Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 06/16/2012
By PDG Staff
Babalu-Mizuno, Moreira-Huerta Set for ONE FC on June 23
Former Light Heavyweight World Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral will be making his much anticipated ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) debut against master judo practitioner, Tatsuya Mizuno, at ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors on 23 June 2012 at the historic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Originally slated to face the hard hitting Melvin Manhoef in Singapore, Sobral withdrew from the March 31 contest due to conflicting schedules and will now face the Japanese Judoka. Tatsuya Mizuno who is a renowned world-class judo practitioner who has proven to also possess dynamite in his fists, after knocking out Sobral’s original March 31 opponent and one of the most feared strikers in the world, Melvin Manhoef.
MMA fans from around the world can catch the action online via live streaming on http://www.livesport.tv/onefc. The first four Under Card fights are available for viewing free of charge. The remaining six Main Card fights are available on Pay-Per-View at just US$9.99. The first fight is scheduled to get underway at 8:00 PM Kuala Lumpur time (GMT + 8:00).
Remy Bonjasky Returns & Signs with Glory
Fight fans around the world will be thrilled to learn that the iconic Dutch heavyweight Remy Bonjasky has returned from retirement to sign with GLORY, the world’s foremost kickboxing organization. Bonjasky and GLORY agreed terms recently and have signed a multi-fight deal that will see one of the most exciting fighters in the history of the sport once again thrill a global audience with his unique skills.
“I am really excited about GLORY, really enthusiastic about the people behind it and what they are trying to do for the sport. There are new, fresh minds involved and they are looking to take the sport to a new level, to make it bigger than it already is,” says Bonjasky, three-time winner of the K-1 Grand Prix.
“I achieved great things in K-1 and now I think the new challenge is GLORY, I think they can make the sport bigger than K-1 did.”
In recent years the Flying Gentleman has been retired, partly because of eye surgery he underwent and partly because he was concentrating on his Bonjasky Academy Gym in Almere, near Amsterdam. The transition into coaching looked set to be a permanent one, especially when the decline of K-1 meant that top-level international kickboxing looked to be finished.
But then GLORY emerged as the new premier league of international fighting and that sparked Bonjasky’s interest in entering the ring once again. He noted that numerous elite fighters had already been drawn to the organization – aforementioned legends like Schilt and Aerts; rising stars like Gokhan Saki and Errol Zimmerman. The challenge attracted him and GLORY are honored to have him in the ring.
“Its been two and a half years since I had my last fight and my career didn’t end the way I wanted it to. I had some injuries and I made mistakes – three, four times after operations on my eye I returned to training after four weeks or so, instead of three months as doctors advised. And so the injury kept recurring and it affected my ability to fight,” he says.
“Now I have had over two years to recover and the injuries are all healed, everything is perfect. I have the will and desire to fight again and I still have the power, so I want some more fights to show me at my best one again before I retire. I want to finish my career as it should be finished, not stopping as I had to because of injury.
“In my time away from the ring I have opened my own academy and I’ve been training my own fighters, as well as doing a lot of seminars around the world. I’ve also been training myself to become even better than I was. I’ve been keeping busy with my skills and my training so I don’t think it will be a problem, returning to the ring after a long absence.”
Bellator Signs Undefeated, Four-Time World Sambo Champion Vitaly Minakov
The heavyweight additions continue for Bellator Fighting Championships as the promotion has added the undefeated Vitaly Minakov to the heavyweight ranks. Minakov joins Bellator fresh off a vicious knockout of Bellator veteran Eddie Sanchez, and is ready to take his talents stateside and compete with the world’s best fighters.
“Becoming a Bellator fighter means that all my hard work in the gym and training has all paid off,” Minakov said. “It means myself and my entire team were working in the right direction, and we did everything right.”
Undefeated at 8-0, the four-time World Sambo Champion boasts an outstanding ground game to complement a striking game that has earned the improving Minakov three knockout wins in his last four victories.
Represented by Fight Nights, which is headed by Kamil Gadjiev, Minakov is set to make his Bellator debut shortly and already has his sights set on a future Bellator Heavyweight Tournament. Minakov is also represented stateside by Alexei Zhernakov, who is the VP of RusFighters Sports Club.
“With my current training regimen, I feel like I am fully prepared for a future Bellator Tournament,” Minakov said. “I want everyone to know that I’m not here just to ‘take part’ in a Bellator Tournament, but to win it all and become a Bellator Champion.”
“There has been tremendous buzz about Vitaly worldwide,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “He has an incredible Sambo background and a very solid stand up game. His potential after just eight fights is very high and we are excited to have him joining Bellator.”
UFC: Nottingham Announced
The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization has announced that it will make its highly anticipated return to the UK on Saturday 29th September at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The card will feature a British bantamweight contender and a recent The Ultimate Fighter Live contestant, as well as many others.
The event will be a first for the UFC in Nottingham and will see Newcastle’s Andy Ogle, a semifinalist on the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter Live – who was injured and unable to compete in the Finale, petitioned UFC President for a shot to fight in his native country and was given the chance to meet fellow TUF alum Akira Corassani of Sweden in a featherweight bout. While English bantamweight contender, and two-time UFC Fight of the Night winner, Brad Pickett, will square off against Canadian Yves Jabouin.
Two heavyweights coming off of dramatic finishes at UFC 146 will meet in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 5 set for September 29. Ohio’s undefeated Stipe Miocic and 6’11” Dutchman Stefan Struve have verbally agreed to a bout that will anchor the UFC’s first-ever foray into Nottingham.
Struve’s latest bout, against vicious striker Lavar Johnson, lasted just 65 seconds before Struve scored the victory via armbar, the 16th submission win of the 24-year-old’s pro career. At the same event, Miocic stopped then-undefeated Shane Del Rosario with elbows in the second round.
“We are very excited to be going to Nottingham for the first time,” commented UFC Managing Director of International Business, Marshall Zelaznik. “Some of the biggest names in British mixed martial arts are from Nottingham and the fans have been campaigning for us to bring a fight here for years. The UK fans are among the most passionate UFC supporters on Earth and this is going to be a special night.”
The arena is the East Midlands’ premier entertainment venue, based in the heart of the city centre. It has hosted the biggest names in music, comedy and sport and will soon boast the UFC among its elite list of tenants.
Six more fights added to M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo
Well-known MMA veteran and world-class grappling specialist Jeff Monson (45-13) from American Top Team will become the toughest test in professional career of Russian heavyweight striker Denis Komkin (13-8). High-level grappling skills versus one-punch power – you are going to like that clash of styles!
Interim heavyweight champion Kenny Garner (10-3) will finally get the chance to avenge his loss against undefeated Georgian prospect Guram Gugenishvili (11-0). In May Kenny sent another heavyweight talent Magomed Malikov to knockout, and it seems like he is not going to stop on his way to the title of undisputed M-1 champion.
Local heavyweight Denis Goltsov (5-3) and M-1 Challenge team champion Akhmed Sultanov (10-4) will meet in the fight where will be determined the second finalist of M-1 Selection heavyweight tournament. The winner will take on Estonian giant Denis Smoldarev.
One of the most experienced Russian fighters Mikhail Malyutin (21-10) finally debuts in featherweight on Russian tournaments. His opponent will be tough wrestler from Azerbaijan Bakhtiyar Arzumanov (8-2).
Entertaining French featherweight Jerome Bouisson (9-3) will have the chance to avenge the loss against Vugar Bakhshiev (8-4). First time they fought on M-1 Challenge tournament in March. After two rounds of very close and entertaining fight doctor stopped the fight because of not so dangerous cut on Bouisson’s face and declared Bakhshiev the winner. This time French talent prepares with famous Georges St.-Pierre to settle the score and prove that he is better in that match.
Last but not least: featherweight war between two small guys with big heart, heavy hands and undefeated records. Russian Pavel Vitruk (4-0) debuts on M-1 against very dangerous Polish striker Radoslaw Piechnik (6-0) in the fight where you can’t blink, because every punch can finish this fight in any second.
M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo
June 21, 2012
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo
Daniel Weichel vs. Musa Khamanaev (for lightweight title)
Guram Gugenishvili vs. Kenny Garner (for heavyweight title)
Jeff Monson vs. Denis Komkin
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Marat Gafurov
Mikhail Malyutin vs. Bakhtiyar Arzumanov
Jerome Bouisson vs. Vugar Bakhshiev
Pavel Vitruk vs. Radoslaw Piechnik
Akhmed Sultanov vs. Denis Goltsov (M-1 Selection semifinal)
Injury to Aldo forces postponement of featherweight title bout vs. Koch
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that there will be a new five-round main event at the upcoming sold out UFC 149 event, set to take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome, in Calgary, Alberta, on July 21.
Injury to Brazilian Jose Aldo has forced the postponement of his featherweight title bout vs. Erik Koch and Calgary will now see a new main event with the interim UFC bantamweight title bout between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao now taking place. The Faber-Barao was originally slated for UFC 148 on July 7th.
Faber, the former WEC featherweight champion who is 3-1 at 135 lbs, faces the owner of the longest unbeaten streak in mixed martial arts in Barao. The Brazilian ‘Baron’ has not lost in 27 straight fights and has stormed his way to the top of the UFC’s 135 lbs division beating – in succession – Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen.
Calgary’s card also awaits news of another bout to be announced later as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s bout against Thiago Silva was scratched due to an injury to Silva injury, and Rua was subsequently moved to headline the UFC’s August 4th event in Los Angeles vs. Brandon Vera.
It’s Showtime – Japan Announced
It’s Showtime – Japan
September 17, 2012
Yokohama National Convention Hall
Toshio Matsumoto vs. Sahak Parparyan
Participating Fighters: Daniel Ghita, Robin van Roosmalen, Chi Bin Lim, Masahiro Yamamoto, Kizaemon Saiga, Hiroki Nakajima, Andy Ristie and Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima.
Bellator Signs Explosive Welterweight Paul Daley
The Bellator Welterweight division just got even more explosive as feared British striker Paul “Semtex” Daley joins one of Bellator’s deepest divisions in a move that adds another world-class fighter to Bellator’s talent-laden roster.
“I’ve been a Semtex fan for years,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “He’s an incredibly explosive fighter who is magic to watch inside the cage. So, when the opportunity presented itself to join forces with Paul, it was a simple decision to make. Paul’s one of those fighters I’ve always intentionally stayed home to watch and now I can watch him cageside at Bellator.”
Daley will make his Bellator debut on July 20 as the promotion will host Bellator 72 from The University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX.
Hailing for Nottingham, England, Daley has enjoyed an incredibly successful career amassing a 29-12 record that includes 20 KO victories. “Semtex” holds victories over Martin Kampmann, Jorge Masvidal, Scott Smith and Duane Ludwig and at only 29 years old, the sky is limit for Daley in Bellator.
“I’ve been a fan of Bellator for a long while,” Daley said. “When this chance came up, I was absolutely ready to make a long term commitment to Bellator. I have my sights set on winning the tournament and winning that Bellator title.”
Daley joins an impressive list of welterweights with Bellator, including reigning Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren, Season 6 Tournament Finalists Bryan Baker and Karl Amoussou, Ben Saunders and Douglas Lima. Even with the loaded lineup, Daley knows he has his work cut out for him.
“The organization has really been developing and signing a lot of the best fighters in the world, and it’s another reason why I signed with Bellator,” Daley said. “The tournament format is something that really stood out to me, and it’s a chance to face some of the best fighters in the sport. There isn’t anyone sitting at the top of the mountain top making decisions on who fights who, the fighters get to decide who is going to be the next champion, and that’s how it should be. Bellator does it right, and that’s why I’m here.”
International Fight Week Comes To Las Vegas July 3-7
Celebrate the UFC over the Fourth of July in Las Vegas! Fans from across the globe will enjoy free concerts, exclusive pool parties, open workouts, pub crawls, UFC Fan Expo, weigh-ins and amazing access to UFC fighters around the city. This all leads up to the ultimate rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena! If you love the UFC, there is no better way to experience it than in Vegas.
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