lineker (19-6)
Riki Fukuda (18-6) vs. Tom DeBlass (7-1)
Takeya Mizugaki (15-7) vs. Jeff Hougland (10-5)
Marcelo Guimaraes (8-0-1) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (10-3-1)
Kevin James and Bas Rutten Teach Jimmy Kimmel How to Disarm Weapons
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