Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 05/25/2012
By PDG Staff
Glory World Series, Stockholm 2012 – Press Conference and Weigh-Ins
UFC 146: The Heavyweights – Biggest Fight Night of All-Time; First Ever All-heavyweight PPV with 2400lbs of Fighters!
Literally the biggest fight card of all time will detonate at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Saturday night as the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization presents UFC 146: THE HEAVYWEIGHTS on Pay-Per-View.
The first ever all-heavyweight main card is headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos making his first title defense against the most successful heavyweight of all time, two-time champion Frank Mir. This titanic main event is supported by four other heavyweight collisions and, in total, 10 of division’s elite – and over 2400lbs of fighter – will be throwing leather in Las Vegas on Saturday.
UFC President Dana White said: “Fans have been going nuts for this all-heavyweight card. You’ve got 10 of the baddest men on the entire planet all going at it, including Junior dos Santos looking for some revenge against the man who just broke his mentor’s arm in Frank Mir. There’s going to be over 2400lbs of heavyweight on the main card – something we’ve never done in the history of the UFC. I’m looking forward to some brutal knockouts and some great submissions on Saturday night.”
Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos will defend his crown against former two-time champion Frank Mir and former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez – now fully healed from his knee injury – returns to action against the dangerous Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Plus, in the first-ever all heavyweight UFC card, Roy Nelson takes on Dave Herman, unbeaten heavies Stipe Miocic and Shane Del Rosario collide and 6ft 11.5inch Stefan Struve takes on KO specialist Lavar Johnson.
Reigning and defending UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos said: “The excitement for this event is kind of crazy. We just did the press conference at the MGM Grand and the fans were there cheering and screaming. I am so excited to defend my belt on such a huge show.”
Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion and current No. 1 heavyweight contender Frank Mir added: “I’ve been in the UFC for longer than almost everybody; I’ve seen some great fights and have fought on some great cards. This is the biggest fight of my career. Everyone loves heavyweights, and you’ve got 10 of the baddest men on the planet all in action. Junior is a dangerous boxer, but when this hits the ground, he’s done.”
Glory World Series – First 16 – Final Card, Information & How to Watch
FIGHT NOW TV – America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel – will deliver exciting. World-class kickboxing and mixed-martial-arts action in the United States this Saturday afternoon live from Sweden.
“This is what FIGHT NOW TV is all about,” said FIGHT NOW TV Co-Founder & General Manager Mike Garrow. “Whether it’s boxing, mixed martial arts, Muay Thai or kickboxing, FIGHT NOW TV is committed to bringing the best combat-sports action in the world to American fight fans.”
On tap are 13 fights, starting at 12:30 PM / ET, with a pair of MMA fights featuring American favorite Tony Lopez, a former King of the Cage Super Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion.
Following the MMA fights will be sixteen of the best young fighters in the world battling in eight kickboxing matches, one featuring a pair of Americans, Michael Corley and Ky Hollenbeck, in “Glory First 16.”
The non-stop clashes culminate with three “Glory Super Fights” — Alex Harris (Sweden) vs. Nieck Holzken (Netherlands), Carter Williams (USA) vs. Gokhan Saki (Turkey), Errol Zimmerman (Surinam) vs. Semmy Schilt (Netherlands).
In the co-feature, popular 56-fight veteran Williams (34-20-2) is an underdog against Saki, who is considered a younger version, ironically, of Williams. The American fighter is a past North American Muay Thai Champion who also won a K1 World Grand Prix tournament in Las Vegas.
Zimmerman-Schilt headlines the powerful “Golden Glory” card, showcasing two of the best and most dangerous kick-boxers in the world. The 6′ 3, 245-pound Zimmerman (76-16-1, 41 KOs), who fights out of the Netherlands, is a three-time Dutch Muay Thai Champion who won the 2008 K1 World Grand Prix in Amsterdam. He will be at a physical disadvantage, however, against the nearly 7-foot, 285-pound Schiltz.
Schilt (38-6-1, 17 KOs) is the only man to capture three consecutive K1 World Grand Prix titles and is tied with Ernesto Hoost for winning the most overall K1 World GP tournaments with four apiece. The Dutch giant has also been an MMA fighter in Pride, UFC and Pancrase.
**So for those of you in Canada you can watch Live on the Fight Network and if you live elsewhere’s you purchase the fights for $15.00 on http://gloryworldseries.com/events**
Dritan Barjamay vs. Jason Jones
Tony Lopez vs. Ilir Latifi
70kg Final 16:
Yoshihiro Sato vs. Shemsi Beqiri
Tim Thomas vs. Dennis Schneidmiller
Dzhabar Askerov vs. Robin van Roosmalen
David Kyria vs. Kem Sitsongpeenong
Ky Hollenbeck vs. Michael Corley
Sanny Dahlbeck vs. Maxim Vorovski
Albert Kraus vs. Mohammed El-Mir
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Fabio Pinca
Gokhan Saki vs. Carter Williams
Alex Harris vs. Nieck Holzken
Glory World Heavyweight Title:
Semmy Schilt vs. Errol Zimmerman
The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale: Ellenberger vs. Kampmann – Card Updated
Welterweight main event featuring Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann plus the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Live Will Be Crowned!
The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale
Friday, June 1
Pearl at Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada
Main Card (FX):
Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann
“TUF” finalist No. 1 vs. finalist No. 2
Preliminary Card (FUEL TV):
Max Holloway vs. Pat Schilling
Jonathan Brookins vs. Charles Oliveira
Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer
Myles Jury vs. Chris Saunders
Daron Cruickshank vs. Chris Tickle
Cristiano Marcello vs. Sam Sicilia
John Albert vs. Erik Perez
Jeremy Larsen vs. Joe Proctor
11 Fights added to M-1 Challenge 33 card
Alexander Emelianenko and 21 more fighters from Russia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain and France will be participants of M-1 Challenge 33 tournament that will take place on June 6 in Ingushetia, Russia. At this moment card includes two semifinals and one final of M-1 Selection tournament plus eight superfights.
Alexander Emelianenko (19-5) vs. Ibragim Magomedov (22-7-1)
Erik Oganov (12-11) vs. Juan Manuel Suarez (12-3)
Arsen Temirkhanov (9-2) vs. Freddy Thole (5-2)
Khusein Khaliev (4-0) vs. Patrick Vallee (8-2)
Yunus Evlovev (11-5) vs. Olivier Pastor (14-9)
Sheikh-Magomed Arapkhanov (7-2) vs. Sunay Hamidov (5-2)
Salman Dzhamaldaev (2-0) vs. Antun Racic (9-3)
Said-Khamzat Avkhadov (2-1) vs. Ivica Dzhebic (5-3)
M-1 Selection Lightweight Final:
Alexei Nevzorov (4-1) vs. Shamil Abdulkerimov (9-1)
M-1 Selection Welterweight Semifinal:
Gasanali Gasanaliev (6-1-1) vs. Ivan Raul (3-1)
M-1 Selection Middleweight Semifinal:
Anatoly Tokov (6-2) vs. Rafal Lewon (6-0)
UFC on FOX 4 – Card Updated
Fan favorite Mike “Quick” Swick, who’s battled a barrage of illnesses and injuries, will make his UFC return after more than two years against fellow welterweight and TUF alum DaMarques “Darkness” Johnson Saturday August 4 at the Staples Center.
Josh Grispi also returns to the Octagon for the first time since June of 2011 that same night to face Pablo Garza. Once on the doorstep of a featherweight title berth, Grispi is looking to work his way up the ranks once more, but he will have to get past the durable Garza. Both fighters have the ability to end a fight in the blink of an eye. In more 145-pound action in LA., Nam Phan will take on Cole Miller and Manvel Gamburyan will face Michihiro Omigawa in two must-see featherweight throwdowns.
UFC on FOX 4
August 4, 2012
Los Angeles, California
Brian Stann (12-4) vs. Hector Lombard (31-2-1)
Lyoto Machida (17-3) vs. Ryan Bader (14-2)
Travis Browne (13-0-1) vs. Ben Rothwell (32-8)
Phil Davis (9-1) vs. Chad Griggs (11-2)
Mike Swick (14-4) vs. DaMarques Johnson (15-10)
Josh Grispi (14-3) vs. Pablo Garza (13-3)
Nam Phan (17-10) vs. Cole Miller (18-6)
Manny Gamburyan (11-7) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (13-11-1)
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier – Fighter Salaries, Medical Suspensions & Other Event Information
This past weekend Daniel Cormier continued his impressive run as he battered a one-handed Josh Barnett to win the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix Championship. Gilbert Melendez out-pointed Josh Thomson in a controversial decision to retain his lightweight title bout and Rafael Feijao crushed Mike Kyle in thirty-three seconds! Here is the aftermath of the event:
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier – Fighter Salaries:
Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Josh Barnett: $200,000
Gilbert Melendez: $175,000 (no win bonus) def. Josh Thomson: $90,000
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $66,000 (includes $33,000 bonus) def. Mike Kyle: $25,000
Chris Spang: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Nah-Shon Burrell: $7,000
Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $6,000 (includes $3,000) win bonus) def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante: $18,000
Guto Inocente: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Virgil Zwicker: $3,000
Gian Villante: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Derrick Mehman: $3,000
Quinn Mulhern: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Yuri Villefort: $2,500
Bobby Green: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. James Terry: $9,000
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier – Medical Suspensions:
* Daniel Cormier: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right middle finger fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for left eyelid laceration.
* Josh Barnett: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left hand fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for multiple facial lacerations.
* Josh Thomson: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left knee fracture and possible right hand fracture.
* Gesias Cavalcante: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left shoulder ligament injury.
* Gian Villante: Suspended 180 days or until clear by physician for possible left middle finger fracture. Also suspended 30 days for hard bout.
* Yuri Villefort: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right knee ligament injury.
* Bobby Green: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture on left ring finger.
* Isaac Vallie-Flagg: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for one-inch laceration for right south-orbital area.
* James Terry: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for possible nasal fracture and laceration.
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier – Other Event Information:
* The were over 5400 fans in attendance at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, although nearly half of those were complimentary, for a live gate of over $226,000.00.
UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida – Card Updated
UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida
June 22, 2012
Atlantic City, N.J.
Main Card (FX):
Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard
Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout
Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson
Preliminary Card (FUEL TV):
Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
C.J. Keith vs. Ramsey Nijem
Jim Hettes vs. Steven Siler
Luis Ramos vs. Matt Riddle
Chis Camozzi vs. Nick Catone
Ricardo Funch vs. Dan Miller
Edwin Figueroa vs. Ken Stone
Papy Abedi vs. Rick Story
ONE FC: Destiny Warriors – Card Updated
ONE Fighting Championship will be bringing the excitement and adrenaline-rush of MMA to the city of Kuala Lumpur on 23 June 2012. The historic Stadium Negara will come alive with non-stop adrenaline filled action and excitement as champions from around the world compete for honor and glory in the cage. MMA fans will be blown away with what ONE Fighting Championship has in store for Malaysia in June!
Babalu Sobral vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Leandro Issa vs. Masakazu Imanari
Gregor Gracie vs. Adam Kayoom
Quek Kim Hock vs. Peter Davis
Allamurad Karayev vs. Roldan Sangcha-an
Marcos Escobar vs. Rodrigo Praxedes
UFC Heavyweight Champ Makes Kid’s Dream Come True
Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos may be wrapped in UFC gold now, but there was a time where he was just another poor kid from Brazil, dreaming of one day becoming a fighter and making a better life for himself.
Nicknamed ‘Cigano’ after a character in a Brazilian soap opera he resembled, dos Santos grew up in poverty in Caçador, southern Brazil. He gravitated to the judo and jiu-jitsu fighters who trained in a local gym, and fantasized about becoming a martial artist. Dos Santos chased this dream all the way to the neon lights of Las Vegas, where on Saturday night he headlines the huge UFC 146 Pay-Per-View as the most dangerous mixed martial artist on earth.
Now it is dos Santos who inspires other kids’ dreams. As he made his final preparations before flying to Vegas for his bout with two-time champ Frank Mir, dos Santos was taken aside by Breno Luis Ferreira, a nine-year-old boy who, for months on end, had shown up to the champion’s gym in Salvador to watch his hero train.
The champion said: “As soon as school ends, Breno always appears. We love having him in the gym. He’s been coming to the gym so often now he’s become a little friend. We call him the Little Guy. After my last sparring session before flying to the US, he asked me why I had to fight in Vegas, and when I explained he said he wanted to come to help me win.
“He didn’t have a passport, his mother didn’t have a passport but I was a little guy once and people helped me. If we could make the little guy’s dream come true, if we were able somehow, why wouldn’t we?”
Two dozen officials and worked on two continents to get everything in order for Breno, his mother Simone and 16-year-old brother Pedro Gabriel to travel to the US in time to be Octagon side for Saturday’s event. They touched down at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport on Wednesday and were checked in to a MGM hotel room bigger than their home in Salvador.
Speaking through a translator, Breno said: “It’s just so exciting being here in Las Vegas. Even to get to sit on an airplane was like a dream. I could see all things out of the window, big buildings and we were really high above them, flying like a dream. Our room here is so nice and everyone is being so nice to me, but I’m here to help Cigano defend his title.”
“Cigano is the strongest man in the world. He can defeat anybody even though he is nice. He will beat Frank Mir on Saturday. I’ve seen him in the gym and he will win with a left hook followed by a big right uppercut. This will be in the first round.”
Dos Santos is happy to have his friend in town. He said: “He really likes to watch and he’s fun to have around. He’s not shy at all. He’s a mischievous kid, he’s always laughing.”
“Before I left for Las Vegas, he jumped into the ring and shouted ‘Now I am a Junior dos Santos! The UFC champion! I am Cigano! I will knock you all out!’ and he challenged the other kids to a pretend fight. He is a little louder than the real ‘Cigano’ but he is so excited every time he is in the gym.”
“At this point in my career, I can be a motivation and role model for these little guys from home. The kids see that all the fighters from the gym have good cars; they can see that hard work does lead to something good in life.”
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