Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 02/24/2012

Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 02/24/2012

By PDG Staff





NY Giants Star Justin Tuck Calls UFC Champ Frankie Edgar In Japan To Wish Him Good Luck



Tuck and NY Teammates watched Edgar’s victory in his last fight as inspiration for Championship Season!


Just hours before weighing in for his main event bout against Benson Henderson from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar received an unexpected call in his hotel room. Calling the room of the 30-year-old Toms River, N.J. native was none other than New York Giants star Justin Tuck.


Tuck, still reeling from New York’s championship win earlier this month, called to wish Edgar good luck before his highly-anticipated Pay-Per-View title fight tomorrow night. Having watched Edgar’s knockout victory over Gray Maynard at UFC 136 as inspiration before a big game this past season, Tuck and his teammates wanted to make sure Edgar knew that he had their support when he steps inside the Octagon in Japan.


“I really appreciate Justin reaching out to me in Japan,” Edgar said. “It means a lot to a kid from Jersey who grew up watching the Giants. He said they were all rooting for me tomorrow night. It definitely got me even more motivated.”



UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar chats with New York football star Justin Tuck from his hotel room in Japan. Tuck called to wish the N.J. native good luck before his Pay-Per-View title defense tomorrow night from Saitama Super Arena. Photo Credit: Getty Images.






Bellator Returns to Casino Rama May 4th



After two hugely-successful shows in 2011, Bellator Fighting Championships announced that the world’s leading tournament-based promotion will be heading back to the sold-out, raucous Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada on Friday, May 4 for Bellator 67. The night will be loaded with tournament action, as well as a bevy of preliminary fights filled with local stars sure to make the Canadian faithful proud.


“We’re thrilled to be able to partner once again with this world leader to bring Ontario MMA fans another edge-of-your-seat action packed fight night,” said Jeff Craik, Vice President of Marketing, Casino Rama. “This is exactly the type of Big Time Excitement customers have come to expect from us.”


The event will also be broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 6 p.m. EST, with the first fight scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The preliminary card, featuring the area’s top local talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. EST.


“Casino Rama has been a spectacular home for Bellator throughout 2011, so returning to this majestic jewel of a resort/casino was a very easy decision to make,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “As always our fight card will be stacked from top to bottom with many of the world’s best fighters, so I expect nothing less than a packed house once again on May 4.”


Bellator 67 will mark the third-time ever the organization has hosted an event at Casino Rama and the fourth time the promotion has visited Canada for an event.






SLAMM VII – Holland vs. Thailand



Participating fighters include:


Mootje Khamal (Vos Gym/Real Fighters)

Miles Simon (Vos Gym/Real Fighters)

Pornsane Sitmonchai

Ilias el Hajoui (Team Gunyar)

Bovy Sor Udomsorn

Anthony Kane (Team Slamm!!)

William Diender (Bora Gym)

Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn

Giga Chikadze (Georgie)

Saiyok Pumphangmuang

Nieky Holzken (Golden Glory Helmond)

Faldir Chabari (Team Beast of the East)






Invicta FC to Unveil All-Women’s MMA Fight Series April 28; Marloes Coenen to Rematch Romy Ruyssen‏



Jessica Penne To Face Lisa Ellis-Ward In Co-Main Event; Strikeforce Stars Liz Carmouche And Sarah D’Alelio To Also See Action


The term “girl power” is about to take on a whole new meaning!!


Invicta Fighting Championships, an all-women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight series led by longtime MMA industry executive Shannon Knapp, will launch with a stacked, 11-bout fight card headlined by a long-awaited featherweight (145 pounds) rematch between superstar Marloes Coenen (19-5) of The Netherlands and Romy Ruyssen (5-1) of France at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Sat., April 28.


In the co-main event, two 29-year-old submission specialists – Jessica Penne (8-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. and Lisa Ellis-Ward (14-7) of Lacey, Wash.- will square off with one another at strawweight (105 pounds).


Strikeforce bantamweight (135 pounds) stars Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche (5-2) of San Diego, Calif. and Sarah D’Alelio (4-2) of San Jose, Calif. have also been enlisted for action. Carmouche, a United States Marine who did three tours of duty in The Middle East, will square off with unbeaten prospect Ashleigh Curry (1-0) of Kansas City, Mo. while D’Alelio will face Shana “Rock Solid” Nelson (5-2) of Hibbing, Minn.


“The time has come for a platform dedicated exclusively to building the growing women’s division in our great sport,” said Invicta Fighting Championships Vice President Knapp, who has held positions with the UFC, the IFL and, most recently Strikeforce, where she served as head of fighter relations and a core member of the promotion’s matchmaking team, until shortly after Strikeforce was acquired by the parent company of its top competitor, the UFC. “Invicta is committed to increasing the depth of the women’s field and building female superstars by providing women athletes with the opportunity to compete and hone their skills on a consistent basis throughout the year.


“I am honored to headline Invicta’s first fight card and I am looking forward to earning another win over Romy,” said the 5-foot-9, 30-year-old Coenen, a former champion in Strikeforce’s 135 pound division and the premiere female competitor out of Holland’s famed Team Golden Glory. Coenen submitted Ruyssen with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their first meeting in Basel, Switzerland on Aug. 2, 2008.


Ruyssen is a slick and dangerous 22-year-old grappler who has claimed all five of her career victories by way of submission in the first round of battle. Four of the five wins came via armbar.


“My first fight with Marloes is the only loss of my career so far, and I intend to avenge that loss on April 28” said Ruyssen. “Marloes is a great fighter, but she doesn’t quite have the ground game that I have. I am going to take her down and finish her.”






Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey – Final Card



Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey

March 3, 2012

Nationwide Arena

Columbus, Ohio



Main Card (Showtime):


Strikeforce Banatmweight Championship:

Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey



K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson

Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki

Bristol Marunde vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

Lumumba Sayers vs. Scott Smith



Preliminary Card (Showtime Extreme):


Alexis Davis vs. Sarah Kaufman

Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy

Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun

Roger Bowling vs. Brandon Saling






Nate Marquardt Signs with Strikeforce



Former UFC middleweight contender Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt has signed with Zuffa’s other promotion, Strikeforce. The announcement was made on Tuesday’s edition of FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight and was later confirmed by UFC President Dana White.






More A-List Fighters Confirmed for The MMA Show Live in Birmingham



Rashad Evans, Brittney Palmer, Jake Shields, Keith Jardine, Frank Trigg, Mark Coleman, Dan Severn and several others join the show!


It has been confirmed that UFC Octagon girl and Playboy cover star Brittney Palmer and UFC title contender Rashad Evans have joined six additional fighters in the ever increasing line-up for The MMA Show Live being held on May 12 – 13 at The NEC in Birmingham.


In addition, kickboxing prodigy and rising UFC star Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson joins the show with Jorge Rivera and Jake Shields, as well as UFC and PRIDE veterans Frank Trigg and Mark Coleman, Strikeforce middleweight Keith Jardine and MMA legend Dan Severn.


Below is the current line-up for The MMA Show Live: (More fighters and MMA personalities are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks!)



Rashad Evans (UFC)

Brittney Palmer (UFC)

Kenny Florian (UFC)

Jake Shields (UFC)

Paul Daley (Strkeforce)

Brendan Schaub (UFC)

Rory MacDonald (UFC)

Stefan Struve (UFC)

Jimmy Wallhead (Bellator)

Jimi Manuwa (BAMMA)

Jack Marshman (BAMMA)

Andre Winner (BAMMA)

Tim Radcliffe (UCMMA)

Vladimir Matyushenko (UFC)

Brad Pickett (UFC)

Jason Young (UFC)

Ross Pearson (UFC)

Dean Amasinger (KSW)

Che Mills (UFC)

Simeon Thoresen (UFC)

Tom ‘Kong’ Watson (BAMMA)

Ian ‘The Machine’ Freeman (UFC, Cage Rage)

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (UFC, PRIDE and DREAM)

Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (UFC)

Jorge Rivera (UFC)

Frank Trigg (UFC, PRIDE)

Mark Coleman (UFC, PRIDE)

Keith Jardine (Strikeforce)

Dan Severn (UFC, PRIDE, Cage Rage, WEC)



Liam Fisher, the organizer of The MMA Show Live, had this to say about the upcoming event, “I am unbelievably pumped up for this event! The MMA Show Live is shaping up to be the biggest MMA expo ever held in Europe and we’re all very happy at the turnout of A-list talent so far. Rashad, Brittney, Shields, Coleman, Trigg, Wonderboy, Rivera, Severn, Jardine plus more names to come…… we’re gonna need a bigger boat!”


The MMA Show Live will be an interactive fan experience dedicated to mixed martial arts from around the World. It will populate a second hall at the NEC in Birmingham, alongside The Martial Arts Show Live.


The MMA Show Live will consist of five training areas where some of the biggest names in the business will host special group training sessions, a huge stage & screen for Q&A sessions, an autograph zone where fans can meet their favorite fighters, exhibition stands where some of the biggest brands in MMA will be selling merchandise and much more!


Training sessions with fighters are available for Platinum ticket holders only and are limited to 500 people across the entire weekend. For a limited time only, Platinum tickets are priced at £90 instead of £100.






Nick Diaz gets Temporary Suspension



Following his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 and his positive test for marijuana metabolites, Nick Diaz has a received a temporary suspension while he awaits an April hearing to determine his immediate fighting future.


NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer filed a complaint with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office asking to temporarily suspend Diaz’s fight license pending a formal hearing and that request was approved this week.


Diaz faces up to a 12-month suspension for his second drug related offense.






UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem – Updated Card



UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem

May 26th, 2012

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada



UFC Heavyweight Championship:

Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem


Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham

Dan Hardy vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig

C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller

Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann






Joe Stevenson signs Contract with Resurrection Fighting Alliance



The Ultimate Fighter 2 champion and former UFC lightweight contender Joe “Daddy” Stevenson has signed a multi-fight contract with the Resurrection Fighting Alliance promotion.


One of the most experienced mixed martial arts stars in the world, Stevenson has a 31-14 pro record and fought 16 times in the UFC. After debuting in the UFC during season two of The Ultimate Fighter reality TV series in 2005, Stevenson won five of his first six bouts and rose to become the No. 1 contender in the UFC’s lightweight division.


At UFC 80 he received a shot at the UFC lightweight title, losing to B.J. Penn.


Before joining the UFC, Stevenson won the King of the Cage (KOTC) lightweight title in 2003. He has wins over big names such as Melvin Guillard, Kurt Pellegrino, Nate Diaz and Yves Edwards.


Since being released by the UFC last summer, the 29-year-old Stevenson has continued to train and teach out of his MMA gym – Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai – in Victorville, Calif. He is expected to return to the lightweight division and make his debut for the RFA in late spring or early summer.


RFA 2 includes 13 pro bouts that begin at 7 p.m. on March 30 at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney. A card featuring eight amateur fights begins at 5 p.m.


The main event is a light heavyweight fight between noted strikers Gilbert Yvel and Houston Alexander. Yvel (37-16-1) is a UFC, Pride and Affliction Entertainment veteran, while Alexander (13-7-0) fought in the UFC from 2007-09.






Upcoming UFC Flyweight Tournament adds “Sudden Death”



The upcoming UFC flyweight tournament is scheduled to feature Joseph Benavidez (15-2) against Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6) and Demetrious Johnson (14-2) facing the number one flyweight on the planet, Ian McCall (11-2). The tournament gets underway at UFC on FX 2 March 3rd and this week fans learned that if one of the fights goes three rounds and judges are unable to pick a winner, a ‘Sudden Death’ round will take place to determine the winner.


Here is what Demetrious Johnson had to say on Tapout Radio:


“I don’t know if anybody has said anything about it, and this is the first time I’m mentioning it, is that we (McCall and himself) had to sign for a ‘sudden death’ bout. If it goes to three rounds, and the judges can’t decide who the winner is, then we’ll do a fourth round.”






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