Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 03/09/2012

Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 03/09/2012

By PDG Staff




Ultimate Fighter Season 15 LIVE – EPISODE 1 Results & Notes



The Ultimate Fighter premiered tonight on FX with a whole cast of lightweight hopefuls looking to take the first step towards their goal of a UFC contract! This time, they are being led by heated rivals Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber as they battle live each week to see who will be the next Ultimate Fighter.


– 32 Ultimate Fighter contestants were cut in half tonight as 16 fighters were eliminated in special one five minute round fights Live on FX!


– Any fighter who finished their opponent tonight received a $5K bonus check courtesy of UFC President Dana White.


– The Ultimate Fighter 15 Live coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will pick their teams next week!


Here are the elimination fights results:


Joe Proctor def. Jordan Rinaldi via Submission (guillotine choke) RD. 1 (2:08)


Cristiano Marcello def. Jared Caristen via Submission (rear-naked choke) RD. 1 (2:43)


Sam Sicilia def. Erin Beach via KO (punch) RD. 1 (0:08)


Chris Tickle def. Austin Lyons via KO (punches) – Round 1 (0:24)


Andy Ogle def. Brendan Weaver via Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)


Vinc Pichel def. Cody Pfister via Submission (rear-naked choke) -RD. 1 (3:39)


John Cofer def. Mark Glover via Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)


Chris Saunders def. Chase Hackett via Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)


James Vick def. Dakota Cohrane via Split Decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9)


Michael Chiesa def. Johnavan Vistante via Submission (rear-naked choke) RD. 1 (2:05)


Mike Rio def. Ali Maclean via Submission (rear-naked choke) RD. 1 (3:32)


Justin Lawrence def. James Krause via TKO (punches) RD. 1 (1:25)


Daron Cruickshank def. Drew Dober via Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)


Jeremy Larsen def. Jeff Smith via Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)


Al Iaquinta def. Jon Tuck via Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)


Myles Jury def. Akbarh Arreola via Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)






It’s Showtime closes deal with new K-1 Organization



With immediate effect, It’s Showtime closed a multi-year deal with the new owner of the K-1 label, Mr. Mike Kim. The company of Mr. Kim is called K-1 Global and is established in Hong Kong.


Even though this new company didn’t have any obligations towards our company and our fighters, K-1 Global has paid all of our fighters this week. This means that every fighter received a signing bonus which consists of 50% of the money that was still owed to them by the old company FEG.


K-1 will organize 4 big events already this year, including the final 16 and final 8 in the 70kg and heavyweight division. The bonuses the fighters can win will be astronomically high, but we leave it up to the company of K-1 Global to announce these amounts. We will also leave it up to them to announce the event schedule, but three weeks from now everything will be announced.


The following fighters have already signed a contract with K-1 on behalf of It’s Showtime: Daniel Ghita, Tyrone Spong, Hesdy Gerges, Paul Slowinski, Rico Verhoeven, Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva, Ben Edwards, Melvin Manhoef, Sergii Lashchenko, Mourad Bouzidi, Dzevad Poturak, Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Gago Drago and Andy Ristie.


Contracts which are ready to be signed with K-1 this week: Ruslan Karaev, Harut Grigorian, Chris Ngimbi, etc.


There have been several contracts signed with other big names in kickboxing, but these are not under contract with It’s Showtime, so we wait for K-1 Global to announce these names.


We are very happy with these positive developments in our sport and for all fighters in the world who now get the possibilities to show their talent in K-1.






UFC on Fuel TV 2 Gets New Main Event



UFC on Fuel TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva

April 14, 2012

Ericsson Globe Arena

Stockholm, Sweden



Main Card (Fuel TV):

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva*

Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann

Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago

Diego Nunes vs. Dennis Siver

DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire

Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett


Preliminary Card:

Papy Abedi vs. James Head

Yoislandy Izquierdo vs. Reza Madadi

Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth

Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad

Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef

Jason Young vs. Eric Wisely



* Silva replaces an injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (knee injury) who had to withdraw from the April event this week.






One FC 3: War of the Lions – Card Updated



One FC 3: War of the Lions

March 31, 2012

Singapore Indoor Stadium



Fight Card:

Felipe Enomoto vs. Zorobabel Moreira

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. TBA

Eduard Folayang vs. Ole Laursen

Yuya Shirai vs. Fabricio Monteiro

Melvin Manhoef vs. Yoshiyuki Nakanishi

Jian Kai Chee vs. Eddie Ng

Masakazu Imanari vs. Kevin Belingon

Jeet Toshi vs. Nicole Chua

Kim Hock vs. Juan Wen Chie

Kian Long Yun vs. Yodsanan Sityodtong

Danny Van Bergen vs. Richie Whitson






World Champion Michael Chandler vs. Akihiro Gono Headlines Bellator’s Return to Casino Rama



On the heels of his title-winning fight of the year performance against the world’s top lightweight Eddie Alvarez, Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler returns to face one of his greatest tests to date as the Las Vegas-trained fighter takes on former UFC lightweight Akihiro Gono LIVE on Friday, May 4 at Bellator 67 in the always electric Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada.


After Chandler’s amazing fourth-round submission victory against then champion Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 58, the undefeated champion knows that he’s the one now with the target on his back.


“I’m just excited to get back into the cage,” Chandler said. “I fought four times in 2011 and I’m ready to get back to work. Gono has beaten some of the best fighters in the sport and this should be a good test for me.”


With 32 career wins, Gono has fought some of the world’s best. And with wins over reigning Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard and world-class middleweight Gegard Mousasi, Gono has beaten some of the world’s best. Known for jumping weight classes, Gono has a solid reputation of never turning down a fight, and he will have his hands full when he takes on Bellator’s Lightweight Champion on May 4.


Edmonton native and Canadian fan favorite Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford will make his Bellator debut against 12-year MMA veteran Luis “Sapo” Santos, who enters the fight with an incredible 50-7 professional record. The two welterweights will square off in non-tournament action, and should provide fireworks.






UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem – Card Updated



UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem

May 26, 2012

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada



Fight Card:

Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem (UFC Heavyweight Championship)

Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez

Antonio Silva vs. Roy Nelson

Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham

Dan Hardy vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig

Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Glover Teixeira vs. Kyle Kingsbury

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

Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann

Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins






Josh Barnett Regains License in California, with Conditions



Former UFC and PRIDE superstar Josh Barnett has had his fighting license restored in the state of California following his second positive test of his career for PED’s. Although Barnett has vehemently denied using illegal drugs he license has been suspended since 2009. This is good for Barnett and fight fans as well as it opens the door for Barnett to face Daniel Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix which is scheduled for May 19, 2012. Although the conditions of the license as part of the deal will require Barnett to submit to random biological fluid testing at a time and place determined by the CSAC.






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

Alexei Martinov vs. Ilya Doderkin

Anton Shumakov vs. Abdulmazhid Magomedov






Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey – Fighter Salaries & Medical Suspensions



Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey – Fighter Salaries:


Ronda Rousey: $32,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Miesha Tate: $19,000


Josh Thomson: $80,000 (no win bonus) def. K.J. Noons: $38,000


Kazuo Misaki: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $45,000


Lumumba Sayers: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Smith: $65,000


Ronaldo Souza: $92,000 (includes $22,000) win bonus) def. Bristol Marunde: $10,000


– Sarah Kaufman: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Alexis Davis: $4,000


Roger Bowling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Saling: $5,000


Pat Healy: $22,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Fodor: $12,000


Ryan Couture: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Conor Heun: $8,000



Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey – Medical Suspensions:


Miesha Tate: Indefinite Suspension (elbow), must be cleared by a physician


Ronaldo Souza: Indefinite Suspension (hand), must be cleared by a physician


Roger Bowling: Indefinite Suspension (hand), must be cleared by a physician


Conor Heun: Indefinite Suspension (hand), must be cleared by a physician


Kazuo Misaki: Suspended 45 days to due a facial laceration


Alexis Davis: Suspended 30 days to due a facial laceration


Pat Healy: Suspended 30 days to due a head laceration


Brandon Saling: Suspended 30 days for precautionary reasons**



**Sailing’s medical suspension doesn’t mean much since his license to fight in Ohio and New Jersey has been revoked after it was learned that he had falsified his fight application. Sailing is a registered sex offender.






Michael Bisping Confirmed for The MMA Show Live in Birmingham



It was confirmed this week that UFC star Michael Bisping has joined the lineup for The MMA Show Live. The event is being held May 12 -13 at The NEC in Birmingham, England.


As well as hosting a very special training session with 25 lucky Platinum Ticket holders and spending time at the autograph zone, meeting his fans, Michael will be taking part in a live debate about MMA Judging Criteria on the main stage alongside UFC and MMA referee Marc Goddard and UFC journalist Gareth A Davies.


Below is the current line-up for The MMA Show Live:


Rashad Evans (UFC)

Brittney Palmer (UFC)

Kenny Florian (UFC)

Jake Shields (UFC)

Paul Daley (Strikeforce)

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)


More fighters and MMA personalities are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Tickets are available now at http://bit.ly/xXUcfa or from the 24 hour ticket hotline at 0844 338 0338.


For more information on The MMA Show Live, please go to www.themmashowlive.com.  Fans can also follow The MMA Show Live on Twitter at www.twitter.com/themmashowlive and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/themmashowlive.






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