Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 03/02/2012

Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 03/02/2012

By PDG Staff



Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey – Weigh-In Results



Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, which is headlined by the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title bout between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey and the lightweight bout between KJ Noons and Josh Thomsen, airs live on Showtime from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio at 10:00 PM EST. Fans can also tune in to Showtime Extreme to see all prelim bouts at 8:00 PM EST.



Main Card (Showtime):


Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship:

Ronda Rousey (134.5) vs Miesha Tate (134.5)


KJ Noons (156) vs Josh Thomson (155)

Kazuo Misaki (169.5) vs Paul Daley (171)

Lumumba Sayers (185) vs Scott Smith (186)

Bristol Marunde (184) vs Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (184.5)



Preliminary Card (Showtime Extreme):


Alexis Davis (135.5) vs Sarah Kaufman (135.5)

Roger Bowling (170) vs. Brandon Saling (170.5)

Pat Healy (155) vs Caros Fodor (155.5)

Conor Heun (155) vs Ryan Couture (154)






Buakaw vs. Pinca Announced



The fight of the Decade is signed! Buakaw Por Pramuk, K-1 champion and recently THAI FIGHT champion will face Fabio Pinca, former THAI FIGHT champion. This fight will take place in France (in the city of Tours) on Saturday 17th of March Live on Muay Thai TV.


For now Buakaw Por Pramuk and Fabio Pinca are certainly at the top of the top ten Muay Thai fighters. Buakaw Por Pramuk has already won the K-1 World Max 2 times (2004, 2006) and the THAI FIGHT in 2011. For many Muay Thai specialists he has been the best fighter for ten years. Fabio Pinca got the WBC world title in 2009 and also won the THAI FIGHT in 2010.


El Hadj Mekedem organized more than 20 events with many other great fighters. Before this event, he wondered what fight he could bring to the Muay Thai Fans.


“Last year when Buakaw was in my event we were sold out two weeks before the event! I know that this time it will be the same. That is why I decide to work with MUAY THAI TV to set up a live internet broadcast for this event to be shown all over the world. Thus the whole Muay Thai community will be able to watch this explosive bout.”


The two fighters agreed to fight under 68 kg (150 lbs) but Nasser Kacem, Fabio Pinca’s coach ask for a weigh-in on the morning of the fight. Thus the two fighters will be at the same weight for the bout.


Buakaw said:


“Fabio is certainly one of the best Muay Thai Fighters on earth now, he defeated many Thai fighters, he defeated by KO the Lumpinee champion BUT … whatever he can do,  as long as I am in Muay Thai the best ranking he can get is 2nd! I’m very excited about this fight. I know that it will be broadcast live on internet all around the world and I will show my skills to all my fans.”


Fabio knows what Buakaw said and he replied:


“I’m self confident; the best answer I can give will be the one in the ring…”


We can say that Fabio is not so much in the show before the fight, that he is always very quiet. However he likes very much this kind of challenge. With his punch, he knows that he is able to end the fight at any time. He showed many times in the past that he always enhances his level in that kind of situations.


Before this main event you will also see a 4-men tournament with:


* Mickael Piscitello (France)

* Fares Bechar (Algeria)

* Super X (Thailand)

* Birth Kham (Cambodia)


And also a prestige fight:


Pajonsuk (Thailand) vs. Elakaidair (France)



The Live Internet Streaming will start on Saturday 17th of March at 08:00pm French time (07:00pm GMT).






UFC Champ Dominick Cruz to be Honorary Pace Car Driver for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500



Race to air Sunday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX


The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s bantamweight champion, and one of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter Live coaches, Dominick Cruz, is headed to Phoenix to act as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday, March 4 at Phoenix International Raceway.


The champ will participate in pre-race ceremonies and will make appearances onsite at PIR. The race is slated to air at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX.


Cruz then heads back to Las Vegas to kick off his newest challenge as head coach of Team Cruz on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter Live, premiering on FX on March 9, with a special two-and-a-half-hour LIVE premiere airing at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, and tape-delayed on the Pacific and Mountain time zones at 9 p.m. PT/10 p.m. MT.


Additional information on race weekend activities is available on Phoenix International Raceway’s official website at www.phoenixraceway.com.






Alvarez vs. Aoki II Headlines Bellator 66



One of the most talked about rematches in MMA is finally taking place as former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez looks to avenge his 2008 loss against DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki on Friday, April 20 LIVE from the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio. For Alvarez, the Philadelphia native sports an incredible 22-3 professional record with victories over Pat Curran, Joachim Hansen, Roger Huerta and Josh Neer. After winning the Bellator Lightweight Title in Season 1, Alvarez successfully defended his belt until Bellator 58 where he was defeated by Michael Chandler in what many MMA observers are calling the “Fight of The Year”. While the outcome isn’t what Alvarez expected, the Philadelphia Fight Factory product is ready for his next challenge.


“This really is the perfect scenario for me,” Alvarez said. “I need to redeem myself, and I can’t think of a better way to do it than avenging my loss to Aoki in 2008. I’m glad I’m able to get back on the horse and fight someone of his caliber right away.”


Aoki heads to the States fresh off his impressive New Years Eve victory with DREAM, where the 28-year-old submission specialist kept his spotless 5-0 New Years Eve record intact with a unanimous decision win. That perfect record includes his 2008 victory over Alvarez, where Aoki defeated the American with a heel hook submission early in the first round. With both lightweights ranked in the consensus Top 10, this is a fight fans will have circled on their calendar.


“Ed asked me to secure this rematch for him years ago,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “I promised I would, and now it’s official. Anytime you can put two of the world’s Top 10 Lightweights in the cage together at the pinnacle of their careers, you’ve got a very special fight on your hands – and that’s exactly what we will see in Cleveland April 20th.”






UFC 144 Japan: Edgar vs. Henderson – Medical Suspensions



The UFC acting as its own regulatory body (no regulatory body in Japan) for last week’s UFC 144 Japan has announced the medical suspensions in conjunction with UFC executive and former Nevada State Athletic Commission head Marc Ratner.


– Benson Henderson: Suspended 180 days due to possible hand and left-foot fractures (needs doctor clearance). Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.


– Rampage Jackson: Suspended 180 days due to possible right-knee injury (needs doctor clearance). Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.


– Eiji Mitsuoka: Suspended 180 days suspension due to nose injury (needs doctor clearance). Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.


Frankie Edgar: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.


– Joe Lauzon: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.


– Yushin Okami: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.


– Cheick Kongo: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.


– Tiequan Zhang: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.


– Tim Boetsch: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.






Mirko Cro Cop vs. Ray Sefo (K-1) in Zagreb – Live on Fight Now TV



Fight Now TV – America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel – announced today that it will air the final fight of mixed martial arts legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s illustrious career to viewers across America on Saturday, March 10. “Cro Cop”is set to take on another kickboxing great, “Sugar” Ray Sefo, live from Filipovic’s native Croatia.


“We could not be more excited to bring this tremendous sporting event to American fans,” said Mike Garrow, GM and co-founder of Fight Now TV. “Filipovic is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time and he is returning to his first love – kickboxing – for a last hurrah. ‘Cro Cop’ certainly could have chosen a much easier opponent than Sefo for his swan song, but this shows what a true warrior he is in terms of fighting a guy like Ray, who continues to be a top name on the world kickboxing scene.”


Filipovic (16-7, 11 KO), once famously describing his kicks as “right leg: hospital; left leg: cemetery”, remains a Croatian sports icon who has starred in the UFC, Pride, K-1 and Dream during his more than decade-long fight career. He holds kickboxing victories over such notable fighters as Mike Bernardo, Jerome Le Banner, Peter Aerts, Mark Hunt, Remy Bonasky, Misashi and Sam Greco.


New Zealand native Sefo (56-21- 1, 38 KO), fighting out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, rates as one of the premier and most recognizable kick-boxers in the world. A five-time Muay Thai world champion and eight-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist, Sefo’s most prominent kickboxing victims also include Bernardo, Le Banner and Aerts, as well as Bob Sapp and Stephan Leko.


There will be nine other great kickboxing matchups on this once-in-a-lifetime card. Final Fight promises to be a first-class production every step of the way with Michael Buffer serving as ring announcer, actress Jane Park as event host, and former K-1 superstar Nobuaki Kakuda as referee for this exciting night of action.


Given the interest across the United States for this highly-anticipated event, Fight Now TV will be offering fans three ways to catch all the kicks, punches and knockouts that Final Fight is sure to deliver:


Cablevision subscribers can watch live on Fight Now TV, channel 464 as part of their iO Sports & Entertainment Pack. Satellite customers will be able to see the event on DIRECTV PPV, channel 123 HD or 124 SD. All others can catch this historic event on Fight Now TV broadband PPV player powered by Ustream. Visit www.fightnow.com for details.


Also scheduled to fight on the Mar. 10 Final Fight card are:


– Igor Jurkovic (29-3, 23 KO) vs. Freddy Kemayo (60-18, 43 KO)


– Daniel Ghita (39-7, 29 KO) vs. Sergei Laschenko (29-9, 12 KO)


– Mladen Brestovac (36-8, 25 KO) vs. Mourad Bouzidi (65-15, 32 KO)


– Dzevad Poturak (47-16, 30 KO) vs. Ismail “Mr. Pain” Londt (27-3, 12 KO)


– Mladen “Dynamite” Kujundzic (8-3, 5 KO) vs. TBA


– Agron Preteni (56-10) vs. Guy Pacome Assi (11-6, 5 KO)


– Stefan Jelicv (6-1, 6 KO) vs. Michael Duut (15-5, 7 KO)


– Ivan Posavec (19-4) vs. Miran “Rocky” Fabjan (34-5)






It’s Showtime 59 Announced



On July 21, 2012, It’s Showtime will have its second event on the beautiful Spanish island Tenerife. It’s Showtime 59 will be a co-production with Street Culture, Federación Canaria de Kickboxing & Fightclub Group.


Spanish Javier Hernandez will defend his It’s Showtime world title 61kg max against Masahiro Yamamoto from Japan, and in the main event, Andy Souwer from The Netherlands will fight Zeben Diaz from Spain.



Updated Fight Card:


85kg: Andrew Tate vs. Moises Ruibal

95kg: Amir Zeyada vs. Loren Javier Jorge

85kg: Murthel Groenhart vs. Eric Kouman

70kg: Andy Ristie vs. Abraham Roqueni

70kg: Andy Souwer vs. Zeben Diaz

61kg World Title: Javier Hernandez vs. Masahiro Yamamoto






UFC on Fuel TV 3 – Card Updated



UFC on Fuel TV 3

May 15, 2012

Patriot Center

Fairfax, Virginia



The Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing an exciting night of action to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. on Tuesday, May 15. It will mark the UFC’s second trip to the Patriot Center, with the first being held in front of a sellout crowd on Jan. 11, 2010.


In the night’s main event, red-hot featherweight rising star Dustin Poirier battles international sensation “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The winner is expected to emerge as a challenger to the UFC 145-pound title currently held by Brazilian star Jose Aldo.


The following fights have also been confirmed for this card: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens in lightweight action; Jason MacDonald vs. Tom Lawlor at middleweight; Igor Pokrajac vs. Thiago Silva in a light heavyweight bout; Washington, D.C.’s Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin in bantamweight action. Additional fights are expected to be announced soon.


Main Card (Fuel TV):


Dustin Poirier (12-1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (12-3)

Thiago Silva (14-2) vs. Igor Pokrajac (24-8)

Donald Cerrone (17-4) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-7)

Tom Lawlor (7-4) vs. Jason MacDonald (25-15)

Amir Sadollah (5-3) vs. Jorge Lopez (11-2)


Preliminary Card:


Aaron Riley (30-13) vs. Codie McKenzie (12-2)

Dongi Yang (10-2) vs. Brad Tavares (7-1)

Yves Jabouin (17-7) vs. Mike Easton (12-1)

TJ Grant (17-5) vs. Carlo Prater (30-10)

Jeff Curran (33-14) vs. Johnny Eduardo (25-9)

Azamat Gashimov (7-1) vs. Alex Soto (6-1)

Rafael Dos Anjos (15-6) vs. Kamal Shalorus (7-2)






Super Fight League Signs Duffee, Prangley, Agaev



India’s first MMA Organization Super Fight League (SFL) is proud to announce its first wave of signings: Todd Duffee, Trevor Prangley and Baga Agaev for four fight exclusive deals.


Super Fight League will debut on March 11th at the Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai and fans from all over the world will be able to tune in and experience the action live and free on YouTube following the announcement of a three year deal with YouTube earlier this month. Headlined by an anticipated HW bout between James Thompson & Bob Sapp, Super Fight League will debut a unique blend of world class fights and top music entertainment.


SFL is committed to developing and showcasing the best domestic Indian talent, cultivated by renowned coach Dan Isaacs, alongside internationally recognized names.






M-1 Challenge 31: Oleinik vs. Monson – Final Card



M-1 Challenge 31: Oleinik vs. Monson

March 16, 2012

Ice Palace

St.-Petersburg, Russia



Fight card:


Alexei Oleinik vs. Jeff Monson

Alexander Emelianenko vs. Tadas Rimkevicius

Yasubey Enomoto vs. Rashid Magomedov

Shamil Zavurov vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Marat Gafurov vs. David Kozma

Ramazan Esenbaev vs. Bruno Carvalho

Denis Komkin vs. Denis Smoldarev (M-1 Selection heavyweight tournament semifinal)

Yunus Evloev vs. Jerome Bouisson






BAMMA 9: Watson vs. Marshman



BAMMA, Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is excited to announce that BAMMA-Lonsdale’s British Middleweight Champion, Jack Marshman, is set to challenge Tom ‘Kong’ Watson for the BAMMA World Middleweight belt at BAMMA 9. BAMMA 9 takes place on Saturday 24th March at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.


BAMMA’s Middleweight champs have made waves as two of the promotion’s most iconic faces. Etched into UK mainstream memory as the man who beat Alex Reid at BAMMA 4, World Middleweight Champ Tom Watson is known by fight fans for his catalogue of tough victories over fighters that include the UFC’s John Maguire at BAMMA 1 and Maurilo Rua whom he famously blasted into retirement at BAMMA 6.


BAMMA-Lonsdale’s British Middleweight Champion and serving British Armed Forces Afghan vet, Jack Marshman comes into the fight undefeated with a record of 10-0-0. Marshman wowed audiences at BAMMA 7 with his tremendous heart, after he came back from a sustained Ground ‘n’ Pound battering at the hands of Carl Noon, turning fortune around at the final hour to secure an unforgettable victory. Marshman went on to a three round war at BAMMA 8 in which he defeated title challenger Leeroy Barnes, who will be also fighting at BAMMA 9 against Nick Nembhard. The clash between BAMMA’s World Middleweight and British Middleweight champions is bound to have fight fans on the edge of their seats.


BAMMA Matchmaker, Jude Samuel, says:


“It’s great to see Tom Watson back in action at BAMMA to defend his title after time out due to injury. It’s a true testament to his gritty and hardworking character that he has stood up to the challenge of Jack Marshman. Jack will be looking to take advantage of Tom’s inactivity, but ring rust is something that Watson has never suffered from; while Jack, on the other hand, has been extremely busy over the past 7 months, honing his skills for such a test. This makes for a very interesting and explosive fight as both men are putting so much on the line.”






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